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  1. Analysis of interspecies adherence of oral bacteria using a membrane binding assay coupled with polymerase chain reaction-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis profiling

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    Wang, Ren-ke; He, Xue-song; Hu, Wei; Lux, Renate; Li, Ji-yao; Zhou, Xue-dong; Shi, Wen-yuan

    2011-01-01

    Information on co-adherence of different oral bacterial species is important for understanding interspecies interactions within oral microbial community. Current knowledge on this topic is heavily based on pariwise coaggregation of known, cultivable species. In this study, we employed a membrane binding assay coupled with polymerase chain reaction-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) to systematically analyze the co-adherence profiles of oral bacterial species, and achieved a more profound knowledge beyond pairwise coaggregation. Two oral bacterial species were selected to serve as “bait”: Fusobacterium nucleatum (F. nucleatum) whose ability to adhere to a multitude of oral bacterial species has been extensively studied for pairwise interactions and Streptococcus mutans(S. mutans) whose interacting partners are largely unknown. To enable screening of interacting partner species within bacterial mixtures, cells of the “bait” oral bacterium were immobilized on nitrocellulose membranes which were washed and blocked to prevent unspecific binding. The “prey” bacterial mixtures (including known species or natural saliva samples) were added, unbound cells were washed off after the incubation period and the remaining cells were eluted using 0.2 mol·L?1 glycine. Genomic DNA was extracted, subjected to 16S rRNAPCR amplification and separation of the resulting PCR products by DGGE. Selected bands were recovered from the gel, sequenced and identified via Nucleotide BLAST searches against different databases. While few bacterial species bound to S. mutans, consistent with previous findings F.nucleatum adhered to a variety of bacterial species including uncultivable and uncharacterized ones. This new approach can more effectively analyze the co-adherence profiles of oral bacteria, and could facilitate the systematic study of interbacterial binding of oral microbial species. PMID:21485313

  2. Microbial characterization of a JP-4 fuel-contaminated site using a combined lipid biomarker/polymerase chain reaction--denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE)-based approach.

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    Stephen, J R; Chang, Y J; Gan, Y D; Peacock, A; Pfiffner, S M; Barcelona, M J; White, D C; Macnaughton, S J

    1999-06-01

    The impact of pollution on soil microbial communities and subsequent bioremediation can be measured quantitatively in situ using direct, non-culture-dependent techniques. Such techniques have advantages over culture-based methods, which often account for less than 1% of the extant microbial community. In 1988, a JP-4 fuel spill contaminated the glacio-fluvial aquifer at Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Michigan, USA. In this study, lipid biomarker characterization of the bacterial and eukaryotic communities was combined with polymerase chain reaction-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) analysis of the eubacterial community to evaluate correlation between contaminant (JP-4 fuel) concentration and community structure shifts. Vadose, capillary fringe and saturated zone samples were taken from cores within and up- and down-gradient from the contaminant plume. Lipid biomarker analysis indicated that samples from within the plume contained increased biomass, with large proportions of typically gram-negative bacteria. Outside the plume, lipid profiles indicated low-biomass microbial communities compared with those within the initial spill site. 16S rDNA sequences derived from DGGE profiles from within the initial spill site suggested dominance of the eubacterial community by a limited number of phylogenetically diverse organisms. Used in tandem with pollutant quantification, these molecular techniques should facilitate significant improvements over current assessment procedures for the determination of remediation end-points. PMID:11207742

  3. Tracking the composition and dominant components of the microbial community via polymerase chain reaction-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and fluorescence in situ hybridization during vermiconversion for liquid-state excess sludge stabilization.

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    Xu, Ting; Xing, Meiyan; Yang, Jian; Lv, Baoyi; Duan, Ting; Nie, Jing

    2014-09-01

    To quantitatively explore the microbial community modified by earthworms, a vermifilter (VF, with earthworms) and a conventional biofilter (BF, without earthworms) were continuously operated to stabilize excess sludge. The results demonstrated a positive role imposed by earthworms on compositions and dominant components of microbial community in the VF. For one thing, the phyla Actinobacteria and Acidobacteria were only detected in the VF, which might explain for the higher Shannon index of bacteria in the VF (H = 2.58) than that in the BF (H = 1.99). For another, the total proportion of dominant bacteria in the VF increased by 23% compared to the BF. Moreover, quantification analysis explicitly noted that the dominant bacteria in VF were ?-proteobacteria (27 ± 2%) and ?-proteobacteria (24 ± 1%) while that in BF was Bacteroidetes (21 ± 1%). In conclusion, stimulated by earthworms, a unique microbial community developed in the VF, thus improving the stabilization of excess sludge. PMID:24971951

  4. Characterisation of gradient flows on finite state Markov chains

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    Dietert, Helge

    2015-03-29

    In his 2011 work, Maas has shown that the law of any time-reversible continuoustime Markov chain with finite state space evolves like a gradient flow of the relative entropy with respect to its stationary distribution. In this work we show...

  5. Effectiveness of Denaturation Temperature Gradient-Polymerase Chain Reaction for Biased DNAAlgorithms*

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    Effectiveness of Denaturation Temperature Gradient- Polymerase Chain Reaction for Biased temperature (Tm): the denaturation temperature gradient-polymerase chain reaction (DTG is the first consideration in the conventional PCR, the denaturation temperature is fixed at a constant

  6. Carotenoids in a food chain along a pollution gradient.

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    Sillanpää, Saila; Salminen, Juha-Pekka; Lehikoinen, Esa; Toivonen, Eija; Eeva, Tapio

    2008-11-15

    Carotenoids are synthesized by plants, therefore insects and birds must obtain them from their diet. They function in pigmentation and as antioxidants. We studied the carotenoid profiles in a model food chain (plant-insect-bird) in an air pollution gradient to find out whether heavy metal pollution affects the transfer of carotenoids across the trophic levels. Birch leaves showed higher beta-carotene and, one of the birch species (Betula pendula), higher total carotenoids levels in the polluted area. There was no difference in the lutein concentration of caterpillars' food source, birch leaves, between the study areas. Autumnal moth larvae accumulated lutein more efficiently than beta-carotene while sawfly larvae accumulated beta-carotene over lutein. Because of different antioxidant profiles in different leaf chewing insects their sensitivity to pollution stress may differ. The lutein concentration of plasma and feathers of Great tit nestlings did not differ along the pollution gradient. The lack of difference in lutein concentration of autumnal moth larvae along pollution gradient may partly explain the lutein concentrations of Great tit nestlings, since the abundance of autumnal moth larvae peak during the nestling phase of Great tit. The lutein concentration of autumnal moth larvae was positively associated to circulating plasma lutein level of Great tit indicating the importance of carotenoid rich diet during the nestling phase. In addition, the higher the plasma lutein concentration the more lutein was deposited to feathers, irrespective of the other possible functions of lutein in nestlings. We found that carotenoid levels differed between the polluted and the unpolluted area especially at lower levels of food chain: in birches and in caterpillars. PMID:18789813

  7. Mutations of the G sup s. alpha. -subunit gene in Albright hereditary osteodystrophy detected by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis

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    Weinstein, L.S.; Friedman, E.; Collins, R.M.; Spiegel, A.M.; Gejman, P.V.; Kadowaki, Takashi; Gershon, E.S. )

    1990-11-01

    Affected members of most kindreds with Albright hereditary osteodystrophy have a partial deficiency of functional G{sub s}, the guanine nucleotide-binding protein that stimulates adenylyl cyclase. By use of the polymerase chain reaction to amplify genomic fragments with the attachment of a high-melting G+C-rich region (GC clamp) and analysis of these fragments by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis, heterozygous mutations in the G{sub s} {alpha}-subunit at the donor splice junction of intron 10 and a coding frameshift created by a single base deletion within exon 10. The findings illustrate the heterogeneity of genetic defects in Albright hereditary osteodystrophy and the usefulness of the polymerase chain reaction-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis method to search rapidly for mutations in a large candidate gene.

  8. Transfer and accumulation of metals in a soil-diet-wood mouse food chain along a metal pollution gradient.

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    Rogival, Damien; Scheirs, Jan; Blust, Ronny

    2007-01-01

    We studied the accumulation and transfer of As, Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn in the compartments of a soil-diet-wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) food chain at five sites located along a metal pollution gradient. We observed a clear gradient in metal exposure at increasing distance from the smelter in all compartments of the food chain for the non-essential metals. The gradient was less clear or absent for the essential metals in acorn and mice target tissues. Regression analysis showed overall strong relationships within the soil-diet and diet-wood mouse compartments for the non-essential metals, while relationships for the essential metals were weak or absent. Total metal in soil appeared as a better predictor for the diet metal content than the available metal fraction. Our results suggest a more important transfer of non-essential elements through the food chain than essential elements, which is probably a consequence of homeostatic control of the latter group. PMID:16782248

  9. GLOBAL CHANGE ECOLOGY Haegeun Chung Donald R. Zak Erik A. Lilleskov

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    community composition, and polymerase chain reaction­denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR propagate through the microbial food web to alter the cycling of C in soil. Keywords Free-air CO2 and O3 enrichment Æ Extracellular enzymes Æ Polymerase chain reaction­ denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis Æ

  10. Application of denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis for analysing the gut microflora of Lumbricus rubellus Hoffmeister under different feeding conditions.

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    Knapp, B A; Seeber, J; Podmirseg, S M; Meyer, E; Insam, H

    2008-06-01

    The earthworm, Lumbricus rubellus, plays an essential role in soil ecosystems as it affects organic matter decomposition and nutrient cycling. By ingesting a mixture of organic and mineral material, a variety of bacteria and fungi are carried to the intestinal tract of the earthworm. To get a better understanding of the interactions between L. rubellus and the microorganisms ingested, this study tried to reveal if the diet affects the composition of the gut microflora of L. rubellus or if its intestinal tract hosts an indigenous, species-specific microbiota. A feeding experiment with L. rubellus was set up; individuals were collected in the field, transferred to a climate chamber and fed with food sources of different quality (dwarf shrub litter, grass litter or horse dung) for six weeks. DNA was extracted from the guts of the earthworms, as well as from the food sources and the surrounding soil, and further analysed by a molecular fingerprinting method, PCR-DGGE (Polymerase Chain Reaction -- Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis). We were able to demonstrate that the gut microbiota was strongly influenced by the food source ingested and was considerably different to that of the surrounding soil. Sequencing of dominant bands of the bacterial DGGE fingerprints revealed a strong occurrence of y-Proteobacteria in all gut samples, independent of the food source. A specific microflora in the intestinal tract of L. rubellus, robust against diet changes, could not be found. PMID:18439343

  11. Evaluation of PCR-DGGE as a method to recapitulate host phylogeny by fecal microbial community fingerprint

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    Background: Recent studies indicate that host animal could be the primary factor determining the composition of the gastrointestinal microbiome. If host phenotype dictates microbiome composition, then composition should recapitulate host phylogeny. Polymerase chain reaction-denaturing gradient gel ...

  12. Diversity and dynamics of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in cheese as determined by PCR denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Flórez, Ana Belén; Mayo, Baltasar

    2015-12-01

    This work reports the composition and succession of tetracycline- and erythromycin-resistant bacterial communities in a model cheese, monitored by polymerase chain reaction denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE). Bacterial 16S rRNA genes were examined using this technique to detect structural changes in the cheese microbiota over manufacturing and ripening. Total bacterial genomic DNA, used as a template, was extracted from cultivable bacteria grown without and with tetracycline or erythromycin (both at 25?gml(-1)) on a non-selective medium used for enumeration of total and viable cells (Plate Count agar with Milk; PCA-M), and from those grown on selective and/or differential agar media used for counting various bacterial groups; i.e., lactic acid bacteria (de Man, Rogosa and Sharpe agar; MRSA), micrococci and staphylococci (Baird-Parker agar; BPA), and enterobacteria (Violet Red Bile Glucose agar; VRBGA). Large numbers of tetracycline- and erythromycin-resistant bacteria were detected in cheese samples at all stages of ripening. Counts of antibiotic-resistant bacteria varied widely depending on the microbial group and the point of sampling. In general, resistant bacteria were 0.5-1.0Log10 units fewer in number than the corresponding susceptible bacteria. The PCR-DGGE profiles obtained with DNA isolated from the plates for total bacteria and the different bacterial groups suggested Escherichia coli, Lactococcus lactis, Enterococcus faecalis and Staphylococcus spp. as the microbial types resistant to both antibiotics tested. This study shows the suitability of the PCR-DGGE technique for rapidly identifying and tracking antibiotic resistant populations in cheese and, by extension, in other foods. PMID:26241491

  13. Heavy metal concentrations in a soil-plant-snail food chain along a terrestrial soil pollution gradient.

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    Notten, M J M; Oosthoek, A J P; Rozema, J; Aerts, R

    2005-11-01

    We investigated concentrations of Zn, Cu, Cd and Pb in the compartments of a soil-plant (Urtica dioica)-snail (Cepaea nemoralis) food chain in four polluted locations in the Biesbosch floodplains, the Netherlands, and two reference locations. Total soil metal concentrations in the polluted locations were 4-20 times higher than those in the reference locations. Positive relationships between the generally low leaf concentrations and the soil concentrations were found for Zn only (r2 = 0.20). Bioaccumulation of Zn, Cu and Cd was observed in the snail tissues. We found positive relationships between the snail and leaf concentrations for all metals (range r2 = 0.19-0.46). The relationships between soil and snail concentrations were also positive, except for Cu (range r2 = 0.15-0.33). These results suggest transfer of metals to C. nemoralis snails from U. dioica leaves and from the soil. Metal transfer from polluted leaves to C. nemoralis is more important than transfer from the soil. PMID:16005127

  14. Computerized Simulation and Experimental Analysis for Efficient Polymerase Chain Reaction*

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    Zhang, Byoung-Tak

    Computerized Simulation and Experimental Analysis for Efficient Polymerase Chain Reaction* Hee@plaza.snu.ac.kr Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a useful biochemical operation not only in biological application but also, Effectiveness of Denaturation Temperature Gradient-Polymerase Chain Reaction for Biased DNAAlgorithms

  15. Lipopolymer gradient diffusion in supported bilayer membranes.

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    Zhang, Huai-Ying; Hill, Reghan J

    2011-03-01

    We measure the gradient diffusion coefficient of a model lipopolymer in supported lipid bilayer membranes from Fourier-transform post-electrophoresis relaxation. The experiments and accompanying quantitative interpretation furnish the concentration dependence of the gradient diffusion coefficient. In striking contrast to the recent measurements of the self-diffusion coefficient from fluorescence recovery after photobleaching, the lipopolymer gradient diffusion coefficient increases with concentration. We interpret the enhancement at small but finite concentrations using the Scalettar-Abney-Owicki (SAO) statistical mechanical theory (1988) and the Bussell-Koch-Hammer (BKH) hydrodynamic theory (1995), which are customarily adopted to model membrane protein dynamics. The SAO theory furnishes an effective disc radius and soft repulsive interaction radius that are comparable to the Flory radius of the unperturbed polyethylene glycol chains. On the other hand, the BKH theory predicts a gradient diffusion coefficient that decreases with disc/membrane protein concentration. Thus, in contrast to membrane proteins, we conclude that lipopolymer hydrodynamic interactions are weak because the principal disturbances are in the low-viscosity aqueous phase. Accordingly, lipopolymer interactions are dominated by thermodynamic interactions among polymer chains. Interestingly, our experiments suggest that increasing (decreasing) the polymer molecular weight should increase (decrease) the relaxation rate of lipopolymer concentration fluctuations. PMID:20702448

  16. Gradient Driven Fluctuations

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    Cannell, David

    2005-01-01

    We have worked with our collaborators at the University of Milan (Professor Marzio Giglio and his group-supported by ASI) to define the science required to measure gradient driven fluctuations in the microgravity environment. Such a study would provide an accurate test of the extent to which the theory of fluctuating hydrodynamics can be used to predict the properties of fluids maintained in a stressed, non-equilibrium state. As mentioned above, the results should also provide direct visual insight into the behavior of a variety of fluid systems containing gradients or interfaces, when placed in the microgravity environment. With support from the current grant, we have identified three key systems for detailed investigation. These three systems are: 1) A single-component fluid to be studied in the presence of a temperature gradient; 2) A mixture of two organic liquids to be studied both in the presence of a temperature gradient, which induces a steady-state concentration gradient, and with the temperature gradient removed, but while the concentration gradient is dying by means of diffusion; 3) Various pairs of liquids undergoing free diffusion, including a proteidbuffer solution and pairs of mixtures having different concentrations, to allow us to vary the differences in fluid properties in a controlled manner.

  17. Optical regulation of cell chain

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    Liu, Xiaoshuai; Huang, Jianbin; Zhang, Yao; Li, Baojun

    2015-06-01

    Formation of cell chains is a straightforward and efficient method to study the cell interaction. By regulating the contact sequence and interaction distance, the influence of different extracellular cues on the cell interaction can be investigated. However, it faces great challenges in stable retaining and precise regulation of cell chain, especially in cell culture with relatively low cell concentration. Here we demonstrated an optical method to realize the precise regulation of cell chain, including removing or adding a single cell, adjusting interaction distance, and changing cell contact sequence. After injecting a 980-nm wavelength laser beam into a tapered optical fiber probe (FP), a cell chain of Escherichia colis (E. colis) is formed under the optical gradient force. By manipulating another FP close to the cell chain, a targeted E. coli cell can be trapped by the FP and removed from the chain. Further, the targeted cell can be added back to the chain at different positions to change the cell contact sequence. The experiments were interpreted by numerical simulations and the impact of cell sizes and shapes on this method was analyzed.

  18. Optical regulation of cell chain

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    Liu, Xiaoshuai; Huang, Jianbin; Zhang, Yao; Li, Baojun

    2015-01-01

    Formation of cell chains is a straightforward and efficient method to study the cell interaction. By regulating the contact sequence and interaction distance, the influence of different extracellular cues on the cell interaction can be investigated. However, it faces great challenges in stable retaining and precise regulation of cell chain, especially in cell culture with relatively low cell concentration. Here we demonstrated an optical method to realize the precise regulation of cell chain, including removing or adding a single cell, adjusting interaction distance, and changing cell contact sequence. After injecting a 980-nm wavelength laser beam into a tapered optical fiber probe (FP), a cell chain of Escherichia colis (E. colis) is formed under the optical gradient force. By manipulating another FP close to the cell chain, a targeted E. coli cell can be trapped by the FP and removed from the chain. Further, the targeted cell can be added back to the chain at different positions to change the cell contact sequence. The experiments were interpreted by numerical simulations and the impact of cell sizes and shapes on this method was analyzed. PMID:26098707

  19. HIGH GRADIENT INDUCTION ACCELERATOR

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    Caporaso, G J; Sampayan, S; Chen, Y; Blackfield, D; Harris, J; Hawkins, S; Holmes, C; Krogh, M; Nelson, S; Nunnally, W; Paul, A; Poole, B; Rhodes, M; Sanders, D; Selenes, K; Sullivan, J; Wang, L; Watson, J

    2007-06-21

    A new type of compact induction accelerator is under development at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that promises to increase the average accelerating gradient by at least an order of magnitude over that of existing induction machines. The machine is based on the use of high gradient vacuum insulators, advanced dielectric materials and switches and is stimulated by the desire for compact flash x-ray radiography sources. Research describing an extreme variant of this technology aimed at proton therapy for cancer will be described. Progress in applying this technology to several applications will be reviewed.

