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  1. Substitution site and effects on magnetism in Sr-for-Ca substituted CaBaCo4O7

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    Aurelio, G.; Curiale, J.; Bardelli, F.; Junqueira Prado, R.; Hennet, L.; Cuello, G.; Campo, J.; Thiaudire, D.

    2015-10-01

    Cationic substitutions in the novel magnetoelectric compound CaBaCo4O7 lead to profound changes in its magnetic and electric behaviors. In this work, we present a structural study of the isovalent substitution Sr-for-Ca in CaBaCo4O7. X-ray diffraction, as well as neutron powder diffraction experiments, are reported for a series of samples Ca1-xSrxBaCo4O7 with 0 ? x ? 0.10 . Special emphasis is given to the identification of the substitution site, as Sr has also been reported to substitute for Ba in this crystal structure. The solubility limit for Sr at the Ca site is shown to be at x ? 0.08 . The variation of lattice constants with Sr-doping firmly supports the Sr-for-Ca substitution. Rietveld refinements of the Sr-substituted samples are presented, and used as starting point to analyse the local structure around Sr by means of X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Sr K-edge. Both the near-edge absorption and the extended absorption fine-structure confirm the substitution of Sr for Ca, giving definite support to the proposed nominal formula. In addition, macroscopic magnetization measurements are presented which reveal the striking effects of Sr-substitution over the magnetic landscape of this puzzling compound.

  2. Magnetic characterization of Ca substituted Ba and Sr hexaferrites

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    Asti, G.; Carbucicchio, M.; Deriu, A.; Lucchini, E.; Slokar, G.

    1980-04-01

    A magnetic characterization has been worked out for the solid solution from Ba and Sr hexaferrites (BaFe 1 2O 1 9, SrFe 1 2O 1 9) towards CaO- xFe 2O 3 (2 ? x ?5.5). Measurements of Curie temperature, saturation magnetization, magnetic anisotropy, together with Mssbauer characterization indicate that the intrinsic properties of the studied compounds do not change appreciably with increasing Ca content. These results, together with the X-ray data, are consistent with the formation of an undistorted M-type cell with a low content of iron and oxygen vacancies.

  3. Proton Matrix ENDOR Studies on Ca2+-depleted and Sr2+-substituted Manganese Cluster in Photosystem II.

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    Nagashima, Hiroki; Nakajima, Yoshiki; Shen, Jian-Ren; Mino, Hiroyuki

    2015-11-20

    Proton matrix ENDOR spectra were measured for Ca(2+)-depleted and Sr(2+)-substituted photosystem II (PSII) membrane samples from spinach and core complexes from Thermosynechococcus vulcanus in the S2 state. The ENDOR spectra obtained were similar for untreated PSII from T. vulcanus and spinach, as well as for Ca(2+)-containing and Sr(2+)-substituted PSII, indicating that the proton arrangements around the manganese cluster in cyanobacterial and higher plant PSII and Ca(2+)-containing and Sr(2+)-substituted PSII are similar in the S2 state, in agreement with the similarity of the crystal structure of both Ca(2+)-containing and Sr(2+)-substituted PSII in the S1 state. Nevertheless, slightly different hyperfine separations were found between Ca(2+)-containing and Sr(2+)-substituted PSII because of modifications of the water protons ligating to the Sr(2+) ion. Importantly, Ca(2+) depletion caused the loss of ENDOR signals with a 1.36-MHz separation because of the loss of the water proton W4 connecting Ca(2+) and YZ directly. With respect to the crystal structure and the functions of Ca(2+) in oxygen evolution, it was concluded that the roles of Ca(2+) and Sr(2+) involve the maintenance of the hydrogen bond network near the Ca(2+) site and electron transfer pathway to the manganese cluster. PMID:26438823

  4. On the substitution of bismuth by antimony in the system Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O

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    El Metmati, F.; Mansori, M.; Tazi, A.; Badrour, L.; Bendriss, A.

    2005-03-01

    This work concerns the results obtained during attempts of substitution of bismuth by antimony in superconductors Bi-cuprates family. The samples, prepared by dry way, from oxides and carbonates of the corresponding elements, are characterized by IR spectroscopy, X ray diffraction and differential thermal analysis. In every case, two domains appear: - for antimony concentration lower than 50 %, the main phase is isotype with the yellow phase Bi{2}Sr{3}CaO{7}. - for a concentration between 50% and 100%, we systematically obtain a perovskite isotype with Sr{1.45}Sb{0.55}O{3-y}

  5. Electrical conductivity of cobalt-titanium substituted SrCaM hexaferrites

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    Eraky, M. R.

    2012-03-01

    A series of polycrystalline M-type hexagonal ferrites with the composition Sr0.5Ca0.5CoxTixFe12-2xO19 (where x=0.0-0.8) were prepared by the conventional ceramic technique. The electrical conductivity has been measured from 300 to 590 K. The dc conductivity, ?dc, exhibited a semiconductor behavior. The negative sign of thermoelectric power coefficient S reveals that all samples are n-type semiconductors. Both ?dc and mobility, ?d, increases with the substitution of Co2+ and Ti4+ ions, reach maximum at x=0.4 and start decreasing at x>0.4. Many conduction mechanisms were discussed to explain the electric conduction in the system. It was found that the hopping conduction is the predominant conduction mechanism. For samples with compositional parameter x=0.0 and 0.8, the band conduction mechanism shares in electric conduction beside the hopping process.

  6. Substitution of extracellular Ca2+ by Sr2+ prolongs inspiratory burst in pre-Btzinger complex inspiratory neurons.

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    Morgado-Valle, Consuelo; Fernandez-Ruiz, Juan; Lopez-Meraz, Leonor; Beltran-Parrazal, Luis

    2015-02-15

    The pre-Btzinger complex (preBtC) underlies inspiratory rhythm generation. As a result of network interactions, preBtC neurons burst synchronously to produce rhythmic premotor inspiratory activity. Each inspiratory burst consists of action potentials (APs) on top of a 10- to 20-mV synchronous depolarization lasting 0.3-0.8 s known as inspiratory drive potential. The mechanisms underlying the initiation and termination of the inspiratory burst are unclear, and the role of Ca(2+) is a matter of intense debate. To investigate the role of extracellular Ca(2+) in inspiratory burst initiation and termination, we substituted extracellular Ca(2+) with Sr(2+). We found for the first time an ionic manipulation that significantly interferes with burst termination. In a rhythmically active slice, we current-clamped preBtC neurons (Vm ? -60 mV) while recording integrated hypoglossal nerve (?XIIn) activity as motor output. Substitution of extracellular Ca(2+) with either 1.5 or 2.5 mM Sr(2+) significantly prolonged the duration of inspiratory bursts from 653.4 30.7 ms in control conditions to 981.6 78.5 ms in 1.5 mM Sr(2+) and 2,048.2 448.5 ms in 2.5 mM Sr(2+), with a concomitant increase in decay time and area. Substitution of extracellular Ca(2+) by Sr(2+) is a well-established method to desynchronize neurotransmitter release. Our findings suggest that the increase in inspiratory burst duration is determined by a presynaptic mechanism involving desynchronization of glutamate release within the network. PMID:25429120

  7. Substitution of Chromium for Univalent Copper in Superconducting Pb 2Sr 2(Ca,Y)Cu 3O 8+δ

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    Seshadri, R.; Maignan, A.; Hervieu, M.; Martin, C.; Raveau, B.; Rao, C. N. R.

    1996-11-01

    Following considerations of geometry and the similarity between chromate and carbonate groups in terms of size and charge, we have investigated the possibility of replacing the two-coordinate Cu Iin superconducting lead cuprates of the general formula Pb 2Sr 2(Ca, Y)Cu 3O 8by Cr. A high-resolution electron microscopy study coupled with energy dispersive X-ray analysis on small crystals of the title phases suggests that between 10 and 15% of the Cu Ican be replaced by Cr. While from the present structural study using HRTEM and Rietveld refinement of X-ray powder data we are unable to precisely obtain the oxidation state and oxygen coordination of Cr, we suggest in analogy with Cr substitution in other similar cuprates that in the title phases Cu IO 2rods are partially replaced by tetrahedral CrO 2-4groups. Infrared spectroscopy supports the presence of CrO 2-4groups. The phases Pb 1.75Sr 2Ca 0.2Y 0.8Cu 3O 8+δand Pb 1.75Sr 2Ca 0.2Y 0.8Cu 2.85Cr 0.15O 8+δare superconducting as-prepared, but the substitution of Cr for Cu Iresults in a decrease of the TCas well as the superconducting volume fraction.

  8. Computational insights on crystal structures of the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II with either Ca? or Ca? substituted by Sr?

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    Vogt, Leslie; Ertem, Mehmed Z.; Pal, Rhitankar; Brudvig, Gary W.; Batista, Victor S.

    2015-01-15

    The oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II can function with either Ca? or Sr? as the heterocation, but the reason for differing turnover rates remains unresolved despite reported X-ray crystal structures for both forms. Using quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) calculations, we optimize structures with each cation in both the resting state (S?) and in a series of reduced states (S?, S??, and S-?). Through comparison with experimental data, we determine that X-ray crystal structures with either Ca? or Sr? are most consistent with the S-? state, Mn?[III,III,III,II] with O4 and O5 protonated. As expected, the QM/MM models show that Ca?/Sr? substitution results in elongation of the heterocation bonds and displaces terminal waters W3 and W4. The optimized structures also show that hydrogen-bonded W5 is displaced in all S states with Sr? as the heterocation, suggesting that this water may play a critical role during water oxidation.

  9. Structural Ordering and Charge Variation Induced by Cation Substitution in (Sr,Ca)AlSiN3:Eu Phosphor.

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    Tsai, Yi-Ting; Chiang, Chang-Yang; Zhou, Wuzong; Lee, Jyh-Fu; Sheu, Hwo-Shuenn; Liu, Ru-Shi

    2015-07-22

    Nitride phosphors are suitable for white light-emitting diode applications. In this study, the structure of phosphor has been modified through cation substitution to induce charge variation and a rearrangement of neighboring nitride clusters, and consequently enhance its luminescent behavior. Substitution of Ca(2+) by Sr(2+) cations expanded the lattice volume and the bc plane, but shortened the distance between the layers along the a axis. Lattice distortion of the framework introduced high-coordination sites in the Sr/Eu centers and adequate space, thereby facilitating charge variation of activators under reduced atmosphere, as detected through X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy. As such, the photoluminescent intensity of the phosphors increased by more than 10% and a blue shift occurred. The microstructures of the samples were also analyzed using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Cation substitution induced a special change in the anion environment, as indicated in the solid-state Raman spectra. Moreover, typical ordering variations in the SiN4 and AlN4 clusters are generated in the lattice. Meanwhile, neighbor sequence of (Si/Al)N4 around the divalent centers were observed through solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The modified ordering distribution resulted in a rigid structure and improved the thermal quenching behavior. Thermal stability has been enhanced by 10% at 473 K when x = 0.9 in SrxCa0.993-xAlSiN3:Eu(2+)0.007 compared with that at x = 0. This study promotes the research of neighbor sequence for selective tetrahedral sites such as Li, Mg, Al, and Si coordinated by N atoms in contact with cation sites. PMID:26161898

  10. Microstructure and magnetic properties of Ca-substituted M-type SrLaCo hexagonal ferrites

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    Huang, Xin; Liu, Xiansong; Yang, Yujie; Huang, Kai; Niu, Xiaofei; Jin, Dali; Gao, Shang; Ma, Yuqi; Huang, Feng; Lv, Farui; Feng, Shuangjiu

    2015-03-01

    M-type strontium hexaferrites with chemical composition of Sr0.80-xCaxLa0.20Fe11.85Co0.15O19 (x=0-0.15) were prepared by the ceramic process. The samples were sintered at temperatures of 1175, 1185 and 1195 C for 2 h in air. Effects of the substituted amount x of Ca2+ on the ferrites microstructure and magnetic properties have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and B-H hysteresis curve measurements. As a result, at x?0.12, all samples are single phase after the Ca substitution. At x=0.15, another phase of hematite (?-Fe2O3) is present. In addition, the maximum values of the remanence (Br) and maximum energy product ((BH)max) for the magnets have been obtained at x=0.08 for sintering temperature=1185 C. The maximum value of the intrinsic coercive force (Hcj) for the magnets has been obtained at x=0.12 when the magnets were sintered at 1185 C.

  11. Control of the superconducting properties of Sr{sub 2−x}Ca{sub x}VO{sub 3}FeAs through isovalent substitution

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    Corkett, Alex J.; Free, David G.; Cassidy, Simon J.; Ramos, Silvia; Clarke, Simon J.

    2014-08-15

    The effect of the isovalent substitution of Sr{sup 2+} by Ca{sup 2+} on the structure and superconducting properties of Sr{sub 2−x}Ca{sub x}VO{sub 3}FeAs is described in the compositional range 0≤x≤0.5. SQUID magnetometry measurements reveal that after an initial increase in T{sub c}, which is maximised at 29.5 K in Sr{sub 1.95}Ca{sub 0.05}VO{sub 3}FeAs, a rapid suppression of superconductivity is observed with increasing x. XANES spectra of Sr{sub 2−x}Ca{sub x}VO{sub 3}FeAs collected on the Fe and V absorption K-edges show that the position of both edges are invariant with composition within the experimental uncertainty. A combination of synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and neutron powder diffraction techniques is used to rationalise the observed changes in T{sub c} with x, in terms of changes to the structure of the FeAs layer upon partial Ca substitution. These findings demonstrate that superconductivity in the Fe-based superconductors is extremely sensitive to the crystal structure with T{sub c} maximised in samples with regular FeAs{sub 4}-tetrahedra. - Graphical abstract: Superconducting transition temperature is controlled by structural parameters in Sr{sub 2−x}Ca{sub x}VO{sub 3}FeAs. - Highlights: • Substitution of Sr by Ca in the superconductor Sr{sub 2}VO{sub 3}FeAs is isovalent. • Relationship between superconducting T{sub c} and structural parameters is demonstrated. • Linear dependence of T{sub c} on structural parameters rather than composition.

  12. AC Dielectric Properties and Positron Annihilation Study on Co and Ti Substitution Effect on Ca-Sr M-Hexaferrites

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    Mahmoud, K. R.; Eraky, M. R.

    2016-03-01

    The dependence of AC conductivity σ AC, dielectric constant έ, and dielectric loss tangent tan δ on frequency and composition have been investigated at room temperature for polycrystalline Ca0.5Sr0.5Co x Ti x Fe12 - 2x O19 (where 0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.8) hexaferrites. It was found that the parameters σ AC, ɛ ', and tan δ have maximum values at x = 0.4 of the Co and Ti substitution. The behavior of σ AC, ɛ ', and tan δ with frequency and composition was explained on the basis of the hopping conduction mechanism and the Koops model. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was used to investigate the defects and changes in electron density for hexaferrite samples. The PAL parameters (τ 1, I 1, τ 2, I 2, and mean lifetime) show that altering the doping percentage of the Co and Ti ions affects the size and concentration of defects. The results reveal that there are some large voids in the studied samples. The obtained results indicate the high sensitivity of the PALS technique to the enhanced structure changes with changing composition of the investigated samples and correlate the results with the measured electrical parameters.

  13. Effect of cation substitution on structural transition: synthesis, characterization and theoretical studies of NaCa4B3O9, NaCaBO3, NaSrBO3 and Li4CaB2O6.

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    Yang, Yun; Su, Xin; Pan, Shilie; Yang, Zhihua

    2015-10-21

    Single crystals of NaCa4B3O9, NaCaBO3, NaSrBO3 and Li4CaB2O6 have been successfully synthesized through conventional high-temperature solid-state reactions. They are structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction and exhibit three-dimensional crystal structures consisting of isolated planar BO3 as fundamental building blocks. Interestingly, for the centrosymmetric crystal structure of NaCaBO3 (Na3Ca3B3O9), as 2/3 of the Na(+) ions are substituted by Ca(2+) ions, NaCa4B3O9 is obtained and crystallizes in the noncentrosymmetric space group Ama2 (crystal class mm2). A second harmonic generation (SHG) test of the title compound by the Kurtz-Perry method shows that NaCa4B3O9 can be phase matchable with an effective SHG coefficient approximately one-half that of KH2PO4 (KDP). Studies of their optical properties as well as band structure calculations based on density functional theory methods have been also performed. NaCa4B3O9 possesses a moderate birefringence of about 0.05 at 1064 nm. To explain the difference in optical nonlinearity we compared the electronic structures of NaCa4B3O9, KCa4B3O9 and KSr4B3O9 crystals, in particular at the bottom of the conduction band (CB) and the top of the valence band (VB), since they are known to play a primary role in SHG. These electronic structures are responsible for the optical-nonlinearity of NaCa4B3O9, KCa4B3O9 and KSr4B3O9 crystals. PMID:26387438

  14. Current switching effects induced by electric and magnetic fields in Sr-substituted Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3 films

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    Srivastava, Shivani; Pandey, Navneet K.; Padhan, P.; Budhani, R. C.

    2000-12-01

    Measurements of electric- and magnetic-field-induced changes in electrical conduction indicate the coexistence of charge-ordered and ferromagnetically ordered regions in the Sr-substituted Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3 epitaxial films. Percolative, metal-like channels open up in this topologically inhomogeneous medium on the application of these fields, and a technologically promising orders-of-magnitude drop in resistance ensues. Measurements of current-voltage characteristics and the temperature dependence of resistivity show hysteretic and history effects, which are intimately linked to the relative stability of the two phases.

  15. Crystal structure refinement, dielectric and magnetic properties of Ca/Pb substituted SrFe12O19 hexaferrites

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    Hooda, Ashima; Sanghi, Sujata; Agarwal, Ashish; Dahiya, Reetu

    2015-08-01

    SrFe12O19 (SFO), Sr0.5Ca0.5Fe12O19 (SCFO) and Sr0.5Pb0.5Fe12O19 (SPFO) hexaferrites have been synthesized by a conventional solid state reaction technique. Powder X-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement confirm the presence of M-type hexagonal phase in prepared samples. However in SCFO, secondary phase was also present with main phase. Analysis of Nyquist's plots of SFO hexaferrite revealed the contribution of many electrically active regions corresponding to bulk mechanism, distribution of grain boundaries and electrode processes also. Both conductivity and electric modulus formalisms have been employed to study the relaxation dynamics of charge carriers. A perfect overlapping of the normalized plots of modulus isotherms on a single 'super curve' for all the studied temperatures reveals a temperature independence of dynamic processes involved in conduction and for relaxation. In SPFO sample coercivity is reduced effectively but accompanied with increase in magnetization, which is requirement for hexaferrites to be used as magnetic recording media.

  16. Effect of diamagnetic Ca, Sr, Pb, and Ba substitution on the crystal structure and multiferroic properties of the BiFeO3 perovskite

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    Khomchenko, V. A.; Kiselev, D. A.; Vieira, J. M.; Jian, Li; Kholkin, A. L.; Lopes, A. M. L.; Pogorelov, Y. G.; Araujo, J. P.; Maglione, M.

    2008-01-01

    In this work, we studied the effect of heterovalent Ca, Sr, Pb, and Ba substitution on the crystal structure, dielectric, local ferroelectric, and magnetic properties of the BiFeO3 multiferroic perovskite. Ceramic solid solutions with the general formula Bi0.7A0.3FeO3 (A is a doping element) were prepared and characterized by x-ray diffraction, dielectric, piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM), and magnetic measurements. It is shown that the crystal structure of the compounds is described within the space group R3c, permitting the spontaneous polarization, whose existence was confirmed by the PFM data. Magnetic properties of the solid solutions are determined by the ionic radius of the substituting element. Experimental results suggest that the increase in the radius of the A-site ion leads to the effective suppression of the spiral spin structure of BiFeO3, resulting in the appearance of net magnetization.

  17. Isovalent Ca and Ba substitutions in thermoelectric layer-structured oxyselenide Sr2CoO2Cu2Se2

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    Chou, T. L.; Mustonen, O.; Tripathi, T. S.; Karppinen, M.

    2016-01-01

    Multilayered compounds typically present exotic functionalities, and some of them have been suggested as potential materials for thermoelectric conversion owing to their unique capability to decouple electronic and heat transport. Here we report new [CoO2] and [Cu2Se2] layered A 2CoO2Cu2Se2 compounds in which Sr at the intervening alkaline-earth A site is partially replaced with Ca or Ba. The parent Sr2CoO2Cu2Se2 phase is a direct gap p-type semiconductor, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations indicate its topmost valence band consists of Cu 3d–Se 4p states. Upon the isovalent cation substitution the lattice modification in the ab plane is constrained by the stiff [CoO2] layer such that the lattice shrinkage/expansion mainly happens along the c axis. Substitution of Sr with the heavier and larger Ba significantly enhances the thermopower but more hole states would be required to optimize the thermoelectric performance. Thermal stability is related to the inter-oxide-selenide-layer interaction, and our thermogravimetric measurement data reveal that the A 2CoO2Cu2Se2 materials could operate in the intermediate temperature region.

  18. Isovalent Ca and Ba substitutions in thermoelectric layer-structured oxyselenide Sr2CoO2Cu2Se2.

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    Chou, T L; Mustonen, O; Tripathi, T S; Karppinen, M

    2016-01-27

    Multilayered compounds typically present exotic functionalities, and some of them have been suggested as potential materials for thermoelectric conversion owing to their unique capability to decouple electronic and heat transport. Here we report new [CoO2] and [Cu2Se2] layered A 2CoO2Cu2Se2 compounds in which Sr at the intervening alkaline-earth A site is partially replaced with Ca or Ba. The parent Sr2CoO2Cu2Se2 phase is a direct gap p-type semiconductor, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations indicate its topmost valence band consists of Cu 3d-Se 4p states. Upon the isovalent cation substitution the lattice modification in the ab plane is constrained by the stiff [CoO2] layer such that the lattice shrinkage/expansion mainly happens along the c axis. Substitution of Sr with the heavier and larger Ba significantly enhances the thermopower but more hole states would be required to optimize the thermoelectric performance. Thermal stability is related to the inter-oxide-selenide-layer interaction, and our thermogravimetric measurement data reveal that the A 2CoO2Cu2Se2 materials could operate in the intermediate temperature region. PMID:26702873

  19. Computational insights on crystal structures of the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II with either Ca²⁺ or Ca²⁺ substituted by Sr²⁺

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    Vogt, Leslie; Ertem, Mehmed Z.; Pal, Rhitankar; Brudvig, Gary W.; Batista, Victor S.

    2015-01-15

    The oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II can function with either Ca²⁺ or Sr²⁺ as the heterocation, but the reason for differing turnover rates remains unresolved despite reported X-ray crystal structures for both forms. Using quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) calculations, we optimize structures with each cation in both the resting state (S₁) and in a series of reduced states (S₀, S₋₁, and S-₂). Through comparison with experimental data, we determine that X-ray crystal structures with either Ca²⁺ or Sr²⁺ are most consistent with the S-₂ state, Mn₄[III,III,III,II] with O4 and O5 protonated. As expected, the QM/MM models show that Ca²⁺/Sr²⁺ substitution results in elongation of the heterocation bonds and displaces terminal waters W3 and W4. The optimized structures also show that hydrogen-bonded W5 is displaced in all S states with Sr²⁺ as the heterocation, suggesting that this water may play a critical role during water oxidation.

  20. Hydrothermal removal of Sr2+ in aqueous solution via formation of Sr-substituted hydroxyapatite.

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    Tan, Sheng-Heng; Chen, Xue-Gang; Ye, Ying; Sun, Jie; Dai, Ling-Qing; Ding, Qian

    2010-07-15

    We removed Sr(2+) in simulating wastewater and simultaneously prepared Sr-substituted hydroxyapatite via chemical precipitation and hydrothermal treatment. Both higher initial pH value and higher molar ratio of Sr/(Sr+Ca) contributed to lower residual Sr(2+) concentration and higher removal efficiency. About two thirds of Sr(2+) residual in solution after chemical precipitation were further reduced by hydrothermal treatment. The optimal Sr removal result was 99.66% with an ultimate concentration of 2.0 mg L(-1) when the initial pH was 12 and Sr/(Sr+Ca) was 0.2. Sr-substituted hydroxyapatite phase with hexagonal structure was identified by XRD and EDS results. However, it was found that SrHPO(4) phase was formed in the samples with high Sr composition. The lattice constants became larger with the increase of Sr(2+) and the crystallinity became higher with the increase of pH value. Rod-like particles were observed in SEM images of synthesized Sr-substituted hydroxyapatite samples, with the size of 20-30 nm in width and 70-100 nm in length. With little secondary waste and simple treating procedure, this method is an effective and prospective measure to deal with (90)Sr in nuclear waste and industry wastewater. PMID:20363558

  1. Effect of Y-substitution on the electrical properties of epitaxial Bi 2Sr 2Ca 1-xY xCu 2O 8+? thin films

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    Baca, E.; Holguin, V.; Lopera, W.; Prieto, P.

    We have performed a study on the preparation conditions and electrical transport properties of epitaxial Bi 2Sr 2Ca 1-xY xCu 2O 8+? thin films. The deposition of the films was carried out in situ by a high oxygen pressure dc-sputtering technique on (100) SrTiO 3 substrates. The structural properties were determined by x-ray diffraction. By increasing the yttrium content the temperature dependence of resistivity change from a metallic to an insulating behavior. For x<0.50, the samples showed a metalic behavior in the normal state and the transition temperature decrease with increasing yttrium concentration. Superconductor transition Width ?TC and d?n/ dT as function of the x value has been analized. For x?0.50, the samples showed a semiconductor behavior what correspond to a variable-range-hopping conduction between localized states in according to a two-dimensional system given by ? = ? 0 exp (- {T 0}/{T}) {1}/{3}. Ultra-thin Bi 2Sr 2Ca 1-xY xCu 2O 8+? films (for x=1) have been used as artificial barriers in tunneling heterostructures with Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+? superconducting electrodes.

  2. Microscopic evidence of dimer breaking up in CuO2 chain for Ca-substituted Sr14Cu24O41 compounds

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    Wang, Jun; Zou, Huamin; Guo, Chao; Wang, Lili; Hu, Ni; Shi, Jing

    2007-05-01

    In this work we measured the temperature dependence of the static magnetic susceptibility for Ca-doped Sr14Cu24O41 compounds, studied the lattice mismatch between a CuO2 chain and a Cu2O3 ladder by using electron diffraction, and found that the magnetic properties and lattice mismatch were sensitive to the Ca content. Applying a modified 'cut and projection' method, it is found that the lattice mismatch induces the dimers in spin chains to be decoupled into free spin Cu2+. Further more, Ca doping makes lattice mismatch larger and more dimers decoupled. The number of dimerized spins and the number of free spins predicted by this method are in good agreement with those obtained by fitting the experimental static susceptibility data. This explanation can be applied not only to the Ca doping cases, but also to the case of oxygen nonstoichiometry.

  3. Synthesis of BiSrCa(Y)CuO superconductor from the sol-gel method and the effect of Y substitution

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    Menassel, S.; Mosbah, M-F.; Altintas, S. P.; Varilci, A.; Bouaicha, F.

    2012-09-06

    Superconducting Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 1-x}Y{sub x}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8} ceramics samples have been prepared by Sol-Gel methods using citrate process. The influences of the conditions of preparation of oxide powder compound on structural and superconducting properties have been investigated by X ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) equipped with EDS. The critical transition temperatures Tc have been determined by resistivity versus temperature measurements. Cell parameters samples were calculated from XRD patterns. The polyacryl amide gel makes the citrate process easier, more rapid and affords the possibility of synthesis of high quality oxide powders.

  4. Magnetic Behaviour of Fe Substituted Bilayered Manganite La{sub 1.2}Sr{sub 1.5}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7}

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    Saxena, Arpita; Krishnamurthy, Anjali; Srivastava, Bipin K.

    2010-12-01

    For studying the effect of low level substitution of Fe (at Mn site) on magnetic behaviour in the bilayered system La{sub 1.2}Sr{sub 1.5}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7}, dc magnetization measurements have been made on La{sub 1.2}Sr{sub 1.5}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1.99}Fe{sub 0.01}O{sub 7}. Cooling from 300 K downwards, the system shows transition to ferromagnetic (FM) ordering in ab plane (at {approx}250 K), to antiferromagnetic state (at {approx}195 K) and to 3D FM order (at {approx}70 K). Magnetization--temperature measurements in zero field cooling and field cooling modes, made under different external magnetic fields, and the observed long time evolution of magnetization with time, are suggestive of FM disorder and high magnetic anisotropy. Substitution of Fe weakens ferromagnetism.

  5. Cenozoic seawater Sr/Ca evolution

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    Sosdian, Sindia M.; Lear, Caroline H.; Tao, Kai; Grossman, Ethan L.; O'Dea, Aaron; Rosenthal, Yair

    2012-10-01

    Records of seawater chemistry help constrain temporal variations in geochemical processes that impact the global carbon cycle and climate through Earth's history. Here we reconstruct Cenozoic seawater Sr/Ca (Sr/Casw) using fossil Conus and turritellid gastropod Sr/Ca. Combined with an oxygen isotope paleotemperature record from the same samples, the gastropod record suggests that Sr/Caswwas slightly higher in the Eocene (11.4 3 mmol/mol) than today (8.54 mmol/mol) and remained relatively stable from the mid- to late Cenozoic. We compare our gastropod Cenozoic Sr/Casw record with a published turritellid gastropod Sr/Casw record and other published biogenic (benthic foraminifera, fossil fish teeth) and inorganic precipitate (calcite veins) Sr/Caswrecords. Once the uncertainties with our gastropod-derived Sr/Casw are taken into account the Sr/Casw record agrees reasonably well with biogenic Sr/Caswrecords. Assuming a seawater [Ca] history derived from marine evaporite inclusions, all biogenic-based Sr/Casw reconstructions imply decreasing seawater [Sr] through the Cenozoic, whereas the calcite vein Sr/Casw reconstruction implies increasing [Sr] through the Cenozoic. We apply a simple geochemical model to examine the implications of divergence among these seawater [Sr] reconstructions and suggest that the interpretation and uncertainties associated with the gastropod and calcite vein proxies need to be revisited. Used in conjunction with records of carbonate depositional fluxes, our favored seawater Sr/Ca scenarios point to a significant increase in the proportion of aragonite versus calcite deposition in shelf sediments from the Middle Miocene, coincident with the proliferation of coral reefs. We propose that this occurred at least 10 million years after the seawater Mg/Ca threshold was passed, and was instead aided by declining levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  6. Phase compatibility and thermoelectric properties of compounds in the Sr-Ca-Co-O system

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Liu, G.; Martin, J.; Thomas, E. L.; Lowhorn, N.; Kaduk, J. A.

    2010-02-01

    Two low-dimensional cobaltite series in the Sr-Ca-Co-O system have been investigated for their solid solution limit, structure, and compatibility phase relationships (850 C in air). Thermoelectric properties have been measured for selected members of these solid solutions. In (Ca,Sr)3Co4O9, which has a misfit layered structure, Sr was found to substitute in the Ca site to a limit of (Ca0.8Sr0.2)3Co4O9. Compounds in the homologous series, An+2ConCo'O3n+3 [where A=Sr, Ca, (Ca,Sr), or (Sr,Ca)], consist of one-dimensional parallel Co2O66- chains that are built from successive alternating face-sharing CoO6 trigonal prisms and "n" units of CoO6 octahedra along the hexagonal c-axis. In the Can+2ConCo'O3n+3 series, only the n=1 phase (Ca3Co2O6) could be prepared under the present synthesis conditions. Sr substitutes in the Ca site of Ca3Co2O6 to a limit of (Ca0.9Sr0.1)3Co2O6. In the Srn+2ConCo'O3n+3 series, Ca substitutes in the Sr site of the n=2, 3, and 4 members to a limit of (Sr0.7Ca0.3)4Co3O9, (Sr0.67Ca0.33)5Co4O12, and (Sr0.725Ca0.275)6Co5O15, respectively. While the members of the Can+2ConCo'O3n+3 and Srn+2ConCo'O3n+3 series have reasonably high Seebeck coefficients and relatively low thermal conductivity, the electrical conductivity needs to be increased in order to achieve high ZT values.

  7. Computational insights on crystal structures of the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II with either Ca²⁺ or Ca²⁺ substituted by Sr²⁺

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    Vogt, Leslie; Ertem, Mehmed Z.; Pal, Rhitankar; Brudvig, Gary W.; Batista, Victor S.

    2015-01-15

    The oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II can function with either Ca²⁺ or Sr²⁺ as the heterocation, but the reason for differing turnover rates remains unresolved despite reported X-ray crystal structures for both forms. Using quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) calculations, we optimize structures with each cation in both the resting state (S₁) and in a series of reduced states (S₀, S₋₁, and S-₂). Through comparison with experimental data, we determine that X-ray crystal structures with either Ca²⁺ or Sr²⁺ are most consistent with the S-₂ state, Mn₄[III,III,III,II] with O4 and O5 protonated. As expected, the QM/MM models show that Ca²⁺/Sr²⁺ substitutionmore » results in elongation of the heterocation bonds and displaces terminal waters W3 and W4. The optimized structures also show that hydrogen-bonded W5 is displaced in all S states with Sr²⁺ as the heterocation, suggesting that this water may play a critical role during water oxidation.« less

  8. Paraconductivity measurements and comparative studies of fluctuations in BiSrCaCuO, YBaCuO and YBaCuO with Gd substitution

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    Patapis, S.K.; Sideridis, L.; Apostolopoulos, G.; Ausloos, M.; Luo, H.L.; Politis, C.; Puig, T.; Pont, M.; Munoz, J.S.; Balachadran, U.

    1991-12-31

    Information concerning the dimensionality of the superconductive fluctuations in the new high temperature superconductors can be derived from the excess conductivity (or paraconductivity) near the transition temperature. Here the `lowering`` of the sample resistance in the same temperature regions is used for extraction of dimensionality and generally for comparative studies of the critical behaviour of three different samples such as YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, Y{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and Bi{sub 0. 85}Pb{sub 0.15}SrCa{sub 1.2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 6}. The experimental data of the three samples show a similar behaviour with some distinct differences depending rather on the ``metallurgical`` state of the material than the composition itself. A logarithmic behaviour is present for YBaCuO and Y(Gd)BaCuO samples not close to the critical temperature and, the most important, closer to {Tc} YBaCuO shows a fractal behaviour, observed for the first time, similar to the one of Bi-compound observed many times before.

  9. Paraconductivity measurements and comparative studies of fluctuations in BiSrCaCuO, YBaCuO and YBaCuO with Gd substitution

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    Patapis, S.K.; Sideridis, L.; Apostolopoulos, G. . Dept. of Physics); Ausloos, M. . Inst. de Physique); Luo, H.L. . Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering); Politis, C. . Inst. fuer Nukleare Festkoerperphysik); Puig, T.; Pont, M.; Munoz, J.S. (Univ

    1991-01-01

    Information concerning the dimensionality of the superconductive fluctuations in the new high temperature superconductors can be derived from the excess conductivity (or paraconductivity) near the transition temperature. Here the lowering'' of the sample resistance in the same temperature regions is used for extraction of dimensionality and generally for comparative studies of the critical behaviour of three different samples such as YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, Y{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and Bi{sub 0. 85}Pb{sub 0.15}SrCa{sub 1.2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 6}. The experimental data of the three samples show a similar behaviour with some distinct differences depending rather on the metallurgical'' state of the material than the composition itself. A logarithmic behaviour is present for YBaCuO and Y(Gd)BaCuO samples not close to the critical temperature and, the most important, closer to {Tc} YBaCuO shows a fractal behaviour, observed for the first time, similar to the one of Bi-compound observed many times before.

  10. Anisotropic scattering rate in Fe-substituted Bi2Sr2Ca(Cu1-xFex)2O8+δ

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    Naamneh, M.; Lubashevsky, Y.; Lahoud, E.; Gu, G.; Kanigel, A.

    2015-05-27

    We measured the electronic structure of Fe substituted Bi2212 using Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES). We find that the substitution does not change the momentum dependence of the superconducting gap but induces a very anisotropic enhancement of the scattering rate. A comparison of the effect of Fe substitution to that of Zn substitution suggests that the Fe reduces Tc so effectively because it supresses very strongly the coherence weight around the anti-nodes.

  11. Hydrothermal synthesis and characterization of Si and Sr co-substituted hydroxyapatite nanowires using strontium containing calcium silicate as precursors.

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    Zhang, Na; Zhai, Dong; Chen, Lei; Zou, Zhaoyong; Lin, Kaili; Chang, Jiang

    2014-04-01

    In the absence of any organic surfactants and solvents, the silicon (Si) and strontium (Sr) co-substituted hydroxyapatite [Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2, Si/Sr-HAp] nanowires were synthesized via hydrothermal treatment of the Sr-containing calcium silicate (Sr-CS) powders as the precursors in trisodium phosphate (Na3PO4) aqueous solution. The morphology, phase, chemical compositions, lattice constants and the degradability of the products were characterized. The Si/Sr-HAp nanowires with diameter of about 60nm and up to 2μm in length were obtained after hydrothermal treatment of the Sr-CS precursors. The Sr and Si substitution amount of the HAp nanowires could be well regulated by facile tailoring the Sr substitution level of the precursors and the reaction ratio of the precursor/solution, respectively. The SiO4 tetrahedra and Sr(2+) ions occupied the crystal sites of the HAp, and the lattice constants increased apparently with the increase of the substitution amount. EDS mapping also suggested the uniform distribution of Si and Sr in the synthetic nanowires. Moreover, the Si/Sr-substitution apparently improved the degradability of the HAp materials. Our study suggested that the precursor transformation method provided a facile approach to synthesize the Si/Sr co-substituted HAp nanowires with controllable substitution amount, and the synthetic Si/Sr-HAp nanowires might be used as bioactive materials for hard tissue regeneration applications. PMID:24582251

  12. Characterization of Sr-substituted hydroxyapatite thin film by sputtering technique from mixture targets of hydroxyapatite and strontium apatite.

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    Ozeki, K; Goto, T; Aoki, H; Masuzawa, T

    2014-01-01

    Sr-substituted hydroxyapatite thin films were prepared by sputtering technique from mixture targets of hydroxyapatite (HA) and strontium apatite (SrAp). The HA and SrAp powders were mixed at 0-100% Sr/(Sr+Ca) target ratios. The coated films were recrystallized by a hydrothermal treatment to reduce film dissolution. The films were then characterized by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP). The osteocompatiblity of the films was also evaluated by the size of the bone formation area in osteoblast cells.In the XRD patterns, peaks shifted to lower 2θ values with increasing Sr/(Sr+Ca) target ratios, which indicated Sr incorporation into the HA lattice. In the SEM observation of the hydrothermally treated films, the surface was covered with globular particles, and the size of the globular particles increased from Sr0 to Sr40, and then the size decreased from Sr60 to Sr100. The ICP analysis showed that the Sr/(Sr+Ca) film ratios were almost the same as the target ratios. In the cell culture, the bone formation area on the Sr-substituted HA films increased with increasing Sr concentration, and saturated at Sr60. PMID:24642972

  13. Phase separation in Ca substituted YBCO

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    Palles, D.; Lampakis, D.; Bttger, G.; Liarokapis, E.; Kaldis, E.

    A room temperature micro-Raman spectroscopic study at hydrostatic pressures up to 4GPa has been carried out on Y 1-xCa xBa 2Cu 3O 7-? polycrystalline superconducting compounds with x = 0.00-0.20 and ? = 0.045-0.005. Apart from the five strong Raman active phonons (4A g + 1B 1 g-like), additional structures have been observed in the y(cc) overliney (402 cm -1) and the y(xx) overliney (300 and 322 cm -1) scattering configurations with increasing intensities with the Ca content. The modes that appear in the out-of-phase B 1g phonon of O pl are related to the disorder introduced by the Ca substitution for Y and to a local mode induced by the Ca atoms. The variation, with x, of the relative intensities of the constituent peaks of the O pl in-phase phonon indicates that this phonon behavior depends on the amount of oxygen and not the concentration of the Ca substitution introduced carriers. There seem to exist two oxygen content differentiated phases which are present also in the pure oxygen overdoped YBCO. The insensitivity of the O pl in-phase mode frequency combined with the behavior of the O apex phonon, can be attributed to the excess charge distribution away from the CuO 2 planes. A phase separation seems to be induced for hydrostatic pressures above 3GPa possibly related to the Ca atom cluster formation.

  14. Electronic structure of Ca, Sr, and Ba under pressure.

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    Animalu, A. O. E.; Heine, V.; Vasvari, B.

    1967-01-01

    Electronic band structure calculations phase of Ca, Sr and Ba over wide range of atomic volumes under pressure electronic band structure calculations for fcc phase of Ca, Sr and Ba over wide range of atomic volumes under pressure electronic band structure calculations for fcc phase of Ca, Sr and Ba over wide range of atomic volumes under pressure

  15. Regional and interspecific variation in Sr, Ca, and Sr/Ca ratios in avian eggshells from the USA.

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    Mora, Miguel A; Brattin, Bryan; Baxter, Catherine; Rivers, James W

    2011-08-01

    To examine regional variation in strontium (Sr), which at high concentrations may reduce eggshell quality, increase egg breakage and reproductive failure, we analyzed Sr, and calcium (Ca) concentrations and Sr/Ca ratios in eggshells from 20 avian species from California, Texas, Idaho, Kansas, and Michigan. In addition, we included data previously reported from Arizona to expand the regional comparisons and to better establish patterns of Sr, and Sr/Ca ratios in bird species across the United States. We found Sr concentrations varied significantly among regions, among species, and among foraging guilds; this variability is strongly influenced by the Sr/Ca ratios in surface water from locations close to the region where the eggshells were collected. Sr concentrations and Sr/Ca ratios were significantly higher in bird eggshells from the Volta wildlife region in the San Joaquin Valley, California and in various locales from Arizona. Sr concentrations and Sr/Ca ratios in bird eggshells from other locations in the USA were lower than those detected in these two regions. Among foraging guilds, invertivores had the highest Sr concentrations and Sr/Ca ratios and carnivores had the lowest. In general, the Sr/Ca ratio increased strongly with increasing Sr concentrations (R(2) = 0.99, P < 0.0001). There was a significant correlation (R(2) = 0.58, P < 0.0001) between Sr/Ca ratios in water and the average Sr/Ca ratios in eggshells suggesting that these values could be determined from Sr/Ca ratios in water. Eggshell thickness was poorly correlated with Sr (R(2) = 0.03) but had a significant and positive correlation with Ca and was more properly correlated by a quadratic equation (R(2) = 0.50, Thickness = 2.13 - 0.02Ca - 3.07 * 10(-5)Ca(2)). Our study provides further evidence that Sr accumulates significantly in the avian eggshell, in some regions at concentrations which could be of concern for potential negative effects on reproduction. We suggest that when assessing the effects of metals on avian reproduction in regions with high Sr deposits in rock and soil, Sr concentrations in the eggshell also should be measured to evaluate additional effects on thickness and reproduction. PMID:21660600

  16. ERK signaling mediates CaSR-promoted axon growth

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    Vizard, Thomas N.; Newton, Michael; Howard, Laura; Wyatt, Sean; Davies, Alun M.

    2015-01-01

    The extracellular calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) is a G-protein coupled receptor that monitors the systemic extracellular free ionized calcium level ([Ca2+]o) in organs involved in systemic [Ca2+]o homeostasis. CaSR is widely expressed in the nervous system and its activation promotes axon and dendrite growth during development, but the mechanism by which it does this is not known. Here we show that enhanced axon growth and branching from cultured embryonic sympathetic neurons by activation of the endogenous CaSR depends on the presence of nerve growth factor (NGF). Our observation that activation of overexpressed CaSR promotes axon growth in NGF-free medium has enabled us to investigate CaSR downstream signaling contributing to axon growth in the absence of NGF signaling. We show that activation of overexpressed CaSR leads to activation of ERK1 and ERK2, and pharmacological inhibition of CaSR-dependent ERK1/ERK2 activation prevents CaSR-dependent axon growth. Analysis of axon growth from cultured neurons expressing deletion mutants of the CaSR cytoplasmic tail revealed that the region between alanine 877 and glycine 907 is required for promoting axon growth that is distinct from the high-affinity filamin-A binding site that has previously been implicated in ERK1/ERK2 activation. PMID:26200251

  17. Substitution effect of Ba at the Sr sites in Sr(Fe,Re)O3

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    Yamakoshi, T.; Nomura, K.; Kitamori, T.; Shimoyama, J.; Nemeth, Z.; Homonnay, Z.

    2009-06-01

    Substitution effect in double perovskites, Sr(FeRe)O3 (SFRO), was studied by Mssbauer spectroscopy and magnetization measurements. The samples were prepared by a sol-gel method. The fraction of alternately ordered Fe1 for SFRO is 72%, and the magnetization measured is consistent with 3 0.72=2.16{?_B } {f.u.}, but the saturation magnetization drops to about one third of its initial value by substituting 5% Ba for Sr. It was considered to be due to the volume expansion of the lattice and the fine grains formed, as a result of the substitution of Ba ions.

  18. The role of Sr2+ on the structure and reactivity of SrO-CaO-ZnO-SiO2 ionomer glasses.

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    Boyd, Daniel; Towler, Mark R; Watts, Sally; Hill, Robert G; Wren, Anthony W; Clarkin, Owen M

    2008-02-01

    The suitability of Glass Polyalkenoate Cements (GPCs) for use in orthopaedics is retarded by the presence in the glass phase of aluminium, a neurotoxin. Unfortunately, the aluminium ion plays an integral role in the setting process of GPCs and its absence is likely to hinder cement formation. However, the authors have previously shown that aluminium free GPCs may be formulated based on calcium zinc silicate glasses and these novel materials exhibit significant potential as hard tissue biomaterials. To further improve their potential, and given that Strontium (Sr) based drugs have had success in the treatment of osteoporosis, the authors have substituted Calcium (Ca) with Sr in the glass phase of a series of aluminium free GPCs. However to date little data exists on the effect SrO has on the structure and reactivity of SrO-CaO-ZnO-SiO(2) glasses. The objective of this work was to characterise the effect of the Ca/Sr substitution on the structure of such glasses, and evaluate the subsequent reactivity of these glasses with an aqueous solution of Polyacrylic acid (PAA). To this end (29)Si MAS-NMR, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction, and network connectivity calculations, were used to characterize the structure of four strontium calcium zinc silicate glasses. Following glass characterization, GPCs were produced from each glass using a 40 wt% solution of PAA (powder:liquid = 2:1.5). The working times and setting times of the GPCs were recorded as per International standard ISO9917. The results acquired as part of this research indicate that the substitution of Ca for Sr in the glasses examined did not appear to significantly affect the structure of the glasses investigated. However it was noted that increasing the amount of Ca substituted for Sr did result in a concomitant increase in setting times, a feature that may be attributable to the higher basicity of SrO over CaO. PMID:17665132

  19. Late Quaternary Productivity Records from Coccolith Sr/Ca

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    Stoll, H. M.; Burke, A.; Mejia Ramirez, L. M.; Shimizu, N.; Ziveri, P. P. I.

    2014-12-01

    The Sr/Ca of coccoliths has been proposed as an indicator of productivity on the basis of correlation with export production in sediment traps and across upwelling productivity gradients, although the mechanism responsable for this relationship is not clear. For diverse oceanographic settings in the Late Quaternary, we compare coccolith Sr/Ca productivity records with those of other productivity indicators and proxies for mechanisms of productivity forcing. For the Somalia Basin in the Arabian Sea, coccolith Sr/Ca shows a large variation coherent with precessional forcing of wind strength as a mechanism for productivity regulation. During the glacial, the Sr/Ca peak is decoupled from productivity indicators based on organic C accumulation rate. For the Northern Bay of Bengal, coccolith Sr/Ca, Ba/Ti, and relative abundance of G. bulloides, all suggest greater productivity during the interglacial periods, consisted with Nd isotopic evidence for greater riverine nutrient inputs. In the Andaman Sea, coccolith Sr/Ca is highest during precessional maxima in the summer monsoon, consistent with proxies for chemical weathering in the Irawaddy rivershed. In the Eastern Mediterranean, coccolith Sr/Ca is on average low, and peaks during the E. Holocene interval characterized by deposition of sapropel S1. The peak in Sr/Ca however is comparable to the level maintained throughout the Holocene in the Western Mediterranean, where no sapropel occurs, implicating deepwater oxygen levels as a significant contributor to sapropel formation. Finally, on the Agulhas Bank, minima in coccolith Sr/Ca occur during obliquity minima which are periods of anomalous equatorward deposition of IRD in the Southern Ocean. Northward explansion of the westerly wind field during these cold intervals, block upwelling on the Agulhas Bank and result in low productivity.

  20. Allometric constraints on Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca partitioning in terrestrial mammalian trophic chains.

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    Balter, Vincent

    2004-03-01

    In biological systems, strontium (Sr) and barium (Ba) are two non-essential elements, in comparison to calcium (Ca) which is essential. The Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios tend to decrease in biochemical pathways which include Ca as an essential element, and these processes are termed biopurification of Ca. The quantitative pathway of the biopurification of Ca in relation to Sr and Ba between two biological reservoirs ( Rn and R(n -1)) is measured with an observed ratio (OR) expressed by the (Sr/Ca) Rn /(Sr/Ca)( Rn-1) and (Ba/Ca) Rn /(Ba/Ca)( Rn-1) ratios. For a mammalian organism, during the whole biopurification of Ca starting with the diet to the ultimate reservoir of Ca which is the bone, the mean values for ORSr and ORBa are 0.25 and 0.2, respectively. In this study, published Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios are used for three sets of soils, plants, and bones of herbivorous and carnivorous mammals, each comprising a trophic chain, to illustrate the biopurification of Ca at the level of trophic chains. Calculated ORSr and ORBa of herbivore bones in relation to plants and of bones of carnivores in relation to bones of herbivores give ORSr=0.30+/-0.08 and ORBa=0.16+/-0.08, thus suggesting that trophic chains reflect the Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca fluxes that are prevalent at the level of a mammalian organism. The slopes of the three regression equations of log(Sr/Ca) vs. log(Ba/Ca) are similar, indicating that the process of biopurification of Ca with respect to Sr and Ba is due to biological processes and is independent of the geological settings. Modifications of the logarithmic expression of the Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca relationship allow a new formula of the biopurification process to be deduced, leading to the general equation ORBa=ORSr(1.79+/-0.33), where the allometric coefficient is the mean of the slopes of the three regression equations. Some recent examples are used to illustrate this new analysis of predator-prey relations between mammals. This opens up new possibilities for the utilization of Ba/Ca and Sr/Ca in addition to stable isotope ratios (delta13C and delta15N) for the determination of the relative contribution of different food sources to an animal's diet. PMID:14745648

  1. The (Tl,Pb)(Sr2-xBax)Ca2Cu3Oz superconducting system

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    Jorda, J. L.; Lebbou, K.; Couach, M.; Galez, Ph.; Trosset, S.; Cohen-Adad, M. T.

    1996-03-01

    High quality ceramic samples with a purity more than 90% have been prepared in the (Tl,Pb)(Sr2-xBax)Ca2Cu3Oz system using results from phase equilibrium studies. For the equimolar Tl-Pb composition, a solid solution is observed as Ba substitutes Sr up to Sr=0.5. A multiphase system with the perovskite (Tl,Pb)BaO3 as major impurity is formed for higher Ba contents. In the single phase field, the formation of (Tl,Pb)(Ba,Sr)-1223 by solid state reaction is a two-step process implying the corresponding (Tl,Pb)(Ba,Sr)-1212 phase. Conversion from 1212 to 1223 was found to be maximum for x=0.4. The decrease of the liquidus temperature with increasing x is of great interest for grain growth improvement, in relation with the superconducting properties.

  2. Structural and optical properties of Bi1-xAxFeO3 (A = Sr, Ca; 0.40 ? x ? 0.55)

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    Thakur, Samita; Pandey, O. P.; Singh, K.

    2014-09-01

    The effect of Sr2+ and Ca2+ cation substitution on BiFeO3-type (Bi1-xAxFeO3; A = Sr, Ca; 0.40 ? x ? 0.55) ceramics are investigated for structural and optical properties. X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed that Ca2+/Sr2+ substitution facilitates the formation of tetragonal phase instead of rhombohedral phase as observed in undoped BiFeO3 (BFO). The iodometric titration results show that substitution of Sr2+ has higher tendency to form oxygen vacancies than Ca2+ substituted samples. On the other hand, Ca2+ substitution shows opposite trend. The FT-IR and Raman spectra show shift in the peak positions towards higher wavenumber and diffused bands with the increasing concentration of substituent. The parameters like band gap energy, Urbach energy has been calculated from the UV-visible spectra. Sr2+ substituted samples show higher structural distortion and low optical band gap values which can be correlated to the higher oxygen vacancies and low Fe4+ content as compared to Ca2+ substituted samples.

  3. Anisotropic scattering rate in Fe-substituted Bi2Sr2Ca(Cu1-xFex)2O8+δ

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    Naamneh, M.; Lubashevsky, Y.; Lahoud, E.; Gu, G.; Kanigel, A.

    2015-05-27

    We measured the electronic structure of Fe substituted Bi2212 using Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES). We find that the substitution does not change the momentum dependence of the superconducting gap but induces a very anisotropic enhancement of the scattering rate. A comparison of the effect of Fe substitution to that of Zn substitution suggests that the Fe reduces Tc so effectively because it supresses very strongly the coherence weight around the anti-nodes.

  4. The influence of SrO and CaO in silicate and phosphate bioactive glasses on human gingival fibroblasts.

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    Massera, J; Kokkari, A; Nrhi, T; Hupa, L

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, we investigate the effect of substituting SrO for CaO in silicate and phosphate bioactive glasses on the human gingival fibroblast activity. In both materials the presence of SrO led to the formation of a CaP layer with partial Sr substitution for Ca. The layer at the surface of the silicate glass consisted of HAP whereas at the phosphate glasses it was close to the DCPD composition. In silicate glasses, SrO gave a faster initial dissolution and a thinner reaction layer probably allowing for a continuous ion release into the solution. In phosphate glasses, SrO decreased the dissolution process and gave a more strongly bonded reaction layer. Overall, the SrO-containing silicate glass led to a slight enhancement in the activity of the gingival fibroblasts cells when compared to the SrO-free reference glass, S53P4. The cell activity decreased up to 3 days of culturing for all phosphate glasses containing SrO. Whereas culturing together with the SrO-free phosphate glass led to complete cell death at 7 days. The glasses containing SrO showed rapid cell proliferation and growth between 7 and 14 days, reaching similar activity than glass S53P4. The addition of SrO in both silicate and phosphate glasses was assumed beneficial for proliferation and growth of human gingival fibroblasts due to Sr incorporation in the reaction layer at the glass surface and released in the cell culture medium. PMID:26099346

  5. A systematic study of superconductivity in BiPb(Sn)-Sb Sr-Ca-Cu-O systems

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    Akbar, Sheikh A.; Botelho, M. J.; Wong, M. S.; Alauddin, M.

    1990-01-01

    Superconducting transition above 160 K has been reported in the Bi-Pb-Sb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system. Results of a systematic study emphasizing the correlations between the type and amount of dopant, and superconducting transition is presented. The effect of Sn (instead of Pb) substitution is also highlighted.

  6. Interlaboratory study for coral Sr/Ca and other element/Ca ratio measurements

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    Hathorne, Ed C.; Gagnon, Alex; Felis, Thomas; Adkins, Jess; Asami, Ryuji; Boer, Wim; Caillon, Nicolas; Case, David; Cobb, Kim M.; Douville, Eric; deMenocal, Peter; Eisenhauer, Anton; Garbe-Schnberg, Dieter; Geibert, Walter; Goldstein, Steven; Hughen, Konrad; Inoue, Mayuri; Kawahata, Hodaka; Klling, Martin; Cornec, Florence L.; Linsley, Braddock K.; McGregor, Helen V.; Montagna, Paolo; Nurhati, Intan S.; Quinn, Terrence M.; Raddatz, Jacek; Rebaubier, Hlne; Robinson, Laura; Sadekov, Aleksey; Sherrell, Rob; Sinclair, Dan; Tudhope, Alexander W.; Wei, Gangjian; Wong, Henri; Wu, Henry C.; You, Chen-Feng

    2013-09-01

    The Sr/Ca ratio of coral aragonite is used to reconstruct past sea surface temperature (SST). Twenty-one laboratories took part in an interlaboratory study of coral Sr/Ca measurements. Results show interlaboratory bias can be significant, and in the extreme case could result in a range in SST estimates of 7C. However, most of the data fall within a narrower range and the Porites coral reference material JCp-1 is now characterized well enough to have a certified Sr/Ca value of 8.838 mmol/mol with an expanded uncertainty of 0.089 mmol/mol following International Association of Geoanalysts (IAG) guidelines. This uncertainty, at the 95% confidence level, equates to 1.5C for SST estimates using Porites, so is approaching fitness for purpose. The comparable median within laboratory error is <0.5C. This difference in uncertainties illustrates the interlaboratory bias component that should be reduced through the use of reference materials like the JCp-1. There are many potential sources contributing to biases in comparative methods but traces of Sr in Ca standards and uncertainties in reference solution composition can account for half of the combined uncertainty. Consensus values that fulfil the requirements to be certified values were also obtained for Mg/Ca in JCp-1 and for Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca ratios in the JCt-1 giant clam reference material. Reference values with variable fitness for purpose have also been obtained for Li/Ca, B/Ca, Ba/Ca, and U/Ca in both reference materials. In future, studies reporting coral element/Ca data should also report the average value obtained for a reference material such as the JCp-1.

  7. Synthesis of BiPbSrCaCuO superconductor

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    Hults, W.L.; Kubat-Martin, K.A.; Salazar, K.V.; Phillips, D.S.; Peterson, D.E.

    1994-04-05

    A process and a precursor composition for preparing a lead-doped bismuth-strontium-calcium-copper oxide superconductor of the formula Bi[sub a]Pb[sub b]Sr[sub c]Ca[sub d]Cu[sub e]O[sub f] wherein a is from about 1.7 to about 1.9, b is from about 0.3 to about 0.45, c is from about 1.6 to about 2.2, d is from about 1.6 to about 2.2, e is from about 2.97 to about 3.2 and f is 10[+-]z by reacting a mixture of Bi[sub 4]Sr[sub 3]Ca[sub 3]Cu[sub 4]O[sub 16[+-]z], an alkaline earth metal cuprate, e.g., Sr[sub 9]Ca[sub 5]Cu[sub 24]O[sub 41], and an alkaline earth metal plumbate, e.g., Ca[sub 2[minus]x]Sr[sub x]PbO[sub 4] wherein x is about 0.5, is disclosed.

  8. Synthesis of BiPbSrCaCuO superconductor

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    Hults, William L. (Los Alamos, NM); Kubat-Martin, Kimberly A. (Espanola, NM); Salazar, Kenneth V. (Espanola, NM); Phillips, David S. (Los Alamos, NM); Peterson, Dean E. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1994-01-01

    A process and a precursor composition for preparing a lead-doped bismuth-strontium-calcium-copper oxide superconductor of the formula Bi.sub.a Pb.sub.b Sr.sub.c Ca.sub.d Cu.sub.e O.sub.f wherein a is from about 1.7 to about 1.9, b is from about 0.3 to about 0.45, c is from about 1.6 to about 2.2, d is from about 1.6 to about 2.2, e is from about 2.97 to about 3.2 and f is 10.+-.z by reacting a mixture of Bi.sub.4 Sr.sub.3 Ca.sub.3 Cu.sub.4 O.sub.16.+-.z, an alkaline earth metal cuprate, e.g., Sr.sub.9 Ca.sub.5 Cu.sub.24 O.sub.41, and an alkaline earth metal plumbate, e.g., Ca.sub.2-x Sr.sub.x PbO.sub.4 wherein x is about 0.5, is disclosed.

  9. Ge/Si, Ca/Sr and 87Sr/86Sr tracers of biogeochemical sources and cycling of Si and Ca at the Shale Hills CZO

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    Derry, L. A.; Meek, K.; Sparks, J. P.

    2014-12-01

    Plant uptake and cycling of nutrients is commonly the largest flux of nutrients in terrestrial ecosystems. Hydrologic and other losses are offset by inputs from atmospheric deposition and weathering. We measured elemental and isotopic compositions from soil solution, soil exchange complex, leaves and sapwater from two canopy species, soil and rock samples, and stream and ground waters at the Shale Hills CZO. Xylem fluid and leaf samples have similar Ge/Si < 1 μmo/mol, consistent with fractionation at the root-soil water interface. Ge/Si in soil waters is higher Ge/Si near the surface and increases over the growing season, indicating preferential uptake of Si. Ca/Sr in leaves of Quercus are significantly higher (450±150) than for Acer (200±100), and Ca/Sr is generally higher in leaves than in xylem, consistent with Ca uptake during transpiration. 87Sr/86Sr in both are similar for a given site, implying that the trees access similar pools of Sr and Ca, although there are site-to-site differences. Data on litterfall rates and transpiration rates yield similar estimates of plant cycling of Ca and Si. 87Sr/86Sr in soil solutions from ridgtop and swale sites are well explained by mixing Sr derived from shale and atmospheric deposition. Valley bottom soil solutions and stream and groundwater samples include Sr and Ca derived from dissolution of diagenetic carbonates, found in drill cuttings. A preliminary estimate of the Sr and Ca stream fluxes and isotopic mass balances imply propagation of a carbonate weathering front of ca. 200 m/Ma, faster than previously reported regolith weathering advance rates based on on cosmogenic nuclides and U series (Jin et al., 2010; Ma et al., 2010). These rates are not strictly comparable and differences are at least in part consistent with the greater depth of the carbonate weathering front (Brantley et al, 2013). The data for Ca, Sr, Si and Ge in soil, soil solutions and stream waters reflects the interaction of slower weathering processes with fast biologically driven cycling between soils and biomass.

  10. Mechanochemical synthesis of MgF2 - MF2 composite systems (M = Ca, Sr, Ba)

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    Scholz, G.; Breitfeld, S.; Krahl, T.; Dvel, A.; Heitjans, P.; Kemnitz, E.

    2015-12-01

    The capability of mechanochemical synthesis for the formation of MgF2-MF2 (M: Ca, Sr, Ba) composites, solid solutions or well-defined compounds was tested applying a fluorination of different fluorine-free metal sources with NH4F directly at milling. No evidence was found for a substitution of Mg2+ with Ca2+ (Sr2+, Ba2+) ions, or vice versa, in rutile or fluorite structure. However, an equimolar ratio of Mg2+ to the second cation allows the mechanochemical synthesis of tetrafluoromagnesates, MMgF4, which is more and more hampered the smaller the radius of the cation M2+ is.BaMgF4 is formed even phase pure from the acetates, SrMgF4 can only be observed in a mixture accompanied by the binary fluorides. In addition, 19F MAS NMR spectra along with calculations of 19F isotropic chemical shift values according to the superposition model point to the formation of a metastable phase of CaMgF4, which disappears at thermal treatment and decomposes into the binary fluorides CaF2 and MgF2.

  11. Enhancement of magnetic properties in Mn-Zn substituted M-type Sr-hexaferrites

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    Kang, Young-Min; Kwon, Young-Ho; Kim, Min-Ho; Lee, Dong-Young

    2015-05-01

    We report the magnetic properties of Mn-Zn substituted M-type Sr-hexaferrites (SrM), SrFe12-2xMnxZnxO19, and compare them with those of non-substituted SrM and La-Zn substituted SrM. The highest saturation magnetization (MS) of 75.6 emu/g was obtained at a Mn-Zn substitution of x=0.1 (SrFe11.8Mn0.1Zn0.1O19), which is higher than those of the non-substituted SrM and La-Zn substituted SrM by 2.6% and 1.7%, respectively. The enhanced MS can be attributed to the selective substitution of Zn2+ and Mn4+ into the down-spin site of Fe3+ (4f1 or 4f2). Sintered anisotropic magnets fabricated with the optimal Mn-Zn doping level of x=0.1 exhibited a remanent magnetic induction (Br) over 4300 G and maximum energy product (BH)max of ~4.6 MGOe (36.6 kJ/m3).

  12. Magnétisme et supraconductivité par substitution cationique dans les cuprates de bismuth Bi2Sr2Ca{1-x} TRxCu2O{8+δ} : le cérium et le dysprosium

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    Jordan, F.; Peña, O.; Laxmi-Narsaiah, E.

    1994-11-01

    The substitution of divalent calcium in the bismuth cuprates changes the carrier density (variation of T_c) and allows, at the same time, to study the interplay between magnetic phenomena and superconductivity. We report results obtained after substitution by dysprosium (a strongly magnetic element) and by cerium (which may have different behaviours depending on its oxidation state). Solubility domains and texturation phenomena are also reported. La substitution du calcium divalent dans les cuprates de bismuth permet à la fois de changer le nombre de porteurs (variations de T_c) et d'étudier l'existence simultanée de la supraconductivité et du magnétisme (substitution par des lanthanides magnétiques). Dans ce travail, nous reportons nos résultats après substitution du calcium par un élément magnétique (Dy^{3+}) et par un élément à caractère particulier suivant son état d'oxydation (Ce^{3+} ou Ce^{4+}). Les domaines de solubilité ainsi que les phénomènes liés à la texturation dans ces structures feuilletées sont également reportés.

  13. Tracer diffusion of Mg, Ca, Sr, and Ba in Na-aluminosilicate melts

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    Roselieb, Knut; Jambon, Albert

    2002-01-01

    We employed the thin source technique to investigate tracer diffusion of Mg, Ca, Sr, and Ba in glasses and supercooled melts of albite (NaAlSi 3O 8) and jadeite (NaAlSi 2O 6) compositions. The experiments were conducted at 1 bar and at temperatures between 645 and 1025°C. Typical run durations ranged between 30 min and 35 days. The analysis of the diffusion profiles was performed with the electron microprobe. Diffusivities of Ca, Sr, and Ba were found to be independent of either duration t of the experiment or tracer concentration M, initially introduced into the sample. Mg exhibits a diffusivity depending on run time and concentration and tracer diffusivity is derived by extrapolation to M/√t = 0. Temperature dependence of the diffusivity D can be represented by an Arrhenius equation D = D o exp(-E a/RT), yielding the following least-squares fit parameters (with D in m 2/s and E a in kJ/mol): D Mg = 1.8 · 10 -5 exp(-234 ± 20/RT), D Ca = 3.5 · 10 -6 exp(-159 ± 6/RT), D Sr = 3.6 · 10 -6 exp(-160 ± 6/RT), and D Ba = 6.0 · 10 -6 exp(-188 ± 12/RT) for albite; and D Mg = 8.3 · 10 -6 exp(-207 ± 18/RT), D Ca = 3.8 · 10 -6 exp(-153 ± 4/RT), D Sr = 2.3 · 10 -6 exp(-150 ± 4/RT), and D Ba = 3.7 · 10 -5 exp(-198 ± 4/RT) for jadeite composition. Ca and Sr diffusivities agree within error in both compositions and exhibit the fastest diffusivities, whereas Mg reveals the lowest diffusivity. The relationship between activation energy and radius shows a minimum at Ca and Sr for albite and jadeite compositions extending the relationship already observed elsewhere for alkalies. With increasing substitution of Si by (Na + Al), diffusivities increase, whereas activation energies decrease. Furthermore, a simple model modified from that of Anderson and Stuart (Anderson O. L. and Stuart D. A., "Calculation of activation energy of ionic conductivity in silica glasses by classical methods," J. Am. Ceram. Soc.37, 573-580, 1954) is discussed for calculating the activation energies.

  14. La and Sr substituted Pr{sub 2}NiO{sub 4+{delta}}: Oxygenation and electrical properties

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    Allancon, C.; Odier, P.; Loup, J.P.; Bassat, J.M.

    1997-06-01

    We report herein results concerning the solid solutions Pr{sub 2-x}M{sub x}NiO{sub 4+{delta}}, M = La, Sr. These two cations are larger than praseodymium and lead to a structural stabilization. The oxygen excess {delta} decreases with x for La and Sr substituted Pr{sub 2}NiO{sub 4+{delta}}. Both cases suggest that structural strain is a leading factor for the oxygenation ability of the title compounds. From the evolution of cell parameters, we suggest a phase transition for La substituted compounds occurring for x {approximately} 1-1.2. Surprisingly, this transition has a negligible effect on transport properties. On the other hand, a charge localization linked to the presence of praseodymium is observed. Owing to charge compensation, the Sr substituted compounds have a quasi-constant hole concentration (formally 50%) for x < 0.5. The Pr{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}NiO{sub 4+{delta}} solid solution shows an anomalous behavior for x = 0.5 corresponding to Ni{sup 2+}/Ni{sup 3+} = 1. This anomaly combines an enhancement of the c/a ratio, a larger resistivity, and a peak for the activation energy of the resistivity versus T.

  15. Neutron diffraction study of a (C,Cu)(Sr,Ca) 2(Y,Ca,Sr) Cu 2O 7 superconductor

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    Miyazaki, Y.; Yamane, H.; Kajitani, T.; Morii, Y.; Funahashi, S.; Hirai, T.

    1995-02-01

    The crystal structure of a cuprate containing CO 3 groups, (C 0.58Cu 0.42)(Sr 0.88Ca 0.12) 2(Y 0.50Ca 0.26Sr 0.24)Cu 2O 7, and its high-pressure oxygen-annealed samples were refined by means of the Rietveld method for neutron-powder-diffraction data. The as-prepared sample (non-superconducting) has neither oxygen defect nor carbonate defect in the structure. Noticeable absence of oxygen atoms and carbonate groups are detected for the annealed (superconducting) sample. It is suggested that hole doping is achieved during high-pressure oxygen annealing by the release of some CO 3 groups and by the introduction of oxygen atoms into the vacant ‘apical’ oxygen site, when the CO 3 group is not present.

  16. CaCO3 and SrCO3 bioprecipitation by fungi isolated from calcareous soil.

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    Li, Qianwei; Csetenyi, Laszlo; Paton, Graeme Iain; Gadd, Geoffrey Michael

    2015-08-01

    The urease-positive fungi Pestalotiopsis sp. and Myrothecium gramineum, isolated from calcareous soil, were examined for their properties of CaCO3 and SrCO3 biomineralization. After incubation in media amended with urea and CaCl2 and/or SrCl2 , calcite (CaCO3 ), strontianite (SrCO3 ), vaterite in different forms [CaCO3 , (Cax Sr1-x )CO3 ] and olekminskite [Sr(Sr,Ca)(CO3 )2 ] were precipitated, and fungal 'footprints' were observed on mineral surfaces. The amorphous precipitate mediated by Pestalotiopsis sp. grown with urea and equivalent concentrations of CaCl2 and SrCl2 was identified as hydrated Ca and Sr carbonates by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Liquid media experiments showed M.?gramineum possessed the highest Sr(2+) removal ability, and ??49% of supplied Sr(2+) was removed from solution when grown in media amended with urea and 50?mM SrCl2 . Furthermore, this organism could also precipitate 56% of the available Ca(2+) and 28% of the Sr(2+) in the form of CaCO3 , SrCO3 and (Cax Sr1-x )CO3 when incubated in urea-amended media and equivalent CaCl2 and SrCl2 concentrations. This is the first report of biomineralization of olekminskite and coprecipitation of Sr into vaterite mediated by fungi. These findings suggest that urease-positive fungi could play an important role in the environmental fate, bioremediation or biorecovery of Sr or other metals and radionuclides that form insoluble carbonates. PMID:26119362

  17. Ankyrin-B reduction enhances Ca spark-mediated SR Ca release promoting cardiac myocyte arrhythmic activity

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    Camors, Emmanuel; Mohler, Peter J.; Bers, Donald M.; Despa, Sanda

    2012-01-01

    Ankyrin-B (AnkB) loss-of-function may cause ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in humans. Cardiac myocytes from AnkB heterozygous mice (AnkB+/?) show reduced expression and altered localization of Na/Ca exchanger (NCX) and Na/K-ATPase (NKA), key players in regulating [Na]i and [Ca]i. Here we investigate how AnkB reduction affects cardiac [Na]i, [Ca]i and SR Ca release. We found reduced NCX and NKA transport function but unaltered [Na]i and diastolic [Ca]i in myocytes from AnkB+/? vs. wild-type (WT) mice. Ca transients, SR Ca content and fractional SR Ca release were larger in AnkB+/? myocytes. The frequency of spontaneous, diastolic Ca sparks (CaSpF) was significantly higher in intact myocytes from AnkB+/? vs. WT myocytes (with and without isoproterenol), even when normalized for SR Ca load. However, total ryanodine receptor (RyR)-mediated SR Ca leak (tetracaine-sensitive) was not different between groups. Thus, in AnkB+/? mice SR Ca leak is biased towards more Ca sparks (vs. smaller release events), suggesting more coordinated openings of RyRs in a cluster. This is due to local cytosolic RyR regulation, rather than intrinsic RyR differences, since CaSpF was similar in saponin-permeabilized myocytes from WT and AnkB+/? mice. The more coordinated RyRs openings resulted in an increased propensity of pro-arrhythmic Ca waves in AnkB+/? myocytes. In conclusion, AnkB reduction alters cardiac Na and Ca transport and enhances the coupled RyR openings, resulting in more frequent Ca sparks and waves although the total SR Ca leak is unaffected. This could enhance the propensity for triggered arrhythmias in AnkB+/? mice. PMID:22406428

  18. Analysis of coupled Sr/Ca and 87Sr/ 86Sr variations in enamel using laser-ablation tandem quadrupole-multicollector ICPMS

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    Balter, Vincent; Telouk, Philippe; Reynard, Bruno; Braga, José; Thackeray, Francis; Albarède, Francis

    2008-08-01

    We present in this study results obtained with a laser-ablation coupled with both a quadrupole and a multi-collector ICPMS. The simultaneous in situ Sr/Ca and 87Sr/ 86Sr measurements along growth profiles in enamel allows the concomitant diet and migration patterns in mammals to be reconstructed. Aliquots of the powdered international standard NIST "SRM1400 Bone Ash" with certified Sr and Ca contents, was sintered at high pressure and temperature and was adopted as the reference material for external reproducibility and calibration of the results. A total of 145 coupled elemental and isotopic measurements of herbivores enamel from the Kruger National Park, South Africa, gives intra-tooth Sr/Ca and 87Sr/ 86Sr variations that are well larger than external reproducibility. Sr/Ca profiles systematically decrease from the dentine-enamel junction to the outer enamel whereas 87Sr/ 86Sr profiles exhibit variable patterns. Using a simple geometric model of hypsodont teeth growth, we demonstrate that a continuous recording of the 87Sr/ 86Sr variations can be reconstructed in the tooth length axis. This suggests that the mobility of a mammal can be reconstructed over a period of more than a year with a resolution of a ten of days, by sampling enamel along growth profiles. Our geometric model of hypsodont teeth growth predicts that an optimal distance between two successive profiles is equal to the enamel thickness. However, this model does not apply to the Sr/Ca signal which is likely to be altered during the enamel maturation stage due to differential maturation processes along enamel thickness. Here, the observed constant decreases of the Sr/Ca ratios in the ungulates of Kruger National Park suggests that they did not changed of diet, while some of them were migrating.

  19. Late INa increases diastolic SR-Ca2+-leak in atrial myocardium by activating PKA and CaMKII

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    Fischer, Thomas H.; Herting, Jonas; Mason, Fleur E.; Hartmann, Nico; Watanabe, Saera; Nikolaev, Viacheslav O.; Sprenger, Julia U.; Fan, Peidong; Yao, Lina; Popov, Aron-Frederik; Danner, Bernhard C.; Schöndube, Friedrich; Belardinelli, Luiz; Hasenfuss, Gerd; Maier, Lars S.; Sossalla, Samuel

    2015-01-01

    Aims Enhanced cardiac late Na current (late INa) and increased sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR)-Ca2+-leak are both highly arrhythmogenic. This study seeks to identify signalling pathways interconnecting late INa and SR-Ca2+-leak in atrial cardiomyocytes (CMs). Methods and results In murine atrial CMs, SR-Ca2+-leak was increased by the late INa enhancer Anemonia sulcata toxin II (ATX-II). An inhibition of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (Autocamide-2-related inhibitory peptide), protein kinase A (H89), or late INa (Ranolazine or Tetrodotoxin) all prevented ATX-II-dependent SR-Ca2+-leak. The SR-Ca2+-leak induction by ATX-II was not detected when either the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger was inhibited (KBR) or in CaMKIIδc-knockout mice. FRET measurements revealed increased cAMP levels upon ATX-II stimulation, which could be prevented by inhibition of adenylyl cyclases (ACs) 5 and 6 (NKY 80) but not by inhibition of phosphodiesterases (IBMX), suggesting PKA activation via an AC-dependent increase of cAMP levels. Western blots showed late INa-dependent hyperphosphorylation of CaMKII as well as PKA target sites at ryanodine receptor type-2 (-S2814 and -S2808) and phospholamban (-Thr17, -S16). Enhancement of late INa did not alter Ca2+-transient amplitude or SR-Ca2+-load. However, upon late INa activation and simultaneous CaMKII inhibition, Ca2+-transient amplitude and SR-Ca2+-load were increased, whereas PKA inhibition reduced Ca2+-transient amplitude and load and additionally slowed Ca2+ elimination. In atrial CMs from patients with atrial fibrillation, inhibition of late INa, CaMKII, or PKA reduced the SR-Ca2+-leak. Conclusion Late INa exerts distinct effects on Ca2+ homeostasis in atrial myocardium through activation of CaMKII and PKA. Inhibition of late INa represents a potential approach to attenuate CaMKII activation and decreases SR-Ca2+-leak in atrial rhythm disorders. The interconnection with the cAMP/PKA system further increases the antiarrhythmic potential of late INa inhibition. PMID:25990311

  20. Variations in seawater Sr/Ca recorded in deep-sea bamboo corals

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    Hill, T. M.; Lavigne, M.; Spero, H. J.; Guilderson, T.; Gaylord, B.; Clague, D.

    2012-09-01

    A depth transect of deep-sea bamboo corals along the California margin provides evidence that coral strontium to calcium ratios (Sr/Cacoral) record seawater Sr/Ca ratios (Sr/Casw). A calibration was constructed utilizing Sr/Cacoral ratios and previously published Pacific Sr/Casw data (R2 = 0.53, n = 12, p < 0.01): Sr/Cacoral (mmol/mol) = 4.62*Sr/Casw (mmol/mol) - 36.64. Sr/Casw is ultimately governed by the remineralization of Sr-containing shells of surface water-derived marine organisms (e.g., Acantharia) at intermediate water depths. California margin Sr/Cacoral records from 792 and 1295 m document fluctuations in Sr/Casw that appear decadal-scale. These results suggest that Sr/Casw may not be as stable as previously assumed and may be influenced by surface productivity on short timescales.

  1. Effects of Cd2+ substitution on elastic properties and step-like anomalies in Tl0.9Bi0.1Sr1.8Yb0.2Ca1-xCdxCu1.99Fe0.01o7-? superconductors

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    Ismail, S.; Ibrahim, Abdel-Baset M. A.; Yahya, A. K.

    2015-06-01

    Cd-doped Tl0.9Bi0.1Sr1.8Yb0.2Ca1-xCdxCu1.99Fe0.01O7-? (x=0-0.4) bulk superconductor samples were prepared by solid-state reaction method, to examine the effect of Cd on ultrasonic velocity and elastic behavior of the samples. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, DC electrical resistivity and temperature dependent ultrasonic velocity measurements. DC electrical resistivity measurement showed all the samples exhibit metallic normal-state behavior with the highest Tc zero observed at around 76.4 K (x=0.3). Ultrasonic velocity measurements at 80 K showed a non-linear increase in both absolute longitudinal and shear velocities as well as elastic moduli with Cd substitution with the largest increase observed for the x=0.3 sample. Temperature dependant longitudinal modulus showed elastic anomaly characterized by a step-like slope change at around 230 K for x=0 &x=0.3 and at around 250 K for x=0.4 with the x=0.3 sample showing the sharpest slope change. A comparison between experimental data and calculated lattice anharmonicity curve based on the model proposed by Lakkad, showed large deviation of the experimental longitudinal modulus curves for (x=0.3) from the calculated anharmonicity curves indicating that the elastic behavior was strongly influenced by the existence of the step-like longitudinal anomaly. On the other hand, our analysis using the Landau free energy model found that the anomalous step-like elastic behavior fitted well with the equation derived from the model for regions below and above the elastic anomaly temperature, TA. The fitting indicated that the anomaly is related to a phase transition that is suggested to involve ordering of oxygen which introduces strain in the system.

  2. Rh, Ni, and Ca substituted pyrochlore catalysts for dry reforming of methane

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    Gaur, Sarthak; Haynes, Daniel J.; Spivey, James J.

