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Sample records for ca sr substitution

  1. 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 Mössbauer 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.

  2. 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

  3. Partial substitution of calcium in Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor

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    Sýkorová, D.; Smrková, O.; Michna, E.

    2006-09-01

    Chemical substitutions may change structural and physical parameters in HTS. Substituents influence formation of Bi-2223 phase, pinning centers, intergrain connection and change hole carrier concentration. Bulk samples with partial substitution of calcium in Bi3.2Pb0.8Sr4Ca5-yMxCu7Oy by 5 B elements (M = V, Nb, Ta), x = 0-0.8 were prepared by solid state reaction in air. Resistivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements evaluated superconducting properties. Phase composition was checked by X-ray diffraction

  4. Influence of SrO substitution for CaO on the properties of bioactive glass S53P4.

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    Massera, Jonathan; Hupa, Leena

    2014-03-01

    Commercial melt-quenched bioactive glasses consist of the oxides of silicon, phosphorus, calcium and sodium. Doping of the glasses with oxides of some other elements is known to affect their capability to support hydroxyapatite formation and thus bone tissue healing but also to modify their high temperature processing parameters. In the present study, the influence of gradual substitution of SrO for CaO on the properties of the bioactive glass S53P4 was studied. Thermal analysis and hot stage microscopy were utilized to measure the thermal properties of the glasses. The in vitro bioactivity and solubility was measured by immersing the glasses in simulated body fluid for 6 h to 1 week. The formation of silica rich and hydroxyapatite layers was assessed from FTIR spectra analysis and SEM images of the glass surface. Increasing substitution of SrO for CaO decreased all characteristic temperatures and led to a slightly stronger glass network. The initial glass dissolution rate increased with SrO content. Hydroxyapatite layer was formed on all glasses but on the SrO containing glasses the layer was thinner and contained also strontium. The results suggest that substituting SrO for CaO in S53P4 glass retards the bioactivity. However, substitution greater than 10 mol% allow for precipitation of a strontium substituted hydroxyapatite layer. PMID:24338267

  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, σdc, exhibited a semiconductor behavior. The negative sign of thermoelectric power coefficient S reveals that all samples are n-type semiconductors. Both σdc and mobility, μd, 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. Ca-for-Sr substitution in the thermoelectric [(Sr,Ca){sub 2}(O,OH){sub 2}]{sub q}[CoO{sub 2}] misfit-layered cobalt-oxide system

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    Yamauchi, Hisao; Karvonen, Lassi; Egashira, Takayuki; Tanaka, Yoshiaki; Karppinen, Maarit

    2011-01-15

    Calcium-for-strontium substituted samples of the misfit-layered cobalt-oxide system, [(Sr{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}){sub 2}(O,OH){sub 2}]{sub q}[CoO{sub 2}], were successfully synthesized up to x=0.2 with a sample-encapsulation technique originally developed for the x=0 end phase. While the x=0 sample has a commensurate match between the two layer blocks (i.e. q=0.5), isovalent Ca-for-Sr substitution induces lattice misfit (i.e. q>0.5). At the same time the Seebeck coefficient gets increased, but the increase in resistivity results in suppressing the thermoelectric power factor. The magnetic anomaly in the x=0 sample gets released upon the Ca substitution for the x=0.2 sample to exhibit an almost Curie-Weiss behavior. It is concluded that with increasing x in [(Sr{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}){sub 2}(O,OH){sub 2}]{sub q}[CoO{sub 2}] the properties smoothly evolve towards those previously reported for the x=1.0 end member, [Ca{sub 1.7}O{sub 2.1}H{sub 2.4}]{sub 0.58}[CoO{sub 2}]. -- Graphical abstract: In the misfit-layered [(Sr{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}){sub 2}(O,OH){sub 2}]{sub q}[CoO{sub 2}] (0.0{<=}x{<=}0.2) system the x=0 phase has a commensurate match between the two layer blocks (i.e. q=0.5), while isovalent Ca-for-Sr substitution induces lattice misfit (i.e. q>0.5). At the same time Seebeck coefficient gets increased. Simultaneous increase in resistivity however outweighs this benefit, and accordingly the thermoelectric power factor is decreased. Display Omitted

  7. Observation of low-temperature magnetic ordering in mixed-phase Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductors substituted by iron

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    Sklyarova, A.; Shinoda, S.; Nagumo, T.; Chizhik, V. I.; Matveev, V. V.; Suematsu, H.

    2016-08-01

    The series of unsubstituted Sr2CaCu2O6 and iron-substituted Sr2CaCu2‑x Fe x O6 (x=0.1,x=0.05) materials were produced by a high-pressure synthesis route and characterized using X-ray diffraction and SQUID magnetometry. The change of contained phase ratio was found at different substituent concentrations in the samples synthesized under the same conditions: unexpected growth of 0201 and CuO phase with decrease of iron content was observed. Synthesis temperature-dependence of obtained phase fractions was found for the samples with x=0.05. The superconductivity transition was found for all obtained samples and the highest critical temperature was around 103 K. From the SQUID measurements distortions of the magnetic susceptibility curves were found; these were explained by the magnetic ordering arising at low temperatures. This magnetic ordering was associated with the magnetic moment appearing in iron-doped 0201 phase.

  8. 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 (α-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.

  9. Ti doping-induced magnetic and morphological transformations in Sr- and Ca-substituted BiFeO3

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    Khomchenko, V. A.; Paixão, J. A.

    2016-04-01

    The investigation focuses on the crystal structure, microstructure, local ferroelectric and magnetic properties of the Bi0.9Sr0.1Fe1-x Ti x O3-δ (x  =  0.05, 0.1, 0.15; δ  =  (0.1  -  x)/2) multiferroics prepared by a solid-state reaction method. All the samples have been found to be isostructural with the pure BiFeO3 (the material crystallizes in a polar rhombohedral structure belonging to the space group R3c). It has been shown that the pattern of changes in the lattice parameters of the Bi0.9Sr0.1Fe1-x Ti x O3-δ samples can be interpreted as consistent with the doping-driven elimination of anion vacancies at x  ⩽  0.1 and the formation of cation vacancies at x  >  0.1. The readjustment of the defect structure associated with the mechanism of charge compensation in the aliovalent-substituted BiFeO3 is accompanied by correlated changes in the morphology, ferroelectric/ferroelastic domain structure and magnetic properties of the materials. In particular, it has been found that the deviation from the ideal (δ  =  0) cation-anion stoichiometry in the Bi0.9Sr0.1Fe1-x Ti x O3-δ system leads to a significant decrease in the average size of crystal grain and ferroelectric domains and gives rise to an antiferromagnetic-weak ferromagnetic transformation. Results of this study have been compared with those obtained for equally substituted samples of the Bi0.9Ca0.1Fe1-x Ti x O3-δ series (Khomchenko and Paixão 2015 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 27 436002) to demonstrate how the variation in the chemical pressure introduced by the partial replacement of Bi3+ with bigger (Sr2+) and smaller (Ca2+) ions can affect the multiferroic behavior of Ti-doped bismuth ferrites.

  10. Ti doping-induced magnetic and morphological transformations in Sr- and Ca-substituted BiFeO3.

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    Khomchenko, V A; Paixão, J A

    2016-04-27

    The investigation focuses on the crystal structure, microstructure, local ferroelectric and magnetic properties of the Bi0.9Sr0.1Fe1-x Ti(x)O(3-δ) (x  =  0.05, 0.1, 0.15; δ  =  (0.1  -  x)/2) multiferroics prepared by a solid-state reaction method. All the samples have been found to be isostructural with the pure BiFeO3 (the material crystallizes in a polar rhombohedral structure belonging to the space group R3c). It has been shown that the pattern of changes in the lattice parameters of the Bi0.9Sr0.1Fe(1-x)Ti(x)O(3-δ) samples can be interpreted as consistent with the doping-driven elimination of anion vacancies at x  ⩽  0.1 and the formation of cation vacancies at x  >  0.1. The readjustment of the defect structure associated with the mechanism of charge compensation in the aliovalent-substituted BiFeO3 is accompanied by correlated changes in the morphology, ferroelectric/ferroelastic domain structure and magnetic properties of the materials. In particular, it has been found that the deviation from the ideal (δ  =  0) cation-anion stoichiometry in the Bi0.9Sr0.1Fe(1-x)Ti (x)O(3-δ) system leads to a significant decrease in the average size of crystal grain and ferroelectric domains and gives rise to an antiferromagnetic-weak ferromagnetic transformation. Results of this study have been compared with those obtained for equally substituted samples of the Bi0.9Ca0.1Fe(1-x)Ti(x)O(3-δ) series (Khomchenko and Paixão 2015 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 27 436002) to demonstrate how the variation in the chemical pressure introduced by the partial replacement of Bi(3+) with bigger (Sr(2+)) and smaller (Ca(2+)) ions can affect the multiferroic behavior of Ti-doped bismuth ferrites. PMID:27009357

  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.

    2016-06-01

    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 - 2 x 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. Ab-initio study of the magnetism, structure and spin dependent electronic states of Ti substituted MO (M = Mg, Ca, Sr)

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    Jaiganesh, G. Jaya, S. Mathi

    2015-06-24

    The magnetism, structure and spin polarized electronic structure of Ti substituted MO (M = Mg, Ca, Sr) are studied using the ab-initio techniques within the framework of the density functional theory. Appropriately constructed supercell along with the full structural optimization of these cells is used for studying the influence of Ti substitution on the magnetism and electronic structure of these compounds. We find from our calculations that the Ti substituted MO compounds energetically favor magnetically ordered state. The Ti concentration is found to be important in deciding the magnetic order and we have observed antiferromagnetic order for the Ti concentration of 0.25. The Ti substituted MO compounds are thus an interesting class of materials that deserve further studies.

  14. Ab-initio study of the magnetism, structure and spin dependent electronic states of Ti substituted MO (M = Mg, Ca, Sr)

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    Jaiganesh, G.; Jaya, S. Mathi

    2015-06-01

    The magnetism, structure and spin polarized electronic structure of Ti substituted MO (M = Mg, Ca, Sr) are studied using the ab-initio techniques within the framework of the density functional theory. Appropriately constructed supercell along with the full structural optimization of these cells is used for studying the influence of Ti substitution on the magnetism and electronic structure of these compounds. We find from our calculations that the Ti substituted MO compounds energetically favor magnetically ordered state. The Ti concentration is found to be important in deciding the magnetic order and we have observed antiferromagnetic order for the Ti concentration of 0.25. The Ti substituted MO compounds are thus an interesting class of materials that deserve further studies.

  15. Microstructural and transport properties in substituted Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}}-modulated compounds

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    Autret-Lambert, C. . E-mail: cecile.autret@univ-tours.fr; Pignon, B.; Gervais, M.; Monot-Laffez, I.; Ruyter, A.; Ammor, L.; Gervais, F.; Bassat, J.M.; Decourt, R.

    2006-06-15

    X-ray powder diffraction and resistivity measurements were performed on Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} ceramics substituted by Y and Zn for Ca and Cu sites, respectively. X-ray diffraction patterns show an incommensurate modulated structure along the b-axis. The structural refinements were carried out using the four-dimensional space group Bbmb(0{beta}1)000. From the X-ray peak profiles analysis, an anisotropic line-shape broadening was observed. The use of the ''Williamson and Hall'' method allows distinguishing the origin of broadening as mainly due to microstrains. A large transition from a metallic to semiconductor behaviour is observed on the resistivity curves at x{approx}0.4 for Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 1-x}Y{sub x}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} and at x{sup '}{approx}0.36 for Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 1-x}Y{sub x}Cu{sub 1.94}Zn{sub 0.06}O{sub 8+{delta}}, which can be also correlated to the defects. Oppositely to the metallic behaviour, which satisfies the Mathiessen's rule, the semiconducting one can be modelled by a variable range hopping process.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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 A2CoO2Cu2Se2 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 A2CoO2Cu2Se2 materials could operate in the intermediate temperature region. PMID:26702873

  1. Substitution of chromium for univalent copper in superconducting Pb{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}(Ca, Y)Cu{sub 3}O{sub 8-{delta}}

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    Seshadri, R.; Maignan, A.; Hervieu, M.

    1996-11-15

    Following considerations of geometry and the similarity between chromate and carbonate groups in terms of size and charge, the authors have investigated the possibility of replacing the two-coordinate Cu{sup I} in superconducting lead cuprates of the general formula Pb{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}(Ca, Y)Cu{sub 3}O{sub 8} by 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{sup 1} can be replaced by Cr. While from the present structural study using HRTEM and Rietveld refinement of X-ray powder data the authors are unable to precisely obtain the oxidation state and oxygen coordination of Cr, the authors suggest in analogy with Cr substitution in other similar cuprates that in the title phases Cu{sup I}O{sub 2} rods are partially replaced by tetrahedral CrO{sub 4}{sup 2-} groups. Infrared spectroscopy supports the presence of CrO{sub 4}{sup 2-} groups. The phases Pb{sub 1.75}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 0.2}Y{sub 0.8}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 8-{delta}} and Pb{sub 1.75}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 0.2}Y{sub 0.8}Cu{sub 2.85}Cr{sub 0.15}O{sub 8-{delta}} are superconducting as-prepared, but the substitution of Cr for Cu{sup I} results in a decrease of the T{sub C} as well as the superconducting volume fraction.

  2. 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.

  3. Effect of Hf substitutions on the formation and superconductivity of Tl-1212 type phase TlSr{sub 2}(Ca{sub 1−x}Hf{sub x})Cu{sub 2}O{sub 7−δ}

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    Al-Sharabi, Annas; Abd-Shukor, R.

    2013-11-27

    The TlSr{sub 2}(Ca{sub 1−x}Hf{sub x})Cu{sub 2}O{sub 7−δ} (Tl-1212) superconductor for x = 0.0 to 0.4 has been prepared by the solid state reaction method and studied by powder X-ray diffraction method, electrical resistance and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Most of the samples showed the Tl-1212 as the major phase and Tl-1201 as the minor phases. Small amounts of Hf-substitution (x ≤ 0.15 or x ≤ 0.25) maintained the formation of the Tl-1212 phase but larger amounts led to the formation of 1201 and an unknown impurity phase. The resistance versus temperature curve showed metallic behavior for all samples. The resistance versus temperature curves showed onset transition temperature (T{sub c} {sub onset}) between 38 and 47 K for Hf substitution.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Effect of Sr and Ca solid-solution behaviour on superconductive properties as determined by microstructure analysis

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    Hong, Zhanglian; Wang, Minquan; Xiong, Guohong; Fan, Xianping

    1997-02-01

    The effects of the Sr and Ca composition and site-selection in a solid solution of a Bi-system superconductor on the superconductive properties were studied. Results showed that the Sr and Ca solid-solution behaviour had a remarkable effect on the superconductive properties. Further analysis indicated that this effect originated from varied hole concentration which was determined by the content of Sr atoms substituting for Bi atoms within the BiO layers. This substitution was influenced by the Sr and Ca solid-solution behaviour. This result offers a new mechanism for clarifying why the bivalent Sr and Ca cations affect the superconductive properties.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Photoluminescence Properties of Efficient Blue-Emitting Phosphor α-Ca1.65Sr0.35SiO4:Ce(3+): Color Tuning via the Substitutions of Si by Al/Ga/B.

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    Li, Kai; Shang, Mengmeng; Lian, Hongzhou; Lin, Jun

    2015-08-17

    A series of Ce(3+)-doped α-Ca1.65Sr0.35SiO4 (CSSO) phosphors without and with the substitutions of Si by Al/Ga/B were synthesized via the high-temperature solid-state reaction process. X-ray diffraction patterns and Rietveld refinements were used to demonstrate the successful incorporations of Al/Ga/B into CSSO:Ce(3+). Without Al/Ga/B, the Ce(3+) singly doped CSSO phosphors present intense blue emission, which correspond to the broad emission bands in visible region with the wavelength range from 360 to 580 nm upon 350 nm excitation. The optimal emission intensity occurs in CSSO:0.05Ce(3+) sample with the emission peak wavelength at 436 nm. With the introduction of Al/Ga/B into the CSSO:0.05Ce(3+), the emission peak shifts from 436 to 457/465/446 nm under 365 nm excitation, respectively. The red shift of Ce(3+) emission is attributed to the polyhedral distortion of the cations, resulting in the enhancement of crystal field spitting due to the variations of the adjacent (Al/Ga/B,Si)O4 polyhedron. Moreover, the temperature-dependent photoluminescence was determined to be of light impact to CSSO:Ce(3+) with the introduction of Al/Ga/B. This research is useful for enriching the emission colors of Ce(3+)-activated phosphors. PMID:26247562

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Lattice site location and annealing behavior of implanted Ca and Sr in GaN

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    De Vries, B.; Vantomme, A.; Wahl, U.; Correia, J. G.; Araújo, J. P.; Lojkowski, W.; Kolesnikov, D.

    2006-07-01

    We report on the lattice location of ion-implanted Ca and Sr in thin films of single-crystalline wurtzite GaN. Using the emission channeling technique the angular distributions of β- particles emitted by the radioactive isotopes 45Ca (t1/2=163.8 d) and 89Sr (t1/2=50.53 d) were monitored with a position-sensitive detector following 60 keV room-temperature implantation. Our experiments give direct evidence that ˜90% of Ca and >60% of Sr atoms were occupying substitutional Ga sites with root mean square displacements of the order of 0.15-0.30 Å, i.e., larger than the expected thermal vibration amplitude of 0.074 Å. Annealing the Ca implanted samples at 1100-1350 °C in high-pressure N2 atmosphere resulted in a better incorporation into the substitutional Ga site. The Sr implanted sample showed a small decrease in rms displacements for vacuum annealing up to 900 °C, while the substitutional fraction remained nearly constant. The annealing behavior of the rms displacements can explain why annealing temperatures above 1100 °C are needed to achieve electrical and optical activations, despite the fact that the majority of the acceptors are already located on Ga sites immediately after ion implantation.

  13. 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

  14. Biocompatibility and biodegradability of Mg-Sr alloys: the formation of Sr-substituted hydroxyapatite.

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    Bornapour, M; Muja, N; Shum-Tim, D; Cerruti, M; Pekguleryuz, M

    2013-02-01

    Magnesium is an attractive material for use in biodegradable implants due to its low density, non-toxicity and mechanical properties similar to those of human tissue such as bone. Its biocompatibility makes it amenable for use in a wide range of applications from bone to cardiovascular implants. Here we investigated the corrosion rate in simulated body fluid (SBF) of a series of Mg-Sr alloys, with Sr in the range of 0.3-2.5%, and found that the Mg-0.5 Sr alloy showed the slowest corrosion rate. The degradation rate from this alloy indicated that the daily Sr intake from a typical stent would be 0.01-0.02 mg day⁻¹, which is well below the maximum daily Sr intake levels of 4 mg day⁻¹. Indirect cytotoxicity assays using human umbilical vascular endothelial cells indicated that Mg-0.5 Sr extraction medium did not cause any toxicity or detrimental effect on the viability of the cells. Finally, a tubular Mg-0.5 Sr stent sample, along with a WE43 control stent, was implanted into the right and left dog femoral artery. No thrombosis effect was observed in the Mg-0.5 Sr stent after 3 weeks of implantation while the WE43 stent thrombosed. X-ray diffraction demonstrated the formation of hydroxyapatite and Mg(OH)₂ as a result of the degradation of Mg-0.5 Sr alloy after 3 days in SBF. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy further showed the possibility of the formation of a hydroxyapatite Sr-substituted layer that presents as a thin layer at the interface between the Mg-0.5 Sr alloy and the corrosion products. We believe that this interfacial layer stabilizes the surface of the Mg-0.5 Sr alloy, and slows down its degradation rate over time. PMID:22871640

  15. Structural investigations of (Ca,Sr)ZrO3 and Ca(Sn,Zr)O3 perovskite compounds

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    Tarrida, Martine; Larguem, H.; Madon, M.

    2009-07-01

    (Ca x ,Sr1- x )ZrO3 and Ca(Sn y ,Zr1- y )O3 solid solutions were synthesized by solid-state reaction at high temperature before to be studied by powder X-ray diffraction and Raman Spectroscopy. Diffraction data allow the distortion of the ABO3 perovskite structure to be investigated according to cations substitution on A and B-sites. It is shown that distortion, characterized by Φ, the tilt angle of BO6 octahedra, slightly increases with decreasing y content in Ca(Sn y ,Zr1- y )O3 compounds and strongly decreases with decreasing x content in (Ca x ,Sr1- x )ZrO3 compounds. Such results are discussed in view of the relative A and B cation sizes. Raman data show that vibrational spectra are strongly affected by the cation substitution on A-site; the frequencies of most vibrational modes increase with increasing x content in (Ca x ,Sr1- x )ZrO3 compounds, i.e. with the decreasing mean size of the A-cation; the upper shift is observed for the 358 cm-1 mode (∂ ν/∂r = -60.1 cm-1/Å). On the other hand, the cation substitution on B-sites, slightly affect the spectra; it is shown that in most cases, the frequency of vibrational modes increases with increasing y content in Ca(Sn y ,Zr1- y )O3 compounds, i.e. with the decreasing mean size of the B-cation, but that two modes (287 and 358 cm-1) behave differently: their frequencies decrease with the decreasing mean size of the B-cation, with a shift respectively equal to +314 and +162 cm-1/Å. Such results could be used to predict the location of different elements such as trivalent cations or radwaste elements on A- or B-site, in the perovskite structure.