  20. High gradient superconducting quadrupoles

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    Lundy, R.A.; Brown, B.C.; Carson, J.A.; Fisk, H.E.; Hanft, R.H.; Mantsch, P.M.; McInturff, A.D.; Remsbottom, R.H.

    1987-07-01

    Prototype superconducting quadrupoles with a 5 cm aperture and gradient of 16 kG/cm have been built and tested as candidate magnets for the final focus at SLC. The magnets are made from NbTi Tevatron style cable with 10 inner and 14 outer turns per quadrant. Quench performance and multipole data are presented. Design and data for a low current, high gradient quadrupole, similar in cross section but wound with a cable consisting of five insulated conductors are also discussed.

  1. Manipulating the Gradient

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    Gaze, Eric C.

    2005-01-01

    We introduce a cooperative learning, group lab for a Calculus III course to facilitate comprehension of the gradient vector and directional derivative concepts. The lab is a hands-on experience allowing students to manipulate a tangent plane and empirically measure the effect of partial derivatives on the direction of optimal ascent. (Contains 7…

  2. Coordinating Electron Transport Chains to an Electron Donor.

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    Villegas, Carmen; Wolf, Maximilian; Joly, Damien; Delgado, Juan Luis; Guldi, Dirk M; Martín, Nazario

    2015-10-16

    Two electron transport chains (2 and 3) featuring two fullerenes with different electron acceptor strengths have been synthesized, characterized, and coordinated to a light harvesting/electron donating zinc porphyrin. Electrochemical assays corroborate the redox gradients along the designed electron transport chains, and complementary absorption and fluorescence titrations prove the assembly of ZnP-2 and ZnP-3 hybrids. PMID:26418246

  3. Motivation Smoothing Projected gradient Proximal Gradient Non-Smooth Optimization

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    Marlin, Benjamin

    Motivation Smoothing Projected gradient Proximal Gradient Non-Smooth Optimization Jason Hartford (with slides from Mark Schmidt) October 2015 #12;Motivation Smoothing Projected gradient Proximal-dimensional problems Nesterov-style and Newton-like methods allow better performance. #12;Motivation Smoothing

  4. Stress-gradient plasticity

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    Chakravarthy, Srinath S.; Curtin, W. A.

    2011-01-01

    A new model, stress-gradient plasticity, is presented that provides unique mechanistic insight into size-dependent phenomena in plasticity. This dislocation-based model predicts strengthening of materials when a gradient in stress acts over dislocation source–obstacle configurations. The model has a physical length scale, the spacing of dislocation obstacles, and is validated by several levels of discrete-dislocation simulations. When incorporated into a continuum viscoplastic model, predictions for bending and torsion in polycrystalline metals show excellent agreement with experiments in the initial strengthening and subsequent hardening as a function of both sample-size dependence and grain size, when the operative obstacle spacing is proportional to the grain size. PMID:21911403

  5. Force Gradient Integrators

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    A. D. Kennedy; M. A. Clark; P. J. Silva

    2009-10-15

    We present initial results of the use of Force Gradient integrators for lattice field theories. These promise to give significant performance improvements, especially for light fermions and large lattices. Our results show that this is indeed the case, indicating a speed-up of more than a factor of two, which is expected to increase as the integration step size becomes smaller for larger lattices and smaller fermion masses.

  6. technology offer Magnetic Gradient Sensor

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    Arnold, Anton

    technology offer Magnetic Gradient Sensor magnetic gradient sensor, micromechanical structure The invention concerns a sensor for the magnetic field gradient and applies micromechanical structures. Lorentz are typically measured by Hall- sensors which suffer from a large offset and offset drift. For the measurement

  7. Charge gradient microscopy.

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    Hong, Seungbum; Tong, Sheng; Park, Woon Ik; Hiranaga, Yoshiomi; Cho, Yasuo; Roelofs, Andreas

    2014-05-01

    Here we present a simple and fast method to reliably image polarization charges using charge gradient microscopy (CGM). We collected the current from the grounded CGM probe while scanning a periodically poled lithium niobate single crystal and single-crystal LiTaO3 thin film on the Cr electrode. We observed current signals at the domains and domain walls originating from the displacement current and the relocation or removal of surface charges, which enabled us to visualize the ferroelectric domains at a scan frequency above 78 Hz over 10 ?m. We envision that CGM can be used in high-speed ferroelectric domain imaging and piezoelectric energy-harvesting devices. PMID:24760831

  8. Charge gradient microscopy

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    Hong, Seungbum; Tong, Sheng; Park, Woon Ik; Hiranaga, Yoshiomi; Cho, Yasuo; Roelofs, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    Here we present a simple and fast method to reliably image polarization charges using charge gradient microscopy (CGM). We collected the current from the grounded CGM probe while scanning a periodically poled lithium niobate single crystal and single-crystal LiTaO3 thin film on the Cr electrode. We observed current signals at the domains and domain walls originating from the displacement current and the relocation or removal of surface charges, which enabled us to visualize the ferroelectric domains at a scan frequency above 78 Hz over 10 ?m. We envision that CGM can be used in high-speed ferroelectric domain imaging and piezoelectric energy-harvesting devices. PMID:24760831

  9. Empirical equation estimates geothermal gradients

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    Kutasov, I.M. )

    1995-01-02

    An empirical equation can estimate geothermal (natural) temperature profiles in new exploration areas. These gradients are useful for cement slurry and mud design and for improving electrical and temperature log interpretation. Downhole circulating temperature logs and surface outlet temperatures are used for predicting the geothermal gradients.

  10. Density Gradients in Chemistry Teaching

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    Miller, P. J.

    1972-01-01

    Outlines experiments in which a density gradient might be used to advantage. A density gradient consists of a column of liquid, the composition and density of which varies along its length. The procedure can be used in analysis of solutions and mixtures and in density measures of solids. (Author/TS)

  11. Adjusting the Chain Gear

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    Koloc, Z.; Korf, J.; Kavan, P.

    The adjustment (modification) deals with gear chains intermediating (transmitting) motion transfer between the sprocket wheels on parallel shafts. The purpose of the adjustments of chain gear is to remove the unwanted effects by using the chain guide on the links (sliding guide rail) ensuring a smooth fit of the chain rollers into the wheel tooth gap.

  12. Gradient elution in capillary electrochromatography

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    Anex, D.; Rakestraw, D.J.; Yan, Chao; Dadoo, R.; Zare, R.N.

    1997-08-01

    In analogy to pressure-driven gradient techniques in high-performance liquid chromatography, a system has been developed for delivering electroosmotically-driven solvent gradients for capillary electrochromatography (CEC). Dynamic gradients with sub-mL/min flow rates are generated by merging two electroosmotic flows that are regulated by computer-controlled voltages. These flows are delivered by two fused-silica capillary arms attached to a T-connector, where they mix and then flow into a capillary column that has been electrokinetically packed with 3-mm reversed-phase particles. The inlet of one capillary arm is placed in a solution reservoir containing one mobile phase and the inlet of the other is placed in a second reservoir containing a second mobile phase. Two independent computer-controlled programmable high-voltage power supplies (0-50 kV)--one providing an increasing ramp and the other providing a decreasing ramp--are used to apply variable high-voltage potentials to the mobile phase reservoirs to regulate the electroosmotic flow in each arm. The ratio of the electroosmotic flow rates between the two arms is changed with time according to the computer-controlled voltages to deliver the required gradient profile to the separation column. Experiments were performed to confirm the composition of the mobile phase during a gradient run and to determine the change of the composition in response to the programmed voltage profile. To demonstrate the performance of electroosmotically-driven gradient elution in CEC, a mixture of 16 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) was separated in less than 90 minutes. This gradient technique is expected to be well-suited for generating not only solvent gradients in CEC, but also other types of gradients such as pH- and ionic-strength gradients in capillary electrokinetic separations and analyses.

  13. Combining Step Gradients and Linear Gradients in Density.

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    Kumar, Ashok A; Walz, Jenna A; Gonidec, Mathieu; Mace, Charles R; Whitesides, George M

    2015-06-16

    Combining aqueous multiphase systems (AMPS) and magnetic levitation (MagLev) provides a method to produce hybrid gradients in apparent density. AMPS—solutions of different polymers, salts, or surfactants that spontaneously separate into immiscible but predominantly aqueous phases—offer thermodynamically stable steps in density that can be tuned by the concentration of solutes. MagLev—the levitation of diamagnetic objects in a paramagnetic fluid within a magnetic field gradient—can be arranged to provide a near-linear gradient in effective density where the height of a levitating object above the surface of the magnet corresponds to its density; the strength of the gradient in effective density can be tuned by the choice of paramagnetic salt and its concentrations and by the strength and gradient in the magnetic field. Including paramagnetic salts (e.g., MnSO4 or MnCl2) in AMPS, and placing them in a magnetic field gradient, enables their use as media for MagLev. The potential to create large steps in density with AMPS allows separations of objects across a range of densities. The gradients produced by MagLev provide resolution over a continuous range of densities. By combining these approaches, mixtures of objects with large differences in density can be separated and analyzed simultaneously. Using MagLev to add an effective gradient in density also enables tuning the range of densities captured at an interface of an AMPS by simply changing the position of the container in the magnetic field. Further, by creating AMPS in which phases have different concentrations of paramagnetic ions, the phases can provide different resolutions in density. These results suggest that combining steps in density with gradients in density can enable new classes of separations based on density. PMID:25978093

  14. Gradient zone boundary control in salt gradient solar ponds

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    Hull, John R. (Downers Grove, IL)

    1984-01-01

    A method and apparatus for suppressing zone boundary migration in a salt gradient solar pond includes extending perforated membranes across the pond at the boundaries, between the convective and non-convective zones, the perforations being small enough in size to prevent individual turbulence disturbances from penetrating the hole, but being large enough to allow easy molecular diffusion of salt thereby preventing the formation of convective zones in the gradient layer. The total area of the perforations is a sizable fraction of the membrane area to allow sufficient salt diffusion while preventing turbulent entrainment into the gradient zone.

  15. High field gradient particle accelerator

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    Nation, John A. (Ithaca, NY); Greenwald, Shlomo (Haifa, IL)

    1989-01-01

    A high electric field gradient electron accelerator utilizing short duration, microwave radiation, and capable of operating at high field gradients for high energy physics applications or at reduced electric field gradients for high average current intermediate energy accelerator applications. Particles are accelerated in a smooth bore, periodic undulating waveguide, wherein the period is so selected that the particles slip an integral number of cycles of the r.f. wave every period of the structure. This phase step of the particles produces substantially continuous acceleration in a traveling wave without transverse magnetic or other guide means for the particle.

  16. High field gradient particle accelerator

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    Nation, J.A.; Greenwald, S.

    1989-05-30

    A high electric field gradient electron accelerator utilizing short duration, microwave radiation, and capable of operating at high field gradients for high energy physics applications or at reduced electric field gradients for high average current intermediate energy accelerator applications is disclosed. Particles are accelerated in a smooth bore, periodic undulating waveguide, wherein the period is so selected that the particles slip an integral number of cycles of the r.f. wave every period of the structure. This phase step of the particles produces substantially continuous acceleration in a traveling wave without transverse magnetic or other guide means for the particle. 10 figs.

  17. Laser amplifier chain

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    Hackel, R.P.

    1992-10-20

    A laser amplifier chain has a plurality of laser amplifiers arranged in a chain to sequentially amplify a low-power signal beam to produce a significantly higher-power output beam. Overall efficiency of such a chain is improved if high-gain, low efficiency amplifiers are placed on the upstream side of the chain where only a very small fraction of the total pumped power is received by the chain and low-gain, high-efficiency amplifiers are placed on the downstream side where a majority of pumping energy is received by the chain. 6 figs.

  18. Laser amplifier chain

    DOEpatents

    Hackel, Richard P. (Livermore, CA)

    1992-01-01

    A laser amplifier chain has a plurality of laser amplifiers arranged in a chain to sequentially amplify a low-power signal beam to produce a significantly higher-power output beam. Overall efficiency of such a chain is improved if high-gain, low efficiency amplifiers are placed on the upstream side of the chain where only a very small fraction of the total pumped power is received by the chain and low-gain, high-efficiency amplifiers are placed on the downstream side where a majority of pumping energy is received by the chain.

  19. Generalized gradient and contour program

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    Hellman, Marshall Strong

    1972-01-01

    This program computes estimates of gradients, prepares contour maps, and plots various sets of data provided by the user on the CalComp plotters. The gradients represent the maximum rates of change of a real variable Z=f(X,Y) with respect to the twodimensional rectangle on which the function is defined. The contours are lines of equal Z values. The program also plots special line data sets provided by the user.

  20. Study of translational dynamics in molten polymer by variation of gradient pulse-width of PGSE

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    Stepišnik, Janez; Lahajnar, Gojmir; Zupan?i?, +Ivan; Mohori?, Aleš

    2013-11-01

    Pulsed gradient spin echo is a method of measuring molecular translation. Changing ? makes it sensitive to diffusion spectrum. Spin translation effects the buildup of phase structure during the application of gradient pulses as well. The time scale of the self-diffusion measurement shortens if this is taken into account. The method of diffusion spectrometry with variable ? is also less sensitive to artifacts caused by spin relaxation and internal gradient fields. Here the method is demonstrated in the case of diffusion spectrometry of molten polyethylene. The results confirm a model of constraint release in a system of entangled polymer chains as a sort of tube Rouse motion.

  1. Effect of Gradient Sequencing on Copolymer Order?Disorder Transitions: Phase Behavior of Styrene/n-Butyl Acrylate Block and Gradient Copolymers

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    Mok, Michelle M.; Ellison, Christopher J.; Torkelson, John M.

    2012-11-14

    We investigate the effect of gradient sequence distribution in copolymers on order-disorder transitions, using rheometry and small-angle X-ray scattering to compare the phase behavior of styrene/n-butyl acrylate (S/nBA) block and gradient copolymers. Relative to block sequencing, gradient sequencing increases the molecular weight necessary to induce phase segregation by over 3-fold, directly consistent with previous predictions from theory. Results also suggest the existence of both upper and lower order-disorder transitions in a higher molecular weight S/nBA gradient copolymer, made accessible by the shift in order-disorder temperatures from gradient sequencing. The combination of transitions is speculated to be inaccessible in S/nBA block copolymer systems due to their overlap at even modest molecular weights and also their location on the phase diagram relative to the polystyrene glass transition temperature. Finally, we discuss the potential impacts of polydispersity and chain-to-chain monomer sequence variation on gradient copolymer phase segregation.

  2. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

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    Nagurney, Anna

    ingredients for drugs sold in the United States are outsourced (Economy In Crisis (2010)). PharmaceuticalPharmaceutical Supply Chain Networks with Outsourcing Nagurney, Li, and Nagurney Pharmaceutical Engineering University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT 06117 #12;Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Networks

  3. Fabrication of a Material Assembly of Silver Nanoparticles Using the Phase Gradients of Optical Tweezers

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    Yan, Zijie; Sajjan, Manas; Scherer, Norbert F.

    2015-04-01

    Optical matter can be created using the intensity gradient and electrodynamic (e.g., optical binding) forces that nano- and microparticles experience in focused optical beams. Here we show that the force associated with phase gradient is also important. In fact, in optical line traps the phase gradient force is crucial in determining the structure and stability of optical matter arrays consisting of Ag nanoparticles (NPs). NP lattices can be repeatedly assembled and disassembled simply by changing the sign of the phase gradient. The phase gradient creates a compressive force (and thus a stress) in the optically bound Ag NP lattices, causing structural transitions (a stress response) from 1D "chains" to 2D lattices, and even to amorphous structures. The structural transitions and dynamics of driven transport are well described by electrodynamics simulations and modeling using a drift-diffusion Langevin equation.

  4. The influence of ALN-Al gradient material gradient index on ballistic performance

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    Wang, Youcong; Liu, Qiwen; Li, Yao; Shen, Qiang

    2013-03-01

    Ballistic performance of the gradient material is superior to laminated material, and gradient materials have different gradient types. Using ls-dyna to simulate the ballistic performance of ALN-AL gradient target plates which contain three gradient index (b = 1, b = 0.5, b = 2). Through Hopkinson bar numerical simulation to the target plate materials, we obtained the reflection stress wave and transmission stress wave state of gradient material to get the best gradient index. The internal stress state of gradient material is simulated by amplification processing of the target plate model. When the gradient index b is equal to 1, the gradient target plate is best of all.

  5. Derivative Free Gradient Projection Algorithms for Rotation

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    Jennrich, Robert I.

    2004-01-01

    A simple modification substantially simplifies the use of the gradient projection (GP) rotation algorithms of Jennrich (2001, 2002). These algorithms require subroutines to compute the value and gradient of any specific rotation criterion of interest. The gradient can be difficult to derive and program. It is shown that using numerical gradients

  6. Templating Surfaces with Gradient Assemblies

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    Genzer,J.

    2005-01-01

    One of the most versatile and widely used methods of forming surfaces with position-dependent wettability is that conceived by Chaudhury and Whitesides more than a decade ago. In this paper we review several projects that utilize this gradient-forming methodology for: controlled of deposition of self-assembled monolayers on surfaces, generating arrays of nanoparticles with number density gradients, probing the mushroom-to-brush transition in surface-anchored polymers, and controlling the speed of moving liquid droplets on surfaces.

  7. Space-time gradient metasurfaces

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    Hadad, Y.; Sounas, D. L.; Alu, A.

    2015-09-01

    Metasurfaces characterized by a transverse gradient of local impedance have recently opened exciting directions for light manipulation at the subwavelength scale. Here we add a temporal gradient to the picture, showing that spatiotemporal variations over a surface may greatly extend the degree of wave manipulation in metasurfaces, and break several of their constraints associated with symmetries. As an example, we synthesize a nonreciprocal classical analog to electromagnetically induced transparency, opening a narrow window of one-way efficient transmission in an otherwise opaque surface. These properties pave the way to magnetic-free, planarized, nonreciprocal ultrathin surfaces for free-space isolation.

  8. Swarm equatorial electric field chain: First results

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    Alken, P.; Maus, S.; Chulliat, A.; Vigneron, P.; Sirol, O.; Hulot, G.

    2015-02-01

    The eastward equatorial electric field (EEF) in the E region ionosphere drives many important phenomena at low latitudes. We developed a method of estimating the EEF from magnetometer measurements of near-polar orbiting satellites as they cross the magnetic equator, by recovering a clean signal of the equatorial electrojet current and modeling the observed current to determine the electric field present during the satellite pass. This algorithm is now implemented as an official Level-2 Swarm product. Here we present first results of EEF estimates from nearly a year of Swarm data. We find excellent agreement with independent measurements from the ground-based coherent scatter radar at Jicamarca, Peru, as well as horizontal field measurements from the West African Magnetometer Network magnetic observatory chain. We also calculate longitudinal gradients of EEF measurements made by the A and C lower satellite pair and find gradients up to about 0.05 mV/m/deg with significant longitudinal variability.

  9. Analysis of mutations using PCR and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis

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    Cariello, N.F.; Swenberg, J.A. Duke Univ., Durham, NC ); DeBellis, A.; Skopek, T.R. )

    1991-01-01

    Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) separates DNA molecules based on primary sequence. Under the appropriate conditions, all base pair (bp) substitutions, frameshifts, and deletions less than about 10 bp can be resolved from the wild type sequence using DGGE. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) permits facile amplification of a given region of the genome. The authors have combined PCR and DGGE to: (1) localize mutations in the X-linked human androgen receptor gene; (2) analyze thousands of thioguanine-resistant mutants simultaneously; (3) examine the fidelity of several DNA polymerases used in PCR.

  10. Salt-gradient solar ponds

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    Neeper, D.A.