    2011-07-01

    Dry reforming of methane (DRM) has been widely investigated, with most studies showing rapid deactivation due to carbon deposition. This suggests a need to develop catalysts that limit carbon formation while avoiding structural changes at the elevated temperatures typical of this reaction. Here, we report CO? reforming of methane on four pyrochlore catalysts. First, rhodium was partially substituted for Zr in lanthanum zirconate (La?Zr?O?) to give La?Zr2?xRhxO7?? (LRZ, x = 0.112, 2 wt% Rh) pyrochlore. A second pyrochlore catalyst was synthesized in which Ca was further substituted into the La-site to give La1.95Ca 0.05Zr2?xRhxO7?? (LCRZ, x = 0.055, 1 wt% Rh). This was done to compare the effect of Ca substitution on the La site along with Rh substitution on Zr site. A third catalyst was synthesized where Ni was substituted in the Zr-site to give La?Zr2-xNixO7?? (LNZ, x = 0.112, 1 wt% Ni). A fourth catalyst, containing no catalytically active metal, La1.97Sr0.03Zr?O7?? (LSZ), was synthesized to provide a direct comparison to the substituted pyrochlores. Effects of substitution and kinetic measurements were examined for dry reforming of methane in a fixed-bed reactor. XRD results prior to reaction showed that all the pyrochlore catalysts had a cubic unit-cell lattice. Results from XPS suggested that there were two oxidic phases (RhO? and Rh?O?) in Rh-substituted LRZ and LCRZ and two phases (NiO and Ni?O?) present in Ni substituted LNZ. TPR of the catalysts confirmed the presence of two reducible Rh species in LCRZ and LRZ, and four reducible Ni species in LNZ. Textural measurements revealed that among the active catalysts, LCRZ had the highest BET surface area (10.0 m/g) and pore volume (0.10 cm/g). Temperature programmed surface reaction (TPSR) tests indicated different light-off curves for different catalysts, with LCRZ being the most active by this measure. Steady state tests at 750 C using an equimolar reactant feed for 450 min showed that the Ni-based pyrochlore (LNZ) deactivated rapidly. LCRZ and LRZ showed similar activity, however, LCRZ showed lower carbon built-up. XRD of the spent catalysts showed that the pyrochlore structure was unchanged during reaction for all catalysts. Carbon deposited on catalyst surface during reaction was characterized by TPO. The Ni-based pyrochlore showed higher carbon deposition (1.4 g/gcat.) than either LCRZ (0.26 g/gcat.) or LRZ (0.44 g/gcat.). These results suggested that Rh substituted into the pyrochlore was more active and selective for synthesis gas compared to a directly comparable atomic loading of Ni. In addition, the replacement of Ca? for La? may provide improved oxygen mobility of the catalyst (through the introduction of lattice oxygen defects) resulting in the oxidation of carbonaceous species deposited on the active sites on the catalyst during the reaction. Substitution of metals into the crystal lattice might have also lowered the bond energy of LaO and ZrO lattice bonds resulting in the release of oxygen from the lattice, which probably oxidized surface carbon thus slowing down carbon accumulation.

  3. Intracellular Ca(2+) oscillations generated via the extracellular Ca(2+)-sensing receptor (CaSR) in response to extracellular Ca(2+) or L-phenylalanine: Impact of the highly conservative mutation Ser170Thr.

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    Young, Steven H; Rey, Osvaldo; Rozengurt, Enrique

    2015-11-01

    The extracellular Ca(2+)-sensing receptor (CaSR) is an allosteric protein that responds to changes in the extracellular concentration of Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]e) and aromatic amino acids with the production of different patterns of oscillations in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i). An increase in [Ca(2+)]e stimulates sinusoidal oscillations in [Ca(2+)]i whereas aromatic amino acid-induced CaR activation in the presence of a threshold [Ca(2+)]e promotes transient oscillations in [Ca(2+)]i. Here, we examined spontaneous and ligand-evoked [Ca(2+)]i oscillations in single HEK-293 cells transfected with the wild type CaSR or with a mutant CaSR in which Ser170 was converted to Thr (CaSRS170T). Our analysis demonstrates that cells expressing CaSRS170T display [Ca(2+)]i oscillations in the presence of low concentrations of extracellular Ca(2+) and respond to L-Phe with robust transient [Ca(2+)]i oscillations. Our results indicate that the S170T mutation induces a marked increase in CaSR sensitivity to [Ca(2+)]e and imply that the allosteric regulation of the CaSR by aromatic amino acids is not only mediated by an heterotropic positive effect on Ca(2+) binding cooperativity but, as biased agonists, aromatic amino acids stabilize a CaSR conformation that couples to a different signaling pathway leading to transient [Ca(2+)]i oscillations. PMID:26431875

  4. The Sr/Ca-temperature relationship in coralline aragonite: Influence of variability in (Sr/Ca)[sub seawater] and skeletal growth parameters

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    de Villiers, S.; Shen, G.T.; Nelson, B.K. )

    1994-01-01

    This paper provides an evaluation of two of the most likely pitfalls of Sr/Ca thermometry, i.e., the effect of biogenic cycling of Sr vs. Ca in the surface ocean and the effect of variable extension rate on Sr incorporation in coralline aragonite. The authors also report calibration of the Sr/Ca-temperature relationship for three coral species, Porites lobata, Pocillopora eydouxi, and Pavona clavus, collected for the Hawaiian and Galapagos islands. Analyses of seawater samples show significant spatial and depth variability in the Sr:Ca ratio. The uncertainty introduced by this effect is estimated to be <0.2[degrees]C for corals located in tropical oligotrophic waters, and potentially larger for corals located in upwelling areas. Sr/Ca along two different growth axes of a Galapagos Pavona clavus, with annual extension rates of [approximately]6 and 12 mm/y, respectively, indicate an offset of 1-2[degrees]C, with higher Sr/Ca values associated with slower extension rates. The offset observed between the two growth axes may be the result of variations in extension and/or calcification rate. These results are important in determining past sea surface temperatures for reconstruction of paleoclimates.

  5. Coccolith Sr/Ca as a new indicator of coccolithophorid calcification and growth rate

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    Stoll, Heather M.; Schrag, Daniel P.

    2000-05-01

    Polyspecific coccolith separates from core top sediments in the eastern equatorial Pacific show variations of ~15% in Sr/Ca ratios across the equatorial upwelling zone, with Sr/Ca highest at the equator and decreasing off-axis. These variations cannot be due to changes in the Sr/Ca of seawater, which varies by less than 2% in the surface ocean. Variations in Sr/Ca of coccolith sediments are similar to variations in primary productivity and alkenone-estimated coccolithophorid growth rates in overlying surface waters and to CaCO3 rain rates measured in sediment traps. Because of these relationships and because calcification rate exerts a strong control on Sr/Ca in abiogenic calcites, we suggest that the observed Sr/Ca variations in coccoliths may be strongly controlled by coccolithophorid growth and calcification rates, although temperature may also influence coccolith Sr/Ca to a lesser degree. Changes in dissolution intensity and coccolith assemblages appear to exert a minor influence, if any, on coccolith Sr/Ca in these sediment core tops. If further work confirms relationships between coccolith Sr/Ca and coccolithophorid productivity, Sr/Ca records of past changes in coccolithophorid productivity may be useful in reconstructing past variations in the rain ratio of organic to carbonate carbon, an important control on deep ocean pH and partitioning of CO2 between the atmosphere and ocean. In addition, coccolith Sr/Ca might provide an independent record of past changes in coccolithophorid growth rates, which in combination with data on the carbon isotopic fractionation in coccolithophorid organic matter may permit more reliable calculations of past dissolved CO2 in the surface ocean.

  6. Sr isotopic composition as a tracer of Ca sources in two forest ecosystems in Belgium.

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    Drouet, T.; Herbauts, J.; Demaiffe, D.

    2003-04-01

    The two main sources of Ca in forest ecosystem are the mineral weathering release and atmospheric inputs. We use the 87Sr/86Sr isotopic ratio (Sr is a proxy for Ca) to determine the Ca contribution from rain input in two forest ecosystems (beech stands) growing on soils formed from parent materials with distinct total Ca contents and contrasted isotopic ratios: Pleistocene loess in Central Belgium (leached brown soil) with present-day 87Sr/86Sr =0.72788 and Lower Devonian shales and sandstones in Ardennes (ochreous brown earth) with 87Sr/86Sr = 0.76913. The 87Sr/86Sr ratios and the Ca and Sr contents were measured in rainwater, vegetation (beech wood growth rings and leaves) and main soil horizons (total, labile and HCl 0.1 M soluble forms). The relative contributions of atmospheric input and soil mineral weathering to vegetation were calculated using mixing equations. Calculations based on the Sr isotope ratios of rainwater (endmember 1; 87Sr/86Sr close to seawater: 0.7090), labile soil fraction (endmember 2; 87Sr/86Sr: 0.71332 to 0.71785) and beech wood (mixing compartment) indicate that about 50 % (Central Belgium) to 35 % (Ardennes) of Ca uptake originate from atmospheric inputs. The choice of the appropriate 87Sr/86Sr ratio for the weathering endmember is however critical. The isotopic composition of the mineral source is theoretically determined by the mineralogical composition of the soil and the relative weatherability of the Sr-bearing minerals. Due to soil processes (weathering and clay illuviation), the distribution of minerals in both soil profiles is not homogeneous and varies from horizon to horizon. Which horizons are relevant and which kind of soil extract (labile soil fraction, acid soluble fraction, total soil,...) should be selected for isotopic measurement of weathering endmember, is therefore questionable. The different ways of estimation are discussed. Quantitative mineralogical reconstitutions of soil horizons and isotopic data indicate preferential weathering of plagioclase (high Sr content with low 87Sr/86Sr) rather than mica or K-feldspar (high 87Sr/86Sr). Our results emphasize the importance of the Ca atmospheric contribution to the tree mineral nutrition in these forest ecosystems. It is plausible that acid depositions associated with decreasing input of atmospheric cations (acid rains) could increase the depletion of soil available cation pool at a short-time scale.

  7. SR33805, a Ca2+ antagonist with length-dependent Ca2+-sensitizing properties in cardiac myocytes

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    Cazorla, Olivier; Lacampagne, Alain; Fauconnier, Jeremy; Vassort, Guy

    2003-01-01

    This study examined the effects of SR33805, a fantofarone derivative with reported strong Ca2+ -antagonistic properties, on the contractile properties of intact and skinned rat ventricular myocytes. On intact cells loaded with the Ca2+-fluorescent indicator Indo-1, the application of low concentrations of SR33805 enhanced the amplitude of unloaded cell shortening and decreased the duration of cell shortening. Amplitude of the Ca2+ transient was also decreased. These effects were accompanied with a shortening of the action potential and a dose-dependent blockade of L-type calcium current (IC50=2.4 10?8 M). On skinned cardiac cells, the application of a low SR33805 concentration (10?8 M) induced a significant increase in maximal Ca2+-activated force at the two-tested sarcomere lengths (SLs), 1.9 and 2.3 ?m. The application of a larger dose of SR33805 (10?610?5 M) induced a significant leftward shift of the tensionpCa relation that accounts for Ca2+-sensitization of the myofilaments, particularly at 2.3 ?m SL. In conclusion, despite its strong Ca2+-antagonistic properties SR33805 increases cardiac cell contractile activity as a consequence of its Ca2+-sensitizing effects. These effects are attributable to both an increase in the maximal Ca2+-activated force and a length-dependent Ca2+-sensitization. PMID:12746228

  8. Planktonic Foram Sr/Ca Indicates Long-Term Stability of Carbonate Saturation State and Seawater Sr/Ca during the Cenozoic

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    Caves, J. K.; Opdyke, B.; Owens, R.

    2012-12-01

    Changes in ocean chemistry are poorly understood over timescales of tens of millions of years; yet, such changes reflect the interplay of fundamental Earth processes, such as the long-term carbon-cycle, evolution, tectonics, and weathering. Simultaneously constraining two ocean chemical parameters could help deconvolve these processes and improve our understanding of the marine response to anthropogenic perturbations to the carbon cycle. We use a multi-proxy and modeling approach, utilizing planktonic foram Sr/Ca, calcite cements, and box-modeling to produce a first-attempt at a Cenozoic carbonate saturation state (?) curve and to improve estimates of long-term seawater Sr/Ca variability. Evidence from both culturing studies and glacial-interglacial records indicate that foram Sr/Ca is dominantly sensitive to ?, suggesting that foram Sr/Ca can be used to reconstruct ? if seawater Sr/Ca can be constrained. We apply this new proxy to an updated Cenozoic planktonic foram Sr/Ca record, comprising 1680 records from 18 publications. Our foram Sr/Ca record is largely constant during the Cenozoic, with a minimum at the Miocene-Pliocene boundary and a pronounced shift at 38Mya, corresponding to a major planktonic foram overturning event, which we interpret as a species offset. To constrain seawater Sr/Ca, we use both trace element data from calcite cements and a box-model linked to the 87Sr/86Sr record. Both the model and calcite cement data suggest seawater Sr/Ca has remained relatively stable, with slightly higher values during the Paleogene, a minimum during the mid-Miocene, and variability driven by changes in carbonate deposition and mineralogy. Relative to calcite, ? was low (~4) during much of the Paleogene, but increased during the Oligocene, reaching a maximum during the mid-Miocene. ? declined to a local minimum at the Miocene-Pliocene boundary, and has since increased to pre-industrial values of 5-6. This record helps explain the lag between the aragonite-calcite transition in the early Paleogene and the widespread appearance of scleractinian reefs during the Oligocene, suggesting that aragonitic reefs are particularly sensitive to ?. Further, the combination of trace element proxies from forams and calcite cements and modeling suggest that ? and seawater Sr/Ca have remained relatively constant during the Cenozoic.

  9. Patterns of Ca/Sr and 87Sr/ 86Sr variation before and after a whole watershed CaSiO 3 addition at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, USA

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    Nezat, Carmen A.; Blum, Joel D.; Driscoll, Charles T.

    2010-06-01

    Forty-one metric tons of the mineral wollastonite (CaSiO 3) was applied to an 11.8 hectare watershed at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF; White Mountains, New Hampshire, USA) with the goal of restoring the Ca estimated to have been depleted from the soil exchange complex by acid deposition. This experiment provided an opportunity to gain qualitative information on whole watershed hydrologic flow paths by studying the response of stream water chemistry to the addition of Ca. Because the Ca/Sr and 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios of wollastonite strongly contrast that of other Ca sources in the watershed, the wollastonite-derived Ca can be identified and its amount estimated in various ecosystem components. Stream water chemistry at the HBEF varies seasonally due to shifts in the proportion of base flow and interflow. Prior to the wollastonite application, seasonal variations in 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios indicated that 87Sr/ 86Sr was higher during base flow than interflow, due largely to greater amounts of biotite weathering along deeper flow paths. After the application, Ca/Sr and 87Sr/ 86Sr changed markedly as the high Ca/Sr and low 87Sr/ 86Sr wollastonite dissolved and mixed with stream water. The Ca addition provided information on the response times of various flow paths and ion exchange processes to Ca addition in this small upland watershed. During the first year after the addition, wollastonite applied to the near stream zone dissolved and was partially immobilized by cation exchange sites in the hyporheic zone. In the second and third years after the addition we infer that much of this Ca and Sr was subsequently desorbed from the hyporheic zone and was exported from the watershed in stream flow. In the fourth through ninth years after the addition, Ca and Sr from wollastonite that had dissolved in upland soils was transported to the stream by interflow during wet periods when the ground water table was elevated. Between years three and nine the minimum annual Ca/Sr ratio (in late summer base flow) increased, providing evidence that Ca and Sr had increasingly infiltrated to the deepest flow paths. Strong seasonal variations in Ca/Sr and 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios of stream water resulted from the wollastonite addition to upland forest soils, and these ratios have become sensitive to changing flow paths during the annual cycle. Most notably, high flow events now produce large excursions in stream geochemistry toward the high Ca/Sr and low 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios of wollastonite. Nine years after the application we estimate that 360 kg of Ca from wollastonite has been exported from the watershed in stream flow. The rate of export of Ca from wollastonite dissolution has stabilized at about 11 kg of Ca per year, which accounts for 30% of the dissolved Ca in the stream water. Given that 19 metric tons of Ca were applied to the watershed, and assuming this current rate of loss, it should take over 1000 years for this added Ca to be transported from the watershed.

  10. Strong biological controls on Sr/Ca ratios in aragonitic marine bivalve shells

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    Gillikin, David Paul; Lorrain, Anne; Navez, Jacques; Taylor, James W.; Andr, Luc; Keppens, Eddy; Baeyens, Willy; Dehairs, Frank

    2005-05-01

    It is well known that skeletal remains of carbonate secreting organisms can provide a wealth of information about past environments. Sr/Ca ratios have been successfully used as a temperature proxy in corals and sclerosponges. Previous work on aragonitic bivalve shells has not been conclusive but suggests a major control of growth rate on Sr/Ca ratios. As many studies have used bivalve growth rates to determine temperature, we tested if Sr/Ca ratios could predict temperature through its relationship with growth rate. Shells from the two species of clams from the same family (veneroidea) studied here, Saxidomus giganteus and Mercenaria mercenaria, show vastly different seasonal Sr/Ca profiles. A strong relationship between average annual Sr/Ca ratios and annual growth rate was found in S. giganteus shells from both Washington (R2 = 0.87) and Alaska (R2 = 0.64), USA, but not in M. mercenaria shells from North Carolina, USA. Furthermore, the Sr/Ca-growth rate relationship was also evident upon a more detailed inspection of subannual growth rates in S. giganteus (R2 = 0.73). Although there were significant positive correlations between Sr/Ca ratios and temperature in S. giganteus shells, the correlations were weak (0.09 < R2 < 0.27), and thus Sr/Ca ratios cannot be used as a reliable temperature proxy in these species of aragonitic bivalves. It is clear from this study that Sr/Ca ratios are not under thermodynamic control in either clam species, since thermodynamics predict a negative correlation between Sr/Ca ratios and temperature in aragonite. This points toward dominance of biological processes in the regulation of Sr2+. This is also reflected by the largely differing Sr/Ca partition coefficients (DSr) in these shells (DSr ? 0.25), when compared to inorganic, coral, and sclerosponge studies (DSr ? 1), all of which show a negative dependence of Sr/Ca on temperature. We suggest that caution be taken when using Sr/Ca in any biogenic aragonite as a temperature proxy when the DSr greatly deviates from one, as this indicates the dominance of biological controls on Sr/Ca ratios.

  11. Review of high-temperature superconductivity and the effect of chemical modifications on Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 and Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10. Technical report

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    Jones, T.E.; McGinnis, W.C.; Boss, R.D.

    1991-08-01

    Perform chemical modifications to existing materials that may enhance their superconducting properties and provide insight into the mechanisms responsible for high-temperature superconductivity. This report presented a review of high-temperature superconductivity. An overview of superconductivity from its original discovery to the present is also given. Synthesized two sets of samples. One set was based on the structure Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 and the other on Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10. In both cases, the copper was partially replaced with elements from the first transition row of elements. The replacement was at the level of 5 mol.-% of the transition element for copper. The transition elements used were vanadium (V), manganese (Mn), titanium (Ti), nickel (Ni), zinc (Zn), cobalt (Co), and iron (Fe) and determined the effect of the substitutions on the crystal structure.

  12. Climate proxies from Sr/Ca of coccolith calcite: calibrations from continuous culture of Emiliania huxleyi

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    Stoll, Heather M.; Rosenthal, Yair; Falkowski, Paul

    2002-03-01

    Continuous culture of the coccolithophorid Emiliania huxleyi reveals that coccolith Sr/Ca ratios depend on temperature and growth rate. At a constant temperature of 18C, coccolith Sr/Ca ratios increased nearly 15% as growth rate increased from 0.1 to 1.5 divisions per day and calcification rate increased from 1.5 to 50 pg calcite per cell per day. When temperature increased from 7 to 26C, Sr/Ca ratios increased by more than 25% (i.e., 1%/1C), although the range in growth and calcification rates was the same as for experiments at constant temperature. The temperature dependence of Sr/Ca ratios in coccoliths is consistent with that observed in planktonic foraminifera and abiogenic calcites, suggesting that it is controlled by thermodynamic processes. However, the positive correlation of coccolith Sr/Ca with temperature contrasts with field studies in the equatorial Pacific, where Sr/Ca ratios are highest at the locus of maximum upwelling and productivity despite depressed temperatures. This paradox may reflect different calcification rate effects between E. huxleyi and the other species dominating assemblages in the equatorial Pacific sediments, which may be resolved by new techniques for separation of monospecific coccolith samples from sediments. Models of crystal growth indicate that kinetic effects on Sr partitioning in calcite due to surface enrichment could explain the Sr/Ca variations observed in constant temperature experiments but not the larger amplitude calcification rate effects observed in equatorial Pacific sediments. Despite the dual influence of temperature and growth rate on coccolith Sr/Ca, coccolith Sr/Ca correlates with "b," the slope of the dependence of carbon isotope fractionation in biomarkers (? p) on CO 2(aq) at a range of growth rates and temperatures. Consequently, using coccolith Sr/Ca in combination with alkenone ? p may improve paleo-CO 2 determinations.

  13. STIM1 enhances SR Ca2+ content through binding phospholamban in rat ventricular myocytes

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    Zhao, Guiling; Li, Tianyu; Brochet, Didier X. P.; Rosenberg, Paul B.; Lederer, W. J.

    2015-01-01

    In ventricular myocytes, the physiological function of stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1), an endo/sarcoplasmic reticulum (ER/SR) Ca2+ sensor, is unclear with respect to its cellular localization, its Ca2+-dependent mobilization, and its action on Ca2+ signaling. Confocal microscopy was used to measure Ca2+ signaling and to track the cellular movement of STIM1 with mCherry and immunofluorescence in freshly isolated adult rat ventricular myocytes and those in short-term primary culture. We found that endogenous STIM1 was expressed at low but measureable levels along the Z-disk, in a pattern of puncta and linear segments consistent with the STIM1 localizing to the junctional SR (jSR). Depleting SR Ca2+ using thapsigargin (2–10 µM) changed neither the STIM1 distribution pattern nor its mobilization rate, evaluated by diffusion coefficient measurements using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching. Two-dimensional blue native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and coimmunoprecipitation showed that STIM1 in the heart exists mainly as a large protein complex, possibly a multimer, which is not altered by SR Ca2+ depletion. Additionally, we found no store-operated Ca2+ entry in control or STIM1 overexpressing ventricular myocytes. Nevertheless, STIM1 overexpressing cells show increased SR Ca2+ content and increased SR Ca2+ leak. These changes in Ca2+ signaling in the SR appear to be due to STIM1 binding to phospholamban and thereby indirectly activating SERCA2a (Sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase). We conclude that STIM1 binding to phospholamban contributes to the regulation of SERCA2a activity in the steady state and rate of SR Ca2+ leak and that these actions are independent of store-operated Ca2+ entry, a process that is absent in normal heart cells. PMID:26261328

  14. Reconstructing past seawater Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca from mid-ocean ridge flank calcium carbonate veins.

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    Coggon, Rosalind M; Teagle, Damon A H; Smith-Duque, Christopher E; Alt, Jeffrey C; Cooper, Matthew J

    2010-02-26

    Proxies for past seawater chemistry, such as Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios, provide a record of the dynamic exchanges of elements between the solid Earth, the atmosphere, and the hydrosphere and the evolving influence of life. We estimated past oceanic Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios from suites of 1.6- to 170-million-year-old calcium carbonate veins that had precipitated from seawater-derived fluids in ocean ridge flank basalts. Our data indicate that before the Neogene, oceanic Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios were lower than in the modern ocean. Decreased ocean spreading since the Cretaceous and the resulting slow reduction in ocean crustal hydrothermal exchange throughout the early Tertiary may explain the recent rise in these ratios. PMID:20133522

  15. Migration and Rearing Histories of Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Determined by Ion Microprobe Sr Isotope and Sr/Ca Transects of Otoliths

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    Bacon, C. R.; Weber, P. K.; Larsen, K. A.; Reisenbichler, R.; Fitzpatrick, J. A.; Wooden, J. L.

    2004-05-01

    With the goal of monitoring fish habitat during the first year of life, we used the Stanford-USGS SHRIMP RG ion microprobe to determine 87Sr/86Sr and Sr/Ca ratios in 25 × 35 μ m areas along radial transects of otoliths from juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) native to four watersheds of markedly different geology. Otoliths from ocean-type Chinook salmon from the Skagit River estuary, Washington, have pre-hatch regions with 87Sr/86Sr ratios (~0.709) suggesting a marine signature inherited maternally, extensive freshwater growth zones with 87Sr/86Sr ratios similar that of the Skagit River (~0.705), and marine-like 87Sr/86Sr ratios near edges. Otoliths from stream-type Chinook salmon from three watersheds in central Idaho have pre-hatch 87Sr/86Sr ratios >0.711, indicating that a maternal marine Sr isotopic signature is not preserved after the ~1000-1400 km migration from the Pacific Ocean. The 87Sr/86Sr ratios in the outer portions of these otoliths are similar to those of their respective streams (~0.708-0.722). For the Skagit juveniles, freshwater growth is marked by a small decrease in otolith Sr/Ca ratio, with an increase in Sr/Ca corresponding to the observed increase in 87Sr/86Sr with migration into salt water. Otoliths from the Idaho fish have similar Sr/Ca radial variation patterns that appear to record seasonal fluctuation in ambient water Sr/Ca ratio documented by our water analyses and USGS NASQAN time series data. The ability of the ion microprobe to measure both 87Sr/86Sr and Sr/Ca ratios of otolith aragonite at high spatial resolution in situ provides a new dimension in studies of fish rearing and migration.

  16. Magnetic excitations in the S = {1/2} quasi-one-dimensional magnet Sr{sub 14{minus}x}Ca{sub x}Cu{sub 24}O{sub 41}

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    Matsuda, M.; Katsumata, K.; Shapiro, S.M.; Shirane, G.

    1998-08-20

    Neutron scattering experiments have been performed on Sr{sub 14{minus}x}Ca{sub x}Cu{sub 24}O{sub 41} (x = 3 and 6), which consists of CuO{sub 2} chains and CuO{sub 2}O{sub 3} ladders, in order to study the effect of Ca substitution on the dimerized state in the chains. The Ca substitution broadens the excitation peak although the excitation energy is almost unchanged. The effects of Ca and Y substitution on the dimerized state are compared.

  17. Intercolony Sr/Ca variability in Palmyra Island corals: Implications for paleo-SST reconstructions

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    Sayani, H. R.; Cobb, K.; Cohen, A. L.; Druffel, E. R.; Monteleone, B. D.

    2011-12-01

    The ratio of strontium to calcium (Sr/Ca) in coral skeletons is widely used to construct continuous, highly-resolved records of past sea-surface temperature (SST) variability. Typically, paleo-SST estimates are derived using Sr/Ca-SST functions created by regressing Sr/Ca from a single modern coral against instrumental SST. However, several studies have found that while coral Sr/Ca may strongly covary with SST, the absolute Sr/Ca values in corals growing on the same reef often differ significantly. As such, the uncertainties associated with coral-derived paleo-SST estimates based on the calibration approach outlined above are poorly constrained. To assess reproducibility of coral Sr/Ca and extent of intercolony variability at Palmyra Island (6N, 162W; Cobb et al., 2003; Nurhati et al., 2011), we measure mm- and ?m-scale Sr/Ca in four overlapping modern Porites cores. Conventional mm-scale Sr/Ca records from these modern cores are well correlated with each other (R = 0.65 to 0.68) and with SST (R = -0.73 to -0.85), but the absolute Sr/Ca values of these records exhibit baseline offsets of 0.11mmol/mol (1?). Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) is used to generate 2-3 year long, weekly-resolved, Sr/Ca records from 3 overlapping modern coral segments. While the SIMS Sr/Ca analyses from each core exhibit relatively large point-to-point variations of ~0.17mmol/mol (1?), compared to ~0.06mmol/mol (1?) in mm-scale Sr/Ca, their monthly-scale variability resolves the annual SST cycles observed at Palmyra reasonably well (R = -0.46 to -0.64). Furthermore, the intercolony offsets observed in mm-scale Sr/Ca records are reproduced in the SIMS Sr/Ca records. These large offsets imply that paleo-SST estimates derived from a single fossil coral Sr/Ca dataset would be associated with uncertainties of 1.4C (1?). We build a coral Sr/Ca 'stack' for Palmyra Island using Sr/Ca records from the 4 modern cores. This composite Sr/Ca record is more strongly correlated with SST (R=-0.86), as intercolony variability is averaged out. In ongoing work, we apply this composite calibration to fossil coral Sr/Ca stacks, generated from multiple overlapping cores, from Palmyra Island to provide robust SST estimates for select intervals of the last millennium. References: Cobb, K. M., et al., Nature 424, 271-276 (2003). Nurhati, I. S., et al., Journal of Climate 24, 3294-3308 (2011).

  18. Physico-chemical changes in Ca, Sr and Al-doped La-Mn-O perovskites upon thermochemical splitting of CO2 via redox cycling.

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    Glvez, M E; Jacot, R; Scheffe, J; Cooper, T; Patzke, G; Steinfeld, A

    2015-03-01

    Thermochemical CO2-splitting via redox cycling of Ca, Sr and Al-doped La-Mn perovskites induces irreversible changes in the texture and chemical composition of these oxides. Though the crystal structure is mostly preserved after high-temperature redox cycling, the chemical stability is detrimentally affected by sintering and by the formation and eventual segregation of a carbonate phase during oxidation by CO2. Carbonation of the Ca and Sr phase was diminished by Al-substitution of the Mn-cation in the B-position. PMID:25666121

  19. The influences of hydrological dynamics on Porites coral skeletal Sr/Ca thermometry

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    Hu, C.; Shen, C.; Chiu, C.; Chang, C.; Chiang, H.; Doan, L. D.

    2009-12-01

    Coral Sr/Ca thermometry has been used to infer sea surface temperature (SST) for climate change studies since the early 1990s. The fidelity of this thermal proxy has been evaluated with different coral heads, in-situ SST and seawater Sr/Ca variability. Here we present global oceanic Sr/Ca profiles and dynamics of coastal thermal and hydrological conditions in the western tropical Pacific and South China Sea to evaluate limitations of coral Sr thermometry. The representativity of Sr-inferred SST from single Porites coral heads to a regional thermal condition is sound if (1) thoughtfully addressing local hydrological dynamics, (2) carefully selecting coral heads and subsampling, and (3) using an appropriate coral Sr-SST equation.

  20. Migration and rearing histories of chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) determined by ion microprobe Sr isotope and Sr/Ca transects of otoliths

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    Bacon, C.R.; Weber, P.K.; Larsen, K.A.; Reisenbichler, R.; Fitzpatrick, J.A.; Wooden, J.L.

    2004-01-01

    Strontium isotope and Sr/Ca ratios measured in situ by ion microprobe along radial transects of otoliths of juvenile chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) vary between watersheds with contrasting geology. Otoliths from ocean-type chinook from Skagit River estuary, Washington, had prehatch regions with 87Sr/86Sr ratios of ???0.709, suggesting a maternally inherited marine signature, extensive fresh water growth zones with 87Sr/86Sr ratios similar to those of the Skagit River at ???0.705, and marine-like 87Sr/86Sr ratios near their edges. Otoliths from stream-type chinook from central Idaho had prehatch 87Sr/86Sr ratios ???0.711, indicating that a maternal marine Sr isotopic signature is not preserved after the ???1000- to 1400-km migration from the Pacific Ocean. 87Sr/86Sr ratios in the outer portions of otoliths from these Idaho juveniles were similar to those of their respective streams (???0.708-0.722). For Skagit juveniles, fresh water growth was marked by small decreases in otolith Sr/Ca, with increases in Sr/Ca corresponding to increases in 87Sr/86Sr with migration into salt water. Otoliths of Idaho fish had Sr/Ca radial variation patterns that record seasonal fluctuation in ambient water Sr/Ca ratios. The ion microprobe's ability to measure both 87Sr/86Sr and Sr/Ca ratios of otoliths at high spatial resolution in situ provides a new tool for studies of fish rearing and migration. ?? 2004 NRC Canada.

  1. Structural disorder in AMoO4 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) scheelite nanocrystals.

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    Rabuffetti, Federico A; Culver, Sean P; Suescun, Leopoldo; Brutchey, Richard L

    2014-01-21

    The crystal structure of sub-15 nm AMoO4 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) scheelite nanocrystals has been investigated using a dual-space approach that combines Rietveld and pair distribution function (PDF) analysis of synchrotron X-ray diffraction data. Rietveld analysis yields an average crystal structure in which the Mo-O bond distance exhibits an anomalously large contraction (2.8%) upon chemical substitution of Ba(2+) for Ca(2+). Such a dependence on chemical composition contradicts the well-known rigid character of Mo(VI)-O bonds and the resulting rigidity of MoO4 tetrahedra in scheelites. Unlike Rietveld, PDF analysis yields a local crystal structure in which the Mo-O bond distance shows a negligible contraction (0.4%) upon going from Ba(2+) to Ca(2+) and, therefore, appears independent of the chemical composition. Analysis of the anisotropic displacement parameters of the oxygen atom reveals that the disagreement between the average and local structural models arises from the presence of static orientational disorder of the MoO4 tetrahedra. Rietveld analysis averages the random rotations of the MoO4 tetrahedra across the scheelite lattice yielding an apparent Mo-O bond distance that is shorter than the true bond distance. In contrast, PDF analysis demonstrates that the structural integrity of the MoO4 tetrahedra remains unchanged upon chemical substitution of the alkaline-earth cation, and that their orientational disorder is accommodated through geometric distortions of the AO8 dodecahedra. PMID:24266706

  2. Injectability of brushite-forming Mg-substituted and Sr-substituted alpha-TCP bone cements.

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    Pina, S; Torres, P M C; Ferreira, J M F

    2010-02-01

    The influence of magnesium- and strontium-substitutions on injectability and mechanical performance of brushite-forming alpha-TCP cements has been evaluated in the present work. The effects of Mg- and Sr-substitutions on crystalline phase composition and lattice parameters were determined through quantitative X-ray phase analysis and structural Rietveld refinement of the starting calcium phosphate powders and of the hardened cements. A noticeable dependence of injectability on the liquid-to-powder ratio (LPR), smooth plots of extrusion force versus syringe plunger displacement and the absence of filter pressing effects were observed. For LPR values up to 0.36 ml g(-1), the percentage of injectability was always higher and lower for Mg-containing cements and for Sr-containing cements, respectively, while all the pastes could be fully injected for LPR > 0.36 ml g(-1). The hardened cements exhibited relatively high wet compressive strength values (~17-25 MPa) being the Sr- and Mg-containing cements the strongest and the weakest, respectively, holding an interesting promise for uses in trauma surgery such as for filling bone defects and in minimally invasive techniques such as percutaneous vertebroplasty to fill lesions and strengthen the osteoporotic bone. PMID:19851845

  3. Preparation and characterisation of nanophase Sr, Mg, and Zn substituted hydroxyapatite by aqueous precipitation.

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    Cox, Sophie C; Jamshidi, Parastoo; Grover, Liam M; Mallick, Kajal K

    2014-02-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) substituted with 2 mol% Sr, 10 mol% Mg, and 2 mol% Zn were precipitated under identical alkaline conditions (pH 11) at 20C from an aqueous solution. As-synthesised materials were confirmed to be phase pure by XRD and samples prepared in air contained surface adsorbed CO2 as observed by FTIR. SEM studies revealed a globular morphology and agglomeration behaviour, typical of precipitated nHA. EDS spectra confirmed nominal compositions and substitution of Sr, Mg and Zn. At the levels investigated cationic doping was not found to radically influence particle morphology. An indication of the potential in-vivo bioactivity of samples was achieved by analysing samples immersed in SBF for up to 28 days by interferometry and complementary SEM micrographs. Furthermore, a live/dead assay was used and confirmed the viability of seeded MC3T3 osteoblast precursor cells on HA and substituted HA substrates up to 7 days of culture. PMID:24411358

  4. Superconducting and structural properties of epitaxial Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8-?/Bi 2Sr 2YCu 2O 8-?/Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8-? heterostructures

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    Bacca, E.; Chacn, M.; Castro, L. F.; Lopera, W.; Gmez, M. E.; Prieto, P.; Heiras, J.

    1994-12-01

    We have prepared Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8-?/Bi 2Sr 2YCu 2O 8-?/Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8-? trilayer structures, using a in situ DC-sputtering process at high oxygen pressures on (001) SrTiO 3 substrates. Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8-? films were used for superconducting electrodes and semiconductor-like Bi 2Sr 2YCu 2O 8-? films with thickness down 5 nm were used as barrier layers. Both materials have the same crystalline structures and allowed the epitaxial growth of the heterstructure as shown by X-ray, RBS measurements and cross section TEM analysis. The superconducting properties were examined by resistance, AC-susceptibility and current-voltage characteristics as function of the temperature. For junctions with areas of 120120?m 2 defined by photolitography a RSJ behavior was found at temperatures below T c.

  5. Evidence for the non-influence of salinity variability on the coral Sr/Ca paleothermometer

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    Moreau, M.; Corrge, T.; Dassi, E. P.; Le Cornec, F.

    2014-04-01

    The influence of salinity in the incorporation of trace elements in the skeleton of calcareous organisms is still poorly known. Studies on foraminiferal Mg/Ca thermometry have suggested a bias due to Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) variations, leading to potential erroneous estimation of Mg/Ca-based Sea Surface Temperature (SST). Culture experiments seem to indicate that in three coral species (not including the widely used Porites genus), salinity does not influence the Sr/Ca thermometer. In this study, we test the salinity effect on coral Sr/Ca-based SST reconstructions at monthly and interannual timescales in open-ocean environmental conditions, using a large spatial compilation of published coral data (mainly based on the Porites genus) originating from the Western Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the China Sea and the Red Sea and adding a new Eastern Pacific coral Sr/Ca record from the Clipperton atoll. We use simple and multiple regressions between Sr/Ca on one hand and SST and SSS on the other hand at the various sites. We find no evidence for a salinity bias on the Sr/Ca SST proxy for the two studied timescales. This study reinforces the use of coral Sr/Ca as a reliable paleothermometer.

  6. Structural consideration on the emission properties of Eu?-doped Ba(Sr, Ca)?MgSi?O?

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    Yonesaki, Yoshinori

    2013-05-01

    Emission properties of Eu?-doped Ba(Sr, Ca)?MgSi?O? are discussed in terms of the crystal structure refined by Rietveld method. Ba(Sr, Ca)?MgSi?O? has glaserite-type layered structure. In response to Sr/(Sr+Ca) ratio, the layer-framework build up by corner-sharing of MgO? octahedra and SiO? tetrahedra twists around C? axes to match the size of B-site cation (Sr?/Ca?). This twist significantly affects the unit cell size and the coordination environment around B-site. Eu?-doped Ba(Sr, Ca)?MgSi?O? exhibited blue emission under ultraviolet irradiation. The emission spectra have been characterized by two emission components derived from Eu? ions occupying A- and B-site. Both components showed similar wavelength shift for different Sr/(Sr+Ca), in response to SiO? polarization and to the structural change. - Graphical abstract: Emission properties of Eu?-doped Ba(Sr, Ca)?MgSi?O? are discussed in terms of the crystal structure refined by Rietveld method. Highlights: Glaserite-type Ba(Sr, Ca)?MgS?O? has been prepared by a solid state reaction. Ba(Sr, Ca)?MgSi?O? changes the crystal structure, depending on Sr/(Sr+Ca) ratio. Eu?-doped Ba(Sr, Ca)?MgSi?O? exhibits blue emission under ultraviolet irradiation. Emission from Ba(Sr, Ca)?MgSi?O? is characterized by two Eu? emission components. The two emissions show wavelength shift in a similar manner against Sr/(Sr+Ca)

  7. Sr 2+/Ca 2+ and 44Ca/ 40Ca fractionation during inorganic calcite formation: III. Impact of salinity/ionic strength

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    Tang, Jianwu; Niedermayr, Andrea; Khler, Stephan J.; Bhm, Florian; K?sakrek, Basak; Eisenhauer, Anton; Dietzel, Martin

    2012-01-01

    In order to apply Sr/Ca and 44Ca/40Ca fractionation during calcium carbonate (CaCO3) formation as a proxy to reconstruct paleo-environments, it is essential to evaluate the impact of various environmental factors. In this study, a CO2 diffusion technique was used to crystallize inorganic calcite from aqueous solutions at different ionic strength/salinity by the addition of NaCl at 25 C. Results show that the discrimination of Sr2+ versus Ca2+ during calcite formation is mainly controlled by precipitation rate (R in ?mol/m2/h) and is weakly influenced by ionic strength/salinity. In analogy to Sr incorporation, 44Ca/40Ca fractionation during precipitation of calcite is weakly influenced by ionic strength/salinity too. At 25 C the calcium isotope fractionation between calcite and aqueous calcium ions (?44/40Cacalcite-aq = ?44/40Cacalcite - ?44/40Caaq) correlates inversely to log R values for all experiments. In addition, an inverse relationship between ?44/40Cacalcite-aq and log DSr, which is independent of temperature, precipitation rate, and aqueous (Sr/Ca)aq ratio, is not affected by ionic strength/salinity either. Considering the log DSr and ?44/40Cacalcite-aq relationship, Sr/Ca and ?44/40Cacalcite values of precipitated calcite can be used as an excellent multi-proxy approach to reconstruct environmental conditions (e.g., temperature, precipitation rate) of calcite growth and diagenetic alteration.

  8. Epithelial CaSR Deficiency Alters Intestinal Integrity and Promotes Proinflammatory Immune Responses

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    Cheng, Sam X.; Lightfoot, Yama L.; Yang, Tao; Zadeh, Mojgan; Tang, Lieqi; Sahay, Bikash; Wang, Gary P.; Owen, Jennifer L.; Mohamadzadeh, Mansour

    2014-01-01

    The intestinal epithelium is equipped with sensing receptor mechanisms that interact with luminal microorganisms and nutrients to regulate barrier function and gut immune responses, thereby maintaining intestinal homeostasis. Herein, we clarify the role of the extracellular calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) using intestinal epithelium-specific Casr?/? mice. Epithelial CaSR deficiency diminished intestinal barrier function, altered microbiota composition, and skewed immune responses towards proinflammatory. Consequently, Casr?/? mice were significantly more prone to chemically induced intestinal inflammation resulting in colitis. Accordingly, CaSR represents a potential therapeutic target for autoinflammatory disorders, including inflammatory bowel diseases. PMID:24842610

  9. Study on the site preference of Ca in superconducting oxides Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2?x}Ca{sub x}CuO{sub 6+?} (0.1 ? x ? 1.0)

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    Sun, B.Z.; Zhou, S.L.; Wang, H.; Fei, Z.Y.; Lu, X.M.; Wang, T.L.; Qi, Y.

    2014-01-15

    A series of compound with the nominal composition of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2?x}Ca{sub x}CuO{sub 6+?} (x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8, 0.9, 1.0) were synthesized by the solgel method. Constituent phases and crystal structure of samples were analyzed by X-ray diffraction. It can be found that the Ca-doped Bi-2201 system was composed of Bi-2201 phase containing Ca and a small quantity of Bi{sub 16}(Sr,Ca){sub 14}O{sub 38}. For Bi-2201 unit cell containing Ca, chemical component and site preference of Ca atoms were characterized systematically by transmission electron microscopy. With the introduction of Ca atoms, Sr-sites have been occupied partially by Ca{sup 2+} in Bi-2201 unit cell, which leads to a decrease in the lattice parameters c and b of the Bi-2201 phase when the Ca-content x is below 0.6. Two types of new orthorhombic lattices are formed in the substitution. One is a lattice with space group Pma2 as the two nearest neighbor Sr-sites in the same SrO layer are occupied by Ca{sup 2+}. Its lattice parameters can be characterized as a = 5.402 , b = 5.313 and c = 24.272 , respectively. When two nearest Sr ions of the second neighboring SrO layers are replaced by Ca{sup 2+} ions, the lattice with the space group Pmn2{sub 1} can be formed. Its lattice parameters are close to that of the previous. The modulation vector is lying in the a*c* plane in the two new orthorhombic lattices (Pma2 and Pmn2{sub 1}). Bi/Ca-2201 lattice (with Ca) and Bi-2201 lattice (without Ca) coexist in the same Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2?x}Ca{sub x}CuO{sub 6}+{sub ?} grain, which can be described as an intergrowth structure.

  10. Effects of low-level Ag doping on Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+x}

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    Deis, T.A.; Eror, N.G.; Krishnaraj, P.; Prorok, B.C.; Lelovic, M.; Balachandran, U.

    1995-07-01

    Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} has been doped with silver, up to 10,000 ppm, in three ways: excess additions, substitution of Ag for Bi, and substitution of Ag for Sr. Effects of doping on the c-axis lattice parameter and critical temperature ({Tc}) were measured. Effects from doing were only observed in slow-cooled [10{degree}/hr] oxygen equilibrated samples. Doping by excess additions caused a small decrease in {Tc} and an increase in the c-axis length of the lattice. Doping by substitution, compared to excess Ag additions, caused a larger decrease in {Tc} and higher c-axis values for doping levels up to 1,000 ppm. Doping by substitution at higher levels (1,000--10,000 ppm) caused {Tc} to increase and the c-axis to decrease. Samples with similar substitutional doping levels exhibited comparable {Tc} values and samples with Ag substituted for Sr consistently exhibited higher c-axis values than samples that had equivalent amounts of Ag substituted for Bi.

  11. Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Ca isotope ratios in benthonic foraminifers related to test structure, mineralogy and environmental controls

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    Gussone, Nikolaus; Filipsson, Helena L.; Kuhnert, Henning

    2016-01-01

    We analysed Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Ca isotope ratios of benthonic foraminifers from sediment core tops retrieved during several research cruises in the Atlantic Ocean, in order to improve the understanding of isotope fractionation and element partitioning resulting from biomineralisation processes and changes in ambient conditions. Species include foraminifers secreting tests composed of hyaline low magnesium calcite, porcelaneous high magnesium calcite as well as aragonite. Our results demonstrate systematic isotope fractionation and element partitioning patterns specific for these foraminiferal groups. Calcium isotope fractionation is similar in porcelaneous and hyaline calcite tests and both groups demonstrate the previously described anomaly with enrichment of heavy isotopes around 3-4 °C (Gussone and Filipsson, 2010). Calcium isotope ratios of the aragonitic species Hoeglundina elegans, on the other hand, are about 0.4‰ lighter compared to the calcitic species, which is in general agreement with stronger fractionation in inorganic aragonite compared to calcite. However, the low and strongly variable Sr content suggests additional processes during test formation, and we propose that transmembrane ion transport or a precursor phase to aragonite may be involved. Porcelaneous tests, composed of high Mg calcite, incorporate higher amounts of Sr compared to hyaline low Mg calcite, in agreement with inorganic calcite systematics, but also porcelaneous tests with reduced Mg/Ca show high Sr/Ca. While calcium isotopes, Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca in benthonic foraminifers primarily appear to fractionate and partition with a dominant inorganic control, δ44/40Ca temperature and growth rate dependencies of benthonic foraminifer tests favour a dominant contribution of light Ca by transmembrane transport relative to unfractionated seawater Ca to the calcifying fluid, thus controlling the formation of foraminiferal δ44/40Ca and Sr/Ca proxy signals.

  12. Large enhancement of superconducting transition temperature of SrBi3 induced by Na substitution for Sr

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    Iyo, Akira; Yanagi, Yousuke; Kinjo, Tatsuya; Nishio, Taichiro; Hase, Izumi; Yanagisawa, Takashi; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Kito, Hijiri; Takeshita, Nao; Oka, Kunihiko; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki; Eisaki, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    The Matthias rule, which is an empirical correlation between the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) and the average number of valence electrons per atom (n) in alloys and intermetallic compounds, has been used in the past as a guiding principle to search for new superconductors with higher Tc. The intermetallic compound SrBi3 (AuCu3 structure) exhibits a Tc of 5.6?K. An ab-initio electronic band structure calculation for SrBi3 predicted that Tc increases on decreasing the Fermi energy, i.e., on decreasing n, because of a steep increase in the density of states. In this study, we demonstrated that high-pressure (~ 3?GPa) and low-temperature (?substitution of Na for about 40 at.% of Sr. With a consequent decrease in n, the Tc of (Sr,Na)Bi3 increases to 9.0?K. A new high-Tc peak is observed in the oscillatory dependence of Tc on n in compounds with the AuCu3 structure. We have shown that the oscillatory dependence of Tc is in good agreement with the band structure calculation. Our experiments reaffirm the importance of controlling the number of electrons in intermetallic compounds. PMID:25965162

  13. Large enhancement of superconducting transition temperature of SrBi3 induced by Na substitution for Sr.

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    Iyo, Akira; Yanagi, Yousuke; Kinjo, Tatsuya; Nishio, Taichiro; Hase, Izumi; Yanagisawa, Takashi; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Kito, Hijiri; Takeshita, Nao; Oka, Kunihiko; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki; Eisaki, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    The Matthias rule, which is an empirical correlation between the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) and the average number of valence electrons per atom (n) in alloys and intermetallic compounds, has been used in the past as a guiding principle to search for new superconductors with higher Tc. The intermetallic compound SrBi3 (AuCu3 structure) exhibits a Tc of 5.6?K. An ab-initio electronic band structure calculation for SrBi3 predicted that Tc increases on decreasing the Fermi energy, i.e., on decreasing n, because of a steep increase in the density of states. In this study, we demonstrated that high-pressure (~ 3?GPa) and low-temperature (?substitution of Na for about 40 at.% of Sr. With a consequent decrease in n, the Tc of (Sr,Na)Bi3 increases to 9.0?K. A new high-Tc peak is observed in the oscillatory dependence of Tc on n in compounds with the AuCu3 structure. We have shown that the oscillatory dependence of Tc is in good agreement with the band structure calculation. Our experiments reaffirm the importance of controlling the number of electrons in intermetallic compounds. PMID:25965162

  14. Low loss Sr{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}La{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 17} microwave dielectric ceramics

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    Iqbal, Yaseen; Manan, Abdul; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, University of Sheffield, S1 3JD ; Reaney, I.M.

    2011-07-15

    Highlights: {yields} New single phase highly dense (95%) microwave dielectric Sr{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}La{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 17} (0 {<=} x {<=} 1) ceramics were designed and processed. {yields} Theoretical density and molar volume decreased due to the substitution of small Ca{sup 2+} for large Sr{sup 2+}. {yields} As required for microwave dielectric applications, optimum properties (i.e. {epsilon}{sub r} {approx} 53.7, Qf{sub o} {approx} 11,532 GHz and {tau}{sub f} {approx} -1.4 ppm/{sup o}C) were achieved for Sr{sub 0.4}Ca{sub 0.6}La{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 17} (x = 0.6). -- Abstract: Microwave dielectric ceramics in the Sr{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}La{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 17} (0 {<=} x {<=} 1) composition series were prepared through a solid state mixed oxide route. All the compositions formed single phase ceramics within the detection limit of in-house X-ray diffraction when sintered in the temperature range 1450-1580 {sup o}C. Theoretical density and molar volume decreased due to the substitution of Ca{sup 2+} for Sr{sup 2+} which was associated with a decrease in the dielectric constant ({epsilon}{sub r}) and temperature coefficient of resonant frequency ({tau}{sub f}) but an increase in quality factor, Qf{sub o}. Optimum properties were achieved for Sr{sub 0.4}Ca{sub 0.6}La{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 17} which exhibited, {epsilon}{sub r} {approx} 53.7, Qf{sub o} {approx} 11,532 GHz and {tau}{sub f} {approx} -1.4 ppm/{sup o}C.

  15. Calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) as a novel target for ischemic neuroprotection

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    Kim, Jong Youl; Ho, Hanson; Kim, Nuri; Liu, Jialing; Tu, Chia-Ling; Yenari, Midori A; Chang, Wenhan

    2014-01-01

    Object Ischemic brain injury is the leading cause for death and long-term disability in patients who suffer cardiac arrest and embolic stroke. Excitotoxicity and subsequent Ca2+-overload lead to ischemic neuron death. We explore a novel mechanism concerning the role of the excitatory extracellular calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) in the induction of ischemic brain injury. Method Mice were exposed to forebrain ischemia and the actions of CaSR were determined after its genes were ablated specifically in hippocampal neurons or its activities were inhibited pharmacologically. Since the CaSR forms a heteromeric complex with the inhibitory type B ?-aminobutyric acid receptor 1 (GABABR1), we compared neuronal responses to ischemia in mice deficient in CaSR, GABABR1, or both, and in mice injected locally or systemically with a specific CaSR antagonist (or calcilytic) in the presence or absence of a GABABR1 agonist (baclofen). Results Both global and focal brain ischemia led to CaSR overexpression and GABABR1 downregulation in injured neurons. Genetic ablation of Casr genes or blocking CaSR activities by calcilytics rendered robust neuroprotection and preserved learning and memory functions in ischemic mice, partly by restoring GABABR1 expression. Concurrent ablation of Gabbr1 gene blocked the neuroprotection caused by the Casr gene knockout. Coinjection of calcilytics with baclofen synergistically enhanced neuroprotection. This combined therapy remained robust when given 6 h after ischemia. Interpretation Our study demonstrates a novel receptor interaction, which contributes to ischemic neuron death through CaSR upregulation and GABABR1 downregulation, and feasibility of neuroprotection by concurrently targeting these two receptors. PMID:25540800

  16. ( Sr / Ca ) 14 Cu 24 O 41 spin ladders studied by NMR under pressure

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    Piskunov, Y.; Jrome, D.; Auban-Senzier, P.; Wzietek, P.; Bourbonnais, C.; Ammerhal, U.; Dhalenne, G.; Revcolevschi, A.

    2001-12-01

    63Cu-NMR measurements have been performed on two-leg hole-doped spin ladders Sr14-xCaxCu24O41 single crystals 0 ?x? 12 at several pressures up to the pressure domain where the stabilization of a superconducting ground state can be achieved. The data reveal a marked decrease of the spin gap derived from Knight shift measurements upon Ca substitution and also under pressure and confirm the onset of low lying spin excitations around Pc as previously reported. The spin gap in Sr2Ca12Cu24O41 is strongly reduced above 20 kbar. However, the data of an experiment performed at P = 36 kbar where superconductivity has been detected at 6.7 K by an inductive technique have shown that a significant amount of spin excitations remains gapped at 80 K when superconductivity sets in. The standard relaxation model with two and three-magnon modes explains fairly well the activated relaxation data in the intermediate temperature regime corresponding to gapped spin excitations using the spin gap data derived from Knight shift experiments. The data of Gaussian relaxation rates of heavily doped samples support the limitation of the coherence length at low temperature by the average distance between doped holes. We discuss the interplay between superconductivity and the spin gap and suggest that these new results support the exciting prospect of superconductivity induced by the interladder tunneling of preformed pairs as long as the pressure remains lower than the pressure corresponding to the maximum of the superconducting critical temperature.

  17. Sintering of bulk high- Tc superconductors: Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O

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    Goretta, K.C.; Lanagan, M.T.; Kaufman, D.Y.; Biondo, A.C.; Wu, C.T.; Loomans, M.E.; Cheesman, M.R.; Poeppel, R.B. ); Nash, A.S. )

    1992-05-01

    Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x} (2212) and (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (2223) superconductors have orthorhombic crystal structures. They form platelike grains that at high temperatures grow primarily in the a-b planes and not in the c direction. The diffusional properties of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductors are so anisotropic that 2212 and 2223 cannot, in general, be densified by solid-state sintering. Improved densification can be achieved by application of pressure or by use of transient liquid phases. Most useful bulk Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductors are composites that contain Ag. The Ag lowers the melting points of the superconductors, which has significant effects on microstructural development. The results of disparate sintering studies are presented and discussed.

  18. Sintering of bulk high-{Tc} superconductors: Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O

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    Goretta, K.C.; Lanagan, M.T.; Kaufman, D.Y.; Biondo, A.C.; Wu, C.T.; Loomans, M.E.; Cheesman, M.R.; Poeppel, R.B.; Nash, A.S.

    1992-05-01

    Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x} (2212) and (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (2223) superconductors have orthorhombic crystal structures. They form platelike grains that at high temperatures grow primarily in the a-b planes and not in the c direction. The diffusional properties of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductors are so anisotropic that 2212 and 2223 cannot, in general, be densified by solid-state sintering. Improved densification can be achieved by application of pressure or by use of transient liquid phases. Most useful bulk Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductors are composites that contain Ag. The Ag lowers the melting points of the superconductors, which has significant effects on microstructural development. The results of disparate sintering studies are presented and discussed.

  19. Yellow-to-orange emission from B2+-doped RF2 (R = Ca and Sr) phosphors.

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    Cao, Renping; Zhang, Fangteng; Liao, Chenxing; Qiu, Jianrong

    2013-07-01

    RF2:Bi (R = Ca and Sr) phosphors were synthesized by solid state reaction method in air and their luminescence properties were investigated. Broad yellow-to-orange emissions peaking at ~550 nm (CaF2:Bi) and ~600 nm (SrF2:Bi) were observed under ~260 nm excitation. The emission centers inRF2:Bi (R = Ca and Sr) phosphors are Bi2+ ions, and the excitation and emission bands of RF2:Bi (R = Ca and Sr) phosphors can be attributed to 2P 1/2 → 2S 1/2 and 2P 3/2(1) → 2P 1/2 transitions of Bi2+ ions, respectively. The phosphors are promising for application in lighting due to broad yellow-to-orange emission. PMID:23842359

  20. Characteristics (Delta44/40Ca, Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca) of Mytilus edulis and Arctica islandica Shells formed in a Temperature-Salinity Matrix

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    Hiebenthal, C.; Eisenhauer, A.; Wahl, M.

    2008-12-01

    We investigated the influence of temperature (5°C to 15°C (A. islandica) resp. 25°C (M. edulis)) and salinity (15 to 35 psu) regimes on the calcium (Ca) isotope fractionation (Δ44/40Ca) and on Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca in cultured bivalves (Mytilus edulis and Arctica islandica). In an orthogonal 2-factorial (temperature vs. salinity) experiment, the bivalves were allowed to grow for 15 weeks under tightly controlled conditions and then probed and analysed by thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS) and optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). Several interactions between the factors temperature and salinity with respect to their influence on bivalve shell parameters could be found. However, with the exception of Sr/Ca data, the variation of measured shell characteristics between individual bivalves was high. The Sr/Ca - salinity proxy seems to be the most reliable (linear. regression, M. edulis: Sr/Ca = -0.0283*sal + 1.7967, R2 = 0.81, p < 0.001), even though, in A. islandica shells, it can be blurred by temperature effects at low salinities (lin. regr. at 5°C: p > 0.05, at 10°C: Sr/Ca = - 0.061*sal + 3.13, R2 = 0.93, p < 0.001, at 15°C: Sr/Ca = -0.066*sal + 3.34, R2 = 0.92, p < 0.001). In M. edulis shells Mg/Ca ratios related well with seawater temperature (lin. regr.: Mg/Ca = 0.642*t - 0.107, R2 = 0.81, p < 0.001). Ca isotope ratios only in A. islandica related significantly with temperature (lin. regr.: Δ44/40Ca = 0.016*t - 1.26, R2 = 0.29, p < 0.01) but due to an interacting salinity effect at 10°C (lin. regr.: Δ44/40Ca = -0.0148*sal - 0.738, R2 = 0.62, p = 0.002) the temperature model can only explain a limited part of the variation. Overall, the calcitic shells of M. edulis appear to provide the better element ratio proxies (Mg/Ca for temperature and Sr/Ca for salinity) and the aragonitic shells of A. islandica have the better Ca isotope - temperature proxy.

  1. Thin films of the Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O(x) superconductor

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    Mei, YU; Luo, H. L.; Hu, Roger

    1990-01-01

    Using RF sputtering technique, thin films of near single phase Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O(x) were successfully prepared on SrTiO3(100), MgO(100), and LaAlO3(012) substrates. Zero resistance of these films occurred in the range of 90-105 K.

  2. Bamboo coral skeletal Sr/Ca: An indicator of growth rate or other vital effects?

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    Hill, T. M.; Lavigne, M.; Spero, H. J.; Guilderson, T. P.

    2009-12-01

    Research has demonstrated that intermediate waters (300-2000m) may play an important role in forcing and responding to perturbations to the climate system, via circulation (ventilation), temperature, carbon cycling, and nutrients. Here we investigate the geochemistry of deep-sea bamboo corals, collected on a transect across intermediate water depths (250-2500m) on the California margin. Radiocarbon dating of the calcite skeleton of coral specimens indicates that bamboo corals live for centuries, with growth rates of ~50-100 microns/year, consistent with previous bamboo coral investigations (Roark et al., 2005). Although skeletal Sr/Ca is typically interpreted as a temperature proxy in aragonitic surface corals, it is less clear what factors influence the incorporation of Sr/Ca in calcitic deep sea corals. Recent results indicate that while a strong vital effect is present in bamboo coral stable isotopes (d18O, d13C), Sr/Ca ratios do not covary with isotopic values, indicating different biological or growth factors must control these tracers. Laser ablation ICPMS results from California margin bamboo corals show reproducible Sr/Ca variations in agreement with the timing of PDO shifts for corals collected from different California margin locations. Synchronous coral Sr/Ca and PDO index variability suggest that bamboo coral Sr/Ca trends are related to PDO phase, and may be dictated by surface-driven processes such as food source, quality, or quantity. These results suggest that intermediate waters are impacted by surface water environmental shifts such as changes in productivity and carbon export. Additional work is required to determine whether such shifts in Sr/Ca are apparent through multiple PDO cycles, and to understand the origin of Sr/Ca shifts.

  3. Synthesis, characterization and thermochemistry of Cs-, Rb- and Sr-substituted barium aluminium titanate hollandites

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    Xu, H.; Wu, L.; Zhu, J.; Navrotsky, A.

    2015-04-01

    Titanate hollandites are of considerable interest for immobilization of radioactive Cs, its daughter product Ba and related radionuclides Rb and Sr. In this study, we synthesized three hollandites, Ba1.18Cs0.21Al2.44Ti5.53O16, Ba1.17Rb0.19Al2.46Ti5.53O16 and Ba1.14Sr0.10Al2.38Ti5.59O16, using sol-gel methods. Rietveld analysis of synchrotron XRD data shows that they adopt the tetragonal structure (space group I4/m), and their cell parameters increase with increasing cation size (Sr2+ ? Rb+ ? Cs+). Standard enthalpies of formation of these hollandites were determined from drop solution calorimetric measurements with lead borate as the solvent at 973 K. Their formation enthalpies are similar, consistent with the occurrence of extensive cation substitutions in hollandites. Further energetic analysis with respect to BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 perovskites and other oxides reveals decreased thermodynamic stability from Cs- to Rb- to Sr-hollandite. This trend is consistent with the phase assemblage observed in Synroc, where Cs+, Rb+ and Ba2+ enter into hollandite, whereas Sr2+ occurs in perovskite.

  4. Constraints on Ca/Sr as a Proxy for Calcium in Forest Ecosystems

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    Hoff, C. J.; Hobbie, E. A.; Hallett, R.; Colpaert, J.; Bryce, J. G.

    2004-05-01

    Calcium is a key plant nutrient and important base cation in ecosystems. Our current efforts to quantify Ca cycling in ecosystems rely on indirect proxies, e.g., Ca/Sr or Sr isotopic systems (1). An important assumption in these applications is that the elemental ratio of calcium to strontium faithfully represents calcium cycling and that little fractionation occurs through biogeochemical and physiological processes. However, several researchers have reported variations in Ca/Sr, e.g. among different tree tissues (2) and during weathering processes (3), raising doubts about the suitability of the proxy. To address the question of reliability, we measured Ca/Sr values in a culture study in which Scots pines were grown at low or high nutrient supply rates (3% per day or 5% per day). Because mycorrhizal fungi are intimately involved in plant nutrient supply, plants were also grown either uncolonized or colonized with one of two different species of mycorrhizal fungi (Suillus luteus and Thelephora terrestris). Our preliminary results indicate that Ca/Sr values differ between high and low nutrient treatments, root and foliage, and mycorrhizal treatments. In individual seedlings, roots have lower Ca/Sr than foliage by absolute factors of 2-5. The magnitude of the effect is apparently determined by a combination of environmental factors including both the nutrient and mycorrhizal treatments. These results indicate that Ca and Sr are partitioned differently between nutrient and mycorrhizal treatments and between plant fractions despite the common nutrient broth and substrate. Thus, Ca/Sr values alone are not reliable tracers of Ca within an ecosystem because of partitioning of Ca and Sr during nutrient transport within the plant-mycorrhizal system. We are presently refining analytical techniques and conducting leachate experiments to improve the quantification of this Ca/Sr fractionation. We are also exploring the use of isotopic tracers to study calcium biogeochemical cycling in forest ecosystems. (1) Blum, J.D., et al. 2002. Nature 417: 729-731. (2) Bailey, S.W., et al. 1996. Water Resources Research 32: 707-719. (3) Vitousek, P.M., et al. 1999. Oecologia 121: 255- 259.

  5. A Mssbauer study of spinach chloroplasts with substituted functionally active Ca2+ for57Fe

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    Novakova, A. A.; Semin, B. K.; Aleksandrov, A. Yu.; Tsurkina, L. A.

    1992-04-01

    A Mssbauer spectroscopy was used to investigate spinach chloroplasts in which Ca2+ ions localized in photosystem-II (actively involved in the structural-functional organization of the photosynthetic chain) were chemically substituted for57Fe ions.

  6. Non-traditional stable Ca, Sr isotopic composition in rainwater from Guiyang city, southwest China

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    Han, G.; Tang, Y.

    2013-12-01

    The major ions, strontium concentrations, ?[44/40]Ca, [87]Sr/^[86]Sr and ?[88/86]Sr ratios were measured in rainwater samples collected at an urban site in Guiyang, southwest China, over a period of one year. The pH values ranged between 4.2 and 8.6, with a volume-weighted mean (VWM) of 6.2. About 30% of the rainwater studied were acidic rain with pH values less than 5.6. Ca[2+] was the most dominant cation in rainwater samples and the VWM value was175?mol/L (21-1631 ?mol/L). SO[4][2-] was the predominant anion with VWM value of 137 ?mol/L (5-2019 ?mol/L), next was NO3- with VWM value of 26 ?mol/L(1.4-444 ?mol/L).Using Na as an indicator of marine origin, and Al for the terrestrial inputs, the proportions of sea salt and terrestrial elements were estimated from elemental ratios. More than 99% of Ca[2+] and 98% of SO[4][2-] in rainwater samples are non-sea-salt origin. The ?[44/40]Ca values of rainwater samples from Guiyang city, ranged from 0.510.18to 1.090.14, are very similar to the range of ?[44/40]Ca values in natural rivers. The [87]Sr/^[86]Sr ratios spanned a range of 0.70800 to 0.72742, with a mean value of 0.71080. The ?[88/86]Sr of rainwater samples ranged from 0.2150.004 to 0.3330.004, with a mean ?88/86Sr of rainwater is 0.2960.01. The radiogenic strontium isotope data ([87]Sr/^[86]Sr) can infer the sources of Sr of the rainwater samples. The [87]Sr/^[86]Sr vs. Cl/Na suggests that the sources of rainwater samples come from dissolved carbonate minerals and anthropogenic inputs. The ?[44/40]Ca values and the stable Sr isotope (?[88/86]Sr) may be affected by biological processes.

  7. Thermoelectric properties of n-type double substituted SrTiO3 bulk materials.

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    Cui, Yanjie; He, Jian; Amow, Gisele; Kleinke, Holger

    2010-01-28

    A series of La, Ta double substituted Sr(1-x)La(x)Ti(1-x)Ta(x)O(3), with x = 0.01, 0.05 and 0.10, and La, Nb double substituted Sr(0.90)La(0.10)Ti(0.90)Nb(0.10)O(3) for comparison were investigated in this project. Rietveld refinements were performed to check for purity and symmetry reduction. Electronic structure calculations indicate n-type conduction with steep and flat bands in the vicinity of the Fermi level for x = 0.125. Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity measurements on hot-pressed and spark-plasma-sintered samples were performed over a wide range of temperatures. Best results were obtained by spark-plasma-sintering of double substituted Sr(0.99)La(0.01)Ti(0.99)Ta(0.01)O(3) with a thermoelectric figure-of-merit of 0.13 at 660 K. PMID:20066188

  8. Are SR Ca content fluctuations or SR refractoriness the key to atrial cardiac alternans?: insights from a human atrial model.

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    Lugo, Carlos A; Cantalapiedra, Inma R; Pearanda, Angelina; Hove-Madsen, Leif; Echebarria, Blas

    2014-06-01

    Despite the important role of electromechanical alternans in cardiac arrhythmogenesis, its molecular origin is not well understood. The appearance of calcium alternans has often been associated to fluctuations in the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca loading. However, cytosolic calcium alternans observed without concurrent oscillations in the SR Ca content suggests an alternative mechanism related to a dysfunction in the dynamics of the ryanodine receptor (RyR2). We have investigated the effect of SR release refractoriness in the appearance of alternans, using a mathematical model of a single human atrial cell, based on the model by Nygren et al. (30), where we modified the dynamics of the RyR2 and of SR Ca release. The genesis of calcium alternans was studied stimulating the cell for different periods and values of the RyR2 recovery time from inactivation. At fast rates cytosolic calcium alternans were obtained without concurrent SR Ca content fluctuations. A transition from regular response to alternans was also observed, changing the recovery time from inactivation of the RyR2. This transition was found to be hysteretic, so for a given set of parameters different responses were observed. We then studied the relevance of RyR2 refractoriness for the generation of alternans, reproducing the same protocols as in recent experiments. In particular, restitution of Ca release during alternans was studied with a S1S2 protocol, obtaining a different response if the S2 stimulation was given after a long or a short release. We show that the experimental results can be explained by RyR2 refractoriness, arising from a slow RyR2 recovery from inactivation, stressing the role of the RyR2 in the genesis of alternans. PMID:24610921

  9. High precision measurement of Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios in carbonates by cool plasma quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    Shen, C.; Chui, H.; Chu, M.; Chen, M.; Wei, K.; Steinke, S.

    2004-12-01

    We have developed a high-precision analytical technique using an quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer Agilent 7500s, for simultaneously measuring Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios in carbonates, which are broadly used as environmental and climatic proxies in the Earth Sciences. Cool plasma technique with 650-W RF power was employed to diminish spectral interference. A desolvation introduction system was used to enhance sensitivity, improve detection limit and reduce sample size. Intensities of isotopes, including 24Mg, 43Ca and 86Sr, were all detected in pulse-counting mode. Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios were calculated directly from intensity ratios, 24Mg/43Ca and 86Sr/43Ca, using external matrix-matched standards to correct for instrumental mass discrimination and low-frequency ratio drift. For Mg/Ca analysis, matrix effect of Ca level is 0.018 Mg/Ca (mmol/mol) / [Ca] (ppm). This problem can be overcome by holding [Ca] from 6-8 ppm in sample solution or correcting measured ratio with an empirical formula. Different Sr/Ca also slightly affects Mg/Ca determination with a slope of 0.017 Mg/Ca (mmol/mol) / Sr/Ca (mmol/mol). It is mainly caused by the formation of doubly-charge ion of 86Sr, which biases intensity measurement of 43Ca+ ion beam. This effect brings about only a trivial offset less than 0.1% on Mg/Ca determination for Quaternary foraminiferal and coral samples. Internal precision given by our method ranges 0.1-0.2% (2sd). Replicate measurements made on standards and samples show that external uncertainties of 0.5% and 0.4% (2sd) can be achieved for Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca, respectively. Requirement of a small sample size of only 3.5 microgram carbonate even allows investigating characteristics of single foraminiferal chamber.

  10. Characterization of the Sr(2+)- and Cd(2+)-Substituted Oxygen-Evolving Complex of Photosystem II by Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics Calculations.

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    Pitari, Fabio; Bovi, Daniele; Narzi, Daniele; Guidoni, Leonardo

    2015-09-29

    The Mn4CaO5 cluster in the oxygen-evolving complex is the catalytic core of the Photosystem II (PSII) enzyme, responsible for the water splitting reaction in oxygenic photosynthesis. The role of the redox-inactive ion in the cluster has not yet been fully clarified, although several experimental data are available on Ca2+-depleted and Ca2+-substituted PSII complexes, indicating Sr2+-substituted PSII as the only modification that preserves oxygen evolution. In this work, we investigated the structural and electronic properties of the PSII catalytic core with Ca2+ replaced with Sr2+ and Cd2+ in the S2 state of the Kok?Joliot cycle by means of density functional theory and ab initio molecular dynamics based on a quantum mechanics/ molecular mechanics approach. Our calculations do not reveal significant differences between the substituted and wild-type systems in terms of geometries, thermodynamics, and kinetics of two previously identified intermediate states along the S2 to S3 transition, namely, the open cubane S2 A and closed cubane S2 B conformers. Conversely, our calculations show different pKa values for the water molecule bound to the three investigated heterocations. Specifically, for Cd-substituted PSII, the pKa value is 5.3 units smaller than the respective value in wild type Ca-PSII. On the basis of our results, we conclude that, assuming all the cations sharing the same binding site, the induced difference in the acidity of the binding pocket might influence the hydrogen bonding network and the redox levels to prevent the further evolution of the cycle toward the S3 state. PMID:26346422

  11. Thallium cuprate 1223 type.. I. Its elaboration and dependence of chemical and thermal stability and of superconducting transition temperature on Tl/Pb and Sr/Ba substitutions

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    Lebbou, K.; Trosset, S.; Abraham, R.; Cohen-Adad, M. Th; Ciszek, M.; Liang, W. Y.

    1998-08-01

    The formation of samples with nominal composition (Tl xPb 1- x)(Sr 1- yBa y) 2Ca 2Cu 3O z was followed by X-ray diffraction study. With the chosen elaboration conditions, the 1223 phases were formed in two steps with a 1212 type phase observed as an intermediate compound. From the results, the limits of the 1223 single phase field were determined for temperature below 930C and under 1 bar of oxygen. Samples with 91% purity were obtained and for compositions located outside the limits of the monophased field, a Tl/Pb-Sr/Ba-1212 and a substituted Tl/Pb and Sr/Ba perovskite were found as the main impurities.

  12. Loparite, a rare-earth ore (Ce, Na, Sr, Ca)(Ti, Nb, Ta, Fe+3)O3

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    Hedrick, J.B.; Sinha, S.P.; Kosynkin, V.D.

    1997-01-01

    The mineral loparite (Ce, NA, Sr, Ca)(Ti, Nb, Ta, Fe+3)O3 is the principal ore of the light-group rare-earth elements (LREE) in Russia. The complex oxide has a perovskite (ABO3) structure with coupled substitutions, polymorphism, defect chemistry and a tendency to become metamict. The A site generally contains weakly bonded, easily exchanged cations of the LREE, Na and Ca. The B site generally contains smaller, highly charged cations of Ti, Nb or Fe+3. Mine production is from Russia's Kola Peninsula. Ore is beneficiated to produce a 95% loparite concentrate containing 30% rare-earth oxides. Loparite concentrate is refined by either a chlorination process or acid decomposition process to recover rare-earths, titanium, niobium and tantalum. Rare-earths are separated by solvent extraction and selective precipitation/dissolution. The concentrate is processed at plants in Russia, Estonia and Kazakstan.

  13. Synchrony of cardiomyocyte Ca(2+) release is controlled by T-tubule organization, SR Ca(2+) content, and ryanodine receptor Ca(2+) sensitivity.

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    yehaug, Leiv; Loose, Kristian ; Jlle, Guro F; Re, smund T; Sjaastad, Ivar; Christensen, Geir; Sejersted, Ole M; Louch, William E

    2013-04-16

    Recent work has demonstrated that cardiomyocyte Ca(2+)release is desynchronized in several pathological conditions. Loss of Ca(2+) release synchrony has been attributed to t-tubule disruption, but it is unknown if other factors also contribute. We investigated this issue in normal and failing myocytes by integrating experimental data with a mathematical model describing spatiotemporal dynamics of Ca(2+) in the cytosol and sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). Heart failure development in postinfarction mice was associated with progressive t-tubule disorganization, as quantified by fast-Fourier transforms. Data from fast-Fourier transforms were then incorporated in the model as a dyadic organization index, reflecting the proportion of ryanodine receptors located in dyads. With decreasing dyadic-organization index, the model predicted greater dyssynchrony of Ca(2+) release, which exceeded that observed in experimental line-scan images. Model and experiment were reconciled by reducing the threshold for Ca(2+) release in the model, suggesting that increased RyR sensitivity partially offsets the desynchronizing effects of t-tubule disruption in heart failure. Reducing the magnitude of SR Ca(2+) content and release, whether experimentally by thapsigargin treatment, or in the model, desynchronized the Ca(2+) transient. However, in cardiomyocytes isolated from SERCA2 knockout mice, RyR sensitization offset such effects. A similar interplay between RyR sensitivity and SR content was observed during treatment of myocytes with low-dose caffeine. Initial synchronization of Ca(2+) release during caffeine was reversed as SR content declined due to enhanced RyR leak. Thus, synchrony of cardiomyocyte Ca(2+) release is not only determined by t-tubule organization but also by the interplay between RyR sensitivity and SR Ca(2+) content. PMID:23601316

  14. Magnetism, superconductivity, and the volume collapse transition in (Ca0.67Sr0.33)Fe2As2 under pressure

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    Jeffries, Jason; Butch, N. P.; Saha, S. R.; Kirshenbaum, K.; Weir, S. T.; Vohra, Y. K.; Paglione, J.

    2012-02-01

    The alkaline earth site of CaFe2As2 can be chemically substituted with Sr, forming a homogeneous solid solution series ending with SrFe2As2. It is found that (Ca0.67Sr0.33)Fe2As2 exhibits a pressure-temperature phase diagram intermediate between the two end members of the series, shifting the phase lines for the suppression of magnetism, the development of superconductivity, and the occurrence of a volume collapse transition to higher pressures. The overall shift in the pressure-temperature phase diagram permits the study of each phase field, yielding valuable information about the correlations between local atomic structure, magnetism, superconductivity, and the volume collapse transition. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is operated by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  15. High-pressure densified solid solutions of alkaline earth hexaborides (Ca/Sr, Ca/Ba, Sr/Ba) and their high-temperature thermoelectric properties

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    Gürsoy, M.; Takeda, M.; Albert, B.

    2015-01-15

    Solid solutions of alkaline earth hexaborides were synthesized and densified by spark plasma sintering at 100 MPa. The high-temperature thermoelectric properties (Seebeck coefficients, electrical and thermal diffusivities, heat capacities) were measured between room temperature and 1073 K. CaB{sub 6}, SrB{sub 6}, BaB{sub 6} and the ternary hexaborides Ca{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x}B{sub 6}, Ca{sub x}Ba{sub 1−x}B{sub 6}, Sr{sub x}Ba{sub 1−x}B{sub 6} (x = 0.25, 0.5, 0.75) are n-type conducting compounds over the whole compositional and thermal ranges. The values of the figure of merit ZT for CaB{sub 6} (ca. 0.3 at 1073 K) were found to be significantly increased compared to earlier investigations which is attributed to the densification process. - Highlights: • Solid solutions of alkaline earth hexaborides were synthesized. • High-temperature thermoelectric properties of mixed calcium borides are excellent. • Spark plasma source densification results in high ZT values. • Borides are rare-earth free and refractory materials.

  16. High-pressure densified solid solutions of alkaline earth hexaborides (Ca/Sr, Ca/Ba, Sr/Ba) and their high-temperature thermoelectric properties

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    Grsoy, M.; Takeda, M.; Albert, B.

    2015-01-01

    Solid solutions of alkaline earth hexaborides were synthesized and densified by spark plasma sintering at 100 MPa. The high-temperature thermoelectric properties (Seebeck coefficients, electrical and thermal diffusivities, heat capacities) were measured between room temperature and 1073 K. CaB6, SrB6, BaB6 and the ternary hexaborides CaxSr1-xB6, CaxBa1-xB6, SrxBa1-xB6 (x = 0.25, 0.5, 0.75) are n-type conducting compounds over the whole compositional and thermal ranges. The values of the figure of merit ZT for CaB6 (ca. 0.3 at 1073 K) were found to be significantly increased compared to earlier investigations which is attributed to the densification process.

  17. Structure electronic and ionic conductivity study versus Ca content in Ca{sub 10-x}Sr{sub x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}F{sub 2} apatites

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    Sghir, B.; Hlil, E.K.; Laghzizil, A.; Boujrhal, F.Z.; Cherkaoui El Moursli, R.; Fruchart, D.

    2009-07-01

    Substitution effect on the crystallographic structure in Ca{sub 10-x}Sr{sub x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}F{sub 2} solid solution are studied by X-ray diffraction patterns and Rietveld refinements. Full potential electronic structure calculations based on LCAO (linear combination atomic orbital) are also performed using the obtained crystallographic parameters. DOS modification and the charge transfer are estimated versus the calcium content. According to the complex impedance method, ionic conductivity changes are explained.

  18. Hanford 100N Area Apatite Emplacement: Laboratory Results of Ca-Citrate-PO4 Solution Injection and Sr-90 Immobilization in 100N Sediments

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    Szecsody, James E.; Burns, Carolyn A.; Moore, Robert C.; Fruchter, Jonathan S.; Vermeul, Vincent R.; Williams, Mark D.; Girvin, Donald C.; McKinley, James P.; Truex, Michael J.; Phillips, Jerry L.