  16. Negative feedback from CaSR signaling to aquaporin-2 sensitizes vasopressin to extracellular Ca2.

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    Ranieri, Marianna; Tamma, Grazia; Di Mise, Annarita; Russo, Annamaria; Centrone, Mariangela; Svelto, Maria; Calamita, Giuseppe; Valenti, Giovanna

    2015-07-01

    We previously described that high luminal Ca(2+) in the renal collecting duct attenuates short-term vasopressin-induced aquaporin-2 (AQP2) trafficking through activation of the Ca(2+)-sensing receptor (CaSR). Here, we evaluated AQP2 phosphorylation and permeability, in both renal HEK-293 cells and in the dissected inner medullary collecting duct, in response to specific activation of CaSR with NPS-R568. In CaSR-transfected cells, CaSR activation drastically reduced the basal levels of AQP2 phosphorylation at S256 (AQP2-pS256), thus having an opposite effect to vasopressin action. When forskolin stimulation was performed in the presence of NPS-R568, the increase in AQP2-pS256 and in the osmotic water permeability were prevented. In the freshly isolated inner mouse medullar collecting duct, stimulation with forskolin in the presence of NPS-R568 prevented the increase in AQP2-pS256 and osmotic water permeability. Our data demonstrate that the activation of CaSR in the collecting duct prevents the cAMP-dependent increase in AQP2-pS256 and water permeability, counteracting the short-term vasopressin response. By extension, our results suggest the attractive concept that CaSR expressed in distinct nephron segments exerts a negative feedback on hormones acting through cAMP, conferring high sensitivity of hormone to extracellular Ca(2+). PMID:25977473

  17. Sr / Ca and Mg / Ca ratios in polygenetic carbonate allochems from a Michigan marl lake

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    Treese, Thomas N.; Owen, Robert M.; Wilkinson, Bruce H.

    1981-03-01

    Rapid accumulation of CaCO 3 is occurring in Littlefield Lake, a marl lake located in central Michigan. The sediment, which is 95% CaCO 3, primarily consists of eight different genetic groups of carbonate allochems. These include calcite muds, sands, algal oncoids and Chara encrustations, as well as the dominant aragonitic gastropods Valvota tricarinota. Gyraulus deflectus and Amnicola integra. and the dominant aragonitic pelecypod Sphaerium partumeium. Samples of each of these groups were analyzed for Ca, Sr and Mg. Molar Mg/Ca ratios are primarily controlled by allochem mineralogy, with calcitic forms having Mg/Ca ratios 5-10 times larger than aragonitic (shelled) forms. The Sr/Ca ratios are primarily controlled by biochemical fractionation, and are significantly lower than Sr/Ca ratios of inorganically precipitated aragonite from other settings. Partition coefficients were determined for both Sr and Mg for each carbonate allochem group and, based on comparisons with results reported by other workers, the partition coefficients determined here are generally considered 'typical' or representative values for biogeneous freshwater carbonates. An analysis of variance of the data indicates that most genera and species of carbonate-secreting organisms in marl lakes have highly characteristic Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca ratios. These ratios can potentially serve as geochemical tracers in future investigations of lacustrine carbonate diagenesis. Both Sr and Mg are influenced by grain size and/or surface area, probably due to the presence of these elements in non-lattice-held (exchangeable) positions.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

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    Massera, J; Kokkari, A; Närhi, 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

  1. 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.

  2. Theoretical electric quadrupole transition probabilities for Ca, Sr and Ba

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    Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.; Langhoff, S. R.; Jaffe, R. L.; Partridge, H.

    1984-01-01

    The 1D-1S quadrupole transition probabilities for Ca, Sr and Ba have been computed using extended GTO and STO valence basis sets and configuration-interaction wavefunctions that include the important core-valence correlation effects. For Ba and Sr, the relativistic contraction of the core orbitals was accounted for in the GTO calculations by a relativistic effective-core potential. The computed Einstein coefficient for Ca of 39.6/s is in excellent agreement with the recent experimental value of 40 + or - 8/s. The best Einstein coefficients for Sr (44.7/s) and Ba (2.98/s) imply increasing quadrupole line strengths down the column. Relativistic effects substantially increase the quadrupole Einstein coefficient for Ba.

  3. 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.

  4. Synthesis of BiPbSrCaCuO superconductor

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    Hults, William L.; Kubat-Martin, Kimberly A.; Salazar, Kenneth V.; Phillips, David S.; Peterson, Dean E.

    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.

  5. 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

  6. Quantifying Saline Groundwater Discharge to the Rio Grande using 87Sr/86Sr and [Ca]/[Sr] Ratios

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    Hogan, J. F.; Phillips, F. M.; Mills, S. K.; Ruiz, J.; Chesley, J. T.

    2002-12-01

    Issues of water quality, especially salinity, limit the use of water resources from the Rio Grande. Identification and quantification of salinity sources is critical for improved river management. We have conducted winter and summer synoptic sampling of the Rio Grande from the headwaters in Colorado to south of El Paso, Texas. The total dissolved solids content (TDS) of the Rio Grande increases from less than 50 mg/L in headwater regions of Colorado to greater than 2000 mg/L south of El Paso, Texas. Increases in salinity are not a simple function of distance downriver, but rather occur in a series of steps. Many of these increases are located at the lower end of sedimentary basins leading to the hypothesis that they are the result of discharge of deep, saline, groundwaters. Of particular interest is the Albuquerque and Socorro basins where, in three distinct steps, the TDS of the river doubles from ~ 150 mg/L to ~ 300 mg/L. With little change in river discharge for this reach, this represents a significant increase in the solute burden of the river. We have used 87Sr/86Sr and [Ca]/[Sr] ratios to "fingerprint" and quantify saline groundwater discharge. The Rio Grande entering the Albuquerque basin has an 87Sr/86Sr ratio of 0.7096and a [Ca]/[Sr] ratio of 80. These values are consistent with a mixture of atmospheric deposition and weathering of basalt rock found upstream. Traveling through the Albuquerque and Socorro basin the Rio Grande shifts to a 87Sr/86Sr ratio of 0.7102 and a [Ca]/[Sr] ratio of 30, values which are consistent with saline groundwater discharge. Mixing relationships indicate only two solute sources are required, and that a total saline groundwater discharge rate of ~ 50 cfs is sufficient to explain the observed salinity increases.

  7. Growth rate effects on Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios constrained by belemnite calcite

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    Vinzenz Ullmann, Clemens

    2016-04-01

    Multiple temperature proxies from single species are important to achieve robust palaeotemperature estimates. Besides the commonly employed oxygen isotope thermometer, also Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios perform well as proxies for calcification temperature in the shells of some species. While salinity changes affect the ratios of earth alkaline elements much less than the δ18O thermometer, metabolic effects may exert a strong control on the expression of element ratios. Such effects are hard to study because biomineralization experiments have to overcome large intraspecific variability and can hardly ever isolate the controls of a single parameter on shell geochemistry. The unique geometry of the belemnite rostrum constitutes an exception to this rule. Its shape, large size, and the visibility of growth increments as bands enable the analysis of multiple, correlatable, high resolution geochemical profiles in a single fossil. The effects of the growth rate variability amongst these profiles on Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios has been tested here. Within a specimen of Passaloteuthis bisulcata (Early Toarcian, Cleveland Basin, UK), Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca data were obtained from four profiles. With respect to growth rate in the first profile, which was taken as a reference, the relative growth rates in the remaining three profiles varied by a factor of 0.9 to 2.7. Results suggest that relative growth rate is linearly correlated with Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca, with a decrease of Mg/Ca by 8 % and increase of Sr/Ca by 6 % per 100 % increase in relative growth rate. The observed trends are consistent with abiogenic precipitation experiments and suggest that crystal precipitation rate exerts a significant, predictable control on the element distribution in biogenic calcite.

  8. Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca variations in environmental and biological sources: A survey of marine and terrestrial systems

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    Peek, Stephanie; Clementz, Mark T.

    2012-10-01

    The relative concentrations of strontium to calcium (Sr/Ca) and barium to calcium (Ba/Ca) in mammalian bioapatite are common biogeochemical indicators for trophic level and/or dietary preferences in terrestrial foodwebs; however, similar research in marine foodwebs is lacking. This study combined environmental and biological Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca data from both terrestrial and marine settings from 62 published books, reports, and studies along with original data collected from 149 marine mammals (30 species) and 83 prey items (18 species) and found that variations in Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios of biological and environmental samples are appreciably different in terrestrial and marine systems. In terrestrial systems, environmental sources account for most of the variations in Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios. In contrast, environmental sources in marine systems (i.e., seawater) are comparatively invariant, meaning most of the variations in Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios originate from biological processes. Marine consumers, particularly non-mammalian and mammalian vertebrates, show evidence of biopurification of Ca relative to Sr and Ba, similar to what is observed in terrestrial systems; however, unlike terrestrial systems, variations in Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios of environmental sources are overprinted by bioaccumulation of Sr and Ba at the base of marine foodwebs. This demonstrates that in marine systems, spatial or temporal differences may have little to no effect on Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca ratios of marine vertebrates, making Sr/Ca, and to a lesser extent Ba/Ca, potentially useful global proxies for trophic level and dietary preferences of marine vertebrates.

  9. Temperature Dependent Sr-Isotope (δ 88Sr) and Ca-Isotope (δ 44Ca) Fractionation in Carbonate Precipitates and Corals

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    Eisenhauer, A.; Fietzke, J.; Gussone, N.; Böhm, F.; Bock, B.; Nägler, T.

    2003-12-01

    The knowledge of the influence of temperature and other environmental factors on isotope fractionation of divalent cations like Ca2+ and Sr2+ during inorganic and biogenic controlled precipitation of calcium carbonate is crucial for their interpretation as paleo proxies. In order to extend our earlier studies on Ca-isotope fractionation (e.g. Gussone et al., 2003), we determined δ 88Sr isotope ratios on seawater and on corals. We define the stable Sr isotope ratio as δ 88Sr=((88Sr/86Sr)Sample/(88Sr/86Sr)Standard -1)*1000; Sr Standard is NBS 987. First measurements of the IAPSO seawater standard result in δ 88Sr of 0.38+/-0.02 ‰ . Coral CaCO3 precipitated from seawater in a temperature range from about 22° C to about 27° C correspond to δ 88Sr-values ranging from 0.17 ‰ to about 0.32 ‰ indicating that carbonate precipitated from seawater is isotopically lighter than seawater itself. The slope of 0.027 ‰ /° C for the temperature-δ 88Sr relationship in corals is about a factor of 1.7 larger than the slope of δ 44Ca ratios in inorganically precipitated aragonite. However, the fractionation α (T)=((88Sr/86Sr)CaCO3)/(88Sr/86Sr)Seawater) at a given temperature is about one order of magnitude less for Sr-isotopes relative to Ca-isotopes. The larger temperature-δ 88Sr gradient in comparison to the Ca-isotopes is interpreted to reflect the smaller ion potential and the correspondingly smaller mass of the associated Sr2+-aquocomplex. The observation that δ 88Sr and δ 44Ca are positively correlated with temperature points to the likelihood that kinetic or equilibrium fractionation effects and the mass of the associated acquocomplex control the degree of divalent cation isotope fractionation during CaCO3-precipitation. Reference: Gussone N., Eisenhauer A., Heuser A., Dietzel M., Bock B., Böhm F., Spero H., Lea D. W., Bijma J., and Nägler T. F. (2003) Model for Kinetic Effects on Calcium Isotope Fractionation (δ 44Ca) in Inorganic Aragonite and Cultured

  10. Processing & properties La{sub 1-x}A{sub x}Co{sub 1-y}Fe{sub y}O{sub 3}(A = Sr, Ca) perovskites

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    Stevenson, J.W.; Armstrong, T.R.; Pederson, L.R.

    1995-04-01

    Selected compositions within the system La{sub 1-x}A{sub x}Co{sub 1-y}Fe{sub y}O{sub 3-{delta}}(A = Sr, Ca) were prepared by combustion synthesis and characterized by XRD, TGA, electrical conductivity, and oxygen permeation measurements. Substantial weight loss (due to loss of lattice oxygen) was observed in some compositions at high temperatures. For Sr containing materials, this weight loss increased with increasing Sr content. A substantial decrease in electronic conductivity was observed at high temperatures in Sr doped materials; this decrease was related to the decreased oxygen stoichiometry at these temperatures. In Sr doped compositions, oxygen flux increased with increasing Sr content. Calculated values of ionic conductivity were greater than the conductivity of yttria stabilized zirconia. Substitution of Ca for Sr resulted in substantially lower fluxes.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Trace element proxies (Sr/Ca, Ba/Ca and Pb/Ca) in Bivalve shells: environmental signals or not?

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    Gillikin, D. P.; Dehairs, F.; Steenmans, D.; Meng, L.; Haifeng, T.; Navez, J.; Andre, L.; Baeyens, W.; Keppens, E.; Calmars Group,.

    2004-12-01

    Coral and sclerosponge skeletons have both been used as recorders of their environment. Sr/Ca, Ba/Ca and Pb/Ca have all shown to be useful in these substrates, giving insight into the past environment in which the skeleton grew (e.g., Lea et al., 1989, Nature 340, 373-376; Beck et al., 1992, Science 257, 644-647; Lazareth et al., 2000, Geology 28, 515-518; Rosenheim et al., 2004, Geology 32, 145-148). Although bivalves have not been studied as extensively as corals, these proxies are apparently not as reliable in bivalves (e.g., Vander Putten et al., 2000, GCA 64, 997-1011). We therefore investigate Sr/Ca and Pb/Ca in two species of aragonitic clams (Mercenaria mercenaria and Saxidomus giganteus) and Ba/Ca in the calcite layer of the mussel Mytilus edulis. Results indicate that Sr/Ca is primarily controlled by growth rate in S. giganteus whereas there was no relationship between these parameters in M. mercenaria. Pb/Ca is somewhat reproducible between specimens of S. giganteus, however long-term Pb/Ca records (1949-2003) in the shell of M. mercenaria did not show the expected curve of anthropogenically introduced lead, indicating that they are not recording environmental Pb concentrations. Therefore, Sr/Ca and Pb/Ca incorporation seem to be regulated by biological processes and not directly by environmental parameters. Ba/Ca in M. edulis shells on the other hand, does seem to be directly linked to the environment. Shells grown under laboratory and natural conditions both show the same linear relationship between dissolved Ba/Ca and shell Ba/Ca. Experiments involving manipulations of dissolved and particulate (i.e. food) Ba/Ca, suggest that the dominant pathway of barium into the shell is from the dissolved phase via the hemolymph. We were unable to explain the large peaks noted in the Ba/Ca profiles, however, they did not seem linked to phytoplankton blooms as has been previously suggested (Stecher et al., 1996, GCA 60, 3445-3456; Vander Putten et al., 2000

  14. Improvements of magnetic properties of Sr ferrite magnets by substitutions of La and Co

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    Ogata, Yasunobu; Kubota, Yutaka; Takami, Takashi; Tokunaga, Masaaki; Shinohara, Tadashi

    1999-09-01

    Recently, it is intensively required to improve the magnetic properties of Sr ferrite magnets in order to decrease the weight of motors used in automobiles and to improve the efficiency of motors used in electric appliances such as air conditioners. The effect of the simultaneous partial substitution of Co{sup 2+} for Fe{sup 3+} and of La{sup 3+} for Sr{sup 2+} ion in Sr ferrite on the magnetic properties of anisotropic Sr ferrite magnets was investigated. It was found that the coercive force of Sr ferrite magnets is increased without significant decrease in residual flux density by La-Co substitution. Temperature coefficients of coercive force were found to be also improved by La-Co substitution.

  15. Ca L2,3-edge XANES and Sr K-edge EXAFS study of hydroxyapatite and fossil bone apatite.

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    Zougrou, I M; Katsikini, M; Brzhezinskaya, M; Pinakidou, F; Papadopoulou, L; Tsoukala, E; Paloura, E C

    2016-08-01

    Upon burial, the organic and inorganic components of hard tissues such as bone, teeth, and tusks are subjected to various alterations as a result of interactions with the chemical milieu of soil, groundwater, and presence of microorganisms. In this study, simulation of the Ca L 2,3-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectrum of hydroxyapatite, using the CTM4XAS code, reveals that the different symmetry of the two nonequivalent Ca(1) and Ca(2) sites in the unit cell gives rise to specific spectral features. Moreover, Ca L 2,3-edge XANES spectroscopy is applied in order to assess variations in fossil bone apatite crystallinity due to heavy bacterial alteration and catastrophic mineral dissolution, compared to well-preserved fossil apatite, fresh bone, and geologic apatite reference samples. Fossilization-induced chemical alterations are investigated by means of Ca L 2,3-edge XANES and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and are related to histological evaluation using optical microscopy images. Finally, the variations in the bonding environment of Sr and its preference for substitution in the Ca(1) or Ca(2) sites upon increasing the Sr/Ca ratio is assessed by Sr K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. PMID:27379398

  16. Ca L2,3-edge XANES and Sr K-edge EXAFS study of hydroxyapatite and fossil bone apatite

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    Zougrou, I. M.; Katsikini, M.; Brzhezinskaya, M.; Pinakidou, F.; Papadopoulou, L.; Tsoukala, E.; Paloura, E. C.

    2016-08-01

    Upon burial, the organic and inorganic components of hard tissues such as bone, teeth, and tusks are subjected to various alterations as a result of interactions with the chemical milieu of soil, groundwater, and presence of microorganisms. In this study, simulation of the Ca L 2,3-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectrum of hydroxyapatite, using the CTM4XAS code, reveals that the different symmetry of the two nonequivalent Ca(1) and Ca(2) sites in the unit cell gives rise to specific spectral features. Moreover, Ca L 2,3-edge XANES spectroscopy is applied in order to assess variations in fossil bone apatite crystallinity due to heavy bacterial alteration and catastrophic mineral dissolution, compared to well-preserved fossil apatite, fresh bone, and geologic apatite reference samples. Fossilization-induced chemical alterations are investigated by means of Ca L 2,3-edge XANES and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and are related to histological evaluation using optical microscopy images. Finally, the variations in the bonding environment of Sr and its preference for substitution in the Ca(1) or Ca(2) sites upon increasing the Sr/Ca ratio is assessed by Sr K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Determination of Sr and Ca sources in small tropical catchments (La Selva, Costa Rica) - A comparison of Sr and Ca isotopes

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    Wiegand, B. A.; Schwendenmann, L.

    2013-04-01

    SummaryA comparative study of Sr and Ca isotopes was conducted to assess solute sources and effects of biogeochemical processes on surface water and groundwater in four small tropical catchments located at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. Variable concentrations of dissolved Sr2+ and Ca2+ in the catchments are related to mixing of waters from different origin. Three catchments are influenced by high-solute bedrock groundwater, while another catchment is primarily supplied by local recharge. 87Sr/86Sr ratios were employed to discriminate contributions from mineral weathering and atmospheric sources. Solutes in bedrock groundwater have a predominant geogenic origin, whereas local recharge is characterized by low-solute inputs from rainwater and minor in situ weathering releases from nutrient-depleted soils. Bedrock groundwater contributes more than 60% of dissolved Sr2+ to surface discharge in the Salto, Saltito, and Arboleda catchments, whereas the Taconazo catchment receives more than 95% of dissolved Sr2+ from rainwater. δ44/40Ca values of dissolved Ca2+ vary greatly in the catchments, mainly as a result of heterogeneous Ca isotope compositions of the contributing sources. Based on differences in δ44/40Ca values, two distinct bedrock groundwaters discharging at the Salto and the Arboleda catchments are suggested. Effects of biological processes in the plant-soil system on solute generation in the catchments are indicated by variable Ca/Sr ratios. However, these effects cannot clearly be assessed by Ca isotopes due to the strong heterogeneity of δ44/40Ca values of Ca2+ sources and high Ca2+ concentrations in bedrock groundwater.

  1. 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 (Ω) 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 Ω, suggesting that foram Sr/Ca can be used to reconstruct Ω 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, Ω was low (~4) during much of the Paleogene, but increased during the Oligocene, reaching a maximum during the mid-Miocene. Ω 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

  2. Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca in Aragonitic Bivalves: Do They Record Temperature?

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    Gillikin, D. P.; Ulens, H.; Dehairs, F.; Baeyens, W.; Navez, J.; Andre, L.; Keppens, E.; Calmars Group,.