    1984-01-01

    A description of salt-gradient solar ponds is presented. Guidelines concerning the construction and maintenance of the pond are discussed. A computer model was used to study layer migration in laboratory tanks and in an outdoor pond. The status of solar ponds is briefly discussed. An equation relating heat flux and salt flux at a boundary is included. (BCS)

  11. Spatiotemporal Gradient Modeling with Applications

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    Carlin, Bradley P.

    Spatiotemporal Gradients in Interval-Censored Airborne Exposures Data from the Clean-Up of the Deepwater Horizon Quality 3. Airborne Exposure Levels from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill #12;Introduction Exposures Data from the Clean-Up of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Discussion #12;Methods

  12. Variable metric conjugate gradient methods

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    Barth, T.; Manteuffel, T.

    1994-07-01

    1.1 Motivation. In this paper we present a framework that includes many well known iterative methods for the solution of nonsymmetric linear systems of equations, Ax = b. Section 2 begins with a brief review of the conjugate gradient method. Next, we describe a broader class of methods, known as projection methods, to which the conjugate gradient (CG) method and most conjugate gradient-like methods belong. The concept of a method having either a fixed or a variable metric is introduced. Methods that have a metric are referred to as either fixed or variable metric methods. Some relationships between projection methods and fixed (variable) metric methods are discussed. The main emphasis of the remainder of this paper is on variable metric methods. In Section 3 we show how the biconjugate gradient (BCG), and the quasi-minimal residual (QMR) methods fit into this framework as variable metric methods. By modifying the underlying Lanczos biorthogonalization process used in the implementation of BCG and QMR, we obtain other variable metric methods. These, we refer to as generalizations of BCG and QMR.

  13. Orderings for conjugate gradient preconditionings

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    Ortega, James M.

    1991-01-01

    The effect of orderings on the rate of convergence of the conjugate gradient method with SSOR or incomplete Cholesky preconditioning is examined. Some results also are presented that help to explain why red/black ordering gives an inferior rate of convergence.

  14. Analysis of Bacterial Communities in Seagrass Bed Sediments by Double-Gradient Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis

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    Sherman, Tim

    -Gradient Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis of PCR-Amplified 16S rRNA Genes J.B. James1 , T.D. Sherman2 and R denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DG- DGGE) was used to generate banding patterns from

  15. Unraveling the chain fountain

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    Biggins, John; Warner, Mark

    2015-03-01

    If a chain is initially at rest in a beaker at a height h1 above the ground, and the end of the chain is pulled over the rim of the beaker and down towards the ground and then released, the chain will spontaneously ``flow'' out of the beaker under gravity. Furthermore, the beads do not simply drag over the edge of the beaker but form a fountain reaching a height h2 above it. I will show that the formation of a fountain requires that the beads come into motion not only by being pulled upwards by the part of the chain immediately above the pile, but also by being pushed upwards by an unexpected reaction force from the pile of stationary chain. I will propose possible origins for this force, argue that its magnitude will be proportional to the square of the chain velocity, and predict and verify experimentally that h2 ~h1 . I will also discuss the case where the pot is tilted, and show, experimentally and theoretically, that the chain rises and falls in an inverted catenary, and discuss the appropriate boundary conditions at the ends of the chain.

  16. Critical Chain Exercises

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    Doyle, John Kevin

    2010-01-01

    Critical Chains project management focuses on holding buffers at the project level vs. task level, and managing buffers as a project resource. A number of studies have shown that Critical Chain project management can significantly improve organizational schedule fidelity (i.e., improve the proportion of projects delivered on time) and reduce…

  17. Chain Reaction Polymerization.

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    McGrath, James E.

    1981-01-01

    The salient features and importance of chain-reaction polymerization are discussed, including such topics as the thermodynamics of polymerization, free-radical polymerization kinetics, radical polymerization processes, copolymers, and free-radical chain, anionic, cationic, coordination, and ring-opening polymerizations. (JN)

  18. High gradient directional solidification furnace

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    Aldrich, B. R.; Whitt, W. D. (inventor)

    1985-01-01

    A high gradient directional solidification furnace is disclosed which includes eight thermal zones throughout the length of the furnace. In the hot end of the furnace, furnace elements provide desired temperatures. These elements include Nichrome wire received in a grooved tube which is encapsulated y an outer alumina core. A booster heater is provided in the hot end of the furnace which includes toroidal tungsten/rhenium wire which has a capacity to put heat quickly into the furnace. An adiabatic zone is provided by an insulation barrier to separate the hot end of the furnace from the cold end. The old end of the furnace is defined by additional heating elements. A heat transfer plate provides a means by which heat may be extracted from the furnace and conducted away through liquid cooled jackets. By varying the input of heat via the booster heater and output of heat via the heat transfer plate, a desired thermal gradient profile may be provided.

  19. 40 CFR 230.25 - Salinity gradients.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...gradients. (a) Salinity gradients form where salt water from the ocean meets and mixes with fresh water from land. (b) Possible loss of environmental...Obstructions which divert or restrict flow of either fresh or salt water may change existing...

  20. 40 CFR 230.25 - Salinity gradients.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...gradients. (a) Salinity gradients form where salt water from the ocean meets and mixes with fresh water from land. (b) Possible loss of environmental...Obstructions which divert or restrict flow of either fresh or salt water may change existing...

  1. Evolution of foraging strategies on resource gradients

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    Dieckmann, Ulf

    -based theory of optimal foraging to continuous resource gradients following the traditional assumptions free distribution, interference competition, optimal foraging, resource dynamics, resource gradientEvolution of foraging strategies on resource gradients Mikko Heino 1,2,3 , Kalle Parvinen 4 and Ulf

  2. Density Gradient Stabilization of Electron Temperature Gradient Driven Turbulence in a Spherical Tokamak

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    Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

    Density Gradient Stabilization of Electron Temperature Gradient Driven Turbulence in a Spherical experimental observation of density gradient stabilization of electron temperature gradient driven turbulence in a fusion plasma. It is observed that longer wavelength modes, k?s & 10, are most stabilized by density

  3. Protein gradient films of fibroin and gelatine.

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    Claussen, Kai U; Lintz, Eileen S; Giesa, Reiner; Schmidt, Hans-Werner; Scheibel, Thomas

    2013-10-01

    Gradients are a natural design principle in biological systems that are used to diminish stress concentration where materials of differing mechanical properties connect. An interesting example of a natural gradient material is byssus, which anchors mussels to rocks and other hard substrata. Building upon previous work with synthetic polymers and inspired by byssal threads, protein gradient films are cast using glycerine-plasticized gelatine and fibroin exhibiting a highly reproducible and smooth mechanical gradient, which encompasses a large range of modulus from 160 to 550?MPa. The reproducible production of biocompatible gradient films represents a first step towards medical applications. PMID:23894133

  4. Biomolecular gradients in cell culture systems

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    Keenan, Thomas M.

    2013-01-01

    Biomolecule gradients have been shown to play roles in a wide range of biological processes including development, inflammation, wound healing, and cancer metastasis. Elucidation of these phenomena requires the ability to expose cells to biomolecule gradients that are quantifiable, controllable, and mimic those that are present in vivo. Here we review the major biological phenomena in which biomolecule gradients are employed, traditional in vitro gradient-generating methods developed over the past 50 years, and new microfluidic devices for generating gradients. Microfluidic gradient generators offer greater levels of precision, quantitation, and spatiotemporal gradient control than traditional methods, and may greatly enhance our understanding of many biological phenomena. For each method, we outline the salient features, capabilities, and applications. PMID:18094760

  5. Gradient limits and SCRF performance.

    SciTech Connect

    Norem, J.; Pellin, M.

    2007-01-01

    Superconducting rf gradients are limited by a number of mechanisms, among them are field emission, multipactor, Lorentz detuning, global and local heating, quench fields, Q-Slope, assembly defects, and overall power use. We describe how each of these mechanisms interacts with the cavity fields and show how significant improvements may be possible assuming improvements in control over the cavity surface. New techniques such as Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), the use of layered composites, Gas Cluster Ion Beam (GCIB) smoothing and Dry Ice Cleaning (DIC) have been proposed as ways to control the surface.

  6. Generalized Gradient Approximation Made Simple

    SciTech Connect

    Perdew, J.P.; Burke, K.; Ernzerhof, M.

    1996-10-01

    Generalized gradient approximations (GGA{close_quote}s) for the exchange-correlation energy improve upon the local spin density (LSD) description of atoms, molecules, and solids. We present a simple derivation of a simple GGA, in which all parameters (other than those in LSD) are fundamental constants. Only general features of the detailed construction underlying the Perdew-Wang 1991 (PW91) GGA are invoked. Improvements over PW91 include an accurate description of the linear response of the uniform electron gas, correct behavior under uniform scaling, and a smoother potential. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  7. European supply chain study

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    Puri, Mohitkumar

    2009-01-01

    Introduction: Supply chain management has been defined as, "..a set of approaches utilized to efficiently integrate suppliers, manufacturers, warehouses and stores, so that merchandise is produced and distributed at the ...

  8. Serum Free Light Chains

    MedlinePLUS

    ... myeloma and primary amyloidosis , and to monitor the effectiveness of treatment. Light chains are proteins produced by ... to monitor the condition and to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. ^ Back to top When is it ...

  9. Heavy Chain Diseases

    MedlinePLUS

    ... Google+ LinkedIn Merck Manuals Consumer Version Blood Disorders Plasma Cell Disorders Heavy Chain Diseases Drugs Mentioned In ... to Consumer Version DOCTORS: Go to Professional Version Plasma Cell Disorders Overview of Plasma Cell Disorders Monoclonal ...

  10. Supply chain dynamics

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    Barbosa, Ricardo Wagner Lopes, 1976-

    2003-01-01

    The strong bargaining power of major retailers and the higher requirements for speed, service excellence and customization have significantly contributed to transform the Supply Chain Management. These increasing challenges ...

  11. Immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis.

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    Merlini, Giampaolo; Comenzo, Raymond L; Seldin, David C; Wechalekar, Ashutosh; Gertz, Morie A

    2014-02-01

    Primary light chain amyloidosis is the most common form of systemic amyloidosis and is caused by misfolded light chains that cause proteotoxicity and rapid decline of vital organ function. Early diagnosis is essential in order to deliver effective therapy and prevent irreversible organ damage. Accurate diagnosis requires clinical skills and advanced technologies. The disease can be halted and the function of target organs preserved by the prompt reduction and elimination of the plasma cell clone producing the toxic light chains in the bone marrow. Heart damage is the major determinant of survival, and staging with cardiac biomarkers guides treatment. Two-thirds of patients can benefit from treatment with improved quality of life and extended survival. Future efforts should be directed at early diagnosis, improving the tolerability and efficacy of anti-plasma cell therapy, accelerating recovery of organ function via promoting resorption of amyloid deposits, and developing novel approaches to counter light chain proteotoxicity. PMID:24350907

  12. Atomic Chain Electronics

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Yamada, Toshishige; Saini, Subhash (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    Adatom chains, precise structures artificially created on an atomically regulated surface, are the smallest possible candidates for future nanoelectronics. Since all the devices are created by combining adatom chains precisely prepared with atomic precision, device characteristics are predictable, and free from deviations due to accidental structural defects. In this atomic dimension, however, an analogy to the current semiconductor devices may not work. For example, Si structures are not always semiconducting. Adatom states do not always localize at the substrate surface when adatoms form chemical bonds to the substrate atoms. Transport properties are often determined for the entire system of the chain and electrodes, and not for chains only. These fundamental issues are discussed, which will be useful for future device considerations.

  13. Improving supply chain resilience

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    Leung, Elsa Hiu Man

    2009-01-01

    Due to the global expansion of Company A's supply chain network, it is becoming more vulnerable to many disruptions. These disruptions often incur additional costs; and require time to respond to and recover from these ...

  14. Image segmentation and analysis via multiscale gradient watershed hierarchies

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    Gauch, John M.

    1999-01-01

    , intensity ridges, and grey-level blobs. In this paper, we investigate the multiscale behavior of gradient watershed regions. These regions are defined in terms of the gradient properties of the gradient magnitude of the original image. Boundaries of gradient...

  15. Bicrystals with strain gradient effects

    SciTech Connect

    Shu, J.Y.

    1997-01-09

    Boundary between two perfectly bonded single crystals plays an important role in determining the deformation of the bicrystals. This work addresses the role of the grain boundary by considering the elevated hardening of a slip system due to a slip gradient. The slip gradients are associated with geometrically necessary dislocations and their effects become pronounced when a representative length scale of the deformation field is comparable to the dominant microstructural length scale of a material. A new rate-dependent crystal plasticity theory is presented and has been implemented within the finite element method framework. A planar bicrystal under uniform in-plane loading is studied using the new crystal theory. The strain is found to be continuous but nonuniform within a boundary layer around the interface. The lattice rotation is also nonuniform within the boundary layer. The width of the layer is determined by the misorientation of the grains, the hardening of slip systems, and most importantly by the characteristic material length scales. The overall yield strength of the bicrystal is also obtained. A significant grain-size dependence of the yield strength, the Hall- Petch effect is predicted.

  16. Nanooptics of gradient dielectric films

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    Shvartsburg, Aleksandr B; Agranat, Mikhail B; Chefonov, O V

    2009-10-31

    The propagation of light through subwave photonic barriers formed by dielectric nanofilms with the refractive indices changing across the films according to the specified law n(z) is considered. Generalised Fresnel formulae depending on the gradient and profile curvature of the refractive index and describing reflection and transmission of such inhomogeneous films are found. For the specified material and thickness, the optical properties of such nanofilms can change from total transmission to total reflection by producing a technologically controlled profile n(z). The obtained results are based on exact analytic solutions of Maxwell's equations for new multiparametric models of inhomogeneous dielectric media. The possibility of producing new subwave dispersion elements, whose action is based on the dependence of the reflection and transmission spectra of gradient photonic barriers on their local dispersion determined by the shape and geometrical parameters of the profile n(z), is shown. The schemes are considered for producing such spectra in the visible and IR regions with the help of periodic nanostructures containing subwave photonic barriers with the normal and anomalous nonlocal dispersion. (nanostructures)

  17. Spreading and two-dimensional mobility of long-chain alkanes at solid/gas interfaces.

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    Lazar, Paul; Schollmeyer, H; Riegler, H

    2005-03-25

    Long-chain n alkanes on solid surfaces can form partially wetting liquid alkane droplets coexisting with solid multilayer terraces. We propose a diffusivelike alkane flow between terrace edge and droplet perimeter through a molecularly thin "precursorlike" film. Depending on the (uniform!) sample temperature, either droplet or terrace edge are not in thermodynamic equilibrium. This leads to a chemical potential gradient, which drives the reversible alkane flow. The gradient can be adjusted and calculated independently from the phenomenological diffusion coefficient. PMID:15903872

  18. Friday After Thanksgiving: Chain Reaction

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    Oliva, Aude

    Friday After Thanksgiving: Chain Reaction 2014 Guidelines Your link in the chain reaction should a cup of water. Your link's action must be repeatable, so please test your chain reaction before, whimsical, or elegant. There will be a section of the Chain Reaction connected by tubes to pass a single

  19. Supply Chain Trends Sunil Chopra

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    Chen, Wei

    © Chopra 1 Supply Chain Trends Sunil Chopra Kellogg School of Management #12;Supply Chain Trends © Chopra / OPNS 455 / Transportation 2 #12;© Chopra / OPNS 455 / Transportation 3 Supply Chain Trends East. Financial Mail (South Africa, March 28, 2008) #12;Supply Chain Trends - Globalization How to use

  20. Detonation Initiation by a Temperature Gradient for a Detailed Chemical Reaction Models

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    Liberman, Michael; Kiverin, Alexey; Chukalovsky, Alexander; Ivanov, Mikhail

    2011-04-01

    The evolution from a temperature gradient to a detonation is investigated using high resolution numerical simulations for combustion mixture whose chemistry is governed by a detailed chemical kinetics. We employ a model representing an initial linear temperature gradient in the fuel. Emphasis is on comparing the results with previous studies that used simple one-step kinetics. It is shown that the evolution to detonation from temperature nonuniformities is considerably different for one-step kinetics models than for chain-branching kinetic models and it is different in different fuels for the same initial conditions. A detailed chemical model has a profound effect on the validity of Zel'dovich's spontaneous wave concept for detonation initiation by a gradient of reactivity. The evolution to detonation from a temperature gradient is considered for hydrogen-air and methane-air mixtures at different initial pressures. The analysis shows that for a detailed chemical kinetics the temperature gradients, which was thought to appear in the form of hot spots and the like, are not satisfy the criteria to initiate detonation, and the gradient mechanism can not be origin of the deflagration-to-detonation transition.

  1. Wnt Secretion and Gradient Formation

    PubMed Central

    Solis, Gonzalo P.; Lüchtenborg, Anne-Marie; Katanaev, Vladimir L.

    2013-01-01

    Concentration gradients formed by the lipid-modified morphogens of the Wnt family are known for their pivotal roles during embryogenesis and adult tissue homeostasis. Wnt morphogens are also implicated in a variety of human diseases, especially cancer. Therefore, the signaling cascades triggered by Wnts have received considerable attention during recent decades. However, how Wnts are secreted and how concentration gradients are formed remains poorly understood. The use of model organisms such as Drosophila melanogaster has provided important advances in this area. For instance, we have previously shown that the lipid raft-associated reggie/flotillin proteins influence Wnt secretion and spreading in Drosophila. Our work supports the notion that producing cells secrete Wnt molecules in at least two pools: a poorly diffusible one and a reggie/flotillin-dependent highly diffusible pool which allows morphogen spreading over long distances away from its source of production. Here we revise the current views of Wnt secretion and spreading, and propose two models for the role of the reggie/flotillin proteins in these processes: (i) reggies/flotillins regulate the basolateral endocytosis of the poorly diffusible, membrane-bound Wnt pool, which is then sorted and secreted to apical compartments for long-range diffusion, and (ii) lipid rafts organized by reggies/flotillins serve as “dating points” where extracellular Wnt transiently interacts with lipoprotein receptors to allow its capture and further spreading via lipoprotein particles. We further discuss these processes in the context of human breast cancer. A better understanding of these phenomena may be relevant for identification of novel drug targets and therapeutic strategies. PMID:23455472

  2. Crystalline-gradient polycarbonates prepared from enantioselective terpolymerization of meso-epoxides with CO2

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    Liu, Ye; Ren, Wei-Min; He, Ke-Ke; Lu, Xiao-Bing

    2014-12-01

    The development of efficient processes for CO2 transformation into useful products is a long-standing goal for chemists, since CO2 is an abundant, inexpensive and non-toxic renewable C1 resource. Here we describe the enantioselective copolymerization of 3,4-epoxytetrahydrofuran with CO2 mediated by biphenol-linked dinuclear cobalt complex, affording the corresponding polycarbonate with >99% carbonate linkages and excellent enantioselectivity (up to 99% enantiomeric excess). Notably, the resultant isotactic polycarbonate is a typical semicrystalline polymer, possessing a melting point of 271?°C. Furthermore, the enantioselective terpolymerization of 3,4-epoxytetrahydrofuran, cyclopentene oxide and CO2 mediated by this dinuclear cobalt complex gives novel gradient polycarbonates, in which the decrement of one component and the increment of the other component occur sequentially from one chain end to the other end. The resultant terpolymers show perfectly isotactic structure and have unique crystalline-gradient nature, in which the crystallinity continuously varies along the main chain.

