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  1. Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) Characterization of Uranium and Uranium Alloys

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    McCabe, Rodney J.; Kelly, Ann Marie; Clarke, Amy J.; Field, Robert D.; Wenk, H. R.

    2012-07-25

    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) was used to examine the microstructures of unalloyed uranium, U-6Nb, U-10Mo, and U-0.75Ti. For unalloyed uranium, we used EBSD to examine the effects of various processes on microstructures including casting, rolling and forming, recrystallization, welding, and quasi-static and shock deformation. For U-6Nb we used EBSD to examine the microstructural evolution during shape memory loading. EBSD was used to study chemical homogenization in U-10Mo, and for U-0.75Ti, we used EBSD to study the microstructure and texture evolution during thermal cycling and deformation. The studied uranium alloys have significant microstructural and chemical differences and each of these alloys presents unique preparation challenges. Each of the alloys is prepared by a sequence of mechanical grinding and polishing followed by electropolishing with subtle differences between the alloys. U-6Nb and U-0.75Ti both have martensitic microstructures and both require special care in order to avoid mechanical polishing artifacts. Unalloyed uranium has a tendency to rapidly oxidize when exposed to air and a two-step electropolish is employed, the first step to remove the damaged surface layer resulting from the mechanical preparation and the second step to passivate the surface. All of the alloying additions provide a level of surface passivation and different one and two step electropolishes are employed to create good EBSD surfaces. Because of its low symmetry crystal structure, uranium exhibits complex deformation behavior including operation of multiple deformation twinning modes. EBSD was used to observe and quantify twinning contributions to deformation and to examine the fracture behavior. Figure 1 shows a cross section of two mating fracture surfaces in cast uranium showing the propensity of deformation twinning and intergranular fracture largely between dissimilarly oriented grains. Deformation of U-6Nb in the shape memory regime occurs by the motion of twin boundaries formed during the martensitic transformation. Deformation actually results in a coarsening of the microstructure making EBSD more practical following a limited amount of strain. Figure 2 shows the microstructure resulting from 6% compression. Casting of U-10Mo results in considerable chemical segregation as is apparent in Figure 2a. The segregation subsists through rolling and heat treatment processes as shown in Figure 2b. EBSD was used to study the effects of homogenization time and temperature on chemical heterogeneity. It was found that times and temperatures that result in a chemically homogeneous microstructure also result in a significant increase in grain size. U-0.75Ti forms an acicular martinsite as shown in Figure 4. This microstructure prevails through cycling into the higher temperature solid uranium phases.

  2. An automated method of quantifying ferrite microstructures using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) data.

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    Shrestha, Sachin L; Breen, Andrew J; Trimby, Patrick; Proust, Gwénaëlle; Ringer, Simon P; Cairney, Julie M

    2014-02-01

    The identification and quantification of the different ferrite microconstituents in steels has long been a major challenge for metallurgists. Manual point counting from images obtained by optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is commonly used for this purpose. While classification systems exist, the complexity of steel microstructures means that identifying and quantifying these phases is still a great challenge. Moreover, point counting is extremely tedious, time consuming, and subject to operator bias. This paper presents a new automated identification and quantification technique for the characterisation of complex ferrite microstructures by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). This technique takes advantage of the fact that different classes of ferrite exhibit preferential grain boundary misorientations, aspect ratios and mean misorientation, all of which can be detected using current EBSD software. These characteristics are set as criteria for identification and linked to grain size to determine the area fractions. The results of this method were evaluated by comparing the new automated technique with point counting results. The technique could easily be applied to a range of other steel microstructures. PMID:24291695

  3. Orientations of Exsolved Magnetite Inclusions in Clinopyroxene and Plagioclase Determined With Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD)

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    Feinberg, J. M.; Wenk, H.; Scott, G. R.; Renne, P. R.

    2003-12-01

    Crystallographically oriented magnetite inclusions occur as subsolidus exsolution features in slowly cooled mafic rocks and are of interest to paleomagnetism because of their highly stable magnetic remanence. Many inclusions in both clinopyroxene and plagioclase exist as elongate laths with generalized dimensions of 1 μ m x 2 μ m x 50 μ m. Of initial interest is the formation temperature and orientation of these elongate inclusions with respect to their silicate hosts. In this study, the electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique is used to determine orientation relationships across exsolution boundaries for magnetite inclusions > 0.5 μ m in diameter in host crystals of both clinopyroxene and plagioclase. Magnetite inclusions in clinopyroxenes from the Early Cretaceous Messum Complex of Namibia occur as two arrays growing within (010) of clinopyroxene and elongated subparallel to either the [100] or [001] axes. Inclusions subparallel to [100]cpx have [-110]mag // [010]cpx, (-1-11)mag // (-101)cpx, and [112]mag // [101]cpx. Inclusions subparallel to [001]cpx have [-110]mag // [010]cpx, (111)mag // (100)cpx, and [-1-12]mag // [001]cpx. Both arrays of inclusions are oriented such that planes of roughly close-packed oxygen atoms in both phases, \\{111\\} in magnetite and (-101) and (100) in clinopyroxene, are aligned. These EBSD-derived orientation relationships agree well with previous TEM and X-ray diffraction studies on similar materials, and are consistent with a high-temperature exsolution origin for the magnetite and coexistent amphibole. In contrast to clinopyroxene, the orientation relationships between plagioclase and its exsolved magnetite inclusions have so far been unexplored. Such inclusions are responsible for stable magnetic remanence in both layered intrusions and oceanic gabbros. Exsolved magnetite inclusions in plagioclase crystals from anorthosites in the Early Jurassic Freetown Complex of Sierra Leone have been investigated. Preliminary results from EBSD analyses of plagioclase (An66) enable us to discern at least two arrays of magnetite inclusions. In the first array, (100)mag // (101)pl and (111)mag // (011)pl. In the second array, (311)mag // (101)pl and (111)mag // (111)pl. A unit cell with c = 14.203 Å was used to index the plagioclase diffraction patterns.

  4. Phase Identification of Individual Crystalline Particles by Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD)

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    SMALL,J.A.; MICHAEL,JOSEPH R.

    2000-06-12

    Recently, an EBSD system was developed that uses a 1024 x 1024 CCD camera coupled to a thin phosphor. This camera has been shown to produce excellent EBSD patterns. In this system, crystallographic information is determined from the EBSD pattern and coupled with the elemental information from energy or wavelength dispersive x-ray spectrometry. Identification of the crystalline phase of a sample is then made through a link to a commercial diffraction database. To date, this system has been applied almost exclusively to conventional, bulk samples that have been polished to a flat surface. In this investigation, the authors report on the application of the EBSD system to the phase identification analysis (PIA) of individual micrometer and submicrometer particles rather than flat surfaces.

  5. Application of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) to fracture studies of ferritic steels.

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    Davies, P A; Novovic, M; Randle, V; Bowen, P

    2002-03-01

    The application of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) to fracture studies has provided a new method for investigating the crystallography of fracture surfaces. The crystallographic indices of cleavage planes can be measured both directly from the fracture surface and indirectly from metallographic sections perpendicular to the plane of the adjoining fracture surfaces. The results of direct individual cleavage facet plane orientation measurements are presented for carbon-manganese (C-Mn) and low-alloy Mn-Mo-Ni (similar to ASTM A553 type-B). Pressure vessel steel weld metals, obtained from fracture surfaces of Charpy impact test specimens fractured at various test temperatures and for an ultra-low carbon steel (Fe-0.002C- 0.058P) fractured at -196 degrees C by impact. In addition to the direct measurement from the fracture surface, cleavage facet orientation measurements for the ultra-low carbon steel were complemented by the results obtained from the metallographic sections. Fractographic observations revealed that cleavage fracture is accommodated by a microvoid coalescence fracture micromechanism, which was induced by decohesion of second phase particles (inclusions). The correlation between the direct and indirect methodologies shows that the cleavage facet planes are dominated by the [001] plane orientations, and indicated that even when information concerning the full five degrees of freedom is inaccessible, the cleavage facet plane could still be determined. Finally, the advantages and disadvantages of direct orientation measurements from the fracture surface and indirectly by a destructive sectioning technique are discussed. PMID:11996192

  6. Characterisation of texture in Ti-6246 alloy fibre laser welds using Electron Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD)

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    Merson, Eleanor; Hammond, Chris; Brydson, Rik

    2006-02-01

    In this study, fibre laser welds of alloy Ti-6%Al-2%Sn-4%Zr-6%Mo have been characterised. It has been found that although the microstructure of the welds is important in predicting properties, it is not enough to simply characterise the welds based on the microstructure, as crystallographic texturing is also important in determining mechanical properties. The texturing of the fibre laser welds is being characterized using EBSD mapping, with light microscopy to characterize the microstructure. This has been carried out for a weld that has been heat treated for 3 hours at 550 °C. At this temperature, relaxation of residual stress will occur, but changes to the microstructure will be minimal. It is planned that EBSD will now be carried out on the as received sample, and the results will be presented, along with a comparison with the heat treated weld.

  7. Seismic anisotropy of the Pelona Schist from electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) measurements of crystal preferred orientations (CPOs)

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    Wagner, K. C.; Brownlee, S. J.; Hacker, B. R.

    2011-12-01

    Seismic Anisotropy of the mid to lower crust is difficult to measure in the field by seismologists. Using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to obtain crystal preferred orientations (CPO's) of mineral grains from samples taken from this region allows us to calculate seismic anisotropy theoretically using published mineral elastic constants. Calculations are made according to methods described in Mainprice et. al. (1990). Polished thin sections from the Pelona Schist were analyzed using electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) in an SEM. The slide was tilted 70 degrees from horizontal. The samples included: 4 mica schists that were cut parallel to foliation, 3 corresponding mica schists cut perpendicular to foliation, and 2 xenoliths with high amphibole content. The 4 mica schists had max Vp's that ranged from 6.44 to 7.26 km/s; Vp anisotropies that ranged from 4.8% to 29.2%; and max Vs anisotropies from 7.0% to 42.6%. The 3 corresponding mica schists had max Vp's that ranged from 6.26 to 6.61 km/s; Vp anisotropies from 3.1% to 7.9%; and Vs anisotropies from 4.9% to 6.61%. In samples that were cut orthogonal to foliation biotite is difficult to index using the automated indexing routine and had to be found manually to improve calculations. This may account for significant differences in anisotropy between corresponding samples. The xenoliths had max Vp's of 6.14 and 6.48 km/s; their Vp anisotropies were both 6.5%; and their Vs anisotropies were 8.35 and 8.37. Our calculations give slightly higher maximum Vp than the average Vp reported in Pellerin and Christensen (1997) for similar rock types from the area. Calculated anisotropies are comparable to Pellerin and Christensen (1997). Samples with large amounts of mica had the highest anisotropy. On average, the calculated velocities have approximately hexagonal symmetry with a unique slow axis. In contrast, one sample contained significant plagioclase that caused velocities to be fast perpendicular to foliation. An assumption of hexagonal symmetry with a unique slow axis is a valid assumption for the Pelona Schist.

  8. Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) Analysis and U-Pb Geochronology of the Oldest Lunar Zircon: Constraining Early Lunar Differentiation and Dating Impact-Related Deformation

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    Timms, Nick; Nemchin, Alexander; Grange, Marion; Reddy, Steve; Pidgeon, Bob; Geisler, Thorsten; Meyer, Chuck

    2009-01-01

    The evolution of the early moon was dominated by two processes (i) crystallization of the Lunar Magma Ocean (LMO) and differentiation of potassium-rare earth element-phosphorous-rich residual magma reservoir referred to as KREEP, and (ii) an intense meteorite bombardment referred to as lunar cataclysm . The exact timing of these processes is disputed, and resolution relies on collection and interpretation of precise age data. This study examines the microstructure and geochronology of zircon from lunar impact breccias collected during the Apollo 17 mission. A large zircon clast within lunar breccia 72215,195 shows sector zoning in optical microscopy, cathodoluminescence (CL) imaging and Raman mapping, and indicates that it was a relict fragment of a much larger magmatic grain. Sensitive high resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) U-Pb analysis of the zircon shows that U and Th concentration correlate with sector zoning, with darkest CL domains corresponding with high-U and Th (approx.150 and approx.100 ppm respectively), and the brightest-CL sectors containing approx.30-50 ppm U and approx.10-20 ppm Th. This indicates that variations in optical CL and Raman properties correspond to differential accumulation of alpha-radiation damage in each sector. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) mapping shows that the quality of electron backscatter patterns (band contrast) varies with sector zoning, with the poorest quality patterns obtained from high-U and Th, dark-CL zones. EBSD mapping also reveals a deformation microstructure that is cryptic in optical, CL and Raman imaging. Two orthogonal sets of straight discrete and gradational low-angle boundaries accommodate approx.12 misorientation across the grain. The deformation bands are parallel to the crystallographic {a}-planes of the zircon, have misorientation axes parallel to the c-axis, and are geometrically consistent with formation by dislocation creep associated with <100>{010} slip. The deformation bands are unlike curved morphology of crystal-plastic microstructures in tectonically deformed terrestrial zircon, and geometrically similar to dislocation microstructures reported in experimentally shocked zircon. We interpret these crystal-plastic deformation microstructures to have resulted from a significant impact, either directly from impact shock, or during ductile flow directly following the impact. The deformation bands appear to continue undeflected through the non-indexed, radiation-damaged areas of the grain, which suggests that the orientation variation predates any significant mechanical weakening from radiation damage in the grain, and therefore occurred early in its history.

  9. An open-source engine for the processing of electron backscatter patterns: EBSD-image.

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    Pinard, Philippe T; Lagacé, Marin; Hovington, Pierre; Thibault, Denis; Gauvin, Raynald

    2011-06-01

    An open source software package dedicated to processing stored electron backscatter patterns is presented. The package gives users full control over the type and order of operations that are performed on electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) patterns as well as the results obtained. The current version of EBSD-Image (www.ebsd-image.org) offers a flexible and structured interface to calculate various quality metrics over large datasets. It includes unique features such as practical file formats for storing diffraction patterns and analysis results, stitching of mappings with automatic reorganization of their diffraction patterns, and routines for processing data on a distributed computer grid. Implementations of the algorithms used in the software are described and benchmarked using simulated diffraction patterns. Using those simulated EBSD patterns, the detection of Kikuchi bands in EBSD-Image was found to be comparable to commercially available EBSD systems. In addition, 24 quality metrics were evaluated based on the ability to assess the level of deformation in two samples (copper and iron) deformed using 220 grit SiC grinding paper. Fourteen metrics were able to properly measure the deformation gradient of the samples. PMID:21554830

  10. Validation of three-dimensional diffraction contrast tomography reconstructions by means of electron backscatter diffraction characterization

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    Syha, Melanie; Trenkle, Andreas; Lödermann, Barbara; Graff, Andreas; Ludwig, Wolfgang; Weygand, Daniel; Gumbsch, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Microstructure reconstructions resulting from diffraction contrast tomography data of polycrystalline bulk strontium titanate were reinvestigated by means of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) characterization. Corresponding two-dimensional grain maps from the two characterization methods were aligned and compared, focusing on the spatial resolution at the internal interfaces. The compared grain boundary networks show a remarkably good agreement both morphologically and in crystallographic orientation. Deviations are critically assessed and discussed in the context of diffraction data reconstruction and EBSD data collection techniques. PMID:24046507

  11. Pattern matching approach to pseudosymmetry problems in electron backscatter diffraction.

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    Nolze, Gert; Winkelmann, Aimo; Boyle, Alan P

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate an approach to overcome Kikuchi pattern misindexing problems caused by crystallographic pseudosymmetry in electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) measurements. Based on the quantitative comparison of experimentally measured Kikuchi patterns with dynamical electron diffraction simulations, the algorithm identifies the best-fit orientation from a set of pseudosymmetric candidates. Using measurements on framboidal pyrite (FeS2) as an example, we also show the improvement of the orientation precision using this approach. PMID:26517547

  12. Ion beam polishing for three-dimensional electron backscattered diffraction.

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    Saowadee, N; Agersted, K; Ubhi, H S; Bowen, J R

    2013-01-01

    Serial sectioning by focused ion beam milling for three-dimensional electron backscatter diffraction (3D-EBSD) can create surface damage and amorphization in certain materials and consequently reduce the EBSD signal quality. Poor EBSD signal causes longer data acquisition time due to signal averaging and/or poor 3D-EBSD data quality. In this work a low kV focused ion beam was successfully implemented to automatically polish surfaces during 3D-EBSD of La- and Nb-doped strontium titanate of volume 12.6 × 12.6 × 3.0 μm. The key to achieving this technique is the combination of a defocused low kV high current ion beam and line scan milling. The line scan was used to restrict polishing to the sample surface and the ion beam was defocused to ensure the beam contacted the complete sample surface. In this study 1 min polishing time per slice increases total acquisition time by approximately 3.3% of normal 3D-EBSD mapping compared to a significant increase of indexing percentage and pattern quality. The polishing performance in this investigation is discussed, and two potential methods for further improvement are presented. PMID:23126405

  13. Present State of Electron Backscatter Diffraction and Prospective Developments

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    Schwarzer, R A; Field, D P; Adams, B L; Kumar, M; Schwartz, A J

    2008-10-24

    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), when employed as an additional characterization technique to a scanning electron microscope (SEM), enables individual grain orientations, local texture, point-to-point orientation correlations, and phase identification and distributions to be determined routinely on the surfaces of bulk polycrystals. The application has experienced rapid acceptance in metallurgical, materials, and geophysical laboratories within the past decade (Schwartz et al. 2000) due to the wide availability of SEMs, the ease of sample preparation from the bulk, the high speed of data acquisition, and the access to complementary information about the microstructure on a submicron scale. From the same specimen area, surface structure and morphology of the microstructure are characterized in great detail by the relief and orientation contrast in secondary and backscatter electron images, element distributions are accessed by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (WDS), or cathodoluminescence analysis, and the orientations of single grains and phases can now be determined, as a complement, by EBSD.

  14. Electron backscatter diffraction of plutonium-gallium alloys

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    Boehlert, C. J.; Zocco, T. G.; Schulze, R. K.; Mitchell, J. N.; Pereyra, R. A.

    2002-01-01

    At Los Alamos National Laboratory a recent experimental technique has been developed to characterize reactive metals, including plutonium arid cerium, using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Microstructural characterization of plutonium and its alloys by EBSD had been previously elusive primarily because of the extreme toxicity and rapid surface oxidation rate associated with plutonium metal. The experimental techniques, which included ion-sputtering the metal surface using a scanning auger microprobe (SAM) followed by vacuum transfer of the sample from the SAM to the scanning electron microscope (SEM), used to obtain electron backscatter diffraction Kikuchi patterns (EBSPs) and orientation maps for plutonium-gallium alloys are described and the initial microstructural observations based on the analysis are discussed. Combining the SEM and EBSD observations, the phase transformation behavior between the {delta} and {var_epsilon} structures was explained. This demonstrated sample preparation and characterization technique is expected to be a powerful means to further understand phase transformation behavior, orientation relationships, and texlure in the complicated plutonium alloy systems.

  15. Ultrasonic Characterization of Texture in Rolled Aluminium Correlated with Electron Backscatter Diffraction Measurements

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    Essex, S. D.; Potter, M. D. G.; Dixon, S.

    2007-03-01

    Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) is a microscopic technique that provides detailed crystallographic orientation and microstructural information, allowing for accurate measurement of such properties like average grain size. In order to validate and better understand what information an ultrasonic technique can give us we are correlating the ultrasonic measurements with those from EBSD. It generates an appreciation of the limitations of both techniques, and what each can reasonably deliver. We describe a technique to extrapolate the three independent orientation distribution coefficients (ODCs) for cubic structures W400, W420 and W440 from the Bunge-Euler angle data from EBSD scans. Preliminary EBSD results for thin rolled aluminium sheet are discussed and compared to the ODCs determined on the same sample using an ultrasonic EMAT-EMAT S0 Lamb wave measurement system.

  16. Back-scattered electron imaging combined with EBSD technique for characterization of pearlitic steels.

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    Guo, N; Liu, Q

    2012-06-01

    Microstructure of pearlitic steels subjected different heat treatments were characterized combining the usage of back-scattered electron imaging and electron backscatter diffraction in a scanning electron microscope. The results indicated that the method used in current study enabled the acquisition of pearlite nodule, colony and interlamellar spacing of pearlite structure only through sample preparation of one time. Both the morphology of pearlite lamellae and the crystallographic orientation of ferrite matrix can be released in back-scattered electron imaging image and electron backscatter diffraction micrograph acquired at the same region. The definitions of pearlite colony and the low-angle boundaries existed in ferrite matrix were also discussed based on this method. PMID:22435783

  17. Automated twin identification technique for use with electron backscatter diffraction.

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    Henrie, B. L.; Mason, T. A.; Bingert, J. F.

    2004-01-01

    Historically, twinning information has been obtained by optical microscopy, TEM, and neutron diffraction. Recent research has shown that automated electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) can be used to extract reliable twinning statistics. An automated twin identification technique for use with EBSD has facilitated a greater understanding of deformation twinning in materials. The key features of this automated framework are the use of the crystallographic definition of twin relationships, the inclination of the common K, plane at a twin boundary, and the correct identification of the parent orientation in a parent/twin pair. The complex nature of the parent/twin interactions required the use of a voting scheme to correctly identify parent orientations. In those few cases were the voting scheme was unable to determine parent orientation (< 2 pct) the algorithm allows for manual selection. Twin area fractions are categorized by operative twin systems along with secondary and tertiary twinning. These statistics are reported for {alpha}-zirconium and 316L stainless steel. These improved twin statistics can help quantify deformation processes as well as provide validation of plasticity models for materials that exhibit deformation twinning.

  18. Phase analysis on dual-phase steel using band slope of electron backscatter diffraction pattern.

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    Kang, Jun-Yun; Park, Seong-Jun; Moon, Man-Been

    2013-08-01

    A quantitative and automated phase analysis of dual-phase (DP) steel using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) was attempted. A ferrite-martensite DP microstructure was produced by intercritical annealing and quenching. An EBSD map of the microstructure was obtained and post-processed for phase discrimination. Band slope (BS), which was a measure of pattern quality, exhibited much stronger phase contrast than another conventional one, band contrast. Owing to high sensitivity to lattice defect and little orientation dependence, BS provided handiness in finding a threshold for phase discrimination. Its grain average gave a superior result on the discrimination and volume fraction measurement of the constituent phases in the DP steel. PMID:23920165

  19. Assessing strain mapping by electron backscatter diffraction and confocal Raman microscopy using wedge-indented Si.

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    Friedman, Lawrence H; Vaudin, Mark D; Stranick, Stephan J; Stan, Gheorghe; Gerbig, Yvonne B; Osborn, William; Cook, Robert F

    2016-04-01

    The accuracy of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and confocal Raman microscopy (CRM) for small-scale strain mapping are assessed using the multi-axial strain field surrounding a wedge indentation in Si as a test vehicle. The strain field is modeled using finite element analysis (FEA) that is adapted to the near-indentation surface profile measured by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The assessment consists of (1) direct experimental comparisons of strain and deformation and (2) comparisons in which the modeled strain field is used as an intermediate step. Direct experimental methods (1) consist of comparisons of surface elevation and gradient measured by AFM and EBSD and of Raman shifts measured and predicted by CRM and EBSD, respectively. Comparisons that utilize the combined FEA-AFM model (2) consist of predictions of distortion, strain, and rotation for comparison with EBSD measurements and predictions of Raman shift for comparison with CRM measurements. For both EBSD and CRM, convolution of measurements in depth-varying strain fields is considered. The interconnected comparisons suggest that EBSD was able to provide an accurate assessment of the wedge indentation deformation field to within the precision of the measurements, approximately 2×10(-4) in strain. CRM was similarly precise, but was limited in accuracy to several times this value. PMID:26939030

  20. Misorientation mapping for visualization of plastic deformation via electron back-scattered diffraction.

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    Brewer, L N; Othon, M A; Young, L M; Angeliu, T M

    2006-02-01

    The ability to map plastic deformation around high strain gradient microstructural features is central in studying phenomena such as fatigue and stress corrosion cracking. A method for the visualization of plastic deformation in electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) data has been developed and is described in this article. This technique is based on mapping the intragrain misorientation in polycrystalline metals. The algorithm maps the scalar misorientation between a local minimum misorientation reference pixel and every other pixel within an individual grain. A map around the corner of a Vickers indentation in 304 stainless steel was used as a test case. Several algorithms for EBSD mapping were then applied to the deformation distributions around air fatigue and stress corrosion cracks in 304 stainless steel. Using this technique, clear visualization of a deformation zone around high strain gradient microstructural features (crack tips, indentations, etc.) is possible with standard EBSD data. PMID:17481344

  1. Large Area Stress Distribution in Crystalline Materials Calculated from Lattice Deformation Identified by Electron Backscatter Diffraction

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    Shao, Yongliang; Zhang, Lei; Hao, Xiaopeng; Wu, Yongzhong; Dai, Yuanbin; Tian, Yuan; Huo, Qin

    2014-01-01

    We report a method to obtain the stress of crystalline materials directly from lattice deformation by Hooke's law. The lattice deformation was calculated using the crystallographic orientations obtained from electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technology. The stress distribution over a large area was obtained efficiently and accurately using this method. Wurtzite structure gallium nitride (GaN) crystal was used as the example of a hexagonal crystal system. With this method, the stress distribution of a GaN crystal was obtained. Raman spectroscopy was used to verify the stress distribution. The cause of the stress distribution found in the GaN crystal was discussed from theoretical analysis and EBSD data. Other properties related to lattice deformation, such as piezoelectricity, can also be analyzed by this novel approach based on EBSD data. PMID:25091314

  2. Large area stress distribution in crystalline materials calculated from lattice deformation identified by electron backscatter diffraction.

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    Shao, Yongliang; Zhang, Lei; Hao, Xiaopeng; Wu, Yongzhong; Dai, Yuanbin; Tian, Yuan; Huo, Qin

    2014-01-01

    We report a method to obtain the stress of crystalline materials directly from lattice deformation by Hooke's law. The lattice deformation was calculated using the crystallographic orientations obtained from electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technology. The stress distribution over a large area was obtained efficiently and accurately using this method. Wurtzite structure gallium nitride (GaN) crystal was used as the example of a hexagonal crystal system. With this method, the stress distribution of a GaN crystal was obtained. Raman spectroscopy was used to verify the stress distribution. The cause of the stress distribution found in the GaN crystal was discussed from theoretical analysis and EBSD data. Other properties related to lattice deformation, such as piezoelectricity, can also be analyzed by this novel approach based on EBSD data. PMID:25091314

  3. Digital direct electron imaging of energy-filtered electron backscatter diffraction patterns

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    Vespucci, S.; Winkelmann, A.; Naresh-Kumar, G.; Mingard, K. P.; Maneuski, D.; Edwards, P. R.; Day, A. P.; O'Shea, V.; Trager-Cowan, C.

    2015-11-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction is a scanning electron microscopy technique used to obtain crystallographic information on materials. It allows the nondestructive mapping of crystal structure, texture, and strain with a lateral and depth resolution on the order of tens of nanometers. Electron backscatter diffraction patterns (EBSPs) are presently acquired using a detector comprising a scintillator coupled to a digital camera, and the crystallographic information obtainable is limited by the conversion of electrons to photons and then back to electrons again. In this article we will report the direct acquisition of energy-filtered EBSPs using a digital complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor hybrid pixel detector, Timepix. We show results from a range of samples with different mass and density, namely diamond, silicon, and GaN. Direct electron detection allows the acquisition of EBSPs at lower (≤5 keV) electron beam energies. This results in a reduction in the depth and lateral extension of the volume of the specimen contributing to the pattern and will lead to a significant improvement in lateral and depth resolution. Direct electron detection together with energy filtering (electrons having energy below a specific value are excluded) also leads to an improvement in spatial resolution but in addition provides an unprecedented increase in the detail in the acquired EBSPs. An increase in contrast and higher-order diffraction features are observed. In addition, excess-deficiency effects appear to be suppressed on energy filtering. This allows the fundamental physics of pattern formation to be interrogated and will enable a step change in the use of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) for crystal phase identification and the mapping of strain. The enhancement in the contrast in high-pass energy-filtered EBSD patterns is found to be stronger for lighter, less dense materials. The improved contrast for such materials will enable the application of the EBSD technique to be expanded to materials for which conventional EBSD analysis is not presently practicable.

  4. Use of electropolishing for enhanced metallic specimen preparation for electron backscatter diffraction analysis

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    Wynick, G.L.; Boehlert, C.J. . E-mail: boehlert@egr.msu.edu

    2005-09-15

    The effects of mechanical polishing with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and colloidal SiO{sub 2} followed by electropolishing were studied for preparation of metal alloy specimens for Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD). The alloys studied were Inconel 718, a commonly used nickel-based superalloy, and a Ti-Al-Nb alloy (nominally Ti-22Al-28Nb(at.%)). Atomic Force Microscopy was used to measure the surface topography to attempt to correlate nano-scale surface roughness with EBSD pattern quality. The results suggest that mechanically polishing with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} followed by electropolishing for a short time can produce EBSD pattern confidence indices and image quality values that are equal to or better than those produced by mechanically polishing with colloidal SiO{sub 2} alone. The data suggests that surface roughness on the scale considered here has much less effect on EBSD pattern quality than had been previously believed. The data suggests that removing the surface damage is more critical than reduction of topography for EBSD.

  5. Advanced characterization of twins using automated electron backscatter diffraction

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    Wright, S. I.; Bingert, J. F.; Mason, T. A.; Larson, R. J.

    2002-01-01

    This paper describes results obtained using an automated, crystallographically-based technique for twin identification. The technique is based on the automated collection of spatially specific orientation measurements by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) in the scanning electron microscope (SEM). The key features of the analysis are identification of potential twin boundaries by their misorientation character, identification of the distinct boundary planes among the symmetrically equivalent candidates, and validation of these boundaries through comparison with the boundary and twin plane traces in the sample cross section. Results on the application of this technique to deformation twins in zirconium are analyzed for the effect of twin type and amount and sense of uniaxial deformation. The accumulation of strain tends to increase the misorientation deviation at least to the degree of the trace deviation compared with recrystallization twins in nickel. In addition to the results on characterizing the twin character, results on extending the twin analysis to automated identification of parent and daughter material for structures exhibiting twin deformation are reported as well.

  6. STRAIN CORRELATIONS IN ALLOY 690 MATERIALS USING ELECTRON BACKSCATTER DIFFRACTION AND VICKERS HARDNESS

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    Overman, Nicole R.; Toloczko, Mychailo B.; Olszta, Matthew J.; Bruemmer, Stephen M.

    2014-03-09

    High chromium, nickel-base Alloy 690 exhibits an increased resistance to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in pressurized water reactor (PWR) primary water environments over lower chromium alloy 600. As a result, Alloy 690 has been used to replace Alloy 600 for steam generator tubing, reactor pressure vessel nozzles and other pressure boundary components. However, recent laboratory crack-growth testing has revealed that heavily cold-worked Alloy 690 materials can become susceptible to SCC. To evaluate reasons for this increased SCC susceptibility, detailed characterizations have been performed on as-received and cold-worked Alloy 690 materials using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and Vickers hardness measurements. Examinations were performed on cross sections of compact tension specimens that were used for SCC crack growth rate testing in simulated PWR primary water. Hardness and the EBSD integrated misorientation density could both be related to the degree of cold work for materials of similar grain size. However, a microstructural dependence was observed for strain correlations using EBSD and hardness which should be considered if this technique is to be used for gaining insight on SCC growth rates

  7. Dark-field imaging based on post-processed electron backscatter diffraction patterns of bulk crystalline materials in a scanning electron microscope.

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    Brodusch, Nicolas; Demers, Hendrix; Gauvin, Raynald

    2015-01-01

    Dark-field (DF) images were acquired in the scanning electron microscope with an offline procedure based on electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) patterns (EBSPs). These EBSD-DF images were generated by selecting a particular reflection on the electron backscatter diffraction pattern and by reporting the intensity of one or several pixels around this point at each pixel of the EBSD-DF image. Unlike previous studies, the diffraction information of the sample is the basis of the final image contrast with a pixel scale resolution at the EBSP providing DF imaging in the scanning electron microscope. The offline facility of this technique permits the selection of any diffraction condition available in the diffraction pattern and displaying the corresponding image. The high number of diffraction-based images available allows a better monitoring of deformation structures compared to electron channeling contrast imaging (ECCI) which is generally limited to a few images of the same area. This technique was applied to steel and iron specimens and showed its high capability in describing more rigorously the deformation structures around micro-hardness indents. Due to the offline relation between the reference EBSP and the EBSD-DF images, this new technique will undoubtedly greatly improve our knowledge of deformation mechanism and help to improve our understanding of the ECCI contrast mechanisms. PMID:25461589

  8. Prediction of Elastic Modulus + Anisotropy Using X-Ray and Electron Backscattered Diffraction Texture Quantification and Ultrasonic (Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducer) Measurements in Aluminum Sheets

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    Davis, C. L.; Strangwood, M.; Potter, M.; Dixon, S.; Morris, P. F.

    2008-03-01

    Crystallographic texture is generally measured using X-ray diffraction, performed off-line using small samples determining near-surface texture only; electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) can also be used, but only samples relatively small areas. Ultrasonic methods determine elastic property anisotropy and texture, via orientation distribution coefficients (ODCs), and while there is substantial literature comparing ultrasonically determined properties with X-ray or neutron diffraction texture, there is little discussion about texture inhomogeneity (place to place in a sheet or through thickness) and sampling volume effects (X-ray compared to EBSD) on the accuracy of the correlations. In this article, the crystallographic texture of nominally pure aluminum and commercial aluminum alloy sheets has been determined by X-ray diffraction and EBSD and used to calculate the elastic anisotropy, which is then compared to ultrasonic electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) velocity anisotropy taking into account through-thickness texture variations. Significant and consistent spatial variability in texture occurs in the aluminum sheet samples (sheet edge to center and through thickness). Predictions of elastic anisotropy based on surface texture determination, as characterized by X-ray diffraction or surface EBSD, gave poor correlations with EMAT velocity anisotropy when the sample contained significant through thickness texture variations; however, accounting for this using multiple EBSD scans through thickness gave good correlations.

  9. Electron backscatter diffraction analysis of ZnO:Al thin films

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    Garcia, C. B.; Ariza, E.; Tavares, C. J.; Villechaise, P.

    2012-10-01

    Microstructural characterization and crystallographic orientation aspects of aluminium doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) thin films have been investigated by means of electron backscatter diffraction. ZnO:Al was produced by magnetron sputtering deposition from a ZnO ceramic target containing 2.0 wt% Al2O3 and 0.12 wt% Y2O3. Both top surface and cross-section analysis were performed. The experimental details concerning specific sample preparation procedures for EBSD investigations are presented. Crystalline texture was described by the inverse pole figure (IPF) maps. Strong texture on the basal plane orientation was observed on the analyzed thin film surface. In accordance with these results obtained from top surface investigations, a strong prismatic texture was found in cross-section analysis. From all these analyses a good description and quantification of the three dimensional configuration of the grains and of their crystallographic texture can be proposed.

  10. Electron backscatter diffraction on pearlite structures in steel.

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    Walentek, A; Seefeldt, M; Verlinden, B; Aernoudt, E; Van Houtte, P

    2006-12-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction measurements were performed on a set of pearlitic steel samples after different heat treatments. The strengths and limitations of the technique with respect to the pearlite issue are presented. Interpretation of the obtained results confirmed that more than one pearlite colony may exist inside one ferrite nodule of nearly the same crystallographic orientation. It was also found that, in most cases, a misorientation of the order of several degrees exists between pearlite colonies within one ferrite nodule. Moreover, the ferrite matrix exhibits changes of crystallographic orientation inside colonies often accompanied by a network of low angle boundaries. The mean size of the ferrite nodule in the matrix was determined by means of electron backscatter diffraction. However, determination of the mean pearlite colony size was difficult and often impossible by means of both metallographic methods and electron backscatter diffraction measurements. PMID:17210058

  11. Electron Backscatter Diffraction Analysis of a CZT Growth Tip from a Vertical Gradient Freeze Furnace

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    Sundaram, S. K.; Henager, Charles H.; Edwards, Danny J.; Schemer-Kohrn, Alan L.; Bliss, Mary; Riley, Brian J.

    2011-08-15

    Electronic backscatter diffraction (EBSD) was used to characterize the growth-tip region of a 4.2-cm diameter CdZnTe (CZT) boule grown using low-pressure Bridgman method in a vertical gradient freeze furnace. The boule was sectioned and polished and a section taken along the boule longitudinal centerline with an approximate surface area of 1-cm2 was used for optical and scanning electron microscopy. A collage was assembled using EBSD/SEM images to show morphological features, e.g., twin structure, grain structure, and overall crystal growth direction. Severely twinned regions originating from the tip and side walls were observed. The overall growth orientation was close to <110> and <112> directions. In some regions, the (001) poles of the CZT matrix aligned with the growth direction, while twins aligned such that (111) and (112) poles aligned with the growth direction. In some other areas, (112) or (011) poles of the CZT matrix aligned with the growth direction. New relationships between the CZT matrix and large Te polycrystalline particles were revealed: {11 }CZT{1 00}Te and {001}CZT{0 1}Te.

  12. Elastic strain tensor measurement using electron backscatter diffraction in the SEM.

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    Dingley, David J; Wilkinson, Angus J; Meaden, Graham; Karamched, Phani S

    2010-08-01

    The established electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique for obtaining crystallographic information in the SEM has been adapted to permit elastic strain measurement. Basically, the displacement of crystallographic features in an EBSD pattern, such as zone axes, which result from strain in a crystal, is determined by comparing those same features as they appear in a pattern from an unstrained region of the crystal. The comparison is made by cross-correlation of selected regions in the two patterns. Tests show that the sensitivity to displacement measurement is 1 part in 10 000, which translates to a strain sensitivity of 2 parts in 10 000. Eight components of the strain tensor are determined directly and the ninth is calculated using the fact that the free surface of the sample is traction-free. Examples discussed are taken from studies of a lenticular fracture in germanium, the strain distribution surrounding a carbide precipitate in a nickel base alloy and grain boundary studies in another nickel base alloy. PMID:20634548

  13. Electron backscatter diffraction applied to lithium sheets prepared by broad ion beam milling.

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    Brodusch, Nicolas; Zaghib, Karim; Gauvin, Raynald

    2015-01-01

    Due to its very low hardness and atomic number, pure lithium cannot be prepared by conventional methods prior to scanning electron microscopy analysis. Here, we report on the characterization of pure lithium metallic sheets used as base electrodes in the lithium-ion battery technology using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and X-ray microanalysis using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) after the sheet surface was polished by broad argon ion milling (IM). No grinding and polishing were necessary to achieve the sufficiently damage free necessary for surface analysis. Based on EDS results the impurities could be characterized and EBSD revealed the microsctructure and microtexture of this material with accuracy. The beam damage and oxidation/hydration resulting from the intensive use of IM and the transfer of the sample into the microscope chamber was estimated to be <50 nm. Despite the fact that the IM process generates an increase of temperature at the specimen surface, it was assumed that the milling parameters were sufficient to minimize the heating effect on the surface temperature. However, a cryo-stage should be used if available during milling to guaranty a heating artefact free surface after the milling process. PMID:25280344

  14. EBSD Study of Lattice Preferred Orientation (LPO) of HEDs (Howardite NWA 2696, Eucrite Camel Donga, Olivine-Diogenite NWA 5480)

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    Tkalcec, B. J.; Brenker, F. E.

    2011-03-01

    Results of structural analysis performed on HED meteorites (NWA 2696, Camel Donga, NWA 5480) using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), to measure the crystallographic orientation of each crystal to discover any lattice preferred orientation.

  15. Advances in EBSD and EBSD/EDS integration for the characterization of mineralogical samples

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    Palasse, L.; Goran, D.; Schwager, T.

    2013-12-01

    Electron BackScatter Diffraction (EBSD) is a well-known powerful technique for petrofabric studies using Scanning Electron Microscope. By assessing the quantitative microstructural information, i.e. crystallographic orientation data, it allows a large variety of applications: understanding the deformation mechanisms, seismic properties, metamorphic processes; and more recently, performing phase identification and discrimination when combined with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS). However, it is known that for multiphase mineralogical samples, the information delivered either by EBSD or by EDS alone is not enough to successfully distinguish the present phases. Typical examples for EBSD related indexing issues are phases creating similar patterns; and for EDS technique alone, phases with similar chemical composition like calcite and aragonite, quartz and cristobalite. Recent software and hardware developments have significantly improved the data quality as well as the efficiency/productivity. This presentation aims to reveal the latest development in data processing that has transformed the combination of the two complementary techniques into a powerful tool for characterizing multiphase materials. Through geosciences application examples, we will present the advantages brought by this new approach which uses the quantified EDS results and EBSP to identify the correct phase, reducing the need of data cleaning, and without spending extra time at the SEM. We will also demonstrate how powerful EBSD indexing algorithm can overcome the limitation from sample preparation, with some examples of high hit rate achieved on polyphase mineralogical specimen and even on shock-metamorphosed minerals. Last but not least, recent developments also enable the investigation of nanostructured materials in the scanning electron microscope (SEM) by Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction (TKD). Through some mineralogical applications, we will demonstrate the high spatial resolution (<10 nm) of this technique compared to conventional EBSD. EBSD phase map of an oxide gabbro collected by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 304/305, U1309D. phases: clinopyroxene, clinohypersthene, magnetite, ilmenite, tremolite, plagioclase, quartz, pyrrhotite, apatite, clinochlore. Sample courtesy: Dr. Angela Halfpenny, CSIRO Perth, Australia.

  16. EBSD analysis of MgB2 bulk superconductors

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    Koblischka-Veneva, A.; Koblischka, M. R.; Schmauch, J.; Inoue, K.; Muralidhar, M.; Berger, K.; Noudem, J.

    2016-04-01

    The grain orientation, the texture and the grain boundary misorientations are important parameters for the understanding of the magnetic properties of the bulk MgB2 samples intended for super-magnet applications. Such data can be provided by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis. However, as the grain size (GS) of the MgB2 bulks is preferably in the 100-200 nm range, the common EBSD technique working in reflection operates properly only on highly dense samples. In order to achieve a reasonably good Kikuchi pattern quality on all samples, we apply here the newly developed transmission EBSD (t-EBSD) technique to several bulk MgB2 samples. This method requires the preparation of TEM slices by means of focused ion-beam milling, which are then analyzed within the SEM, operating with a specific sample holder. We present several EBSD mappings of samples prepared with different techniques and at various reaction temperatures.

  17. An experimental viewpoint on the information depth of EBSD.

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    Wisniewski, Wolfgang; Rüssel, Christian

    2016-03-01

    This article contains a critical review of the literature concerning the information depth of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and a viewpoint on the topic is formulated. EBSD is applied to a crystal partially covered by a wedge of amorphous glass. EBSD-patterns of decreasing quality are obtained from a crystal covered by an increasingly thick layer of glass. The location of the last indexable EBSD-patterns is compared to the last discernible contrast in SEM-micrographs obtained from the same crystal using accelerating voltages of 2-20 kV. It is concluded that the information depth of EBSD is at least as large as that of an SEM-micrograph obtained with a voltage of 4 kV from a non-tilted sample. Concepts of the information depth and experimental approaches are discussed. SCANNING 38:164-171, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26248948

  18. Quantitative Comparison of Microtexture in Near-Alpha Titanium Measured by Ultrasonic Scattering and Electron Backscatter Diffraction

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    Pilchak, Adam L.; Li, Jia; Rokhlin, Stanislav I.

    2014-09-01

    Ultrasonic backscattering and attenuation data were collected and processed using recently developed theoretical models to estimate the directionally dependent, volume-averaged size, and morphology of microtextured regions (MTRs) in a near-α Ti-8Al-1Mo-1V bar. The sample was also interrogated with electron backscatter diffraction from which MTR sizes were obtained by either manual segmentation and linear intercept analysis or fitting the spatial autocorrelation of similarly oriented c-axes to the geometrical autocorrelation function used in the scattering model. The results of the ultrasonic inversion were in good agreement with the EBSD measurements for the radial direction but were off by a factor of ~2.45 for the longitudinal direction. Reasons for the discrepancy were discussed and strategies to improve the agreement were made.

  19. Electron energy loss and diffraction of backscattered electrons from silicon

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    Winkelmann, Aimo; Aizel, Koceila; Vos, Maarten

    2010-05-01

    Electrons backscattered from crystals can show Kikuchi patterns: variations in intensity for different outgoing directions due to diffraction by the lattice. Here, we measure these effects as a function of their energy loss for 30 keV electrons backscattered from silicon. The change in diffraction contrast with energy loss depends strongly on the scattering geometry. At steep incidence on the sample, diffraction contrast in the observed Kikuchi bands decreases rapidly with energy loss. For an energy loss larger than about 150 eV the contrast is more than 5 times less than the contrast due to electrons near zero energy loss. However, for grazing incidence angles, maximum Kikuchi band contrast is observed for electrons with an energy loss near 60 eV, where the contrast is more than 2.5 larger than near zero energy loss. In addition, in this grazing incidence geometry, the Kikuchi diffraction effects stay significant even for electrons that have lost hundreds of electron volts. For the maximum measured energy loss of 440 eV, the electrons still show a contrast that is 1.5 larger than that of the electrons near zero energy loss. These geometry-dependent observations of Kikuchi band diffraction contrast are interpreted based on the elastic and inelastic scattering properties of electrons and dynamical diffraction simulations.

  20. Dihedral corner reflector backscatter using higher order reflections and diffractions

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    Griesser, Timothy; Balanis, Constantine A.

    1987-01-01

    The uniform theory of diffraction (UTD) plus an imposed edge diffraction extension is used to predict the backscatter cross sections of dihedral corner reflectors which have right, obtuse, and acute included angles. The UTD allows individual backscattering mechanisms of the dihedral corner reflectors to be identified and provides good agreement with experimental cross-section measurements in the azimuthal plane. Multiply reflected and diffracted fields of up to third-order are included in the analysis for both horizontal and vertical polarizations. The coefficients of the uniform theory of diffraction revert to those of the geometrical theory of diffraction (GTD) in far-field cross-section analyses, but finite cross sections can be obtained everywhere by considering mutual cancellation of diffractions from parallel edges. Analytic calculations are performed using UTD coefficients; hence the accuracy required in angular measurements is more critical as the distance increases. The common far-field approximation that all rays to the observation point are parallel is too gross an approxiation for the angular parameters in the UTD coefficients in the far field.

  1. High-quality cubic and hexagonal InN crystals studied by micro-Raman scattering and electron backscatter diffraction

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    Kamimura, Jumpei; Ramsteiner, Manfred; Jahn, Uwe; Lu, Cheng-Ying James; Kikuchi, Akihiko; Kishino, Katsumi; Riechert, Henning

    2016-04-01

    Large InN microcrystals grown by molecular beam epitaxy are investigated by micro-Raman spectroscopy and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). High-quality (phonon linewidths between 1.5 and 2 cm-1) cubic and hexagonal crystals are identified with Raman mapping by the observation of the respective characteristic phonon modes. The unexpected occurrence of metastable cubic InN crystals is confirmed by EBSD measurements. The cubic microcrystals are revealed by EBSD to be single-crystalline and to exhibit  <1 1 1>  orientation. The transverse (TO) and longitudinal-optical (LO) zone-center phonon frequencies of cubic InN are found to be 463 and 584 cm-1, respectively. The bulk carrier density in the microcrystals lies in the range of 2-3  ×  1017 cm-3 as determined by the analysis of LO phonon-plasmon-coupled modes in the Raman spectra.

  2. Advanced Characterization of Slags and Refractory Bricks Using Electron Backscatter Diffraction

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    John Kay; Kurt Eylands

    2007-09-30

    Numerous studies have been conducted to determine changes that occur in slag that cause a rapid change in viscosity, but these studies have been limited by the inability to characterize/identify the phases present in the slag. Rapid freezing of slag in entrained gasifiers and slagging combustion systems can cause a shutdown of the system. The reactions occurring in slag that result in rapid freezing of slags are not well understood. It is believed that electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) can be used to analyze slags and aid in their characterization although its use has not been found in literature. The EBSD technique allows particle-by-particle mineralogy based on diffraction patterns generated by the electron beam when the sample is tilted to a high angle. The diffraction pattern (Kikuchi bands) can only come from crystalline phases, which makes this technique ideally suited to study crystal formation in slags where oftentimes the crystals are very small and a reasonable chemical analysis cannot be made by conventional energy-dispersive spectrometry (EDS) methods in the scanning electron microscope. The ability to have mineralogical data based on the crystalline structure of a phase rather than a chemical analysis by EDS allows much better interpretation of the temperature regimes in which specific phases tend to form. Knowing the type and relative amounts of a phase crystallizing in a slag is critical in predicting the viscosity of a slag at a given temperature. Six slag samples were selected based on the parent coal. Unfortunately, none of the slags appeared to have any crystalline material associated with them. The funding for this project was not adequate for generating more slags from the various coal types. For this reason, sample archives were searched for those containing slags that were not rapidly quenched. A slag from a bituminous coal was found to contain several dendritic crystals (10 {mu}m to 50 {mu}m in size) that formed near the edges of the slag. Analysis of these crystals identified the crystalline phase epidote - Ca{sub 2}Al{sub 2}O(Al, Fe{sup 3+})OH(Si{sub 2}O{sub 7})(SiO{sub 4}). The identification could not have been performed from EDS alone because of Ca deficiency. However, looking at the crystal structure combined with EDS shows that the phase present is a Ca-deficient epidote. From this information, a temperature range of formation was determined. This gives a good example of the additional clarity that can be derived from utilizing EBSD. Evaluation of corrosion products by EBSD at the refractory brick and slag interface did reveal penetration and corrosion of slag into the brick through examination of crystalline phases alone. The degree of corrosion was dependent on the type of refractory and chemical makeup of the slag. This technique has not been used before to analyze slags and slag/refractory interactions. More work needs to be performed to better utilize EBSD for this type of analysis. This project demonstrates that the method is a valid technique that can be used to characterize slags and their interactions with refractory materials.

  3. EBSD analysis of electroplated magnetite thin films

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    Koblischka-Veneva, A.; Koblischka, M. R.; Teng, C. L.; Ryan, M. P.; Hartmann, U.; Mcklich, F.

    2010-05-01

    By means of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), we analyse the crystallographic orientation of electroplated magnetite thin films on Si/copper substrates. Varying the voltage during the electroplating procedure, the resulting surface properties are differing considerably. While a high voltage produces larger but individual grains on the surface, the surfaces become smoother on decreasing voltage. Good quality Kikuchi patterns could be obtained from all samples; even on individual grains, where the surface and the edges could be measured. The spatial resolution of the EBSD measurement could be increased to about 10 nm; thus enabling a detailed analysis of single magnetite grains. The thin film samples are polycrystalline and do not exhibit a preferred orientation. EBSD reveals that the grain size changes depending on the processing conditions, while the detected misorientation angles stay similar.

  4. Limits of simulation based high resolution EBSD.

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    Alkorta, Jon

    2013-08-01

    High resolution electron backscattered diffraction (HREBSD) is a novel technique for a relative determination of both orientation and stress state in crystals through digital image correlation techniques. Recent works have tried to use simulated EBSD patterns as reference patterns to achieve the absolute orientation and stress state of crystals. However, a precise calibration of the pattern centre location is needed to avoid the occurrence of phantom stresses. A careful analysis of the projective transformation involved in the formation of EBSD patterns has permitted to understand these phantom stresses. This geometrical analysis has been confirmed by numerical simulations. The results indicate that certain combinations of crystal strain states and sample locations (pattern centre locations) lead to virtually identical EBSD patterns. This ambiguity makes the problem of solving the absolute stress state of a crystal unfeasible in a single-detector configuration. PMID:23676453

  5. A novel approach for site-specific atom probe specimen preparation by focused ion beam and transmission electron backscatter diffraction.

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    Babinsky, K; De Kloe, R; Clemens, H; Primig, S

    2014-09-01

    Atom probe tomography (APT) is a suitable technique for chemical analyses with almost atomic resolution. However, the time-consuming site-specific specimen preparation can be improved. Recently, transmission electron backscatter diffraction (t-EBSD) has been established for high resolution crystallographic analyses of thin foils. In this paper we present the first successful application of a combined focused ion beam (FIB)/t-EBSD preparation of site-specific APT specimens using the example of grain boundary segregation in technically pure molybdenum. It will be shown that the preparation of a grain boundary can be substantially accelerated by t-EBSD analyses in-between the annular milling FIB procedure in the same microscope. With this combined method, a grain boundary can easily be recognized and positioned in the first 220nm of an APT sample much faster than e.g. with complementary investigations in a transmission electron microscope. Even more, the high resolution technique of t-EBSD gives the opportunity to get crystallographic information of the mapped area and, therefore, an analysis of the grain boundary character to support the interpretation of the APT data files. To optimize this newly developed technique for the application on needle-shaped APT specimens, a parameter study on enhanced background correction, acceleration voltage, and tilt angle was carried out. An acceleration voltage of 30kV at specimen surface tilt angles between -45° and -35° from horizontal plane leads to the best results. Even for molybdenum the observation of crystal orientation data up to about 200nm specimen thickness is possible. PMID:24815026

  6. Application of Electron Backscatter Diffraction to Phase Identification

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    El-Dasher, B S; Deal, A

    2008-07-16

    The identification of crystalline phases in solids requires knowledge of two microstructural properties: crystallographic structure and chemical composition. Traditionally, this has been accomplished using X-ray diffraction techniques where the measured crystallographic information, in combination with separate chemical composition measurements for specimens of unknown pedigrees, is used to deduce the unknown phases. With the latest microstructural analysis tools for scanning electron microscopes, both the crystallography and composition can be determined in a single analysis utilizing electron backscatter diffraction and energy dispersive spectroscopy, respectively. In this chapter, we discuss the approach required to perform these experiments, elucidate the benefits and limitations of this technique, and detail via case studies how composition, crystallography, and diffraction contrast can be used as phase discriminators.

  7. Scanning electron microscopy and transmitted electron backscatter diffraction examination of asbestos standard reference materials, amphibole particles of differing morphology, and particle phase discrimination from talc ores.

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    Bandli, Bryan R; Gunter, Mickey E

    2014-12-01

    Since 1972, when the US Occupational Health and Safety Administration established the first limits on occupational exposure to asbestos fibers, numerous analytical methods employing several microscopy techniques have been developed to identify a group of minerals defined by legislation as asbestos. While transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is implemented in standardized analytical methods, these methods specify the use of selected area electron diffraction. Because of this constraint, the diffraction data a TEM can provide are often underutilized due to challenges associated with collecting and interpreting individual diffraction patterns. It has been shown that transmission electron backscatter diffraction (tEBSD) produces diffraction patterns nearly identical to electron backscatter diffraction, but from smaller crystal domains. This paper explores the utility of tEBSD for characterization of asbestiform particles from reference asbestos materials, a suite of amphibole minerals of varying morphologies to determine if there is a correlation between mineral habit (i.e., crystal form), microscopic particle shape preferred orientation, and mineral specimens from an industrial talc deposit to provide a case study of the utility and limitations of the technique. PMID:25339300

  8. A method to correct coordinate distortion in EBSD maps

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    Zhang, Y.B. Elbrønd, A.; Lin, F.X.

    2014-10-15

    Drift during electron backscatter diffraction mapping leads to coordinate distortions in resulting orientation maps, which affects, in some cases significantly, the accuracy of analysis. A method, thin plate spline, is introduced and tested to correct such coordinate distortions in the maps after the electron backscatter diffraction measurements. The accuracy of the correction as well as theoretical and practical aspects of using the thin plate spline method is discussed in detail. By comparing with other correction methods, it is shown that the thin plate spline method is most efficient to correct different local distortions in the electron backscatter diffraction maps. - Highlights: • A new method is suggested to correct nonlinear spatial distortion in EBSD maps. • The method corrects EBSD maps more precisely than presently available methods. • Errors less than 1–2 pixels are typically obtained. • Direct quantitative analysis of dynamic data are available after this correction.

  9. Distinguishing crystallographic misorientations of lanthanum zirconate epilayers on nickel substrates by electron backscatter diffraction.

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    Ji, Yuan; Wang, Li; Zhang, Yinqi; Wei, Bin; Wang, Jianhong; Cheng, Yanling; Suo, Hongli

    2011-04-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) was used for distinguishing crystallographic orientations and local lattice misfits of a La(2)Zr(2)O(7) (LZO) buffer layer epitaxially grown on a cube textured Ni-5.%W (Ni-W) substrate for a YBCO superconductor film. Orientation data were obtained from the LZO epilayer using low energy primary electrons (5keV) and from the Ni-W substrate by increasing the voltage to 15keV. In-plane and out-of-plane orientations of the LZO epilayer were revealed with respect to its Ni-W substrate. A strong {100} 〈011〉 rotated-cube texture in the LZO epilayer was formed on the {100} 〈001〉 cube-textured Ni-W substrates. LZO and Ni in-plane crystallographic axes are related by an expected 45° rotation. The step-misorientations and the local misfit strains between the LZO epilayer and the substrate were also analyzed. PMID:21396525

  10. Application of electron backscattered diffraction to cleavage fracture in duplex stainless steel

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    Kim, S.; Marrow, T.J.

    1999-05-21

    The mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of duplex stainless steel (DSS) are generally superior to conventional austenite or ferrite grades. DSSs can have yield strengths twice the austenite grades, while retaining good ductility and toughness properties. Commercial wrought duplex stainless steels, either plates or rod, are processed by hot rolling followed by a solution annealing treatment to optimize the austenite-ferrite ratio and dissolve any pre-existing secondary phases. Processing may lead to a significant anisotropy in mechanical properties. For example, the tensile properties in cold-rolled sheet of duplex stainless steel (22Cr5Ni) reveals anisotropy of strength, i.e., the transverse direction tensile strength is 7.3% higher than tensile strength in the rolling direction (RD). It was also shown in a study of the effect of crack orientation on the impact properties of the same steel, that when the crack was oriented parallel to the direction of elongation of the austenite phase, the crack could grow along the more brittle ferrite phase for a longer distance before encountering the more ductile austenite. This decreased impact toughness. These are examples of microstructure texture. Crystallographic texture may also have an effect on properties that are related to specific crystallographic planes; such as brittle cleavage and stress corrosion cracking. This paper describes the application of electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) to study cleavage fracture and crystal texture in age-hardened DSS.

  11. Characterization of bulk superconductors through EBSD methods

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    Koblischka, M. R.; Koblischka-Veneva, A.

    2003-10-01

    The application of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique to bulk high- Tc superconductors is presented and reviewed. Due to the ceramic nature and the complex crystallographic unit cells of the perovskite-type high- Tc superconductors, the EBSD analysis is not yet as common as it deserves. We have successfully performed EBSD analysis on a variety of high- Tc compounds and samples including polycrystalline YBCO (pure and doped by alkali metals), melt-textured YBCO, thin and thick films of YBCO; the “green phase” Y 2BaCuO 5, thin film and melt-textured NdBa 2Cu 3O x and Bi-2212 single crystals and tapes. It is shown that the surface preparation of the samples is crucial due to the small information depth (up to 100 nm) of the EBSD technique. High quality Kikuchi patterns are the requirement in order to enable the automated EBSD mapping, which yields phase distributions, individual grain orientations and the misorientation angle distribution. The results can be presented in form of mappings, as charts, and as pole figures. These informations are required for a better understanding of the growth mechanism(s) of bulk high- Tc superconductors intended for applications.

  12. Making EBSD on water ice routine.

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    Prior, D J; Lilly, K; Seidemann, M; Vaughan, M; Becroft, L; Easingwood, R; Diebold, S; Obbard, R; Daghlian, C; Baker, I; Caswell, T; Golding, N; Goldsby, D; Durham, W B; Piazolo, S; Wilson, C J L

    2015-09-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) on ice is a decade old. We have built upon previous work to select and develop methods of sample preparation and analysis that give >90% success rate in obtaining high-quality EBSD maps, for the whole surface area (potentially) of low porosity (<15%) water ice samples, including very fine-grained (<10 μm) and very large (up to 70 mm by 30 mm) samples. We present and explain two new methods of removing frost and providing a damage-free surface for EBSD: pressure cycle sublimation and 'ironing'. In general, the pressure cycle sublimation method is preferred as it is easier, faster and does not generate significant artefacts. We measure the thermal effects of sample preparation, transfer and storage procedures and model the likelihood of these modifying sample microstructures. We show results from laboratory ice samples, with a wide range of microstructures, to illustrate effectiveness and limitations of EBSD on ice and its potential applications. The methods we present can be implemented, with a modest investment, on any scanning electron microscope system with EBSD, a cryostage and a variable pressure capability. PMID:25925223

  13. Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) Study of the Structure and Crystallography of the Barnacle Balanus amphitrite

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    Lewis, Alexis C.; Burden, Daniel K.; Wahl, Kathryn J.; Everett, Richard K.

    2014-01-01

    This work presents novel mapping of the structure and crystallography of the shell of the barnacle Balanus amphitrite. Calcium carbonate in the form of hexagonal calcite was observed, with fine crystallites on the order of 1 μm in diameter forming clusters of similar orientation. While no apparent preferred orientation was measured in the parietal shell cross section, the base plate shell cross section revealed a preference for the alignment of the <0001> direction at the exterior of the shell, rotating by 90° toward the center of the base plate cross-section. These maps will be used to construct image-based models of the barnacle shell for further study of mechanical response.

  14. Electron Backscattered Diffraction Analysis Of Narrow Copper Interconnects In Cross-View To Investigate Scale Effect On Microstructure

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    Galand, Romain; Clement, Laurent; Waltz, Patrice; Wouters, Yves

    2010-11-24

    In this article, we propose to use Electron Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD) to characterize microstructure of copper interconnects of thin metal level in top view and cross view. These two views give very complementary information about microstructure of copper and thus about recrystallization of copper during annealing. Moreover, for minimum width, as interconnect is two times thicker than wide; It will be easier to analyze smaller interconnect of 45 nm node technology in cross-section. We look for evolution of texture and microstructure of copper with line width in top view and in cross view. We highlight the presence of two recrystallization mechanisms and also the fact that transition from one to the other is progressive with competition of both mechanisms.

  15. Addressing Preparation and Analysis Needs for Reliable EBSD Characterization of Geological Materials

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    Nowell, M.

    2010-12-01

    Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) has become a well-accepted SEM-based characterization technique in earth and material sciences for measuring crystallographic structure and orientation. However certain challenges arise when dealing with geological samples, particularly multiphase samples. Reliable EBSD characterization requires a well prepared surface to facilitate diffraction events near the sample surface. Additionally, the surface should ideally be flat to avoid any topographic interference with the EBSD detector. Achieving this surface can be difficult in geological samples, as the constituent minerals may have different hardness values and polishing rates. Often there is a competing drive to either maximize surface quality or minimize surface topography. In this work, multiphase samples were prepared as both bulk samples and glass slides. EBSD data was collected from both samples, and the resulting EBSD pattern quality and characterization data compared. In this case, the bulk sample had the highest quality EBSD patterns, but both preparation methods yielded acceptable EBSD data. In addition to preparation, analyzing EBSD patterns requires that the crystallographic structure of the minerals present to be known. These structure parameters can vary with solid solution composition. Crystals with similar lattice structures but different atomic occupancies can also produce similar EBSD patterns that can be difficult to differentiate. An approach to reduce the ambiguities caused by these issues using chemical information collected simultaneously via EDS will be discussed.

  16. Kossel and pseudo Kossel CCD pattern in comparison with electron backscattering diffraction diagrams

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    Däbritz, S.; Langer, E.; Hauffe, W.

    2001-07-01

    Kossel and pseudo Kossel interferences, i.e. lattice source interferences (LSI) and divergent beam X-ray interferences (DBI), as well as electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD) are complementary physical methods of investigation, by means of which material-physical parameters can be obtained from microscopic small specimen areas in a non-destructive way. The interferences are taken with a high-resolution and time-integrating CCD camera [in Proceedings of the 15th International Congress on X-Ray Optics and Microanalysis (ICXOM), August 1998, Antwerp, Belgium; J. Anal. At. Spectrom. (The Royal Society of Chemistry) 14 (1999) 409] and at once transmitted to the computer for evaluation. Thus, these techniques can be used in situ. For the methods LSI and DBI, the reflections are indexed and evaluated with the own developed simulation program KOPSKO [Cryst. Res. Technol. 34 (7) (1999) 801]. In the present case, these three methods, besides other detectors, were additionally installed by us in the CamScan CS44 scanning electron microscope for the analysis of micro regions in solids. Because of the different excitation or diffraction ranges of the techniques, information comes from different specimen depths of some nanometers to about 100 μm. On this way, the range of application for the determination of the parameters was considerably increased. By the examples of a single-crystalline ceramic specimen of BaTiO 3 as well as a Fe monocrystal one the range of application is demonstrated by the determination of the crystallographic direction with respect to the specimen surface all three methods are compared.

  17. Three-Dimensional EBSD Analysis of YSZ, NiO-YSZ and Ni-Alloy

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    Saraf, Laxmikant V.

    2012-01-03

    In this report, a method is discussed to perform successive milling on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), NiO-YSZ and Ni-alloy at the intervals of 85 nm 50 nm and 100 nm, respectively using a focused ion beam (FIB) followed by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis on each slice. The EBSD data is then reconstructed to generate 3D volume. The 3D-EBSD band quality data is superimposed on inverse pole figure (IPF) grain orientation analysis to get a correlation with quality of band indexing. For the NiO-YSZ case, grain orientations and band quality factors were matched for grains {approx}250 nm diameters producing a high resolution 3D-EBSD data. For this case, a pore space in 3D volume was visible due to nanocrystalline NiO-YSZ grain network. The advantages of 3D EBSD are discussed in the context of its applications to SOFC research community.