    2003-12-01

    The chemical or isotopic composition of calcareous skeletons have long been recognized as archives of past and present environmental conditions. Oxygen isotopes (d18O) of biogenic carbonates are a powerful proxy of SST, however, although usually dominated by SST, salinity (SSS) also significantly effects the oxygen isotopic signal recorded in the carbonate. This has led researchers to explore new proxies, which are independent of SSS. Generally, Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca of seawater remains unchanged above salinities of 10 and marine animals will commonly live in habitats that do not fluctuate below this salinity. To solve the issue of SSS complicating paleotemperature records, these "new" proxies must be at least as reliable as d18O. If an environmental control is dominant, the proxies should be reproducible between specimens growing under the same field conditions. Both Sr and Mg have been used as paleotemperature proxies in corals and foraminifera, whereas a fewer attempts have been made to use these proxies in bivalves. Some report a clear seasonal periodicity in Sr/Ca profiles of bivalves, which covaries with d18O (i.e., temperature), whereas others have found no clear periodicity. We test the robustness of these proxies by analyzing the shell material from three species of aragonitic clams from around the world using a LA-ICP-MS. Three individuals of M. mercenaria from North Carolina, USA, three individuals of Saxidomus giganteus from Washington, USA and one Arctica islandica from Norway have been analyzed. As expected, there is excellent reproducibility of d18O between specimens (both M. mercenaria and S. giganteus) indicating external environmental conditions control this proxy (i.e. SST and SSS). Preliminary data analysis show that Sr and Mg are not reproducible between specimens from the same site nor do they exhibit a clear seasonal cyclicity, indicating individual metabolic effects (i.e., vital effects) dominate the incorporation of these elements. A. islandica

  3. Surface characterization, in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility of Mg-0.3Sr-0.3Ca for temporary cardiovascular implant.

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    Bornapour, M; Mahjoubi, H; Vali, H; Shum-Tim, D; Cerruti, M; Pekguleryuz, M

    2016-10-01

    Magnesium-based alloys are attractive candidate materials for medical applications. Our earlier work showed that the ternary Mg-0.3Sr-0.3Ca alloy exhibits slower degradation rates than both binary Mg-Sr and Mg-Ca alloys. The ternary alloy immersed in simulated body fluid (SBF) forms a compact surface layer of corrosion products that we hypothesized to be a Sr-substituted hydroxyapatite (HA). The main objectives of the current work are to understand the bio-degradation mechanism of Mg-0.3Sr-0.3Ca, to identify the exact nature of its protective layer and to evaluate the in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility of the alloy for cardiovascular applications. To better simulate the physiological environment, the alloy was immersed in SBF which was daily refreshed. Raman spectroscopy and X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirmed the formation of a thin, Sr-substituted HA layer at the interface between the alloy and the corrosion products. In vitro biocompatibility evaluated via indirect cytotoxicity assays using HUVECs showed no toxicity effect and ions extracted from Mg-0.3Sr-0.3Ca in fact increased the viability of HUVECs after one week. In vivo tests were performed by implanting a tubular Mg-0.3Sr-0.3Ca stent along with a WE43 control stent into the right and left femoral artery of a dog. Post implantation and histological analyses showed no thrombosis in the artery with Mg-0.3Sr-0.3Ca stent after 5weeks of implantation while the artery implanted with WE43 stent was extensively occluded and thrombosed. Microscopic observation of the Mg-0.3Sr-0.3Ca implant-tissue interface confirmed the in situ formation of Sr-substituted HA on the surface during in vivo test. These results show that the interfacial layer protects the surface of the Mg-0.3Sr-0.3Ca alloy both in vitro and in vivo, and is the key factor in the bio-corrosion resistance of the alloy. PMID:27287101

  4. Sr heterogeneity in textit{Arctica islandica} shells and the potential use of Sr/Ca ratios as paleotemperature proxies

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    Radermacher, Pascal; Schöne, Bernd R.; Nunn, Elizabeth V.; Zengjie, Zhang

    2010-05-01

    Quantifiable paleotemperature data can help to verify predictions made by numerical climate models. Traditionally, paleotemperature estimates are based on δ18O values of biogenic hard parts. However, oxygen isotope values not only reflect changes in ambient temperature, but also changes in δ18Owater, i.e. driven by freshwater influx, evaporation etc. Information regarding the δ18Owater value of past environments is limited for the geological past. The validity of published δ18O paleotemperature data can be tested using element-to-calcium ratios of bivalve shells such as the long-lived ocean quahog, Arctica islandica. Preliminary investigations suggest that Sr/Ca ratios of this species may provide more reliable paleotemperature data. However, contemporaneously deposited shell portions within the outer shell layer demonstrate at least a 30% variability in the Sr/Ca value. This study presents Sr/Ca ratios measured by ICP-OES wet-chemical analyses. Significantly different distributions of Sr/Ca ratios were recorded from the shell surface (over 1330 ppm), through the interior (850 ppm) and to the inner shell surface (1860 ppm). Furthermore, this study showed that different shell crystal fabrics incorporate different amounts of Sr into the CaCO3 lattice of the A. islandica shell. Disparate Sr distribution could potentially be explained either by postdepositional diagenetic processes or syndepositional processes during biomineralization (i.e. different amounts of Sr incorporated into the shell). Understanding the mechanism of the observed Sr heterogeneity is essential if Sr/Ca ratios are to be used confidently in paleotemperature reconstructions.

  5. 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.; André, 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

  6. 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.

  7. Mechanical, thermal and laser properties of Yb:(Sr 1- xCa x) 3Y(BO 3) 3 (Yb:CaBOYS) for 1 μm laser applications

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    Gaumé, R.; Viana, B.; Vivien, D.; Roger, J. P.; Fournier, D.; Souron, J. P.; Wallez, G.; Chénais, S.; Balembois, F.; Georges, P.

    2003-10-01

    Yb:Sr 3Y(BO 3) 3 also known as Yb:BOYS has recently demonstrated very attractive laser properties, but a drawback with this material is its brittleness. It could break into small pieces, even under weak thermal loading. This behavior is attributed to its very large thermal expansion anisotropy: αc/ αa˜4. This ratio can be lowered to ˜1.7 by replacing 50% of Sr 2+ by Ca 2+ in the structure, which strengthen the crystal lattice and allows to reduce the brittleness. However, the thermal properties are affected by the Sr/Ca substitution as the thermal conductivity decreases by around 20 at.% for a 30 at.% calcium containing material. Laser characteristics under diode pumping with Yb 3+:(Sr 0.7Ca 0.3) 3Y(BO 3) 3 crystals (containing 15% Yb) remain comparable to those obtained with Yb:BOYS.

  8. 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 18°C, 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 26°C, Sr/Ca ratios increased by more than 25% (i.e., 1%/1°C), 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 (ɛ p) on CO 2(aq) at a range of growth rates and temperatures. Consequently, using coccolith Sr/Ca in combination with alkenone ɛ p may improve paleo-CO 2 determinations.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Synthesis and study of Sr-substituted misfit layer sulfides

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    Grippa, A.Yu. . E-mail: grippa@icr.chem.msu.ru; Lidin, S.; D'yachenko, O.G.; Rupasov, D.P.; Antipov, E.V.

    2005-01-04

    Two series of [(Ln{sub 1/3}Sr{sub 2/3}S){sub 1.5}]{sub 1.15}NbS{sub 2} (1.5Q/1H) and (Ln{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}S){sub 1+y}NbS{sub 2} (1Q/1H) misfit layer sulfides have been synthesised and studied by X-ray powder and single crystal diffraction, EDX-analysis and magnetic measurements. For the early lanthanides (Ln = La, Ce) only the (Ln{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}S){sub 1+y}NbS{sub 2} (x < 0.40-0.45, y = 0.15-0.17) compounds were formed whereas for late lanthanides (Ln = Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd-Er, Yb, Lu), and yttrium, both types of phases can be obtained. The crystal structure of (Pr{sub 0.55}Sr{sub 0.45}S){sub 1.15}NbS{sub 2} has been refined on the basis of X-ray single crystal data using the superspace approach. It consists of double layers [Pr{sub 0.55}Sr{sub 0.45}S] of NaCl-type (Q-part: a = 5.799(3) A, b = 5.810(2) A, c = 23.331(9) A, z = 4) and NbS{sub 2}-sandwiches (H-part: a = 3.332(3) A), z = 8, yielding a q-vector q = ({alpha} 0 0), {alpha} = 0.74) alternating along the c-direction. The superspace group pair is Fm2m ({alpha} 0 0):Fm2m ({alpha} 0 0) (No. 42.7). The refinement converged to R{sub w(obs)} = 0.069. According to the structure refinement and EDX-analysis data in the [Pr{sub 0.55}Sr{sub 0.45}S]-slab almost half of the Pr-atoms are randomly replaced by Sr. The minimal formal value of charge transfer from the Q- to the H-part of the structure necessary to stabilise the misfit Nb-based layer sulfides has been estimated as about 0.6 e per Nb atom.

  12. 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.

  13. The Unusual Metal-Insulator Transition in Ca(2-x)Sr(x)RuO(4)

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    Rice, T. Maurice

    2002-03-01

    The isoelectronic compounds Ca_2-xSr_xRuO4 offer a rare opportunity to follow the evolution of the electronic structure from a multiband metal, Sr_2RuO_4, to a Mott insulator, Ca_2RuO_4. The evolution is not at all monotonic but proceeds through a series of intermediate regions with unexpected behavior [1]. Sr_2RuO4 is a good metal with the 4 electrons in the t_2g-subshell of the Ru^4+-ions distributed equally in 3 bands. These in turn separate into a d_xy-band which disperses in both directions in the RuO_2-planes and d_xz/d_yz-bands dispersing only in one direction. The hybridization between these components occurs only through very weak interplanar processes. Substituting Ca for Sr leads to band narrowing through a rotation of the RuO_4-octahedra. A series of electronic structure calculations [2] using the LDA+DMFT method to incorporate strong correlations, predict an unusual state with 3 electrons localizing in the narrower d_xz/d_yz bands while the last electron remains itinerant in the broader d_xy-band. The observation of a strongly enhanced and temperature dependent spin susceptibility in the metallic state at x=0.5 is attributed to the S=1/2 local moments of the localized hole in the d_xz/d_yz-orbitals. The superexchange interaction between the local moments is strongly dependent on the specific orbital occupation and so glassy behavior in the orbital ordering can account for the glassy behavior observed in the susceptibility in the range 0.2 < x < 0.5. The final transition to a Mott insulator at x < 0.2 is driven by a compression of the RuO_4-octahedra and a switch to an electronic configuration with a filled d_xy-orbital and 2 electrons in the d_xz/d_yz orbitals which has a S=1 local moment expected for a Ru^4+-ion. [1] S. Nakatsuji and Y. Maeno, Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 2666 (2000). [2] V.I. Anisimov, I.A. Nekrasov, D.E. Kondakov, T.M. Rice, and M. Sigrist, cond-mat0107095 and Eur. Phys. Jour. B (in press).

  14. 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.

  15. The Effect of Algal Symbionts on the Accuracy of Sr/Ca Paleotemperatures from Coral

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    Cohen, Anne L.; Owens, Kathryn E.; Layne, Graham D.; Shimizu, Nobumichi

    2002-04-01

    The strontium-to-calcium ratio (Sr/Ca) of reef coral skeleton is commonly used as a paleothermometer to estimate sea surface temperatures (SSTs) at crucial times in Earth's climate history. However, these estimates are disputed, because uptake of Sr into coral skeleton is thought to be affected by algal symbionts (zooxanthellae) living in the host tissue. Here, we show that significant distortion of the Sr/Ca temperature record in coral skeleton occurs in the presence of algal symbionts. Seasonally resolved Sr/Ca in coral without symbionts reflects local SSTs with a temperature sensitivity equivalent to that of laboratory aragonite precipitated at equilibrium and the nighttime skeletal deposits of symbiotic reef corals. However, up to 65% of the Sr/Ca variability in symbiotic skeleton is related to symbiont activity and does not reflect water temperature.

  16. Re-examination of the structural properties of solid solutions Sr {sub x}Ca{sub 1-x}CO{sub 3}

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    Lucas-Girot, Anita . E-mail: anita.lucas@univ-rennes1.fr; Hernandez, Olivier; Oudadesse, Hassane

    2007-06-05

    We have re-examined the evolution of orthorhombic cell parameters as a function of the substitution parameter x in solid solutions Sr {sub x}Ca{sub 1-x}CO{sub 3} in order to clarify contradictory results found in the literature. Calcium carbonate has been synthesized in the presence of Sr{sup 2+} ions (Sr/Ca molar ratio ranging from 10{sup -2} to 1), using experimental conditions that previously allowed us to obtain monophasic aragonite. The precipitates obtained have been analysed using powder X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES). The powder XRD data confirm the occurrence of purely monophasic strontian-aragonites. Moreover, the cell parameters as well as the substitution parameter x have been refined for 0 < x < 0.5 against powder XRD data through Rietveld refinement. On the other hand, x was deduced from chemical analysis by ICP-AES. The agreement between both techniques is very satisfactory. The evolution of the cell parameters as a function of x is found to be linear within the studied range, this feature being confirmed for the overall domain (0 {<=} x {<=} 1) if one takes into account the cell parameters of aragonite CaCO{sub 3} and strontionite SrCO{sub 3}. This result, that is consistent with the existence of continuous solid solutions obeying the Vegard's law in the Sr {sub x}Ca{sub 1-x}CO{sub 3} system, contradicts previously published assertions.

  17. Cenozoic Seawater Sr/Ca ratios: Implications for coral reef development through ocean de-acidification

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    Sosdian, S. M.; Grossman, E. L.; Lear, C. H.; Tao, K.; Rosenthal, Y.

    2010-12-01

    Records of seawater chemistry help constrain the temporal variation in geochemical processes that impact the global carbon cycle and global climate across Earth’s history. To date, various attempts to reconstruct Cenozoic seawater Sr/Ca ratios have produced markedly different results, with estimated Paleogene seawater Sr/Ca ranging from ~50% higher than today to 70% lower. We reconstruct seawater Sr/Ca using Eocene to Pliocene fossil mollusks collected from US Gulf Coast (Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida). We use Conus spp. and Turritella, taxa for which the Sr/Ca distribution coefficients have been determined as a function of temperature in modern specimens [1, 2]. Specimens were serially sampled perpendicular to growth to produce seasonal records of Sr/Ca. Fossil Conus shells show pronounced seasonal Sr/Ca cycles with a strong inverse correlation between Sr/Ca and δ18O, similar to those observed in modern specimens [1]. The fossil Turritella also show similar Sr/Ca cyclicity as modern specimens [2]. We calculate seawater Sr/Ca ratios using our Sr/Ca record, modern Sr/Ca-temperature calibrations for Conus and Turritella [1, 2], and a paleotemperature record based on oxygen isotopes from the same samples [3]. Seawater Sr/Ca increased from ~11.5 to 13.9 mmol/mol between the mid-Eocene (42 Ma) and early Oligocene (33 Ma) and decreased substantially from the mid-Miocene (11 mmol/mol) to the Pliocene (9 mmol/mol) and modern (8.5 mmol/mol). A mass balance model of variations in seawater Sr concentrations suggests a long-term decrease through the Neogene, which we attribute to a significant increase in the proportion of aragonite versus calcite deposition in shallow waters. The largest change is coincident with the proliferation of coral reefs, which occurred after the calcite-aragonite sea transition, and was likely ultimately driven by ocean de-acidification. [1] Sosdian et al. (2006) Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3) 7, Q11023, doi:10.1029/2005GC001233; [2

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

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    Moreau, M.; Corrège, T.; Dassié, 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.

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

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    Cheng, Sam X.; Lightfoot, Yaíma 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

  20. Mesures conjointes des rapports Sr/Ca et δ 18O effectuées sur Acropora nobilis et Pontes lutea: le paléothermomètre Sr/Ca est-il toujours fiable?

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    Boiseau, Muriel; Cornu, Hélène; Turpin, Laurent; Juillet-Leclerc, Anne

    1997-11-01

    We measured the Sr/Ca and 18O/ 16O ratios in Acropora nobilis and Porites lutea, from the Mayotte lagoon. As the variations of δ 18O seawater are negligible, coral δ 18O aragonite reflects only seasonal temperature variations. While there is a good agreement between the Sr/Ca ratio and δ 18O for Acropora nobilis, it is not the case for Porites lutea. Coral biological and environmental parameters cannot explain the discrepancies between Sr/Ca ratios and isotopic measurements. However, transport mechanisms of Sr 2+ and Ca 2+ and the presence of two mineralogical structures of strontium may affect the Sr/Ca ratio.

  1. (Ca/Sr)Au xCd 1- x: Stacking variants of the CrB-FeB series

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    Harms, Wiebke; Dürr, Ines; Daub, Michael; Röhr, Caroline

    2010-01-01

    The structural chemistry of binary 1:1 alkaline earth metallides AIIM ( 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)2(h2c)2), depending on the proportion of the Cd substitution a successive change to structures with increased hexagonality is observed: In SrAu0.93Cd0.07 (monoclinic, space group P21/m, a=621.3(4), b=472.4(2), c=1216.1(9) pm, β=96.97(5)∘, Z=6, R1=0.0467) the stacking sequence is h2 c, i.e. the hexagonality is 66.67%. A slightly more increased Cd content in SrAu0.78Cd0.22 (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 (h3c)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/β-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.

  2. Ambient pressure structural quantum critical point in the phase diagram of (Ca(x)Sr(1-x))(3)Rh(4)Sn(13).

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    Goh, S K; Tompsett, D A; Saines, P J; Chang, H C; Matsumoto, T; Imai, M; Yoshimura, K; Grosche, F M

    2015-03-01

    The quasiskutterudite superconductor Sr_{3}Rh_{4}Sn_{13} features a pronounced anomaly in electrical resistivity at T^{*}∼138  K. We show that the anomaly is caused by a second-order structural transition, which can be tuned to 0 K by applying physical pressure and chemical pressure via the substitution of Ca for Sr. A broad superconducting dome is centered around the structural quantum critical point. Detailed analysis of the tuning parameter dependence of T^{*} as well as insights from lattice dynamics calculations strongly support the existence of a structural quantum critical point at ambient pressure when the fraction of Ca is 0.9 (i.e., x_{c}=0.9). This establishes the (Ca_{x}Sr_{1-x})_{3}Rh_{4}Sn_{13} series as an important system for exploring the physics of structural quantum criticality without the need of applying high pressures. PMID:25793843

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 ( < 350 °C) synthesis conditions enables the 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

  6. Extracellular calcium and CaSR drive osteoinduction in mesenchymal stromal cells.

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    González-Vázquez, Arlyng; Planell, Josep A; Engel, Elisabeth

    2014-06-01

    Bone is the main store of calcium and progenitor cells in the body. During the resorption process, the local calcium concentration reaches 8-40mM, and the surrounding cells are exposed to these fluctuations in calcium. This stimulus is a signal that is detected through the calcium sensing receptor (CaSR), which modulates chemotactic and proliferative G protein-dependent signaling pathways. The objective of the present work is to evaluate the roles of extracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)]o) and the CaSR in osteoinduction. Rat bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (rBMSCs) were stimulated with 10mM of Ca(2+). Several experiments were conducted to demonstrate the effect of [Ca(2+)]o on chemotaxis, proliferation and differentiation on the osteoblastic lineage. It was found that [Ca(2+)]o induces rBMSCs to migrate and proliferate in a concentration-dependent manner. Real-time polymerase chain reaction and immunofluorescence also revealed that 10mM Ca(2+) stimulates overexpression of osteogenic markers in rBMSCs, including alkaline phosphatase (ALP), bone sialoprotein, collagen Ia1 and osteocalcin. Functional assays determining ALP activity and mineralization tests both corroborate the increased expression of these markers in rBMSCs stimulated with Ca(2+). Moreover, CaSR blockage inhibited the cellular response to stimulation with high concentrations of [Ca(2+)]o, revealing that the CaSR is a key modulator of these cellular responses. PMID:24525034

  7. Study of the superconducting properties of the Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O system

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    Khan, Musheer H.; Naqvi, S. M. M. R.; Zia-Ul-haq, S. M.

    1991-01-01

    High Temperature Superconductivity in the Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O System has been observed and has attracted considerable attention in 1988. The 80 K superconductivity phase has been identified to have a composition of Bi2CaSr2Cu2Ox, while the 110 K phase as reported in the literature has a possible composition of Bi2Ca2Sr2Cu3O(x). Researchers present here a study of the electrical properties of bulk samples of the slowly cooled and rapidly quenched 2:1:2:2 system. The samples used in this study were prepared from appropriate amounts of Bi2O3, CuO, SrCO3, CaCO3.

  8. Study of the superconducting properties of the Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O system

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    Khan, Musheer H.; Qidwai, A. A.; Zia-Ul-haq, S. M.; Binsaif, Rashid

    1990-01-01

    High Temperature Superconductivity in the Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O System has been observed and has attracted considerable attention in 1988. The 80 K superconductivity phase has been identified to have a composition of Bi2CaSr2Cu2Ox, while the 110 K phase as reported in the literature has a possible composition of Bi2Ca2Sr2Cu3Ox. Researchers present here a study of the electrical properties of bulk samples of the slowly cooled and rapidly quenched 2:1:2:2 system. The samples used in this study were prepared from appropriate amounts of Bi2O3, CuO, SrCO3, CaCO3.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Floating zone growth of Ba-substituted ruthenate Sr2-xBaxRuO4

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    Li, Z. W.; Liu, C.-F.; Skoulatos, M.; Tjeng, L. H.; Komarek, A. C.

    2015-10-01

    We report on the exploration to synthesize Sr2-xBaxRuO4, the large volume variant of the unconventional superconductor Sr2RuO4. We have succeeded in growing single crystals for x-values up to 0.4 by making use of the traveling solvent floating zone method. The quality of the obtained crystals is confirmed by X-ray and neutron diffraction measurements and the properties of these Ba-substituted ruthenates were studied with magnetic and electrical transport measurements.

  12. 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.

  13. Kinetic control of skeletal Sr/Ca in a symbiotic coral: Implications for the paleotemperature proxy

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    Cohen, Anne L.; Layne, Graham D.; Hart, Stanley R.; Lobel, Phillip S.