  3. Nanofiber scaffold gradients for interfacial tissue engineering.

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    Ramalingam, Murugan; Young, Marian F; Thomas, Vinoy; Sun, Limin; Chow, Laurence C; Tison, Christopher K; Chatterjee, Kaushik; Miles, William C; Simon, Carl G

    2013-02-01

    We have designed a 2-spinnerette device that can directly electrospin nanofiber scaffolds containing a gradient in composition that can be used to engineer interfacial tissues such as ligament and tendon. Two types of nanofibers are simultaneously electrospun in an overlapping pattern to create a nonwoven mat of nanofibers containing a composition gradient. The approach is an advance over previous methods due to its versatility - gradients can be formed from any materials that can be electrospun. A dye was used to characterize the 2-spinnerette approach and applicability to tissue engineering was demonstrated by fabricating nanofibers with gradients in amorphous calcium phosphate nanoparticles (nACP). Adhesion and proliferation of osteogenic cells (MC3T3-E1 murine pre-osteoblasts) on gradients was enhanced on the regions of the gradients that contained higher nACP content yielding a graded osteoblast response. Since increases in soluble calcium and phosphate ions stimulate osteoblast function, we measured their release and observed significant release from nanofibers containing nACP. The nanofiber-nACP gradients fabricated herein can be applied to generate tissues with osteoblast gradients such as ligaments or tendons. In conclusion, these results introduce a versatile approach for fabricating nanofiber gradients that can have application for engineering graded tissues. PMID:22286209

  4. Nanofiber Scaffold Gradients for Interfacial Tissue Engineering

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    Ramalingam, Murugan; Young, Marian F.; Thomas, Vinoy; Sun, Limin; Chow, Laurence C.; Tison, Christopher K.; Chatterjee, Kaushik; Miles, William C.; Simon, Carl G.

    2012-01-01

    We have designed a 2-spinnerette device that can directly electrospin nanofiber scaffolds containing a gradient in composition that can be used to engineer interfacial tissues such as ligament and tendon. Two types of nanofibers are simultaneously electrospun in an overlapping pattern to create a nonwoven mat of nanofibers containing a composition gradient. The approach is an advance over previous methods due to its versatility - gradients can be formed from any materials that can be electrospun. A dye was used to characterize the 2-spinnerette approach and applicability to tissue engineering was demonstrated by fabricating nanofibers with gradients in amorphous calcium phosphate nanoparticles (nACP). Adhesion and proliferation of osteogenic cells (MC3T3-E1 murine pre-osteoblasts) on gradients was enhanced on the regions of the gradients that contained higher nACP content yielding a graded osteoblast response. Since increases in soluble calcium and phosphate ions stimulate osteoblast function, we measured their release and observed significant release from nanofibers containing nACP. The nanofiber-nACP gradients fabricated herein can be applied to generate tissues with osteoblast gradients such as ligaments or tendons. In conclusion, these results introduce a versatile approach for fabricating nanofiber gradients that can have application for engineering graded tissues. PMID:22286209

  5. Continuous spray forming of functionally gradient materials

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    McKechnie, T.N.; Richardson, E.H.; Watson, R.D.

    1995-12-31

    Researchers at Plasma Processes Inc. have produced a Functional Gradient Material (FGM) through advanced vacuum plasma spray processing for high heat flux applications. Outlined in this paper are the manufacturing methods used to develop a four component functional gradient material of copper, tungsten, boron, and boron nitride. The FGM was formed with continuous gradients and integral cooling channels eliminating bondlines and providing direct heat transfer from the high temperature exposed surface to a cooling medium. Metallurgical and X-ray diffraction analyses of the materials formed through innovative VPS processing are also presented. Applications for this functional gradient structural material range from fusion reactor plasma facing components to missile nose cones to boilers.

  6. A gradient catastrophe when changing phase

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    A. A. Durmagambetov

    2015-10-25

    The paper describes the mechanism of occurrence of a gradient catastrophe when changing phase. Materials shows that classical methods of estimation theory of functions do not fit the problem of studying the gradient catastrophe. We present material showing that the embedding theorem can not give an opportunity to study the process of a gradient catastrophe. In fact, work justifies pessimism Terence Tao in the insolvency of modern mathematics to solve the problem of the Navier-Stokes equations. It is suggested an alternative method for studying the gradient catastrophe through the study of the Fourier transform function through special properties phases of the Fourier transform of this function.

  7. Spatial Data Supply Chains

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    Varadharajulu, P.; Azeem Saqiq, M.; Yu, F.; McMeekin, D. A.; West, G.; Arnold, L.; Moncrieff, S.

    2015-06-01

    This paper describes current research into the supply of spatial data to the end user in as close to real time as possible via the World Wide Web. The Spatial Data Infrastructure paradigm has been discussed since the early 1990s. The concept has evolved significantly since then but has almost always examined data from the perspective of the supplier. It has been a supplier driven focus rather than a user driven focus. The current research being conducted is making a paradigm shift and looking at the supply of spatial data as a supply chain, similar to a manufacturing supply chain in which users play a significant part. A comprehensive consultation process took place within Australia and New Zealand incorporating a large number of stakeholders. Three research projects that have arisen from this consultation process are examining Spatial Data Supply Chains within Australia and New Zealand and are discussed within this paper.

  8. Chain inflation revisited

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    Chialva, Diego; Danielsson, Ulf H E-mail: ulf.danielsson@fysast.uu.se

    2008-10-15

    This paper represents an in-depth treatment of the chain inflation scenario. We fully determine the evolution of the universe in the model, the conditions necessary in order to have a successful inflationary period, and the matching with the observational results regarding the cosmological perturbations. We study in great detail, and in general, the dynamics of the background, as well as the mechanism of generation of the perturbations. We also find an explicit formula for the spectrum of adiabatic perturbations. Our results prove that chain inflation is a viable model for solving the horizon, entropy and flatness problems of standard cosmology and for generating the right amount of adiabatic cosmological perturbations. The results are radically different from those found in previous works on the subject. Finally, we argue that there is a natural way to embed chain inflation into flux compactified string theory. We discuss the details of the implementation and how to fit observations.

  9. Solitons in Granular Chains

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    Manciu, M.; Sen, S.; Hurd, A.J.

    1999-04-12

    The authors consider a chain of elastic (Hertzian) grains that repel upon contact according to the potential V = a{delta}{sup u}, u > 2, where {delta} is the overlap between the grains. They present numerical and analytical results to show that an impulse initiated at an end of a chain of Hertzian grains in contact eventually propagates as a soliton for all n > 2 and that no solitons are possible for n {le} 2. Unlike continuous, they find that colliding solitons in discrete media initiative multiple weak solitons at the point of crossing.

  10. Infiltration of chitin by protein coacervates defines the squid beak mechanical gradient.

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    Tan, YerPeng; Hoon, Shawn; Guerette, Paul A; Wei, Wei; Ghadban, Ali; Hao, Cai; Miserez, Ali; Waite, J Herbert

    2015-07-01

    The beak of the jumbo squid Dosidicus gigas is a fascinating example of how seamlessly nature builds with mechanically mismatched materials. A 200-fold stiffness gradient begins in the hydrated chitin of the soft beak base and gradually increases to maximum stiffness in the dehydrated distal rostrum. Here, we combined RNA-Seq and proteomics to show that the beak contains two protein families. One family consists of chitin-binding proteins (DgCBPs) that physically join chitin chains, whereas the other family comprises highly modular histidine-rich proteins (DgHBPs). We propose that DgHBPs play multiple key roles during beak bioprocessing, first by forming concentrated coacervate solutions that diffuse into the DgCBP-chitin scaffold, and second by inducing crosslinking via an abundant GHG sequence motif. These processes generate spatially controlled desolvation, resulting in the impressive biomechanical gradient. Our findings provide novel molecular-scale strategies for designing functional gradient materials. PMID:26053298

  11. Phase Equilibria in Ternary Blends of Two Linear Homopolymers and A Ring Gradient Copolymer

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    Sun, Dachuan; Cho, Junhan

    2015-03-01

    Phase equilibria in a ternary blend of linear A/B homopolymers of equal sizes and a symmetric A-co-B ring gradient copolymer as an amphiphile with ? as the ratio of their chain sizes are investigated in the mean-field picture. The monomer sequence on the copolymer chain is taken as either a step gradient or a fully linear gradient, to which a gradient number ? = 0 or 1 is assigned, respectively. Along the isopleth of equal homopolymer amounts, the resultant phase diagrams for the blends are to be built from multicritical points such as Lifshitz or bulk tricritical point depending on ? and ?. The stabilization of lamellar mesophase or its equilibrium with A and B-rich bulk phases is accordingly controllable by the pair of ? and ?. This work was supported by the Basic Science Research Program (No. 2014023297) from National Research Foundation of Korea. The authors also acknowledge the support from the Center for Photofunctional Energy Materials, which is funded by Gyeonggi Regional Research Center Program (GRRCdankook2011-B01).

  12. Polymerase chain reaction system

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    Benett, William J.; Richards, James B.; Stratton, Paul L.; Hadley, Dean R.; Milanovich, Fred P.; Belgrader, Phil; Meyer, Peter L.

    2004-03-02

    A portable polymerase chain reaction DNA amplification and detection system includes one or more chamber modules. Each module supports a duplex assay of a biological sample. Each module has two parallel interrogation ports with a linear optical system. The system is capable of being handheld.

  13. Simplified Chain Inflation

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    Qing-Guo Huang

    2007-04-25

    We propose a simplified chain inflation model and calculate the primordial power spectra of the scalar and tensor fluctuations. The spectral index and the tensor-scalar ratio are respectively 0.972 and 0.089 which are consistent with present cosmological observations.

  14. Heavy Chain Diseases

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    ... cells often prevents proper absorption of nutrients from food (malabsorption), resulting in severe diarrhea and weight loss. A rare form that affects the respiratory tract also exists. Blood tests are done when alpha heavy chain disease is suspected. Serum protein electrophoresis, measurement of ...

  15. Atwood's Heavy Chain

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    Beeken, Paul

    2011-01-01

    While perusing various websites in search of a more challenging lab for my students, I came across a number of ideas where replacing the string in an Atwood's machine with a simple ball chain like the kind found in lamp pulls created an interesting system to investigate. The replacement of the string produced a nice nonuniform acceleration, but…

  16. Breaking the Chains

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    Stanistreet, Paul

    2007-01-01

    In 1792 more than 350,000 people in Britain signed a petition calling for an end to the slave trade. It was, writes historian Adam Hochschild in his book "Bury the Chains," "the first time in history that a large number of people became outraged, and stayed outraged for many years, over someone else's rights". In 1807--after 15 years of…

  17. INTERACTING QUANTUM SPIN CHAINS

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    ZHELUDEV,A.

    2001-09-09

    A brief review of recent advances in neutron scattering studies of low-dimensional quantum magnets is followed by a particular example. The separation of single-particle and continuum states in the weakly-coupled S = l/2 chains system BaCu{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} is described in some detail.

  18. Supply chain management.

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    Palevich, R F

    1999-02-01

    This article describes how Do It Best Corp. has used technology to improve its supply chain management. Among other topics it discusses the company's use of electronic data interchange, the Internet, electronic forecasting, and warehouse management systems to gain substantial savings and increase its competitiveness. PMID:10345634

  19. 40 CFR 230.25 - Salinity gradients.

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    2010-07-01

    ... Physical and Chemical Characteristics of the Aquatic Ecosystem § 230.25 Salinity gradients. (a) Salinity... fresh or salt water may change existing salinity gradients. For example, partial blocking of the... estuary below that which is considered normal can affect the location and type of mixing thereby...

  20. 40 CFR 230.25 - Salinity gradients.

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    2011-07-01

    ... Physical and Chemical Characteristics of the Aquatic Ecosystem § 230.25 Salinity gradients. (a) Salinity... fresh or salt water may change existing salinity gradients. For example, partial blocking of the... estuary below that which is considered normal can affect the location and type of mixing thereby...

  1. 40 CFR 230.25 - Salinity gradients.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... Physical and Chemical Characteristics of the Aquatic Ecosystem § 230.25 Salinity gradients. (a) Salinity... fresh or salt water may change existing salinity gradients. For example, partial blocking of the... estuary below that which is considered normal can affect the location and type of mixing thereby...

  2. 40 CFR 230.25 - Salinity gradients.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... Physical and Chemical Characteristics of the Aquatic Ecosystem § 230.25 Salinity gradients. (a) Salinity... fresh or salt water may change existing salinity gradients. For example, partial blocking of the... estuary below that which is considered normal can affect the location and type of mixing thereby...

  3. 40 CFR 230.25 - Salinity gradients.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... Physical and Chemical Characteristics of the Aquatic Ecosystem § 230.25 Salinity gradients. (a) Salinity... fresh or salt water may change existing salinity gradients. For example, partial blocking of the... estuary below that which is considered normal can affect the location and type of mixing thereby...

  4. A generalized gradient algorithm for dynamic optimization

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    Zhao, Yiyuan; Bryson, A. E.; Slattery, R.

    1989-01-01

    A gradient algorithm is developed that determines optimal trajectories with path equality constraints and terminal constraints. A generalized gradient is formed which improves both the performance index and the path equality constraints simultaneously. The algorithm is extended to treat terminal constraints by using Bryson's impulse response technique. The main features of this algorithm are its numerical stability and smooth convergence near the optimum.

  5. An Inexpensive Digital Gradient Controller for HPLC.

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    Brady, James E.; Carr, Peter W.

    1983-01-01

    Use of gradient elution techniques in high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is often essential for direct separation of complex mixtures. Since most commercial controllers have features that are of marginal value for instructional purposes, a low-cost controller capable of illustrating essential features of gradient elution was developed.…

  6. Microinstabilities in weak density gradient tokamak systems

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    Tang, W.M.; Rewoldt, G.; Chen, L.

    1986-04-01

    A prominent characteristic of auxiliary-heated tokamak discharges which exhibit improved (''H-mode type'') confinement properties is that their density profiles tend to be much flatter over most of the plasma radius. Depsite this favorable trend, it is emphasized here that, even in the limit of zero density gradient, low-frequency microinstabilities can persist due to the nonzero temperature gradient.

  7. Ant Colony Optimization and Stochastic Gradient Descent

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    Libre de Bruxelles, Université

    Ant Colony Optimization and Stochastic Gradient Descent Nicolas Meuleau Marco Dorigo IRIDIA@iridia.ulb.ac.be mdorigo@ulb.ac.be Keywords heuristic, ant system, ant colony optimization, combinatorial optimi- zation between the two techniques known as ant colony optimization (ACO) and stochastic gradient descent. More

  8. Calculation of exit gradients at drainage ditches

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    Seepage gradients play an important role in the detachment of soil particles from the side walls of stream channels and drainage ditches. Most seepage studies have focused on water losses. Relatively few have addressed the determination of these gradients as causes of soil loss and incipient gully d...

  9. Effects of magnetic field gradients on the aggregation dynamics of colloidal magnetic nanoparticles.

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    Heinrich, D; Goñi, A R; Osán, T M; Cerioni, L M C; Smessaert, A; Klapp, S H L; Faraudo, J; Pusiol, D J; Thomsen, C

    2015-09-23

    We have used low-field (1)H nuclear-magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and molecular dynamics (MD) to investigate the aggregation dynamics of magnetic particles in ionic ferrofluids (IFFs) in the presence of magnetic field gradients. At the beginning of the experiments, the measured NMR spectra were broad and asymmetric, exhibiting two features attributed to different dynamical environments of water protons, depending on the local strength of the field gradients. Hence, the spatial redistribution of the magnetic particles in the ferrofluid caused by the presence of an external magnetic field in a time scale of minutes can be monitored in real time, following the changes in the features of the NMR spectra during a period of about an hour. As previously reported [Heinrich et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 2011, 106, 208301], in the homogeneous magnetic field of a NMR spectrometer, the aggregation of the particles of the IFF proceeds in two stages. The first stage corresponds to the gradual aggregation of monomers prior to and during the formation of chain-like structures. The second stage proceeds after the chains have reached a critical average length, favoring lateral association of the strings into hexagonal zipped-chain superstructures or bundles. In this work, we focus on the influence of a strongly inhomogeneous magnetic field on the aforementioned aggregation dynamics. The main observation is that, as the sample is immersed in a certain magnetic field gradient and kept there for a time ?inh, magnetophoresis rapidly converts the ferrofluid into an aggregation state which finds its correspondence to a state on the evolution curve of the pristine sample in a homogeneous field. From the degree of aggregation reached at the time ?inh, the IFF sample just evolves thereafter in the homogeneous field of the NMR spectrometer in exactly the same way as the pristine sample. The final equilibrium state always consists of a colloidal suspension of zipped-chain bundles with the chain axes aligned along the magnetic field direction. PMID:26291429

  10. Approximate error conjugation gradient minimization methods

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    Kallman, Jeffrey S

    2013-05-21

    In one embodiment, a method includes selecting a subset of rays from a set of all rays to use in an error calculation for a constrained conjugate gradient minimization problem, calculating an approximate error using the subset of rays, and calculating a minimum in a conjugate gradient direction based on the approximate error. In another embodiment, a system includes a processor for executing logic, logic for selecting a subset of rays from a set of all rays to use in an error calculation for a constrained conjugate gradient minimization problem, logic for calculating an approximate error using the subset of rays, and logic for calculating a minimum in a conjugate gradient direction based on the approximate error. In other embodiments, computer program products, methods, and systems are described capable of using approximate error in constrained conjugate gradient minimization problems.

  11. Gradient-based MCMC samplers for dynamic causal modelling.

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    Sengupta, Biswa; Friston, Karl J; Penny, Will D

    2016-01-15

    In this technical note, we derive two MCMC (Markov chain Monte Carlo) samplers for dynamic causal models (DCMs). Specifically, we use (a) Hamiltonian MCMC (HMC-E) where sampling is simulated using Hamilton's equation of motion and (b) Langevin Monte Carlo algorithm (LMC-R and LMC-E) that simulates the Langevin diffusion of samples using gradients either on a Euclidean (E) or on a Riemannian (R) manifold. While LMC-R requires minimal tuning, the implementation of HMC-E is heavily dependent on its tuning parameters. These parameters are therefore optimised by learning a Gaussian process model of the time-normalised sample correlation matrix. This allows one to formulate an objective function that balances tuning parameter exploration and exploitation, furnishing an intervention-free inference scheme. Using neural mass models (NMMs)-a class of biophysically motivated DCMs-we find that HMC-E is statistically more efficient than LMC-R (with a Riemannian metric); yet both gradient-based samplers are far superior to the random walk Metropolis algorithm, which proves inadequate to steer away from dynamical instability. PMID:26213349

  12. High-gradient two-beam accelerator structure

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    Kazakov, S. Yu; Kuzikov, S. V.; Jiang, Y.; Hirshfield, J. L.

    2010-07-01

    A novel cavity structure is described that could be the basis for a two-beam, high-gradient, accelerator. Versions of the structure could be used for acceleration of beams of electrons, positrons, muons, protons, or heavier ions; with either electron or proton drive beams. The structure embodies cavities that are excited in several harmonically related eigenmodes, such that rf fields reach their peak values only during small portions of each basic rf period. This feature could help raise breakdown and pulse heating thresholds. The two-beam accelerator structure comprises chains of these cavities. In this configuration, no transfer elements are needed to couple rf energy from the drive beam to the accelerated beam, since both beams traverse the same cavities. Purposeful cavity detuning is used to provide much smaller deceleration for a high-current drive beam, than acceleration for a low-current accelerated beam, i.e., to provide a high transformer ratio. A self-consistent theory is presented to calculate idealized acceleration gradient, transformer ratio, and efficiency for energy transfer from the drive beam to the accelerated beam, for either parallel or antiparallel motion of the beams. The theory has been cast in dimensionless quantities so as to facilitate optimization with respect to efficiency, acceleration gradient, or transformer ratio, and to illuminate the interdependence of these parameters. Means for dramatically shortening the structure fill time are also described. However, no beam dynamics analysis is presented, so the range of parameters within which this new acceleration concept can be used will remain uncertain until it is established that stable beam transport along the structure using an appropriate focusing system is possible.