    2007-10-01

    This report summarizes laboratory scale studies investigating the remediation of Sr-90 by Ca-citrate-PO4 solution injection/infiltration to support field injection activities in the Hanford 100N area. This study is focused on experimentally testing whether this remediation technology can be effective under field scale conditions to mitigate Sr-90 migration 100N area sediments into the Columbia River. Sr-90 is found primarily adsorbed to sediments by ion exchange (99% adsorbed, < 1% in groundwater) in the upper portion of the unconfined aquifer and lower vadose zone. Although primarily adsorbed, Sr-90 is still considered a high mobility risk as it is mobilized by seasonal river stage increases and by plumes of higher ionic strength relative to groundwater. This remediation technology relies upon the Ca-citrate-PO4 solution forming apatite precipitate [Ca6(PO4)10(OH)2], which incorporates some Sr-90 during initial precipitation and additionally slowly incorporates Sr-90 by solid phase substitution for Ca. Sr substitution occurs because Sr-apatite is thermodynamically more stable than Ca-apatite. Once the Sr-90 is in the apatite structure, Sr-90 will decay to Y-90 (29.1 y half-life) then Zr-90 (64.1 h half-life) without the potential for migration into the Columbia River. For this technology to be effective, sufficient apatite needs to be emplaced in sediments to incorporate Sr and Sr-90 for 300 years (~10 half-lives of Sr-90), and the rate of incorporation needs to exceed the natural groundwater flux rate of Sr in the 100N area. A primary objective of this study is to supply an injection sequence to deliver sufficient apatite into subsurface sediments that minimizes initial mobility of Sr-90, which occurs because the injection solution has a higher ionic strength compared to groundwater. This can be accomplished by sequential injections of low, then high concentration injection of Ca-citrate-PO4 solutions. Assessment of low concentration Ca-citrate-PO4, citrate-PO4, and PO4 solutions show greater Sr and Sr-90 incorporation during initial precipitation and less initial mobilization with solutions with low Ca2+ concentration. While all solutions showed nearly the same Sr uptake into apatite (14 to 17% by 2 weeks, 21% to 30% by 5 weeks), the incorporation efficiency (i.e., mM Sr incorporated per mM PO4 injected) was higher for solutions containing citrate. The Sr incorporation rate into apatite during initial precipitation (by 1 month) averaged 4.64 ± 1.9 x 10-4 h-1 (half-life 1500 ± 430 h, 8.85 x 10-7 mg Sr/day/mg apatite). The injection solution used in field injections #3 to #18 (10 mM PO4, 1 mM Ca, 2.5 mM citrate), which is deficient in Ca (a total of 16.7 mM needed to form apatite with 10 mM of PO4), resulted in the initial Sr and Ca peak (24 h) at 4.7x groundwater. By 30 days, the aqueous Sr concentration was 0.28x groundwater and Ca 0.43x groundwater, as both Sr and Ca are used to form initial apatite precipitates. Reactive transport simulation of the complex ion exchange, biodegradation, and precipitation processes showed that the initial Sr groundwater increase mobilized only 1.5% of the Sr mass in sediments. Citrate biodegradation, a necessary step in Ca-citrate-PO4 solutions forming apatite, had an average half-life of 50 h (at aquifer sediment/water ratio and temperature), and decreased an order of magnitude with sediment depth as the microbial biomass decreased five orders of magnitude. The rate of citrate biodegradation was relatively invariant with biomass and water saturation (50% to 100%, for vadose zone infiltration) possibly due to significant microbial injection using river water and subsurface microbial mobilization.

  19. Catalytic partial oxidation of n-tetradecane using pyrochlores: Effect of Rh and Sr substitution

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    Haynes, D.; Berry, D.; Shekhawat, D.; Spivey, J.

    2008-01-01

    The catalytic partial oxidation (CPOX) of transportation fuels into synthesis gas (H2 + CO) for fuel cells is complicated by the large quantities of aromatics and sulfur-containing compounds commonly found in these fuels. Traditional supported metal catalysts are easily poisoned by these species which adsorb strongly onto the electron-rich metal clusters. The use of noble metal and/or oxide based catalyst systems may offer higher activity and stability, but only if the metal can be bound into a thermally stable structure. To that end, Rh metal was substituted into the structure of a lanthanum zirconate (LZ) pyrochlore to give La2RhyZr(2#2;y)O(7-j,) (LRZ) to produce a strongly bound, well-dispersed metal which is active for CPOX. A second catalyst was prepared in which Sr was substituted for a portion of La in the LRZ structure, producing La(2#2;x)SrxRhyZr(2#2;y)O(7-j) (LSRZ). Each of these pyrochlore catalysts, including the unsubstituted LZ, were characterized and screened for activity in the CPOX of ntetradecane (TD), which is a surrogate for linear paraffins typical of diesel fuel. Results were compared to a commercial Rh/g-Al2O3 catalyst. X-ray diffraction patterns of both the LZ and LRZ showed that each had the cubic unit-cell pyrochlore structure. However, substitution of Sr resulted in a binary perovskite-pyrochlore phase with a defect SrZrO3 phase. Hydrogen pulse chemisorption and temperature programmed reduction studies confirmed that Rh metal was substituted into the structure of the LRZ and LSRZ, and was reducible. Activity screening with the CPOX of TD showed that the Rh substituted in both LRZ and LSRZ is able to retain activity-producing essentially equilibrium synthesis gas yields, as was the Rh/g-Al2O3. Temperature programmed oxidation experiments performed after the CPOX of TD demonstrated that the amount of carbon was quantitatively similar for each catalyst (roughly 0.3 gcarbon/gcatalyst after each run), with the exception of LSRZ, which had significantly less carbon (0.17 gcarbon/gcatalyst). It is speculated that improved oxygen ion mobility in the LSRZ material, which resulted from Sr substitution, was responsible for the reduction in carbon formation on the surface.

  20. Catalytic Partial oxidation of n-Tetradecane Using Pyrochlores: Effect of Rh and Sr Substitution

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    Haynes, D.J.; Berry, D.A.; Shekhawat, Dushyant; Spivey, J.J.

    2008-07-31

    The catalytic partial oxidation (CPOX) of transportation fuels into synthesis gas (H2 + CO) for fuel cells is complicated by the large quantities of aromatics and sulfur-containing compounds commonly found in these fuels. Traditional supported metal catalysts are easily poisoned by these species which adsorb strongly onto the electron-rich metal clusters. The use of noble metal and/or oxide based catalyst systems may offer higher activity and stability, but only if the metal can be bound into a thermally stable structure. To that end, Rh metal was substituted into the structure of a lanthanum zirconate (LZ) pyrochlore to give La2RhyZr(2#2;y)O(7-j,) (LRZ) to produce a strongly bound, well-dispersed metal which is active for CPOX. A second catalyst was prepared in which Sr was substituted for a portion of La in the LRZ structure, producing La(2#2;x)SrxRhyZr(2#2;y)O(7-j) (LSRZ). Each of these pyrochlore catalysts, including the unsubstituted LZ, were characterized and screened for activity in the CPOX of ntetradecane (TD), which is a surrogate for linear paraffins typical of diesel fuel. Results were compared to a commercial Rh/g-Al2O3 catalyst. X-ray diffraction patterns of both the LZ and LRZ showed that each had the cubic unit-cell pyrochlore structure. However, substitution of Sr resulted in a binary perovskite-pyrochlore phase with a defect SrZrO3 phase. Hydrogen pulse chemisorption and temperature programmed reduction studies confirmed that Rh metal was substituted into the structure of the LRZ and LSRZ, and was reducible. Activity screening with the CPOX of TD showed that the Rh substituted in both LRZ and LSRZ is able to retain activity-producing essentially equilibrium synthesis gas yields, as was the Rh/g-Al2O3. Temperature programmed oxidation experiments performed after the CPOX of TD demonstrated that the amount of carbon was quantitatively similar for each catalyst (roughly 0.3 gcarbon/gcatalyst after each run), with the exception of LSRZ, which had significantly less carbon (0.17 gcarbon/gcatalyst). It is speculated that improved oxygen ion mobility in the LSRZ material, which resulted from Sr substitution, was responsible for the reduction in carbon formation on the surface.

  1. Is otolith microchemistry (Sr: Ca and Ba:Ca ratios) useful to identify Mugil curema populations in the southeastern Caribbean Sea?

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    Avigliano, E; Callicó-Fortunato, R; Buitrago, J; Volpedo, A V

    2015-11-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the potential use of otolith microchemistry (Sr:Ca and Ba:Ca ratios) to identify silver mullet, Mugil curema, populations in Southeastern Caribbean Sea. Fish samples were collected in 7 areas of Nueva Esparta State (Venezuela). The otolith Sr:Ca and Ba:Ca ratios and water Sr:Ca were determined (by ICP-OES and EDTA volumetric method). Otoliths Sr:Ca and Ba:Ca ratios and Sr:Ca partition coefficient of mullets in Cubagua island (south of the State) were significantly different from ratios in La Guardia (north of the State). A discriminant analysis of otolith Sr:Ca and Ba:Ca ratios separated Cubagua Island from La Guardia values. These results suggest the existence of different mullet groups in the Southeastern Caribbean Sea. For this, the simultaneous use of Sr:Ca and Ba:Ca ratios could be a potential tool to identify populations in the study area. PMID:26628220

  2. Large Magnetothermopower Effect in Dirac Materials (Sr/Ca)MnBi2

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    Petrovic C.; Wang, K.; Wang, L.

    2012-03-12

    We report temperature and magnetic field dependence of the thermal transport properties in single crystals of (Sr/Ca)MnBi2 with linear energy dispersion. In SrMnBi2 thermopower is positive, indicating hole-type carriers and the magnetic field enhances the thermopower significantly. The maximum change of thermopower is about 1600% in 9 T field and at 10 K. A negative thermopower is observed in CaMnBi2 with dominant electron-type carriers, and, in contrast, the magnetic field suppresses the absolute value of thermopower. First-principle band structure shows that the chemical potential is close to the Dirac-cone-like points in linear bands. The magnetic field suppresses the apparent Hall carrier density of CaMnBi2 below 50 K. The large magnetothermopower effect in (Sr/Ca)MnBi2 is attributed to the magnetic field shift of chemical potential.

  3. Tunnelling anomalies in Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8-?/Bi 2Sr 2YCu 2O 8-?/Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8-? planar junctions

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    Baca, E.; Heiras, J.; Gmez, M. E.; Lopera, W.; Bolaos, G.; Prieto, P.; Cucolo, A. M.; Di Leo, R.; Romano, P.

    1997-05-01

    We have prepared Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8-?/Bi 2Sr 2YCu 2O 8-?/Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8-? (2 2 1 {2}/{2} 2 Y {2}/{2} 2 1 2) planar heterojunctions (trilayer structures) using an in situ d.c.-sputtering process at high oxygen pressures onto (0 0 1) SrTiO 3 substrates. Bi 2Sr 2YCu 2O 8-? films (semiconducting-like) 10 and 12 nm thick were used as artificial barriers. Composition and structure of the barrier and the superconducting electrodes are entirely compatible which allows epitaxial growth of the entire heterostructure. Gap-like structures of about 30 mV have been determined from tunnelling characteristics of the junctions. Linear conductance backgrounds as well as Zero Bias Anomalies (ZBA) are reported and discussed in detail.

  4. Sr2+/Ca2+ and 44Ca/40Ca fractionation during inorganic calcite formation: III. Impact of salinity/ionic strength

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    Tang, Jianwu; Niedermayr, Andrea; Khler, Stephan J.; Bhm, Florian; K?sakrek, Basak; Eisenhauer, Anton; Dietzel, Martin

    2012-01-01

    In order to apply Sr/Ca and 44Ca/40Ca fractionation during calcium carbonate (CaCO3) formation as a proxy to reconstruct paleo-environments, it is essential to evaluate the impact of various environmental factors. In this study, a CO2 diffusion technique was used to crystallize inorganic calcite from aqueous solutions at different ionic strength/salinity by the addition of NaCl at 25C. Results show that the discrimination of Sr2+ versus Ca2+ during calcite formation is mainly controlled by precipitation rate (R in ?mol/m2/h) and is weakly influenced by ionic strength/salinity. In analogy to Sr incorporation, 44Ca/40Ca fractionation during precipitation of calcite is weakly influenced by ionic strength/salinity too. At 25C the calcium isotope fractionation between calcite and aqueous calcium ions (?44/40Cacalcite-aq=?44/40Cacalcite??44/40Caaq) correlates inversely to logR values for all experiments. In addition, an inverse relationship between ?44/40Cacalcite-aq and logDSr, which is independent of temperature, precipitation rate, and aqueous (Sr/Ca)aq ratio, is not affected by ionic strength/salinity either. Considering the logDSr and ?44/40Cacalcite-aq relationship, Sr/Ca and ?44/40Cacalcite values of precipitated calcite can be used as an excellent multi-proxy approach to reconstruct environmental conditions (e.g., temperature, precipitation rate) of calcite growth and diagenetic alteration. PMID:22347722

  5. Ca2+ and Sr2+ activation properties of skinned muscle fibres with different regulatory systems from crustacea and rat.

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    West, J M; Stephenson, D G

    1993-01-01

    1. The contractile activation properties of long- (sarcomere length (SL) > 6 microns) and short- (SL < 4 microns) sarcomere fibres from the claw muscle of the yabby (freshwater crustacean, Cherax destructor) and the fast- and slow-twitch fibres from the rat have been investigated using single skinned muscle fibres activated in solutions containing Ca2+ or Sr2+ or both Ca2+ and Sr2+. 2. Sr2+ could not fully activate the contractile apparatus of either the long- or the short-sarcomere yabby preparations and the force-pSr curves for both fibre types were biphasic in shape. 3. The long- and short-sarcomere fibres from the yabby differed in their Ca(2+)- and Sr(2+)-activation properties. Thus the long-sarcomere fibres required a significantly lower [Ca2+] to produce 10% maximum force, had Ca(2+)-activation curves which were significantly shallower, and had a significantly higher ratio between maximum Sr(2+)- and maximum Ca(2+)-activated force than the short-sarcomere fibres. 4. Simultaneous activation with Ca2+ and Sr2+ showed a synergistic effect in the rat muscle fibres where Sr2+ could fully replace Ca2+ in activation. In contrast the results with the long- and short-sarcomere fibres from the yabby showed that in some functional states Sr2+ binds but cannot (or can only partially) activate the regulatory system while in others Sr2+ can fully replace Ca2+ in activating contraction. 5. The synergistic effect between Sr2+ and Ca2+ in mammalian muscle could be quantitatively explained if all regulatory sites involved in contractile activation have a similar value for the ratio between their affinity for Ca2+ and Sr2+. 6. Three distinguishable functional states (based on the fibre's ability to be activated by Sr2+ and Ca2+) were identified in the long-sarcomere fibres from the yabby: one where both Ca2+ and Sr2+ were able to activate contraction and had a relatively high sensitivity to Sr2+; one where both Ca2+ and Sr2+ were able to activate contraction but where the sensitivity to Sr2+ was lower and was more sensitive to a decrease in ionic strength; and one where Sr2+ binding to the regulatory system could not activate contraction. Equivalent states of the three described for the long-sarcomere fibres were also found in the short-sarcomere preparations. However, the short-sarcomere fibres had, in addition, a fourth state which was characterized by the ability of Sr2+ to activate contraction at reduced ionic strength but not at standard ionic strength.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) PMID:8331593

  6. (Ca/Sr)Au{sub x}Cd{sub 1-x}: Stacking variants of the CrB-FeB series

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    Harms, Wiebke; Duerr, Ines; Daub, Michael; Roehr, Caroline

    2010-01-15

    The structural chemistry of binary 1:1 alkaline earth metallides A{sup II}M (M=p-block or late transition element) is dominated by planar M zig-zag chains, which are stacked in different orientations (CrB (c) to FeB (h) type) and with variable stacking distances (types I and II). As a case study of the electronic influences, the substitution of Au against Cd in the respective Ca and Sr aurides was examined by means of experimental, crystallographic and computational methods. Starting from CaAu, up to 11% of Au can be substituted by Cd without a change in the CrB structure type (orthorhombic, space group Cmcm, a=398.2(1), b=1122.6(6), c=460.9(2)pm, Z=4, R1=0.0303). Starting from SrAu (stacking sequence (hc){sub 2}(h{sub 2}c){sub 2}), depending on the proportion of the Cd substitution a successive change to structures with increased hexagonality is observed: In SrAu{sub 0.93}Cd{sub 0.07} (monoclinic, space group P2{sub 1}/m, a=621.3(4), b=472.4(2), c=1216.1(9)pm, beta=96.97(5){sup 0}, Z=6, R1=0.0467) the stacking sequence is h{sub 2c}, i.e. the hexagonality is 66.67%. A slightly more increased Cd content in SrAu{sub 0.78}Cd{sub 0.22} (orthorhombic, space group Pnma, a=3243.3(8), b=474.17(8), c=626.20(9)pm, Z=16, R1=0.0682) drives the hexagonality to 75%, with a (h{sub 3}c){sub 2} stacking sequence known from several rare earth nickel compounds. Further Cd substitution is not possible. However, in the Cd-rich section of the two series, where the CsCl/beta-brass structure type occurs for both alkaline earth elements, a small Au substitution, as determined from powder data by Rietveld refinements, is possible. The substitution limit and the stability ranges of the CsCl and the CrB type can be rationalized from the calculated band structures. Geometrical and electronic criteria are used to compare and discuss the stability ranges in a structural map. - SrAu{sub 0.93}Cd{sub 0.97}, one of the stacking sequences of the CrB/FeB structure type series found in the quasibinary section SrAu-SrCd.

  7. Sr isotopic fractionation in Ca-Al inclusions from the Allende meteorite

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    Patchett, P.J.

    1980-01-01

    True relative Sr isotopic compositions, determined by double spiking on Ca-Al inclusions from the Allende meteorite show up to 1.5??? per mass unit mass fractionation relative to the Earth and bulk chondrites. All abnormal inclusions are light-isotope enriched. A lack of isotopically heavy Sr in inclusions would place constraints on the time, place and mechanism of origin of these objects. ?? 1980 Nature Publishing Group.

  8. K-Ca and Rb-Sr Dating of Lunar Granite 14321 Revisited

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    Simon, Justin I.; Shih, C.-Y.; Nyquist, L. E.

    2011-01-01

    K-Ca and Rb-Sr age determinations were made for a bulk feldspar-rich portion of an Apollo rock fragment of the pristine lunar granite clast (14321,1062), an acid-leached split of the sample, and the leachate. K-Ca and Rb-Sr data were also obtained for a whole rock sample of Apollo ferroan anorthosite (FAN, 15415). The recent detection [1] of widespread intermediate composition plagioclase indicates that the generation of a diversity of evolved lunar magmas maybe more common and therefore more important to our understanding of crust formation than previously believed. Our new data strengthen the K-Ca and Rb-Sr internal isochrons of the well-studied Apollo sample 14321 [2], which along with a renewed effort to study evolved lunar magmas will provide an improved understanding of the petrogenetic history of evolved rocks on the Moon.

  9. Processing Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductors from amorphous state

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    Chiang, C. K.; Freiman, S. W.; Wong-Ng, W.; Hwang, N. M.; Shapiro, A. J.; Hill, M. D.; Cook, L. P.; Shull, R. D.; Swartzendruber, L. J.; Bennett, L. H.

    1990-01-01

    Researchers produced superconducting ceramics of the Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system started from a glass. To form the glass, the mixed oxide powder was melted at 1200 C in air. The liquid was quenched rapidly by pouring it onto an aluminum plate and rapidly pressing with another plate. The quenched compound was in the form of black amorphous solid, whose x-ray powder pattern has no crystalline peaks. After heat treatment at high temperatures, the glass crystallized into a superconductor. The crystalline phases in the superconductor identified using x-ray diffraction patterns. These phases were that associated with the superconducting phases of T(sub c) = 80 K (Bi2Ca1Sr2Cu2Ox) and of T(sub c) = 110 K (Bi2Ca2Sr2Cu3Ox). The dc resistivity and the ac susceptibility of these superconductors were studied.

  10. Photoluminescence of A- and B-site Eu3+-substituted (SrxBa1-x)2CaWyMo1-yO6 phosphors

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    Sletnes, M.; Lindgren, M.; Valmalette, J. C.; Wagner, N. P.; Grande, T.; Einarsrud, M.-A.

    2016-05-01

    The photoluminescence of two series of A- and B-site Eu3+ substituted (SrxBa1-x)2CaWyMo1-yO6 double perovskite phosphor materials, (SrxBa1-x)1.96Eu0.02K0.02CaWyMo1-yO6 and (SrxBa1-x)2Ca0.96Eu0.02Li0.02WyMo1-yO6 (x and y=0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, and 1), were studied systematically as a function of stoichiometry and crystal structure. The Eu3+ lattice sites controlled by co-doping with either K or Li were confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. The variation in integrated emission intensity and emission colour over the experimental matrix was examined using statistical tools, and the observed trends were rationalized based on the physical and electronic structure of the phosphors. Phosphors with Eu on B-site with maximum Sr content had remarkably higher emission intensities than all other materials, but the emission was more orange than red due to domination of the 5D0-7F1 (595 nm) transition of Eu3+. The relative intensities of the 5D0-7F2 (615 nm) and 5D0-7F1 transitions of Eu3+, and thus the red-shift of the emission, decreased linearly with increasing Sr content in the A-site Eu-substituted phosphors, and reached a maximum for Sr1.96Eu0.02K0.02CaW0.25Mo0.75O6. A maximum external quantum efficiency of 17% was obtained for the phosphor Sr2Ca0.7Eu0.15Li0.15W0.5Mo0.5O6 with Eu on B-site.

  11. Influence of carbonate ion in the crystallization medium on the formation and chemical composition of CaHA-SrHA solid solutions

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    Nikolaev, Anton; Kuz'mina, Maria; Frank-Kamenetskaya, Olga; Zorina, Maina

    2015-06-01

    The study of the influence of carbonate ions in a solution to Sr-distribution in system solution-crystal and to ion substitutions and the non-stoichiometry of formed CaHA-SrHA solid solutions was carried out. The CaHA-SrHA solid solutions were synthesized by precipitation from aqueous solutions with the atomic C/P ratio equal to 0, 0.05 and 0.1 at T = 90 C. Resulting precipitates were studied using various methods including X-ray powder diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and different chemical analyses. The results of the study have shown that in the range of values of (Ca + Sr)/P in the water solution from 40% to 85%, the presence of carbonate ions (C/P = 0.05-0.1) promotes the incorporation of strontium in the apatite. Crystalline apatite solid solutions formed from water solutions of such composition are more defective compared to apatites that are mainly calcium or strontium. They are characterized by a smaller size coherence scattering domain length along [0 0 1] direction and a greater number of carbonate ions, water molecules and vacancies at the Ca-sites.

  12. Postcontractile force depression in humans is associated with an impairment in SR Ca(2+) pump function.

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    Tupling, R; Green, H; Grant, S; Burnett, M; Ranney, D

    2000-01-01

    To investigate the hypothesis that intrinsic changes in sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+)-sequestration function can be implicated in postcontractile depression (PCD) of force in humans, muscle tissue was obtained from the vastus lateralis and determinations of maximal Ca(2+) uptake and maximal Ca(2+)-ATPase activity were made on homogenates obtained before and after the induction of PCD. Eight untrained females, age 20.6+/-0.75 yr (mean +/- SE), performed a protocol consisting of 30 min of isometric exercise at 60% maximal voluntary contraction and at 50% duty cycle (5-s contraction and 5-s relaxation) to induce PCD. Muscle mechanical performance determined by evoked activation was measured before (0 min), during (15 and 30 min), and after (60 min) exercise. The fatiguing protocol resulted in a progressive reduction (P<0.05) in evoked force, which by 30 min amounted to 52% for low frequency (10 Hz) and 20% for high frequency (100 Hz). No force restoration occurred at either 10 or 100 Hz during a 60-min recovery period. Maximal SR Ca(2+)-ATPase activity (nmol x mg protein(-1) x min(-1)) and maximal SR Ca(2+) uptake (nmol. mg protein(-1) x min(-1)) were depressed (P<0.05) by 15 min of exercise [192+/-45 vs. 114+/-8.7 and 310+/-59 vs. 205+/-47, respectively; mean +/- SE] and remained depressed at 30 min of exercise. No recovery in either measure was observed during the 60-min recovery period. The coupling ratio between Ca(2+)-ATPase and Ca(2+) uptake was preserved throughout exercise and during recovery. These results illustrate that during PCD, Ca(2+) uptake is depressed and that the reduction in Ca(2+) uptake is due to intrinsic alterations in the Ca(2+) pump. The role of altered Ca(2+) sequestration in Ca(2) release, cytosolic-free calcium, and PCD remains to be determined. PMID:10644625

  13. Properties of doped and undoped (Ca,Sr)CuO{sub 2} thin films

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    Norton, D.P.; Chakoumakos, B.C.; Budai, J.D.; Jones, E.C.; Christen, D.K.; Lowndes, D.H.

    1993-12-01

    The authors have studied the transport and structural properties of (Ca,Sr)CuO{sub 2}, Sr{sub 1{minus}y}Nd{sub y}CuO{sub 2}, and Sr{sub 1{minus}x}CuO{sub 2{minus}{delta}} thin films grown by pulsed-laser deposition. Stoichiometric {open_quotes}infinite layer{close_quotes} (Ca,Sr)CuO{sub 2} thin films grown over a large range of growth conditions are insulators, while superconductivity is observed in Sr{sub 1{minus}y}Nd{sub y}CuO{sub 2} films with {Tc}(onset) {approximately}28 K for y = 0.10. A Nd solubility limit of y = 0.10 is observed with the appearance of a new phase with c {approximately} 0.37 nm for y > 0.10. In addition, the transport and structural properties of Sr{sub 1{minus}x}CuO{sub 2{minus}{delta}} thin films grown by pulsed-laser deposition support the contention that the tetragonal phase is capable of accommodating a significant density of alkaline-earth deficiencies up to x {le} 0.3. Resistivity measurements indicate a significant change in the carrier density of the CuO{sub 2} planes as Sr vacancies are introduced. In addition, an enigmatic anomaly in resistivity at 185 K is observed for Sr{sub 0.85}CuO{sub 2{minus}{delta}} thin films. Magnetic measurements on these samples indicate that, although a significant drop in resistivity at 185 K is observed, it is not due to a superconducting transition. Hall measurements, as well as changes in resistivity with film growth conditions, suggest that the majority carriers in these Sr{sub 1{minus}x}CuO{sub 2{minus}{delta}} thin films are electrons even with the Sr-vacancies present.

  14. High-pressure modifications of CaZn 2, SrZn 2, SrAl 2, and BaAl 2: Implications for Laves phase structural trends

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    Kal, Subhadeep; Stoyanov, Emil; Belieres, Jean-Philippe; Groy, Thomas L.; Norrestam, Rolf; Hussermann, Ulrich

    2008-11-01

    High-pressure forms of intermetallic compounds with the composition CaZn 2, SrZn 2, SrAl 2, and BaAl 2 were synthesized from CeCu 2-type precursors (CaZn 2, SrZn 2, SrAl 2) and Ba 21Al 40 by multi-anvil techniques and investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (SrAl 2 and BaAl 2), X-ray single-crystal diffraction (CaZn 2), and electron microscopy (SrZn 2). Their structures correspond to that of Laves phases. Whereas the dialuminides crystallize in the cubic MgCu 2 (C15) structure, the dizincides adopt the hexagonal MgZn 2 (C14) structure. This trend is in agreement with the structural relationship displayed by sp bonded Laves phase systems at ambient conditions.

  15. Epitaxial deposition and properties of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 + delta /Bi2Sr2YCu2O8 + delta /Bi2Sr2CaCu2 O + delta trilayers

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    Cucolo, A. M.; Di Leo, R.; Romano, P.; Bacca, E.; Gomez, M. E.; Lopera, W.; Prieto, P.; Heiras, J.

    1996-01-01

    We have deposited Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+?/Bi2Sr2YCu2O8+?/Bi2Sr2CaCu2 O+? (2212/22Y2/2212) heterostructures by an in situ dc sputtering technique at high oxygen pressures on (001) SrTiO3 substrates. The formation of highly c-axis oriented trilayers with sharp interfaces is demonstrated by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis. Both the top and the bottom 2212 layers are superconducting below 87 K. Tunneling phenomena on junctions fabricated from these trilayers are observed. The conductance versus voltage curves at low temperatures exhibit a change of slope indicative of a gap structure at about 30 mV, a zero-bias peak, as well as linear background at high voltages.

  16. Superconductivity in the high-Tc Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O system - Phase identification

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    Hazen, R. M.; Prewitt, C. T.; Angel, R. J.; Ross, N. L.; Finger, L. W.

    1988-01-01

    Four phases are observed in superconducting Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O samples. The superconducting phase, with onset temperature near 120 K, is a 15.4-A-layered compound with composition near Bi2Ca1Sr2Cu2O9 and an A-centered orthorhombic unit subcell 5.41 x 5.44 x 30.78 A. X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy data are consistent with a structure of alternating perovskite and Bi2O2 layers. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy images reveal a b-axis superstructure of 27.2 A, numerous (001) stacking faults, and other defects.

  17. Synthesis of highly phase pure (Bi, Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor

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    Dorris, Stephen E. (La Grange Park, IL); Poeppel, Roger B. (Glen Ellyn, IL); Prorok, Barton C. (Harrisville, PA); Lanagan, Michael T. (Woodridge, IL); Maroni, Victor A. (Naperville, IL)

    1994-01-01

    An article and method of manufacture of (Bi,Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor. The superconductor is manufactured by preparing a first powdered mixture of bismuth oxide, lead oxide, strontium carbonate, calcium carbonate and copper oxide. A second powdered mixture is then prepared of strontium carbonate, calcium carbonate and copper oxide. The mixtures are calcined separately with the two mixtures then combined. The resulting combined mixture is then subjected to a powder in tube deformation and thermal processing to produce a substantially phase pure (Bi,Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor.

  18. Synthesis of highly phase pure (Bi, Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor

    DOEpatents

    Dorris, S.E.; Poeppel, R.B.; Prorok, B.C.; Lanagan, M.T.; Maroni, V.A.

    1994-10-11

    An article and method of manufacture of (Bi,Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor are disclosed. The superconductor is manufactured by preparing a first powdered mixture of bismuth oxide, lead oxide, strontium carbonate, calcium carbonate and copper oxide. A second powdered mixture is then prepared of strontium carbonate, calcium carbonate and copper oxide. The mixtures are calcined separately with the two mixtures then combined. The resulting combined mixture is then subjected to a powder in tube deformation and thermal processing to produce a substantially phase pure (Bi,Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor. 5 figs.

  19. Claudin-14 regulates renal Ca++ transport in response to CaSR signalling via a novel microRNA pathway

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    Gong, Yongfeng; Renigunta, Vijayaram; Himmerkus, Nina; Zhang, Jiaqi; Renigunta, Aparna; Bleich, Markus; Hou, Jianghui

    2012-01-01

    The paracellular claudin channel of the thick ascending limb (TAL) of Henle is critical for Ca++ reabsorption in the kidney. Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified claudin-14 associated with hypercalciuric nephrolithiasis. Here, we show that claudin-14 promoter activity and transcript are exclusively localized in the TAL. Under normal dietary condition, claudin-14 proteins are suppressed by two microRNA molecules (miR-9 and miR-374). Both microRNAs directly target the 3′-UTR of claudin-14 mRNA; induce its mRNA decay and translational repression in a synergistic manner. Through physical interaction, claudin-14 blocks the paracellular cation channel made of claudin-16 and -19, critical for Ca++ reabsorption in the TAL. The transcript and protein levels of claudin-14 are upregulated by high Ca++ diet, while downregulated by low Ca++ diet. Claudin-14 knockout animals develop hypermagnesaemia, hypomagnesiuria, and hypocalciuria under high Ca++ dietary condition. MiR-9 and miR-374 transcript levels are regulated by extracellular Ca++ in a reciprocal manner as claudin-14. The Ca++ sensing receptor (CaSR) acts upstream of the microRNA-claudin-14 axis. Together, these data have established a key regulatory role for claudin-14 in renal Ca++ homeostasis. PMID:22373575

  20. Measurements of Sr/Ca in bones to evaluate differences in temperature

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    Santos, P. R.; Added, N.; Aburaya, J. H.; Rizzutto, M. A.

    2008-04-01

    Analysis of aragonite from sea shells and coral skeletons showed a clear correlation between the strontium and calcium concentrations for these crystals (Sr/Ca ratio) and seawater temperature obtained by satellites and ship readings. In this work we present the results of a study that correlates Sr/Ca ratio with formation temperature of another calcium crystal, the hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2), main mineral compound of teeth and bones from vertebrates. These animals, independent of its thermoregulation pattern (endothermic or ectothermic) have variations of internal temperature along the body. One interesting application of this work is to differentiate warm-blooded animals from cold-blooded ones just by measuring Sr/Ca ratio in their bones. Bones from a crocodile from Caiman yacare species and two dogs, a poodle and a non defined race, were analyzed using PIXE technique and thick target correction. A 1.78 (18) MeV external proton beam was used in LAMFI-USP with an accumulated charge of about 10 μC for probing the samples. Emitted X-rays were collected using Si-PIN detectors (140 keV for Fe). As in coral skeletons, the Sr/Ca ratio of animals is lower in the body's warmer parts and higher in colder parts.

  1. Catalytic partial oxidation of n-tetradecane on Rh and Sr substituted pyrochlores

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    Haynes, D.J.; Berry, D.A.; Shekhawat, Dushyant; Gardner, T.H.; Spivey, J.J.

    2007-10-01

    Catalyst deactivation by high levels of sulfur and aromatics limits the catalytic partial oxidation (CPOX) of diesel fuel into a H2-rich stream for fuel cells. These species poison traditional supported metal catalysts because they adsorb strongly to electron dense metal clusters and promote the formation of carbon on the surface. In this work, Rh + Sr are substituted into lanthanum zirconate (LZ) pyrochlore (La2Zr2O7) to give an La(2-x)SrxRhyZr(2-y)O(7- ) (LSRZ) catalyst. The resistance to deactivation and carbon formation were examined by the CPOX of a mixture of 5 wt% 1-methylnaphthalene + 1000 ppmw dibenzothiophene in n-tetradecane. The results were compared to a commercial Rh/-Al2O3 catalyst. In the presence of these contaminants, the activity of the LSRZ was only kinetically inhibited, which is thought to be attributable to the oxygen-ion conductivity that results from Sr substitution into the pyrochlore structure. Rh/-Al2O3 was deactivated, likely due to significant carbon accumulation on/near the Rh metal

  2. Rapid analysis of high-precision Sr/Ca ratios in corals and other marine carbonates

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    Schrag, Daniel P.

    1999-04-01

    A method for rapid determination of high-precision Sr/Ca ratios in scleractinian corals is presented. Using an inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrophotometer, samples are corrected for instrument drift using a reference solution, similar to the approach used for analysis of stable isotopes using gas-source mass spectrometry. Further correction for variation of the Sr/Ca ratio with Ca concentration is accomplished using internal standards. The precision, once all corrections have been made, is better than 0.1% (relative standard deviation, 1?) for samples of similar Ca concentration and better than 0.2% for samples with variable Ca concentrations. This method increases the sample throughput by approximately a factor of 20 relative to thermal ionization mass spectrometry and significantly reduces instrument and per sample costs. Comparison of Sr/Ca data for a coral from the Galapagos Islands with an instrumental temperature record shows excellent agreement and demonstrates the potential for application of this technique to samples of modern and fossil scleractinian corals and other marine carbonates, including foraminifera.

  3. Catalytic partial oxidation of n-tetradecane using Rh and Sr substituted pyrochlores: Effects of sulfur

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    Haynes, D.; Berry, D.; Shekhawat, D. Spivey, J.

    2009-01-01

    The presence of high levels of organosulfur compounds hinders the catalytic partial oxidation (CPOX) of logistic fuels into a H2-rich gas stream for fuel cells. These species poison traditional supported metal catalysts because the sulfur adsorbs strongly to electron dense metal clusters and promotes the formation of carbon on the surface. To minimize deactivation by sulfur, two substituted lanthanum zirconate (LZ) pyrochlores (La2Zr2O7), identified in a previous study [D.J. Haynes, D.A. Berry, D. Shekhawat, J.J. Spivey, Catal. Today 136 (2008) 206], were investigated: (a) LaRhZr (LRZ) and LaSr RhZr (LSRZ). Using unsubstituted lanthanum zirconate and a conventional 0.5 wt% Rh/g-Al2O3 as comparisons, these four catalysts were exposed to a feed containing 1000 ppmw dibenzothiophene (DBT) in n-tetradecane (TD). DBT rapidly deactivated both the 0.5 wt% Rh/g-Al2O3 and LZ. The LRZ catalyst experienced a gradual deactivation, suggesting that Rh substitution into the pyrochlore structure, by itself, cannot completely eliminate deactivation by sulfur. However, the additional substitution of Sr stabilized yields of H2 and CO in the presence of DBT at levels only slightly below those observed without sulfur in the feed. After sulfur was removed from the feed, each catalyst was able to recover some activity. The recovery appears to be linked to carbon formed on active sites. The 0.5 wt% Rh/g-Al2O3, LZ, and LRZ all had comparable amounts of carbon formed on the surface: 0.90, 0.80 and 0.86 gcarbon/gcat, respectively. Of these three catalysts, only the LRZ was able to recover a significant portion of initial activity, suggesting that the carbon formed indiscriminately on the surface, and not solely on the active sites. LSRZ was able to regain almost its initial activity once sulfur was removed from the feed, and had the least amount of carbon on the surface (0.30 gcarbon/gcat). It is hypothesized that oxygen-ion mobility, which results from Sr substitution, reduces carbon formation and the deactivation by sulfur.

  4. Superconducting glass-ceramics in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system

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    De Guire, Mark R.; Kim, Cheol J.; Bausal, Narottam P.

    1990-01-01

    Differential thermal analysis, XRD, SEM, and resistivity measurements, have been used to study the recrystallization during various heat treatments of a Bi1.5SrCaCu2O(z) glass obtained by rapid quenching from the melt. Heating at 450 C formed the Bi(2+x)Sr(2-x)-CuO(z) solid solution designated 'R'. Between 765 and 845 C, R reacts slowly with the glass to form the 80 K superconductor Bi2(Sr,Ca)3Cu2O(z), together with CuO. Heating for 7 days at the higher temperature, followed by slow cooling, raised the temperature of zero resistance to 77 K.

  5. Modulated structures of the main phase in Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor

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    Zhu, J.; Lin, X.W.; Ye, H.Q.; He, A.Q.; Feng, S.Q.; Zhu, X.; Gan, Z.Z.

    1989-02-01

    An important structure characteristic of the main phase in Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor is the modulated structure. In this paper, two types of one dimensional modulation, one type of two-dimensional modulation as well as other modulations have been observed by using TEM and discussed.

  6. Nonequilibrium THz Conductivity of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+d

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    Carnahan, M.A.; Kaindl, R.A.; Orenstein, J.; Chemla, D.S.; Oh,S.; Eckstein, J.N.

    2003-05-27

    Using high sensitivity visible-pump/THz-probe spectroscopywe investigate the dynamics of the complex optical conductivity inoptimally-doped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+d films directly after photoexcitation. Thephotoinduced change in the imaginary part, indicative of a reduction inthe superconducting condensate density, saturates at higherlaser-fluences and shows a complete destruction of thecondensate.

  7. Cooper pair formation dynamics in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta

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    Kaindl, R.A.; Carnahan, M.A.; Orenstein, J.; Chemla, D.S.; Oh,S.; Eckstein, J.N.

    2003-11-25

    We utilize ultrafast terahertz pulses to monitor the carrierdynamics in the high-TC superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta. Thetemperature, density and timedependence distinctly exposes a bimolecularrecombination process of quasiparticles which underlies formation ofCooper pairs.

  8. Preparation of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductors from oxide-glass precursors

    DOEpatents

    Hinks, David G. (Lemont, IL); Capone, II, Donald W. (Northbridge, MA)

    1992-01-01

    A superconductor and precursor therefor from oxide mixtures of Ca, Sr, Bi and Cu. Glass precursors quenched to elevated temperatures result in glass free of crystalline precipitates having enhanced mechanical properties. Superconductors are formed from the glass precursors by heating in the presence of oxygen to a temperature below the melting point of the glass.

  9. Development of biodegradable Zn-1X binary alloys with nutrient alloying elements Mg, Ca and Sr

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    Li, H. F.; Xie, X. H.; Zheng, Y. F.; Cong, Y.; Zhou, F. Y.; Qiu, K. J.; Wang, X.; Chen, S. H.; Huang, L.; Tian, L.; Qin, L.

    2015-01-01

    Biodegradable metals have attracted considerable attentions in recent years. Besides the early launched biodegradable Mg and Fe metals, Zn, an essential element with osteogenic potential of human body, is regarded and studied as a new kind of potential biodegradable metal quite recently. Unfortunately, pure Zn is soft, brittle and has low mechanical strength in the practice, which needs further improvement in order to meet the clinical requirements. On the other hand, the widely used industrial Zn-based alloys usually contain biotoxic elements (for instance, ZA series contain toxic Al elements up to 40 wt.%), which subsequently bring up biosafety concerns. In the present work, novel Zn-1X binary alloys, with the addition of nutrition elements Mg, Ca and Sr were designed (cast, rolled and extruded Zn-1Mg, Zn-1Ca and Zn-1Sr). Their microstructure and mechanical property, degradation and in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility were studied systematically. The results demonstrated that the Zn-1X (Mg, Ca and Sr) alloys have profoundly modified the mechanical properties and biocompatibility of pure Zn. Zn-1X (Mg, Ca and Sr) alloys showed great potential for use in a new generation of biodegradable implants, opening up a new avenue in the area of biodegradable metals. PMID:26023878

  10. Development of biodegradable Zn-1X binary alloys with nutrient alloying elements Mg, Ca and Sr.

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    Li, H F; Xie, X H; Zheng, Y F; Cong, Y; Zhou, F Y; Qiu, K J; Wang, X; Chen, S H; Huang, L; Tian, L; Qin, L

    2015-01-01

    Biodegradable metals have attracted considerable attentions in recent years. Besides the early launched biodegradable Mg and Fe metals, Zn, an essential element with osteogenic potential of human body, is regarded and studied as a new kind of potential biodegradable metal quite recently. Unfortunately, pure Zn is soft, brittle and has low mechanical strength in the practice, which needs further improvement in order to meet the clinical requirements. On the other hand, the widely used industrial Zn-based alloys usually contain biotoxic elements (for instance, ZA series contain toxic Al elements up to 40 wt.%), which subsequently bring up biosafety concerns. In the present work, novel Zn-1X binary alloys, with the addition of nutrition elements Mg, Ca and Sr were designed (cast, rolled and extruded Zn-1Mg, Zn-1Ca and Zn-1Sr). Their microstructure and mechanical property, degradation and in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility were studied systematically. The results demonstrated that the Zn-1X (Mg, Ca and Sr) alloys have profoundly modified the mechanical properties and biocompatibility of pure Zn. Zn-1X (Mg, Ca and Sr) alloys showed great potential for use in a new generation of biodegradable implants, opening up a new avenue in the area of biodegradable metals. PMID:26023878

  11. Stable isotopes, Sr/Ca, and Mg/Ca in biogenic carbonates from Petaluma Marsh, northern California, USA

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    Ingram, B.L.; De Deckker, P.; Chivas, A.R.; Conrad, M.E.; Byrne, A.R.

    2004-10-19

    Stable isotope ({sup 18}O/{sup 16}O and {sup 13}C/{sup 12}C) and minor-element compositions (Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca ratios) of ostracodes and gastropods separated from marsh sediments from San Francisco Bay, Northern California, were used to reconstruct paleoenvironmental changes in Petaluma Marsh over the past 700 yr. The value of {delta}{sup 18}O in the marsh carbonates reflects changes in freshwater inflow, evaporation, and temperature. Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca in ostracode calcite reflect changes in both freshwater inflow and temperature, although primarily reflect temperature changes in the salinity range of about 10-35 {per_thousand}. Ostracode {delta}{sup 18}O values show a gradual increase by 5 {per_thousand} between 500 yr BR and the present, probably reflecting rising sea level and increased evaporation in the marsh. Superimposed on this trend are higher frequency Mg/Ca and {delta}{sup 18}O variations (3-4 {per_thousand}), probably reflecting changes in freshwater inflow and evaporation. A period of low Mg/Ca occurred between about 100-300 cal yr BP, suggesting wetter and cooler conditions during the Little Ice Age. Higher Mg/Ca ratios occurred 600-700 cal yr BP, indicating drier and warmer conditions during the end of the Medieval Warm Period. Both ostracode and gastropod {delta}{sup 13}C values decrease up-core, reflecting decomposition of marsh vegetation, which changes from C{sub 4} ({delta}{sup 13}C {approx} -12{per_thousand}) to CAM ({delta}{sup 13}C = -26 {per_thousand})-type vegetation over time.

  12. If and SR Ca2+ release both contribute to pacemaker activity in canine sinoatrial node cells

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    Gao, Zhan; Chen, Biyi; Joiner, Mei-ling A.; Wu, Yuejin; Guan, Xiaoqun; Koval, Olha M.; Chaudhary, Ashok K.; Cunha, Shane R.; Mohler, Peter J.; Martins, James B.; Song, Long-Sheng; Anderson, Mark E.

    2010-01-01

    Increasing evidence suggests that cardiac pacemaking is the result of two sinoatrial node (SAN) cell mechanisms: a voltage clock and a Ca2+ dependent process, or Ca2+ clock. The voltage clock initiates action potentials (APs) by SAN cell membrane potential depolarization from inward currents, of which the pacemaker current (If) is thought to be particularly important. A Ca2+ dependent process triggers APs when sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ release activates inward current carried by the forward mode of the electrogenic Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX). However, these mechanisms have mostly been defined in rodents or rabbits, but are unexplored in single SAN cells from larger animals. Here, we used patch-clamp and confocal microscope techniques to explore the roles of the voltage and Ca2+ clock mechanisms in canine SAN pacemaker cells. We found that ZD7288, a selective If antagonist, significantly reduced basal automaticity and induced irregular, arrhythmia-like activity in canine SAN cells. In addition, ZD7288 impaired but did not eliminate the SAN cell rate acceleration by isoproterenol. In contrast, ryanodine significantly reduced the SAN cell acceleration by isoproterenol, while ryanodine reduction of basal automaticity was modest (?14%) and did not reach statistical significance. Importantly, pretreatment with ryanodine eliminated SR Ca2+ release, but did not affect basal or isoproterenol-enhanced If. Taken together, these results indicate that voltage and Ca2+ dependent automaticity mechanisms coexist in canine SAN cells, and suggest If and SR Ca2+ release cooperate to determine baseline and catecholamine-dependent automaticity in isolated dog SAN cells. PMID:20380837

  13. Potential and limitations of Sr/Ca ratios in coccolith carbonate: new perspectives from cultures and monospecific samples from sediments.

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    Stoll, Heather M; Ziveri, Patricia; Geisen, Markus; Probert, Ian; Young, Jeremy R

    2002-04-15

    The Sr/Ca ratio of coccoliths was recently proposed as a potential indicator of past growth rates of coccolithophorids, marine algae, which play key roles in both the global carbonate and carbon cycles. We synthesize calibrations of this proxy through laboratory culture studies and analysis of monospecific coccolith assemblages from surface sediments. Cultures of coccolithophorids Helicosphaera carteri, Syracosphaera pulchra and Algirospira robusta confirm a 1-2% increase in Sr/Ca per degrees C previously identified in Emiliania huxleyi and Gephyrocapsa oceanica. This effect is not due merely to increases in growth rate with temperature and must be considered in palaeoceanographic studies. In light-limited cultures of E. huxleyi, Calcidiscus leptoporus and G. oceanica at constant temperature, coccolith Sr/Ca ratios vary by 10% across the range of possible growth and calcification rates for a given species. Among different species under similar culture conditions, Sr/Ca ratios vary by 30%. Although the highest ratios are in the cells with highest calcification and organic carbon fixation rates, at lower rates there is much scatter, indicating that different mechanisms control interspecific and intraspecific coccolith Sr/Ca variations. In field studies in the Equatorial Pacific and Somalia coastal region, coccolith Sr/Ca correlates with upwelling intensity and productivity. A more dynamic response is observed in larger coccoliths like C. leptoporus (23-55% variation in Sr/Ca) than in smaller coccoliths of G. oceanica or Florisphaera profunda (6-15% variation in Sr/Ca). This response suggests that, despite temperature effects, coccolith Sr/Ca has potential as an indicator of coccolithophorid productivity. If the variable Sr/Ca response of different species accurately reflects their variable productivity response to upwelling (and not different slopes of Sr/Ca with productivity), coccolith Sr/Ca could provide useful data on past changes in coccolith ecology. The mechanism of coccolith Sr/Ca variations remains poorly understood but is probably more closely tied to biochemical cycles during carbon acquisition than to chemical kinetic effects on Sr incorporation in the calcite coccolith crystals. PMID:12804301

  14. Tracing thermal aquifers of El Chichón volcano-hydrothermal system (México) with 87Sr/ 86Sr, Ca/Sr and REE

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    Peiffer, L.; Taran, Y. A.; Lounejeva, E.; Solís-Pichardo, G.; Rouwet, D.; Bernard-Romero, R. A.

    2011-08-01

    The volcano-hydrothermal system of El Chichón volcano, Chiapas, Mexico, is characterized by numerous thermal manifestations including an acid lake, steam vents and boiling springs in the crater and acid and neutral hot springs and steaming ground on the flanks. Previous research on major element chemistry reveals that thermal waters of El Chichón can be divided in two groups: (1) neutral waters discharging in the crater and southern slopes of the volcano with chloride content ranging from 1500 to 2200 mg/l and (2) acid-to-neutral waters with Cl up to 12,000 mg/l discharging at the western slopes. Our work supports the concept that each group of waters is derived from a separate aquifer (Aq. 1 and Aq. 2). In this study we apply Sr isotopes, Ca/Sr ratios and REE abundances along with the major and trace element water chemistry in order to discriminate and characterize these two aquifers. Waters derived from Aq. 1 are characterized by 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios ranging from 0.70407 to 0.70419, while Sr concentrations range from 0.1 to 4 mg/l and Ca/Sr weight ratios from 90 to 180, close to average values for the erupted rocks. Waters derived from Aq. 2 have 87Sr/ 86Sr between 0.70531 and 0.70542, high Sr concentrations up to 80 mg/l, and Ca/Sr ratio of 17-28. Aquifer 1 is most probably shallow, composed of volcanic rocks and situated beneath the crater, within the volcano edifice. Aquifer 2 may be situated at greater depth in sedimentary rocks and by some way connected to the regional oil-gas field brines. The relative water output (l/s) from both aquifers can be estimated as Aq. 1/Aq. 2-30. Both aquifers are not distinguishable by their REE patterns. The total concentration of REE, however, strongly depends on the acidity. All neutral waters including high-salinity waters from Aq. 2 have very low total REE concentrations (< 0.6 μg/l) and are characterized by a depletion in LREE relative to El Chichón volcanic rock, while acid waters from the crater lake (Aq. 1) and acid AS springs (Aq. 2) have parallel profile with total REE concentration from 9 to 98 μg/l. The highest REE concentration (207 μg/l) is observed in slightly acid shallow cold Ca-SO 4 ground waters draining fresh and old pyroclastic deposits rich in magmatic anhydrite. It is suggested that the main mechanism controlling the concentration of REE in waters of El Chichón is the acidity. As low pH results from the shallow oxidation of H 2S contained in hydrothermal vapors, REE distribution in thermal waters reflects the dissolution of volcanic rocks close to the surface or lake sediments as is the case for the crater lake.

  15. Hydrothermal Preparation and Characterization of Ultralong Strontium-Substituted Hydroxyapatite Whiskers Using Acetamide as Homogeneous Precipitation Reagent

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    Xu, Jianqiang; Yang, Yaoqi; Wan, Rong; Zhang, Weibin

    2014-01-01

    The ultralong strontium- (Sr-) substituted hydroxyapatite (SrHAp) whiskers were successfully prepared using acetamide as homogeneous precipitation reagent. The effect of the Sr substitution amount on the lattice constants and proliferation of human osteoblast cells (MG-63) was further investigated. The results showed that the SrHAp whiskers with diameter of 0.212??m and ultralong length up to 200??m were obtained and the Sr substitution level could be facilely tailored by regulating the initial molar ratio of Sr/(Sr + Ca) in raw materials. The Sr2+ replaced part of Ca2+ and the lattice constants increased apparently with the increase of the Sr substitution amount. Compared with the pure HAp whiskers, the Sr substitution apparently stimulated the proliferation of MG-63 at certain extracted concentrations. Our study suggested that the obtained SrHAp whiskers might be used as bioactive and mechanical reinforcement materials for hard tissue regeneration applications. PMID:24592192

  16. Direct comparison of a Ca+ single-ion clock against a Sr lattice clock to verify the absolute frequency measurement.

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    Matsubara, Kensuke; Hachisu, Hidekazu; Li, Ying; Nagano, Shigeo; Locke, Clayton; Nogami, Asahiko; Kajita, Masatoshi; Hayasaka, Kazuhiro; Ido, Tetsuya; Hosokawa, Mizuhiko

    2012-09-24

    Optical frequency comparison of the (40)Ca(+) clock transition ?(Ca)((2)S(1/2-)(2D(5/2), 729 nm) against the (87)Sr optical lattice clock transition ?(Sr) ((1)S(0)-(3)P(0), 698 nm) has resulted in a frequency ratio ?(Ca) / ?(Sr) = 0.957 631 202 358 049 9(2 3). The rapid nature of optical comparison allowed the statistical uncertainty of frequency ratio ?(Ca) / ?(Sr) to reach 1 10(-15) in 1000s and yielded a value consistent with that calculated from separate absolute frequency measurements of ?(Ca) using the International Atomic Time (TAI) link. The total uncertainty of the frequency ratio using optical comparison (free from microwave link uncertainties) is smaller than that obtained using absolute frequency measurement, demonstrating the advantage of optical frequency evaluation. We note that the absolute frequency of (40)Ca(+) we measure deviates from other published values by more than three times our measurement uncertainty. PMID:23037353

  17. The comparative kinetics of Ca, Sr, And Ra in a freshwater turtle, Trachemys scripta

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    Hinton, T.G.

    1989-01-01

    The accumulation of {sup 45}Ca, {sup 47}Ca, {sup 88}Sr, and {sup 226}Ra was studied in the yellow-bellied slider, a common freshwater turtle of the Southeastern US. The author was particularly interested in testing the hypothesis of competitive inhibition, a concept whereby decreasing the intake of a stable dietary element increases the absorption and retention of chemically similar radionuclides. He established four specific hypotheses and examined the processes of absorption and elimination as a function of stable dietary calcium (2 and 20 mg g{sup {minus}1}), season (summer, fall, winter and spring), and age and sex of the animals (hatchlings, juveniles, adult males, adult females, and gravid females). Turtles were gavaged with radionuclides and the gamma-emitting isotopes were detected during serial whole-body counts performed on the live animals for up to 480 d. The analysis of the beta-emitting {sup 45}Ca was accomplished by chemical separation procedures. Data were fit to a two-component exponential retention model by nonlinear regression. The 10-fold reduction in dietary Ca did not affect the elimination rate constants, and increased the assimilation of Sr and Ra only within juveniles. For all animals the absorption of Ca was significantly greater than Sr, and likewise, Sr was greater than Ra. Mean absorptions were generally higher than values reported for other organisms. Unlike many other organisms, absorption rates did not decline at maturity. He suspects that high Ca demands in constructing and maintaining the massive shell, necessitated by the turtle's survival strategy, may contribute to the high absorption, as well as the lack of a decline at maturity. Elimination rate constants were greatest in the summer and declined to levels that were generally not distinguishable from zero in the spring, winter, and fall seasons.

  18. Temperature dependent inelastic light scattering of doped Sr_1-xCa_xMnO_3

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    Naler, Stefan; Baeckstroem, Joakim; Ruebhausen, Michael; Andreasson, Jakob; Holmlund, Joakim; Boerjesson, Lars; Dabrowski, Bogdan

    2004-03-01

    We investigate the temperture dependency of the structural and magnetic ordering behaviour in Sr_1-xCa_xMnO3 (x = 0, 30 and 80%) by inelastic light scattering. The undoped compound shows hardly any phonon modes and we observe two-magnon excitations appearing close to the Nel temperature reflecting the canted spin state in SrMnO3 due to the Dzyaloshinsky-Morya-interaction. Upon doping, we break the cubic symmetry and activate phonon scattering, whereas the intensity of the magnetic excitations decreases.

  19. High frequency electromagnetic reflection loss performance of substituted Sr-hexaferrite nanoparticles/SWCNTs/epoxy nanocomposite

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    Gordani, Gholam Reza; Ghasemi, Ali; saidi, Ali

    2015-10-01

    In this study, the electromagnetic properties of a novel nanocomposite material made of substituted Sr-hexaferrite nanoparticles and different percentage of single walled carbon nanotube have been studied. The structural, magnetic and electromagnetic properties of samples were studied as a function of volume percentage of SWCNTs by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer and vector network analysis. Well suitable crystallinity of hexaferrite nanoparticles was confirmed by XRD patterns. TEM and FESEM micrographs were shown the good homogenity and high level of dispersivity of SWCNTs and Sr-hexaferrite nanoparticles in nanocomposite samples. The VSM results shown that with increasing in amount of CNTs (0-6 vol%), the saturation of magnetization decreased up to 11 emu/g for nanocomposite sample contains of 6 vol% of SWCNTs. The vector network analysis results show that the maximum value of reflection loss was -36.4 dB at the frequency of 11 GHz with an absorption bandwidth of more than 4 GHz (<-20 dB). The results indicate that, this nanocomposite material with appropriate amount of SWCNTs hold great promise for microwave device applications.

  20. Charge localization and magnetocrystalline anisotropy in La, Pr, and Nd substituted Sr hexaferrites

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    Chlan, Vojt?ch; Kou?il, Karel; Uli?n, Kate?ina; t?pnkov, Helena; Tpfer, Jrg; Seifert, Daniela

    2015-09-01

    Charge compensation in strontium M-type hexaferrites Ax3 +Sr1 -xFe12O19(A =La,Nd ,orPr ) is studied by means of calculations of electronic structure and 57Fe nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments. Two different states are realized in the calculations: a localized scenario as a ground state with the extra valence charge preferentially in the octahedral 2a sites and a delocalized scenario with the charge delocalized over multiple sites. From the calculations and NMR experiments, it is deduced that the localized state Fe2 +(2a) occurs at low temperatures regardless of the type of used substitution and that the distribution of ferric and ferrous ions within the 2a sublattice is static at low temperatures. The magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy of Sr and La hexaferrites is calculated and the contributions of individual Fe sublattices are evaluated. The temperature dependence of the anisotropy for La hexaferrite is explained as a transition between localized and delocalized states causing changes in the single ion contributions of Fe in 2a and also 12k sites.

  1. Behavior and Calibration of the Sr/Ca Temperature Proxy in Vesicomyid Clams

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    Hart, S. R.

    2009-12-01

    Clams of the Vesicomyidae family populate both hydrothermal vent areas and hydrocarbon cold seep areas. These habitats furnish reduced sulfides that support chemoautotrophic endosymbionts that nourish the clams. Clams of this family all grow aragonitic shells, and can have lifetimes that span many decades. The incorporation of Sr into aragonite in corals has a well-known temperature dependence and the same is true in clams, though the partitioning is reversed from that in corals. Thus the potential exists to use these clams to provide proxy temperatures for both hydrothermal and cold seep environments. Hart and Blusztajn (1998) used ion probe techniques for Sr/Ca analysis of several Calyptogena magnifica specimens from 10N on the East Pacific Rise. Sub-monthly resolution was obtained, and large Sr/Ca variations were observed that could be correlated with known eruptive and venting episodes. The preliminary temperature calibration we reported in 1998 was obtained from an Arctica icelandica (ocean quahog), recovered from a coastal site with a 6 year instrumental temperature record (1.3 - 17.7C). Because this species stops growing in the winter, the low temperature end of the calibration was uncertain. To refine this calibration, we report here Sr/Ca records from 3 cold seep localities (typically with 200+ analysis spots per clam): a Calyptogena ponderosa (Green Canyon, Gulf of Mexico, 720 m, ~ 6C); a C. phaseoliformis? (Aleutian trench, 4922 m, 1.5C); and paired C. pacifica and C. kilmeri (Monterey Canyon, 904 m, 4.2C). All of these samples exhibited significant Sr/Ca variations, suggesting that either the sites were not isothermal (as hoped), or that the clams were processing water with anomalous, pore-water-derived, Sr/Ca. Significant stretches of each record did have low and fairly constant Sr/Ca and, when coupled with the known ambient water temperatures for each locality, substantiated a calibration only ~ 1 higher than the 1998 calibration (new calibration: TC = 18160*(Sr/Ca) - 12.2). The C. kilmeri spent most of its early life at 9-12C, only dropping to ambient a year or so before collection in 1996. In contrast, the nearby C. pacifica spent most of its early life near ambient, with a rapidly increasing temperature over its last few years, reaching almost 20C just before collection in 1994. We also have determined detailed Sr/Ca records for 7 specimens of C. magnifica from a hydrothermal venting region at ~ 10N on the East Pacific Rise. These clams were collected in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, and 1999, and thus provide a time series with at least one known time for each clam. This was a period of active eruption and venting at this site, and the thermal episodes can be matched fairly well across the various clams. Sporadic low temperatures for these clams are in the 3-4C range, but large periods of their lives are spent in the 10-20C range, with short spikes to ~ 40C being common. We thank Colleen Cavanaugh, Lauren Mullineaux, Dan Fornari, Tim Shank, Rich Lutz, Jim Barry and Chuck Fisher for sharing their magnificent Vesicomyids.

  2. Growth of congruently melting Ca0.59Sr0.41F2 crystals and study of their properties

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    Karimov, D. N.; Komar'kova, O. N.; Sorokin, N. I.; Bezhanov, V. A.; Chernov, S. P.; Popov, P. A.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2010-05-01

    Homogeneous crystals of Ca0.59Sr0.41F2 alloy (sp. gr., Fm bar 3 m, a = 0.56057 nm), corresponding to the point of minimum in the melting curve in the CaF2-SrF2 phase diagram, have been grown by the vertical Bridgman method. The optical, mechanical, electrical, and thermophysical properties of Ca0.59Sr0.41F2 and MF2 crystals ( M = Ca, Sr) have been studied and comparatively analyzed. Ca0.59Sr0.41F2 crystals are transparent in the range of 0.133-11.5 μm, have refractive index n D = 1.436, microhardness H μ = 2.63 ± 0.10 GPa, ion conductivity σ = 5 × 10-5 S/cm at 825 K, and thermal conductivity k = 4.0 W m-1 K-1 at 300 K. It is shown that the optical properties of Ca0.59Sr0.41F2 crystals are intermediate between those of CaF2 and SrF2, whereas their mechanical and electrical characteristics are better than the latter compounds.

  3. Effect of the ionic radius of A-cations on the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of charge-ordered manganite La0.5Ca0.5- x Sr x MnO3 (0 < x < 0.5)

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    Gamzatov, A. G.; Batdalov, A. B.; Aliev, A. M.; Amirzadeh, P.; Kameli, P.; Ahmadvand, H.; Salamati, H.

    2015-12-01

    The effect of substitution of Sr2+ ions for Ca2+ ions on the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of a charge-ordered La0.5Ca0.5MnO3 manganite has been studied. The direct and inverse magnetocaloric effects corresponding to the paramagnetic-ferromagnetic and ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic transitions have been detected. It has been shown that the substitution Ca2+ ? Sr2+ leads to the suppression of the charge-ordered phase and to an increase in the Curie temperature T C. The evolution of the destruction of the charge-ordered phase is nonmonotonic, which is associated with the change in the type of antiferromagnetic ordering.

  4. Structural and magnetic properties of La–Co substituted Sr–Ca hexaferrites synthesized by the solid state reaction method

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    Yang, Yujie; Liu, Xiansong Jin, Dali; Ma, Yuqi

    2014-11-15

    Graphical abstract: The change of the remanence (B{sub r}) and intrinsic coercivity (H{sub cj}) with La content (x) and Co content (y) of hexagonal ferrite Sr{sub 0.7−x}Ca{sub 0.3}La{sub x}Fe{sub 12−y}Co{sub y}O{sub 19} magnets. - Highlights: • Sr{sub 0.7−x}Ca{sub 0.3}La{sub x}Fe{sub 12−y}Co{sub y}O{sub 19} hexaferrites were synthesized by the solid state reaction method. • B{sub r} continuously increases with increasing dopant contents. • H{sub cb}, H{sub cj} and (BH){sub max} for the magnets first increases and then decreases with an increase in the La–Co contents. - Abstract: Hexagonal ferrite Sr{sub 0.7−x}Ca{sub 0.3}La{sub x}Fe{sub 12−y}Co{sub y}O{sub 19} (x = 0.05–0.50; y = 0.04–0.40) magnetic powders and magnets were synthesized by the solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction was employed to determine the phase compositions of the magnetic powders. There is a single magnetoplumbite phase in the magnetic powders with the substitution of La (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.15) and Co (0.04 ≤ y ≤ 0.12) contents. For the magnetic powders containing La (x ≥ 0.20) and Co (y ≥ 0.16), magnetic impurities begin to appear in the structure. A field emission scanning electron microscope was used to characterize the micrographs of the magnets. The magnets have formed hexagonal structures. Magnetic properties of the magnets were measured by a magnetic properties test instrument. The remanence continuously increases with increasing dopant contents. Whereas, the magnetic induction coercivity, intrinsic coercivity and maximum energy product for the magnets first increases and then decreases with an increase in the La–Co contents.

  5. Effect of Sr substitution on photoluminescent properties of BaAl 2O 4:Eu 2+, Dy 3+

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    Ryu, H.; Singh, B. K.; Bartwal, K. S.

    2008-01-01

    Phosphor material BaAl 2O 4:Eu 2+, Dy 3+ with varying compositions of Sr substitution were prepared by the solid-state synthesis method. The phosphor compositions were characterized for their phase and crystallinity by XRD, SEM and TEM. Photoluminescence (PL) properties were investigated measuring PL and decay time for varying Ba/Sr compositions. The PL results show the blue shift in the luminescence properties in Sr substituted BaAl 2O 4:Eu 2+, Dy 3+ compared to parent BaAl 2O 4:Eu 2+, Dy 3+. It is probably due to the influence of 5d electron states of Eu 2+ in the crystal field because of atomic size variation causing crystal defects. Dy 3+ ion doping in the phosphor generates deep traps, which results in long afterglow phosphorescence.

  6. Lazulite and Ba, Sr, Ca, K-rich phosphates-sulphates in quartz veins from metaquartzites of Tribeč Mountains, Western Carpathians, Slovakia: Compositional variations and evolution

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    Uher, Pavel; Mikuš, Tomáš; Milovský, Rastislav; Biroň, Adrian; Spišiak, Ján; Lipka, Jozef; Jahn, Ján

    2009-10-01

    The phosphate-sulphate mineralization occurs in quartz veins in Lower Triassic metaquartzites of the Tribeč Mts., Central Western Carpathians, Slovakia. The mineralization comprises of lazulite, Ba, Sr, Ca, K-rich phosphates-sulphates and barite in an association with muscovite, hematite, locally rutile, zircon, chlorite and tourmaline. The most widespread lazulite forms up to 10 cm large pale to deep blue aggregates in massive quartz. Electron-microprobe analyses show a relatively uniform composition with Mg/(Mg + Fe) =0.85 to 0.93. The Mössbauer spectroscopy reveals 11-30% Fe 3+/Fe total. Possible primary goedkenite-bearthite binary s.s. shows the highest known Sr contents worldwide: Sr/(Sr + Ca) = 0.67-0.71; Mg, Ba and REE contents are negligible. The lazulite is replaced by a secondary association of Ba, Sr, Ca, K-rich phosphates-sulphates: gorceixite, rarely goyazite, crandallite, svanbergite, jarosite and a rare phase, close to (Ba,K,Sr)(Fe 3+,Al) 3[(OH,H 2O) 6(PO 4)(SO 4)] composition (Ba,Fe,S,P-phase). Gorceixite exhibits more restricted compositional variations between gorceixite-goyazite and gorceixite-crandallite s.s.: Ba/(Ba + Sr) = 0.73-0.99, Ba/(Ba + Ca) = 0.78-0.99 and (P - 1)/[(P - 1) + S] = 0.84-0.99. On the contrary, the secondary Sr, Ca-dominant phosphates-sulphates of the crandallite and beudantite groups show wide compositional variations and complex quarternary solid-solution series between goyazite-crandallite and svanbergite-woodhouseite with Sr/(Sr + Ca) = 0.16 to 0.99 and (P - 1)/[(P - 1) + S] = 0.07 to 0.97. The K, Ba-dominant phosphates-sulphates of the alunite and beudantite groups occur along jarosite-Ba,Fe,S,P-phase s.s. line with Ba/(Ba + K) = 0.07 to 0.56, Fe/(Fe + Al) = 0.55 to 0.99, P/(P + S) = 0.14 to 0.57 and elevated Sr and Ca (up to 0.24 and 0.12 apfu, respectively). The compositions indicate a close relationship and mutual substitutions between the crandallite, beudantite and alunite groups. Unlike to analogous phosphate-bearing assemblages in the Alps, investigated phosphate-sulphate association doesn't contains REE, Y and Sc minerals but it is rich in Ba-phases (barite, gorceixite). The peak metamorphic conditions of the host rocks estimated using the Kübler index of phyllosilicates point to anchizone/epizone boundary, i.e. ca. 270-350 °C. Fluid inclusions study constrained the minimum formation temperatures of the lazulite to 144-257 °C and of the superimposed sulphate-phosphate mineralization to 175-289 °C. Lazulite crystallized from brines of the system H 2O-Na-Mg-Cl-CO 2 with a salinity of 17.2 to 19.8 wt.% NaCl eq. We propose, that the studied mineralization originated from fluids enriched in elements from breakdown of feldspars, biotite, apatite and other phosphates in underlying Hercynian granites. The fluids passed upwards into the metaquartzites and precipitated discrete minerals, due to absence of any suitable sink for the elements among rock-forming minerals.

  7. Characterization and photoluminescence properties of some CaO, SrO and CaSrO2 phosphors co-doped with Eu3+ and alkali metal ions

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    Mar, B.; Singh, K. C.; Moya, Monica; Singh, Ishwar; Om, Hari; Chand, Subhash

    2012-06-01

    CaO:Eu3+, M+ (Li+ or Na+ or K+), SrO:Eu3+and CaSrO2:Eu3+ powders were prepared by combustion synthesis method and the samples were further heated to 1000 C to improve the crystallinity of the materials. The structure and morphology of materials were examined by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The morphology of CaO:Eu3+ and co-doped with alkali metal ions powders was very similar. Small and coagulated particles of nearly cubical shapes with small size distribution having smooth and regular surface were formed. The surface morphology of SrO and CaSrO2 materials was not smooth and coagulated particles of irregular shapes with different sizes were observed. The characteristic emissions of Eu3+ had strong emission at 614 and 620 nm for 5D0 ? 7F2 with other weak transitions observed at 580, 592, 654, 705 nm for 5D0 ? 7Fn transitions where n = 0, 1, 3, 4 respectively in all host lattices. Photoluminescence intensity followed the order as in CaO > CaSrO2 > SrO lattices. A remarkable increase of photoluminescence intensity was observed by the co-doping of alkali metal ions particularly K+ ions in CaO:Eu3+.

  8. Raman properties intrinsic to superconductivity in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system

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    Slakey, F.; Klein, M.V.; Bukowski, E.D.; Ginsberg, D.M. )

    1990-02-01

    Previous Raman studies of the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system have provided an abundance of interesting results including the existence of an electronic continuum which redistributes below {ital T}{sub {ital c}}, an anomalous phonon renormalization effect, and Fano antiresonance behavior of the 290-cm{sup {minus}1} vibrational mode. We attempt in this paper to determine what connection these features may have to the superconducting behavior of this compound. In order to draw such conclusions a systematic study has been carried out on numerous Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{Delta}} samples. Our Raman investigations indicate that it is the continuum redistribution and a linear low-energy contribution to the scattering intensity at temperatures {ital T}{much lt}{ital T}{sub {ital c}} that are intrinsic to superconductivity in this system.

  9. Superconductivity in Ruthenium Doped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu- O System

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    Prozorov, Ruslan; Snezhko, Alexey; Prozorov, Tanya; Strukova, Galina K.; Shovkun, D. V.; Arammash, F.

    2003-11-01

    Polycrystalline samples of Bi2Sr2CaCu2-xRuxO8 with (x=0.0,0.05,0.10 and 0.20) were prepared using ammonium nitrate melt method. Specifically, appropriate amounts of Bi2O3, SrCO3, CaCo3, CuO, and RuO2 powder were mixed and ground thoroughly using an agate mortar and a pestle. The mixture was placed in the melt solution of ammonium nitrate and stirred at temperature between 160-170 C. Subsequent heating at 400-500 C resulted in the formation of a black powder that was pressed into a pellet. The pellet then annealed at 1060 C in following oxygen for about 24 hours. Preliminary results of our measurments show different superconducting properties for different doping levels (i.e different values of X)

  10. Optical and microwave detection using Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films

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    Grabow, B. E.; Sova, R. M.; Boone, B. G.; Moorjani, K.; Kim, B. F.; Bohandy, J.; Adrian, F.; Green, W. J.

    1991-01-01

    Recent progress at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) in the development of optical and microwave detectors using high temperature superconducting thin films is described. Several objectives of this work have been accomplished, including: deposition of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films by laser abation processing (LAP); development of thin film patterning techniques, including in situ masking, wet chemical etching, and laser patterning; measurements of bolometric and non-bolometric signatures in patterned Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O films using optical and microwave sources, respectively; analysis and design of an optimized bolometer through computer simulation; and investigation of its use in a Fourier transform spectrometer. The focus here is primarily on results from the measurement of the bolometric and non-bolometric response.

  11. Processing Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductors from amorphous state

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    Chiang, C. K.; Wong-Ng, W.; Cook, L. P.; Freiman, S. W.; Hwang, N. M.; Vaudin, M.; Hill, M. D.; Shull, R. D.; Shapiro, A. J.; Swartzendruber, L. J.

    1991-01-01

    The bismuth based high T sub c superconductors can be processed via an amorphous Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu oxide. The amorphous oxides were prepared by melting the constituent powders in an alumina crucible at 1200 C in air followed by pouring the liquid onto an aluminum plate, and rapidly pressing with a second plate. In the amorphous state, no crystalline phase was identified in the powder x ray diffraction pattern of the quenched materials. After heat treatment at high temperature the amorphous materials crystallized into a glass ceramic containing a large fraction of the Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O(x) phase T sub c = 110 K. The processing method, crystallization, and results of dc electrical resistivity and ac magnetic susceptibility measurements are discussed.

  12. Kinetics on Demand Is a Simple Mathematical Solution that Fits Recorded Caffeine-Induced Luminal SR Ca2+ Changes in Smooth Muscle Cells

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    Perez-Rosas, Norma C.; Gomez-Viquez, Norma L.; Dagnino-Acosta, Adan; Santillan, Moises; Guerrero-Hernandez, Agustn

    2015-01-01

    The process of Ca2+ release from sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) comprises 4 phases in smooth muscle cells. Phase 1 is characterized by a large increase of the intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) with a minimal reduction of the free luminal SR [Ca2+] ([Ca2+]FSR). Importantly, active SR Ca2+ ATPases (SERCA pumps) are necessary for phase 1 to occur. This situation cannot be explained by the standard kinetics that involves a fixed amount of luminal Ca2+ binding sites. A new mathematical model was developed that assumes an increasing SR Ca2+ buffering capacity in response to an increase of the luminal SR [Ca2+] that is called Kinetics-on-Demand (KonD) model. This approach can explain both phase 1 and the refractory period associated with a recovered [Ca2+]FSR. Additionally, our data suggest that active SERCA pumps are a requisite for KonD to be functional; otherwise luminal SR Ca2+ binding proteins switch to standard kinetics. The importance of KonD Ca2+ binding properties is twofold: a more efficient Ca2+ release process and that [Ca2+]FSR and Ca2+-bound to SR proteins ([Ca2+]BSR) can be regulated separately allowing for Ca2+ release to occur (provided by Ca2+-bound to luminal Ca2+ binding proteins) without an initial reduction of the [Ca2+]FSR. PMID:26390403

  13. The structural and magnetic properties of Sr-doped multiferroic CaMn7O12

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    Zhang, Hong-Guang; Ma, Xiao-Chen; Xie, Liang

    2015-10-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of Sr-doped multiferroic CaMn7O12 were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectra, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and temperature dependence of magnetization. The XRD indicates that the samples are rhombohedral lattice (space group R3) with small additional phase Mn3O4. The refined lattice parameters of the main phase increases by the Sr doping. The Raman spectra demonstrate the phonon vibration direction is affected, which is probably due to the rotation of MnO6 octahedral. However, as the valence state of Sr and Ca is same at +2, the samples with doping show nonvariation of peak position at Mn 2p X-ray absorption spectra, indicating that the ratio of Mn3+ and Mn4+ ions is unchanged. And the magnetic transition temperature both at T1 = 90K and T2 = 42K is also not tunable because the amount of magnetic interaction between Mn3+ and Mn4+ is not influenced by doping Sr ion. Only the enhancement of the magnetization at low temperature is observed, which is the same as the effect caused by external magnetic fields. An unsaturated wasp-waist type hysteresis loop is observed, indicating the competition between ferromagnetic-like and antiferromagnetic order.

  14. Formation of infinite-layered (Ca{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x})CuO{sub 2} and NaCuO{sub 2}-type (Ca{sub 1{minus}y}Na{sub y}){sub 0.85}CuO{sub 2} in tartrate route

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    Kikkawa, Shinichi; Kato, Namie; Taya, Noriko; Tada, Masakazu; Kanamuru, Fumikazu

    1995-05-01

    Both NaCuO{sub 2}-type Ca{sub 0.85}CuO{sub 2} and infinite-layered (Ca{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x})CuO{sub 2} could be prepared much more easily by firing the dried solids from mixed acetate aqueous solutions titrated with tartaric acid than by normal calcination. The presence of a narrow solid-solution composition range of 0.10 < x < 0.16 was confirmed in infinite-layered (Ca{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x})CuO{sub 2} in the presentation using the tartrate route. The calcium could also be substituted by sodium in a range of y < 0.15 in NaCuO{sub 2}-type (Ca{sub 1{minus}y}Na{sub y}) {sub 0.85} CuO{sub 2} using the same route. Further substitution of Ca{sup 2+} with Y{sup 3+} might also be possible in infinite-layered (Ca{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x})CuO{sub 2}, but resulted in the NaCuO{sub 2}-type compound in the substitution with Na{sup +}.

  15. Effect of doping in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor

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    Akbar, S. A.; Wong, M. S.; Botelho, M. J.; Sung, Y. M.; Alauddin, M.; Drummer, C. E.; Fair, M. J.

    1991-01-01

    The results of the effect of doping on the superconducting transition in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system are reported. Samples were prepared under identical conditions with varying types (Pb, Sb, Sn, Nb) and amounts of dopants. All samples consisted of multiple phases, and showed stable and reproducible superconducting transitions. Stabilization of the well known 110 K phase depends on both the type and amount of dopant. No trace of superconducting phase of 150 K and above was observed.

  16. Store-operated Ca2+ entry and depolarization explain the anomalous behaviour of myometrial SR: Effects of SERCA inhibition on electrical activity, Ca2+ and force

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    Noble, Debbie; Borysova, Lyudmyla; Wray, Susan; Burdyga, Theodor

    2014-01-01

    In the myometrium SR Ca2+ depletion promotes an increase in force but unlike several other smooth muscles, there is no Ca2+ sparks-STOCs coupling mechanism to explain this. Given the importance of the control of contractility for successful parturition, we have examined, in pregnant rat myometrium, the effects of SR Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA) inhibition on the temporal relationship between action potentials, Ca2+ transients and force. Simultaneous recording of electrical activity, calcium and force showed that SERCA inhibition, by cyclopiazonic acid (CPA 20 μM), caused time-dependent changes in excitability, most noticeably depolarization and elevations of baseline [Ca2+]i and force. At the onset of these changes there was a prolongation of the bursts of action potentials and a corresponding series of Ca2+ spikes, which increased the amplitude and duration of contractions. As the rise of baseline Ca2+ and depolarization continued a point was reached when electrical and Ca2+ spikes and phasic contractions ceased, and a maintained, tonic force and Ca2+ was produced. Lanthanum, a non-selective blocker of store-operated Ca2+ entry, but not the L-type Ca2+ channel blocker nifedipine (1–10 μM), could abolish the maintained force and calcium. Application of the agonist, carbachol, produced similar effects to CPA, i.e. depolarization, elevation of force and calcium. A brief, high concentration of carbachol, to cause SR Ca2+ depletion without eliciting receptor-operated channel opening, also produced these results. The data obtained suggest that in pregnant rats SR Ca2+ release is coupled to marked Ca2+ entry, via store operated Ca2+ channels, leading to depolarization and enhanced electrical and mechanical activity. PMID:25084623

  17. Store-operated Ca? entry and depolarization explain the anomalous behaviour of myometrial SR: effects of SERCA inhibition on electrical activity, Ca? and force.

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    Noble, Debbie; Borysova, Lyudmyla; Wray, Susan; Burdyga, Theodor

    2014-09-01

    In the myometrium SR Ca(2+) depletion promotes an increase in force but unlike several other smooth muscles, there is no Ca(2+) sparks-STOCs coupling mechanism to explain this. Given the importance of the control of contractility for successful parturition, we have examined, in pregnant rat myometrium, the effects of SR Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA) inhibition on the temporal relationship between action potentials, Ca(2+) transients and force. Simultaneous recording of electrical activity, calcium and force showed that SERCA inhibition, by cyclopiazonic acid (CPA 20 ?M), caused time-dependent changes in excitability, most noticeably depolarization and elevations of baseline [Ca(2+)]i and force. At the onset of these changes there was a prolongation of the bursts of action potentials and a corresponding series of Ca(2+) spikes, which increased the amplitude and duration of contractions. As the rise of baseline Ca(2+) and depolarization continued a point was reached when electrical and Ca(2+) spikes and phasic contractions ceased, and a maintained, tonic force and Ca(2+) was produced. Lanthanum, a non-selective blocker of store-operated Ca(2+) entry, but not the L-type Ca(2+) channel blocker nifedipine (1-10 ?M), could abolish the maintained force and calcium. Application of the agonist, carbachol, produced similar effects to CPA, i.e. depolarization, elevation of force and calcium. A brief, high concentration of carbachol, to cause SR Ca(2+) depletion without eliciting receptor-operated channel opening, also produced these results. The data obtained suggest that in pregnant rats SR Ca(2+) release is coupled to marked Ca(2+) entry, via store operated Ca(2+) channels, leading to depolarization and enhanced electrical and mechanical activity. PMID:25084623

  18. Effect of bulk Ca-substitution in YBaCuO thin films for microwave applications

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    Seron, D.; Oates, D. E.; Halbritter, J.