    2001-02-01

    Modeling of past climates is critically dependent on estimates of past sea surface temperatures (SSTs), for which one of the principal techniques used is the measurement of Sr/Ca ratios in corals [Guilderson et al., 1994; McCulloch et al., 1999; Hughen et al., 1999]. The link between coral Sr/Ca and SST is not well-understood and there have been a number of discrepant observations [de Villiers et al., 1995; Alibert, 1998]. Corals with symbiotic zooxanthellae are known to show large diurnal fluctuations in calcification rate associated with the photosynthetic activity of their symbionts. Using detailed measurements with the ion microprobe, we compared the Sr/Ca content of discrete daytime and nighttime skeletal structures in the massive hermatypic coral Porties lutea over the course of 1 year and a seasonal temperature range of 4°C. The Sr/Ca content of daytime skeleton is always lower than that of adjacent nighttime skeleton. While the slope of the nighttime Sr/Ca-SST correlation is close to that seen in inorganic aragonite precipitates, that of the daytime correlation is >4 times as steep. We attribute these differences to the role of photosynthesis in calcification and conclude that bulk Sr/Ca is related principally to daytime calcification rate rather than directly to SST. More reliable estimates of past SST may be arrived at through selective analysis of nighttime skeleton.

  14. Phase, Microstructure, and Microwave Dielectric Properties of NaCa4- x Sr x Nb5O17 ( x = 0 to 4) Ceramics

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    Iqbal, Y.; Muhammad, R.

    2013-03-01

    A series of A5B5O17-type NaCa4- x Sr x Nb5O17 ( x = 0 to 4) compounds were processed through a solid-state mixed-oxide route. All the compositions formed dense single-phase ceramics within the detection limit of an in-house x-ray diffraction facility when sintered at 1300°C. The substitution of Sr for Ca changed the crystal symmetry from monoclinic ( x = 0) to orthorhombic ( x = 1 to 4) along with a slight increase in molar cell volume due to the relatively larger ionic radius of Sr. The relative permittivity ( ɛ r) and temperature coefficient of resonance frequency (TCF) increased from 46 to 84 and from -117 ppm/°C to +377 ppm/°C, respectively, while the quality factor ( Q × f) decreased from 11,063 GHz to 559 GHz with an increase in x from 0 to 4. Optimum properties were achieved for NaCa3SrNb5O17, which exhibited ɛ r = 57, Q × f = 4628 GHz, and TCF = -41 ppm/°C. Compounds in the NaCa4- x Sr x Nb5O17 series exhibited high ɛ r and Q × f with adjustable TCF; however, further work is required for simultaneous optimization of all three properties.

  15. 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.

  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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    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.

  17. Synchrony of Cardiomyocyte Ca2+ Release is Controlled by t-tubule Organization, SR Ca2+ Content, and Ryanodine Receptor Ca2+ Sensitivity

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    Øyehaug, Leiv; Loose, Kristian Ø.; Jølle, Guro F.; Røe, Åsmund T.; Sjaastad, Ivar; Christensen, Geir; Sejersted, Ole M.; Louch, William E.

    2013-01-01

    Recent work has demonstrated that cardiomyocyte Ca2+release is desynchronized in several pathological conditions. Loss of Ca2+ 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 Ca2+ 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 Ca2+ release, which exceeded that observed in experimental line-scan images. Model and experiment were reconciled by reducing the threshold for Ca2+ 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 Ca2+ content and release, whether experimentally by thapsigargin treatment, or in the model, desynchronized the Ca2+ 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 Ca2+ release during caffeine was reversed as SR content declined due to enhanced RyR leak. Thus, synchrony of cardiomyocyte Ca2+ release is not only determined by t-tubule organization but also by the interplay between RyR sensitivity and SR Ca2+ content. PMID:23601316

  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

  19. 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.

  20. [Spectra characteristics of LiM (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) BO3 : Tb3+ phosphor].

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    Wang, Zhi-Jun; Li, Pan-Lai; Yang, Zhi-Ping; Guo, Qing-Lin

    2009-11-01

    LiM (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) BO3 : Tb3+ phosphors were synthesized by solid state reaction. The starting materials CaCO3, SrCO3, BaCO3, H3 BO3, Li2 CO3, Na2 CO3, K2 CO3 and Tb4 O7 (99.99% in mass) in appropriate stoichiometric ratio were mixed in the alumina crucible, then the mixed powders were calcined at 700 degrees C for 2 h, and LiCaBO3 : Tb3+, LiSrBO3 : Tb3+ and LiB-aBO3 : Tb3+ phosphors were obtained. The emission and excitation spectra were measured by a Shimadzu RF-540 ultraviolet spectrophotometer. All the photoluminescence properties of these phosphors were measured at room temperature. The emission spectra of LiM (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) BO3 : Tb3+ phosphors show several bands, and the main emission peaks correspond to the 5D4 --> 7F6(486, 486, 488 nm), 5D4 --> F5 (544, 544, 544 nm), 5D4 --> 7F4 (590, 595, 593 nm) and 5D4 --> 7F3 (620, 620, 616 nm) typical transitions of Tb3+, and the typical transitions of Tb3+ happens to split because of the effects of LiM (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) BO3 crystals field. The excitation spectra for the 544 nm green emission of LiM (M = Ca, Sr, Ba)BO3 : Tb3+ phosphors illuminate that these kinds of phosphors can be effectively excited by ultraviolet (350-410 nm) light, and emit green light, therefore, they are promising phosphors for white light emitting diodes. Effects of activation and charge compensation on the luminescence intensities of LiM (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) BO3 : Tb3+ phosphors were studied, and the results show that the intensities were obviously effected. PMID:20101952

  1. 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 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 x)SrxRhyZr(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

  2. 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 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 x)SrxRhyZr(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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Sr, Ca, and C isotope systematic in small tropical catchments, La Selva, Costa Rica

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    Wiegand, B. A.; Schwendenmann, L.

    2010-12-01

    Sr, Ca, and C isotopes were analyzed to assess sources and biogeochemical processes affecting surface and groundwater composition of four small catchments located at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. 87Sr/86Sr ratios were employed to quantify inputs from mineral weathering and atmospheric sources. δ13C values of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and δ44Ca values provide information on biological processes that affect water chemistry. Sr2+ and Ca2+ concentrations of surface and groundwater show large variations due to intermixture of bedrock groundwater with local groundwater [1]. Low 87Sr/86Sr ratios suggest weathering of volcanic rocks as the primary solute source in bedrock groundwater, while atmospheric and in situ weathering contributions are predominant in local groundwater. Contributions of bedrock groundwater constitute > 60 % in the Salto, Saltito and Arboleda catchments, whereas the Taconazo catchment receives atmospheric inputs of > 95 % in addition to local weathering contributions. Surface water and groundwater wells show δ13C-DOC values between -24 ‰ and -30 ‰ due to transfer of organic carbon from the soil zone. δ44Ca values of dissolved Ca2+ in surface and groundwater are considerably fractionated from the input sources rainwater and bedrock groundwater. Light δ44Ca values are preferentially distributed in stream water and shallow groundwater horizons and contrast with heavy Ca isotopes in deeper groundwater wells. Biological processes including plant uptake and decomposition in combination with cation exchange processes in the soils may explain the fractionation of Ca isotopes. [1]Genereux et al., 2009. Water Resour. Res, 45, W08413, doi:10.1029/2008WR007630

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

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    Tang, Jianwu; Niedermayr, Andrea; Köhler, Stephan J.; Böhm, Florian; Kısakürek, 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 μmol/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 (Δ44/40Cacalcite-aq = δ44/40Cacalcite − δ44/40Caaq) correlates inversely to log R values for all experiments. In addition, an inverse relationship between Δ44/40Cacalcite-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 Δ44/40Cacalcite-aq relationship, Sr/Ca and δ44/40Cacalcite 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

  7. Ca-Mg-Sr-Nd Isotopes in Granitic Rocks of the Lhasa Terrane, Southern Tibet

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    Peterson, B. T.; Simon, J. I.; Depaolo, D. J.; Christensen, J. N.; Harrison, T. M.

    2010-12-01

    Magnesium (Mg) and Calcium (Ca) isotopes are fractionated by aqueous precipitation and incongruent silicate weathering, resulting in sedimentary reservoirs with characteristic isotopic compositions. Limestones and dolomites are isotopically light in both elements, whereas shales/pelites can have heavy Mg and light Ca. The isotopic character of these reservoirs may persist through anatexis (Shen, et al., PNAS 106(49), 2009). Mg and Ca isotopes could therefore be used to gain new insights into the sources of granitic magmas and hence the mechanisms by which the continental crust forms and evolves. Radiogenic 40Ca gives additional information about the K/Ca ratios of magma sources, and Sr and Nd isotopes provide complementary age and lithology information. To evaluate the potential of Ca and Mg isotopes for studying granite petrogenesis we made measurements on a suite of granitic intrusive rocks of Jurassic to Miocene age in southern Tibet that exhibit large variations in Nd (ɛNd = +5 to -12) and Sr isotopes (87Sr/86Sr = 0.704 to 0.722). Our samples represent a transect northward from the Indus-Yalu Suture (IS), west of Lhasa. Rocks close to the IS have mantle-like Nd and Sr isotopic compositions, whereas those farther to the north have low ɛNd and higher 87Sr/86Sr, and include Mesozoic, Paleogene and Neogene peraluminous (2-mica) granites (DePaolo, et al., Goldschmidt, 2008; Kapp, et al., JGR 110, 2005; Hou et al., EPSL 220, 2004). Radiogenic 40Ca is detectable in peraluminous (2-mica) granites and correlates with high 87Sr/86Sr, but does not correlate with Nd isotopes, indicating that 2-mica granite magmas come from both low-K and high-K sources. Stable isotopes of both Ca and Mg show substantial variation. Relative to bulk silicate Earth (BSE, which we define as δ=0 for discussion) δ44Ca values vary from 0 to -0.7, and δ26Mg varies from -0.3 to +0.6. Thus to first order Ca is light and Mg is heavy relative to BSE. For samples with mantle-like Nd and Sr, δ44Ca

  8. Physical properties of Rh substituted CaFe2As2 tuned by annealing/quenching

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    Ran, Sheng; Bud'Ko, Sergey; Canfield, Paul

    2014-03-01

    Our previous work on CaFe2As2 single crystal grown out of FeAs flux has shown that a process of annealing and quenching can be used as an additional control parameter which can tune the ground state of CaFe2As2 systematically. We have also shown that CaFe2As2 is very pressure sensitive. Therefore, unlike the BaFe2As2 system, the effect of 4d transition metal substitution on CaFe2As2 is expected to be largely different from that of 3d transition metal substitution (e.g. cobalt or nickel substitution). In this talk we will present results of measurements on a Rh substituted CaFe2As2 system with different annealing/quenching temperatures. Phase diagrams with substitution level and annealing/quenching temperature as independent parameters are constructed and compared with that of other transition metal substitutions. Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  9. Enhancement of the critical current density in single-crystal Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 superconductors by chemically induced disorder.

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    Wang, Y L; Wu, X L; Chen, C C; Lieber, C M

    1990-01-01

    The effect of metal substitution on the critical current densities of single-crystal PbxBi2-xSr2CaCu2O8 (x = 0 or x = 0.7) superconductors has been investigated. Substitution of lead was found to increase the average critical current density from 1 x 10(5) A/cm2 to 2 x 10(6) A/cm2 at 5 K in an applied magnetic field of 10 kilooersteds (1 oersted = 80 A/m). The order of magnitude increase in the critical current density was observed for temperatures up to the flux vortex lattice melting point; the flux lattice melting point was also found to increase to 30 K (from 22 K) in the lead-substituted materials. Diffraction and microscopy investigations of the structural parameters indicate that the fundamental atomic lattices are virtually the same for both materials. Scanning tunneling microscopy images demonstrate, however, that lead substitution causes significant disorder (or defects) in the one-dimensional superstructure found in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8. Since crystal defects can increase the critical current density by pinning the motion of flux vortices, it is likely that this lead-induced disorder enhances vortex pinning. The lead-induced disorder is specific to the nonsuperconducting Bi-O layers, and thus our results suggest that chemical substitutions may be utilized to control selectively flux pinning and the critical current density in these materials. Images PMID:11607103

  10. Measurement of Ca, Zn and Sr in enamel of human teeth by XRF

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    Wielopolski, L.; Featherstone, J.D.B.; Cohn, S.H.

    1984-01-01

    Energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) has been employed to measure Ca, Zn, and Sr in enamel of human teeth. The calibration of the EDXRF system was performed by comparing Sr/Ca ratios with values obtained by atomic absorption analysis of acid etched biopsies of the enamel surface. Two calibration lines were obtained, one line for untreated teeth and the second line for teeth immersed (treated) in solutions containing Sr. A simple analytical model demonstrated that the two calibration lines were the result of the difference in the depth of the enamel sampled by EDXRF and by the acid-etched biopsy. The multi-elemental, non-destructive and quantitative aspects of EDXRF permit the sequential monitoring of the effects of Sr and Zn ions on the mineralization and demineralization processes in human enamel. The portability of the system and adaptability to non-invasive measurements makes it suitable for field studies. 26 references, 4 figures.

  11. 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 20°C 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

  12. 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.

  13. Sr/Ca in Coral Aragonite: Is Night Carbonate a Good Indicator of Sea Surface Temperatures?

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    Allison, N.; Finch, A. A.

    2002-12-01

    Sr/Ca in coral skeletons has potential as an indicator of past seawater conditions but exhibits geochemical heterogeneity on a small spatial scale (<100 μm) that does not reflect variations in sea surface temperature (SST) or chemistry. Skeletal Sr/Ca is affected by variations in skeletal calcification rate which may be dependent on the photosynthetic activity of the zooxanthellae in coral tissue. The skeleton deposited at night may be unaffected by these variations and may be a more reliable indicator of SST (Cohen et al. 2001). We used secondary ion mass spectrometry with a 10 μm diameter analysis spot to construct records of Sr/Ca in a Porites lobata specimen from Lanakai, Oahu, Hawaii. Analyses were performed on sections cut perpendicular to the growth surface of the coral skeleton, spanning annual bands. Parallel tracks were analysed following fasciculi (composed of acicular crystals deposited during the day) and centres of calcification (composed of fusiform crystals deposited at night). The Sr/Ca of the day and night material follow similar seasonal trends but are offset with night carbonate typically enriched by 0.3-0.4 mmol mol-1. Both profiles are characterised by large Sr fluctuations of 0.4-0.5 mmol mol-1, which are deposited approximately days apart and are superimposed on the general Sr seasonal trend. These fluctuations do not reflect variations in SST but may relate to daily variations in coral calcification or linear extension rate both of which can vary markedly during the day and night. We conclude that night carbonate is affected by kinetic processes and that there are similar challenges in reconstructing SST records from night carbonate as from day carbonate. Cohen AL et al., Kinetic control of skeletal Sr/Ca in a symbiotic coral: implications for the palaeotemperature proxy, Paleoceanography, 16, 20-26, 2001.

  14. 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.

  15. As-grown superconducting Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films by coevaporation

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    Satoh, T.; Yoshitake, T.; Miura, S.; Fujita, J.; Kubo, Y.; Igarashi, H.

    1989-08-14

    Superconducting Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films have been prepared on (100) MgO substrates at about 600 /degree/C by coevaporation. The /ital c/-axis lattice constant of this system was controlled to the values of 24--43 A by changing film composition. Superconducting transition temperatures of these films were affected by substrate temperature and by a post-deposition annealing at a low temperature. The highest zero resistance temperature (/ital T//sub /ital c/, zero/) of the as-grown Bi/sub 2/(Sr,Ca)/sub 3/Cu/sub 2/O/sub /ital x// film was 79 K. The best Bi/sub 2/(Sr, Ca)/sub 4/Cu/sub 3/O/sub /ital x// film showed an onset temperature of 105 K and /ital T//sub /ital c/, zero/ zero of 78 K after annealing at 400 /degree/C for 1 h.

  16. Effects of Eu substituting positions and concentrations on luminescent, dielectric, and magnetic properties of SrTiO3 ceramics

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    Jiang, Chunge; Fang, Liang; Shen, Mingrong; Zheng, Fengang; Wu, Xinglong

    2009-02-01

    The structural, luminescent, dielectric, and magnetic properties of multifunction Eu3+-doped SrTiO3 (STO) ceramics were investigated at room temperature. Three different charge compensation mechanisms were realized by substituting Eu ion at different sites. It was found that the multifunction properties of the samples strongly depended on the substituting positions of Eu ion. Compared with Eu substitution at Sr or Ti site samples, the photoluminescence intensities and dielectric constant of both Sr and Ti sites substituted samples were obviously enhanced, mainly ascribed to the small lattice distortion and unique charge compensation mechanism. A linear magnetization-magnetic field behavior revealed the paramagnetic nature of the Eu3+ doped STO and was sensitive to the Eu doping concentrations.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

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    Dorris, Stephen E.; Poeppel, Roger B.; Prorok, Barton C.; Lanagan, Michael T.; Maroni, Victor A.

    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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Comparison of equatorial Pacific sea surface temperature variability and trends with Sr/Ca records from multiple corals

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    Alpert, Alice E.; Cohen, Anne L.; Oppo, Delia W.; DeCarlo, Thomas M.; Gove, Jamison M.; Young, Charles W.

    2016-02-01

    Coral Sr/Ca is widely used to reconstruct past ocean temperatures. However, some studies report different Sr/Ca-temperature relationships for conspecifics on the same reef, with profound implications for interpretation of reconstructed temperatures. We assess whether these differences are attributable to small-scale oceanographic variability or "vital effects" associated with coral calcification and quantify the effect of intercolony differences on temperature estimates and uncertainties. Sr/Ca records from four massive Porites colonies growing on the east and west sides of Jarvis Island, central equatorial Pacific, were compared with in situ logger temperatures spanning 2002-2012. In general, Sr/Ca captured the occurrence of interannual sea surface temperature events but their amplitude was not consistently recorded by any of the corals. No long-term trend was identified in the instrumental data, yet Sr/Ca of one coral implied a statistically significant cooling trend while that of its neighbor implied a warming trend. Slopes of Sr/Ca-temperature regressions from the four different colonies were within error, but offsets in mean Sr/Ca rendered the regressions statistically distinct. Assuming that these relationships represent the full range of Sr/Ca-temperature calibrations in Jarvis Porites, we assessed how well Sr/Ca of a nonliving coral with an unknown Sr/Ca-temperature relationship can constrain past temperatures. Our results indicate that standard error of prediction methods underestimate the actual error as we could not reliably reconstruct the amplitude or frequency of El Niño-Southern Oscillation events as large as ± 2°C. Our results underscore the importance of characterizing the full range of temperature-Sr/Ca relationships at each study site to estimate true error.

  5. Monthly Sr/Ca oscillations in symbiotic coral aragonite: Biological effects limiting the precision of the paleotemperature proxy

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    Meibom, A.; Stage, M.; Wooden, J. L.; Constantz, B. R.; Dunbar, R. B.; Owen, A.; Grumet, N.; Bacon, C. R.; Chamberlain, C. P.

    2003-04-01

    In thermodynamic equilibrium with sea water the Sr/Ca ratio of aragonite varies predictably with temperature and the Sr/Ca ratio in coral have thus become a frequently used proxy for past Sea Surface Temperature (SST). However, biological effects can offset the Sr/Ca ratio from its equilibrium value. We report high spatial resolution ion microprobe analyses of well defined skeletal elements in the reef-building coral Porites lutea from Watamu, Kenya. Our data reveal distinct monthly oscillations in the Sr/Ca ratio, with an amplitude in excess of ten percent. These extreme Sr/Ca variations, which likely result from metabolic changes synchronous with the lunar cycle, introduce variability in Sr/Ca measurements based on conventional sampling techniques well beyond the analytical precision. Monte Carlo simulations show that under such conditions the precision of the Sr/Ca paleo-thermometer can be limited to about 2oC. Aragonite precipitated during periods of reduced growth rate have relatively small biological effects. Thus, Sr/Ca-based temperature reconstructions from massive scleractinian corals, such as Porites, would become more precise if the corals are preferentially sampled in low growth-rate regions of the skeleton. We therefore recommend a re-analysis of existing Sr/Ca records based on knowledge of temperature impacts on growth rates. If the biological effects observed in the Porites corals studied by us are confirmed in other Porites specimens from which long SST records have been derived on the basis of the Sr/Ca paleothermometer, it may invalidate conclusions based on inferred SST variations of less than 2oC. Our results also may help explain the notorious difficulties involved in obtaining an accurate and consistent calibration of the Sr/Ca vs. SST relationship.

  6. [Structure and photoluminescence of ASnO3 (A = Ca, Sr and Ba) : Eu nanocrystalline].