  18. Crystallographic Orientation of Cuttlebone Shield Determined by Electron Backscatter Diffraction

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    Cusack, Maggie; Chung, Peter

    2014-01-01

    In common with many cephalopod mollusks, cuttlefish produce an internal biomineral buoyancy device. This cuttlebone is analogous to a surf board in shape and structure, providing rigidity and a means of controlling buoyancy. The cuttlebone is composed of calcium carbonate in the form of aragonite and comprises an upper dorsal shield and a lower lamellar matrix. The lamellar matrix comprises layers of chambers with highly corrugated walls. The dorsal shield comprises bundles of aragonite needles stacked on top of each other. Electron backscatter diffraction analyses of the dorsal shield reveal that the c-axis of aragonite is parallel with the long axis of the needles in the bundles such that any spread in crystallographic orientation is consistent with the spread in orientation of the fibers as they radiate to form the overall structure of the dorsal shield. This arrangement of c-axis coincident with the long axis of the biomineral structure is similar to the arrangement in corals and in contrast to the situation in the molluskan aragonite nacre of brachiopod calcite where the c-axis is perpendicular to the aragonite tablet or calcite fiber, respectively.

  19. A Dictionary Approach to Electron Backscatter Diffraction Indexing.

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    Chen, Yu H; Park, Se Un; Wei, Dennis; Newstadt, Greg; Jackson, Michael A; Simmons, Jeff P; De Graef, Marc; Hero, Alfred O

    2015-06-01

    We propose a framework for indexing of grain and subgrain structures in electron backscatter diffraction patterns of polycrystalline materials. We discretize the domain of a dynamical forward model onto a dense grid of orientations, producing a dictionary of patterns. For each measured pattern, we identify the most similar patterns in the dictionary, and identify boundaries, detect anomalies, and index crystal orientations. The statistical distribution of these closest matches is used in an unsupervised binary decision tree (DT) classifier to identify grain boundaries and anomalous regions. The DT classifies a pattern as an anomaly if it has an abnormally low similarity to any pattern in the dictionary. It classifies a pixel as being near a grain boundary if the highly ranked patterns in the dictionary differ significantly over the pixel's neighborhood. Indexing is accomplished by computing the mean orientation of the closest matches to each pattern. The mean orientation is estimated using a maximum likelihood approach that models the orientation distribution as a mixture of Von Mises-Fisher distributions over the quaternionic three sphere. The proposed dictionary matching approach permits segmentation, anomaly detection, and indexing to be performed in a unified manner with the additional benefit of uncertainty quantification. PMID:26055190

  20. A pseudo-3D approach based on electron backscatter diffraction and backscatter electron imaging to study the character of phase boundaries between Mg and long period stacking ordered phase in a Mg–2Y–Zn alloy

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    Afshar, Mehran Zaefferer, Stefan

    2015-03-15

    In Mg–2 at.% Y–1 at.% Zn alloys, the LPSO (Long Period Stacking Ordered) phase is important to improve mechanical properties of the material. The aim of this paper is to present a study on the phase boundary character in these two-phase alloys. Using EBSD pattern analysis it was found that the 24R structure is the dominant LPSO phase structure in the current alloy. The phase boundary character between the Mg matrix and the LPSO phase was investigated using an improved pseudo-3D EBSD (electron backscatter diffraction) technique in combination with BSE or SE (backscatter or secondary electron) imaging. A large amount of very low-angle phase boundaries was detected. The (0 0 0 2) plane in the Mg matrix which is parallel to the (0 0 0 24) plane in the LPSO phase was found to be the most frequent plane for these phase boundaries. This plane is supposed to be the habit plane of the eutectic co-solidification of the Mg matrix and the LPSO phase. - Highlights: • It is shown that for the investigated alloy the LPSO phase has mainly 24R crystal structure. • A new method is presented which allows accurate determination of the 5-parameter grain or phase boundary character. • It is found that the low-angle phase boundaries appearing in the alloy all have basal phase boundary planes.

  1. Application of electron backscatter diffraction to the study on orientation distribution of intermetallic compounds at heterogeneous interfaces (Sn/Ag and Sn/Cu)

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    Zou, H. F.; Zhang, Z. F.

    2010-11-01

    In the current study, the orientation distribution and formation mechanism of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) at heterogeneous interfaces (Sn/Ag or Sn/Cu) were investigated by using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) method. The EBSD orientation maps have revealed that some special orientation relationships exist not only at the interfaces between the faceted IMC and (001) or (111) single crystal substrates but also at the interfaces of the scalloplike IMC/(011) single crystal substrate, which are attributed to the low misfit between the IMC and the substrates. However, only part of special orientation relationships can be obtained by using the pole figure when a large number of IMC grains were considered. The reason is that the single crystal substrate can supply more immobile atoms for these special orientated IMC cluster. With increasing the reflowing or aging time, the orientation relationship has no obvious change between the IMC and the single crystal substrates. Meanwhile, it is found that the determinative factor controlling the IMC morphology should include two kinds of interfacial energies at the interfaces of IMC/solder and IMC/substrate. The variations in the interfacial energies would induce the transformation of the IMC morphology. These experimental results would be helpful for better understanding on the formation mechanisms of IMCs at the interfaces of Sn/crystals and promoting the wide application of EBSD to study the orientation relationships at other heterogeneous interfaces.

  2. Surface Morphology and Microstructural Characterization of KCl Crystals Grown in Halite-Sylvite Brine Solutions by Electron Backscattered Diffraction Techniques

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    Podder, Jiban; Basu, Ritwik; Evitts, Richard William; Besant, Robert William

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, a study on the ternary NaCl-KCl-H2O system was carried out by an extractive metallurgy technique from mixed brine solutions of different compositions at room temperature (23°C). The surface morphology and microstructure were examined using a scanning electron microscope (SEM), electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) and an energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy. The presence of Na{ }+ was found to reduce the stability of the solutions and increase the crystallization induction period, interfacial energy, energy of formation of the nucleus and greatly reduce the nucleation rate of KCl crystal. The surface morphology of KCl crystals is significantly changed due to presence of 5 to 10% (w/w) of NaCl as impurities in the binary solutions and shows the formation of co-crystals of different crystallographic orientation of NaCl on the KCl surface. In addition X-ray diffraction studies performed on KCl crystals grown in halite-sylvite binary solutions reveals that these crystals are cubic in nature and its lattice constant is 6.2952 Å when the NaCl concentration is small.

  3. Grain Growth Orientation and Anisotropy in Cu6Sn5 Intermetallic: Nanoindentation and Electron Backscatter Diffraction Analysis

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    Choudhury, Soud Farhan; Ladani, Leila

    2014-04-01

    As the size of joints in micro/nano-electronics diminishes, the role of intermetallic (IMC) layers becomes more significant. It was shown that solder joint strength is controlled largely by IMC strength at higher strain rates. Additionally, there is a possibility that very small joints are completely composed of IMCs. Further miniaturization of joints may result in statistical grain size effects. Therefore, it is essential to characterize IMC materials and understand their anisotropic mechanical properties. One of the most common types of IMCs in microelectronic joints is Cu6Sn5, which is formed in a variety of bonding materials with different compositions of Sn, Cu, and Ag. This work studies through nanoindentation elastic-plastic properties of a single grain of Cu6Sn5 IMC in a Sn-3.5Ag/Cu system with reflow soldering. Elastic properties such as elastic modulus and hardness were determined from the nanoindentation load-depth curve. The reverse analysis model described by Dao et al. was used to extract plastic properties such as yield strength and strain hardening exponent from nanoindentation data. Care was taken to achieve indentation of single grains with sufficient accuracy and repeatability. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) mapping was used to determine orientation of Cu6Sn5 grains and to relate the orientation with the load-depth curve results of nanoindentation and the corresponding elastic and plastic properties. The EBSD results indicated that the Cu6Sn5 crystal structure is hexagonal. Columnar growth of the Cu6Sn5 grains was observed as the grains mostly grew along the c-axis of the crystal. Indentation of different grains parallel to the basal plane showed no significant difference in mechanical properties.

  4. The effect of length scale on the determination of geometrically necessary dislocations via EBSD continuum dislocation microscopy.

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    Ruggles, T J; Rampton, T M; Khosravani, A; Fullwood, D T

    2016-05-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) dislocation microscopy is an important, emerging field in metals characterization. Currently, calculation of geometrically necessary dislocation (GND) density is problematic because it has been shown to depend on the step size of the EBSD scan used to investigate the sample. This paper models the change in calculated GND density as a function of step size statistically. The model provides selection criteria for EBSD step size as well as an estimate of the total dislocation content. Evaluation of a heterogeneously deformed tantalum specimen is used to asses the method. PMID:26986021

  5. Oriented Nucleation of both Ge-Fresnoite and Benitoite/BaGe4O9 during the Surface Crystallisation of Glass Studied by Electron Backscatter Diffraction.

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    Wisniewski, Wolfgang; Patschger, Marek; Murdzheva, Steliana; Thieme, Christian; Rüssel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    Two glasses of the compositions 2 BaO - TiO2 - 2.75 GeO2 and 2 BaO - TiO2 -3.67 GeO2 (also known as BTG55) are annealed at temperatures from 680 to 970 °C to induce surface crystallization. The resulting samples are analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) including electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Ge-Fresnoite (Ba2TiGe2O8, BTG) is observed at the immediate surface of all samples and oriented nucleation is proven in both compositions. After a very fast kinetic selection, the crystal growth of BTG into the bulk occurs via highly oriented dendrites where the c-axes are oriented perpendicular to the surface. The growth of this oriented layer is finally blocked by dendritc BTG originating from bulk nucleation. The secondary phases BaTiGe3O9 (benitoite) and BaGe4O9 are also identified near the surface by XRD and localized by EBSD which additionally indicates orientation preferences for these phases. This behaviour is in contrast with previous reports from the Ba2TiSi2O8 as well as the Sr2TiSi2O8 systems. PMID:26853738

  6. Oriented Nucleation of both Ge-Fresnoite and Benitoite/BaGe4O9 during the Surface Crystallisation of Glass Studied by Electron Backscatter Diffraction

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    Wisniewski, Wolfgang; Patschger, Marek; Murdzheva, Steliana; Thieme, Christian; Rüssel, Christian

    2016-02-01

    Two glasses of the compositions 2 BaO - TiO2 - 2.75 GeO2 and 2 BaO - TiO2 -3.67 GeO2 (also known as BTG55) are annealed at temperatures from 680 to 970 °C to induce surface crystallization. The resulting samples are analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) including electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Ge-Fresnoite (Ba2TiGe2O8, BTG) is observed at the immediate surface of all samples and oriented nucleation is proven in both compositions. After a very fast kinetic selection, the crystal growth of BTG into the bulk occurs via highly oriented dendrites where the c-axes are oriented perpendicular to the surface. The growth of this oriented layer is finally blocked by dendritc BTG originating from bulk nucleation. The secondary phases BaTiGe3O9 (benitoite) and BaGe4O9 are also identified near the surface by XRD and localized by EBSD which additionally indicates orientation preferences for these phases. This behaviour is in contrast with previous reports from the Ba2TiSi2O8 as well as the Sr2TiSi2O8 systems.

  7. Oriented Nucleation of both Ge-Fresnoite and Benitoite/BaGe4O9 during the Surface Crystallisation of Glass Studied by Electron Backscatter Diffraction

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    Wisniewski, Wolfgang; Patschger, Marek; Murdzheva, Steliana; Thieme, Christian; Rüssel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    Two glasses of the compositions 2 BaO - TiO2 - 2.75 GeO2 and 2 BaO – TiO2 –3.67 GeO2 (also known as BTG55) are annealed at temperatures from 680 to 970 °C to induce surface crystallization. The resulting samples are analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) including electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Ge-Fresnoite (Ba2TiGe2O8, BTG) is observed at the immediate surface of all samples and oriented nucleation is proven in both compositions. After a very fast kinetic selection, the crystal growth of BTG into the bulk occurs via highly oriented dendrites where the c-axes are oriented perpendicular to the surface. The growth of this oriented layer is finally blocked by dendritc BTG originating from bulk nucleation. The secondary phases BaTiGe3O9 (benitoite) and BaGe4O9 are also identified near the surface by XRD and localized by EBSD which additionally indicates orientation preferences for these phases. This behaviour is in contrast with previous reports from the Ba2TiSi2O8 as well as the Sr2TiSi2O8 systems. PMID:26853738

  8. Stress measurement at the interface between a Si substrate and diamond-like carbon/Cr/W films by the electronic backscatter diffraction method

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    Zhou, Liqi; Xu, Guofu; Li, Xu; Wang, Xinwei; Ren, Lingling; Wang, Aiying; Tao, Xingfu

    2016-02-01

    Stress distribution characteristics at the interface between diamond-like carbon (DLC)/Cr/W films and a Si substrate were studied by an electronic backscatter diffraction (EBSD) system and transmission electron microscopy. Positive and negative stresses were distributed within the largest width of the Si/DLC interface, whereas the stress bands of homogeneous stress layers were observed at the interface between the Si substrate and the Cr layer. The stress bands of the Si/W interface were found to have the smallest width. The distinct characteristics of stress distribution at these interfaces are produced by the difference in the mass, energy, and diameter of the deposition ions/atoms as well as the different mechanisms of film growth.

  9. Growth Directions of Precipitates in the Al-Si-Mg-Hf Alloy Using Combined EBSD and FIB 3D-Reconstruction Techniques.

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    Wang, Xueli; Xing, Yuan; Huang, Huilan; Li, Yanjun; Jia, Zhihong; Liu, Qing

    2015-06-01

    Nanobelt-like precipitates in an Al-Si-Mg-Hf alloy were studied using electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) and focused ion beam (FIB) scanning electron microscopy techniques. One grain of the Al matrix with a near [111] normal direction was identified by EBSD and the three-dimensional (3D) microstructure of nanobelt-like precipitates in this grain was studied using 3D-FIB. Ten growth directions of the nanobelt-like precipitates in the grain were identified. PMID:25951774

  10. Quantitative measurements of Kikuchi bands in diffraction patterns of backscattered electrons using an electrostatic analyzer.

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    Went, M R; Winkelmann, A; Vos, M

    2009-09-01

    Diffraction patterns of backscattered electrons can provide important crystallographic information with high spatial resolution. Recently, the dynamical theory of electron diffraction was applied to reproduce in great detail backscattering patterns observed in the scanning electron microscope (SEM). However, a fully quantitative comparison of theory and experiment requires angle-resolved measurements of the intensity and the energy of the backscattered electrons, which is difficult to realize in an SEM. This paper determines diffraction patterns of backscattered electrons using an electrostatic analyzer, operating at energies up to 40 keV with sub-eV energy resolution. Measurements are done for different measurement geometries and incoming energies. Generally a good agreement is found between theory and experiment. This spectrometer also allows us to test the influence of the energy loss of the detected electron on the backscattered electron diffraction pattern. It is found that the amplitude of the intensity variation decreases only slowly with increasing energy loss from 0 to 60 eV. PMID:19500910

  11. Diffraction-controlled backscattering threshold and application to Raman gap

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    Rose, Harvey A.; Mounaix, Philippe

    2011-04-15

    In most classic analytical models of linear stimulated scatter, light diffraction is omitted, a priori. However, modern laser optic typically includes a variant of the random phase plate [Y. Kato et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 53, 1057 (1984)], resulting in diffraction limited laser intensity fluctuations - or localized speckles - which may result in explosive reflectivity growth as the average laser intensity approaches a critical value [H. A. Rose and D. F. DuBois, Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 2883 (1994)]. Among the differences between stimulated Raman scatter (SRS) and stimulated Brillouin scatter is that the SRS scattered light diffracts more strongly than the laser light with increase of electron density. This weakens the tendency of the SRS light to closely follow the most amplified paths, diminishing gain. Let G{sub 0} be the one-dimensional power gain exponent of the stimulated scatter. In this paper we show that differential diffraction gives rise to an increase of G{sub 0} at the SRS physical threshold with increase of electron density up to a drastic disruption of SRS as electron density approaches one fourth of its critical value from below. For three wave interaction lengths not small compared to a speckle length, this is a physically robust Raman gap mechanism.

  12. Dependence of the Electron Beam Energy and Types of Surface to Determine EBSD Indexing Reliability in Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia

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    Saraf, Laxmikant V.

    2012-04-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) is a powerful technique for the surface microstructure analysis. EBSD analysis of cubic yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) in two and three dimensions (2-D, 3-D) is demonstrated using sequential slicing from a focused ion beam (FIB) followed by EBSD mapping to represent 3-D reconstructed high density grain structure with random orientation. The statistics related to accuracy of EBSD band detection shows that probability of accurate grain orientation detection increased significantly when the electron beam energy is increased from 10 kV to 30 kV. As a result of better sampling with increased interaction volume, a disparity between local and average grain orientation angle also exhibited the dependence of the electron beam energy to determine the accuracy of grain orientation. To study the accuracy and quality of EBSD band detection as a function of surface roughness and over layer formation, rapid EBSD measurement tests are performed on (a) YSZ surfaces ion-polished at ion beam energies of 65 nA at 30 kV and 1 nA at 30 kV and (b) carbon coated versus uncoated YSZ surfaces. The EBSD results at both 10 kV and 30 kV electron beam energies indicate that EBSD band detection accuracy is negatively affected by surface roughness and amorphous over layer formation.

  13. Zirconium deformation behavior: insights from EBSD measurements.

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    Bingert, J. F.; Mason, T. A.; Kaschner, G. C.; Maudlin, P. J.; Gray, G. T. , III

    2001-01-01

    The deformation of crystal-bar zirconium was investigated as a function of strain and strain rate through electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) characterization. The resultant data provided spatially resolved information on microstructure and texture evolution, individual twin system activity, and subsequent strain partitioning between twinned volume and parent grains. A range of deformation conditions was represented through quasi-static compression, 4-point beam bend tests at room and cryogenic temperature, and Taylor cylinder impact experiments. Effects from the interplay between slip and twinning deformation modes on anisotropic plasticity are considered in order to address the apparent trend toward isotropy at high rates. The role of various length scales on deformation behavior will be considered, along with the implications of these length scales on the assumptions typically invoked for plasticity modeling.

  14. Phase Identification of Dual-Phase (DP980) Steels by Electron Backscatter Diffraction and Nanoindentation Techniques.

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    Zhang, Fan; Ruimi, Annie; Field, David P

    2016-02-01

    Phase identification of multi-phase materials provides essential information relating the material to its mechanical properties. In this study we selected DP980, a type of dual-phase steel, to investigate the content of martensite and ferrite grains. A combination of advanced techniques was used to provide detailed and precise information of the microstructure. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy were used to provide observations of the sample surface at different scales. Martensite and ferrite phases of DP980 were further identified and characterized using electron backscatter diffraction and scanning probe microscopy. Results obtained with nanoindentation tests confirmed that the differences in nanohardness values in single-phase grains are martensite and ferrite with different surface heights shown by scanning probe microscopy. The similarity shown in the image quality map and scanning probe microscopy proves that a large fraction of martensite can be distinguished in this undeformed material using image quality parameters obtained during electron backscatter diffraction imaging. PMID:26781200

  15. Electron backscattering diffraction analysis of an ancient wootz steel blade from central India

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    Barnett, M.R. Sullivan, A.; Balasubramaniam, R.

    2009-04-15

    The electron backscattering diffraction technique was used to analyse the nature of carbides present in an ancient wootz steel blade. Bulky carbides, pro-eutectoid carbide along the prior austenite grain boundaries and fine spheroidized carbides were detected. Electron backscattering diffraction was employed to understand the texture of these carbides. The orientations of the cementite frequently occur in clusters, which points to a common origin of the members of the cluster. For the bands of coarse cementite, the origin is probably large coarse particles formed during the original cooling of the wootz cake. Pearlite formed earlier in the forging process has led to groups of similarly oriented fine cementite particles. The crystallographic texture of the cementite is sharp whereas that of the ferrite is weak. The sharp cementite textures point to the longevity of the coarse cementite throughout the repeated forging steps and to the influence of existing textured cementite on the nucleation of new cementite during cooling.

  16. Microstructural evolution in adiabatic shear bands of copper at high strain rates: Electron backscatter diffraction characterization

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    Tang Lin; Chen Zhiyong; Zhan Congkun; Yang Xuyue; Liu Chuming; Cai Hongnian

    2012-02-15

    The microstructural evolution of adiabatic shear bands in annealed copper with different large strains at high strain rates has been investigated by electron backscatter diffraction. The results show that mechanical twinning can occur with minimal contribution to shear localization under dynamic loading. Elongated ultrafine grains with widths of 100-300 nm are observed during the evolution of the adiabatic shear bands. A rotational dynamic recrystallization mechanism is proposed to explain the formation of the elongated ultrafine grains. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The microstructural evolution of ASB is studied by electron backscatter diffraction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Twinning can occur in ASB while the contribution to shear localization is slight. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Elongated ultrafine grains are observed during the evolution process of ASB. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A possible mechanism is proposed to explain the microstructure evolution of ASB.

  17. Phase analysis in duplex stainless steel: comparison of EBSD and quantitative metallography methods

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    Michalska, J.; Chmiela, B.

    2014-03-01

    The purpose of the research was to work out the qualitative and quantitative analysis of phases in DSS in as-received state and after thermal aging. For quantitative purposes, SEM observations, EDS analyses and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) methods were employed. Qualitative analysis of phases was performed by two methods: EBSD and classical quantitative metallography. A juxtaposition of different etchants for the revealing of microstructure and brief review of sample preparation methods for EBSD studies were presented. Different ways of sample preparation were tested and based on these results a detailed methodology of DSS phase analysis was developed including: surface finishing, selective etching methods and image acquisition. The advantages and disadvantages of applied methods were pointed out and compared the accuracy of the analysis phase performed by both methods.

  18. Damage Assessment of Heat Resistant Steels through Electron BackScatter Diffraction Strain Analysis under Creep and Creep-Fatigue Conditions

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    Fujiyama, Kazunari; Kimachi, Hirohisa; Tsuboi, Toshiki; Hagiwara, Hiroyuki; Ogino, Shotaro; Mizutani, Yoshiki

    EBSD(Electron BackScatter Diffraction) analyses were conducted for studying the quantitative microstructural metrics of creep and creep-fatigue damage for austenitic SUS304HTB boiler tube steel and ferritic Mod.9Cr piping steel. KAM(Kernel Average Misorientation) maps and GOS(Grain Orientation Spread) maps were obtained for these samples and the area averaged values KAMave and GOSave were obtained. While the increasing trends of these misorientation metrics were observed for SUS304HTB steel, the decreasing trends were observed for damaged Mod.9Cr steel with extensive recovery of subgrain structure. To establish more universal parameter representing the accumulation of damage to compensate these opposite trends, the EBSD strain parameters were introduced for converting the misorientation changes into the quantities representing accumulated permanent strains during creep and creep-fatigue damage process. As KAM values were dependent on the pixel size (inversely proportional to the observation magnification) and the permanent strain could be expressed as the shear strain which was the product of dislocation density, Burgers vector and dislocation movement distance, two KAM strain parameters MεKAMnet and MεδKAMave were introduced as the sum of product of the noise subtracted KAMnet and the absolute change from initial value δKAMave with dislocation movement distance divided by pixel size. MεδKAMave parameter showed better relationship both with creep strain in creep tests and accumulated creep strain range in creep-fatigue tests. This parameter can be used as the strain-based damage evaluation and detector of final failure.

  19. Ultrasonic Characterization of Effective Elastic Constants and Texture in Aluminium Correlated with Ebsd

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    Essex, S. D.; Potter, M. D. G.; Dobedoe, R. S.; Dixon, S.

    2008-02-01

    Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) is a microscopic technique that provides detailed crystallographic orientation information for given samples. It enables the quantitative calculation and visualization of important microstructural properties such as grain size, aspect ratio and the average grain orientation of the aggregate, commonly known as the Orientation Distribution Function (ODF). In order to validate an ultrasonic technique to quantitatively describe texture we are correlating ultrasonic velocity measurements with results from EBSD. The velocity variations as a function of angle from the Rolling Direction in sheet samples are dependent on such quantities measurable by the EBSD technique. We describe here a modified technique to extrapolate the three independent Orientation Distribution Coefficients (ODCs) W400, W420 and W440 for cubic structures from the Bunge-Euler angle data determined through EBSD scans as a description of texture within the sample. EBSD results, taken from through-thickness scans to eliminate the errors that arise with surface-to-bulk inhomogeneity, for rolled aluminium sheets are discussed compared to the ODCs obtained using an ultrasonic EMAT-EMAT S0 Lamb wave velocity measurement system.

  20. ARPGE: a computer program to automatically reconstruct the parent grains from electron backscatter diffraction data

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    Cayron, Cyril

    2007-01-01

    A computer program called ARPGE written in Python uses the theoretical results generated by the computer program GenOVa to automatically reconstruct the parent grains from electron backscatter diffraction data obtained on phase transition materials with or without residual parent phase. The misorientations between daughter grains are identified with operators, the daughter grains are identified with indexed variants, the orientations of the parent grains are determined, and some statistics on the variants and operators are established. Some examples with martensitic transformations in iron and titanium alloys were treated. Variant selection phenomena were revealed. PMID:19461849

  1. Quantification of ridging in ferritic stainless steel sheets by electron backscattered diffraction R-value maps.

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    Lee, Kye-Man; Park, Jieon; Kim, Sangseok; Park, Sooho; Huh, Moo-Young

    2013-08-01

    In ferritic stainless steel (FSS), undesirable surface defects of ridging appear during deep drawing. The formation of these defects is attributed to the inhomogeneous distribution of orientations of individual grains. In the present work, a new electron backscattered diffraction R(α)-value map was introduced, and the dependence of the tensile directions on the formation of ridging in an FSS sheet was discussed using this map. The results showed that large grain colonies in the R(α)-value maps lead to the formation of severe ridging in an FSS sheet. PMID:23920166

  2. Utilizing Ebsd to Validate and Understand Nde Techniques

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    Essex, S. D.; Potter, M. D. G.; Vann, R.; Dixon, S.

    2009-03-01

    Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) is a destructive, surface-specific technique that measures accurately crystallographic orientations within a scanning electron microscope (SEM). From this data we can infer elastic properties, calculate levels of stress and measure microstructural properties such as the size and aspect ratios of grains. The Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducer (EMAT) is a non-contact, ultrasonic transducer that is suitable for operation on electrically conducting materials such as Aluminium and Steel. This paper highlights some of the work carried out using EBSD as a technique to validate EMAT measurements on rolled sheet to determine microstructural properties such as grain size and aspect ratios via shear wave through-thickness attenuation, and other macroscopic properties like average crystallographic texture. Work is also presented on another application for EBSD, in that it can be used to confirm whether an NDE technique is in fact nondestructive. Here we look at the case of a Nd:Yag pulsed laser irradiating a sample, in the ablative/thermoelastic regime boundary.

  3. Effect of cold deformation on the recrystallization behavior of FePd alloy at the ordering temperature using electron backscatter diffraction

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    Lin, Hung-Pin; Chen, Yen-Chun; Chen, Delphic; Kuo, Jui-Chao

    2014-08-15

    In this study, the evolution of the recrystallization texture and microstructure was investigated after annealing of 50% and 90% cold-rolled FePd alloy at 530 °C. The FePd alloy was produced by vacuum arc melting in an atmosphere of 97% Ar and 3% H{sub 2}. The specimens were cold rolled to achieve 50% and 90% reduction in thickness. Electron backscatter diffraction measurements were performed on the rolling direction–normal direction section. With increased deformation from 50% to 90%, recrystallized texture transition occurs. For the 50% cold-rolled alloy, the preferred orientation is (0 1 0) [11 0 1], which is close to the cubic orientation after 400 h of annealing. For the 90% cold-rolled alloy, the orientation changes to (0 5 4) [22–4 5] after 16 h of annealing. - Highlights: • Texture and microstructure in cold-rolled FePd alloy was investigated during annealing using EBSD. • The recrystallized texture of 50% cold-rolled FePd is (0 1 0) [11 0 1] at 530 °C for 400 hours. • The recrystallized texture of 90% cold-rolled FePd is changed to (0 5 4) [22–4 5] at 530 °C after 16 hours.

  4. Effect of the surface preparation techniques on the EBSD analysis of a friction stir welded AA1100-B{sub 4}C metal matrix composite

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    Guo, J.; Amira, S.; Gougeon, P.; Chen, X.-G.

    2011-09-15

    Aluminum based metal matrix composites (MMCs) have been used in various automobile, aerospace and military industries. Yet characterization of the microstructure in these materials remains a challenge. In the present work, the grain structure in the matrix of B{sub 4}C particulate reinforced MMCs and their friction stir welds is characterized by using optical metallography and the electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique. Optical metallography can partially reveal the grain structure in the matrix of AA1100-16 vol.% B{sub 4}C composite. The EBSD technique has been successfully applied to characterize the grain structure in the AA1100-16 vol.% B{sub 4}C friction stir welds, which provides a powerful tool to follow the microstructural evolution of MMC materials during friction stir welding (FSW). Both mechanical polishing and ion beam polishing are used for the EBSD sample preparation. The effect of the sample preparation on the EBSD data acquisition quality is studied. Some typical examples, such as the identification of grains and subgrains, grain size distribution, deformation fields and the texture components are given. - Highlights: {yields} EBSD has been used to characterize the grain structure of Al-B{sub 4}C MMCs. {yields} Mechanical and ion beam polishing are compared for EBSD sample preparation of MMCs. {yields} EBSD shows great advantages over optical microscopy for microtexture analysis of MMCs.

  5. Backscatter analysis of dihedral corner reflectors using physical optics and the physical theory of diffraction

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    Griesser, Timothy; Balanis, Constantine A.

    1987-01-01

    The backscatter cross-sections of dihedral corner reflectors in the azimuthal plane are presently determined by both physical optics (PO) and the physical theory of diffraction (PTD), yielding results for the vertical and horizontal polarizations. In the first analysis method used, geometrical optics is used in place of PO at initial reflections in order to maintain the planar character of the reflected wave and reduce the complexity of the analysis. In the second method, PO is used at almost every reflection in order to maximize the accuracy of the PTD solution at the expense of a rapid increase in complexity. Induced surface current densities and resulting cross section patterns are illustrated for the two methods.

  6. Spectral Ellipsometry and Electron Backscatter Diffraction Analyses of Silicon Surfaces Implanted with Silver Ions

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    Bazarov, V. V.; Nuzhdin, V. I.; Valeev, V. F.; Vorobev, V. V.; Osin, Yu. N.; Stepanov, A. L.

    2016-03-01

    Amorphous silicon (a-Si) produced on surfaces of single-crystal substrates (c-Si) by low-energy low-dose implantation of silver ions is studied by spectral ellipsometry and electron backscatter diffraction. Implantation was done with an ion energy of 30 keV at a constant ion beam current density of 2 μA/cm2 and doses of 6.24·1012-1.25·1016 ions/cm2 on room temperature substrate targets. Irradiation was carried out with a current density of 0.1-5 μA/cm2 for implantation doses of 6.24·1013 and 1.87·1014 ions/cm2. It was found that spectral ellipsometry is an accurate andreliable method for monitoring low-dose ion implantation processes.

  7. Cryogenic EBSD reveals structure of directionally solidified ice–polymer composite

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    Donius, Amalie E.; Obbard, Rachel W.; Burger, Joan N.; Hunger, Philipp M.; Baker, Ian; Doherty, Roger D.; Wegst, Ulrike G.K.

    2014-07-01

    Despite considerable research efforts on directionally solidified or freeze-cast materials in recent years, little fundamental knowledge has been gained that links model with experiment. In this contribution, the cryogenic characterization of directionally solidified polymer solutions illustrates, how powerful cryo-scanning electron microscopy combined with electron backscatter diffraction is for the structural characterization of ice–polymer composite materials. Under controlled sublimation, the freeze-cast polymer scaffold structure is revealed and imaged with secondary electrons. Electron backscatter diffraction fabric analysis shows that the ice crystals, which template the polymer scaffold and create the lamellar structure, have a-axes oriented parallel to the direction of solidification and the c-axes perpendicular to it. These results indicate the great potential of both cryo-scanning electron microscopy and cryo-electron backscatter diffraction in gaining fundamental knowledge of structure–property–processing correlations. - Highlights: • Cryo-SEM of freeze-cast polymer solution reveals an ice-templated structure. • Cryo-EBSD reveals the ice crystal a-axis to parallel the solidification direction. • The honeycomb-like polymer phase favors columnar ridges only on one side. • Combining cryo-SEM with EBSD links solidification theory with experiment.

  8. Introduction and comparison of new EBSD post-processing methodologies.

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    Wright, Stuart I; Nowell, Matthew M; Lindeman, Scott P; Camus, Patrick P; De Graef, Marc; Jackson, Michael A

    2015-12-01

    Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) provides a useful means for characterizing microstructure. However, it can be difficult to obtain index-able diffraction patterns from some samples. This can lead to noisy maps reconstructed from the scan data. Various post-processing methodologies have been developed to improve the scan data generally based on correlating non-indexed or mis-indexed points with the orientations obtained at neighboring points in the scan grid. Two new approaches are introduced (1) a re-scanning approach using local pattern averaging and (2) using the multiple solutions obtained by the triplet indexing method. These methodologies are applied to samples with noise introduced into the patterns artificially and by the operational settings of the EBSD camera. They are also applied to a heavily deformed and a fine-grained sample. In all cases, both techniques provide an improvement in the resulting scan data, the local pattern averaging providing the most improvement of the two. However, the local pattern averaging is most helpful when the noise in the patterns is due to the camera operating conditions as opposed to inherent challenges in the sample itself. A byproduct of this study was insight into the validity of various indexing success rate metrics. A metric based given by the fraction of points with CI values greater than some tolerance value (0.1 in this case) was confirmed to provide an accurate assessment of the indexing success rate. PMID:26342553

  9. Post processing effects on GND calculations from EBSD-based orientation measurements

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    Wright, S. I.; Field, D. P.; Nowell, M. M.

    2015-08-01

    Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) has shown great utility in characterizing the aspects of microstructure related to crystallographic orientation. Such information is critical to understanding deformation in crystalline materials as well as the impact of deformation induced structural variations on recrystallization. Small angle rotations induced by the production of dislocations and their movement through the structure can be well captured by EBSD. Geometrically Necessary Dislocations (GND) can be derived from the measurement of these local variations in orientation. However, these local orientation variations are often right at the limit of angular precision that can be achieved by EBSD. Various post-processing tools have been developed to improve the angular precision. However, this is generally achieved through point-to-point smoothing of the orientation data within the measurement grid. The impact of such various filtering method are explored in terms of their impact on GND calculations. A new post processing approach which improves the EBSD indexing rate will also be presented along with results on its influence on local orientation variations. Fortunately, the general conclusion drawn from the reduction results is that these approaches generally improve the overall GND measurements.

  10. EBSD Observation of Micro Crack Morphologies after Thermal Exposure in Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Fujiyama, Kazunari; Nakaseko, Hikaru; Kato, Yukihiro; Kimachi, Hirohisa

    Micro-cracking process in TBCs(Thermal Barrier Coatings) due to thermal exposure was investigated using SEM(Scanning Electron Microscope) and EBSD(Electron BackScatter Diffraction) observation. Splat particle morphologies in TBCs were clearly visualized by IPF (Inverse Pole Figure) mapping. The splat structure of top coat was consisted with large granular particle region and cluster of small columnar particle region. Cracks were observed along the interfaces of large granular particle region and the cluster of small columnar particle region, along the interfaces among large granular particles and across the cluster of small columnar particles transgranularly perpendicular to columnar crystal growth direction. The onset time of extensive macro crack formation was corresponding to the Cr oxide growth at TGO(Thermally Grown Oxide) to some extent. Thus EBSD observation can be used as a powerful tool for crystallographic observation of TBC, associated with SEM and optical microscope observation.

  11. Determining the sputter yields of molybdenum in low-index crystal planes via electron backscattered diffraction, focused ion beam and atomic force microscope

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    Huang, H.S.; Chiu, C.H.; Hong, I.T.; Tung, H.C.; Chien, F.S.-S.

    2013-09-15

    Previous literature has used several monocrystalline sputtering targets with various crystalline planes, respectively, to investigate the variations of the sputter yield of materials in different crystalline orientations. This study presents a method to measure the sputtered yields of Mo for the three low-index planes (100), (110), and (111), through using an easily made polycrystalline target. The procedure was firstly to use electron backscattered diffraction to identify the grain positions of the three crystalline planes, and then use a focused ion beam to perform the micro-milling of each identified grain, and finally the sputter yields were calculated from the removed volumes, which were measured by atomic force microscope. Experimental results showed that the sputter yield of the primary orientations for Mo varied as Y{sub (110)} > Y{sub (100)} > Y{sub (111)}, coincidental with the ranking of their planar atomic packing densities. The concept of transparency of ion in the crystalline substance was applied to elucidate these results. In addition, the result of (110) orientation exhibiting higher sputter yield is helpful for us to develop a Mo target with a higher deposition rate for use in industry. By changing the deformation process from straight rolling to cross rolling, the (110) texture intensity of the Mo target was significantly improved, and thus enhanced the deposition rate. - Highlights: • We used EBSD, FIB and AFM to measure the sputter yields of Mo in low-index planes. • The sputter yield of the primary orientations for Mo varied as Y{sub (110)} > Y{sub (100)} > Y{sub (111)}. • The transparency of ion was used to elucidate the differences in the sputter yield. • We improved the sputter rate of polycrystalline Mo target by adjusting its texture.

  12. EBSD and Nanoindentation-Correlated Study of Delamination Fracture in Al-Li Alloy 2090

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    Tayon, Wesley A.; Crooks, Roy E.; Domack, Marcia S.; Wagner, John A.; Elmustafa, A. A.

    2008-01-01

    Al-Li alloys offer attractive combinations of high strength and low density. However, a tendency for delamination fracture has limited their use. A better understanding of the delamination mechanisms may identify methods to control delaminations through processing modifications. A combination of new techniques has been used to evaluate delamination fracture in Al-Li alloys. Both high quality electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) information and valid nanoindentation measurements were obtained from fractured test specimens. Correlations were drawn between nano-scale hardness variations and local texture along delaminating boundaries. Intriguing findings were observed for delamination fracture through the combined analysis of grain orientation, Taylor factor, and kernel average misorientation.

  13. Grain boundary studies of high temperature superconducting materials using electron backscatter Kikuchi diffraction

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    Goyal, A.; Specht, E.D.; Wang, Z.L.; Kroeger, D.M.

    1996-12-31

    Grain Orientation and gain boundary misorientation distributions in high critical current density, high temperature superconductors were determined using electron backscatter Kikuchi diffraction. It is found that depending on the type of superconductor and the processing method used to fabricate it, there exist different scales of biaxial texture from no biaxial texture, local biaxial texture, to complete biaxial texture. Experimentally obtained grain boundary misorientation distributions (GBMDs) were found to be skewed significantly to low angles in comparison to what is expected on the basis of macroscopic texture alone, suggesting that minimization of energy may be a driving force during the processing of high critical current density materials. In addition, a higher than expected fraction of coincident-site lattice boundaries is observed. Examination of maps of grain boundary misorientations in spatially correlated gains, i.e. the grain boundary mesotexture, suggests the presence percolative paths of high critical current density. A combination of orientation measurements, theoretical modeling of GBMDs and modeling of percolative current flow through an assemblage of gain boundaries is performed to gain an insight into the important microstructural features dictating the transport properties of high temperature superconductors. It is found that maximization of low energy, in particular, low angle boundaries is essential for higher critical currents. The combination of experimental and analytical techniques employed are applicable to other materials where physical properties are dominated by interganular characteristics.

  14. Tiny twists in time; exploring angular resolution of in situ EBSD orientation microstructures in solar system zircon

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    Moser, D. E.

    2012-12-01

    Kikuchi discovered electron diffraction in samples of calcite in the 1920's, and orientation of lattice planes by Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) is now routinely measured by automated camera systems at a spatial resolution of tens of nanometers using Field Emission Gun SEM. The current methodology is proving particularly powerful when measuring lattice orientation microstructure in U-Pb geochronology minerals such as zircon and baddeleyite that have experienced high temperature deformation or shock metamorphism. These are among the oldest preserved mineral phases in inner solar system materials, and we have been applying EBSD to rare samples of the Early Earth and grains from extraterrestrial environments such as the Moon and Mars. In these cases the EBSD orientation data are useful for identifying high diffusivity pathways that may have afforded isotopic and trace element disturbance, microstructural proxies for shock metamorphic pressures, as well as resolving glide plane systems in ductile zircon and shear twin mechanisms. Blanket estimates of angular resolution for automated EBSD misorientation measurements are often in the range of 0.5 degrees. In some cases strain giving rise to only a few degrees of lattice misorientation has facilitated 100% Pb-loss. In some cases, however, there is a spatial correlation between trace element or cathodoluminescence zoning in zircon and what appears to be low magnitudes misorientation close to the limits of resolution. Given the proven value of performing EBSD analysis on geochronology minerals, a more thorough exploration of the precision and accuracy of EBSD lattice misorientation measurements is warranted. In this talk the relative weighting of the factors that limit EBSD angular resolution will be investigated, focusing on U-Pb dating minerals such as zircon. These factors include; sample surface preparation, phase symmetry, pseudo-symmetry effects, degree of crystallinity, Kikuchi band contrast and indexing, solid solution effects on unit cell, dimension camera calibration and camera-sample distance, beam conditions and focussing, and general microscope operating conditions (e.g. high vacuum vs. variable pressure). An assessment of potential zircon EBSD reference materials and sample preparation protocols will be presented, along with case studies of zircon orientation microstructures from meteorites and terrestrial craters representative of different strain and thermal environments in the inner solar system.BSD lattice misorientation maps of a) crystal-plastically deformed and partly recrystallized zircon, after Rayner et al. (in prep.), and b) shock-metamorphosed lunar zircon (Darling et al., in prep.).

  15. EBSD Study of Damage Mechanisms in a High-Strength Ferrite-Martensite Dual-Phase Steel

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    Saeidi, N.; Ashrafizadeh, F.; Niroumand, B.; Barlat, F.

    2015-01-01

    Electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) analyses were performed on a fine-grained dual-phase (DP) sheet steel subjected to uniform tensile deformation and the preferred void nucleation sites as well as the micro-mechanisms of void formation were examined. EBSD study of grain average misorientation, grain orientation spread and kernel average misorientation of the deformed microstructure revealed that voids nucleation initially happened at ferrite-martensite interfaces neighboring rather large ferrite grains. This is believed to be mainly due to the higher shear deformation ability of the larger ferrite grains, the higher number of dislocation pile-ups at the martensite particles and the less uniform strain distribution within the larger ferrite grains compared to the smaller ones. The results demonstrated the impact of increasing uniform strain distribution within the DP microstructure on lowering the void nucleation probability.

  16. Crystallographic analysis of plate martensite in Fe-28.5 at.% Ni by FE-SEM/EBSD

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    Kitahara, Hiromoto . E-mail: kitahara@im.ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp; Ueji, Rintaro; Ueda, Masato; Tsuji, Nobuhiro; Minamino, Yoritoshi

    2005-05-15

    Crystallographic analysis of plate martensite in an Fe-28.5 at.% Ni alloy was studied by electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD) in a scanning electron microscope equipped with a field emission gun (FE-SEM). It was shown that sound orientation mapping was possible even for the martensite having a high density of lattice defects and the FE-SEM/EBSD could be a strong tool for crystallographic/microstructural analysis of martensite in steels. It was confirmed that the martensite in this alloy held the Nishiyama-Wassermann (N-W) orientation relationship. Variant analysis of every martensite crystal was successfully done from orientation mapping data. It was clarified that a certain rule of variant selection operated within local areas. The procedures of crystallographic analysis of N-W martensite were explained in detail.

  17. Boundary identification in EBSD data with a generalization of fast multiscale clustering.

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    McMahon, Cullen; Soe, Brian; Loeb, Andrew; Vemulkar, Ayyappa; Ferry, Michael; Bassman, Lori

    2013-10-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) studies of cellular or subgrain microstructures present problems beyond those in the study of coarse-grained polycrystalline aggregates. In particular, identification of boundaries delineating some subgrain structures, such as microbands, cannot be accomplished simply with pixel-to-pixel misorientation thresholding because many of the boundaries are gradual transitions in crystallographic orientation. Fast multiscale clustering (FMC) is an established data segmentation technique that is combined here with quaternion representation of orientation to segment EBSD data with gradual transitions. This implementation of FMC addresses a common problem with segmentation algorithms, handling data sets with both high and low magnitude boundaries, by using a novel distance function that is a modification of Mahalanobis distance. It accommodates data representations, such as quaternions, whose features are not necessarily linearly correlated but have known distance functions. To maintain the linear run time of FMC with such data, the method requires a novel variance update rule. Although FMC was originally an algorithm for two-dimensional data segmentation, it can be generalized to analyze three-dimensional data sets. As examples, several segmentations of quaternion EBSD data sets are presented. PMID:23751208

  18. Segmentation of 3D EBSD data for subgrain boundary identification and feature characterization.

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    Loeb, Andrew; Ferry, Michael; Bassman, Lori

    2016-02-01

    Subgrain structures formed during plastic deformation of metals can be observed by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) but are challenging to identify automatically. We have adapted a 2D image segmentation technique, fast multiscale clustering (FMC), to 3D EBSD data using a novel variance function to accommodate quaternion data. This adaptation, which has been incorporated into the free open source texture analysis software package MTEX, is capable of segmenting based on subtle and gradual variation as well as on sharp boundaries within the data. FMC has been further modified to group the resulting closed 3D segment boundaries into distinct coherent surfaces based on local normals of a triangulated surface. We demonstrate the excellent capabilities of this technique with application to 3D EBSD data sets generated from cold rolled aluminum containing well-defined microbands, cold rolled and partly recrystallized extra low carbon steel microstructure containing three magnitudes of boundary misorientations, and channel-die plane strain compressed Goss-oriented nickel crystal containing microbands with very subtle changes in orientation. PMID:26630071

  19. Calculation of Elastic Anisotropy Using Emats Validated by Ebsd in Rolled Aluminium Sheet

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    Essex, S. D.; Potter, M. D. G.; Dixon, S.

    2009-03-01

    Determining the Orientation Distribution Function (ODF) accurately and quickly in a non-destructive manner has many benefits and applications within industry. The ODF is essentially a quantitative description of the existence of anisotropy, or texture, within a metal sheet. The anisotropy can be seen experimentally by the variation in Lamb wave velocities in the plane of the sheet as a function of angle to the Rolling Direction. The anisotropy can be quantitatively described by the Orientation Distribution Coefficients (ODCs) W400, W420 and W440. Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) is a technique performed in a SEM. It infers the crystallographic directions of crystals near-surface, and can be applied to a number of samples. It enables the accurate quantitative and qualitative description of microstructural properties such as grain size. By manipulating the Bunge-Euler angle data given by the EBSD technique, here we describe a method to extrapolate the effective elastic constants for Aluminium sheet, and go on to generate a method to predict a Lamb wave velocity profile as a function of angle in a directly comparable format to that measured using a commercially available EMAT-EMAT S0 Lamb wave velocity measurement system. Results show a very good correlation between the predicted velocity trace from EBSD compared to that measured ultrasonically, and hence the respective ODCs, except in the cases where surface to bulk texture inhomogeneity exist.

  20. Characterization of dual-phase steel microstructure by combined submicrometer EBSD and EPMA carbon measurements.

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    Pinard, Philippe T; Schwedt, Alexander; Ramazani, Ali; Prahl, Ulrich; Richter, Silvia

    2013-08-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) measurements are combined to characterize an industrial produced dual-phase steel containing some bainite fraction. High-resolution carbon mappings acquired on a field emission electron microprobe are utilized to validate and improve the identification of the constituents (ferrite, martensite, and bainite) performed by EBSD using the image quality and kernel average misorientation. The combination eliminates the ambiguity between the identification of bainite and transformation-induced dislocation zones, encountered if only the kernel average misorientation is considered. The detection of carbon in high misorientation regions confirms the presence of bainite. These results are corroborated by secondary electron images after nital etching. Limitations of this combined method due to differences between the spatial resolution of EBSD and EPMA are assessed. Moreover, a quantification procedure adapted to carbon analysis is presented and used to measure the carbon concentration in martensite and bainite on a submicrometer scale. From measurements on reference materials, this method gives an accuracy of 0.02 wt% C and a precision better than 0.05 wt% C despite unavoidable effects of hydrocarbon contamination. PMID:23742898

  1. Electron Backscatter Diffraction and Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction Analysis of an Austenitic Stainless Steel Subjected to Surface Mechanical Attrition Treatment and Plasma Nitriding.

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    Proust, Gwénaëlle; Retraint, Delphine; Chemkhi, Mahdi; Roos, Arjen; Demangel, Clemence

    2015-08-01

    Austenitic 316L stainless steel can be used for orthopedic implants due to its biocompatibility and high corrosion resistance. Its range of applications in this field could be broadened by improving its wear and friction properties. Surface properties can be modified through surface hardening treatments. The effects of such treatments on the microstructure of the alloy were investigated here. Surface Mechanical Attrition Treatment (SMAT) is a surface treatment that enhances mechanical properties of the material surface by creating a thin nanocrystalline layer. After SMAT, some specimens underwent a plasma nitriding process to further enhance their surface properties. Using electron backscatter diffraction, transmission Kikuchi diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy, the microstructural evolution of the stainless steel after these different surface treatments was characterized. Microstructural features investigated include thickness of the nanocrystalline layer, size of the grains within the nanocrystalline layer, and depth of diffusion of nitrogen atoms within the material. PMID:26139391

  2. Alternate formulation of enhanced backscattering as phase conjugation and diffraction: derivation and experimental observation.

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    Rogers, Jeremy D; Stoyneva, Valentina; Turzhitsky, Vladimir; Mutyal, Nikhil N; Pradhan, Prabhakar; Çapoğlu, İlker R; Backman, Vadim

    2011-06-20

    Enhanced backscattering (EBS), also known as weak localization of light, is derived using the Huygens-Fresnel principle and backscattering is generally shown to be the sum of an incoherent baseline and a phase conjugated portion of the incident wave that forms EBS. The phase conjugated portion is truncated by an effective aperture described by the probability function P(s) of coherent path-pair separations. P(s) is determined by the scattering properties of the medium and so characterization of EBS can be used for metrology of scattering materials. A three dimensional intensity peak is predicted in free space at a point conjugate to the source and is experimentally observed. PMID:21716426

  3. Alternate formulation of enhanced backscattering as phase conjugation and diffraction: derivation and experimental observation

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    Rogers, Jeremy D.; Stoyneva, Valentina; Turzhitsky, Vladimir; Mutyal, Nikhil N.; Pradhan, Prabhakar; Çapoğlu, İlker R.; Backman, Vadim

    2011-01-01

    Enhanced backscattering (EBS), also known as weak localization of light, is derived using the Huygens–Fresnel principle and backscattering is generally shown to be the sum of an incoherent baseline and a phase conjugated portion of the incident wave that forms EBS. The phase conjugated portion is truncated by an effective aperture described by the probability function P(s) of coherent path-pair separations. P(s) is determined by the scattering properties of the medium and so characterization of EBS can be used for metrology of scattering materials. A three dimensional intensity peak is predicted in free space at a point conjugate to the source and is experimentally observed. PMID:21716426

  4. Inversion of calcite twin data for stress (2) : EBSD as a tool for data measurements

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    Parlangeau, Camille; Lacombe, Olivier; Brisset, Francois; Kohler, Eric; Daniel, Jean-Marc; Schueller, Sylvie

    2015-04-01

    Inversion of calcite twin data are known to be a powerful tool to reconstruct the past state(s) of stress in carbonate rocks of the crust, especially in fold-and-thrust belts and sedimentary basins. Twin data measurements have been for long carried out optically using a Universal-Stage. This data collection is time-consuming and suffers from limitations and bias related to measurements of twin planes oblique at low angle or parallel to the thin section, or the unambiguous evaluation of the twinned/untwinned character of collected twin data. EBSD (electron backscatter diffraction) is a well-known technique applied to characterize textures and microstructures of metals or deformed fine-grained rocks. The challenge is to define a strategy for measuring calcite-twin orientations that should be fast, without any loss of information, and which must reconcile (1) the need for a large amount of calcite twin data (3 mutually perpendicular thin sections and at least 30 crystals per thin section), (2) the spacing between EBSD spots, that should take into account (3) the small width of twin lamellae within grains deformed at low pressure and temperature and (4) the large size (usually several hundreds of microns) of twinned calcite grains used for stress analysis. To date, these multiple requirements preclude any (classical) automatic twin data acquisition but instead imply a preliminary definition of the areas of the thin section to be scanned by the EBSD spots, including grain boundaries, because the stress inversion technique requires to know for each grain the orientations of the C axis and of the 3 potential e twin planes. In order to reconcile a perfectly polished surface as required by EBSD and the recognition of grain boundaries, we adopted the double etching technique (Herwegh, 2000) to first reveal grain and twin boundaries. Then, with a SEM and a very fine coating sample, the section is scanned using secondary electrons bin; each spot of interest is visually defined and its coordinates entered in a file later used to pilot automatically the EBSD spot. This new procedure is applied on sections from natural samples; the EBSD data are converted and restored into the geographical framework and analyzed using the improved Etchecopar stress inversion technique. The results are compared to the results obtained from classical, optically-based measurements of the same sections using the Universal-stage. The advantages and limitations of this approach are discussed.

  5. Comparison between magnetic force microscopy and electron back-scatter diffraction for ferrite quantification in type 321 stainless steel.

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    Warren, A D; Harniman, R L; Collins, A M; Davis, S A; Younes, C M; Flewitt, P E J; Scott, T B

    2015-01-01

    Several analytical techniques that are currently available can be used to determine the spatial distribution and amount of austenite, ferrite and precipitate phases in steels. The application of magnetic force microscopy, in particular, to study the local microstructure of stainless steels is beneficial due to the selectivity of this technique for detection of ferromagnetic phases. In the comparison of Magnetic Force Microscopy and Electron Back-Scatter Diffraction for the morphological mapping and quantification of ferrite, the degree of sub-surface measurement has been found to be critical. Through the use of surface shielding, it has been possible to show that Magnetic Force Microscopy has a measurement depth of 105-140 nm. A comparison of the two techniques together with the depth of measurement capabilities are discussed. PMID:25195013

  6. EBSD Investigation of Cu-Sn IMC Microstructural Evolution in Cu/Sn-Ag/Cu Microbumps During Isothermal Annealing

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    Wang, S. J.; Hsu, L. H.; Wang, N. K.; Ho, C. E.

    2014-01-01

    The microstructural evolution of Cu/Sn-Ag (~5 μm)/Cu Cu-bump-on-line (CuBOL) joints during isothermal annealing at 180°C was examined using a field-emission scanning electron microscope equipped with an electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) system. Cu6Sn5 and Cu3Sn were the two key intermetallic compound (IMC) species that appeared in the CuBOL joints. After annealing for 24 h (= t), the solder had completely converted to Cu-Sn IMCs, forming an "IMC" joint with Cu/Cu3Sn/Cu6Sn5/Cu3Sn/Cu structure. EBSD analyses indicated that the preferred orientation of the hexagonal Cu6Sn5 (η) was , while the preferred orientation was (100) for the monoclinic Cu6Sn5 structure (η'). Upon increasing t to 72 h, Cu6Sn5 entirely transformed into Cu3Sn, and the IMC joint became Cu/Cu3Sn/Cu accordingly. Interestingly, the grain size and crystallographic orientation of Cu3Sn displayed location dependence. Detailed EBSD analyses in combination with transmission electron microscopy on Cu3Sn were performed in the present study. This research offers better understanding of crystallographic details, including crystal structure, grain size, and orientation, for Cu6Sn5 and Cu3Sn in CuBOL joints after various annealing times.

  7. Metallographic Preparation of Space Shuttle Reaction Control System Thruster Electron Beam Welds for Electron Backscatter Diffraction

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    Martinez, James

    2011-01-01

    A Space Shuttle Reaction Control System (RCS) thruster failed during a firing test at the NASA White Sands Test Facility (WSTF), Las Cruces, New Mexico. The firing test was being conducted to investigate a previous electrical malfunction. A number of cracks were found associated with the fuel closure plate/injector assembly (Fig 1). The firing test failure generated a flight constraint to the launch of STS-133. A team comprised of several NASA centers and other research institutes was assembled to investigate and determine the root cause of the failure. The JSC Materials Evaluation Laboratory was asked to compare and characterize the outboard circumferential electron beam (EB) weld between the fuel closure plate (Titanium 6Al-4V) and the injector (Niobium C-103 alloy) of four different RCS thrusters, including the failed RCS thruster. Several metallographic challenges in grinding/polishing, and particularly in etching were encountered because of the differences in hardness, ductility, and chemical resistance between the two alloys and the bimetallic weld. Segments from each thruster were sectioned from the outboard weld. The segments were hot-compression mounted using a conductive, carbon-filled epoxy. A grinding/polishing procedure for titanium alloys was used [1]. This procedure worked well on the titanium; but a thin, disturbed layer was visible on the niobium surface by means of polarized light. Once polished, each sample was micrographed using bright field, differential interference contrast optical microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) using a backscatter electron (BSE) detector. No typical weld anomalies were observed in any of the cross sections. However, areas of large atomic contrast were clearly visible in the weld nugget, particularly along fusion line interfaces between the titanium and the niobium. This prompted the need to better understand the chemistry and microstructure of the weld (Fig 2). Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS) was used to confirm the chemical composition of the variations in contrast in these areas. Niobium alloys generally require exposure to more aggressive chemical reagents than titanium alloys for etching because of niobium s chemical resistance; therefore, the titanium portion of the sample was etched first. A five second immersion in Kroll s reagent revealed a general microstructure on the titanium portion of the sample; however, the titanium heat affected zone closest to the weld, was over-etched due to higher concentrations of refined grains and an increase in eta-phase. The Kroll s etchant also revealed some microstructure in the weld nugget itself; the niobium portion of the sample remained unetched.

  8. Plastic deformation and creep damage evaluations of type 316 austenitic stainless steels by EBSD

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    Yoda, Rika; Yokomaku, Toshinori; Tsuji, Nobuhiro

    2010-10-15

    The inspection method of plastic and/or creep deformations has been required as the quantitative damage estimation procedure for structural components especially used in electric power plants. In this study, the method using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) was applied to the deformation and damage evaluation of austenitic stainless steels strained by tension or compression at room temperature and also tested in creep at high temperature. It was found that the value of Grain Average Misorientation (GAM) which showed the average misorientation for the whole observed area including over several dozen grains, was a very useful parameter for quantifying the microstructural change as either the plastic or creep strain increased. The unique linear correlation was obtained between GAM and plastic strain in tension and compression. For creep damage evaluation, the difference of grain average misorientation from the value of the unstrained specimen ({Delta}GAM) showed an excellent correlation with the inelastic strain below strain at which the tertiary creep began.

  9. EBSD study on crystallographic texture and microstructure development of cold-rolled FePd alloy

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    Lin, Hung-Pin; Ng, Tin-San; Kuo, Jui-Chao; Chen, Yen-Chun; Chen, Chun-Liang; Ding, Shi-Xuan

    2014-07-01

    The crystallographic texture and microstructure of FePd alloy after cold-rolling deformation were investigated using electron backscatter diffraction. The major orientations of twin copper and copper after 50% thickness reduction were observed in face-centered cubic-disordered FePd alloy, whereas the main orientation was obtained from brass type after 90% cold rolling. Increase in cold rolling resulted in the change of preferred orientation from copper to brass. Decrease in orientation intensity of copper also increased that of Goss and brass. - Highlights: • The evolution of texture and microstructure in FePd alloy was investigated after cold rolling using EBSD. • Increasing in reduction leads to the change of texture from Copper-type to Brass-type. • The reduction of Copper orientation results in increasing in Goss and Brass orientations.

  10. Identification of sub-grains and low angle boundaries beyond the angular resolution of EBSD maps

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    Germain, L.; Kratsch, D.; Salib, M.; Gey, N.

    2014-12-15

    A new method called ALGrId (Anti-Leak GRain IDentification) is proposed for the detection of sub-grains beyond the relative angular resolution of Electron Backscatter Diffraction maps. It does not use any additional information such as Kikuchi Pattern Quality map nor need data filtering. It uses a modified Dijkstra algorithm which seeks the continuous set of boundaries having the highest average disorientation angle. - Highlights: • ALGrId is a new method to identify sub-grains and low angle boundaries in EBSD maps. • Unlike classical methods, ALGrId works even beyond the relative angular resolution. • If the orientation noise peaks at 0.7°, ALGrid detects 0.4°-boundaries correctly. • In the same example, the classical algorithm identifies 1.1°-boundaries only.

  11. Fluvial suspended sediment characteristics by high-resolution, surrogate metrics of turbidity, laser-diffraction, acoustic backscatter, and acoustic attenuation

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    Landers, Mark Newton

    Sedimentation is a primary and growing environmental, engineering, and agricultural issue around the world. However, collection of the data needed to develop solutions to sedimentation issues has declined by about three-fourths since 1983. Suspended-sediment surrogates have the potential to obtain sediment data using methods that are more accurate, of higher spatial and temporal resolution, and with less manually intensive, costly, and hazardous methods. The improved quality of sediment data from high-resolution surrogates may inform improved understanding and solutions to sedimentation problems. The field experiments for this research include physical samples of suspended sediment collected concurrently with surrogate metrics from instruments including 1.2, 1.5, and 3.0 megahertz frequency acoustic doppler current profilers, a nephelometric turbidity sensor, and a laser-diffraction particle size analyzer. This comprehensive data set was collected over five storms in 2009 and 2010 at Yellow River near Atlanta, Georgia. Fluvial suspended sediment characteristics in this study can be determined by high-resolution surrogate parameters of turbidity, laser-diffraction and acoustics with model errors 33% to 49% lower than traditional methods using streamflow alone. Hysteresis in sediment-turbidity relations for single storm events was observed and quantitatively related to PSD changes of less than 10 microns in the fine silt to clay size range. Suspended sediment particle size detection (PSD) is significantly correlated with ratios of measured acoustic attenuation at different frequencies; however the data do not fit the theoretical relations. Using both relative acoustic backscatter (RB) and acoustic attenuation as explanatory variables results in a significantly improved model of suspended sediment compared with traditional sonar equations using only RB. High resolution PSD data from laser diffraction provide uniquely valuable information; however the size detection limits of the instrument is a significant limitation.

  12. Assessment of local deformation using EBSD: quantification of accuracy of measurement and definition of local gradient.

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    Kamaya, Masayuki

    2011-07-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) in conjunction with scanning electron microscopy was used to assess the magnitude of microstructural scale deformation (local deformation) for deformed Type 316 stainless steel. Local misorientation, which is an averaged misorientation between neighboring measurement points, is often used for assessment of local deformation. However, the local misorientation is unsuitable for a quantitative evaluation because it depends not only on the local deformation but also on various factors such as measurement accuracy and the distance between points used in the misorientation calculation (step size). In this study, first, the measurement accuracy was quantified by a parameter called background noise. The factors which affect the measurement accuracy were then discussed from measurements under various conditions. Secondly, in order to reduce the influence of measurement conditions and exclude the dependency of step size in the local deformation assessment, a parameter called the local gradient G(L) was proposed. The local gradient clearly showed the spatial distribution of local deformation regardless of the measurement accuracy, and it had hardly any effect from grid pattern and step size. Finally, the local gradient was correlated with the plastic strain from which it was revealed that the strain gradient near a notch root could be estimated by the EBSD measurement. PMID:21763236

  13. Preparation of samples with both hard and soft phases for electron backscatter diffraction: examples from gold mineralization.

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    Halfpenny, Angela; Hough, Robert M; Verrall, Michael

    2013-08-01

    Preparation of high-quality polished sample surfaces is an essential step in the collection of microanalytical data on the microstructures of minerals and alloys. Poorly prepared samples can yield insufficient or inconsistent results and, in the case of gold, potentially no data due to the "beilby" layer. Currently, preparation of ore samples is difficult as they commonly contain both hard and soft mineral phases. The aim of our research is to produce suitably polished sample surfaces, on all phases, for electron backscatter diffraction analysis. A combination of chemical-mechanical polishing (CMP) and broad ion-beam polishing (BIBP) was used to tackle the problem. Our results show that it is critical to perform CMP first, as it produces a suitable polish on the hard mineral phases but tends to introduce more damage to the soft mineral surfaces. BIBP is essential to produce a high-quality polish to the soft phases (gold). This is a highly efficient method of sample preparation and is important as it allows the complete quantification of ore textures and all constituent mineral phases, including soft alloys. PMID:23721665

  14. Grain boundary contact effects during faulting of quartzite: an SEM/EBSD analysis

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    Lloyd, Geoffrey E.

    2000-11-01

    During low-temperature faulting of Cambrian quartzite (Assynt, NW Scotland), stress concentrations develop at grain contacts either at the onset of deformation, prior to the establishment of a through-going fault plane, or within the damage zone remote from the main displacement segment. Such concentrations contribute to the development of intragranular microfractures, cataclastic microstructures and fault rocks. This contribution considers the progressive deformation sequence that precedes microfracturing and cataclasis. The complexity of this deformation is revealed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD). Dauphin twinning is a widespread feature associated with grain contact stress concentration and forms distinctive EBSD microstructures. Automatic SEM/EBSD analysis reveals that whilst initial indentation causes dauphin twinning of many grains, continued indentation results in the formation of an arcuate array of subgrains via low temperature plasticity and/or microcracking, which overprint the dauphin twins. These observations are consistent with transmission electron microscopic analysis of quartz crystals used for microhardness indentation tests, which reveal that indentation causes an intensely deformed region to develop, comprising a high density of microfractures and a submicron scale 'blocky' microstructure that accommodates any 'plastic' deformation. Deformation mechanisms and associated microstructures develop sequentially with progressive indentation and may provide sites of microfracture nucleation via low-temperature ductile fracture. The new microstructures assist diffusive mass transfer (DMT) processes by the formation of a cellular or subgrain array that represents a reduction of several orders of magnitude in apparent grain size and hence in diffusion path length. Concomitantly, associated microfracturing perturbs local thermodynamic equilibrium, leading to enhanced DMT, crack healing and cementation overgrowths. Together, these processes form the aseismic creep and sealing components of fault zone development.

  15. EBSD and TEM investigation of the hot deformation substructure characteristics of a type 316L austenitic stainless steel.