    2008-01-01

    Calcium diffusion into defects in the high-temperature superconductor (HTS) compound YBa 2Cu 3O 7- x (YBCO) has been previously investigated [D. Seron, D.E. Oates, G. Hammerl, J. Mannhart, P.J. Hirst, R.G. Humphreys, A.C. Anderson, M.A. Hein, J. Derov, Phys. Rev. B 72 (2005) 104511] as a possible way to improve the dc, ac and rf transport properties and to clarify nucleation, growth, and doping of YBCO. In this paper, the microwave properties of homogeneously deposited Ca-substituted YBCO, Y 1- yCa yBa 2Cu 3O 7- x (YCBCO) films are presented and compared with the previously published Ca-free YBCO films with a Y 0.7Ca 0.3Ba 2Cu 3O 7- x capping layer. By using different substrates and growth process detailed in the paper, particular defects are created in the YBCO or YCBCO films. In every situation, Ca-substitution is probed and its effect is compared with very high quality epitaxial YBCO films close to the intrinsic limit of microwave nonlinearity for YBCO. Information on the percolation, doping effect, and the role of the defects obtained from the dc properties in the normal state are used to help interpret the nonlinear microwave behavior.

  19. Ca, Sr and Ba stable isotopes reveal the fate of soil nutrients along a tropical climosequence

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    Bullen, Thomas D.; Chadwick, Oliver A.

    2016-01-01

    Nutrient biolifting is an important pedogenic process in which plant roots obtain inorganic nutrients such as phosphorus (P) and calcium (Ca) from minerals at depth and concentrate those nutrients at the surface. Here we use soil chemistry and stable isotopes of the alkaline earth elements Ca, strontium (Sr) and barium (Ba) to test the hypothesis that biolifting of P has been an important pedogenic process across a soil climosequence developed on volcanic deposits at Kohala Mountain, Hawaii. The geochemical linkage between these elements is revealed as generally positive site-specific relationships in soil mass gains and losses, particularly for P, Ba and Ca, using the ratio of immobile elements titanium and niobium (Ti/Nb) to link individual soil samples to a restricted compositional range of the chemically and isotopically diverse volcanic parent materials. At sites where P is enriched in surface soils relative to abundances in deeper soils, the isotope compositions of exchangeable Ca, Sr and Ba in the shallowest soil horizons (< 10 cm depth) are lighter than those of the volcanic parent materials and trend toward those of plants growing on fresh volcanic deposits. In contrast the isotope composition of exchangeable Ba in deeper soil horizons (> 10 cm depth) at those sites is consistently heavier than the volcanic parent materials. The isotope compositions of exchangeable Ca and Sr trend toward heavier compositions with depth more gradually, reflecting increasing leakiness from these soils in the order Ba < Sr < Ca and downward transfer of light biocycled Ca and Sr to deeper exchange sites. Given the long-term stability of ecosystem properties at the sites where P is enriched in surface soils, a simple box model demonstrates that persistence of isotopically light exchangeable Ca, Sr and Ba in the shallowest soil horizons requires that the uptake flux to plants from those near-surface layers is less than the recycling flux returned to the surface as litterfall. This observation implicates an uptake flux from an additional source which we attribute to biolifting. We view the heavy exchangeable Ba relative to soil parent values in deeper soils at sites where P is enriched in surface soils, and indeed at all but the wettest site across the climosequence, to represent the complement of an isotopically light Ba fraction removed from these soils by plant roots consistent with the biolifting hypothesis. We further suggest that decreasing heaviness of depth-integrated exchangeable Ba in deeper soils with increasing median annual precipitation across the climosequence reflects greater reliance on shallow nutrient sources as site water balance increases. While the Ca, Sr and Ba isotopes considered together were useful in confirming an important role for nutrient biolifting across the climosequence, the Ba isotopes provided the most robust tracer of biolifting and have the greatest potential to find application as an isotopic proxy for P dynamics in soils.

  20. 110K Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor oxide and method for making same

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    Veal, B.W.; Downey, J.W.; Lam, D.J.; Paulikas, A.P.

    1992-12-22

    A superconductor is disclosed consisting of a sufficiently pure phase of the oxides of Bi, Sr, Ca, and Cu to exhibit a resistive zero near 110K resulting from the process of forming a mixture of Bi[sub 2]O[sub 3], SrCO[sub 3], CaCO[sub 3] and CuO into a particulate compact wherein the atom ratios are Bi[sub 2], Sr[sub 1.2-2.2], Ca[sub 1.8-2.4], Cu[sub 3]. Thereafter, heating the particulate compact rapidly in the presence of oxygen to an elevated temperature near the melting point of the oxides to form a sintered compact, and then maintaining the sintered compact at the elevated temperature for a prolonged period of time. The sintered compact is cooled and reground. Thereafter, the reground particulate material is compacted and heated in the presence of oxygen to an elevated temperature near the melting point of the oxide and maintained at the elevated temperature for a time sufficient to provide a sufficiently pure phase to exhibit a resistive zero near 110K. 7 figs.

  1. Inhibition of transport of 47Ca and 85Sr by lanthanum in canine cortical bone

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    Paradis, Gaston R.; Bassingthwaighte, James B.; Kelly, Patrick J.

    2010-01-01

    Deposition of 85Sr and 47Ca and blood flow (measured by iodoantipyrine washout) were determined in the tibial cortex of adult dogs after injection of graded doses of lanthanum chloride (LaCl3) and potassium cyanide (KCN) into the right tibial nutrient artery. Deposition of 85Sr and 47Ca, expressed in milliliters per gram of cortical bone in 10 min, was decreased after injections of lanthanum, 0.045 0.008 (mean SE) compared to 0.097 0.01 in control experiments (P < 0.005). Blood flow was unchanged. Injection of KCN did not affect the mean value of uptake of mineral (0.108 0.01 vs. 0.097 0.01) over the whole range of KCN dosage. Blood flow tended to be slightly higher with lower doses of KCN. These data support the concept of a transport system in bone for bone-seeking isotopes such as 85Sr and 47Ca. PMID:4811382

  2. Unique antitumor property of the Mg-Ca-Sr alloys with addition of Zn.

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    Wu, Yuanhao; He, Guanping; Zhang, Yu; Liu, Yang; Li, Mei; Wang, Xiaolan; Li, Nan; Li, Kang; Zheng, Guan; Zheng, Yufeng; Yin, Qingshui

    2016-01-01

    In clinical practice, tumor recurrence and metastasis after orthopedic prosthesis implantation is an intensely troublesome matter. Therefore, to develop implant materials with antitumor property is extremely necessary and meaningful. Magnesium (Mg) alloys possess superb biocompatibility, mechanical property and biodegradability in orthopedic applications. However, whether they possess antitumor property had seldom been reported. In recent years, it showed that zinc (Zn) not only promote the osteogenic activity but also exhibit good antitumor property. In our present study, Zn was selected as an alloying element for the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr alloy to develop a multifunctional material with antitumor property. We investigated the influence of the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr-xZn (x = 0, 2, 4, 6 wt%) alloys extracts on the proliferation rate, cell apoptosis, migration and invasion of the U2OS cell line. Our results show that Zn containing Mg alloys extracts inhibit the cell proliferation by alteration the cell cycle and inducing cell apoptosis via the activation of the mitochondria pathway. The cell migration and invasion property were also suppressed by the activation of MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) pathway. Our work suggests that the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr-6Zn alloy is expected to be a promising orthopedic implant in osteosarcoma limb-salvage surgery for avoiding tumor recurrence and metastasis. PMID:26907515

  3. 110K Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor oxide and method for making same

    DOEpatents

    Veal, Boyd W. (Downers Grove, IL); Downey, John W. (Joliet, IL); Lam, Daniel J. (Orland Park, IL); Paulikas, Arvydas P. (Downers Grove, IL)

    1992-01-01

    A superconductor consisting of a sufficiently pure phase of the oxides of Bi, Sr, Ca, and Cu to exhibit a resistive zero near 110K resulting from the process of forming a mixture of Bi.sub.2 O.sub.3, SrCO.sub.3, CaCO.sub.3 and CuO into aparticulate compact wherein the atom ratios are Bi.sub.2, Sr.sub.1.2-2.2, Ca.sub.1.8-2.4, Cu.sub.3. Thereafter, heating the particulate compact rapidly in the presence of oxygen to an elevated temperature near the melting point of the oxides to form a sintered compact, and then maintaining the sintered compact at the elevated temperature for a prolonged period of time. The sintered compact is cooled and reground. Thereafter, the reground particulate material is compacted and heated in the presence of oxygen to an elevated temperature near the melting point of the oxide and maintained at the elevated temperature for a time sufficient to provide a sufficiently pure phase to exhibit a resistive zero near 110K.

  4. Unique antitumor property of the Mg-Ca-Sr alloys with addition of Zn

    PubMed Central

    Wu, Yuanhao; He, Guanping; Zhang, Yu; Liu, Yang; Li, Mei; Wang, Xiaolan; Li, Nan; Li, Kang; Zheng, Guan; Zheng, Yufeng; Yin, Qingshui

    2016-01-01

    In clinical practice, tumor recurrence and metastasis after orthopedic prosthesis implantation is an intensely troublesome matter. Therefore, to develop implant materials with antitumor property is extremely necessary and meaningful. Magnesium (Mg) alloys possess superb biocompatibility, mechanical property and biodegradability in orthopedic applications. However, whether they possess antitumor property had seldom been reported. In recent years, it showed that zinc (Zn) not only promote the osteogenic activity but also exhibit good antitumor property. In our present study, Zn was selected as an alloying element for the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr alloy to develop a multifunctional material with antitumor property. We investigated the influence of the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr-xZn (x = 0, 2, 4, 6 wt%) alloys extracts on the proliferation rate, cell apoptosis, migration and invasion of the U2OS cell line. Our results show that Zn containing Mg alloys extracts inhibit the cell proliferation by alteration the cell cycle and inducing cell apoptosis via the activation of the mitochondria pathway. The cell migration and invasion property were also suppressed by the activation of MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) pathway. Our work suggests that the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr-6Zn alloy is expected to be a promising orthopedic implant in osteosarcoma limb-salvage surgery for avoiding tumor recurrence and metastasis. PMID:26907515

  5. Unique antitumor property of the Mg-Ca-Sr alloys with addition of Zn

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    Wu, Yuanhao; He, Guanping; Zhang, Yu; Liu, Yang; Li, Mei; Wang, Xiaolan; Li, Nan; Li, Kang; Zheng, Guan; Zheng, Yufeng; Yin, Qingshui

    2016-02-01

    In clinical practice, tumor recurrence and metastasis after orthopedic prosthesis implantation is an intensely troublesome matter. Therefore, to develop implant materials with antitumor property is extremely necessary and meaningful. Magnesium (Mg) alloys possess superb biocompatibility, mechanical property and biodegradability in orthopedic applications. However, whether they possess antitumor property had seldom been reported. In recent years, it showed that zinc (Zn) not only promote the osteogenic activity but also exhibit good antitumor property. In our present study, Zn was selected as an alloying element for the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr alloy to develop a multifunctional material with antitumor property. We investigated the influence of the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr-xZn (x = 0, 2, 4, 6 wt%) alloys extracts on the proliferation rate, cell apoptosis, migration and invasion of the U2OS cell line. Our results show that Zn containing Mg alloys extracts inhibit the cell proliferation by alteration the cell cycle and inducing cell apoptosis via the activation of the mitochondria pathway. The cell migration and invasion property were also suppressed by the activation of MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) pathway. Our work suggests that the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr-6Zn alloy is expected to be a promising orthopedic implant in osteosarcoma limb-salvage surgery for avoiding tumor recurrence and metastasis.

  6. Seasonal dripwater Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca variations driven by cave ventilation: Implications for and modeling of speleothem paleoclimate records

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    Wong, Corinne I.; Banner, Jay L.; Musgrove, MaryLynn

    2011-06-01

    A 4-year study in a central Texas cave quantifies multiple mechanisms that control dripwater composition and how these mechanisms vary at different drip sites. We monitored cave-air compositions, in situ calcite growth, dripwater composition and drip rate every 4-6 weeks. Three groups of drip sites are delineated (Groups 1-3) based on geochemical variations in dripwater composition. Quantitative modeling of mineral-solution reactions within the host carbonate rock and cave environments is used to identify mechanisms that can account for variations in dripwater compositions. The covariation of Mg/Ca (and Sr/Ca) and Sr isotopes is key in delineating whether Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca variations are dictated by water-rock interaction (i.e., calcite or dolomite recrystallization) or prior calcite precipitation (PCP). Group 1 dripwater compositions reflects a narrow range of the extent of water-rock interaction followed by varying amounts of prior calcite precipitation (PCP). Group 2 dripwater compositions are controlled by varying amounts of water-rock interaction with little to no PCP influence. Group 3 dripwater compositions are dictated by variable extents of both water-rock interaction and PCP. Group 1 drip sites show seasonal variations in dripwater Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca, whereas the other drip sites do not. In contrast to the findings of most previous dripwater Mg/Ca-Sr/Ca studies, these seasonal variations (at Group 1 drip sites) are independent of changes in water flux (i.e., rainfall and/or drip rate), and instead significantly correlate with changes in cave-air CO 2 concentrations. These results are consistent with lower cave-air CO 2, related to cool season ventilation of the cave atmosphere, enhancing calcite precipitation and leading to dripwater geochemical evolution via PCP. Group 1 dripwater Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca seasonality and evidence for PCP as a mechanism that can account for that seasonality, have two implications for many other regions where seasonal ventilation of caves is likely: (1) speleothem trace-element records may provide seasonal signals, and (2) such records may be biased toward recording climate conditions during the season when calcite is depositing. Additionally, we use our results to construct a forward model that illustrates the types of speleothem Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca variations that would result from varying controls on dripwater compositions. The model provides a basis for interpreting paleo-dripwater controls from high frequency Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca variations for speleothems from caves at which long term monitoring studies are not feasible.

  7. Seasonal dripwater Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca variations driven by cave ventilation: Implications for and modeling of speleothem paleoclimate records

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Wong, C.I.; Banner, J.L.; Musgrove, M.

    2011-01-01

    A 4-year study in a central Texas cave quantifies multiple mechanisms that control dripwater composition and how these mechanisms vary at different drip sites. We monitored cave-air compositions, in situ calcite growth, dripwater composition and drip rate every 4-6weeks. Three groups of drip sites are delineated (Groups 1-3) based on geochemical variations in dripwater composition. Quantitative modeling of mineral-solution reactions within the host carbonate rock and cave environments is used to identify mechanisms that can account for variations in dripwater compositions. The covariation of Mg/Ca (and Sr/Ca) and Sr isotopes is key in delineating whether Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca variations are dictated by water-rock interaction (i.e., calcite or dolomite recrystallization) or prior calcite precipitation (PCP). Group 1 dripwater compositions reflects a narrow range of the extent of water-rock interaction followed by varying amounts of prior calcite precipitation (PCP). Group 2 dripwater compositions are controlled by varying amounts of water-rock interaction with little to no PCP influence. Group 3 dripwater compositions are dictated by variable extents of both water-rock interaction and PCP. Group 1 drip sites show seasonal variations in dripwater Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca, whereas the other drip sites do not. In contrast to the findings of most previous dripwater Mg/Ca-Sr/Ca studies, these seasonal variations (at Group 1 drip sites) are independent of changes in water flux (i.e., rainfall and/or drip rate), and instead significantly correlate with changes in cave-air CO2 concentrations. These results are consistent with lower cave-air CO2, related to cool season ventilation of the cave atmosphere, enhancing calcite precipitation and leading to dripwater geochemical evolution via PCP. Group 1 dripwater Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca seasonality and evidence for PCP as a mechanism that can account for that seasonality, have two implications for many other regions where seasonal ventilation of caves is likely: (1) speleothem trace-element records may provide seasonal signals, and (2) such records may be biased toward recording climate conditions during the season when calcite is depositing. Additionally, we use our results to construct a forward model that illustrates the types of speleothem Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca variations that would result from varying controls on dripwater compositions. The model provides a basis for interpreting paleo-dripwater controls from high frequency Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca variations for speleothems from caves at which long term monitoring studies are not feasible. ?? 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

  8. Site-related near-infrared luminescence in MAl{sub 12}O{sub 19} (M = Ca, Sr, Ba):Fe{sup 3+} phosphors

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    Li, Y.J.; Ma, Y.Y.; Ye, S.; Hu, G.P.; Zhang, Q.Y.

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: Intense 700850 nm NIR emissions in MAl{sub 12}O{sub 19} (M = Ca, Sr, Ba):1%Fe{sup 3+} has been obtained. The NIR emissions can be ascribed to the octahedral Fe{sup 3+} sites. The site symmetry of Fe{sup 3+} in CA{sub 6} and SA{sub 6} may be lower than that in BA{sub 6}. The phosphors may be potentially applied in the high-resolution bioimaging. - Abstract: Intense and broad near-infrared (NIR) photoluminescence (PL) peaks locating at 777, 808 and 810 nm is observed for BaAl{sub 12}O{sub 19} (BA{sub 6}):1%Fe{sup 3+}, CaAl{sub 12}O{sub 19} (CA{sub 6}):1%Fe{sup 3+} and SrAl{sub 12}O{sub 19} (SA{sub 6}):1%Fe{sup 3+}, respectively. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra show that Fe{sup 3+} ions substitute for the different types of Al{sup 3+} sites simultaneously. Meanwhile, the luminescence of Fe{sup 3+} in MAl{sub 12}O{sub 19} (M = Ca, Sr and Ba) are ascribed to octahedral Fe{sup 3+}. In addition, the site symmetry of Fe{sup 3+} in CA{sub 6}/SA{sub 6} is lower compared with BA{sub 6}, deduced from the photoluminescence excitation (PLE), EPR and Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra. These phosphors can be considered as good candidates for the applications in the field of high-resolution bioimaging.

  9. An assessment of the Sr/Ca ratio in shallow water hermatypic corals as a proxy for sea surface temperature

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    Marshall, John F.; McCulloch, Malcolm T.

    2002-09-01

    The high precision measurement of the Sr/Ca ratio in corals has the potential for measuring past sea surface temperatures at very high accuracy. However, the veracity of the technique has been questioned on the basis that there is both a spatial and temporal variation in the Sr/Ca ratio of seawater, and that kinetic effects, such as the calcification rate, can affect the Sr/Ca ratio of corals, and produce inaccuracies of the order of 2-4 °C. In the present study, a number of cores of the massive hermatypic scleractinian coral Porites, from the central Great Barrier Reef, have been analyzed for Sr/Ca at weekly to monthly resolution. Results from a 24 year record from Myrmidon Reef show an overall variation from 22.7 °C to 30.4 °C. The record shows a warming/cooling trend with maximum warming centred on the 1986-1987 summer. While some bleaching was reported to have occurred at Myrmidon Reef in 1982, the Sr/Ca record indicates that subsequent summer temperatures were much higher. The 4.5 year record from Stanley Reef shows a maximum SST of 30 °C during the 1997-1998 El Niño event. The calibrations from Myrmidon and Stanley Reefs are in excellent agreement with previously published calibrations from nearby reefs. While corals do not calcify in equilibrium with seawater due to physiological control on the uptake of Sr and Ca into the lattice of coralline aragonite, it can be argued that, provided only a single genus such as Porites sp. is used, and that the coral is sampled along a major vertical growth axis, then the Sr/Ca ratio should vary uniformly with temperature. Similarly, objections based on the spatial and temporal variability of the Sr/Ca activity ratio of seawater can be countered on the basis that in most areas where coral reefs grow there is a uniformity in the Sr/Ca activity ratio, and there does not appear to be a change in this ratio over the growth period of the coral. Evidence from several corals in this study suggest that stress can be a major cause of the breakdown in the Sr/Ca-SST relationship. Thermal stress, resulting from either extremely warm or cool temperatures, can produce anomalously low Sr/Ca derived SSTs as a result of the breakdown of the biological control on Sr/Ca fractionation. It is considered that other stresses, such as increased nutrients and changes in light intensity, can also lead to a breakdown in the Sr/Ca-SST relationship. Two of the main issues affecting the reliability of the Sr/Ca method are the calibration of the Sr/Ca ratio with measured SST and the estimation of tropical last glacial maximum (LGM) palaeotemperatures. Instead of producing a constant calibration, just about every one published so far is different from the others. What is obvious is that for most calibrations while the slope of the calibration equation is similar, the intercepts are not. While the cause for this variation is still unknown, it would appear that corals from different localities around the world are responding to their own particular environment or that certain types of environments exert a control on the corals' physiology. Sr/Ca derived SST estimates for the LGM and deglaciation of 5 °C-6 °C cooler than present are at odds with estimates of 2 °C-3 °C cooling by other climate proxies. The apparent lack of reef growth during the LGM suggests that SSTs were too cold in many parts of the tropics for reefs to develop. This would lend support to the idea that tropical SSTs were much cooler than what the CLIMAP data suggests.

  10. Growth of Nucleation Sites on Pd-doped Bi_2Sr_2Ca1 Cu_2O_8+?

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    Kouzoudis, D.; Finnemore, D. K.; Xu, Ming; Balachandran

    1996-03-01

    Enviromental Scanning Electron Microscope has shown evidence that during the growth of Bi_2Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_10+? from mixed powders of Pb-doped Bi_2Sr_2Ca_1Cu_2O_8+? and other oxides, a dense array of hillocks or mesas grow at the interface between an Ag overlay and Pb doped Bi_2Sr_2Ca_1Cu_2O_8+? grains. These hillocks develop a texture that looks like ''chicken pox'' during the ramp up to the reaction temperature starting at about 700^circ C and they are about 500 to 1000 nm across and are spaced at about 500 to 1000 nm. If there is no Ag, this texture does not develop. Preliminary measurments indicate that the hillocks are re-crystallization of (Bi,Pb)_2Sr_2Ca_1Cu_2O_8+? and are definetely not a Pb rich phase

  11. Growth of nucleation sites on Pb-doped Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8 + delta

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    Finnemore, D. K.; Xu, Ming; Kouzoudis, D.; Bloomer, T.; Kramer, M. J.; McKernan, Stuart; Balachandran, U.; Haldar, Pradeep

    1996-01-01

    In the growth of Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10+? from mixed powders of Pb-doped Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8+? and other oxides, it has been discovered that a dense array of hillocks or mesas grow at the interface between a Ag overlay and Pb-doped Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8+? grains during the ramp up to the reaction temperature. As viewed in an environmental scanning electron microscope, the Ag coated grains develop a texture that looks like ``chicken pox'' growing on the grains at about 700 C. These hillocks are about 100 nm across and are spaced at about 500 to 1000 nm. If there is no Ag, this texture does not develop. Preliminary measurements indicate that the hillocks are a recrystallization of (Bi,Pb)2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8+?, and are definitely not a Pb rich phase.

  12. Modulation of the ferromagnetic insulating phase in Pr0.8Ca0.2MnO3 by Co substitution

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    Harada, T.; Ohkubo, I.; Lippmaa, M.; Matsumoto, Y.; Sumiya, M.; Koinuma, H.; Oshima, M.

    2011-01-01

    Ferromagnetic insulator Pr0.8Ca0.2Mn1-yCoyO3 (0 <= y <= 0.7) thin films were epitaxially grown on (LaAlO3)0.3-(SrAl0.5Ta0.5O3)0.7 (100) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. To probe the ferromagnetic insulator state of hole-doped manganites, the Co content dependences of the structural, magnetic, and transport properties were studied. Variation of lattice constant by the substitution of Co ions is well reproduced considering that divalent and trivalent Co ions substitute for Mn ions at the perovskite B-sites. For 0 <= y <= 0.3, the Curie temperature, saturation magnetization, and magnetoresistance increase with increasing Co content, retaining the insulating properties. Detailed analyses of transport and magnetic properties indicate the contribution of both double exchange and superexchange interactions to the appearance of the ferromagnetic insulating phase.

  13. Thermoelectric properties and electronic structure of the Zintl phase Sr?In?Sb? and the Ca(5-x)Sr(x)In?Sb? solid solution.

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    Zevalkink, Alex; Chanakian, Sevan; Aydemir, Umut; Ormeci, Alim; Pomrehn, Gregory; Bux, Sabah; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre; Snyder, G Jeffrey

    2015-01-14

    The Zintl phase Sr5In2Sb6 is isostructural with Ca5In2Sb6-a promising thermoelectric material with a peak zT of 0.7 when the carrier concentration is optimized by doping. Density functional calculations for Sr5In2Sb6 reveal a decreased energy gap and decreased valence band effective mass relative to the Ca analog. Chemical bonding analysis using the electron localizability indicator was found to support the Zintl bonding scheme for this structure type. High temperature transport measurements of the complete Ca(5-x)Sr(x)In2Sb6 solid solution were used to investigate the influence of the cation site on the electronic and thermal properties of A5In2Sb6 compounds. Sr was shown to be fully miscible on the Ca site. The higher density of the Sr analog leads to a slight reduction in lattice thermal conductivity relative to Ca5In2Sb6, and, as expected, the solid solution samples have significantly reduced lattice thermal conductivities relative to the end member compounds. PMID:25479002

  14. A comprehensive review of the XRD data of the primary and secondary phases present in the BSCCO superconductor system: Part 1, Ca-Sr-Cu oxides

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    Reardon, B.J.; Hubbard, C.R.

    1992-01-01

    X-ray powder patterns for the phases in the CaO-SrO-CuO ternary system, along with the corresponding crystal structures, were obtained from the literature and from the Powder Diffraction File (PDF). Available X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns were compared with each other and, when possible, with a simulated pattern for each phase, yielding a recommended reference pattern. The simulated powder patterns presented here deal with the phases found within the (Ca, Sr)O, (Ca,Sr){sub 2}CuO{sub 3}, (Ca,Sr){sub 14}Cu{sub 24}O{sub 41}, (Ca,Sr)CuO{sub 2}, (Ca,Sr)Cu{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and (Ca,Sr)Cu{sub 2}O{sub 2} solid solution series and are recommended for the PDF.

  15. Pressure as a probe of the physics of 18O - substituted SrTiO3.

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    Wang, R.; Itoh, M.; Samara, George A.; Venturini, Eugene Leo

    2003-07-01

    Studies of the dielectric properties and phase behavior of an {sup 18}O-substituted SrTiO{sub 3} (>97% {sup 18}O), or STO-18, crystal at 1 bar and as functions of hydrostatic pressure and applied dc biasing electric field have shed much light on the mechanism of the {sup 18}O-induced ferroelectric transition in this material. Dielectric measurements reveal an equilibrium phase transition (T{sub c} {approx_equal} 24K at 1 bar) and an enhancement of the static dielectric constant {var_epsilon} over that of normal (i.e., {sup 16}O) SrTiO{sub 3}, or STO-16, over a large temperature range above T{sub c}. This enhancement is quantitatively shown to be attributed to additional softening of the ferroelectric soft-mode frequency ({omega}{sub s}) of STO-16, in agreement with lattice dynamic calculations. Thus, in STO-18, two effects due to the heavier mass of {sup 18}O conspire to induce the transition: (i) this additional softening of {omega}{sub s} and (ii) damping of quantum fluctuations. Pressure lowers T{sub c} at the large initial rate of 20 K/kbar and completely suppresses the ferroelectric state leading to a quantum paraelectric state at 0.7 kbar, confirming earlier results. Very large effects of a biasing dc electric fields on the peak temperature and {var_epsilon} are also observed in the quantum regime reflecting the small characteristic energies of the system. The results also reveal a dielectric relaxation process near 10 K with interesting properties. The implications of all the results on our understanding of the physics of STO-18 are discussed.

  16. Time-resolved Ultrafast Spectroscopy Experiments on High Temperature Superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8

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    Meng, Jianqiao; Dakovski, Georgi L.; Zhu, Jian-Xin; Riseborough, Peter S.; Gu, Genda; Gilbertson, Steve M.; Rodriguez, George; Qi, Jingbo; Taylor, Antoinette; Durakiewicz, Tomasz

    2013-03-01

    Time-resolved ultrafast spectroscopy experiments have been carried out on various dopings of high temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8In this talk, we will report our observation and analysis of ultrafast dynamics in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8, with special emphasis on the quasiparticle dynamics in the pseudogap and SC gap regimes.

  17. An apparent "vital effect" of calcification rate on the Sr/Ca temperature proxy in the reef coral Montipora capitata

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    Kuffner, Ilsa; Jokiel, Paul L.; Rodgers, Kuulei; Andersson, Andreas; Mackenzie, Fred T.

    2012-01-01

    Measuring the strontium to calcium ratio in coral skeletons reveals information on seawater temperatures during skeletal deposition, but studies have shown additional variables may affect the ratio. Here we measured Sr/Ca in the reef coral, Montipora capitata, grown in six mesocosms continuously supplied with seawater from the adjacent reef flat. Three mesocosms were ambient controls, and three had seawater chemistry simulating "ocean acidification" (OA). We found that Sr/Ca was not affected by the OA treatment, and neither was coral calcification for these small colonies (larger colonies did show an OA effect). The lack of OA effects allowed us to test the hypothesis that coral growth rate can affect Sr/Ca using the natural range in calcification rates of the corals grown at the same temperature. We found that Sr/Ca was inversely related to calcification rate (Sr/Ca = 9.39 - 0.00404 mmol/mol * mg day-1 cm-2, R2 = 0.32). Using a previously published calibration curve for this species, a 22 mg day-1 colony-1 increase in calcification rate introduced a 1°C warmer temperature estimate, with the 27 corals reporting "temperatures" ranging from 24.9 to 28.9, with mean 26.6 ± 0.9°C SD. Our results lend support to hypotheses invoking kinetic processes and growth rate to explain vital effects on Sr/Ca. However, uncertainty in the slope of the regression of Sr/Ca on calcification and a low R-squared value lead us to conclude that Sr/Ca could still be a useful proxy in this species given sufficient replication or by including growth rate in the calibration.

  18. An apparent vital effect of calcification rate on the Sr/Ca temperature proxy in the reef coral Montipora capitata

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    Kuffner, Ilsa B.; Jokiel, Paul L.; Rodgers, Ku'ulei S.; Andersson, Andreas J.; MacKenzie, Fred T.

    2012-08-01

    Measuring the strontium to calcium ratio in coral skeletons reveals information on seawater temperatures during skeletal deposition, but studies have shown additional variables may affect the ratio. Here we measured Sr/Ca in the reef coral Montipora capitata grown in six mesocosms continuously supplied with seawater from the adjacent reef flat. Three mesocosms were ambient controls, and three had seawater chemistry simulating "ocean acidification" (OA). We found that Sr/Ca was not affected by the OA treatment and neither was coral calcification for these small colonies (larger colonies did show an OA effect). The lack of OA effects allowed us to test the hypothesis that coral growth rate can affect Sr/Ca using the natural range in calcification rates of the corals grown at the same temperature. We found that Sr/Ca was inversely related to calcification rate (Sr/Ca = 9.385 - 0.0040 (calcification rate)). Using a previously published calibration curve for this species, a 22 mg d-1 colony-1increase in calcification rate introduced a 1C warmer temperature estimate, with the 27 corals reporting "temperatures" ranging from 24.9 to 28.9C, with mean 26.6 0.9C standard deviation. Our results lend support to hypotheses invoking kinetic processes and growth rate to explain vital effects on Sr/Ca. However, uncertainty in the slope of the regression of Sr/Ca on calcification and a low R-squared value lead us to conclude that Sr/Ca could still be a useful proxy in this species given sufficient replication or by including growth rate in the calibration.

  19. Evidence for the non-influence of salinity variability on the Porites coral Sr/Ca palaeothermometer

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    Moreau, M.; Corrge, T.; Dassi, E. P.; Le Cornec, F.

    2015-03-01

    Porites coral-based sea surface temperature (SST) reconstructions are obtained from the measurement of skeleton Sr/Ca ratio. However, the influence of salinity in the incorporation of these trace elements in the Porites aragonitic skeleton is still poorly documented. Laboratory experiments indicate that in three different coral species (not including the widely used Porites genus), salinity does not influence the Sr/Ca thermometer. In this study, we test the salinity effect on Porites Sr/Ca-based SST reconstructions at monthly and interannual timescales in open-ocean environmental conditions. We use a large spatial compilation of published Porites data from the Red Sea and Pacific and Indian oceans. Additionally to those published records, we add a new eastern Pacific coral Sr/Ca record from Clipperton Atoll. Using two different salinity products (Simple Ocean Data Assimilation (SODA) SSS reanalyses version 2.2.4, Carton and Giese, 2008; and instrumental SSS from the Institut de Recherche pour le Dveloppement, France (IRD) Delcroix et al., 2011), we find no evidence of salinity bias on the Sr/Ca SST proxy at monthly and interannual timescales. We conclude that Porites Sr/Ca is a reliable palaeothermometer that is not influenced by salinity variability.

  20. Excited state absorption measurements of Sm sup 2+ in CaF sub 2 , SrF sub 2 , and SrCl sub 2

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    Lawson, J.K.; Lee, H.W.H.; Payne, S.A. ); Boatner, L.A. )

    1991-04-01

    We measured the pump-probe spectrum of the Sm{sup 2+} ion in three materials: CaF{sub 2}, SrF{sub 2}, and SrCl{sub 2}. The onset of the observed prominent excited-state absorption band is consistent with an electrostatic model for impurity levels in a solid-state material. 15 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  1. Transport properties of Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ x grain boundary Josephson junctions on SrTiO 3 bicrystals

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    Koch, Th.; Kaltschimdt, R.; Amrein, T.; Seitz, M.; Urban, K.; Saemann-Ischenko, G.

    1994-12-01

    We have fabricated single grain boundary Josephson junctions (GBJs) by depositing c-axis oriented thin films of Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ x by laser ablation on SrTiO 3 bicrystal substrates. The films were patterned to form junctions in 11 different widths ranging from 1 to 100 ?m. The electrical transport properties have been studied by recording the current voltage characteristics as a function of temperature and of the applied magnetic field.

  2. Nanometer level etching and deposition of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconducting thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Sakai, S.; Oohira, T.; Kasai, Y.; Migita, S.; Suzuki, A.

    1996-12-31

    In situ accurate flux monitoring technique utilizing atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) for the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth is described. The AAS signal data are calibrated using the inductively coupled plasma spectroscopic technology. The calibration curves are not influenced by variations of both the substrate temperature and ozone flux rate within the range of MBE growth conditions. SrO and CaO are epitaxially grown on SrTiO{sub 3} substrates with RHEED intensity oscillations. This fact becomes another convenient and practically important method for calibrating the AAS data. A method for estimating the ozone flux is also discussed. A gas-laser-etching of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films is carried out by digitally counting an etch process loop. Laser irradiation and NF{sub 3} gas-supply are separately made. At a laser fluence range the etch depth is independent of the laser fluence, suggesting that the etching is limited by the amounts of adsorption gas molecules. The way how the etch depth depends on the etching loop count is intensively investigated. The depth is saturated after etching of a few loops. The surfaces of the etched area are flattened and smoothed. Possible models about the etch depth saturation and surface flattening are discussed.

  3. Theoretical investigation of superconductivity in SrPd2Ge2 , SrPd2As2 , and CaPd2As2

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    Karaca, Ertuǧrul; Tütüncü, H. M.; Uzunok, H. Y.; Srivastava, G. P.; Uǧur, Ş.

    2016-02-01

    Ab initio pseudopotential calculations have been performed to investigate the structural, electronic, and vibrational properties of SrPd2Ge2 , SrPd2As2 , and CaPd2As2 crystallizing in the ThCr2Si2 -type body-centered tetragonal structure. Our electronic results show that the density of states at the Fermi level is mainly dominated by the strong hybridization of Pd d states and Ge (or As) p states. The linear response method and the Migdal-Eliashberg approach have been used to calculate the Eliashberg spectral function for all these compounds. By integrating the Eliashberg spectral function, the average electron-phonon coupling parameter (λ ) is found to be 0.74 for SrPd2Ge2 , 0.66 for SrPd2As2 , and 0.72 for CaPd2As2 . Using the calculated values of λ and the logarithmically averaged phonon frequency ωln the superconducting critical temperature (Tc) values for SrPd2Ge2 , SrPd2As2 , and CaPd2As2 are found to be 3.20, 2.05, and 2.48 K, respectively, which are in acceptable agreement with the corresponding experimental values. The relative differences in the Tc values between the Ge and As compounds have been explained in terms of some key physical parameters.

  4. Synthesis, structural analysis, mechanical, antibacterial and hemolytic activity of Mg? and Cu? co-substitutions in ?-Ca?(PO?)?.

    PubMed

    Singh, Ram Kishore; Kannan, S

    2014-12-01

    The present study reports the synthesis, structural, mechanical and in vitro characterization of a series of Mg(2+) and Cu(2+) co-substitutions in ?-Ca3(PO4)2. Aqueous precipitation technique ensured the formation of calcium deficient apatite with substituted ions in the as prepared conditions and their subsequent heat treatments at 1000C resulted in the formation of crystalline ?-Ca3(PO4)2. The combined substitutions of lower sized Mg(2+) and Cu(2+) in the structural lattice of ?-Ca3(PO4)2 led to the significant contraction in a=b-axis and c-axis lattice parameters of ?-Ca3(PO4)2. The results from Rietveld refinement confirmed the occupancy of Mg(2+) and Cu(2+) at the Ca(5) site of ?-Ca3(PO4)2. The results from mechanical tests proved that Mg(2+) and Cu(2+) substitutions are not hindering the mechanical properties of ?-Ca3(PO4)2. The antibacterial and hemolytic results determined for the Mg(2+) and Cu(2+) co-substituted ?-Ca3(PO4)2 ensured their good activity against the investigated microbes and also confirmed their blood biocompatibility. PMID:25491861

  5. Investigations of the effect of nonmagnetic Ca substitution for magnetic Dy on spin-freezing in Dy?Ti?O?.

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    Anand, V K; Tennant, D A; Lake, B

    2015-11-01

    Physical properties of partially Ca substituted hole-doped Dy2Ti2O7 have been investigated by ac magnetic susceptibility ?(ac)(T), dc magnetic susceptibility ?(T), isothermal magnetization M(H) and heat capacity C(p)(T) measurements on Dy1.8Ca0.2Ti2O7. The spin-ice system Dy2Ti2O7 exhibits a spin-glass type freezing behavior near 16 K. Our frequency dependent ?(ac)(T) data of Dy1.8Ca0.2Ti2O7 show that the spin-freezing behavior is significantly influenced by Ca substitution. The effect of partial nonmagnetic Ca(2+)?substitution for magnetic Dy(3+) is similar to the previous study on nonmagnetic isovalent Y(3+) substituted Dy(2-x)Y(x) Ti2O7 (for low levels of dilution), however the suppression of spin-freezing behavior is substantially stronger for Ca than Y. The Cole-Cole plot analysis reveals semicircular character and a single relaxation mode in Dy1.8Ca0.2Ti2O7 as for Dy2Ti2O7. No noticeable change in the insulating behavior of Dy2Ti2O7 results from the holes produced by 10% Ca(2+) substitution for Dy(3+) ions. PMID:26443921

  6. Low-temperature synthesis of Bi sbnd Sr sbnd Ca sbnd Cu sbnd O films by photo CVD method

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    Nakabayashi, Masaaki; Shiraishi, Tadashi; Hashimoto, Takuya; Chaudhary, Khaliq A.; Koinuma, Hideomi

    Using purified β-diketonate complexes of copper and alkaline earth metals as well as triphenyl bismuth as source gases, Ca 2CuO 3, SrCuO 2 and c-axis oriented Bi 2Sr 2CuO x and Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O x films have been prepared under UV irradiation at temperatures of 500°C and below. UV irradiation has been proved to be effective for the preferential formation of complex oxides rather than carbonates as well as for the improvement of film crystallinity. The temperature dependence of resistivity and morphology of the obtained films are also investigated.

  7. Improved thermoelectric property of cation-substituted CaMnO3

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    Kumar, Pradeep; Kashyap Subhash, C.; Sharma Vijay, Kumar; Gupta, H. C.

    2015-09-01

    Single-phase pristine and cation-substituted calcium manganite (Ca1-xBixMn1-yVyO3-?) polycrystalline samples were synthesized by the solid state reaction technique. Their thermoelectric properties were measured by a set up that was designed and assembled in the laboratory. The Ca1-xBixMn1-yVyO3-? sample with x = y = 0.04 has shown a power factor (S2?) of 176 ?W/m/K2 at 423 K, which is nearly two orders of magnitude higher than that of the pristine sample (2.1 ?W/m/K2). The power factor of the substituted oxide remains almost temperature independent as the Seebeck coefficient increases monotonically with temperature, along with the simultaneous decrease in electrical resistivity which is attributed to enhanced electron density due to co-doping of bismuth and vanadium and grain boundary scattering. These cation-substituted calcium manganites can be used as a potential candidate for an n-type leg in a thermoelectric generator (module).

  8. Electronic structure, chemical bonding, and geometry of pure and Sr-doped CaCO3.

    PubMed

    Stashans, Arvids; Chamba, Gaston; Pinto, Henry

    2008-02-01

    The electronic structure, chemical bonding, geometry, and effects produced by Sr-doping in CaCO(3) have been studied on the basis of density-functional theory using the VASP simulation package and molecular-orbital theory utilizing the CLUSTERD computer code. Two calcium carbonate structures which occur naturally in anhydrous crystalline forms, calcite and aragonite, were considered in the present investigation. The obtained diagrams of density of states show similar patterns for both materials. The spatial structures are computed and analyzed in comparison to the available experimental data. The electronic properties and atomic displacements because of the trace element Sr-incorporation are discussed in a comparative manner for the two crystalline structures. PMID:17654648

  9. Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10+δ based Josephson junctions and SQUIDs

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    Frey, U.; Meffert, H.; Haibach, P.; Üstüner, K.; Jakob, G.; Adrian, H.

    1996-03-01

    Josephson junctions and SQUIDs on SrTiO3 bicrystal substrates were prepared from epitaxial Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10+δ thin films with critical temperatures around 95K. The current-voltage characteristics are well described by the resistively and capacitively shunted junction model. I c R n products of 50μV at 77K and 0.7m V at 4.2K have been reached. The I c (B) dependence is symmetric to B=0 with an I c suppression of 90% in the first minimum. Nevertheless it turns out, that the junctions are inhomogeneous on a μm scale. The flux-voltage transfer function of a SQUID reached 2.7 μV/Ф0 at 78K.

  10. Green-emitting (La,M,Tb)OCl (M = Mg, Ca, and Sr) phosphors

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    Kim, Sun Woog; Jyoko, Kazuya; Masui, Toshiyuki; Imanaka, Nobuhito

    2012-12-01

    Green-emitting (La1-x-yMxTby)OCl (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.13, 0.03 ⩽ y ⩽ 0.15, M = Mg, Ca, and Sr) single phase phosphors were synthesized using a liquid-phase method and their photoluminescence properties were characterized. The excitation spectrum consisted of a strong broad band from 220 to 290 nm, which corresponds to the 4f-5d transition of Tb3+. The oxychloride phosphors exhibit typical emission peaks assigned to the transition from 5D4 to 7FJ (J = 6, 5, 4, and 3) of Tb3+, and the luminescence emission intensity was successfully enhanced by doping divalent alkaline earth metal ions (M = Mg2+, Ca2+, and Sr2+) into La3+ sites of the host LaOCl lattice. The highest green emission intensity was obtained for (La0.88Ca0.05Tb0.07)OCl, of which the relative emission intensity was 75% of that for a commercial green-emitting (La0.52Ce0.31Tb0.17)PO4 phosphor.

  11. Trace metal (Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca) analyses of single coccoliths by Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

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    Prentice, Katy; Jones, Tom Dunkley; Lees, Jackie; Young, Jeremy; Bown, Paul; Langer, Gerald; Fearn, Sarah; EIMF

    2014-12-01

    Here we present the first multi-species comparison of modern and fossil coccolith trace metal data obtained from single liths. We present both trace metal analyses (Sr, Ca, Mg and Al) and distribution maps of individual Paleogene fossil coccoliths obtained by Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS). We use this data to determine the effects of variable coccolith preservation and diagenetic calcite overgrowths on the recorded concentrations of strontium and magnesium in coccolith calcite. The analysis of coccoliths from deep-ocean sediments spanning the Eocene/Oligocene transition demonstrates that primary coccolith calcite is resistant to the neomorphism that is common in planktonic foraminifera from similar depositional environments. Instead, where present, diagenetic calcite forms distinct overgrowths over primary coccolith calcite rather than replacing this calcite. Diagenetic overgrowths on coccoliths are easily distinguished in SIMS analyses on the basis of relatively higher Mg and lower Sr concentrations than co-occurring primary coccolith calcite. This interpretation is confirmed by the comparable SIMS analyses of modern cultured coccoliths of Coccolithus braarudii. Further, with diagenetic calcite overgrowth being the principle source of bias in coccolith-based geochemical records, we infer that lithologies with lower carbonate content, deposited below the palaeo-lysocline, are more likely to produce geochemical records dominated by primary coccolith calcite than carbonate-rich sediments where overgrowth is ubiquitous. The preservation of primary coccolith carbonate in low-carbonate lithologies thus provides a reliable geochemical archive where planktonic foraminifera are absent or have undergone neomorphism.

  12. Structural and magnetic properties of Ca-substituted barium W-type hexagonal hexaferrites

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    Huang, Kai; Liu, Xiansong; Feng, Shuangjiu; Zhang, Zhanjun; Yu, Jiangying; Niu, Xiaofei; Lv, Farui; Huang, Xing

    2015-04-01

    A series of W-type hexagonal ferrites with the composition Ba1-xCaxCo2Fe16O27 (x=0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5) were synthesized using a sol-gel method. The effects of doping on structural and magnetic properties are studied by X-ray diffraction, thermal analyzer, scanning electron microscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer and vector network analyzer, respectively. The X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the samples belong to the W-type hexagonal ferrite. The lattice constants a and c decreases as Ca contents increases. The grains exhibit well defined hexagonal shape. The saturation magnetization and the intrinsic coercive force increases with the increase of the Ca substitution amount. The real part of complex permittivity (??) and imaginary part (??) increase with more addition of Ca2+ amount. The imaginary part of complex permittivity (??) increases and the real part (???) goes down after Ca2+ is doped. Furthermore, the Ca2+ ions doped in the ferrite improved microwave absorbency.

  13. Ferroelectric properties of laser-ablated Sr1-xAxBi2Ta2O9 thin films (where A=Ba, Ca)

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    Das, Rasmi R.; Bhattacharya, P.; Prez, W.; Katiyar, Ram S.; Desu, Seshu B.

    2002-01-01

    Bismuth-layered ferroelectric thin films of Sr1-xAxBi2Ta2O9, with composition x=0 and 0.2, were fabricated by using the pulsed-laser deposition technique. Structural characterization of the films by x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy, revealed that the films are polycrystalline in nature with average grain size of 180 nm. The films displayed spherical grains with a surface roughness of 12 nm. The ferroelectric measurements of Sr0.8Ba0.2Bi2Ta2O9, SrBi2Ta2O9, and Sr0.8Ca0.2Bi2Ta2O9 showed saturated hysteretic behavior with remanent polarization (2Pr) of 23.5, 17.9, 14 ?C/cm2 and coercive field (Ec) of 31.06, 74.2, 86.3 kV/cm for a maximum applied electric field of 360 kV/cm. Films exhibited minimal (?17%) degradation of polarization for up to 1010 switching cycles. It was observed that the coercive field decreased with increase in the ionic size of partially substituted cations. The leakage current density of films were found to be of the order of 10-8 A/cm2 for up to a breakdown field of about 75 kV/cm.

  14. Liquid phase preparation of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O film structures

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    Kosmyna, M. B.; Nazarenko, B. P.; Rozenberg, G. Kh.; Seminozhenko, V. P.; Dmitriev, V. M.

    1990-06-01

    Textured Bi2Sr2CaCu2O(x) (BSCCO) films were grown from a solution-melt with 10-30 wt pct BSCCO and 70-90 wt pct KCl. The substrates were of YAlO3 of the orientation (110). The films consisted of crystallites of up to 300 microns in size ordered into grains and their c-axis was perpendicular to the substrate plane. The films had zero resistance at 82-85 K, and the critical current density was 100 A/sq cm at 77 K.

  15. Flux pinning by precipitates in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system

    DOEpatents

    Shi, Donglu (Chicago, IL)

    1992-01-01

    A fundamental pinning mechanism has been identified in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system. The pinning strength has been greatly increased by the introduction of calcium- and copper-rich precipitates into the sample matrix. The calcium and copper are supersaturated in the system by complete melting, and the fine calcium and copper particles precipitated during subsequent crystallization anneal to obtain the superconducting phases. The intragrain critical current density has been increased from the order of 10.sup.5 A/cm.sup.2 to 10.sup.7 A/cm.sup.2 at 5 T.

  16. Flux creep in Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O(8+x) single crystals

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    Agostinelli, E.; Fiorani, D.; Testa, A. M.; Tejada, J.

    1991-01-01

    Dissipative effects were investigated in Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O(8+x) single crystals by critical current and magnetic relaxation measurements. Activation energies for the flux motion were determined from the temperature dependence of the critical current and from the time decay of the zero field cooled and the remanent magnetization. The effective activation energy was found to increase with temperature, in agreement with the existence of a distribution of activation energies (E sub o 20 meV at 4.2 K for H + 10 kOe applied parallel to the c-axis.).

  17. Rare gases and Ca, Sr, and Ba in Apollo 17 drill-core fines

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    Pepin, R. O.; Dragon, J. C.; Johnson, N. L.; Bates, A.; Coscio, M. R., Jr.; Murthy, V. R.

    1975-01-01

    Trapped gas isotopic compositions and spallation gas concentrations as functions of depth in the Apollo 17 drill core were determined from mass spectrometer studies by means of correlation techniques. The distribution of He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe as well as Ca, Sr, and Ba was investigated, and rare-gas spallation and neutron capture profiles are compared with attention to proposed depositional models for the Taurus-Littrow regolith. The data exclude a sedimentation pattern similar to that found at the Apollo 15 site but are possibly compatible with long-term continuous accretion models or models of very recent rapid accumulation of regolith.

  18. Effects of lithium additions on processing of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconducting tapes

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    Goretta, K.C.; Li, Y.F.; Poeppel, R.B.; Wu, S.; Guo, J.; Schwartz, J.

    1994-01-01

    Lithium additions to the high-temperature superconductor Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x} (2212) increased superconducting transition temperatures and improved resistance to effects of magnetic fields. In addition, these additions lowered the melting point of 2212 and increased reaction kinetics. Ag-clad tapes fabricated from 2212 with and without Li exhibited profound differences. For heating to temperatures less than or equal to 840{degrees}C, grain growth and sintering were much more substantial in the tapes containing Li.

  19. Magnetic-field-induced microwave losses in epitaxial Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O films

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    Silva, E.; Giura, M.; Marcon, R.; Fastampa, R. ); Balestrino, G.; Marinelli, M.; Milani, E. )

    1992-06-01

    Magnetic-field-induced microwave losses in epitaxial {ital c}-axis-oriented Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O films have been observed. At low magnetic field, the behavior of the absorption is qualitatively analogous to that already observed in granular samples. The dominant part is attributed to the dephasing of a network of Josephson junctions. A structural analysis shows evidence of such a network. The dependence of the absorption on the angle between the magnetic field and the {ital a}-{ital b} plane is consistent with this model.

  20. 280-year Long Sr/Ca and ? 18O Records From Flinders Reef, Western Coral Sea

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    Calvo, E.; Marshall, J. F.; Pelejero, C.; McCulloch, M. T.; Lough, J.; Gagan, M. K.

    2003-12-01

    The combination of parallel Sr/Ca and ? 18O records in corals allows reconstruction of past changes in sea surface temperature (SST) and seawater ? 18O composition (McCulloch et al., 1994). The latter provides climatic information related to changes in the hydrologic cycle and can be interpreted as a salinity proxy. Since the ? 18O signal is affected by both SST and seawater isotopic composition, a salinity record can be obtained by removing the temperature signal using a parallel Sr/Ca record, a proxy for SST, obtained from the same coral. Low resolution (5-year intervals) Sr/Ca and ? 18O analyses, going back to 1710 AD, have been performed on a Porites coral core collected from Flinders Reef, an offshore reef on the Queensland Plateau (17 S, 149 E), 250 km from the north-east coast of Australia. For the last 280 years, the preliminary Sr/Ca-SST record shows an increasing long-term trend towards the warm temperatures recorded during 1990, when the coral was collected. An increasing trend towards more negative ? 18O values (warmer and/or less saline conditions) is also observed in the isotopic record, which also reflects the 20th century warming. Despite this general common trend, interdecadal variability differences between both records suggest that temperature alone cannot explain the ? 18O changes observed in this site of the Coral Sea. A freshening of surface waters after 1870 has recently been reported from coral cores collected from the inshore region in the Great Barrier Reef and interpreted as indicating a weakening in trade winds and ocean circulation (Hendy, 2002). In the Flinders coral, however, an apparent freshening occurs in the early 1800s, followed by a subsequent transition to more saline conditions during the first half of the 20th century. Our data will be compared to that from the GBR and elsewhere in the SW Pacific (Quinn, 1998). Hendy, E. J. et al. Science 295, 1511-1514 (2002) McCulloch, M.T. et al. Geochimica at Cosmochimica Acta, 58, 2747-2754 (1994) Quinn, T.M. et al. Paleoceanography 13, 412-426 (1998)

  1. New method for fabrication of superconducting pipes in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system

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    Abe, Yoshihiro; Hosono, Hideo; Lee, Won-Hyuk; Hosoe, Masahiro; Nakamura, Koichi; Inukai, Eikichi

    1993-01-01

    Pipes or hollow cylinders in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system were found to be fabricated easily by inspiring or sucking the low viscosity melt into a cold silica glass tube. The outer part of the cast rod-like melt solidified, and the inner hot low-viscosity part of the rod melt was expired. The precursor pipes were reheated at 800 C for 50 h in air, resulting in the formation of superconducting (Tc = 87 K) pipes which were of smooth surface without machining and high bending strength (100-150 MPa).

  2. First-principles study on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of Ca1- x Sr x Se alloys

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    Ahmadian, F.; Salary, A.

    2016-01-01

    The structural, electronic, and optical properties of binary CaSe and SrSe compounds and Ca1- x Sr x Se alloys were studied by using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FPLAPW) method within density functional theory (DFT). The band structure calculations showed that the CaSe and the SrSe binary compounds in the rocksalt (RS), zinc-blende (ZB) and wurtzite (WZ) phases were semiconductors while they had a metallic characteristic in the CsCl phase. The lattice constant and bulk modulus values for the Ca1- x Sr x Se alloys in the RS and the ZB phases at different concentrations were calculated and compared with those obtained by using Vegard's law. The energy band gap values in the RS and the ZB phases were estimated for different x values by using both define acronyms the Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof (PBE-GGA) and the Engel and Vosko (EV-GGA) schemes, and the results were compared with those obtained by using the empirical electronegativity expression. The band gap bowing parameters were calculated by using quadratic functions and the procedure of Bernard and Zunger to fit the non-linear variation of the band gaps. The static dielectric constant ɛ 1(0) was calculated at different concentrations. The energy loss function L( ω) for the Ca1- x Sr x Se alloys in the RS and the ZB phases has a main peak corresponding to the plasmon frequency. The values of the static refractive index ( n(0)) for the Ca1- x Sr x Se alloys were calculated and compared with the values predicted by using the Moss, Ravindra, and Vandamme models. Finally, the extinction indic incident photon energies. es ( k( ω)) and the reflectivities ( R( ω)) for the Ca1- x Sr x Se alloys were calculated within a wide range of incident photon energies.

  3. Local atomic configuration and Auger Valence Electron Spectra in BiSrCaCuO single crystals

    SciTech Connect

    Fujiwara, Y.; Hirata, S.; Nishikubo, M.; Kobayashi, T. ); Nakayama, H.; Fujita, H. . Faculty of Engineering)

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub y} (2212) and Ca-doped Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CuO{sub y} (2201) single crystals systematically investigated by Auger Valence Electron Spectroscopy (AVES). In AVES measurements on two kinds of crystals, a drastic difference was observed in the spectral shape of Ca(2p,3p,3p), reflecting a difference in spin-orbit splitting induced by local atomic configuration in the vicinity of Ca atoms. Furthermore, Ca(2p,3p,4s) spectrum appeared in both the crystals, which indicates that the real valency of Ca atoms is deviated from + 2 in the crystals. These results suggest that AVES is a promising probe for characterizing local atomic configuration and valence electron states of the constituent elements.

  4. Energetics of La{sub 1-x}A{sub x}CrO{sub 3-{delta}} perovskites (A=Ca or Sr)

    SciTech Connect

    Cheng Jihong; Navrotsky, Alexandra . E-mail: anavrotsky@ucdavis.edu

    2005-01-15

    A series of perovskites with the general formula La{sub 1-x}A{sub x}CrO{sub 3-{delta}} (A=Ca or Sr) have been synthesized in the solid solution range 0.0Ca-doped samples, and from -440+/-150 to -290+/-50kJ/mol O{sub 2} for Sr-doped ones. This dependence of enthalpy of oxidation on composition suggests oxygen vacancies are increasingly short-range ordered in reduced samples. The higher oxidation state of chromium is stabilized by the substitution of alkaline earth ions, but with increasing doping, the enthalpy of formation of the fully oxidized sample in both Ca and Sr-doped systems becomes more endothermic. This destabilization effect is attributed to the large endothermic enthalpy of oxygen vacancy formation (395+/-30kJ/mol of V{sub O}{sup ..}) for the reaction A{sub A}{sup x}+O{sub O}{sup x}=A{sub La}{sup '}+0.5V{sub O}{sup ..}+0.5O{sub 2}(A=Ca or Sr) that over-rides the exothermic enthalpies of oxidation. At a given composition, Sr-doped LaCrO{sub 3} is more stable than its Ca-doped counterpart, which is consistent with basicity arguments.

  5. Sr-90 Immobilization by Infiltration of a Ca-Citrate-PO{sub 4} Solution into the Hanford 100-N Area Vadose Zone

    SciTech Connect

    Szecsody, J.E.; Fruchter, J.S.; Burns, C.A.; Rockhold, M.L.; Oostrom, M.; Williams, M.D.; Vermeul, V.R.

    2008-07-01

    This project was initiated to develop a strategy for infiltration of a Ca-citrate-PO{sub 4} solution in order to precipitate apatite [Ca{sub 6}(PO{sub 4}){sub 10}(OH){sub 2}] in desired locations in the vadose zone for Sr-90 remediation. Laboratory experiments have demonstrated that infiltration of a Ca-citrate-PO{sub 4} solution into sediments at low and high water saturation results in citrate biodegradation and formation of apatite. The citrate biodegradation rate was relatively uniform, in spite of the spatial variability of sediment microbial biomass, likely because of microbial transport processes that occur during solution infiltration. The precipitate was characterized as hydroxyapatite, and the Sr-90 substitution into apatite was shown to have an incorporation half-life of 5.5 to 16 months. One and two dimensional (1-D and 2-D) laboratory infiltration experiments quantified the spatial distribution of apatite that formed during solution infiltration. Slow infiltration in 2-D experiments at low water saturation show the apatite precipitate concentrated in the upper third of the infiltration zone. More rapid 1-D infiltration studies show the apatite precipitate concentrated at greater depth. (authors)

  6. Sr-90 Immobilization by Infiltration of a Ca-Citrate-PO4 Solution into the Hanford 100-N Area Vadose Zone

    SciTech Connect

    Szecsody, Jim E.; Fruchter, Jonathan S.; Burns, Carolyn A.; Rockhold, Mark L.; Oostrom, Mart; Williams, Mark D.; Vermeul, Vince R.

    2008-01-11

    This project was initiated to develop a strategy for infiltration of a Ca-citrate-PO4 solution in order to precipitate apatite [Ca6(PO4)10(OH)2] in desired locations in the vadose zone for Sr-90 remediation. Laboratory experiments have demonstrated that infiltration of a Ca-citrate-PO4 solution into sediments at low and high water saturation results in citrate biodegradation and formation of apatite. The citrate biodegradation rate was relatively uniform, in spite of the spatial variability of sediment microbial biomass, likely because of microbial transport processes that occur during solution infiltration. The precipitate was characterized as hydroxyapatite, and the Sr-90 substitution into apatite was shown to have a half-life of 5.5 to 16 months. 1-D and 2-D laboratory infiltration experiments quantified the spatial distribution of apatite that formed during solution infiltration. Slow infiltration in 2-D experiments at low water saturation show the apatite precipitate concentrated in the upper third of the infiltration zone. More rapid 1-D infiltration studies show the apatite precipitate concentrated at greater depth.

  7. Magnetic dimensional crossover in Pr-doped single crystal Bi 2Sr 2Ca 0.89Pr 0.11Cu 2O 8+?

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ku, H. C.; Lin, C. Y.; Hsu, Y. Y.; Li, X.-G.; Sun, X. F.

    1999-01-01

    Magnetic hysteresis measurements on Pr-doped single crystal Bi 2Sr 2Ca 0.89Pr 0.11Cu 2O 8+? show a dimensional crossover from the three-dimensional (3D) vortex glass to the two-dimensional (2D) pancake of vortices. The observed crossover field H2D for field applied parallel to the c-axis decreases from 6 kG at 5 K to 410 G at 25 K and 120 G at 45 K. The substitution of 11% of magnetic Pr 3+ ions for Ca 2+ ions effectively decreases the hole concentration on the CuO 2 bi-layers but pushes the superconducting state from the overdoped region to the optimum composition with a superconducting transition temperature Tc of 88 K. The lower crossover field H2D values of the Pr-doped sample as compared with the undoped Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+? imply that the Josephson coupling between the two superconducting regions of adjacent CuO 2 bi-layers can be reduced by the presence of Pr.

  8. A coral Sr/Ca calibration and replication study of two massive corals from the Gulf of Mexico

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    DeLong, Kristine L.; Flannery, Jennifer A.; Maupin, Christopher R.; Poore, Richard Z.; Quinn, Terrence M.

    2011-01-01

    This study examined the variations in the ratio of strontium-to-calcium (Sr/Ca) for two Atlantic corals (Montastraea faveolata and Siderastrea siderea) from the Dry Tortugas National Park (centered on 24.7°N, 82.8°W) in the Gulf of Mexico. Cores from coral colonies in close proximity (10s of meters) and with the same environmental conditions (i.e., depth and water chemistry) were micro-sampled with approximately monthly resolution and the resulting Sr/Ca variations were calibrated with local sea surface temperature (SST) records. Replication tests for coral Sr/Ca variations found high agreement between intra-colony variations and between individual colonies of S. siderea (a single M. faveolata colony was sampled). Regression analysis of monthly variations in coral Sr/Ca and local SST revealed significant correlation on monthly and inter-annual timescales. Verification of the calibration on different timescales found coral Sr/Ca–SST reconstructions in S. siderea were more accurate than those from M. faveolata, especially on inter-annual timescales. Sr/Ca–SST calibration equations for the two species are significantly different (cf., Sr/Ca = -0.042 SST + 10.070, S. siderea; Sr/Ca = -0.027 SST + 9.893, M. faveolata). Mean linear extension for M. faveolata is approximately twice that of S. siderea (4.63, 4.31, and 8.31 mm year−1, A1, F1, and B3, respectively); however, seasonal Sr/Ca variability in M. faveolata is less than S. siderea (0.323, 0.353, and 0.254 mmol mol−1, A1, F1, and B3, respectively). The reduced slope for M. faveolata is attributed to physical sampling issues associated with complex time-skeletal structure of M. faveolata, i.e., a sampling effect, and not a growth effect since the faster growing M. faveolata has the reduced Sr/Ca variability.

  9. The spin-ladder and spin-chain system (La,Y,Sr,Ca) 14Cu 24O 41: Electronic phases, charge and spin dynamics

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    Vuleti?, T.; Korin-Hamzi?, B.; Ivek, T.; Tomi?, S.; Gorshunov, B.; Dressel, M.; Akimitsu, J.

    2006-05-01

    The quasi-one-dimensional cuprates (La,Y,Sr,Ca) 14Cu 24O 41, consisting of spin-chains and spin-ladders, have attracted much attention, mainly because they represent the first superconducting copper oxide with a non-square lattice. Theoretically, in isolated hole-doped two-leg ladders, superconductivity is tightly associated with the spin gap, although in competition with a charge-density wave (CDW). Indeed, both the gapped spin-liquid and CDW states have been established in the doped spin-ladders of Sr14-xCaxCu24O41, however the relevance of these objects to electronic properties and superconductivity is still subject of intensive discussion. In this treatise, an appreciable set of experimental data is reviewed, which has been acquired in recent years, indicating a variety of magnetic and charge arrangements found in the chains and ladders of underdoped (La,Y) y(S,Ca) 14- yCu 24O 41 and fully doped Sr14-xCaxCu24O41. Based on these data, phase diagrams are constructed for the chains of underdoped systems (as a function of La, Y-substitution), as well as for the chains and ladders of the fully doped ones (as a function of Ca-substitution). We try to reconcile contradictory results concerning the charge dynamics in the ladders, like the hole redistribution between ladders and chains, collective modes and pseudogap, field-dependent transport and the temperature scales and doping levels at which the two-dimensional CDW develops in the ladder planes. The remaining open issues are clearly extracted. In the discussion the experimental results are contrasted with theoretical predictions, which allows us to conclude with two important remarks concerning the nature of the competing CDW and superconducting ground states. A density wave in ladders, characterized by a sinusoidal charge modulation, belongs to the class of broken symmetry patterns, which is theoretically predicted for strongly correlated low-dimensional electron systems; however its precise texture and nature is still an open issue. As for superconductivity, the presence of the spin gap in the normal state points towards d-wave symmetry and magnetic origin of the attractive interaction. However, there is a finite density of mobile quasi-particles that appears for high Ca contents and increases with pressure, concomitantly with increased two-dimensionality and metallicity. For this reason the superconductivity in the doped ladders of Sr14-xCaxCu24O41 which occurs under high pressure cannot simply be a stabilization of the d-wave superconductivity expected for a pure single ladder system.

  10. Effects of Gd substitution on microstructures and low temperature dielectric relaxation behaviors of SrTiO{sub 3} ceramics

    SciTech Connect

    Fang Liang; Dong Wen; Zheng Fengang; Shen Mingrong

    2012-08-01

    In this paper, Sr{sub 1-3x/2}Gd{sub x}TiO{sub 3} ceramics (0.00 {<=} x {<=} 0.05) were prepared from powders obtained by a sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction results showed that the Gd ion substituted Sr site, and the unit cell volume of doped samples decreased with increasing Gd doping concentrations, which was due to the difference between Sr/Gd ionic radii. Moreover, the structural change also led to an increase in the antiferrodistortive transition temperature. Dielectric properties of all samples were investigated over broad temperature and frequency ranges, and four dielectric relaxation behaviors were identified in different samples. It was found that two intrinsic dielectric relaxation behaviors for the pure SrTiO{sub 3} ceramics could be gradually disappeared with increasing Gd doping concentrations, which was ascribed to the change of domain state induced by Sr vacancies. On the other hand, the other two dielectric relaxation behaviors were induced by Gd doping. The relaxation behavior with activation energy in the range of 100-130 meV was originated from oxygen vacancies, while another relaxation behavior with activation energy in the range of 200-230 meV corresponded to the thermal motions of Ti{sup 4+} ions.

  11. Biogeochemistry of stable Ca and radiogenic Sr isotopes in a larch-covered permafrost-dominated watershed of Central Siberia

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bagard, Marie-Laure; Schmitt, Anne-Dsire; Chabaux, Franois; Pokrovsky, Oleg S.; Viers, Jrme; Stille, Peter; Labolle, Franois; Prokushkin, Anatoly S.

    2013-08-01

    Stable Ca and radiogenic Sr isotope compositions were measured in different compartments (stream water, soil solutions, rocks, soils and soil leachates and vegetation) of a small permafrost-dominated watershed in the Central Siberian Plateau. The Sr and Ca in the area are supplied by basalt weathering and atmospheric depositions, which significantly impact the Sr isotopic compositions. Only vegetation significantly fractionates the calcium isotopes within the watershed. These fractionations occur during Ca uptake by roots and along the transpiration stream within the larch trees and are hypothesised to be the result of chromatographic processes and Ca oxalate crystallisations during Ca circulation or storage within plant organs. Biomass degradation significantly influences the Ca isotopic compositions of soil solutions and soil leachates via the release of light Ca, and organic and organo-mineral colloids are thought to affect the Ca isotopic compositions of soil solutions by preferential scavenging of 40Ca. The imprint of organic matter degradation on the ?44/40Ca of soil solutions is much more significant for the warmer south-facing slope of the watershed than for the shallow and cold soil active layer of the north-facing slope. As a result, the available stock of biomass and the decomposition rates appear to be critical parameters that regulate the impact of vegetation on the soil-water system in permafrost areas. Finally, the obtained ?44/40Ca patterns contrast with those described for permafrost-free environments with a much lower ?44/40Ca fractionation factor between soils and plants, suggesting specific features of organic matter decomposition in permafrost environments. The biologically induced Ca isotopic fractionation observed at the soil profile scale is not pronounced at the scale of the streams and large rivers in which the ?44/40Ca signature may be controlled by the heterogeneity of lithological sources.

  12. Ferromagnetism in 2212 phase Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O nano-superconductors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Baqiya, Malik A.; Widodo, Henry; Rochmawati, Lidya; Darminto, Adachi, Tadashi; Koike, Yoji

    2012-06-01

    Superconductors are characterized by zero resistance and Meissner effect. At below critical temperature (Tc), these materials exhibit diamagnetic properties. On the other hand, materials in nano-crystal size have specific properties that differ from bulk state. Nanomaterials are characterized by surface effect which influences physical and chemical properties of the materials. Combining these two mayor fields, it can be obtained superconductors in nano-crystal size (below 200 nm) using simple method (called as nano-superconductors). Generally, ceramic-oxides in nano-crystal size, even in cuprate-superconductors, may have ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. In this research, Bi and Bi, Pb-based nano-superconductors synthesized by wet mixing technique have Tc 80 K for 2212 (Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8-? and Bi1,6Pb0,4Sr2CaCu2O8-?) phases. They also exhibit ferromagnetism effect and hysteresis curve although at well above Tc. This is unusual phenomenon because superconductor materials are generally diamagnetic at below Tc and paramagnetic at normal state. This phenomenon is possibly due to magnetic moments which may possibly come from oxygen vacancies of the nanoparticles surface.

  13. Sr/Ca ratios in cold-water corals - a 'low-resolution' temperature archive?

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    Rggeberg, Andres; Riethdorf, Jan-Rainer; Raddatz, Jacek; Lpez Correa, Matthias; Montagna, Paolo; Dullo, Wolf-Christian; Freiwald, Andr

    2010-05-01

    One of the basic data to understand global change and past global changes is the measurement and the reconstruction of temperature of marine water masses. E.g. seawater temperature controls the density of seawater and in combination with salinity is the major driving force for the oceans circulation system. Geochemical investigations on cold-water corals Lophelia pertusa and Desmophyllum cristagalli indicated the potential of these organisms as high-resolution archives of environmental parameters from intermediate and deeper water masses (Adkins and Boyle 1997). Some studies tried to use cold-water corals as a high-resolution archive of temperature and salinity (Smith et al. 2000, 2002; Blamart et al. 2005; Lutringer et al. 2005). However, the fractionation of stable isotopes (delta18O and delta13C) and element ratios (Sr/Ca, Mg/Ca, U/Ca) are strongly influenced by vital effects (Shirai et al. 2005; Cohen et al. 2006), and difficult to interpret. Nevertheless, ongoing studies indicate the potential of a predominant temperature dependent fractionation of distinct isotopes and elements (e.g. Li/Ca, Montagna et al. 2008; U/Ca, Mg/Ca, delta18O, Lpez Correa et al. 2008; delta88/86Sr, Rggeberg et al. 2008). Within the frame of DFG-Project TRISTAN and Palo-TRISTAN (Du 129/37-2 and 37-3) we investigated live-collected specimens of cold-water coral L. pertusa from all along the European continental margin (Northern and mid Norwegian shelves, Skagerrak, Rockall and Porcupine Bank, Galicia Bank, Gulf of Cadiz, Mediterranean Sea). These coral samples grew in waters characterized by temperatures between 6C and 14C. Electron Microprobe investigations along the growth direction of individual coral polyps were applied to determine the relationship between the incorporation of distinct elements (Sr, Ca, Mg, S). Cohen et al. (2006) showed for L. pertusa from the Kosterfjord, Skagerrak, that ~25% of the coral's Sr/Ca ratio is related to temperature, while 75% are influenced by the calcification rate of the organism. However, the Sr/Ca-temperature relation of our L. pertusa specimens suggest, that mean values are more reliable for temperature reconstruction along a larger temperature range than local high-resolution investigations. Additionally, our results plot on same line of Sr/Ca-temperature relationship like tropical corals indicating a similar behaviour of element incorporation during calcification. References: Adkins JF, Boyle EA (1997) Changing atmospheric ?14C and the record of deep water paleoventilation ages. Paleoceanography 12:337-344 Blamart D, Rollion-Bard C, Cuif J-P, Juillet-Leclerc A, Lutringer A, Weering Tv, Henriet J-P (2005) C and O isotopes in a deep-sea coral (Lophelia pertusa) related to skeletal microstructure. In: Freiwald A, Roberts JM (eds) Cold-water Corals and Ecosystems. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, p 1005-1020 Cohen AL, Gaetani GA, Lundlv T, Corliss BH, George RY (2006) Compositional variability in a cold-water scleractinian, Lophelia pertusa: New insights into vital effects. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 7:Q12004, doi:12010.11029/12006GC001354 Lpez Correa M, Montagna P, Rggeberg A, McCulloch M, Taviani M, Freiwald A (2008) Trace elements and stable isotopes in recent North Atlantic Lophelia pertusa along a latitudal gradient and from fossil Mediterranean sites. ASLO 2008 Summer Meeting, St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, 08.06.-13.06.2008, p. 47 Lutringer A, Blamart D, Frank N, Labeyrie L (2005) Paleotemperatures from deep-sea corals: scale effects. In: Freiwald A, Roberts JM (eds) Cold-water Corals and Ecosystems. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, p 1081-1096 Montagna P, Lpez-Correa M, Rggeberg A, McCulloch M, Rodolfo-Metalpa R, Dullo W-C, Ferrier-Pags C, Freiwald A, Henderson G, Mazzoli C, Russo S, Silenzi S, Taviani M (2008) Coral Li/Ca in micro-structural domains as a temperature proxy. Goldschmidt Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Rggeberg A, Fietzke J, Liebetrau V, Eisenhauer A, Dullo W-C, Freiwald A (2008) Stable strontium isot

  14. Judd-Ofelt analysis of Pr3+ ions in Sr1.5Ca0.5SiO4 and Sr0.5Ca0.5TiO3 host matrices

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    Vidyadharan, Viji; Gopi, Subash; Remya, Mohan P.; Thomas, Vinoy; Joseph, Cyriac; Unnikrishnan, N. V.; Biju, P. R.

    2016-01-01

    The spectroscopic properties of Pr3+ doped Sr1.5Ca0.5SiO4 and Sr0.5Ca0.5TiO3 host matrices have been investigated using optical absorption and emission spectra. The oscillator strengths of observed bands of Pr3+ ions and Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters were calculated by including and excluding the hypersensitive 3H4 ? 3P2 transition using standard and modified Judd-Ofelt (JO) theory. In both the host matrices the JO parameters follow the same trend as ?6 > ?2 > ?4. The JO intensity parameters obtained by using the Modified JO theory was used to compute the radiative properties such as radiative transition probability (AR), branching ratio (?R) and radiative lifetime (?R) for the observed fluorescence bands. The photoluminescence spectrum of Pr3+ doped Sr1.5Ca0.5SiO4 upon 444 nm excitation shows three emission peaks at 489, 608 and 733 nm corresponding to the transitions 3P0 ? 3H4, 3H6 and 3F4 respectively. But in the case of Sr0.5Ca0.5TiO3 host matrix we observed an emission peak at 611 nm corresponding to the 1D2 ? 3H4 transition at ?ex = 336 nm. The experimental branching ratio (?exp) obtained from the fluorescence spectra was compared with the calculated values. The non radiative relaxation rate was calculated from the experimental (?exp) and predicted (?R) lifetimes. Stimulated emission cross section (?e), gain bandwidth (?e ??eff) and optical gain (?e ?R) for 0.5 wt% Pr3+ doped Sr1.5Ca0.5SiO4 and Sr0.5Ca0.5TiO3 phosphor samples were also calculated and their high value suggests its candidature as a good optical material.

  15. The Giant Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas) as a modern analog for fossil ostreoids: Isotopic (Ca, O, C) and elemental (Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca, Mn/Ca) proxies

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    Ullmann, Clemens V.; Bhm, Florian; Rickaby, Rosalind E. M.; Wiechert, Uwe; Korte, Christoph

    2013-10-01

    Modern analogs are an essential part of palaeoclimate studies, because they provide the basis for the understanding of geochemical signatures of fossils. Ostreoids are common in many sedimentary sequences and because of their fast growth, high temporal resolution sampling of past seasonal variability is possible. Here, two shell structures of modern Giant Pacific Oysters (Crassostrea gigas), the chalky substance and foliate layers, have been sampled for trace element distributions (Mg, Sr, Mn) and stable isotope variability (C, O, Ca). Oxygen isotopes exhibit a clear seasonal signature. Mean carbon isotope values of different oysters agree within 0.1, but ontogenic variability is complicated by shell growth patterns and potential small vital effects. The calcium isotope ratios are found to be constant throughout ontogeny within analytical precision at a value of ?44/40Ca = 0.68 0.16 (2 sd) SRM-915a which is consistent with other bivalve species. Calcium isotope ratios in oyster shell material might thus be a possible proxy for palaeo seawater calcium isotope ratios. Element/Ca ratios are significantly higher in the chalky substance than in the foliate layers and especially high Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios are observed for the first growth season of the oysters. Mg/Ca ratios in the chalky substance show a negative correlation with ?18O values, compatible with a temperature dependence, whereas this correlation is absent in the foliate layers. Seasonal changes of Sr/Ca are controlled by metabolic processes, whereas for Mn/Ca an additional environmental control is evident.

  16. Experimental Determination of Sr partitioning and Ca Isotope Fractionation in the CaSO4-NaCl-H2O system

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    Brown, S. T.; DePaolo, D. J.

    2012-12-01

    Anhydrite and gypsum are important, retrograde soluble minerals in geologic environments including mid ocean ridge hydrothermal systems and saline aquifers. Precipitation and/or dissolution of Ca-sulfate phases may control the distribution of stable Ca isotopes and Sr concentrations between fluids and minerals. Considerable research in the CaCO3-H2O system suggests that stable isotope fractionation of Ca between the dissolve pool and precipitating mineral are primarily controlled by the mineral growth rates. The partitioning of Sr appears to be growth rate dependent as well. We designed a series of hydrothermal precipitation experiments to test the idea that similar rate dependent isotope and trace metal fractionation occurs in the CaSO4-H2O system. Experiments were conducted between 110-160C using a titanium Parr mini bench top reactor. Mixtures of CaCl2, SrCl2 and Na2SO4 were dissolved in water and loaded into a Teflon lined vessel. Sealed experiments were purged with nitrogen gas for approximately 20 minutes to create a CO2-free environment. Experiments were rapidly charged to approximately 250 psi and heated to the desired run temperature. Experiment duration was between 36 and 360 hours. Completed experiments were depressurized and solid run products were recovered by filtration. Fluid samples from the beginning and end of each experiment were preserved for elemental and isotopic measurements. Preliminary results for experiments with CaSO4 supersaturation ~10 have thin needle-like crystals of mixed gypsum-bassanite-anhydrite based on SEM and XRD analysis. Sr distribution coefficients range between 0.48-0.74, greater than published equilibrium values, while D44Ca = 0.7-1.1 per mil, similar to low temperature carbonates.

  17. Experimentally determined Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios in juvenile bivalve calcite for Mytilus edulis: implications for paleotemperature reconstructions

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    Wanamaker, Alan D., Jr.; Kreutz, Karl J.; Wilson, Tiffany; Borns, Harold W., Jr.; Introne, Douglas S.; Feindel, Scott

    2008-10-01

    To further evaluate the potential use of Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios as a paleothermometer in the shell carbonate of the blue mussel Mytilus edulis, we grew juvenile mussels (˜15 mm shell height; <2 years old) collected from Maine, USA, in controlled environments for 4 months. The four-by-three factorial design consisted of four circulating temperature baths (7, 11, 15 and 19°C), and three salinity ranges (23, 28, and 32). During the experiment, water Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca molar ratios were monitored weekly, and showed little variation across all salinity and temperature ranges. Data from sampled shells including all salinity treatments yielded relatively poor relationships between shell elemental chemistry and water temperatures. However, if only the low salinity treatment data (23) are used, the relationships between shell elemental chemistry and water temperature improve moderately. Based on the data presented here, it may be possible to use Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios from the shell carbonate of juvenile M. edulis to reconstruct paleotemperatures in estuarine settings (salinity below 24) with a corresponding RMSE (root mean squared error; 95% confidence interval) of ±2.4°C and ±2.8°C, respectively. In order for this methodology to be statistically meaningful, water temperature changes must be rather large, as the errors associated with using Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios from the shell material of M. edulis are substantial. Further work is required to determine if the findings presented here can be duplicated, and if the potential salinity effect is pervasive.

  18. The structure of molten CaSiO3: A neutron diffraction isotope substitution and aerodynamic levitation study.

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    Skinner, Lawrie; Benmore, Chris J; Weber, Richard; Santodonato, Louis J; Tumber, Sonia; Neuefeind, Joerg C; Lazareva, Lena; Du, Jincheng; Parise, John B

    2012-01-01

    We have performed neutron diffraction isotopic substitution experiments on aerodynamically levitated droplets of CaSiO3, to directly extract intermediate and local structural information on the Ca environment. The results show a substantial broadening of the Ca-O peak in the pair distribution function of the melt compared to the glass, which comprises primarily of 6- and 7-fold coordinated Ca-polyhedra. The broadening can be explained by a re-distribution of Ca-O bond lengths, especially towards longer distances in the liquid. The first order neutron difference function provides a rigorous test of recent molecular dynamics simulations and supports the model of the presence of short chains or channels of edge shared Ca-octahedra in the liquid state. It is suggested that the polymerization of Ca-polyhedra is responsible for the fragile viscosity behavior of the melt and the glass forming ability in CaSiO3.