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    Fu, Xiao-Yan; Niu, Shu-Yun; Zhang, Hong-Wu; Xin, Qin

    2007-09-01

    The present paper reports the photoluminescence properties of nanocrytalline ASnO3 (A = Ca, Sr and Ba) : 1% Eu phosphor synthesized by the Pechini-type sol-gel method. The powder was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis absorption spectra, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and photoluminescence measurements. The experimental results show that BaSnO3 has the ideal cubic peroskite structure, while SrSnO3 and CaSnO3 are both distorted from cubic symmetry by an octahedral tilting distortion. The difference of structure in induced the different spectral properties of ASnO3 : 1% Eu. On the other hand, when A2+ changes from Ca2+ to Ba2+, the luminescence intensity becomes weak. So CaSnO3 : 1% Eu seems to be a good candidate for new phosphors. PMID:18051556

  7. 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- î) (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/ã-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/ã-Al2O3 was deactivated, likely due to significant carbon accumulation on/near the Rh metal

  8. Coprecipitation of Sr, Ni and U with CaCO{sub 3}: An experimental study

    SciTech Connect

    Carlsson, T.; Aalto, H.

    1996-08-01

    At the Finnish candidate sites for a nuclear waste repository, calcite (CaCO{sub 3}) is a common fracture mineral that may participate in coprecipitation processes. The objective of this preliminary work was to study the coprecipitation of the trace elements Sr, Ni, and U with CaCO{sub 3} under controlled conditions. The experiments were made in a titration vessel at room temperature under pure N{sub 2} or a 0.1% CO{sub 2}/N{sub 2} mixture. The water phase contained CaCl{sub 2} (0.01M) and NaCl (0.05 M) to which trace amounts of Ni{sup 2+}, Sr{sup 2+} and UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} were initially added. CaCO{sub 3} was precipitated by the addition of Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} and the use of CaCO{sub 3} seed crystals. When about 10{sup {minus}4} mol of precipitate had formed, the solution and solid phases were analyzed with ICP-MS. The results seem to indicate that Ni coprecipitated with CaCO{sub 3} under the experimental conditions, while U did not. In the case of Sr, further data are needed in order to make any conclusions from the experiments.

  9. Crystal structure of new Li + ion conducting perovskites: Li 2 xCa 0.5- xTaO 3 and Li 0.2[Ca 1- ySr y] 0.4TaO 3

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    Pham, Quoc Nghi; Crosnier-Lopez, Marie-Pierre; Le Berre, Françoise; Fauth, François; Fourquet, Jean-Louis

    2004-09-01

    Two new solid solutions—Li 2 xCa 0.5- xTaO 3 (0.05⩽ x⩽0.25) and Li 0.2[Ca 1- ySr y] 0.4TaO 3 (0< y⩽0.15)—based on the A defective ABO 3 perovskite structural type, are synthesized. The crystal structures of these Li + ion conducting compounds are solved from synchrotron radiation and conventional X-ray powder diffraction data. The unit cells exhibit a classical orthorhombic distortion of the cubic perovskite model (space group Pnma No. 62) with parameters close to 2a p, 2 ap, 2a p ( ap, primitive cubic cell parameter). The distortion of the cubic aristotype arises from the three tilts system a+b-b- of the TaO 6 octahedra. For the same lithium content ( x=0.10), the Sr 2+ substitution to Ca 2+ is found to enhance the electrical conductivity by quasi-one order of magnitude (at 200 °C, bulk dc conductivity values are close to 2.3×10 -6 and 1.1×10 -5 S cm -1 for Li 0.2Ca 0.4TaO 3 and Li 0.2[Ca 0.9Sr 0.1] 0.4TaO 3, respectively).

  10. 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.

  11. Microstructure and properties of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O with nanometer-scale alumina additions.

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    Goretta, K. C.

    1998-09-11

    Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles {approx}30 nm is size were added to Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x} in a 1:4 molar ratio. For comparison, 0.3 and {approx}3 pm Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles were added to separate batches. All materials were partial-melt processed. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} reacted during melting to primarily form stable compounds of approximate composition (Sr,Ca){sub 2}AlO{sub 4}. All additions caused slight decreases in the T{sub c} and melting point of the Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x}. The submicrometer Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} additions induced large expansions in magnetic-hysteresis width at 6 K. Electron microscopy examinations strongly suggested that the hysteresis expansion was related to alloying of the Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x} matrix rather than to pinning by volume defects.

  12. 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

  13. 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

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

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    Hinks, David G.; Capone, II, Donald W.

    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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Synthesis, structural and vibrational properties of Bi{sub 0.8}La{sub 0.15}A{sub 0.05}FeO{sub 3} (A = Ca, Sr)

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    Sharma, Poorva E-mail: poorva.aks@gmail.com; Kumar, Ashwini; Varshney, Dinesh E-mail: poorva.aks@gmail.com

    2015-06-24

    The polycrystalline Bi{sub 0.8}La{sub 0.15}A{sub 0.05}FeO{sub 3} (A = Ca, Sr) was synthesized by solid state reaction route to study the structural and vibrational properties. X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed the formation of single-phase perovskite structure. Rietveld–refined crystal structure parameters revealed the existence of rhombohedral R3c symmetry in the prepared sample. The blue shift of phonon modes is attributed to lower atomic mass of La{sup 3+} and A = (Ca, Sr) substitution at Bi site in BiFeO{sub 3}.

  18. 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) La–Rh–Zr (LRZ) and La–Sr– Rh–Zr (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

  19. Magnetic properties of Fe substituted SrRuO3 thin films and SrRuO3/Fe2O3 superlattices

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    Chmaissem, Omar; Kolesnik, Stanislaw; Dabrowski, Bogdan; Choi, Yongseong; Haskel, Daniel

    2010-03-01

    In recent years, SrRuO3 thin films have received considerable interest because of their potential for use as electrodes in oxide-based spintronic applications. SrRuO3 bulk materials are known to exhibit good room temperature thermal and electrical conductivity, a stable perovskite crystal structure, and itinerant ferromagnetic properties at temperatures below 163 K. To the best of our knowledge, attempts to enhance the magnetic properties of SrRuO3 through chemical substitutions of transition metal elements (e.g., Fe, Co, Mn, Cu, Zn, Ti, Cr, etc) at the Ru site, all failed except for the case of Cr substitutions in which TC was successfully raised to 190 K. In this work, we will demonstrate the drastically different effects of Fe on the magnetic properties of SrRuO3 bulk materials and thin films. We will also show and discuss the magnetic properties of SrRuO3/Fe2O3 superlattices. Work supported by the NSF (DMR-0706610) and the DOE-Office of Science (DEAC-02-06CH11357).

  20. Regulation of plant immunity through ubiquitin-mediated modulation of Ca(2+) -calmodulin-AtSR1/CAMTA3 signaling.

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    Zhang, Lei; Du, Liqun; Shen, Chenjia; Yang, Yanjun; Poovaiah, B W

    2014-04-01

    Transient changes in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration are essential signals for activation of plant immunity. It has also been reported that Ca(2+) signals suppress salicylic acid-mediated plant defense through AtSR1/CAMTA3, a member of the Ca(2+) /calmodulin-regulated transcription factor family that is conserved in multicellular eukaryotes. How plants overcome this negative regulation to mount an effective defense response during a stage of intracellular Ca(2+) surge is unclear. Here we report the identification and functional characterization of an important component of ubiquitin ligase, and the associated AtSR1 turnover. The AtSR1 interaction protein 1 (SR1IP1) was identified by CytoTrap two-hybrid screening. The loss-of-function mutant of SR1IP1 is more susceptible to bacterial pathogens, and over-expression of SR1IP1 confers enhanced resistance, indicating that SR1IP1 acts as a positive regulator of plant defense. SR1IP1 and AtSR1 act in the same signaling pathway to regulate plant immunity. SR1IP1 contains the structural features of a substrate adaptor in cullin 3-based E3 ubiquitin ligase, and was shown to serve as a substrate adaptor that recruits AtSR1 for ubiquitination and degradation when plants are challenged with pathogens. Hence, SR1IP1 positively regulates plant immunity by removing the defense suppressor AtSR1. These findings provide a mechanistic insight into how Ca(2+) -mediated actions are coordinated to achieve effective plant immunity. PMID:24528504

  1. Confounding effects of coral growth and high SST variability on skeletal Sr/Ca: Implications for coral paleothermometry

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    Grove, Craig A.; Kasper, Sebastian; Zinke, Jens; Pfeiffer, Miriam; Garbe-SchöNberg, Dieter; Brummer, Geert-Jan A.

    2013-04-01

    Massive corals offer continuous records of climate locked within their skeleton, with the most commonly applied paleo-thermometer being Sr/Ca. Recently, however, problems with Sr/Ca thermometry indicate that the intrinsic variance of single-core Sr/Ca time series differs between cores. Here, we compare the Sr/Ca records and growth parameters of two Porites lutea colonies sampled from the same reef zone, 0.72 km apart, with two gridded SST datasets, ERSST and HadISST, off NE Madagascar. Specifically, we address seasonal and interannual variability as well as trend differences between records over the same 43 year period. The two gridded SST datasets showed strong seasonality and weak positive ENSO anomalies on a slow 43 year warming trend at significantly different rates. Both the coral Sr/Ca records showed the same clear seasonality and similar amplitudes in SST. However, on interannual timescales, they displayed diverging 43 year Sr/Ca trends and opposite responses to weak ENSO anomalies. Moreover, their growth response also differed as one coral showed increasing extension/calcification rates and Sr/Ca ratios (cooling) over the 43 years, while the other coral showed decreasing extension/calcification rates and Sr/Ca ratios (warming). Further, during positive ENSO events, the calcification rates of the two corals were negatively correlated, while skeletal density anomalies were opposite. Possible explanations to why these corals are so different may be related to the corals growth response to SST changes. The growth response of individual corals to increasing SST seems to be opposite, which in turn are likely related to biological factors. Consequently, coral growth responses explain much of the inter-colony Sr/Ca variability.

  2. Two-dimensional incommensurately modulated structure of (Sr0.13Ca0. 87)2CoSi2O7 crystals.

    PubMed

    Bagautdinov, B; Hagiya, K; Kusaka, K; Ohmasa, M; Iishi, K

    2000-10-01

    The incommensurate structure of (Sr(0.13)Ca(0.87))(2)CoSi(2)O(7) at room temperature has been determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. The compound has a non-centrosymmetric tetragonal basic cell of a = 7.8743 (4) and c = 5.0417 (2) A with the space group P4;2(1)m. The refinements of the basic structure converged to R = 0.038 for 757 main reflections. The two-dimensional incommensurate structure is characterized by the wavevectors q(1) = 0.286 (3)(a* + b*) and q(2) = 0.286 (3)(-a* + b*), where a*, b* are the reciprocal lattice vectors of the basic structure. With the (3 + 2)-dimensional superspace group P(p4mg)(P4;2(1)(m)), the refinements converged to R = 0.071 for 1697 observed reflections (757 main and 940 satellite reflections). The structure is described in terms of displacement of the atoms, rotation, distortion of CoO(4) and SiO(4) tetrahedra, and the partial ordering of the Sr and Ca atoms accompanied with the modulation. Correlated evolution of these features throughout the crystal gives rise to various oxygen coordination around Ca/Sr. Comparison of the derived modulated structure to that of Ca(2)CoSi(2)O(7) clarified that the partial substitution of Ca by large alkaline-earth atoms such as Sr should decrease the distortion of the polyhedra around the cations. PMID:11006557

  3. 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.

    1990-01-01

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Antiferromagnetic Metallic State And Spin Valve Effect in Doped (Ca1-x Ax)3Ru2O7 (A = Sr, Ba) Single Crystals

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    Chikara, S.; Korneta, O. B.; Qi, T. F.; Parkin, S.; Cao, G.; Song, W. P.; Crummett, W. P.

    2009-03-01

    Bilayered Ca3Ru2O7 is a highly anisotropic system [1] characterized by orbitally-driven colossal magnetoresistance^2 and an unusual antiferromagnetic metallic (AFM-M) state [2]. We report transport and thermodynamic properties of (Ca1-x Ax)3Ru2O7 (A = Sr, Ba) single crystals as a function of temperature and applied magnetic field. While Ba doping shows a far stronger impact, both Sr and Ba substitution for Ca induce a large array of interesting phenomena. Among them, a bulk spin-valve effect occurs in the AFM-M range, which is largely broadened due to the doping. This effect in bulk crystals is a novel phenomenon first observed in Ca3(Ru1-xCrx)2O7 single crystals [3]. The spin-valve effect in (Ca1-xAx)3Ru2O7 single crystals opens new avenues to understand the underlying physics and realize the potential of spin valves in practical devices.[0pt] [1] G. Cao et al., PRL 78, 1751 (1997)[0pt] [2] X. N. Lin et al., PRL 95, 017203 (2005)[0pt] [3] G. Cao et al., PRL 100, 016604 (2008)

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

    PubMed Central

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

    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

  7. 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.

  8. Influence of chemical substitution on the photoluminescence of Sr(1-x)PbxWO4 solid solution

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    Hallaoui, A.; Taoufyq, A.; Arab, M.; Bakiz, B.; Benlhachemi, A.; Bazzi, L.; Villain, S.; Valmalette, J.-C.; Guinneton, F.; Gavarri, J.-R.

    2015-07-01

    The solid solution Sr1-xPbxWO4 based on luminescent tungstates SrWO4 and PbWO4 has been synthesized by solid-state reaction for all compositions 0≤x≤1. Using Rietveld method, the structural data of all polycrystalline samples have been refined and crystal cell parameters exhibited a linear behavior as a function of x. All substituted structures are of scheelite type. Scanning electron microscopy showed that a high level of crystallization characterized the samples, with modifications in sizes and shapes depending on composition x. Infrared and Raman spectroscopy have been performed to characterize the evolution of vibrational modes with substitution rate. Finally, a systematic study of luminescence under X-ray excitation has been performed: in the composition range x=0.2 to 0.4, intensities of emission exhibited increased values. The luminescence profiles have been interpreted in terms of four Gaussian components, two of them depending on substitution rate.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

    SciTech Connect

    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 +}.

  12. Europium substitution into intermetallic phases grown in Ca/Zn flux

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    Stojanovic, Milorad; Latturner, Susan E.

    2009-08-15

    Replacement of calcium with europium in the phases Ca{sub 21}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36} and CaNi{sub 2}Zn{sub 3} was attempted to explore the possibility of substitution in metal flux reactions and potential magnetic interactions between closely spaced Eu{sup 2+} ions. Limited substitution occurs when Eu is added to the reaction of nickel in a Ca/Zn flux mixture, up to stoichiometries of Eu{sub 5.8(3)}Ca{sub 15.2(3)}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36} and Eu{sub 0.42(8)}Ca{sub 0.58(8)}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}. Structural characterization and magnetic susceptibility studies on Eu{sub x}Ca{sub 21-x}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36} phases indicate that the Eu and Ca ions do not form an even solid solution on their sites, but instead segregate in separate regions of the crystals. The europium-rich regions of the samples order ferromagnetically, with T{sub C} dependent on the size of the clusters. If the concentration of Eu in the flux is raised above 20 mol%, a new compound Eu{sub 1.63(1)}Ca{sub 1.37(1)}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 3} (Cmcm, a=4.1150(5) A, b=16.948(2) A, c=10.302(1) A, Z=4, R{sub 1}=0.0396) is produced. - Graphical abstract: Exploration of europium substitution into intermetallic compounds grown in Ca/Zn flux has yielded analogs of Eu{sub x}Ca{sub 21-x}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36} with unusual magnetic properties due to segregation of europium in the crystals; high concentrations of Eu in the flux trigger the growth of Eu{sub 1.63(1)}Ca{sub 1.37(1)}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 3} with a new structure type.

  13. The interaction of Ag with Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor

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    Dou, S. X.; Song, K. H.; Liu, H. K.; Sorrell, C. C.; Apperley, M. H.; Gouch, A. J.; Savvides, N.; Hensley, D. W.

    1989-10-01

    Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor compounds have been doped with up to 30 wt% Ag, sintered under variable oxygen partial pressure, and characterised in terms of the electrical and crystallographic behaviour. In contrast to previous reports that claim that Ag is the only metal non-poisoning to the superconductivity of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BSCCO), it has been found that Ag additions to Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O depress Tc and Jc drastically and cause a large decrease in lattice parameters when samples are treated in air or pure oxygen. However, the lattice parameters, Tc and Jc remain unaffected by Ag additions when samples are heat treated in 0.030-0.067 atm oxygen. It is clear that the Ag reacts with and destabilises the superconducting phase when the samples are treated in air or pure oxygen while, when the samples are heat treated in low oxygen partial pressures, the Ag remains as an isolated inert metal phase that improves the weak links between the grains. This discovery clearly shows the feasibility of Ag-clad superconductor wire. For Ag-clad superconductor tape of 0.1 mm 2 cross sectional area heat treated in air, Jc was measured to be 54 A/cm 2. The same specimen sintered in 0.067 atm oxygen showed that the Jc increased to 2078 A/cm 2.

  14. 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

  15. 110K Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor oxide and method for making same

    DOEpatents

    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.

  16. 110K Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor oxide and method for making same

    DOEpatents

    Veal, Boyd W.; Downey, John W.; Lam, Daniel J.; Paulikas, Arvydas P.

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Preliminary results of Sr:Ca ratios of Coilia nasus in otoliths by micro-PIXE

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    Zhong, L.; Guo, H.; Shen, H.; Li, X.; Tang, W.; Liu, J.; Jin, J.; Mi, Y.

    2007-07-01

    Coilia nasus, distributed in Changjiang River as well as northwest Pacific, has a high economic value owing to its delicacy and nutritional value. Recently, the fishing yields in Changjiang River have decreased dramatically due to excessive fishing and changes in the aquatic ecology. In order to prevent excessive fishing effectively, the life history pattern of C. nasus should be known in detail. Ootoliths contain much information about a fish's life history, because elemental concentrations remain unaltered after deposition, and can be analysed. C. nasus collected from Jing Jiang (lower reaches of the Changjiang River) and Jiu Duan Sha (the estuary of the Changjiang River) were studied by measuring Sr:Ca ratios in their otoliths using micro-PIXE. On average, the Sr:Ca ratios of estuarine C. nasus were found to be higher. The Sr:Ca ratios were higher in the core regions and lower in the outermost marginal regions, and shows fluctuations in certain regions. Possible corresponding life history patterns are discussed.

  20. 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

  1. High precision glacial-interglacial benthic foraminiferal Sr/Ca records from the eastern equatorial Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea

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    Shen, Chuan-Chou; Hastings, David W.; Lee, Typhoon; Chiu, Chin-Hsin; Lee, Meng-Yang; Wei, Kuo-Yen; Edwards, R. Lawrence

    2001-08-01

    Glacial-interglacial variation in the marine Sr/Ca ratio has important implications for coral Sr thermometry [J.W. Beck et al., Science 257 (1992) 644-647]. A possible variation of 1-3% was proposed based on ocean models [H.M. Stoll and D.P. Schrag, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 62 (1998) 1107-1118]. Subsequently, studies have used fossil foraminifera to test this prediction [P.A. Martin et al., Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 1 (1999); H.M. Stoll et al., Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 63 (1999) 3535-3547; H. Elderfield et al., Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 1 (2000)]. But whether some component of foraminiferal Sr/Ca variation can be uniquely ascribed to seawater Sr variation is still not clear. To address this question, we developed cleaning and analysis techniques and measured Sr/Ca ratios on individual shells of the modern benthic foraminifer Cibicidoides wuellerstorfi. We showed that different size shells have different Sr/Ca ratios; however, samples with shell sizes of 355-500 μm appear to have normally distributed Sr/Ca ratios (1σ=1.8%). For multi-shell measurements (with estimated errors of 0.12-0.39%), the ratio varied by as much as 7.2±0.5% during the last glaciation for two Caribbean records at the same site and by 3.7±0.5% over the past 40,000 yr for one record from the Sierra Leone Rise in the eastern equatorial Atlantic. The two Caribbean records are very similar indicating that the behavior of shell Sr uptake was identical locally and that the shell Sr/Ca ratio faithfully reflects the local environment. The Atlantic record differs from the Caribbean records by as much as several percent. Thus, the foraminiferal Sr/Ca changes cannot be solely due to changes in seawater Sr/Ca unless the glacial deep ocean had spatial variation in Sr/Ca well in excess of the modern ocean. Certain similarities between the three records do exist. Notably, the rate of change of Sr/Ca is similar between 9 and 0 ka (-0.25%/kyr) and between 25 and 16 ka (+0.16%/kyr). This suggests that

  2. Growth of Nucleation Sites on Pd-doped Bi_2Sr_2Ca1 Cu_2O_8+δ

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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+δ from mixed powders of Pb-doped Bi_2Sr_2Ca_1Cu_2O_8+δ 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+δ 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+δ and are definetely not a Pb rich phase

  3. A first principles study on newly proposed (Ca/Sr/Ba)Fe2Bi2 compounds with their parent compounds

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    Sundareswari, M.; Jayalakshmi, D. S.; Viswanathan, E.

    2016-02-01

    The structural, electronic, bonding and magnetic properties of newly proposed iron-based compounds viz., CaFe2Bi2, SrFe2Bi2, BaFe2Bi2 with their Fermi surface topology are reported here for the first time by means of first principles calculation. All these properties of newly proposed compounds are compared and analysed along with their respective parent compounds namely (Ca,Sr,Ba)Fe2As2.

  4. 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.