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    Cizek, P; Whiteman, J A; Rainforth, W M; Beynon, J H

    2004-03-01

    The evolution of crystallographic texture and deformation substructure was studied in a type 316L austenitic stainless steel, deformed in rolling at 900 degrees C to true strain levels of about 0.3 and 0.7. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used in the investigation and a comparison of the substructural characteristics obtained by these techniques was made. At the lower strain level, the deformation substructure observed by EBSD appeared to be rather poorly developed. There was considerable evidence of a rotation of the pre-existing twin boundaries from their original orientation relationship, as well as the formation of highly distorted grain boundary regions. In TEM, at this strain level, the substructure was more clearly revealed, although it appeared rather inhomogeneously developed from grain to grain. The subgrains were frequently elongated and their boundaries often approximated to traces of [111] slip planes. The corresponding misorientations were small and largely displayed a non-cumulative character. At the larger strain, the substructure within most grains became well developed and the corresponding misorientations increased. This resulted in better detection of sub-boundaries by EBSD, although the percentage of indexing slightly decreased. TEM revealed splitting of some sub-boundaries to form fine microbands, as well as the localized formation of microshear bands. The substructural characteristics observed by EBSD, in particular at the larger strain, generally appeared to compare well with those obtained using TEM. With increased strain level, the mean subgrain size became finer, the corresponding mean misorientation angle increased and both these characteristics became less dependent on a particular grain orientation. The statistically representative data obtained will assist in the development of physically based models of microstructural evolution during thermomechanical processing of austenitic stainless steels. PMID:15009696

  16. Identifying deformation mechanisms in the NEEM ice core using EBSD measurements

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    Kuiper, Ernst-Jan; Weikusat, Ilka; Drury, Martyn R.; Pennock, Gill M.; de Winter, Matthijs D. A.

    2015-04-01

    Deformation of ice in continental sized ice sheets determines the flow behavior of ice towards the sea. Basal dislocation glide is assumed to be the dominant deformation mechanism in the creep deformation of natural ice, but non-basal glide is active as well. Knowledge of what types of deformation mechanisms are active in polar ice is critical in predicting the response of ice sheets in future warmer climates and its contribution to sea level rise, because the activity of deformation mechanisms depends critically on deformation conditions (such as temperature) as well as on the material properties (such as grain size). One of the methods to study the deformation mechanisms in natural materials is Electron Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD). We obtained ca. 50 EBSD maps of five different depths from a Greenlandic ice core (NEEM). The step size varied between 8 and 25 micron depending on the size of the deformation features. The size of the maps varied from 2000 to 10000 grid point. Indexing rates were up to 95%, partially by saving and reanalyzing the EBSP patterns. With this method we can characterize subgrain boundaries and determine the lattice rotation configurations of each individual subgrain. Combining these observations with arrangement/geometry of subgrain boundaries the dislocation types can be determined, which form these boundaries. Three main types of subgrain boundaries have been recognized in Antarctic (EDML) ice core¹². Here, we present the first results obtained from EBSD measurements performed on the NEEM ice core samples from the last glacial period, focusing on the relevance of dislocation activity of the possible slip systems. Preliminary results show that all three subgrain types, recognized in the EDML core, occur in the NEEM samples. In addition to the classical boundaries made up of basal dislocations, subgrain boundaries made of non-basal dislocations are also common. ¹Weikusat, I.; de Winter, D. A. M.; Pennock, G. M.; Hayles, M.; Schneijdenberg, C. T. W. M. Drury, M. R. Cryogenic EBSD on ice: preserving a stable surface in a low pressure SEM. J. Microsc., 2010, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2818.2010.03471.x ²Weikusat, I.; Miyamoto, A.; Faria, S. H.; Kipfstuhl, S.; Azuma, N.; Hondoh. T. Subgrain boundaries in Antarctic ice quantified by X-ray Laue diffraction. J. of Glaciol., 2011, 57, 85-94

  17. Insights to Meteorites and Impact Processes provided by Advanced EBSD Analysis

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    Palasse, Laurie; Berlin, Jana; Goran, Daniel; Tagle, Roald; Hamers, Maartje; Assis Fernandes, Vera; Deutsch, Alexander; Schulte, Peter; Salge, Tobias

    2013-04-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) is a powerful analytical technique for assessing the petrographic texture of rocks and the crystallographic orientation of minerals therein using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Innovations in EBSD technology include colour-coded forescattered electron (FSE) images, high resolution and highly sensitive EBSD detectors, together with advanced EDS integration. It allows to accurately identify and discriminate different phases, and to investigate microstructures related to shock metamorphism. As an example, shocked carbonates and shocked quartz reveal a complex thermal history during post-shock cooling. (A) EBSD studies of calcite ejecta particles from the Chicxulub impact event, at the K-Pg boundary of El Guayal, Mexico (~520 km SW of the Chicxulub crater centre) display various microstructures [1] and spherulitic calcite ejecta particles reveal a fibre texture of elongated crystals with a preferred orientation. This indicates the presence of carbonate melts which were ejected at T>1240°C and P>40 bar from upper target lithologies and crystallized at cooling rates of ~100´s °C/s [2]. The calcite particles of El Guayal and the K/Pg boundary of La Lajilla (~1000 km W of the crater centre) show distinct microstructures represented by unoriented, equiaxed crystals with random orientation distribution. It documents recrystallization upon impact induced thermal stress at T>550°C during prolonged atmospheric transport. (B) Combined EBSD, FSE and cathodoluminescence (CL) studies of semi-amorphous shocked quartz of Chicxulub, Ries and Popigai impactites, reveal various microstructures. Colour-coded FSE imaging reveal recrystallized/deformed bands in Ries and Popigai samples indicative of planar deformation features. EBSD studies of Popigai allow to distinguish twinned Qz, α-Qz and α-cristobalite along the transition zone between shocked gneiss clast and impact melt. Recrystallized Qz grains are associated with amorphous SiO2. For Chicxulub, the brecciated impact melt rock from borehole Yaxcopoil-1 (Unit 5, 861.72 m) [3] reveals that the ballen microstructure is only semi-amorphous and cross cuts a fine grained recrystallised microstructure. (C) CB chondrite Gujba: EDS and EBSD data were acquired simultaneously to study chemical and physical interactions between preexisting metal particles and the invading silicate-rich impact melt matrix. Metal particles appear to have different thermal histories. Some of them consist of many small grains (average diameter ~10 µm), which have a similar orientation when they are surrounded by arcuate Fe,Cr-sulfides. [4]. Acknowledgements: P. Claeys, R.H. Jones, ICDP and the Museum of Natural History Berlin for providing samples. References: [1] T. Salge (2007) PhD thesis, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 130p. [2] A. P. Jones et al. (2000) Lect. Notes in Earth Sciences 91: 343-361. [3] M. J. Nelson et al. (2012) GCA 86: 1-20. [4]. J. Berlin et al. (2013) 44th LPSC # 2439

  18. Electron backscatter diffraction study of deformation and recrystallization textures of individual phases in a cross-rolled duplex steel

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    Zaid, Md; Bhattacharjee, P.P.

    2014-10-15

    The evolution of microstructure and texture during cross-rolling and annealing was investigated by electron backscatter diffraction in a ferritic–austenitic duplex stainless steel. For this purpose an alloy with nearly equal volume fraction of the two phases was deformed by multi-pass cross-rolling process up to 90% reduction in thickness. The rolling and transverse directions were mutually interchanged in each pass by rotating the sample by 90° around the normal direction. In order to avoid deformation induced phase transformation and dynamic strain aging, the rolling was carried out at an optimized temperature of 898 K (625 °C) at the warm-deformation range. The microstructure after cross warm-rolling revealed a lamellar structure with alternate arrangement of the bands of two phases. Strong brass and rotated brass components were observed in austenite in the steel after processing by cross warm-rolling. The ferrite in the cross warm-rolling processed steel showed remarkably strong RD-fiber (RD//< 011 >) component (001)< 011 >. The development of texture in the two phases after processing by cross warm-rolling could be explained by the stability of the texture components. During isothermal annealing of the 90% cross warm-rolling processed material the lamellar morphology was retained before collapse of the lamellar structure to the mutual interpenetration of the phase bands. Ferrite showed recovery resulting in annealing texture similar to the deformation texture. In contrast, the austenite showed primary recrystallization without preferential orientation selection leading to the retention of deformation texture. The evolution of deformation and annealing texture in the two phases of the steel was independent of one another. - Highlights: • Effect of cross warm-rolling on texture formation is studied in duplex steel. • Brass texture in austenite and (001)<110 > in ferrite are developed. • Ferrite shows recovery during annealing retaining the (001)<110 > component. • Austenite shows recrystallization during annealing retaining the deformation texture. • The deformation of recrystallization of two phases is independent of one other.

  19. Assessment of Creep Strain Distribution Across Base Metal of 316LN Austenitic Stainless Steel Weld Joint by an EBSD-Based Parameter

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    Vijayanand, V. D.; Ganesan, V.; Ganesh Kumar, J.; Parameswaran, P.; Naveena; Laha, K.

    2015-11-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis has been used to estimate the accumulated strain in base metal region of 316LN austenitic stainless steel weld joints, creep tested at 923 K (650 °C), and at stresses of 175 and 225 MPa. The variation in strength of weld metal, heat-affected zone (HAZ), and base metal-induced stress and strain gradients across the weld joint under creep exposure. Finite element analysis (FEA) of von-Mises stress distribution across the joint has been carried out on incorporating strength of different constituents of the joint, derived by miniature specimen testing techniques. The FEA simulations revealed preferential accumulation of von-Mises stress in the base metal region near to HAZ. The variation in accumulated plastic strain across the base metal has been estimated using a `crystal deformation' ( C d) parameter which quantifies the orientation spread within a grain. This parameter was obtained by EBSD analysis carried out using a scanning electron microscope. The trend in variation of accumulated plastic strain across the base metal accounted well with the von-Mises stress variation, which causes plastic deformation. The plastic strain in the base metal in both the stress levels was found to accumulate preferentially near to the HAZ and reduced steadily toward the ridge at the end of specimen. Transmission electron microscopic study has been carried out to substantiate the findings of the EBSD investigation.

  20. Analysis of notch strengthening of 316L stainless steel with and without irradiation-induced hardening using EBSD and FEM

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    Wu, Xianglin; Pan, Xiao; Stubbins, James F.

    2007-04-01

    Notch strengthening analysis of 316L stainless steel was carried out using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and the finite element modeling (FEM) techniques. The influence of exposure to irradiation was examined by employing irradiated tensile properties in the FEM analyses. The major issue of interest is the possibility that low ductility, often found following irradiation exposure, will translate into low notch toughness. It was found that notch depth plays an important role in notch strengthening and mechanical properties degradation. Differences in notch depth and shape result in various sizes of deformation and twinning zones. Experimental results and FEM modeling results correlate well over the range of notch conditions examined here. It is found that notch ductility and plastic deformation can be highly localized for irradiated materials, exacerbating the flow localization problem. Thus irradiation exposure can also lead to flow localization problems with components with notches or stress concentrators, but notch constraints can limit the extent of localized flow.

  1. The implications of laser-diffraction measurements of sediment size distributions in a river to the potential use of acoustic backscatter for sediment measurements

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    Agrawal, Y. C.; Hanes, D. M.

    2015-11-01

    We construct vertical profiles of the acoustic attenuation and back-scattering properties of a river column from measured particle concentration and size distribution profiles. The particle size and concentration data were collected in situ in the Cowlitz River in Washington, U.S., using a laser diffraction-instrument LISST-SL. The particle size distribution was bimodal, comprising a vertically well-mixed washload, and a suspended load that was similar to Rouse profiles. We then explore how well the results of converting these synthetic profiles to recover an acoustic equivalent sediment concentration and acoustic equivalent size compare with laser data in this bimodal environment. The acoustic scattering and attenuation properties are computed for four distinct frequencies: 0.5, 1, 3, and 5 MHz. It is seen that at the lowest frequency, 500 KHz, the acoustic attenuation throughout the water column is nearly constant and determined primarily by particles of size smaller than ˜30 microns, i.e., the washload. At the next higher frequency, 1 MHz, the suspended load also contributed to attenuation, but even so, attenuation remained nearly constant over the vertical profile. Thus, at the two lower frequencies, attenuation was decoupled from scattering, making the inverse problem explicit for inversion. In contrast, at the two highest frequencies, scattering of sound by the suspended mode became the dominant contributor to attenuation, and attenuation varied by an order of magnitude over river depth. As for backscatter, the computed acoustic backscatter strength was determined by a combination of the washload and suspended sediment mode at all four frequencies. A fairly narrow monotonic relationship was found between total sediment concentration and locally computed backscatter, effectively providing a calibration between local backscatter signal strength and suspended sediment concentration. Such a relationship existed throughout the water column, for every frequency. The sediment concentration derived from backscatter at a pair of frequencies was within ˜50% of the value measured by laser diffraction; however, the acoustic equivalent diameter exceeded the laser volume mean diameter by up to an order of magnitude. The robustness of these results for application to other flow regimes or rivers remains to be investigated.

  2. A correlative approach to segmenting phases and ferrite morphologies in transformation-induced plasticity steel using electron back-scattering diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy.

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    Gazder, Azdiar A; Al-Harbi, Fayez; Spanke, Hendrik Th; Mitchell, David R G; Pereloma, Elena V

    2014-12-01

    Using a combination of electron back-scattering diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy data, a segmentation procedure was developed to comprehensively distinguish austenite, martensite, polygonal ferrite, ferrite in granular bainite and bainitic ferrite laths in a thermo-mechanically processed low-Si, high-Al transformation-induced plasticity steel. The efficacy of the ferrite morphologies segmentation procedure was verified by transmission electron microscopy. The variation in carbon content between the ferrite in granular bainite and bainitic ferrite laths was explained on the basis of carbon partitioning during their growth. PMID:25126753

  3. The use of combined cathodoluminescence and EBSD analysis: a case study investigating grain boundary migration mechanisms in quartz.

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    Piazolo, S; Prior, D J; Holness, M D

    2005-02-01

    Grain boundary migration is an important mechanism of microstructural modification both in rocks and in metals. Combining detailed cathodoluminescence (CL) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis offers the opportunity to relate directly changes in crystallographic orientation to migrating boundaries. We observe the following features in naturally heated quartz grains from the thermal aureole of the Ballachulish Igneous Complex (Scotland, U.K.): (a) propagation of substructures and twin boundaries in swept areas both parallel and at an angle to the growth direction, (b) development of slightly different crystallographic orientations and new twin boundaries at both the growth interfaces and within the swept area and (c) a gradual change in crystallographic orientation in the direction of growth. All these features are compatible with a growth mechanism in which single atoms are attached and detached both at random and at preferential sites, i.e. crystallographically controlled sites or kinks in boundary ledges. Additionally, strain fields caused by defects and/or trace element incorporation may facilitate nucleation sites for new crystallographic orientations at distinct growth interfaces but also at continuously migrating boundaries. This study illustrates the usefulness of combined CL and EBSD in microprocess analysis. Further work in this direction may provide detailed insight into both the mechanism of static grain growth and the energies and mobilities of boundaries in terms of misorientation and grain boundary plane orientation. PMID:15683412

  4. Modeling of ultrasonic propagation in heavy-walled centrifugally cast austenitic stainless steel based on EBSD analysis.

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    Chen, Yao; Luo, Zhongbing; Zhou, Quan; Zou, Longjiang; Lin, Li

    2015-05-01

    The ultrasonic inspection of heavy-walled centrifugally cast austenitic stainless steel (CCASS) is challenging due to the complex metallurgical structure. Numerical modeling could provide quantitative information on ultrasonic propagation and plays an important role in developing advanced and reliable ultrasonic inspection techniques. But the fundamental obstacle is the accurate description of the complex metallurgical structure. To overcome this difficulty, a crystal orientation map of a CCASS specimen in the 96 mm × 12 mm radial-axial cross section was acquired based on the electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) technique and it was used to describe the coarse-grained structure and grain orientation. A model of ultrasonic propagation for CCASS was built according to the EBSD map. The ultrasonic responses of the CCASS sample were also tested. Some experimental phenomena such as structural noise and signal distortion were reproduced. The simulated results showed a good consistence with the experiments. The modeling method is expected to be effective for the precise interpretation of ultrasonic propagation in the polycrystalline structures of CCASS. PMID:25670411

  5. Examining Crystal Fabric Develoment in Ice: Cryo EBSD, Deformation Experiments and the Link to En-glacial Reflectivity

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    Vaughan, Matthew; Prior, David; Seidemann, Meike; Gorman, Andrew; Lilly, Kat; Langhorne, Pat; Easingwood, Richard; Golding, Narayana; Durham, Bill

    2014-05-01

    Over the past few years, cryogenic electron back-scatter diffraction (Cryo-EBSD) has been increasingly used to examine micro-structures in both natural and experimentally deformed ice samples on a micron-scale. Experiments that investigate grain size-sensitive behavior require working on fine-grained ice. These samples present a number of experimental challenges. Issues that present particular difficulties include stable mounting of ice samples, transport of mounted samples and producing a planar, frost-free and damage-free surface. Recent work at the new Otago Ice Deformation Lab has led to the development of a number of experimental methods that help overcome these challenges and enable routine EBSD analysis of fine-grained ice. A brief outline of these experimental methods and some EBSD results from variably deformed ice samples will be presented. Shear deformation experiments on polycrystalline ice are being conducted in order to further explore the relationships between deformation, processes of recrystallization, and the development of anisotropic fabrics that lead to en-glacial seismic reflections. Self-contained, refrigerated deformation units fitted with digital controllers and hardware have been designed for unconfined deformation experiments on polycrystalline synthetic ice. Methods of analysis, from time-lapse photography to random-point tracking, are being employed for monitoring strain in real time. Various methods have been explored for monitoring the development of anisotropic fabrics in ice during progressive deformation. Ultra-sonic transducers can be used to monitor wave velocity changes in various orientations in materials under strain. These experiments have been designed with the objective of quantifying the relationship between deformation fabrics and en-glacial seismic reflectivity observed in thick grounded ice sheets.

  6. Application of EBSD method for the investigation of microstructure and crystallographic orientation in RE2Zr2O7 TBC

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    Chmiela, B.; Sozańska, M.; Moskal, G.

    2012-03-01

    Modern aero engine turbine blades made of nickel-based superalloys are covered by thermal barrier coatings (TBC) for thermal and oxidation protection. A new generation of TBCs consist of a bond coat (thin layer of MCrAlY, where M may be Ni, Co, Fe) followed by a ceramic top coat of RE2Zr2O7 (RE - rare earth element). In this paper we present the possibility of the electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) method for characterisation of the microstructure and crystallographic orientation of a new TBC consisting of a Gd2Zr2O7 top coat and a NiFeCrAlY bond coat after long thermal exposure (1100 °C, 500 h). During thermal exposure, a thermally grown oxide (TGO) layer forms at the bond coat/top coat interface. The TGO is mainly composed of Al2O3. But, there is a possible reaction between Gd2Zr2O7 and Al2O3, leading to Gd-Al-O phases. Phase composition plays an important role in controlling the stress evolution, TGO deformation and crack propagation. Application of SEM-EDS-EBSD techniques allows direct characterisation of the chemical composition, phase composition and crystallographic orientation in the ceramic top coat and TGO layers. This paper presents the possibilities of using the EBSD method for phase identification (Gd2Zr2O7, spinel Ni(Al,Cr)2O4, GdAlO3 and other phases) and orientation analysis of grains in the TGO layer.

  7. An investigation into the use of electron back scattered diffraction to measure recrystallized fraction

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    Black, M.P.; Higginson, R.L. . Dept. of Engineering Materials)

    1999-06-18

    The Electron Back-Scattered Diffraction (EBSD) technique is in its infancy and is a highly promising area of development. Use of EBSD has been predominantly for the determination of crystallographic textures. Other applications have also been considered, which include: crystal structure determination, phase determination, grain boundary studies and both elastic and plastic deformation measurement. Although it has been acknowledged that an important use of the EBSD could be in the measurement of recrystallization and its kinetics there are a number of inherent problems with such measurements using EBSD. These problems include the ability of the system to index deformed microstructures even those on a fine scale, the difficulties of analyzing patterns in the region of grain boundaries and the problems of sample preparation which is critical in the quality of the diffraction patterns obtained. The aim of the present study is to determine whether it is possible to measure the volume fraction recrystallized using EBSP of partially recrystallized stainless steel. This has been done by investigation of the quality of matching between the observed and calculated diffraction patterns, and the quality of the observed patterns measured in terms of their contrast. The material used was stainless steel 316L.

  8. Lattice-Preferred Orientation in Deformed Novaculite - Comparison of in-situ Results Using BEARTEX and Post-Mortem EBSD Analyses

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    Willenweber, A.; Thomas, S.; Burnley, P. C.

    2012-12-01

    The Berkeley Texture Package BEARTEX is a Windows-based computer software that combines various algorithms to analyze lattice-preferred orientation in polycrystalline materials. BEARTEX was initially designed to interpret diffraction intensity data from pole figure goniometers. Recently it has been successfully used to process synthetic forsterite powder diffraction data from in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction taken during deformation (Bollinger et al. 2012). Our study aims to test the practicability of using BEARTEX to analyze the evolution of lattice-preferred orientation in natural polycrystalline quartz (novaculite) during deformation. In-situ X-ray diffraction data was collected during the deformation of novaculite at 2.5 GPa and up to 1000 °C in a D-DIA apparatus using the ten-element energy-dispersive detector at the NSLS beamline X17B2. Diffraction intensities are a function of crystal orientation, expressed in azimuth angle η and pole distance ψ. The latter is the angle between the normal of a given diffraction plane and the vertical direction of the D-DIA apparatus - our principal stress direction during compression. Orientation-dependent diffraction intensities were corrected for different responses of the single detectors and x-ray absorption effects of the anvils. Orientation distributions (ODs) and inverse pole figures were calculated using BEARTEX. In addition, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analyses were carried out on the deformed novaculite samples. Generated pole figures were compared with those derived from BEARTEX. Textural properties of our novaculite starting material complicated the BEARTEX analyses. The relatively strong variation of grain sizes in our natural specimens caused non-random diffraction intensity distributions. Those lead to non-random distributions of crystal orientations when analyzed with BEARTEX, although pole figures from EBSD data clearly show random crystal orientations. In an attempt to solve this problem, we employed a scanning routine when recording in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and so collected diffraction from multiple sample volumes rather than from one single spot. Here, we will present a comparison of pole figures derived from independent BEARTEX and EBSD analyses for a series of novaculite experiments and discuss the practicability of BEARTEX to analyze the evolution of lattice-preferred orientation in natural polycrystalline quartz. REFERENCES C. BOLLINGER, S. MERKEL AND P. RATERRON (2012): In situ quantitative analysis of stress and texture development in forsterite aggregates deformed at 6 GPa and 1373 K. J. Appl. Cryst., 45, 263-271.

  9. Microstructural characterization of autogenous laser welds on 316L stainless steel using EBSD and EDS.

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    Kell, J; Tyrer, J R; Higginson, R L; Thomson, R C

    2005-02-01

    This research is concerned with autogenous welding of 316L stainless steel and the microstructure generated by such a process. Autogenous welding does not require a filler material and in this case relies on an initial shallow melt phase to maintain a conduction limited weld. Essentially, a high power laser beam traverses the substrate, with the beam shaped by conventional optics, which produces a Gaussian irradiance distribution; or with a diffractive optical element, used to produce a uniform irradiance distribution. Initial results have shown that due to the nature of the heating cycle, complex microstructures are developed. These fine, complicated microstructures cannot be satisfactorily resolved and quantified using standard optical microscopy techniques. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) have been carried out on a number of different microstructures prepared using a range of welding parameters. It is demonstrated that the simultaneous determination of the chemistry and crystallography is a very useful tool for rapid identification of the different phases formed on solidification as a consequence of varying welding procedures. PMID:15683414

  10. An EBSD Study of the Deformation of Service-Aged 316 Austenitic Steel

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    Githinji, David N.; Northover, Shirley M.; Bouchard, P. John; Rist, Martin A.

    2013-09-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) has been used to examine the plastic deformation of an ex-service 316 austenitic stainless steel at 297 K and 823 K (24 °C and 550 °C) at strain rates from 3.5 × 10-3 to 4 × 10-7 s-1. The distribution of local misorientations was found to depend on the imposed plastic strain following a lognormal distribution at true strains <0.1 and a gamma distribution at strains >0.1. At 823 K (550 °C), the distribution of misorientations depended on the applied strain rate. The evolution of lattice misorientations with increasing plastic strain of up to 0.23 was quantified using the metrics kernel average misorientation, average intragrain misorientation, and low angle misorientation fraction. For strain rate down to 10-5 s-1, all metrics were insensitive to deformation temperature, mode (tension vs compression), and orientation of the measurement plane. The strain sensitivity of the different metrics was found to depend on the misorientation ranges considered in their calculation. A simple new metric, proportion of undeformed grains, is proposed for assessing strain in both the aged and unaged materials. Lattice misorientations develop with strain faster in aged steel than in unaged material, and most of the metrics were sensitive to the effects of thermal aging. Ignoring aging effects leads to significant overestimation of the strains around welds. The EBSD results were compared with nanohardness measurements, and good agreement was established between the two techniques of assessing plastic strain in aged 316 steel.

  11. Identifying Planar Deformation Features Using EBSD and FIB

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    Pickersgill, A. E.; Lee, M. R.

    2015-09-01

    Planar deformation features in quartz grains from the Gow Lake impact structure have been successfully identified and indexed using electron backscatter diffraction in combination with focused ion beam milling.

  12. Correlating whisker growth and grain structure on Sn-Cu samples by real-time scanning electron microscopy and backscattering diffraction characterization

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    Pei Fei; Jadhav, Nitin; Chason, Eric

    2012-05-28

    Whiskers/hillocks grow out of Pb-free Sn coatings used in electronics manufacturing. To determine which grains form whiskers/hillocks, we use scanning electron microscopy and backscattering diffraction to simultaneously monitor the surface morphology and grain structure. To reduce surface roughness, we developed a ''peel-off'' method to prepare ultra-flat samples that were measured repeatedly while whiskers/hillocks formed. We find grains that form into whiskers/hillocks are present in the as-deposited film (i.e., not re-nucleated) and many have horizontal grain boundaries beneath them. Grain rotation during whisker/hillock formation means that measurements performed after the features grow do not indicate their initial grain orientations.

  13. Electron backscatter diffraction analysis of gold nanoparticles on Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ}

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    Bochmann, A.; Teichert, S.; Katzer, C.; Schmidl, F.

    2015-06-07

    It has been shown recently that the incorporation of gold nanoparticles into Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} enhances the superconducting properties of this material in a significant way. Previous XRD and TEM investigations suggest different crystallographic relations of the gold nanoparticles with respect to the epitaxial Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ}. Here, detailed investigations of the crystal orientations for a large ensemble of gold nanoparticles with electron backscatter diffraction are reported. The average size of the gold nanoparticles is in the range of 60 nm–80 nm. We identified five different types of heteroepitaxial relationships between the gold nanoparticles and the superconductor film, resulting in complex pole figures. The observed different types of crystallographic orientations are discussed based on good lattice matching and the formation of low energy interfaces.

  14. Comparison of recrystallisation kinetics determined by stress relaxation, double hit, optical metallography and EBSD approaches

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    Dzubinsky, M.; Husain, Z.; Haaften, W.M. van

    2004-05-15

    A comparison of the recrystallisation kinetics determined by stress relaxation (SR), double-hit (DH), optical metallography and scanning electron microscope/electron backscattered diffraction (SEM/EBSD) mapping experimental approaches has been conducted. Two different types of steel were used as experimental material: C-Mn and interstitial-free (IF). Tests were carried out in the austenitic region for C-Mn steel and just above the Ar{sub 1} temperature for IF steel. Both steels were investigated in static and postdynamic recrystallisation (SRx and PDRx, respectively) regions. The work indicates that some differences exist between the results given by these methods. The biggest correction to the experimental results in the SRx region has to be performed on the 'raw data' obtained by the SR method. The SR method, owing to its continually applied stress, tends to accelerate the recrystallisation kinetics. The estimation of the recrystallised fraction in the PDRx region by the DH test gives even higher error because of dynamic changes of microstructure during the second hit.

  15. Study of multi-carbide B4C-SiC/(Al, Si) reaction infiltrated composites by SEM with EBSD

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    Almeida, B. A.; Ferro, M. C.; Ravanan, A.; Grave, P. M. F.; Wu, H.-Y.; Gao, M.-X.; Pan, Y.; Oliveira, F. J.; Lopes, A. B.; Vieira, J. M.

    2014-03-01

    In the definition of conceptual developments and design of new materials with singular or unique properties, characterisation takes a key role in clarifying the relationships of composition, properties and processing that define the new material. B4C has a rare combination of properties that makes it suitable for a wide range of applications in engineering: high refractoriness, thermal stability, high hardness and abrasion resistance coupled to low density. However, the low self-diffusion coefficient of B4C limits full densification by sintering. A way to overturn this constraint is by using an alloy, for example Al-Si, forming composites with B4C. Multi-carbide B4C-SiC/(Al, Si) composites were produced by the reactive melt infiltration technique at 1200 - 1350 °C with up to 1 hour of isothermal temperature holds. Pressed preforms made from C-containing B4C were spontaneously infiltrated with Al-Si alloys of composition varying from 25 to 50 wt% Si. The present study involves the characterisation of the microstructure and crystalline phases in the alloys and in the composites by X-ray diffraction and SEM/EDS with EBSD. Electron backscatter diffraction is used in detail to look for segregation and spatial distribution of Si and Al containing phases during solidification of the metallic infiltrate inside the channels of the ceramic matrix when the composite cools down to the eutectic temperature (577 °C). It complements elemental maps of the SEM/EDS. The production of a flat surface by polishing is intrinsically difficult and the problems inherent to the preparation of EBSD qualified finishing in polished samples of such type of composites are further discussed.

  16. Matrix grain characterisation by electron backscattering diffraction of powder metallurgy aluminum matrix composites reinforced with MoSi{sub 2} intermetallic particles

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    Corrochano, J. Hidalgo, P.; Lieblich, M.; Ibanez, J.

    2010-11-15

    Research highlights: Six extruded PM AA6061/MoSi{sub 2}/15p were processed with and without ball milling {yields} EBSD was used to characterise matrix grain size and grain orientation. {yields} Ball milling decreases matrix grain size to submicrometric level. {yields} Ball milling produces a more equiaxed microstructure and larger misorientation. {yields} Increasing milling time produces matrix texture randomization.

  17. High-Resolution EBSD Study of Adiabatic Shear Band and Neighboring Grains After Dynamic Impact Loading of Mn-Steel Used in Vehicle Structure

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    Eskandari, M.; Mohtadi-Bonab, M. A.; Zarei-Hanzaki, A.; Odeshi, A. G.; Szpunar, J. A.

    2016-04-01

    We report the results of the microstructural characterizations and micro-texture analysis of a lightweight austenitic steel deformed at high strain rate (1200 s-1) using a split Hopkinson pressure bar. Formation of adiabatic shear bands (ASB) and plastic deformation mechanisms within neighboring grains are investigated by high-resolution electron backscatter diffraction (HR-EBSD). HR-EBSD reveals formation of athermal ɛ-martensite and ά-martensite within the shear bands, resulting in the formation of a brittle intersection structure. Crack initiation and propagation is seen in intersection structure. The thermally induced ɛ-martensite follows Shoji-Nishiyama crystallographic orientation relationship with parent austenite phase, while ά-martensite shows Burgers relationship with ɛ-martensite. A detailed examination depicts the presence of deformation twins in grains adjacent to the ASB. Furthermore, strain-induced ɛ and ά martensite are formed in the neighboring grains of ASB. The micro-texture of martensite variants is discussed in ASB and in the neighboring grains.

  18. High-Resolution EBSD Study of Adiabatic Shear Band and Neighboring Grains After Dynamic Impact Loading of Mn-Steel Used in Vehicle Structure

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    Eskandari, M.; Mohtadi-Bonab, M. A.; Zarei-Hanzaki, A.; Odeshi, A. G.; Szpunar, J. A.

    2016-02-01

    We report the results of the microstructural characterizations and micro-texture analysis of a lightweight austenitic steel deformed at high strain rate (1200 s-1) using a split Hopkinson pressure bar. Formation of adiabatic shear bands (ASB) and plastic deformation mechanisms within neighboring grains are investigated by high-resolution electron backscatter diffraction (HR-EBSD). HR-EBSD reveals formation of athermal ɛ-martensite and ά-martensite within the shear bands, resulting in the formation of a brittle intersection structure. Crack initiation and propagation is seen in intersection structure. The thermally induced ɛ-martensite follows Shoji-Nishiyama crystallographic orientation relationship with parent austenite phase, while ά-martensite shows Burgers relationship with ɛ-martensite. A detailed examination depicts the presence of deformation twins in grains adjacent to the ASB. Furthermore, strain-induced ɛ and ά martensite are formed in the neighboring grains of ASB. The micro-texture of martensite variants is discussed in ASB and in the neighboring grains.

  19. Subgrain boundary analyses in deformed orthopyroxene by TEM/STEM with EBSD-FIB sample preparation technique

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    Kogure, Toshihiro; Raimbourg, Hugues; Kumamoto, Akihito; Fujii, Eiko; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2014-12-01

    High-resolution structure analyses using electron beam techniques have been performed for the investigation of subgrain boundaries (SGBs) in deformed orthopyroxene (Opx) in mylonite from Hidaka Metamorphic Belt, Hokkaido, Japan, to understand ductile deformation mechanism of silicate minerals in shear zones. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis of Opx porphyroclasts in the mylonitic rock indicated that the crystal orientation inside the Opx crystals gradually changes by rotation about the b-axis by SGBs and crystal folding. In order to observe the SGBs along the b-axis by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) or scanning TEM (STEM), the following sample preparation protocol was adopted. First, petrographic thin sections were slightly etched with hydrofluoric acid to identify SGBs in SEM. The Opx crystals whose b-axes were oriented close to the normal of the surface were identified by EBSD, and the areas containing SGBs were picked and thinned for (S) TEM analysis with a focused ion beam instrument with micro-sampling system. High-resolution TEM imaging of the SGBs in Opx revealed various boundary structures from a periodic array of dissociated (100) [001] edge dislocations to partially or completely incoherent crystals, depending on the misorientation angle. Atomic-resolution STEM imaging clearly confirmed the formation of clinopyroxene (Cpx) structure between the dissociated partial dislocations. Moreover, X-ray microanalysis in STEM revealed that the Cpx contains a considerable amount of calcium replacing iron. Such chemical inhomogeneity may limit glide motion of the dislocation and eventually the plastic deformation of the Opx porphyroclasts at a low temperature. Chemical profiles across the high-angle incoherent SGB also showed an enrichment of the latter in calcium at the boundary, suggesting that SGBs are an efficient diffusion pathway of calcium out of host Opx grain during cooling.

  20. Influence of Surface Preparation on Scanning Kelvin Probe Microscopy and Electron Backscatter Diffraction Analysis of Cross Sections of CdTe/CdS Solar Cells: Preprint

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    Moutinho, H. R.; Dhere, R. G.; Jiang, C. S.; Al-Jassim, M. M.

    2011-06-01

    In this work we investigated different methods to prepare cross sections of CdTe/CdS solar cells for EBSD and SKPM analyses. We observed that procedures used to prepare surfaces for EBSD are not suitable to prepare cross sections, and we were able to develop a process using polishing and ion-beam milling. This process resulted in very good results and allowed us to reveal important aspects of the cross section of the CdTe film. For SKPM, polishing and a light ion-beam milling resulted in cross sections that provided good data. We were able to observe the depletion region on the CdTe film and the p-n junction as well as the interdiffusion layer between CdTe and CdS. However, preparing good-quality cross sections for SKPM is not a reproducible process, and artifacts are often observed.

  1. Structural investigations on iron containing natural Zincblende using EBSD

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    Zscheckel, Tilman; Kreher-Hartmann, Birgit; Rüssel, Christian

    2016-05-01

    A sample of natural zinc sulfide containing iron (from Portugal, Albergaria, Velha) was systematically investigated with respect to its microstructure using XRD (X-ray diffraction) and EBSD (electron back scatter diffraction). The habitus of the black sample suggests a hexagonal crystal structure, i.e. the occurrence of the Wurtzite phase. Nevertheless, using XRD and EBSD allowed only detecting and localizing the cubic Zincblende structure within the sample with the fibrous habitus while the expected hexagonal Wurtzite structure and possibly a hexagonal FeS structure were missed. The macroscopic fibrous structures consist of non-uniform and elongated grain structures which possess a preferred orientation with the <224>-direction parallel to the fiber direction. Inside the grains, twinning occurs (Σ3-Twinning) as well as grain fragmentation. Iron is not distributed homogeneously; instead areas with unique iron concentrations occurred. They were arranged like twins with iron concentrations from 4.1 up to 5.1 at% as detected and localized using energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Fe2+ is incorporated in lattice sites of Zn2+. Although the phase diagram FeS-Zn-S is not yet completely determined in all composition ranges of interest, coexisting phases (zincblende and FeS) should be expected at room temperatures. The results may contribute to further insights into the growth mechanisms of natural zinc sulfide, respectively to the discussion about. Furthermore, it was shown, that the crystal habitus not always allows concluding on the crystals symmetry with certainty.

  2. The Influence of Sn Orientation on Intermetallic Compound Evolution in Idealized Sn-Ag-Cu 305 Interconnects: an Electron Backscatter Diffraction Study of Electromigration

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    Linares, Xioranny; Kinney, Chris; Lee, Kyu-Oh; Morris, J. W.

    2014-01-01

    Previous research showed the relationship between Sn grain orientation and the intermetallic growth rate in Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC)305 interconnects. Samples with the Sn c-axis aligned parallel to the current flow have an intermetallic compound growth rate significantly faster than samples with the c-axis perpendicular to the current flow. This study continues the previous research by investigating intermetallic growth in polygranular joints and in joints that have a thin Ni layer at the cathodic or anodic interface of the interconnect. Planar SAC305 interconnects were sandwiched between two Cu pads (sometimes incorporating a thin Ni layer at the interface) and subjected to uniaxial current. The crystallographic orientation of Sn in these samples was characterized with electron backscatter diffraction before and after electromigration testing. The results show that polycrystalline joints have relatively slow intermetallic growth rates, close to those found in single-crystal joints with the c-axis perpendicular to the current. When a Ni layer was present on the anode side, the intermetallic grew at a rate comparable to that in samples without a Ni layer. However, when the Ni layer was on the cathode side, the intermetallic growth was significantly retarded. The measured growth rates of the intermetallic, combined with literature values for the diffusion of Cu in Sn, were used to calculate values for the effective charge, z *, which is significantly smaller for samples with current parallel to the c-axis than for either polycrystalline samples or samples with the c-axis perpendicular to the electron flow.

  3. Characterizing the microstructure of Arctica islandica shells using NanoSIMS and EBSD

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    Karney, Graeme B.; Butler, Paul G.; Speller, Susannah; Scourse, James D.; Richardson, Christopher A.; Schröder, Markus; Hughes, Gareth M.; Czernuszka, Jan T.; Grovenor, Chris R. M.

    2012-04-01

    The bivalve mollusc Arctica islandica has received considerable attention in recent years because of its potential as an archive of marine palaeoclimate, based on its annually resolved incremental shell growth, longevity, and synchronous growth within populations. The robust interpretation of the archive depends on a detailed understanding of the shell formation process, and this in turn requires a reliable understanding of the shell microstructure. Research into this aspect, however, has so far been relatively limited. This study uses secondary ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS) to examine the compositions of the two annually formed growth increments, i.e., a narrow band of relatively slow growth referred to as growth increment I (GI I) and a usually wider accretion called growth increment II (GI II). High resolution composition maps are presented which clearly show lower concentrations of the organic ions 12C14N- and 32S- in GI I relative to GI II. This is consistent with the growth of larger crystallites in GI I, which is clearly demonstrated using a novel analysis method involving focused ion beam (FIB) milling. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis is also presented, and demonstrates that the orientation of the aragonite c-axis is the same in both GI I and GI II, and that the a- and b-axes assume preferred orientations consistent with the known angle of twinning in aragonite. By analyzing individual crystallites it is deduced that the (001) plane is likely to be the mineralizing face in GI I, and that the (011) and (102) planes are low energy interfaces in GI II.

  4. Thermally-induced amphibole reaction rim development: EBSD insights into microlite orientation

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    De Angelis, Sarah; Lavalle, Yan; Larsen, Jessica; Mariani, Elisabetta

    2014-05-01

    Amphibole is an important mineral present in many calc-alkaline volcanic deposits. A hydrous phase, volcanic amphibole is only stable at pressures greater than 100 MPa (approx. 4 km), temperature less than ~860-870 oC, and in melts containing at least 4 wt % H2O. When removed from their thermal and barometric stability field, amphiboles decompose to form aggregate rims of anhydrous minerals. The thickness, texture, and mineralogy of these rims are thought to be reflective of the process driving amphibole disequilibrium (e.g. heating, decompression, etc). However, significant overlap in rim thicknesses and microlite textures means that distinguishing between processes it not simple. This study employed backscatter diffraction (EBSD) to examine both experimental heating-indced amphibole reaction rims and natural amphibole reaction rim from Augustine Volcano. We collected crystal orientation maps of amphibole reaction rims to investigate if different types of disequilibrium produce different patterns of microlite orientation. We identified two types of reaction rim: Type 1- reaction rim microlites are generally oriented at random and share little or no systematic relationship with the crystallographic orientation of the host amphibole, and; Type 2- reaction rim microlites exhibit a topotactic relationship with the host amphibole (they share the same crystallographic orientation). Experimentally produced heating reaction rims are without exception Type 2. However the natural reaction rims are evenly distributed between Types 1 and 2. Further experimental data on decompression induced reaction rim formation is needed to investigate if Type 1 reaction rims resemble the breakdown of amphibole due to decompression. If so, reaction rim microlite orientation could provide a clear method for distinguishing between heating and decompression processes in amphibole bearing magmas.

  5. Textural relationship and compositions of ilmenite-corundum exsolutions in rutile from kimberlitic kyanite eclogite xenoliths: microstructural evidence using EBSD

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    Sobolev, N. V.; Schertl, H.; Neuser, R. D.; Lavrentiev, Y. G.; Logvinova, A. M.; Usova, L. V.

    2007-12-01

    Rutile is one of the most common accessory minerals in high pressure (HP) and ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) rocks of crustal and mantle origin. Among those rocks eclogites are very abundant in metamorphic belts and as xenoliths in kimberlite pipes. Some of these xenoliths contain coesite or diamond. Eclogite xenolith rutiles contain high abundance of minor elements reaching up to 0.8 wt.% Al2O3, 2.5 wt.% Fe2O3, 1.4 wt.% Nb2O5, 0.45 wt.% ZrO2 and are mostly heterogeneous with widely varying Al, Fe and Mg contents. These heterogeneities are caused by the presence of closely associated sigmoidal oriented lamellae of ilmenite and corundum which have been detected for the first time in rutile from Roberts Victor mine eclogite xenolith (Sobolev, Yefimova, 2000, Intern. Geol. Rev., v. 42, p. 758-767). We report here on the wide occurrence of such lamellae in rutiles both from diamondiferous kyanite eclogites of Udachnaya mine, Siberia and more samples from Roberts Victor mine confirmed by EMPA. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) measurements on two rutile grains from Roberts Victor mine kyanite eclogite confirm the presence of ilmenite plus corundum exsolutions. We found evidence for respective different crystallographic orientations related to the surrounded rutile host which will be demonstrated in detail in the present study.

  6. EBSD analysis of (10–12) twinning activity in Mg–3Al–1Zn alloy during compression

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    Wang, Bingshu; Deng, Liping; Guo, Ning; Xu, Zeren; Li, Qiang

    2014-12-15

    The (10–12) twinning activity of Mg–3Al–1Zn magnesium alloy during uniaxial compression at room temperature has been investigated by electron backscatter diffraction. The results indicated that the twinning activity was closely related with two angles: one was the angle between the c-axis and the compression direction and the other was the angle between the a-axis and the titling direction in the basal plane for a given relation between the c-axis and the compression direction. These two parameters can be used to explain which twinning variant will operate under the given strain path. For the grains containing a single (10–12) twinning variant, the (10–12) twinning variant occurred in a wide range of Schmid factor values (0 < Schmid factor < 0.5) and the Schmid factor rank of 1 or 2 was the most commonly observed. By contrast, for the grains containing two (10–12) twinning variants, the (10–12) twinning activity exhibited a stronger orientation dependence and the combinations of Schmid factor ranks 1–3 and 1–2 were the most commonly observed. - Highlights: • Twinning activity of AZ31 magnesium alloy was investigated by EBSD. • (10–12) twinning shows a strong orientation dependence. • Two angles can be used to explain which twin variant will operate.

  7. A methodology to study crystal plasticity inside a compression test sample based on image correlation and EBSD

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    Rehrl, C.; Kleber, S.; Antretter, T.; Pippan, R.

    2011-08-15

    Modified compression tests in a coarse-grained austenitic stainless steel have been carried out in order to examine the crystal plasticity behavior for large plastic deformations. The measurements of local in-plane strains provide deeper insight into the deformation process on the local scale. These measurements are performed by digital image correlation technique (DIC) in combination with local crystal orientation measurements by using the electron backscatter diffraction technique (EBSD). Split test samples are prepared to track the strong microstructural changes during deformation, which is done incrementally in 10% steps up to 60% total macroscopic strain. The clear correlation of local strains with crystal orientation changes - e.g. in the case of mechanical twinning - permits to identify the acting deformation mechanisms. Such, experimentally determined local strain maps can be used for verification of crystal plasticity finite element method simulations (CPFEM). - Research Highlights: {yields} Method to study large strain crystal plasticity inside an austenitic FeCrNi-alloy. {yields} Correlation of local strain analyses with crystal orientation measurements. {yields} Deformation mechanism changes locally from dislocation glide to mechanical twinning. {yields} Suitable to study grain-grain interactions, slip system activation and grain boundary effects. {yields} Provide essential data for crystal plasticity FEM studies.

  8. Seismic properties and mineral crystallographic preferred orientations from EBSD data: Results from a crustal-scale detachment system, Aegean region

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    Cossette, Élise; Schneider, David; Audet, Pascal; Grasemann, Bernhard; Habler, Gerlinde

    2015-05-01

    The crystallographic preferred orientations (CPOs) were measured on a suite of samples representative of different structural depths along the West Cycladic Detachment System, Greece. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analyses were conducted on calcitic and mica schists, impure quartzites, and a blueschist, and the average seismic properties of the rocks were calculated with the Voigt-Reuss-Hill average of the single minerals' elastic stiffness tensor. The calcitic and quartzitic rocks have P- and S-wave velocity anisotropies (AVp, AVs) averaging 8.1% and 7.1%, respectively. The anisotropy increases with depth represented by the blueschist, with AVp averaging 20.3% and AVs averaging 14.5%, due to the content of aligned glaucophane and mica, which strongly control the seismic properties of the rocks. Localised anisotropies of very high magnitudes are caused by the presence of mica schists as they possess the strongest anisotropies, with values of ~ 25% for AVp and AVs. The direction of the fast and slow P-wave velocities occurs parallel and perpendicular to the foliation, respectively, for most samples. The fast propagation has the same NE-SW orientation as the lithospheric stretching direction experienced in the Cyclades since the Late Oligocene. The maximum shear wave anisotropy is subhorizontal, similarly concordant with mineral alignment that developed during extension in the Aegean. Radial anisotropy in the Aegean mid-crust is strongly favoured to azimuthal anisotropy by our results.

  9. EBSD imaging of orientation relationships and variant groupings in different martensitic alloys and Widmanstätten iron meteorites

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    Cayron, Cyril

    2014-08-15

    An automatic method to colorize and quantify the classical Pitsch, Kurdjumov–Sachs, Greninger–Troiano and Nishiyama–Wasserman orientation relationships in the electron backscatter diffraction maps of martensitic/bainitic steels is detailed. Automatic analysis of variant grouping is also presented. The method was applied to low and high carbon steels, and to iron–nickel Widmanstätten meteorites. Many results of recent literature are confirmed. In low carbon steels the individual laths exhibit continuous orientation gradients between the classical orientation relationships, and the laths tend to be grouped by close-packed plane (morphological) packets. A crystallographic scenario describing the formation of the packets is proposed on the base of the one-step model. When the carbon content increases, the orientation spreading is reduced; and martensite tends to form plate groups and burst configurations. In iron–nickel meteorites, the centimeter long Widmanstätten laths do not exhibit continuous orientation gradients but are constituted of subgrains with uniform orientation relationship; the kamacite grains in the plessite regions are grouped into Bain zones, probably due to a recrystallization during the slow cooling of the meteorites. - Highlights: • Analysis of different low and high carbon steels and Widmanstätten meteorites • Automatic color mapping of the classical orientation relationships in EBSD maps • Quantification of variant pairing and grouping tendencies • Crystallographic scenario for the formation of morphological packets.

  10. Evaluation of suspended sediment concentrations, sediment fluxes and sediment depositions along a reservoir by using laser diffraction and acoustic backscatter data

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    Lizano, Laura; Haun, Stefan

    2015-04-01

    The construction of dams and reservoirs disturb the natural morphological behavior of rivers. A natural settling effect occurs due to the reduced turbulences and flow velocities. As a consequence, reservoirs fill up with sediments which results in a reduction of storage volume, influences the operation of hydropower plants and leads in several cases to flood protection problems. The sediment depositions in reservoirs are standardly evaluated by using bathymetric data, obtained by a single beam sonar from pre-defined cross sections or by an extensive evaluation of the reservoir bed by a side scan sonar. However, a disadvantage of this method is that it is not possible to evaluate the pore water content of the depositions, which may lead as consequence to an uncertainty in the measured amount of deposited sediments. Given that a major part of sediments entering reservoirs are transported in suspension, sediment flux measurements along defined transects could give more reliable information on the settled amount of sediments and additional information on the sediment transport mechanism within the reservoir. An evaluation of the sediment fluxes is in practice often conducted by a single suspended sediment concentration (SSC) measurement in combination with a cross sectional calibration factor to take changes in the SSC along the transect into account. However, these calibration factors are often developed only for one specific in-situ condition and may give unreliable results in case that the boundaries change e.g. the hydraulic conditions. Hence an evaluation of the sediment fluxes along the whole transect would give a more reliable number for the amount of transported sediments through the reservoir. This information can afterwards be used to calculate the amount of settled sediments in different sections of the reservoir and the amount of sediments which will enter the intake. For this study the suspended sediment transport within the Peñas Blancas reservoir in Costa Rica was investigated where huge depositions have been recorded since the reservoir was built. The SSC's were measured with a LISST-SL (Laser In-Situ Scattering and Transmissometry instrument) which is based on the laser diffraction method and measures simultaneously the SSC as well as the particle size distribution. The measured SSC's were subsequently used to calculate the sediment fluxes within the transects, based on the intensity of backscattered sound from an acoustic measurement device. The total amount of deposited sediments could be calculated from the sediment fluxes, obtained by moving ADCP measurements (Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler) along chosen transects and so an image of the amount of settled sediments could be drawn. The results of this study show the advantage of using two highly sophisticated measurement devices in parallel to receive accurate numbers for sediment fluxes within reservoirs, which can in addition be used in further studies to develop management strategies to reduce sediment depositions.

  11. Hyperspectral Imaging at the Micro- and Nanoscale using Energy-dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) with Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) and EBSD Analysis

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    Salge, T.; Goran, D.

    2010-12-01

    SDD systems have become state of the art technology in the field of EDS. The main characteristic of the SDDs is their extremely high pulse load capacity of up to 750,000 counts per second at good energy resolution (<123 eV Mn-Kα, <46 eV C-Kα at 100,000 counts per seconds). These properties in conjunction with electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique and modern data processing allows not only high speed mapping but also hyperspectral analysis. Here, a database is created that contains an EDS spectrum and/or EBSD pattern for each pixel of the SEM image setting the stage for innovative analysis options: The Maximum Pixel Spectrum function [1] synthesizes a spectrum out of the EDS database, consisting of the highest count level found in each spectrum channel. Here, (trace) elements which occur in only one pixel can be detected qualitatively. Areas of similar EDS composition can be made visible with Autophase, a spectroscopic phase detection system. In cases where the crystallographic phase assessment by EBSD is problematic due to pattern similarity, the EDS signal can be used as additional information for phase separation. This paper presents geoscience applications with the QUANTAX system with EDS SDD and EBSD detector using the options described above: (1) Drill core analysis of a Chicxulub impact ejecta sequence from the K/Pg boundary at ODP leg 207 [2] using fast, high resolution element maps. (2) Detection of monazite in granite by the Maximum Pixel Spectrum function. (3) Distribution of elements with overlapping peaks by deconvolution at the example of rare earth elements in zoned monazite. (4) Spectroscopic phase analysis of a sulfate-carbonate-dominated impact matrix at borehole UNAM-7 from the Chicxulub impact crater [3]. (5) EBSD studies with examples of iron meteorites and impact-induced, recrystallized carbonate melts [4]. In addition, continuing technological advances require the elemental analysis of increasingly smaller structures in many fields, including geosciences. It will be demonstrated that using low accelerating voltages, the element distribution of structures at the nanoscale in bulk samples can be displayed in a short time due to optimized signal processing and solid angle. Peaks composed of contributions from several overlapping elements e.g. N-K (392 eV) and Ti-Ll (395 eV) can be deconvolved [6] using an improved atomic database with 250 additional L, M and N lines below 4 keV. Improved light element quantification allows the standardless quantification of features at the nanoscale such as rutile grains 200-500 nm in size. References: [1] Bright D S. & Newbury D. E. (2004) Journal of Microscopy 216:186-193. [2] Schulte P. et al. (2010) Science 327: 1214-1218. [3] Salge T. (2007) PhD thesis: 130p. http://edoc.huberlin.de/docviews/abstract.php?lang=ger&id=27753. [4] Deutsch A. et al. MAPS 45: A45. [6] Tunckan O. (2010) Joining ceramics using capacitor discharge technique and determination of metal ceramic interface reactions, PhD thesis, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey. Acknowledgements: We thank P. Schulte, A. Deutsch, ODP, L. Hecht, A. Kearsley, J. Urrutria-Fucugauchi, O. Tunckan and S. Turan for generously providing the samples.

  12. Acquisition parameters optimization of a transmission electron forward scatter diffraction system in a cold-field emission scanning electron microscope for nanomaterials characterization.

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    Brodusch, Nicolas; Demers, Hendrix; Trudeau, Michel; Gauvin, Raynald

    2013-01-01

    Transmission electron forward scatter diffraction (t-EFSD) is a new technique providing crystallographic information with high resolution on thin specimens by using a conventional electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) system in a scanning electron microscope. In this study, the impact of tilt angle, working distance, and detector distance on the Kikuchi pattern quality were investigated in a cold-field emission scanning electron microscope (CFE-SEM). We demonstrated that t-EFSD is applicable for tilt angles ranging from -20° to -40°. Working distance (WD) should be optimized for each material by choosing the WD for which the EBSD camera screen illumination is the highest, as the number of detected electrons on the screen is directly dependent on the scattering angle. To take advantage of the best performances of the CFE-SEM, the EBSD camera should be close to the sample and oriented towards the bottom to increase forward scattered electron collection efficiency. However, specimen chamber cluttering and beam/mechanical drift are important limitations in the CFE-SEM used in this work. Finally, the importance of t-EFSD in materials science characterization was illustrated through three examples of phase identification and orientation mapping. PMID:23440636

  13. Electromagnetic backscattering by corner reflectors

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    Balanis, C. A.; Griesser, T.

    1986-01-01

    The Geometrical Theory of Diffraction (GTD), which supplements Geometric Optics (GO), and the Physical Theory of Diffraction (PTD), which supplements Physical Optics (PO), are used to predict the backscatter cross sections of dihedral corner reflectors which have right, obtuse, or acute included angles. These theories allow individual backscattering mechanisms of the dihedral corner reflectors to be identified and provide good agreement with experimental results in the azimuthal plane. The advantages and disadvantages of the geometrical and physical theories are discussed in terms of their accuracy, usefulness, and complexity. Numerous comparisons of analytical results with experimental data are presented. While physical optics alone is more accurate and more useful than geometrical optics alone, the combination of geometrical optics and geometrical diffraction seems to out perform physical optics and physical diffraction when compared with experimental data, especially for acute angle dihedral corner reflectors.

  14. Competitive effects of metal dissolution and passivation modulated by surface structure: An AFM and EBSD study of the corrosion of alloy 22

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    Gray, J. J.; El Dasher, B. S.; Orme, C. A.

    2006-06-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) are used to correlate crystallographic grain orientation with corrosion rates of polycrystalline alloy 22 following immersion in 1 and 3 molar (M) hydrochloric acid. For each acid concentration, relative corrosion rates are simultaneously characterized for approximately 50 unique grain orientations. The results demonstrate that the corrosion rate anisotropies are markedly different in the two acid concentrations. In very aggressive acidic environments (3M HCl), where electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry data demonstrate that the passive oxide film of alloy 22 is completely dissolved, alloy dissolution rates scale inversely with the average coordination number of surface atoms for a given grain orientation, where highly correlated surfaces dissolve the slowest. Thus, similar to simple metallic systems, the corrosion rates scale with the surface plane-normal crystallographic orientations as {1 1 1} < {1 0 0} < {1 1 0}. Less intuitively, in milder corrosive environments (1M HCl), where the passive film of the alloy is still intact, the dissolution does not scale inversely with surface atomic density. Rather, corrosion rates scale with crystallographic orientations as {1 1 1} < {1 1 0} < {1 0 0}. This is attributed to the fact that facets most susceptible to corrosion (least coordinated) are also the most able to form protective oxides, so that the dissolution anisotropy is a result of the delicate balance between metal dissolution and oxide growth.

  15. Advanced characterization of twins using automated EBSD

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    Wright, S. I.; Bingert, J. F.; Mason, T. A.; Larsen, Ryan J.

    2002-01-01

    This poster describes resuns obtained using an automated, crystallographically-based technique for twin identification. The technique is based on the automated EBSD. The key features of the analysis are identification of potential twin boundaries by their misorientation character, identification of the distinct boundary planes among the symmetrically equiwlent candidates. and validation of these boundaries through comparison with the boundary and twin plane traces in the sample cross section. Results on the application of this technique to deformation twins in zirconium are analyzed for the effect of twin type and amount and sense of uniaxial deformation. The accumulation of strain tends to increase the misorientation deviation at least to the degree of the trace deviation compared with recrystalllzation twins in nickel.

  16. Using transmission Kikuchi diffraction to study intergranular stress corrosion cracking in type 316 stainless steels.

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    Meisnar, Martina; Vilalta-Clemente, Arantxa; Gholinia, Ali; Moody, Michael; Wilkinson, Angus J; Huin, Nicolas; Lozano-Perez, Sergio

    2015-08-01

    Transmission Kikuchi diffraction (TKD), also known as transmission-electron backscatter diffraction (t-EBSD) is a novel method for orientation mapping of electron transparent transmission electron microscopy specimen in the scanning electron microscope and has been utilized for stress corrosion cracking characterization of type 316 stainless steels. The main advantage of TKD is a significantly higher spatial resolution compared to the conventional EBSD due to the smaller interaction volume of the incident beam with the specimen. Two 316 stainless steel specimen, tested for stress corrosion cracking in hydrogenated and oxygenated pressurized water reactor chemistry, were characterized via TKD. The results include inverse pole figure (IPFZ) maps, image quality maps and misorientation maps, all acquired in very short time (<60 min) and with remarkable spatial resolution (up to 5 nm step size possible). They have been used in order to determine the location of the open crack with respect to the grain boundary, deformation bands, twinning and slip. Furthermore, TKD has been used to measure the grain boundary misorientation and establish a gauge for quantifying plastic deformation at the crack tip and other regions in the surrounding matrix. Both grain boundary migration and slip transfer have been detected as well. PMID:25974882

  17. Accurate analysis of EBSD data for phase identification

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    Palizdar, Y.; Cochrane, R. C.; Brydson, R.; Leary, R.; Scott, A. J.

    2010-07-01

    This paper aims to investigate the reliability of software default settings in the analysis of EBSD results. To study the effect of software settings on the EBSD results, the presence of different phases in high Al steel has been investigated by EBSD. The results show the importance of appropriate automated analysis parameters for valid and reliable phase discrimination. Specifically, the importance of the minimum number of indexed bands and the maximum solution error have been investigated with values of 7-9 and 1.0-1.5° respectively, found to be needed for accurate analysis.

  18. Relationships Between the Phase Transformation Kinetics, Texture Evolution, and Microstructure Development in a 304L Stainless Steel Under Biaxial Loading Conditions: Synchrotron X-ray and Electron Backscatter Diffraction Studies

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    Cakmak, Ercan; Choo, Hahn; Kang, Jun-Yun; Ren, Yang

    2015-05-01

    The relationships between the martensitic phase transformation kinetics, texture evolution, and the microstructure development in the parent austenite phase were studied for a 304L stainless steel that exhibits the transformation-induced plasticity effect under biaxial loading conditions at ambient temperature. The applied loading paths included: pure torsion, simultaneous biaxial torsion/tension, simultaneous biaxial torsion/compression, and stepwise loading of tension followed by torsion ( i.e., first loading by uniaxial tension and then by pure torsion in sequence). Synchrotron X-ray and electron backscatter diffraction techniques were used to measure the evolution of the phase fractions, textures, and microstructures as a function of the applied strains. The influence of loading character and path on the changes in martensitic phase transformation kinetics is discussed in the context of (1) texture-transformation relationship and the preferred transformation of grains belonging to certain texture components over the others, (2) effects of axial strains on shear band evolutions, and (3) volume changes associated with martensitic transformation.

  19. EBSD Imaging of Monazite: a Petrochronological Tool?

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    Mottram, C. M.; Cottle, J. M.

    2014-12-01

    Recent advances in in-situ U-Th/Pb monazite petrochronology allow ages obtained from micron-scale portions of texturally-constrained, individual crystals to be placed directly into a quantitative Pressure-Temperature framework. However, there remain major unresolved challenges in linking monazite ages to specific deformation events and discerning the effects of deformation on the isotopic and elemental tracers in these phases. Few studies have quantitatively investigated monazite microstructure, and these studies have largely focused only on crystals produced experimentally (e.g. Reddy et al., 2010). The dispersion in age data commonly yielded from monazite U-Th/Pb datasets suggest that monazite dynamically recrystallises during deformation. It remains unclear how this continual recrystallisation is reflected in the monazite crystal structure, and how this subsequently impacts the ages (or age ranges) yielded from single crystals. Here, combined laser ablation split-stream analysis of deformed monazite, EBSD imaging and Pressure-Temperature (P-T) phase equilibria modelling is used to quantify the influence of deformation on monazite (re)crystallisation mechanisms and its subsequent effect on the crystallographic structure, ages and trace-element distribution in individual grains. These data provide links between ages and specific deformation events, thus helping further our understanding of the role of dynamic recrystallisation in producing age variation within and between crystals in a deformed rock. These data provide a new dimension to the field of petrochronology, demonstrating the importance of fully integrating the Pressure-Temperature-time-deformation history of accessory phases to better interpret the meaningfulness of ages yielded from deformed rocks. Reddy, S. et al., 2010. Mineralogical Magazine 74: 493-506

  20. Visco-plasticity of polycrystalline olivine at high pressure and 900°C: fresh outcomes from high resolution EBSD and electron tomography

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    Demouchy, S. A.; Mussi, A.; Barou, F.; Tommasi, A.; Cordier, P.

    2013-12-01

    The rheology of olivine-rich rocks at lithospheric temperatures (<1000°C) remains poorly constrained, in contrast to the extensive experimental dataset on creep of olivine single crystals and aggregates at high temperature (T > 1200°C). Consequently, we have performed tri-axial compression experiments (in a Paterson's press) on two fine-grained polycrystalline olivine (San Carlos olivine) specimens at 900°C, under a confining pressure of 300 MPa. Two dense samples were deformed at constant strain rates of 1.0 × 10-5 s-1 and 3.4 × 10-5 s-1. Mechanical curves show continuous hardening, with a decrease of hardening rate with increasing strain. Both samples failed just before 10% of finite strain and yield final differential stresses of 930 and 1076 MPa. Recovered samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). High resolution EBSD maps (step size 0.15 and 0.2 microns) permit to quantify accurately the microstructure (grain size, shape, aspect ratio, and angle distribution of the grain ellipse relative to the compression axis). Weak crystallographic preferred orientations (CPO) developed in the deformed olivine aggregates, where [010] axes are mostly parallel to the compression axis; [100] and [001] axes are more dispersed, but tend to be oriented at high angle to the compression axis. Misorientations across grain boundaries and sub-grain boundaries were analyzed as well, evidencing common subgrain boundaries parallel to (100) and rotations dominantly around [001], that is an ';ideal' tilt boundary of the [100](010) system. Furthermore, transmission electron microscopy, involving electron tomography of dislocations has identified dislocations with [100] and [001] Burgers vectors gliding on multiple planes, evidence for cross-slip, and dislocation entanglements. These data permit to better constrain the active deformation mechanisms and slip systems involved in the deformation of olivine at low temperature. The mechanical results are consistent with the recent low temperature flow law for olivine obtained from single crystal data, which suggested a lower strength for the mantle lithosphere than previous proposed by experimental studies.

  1. Identifying suboxide grains at the metal-oxide interface of a corroded Zr-1.0%Nb alloy using (S)TEM, transmission-EBSD and EELS.

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    Hu, Jing; Garner, Alistair; Ni, Na; Gholinia, Ali; Nicholls, Rebecca J; Lozano-Perez, Sergio; Frankel, Philipp; Preuss, Michael; Grovenor, Chris R M

    2015-02-01

    Here we report a methodology combining TEM, STEM, Transmission-EBSD and EELS to analyse the structural and chemical properties of the metal-oxide interface of corroded Zr alloys in unprecedented detail. TEM, STEM and diffraction results revealed the complexity of the distribution of suboxide grains at the metal-oxide interface. EELS provided accurate quantitative analysis of the oxygen concentration across the interface, identifying the existence of local regions of stoichiometric ZrO and Zr3O2 with varying thickness. Transmission-EBSD confirmed that the suboxide grains can be indexed with the hexagonal ZrO structure predicted with ab initio by Nicholls et al. (2014). The t-EBSD analysis has also allowed for the mapping of a relatively large region of the metal-oxide interface, revealing the location and size distribution of the suboxide grains. PMID:25474748

  2. In-situ EBSD Phase Transformation and Recrystallisation

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    Ubhi, H. S.; Parsons, J.; Othen, N.; Campbell, S.; Poole, R.; Gholinia, A.