  13. Supply Chain Networks: Challenges and Opportunities

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    Nagurney, Anna

    Chain Networks #12;Examples of Supply Chains food and food products high tech products automotive energy chains in nature. Anna Nagurney Supply Chain Networks #12;Food Supply Chains Anna Nagurney Supply ChainSupply Chain Networks: Challenges and Opportunities from Analysis to Design Anna Nagurney Isenberg

  14. Supply Chain Networks: Challenges and Opportunities

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    Nagurney, Anna

    #12;A General Supply Chain Anna Nagurney Supply Chain Networks #12;Examples of Supply Chains food humanitarian relief healthcare supply chains. Anna Nagurney Supply Chain Networks #12;Food Supply Chains AnnaSupply Chain Networks: Challenges and Opportunities from Analysis to Design Anna Nagurney Isenberg

  15. Markov Chains for Sampling Matchings 

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    Matthews, James

    2008-01-01

    Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithms are often used to sample combinatorial structures such as matchings and independent sets in graphs. A Markov chain is defined whose state space includes the desired sample space, and ...

  16. Gradient composite materials for artificial intervertebral discs.

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    Migacz, Katarzyna; Ch?opek, Jan; Morawska-Chochó?, Anna; Ambroziak, Maciej

    2014-01-01

    Composites with the gradient of Young's modulus constitute a new group of biomimetic materials which affect the proper distribution of stresses between the implant and the bone. The aim of this article was to examine the mechanical properties of gradient materials based on carbon fibre-polysulfone composite, and to compare them to the properties of a natural intervertebral disc. Gradient properties were provided by different orientation or volume fraction of carbon fibres in particular layers of composites. The results obtained during in vitro tests displayed a good durability of the gradient materials put under long-term static load. However, the configuration based on a change in the volume fraction of the fibres seems more advantageous than the one based on a change of the fibres' orientation. The materials under study were designed to replace the intervertebral disc. The effect of Young's modulus of the material layers on the stress distribution between the tissue and the implant was analyzed and the biomimetic character of the gradient composites was stated. Unlike gradient materials, the pure polysulfone and the non-gradient composite resulted in the stress concentration in the region of nucleus pulposus, which is highly disadvantageous and does not occur in the stress distribution of natural intervertebral discs. PMID:25306938

  17. BIOMIMETIC GRADIENT HYDROGELS FOR TISSUE ENGINEERING

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    Sant, Shilpa; Hancock, Matthew J.; Donnelly, Joseph P.; Iyer, Dharini; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2011-01-01

    During tissue morphogenesis and homeostasis, cells experience various signals in their environments, including gradients of physical and chemical cues. Spatial and temporal gradients regulate various cell behaviours such as proliferation, migration, and differentiation during development, inflammation, wound healing, and cancer. One of the goals of functional tissue engineering is to create microenvironments that mimic the cellular and tissue complexity found in vivo by incorporating physical, chemical, temporal, and spatial gradients within engineered three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds. Hydrogels are ideal materials for 3D tissue scaffolds that mimic the extracellular matrix (ECM). Various techniques from material science, microscale engineering, and microfluidics are used to synthesise biomimetic hydrogels with encapsulated cells and tailored microenvironments. In particular, a host of methods exist to incorporate micrometer to centimetre scale chemical and physical gradients within hydrogels to mimic the cellular cues found in vivo. In this review, we draw on specific biological examples to motivate hydrogel gradients as tools for studying cell–material interactions. We provide a brief overview of techniques to generate gradient hydrogels and showcase their use to study particular cell behaviours in two-dimensional (2D) and 3D environments. We conclude by summarizing the current and future trends in gradient hydrogels and cell–material interactions in context with the long-term goals of tissue engineering. PMID:21874065

  18. ATLAS3D Stellar Population Gradients

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    Kuntschner, Harald

    2015-04-01

    We present stellar population gradients of early-type galaxies from the ATLAS3D survey: a complete, volume-limited multi-wavelength survey of 260 early-type galaxies in the local 42 Mpc volume. Using emission-corrected spectra integrated within elliptical annuli we measure line-strength indices and apply single stellar population (SSP) models to derive SSP-equivalent values of stellar age, metallicity, and alpha enhancement as function of radius. For all galaxies we derive basic linear stellar population gradients versus radius logR/Re). These gradients are examined on their own and versus three mass-sensitive parameters: K-band luminosity MK, velocity dispersion within one effective radius log ?e, and our dynamical mass MJAM. We find a correlation between positive age gradients (younger centre) and steeper negative metallicity gradients with a Spearman rank correlation coefficient of -0.46 and a significance of 7.65 × 10-15. Furthermore, we find a robustly estimated mean metallicity gradient of ?[Z/H] = -0.37 +/- 0.01 for the sample with a significant trend for more massive galaxies to have shallower profiles. While there is no clear distinction between fast and slow rotators or signs of environmental influence, we do detect a significantly larger range of [Z/H]-gradients towards low mass galaxies.

  19. Chemically grafted carbon nanotube surface coverage gradients.

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    Shearer, Cameron J; Ellis, Amanda V; Shapter, Joseph G; Voelcker, Nicolas H

    2010-12-01

    Two approaches to producing gradients of vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) on silicon surfaces by chemical grafting are presented here. The first approach involves the use of a porous silicon (pSi) substrate featuring a pore size gradient, which is functionalized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES). Carboxylated SWCNTs are then immobilized on the topography gradient via carbodiimide coupling. Our results show that as the pSi pore size and porosity increase across the substrate the SWCNT coverage decreases concurrently. In contrast, the second gradient is an amine-functionality gradient produced by means of vapor-phase diffusion of APTES from a reservoir onto a silicon wafer where APTES attachment changes as a function of distance from the APTES reservoir. Carboxylated SWCNTs are then immobilized via carbodiimide coupling to the amine-terminated silicon gradient. Our observations confirm that with decreasing APTES density on the surface the coverage of the attached SWCNTs also decreases. These gradient platforms pave the way for the time-efficient optimization of SWCNT coverage for applications ranging from field emission to water filtration to drug delivery. PMID:20977243

  20. Flow field thermal gradient gas chromatography.

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    Boeker, Peter; Leppert, Jan

    2015-09-01

    Negative temperature gradients along the gas chromatographic separation column can maximize the separation capabilities for gas chromatography by peak focusing and also lead to lower elution temperatures. Unfortunately, so far a smooth thermal gradient over a several meters long separation column could only be realized by costly and complicated manual setups. Here we describe a simple, yet flexible method for the generation of negative thermal gradients using standard and easily exchangeable separation columns. The measurements made with a first prototype reveal promising new properties of the optimized separation process. The negative thermal gradient and the superposition of temperature programming result in a quasi-parallel separation of components each moving simultaneously near their lowered specific equilibrium temperatures through the column. Therefore, this gradient separation process is better suited for thermally labile molecules such as explosives and natural or aroma components. High-temperature GC methods also benefit from reduced elution temperatures. Even for short columns very high peak capacities can be obtained. In addition, the gradient separation is particularly beneficial for very fast separations below 1 min overall retention time. Very fast measurements of explosives prove the benefits of using negative thermal gradients. The new concept can greatly reduce the cycle time of high-resolution gas chromatography and can be integrated into hyphenated or comprehensive gas chromatography setups. PMID:26235451

  1. MRI using radiofrequency magnetic field phase gradients.

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    Sharp, Jonathan C; King, Scott B

    2010-01-01

    Conventionally, MR images are formed by applying gradients to the main static magnetic field (B0). However, the B0 gradient equipment is expensive, power-hungry, complex, and noisy and can induce eddy currents in nearby conducting structures, including the patient. Here, we describe a new silent, B0 gradient-free MRI principle, Transmit Array Spatial Encoding (TRASE), based on phase gradients of the radio-frequency (RF) field. RF phase gradients offer a new method of k-space traversal. Echo trains using at least two different RF phase gradients allow spin phase to accumulate, causing k-space traversal. Two such RF fields provide one-dimensional imaging and three are sufficient for two-dimensional imaging. Since TRASE is a k-space method, analogues of many conventional pulse sequences are possible. Experimental results demonstrate one-dimensional and two-dimensional RF MRI and slice selection using a single-channel, transmit/receive, 0.2 T, permanent magnet, human MR system. The experimentally demonstrated spatial resolution is much higher than that provided by RF receive coil array sensitivity encoding alone but lower than generally achievable with B0 gradients. Potential applications are those in which one or more of the features of simplified equipment, lower costs, silent MRI, or the different physics of the image formation process are particularly advantageous. PMID:19918899

  2. Requirements of supply chain management in differentiating European pork chains.

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    Trienekens, Jacques; Wognum, Nel

    2013-11-01

    This paper summarizes results obtained by research into pork chain management in the EU Integrated Project Q-Porkchains. Changing demands for intrinsic and extrinsic quality attributes of pork products impact the way supply chain management should be organized from the farmer down to the consumer. The paper shows the importance of Quality Management Systems for integrating supply chains and enhancing consumer confidence. The paper also presents innovations in information system integration for aligning information exchange in the supply chain and logistics concepts based on innovative measurement technologies at the slaughterhouse stage. In the final section research challenges towards sustainable pork supply chains satisfying current consumer demands are presented. PMID:23611335

  3. Safe Chain Saw Operation. 

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    Nelson, Gary S.

    1982-01-01

    and handling characteristics. Keep Zerle L. Carpenter, Director College Station The Texas A&M University System J unnecessary helpers or bystanders away from saw operations. Cut small logs supported off the ground so the chain will not strike... obstacles. Always carry the saw, whether it is idling or stopped, with the muffler away from your body. Be aware of helpers or bystanders. Making a Cut When making a cut, hold the saw securely with both hands. Make sure your thumbs and fingers...

  4. Topic Chains in Chinese Discourse

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    Li, Wendan

    2004-01-01

    The topic chain is a frequently used structure in Chinese. In this article, its structural characteristics and its use in written narrative text are examined. Three major claims are made: (a) The topic of a chain does not have to overtly occur in the chain-initial clause as commonly believed; (b) depending on the context, a zero noun phrase (NP)…

  5. Folding of polyglutamine chains

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    Chopra, Manan; Reddy, Allam S.; Abbott, N. L.; de Pablo, J. J.

    2008-10-01

    Long polyglutamine chains have been associated with a number of neurodegenerative diseases. These include Huntington's disease, where expanded polyglutamine (PolyQ) sequences longer than 36 residues are correlated with the onset of symptoms. In this paper we study the folding pathway of a 54-residue PolyQ chain into a ?-helical structure. Transition path sampling Monte Carlo simulations are used to generate unbiased reactive pathways between unfolded configurations and the folded ?-helical structure of the polyglutamine chain. The folding process is examined in both explicit water and an implicit solvent. Both models reveal that the formation of a few critical contacts is necessary and sufficient for the molecule to fold. Once the primary contacts are formed, the fate of the protein is sealed and it is largely committed to fold. We find that, consistent with emerging hypotheses about PolyQ aggregation, a stable ?-helical structure could serve as the nucleus for subsequent polymerization of amyloid fibrils. Our results indicate that PolyQ sequences shorter than 36 residues cannot form that nucleus, and it is also shown that specific mutations inferred from an analysis of the simulated folding pathway exacerbate its stability.

  6. Algorithm for Image Retrieval Based on Edge Gradient Orientation Statistical Code

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    Zeng, Jiexian; Zhao, Yonggang; Li, Weiye

    2014-01-01

    Image edge gradient direction not only contains important information of the shape, but also has a simple, lower complexity characteristic. Considering that the edge gradient direction histograms and edge direction autocorrelogram do not have the rotation invariance, we put forward the image retrieval algorithm which is based on edge gradient orientation statistical code (hereinafter referred to as EGOSC) by sharing the application of the statistics method in the edge direction of the chain code in eight neighborhoods to the statistics of the edge gradient direction. Firstly, we construct the n-direction vector and make maximal summation restriction on EGOSC to make sure this algorithm is invariable for rotation effectively. Then, we use Euclidean distance of edge gradient direction entropy to measure shape similarity, so that this method is not sensitive to scaling, color, and illumination change. The experimental results and the algorithm analysis demonstrate that the algorithm can be used for content-based image retrieval and has good retrieval results. PMID:24892074

  7. Microbatch macromolecular crystallization on a thermal gradient

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    Luft, Joseph R.; Rak, Dawn M.; DeTitta, George T.

    1999-01-01

    We can exploit the temperature dependence of protein solubility in a blind search for optimal crystallization conditions by conducting experiments on thermal gradients. A microbatch technique coupled with a specially constructed thermal gradient allows us to conduct polythermal experiments over the range 6-30°C using as little as 7 ?l of solution. The crystallization vessel is a micropipette commonly used in blood testing labs. As many as 150 simultaneous experiments can be conducted on a gradient machined out of a 200×250×25 mm aluminium plate.

  8. Measurement of thermodynamics using gradient flow

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    Masakiyo Kitazawa; Masayuki Asakawa; Tetsuo Hatsuda; Takumi Iritani; Etsuko Itou; Hiroshi Suzuki

    2014-12-15

    We analyze bulk thermodynamics and correlation functions of the energy-momentum tensor in pure Yang-Mills gauge theory using the energy-momentum tensor defined by the gradient flow and small flow time expansion. Our results on thermodynamic observables are consistent with those obtained by the conventional integral method. The analysis of the correlation function of total energy supports the energy conservation. It is also addressed that these analyses with gradient flow require less statistics compared with the previous methods. All these results suggest that the energy-momentum tensor can be successfully defined and observed on the lattice with moderate numerical costs with the gradient flow.

  9. Sound beam manipulation based on temperature gradients

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    Qian, Feng; Quan, Li; Liu, Xiaozhou; Gong, Xiufen

    2015-10-01

    Previous research with temperature gradients has shown the feasibility of controlling airborne sound propagation. Here, we present a temperature gradients based airborne sound manipulation schemes: a cylindrical acoustic omnidirectional absorber (AOA). The proposed AOA has high absorption performance which can almost completely absorb the incident wave. Geometric acoustics is used to obtain the refractive index distributions with different radii, which is then utilized to deduce the desired temperature gradients. Since resonant units are not applied in the scheme, its working bandwidth is expected to be broadband. The scheme is temperature-tuned and easy to realize, which is of potential interest to fields such as noise control or acoustic cloaking.

  10. Medical image registration by combining global and local information: a chain-type diffeomorphic demons algorithm

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    Liu, Xiaozheng; Yuan, Zhenming; Zhu, Junming; Xu, Dongrong

    2013-12-01

    The demons algorithm is a popular algorithm for non-rigid image registration because of its computational efficiency and simple implementation. The deformation forces of the classic demons algorithm were derived from image gradients by considering the deformation to decrease the intensity dissimilarity between images. However, the methods using the difference of image intensity for medical image registration are easily affected by image artifacts, such as image noise, non-uniform imaging and partial volume effects. The gradient magnitude image is constructed from the local information of an image, so the difference in a gradient magnitude image can be regarded as more reliable and robust for these artifacts. Then, registering medical images by considering the differences in both image intensity and gradient magnitude is a straightforward selection. In this paper, based on a diffeomorphic demons algorithm, we propose a chain-type diffeomorphic demons algorithm by combining the differences in both image intensity and gradient magnitude for medical image registration. Previous work had shown that the classic demons algorithm can be considered as an approximation of a second order gradient descent on the sum of the squared intensity differences. By optimizing the new dissimilarity criteria, we also present a set of new demons forces which were derived from the gradients of the image and gradient magnitude image. We show that, in controlled experiments, this advantage is confirmed, and yields a fast convergence.

  11. Translocation of a Polymer Chain across a Nanopore: A Brownian Dynamics Simulation Study

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    Tian, Pu; Smith, Grant D.

    2003-01-01

    We carried out Brownian dynamics simulation studies of the translocation of single polymer chains across a nanosized pore under the driving of an applied field (chemical potential gradient). The translocation process can be either dominated by the entropic barrier resulted from restricted motion of flexible polymer chains or by applied forces (or chemical gradient across the wall), we focused on the latter case in our studies. Calculation of radius of gyrations at the two opposite sides of the wall shows that the polymer chains are not in equilibrium during the translocation process. Despite this fact, our results show that the one-dimensional diffusion and the nucleation model provide an excellent description of the dependence of average translocation time on the chemical potential gradients, the polymer chain length and the solvent viscosity. In good agreement with experimental results and theoretical predictions, the translocation time distribution of our simple model shows strong non-Gaussian characteristics. It is observed that even for this simple tubelike pore geometry, more than one peak of translocation time distribution can be generated for proper pore diameter and applied field strengths. Both repulsive Weeks-Chandler-Anderson and attractive Lennard-Jones polymer-nanopore interaction were studied, attraction facilitates the translocation process by shortening the total translocation time and dramatically improve the capturing of polymer chain. The width of the translocation time distribution was found to decrease with increasing temperature, increasing field strength, and decreasing pore diameter.

  12. 40 CFR 230.25 - Salinity gradients.

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    2012-07-01

    ... OCEAN DUMPING SECTION 404(b)(1) GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFICATION OF DISPOSAL SITES FOR DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL Potential Impacts on Physical and Chemical Characteristics of the Aquatic Ecosystem § 230.25 Salinity gradients. (a)...

  13. 40 CFR 230.25 - Salinity gradients.

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    2014-07-01

    ... OCEAN DUMPING SECTION 404(b)(1) GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFICATION OF DISPOSAL SITES FOR DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL Potential Impacts on Physical and Chemical Characteristics of the Aquatic Ecosystem § 230.25 Salinity gradients. (a)...

  14. 40 CFR 230.25 - Salinity gradients.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... OCEAN DUMPING SECTION 404(b)(1) GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFICATION OF DISPOSAL SITES FOR DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL Potential Impacts on Physical and Chemical Characteristics of the Aquatic Ecosystem § 230.25 Salinity gradients. (a)...

  15. Coreless Concept for High Gradient Induction Cell

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    Krasnykh, Anatoly; /SLAC

    2008-01-07

    An induction linac cell for a high gradient is discussed. The proposed solid state coreless approach for the induction linac topology (SLIM{reg_sign}) is based on nanosecond mode operation. This mode may have an acceleration gradient comparable with gradients of rf- accelerator structures. The discussed induction system has the high electric efficiency. The key elements are a solid state semiconductor switch and a high electric density dielectric with a thin section length. The energy in the induction system is storied in the magnetic field. The nanosecond current break-up produces the high voltage. The induced voltage is used for acceleration. This manner of an operation allows the use of low voltage elements in the booster part and achieves a high accelerating gradient. The proposed topology was tested in POP (proof of principle) experiments.

  16. Continuous spray forming of functionally gradient materials

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    McKechnie, T.N.; Richardson, E.H.