  5. Relationship between coccolith Sr/Ca ratios and coccolithophore production and export in the Arabian Sea and Sargasso Sea

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    Stoll, Heather M.; Ziveri, Patrizia; Shimizu, Nobumichi; Conte, Maureen; Theroux, Susanna

    2007-03-01

    Coccolithophore CaCO 3 production can account for 20-80% of biogenic carbonate exported from the photic zone, and coccoliths are a dominant biogenic carbonate in many deep-sea sediments. A new method for picking individual coccoliths from sediment traps and sediments for analysis using Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ion probe) allows us to make precise Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca determinations on coccoliths from single species even in samples where material is limited. There are large biological effects in Sr/Ca partitioning in coccoliths that have been related to variations in coccolithophore productivity. In sediment traps from the Sargasso Sea at Bermuda and Arabian Sea in the Somali Basin, we can identify Sr/Ca variations in several species that are consistent with inferred seasonal variations in coccolithophore productivity in surface waters. In the Arabian Sea, coccolith Sr/Ca ratios in Calcidiscus leptoporus and Helicosphaera carteri are lowest during the nonproductive intermonsoon. They are highest during the upwelling of southwest monsoon and during the nutrient entrainment from strong winds of the northeast monsoon. These Sr/Ca variations match seasonal trends in coccolith export flux. Furthermore, Sr/Ca variations in C. leptoporus are larger, and this species also has the greater variation in export flux between southwest monsoon and intermonsoon seasons. At Bermuda, a 1996 fall bloom, driven by passage of a warm mode water eddy, induced a large increase in Sr/Ca of C. leptoporus coincident with an increase of C. leptoporus export. Over an annual series for 2004, highest Sr/Ca ratios of C. leptoporus in the summer months match the typical summer peak in surface standing stock of this species and the stimulation of its productivity by mesoscale cyclonic eddies and eddy-eddy interactions. High Sr/Ca did not coincide with the highest export of C. leptoporus coccoliths, likely because cyclonic eddies, unlike mode-water eddies, are dominated by small phytoplankton

  6. Identifying weathering sources and processes in an outlet glacier of the Greenland Ice Sheet using Ca and Sr isotope ratios

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    Hindshaw, Ruth S.; Rickli, Jörg; Leuthold, Julien; Wadham, Jemma; Bourdon, Bernard

    2014-11-01

    Chemical and isotope data (ε40Ca, δ44/42Ca, 87Sr/86Sr, δ18O) of river water samples were collected twice daily for 28 days in 2009 from the outlet river of Leverett Glacier, West Greenland. The water chemistry data was combined with detailed geochemical analysis and petrography of bulk rock, mineral separates and sediment samples in order to constrain the mineral weathering sources to the river. The average isotopic compositions measured in the river, with 2SD of all the values measured, were ε40Ca = +4.0 ± 1.4, δ44/42Ca = +0.60 ± 0.10‰ and 87Sr/86Sr = 0.74243 ± 0.00327. Based on changes in bulk meltwater discharge, the hydrochemical data was divided into three hydrological periods. The first period was marked by the tail-end of an outburst event and was characterised by water with decreasing suspended sediment concentrations (SSC), ion concentrations and pH. During the second hydrological period, discharge increased whilst 87Sr/86Sr decreased from 0.74550 to 0.74164. Based on binary mixing diagrams using 87Sr/86Sr with Na/Sr, Ca/Sr and ε40Ca, this is interpreted to reflect an increase in reactive mineral weathering, in particular epidote, as the water residence time decreases. The decrease in water residence time is a result of the evolution from a distributed (long water residence time) to a channelised (short water residence time) subglacial drainage network. The third hydrological period was defined as the period when overall discharge was decreasing. This hydrological period was marked by prominent diurnal cycles in discharge. During this period, significant correlations between δ44/42Ca and SSC and δ18O were observed which are suggestive of fractionation during adsorption. This study demonstrates the potential of radiogenic Ca to both identify temporally changing mineral sources in conjunction with 87Sr/86Sr values and to separate source and fractionation effects in δ44/42Ca values.

  7. 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.

  8. Plant uptake of cations under nutrient limitation: An environmental tracer study using Ca/Sr and K/Rb ratios

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    Shi, Z.; Keller, C. K.; Stacks, D.; Grant, M.; Harsh, J. B.; Letourneau, M.; Gill, R. A.; Balogh-Brunstad, Z.; Thomashow, L.; Dohnalkova, A.

    2012-12-01

    Vascular plant growth builds soils and ecosystem nutrient capital by sequestering and partitioning atmospheric CO2 into organic matter and continental runoff and driving terrestrial water and energy balances. Plant root-system functions, e.g. nutrient mobilization and uptake, are altered by environmental stress. However, the stress-response relationships are poorly understood. Chemical tracers have potential for assessing contributions of nutrients from various nutrient pools. Our objective is to quantitatively study how varying degrees of nutrient limitation (and corresponding needs to extract base cations from mineral sources) influence Ca and K uptake functions in a plant-root-mineral system. We are studying plant-driven mineral weathering in column experiments with red pine (Pinus resinosa) seedlings. The columns contain quartz sand amended with anorthite and biotite that constitute the sole mineral sources of Ca and K. These minerals also contain known amounts of Sr and Rb, which exhibit chemical behavior similar to Ca and K, respectively. The solution source of Ca and K was varied by adding 0% (no dissolved Ca and K), 10%, 30%, or 100% of a full strength Ca and K nutrient solution through irrigation water in which both Sr and Rb concentrations were negligible. Selected columns were destructively sampled at 3, 6 and 9 months to harvest biomass and measure plant uptake of cations. We used Ca/Sr and K/Rb ratio results to estimate the contributions of Ca and K from mineral and solution sources. For the 0% nutrient treatment, the Ca/Sr and K/Rb ratios in total biomass at 3 months, compared with those in the mineral phases, suggested preferential uptake of Ca and K over Sr and Rb, respectively, and allowed us to determine uptake discrimination factors for both cations. The K/Rb ratios in total biomass increased with greater K availability in the solution source, as expected, but Ca/Sr ratios did not show any dependence on Ca availability in the solution source

  9. Ca(2+) function in photosynthetic oxygen evolution studied by alkali metal cations substitution.

    PubMed

    Ono, T; Rompel, A; Mino, H; Chiba, N

    2001-10-01

    Effects of adding monovalent alkali metal cations to Ca(2+)-depleted photosystem (PS)II membranes on the biochemical and spectroscopic properties of the oxygen-evolving complex were studied. The Ca(2+)-dependent oxygen evolution was competitively inhibited by K(+), Rb(+), and Cs(+), the ionic radii of which are larger than the radius of Ca(2+) but not inhibited significantly by Li(+) and Na(+), the ionic radii of which are smaller than that of Ca(2+). Ca(2+)-depleted membranes without metal cation supplementation showed normal S(2) multiline electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) signal and an S(2)Q(A)(-) thermoluminescence (TL) band with a normal peak temperature after illumination under conditions for single turnover of PSII. Membranes supplemented with Li(+) or Na(+) showed properties similar to those of the Ca(2+)-depleted membranes, except for a small difference in the TL peak temperatures. The peak temperature of the TL band of membranes supplemented with K(+), Rb(+), or Cs(+) was elevated to approximately 38 degrees C which coincided with that of Y(D)(+)Q(A)(-) TL band, and no S(2) EPR signals were detected. The K(+)-induced high-temperature TL band and the S(2)Q(A)(-) TL band were interconvertible by the addition of K(+) or Ca(2+) in the dark. Both the Ca(2+)-depleted and the K(+)-substituted membranes showed the narrow EPR signal corresponding to the S(2)Y(Z)(+) state at g = 2 by illuminating the membranes under multiple turnover conditions. These results indicate that the ionic radii of the cations occupying Ca(2+)-binding site crucially affect the properties of the manganese cluster. PMID:11566758

  10. 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

  11. Comparison of Equatorial Pacific Sea Surface Variability and Trends with Sr/Ca Records from Multiple Corals

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    Alpert, A.; Cohen, A. L.; Oppo, D.; Gove, J.; Young, C.; Decarlo, T. M.

    2015-12-01

    The short duration of instrumental SST records makes it difficult to reliably separate anthropogenic-related trends from natural variability, especially in the tropical Pacific. The Sr/Ca ratio of massive corals has been used to lengthen the record and fill data gaps but its reliability has been questioned because different coral colonies on the same reef can have different Sr/Ca-temperature relationships and yield opposing derived SST trends. We exploited a unique multi-year dataset of in situ temperature data to assess whether inter-colony differences are attributable to small-scale oceanographic variability or "vital effects" and to quantify the effect of these differences on temperature estimates and uncertainties. Sr/Ca records from four massive Porites colonies growing on the east and west sides of Jarvis Island, central equatorial Pacific, were compared with temperature data from in situ loggers also placed on the east and west sides. In general, Sr/Ca captured - albeit inconsistently - the occurrence of inter-annual SST events but their amplitude was not consistently recorded by any of the corals. However, the Sr/Ca-temperature regressions derived from the four different colonies were statistically distinct. Assuming these relationships represent the full range of Sr/Ca-temperature calibrations in Jarvis Porites, we assessed how well Sr/Ca of a fossil coral with an unknown Sr/Ca-temperature relationship can constrain past temperatures. Our results indicate that the standard error of prediction methods underestimate the actual error as we could not reliably reconstruct the amplitude or frequency of ENSO events as large as ±2°C. Further, Sr/Ca of one coral implied a statistically significant cooling trend while that of its neighbor implied a warming trend whereas no long-term trend was identified in the instrumental data. This observation of a derived trend where none exists is consistent with observations made independently at other coral reef sites in the

  12. 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.

  13. 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-δ) 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-δ sample with x = y = 0.04 has shown a power factor (S2σ) of 176 μW/m/K2 at 423 K, which is nearly two orders of magnitude higher than that of the pristine sample (2.1 μW/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).

  14. Luminescence Properties of SrCaS:Cu Thin Film Phosphors

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    Mohammed, Edris; Park, Won; Tong, Wusheng; Stock, Stuart; Summers, Chris

    2000-03-01

    Luminescence Properties of SrxCa1-xS:Cu Thin Film Phosphors E. Mohammed, W. Park, W. Tong, S. Stock and C. J. Summers Phosphor Technology Center of Excellence Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0560 The luminescence properties of MBE grown thin film SrCaS:Cu phosphors are investigated. 10K photoluminescence (PL) results showed a broad emission band of Cu that shifted between 2.98eV and 2.58eV, with a large increase in linewidth ranging from 0.36eV for CaS:Cu to 0.49eV as the Sr composition was increased. The significant increase in linewidth suggested that the broad emission band of Cu was composed of two closely spaced bands suggesting a possible spin-orbit or Jahn-Teller splitting of the emitting level. Curve fitting of the 10K PL showed that the splitting varied from 100meV for x=0 to 240 meV for x=0.98. In the excitation spectra, the optical absorption edge shifted from 5.1eV to 4.7eV while the energies of the two direct excitation bands of Cu shifted from 4.4 to 4.8eV and 4.0 to 4.2eV respectively. The crystal field parameter 10Dq obtained from experiments showed a linear as the composition of Sr was varied between x=0 to x=0.98 and the result was in excellent agreement with crystal field calculations.

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

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    Shi, Donglu

    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. CO sub 2 -laser ablation of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu oxide by millisecond pulse lengths

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    Meskoob, M.; Honda, T.; Safari, A.; Wachtman, J.B.; Danforth, S. ); Wilkens, B.J. )

    1990-03-15

    We have achieved ablation of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu oxide from single targets of superconducting pellets by CO{sub 2}-laser pulses of l ms length to grow superconducting thin films. Upon annealing, the 6000-A thin films have a {ital T}{sub {ital c}} (onset) of 90 K and zero resistance at 78 K. X-ray diffraction patterns indicate the growth of single-phase thin films. This technique allows growth of uniform single-phase superconducting thin films of lateral area greater than 1 cm{sup 2}.

  17. Directly-coupled dc-SQUID magnetometers made of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu oxide films

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    Matsuda, M.; Murayama, Y.; Kiryu, S.; Kasai, N.; Kashiwaya, S.; Koyanagi, M.; Endo, T. ); Kuriki, S. . Research Inst. of Applied Electricity)

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on all high-T{sub c} dc- SQUID magnetometers made of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu oxide films that were designed and fabricated. A directly-coupled scheme where a SQUID loop and a pick-up loop are connected directly in parallel was chosen to avoid fabricating the multi-layered structure. The flux noise which was measured in FLL operation at 4.2K increased in a form of 1/f as the frequency decreased below 20Hz.

  18. Gamma-ray shielding properties of CaO-SrO-B 2O 3 glasses

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    Singh, Kulwant; Singh, Harvinder; Sharma, Gopi; Gerward, Leif; Khanna, Atul; Kumar, Rajesh; Nathuram, Rohila; Sahota, Hari Singh

    2005-02-01

    Mass attenuation coefficients, effective atomic numbers and effective electron densities have been determined experimentally for the glass system xCaO·(0.3- x)SrO·0.7B 2O 3 at photon energies 511, 662, 1173, and 1332 keV. The results are compared with theoretical calculations. In addition, the molar volume of the glasses has been derived from density measurements, and the excess volume has been determined as a function of composition. The reported data should be useful for potential applications of these glasses in radiation shielding.

  19. 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.).

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. TiO2 controlling photoluminescence of AWO4 (A =Ca,Sr,Ba) nanofilms

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    Jia, Runping; Zhang, Guoxin; Wu, Qingsheng; Ding, Yaping

    2006-07-01

    AWO4 (A =Ca,Sr,Ba) nanofilms are prepared by a self-inventive technique using collodion to disperse nanoparticles and form film, and their photoluminescence (PL) properties are controlled by a nano-TiO2 doping method. This cannot only reach the results of uniform film and PL enhancement, but also realize a PL increase/decrease shift effect. The PL behaviors of AWO4 nanofilms doped by TiO2 are in good agreement with Gaussion function relation. In addition, there is a positive correlation between the critical concentrations of TiO2 in AWO4-TiO2 nanofilm series and A's ionic potential.

  3. Photoluminescence in the Ca{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}WO{sub 4} system at room temperature

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    Porto, S.L.; Longo, E.; Simoes, L.G.P.; Lima, S.J.G.; Ferreira, J.M.; Soledade, L.E.B.; Espinoza, J.W.M.; Cassia-Santos, M.R.; Maurera, M.A.M.A.; Paskocimas, C.A.; Santos, I.M.G. Souza, A.G.

    2008-08-15

    In this work, a study was undertaken about the structural and photoluminescent properties, at room temperature, of powder samples from the Ca{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}WO{sub 4} (x=0-1.0) system, synthesized by a soft chemical method and heat treated between 400 and 700 deg. C. The material was characterized using Infrared, UV-vis and Raman spectroscopy and XRD. The most intense PL emission was obtained for the sample calcined at 600 deg. C, which is neither highly disordered (400-500 deg. C), nor completely ordered (700 deg. C). Corroborating the role of disorder in the PL phenomenon, the most intense PL response was not observed for pure CaWO{sub 4} or SrWO{sub 4}, but for Ca{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}WO{sub 4}. The PL emission spectra could be separated into two Gaussian curves. The lower wavelength peak is placed around 530 nm, and the higher wavelength peak at about 690 nm. Similar results were reported in the literature for both CaWO{sub 4} and SrWO{sub 4}. - Graphical abstract: The structural and room temperature photoluminescence of Ca{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}WO4 synthesized by a soft chemical method was studied. The most intense PL emission was obtained for the sample calcined at 600 deg. C, that is neither highly disordered (400-500 deg. C), nor completely ordered (700 deg. C). Corroborating the role of disorder in the PL phenomenon, the most intense PL response was not observed for pure CaWO{sub 4} or SrWO{sub 4}, but for Ca{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}WO{sub 4}.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 (ε‧) and imaginary part (ε″) increase with more addition of Ca2+ amount. The imaginary part of complex permittivity (μ‧) increases and the real part (μ‧‧) goes down after Ca2+ is doped. Furthermore, the Ca2+ ions doped in the ferrite improved microwave absorbency.

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

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    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.

  7. Coupled magnetic and elastic properties in LaPr(CaSr)MnO manganites

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    Eslava, G. G.; Parisi, F.; Bernardo, P. L.; Quintero, M.; Leyva, G.; Cohen, L. F.; Ghivelder, L.

    2016-09-01

    We investigate a series of manganese oxides, the La0.225Pr0.4(Ca1-xSrx)0.375MnO3 system. The x = 0 sample is a prototype compound for the study of phase separation in manganites, where ferromagnetic and charge ordered antiferromagnetic phases coexist. Replacing Ca2+ by Sr2+ gradually turns the system into a homogeneous ferromagnet. Our results show that the material structure plays a major role in the observed magnetic properties. On cooling, at temperatures below ∼ 100 K, a strong contraction of the lattice is followed by an increase in the magnetization. This is observed both through thermal expansion and magnetostriction measurements, providing distinct evidence of magneto-elastic coupling in these phase separated compounds.

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

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    Rüggeberg, Andres; Riethdorf, Jan-Rainer; Raddatz, Jacek; López Correa, Matthias; Montagna, Paolo; Dullo, Wolf-Christian; Freiwald, André

    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, Lòpez Correa et al. 2008; delta88/86Sr, Rüggeberg et al. 2008). Within the frame of DFG-Project TRISTAN and Paläo-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 6°C and 14°C. 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

  9. Structural chemistry of M2Si5N8:Eu2+ (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) phosphor via structural refinement.

    PubMed

    Kim, Yong-Il; Kim, Kwang Bok; Lee, Yun-Hee; Kim, Ki-Bok

    2012-04-01

    Structural refinement using X-ray powder diffraction data and geometry energy calculations using quantum mechanics were used to investigate the preferential substitution sites and the amount of Eu2+ ions in the host lattice of alkaline earth elements co-doped M2Si5N8:Eu2+ (M = Ca, Sr, and Ba), which is a red color-emitting nitride phosphor prepared via a carbothermal reaction method. Of the possible preferential sites, the preferential site proposed by the structural refinement results, in which the Eu2+ ions might preferentially occupy nine coordinated sites with nitrogen in M2Si5N8:Eu2+, was confirmed via geometry energy calculations using a first-principle based on the density-functional theory. The final converged weighted R factor (R(wp)) and the goodness-of-fit indicator [S(= R(wp)/R(e))] were 9.51% and 1.77, respectively. Each occupancy of Eu2+ ions for the two non-equivalent M sites, M(1) and M(2), was 0.10(2) and 0.04(2), respectively. The final refined model described the crystal structure in a space group Pmn2, (No. 31) with Z = 2, a = 5.7424(1) angstroms, b = 6.8837(1) angstroms, c = 9.3586(1) angstroms, and alpha(= beta= gamma)= 90 degrees. PMID:22849142

  10. Multiple Magnetic Transitions and Magnetocaloric Effect in (La,Pr,M)MnO3 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) Mixed Phase Manganites

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    Lampen, P. J.; Bingham, N. S.; Phan, M. H.; Srikanth, H. S.; Phan, T. L.; Yu, S. C.; Cheong, S. W.

    2012-02-01

    The manganite compound (La,Pr,Ca)MnO3 is a well-studied system that is known to exhibit a complex phase diagram featuring ``strain liquid'' and ``strain glass'' regions in combination with competing ferromagnetic (FM) and charge-ordered antiferromagnetic (CO/AFM) phases. The balance of these phases is sensitive to various perturbations including magnetic and electric field, strain, bandwidth, and A-site cation disorder. The A-site disorder and bandwidth of this compound can be tuned through the replacement of Ca with larger Sr and Ba ions. We report here a systematic study of the influence of cation substitution on the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of La0.35Pr0.275M0.375MnO3 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba). Structural properties, including lattice parameters and Mn--O--Mn bond angles, were determined from X-ray diffraction patterns. DC magnetometry studies reveal multiple magnetic transitions in each sample which are probed by magnetocaloric effect (MCE) and transverse susceptibility (TS) experiments. Increasing the average A-site cationic radius is found to strongly impact the magnetic properties and phase behavior of the system.

  11. 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.

  12. Relation Between Simultaneous Ca and Sr Transport Rates in Isolated Segments of Vetch, Barley, and Pine Roots 1

    PubMed Central

    Hutchin, Maxine E.; Vaughan, Burton E.