    2014-06-01

    With the advent of in-situ heating stages that can fit into SEM's and the combination with EBSD, it is now possible to directly observe phenomenon such as phase transformations and recrystallisation at high spatial resolution and to link these processes to microstructural parameters. This presentation will report some results from preliminary in-situ EBSD heating experiments conducted in an SEM on the transformation of ausenite to ferrite in a plain carbon steel and recrystallisation in bronze alloy strip cast on a steel substrate. The microstructural changes observed during these experiments will be reported in terms of EBSD maps, grains size and crystallographic texture that evolves during a) a heating cycle from ferrite to austenite and cooling to ferrite and b) the recrystallisation microstructure for bronze and steel during isochronal heating.

  3. Three-dimensional EBSD characterization of thermo-mechanical fatigue crack morphology in compacted graphite iron

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    Pirgazi, Hadi; Ghodrat, Sepideh; Kestens, Leo A.I.

    2014-04-01

    In cylinder heads made of compacted graphitic iron (CGI), heating and cooling cycles can lead to localized cracking due to thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF). To meticulously characterize the complex crack path morphology of CGI under TMF condition, in relation to microstructural features and to find out how and by which mechanisms the cracks predominantly develop, three-dimensional electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD) was employed. Based on the precise quantitative microstructural analysis, it is found that graphite particles not only play a crucial role in the crack initiation, but also are of primary significance for crack propagation, i.e. crack growth is enhanced by the presence of graphite particles. Furthermore, the density of graphite particles on the fracture plane is more than double as high as in any other arbitrary plane of the structure. The obtained results did not indicate a particular crystallographic preference of fracture plane, i.e. the crystal plane parallel to the fracture plane was nearly of random orientation. - Highlights: • Crystallographic features of a thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) crack were studied. • Wide-field 3D EBSD is used to characterize the TMF crack morphology. • Data processing was applied on a large length scale of the order of millimeters. • Graphite density in the fracture plane is much higher than any other random plane. • It is revealed that crack growth is enhanced by the presence of graphite particles.

  4. EBSD and TEM Characterization of High Burn-up Mixed Oxide Fuel

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    Teague, Melissa C.; Gorman, Brian P.; Miller, Brandon D.; King, Jeffrey

    2014-01-01

    Understanding and studying the irradiation behavior of high burn-up oxide fuel is critical to licensing of future fast breeder reactors. Advancements in experimental techniques and equipment are allowing for new insights into previously irradiated samples. In this work dual column focused ion beam (FIB)/scanning electron microscope (SEM) was utilized to prepared transmission electron microscope samples from mixed oxide fuel with a burn-up of 6.7% FIMA. Utilizing the FIB/SEM for preparation resulted in samples with a dose rate of <0.5 mRem/h compared to approximately 1.1 R/h for a traditionally prepared TEM sample. The TEM analysis showed that the sample taken from the cooler rim region of the fuel pellet had approximately 2.5x higher dislocation density than that of the sample taken from the mid-radius due to the lower irradiation temperature of the rim. The dual column FIB/SEM was additionally used to prepared and serially slice approximately 25 um cubes. High quality electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) were collected from the face at each step, showing, for the first time, the ability to obtain EBSD data from high activity irradiated fuel.

  5. Annealing twin formation and recrystallization study of cold-drawn copper wires from EBSD measurements

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    Baudin, T. Etter, A.L.; Penelle, R.

    2007-10-15

    The crystallographic texture and microstructure of an electrolytic tough pitch copper have been investigated by Electron Back Scattered Diffraction (EBSD) after cold wire drawing (reduction in area between 52% and 94%) and after primary recrystallization. The material presents a deformation texture composed of major <111> and minor <100> fibers. The evolution of the quality index of the Kikuchi patterns shows that the stored energy is lower in the <100> fiber than in the <111> fiber. Then, after recrystallization, the volume fraction of the <100> fiber increases at the expense of the other texture components. The study of the grain boundary nature shows that the recrystallization twin fraction decreases with increasing strain. It is shown that this evolution is the consequence of the grain size reduction.

  6. A simulation of recrystallization based on EBSD orientation microscopy data

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    Engler, O.

    1998-12-01

    The present paper introduces a novel stochastic two-dimensional model to simulate the evolution of microstructure and texture during recrystallization. The model is based on data derived by automated large-scale EBSD local texture analysis, i.e., by orientation microscopy. Each measured point is characterized by its coordinates x and y in the microstructure, its crystallographic orientation g and a parameter q describing the quality of the EBSD-pattern which is affected by lattice strain and hence discloses information on the dislocation density. The concurrent information on the local arrangement of orientations and dislocation densities is utilized to derive conclusions on the nucleation and subsequent growth of the new recrystallized grains. The principles of the model are outlined and three example are shown to illustrate the possibilities of the model to simulate the evolution of microstructure and texture during recrystallization.

  7. Dynamic coherent backscattering mirror

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    Zeylikovich, I.; Xu, M.

    2016-02-01

    The phase of multiply scattered light has recently attracted considerable interest. Coherent backscattering is a striking phenomenon of multiple scattered light in which the coherence of light survives multiple scattering in a random medium and is observable in the direction space as an enhancement of the intensity of backscattered light within a cone around the retroreflection direction. Reciprocity also leads to enhancement of backscattering light in the spatial space. The random medium behaves as a reciprocity mirror which robustly converts a diverging incident beam into a converging backscattering one focusing at a conjugate spot in space. Here we first analyze theoretically this coherent backscattering mirror (CBM) phenomenon and then demonstrate the capability of CBM compensating and correcting both static and dynamic phase distortions occurring along the optical path. CBM may offer novel approaches for high speed dynamic phase corrections in optical systems and find applications in sensing and navigation.

  8. Dynamic coherent backscattering mirror

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    Xu, M.

    2016-01-01

    The phase of multiply scattered light has recently attracted considerable interest. Coherent backscattering is a striking phenomenon of multiple scattered light in which the coherence of light survives multiple scattering in a random medium and is observable in the direction space as an enhancement of the intensity of backscattered light within a cone around the retroreflection direction. Reciprocity also leads to enhancement of backscattering light in the spatial space. The random medium behaves as a reciprocity mirror which robustly converts a diverging incident beam into a converging backscattering one focusing at a conjugate spot in space. Here we first analyze theoretically this coherent backscattering mirror (CBM) phenomenon and then demonstrate the capability of CBM compensating and correcting both static and dynamic phase distortions occurring along the optical path. CBM may offer novel approaches for high speed dynamic phase corrections in optical systems and find applications in sensing and navigation. PMID:26937296

  9. Interference phenomena at backscattering by ice crystals of irregular shape

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    Konoshonkin, Alexander V.; Kustova, Natalia V.; Borovoi, Anatoli G.

    2015-11-01

    It is shown that light backscattering by hexagonal ice crystals of cirrus clouds is formed by both diffraction and interference phenomena. Diffraction determines the angular width of the backscattering peak and interference produces the interference rings inside the peak. By use of a simplest model for distortion of the pristine hexagonal shape, we show that the shape distortion leads to both oscillations of the scattering (Mueller) matrix within the backscattering peak and to a strong increase of the depolarization, color, and lidar ratios needed for interpretation of lidar signals.

  10. Interference phenomena at backscattering by ice crystals of cirrus clouds.

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    Borovoi, Anatoli; Kustova, Natalia; Konoshonkin, Alexander

    2015-09-21

    It is shown that light backscattering by hexagonal ice crystals of cirrus clouds is formed within the physical-optics approximation by both diffraction and interference phenomena. Diffraction determines the angular width of the backscattering peak and interference produces the interference rings inside the peak. By use of a simple model for distortion of the pristine hexagonal shape, we show that the shape distortion leads to both oscillations of the scattering (Mueller) matrix within the backscattering peak and to a strong increase of the depolarization, color, and lidar ratios needed for interpretation of lidar signals. PMID:26406659

  11. EBSD characterization of a hot worked 304 austenitic stainless steel under strain reversal.

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    Jorge-Badiola, D; Iza-Mendia, A; Gutiérrez, I

    2009-07-01

    Monotonic and strain reversal hot torsion tests were performed on a 304 austenitic stainless steel, this led to changes in microstructures depending on the strain path. electron backscatter diffraction was used as the tool for characterizing the microstructures. It was possible to find some intragranular microstructural changes due to the reversal of the strain by means of several local and global misorientation-related parameters. Sigma3 boundaries also showed sensitivity to strain reversal. PMID:19566625

  12. EBSD observations of dynamic recrystallization mechanisms in ice.

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    Montagnat, Maurine; Chauve, Thomas; Barou, Fabrice; Beausir, Benoît; Fressengeas, Claude; Tommasi, Andrea

    2014-05-01

    Dynamic recrystallization (DRX) strongly affects the evolution of microstructure (grain size and shape) and texture (crystal preferred orientation) in materials during deformation at high temperature. Since texturing leads to anisotropic physical properties, predicting the effect of DRX in metals is essential for industrial applications, in rocks for interpreting geophysical data and modeling geodynamic flows, or in ice for predicting ice sheet flow and climate evolution. Owing to its high viscoplastic anisotropy, ice has long been considered as a "model material". This happens to be particularly true in the case of the understanding of the fundamental of DRX mechanisms as they occur under a relatively easily controlled environment. Creep compression experiments were performed on polycrystalline ice samples in the laboratory in order to observe the evolution of the fabrics and microstructures during DRX. During the tests, performed at temperatures of -5°C and -7°C, under 0.8 MPa compressive stress, dynamic recrystallization was initiated after 1% macroscopic strain and could be followed up to 18% strain on separated samples. Fabrics and microstructures were analysed post-mortem using an Automatic Ice Texture Analyser (AITA, Russell-Head and Wilson 2001) and EBSD measurements with the Crystal Probe of Géosciences Montpellier. Both techniques enable high resolution observations, both in space and orientation (5 to 50 microns, EBSD: 0.7° - AITA: 3°), which is new for DRX observations in ice. While AITA provides only the c-axis orientations, EBSD provides full orientations (c- and a-axes). In particular, we could access to an estimate of a relative dislocation density (from the Nye tensor obtained with EBSD) and its evolution with strain. Fabric evolution with strain is very similar to what was measured by Jacka and Maccagnan (1984) with a strong strengthening toward a few maxima for c- and a-axes. The c-axes maxima are oriented about 30° from the compression direction. Within our condition range, the grain boundary migration highly dominates the DRX mechanisms and induces strongly serrated grain boundaries. This is to be associated with a highly heterogeneous state of stress and strain that is not "homogenised" by DRX mechanisms. Indeed, higher resolution observations (5 microns) reveal highly distorted areas close to grain boundaries and triple junctions. T. H. Jacka and M. Maccagnan (1984). Ice crystallographic and strain rate changes with strain in compression and extension. Cold Reg. Sci. Technol. Vol. 8 pp 269-286 D. S. Russell-Head and C. J. L. Wilson (2001). Automated fabric analyser system for quartz and ice. J. Glaciol. Vol. 24 Num 90 pp 117-130

  13. NOAA backscatter studies

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    Post, Madison J.

    1991-01-01

    In the past year, NOAA has measured and analyzed another year's worth of backscatter over Boulder, CO. The average profile was computed from 80 satellite observations of backscatter spread throughout the year, using NOAA's CO2 coherent lidar operating at a wavelength of 10.59 microns. The seasonal averages show a familiar trend (highest backscattering in spring, perhaps due to Asian dust or biomass burning, and lowest backscattering in fall). The 1990 average profile was not significantly different from the 1988 or 1989 profiles, except that it displays a slight increase in the upper troposphere, perhaps due to the Redoubt Volcano. The NOAA's backscatter processing program (BETA) was refined to enable the calculation of gaseous absorption effects based on rawinsonde measurements, as well as using atmospheric models. NOAA participated in two intercomparisons of aerosol measuring instruments near Boulder, called FRLAB (Front Range Lidar, Aircraft, and Balloon Experiment). Considerable effort was also put into developing a multiagency science proposal to NASA headquarters to work with both JPL and NASA-Marshall to produce an airborne Doppler lidar facility for the DC-8.

  14. Australian aerosol backscatter survey

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    Gras, John L.; Jones, William D.

    1989-01-01

    This paper describes measurements of the atmospheric backscatter coefficient in and around Australia during May and June 1986. One set of backscatter measurements was made with a CO2 lidar operating at 10.6 microns; the other set was obtained from calculations using measured aerosol parameters. Despite the two quite different data collection techniques, there is quite good agreement between the two methods. Backscatter values range from near 1 x 10 to the -8th/m per sr near the surface to 4 - 5 x 10 to the -11th/m per sr in the free troposphere at 5-7-km altitude. The values in the free troposphere are somewhat lower than those typically measured at the same height in the Northern Hemisphere.

  15. Backscattering measurements of micron-sized spherical particles.

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    Heffernan, Brendan M; Heinson, Yuli W; Maughan, Justin B; Chakrabarti, Amitabha; Sorensen, Christopher M

    2016-04-20

    An apparatus was designed and assembled to measure scattered light in the range of 180°±6° where enhanced backscattering, the cause of a glory, occurs. The apparatus was calibrated and tested using Fraunhofer circular aperture diffraction, angle of incidence correction, and a diffuse reflector. Theory indicates that backscattering is strongly dependent on particle size, refractive index, and shape. Experimental measurements from polystyrene latex spheres of two sizes and water droplets showed good agreement with Mie theory, but also indicated the extreme sensitivity of the backscattering to particle parameters. The results presented should have use in the fields of particle scattering, particle metrology, and LIDAR. PMID:27140090

  16. EBSD and EDX analyses of a multiphase glass-ceramic obtained by crystallizing an yttrium aluminosilicate glass.

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    Keshavarzi, Ashkan; Wisniewski, Wolfgang; Rüssel, Christian

    2013-09-11

    A glass with the mol % composition 23.82 Y2O3·39.82 Al2O3·28.50 SiO2·2.91AlF3·4.95 ZrO2 doped with 2 mol % CeF3 is crystallized at 1250 °C for 20 h. The crystallized samples are studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), the SEM-based methods EBSD and EDX, as well as fluorescence microscopy. Six crystalline phases are detected in the residual glass including alumina, YAG, Y-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), and three different yttrium silicates of the composition Y2Si2O7. Chemistry-assisted indexing (ChI) is successfully applied to separate YAG and YSZ in EBSD-scans. YAG displays polygon as well as dendritic growth. Some crystals show both mechanisms at opposite ends, indicating that the growth mechanism is influenced by the chemistry of the surrounding glass matrix. PMID:23848162

  17. Backscatter Data Map

    Laura Brothers, USGS, pointing to the map of the backscatter data that's collected. The USGS returned from a seafloor data mapping mission offshore of the Delmarva Peninsula (Ocean City, MD) on July 25th, 2014. The data collected is foundational to our continued understanding of coastal change, vul...

  18. Radar backscatter modelling

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    Schaber, G. G.; Kozak, R. C.; Gurule, R. L.

    1984-04-01

    The terrain analysis software package was restructured and documentation was added. A program was written to test Johnson Space Center's four band scatterometer data for spurious signals data. A catalog of terrain roughness statistics and calibrated four frequency multipolarization scatterometer data is being published to support the maintenance of Death Valley as a radar backscatter calibration test site for all future airborne and spacecraft missions. Test pits were dug through sand covered terrains in the Eastern Sahara to define the depth and character of subsurface interfaces responsible for either backscatter or specular response in SIR-A imagery. Blocky sandstone bedrock surfaces at about 1 m depth were responsible for the brightest SIR-A returns. Irregular very dense CaCO3 cemented sand interfaces were responsible for intermediate grey tones. Ancient river valleys had the weakest response. Reexamination of SEASAT l-band imagery of U.S. deserts continues.

  19. Radar backscatter modelling

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    Schaber, G. G.; Kozak, R. C.; Gurule, R. L.

    1984-01-01

    The terrain analysis software package was restructured and documentation was added. A program was written to test Johnson Space Center's four band scatterometer data for spurious signals data. A catalog of terrain roughness statistics and calibrated four frequency multipolarization scatterometer data is being published to support the maintenance of Death Valley as a radar backscatter calibration test site for all future airborne and spacecraft missions. Test pits were dug through sand covered terrains in the Eastern Sahara to define the depth and character of subsurface interfaces responsible for either backscatter or specular response in SIR-A imagery. Blocky sandstone bedrock surfaces at about 1 m depth were responsible for the brightest SIR-A returns. Irregular very dense CaCO3 cemented sand interfaces were responsible for intermediate grey tones. Ancient river valleys had the weakest response. Reexamination of SEASAT l-band imagery of U.S. deserts continues.

  20. THERMAL NEUTRON BACKSCATTER IMAGING.

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    VANIER,P.; FORMAN,L.; HUNTER,S.; HARRIS,E.; SMITH,G.

    2004-10-16

    Objects of various shapes, with some appreciable hydrogen content, were exposed to fast neutrons from a pulsed D-T generator, resulting in a partially-moderated spectrum of backscattered neutrons. The thermal component of the backscatter was used to form images of the objects by means of a coded aperture thermal neutron imaging system. Timing signals from the neutron generator were used to gate the detection system so as to record only events consistent with thermal neutrons traveling the distance between the target and the detector. It was shown that this time-of-flight method provided a significant improvement in image contrast compared to counting all events detected by the position-sensitive {sup 3}He proportional chamber used in the imager. The technique may have application in the detection and shape-determination of land mines, particularly non-metallic types.

  1. EBSD and reconstruction of pre-transformation microstructures, examples and complexities in steels

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    Abbasi, Majid; Kim, Dong-Ik; Nelson, Tracy W.; Abbasi, Mehrdad

    2014-09-15

    Electron backscattered diffraction has provided a quantitative tool to study micro/nano-structures in large scales. A recent application of electron backscattered diffraction is the reconstruction of pre-transformed phases in polymorphic systems, especially when there is no retained pre-transformed phase at room temperature. This capability has been demonstrated by various researchers utilizing different approaches towards grain structure and orientation recovery. However, parameters affecting reconstruction have not been investigated systematically. Factors such as post-transformed microstructures (morphology and crystallography), lattice strain (deformation), pattern and sample quality are among the affecting factors. Two-dimensional datasets of different steels have been reconstructed along with a limited 3-dimensional dataset in the current paper. Preliminary results intended for large-scale automatic reconstructions have been presented. They indicate that the successfulness of reconstruction is strongly dependent on the post-transformed microstructure. Factors such as morphology, grain size, variant selection, and deformation play roles. Few examples of reconstruction complexity at prior austenite boundaries leading to uncertain results are presented. Lastly, reconstructions are discussed in terms of meaningfulness and if they correctly represent pre-transformed grains and orientations. - Highlights: • Parameters affecting parent phase reconstruction have been investigated • Successfulness of results strongly depends on post-transformed microstructures • Microstructures with higher number of variants facilitate reconstructions • Image quality evaluations assist detection of prior austenite grain boundaries • Transformed sequential twins in austenite were observed via the current approach.

  2. Application of combined EBSD and 3D-SEM technique on crystallographic facet analysis of steel at low temperature.

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    Mohseni, P; Solberg, J K; Karlsen, M; Akselsen, O M; Ostby, E

    2013-07-01

    Electron backscatter diffraction has been increasingly used to identify the crystallographic planes and orientation of cleavage facets with respect to the rolling direction in fracture surfaces. The crystallographic indices of cleavage planes can be determined either directly from the fracture surface or indirectly from metallographic sections perpendicular to the plane of the fracture surface. A combination of electron backscatter diffraction and 3D scanning electron microscopy imaging technique has been modified to determine crystallographic facet orientations. The main purpose of this work has been to identify the macroscopic crystallographic orientations of cleavage facets in the fracture surfaces of weld heat affected zones in a well-known steel fractured at low temperatures. The material used for the work was an American Petroleum Institute (API) X80 grade steel developed for applications at low temperatures, and typical heat affected zone microstructures were obtained by carrying out weld thermal simulation. The fracture toughness was measured at different temperatures (0°C, -30°C, -60°C and -90°C) by using Crack Tip Opening Displacement testing. Fracture surfaces and changes in microstructure were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and light microscopy. Crystallographic orientations were identified by electron backscatter diffraction, indirectly from a polished section perpendicular to the major fracture surface of the samples. Computer assisted 3D imaging was used to measure the angles between the cleavage facets and the adjacent polished surface, and then these angles were combined with electron backscatter diffraction measurements to determine the macroscopic crystallographic planes of the facets. The crystallographic indices of the macroscopic cleavage facet planes were identified to be {100}, {110}, {211} and {310} at all temperatures. PMID:23692572

  3. Aerosol backscatter studies supporting LAWS

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    Rothermel, Jeffry

    1989-01-01

    Optimized Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (RSRE), Laser True Airspeed System (LATAS) algorithm for low backscatter conditions was developed. The algorithm converts backscatter intensity measurements from focused continuous-wave (CW) airborne Doppler lidar into backscatter coefficients. The performance of optimized algorithm under marginal backscatter signal conditions was evaluated. The 10.6 micron CO2 aerosol backscatter climatologies were statistically analyzed. Climatologies reveal clean background aerosol mode near 10(exp -10)/kg/sq m/sr (mixing ratio units) through middle and upper troposhere, convective mode associated with planetary boundary layer convective activity, and stratospheric mode associated with volcanically-generated aerosols. Properties of clean background mode are critical to design and simulation studies of Laser Atmospheric Wind Sounder (LAWS), a MSFC facility Instrument on the Earth Observing System (Eos). Previous intercomparisons suggested correlation between aerosol backscatter at CO2 wavelength and water vapor. Field measurements of backscatter profiles with MSFC ground-based Doppler lidar system (GBDLS) were initiated in late FY-88 to coincide with independent program of local rawinsonde releases and overflights by Multi-spectral Atmospheric Mapping Sensor (MAMS), a multi-channel infrared radiometer capable of measuring horizontal and vertical moisture distributions. Design and performance simulation studies for LAWS would benefit from the existence of a relationship between backscatter and water vapor.

  4. An EBSD investigation of cryogenically-rolled Cu–30%Zn brass

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    Konkova, T.; Mironov, S.; Korznikov, A.; Korznikova, G.; Myshlyaev, M.M.; Semiatin, S.L.

    2015-03-15

    Electron backscatter diffraction was used to study grain structure development in heavily cryogenically-rolled Cu–30%Zn brass. The produced microstructure was found to be very inhomogeneous. At a relatively coarse scale, it consisted of texture bands having crystallographic orientations close to the α- and γ-fibers. The texture bands contained internal structure comprising shear bands, mechanical twins, and low-angle boundaries. Such features were more pronounced within the γ-fiber, and this resulted in a heterogeneous ultrafine grain structure. The cryogenic rolling was concluded to be not straightforward for production of nanocrystalline grain structure in Cu–30%Zn brass. - Highlights: • Cryogenic rolling produced an inhomogeneous ultrafine-grained microstructure. • Grain refinement was mainly related with twinning and shear banding. • Grain refinement preferentially occurred in (111) fiber texture.

  5. Advancing FIB assisted 3D EBSD using a static sample setup.

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    Guyon, Julien; Gey, Nathalie; Goran, Daniel; Chalal, Smail; Pérez-Willard, Fabián

    2016-02-01

    A new setup for automatic 3D EBSD data collection in static mode has been developed using a conventional FIB-SEM system. This setup requires no stage or sample movements between the FIB milling and EBSD mapping. Its capabilities were tested experimentally on a coherent twin boundary of an INCONEL sample. Our result demonstrates that this static setup holds many advantages in terms of data throughput and quality as compared with other ones requiring stage/sample movements. The most important advantages are the better slice alignment and an improved orientation precision in 3D space, both being prerequisite for a reliable grain boundary characterization. PMID:26686662

  6. Ultrasonic backscatter from cancellous bone: the apparent backscatter transfer function.

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    Hoffmeister, Brent K; Mcpherson, Joseph A; Smathers, Morgan R; Spinolo, P Luke; Sellers, Mark E

    2015-12-01

    Ultrasonic backscatter techniques are being developed to detect changes in cancellous bone caused by osteoporosis. Many techniques are based on measurements of the apparent backscatter transfer function (ABTF), which represents the backscattered power from bone corrected for the frequency response of the measurement system. The ABTF is determined from a portion of the backscatter signal selected by an analysis gate of width τw delayed by an amount τd from the start of the signal. The goal of this study was to characterize the ABTF for a wide range of gate delays (1 μs ≤ τd ≤ 6 μs) and gate widths (1 μs ≤ τw ≤ 6 μs). Measurements were performed on 29 specimens of human cancellous bone in the frequency range 1.5 to 6.0 MHz using a broadband 5-MHz transducer. The ABTF was found to be an approximately linear function of frequency for most choices of τd and τw. Changes in τd and τw caused the frequency-averaged ABTF [quantified by apparent integrated backscatter (AIB)] and the frequency dependence of the ABTF [quantified by frequency slope of apparent backscatter (FSAB)] to change by as much as 24.6 dB and 6.7 dB/MHz, respectively. τd strongly influenced the measured values of AIB and FSAB and the correlation of AIB with bone density (-0.95 ≤ R ≤ +0.68). The correlation of FSAB with bone density was influenced less strongly by τd (-0.97 ≤ R ≤ -0.87). τw had a weaker influence than τd on the measured values of AIB and FSAB and the correlation of these parameters with bone density. PMID:26683412

  7. Plasmonic Backscattering Enhanced Inverted Photovoltaics

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    Dissanayake, D. M. N. M.; Roberts, B.; Ku, P.C.

    2011-01-01

    A plasmonic nanoparticle incorporated inverted organic photovoltaic structure was demonstrated where a monolayer of Ag nanoparticles acted as a wavelength selective reflector. Enhanced light harvesting via plasmonic backscattering into the photovoltaic absorber was observed, resulting in a two-fold improvement in the photocurrent and increased open-circuit voltage. Further, utilizing an optical spacer, the plasmonic backscattering was spectrally controlled, thereby modulating the external quantum efficiency and the photocurrent. Unlike a regular thin-film metallic back reflector, excellent off-resonance optical transmission in excess of 80% was observed from the Ag nanoparticles, making this structure highly suitable for semi-transparent and multi-junction photovoltaic applications.

  8. EBSD analysis of plastic deformation of copper foils by flexible pad laser shock forming

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    Nagarajan, Balasubramanian; Castagne, Sylvie; Wang, Zhongke; Zheng, H. Y.

    2015-11-01

    Flexible pad laser shock forming (FPLSF) is a new mold-free microforming process that induces high-strain-rate plastic deformation in thin metallic foils using laser-induced shock pressure and a hyperelastic flexible pad. This paper studies the plastic deformation behavior of copper foils formed through FPLSF by investigating surface hardness and microstructure. The microstructure of the foil surface before and after FPLSF is analyzed by electron backscatter diffraction technique using grain size distribution and grain boundary misorientation angle as analysis parameters. The surface hardness of the craters experienced a significant improvement after FPLSF; the top crater surface being harder than the bottom surface. The microstructure of the copper foil surface after FPLSF was found to be dominated by grain elongation, along with minor occurrences of subgrain formation, grain refinement, and high dislocation density regions. The results indicate that the prominent plastic deformation mechanism in FPLSF is strain hardening behavior rather than the typical adiabatic softening effect known to be occurring at high-strain-rates for processes such as electromagnetic forming, explosive forming, and laser shock forming. This significant difference in FPLSF is attributed to the concurrent reduction in plastic strain, strain rate, and the inertia effects, resulting from the FPLSF process configuration. Correspondingly, different deformation behaviors are experienced at top and bottom surfaces of the deformation craters, inducing the change in surface hardness and microstructure profiles.

  9. EBSD characterization of twinning in cold-rolled CP-Ti

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    Li, X.; Duan, Y.L.; Xu, G.F.; Peng, X.Y.; Dai, C.; Zhang, L.G.; Li, Z.

    2013-10-15

    This work presents the use of a mechanical testing system and the electron backscatter diffraction technique to study the mechanical properties and twinning systems of cold-rolled commercial purity titanium, respectively. The dependence of twinning on the matrix orientation is analyzed by the distribution map of Schmid factor. The results showed that the commercial purity titanium experienced strong strain hardening and had excellent formability during rolling. Both the (112{sup ¯}2)<112{sup ¯}3{sup ¯}> compressive twins and (101{sup ¯}2)<101{sup ¯}1{sup ¯}> tensile twins were dependent on the matrix orientation. The Schmid factor of a grain influenced the activation of a particular twinning system. The specific rolling deformation of commercial purity titanium controlled the number and species of twinning systems and further changed the mechanical properties. - Highlights: • CP-Ti experienced strain hardening and had excellent formability. • Twins were dependent on the matrix orientation. • Schmid factor of a grain influenced the activation of a twinning system. • Rolling deformation controlled twinning systems and mechanical properties.

  10. EBSDinterp 1.0: A MATLAB® Program to Perform Microstructurally Constrained Interpolation of EBSD Data.

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    Pearce, Mark A

    2015-08-01

    EBSDinterp is a graphic user interface (GUI)-based MATLAB® program to perform microstructurally constrained interpolation of nonindexed electron backscatter diffraction data points. The area available for interpolation is restricted using variations in pattern quality or band contrast (BC). Areas of low BC are not available for interpolation, and therefore cannot be erroneously filled by adjacent grains "growing" into them. Points with the most indexed neighbors are interpolated first and the required number of neighbors is reduced with each successive round until a minimum number of neighbors is reached. Further iterations allow more data points to be filled by reducing the BC threshold. This method ensures that the best quality points (those with high BC and most neighbors) are interpolated first, and that the interpolation is restricted to grain interiors before adjacent grains are grown together to produce a complete microstructure. The algorithm is implemented through a GUI, taking advantage of MATLAB®'s parallel processing toolbox to perform the interpolations rapidly so that a variety of parameters can be tested to ensure that the final microstructures are robust and artifact-free. The software is freely available through the CSIRO Data Access Portal (doi:10.4225/08/5510090C6E620) as both a compiled Windows executable and as source code. PMID:26178688

  11. Effect of the cortex on ultrasonic backscatter measurements of cancellous bone

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    Hoffmeister, Brent K.; Holt, Andrew P.; Kaste, Sue C.

    2011-10-01

    Ultrasonic backscatter techniques offer a promising new approach for detecting changes in bone caused by osteoporosis. However, several challenges impede clinical implementation of backscatter techniques. This study examines how the dense outer surface of bone (the cortex) affects backscatter measurements of interior regions of porous (cancellous) bone tissue. Fifty-two specimens of bone were prepared from 13 human femoral heads so that the same region of cancellous bone could be ultrasonically interrogated through the cortex or along directions that avoided the cortex. Backscatter signals were analyzed over a frequency range of 0.8-3.0 MHz to determine two ultrasonic parameters: apparent integrated backscatter (AIB) and frequency slope of apparent backscatter (FSAB). The term 'apparent' means that the parameters are sensitive to the frequency-dependent effects of diffraction and attenuation. Significant (p < 0.001) changes in AIB and FSAB indicated that measurements through the cortex decreased the apparent backscattered power and increased the frequency dependence of the power. However, the cortex did not affect the correlation of AIB and FSAB with the x-ray bone mineral density of the specimens. This suggests that results from many previous in vitro backscatter studies of specimens of purely cancellous bone may be extrapolated with greater confidence to in vivo conditions.

  12. Backscatter absorption gas imaging system

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    McRae, T.G. Jr.

    A video imaging system for detecting hazardous gas leaks. Visual displays of invisible gas clouds are produced by radiation augmentation of the field of view of an imaging device by radiation corresponding to an absorption line of the gas to be detected. The field of view of an imager is irradiated by a laser. The imager receives both backscattered laser light and background radiation. When a detectable gas is present, the backscattered laser light is highly attenuated, producing a region of contrast or shadow on the image. A flying spot imaging system is utilized to synchronously irradiate and scan the area to lower laser power requirements. The imager signal is processed to produce a video display.

  13. Backscatter absorption gas imaging system

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    McRae, Jr., Thomas G.

    1985-01-01

    A video imaging system for detecting hazardous gas leaks. Visual displays of invisible gas clouds are produced by radiation augmentation of the field of view of an imaging device by radiation corresponding to an absorption line of the gas to be detected. The field of view of an imager is irradiated by a laser. The imager receives both backscattered laser light and background radiation. When a detectable gas is present, the backscattered laser light is highly attenuated, producing a region of contrast or shadow on the image. A flying spot imaging system is utilized to synchronously irradiate and scan the area to lower laser power requirements. The imager signal is processed to produce a video display.

  14. Backscatter measurements for NIF ignition targets (invited)

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    Moody, J. D.; Datte, P.; Krauter, K.; Bond, E.; Michel, P. A.; Glenzer, S. H.; Divol, L.; Suter, L.; Meezan, N.; MacGowan, B. J.; Hibbard, R.; London, R.; Kilkenny, J.; Wallace, R.; Knittel, K.; Frieders, G.; Golick, B.; Ross, G.; Widmann, K.; Jackson, J.; and others

    2010-10-15

    Backscattered light via laser-plasma instabilities has been measured in early NIF hohlraum experiments on two beam quads using a suite of detectors. A full aperture backscatter system and near backscatter imager (NBI) instrument separately measure the stimulated Brillouin and stimulated Raman scattered light. Both instruments work in conjunction to determine the total backscattered power to an accuracy of {approx}15%. In order to achieve the power accuracy we have added time-resolution to the NBI for the first time. This capability provides a temporally resolved spatial image of the backscatter which can be viewed as a movie.

  15. Fracture sealing in geothermal systems: A combined EBSD and chemical approach

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    Mcnamara, D. D.; Lister, A.; Prior, D. J.; Brenna, M.

    2014-12-01

    Development of natural and enhanced geothermal resources hosted in crystalline, volcanic and plutonic reservoir rocks, or in indurated, metamorphic basement reservoirs has increased over recent years. In these reservoir rocks, permeability is dominated by faults and fractures, with small contributions made by primary permeability. As such the study of how these structures are generated, their properties (e.g. orientation, spatial distribution, aperture, orientation with respect to the stress field), and how they become filled with precipitated minerals is vital to understanding the evolution of these geothermal systems, and is key to their successful development. In particular, fracture sealing is known to decrease the overall permeability of, or create permeability barriers in a geothermal reservoir, limiting its effectiveness as a resource. As such study of this sealing process is vital to discerning the evolution of fractured geothermal systems. We use electron backscatter diffraction combined with cathodoluminescence and energy dispersive X-ray data from calcite and quartz filled veins from high temperature geothermal fields in New Zealand to investigate chemical patterns and microstructures in sealed reservoir fractures. Results indicate that while chemical zonation patterns may appear diverse or complicated, accompanying physical mineral growth and microstructure can either be simple or tell a more convoluted story. Calcite veins explored show little to no deformation and chemical suggesting postkinematic vein growth into free space with no subsequent deformation, while chemical zonation suggests fluid chemistry variation as sealing progressed. Quartz filled veins show crystal orientation of depositing vein crystals is controlled by that of the fracture wall minerals, and that varying chemistry has little to no impact on quartz microstructure.

  16. EBSD analysis of magnesium addition on inclusion formation in SS400 structural steel

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    Luo, Sin-Jie; Su, Yen-Hao Frank; Lu, Muh-Jung; Kuo, Jui-Chao

    2013-08-15

    In this study, the effect of magnesium addition on the inclusion formation in SS400 steel was investigated. The experimental specimens with and without Mg addition treatment were compared. The microstructure was observed using optical microscopy after etching with 3% nital. The morphology and chemical composition of the inclusions were analyzed via scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectrometry. The lattice structure and orientation of the inclusions were identified by electron backscattering diffraction. The average size of inclusions in SS400 was between 0.67 and 0.75 μm, and between 0.65 and 0.68 μm in SS400 + Mg. The 2 ppm Mg addition resulted in the oxide formation change from Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} to MgO·Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and in the inclusion formation change from Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–MnS to MgO·Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–MnS. Moreover, a simple-phase MnS with an average grain size of 1 μm to 2 μm was observed in rod-like, globular, and polyhedron forms. - Highlights: • The effect of magnesium addition was investigated for SS400 steel. • 2 ppm Mg addition changes the inclusion formation from Al2O3-MnS to MgO·Al2O3-MnS. • MnS observed in inclusions exhibits rod-like, globular, and polyhedron forms.

  17. EBSD investigation of the microstructure and texture characteristics of hot deformed duplex stainless steel.

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    Cizek, P; Wynne, B P; Rainforth, W M

    2006-05-01

    The microstructure and crystallographic texture characteristics were studied in a 22Cr-6Ni-3Mo duplex stainless steel subjected to plastic deformation in torsion at a temperature of 1000 degrees C using a strain rate of 1 s(-1). High-resolution EBSD was successfully used for precise phase and substructural characterization of this steel. The austenite/ferrite ratio and phase morphology as well as the crystallographic texture, subgrain size, misorientation angles and misorientation gradients corresponding to each phase were determined over large sample areas. The deformation mechanisms in each phase and the interrelationship between the two are discussed. PMID:16774517

  18. Higher order diffractions from a circular disk

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    Marsland, Diane P.; Balanis, Constantine A.; Brumley, Stephen A.

    1987-01-01

    The backscattering from a circular disk is analyzed using the geometrical theory of diffraction. First-, second-, and third-order diffractions are included in the hard polarization analysis, while first-, second-, and third-order slope diffractions are included for soft polarization. Improvements in the prediction of the monostatic radar cross section over previous works are noted. For hard polarization, an excellent agreement is exhibited between experimental and theoretical results, while a very good agreement is noted for soft polarization. To further improve the soft polarization results for wide angles, a model for the creeping wave or circulating current on the edge of the disk is obtained and used to find an additional component of the backscattered field. The addition of this component significantly improves the results for wide angles, leading to excellent agreement for soft polarization also. An axial-caustic correction method using equivalent currents is also included in the analysis.

  19. Coherent backscattering of ultracold atoms.

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    Jendrzejewski, F; Müller, K; Richard, J; Date, A; Plisson, T; Bouyer, P; Aspect, A; Josse, V

    2012-11-01

    We report on the direct observation of coherent backscattering (CBS) of ultracold atoms in a quasi-two-dimensional configuration. Launching atoms with a well-defined momentum in a laser speckle disordered potential, we follow the progressive build up of the momentum scattering pattern, consisting of a ring associated with multiple elastic scattering, and the CBS peak in the backward direction. Monitoring the depletion of the initial momentum component and the formation of the angular ring profile allows us to determine microscopic transport quantities. We also study the time evolution of the CBS peak and find it in fair agreement with predictions, at long times as well as at short times. The observation of CBS can be considered a direct signature of coherence in quantum transport of particles in disordered media. It is responsible for the so called weak localization phenomenon, which is the precursor of Anderson localization. PMID:23215395

  20. Mobile spectrometer measures radar backscatter

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    Gogineni, S.; Moore, R. K.; Onstott, R. G.; Kim, Y. S.; Bushnell, D.

    1984-01-01

    The present article is concerned with a helicopter-borne spectrometer (Heloscat), which has been developed to permit high-quality scattering measurements from a mobile platform at remote sites. The term 'spectrometer' referes to a class of scatterometers. The term 'scatterometer' is employed to denote a specialized radar for measuring scattering coefficients as a function of angle. A spectrometer, on the other hand, is a scatterometer which can measure backscatter at several frequencies. The Heloscat system is discussed, taking into account two antennas, RF hardware, and an externally mounted pendulum for angle encoding. A dual-antenna configuration is used for cross-polarized measurements, while a single-antenna system is used for like-polarized measurements. Attention is also given to oscillator characteristics, efficient data handling, and aspects of calibration.

  1. On backscatter from spatially varying surfaces

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    Grody, N. C.

    1972-01-01

    The theory of radar backscatter from rough (spatially varying) surfaces is discussed. An integral equation developed to describe the radar backscatter from a perfectly conducting surface is applied to nonsmooth surfaces. The results are compared with those obtained by Beckmann as well as those obtained by Wright. Differences between the three solutions are discussed.

  2. Beta Backscatter Measures the Hardness of Rubber

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    Morrissey, E. T.; Roje, F. N.

    1986-01-01

    Nondestructive testing method determines hardness, on Shore scale, of room-temperature-vulcanizing silicone rubber. Measures backscattered beta particles; backscattered radiation count directly proportional to Shore hardness. Test set calibrated with specimen, Shore hardness known from mechanical durometer test. Specimen of unknown hardness tested, and radiation count recorded. Count compared with known sample to find Shore hardness of unknown.

  3. Thermal structure and radar backscatter

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    Topliss, B. J.; Stepanczak, M.; Guymer, Trevor H.; Cotton, David P.

    1994-12-01

    Infrared (IR) remote sensing from satellites is a well-proven technique for measuring sea surface temperature (SST) and for detecting and monitoring oceanographic features which have strong thermal contrast. Unfortunately, cloud cover often limits the continuity of the datasets and therefore their usefulness. There is some evidence that radar backscatter can be modified by sea surface temperature structure which raises the possibility that sensors such as synthetic aperture radar, scatterometers and altimeters could provide an all-weather complement to those operating in the IR. As a background, the results of a project which used coincident airborne radar and IR measurements of an eddy system in the Tyrrhenian Sea during October 1989 are briefly described. During a 5-day period, variations in radar backscatter of several dB occurred in a region where SST varied by 2 - 3 degree(s)C. The correlation between normalized radar cross section, sigma naught ((sigma) 0 or sigma-0) and SST appeared to depend on the ambient wind. Unfortunately, no satellite radar data were available during the experiment, since Geosat had just failed and ERS-1 was not due for launch until 1991. Building on this work, a study has commenced in which preliminary analyses of ERS-1 altimeter data, from tracks which repeat every 3 days, have been conducted for a section of the Gulf Stream after it has separated from the US coast. The along track variation of sigma naught has been compared with contemporaneous NOAA AVHRR-2 imagery and the relationship between SST structure and sigma naught for individual passes is discussed in terms of environmental parameters such as the local wind field and ocean currents. The possibility of the interaction of environmental parameters such as waves and currents are explored and some evidence for both wave enhancement and attenuation at the north wall of the Gulf Stream is illustrated. Tentative explanations for relationships observed by the various analysis techniques are advanced and further planned work discussed.

  4. Diffractive Higgsstrahlung

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    Pasechnik, Roman; Kopeliovich, Boris; Potashnikova, Irina

    2015-11-01

    We consider single-diffractive (SD) Higgs production in association with heavy flavor in proton-proton collisions at the LHC. The main focus of our study is a reliable estimate of SD/inclusive ratio, not a precision computation of the cross sections. The calculations are performed within the framework of the phenomenological dipole approach, which includes by default the absorptive corrections, i.e., the gap survival effects at the amplitude level. The dominant mechanism is the diffractive production of heavy quarks, which radiate a Higgs boson (Higgsstrahlung). Although diffractive production of t -quarks is grossly suppressed as 1 /mt2 , the large Higgs-top coupling compensates this smallness and the Higgsstrahlung by t -quarks becomes the dominant contribution at large Higgs boson transverse momenta. We computed the basic observables such as the transverse momentum and rapidity distributions of the diffractively produced Higgs boson in association with the bottom and top quark pair. Finally, we discuss a potential relevance of the diffractive Higgsstrahlung in comparison to the Higgsstrahlung off intrinsic heavy flavor at forward Higgs boson rapidities.

  5. Documenting Self Organization in Quartz: A combined EBSD and Laser Mass Spectrometer Investigation of Brazilian Agate

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    Wenk, H.; Grimsich, J. L.

    2012-12-01

    In this project two Brazilian agates were selected for study based upon their complex and variable crystallographic textures. In standard optical microscopy the samples show a variety of repeated oscillatory structures which develop in a regular fashion from rim-to-core as the agate crystallized. The patterns are thought to represent a cyclic form of self organization. The much work has been done, the mechanisms that control this system remain poorly understood. EBSD mapping of these structures offers significant new insight into the growth textures and crystallographic growth orientations. Historically, these structures have been categorized by relative c-axis orientation, representing alternating length fast (LF) and length slow (LS) domains. Detailed rim-to-core EBSD texture analysis shows oscillatory structures develop in pairs of preferred growth orientations. Our samples show a progression from LF (110) dominated growth, developing into LF-LS (110)-(011) oscillation and then to LS-LS (011)-(001) oscillation. The LS-LS oscillations are essentially invisible in polarized light, but dramatic and clear in EBSD scans. Each oscillation period lasts 10-20 cycles and individual cycles are on the order of 70-100 microns. Classic 'chevron' (twisted fiber) extinction bands follow and are uniquely characterized by a mixture of LF-LF (100)-(110) growth orientations. Chemical information linked to these crystallographic structures was obtained using laser ablation mass spectrometry. A continuous laser transect across the agate from rim-to-core provides spatially resolved trace element analysis at ppb sensitivity. 50 elements were analyzed. Preliminary results show well defined and in-phase oscillations of Al, Na and K in the areas that have oscillatory growth (both LF-LS (110)-(011) and LS-LS (011)-(001) oscillations), and not in other areas. Al concentrations are much lower and show no oscillatory behavior in later large macro-Qtz grains near the agate interior. One speculates that the relative Al incorporation into quartz may reflect temperature dependence; hence some source of local heat may play a role in the crystallization dynamics.

  6. Discovering New Minerals at Micron to Nanoscales: A SEM-EBSD-EPMA Approach

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    Ma, C.

    2014-12-01

    With high-resolution analytical field emission scanning electron microscope and electron probe microanalyzer, we are now capable to characterize Earth and planetary materials easier and faster down to nanoscales. Nanofeatures (such as inclusions, exsolution, zonation, coatings, pores) in minerals and rocks are being discovered. Nanominerals and nanoparticles are being revealed. New minerals and new materials are being identified. During our ongoing nanomineralogy investigation since 2006, more than twenty five new minerals have been discovered at micron to nanoscales. Fifteen of them are from the Allende meteorite, including new refractory minerals like allendeite, hexamolybdenum, tistarite, panguite and kangite, which are among the first solids formed in our solar system. Each of the new extraterrestrial minerals reveals distinctive forming environments, providing insights into nebula or parent-body processes. Presented here are a few nanomineralogy projects demonstrating how to find and characterize new minerals with an integrated SEM-EBSD-EPMA approach.

  7. Powder diffraction

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    Hart, M.

    1995-12-31

    the importance of x-ray powder diffraction as an analytical tool for phase identification of materials was first pointed out by Debye and Scherrer in Germany and, quite independently, by Hull in the US. Three distinct periods of evolution lead to ubiquitous application in many fields of science and technology. In the first period, until the mid-1940`s, applications were and developed covering broad categories of materials including inorganic materials, minerals, ceramics, metals, alloys, organic materials and polymers. During this formative period, the concept of quantitative phase analysis was demonstrated. In the second period there followed the blossoming of technology and commercial instruments became widely used. The history is well summarized by Parrish and by Langford and Loueer. By 1980 there were probably 10,000 powder diffractometers in routine use, making it the most widely used of all x-ray crystallographic instruments. In the third, present, period data bases became firmly established and sophisticated pattern fitting and recognition software made many aspects of powder diffraction analysis routine. High resolution, tunable powder diffractometers were developed at sources of synchrotron radiation. The tunability of the spectrum made it possible to exploit all the subtleties of x-ray spectroscopy in diffraction experiments.

  8. Instrument for underwater measurement of optical backscatter

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    Maffione, Robert A.; Dana, David R.; Honey, Richard C.

    1991-12-01

    A backscatter sensor has been developed for rapidly measuring, in situ, the volume scattering function (VSF) in the backward direction. The backscatter sensor uses a bistatic optical geometry to measure backscatter from a small volume of seawater over a range of scattering angles from approximately 115 degree(s) to 170 degree(s). The calibration of the sensor yields a weighted, angular averaged value of the VSF with a centroid located at a scattering angle of about 150 degree(s). The backscatter sensor design is based on a sensitive synchronous detector and pulsed, light-emitting diode that has been used at visible and near-infrared wavelengths. The entire sensor package, which includes circuitry for digitizing the signal, is contained in a compact, rugged housing. The sensor has been deployed both in towed arrays and in stationary profiling mode. Scattering profiles from two recent deployments are presented.

  9. Lidar measurements of atmospheric backscattering amplification

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    Banakh, V. A.; Razenkov, I. A.

    2016-02-01

    Results of long-term continuous measurements of the atmospheric backscattering amplification coefficient on a 2-km-long near-ground path with the use of a two-channel micropulse lidar based on a waveguide laser are presented. It is shown that the backscattering amplification coefficient has a pronounced daily variation. In the night and in the afternoon, atmospheric backscattering amplification is maximal and the amplification coefficient can exceed 2. The amplification is low or absent in morning and evening hours at neutral temperature stratification in the near-ground layer of the atmosphere. The backscattering amplification coefficient increases with an increase in the structure constant of the air refracting index and variance of the image jitter of the illumination spot created by the probing laser beam on the wall of a 2-km-distant building.

  10. Cyclone diagnostics. [rainfall estimation, backscatter, and lidar

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    1984-01-01

    A GOES IR rainfall estimation algorithm was completed and verified. The technique was applied to the South Pacific convergent zone. The NASA earth observation mission series is discussed briefly. Backscatter was investigated using 10.6 micron coherent lidar.

  11. Santa Barbara microwave backscattering model for woodlands

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    Wang, Y.; Day, J.; Sun, G.

    1993-01-01

    The Santa Barbara microwave backscattering model for woodland vegetation with discontinuous tree canopies is described, with an emphasis on the construction of the model from probability-weighted sub-components. The modelling approach is to treat individual tree crowns as scatterers and attenuators, using the probabilities of scattering and attenuation to compute total backscatter. Four major model components are defined: surface backscattering, crown volume scattering, multi-path interactions between crown and ground, and double-bounce trunk-ground interactions. Each component is divided into subcomponents having distinct scattering and attenuation paths. The scattering of each subcomponent is computed and weighted by the probability of its occurrence. Total backscatter from a simulated woodland stand is computed by incoherent summation of the components. Recent revisions to the model have modified the subcomponent definitions and improved the probability formulation.

  12. C-band backscattering from corn canopies

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    Daughtry, C. S. T.; Ranson, K. J.; Biehl, L. L.

    1991-01-01

    A frequency-modulatad continuous-wave C-band (4.8 GHz) scatterometer was mounted on an aerial lift truck, and backscatter coefficients of corn (Zea mays L.) were acquired as functions of polarizations, view angles, and row directions. As phytomass and green-leaf area index increased, the backscatter also increased. Near anthesis, when the canopies were fully developed, the major scattering elements were located in the upper 1 m of the 2.8 m tall canopy and little backscatter was measured below that level for view angles of 30 deg or greater. C-band backscatter data could provide information to monitor tillage operations at small view zenith angles and vegetation at large view zenith angles.

  13. A Backscatter-Lidar Forward-Operator

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    Geisinger, Armin; Behrendt, Andreas; Wulfmeyer, Volker; Vogel, Bernhard; Mattis, Ina; Flentje, Harald; Förstner, Jochen; Potthast, Roland

    2015-04-01

    We have developed a forward-operator which is capable of calculating virtual lidar profiles from atmospheric state simulations. The operator allows us to compare lidar measurements and model simulations based on the same measurement parameter: the lidar backscatter profile. This method simplifies qualitative comparisons and also makes quantitative comparisons possible, including statistical error quantification. Implemented into an aerosol-capable model system, the operator will act as a component to assimilate backscatter-lidar measurements. As many weather services maintain already networks of backscatter-lidars, such data are acquired already in an operational manner. To estimate and quantify errors due to missing or uncertain aerosol information, we started sensitivity studies about several scattering parameters such as the aerosol size and both the real and imaginary part of the complex index of refraction. Furthermore, quantitative and statistical comparisons between measurements and virtual measurements are shown in this study, i.e. applying the backscatter-lidar forward-operator on model output.

  14. Coherent backscattering of light by nonlinear scatterers

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    Wellens, T.; Gremaud, B.; Delande, D.; Miniatura, C.

    2005-05-01

    We theoretically study the propagation of light in a disordered medium with nonlinear scatterers. We especially focus on interference effects between reversed multiple scattering paths, which lead to weak localization and coherent backscattering. We show that, in the presence of weakly nonlinear scattering, constructive interferences exist in general between three different scattering amplitudes. This effect influences the nonlinear backscattering enhancement factor, which may thus exceed the linear barrier two.

  15. Homodyne fiber optic backscatter dynamic light scattering.

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    Dhadwal, Harbans S

    2007-12-01

    Optical homodyne detection in the backscatter direction is achieved through a pair of collinearly located fibers in a cylindrical probe body. One fiber illuminates the scattering solution while the other fiber provides optical mixing of the backscattered optical field with a local oscillator derived from the Fresnel reflections at the glass interfaces of the sample container. Homodyne detection is possible over a broad range of particle size and sample concentration with a single probe design. PMID:18059943

  16. Mauna Loa Aerosol Backscatter Intecomparison Experiment (MABIE)

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    Bowdle, David A.; Jones, William D.; Fitzjarrald, Daniel E.; Clarke, Antony D.; Johnson, Stanley A.

    1987-01-01

    Measurements of CO2 aerosol backscatter coefficients and other aerosol physicochemical properties were obtained in remote Pacific free tropospheric airmasses at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. The experiment used an attenuated total reflection impactor (Johnson et al., 1983), a dispersive infrared spectrophotometer, and a high-resolution optical particle counter. Preliminary results suggest that sulfate compounds dominate background backscatter properties at CO2 wavelengths between 9 and 10 microns.

  17. EBSD analysis of tungsten-filament carburization during the hot-wire CVD of multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Oliphant, Clive J; Arendse, Christopher J; Camagu, Sigqibo T; Swart, Hendrik

    2014-02-01

    Filament condition during hot-wire chemical vapor deposition conditions of multi-walled carbon nanotubes is a major concern for a stable deposition process. We report on the novel application of electron backscatter diffraction to characterize the carburization of tungsten filaments. During the synthesis, the W-filaments transform to W2C and WC. W-carbide growth followed a parabolic behavior corresponding to the diffusion of C as the rate-determining step. The grain size of W, W2C, and WC increases with longer exposure time and increasing filament temperature. The grain size of the recrystallizing W-core and W2C phase grows from the perimeter inwardly and this phenomenon is enhanced at filament temperatures in excess of 1,400°C. Cracks appear at filament temperatures >1,600°C, accompanied by a reduction in the filament operational lifetime. The increase of the W2C and recrystallized W-core grain size from the perimeter inwardly is ascribed to a thermal gradient within the filament, which in turn influences the hardness measurements and crack formation. PMID:24423105

  18. EBSD as a tool to identify and quantify bainite and ferrite in low-alloyed Al-TRIP steels.

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    Zaefferer, S; Romano, P; Friedel, F

    2008-06-01

    Bainite is thought to play an important role for the chemical and mechanical stabilization of metastable austenite in low-alloyed TRIP steels. Therefore, in order to understand and improve the material properties, it is important to locate and quantify the bainitic phase. To this aim, electron backscatter diffraction-based orientation microscopy has been employed. The main difficulty herewith is to distinguish bainitic ferrite from ferrite because both have bcc crystal structure. The most important difference between them is the occurrence of transformation induced geometrically necessary dislocations in the bainitic phase. To determine the areas with larger geometrically necessary dislocation density, the following orientation microscopy maps were explored: pattern quality maps, grain reference orientation deviation maps and kernel average misorientation maps. We show that only the latter allow a reliable separation of the bainitic and ferritic phase. The kernel average misorientation threshold value that separates both constituents is determined by an algorithm that searches for the smoothness of the boundaries between them. PMID:18503676

  19. EBSD and AFM observations of the microstructural changes induced by low temperature plasma carburising on AISI 316

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    Corujeira Gallo, Santiago; Dong, Hanshan

    2011-10-01

    Low temperature plasma carburising (LTPC) has been increasingly accepted as a hardening process for austenitic stainless steels because it produces a good combination of tribological and corrosion properties. The hardening mechanism is based on the supersaturation of the austenitic structure with carbon, which greatly hardens the material, significantly expands the fcc unit cell, produces high levels of compressive residual stresses and, ultimately, leads to the occurrence of deformation bands and rotation of the crystal lattice. The microstructural changes introduced during plasma carburising have a significant impact on the mechanical, tribological and corrosion performance and, for this reason, the microstructure of expanded austenite or S-phase has been extensively studied. However, modern surface characterisation techniques could provide new insights into the formation mechanism of S-phase layers. In this work, backscattered electron diffraction and atomic force microscopy were used to characterise the surface layers of expanded austenite produced by LTPC in an active screen furnace. Based on the experimental results, the plastic deformation, its dependence on crystallographic orientation, the evolution of grain boundaries, and their effects on mechanical, tribological and corrosion properties are discussed.

  20. Analysis of the Deformation and Damage Mechanisms of Pearlitic Steel by EBSD and "in-situ" SEM Tensile Tests

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    Sidhom, Habib; Yahyaoui, H.; Braham, C.; Gonzalez, G.

    2015-07-01

    The processes governing the deformation and damage of C70 pearlitic steel were investigated in nanometer and micrometer scales using electron backscatter diffraction technique and "in-situ" scanning electron microscope tensile testing. The ferrite behavior was identified by "in-situ" x-ray tensile tests. Investigations were carried out on annealed microstructure with two interlamellar spacings of Sp = 170 and Sp = 230 nm. It is shown that pearlite yielding is controlled by the deformation mechanisms occurring in ferrite. Deformation and damage mechanisms were proposed. At low strain, pearlite deforms homogeneously with low misorientation (<5°) inside the pearlite colonies and elongates the cementite plates. At high strain, pearlite deforms heterogeneously in intense localized shear bands inside the more favorably oriented pearlite colonies. Misorientation reaches values up to 15°. Cementite deforms by an offset of lamella along the shear bands. The nucleation of these shear bands occurs at strain level of E 11 = 7% for coarse pearlite and at a higher value for fine pearlite. Damage occurs by brittle fracture of the elongated cementite lamellae parallel to the tensile axis and which are developed by shear micro-cracks along the slip bands. The plastic-induced damage is thus delayed by the fine pearlite structure.

  1. Direct estimation of austenitic grain dimensions in heat affected zones of a martensitic steel from EBSD images.

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    Altendorf, H; Faessel, M; Jeulin, D; Latourte, F

    2015-05-01

    In the context of automated analyses of electron-backscattered-diffraction images, we present in this paper a novel method to automatically extract morphological properties of prior austenitic grains in martensitic steels based on raw crystallographic orientation maps. This quantification includes the estimation of the mean chord length in specific directions, with in addition the reconstruction of the mean shape of austenitic grains inducing anisotropic shape properties. The approach is based on the morphological measure of covariance on a decision curve of grain fidelity per disorientation angle. These efforts have been motivated by the need of realistic microstructures to perform micromechanical studies of grain boundary localized damage phenomenons in steels, one example being the type IV fracture phenomenon occurring in welded joints of grade P91/P92 steel. This failure is attributed to a change of the microstructure due to thermal gradients arising during the welding process. To precisely capture the relationships between microstructural changes and mechanical fields localization in a polycrystalline aggregate, we first need to achieve a reasonable stochastic model of its microstructure, which relies on a detailed knowledge of the microstructural morphology. As martensitic steels possess multiscale microstructures composed of prior austenitic grains, packets and laths, a relevant modelling strategy has to be proposed to account for the observed hierarchies. With this objective, this paper focuses on the larger scale entities present in the microstructure, namely, the austenitic grains. PMID:25689129

  2. EBSD and DTA Characterization of A356 Alloy Deformed by ECAP During Reheating and Partial Re-melting

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    Moradi, Marzyeh; Nili-Ahmadabadi, Mahmoud; Poorganji, Behrang; Heidarian, Bashir; Furuhara, Tadashi

    2013-11-01

    Recrystallization and partial re-melting processes have been developed for producing semi-solid feedstock in a solid state in which a globular microstructure is obtained by plastic deformation followed by reheating. In this research, to induce strain, a cast- and solution-treated Aluminum A356 (7 wt pct Si) alloy was subjected to a repetitive equal channel angular pressing process using a 90 deg die, up to a total accumulated strain of approximately 8 in route A (increasing strain through a sequence of passes with no rotation of the sample after each pass) at ambient temperature. The microstructural evolutions of deformed and reheated materials were studied by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and electron back-scattered diffraction analysis. In addition, the influences of pre-deformation on the recrystallization mechanism and liquid formation of A356 alloy were presented and discussed. The results are also supported by differential thermal analysis experiments. Evaluation of the observations indicated that the average cell boundary misorientation increased with increasing strain, so this increased misorientation accelerated the mobility of boundaries and recrystallization kinetics. Therefore, the recrystallization mechanism and kinetics affected by deformation, reheating condition, and intrinsic material properties determined the particle size in the semi-solid state.

  3. Time domain attenuation estimation method from ultrasonic backscattered signals

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    Ghoshal, Goutam; Oelze, Michael L.

    2012-01-01

    Ultrasonic attenuation is important not only as a parameter for characterizing tissue but also for compensating other parameters that are used to classify tissues. Several techniques have been explored for estimating ultrasonic attenuation from backscattered signals. In the present study, a technique is developed to estimate the local ultrasonic attenuation coefficient by analyzing the time domain backscattered signal. The proposed method incorporates an objective function that combines the diffraction pattern of the source/receiver with the attenuation slope in an integral equation. The technique was assessed through simulations and validated through experiments with a tissue mimicking phantom and fresh rabbit liver samples. The attenuation values estimated using the proposed technique were compared with the attenuation estimated using insertion loss measurements. For a data block size of 15 pulse lengths axially and 15 beamwidths laterally, the mean attenuation estimates from the tissue mimicking phantoms were within 10% of the estimates using insertion loss measurements. With a data block size of 20 pulse lengths axially and 20 beamwidths laterally, the error in the attenuation values estimated from the liver samples were within 10% of the attenuation values estimated from the insertion loss measurements. PMID:22779499

  4. Coherent backscattering in the soft x-ray region

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    Matone, G.; Luccio, A.

    1986-06-01

    It is shown that coherent polarized soft x-rays can be produced by a combination of two techniques - stimulated amplification of laser light in a magnetic undulator, and Compton scattering of laser photons on an electron beam. In the combined technique, laser radiation is Compton scattered from a relativistic electron beam, whose current or charge density is periodically modulated. An electron beam and a laser beam propagate through an undulator along the same line. Inside the undulator, the laser electromagnetic waste produces a modulation of the electron energy. After some drift space, the modulation of the electron energy transforms into a modulation of the beam longitudinal charge density. The laser photons are reflected by a concave mirror against the electrons and are backscattered. In the process, their energy is greatly increased. If the electron and laser photon energy are matched properly, the modulated electron beam may act as a moving diffraction grating, and the backscattered x-rays show a high degree of coherence. The mechanism of modulation is described. The effects of electron beam energy spread, finite electron beam emittance, and undulator imperfections are discussed. The theory of scattering of a light wave by a bunched electron beam and the properties of the scattered radiation are examined. (LEW)

  5. Photon diffraction

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    Hodge, John

    2009-11-01

    In current light models, a particle-like model of light is inconsistent with diffraction observations. A model of light is proposed wherein photon inferences are combined with the cosmological scalar potential model (SPM). That the photon is a surface with zero surface area in the travel direction is inferred from the Michelson-Morley experiment. That the photons in slits are mathematically treated as a linear antenna array (LAA) is inferred from the comparison of the transmission grating interference pattern and the single slit diffraction pattern. That photons induce a LAA wave into the plenum is inferred from the fractal model. Similarly, the component of the photon (the hod) is treated as a single antenna radiating a potential wave into the plenum. That photons are guided by action on the surface of the hod is inferred from the SPM. The plenum potential waves are a real field (not complex) that forms valleys, consistent with the pilot waves of the Bohm interpretation of quantum mechanics. Therefore, the Afshar experiment result is explained, supports Bohm, and falsifies Copenhagen. The papers may be viewed at http://web.citcom.net/˜scjh/.

  6. GLObal Backscatter Experiment (GLOBE) Pacific survey mission

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    Bowdle, David A.; Rothermel, Jeffry; Arnold, James E.; Williams, Steven F.

    1991-01-01

    NASA conducted the GLObal Backscatter Experiment (GLOBE) Survey Mission over the near coastal and remote Pacific Ocean during 6 to 30 Nov. 1989 (GLOBE 1) and 13 May to 5 Jun. 1990 (GLOBE 2). These missions studied the optical, physical, and chemical properties of atmospheric aerosols. Particular emphasis was given to the magnitude and spatial variability of aerosol backscatter coefficients at mid-infrared wavelengths, and to the remote middle and upper troposphere, where these aerosol properties are poorly understood. Survey instruments were selected to provide either direct beta measurements at the key wavelengths, empirical links with long term or global scale aerosol climatologies, or aerosol microphysics data required to model any of these quantities. The survey deployment included both long distance 6 to 8 hour transit flights and detailed 4 to 6 hour local flights. Several general features were observed from preliminary Survey data analyses. Validation and intercomparison results have shown good agreement, usually better than a factor of two. Atmospheric aerosols frequently exhibited a three layer vertical structure, with (1) high and fairly uniform backscatter in the shallow cloud capped marine boundary layer; (2) moderate and highly variable backscatter in a deeper overlaying cloud pumped layer; and (3) low, regionally uniform, but seasonally and latitudinally variable backscatter in the middle and upper troposphere. The survey missions represent two isolated snapshots of a small portion of the global aerosol system. Consequently, Survey results can best be understood by synthesizing them with the more comprehensive GLOBE data base, which is being compiled at NASA-Marshall.

  7. Bathymetry and acoustic backscatter: Estero Bay, California

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    Hartwell, Stephen R.; Finlayson, David P.; Dartnell, Peter; Johnson, Samuel Y.

    2013-01-01

    Between July 30 and August 9, 2012, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC), acquired bathymetry and acoustic-backscatter data from Estero Bay, San Luis Obispo, California, under PCMSC Field Activity ID S-05-12-SC. The survey was done using the R/V Parke Snavely outfitted with a multibeam sonar for swath mapping and highly accurate position and orientation equipment for georeferencing. This report provides these data in a number of different formats, as well as a summary of the mapping mission, maps of bathymetry and backscatter, and Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata.