  19. Structure of molten CaSiO3: neutron diffraction isotope substitution with aerodynamic levitation and molecular dynamics study.

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    Skinner, L B; Benmore, C J; Weber, J K R; Tumber, S; Lazareva, L; Neuefeind, J; Santodonato, L; Du, J; Parise, J B

    2012-11-15

    We have performed neutron diffraction isotopic substitution experiments on aerodynamically levitated droplets of CaSiO(3), to directly extract intermediate and local structural information on the Ca environment. The results show a substantial broadening of the first Ca-O peak in the pair distribution function of the melt compared to the glass, which comprises primarily of 6- and 7-fold coordinated Ca-polyhedra. The broadening can be explained by a redistribution of Ca-O bond lengths, especially toward longer distances in the liquid. The first order neutron difference function provides a test of recent molecular dynamics simulations and supports the MD model which contains short chains or channels of edge shared Ca-octahedra in the liquid state. It is suggested that the polymerization of Ca-polyhedra is responsible for the fragile viscosity behavior of the melt and the glass forming ability in CaSiO(3). PMID:23106223

  20. CaSR function in the intestine: Hormone secretion, electrolyte absorption and secretion, paracrine non-canonical Wnt signaling and colonic crypt cell proliferation.

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    Macleod, R John

    2013-06-01

    Expression and function of the CaSR have been shown in some mammalian taste buds and basal cells of the esophagus. Signaling cascades responsible for CaSR-mediated stimulation of H(+)-K(+)-ATPase on human parietal cells have been defined. Transgenic mice and reductionistic cell culture models have shown that the CaSR promotes gastrin secretion from G cells, cholecystokinin (CCK) secretion from duodenal I cells and BMP-2 secretion from sub-epithelial myofibroblasts. In addition, the CaSR mediates a novel paracrine relationship between myofibroblasts and overlying epithelial cells in the colon. Thus, CaSR activators stimulate secretion of Wnt5a from myofibroblasts and expression of the Wnt5a receptor Ror2 in epithelial cells. CaSR-mediated Wnt5a/Ror2 engagement stimulates epithelial differentiation and reduces expression of the receptor for tumor necrosis factor (TNFR1). CaSR activators also modulate intestinal motility, inhibit Cl(-) secretion and stimulate Na(+) absorption in both the small intestine and colon. Colonic epithelia from conditional and global CaSR knockout mice exhibit increased proliferation with increased Wnt/?-catenin signaling, demonstrating that the CaSR negatively modulates colonic epithelial growth. PMID:23856267

  1. I-STAL, a model for interpretation of Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca variations in speleothems and its forward and inverse application on seasonal to millennial scales

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    Stoll, Heather M.; Müller, Wolfgang; Prieto, Manolo

    2012-09-01

    Trace element ratios Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca, and Ba/Ca are readily measured in speleothems and may be closely related to hydrological balance, enhancing paleoclimate information inferred from stable isotope measurements. We develop a model which simulates the variation in dripwater chemistry resulting from variable degree of water-rock interaction and prior calcite precipitation (PCP), with the latter process depending both on drip interval and drip oversaturation with respect to CaCO3. Partition coefficients between speleothem and dripwater are dependent on temperature for Mg and on speleothem growth rate for Sr and Ba, as observed in laboratory experiments. The drip oversaturation state, regulated both by cave pCO2 and the dilution and soil karst dissolution processes, strongly affects stalagmite trace element concentrations by modulating the extent of PCP and speleothem growth rates. Application of an inverse model confirms that seasonal CO2 cycles can explain the uncorrelated seasonal cycles in Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca observed in our speleothem records from NW Spain for which high CO2 coincides with dry season. In absence of seasonal variations in drip interval, cycles in cave pCO2 can produce seasonal covariation in Sr/Ca, Mg/Ca and Ba/Ca. In long time series (104 yr) where seasonal sampling resolution is not obtained in stalagmites, a change from dominance of summer to winter rainfall can shift the season of strongest stalagmite deposition to one of lower mean CO2 and hence greater PCP and higher Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios. Caves best suited to record a dominantly water balance signal, such as mean drip intervals, are those with minimal seasonal variation in cave pCO2.

  2. Theoretical studies of the osmium based perovskites AOsO3 (A=Ca, Sr and Ba)

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    Ali, Zahid; Sattar, Abdul; Asadabadi, S. Jalali; Ahmad, Iftikhar

    2015-11-01

    Osmium based perovskites AOsO3 (A=Ca, Sr and Ba) have been studied theoretically using density functional theory approach. These studies show that CaOsO3 and SrOsO3 are orthorhombic and BaOsO3 is cubic and are consistent with the experiments. The electronic band structures demonstrate that these compounds are metals. The magnetic studies verify the experimental observations at low temperature, where the spin effects are canceled by the orbitals. The stable magnetic phase optimizations and magnetic susceptibilities calculations by the post-DFT treatment confirm that CaOsO3 and SrOsO3 are weak ferromagnetic whereas BaOsO3 is a paramagnetic material. The directional magnetic study shows that these compounds are magnetically anisotropic, and reveals that the easy magnetization axis is [001] direction.

  3. (Ca,Sr)CO 3 aqueous-solid solution systems: From atomistic simulations to thermodynamic modelling

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    Kulik, D. A.; Vinograd, V. L.; Paulsen, N.; Winkler, B.

    The uptake of strontium in calcium carbonates is a topic of sustained interest in (radio)geochemistry. The available data on (Ca,Sr)CO 3 aqueous-solid solution (Aq-SS) systems with the calcite ( R3barc) and aragonite ( Pmcn) structures are reconciled using a stepwise approach from atomistic to thermodynamic modelling consisting of: (1) Quantum-mechanical and force-field calculations aimed at the prediction of standard thermodynamic properties of a hypothetical pure SrCO 3( R3barc) compound; (2) Force-field calculations on supercell structures of end members with defects of incoherent atoms in the cluster expansion framework, followed by Monte Carlo simulations of the excess SS mixing properties in both R3barc and Pmcn structures; (3) Thermodynamic modelling of Aq-SS systems with SS phases of both structures using the Gibbs Energy Minimization (GEM) code in two scenarios: (i) aqueous solution in equilibrium with one SS phase of either Pmcn or R3barc structure; (ii) aqueous solution equilibrated with two SS phases having different structures. The (ii) case was investigated using two approaches: (A) The two SS introduced as separate phases, with the excess mixing in each phase described by an own Guggenheim polynomial and (B) End members of different structures combined into a single calcite-strontianite phase using the Darkens Quadratic Formulation (DQF) mixing model. For the aragonite-strontianite SS system, a nearly symmetric solvus is predicted in good agreement with the available calorimetric and electrochemical data. The solubility data at low Sr concentrations are qualitatively reproduced with the DQF model. For the (Ca,Sr)CO 3 SS with the calcite structure, a slightly asymmetric, moderately positive excess Gibbs free energy of mixing is predicted and shown to agree well with known equilibrium distribution coefficients for trace Sr in calcite and with the predicted solubility product of the hypothetical SrCO 3( R3barc) end member. Although each SS system with the calcite and aragonite structures shows a nearly symmetric moderate deviation from the ideal mixing, the GEM calculations of Aq-SS equilibria including two SS phases result in a broad, strongly asymmetric miscibility gap with maximum x = 0.003 mole fraction of Sr in calcite. These results are instructive because many polyvalent cations showing a strong uptake in calcite (e.g. actinides) are expected to form end member compounds with structures different from the host mineral. The combination of atomistic simulations with GEM thermodynamic modelling provides a new suite of computer-aided tools for modelling such geochemically complex systems. The accuracy of thermodynamic values predicted from atomistic simulations is shown to be comparable to that of the best experimental data.

  4. Average and local structure of the Pb-free ferroelectric perovskites (Sr,Sn )TiO 3 and (Ba ,Ca ,Sn )TiO3

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    Laurita, Geneva; Page, Katharine; Suzuki, Shoichiro; Seshadri, Ram

    2015-12-01

    The characteristic structural off-centering of Pb2 + in oxides, associated with its 6 s2 lone pair, allows it to play a dominant role in polar materials, and makes it a somewhat ubiquitous component of ferroelectrics. In this work, we examine the compounds Sr0.9Sn0.1TiO3 and Ba0.79Ca0.16Sn0.05TiO3 using neutron total scattering techniques with data acquired at different temperatures. In these compounds, previously reported as ferroelectrics, Sn2 + appears to display some of the characteristics of Pb2 +. We compare the local and long-range structures of the Sn2 +-substituted compositions to the unsubstituted parent compounds SrTiO3 and BaTiO3. We find that even at these small substitution levels, the Sn2 + lone pairs drive the local ordering behavior, with the local structure of both compounds more similar to the structure of PbTiO3 rather than the parent compounds.

  5. Significantly enhanced ferroelectricity and magnetic properties in (Sr0.5Ca0.5)TiO3-modified BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Liu, Juan; Liu, Xiao Qiang; Chen, Xiang Ming

    2015-05-01

    BiFeO3 multiferroic ceramics were modified by introducing (Sr0.5Ca0.5)TiO3 to form solid solutions. The single phase structure was easy to be obtained in Bi1-x(Sr0.5Ca0.5)xFe1-xTixO3 (x = 0.2, 0.25, 0.3, and 0.4) solid solutions. Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction data revealed a transition from rhombohedral R3c (x = 0.2, 0.25, and 0.3) to orthorhombic Pnma (x = 0.4). Current density-field (J-E) characteristics indicated that the leakage current density was reduced by three orders of magnitude in Bi1-x(Sr0.5Ca0.5)xFe1-xTixO3 ceramics. Both the ferroelectricity and magnetic properties were significantly enhanced in the present solid solutions. P-E hysteresis loop measurements with dynamic leakage current compensation methods showed the significantly enhanced ferroelectric properties for x = 0.25 and 0.3 and the paraelectric behavior for x = 0.4. The best ferromagnetic characteristics were achieved in the composition of x = 0.25, where the saturated M-H loop was determined with Mr = 34.8 emu/mol. The improvement of ferroelectricity was mainly due to the suppressed leakage current, and the enhanced magnetism originated from the partial substitution of Fe3+ by Ti4+, which destroyed its previous spiral structure to allow the appearance of a macroscopic magnetization.

  6. Introduction of artificial pinning centres in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 ceramics

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    Majewski, P.; Elschner, S.; Bestgen, H.; Aldinger, F.

    1995-01-01

    Considering the phase equilibrium diagram of the system Bi203-SrO-CaO-CuO, single phase 'Bi2Sr2CaCu208' ceramics have been transformed by a simple annealing procedure into multiphase samples. The transformation results in the formation of second phases and in an increase of the intra-grain critical current density at 1 T of five times. This increase is believed to express improved pinning properties of the superconducting crystals. The prepared pinning centers are believed to be e.g. coherent precipitates (Guinier-Preston-zones) within the superconducting crystals.

  7. The role of ?-bonding on the high temperature structure of the double perovskites Ba2CaUO6 and BaSrCaUO6.

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    Reynolds, Emily; Thorogood, Gordon J; Avdeev, Maxim; Brand, Helen E A; Gu, Qinfen; Kennedy, Brendan J

    2015-09-28

    The high temperature structural behaviour of the uranium perovskites Ba2CaUO6 and BaSrCaUO6 has been investigated using a combination of synchrotron X-ray and neutron powder diffraction. Ba2CaUO6 undergoes a complex sequence of structures associated with the progressive loss of cooperative octahedral tilting: P21/n ? I2/m ? I2/m ? I4/m ? Fm3[combining macron]m. The observation of the intermediate tetragonal structure, I4/m, in this, contrasts with the previously reported rhombohedral R3[combining macron] intermediate formed by the Ba2SrUO6 oxide. The importance of ?-bonding in determining the structural sequence is discussed. PMID:26286063

  8. Preparation of high density superconducting ceramics in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system. IV

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    Sato, H.; Zhu, W.; Miller, M. M.; Ishiguro, T.; Shindo, D.

    Preparation of high-Tc superconductors in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system from amorphous precursors obtained by quenching from melts offers special advantages over the conventional sintering technique in that high-density materials can easily be obtained, the control of phases by heat treatment is easier, etc. Growth of high-Tc phase occurs in elongated platelets in a direction parallel to the basal plane of the structure. The n = 2 and the n = 3 structures intergrow in a microsyntactic fashion. For specimens with high Cu contents, all structural variants known to exist in this system (the n = 1, the n = 2, and the n = 3 structures) can be prepared at the same composition by different heat treatments. Also, Tc does not seem to have any specific relation with the structure, but it still is sensitive to the atmosphere of heat treatment. Relations of Tc to Cu content and the hole content are suggested.

  9. Eliashberg analysis of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+? intrinsic tunneling spectra

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    Sui, Xiao-Hong; Tang, H.; Zhao, S. P.; Su, Zhao-Bin

    2015-04-01

    Tunneling spectra of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+? intrinsic Josephson junctions with different doping are analyzed and reproduced using a d-wave Eliashberg formalism in a wide temperature range below Tc , from which the pairing glue spectral function ?2 F (?) composed of a low-energy resonance peak and a high-energy broad spectrum is obtained. As temperature increases toward Tc , the resonance peak shows continuous decrease both in energy and in height while the broad spectrum slightly increases in height. The calculated coupling constant demonstrates an important role for pairing by the broad spectrum that originates from spin fluctuations. The gap function extracted from the analysis bears a close resemblance to the recent Hubbard and t-J model simulations. We discuss the limitations of the d-wave Eliashberg approach used in our analysis.

  10. Fluorescence analysis and growth of Bi?Sr?Ca?Cu?O superconducting thin films

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    Di Palma, T. M.; Gambardella, U.; Giardini, A.; Marotta, V.; Martino, R.; Morone, A.; Orlando, S.

    1994-12-01

    The plume generated by the Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) has been analyzed with an Optical Multichannel Analyser (OMA). A Nd-YAG laser source operating at 532 nm has been used to grow Bi?Sr?Ca?Cu?O (BSCCO) superconducting thin films from a 2:2:2:3 Pb-doped BSCCO target. The analysis has also been carried out while growing the BSCCO films on MgO substrates. The OMA spectra report the presence of excited species, neutrals and ionized, within the plume produced by ablation. The spectra recorded at different distancies from the target and at different oxygen pressures give indications on the nature and the velocities of the species ejected from the target.

  11. LFZ growth of (Bi,Pb)--Sr--Ca--Cu--O superconducting fibers

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    de la Fuente, G.F.; Navarro, R.; Lera, F.; Rillo, C.; Bartolome, J.; Badia, A. ); Beltran, D.; Ibanez, R.; Beltran, A. ); Sinn, E. )

    1991-04-01

    Powder x-ray diffraction, d.c. and a.c. susceptibilities, and SEM have been used to study (Bi{sub 1{minus}{ital x}}Pb{sub {ital x}}){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10+{delta}} fibers grown by the Laser Floating Zone method. The well-oriented, long-grained superconductor fiber properties are shown to be highly dependent on the partial pressure of oxygen in the growth atmosphere, as well as on fiber pulling rate. Slowly grown fibers contain initially the 2212 (80 K) phase; the 2223 (110 K) phase also appears upon annealing in air. Faster growth rates result in fibers that contain a mixture of the 2212 and 2201 phases and, in this case, long annealing procedures are necessary to observe the 2223 phase.

  12. Electronic Magnetic and Structural Properties of A2VM0O6 Perovskites (A = Ca, Sr)

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    Karen,P.; Moodenbaugh, A.; Goldberger, J.; Santhosh, P.; Woodward, P.

    2006-01-01

    The perovskites Sr{sub 2}VMoO{sub 6} and Ca{sub 2}VMoO{sub 6} have been synthesized by liquid-mix technique in citrate melts, and their electronic, magnetic and structural properties have been investigated. No signs of V/Mo ordering are seen by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, but despite the chemical disorder both oxides are highly conductive and Pauli paramagnetic. Electrical conductivities of these solid solutions are comparable or higher than those reported for polycrystalline AMoO{sub 3} end members. It is suggested that the delocalized metallic conductivity of these compounds with two different transition-metal atoms implies valence equilibrium between the degenerate oxidation-state couples V{sup 4+}Mo{sup 4+} and V{sup 3+}Mo{sup 5+}.

  13. Fabrication and characterization of (Bi,Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (2223) bars

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    Chudzik, M.P.; Polzin, B.J.; Thayer, R.; Picciolo, J.J.; Fisher, B.L.; Lanagan, M.T.

    1996-08-01

    Bulk bars for current lead applications were fabricated from (Bi,Pb)- Sr-Ca-Cu-O (Bi-2223) for low thermal conductivity and high critical current. Bars measuring 17.8 cm in length were made by uniaxially pressing Bi-2223 powder of controlled (1.7/0.34)223 and (1.8/0.4)223 phase composition. The bulk bars were densified by subjecting them to a schedule of alternate liquid-phase sintering and cold isostatic pressing. Liquid phase sintering temperatures were optimized from differential thermal analysis and microstructure morphology. Phase purity and microstructure were evaluated by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Low-resistance silver contacts were applied to the bars by hot-pressing at 820{degrees}C and 3 MPa. Critical current densities {approx} 1000 A/cm{sup 3} (critical currents of 750 A at 77 K in self-field conditions) were achieved.

  14. Fluorescence kinetics of PSII crystals containing Ca(2+) or Sr(2+) in the oxygen evolving complex.

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    van Oort, Bart; Kargul, Joanna; Maghlaoui, Karim; Barber, James; van Amerongen, Herbert

    2014-02-01

    Photosystem II (PSII) is the pigment-protein complex which converts sunlight energy into chemical energy by catalysing the process of light-driven oxidation of water into reducing equivalents in the form of protons and electrons. Three-dimensional structures from x-ray crystallography have been used extensively to model these processes. However, the crystal structures are not necessarily identical to those of the solubilised complexes. Here we compared picosecond fluorescence of solubilised and crystallised PSII core particles isolated from the thermophilic cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus. The fluorescence of the crystals is sensitive to the presence of artificial electron acceptors (K3Fe(CN)3) and electron transport inhibitors (DCMU). In PSII with reaction centres in the open state, the picosecond fluorescence of PSII crystals and solubilised PSII is indistinguishable. Additionally we compared picosecond fluorescence of native PSII with PSII in which Ca(2) in the oxygen evolving complex (OEC) is biosynthetically replaced by Sr(2+). With the Sr(2+) replaced OEC the average fluorescence decay slows down slightly (81ps to 85ps), and reaction centres are less readily closed, indicating that both energy transfer/trapping and electron transfer are affected by the replacement. PMID:24269510

  15. Interaction Between Neuronal NOS Signaling and Temperature Influences SR Ca2+ Leak:Role of Nitroso-Redox Balance

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    Dulce, Raul A.; Mayo, Vera; Rangel, Erika B.; Balkan, Wayne; Hare, Joshua M.

    2014-01-01

    Rationale While nitric oxide (NO) signaling modulates cardiac function and excitation-contraction coupling, opposing results due to inconsistent experimental conditions, particularly with respect to temperature, confound the ability to elucidate NO signaling pathways. Here we show that temperature significantly modulates NO effects. Objective Test the hypothesis that temperature profoundly impacts nitroso-redox equilibrium, thereby affecting sarcomeric reticulum (SR) Ca2+ leak. Methods and Results We measured SR Ca2+ leak in cardiomyocytes from wild-type (WT), NO/redox imbalance (NOS1?/?), and hyper S-nitrosylation (GSNOR?/?) mice. In WT cardiomyocytes, SR Ca2+ leak increased as temperature decreased from 37C to 23C, whereas, in NOS1?/ ?cells, the leak suddenly increased when the temperature surpassed 30C. GSNOR?/ ? cardiomyocytes exhibited low leak throughout the temperature range. Exogenously added NO had a biphasic effect on NOS1?/? cardiomyocytes; reducing leak at 37C but increasing it at sub-physiologic temperatures. Oxypurinol and Tempol diminished the leak in NOS1?/ ? cardiomyocytes. Cooling from 37 to 23C increased ROS generation in WT but decreased it in NOS1?/? cardiomyocytes. Oxypurinol further reduced ROS generation. At 23C in WT cells, leak was decreased by tetrahydrobiopterin, an essential NOS cofactor. Cooling significantly increased SR Ca2+ content in NOS1?/? cells but had no effect in WT or GSNOR?/?. Conclusions Ca2+ leak and temperature are normally inversely proportional, whereas NOS1 deficiency reverses this effect, increasing leak and elevating ROS production as temperature increases. Reduced denitrosylation (GSNOR deficiency) eliminates the temperature dependence of leak. Thus, temperature regulates the balance between NO and ROS which in turn has a major impact on SR Ca2+. PMID:25326127

  16. Dopant-Induced Nanoscale Electronic Inhomogeneities in Ca2-xSrxRuO4

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    Zhang, Jiandi; Ismail, #; Moore, R. G.; Wang, S. -C.; Ding, H.; Jin, Rongying; Mandrus, David; Plummer, E Ward

    2006-01-01

    Ca{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}RuO{sub 4} single crystals with 0.1 {le} x {le} 2.0 have been studied systematically using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, and angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES). In contrast with the well-ordered lattice structure, the local density of states at the surface clearly shows a strong doping dependent nanoscale electronic inhomogeneity, regardless of the fact of isovalent substitution. Remarkably, the surface electronic roughness measured by STM and the inverse spectral weight of quasiparticle states determined by ARPES are found to vary with x in the same manner as the bulk in-plane residual resistivity, following the Nordheim rule. For the first time, the surface measurements - especially those with STM - are shown to be in good agreement with the bulk transport results, all clearly indicating a doping-induced electronic disorder in the system.

  17. Dipole polarizability of alkali-metal (Na, K, Rb)-alkaline-earth-metal (Ca, Sr) polar molecules: prospects for alignment.

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    Gopakumar, Geetha; Abe, Minori; Hada, Masahiko; Kajita, Masatoshi

    2014-06-14

    Electronic open-shell ground-state properties of selected alkali-metal-alkaline-earth-metal polar molecules are investigated. We determine potential energy curves of the (2)?(+) ground state at the coupled-cluster singles and doubles with partial triples (CCSD(T)) level of electron correlation. Calculated spectroscopic constants for the isotopes ((23)Na, (39)K, (85)Rb)-((40)Ca, (88)Sr) are compared with available theoretical and experimental results. The variation of the permanent dipole moment (PDM), average dipole polarizability, and polarizability anisotropy with internuclear distance is determined using finite-field perturbation theory at the CCSD(T) level. Owing to moderate PDM (KCa: 1.67 D, RbCa: 1.75 D, KSr: 1.27 D, RbSr: 1.41 D) and large polarizability anisotropy (KCa: 566 a.u., RbCa: 604 a.u., KSr: 574 a.u., RbSr: 615 a.u.), KCa, RbCa, KSr, and RbSr are potential candidates for alignment and orientation in combined intense laser and external static electric fields. PMID:24929384

  18. Pb solubility of the high-temperature superconducting phase Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O(10+d)

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    Kaesche, Stefanie; Majewski, Peter; Aldinger, Fritz

    1995-01-01

    For the nominal composition of Bi(2.27-x)Pb(x)Sr2 Ca2 Cu3 O(10+d) lead content was varied from x = 0.05 to 0.45. The compositions were examined between 830 and 890 C which is supposed to be the temperature range over which the so-called 2223 phase (Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O(10+d)) is stable. Only compositions between x = 0.18 to 0.36 could be synthesized in a single phase state. For x is greater than 0.36 a lead containing phase with a stoichiometry of Pb4(Sr,Ca)5CuO(d) is formed, for x is less than 0.18 mainly Bi2Sr2CaCu2O(10+d) and cuprates are the equilibrium phases. The temperature range for the 2223 phase was found to be 830 to 890 C but the 2223 phase has extremely varying cation ratios over this temperature range. Former single phase 2223 samples turn to multi phase samples when annealed at slightly higher or lower temperatures. A decrease in the Pb solubility with increasing temperature was found for the 2223 phase.

  19. New observations on the pressure dependence of luminescence from Eu2+-doped MF2 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) fluorides.

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    Su, Fu Hai; Chen, Wei; Ding, Kun; Li, Guo Hua

    2008-05-29

    The luminescence from Eu(2+) ions in MF2 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) fluorides has been investigated under the pressure range of 0-8 GPa. The emission band originating from the 4f(6)5d(1) --> 4f(7) transition of Eu(2+) ions in CaF2 and SrF2 shows the red-shift as increasing pressure with pressure coefficients of -17 meV/GPa for CaF2 and -18 meV/GPa for SrF2. At atmospheric pressure, the emission spectrum of BaF2:Eu(2+) comprises two peaks at 2.20 and 2.75 eV from the impurity trapped exciton (ITE) and the self-trapped exciton (STE), respectively. As the pressure is increased, both emission peaks shift to higher energies, and the shifting rate is slowed by the phase transition from the cubic to orthorhombic phase at 4 GPa. Due to the phase transition at 4-5 GPa pressure, the ITE emission disappears gradually, and the STE emission is gradually replaced by the 4f(6)5d(1) --> 4f(7) transition of Eu(2+). Above 5 GPa, the pressure behavior of the 4f(6)5d(1) --> 4f(7) transition of Eu(2+) in BaF2:Eu(2+) is the same as the normal emission of Eu(2+) in CaF2 and SrF2 phosphors. PMID:18444634

  20. High angle [001] twist boundaries in platelet colonies of BiSrCaCuO (2223) superconductor.

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    Diko, P; Hanic, F

    1999-01-01

    The microstructure of BiPbSrCaCuO (2223) ceramic was studied by polarised light microscopy and the etch-pits technique. The high-angle twist grain boundaries in the platelet colonies were confirmed to be [001] coincidence type twisted boundaries or rotation twin boundaries with the (001) twinning plane. PMID:12558689

  1. Temperature-dependent phonon Raman scattering and spectroscopic ellipsometry of pure and Ca-doped Sr x Ba1?x Nb2O6 ferroelectric ceramics across the phase transition region

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    Peng, Liang; Jiang, Kai; Zhang, Jinzhong; Hu, Zhigao; Wang, Genshui; Dong, Xianlin; Chu, Junhao

    2016-01-01

    Optical phonons and the phase transition of relaxor ferroelectric ceramics Sr x Ba1?x Nb2O6 (SBN) and Ca y (Sr0.5Ba0.5)1?y Nb2O6 (CSBN) with different composition (0.3?slant x?slant 0.5 , 0.1?slant y?slant 0.2 ) have been investigated by variable-temperature Raman scattering and spectroscopic ellipsometry. The anomalous temperature dependence of Tauc gap energy (E t ) is used to fit the phonon energy dependence of the permittivity, and the Raman intensity of some interesting optical phonons can be ascribed to the phase transition from a ferroelectric to a paraelectric structure. The Curie temperature of SBN decreases from 556 to 359 K with increasing Sr composition, which can be attributed to the substitution of smaller Sr2+?for Ba2+. On increasing the Ca composition, however, the phase transition temperature of CSBN remains nearly unchanged at about 350 K. This could be due to the fact that most doped Ca2+ ions move into the oxygen ion site and exhibit no obvious effect on the vibrational properties. Therefore, the general disorder which results from Sr2+ substituting Ba2+?, dominates the phase transition process for SBN-based ferroelectric oxides. Meanwhile, the dielectric functions from 200 to 600 K have been evaluated with the aid of the TaucLorentz model. The electronic transition is located at about 5?eV and decreases with increasing temperature for all the samples. Moreover, the phase transition temperature range derived from the spectroscopic ellipsometry agrees well with that from the Raman scattering. It reveals that the variation of the fundamental energy gap may be associated with the phase transition of SBN ceramics. Both Raman scattering and spectroscopic ellipsometry are proven to be a effective method of exploring the phase transition of ferroelectric oxides.

  2. Effect of Ca2+, Ba2+, and Sr2+ on alginate microbeads.

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    Mrch, Yrr A; Donati, Ivan; Strand, Berit L; Skjk-Braek, Gudmund

    2006-05-01

    Microcapsules of alginate cross-linked with divalent ions are the most common system for cell immobilization. In this study, we wanted to characterize the effect of different alginates and cross-linking ions on important microcapsule properties. The dimensional stability and gel strength increased for high-G alginate gels when exchanging the traditional Ca2+ ions with Ba2+. The use of Ba2+ decreased the size of alginate beads and reduced the permeability to immunoglobulin G. Strontium gave gels with characteristics lying between calcium and barium. Interestingly, high-M alginate showed an opposite behavior in combination with barium and strontium as these beads were larger than beads of calcium-alginate and tended to swell more, also resulting in increased permeability. Binding studies revealed that different block structures in the alginate bind the ions to a different extent. More specifically, Ca2+ was found to bind to G- and MG-blocks, Ba2+ to G- and M-blocks, and Sr2+ to G-blocks solely. PMID:16677028

  3. Erase-mode recording characteristics of photochromic CaF2, SrTiO3, and CaTiO3 crystals.

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    Duncan, R. C., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    Erase-mode optical recording characteristics of photochromic crystal wafers of CaF2:La,Na; CaF2:Ce,Na; SrTiO3:Ni,Mo,Al; and CaTiO3:Ni,Mo have been measured. An argon laser operating at 5145 A was used for both optical recording and optical readout. Sensitometric curves of optical-density change versus logarithm of exposure are shown for a number of erase-beam intensities between 0.2 mW/sq cm and 2 W/sq cm. In this range, time-intensity reciprocity holds for the CaF2 materials but fails for the titanates, particularly at low intensities. The dependences of sensitivity, gamma, and maximum transmission contrast ratio on wafer thickness and material are discussed. Wafers of SrTiO3, CaTiO3, and CaF2 exhibiting approximately equal maximum contrast ratios have relative sensitivities approximately in the ratio 5:2:1, respectively, at an erase intensity of 1 W/sq cm.

  4. Effects of K doping on structural and superconducting properties of Bi{sub 1.5}Pb{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 1.8}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+δ} compounds

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    Belala, K; Mosbah, M. F.

    2013-12-16

    Two kinds of potassium doped Bi(Pb)2212 samples are used to investigate the effect of doping the Bi(Pb)2212 ((Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8}) phase by potassium (K): In the first one K is substituted on the Sr site; In the second one K is added. Using the solid state method reaction samples of Bi{sub 1.5}Pb{sub 0.5}(Sr{sub 1.8−x}K{sub x})CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+d} and Bi{sub 1.5}Pb{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 1.8}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+d}K{sub x} (0 ≤ x≤ 0.05) have been prepared from powders of carbonates and primary oxides having purity over 99%. The samples have been characterized by X ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and resistivity versus temperature measurements. Results show how the kind and the rate of doping by potassium affects the structural and transport properties of Bi(Pb)2212 phase.

  5. Alkaline-earth metal carboxylates characterized by 43Ca and 87Sr solid-state NMR: impact of metal-amine bonding.

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    Burgess, Kevin M N; Xu, Yang; Leclerc, Matthew C; Bryce, David L

    2014-01-01

    A series of calcium and strontium complexes featuring aryl carboxylate ligands has been prepared and characterized by alkaline-earth ((43)Ca and (87)Sr) solid-state NMR experiments in a magnetic field of 21.1 T. In the 11 compounds studied as part of this work, a range of coordination motifs are observed including nitrogen atom binding to Ca(2+) and Sr(2+), a binding mode which has not been investigated previously by (43)Ca or (87)Sr solid-state NMR. (43)Ca isotopic enrichment has enabled the full characterization of the (43)Ca electric field gradient (EFG) and chemical shift tensors of the two calcium sites in calcium p-aminosalicylate (Ca(pams)), where both NMR interactions are affected by the presence of a nitrogen atom in the first coordination sphere of one of the metal sites. The (43)Ca isotropic chemical shift is sensitive to the Ca-N distance as exemplified by the NMR parameters of a second form of Ca(pams) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Studies of the strontium analogue, Sr(pams), confirm a similar sensitivity of the (87)Sr EFG tensor to the presence or absence of nitrogen in the first coordination sphere. To our knowledge, this is the first systematic (87)Sr NMR study of strontium complexes featuring organic ligands. The |CQ((87)Sr)| values are found to be sensitive to the coordination number about Sr(2+). In general, this work has also established a larger data set of reliable experimental |CQ((43)Ca)| values which correlate well with those obtained using gauge-including projector-augmented-wave (GIPAW) DFT calculations. It is found that the use of a recently recommended quadrupole moment for (43)Ca, -44.4 mbarn, improves the agreement with experimental values. This contribution lays the groundwork for the interpretation of (43)Ca and (87)Sr NMR spectra of more challenging systems, particularly where nitrogen-alkaline earth metal bonding is occurring. PMID:24359541

  6. Synthesis and luminescence characterization of Sr(0.5)Ca(0.5)TiO3:Sm(3+) phosphor.

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    Vidyadharan, Viji; Remya, Mohan P; Gopi, Subhash; Thomas, Sunil; Joseph, Cyriac; Unnikrishnan, N V; Biju, P R

    2015-11-01

    The spectroscopic properties of trivalent samarium doped Sr0.5Ca0.5TiO3 perovskite phosphor material (Sr0.5Ca0.5TiO3:xSm(3+), x=0.05, 0.1, 0.5, 1, 1.5) synthesized by the solid state method have been studied. The X-Ray Diffraction profile confirms the orthorhombic perovskite Sr0.5Ca0.5TiO3 structure of the prepared samples. The SEM study reveals the surface morphology. The Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters were calculated for 0.5 wt% Sm(3+) doped Sr0.5Ca0.5TiO3. Transition probabilities, branching ratios and radiative lifetime were evaluated by using Judd-Ofelt analysis. The emission spectra under 405 nm excitation shows five emission peaks at 564 nm, 599 nm, 645 nm, 707 nm and 776 nm corresponding to the transitions (4)G5/2→(6)Hj (j=5/2, 7/2, 9/2, 11/2 and 13/2) respectively. The higher values of branching ratio and stimulated emission cross-section for (4)G5/2→(6)H7/2 transition of Sr0.5Ca0.5TiO3:0.5 wt% Sm(3+) shows its suitability in the field of visible lasers and optical fiber amplifiers. The experimental lifetimes of Sm(3+) doped samples were estimated using the decay curves corresponding to (4)G5/2→(6)H7/2 transition upon 405 nm excitation. Concentration dependence on emission intensity and experimental lifetime were also studied. From the CIE diagram we can see that as the concentration of Sm(3+) ions increases from 0.05 wt% to 1.5 wt% the CIE color co-ordinates changes from greenish yellow to yellowish orange. PMID:26057096

  7. High-pressure synthesis of the “zero-charge-reservoir” 0223 superconductor in the Sr-Ca-Cu-O system

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    Ushiki, Masako; Motohashi, Teruki; Yamauchi, Hisao; Karppinen, Maarit

    2002-10-01

    We have refined the high-pressure synthesis of the “zero-charge-reservoir” 0223 phase of the Sr-Ca-Cu-O system. Samples were prepared from three different starting cation compositions of Sr 2CaCu 2O 6+ y, Sr 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+ y and Sr 2Ca 3Cu 4O 10+ y. The amount of oxygen, y, was controlled by using different amounts of SrO 2 in the starting material mixture. With SrO 2 of commercial grade, two types of HRTEM images were observed for the a- b plane: one with a double periodicity and another with no periodicity. TEM-EELS analysis revealed that the former was due to carbonate inclusions. Using freshly synthesized SrO 2, crystalline samples with Tc≈110 K were obtained. The samples showed body-centered symmetry in ED patterns, being thus of the 0 (Sr)2 (Ca)23 phase. The actual amount of oxygen in the obtained samples as determined by wet-chemical analysis was found considerably lower than the nominal value. However, the wet-chemical analysis revealed a much higher oxidation state for the 0 (Sr)2 (Ca)23 phase than generally expected for a high- Tc superconductor.

  8. Ion microprobe assessment of the heterogeneity of Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios in Pecten maximus and Mytilus edulis (bivalvia) shell calcite precipitated at constant temperature

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    Freitas, P. S.; Clarke, L. J.; Kennedy, H.; Richardson, C. A.

    2009-01-01

    Small-scale heterogeneity of biogenic carbonate elemental composition can be a significant source of error in the accurate use of element/Ca ratios as geochemical proxies. In this study ion microprobe (SIMS) profiles showed significant small-scale variability of Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios in new shell calcite of the marine bivalves P. maximus and Mytilus edulis that was precipitated during a constant-temperature culturing experiment. Elevated Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios were found to be associated with the deposition of elaborate shell features, i.e. a shell surface stria in P. maximus and surface shell disturbance marks in both species, the latter a common occurrence in bivalve shells. In both species the observed small-scale elemental heterogeneity most likely was not controlled by variable transport of ions to the extra-pallial fluid, but by factors such as shell Mg content influencing Sr and Mn heterogeneity, the influence of shell organic content and/or conditions at the shell crystal-solution interface. Invariant Mg/Ca ratios observed in the mid and innermost regions of the P. maximus shell suggests a potential application as a palaeotemperature proxy.

  9. The Solid Solution Sr(1-x)Ba(x)Ga2: Substitutional Disorder and Chemical Bonding Visited by NMR Spectroscopy and Quantum Mechanical Calculations.

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    Pecher, Oliver; Mausolf, Bernhard; Lamberts, Kevin; Oligschlger, Dirk; Niewieszol, Carina; Englert, Ulli; Haarmann, Frank

    2015-09-28

    Complete miscibility of the intermetallic phases (IPs) SrGa2 and BaGa2 forming the solid solution Sr(1-x)Ba(x)Ga2 is shown by means of X-ray diffraction, thermoanalytical and metallographic studies. Regarding the distances of Sr/Ba sites versus substitution degree, a model of isolated substitution centres (ISC) for up to 10% cation substitution is explored to study the influence on the Ga bonding situation. A combined application of NMR spectroscopy and quantum mechanical (QM) calculations proves the electric field gradient (EFG) to be a sensitive measure of different bonding situations. The experimental resolution is boosted by orientation-dependent NMR on magnetically aligned powder samples, revealing in first approximation two different Ga species in the ISC regimes. EFG calculations using superlattice structures within periodic boundary conditions are in fair agreement with the NMR spectroscopy data and are discussed in detail regarding their application on disordered IPs. PMID:26272697

  10. Luminescence and energy transfer in Ce3+, Mn2+- doped K2AEP2O7 (AE = Ca, Sr) phosphor.

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    Hatwar, L R; Wankhede, S P; Moharil, S V; Muthal, P L; Dhopte, S M

    2015-09-01

    Pyrophosphates K2AEP2O7 (AE = Ca, Sr) prepared by the classical solid-state technique and activated with Ce(3+) are described. Intense emission was observed in K2AEP2O7 (AE = Ca, Sr). The effect of Mn(2+) co-doping was studied. The broad emission peak of Mn(2+) was observed at 534 nm in K2 rP2O7:Ce(3+) and at 539 nm in K2CaP2O7:Ce(3+), Mn(2+). Mn(2+) emission was greatly enhanced by addition of the sensitizer Ce(3+) due to efficient energy transfer from Ce(3+) to Mn(2+). PMID:25645455

  11. Systematic Study of Compositional and Synthetic Control of Vacancy and Magnetic Ordering in Oxygen-Deficient Perovskites Ca2Fe2 xMnxO5+yand CaSrFe2 xMnxO5+y (x = 1/2, 2/3, and 1; y = 0 1/2)

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    Ramezanipour, Farshid; Greedan, John E; Cranswick, Lachlan M.D.; Donaberger, R. L.; Garlea, Vasile O; Siewenie, Joan

    2012-01-01

    Ten compounds belonging to the series of oxygen-deficient perovskite oxides Ca2Fe2 xMnxO5 and CaSrFe2 xMnxO5+y, where x = 1/2, 2/3, and 1 and y 0 0.5, were synthesized and investigated with respect to the ordering of oxygen vacancies on both local and long-range length scales and the effect on crystal structure and magnetic properties. For the set with y 0 the oxygen vacancies always order in the long-range sense to form the brownmillerite structure containing alternating layers of octahedrally and tetrahedrally coordinated cations. However, there is a change in symmetry from Pnma to Icmm upon substitution of Sr for one Ca for all x, indicating local Td chain (vacancy) disorder. In the special case of CaSrFeMnO5 the neutron diffraction peaks broaden, indicating only short-range structural order on a length scale of 160 . This reveals a systematic progression from Ca2FeMnO5 (Pnma, well-ordered tetrahedral chains) to CaSrFeMnO5 (Icmm, disordered tetrahedral chains, overall short-range order) to Sr2FeMnO5 (Pm3m, destruction of tetrahedral chains in a long-range sense). Systematic changes occur in the magnetic properties as well. While long-range antiferromagnetic order is preserved, the magnetic transition temperature, Tc, decreases for the same x when Sr substitutes for one Ca. A review of the changes in Tc for the series Ca2Fe2 xMxO5, taking into account the tetrahedral/octahedral site preferences for the various M3+ ions, leads to a partial understanding of the origin of magnetic order in these materials in terms of a layered antiferromagnetic model. While in all cases the preferred magnetic moment direction is (010) at low temperatures, there is a cross over for x = 0.5 to (100) with increasing temperature for both the Ca2Fe2 xMnxO5 and the CaSrFe2 xMnxO5 series. For the y > 0 phases, while a brownmillerite ordering of oxygen vacancies is preserved for the Ca2 phases, a disordered Pm3m cubic perovskite structure is always found when Sr is substituted for one Ca. Long-range magnetic order is also lost, giving way to spin glass or cluster-glass-like behavior below 50 K. For the x = 0.5 phase, neutron pair distribution function (NPDF) studies show a local structure related to brownmillerite ordering of oxygen vacancies. Neutron diffraction data at 3.8 K show a broad magnetic feature, incommensurate with any multiple of the chemical lattice, and with a correlation length (magnetic domain) of 6.7(4) .

  12. Structure and high-temperature properties of the (Sr,Ca,Y)(Co, Mn)O{sub 3-y} perovskites - perspective cathode materials for IT-SOFC

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    Napolsky, Ph.S.; Drozhzhin, O.A.; Istomin, S.Ya.; Kazakov, S.M.; Antipov, E.V.; Galeeva, A.V.; Gippius, A.A.; Svensson, G.; Abakumov, A.M.; Van Tendeloo, G.

    2012-08-15

    Oxygen deficient perovskites Sr{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3-y}, x=0.5 and 0.75, were prepared by using the citrate route at 1373-1573 K for 48 h. The cubic Pm-3m perovskite structure for x=0.5 was confirmed by electron diffraction study and refined using neutron powder diffraction (NPD) data. For x=0.75, the superstructure corresponding to a={radical}(2) Multiplication-Sign a{sub per}, b=2 Multiplication-Sign a{sub per}, c={radical}(2) Multiplication-Sign a{sub per} (a{sup 0}b{sup -}b{sup -} tilt system, space group Imma) was revealed by electron diffraction. The solid solution Sr{sub 0.75-x}Ca{sub x}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.75}O{sub 3-y}, 0.1{<=}x{<=}0.6 and compound Ca{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.85}Co{sub 0.15}O{sub 2.92} were prepared in air at 1573 K for 48 h. The crystal structure of Ca{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.85}Co{sub 0.15}O{sub 2.92} was refined using NPD data (S.G. Pnma, a=5.36595(4), b=7.5091(6), c=5.2992(4) A, R{sub p}=0.057, R{sub wp}=0.056, {chi}{sup 2}=4.26). High-temperature thermal expansion properties of the prepared compounds were studied in air using both dilatometry and high-temperature X-ray powder diffraction data (HTXRPD). They expanding non-linearly at 298-1073 K due to the loss of oxygen at high temperatures. Calculated average thermal expansion coefficients (TECs) for Sr{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3-y}, x=0.5, 0.75 and Ca{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.85}Co{sub 0.15}O{sub 2.92(1)} are 15.5, 15.1, and 13.8 ppm K{sup -1}, respectively. Anisotropy of the thermal expansion along different unit cell axes was observed for Sr{sub 0.15}Ca{sub 0.6}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.75}O{sub 3-y} and Ca{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.85}Co{sub 0.15}O{sub 2.92}. Conductivity of Sr{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3-y}, x=0.5 and 0.75 increases with the temperature reaching 110 S/cm for x=0.5 and 44 S/cm for x=0.75 at 1173 K. Samples of Sr{sub 0.75-x}Ca{sub x}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.75}O{sub 3-y}, 0.1{<=}y{<=}0.6 were found to be n-type conductors at room temperature with the similar temperature dependence of the conductivity and demonstrated the increase of the {sigma} value from {approx}1 to {approx}50 S/cm as the temperature increases from 300 to 1173 K. Their conductivity is described in terms of the small polaron charge transport with the activation energy (E{sub p}) increasing from 340 to 430 meV with an increase of the calcium content from x=0 to x=0.6. - Graphical abstract: The substitution of cobalt in the 314-phase Sr{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}CoO{sub 2.62} by manganese leads to the formation of oxygen deficient compounds Sr{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3-y}, x=0.5 and 0.75, with the cubic and orthorhombic perovskite structures. The conductivity of the x=0.5 sample (110 S/cm) at 1173 K is substantially higher in comparison with x=0.75 (44 S/cm). Together with comparable TEC values for x=0.5 (15.5 ppm K{sup -1}) and 0.75 (15.1 ppm K{sup -1}) samples this makes the former one a promising cathode material for IT-SOFC. Partial replacement of Sr by Ca in Sr{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.75}O{sub 3-y} leads to the formation of the solid solution with the orthorhombic perovskite structure, Sr{sub 0.75-x}Ca{sub x}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.75}O{sub 3-y}, 0.1{<=}y{<=}0.6. Along with Sr{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3-y}, novel perovskite Ca{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.85}Co{sub 0.15}O{sub 3-y} represent promising cathode material for IT-SOFC due to low TEC value (13.8 ppm K{sup -1}) and high conductivity of 135 S/cm at 1173 K. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mn-doped 314-phases Sr{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3-y}, x=0.5, 0.75 were synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sr{sub 0.75-x}Ca{sub x}Y{sub 0.25}Co{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.75}O{sub 3-y}, x=0.1--0.6, Ca{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.85}Co{sub 0.15}O{sub 3-y} were made. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High-temperature conductivity properties and crystal structure were studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High-temperature thermal expansion behavior was investigated.

  13. Tracing Environmental Variation Over The Past 130 Years In The Barents Sea: Mineral Ratio (Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca, Ba/Ca, And Mn/Ca) Evidence In Shells Of The Circumpolar Greenland Cockle, Serripes groenlandicus

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    Henkes, G. A.; Ambrose, W. G.; Johnson, B. J.; Carroll, M. L.; McMahon, K. W.; Denisenko, S. G.; Thorrold, S. R.

    2007-12-01

    In order to quantify the impacts of human induced climate change on Arctic marine ecosystems it is crucial to establish high-resolution proxies to record regional environmental variability. The Barents Sea region is highly influenced by the annual recession and precession of Arctic sea ice and, as an ecosystem is extremely sensitive to seasonal to decadal climatic changes. Long-lived, sessile, marine bivalves have the potential to provide detailed oceanographic and biological proxy information from the Barents Sea in locations where historic, long- term data logging does not exist. Here, we present preliminary mineral ratio evidence (Mg, Sr, Ba, Mn) for Barents Sea environmental variation from shells of the circumpolar Greenland cockle, Serripes groenlandicus, over the past 130 years from 4 different locations in Norwegian and Russian waters. For all mineral ratios there are clear seasonal trends corresponding with dark winter growth checks on the external surface of each individual. The seasonal patterns of Mg and Sr show progressive change. On average for 9 individuals, Mg/Ca was 10.6 percent greater and Sr/Ca was 5.5 percent lower on the winter checks compared to other values, while Ba/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios show peaks during the middle of the summer growth period. Mineral patterns from the Pechora Sea region are particularly pronounced, which may be related to the influence freshwater from summer river discharge. While the mineral data are initially compelling enough to demonstrate clear seasonal periodicity and inter-annual variation, we believe that a multi-proxy approach to interpreting the information obtained from these bivalves is critical. Therefore, parallel to this study, we are examining external, incremental growth and organic carbon isotopes of shell material from the same collection of bivalves.

  14. Accurate climate reconstruction from coral aragonite: The impact of seawater pH on skeletal Sr/Ca

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    Cole, C. S.; Allison, N.; Hintz, C.; Finch, A.

    2014-12-01

    The geochemistry of skeletal aragonite deposited by massive tropical corals preserves a valuable record of past climate. In particular, coral skeletal Sr/Ca records sea surface temperature (SST) at the time of deposition and is a widely used palaeothermometer. However, SSTs estimated from many fossil corals are significantly cooler than those predicted from other proxies and climate models. Accurately interpreting the SST records encoded in coral aragonite requires a greater understanding of the controls on skeletal Sr/Ca, including the effect of variations in seawater pH. We have developed an aquarium system to culture corals over a range of pCO2 scenarios that range from the last glacial maximum (180 ppm) to levels projected by the end of this century (750 ppm). We acclimated heads of massive Porites corals, the coral genus most commonly used in palaeoenvironmental studies, to four pCO2 scenarios over a period of > 6 months. Using SIMS we are measuring the Sr/Ca of the aragonite deposited over a five-week experimental period, following this long acclimation, at a 1-2 day resolution. We explore the relationship between seawater pH and skeletal Sr/Ca, and we investigate how skeletal Sr/Ca varies between fast- and slow-growing axes within the same coral, and between different genotypes within the same treatment. We have quantified net photosynthesis, respiration and calcification rates in each coral head throughout the experimental period, and we observe that calcification in the light is significantly reduced at a pCO2 of 750 ppm compared to 180 ppm (0.94 0.17 and 0.45 0.23 ?mol CaCO3 cm-2 hr-1, respectively; p < 0.01). We investigate whether these differences influence skeletal geochemistry within our controlled culture conditions. Understanding the effect of changes in seawater pH, metabolic and calcification rates on the Sr/Ca of coral skeletons will significantly advance the application of this proxy in past climate reconstruction.

  15. Pharmacological evidence that potentiation of plasmalemmal Ca(2+)-extrusion is functionally coupled to inhibition of SR Ca(2+)-ATPases in vascular smooth muscle cells.

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    Zhang, Wen-Bo; Kwan, Chiu-Yin

    2016-04-01

    Cyclopiazonic acid (CPA), a specific inhibitor of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+)-ATPases, causes slowly developing and subsequently diminishing characteristic contractions in vascular smooth muscle, and the second application of CPA has incompletely repeatable effects, depending on the vessel type. The objective of the present study was to examine the mechanisms underlying the significant decrease of CPA-induced contractions upon the second application. A pharmacological intervention of Ca(2+) extrusion process as a strategy was performed to modulate vasoconstrictor effects of CPA in rat aortic ring preparations. CPA-induced contractions, expressed as percentages of the contractions induced by KCl (80 mM), were significantly decreased from 44.1 ± 5.7 to 7.6 ± 1.8 % (P < 0.001) upon the second application. The contractions, however, were completely repeatable in the presence of vanadate, an inhibitor of ATPases, but not of ouabain, an inhibitor of Na(+)-pumps. Strikingly, CPA-induced contractions were sustained and completely repeatable in Na(+)-free and low Na(+) medium. Furthermore, we found that the contractions were completely repeatable in the presence of 2',4'-dichlorobenzamil, an inhibitor of the forward mode of Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers, but not of KBR7943, an inhibitor of the reverse mode of Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers. Our findings indicate that CPA by inducing a transient rise in cytosolic Ca(2+) level causes a long-lasting upregulation of plasma membrane (PM) Ca(2+) extruders and thus leads to a diminished contraction upon its second application in blood vessels. This suggests that there is a functional coupling between PM Ca(2+) extruders and SR Ca(2+)-ATPases in rat aortic smooth muscle cells. PMID:26842648

  16. Effect of La3+ substitution with Gd3+ on the resistive switching properties of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 thin films

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    Lee, Hong-Sub; Park, Chang-Sun; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2014-05-01

    This study demonstrated that the resistive switching voltage of perovskite manganite material could be controlled by A-site cation substitution in "A" MnO3 perovskite manganite structure. A partial substitution of La3+ in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 with smaller cation Gd3+ induced A-site vacancy of the largest Sr2+ cation with surface segregation of SrOy due to ionic size mismatch, and the induced vacancies reduced migration energy barrier. The operating voltage decreased from 3.5 V to 2.5 V due to a favorable condition for electrochemical migration and redox of oxygen ions. Moreover, surface-segregated SrOy was enhanced with Gd-substitution and the SrOy reduced Schottky-like barrier height and resistive switching ratio from the potential drop and screening effect. The relationship between A-site vacancy generation resulting in surface segregation of SrOy and resistive switching behavior was also investigated by energy resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, O 1s near edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy, and current voltage measurement.

  17. Sr

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    Sharifian, K.; Emamy, M.; Tavighi, K.; Vaziri Yeganeh, S. E.

    2014-11-01

    In this investigation, the effect of hot extrusion process has been studied on the microstructure and tensile properties of aluminum matrix composite containing different amounts (10, 15, and 20 wt pct) of Al4Sr intermetallic phase. Microstructural examinations assessed by scanning electron microscopy revealed that hot extrusion breaks large Al4Sr particles and reduces their length tremendously. It was also found that although the addition of Al4Sr content in the composite reduces ultimate tensile strength and elongation values, hot extrusion improves tensile results significantly. Remarkable result of this study was concerned with significant improvement in the toughness of hot-extruded Al-10 wt pct Al4Sr composite in which elongation values raised up to 22 pct. Therefore, optimum amount of Al4Sr intermetallic in the composite was found to be 10 wt pct. Fractographic examinations revealed that hot extrusion encourages ductile mode of fracture by introducing homogeneous distribution of fine dimples on the fracture surface of the composites.

  18. Structural and Superconducting Properties of Hg 0.75Re 0.25Ba 2- xSr xCa 2Cu 3O 8+ ? Superconductors Grown by Sol-Gel and Sealed Quartz Tube Synthesis

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    Sin, A.; Alsina, F.; Mestres, N.; Sulpice, A.; Odier, P.; Nez-Regueiro, M.

    2001-11-01

    The structural and superconducting properties of Hg0.75Re0.25Ba2-xSrxCa2Cu3O8+? (x=0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0) grown by sol-gel and sealed quartz tube synthesis were investigated through XRD, EDX, and micro-Raman analysis. They show that the efficiency of c-axis reduction caused by the Sr substitution depends on the environment in the (Hg,M)-O layer. The rhenium doping produces a more rigid block that limits the Sr substitution in the Ba site more than other reported doping cations, such as lead. Superconducting properties measurements show that the irreversibility line (IL) values decrease with increasing Sr substitution. Moreover, the IL line measurements also show that the vortex lines have a 3D behavior for all the samples with n values in the range 2.1-1.9. Finally, resistivity measurements under high pressure indicate an overdoped regime for these samples.

  19. Optically pumped cerium-doped LiSrAlF{sub 6} and LiCaAlF{sub 6}

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    Marshall, C.D.; Payne, S.A.; Krupke, W.F.

    1996-05-14

    Ce{sup 3+}-doped LiSrAlF{sub 6} crystals are pumped by ultraviolet light which is polarized along the c axis of the crystals to effectively energize the laser system. In one embodiment, the polarized fourth harmonic light output from a conventional Nd:YAG laser operating at 266 nm is arranged to pump Ce:LiSrAlF{sub 6} with the pump light polarized along the c axis of the crystal. The Ce:LiSrAlF{sub 6} crystal may be placed in a laser cavity for generating tunable coherent ultraviolet radiation in the range of 280-320 nm. Additionally, Ce-doped crystals possessing the LiSrAlF{sub 6} type of chemical formula, e.g. Ce-doped LiCaAlF{sub 6} and LiSrGaF{sub 6}, can be used. Alternative pump sources include an ultraviolet-capable krypton or argon laser, or ultraviolet emitting flashlamps. The polarization of the pump light will impact operation. The laser system will operate efficiently when light in the 280-320 nm gain region is injected or recirculated in the system such that the beam is also polarized along the c axis of the crystal. The Ce:LiSrAlF{sub 6} laser system can be configured to generate ultrashort pulses, and it may be used to pump other devices, such as an optical parametric oscillator. 10 figs.

  20. Optically pumped cerium-doped LiSrAlF.sub.6 and LiCaAlF.sub.6

    DOEpatents

    Marshall, Christopher D. (Livermore, CA); Payne, Stephen A. (Castro Valley, CA); Krupke, William F. (Pleasanton, CA)

    1996-01-01

    Ce.sup.3+ -doped LiSrAlF.sub.6 crystals are pumped by ultraviolet light which is polarized along the c axis of the crystals to effectively energize the laser system. In one embodiment, the polarized fourth harmonic light output from a conventional Nd:YAG laser operating at 266 nm is arranged to pump Ce:LiSrAlF.sub.6 with the pump light polarized along the c axis of the crystal. The Ce:LiSrAlF.sub.6 crystal may be placed in a laser cavity for generating tunable coherent ultraviolet radiation in the range of 280-320 nm. Additionally, Ce-doped crystals possessing the LiSrAlF.sub.6 type of chemical formula, e.g. Ce-doped LiCaAlF.sub.6 and LiSrGaF.sub.6, can be used. Alternative pump sources include an ultraviolet-capable krypton or argon laser, or ultraviolet emitting flashlamps. The polarization of the pump light will impact operation. The laser system will operate efficiently when light in the 280-320 nm gain region is injected or recirculated in the system such that the beam is also polarized along the c axis of the crystal. The Ce:LiSrAlF.sub.6 laser system can be configured to generate ultrashort pulses, and it may be used to pump other devices, such as an optical parametric oscillator.

  1. Atrial SERCA2a Overexpression Has No Affect on Cardiac Alternans but Promotes Arrhythmogenic SR Ca2+ Triggers

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    Nassal, Michelle M. J.; Wan, Xiaoping; Laurita, Kenneth R.; Cutler, Michael J.

    2015-01-01

    Background Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in humans, yet; treatment has remained sub-optimal due to poor understanding of the underlying mechanisms. Cardiac alternans precede AF episodes, suggesting an important arrhythmia substrate. Recently, we demonstrated ventricular SERCA2a overexpression suppresses cardiac alternans and arrhythmias. Therefore, we hypothesized that atrial SERCA2a overexpression will decrease cardiac alternans and arrhythmias. Methods Adult rat isolated atrial myocytes where divided into three treatment groups 1) Control, 2) SERCA2a overexpression (Ad.SERCA2a) and 3) SERCA2a inhibition (Thapsigargin, 1?m). Intracellular Ca2+ was measured using Indo-1AM and Ca2+ alternans (Ca-ALT) was induced with a standard ramp pacing protocol. Results As predicted, SR Ca2+ reuptake was enhanced with SERCA2a overexpression (p< 0.05) and reduced with SERCA2a inhibition (p<0.05). Surprisingly, there was no difference in susceptibility to Ca-ALT with either SERCA2a overexpression or inhibition when compared to controls (p = 0.73). In contrast, SERCA2a overexpression resulted in increased premature SR Ca2+ (SCR) release compared to control myocytes (28% and 0%, p < 0.05) and concomitant increase in SR Ca2+ load (p<0.05). Based on these observations we tested in-vivo atrial arrhythmia inducibility in control and Ad.SERCA2a animals using an esophageal atrial burst pacing protocol. There were no inducible atrial arrhythmias in Ad.GFP (n = 4) animals though 20% of Ad.SERCA2a (n = 5) animals had inducible atrial arrhythmias (p = 0.20). Conclusions Our findings suggest that unlike the ventricle, SERCA2a is not a key regulator of cardiac alternans in the atrium. Importantly, SERCA2a overexpression in atrial myocytes can increase SCR, which may be arrhythmogenic. PMID:26352986

  2. Crystal structure and ferroelectric properties of ABi2Ta2O9 (A=Ca, Sr, and Ba)

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    Shimakawa, Y.; Kubo, Y.; Nakagawa, Y.; Goto, S.; Kamiyama, T.; Asano, H.; Izumi, F.

    2000-03-01

    Crystal structures and ferroelectric properties of a series of Bi-layered compounds, CaBi2Ta2O9, SrBi2Ta2O9, and BaBi2Ta2O9, were investigated. The structures of CaBi2Ta2O9 and SrBi2Ta2O9 are orthorhombic, while that of BaBi2Ta2O9 is pseudotetragonal on the macroscopic scale but consists of microdomains with orthorhombic distortion. The ferroelectric Curie temperature of CaBi2Ta2O9 was over 600 C, and that of SrBi2Ta2O9 was over 300 C. BaBi2Ta2O9, in contrast, showed relaxor-type ferroelectric behavior; that is, in the plot of temperature dependence of dielectric constant, a broad peak appeared around 60 C. As the size of the A-site cation decreases from Ba2+ to Ca2+, the lattice mismatch between TaO2 and AO planes in the perovskite-type unit of ATa2O7 increases and the structural distortion becomes more pronounced. This distortion leads to the higher Curie temperature and the larger spontaneous ferroelectric polarization.

  3. In vitro and in vivo studies on biodegradable CaMgZnSrYb high-entropy bulk metallic glass.

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    Li, H F; Xie, X H; Zhao, K; Wang, Y B; Zheng, Y F; Wang, W H; Qin, L

    2013-11-01

    In order to enhance the corrosion resistance of the Ca65Mg15Zn20 bulk metallic glass, which has too fast a degradation rate for biomedical applications, we fabricated the Ca20Mg20Zn20Sr20Yb20 high-entropy bulk metallic glass because of the unique properties of high-entropy alloys. Our results showed that the mechanical properties and corrosion behavior were enhanced. The in vitro tests showed that the Ca20Mg20Zn20Sr20Yb20 high-entropy bulk metallic glass could stimulate the proliferation and differentiation of cultured osteoblasts. The in vivo animal tests showed that the Ca20Mg20Zn20Sr20Yb20 high-entropy bulk metallic glass did not show any obvious degradation after 4 weeks of implantation, and they can promote osteogenesis and new bone formation after 2 weeks of implantation. The improved mechanical properties and corrosion behavior can be attributed to the different chemical composition as well as the formation of a unique high-entropy atomic structure with a maximum degree of disorder. PMID:23380208

  4. Ion microprobe assessment of the heterogeneity of Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios in Pecten maximus and Mytilus edulis (bivalvia) shell calcite precipitated at constant temperature

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    Freitas, P. S.; Clarke, L. J.; Kennedy, H.; Richardson, C. A.

    2009-07-01

    Small-scale heterogeneity of biogenic carbonate elemental composition can be a significant source of error in the accurate use of element/Ca ratios as geochemical proxies. In this study ion microprobe (SIMS) profiles showed significant small-scale variability of Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios in new shell calcite of the marine bivalves Pecten maximus and Mytilus edulis that was precipitated during a constant-temperature culturing experiment. Elevated Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios were found to be associated with the deposition of elaborate shell features, i.e. a shell surface stria in P. maximus and surface shell disturbance marks in both species, the latter a common occurrence in bivalve shells. In both species the observed small-scale elemental heterogeneity most likely was not controlled by variable transport of ions to the extra-pallial fluid, but by factors such as the influence of shell organic content and/or crystal size and orientation, the latter reflecting conditions at the shell crystal-solution interface. In the mid and innermost regions of the P. maximus shell the lack of significant small-scale variation of Mg/Ca ratios, which is consistent with growth at constant temperature, suggest a potential application as a palaeotemperature proxy. Cross-growth band element/Ca ratio profiles in the interior of bivalve shells may provide more promising palaeo-environmental tools than sampling from the outer region of bivalve shells.

  5. Ca, Sr, O and D isotope approach to defining the chemical evolution of hydrothermal fluids: example from Long Valley, CA, USA

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    Brown, Shaun T.; Kennedy, B. Mack; DePaolo, Donald J.; Hurwitz, Shaul; Evans, William C.

    2013-01-01

    We present chemical and isotopic data for fluids, minerals and rocks from the Long Valley meteoric-hydrothermal system. The samples encompass the presumed hydrothermal upwelling zone in the west moat of the caldera, the Casa Diablo geothermal field, and a series of wells defining a nearly linear, ∼16 km long, west-to-east trend along the likely fluid flow path. Fluid samples were analyzed for the isotopes of water, Sr, and Ca, the concentrations of major cations and anions, alkalinity, and total CO2. Water isotope data conform to trends documented in earlier studies, interpreted as indicating a single hydrothermal fluid mixing with local groundwater. Sr isotopes show subtle changes along the flow path, which requires rapid fluid flow and minimal reaction between the channelized fluids and the wallrocks. Sr and O isotopes are used to calculate fracture spacing using a dual porosity model. Calculated fracture spacing and temperature data for hydrothermal fluids indicate the system is (approximately) at steady-state. Correlated variations among total CO2, and the concentration and isotopic composition of Ca suggest progressive fluid degassing (loss of CO2), which drives calcite precipitation as the fluid flows west-to-east and cools. The shifts in Ca isotopes require that calcite precipitated at temperatures of 150–180 °C is fractionated by ca. −0.3‰ to −0.5‰ relative to aqueous species. Our data are the first evidence that Ca isotopes undergo kinetic fractionation at high temperatures (>100 °C) and can be used to trace calcite precipitation along hydrothermal fluid flow paths.

  6. Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca Heterogeneity Across Individual Foram Tests as Revealed by Ion Microprobe Analysis

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    Austin, W. E.; Allison, N.

    2002-12-01

    Many benthic foraminifera live for >= 1 year and the chemistry of individual tests may preserve information on seawater temperature changes over this time. Microanalysis of individual tests is complicated by the combination of thin test walls and the presence of surface contaminants, not held within the carbonate structure. We optimised conditions for the analysis of Mg and Sr in the benthic foraminifera Ammonia batavus, by ion microprobe. The use of field and contrast apertures restricted the size of the analysed area to ~10 μm and reduced the effects of sample contamination. Sr concentrations were unaffected by any contamination encountered and Mg could be determined provided checks were made for silicate contamination using Al, Si and K intensities. Measured Mg and Sr concentrations were in reasonable agreement with previously reported values. Mn was present at a level too low to permit clean analysis, even at very low levels of contamination. Significant variations in Sr concentrations occurred within individual test chambers and may reflect the juxtapositioning of calcite of different ages as the test is deposited. Significant variations in Mg and Sr concentrations occurred between test chambers. Sr increased in concentration in the outermost (most recently deposited) parts of the test. This may reflect an increase in test calcification rate coincident with increases in bottom water temperature or food availability. The development of this method provides a valuable tool for investigating geochemical variations across individual foraminifera tests.

  7. Collisional broadening of Mg, Sr, Ca and Na resonance lines by atomic hydrogen

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    Kerkeni, B.; Barklem, P. S.; Spielfiedel, A.; Feautrier, N.

    2004-02-01

    This paper compares different approaches used in the calculation of the broadening of spectral lines by H-atom collisions. Firstly, the validity of the semi-classical approach for the collision versus the quantum one is discussed. It is shown that, at the temperatures typical of stellar atmospheres (from 3000 to 10 000 K), a classical approach (with the advantage of reduced computation times) is sufficient. The dependence of the broadening constants on interatomic potentials is also studied. Two different approaches were used to derive these potentials: in the first approach, the interaction energy is determined by the usual methods of quantum chemistry. The second approach, developed by Anstee, Barklem and O'Mara (ABO potentials), is based on second-order perturbation theory. In the case of Mg H, a hybrid potential obtained from ab initio values for the short distances and from the perturbation method in the asymptotic region was also tested. The results for the Na resonance line show that even significant differences in the potentials lead to relatively small changes in the calculated widths. From the comparison of the results for the Mg, Sr and Ca resonance lines, it appears that ABO potentials give results of the order of 8 20% smaller than results from ab initio and hybrid potentials. This difference is attributed to the presence of an avoided ionic crossing in the upper singlet Sgr states that coincides roughly with the Weisskopf radius.

  8. Superconducting properties of melt-cast Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (abstract)

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    Goldfarb, R. B.; Ciszek, T. F.; Evans, C. D.

    1988-11-01

    Sintered solid copper-oxide superconductors generally have an intergranular coupling component that is evident in curves of ac susceptibility versus temperature: a broad peak in the imaginary (loss) part, χ`, and a corresponding inflection in the real part, χ'.1 Polycrystalline Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O samples have been prepared from the melt. They are very different from typical sintered materials. Some have a single superconducting phase, while others have two superconducting phases. Most of the superconducting platelets are partially surrounded by nonsuperconducting material.2 An unusual feature of the susceptibility curves is that they show almost no coupling losses. This might be explained if the superconducting grains were isolated from each other, as is the case in susceptibility measurements of powdered superconductors.3 However, the characteristics of the melt-cast samples differ from those of powdered samples in three ways. (1) The resistivity goes to zero at low temperatures, which indicates some connectivity between crystallites. (2) χ' approaches -1 at low temperature, indicating substantial bulk shielding. (3) χ' decreases in magnitude with increasing field at low temperature, an effect not seen in powdered samples. We therefore believe that there is substantial superconductor grain-to-grain coupling, even though the susceptibility curves show little evidence of the usual intergranular coupling losses. We conclude that the coupling component in these melt-cast samples is virtually lossless.

  9. Oxygen concentration effect on Tc of the Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O superconductor

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    Morris, D. E.; Hultgren, C. T.; Markelz, A. M.; Wei, J. Y. T.; Asmar, N. G.; Nickel, J. H.

    1989-04-01

    The Tc of Bi2-Ca-Sr2-Cu2-O8-x can be shifted reversibly over a rangel of at least 15 K by changing the oxygen concentration. Tc shifts downward for increased oxygen content. This is opposite to the shift seen in YBa2Cu3O7-? and may be caused by reduction in the Fermi level reducing conductivity in the Bi-O layers. Oxygen concentration is varied by treatment in O2 at appropriate pressures. The highest Tc=78.5 K of the ``80-K'' phase is obtained by treating at 600 C in 10-2-bar oxygen. Tc shifts down to 65.4 K after treatment at 137 bars. The transitions remain sharp, with no evidence of significant structural change by x-ray powder diffraction. The original Tc is restored upon retreatment in O2 at low partial pressure. The 110-K phase showed a much smaller shift (?Tc~=4 K) after treatment in O2 at 134 bar.

  10. Preparation of 110K (Bi, Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor from glass precursor

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    1989-01-01

    The Bi1.5Pb0.5Sr2Ca2Cu3O(x) glass, prepared by rapid quenching of the melt, showed T(sub g) of 383 C, crystallization temperature of approx. 446 C, melting temperature of approx. 855 C, and bulk density of 5.69 g/cu. cm. in air. The as-quenched glass was oxygen deficient. On heating in O2, it showed a slow, irreversible, and continuous weight gain starting at approx. 530 C. The influence of annealing conditions on the formation of various phases was investigated by XRD and electrical resistivity measurements. The 110K-T(sub c) phase did not form below 840 C. The amount of this phase increased with the sintering time at 840 C. A sample annealed at 840 C for 243 h in air and furnace cooled showed the highest T(sub c)(R=0) of 107.2K and transition width delta T(sub c)(10 to 90 percent) of approx. 2 K.

  11. Patterning of Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ x and SrTiO 3 films using lift-off technique combined with MOD

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    Kawata, T.; Iwasaki, H.; Yufune, S.; Ishibashi, T.; Sato, K.

    2006-10-01

    Micrometer size patterns of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x (BSCCO) and SrTiO3 (STO) films were successfully prepared on STO substrates using lift-off technique combined with metal-organic decomposition (MOD) method without any vacuum processes. The minimum size of the pattern obtained was 3 ?m for BSCCO and 5 ?m for STO. The BSCCO film after patterning showed an X-ray diffraction with a c-axis orientation just like the film without patterning. On the other hand, the patterned STO showed an epitaxial relationship with the STO substrate. The BSCCO film with an anti-dot pattern of 3 ?m and 20 ?m in width showed Tc of 50 K and 83 K, respectively.

  12. Electro-optic effect in SrTiO3 and Sr1- x Ca x TiO3 ( x = 0.014)

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    Markovin, P. A.; Guzhva, M. E.

    2016-01-01

    The results of the investigation of the quadratic electro-optic effect in Sr1- x Ca x TiO3 with x = 0.014 (SCT) and in nominally pure SrTiO3 (STO) at room temperature in applied direct-current (dc) and alternating-current (ac) electric fields have been presented. It has been shown that the quadratic (in polarization) electro-optic coefficients of STO and SCT crystals coincide within the accuracy of the determination (±5%). It has been found that, in nominally pure STO measured in a dc electric field, there is a relaxation of the electro-optic effect with a relaxation time τ ≈ 30 s due to the formation of a space charge in the sample. No similar effect in SCT has been observed. A possible mechanism for the formation of a space charge in STO and SCT has been discussed.

  13. Sr/Ca proxy sea-surface temperature reconstructions from modern and holocene Montastraea faveolata specimens from the Dry Tortugas National Park

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    Flannery, Jennifer A.; Poore, Richard Z.

    2013-01-01

    Sr/Ca ratios from skeletal samples from two Montastraea faveolata corals (one modern, one Holocene, ~6 Ka) from the Dry Tortugas National Park were measured as a proxy for sea-surface temperature (SST). We sampled coral specimens with a computer-driven triaxial micromilling machine, which yielded an average of 15 homogenous samples per annual growth increment. We regressed Sr/Ca values from resulting powdered samples against a local SST record to obtain a calibration equation of Sr/Ca = -0.0392 SST + 10.205, R = -0.97. The resulting calibration was used to generate a 47-year modern (1961-2008) and a 7-year Holocene (~6 Ka) Sr/Ca subannually resolved proxy record of SST. The modern M. faveolata yields well-defined annual Sr/Ca cycles ranging in amplitude from ~0.3 and 0.5 mmol/mol. The amplitude of ~0.3 to 0.5 mmol/mol equates to a 10-15°C seasonal SST amplitude, which is consistent with available local instrumental records. Summer maxima proxy SSTs calculated from the modern coral Sr/ Ca tend to be fairly stable: most SST maxima from 1961–2008 are 29°C ± 1°C. In contrast, winter minimum SST calculated in the 47-year modern time-series are highly variable, with a cool interval in the early to mid-1970s. The Holocene (~6 Ka) Montastraea faveolata coral also yields distinct annual Sr/Ca cycles with amplitudes ranging from ~0.3 to 0.6 mmol/mol. Absolute Sr/Ca values and thus resulting SST estimates over the ~7-year long record are similar to those from the modern coral. We conclude that Sr/Ca from Montastraea faveolata has high potential for developing subannually resolved Holocene SST records.

  14. Transition metal substituted SrTiO3 perovskite oxides as promising functional materials for oxygen sensor

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    Misra, Sunasira

    2012-07-01

    Modern industries employ several gases as process fluids. Leakage of these gases in the operating area could lead to undesirable consequences. Even in chemical industries, which use large quantities of inert gases in confined areas, accidental leakage of these process gases would result in the reduction of oxygen partial pressure in atmospheric air. For instance, large amounts of gaseous nitrogen and argon are used in pharmaceutical industries, gas filling/bottling plants, operating area of Fast Breeder reactors, etc. Fall of concentration of oxygen in air below 17% could lead to life risk (Asphyxiation) of the working personnel that has to be checked well in advance. Further, when the leaking gas is of explosive nature, its damage potential would be very high if its concentration level in air increases beyond its lower explosive limit. Surveillance of the ambient within these industries at the critical areas and also in the environment around them for oxygen therefore becomes highly essential. Sensitive and selective gas sensors made of advanced materials are required to meet this demand of monitoring environmental pollution. The perovskite class of oxides (ABO3) is chemically stable even at high temperatures and can tolerate large levels of dopants without phase transformations. The electronic properties of this parent functional material can be tailored by adding appropriate dopants that exhibit different valence states. Aliovalent transition metal substituted SrTiO3 perovskites are good mixed ionic and electronic conductors and potential candidates for sensing oxygen at percentage level exploiting their oxygen pressure dependent electrical conductivity. This paper presents the preparation, study of electrical conductivity and oxygen-sensing characteristics of iron and cobalt substituted SrTiO3.

  15. 40K-40Ca and 87Rb-86Sr Dating by SIMS: The Double-Plus Advantage

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    Harrison, T. M.; McKeegan, K. D.; Schmitt, A. K.

    2009-12-01

    The decay of 40K to 40Ar forms the basis of the potassium-argon dating method, although only one out of every 10 parent atoms decays to daughter 40Ar. The other 90% decay to 40Ca giving, in principle, the 40K-40Ca decay system great potential for dating samples with high K/Ca. This method, however, has not been utilized as an ion-microprobe-based geochronometer, largely because these isotopes require a very high mass resolving power (MRP) of ~25k for full separation. We found that limiting secondary ion transmission in our ims1270 ion microprobe to ~20% permits sufficient separation of 40K from 40Ca (MRP? 20k) to permit isotope ratio analysis, albeit with 40Ca+ on the shoulder of the more intense 40K+ peak. A pegmatitic muscovite from Jack Hills (K-Ca age = 2.54 Ga; Fletcher et al., Chem. Geol. 138, 289) yields ~104 cps of both 40K+ and 40Ca+ with a 15 ?m primary spot size and O- beam current of 10 nA. The 40Ca+ signal is >90% radiogenic and reflects a common Ca content of ? 100 ppm. However, application of the relative sensitivity factor (RSF) calculated from the Jack Hills muscovite to unknowns yields relatively high age dispersion, perhaps related to the incompletely separated mass interferences. Theorizing that the noble gas electronic structure of K+ would likely resist further electron loss, we investigated an alternative approach involving analysis of Ca++/K++. The double-plus method provides an important advantage in that K++ species are suppressed by a factor of ~103 relative to K+, thereby effectively removing 40K++ from the spectrum at m/e? 20 and leaving 40Ca++ free from any significant interferences at an MRP? 4k. Measurement of the much more abundant 39K++ then permits 40Ca++/40K++ to be calculated from the known 39K/40K ratio. We applied this approach to Precambrian muscovite samples obtaining ages similar to, but generally younger than, their associated 40Ar/39Ar ages. This could reflect a minor matrix effect or a lower intrinsic retentivity of 40Ca* relative to 40Ar* in white micas. This approach offers the potential to develop a branched-decay thermochronometer (K-Ca-Ar) permitting simultaneous solution of temperature-time history from ?m-scale isotopic variations. A further advantage is that even low resolution SIMS instruments (e.g., ims7f) can utilize the double-plus method. Initial investigations using the same double-plus approach for Rb-Sr dating show promise. While resolving 87Rb+ from 87Sr+ requires an MRP of ~290k, unattainable using any current SIMS instrument, 87Rb++ is so strongly suppressed that determination of 87Sr++ is possible with minor peak stripping. 87Rb/86Sr can be determined either from 85Rb+/88Sr+ at MRP? 8k or by the use of energy filtering. In addition to micas, these approaches may be applicable to any mineral systems enriched in alkali metals relative to alkaline earths, such as alkali feldspars, feldspathoids, and alkaline halides.

  16. Effect of Sn substitution on structural and transport properties of (La0.67Sr0.33)MnO3

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    Tank, Tejas M.; Sridharan, V.; Samatham, S. Shanmukharao; Ganesan, V.; Sanyal, S. P.

    2013-06-01

    We investigate the effects of Sn substitution on structural and electrical transport mechanism of polycrystalline samples La0.67Sr0.33Mn1-xSnxO3 (x = 0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15). Resistivity data have been fitted with the variable range hopping model to estimate the density of state at Fermi level. It was observed that the substitution of Sn in the series leads to a decrease in conductivity of the doped manganites samples, with conduction being controlled by the disorder induced localization of charge carriers. The value of M-I transition temperature (TP) decreases while resistivity increases with Sn substitution.

  17. Magnetic behavior of nano-crystalline ruthenium perovskites, CaRuO3 and SrRuO3

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    Iyer, K. K.; Mohapatra, Niharika; Sampathkumaran, E. V.

    2012-06-01

    We have investigated the magnetic behavior of the nan-ocrystalline form of the well known ruthenium perovskites, CaRuO3 (paramagnetic, non-Fermi liquid system) and SrRuO3 (ferromagnetic below 160 K), synthesized by high energy ball milling. It is found that the effective moment as well as the magnetization value at high fields (in the magnetically state) decreased for a reduction in particle size for both the compounds. The nano-crystalline form of SrRuO3 appears to be magnetically harder as compared to the bulk material, whereas CaRuO3 remains paramagnetic even in the nano-crystalline form. Otherwise, there is no other qualitative change in the magnetic behavior of both the compounds for the reduced particle-sizes, thereby indicating that the magnetic correlation lengths are small for these compounds.

  18. Growth and characterization of (Tl,Pb)(Sr,Ba) 2Ca 2Cu 3O y single crystals

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    Wang, X. L.; Yang, X. M.; Weber, H. W.; Abraham, R.; Lebbou, K.; Cohen-Adad, M. Th.; Halwax, E.; Wiede, P.

    1996-09-01

    (Tl,Pb)(Sr,Ba) 2Ca 2Cu 3O y single crystals were grown by a self flux method. We find that the crystal growth strictly depends on the starting composition, on optimizing the melting temperature by suitable additives and on the choice of the cooling rate. The crystals were characterized by X-ray diffraction, EDX, SEM and SQUID magnetometry. The supercon-ducting transition temperatures and the best transition widths obtained for as-grown crystals are 105.0-111.2 K and 3-6 K, respectively. Layer by layer growth patterns, but no spiral growth, were observed by SEM. Annealing effects were studied in O 2 or Ar atmosphere and led to improvements of Tc and the transition width only following annealing in Ar. Annealing at temperatures above 600C results in a decomposition of the crystals into the insulating oxides Tl 2O and (Sr,Ba)?Ca?Cu.