    1995-12-01

    Researchers at Plasma Processes Inc. have produced a Functional Gradient Material (FGM) through advanced vacuum plasma spray processing for high heat flux applications. Outlined in this paper are the manufacturing methods used to develop a four component functional gradient material of copper, tungsten, boron, and boron nitride. The FGM was formed with continuous gradients and integral cooling channels eliminating bondlines and providing direct heat transfer from the high temperature exposed surface to a cooling medium. Metallurgical and x-ray diffraction analyses of the materials formed through innovative VPS (vacuum plasma spray) processing are also presented. Applications for this functional gradient structural material range from fusion reactor plasma facing components to missile nose cones to boilers.

  17. The generalized regression model for utilization gradients 

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    Derry, Julian F

    2006-07-21

    This document contains a table which is a reworking of Table 1.3 in Derry (2004). The table has been corrected and extended to include further examples of applying the generalized piosphere model to utilization gradients which are typically...

  18. GOCE gravity gradient data for lithospheric modeling

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    Bouman, Johannes; Ebbing, Jörg; Meekes, Sjef; Abdul Fattah, Rader; Fuchs, Martin; Gradmann, Sofie; Haagmans, Roger; Lieb, Verena; Schmidt, Michael; Dettmering, Denise; Bosch, Wolfgang

    2015-03-01

    The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) is the European Space Agency's (ESA) satellite gravity mission to determine the Earth's mean gravity field. GOCE delivers gravity gradients, a new type of satellite data. We study how these data can improve modeling of the Earth's lithosphere. We discuss the use of the original GOCE gravity gradients versus the use of gravity gradients in grids at satellite altitude or close the Earth's surface and conclude that grids are easier to handle than the original data because one does not have to deal with very different error characteristics of the different gradients, given in a rotating frame at varying heights. The downward continuation to the surface enhances signal and better reflects the near-surface geology. But this does not outweigh the amplification of noise and omission errors, which is why we recommend using the field at mean satellite altitude for lithospheric modeling. The North-East Atlantic region is ideal to analyze the additional value of GOCE gravity gradients because it is a well-studied region in terms of regional geophysics. We calculated the gradient sensitivity for crustal depth slices using a 3D lithospheric model. This reveals that especially interfaces with large density contrasts have a distinct signal in the gravity gradients, but that they are quite insensitive to intra-crustal density sources, which can have quite a large effect on surface gravity data. We also show that the satellite gradients have a depth sensitivity well suited to study the upper mantle density structure, making them complementary to gravity and seismic tomography. In the underexplored Rub'al-Khali area the GOCE vertical gradient was used to invert for crustal thickness. The updated Moho model gives a good fit to four of the six gradients and independent depths from seismic stations. The Moho model was used to update the heat flow model and source rock maturity maps, which are generally consistent with known source rock maturity trends in the surrounding regions. GOCE gradients are therefore useful to map crustal thickness and deep regional structures for frontier areas. In combination with other data, heat flow can be modeled which is essential for basin maturity evaluation.

  19. Ultimate gradient in solid-state accelerators

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    Whittum, D.H.

    1999-07-01

    We recall the motivation for research in high-gradient acceleration and the problems posed by a compact collider. We summarize the phenomena known to appear in operation of a solid-state structure with large fields, and research relevant to the question of the ultimate gradient. We take note of new concepts, and examine one in detail, a miniature particle accelerator based on an active millimeter-wave circuit and parallel particle beams. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  20. Ultimate gradient in solid-state accelerators

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    Whittum, David H.

    1999-07-12

    We recall the motivation for research in high-gradient acceleration and the problems posed by a compact collider. We summarize the phenomena known to appear in operation of a solid-state structure with large fields, and research relevant to the question of the ultimate gradient. We take note of new concepts, and examine one in detail, a miniature particle accelerator based on an active millimeter-wave circuit and parallel particle beams.

  1. Ultimate gradient in solid-state accelerators

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    Whittum, D.H.

    1998-08-01

    The authors recall the motivation for research in high-gradient acceleration and the problems posed by a compact collider. They summarize the phenomena known to appear in operation of a solid-state structure with large fields, and research relevant to the question of the ultimate gradient. They take note of new concepts, and examine one in detail, a miniature particle accelerator based on an active millimeter-wave circuit and parallel particle beams.

  2. Salinity gradient power: utilizing vapor pressure differences.

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    Olsson, M; Wick, G L; Isaacs, J D

    1979-10-26

    By utilizing the vapor pressure difference between high-salinity and lowsalinity wvater, one can obtain power from the gradients of salinity. This scheme eliminates the major problems associated with conversion methods in which membranes are used. The method we tested gave higher conversion efficiencies than membrane methods. Furthermore, hardware and techniques being developed for ocean thermal energy conversion may be applied to this approach to salinity gradient energy conversion. PMID:17809370

  3. Sound focusing by gradient index sonic lenses

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    Alfonso Climente; Daniel Torrent; Jose Sanchez-Dehesa

    2010-06-14

    Gradient index sonic lenses based on two-dimensional sonic crystals are here designed, fabricated and characterized. The index-gradient is achieved in these type of flat lenses by a gradual modification of the sonic crystal filling fraction along the direction perpendicular to the lens axis. The focusing performance is well described by an analytical model based on ray theory as well as by numerical simulations based on the multiple-scattering theory.

  4. Nucleation modes in sharp concentration gradients

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    Hodaj, F.; Desre, P.J.

    1998-12-31

    Reaction kinetics in bimetallic multilayers have demonstrated that sharp unidirectional concentration gradient, which develop as interdiffusion proceeds at the interface are able to delay or to suppress nucleation of intermetallics. It has been found that the existence of a critical gradient beyond which nucleation is inhibited is strongly dependent on the mechanism of formation of the embryo. A mechanism of nucleation under concentration gradient ({gradient}c) is proposed and treated on the basis of the Fokker-Planck equation for the distribution in the size space. The influence of the aspect ratio of the embryo on the critical concentration gradient is also studied. Due to the fluctuations of the embryo shape, it is shown that the minimization of the thermodynamic potential leading to the aspect ratio of the embryo is only significant beyond a certain value of the concentration gradient. Application is presented to the nucleation of the compound Ni{sub 10}Zr{sub 7} in an amorphous layer Ni-Zr.

  5. Pit Chain on Olympus

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    2004-01-01

    21 April 2004 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a chain of collapse pits on the lower northeast flank of the large martian volcano, Olympus Mons. For these to have formed, something in the subsurface must have been removed or changed volume, such as cooling lava within a subsurface lava tube or extension of the crust by faulting. These pits are located near 20.6oN, 129.4oW. The picture covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower left.

  6. Baby Skyrmion chains

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    D. J. Foster

    2009-04-24

    Previous results on multi-charged Baby Skyrmion solutions have pointed to a modular structure, comprised of charge two rings and single charge one Skyrmions, which combine to form higher charged structures. In this paper we present numerical evidence which shows an alternative finite chain, multi-charged global energy minimum Baby Skymion solution. We then proceed from the infinite plane, to Baby Skyrmions on a cylinder and then a torus, to obtain the solutions of periodic Baby Skyrmions, of which periodic segments will correspond to sections of large charge Baby Skyrmions in the plane.

  7. Musical Markov Chains

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    Volchenkov, Dima; Dawin, Jean René

    A system for using dice to compose music randomly is known as the musical dice game. The discrete time MIDI models of 804 pieces of classical music written by 29 composers have been encoded into the transition matrices and studied by Markov chains. Contrary to human languages, entropy dominates over redundancy, in the musical dice games based on the compositions of classical music. The maximum complexity is achieved on the blocks consisting of just a few notes (8 notes, for the musical dice games generated over Bach's compositions). First passage times to notes can be used to resolve tonality and feature a composer.

  8. Monte Carlo without chains

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    Chorin, Alexandre J.

    2007-12-12

    A sampling method for spin systems is presented. The spin lattice is written as the union of a nested sequence of sublattices, all but the last with conditionally independent spins, which are sampled in succession using their marginals. The marginals are computed concurrently by a fast algorithm; errors in the evaluation of the marginals are offset by weights. There are no Markov chains and each sample is independent of the previous ones; the cost of a sample is proportional to the number of spins (but the number of samples needed for good statistics may grow with array size). The examples include the Edwards-Anderson spin glass in three dimensions.

  9. Supply Chain Network Design Under Profit Maximization

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    Nagurney, Anna

    Chain Anna Nagurney Supply Chain Network Design Under Competition #12;Examples of Supply Chains food;Food Supply Chains Anna Nagurney Supply Chain Network Design Under Competition #12;High Tech ProductsSupply Chain Network Design Under Profit Maximization and Oligopolistic Competition Anna Nagurney

  10. Doping of Semiconducting Atomic Chains

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    Toshishige, Yamada; Kutler, Paul (Technical Monitor)

    1997-01-01

    Due to the rapid progress in atom manipulation technology, atomic chain electronics would not be a dream, where foreign atoms are placed on a substrate to form a chain, and its electronic properties are designed by controlling the lattice constant d. It has been shown theoretically that a Si atomic chain is metallic regardless of d and that a Mg atomic chain is semiconducting or insulating with a band gap modified with d. For electronic applications, it is essential to establish a method to dope a semiconducting chain, which is to control the Fermi energy position without altering the original band structure. If we replace some of the chain atoms with dopant atoms randomly, the electrons will see random potential along the chain and will be localized strongly in space (Anderson localization). However, if we replace periodically, although the electrons can spread over the chain, there will generally appear new bands and band gaps reflecting the new periodicity of dopant atoms. This will change the original band structure significantly. In order to overcome this dilemma, we may place a dopant atom beside the chain at every N lattice periods (N > 1). Because of the periodic arrangement of dopant atoms, we can avoid the unwanted Anderson localization. Moreover, since the dopant atoms do not constitute the chain, the overlap interaction between them is minimized, and the band structure modification can be made smallest. Some tight-binding results will be discussed to demonstrate the present idea.

  11. Cold response of digital arteries in chain saw operators

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    Olsen, N; Nielsen, S L; Voss, P

    1982-01-01

    ABSTRACT In a study of vibration-induced white finger (VWF) 39 chain saw operators, being representative of 365 lumberjacks according to a completed questionnaire, underwent clinical investigation. In a medical interview 13 of the 39 had VWF and 26 were without finger symptoms. In the subjects with VWF both hands were equally affected, the third and fourth finger most frequently; the thumbs were always normal. A cold provocation test, measuring the finger systolic blood pressure with a cuff technique during combined body cooling and finger cooling to 30, 15, and 6°C, was applied to the 39 chain saw operators and to 20 age-matched outdoor workers who had not used vibrating hand tools. The finger most often showing Raynaud's phenomenon was cold provoked, and a non-affected finger was used as a reference. The systolic pressure gradient measured at 30°C from the upper arm to the cooled finger was increased in the chain sawyers most severely affected by VWF compared with the control group and with the chain sawyers without VWF (p <0·02). Raynaud's phenomenon was verified by digital arterial closure (zero pressure in the finger) at 15 or 6°C in 12 of 13 chain sawyers having anamnestic and clinical evidence of VWF. Chain sawyers without VWF had an increased digital arterial response to cold at 15 and 6°C compared with the control group (p <0·05) and had a decreased cold response compared with chain sawyers with VWF (p <0·05). In chain sawyers without VWF 13 subjects with an exposure period of 10-23 years had an increased cold response at 6°C compared with 13 subjects with an exposure period of one to three years (p <0·05). Only one of 38 chain saws did not exceed the exposure limit proposed by the International Standardisation Organisation. The results of the present study indicate that vibrations induce hyperresponsiveness to cold in the exposed arteries, even in chain sawyers without finger symptoms. The exposure to vibration therefore should be reduced to eliminate this damage. The presented cold provocation test may be used to diagnose Raynaud's phenomenon and to disclose an abnormal digital arterial cold response before subjective symptoms have appeared. Images PMID:7066225

  12. Age and metallicity gradients in fossil ellipticals

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    Eigenthaler, P.; Zeilinger, W. W.

    2013-05-01

    Context. Fossil galaxy groups are speculated to be old and highly evolved systems of galaxies that formed early in the universe and had enough time to deplete their L? galaxies through successive mergers of member galaxies, building up one massive central elliptical, but retaining the group X-ray halo. Aims: Considering that fossils are the remnants of mergers in ordinary groups, the merger history of the progenitor group is expected to be imprinted in the fossil central galaxy (FCG). We present for the first time radial gradients of single-stellar population (SSP) ages and metallicites in a sample of FCGs to constrain their formation scenario. We also measure line-strength gradients for the strongest absorption features in these galaxies. Methods: We took deep spectra with the long-slit spectrograph ISIS at the William Herschel Telescope (WHT) for six FCGs. The obtained spectra are fit with Pegase HR SSP models within the full-spectrum fitting package ULySS yielding SSP ages and metallicities of the stellar populations. We measure radial gradients of SSP ages and metallicities along the major axes. Lick indices are measured for the strongest absorption features to determine line-strength gradients and compare with the full-spectrum fitting results. Results: Our sample comprises some of the most massive galaxies in the universe exhibiting an average central velocity dispersion of ?0 = 271 ± 28 km s-1. Metallicity gradients are throughout negative with comparatively flat slopes of ?[Fe/H] = -0.19 ± 0.08 while age gradients are found to be insignificant (?age = 0.00 ± 0.05). All FCGs lie on the fundamental plane, suggesting that they are virialised systems. We find that gradient strengths and central metallicities are similar to those found in cluster ellipticals of similar mass. Conclusions: The comparatively flat metallicity gradients with respect to those predicted by monolithic collapse (?Z = -0.5) suggest that fossils are indeed the result of multiple major mergers. Hence we conclude that fossils are not "failed groups" that formed with a top-heavy luminosity function. The low scatter of gradient slopes suggests a similar merging history for all galaxies in our sample. Figures 3 and 4 are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.orgReduced spectra are only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/553/A99

  13. Population Gradients in Stellar Halos from GHOSTS

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    Bailin, Jeremy; Monachesi, Antonela; Bell, Eric F.; de Jong, Roelof S.; Ghosts Survey

    2015-01-01

    We report on recent results from the Galaxy Halos, Outer disks, Substructure, Thick disks, and Star clusters (GHOSTS) survey, an HST ACS+WFC3 imaging survey to study stellar populations in and around 16 nearby spiral galaxies. By using HST resolution to resolve the stellar halos into individual red giant branch (RGB) stars, we are able to detect distinct stellar populations at several points throughout the halo of the half dozen massive highly-inclined galaxies in the sample. In approximately half of these galaxies, we detect a gradient in the color of the RGB; which we interpret as a metallicity gradient. Stellar halo formation models predict a wide variety of metallicity gradients: those in which the halos are dominated by stars formed in situ predict stronger gradients than we observe, while accretion-dominated halo models predict weaker or nonexistent gradients. Our measurements therefore provide a useful discriminator between stellar halo models, and at first look appear most consistent with the accretion-based model of Cooper et al. (2010).

  14. Polarisation effects in gradient nano-optics

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    Erokhin, N S; Shvartsburg, A B; Zueva, Yu M

    2013-09-30

    The spectra of reflection of s- and p-polarised waves from gradient nanocoatings at arbitrary angles of incidence are found within the framework of two exactly solvable models of such coatings. To use the detected spectra in the visible and IR ranges, for different frequencies and coating thicknesses we present the wave reflection coefficients as functions of dimensionless frequencies related to the refractive index gradient of the coating material. It is shown that reflection from the gradient coatings in question is an order of magnitude weaker than reflection from uniform coatings, other parameters of radiation and the reflection system being equal. We report a new exactly solvable model illustrating the specific effect of gradient film optics – the possibility of non-reflective propagation of an s-wave through such a film (an analogue of the Brewster effect). The prospects are shown for the use of gradient nanostructures with different refractive index profiles to fabricate broadband non-reflective coatings. (nanogradient dielectric coatings and metamaterials)

  15. Importance of Ionospheric Gradients for error Correction

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    Ravula, Ramprasad

    Importance of Ionospheric Gradients for error Correction R. Ram Prasad1, P.Nagasekhar2 1Sai Spurthi Institute of Technology-JNTU Hyderabad,2Sai Spurthi Institute of Technology-JNTU Hyderabad Email ID:rams.ravula@gmail.com In India, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has established with an objective to develop space technology and its application to various national tasks. To cater to the needs of civil aviation applications, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system is being jointly implemented along with Airports Authority of India (AAI) over the Indian region. The most predominant parameter affecting the navigation accuracy of GAGAN is ionospheric delay which is a function of total number of electrons present in one square meter cylindrical cross sectional area in the line of site direction between the satellite and the user on the earth i.e. Total Electron Content (TEC).The irregular distribution of electron densities i.e. rate of TEC variation, causes Ionospheric gradients such as spatial gradients (Expressed in TECu/km) and temporal gradients (Expressed in TECu /minute). Among the satellite signals arriving to the earth in multiple directions, the signals which suffer from severe ionospheric gradients can be estimated i.e. Rate of TEC Index (ROTI) and Rate of TEC (ROT). These aspects which contribute to errors can be treated for improving GAGAN positional accuracy.

  16. Gradient algorithm applied to laboratory quantum control

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    Roslund, Jonathan; Rabitz, Herschel

    2009-05-15

    The exploration of a quantum control landscape, which is the physical observable as a function of the control variables, is fundamental for understanding the ability to perform observable optimization in the laboratory. For high control variable dimensions, trajectory-based methods provide a means for performing such systematic explorations by exploiting the measured gradient of the observable with respect to the control variables. This paper presents a practical, robust, easily implemented statistical method for obtaining the gradient on a general quantum control landscape in the presence of noise. In order to demonstrate the method's utility, the experimentally measured gradient is utilized as input in steepest-ascent trajectories on the landscapes of three model quantum control problems: spectrally filtered and integrated second harmonic generation as well as excitation of atomic rubidium. The gradient algorithm achieves efficiency gains of up to approximately three times that of the standard genetic algorithm and, as such, is a promising tool for meeting quantum control optimization goals as well as landscape analyses. The landscape trajectories directed by the gradient should aid in the continued investigation and understanding of controlled quantum phenomena.

  17. Chains with Fractal Dispersion Law

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    Vasily E. Tarasov

    2008-04-03

    Chains with long-range interactions are considered. The interactions are defined such that each nth particle interacts only with chain particles with the numbers n+a(m) and n-a(m), where m=1,2,3,... and a(m) is an integer-valued function. Exponential type functions a(m)=b^m, where b=2,3,.., are discussed. The correspondent pseudodifferential equations of chain oscillations are obtained. Dispersion laws of the suggested chains are described by the Weierstrass and Weierstrass-Mandelbrot functions.

  18. Model of separation performance of bilinear gradients in scanning format counter-flow gradient electrofocusing techniques.

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    Shameli, Seyed Mostafa; Glawdel, Tomasz; Ren, Carolyn L

    2015-03-01

    Counter-flow gradient electrofocusing allows the simultaneous concentration and separation of analytes by generating a gradient in the total velocity of each analyte that is the sum of its electrophoretic velocity and the bulk counter-flow velocity. In the scanning format, the bulk counter-flow velocity is varying with time so that a number of analytes with large differences in electrophoretic mobility can be sequentially focused and passed by a single detection point. Studies have shown that nonlinear (such as a bilinear) velocity gradients along the separation channel can improve both peak capacity and separation resolution simultaneously, which cannot be realized by using a single linear gradient. Developing an effective separation system based on the scanning counter-flow nonlinear gradient electrofocusing technique usually requires extensive experimental and numerical efforts, which can be reduced significantly with the help of analytical models for design optimization and guiding experimental studies. Therefore, this study focuses on developing an analytical model to evaluate the separation performance of scanning counter-flow bilinear gradient electrofocusing methods. In particular, this model allows a bilinear gradient and a scanning rate to be optimized for the desired separation performance. The results based on this model indicate that any bilinear gradient provides a higher separation resolution (up to 100%) compared to the linear case. This model is validated by numerical studies. PMID:25308774

  19. NNSA TRITIUM SUPPLY CHAIN

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    Wyrick, Steven; Cordaro, Joseph; Founds, Nanette; Chambellan, Curtis

    2013-08-21

    Savannah River Site plays a critical role in the Tritium Production Supply Chain for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The entire process includes: • Production of Tritium Producing Burnable Absorber Rods (TPBARs) at the Westinghouse WesDyne Nuclear Fuels Plant in Columbia, South Carolina • Production of unobligated Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) at the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) in Portsmouth, Ohio • Irradiation of TPBARs with the LEU at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Watts Bar Reactor • Extraction of tritium from the irradiated TPBARs at the Tritium Extraction Facility (TEF) at Savannah River Site • Processing the tritium at the Savannah River Site, which includes removal of nonhydrogen species and separation of the hydrogen isotopes of protium, deuterium and tritium.