  8. A microwave backscattering model for precipitation

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    Ermis, Seda

    A geophysical microwave backscattering model for space borne and ground-based remote sensing of precipitation is developed and used to analyze backscattering measurements from rain and snow type precipitation. Vector Radiative Transfer (VRT) equations for a multilayered inhomogeneous medium are applied to the precipitation region for calculation of backscattered intensity. Numerical solution of the VRT equation for multiple layers is provided by the matrix doubling method to take into account close range interactions between particles. In previous studies, the VRT model was used to calculate backscattering from a rain column on a sea surface. In the model, Mie scattering theory for closely spaced scatterers was used to determine the phase matrix for each sublayer characterized by a set of parameters. The scatterers i.e. rain drops within the sublayers were modelled as spheres with complex permittivities. The rain layer was bounded by rough boundaries; the interface between the cloud and the rain column as well as the interface between the sea surface and the rain were all analyzed by using the integral equation model (IEM). Therefore, the phase matrix for the entire rain column was generated by the combination of surface and volume scattering. Besides Mie scattering, in this study, we use T-matrix approach to examine the effect of the shape to the backscattered intensities since larger raindrops are most likely oblique in shape. Analyses show that the effect of obliquity of raindrops to the backscattered wave is related with size of the scatterers and operated frequency. For the ground-based measurement system, the VRT model is applied to simulate the precipitation column on horizontal direction. Therefore, the backscattered reflectivities for each unit range of volume are calculated from the backscattering radar cross sections by considering radar range and effective illuminated area of the radar beam. The volume scattering phase matrices for each range interval are calculated by Mie scattering theory. VRT equations are solved by matrix doubling method to compute phase matrix for entire radar beam. Model results are validated with measured data by X-band dual polarization Phase Tilt Weather Radar (PTWR) for snow, rain, wet hail type precipitation. The geophysical parameters given the best fit with measured reflectivities are used in previous models i.e. Rayleigh Approximation and Mie scattering and compared with the VRT model. Results show that reflectivities calculated by VRT models are differed up to 10 dB from the Rayleigh approximation model and up to 5 dB from the Mie Scattering theory due to both multiple scattering and attenuation losses for the rain rates as high as 80 mm/h.

  9. SAR backscatter from coniferous forest gaps

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    Day, John L.; Davis, Frank W.

    1992-01-01

    A study is in progress comparing Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (AIRSAR) backscatter from coniferous forest plots containing gaps to backscatter from adjacent gap-free plots. Issues discussed are how do gaps in the range of 400 to 1600 sq m (approximately 4-14 pixels at intermediate incidence angles) affect forest backscatter statistics and what incidence angles, wavelengths, and polarizations are most sensitive to forest gaps. In order to visualize the slant-range imaging of forest and gaps, a simple conceptual model is used. This strictly qualitative model has led us to hypothesize that forest radar returns at short wavelengths (eg., C-band) and large incidence angles (e.g., 50 deg) should be most affected by the presence of gaps, whereas returns at long wavelengths and small angles should be least affected. Preliminary analysis of 1989 AIRSAR data from forest near Mt. Shasta supports the hypothesis. Current forest backscatter models such as MIMICS and Santa Barbara Discontinuous Canopy Backscatter Model have in several cases correctly predicted backscatter from forest stands based on inputs of measured or estimated forest parameters. These models do not, however, predict within-stand SAR scene texture, or 'intrinsic scene variability' as Ulaby et al. has referred to it. For instance, the Santa Barbara model, which may be the most spatially coupled of the existing models, is not truly spatial. Tree locations within a simulated pixel are distributed according to a Poisson process, as they are in many natural forests, but tree size is unrelated to location, which is not the case in nature. Furthermore, since pixels of a simulated stand are generated independently in the Santa Barbara model, spatial processes larger than one pixel are not modeled. Using a different approach, Oliver modeled scene texture based on an hypothetical forest geometry. His simulated scenes do not agree well with SAR data, perhaps due to the simple geometric model used. Insofar as texture is the expression of biological forest processes, such as succession and disease, and physical ones, such as fire and wind-throw, it contains useful information about the forest, and has value in image interpretation and classification. Forest gaps are undoubtedly important contributors to scene variance. By studying the localized effects of gaps on forest backscatter, guided by our qualitative model, we hope to understand more clearly the manner in which spatial heterogeneities in forests produce variations in backscatter, which collectively give rise to scene texture.

  10. First results: ERIM elastic backscatter lidar

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    Fischer, K.W.; Feak, R.T.; Palshook, J.P.

    1996-12-31

    The Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM) has developed a simple elastic backscatter lidar system using multiple aperture incoherent detection to study radiative properties of clouds and aerosols. The capabilities of the system are elastic backscatter measurement of cloud height, aerosol spatial density distribution, atmospheric mixed layer height and optical thickness of thin aerosol and cloud layers. The ERIM lidar system utilizes an Nd:YAG laser and collects return signal using a seven aperture telescope array to demonstrate the concept of multiple aperture incoherent detection. Initial tropospheric measurements of clouds and aerosols made with the system are presented.

  11. [Scattering and backscattering characteristics of Lake Chaohu].

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    Sun, De-Yong; Li, Yun-Mei; Wang, Qiao; Lü, Heng; Le, Cheng-Feng; Yang, Yu; Jin, Xin; Wang, Yan-Fei

    2010-06-01

    Lake scattering characteristics are of great significance for remotely-sensed retrieval model development. In this study, scattering and backscattering coefficients of Lake Chaohu were observed through AC-S and ECO-BB9 meters, and their spectral properties were correspondingly analyzed. Then Power function is utilized to model particulate scattering and backscattering spectra, and spectral slope parameters obtained by simulation are 0.86 and 3.24, separately. The proposed scattering and backscattering models present relatively low predicative errors. Particulate scattering coefficients are closely related to TSM and ISM, with corresponding correlative coefficients of 0.91 and 0.94. Their relationships can be simulated well through linear function, and further specific scattering coefficients of TSM and ISM were proposed to be 0.636 4 (10(-3) m2 x mg(-1)) and 0.910 8 (10(-3) m2 x mg(-1)). In addition, particulate backscattering ratio in Lake Chaohu has a variation range of 0.003-0.026, and refractive index varies from 1.02 to 1.06, which displays no large variation spans when compared with that in previous studies. PMID:20698252

  12. Snowcover influence on backscattering from terrain

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    Ulaby, F. T.; Abdelrazik, M.; Stiles, W. H.

    1984-01-01

    The effects of snowcover on the microwave backscattering from terrain in the 8-35 GHz region are examined through the analysis of experimental data and by application of a semiempirical model. The model accounts for surface backscattering contributions by the snow-air and snow-soil interfaces, and for volume backscattering contributions by the snow layer. Through comparisons of backscattering data for different terrain surfaces measured both with and without snowcover, the masking effects of snow are evaluated as a function of snow water equivalent and liquid water content. The results indicate that with dry snowcover it is not possible to discriminate between different types of ground surface (concrete, asphalt, grass, and bare ground) if the snow water equivalent is greater than about 20 cm (or a depth greater than 60 cm for a snow density of 0.3 g/cu cm). For the same density, however, if the snow is wet, a depth of 10 cm is sufficient to mask the underlying surface.

  13. Window flaw detection by backscatter lighting

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    Crockett, L. K.; Minton, F. R.

    1978-01-01

    Portable fiber-optic probe detects tiny flaws in transparent materials. Probe transmits light through surface to illuminate interior of material by backscattering off its edges. Light-sensitive contact paper records scratch pattern. Technique can be used for rapid visual checks. Flexible fiber optics are safely used in explosive or flammable areas; they present no hazard of breakage or contamination in controlled environments.

  14. Visualization of x-ray backscatter data

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    Greenawald, E.C.; Ham, Y.S.; Poranski, C.F. Jr.

    1993-12-31

    Of the several processes which occur when x-rays interact with matter, Compton scattering is dominant in the range of energies commonly used in industrial radiography. The Compton interaction between an x-ray photon and a free or outer shell electron causes the electron to recoil and the photon to be propagated in a new direction with a reduced energy. Regardless of the incident beam energy, some photons are always scattered in the backwards direction. The potential for determining material properties by the detection of x-ray backscatter has been recognized for years. Although work in this area has been eclipsed by the rapid development of computerized tomography (CT), a variety of industrial backscatter imaging techniques and applications have been demonstrated. Backscatter inspection is unique among x-ray methods in its applicability with access to only one side of the object. The authors are currently developing the application of x-ray backscatter tomography (XBT) to the inspection of steel-reinforced rubber sonar domes on US Navy vessels. In this paper, the authors discuss the visualization methods they use to interpret the XBT data. They present images which illustrate the capability of XBT as applied to sonar domes and a variety of other materials and objects. They also demonstrate and discuss the use of several data visualization software products.

  15. Incidence angle normalization of radar backscatter data

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    NASA’s Soil Moisture Passive Active (SMAP) satellite (~2014) will include a radar system that will provide L-band multi-polarization backscatter at a constant incidence angle of 40º. During the pre-launch phase of the project there is a need for observations that will support the radar-based soil mo...

  16. Application of the EBSD technique to describe the initiation and growth behaviour of microstructurally short fatigue cracks in a duplex steel.

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    Krupp, U; Düber, O; Christ, H-J; Künkler, B; Schick, A; Fritzen, C-P

    2004-03-01

    Up to 90% of the fatigue life of engineering alloys results from the initiation and propagation of microstructurally short cracks. Owing to their strong interactions with microstructural features, e.g. grain and phase boundaries, they exhibit substantially non-uniform propagation kinetics as compared with the growth rate of long cracks, which can be well described using a power-law function of the range of the stress-intensity factor DeltaK. In the present paper interactions between the crystallographic misorientation of grain and phase boundaries and microcracks in an austenitic/ferritic stainless steel are discussed and quantified by means of fatigue experiments in combination with the electron backscattered diffraction technique. In the second part a numerical model for the simulation of microcracks is introduced, which is capable of taking real microstructural arrangements into consideration. PMID:15009699

  17. Spectra of Particulate Backscattering in Natural Waters

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    Gordon, Howard, R.; Lewis, Marlon R.; McLean, Scott D.; Twardowski, Michael S.; Freeman, Scott A.; Voss, Kenneth J.; Boynton, Chris G.

    2009-01-01

    Hyperspectral profiles of downwelling irradiance and upwelling radiance in natural waters (oligotrophic and mesotrophic) are combined with inverse radiative transfer to obtain high resolution spectra of the absorption coefficient (a) and the backscattering coefficient (bb) of the water and its constituents. The absorption coefficient at the mesotrophic station clearly shows spectral absorption features attributable to several phytoplankton pigments (Chlorophyll a, b, c, and Carotenoids). The backscattering shows only weak spectral features and can be well represented by a power-law variation with wavelength (lambda): b(sub b) approx. Lambda(sup -n), where n is a constant between 0.4 and 1.0. However, the weak spectral features in b(sub b), suggest that it is depressed in spectral regions of strong particle absorption. The applicability of the present inverse radiative transfer algorithm, which omits the influence of Raman scattering, is limited to lambda < 490 nm in oligotrophic waters and lambda < 575 nm in mesotrophic waters.

  18. Microwave backscattering from an anisotropic soybean canopy

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    Lang, R. H.; Saatchi, S.; Levine, D. M.

    1986-01-01

    Electromagnetic backscattering from a soybean canopy is modeled in the L band region of the spectrum. Mature soybean plants are taken as an ensemble of leaves and stems which are represented by lossy dielectric disks and rods respectively. Field data indicated that leaves and stems are not distributed uniformly in the azimuth coordinate. The plant has a tendency to grow out into the area between the rows. The effects on backscattered radar waves was computed by the distorted Born approximation. Results for look directions along the rows and perpendicular to the rows show that only a modest difference occurs in the L band frequency range. The use of another nonuniform distribution, different from those observed experimentally, results in a significant effect due to vegetation asymmetry.

  19. Flaw detection by spatially coded backscatter radiography.

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    Thangavelu, Sivakumar; Hussein, Esam M A

    2007-02-01

    Backscatter imaging is useful for inspecting structures that are accessible only from one side. However, indications provided by scattered radiation are typically weak, convoluted and difficult to interpret. This paper explores the use of the coded aperture technique to detect flaws using gamma-ray backscatter imaging. The viability of this approach is demonstrated with indications obtained from Monte Carlo simulations of radiation scattering measurements. The results show that, with a 2 mm wide beam of 137Cs photons, flaws as small as 1.5 mm in width can be detected using this technique. Indications of changes in flaw size, location, multiplicity and density were also observable. In addition, it is possible to quantify, from the decoded indications, the flaw location and its size. PMID:17074496

  20. Modelling of backscatter from vegetation layers

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    Van Zyl, J. J.; Engheta, N.; Papas, C. H.; Elachi, C.; Zebker, H.

    1985-01-01

    A simple way to build up a library of models which may be used to distinguish between the different types of vegetation and ground surfaces by means of their backscatter properties is presented. The curve of constant power received by the antenna (Gamma sphere) is calculated for the given Stokes Scattering Operator, and model parameters are adopted of the most similar library model Gamma sphere. Results calculated for a single scattering model resembling coniferous trees are compared with the Gamma spheres of a model resembling tropical region trees. The polarization which would minimize the effect of either the ground surface or the vegetation layer can be calculated and used to analyze the backscatter from the ground surface/vegetation layer combination, and enhance the power received from the desired part of the combination.

  1. Backscattering properties of simulated geological surfaces

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    East, J.; Li, N.; Ulaby, F. T.; Dobson, M. C.

    1987-01-01

    A simple, compact, indoor measurement system has been developed to study the radar backscattering properties of a variety of simulated geological surfaces and volumes. The media include a homogeneous layer of fine sand observed for various levels of surface roughness, a sand layer covered with a layer of rocks, and a layer of rocks sandwiched between layers of sand. Four different sizes of rocks were investigated varying from about 1 cm in size to 6 cm in size. The results provide information on the penetration depth of sand, the relative importance of the coherent and incoherent backscattering components, and the magnitude of volume scattering by a layer of rocks relative to surface scattering by a random surface.

  2. Photothermal microresonator absorption microscopy with backscatter detection

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    Heylman, Kevin D.; Horak, Erik H.; Knapper, Kassandra A.; Goldsmith, Randall H.

    2015-08-01

    The extreme temperature sensitivity of whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) microresonators holds great promise as a detection strategy for single-particle photothermal microscopy and spectroscopy. The detection limit is currently partially constrained by frequency noise from the laser used to probe the cavity resonance wavelength. We present a measurement technique capable of simultaneously detecting backscattered and transmitted light from a wavelengthlocked optical microresonator, with laser intensity noise and frequency noise partitioned into the two independent detection channels. Photothermal mapping of single absorbing nano-objects demonstrates that both methods are capable of high signal/noise, exceeding 30,000:1 in the backscattering channel for a photothermally-induced microresonator resonance shift of 93 fm.

  3. Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Backscattering from Tunnels

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    Casey, K; Pao, H

    2007-01-16

    Low-frequency electromagnetic scattering from one or more tunnels in a lossy dielectric half-space is considered. The tunnel radii are assumed small compared to the wavelength of the electromagnetic field in the surrounding medium; a tunnel can thus be modeled as a thin scatterer, described by an equivalent impedance per unit length. We examine the normalized backscattering width for cases in which the air-ground interface is either smooth or rough.

  4. Coherent Backscattering Reveals the Anderson Transition.

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    Ghosh, S; Delande, D; Miniatura, C; Cherroret, N

    2015-11-13

    We develop an accurate finite-time scaling analysis of the angular width of the coherent backscattering (CBS) peak for waves propagating in 3D random media. Applying this method to ultracold atoms in optical speckle potentials, we show how to determine both the mobility edge and the critical exponent of the Anderson transition from the temporal behavior of the CBS width. Our method could be used in experiments to fully characterize the 3D Anderson transition. PMID:26613427

  5. Coherent Backscattering Reveals the Anderson Transition

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    Ghosh, S.; Delande, D.; Miniatura, C.; Cherroret, N.

    2015-11-01

    We develop an accurate finite-time scaling analysis of the angular width of the coherent backscattering (CBS) peak for waves propagating in 3D random media. Applying this method to ultracold atoms in optical speckle potentials, we show how to determine both the mobility edge and the critical exponent of the Anderson transition from the temporal behavior of the CBS width. Our method could be used in experiments to fully characterize the 3D Anderson transition.

  6. The backscattering factor in appearance potential spectroscopy

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    Ferron, J.; del Barco, J. L.; Goldberg, E. C.

    1990-12-01

    We have studied, through Monte Carlo simulations, the contribution of the elastic scattering of primary electrons ( RAPS) to the appearance potential yield for aluminum and tungsten, and compare the results with the backscattering effect on Auger electron spectroscopy ( RAES). We found that the RAPS contribution always diminishes the appearance potential yield, showing an inverse correlation with the elastic peak. This result points out a clear difference with the RAES contribution, which always increases the Auger yield.

  7. Dosimetric characteristics of backscattered electrons in lead.

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    Prez-Calatayudt, J; Ballester, F; Serrano, M A; Lluch, J L; Casal, E; Carmona, V

    2000-07-01

    In electron beam therapy, tissue overdose due to electrons backscattered from lead has been profusely studied. To quantify this dose enhancement effect, an electron backscatter factor (EBF) was defined as the ratio of dose at the tissue-inhomogeneity interface with and without the scatterer present. The dependence of the EBF on energy at the scatterer surface is not well known for energies lower than 3 MeV which is the most frequent clinical situation. In this work, we have done Monte Carlo calculations with the GEANT code to study EBF in lead at this energy range. The applicability of this code and the developed procedure for dose estimation has been experimentally verified. The dependence of the EBF on the beam energy incident on the scatterer has been studied for different nominal beam energies incident at the phantom's surface. The results show a trend of increase of EBF with the beam energy incident on the scatterer between 0.5 and 1.5 MeV, keeping practically constant above this energy up to 3 MeV. Backscattered electron energy spectra and depth dose curves in the 'up-stream' direction have been obtained at the various energies of the primary electron beam striking on the lead scatterer. The results of this work are compared with previously published data. PMID:10943922

  8. Dosimetric characteristics of backscattered electrons in lead

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    Pérez-Calatayud, José; Ballester, Facundo; Serrano, Miguel A.; Lluch, José L.; Casal, Emilio; Carmona, Vicente

    2000-07-01

    In electron beam therapy, tissue overdose due to electrons backscattered from lead has been profusely studied. To quantify this dose enhancement effect, an electron backscatter factor (EBF) was defined as the ratio of dose at the tissue-inhomogeneity interface with and without the scatterer present. The dependence of the EBF on energy at the scatterer surface is not well known for energies lower than 3 MeV which is the most frequent clinical situation. In this work, we have done Monte Carlo calculations with the GEANT code to study EBF in lead at this energy range. The applicability of this code and the developed procedure for dose estimation has been experimentally verified. The dependence of the EBF on the beam energy incident on the scatterer has been studied for different nominal beam energies incident at the phantom's surface. The results show a trend of increase of EBF with the beam energy incident on the scatterer between 0.5 and 1.5 MeV, keeping practically constant above this energy up to 3 MeV. Backscattered electron energy spectra and depth dose curves in the `up-stream' direction have been obtained at the various energies of the primary electron beam striking on the lead scatterer. The results of this work are compared with previously published data.

  9. Experiment and theory for backscattering enhancement and imaging in random media

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    Ishimaru, Akira; Kuga, Yasuo

    1988-03-01

    When a wave is incident on a dense distribution of discrete scatterers, turbulent media, or rough surfaces, the backscattering is enhanced under certain conditions giving a sharp peak in the backward direction. It is shown experimentally and theoretically that the angular width of the peak is related to the transport coefficient and that the enhancement is caused by the constructive interference of two waves traveling through the same particles in opposite directions. This phenomenon is identified as the weak Anderson localization. The backscattering enhancement can occur from turbulence or rough surfaces which are caused by several mechanisms. A measure of the quality of the image transmission is expressed by the modulation transfer function (MTF). It is shown experimental and theoretical studies on MTF and speckle interferometry based on the fourth order and short-exposure MTF which can produce diffraction-limited images through random scatterers.

  10. Fast in-situ annealing stage coupled with EBSD: A suitable tool to observe quick recrystallization mechanisms

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    Bozzolo, N. Jacomet, S.; Loge, R.E.

    2012-08-15

    A heating stage has been developed to perform in-situ annealing in a SEM equipped with an EBSD system in order to study recrystallization mechanisms. High temperature treatments could then be performed inside the SEM, up to 1180 Degree-Sign C and with high heating and cooling rates ({approx} 100 Degree-Sign C s{sup -1}). Samples were cooled down to room temperature to perform EBSD orientation mapping in between successive short-duration heat treatments. Microstructure evolution snapshots obtained this way allow gaining an insight into recrystallization mechanisms. The interest of such experiments is shown for two examples: static recrystallization of cold deformed pure tantalum and post-dynamic evolution of hot-deformed Zircaloy4. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Heating stage for in-SEM annealing at high temperature (up to 1200 Degree-Sign C). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High heating and cooling rates (100 Degree-Sign C s{sup -1}), no temperature overshoot. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sequential observation of very fast recrystallization mechanisms.

  11. Backscatter and attenuation characterization of ventricular myocardium

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    Gibson, Allyson Ann

    2009-12-01

    This Dissertation presents quantitative ultrasonic measurements of the myocardium in fetal hearts and adult human hearts with the goal of studying the physics of sound waves incident upon anisotropic and inhomogeneous materials. Ultrasound has been used as a clinical tool to assess heart structure and function for several decades. The clinical usefulness of this noninvasive approach has grown with our understanding of the physical mechanisms underlying the interaction of ultrasonic waves with the myocardium. In this Dissertation, integrated backscatter and attenuation analyses were performed on midgestational fetal hearts to assess potential differences in the left and right ventricular myocardium. The hearts were interrogated using a 50 MHz transducer that enabled finer spatial resolution than could be achieved at more typical clinical frequencies. Ultrasonic data analyses demonstrated different patterns and relative levels of backscatter and attenuation from the myocardium of the left ventricle and the right ventricle. Ultrasonic data of adult human hearts were acquired with a clinical imaging system and quantified by their magnitude and time delay of cyclic variation of myocardial backscatter. The results were analyzing using Bayes Classification and ROC analysis to quantify potential advantages of using a combination of two features of cyclic variation of myocardial backscatter over using only one or the other feature to distinguish between groups of subjects. When the subjects were classified based on hemoglobin A1c, the homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance, and the ratio of triglyceride to high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, differences in the magnitude and normalized time delay of cyclic variation of myocardial backscatter were observed. The cyclic variation results also suggested a trend toward a larger area under the ROC curve when information from magnitude and time delay of cyclic variation is combined using Bayes classification than when each feature is analyzed individually. Ultrasound continues to be a powerful tool that enables noninvasive quantification of material properties. The studies in this Dissertation show that understanding the physical mechanisms behind the interaction of sound waves with myocardium can reveal new information about the structure, composition and overall state of the heart.

  12. Photoelectron diffraction and holography: Some new directions

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    Fadley, C.S. |

    1993-08-01

    Photoelectron diffraction has by now become a versatile and powerful technique for studying surface structures, with special capabilities for resolving chemical and magnetic states of atoms and deriving direct structural information from both forward scattering along bond directions and back-scattering path length differences. Further fitting experiment to theory can lead to structural accuracies in the {plus_minus}0.03 ){Angstrom} range. Holographic inversions of such diffraction data also show considerable promise for deriving local three-dimensional structures around a given emitter with accuracies of {plus_minus}0.2--0.3 {Angstrom}. Resolving the photoelectron spin in some way and using circularly polarized radiation for excitation provide added dimensions for the study of magnetic systems and chiral experimental geometries. Synchrotron radiation with the highest brightness and energy resolution, as well as variable polarization, is crucial to the full exploitation of these techniques.

  13. High Resolution Sapphire Bragg Backscattering Monochromator

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    Linden, P. van der; Wille, H.-C.; Shvyd'ko, Yu. V.

    2007-01-19

    We present a temperature stabilised high resolution sapphire backscattering monochromator. The device consists of a sapphire crystal inside a cold nitrogen gas cooled, temperature stabilised chamber with a passively temperature stabilised screen. The achieved temperature stability of {+-}2mK allows for an energy resolution of {delta}E/E {<=} 10-7 at energies in the range of 30-70 keV. The device was developed for nuclear resonant scattering above 30 keV, where appropriate solutions did not exist until now.

  14. Atmospheric Backscatter Model Development for CO Sub 2 Wavelengths

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    Deepak, A.; Kent, G.; Yue, G. K.

    1982-01-01

    The results of investigations into the problems of modeling atmospheric backscatter from aerosols, in the lowest 20 km of the atmosphere, at CO2 wavelengths are presented, along with a summary of the relevant aerosol characteristics and their variability, and a discussion of the measurement techniques and errors involved. The different methods of calculating the aerosol backscattering function, both from measured aerosol characteristics and from optical measurements made at other wavelengths, are discussed in detail, and limits are placed on the accuracy of these methods. The effects of changing atmospheric humidity and temperature on the backscatter are analyzed and related to the actual atmosphere. Finally, the results of modeling CO2 backscatter in the atmosphere are presented and the variation with height and geographic location discussed, and limits placed on the magnitude of the backscattering function. Conclusions regarding modeling techniques and modeled atmospheric backscatter values are presented in tabular form.

  15. Dielectric spheres with maximum forward scattering and zero backscattering: a search for their material composition

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    Zhang, Yan; Nieto-Vesperinas, Manuel; Jos Senz, Juan

    2015-10-01

    Nanoparticles exhibiting zero backscattering but a large scattering cross section in the forward direction should play a key role as light diffracting elements in photonic devices like solar cells. Using Mie theory we address lossless dielectric spheres that were recently reported to possess a magnetodielectric response to the illuminating wave, and analyze their scattering cross section together with their zero-backwards scattering conditions. We show that there is an optimum particle refractive index (m = 2.47), which yields maximum forward scattering without backwards scattering of light.

  16. Backscattering from a randomly rough dielectric surface

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    Fung, Adrian K.; Li, Zongqian; Chen, K. S.

    1992-01-01

    A backscattering model for scattering from a randomly rough dielectric surface is developed based on an approximate solution of a pair of integral equations for the tangential surface fields. Both like and cross-polarized scattering coefficients are obtained. It is found that the like polarized scattering coefficients contain two types of terms: single scattering terms and multiple scattering terms. The single scattering terms in like polarized scattering are shown to reduce the first-order solutions derived from the small perturbation method when the roughness parameters satisfy the slightly rough conditions. When surface roughnesses are large but the surface slope is small, only a single scattering term corresponding to the standard Kirchhoff model is significant. If the surface slope is large, the multiple scattering term will also be significant. The cross-polarized backscattering coefficients satisfy reciprocity and contain only multiple scattering terms. The difference between vertical and horizontal scattering coefficients is found to increase with the dielectric constant and is generally smaller than that predicted by the first-order small perturbation model. Good agreements are obtained between this model and measurements from statistically known surfaces.

  17. Simulation of ultrasound backscatter images from fish

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    Pham, An Hoai; Stage, Bjarne; Hemmsen, Martin Christian; Lundgren, Bo; Pedersen, Mads Møller; Pedersen, Tina Bock; Jensen, Jørgen Arendt

    2011-03-01

    The objective of this work is to investigate ultrasound (US) backscatter in the MHz range from fish to develop a realistic and reliable simulation model. The long term objective of the work is to develop the needed signal processing for fish species differentiation using US. In in-vitro experiments, a cod (Gadus morhua) was scanned with both a BK Medical ProFocus 2202 ultrasound scanner and a Toshiba Aquilion ONE computed tomography (CT) scanner. The US images of the fish were compared with US images created using the ultrasound simulation program Field II. The center frequency of the transducer is 10 MHz and the Full Width at Half Maximum (FWHM) at the focus point is 0.54 mm in the lateral direction. The transducer model in Field II was calibrated using a wire phantom to validate the simulated point spread function. The inputs to the simulation were the CT image data of the fish converted to simulated scatter maps. The positions of the point scatterers were assumed to be uniformly distributed. The scatter amplitudes were generated with a new method based on the segmented CT data in Hounsfield Units and backscatter data for the different types of tissues from the literature. The simulated US images reproduce most of the important characteristics of the measured US image.

  18. Radar backscatter properties of milo and soybeans

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    Bush, T. F.; Ulaby, F. T.; Metzler, T.

    1975-01-01

    The radar backscatter from fields of milo and soybeans was measured with a ground based radar as a function of frequency (8-18 GHz), polarization (HH and VV) and angle of incidence (0 deg-70 deg) during the summer of 1974. Supporting ground truth was gathered contemporaneously with the backscatter data. At nadir sigma deg of milo correlated highly, r = 0.96, with soil moisture in the milo field at 8.6 GHz but decreased to a value of r = 0.78 at a frequency of 17.0 GHz. Correlation studies of the variations of sigma deg with soil moisture in the soybean fields were not possible due to a lack of a meaningful soil moisture dynamic range. At the larger angles of incidence, however, sigma deg of soybeans did appear to be dependent on precipitation. It is suggested this phenomenon was caused by the rain altering plant geometry. In general sigma deg of both milo and soybeans had a relatively small dynamic range at the higher angles of incidence and showed no significant dependence on the measured crop parameters.

  19. Optimal volume backscattering thresholds for echo integration

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    Thomas, Rebecca E.; Fleischer, Guy W.; Ressler, Patrick H.

    2004-10-01

    Echo integration is a commonly used technique for assessment of fish stocks. In echo integration, a frequently used method to increase the signal-to-noise ratio is to ignore data below a set volume backscattering threshold. Although this form of thresholding is common, objective and replicable techniques for choosing this threshold are rarely used. Two opposing goals come into play when choosing an optimal threshold for estimating fish biomass using echo integration: maximizing the energy from backscatterers of interest, while simultaneously minimizing the energy from backscatterers not of interest. Both empirical and modeling techniques for choosing optimal thresholds were demonstrated using data from the 2003 integrated acoustic and trawl survey of Pacific hake. Empirical techniques were based on the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve. An ROC curve is a graphical plot of the number of true positives versus false positives for a binary classification system as the discrimination threshold is varied. Modeling techniques were based on volume backscattering data generated from modeled TS and density of hake and nonhake scatterers. For the case study using the 2003 Pacific hake survey, the historical threshold used for the southern portion of the survey was shown to be nonoptimal for that year.

  20. Compton backscattered collimated x-ray source

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    Ruth, R.D.; Huang, Z.

    1998-10-20

    A high-intensity, inexpensive and collimated x-ray source is disclosed for applications such as x-ray lithography is disclosed. An intense pulse from a high power laser, stored in a high-finesse resonator, repetitively collides nearly head-on with and Compton backscatters off a bunched electron beam, having relatively low energy and circulating in a compact storage ring. Both the laser and the electron beams are tightly focused and matched at the interaction region inside the optical resonator. The laser-electron interaction not only gives rise to x-rays at the desired wavelength, but also cools and stabilizes the electrons against intrabeam scattering and Coulomb repulsion with each other in the storage ring. This cooling provides a compact, intense bunch of electrons suitable for many applications. In particular, a sufficient amount of x-rays can be generated by this device to make it an excellent and flexible Compton backscattered x-ray (CBX) source for high throughput x-ray lithography and many other applications. 4 figs.

  1. Compton backscattered collimated x-ray source

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    Ruth, Ronald D.; Huang, Zhirong

    1998-01-01

    A high-intensity, inexpensive and collimated x-ray source for applications such as x-ray lithography is disclosed. An intense pulse from a high power laser, stored in a high-finesse resonator, repetitively collides nearly head-on with and Compton backscatters off a bunched electron beam, having relatively low energy and circulating in a compact storage ring. Both the laser and the electron beams are tightly focused and matched at the interaction region inside the optical resonator. The laser-electron interaction not only gives rise to x-rays at the desired wavelength, but also cools and stabilizes the electrons against intrabeam scattering and Coulomb repulsion with each other in the storage ring. This cooling provides a compact, intense bunch of electrons suitable for many applications. In particular, a sufficient amount of x-rays can be generated by this device to make it an excellent and flexible Compton backscattered x-ray (CBX) source for high throughput x-ray lithography and many other applications.

  2. Compton backscattered collmated X-ray source

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    Ruth, Ronald D.; Huang, Zhirong

    2000-01-01

    A high-intensity, inexpensive and collimated x-ray source for applications such as x-ray lithography is disclosed. An intense pulse from a high power laser, stored in a high-finesse resonator, repetitively collides nearly head-on with and Compton backscatters off a bunched electron beam, having relatively low energy and circulating in a compact storage ring. Both the laser and the electron beams are tightly focused and matched at the interaction region inside the optical resonator. The laser-electron interaction not only gives rise to x-rays at the desired wavelength, but also cools and stabilizes the electrons against intrabeam scattering and Coulomb repulsion with each other in the storage ring. This cooling provides a compact, intense bunch of electrons suitable for many applications. In particular, a sufficient amount of x-rays can be generated by this device to make it an excellent and flexible Compton backscattered x-ray (CBX) source for high throughput x-ray lithography and many other applications.

  3. Backscattering position detection for photonic force microscopy

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    Volpe, Giovanni; Kozyreff, Gregory; Petrov, Dmitri

    2007-10-15

    An optically trapped particle is an extremely sensitive probe for the measurement of pico- and femto-Newton forces between the particle and its environment in microscopic systems (photonic force microscopy). A typical setup comprises an optical trap, which holds the probe, and a position sensing system, which uses the scattering of a beam illuminating the probe. Usually the position is accurately determined by measuring the deflection of the forward-scattered light transmitted through the probe. However, geometrical constraints may prevent access to this side of the trap, forcing one to make use of the backscattered light instead. A theory is presented together with numerical results that describes the use of the backscattered light for position detection. With a Mie-Debye approach, we compute the total (incident plus scattered) field and follow its evolution as it is collected by the condenser lenses and projected onto the position detectors and the responses of position sensitive detectors and quadrant photodetectors to the displacement of the probe in the optical trap, both in forward and backward configurations. We find out that in the case of backward detection, for both types of detectors the displacement sensitivity can change sign as a function of the probe size and is null for some critical sizes. In addition, we study the influence of the numerical aperture of the detection system, polarization, and the cross talk between position measurements in orthogonal directions. We finally discuss how these features should be taken into account in experimental designs.

  4. Rotational Raman scattering (Ring effect) in satellite backscatter ultraviolet measurements

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    Cebula, Richard P.; Joiner, Joanna; Bhartia, Pawan K.; Hilsenrath, Ernest; McPeters, Richard D.; Park, Hongwoo

    1995-07-01

    A detailed radiative transfer calculation has been carried out to estimate the effects of rotational Raman scattering (RRS) on satellite measurements of backscattered ultraviolet radiation. Raman-scattered light is shifted in frequency from the incident light, which causes filling in of solar Fraunhofer lines in the observed backscattered spectrum (also known as the Ring effect). The magnitude of the rotational Raman scattering filling in is a function of wavelength, solar zenith angle, surface reflectance, surface pressure, and instrument spectral resolution. The filling in predicted by our model is found to be in agreement with observations from the Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Radiometer and the Nimbus-7 Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Radiometer.

  5. Sea Floor Analyses Based On Multibeam Backscatter Strength

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    Beyer, A.

    Measurements of acoustic backscatter strength can be applied to analyse sea floor coverage on a spatial extent. They provide consistent coverage compared to analy- ses based on only a few surface samples. In particular the spatial validity of surface samples can be determined by analyses based on acoustic backscatter strength and sampling locations representative for the surrounding area can be determined. Dur- ing the cruise ANTXVII/4 of the German RV "Polarstern", a high precision swath bathymetry survey was performed along the European continental margin in the Por- cupine Seabight off southwest Ireland. Within the Porcupine Seabight a number of mound structures have been discovered earlier, most of them being carbonate mounds. The structure and genesis of these mounds are the main objective of recent investiga- tions. The cruise and the subsequent investigations are part of the EU project GEO- MOUND. They focus on the Belgica mound province. Besides the depth measure- ments, the acoustic intensities of the received echos have been recorded. Taking into account the transmitted and received sound level, acoustic beam patterns, and acous- tic attenuation in the water column, the backscatter strength of the ensonified area was calculated. This backscatter information is used to analyse the sea floor cover- age. Based on the data of the systematic survey the spatial variation of the backscatter strength was derived. Regions of equal backscatter characteristic can be combined and functions showing the dependency between backscatter strength and incidence angle of the acoustic wave can be determined. These functions help interpreting sea floor coverage. The mapping of the backscatter strength of the mound area indicates clear changes in backscatter strength. Small and shallow channels show a lower backscat- ter strength than their surroundings. That means the surface coverage of the channels is smooth with respect to the surroundings. One interpretation of this surface pattern points to currents that have built these structures by depositing sediments. In con- trast, most of the mounds indicate a strong backscatter strength. Since other investi- gations showed that some of the mounds are populated by corals, these corals could cause higher backscatter strength. A detailed investigation of the mounds indicates differences of backscatter characteristics between them. There are mounds that show strong backscatter on their slopes but low backscatter on their top. Other mounds show stronger backscatter on their top but lower backscatter on their slopes. These differences could indicate varying surface coverage of those mounds. Based on this information, the mounds are separated and classified.

  6. X-ray Microdiffraction and EBSD Study of FSP Induced Structural/Phase Transitions in a Ni-based Superalloy

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    Barabash, Oleg M; Barabash, Rozaliya; Ice, Gene E; Feng, Zhili; Gandy, Dr. David

    2009-01-01

    Severe plastic deformation during Friction Stir Processing (FSP) of an IN738 Ni-based superalloy was studied by means of X-ray polychromatic microdiffraction, EBSD, scanning electron and optical microscopies. Modeling of the physical properties and phase composition was also performed. Several distinct zones are formed during FSP including a stir zone (SZ), a thermal-mechanical affected zone (TMAZ) and a heat affected zone (HAZ). Each zone has distinct microstructure after FSP. The initial dendrite structure is preserved in the HAZ, while strengthening ??-phase particles partially dissolve and coagulate. Plastic deformation of the base material dendrites takes place in the TMAZ and a large number of geometrically necessary dislocations are formed. The extent of deformation increases toward the SZ and the dendrite structure is completely destroyed in the SZ and replaced by a fine submicrocrystalline microstructure.

  7. EBSD characterisation of Y2Ba4CuUOx phase in melttextured YBCO with addition of depleted uranium oxide

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    Koblischka-Veneva, A.; Mücklich, F.; Koblischka, M. R.; Babu, N. Hari; Cardwell, D. A.

    2006-06-01

    Melt-textured YBCO samples processed with added Y2O3 and depleted uranium oxide (DU) contain nano-particles, which have been identified previously as Y2Ba4CuUOx (U-411). This phase has a cubic unit cell, which is clearly distinct from the orthorhombic Y-123 and Y-211 phases within the YBCO system. In samples with a high amount of DU addition (0.8 wt-% DU), U-2411 particles have sizes between 200 nm and several µm, so identification of the Kikuchi patterns of this phase becomes possible. Together with a parallel EDX analysis, the particles embedded in the Y-123 matrix can be identified unambiguously. In this way, a three-phase EBSD scan becomes possible, allowing also the identification of nanometre-sized particles in the sample microstructure.

  8. X-Ray Diffraction.

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    Smith, D. K.; Smith, K. L.

    1980-01-01

    Reviews applications in research and analytical characterization of compounds and materials in the field of X-ray diffraction, emphasizing new developments in applications and instrumentation in both single crystal and powder diffraction. Cites 414 references. (CS)

  9. A new radar auroral backscatter experiment

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    Nielsen, E.; Guettler, W.; Stewart, C. P.; Jones, T. B.; Thomas, E. C.; Hedberg, A.

    1983-08-01

    Observations of two ionosphere pulsation events were made with the SABRE radar auroral backscatter system. The two-component SABRE comprises an installation in West Germany and one in the U.K., operating at 142.585 and 153.2 MHz, respectively, wavelengths that are influenced by electrostatic waves in the E-region. The receivers are capable of detecting plasma waves of 1.05 and 0.98 m wavelength. A fast Fourier analysis of a Pc5 resonance event on day 83 of 1982 revealed an E-W velocity component for the occurrence, which had a period of 345 sec. Amplitude and phase data are provided as a function of latitude, demonstrating a resonance amplitude of 80 m/sec, half of that observed at higher latitudes with the STARE system. An ELF event was also detected, and comparison with STARE graphs permitted tracking the wave farther than possible with either system alone.

  10. Rutherford backscattering analysis of contaminants in PET

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    Pierce, D. E.; Pfeffer, R. L.; Sadler, G. D.

    1997-05-01

    Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) was used to understand the sorption and desorption of organic contaminants in the polymer Poly(ethylene terephthalate), or PET. Samples were exposed to a range of organics to simulate contamination of PET that can take place in the post-consumer waste stream. From RBS analysis, concentration depth profiles were shown to vary from a monolayer regime surface layer to a saturation level, depending on the contaminant. Heat treatments were also applied to contaminated polymer to simulate thermal processing steps in the recycling of PET. Heating caused a dramatic decrease in contaminants and in some cases a complete removal of contamination was achieved to the limit of RBS detectability.

  11. Automatic analysis of Rutherford backscattering spectrometry spectra

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    Padayachee, J.; Meyer, K. A.; Prozesky, V. M.

    2001-07-01

    It has been shown that Bayesian statistics is a powerful tool in the analysis of ion beam analysis (IBA) data. Past work has shown its applicability to the deconvolution of the detector response function from micro-Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and micro-proton-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) spectra, subtraction of the background from PIXE spectra, the extraction of depth profiles from PIXE spectra using two detectors and the extraction of depth profiles from RBS spectra. However, the method has some drawbacks, e.g. numerical integration, α-marginalisation, etc., all of which result in very long computation times. In this paper, preliminary results are presented from the application of the Bayesian theory to the automatic extraction of depth profiles from RBS spectra with the aim of creating an online RBS analysis program, which has the advantage of minimal user input while still being as computationally intensive as conventional RBS analysis packages to extract a depth profile.

  12. Nanometres-resolution Kikuchi patterns from materials science specimens with transmission electron forward scatter diffraction in the scanning electron microscope.

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    Brodusch, N; Demers, H; Gauvin, R

    2013-04-01

    A charge-coupled device camera of an electron backscattered diffraction system in a scanning electron microscope was positioned below a thin specimen and transmission Kikuchi patterns were collected. Contrary to electron backscattered diffraction, transmission electron forward scatter diffraction provides phase identification and orientation mapping at the nanoscale. The minimum Pd particle size for which a Kikuchi diffraction pattern was detected and indexed reliably was 5.6 nm. An orientation mapping resolution of 5 nm was measured at 30 kV. The resolution obtained with transmission electron forward scatter diffraction was of the same order of magnitude than that reported in electron nanodiffraction in the transmission electron microscope. An energy dispersive spectrometer X-ray map and a transmission electron forward scatter diffraction orientation map were acquired simultaneously. The high-resolution chemical, phase and orientation maps provided at once information on the chemical form, orientation and coherency of precipitates in an aluminium-lithium 2099 alloy. PMID:23346885

  13. Electromagnetic diffraction by plane reflection diffraction gratings

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    Bocker, R. P.; Marathay, A. S.

    1972-01-01

    A plane wave theory was developed to study electromagnetic diffraction by plane reflection diffraction gratings of infinite extent. A computer program was written to calculate the energy distribution in the various orders of diffraction for the cases when the electric or magnetic field vectors are parallel to the grating grooves. Within the region of validity of this theory, results were in excellent agreement with those in the literature. Energy conservation checks were also made to determine the region of validity of the plane wave theory. The computer program was flexible enough to analyze any grating profile that could be described by a single value function f(x). Within the region of validity the program could be used with confidence. The computer program was used to investigate the polarization and blaze properties of the diffraction grating.

  14. Relating P-band AIRSAR backscatter to forest stand parameters

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    Wang, Yong; Melack, John M.; Davis, Frank W.; Kasischke, Eric S.; Christensen, Norman L., Jr.

    1993-01-01

    As part of research on forest ecosystems, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and collaborating research teams have conducted multi-season airborne synthetic aperture radar (AIRSAR) experiments in three forest ecosystems including temperate pine forest (Duke, Forest, North Carolina), boreal forest (Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest, Alaska), and northern mixed hardwood-conifer forest (Michigan Biological Station, Michigan). The major research goals were to improve understanding of the relationships between radar backscatter and phenological variables (e.g. stand density, tree size, etc.), to improve radar backscatter models of tree canopy properties, and to develop a radar-based scheme for monitoring forest phenological changes. In September 1989, AIRSAR backscatter data were acquired over the Duke Forest. As the aboveground biomass of the loblolly pine forest stands at Duke Forest increased, the SAR backscatter at C-, L-, and P-bands increased and saturated at different biomass levels for the C-band, L-band, and P-band data. We only use the P-band backscatter data and ground measurements here to study the relationships between the backscatter and stand density, the backscatter and mean trunk dbh (diameter at breast height) of trees in the stands, and the backscatter and stand basal area.

  15. Analysis of Subgrid-Scale Backscatter in Turbulent Reacting Flows

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    O'Brien, Jeffrey; Urzay, Javier; Ihme, Matthias; Moin, Parviz; Saghafian, Amirreza

    2013-11-01

    In Large-Eddy Simulations of turbulent flows, subgrid-scale (SGS) backscatter of kinetic energy can cause numerical instabilities and the physical mechanism of backscatter is not well understood. While some effort has been made to analyze the phenomenon in inert flows, the behavior of backscatter in reacting flows has been largely unexamined. In this study, Direct Numerical Simulations of inert and reacting supersonic, temporal, hydrogen-air mixing layers are analyzed to assess the effects of compressibility and combustion on SGS backscatter. As in inert, incompressible flows, it is found that a large fraction of the flow domain experiences backscatter at any given time. However, unlike in earlier incompressible studies, the intensity of the backscatter is considerably weaker than that of the forwardscatter such that net backscatter is not observed when averaging in a homogenous direction. In addition, a relationship between the SGS dissipation and eddy viscosity is derived to quantify effects of compressibility. Six allowed combinations of these effects are identified, and their relative frequency is evaluated for both reacting and non-reacting flows. It is found that backscatter occurs preferentially in regions with positive eddy viscosity and local expansion.

  16. Harmonic generation of ion waves due to Brillouin backscattering

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    Estabrook, K.; Kruer, W.L.; Haines, M.G.

    1985-05-22

    We report results of simulations of stimulated Brillouin backscatter in which we see the second spatial harmonic of the ion density fluctuation and compare with linear, fluid theory. We also describe examples of the competition between Raman and Brillouin backscatter. 21 refs., 3 figs.

  17. Fading characteristics of panchromatic radar backscatter from selected agricultural targets

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    Bush, T. F.; Ulaby, F. T.

    1973-01-01

    An experiment was performed to empirically determine the fading characteristics of backscattered radar signals from four agricultural targets at 9 GHz. After a short review of the statistics of Rayleigh fading backscatter, the data processing method and results of the data are analyzed. Comparison with theory shows adequate agreement with the experimental results, provided of course, the targets are modeled in a correct manner.

  18. A dynamic localization model with stochastic backscatter

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    Carati, Daniele; Ghosal, Sandip

    1994-12-01

    The modeling of subgrid scales in large-eddy simulation (LES) has been rationalized by the introduction of the dynamic localization procedure. This method allows one to compute rather than prescribe the unknown coefficients in the subgrid-scale model. Formally, the LES equations are supposed to be obtained by applying to the Navier-Stokes equations a 'grid filter' operation. Though the subgrid stress itself is unknown, an identity between subgrid stresses generated by different filters has been derived. Although preliminary tests of the Dynamic Localization Model (DLM) with k-equation have been satisfactory, the use of a negative eddy viscosity to describe backscatter is probably a crude representation of the physics of reverse transfer of energy. Indeed, the model is fully deterministic. Knowing the filtered velocity field and the subgrid-scale energy, the subgrid stress is automatically determined. We know that the LES equations cannot be fully deterministic since the small scales are not resolved. This stems from an important distinction between equilibrium hydrodynamics and turbulence. In equilibrium hydrodynamics, the molecular motions are also not resolved. However, there is a clear separation of scale between these unresolved motions and the relevant hydrodynamic scales. The result of molecular motions can then be separated into an average effect (the molecular viscosity) and some fluctuations. Due to the large number of molecules present in a box with size of the order of the hydrodynamic scale, the ratio between fluctuations and the average effect should be very small (as a result of the 'law of large numbers'). For that reason, the hydrodynamic balance equations are usually purely deterministic. In turbulence, however, there is no clear separation of scale between small and large eddies. In that case, the fluctuations around a deterministic eddy viscosity term could be significant. An eddy noise would then appear through a stochastic term in the subgrid-scale model and could be the source of backscatter.

  19. A dynamic localization model with stochastic backscatter

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    Carati, Daniele; Ghosal, Sandip

    1994-01-01

    The modeling of subgrid scales in large-eddy simulation (LES) has been rationalized by the introduction of the dynamic localization procedure. This method allows one to compute rather than prescribe the unknown coefficients in the subgrid-scale model. Formally, the LES equations are supposed to be obtained by applying to the Navier-Stokes equations a 'grid filter' operation. Though the subgrid stress itself is unknown, an identity between subgrid stresses generated by different filters has been derived. Although preliminary tests of the Dynamic Localization Model (DLM) with k-equation have been satisfactory, the use of a negative eddy viscosity to describe backscatter is probably a crude representation of the physics of reverse transfer of energy. Indeed, the model is fully deterministic. Knowing the filtered velocity field and the subgrid-scale energy, the subgrid stress is automatically determined. We know that the LES equations cannot be fully deterministic since the small scales are not resolved. This stems from an important distinction between equilibrium hydrodynamics and turbulence. In equilibrium hydrodynamics, the molecular motions are also not resolved. However, there is a clear separation of scale between these unresolved motions and the relevant hydrodynamic scales. The result of molecular motions can then be separated into an average effect (the molecular viscosity) and some fluctuations. Due to the large number of molecules present in a box with size of the order of the hydrodynamic scale, the ratio between fluctuations and the average effect should be very small (as a result of the 'law of large numbers'). For that reason, the hydrodynamic balance equations are usually purely deterministic. In turbulence, however, there is no clear separation of scale between small and large eddies. In that case, the fluctuations around a deterministic eddy viscosity term could be significant. An eddy noise would then appear through a stochastic term in the subgrid-scale model and could be the source of backscatter.

  20. Transmitted beam profiles, integrated backscatter, and rangeresolved backscatter in inhomogeneous laboratory water droplet clouds.

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    Bissonnette, L R; Smith, R B; Ulitsky, A; Houston, J D; Carswell, A I

    1988-06-15

    Using laser sources at wavelengths of 1.06 and 10.6 microm, transmitted beam profiles, integrated backscatter, and range-resolved backscatter were measured in laboratory-generated water droplet clouds. Clouds with carefully controlled properties were produced in a specially designed cloud chamber. Inhomogeneities were introduced by partitioning the cloud chamber into three adjacent sections separated by air screens. The measurements show the influence of multiple-scattering effects in both the forward and backward measurement geometries, and these are investigated as functions of optical depth, cloud inhomogeneity, and receiver field of view. These data are unique in many ways, and they provide a great deal of insight to the scattering processes which directly affect lidar-type measurements. As well, these measurements provide a welldocumented and detailed database for model validation. Very good agreement is demonstrated with the solutions derived from the multiscattering propagation model described in a companion paper [Appl. Opt. 27, 2478 (1988), same issue]. PMID:20531781

  1. A method for removing arm backscatter from EPID images

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    King, Brian W.; Greer, Peter B.

    2013-07-15

    Purpose: To develop a method for removing the support arm backscatter from images acquired using current Varian electronic portal imaging devices (EPIDs).Methods: The effect of arm backscatter on EPID images was modeled using a kernel convolution method. The parameters of the model were optimized by comparing on-arm images to off-arm images. The model was used to develop a method to remove the effect of backscatter from measured EPID images. The performance of the backscatter removal method was tested by comparing backscatter corrected on-arm images to measured off-arm images for 17 rectangular fields of different sizes and locations on the imager. The method was also tested using on- and off-arm images from 42 intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) fields.Results: Images generated by the backscatter removal method gave consistently better agreement with off-arm images than images without backscatter correction. For the 17 rectangular fields studied, the root mean square difference of in-plane profiles compared to off-arm profiles was reduced from 1.19% (standard deviation 0.59%) on average without backscatter removal to 0.38% (standard deviation 0.18%) when using the backscatter removal method. When comparing to the off-arm images from the 42 IMRT fields, the mean {gamma} and percentage of pixels with {gamma} < 1 were improved by the backscatter removal method in all but one of the images studied. The mean {gamma} value (1%, 1 mm) for the IMRT fields studied was reduced from 0.80 to 0.57 by using the backscatter removal method, while the mean {gamma} pass rate was increased from 72.2% to 84.6%.Conclusions: A backscatter removal method has been developed to estimate the image acquired by the EPID without any arm backscatter from an image acquired in the presence of arm backscatter. The method has been shown to produce consistently reliable results for a wide range of field sizes and jaw configurations.

  2. Physical parameter effects on radar backscatter using principal component analysis

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    Chuah, Hean T.; Teh, K. B.

    1994-12-01

    This paper contains a sensitivity analysis of the effects of physical parameters on radar backscatter coefficients from a vegetation canopy using the method of principal component analysis. A Monte Carlo forward scattering model is used to generate the necessary data set for such analysis. The vegetation canopy is modeled as a layer of randomly distributed circular disks bounded below by a Kirchhoff rough surface. Data reduction is accomplished by the statistical principal component analysis technique in which only three principal components are found to be sufficient, containing 97% of the information in the original set. The first principal component can be interpreted as volume-volume backscatter, while the second and the third as surface backscatter and surface-volume backscatter, respectively. From the correlation matrix obtained, the sensitivity of radar backscatter due to various physical parameters is investigated. These include wave frequency, moisture content, scatterer's size, volume fraction, ground permittivity and surface roughness.

  3. EBSD-Assisted Slip Trace Analysis During In Situ SEM Mechanical Testing: Application to Unravel Grain Size Effects on Plasticity of Pure Mg Polycrystals

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    Cepeda-Jiménez, C. M.; Molina-Aldareguia, J. M.; Pérez-Prado, M. T.

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to highlight the unique capabilities of electron backscattered diffraction-assisted trace analysis during in situ SEM mechanical testing of metals in order to get a better understanding of plasticity at the microscale. The technique allows for the direct observation of different deformation mechanisms, such as slip and twinning activity, at the microscale. Moreover, and contrary to other methods, it can provide statistically sound evidence of the role of the local microstructure, such as the local texture and grain boundary network, on the activation of the different deformation modes. The power of the technique is demonstrated by reviewing recent work that has been key to solving several remaining controversies regarding the role of grain size, strain rate and temperature on the plasticity of Mg polycrystals. In particular, it was found that, with decreasing grain size, at room temperature, a clear transition from non-basal- to basal-slip-dominated flow takes place under tension and a transition from twinning to basal slip takes place under compression. On the other hand, a similar transition from twinning to basal slip takes place with increasing temperature and decreasing strain rate. The emergence of basal slip as a dominant mechanism is shown to be due to increasing levels of connectivity between favorably oriented grains, which facilitate slip transfer across grain boundaries.

  4. Light backscattering in turbid freshwater: a laboratory investigation

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    Lobo, Felipe L.; Costa, Maycira; Phillips, Stephen; Young, Erika; McGregor, Cory

    2014-01-01

    The relationship between backscattering and inorganic sediment concentration was examined in a controlled laboratory setting. Different concentrations of two sediment sizes (clay/silt and medium sand) of marine clay deposition were added separately in an opaque black tank containing 500 l of distilled water. The experiment used two optical Environmental Characterization Optics-Backscattering sensors to quantify backscattering in m-1 and NTU. Increasing backscatter coefficients (maximum 5.3 m-1) were observed with increasing suspended particulate concentrations up to 272 and 412 mg l-1 for clay/silt and medium sand, respectively. This demonstrates that a greater range of backscattering values can be measured for highly turbid waters than previously measured in situ. Mass-specific backscattering values for clay/silt (0.02 m2 g-1) are on average higher than for medium sand (0.014 m2 g-1). Although the backscattering ratio [b(λ)] and refractive index calculated are in accordance with the literature, it is worth noting that the difference in particle size does not exclude differences in matter composition, shape, and other physical factors that contribute to b variation. The results suggest that further investigation of inorganic optical properties affecting particle size as well as matter composition is required in a controlled environment.

  5. Quantitative characterization of abyssal seafloor with transit multibeam backscatter data

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    Pockalny, R. A.; Ferrini, V. L.

    2014-12-01

    The expanding volume of deep-water multibeam echosounder data provides emerging opportunities for the improved characterization of the abyssal seafloor. Nearly 500 cruises criss-cross the oceans with modern wide-swath multibeam systems, and these cruise tracks have imaged a variety of morphologic, tectonic and magmatic environments. The qualitative analysis of the seafloor backscatter data strongly suggests a local and regional variability that correlates with sediment thickness, sediment type and/or depositional environment. We present our initial attempts to develop a method that quantifies this observed seafloor backscatter variability and to explore the causes and potential implications of this variability. Our approach is rooted in the Angular Range Analysis methodology, which utilizes changes in backscatter amplitude observed as a function of grazing angle, to characterize the seafloor. The primary difference in our approach is that we do not invert for geo-acoustical parameters, but rather explores empirical relationships between geological observations and stacked slope and y-intercept values. In addition, we also include the mean and the variance of detrended backscatter measurements. Our initial results indicate intriguing relationships between backscatter parameters and the CaCO3 content of surface sediments. Seafloor regions reported to have high manganese nodule concentrations also tend to have characteristic trends in backscatter parameters. We will present these regional correlations as well as some preliminary statistical analyses of the backscatter parameters and key environmental factors.

  6. Ocean backscatter across the Gulf Stream sea surface temperature front

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    Nghiem, S.V.; Li, F.K.

    1997-06-01

    Ocean backscatter was measured by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with the airborne NUSCAT K{sub u}-band scatterometer, across the Gulf Stream sea surface temperature front during the Surface Wave Dynamics Experiment off the coast of Virginia and Maryland in the winter of 1991. Backscatter across the front between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration experimental coastal buoy A (44024) on the cold side and Discus C buoy (44023) on the warm side shows a difference of more than 5 dB for vertical polarization in many cases. This large frontal backscatter change is observed in all upwind, downwind, and crosswind directions. The sea surface temperature difference measured by the buoys was about 9{degrees}C. The corresponding difference in wind speed cannot account for the large backscatter change in view of geophysical model functions depending only on neutral wind velocity such as SASS. The measured backscatter also has larger upwind-downwind and upwind-crosswind ratios compared to the model results. Furthermore, NUSCAT data reveal that upwind backscatter on the cold side was smaller than or close to crosswind backscatter on the warm side for incidence angles between 30{degrees} to 50{degrees}. This suggests that the temperature front can be detected by the scatterometer at these incidence angles for different wind directions in the cold and warm sides.

  7. Harmonic diffractive lenses

    SciTech Connect

    Sweeney, D.W.; Sommargren, G.E.

    1995-05-10

    The harmonic diffractive lens is a diffractive imaging lens for which the optical path-length transition between adjacent facets is an integer multiple {ital m} of the design wavelength {lambda}{sub 0}. The total lens thickness in air is {ital m}{lambda}{sub 0}/({ital n} {minus} 1), which is {ital m} times thicker than the so-called modulo 2{pi} diffractive lens. Lenses constructed in this way have hybrid properties of both refractive and diffractive lenses. Such a lens will have a diffraction-limited, common focus for a number of discrete wavelengths across the visible spectrum. A 34.75-diopter, 6-mm-diameter lens is diamond turned in aluminum and replicated in optical materials. The sag of the lens is 23 {mu}m. Modulation transfer function measurements in both monochromatic and white light verify the performance of the lens. The lens approaches the diffraction limit for 10 discrete wavelengths across the visible spectrum.

  8. X-ray backscatter imaging of nuclear materials

    DOEpatents

    Chapman, Jeffrey Allen; Gunning, John E; Hollenbach, Daniel F; Ott, Larry J; Shedlock, Daniel

    2014-09-30

    The energy of an X-ray beam and critical depth are selected to detect structural discontinuities in a material having an atomic number Z of 57 or greater. The critical depth is selected by adjusting the geometry of a collimator that blocks backscattered radiation so that backscattered X-ray originating from a depth less than the critical depth is not detected. Structures of Lanthanides and Actinides, including nuclear fuel rod materials, can be inspected for structural discontinuities such as gaps, cracks, and chipping employing the backscattered X-ray.

  9. Radar backscatter from the sea controlled experiments

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Moore, Richard K.

    1990-11-01

    This is the final report on ONR Grant N00014-89-J-3022. Since most of the work was in journal articles, conference proceedings, and reports, this report is brief. Work continued, and was largely concluded, on analysis of the TOWARD, SAXON-CLT, and NILDEX data sets. Comparison between optical and radio measurements of ripple spectra at TOWARD showed favorable results. Although the wind direction was usually unfavorable for SAXON-CLT, useful data was obtained on modulation in the crosswind direction. It was also demonstated that a vector slope gauge can work, but for logistic reasons its deployment made its footprint close to the tower. Hence, the data are useful only for proof of concept, not for oceanographic application. A new theory of SAR imaging of the ocean was developed. It incorporates elements of previous theories, but shows an improved way to find out the effects of signal modulations on the observed spectra. It confirms, by a different method, the results from several other theoretical and experimental studies on processor focus adjustment. These show optimum image contrast occurs for along-track wave motion when the processor is set to (phase velocity)/2. The method of analysis used allowed closer examination of the basis for the two-scale (Bragg resonance with slope modulation) model for ocean backscatter. The results cast some doubt on the validity of the Bragg-scatter model for explaining many observed phenomena.

  10. Estimating slash pine biomass using radar backscatter

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    Hussin, Yousif Ali; Reich, Robin M.; Hoffer, Roger M.

    1991-01-01

    L-band HV multiple-incidence-angle aircraft synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data were analyzed in relation to average stand biomass, basal area, and tree height for 55 slash pine plantations located in northern Florida. This information was used to develop a system of equations to predict average stand biomass as a function of L-band (24.5-cm) radar backscatter. The system of equations developed in this study using three-stage least-squares and combinatorial screening accounted for 97 percent of the variability observed in average stand biomass per hectare. When applied to an independent data set, the biomass equations had an average bias of less than 1 percent with a standard error of approximately 3 percent. These results indicate that future Shuttle Imaging Radar Systems (e.g., SIR-C, which will have cross-polarized radar sensors) should be able to obtain better estimates of forest biomass than were obtained with previous satellite radar missions, which utilized only HH-polarized SAR data.

  11. ATLID: the European backscatter lidar development program

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hueber, Martin F.

    1994-12-01

    ATLID (ATmospheric LIDar) is the ESA backscatter lidar instrument, prime candidate to be flown on a future European Earth observation mission. It will provide information on features of the Earth's atmosphere, such as top height of all cloud types and Planetary Boundary Layer aerosols, thin cloud extent, optical depth and depolarization. Based on the results of a pre- phase-A and two subsequent parallel phase-A studies, ESA decided in 1991 to initiate the ATLID Instrument Technology Predevelopment Program. It is broken into two stages: The first stage is devoted to concept selection, instrument design and breadboarding of critical technologies. The second stage will cover the design, development, assembly and testing of an advanced ATLID demonstration model. The first stage is further divided into a Phase 1, concept selection and preliminary design, which has been finished end of 1993, and a Phase 2, currently in progress, comprising the breadboarding of critical technologies and a final instrument design update. The selected instrument architecture is based on a one-axis scanning 60 cm telescope and a pulsed diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser transmitter. The estimated instrument volume, mass and power are 1.4 m X 1.6 m X 1.1 m, 200 kg and 450 W, respectively.

  12. Elastic backscattering lidar for a MSTI satellite

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    Meyer, T. W.; Alde, D. M.; Banger, J. L.

    An elastic backscattering lidar is being built for the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization to fly on a MSTI (Miniature Seeker Technology Integration) satellite in low-earth orbit. It is planned that the 90-kg payload be designed, constructed, and tested in a two-year time interval. It features a 76-cm diameter primary light collection mirror and a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm) emitting 1.5 joules per pulse at a repetition frequency of 50 Hz. The telescope, fixed with respect to the satellite, has a 6 deg field-of-regard, within which a scanning mirror will select the laser beam direction and the field-of-view of 0.5 mr. Other payload elements are the detector (avalanche photodiode) and the R3081-microprocessor-based payload control electronics. This payload will demonstrate the capability of a lidar system on a small satellite to track a theater missile both during boost phase and after burnout. Expected signal amplitudes will be presented, based on available data and on our own measurements of missile plumes with a ground-based lidar. Finally, missile tracking accuracies will be discussed.

  13. X-Ray Backscatter Machine Support Frame

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Cannon, Brooke

    2010-01-01

    This summer at Kennedy Space Center, I spent 10 weeks as an intern working at the Prototype Development Lab. During this time I learned about the design and machining done here at NASA. I became familiar with the process from where a design begins in Pro/Engineer and finishes at the hands of the machinists. As an intern I was given various small jobs to do and then one project of my own. My personal project was a job for the Applied Physics Lab; in their work they use an X-Ray Backscatter machine. Previously it was resting atop a temporary frame that limited the use of the machine. My job was to design a frame for the machine to rest upon that would allow a full range of sample sizes. The frame was required to support the machine and provide a strain relief for the cords attached to the machine as it moved in the x and y directions. Calculations also had to be done to be sure the design would be able to withstand any loads or outside sources of stress. After the calculations proved the design to be ready to withstand the requirements, the parts were ordered or fabricated, as required. This helped me understand the full process of jobs sent to the Prototype Development Lab.

  14. Asymptotic high frequency analysis of the electromagnetic backscattering from an inlet model consisting of piecewise linearly tapered sections

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    Altintas, A.; Pathak, P. H.

    1985-01-01

    Electromagnetic backscattering from an open ended three dimensional inlet model is analyzed and computed patterns are compared with results of experimental measurements. The model is comprised of two sections. The first section consists of a linearly tapered waveguide with a rectangular opening at one end and the other end is connected to the second section which is a uniform rectangular waveguide with a planar perfectly conducting termination. The model is electrically large so that many propagating modes are excited. The method of analysis contains conventional aperture integration and modal techniques combined with high frequency techniques, which employ concepts such as modal rays, geometrical theory of diffraction and equivalent currents. For the cases considered, it is shown that only a few of the many propagating modes contribute appreciably to the backscattered field. These modes are selected according to their modal ray angle directions.