  19. Alkaline earth lead and tin compounds Ae2Pb, Ae2Sn, Ae=Ca,Sr,Ba, as thermoelectric materials

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    Parker, David S; Singh, David J

    2013-01-01

    We present a detailed theoretical study of three alkaline earth compounds Ca2Pb, Sr2Pb and Ba2Pb, which have undergone little previous study, calculating electronic band structures and Boltzmann transport and bulk moduli using density functional theory. We also study the corresponding tin compounds Ca2 Sn, Sr2 Sn and Ba2 Sn. We find that these are all narrow band gap semiconductors with an electronic structure favorable for thermoelectric performance, with substantial thermopowers for the lead compounds at temperature ranges from 300 to 800 K. For the lead compounds, we further find very low calculated bulk moduli - roughly half of the values for the lead chalcogenides, suggestive of soft phonons and hence low lattice thermal conductivity. All these facts indicate that these materials merit experimental investigation as potential high performance thermoelectrics. We find good potential for thermoelectric performance in the environmentally friendly stannide materials, particularly at high temperature.

  20. Structure and Properties of Egyptian Blue Monolayer Family: XCuSi4O10 (X = Ca, Sr, and Ba).

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    Chen, Yu; Kan, Min; Sun, Qiang; Jena, Puru

    2016-02-01

    Motivated by the recent experimental advances in exfoliating Egyptian blue monolayers, we have carried out extensive calculations using density functional theory to understand their geometry, stability, mechanical properties, electronic structures, and magnetism. Upon exfoliation from the bulk, XCuSi4O10 (X = Ca, Sr, and Ba) monolayers are found to change symmetry from tetragonal to orthorhombic. They all satisfy Born criteria and are mechanically stable. Each Cu site carries a magnetic moment of 1.0 μB but with degenerate ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic coupling states. From Ca to Sr and Ba, as the atomic number increases, the thickness, elastic constants, Young's moduli, and Poisson's ratios of the monolayers increase, while the band gaps decrease. Applying strain can tune the magnitude of energy band gaps, but the direct gap feature remains. Complementing the widely studied graphene, MXenes, black phosphorus, and dichalcogenide sheets, the Egyptian blue monolayers add additional features to the family of two-dimensional materials. PMID:26763651

  1. New honeycomb iridium(V) oxides: NaIrO3 and Sr3CaIr2O9.

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    Wallace, David C; McQueen, Tyrel M

    2015-12-21

    We report the structures and physical properties of two new iridates, NaIrO3 and Sr3CaIr2O9, both of which contain continuous two-dimensional honeycomb connectivity. NaIrO3 is produced by room temperature oxidative deintercalation of sodium from Na2IrO3, and contains edge-sharing IrO6 octahedra that form a planar honeycomb lattice. Sr3CaIr2O9, produced via conventional solid-state synthesis, hosts a buckled honeycomb lattice with novel corner-sharing connectivity between IrO6 octahedra. Both of these new compounds are comprised of Ir(5+) (5d(4)) and exhibit negligible magnetic susceptibility. They are thus platforms to investigate the origin of the nonmagnetic behavior exhibited by Ir(5+) oxides, and provide the first examples of a J = 0 state on a honeycomb lattice. PMID:26505461

  2. Effects of conductor anisotropy on the design of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O sections of 25 T solenoids

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    Weijers, H. W.; Schwartz, J.; ten Haken, B.; Dhall, M.; ten Kate, H. H. J.

    2003-06-01

    The development of a 25 T superconducting magnet is usually envisioned with the use of an innermost coil wound with high-temperature superconductor (HTS) material. At present, Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox and Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox (BSCCO) conductors are the only candidate conductors available with sufficient length and current carrying capability. Unlike NbTi and Nb3Sn conductors, the BSCCO crystal structure and thus properties are strongly anisotropic. In conductor form, various degrees of anisotropy occur. It is often assumed that this anisotropy simply implies that radial field components must be minimized. We show that this assumption can be misleading. Using the average grain colony misalignment angle to parameterize the anisotropy, three regimes are distinguished in the relationship between average grain colony misalignment and critical current limiting field components. The implications of these separate regimes on the design process for 25 T superconducting magnet design are discussed.

  3. Triadin/Junctin Double Null Mouse Reveals a Differential Role for Triadin and Junctin in Anchoring CASQ to the jSR and Regulating Ca2+ Homeostasis

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    Boncompagni, Simona; Thomas, Monique; Lopez, Jose R.; Allen, Paul D.; Yuan, Qunying; Kranias, Evangelia G.; Franzini-Armstrong, Clara; Perez, Claudio F.

    2012-01-01

    Triadin (Tdn) and Junctin (Jct) are structurally related transmembrane proteins thought to be key mediators of structural and functional interactions between calsequestrin (CASQ) and ryanodine receptor (RyRs) at the junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum (jSR). However, the specific contribution of each protein to the jSR architecture and to excitation-contraction (e-c) coupling has not been fully established. Here, using mouse models lacking either Tdn (Tdn-null), Jct (Jct-null) or both (Tdn/Jct-null), we identify Tdn as the main component of periodically located anchors connecting CASQ to the RyR-bearing jSR membrane. Both proteins proved to be important for the structural organization of jSR cisternae and retention of CASQ within them, but with different degrees of impact. Our results also suggest that the presence of CASQ is responsible for the wide lumen of the jSR cisternae. Using Ca2+ imaging and Ca2+ selective microelectrodes we found that changes in e-c coupling, SR Ca2+content and resting [Ca2+] in Jct, Tdn and Tdn/Jct-null muscles are directly correlated to the effect of each deletion on CASQ content and its organization within the jSR. These data suggest that in skeletal muscle the disruption of Tdn/CASQ link has a more profound effect on jSR architecture and myoplasmic Ca2+ regulation than Jct/CASQ association. PMID:22768324

  4. Growth and oxygenation of single-crystal BiSrCaCuO and TlBaCaCuO superconductors

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    Bukowski, E.D.; Ginsberg, D.M. )

    1989-11-01

    Self-flux methods for growing millimeter-sized crystals of Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} and centimeter-sized crystals of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} superconductors are described. Preparation protocols and post-synthesis oxygen treatments were devised to optimize sample quality, as manifested in dc magnetic susceptibility measurements. Other analytical methods, including Laue diffraction and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), have been brought to bear to assess the quality of our samples and to evaluate the extent of contamination from crucibles. It was found that the TlBaCaCuO material, while occasionally comprising true single crystals, often consists of syntactic intergrowth crystals with two or three phases coexisting.

  5. Interfacial magnetism in CaRuO3/CaMnO3 superlattices grown on (001) SrTiO3

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    He, C.; Zhai, X.; Mehta, V. V.; Wong, F. J.; Suzuki, Y.

    2011-04-01

    We have studied epitaxially grown superlattices of CaRuO3/CaMnO3 as well as an alloy film of CaMn0.5Ru0.5O3 on (001) SrTiO3 substrates. In contrast to previous experiments, we have studied CRO/CMO superlattices with a constant CRO thickness and variable CMO thickness. All superlattices exhibit Curie temperatures (TC) of 110 K. The saturated magnetization per interfacial Mn cation has been found to be 1.1 ?B/Mn ion. The TC's of the superlattices are much lower than the TC of the alloy film while the saturated magnetization values are larger than that of the alloy film. These observations suggest that interdiffusion alone cannot account for ferromagnetism in the superlattices and that double exchange induced FM must play a role at the interfaces.

  6. Hyperfine splittings and Zeeman infrared absorption of Tb3+ -doped CaF2 and SrF2

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    Wells, Jon-Paul R.; Jones, Glynn D.

    2009-09-01

    We report on the observation of pseudoquadrupole splittings of sharp infrared-absorption lines of CaF2:Tb3+ . These splittings are large enough to be directly observed because the Tb3+ electronic ground levels consists of two singlets separated by only 0.18cm-1 for the F- C4v center. Both the hyperfine splittings and measured Zeeman splittings for F- C4v centers in CaF2:Tb3+ and SrF2:Tb3+ can be accounted for using wave functions derived from a previously published crystal-field analysis of experimental energy levels.

  7. Cluster Chemistry in Electron-Poor Ae-Pt-Cd Systems (Ae=Ca, Sr, Ba): (Sr,Ba)Pt2Cd4, Ca6Pt8Cd16, and Its Known Antitype Er6Pd16Sb8

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    Samal, Saroj L.; Gulo, Fakhili; Corbett, John D.

    2013-02-18

    Three new ternary polar intermetallic compounds, cubic Ca6Pt8Cd16, and tetragonal (Sr, Ba)Pt2Cd4 have been discovered during explorations of the Ae–Pt–Cd systems. Cubic Ca6Pt8Cd16 (Fm-3m, Z = 4, a = 13.513(1) Å) contains a 3D array of separate Cd8 tetrahedral stars (TS) that are both face capped along the axes and diagonally bridged by Pt atoms to generate the 3D anionic network Cd8[Pt(1)]6/2[Pt(2)]4/8. The complementary cationic surface of the cell consists of a face-centered cube of Pt(3)@Ca6 octahedra. This structure is an ordered ternary variant of Sc11Ir4 (Sc6Ir8Sc16), a stuffed version of the close relative Na6Au7Cd16, and a network inverse of the recent Er6Sb8Pd16 (compare Ca6Pt8Cd16). The three groups of elements each occur in only one structural version. The new AePt2Cd4, Ae = Sr, Ba, are tetragonal (P42/mnm,Z = 2, a ≈ 8.30 Å, c ≈ 4.47 Å) and contain chains of edge-sharing Cd4 tetrahedra along c that are bridged by four-bonded Ba/Sr. LMTO-ASA and ICOHP calculation results and comparisons show that the major bonding (Hamilton) populations in Ca6Pt8Cd16 and Er6Sb8Pd16 come from polar Pt–Cd and Pd–Sb interactions, that Pt exhibits larger relativistic contributions than Pd, that characteristic size and orbital differences are most evident for Sb 5s, Pt8, and Pd16, and that some terms remain incomparable, Ca–Cd versus Er–Pd.

  8. Effects of calcination on microscopic and mesoscopic structures in Ca- and Sr-doped nano-crystalline lanthanum chromites

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    Bhatt, Himal; Bahadur, J.; Deo, M.N.; Ramanathan, S.; Pandey, K.K.; Sen, D.; Mazumder, S.; Sharma, Surinder M.

    2011-01-15

    Calcination behavior of nano-crystalline lanthanum chromites doped with calcium and strontium has been probed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and small-angle neutron scattering as a function of temperature. Infrared spectroscopic results imply that over a range of temperatures, some intermediate phase of dopant chromates evolve and then dissolve back, which has also been confirmed by the XRD. Neutron scattering data reveal a fractal type correlation of building blocks in virgin powders. Increase in fractal dimension and reduction in upper cutoff vis-a-vis the densification of agglomerates were found with increasing calcination temperature. Calcination, beyond 900 {sup o}C, results in breaking down of the fractal morphology almost completely. Such shrinkage event also results in a modification of the microscopic structure. These changes have been attributed to the compaction of agglomerates of both Ca- and Sr-doped lanthanum chromites, assisted via liquid state sintering by the melting of the intermediate phases at intermediate calcination stages. -- Graphical Abstract: Dopant chromates evolve as intermediate phases during calcination of Ca- and Sr-doped nano-crystalline lanthanum chromites at intermediate temperatures, around 900 {sup o}C, evident from infrared spectroscopy. Such an event results in a modification of the microscopic and mesoscopic structures. Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} Meso/microscopic structures of La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}CrO{sub 3} and La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}CrO{sub 3} modify during calcination. {yields} Transient phases CaCrO{sub 4} and SrCrO{sub 4} appear at intermediate temperatures. {yields} Bond length, unit cell volume, etc. modify as intermediate phases evolve and extinct. {yields} Compaction of the agglomerates takes place due to liquid state assisted sintering.

  9. CaF2, BaF2 and SrF2 crystals’ optical anisotropy parameters

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    Snetkov, I. L.; Yakovlev, A. I.; Palashov, O. V.

    2015-09-01

    Using the original method, based on measurements of thermally induced depolarization, the optical anisotropy parameters of CaF2, BaF2 and SrF2 cubic crystals were measured and compared with what is known from the literature. Euler angles of crystallographic axis orientation [C], in which the thermally induced depolarization is minimal, were determined using experimental results for studied fluorides.

  10. Phase alignment in Ag-clad Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (2:2:1:2) wires

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    Ray, R. D., II; Hellstrom, E. E.

    1990-12-01

    Powder-in-tube wires that contained Bi, Sr, Ca, and Cu in a 2:2:1:2 mole ratio were drawn then rolled flat before processing. The superconducting phase was aligned with its c axis perpendicular to the wide plane of the wire by sintering the wires just below the melting point and by melt processing. Melt processing with slow cooling of the melt yielded the most alignment. Gravity did not influence alignment during melt processing.

  11. Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca, and stable isotopes in modern and Holocene Protothaca staminea shells from a northern California coastal upwelling region

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    Takesue, R.K.; VanGeen, A.

    2004-01-01

    This study explores the potential of intertidal Protothaca staminea shells as high-resolution geochemical archives of environmental change in a coastal upwelling region. Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios were analyzed by excimer laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) at sub-weekly temporal resolution in shells growing ???1 mm per month. Growth patterns of a modern P. staminea shell from Humboldt Bay, California, collected in December 1999 made it possible to infer a lifespan from 1993 to 1998. Growth hiatuses in the shell may have excluded records of extreme events. Mg/Ca ratios appeared to be partly controlled by water temperature; the correlation coefficient between temperature and Mg/Ca was r = 0.71 in one of four growth increments. Significant year-to-year differences in the sensitivity of Mg/Ca to temperature in P. staminea could not be explained, however. Sr/Ca ratios appeared to be more closely related to shell growth rate. Oxygen isotopes, measured at 2-week temporal resolution in the same shell, did not show a clear relation to local temperature in summer, possibly because temperatures were higher and less variable at the King Salmon mudflat, where the shell was collected, than in the main channel of Humboldt Bay, where water properties were monitored. Negative shell ??13C values (<-0.5???) marked spring and summer coastal upwelling events. The Mg contents of P. staminea midden shells dated to ???3 ka and ???9 ka were significantly lower than in the modern shell. This may have resulted from degradation of a Mg-rich shell organic matrix and precluded quantitative interpretation of the older high-resolution records. Elevated ??13C values in the ???3 ka shell suggested that the individual grew in highly productive or stratified environment, such as a shallow coastal embayment or lagoon. Copyright ?? 2004 Elsevier Ltd.

  12. Determination of Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios in microgram-quantity coral and foraminiferal samples with permil-level precision by cold plasma inductively coupled plasma sector field mass spectrometry

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    Shen, C.; Lu, C.; Lo, L.; Qu, D.; Wei, K.; Gagan, M. K.

    2006-12-01

    A permil-level analytical technique for determination of coral and foraminiferal Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios using inductively coupled plasma sector-field mass spectrometry (ICP-SF-MS, Thermo Electron ELEMENT2) has been established. Cold plasma technique with an 800-W RF power was employed to diminish spectral interference. A wet introduction system with Scott-type double-pass spray chamber and an ESI micro- nebulizer with a sample uptake rate of 50 microliter per minute were used, which can offer low blank and high stability. Intensities of ion beams, ^{24}Mg, ^{43}Ca and 86Sr, were detected in pulse-counting mode. Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios were determined directly from intensity ratios using external, matrix-matched standard to correct for mass discrimination and low-frequency ratio drift. Other elemental ratios, such as Al/Ca, Mn/Ca, Fe/Ca, Cd/Ca, and Ba/Ca were also determined. Three different matrix effects were observed in this system. (1) Acid effect: Elemental intensities and ratios vary with increasing HNO3 from 1-6%. 5% HNO3 was determined to be ideal for routine measurement. (2) Ca effect: Mg/Ca ratio decreases 2.5% with [Ca] from 0.5-2.5 ppm and less than 0.5% with [Ca] from 3-5 ppm. (3) Sr/Ca effect on Mg/Ca: Sr/Ca slightly affects Mg/Ca determination with a slope of 0.18% per mmol/mol. This effect causes only 0.1 s or less for Mg/Ca ratio in both foraminiferal and coral samples. Replicate measurements made on standards and samples show that our method can give an internal precision of 1-2 (2RSD) and reproducibility of 4.5% for Mg/Ca and 3.5 for Sr/Ca. Corresponding errors are 0.05 C for foraminiferal Mg thermometer and 0.5 C for coral Sr thermometer. Advantages of this new method include (1) short measurement time of 3 minutes and (2) only 2-mircogram carbonate consumed for each sample, and (3) throughput of 10 samples per hour.

  13. Crystal structure and resistivity of substituted LaSrYCu{sub 2}O{sub 6}

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    Takano, Yoshihiko; Noro, Sumiko; Yamadaya, Tokio; Isobe, Masaaki; Ami, Takaaki; Suzuki, Masayuki; Tanaka, Masahiro

    1995-02-01

    A series of Y-based 2126 compounds, La{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub 1+x}YCu{sub 2}O{sub 6} (x = 0 to 0.5), has been prepared. Crystal structure and cation distribution are determined by Rietveld analysis of X-ray powder diffraction data. Small Y ions occupy (2a) site preferentially. All the studied samples including HIP treated ones are semiconducting and no superconducting transition is observed down to 20K. VRH model is applicable as a transport mechanism at low temperatures.

  14. Influence of the mercury source on the synthesis of Hg 0.8Re 0.2Ba 2- ySr yCa 2Cu 3O 8+ δ at normal pressures

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    Bastidas, D. M.; Piñol, S.; Plain, J.; Puig, T.; Obradors, X.

    2004-04-01

    The influence of the mercury source on the synthesis of the superconducting phases Hg 0.8Re 0.2Ba 2- ySr yCa 2Cu 3O 8+ δ with 0⩽ y⩽0.4 has been investigated using the vacuum sealed quartz tube technique with HgO or HgCaO 2 as internal or external source, respectively. The superconductors were prepared from stoichiometric precursor powders of elemental oxides and carbonates. The synthesis was carried out in different steps: Firstly, the multiphase precursor was homogenized, pressed and annealed in oxygen atmosphere. Then, the precursor powders were mixed and pressed with stoichiometric additions of HgO for the internal source method or were pressed and placed separately with a pellet of HgCaO 2 inside the quartz tube for the external source method. In both methods, the samples were encapsulated in an evacuated quartz tube and annealed at different heating rates and temperatures in order to optimize the purity of the phase. Different Sr compositions were studied but only a small concentration ( y⩽0.3) was found to be appropriate to obtain pure superconducting phase. The substitution of Sr by Ba increases the grain size of the superconducting phase and the density of the pellets, however the intergranular connectivity is only slightly improved.

  15. Interaction between endoplasmic/sarcoplasmic reticulum stress (ER/SR stress), mitochondrial signaling and Ca2+ regulation in airway smooth muscle (ASM)1

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    Delmotte, Philippe; Sieck, Gary C.

    2015-01-01

    Airway inflammation is a key aspect of diseases such as asthma. Several inflammatory cytokines (e.g., TNFα and IL-13) increase cytosolic Ca2+ ([Ca2+]cyt) responses to agonist stimulation and Ca2+ sensitivity of force generation, thereby enhancing airway smooth muscle (ASM) contractility (hyper-reactive state). Inflammation also induces ASM proliferation and remodeling (synthetic state). In normal ASM, the transient elevation of [Ca2+]cyt induced by agonists leads to a transient increase in mitochondrial Ca2+ ([Ca2+]mito) that may be important in matching ATP production with ATP consumption. In human ASM (hASM) exposed to TNFα and IL-13, the transient increase in [Ca2+]mito is blunted despite enhanced [Ca2+]cyt responses. We also found that TNFα and IL-13 induce reactive oxidant species (ROS) formation and endoplasmic/sarcoplasmic reticulum (ER/SR) stress (unfolded protein response) in hASM. ER/SR stress in hASM is associated with disruption of mitochondrial coupling with the ER/SR membrane, which relates to reduced mitofusin 2 (Mfn2) expression. Thus, in hASM it appears that TNFα and IL-13 result in ROS formation leading to ER/SR stress, reduced Mfn2 expression, disruption of mitochondrion–ER/SR coupling, decreased mitochondrial Ca2+ buffering, mitochondrial fragmentation, and increased cell proliferation. PMID:25506723

  16. Interaction between endoplasmic/sarcoplasmic reticulum stress (ER/SR stress), mitochondrial signaling and Ca(2+) regulation in airway smooth muscle (ASM).

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    Delmotte, Philippe; Sieck, Gary C

    2015-02-01

    Airway inflammation is a key aspect of diseases such as asthma. Several inflammatory cytokines (e.g., TNFα and IL-13) increase cytosolic Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]cyt) responses to agonist stimulation and Ca(2+) sensitivity of force generation, thereby enhancing airway smooth muscle (ASM) contractility (hyper-reactive state). Inflammation also induces ASM proliferation and remodeling (synthetic state). In normal ASM, the transient elevation of [Ca(2+)]cyt induced by agonists leads to a transient increase in mitochondrial Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]mito) that may be important in matching ATP production with ATP consumption. In human ASM (hASM) exposed to TNFα and IL-13, the transient increase in [Ca(2+)]mito is blunted despite enhanced [Ca(2+)]cyt responses. We also found that TNFα and IL-13 induce reactive oxidant species (ROS) formation and endoplasmic/sarcoplasmic reticulum (ER/SR) stress (unfolded protein response) in hASM. ER/SR stress in hASM is associated with disruption of mitochondrial coupling with the ER/SR membrane, which relates to reduced mitofusin 2 (Mfn2) expression. Thus, in hASM it appears that TNFα and IL-13 result in ROS formation leading to ER/SR stress, reduced Mfn2 expression, disruption of mitochondrion-ER/SR coupling, decreased mitochondrial Ca(2+) buffering, mitochondrial fragmentation, and increased cell proliferation. PMID:25506723

  17. Extracellular Calcium-Sensing Receptor Inhibition of Intestinal EpithelialTNF Signaling Requires CaSR-Mediated Wnt5a/Ror2 Interaction

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    Kelly, Jacqueline C.; Lungchukiet, P.; MacLeod, R. John

    2010-01-01

    Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) and its receptor TNFR1 play a central role in the development of colitis-associated colon cancer. To understand a role for the extracellular calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) and its non-canonical Wnt mediators, Wnt5a/Ror2, we used reductionistic systems. We added lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to mouse peritoneal macrophages, RAW264.7 cells, a murine macrophage cell line, and 18Co colonic myofibroblasts, to stimulate TNFα secretion and then activated endogenous CaSR. CaSR activation inhibited TNFα secretion, which in RAW264.7 cells knockdown of CaSR by short-interfering RNA (siRNA) duplex reversed. LPS-stimulated NFκB promoter activity in RAW264.7 cells was inhibited by CaSR activation with Ca2+ or other polyvalent CaSR agonists. Reducing CaSR expression with siRNA duplex prevented this inhibition. Following LPS addition to CaSR–HEK cells or RAW264.7 macrophages, CaSR stimulation deneddylated Cullin1. Wnt5a added to HT-29 cells which overexpressed Ror2 or T84 monolayers treated with 3 mM Ca2+ reduced TNFR1 protein expression ∼70%. TNFα/INFγ addition to high resistance T84 monolayers reduced transepithelial resistance 50% within 4 h. CaSR activation (3 mM Ca2+) together with rhWnt5a (200 ng/ml) prevented this reduction while Wnt3a addition had no effect. LPS-stimulated TNFα secretion from RAW264.7 cells was not effected by rhWnt5a but increased 10-fold by Wnt3a. Together our results suggest that following LPS challenge, CaSR activation will inhibit NFκB activity and reduce TNFα secretion from macrophages and stroma while Wnt5a/Ror2 engagement on intestinal epithelia reduces TNFR1 expression, allowing TNFα signaling to be titrated. Our results also suggest that canonical Wnt signaling may enhance TLR4 stimulation of TNFα secretion from murine macrophages. PMID:21603229

  18. Kinetics of the Ca(2+), H(+), and Mg(2+) interaction with the ion-binding sites of the SR Ca-ATPase.

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    Peinelt, Christine; Apell, Hans-Jrgen

    2002-01-01

    Electrochromic styryl dyes were used to investigate mutually antagonistic effects of Ca(2+) and H(+) on binding of the other ion in the E(1) and P-E(2) states of the SR Ca-ATPase. On the cytoplasmic side of the protein in the absence of Mg(2+) a strictly competitive binding sequence, H(2)E(1) <==> HE(1) <==> E(1) <==> CaE(1) <==> Ca(2)E(1), was found with two Ca(2+) ions bound cooperatively. The apparent equilibrium dissociation constants were in the order of K(1/2)(2 Ca) = 34 nM, K(1/2)(H) = 1 nM and K(1/2)(H(2)) = 1.32 microM. Up to 2 Mg(2+) ions were also able to enter the binding sites electrogenically and to compete with the transported substrate ions (K(1/2)(Mg) = 165 microM, K(1/2)(Mg(2)) = 7.4 mM). In the P-E(2) state, with binding sites facing the lumen of the sarcoplasmatic reticulum, the measured concentration dependence of Ca(2+) and H(+) binding could be described satisfactorily only with a branched reaction scheme in which a mixed state, P-E(2)CaH, exists. From numerical simulations, equilibrium dissociation constants could be determined for Ca(2+) (0.4 mM and 25 mM) and H(+) (2 microM and 10 microM). These simulations reproduced all observed antagonistic concentration dependences. The comparison of the dielectric ion binding in the E(1) and P-E(2) conformations indicates that the transition between both conformations is accompanied by a shift of their (dielectric) position. PMID:11751306

  19. Ultracold magnetically tunable interactions without radiative-charge-transfer losses between Ca+, Sr+, Ba+, and Yb+ ions and Cr atoms

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    Tomza, Michał

    2015-12-01

    The Ca+, Sr+, Ba+, and Yb+ ions immersed in an ultracold gas of the Cr atoms are proposed as experimentally feasible heteronuclear systems in which ion-atom interactions at ultralow temperatures can be controlled with magnetically tunable Feshbach resonances without charge transfer and radiative losses. Ab initio techniques are applied to investigate electronic-ground-state properties of the (CaCr)+, (SrCr)+, (BaCr)+, and (YbCr)+ molecular ions. The potential energy curves, permanent electric dipole moments, and static electric dipole polarizabilities are computed. The spin-restricted open-shell coupled-cluster method restricted to single, double, and noniterative triple excitations and the multireference configuration-interaction method restricted to single and double excitations are employed. The scalar relativistic effects are included within the small-core energy-consistent pseudopotentials. The leading long-range induction and dispersion interaction coefficients are also reported. Finally, magnetic Feshbach resonances between the Ca+, Sr+, Ba+, and Yb+ ions interacting with the Cr atoms are analyzed. The present proposal opens the way towards robust quantum simulations and computations with ultracold ion-atom systems free of radiative charge-transfer losses.

  20. Electronic band structures and photovoltaic properties of MWO{sub 4} (M=Zn, Mg, Ca, Sr) compounds

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    Kim, Dong Wook; Cho, In-Sun; Shin, Seong Sik; Lee, Sangwook; Noh, Tae Hoon; Kim, Dong Hoe; Jung, Hyun Suk; Hong, Kug Sun

    2011-08-15

    Divalent metal tungstates, MWO{sub 4}, with wolframite (M=Zn and Mg) and scheelite (M=Ca and Sr) structures were prepared using a conventional solid state reaction method. Their electronic band structures were investigated by a combination of electronic band structure calculations and electrochemical measurements. From these investigations, it was found that the band structures (i.e. band positions and band gaps) of the divalent metal tungstates were significantly influenced by their crystal structural environments, such as the W-O bond length. Their photovoltaic properties were evaluated by applying to the working electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells. The dye-sensitized solar cells employing the wolframite-structured metal tungstates (ZnWO{sub 4} and MgWO{sub 4}) exhibited better performance than those using the scheelite-structured metal tungstates (CaWO{sub 4} and SrWO{sub 4}), which was attributed to their enhanced electron transfer resulting from their appropriate band positions. - Graphical abstract: The electronic band structures of divalent metal tungstates are described from the combination of experimental results and theoretical calculations, and their electronic structure-dependent photovoltaic performances are also studied. Highlights: > MWO{sub 4} compounds with wolframite (M=Zn and Mg) and scheelite structure (M=Ca and Sr) were prepared. > Their electronic band structures were investigated by the calculations and the measurements. > Their photovoltaic properties were determined by the crystal and electronic structures.

  1. New 100 K TlSr sub 2 (Ca,Cr)Cu sub 2 O sub 7 superconducting films

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    Tang, Y.Q.; Sheng, Z.Z.; Chen, Z.Y.; Li, Y.F.; Pederson, D.O. )

    1992-06-15

    New TlSr{sub 2}(Ca,Cr)Cu{sub 2}O{sub 7} superconducting films on MgO(100) substrates have been prepared and characterized. The superconducting films were fabricated via a two-step process. Precursor SrCaCrCuO films were first deposited by spray pyrolysis at temperature of 350--400 {degree}C, and thallium was then incorporated by heating the precursor films between unfired TlSrCaCrCuO bulk pellets at 880--900 {degree}C in an oxygen atmosphere. The films were then cooled down to room temperature in an oxygen or argon atmosphere. The superconducting films were single 1212 phase with {ital c}-axis perpendicular to the surface of the MgO(100) substrates. Onset temperatures up to 110 K and zero-resistance temperatures up to 100 K were achieved. The critical transport currents ({ital J}{sub {ital c}}) of the films were about 7{times}10{sup 3} A/cm{sup 2} at 77 K.

  2. Chronology of lunar granite 12033,576: Resetting of Rb-Sr and K-Ca isochrons

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    Shih, C.-Y.; Wiesmann, H.; Garrison, D. H.; Nyquist, L. E.; Bogard, D. D.

    1993-01-01

    Lunar granite 12033,576 is a subsample of the 'large' (approximately 1 g) felsite 12033,507 which was identified from a collection of 4-10 mm particles from the 12033 soil sampled from the north rim of Head Crater in the eastern part of Oceanus Procellarum. Discordant ages of approximately 3.6, approximately 0.8, approximately 3.9, and approximately 2.2 Ga for this lunar granite were obtained, respectively, by the K-Ca, Ar-39/Ar-40, and U-Pb zircon methods in previous studies and by the Rb-Sr method is this study. Assuming the granite crystallized approximately 3.9 Ga ago (zircon age) and was shocked by meteoritic impacts at 0.8 Ga ago (Ar-39-Ar-40 age), the intermediate apparent ages by the Rb-Sr and K-Ca methods can be interpreted as reset by diffusion of the parent and daughter nuclides. The Rb-Sr age is less resistant to resetting than the K-Ca age, but more resistant that the Ar-39/Ar-40 age.

  3. Photoluminescence performance of thulium doped Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2} under irradiation of ultraviolet and vacuum ultraviolet lights

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    Wang, Zhaofeng; Li, Yezhou; Liu, Xiong; Wei, Xingmin; Chen, Yueling; Zhou, Fei; Wang, Yuhua

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • A novel blue-emitting phosphor Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+} was reported. • Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+} exhibited excellent thermal and irradiation stability. • Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+} was found to possess high color purity. - Abstract: In this work, we synthesized Tm{sup 3+} doped Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors and investigated their photoluminescence properties under the excitation of ultraviolet and vacuum ultraviolet lights. The crystal structure analysis and variation of cell parameters confirm that Tm{sup 3+} ions have been successfully doped in the structure of Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2} host by occupying the sites of Ca{sup 2+} with the coordination number of 6. The luminescence results suggest that Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+} is a good blue-emitting phosphor when excited by ultraviolet and vacuum ultraviolet irradiations. In addition, it is observed that there is nearly no degradation for Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+} after undergoing thermal and irradiation treatments. Possible mechanisms for the luminescence processes are proposed on the basis of the discussion of excitation and emission spectra. In particular, the emission color of Li{sub 4}SrCa(SiO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Tm{sup 3+} by excitation of 147 and 172 nm irradiations is very close to the standard blue color, suggesting that it could be potentially applied in plasma display panels and mercury-free fluorescence lamps.

  4. Calcilytic Ameliorates Abnormalities of Mutant Calcium-Sensing Receptor (CaSR) Knock-In Mice Mimicking Autosomal Dominant Hypocalcemia (ADH).

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    Dong, Bingzi; Endo, Itsuro; Ohnishi, Yukiyo; Kondo, Takeshi; Hasegawa, Tomoka; Amizuka, Norio; Kiyonari, Hiroshi; Shioi, Go; Abe, Masahiro; Fukumoto, Seiji; Matsumoto, Toshio

    2015-11-01

    Activating mutations of calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) cause autosomal dominant hypocalcemia (ADH). ADH patients develop hypocalcemia, hyperphosphatemia, and hypercalciuria, similar to the clinical features of hypoparathyroidism. The current treatment of ADH is similar to the other forms of hypoparathyroidism, using active vitamin D3 or parathyroid hormone (PTH). However, these treatments aggravate hypercalciuria and renal calcification. Thus, new therapeutic strategies for ADH are needed. Calcilytics are allosteric antagonists of CaSR, and may be effective for the treatment of ADH caused by activating mutations of CaSR. In order to examine the effect of calcilytic JTT-305/MK-5442 on CaSR harboring activating mutations in the extracellular and transmembrane domains in vitro, we first transfected a mutated CaSR gene into HEK cells. JTT-305/MK-5442 suppressed the hypersensitivity to extracellular Ca(2+) of HEK cells transfected with the CaSR gene with activating mutations in the extracellular and transmembrane domains. We then selected two activating mutations locating in the extracellular (C129S) and transmembrane (A843E) domains, and generated two strains of CaSR knock-in mice to build an ADH mouse model. Both mutant mice mimicked almost all the clinical features of human ADH. JTT-305/MK-5442 treatment in vivo increased urinary cAMP excretion, improved serum and urinary calcium and phosphate levels by stimulating endogenous PTH secretion, and prevented renal calcification. In contrast, PTH(1-34) treatment normalized serum calcium and phosphate but could not reduce hypercalciuria or renal calcification. CaSR knock-in mice exhibited low bone turnover due to the deficiency of PTH, and JTT-305/MK-5442 as well as PTH(1-34) increased bone turnover and bone mineral density (BMD) in these mice. These results demonstrate that calcilytics can reverse almost all the phenotypes of ADH including hypercalciuria and renal calcification, and suggest that calcilytics can become a novel therapeutic agent for ADH. PMID:25967373

  5. X-ray absorption investigation of the valence state and electronic structure of La{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} in comparison with La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} and La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3-{delta}

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    Haas, O.; Ludwig, Chr.; Bergmann, U.; Singh, R.N.; Braun, A.; Graule, T.

    2011-12-15

    3d metal K-shell X-ray absorption spectra of perovskites with the composition La{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} (x=0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8), La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} (x=0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5) and La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3-{delta}} (x=0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8) are compared on the basis of pre-edges, white line features and extended fine structures. The measurements were performed at 300 K and for La{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} also at temperatures as low as 10-20 K. Going to low-temperature the measurements indicate an increase in t{sub 2g}{sup Low-Asterisk} and a decrease in e{sub g}{sup Low-Asterisk} orbital occupancy, which is most accentuated in the LaCoO{sub 3} sample. Virtually no Co K-edge shift was observed for the La{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} and La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} compounds and the Co-O distances are also not significantly reduced when La{sup 3+} is partially substituted by Ca{sup 2+} or Sr{sup 2+}. From the pre-edge features of these perovskites we are tended to conclude that the t{sub 2g}{sup Low-Asterisk} orbitals are less, and the e{sub g}{sup Low-Asterisk} orbitals are more occupied with increasing x in the Ca and Sr substituted compounds, whereas the total d-electron density is not changing. These results indicate that cobalt prefers a valence state of 3{sup +} in these Co perovskites. This could also be confirmed with iodometric titrations. The Fe perovskites behave differently. In contrast to the Co perovskites, for La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3-{delta}} perovskites the Fe K-edge is shifted, the pre-edge features intensity is increasing and the Fe-O bond length is decreasing with increasing x. The valence states of the iron in the La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3-{delta}} perovskites in fact increase as much as x increases. - Graphical abstract: Co K and Fe K pre-edge of La{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} and La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3-{delta}} perovskites one of the evidences in favor of {delta}=x/2 for the Co-perovskites and {delta}=0 for the Fe-perovskites. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer XAS a valuable tool to evaluate the valence states of Co and Fe perovskites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer For La{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} and La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} perovskites {delta} is close to x/2. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer For La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3-{delta}} series {delta} is close to 0. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Discussion of the x dependency of the pre-edge bands.

  6. Effects of Mn substitution on the thermoelectric properties of the electron-doped perovskite Sr1-xLaxTiO3

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    Okuda, T.; Hata, H.; Eto, T.; Nishina, K.; Kuwahara, H.; Nakamura, M.; Kajimoto, R.

    2014-12-01

    We have tried to improve the n-type thermoelectric properties of the electron- doped Perovskite Sr1-xLaxTiO3 by a Mn substitution. The 1 ~ 2 % Mn substitution enhances the Seebeck coefficient (S) and reduces the thermal conductivity (κ) by about 50 % at room temperature (RT) without largely increasing the resistivity for the 5 % electron-doped SrTiO3. Consequently, the power factor at RT keeps a large value comparable to that of Bi2Te3 and the dimensionless figure-of-merits at RT increases twofold by the slight Mn substitution. Such a large reduction of κ at RT is perhaps due to the effect of Jahn-Teller active Mn3+ ions, around which dynamical local lattice distortion may occur.

  7. Effects of Ca2+ on the contractility and Sr2+ accumulation in the quail oviductal smooth muscle.

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    Arjamaa, O

    1982-08-01

    There occur strong spontaneous contractions in the avian oviduct, which are considered to effect the locus of the ovum during ovum transport. Previously it has been shown that stretch regulates these contractions by means of some unknown mechanisms in this tissue. When a transversal strip, cut from the proximal magnum of the oviduct, was first kept at the length (LO = length in situ) and then stretched to the length 200% LO the total integrated area of contractions increased 3.67 +/- 0.63 (6) times greater (p less than 0.01) than the contractility at the length LO. Ca2+ concentration of 5 mM increased the total integrated area of the contractions 1.42 +/- 0.22 (7) greater than the control while the increase at 8 mM was only 1.17 +/- 0.30 (7). 0.5 mM Ca2+ decreased the contractility to 0.72 +/- 0.15 (7). In a 50 microM EGTA containing solution, the contractility decreased in a few minutes. Sr2+, used as an indirect tracer of Ca2+, accumulated both in control and stretched strips in the sarcoplasmic reticulum, the mitochondria, and the sarcolemma. The electron-dense deposits were, however, most clearly seen in the sarcolemma. Compared to the Sr2+ accumulating sites in erythrocytes, deposits were on the outer side of the cell membrane, thus suggesting the glycocalyx as an important site for Ca2+ exchange in this smooth muscle. The sarcolemmal invaginations, caveolae, accumulated Sr2+ similarly to other parts of the sarcolemma. During ovum transport, stretch changes the Ca2+ accessibility to muscle cells, and at structural level, this takes place in the sarcolemma. PMID:7180537

  8. Modulated structures and intergrowth in Pb-doped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconducting oxides

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    Wen, J.G.; Yang, C.Y.; Yan, Y.F.; Fung, K.K. Beijing Laboratory of Electron Microscopy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 2724, Beijing 100080 )

    1990-09-01

    Modulated structures and intergrowths in superconducting phases of nominal (Bi{sub 1{minus}{ital x}}Pb{sub {ital x}}){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10} (2:2:2:3) compounds have been studied by transmission electron microscopy. Three kinds of modulations have been observed, one is a two-dimensional modulation and the other two are one-dimensional modulations with superspace groups {ital N} 1{bar 1}1{sup {ital B}{ital b}{ital m}{ital b}} (no. 66a), {ital P}{sup {ital Bbml}}{sub 1{bar 1}1} (no. 66a). The space group of the average structure of the two-dimensional modulated structure is {ital Bbmb}, and its Bravais class is {ital C}{sup {ital Cmmm}}{sub 1{ital p}112} in a two-line symbol or {ital C}{sub {ital m}{ital m}{ital m}}(1,0,{gamma};0,0,{nu}) (no. 2-24) in a one-line symbol. It is found that phases with the same point group and similar structure (forming intergrowths) have the same modulation. Intergrowths with each of the three modulations have been observed. The next highest member of the structural series, the 2:2:3:4 phase, has been found as having intergrowths. On the basis of the modulations of the intergrowths being the same, the modulations in the 2:2:3:4 phase have been determined.

  9. Otolith growth in trout Oncorhynchus mykiss: supply of Ca2+ and Sr2+ to the saccular endolymph.

    PubMed

    Payan, P; Borelli, G; Priouzeau, F; De Pontual, H; Boeuf, G; Mayer-Gostan, N

    2002-09-01

    Kinetic and pharmacological characteristics of Ca2+ fluxes across the saccular epithelium of trout were studied using a perfused isolated inner ear. 45Ca2+influx from the Ringer solution to the endolymph was 3-4 nmoles h(-1)microl(-1) endolymph, which corresponds to a global turnover rate of the endolymph calcium of 200 % h(-1). Ca2+ entry into the proximal endolymph was faster than into the distal fluid. Net Ca2+ movement across the saccular epithelium depended on the direction and intensity of the chemical gradient of calcium between the Ringer solution and the endolymph. Increasing the calcium concentration in the Ringer solution up to 4.4 mmol l(-1) provoked an accumulation of Ca2+ in both proximal and distal endolymphs, and equilibrium was reached about 30 min after the beginning of perfusion. Perfusion with calcium-free Ringer partially emptied the proximal compartment of calcium, whereas the calcium levels in the distal endolymph did not vary during 70 min of perfusion. Verapamil (10(-5) mol l(-1)) and cyanide (CN, 10(-3) mol l(-1)) did not modify the accumulation of Ca2+ within the endolymph in the presence of a favourable calcium chemical gradient. Furthermore the relationship between Ca2+ net fluxes and the chemical calcium gradient across the saccular epithelium was linear, indicating a passive diffusional mechanism via a paracellular pathway. Similar relationships were found for Sr2+ fluxes across the saccular epithelium in the presence of positive chemical gradients (1, 2 and 4 mmol l(-1) Sr2+). In vivo experiments in which trout were intraperitoneously injected with CaCl2 solution confirmed the tight relationship between the calcium levels in plasma and endolymph (both proximal and distal). Sampling proximal and distal endolymphs in trout and turbot saccules revealed a decreasing proximo-distal calcium gradient in endolymph of both fish species. The present results strongly suggest that the endolymph is supplied with Ca2+ and Sr2+ via a paracellular pathway located in the proximal area of the saccular epithelium. PMID:12151374

  10. Combinatorial pulsed laser deposition of Fe, Cr, Mn, and Ni-substituted SrTiO3 films on Si substrates.

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    Kim, Dong Hun; Bi, Lei; Aimon, Nicolas M; Jiang, Peng; Dionne, Gerald F; Ross, C A

    2012-03-12

    Combinatorial pulsed laser deposition (CPLD) using two targets was used to produce a range of transition metal-substituted perovskite-structured Sr(Ti(1-x)M(x))O(3-?) films on buffered silicon substrates, where M = Fe, Cr, Ni and Mn and x = 0.05-0.5. CPLD produced samples whose composition vs distance fitted a linear combination of the compositions of the two targets. Sr(Ti(1-x)Fe(x))O(3-?) films produced from a pair of perovskite targets (SrTiO(3) and SrFeO(3) or SrTiO(3) and SrTi0(0.575)Fe(0.425)O(3)) had properties similar to those of films produced from single targets, showing a single phase microstructure, a saturation magnetization of 0.5 ?(B)/Fe, and a strong out-of-plane magnetoelastic anisotropy at room temperature. Films produced from an SrTiO(3) and a metal oxide target consisted of majority perovskite phases with additional metal oxide (or metal in the case of Ni) phases. Films made from SrTiO(3) and Fe(2)O(3) targets retained the high magnetic anisotropy of Sr(Ti(1-x)Fe(x))O(3-?), but had a much higher saturation magnetization than single-target films, reaching for example an out-of-plane coercivity of >2 kOe and a saturation magnetization of 125 emu/cm(3) at 24%Fe. This was attributed to the presence of maghemite or magnetite exchange-coupled to the Sr(Ti(1-x)Fe(x))O(3-?). Films of Sr(Ti(1-x)Cr(x))O(3-?) and Sr(Ti(1-x)Mn(x))O(3-?) showed no room temperature ferromagnetism, but Sr(Ti(1-x)Ni(x))O(3-?) did show a high anisotropy and magnetization attributed mainly to the perovskite phase. Combinatorial synthesis is shown to be an efficient process for enabling evaluation of the properties of epitaxial substituted perovskite films as well as multiphase films which have potential for a wide range of electronic, magnetic, optical, and catalytic applications. PMID:22353232

  11. Eu2+-Activated CaSrSiO4: a New Red-Emitting Oxide Phosphor for White-Light-Emitting Diodes

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    Tezuka, Satoko; Sato, Yasushi; Komukai, Tetsufumi; Takatsuka, Yuji; Kato, Hideki; Kakihana, Masato

    2013-07-01

    Ca1-xSr1-xEu2xSiO4 (CaSrSiO4:Eu2+) phosphors were prepared by a novel aqueous solution technique using propylene glycol-modified silane (PGMS), combined with a freeze-drying process. The precursors were heat-treated under a reducing atmosphere with BaCl2 flux. X-ray diffraction indicated that the obtained phosphors exhibited an α'-CaSrSiO4 structure. The wavelength at the phosphors' maximum emission was systematically shifted beyond 600 nm as the Eu2+ concentration was increased. The corresponding excitation spectra were extended to the visible light region (400-500 nm) with increasing Eu2+ concentration. These results implied that CaSrSiO4:Eu2+ is a red-emitting phosphor excited by near-UV and blue-light-emitting diodes.

  12. The SR Ca[sup 2+] ATPase of the Antarctic scallop Adamussium colbecki: Cold adaptation and heavy metal effects

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    Viarengo, A.; Burlando, B. . Dipt. di Scienze e Tecnologie Avanzate); Mancinelli, G.; Marchi, B.; Panfoli, I. )

    1999-01-01

    Cell calcium is accumulated in intracellular stores by sarco-endoplasmic reticulum Ca[sup 2+] ATPases functionally interacting with the membrane lipid environment. Cold adaptations of membrane lipids in Antarctic Sea organisms suggest possible adaptive effects also on sarco-endoplasmic reticulum Ca[sup 2+] ATPases. The authors investigated the SR Ca[sup 2+] ATPase of an Antarctic scallop, Adamussium colbecki, by characterizing the enzyme activity and studying temperature effects. Ca[sup 2+] ATPase, assayed by following ATP hydrolysis was thapsigargin- and vanadate-sensitive showed maximum activity under 2 [micro]M Ca[sup 2+], 200 mM KCl and pH 7.2, and had a K[sub M] for ATP of 22 [+-] 7 [micro]M. Temperature effects showed an Arrhenius inversion between [minus]1.8 and 0 C, indicating cold adaptation, an Arrhenius break at 10 C, and a collapse above 20 C. A. colbecki accumulates high amounts of cadmium in the digestive gland; heavy metal effects on sarco-endoplasmic reticulum Ca[sup 2+] ATPases were therefore tested, finding an IC[sub 50] = 0.9 [micro]M for Hg[sup 2+] and 3 [micro]M for Cd[sup 2+]. Finally, SDS-PAGE analysis showed a main band at about 100 kDa, which was identified as sarco-endoplasmic reticulum Ca[sup 2+] ATPase after trypsin digestion, and accounted for 60% total protein.

  13. Molecular layer-by-layer engineering of superconducting and superionic materials in the (AgI)Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub y} system

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    Choy, J.H.; Park, N.G.; Kim, Y.I.; Hwang, S.H.; Lee, J.S.; Yoo, H.I.

    1995-05-18

    We have developed a new interstratified system consisting of a superconducting layer alternating with a superionic conducting one, which is the AgI intercalated Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub y} with well-defined 2-dimensional heterostructure. Before and after the intercalation of AgI, the superconducting properties remained unchanged with the T{sub c}`s of 76 K for the pristine and 63 K for the intercalate. From the extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopic analysis, it is found that the intercalated AgI is formed as the {beta}-like intracrystalline structure in the 2-dimensional interlayer space of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub y}. According to the ac impedance and dc relaxation measurements, the ionic transference number (t{sub i} = {sigma}{sub i}/{sigma}{sub r}) has been estimated to be 0.27 (at 167{degree}C), indicating that the substantial ionic conductivity ({sigma}{sub 1}) contributes to the total electrical one ({sigma}{sub T}). In comparison of the ionic conductivity for (AgI)Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub y} ({sigma}{sub i} = 10{sup -3}-10{sup -23} {Omega}{sup -1} cm{sup -1}) with those for the well-known superionic conductors of cation-substituted {beta}-aluminas, the ionic transport in (AgI)Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}-CaCu{sub 2}O{sub y} turned out to be significant, even comparable with the superionic conductors. 15 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Thermodynamic properties of Sr-doped LaMnO{sub 3} perovskite in the La-Sr-Mn-O system

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    Zheng, F.; Pederson, L.R.

    1999-08-01

    Thermodynamic properties of Sr-doped perovskite-type lanthanum manganites (LSM) were generated by measuring the electromotive force (EMF) of test materials, using the solid galvanic cell technique. The cell consisted of an anode (SrO/SrF{sub 2}), an electrolyte (CaF{sub 2} or SrF{sub 2}) and a cathode (LSM/SrF{sub 2}). Two types of cells were tested in which type 1 used a CaF{sub 2} electrolyte and type 2 used a SrF{sub 2} electrolyte. The activity of SrO substituting into various LSM compositions was calculated using the measured EMF. The Sr content was varied from 0.16 to 0.6 mol, and the temperature of interest varied from 700 to 1000 C. It was found that the SrO activity decreased with increasing temperature (at fixed composition) and increased with increasing Sr content (at fixed temperature).

  15. Antioxidants prevented oxidative injury of SR induced by Fe2+/H2O2/ascorbate system but failed to prevent Ca2+-ATPase activity decrease.

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    Horkov, Lubica; Strosov, Miriam; Skuciov, Mria

    2005-01-01

    Dysfunction of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+-ATPase induced by oxidative stress may be a contributing factor to the development of serious age related diseases. Incubation of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) vesicles of rabbit skeletal muscles with Fe2+/H2O2/ascorbate decreased the SH group content of SR approximately to 35% and Ca2+-ATPase activity to 50% of control not oxidized sample. Protein carbonyls increased twofold, lipid peroxidation was also significantly elevated. The antioxidant effects of trolox, the pyridoindole derivative stobadine and of the standardized extracts from bark of Pinus Pinaster PycnogenolR (Pyc) and from leaves of Ginkgo biloba (EGb 761) were studied on oxidatively injured SR. All antioxidants exerted preventive effects against the oxidized lipids and protein SH groups of SR vesicles. Trolox and stobadine did not influence protein carbonyl formation, while flavonoid extracts prevented carbonyl generation, probably by binding to protein. The preventive effects of the antioxidants studied on lipids and protein SH groups were however not associated with protection of Ca2+-ATPase activity. Stobadine and trolox exerted no effect on enzyme activity, Pyc and EGb 761 enhanced the inhibitory effect of Ca2+-ATPase activity in oxidatively injured SR. Concluding, under the conditions of oxidative stress induced by Fe2+/H2O2/ascorbate against SR of rabbit skeletal muscle, the agents studied demonstrated antioxidant effects yet failed to protect Ca2+-ATPase activity. PMID:16403969

  16. A high-resolution Sr/Ca and ? 18O coral record from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, and the 1982-1983 El Nio

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    McCulloch, Malcolm T.; Gagan, Michael K.; Mortimer, Graham E.; Chivas, Allan R.; Isdale, Peter J.

    1994-06-01

    A high-resolution (near weekly) Sr/Ca and oxygen isotopic record is presented for a coral from the Pandora Reef in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) of Australia during the period 1978 to 1984. The records are well correlated except for periods of high rainfall when river runoff has significantly modified the ?18O value of seawater. Using the Sr/Ca temperature calibration of DE VILLIERS et al. (1994), the Sr/Ca records exhibit seasonally controlled cyclical SST (sea surface temperature) variations of from ~21 to ~28?C. During the very strong El Nio of 1982-1983, the Sr/Ca systematics indicate a sharp drop in the winter SST to ~ 18.5?C. This represents a temperature anomaly of -3?C which is approximately twice that given by the ?18O variations, suggesting an ~2 amplification of the anomaly by the Sr/Ca system, possibly due to the increasing dominance of inorganically controlled aragoniteseawater fractionation. The oxygen isotopic systematics show the combined effects of both temperature and changing seawater ?18O values, the latter reflecting the influx of 18O-depleted runoff during periods of high rainfall. Due to the extremely low (~10 -3) Sr and Ca contents of river run off relative to seawater, it is possible to use the Sr/Ca thermometer to calculate temperatures independent of major floods and hence deconvolve the combined effects in the oxygen isotopic record of variable temperature and the ?18O value of seawater. Using this approach it is possible to quantitatively reproduce the volume of runoff from the Burdekin River during the periods of major flooding that occurred in early 1979 and 1981. The results of this study demonstrate that the combined use of high-resolution Sr/Ca and ?18O systematics in scleractinian corals is a powerful tool for providing quantitative constraints on past climate.

  17. Anisotropic properties of a single superconducting CaCuO2/SrTiO3 interface

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    Salvato, M.; Tieri, G.; Balestrino, G.; Di Castro, D.

    2015-09-01

    The transport properties of CaCuO2/SrTiO3 single interfaces are studied by resistance versus temperature measurements in external magnetic fields. The superconducting anisotropy ? ={? }a-b/{? }c, where {? }a-b and {? }c are the superconducting coherence lengths parallel and perpendicular to the interface, respectively, shows values higher than that previously obtained for CaCuO2/SrTiO3 superlattices deposited in the same conditions. The larger anisotropy, observed for the single interfaces, indicates that the charge carriers are confined inside a thin superconducting layer next to the interface rather than spread throughout the whole CaCuO2 block. The activation energy and the irreversibility line confirm this hypothesis, suggesting that quasi two-dimensional transport is dominant in this system. The interpretation of the experimental data in the framework of the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless theory confirms that the thickness of the superconducting sheet layer is about 1 nm, corresponding roughly to two CaCuO2 unit cells.

  18. Seasonal d18O and Sr/Ca Records from Submerged Pleistocene Fossil Corals in the Western Equatorial Pacific

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    Gruhn, L. M.; Gallup, C. D.; Ravelo, A. C.; Riker-Coleman, K.; Taylor, F. W.; Webster, J. M.; Silver, E. A.; Potts, D. C.

    2005-12-01

    We have monthly d18O and Sr/Ca records from three submerged fossil Porites corals from the Huon Gulf, Papua New Guinea and from two modern Porites corals from New Britain and Sanaroa Island, which have been used for calibration. The fossil corals grew on the lower plate of an active convergent margin in the Huon Gulf and formed a series of 100-200 m high platforms between depths of 100 and 2500 m. In a tectonic model (1), the reefs build platforms during glacial/interglacial cycles and drown during periods of rapid sea level rise after glacial events. The platform ages were estimated by combining U-Th coral ages (2,3) with the model (1). Corals were collected by the ROV {IT JASON} from the tops of the platforms, which grew just prior to rapid sea level rise in the model. Three fossil corals, each spanning 3-6 years, from water depths of 1277 m, 1631 m, and 1977 m (model platform age 260-248 ka, 326-302 ka, and U-Th platform age 348 10 ka respectively) were slabbed along the growth axis, sampled at 11-30 samples per year, and analyzed for d18O and Sr/Ca. The modern samples S1 and NB19 have mean d18O values of -4.9 and -5.2 respectively; fossil corals 135, 166, and 244 have mean d18O of -3.5, -2.8, and -2.1 respectively. The mean d18O of the fossil corals is 1.5 to 3 heavier than that of the modern samples. This offset suggests fossil samples grew when ice volume was greater than present, supporting Wallace's model of platform drowning. As d18O changes associated with ice volume are expected to be on the order of 1.0 or less, the differences in the mean values of fossil and modern corals indicate changes in sea surface temperature (SST) and/or sea surface salinity (SSS) associated with the glacial cycles. The two samples with the heaviest d18O also have Sr/Ca means offset to higher values, corresponding to a change in SST of 7-10C. Past changes in seawater Sr/Ca (4) or addition of secondary aragonite (5) could increase this offset and the amount of cooling it implies. We have compared the amplitude of the seasonal signal during times of low/intermediate sea levels to modern samples. Based on the mean d18O and Sr/Ca, Sample 244 represents the coldest period of time that we analyzed and has the lowest seasonal d18O and Sr/Ca amplitude. Sample 166, representing the second coldest period, has the highest seasonal d18O and Sr/Ca amplitude, even higher than the modern samples. Thus, there does not appear to be a linear relationship between annual mean d18O and seasonality in either of the proxies that we measured. Assuming that the mean d18O is a first-order measure of the extent of glaciation (cooling and ice volume), we do not see evidence that seasonal variability in the Huon Gulf is predominantly influenced by glacial/interglacial forcing. 1: Wallace, Ph.D. thesis, UC Santa Cruz (2002); 2: Galewsky et al., Geology 24, 819 (1996); 3: Webster et al., Marine Geology 204 (2004); 4: Stoll and Schrag, GCA 62, 1107 (1998); 5: Enmar et al., GCA 64, 3123 (2000).

  19. Probing the electronic properties of ternary AnM3n-1B2n (n = 1: A = Ca, Sr; M = Rh, Ir and n = 3: A = Ca, Sr; M = Rh) phases: observation of superconductivity

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    Takeya, Hiroyuki; ElMassalami, Mohammed; Terrazos, Luis A.; Rapp, Raul E.; Capaz, Rodrigo B.; Fujii, Hiroki; Takano, Yoshihiko; Doerr, Mathias; Granovsky, Sergey A.

    2013-06-01

    We follow the evolution of the electronic properties of the titled homologous series when n as well as the atomic type of A and M are varied where for n = 1, A = Ca, Sr and M = Rh, Ir while for n = 3, A = Ca, Sr and M = Rh. The crystal structure of n = 1 members is known to be CaRh2B2-type (Fddd), while that of n = 3 is Ca3Rh8B6-type (Fmmm); the latter can be visualized as a stacking of structural fragments from AM3B2 (P6/mmm) and AM2B2. The metallic properties of the n = 1 and 3 members are distinctly different: on the one hand, the n = 1 members are characterized by a linear coefficient of the electronic specific heat γ ≈ 3 mJ mol-1 K-2, a Debye temperature θD ≈ 300 K, a normal conductivity down to 2 K and a relatively strong linear magnetoresistivity for fields up to 150 kOe. The n = 3 family, on the other hand, exhibits γ ≈ 18 mJ mol-1 K-2, θD ≈ 330 K, a weak linear magnetoresistivity and an onset of superconductivity (for Ca3Rh8B6, Tc = 4.0 K and Hc2 = 14.5 kOe, while for Sr3Rh8 B6, Tc = 3.4 K and Hc2 ≈ 4.0 kOe). These remarkable differences are consistent with the findings of the electronic band structures and density of state (DOS) calculations. In particular, satisfactory agreement between the measured and calculated γ was obtained. Furthermore, the Fermi level, EF, of Ca3Rh8B6 lies at almost the top of a pronounced local DOS peak, while that of CaRh2B2 lies at a local valley: this is the main reason behind the differences between the, e.g., superconducting properties. Finally, although all atoms contribute to the DOS at EF, the contribution of the Rh atoms is the strongest.

  20. The Effect of the CO32- to Ca2+ Ion activity ratio on calcite precipitation kinetics and Sr2+ partitioning

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    Tsigabu Gebrehiwet; Mikala S. Beig; George Redden; Yoshiko Fujita; Robert W. Smith

    2012-01-01

    Engineering the precipitation of calcium carbonate, which can co-precipitate trace metal contaminants, is a proposed strategy for remediating toxic or radioactive metals in subsurface environments. Engineering precipitation of multi-component minerals will involve injection of chemical amendments that must be mixed at a molecular level to supersaturated conditions that are sufficient to promote rapid mineral precipitation relative to natural systems. In subsurface systems this often means reactant mixing zones will be formed that are characterized by gradients in solute concentrations, saturation state, and solute activity ratios. To better understand the effect of ion activity ratios on CaCO{sub 3} precipitation kinetics and Sr{sup 2+} co-precipitation we experiments were conducted under constant composition conditions where the supersaturation state ({Omega}) with respect to calcite was held constant at 9.4, but the ion activity ratio (r = a{sub co{sub 3}{sup 2-}}/a{sub Ca{sup 2+}}) ranged from 0.003 to 4.15. Results: Under the chosen experimental conditions the CaCO{sub 3} phase formed was calcite and initial precipitation rates varied from a maximum rate of 84.7 {mu}mol/ m{sup 2}/min for a carbonate to calcium activity ratio of (0.21). However, precipitation rates were found to vary with time which could be indicative of variations in precipitation mechanisms that are related to the ion activity ratio. The observed trends in the distribution coefficients for co-precipitated Sr2+ (D{sup P}{sub Sr}{sup 2+}) relative to the calcite precipitation rate (i.e. a positive correlation) indicate that increasing calcite precipitation rates increase the incorporation of Sr{sup 2+}. Conclusion: The observed variation between the rate maxima and minima based on the ion activity ratio could have great deal of implication for sequestering radionuclides (e.g. {sup 90}Sr) and other toxic metals in engineered systems at contaminated sites. Extending our data plot range allowed us to have clues about the differences in mechanism calcite precipitation, which would have significance in our understanding of mineral precipitation modes in subsurface remediation strategies. The positive correlation between D{sup P}{sub Sr}{sup 2+} and calcite precipitation rate could be indicative of the impact calcite precipitation would have on sequestering toxic metals in subsurface environment.

  1. M2PO3N (M = Ca, Sr): ortho-Oxonitridophosphates with β-K2SO4 Structure Type.

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    Marchuk, Alexey; Schultz, Peter; Hoch, Constantin; Oeckler, Oliver; Schnick, Wolfgang

    2016-01-19

    Two novel oxonitridophosphates M2PO3N with M = Ca and Sr were synthesized under high-pressure high-temperature (7 GPa and 1100 °C) using the multianvil technique or by solid-state reaction in the silica ampules (1100 °C) from amorphous phosphorus oxonitride (PON) and the respective alkaline earth oxides MO (M = Ca, Sr). The products represent the first examples of alkaline earth ortho-oxonitridophosphates containing noncondensed [PO3N](4-) ions. The crystal structures were elucidated by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Sr2PO3N [space group Pnma (No. 62), Z = 4, a = 7.1519(5) Å, b = 5.5778(3) Å, c = 9.8132(7) Å, R1 = 0.020, wR2 = 0.047] crystallizes in the β-K2SO4 structure type. The structure of Ca2PO3N was solved and refined in the (3 + 1)D superspace group Pnma(α00)0ss [Z = 4, a = 6.7942(7) Å, b = 5.4392(6) Å, c = 9.4158(11) Å, R1 = 0.041, wR2 = 0.067]. It exhibits an incommensurate modulation along [100] with a modulation vector q = [0.287(5), 0, 0]. Rietveld refinements support the structural models as well as the phase purity of the products. Upon doping with Eu(2+), Ca2PO3N exhibits luminescence in the green range (λem = 525 nm) of the visible spectrum if excited by near-UV light (λexc = 400 nm). PMID:26702816

  2. Spin-on Bi4Sr3Ca3Cu4O(16+x) superconducting thin films from citrate precursors

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    Furcone, S. L.; Chiang, Y.-M.

    1988-06-01

    Thin films in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system have been synthesized from homogeneous liquid citrate precursors by a spin-coating and pyrolysis method. Films prepared on SrTiO3 substrates of 100-line orientation show strongly textured orientations with the c axis of the predominant Bi4Sr3Ca3Cu(4)O(16+x) phase normal to the film plane. In a single coating and firing, crack-free films of 0.2-0.5 thickness are obtained. For films fired to peak temperatures of 850-875 C, linearly decreasing resistance with temperature is observed. Clear onsets of superconductivity are observed at 90-100 K, with occasional films showing smaller resistant drops at 110-120 K. For all films, T(c) (R = 0) occurs in the range 70-75 K. High critical current densities at 4.2 K of 500,000-800,000 A/sq cm are measured by direct transport.

  3. La-site substitution effect by Ce ion on carrier concentration and structural phase transition in La 2- xSr xCuO 4

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    Naito, Tomoyuki; Ohata, Satoko; Konno, Tomotaka; Takahashi, Ryo; Fujishiro, Hiroyuki

    We have studied an effect of the partial substitution of Ce 4+ ion for La-site on the superconductivity and the structural phase transition between the high-temperature tetragonal (HTT) and the low-temperature orthorhombic (LTO) phases in La 2- xSr xCuO 4. For La 2- xSr xCuO 4 without substitution by Ce ion, x dependence of the critical temperature Tc showed a dip at x = 0.115 and a maximum at x = 0.15. The dip structure shifts to x = 0.125 and the Tc maximum shifts to x = 0.16 for La 1.99- xSr xCe 0.01CuO 4. On the other hand, x dependence of the structural phase transition temperature Td1 was hardly affected by the Ce substitution. These results indicate that the Ce substitution for the La-site gives a possibility to realize the flatter CuO 2 planes without the change of the carrier concentration.

  4. The deposition of strontium-substituted hydroxyapatite coatings.

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    Boyd, Adrian R; Rutledge, L; Randolph, L D; Mutreja, I; Meenan, B J

    2015-02-01

    Strontium substituted hydroxyapatite (SrHA) coatings have received a lot of interest recently as strontium (Sr) has been shown to have the dual benefit of promoting bone formation and reducing bone resorption, in vivo. In this work, SrHA coatings were deposited onto polycrystalline titanium surfaces using radio frequency (RF) magnetron co-sputtering and compared to those deposited from HA alone. In particular, the influence of different levels of Sr-substitution of the sputtering targets (5 and 13% Sr-substituted HA targets) on the properties of the deposited coatings produced at a low discharge power level (150 W) were investigated using FTIR, XPS, XRD, ToFSIMS and AFM techniques (both before and after annealing at 500 °C). The results show that Sr could be successfully incorporated into the HA lattice to form SrHA coatings and that they contained no other impurities. However, the coating produced from the 13% Sr-substituted target had a higher Ca+Sr/P ratio (1.95±0.14) and Sr content when compared to the coating produced from the 5% Sr-substituted target (1.58±0.20). The deposition rate also decreased with increasing Sr content of the sputtering targets. Furthermore, as the Sr content of the coatings increased, so did the preferred 002 orientation of the coating along with increased surface roughness and heterogeneity of the surface features. Therefore, this study has shown that RF magnetron sputtering offers a means to control attendant properties of Sr-substituted HA, such as the crystallinity, stoichiometry, phase purity and surface topography. PMID:25631262

  5. Performance of thin CaSO4:Dy pellets for calibration of a Sr90+Y90 source

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    Oliveira, M. L.; Caldas, L. V. E.

    2007-09-01

    Because of the radionuclide long half-life, Sr90+Y90, plane or concave sources, utilized in brachytherapy, have to be calibrated initially by the manufacturer and then routinely while they are utilized. Plane applicators can be calibrated against a conventional extrapolation chamber, but concave sources, because of their geometry, should be calibrated using relative dosimeters, as thermoluminescent (TL) materials. Thin CaSO4:Dy pellets are produced at IPEN specially for beta radiation detection. Previous works showed the feasibility of this material in the dosimetry of Sr90+Y90 sources in a wide range of absorbed dose in air. The aim of this work was to study the usefulness of these pellets for the calibration of a Sr90+Y90 concave applicator. To reach this objective, a special phantom was designed and manufactured in PTFE with semi spherical geometry. Because of the dependence of the TL response on the mass of the pellet, the response of each pellet was normalized by its mass in order to reduce the dispersion on TL response. Important characteristics of this material were obtained in reference of a standard Sr90+Y90 source, and the pellets were calibrated against a plane applicator; then they were utilized to calibrate the concave applicator.

  6. High-Tc superconductivity at the interface between the CaCuO2 and SrTiO3 insulating oxides

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    Di Castro, D.; Cantoni, C.; Ridolfi, F.; Aruta, C.; Tebano, A.; Yang, N.; Balestrino, G.

    2015-09-28

    At interfaces between complex oxides it is possible to generate electronic systems with unusual electronic properties, which are not present in the isolated oxides. One important example is the appearance of superconductivity at the interface between insulating oxides, although, until now, with very low Tc. We report the occurrence of high Tc superconductivity in the bilayer CaCuO2/SrTiO3, where both the constituent oxides are insulating. In order to obtain a superconducting state, the CaCuO2/SrTiO3 interface must be realized between the Ca plane of CaCuO2 and the TiO2 plane of SrTiO3. Only in this case can oxygen ions be incorporated in themore » interface Ca plane, acting as apical oxygen for Cu and providing holes to the CuO2 planes. In addition, a detailed hole doping spatial profile can be obtained by scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy at the O K edge, clearly showing that the (super)conductivity is confined to about 1–2 CaCuO2 unit cells close to the interface with SrTiO3. The results obtained for the CaCuO2/SrTiO3 interface can be extended to multilayered high Tc cuprates, contributing to explaining the dependence of Tc on the number of CuO2 planes in these systems.« less

  7. High-Tc Superconductivity at the Interface between the CaCuO2 and SrTiO3 Insulating Oxides

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    Di Castro, D.; Cantoni, C.; Ridolfi, F.; Aruta, C.; Tebano, A.; Yang, N.; Balestrino, G.

    2015-10-01

    At interfaces between complex oxides it is possible to generate electronic systems with unusual electronic properties, which are not present in the isolated oxides. One important example is the appearance of superconductivity at the interface between insulating oxides, although, until now, with very low Tc . We report the occurrence of high Tc superconductivity in the bilayer CaCuO2/SrTiO3 , where both the constituent oxides are insulating. In order to obtain a superconducting state, the CaCuO2/SrTiO3 interface must be realized between the Ca plane of CaCuO2 and the TiO2 plane of SrTiO3 . Only in this case can oxygen ions be incorporated in the interface Ca plane, acting as apical oxygen for Cu and providing holes to the CuO2 planes. A detailed hole doping spatial profile can be obtained by scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy at the O K edge, clearly showing that the (super)conductivity is confined to about 1-2 CaCuO2 unit cells close to the interface with SrTiO3 . The results obtained for the CaCuO2/SrTiO3 interface can be extended to multilayered high Tc cuprates, contributing to explaining the dependence of Tc on the number of CuO2 planes in these systems.

  8. Investigations of the effect of nonmagnetic Ca substitution for magnetic Dy on spin-freezing in Dy2Ti2O7

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    Anand, V. K.; Tennant, D. A.; Lake, B.

    2015-11-01

    Physical properties of partially Ca substituted hole-doped Dy2Ti2O7 have been investigated by ac magnetic susceptibility {?\\text{ac}}(T) , dc magnetic susceptibility ? (T) , isothermal magnetization M(H) and heat capacity {{C}\\text{p}}(T) measurements on Dy1.8Ca0.2Ti2O7. The spin-ice system Dy2Ti2O7 exhibits a spin-glass type freezing behavior near 16 K. Our frequency dependent {?\\text{ac}}(T) data of Dy1.8Ca0.2Ti2O7 show that the spin-freezing behavior is significantly influenced by Ca substitution. The effect of partial nonmagnetic Ca2+?substitution for magnetic Dy3+ is similar to the previous study on nonmagnetic isovalent Y3+ substituted Dy2-x Y x Ti2O7 (for low levels of dilution), however the suppression of spin-freezing behavior is substantially stronger for Ca than Y. The Cole-Cole plot analysis reveals semicircular character and a single relaxation mode in Dy1.8Ca0.2Ti2O7 as for Dy2Ti2O7. No noticeable change in the insulating behavior of Dy2Ti2O7 results from the holes produced by 10% Ca2+ substitution for Dy3+ ions.

  9. High-pressure synthesis of the cubic perovskite BaRuO3 and evolution of ferromagnetism in ARuO3 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) ruthenates

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    Jin, C.-Q.; Zhou, J.-S.; Goodenough, J. B.; Liu, Q. Q.; Zhao, J. G.; Yang, L. X.; Yu, Y.; Yu, R. C.; Katsura, T.; Shatskiy, A.; Ito, E.

    2008-01-01

    The cubic perovskite BaRuO3 has been synthesized under 18 GPa at 1,000C. Rietveld refinement indicates that the new compound has a stretched RuO bond. The cubic perovskite BaRuO3 remains metallic to 4 K and exhibits a ferromagnetic transition at Tc = 60 K, which is significantly lower than the Tc ? 160 K for SrRuO3. The availability of cubic perovskite BaRuO3 not only makes it possible to map out the evolution of magnetism in the whole series of ARuO3 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) as a function of the ionic size of the A-site rA, but also completes the polytypes of BaRuO3. Extension of the plot of Tc versus rA in perovskites ARuO3 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) shows that Tc does not increase as the cubic structure is approached, but has a maximum for orthorhombic SrRuO3. Suppressing Tc by Ca and Ba doping in SrRuO3 is distinguished by sharply different magnetic susceptibilities ?(T) of the paramagnetic phase. This distinction has been interpreted in the context of a Griffiths' phase on the (Ca Sr)RuO3 side and bandwidth broadening on the (Sr,Ba)RuO3 side. PMID:18480262

  10. Characterization of hot isostatically pressed Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O as a function of consolidation variables

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    Goretta, K.C.; Miller, D.J.; Poeppel, R.B. ); Nash, A.S. )

    1991-11-01

    Fully dense, bulk Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 1.7}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x} (2212) superconductor pellets were made by hot isostatic pressing in an inert atmosphere. Electron microscopy revealed that rotation and bending of the platelike 2212 grains were responsible for much of the densification. Under processing conditions of 825{degrees}C and 105 MPa, dense pellets were obtained in 15 min. Many dislocations, planar faults, and, perhaps, intergrowths of the Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CuO{sub x} phase were produced during pressing. The dislocations were largely present in subgrain boundaries when the pressing times were increased to 45--120 min.

  11. ?SR study on multi-layered HgBa 2Ca 4Cu 5O y (Hg-1245) superconductor

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    Tokiwa, K.; Ito, S.; Okumoto, H.; Higemoto, W.; Nishiyama, K.; Iyo, A.; Tanaka, Y.; Watanabe, T.

    2003-05-01

    We have carried out zero-field muon spin relaxation (ZF-?SR) measurements in multi-layered HgBa2Ca4Cu5Oy (Hg-1245) superconductor with Tc of 108 K. The variation of ZF-?SR time spectra from Gaussian-type to exponential-type behavior was observed with decreasing temperature below 60 K and the muon precessions were also observed below 45 K. These results indicate the appearance of a static magnetic order of Cu moments at muon sites below Tc. Compared with the results of NMR measurements, they suggest that this magnetic order is caused in three under-doped inner planes of five CuO2 planes in Hg-1245.

  12. Microstructure and magnetic properties of electrospun one-dimensional Al{sup 3+}-substituted SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} nanofibers

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    Liu, Mingquan; Shen, Xiangqian; Song, Fuzhan; Xiang, Jun; Meng, Xianfeng

    2011-04-15

    SrAl{sub x}Fe{sub 12-x}O{sub 19} (x=0-3.0) nanofibers with diameters about 100 nm have been prepared by electrospinning and subsequent heat treatment. With Al{sup 3+} ion content ranging from 0 to 3.0, the lattice parameters decrease due to Fe{sup 3+} ions substituted by smaller Al{sup 3+} ions and the average grain size calculated by the Scherrer's equation reduces from 65 to 37 nm. The magnetization shows a continuous reduction with the Al content and its value measured at 77 K is higher than at room temperature, which can be explained by Bloch's law. For the coercivity, its value initially increases, reaching a maximum value of 617 (298 K) and 547 kA m{sup -1} (77 K) at x=2.0, and then reduces with the Al content further increase largely arising from the substituted Al{sup 3+} ion arrangement in different interstitial sites of the strontium ferrite unit cell. -- Graphical abstract: Al{sup 3+} ions substituted strontium ferrite nanofibers have been prepared by the electrospinning with a diameter of about 100 nm and the Al{sup 3+} ion substitution has a great effect on the microstructure and magnetic property of SrAl{sub x}Fe{sub 12-x}O{sub 19} nanofibers. Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} SrAl{sub x}Fe{sub 12-x}O{sub 19} nanofibers have been fabricated by the electrospinning. {yields} There is a relation between the Al{sup 3+} ions substitution and microstructure. {yields} The magnetic property can be tuned effectively by Al{sup 3+} ion substitution. {yields} The magnetic property is influenced by measurement temperature.

  13. Phase decomposition and oxygen diffusion of Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O y single crystals annealed in various atmospheres

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    Sun, Xuefeng; Wu, Wenbin; Zhao, Xiaoru; Zheng, Lei; Zhou, Guien; Li, Xiao-Guang; Zhang, Yuheng

    1997-02-01

    High quality Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O y (Bi-2212) single crystals annealed at 750C for 1 h in air, vacuum, flowing oxygen and nitrogen atmospheres, have been studied by X-ray diffraction and AC susceptibility measurements. X-ray diffraction experiments showed that phases of Bi xSr yCa z oxide and Bi 2Sr 2CuO x (Bi-2201) decompose from the annealed crystals and are found to be atmosphere dependent. The variations of the superconducting transition temperature Tc of crystals after annealing were also related to the atmosphere and could be explained by oxygen configuration. The relations among structural changes, oxygen diffusion and superconductivity of Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O y y single crystal are discussed.

  14. Manganite based hetero-junction structure of La0.7Sr(0.7-x)CaxMnO3 and CaMnO(3-?) for cross-point arrays.

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    Lee, Hong-Sub; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2015-07-10

    Resistive random access memory and the corresponding cross-point array (CPA) structure have received a great deal of attention for high-density next generation non-volatile memory. However, the cross-talk issue of CPA structure by sneak current should be overcome to realize the highest density integration. To accomplish this, the sneak current can be minimized by high, nonlinear characteristic behaviors of resistive switching (RS). Therefore this study fabricated pnp bipolar hetero-junction structure using the perovskite manganite family, such as La0.7Sr(0.3-x)CaxMnO3 (LSCMO) and CaMnO(3-?) (CMO), to obtain nonlinear RS behavior. The pnp structure not only shows nonlinear characteristics, but also a tunable characteristic with Ca substitution. PMID:26086277

  15. Manganite based hetero-junction structure of La0.7Sr0.7-xCaxMnO3 and CaMnO3-? for cross-point arrays

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    Lee, Hong-Sub; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2015-07-01

    Resistive random access memory and the corresponding cross-point array (CPA) structure have received a great deal of attention for high-density next generation non-volatile memory. However, the cross-talk issue of CPA structure by sneak current should be overcome to realize the highest density integration. To accomplish this, the sneak current can be minimized by high, nonlinear characteristic behaviors of resistive switching (RS). Therefore this study fabricated pnp bipolar hetero-junction structure using the perovskite manganite family, such as La0.7Sr0.3-xCaxMnO3 (LSCMO) and CaMnO3-? (CMO), to obtain nonlinear RS behavior. The pnp structure not only shows nonlinear characteristics, but also a tunable characteristic with Ca substitution.

  16. Characterization of Sr-substituted W-type hexagonal ferrites synthesized by sol-gel autocombustion method

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    Ahmad, Mukhtar; Grössinger, R.; Kriegisch, M.; Kubel, F.; Rana, M. U.

    2013-04-01

    The magnetic and microwave characterization of single phase hexaferrites of entirely new composition Ba1-xSrxCo2AlFe15O27 (x=0.2-1.0) for application in a microwave absorber, have been reported. The samples synthesized by sol-gel method were investigated by differential thermal analyzer, Fourier transform infrared spectroscope, X-ray diffractometer, field emission gun scanning electron microscope, vibrating sample magnetometer and vector network analyzer. Platelet grains exhibit well defined hexagonal shape which is a better shape for microwave absorption. M-H loops for a selected sample were measured for a temperature range of 4.2-400 K. Moreover M-H loops for all Sr-substituted samples were also measured at room temperature up to a maximum applied field of 9 T. Saturation magnetization values were calculated by the law of approach to saturation. The room temperature coercivity for all the samples is found to be a few hundred oersteds which is necessary for electromagnetic materials and makes these ferrites ideal for microwave devices, security, switching and sensing applications. The complex permittivity, permeability and reflection losses of a selected ferrite-epoxy composite were also investigated over a frequency range of 0.5-13 GHz.

  17. Magnetic and magnetoelectric properties of M-type substitution hexaferrites TSc x Fe12 - x O19 ( T = Ba, Sr)

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    Balbashov, A. M.; Ivanov, V. Yu.; Mukhin, A. A.; Iskhakova, L. D.; Popov, Yu. F.; Vorob'ev, G. P.; Voronchikhina, M. E.

    2015-04-01

    Single crystals of M-type substitution hexaferrites BaSc x Fe12 - x O19 and SrSc x Fe12 - x O19 ( x = 1.3-1.7) have been grown. Their anisotropic magnetic and magnetoelectric properties have been studied at temperatures of 2-360 K in magnetic fields up to 200 kOe. In all compounds under study, a spontaneous transition from the collinear ferrimagnetic uniaxial phase to a conical structure has been detected with a decrease in the temperature at a temperature increasing with the concentration of Sc up to room temperature. In magnetic fields both parallel and perpendicular to the c axis, the conical phase is suppressed and the transition to the collinear ferrimagnetic structure occurs. Phase diagrams have been plotted in H- T coordinates. In conical magnetic structures, a magnetic-field-induced electric polarization (higher than 40 ?C/m2 at 4 K) has been detected in the geometry corresponding to the inverse Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction mechanism (spin current). A higher stability of the polar state with respect to magnetic fields (higher than 50 kOe) and temperatures (up to 100 K) has been revealed as compared to previous studies of the Ba system. Various possibilities of controlling the chirality of the conical structure determining the sign of the polarization, which is important for applications, have been demonstrated.