  20. Chain Dynamics in Magnetorheological Suspensions

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    Gast, A. P.; Furst, E. M.

    1999-01-01

    Magnetorheological (MR) suspensions are composed of colloidal particles which acquire dipole moments when subjected to an external magnetic field. At sufficient field strengths and concentrations, the dipolar particles rapidly aggregate to form long chains. Subsequent lateral cross-linking of the dipolar chains is responsible for a rapid liquid-to-solid-like rheological transition. The unique, magnetically-activated rheological properties of MR suspensions make them ideal for interfacing mechanical systems to electronic controls. Additionally, the ability to experimentally probe colloidal suspensions interacting through tunable anisotropic potentials is of fundamental interest. Our current experimental work has focused on understanding the fluctuations of dipolar chains. It has been proposed by Halsey and Toor (HT) that the strong Landau-Peierls thermal fluctuations of dipolar chains could be responsible for long-range attractions between chains. Such interactions will govern the long-time relaxation of MR suspensions. We have synthesized monodisperse neutrally buoyant MR suspensions by density matching stabilized ferrofluid emulsion droplets with D2O. This allows us to probe the dynamics of the dipolar chains using light scattering without gravitational, interfacial, and polydispersity effects to resolve the short-wavelength dynamics of the dipolar chains. We used diffusing wave spectroscopy to measure these dynamics. The particle displacements at short times that show an independence to the field strength, but at long times exhibit a constrained, sub-diffusive motion that slows as the dipole strength is increased. The experiments are in good qualitative agreement with Brownian dynamics simulations of dipolar chains. Although there have been several important and detailed studies of the structure and interactions in MR suspensions, there has not been conclusive evidence that supports or contradicts the HT model prediction that long-range interactions exist between fluctuating chains of dipolar particles. Resolving this issue would contribute greatly to the understanding of these interesting and important materials. We have begun to test the predictions of the HT model by both examining the dynamics of individual chains and by measuring the forces between dipolar chains directly to accurately and quantitatively assess the interactions that they experience. To do so, we employ optical trapping techniques and video-microscopy to manipulate and observe our samples on the microscopic level. With these techniques, it is possible to observe chains that are fluctuating freely in three-dimensions, independent of interfacial effects. More importantly, we are able to controllably observe the interactions of two chains at various separations to measure the force-distance profile. The techniques also allow us to study the mechanical properties of individual chains and chain clusters. Our work to this point has focused on reversibly-formed dipolar chains due to field induced dipoles where the combination of this chaining, the dipolar forces, and the hydrodynamic interactions that dictate the rheology of the suspensions. One can envision, however, many situations where optical, electronic, or rheological behavior may be optimized with magneto-responsive anisotropic particles. Chains of polarizable particles may have the best properties as they can coil and flex in the absence of a field and stiffen and orient when a field is applied. We have recently demonstrated a synthesis of stable, permanent paramagnetic chains by both covalently and physically linking paramagnetic colloidal particles. The method employed allows us to create monodisperse chains of controlled length. We observed the stability, field-alignment, and rigidity of this new class of materials. The chains may exhibit unique rheological properties in an applied magnetic field over isotropic suspensions of paramagnetic particles. They are also useful rheological models as bead-spring systems. These chains form the basis for our current experiments with optical traps.

  1. Dynamics of gradient formation by intracellular shuttling

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    Berezhkovskii, Alexander M.; Shvartsman, Stanislav Y.

    2015-08-01

    A number of important cellular functions rely on the formation of intracellular protein concentration gradients. Experimental studies discovered a number of mechanisms for the formation of such gradients. One of the mechanisms relies on the intracellular shuttling of a protein that interconverts between the two states with different diffusivities, under the action of two enzymes, one of which is localized to the plasma membrane, whereas the second is uniformly distributed in the cytoplasm. Recent work reported an analytical solution for the steady state gradient in this mechanism, obtained in the framework of a one-dimensional reaction-diffusion model. Here, we study the dynamics in this model and derive analytical expressions for the Laplace transforms of the time-dependent concentration profiles in terms of elementary transcendental functions. Inverting these transforms numerically, one can obtain time-dependent concentration profiles of the two forms of the protein.

  2. Shadowgraph Study of Gradient Driven Fluctuations

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    Cannell, David; Nikolaenko, Gennady; Giglio, Marzio; Vailati, Alberto; Croccolo, Fabrizio; Meyer, William

    2002-01-01

    A fluid or fluid mixture, subjected to a vertical temperature and/or concentration gradient in a gravitational field, exhibits greatly enhanced light scattering at small angles. This effect is caused by coupling between the vertical velocity fluctuations due to thermal energy and the vertically varying refractive index. Physically, small upward or downward moving regions will be displaced into fluid having a refractive index different from that of the moving region, thus giving rise to the enhanced scattering. The scattered intensity is predicted to vary with scattering wave vector q, as q(sup -4), for sufficiently large q, but the divergence is quenched by gravity at small q. In the absence of gravity, the long wavelength fluctuations responsible for the enhanced scattering are predicted to grow until limited by the sample dimensions. It is thus of interest to measure the mean-squared amplitude of such fluctuations in the microgravity environment for comparison with existing theory and ground based measurements. The relevant wave vectors are extremely small, making traditional low-angle light scattering difficult or impossible because of stray elastically scattered light generated by optical surfaces. An alternative technique is offered by the shadowgraph method, which is normally used to visualize fluid flows, but which can also serve as a quantitative tool to measure fluctuations. A somewhat novel shadowgraph apparatus and the necessary data analysis methods will be described. The apparatus uses a spatially coherent, but temporally incoherent, light source consisting of a super-luminescent diode coupled to a single-mode optical fiber in order to achieve extremely high spatial resolution, while avoiding effects caused by interference of light reflected from the various optical surfaces that are present when using laser sources. Results obtained for a critical mixture of aniline and cyclohexane subjected to a vertical temperature gradient will be presented. The sample was confined between two horizontal parallel sapphire plates with a vertical spacing of 1 mm. The temperatures of the sapphire plates were controlled by independent circulating water loops that used Peltier devices to add or remove heat from the room air as required. For a mixture with a temperature gradient, two effects are involved in generating the vertical refractive index gradient, namely thermal expansion and the Soret effect, which generates a concentration gradient in response to the applied temperature gradient. For the aniline/cyclohexane system, the denser component (aniline) migrates toward the colder surface. Consequently, when heating from above, both effects result in the sample density decreasing with altitude and are stabilizing in the sense that no convective motion occurs regardless of the magnitude of the applied temperature gradient. The Soret effect is strong near a binary liquid critical point, and thus the dominant effect is due to the induced concentration gradient. The results clearly show the divergence at low q and the predicted gravitational quenching. Results obtained for different applied temperature gradients at varying temperature differences from the critical temperature, clearly demonstrate the predicted divergence of the thermal diffusion ratio. Thus, the more closely the critical point is approached, the smaller becomes the temperature gradient required to generate the same signal. Two different methods have been used to generate pure concentration gradients. In the first, a sample cell was filled with a single fluid, ethylene glycol, and a denser miscible fluid, water, was added from below thus establishing a sharp interface to begin the experiment. As time went on the two fluids diffused into each other, and large amplitude fluctuations were clearly observed at low q. The effects of gravitational quenching were also evident. In the second method, the aniline/cyclohexane sample was used, and after applying a vertical temperature gradient for several hours, the top and bottom temperatures were set equal and the thermal

  3. Substrate curvature gradient drives rapid droplet motion.

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    Lv, Cunjing; Chen, Chao; Chuang, Yin-Chuan; Tseng, Fan-Gang; Yin, Yajun; Grey, Francois; Zheng, Quanshui

    2014-07-11

    Making small liquid droplets move spontaneously on solid surfaces is a key challenge in lab-on-chip and heat exchanger technologies. Here, we report that a substrate curvature gradient can accelerate micro- and nanodroplets to high speeds on both hydrophilic and hydrophobic substrates. Experiments for microscale water droplets on tapered surfaces show a maximum speed of 0.42??m/s, 2 orders of magnitude higher than with a wettability gradient. We show that the total free energy and driving force exerted on a droplet are determined by the substrate curvature and substrate curvature gradient, respectively. Using molecular dynamics simulations, we predict nanoscale droplets moving spontaneously at over 100??m/s on tapered surfaces. PMID:25062213

  4. Recovering gradients from sparsely observed functional data.

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    López-Pintado, Sara; McKeague, Ian W

    2013-06-01

    The recovery of gradients of sparsely observed functional data is a challenging ill-posed inverse problem. Given observations of smooth curves (e.g., growth curves) at isolated time points, the aim is to provide estimates of the underlying gradients (or growth velocities). To address this problem, we develop a Bayesian inversion approach that models the gradient in the gaps between the observation times by a tied-down Brownian motion, conditionally on its values at the observation times. The posterior mean and covariance kernel of the growth velocities are then found to have explicit and computationally tractable representations in terms of quadratic splines. The hyperparameters in the prior are specified via nonparametric empirical Bayes, with the prior precision matrix at the observation times estimated by constrained ?? minimization. The infinitessimal variance of the Brownian motion prior is selected by cross-validation. The approach is illustrated using both simulated and real data examples. PMID:23409753

  5. Motion Driven by Strain Gradient Fields

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    Wang, Chao; Chen, Shaohua

    2015-01-01

    A new driving mechanism for direction-controlled motion of nano-scale objects is proposed, based on a model of stretching a graphene strip linked to a rigid base with linear springs of identical stiffness. We find that the potential energy difference induced by the strain gradient field in the graphene strip substrate can generate sufficient force to overcome the static and kinetic friction forces between the nano-flake and the strip substrate, resulting in the nanoscale flake motion in the direction of gradient reduction. The dynamics of the nano-flake can be manipulated by tuning the stiffness of linear springs, stretching velocity and the flake size. This fundamental law of directional motion induced by strain gradient could be very useful for promising designs of nanoscale manipulation, transportation and smart surfaces. PMID:26323603

  6. Variable gradient permanent-magnet quadrupole lenses

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    O'Shea, P.G.; Zaugg, T.J.; Maggs, R.G.; Schafstall, P.; Dyson, J.E.

    1989-01-01

    Rare earth (RE) permanent-magnet quadrupoles (PMQs) have been used for many applications in particle accelerators. They have the advantage over electromagnets of being lightweight and reliable. One difficulty associated with PMQs is that the quadrupole gradient is not easily adjusted. Over a certain range, the magnetization of RE magnets is a reversible function of temperature. We have developed a scheme to use this property to make variable gradient PMQs. The field gradient changes required for tuning are typically on the order of a few percent. For many RE magnets, this requires temperature changes of a few tens of degrees centigrade and is accomplished by actively heating or cooling the quadrupoles. 8 refs., 7 figs.

  7. Vertical gradients of sunspot magnetic fields

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    Hagyard, M. J.; Teuber, D.; West, E. A.; Tandberg-Hanssen, E.; Henze, W., Jr.; Beckers, J. M.; Bruner, M.; Hyder, C. L.; Woodgate, B. E.

    1983-01-01

    The results of a Solar Maximum Mission (SMM) guest investigation to determine the vertical gradients of sunspot magnetic fields for the first time from coordinated observations of photospheric and transition-region fields are described. Descriptions are given of both the photospheric vector field of a sunspot, derived from observations using the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center vector magnetograph, and of the line-of-sight component in the transition region, obtained from the SMM Ultraviolet Spectrometer and Polarimeter instrument. On the basis of these data, vertical gradients of the line-of-sight magnetic field component are calculated using three methods. It is found that the vertical gradient of Bz is lower than values from previous studies and that the transition-region field occurs at a height of approximately 4000-6000 km above the photosphere.

  8. Motion Driven by Strain Gradient Fields

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    Wang, Chao; Chen, Shaohua

    2015-09-01

    A new driving mechanism for direction-controlled motion of nano-scale objects is proposed, based on a model of stretching a graphene strip linked to a rigid base with linear springs of identical stiffness. We find that the potential energy difference induced by the strain gradient field in the graphene strip substrate can generate sufficient force to overcome the static and kinetic friction forces between the nano-flake and the strip substrate, resulting in the nanoscale flake motion in the direction of gradient reduction. The dynamics of the nano-flake can be manipulated by tuning the stiffness of linear springs, stretching velocity and the flake size. This fundamental law of directional motion induced by strain gradient could be very useful for promising designs of nanoscale manipulation, transportation and smart surfaces.

  9. Relativistic klystrons for high-gradient accelerators

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    Westenskow, G.A.; Aalberts, D.P.; Boyd, J.K.; Deis, G.A.; Houck, T.L.; Orzechowski, T.J.; Ryne, R.D.; Yu, S.S. ); Allen, M.A.; Callin, R.S.; Deruyter, H.; Eppley, K.R.; Fant, K.S.; Fowkes, W.R.; Hoag, H.A.; Koontz, R.F.; Lavine, T.L.; Loew, G.A.; Miller, R.H.; Ruth, R.D.; Vlieks, A.E.; Wang, J.W. ); Haimson, J.; Mecklen

    1990-09-05

    Experimental work is being performed by collaborators at LLNL, SLAC, and LBL to investigate relativistic klystrons as a possible rf power source for future high-gradient accelerators. We have learned how to overcome or previously reported problem of high power rf pulse shortening and have achieved peak rf power levels of 330 MW using an 11.4-GHz high-gain tube with multiple output structures. In these experiments the rf pulse is of the same duration as the beam current pulse. In addition, experiments have been performed on two short sections of a high-gradient accelerator using the rf power from a relativistic klystron. An average accelerating gradient of 84 MV/m has been achieved with 80-MW of rf power.

  10. Ceramic transactions: Functionally gradient materials. Volume 34

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    Holt, J.B.; Koizumi, Mitsue; Hirai, Toshio; Munir, Z.A.

    1993-01-01

    A functionally gradient material (FGM) is a composite that smoothly transitions from one material at one surface to another material at the opposite surface. Metals and ceramics are usually the materials that are combined in a controlled manner to optimize a specific property. The First International Symposium on Functionally Gradient Materials was held in Sendai, Japan, in August 1990. Contained in the present volume are the Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Functionally Gradient Materials, presented at the Third International Ceramic Science and Technology Congress, held in San Francisco, CA, November 1-4, 1992. The papers presented here are divided into eight sections: the concept of FGM; mathematical modeling; methods of fabrication; material evaluation; applications; joining processes in FGM; process characterization; and design considerations. Separate abstracts are provided for each of the 54 papers.

  11. Recovering gradients from sparsely observed functional data

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    Lóez-Pintado, Sara; McKeague, Ian W.

    2013-01-01

    The recovery of gradients of sparsely observed functional data is a challenging ill-posed inverse problem. Given observations of smooth curves (e.g., growth curves) at isolated time points, the aim is to provide estimates of the underlying gradients (or growth velocities). To address this problem, we develop a Bayesian inversion approach that models the gradient in the gaps between the observation times by a tied-down Brownian motion, conditionally on its values at the observation times. The posterior mean and covariance kernel of the growth velocities are then found to have explicit and computationally tractable representations in terms of quadratic splines. The hyperparameters in the prior are specified via nonparametric empirical Bayes, with the prior precision matrix at the observation times estimated by constrained ?1 minimization. The infinitessimal variance of the Brownian motion prior is selected by cross-validation. The approach is illustrated using both simulated and real data examples. PMID:23409753

  12. Texturing of REBCO using temperature gradient.

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    Salama, K.; Athur, S. P.; Balachandran, U.; Energy Technology; Univ. of Houston

    2001-01-01

    Isothermal melt texturing is currently a well-established technique for manufacturing superconducting materials with high trapped magnetic field and levitation forces. For conductor applications, however, a temperature gradient needs to be employed in order to align the oriented domains with the a-b planes where the current will be flowing over long lengths. Melt-textured Y-123 bars of length 100 mm with Jc values of 70,000 A/cm2 at 77 K in self-field have been routinely manufactured by directional solidification. The presence of temperature gradient also lends itself to faster texturing rates. Recently, Ag-clad Yb-123 tapes made by the powder-in-tube process were successfully melt textured in the presence of a temperature gradient and controlled oxygen partial pressure. These tapes exhibit the potential to be an alternative to BSCCO tapes, for relatively high temperature and magnetic field applications.

  13. The effect of density gradients on hydrometers

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    Heinonen, Martti; Sillanpää, Sampo

    2003-05-01

    Hydrometers are simple but effective instruments for measuring the density of liquids. In this work, we studied the effect of non-uniform density of liquid on a hydrometer reading. The effect induced by vertical temperature gradients was investigated theoretically and experimentally. A method for compensating for the effect mathematically was developed and tested with experimental data obtained with the MIKES hydrometer calibration system. In the tests, the method was found reliable. However, the reliability depends on the available information on the hydrometer dimensions and density gradients.

  14. Gradient learning algorithms for ontology computing.

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    Gao, Wei; Zhu, Linli

    2014-01-01

    The gradient learning model has been raising great attention in view of its promising perspectives for applications in statistics, data dimensionality reducing, and other specific fields. In this paper, we raise a new gradient learning model for ontology similarity measuring and ontology mapping in multidividing setting. The sample error in this setting is given by virtue of the hypothesis space and the trick of ontology dividing operator. Finally, two experiments presented on plant and humanoid robotics field verify the efficiency of the new computation model for ontology similarity measure and ontology mapping applications in multidividing setting. PMID:25530752

  15. Gradient Learning Algorithms for Ontology Computing

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    Gao, Wei; Zhu, Linli

    2014-01-01

    The gradient learning model has been raising great attention in view of its promising perspectives for applications in statistics, data dimensionality reducing, and other specific fields. In this paper, we raise a new gradient learning model for ontology similarity measuring and ontology mapping in multidividing setting. The sample error in this setting is given by virtue of the hypothesis space and the trick of ontology dividing operator. Finally, two experiments presented on plant and humanoid robotics field verify the efficiency of the new computation model for ontology similarity measure and ontology mapping applications in multidividing setting. PMID:25530752

  16. Relativistic klystron research for high gradient accelerators

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    Allen, M.A.; Callin, R.S.; Deruyter, H.; Eppley, K.R.; Fowkes, W.R.; Herrmannsfeldt, W.B.; Higo, T.; Hoag, H.A.; Lavine, T.L.; Lee, T.G.

    1988-06-01

    Relativistic klystrons are being developed as a power source for high gradient accelerator applications which include large linear electron--positron colliders, compact accelerators, and FEL sources. We have attained 200MW peak power at 11.4 GHz from a relativistic klystron, and 140 MV/m longitudinal gradient in a short 11.4 GHz accelerator section. We report here on the design of our first klystrons, the results of our experiments so far, and some of our plans for the near future. 5 refs., 7 figs.