  15. Crystallography of Magnetite Plaquettes and their Significance as Asymmetric Catalysts for the Synthesis of Chiral Organics in Carbonaceous Chondrites

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    Chan, Q. H. S.; Zolensky, M. E.

    2015-01-01

    We have previously observed the magnetite plaquettes in carbonaceous chondrites using scanning electron microscope (SEM) imaging, examined the crystal orientation of the polished surfaces of magnetite plaquettes in CI Orgueil using electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) analysis, and concluded that these magnetite plaquettes are likely naturally asymmetric materials. In this study, we expanded our EBSD observation to other magnetite plaquettes in Orgueil, and further examined the internal structure of these remarkable crystals with the use of X-ray computed microtomography.

  16. Simulation of coherent backscattering of light in nematic liquid crystals

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    Aksenova, E. V.; Kokorin, D. I.; Romanov, V. P.

    2012-08-01

    Multiple scattering of light by the fluctuations of the director in a nematic liquid crystal (NLC) aligned by a magnetic field is considered. A peak of coherent backscattering is calculated by numerical simulation. Since the indicatrix of single scattering for a liquid crystal (LC) is known exactly, the calculations are carried out without any simplifying assumptions on the parameters of the liquid crystal. Multiple scattering is simulated as a random walk of photons in the medium. A peak of coherent backscattering in such a medium is very narrow; therefore, the so-called semianalytical method is applied. The parameters of the backscattering peak obtained by numerical simulation are compared with the available experimental data and with the results of analytical approximations. It turns out that the experimental data are in good agreement with the results of simulation. The results of numerical simulation adequately describe the anisotropy and the width of the backscattering peak.

  17. Coherent backscattering enhancement in refracting media: diffusion approximation.

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    Ilyushin, Ya A

    2013-07-01

    The weak localization (coherent backscattering enhancement) phenomenon in media with graded refraction index is investigated within the diffusion approximation. The obtained analytic results are compared with numerical solutions by finite-difference and Monte Carlo calculations. PMID:24323143

  18. BASIS: A New Backscattering Spectrometer at the SNS

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    Mamontov, Eugene; Zamponi, Michaela M; Hammons, Stephanie E; Keener, Wylie S; Hagen, Mark E; Herwig, Kenneth W

    2008-01-01

    A new spectrometer named BASIS has recently entered the general user program at the Spallation Neutron Source. BASIS is an acronym for Backscattering Silicon Spectrometer. While there are several operational reactor-based spectrometers that utilize backscattering reflection from silicon single crystals, such as IN10 and IN16 [1] at the ILL, France; HFBS [2] at the NCNR, USA; and SPHERES [3] at the FRM-II, JCNS, Germany, BASIS is the first silicon backscattering spectrometer built on a spallation neutron source. Conceptually, it is similar to previously built time-of-flight backscattering spectrometers that utilize reflections from pyrolytic graphite or mica, such as IRIS [4] and OSIRIS [5] at the ISIS, UK; LAM-80 [6] at the KENS, Japan; or MARS [7] at the SINQ, Switzerland.

  19. Backscattering by very small particles in coastal waters

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    Zhang, Xiaodong; Gray, Deric J.

    2015-10-01

    The volume scattering and backscattering by very small particles (VSPs) of sizes <0.2 µm in four coastal waters in U.S. (Chesapeake Bay, Monterey Bay, Mobile Bay, and the LEO-15 site) were estimated by inverting the measured volume scattering functions (VSFs) at 532 nm. The measured VSFs are consistent with concurrent measurements of total scattering coefficients by the ac-meters and angular scattering at 100, 125, and 150° by the ECO-VSF sensor and at 140° by the HydroScat-6 sensor. The inferred backscattering coefficients by the VSPs correlate strongly with the absorption coefficients measured for the colored dissolved organic matter, indicating that the dissolved portion of particles do scatter light. In the coastal waters that we studied, the backscattering by VSPs dominate over larger particles (of sizes >0.2 µm), accounting for 40-80% of total backscattering at 532 nm, while only account for <5% of total scattering.

  20. Automatic scaling of HF swept-frequency backscatter ionograms

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    Song, Huan; Hu, Yaogai; Jiang, Chunhua; Zhou, Chen; Zhao, Zhengyu

    2015-05-01

    This paper describes a method for automatically scaling HF swept-frequency backscatter ionograms, which can be applied to a low-power oblique backscatter sounding system. Based on the information of vertical echo in the ionogram, propagation mode is recognized from the amplitude differences between E layer and F layer echoes. Points on the leading edge are extracted by using minimum group path delay theory. The spurious points are removed by using residual analysis. A multiple linear polynomial was adopted to fit the extracted leading edge points. Smooth fitting curves can then be obtained. Automatic scaling results from 362 ionograms show that the proposed method can efficiently recognize propagation modes and extract leading edge curves by taking full advantages of echo characteristics and echo amplitudes in the ionograms. This novel method can be applied into real-time backscatter ionogram scaling, which facilitates the extensive usage of oblique backscatter soundings.

  1. Detection of buried landmine with X-ray backscatter technique

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yuk, Sunwoo; Kim, Kwang Hyun; Yi, Yun

    2006-11-01

    We describe a continuously operating scanning X-ray imaging system developed for landmine detection based on a backscatter X-ray principle, thus detection is done from the same side as the source. The source operates at 120 kV p and 3 mA. To study the physics of Compton X-ray backscattering, the photon transport factor, backscatter factor (BSF) and backscatter probability (BSP) were simulated using Monte-Carlo calculations using the generalized particle transport program MCNP. Based on the Monte-Carlo analyses results, a mine detecting system has been designed. It potentially has a low false alarm rate and a high detection probability, and a direct imaging facility.

  2. Diurnal Thermal Cycling Effects on Backscatter of Thin Sea Ice

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    Nghiem, S. V.; Kwok, R.; Yueh, S. H.; Gow, A. J.; Perovich, D. K.; Hsu, C. C.; Ding, K. H.; Kong, J. A.; Grenfell, T. C.

    1996-01-01

    To invesigate effects on polarimetric backscatter of sea ice grown under diurnal cycling conditions, we carried out an experiment inJanuary 1994 at the outdoor Geophysical Research Facility in the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.

  3. Simulation of coherent backscattering of light in nematic liquid crystals

    SciTech Connect

    Aksenova, E. V. Kokorin, D. I. Romanov, V. P.

    2012-08-15

    Multiple scattering of light by the fluctuations of the director in a nematic liquid crystal (NLC) aligned by a magnetic field is considered. A peak of coherent backscattering is calculated by numerical simulation. Since the indicatrix of single scattering for a liquid crystal (LC) is known exactly, the calculations are carried out without any simplifying assumptions on the parameters of the liquid crystal. Multiple scattering is simulated as a random walk of photons in the medium. A peak of coherent backscattering in such a medium is very narrow; therefore, the so-called semianalytical method is applied. The parameters of the backscattering peak obtained by numerical simulation are compared with the available experimental data and with the results of analytical approximations. It turns out that the experimental data are in good agreement with the results of simulation. The results of numerical simulation adequately describe the anisotropy and the width of the backscattering peak.

  4. Impact of carrier heating on backscattering in inversion layers

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    Clerc, R.; Palestri, P.; Selmi, L.; Ghibaudo, G.

    2011-11-01

    In this work, Monte Carlo simulations and analytical modeling are used to investigate quasi-ballistic transport in nanometric metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs). In particular, we examine how the thermal nature of the distribution functions, which is implicitly assumed in the most common expression for the backscattering coefficient, leads to an underestimation of the backscattering coefficient in high field conditions and erroneous velocity distribution along the channel. An improved analytical model is proposed, which better captures the nonequilibrium nature of the distribution function and its impact on backscattering and by allowing velocity profiles to exceed the thermal limit. The improved model provides additional insights on the impact of several assumptions on backscattering and could serve as the basis for the development of physically based compact models of quasi-ballistic MOSFETs.

  5. Lidar measurements of backscatter amplification in a surface atmosphere

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    Banakh, Victor A.; Razenkov, Igor A.

    2015-11-01

    The results of long-term continuous measurements of the atmospheric backscattering amplification on an atmospheric surface path 2 km long with a two-channel micropulse lidar based on waveguide laser are presented. It is shown that the backscatter amplification coefficient has the pronounced diurnal behavior. In the day and night time, the atmospheric backscattering amplification is maximal and the amplification coefficient can exceed two. The amplification is low or absent in the morning and evening hours at the neutral temperature stratification in the atmospheric surface layer. The backscattering amplification coefficient increases with an increase of the structure constant of the refractive index of air, as well as with an increase of random wander of optical image of the probing laser beam spot at the distance 2 km from the lidar.

  6. Diffractive paths for weak localization in quantum billiards

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    Březinová, Iva; Stampfer, Christoph; Wirtz, Ludger; Rotter, Stefan; Burgdörfer, Joachim

    2008-04-01

    We study the weak-localization effect in quantum transport through a clean ballistic cavity with regular classical dynamics. We address the question which paths account for the suppression of conductance through a system where disorder and chaos are absent. By exploiting both quantum and semiclassical methods, we unambiguously identify paths that are diffractively backscattered into the cavity (when approaching the lead mouths from the cavity interior) to play a key role. Diffractive scattering couples transmitted and reflected paths and is thus essential to reproduce the weak-localization peak in reflection and the corresponding antipeak in transmission. A comparison of semiclassical calculations featuring these diffractive paths yields good agreement with full quantum calculations and experimental data. Our theory provides system-specific predictions for the quantum regime of few open lead modes and can be expected to be relevant also for mixed as well as chaotic systems.

  7. Phononic crystal diffraction gratings

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    Moiseyenko, Rayisa P.; Herbison, Sarah; Declercq, Nico F.; Laude, Vincent

    2012-02-01

    When a phononic crystal is interrogated by an external source of acoustic waves, there is necessarily a phenomenon of diffraction occurring on the external enclosing surfaces. Indeed, these external surfaces are periodic and the resulting acoustic diffraction grating has a periodicity that depends on the orientation of the phononic crystal. This work presents a combined experimental and theoretical study on the diffraction of bulk ultrasonic waves on the external surfaces of a 2D phononic crystal that consists of a triangular lattice of steel rods in a water matrix. The results of transmission experiments are compared with theoretical band structures obtained with the finite-element method. Angular spectrograms (showing frequency as a function of angle) determined from diffraction experiments are then compared with finite-element simulations of diffraction occurring on the surfaces of the crystal. The experimental results show that the diffraction that occurs on its external surfaces is highly frequency-dependent and has a definite relation with the Bloch modes of the phononic crystal. In particular, a strong influence of the presence of bandgaps and deaf bands on the diffraction efficiency is found. This observation opens perspectives for the design of efficient phononic crystal diffraction gratings.

  8. Diffraction Results from CDF

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    Goulianos, Konstantin

    2012-04-01

    We present final results by the CDF II collaboration on diffractive W and Z production, report on the status of ongoing analyses on diffractive dijet production and on rapidity gaps between jets, and briefly summarize results obtained on exclusive production pointing to their relevance to calibrating theoretical models used to predict exclusive Higgs-boson production at the LHC.

  9. (Diffraction and crystallography)

    SciTech Connect

    Busing, W.R.

    1987-08-28

    This report describes a trip to Australia which includes the 14th International Congress of Crystallography, a satellite Symposium on Neutron Scattering, and a visit to the CSIRO Division of Protein Chemistry. Scientific information acquired in the areas of fiber diffraction, electron diffraction, diffractometer programs, potential energy modelling, high-temperature superconductors, macromolecular structure and drug design, and new computer technology is discussed.

  10. Ultrasonic Backscattering from Suspended Erythrocytes: Dependence on Frequency and Size.

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    Kuo, Ihyuan

    The ultrasonic scattering properties of blood have been intensively investigated since the echo signal from red blood cells carries abundant diagnostic information for the study of blood flow and blood properties in the vessels. Recently, ultrasound of frequency higher than 20 MHz has been implemented in intravascular imaging to obtain better images of the vessel wall. In this research measurements were extended to 30 MHz to better understand the effect of blood on the operation of these intravascular devices. The experimentally measured backscatter of saline suspended porcine erythrocytes for frequency up to 30 MHz agrees very well with the theoretical analysis which indicate that Rayleigh scattering is still valid below this frequency. The analysis utilize the T-matrix method to calculate the backscattering cross section of an erythrocyte modeled as a fluid sphere, disk, and biconcave disk. Measurements on the backscattering coefficients of porcine, bovine, and lamb erythrocytes reveal that the backscatter has a square dependence on cell volume. The cell size dependent backscatter is also analyzed via a continuum approach. It is found that the echo intensity of high frequency ultrasound suffers greatly from the attenuation. The dilemma may be solved by using a spherically focused transducer. An analysis of the focused beam reflected from a perfect planar reflector leads to the modification of the standard substitution method for the backscatter measurement since the "image source" theory is found to be inappropriate for the focused beam. Reflection of the focused beam near the focal point is described based on Huygens' principle. Experimental and theoretical results indicate that the backscatter is dependent upon the position of the scatterer and the geometry of the transducer if a focused beam is used. Since ultrasound velocity information is needed for scattering measurements, an innovative method for measuring the acoustic speed and the attenuation coefficient without the knowledge of the thickness of a biological specimen is developed which may provide more accurate results for the measurement of backscattering coefficient.

  11. Directional ultrasonic backscattering in polycrystals with elongated grains

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    Lobkis, O. I.; Yang, L.; Li, J.; Rokhlin, S. I.

    2012-05-01

    An analytical solution for a three dimensional integral representation of the backscattering (BS) coefficient in polycrystals with elongated grains is obtained. The theory was applied to evaluation of experimental data in Ti alloy with duplex microstructure, which consists of micro-textured regions (MTR) and smaller crystallites. Experiment shows that for microstructure characterization there is significant advantage in using the directional ratios of backscattering coefficients instead their absolute values for data analysis.

  12. Stimulated Brillouin backscattering in long-scale-length plasmas

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    Colombant, D. G.; Manheimer, Wallace M.; Gardner, J.

    1983-10-01

    Stimulated Brillouin backscattering in long-scale-length plasmas is calculated using a wave kinetic model. In these calculations use is made of computed hydrodynamic profiles for these plasmas. Results are presented for the parameters of the joint Naval Research Laboratory-Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory experiments and for reactor size pellets of 5 mm characteristic length. Means of reducing high levels of backscattering for the latter case are investigated.

  13. TCR backscattering characterization for microwave remote sensing

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    Riccio, Giovanni; Gennarelli, Claudio

    2014-05-01

    A Trihedral Corner Reflector (TCR) is formed by three mutually orthogonal metal plates of various shapes and is a very important scattering structure since it exhibits a high monostatic Radar Cross Section (RCS) over a wide angular range. Moreover it is a handy passive device with low manufacturing costs and robust geometric construction, the maintenance of its efficiency is not difficult and expensive, and it can be used in all weather conditions (i.e., fog, rain, smoke, and dusty environment). These characteristics make it suitable as reference target and radar enhancement device for satellite- and ground-based microwave remote sensing techniques. For instance, TCRs have been recently employed to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the backscattered signal in the case of urban ground deformation monitoring [1] and dynamic survey of civil infrastructures without natural corners as the Musmeci bridge in Basilicata, Italy [2]. The region of interest for the calculation of TCR's monostatic RCS is here confined to the first quadrant containing the boresight direction. The backscattering term is presented in closed form by evaluating the far-field scattering integral involving the contributions related to the direct illumination and the internal bouncing mechanisms. The Geometrical Optics (GO) laws allow one to determine the field incident on each TCR plate and the patch (integration domain) illuminated by it, thus enabling the use of a Physical Optics (PO) approximation for the corresponding surface current densities to consider for integration on each patch. Accordingly, five contributions are associated to each TCR plate: one contribution is due to the direct illumination of the whole internal surface; two contributions originate by the impinging rays that are simply reflected by the other two internal surfaces; and two contributions are related to the impinging rays that undergo two internal reflections. It is useful to note that the six contributions due to the doubly reflected rays define the leading term in the angular region around the boresight direction. The validity of the approach is well assessed by comparisons with experimental results, and its formulation is computer time inexpensive since in closed form. Moreover it is preferable to the model using near-field PO integrations for describing the interactions between the internal TCR's faces since this last requires the evaluation of multi-dimensional integrals, i.e., the expression of the final incident field contains a two-dimensional integral for each previous interaction. [1] Y. Qin, D. Perissin, and L. Lei, "The Design and Experiments on Corner Reflectors for Urban Ground Deformation Monitoring in Hong Kong," Int. J. Antennas Propagat., vol. 2013, pp. 1-8. [2] T. A. Stabile, A. Perrone, M. R. Gallipoli, R. Ditommaso, and F. C. Ponzo, "Dynamic Survey of the Musmeci Bridge by Joint Application of Ground-Based Microwave Radar Interferometry and Ambient Noise Standard Spectral Ratio Techniques," IEEE Geosci. Remote Sens. Lett., vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 870-874, 2013.

  14. [Simulation of backscattering coefficients of inland waters].

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    Zhang, Hong; Li, Yun-Mei; Huang, Jia-Zhu; Liu, Zhong-Hua; Xu, Yi-Fan; Xu, Xin; Guo, Yu-Long; Tan, Jing

    2011-09-01

    When we simulated backscattering coefficients (b(bp)) using quasi-analytical algorithm and optical closure theory, it was found that the position of reference wavelength (lambda(0)) had great impact on final results. In order to identify influence factors of the optimum lambda(0), datasets of Lake Taihu, Lake Chaohu and Lake Dianchi were used. After simulating of b(bp), the relationship between optimum lambda(0) and associated water quality parameters were analyzed. Meanwhile, power functions were utilized to model b(bp) spectra, and spectral slope parameters of Lake Taihu, Lake Chaohu and Lake Dianchi were 2.643 +/- 0.317, 2.719 +/- 0.242, 1.638 +/- 0.534, respectively. The results indicate that: (1) When the whole lakes are taken as objects of study, the lambda(0) should be changed to longer wavelength with the increasing of total suspended particle matter concentration (c(SPM)), suspended organic particle matter concentration (c(SPOM)) and chlorophyll a concentration (c(CHL)), the optimum location of lambda(0) of Lake Taihu is 695 nm, Lake Chaohu is 720 nm and Lake Dianchi is 730 nm; (2) When the samples in lakes are taken as objects of study, the influence factors are different due to the complexity of optical properties of inland waters. But it is to be noted that, c(SPM) is a key factor in common. Besides, the regularity mentioned above should be weakened with high c(CHL). (3) The relationship between b(bp) and c(SPM) is much stronger in the waters with suspended particles dominated by inorganic particles, in Lake Taihu, for example, relationship between these two variables is strong with R2 = 0.852. PMID:22165215

  15. Diffractive microscopy in dermatopathology.

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    Zhou, Cheng; Thieu, Khanh; Elston, Dirk M

    2016-01-01

    Diffraction is the process by which a beam of light is spread out as a result of passing through a narrow aperture or across an edge. Light diffraction can be produced by closing the aperture diaphragm beyond the recommended setting, by flipping the condenser cone down, or by using an opaque object such as the microscopist's hand to block the column of light and force it to bend around the edge. Any of these techniques results in greater refractility of objects in the path of the light. We studied 77 biopsy specimens from a variety of conditions selected to compare the value of diffractive microscopy, and found that it worked best in the evaluation of alopecia, tumor stroma, hemosiderin, argyria and imipramine pigmentation. In amyloidosis stained with Congo red and silica granuloma, polarized microscopy was superior to diffraction microscopy, and neither diffractive microscopy nor polarized microscopy was superior to routine light microscopy in the evaluation of melanin, chrysiasis or ochronosis. PMID:26268613

  16. Bomb Detection Using Backscattered X-Rays

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    Jacobs, J.; Lockwood, G.; Selph, M; Shope, S.; Wehlburg, J.

    1998-10-01

    Bomb Detection Using Backscattered X-rays* Currently the most common method to determine the contents of a package suspected of containing an explosive device is to use transmission radiography. This technique requires that an x-ray source and film be placed on opposite sides of the package. This poses a problem if the pachge is placed so that only one side is accessible, such as against a wall. There is also a threat to persomel and property since exTlosive devices may be "booby trapped." We have developed a method to x-ray a paclage using backscattered x-rays. This procedure eliminates the use of film behind the target. All of the detection is done from the same side as the source. When an object is subjected to x-rays, some of them iare scattered back towards the source. The backscattenng of x-rays is propordoml to the atomic number (Z) of the material raised to the 4.1 power. This 24"' dependence allows us to easily distinguish between explosives, wires, timer, batteries, and other bomb components. Using transmission radiography-to image the contents of an unknown package poses some undesirable risks. The object must have an x-ray film placed on the side opposite the x-ray source; this cannot be done without moving the package if it has been placed firmly against a wall or pillar. Therefore it would be extremely usefid to be able to image the contents of a package from only one side, without ever having to disturb the package itself. where E is the energy of the incoming x-ray. The volume of x-rays absorbed is important because it is, of course, directly correlated to the intensity of x-mys that will be scattered. Most of the x-rays that scatter will do so in a genemlly forward direction; however, a small percentage do scatter in a backward direction. Figure 1 shows a diagram of the various fates of x-rays directed into an object. The package that was examined in this ex~enment was an attache case made of pressed fiberboardwith a vinyl covering. It was approxirmtely 36 cm wide by 51 cm long by 13 cm deep. The case was placed on an aluminum sheet under the x-ray source. Because of the laborato~ setup, the attache case was rastered in the y-coordinate direction, while the x-ray source mstered in the x-coordinate direction. However, for field use, the x-ray source would of course raster in both the x- and y-coordinate directions, while the object under interrogation would remain stationary and undisturbed. A mobile system for use by law enforcement agencies or bomb disposal squads needs to be portable and somewhat durable. A 300 kV x-ray source should be sufficient for the task requirements and can be mounted on a mobile system. A robotic carriage could be used to transport the x-ray source and the CCD camera to the proximity of the suspect package. The controlling and data analyzing elements of the system' could then be maintained at a &tie distance from the possible explosive. F@re 8 shows a diagram of a conceptual design of a possible system for this type of use. The use of backscattered x-rays for interrogation of packages that may contain explosive devices has been shown to be feasible inthelaboratory. Usinga 150kVx-ray source anddetectors consisting of plastic scintillating material, all bomb components including the wiring were detectable. However, at this time the process requires more time than is desirable for the situations in which it will most likely be needed. Further development of the technology using CCD cameras, rather than the plastic stint illator detectors, shows promise of leading to a much faster system, as well as one with better resolution. Mounting the x- ray source and the CCD camera on a robotic vehicle while keeping the controlling and analyzing components and the opemting personnel a safe distance away from the suspect package will allow such a package to be examined at low risk to human life.

  17. Radial reflection diffraction tomography

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    Lehman, Sean K.

    2012-12-18

    A wave-based tomographic imaging method and apparatus based upon one or more rotating radially outward oriented transmitting and receiving elements have been developed for non-destructive evaluation. At successive angular locations at a fixed radius, a predetermined transmitting element can launch a primary field and one or more predetermined receiving elements can collect the backscattered field in a "pitch/catch" operation. A Hilbert space inverse wave (HSIW) algorithm can construct images of the received scattered energy waves using operating modes chosen for a particular application. Applications include, improved intravascular imaging, bore hole tomography, and non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of parts having existing access holes.

  18. Radial Reflection diffraction tomorgraphy

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    Lehman, Sean K

    2013-11-19

    A wave-based tomographic imaging method and apparatus based upon one or more rotating radially outward oriented transmitting and receiving elements have been developed for non-destructive evaluation. At successive angular locations at a fixed radius, a predetermined transmitting element can launch a primary field and one or more predetermined receiving elements can collect the backscattered field in a "pitch/catch" operation. A Hilbert space inverse wave (HSIW) algorithm can construct images of the received scattered energy waves using operating modes chosen for a particular application. Applications include, improved intravascular imaging, bore hole tomography, and non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of parts having existing access holes.

  19. Parametric Powder Diffraction

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    David, William I. F.; Evans, John S. O.

    The rapidity with which powder diffraction data may be collected, not only at neutron and X-ray synchrotron facilities but also in the laboratory, means that the collection of a single diffraction pattern is now the exception rather than the rule. Many experiments involve the collection of hundreds and perhaps many thousands of datasets where a parameter such as temperature or pressure is varied or where time is the variable and life-cycle, synthesis or decomposition processes are monitored or three-dimensional space is scanned and the three-dimensional internal structure of an object is elucidated. In this paper, the origins of parametric diffraction are discussed and the techniques and challenges of parametric powder diffraction analysis are presented. The first parametric measurements were performed around 50 years ago with the development of a modified Guinier camera but it was the automation afforded by neutron diffraction combined with increases in computer speed and memory that established parametric diffraction on a strong footing initially at the ILL, Grenoble in France. The theoretical parameterisation of quantities such as lattice constants and atomic displacement parameters will be discussed and selected examples of parametric diffraction over the past 20 years will be reviewed that highlight the power of the technique.

  20. Interlinking backscatter, grain size and benthic community structure

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    McGonigle, Chris; Collier, Jenny S.

    2014-06-01

    The relationship between acoustic backscatter, sediment grain size and benthic community structure is examined using three different quantitative methods, covering image- and angular response-based approaches. Multibeam time-series backscatter (300 kHz) data acquired in 2008 off the coast of East Anglia (UK) are compared with grain size properties, macrofaunal abundance and biomass from 130 Hamon and 16 Clamshell grab samples. Three predictive methods are used: 1) image-based (mean backscatter intensity); 2) angular response-based (predicted mean grain size), and 3) image-based (1st principal component and classification) from Quester Tangent Corporation Multiview software. Relationships between grain size and backscatter are explored using linear regression. Differences in grain size and benthic community structure between acoustically defined groups are examined using ANOVA and PERMANOVA+. Results for the Hamon grab stations indicate significant correlations between measured mean grain size and mean backscatter intensity, angular response predicted mean grain size, and 1st principal component of QTC analysis (all p < 0.001). Results for the Clamshell grab for two of the methods have stronger positive correlations; mean backscatter intensity (r2 = 0.619; p < 0.001) and angular response predicted mean grain size (r2 = 0.692; p < 0.001). ANOVA reveals significant differences in mean grain size (Hamon) within acoustic groups for all methods: mean backscatter (p < 0.001), angular response predicted grain size (p < 0.001), and QTC class (p = 0.009). Mean grain size (Clamshell) shows a significant difference between groups for mean backscatter (p = 0.001); other methods were not significant. PERMANOVA for the Hamon abundance shows benthic community structure was significantly different between acoustic groups for all methods (p ≤ 0.001). Overall these results show considerable promise in that more than 60% of the variance in the mean grain size of the Clamshell grab samples can be explained by mean backscatter or acoustically-predicted grain size. These results show that there is significant predictive capacity for sediment characteristics from multibeam backscatter and that these acoustic classifications can have ecological validity.

  1. Multilayer dielectric diffraction gratings

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    Perry, Michael D.; Britten, Jerald A.; Nguyen, Hoang T.; Boyd, Robert; Shore, Bruce W.

    1999-01-01

    The design and fabrication of dielectric grating structures with high diffraction efficiency used in reflection or transmission is described. By forming a multilayer structure of alternating index dielectric materials and placing a grating structure on top of the multilayer, a diffraction grating of adjustable efficiency, and variable optical bandwidth can be obtained. Diffraction efficiency into the first order in reflection varying between 1 and 98 percent has been achieved by controlling the design of the multilayer and the depth, shape, and material comprising the grooves of the grating structure. Methods for fabricating these gratings without the use of ion etching techniques are described.

  2. Multilayer dielectric diffraction gratings

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    Perry, M.D.; Britten, J.A.; Nguyen, H.T.; Boyd, R.; Shore, B.W.

    1999-05-25

    The design and fabrication of dielectric grating structures with high diffraction efficiency used in reflection or transmission is described. By forming a multilayer structure of alternating index dielectric materials and placing a grating structure on top of the multilayer, a diffraction grating of adjustable efficiency, and variable optical bandwidth can be obtained. Diffraction efficiency into the first order in reflection varying between 1 and 98 percent has been achieved by controlling the design of the multilayer and the depth, shape, and material comprising the grooves of the grating structure. Methods for fabricating these gratings without the use of ion etching techniques are described. 7 figs.

  3. Fraunhofer Diffraction and Polarization.

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    Fortin, E.

    1979-01-01

    Describes an experiment for the intermediate undergraduate optics laboratory designed to illustrate simultaneously some aspects of the phenomena of diffraction; interference, coherence, apodization, the Fresnel-Arago law; as well as of the interrelations between these concepts. (HM)

  4. Lead foil in dental X-ray film: Backscattering rejection or image intensifier?

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    Hönnicke, M. G.; Delben, G. J.; Godoi, W. C.; Swinka-Filho, V.

    2014-11-01

    Dental X-ray films are still largely used due to sterilization issues, simplicity and, mainly, economic reasons. These films almost always are double coated (double emulsion) and have a lead foil in contact with the film for X-ray backscattering rejection. Herein we explore the use of the lead foil as an image intensifier. In these studies, spatial resolution was investigated when images were acquired on the dental X-ray films with and without the lead foil. Also, the lead foil was subjected to atomic analysis (fluorescent measurements) and structure analysis (X-ray diffraction). We determined that the use of the lead foil reduces the exposure time, however, does not affect the spatial resolution on the acquired images. This suggests that the fluorescent radiation spread is smaller than the grain sizes of the dental X-ray films.

  5. Experimental Program to Elucidate and Control Stimulated Brillouin and Raman Backscattering in Long-Scale Plasmas

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    Fernandez, J.C.; Cobble, J.A.; Montgomery, D.S.; Wilke, M.D.

    1998-10-19

    Laser-plasma instability is a serious concern for indirect-drive inertial confinement fusion (ICF), where laser beams illuminate the interior of a cavity (called a hohlraum) to produce X-rays to drive the implosion of a fusion capsule. Stimulated Raman and Brillouin backscattering (SRS and SBS) could result in unacceptably high laser reflectivities. Unfortunately, it is impossible at present to fully simulate these processes realistically. The authors experimental program aims to understand these instabilities by pursuing a dual strategy. (1) They use a gas-filled hohlraum design, which best approaches ignition-hohlraum conditions, on the Nova laser to identify important non linear trends. (2) They are shifting towards more fundamental experiments with a nearly diffraction-limited interaction laser beam illuminating extremely well characterized plasmas on the Trident laser facility at Los Alamos to probe the relevant fundamental processes.

  6. Effect of intervening tissues on ultrasonic backscatter measurements of bone: An in vitro study.

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    Hoffmeister, Brent K; Spinolo, P Luke; Sellers, Mark E; Marshall, Peyton L; Viano, Ann M; Lee, Sang-Rok

    2015-10-01

    Ultrasonic backscatter techniques are being developed to diagnose osteoporosis. Tissues that lie between the transducer and the ultrasonically interrogated region of bone may produce errors in backscatter measurements. The goal of this study is to investigate the effects of intervening tissues on ultrasonic backscatter measurements of bone. Measurements were performed on 24 cube shaped specimens of human cancellous bone using a 5 MHz transducer. Measurements were repeated after adding a 1 mm thick plate of cortical bone to simulate the bone cortex and a 3 cm thick phantom to simulate soft tissue at the hip. Signals were analyzed to determine three apparent backscatter parameters (apparent integrated backscatter, frequency slope of apparent backscatter, and frequency intercept of apparent backscatter) and three backscatter difference parameters [normalized mean backscatter difference (nMBD), normalized slope of the backscatter difference, and normalized intercept of the backscatter difference]. The apparent backscatter parameters were impacted significantly by the presence of intervening tissues. In contrast, the backscatter difference parameters were not affected by intervening tissues. However, only one backscatter difference parameter, nMBD, demonstrated a strong correlation with bone mineral density. Thus, among the six parameters tested, nMBD may be the best choice for in vivo backscatter measurements of bone when intervening tissues are present. PMID:26520327

  7. Reflective diffraction grating

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    Lamartine, Bruce C.

    2003-06-24

    Reflective diffraction grating. A focused ion beam (FIB) micromilling apparatus is used to store color images in a durable medium by milling away portions of the surface of the medium to produce a reflective diffraction grating with blazed pits. The images are retrieved by exposing the surface of the grating to polychromatic light from a particular incident bearing and observing the light reflected by the surface from specified reception bearing.

  8. Orientation imaging microscopy of polycrystalline sodium chloride

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    Staiger, M.P.; Kolbeinsson, I.; Newman, J.; Woodfield, T.; Sato, T.

    2010-04-15

    A novel preparation technique is described that makes possible grain size analysis of polycrystalline NaCl using orientation imaging microscopy via electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). The preparation methodology is specifically developed to overcome difficulties in preparing microporous NaCl for microscopy. The grain size and crystallographic texture of polycrystalline NaCl samples, prepared via solution pressure and sintered in the range of 650-780 deg. C, were able to be measured successfully with EBSD. The limitations of the preparation technique for EBSD analysis of NaCl are also discussed.

  9. Experimental results on the enhanced backscatter phenomenon and its dynamics

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    Wu, Chensheng; Nelson, William; Ko, Jonathan; Davis, Christopher C.

    2014-10-01

    Enhanced backscatter effects have long been predicted theoretically and experimentally demonstrated. The reciprocity of a turbulent channel generates a group of paired rays with identical trajectory and phase information that leads to a region in phase space with double intensity and scintillation index. Though simulation work based on phase screen models has demonstrated the existence of the phenomenon, few experimental results have been published describing its characteristics, and possible applications of the enhanced backscatter phenomenon are still unclear. With the development of commercially available high powered lasers and advanced cameras with high frame rates, we have successfully captured the enhanced backscatter effects from different reflection surfaces. In addition to static observations, we have also tilted and pre-distorted the transmitted beam at various frequencies to track the dynamic properties of the enhanced backscatter phenomenon to verify its possible application in guidance and beam and image correction through atmospheric turbulence. In this paper, experimental results will be described, and discussions on the principle and applications of the phenomenon will be included. Enhanced backscatter effects are best observed in certain levels of turbulence (Cn 2≍10-13 m-2/3), and show significant potential for providing self-guidance in beam correction that doesn't introduce additional costs (unlike providing a beacon laser). Possible applications of this phenomenon include tracking fast moving object with lasers, long distance (>1km) alignment, and focusing a high-power corrected laser beam over long distances.

  10. Modeling multi-frequency diurnal backscatter from a walnut orchard

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    Mcdonald, Kyle C.; Dobson, Myron C.; Ulaby, Fawwaz T.

    1991-01-01

    The Michigan Microwave Canopy Scattering Model (MIMICS) is used to model scatterometer data that were obtained during the August 1987 EOS (Earth Observing System) synergism study. During this experiment, truck-based scatterometers were used to measure radar backscatter from a walnut orchard in Fresno County, California. Multipolarized L- and X-band data were recorded for orchard plots for which dielectric and evapotranspiration characteristics were monitored. MIMICS is used to model a multiangle data set in which a single orchard plot was observed at varying impedance angles and a series of diurnal measurements in which backscatter from this same plot was measured continuously over several 24-h periods. MIMICS accounts for variations in canopy backscatter driven by changes in canopy state that occur diurnally as well as on longer time scales. L-band backscatter is dependent not only on properties of the vegetation but also on properties of the underlying soil surface. The behavior of the X-band backscatter is dominated by properties of the tree crowns.

  11. Anomalous Radar Backscatter from Some Regions on Titan

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    Janssen, Michael A.; Le Gall, A.

    2009-09-01

    Radar backscattering from some regions on Titan's surface observed by the Cassini RADAR is enhanced beyond what can be explained by current models for solar system surfaces. In particular, based on the application of Kirchhoff's law of radiation, we find that the backscattering cross sections in Xanadu and some other hummocky radar-bright regions are too high in relation to their observed emissivities to be explained by random scattering from inhomogeneities in a low-loss subsurface, even when coherent backscattering (cf. Hapke, 1990) is allowed for. We argue the need for the presence of ordered backscattering structure on certain terrains on Titan's surface. The radar-bright channels that likely result from past liquid flows are a particular example, where we show that the presence of rounded river ice "rocks” could indeed act in a manner analogous with the retroreflective paint used on highway signs to produce such anomalous backscatter. This work was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  12. Probabilities and statistics for backscatter estimates obtained by a scatterometer

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    Pierson, Willard J., Jr.

    1989-01-01

    Methods for the recovery of winds near the surface of the ocean from measurements of the normalized radar backscattering cross section must recognize and make use of the statistics (i.e., the sampling variability) of the backscatter measurements. Radar backscatter values from a scatterometer are random variables with expected values given by a model. A model relates backscatter to properties of the waves on the ocean, which are in turn generated by the winds in the atmospheric marine boundary layer. The effective wind speed and direction at a known height for a neutrally stratified atmosphere are the values to be recovered from the model. The probability density function for the backscatter values is a normal probability distribution with the notable feature that the variance is a known function of the expected value. The sources of signal variability, the effects of this variability on the wind speed estimation, and criteria for the acceptance or rejection of models are discussed. A modified maximum likelihood method for estimating wind vectors is described. Ways to make corrections for the kinds of errors found for the Seasat SASS model function are described, and applications to a new scatterometer are given.

  13. Variation of SRS Backscattering Due to Ion Acoustic Wave Damping

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    Salcedo, A.; Ram, A. K.; Bers, A.

    1998-11-01

    Recent experiments have shown that suppressing stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) by increasing the damping of the ion-acoustic wave leads to an increase in stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) backscattering. We study the saturation of backscattering in SRS due to its nonlinear coupling to the Langmuir Decay Interaction (LDI). As we have shown, under appropriate conditions, the rapid saturation of LDI by spatiotemporal chaos (STC) leads to the saturation of the SRS backscattering.(A. K. Ram et al., in Proceedings of the 21st EPS Conference), Montpellier, France, 1994, Vol. III, pp. 1460--1463. We find that for a given laser intensity, as the ion-acoustic wave damping is increased, the STC in the electron plasma wave (EPW) in SRS broadens and increases in amplitude, leading to an increase in the SRS backscattering. Simulation results will be presented showing the space-time correlation function of the saturated EPW due to STC in LDI, and its variation with the damping of the ion-acoustic wave. The resultant SRS backscattering is calculated for both homogeneous and inhomogeneous plasmas.

  14. Calculations of radar backscattering coefficient of vegetation-covered soils

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    Mo, T.; Schmugge, T. J.; Jackson, T. J. (Principal Investigator)

    1983-01-01

    A model for simulating the measured backscattering coefficient of vegetation-covered soil surfaces includes both coherent and incoherent components of the backscattered radar pulses from a rough sil surface. The effect of vegetation canopy scattering is also incorporated into the model by making the radar pulse subject to two-way attenuation and volume scattering when it passes through the vegetation layer. Model results agree well with the measured angular distributions of the radar backscattering coefficient for HH polarization at the 1.6 GHz and 4.75 GHz frequencies over grass-covered fields. It was found that the coherent scattering component is very important at angles near nadir, while the vegetation volume scattering is dominant at incident angles 30 degrees.

  15. Backscatter and attenuation properties of mammalian brain tissues

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    Wijekularatne, Pushpani Vihara

    Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a common category of brain injuries, which contributes to a substantial number of deaths and permanent disability all over the world. Ultrasound technology plays a major role in tissue characterization due to its low cost and portability that could be used to bridge a wide gap in the TBI diagnostic process. This research addresses the ultrasonic properties of mammalian brain tissues focusing on backscatter and attenuation. Orientation dependence and spatial averaging of data were analyzed using the same method resulting from insertion of tissue sample between a transducer and a reference reflector. Apparent backscatter transfer function (ABTF) at 1 to 10 MHz, attenuation coefficient and backscatter coefficient (BSC) at 1 to 5 MHz frequency ranges were measured on ovine brain tissue samples. The resulting ABTF was a monotonically decreasing function of frequency and the attenuation coefficient and BSC generally were increasing functions of frequency, results consistent with other soft tissues such as liver, blood and heart.

  16. Mean atomic number quantitative assessment in backscattered electron imaging.

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    Sánchez, E; Torres Deluigi, M; Castellano, G

    2012-12-01

    A method for obtaining quantitative mean atomic number images in a scanning electron microscope for different kinds of samples has been developed. The backscattered electron signal is monotonically increasing with the mean atomic number Z, and accordingly Z can be given as a function of the image gray levels. From results obtained from Monte Carlo simulations, an exponential function is fitted to convert the backscattered registered gray levels into a Z image map. Once this fitting was performed, the reproducibility of the Z determination was checked through the acquisition of backscattered electron images from metal and mineral standards. The developed method can be applied to any unknown sample, always controlling the experimental conditions, as shown here for a thin section of a rock in which several unknown mineral phases are present; the results obtained herein are compared to quantitative assessments performed with X-ray spectra from each mineral phase. PMID:23164359

  17. Robust diffraction correction method for high-frequency ultrasonic tissue characterization

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    Raju, Balasundar

    2001-05-01

    The computation of quantitative ultrasonic parameters such as the attenuation or backscatter coefficient requires compensation for diffraction effects. In this work a simple and accurate diffraction correction method for skin characterization requiring only a single focal zone is developed. The advantage of this method is that the transducer need not be mechanically repositioned to collect data from several focal zones, thereby reducing the time of imaging and preventing motion artifacts. Data were first collected under controlled conditions from skin of volunteers using a high-frequency system (center frequency=33 MHz, BW=28 MHz) at 19 focal zones through axial translation. Using these data, mean backscatter power spectra were computed as a function of the distance between the transducer and the tissue, which then served as empirical diffraction correction curves for subsequent data. The method was demonstrated on patients patch-tested for contact dermatitis. The computed attenuation coefficient slope was significantly (p<0.05) lower at the affected site (0.13+/-0.02 dB/mm/MHz) compared to nearby normal skin (0.2+/-0.05 dB/mm/MHz). The mean backscatter level was also significantly lower at the affected site (6.7+/-2.1 in arbitrary units) compared to normal skin (11.3+/-3.2). These results show diffraction corrected ultrasonic parameters can differentiate normal from affected skin tissues.

  18. Multipath analysis diffraction calculations

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    Statham, Richard B.

    1996-01-01

    This report describes extensions of the Kirchhoff diffraction equation to higher edge terms and discusses their suitability to model diffraction multipath effects of a small satellite structure. When receiving signals, at a satellite, from the Global Positioning System (GPS), reflected signals from the satellite structure result in multipath errors in the determination of the satellite position. Multipath error can be caused by diffraction of the reflected signals and a method of calculating this diffraction is required when using a facet model of the satellite. Several aspects of the Kirchhoff equation are discussed and numerical examples, in the near and far fields, are shown. The vector form of the extended Kirchhoff equation, by adding the Larmor-Tedone and Kottler edge terms, is given as a mathematical model in an appendix. The Kirchhoff equation was investigated as being easily implemented and of good accuracy in the basic form, especially in phase determination. The basic Kirchhoff can be extended for higher accuracy if desired. A brief discussion of the method of moments and the geometric theory of diffraction is included, but seems to offer no clear advantage in implementation over the Kirchhoff for facet models.

  19. Bruce Thompson: Adventures and advances in ultrasonic backscatter

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    Margetan, Frank J.

    2012-05-01

    Over the course of his professional career Dr. R. Bruce Thompson published several hundred articles on non-destructive evaluation, the majority dealing with topics in ultrasonics. One longtime research interest of Dr. Thompson, with applications both to microstructure characterization and defect detection, was backscattered grain noise in metals. Over a 20 year period he led a revolving team of staff members and graduate students investigating various aspects of ultrasonic backscatter. As a member of that team I had the privilege of working along side Dr. Thompson for many years, serving as a sort of Dr. Watson to Bruce's Sherlock Holmes. This article discusses Dr. Thompson's general approaches to modeling backscatter, the research topics he chose to explore to systematically elucidate a better understanding of the phenomena, and the many contributions to the field achieved under his leadership. The backscatter work began in earnest around 1990, motivated by a need to improve inspections of aircraft engine components. At that time Dr. Thompson launched two research efforts. The first led to the heuristic Independent Scatterer Model which could be used to estimate the average grain noise level that would be seen in any given ultrasonic inspection. There the contribution from the microstructure was contained in a measureable parameter known as the Figure-of-Merit or FOM. The second research effort, spearheaded by Dr. Jim Rose, led to a formal relationship between FOM and details of the metal microstructure. The combination of the Independent Scattering Model and Rose's formalism provided a powerful tool for investigating backscatter in metals. In this article model developments are briefly reviewed and several illustrative applications are discussed. These include: the determination of grain size and shape from ultrasonic backscatter; grain noise variability in engine-titanium billets and forgings; and the design of ultrasonic inspection systems to improve defect-signal-to-grain-noise ratios.

  20. Floc Growth and Changes in ADV Acoustic Backscatter Signal

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    Rouhnia, M.; Keyvani, A.; Strom, K.

    2013-12-01

    A series of experiments were conducted to examine the effect of mud floc growth on the acoustic back-scatter signal recorded by a Nortek Vector acoustic Doppler velocimeter (ADV). Several studies have shown that calibration equations can be developed to link the backscatter strength with average suspended sediment concentration (SSC) when the sediment particle size distribution remains constant. However, when mud is present, the process of flocculation can alter the suspended particle size distribution. Past studies have shown that it is still unclear as to the degree of dependence of the calibration equation on changes in floc size. Part of the ambiguity lies in the fact that flocs can be porous and rather loosely packed and therefore might not scatter to the same extent as a grain of sand. In addition, direct, detailed measurements of floc size have not accompanied experiments examining the dependence of ADV backscatter and suspended sediment concentration. In this research, a set of laboratory experiments is used to test how floc growth affects the backscatter strength. The laboratory data is examined in light of an analytic model that was developed based on scatter theory to account for changes in both SSC and the floc properties of size and density. For the experiments, a turbulent suspension was created in a tank with a rotating paddle. Fixed concentrations of a mixture of kaolinite and montmorillonite were added to the tank in a step-wise manner. For each step, the flocs were allowed to grow to their equilibrium size before breaking the flocs with high turbulent mixing, adding more sediment, and then returning the mixing rate to a range suitable for the re-growth of flocs. During each floc growth phase, data was simultaneously collected at the same elevation in the tank using a floc camera to capture the changes in floc size, a Nortek Vector ADV for the acoustic backscatter, and a Campbell Scientific OBS 3+ for optical backscatter. Physical samples of the suspension were also drawn at the same elevation at discrete time intervals throughout the experiments to allow for SSC measurements by filtering and weighing. The floc camera is capable of measuring flocs in the 10 to 2000 μm range and can report floc size distributions at 1 min intervals. Results showed that floc growth does alter the ADV backscatter signal, even for the rather 'fluffy' flocs formed in the experiment. The strength of the impact though is less than that predicted for solid particles of densities similar to those of the flocs. The overall behavior of the acoustic backscatter time series in each step of the floc growth experiment could be reasonably predicted with the developed model.

  1. Backscattering peak of hexagonal ice columns and plates.

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    Borovoi, A; Grishin, I; Naats, E; Oppel, U

    2000-09-15

    The backward cross section of hexagonal ice crystals of arbitrary orientation is calculated for visible light by means of a ray-tracing code. It is shown that backscattering of the tilted crystals is caused by a corner-reflector-like effect. A very large peak of backscattering is found for a tilt of 32.5 degrees between the principal particle axis and the incidence direction. This peak is caused by multiple total internal reflections for part of the rays that are incident upon the skewed rectangular faces. Slant lidar measurements for remote sensing of cirrus clouds are proposed. PMID:18066226

  2. Coherent Effects in Microwave Backscattering Models for Forest Canopies

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    Saatchi, Sasan; McDonald, Kyle

    1995-01-01

    In modeling forest canopies, several scattering mechanisms are taken into account: 1) volume scattering, 2) surface-volume interaction, and 3) surface scattering from forest floor. Depending on the structural and dielectric characteristics of forest canopies, the relative contribution of each mechanism in the total backscatter signal of an imaging radar can vary. In this paper, two commonly used first order discrete scattering models, Distorted Born Approximation (DBA) and Radiative Transfer (RT) are used to simulate the backscattered power received by polarimetric radars at P-, L-, and C-bands over coniferous and deciduous forests. The difference between the two models resides on the coherent effect in the surface-volume interaction terms.

  3. Backscatter effects of surfaces composed of dry biological particles

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    Ovcharenko, Andrey; Bondarenko, Sergey; Shkuratov, Yuriy; Scotto, Cathy; Merritt, Charles; Hart, Matthew; Eversole, Jay; Videen, Gorden

    2006-10-01

    We present the backscattering of particulate surfaces consisting of dry biological particles using two laboratory photopolarimeters that measure intensity and degree of linear polarization in a phase-angle range 0.2 60°. We measure scattering properties from three samples composed of dry biological particles, Bacillus subtilis var. niger (BG) spores and samples of fungi Aspergillus terreus and Sporisorium cruentum spores. We find that the surfaces display a prominent brightness opposition effect and significant negative polarization near backscattering angles. The brightness and polarimetric phase curves are different for B. subtilis and the fungi.

  4. A Parametric Study of Tillage Effects on Radar Backscatter

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    Fenner, R. G.; Pels, G. F.; Reid, S. C. (Principal Investigator)

    1980-01-01

    Radar backscatter data for different field configurations and modulation function curves for angular and frequency variations are presented. A simplistic approach to modeling this effect is presented. It is concluded that: (1) row direction is a significant contributor to radar backscatter from cropland and must be considered when making radar measurements over bare or sparsely vegetated fields; (2) while the effect decrease with increasing frequency, it is still large (5 dB) at 13.3 GHz; (3) row effects are independent of linear polarization; (4) there is a strong aspect angle sensitivity which is a function of the scene and radar system parameters.

  5. X-Ray Backscatter Imaging for Aerospace Applications

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    Shedlock, Daniel; Edwards, Talion; Toh, Chin

    2011-06-01

    Scatter x-ray imaging (SXI) is a real time, digital, x-ray backscatter imaging technique that allows radiographs to be taken from one side of an object. This x-ray backscatter imaging technique offers many advantages over conventional transmission radiography that include single-sided access and extremely low radiation fields compared to conventional open source industrial radiography. Examples of some applications include the detection of corrosion, foreign object debris, water intrusion, cracking, impact damage and leak detection in a variety of material such as aluminum, composites, honeycomb structures, and titanium.

  6. Target reflectance measurements for calibration of lidar atmospheric backscatter data

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    Kavaya, M. J.; Menzies, R. T.; Haner, D. A.; Oppenheim, U. P.; Flamant, P. H.

    1983-01-01

    Wavelength and angular dependence of reflectances and depolarization in the 9-11 micron region are reported for four standard targets: flowers of sulfur, flame-sprayed aluminum, 20-grit sandblasted aluminum, and 400-grit silicon carbon sandpaper. Measurements are presented and compared using a CW CO2 grating-tunable laser in a laboratory backscatter apparatus, an integrating sphere, and a coherent pulsed TEA-CO2 lidar system operating in the 9-11 micron region. Reflectance theory related to the use of hard targets to calibrate lidar atmospheric backscatter data is discussed.

  7. Probing Molecular Dynamics by Laser-Induced Backscattering Holography

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    Haertelt, Marko; Bian, Xue-Bin; Spanner, Michael; Staudte, André; Corkum, Paul B.

    2016-04-01

    We use differential holography to overcome the forward scattering problem in strong-field photoelectron holography. Our differential holograms of H2 and D2 molecules exhibit a fishbonelike structure, which arises from the backscattered part of the recolliding photoelectron wave packet. We demonstrate that the backscattering hologram can resolve the different nuclear dynamics between H2 and D2 with subangstrom spatial and subcycle temporal resolution. In addition, we show that attosecond electron dynamics can be resolved. These results open a new avenue for ultrafast studies of molecular dynamics in small molecules.

  8. Effect of curvature on the backscattering from a leaf

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    Sarabandi, K.; Senior, T. B. A.; Ulaby, F. T.

    1988-01-01

    Using a model previously developed for the backscattering cross section of a planar leaf at X-band frequencies and above, the effect of leaf curvature is examined. For normal incidence on a rectangular section of a leaf curved in one and two dimensions, an integral expression for the backscattered field is evaluated numerically and by a stationary phase approximation, leading to a simple analytical expression for the cross-section reduction produced by the curvature. Numerical results based on the two methods are virtually identical, and in excellent agreement with measured data for rectangular sections of coleus leaves applied to the surfaces of styrofoam cylinders and spheres of different radii.

  9. Effect of curvature on the backscattering from leaves

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    Sarabandi, K.; Senior, T. B. A.; Ulaby, F. T.

    1988-01-01

    Using a model previously developed for the backscattering cross section of a planar leaf at X-band frequencies and above, the effect of leaf curvature is examined. For normal incidence on a rectangular section of a leaf curved in one and two dimensions, an integral expression for the backscattered field is evaluated numerically and by a stationary phase approximation, leading to a simple analytical expression for the cross section reduction produced by the curvature. Numerical results based on the two methods are virtually identical, and in excellent agreement with measured data for rectangular sections of coleus leaves applied to the surfaces of styrofoam cylinders and spheres of different radii.

  10. Thresholds of Raman backscatter: effects of collisions and Landau damping

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    Estabrook, K.; Kruer, W.L.

    1983-11-03

    We present 1.5 dimensional simulations and theory of the threshold of Raman backscatter for a variety of density profiles, background temperatures and collision frequencies, nu/sub ei/. The simulations show Raman backscatter of approx. 4 x 10/sup -4/ at intensities approx. 30 times below the del n threshold which we suggest is due to light scattering off of noise electron plasma waves. The absorption drops significantly and the threshold rises as the Landau damping ..omega../sub i/ and/or nu/sub ei/ approach the growth rate ..gamma../sub 0/. Many experiments are already in the collisional regime.

  11. Probing Molecular Dynamics by Laser-Induced Backscattering Holography.

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    Haertelt, Marko; Bian, Xue-Bin; Spanner, Michael; Staudte, André; Corkum, Paul B

    2016-04-01

    We use differential holography to overcome the forward scattering problem in strong-field photoelectron holography. Our differential holograms of H_{2} and D_{2} molecules exhibit a fishbonelike structure, which arises from the backscattered part of the recolliding photoelectron wave packet. We demonstrate that the backscattering hologram can resolve the different nuclear dynamics between H_{2} and D_{2} with subangstrom spatial and subcycle temporal resolution. In addition, we show that attosecond electron dynamics can be resolved. These results open a new avenue for ultrafast studies of molecular dynamics in small molecules. PMID:27081975

  12. X-ray backscatter imaging for aerospace applications

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    Shedlock, Daniel; Edwards, Talion; Toh, Chin

    2011-06-23

    Scatter x-ray imaging (SXI) is a real time, digital, x-ray backscatter imaging technique that allows radiographs to be taken from one side of an object. This x-ray backscatter imaging technique offers many advantages over conventional transmission radiography that include single-sided access and extremely low radiation fields compared to conventional open source industrial radiography. Examples of some applications include the detection of corrosion, foreign object debris, water intrusion, cracking, impact damage and leak detection in a variety of material such as aluminum, composites, honeycomb structures, and titanium.

  13. Diffraction tomography of strain

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    Lionheart, W. R. B.; Withers, P. J.

    2015-04-01

    We consider whether it is possible to recover the three dimensional strain field tomographically from neutron and x-ray diffraction data for polycrystalline materials. We show that the distribution of strain transverse to a ray cannot be deduced from one diffraction pattern accumulated along that path, but that a certain moment of that data corresponds to the transverse ray transform of the strain tensor and so may be recovered by inverting that transform given sufficient data. We show that the whole strain tensor can be reconstructed from diffraction data measured using rotations about six directions that do not lie on a projective conic. In addition we give an inversion formula for complete data for the transverse ray transform. We also show that Bragg edge transmission data, which has been suggested for strain tomography with polychromatic data, cannot provide the strain distribution within the material but only the average along the ray path.

  14. Biopolymer holographic diffraction gratings

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    Savić Šević, Svetlana; Pantelić, Dejan

    2008-03-01

    Surface-relief diffraction gratings are holographically recorded in dextran sensitized with ammonium dichromate (DCD). DCD was exposed with single-frequency 200 mW diode pumped ND-YAG laser, at 532 nm. The diffraction grating profiles were analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). It was found that different surface profiles could be obtained. Gratings with 330 lines/mm spatial frequencies were made. Existence of higher harmonics in Fourier Transform of non-sinusoidal profiles shows that DCD is capable of recording spatial frequencies up to 1320 lines/mm (four times fundamental frequency). The measured maximum relief depth of the DCD grating is 402 nm.

  15. Optical backscattering properties of the "clearest" natural waters

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    Twardowski, M. S.; Claustre, H.; Freeman, S. A.; Stramski, D.; Huot, Y.

    2007-07-01

    During the BIOSOPE field campaign October-December 2004, measurements of inherent optical properties from the surface to 500 m depth were made with a ship profiler at stations covering over ~8000 km through the Southeast Pacific Ocean. Data from a ~3000 km section containing the very clearest waters in the central gyre are reported here. The total volume scattering function at 117°, βt(117°), was measured with a WET Labs ECO-BB3 sensor at 462, 532, and 650 nm with estimated uncertainties of 2×10-5, 5×10-6, and 2×10-6 m-1 sr-1, respectively. These values were approximately 6%, 3%, and 3% of the scattering by pure seawater at their respective wavelengths. From a methodological perspective, there were several results: - bbp distributions were resolvable even though some of the values from the central gyre were an order of magnitude lower than the lowest previous measurements in the literature; - Direct in-situ measurements of instrument dark offsets were necessary to accurately resolve backscattering at these low levels; - accurate pure seawater backscattering values are critical in determining particulate backscattering coefficients in the open ocean (not only in these very clear waters); the pure water scattering values determined by Buiteveld et al. (1994) with a [1 + 0.3S/37] adjustment for salinity based on Morel (1974) appear to be the most accurate estimates, with aggregate accuracies as low as a few percent; and - closure was demonstrated with subsurface reflectance measurements reported by Morel et al. (2007) within instrument precisions, a useful factor in validating the backscattering measurements. This methodology enabled several observations with respect to the hydrography and the use of backscattering as a biogeochemical proxy: - The clearest waters sampled were found at depths between 300 and 350 m, from 23.5° S, 118° W to 26° S, 114° W, where total backscattering at 650 nm was not distinguishable from pure seawater; - Distributions of particulate backscattering bbp across the central gyre exhibited a broad particle peak centered ~100 m; - The particulate backscattering ratio typically ranged between 0.4% and 0.6% through the majority of the central gyre from the surface to ~210 m, indicative of "soft" water-filled particles with low bulk refractive index; and - bbp at 532 and 650 nm showed a distinct secondary deeper layer centered ~230 m that was absent in particulate attenuation cp data. The particulate backscattering ratio was significantly higher in this layer than in the rest of the water column, reaching 1.2% in some locations. This high relative backscattering, along with the pigment composition and ecological niche of this layer, appear to be consistent with the coccolithophorid F. profunda. Moreover, results were consistent with several expectations extrapolated from theory and previous work in oceanic and coastal regions, supporting the conclusion that particulate and total backscattering could be resolved in these extremely clear natural waters.

  16. Optical backscattering properties of the "clearest" natural waters

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    Twardowski, M. S.; Claustre, H.; Freeman, S. A.; Stramski, D.; Huot, Y.

    2007-11-01

    During the BIOSOPE field campaign October-December 2004, measurements of inherent optical properties from the surface to 500 m depth were made with a ship profiler at stations covering over 8000 km through the Southeast Pacific Ocean. Data from a ~3000 km section containing the very clearest waters in the central gyre are reported here. The total volume scattering function at 117°, βt(117°), was measured with a WET Labs ECO-BB3 sensor at 462, 532, and 650 nm with estimated uncertainties of 2×10-5, 5×10-6, and 2×10-6 m-1 sr-1, respectively. These values were approximately 6%, 3%, and 3% of the volume scattering by pure seawater at their respective wavelengths. From a methodological perspective, there were several results: - distributions were resolvable even though some of the values from the central gyre were an order of magnitude lower than the lowest previous measurements in the literature; - Direct in-situ measurements of instrument dark offsets were necessary to accurately resolve backscattering at these low levels; - accurate pure seawater backscattering values are critical in determining particulate backscattering coefficients in the open ocean (not only in these very clear waters); the pure water scattering values determined by Buiteveld et al. (1994) with a [1+0.3S/37] adjustment for salinity based on Morel (1974) appear to be the most accurate estimates, with aggregate accuracies as low as a few percent; and - closure was demonstrated with subsurface reflectance measurements reported by Morel et al. (2007) within instrument precisions, a useful factor in validating the backscattering measurements. This methodology enabled several observations with respect to the hydrography and the use of backscattering as a biogeochemical proxy: -The clearest waters sampled were found at depths between 300 and 350 m, from 23.5° S, 118° W to 26° S, 114° W, where total backscattering at 650 nm was not distinguishable from pure seawater; -Distributions of particulate backscattering bbp across the central gyre exhibited a broad particle peak centered ~100 m; -The particulate backscattering ratio typically ranged between 0.4% and 0.6% at 650 nm through the majority of the central gyre from the surface to ~210 m, indicative of "soft" water-filled particles with low bulk refractive index; and - bbp showed a distinct secondary deeper layer centered ~230 m that was absent in particulate attenuation cp data. The particulate backscattering ratio was significantly higher in this layer than in the rest of the water column, reaching 1.2% in some locations. This high relative backscattering, along with the pigment composition and ecological niche of this layer, appear to be consistent with the coccolithophorid Florisphaera profunda. Moreover, results were consistent with several expectations extrapolated from theory and previous work in oceanic and coastal regions, supporting the conclusion that particulate and total backscattering could be resolved in these extremely clear natural waters.

  17. Recent climatological trends in atmospheric aerosol backscatter derived from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory multiyear backscatter profile database.

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    Tratt, D M; Menzies, R T

    1994-01-20

    An update is provided on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory aerosol backscatter climatology database, with emphasis on the impact of the June 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. The data set is acquired at thermal infrared wavelengths with a range-gated coherent CO(2) lidar system, which has been in regular operation since 1984. A number of analyses have been carried out to assess long-term trends in the tropospheric and lower stratospheric aerosol backscatter, as observed from the lidar site at Pasadena, California. PMID:20862034

  18. Calculating cellulose diffraction patterns

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    Although powder diffraction of cellulose is a common experiment, the patterns are not widely understood. The theory is mathematical, there are numerous different crystal forms, and the conventions are not standardized. Experience with IR spectroscopy is not directly transferable. An awful error, tha...

  19. DIFFRACTION FROM MODEL CRYSTALS

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    Although calculating X-ray diffraction patterns from atomic coordinates of a crystal structure is a widely available capability, calculation from non-periodic arrays of atoms has not been widely applied to cellulose. Non-periodic arrays result from modeling studies that, even though started with at...

  20. Simultaneous 2D Doppler backscattering from edge turbulence

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    Thomas, David; Brunner, Kai; Freethy, Simon; Huang, Billy; Shevchenko, Vladimir; Vann, Roddy

    2015-11-01

    The Synthetic Aperture Microwave Imaging (SAMI) diagnostic (previously at MAST and now at NSTX-U) actively probes the plasma edge using a wide (80 degree beam width) and broadband (10-34.5 GHz) beam. It digitizes the phase and amplitude of the Doppler backscattered signal using a receiving array of eight antennas which can be focused in any direction post shot to an angular range of 6-24 degree FWHM. This allows Doppler BackScattering (DBS) experiments to be conducted in every direction within the field of view simultaneously. This capability is unique to SAMI and is a novel way of conducting DBS experiments. SAMI has measured the magnetic pitch angle in the edge for the first time using a backscattering diagnostic. This is possible with simultaneous 2D DBS because the maximum backscattered power is perpendicular to the turbulence and turbulence is elongated along the magnetic field. SAMI has also studied the effect of NBI and the L-H transition on turbulent velocity, and turbulence suppression in the edge during H-mode. Initial results from all of these studies will be presented. This work is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Grants EP/K504178 and EP/H016732.

  1. Spectral attenuation and backscattering as indicators of average particle size.

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    Slade, Wayne Homer; Boss, Emmanuel

    2015-08-20

    Measurements of the particulate beam attenuation coefficient at multiple wavelengths in the ocean typically exhibit a power law dependence on wavelength, and the slope of that power law has been related to the slope of the particle size distribution (PSD), when assumed to be a power law function of particle size. Recently, spectral backscattering coefficient measurements have been made using sensors deployed at moored observatories, on autonomous underwater vehicles, and even retrieved from space-based measurements of remote sensing reflectance. It has been suggested that these backscattering measurements may also be used to obtain information about the shape of the PSD. In this work, we directly compared field-measured PSD with multispectral beam attenuation and backscattering coefficients in a coastal bottom boundary later. The results of this comparison demonstrated that (1) the beam attenuation spectral slope correlates with the average particle size as suggested by theory for idealized particles and PSD; and (2) measurements of spectral backscattering also contain information reflective of the average particle size in spite of large deviations of the PSD from a spectral power law shape. PMID:26368762

  2. Bathymetry and acoustic backscatter: Elwha River Delta, Washington

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    Finlayson, David P.; Miller, Ian M.; Warrick, Jonathan A.

    2011-01-01

    The surveys were conducted using the R/V Parke Snavely outfitted with an interferometric sidescan sonar for swath mapping and real-time kinematic navigation equipment for accurate shallow water operations. This report provides these data in a number of different formats, as well as a summary of the mapping mission, maps of bathymetry and backscatter, and Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata.

  3. Radar Backscatter from the Dark Side of Iapetus

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    Wye, L. C.; Zebker, H. A.

    2009-12-01

    The Cassini RADAR instrument acquired backscatter measurements from Iapetus' dark leading hemisphere over a full range of incidence angles (1 to 60 degrees) during the 2007 targeted flyby. We present here the first radar backscatter curve of an icy moon of Saturn other than Titan, and it indicates the presence of a small quasi-specular term (~3% of the total radar albedo). Quasi-specular scattering has not been previously detected in distant radar spectra of this moon. We model the dark side's backscatter response as a composite of the linear superposition of two classical quasi-specular scattering laws plus a diffuse cosine power law. We find that Iapetus' dark hemisphere has a rather low bulk dielectric constant that is consistent with a surface largely composed of porous organic tholins. We compare the Iapetus backscatter to those that we have measured for various features on Titan and find that, at our at 2.2 cm wavelength, the dark side of Iapetus scatters similarly to Titan's Xanadu feature, albeit with a much lower albedo. This finding is consistent with the theory that Iapetus' dark side comprises an icy volume scattering substrate that is coated by an attenuating dark layer.