  18. Thermal expansion behaviour in the oxygen deficient perovskites Sr{sub 2}BSbO{sub 5.5} (B=Ca, Sr, Ba). Competing effects of water and oxygen ordering

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    Zhou Qingdi; Kennedy, Brendan J.; Avdeev, Maxim

    2011-09-15

    Neutron diffractions studies reveal the presence of oxygen disorder in the oxygen deficient perovskites Sr{sub 2}BSbO{sub 5.5} (B=Ca, Sr, Ba). Synchrotron X-ray studies demonstrate that these oxides have a double perovskite-type structure with the cell size increasing as the size of the B cation increases from 8.2114(2) A for B=Ca to 8.4408(1) A for B=Ba. It is postulated that a combination of local clustering of the anions and vacancies together with water-water and water-host hydrogen bonds plays a role in defining the volume of the encapsulated water clusters and that changes in the local structure upon heating result in anomalous thermal expansion observed in variable temperature diffraction measurements. - Graphical abstract: The oxides Sr{sub 2}BSbO{sub 5.5} (B=Ca, Sr, Ba) have unusual anion disorder. There is a lag in the contraction in the cell size of Sr{sub 2}CaSbO{sub 5.5}nH{sub 2}O established from X-ray diffraction measurements following the loss of water suggesting changes on the local structure are important. Highlights: > The average structures of the defect perovskites Sr{sub 2}MSbO{sub 5.5} established. > Anion and cation disorder quantified by neutron and synchrotron X-ray diffraction. > Anomalous thermal expansion due to local clustering of anions and vacancies observed.

  19. Effects of antimony substitution on bismuth based superconductors

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    Barrientos, Alfonso

    1990-01-01

    The effect of Sb substitution and simultaneous substitution of Pb and Sb on the superconducting transition temperatures in the BiSrCaCuO system is investigated. The 2:2:2:3 phase is of particular interest since any small increase in the transition temperature could be of great interest. More that 90 different samples were prepared based on 2:2:2:3 stoichiometry in the BiSrCaCuO system. After this preliminary attempt, four different families of samples were investigated. In the first family of samples, Bi was substituted by Sb to form Bi(1.9)Sb(0.1)Sr2Ca2Cu3O(y). The second group of samples were prepared by simultaneous addition of Pb and Sb with nominal composition Bi(1.8)Pb(0.1)Sb(0.1)Sr2Ca2Cu3O(y). The third and fourth groups were prepared to determine the effect created when the Pb concentration is increased with the nominal compositions being Bi(1.7)Pb(0.1)Sr2Ca2Cu3O(y) and Bi(1.6)Sb(0.1)Sr2Ca2Cu3O(y). The results of these investigations are presented with a discussion.

  20. Improved conductivity of NdFeO₃ through partial substitution of Nd by Ca: a theoretical study.

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    Wang, You; Wang, Yun; Ren, Wei; Liu, Porun; Zhao, Huijun; Chen, Jun; Deng, Jinxia; Xing, Xianran

    2015-11-21

    NdFeO3 is an important candidate material for gas sensors and intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFC). However, its low conductivity prohibits its applications. In this study, we report that the doping of Ca by partially replacing Nd can effectively increase its conductivity. Through the electronic structure analysis of Nd(1-x)Ca(x)FeO3 (x = 0.00, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 or 1.00) based on the first-principles density functional theory calculations, it is found that the hole states introduced by Ca substitution appear just above the Fermi level, which implies a high mobility of electrons/holes along the Fe-O-Fe bonding network. Specifically, it becomes easier to form O vacancies after Ca doping. Since the diffusion of O anions occurs through a vacancy hopping mechanism, the ion conductivity is also improved. These findings help us to gain an in-depth understanding of the colossally increased conductivity of Ca doped NdFeO3 and turn the electronic conduction for its practical application in gas sensors and IT-SOFC. PMID:26460605

  1. White-light emitting thin film electroluminescent devices with stacked SrS:Ce/CaS:Eu active layers

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    Ono, Yoshimasa A.; Fuyama, Moriaki; Onisawa, Ken-ichi; Tamura, Katsumi; Ando, Masahiko

    1989-12-01

    By stacking blue-green emitting SrS:Ce and red-emitting CaS:Eu active layers, white-light emitting electroluminescent (EL) devices were fabricated. Luminance improvement and EL characteristics of SrS:Ce and CaS:Eu EL devices were discussed. The electrooptical characteristics of white-light emitting EL devices with stacked SrS:Ce/CaS:Eu active layers were presented. Color changed from blue-green to white by changing the voltage or frequency. Finally, feasibility of multicolor EL devices by using the fabricated white-light emitting EL devices with color filters were discussed. UFpg5523,5527 UFid992922JAP UFttIn situ ac magnetic susceptibility of gadolinium thin films UFauF. H. SalasSUPa),b) and M. Mirabal-GarciaaSUPc) UFloInstitut fuur Atom- und Festkourperphysik, Freie Universitaut Berlin, D-1000 Berlin 33, ufquadFederal Republic of Germany UFsd(Received 27 April 1989; accepted for publication 3 August 1989) UFabWe report measurements of the ac magnetic susceptibility on Gd(0001)/W(110) thin films grown in ultrahigh vacuum. The measurements were made by using a pickup coil, in which the geometry and the number of turns were optimized. We applied an alternating magnetic field of about 2 Grms at frequencies of 180 and 340 Hz. The growth mode and the deposition rate of the Gd films were determined by performing conventional Auger electron spectroscopy during film growth. In films with thickness larger than 10 nm our technique is sensitive up to 1016 atoms/Grms , which allowed us to study the critical behavior of the magnetic susceptibility as the Curie temperature is approached from above, TT+C . A sharp maximum, which may be related to the Hopkinson effect, is observed at a temperature TH 289 K.

  2. A RRKM study and a DFT assessment on gas-phase fragmentation of formamide-M(2+) (M = Ca, Sr).

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    Martn-Smer, Ana; Gaigeot, Marie-Pierre; Yez, Manuel; Spezia, Riccardo

    2014-07-28

    A kinetic study of the unimolecular reactivity of formamide-M(2+) (M = Ca, Sr) systems was carried out by means of RRKM statistical theory using high-level DFT. The results predict M(2+), [M(NH2)](+) and [HCO](+) as the main products, together with an intermediate that could eventually evolve to produce [M(NH3)](2+) and CO, for high values of internal energy. In this framework, we also evaluated the influence of the external rotational energy on the reaction rate constants. In order to find a method to perform reliable electronic structure calculations for formamide-M(2+) (M = Ca, Sr) at a relatively low computational cost, an assessment of different methods was performed. In the first assessment twenty-one functionals, belonging to different DFT categories, and an MP2 wave function method using a small basis set were evaluated. CCSD(T)/cc-pWCVTZ single point calculations were used as reference. A second assessment has been performed on geometries and energies. We found BLYP/6-31G(d) and G96LYP/6-31+G(d,p) as the best performing methods, for formamide-Ca(2+) and formamide-Sr(2+), respectively. Furthermore, a detailed assessment was done on RRKM reactivity and G96LYP/6-31G(d) provided results in agreement with higher level calculations. The combination of geometrical, energetics and kinetics (RRKM) criteria to evaluate DFT functionals is rather unusual and provides an original assessment procedure. Overall, we suggest using G96LYP as the best performing functional with a small basis set for both systems. PMID:24921953

  3. Sr/Ca profile of long-lived Tridacna gigas bivalves from South China Sea: A new high-resolution SST proxy

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    Yan, Hong; Shao, Da; Wang, Yuhong; Sun, Liguang

    2013-07-01

    High-resolution δ18O and Sr/Ca ratio profiles of a modern (live-caught) and a fossil (dead-collected) giant bivalve shell (Tridacna gigas) from northern South China Sea were analyzed. The high-resolution δ18O profiles, as documented in most of previous studies, showed pronounced seasonal cycles and recorded the combined influence of seawater δ18O and sea surface temperature. The Sr/Ca ratio profiles derived from ICP-OES had well-defined annual cycles and significant and negative correlation with sea surface temperature, while the Sr/Ca profiles derived from LA-ICP-MS did not reveal clear annual cycles. This difference was likely caused by the organics contents in T. gigas shells, which had a chemical composition different than CaCO3 crystals and a heterogeneous distribution across the shell, the sampling methods, and the experimental errors. Two calibration equations between Sr/Ca ratios, determined by ICP-OES, of modern T. gigas shell and instrumental SST were calculated based on all monthly and extremum SST data, and the equation from extremum data produced better SST predictions. These results suggested that the high-resolution ICP-OES derived Sr/Ca ratios of T. gigas in the South China Sea had the potential of providing a good proxy of historical SST.

  4. The effect of light on intrashell trace metal variability (Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca) in the planktic foraminifer Orbulina universa

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    Fehrenbacher, J. S.; Spero, H. J.; Russell, A. D.; Gagnon, A. C.; Vetter, L.; Snyder, J.; Naumann, E.; Grimm, B. L.; Holland, K.

    2012-12-01

    The shell walls of many planktic foraminifers contain alternating bands of high and low Mg/Ca calcite. These bands have been attributed to chamber formation, light-modulated (circadian-like) biological effects, and light (e.g. pH change in the calcifying environment driven by the photosynthesis/respiration of photosynthetic symbionts). Previous experiments on the living planktic foraminifer Orbulina universa confirm a diurnal nature in the banding of O. universa: a wide band of low-Mg calcite forms during the day (12-hour light) and a narrower band of high Mg calcite forms at night (12-hour dark) (Spero et al., in prep). During the summer of 2011, we explored the response of Mg banding to light by culturing foraminifera at constant temperature, salinity, and ambient seawater pH, but with different light schedules: reverse light cycles (day/night cycle shifted by 12 hours), constant (24-hour) light, and constant (24-hour) dark conditions. We used an artificial Ba spike to mark 12-hour intervals of growth, regardless of the imposed light regime. In specimens grown with a reversed day/night light/dark cycle, we observe an immediate shift in the timing of Mg/Ca banding. The timing of high and low Mg/Ca bands in these specimens is indistinguishable from specimens grown under a normal day/night light/dark cycle. Mg/Ca bands are present in some of the specimens cultured in constant light and in all specimens grown in constant dark conditions. Banding in the constant light and constant dark specimens is not paced by a diurnal cycle. The amplitude of the banding in these specimens is diminished and the average Mg/Ca ratios are 30% lower in comparison to those kept on a 12-hour light/dark cycle. Additionally, we find the Sr/Ca ratios are similar in both the constant light and reverse light/dark specimens, but are statistically significantly lower in the constant dark specimens (8% lower, p-value << 0.05). These results indicate that changes in microenvironment pH due to symbiont photosynthesis are not pacing Mg/Ca banding in Orbulina universa, although photosymbiont/pH activity could modify Mg/Ca band amplitude. The presence of Mg/Ca banding in some specimens of both the constant light and constant dark experiments are consistent with a light-modulated biological mechanism that is disrupted by the absence of a day/night cycle and is no longer paced by a 24-hour cycle.

  5. Quasiparticles in the superconducting state of Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta)

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    Kaminski; Mesot; Fretwell; Campuzano; Norman; Randeria; Ding; Sato; Takahashi; Mochiku; Kadowaki; Hoechst

    2000-02-21

    Recent improvements in momentum resolution lead to qualitatively new angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy results on the spectra of Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta) (Bi2212) along the (pi,pi) direction, where there is a node in the superconducting gap. We now see the intrinsic line shape, which indicates the presence of true quasiparticles at all Fermi momenta in the superconducting state, and lack thereof in the normal state. The region of momentum space probed here is relevant for charge transport, motivating a comparison of our results to conductivity measurements by infrared reflectivity. PMID:11017626

  6. Magnetic anisotropy of ferromagnetic La0.7(Sr, Ca)0.3MnO3 epitaxial films

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    Steenbeck, K.; Hiergeist, R.

    1999-09-01

    The biaxial and uniaxial magnetic anisotropy in epitaxial (100)-oriented La0.7(Sr, Ca)0.3MnO3 films on different substrates were measured by torque magnetometry in the range from T=20 K to room temperature. The biaxial anisotropy with easy axes <110> dominates and can be described by a cubic crystal anisotropy constant up to K1?-104J/m3. A tendency of increasing |K1| with increasing lattice constant c was explained by compressive stress. The uniaxial anisotropy was |KU|?103J/m3 and explained by anisotropic stress not correlated to the crystal axes.

  7. Magnetic behaviour of the MTbF{sub 6} fluoroterbates (M=Cd, Ca, Sr, ({alpha}/{beta})-Ba)

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    Josse, M.; El-Ghozzi, M.; Avignant, D.; Andre, G.; Bouree, F.; Isnard, O.

    2012-01-15

    Neutron powder diffraction has been performed on the MTbF{sub 6} fluorides (M=Cd, Ca, Sr, ({alpha}/{beta})-Ba). Four of these fluorides (Cd, Ca, Sr, {beta}-Ba) are built of a (pseudo-) tetragonal packing of [TbF{sub 6}]{sup 2-} chains and only differs by the chains relative orientations. Thus this series represents a valuable opportunity to evaluate the Tb{sup 4+}-Tb{sup 4+} magnetic interactions. All the compounds displayed antiferromagnetic order (T{sub N}=2.70 K (Cd), 2.15 K (Ca), 2.60 K (Sr), 2.10 K ({beta}-Ba)), except for the {alpha} form of BaTbF{sub 6}. The crystal structure of this latter fluoroterbate has also been investigated by means of high-resolution neutron powder diffraction. From Neutron Powder Diffraction data, CdTbF{sub 6} and {beta}-BaTbF{sub 6} magnetic structures were determined, together with the metamagnetic behaviour of {beta}-BaTbF{sub 6} as a function of an external magnetic field. A tentative phase diagram is then given for {beta}-BaTbF{sub 6}. Advantage was taken of the polymorphism of the BaTbF{sub 6} fluoroterbate to analyse, on the basis of topological parameters such as bond distances and angles, the magnetic behaviour of its {alpha} and {beta} forms. It was shown that superexchange interactions are present in {beta}-BaTbF{sub 6}, and that these interactions may also rule the magnetic behaviour of the other MTbF{sub 6} (M=Ca, Sr, Cd) tetravalent terbium fluorides. - Graphical abstract: Powder neutron diffraction revealed magnetic order in four of the five investigated fluoroterbates, while crystal chemical analyses of {alpha} and {beta} forms of BaTbF{sub 6} evidenced the existence of superexchange interactions. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Five fluoroterbates are investigated by Powder Neutron Diffraction (PND). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Four of them are antiferromagnetically ordered at 1.4 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetic structures of {beta}-BaTbF{sub 6} and CdTbF{sub 6} are determined. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer PND under magnetic field emphasises the metamagnetic behaviour of {beta}-BaTbF{sub 6}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Comparison of {alpha} and {beta}-BaTbF{sub 6} evidences superexchange interactions in fluoroterbates.

  8. Photoluminescence property of A9B(VO4)7 [A = Ca, Sr, Ba and B = La, Gd] phosphors.

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    Singh, Roshani; Dhoble, S J

    2013-01-01

    A new efficient phosphor, A9B(VO4)7 [A = Ca, Sr, Ba and B = La, Gd] has been synthesized by the solid-state method at high temperature. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of the compound. Photoluminescence excitation measurements show that the phosphor can be efficiently excited by near-ultraviolet light from 300 nm to 400 nm to realize emission covering the 397-647 nm region of visible spectrum. Therefore, newly synthesized novel phosphor may be useful as green-emitting phosphor in solid-state lighting. PMID:22961920

  9. Optimization of texturing process by hot pressing of Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (2223) ceramics

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    Noudem, J. G.; Beille, J.; Bourgault, D.; Sulpice, A.; Tournier, R.

    1994-09-01

    We have optimized a texturing process of Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (2223) superconducting ceramics by hot pressing. The Hoechst precursor powder has been first pressurized at 1 GPa and then heated under uniaxial stress up to 35 MPa, just below the melting temperature between 850C and 857C. We have obtained large textured samples having critical transport current densities Jc as large as 2500 A/cm 2. In this work, we have optimized the stress value as well as the temperature treatment on the basis of characterizations such as magnetization and electrical-transport measurements.

  10. Replicating and calibrating Haitian microatoll coral Sr/Ca variations to build confidence in sea surface temperature reconstructions

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    Ouellette, G., Jr.; DeLong, K. L.; Kilbourne, K. H.; Taylor, F. W.; Mann, P.; Jean, P.

    2014-12-01

    Paleoclimatologists reconstruct sea surface temperature (SST) from corals by sampling boulder-shaped massive corals along the vertical growth direction or the assumed maximum growth axis to avoid kinetic effects related to variations in growth rate. Microatolls are a morphological variation of long-lived massive coral colonies that grow laterally just beneath the ocean surface. Cross-sections from five Siderastrea siderea microatolls, 35 km west of Port-au-Prince Haiti (18.479070°N, 72.668659°W), were recovered following the 2010 earthquake. Two colonies (10BELOC4 and 10LEO1), ~5.5 km apart, were sampled along paths oriented at 25° and 91° from the vertical growth direction; respectively, to determine differences in path orientation and between colonies. We find mean linear extension rates are similar (4.2 ±1.2 mm/year-1, 1σ for 10LEO1; and 4.3 ±1.3 mm/year-1, 1σ for 10BELOC4) with no significant correlation between intercolony linear extension rates (r=0.52, p=0.18, n=8) or between linear extension rates and SST (r=-0.20, p=0.31, n=29 for 10LEO1). We find similar intercolony seasonal variability in coral Sr/Ca (1.35 ±0.04 mmol/mol, 1σ for 10LEO1; and 1.41 ±0.05 mmol/mol, 1σ for 10BELOC4) and no significant difference (p<0.001) in mean coral Sr/Ca (8.90 ±0.05 mmol/mol, 1σ for 10LEO1; and 8.83 ±0.06 mmol/mol, 1σ for 10BELOC4; n=100). Calibration of coral Sr/Ca to OISST for the 1º grid including our study site results in a slope similar to previous studies using boulder-shaped S. siderea colonies (Sr/Ca=7.91-0.04(SST), r2=0.96, n=57). These results suggest that reliable SST reconstructions that span many centuries can be derived from large S. siderea microatolls.

  11. Juxtaglomerular cell CaSR stimulation decreases renin release via activation of the PLC/IP(3) pathway and the ryanodine receptor.

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    Ortiz-Capisano, M Cecilia; Reddy, Mahendranath; Mendez, Mariela; Garvin, Jeffrey L; Beierwaltes, William H

    2013-02-01

    The calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) is a G-coupled protein expressed in renal juxtaglomerular (JG) cells. Its activation stimulates calcium-mediated decreases in cAMP content and inhibits renin release. The postreceptor pathway for the CaSR in JG cells is unknown. In parathyroids, CaSR acts through G(q) and/or G(i). Activation of G(q) stimulates phospholipase C (PLC), and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP(3)), releasing calcium from intracellular stores. G(i) stimulation inhibits cAMP formation. In afferent arterioles, the ryanodine receptor (RyR) enhances release of stored calcium. We hypothesized JG cell CaSR activation inhibits renin via the PLC/IP(3) and also RyR activation, increasing intracellular calcium, suppressing cAMP formation, and inhibiting renin release. Renin release from primary cultures of isolated mouse JG cells (n = 10) was measured. The CaSR agonist cinacalcet decreased renin release 56 ± 7% of control (P < 0.001), while the PLC inhibitor U73122 reversed cinacalcet inhibition of renin (104 ± 11% of control). The IP(3) inhibitor 2-APB also reversed inhibition of renin from 56 ± 6 to 104 ± 11% of control (P < 0.001). JG cells were positively labeled for RyR, and blocking RyR reversed CaSR-mediated inhibition of renin from 61 ± 8 to 118 ± 22% of control (P < 0.01). Combining inhibition of IP(3) and RyR was not additive. G(i) inhibition with pertussis toxin plus cinacalcet did not reverse renin inhibition (65 ± 12 to 41 ± 8% of control, P < 0.001). We conclude stimulating JG cell CaSR activates G(q), initiating the PLC/IP(3) pathway, activating RyR, increasing intracellular calcium, and resulting in calcium-mediated renin inhibition. PMID:23220722

  12. Juxtaglomerular cell CaSR stimulation decreases renin release via activation of the PLC/IP3 pathway and the ryanodine receptor

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    Ortiz-Capisano, M. Cecilia; Reddy, Mahendranath; Mendez, Mariela; Garvin, Jeffrey L.

    2013-01-01

    The calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) is a G-coupled protein expressed in renal juxtaglomerular (JG) cells. Its activation stimulates calcium-mediated decreases in cAMP content and inhibits renin release. The postreceptor pathway for the CaSR in JG cells is unknown. In parathyroids, CaSR acts through Gq and/or Gi. Activation of Gq stimulates phospholipase C (PLC), and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3), releasing calcium from intracellular stores. Gi stimulation inhibits cAMP formation. In afferent arterioles, the ryanodine receptor (RyR) enhances release of stored calcium. We hypothesized JG cell CaSR activation inhibits renin via the PLC/IP3 and also RyR activation, increasing intracellular calcium, suppressing cAMP formation, and inhibiting renin release. Renin release from primary cultures of isolated mouse JG cells (n = 10) was measured. The CaSR agonist cinacalcet decreased renin release 56 ± 7% of control (P < 0.001), while the PLC inhibitor U73122 reversed cinacalcet inhibition of renin (104 ± 11% of control). The IP3 inhibitor 2-APB also reversed inhibition of renin from 56 ± 6 to 104 ± 11% of control (P < 0.001). JG cells were positively labeled for RyR, and blocking RyR reversed CaSR-mediated inhibition of renin from 61 ± 8 to 118 ± 22% of control (P < 0.01). Combining inhibition of IP3 and RyR was not additive. Gi inhibition with pertussis toxin plus cinacalcet did not reverse renin inhibition (65 ± 12 to 41 ± 8% of control, P < 0.001). We conclude stimulating JG cell CaSR activates Gq, initiating the PLC/IP3 pathway, activating RyR, increasing intracellular calcium, and resulting in calcium-mediated renin inhibition. PMID:23220722

  13. Spectroscopic properties of UV active medium Ce3+:LiSr0.8Ca0.2AlF6

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    Nizamutdinov, A. S.; Shavelev, A. A.; Marisov, M. A.; Semashko, V. V.

    2016-02-01

    The aim of this work is phase composition and near UV spectroscopic studies of UV active media in fluoride crystals with colquiriite structure, such as Ce3+:LiSr0.8Ca0.2AlF6. Colquiriite structure mixed crystals show higher segregation coefficient of Ce3+ activator ions than common LiCaAlF6 hosts. An important result is based on the fact that this enhancement was achieved for two types of Ce3+ centers in a multisite Ce:LiSr0.8Ca0.2AlF6 system. Thus, it provides a higher gain coefficient for the 5d-4f transitions of Ce3+ ions and it spans a wider continuous wavelength tuning range between 280 and 320 nm for tunable Ce:LiSr0.8Ca0.2AlF6 laser systems.

  14. Physical and chemical effects of silver additions to Bi sub 2 Sr sub 2 CaCu sub 2 O sub 8 and (Bi,Pb) sub 2 Sr sub 2 Ca sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 10

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    Jones, T.E.; Schindler, J.W.; Boss, R.D.; Thibado, P.M.; McGinnis, W.C. )

    1990-04-01

    Silver in the form of silver peroxide has been added prior to the sintering step in the preparation of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} and (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10}. X-ray-diffraction analysis and microscopic examination show no evidence for chemical reaction between the silver and the ceramic superconductors. However, the presence of the silver can affect the phase purity of the final product---the amount of the three-layered high-{ital T}{sub {ital c}} (110-K) phase can either be increased or decreased depending on the sintering conditions and the starting composition. No evidence can be seen in the x-ray spectra to indicate that the silver is going into either phase. The only effect of the silver is on the thermodynamics and kinetics of the sintering process.

  15. The series Bi2Sr2Ca(n-1) Cu(n)O(2n+4) (1 less than or equal to n less than or equal to 5): Phase stability and superconducting properties

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    Deguire, Mark R.; Bansal, Narottam P.; Farrell, David E.; Finan, Valerie; Kim, Cheol J.; Hills, Bethanie J.; Allen, Christopher J.

    1989-01-01

    Phase relations at 850 and 870 C, melting transitions in air, oxygen, and helium were studied for Bi(2.1)Sr(1.9) CuO6 and for the Bi2Sr2Ca(n-1) Cu(n)O(2n+4) for n = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and infinity (CaCuO2). Up to 870 C, the n = 2 composition resides in the compatibility tetrahedron bounded by Bi(2+x)(Sr,Ca)(3-y) Cu2O8, (Sr,Ca)14 Cu24O41, Ca2CuO3, and a Bi-Sr-Ca-O phase. The n is greater than or equal to 3 compositions reside in the compatibility tetrahedron Bi(2+x)(Sr,Ca)(3-y) Cu2O8 - (Sr,Ca)14 Cu24O41 - Ca2CuO3 - CuO up to 850 C. However, Bi(2+x)Sr(4-y) Cu3O10 forms for n is greater than or equal to 3 after extended heating at 870 C. Bi(2+x)Sr(2-y) CuO6 and Bi(2+x)(Sr,Ca)(3-y) Cu2O8 melt in air at 914 C and 895 C respectively. During melting, all of the compositions studied lose 1 to 2 percent by weight of oxygen from the reduction of copper. Bi(2+x)Sr(2-y) CuO6, Bi(2+n)(Sr,Ca)(3-y) Cu2O8, and Bi(2+x)(Sr,Ca)(4-y) Cu3O10 exhibit crystallographic alignment in a magnetic field, with the c-axes orienting parallel to the field.

  16. Oxygen partial pressure dependence of magnetic, optical and magneto-optical properties of epitaxial cobalt-substituted SrTiO? films.

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    Onba?l?, Mehmet C; Goto, Taichi; Tang, Astera; Pan, Annia; Battal, Enes; Okyay, Ali K; Dionne, Gerald F; Ross, C A

    2015-05-18

    Cobalt-substituted SrTiO3 films (SrTi0.70Co0.30O(3-?)) were grown on SrTiO3 substrates using pulsed laser deposition under oxygen pressures ranging from 1 ?Torr to 20 mTorr. The effect of oxygen pressure on structural, magnetic, optical, and magneto-optical properties of the films was investigated. The film grown at 3 ?Torr has the highest Faraday rotation (FR) and magnetic saturation moment (M(s)). Increasing oxygen pressure during growth reduced M(s), FR and optical absorption in the near-infrared. This trend is attributed to decreasing Co2+ ion concentration and oxygen vacancy concentration with higher oxygen partial pressure during growth. PMID:26074589

  17. Electronic, magnetic and structural properties of A {sub 2}VMoO{sub 6} perovskites (A=Ca, Sr)

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    Karen, P. . E-mail: pavel.karen@kjemi.uio.no; Moodenbaugh, A.R.; Goldberger, J.; Santhosh, P.N.; Woodward, P.M.

    2006-07-15

    The perovskites Sr{sub 2}VMoO{sub 6} and Ca{sub 2}VMoO{sub 6} have been synthesized by liquid-mix technique in citrate melts, and their electronic, magnetic and structural properties have been investigated. No signs of V/Mo ordering are seen by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, but despite the chemical disorder both oxides are highly conductive and Pauli paramagnetic. Electrical conductivities of these solid solutions are comparable or higher than those reported for polycrystalline AMoO{sub 3} end members. It is suggested that the delocalized metallic conductivity of these compounds with two different transition-metal atoms implies valence equilibrium between the degenerate oxidation-state couples V{sup 4+}Mo{sup 4+} and V{sup 3+}Mo{sup 5+}. - Graphical abstract: Unit cell of Ca(V{sub 0.5}Mo{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}.

  18. Indications of a Quantum Critical Point in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+? Using a Local Kondo Effect

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    Calleja, Eduardo; Dai, Jixia; Arnold, Gerald; Gu, Genda; McElroy, Kyle

    2014-03-01

    A complete understanding of the complex phase diagrams that are present in high temperature superconductors remains elusive. While there is an overwhelming amount of experimental data on the existence and interplay of the phases present in high Tc superconductors from local probes, much of the existing data only looks at the charge degree of freedom of the material. By substituting Fe atoms for Cu atoms in the CuO plane of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+? (Bi2212), we gain the ability to access the spin degree of freedom since the Fe atoms retain their magnetization below the superconducting transition temperature. This leads to a local Kondo effect which can be observed using Spectroscopic-Imaging Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (SI-STM) and the local Kondo temperature can be extracted from spectra via a theoretical model. We show that the examination of this local Kondo temperature across local and sample average doping leads to the observation of a change in the quasiparticle spin degree of freedom at a quantum critical point (QCP) with a nominal hole doping of roughly 0.22, in agreement with other probes. The observation of the QCP in Bi2212 with this new method to access the spin degree of freedom helps to unravel some of the mystery behind the complex phase diagram of Bi2212.

  19. Elastic Anomalies Accompanying Phase Transitions in (CaSr)TiO3 Perovskite III: Experimental Investigation of Polycrystalline Samples

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    Carpenter,M.; Li, B.; Liebermann, R.

    2007-01-01

    Bulk and shear moduli of polycrystalline samples of perovskites with different compositions across the CaTiO3-SrTiO3 solid solution have been measured at ambient conditions and in-situ at high pressures by pulse-echo ultrasonic methods. The samples were prepared as dense pellets by hot pressing synthetic powders at {approx}7.5 GPa and {approx}1000 C. Any variations of bulk modulus due to phase transitions are small, but significant anomalies have been observed in the shear modulus at ambient conditions. These are associated with a sequence of symmetry changes PmFormulam -> I4/mcm -> Pbcm -> Pnma with increasing CaTiO3 content. Comparison with variations in elastic properties predicted using Landau theory suggests that a substantial part of the elastic softening observed in tetragonal samples could be due to anelastic contributions from transformation twin walls. This additional softening does not occur in orthorhombic samples, and the transition from tetragonal to orthorhombic symmetry results in a stiffening of the shear modulus. No overt evidence was found for a phase transition I4/mcm {leftrightarrow} Pnma at high pressures in Ca0.35Sr0.65TiO3 but small changes in the trends of both bulk and shear moduli in the range 2.5-3 GPa could be due either to a different transition or a change in compression mechanism. A PmFormulam {leftrightarrow} I4/mcm transition at {approx}2 GPa in Ca0.05Sr0.95TiO3 shows the same form of softening as observed for the transition as a function of composition. A simple model of twin wall contributions to the compliance of tetragonal samples failed to match the observed variations that, alternatively, seem to follow {Delta}G {proportional_to} q4 where {Delta}G is the change in shear modulus and q4 the driving order parameter for the PmFormulam {leftrightarrow} I4/mcm transition. Analogous elastic behavior is expected to occur in (Mg,Fe)SiO3 and CaSiO3 perovskites at high pressures and temperatures.

  20. Tropical Atlantic SSTS at the Last Glacial Maximum derived from Sr/Ca ratios of fossil coral

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    Cohen, A. L.; Saenger, C. P.

    2006-12-01

    The sensitivity of the tropics to climate change is a particularly controversial issue in paleoclimatology. At the heart of this controversy are disagreements amongst different proxy datasets regarding the amplitude of glacial-interglacial changes in temperature, particularly at the sea surface. Data obtained from the aragonitic skeletons of massive reef corals have contributed in no small measure to the debate, yielding LGM and deglacial SSTs 5-6C cooler than today (Guilderson et al., 1994; McCulloch et al., 1999; Correge et al., 2004), that imply a high sensitivity of Earth's climate to changes in boundary conditions (Crowley, 2000). We used SIMS ion microprobe to analyze Sr/Ca ratios of small pieces of Montastrea coral retrieved from a Barbados drillcore (Guilderson et al., 2001). U/Th dates place the samples between 22 and 24 kyr BP. Localized areas of dissolution and re-growth of secondary (diagenetic) aragonite crystals were identified at centers of septa. Sr/Ca ratios of these crystals were higher than Sr/Ca ratios of original coral crystals preserved in adjacent fasciculi and yielded relatively cooler derived SSTs. The original coral crystals, recognized by their size and orientation, were selectively targeted for analysis using a 20 micron-diameter sample spot. Our calibration study using modern corals from Bermuda, St Croix (USVI) and Barbados indicates that Montastrea Sr/Ca is strongly correlated with SST and with annual extension (growth) rate (Saenger et al., 2006). Growth rate of the fossil corals was determined from measurement of daily growth bands identified in petrographic thin-sections. Application of a growth-dependent Sr/Ca-T calibration yielded Barbados SSTs that were, on average, 2.5C cooler than today during the LGM and ~1C cooler than today during Heinrich Event 2. Our LGM SSTs are consistent with the original CLIMAP estimates (CLIMAP, 1976) and with more recent Mg/Ca-based SSTs derived from calcitic foraminifera in the Caribbean (Schmidt et al., 2004). References: CLIMAP Project members (1976) The surface of the ice-age Earth, Science, 191(4232), 1131-1137. Correge T, Gagan MK, Beck JW, Burr GS, Cabioch G, Le Cornec F (2004) Interdecadal variation in the extent of South Pacific tropical waters during the Younger Dryas event, Nature, (6986) 927-928 Crowley TJ (2000) CLIMAP SSTs re-revisited, Climate Dynamics, 16, 241-255 Guilderson TP, Fairbanks RG, Rubenstone JL (1994) Tropical temperature variations since 20,000 years ago: modulating interhemspheric climate change, Science, 263:663-665. Guilderson TP, Fairbanks RG, Rubenstone JL (2001) Tropical Atoantic coral oxygen isotopes: glacial- interglacial sea surface temperatures and climate change, Marine Geology, 172, 75-89 McCulloch MT, Tudhope AW, Esat TM, Mortimer GE, Chappell J, Pillans B, Chivas, AR, Omura A (1999) Coral record of equatorial sea-surface temperatures during the pen-ultimate deglaciation at Huon Peninsula, Science, 283, 202-204 Saenger CP, Cohen AL, Oppo D, Hubbard D (2006) Tropical North Atlantic Coral-Based Sea Surface Temperature and Salinity Reconstructions From the Little Ice Age and Early Holocene. Abstract, Fall AGU.

  1. Assessing the impact of diagenesis on δ11B, δ13C, δ18O, Sr/Ca and B/Ca values in fossil planktic foraminiferal calcite

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    Edgar, Kirsty M.; Anagnostou, Eleni; Pearson, Paul N.; Foster, Gavin L.

    2015-10-01

    The geochemical composition of foraminiferal tests is a valuable archive for the reconstruction of paleo-climatic, -oceanographic and -ecological changes. However, dissolution of biogenic calcite and precipitation of inorganic calcite (overgrowth and recrystallization) at the seafloor and in the sediment column can potentially alter the original geochemical composition of the foraminiferal test, biasing any resulting paleoenvironmental reconstruction. The δ11B of planktic foraminiferal calcite is a promising ocean pH-proxy but the effect of diagenesis is still poorly known. Here we present new δ11B, δ13C, δ18O, Sr/Ca and B/Ca data from multiple species of planktic foraminifera from time-equivalent samples for two low latitude sites: clay-rich Tanzanian Drilling Project (TDP) Site 18 from the Indian Ocean containing well-preserved ('glassy') foraminifera and carbonate-rich Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Site 865 from the central Pacific Ocean hosting recrystallized ('frosty') foraminifera. Our approach makes the assumption that environmental conditions were initially similar at both sites so most chemical differences are attributable to diagenesis. Planktic foraminiferal δ18O and δ13C records show offsets in both relative and absolute values between the two sites consistent with earlier findings that these isotopic ratios are strongly influenced by diagenetic alteration. Sr/Ca and B/Ca ratios in planktic foraminiferal calcite are also offset between the two sites but there is little change in the relative difference between surface and deep dwelling taxa. In contrast, δ11B values indicate no large differences between well-preserved and recrystallized foraminifera suggesting that despite extensive diagenetic alteration the δ11B of biogenic calcite appears robust, potentially indicative of a lack of free exchange of boron between pore fluids and the recrystallizing CaCO3. Our finding may remove one potential source of uncertainty in δ11B based pH reconstructions and provide us with greater confidence in our ability to reconstruct pH in the ancient oceans from at least some recrystallized foraminiferal calcite. However, further investigations should extend this approach to test the robustness of our findings across a range of taphonomies, ages and burial settings.

  2. Metal-to-metal charge transfer between dopant and host ions: Photoconductivity of Yb-doped CaF2 and SrF2 crystals

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    Barandiarán, Zoila; Seijo, Luis

    2015-10-01

    Dopant-to-host electron transfer is calculated using ab initio wavefunction-based embedded cluster methods for Yb/Ca pairs in CaF2 and Yb/Sr pairs in SrF2 crystals to investigate the mechanism of photoconductivity. The results show that, in these crystals, dopant-to-host electron transfer is a two-photon process mediated by the 4fN-15d excited states of Y b2+: these are reached by the first photon excitation; then, they absorb the second photon, which provokes the Y b2+ + Ca2+ (Sr2+) → Y b3+ + Ca+ (Sr+) electron phototransfer. This mechanism applies to all the observed Y b2+ 4f-5d absorption bands with the exception of the first one: Electron transfer cannot occur at the first band wavelengths in CaF2:Y b2+ because the Y b3+-Ca+ states are not reached by the two-photon absorption. In contrast, Yb-to-host electron transfer is possible in SrF2:Y b2+ at the wavelengths of the first 4f-5d absorption band, but the mechanism is different from that described above: first, the two-photon excitation process occurs within the Y b2+ active center, then, non-radiative Yb-to-Sr electron transfer can occur. All of these features allow to interpret consistently available photoconductivity experiments in these materials, including the modulation of the photoconductivity by the absorption spectrum, the differences in photoconductivity thresholds observed in both hosts, and the peculiar photosensitivity observed in the SrF2 host, associated with the lowest 4f-5d band.

  3. Metal-to-metal charge transfer between dopant and host ions: Photoconductivity of Yb-doped CaF2 and SrF2 crystals.

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    Barandiarán, Zoila; Seijo, Luis

    2015-10-14

    Dopant-to-host electron transfer is calculated using ab initio wavefunction-based embedded cluster methods for Yb/Ca pairs in CaF2 and Yb/Sr pairs in SrF2 crystals to investigate the mechanism of photoconductivity. The results show that, in these crystals, dopant-to-host electron transfer is a two-photon process mediated by the 4f(N-1)5d excited states of Y b(2+): these are reached by the first photon excitation; then, they absorb the second photon, which provokes the Y b(2+) + Ca(2+) (Sr(2+)) → Y b(3+) + Ca(+) (Sr(+)) electron phototransfer. This mechanism applies to all the observed Y b(2+) 4f-5d absorption bands with the exception of the first one: Electron transfer cannot occur at the first band wavelengths in CaF2:Y b(2+) because the Y b(3+)-Ca(+) states are not reached by the two-photon absorption. In contrast, Yb-to-host electron transfer is possible in SrF2:Y b(2+) at the wavelengths of the first 4f-5d absorption band, but the mechanism is different from that described above: first, the two-photon excitation process occurs within the Y b(2+) active center, then, non-radiative Yb-to-Sr electron transfer can occur. All of these features allow to interpret consistently available photoconductivity experiments in these materials, including the modulation of the photoconductivity by the absorption spectrum, the differences in photoconductivity thresholds observed in both hosts, and the peculiar photosensitivity observed in the SrF2 host, associated with the lowest 4f-5d band. PMID:26472390

  4. Effects of Ca doping on the Curie temperature, structural, dielectric, and elastic properties of Ba0.4Sr0.6-xCaxTiO3 (0<=x<=0.3) perovskites

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    Zheng, R. K.; Wang, J.; Tang, X. G.; Wang, Y.; Chan, H. L. W.; Choy, C. L.; Li, X. G.

    2005-10-01

    The effects of Ca doping on the Curie temperature, structural, dielectric, and elastic properties of Ba0.4Sr0.6-xCaxTiO3 (0<=x<=0.3) has been studied. Powder x-ray diffraction revealed that the cubic lattice constant a decreases linearly with increasing x from 0 to 0.15, while showing an anomalous expansion between x=0.15 and x=0.18. This, together with the anomalies in the dielectric constants, Curie temperature TC, and elastic constants observed for 0.15Ca ions substituted for Ti ions. Correlated with the evolution of a with x, TC increases linearly with increasing x from 0 to 0.15; while deviating from linear behavior for x>0.15, TC increases persistently up to x=0.25 and thereafter shows a decrease. These variations of TC with x have been interpreted in terms of Ca-doping-induced A-site cation size variance, a substitution of a small amount of Ca ions for Ti ions, and structural phase separation. Upon cooling the longitudinal elastic constant CL shows drastic softening near TC, arising from the electrostrictive coupling between the polarization fluctuations and the elastic strains. Moreover, it was found that Ca doping induces the hardening of CL just below TC, and the magnitude of the relative hardening of CL (i.e., ?CL/CL) increases with increasing x, implying that the tetragonal ferroelectric phase was increasingly stabilized by Ca doping.

  5. Mechanical relaxation in thermoelectric oxide Ca{sub 3−x}Sr{sub x}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9+δ} (x=0, 0.25, 0.5, 1.0) associated with oxygen vacancies

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    Liu, H.; Lin, G.C.; Ding, X.D.; Zhang, J.X.

    2013-04-15

    Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9+δ} has a unique structure that leads to exceptionally good thermoelectric (TE) properties. To change the concentration of oxygen vacancies (OVs) of the sample, the same sintered Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9+δ} polycrystalline ceramic suffered treating in 30 wt% oxydol (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) solution and then annealing at 600 °C in pure N{sub 2}-gas atmosphere. Before and after each treatment, we performed dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) with different frequencies, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) on the sample. A relaxation peak was observed at the temperature range from 90 °C to 150 °C, and the relaxation process is most likely caused by the migration of single OVs. The consistency in the results from TGA and XPS could well support the conclusion that the OVs of Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9+δ} are located on the O site of CoO layer in Ca{sub 2}CoO{sub 3} subsystem. Further DMA investigations on the Ca{sub 3−x}Sr{sub x}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9+δ} (x=0, 0.25, 0.5, 1.0) ceramic indicated that Sr substitution of Ca could suppress the relaxation peak, suggesting the migration of single OVs mainly processes between CoO and CaO layers of Ca{sub 2}CoO{sub 3} subsystem. - Graphical abstract: A relaxation peak and a transition peak could be observed in the internal friction spectra of Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9+δ}. The calculated activation energy indicates the relaxation process is associated with migration of oxygen vacancies. Highlights: ► We performed dynamic mechanical analysis on the thermoelectric oxide Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9+δ}. ► We observed a relaxation peak and a transition peak. ► The oxygen vacancies are located in CoO layer of Ca{sub 2}CoO{sub 3} subsystem. ► The relaxation peak originates from migration of single oxygen vacancies.

  6. High-pressure modifications of CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}, and BaAl{sub 2}: Implications for Laves phase structural trends

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    Kal, Subhadeep; Stoyanov, Emil; Belieres, Jean-Philippe; Groy, Thomas L.; Norrestam, Rolf; Haeussermann, Ulrich

    2008-11-15

    High-pressure forms of intermetallic compounds with the composition CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}, and BaAl{sub 2} were synthesized from CeCu{sub 2}-type precursors (CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}) and Ba{sub 21}Al{sub 40} by multi-anvil techniques and investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (SrAl{sub 2} and BaAl{sub 2}), X-ray single-crystal diffraction (CaZn{sub 2}), and electron microscopy (SrZn{sub 2}). Their structures correspond to that of Laves phases. Whereas the dialuminides crystallize in the cubic MgCu{sub 2} (C15) structure, the dizincides adopt the hexagonal MgZn{sub 2} (C14) structure. This trend is in agreement with the structural relationship displayed by sp bonded Laves phase systems at ambient conditions. - Graphical abstract: CeCu{sub 2}-type polar intermetallics can be transformed to Laves phases upon simultaneous application of pressure and temperature. The observed structures are controlled by the valence electron concentration.

  7. Competitive inhibition and selectivity enhancement by Ca in the uptake of inorganic elements (Be, Na, Mg, K, Ca, Sc, Mn, Co, Zn, Se, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Ce, Pm, Gd, Hf) by carrot (Daucus carota cv. U.S. harumakigosun).

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    Ozaki, Takuo; Ambe, Shizuko; Abe, Tomoko; Francis, Arokiasamy J

    2005-01-01

    We investigated the uptake of inorganic elements (Be, Na, Mg, K, Ca, Sc, Mn, Co, Zn, Se, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Ce, Pm, Gd, and Hf) and the effect of Ca on their uptake in carrots (Daucus carota cv. U.S. harumakigosun) by the radioactive multitracer technique. The experimental results suggested that Na, Mg, K, and Rb competed for the functional groups outside the cells in roots with Ca but not for the transporter-binding sites on the plasma membrane of the root cortex cells. In contrast, Y, Ce, Pm, and Gd competed with Ca for the transporters on the plasma membrane. The selectivity, which was defined as the value obtained by dividing the concentration ratio of an elemental pair, K/Na, Rb/Na, Be/Sr, and Mg/Sr, in the presence of 0.2 and 2 ppm Ca by that of the corresponding elemental pair in the absence of Ca in the solution was estimated. The selectivity of K and Rb in roots was increased in the presence of Ca. The selectivity of Be in roots was not affected, whereas the selectivity of Mg was increased by Ca. These observations suggest that the presence of Ca in the uptake solution enhances the selectivity in the uptake of metabolically important elements against unwanted elements. PMID:15695849

  8. Persistent Photoconductivity in Y-doped Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O_8+x Thin Films

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    Prieto, P.; Lopera, W.; Girata, D.; Hoffmann, A.; Schuller, Ivan K.

    1998-03-01

    Persistent Photoconductivity (PPC) is characterized by a long term increase in the conductivity due to illumination, and has been observed in oxygen deficient YBa_2Cu_3O_7-x thin films(For a brief review see: A. Hoffmann, D. Reznik, and I.K. Schuller, Adv. Mater. 9), 271 (1997).. A possible mechanism for PPC in these materials is that the electron of a photogenerated electon-hole pair is trapped at an oxygen vacancy in the Cu-O chains. We measured PPC in epitaxial Y doped Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O_8-x thin films, prepared in situ by a high-pressure sputtering process. The relaxation of the photoinduced conductivity changes as a function of time have been analyzed using the Kohlrauch relation. The values of the relaxation times and the dispertion parameters have been obtained as a function of temperature. This observation of PPC in the Y-doped Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_8+x high-Tc compounds without Cu-O chains, together with recently measured PPC in Tl_2Ba_2CuO_6+x(A. Hoffmann, I.K. Schuller, Z.F. Ren, J.Y. Lao, and J.H. Wang, to be published in: Phys. Rev. B, 1 December 1997.) indicates that PPC might be a common phenomena in high-Tc materials.

  9. Explosive consolidation of (Bi,Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor powders during powder-in-tube processing

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    Thomas, H.; Inal, O.T.; Balachandran, U.

    1995-08-01

    Superconducting (2212) Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BSCCO) and BSCCO-Ag composites were explosively consolidated in silver tubing and then drawn and rolled into tapes. The silver-sheathed tapes were then subjected to repeated cycles of pressing and heat treatment, which resulted in enhanced texturing and grain growth and a subsequent increase in critical current density (J{sub c}). The effect of silver flake additions to the superconducting powder further increased texturing and J{sub c}, with optimal properties occurring in powders with 10 vol.% silver flake. Density measurements on the superconductor tapes showed that near-theoretical densities had been achieved at the end of the thermomechanical treatment (TMT). Scanning electron microscopy indicated that grain alignment increased after TMT, with an apparent reduction in grain size after the fourth treatment. X-ray diffraction studies showed that grain orientation and conversion of 2212 to Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10{minus}x} are improved when explosive consolidation is introduced before the drawing step in the powder-in-tube process.

  10. Encapsulating MAl 2O 4:Eu 2+, Dy 3+ (M = Sr, Ca, Ba) phosphors with triethanolamine to enhance water resistance

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    Ji, Ping Ting; Chen, Xiang Ying; Wu, Ye Qin

    2011-12-01

    Traditional aluminates phosphors with persistent luminescence are chemically unstable to water or moisture. Thus, how to improve the water-resistance of these phosphors is becoming a key issue in their practical applications. In this work, a series of alkaline earth aluminate phosphors including MAl 2O 4:Eu 2+, Dy 3+ (M = Sr, Ca, Ba) have been prepared by a co-precipitation synthesis and postannealing approach, using 8-hydroxyquinoline and sodium oxalate as precipitants. The samples before and after encapsulation were well characterized by means of XRPD, FESEM, FT-IR, TGA-DTG and PL techniques as well as water resistance measurements. The precipitants involved can react with Al 3+ and Sr 2+ (or Ca 2+, Ba 2+) to form complex compounds in aqueous solution, which further convert into porous phosphors by postannealing method under reducing atmosphere. Next, triethanolamine encapsulation at room temperature was conducted onto their surfaces to improve the water resistance. The results reveal that the encapsulation of aluminate phosphors with triethanolamine can effectively enhance the water resistance, and minimally affect on persistent phosphorescence.

  11. A Robust and Fully-Automated Chromatographic Method for the Quantitative Purification of Ca and Sr for Isotopic Analysis

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    Smith, H. B.; Kim, H.; Romaniello, S. J.; Field, P.; Anbar, A. D.

    2014-12-01

    High throughput methods for sample purification are required to effectively exploit new opportunities in the study of non-traditional stable isotopes. Many geochemical isotopic studies would benefit from larger data sets, but these are often impractical with manual drip chromatography techniques, which can be time-consuming and demand the attention of skilled laboratory staff. Here we present a new, fully-automated single-column method suitable for the purification of both Ca and Sr for stable and radiogenic isotopic analysis. The method can accommodate a wide variety of sample types, including carbonates, bones, and teeth; silicate rocks and sediments; fresh and marine waters; and biological samples such as blood and urine. Protocols for these isotopic analyses are being developed for use on the new prepFAST-MCTM system from Elemental Scientific (ESI). The system is highly adaptable and processes up to 24-60 samples per day by reusing a single chromatographic column. Efficient column cleaning between samples and an all Teflon flow path ensures that sample carryover is maintained at the level of background laboratory blanks typical for manual drip chromatography. This method is part of a family of new fully-automated chromatographic methods being developed to address many different isotopic systems including B, Ca, Fe, Cu, Zn, Sr, Cd, Pb, and U. These methods are designed to be rugged and transferrable, and to allow the preparation of large, diverse sample sets via a highly repeatable process with minimal effort.

  12. Nonlinear-optical susceptibility of hilgardite-like borates MBOX(M=Pb,Ca,Sr,Ba; X=Cl,Br)

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    Plachinda, Paul A.; Dolgikh, Valery A.; Stefanovich, Sergey Yu.; Berdonosov, Petr S.

    2005-10-01

    Usage of non-centrosymmetric boron oxide derivative crystals as nonlinear elements may be a key solution of pressing problem of obtaining powerful radiation at shorter wavelengths via frequency multiplication of solid state laser radiations. It is shown that Pb 2B 5O 9Br and some other members of hilgardite-like borohalogenides demonstrate in powder form, high non-linear optical activity in the SHG experiments. An attempt is made using the Philips-Van Vechten-Levine-Xue bond theory to calculate second-order nonlinear coefficients for isostructural to mineral hilhardite noncentrosymmetric crystals MBOX with M=Pb, Sr, Ba, Eu, Ca and X=Cl, Br. Theoretically obtained values of nonlinear optical coefficients d only partly correlate with the results of SHG measurements. In particular, the experiments distinctively show sharp increase of nonlinear activity along the series Ca < Sr < Ba < Pb and Cl < Br of metal boro-halogenides, while theoretical estimations give substantially more slack composition dependences. Analysis of contribution of different boron-oxygen bonds to optical nonlinearities of the compounds reveals important role of planar BO 3 triangles, though this factor is yet unable to explain enormously high SHG output from Pb 2B 5O 9Br.

  13. 110 K Bi 2Sr 2Ca 2Cu 3O y superconductors by Pb and Sb doping

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    Padmanaban, V. P. N.; Shahi, K.

    1992-07-01

    110 K superconductors with nominal compositions Bi 1.9Pb 0.3Sr 2Ca 2Cu 3O y and Bi 1.6Pb 0.3Sb 0.1Sr 2Ca 2Cu 3O y have been prepared by a liquid-phase-aided process involving a matrix method. The carbonate calcination and (Bi, Pb, Sb)SrCaO matrix formation at 820°C is followed by a short-time heating of the matrix-CuO mixture at 900°C and subsequent sintering at 850-860°C and furnace cooling to 400°C. The short-time heating and optimal sintering temperature are vital to achieve superconductivity at temperatures higher than 100 K. The samples are characterized by XRD, DTA, resistivity and TEP measurements. TEP data show that these are hole-type superconductors. Pb and Sb combined doping has an advantage over Pb-doping in that it brings down the sintering temperature and duration by making the kinetics of the reaction faster.

  14. Spin-density-wave-induced anomalies in the optical conductivity of AFe2 As2 , (A=Ca, Sr, Ba)

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    Charnukha, Aliaksei; Proepper, Daniel; Larkin, Timofei; Sun, Dunlu; Li, Z. W.; Lin, Chengtian; Wolf, Thomas; Keimer, Bernhard; Boris, Alexander

    2014-03-01

    We report the complex dielectric function of high-quality AFe2As2, (A=Ca,Sr,Ba) single crystals with TN=150K, 200K, and 138K, respectively, determined by broadband spectroscopic ellipsometry. In CaFe2As2 we identify the optical spin-density-wave gap 2?SDW ~ 1250cm-1 . The 2?SDW /(kBTN) ratio amounts to 12 in CFA, significantly larger than the corresponding values for the SFA and BFA compounds: 8.7 and 5.3, respectively. We further show that, similarly to the Ba-based compound, two characteristic SDW energy gaps can be identified in the infrared-conductivity spectra of both SFA and CFA and investigate their detailed temperature dependence in all three materials. This analysis reveals the existence of an anomaly in CFA at a temperature T*=80K, well below the Nel temperature of this compound, which implies weak coupling between the two SDW subsystems. The coupling between the two subsystems evolves to intermediate in the Sr-based and strong in the Ba-based material. Our results single out CFA in the class of 122 iron-based materials by demonstrating the existence of two weakly coupled and extremely metallic electronic subsystems. This project was supported by the German Science Foundation under grant BO 3537/1-1 within SPP 1458.

  15. Effect of high Xe-concentration in a plasma display panel with a SrCaO cold cathode

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    Uchida, Giichiro; Kajiyama, Hiroshi; Shinoda, Tsutae; Uchida, Satoshi; Akiyama, Toshiyuki

    2010-05-15

    We present here measurements of high Xe-contents plasma display panel (PDP) with SrCaO cold cathode. Luminous efficacy ({eta}) shows a two-step increase with Xe-concentration in Ne/Xe gas mixture: {eta} drastically increases up to Xe-concentration of 30% (Xe: 30%), and then attains 5 lm/W at the highest Xe-concentration of Xe: 100%. The high performance PDP with Xe: 100% can be operated at low applied voltage between 230 and 377 V due to the high secondary electron emission from the SrCaO cathode. Emission measurements clearly show the change in discharge characteristics at Xe: 30%, where the discharge changes from a Ne/Xe mixture discharge to an almost pure Xe discharge, and the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation from the combination of resonance and excimer radiations to only excimer radiation. Theoretical analysis solving Boltzmann equation for electron demonstrates that increasing Xe-concentration enhances the collision frequency for electron impact excitation directly from ground state to lower levels concerned with the VUV radiation, resulting in a drastic increase in luminous efficacy up to Xe: 30%. Also, one-dimensional fluid simulation of a Ne/Xe dielectric barrier discharge clearly shows that a combination of high secondary electron emission cathode and high Xe-concentration is quite effective for high VUV radiation efficiency because it induces a drastic increase in electron-heating efficiency.

  16. Laser performance of diode-pumped Nd, Y-codoped CaF 2-SrF 2 mixed crystal

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    Liu, J.; Fan, M. W.; Su, L. B.; Jiang, D. P.; Ma, F. K.; Zhang, Q.; Xu, J.

    2014-03-01

    A disordered Nd, Y-codoped CaF2-SrF2 mixed crystal was obtained by the temperature gradient technique (TGT). The absorption and fluorescence spectra of the crystal were measured at room temperature. Diode-pumped continuous-wave (CW) and Q-switched laser operations were demonstrated at 1056 nm with a 0.65 at.% Nd, 10 at.% Y-codoped crystal, for the first time to our knowledge. The CW output power of 724 mW was obtained in a compact linear cavity. Also the Q-switched pulse characteristics of Nd, Y:CaF2-SrF2 laser crystal were reported based on Cr4+:YAG saturable absorbers in a folded cavity. The shortest pulse width of 110 ns and the highest peak power of 383 W were obtained when the initial transmission of the Cr4+:YAG crystals was 90%. The dependence of the operational parameters on the pump power was also investigated experimentally.

  17. The North Atlantic Oscillation Reconstructed at Bermuda for 220 Years Using Sr/Ca Ratios in Diploria labyrinthiformis (brain coral)

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    Goodkin, N. F.; Hughen, K. A.; Cohen, A. L.; Curry, W. B.; Doney, S. C.

    2006-12-01

    The North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) is a meridional oscillation in atmospheric mass measured by pressure anomalies between Iceland (65N, 23W) and the Azores (38N, 26W) (Hurrell, 1995). Changes between the positive and negative phase of the NAO strongly influence weather patterns across the US, Europe and the Middle East. A shift in recent decades toward a sustained positive NAO has raised questions about the influence of greenhouse gas emissions on this system. Unfortunately, instrumental records are too short to identify the natural baseline variability of the NAO, and NAO reconstructions generally encompass only land-based proxies, excluding ocean processes. Winter-time sea surface temperatures (SST) in the Sargasso Sea have previously been shown to correlate to the NAO (Visbeck et al., 2001), and thus a long winter SST record based on proxy data could be used to reconstruct NAO variability back in time. Here we present an annually resolved winter-time strontium to calcium ratio (Sr/Ca) record from a 220-year old brain coral (Diploria labyrinthiformis) collected from the south shore of Bermuda. Brain coral is prevalent in Bermuda and shows distinct annual banding in its skeleton providing precise age models. Winter-time coral Sr/Ca has previously been shown to accurately record winter SST free from growth rate influences (Goodkin et al., 2005), and that relationship is confirmed here. Cross-spectral analysis between winter-time coral Sr/Ca and four instrumental and proxy records of the NAO (Hurrell, 1995, Jones et al., 1997, Luterbacher et al., 2001, Cook et al., 2002) show two frequencies of coherence with >95% confidence. At periods greater than 20 years and between 3 and 5 years, the coral Sr/Ca effectively captures the NAO variability. Filtering the coral record to these frequencies and comparing to the instrumental and proxy records, including another marine-based NAO reconstruction from the North and Norwegian Seas (Schoene et al., 2003), show strong agreement and provide information about the differences between high and low frequency responses to the NAO. At high frequencies, SST at Bermuda shows a positive correlation to the NAO, as predicted by the tri-pole SST response (Visbeck et al., 2001), and succeeds well at capturing amplitude variability. At low frequencies, however, Bermuda SST shows a negative correlation to the NAO, different than the response predicted by the high frequency tri-pole pattern. One possible explanation for this shift is a response to changes in the meridional overturning circulation (MOC), which is believed to show variability at lower frequencies (Curry et al., 2003) and which may be driving changes in both SST and the NAO. Over 50 years during the late 20th century warming (1950-1999), the amplitude of the Sr/Ca-based NAO record at 3-5 year periods is 20% greater than that found during an equivalent interval at the end of the LIA (1800- 1849). Low-frequency (20-50 year) variability also appears larger during the second half of the 20th century, compared to the LIA. These results indicate a change in NAO variability at different mean temperatures, with larger amplitude changes during warmer climates. However, a sustained positive NAO during the late LIA does not appear to support the hypothesis of a linear relationship between mean NAO and mean hemispheric temperature, as observed during the late 20th century warming.

  18. Synthesis, structure and chemical bonding of CaFe{sub 2−x}Rh{sub x}Si{sub 2} (x=0, 1.32, and 2) and SrCo{sub 2}Si{sub 2}

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    Hlukhyy, Viktor Hoffmann, Andrea V.; Fässler, Thomas F.

    2013-07-15

    The finding of superconductivity in Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} put the attention on the investigation of compounds that crystallize with ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} structure type such as AT{sub 2}X{sub 2} (A=alkali/alkaline earth/rare earth element; T=transition metal and X=element of the 13–15th group). In this context the silicides CaFe{sub 2}Si{sub 2}, CaFe{sub 0.68(6)}Rh{sub 1.32(6)}Si{sub 2}, CaRh{sub 2}Si{sub 2} and SrCo{sub 2}Si{sub 2} have been synthesized by reaction of the elements under an argon atmosphere. Single crystals were obtained by special heat treatment in welded niobium/tantalum ampoules. The compounds were investigated by means of powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction. All compounds crystallize in the ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2}-type structure with space group I4/mmm (No. 139): a=3.939(1) Å, c=10.185(1) Å, R{sub 1}=0.045, 85 F{sup 2} values, 8 variable parameters for CaFe{sub 2}Si{sub 2}; a=4.0590(2) Å, c=9.9390(8) Å, R{sub 1}=0.030, 90 F{sup 2} values, 10 variable parameters for CaFe{sub 0.68(6)}Rh{sub 1.32(6)}Si{sub 2}; a=4.0695(1) Å, c=9.9841(3) Å, R{sub 1}=0.031, 114 F{sup 2} values, 9 variable parameters for CaRh{sub 2}Si{sub 2}; and a=3.974(1) Å, c=10.395(1) Å, R{sub 1}=0.036, 95 F{sup 2} values, 8 variable parameters for SrCo{sub 2}Si{sub 2}. The structure of SrCo{sub 2}Si{sub 2} contains isolated [Co{sub 2}Si{sub 2}]{sup 2−} 2D-layers in the ab-plane whereas in CaFe{sub 2−x}Rh{sub x}Si{sub 2} the [T{sub 2}Si{sub 2}] layers (T=Fe and Rh) are interconnected along the c-axis via Si3Si bonds resulting in a three-dimentional (3D) [T{sub 2}Si{sub 2}]{sup 2−} polyanions and therefore belong to the so-called collapsed form of the ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2}-type structure. The SrCo{sub 2}Si{sub 2} and CaRh{sub 2}Si{sub 2} are isoelectronic to the parent 122 iron–pnictide superconductors AeFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} (Ae=alkaline earth elements), whereas CaFe{sub 2}Si{sub 2} is a full substituted variant (As/Si) of CaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}. The crystal chemistry and chemical bonding in the title compounds are discussed in terms of LMTO band structure calculations and a topological analysis using the Electron Localization Function (ELF). - Graphical abstract: The SrCo{sub 2}Si{sub 2} and CaFe{sub 2−x}Rh{sub x}Si{sub 2} (x==0, 1.32, and 2) crystallize in the ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2}-type. The structure of SrCo{sub 2}Si{sub 2} contains isolated [Co{sub 2}Si{sub 2}]{sup 2−} layers in the ab-plane, whereas the [T{sub 2}Si{sub 2}] layers in CaFe{sub 2−x}Rh{sub x}Si{sub 2} are interconnected along the c-axis via Si3Si bonds resulting in a [T{sub 2}Si{sub 2}]{sup 2−} network. - Highlights: • Synthesis and structure of ternary silicides SrCo{sub 2}Si{sub 2} and CaFe{sub 2−x}Rh{sub x}Si{sub 2} (x=0, 1.32, and 2). • The SrCo{sub 2}Si{sub 2} and CaRh{sub 2}Si{sub 2} are isoelectronic to the parent 122 iron–pnictide superconductors AeFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}. • CaFe{sub 2}Si{sub 2} is a full substituted variant (As/Si) of superconductor CaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}. • The title compounds demonstrate the tunable Si3Si distances.

  19. Energy transfer dynamics and luminescence properties of Eu(3+) in CaMoO4 and SrMoO4.

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    Gupta, Santosh K; Sahu, M; Ghosh, P S; Tyagi, Deepak; Saxena, M K; Kadam, R M

    2015-11-21

    Undoped and europium doped CaMoO4 and SrMoO4 scheelites are synthesized using a complex polymerization method. The phase purity of the sample is confirmed using powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was carried out to confirm the oxidation states of various constituents and dopant elements and also the presence of oxygen vacancies. Interestingly both CaMoO4 and SrMoO4 on irradiation with UV light give blue and green emission respectively. On europium doping, it was found that molybdate to Eu(3+) ion energy transfer is more efficient in SrMoO4:Eu compared to CaMoO4:Eu. It is also justified using a luminescence lifetime study which shows biexponential decay in the case of CaMoO4:Eu corresponding to both the host and europium ion; whereas a single lifetime is observed in the case of SrMoO4:Eu. Anomalies in host-dopant energy transfer are suitably explained using density functional theory (DFT) calculations and XPS. The actual site symmetry for the europium ion in CaMoO4 and SrMoO4 was also evaluated based on a Stark splitting pattern which turns out to be D2 and C2v respectively although it is S4 for Ca/Ba(2+) in AMoO4. This is also reflected in higher Ω2 values for SrMoO4:Eu than CaMoO4:Eu. PMID:26468623

  20. Variations in the Sr/Ca, ?44Ca and ?18O composition of calcite as a function of solution chemistry and crystal growth rate

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    Watkins, J. M.; DePaolo, D. J.; Ryerson, F. J.

    2012-12-01

    The trace element and isotopic composition of calcite can be used to probe the temperatures and rates of mineral formation as well as the degree of post-mineralization alteration. The accuracy with which these effects can be interpreted is limited by our ability to distinguish signatures arising from equilibrium partitioning versus kinetic or mass transport effects. Our focus in this work is on mass transport effects in aqueous environments, and specifically, the growth rate-dependence of trace element and isotopic incorporation into calcite. This requires experiments in which the degree of supersaturation, or the solution chemistry, is held constant and the rate of crystal growth can be determined. In our experiments, N2+CO2 gas mixture is bubbled through a beaker containing 1300 mL of solution (30 mM CaCl2 + 5 mM NH4Cl + 0.1 mM SrCl2). The degree of supersaturation with respect to calcite is controlled by the pCO2 of the gas mixture, which is constantly replenished from a gas source. As CO2 from the gas dissolves into solution, calcite crystals grow on the beaker walls and the pH of the solution is maintained by use of an autotitrator with NaOH as the titrant. During an experiment we control the temperature, pH, the pCO2 of the gas inflow, and the gas inflow rate. At the same time we monitor the total alkalinity, the pCO2 of the gas outflow, the gas outflow rate, and the amount of NaOH added. The rate of calcite precipitation can be determined in three ways: (1) the change in total alkalinity due to Ca2+ removal, mass balance of C in the system, and (3) post-run measurement of [Ca2+] in aliquots of solution taken during an experiment. We present results from experiments where growth rates are estimated to range from 0.5 to 16 mmol/m2/hr. Our experiments thus far have yielded calcite crystals that are out of calcium and oxygen isotopic equilibrium with the parent solution. Crystals are enriched in the light isotope of Ca by 0.4 to 1.8. The light isotope enrichment increases with growth rate and is correlated with Sr/Ca in calcite. These results are in excellent agreement with the results of Tang et al. (2008) for crystals grown at 25C and suggest that mass discrimination is controlled by mass transport kinetics at the mineral-solution interface. Oxygen isotopes are more complicated because of the addition of CO2 to the bulk solution. For crystals grown from our stock solution, the O composition is highly variable and not correlated with growth rate. We attribute this to relatively slow kinetics of O isotope exchange between gaseous or dissolved CO2 and water. For crystals grown in the presence of 0.01 grams of bovine carbonic anhydrase (CA), an enzyme which catalyzes the interconversion of CO2 and H2O to bicarbonate and protons, the O isotope composition of calcite appears to be independent of growth rate. Hence addition of CA to solution might offer a means of determining the equilibrium fractionation factor for oxygen isotopes in carbonate minerals. We will present results from additional experiments that test how CA and other organic molecules in solution affect the growth rate and mass discrimination during mineral precipitation.

  1. Ca, Sr, Mo and U isotopes evidence ocean acidification and deoxygenation during the Late Permian mass extinction

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    Silva-Tamayo, Juan Carlos; Payne, Jon; Wignall, Paul; Newton, Rob; Eisenhauer, Anton; Weyer, Stenfan; Neubert, Nadja; Lau, Kim; Maher, Kate; Paytan, Adina; Lehrmann, Dan; Altiner, Demir; Yu, Meiyi

    2014-05-01

    The most catastrophic extinction event in the history of animal life occurred at the end of the Permian Period, ca. 252 Mya. Ocean acidification and global oceanic euxinia have each been proposed as causes of this biotic crisis, but the magnitude and timing of change in global ocean chemistry remains poorly constrained. Here we use multiple isotope systems - Ca, Sr, Mo and U - measured from well dated Upper Permian- Lower Triassic sedimentary sections to better constrain the magnitude and timing of change in ocean chemistry and the effects of ocean acidification and de-oxygenation through this interval. All the investigated carbonate successions (Turkey, Italy and China) exhibit decreasing δ44/40Ca compositions, from ~-1.4‰ to -2.0‰ in the interval preceding the main extinction. These values remain low during most of the Griesbachian, to finally return to -1.4‰ in the middle Dienerian. The limestone succession from southern Turkey also displays a major decrease in the δ88/86Sr values from 0.45‰ to 0.3‰ before the extinction. These values remain low during the Griesbachian and finally increase to 0.55‰ by the middle Dienerian. The paired negative anomalies on the carbonate δ44/40Ca and δ88/86Sr suggest a decrease in the carbonate precipitation and thus an episode of ocean acidification coincident with the major biotic crisis. The Mo and U isotope records also exhibit significant rapid negative anomalies at the onset of the main extinction interval, suggesting rapid expansion of anoxic and euxinic marine bottom waters during the extinction interval. The rapidity of the isotope excursions in Mo and U suggests substantially reduced residence times of these elements in seawater relative to the modern, consistent with expectations for a time of widespread anoxia. The large C-isotope variability within Lower Triassic rocks, which is similar to that of the Lower-Middle Cambrian, may reflect biologically controlled perturbations of the oceanic carbon cycle. These findings strengthen the evidence for a global ocean acidification event coupled with rapid expansion of anoxic zones as drivers of end-Permian extinction in the oceans.

  2. Preparation of nearly single phase 2223 in Bi 1.6Pb 0.4Sr 2Ca 2Cu 3O y composition by a semi-wet route using Pb 0.2SrCa(CO 3) 2.2 precursor

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    Pandey, Dhananjai; Mahesh, R.; Singh, A. K.; Tiwari, V. S.; Kak, S. K.

    1991-12-01

    A new method for the synthesis of nearly single phase 2223 in Bi 1.6Pb 0.4Sr 2Ca 2Cu 3O y composition within 72 h of total heat treatment, using coprecipitates of (1) 0.2 Pb, Ca, Sr as carbonates and (2) 1.6 Bi, 3 Cu as oxalate, is reported. Samples prepared have been characterized by their crystal structure using XRD, microstructure using SEM and electrical resistivity.

  3. Low-temperature reduction of brownmillerite CaFeO2.5 in LaAlO3/CaFeO2.5 heterostructures made on SrTiO3.

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    Murakami, Noriaki; Kan, Daisuke; Ichikawa, Noriya; Shimakawa, Yuichi

    2014-10-21

    When LaAlO3/CaFeO2.5 thin-film heterostructures made on SrTiO3 were annealed with CaH2 at low temperatures below 300 C, the brownmillerite CaFeO2.5 layer was reduced to CaFeO2 with an infinite-layer structure while both the LaAlO3 capping layer and the SrTiO3 substrate remained intact. The reduction behaviour strongly depends on the lattice matching of LaAlO3 to CaFeO2.5, suggesting that oxygen ions migrate through the coherently grown LaAlO3 layer of the heterostructure predominantly in the out-of-plane direction. The structural defects near the interface in the relaxed-structure LaAlO3 capping layer prevent the oxygen ions from migrating. PMID:25134664

  4. Seasonal Variability of Riverine Geochemistry (87Sr/86Sr, δ13CDIC, δ44/40Ca, and major ions) in Permafrost Watersheds on the North Slope of Alaska

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    Lehn, G. O.; Jacobson, A. D.; Douglas, T. A.; McClelland, J. W.; Khosh, M. S.; Barker, A. J.

    2014-12-01

    Global climate models predict amplified warming at high latitudes, where permafrost soils have historically acted as a carbon sink. As warming occurs, the seasonally thawed active layer will propagate downward into previously frozen mineral-rich soil, releasing carbon and introducing unique chemical weathering signatures into rivers. We use variations in the 87Sr/86Sr, δ13CDIC, δ44/40Ca, and major ion geochemistry of rivers to track seasonal active layer dynamics. We collected water from six streams on the North Slope of Alaska between May and October, 2009 and 2010. All rivers drain continuous permafrost but three drain tussock tundra-dominated watersheds and three drain steeper bedrock catchments with minor tundra coverage. In tundra streams, elevated 87Sr/86Sr ratios, low δ13CDIC values and major ions ([Na+]+[K+]/ [Ca+2]+[Mg+2]) in spring melt runoff suggest flushing of shallow soils with relatively low carbonate content. By July, 87Sr/86Sr ratios stabilize at relatively low values and δ13CDIC at relatively higher values, indicating the active layer thawed into deeper carbonate-rich soils. In bedrock streams, elevated 87Sr/86Sr ratios correlate with high discharge. By late fall, bedrock stream 87Sr/86Sr ratios decrease steadily, consistent with increased carbonate weathering. Nearly constant δ13CDIC values and high [SO4-2] for most of the melt season imply significant sulfuric acid-carbonate weathering in bedrock streams. δ13CDIC values suggest a shift to carbonic acid-carbonate weathering in late 2010, possibly due to limited oxygen for pyrite oxidation during freezing of the active layer. δ44/40Ca values in both tundra and bedrock streams increase during the seasons, suggesting increased uptake of 40Ca by plants. δ44/40Ca values of rivers are at least 0.1-0.2‰ higher than their watershed soils, rocks and sediments, suggesting significant plant uptake. Our findings show how seasonal changes in mineral weathering have potential for tracking active layer dynamics.

  5. X-ray crystal truncation rod scattering from MBE grown (CaF 2-SrF 2)/Si(111) superlattices

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    Harada, J.; Itoh, Y.; Shimura, T.; Takahashi, I.; Alvarez, J. C.; Sokolov, N. S.

    1994-01-01

    Flouride CaF 2-SrF 2 superlattices (SLs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy have been studied by means of X-ray diffractometry for the first time. The diffraction patterns showed reasonably good crystalline quality of the SLs and a type-B epitaxial relation to the Si(111) substrate. From the analysis of the crystal truncation rod (CTR) profiles, based on the pseudomorphic model, it was obtained that despite the same high temperature (770C) of formation of the CaF 2/Si(111) interface its structure depended on the growth temperature of the SLs. The shape of the CTR profiles confirmed the existence of the superlattice which consists of one or two monolayer thick SrF 2 layers. Some CaF 2/SrF 2-interface roughness was noticeable.

  6. Fluorescence and phosphorescence properties of the low temperature forms of the MAl 2Si 2O 8:Eu 2+ ( M=Ca, Sr, Ba) compounds

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    Clabau, Frdric; Garcia, Alain; Bonville, Pierre; Gonbeau, Danielle; Le Mercier, Thierry; Deniard, Philippe; Jobic, Stphane

    2008-06-01

    The fluorescence and phosphorescence properties of Europium-doped MAl 2Si 2O 8 ( M=Ca, Sr, Ba) are reinvestigated and discussed on the basis of the propensity of an activator to agglomerate with an oxygen vacancy. Due to a stronger attraction of the anion vacancy towards Eu 2+ cations going from BaAl 2Si 2O 8 to SrAl 2Si 2O 8 and CaAl 2Si 2O 8 host lattices, the interpretation of the fluorescence spectra turns out to be less trivial in the Ca and Sr host lattices than in the Ba one and requests the account for Eu 2+ cations lying at alkaline-earth sites with or without vacancy in their neighborhood. Phosphorescence in these compounds is highlighted.

  7. Thermal exposure effects on the in vitro degradation and mechanical properties of Mg-Sr and Mg-Ca-Sr biodegradable implant alloys and the role of the microstructure.

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    Bornapour, M; Celikin, M; Pekguleryuz, M

    2015-01-01

    Magnesium is an attractive biodegradable material for medical applications due to its non-toxicity, low density and good mechanical properties. The fast degradation rate of magnesium can be tailored using alloy design. The combined addition of Sr and Ca results in a good combination of mechanical and corrosion properties; the alloy compositions with the best performance are Mg-0.5Sr and Mg-0.3Sr-0.3Ca. In this study, we investigated an important effect, namely thermal treatment (at 400 °C), on alloy properties. The bio-corrosion of the alloys was analyzed via in vitro corrosion tests in simulated body fluid (SBF); the mechanical properties were studied through tensile, compression and three-point bending tests in two alloy conditions, as-cast and heat-treated. We showed that 8h of heat treatment increases the corrosion rate of Mg-0.5Sr very rapidly and decreases its mechanical strength. The same treatment does not significantly change the properties of Mg-0.3Sr-0.3Ca. An in-depth microstructural investigation via transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, electron probe micro-analysis and X-ray diffraction elucidated the effects of the thermal exposure. Microstructural characterization revealed that Mg-0.3Sr-0.3Ca has a new intermetallic phase that is stable after 8h of thermal treatment. Longer thermal exposure (24h) leads to the dissolution of this phase and to its gradual transformation to the equilibrium phase Mg17Sr2, as well as to a loss of mechanical and corrosion properties. The ternary alloy shows better thermal stability than the binary alloy, but the manufacturing processes should aim to not exceed exposure to high temperatures (400 °C) for prolonged periods (over 24 h). PMID:25491955

  8. Electronic structure origin of conductivity and oxygen reduction activity changes in low-level Cr-substituted (La,Sr)MnO3.

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    Tsekouras, George; Boudoire, Florent; Pal, Banabir; Vondr?ek, Martin; Prince, Kevin C; Sarma, D D; Braun, Artur

    2015-09-21

    The electronic structure of the (La(0.8)Sr(0.2))(0.98)Mn(1-x)Cr(x)O3 model series (x = 0, 0.05, or 0.1) was measured using soft X-ray synchrotron radiation at room and elevated temperature. O K-edge near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra showed that low-level chromium substitution of (La,Sr)MnO3 resulted in lowered hybridisation between O 2p orbitals and M 3d and M 4sp valance orbitals. Mn L3-edge resonant photoemission spectroscopy measurements indicated lowered Mn 3d-O 2p hybridisation with chromium substitution. Deconvolution of O K-edge NEXAFS spectra took into account the effects of exchange and crystal field splitting and included a novel approach whereby the pre-peak region was described using the nominally filled t(2g) ? state. 10% chromium substitution resulted in a 0.17 eV lowering in the energy of the t(2g) ? state, which appears to provide an explanation for the 0.15 eV rise in activation energy for the oxygen reduction reaction, while decreased overlap between hybrid O 2p-Mn 3d states was in qualitative agreement with lowered electronic conductivity. An orbital-level understanding of the thermodynamically predicted solid oxide fuel cell cathode poisoning mechanism involving low-level chromium substitution on the B-site of (La,Sr)MnO3 is presented. PMID:26395726

  9. Electronic structure origin of conductivity and oxygen reduction activity changes in low-level Cr-substituted (La,Sr)MnO3

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    Tsekouras, George; Boudoire, Florent; Pal, Banabir; Vondr?ek, Martin; Prince, Kevin C.; Sarma, D. D.; Braun, Artur

    2015-09-01

    The electronic structure of the (La0.8Sr0.2)0.98Mn1-xCrxO3 model series (x = 0, 0.05, or 0.1) was measured using soft X-ray synchrotron radiation at room and elevated temperature. O K-edge near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra showed that low-level chromium substitution of (La,Sr)MnO3 resulted in lowered hybridisation between O 2p orbitals and M 3d and M 4sp valance orbitals. Mn L3-edge resonant photoemission spectroscopy measurements indicated lowered Mn 3d-O 2p hybridisation with chromium substitution. Deconvolution of O K-edge NEXAFS spectra took into account the effects of exchange and crystal field splitting and included a novel approach whereby the pre-peak region was described using the nominally filled t2g? state. 10% chromium substitution resulted in a 0.17 eV lowering in the energy of the t2g? state, which appears to provide an explanation for the 0.15 eV rise in activation energy for the oxygen reduction reaction, while decreased overlap between hybrid O 2p-Mn 3d states was in qualitative agreement with lowered electronic conductivity. An orbital-level understanding of the thermodynamically predicted solid oxide fuel cell cathode poisoning mechanism involving low-level chromium substitution on the B-site of (La,Sr)MnO3 is presented.