    1968-01-01

    Root segments of vetch, barley, and pine were exposed to a nutrient solution containing 85Sr and 45Ca tracers. Translocation was measured from solutions containing stable ions at concentrations of 2.5 mm Ca, and at either 0.5 mm or 2.5 mm Sr. Polar transport was established between 12 and 18 hr in barley, and between 16 and 22 hr in vetch. Acropetal transport remained below 5% of basipetal transport of tracer during these intervals. Transport in both vetch and barley usually declined before an elapsed time of 24 hr unlike corn, which maintained its steady state beyond 24 hr. Pine was radically different in that it showed no difference between acropetal and basipetal transport rates and had very low rates. Sr transport in all plants studied to date paralleled that of Ca and the ratio Sr:Ca transported was equal to the ratio Sr:Ca in the nutrient. In vetch, stable Ca transport was reduced to one-fifth when Sr concentration was increased from 0.5 mm to 2.5 mm. Yet stable Sr transport did not change, indicating that the effect on transport was not due to competitive inhibition. A similar effect was less pronounced in barley, but could not be detected in pine. The magnitude of the transport rates varied considerably among the various species, corn having the greatest followed by barley, vetch, and pine in decreasing order. Transport did not correlate with root weight or surface area; it amounted to from 0.03 to 0.60 nanomoles per hr in these experiments as compared to 7 nanomoles per hr previously established in corn (in all cases, 55 mm segments, sectioned 10 mm from apex). Images PMID:5725599

  13. Influence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide on the morphology of AWO 4 (A = Ca, Sr) prepared by cyclic microwave irradiation

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    Thongtem, Titipun; Kaowphong, Sulawan; Thongtem, Somchai

    2008-09-01

    AWO 4 (A = Ca, Sr) was prepared from metal salts [Ca(NO 3) 2·4H 2O or Sr(NO 3) 2], Na 2WO 4·2H 2O and different moles of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) in water by cyclic microwave irradiation. The structure of AWO 4 was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed the presence of nanoparticles in clusters with different morphologies; spheres, peaches with notches, dumb-bells and bundles, influenced by CTAB. Six Raman vibrational peaks of scheelite structure were detected at 908, 835, 793, 399, 332 and 210 cm -1 for CaWO 4 and 917, 833, 795, 372, 336 and 192 cm -1 for SrWO 4, which are assigned as ν1(A g), ν3(B g), ν3(E g), ν4(B g), ν2(A g) and νf.r.(A g), respectively. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra provided the evidence of W-O stretching vibration in [WO 4] 2- tetrahedrons at 793 cm -1 for CaWO 4 and 807 cm -1 for SrWO 4. The peaks of photoluminescence (PL) spectra were at 428-434 nm for CaWO 4, and 447-451 nm for SrWO 4.

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

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    Bagard, Marie-Laure; Schmitt, Anne-Désirée; Chabaux, François; Pokrovsky, Oleg S.; Viers, Jérôme; Stille, Peter; Labolle, François; 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 δ44/40Ca 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 δ44/40Ca patterns contrast with those described for permafrost-free environments with a much lower δ44/40Ca 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 δ44/40Ca signature may be controlled by the heterogeneity of lithological sources.

  15. Acropora interbranch skeleton Sr/Ca ratios: Evaluation of a potential new high-resolution paleothermometer

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    Sadler, James; Nguyen, Ai D.; Leonard, Nicole D.; Webb, Gregory E.; Nothdurft, Luke D.

    2016-04-01

    The majority of coral geochemistry-based paleoclimate reconstructions in the Indo-Pacific are conducted on selectively cored colonies of massive Porites. This restriction to a single genus may make it difficult to amass the required paleoclimate data for studies that require deep reef coring techniques. Acropora, however, is a highly abundant coral genus in both modern and fossil reef systems and displays potential as a novel climate archive. Here we present a calibration study for Sr/Ca ratios recovered from interbranch skeleton in corymbose Acropora colonies from Heron Reef, southern Great Barrier Reef. Significant intercolony differences in absolute Sr/Ca ratios were normalized by producing anomaly plots of both coral geochemistry and instrumental water temperature records. Weighted linear regression of these anomalies from the lagoon and fore-reef slope provide a sensitivity of -0.05 mmol/mol °C-1, with a correlation coefficient (r2 = 0.65) comparable to those of genera currently used in paleoclimate reconstructions. Reconstructions of lagoon and reef slope mean seasonality in water temperature accurately identify the greater seasonal amplitude observed in the lagoon of Heron Reef. A longer calibration period is, however, required for reliable reconstructions of annual mean water temperatures.

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

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    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-δ and Bi1,6Pb0,4Sr2CaCu2O8-δ) 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.

  17. Anomalous phonon properties in the silicide superconductors CaAlSi and SrAlSi

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    Kuroiwa, S.; Hasegawa, T.; Kondo, T.; Ogita, N.; Udagawa, M.; Akimitsu, J.

    2008-11-01

    Lattice-dynamical properties of CaAlSi and SrAlSi with a similar layer structure to MgB2 have been first investigated by both Raman-scattering and ab initio calculations. All Raman-active phonons with E' symmetry have been clearly observed for both compounds. Their line shapes are asymmetric but their linewidths are ˜10cm-1 , which is very narrower than that of MgB2 . In addition to the Raman-active modes, several extra peaks have been observed below 160cm-1 . These low-energy extra modes can be assigned to the out-of-plane vibrations of Al perpendicular to Al-Si basal plane. Since these peak intensities are strongly affected by the incident energy (resonance Raman process), the electronic state is important for them. Moreover, in both crystals of CaAlSi and SrAlSi, we point out the energy difference for the different propagation directions along the c axis and the c plane, in spite of the very close wave vector to the Brillouin-zone center. This energy difference cannot be explained by a usual Raman-scattering scenario at this stage.

  18. Polarization Domain Switching of Improper Hybrid Ferroelectric (Ca,Sr)3Ti2O7 Crystals

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    Lim, Seong Joon; Gao, Bin; Kim, Jaewook; Huang, Fei-Ting; Cheong, Sang-Wook; RCEM Team

    The observation of switchable polarization loops at room temperature in (Ca,Sr)3Ti2O7, induced by improper hybrid ferroelectricity, has drawn much attention. Since the ferroelectric polarization directly couples with structural distortions (oxygen octahedral tilting and rotation) in hybrid improper ferroelectrics, the energy barrier for polarization switching is predicted to be large, and the observation of ferroelectric polarization loops was a surprise. Furthermore, the observed complexity of the domain wall configuration in (Ca,Sr)3Ti2O7 may complicate the domain wall motion or the domain nucleation for polarization switching. Thus, it is imperative to understand the mechanism and dynamics of polarization domain switching. Particularly, it has to be clarified if polarization switching occurs through 90° or 180° switching. Comparing piezoresponse force microscope and polarized optical microscope images before and after applying electric fields consecutively, we explored the mechanism and dynamics of polarization domain switching. This work is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's EPiQS Initiative through Grant GBMF4413 to the Rutgers Center for Emergent Materials.

  19. Epitaxial growth of Ca(x)Sr(1-x)F2 layers on CaF2 by vacuum evaporation

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    Norton, Nicholas G.; Knight, K. S.

    The evaporation and epitaxial growth on single crystal CaF2 substrates of CaF2/SrF2 mixtures are investigated. The evaporated films are studied with X-ray diffraction and optical microscopy. The X-ray diffraction results show that the evaporation of yCaF2(+) (1 - y)srF2 mixtures from a single boat, with y in the range 0 to 1, result in single phase, mixed crystals of composition CaxSr1-xF2. If Vegard's law is assumed to apply it is found experimentally that the film composition is the same as that of the source. For the evaporation of CaF2 and SrF2 onto cleaved CaF2 crystals it is shown that the best quality epitaxial films are obtained at substrate temperatures of 400 C. Over 400 C there is broadening of the X-ray diffraction spots from the overlayer compared with those from the substrate. Below 400 C there is a tendency for the epitaxial films to delaminate from the substrate.

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

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    Rüggeberg, Andres; Riethdorf, Jan-Rainer; Raddatz, Jacek; López Correa, Matthias; Montagna, Paolo; Dullo, Wolf-Christian; Freiwald, André

    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, Lòpez Correa et al. 2008; delta88/86Sr, Rüggeberg et al. 2008). Within the frame of DFG-Project TRISTAN and Paläo-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 6°C and 14°C. 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

  1. Crystal structure of the (Pb, Hg)Sr 2(Ca, Y)Cu 2O 7- δ superconductor

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    Liu, R. S.; Hu, S. F.; Chen, D. H.; Shy, D. S.; Jefferson, D. A.

    1994-03-01

    Bulk superconductivity up to 90 K has been achieved in the Hg containing cuprate (Pb, Hg)Sr 2(Ca 1- xY x)Cu 2O 7- δ when x=0.3, which has the highest Tc among the Pb based materials. The crystal structure of the newly discovered Hg containing Pb based 1212 phase has been investigated by Rietveld analysis of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) data, selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM). We have identified the phase responsible for superconductivity in the so-called 1212 phase with a space group of P4/mmm and lattice constants of a=3.8166(1) Å and c=11.9484(4) Å for the x=0.5 sample. A disordering of the hole reservoir layer (Pb, Hg) due to the displacement of the oxygen ions and Pb/ Hg ions from their ideal positions of (0.5, 0.5, 0) to (0.39, 0.5, 0) and from (0, 0, 0) to (0.044, 0, 0), respectively, was found in the XRD refinement of the x=0.5 sample. This displacement may have given rise to the appearance of superlattice spots along the [104] ∗ direction with a commensurate modulation factor of 8 in the electron-diffraction pattern viewed down [010]. Moreover, mutual substitutions of cations (≈19% Cu in the Pb/Hg sites and ≈9% Hg in the Ca/Y sites) have been found in the sample.

  2. 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.

  3. Barium and strontium as calcium substitutes for contractile responses in the rat tail artery.

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    Ebeigbe, A B; Aloamaka, C P

    1985-01-01

    The ability of Ba2+ and Sr2+ to substitute for Ca2+ in contractile responses of the rat tail artery has been examined. Both Ba2+ and Sr2+ caused comparable contractions in Ca-depleted NA-stimulated, or K+-depolarized strips. Ba2+ and Sr2+ substitute poorly for Ca2+ at noradrenaline-sensitive membrane sites. At high concentrations, the three divalent cations stabilize the membrane in the order: Ca2+ greater than Sr2+ greater than Ba2+. The relaxation rates following high-K+ contractions were similar for all three divalent cations, suggesting a common mechanism for sequestration/extrusion. PMID:2414057

  4. Solid-state combinatorial screening of (Sr,Ca,Ba, Mg)₂Si₅N₈:Eu(2+) phosphors.

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    Lee, Bonghyun; Lee, Sangjun; Jeong, Hyung Gon; Sohn, Kee-Sun

    2011-03-14

    We employed a solid-state combinatorial chemistry technique to screen 4 ternary phosphor systems: (Sr,Ca,Ba)(2)Si(5)N(8):Eu(2+), (Sr,Ca,Mg)(2)Si(5)N(8):Eu(2+), (Sr,Mg,Ba)(2)Si(5)N(8):Eu(2+), and (Ca,Ba,Mg)(2)Si(5)N(8):Eu(2+). The current pure nitride-based system did not allow for the use of conventional liquid solution-based high-throughput experimentation, so that a specially designed solid-state high-throughput powder-dispensing synthesis technique was employed. As a result, four well-defined ternary combinatorial libraries were developed in terms of photoluminescent (PL) intensity and color chromaticity with no skipped compositions, which provided a quantitative relationship between PL properties and the composition of AE(2)Si(5)N(8):Eu(2+) (AE = alkaline earth elements) phosphors. PMID:21275428

  5. Stimulatory effects of the degradation products from Mg-Ca-Sr alloy on the osteogenesis through regulating ERK signaling pathway

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    Li, Mei; He, Peng; Wu, Yuanhao; Zhang, Yu; Xia, Hong; Zheng, Yufeng; Han, Yong

    2016-01-01

    The influence of Mg-1Ca-xwt.% Sr (x = 0.2, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0) alloys on the osteogenic differentiation and mineralization of pre-osteoblast MC3T3-E1 were studied through typical differentiation markers, such as intracellular alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, extracellular collagen secretion and calcium nodule formation. It was shown that Mg-1Ca alloys with different content of Sr promoted cell viability and enhanced the differentiation and mineralization levels of osteoblasts, and Mg-1Ca-2.0Sr alloy had the most remarkable and significant effect among all. To further investigate the underlying mechanisms, RT-PCR and Western Blotting assays were taken to analyze the mRNA expression level of osteogenesis-related genes and intracellular signaling pathways involved in osteogenesis, respectively. RT-PCR results showed that Mg-1Ca-2.0Sr alloy significantly up-regulated the expressions of the transcription factors of Runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2) and Osterix (OSX), Integrin subunits, as well as alkaline phosphatase (ALP), Bone sialoprotein (BSP), Collagen I (COL I), Osteocalcin (OCN) and Osteopontin (OPN). Western Blotting results suggested that Mg-1Ca-2.0Sr alloy rapidly induced extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) activation but showed no obvious effects on c-Jun N terminal kinase (JNK) and p38 kinase of MAPK. Taken together, our results demonstrated that Mg-1Ca-2.0Sr alloy had excellent biocompatibility and osteogenesis via the ERK pathway and is expected to be promising as orthopedic implants and bone repair materials. PMID:27580744

  6. Stimulatory effects of the degradation products from Mg-Ca-Sr alloy on the osteogenesis through regulating ERK signaling pathway.

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    Li, Mei; He, Peng; Wu, Yuanhao; Zhang, Yu; Xia, Hong; Zheng, Yufeng; Han, Yong

    2016-01-01

    The influence of Mg-1Ca-xwt.% Sr (x = 0.2, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0) alloys on the osteogenic differentiation and mineralization of pre-osteoblast MC3T3-E1 were studied through typical differentiation markers, such as intracellular alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, extracellular collagen secretion and calcium nodule formation. It was shown that Mg-1Ca alloys with different content of Sr promoted cell viability and enhanced the differentiation and mineralization levels of osteoblasts, and Mg-1Ca-2.0Sr alloy had the most remarkable and significant effect among all. To further investigate the underlying mechanisms, RT-PCR and Western Blotting assays were taken to analyze the mRNA expression level of osteogenesis-related genes and intracellular signaling pathways involved in osteogenesis, respectively. RT-PCR results showed that Mg-1Ca-2.0Sr alloy significantly up-regulated the expressions of the transcription factors of Runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2) and Osterix (OSX), Integrin subunits, as well as alkaline phosphatase (ALP), Bone sialoprotein (BSP), Collagen I (COL I), Osteocalcin (OCN) and Osteopontin (OPN). Western Blotting results suggested that Mg-1Ca-2.0Sr alloy rapidly induced extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) activation but showed no obvious effects on c-Jun N terminal kinase (JNK) and p38 kinase of MAPK. Taken together, our results demonstrated that Mg-1Ca-2.0Sr alloy had excellent biocompatibility and osteogenesis via the ERK pathway and is expected to be promising as orthopedic implants and bone repair materials. PMID:27580744

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

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

    2015-12-16

    The characteristic structural off -centering of Pb2+ in oxides, associated with its 6s2 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 di erent 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. Lastly, we find that even at these smallmore » 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.« less

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Biological responses of brushite-forming Zn- and ZnSr- substituted beta-tricalcium phosphate bone cements.

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    Pina, S; Vieira, S I; Rego, P; Torres, P M C; da Cruz e Silva, O A B; da Cruz e Silva, E F; Ferreira, J M F

    2010-01-01

    The core aim of this study was to investigate zinc (Zn)- and zinc and strontium (ZnSr)-containing brushite-forming beta-tricalcium phosphate (TCP) cements for their effects on proliferation and differentiation of osteoblastic-like cells (MC3T3-E1 cell line) as well as for their in vivo behaviour in trabecular bone cylindrical defects in a pilot study. In vitro proliferation and maturation responses of MC3T3-E1 osteoblastic-like cells to bone cements were studied at the cellular and molecular levels. The Zn- and Sr-containing brushite cements were found to stimulate pre-osteoblastic proliferation and osteoblastic maturation. Indeed, MC3T3-E1 cells exposed to the powdered cements had increased proliferative rates and higher adhesiveness capacity, in comparison to control cells. Furthermore, they exhibited higher alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and increased Type-I collagen secretion and fibre deposition into the extracellular matrix. Proliferative and collagen deposition properties were more evident for cells grown in cements doped with Sr. The in vivo osteoconductive propertiesof the ZnCPC and ZnSrCPC cements were also pursued. Histological and histomorphometric analyses were performed at 1 and 2 months after implantation, using carbonated apatite cement (Norian SRS) as control. There was no evidence of cement-induced adverse foreign body reactions, and furthermore ZnCPC and ZnSrCPC cements revealed better in vivo performance in comparison to the control apatite cement. Additionally, the presence of both zinc and strontium resulted in the highest rate of new bone formation. These novel results indicate that the investigated ZnCPC and ZnSrCPC cements are both biocompatible and osteoconductive, being good candidate materials to use as bone substitutes. PMID:20821372

  11. High-T(c) superconducting films of Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu oxide prepared by plasma spraying

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    Yoshida, Yuji; Kitahara, Shigeru; Togano, Kazumasa; Yuyama, Michinari; Inoue, Kiyoshi

    1989-04-01

    Superconducting properties and microstructures of the Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu oxide films prepared by plasma spraying have been studied. Films with a thickness of about 150 microns have been prepared from Bi(1.52)Pb(0.48)Sr(1.66)Ca(1.18)Cu(2.31)O(x) powders. The as-sprayed films, deposited on nickel substrate, are amorphous and not superconductive. After annealing in air at 840 C the films exhibit a zero-resistance temperature of 107 K (zero field) with a transition width of about 11 K.

  12. 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.

  13. The effect of replacement of Sr by Ca on the structural and luminescence properties of the red-emitting Sr{sub 2}Si{sub 5}N{sub 8}:Eu{sup 2+} LED conversion phosphor

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    Li, Y.Q.; With, G. de; Hintzen, H.T.

    2008-03-15

    The influence of the replacement of Sr by Ca on structural and luminescence properties of Eu{sup 2+}-doped Sr{sub 2}Si{sub 5}N{sub 8} is reported. The Rietveld refinement of the powder X-ray diffraction data shows that the Ca{sup 2+} ion preferentially occupies the larger Sr site in Sr{sub 2}Si{sub 5}N{sub 8}:Eu{sup 2+}. Although the excitation spectrum is hardly modified, the position of the emission band of Eu{sup 2+} can be tailored through partial replacement of Sr by Ca in Sr{sub 2}Si{sub 5}N{sub 8}:Eu{sup 2+}, resulting in red-emission shifting from 620 to 643 nm. Furthermore, (Sr, Ca){sub 2}Si{sub 5}N{sub 8}:Eu{sup 2+} shows high potential as a conversion phosphor for white-light LED applications due to similar absorption, conversion efficiency and thermal quenching behaviour for 465 nm excitation after the introduction of the Ca ion. - Graphical abstract: The temperature dependence of the luminescence efficiency of M{sub 1.9}Eu{sub 0.1}Si{sub 5}N{sub 8} (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) and Sr{sub 1.3}Ca{sub 0.6}Eu{sub 0.1}Si{sub 5}N{sub 8} ({lambda}{sub exc}=465 nm)

  14. Optical Properties of Blue-Light-Emitting (Ca,Sr)Mg2Si3O9:Eu2+ Phosphor

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    Lee, Hyun Ju; Choi, Sung Hwan; Kim, Kyung Pil; Shin, Hyun Ho; Yoo, Jae Soo

    2010-10-01

    For light-emitting diode (LED) excitation at 400 nm, the optical properties of a Eu2+-activated CaO-SrO-MgO-SiO2 material system were investigated. All the materials were synthesized by solid state reaction. In particular, (Ca,Sr)Mg2Si3O9:Eu2+, which has the same crystal structure as CaMgSi2O6, was found to be promising as a blue-light-emitting phosphor for near UV LED application. The luminance intensity was optimized by controlling the Eu2+ concentration and the composition of the host lattice. The ratio of calcium ions to strontium ions was a convenient parameter for adjusting the maximum excitation peak to 400 nm, which is favorable for near UV LED excitation. The highest luminance intensity of Ca1-x-ySryMg2Si3O9:Eux2+ under 405 nm excitation was achieved at the Eu2+ concentration of x=0.01 and a Sr2+ concentration of y=0.3. The luminance intensity of (Ca,Sr)Mg2Si3O9:Eu2+ was found to be superior to that of a commercial blue-light-emitting BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+ phosphor, which is used for near-UV LED excitation.

  15. Transport in atomically engineered BiSrCaCuO multilayers

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    Bozovic, I.; Eckstein, J.N.

    1995-10-01

    The authors have utilized atomic layer deposition to synthesize single crystal thin films of cuprate superconductors, as well as a variety of superlattices and multilayer heterostructures with atomically abrupt interfaces. For example, they made trilayer structures with the top and the bottom BiSrCaCuO electrodes separated by titanate barriers that were only 4 {angstrom} thick and yet free of pinholes over macroscopic areas. This unique synthetic capability made it possible to study transport in the c-axis direction under controlled and systematically varied conditions. Taken together, these experiments provide a picture of the c-axis transport in 2201, 2212, and various heterostructures under study. In particular, they suggest presence of a large density of localized states near the Fermi level and thus support a two-component description of the electron system in these compounds.

  16. 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.

  17. Magnetoresistance and thermoelectric power of the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system

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    Mandal, P.; Poddar, A.; Das, A.N.; Chakraborty, A.; Ghosh, B.; Choudhury, P.; Lahiri, S.K.

    1988-11-01

    We report measurements of the electrical resistance, magnetoresistance, upper critical field, and thermoelectric power of Bi/sub 1/Sr/sub 1/Ca/sub 1/Cu/sub 2/O/sub x/. In the mixed-phase sample, the magnetoresistance is negligible above 120 K. It starts increasing at 116 K, passes through a maximum at about 103 K, and is followed by a sharp increase around 85 K. The thermoelectric power is positive and the hole concentration obtained from the room-temperature value of thermoelectric power is 0.165, which is in good agreement with the value 0.15 obtained by Tarascon et al. from titration and thermogravimetric-analysis experiments.

  18. Preparation of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin film by coevaporation and its thermal stability

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    Yoshitake, T.; Fujita, J.; Kubo, Y.; Igarashi, H.; Satoh, T.