  4. Simulation of Neutron Backscattering applied to organic material detection

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    Forero, N. C.; Cruz, A. H.; Cristancho, F.

    2007-10-26

    The Neutron Backscattering technique is tested when performing the task of localizing hydrogenated explosives hidden in soil. Detector system, landmine, soil and neutron source are simulated with Geant4 in order to obtain the number of neutrons detected when several parameters like mine composition, relative position mine-source and soil moisture are varied.0.

  5. BACKSCATTER GUAGE DESCRIPTION FOR INSPECTION OF NEUTRON ABSORBER AND UNIFORMITY

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    Dewberry, R.; Gibbs, K.; Couture, A.

    2012-05-23

    This paper describes design, calibration, and testing of a dual He-3 detector neutron backscatter gauge for use in the Savannah River Site Mixed Oxide Fuel project. The gauge is demonstrated to measure boron content and uniformity in concrete slabs used in the facility construction.

  6. A relationship between ultrasonic integrated backscatter and myocardial contractile function.

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    Wickline, S A; Thomas, L J; Miller, J G; Sobel, B E; Perez, J E

    1985-01-01

    We have shown previously that the physiologic, mechanical cardiac cycle is associated with a parallel, cardiac cycle-dependent variation of integrated backscatter (IB). However, the mechanisms responsible are not known. The mathematical and physiological considerations explored in the present study suggest that the relationship between backscatter and myocardial contractile function reflects cyclic alterations in myofibrillar elastic parameters, with the juxtaposition of intracellular and extracellular elastic elements that have different intrinsic acoustic impedances providing an appropriately sized scattering interface at the cellular level. Cardiac cycle-dependent changes in the degree of local acoustic impedance mismatch therefore may elicit concomitant changes in backscatter. Because acoustic impedance is determined partly by elastic modulus, changes in local elastic moduli resulting from the non-Hookian behavior of myocardial elastic elements exposed to stretch may alter the extent of impedance mismatch. When cardiac cell mechanical behavior is represented by a three-component Maxwell-type model of muscle mechanics, the systolic decrease in IB that we have observed experimentally is predicted. Our prior observations of regional intramural differences in IB and the dependence of IB on global contractile function are accounted for as well. When the model is tested experimentally by assessing its ability to predict the regional and global behavior of backscatter in response to passive left ventricular distention, good concordance is observed. Images PMID:3908482

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

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    Patterson, J. H.

    1967-01-01

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

  8. Exploring backscattered imaging in low voltage FE-SEM

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    Lewis, P.; Micklethwaite, S.; Harrington, J.; Dixon, M.; Brydson, R.; Hondow, N.

    2015-10-01

    Contrast levels in backscattered SEM images were investigated, utilising stage deceleration for low voltage imaging and also electron energy filtering. Image contrast variations are explained via use of Monte Carlo simulations which can predict the optimum accelerating and filter voltages for imaging complex sample mixtures.

  9. Method and Apparatus for Computed Imaging Backscatter Radiography

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    Shedlock, Daniel (Inventor); Meng, Christopher (Inventor); Sabri, Nissia (Inventor); Dugan, Edward T. (Inventor); Jacobs, Alan M. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    Systems and methods of x-ray backscatter radiography are provided. A single-sided, non-destructive imaging technique utilizing x-ray radiation to image subsurface features is disclosed, capable of scanning a region using a fan beam aperture and gathering data using rotational motion.

  10. Tracking California seafloor seeps with bathymetry, backscatter and ROVs

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    Orange, Daniel L.; Yun, Janet; Maher, Norman; Barry, James; Greene, Gary

    2002-11-01

    The California (USA) margin includes two different tectonic regimes: subduction north of the Mendocino Triple Junction and translation south. Both margins include seeps, and their distribution can be inferred using seafloor bathymetry and backscatter as well as subsurface seismic data. Anomalous bathymetric and backscatter features related to fluid expulsion include headless submarine canyons, fault zones, anticlines, pockmarks, and mud volcanoes. Anomalous backscatter may be caused by authigenic carbonate (related to the bacterial oxidation of methane) or cold seep clams—both have an impedance and roughness that may be higher than the surrounding seafloor. Remote-operated vehicle (ROV) dives to such suspect seep sites document the presence of extensive authigenic carbonate, areally restricted cold seep communities, carpets of chemoautotrophic bacteria, and bubbling gas. Our operations in the Monterey Bay, on the translational California margin, and the Eel River basin, on the convergent margin, indicate that bathymetric and backscatter maps of the seafloor, if sufficiently high resolution, can be used to map seep sites, and that the distribution of such seeps can be used to constrain subsurface conduits of fluid flow. ROVs, due to their combination of visualization, propulsion, manipulation, sonar, and navigation, provide an excellent platform for ground-truthing, mapping, and sampling seafloor seeps.

  11. Radar Backscatter Across the Gulf Stream Sea Surface Temperature Front

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    Nghiem, S. V.; Li, F. K.; Walsh, E. J.; Lou, S. H.

    1998-01-01

    Ocean backscatter signatures were measured by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory airborne NUSCAT K(sub u)-band scatterometer across the Gulf Stream sea surface temperature front. The measurements were made during the Surface Wave Dynamics Experiment (SWADE) off the coast of Virginia and Maryland in the winter of 1991.

  12. Backscatter Analysis of Saturn's Icy Moons with Cassini RADAR

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    Wye, L.; Zebker, H. A.; Cassini Radar Team

    2011-12-01

    The typical Saturn icy satellite RADAR observation occurs at large distances, usually about 100,000 km, but sometimes as far as 400,000 km. Ostro et al. (Icarus 2010) have reported 2 cm-wavelength radar albedo estimates and diffuse scattering parameters for 73 radar tracks acquired through April 2008 across eight of Saturn's moons. We reprocess this data, together with more recently acquired data (bringing the total to more than 91 tracks), using an alternative processing approach, where we project the weighted received power onto the surface rather than model the power spectral shape. This allows us to create an extensive set of consistently processed measurements that we can use to understand the distribution of 2 cm-wavelength scattering characteristics across each moon's surface, as well as between the moons. We focus on data acquired during several close targeted flybys occurring at distances smaller than 45,000 km. The targeted flyby data enable us to carefully measure the backscatter response for regions on Rhea, Iapetus, and Enceladus. We model the backscatter response with a diffuse cosine power law to estimate the backscatter parameters A and N, where A is a measure of the reflection strength and N is a measure of the directivity of the backscatter power pattern. Isotropic surfaces will have N=1, whereas Lambertian surfaces have N=2. Our close flyby measurements span the range from A=0.41 for Iapetus' dark leading hemisphere to A=3.51 for Enceladus' bright trailing hemisphere, representing some of the darkest and the brightest surfaces in the Saturnian system. The measured N values reveal that Iapetus appears more Lambertian (N=1.81) and Enceladus looks more isotropic (1.23). The Rhea measurements are in between the two extremes, but are closer to the bright end of the spectrum (A=2.14, N=1.35). The Iapetus observation exhibits a small quasispecular rise at angles less than 20 degrees, a backscatter response similar to those measured for features on Titan. We fit a Hagfors and an exponential quasispecular model to the low-angle backscatter, and the results imply a low effective dielectric constant, possibly indicative of porous solid hydrocarbons or porous carbon dioxide ice, and moderate large-scale (>>2.2 cm) facet slopes. This is the first detection of a quasispecular component on an icy moon other than Titan, indicating the presence (albeit small) of a surface scattering mechanism in addition to the more prominent diffuse volume scattering mechanism that tends to dominate the backscatter of icy surfaces. We also form low resolution real aperture backscatter images of Enceladus, Rhea, and Iapetus and compare these to co-located high resolution synthetic aperture backscatter images. We analyze the resolution effects on the appearance of the backscatter responses.

  13. Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry analysis of iron-containing Bi2Se3 topological insulator thin films

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    Alarcon-Diez, V.; Eddrief, M.; Vickridge, I.

    2016-03-01

    Fe-containing Bi2Se3 topological insulators (TI) thin films have been grown to investigate the intricate interplay between topological order and the incorporation of ferromagnetic atoms. Here we present the quantitative characterisation of the Bi2Se3 thin films with up to 16 at% Fe incorporated during the growth process on GaAs (1 1 1) substrate by Molecular Beam Epitaxy. We report the elemental composition and depth profiles of the Bi2Se3:Fe films obtained using Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) and their formed crystalline phase obtained by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Resistance of the TI to beam-induced damage was investigated by channelling RBS. Using the elemental composition from RBS and the thickness from XRD measurements the Fe-free film density was deduced. For Fe-containing samples, the diffraction reveals the formation of two distinct crystalline phases, as well as their intergrowth pattern, in which the basal planes of Bi2Se3 coexist with an additional Fe-Se phase. This intergrown composite, with chemical compatibility of the Fe-Se phase with the crystalline Bi2Se3 structure, preserves the intrinsic topological surface states of the TI component despite the inhomogeneous distribution of the constituent phases. RBS analysis gives the stoichiometry of the Bi2Se3, and Bi2Se3:Fe samples (estimated between 0 and 16 at% Fe) and gives insights into the composition of FeSex phases present.

  14. Calculation of the effects of ice on the backscatter of a ground plane

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    Lambert, K. M.; Peters, L., Jr.

    1988-01-01

    Described is a technique for examining the effect of a rough ice layer on the backscatter of a ground plane. The technique is applied to the special case of a rough ice layer that is periodic in space. By assuming that the roughness is periodic, the backscatter of the ground plane can be found from the backscatter of a single period. Backscatter calculations are presented for a single period in which the thickness of the ice layer has a Gaussian shape.

  15. Colored diffraction catastrophes.

    PubMed

    Berry, M V; Klein, S

    1996-03-19

    On fine scales, caustics produced with white light show vividly colored diffraction fringes. For caustics described by the elementary catastrophes of singularity theory, the colors are characteristic of the type of singularity. We study the diffraction colors of the fold and cusp catastrophes. The colors can be simulated computationally as the superposition of monochromatic patterns for different wavelengths. Far from the caustic, where the luminosity contrast is negligible, the fringe colors persist; an asymptotic theory explains why. Experiments with caustics produced by refraction through irregular bathroom-window glass show good agreement with theory. Colored fringes near the cusp reveal fine lines that are not present in any of the monochromatic components; these lines are explained in terms of partial decoherence between rays with widely differing path differences. PMID:11607642

  16. SINGLE CRYSTAL NEUTRON DIFFRACTION.

    SciTech Connect

    KOETZLE,T.F.

    2001-03-13

    Single-crystal neutron diffraction measures the elastic Bragg reflection intensities from crystals of a material, the structure of which is the subject of investigation. A single crystal is placed in a beam of neutrons produced at a nuclear reactor or at a proton accelerator-based spallation source. Single-crystal diffraction measurements are commonly made at thermal neutron beam energies, which correspond to neutron wavelengths in the neighborhood of 1 Angstrom. For high-resolution studies requiring shorter wavelengths (ca. 0.3-0.8 Angstroms), a pulsed spallation source or a high-temperature moderator (a ''hot source'') at a reactor may be used. When complex structures with large unit-cell repeats are under investigation, as is the case in structural biology, a cryogenic-temperature moderator (a ''cold source'') may be employed to obtain longer neutron wavelengths (ca. 4-10 Angstroms). A single-crystal neutron diffraction analysis will determine the crystal structure of the material, typically including its unit cell and space group, the positions of the atomic nuclei and their mean-square displacements, and relevant site occupancies. Because the neutron possesses a magnetic moment, the magnetic structure of the material can be determined as well, from the magnetic contribution to the Bragg intensities. This latter aspect falls beyond the scope of the present unit; for information on magnetic scattering of neutrons see Unit 14.3. Instruments for single-crystal diffraction (single-crystal diffractometers or SCDs) are generally available at the major neutron scattering center facilities. Beam time on many of these instruments is available through a proposal mechanism. A listing of neutron SCD instruments and their corresponding facility contacts is included in an appendix accompanying this unit.

  17. Multiwavelength Comparison of Modeled and Measured Remote Tropospheric Aerosol Backscatter Over Pacific Ocean

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    Cutten, D. R.; Pueschel, R. F.; Srivastava, V.; Clarke, A. D.; Rothermel, J.; Spinhirne, J. D.; Menzies, R. T.

    1996-01-01

    Aerosol concentrations and size distributions in the middle and upper troposphere over the remote Pacific Ocean were measured with a forward scattering spectrometer probe (FSSP) on the NASA DC-8 aircraft during NASA's Global Backscatter Experiment (GLOBE) in May-June 1990. The FSSP size channels were recalibrated based on refractive index estimates from flight-level aerosol volatility measurements with a collocated laser optical particle counter (LOPC). The recalibrated FSSP size distributions were averaged over 100-s intervals, fitted with lo-normal distributions and used to calculate aerosol backscatter coefficients at selected wavelengths. The FSSP-derived backscatter estimates were averaged over 300-s intervals to reduce large random fluctuations. The smoothed FSSP aerosol backscatter coefficients were then compared with LOPC-derived backscatter values and with backscatter measured at or near flight level from four lidar systems operating at 0.53, 1.06, 9.11, 9.25, and 10.59 micrometers. Agreement between FSSP-derived and lidar-measured backscatter was generally best at flight level in homogeneous aerosol fields and at high backscatter values. FSSP data often underestimated low backscatter values especially at the longer wavelengths due to poor counting statistics for larger particles (greater than 0.8 micrometers diameter) that usually dominate aerosol backscatter at these wavelengths. FSSP data also underestimated backscatter at shorter wavelengths when particles smaller than the FSSP lower cutoff diameter (0.35 micrometers) made significant contributions to the total backscatter.

  18. Interference of Backscatter from Two Droplets in a Focused Continuous Wave CO2 Doppler Lidar Beam

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    Jarzembski, Maurice A.; Srivastava, Vandana

    1999-01-01

    Superposition of backscatter from two silicone oil droplets in a lidar beam was observed as an interference pattern on a single backscatter pulse with a distinct periodicity of 2 & #61552; also agreeing extremely well with theory. Slightly differing droplet speeds caused phase differences in backscatter, resulting in the interference pattern.

  19. Polychromatic diffraction contrast tomography

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    King, A.; Reischig, P.; Adrien, J.; Peetermans, S.; Ludwig, W.

    2014-11-15

    This tutorial review introduces the use of polychromatic radiation for 3D grain mapping using X-ray diffraction contrast tomography. The objective is to produce a 3D map of the grain shapes and orientations within a bulk, millimeter-sized polycrystalline sample. The use of polychromatic radiation enables the standard synchrotron X-ray technique to be applied in a wider range of contexts: 1) Using laboratory X-ray sources allows a much wider application of the diffraction contrast tomography technique. 2) Neutron sources allow large samples, or samples containing high Z elements to be studied. 3) Applied to synchrotron sources, smaller samples may be treated, or faster measurements may be possible. Challenges and particularities in the data acquisition and processing, and the limitations of the different variants, are discussed. - Highlights: • We present a tutorial review of polychromatic diffraction contrast tomography techniques. • The use of polychromatic radiation allows the standard synchrotron DCT technique to be extended to a range of other sources. • The characteristics and limitations of all variants of the techniques are derived, discussed and compared. • Examples using laboratory X-ray and cold neutron radiation are presented. • Suggestions for the future development of these techniques are presented.

  20. The {sigma} phase formation in annealed UNS S31803 duplex stainless steel: Texture aspects

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    Souza, C.M. Abreu, H.F.G.; Tavares, S.S.M.; Rebello, J.M.A.

    2008-09-15

    The influence of sigma phase precipitation on the texture of austenite in a duplex stainless steel UNS S31803 was investigated. Sigma phase quantification was precisely performed by electron backscattered scanning diffraction (EBSD) for some conditions. It was found that the increase of the sigma phase precipitation enhances the amount of Brass texture in the austenite phase.

  1. Angularly sensitive detector for transmission Kikuchi diffraction in a scanning electron microscope

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    Jacobson, Bryce T.; Gavryushkin, Dmitriy; Harrison, Mark; Woods, Kaley

    2015-03-01

    We present the design and demonstration of a unique and novel detector for electron microscopy based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology. The detector is optimized for transmission electron backscatter diffraction, or more specifically for transmission Kikuchi diffraction, and will allow this new analytic tool to realize its full potential. In addition, this single detector is capable of simultaneous acquisition of bright field and dark field images in scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy and may replace a number of the single-purpose detectors presently used in these devices.

  2. Ultrasound Backscattering Is Anisotropic in Bovine Articular Cartilage.

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    Inkinen, Satu I; Liukkonen, Jukka; Tiitu, Virpi; Virén, Tuomas; Jurvelin, Jukka S; Töyräs, Juha

    2015-07-01

    Collagen, proteoglycans and chondrocytes can contribute to ultrasound scattering in articular cartilage. However, anisotropy of ultrasound scattering in cartilage is not fully characterized. We investigate this using a clinical intravascular ultrasound device with ultrasound frequencies of 9 and 40 MHz. Osteochondral samples were obtained from intact bovine patellas, and cartilage was imaged in two perpendicular directions: through articular and lateral surfaces. At both frequencies, ultrasound backscattering was higher (p < 0.05) when measured through the lateral surface of cartilage. In addition, the composition and structure of articular cartilage were investigated with multiple reference methods involving light microscopy, digital densitometry, polarized light microscopy and Fourier infrared imaging. Reference methods indicated that acoustic anisotropy of ultrasound scattering arises mainly from non-uniform distribution of chondrocytes and anisotropic orientation of collagen fibers. To conclude, ultrasound backscattering in articular cartilage was found to be anisotropic and dependent on the frequency in use. PMID:25933711

  3. RFID tag modification for full depth backscatter modulation

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    Scott, Jeffrey Wayne [Pasco, WA; Pratt, Richard M [Richland, WA

    2010-07-20

    A modulated backscatter radio frequency identification device includes a diode detector configured to selectively modulate a reply signal onto an incoming continuous wave; communications circuitry configured to provide a modulation control signal to the diode detector, the diode detector being configured to modulate the reply signal in response to be modulation control signal; and circuitry configured to increase impedance change at the diode detector which would otherwise not occur because the diode detector rectifies the incoming continuous wave while modulating the reply signal, whereby reducing the rectified signal increases modulation depth by removing the reverse bias effects on impedance changes. Methods of improving depth of modulation in a modulated backscatter radio frequency identification device are also provided.

  4. Bathymetry and Acoustic Backscatter: Northern Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California

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    Dartnell, Pete; Finlayson, David; Conrad, Jamie; Cochrane, Guy; Johnson, Samuel

    2010-01-01

    In the summer of 2008, as part of the California Seafloor Mapping Program (CSMP) the U.S. Geological Survey, Coastal and Marine Geology mapped a nearshore region of the northern Santa Barbara Channel in Southern California (fig 1). The CSMP is a cooperative partnership between Federal and State agencies, Universities, and Industry to create a comprehensive coastal/marine geologic and habitat basemap series to support the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) inititive. The program is supported by the California Ocean Protection Council and the California Coastal Conservancy. The 2008 mapping collected high resolution bathymetry and acoustic backscatter data using a bathymetric side scan system within State waters from about the 10-m isobath out over 3-nautical miles. This Open-File Report provides these data in a number of different formats, as well as a summary of the mapping mission, maps of bathymetry and backscatter, and FGDC metadata.

  5. Azimuthal asymmetry of the coherent backscattering cone: Theoretical results

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    Mishchenko, Michael I.; Dlugach, Janna M.; Liu, Li

    2009-11-01

    The azimuthal asymmetry of the polarized backscattering cone and the intimately related polarization opposition effect (POE) are corollaries of the theory of coherent backscattering (CB) valid in the asymptotic limit of very small particle packing density. In this paper we use numerically exact solutions of the Maxwell equations to study the evolution of these and other manifestations of CB as the packing density in a multiparticle group increases from zero to values typical of actual particle suspensions and particulate surfaces. Our results reveal a remarkable robustness of virtually all effects predicted by the low-density concept of CB and allow us to conclude that the azimuthal asymmetry and POE observed in the laboratory for densely packed discrete random media are indeed caused by CB.

  6. How to suppress the backscattering of conduction electrons?

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    Kibis, O. V.

    2014-09-01

    It is shown theoretically that the strong coupling of electrons to a high-frequency electromagnetic field results in the nulling of electron backscattering within the Born approximation. The conditions of the effect depend only on field parameters and do not depend on the concrete form of the scattering potential. As a consequence, this phenomenon is of universal physical nature and can take place in various conducting systems. Since the suppression of electron backscattering results in decreasing electrical resistance, the solved quantum-mechanical problem opens a new way to control electronic transport properties of conductors by a laser-generated field. Particularly, the elaborated theory is applicable to nanostructures exposed to a strong monochromatic electromagnetic wave.

  7. Effects of vegetation canopy on the radar backscattering coefficient

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    Mo, T.; Blanchard, B. J.; Schmugge, T. J.

    1983-01-01

    Airborne L- and C-band scatterometer data, taken over both vegetation-covered and bare fields, were systematically analyzed and theoretically reproduced, using a recently developed model for calculating radar backscattering coefficients of rough soil surfaces. The results show that the model can reproduce the observed angular variations of radar backscattering coefficient quite well via a least-squares fit method. Best fits to the data provide estimates of the statistical properties of the surface roughness, which is characterized by two parameters: the standard deviation of surface height, and the surface correlation length. In addition, the processes of vegetation attenuation and volume scattering require two canopy parameters, the canopy optical thickness and a volume scattering factor. Canopy parameter values for individual vegetation types, including alfalfa, milo and corn, were also determined from the best-fit results. The uncertainties in the scatterometer data were also explored.

  8. Porosity estimation of alumina samples based on resonant backscattering spectrometry

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    Mokhles Gerami, F.; Kakuee, O.; Mohammadi, S.

    2016-04-01

    In this work, columnar porous alumina samples were investigated using the 16O(α,α)16O resonance scattering at 3.045 MeV. If the incident energy is slightly above the resonance energy, a resonance peak appears in the energy spectra of the backscattered ions. The position and width of this peak for non-porous samples are mainly determined by the experimental setup, whilst for porous materials, the peak position shifts towards higher energies under certain conditions. This effect can be explained by the lower amount of material which the ions encounter along the backscattered trajectories. The energy shift of the resonance peak towards higher energies was revealed experimentally and discussed theoretically. The estimated porosities of the samples based on this energy shift were compared with those evaluated from the graphical analysis of the images obtained by field emission scanning electron microscopy.

  9. Aerosol optical properties of the free troposphere: Tropospheric backscatter climatology

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    Rosen, James M.

    1994-12-01

    A unique ensemble of aerosol sensors (backscattersondes, nephelometers and particle counters) has been assembled during the course of this research to obtain new measurements relating to the optical properties of aerosols in the atmosphere, especially in the free troposphere. A knowledge of the aerosol extinction-to-backscatter ratio has been greatly enhanced as a result of this project and the inference of representative values along with the range of variation is now possible. Agreement between the optical model results and actual measurements appears to be quite satisfactory. An initial climatology of aerosol backscatter in the free troposphere has been developed and is in general agreement with results and inferences from global remote sensing instruments. However, the data from remote sensors may indicate a larger influence of volcanic aerosols on the upper troposphere than actually exists. Further work with high resolution soundings is needed to fully resolve this issue.

  10. Backscattering measurements from double-scale randomly rough surfaces.

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    Ruiz-Cortés, Víctor; Dainty, Christopher

    2012-06-01

    We present experimental measurements of light backscattered from double-scale randomly rough surfaces (oceanlike surfaces) with different statistical parameters illuminated at small and large angles of incidence. The surfaces are composed of a small-scale roughness superimposed on a slowly (large-scale) varying surface. The large-scale surfaces are diamond-machined periodic surfaces made on aluminum substrates and have either a sinusoidal or a Stokes wave profile. The small-scale roughness is added with lithographic techniques, and the surfaces are then gold coated. For a linearly polarized incident beam, it is found that the backscattered light is strongly depolarized mainly at small angles of incidence and strong shadowing effects are present for large angles of incidence (θ(inc) > 60°). PMID:22673447

  11. Stimulated brillouin backscatter of a short-pulse laser

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    Hinkel, D.E.; Williams, E.A.; Berger, R.L.

    1994-11-03

    Stimulated Brillouin backscattering (SBBS) from a short-pulse laser, where the pulse length is short compared to the plasma length, is found to be qualitatively different than in the long pulse regime, where the pulse length is long compared to the plasma length. We find that after an initial transient of order the laser pulse length transit time, the instability reaches a steady state in the variables x{prime} = x {minus} V{sub g}t, t{prime} = t, where V{sub g} is the pulse group velocity. In contrast, SBBS in a long pulse can be absolutely unstable and grows indefinitely, or until nonlinearities intervene. We find that the motion of the laser pulse induces Doppler related effects that substantially modify the backscattered spectrum at higher intensities, where the instability is strongly coupled (i.e. , has a growth rate large compared to the ion acoustic frequency).

  12. Stimulated Raman backscattering of laser radiation in deep plasma channels

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    Kalmykov, S. Yu.; Shvets, G.

    2004-10-01

    Stimulated Raman backscattering (RBS) of intense laser radiation confined by a single-mode plasma channel with a radial variation of plasma frequency greater than a homogeneous-plasma RBS bandwidth is characterized by a strong transverse localization of resonantly driven electron plasma waves (EPW). The EPW localization reduces the peak growth rate of RBS and increases the amplification bandwidth. The continuum of nonbound modes of backscattered radiation shrinks the transverse field profile in a channel and increases the RBS growth rate. Solution of the initial-value problem shows that an electromagnetic pulse amplified by the RBS in the single-mode deep plasma channel has a group velocity higher than in the case of homogeneous-plasma Raman amplification. Implications to the design of a RBS pulse compressor in a plasma channel are discussed.

  13. A simulation algorithm for ultrasound liver backscattered signals.

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    Zatari, D; Botros, N; Dunn, F

    1995-11-01

    In this study, we present a simulation algorithm for the backscattered ultrasound signal from liver tissue. The algorithm simulates backscattered signals from normal liver and three different liver abnormalities. The performance of the algorithm has been tested by statistically comparing the simulated signals with corresponding signals obtained from a previous in vivo study. To verify that the simulated signals can be classified correctly we have applied a classification technique based on an artificial neural network. The acoustic features extracted from the spectrum over a 2.5 MHz bandwidth are the attenuation coefficient and the change of speed of sound with frequency (dispersion). Our results show that the algorithm performs satisfactorily. Further testing of the algorithm is conducted by the use of a data acquisition and analysis system designed by the authors, where several simulated signals are stored in memory chips and classified according to their abnormalities. PMID:8560631

  14. Comparison of reflectance with backscatter and absorption parameters for turbid waters

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    Whitlock, C. H.; Poole, L. R.; Usry, J. W.; Houghton, W. M.; Witte, W. G.; Morris, W. D.; Gurganus, E. A.

    1981-01-01

    The relation of reflectance to backscatter and absorption parameters is investigated for waters more turbid than those of previous investigations. Experimental data are examined for river waters in which beam attenuation values range from 8.9 to 18.9 per m at 550 nm. Attenuation, absorption, backscatter, and irradiance reflectance spectral properties are presented for wavelengths between 450 and 800 nm. Comparisons of reflectance with backscatter to absorption ratio and backscatter with absorption plus backscatter ratio indicate that data for turbid waters do not fit linear or polynomial models which are presently available in the literature.

  15. Diffraction of a Laser Beam.

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    Jodoin, Ronald E.

    1979-01-01

    Investigates the effect of the nonuniform irradiance across a laser beam on diffraction of the beam, specifically the Fraunhofer diffraction of a laser beam with a Gaussian irradiance profile as it passes through a circular aperture. (GA)

  16. Method and apparatus for measuring lung density by Compton backscattering

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    Loo, B.W.; Goulding, F.S.

    1988-03-11

    The density of the lung of a patient suffering from pulmonary edema is monitored by irradiating the lung by a single collimated beam of monochromatic photons and measuring the energies of photons compton back-scattered from the lung by a single high-resolution, high-purity germanium detector. A compact system geometry and a unique data extraction scheme are utilized to minimize systematic errors due to the presence of the chestwall and multiple scattering. 11 figs., 1 tab.

  17. Method and apparatus for measuring lung density by Compton backscattering

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    Loo, Billy W.; Goulding, Frederick S.

    1991-01-01

    The density of the lung of a patient suffering from pulmonary edema is monitored by irradiating the lung by a single collimated beam of monochromatic photons and measuring the energies of photons Compton backscattered from the lung by a single high-resolution, high-purity germanium detector. A compact system geometry and a unique data extraction scheme are utilized to monimize systematic errors due to the presence of the chestwall and multiple scattering.

  18. Influence of physical surface characteristics on SAR backscatter

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    Frei, Michaela; Henkel, Jochen

    2002-01-01

    An area in the Negev desert in Israel was chosen to demonstrate the capability of the SIR-C sensor system to differentiate lithological units. In addition DAIS hyperspectral data were investigated. The area around Timna mountain is characterized by Cambrian sandstones, carbonates and alluvial fans of Pleistocene and Holocene age. The mountain itself consists of diverse magmatic rock assemblage. The whole area is mapped using conventional methods. The remote sensing data are sensitive for the mapping parameters and allow the extraction of their spectral and radar signatures. Specific areas have been classified on their lithology, mineralogy, stratigraphy, grain size distribution, surface roughness and weathering state. In addition, field measurements of the roughness of the alluvial fan's terraces and of the Cambrian rocks surrounding Mount Timna were investigated. The stereoscopic images taken were used as a basis for the height models of the different targets and the standard deviation (RMS) of the height was calculated. This was used as the parameter for the surface roughness and can be correlated with the radar backscatter. The SIR-C system offers the unique possibility of multi-frequency and multi-polarized data. The sensitivity for the surface roughness for the different wavelengths of X-, C- and L-band in accordance to their incidence angle ranges between 0,13 and 27 cm absolute RMS. The RMS measured for example in the alluvial fan ranges between 0,25 and 7, this corresponds to a smooth surface with pebble size of a few mm and a coarse terrace up to 50 cm block diameter. It can be shown that the age of the terraces corresponds to the backscatter. The more ancient the terrace the lower is the backscatter, the smoother the surface, the younger and rougher the terrace, the higher is the backscatter.

  19. Measurement of magnetic field using Rayleigh backscattering in optical fibres

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    Wuilpart, M.; Caucheteur, C.; Goussarov, A.; Aerssens, M.; Massaut, V.; Megret, P.

    2011-07-01

    In this paper, we investigate the use of optical reflectometry in optical fibres for the measurement of magnetic field. The dedicated application concerns the measurement of plasma current in the fusion reactor. The measurement is based on the rotation of the polarization state of the Rayleigh backscattered signal when an optical pulse is launched in the fibre. Particular care has been undertaken to evaluate the impact of linear birefringence on the measurement performance. (authors)

  20. Laser transmission-backscattering through inhomogeneous cirrus clouds.

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    Ou, Szu-Cheng; Takano, Yoshihide; Liou, Kuo-Nan; Lefevre, Randy J; Johnson, Michael W

    2002-09-20

    We have developed a two-dimensional (2D) model for inhomogeneous cirrus clouds in plane-parallel and spherical geometries for the analysis of the transmission and backscattering of high-energy laser beams. The 2D extinction-coefficient and mean effective ice-crystal size fields for cirrus clouds can be determined from a combination of the remote sensing of cirrus clouds by use of the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer on board National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites and the vertical profiling of ice-crystal size distributions available from limited measurements. We demonstrate that satellite remote sensing of the position and the composition of high cirrus can be incorporated directly in the computer model developed for the transmission and backscattering of high-energy laser beams in realistic atmospheres. The results of laser direct transmission, forward scattering, and backscattering are analyzed carefully with respect to aircraft height, cirrus cloud optical depth, and ice-crystal size and orientation. Uncertainty in laser transmission that is due to errors in the retrieved ice-crystal size is negligible. But uncertainty of the order of 2% can be produced if the retrieved optical depth has errors of +/-0.05. With both the aircraft and the target near the cloud top, the direct transmission decreases, owing to the propagation of the laser beam through the curved portion of the cloud top. This effect becomes more pronounced as the horizontal distance between the aircraft and the target increases. PMID:12269574

  1. Experimental findings in 180{degree} backscattering enhancement from solids

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    Ellmer, H.; Fischer, W.; Klose, A.; Semrad, D.

    1997-02-01

    We use a backscattering assembly developed recently to investigate the enhanced backscattering from polycrystalline materials near 180{degree}. The nominal scattering angle can be continuously varied between exactly 180.0{degree} and 178.5{degree}. It is shown that the stochastic model of flux peaking, though its predictions are surprisingly consistent with experimental results, either does not apply to real measurements or does only take account of a negligible fraction of the effect, which cannot be documented by experiment. The energy loss of He projectiles along correlated inward and outward trajectories turns out to be the same as in any random direction. To get the enhancement factor unaffected from detector resolution we measured the integrated backscattering yield from a number of targets with different thickness and deduced the yield by two different methods. For 400 keV He projectiles scattered from partly oxidized Ta a maximum enhancement factor of 2.8 is found. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  2. L-band radar backscatter modeling of forest stands

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    Richards, John A.; Sun, Guo-Qing; Simonett, David S.

    1987-01-01

    An L-band HH radar backscatter model of a coniferous forest stand is described and compared with SIR-B L-band image data of the Mount Shasta region of northern California. Being based upon an identification and implementation of the expected major components of forest backscattering, the model is simple in form and thus fast computationally, making possible extensive simulations of forest stands. A particularly important component in the model relates to representing the specular reflections expected from tree trunks to the ground and then back to the sensor. These are strong returns and are seen to be necessary to explain both the forest measurements made by the authors and the observations of others. Although the experimental data is limited in quantity and quality, agreement between available experimental and simulated values of forest backscatter is better than the residual uncertainty and relative calibration error of the experimental data, provided the model and experiment are matched initially at one set of parameter values.

  3. Relationships between multipolarized radar backscatter and slash pine stand parameters

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    Hussin, Yousif Ali; Hoffer, Roger M.

    1989-01-01

    Multipolarized L-band (24.5 cm) aircraft radar data was obtained for a primarily forested area in northern Florida. Based on the results of previous studies by Hoffer and Hussin (1989), a swath of medium incidence angle (35-25 deg) data was defined. Three groups of slash pine stands were located in the data: 4- to 17-year-old plantations, 18- to 48-year-old plantations, and 16- to 53-year-old natural stands. Stand data obtained from the forest-products companies operating in the area include age, tree height, diameter-at-breast height, basal area, volume (cords/acre), and density (trees/acre). Each of these stand parameters were compared to each of the four polarizations (HH, VV, VH, and HV) of the radar data for each group of stands. Statistically significant relationships were found between the radar backscatter and the forest stand parameters only for the 4- to 17-year-old slash pine plantation stands. In general, the cross-polarized radar backscatter was more highly correlated with the various stand parameters than the like-polarized backscatter, and the VV-polarized data were more highly correlated than the HH-polarized data.

  4. Measuring Ultrasonic Backscatter in the Presence of Nonlinear Propagation

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    Stiles, Timothy; Guerrero, Quinton

    2011-11-01

    A goal of medical ultrasound is the formation of quantitative ultrasound images in which contrast is determined by acoustic or physical properties of tissue rather than relative echo amplitude. Such images could greatly enhance early detection of many diseases, including breast cancer and liver cirrhosis. Accurate determination of the ultrasonic backscatter coefficient from patients remains a difficult task. One reason for this difficulty is the inherent nonlinear propagation of ultrasound at high intensities used for medical imaging. The backscatter coefficient from several tissue-mimicking samples were measured using the planar reflector method. In this method, the power spectrum from a sample is compared to the power spectrum of an optically flat sample of quartz. The results should be independent of incident pressure amplitude. Results demonstrate that backscatter coefficients can vary by more than an order of magnitude when ultrasound pressure varies from 0.1 MPa to 1.5 MPa at 5.0 MHz. A new method that incorporates nonlinear propagation is proposed to explain these discrepancies.

  5. Inspection of reinforced concrete samples by Compton backscattering technique

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    Boldo, E. M.; Appoloni, C. R.

    2014-02-01

    Reinforced concrete structures require frequent monitoring to ensure the concrete quality during its service life and for evaluation of in situ existing conditions. Compton backscattering of gamma rays is a nondestructive technique used for material characterization and detection of defects and inclusions in materials and can be employed on reinforced concrete. The methodology allows one-sided inspection of large structures, is relatively inexpensive and can be portable. The concept is based on detection of backscattered radiation produced from a collimated beam aimed at the sample. By measuring the spectrum of these scattered gamma rays it is possible to determine local density perturbations. In this work we used the Compton backscattering technique to locate and measure steel, defects and crushed stone inside concrete. The samples were irradiated with gamma rays from a Ø2 mm diameter collimated 241Am (100 mCi) source and the inelastically scattered photons were recorded at an angle of 135° by a high resolution CdTe semiconductor detector. Scanning was achieved by lateral movement of the sample blocks across the source and detector field of view in steps of 1 mm. A previous optimization of the experimental setup was performed with Monte Carlo simulation. The results showed that it was possible to locate inclusions and defects with Ø8 mm positioned at a depth of 20 mm below the surface of the sample. It was observed that aggregates such as crushed stone could mask defects at specific points due to high attenuation of the incident and scattered beam.

  6. Enhanced backscattering from a free-standing dielectric film.

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    Gu, Z H; Lu, J Q; Maradudin, A A; Martinez, A

    1995-06-20

    It has been known theoretically for a few years that not only a rough metallic surface but also a rough dielectric surface can produce an enhanced backscattering peak. Because of difficulty in the fabrication of one- or two-dimensional rough dielectric surfaces with a high index of refraction, no experiments to date have been able to reveal such a peak in scattering from a rough dielectric surface. We present experimental results showing enhanced backscattering from a free-standing dielectric film and compare them with the results of numerical simulations of such scattering. The vacuum-dielectric interface is a one-dimensional, randomly rough surface, and the dielectric-vacuum interface is approximately planar.The results of the numerical simulations of scattering from a one-dimensional, randomly rough free-standing dielectric film are in qualitative agreement with the experimental data, and it is believed that the main mechanism responsible for the enhanced backscattering peak is the reflection from the flat dielectric-vacuum interface. The coherent addition of a given light path that interacts with the rough dielectric surface at two different points because of its partial reflection from the back surface and its time-reversed partner leads to an enhancement of the intensity of scattering in the retroreflection direction with respect to the intensity of scattering in other directions. PMID:21052168

  7. Comparison of Modeled Backscatter using Measured Aerosol Microphysics with Focused CW Lidar Data over Pacific

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    Srivastava, Vandana; Clarke, Antony D.; Jarzembski, Maurice A.; Rothermel, Jeffry

    1997-01-01

    During NASA's GLObal Backscatter Experiment (GLOBE) II flight mission over the Pacific Ocean in May-June 1990, extensive aerosol backscatter data sets from two continuous wave, focused CO2 Doppler lidars and an aerosol microphysics data set from a laser optical particle counter (LOPC) were obtained. Changes in aerosol loading in various air masses with associated changes in chemical composition, from sulfuric acid and sulfates to dustlike crustal material, significantly affected aerosol backscatter, causing variation of about 3 to 4 orders of magnitude. Some of the significant backscatter features encountered in different air masses were the low backscatter in subtropical air with even lower values in the tropics near the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), highly variable backscatter in the ITCZ, mid-tropospheric aerosol backscatter background mode, and high backscatter in an Asian dust plume off the Japanese coast. Differences in aerosol composition and backscatter for northern and southern hemisphere also were observed. Using the LOPC measurements of physical and chemical aerosol properties, we determined the complex refractive index from three different aerosol mixture models to calculate backscatter. These values provided a well-defined envelope of modeled backscatter for various atmospheric conditions, giving good agreement with the lidar data over a horizontal sampling of approximately 18000 km in the mid-troposphere.

  8. Analysis of C and Ku band ocean backscatter measurements under low-wind conditions

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    Carswell, James R.; Donnelly, William J.; McIntosh, Robert E.; Donelan, Mark A.; Vandemark, Douglas C.

    1999-09-01

    Airborne ocean backscatter measurements at C and Ku band wavelengths obtained in low to moderate-wind conditions are presented. The differences between the low-wind backscatter data and the CMOD4 and SASS-II models are reported. The measurements show that the upwind/crosswind backscatter ratio is greater than predicted. These large upwind/crosswind backscatter ratios are attributed to a rapid decrease in the crosswind backscatter at low winds. Qualitative agreement with the composite surface model proposed by Donelan and Pierson suggests the rapid decrease in the crosswind backscatter may be caused by viscous dampening of the Bragg-resonant capillary-gravity waves. We show that for larger antenna footprints typical of satellite-based scatterometers, the variability in the observed wind field smooths out the backscatter response such that the rapid decrease in the crosswind direction is not observed.

  9. Multiple scattering wavelength dependent backscattering of kaolin dust in the IR: Measurements and theory

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    Ben-David, Avishai

    1992-01-01

    Knowing the optical properties of aerosol dust is important for designing electro-optical systems and for modeling the effect on propagation of light in the atmosphere. As CO2 lidar technology becomes more advanced and is used for multiwavelength measurements, information on the wavelength dependent backscattering of aerosol dust particles is required. The volume backscattering coefficient of aerosols in the IR is relatively small. Thus, only a few field measurements of backscattering, usually at only a few wavelengths, are reported in the literature. We present spectral field measurements of backscattering of kaolin dust in the 9-11 micron wavelength range. As the quantity of dust increases, multiple scattering contributes more to the measured backscattered signal. The measurements show the effect of the dust quantity of the spectral backscatter measurements. A simple analytical two stream radiative transfer model is applied to confirm the measurements and to give insight to the multiple scattering spectra of backscattering.

  10. Spectral diffraction efficiency characterization of broadband diffractive optical elements.

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    Choi, Junoh; Cruz-Cabrera, Alvaro Augusto; Tanbakuchi, Anthony

    2013-03-01

    Diffractive optical elements, with their thin profile and unique dispersion properties, have been studied and utilized in a number of optical systems, often yielding smaller and lighter systems. Despite the interest in and study of diffractive elements, the application has been limited to narrow spectral bands. This is due to the etch depths, which are optimized for optical path differences of only a single wavelength, consequently leading to rapid decline in efficiency as the working wavelength shifts away from the design wavelength. Various broadband diffractive design methodologies have recently been developed that improve spectral diffraction efficiency and expand the working bandwidth of diffractive elements. We have developed diffraction efficiency models and utilized the models to design, fabricate, and test two such extended bandwidth diffractive designs.

  11. Non Specular Diffractive Optics

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    Wang, Yunjin; Overcash, Dan; Morawice, Pawel; Yin, Ming; Datta, Timir

    2009-11-01

    Geometrically decorated two-dimensional (2D) discrete surfaces can be more effective than conventional smooth reflectors in managing wave radiation. Constructive non-specular wave scattering permits the scattering angle to be other than twice that of incidence and can result in gross violations of the law of reflection. A wide range of novel reflective behaviors ensues; including the phenomenon of negative reflection were energy transport remains on the same side of the normal. Also, at a critical incidence coherent superposition can force both the transmitted and reflected waves to graze the scattering surface thus synergistically reinforcing the diffractive process in a behavior reminiscent of critical internal reflection of ray optics. We experimentally demonstrate the concept with measurements on a one-dimensionally periodic system (grating) where the scattering angle is shown to be an inverse circular function of a function that depends on the diffractive index and the two angles. Excellent agreement is found between experimental data and theory. A preliminary report on our observations will be discussed.

  12. Inverse problems in diffraction

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    Mikheev, Andrew G.; Shamaev, Aleksey S.

    1991-01-01

    A two-dimensional problem of diffraction of a plane electromagnetic wave on a smooth 2 pi-periodic surface is considered. A numerical algorithm solving this problem is developed. An inverse problem of determination of the shape of 2 pi-periodic surface using the performance data of reverse scattering is considered. The inverse problem was solved by means of minimization of the residual functional with the help of the gradient descent method. The initial data were calculated with the help of the numerical method. On each step of the iterative method of minimization, the residual functional was calculated approximately with the help of the small slope method. The examples of the shape determination are considered.

  13. Multilayer diffraction grating

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    Barbee, Jr., Troy W.

    1990-01-01

    This invention is for a reflection diffraction grating that functions at X-ray to VUV wavelengths and at normal angles of incidence. The novel grating is comprised of a laminar grating of period D with flat-topped grating bars. A multiplicity of layered synthetic microstructures, of period d and comprised of alternating flat layers of two different materials, are disposed on the tops of the grating bars of the laminar grating. In another embodiment of the grating, a second multiplicity of layered synthetic microstructures are also disposed on the flat faces, of the base of the grating, between the bars. D is in the approximate range from 3,000 to 50,000 Angstroms, but d is in the approximate range from 10 to 400 Angstroms. The laminar grating and the layered microstructures cooperatively interact to provide many novel and beneficial instrumentational advantages.

  14. Depth from diffracted rotation.

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    Greengard, Adam; Schechner, Yoav Y; Piestun, Rafael

    2006-01-15

    The accuracy of depth estimation based on defocus effects has been essentially limited by the depth of field of the imaging system. We show that depth estimation can be improved significantly relative to classical methods by exploiting three-dimensional diffraction effects. We formulate the problem by using information theory analysis and present, to the best of our knowledge, a new paradigm for depth estimation based on spatially rotating point-spread functions (PSFs). Such PSFs are fundamentally more sensitive to defocus thanks to their first-order axial variation. Our system acquires a frame by using a rotating PSF and jointly processes it with an image acquired by using a standard PSF to recover depth information. Analytical, numerical, and experimental evidence suggest that the approach is suitable for applications such as microscopy and machine vision. PMID:16441023

  15. Phase shifting diffraction interferometer

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    Sommargren, Gary E.

    1996-01-01

    An interferometer which has the capability of measuring optical elements and systems with an accuracy of .lambda./1000 where .lambda. is the wavelength of visible light. Whereas current interferometers employ a reference surface, which inherently limits the accuracy of the measurement to about .lambda./50, this interferometer uses an essentially perfect spherical reference wavefront generated by the fundamental process of diffraction. This interferometer is adjustable to give unity fringe visibility, which maximizes the signal-to-noise, and has the means to introduce a controlled prescribed relative phase shift between the reference wavefront and the wavefront from the optics under test, which permits analysis of the interference fringe pattern using standard phase extraction algorithms.

  16. Phase shifting diffraction interferometer

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    Sommargren, G.E.

    1996-08-29

    An interferometer which has the capability of measuring optical elements and systems with an accuracy of {lambda}/1000 where {lambda} is the wavelength of visible light. Whereas current interferometers employ a reference surface, which inherently limits the accuracy of the measurement to about {lambda}/50, this interferometer uses an essentially perfect spherical reference wavefront generated by the fundamental process of diffraction. This interferometer is adjustable to give unity fringe visibility, which maximizes the signal-to-noise, and has the means to introduce a controlled prescribed relative phase shift between the reference wavefront and the wavefront from the optics under test, which permits analysis of the interference fringe pattern using standard phase extraction algorithms. 8 figs.

  17. Multilayer diffraction grating

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    Barbee, T.W. Jr.

    1990-04-10

    This invention is for a reflection diffraction grating that functions at X-ray to VUV wavelengths and at normal angles of incidence. The novel grating is comprised of a laminar grating of period D with flat-topped grating bars. A multiplicity of layered synthetic microstructures, of period d and comprised of alternating flat layers of two different materials, are disposed on the tops of the grating bars of the laminar grating. In another embodiment of the grating, a second multiplicity of layered synthetic microstructures are also disposed on the flat faces, of the base of the grating, between the bars. D is in the approximate range from 3,000 to 50,000 Angstroms, but d is in the approximate range from 10 to 400 Angstroms. The laminar grating and the layered microstructures cooperatively interact to provide many novel and beneficial instrumentational advantages. 2 figs.

  18. Dichroic coherent diffractive imaging

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    Tripathi, Ashish; Mohanty, Jyoti; Dietze, Sebastian H.; Shpyrko, Oleg G.; Shipton, Erik; Fullerton, Eric E.; Kim, Sang Soo; McNulty, Ian

    2011-01-01

    Understanding electronic structure at the nanoscale is crucial to untangling fundamental physics puzzles such as phase separation and emergent behavior in complex magnetic oxides. Probes with the ability to see beyond surfaces on nanometer length and subpicosecond time scales can greatly enhance our understanding of these systems and will undoubtedly impact development of future information technologies. Polarized X-rays are an appealing choice of probe due to their penetrating power, elemental and magnetic specificity, and high spatial resolution. The resolution of traditional X-ray microscopes is limited by the nanometer precision required to fabricate X-ray optics. Here we present a novel approach to lensless imaging of an extended magnetic nanostructure, in which a scanned series of dichroic coherent diffraction patterns is recorded and numerically inverted to map its magnetic domain configuration. Unlike holographic methods, it does not require a reference wave or precision optics. In addition, it enables the imaging of samples with arbitrarily large spatial dimensions, at a spatial resolution limited solely by the coherent X-ray flux, wavelength, and stability of the sample with respect to the beam. It can readily be extended to nonmagnetic systems that exhibit circular or linear dichroism. We demonstrate this approach by imaging ferrimagnetic labyrinthine domains in a Gd/Fe multilayer with perpendicular anisotropy and follow the evolution of the domain structure through part of its magnetization hysteresis loop. This approach is scalable to imaging with diffraction-limited resolution, a prospect rapidly becoming a reality in view of the new generation of phenomenally brilliant X-ray sources. PMID:21825152

  19. Diffraction-based optical correlator

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    Spremo, Stevan M. (Inventor); Fuhr, Peter L. (Inventor); Schipper, John F. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    Method and system for wavelength-based processing of a light beam. A light beam, produced at a chemical or physical reaction site and having at least first and second wavelengths, ?1 and ?2, is received and diffracted at a first diffraction grating to provide first and second diffracted beams, which are received and analyzed in terms of wavelength and/or time at two spaced apart light detectors. In a second embodiment, light from first and second sources is diffracted and compared in terms of wavelength and/or time to determine if the two beams arise from the same source. In a third embodiment, a light beam is split and diffracted and passed through first and second environments to study differential effects. In a fourth embodiment, diffracted light beam components, having first and second wavelengths, are received sequentially at a reaction site to determine whether a specified reaction is promoted, based on order of receipt of the beams. In a fifth embodiment, a cylindrically shaped diffraction grating (uniform or chirped) is rotated and translated to provide a sequence of diffracted beams with different wavelengths. In a sixth embodiment, incident light, representing one or more symbols, is successively diffracted from first and second diffraction gratings and is received at different light detectors, depending upon the wavelengths present in the incident light.

  20. Point-group sensitive orientation mapping of non-centrosymmetric crystals

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    Winkelmann, Aimo; Nolze, Gert

    2015-02-16

    We demonstrate polarity-sensitive orientation mapping of non-centrosymmetric phases by Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD). The method overcomes the restrictions of kinematic orientation determination by EBSD, which is limited to the centro-symmetric Laue-groups according to Friedel's rule. Using polycrystalline GaP as an example, we apply a quantitative pattern matching approach based on simulations using the dynamical theory of electron diffraction. This procedure results in a distinct assignment of the local orientation according to the non-centrosymmetric point group of the crystal structure under investigation.

  1. Evaluation of a compact sensor for backscattering and absorption.

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    Bogdan, Alina Gainusa; Boss, Emmanuel S

    2011-07-20

    Seawater inherent optical properties (IOPs) are key parameters in a wide range of applications in environmental studies and oceanographic research. In particular, the absorption coefficient (a) is the typical IOP used to obtain the concentration of chlorophyll-a in the water-a critical parameter in biological oceanography studies and the backscattering coefficient (b(b)) is used as a measure of turbidity. In this study, we test a novel instrument concept designed to obtain both the absorption and backscattering coefficients. The instrument would emit a collimated monochromatic light beam into the water retrieving the backscattered light intensity as a function of distance from the center of illumination. We use Monte Carlo modeling of light propagation to create an inversion algorithm that translates the signal from such an instrument into values of a and b(b). Our results, based on simulations spanning the bulk of natural values of seawater IOP combinations, indicate that a 6.2 cm diameter instrument with a radial resolution of 1 cm would be capable of predicting b(b) within less than 13.4% relative difference and a within less than 57% relative difference (for 90% of the inverted a values, the relative errors fall below 29.7%). Additionally, these errors could be further reduced by constraining the inversion algorithm with information from concurrent measurements of other IOPs. Such a compact and relatively simple device could have multiple applications for in situ optical measurements, including a and b(b) retrievals from instrumentation mounted on autonomous underwater vehicles. Furthermore, the same methodology could possibly be used for an out-of-water sensor. PMID:21772357

  2. Breast tumor characterization based on ultrawideband microwave backscatter.

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    Davis, Shakti K; Van Veen, Barry D; Hagness, Susan C; Kelcz, Frederick

    2008-01-01

    Characterization of architectural tissue features such as the shape, margin, and size of a suspicious lesion is commonly performed in conjunction with medical imaging to provide clues about the nature of an abnormality. In this paper, we numerically investigate the feasibility of using multichannel microwave backscatter in the 1-11 GHz band to classify the salient features of a dielectric target. We consider targets with three shape characteristics: smooth, microlobulated, and spiculated; and four size categories ranging from 0.5 to 2 cm in diameter. The numerical target constructs are based on Gaussian random spheres allowing for moderate shape irregularities. We perform shape and size classification for a range of signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) to demonstrate the potential for tumor characterization based on ultrawideband (UWB) microwave backscatter. We approach classification with two basis selection methods from the literature: local discriminant bases and principal component analysis. Using these methods, we construct linear classifiers where a subset of the bases expansion vectors are the input features and we evaluate the average rate of correct classification as a performance measure. We demonstrate that for 10 dB SNR, the target size is very reliably classified with over 97% accuracy averaged over 360 targets; target shape is classified with over 70% accuracy. The relationship between the SNR of the test data and classifier performance is also explored. The results of this study are very encouraging and suggest that both shape and size characteristics of a dielectric target can be classified directly from its UWB backscatter. Hence, characterization can easily be performed in conjunction with UWB radar-based breast cancer detection without requiring any special hardware or additional data collection. PMID:18232367

  3. Coherent Backscatter Opposition Effect from Scratches on Solid Surfaces

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    Hapke, B. W.; Piatek, J. L.; Nelson, R. M.; Smythe, W. D.; Hale, A. S.

    2003-05-01

    Shepard and Arvidson [1] discovered that the solid surfaces of rocks exhibit an opposition effect. We have measured the phase curve of a natural surface of a piece of solid basalt between 0.05 and 5 degrees in circularly polarized light using the JPL long arm goniometer and confirmed that it has an opposition effect. The circular polarization ratio (CPR) increased with decreasing phase angle, consistent with a coherent backscatter opposition effect (CBOE) Recent laboratory investigations of the CBOE in planetary regolith analogs [2,3,4] have revealed that the width of the peak is remarkably insensitive to particle size, in strong contrast to theoretical expectations. We have hypothesized that one of the reasons for this might be that multiple scattering between irregularities, such as scratches, on the surfaces of a particle could cause coherent backscatter, in addition to scattering between particles. To test this hypothesis we ground the surface of a piece of plate glass with 5 micrometer abrasive and measured its phase curve. As the phase angle decreases, the intensity increases and the CPR decreases, consistent with specular reflection. However, near zero phase there is a nonlinear rise about 2 degrees wide superimposed on the linear specular peak accompanied by an increase in CPR, showing that coherent backscatter is occuring. A piece of commercial diffusing glass exhibited the same phenomena. These results support our hypothesis and also provide a possible explanation for the observations of opposition effects from the solid surfaces of rocks. This research was supported by a grant from NASA's PGG Program References cited: [1] Shepard and Arvidson, Icarus, 141, 172-178 (1999). [2] Nelson et al, Icarus, 147, 545-558 (2000). [3] Nelson et al, Planet. Space Sci., 50, 849-856 (2002). [4] Piatek et al, Abstract, DPS Conference (2003).

  4. Concentration measurement of yeast suspensions using high frequency ultrasound backscattering.

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    Elvira, Luis; Vera, Pedro; Cañadas, Francisco Jesús; Shukla, Shiva Kant; Montero, Francisco

    2016-01-01

    This work proposes the use of an ultrasound based technique to measure the concentration of yeasts in liquid suspension. This measurement was achieved by the detection and quantification of ultrasonic echoes backscattered by the cells. More specifically, the technique was applied to the detection and quantification of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. A theoretical approach was proposed to get the average density and sound speed of the yeasts, which were found to be 1116 kg/m(3) and 1679 m/s, respectively. These parameters were needed to model the waves backscattered by each single cell. A pulse-echo arrangement working around 50 MHz, being able to detect echoes from single yeasts was used to characterize experimentally yeast solutions from 10(2) to 10(7)cells/ml. The Non-negative Matrix Factorization denoising technique was applied for data analysis. This technique required a previous learning of the spectral patterns of the echoes reflected from yeasts in solution and the base noise from the liquid medium. Comparison between pulse correlation (without denoising) and theoretical and experimental pattern learning was made to select the best signal processing. A linear relation between ultrasound output and concentration was obtained with correlation coefficient R(2)=0.996 for the experimental learning. Concentrations from 10(4) to 10(7)cells/ml were detected above the base noise. These results show the viability of using the ultrasound backscattering technique to detect yeasts and measure their concentration in liquid cultures, improving the sensitivity obtained using spectrophotometric methods by one order of magnitude. PMID:26361271

  5. Study on backscattering spectral polarization characteristics of turbid medium

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    Wang, Xuezhen; Wang, Qinghua; Lai, Jiancheng; Li, Zhenhua

    2015-10-01

    Noninvasive monitoring of blood glucose is the current international academic research focus. Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is the most prospective method of the present study, however, with the flaw of insufficient specificity to glucose. Tissue polarimetry has recently received considerable attention due to its specificity to glucose. Thus the glucose predicting accuracy would be improved by combining spectral intensity and polarization characteristics. However the backscattering spectral polarization characteristics of turbid media have not been reported within the wavelength range from visible to near-infrared light. In this paper, we simulated the backscattering spectral Mueller matrix of turbid medium by vector Monte Carlo. And the polarization characteristics, which are linear/circular degree of polarization (DOP) and linear/circular diattenuation, can be extracted from the simulated Mueller matrix by polar decomposition. Circular diattenuation is not discussed because it remains almost zero on the backscattering plane. While reduced scattering coefficient increases linearly with increasing wavelength, the spectral curves show distinct wavelength dependencies. Interestingly, the wavelength dependencies at center position are different from those at off-center position for linear/circular DOP and linear diattenuation. As expected, it is shown that both linear DOP and linear diattenuation increase with the increasing wavelength. However it is not the case for linear DOP in the central area around the incident point. In this area linear DOP decays approximately exponentially with increasing wavelength. As for circular DOP, it varies with wavelength non-monotonically. These results should be meaningful when spectral polarization characteristics are used to combine with spectral intensity to extract glucose concentration by chemometrics.

  6. Estimation of Mars radar backscatter from measured surface rock populations

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    Baron, J.E.; Simpson, R.A.; Tyler, G.L.; Moore, H.J.; Harmon, J.K.

    1998-01-01

    Reanalysis of rock population data at the Mars Viking Lander sites has yielded updated values of rock fractional surface coverage (about 0.16 at both sites, including outcrops) and new estimates of rock burial depths and axial ratios. These data are combined with a finite difference time domain (FDTD) numerical scattering model to estimate diffuse backscatter due to rocks at both the Lander l (VL1) and Lander 2 (VL2) sites. We consider single scattering from both surface and subsurface objects of various shapes, ranging from an ideal sphere to an accurate digitized model of a terrestrial rock. The FDTD cross-section calculations explicitly account for the size, shape, composition, orientation, and burial state of the scattering object, the incident wave angle and polarization, and the composition of the surface. We calculate depolarized specific cross sections at 12.6 cm wavelength due to lossless rock-like scatterers of about 0.014 at VL1 and 0.023 at VL2, which are comparable to the measured ranges of 0.019-0.032 and 0.012-0.018, respectively. We also discuss the variation of the diffuse cross section as the local angle of incidence, ??i, changes. Numerical calculations for a limited set of rock shapes indicate a marked difference between the angular backscattering behavior of wavelength-scale surface and subsurface rocks: while subsurface rocks scatter approximately as a cosine power law, surface rocks display a complex variation, often with peak backscattering at high incidence angles (??i = 70??-75??). Copyright 1998 by the American Geophysical Union.

  7. Back-scattering channel-cut high-resolution monochromator for inelastic x-ray scattering

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    Kushnir, V.I.; Abbamonte, P.M.; Macrander, A.T.; Schwoerer-Boehning, M.

    1997-08-01

    We report on a design and on some experimental results for the performance of a new high energy resolution monochromator. It is a large channel-cut Si crystal with a 197 mm separation between the two faces designed to operate in a near-backscattering regime. The device was tested as a second monochromator on Sector 3 of the Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation Collaborative Access Team (SRI-CAT) at the Advanced Photon Source using the Si(777) reflection at a photon energy of 13.84 keV. The same monochromator can be used for other energies with reflections of the type (hhh). Special care has been taken to equalize the temperature of the two faces by employing a Peltier heat pump. A Si(111) double-crystal pre-monochromator designed to withstand the high heat load of the undulator radiation was used upstream on the beamline. The measured throughput efficiency of the Si(777) channel-cut monochromator was less ideal by a factor of 1.9. Dynamical diffraction theory was used to calculate the throughput of an ideally perfect crystal.

  8. Stimulated Raman Backscattering Amplification Using Multiple Pump Pulses

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    Ge, Zhe-Yi; Yin, Yan; Chen, De-Peng; Zhuo, Hong-Bin; Ma, Yan-Yun; Shao, Fu-Qiu

    2012-01-01

    A multiple-pump-pulses-stimulated Raman backscattering amplification (m-SRA) scheme is proposed and examined using 1D PIC simulations. Compared with the SRA using a single long pump pulse, higher energy conversion efficiency can be obtained with the same output laser intensity by employing the m-SRA scheme. Unwanted Raman forward scattering can be suppressed in the m-SRA case. Favorable pulse envelope and frequency characteristics of the seed pulse after amplification are obtained by using the m-SRA scheme.

  9. Relating the radar backscattering coefficient to leaf-area index

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    Ulaby, F. T. (Principal Investigator); Allen, C.; Eger, G.; Kanemasu, E.

    1983-01-01

    The relationship between the radar backscattering coefficient of a vegetation canopy, sigma(0) sub can, and the canopy's leaf area index (LAI) is examined. The relationship is established through the development of a model for corn and sorghum and another for wheat. Both models are extensions of the cloud model of Attema and Ulaby (1978). Analysis of experimental data measured at 8.6, 13.0, 17.0, and 35.6 GHz indicates that most of the temporal variations of sigma(0) sub can can be accounted for through variations in green LAI alone, if the latter is greater than 0.5.

  10. Coherent phenomena in inelastic backscattering of electrons from disordered media

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    Kanzieper, E.; Freilikher, V. )

    1995-02-01

    The phenomenon of weak localization in an inelastic-scattering channel is considered in the context of the reflection of moderate-energy electrons with fixed energy loss from a disordered medium. The localization features in the backscattering angular spectrum are found to be manifested under the condition of strong interference, [omega][much lt][gamma] (here [h bar][omega] is the energy loss and [gamma] is the frequency of electron collisions). Unlike the elastic-scattering channel, the center of the enhanced peak is shown to be displaced relative to the exactly backward direction under the condition of oblique incidence of the electrons on a disordered sample surface.

  11. Statistical Parameter Estimation in Ultrasound Backscattering from Tissue Mimicking Media.

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    Chen, Jian-Feng

    Several tissue characterization parameters, including the effective scatterer number density and the backscatter coefficient, were derived from the statistical properties of ultrasonic echo signals. The effective scatterer number density is the actual scatterer number density in a medium multiplied by a frequency-dependent factor that depends on the differential scattering cross-sections of all scatterers. The method described in this thesis for determining the scatterer number density explicitly retains both the temporal nature of the data acquisition and the properties of the ultrasound field in the data reduction. Moreover, it accounts for the possibility that different sets of scatterers may dominate the echo signal at different frequencies. The random processes involved in forming ultrasound echo signals from random media give rise to an uncertainty in the estimated effective scatterer number density. This uncertainty is evaluated using error propagation. The statistical uncertainty depends on the effective number of scatterers contributing to the segmented echo signal, increasing when the effective number of scatterers increases. Tests of the scatterer number density data reduction method and the statistical uncertainty estimator were done using phantoms with known ultrasound scattering properties. Good agreement was found between measured values and those calculated from first-principles. The properties of the non-Gaussian and non-Rayleigh parameters of ultrasound echo signals are also studied. Both parameters depend on the measurement system, including the transducer field and pulse frequency content, as well as on the medium's properties. The latter is expressed in terms of the scatterer number density and the second and fourth moments of the medium's scattering function. A simple relationship between the non-Gaussian and non-Rayleigh parameters is derived and verified experimentally. Finally, a reference phantom method is proposed for measuring the effective scatterer number density in vivo. Various groups are using the frequency dependent backscatter coefficient (or the spatial autocorrelation function) to characterize scatterer sizes in biological tissue. Generally, sparse scatterer concentrations are assumed in relating scattering parameters to this tissue property. For dense scattering media, we study whether the frequency dependent backscatter coefficient changes with the scatterer volume fraction. Two scattering models suggested by Debye and Yagi are reviewed. In these models, the spatial autocorrelation function describing mass density and compressibility fluctuations in the scattering medium has a characteristic length that depends on the scatterer volume fraction as well as the scatterer size. The models predict the frequency dependence of the backscatter coefficient will vary with the scatterer volume fraction. Qualitative agreement between the model predictions and experimental results are seen for sephadex-in-agar phantoms.

  12. Calibration of the Shuttle borne solar backscatter ultraviolet spectrometer

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    Cebula, Richard P.; Hilsenrath, Ernest; Guenther, B.