  10. Significantly enhanced ferroelectricity and magnetic properties in (Sr{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5})TiO{sub 3}-modified BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Liu, Juan; Liu, Xiao Qiang E-mail: xmchen59@zju.edu.cn; Chen, Xiang Ming E-mail: xmchen59@zju.edu.cn

    2015-05-07

    BiFeO{sub 3} multiferroic ceramics were modified by introducing (Sr{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5})TiO{sub 3} to form solid solutions. The single phase structure was easy to be obtained in Bi{sub 1−x}(Sr{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}){sub x}Fe{sub 1−x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.2, 0.25, 0.3, and 0.4) solid solutions. Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction data revealed a transition from rhombohedral R3c (x = 0.2, 0.25, and 0.3) to orthorhombic Pnma (x = 0.4). Current density-field (J-E) characteristics indicated that the leakage current density was reduced by three orders of magnitude in Bi{sub 1−x}(Sr{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}){sub x}Fe{sub 1−x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics. Both the ferroelectricity and magnetic properties were significantly enhanced in the present solid solutions. P-E hysteresis loop measurements with dynamic leakage current compensation methods showed the significantly enhanced ferroelectric properties for x = 0.25 and 0.3 and the paraelectric behavior for x = 0.4. The best ferromagnetic characteristics were achieved in the composition of x = 0.25, where the saturated M-H loop was determined with M{sub r} = 34.8 emu/mol. The improvement of ferroelectricity was mainly due to the suppressed leakage current, and the enhanced magnetism originated from the partial substitution of Fe{sup 3+} by Ti{sup 4+}, which destroyed its previous spiral structure to allow the appearance of a macroscopic magnetization.

  11. Fabrication of Thick Bi1.4Pb0.6Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox Superconducting Tapes by an Extrusion Method Using Paraffin Wax

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    Suzuki, Suguru; Kato, Hiroki; Iwashita, Kenji; Takahashi, Minoru; Hikichi, Yasuo

    1991-06-01

    Thick Bi1.4Pb0.6Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox superconducting tapes, which can flow practically high critical currents, are obtained continuously by the following process: (1) calcined Bi1.4Pb0.6Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox particles, mixed with paraffin wax, are extruded through a nozzle to align platelike particles unidirectionally; (2) the paraffin wax, used as a matrix for workability, alone is burned out, taking care not to destroy the extruded configuration; (3) the burned out tapes are pressed to realize the denser configuration; and then (4) annealed at 850C for 100 h in air.

  12. Characteristics of a diode-pumped Yb:CaF2-SrF2 mode-locked laser using a carbon nanotube absorber

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    Liu, J.; Feng, C.; Su, L. B.; Jiang, D. P.; Zheng, L. H.; Qian, X. B.; Wang, J. Y.; Xu, J.; Wang, Y. G.

    2013-10-01

    Yb:CaF2-SrF2 disordered crystals are successfully grown by the TGT method. By using a double-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber (DWCNT-SA), the continuous-wave mode-locked (CWML) laser properties of Yb:CaF2-SrF2 crystals are demonstrated under diode pumping for the first time. The mode-locked laser delivers pulses as short as 5 ps at a center wavelength of 1045.5 nm without any dispersion compensation. The oscillator operating at a repetition rate of ˜87 MHz delivers 292 mW average output power.

  13. A comprehensive review of the XRD data of the primary and secondary phases present in the BSCCO superconductor system. Part 2, Ca-Sr-Pb oxides

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    Reardon, B.J.; Hubbard, C.R.

    1992-02-01

    X-ray powder patterns for the phases in the CaO-SrO-PbO ternary system, along with the corresponding crystal structures, were obtained from the literature and from the Powder Diffraction File (PDF). Available X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns were compared with each other and, when possible, with a calculated pattern for each phase, yielding a recommended reference pattern. The simulated powder patterns presented here deal with the phases found within the (Ca,Sr){sub 2}PbO{sub 4} solid solution series and are recommended for the PDF.

  14. A high-resolution Sr/Ca and [delta][sup 18]O coral record from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, and the 1982-1983 El Nino

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    McCulloch, M.T.; Gagan, M.K.; Mortimer, G.E.; Chivas, A.R. ); Isdale, P.J. )

    1994-06-01

    A high-resolution (near weekly) Sr/Ca and oxygen isotopic record is presented for a coral from the Pandora Reef in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) of Australia during the period of 1978 to 1984. The records are well correlated except for periods of high rainfall when river runoff has significantly modified the [delta][sup 18]O value of seawater. Using the Sr/Ca temperature calibration of De Villiers et al., the Sr/Ca records exhibit seasonally controlled cyclical SST (sea surface temperature) variations of from [approximately] 21 to [approximately] 28[degrees]C. During the very strong El Nino of 1982-1983, the Sr/CA systematics indicate a sharp drop in the winter SST to [approximately] 18.5[degrees]C. This represents a temperature anomaly of -3[degrees]C which is approximately twice that given by the [delta][sup 18]O variations, suggesting an [approximately] x2 amplification of the anomaly by the Sr/Ca system, possibly due to the increasing dominance of inorganically controlled aragonite-seawater fractionation. The oxygen isotope systematics show the combined effects of both temperature and changing seawater [delta][sup 18]O values, the latter reflecting the influx of [sup 18]O-depleted runoff during periods of high rainfall. Due to the extremely low ([approximately] 10[sup [minus]3]) Sr and Ca contents of river runoff relative to seawater, it is possible to use the Sr/Ca thermometer to calculate temperatures independent of major floods and hence deconvolve the combined effects in the oxygen isotopic record of variable temperature and the [delta][sup 18]O value of seawater. Using this approach it is possible to quantitatively reproduce the volume of runoff from the Burdekin River during the periods of major flooding that occurred in early 1979 and 1981. The results of this study demonstrate that the combined use of high-resolution Sr/Ca and [delta][sup 18]O systematics in scleractinian corals is a powerful tool for providing quantitative constraints on past climate.

  15. Protective effect of antioxidants against sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) oxidation by Fenton reaction, however without prevention of Ca-pump activity.

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    Voss, Peter; Engels, Martina; Strosova, Miriam; Grune, Tilman; Horakova, Lubica

    2008-10-01

    The Ca(2+)-ATPase of the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SERCA) of rabbit skeletal muscle was oxidized by Fe2+/H2O2/ascorbic acid (AA), a system which generates HO(.) radicals according to the Fenton reaction: (Fe2(+)+H2O2-->HO(.)+OH(-)+Fe(3+)) under conditions similar to the pathological state of inflammation. Under these conditions, when hydroxyl-radicals and/or ferryl-radicals are generated, a 50% decrease of the SERCA activity was observed, a significant decrease of SH groups and an increase of protein carbonyl groups and lipid peroxidation were identified. Two new bands, time dependent in density, appeared in the SERCA protein electrophoresis after incubation with the Fenton system (at approximately 50 and 75kDa), probably due to structural changes as supported also by trypsin digestion. Immunoblotting of DNPH derivatized protein bound carbonyls detected a time dependent increase after incubation of SERCA with the Fenton system. Trolox and the pyridoindole stobadine (50microM) protected SR against oxidation induced via the Fenton system by preventing SH group oxidation and lipid peroxidation. Pycnogenol((R)) and EGb761 (40microg/ml) protected SERCA in addition against protein bound carbonyl formation. In spite of the antioxidant effects, trolox and stobadine were not able to prevent a decrease in the SERCA Ca(2+)-ATPase activity. Pycnogenol and EGb761 even enhanced the decrease of the Ca(2+)-ATPase activity induced by the Fenton system, probably by secondary oxidative reactions. PMID:18692562

  16. Behavioral migration diversity of the Yangtze River Japanese Eel, Anguilla japonica, based on otolith Sr/Ca ratios.

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    Guo, Hong-Yi; Zheng, Yi; Tang, Wen-Qiao; Shen, Hao; Wei, Kai; Xie, Zheng-Li; Tsukamoto, Katsumi

    2011-08-01

    The Yangtze River estuary is the main production area of Anguilla japonica in China, as well as the only existing fishery area for adult eels. Japanese eels are distributed in the main rivers and many tributaries from the Yangtze River estuary to the upper Jinsha River, which extend to nearly 3 000 km. However, their migration behaviors remain relatively unknown. We analyzed the biological characteristics of 153 specimens of silver eels collected from the Jingjiang section of Yangtze River (31(o)30'N, 120(o)42'E) between September and November, 2008, and tested the sagittal Sr/Ca ratios of 27 specimens. Among the 153 specimens examined, 85 were female and 68 were male, which translated to a female-male ratio of 1 : 0.8. The ages of the female specimens ranged from 3 to 7 a (average 5.52) with an average total length (TL) of (669 80) mm, average body weight (BW) of (555 229)g, average condition factor of 1.77 0.22, and average gonad somatic index (GSI) of 1.32 0.31. The ages of the males ranged from 3 to 5 a (average:4.38) with an average TL of (518 51) mm, average BW of (234 76) g, average condition factor of 1.62 0.18, and average GSI of 0.21 0.11. All biological parameters of females were significantly larger than those of the male specimens (P<0.05). According to the average Sr/Ca ratio (7.99 1.05) 10(-3) of the elver mark of sagitta, 17 individuals (62.96%) were river eels and 10 individuals (37.04%) were estuarine eels. Of 16 females, 13 individuals (81.25%) were river eels and 3 were estuarine eels, while of 11 males, 36.36% were river eels and 63.64% were estuarine eels. The analysis on Sr/Ca ratios for every growth layer group (GLG) indicated there were no significant differences between second-age males and females. However, significant differences were observed between the third-age, fourth-age, and migration-age male and female specimens. This was likely related to the fact that second-age eels of both sexes stay in the same inhabitation waters; however, as they grow older, they move to different areas. PMID:21842541

  17. Structural, electrical, dielectric and magnetic properties of Gd-Sn substituted Sr-hexaferrite synthesized by sol-gel combustion method

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    Ashiq, Muhammad Naeem; Shakoor, Sajeela; Najam-ul-Haq, Muhammad; Warsi, Muhammad Farooq; Ali, Irshad; Shakir, Imran

    2015-01-01

    The effect of Gd-Sn substitution on the structural, electrical and magnetic properties of Sr1-xGdx Fe12-ySny O19 (where x=0.00, 0.025, 0.05, 0.075, 0.1) and (y=0.00, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1) prepared by the sol-gel combustion method has been investigated. The XRD analysis shows the presence of Fe2O3 phase at higher substitution. The average crystallite size obtained lies between 19-42 nm which is beneficial in obtaining suitable signal-to-noise ratio in high density recording media. The FTIR spectra of annealed samples of SrFe12O19, Sr0.95Gd0.05 Fe11.5Sn0.5O19 show that strontium hexaferrite nanoparticles have been synthesized successfully. DC electrical resistivity shows metal-to-semiconductor transition with temperature. The value of transition temperature increases with dopant content. Room temperature dc resistivity and energy of activation decreases while drift mobility increases on increasing the dopant concentration. The magnetic properties such as saturation magnetization (Ms), remanence (Mr) and coercivity (Hc) decreases with increasing the dopant concentration.

  18. High-T(c) Superconductivity at the Interface between the CaCuO2 and SrTiO3 Insulating Oxides.

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    Di Castro, D; Cantoni, C; Ridolfi, F; Aruta, C; Tebano, A; Yang, N; Balestrino, G

    2015-10-01

    At interfaces between complex oxides it is possible to generate electronic systems with unusual electronic properties, which are not present in the isolated oxides. One important example is the appearance of superconductivity at the interface between insulating oxides, although, until now, with very low T(c). We report the occurrence of high T(c) superconductivity in the bilayer CaCuO(2)/SrTiO(3), where both the constituent oxides are insulating. In order to obtain a superconducting state, the CaCuO(2)/SrTiO(3) interface must be realized between the Ca plane of CaCuO(2) and the TiO(2) plane of SrTiO(3). Only in this case can oxygen ions be incorporated in the interface Ca plane, acting as apical oxygen for Cu and providing holes to the CuO(2) planes. A detailed hole doping spatial profile can be obtained by scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy at the O K edge, clearly showing that the (super)conductivity is confined to about 1-2 CaCuO(2) unit cells close to the interface with SrTiO(3). The results obtained for the CaCuO(2)/SrTiO(3) interface can be extended to multilayered high T(c) cuprates, contributing to explaining the dependence of T(c) on the number of CuO(2) planes in these systems. PMID:26551817

  19. Influence of strontium for calcium substitution in bioactive glasses on degradation, ion release and apatite formation

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    Fredholm, Yann C.; Karpukhina, Natalia; Brauer, Delia S.; Jones, Julian R.; Law, Robert V.; Hill, Robert G.

    2012-01-01

    Bioactive glasses are able to bond to bone through the formation of hydroxy-carbonate apatite in body fluids while strontium (Sr)-releasing bioactive glasses are of interest for patients suffering from osteoporosis, as Sr was shown to increase bone formation both in vitro and in vivo. A melt-derived glass series (SiO2P2O5CaONa2O) with 0100% of calcium (Ca) replaced by Sr on a molar base was prepared. pH change, ion release and apatite formation during immersion of glass powder in simulated body fluid and Tris buffer at 37C over up to 8 h were investigated and showed that substituting Sr for Ca increased glass dissolution and ion release, an effect owing to an expansion of the glass network caused by the larger ionic radius of Sr ions compared with Ca. Sr release increased linearly with Sr substitution, and apatite formation was enhanced significantly in the fully Sr-substituted glass, which allowed for enhanced osteoblast attachment as well as proliferation and control of osteoblast and osteoclast activity as shown previously. Studying the compositionstructureproperty relationship in bioactive glasses enables us to successfully design next-generation biomaterials that combine the bone regenerative properties of bioactive glasses with the release of therapeutically active Sr ions. PMID:21993007

  20. Isovalent-substitution effect on the Verwey-type transition in the A-site-ordered double perovskite (Ba,Sr)RFe{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Nakamura, J.; Karppinen, M.; Yamauchi, H.; Karen, P.; Linden, J.

    2004-10-01

    Two types of chemical-pressure effects on the Verwey-type transition in BaSmFe{sub 2}O{sub 5} are studied, viz., ionic-size contractions at the Ba and Sm sites. Whereas the replacement of Sm by the smaller Eu and Gd atoms increases the transition temperature T{sub V} from 232 K to 264 K, the Sr-for-Ba substitution decreases it from 232 K to 180 K for x=0.15 in (Ba{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x})SmFe{sub 2}O{sub 5}. Of various structural parameters determined by synchrotron x-ray diffraction above T{sub V}, the magnitude of the orthorhombic distortion (=b-a) is found to correlate with T{sub V} in a manner that unifies both substitution schemes. It is suggested that when an increase in b-a above T{sub V} is achieved by means of the structural substitution, it makes it easier for the d{sub xz} Fe{sup 2+} orbital ordering to occur below T{sub V}.

  1. Giant Enhancement in the Physical Properties of LaFeO3 by Substitution of Divalent Ions

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    Ahmed, M. A.; Dek, S. I.; Arman, M. M.

    2013-03-01

    Perovskites with the general formula La1-xMxFeO3, x = 0.0 and x = 0.3, M = Ca2+, Sr2+ and Ba2+ were prepared by the double sintering ceramic technique. The X-ray powder diffraction, IR and TEM were carried out to characterize the samples. The molar magnetic susceptibility (χM) was enhanced by substitution the divalent metal ion (M2+ = Ca2+, Sr2+ and Ba2+) instead of La+3. The saturation magnetization for both Ca2+ and Sr2+ substituted samples is increased up to 10 times its values for the parent which allow to use these samples in many applications. The Ca substitution improves the conductivity by more than 18 times while the Sr enhances it by 25 times.

  2. Crystal structure and magnetic properties of Bi{sub 0.8}A{sub 0.2}FeO{sub 3} (A = La, Ca, Sr, Ba) multiferroics using neutron diffraction and Mossbauer spectroscopy

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    Rangi, Manisha; Agarwal, Ashish Sanghi, Sujata; Singh, Ripandeep; Meena, S. S.; Das, A.

    2014-08-15

    Bi{sub 0.8}A{sub 0.2}FeO{sub 3} (A = La, Ca, Sr, Ba) multiferroics were studied using x-ray, neutron diffraction and magnetization techniques. All the samples crystallized in rhombohedral structure with space group R3c. The compounds exhibit antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering at 300 K and no evidence of further structural or magnetic transition was observed on lowering of temperature below it. The magnetic structure of these substituted compounds are found to be collinear G-type AFM structure as against the non collinear incommensurate magnetic structure reported in the case of parent compound. The moments on Fe at 6 K are aligned along the a-axis in the case of Ca-doped sample. With increase in the ionic radii of dopant, the moments are found to be aligned in the ac plane and the angle of tilt away from the a-axis increases. The observed change in the magnetic structure with substitution is attributed to the intrinsic structural distortion as evidenced by the change in the bond angle (Fe-O-Fe) and bond distances (Bi-O, Fe-O). It has been found that heterovalent substitution A{sup 2+} results in the formation of oxygen vacancies in the parent lattices as the possibility of Fe{sup 4+} ruled out by Mössbauer spectra recorded at room temperature. Higher value of remnant magnetization (0.4187 emu/g) and coercivity (4.7554kOe) is observed in Bi{sub 0.8}Ba{sub 0.2}FeO{sub 3} sample in comparison to other substituted samples revealing a strong correlation between ionic radii and magnetization.

  3. First principles investigation of Sr and P doping of CaFe2As2

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    Jeschke, Harald O.; Tomic, Milan; Valenti, Roser

    2013-03-01

    The doping-temperature-pressure phase diagrams of the 122 family of superconductors have been discussed intensively due to electronic nematicity above the structural and superconducting transition and the complex coupling between electronic and lattice degrees of freedom. We employ density functional theory to determine the structure of supercells of Ca1-xSrxFe2As2 and CaFe2(As1-xPx)2. We then predict structural transitions of the doped compounds under pressure and compare to the parent compound. We carefully analyze the changes in the electronic structure caused by doping and stress.

  4. Relaxor behavior of ferroelectric Ca0.22Sr0.12Ba0.66Nb2O6

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    Shekhar Pandey, Chandra; Schreuer, Jrgen; Burianek, Manfred; Mhlberg, Manfred

    2013-01-01

    The relaxor behavior of tetragonal tungsten bronze uniaxial relaxor ferroelectric calcium strontium barium niobate (Ca0.22Sr0.12Ba0.66Nb2O6 or CSBN-22) single crystal was studied by measuring elastic constants and thermal expansion with the aid of resonant ultrasound spectroscopy and dilatometry, respectively, in the temperature range 300 K-1503 K. Thermal expansion yields evidence of the Burns temperature TB and the intermediate characteristic temperature T*, which was also supported by the temperature evolutions of the elastic constants cij. CSBN-22 was found to be 2%-3% elastically stiffer than CBN-28. The presented results open the perspective to understand the relaxor behavior of CSBN.

  5. Structural and Optoelectronic Properties of X3ZN (X = Ca, Sr, Ba; Z = As, Sb, Bi) Anti-Perovskite Compounds

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    Ullah, Imran; Murtaza, G.; Khenata, R.; Mahmood, Asif; Muzzamil, M.; Amin, N.; Saleh, M.

    2016-01-01

    We employed first-principles calculations to predict the structural and optoelectronic properties of X3ZN (X = Ca, Sr, Ba; Z = As, Sb, Bi) anti-perovskite compounds using an all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method. Optimized structural parameters are found to be in good agreement with the available experimental measurements. The electronic band structure is calculated using different exchange-correlation potentials which reveal that the investigated compounds are narrow direct band gap semiconductors. A direct narrow band gap at the center of the Brillouin zone emphasises the optical activity of these compounds. Prediction of the optical properties, such as the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function and refractive index along with reflectivity and optical conductivity, reveals the importance of these compounds in the visible and near UV optoelectronic devices industry.

  6. The photo-catalytic activities of MP (M = Ba, Ca, Cu, Sr, Ag; P = PO43-, HPO42-) microparticles

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    Zhang, Fan; Shi, Yuanji; Zhao, Zongshan; Song, Weijie; Cheng, Yang

    2014-02-01

    For the good performance of apatite-based materials in the removal of dyes and their environment-friendly advantage, five kinds of apatite microparticles of MP (M = Ba, Ca, Cu, Sr, Ag; P = PO43-, HPO42-) were synthesized by a simple precipitation method and their photo-catalytic properties were invested. Better performance in the decolorization of methyl orange (MO) under the assistance of H2O2 than that of TiO2 were obtained for all the MPs. The photo-catalytic activity was mainly affected by surface area, energy band, impurity, crystallinity and crystal structure. The DFT calculation results demonstrated that the 2p of O and 3p of P in PO43- played the main role in the photo-catalytic process. This work would be helpful to design and synthesize low cost apatite materials with good photo-catalytic performance.

  7. Tunable terahertz emission from Bi{<_2}Sr{<_2}CaCu{<_2}O{<_8+delta} mesa devices.

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    Benseman, T. M.; Koshelev, A. E.; Gray, K. E.; Kwok, W.-K.; Welp, U.; Kadowaki, K.; Tachiki, M.; Yamamoto, T.

    2011-01-01

    We have measured coherent terahertz emission spectra from Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} mesa devices as a function of temperature and mesa bias voltage. The emission frequency is found to be tunable by up to 12% by varying the temperature and bias voltage. We attribute the appearance of tunability to asymmetric boundaries at the top and bottom and the nonrectangular cross section of the mesas. This interpretation is consistent with numerical simulations of the dynamics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in the mesa. Easily tunable emission frequency may have important implications for the design of terahertz devices based on stacked intrinsic Josephson junctions.

  8. Dynamics of the second magnetization peak in Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ ?

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    Giller, D.; Kalisky, B.; Shapiro, I.; Shapiro, B. Ya.; Shaulov, A.; Yeshurun, Y.

    2003-05-01

    Local magnetization curves at different times, extracted from high-temporal resolution magneto-optical measurements in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+?, demonstrate the absence of the second magnetization peak (SMP) at short times, its appearance at longer times, and the movement of its onset toward higher induction fields approaching the limit of the thermodynamic order-disorder transition field. We utilize theoretical analysis, based on the Landau-Khalatnikov dynamic equation adopted for the vortex matter order parameter, to simulate the measured time evolution of the SMP. We show that the observed time evolution is a manifestation of a dynamic coexistence of transient-disordered and ordered vortex phases.

  9. Coexisting ordered and disordered vortex phases in Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ ?

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    Kalisky, B.; Wolfus, Y.; Shaulov, A.; Yeshurun, Y.

    2003-05-01

    A high temporal resolution magneto-optical system was employed to image the induction distribution on the surface of a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+? crystal while the external magnetic field was ramped up at a constant rate. These data reveal coexistence of quasi-ordered and disordered vortex phases, near the order-disorder phase transition line. The coexistence region in the B-T phase diagram narrows down with increasing temperature or decreasing sweep rate. These observations clarify previous interpretations of phenomena associated with the fishtail, e.g. the shift of the fishtail onset to higher inductions for slower sweep rates and the absence of a fishtail at low temperatures.

  10. Anisotropic thermoelectric properties in layered cobaltite AxCoO2 (A =Sr and Ca) thin films

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    Kanno, Tsutomu; Yotsuhashi, Satoshi; Adachi, Hideaki

    2004-08-01

    We have fabricated epitaxial thin films of layered cobaltite AxCoO2 (A =Sr and Ca) on sapphire substrates by rf magnetron sputtering. The grown phase in the AxCoO2 films was found to be a monoclinic ?-phase of primitive layered cobaltites and the epitaxial orientation of the film could be controlled by the surface plane of the substrates. The resistivity parallel to the CoO2 layers ? ? for the ?-SrxCoO2 is as low as 2m?cm at room temperature and shows metallic behavior. The ratio of perpendicular resistivity ? ? to ?? increases from 20 at room temperature to 90 at 3K. More isotropic nature was observed in the Seebeck coefficient. Parallel Seebeck coefficients S? of AxCoO2 are approximately 60?V /K at room temperature and the perpendicular S? are about half of S?.

  11. Terahertz Hall Measurements On Optimally Doped Single Crystal Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x

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    Jenkins, G.S.; Gu, G.; Schmadel, D.C.; Sushkov, A.B.; Kontani, H,; Drew, H.D.

    2010-09-24

    The infrared Hall angle in optimally doped single-crystal Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+x} was measured from 3.05 to 21.75 meV as a continuous function of temperature from 25 to 300 K. In the normal state, the temperature dependence of the real part of the cotangent of the infrared Hall angle obeys the same power law as dc measurements. The measured Hall frequency {omega}{sub H} is significantly larger than the expected value based on angular-resolved photoemission spectroscopy data analyzed in terms of the relaxation-time approximation. This discrepancy as well as the temperature dependence of Re(cot{theta}{sub H}) and {omega}{sub H} is well described by a Fermi-liquid theory in which current vertex corrections produced by electron-magnon scattering are included.

  12. Numerical Investigation of the Quench Behavior of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox Wire

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    Arbelaez, D.; Prestemon, S. O.; Dietderich, D. R.; Godeke, A.; Ye, L.; Hunte, F.; Schwartz, J.

    2010-08-01

    The quench behavior of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x} (Bi2212) wire is investigated through numerical simulations. This work is part of the U.S. Very High Field Superconducting Magnet Collaboration (VHFSMC). Numerical simulations are carried out using a one-dimensional computational model of thermal transport in Bi2212 composite wires. A quench is simulated by introducing heat in a section of the wire, and the voltage and temperature are monitored as function of time and position. The quench energy, normal zone propagation velocity, and spatial distribution of temperature are calculated for varying transport current and applied magnetic field. The relevance of these simulations in defining criteria for experimental measurements is discussed.

  13. The Effect of the CO32- to Ca2+ Ion activity ratio on calcite precipitation kinetics and Sr2+ partitioning

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    Background A proposed strategy for immobilizing trace metals in the subsurface is to stimulate calcium carbonate precipitation and incorporate contaminants by co-precipitation. Such an approach will require injecting chemical amendments into the subsurface to generate supersaturated conditions that promote mineral precipitation. However, the formation of reactant mixing zones will create gradients in both the saturation state and ion activity ratios (i.e., aCO32-/aCa2+). To better understand the effect of ion activity ratios on CaCO3 precipitation kinetics and Sr2+ co-precipitation, experiments were conducted under constant composition conditions where the supersaturation state (?) for calcite was held constant at 9.4, but the ion activity ratio (r=aCO32-/aCa2+) was varied between 0.0032 and 4.15. Results Calcite was the only phase observed, by XRD, at the end of the experiments. Precipitation rates increased from 41.3 3.4 ?mol m-2 min-1 at r = 0.0315 to a maximum rate of 74.5 4.8 ?mol m-2 min-1 at r = 0.306 followed by a decrease to 46.3 9.6 ?mol m-2 min-1 at r = 1.822. The trend was simulated using a simple mass transfer model for solute uptake at the calcite surface. However, precipitation rates at fixed saturation states also evolved with time. Precipitation rates accelerated for low r values but slowed for high r values. These trends may be related to changes in effective reactive surface area. The aCO32-/aCa2+ ratios did not affect the distribution coefficient for Sr in calcite (DPSr2+), apart from the indirect effect associated with the established positive correlation between DPSr2+ and calcite precipitation rate. Conclusion At a constant supersaturation state (? = 9.4), varying the ion activity ratio affects the calcite precipitation rate. This behavior is not predicted by affinity-based rate models. Furthermore, at the highest ion ratio tested, no precipitation was observed, while at the lowest ion ratio precipitation occurred immediately and valid rate measurements could not be made. The maximum measured precipitation rate was 2-fold greater than the minima, and occurred at a carbonate to calcium ion activity ratio of 0.306. These findings have implications for predicting the progress and cost of remediation operations involving enhanced calcite precipitation where mineral precipitation rates, and the spatial/temporal distribution of those rates, can have significant impacts on the mobility of contaminants. PMID:22280318

  14. San Francisco Estuary Striped Bass Migration History Determined by Electron-microprobe Analysis of Otolith Sr/Ca Ratio

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    Ostrach, D J; Phillis, C C; Weber, P K; Ingram, B L; Zinkl, J G

    2004-09-17

    Habitat use has been shown to be an important factor in the bioaccumulation of contaminants in striped bass. This study examines migration in striped bass as part of a larger study investigating bioaccumulation and maternal transfer of xenobiotics to progeny in the San Francisco Estuary system. Habitat use, residence time and spawning migration over the life of females (n = 23) was studied. Female striped bass were collected between Knights Landing and Colusa on the Sacramento River during the spawning runs of 1999 and 2001. Otoliths were removed, processed and aged via otolith microstructure. Subsequently, otoliths were analyzed for strontium/calcium (Sr/Ca) ratio using an electron-microprobe to measure salinity exposure and to distinguish freshwater, estuary, and marine habitat use. Salinity exposure during the last year before capture was examined more closely for comparison of habitat use by the maternal parent to contaminant burden transferred to progeny. Results were selectively confirmed by ion microprobe analyses for habitat use. The Sr/Ca data demonstrate a wide range of migratory patterns. Age of initial ocean entry differs among individuals before returning to freshwater, presumably to spawn. Some fish reside in freshwater year-round, while others return to more saline habitats and make periodic migrations to freshwater. Frequency of habitat shifts and residence times differs among fish, as well as over the lifetime of individual fish. While at least one fish spent its final year in freshwater, the majority of spawning fish spent their final year in elevated salinity. However, not all fish migrated to freshwater to spawn in the previous year. Results from this investigation concerning migration history in striped bass can be combined with contaminant and histological developmental analyses to better understand the bioaccumulation of contaminants and the subsequent effects they and habitat use have on fish populations in the San Francisco Estuary system.

  15. Composite superconducting wires obtained by high-rate tinning in molten Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system

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    Grozav, A. D.; Konopko, L. A.; Leporda, N. I.

    1990-01-01

    The preparation of high-T(sub c) superconducting long composite wires by short-time tinning of the metal wires in a molten Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O compound is discussed. The application of this method to the high-T(sub c) materials is tested, possibly for the first time. The initial materials used for this experiment were ceramic samples with nominal composition Bi(1.5)Pb(0.5)Sr2Ca2Cu3O(x) and T(sub c) = 80 K prepared by the ordinary solid-state reaction, and industrial copper wires from 100 to 400 microns in diameter and from 0.5 to 1 m long. The continuously moving wires were let through a small molten zone (approximately 100 cubic mm). The Bi-based high-T(sub c) ceramics in a molten state is a viscous liquid and it has a strongly pronounced ability to spread on metal wire surfaces. The maximum draw rate of the Cu-wire, at which a dense covering is still possible, corresponds to the time of direct contact of wire surfaces and liquid ceramics for less than 0.1 s. A high-rate draw of the wire permits a decrease in the reaction of the oxide melt and Cu-wire. This method of manufacture led to the fabrication of wire with a copper core in a dense covering with uniform thickness of about h approximately equal to 5 to 50 microns. Composite wires with h approximately equal to 10 microns (h/d approximately equal to 0.1) sustained bending on a 15 mm radius frame without cracking during flexing.

  16. Concentrations and ratios of Sr, Ba and Ca along an estuarine river to the Gulf of Mexico - implication for sea level rise effects on trace metal distribution

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    He, S.; Xu, Y. J.

    2015-11-01

    Strontium and barium to calcium ratios are often used as proxies for tracking animal movement across salinity gradients. As sea level rise continues, many estuarine rivers in the world face saltwater intrusion, which may cause changes in mobility and distribution of these metals upstream. Despite intensive research on metal adsorption and desorption in marine systems, knowledge of the spatiotemporal distribution of these elements along estuarine rivers is still limited. In this study, we conducted an intensive monitoring of Sr and Ba dynamics along an 88 km long estuary, the Calcasieu River in South Louisiana, USA, which has been strongly affected by saltwater intrusion. Over the period from May 2013 to August 2015, we collected monthly water samples and performed in-situ water quality measurements at six sites from the upstream to the river mouth, with a salinity range from 0.02 to 29.50 ppt. Water samples were analyzed for Sr, Ba, and Ca concentrations. In-situ measurements were made on salinity, pH, water temperature, dissolved oxygen concentration, and specific conductance. We found that the Sr and Ca concentrations and the Sr / Ca ratio all increased significantly with increasing salinity. The average Sr concentration at the site closest to the Gulf of Mexico (site 6) was 46.21 μmol L-1, which was about 130 times higher than that of the site furthest upstream (site 1, 0.35 μmol L-1). The average Ca concentration at site 6 was 8.19 mmol L-1, which was about 60 times higher than that of site 1 (0.13 mmol L-1). The average Sr / Ca ratio at site 6 (8.41 mmol mol-1) was about 3 times the average Sr / Ca ratio at site 1 (2.89 mmol mol-1). However, the spatial variation in Ba concentration was marginal, varying from 0.36 μmol L-1 at site 6 to 0.47 at site 5. The average Ba / Ca ratio at site 1 (4.82 mmol mol-1) was about 54 times the average Ba / Ca ratio at site 6 (0.09 mmol mol-1), showing a clear negative relation between the Ba / Ca ratio and increasing salinity. All the elemental concentrations and ratios had considerable seasonal variations, with significant differences among sampling months for the Sr, Ba concentrations and the Ba / Ca ratio (p < 0.01). The results from this study suggest that concentrations of Sr and Ca in the world's estuaries will very likely increase in the future as sea level rise continues. For low-gradient estuarine rivers such as the Calcasieu River in South Louisiana, USA, water chemistry upstream would experience substantial Sr and Ca enrichment, which could affect aquatic environments and biological communities.

  17. Sr substitution for Ba in Y(Ba{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x}){sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}d} at varying d

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    Licci, F.; Gauzzi, A.; Marezio, M.; Radaelli, G.P.; Masini, R.; Chaillout-Bougerol, C.

    1999-04-20

    In order to understand the difference between the effects induced by chemical substitutions and those induced by applying mechanical pressure, the authors synthesized and characterized samples of Y(Ba{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x}){sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}d}. The structural refinements based on powder neutron diffraction data were carried out as a function of x and, for x = 0.5, as a function of d. The electric and magnetic properties have also been measured and correlated with the structural parameters and oxygen content. It seems that the Ba cations play an important role in the high {Tc} of YBCO. Its substitution with a smaller cation corresponds to the application of a chemical pressure, but the release of the associated strain seems to play a negative role on {Tc}.

  18. Experimental demonstration of hybrid improper ferroelectricity and the presence of abundant charged walls in (Ca,Sr)3Ti2O7 crystals.

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    Oh, Yoon Seok; Luo, Xuan; Huang, Fei-Ting; Wang, Yazhong; Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2015-04-01

    On the basis of successful first-principles predictions of new functional ferroelectric materials, a number of new ferroelectrics have been experimentally discovered. Using trilinear coupling of two types of octahedron rotation, hybrid improper ferroelectricity has been theoretically predicted in ordered perovskites and the Ruddlesden-Popper compounds (Ca3Ti2O7, Ca3Mn2O7 and (Ca/Sr/Ba)3(Sn/Zr/Ge)2O7). However, the ferroelectricity of these compounds has never been experimentally confirmed and even their polar nature has been under debate. Here we provide the first experimental demonstration of room-temperature switchable polarization in bulk crystals of Ca3Ti2O7, as well as Sr-doped Ca3Ti2O7. Furthermore, (Ca, Sr)3Ti2O7 is found to exhibit an intriguing ferroelectric domain structure resulting from orthorhombic twins and (switchable) planar polarization. The planar domain structure accompanies abundant charged domain walls with conducting head-to-head and insulating tail-to-tail configurations, which exhibit a conduction difference of two orders of magnitude. These discoveries provide new research opportunities, not only for new stable ferroelectrics of Ruddlesden-Popper compounds, but also for meandering conducting domain walls formed by planar polarization. PMID:25581628

  19. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the series of double perovskites (Ca,Sr){sub 2?x}La{sub x}FeIrO{sub 6}

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    Bufaial, L.; Adriano, C.; Lora-Serrano, R.; Duque, J.G.S.; Mendona-Ferreira, L.; Rojas-Ayala, C.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.; Bittar, E.M.; Pagliuso, P.G.

    2014-04-01

    Polycrystalline samples of the series of double perovskites Sr{sub 2?x}La{sub x}FeIrO{sub 6} were synthesized. Their structural, electronic and magnetic properties were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, Mssbauer spectroscopy, magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity and electrical resistivity experiments. The compounds crystallize in a monoclinic structure and were fitted in space group P2{sub 1}/n, with a significant degree of Fe/Ir cationic disorder. As in Ca{sub 2?x}La{sub x}FeIrO{sub 6} the Sr-based system seems to evolve from an antiferromagnetic ground state for the end members (x=0.0 and x=2.0) to a ferrimagnetic order in the intermediate regions (x?1). Since Mssbauer spectra indicate that Fe valence remains 3+ with doping, this tendency of change in the nature of the microscopic interaction could be attributed to Ir valence changes, induced by La{sup 3+} electrical doping. Upon comparing both Ca and Sr series, Sr{sub 2?x}La{sub x}FeIrO{sub 6} is more structurally homogenous and presents higher magnetization and transition temperatures. Magnetic susceptibility measurements at high temperatures on Sr{sub 1.2}La{sub 0.8}FeIrO{sub 6} indicate a very high ferrimagnetic Curie temperature T{sub C}?700K. For the Sr{sub 2}FeIrO{sub 6} compound, electrical resistivity experiments under applied pressure suggest that this material might be a Mott insulator. - Graphical abstract: The Weiss constant as a function of La doping for the (Ca,Sr){sub 2?x}La{sub x}FeIrO{sub 6} series, indicating changes in FeIr magnetic coupling on both families. - Highlights: The double perovskite series (Ca,Sr){sub 2?x}La{sub x}FeIrO{sub 6} were synthesized. Changes in the Fe-Ir magnetic coupling due to La doping on both series. Evidence of high T{sub C} on Sr{sub 1.2}La{sub 0.8}FeIrO{sub 6}. Indication of Mott insulator behavior on Sr{sub 2}FeIrO{sub 6}.

  20. Spectroscopic and photoluminescence characterization of Dy(3+) in Sr0.5 Ca0.5 TiO3 phosphor.

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    Vidyadharan, Viji; Sreeja, E; Jose, Saritha K; Joseph, Cyriac; Unnikrishnan, N V; Biju, P R

    2016-02-01

    The spectroscopic and photoluminescence characteristics of trivalent dysprosium (Dy(3+) )-doped Sr0.5 Ca0.5 TiO3 phosphor materials synthesized via solid-state reaction method were studied. The X-ray diffraction profile confirmed the orthorhombic perovskite structure of the prepared samples. Judd-Ofelt analysis was carried out to obtain the intensity parameters and predicted radiative properties of Sr0.5 Ca0.5 TiO3 :2wt%Dy(3+) . The photoluminescence spectrum of Dy(3+) -doped Sr0.5 Ca0.5 TiO3 showed three emission peaks at 481, 574 and 638?nm corresponding to (4) F9/2 ?(6) H15/2 , (4) F9/2 ?(6) H13/2 and (4) F9/2 ?(6) H11/2 transitions respectively. The variation of luminescence intensity with different excitation wavelengths and Dy(3+) concentrations is discussed. The decay profiles of (4) F9/2 excited levels of Dy(3+) ions show bi-exponential behaviour and also a decrease in average lifetime with increase in Dy(3+) concentration. Yellow to blue luminescence intensity ratio, CIE chromaticity co-ordinates and correlated color temperature were also calculated for different concentrations of Dy(3+) -doped Sr0.5 Ca0.5 TiO3 phosphor at different ?ex . Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26032295

  1. Effects of Ca and Sr chemical doping on the average superconducting kinetic energy of YBa2Cu3O7-δ

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    Vieira, V. N.; Mendonça, A. P. A.; Dias, F. T.; Hneda, M. L.; Pureur, P.; Schaf, J.; Mesquita, F.

    2015-03-01

    In this brief communication we applied the MZFC(T) and MFCC(T) reversible dc magnetizations to get the average superconducting kinetic energy density, kS(T,B) of YBa2Cu3O7-δ, Y0.95Ca0.05Ba2Cu3O7-δ and YBa1.75Sr0.25Cu3O7-δ ceramic samples with the aim of study the effects of Ca and Sr doping on the kS(T,B). The MZFC(T) and MFCC(T) measurements were performed with a SQUID magnetometer from quantum design to dc magnetic fields up to 50kOe. The determination of the kS(T,B) from reversible dc magnetization is supported by virial theorem of superconductivity [kS(T,B) = - MB]. The kS(T,B) results show an common temperature profile for all the samples which is smoothly affected by the magnetic field. On the other hand the kS(T,B) results to T > Tc could not be associated to the pseudogap phenomenon. The Ca doping affects more effectively the kS(T,B) behaviour then Sr doping. A possible explanation to this feature could be associated to the fact that the hole doping promoted by Ca doping depress more considerably the superconducting state and enhances the granular character of the YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconductor than the chemical pressure effect promoted by Sr doping.

  2. Tunneling measurements of the zero-bias conductance peak and the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin-film energy gap

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    Walsh, T.; Moreland, J.; Ono, R.H. ); Kalkur, T.S. )

    1991-01-28

    We have examined the zero-bias conductance peak that is often found in high-temperature-superconductor tunnel-junction spectra. We have also measured the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin-film energy gap. The zero-bias conductance peak can be explained in terms of quasiparticle tunneling, phase diffusion, and a supercurrent. The implications of this model are discussed.

  3. Oxidized Hastelloy Cloth Insulation for a Wind-and-React Processed Ag/Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 Superconducting Magnet

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    Watanabe, K.; Nishijima, G.; Awaji, S.; Hikichi, Y.; Hasegawa, T.

    2006-03-01

    Practical multifilamentary Ag/Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 round wires 1 mm in diameter exhibit critical current properties without anisotropy in fields up to 30 T and 4.2 K. We concentrate on the development of a Ag/Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 insert coil by a wind-and-react method for a high field NMR superconducting magnet. Hastelloy cloth was used for the insulation for the wind-and-react process. A ?0.05 mm Hastelloy X (Hx) filament was knitted into a braid tube, and has a high mechanical strength and a good tolerance to oxidization at high temperature. We fabricated multifilamentary Ag/Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 wires with Hx cloth, and heat-treated them at around 890 C in an oxygen atmosphere. It was found that the surface of Hx cloth is oxidized enough for a good electric insulation. Multifilamentary Ag/Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 wires with oxidized Hx cloth insulation have the critical current of 720 A at 4.2 K in a self field.

  4. Electronic, Dielectric, and Plasmonic Properties of Two-Dimensional Electride Materials X2N (X=Ca, Sr): A First-Principles Study

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    Guan, Shan; Yang, Shengyuan A.; Zhu, Liyan; Hu, Junping; Yao, Yugui

    2015-07-01

    Based on first-principles calculations, we systematically study the electronic, dielectric, and plasmonic properties of two-dimensional (2D) electride materials X2N (X?=?Ca, Sr). We show that both Ca2N and Sr2N are stable down to monolayer thickness. For thicknesses larger than 1-monolayer (1-ML), there are 2D anionic electron layers confined in the regions between the [X2N]+ layers. These electron layers are strongly trapped and have weak coupling between each other. As a result, for the thickness dependence of many properties such as the surface energy, work function, and dielectric function, the most dramatic change occurs when going from 1-ML to 2-ML. For both bulk and few-layer Ca2N and Sr2N, the in-plane and out-of-plane real components of their dielectric functions have different signs in an extended frequency range covering the near infrared, indicating their potential applications as indefinite media. We find that bulk Ca2N and Sr2N could support surface plasmon modes in the near infrared range. Moreover, tightly-bounded plasmon modes could exist in their few-layer structures. These modes have significantly shorter wavelengths (few tens of nanometers) compared with that of conventional noble metal materials, suggesting their great potential for plasmonic devices with much smaller dimensions.

  5. In vitro synthesis of amorphous Mg-, Ca-, Sr- and Ba-carbonates: What do we learn about intracellular calcification by cyanobacteria?

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    Cam, N.; Georgelin, T.; Jaber, M.; Lambert, J.-F.; Benzerara, K.

    2015-07-01

    Some cyanobacteria, including Candidatus Gloeomargarita lithophora, which was isolated from Lake Alchichica (Mexico), can form intracellular carbonates. This contradicts the common paradigm that cyanobacterial calcification is always extracellular and suggests that calcification might be controlled by these cyanobacterial species. Intracellular carbonates have several peculiar characteristics: they are relatively small (between 60 and 500 nm), they are poorly crystalline, and they have Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios much higher than the solution in which the cells grow. It is therefore crucial to understand whether these unique features may indicate the involvement of specific biological processes. Here, in vitro abiotic syntheses were performed to synthesize Mg-, Ca-, Sr- and Ba-containing carbonates with compositions, crystallinities and sizes close to those observed in intracellularly calcifying cyanobacteria. Precipitates were characterized by scanning and transmission electron microscopies coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and X-ray diffraction. The size and the poor crystallinity of cyanobacterial intracellular carbonates could be mimicked under these abiotic conditions. It was shown that similarly to Mg, elements such as Sr and Ba can favor stabilization of poorly crystalline carbonates. In contrast, the differential partitioning of Sr, Ba and Ca between the solution and the solids as observed in cyanobacteria could not be mimicked in vitro. This provides keys to a better understanding of biological processes involved in the formation of intracellular carbonates by some cyanobacteria, including the involvement of membrane transporters.

  6. Photoluminescence Properties of Red-Emitting Ca3Sr3-x(PO4)4:xEu3+ Phosphors for White Light-Emitting Diodes.

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    Hakeem, D A; Park, K

    2015-07-01

    The photoluminescent properties of the Eu(3+)-activated Ca3Sr3(PO4)4 phosphors prepared by a solution combustion method were investigated. The excitation spectra of Ca3Sr3-x(PO4)4:xEu3+ (0.05 ? x ? 0.6) phosphors under 614 nm wavelength showed a broad band centered at 266 nm along with other peaks at 320, 362, 381, 394, 414, 464, and 534 nm. The emission spectra observed in the range of 450 to 750 nm under excitation at 394 nm were ascribed to the 5D0-7F1-4 transitions of Eu3+ ions. The Ca3Sr3-x(PO4)4:xEu3+ phosphors showed the strongest red emission at 614 nm due to the electric dipole 5DO -->7F2 transition of Eu3+. The strongest emission intensity was obtained for the Eu3+ ions of x = 0.5. The prepared Ca3Sr3-x(PO4)4:xEu3+ can be used as an efficient red phosphor for UV-based white LEDs. PMID:26373096

  7. Assessing the accuracy of oxygen isotopes and Sr/Ca as proxies of sea surface temperature at the extreme latitudinal limits of Porites corals

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    Hirabayashi, S.; Yokoyama, Y.; Suzuki, A.; Kawakubo, Y.; Miyairi, Y.; Okai, T.; Nojima, S.

    2014-12-01

    Oxygen isotope and Sr/Ca ratios in harmatypic coral skeletons are widely employed as proxies of sea-surface temperature (SST) in paleoclimatology, yet they are considered to be influenced from growth rate of corals. Corals in temperate regions have lower skeletal growth rate because of relatively stressful environment, in particular lower SST than those in the tropics or subtropics. Dependency on SST proxies from those effects are required to be validated to better understand paleo-environment using temperate corals. This study reports Sr/Ca-based SST reconstructions for three temperate Porites coral colonies (USB93, USB12-01, USB12-03) collected from Kyushu, Japan, near the northern latitudinal limits of Porites. Results clearly indicated that Sr/Ca reliably reproduced SST variation, independent from growth rate variations, in contrast to ?18O-based reconstruction (Hirabayashi et al., 2013, Geochemical Journal). The inter-colony variation of skeletal Sr/Ca of two Porites corals (USB12-01, USB12-03) were observed. This is attributed to the difference in calcification processes between so called "smooth type" and "sharp type" proposed by Gagan et al. (2012) as is defined by the ratio of tissue thickness/extension rate. According to these observations, summer SST reconstruction can be achieved by a limited number of coral specimens in a temperate region with comparable accuracy to tropical and subtropical corals.

  8. Dipole polarizability of alkali-metal (Na, K, Rb)–alkaline-earth-metal (Ca, Sr) polar molecules: Prospects for alignment

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    Gopakumar, Geetha Abe, Minori; Hada, Masahiko; Kajita, Masatoshi

    2014-06-14

    Electronic open-shell ground-state properties of selected alkali-metal–alkaline-earth-metal polar molecules are investigated. We determine potential energy curves of the {sup 2}Σ{sup +} ground state at the coupled-cluster singles and doubles with partial triples (CCSD(T)) level of electron correlation. Calculated spectroscopic constants for the isotopes ({sup 23}Na, {sup 39}K, {sup 85}Rb)–({sup 40}Ca, {sup 88}Sr) are compared with available theoretical and experimental results. The variation of the permanent dipole moment (PDM), average dipole polarizability, and polarizability anisotropy with internuclear distance is determined using finite-field perturbation theory at the CCSD(T) level. Owing to moderate PDM (KCa: 1.67 D, RbCa: 1.75 D, KSr: 1.27 D, RbSr: 1.41 D) and large polarizability anisotropy (KCa: 566 a.u., RbCa: 604 a.u., KSr: 574 a.u., RbSr: 615 a.u.), KCa, RbCa, KSr, and RbSr are potential candidates for alignment and orientation in combined intense laser and external static electric fields.

  9. Impurity-trapped excitons and electron traps in CaF2:Yb2+ and SrF2:Yb2+ probed by transient photoluminescence enhancement

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    Senanayake, P. S.; Wells, J. P. R.; Reid, M. F.; Berden, G.; Meijerink, A.; Reeves, R. J.

    2013-01-01

    CaF$_2$:Yb$^{2+}$ and SrF$_2$:Yb$^{2+}$ crystals have been investigated by a two-color UV + IR transient photoluminescence enhancement technique. The enhancement gives information about both changes in internal energy levels of the excitons and liberation of electrons from traps in the crystals.

  10. Temperature dependence of the energy gap in superconducting single crystalline Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+? from threshold photoemission

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    Nepijko, S. A.; Park, W. G.; Fanelsa, A.; Kisker, E.; Winkeler, L.; Gntherodt, G.

    1997-02-01

    From threshold photoemission measurements on Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+? single crystals taken at temperatures above and below Tc we derive the temperature dependence of the width of the superconducting energy gap. By different methods of data analysis, we obtain the relative and absolute values of the gap energy width.

  11. Electronic, Dielectric, and Plasmonic Properties of Two-Dimensional Electride Materials X2N (X=Ca, Sr): A First-Principles Study.

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    Guan, Shan; Yang, Shengyuan A; Zhu, Liyan; Hu, Junping; Yao, Yugui

    2015-01-01

    Based on first-principles calculations, we systematically study the electronic, dielectric, and plasmonic properties of two-dimensional (2D) electride materials X2N (X=Ca, Sr). We show that both Ca2N and Sr2N are stable down to monolayer thickness. For thicknesses larger than 1-monolayer (1-ML), there are 2D anionic electron layers confined in the regions between the [X2N](+) layers. These electron layers are strongly trapped and have weak coupling between each other. As a result, for the thickness dependence of many properties such as the surface energy, work function, and dielectric function, the most dramatic change occurs when going from 1-ML to 2-ML. For both bulk and few-layer Ca2N and Sr2N, the in-plane and out-of-plane real components of their dielectric functions have different signs in an extended frequency range covering the near infrared, indicating their potential applications as indefinite media. We find that bulk Ca2N and Sr2N could support surface plasmon modes in the near infrared range. Moreover, tightly-bounded plasmon modes could exist in their few-layer structures. These modes have significantly shorter wavelengths (few tens of nanometers) compared with that of conventional noble metal materials, suggesting their great potential for plasmonic devices with much smaller dimensions. PMID:26192245

  12. Combined effects of transition metal (Ni and Rh) substitution and annealing/quenching on the physical properties of CaFe2As2

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    Ran, S; Bud'ko, S L; Straszheim, W E; Canfield, P C

    2014-08-01

    We performed systematic studies of the combined effects of annealing/quenching temperature (TA/Q) and T=Ni, Rh substitution (x) on the physical properties of Ca(Fe1−xTx)2As2. We constructed two-dimensional, TA/Q-x phase diagrams for the low-temperature states for both substitutions to map out the relations between ground states and compared them with that of Co substitution. Ni substitution, which brings one more extra electron per substituted atom and suppresses the c-lattice parameter at roughly the same rate as Co substitution, leads to a similar parameter range of antiferromagnetic/orthorhombic phase space in the TA/Q-x space as that found for Co substitution, but the parameter range for superconductivity has been shrunk (roughly by a factor of 2). This result is similar to what is found when Co- and Ni-substituted BaFe2As2 are compared. On the other hand, Rh substitution, which brings the same amount of extra electrons as does Co substitution, but suppresses the c-lattice parameter more rapidly, has a different phase diagram. The collapsed tetragonal phase exists much more pervasively, to the exclusion of the normal, paramagnetic, tetragonal phase. The range of antiferromagnetic/orthorhombic phase space is noticeably reduced, and the superconducting region is substantially suppressed, essentially truncated by the collapsed tetragonal phase. In addition, we found that whereas for Co substitution there was no difference between phase diagrams for samples annealed for 1 or 7 days, for Ni and Rh substitutions a second, reversible effect of annealing was revealed by 7-day anneals.

  13. Synthesis, structure and chemical bonding of CaFe2-xRhxSi2 (x=0, 1.32, and 2) and SrCo2Si2

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    Hlukhyy, Viktor; Hoffmann, Andrea V.; Fssler, Thomas F.

    2013-07-01

    The finding of superconductivity in Ba0.6K0.4Fe2As2 put the attention on the investigation of compounds that crystallize with ThCr2Si2 structure type such as AT2X2 (A=alkali/alkaline earth/rare earth element; T=transition metal and X=element of the 13-15th group). In this context the silicides CaFe2Si2, CaFe0.68(6)Rh1.32(6)Si2, CaRh2Si2 and SrCo2Si2 have been synthesized by reaction of the elements under an argon atmosphere. Single crystals were obtained by special heat treatment in welded niobium/tantalum ampoules. The compounds were investigated by means of powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction. All compounds crystallize in the ThCr2Si2-type structure with space group I4/mmm (No. 139): a=3.939(1) , c=10.185(1) , R1=0.045, 85 F2 values, 8 variable parameters for CaFe2Si2; a=4.0590(2) , c=9.9390(8) , R1=0.030, 90 F2 values, 10 variable parameters for CaFe0.68(6)Rh1.32(6)Si2; a=4.0695(1) , c=9.9841(3) , R1=0.031, 114 F2 values, 9 variable parameters for CaRh2Si2; and a=3.974(1) , c=10.395(1) , R1=0.036, 95 F2 values, 8 variable parameters for SrCo2Si2. The structure of SrCo2Si2 contains isolated [Co2Si2]2- 2D-layers in the ab-plane whereas in CaFe2-xRhxSi2 the [T2Si2] layers (T=Fe and Rh) are interconnected along the c-axis via Si3Si bonds resulting in a three-dimentional (3D) [T2Si2]2- polyanions and therefore belong to the so-called collapsed form of the ThCr2Si2-type structure. The SrCo2Si2 and CaRh2Si2 are isoelectronic to the parent 122 iron-pnictide superconductors AeFe2As2 (Ae=alkaline earth elements), whereas CaFe2Si2 is a full substituted variant (As/Si) of CaFe2As2. The crystal chemistry and chemical bonding in the title compounds are discussed in terms of LMTO band structure calculations and a topological analysis using the Electron Localization Function (ELF).

  14. Dissolution of aragonite-strontianite solid solutions in nonstoichiometric Sr (HCO3)2-Ca (HCO3)2-CO2-H2O solutions

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    Plummer, L.N.; Busenberg, E.; Glynn, P.D.; Blum, A.E.

    1992-01-01

    Synthetic strontianite-aragonite solid-solution minerals were dissolved in CO2-saturated non-stoichiometric solutions of Sr(HCO3)2 and Ca(HCO3)2 at 25??C. The results show that none of the dissolution reactions reach thermodynamic equilibrium. Congruent dissolution in Ca(HCO3)2 solutions either attains or closely approaches stoichiometric saturation with respect to the dissolving solid. In Sr(HCO3)2 solutions the reactions usually become incongruent, precipitating a Sr-rich phase before reaching stoichiometric saturation. Dissolution of mechanical mixtures of solids approaches stoichiometric saturation with respect to the least stable solid in the mixture. Surface uptake from subsaturated bulk solutions was observed in the initial minutes of dissolution. This surficial phase is 0-10 atomic layers thick in Sr(HCO3)2 solutions and 0-4 layers thick in Ca(HCO3)2 solutions, and subsequently dissolves and/or recrystallizes, usually within 6 min of reaction. The initial transient surface precipitation (recrystallization) process is followed by congruent dissolution of the original solid which proceeds to stoichiometric saturation, or until the precipitation of a more stable Sr-rich solid. The compositions of secondary precipitates do not correspond to thermodynamic equilibrium or stoichiometric saturation states. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements indicate the formation of solid solutions on surfaces of aragonite and strontianite single crystals immersed in Sr(HCO3)2 and Ca(HCO3)2 solutions, respectively. In Sr(HCO3)2 solutions, the XPS signal from the outer ~ 60 A?? on aragonite indicates a composition of 16 mol% SrCO3 after only 2 min of contact, and 14-18 mol% SrCO3 after 3 weeks of contact. The strontianite surface averages approximately 22 mol% CaCO3 after 2 min of contact with Ca(HCO3)2 solution, and is 34-39 mol% CaCO3 after 3 weeks of contact. XPS analysis suggests the surface composition is zoned with somewhat greater enrichment in the outer ~25 A?? (as much as 26 mol% SrCO3 on aragonite and 44 mol% CaCO3 on strontianite). The results indicate rapid formation of a solid-solution surface phase from subsaturated aqueous solutions. The surface phase continually adjusts in composition in response to changes in composition of the bulk fluid as net dissolution proceeds. Dissolution rates of the endmembers are greatly reduced in nonstoichiometric solutions relative to dissolution rates observed in stoichiometric solutions. All solids dissolve more slowly in solutions spiked with the least soluble component ((Sr(HCO3)2)) than in solutions spiked with the more soluble component (Ca(HCO3)2), an effect that becomes increasingly significant as stoichiometric saturation is approached. It is proposed that the formation of a non-stoichiometric surface reactive zone significantly decreases dissolution rates. ?? 1992.

  15. Synthesis, structure, and properties of four ternary compounds: CaSrTt, Tt=Si, Ge, Sn, Pb

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    Liu Shengfeng; Corbett, John D. . E-mail: jcorbett@iastate.edu

    2006-03-15

    The title compounds were synthesized and characterized by structural measurements and electronic structure calculations. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses established that they all have the orthorhombic inverse-PbCl{sub 2}-type structure (Pnma, Z=4, a=8.108(2), 8.124(2), 8.421(2), 8.509(2)A; b=4.944(1), 4.949(1), 5.168(1), 5.189(1)A; c=9.170(2), 9.184(2), 9.685(2), 9.740(2)A, respectively). The tetrel (Tt) atoms are situated in tricapped trigonal prisms of ordered Sr and Ca atoms in which the smaller Ca atoms play a distinctive role. The structure is distinguishable from the Co{sub 2}Si type by its more nearly ideal 6+3 (TCTP) environment about Tt rather than a higher coordination by cations. Other representations of the two structural types are also considered. Electronic band structure calculations suggest that the compounds are semiconductors, in agreement with literature data on their Ae{sub 2}Tt analogues.

  16. Methods for estimating a critical value for determining the freshwater/estuarine habitat residence of American eels from otolith Sr:Ca data

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    Jessop, B. M.; Shiao, J. C.; Iizuka, Y.

    2013-11-01

    Linear discriminant analysis (LDA) and habitat discrimination critical value (HDCV) methods are alternatives for evaluating the migratory history, such as the proportion of residence in freshwater (%fwr) and estuarine/marine habitats, of individual American eels (Anguilla rostrata) via the analysis of otolith Sr:Ca data. The LDA process requires Sr:Ca data from both freshwater and estuarine/marine groups while the mean + cSD method requires only a freshwater standard. For the two group (freshwater, estuarine/marine), single predictor variable (Sr:Ca) case, the LDA process defaults to Fisher's linear discriminant where the HDCV equals the average of the group mean Sr:Ca values. The difference between freshwater and estuarine resident eel mean otolith Sr:Ca values, based on 13 published studies and the current study (n = 14), decreased with increasing freshwater group otolith mean (r = 0.80, p < 0.001), reflecting a relatively constant estuarine group mean (r = 0.38, p = 0.17). A process is proposed for estimating a HDCV from freshwater group otolith Sr:Ca mean and SD values based on empirical linear relations between the LDA, HDCV and freshwater mean (n = 14, r = 0.90, p < 0.0001) and c and SD (n = 14, r = -0.89, p < 0.0001) from the equation HDCV = mean + cSD. Variation in the sample sizes of otolith Sr:Ca values used in the discriminant process of estimating a HDCV, while statistically significant, had trivial effect sizes that were likely of little biological consequence. However, larger sample sizes are preferred over smaller sample sizes. Estimates of %fwr increased with increases in the HDCV. Differences in %fwr estimates over a range of HDCVs were highly statistically significant and effect sizes increased with increased HDCV difference. As HDCV levels increased, growth rate estimates increased for a given %fwr value. A HDCV difference of ?0.5 10-3 produced a small effect size. Accurate estimation of a HDCV is fundamental to the assessment of the habitat residence and inter-habitat movement of American eels and perhaps of other diadromous fishes and helps minimize bias in dependent estimates of other useful statistics such as the percentage of freshwater residence (%fwr) and growth rate.

  17. A Modern Sr/Ca-δ18O-Sea Surface Temperature Calibration for Isopora Corals in the Great Barrier Reef

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    Brenner, L. D.; Linsley, B. K.; Potts, D. C.

    2014-12-01

    Most coral-based paleoceanographic studies have used massive colonies of Porites or Faviidae, due to their long, continuously accreted skeletal records and sub-annual resolution, but other sub-massive corals provide an untapped resource. The genus Isopora is a dominant reef builder in some high-energy environments in the tropical western Pacific, and was a major component of cores recovered on IODP Leg 325 off the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Despite its abundance, Isopora remains largely unexplored and hence underutilized in paleoceanographic studies. We present a modern Sr/Ca-δ18O-Sea Surface Temperature (SST) calibration of modern Isopora corals (n=3) collected from inner and outer reef locations ranging from 1-13m depth by Heron Island in the southern GBR in 2012. Pairing the Isopora Sr/Ca record with monthly SST yielded an average relationship of SST=-11.48×(Sr/Ca)+131.1 (r2 = 0.42-0.78). The Sr/Ca sensitivity of -0.087 mmol/mol/°C is similar to the sensitivity for Porites that was corrected for tissue layer smoothing effects determined by Gagan et al. (2012). The similarity between our Sr/Ca-SST sensitivity and the corrected sensitivity for Porites suggests tissue layer effects are minimal in Isopora. The mean annual SST amplitude recorded by the corals from 2008-2011 (full annual cycles) was 5.3°C and the average δ18O annual cycle of 1.1‰ approximates that expected if salinity had little effect on coral δ18O, assuming a previously established conversion of -0.23‰ (δ18O)/°C for biogenic aragonite. The average annual salinity amplitude of 0.3 in gridded data from around Heron Island supports our conclusion that δ18O variability is forced almost completely by SST. This modern Sr/Ca-SST calibration will expand the paleoceanographic utility of Isopora and, by assisting interpretation of Sr/Ca data from fossil corals collected during IODP 325, will better constrain the timing and magnitude of sea level changes and surface conditions since the Last Glacial Maximum.

  18. A new calibration for the Sr/Ca-temperature relationship in sclerosponges reveals synchronous changes in Caribbean specimens indicative of warming and multi-decadal climate variability

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    Waite, A. J.; Swart, P. K.; Rosenheim, B. E.

    2009-12-01

    Previous work defined the calibration between the skeletal Sr/Ca ratio of the sclerosponge Ceratoporella nicholsoni and the ambient seawater temperature. However, application of this calibration to records throughout the Caribbean reveals a nearly 4°C warming over the last 150 years, in excess of what one might expect from global climate averages. As the original C. nicholsoni Sr/Ca-temperature relationship was calibrated between 26 and 30°C, it is possible that the relationship differed outside of the examined temperature window. This suspicion is confirmed by the measurement of Sr/Ca ratios from additional specimens of the same species. These show a significantly different slope between Sr/Ca and temperature at lower temperatures (21 to 26°C). Using this information, the calibration equation has been refined and the subsequent reconstructions of temperature are much more realistic, indicating a warming of approximately 1°C over the last 150 years. Applying this new calibration to additional published sclerosponge records of Sr/Ca reveals remarkable agreements between records from the Bahamas and Jamaica, both in amplitude of warming and smaller scale variability. In addition, the depth versus temperature relationship associated with these specimens is preserved. The refined temperature reconstruction of a 600 year record from Exuma Sound, Bahamas, demonstrates the cyclic nature of its variability (~15 and 28 year periodicities). Further use of these data and stable oxygen isotopes to calculate salinity reveals variability on multi-decadal timescales. This includes an approximately 20 year periodicity between 1400 and 1790. From 1790 to 2000, the dominant mode appears to switch to a roughly 60 year periodicity, consistent with that of the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO).

  19. Thin CaSO4:Dy thermoluminescent dosimeters for calibration of 90Sr+90Y applicators.

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    Antonio, Patrícia L; Oliveira, Mércia L; Caldas, Linda V E

    2012-04-01

    Clinical applicators are used in brachytherapy to treat superficial lesions of skin and eye. They should be periodically calibrated according to quality control programs and international recommendations. Thin CaSO(4):Dy thermoluminescent dosimeters were used to calibrate various applicators with a dermatological applicator as a reference. The obtained absorbed dose rates were compared with those quoted in their calibration certificates. Depth-dose curves were constructed for all the applicators. A mail dosimetry system was developed for calibration of clinical applicators. PMID:22304964

  20. Sr-containing hydroxyapatite: morphologies of HA crystals and bioactivity on osteoblast cells.

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    Aina, Valentina; Bergandi, Loredana; Lusvardi, Gigliola; Malavasi, Gianluca; Imrie, Flora E; Gibson, Iain R; Cerrato, Giuseppina; Ghigo, Dario

    2013-04-01

    A series of Sr-substituted hydroxyapatites (HA), of general formula Ca(10-x)Srx(PO4)6(OH)2, where x=2 and 4, were synthesized by solid state methods and characterized extensively. The reactivity of these materials in cell culture medium was evaluated, and the behavior towards MG-63 osteoblast cells (in terms of cytotoxicity and proliferation assays) was studied. Future in vivo studies will give further insights into the behavior of the materials. A paper by Lagergren et al. (1975), concerning Sr-substituted HA prepared by a solid state method, reports that the presence of Sr in the apatite composition strongly influences the apatite diffraction patterns. Zeglinsky et al. (2012) investigated Sr-substituted HA by ab initio methods and Rietveld analyses and reported changes in the HA unit cell volume and shape due to the Sr addition. To further clarify the role played by the addition of Sr on the physico-chemical properties of these materials we prepared Sr-substituted HA compositions by a solid state method, using different reagents, thermal treatments and a multi-technique approach. Our results indicated that the introduction of Sr at the levels considered here does influence the structure of HA. There is also evidence of a decrease in the crystallinity degree of the materials upon Sr addition. The introduction of increasing amounts of Sr into the HA composition causes a decrease in the specific surface area and an enrichment of Sr-apatite phase at the surface of the samples. Bioactivity tests show that the presence of Sr causes changes in particle size and/or morphology during soaking in MEM solution; on the contrary the morphology of pure HA does not change after 14 days of reaction. The presence of Sr, as Sr-substituted HA and SrCl2, in cultures of human MG-63 osteoblasts did not produce any cytotoxic effect. In fact, Sr-substituted HA increased the proliferation of osteoblast cells and enhanced cell differentiation: Sr in HA has a positive effect on MG-63 cells. In contrast, Sr ions alone, at the concentrations released by Sr-HA (1.21-3.24 ppm), influenced neither cell proliferation nor differentiation. Thus the positive effects of Sr in Sr-HA materials are probably due to the co-action of other ions such as Ca and P. PMID:23827552

  1. Combined effects of post-growth thermal treatment and chemical substitution on physical properties of CaFe2As2

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    Ran, Sheng

    2014-12-01

    This thesis summarizes experimental work using process of postgrowth thermal treatment and chemical substitution as tuning parameters in the study of physical properties of CaFe2As2. Details of sample preparation and characterization are given as well as various phase diagrams.

  2. Towards a high thermoelectric performance in rare-earth substituted SrTiO3: effects provided by strongly-reducing sintering conditions.

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    Kovalevsky, A V; Yaremchenko, A A; Populoh, S; Thiel, P; Fagg, D P; Weidenkaff, A; Frade, J R

    2014-12-28

    Donor-substituted strontium titanate ceramics demonstrate one of the most promising performances among n-type oxide thermoelectrics. Here we report a marked improvement of the thermoelectric properties in rare-earth substituted titanates Sr0.9R0.1TiO3? (R = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Dy, Y) to achieve maximal ZT values of as high as 0.42 at 1190 K < T < 1225 K, prepared via a conventional solid state route followed by sintering under strongly reducing conditions (10%H2-90%N2, 1773 K). As a result of complex defect chemistry, both electrical and thermal properties were found to be dependent on the nature of the rare-earth cation and exhibit an apparent correlation with the unit cell size. High power factors of 1350-1550 ?W m(-1) K(-2) at 400-550 K were observed for R = Nd, Sm, Pr and Y, being among the largest reported so far for n-type conducting bulk-ceramic SrTiO3-based materials. Attractive ZT values at high temperatures arise primarily from low thermal conductivity, which, in turn, stem from effective phonon scattering in oxygen-deficient perovskite layers formed upon reduction. The results suggest that highly-reducing conditions are essential and should be employed, whenever possible, in other related micro/nanostructural engineering approaches to suppress the thermal conductivity in target titanate-based ceramics. PMID:25377924

  3. Effect of hypergravity on the Ca/Sr composition of developing otoliths of larval cichlid fish (Oreochromis mossambicus).

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    Anken, R H; Ibsch, M; Breuer, J; Rahmann, H

    2001-02-01

    The amounts of calcium and strontium were measured by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) in saccular and utricular inner ear otoliths (sagittae and lapilli, respectively) of developing cichlid fish. These fish had been maintained for 22 days at 3-g hypergravity conditions within a centrifuge. During this time-span, the animals completed their ontogenetic development from hatch to the free-swimming stage. Neither the morphogenetic development nor the timely onset and gain of performance of the swimming behaviour was impaired by the experimental conditions. Experimental and control animals also did not differ concerning their size (total length). ICP-MS revealed that the otoliths contained significantly less calcium (in microg/otolith) after hyper-g exposure compared to parallelly raised 1-g control specimens (lapilli: 0.74+/-0.21 vs. 1.16+/-0.41; sagittae: 2.09+/-0.49 vs. 2.76+/-0.47). The content of strontium (in microg/otolith: lapilli: 0.0044+/-0.0023 vs. 0.0022+/-0.0013; sagittae: 0.0094+/-0.0026 vs. 0.0081+/-0.0016) and, consequently, the Sr/Ca ratio (Sr/Cax100) was increased (lapilli: 0.607+/-0.267 vs. 0.201+/-0.12; sagittae: 0.439+/-0.093 vs. 0.301+/-0.086). Since the calcium content can be taken as a proxy for otolith weight, and because parallelly undertaken morphometric investigations revealed smaller otoliths (maximum radius and surface area) due to hyper-g exposure, the results suggest that the growth of otoliths at hyper-g is slowed down. Since the concentration of trace elements incorporated into otoliths is likely based on the composition of the respective protein matrix, our findings suggest that the protein metabolism is affected by hypergravity. PMID:11223398

  4. Synthesis and structure of new bismuth containing oxychlorides: BiSr 3O 3Cl 3 and BiCa 3O 3Cl 3

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    Huang, Jinfan; Sleight, Arthur W.

    1992-01-01

    A new bismuth strontium oxychloride BiSr 3O 3Cl 3 has been synthesized and structurally characterized from single crystal X-ray diffraction data. The compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pnma (#62) with a=6.687(2) , b=11.4618(8) , c=11.565(2) , V=886,4(3) 3, and Z=4. From the formula weight of 626.20, the density is calculated to be 4.693 g/cm 3. The structure of BiSr 3O 3Cl 3 can be described as a layered structure arranged in sequence Cl/Sr-O/Bi-Sr-O-Cl/Sr-O/Cl along the b axis. The Bi-Sr-O-Cl layer is unique among all the known bismuth oxyhalides in that oxygen and halide are mixed in one layer. Two types of Sr atom and one type of Bi atom are found. Strontium of the Sr-O layer is coordinated by three O atoms with Sr-O distances ranging from 2.404(7) to 2.557(6) and by five Cl atoms with Sr-Cl distances from 3.010(2) to 3.394(3) . Strontium of the Bi-Sr-O-Cl layer is coordinated to three oxygen atoms with Sr-O distances in the range of 2.419(8) to 2.505(6) and to six chlorine atoms with Sr-Cl distances in the range 2.922(3) to 3.796(4) . The Bi atom is coordinated by three O atoms and two Cl atoms with Bi-O bond lengths ranging from 2.062(8) to 2.071(6) and Bi-Cl bond lengths of 3.472(3) . The isostructural compound BiCa 3O 3Cl 3 was also synthesized; the cell dimensions from single crystal data are a=6.383(3) , b=10.803(3) , and c=11.422(3) .

  5. Rolled-up tubes and cantilevers by releasing SrRuO3-Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3 nanomembranes

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    2011-01-01

    Three-dimensional micro-objects are fabricated by the controlled release of inherently strained SrRuO3/Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3/SrRuO3 nanometer-sized trilayers from SrTiO3(001) substrates. Freestanding cantilevers and rolled-up microtubes with a diameter of 6 to 8 ?m are demonstrated. The etching behavior of the SrRuO3 film is investigated, and a selectivity of 1:9,100 with respect to the SrTiO3 substrate is found. The initial and final strain states of the rolled-up oxide layers are studied by X-ray diffraction on an ensemble of tubes. Relaxation of the sandwiched Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3 layer towards its bulk lattice parameter is observed as the major driving force for the roll-up of the trilayers. Finally, ?-diffraction experiments reveal that a single object can represent the ensemble proving a good homogeneity of the rolled-up tubes. PACS: 81.07.-b; 68.60.-p; 68.37.Lp; 81.16.Dn. PMID:22151894

  6. Upconversion-luminescent/magnetic dual-functional sub-20 nm core-shell SrF2:Yb,Tm@CaF2:Gd heteronanoparticles.

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    Li, Ai-Hua; Lü, Mengyun; Yang, Jun; Chen, Lin; Cui, Xiaohong; Sun, Zhijun

    2016-04-01

    Sub-20 nm core-shell and water-soluble SrF2:Yb,Tm@CaF2:Gd heteronanoparticles with both upconversion luminescence (UCL) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) capabilities were designed and synthesized via a two-step hydrothermal method. In the design of the heteronanoparticles, SrF2:Yb,Tm nanoparticles with high UCL efficiency are chosen as the core material for strong UCL output; and by epitaxially coating the SrF2:Yb,Tm core particles with inert and biocompatible shells of CaF2:Gd, the core-shell heteronanoparticles are endowed with a magnetic capability (longitudinal relaxivity of 2.4 mM(-1) s(-1)) for MRI, as well as an enhancement of the near infrared (NIR) UCL by 9.2 times. The aqueous dispersion of SrF2:Yb,Tm@CaF2:Gd heteronanoparticles with a concentration of 2.6 wt% can emit NIR UCL so as to be easily detected with a fiber optical spectrometer under illumination of a 975 nm laser diode with a power density of 8.8 W cm(-2). Such a dispersion with a Gd(3+) concentration of 0.0143 mM in the shell region of the heteronanoparticles can also generate the detectable quickening of longitudinal relaxation. The results promise the strong potential of this nanomaterial for applications in bioimaging as a dual-functional probe. PMID:26934836

  7. Superconducting ceramics in the Bi1.5SrCaCu2O sub x system by melt quenching technique

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Deguire, Mark R.

    1989-01-01

    Bi sub 1.5 SrCaCu sub 2 O sub x has been prepared in the glassy state by rapid quenching of the melt. The kinetics of crystallization of various phases in the glass have been evaluated by a variable heating rate differential scanning calorimetry method. The formation various phases on thermal treatments of the glass has been investigated by powder X-ray diffraction and electrical resistivity measurements. Heating at 450 C formed Bi sub 2 Sr sub 2 CuO sub 6, which disappeared on further heating at 765 C, where Bi sub 2 Sr sub 2 CaCu sub 2 O sub 8 formed. Prolonged heating at 845 C resulted in the formation of a small amount of a phase with T sub c onset of approx. 108 K, believed to be Bi sub 2 Sr sub 2 Ca sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 10. This specimen showed zero resistivity at 54 K. The glass ceramic approach could offer several advantages in the fabrication of the high-T sub c superconductors in desired practical shapes such as continuous fibers, wires, tapes, etc.

  8. A kinetic mechanism for formation of aligned (Bi, Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10} in a powder-in-tube processed tape

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    Wang, Y.L.; Bian, W.; Zhu, Y.

    1995-12-31

    A kinetic mechanism for formation of the c-axis aligned (Bi, Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10} platelets from a powder mixture of (Bi, Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} and CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 3} + CuO in a silver sheath is proposed.

  9. A-Site (MCe) Substitution Effects on the Structures and Properties of CaBi4Ti4O15 Ceramics

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    Yan, Haixue; Li, Chengen; Zhou, Jiaguang; Zhu, Weimin; He, Lianxin; Song, Yuxin

    2000-11-01

    We investigated the effect of A-site compound substitution on the structures and properties of Ca0.8(MCe)0.1Bi4Ti4O15 (M denotes Li, Na and K) ceramics. The samples were prepared by the conventional ceramic technique. Sintering characteristics of Ca0.8(MCe)0.1Bi4Ti4O15 and CaBi4Ti4O15 ceramics were discussed. X-ray powder diffraction patterns of the three modified CBT-based compounds show a single phase of bismuth oxide layer type structure with m=4. The hysteresis loops of polarization versus electric field of the four compounds were also measured. A-site compound substitution improves the piezoelectric properties and the high-temperature resistivity of these materials. A-site (LiCe) and (KCe) substitution not only improves the Curie temperature but also decreases the temperature coefficient of dielectric constant (TK\\varepsilon). Among the three modified ceramics, only the Curie temperature of Ca0.8(NaCe)0.1Bi4Ti4O15 is lower than that of CaBi4Ti4O15; however, its TK\\varepsilon is the lowest. As a result, all the three modified CBT-based ceramics were found to be excellent high-temperature piezoelectric materials.

  10. High-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) impaired cardiac excitation-contraction coupling by enhancing the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) leak through TLR4-ROS signaling in cardiomyocytes.

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    Zhang, Cuicui; Mo, Miaohua; Ding, Wenwen; Liu, Wenjuan; Yan, Dewen; Deng, Jianxin; Luo, Xinping; Liu, Jie

    2014-09-01

    High-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is a proinflammatory mediator playing an important role in the pathogenesis of cardiac dysfunction in many diseases. In this study, we explored the effects of HMGB1 on Ca(2+) handling and cellular contractility in cardiomyocytes to seek for the mechanisms underlying HMGB1-induced cardiac dysfunction. Our results show that HMGB1 increased the frequency of Ca(2+) sparks, reduced the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) content, and decreased the amplitude of systolic Ca(2+) transient and myocyte contractility in dose-dependent manners in adult rat ventricular myocytes. Inhibiting high-frequent Ca(2+) sparks with tetracaine largely inhibited the alterations of SR load and Ca(2+) transient. Blocking Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) with TAK-242 or knockdown of TLR4 by RNA interference remarkably inhibited HMGB1 induced high-frequent Ca(2+) sparks and restored the SR Ca(2+) content. Concomitantly, the amplitude of systolic Ca(2+) transient and myocyte contractility had significantly increased. Furthermore, HMGB1 increased the level of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and consequently enhanced oxidative stress and CaMKII-activated phosphorylation (pSer2814) in ryanodine receptor 2 (RyR2). TAK-242 pretreatment significantly decreased intracellular ROS levels and oxidative stress and hyperphosphorylation in RyR2, similar to the effects of antioxidant MnTBAP. Consistently, MnTBAP normalized HMGB1-impaired Ca(2+) handling and myocyte contractility. Taken together, our findings suggest that HMGB1 enhances Ca(2+) spark-mediated SR Ca(2+) leak through TLR4-ROS signaling pathway, which causes partial depletion of SR Ca(2+) content and hence decreases systolic Ca(2+) transient and myocyte contractility. Prevention of SR Ca(2+) leak may be an effective therapeutic strategy for the treatment of cardiac dysfunction related to HMGB1 overproduction. PMID:24937603

  11. Fabrication of (111)-oriented Ca0.5Sr0.5IrO3/SrTiO3 superlatticesA designed playground for honeycomb physics

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    Hirai, Daigorou; Matsuno, Jobu; Takagi, Hidenori

    2015-04-01

    We report the fabrication of (111)-oriented superlattice structures with alternating 2m-layers (m = 1, 2, and 3) of Ca0.5Sr0.5IrO3 perovskite and two layers of SrTiO3 perovskite on SrTiO3(111) substrates. In the case of m = 1 bilayer films, the Ir sub-lattice is a buckled honeycomb, where a topological state may be anticipated. The successful growth of superlattice structures on an atomic level along the [111] direction was clearly demonstrated by superlattice reflections in x-ray diffraction patterns and by atomically resolved transmission electron microscope images. The ground states of the superlattice films were found to be magnetic insulators, which may suggest the importance of electron correlations in Ir perovskites in addition to the much discussed topological effects.

  12. Fabrication of (111)-oriented Ca{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}IrO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} superlatticesA designed playground for honeycomb physics

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    Hirai, Daigorou; Matsuno, Jobu; Takagi, Hidenori

    2015-04-01

    We report the fabrication of (111)-oriented superlattice structures with alternating 2m-layers (m = 1, 2, and 3) of Ca{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}IrO{sub 3} perovskite and two layers of SrTiO{sub 3} perovskite on SrTiO{sub 3}(111) substrates. In the case of m = 1 bilayer films, the Ir sub-lattice is a buckled honeycomb, where a topological state may be anticipated. The successful growth of superlattice structures on an atomic level along the [111] direction was clearly demonstrated by superlattice reflections in x-ray diffraction patterns and by atomically r