    1989-02-06

    Thin film with a high T/sub c/ single phase was prepared on a (100)MgO substrate at a substrate temperature of about 620 /sup 0/C by coevaporation of Bi/sub 2/O/sub 3/, Sr, Ca, and Cu metal. The resistive superconducting transition with onset T/sub c/ of 80 K was observed for this film. By post-deposition annealing at 850 /sup 0/C, the high T/sub c/ phase was transformed into a low T/sub c/ phase, while films annealed at a higher temperature such as 890 /sup 0/C maintained the high T/sub c/ phase. These results indicated that the high T/sub c/ phase can exist only at the high-temperature region (approx.890 /sup 0/C) while the stable phase existing at the low-temperature region (approx.850 /sup 0/C) is the low T/sub c/ phase.

  19. Axial anisotropy of intergrain critical current in Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O

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    Umemura, Toshio; Egawa, Kunihiko; Wakata, Mitsunobu; Yoshizaki, Kiyoshi; Ni, Baorong; Matsushita, Teruo

    1990-08-01

    The intergrain critical current densities, J c, parallel and perpendicular to c-axis were measured as a function of the magnetic field at 4.2 and 77.3K by an ac inductive method for the fairly oriented Bi 1.6Pb 0.4Sr 2Ca 2Cu 3O y specimens. The J c's perpendicular to c-axis were higher than those parallel c-axis, about ten times within 5T at 4.2K, and about three times within 0.1T at 77.3K. Our results suggect the orientation of each grain to be especially worthwhile for performing the high J c at the low temperature.

  20. The role of π-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 π-bonding in determining the structural sequence is discussed. PMID:26286063

  1. Effects of SCN substitution for Cl- on tension, [Ca2+]i, and ionic currents in vascular smooth muscle.

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    Standley, P R; Zhang, F; Ravi, J; Ram, J L; Sowers, J R

    1996-01-01

    Substitution of thiocyanate ions (SCN-) for chloride ions (Cl-) in the extracellular medium of aortic rings and strips causes a biphasic contractile response; initial relaxation followed by sustained contraction. Alterations in these responses are sex-specific, and may elucidate fundamental differences in vascular function between males and females. In order to investigate the role of changes in intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) in these changes in tension, we investigated effects of SCN- on [Ca2+]i and ionic currents in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC). Extracellular substitution of SCN- for Cl- caused a biphasic change in [Ca2+]i. Initially, [Ca2+]i decreased, reaching a minimum within 1-2 min, subsequently returned to original levels within 4-5 min, and then increased to a higher plateau over the next 10 minutes. This pattern of change in [Ca2+]i is identical to the pattern of tension changes in aortic rings, but it occurs somewhat faster. Partial substitution of SCN- for Cl- elicited increased, but no preceding decrease in [Ca2+]i. In the absence of external Ca2+, anion substitution elicited the decrease in [Ca2+]i but not the subsequent increase. Verapamil (1 microM) blocked the increased [Ca2+]i phase but not the decreased [Ca2+]i phase; whereas, R+ verapamil (up to 5 microM for 20 min), an inactive enantiomer, caused no change. Ionic current measurements obtained using whole cell patch and current clamp techniques revealed two responses to anion substitution: (a) a rapid, transient outward shift in holding current, and (b) a sustained increase in peak current and a hyperpolarizing shift in voltage sensitivity of Ca2+ channels. The calcium channel blocker PN200-110 blocked SCN(-)-enhanced current but had no effect on the changes in holding current. S- verapamil, but not R+ verapamil, reduced SCN(-)-enhanced current. In current clamp mode, SCN- caused an initial hyperpolarization followed by a slow depolarization punctuated by spikes. Thus, SCN- causes changes

  2. Sr{sub 2}CaW{sub x}Mo{sub 1−x}O{sub 6}:Eu{sup 3+}, Li{sup +}: An emission tunable phosphor through site symmetry and excitation wavelength

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    Xiao, Ning; Shen, Jun; Xiao, Tengjiao; Wu, Bing; Luo, Xiaobing; Li, Li; Wang, Zhongqing; Zhou, Xianju

    2015-10-15

    The emission of Eu{sup 3+} doped Sr{sub 2}CaW{sub x}Mo{sub 1−x}O{sub 6} phosphors could be tunable by the site symmetry of the activators and the excitation wavelengths. - Highlights: • The emission of Eu{sup 3+} depends on site symmetry and excitation wavelengths. • The color of the samples was tunable by structure and excitation wavelength. • The effect of W and Eu content on the properties of the samples was investigated. - Abstract: A series of Eu{sup 3+} substituted double-perovskite Sr{sub 2}CaW{sub x}Mo{sub 1−x}O{sub 6} phosphors were prepared by solid state reactions. The phase, photoluminescence and energy transfer of the phosphors were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) and luminescence decay respectively. It is found that the emission of the Eu{sup 3+} substituted double perovskites depends on both the site symmetry of the activators and the excitation wavelengths. Based on the decay analysis of Sr{sub 2}CaW{sub x}Mo{sub 1−x}O{sub 6} matrix and Eu{sup 3+} doped samples, the energy transfer efficiencies between the host and activators Eu{sup 3+} were investigated. The results of the emission tunable phosphors indicate their potential applications in LEDs.

  3. Effect of local A-site strain on dipole stability in A6GaNb9O30 (A = Ba, Sr, Ca) tetragonal tungsten bronze relaxor dielectrics.

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    Miller, Andrew J; Rotaru, Andrei; Arnold, Donna C; Morrison, Finlay D

    2015-06-21

    A series of isovalently A-site substituted relaxor dielectric tetragonal tungsten bronzes of general formula Ba(6-x-y)Sr(x)Ca(y)GaNb(9)O(30) were investigated. The long-range (average) crystal structure as determined by conventional diffraction techniques varies monotonically according to Vegard's law. The dielectric properties, however, do not display a similar, simple "average size" dependence and instead show a dependence on the statistical size variance, i.e. size mismatch, of the A-cation. The difficulties in Vogel-Fulcher analysis of relative permittivity and the complementary approach of using dielectric loss data fitted to Jonscher's empirical universal dielectric relaxation model is discussed. PMID:25687218

  4. 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.

  5. High temperature phase equilibria studies in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O-Ag system

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    Margulies, Lawrence

    1999-11-08

    A variety of experimental techniques were utilized to examine the high temperature phase equilibria in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O-Ag system. Quenching studies were used to determine the liquid solubility of Ag in the Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} (Bi2212) melt and the details of the peritectic decomposition pathway of Bi2212 as a function on Ag content and oxygen partial pressure (PO{sub 2}). A liquid immiscibility region between oxide and Ag liquids in the 8--98 at% range was found above 900 C. Two eutectics were found in the Bi2212-Ag pseudobinary. On the oxide rich side, a eutectic exists at approximately 4 at% Ag. On the Ag rich side, a eutectic exists at approximately 98 at% Ag at a temperature of 15 C below the melting point of pure Ag. Six distinct solid phases were found to be in equilibrium with the partial melt within the Ag content and PO{sub 2} range studied. The stability of these solid phases were found to be highly sensitive to PO{sub 2}, and to a much lesser extent Ag content. High temperature x-ray diffraction (HTXRD) studies of this system are in conflict with these results. It is suggested that these discrepancies are due to experimental artifacts caused by the significant thermal gradients and lack of full bulk sampling which is inherent in conventional HTXRD designs. In part 2, a new furnace design compatible with synchrotron radiation sources is introduced to address these problems. This design allows for full bulk sampling in a low thermal gradient environment using Debye-Scherrer transmission geometry. Sample spinning is also introduced in the design to eliminate preferred orientation and incomplete powder averaging and allow for quantitative phase analysis and structural refinement. Studies on model systems are presented to demonstrate the capabilities for high resolution structural studies (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and time resolved phase transformation studies (SrCO{sub 3}). Finally, the Bi2212 system is examined to confirm the quenching results

  6. 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+δ from mixed powders of Pb-doped Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8+δ 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+δ 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+δ, and are definitely not a Pb rich phase.

  7. Chemical removal of contaminants from thin film Bi4Sr3Ca3Cu4O(16 + x) surfaces

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    Vasquez, R. P.; Housley, R. M.

    1990-01-01

    A solution of Br in absolute ethanol, previously shown to be effective in removing nonsuperconducting species from Y-Ba-Cu-O thin film surfaces, is shown also to be effective in treating Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin film surfaces. X-ray photoelectron spectra obtained after etching are consistent with previously reported results obtained from samples cleaved or scraped in vacuum.

  8. 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.

  9. Sea Surface Temperature Records Using Sr/Ca Ratios in a Siderastrea siderea Coral from SE Cuba

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    Fargher, H. A.; Hughen, K. A.; Ossolinski, J. E.; Bretos, F.; Siciliano, D.; Gonzalez, P.

    2015-12-01

    Sea surface temperature (SST) variability from Cuba remains relatively unknown compared to the rest of the Caribbean. Cuba sits near an inflection point in the spatial pattern of SST from the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), and long SST records from the region could reveal changes in the influence of this climate system through time. A Siderastrea siderea coral from the Jardínes de la Reina in southern Cuba was drilled to obtain a 220 year long archive of environmental change. The genus Siderastrea has not been extensively studied as an SST archive, yet Sr/Ca ratios in the Cuban core show a clear seasonal signal and strong correlation to instrumental SST data (r2 = 0.86 and 0.36 for monthly and interannual (winter season) timescales, respectively). Annual growth rates (linear extension) of the coral are observed to have a minor influence on Sr/Ca variability, but do not show a direct correlation to SST on timescales from annual to multidecadal. Sr/Ca measurements from the Cuban coral are used to reconstruct monthly and seasonal (winter, summer) SST extending back more than two centuries. Wintertime SST in southern Cuba is compared to other coral Sr/Ca records of winter-season SST from locations sensitive to the NAO in order to investigate the stationarity of the NAO SST 'fingerprint' through time.

  10. Antiferromagnetism in CaAl2Si2-type CaMn2As2 and SrMn2As2 single crystals

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    Sangeetha, N. S.; Pandey, Abhishek; Benson, Zackery A.; Johnston, D. C.

    Magnetic susceptibility versus temperature χ (T) measurements of CaMn2As2 and SrMn2As2 crystals show clear antiferromagnetic (AFM) transitions at TN ~ 65 K and 120 K,1 respectively. The anisotropic behaviors in χ (T <=TN) suggest that both compounds are noncollinear antiferromagnets which may result either from an intrinsic noncollinear structure or from multiple collinear AFM domains that are not aligned collinearly.2 The χ (T) data at T >TN reveal that both compounds exhibit strong short-range AFM ordering, evidently associated with quasi-two-dimensional spin lattices. The electrical resistivities show insulating ground states with activation energies of ~ 63 meV in CaMn2As2 and 44 meV in SrMn2As2 . The experimental results thus reveal that both (Ca , Sr) Mn2As2 materials are AFM insulators at low temperatures and in analogy with the high Tc cuprates, may be potential parent compounds for CaAl2Si2-type superconductors. Work was supported by the USDOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. I(f) and SR Ca(2+) 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

    2010-07-01

    Increasing evidence suggests that cardiac pacemaking is the result of two sinoatrial node (SAN) cell mechanisms: a 'voltage clock' and a Ca(2+) dependent process, or 'Ca(2+) clock.' The voltage clock initiates action potentials (APs) by SAN cell membrane potential depolarization from inward currents, of which the pacemaker current (I(f)) is thought to be particularly important. A Ca(2+) dependent process triggers APs when sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) release activates inward current carried by the forward mode of the electrogenic Na(+)/Ca(2+) 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 Ca(2+) clock mechanisms in canine SAN pacemaker cells. We found that ZD7288, a selective I(f) 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 ( approximately 14%) and did not reach statistical significance. Importantly, pretreatment with ryanodine eliminated SR Ca(2+) release, but did not affect basal or isoproterenol-enhanced I(f). Taken together, these results indicate that voltage and Ca(2+) dependent automaticity mechanisms coexist in canine SAN cells, and suggest that I(f) and SR Ca(2+) release cooperate to determine baseline and catecholamine-dependent automaticity in isolated dog SAN cells. PMID:20380837

  14. Effect of heterovalent substitution at Mn site on the magnetic and transport properties of La0.67Sr0.33MnO3

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    Priolkar, K. R.; Rawat, R.

    Magnetic and transport properties of Ti substituted La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 are drastically affected with a change in preparation conditions. Low temperature infra-red absorption measurements reveal that this is perhaps due to inhomogeniety in substitution of Ti on Mn sites. It is found that, in the high temperature annealed samples, the substitution of Ti supresses the double exchange interaction due to the formation of Mn-O- Ti chains. While in the low temperature annealed case substitution of Ti causes formation of isolated ferromagnetic clusters linked to each other by a variable range hopping polaron.

  15. Synthesis, characterization and biological evaluation of strontium/magnesium-co-substituted hydroxyapatite.

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    Geng, Zhen; Wang, Renfeng; Li, Zhaoyang; Cui, Zhenduo; Zhu, Shengli; Liang, Yanqin; Liu, Yunde; Huijing, Bao; Li, Xue; Huo, Qianyu; Liu, Zhili; Yang, Xianjin

    2016-07-01

    The present study aims to investigate the contribution of two biologically important cations, Mg(2+) and Sr(2+), when co-substituted into the structure of hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2, HA). The substituted samples were synthesized by a hydrothermal method that involved the addition of Mg(2+) and Sr(2+) containing precursors to partially replace Ca(2+) in the apatite structure. Four co-substituted HA samples with different concentrations of Mg(2+) and Sr(2+) ((Mg + Sr)/(Mg + Sr + Ca) = 30%) were investigated, and they were compared with pure HA. Experimental results showed that only a limited amount of Mg (Mg/(Mg + Ca + Sr) < 14%) could successfully substitute for Ca in HA. In addition, Mg substitution resulted in reduced crystallinity, thermal stability and lattice parameters of HA. In contrast, Sr could fully substitute for Ca. Furthermore, the addition of Sr increased the lattice parameters of HA. Here, we obtained the cation leach liquor by immersing the prepared samples in a culture medium for cell experiments. The in vitro study showed that 10Mg20Sr promoted better MG63 cell attachment, proliferation and differentiation than HA. Thus, the presence of an appropriate proportion of Mg and Sr could play a significant role in the increased biocompatibility of HA. PMID:26916949

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Diffusion phenomena and crystallization path during the growth of LFZ Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconducting fibres

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    Costa, F. M.; Silva, R. F.; Vieira, J. M.

    2001-11-01

    The laser floating zone technique is used to grow highly textured fibres in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconducting system. Composition profiles along the fibre axis show a strong segregation of Bi to the molten zone, this region being depleted of Ca. Maximum and minimum values of the effective distribution coefficients (k) of cations are determined, the extreme values of segregation being kCa = 1.64 and kBi = 0.60. The dependence of k on the pulling rate R allowed the calculation of the equilibrium distribution coefficients k0 of the elements and of the average diffusion coefficients DBi = 1.2×10-10 m2 s-1, DSr = 2.7×10-10 m2 s-1 and DCa = 12.8×10-10 m2 s-1 in the Cu-rich melt. The approximate length of the diffusion layer δ is 21 µm. The crystallization path is represented in the composition tetrahedron of Bi2O3-SrO-CaO-CuO. Liquid immiscibility is observed. The non-superconducting (Sr0.3Ca0.7)CuO2 (`1/1') phase, with dendritic morphology, is the first phase to solidify. The superconducting matrix is the result of an early nucleation of `4413' intergrowth on the surface of `1/1' dendrites followed by the side-by-side crystallization of the `4413' and `2212' phases from a peritetic-type reaction.

  19. 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; Oligschläger, 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

  20. 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

  1. 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

    .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

  2. 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.

  3. Structural studies of the rhombohedral and orthorhombic monouranates: CaUO4, α-SrUO4, β-SrUO4 and BaUO4

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    Murphy, Gabriel; Kennedy, Brendan J.; Johannessen, Bernt; Kimpton, Justin A.; Avdeev, Maxim; Griffith, Christopher S.; Thorogood, Gordon J.; Zhang, Zhaoming

    2016-05-01

    The structures of some AUO4 (A=Ca, Sr, or Ba) oxides have been determined using a combination of neutron and synchrotron X-ray diffraction, supported by X-ray absorption spectroscopic measurements at the U L3-edge. The smaller Ca cation favours a rhombohedral AUO4 structure with 8-coordinate UO8 moieties whilst an orthorhombic structure based on UO6 groups is found for BaUO4. Both the rhombohedral and orthorhombic structures can be stabilised for SrUO4. The structural studies suggest that the bonding requirements of the A site cation play a significant role in determining which structure is favoured. In the rhombohedral structure, Bond Valence Sums demonstrate the A site is invariably overbonded, which, in the case of rhombohedral α-SrUO4, is compensated for by the formation of vacancies in the oxygen sub-lattice. The uranium cation, with its flexible oxidation state, is able to accommodate this by inducing vacancies along its equatorial coordination site as demonstrated by neutron powder diffraction.

  4. Phonons and stability of infinite-layer iron oxides SrFeO2 and CaFeO2

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    Gupta, M. K.; Mittal, R.; Chaplot, S. L.; Tassel, Cédric; Kageyama, Hiroshi; Tomiyasu, K.; Taylor, Jon

    2016-09-01

    We present detailed ab-initio lattice dynamical analysis of the Fe-O infinite-layer compounds CaFeO2 and SrFeO2 in various magnetic configurations. These indicate strong spin-phonon coupling in SrFeO2 in contrast to that in case of CaFeO2. From our ab-initio calculations in SrFeO2 as a function of volume, we suggest that the distortion in SrFeO2 above 300 K is similar to that in CaFeO2 at ambient conditions. The distortion of the planer structure of CaFeO2 involves doubling of the planer unit cell that may be usually expected to be due to a soft phonon mode at the M-point (1/2 1/2 0). However, our ab-initio calculations show quite unusually that all the M-point (1/2 1/2 0) phonons are stable, but two stable M3+ and M2- modes anharmonically couple with an unstable Bu mode at the zone center and lead to the cell doubling and the distorted structure. Magnetic exchange interactions in both the compounds have been computed on the basis of the ideal planar structure (P4/mmm space group) and with increasing amplitude of the Bu phonon mode. These reveal that the magnetic exchange interactions reduce significantly with increasing distortion. We have extended the ab-initio phonon calculation to high pressures, which reveal that, above 20 GPa of pressure, the undistorted planer CaFeO2 becomes dynamically stable. We also report computed phonon spectra in SrFeO3 that has a cubic structure, which is useful to understand the role of the difference in geometry of oxygen atoms around the Fe atom with respect to planer SrFeO2. Finally, powder neutron inelastic scattering experiments on SrFeO2 have also been performed at temperatures from 5 K to 353 K in the antiferromagnetic phase. The 5-K data are compared to the ab-initio calculations.

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

    DOEpatents

    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.

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

    DOEpatents

    Marshall, Christopher D.; Payne, Stephen A.; Krupke, William F.

    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.

  7. Atrial SERCA2a Overexpression Has No Affect on Cardiac Alternans but Promotes Arrhythmogenic SR Ca2+ Triggers

    PubMed Central

    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, 1μm). 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

  8. In vitro and in vivo studies on biodegradable CaMgZnSrYb high-entropy bulk metallic glass.

    PubMed

    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

  9. Ca, Sr, O and D isotope approach to defining the chemical evolution of hydrothermal fluids: example from Long Valley, CA, USA

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    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.

  10. High-Resolution Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca Records from Protothaca staminea Mollusc Shells Using Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS)

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    Takesue, R. K.; van Geen, A.

    2001-12-01

    High resolutions records of past nearshore temperature, salinity, and nutrient enrichments at mid-latitudes would be valuable for reconstructing past changes in climate affecting coastal areas (e.g. changes in precipitation, the nature of wind-driven coastal upwelling or the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)). We present here a potential archive of such records in growth-banded mollusc shells. The potential paleo-temperature proxy Mg/Ca, as well as Sr/Ca and stable isotopes (δ 18O, δ 13C) were measured in shells of the clam Protothaca staminea. This bivalve appears favorable for nearshore paleoclimate reconstructions because it occurs over a wide geographic range (Alaska to central America), grows for nearly 10 years, and is present in archeological and geological deposits. P. staminea shells were obtained from a tidal flat in Humboldt Bay, CA (40.8° N; modern), and from the Duncan's Point Cave shell midden (CA Dept. Parks and Recreation site SON-348/H) near Bodega Bay, CA (39.6° N; ~3,000 and ~9,000 cal yr BP). High-resolution (monthly to weekly) Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca measurements were made by (UV Excimer) laser-ablation inductively-coupled plasma (quadrupole) mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) using a spot size of 90 μ m and sample spacing ranging from 100 to 300 μ m. The rapidity of LA-ICP-MS analysis made it possible to analyze a 4 cm-long section of shell within 1 day. Absolute scales for the Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca LA-ICP-MS records were obtained from shell powders drilled with a 0.5 or 0.7 mm burr then dissolved and analyzed by flame atomic absorbtion. Stable isotopes were measured on splits of the shell powders. The Mg/Ca record during the final four years of shell growth in the Humboldt Bay shell shows a regular seasonal pattern with highest values (3.5 mmol/mol) during summer and lowest values (2.5 mmol/mol) during winter corresponding to a nearshore climatological temperature range of 6° C. An abrupt shift in shell Mg/Ca values toward the end of each year