    1989-09-01

    The Shuttle Solar Backscatter UV (SSBUV) spectrometer that will be furnishing regular, on-orbit calibration checks of the ozone-monitoring instruments aboard NOAA satellites. The long-term ozone-monitoring program requires a reduction of uncharacterized drifts in the satellite instrument to a value lower than the expected ozone trend at the 95 percent confidence level; this translates into a requirement for the calibration of the SSBUV to a 1-sigma precision level of 1 percent from one flight to the next. A hierarchy of calibration standards is used to furnish redundancy and minimize biases; laboratory fixtures have been designed to minimize setup-induced systematic errors.

  13. Backscattering by hexagonal ice crystals of cirrus clouds.

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    Borovoi, Anatoli; Konoshonkin, Alexander; Kustova, Natalia

    2013-08-01

    Light backscattering by randomly oriented hexagonal ice crystals of cirrus clouds is considered within the framework of the physical-optics approximation. The fine angular structure of all elements of the Mueller matrix in the vicinity of the exact backward direction is first calculated and discussed. In particular, an approximate equation for the differential scattering cross section is obtained. Its simple spectral dependence is discussed. Also, a hollow of the linear depolarization ratio around the exact backward direction inherent to the long hexagonal columns is revealed. PMID:23903169

  14. Measurement of cloud integrated backscattering coefficient with a nephelometer

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    Novakov, T.; Rivera-Carpio, C.; Schmidt, R. C.; Rogers, C. F.

    We describe the application of a nephelometer to in-situ, real-time measurement of the integrated backscattering coefficient σbs of cloud drops. For thin and moderately thick clouds, this quantity is related to the cloud albedo A, for 0° zenith solar radiation, through the relation A=σbsL, where L is the geometric cloud thickness. The instrument was used in a field experiment on El Yunque peak in Puerto Rico. The measured σbs values are in agreement with results of Mie theory calculations, using independently measured cloud drop concentration and size distribution.

  15. Improvement and extension of a radar forest backscattering model

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    Simonett, David S.; Wang, Yong

    1988-01-01

    Research to-date has focused on modeling development and programming based on model components proposed during the past several months and research progress made by the Simonett team. The model components and programs (in C language under UNIX) finished to date are summarized. These model components may help explain the contributions of various vegetation structural components to the attenuation and backscattering of vegetated surfaces to extract useful data concerning forest stands and their underlying surfaces for both the seawater-on and seawater-off.

  16. Coherent backscatter and the radar characteristics of outer planet satellites

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    Hapke, B. )

    1990-12-01

    It is presently suggested that the diffuse component-dominated high radar reflectivities and large polarization of Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto could be due to the illumination by a collimated source of a weakly absorbing particulate medium in which wavelength-scaled scatterers are separated by distances somewhat larger than the wavelength. A plausible medium could be a regolith composed of voids and/or silicate rocks imbedded in an icy matrix; multiply-scattered parts of the wavefront traversing the same path in opposite directions combine coherently in the backscatter direction to generate increased intensity, and the enhancement is different for the two components of polarized reflected radiation. 35 refs.

  17. Relating the microwave backscattering coefficient to leaf area index

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    Ulaby, F. T.; Allen, C. T.; Eger, G., III; Kanemasu, E.

    1984-01-01

    This paper examines the relationship between the microwave backscattering coefficient of a vegetation canopy, sigma (can, 0) and the canopy's leaf area index (LAI). The relationship is established through the development of one model for corn and sorghum and another for wheat. Both models are extensions of the cloud model of Attema and Ulaby (1978). Analysis of experimental data measured at 8.6, 13.0, 17.0, and 35.6 GHz indicates that most of the temporal variations of sigma (can, 0) can be accounted for through variations in green LAI alone, if the latter is greater than 0.5.

  18. HAB detection based on absorption and backscattering properties of phytoplankton

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    Lei, Hui; Pan, Delu; Bai, Yan; Chen, Xiaoyan; Zhou, Yan; Zhu, Qiankun

    2011-11-01

    The coastal area of East China Sea (ECS) suffers from the harmful algal blooms (HAB) frequently every year in the warm season. The most common causative phytoplankton algal species of HAB in the ECS in recent years are Prorocentrum donghaiense (dinoflagellates), Karenia mikimotoi (dinoflagellates which could produce hemolytic and ichthyotoxins) and Skeletonema costatum (diatom). The discrimination between the dinoflagellates and diatom HAB through ocean color remote sensing approach can add the knowledge of HAB events in ECS and help to the precaution. A series of in-situ measurement consisted of absorption coefficient, total scattering and particulate backscattering coefficient was conducted in the southern coast of Zhejiang Province in May 2009, and the estuary of Changjiang River in August 2009 and December 2010, which encountered two HAB events and a moderate bloom. The Inherent Optical Properties (IOPs) of the bloom waters have significant difference between phytoplankton species in absorption and backscattering properties. The chlorophyll a specific absorption coefficient (a*phy(λ)) for the bloom patches (chlorophyll a concentration >6mg m-3) differ greatly from the adjacent normal seawater, with the a*phy(λ) of bloom water lower than 0.03 m2 mg-1 while the a*phy(λ) of the adjacent normal seawater is much higher (even up to 0.06 m2 mg-1). Meanwhile, the backscattering coefficients at 6 wavebands (420, 442, 470, 510, 590 and 700nm) are also remarkably lower for bloom waters (<0.01 m-1) than the normal seawater (> 0.02 m-1). The backscattering coefficient ratio (Rbp(λ)) is much lower for diatom bloom waters than for dinoflagellates types (0.01079 vs. 0.01227). A discrimination model based on IOPs is established, and several typical dinoflagellates and diatom bloom events including Prorocentrum donghaiense, Karenia mikimotoi and Skeletonema costatum in the ECS are picked out for testing with the MODIS-L2 and L3 ocean color remote sensing products from NASA website. The result proves that the satellite-derived inherent optical properties can be used to HAB detection and the discrimination of HAB species from dinoflagellates and the diatom types in the ECS.

  19. Estimating and Modeling S-Band Lunar Radar Backscatter

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    Thompson, Tommy; Ustinov, Eugene

    2006-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation reviews the estimates and modeling for S-band Lunar radar backscatter. By way of basic review it shows the average lunar radar behavior, the average lunar radar cross-section at 3.8-cm, 23-cm and 68-cm wavelengths. It also reviews the equations for estimating 13 cm scattering from 3.8 and 23 cm data. Charts show the inferred 13-cm average scattering derived from interpolation of the 1960's observations and the modeled 13-cm average scattering. It also reviews the scattering differences: between linear polarizations from slopes from roughness.

  20. Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Backscatter from Buried Tunnels

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    Casey, K; Pao, H

    2006-06-21

    This progress report is submitted under a contract between the Special Project Office of DARPA and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The Project Manager at DARPA is Dr. Michael Zatman. Our purpose under this contract is to investigate interactions between electromagnetic waves and a class of buried targets located in multilayered media with rough interfaces. In this report, we investigate three preliminary problems. In each case our specific goal is to understand various aspects of the electromagnetic wave interaction mechanisms with targets in layered media. The first problem, discussed in Section 2, is that of low-frequency electromagnetic backscattering from a tunnel that is cut into a lossy dielectric half-space. In this problem, the interface between the upper (free space) region and the lower (ground) region is smooth. The tunnel is assumed to be a cylindrical free-space region of infinite extent in its axial direction and with a diameter that is small in comparison to the free-space wavelength. Because its diameter is small, the tunnel can be modeled as a buried ''wire'' described by an equivalent impedance per unit length. In Section 3 we extend the analysis to include a statistically rough interface between the air and ground regions. The interface is modeled as a random-phase screen. Such a screen reduces the coherent power in a plane wave that is transmitted through it, scattering some of the total power into an incoherent field. Our analysis of this second problem quantifies the reduction in the coherent power backscattered from the buried tunnel that is caused by the roughness of the air-ground interface. The problem of low-frequency electromagnetic backscattering from two buried tunnels, parallel to each other but at different locations in the ground, is considered in Section 4. In this analysis, we wish to determine the conditions under which the presence of more than one tunnel can be detected via backscattering. Section 5 concludes the report with a summary of the investigations discussed herein and recommendations for future work on problems of this class.

  1. Coherent backscattering in the cross-polarized channel

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    Mishchenko, Michael I.; Mackowski, Daniel W.

    2011-01-15

    We analyze the asymptotic behavior of the cross-polarized enhancement factor in the framework of the standard low-packing-density theory of coherent backscattering by discrete random media composed of spherically symmetric particles. It is shown that if the particles are strongly absorbing or if the smallest optical dimension of the particulate medium (i.e., the optical thickness of a plane-parallel slab or the optical diameter of a spherically symmetric volume) approaches zero, then the cross-polarized enhancement factor tends to its upper-limit value 2. This theoretical prediction is illustrated using direct computer solutions of the Maxwell equations for spherical volumes of discrete random medium.

  2. Coherent Backscattering in the Cross-Polarized Channel

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    Mischenko, Michael I.; Mackowski, Daniel W.

    2011-01-01

    We analyze the asymptotic behavior of the cross-polarized enhancement factor in the framework of the standard low-packing-density theory of coherent backscattering by discrete random media composed of spherically symmetric particles. It is shown that if the particles are strongly absorbing or if the smallest optical dimension of the particulate medium (i.e., the optical thickness of a plane-parallel slab or the optical diameter of a spherically symmetric volume) approaches zero, then the cross-polarized enhancement factor tends to its upper-limit value 2. This theoretical prediction is illustrated using direct computer solutions of the Maxwell equations for spherical volumes of discrete random medium.

  3. Electron Backscatter Diffraction Analysis of Joints Between AISI 316L Austenitic/UNS S32750 Dual-Phase Stainless Steel

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    Shamanian, Morteza; Mohammadnezhad, Mahyar; Amini, Mahdi; Zabolian, Azam; Szpunar, Jerzy A.

    2015-08-01

    Stainless steels are among the most economical and highly practicable materials widely used in industrial areas due to their mechanical and corrosion resistances. In this study, a dissimilar weld joint consisting of an AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel (ASS) and a UNS S32750 dual-phase stainless steel was obtained under optimized welding conditions by gas tungsten arc welding technique using AWS A5.4:ER2594 filler metal. The effect of welding on the evolution of the microstructure, crystallographic texture, and micro-hardness distribution was also studied. The weld metal (WM) was found to be dual-phased; the microstructure is obtained by a fully ferritic solidification mode followed by austenite precipitation at both ferrite boundaries and ferrite grains through solid-state transformation. It is found that welding process can affect the ferrite content and grain growth phenomenon. The strong textures were found in the base metals for both steels. The AISI 316L ASS texture is composed of strong cube component. In the UNS S32750 dual-phase stainless steel, an important difference between the two phases can be seen in the texture evolution. Austenite phase is composed of a major cube component, whereas the ferrite texture mainly contains a major rotated cube component. The texture of the ferrite is stronger than that of austenite. In the WM, Kurdjumov-Sachs crystallographic orientation relationship is found in the solidification microstructure. The analysis of the Kernel average misorientation distribution shows that the residual strain is more concentrated in the austenite phase than in the other phase. The welding resulted in a significant hardness increase in the WM compared to initial ASS.

  4. CDF experimental results on diffraction

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    Gallinaro, Michele; /Rockefeller U.

    2009-04-01

    Experimental results on diffraction from the Fermilab Tevatron collider obtained by the CDF experiment are reviewed and compared. We report on the diffractive structure function obtained from dijet production in the range 0 < Q{sup 2} < 10,000 GeV{sup 2}, and on the |t| distribution in the region 0 < |t| < 1 GeV{sup 2} for both soft and hard diffractive events up to Q{sup 2} {approx} 4,500 GeV{sup 2}. Results on single diffractive W/Z production, forward jets, and central exclusive production of both dijets and diphotons are also presented.

  5. Electrically-programmable diffraction grating

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    Ricco, Antonio J.; Butler, Michael A.; Sinclair, Michael B.; Senturia, Stephen D.

    1998-01-01

    An electrically-programmable diffraction grating. The programmable grating includes a substrate having a plurality of electrodes formed thereon and a moveable grating element above each of the electrodes. The grating elements are electrostatically programmable to form a diffraction grating for diffracting an incident beam of light as it is reflected from the upper surfaces of the grating elements. The programmable diffraction grating, formed by a micromachining process, has applications for optical information processing (e.g. optical correlators and computers), for multiplexing and demultiplexing a plurality of light beams of different wavelengths (e.g. for optical fiber communications), and for forming spectrometers (e.g. correlation and scanning spectrometers).

  6. Study of optical Laue diffraction

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    Chakravarthy, Giridhar E-mail: aloksharan@email.com; Allam, Srinivasa Rao E-mail: aloksharan@email.com; Satyanarayana, S. V. M. E-mail: aloksharan@email.com; Sharan, Alok E-mail: aloksharan@email.com

    2014-10-15

    We present the study of the optical diffraction pattern of one and two-dimensional gratings with defects, designed using desktop pc and printed on OHP sheet using laser printer. Gratings so prepared, using novel low cost technique provides good visual aid in teaching. Diffraction pattern of the monochromatic light (632.8nm) from the grating so designed is similar to that of x-ray diffraction pattern of crystal lattice with point defects in one and two-dimensions. Here both optical and x-ray diffractions are Fraunhofer. The information about the crystalline lattice structure and the defect size can be known.

  7. Lidar-inversion technique based on total integrated backscatter calibrated curves.

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    Roy, G; Vallée, G; Jean, M

    1993-11-20

    The integrated backscatter signal from a smoke cloud contained in a chamber is studied as function of the measured concentration. An analysis based on the total backscattered signal leads to the determination of calibration curves specific to the material and to the lidar system. This procedure leads to a lidar inversion technique based on a calibrated total integrated backscatter curve. The limitation of the technique is discussed in terms of the maximum optical depth permitted for acceptable results. PMID:20856528

  8. Comparison of Lidar Backscatter with Particle Distribution and GOES-7 Data in Hurricane Juliette

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    Jarzembski, Maurice A.; Srivastava, Vandana; McCaul, Eugene W., Jr.; Jedlovec, Gary J.; Atkinson, Robert J.; Pueschel, Rudolf F.; Cutten, Dean R.

    1997-01-01

    Measurements of calibrated backscatter, using two continuous wave Doppler lidars operating at wavelengths 9.1 and 10.6 micrometers were obtained along with cloud particle size distributions in Hurricane Juliette on 21 September 1995 at altitude approximately 11.7 km. Agreement between backscatter from the two lidars and with the cloud particle size distribution is excellent. Features in backscatter and particle number density compare well with concurrent GOES-7 infrared images.

  9. Standoff detection of hidden objects using backscattered ultra-intense laser-produced x-rays

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    Kuwabara, H.; Mori, Y.; Kitagawa, Y.

    2013-08-28

    Ultra-intense laser-produced sub-ps X-ray pulses can detect backscattered signals from objects hidden in aluminium containers. Coincident measurements using primary X-rays enable differentiation among acrylic, copper, and lead blocks inside the container. Backscattering reveals the shapes of the objects, while their material composition can be identified from the modification methods of the energy spectra of backscattered X-ray beams. This achievement is an important step toward more effective homeland security.

  10. Rutherford backscattering analysis of the failure of chlorine anodes

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    Vallet, C.E.; Tilak, B.V.

    1996-06-01

    Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry, carried out at the ORNL Surface Modification And Characterization Collaborative Research Center (SMAC) facility, has been applied to the nondestructive analysis of RuO[sub 2]-TiO[sub 2] electrodes of 5000 Angstroms, which mimic the DSA anodes in composition and the method of preparation. Occidental Chemical Corporation provided electrodes, which had been subjected to life time testing in H[sub 2]S04 solution, for analysis by ORNL. The results were used to test the hypothesis of degradation of theses, and similar electrodes, from a process involving a decrease in the RuO[sub 2]:TiO[sub 2] ratio at and near the electrode surface and the related decrease in the electrode electrical conductivity. The drop in electrode activity is closely linked to a decrease in Ru content, and the measured profiles show that the loss takes place across the thin RuO[sub 2]-TiO[sub 2] coating. No build up of a pure TiO[sub 2] layer is apparent. The data agree quantitatively with the critical concentration previously reported by ORNL for materials produced by ion implantation and characterized by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry and Photoacoustic Spectrometry. The study has brought a better understanding of the degradation process in electrodes of great technological importance, and has given a more solid background in designing new fabrication procedures for improved electrodes.

  11. Middle East versus Saharan dust extinction-to-backscatter ratios

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    Nisantzi, A.; Mamouri, R. E.; Ansmann, A.; Schuster, G. L.; Hadjimitsis, D. G.

    2015-06-01

    Four years (2010-2013) of observations with polarization lidar and sun/sky photometer at the combined European Aerosol Research Lidar Network (EARLINET) and Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) site of Limassol (34.7° N, 33° E), Cyprus, were used to compare extinction-to-backscatter ratios (lidar ratios) for desert dust from Middle East deserts and the Sahara. In an earlier article, we analyzed one case only and found comparably low lidar ratios < 40 sr for Middle East dust. The complex data analysis scheme is presented. The quality of the retrieval is checked within a case study by comparing the results with respective Raman lidar solutions for particle backscatter, extinction, and lidar ratio. The applied combined lidar/photometer retrievals corroborate recent findings regarding the difference between Middle East and Saharan dust lidar ratios. We found values from 43-65 sr with a mean (±standard deviation) of 53 ± 6 sr for Saharan dust and from 33-48 sr with a mean of 41 ± 4 sr for Middle East dust for the wavelength of 532 nm. The presented data analysis, however, also demonstrates the difficulties in identifying the optical properties of dust even during outbreak situations in the presence of complex aerosol mixtures of desert dust, marine particles, fire smoke, and anthropogenic haze.

  12. Middle East versus Saharan dust extinction-to-backscatter ratios

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    Nisantzi, A.; Mamouri, R. E.; Ansmann, A.; Schuster, G. L.; Hadjimitsis, D. G.

    2015-02-01

    Four years (2010-2013) of observations with polarization lidar and sun/sky photometer at the combined European Aerosol Research Lidar Network (EARLINET) and Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) site of Limassol (34.7° N, 33° E), Cyprus, were used to compare extinction-to-backscatter ratios (lidar ratios) for desert dust from Middle East deserts and the Sahara. The complex data analysis scheme is presented. The quality of the retrieval is checked within a case study by comparing the results with respective Raman lidar solutions for particle backscatter, extinction, and lidar ratio. The applied combined lidar/photometer retrievals corroborate recent findings regarding the difference between Middle East and Saharan desert dust lidar ratios. We found values from 44-65 sr with a mean value of 52.7 sr for Saharan dust and from 35-46 sr with a mean value of 41.1 sr for Middle East dust. The presented data analysis, however, also demonstrates the difficulties in identifying the optical properties of dust even during outbreak situations in the presence of complex aerosol mixtures of desert dust, marine particles, fire smoke, and anthropogenic haze.

  13. Backscattering measuring system for optimization of intravenous laser irradiation dose

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    Rusina, Tatyana V.; Popov, V. D.; Melnik, Ivan S.; Dets, Sergiy M.

    1996-11-01

    Intravenous laser blood irradiation as an effective method of biostimulation and physiotherapy becomes a more popular procedure. Optimal irradiation conditions for each patient are needed to be established individually. A fiber optics feedback system combined with conventional intravenous laser irradiation system was developed to control of irradiation process. The system consists of He-Ne laser, fiber optics probe and signal analyzer. Intravenous blood irradiation was performed in 7 healthy volunteers and 19 patients with different diseases. Measurements in vivo were related to in vitro blood irradiation which was performed in the same conditions with force-circulated venous blood. Comparison of temporal variations of backscattered light during all irradiation procedures has shown a strong discrepancy on optical properties of blood in patients with various health disorders since second procedure. The best cure effect was achieved when intensity of backscattered light was constant during at least five minutes. As a result, the optical irradiation does was considered to be equal 20 minutes' exposure of 3 mW He-Ne laser light at the end of fourth procedure.

  14. X-band microwave backscattering from ocean waves

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    Lee, P.H.Y.; Barter, J.D.; Beach, K.L.

    1994-01-04

    Backscattering experiments at microwave frequencies were conducted off the west coast of Scotland in the summer of 1991. Using a dual-polarization, 8-frequency X-band coherent scatterometer mounted on the bow of a boat, we measured time-resolved backscattering from ocean waves at a range of grazing angles from 10{degrees} to 70{degrees}. From the grazing-angle-dependent signals and their Doppler spectra, we differentiate Bragg scattering from non-Bragg scattering and resolve ``peak separation`` between the vertical and horizontal polarizations. We observe instances of ``super`` events, i.e., instances when the horizontal polarization return power equals or exceeds the vertical polarization power. We find that ``super`` events occur not only at low grazing angles but at any grazing angle for against-wind viewing directions. Statistics for such occurrences as a function of grazing angle are obtained. We study the coherence properties of scatterers and find strong evidence that at low grazing angles, lifetime-dominated, non-Bragg scattering contributes noticeably to returns of both polarizations, but is dominant in providing returns for the horizontal polarization. We examine ``spiking`` events and find that they can be related to, but need not be limited to, breaking wave events. By comparing the data of against-wind runs with cross-wind and circle runs, we obtain wind-direction dependence of Doppler spectra which further assists in the identification of scattering mechanisms.

  15. Assembly for Rutherford backscattering at exactly 180{degree}

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    Ellmer, H.; Fischer, W.; Klose, A.; Semrad, D.

    1996-05-01

    We describe a facility which allows us to measure projectiles scattered at an angle arbitrarily near 180{degree}. The backscattered projectiles are deflected in the horizontal plane out of the incoming beam by a combination of electric and magnetic fields. The charged particles, which are spatially dispersed according to their energy, are detected by a cooled 300 mm{sup 2} ion implanted silicon detector. By a judicious choice of the relative strength of both fields we ensure that the essential parts of the spectrum will not be distorted due to an energy dependent percentage of projectiles missing the detector. As the projectiles are also dispersed according to their charge state we are able to distinguish between, e.g., singly and doubly charged He projectiles as they hit the detector at different positions. The detector can be moved in the vertical direction to continuously vary the backscattering angle between 180{degree} and 178.5{degree}. This experimental result shows for the first time the angular range to which the 180{degree} enhancement is confined. Such a device is ideally suited for investigating single crystals by uniaxial channeling blocking. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  16. Discriminant classification of different fish-species backscattering

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    Zhang, Qiao; Xu, Feng; Liu, Yin; Zhang, Chun

    2012-11-01

    The complex structure of fish and multispecies composition complicate the analysis of acoustic data. Consequently, it is difficult to obtain a highly accurate rate of classification by using current approaches. This paper introduces two discriminating methods: the adaptive segmentation temporal centroid method and the wavelet packet multi-scale information entropy method. To verify and compare these two methods, an ex situ experiment has been performed with three kinds of fish: Crucian carp (Carassius auratus), Yellow-headed catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco) and Bluntnose black bream (Megalobrama amblycephale). The backscattering signals of these fishes are obtained. Then the temporal centroid in the divided sub-segmentation of the backscattering envelope is calculated, and the multi-scale information entropy of the wavelet packet decomposition in different frequency bands is extracted. Finally, three kinds of fish are successfully classified by using a BP neural network. The result shows that the adaptive segmentation temporal centroid method is 4% more accurate than the wavelet packet multi-scale information entropy method.

  17. Subgrid-scale backscatter after the shock-turbulence interaction

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    Livescu, Daniel; Li, Zhaorui

    2015-06-01

    The interaction of a shock wave with isotropic turbulence (IT) represents a unit problem for studying some of the phenomena associated with high speed flows, such as hypersonic flight, supersonic combustion and Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF). In general, in practical applications, the shock width is much smaller than the turbulence scales and the upstream turbulent Mach number is modest. In this case, recent high resolution shock-resolved Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) (Ryu and Livescu, J. Fluid Mech., 756, R1, 2014) show that the interaction can be described by the Linear Interaction Approximation (LIA). By using LIA to alleviate the need to solve the shock, DNS post-shock data can be generated at much higher Reynolds numbers than previously possible. Here, such results are used to investigate the properties of the subgrid scales (SGS). In particular, it is shown that the shock interaction decreases the asymmetry of the SGS dissipation PDF as the shock Mach number increases, with a significant enhancement in size of the regions and magnitude of backscatter. The LIA results are compared to the DNS database of Ryu and Livescu and then used to examine the backscatter properties at shock Mach numbers much larger than those feasible in DNS.

  18. Acoustic backscatter models of fish: Gradual or punctuated evolution

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    Horne, John K.

    2001-05-01

    Sound-scattering characteristics of aquatic organisms are routinely investigated using theoretical and numerical models. Development of the inverse approach by van Holliday and colleagues in the 1970s catalyzed the development and validation of backscatter models for fish and zooplankton. As the understanding of biological scattering properties increased, so did the number and computational sophistication of backscatter models. The complexity of data used to represent modeled organisms has also evolved in parallel to model development. Simple geometric shapes representing body components or the whole organism have been replaced by anatomically accurate representations derived from imaging sensors such as computer-aided tomography (CAT) scans. In contrast, Medwin and Clay (1998) recommend that fish and zooplankton should be described by simple theories and models, without acoustically superfluous extensions. Since van Holliday's early work, how has data and computational complexity influenced accuracy and precision of model predictions? How has the understanding of aquatic organism scattering properties increased? Significant steps in the history of model development will be identified and changes in model results will be characterized and compared. [Work supported by ONR and the Alaska Fisheries Science Center.

  19. Nimbus 7 solar backscatter ultraviolet (SBUV) ozone products user's guide

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    Fleig, Albert J.; Mcpeters, R. D.; Bhartia, P. K.; Schlesinger, Barry M.; Cebula, Richard P.; Klenk, K. F.; Taylor, Steven L.; Heath, Donald F.

    1990-01-01

    Three ozone tape products from the Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SBUV) experiment aboard Nimbus 7 were archived at the National Space Science Data Center. The experiment measures the fraction of incoming radiation backscattered by the Earth's atmosphere at 12 wavelengths. In-flight measurements were used to monitor changes in the instrument sensitivity. Total column ozone is derived by comparing the measurements with calculations of what would be measured for different total ozone amounts. The altitude distribution is retrieved using an optimum statistical technique for the inversion. The estimated initial error in the absolute scale for total ozone is 2 percent, with a 3 percent drift over 8 years. The profile error depends on latitude and height, smallest at 3 to 10 mbar; the drift increases with increasing altitude. Three tape products are described. The High Density SBUV (HDSBUV) tape contains the final derived products - the total ozone and the vertical ozone profile - as well as much detailed diagnostic information generated during the retrieval process. The Compressed Ozone (CPOZ) tape contains only that subset of HDSBUV information, including total ozone and ozone profiles, considered most useful for scientific studies. The Zonal Means Tape (ZMT) contains daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly averages of the derived quantities over 10 deg latitude zones.

  20. Classification of kidney and liver tissue using ultrasound backscatter data

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    Aalamifar, Fereshteh; Rivaz, Hassan; Cerrolaza, Juan J.; Jago, James; Safdar, Nabile; Boctor, Emad M.; Linguraru, Marius G.

    2015-03-01

    Ultrasound (US) tissue characterization provides valuable information for the initialization of automatic segmentation algorithms, and can further provide complementary information for diagnosis of pathologies. US tissue characterization is challenging due to the presence of various types of image artifacts and dependence on the sonographer's skills. One way of overcoming this challenge is by characterizing images based on the distribution of the backscatter data derived from the interaction between US waves and tissue. The goal of this work is to classify liver versus kidney tissue in 3D volumetric US data using the distribution of backscatter US data recovered from end-user displayed Bmode image available in clinical systems. To this end, we first propose the computation of a large set of features based on the homodyned-K distribution of the speckle as well as the correlation coefficients between small patches in 3D images. We then utilize the random forests framework to select the most important features for classification. Experiments on in-vivo 3D US data from nine pediatric patients with hydronephrosis showed an average accuracy of 94% for the classification of liver and kidney tissues showing a good potential of this work to assist in the classification and segmentation of abdominal soft tissue.

  1. The depolarization-attenuated backscatter relationship for dust plumes.

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    Zhou, Tian; Huang, Jianping; Huang, Zhongwei; Liu, Jingjing; Wang, Wencai; Lin, Lei

    2013-07-01

    This study identified the relationship between the layer-integrated attenuated backscatter coefficient and layer-integrated depolarization ratio of dust plumes and compared it with that of cloud, using CALIPSO LIDAR measurements. The histogram distribution of the integrated color ratio for dust and cloud was also examined. On the basis of the layer-integrated attenuated backscatter coefficient and layer-integrated depolarization ratio relation, a simple method of detecting dust plumes was developed. A case study of dust identification over the Taklimakan Desert was conducted and compared with the current CALIPSO products. The result shows that the proposed method can significantly improve the classification of cloud and dust plumes and can supplement the current space-borne LIDAR discrimination approach, especially over dust source regions. In addition, The zonal and meridional mean occurrence derived by the proposed method and the CALIPSO's method were compared for Asian dust over East Asia region (30°N -45°N, 80°E -180°E) using the night measurements of CALIPSO from March to May, 2007. The comparison showed that the dust occurrence obtained from the proposed method is larger than that of CALIPSO's method. The dust could be found up to around 6-8 km (Above Sea Level, ASL) near the Taklimakan desert region, and maximum occurrence is over 80%. The transport altitude remained at 3 km-7 km (ASL) as the dust was transported across the Pacific Ocean. PMID:23842305

  2. Backscatter Mossbauer Spectrometer (BaMS) for extraterrestrial applications

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    Agresti, D. G.; Shelfer, T. D.; Pimperl, M. M.; Wills, E. L.; Shen, M. H.; Morris, R. V.

    1993-01-01

    Mossbauer spectroscopy is a nuclear gamma resonance technique particularly well suited to the study of materials that contain iron (Fe-57). It can provide information on the oxidation state of iron as well as the type and proportion of iron-containing mineral species in a sample of interest. Iron Mossbauer spectroscopy (FeMS) has been applied to samples believed to have come from Mars (SNC meteorites) and has been helpful in refining the choice among putative Martian surface materials by suggesting a likely nanophase component of the Martian regolity. FeMS spectrum of a Martial analogue material (Hawaiian palagonite) is shown; it is dominated by ferric-bearing phases and shows evidence of a nanophase component. FeMS has also been applied to lunar materials. It can be used to measure the maturity of lunar surface material and has been proposed as a prospector for lunar ilmenite, an oxygen resource mineral. Several years ago we suggested a backscatter Mossbauer spectrometer (BaMS) for a Mars rover mission. Backscatter design was selected as most appropriate for in-situ application because no sample preparation is required. Since that time, we have continued to develop the BaMS instrument in anticipation that it would eventually find a home on a NASA planetary mission. Gooding proposed BaMS as a geochemistry instrument on MESUR. More recently, an LPI workshop has recommended that BaMS be included in a three-instrument payload on the next (1996?) lunar lander.

  3. Terrain-analysis procedures for modeling radar backscatter

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    Schaber, Gerald G.; Pike, Richard J.; Berlin, Graydon Lennis

    1978-01-01

    The collection and analysis of detailed information on the surface of natural terrain are important aspects of radar-backscattering modeling. Radar is especially sensitive to surface-relief changes in the millimeter- to-decimeter scale four conventional K-band (~1-cm wavelength) to L-band (~25-cm wavelength) radar systems. Surface roughness statistics that characterize these changes in detail have been generated by a comprehensive set of seven programmed calculations for radar-backscatter modeling from sets of field measurements. The seven programs are 1) formatting of data in readable form for subsequent topographic analysis program; 2) relief analysis; 3) power spectral analysis; 4) power spectrum plots; 5) slope angle between slope reversals; 6) slope angle against slope interval plots; and 7) base length slope angle and curvature. This complete Fortran IV software package, 'Terrain Analysis', is here presented for the first time. It was originally developed a decade ago for investigations of lunar morphology and surface trafficability for the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle.

  4. Measuring and modeling the backscattering cross section of a leaf

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    Senior, T. B. A.; Sarabandi, K.; Ulaby, F. T.

    1987-01-01

    Leaves are a significant feature of any vegetation canopy, and for remote sensing purposes it is important to develop an effective model for predicting the scattering from a leaf. From measurements of the X band backscattering cross section of a coleus leaf in varying stages of dryness, it is shown that a uniform resistive sheet constitutes such a model for a planar leaf. The scattering is determined by the (complex) resistivity which is, in turn, entirely specified by the gravimetric moisture content of the leaf. Using an available asymptotic expression for the scattering from a rectangular resistive plate which includes, as a special case, a metallic plate whose resistivity is zero, the computed backscattering cross sections for both principal polarizations are found to be in excellent agreement with data measured for rectangular sections of leaves with different moisture contents. If the resistivity is sufficiently large, the asymptotic expressions do not differ significantly from the physical optics ones, and for naturally shaped leaves as well as rectangular sections, the physical optics approximation in conjunction with the resistive sheet model faithfully reproduces the dominant feataures of the scattering patterns under all moisture conditions.

  5. Investigation of microwave backscatter from the air-sea interface

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    Mcintosh, Robert E.; Carswell, James R.

    1995-01-01

    Monitoring the ocean surface winds and mean ocean surface level is essential for improving our knowledge of the climate. Two instruments that may provide us with this information are satellite-based scatterometers and altimeters. However, these instruments measure the backscatter characteristics of the ocean surface from which other physical parameters, such as the wind speed or ocean surface height, are derived. To improve the algorithms or models that relate the electromagnetic backscatter to the desired physical parameters, the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL) designed and fabricated three airborne scatterometers: a C-band scatterometer (CSCAT), Ku-band scatterometer (KUSCAT) and C/Ku-band scatterometer (EMBR). One or more of these instruments participated in the Electromagnetic Bias experiment (EM Bias), Shelf Edge Exchange Processes experiment (SEEP), Surface Wave Dynamics Experiment (SWADE), Southern Ocean Wave Experiment (SOWEX), Hurricane Tina research flights, Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment (TOGA COARE), and Ladir In-space Technology Experiment (LITE). This document describes the three scatterometers, summarizes our measurement campaigns and major contributions to the scientific and engineering communities, lists the publications that resulted, and presents the degrees earned under the support of this NASA grant.

  6. Detection of Explosive Devices using X-ray Backscatter Radiation

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    Faust, Anthony A.

    2002-09-01

    It is our goal to develop a coded aperture based X-ray backscatter imaging detector that will provide sufficient speed, contrast and spatial resolution to detect Antipersonnel Landmines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). While our final objective is to field a hand-held detector, we have currently constrained ourselves to a design that can be fielded on a small robotic platform. Coded aperture imaging has been used by the observational gamma astronomy community for a number of years. However, it has been the recent advances in the field of medical nuclear imaging which has allowed for the application of the technique to a backscatter scenario. In addition, driven by requirements in medical applications, advances in X-ray detection are continually being made, and detectors are now being produced that are faster, cheaper and lighter than those only a decade ago. With these advances, a coded aperture hand-held imaging system has only recently become a possibility. This paper will begin with an introduction to the technique, identify recent advances which have made this approach possible, present a simulated example case, and conclude with a discussion on future work.

  7. Feasibility of using Backscattered Mueller Matrix Images for Bioaerosol Detection

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    Li, Changhui; Kattawar, George W.

    2006-03-01

    It has been shown that by looking at the backscattered radiance from an object illuminated by a laser beam one could effectively distinguish different morphologies from one another. However, if one wants to obtain all the information possible from elastic scattering either from a single particle or an ensemble of particles then one must use the Mueller matrix which contains all the polarization and radiance information available. In this talk, we will show that if we take advantage of the polarization information of the object, many more images related to the overall morphology as well as the internal structure of the object can be obtained. We will present images of the complete Mueller matrix to show the sensitivity of its sixteen components to both external and internal particle properties. We will also show that by using only one or two elements of this matrix one might be able to distinguish bioaerosols such as anthrax from more benign aerosols. We also show that the backscattering Mueller images contain more information than the forward scattering ones.

  8. Rutherford backscattering analysis of the failure of chlorine anodes

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    Tilak, B.V.; Vallet, C.E.

    1996-06-01

    Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry, carried out at the ORNL Surface Modification And Characterization Collaborative Research Center (SMAC) facility, has been applied to the nondestructive analysis of Ru02-Ti02 electrodes of 5000A, which mimic the DSA anodes in composition and the method of preparation. Occidental Chemical Corporation provided electrodes, which had been subjected to lifetime testing in H2S04 solution, for analysis by ORNL. The results were used to test the hypothesis of degradation of these, and similar electrodes, from a process involving a decrease in the Ru02:Ti02 ratio at and near the electrode surface and the related decrease in the electrode electrical conductivity. The drop in electrode activity is closely linked to a decrease in Ru content, and the measured profiles show that the loss takes place across the thin Ru02-Ti02 coating. No buildup of a pure Ti02 layer is apparent. The data agree quantitatively with the critical concentration previously reported by ORNL for materials produced by ion implantation and characterized by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry and Photoacoustic Spectrometry. The study has brought a better understanding of the degradation process in electrodes of great technological importance, and has given a more solid background in designing new fabrication procedures for improved electrodes.

  9. Radar Backscatter and Coherence Information Supporting High Quality Urban Mapping

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    Fischer, P.; Perski, Z.; Wannemacher, S.

    2004-06-01

    The potential of a synergetic use of different data sources for a high quality mapping of urban features is described in this paper. In the urban application domain, beside the different EO-sensors and products there are a lot of high resolution and high quality GIS- and digital map databases available (e.g. ATKIS in Germany), provided by public authorities but also by private industry. Fusing this ground-based data with remotely sensed information is resulting in high quality thematic datasets. Using ATKIS Geodata, IKONOS multispectral- and ERS-SAR / ENVISAT-ASAR data as input, in the research described we implemented a GIS-based expert system to derive in a first step the degree of sealing in the regions of interest (ROI). Joining the reclassified ATKIS-data with a vegetation index, the backscatter- and the coherence information, the output of the processing chain is a vector data layer dividing the ROI in different classes of sealing. Adding the SAR-/ASAR derived backscatter and coherence data into the spatial analysis results in a partial improvement of the classification process, especially in rural areas.

  10. Coherent Effects in Microwave Backscattering Models for Forrest Canopies

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    Saatchi, Sasan S.; McDonald, Kyle C.

    1997-01-01

    In modeling forest canopies, several scattering mechanisms are taken into account: (1) volume scattering; (2) surface-volume interaction; and (3) surface scattering from forest floor. Depending on the structural and dielectric characteristics of forest canopies, the relative contribution of each mechanism in the total backscatter signal of an imaging radar can vary. In this paper, two commonly used first-order discrete scattering models, distorted born approximation (DBA) and radiative transfer (RT) are used to simulate the backscattered power received by polarimetric radars at P-, L-, and C-bands over coniferous and deciduous forests. The difference between the two models resides on the coherent effect in the surface-volume interaction terms. To demonstrate this point, the models are first compared based on their underlying theoretical assumptions and then according to simulation results over coniferous and deciduous forests. It is shown that by using the same scattering functions for various components of trees (i.e., leaf, branch, stem), the radiative transfer and distorted Born models are equivalent, except in low frequencies, where surface-volume interaction terms may become important, and the coherent contribution may be significant. In this case, the difference between the two models can reach up to 3 dB in both co-polarized and cross-polarized channels, which can influence the performance of retrieval algorithms.

  11. Effects of soil and canopy characteristics on microwave backscattering of vegetation

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    Daughtry, C. S. T.; Ranson, K. J.

    1991-01-01

    A frequency modulated continuous wave C-band (4.8 GHz) scatterometer was mounted on an aerial lift truck and backscatter coefficients of corn were acquired as functions of polarizations, view angles, and row directions. As phytomass and green leaf area index increased, the backscatter also increased. Near anthesis when the canopies were fully developed, the major scattering elements were located in the upper 1 m of the 2.8 m tall canopy and little backscatter was measured below that level. C-band backscatter data could provide information to monitor vegetation at large view zenith angles.

  12. Verification of terahertz-wave spectrophotometry by Compton backscattering of coherent synchrotron radiation

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    Sei, Norihiro; Takahashi, Toshiharu

    2014-01-01

    We developed a continuous-spectrum light beam from Compton backscattering by using coherent synchrotron radiation in an L-band linac at the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute. The ratio of Compton backscattered photons to background photons when coherent synchrotron radiation was used was three times larger than when coherent transition radiation was used. The transmission spectrum of a polystyrene film in the terahertz-wave region was evaluated by measuring the spectrum of the Compton backscattered photons and it roughly agreed with that measured by a Martin-Puplett-type interferometer. The spectrophotometry using Compton backscattering shows promise as a new tool for investigations in terahertz-wave science.

  13. Computer Simulation of Diffraction Patterns.

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    Dodd, N. A.

    1983-01-01

    Describes an Apple computer program (listing available from author) which simulates Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction using vector addition techniques (vector chaining) and allows user to experiment with different shaped multiple apertures. Graphics output include vector resultants, phase difference, diffraction patterns, and the Cornu spiral…

  14. Color Perception with Diffraction Gratings.

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    Kruglak, Haym; Campbell, Don

    1983-01-01

    Describes an experiment enabling students to apply concept of diffraction, determine limits of their color perception, learn how to measure wavelength with a simple apparatus, observe continuous and line spectra, and associate colors with corresponding wavelengths. The homemade diffraction-grating spectrometer used is easily constructed. (JN)

  15. Lamb wave diffraction tomography

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    Malyarenko, Eugene Valentinovich

    As the worldwide aviation fleet continues to age, methods for accurately predicting the presence of structural flaws, such as hidden corrosion and disbonds, that compromise air worthiness become increasingly necessary. Ultrasonic guided waves, Lamb waves, allow large sections of aircraft structures to be rapidly inspected. However, extracting quantitative information from Lamb wave data has always involved highly trained personnel with a detailed knowledge of mechanical waveguide physics. In addition, human inspection process tends to be highly subjective, slow and prone to errors. The only practical alternative to traditional inspection routine is a software expert system capable of interpreting data with minimum error and maximum speed and reliability. Such a system would use the laws of guided wave propagation and material parameters to help signal processing algorithms automatically extract information from digitized waveforms. This work discusses several practical approaches to building such an expert system. The next step in the inspection process is data interpretation, and imaging is the most natural way to represent two-dimensional structures. Unlike conventional ultrasonic C-scan imaging that requires access to the whole inspected area, tomographic algorithms work with data collected over the perimeter of the sample. Combined with the ability of Lamb waves to travel over large distances, tomography becomes the method of choice for solving NDE problems. This work explores different tomographic reconstruction techniques to graphically represent the Lamb wave data in quantitative maps that can be easily interpreted by technicians. Because the velocity of Lamb waves depends on the thickness, the traveltimes of the fundamental modes can be converted into a thickness map of the inspected region. Lamb waves cannot penetrate through holes and other strongly scattering defects and the assumption of straight wave paths, essential for many tomographic algorithms, fails. Diffraction tomography is a way to incorporate scattering effects into tomographic algorithms in order to improve image quality and resolution. This work describes the iterative reconstruction procedure developed for the Lamb Wave tomography and allowing for ray bending correction for imaging of moderately scattering objects.

  16. Anisotropic and Heterogeneous Development of Microstructures. Combining Laboratory/Synchrotron X-rays and EBSD on a few SPD Metallic Systems

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    Bolmaro, Raúl E.; De Vincentis, Natalia S.; Benatti, Emanuel; Kliauga, Andrea M.; Avalos, Martina C.; Schell, Norbert; Brokmeier, Heinz-Günter

    2014-08-01

    The onset of Severe Plastic Deformation (SPD) regime is quite instructive on the possible origins of the nano-microstructures developed in metals and alloys. It is known that grain fragmentation and dislocation accumulation, among other defects, proceed at different paces depending fundamentally on grain orientations and active deformation mechanisms. There have been many attempts to characterize nano-microstructure anisotropy, leading all of them to sometimes contradictory conclusions. Moreover, the characterizations rely on different measurements techniques and pos-processing approaches, which can be observing different manifestations of the same phenomena. On the current presentation we show a few experimental and computer pos-processing and simulation approaches, applied to some SPD/alloy systems. Williamson-Hall and Convolutional Multiple Whole Profile (CMWP) techniques will be applied to peak broadening analysis on experimental results stemming from laboratory Cu Ka X-rays, and synchrotron radiation from LNLS (Laboratório Nacional de Luz Síncrotron, Campinas, Brazil) and Petra III line (HEMS station, at DESY, Hamburg, Germany). Taking advantage of the EBSD capability of giving information on orientational and topological characteristics of grain boundaries, microstructures, grain sizes, etc., we also performed investigations on dislocation density and Geometrically Necessary Dislocation Boundaries (GNDB) and their correlation with texture components. Orientation dependent nano-microstructures and domain sizes are shown on the scheme of generalized pole figures and discussions provide some hints on nano-microstructure anisotropy.

  17. EBSD Study on the Effect of a Strong Axial Magnetic Field on the Microstructure and Crystallography of Al-Ni Alloys During Solidification

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    Li, Xi; Fautrelle, Yves; Gagnoud, Annie; Moreau, Rene; Du, Dafan; Ren, Zhongming; Lu, Xionggang

    2016-03-01

    The effect of a strong magnetic field on the microstructure and crystallography of the primary and eutectic Al3Ni phases in Al-Ni alloys was investigated by using EBSD. The results show that the magnetic field significantly affected the microstructures and crystallography during both volume and directional solidification. As a result, the Al3Ni primary phases were aligned with the <001> crystal direction along the magnetic field and formed a layer-like structure. The magnetic field intensity, solidification temperature, growth speed, and alloy composition played important roles during the alignment process of the Al3Ni primary phase. Indeed, the alignment degree increased with the magnetic field and the solidification temperature during normal solidification. Moreover, the effect of the magnetic field on the crystallography of the Al-Al3Ni eutectic in the Al-Ni alloys was also studied. The applied magnetic field modified the orientation of the preferred growth direction of the Al3Ni eutectic fiber and the crystallographic orientation relationship of the Al-Al3Ni eutectic. The orientation of the preferred growth direction of the Al3Ni eutectic fiber depended mainly on the solidification direction and the alignment of the Al3Ni primary phase. Furthermore, a method for controlling the crystallization process by adjusting the angle between the solidification direction and the magnetic field was proposed.

  18. EBSD Study of the Influence of a High Magnetic Field on the Microstructure and Orientation of the Al-Si Eutectic During Directional Solidification

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    Li, Xi; Fautrelle, Yves; Gagnoud, Annie; Ren, Zhongming; Moreau, Rene

    2016-06-01

    The effect of a high magnetic field on the morphology of the Al-Si eutectic was investigated using EBSD technology. The results revealed that the application of the magnetic field modified the morphology of the Al-Si eutectic significantly. Indeed, the magnetic field destroyed the coupled growth of the Al-Si eutectic and caused the formation of the divorced α-Al and Si dendrites at low growth speeds (≤1 μm/s). The magnetic field was also found to refine the eutectic grains and reduce the eutectic spacing at the initial growth stage. Moreover, the magnetic field caused the occurrence of the columnar-to-equiaxed transition of the α-Al phase in the Al-Si eutectic. The abovementioned effects were enhanced as the magnetic field increased. This result should be attributed to the magnetic field restraining the interdiffusion of Si and Al atoms in liquid ahead of the liquid/solid interface and the thermoelectric magnetic force acting on the eutectic lamellae under the magnetic field.

  19. EBSD Study of the Influence of a High Magnetic Field on the Microstructure and Orientation of the Al-Si Eutectic During Directional Solidification

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    Li, Xi; Fautrelle, Yves; Gagnoud, Annie; Ren, Zhongming; Moreau, Rene

    2016-03-01

    The effect of a high magnetic field on the morphology of the Al-Si eutectic was investigated using EBSD technology. The results revealed that the application of the magnetic field modified the morphology of the Al-Si eutectic significantly. Indeed, the magnetic field destroyed the coupled growth of the Al-Si eutectic and caused the formation of the divorced α-Al and Si dendrites at low growth speeds (≤1 μm/s). The magnetic field was also found to refine the eutectic grains and reduce the eutectic spacing at the initial growth stage. Moreover, the magnetic field caused the occurrence of the columnar-to-equiaxed transition of the α-Al phase in the Al-Si eutectic. The abovementioned effects were enhanced as the magnetic field increased. This result should be attributed to the magnetic field restraining the interdiffusion of Si and Al atoms in liquid ahead of the liquid/solid interface and the thermoelectric magnetic force acting on the eutectic lamellae under the magnetic field.

  20. Kinematics of Compton backscattering x-ray source for angiography

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    Blumberg, L.N.

    1992-05-01

    Calculations of X-Ray production rates, energy spread, and spectrum of Compton-backscattered photons from a Free Electron Laser on an electron beam in a low energy (136-MeV) compact (8.5-m circumference) storage ring indicate that an X-Ray intensity of 34.6 10{sup 7} X-Ray photons per 0.5-mm {times} 0.5-mm pixel for Coronary Angiography near the 33.169-keV iodine K-absorption edge can be achieved in a 4-msec pulse within a scattering cone of 1-mrad half angle. This intensity, at 10-m from the photon-electron interaction point to the patient is about a factor of 10 larger than presently achieved from a 4.5-T superconducting wiggler source in the NSLS 2.5-GeV storage ring and over an area about 5 times larger. The 2.2-keV energy spread of the Compton-backscattered beam is, however, much larger than the 70-eV spread presently attained form the wiggler source and use of a monochromator. The beam spot at the 10-m interaction point-to-patient distance is 20-mm diameter; larger spots are attainable at larger distances but with a corresponding reduction in X-Ray flux. Such a facility could be an inexpensive clinical alternative to present methods of non-invasive Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA), small enough to be deployed in an urban medical center, and could have other medical, industrial and aerospace applications. Problems with the Compton backscattering source include laser beam heating of the mirror in the FEL oscillator optical cavity, achieving a large enough X-Ray beam spot at the patient, and obtaining radiation damping of the transverse oscillations and longitudinal emittance dilution of the storage ring electron beam resulting from photon-electron collisions without going to higher electron energy where the X-Ray energy spread becomes excessive for DSA. 38 refs.

  1. Electromagnetic diffraction efficiencies for plane reflection diffraction gratings

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    Marathay, A. S.; Shrode, T. E.

    1973-01-01

    Results are presented of research activities on holographic grating research. A large portion of this work was performed using rigorous vector diffraction theory, therefore, the necessary theory has been included in this report. The diffraction efficiency studies were continued using programs based on a rigorous theory. The simultaneous occurrence of high diffraction efficiencies and the phenomenon of double Wood's anomalies is demonstrated along with a graphic method for determining the necessary grating parameters. Also, an analytical solution for a grating profile that is perfectly blazed is obtained. The performance of the perfectly blazed grating profile is shown to be significantly better than grating profiles previously studied. Finally, a proposed method is described for the analysis of coarse echelle gratings using rigorous vector diffraction that is currently being developed.

  2. Evaluation of the interface of thin GaN layers on c- and m-plane ZnO substrates by Rutherford backscattering

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    Izawa, Y.; Oga, T.; Ida, T.; Kuriyama, K.; Hashimoto, A.; Kotake, H.; Kamijoh, T.

    2011-07-11

    Lattice distortion at the interfaces between thin GaN layers with {approx}400 nm in thickness and ZnO substrates with non-polar m-plane (10-10) and polar c-plane (0001) is studied using Rutherford backscattering/ion channeling techniques. The interface between GaN/m-plane ZnO is aligned clearly to m-axis, indicating no lattice distortion, while between GaN/c-plane ZnO causes the lattice distortion in the GaN layer due to the piezoelectric field. The range of distortion exceeds {approx}90 nm from the interface of GaN/c-plane ZnO. These results are confirmed by x-ray diffraction and reflection high energy electron diffraction studies.

  3. Inelastic Electron Backscattering in a Generic Helical Edge Channel

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    Schmidt, Thomas L.; Rachel, Stephan; von Oppen, Felix; Glazman, Leonid I.

    2012-04-01

    We evaluate the low-temperature conductance of a weakly interacting one-dimensional helical liquid without axial spin symmetry. The lack of that symmetry allows for inelastic backscattering of a single electron, accompanied by forward scattering of another. This joint effect of weak interactions and potential scattering off impurities results in a temperature-dependent deviation from the quantized conductance, δG∝T4. In addition, δG is sensitive to the position of the Fermi level. We determine numerically the parameters entering our generic model for the Bernevig-Hughes-Zhang Hamiltonian of a HgTe/CdTe quantum well in the presence of Rashba spin-orbit coupling.

  4. Inelastic electron backscattering in a generic helical edge channel.

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    Schmidt, Thomas L; Rachel, Stephan; von Oppen, Felix; Glazman, Leonid I

    2012-04-13

    We evaluate the low-temperature conductance of a weakly interacting one-dimensional helical liquid without axial spin symmetry. The lack of that symmetry allows for inelastic backscattering of a single electron, accompanied by forward scattering of another. This joint effect of weak interactions and potential scattering off impurities results in a temperature-dependent deviation from the quantized conductance, δG ∝ T4. In addition, δG is sensitive to the position of the Fermi level. We determine numerically the parameters entering our generic model for the Bernevig-Hughes-Zhang Hamiltonian of a HgTe/CdTe quantum well in the presence of Rashba spin-orbit coupling. PMID:22587268

  5. A Geant4 model of backscatter security imaging systems

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    Leboffe, Eric Matthew

    The operating characteristics of x ray security scanner systems that utilize backscatter signal in order to distinguish person borne threats have never been made fully available to the general public. By designing a model using Geant4, studies can be performed which will shed light on systems such as security scanners and allow for analysis of the performance and safety of the system without access to any system data. Despite the fact that the systems are no longer in use at airports in the United States, the ability to design and validate detector models and phenomena is an important capability that can be applied to many current real world applications. The model presented provides estimates for absorbed dose, effective dose and dose depth distribution that are comparable to previously published work and explores imaging capabilities for the system embodiment modeled.

  6. Direct wavefront sensing in adaptive optical microscopy using backscattered light.

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    Rahman, Saad A; Booth, Martin J

    2013-08-01

    Adaptive optics has been used to compensate the detrimental effects of aberrations in a range of high-resolution microscopes. We investigate how backscattered laser illumination can be used as the source for direct wavefront sensing using a pinhole-filtered Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor. It is found that the sensor produces linear response to input aberrations for a given specimen. The gradient of this response is dependent upon experimental configuration and specimen structure. Cross sensitivity between modes is also observed. The double pass nature of the microscope system leads in general to lower sensitivity to odd-symmetry aberration modes. The results show that there is potential for use of this type of wavefront sensing in microscopes. PMID:23913074

  7. STS-34 Galileo / Shuttle Solar Backscatter UV (SSBUV) flight configurations

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    1989-01-01

    Artist concept of Atlantis', Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 104's, payload bay (PLB) titled STS-34 GALILEO/SSBUV shows the flight configuration of the Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (UV) (SSBUV) and the Galileo spacecraft and inertial upper stage (IUS). An inset shows the details of the SSBUV get away special (GAS) canisters. SSBUV canisters will be mounted on a GAS adapter beam assembly (GABA) or gas bridge assembly (GBA) on OV-104's PLB starboard wall. One GAS canister has a motorized door assembly (MDA). During STS-34, SSBUV instrument will calibrate similar ozone measuring space-based instruments on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) TIROS satellites (NOAA-9 and NOAA-11). SSBUV uses the Space Shuttle's orbital flight path to assess instrument performance by directly comparing data from identical instruments aboard TIROS spacecraft, as the Shuttle and the satellite pass over the same Earth location within a one hour window. SSBUV is managed by Goddard Space

  8. Low Arabian dust extinction-to-backscatter ratio

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    Mamouri, R. E.; Ansmann, A.; Nisantzi, A.; Kokkalis, P.; Schwarz, A.; Hadjimitsis, D.

    2013-09-01

    Compared to typical values of 50-60 sr of the extinction-to-backscatter ratio (lidar ratio) at 532 nm of western Saharan mineral dust, low dust lidar ratios from 33.7±6.7 to 39.1±5.1 sr were derived from polarization lidar observations at Limassol, Cyprus (34°N, 33°E) during an outbreak of Arabian dust mainly from Syria in September 2011, indicated by particle linear depolarization ratios up to 28%-35%. The applied new polarization-lidar/photometer method for the extraction of the dust-related lidar-ratio information from the lidar data is outlined, and the results of the dust outbreak which lasted over several days are discussed. The results confirm an Aerosol Robotic Network photometer study on Arabian dust lidar ratios.

  9. Towards a Metric to Estimate Atomic Number from Backscattered Photons

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    Walston, S; Dietrich, D; Wurtz, R

    2009-08-17

    An ability to determine the atomic number of a material in a cargo container would be helpful in interdicting smuggled nuclear materials. This paper examines two processes by which high energy photons interact with matter; Compton scattering and pair production. The ratio of the number of photons which originate from the annihilation of positrons resulting from pair production and the number of photons coming from Compton scattering gives a good indication of atomic number. At large angles relative to an incident beam - i.e. backscattered, there is good separation in energy between Compton scattered photons and photons from positron annihilations. This ratio can then be cleanly determined in order to estimate atomic number.

  10. Pulsed laser linescanner for a backscatter absorption gas imaging system

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    Kulp, Thomas J.; Reichardt, Thomas A.; Schmitt, Randal L.; Bambha, Ray P.

    2004-02-10

    An active (laser-illuminated) imaging system is described that is suitable for use in backscatter absorption gas imaging (BAGI). A BAGI imager operates by imaging a scene as it is illuminated with radiation that is absorbed by the gas to be detected. Gases become "visible" in the image when they attenuate the illumination creating a shadow in the image. This disclosure describes a BAGI imager that operates in a linescanned manner using a high repetition rate pulsed laser as its illumination source. The format of this system allows differential imaging, in which the scene is illuminated with light at least 2 wavelengths--one or more absorbed by the gas and one or more not absorbed. The system is designed to accomplish imaging in a manner that is insensitive to motion of the camera, so that it can be held in the hand of an operator or operated from a moving vehicle.

  11. Ocean Raman Scattering in Satellite Backscatter UV Measurements

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    Vasilkov, Alexander P.; Joiner, Joanna; Gleason, James; Bhartia, Pawan; Bhartia, P. K. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Ocean Raman scattering significantly contributes to the filling-in of solar Fraunhofer lines measured by satellite backscatter ultraviolet (buy) instruments in the cloudless atmosphere over clear ocean waters. A model accounting for this effect in buy measurements is developed and compared with observations from the Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment (GONE). The model extends existing models for ocean Raman scattering to the UV spectral range. Ocean Raman scattering radiance is propagated through the atmosphere using a concept of the Lambert equivalent reflectively and an accurate radiative transfer model for Rayleigh scattering. The model and observations can be used to evaluate laboratory measurements of pure water absorption in the UV. The good agreement between model and observations suggests that buy instruments may be useful for estimating chlorophyll content.

  12. Unusual Radar Backscatter along the Northern Rim of Imbrium Basin

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    Thompson, Thomas W.; Campbell, Bruce A.; Ghent, Rebecca R.; Hawke, B. Ray; Leverington, David W.

    2006-01-01

    A viewgraph presentation of the unusual radar backscatter properties along the Northern Rim of Imbrium Basin is shown. The contents include: 1) Visual and Infrared Observations of Moon; 2) Radar Observations of Moon; 3) Lunar Orbiter Photographs Geologic Setting; 4) 70-cm Radar Data; 5) .70-cm Radar Dark Halo Craters; 6) 3.8-cm Radar Data; 7) 7.5-m Radar Data; 8) 70cm, 3.8 cm and 7.5-m Radar Data; 9) Optical and Infrared Data; 10) Plato Rilles; 11) Isopachs of Crater Ejecta; 12) Plato-like Craters; 13) Observation Summary; 14) Interpretation Matrix; 15) Dark Halo Diameters vs. Crater Size; and 16) Radar Geologic Column.

  13. A dynamic forcing scheme incorporating backscatter for hybrid simulation

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    Xun, Qian-Qiu; Wang, Bing-Chen

    2014-07-01

    In this paper, a dynamic forcing scheme incorporating backscatter is proposed in order to remove the artificial buffer layer in a hybrid Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS)/large-eddy simulation (LES) approach. In contrast to previous forcing techniques, the proposed forcing is determined dynamically from the flow field itself, and does not require any extraction of turbulent fields from reference direct numerical simulation (DNS) or high-resolution LES databases. Transport equations for the resolved turbulent stresses and kinetic energy are introduced to investigate the effects of dynamic forcing on reduction of the thickness and impact of the artificial buffer layer. The proposed forcing model has been tested in the context of turbulent channel flows with Reynolds numbers Reτ = 650 and 1020 (based on the wall friction velocity and half channel height). In order to validate the hybrid RANS/LES approach, flow statistics obtained from the simulations have been thoroughly compared against the available DNS data.

  14. Remote identification of a shipwreck site from MBES backscatter.

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    Masetti, Giuseppe; Calder, Brian

    2012-11-30

    The method described attempts to remotely identify the shape of an anthropogenic object, such as a wreck of a modern vessel, using reflectivity data from Multi-Beam Echosounder (MBES) systems. In the beam domain, the backscatter strength values - geometrically and radiometrically corrected - are used to extract a large number of Gray Level Co-occurrence Matrix (GLCM) features with different input parameters. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) is applied in order to achieve dimensionality reduction whilst a K-means algorithm clusters as "shipwreck site" a large number of beams for each line. After the geo-referencing process, a K-nearest-neighbors (K-NN) technique is applied as a filter for possible misclassifications. Finally, the shape of the shipwreck site is defined from the georeferenced beams using the α-shape method, constructing an output compatible with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). PMID:22820745

  15. Backscatter absorption gas imaging systems and light sources therefore

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    Kulp, Thomas Jan; Kliner, Dahv A. V.; Sommers, Ricky; Goers, Uta-Barbara; Armstrong, Karla M.

    2006-12-19

    The location of gases that are not visible to the unaided human eye can be determined using tuned light sources that spectroscopically probe the gases and cameras that can provide images corresponding to the absorption of the gases. The present invention is a light source for a backscatter absorption gas imaging (BAGI) system, and a light source incorporating the light source, that can be used to remotely detect and produce images of "invisible" gases. The inventive light source has a light producing element, an optical amplifier, and an optical parametric oscillator to generate wavelength tunable light in the IR. By using a multi-mode light source and an amplifier that operates using 915 nm pump sources, the power consumption of the light source is reduced to a level that can be operated by batteries for long periods of time. In addition, the light source is tunable over the absorption bands of many hydrocarbons, making it useful for detecting hazardous gases.

  16. Snow backscatter in the 1-8 GHz region

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    Ulaby, F. T.

    1976-01-01

    The 1-8 GHz microwave active spectrometer system was used to measure the backscatter response of snow covered ground. The scattering coefficient was measured for all linear polarization combinations at angles of incidence between nadir and 70 deg. Ground truth data consisted of soil moisture, soil temperature profile, snow depth, snow temperature profile, and snow water equivalent. The radar sensitivity to snow water equivalent increased in magnitude with increasing frequency and was almost angle independent for angles of incidence higher than 30 deg, particularly at the higher frequencies. In the 50 deg to 70 deg angular range and in the 6 to 8 GHz frequency range, the sensitivity was typically between -0.4 dB/.1 g/sq cm and -0.5 dB/,1 g/sq cm, and the associated linear correlation coefficient had a magnitude of about 0.8.

  17. Positronium formation from porous silica in backscattering and transmission geometries

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    Andersen, Søren L.; Johansen, Rasmus R.; Overgaard, Jakob B.; Mortensen, Johan K.; Andersen, Kristoffer K.; Thomsen, Heine D.; Lund, Mikkel D.; Chevallier, Jacques; Knudsen, Helge; Uggerhøj, Ulrik I.

    2014-05-01

    The Aarhus positron beam line is utilised to measure the positronium formation fraction from porous silica thin films created by the Glancing Angle Deposition technique. The highest formation fraction found from these studies in a backscattering geometry is (57.7 ± 1.0)% in good agreement with other measurements. In transmission mode, the maximum positronium output is found to be (12.5 ± 0.5)%. These are the first measurements of positronium formation in transmission of a porous silica thin film, a starting point for future attempts to optimise the positronium formation in transmission. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Electron and Positron Induced Processes", edited by Michael Brunger, Radu Campeanu, Masamitsu Hoshino, Oddur Ingólfsson, Paulo Limão-Vieira, Nigel Mason, Yasuyuki Nagashima and Hajime Tanuma.

  18. Updated Model of Radar Backscatter for Rough Lunar Craters

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    Thompson, Thomas W.; Ustinov, Eugene A.

    2013-01-01

    We reexamined our radar scattering model for young, rough craters [1] based on unpublished data from the 1980's [2]. Our model for scattering from the lunar surface is a mixing model consisting of varying amounts of diffuse and specular components as shown in Figure 1. The specular component, which consists of only opposite-sense circular (OC) echoes, results from the mirror-like surface and sub-surface layers that are smooth to a tenth of a radar wavelength for large (>10 wavelengths) areas oriented perpendicular to the radar's line-ofsight. The diffuse component, which has both OC and same sense (SC) circular echoes, is associated with either surface roughness (wavelength-sized rocks) or ice, and is assumed to be uniformly bright, with backscatter being proportional to the cosine of the incidence angle. Only diffuse scattering contributes to the SC echoes.

  19. Compton backscattering for the calibration of KEDR tagging system

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    Kaminskiy, V. V.; Muchnoi, N. Yu; Zhilich, V. N.

    2014-08-01

    KEDR detector has the tagging system (TS) to study the gamma-gamma processes. To determine the two-photon invariant mass, the energies of the scattered at small angles electrons and positrons are measured by the magnetic spectrometer embedded into the lattice of the VEPP-4M collider. The energy resolution (scattered electron/positron energy resolution divided by the beam energy) of this spectrometer varies from 0.6% to 0.03% depending on the electron/positron energy. The Compton backscattering of laser radiation on the electron/positron beam is used for the accurate energy scale and resolution calibration of the tagging system. The report covers the design, recent results and current status of the KEDR TS calibration system.

  20. Diffraction dissociation at the LHC

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    Jenkovszky, László; Orava, Risto; Salii, Andrii

    2013-04-01

    We report on recent calculations of low missing mass single (SD) and double (DD) diffractive dissociation at LHC energies. The calculations are based on a dual-Regge model, dominated by a single Pomeron exchange. The diffractively excited states lie on the nucleon trajectory N*, appended by the isolated Roper resonance. Detailed predictions for the squared momentum transfer and missing mass dependence of the differential and integrated single-and double diffraction dissociation in the kinematical range of present and future LHC measurements are given.