  17. 17 GHz High Gradient Accelerator Research

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    Temkin, Richard J.; Shapiro, Michael A.

    2013-07-10

    This is a report on the MIT High Gradient Accelerator Research program which has included: Operation of the 17 GHz, 25 MeV MIT/Haimson Research Corp. electron accelerator at MIT, the highest frequency, stand-alone accelerator in the world; collaboration with members of the US High Gradient Collaboration, including the design and test of novel structures at SLAC at 11.4 GHz; the design, construction and testing of photonic bandgap structures, including metallic and dielectric structures; the investigation of the wakefields in novel structures; and the training of the next generation of graduate students and postdoctoral associates in accelerator physics.

  18. High pressure liquid chromatographic gradient mixer

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    Daughton, Christian G. (San Pablo, CA); Sakaji, Richard H. (El Cerrito, CA)

    1985-01-01

    A gradient mixer which effects the continuous mixing of any two miscible solvents without excessive decay or dispersion of the resultant isocratic effluent or of a linear or exponential gradient. The two solvents are fed under low or high pressure by means of two high performance liquid chromatographic pumps. The mixer comprises a series of ultra-low dead volume stainless steel tubes and low dead volume chambers. The two solvent streams impinge head-on at high fluxes. This initial nonhomogeneous mixture is then passed through a chamber packed with spirally-wound wires which cause turbulent mixing thereby homogenizing the mixture with minimum "band-broadening".

  19. High-pressure liquid chromatographic gradient mixer

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    Daughton, C.G.; Sakaji, R.H.

    1982-09-08

    A gradient mixer effects the continuous mixing of any two miscible solvents without excessive decay or dispersion of the resultant isocratic effluent or of a linear or exponential gradient. The two solvents are fed under low or high pressure by means of two high performance liquid chromatographic pumps. The mixer comprises a series of ultra-low dead volume stainless steel tubes and low dead volume chambers. The two solvent streams impinge head-on at high fluxes. This initial nonhomogeneous mixture is then passed through a chamber packed with spirally-wound wires which cause turbulent mixing thereby homogenizing the mixture with minimum band-broadening.

  20. Short wavelength ion temperature gradient turbulence

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    Chowdhury, J.; Ganesh, R.; Brunner, S.; Lapillonne, X.; Villard, L.; Jenko, F.

    2012-10-15

    The ion temperature gradient (ITG) mode in the high wavenumber regime (k{sub y}{rho}{sub s}>1), referred to as short wavelength ion temperature gradient mode (SWITG) is studied using the nonlinear gyrokinetic electromagnetic code GENE. It is shown that, although the SWITG mode may be linearly more unstable than the standard long wavelength (k{sub y}{rho}{sub s}<1) ITG mode, nonlinearly its contribution to the total thermal ion heat transport is found to be low. We interpret this as resulting from an increased zonal flow shearing effect on the SWITG mode suppression.

  1. Gradient projection algorithm for relaxation methods

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    Mohammed, J.L.; Hummel, R.A.; Zucker, S.W.

    1983-05-01

    This paper examines a particular problem which arises when applying the method of gradient projection for solving constrained optimization and finite dimensional variational inequalities on the convex set formed by the convex hull of the standard basis unit vectors. The method is especially important for relaxation labeling techniques applied to problems in artificial intelligence. Zoutendijk's method for finding feasible directions, which is relatively complicated in general situations, yields a very simple finite algorithm for this problem. The authors present an extremely simple algorithm for performing the gradient projection and an independent verification of its correctness. 8 references.

  2. The “8-kD” Cytoplasmic Dynein Light Chain Is Required for Nuclear Migration and for Dynein Heavy Chain Localization in Aspergillus nidulans

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    Beckwith, Susan M.; Roghi, Christian H.; Liu, Bo; Ronald Morris, N.

    1998-01-01

    The heavy chain of cytoplasmic dynein is required for nuclear migration in Aspergillus nidulans and other fungi. Here we report on a new gene required for nuclear migration, nudG, which encodes a homologue of the “8-kD” cytoplasmic dynein light chain (CDLC). We demonstrate that the temperature sensitive nudG8 mutation inhibits nuclear migration and growth at restrictive temperature. This mutation also inhibits asexual and sexual sporulation, decreases the intracellular concentration of the nudG CDLC protein and causes the cytoplasmic dynein heavy chain to be absent from the mycelial tip, where it is normally located in wild-type mycelia. Coimmunoprecipitation experiments with antibodies against the cytoplasmic dynein heavy chain (CDHC) and the nudG CDLC demonstrated that some fraction of the cytoplasmic dynein light chain is in a protein complex with the CDHC. Sucrose gradient sedimentation analysis, however, showed that not all of the NUDG protein is complexed with the heavy chain. A double mutant carrying a cytoplasmic dynein heavy chain deletion plus a temperature-sensitive nudG mutation grew no more slowly at restrictive temperature than a strain with only the CDHC deletion. This result demonstrates that the effect of the nudG mutation on nuclear migration and growth is mediated through an interaction with the CDHC rather than with some other molecule (e.g., myosin-V) with which the 8-kD CDLC might theoretically interact. PMID:9832552

  3. Verifying the Hanging Chain Model

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    Karls, Michael A.

    2013-01-01

    The wave equation with variable tension is a classic partial differential equation that can be used to describe the horizontal displacements of a vertical hanging chain with one end fixed and the other end free to move. Using a web camera and TRACKER software to record displacement data from a vibrating hanging chain, we verify a modified version…

  4. Supply Chain Supernetworks Random Demands

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    Nagurney, Anna

    , and computational results have been obtained. Key Words: supply chain management, supernetworks, electronic commerceSupply Chain Supernetworks with Random Demands June Dong and Ding Zhang Department of Marketing Department of Finance and Operations Management Isenberg School of Management University of Massachusetts

  5. Membrane properties of cholesterol analogs with an unbranched aliphatic side chain.

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    Meyer, Thomas; Baek, Dong Jae; Bittman, Robert; Haralampiev, Ivan; Müller, Peter; Herrmann, Andreas; Huster, Daniel; Scheidt, Holger A

    2014-12-01

    The interactions between cholesterol and other membrane molecules determine important membrane properties. It was shown that even small changes in the molecular structure of cholesterol have a crucial influence on these interactions. We recently reported that in addition to alterations in the tetracyclic ring structure, the iso-branched side chain of cholesterol also has a significant impact on membrane properties (Scheidt et al., 2013). Here we used synthetic cholesterol analogs to investigate the influence of an unbranched aliphatic side chain of different length. The (2)H NMR order parameter of the phospholipid chains and therefore the molecular packing of the phospholipid molecules shows a significant dependence on the sterol's alkyl side chain length, while, membrane permeation studied by a dithionite ion permeation assay and lateral diffusion measured by (1)H MAS pulsed field gradient NMR are less influenced. To achieve the same molecular packing effect similar to that of an iso-branched aliphatic side chain, a longer unbranched side chain (n-dodecyl instead of n-octyl) at C17 of cholesterol is required. Obviously, sterols having a branched iso-alkyl chain with two terminal methyl groups exhibit altered cholesterol-phospholipid interactions compared to analogous molecules with a straight unbranched chain. PMID:25173446

  6. Quantum reservoirs with ion chains

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    B. G. Taketani; T. Fogarty; E. Kajari; Th. Busch; Giovanna Morigi

    2014-07-14

    Ion chains are promising platforms for studying and simulating quantum reservoirs. One interesting feature is that their vibrational modes can mediate entanglement between two objects which are coupled through the vibrational modes of the chain. In this work we analyse entanglement between the transverse vibrations of two heavy impurity defects embedded in an ion chain, which is generated by the coupling with the chain vibrations. We verify general scaling properties of the defects dynamics and demonstrate that entanglement between the defects can be a stationary feature of these dynamics. We then analyse entanglement in chains composed of tens of ions and propose a measurement scheme which allows one to verify the existence of the predicted entangled state.

  7. High magnetic gradient environment causes alterations of cytoskeleton and cytoskeleton-associated genes in human osteoblasts cultured in vitro

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    Qian, A. R.; Yang, P. F.; Hu, L. F.; Zhang, W.; Di, S. M.; Wang, Z.; Han, J.; Gao, X.; Shang, P.

    2010-09-01

    The effects of a high magnetic gradient environment (HMGE) on the cytoskeletal architecture and genes associated with the cytoskeleton in osteoblasts (MC3T3-E1 and MG-63 cells) were investigated using confocal microscopy, real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The findings showed that, under diamagnetic levitation conditions, the architecture and average height of the cytoskeleton and surface roughness in osteoblasts were dramatically altered. HMGE affects cytoskeleton arrangement and cytoskeleton-associated gene expression.

  8. MARKOV CHAIN MONTE CARLO MATTHEW JOSEPH

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    May, J. Peter

    MARKOV CHAIN MONTE CARLO MATTHEW JOSEPH Abstract. Markov chain Monte Carlo is an umbrella term for algorithms that use Markov chains to sample from a given probability distribution. This paper is a brief examination of Markov chain Monte Carlo and its usage. We begin by discussing Markov chains and the ergodicity

  9. Density Gradient Columns for Chemical Displays.

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    Guenther, William B.

    1986-01-01

    Procedures for preparing density gradient columns for chemical displays are presented. They include displays illustrating acid-base reactions, metal ion equilibria, and liquid density. The lifetime of these metastable displays is surprising, some lasting for months in display cabinets. (JN)

  10. High-gradient continuous-casting furnace

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    Scheuermann, C. M.; Flemings, M. C.; Neff, M. A.; Rickinson, B. A.; Young, K. P.

    1979-01-01

    High gradient allows rapid growth rates in directionally-solidified eutectic alloys. Furnace design permits cost reductions in directional solidification process through its increased solidification rates, which reduces melt/mold interaction. It produces structural engineering materials for any application requiring properties directionally-solidified eutectic materials.

  11. Natural equivalents of thermal gradient experiments

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    Rodríguez, Carmen; Geyer, Adelina; Castro, Antonio; Villaseñor, Antonio

    2015-06-01

    Crystallization experiments using the intrinsic thermal gradient in 10 mm length capsules loaded in piston-cylinder assemblies were used to investigate silicic magma crystallization. The application of experimental results to natural environments requires the scaling of physical parameters of petrological interest. Therefore, we propose here a comparative study between thermal gradients and numerical simulations of natural magma chambers. We use the Finite Element method to calculate thermal profiles across a cooling silicic magma chamber. These numerical profiles are compared with the intrinsic thermal structure of half-inch, piston-cylinder assemblies at 500 MPa. It is concluded that a set of varied magma chamber geometries and/or distinct stages of their cooling history can approach the intrinsic thermal structure of laboratory experiments. Once the thermal properties for magma and its host rock are fixed, the experimental-numerical approach is mostly dependent on the volume and aspect ratio of the magma chamber. Our results indicate, for instance, that a 10 mm length capsule with a thermal gradient of 40 °C/mm (from 1100 to 700 °C) may represent a 150-1100 m wide portion of a cooling magma chamber of 10-20 km diameter and 2-10 km height, emplaced at a depth of 18 km. Additional possible scenarios are represented by larger magma chambers, up to 30 km diameter, in which the experimental thermal gradient can represent a 150-3700 m-thin-section of the large igneous bodies.

  12. Multi-gradient drilling method and system

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    Maurer, William C. (Houston, TX); Medley, Jr., George H. (Spring, TX); McDonald, William J. (Houston, TX)

    2003-01-01

    A multi-gradient system for drilling a well bore from a surface location into a seabed includes an injector for injecting buoyant substantially incompressible articles into a column of drilling fluid associated with the well bore. Preferably, the substantially incompressible articles comprises hollow substantially spherical bodies.

  13. Joining of Tungsten Armor Using Functional Gradients

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    John Scott O'Dell

    2006-12-31

    The joining of low thermal expansion armor materials such as tungsten to high thermal expansion heat sink materials has been a major problem in plasma facing component (PFC) development. Conventional planar bonding techniques have been unable to withstand the high thermal induced stresses resulting from fabrication and high heat flux testing. During this investigation, innovative functional gradient joints produced using vacuum plasma spray forming techniques have been developed for joining tungsten armor to copper alloy heat sinks. A model was developed to select the optimum gradient architecture. Based on the modeling effort, a 2mm copper rich gradient was selected. Vacuum plasma pray parameters and procedures were then developed to produce the functional gradient joint. Using these techniques, dual cooling channel, medium scale mockups (32mm wide x 400mm length) were produced with vacuum plasma spray formed tungsten armor. The thickness of the tungsten armor was up to 5mm thick. No evidence of debonding at the interface between the heat sink and the vacuum plasma sprayed material was observed.

  14. Policy Gradient Coagent Networks Philip S. Thomas

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    Massachusetts at Amherst, University of

    Policy Gradient Coagent Networks Philip S. Thomas Department of Computer Science University compared to the learning mechanisms of animal brains [3, 4, 9, 10, 13, 20, 22]. These comparisons stem from a decision rule, , called a policy, parameterized by a vector , that computes the probability of an action

  15. GRADIENT FLOW CONVOLUTIVE BLIND SOURCE SEPARATION

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    be achieved for simulated impulse responses and up to around 10 dB for a hearing aid application with real occur in some source separation applications such as hearing aids. Here the physical dimensions four- microphone array with a radius of 5 mm, and applying convolutive gradient flow instead of just

  16. GRADIENT FLOW CONVOLUTIVE BLIND SOURCE SEPARATION

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    be achieved for simulated impulse responses and up to around 10 dB for a hearing aid application with real occur in some source separation applications such as hearing aids. Here the physical dimensions four­ microphone array with a radius of 5 mm, and applying convolutive gradient flow instead of just

  17. Strain gradient plasticity: energetic or dissipative?

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    Fleck, N. A.; Willis, J. R.

    2015-08-01

    For an infinite slab of strain gradient sensitive material subjected to plane-strain tensile loading, computation established and analysis confirmed that passivation of the lateral boundaries at some stage of loading inhibits plastic deformation upon further loading. This result is not surprising in itself except that, remarkably, if the gradient terms contribute to the dissipation, the plastic deformation is switched off completely and only resumes at a clearly defined higher load, corresponding to a total strain , say. The analysis presented in this paper confirms the delay of plastic deformation following passivation and determines the exact manner in which the plastic flow resumes. The plastic strain rate is continuous at the exact point of resumption of plastic flow and, for the first small increment in the imposed total strain, the corresponding increment in plastic strain, , is proportional to . The constant A in the relation , where denotes the plastic strain increment at the centre of the slab, has been determined explicitly; it depends on the hardening modulus of the material. The presence of energetic gradient terms has no effect on the value of unless the dissipative terms are absent, in which case passivation reduces the rate of plastic deformation but introduces no delay. This qualitative effect of dissipative gradient terms opens the possibility of experimental discrimination of their presence or absence. The analysis employs an incremental variational formulation that is likely to find use in other problems.

  18. Electron Transport and the Critical Gradient

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    Horton, W.; Hoang, T.

    2005-10-01

    New experiments on Tore Supra with upgraded, higher power radio frequency heating systems with total powers up to 10 MW give new data points on the core temperature and temperature profiles versus injected power. The talk will review the evidence for the two space scales on which electron transport occurs: from (i) the large scale trapped electron modes (TEM-ITG) and (ii) the small scale electron temperature gradient (ETG) turbulence. Joint IFS - Tore Supra transport analysis for electron power balance gives a database for discharges driven by Fast Wave Electron Heating in for ?E<=100 ms. The wide range of RF heating powers from near Ohmic 1 MW to above 10 MW produce an order of magnitude increase in the radial thermal flux. High resolution electron temperature data and true steady state conditions in TS allow give well defined electron thermal diffusivities for the classical circular cross section, large aspect ratio (R/a = 2.2 m/ 0.7 m) tokamak. The heat flux versus the temperature gradient relationship is presented and compared with standard theoretical models for the thermal flux qe(Te). The extrapolation to zero heat flux of the flux-versus-gradient data yields a well-defined critical electron temperature gradient. Histograms of the anomalous thermal diffusivities before and after being normalized to the theoretical models are constructed to evaluate the quantitatively the prediction. Work supported by Dept. of Energy and the CEA-Cadarache

  19. Ocean thermal gradient hydraulic power plant.

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    Beck, E J

    1975-07-25

    Solar energy stored in the oceans may be used to generate power by exploiting ploiting thermal gradients. A proposed open-cycle system uses low-pressure steam to elevate vate water, which is then run through a hydraulic turbine to generate power. The device is analogous to an air lift pump. PMID:17813707

  20. Bacterial and archaeal communities in Lake Nyos (Cameroon, Central Africa)

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    Tiodjio, Rosine E.; Sakatoku, Akihiro; Nakamura, Akihiro; Tanaka, Daisuke; Fantong, Wilson Y.; Tchakam, Kamtchueng B.; Tanyileke, Gregory; Ohba, Takeshi; Hell, Victor J.; Kusakabe, Minoru; Nakamura, Shogo; Ueda, Akira

    2014-08-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the microbial diversity associated with Lake Nyos, a lake with an unusual chemistry in Cameroon. Water samples were collected during the dry season on March 2013. Bacterial and archaeal communities were profiled using Polymerase Chain Reaction-Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) approach of the 16S rRNA gene. The results indicate a stratification of both communities along the water column. Altogether, the physico-chemical data and microbial sequences suggest a close correspondence of the potential microbial functions to the physico-chemical pattern of the lake. We also obtained evidence of a rich microbial diversity likely to include several novel microorganisms of environmental importance in the large unexplored microbial reservoir of Lake Nyos.

  1. Bacterial and archaeal communities in Lake Nyos (Cameroon, Central Africa)

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    Tiodjio, Rosine E.; Sakatoku, Akihiro; Nakamura, Akihiro; Tanaka, Daisuke; Fantong, Wilson Y.; Tchakam, Kamtchueng B.; Tanyileke, Gregory; Ohba, Takeshi; Hell, Victor J.; Kusakabe, Minoru; Nakamura, Shogo; Ueda, Akira

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the microbial diversity associated with Lake Nyos, a lake with an unusual chemistry in Cameroon. Water samples were collected during the dry season on March 2013. Bacterial and archaeal communities were profiled using Polymerase Chain Reaction-Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) approach of the 16S rRNA gene. The results indicate a stratification of both communities along the water column. Altogether, the physico-chemical data and microbial sequences suggest a close correspondence of the potential microbial functions to the physico-chemical pattern of the lake. We also obtained evidence of a rich microbial diversity likely to include several novel microorganisms of environmental importance in the large unexplored microbial reservoir of Lake Nyos. PMID:25141868

  2. Gradient zone-boundary control in salt-gradient solar ponds

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    Hull, J.R.

    1982-09-29

    A method and apparatus for suppressing zone boundary migration in a salt gradient solar pond includes extending perforated membranes across the pond at the boundaries, between the convective and non-convective zones, the perforations being small enough in size to prevent individual turbulence disturbances from penetrating the hole, but being large enough to allow easy molecular diffusion of salt thereby preventing the formation of convective zones in the gradient layer. The total area of the perforations is a sizeable fraction of the membrane area to allow sufficient salt diffusion while preventing turbulent entrainment into the gradient zone.

  3. Interhemispheric gradient of hydroxyl in the troposphere

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    Patra, P. K.

    2013-12-01

    The hydroxyl radical (OH) in the atmosphere plays a significant role in air pollution chemistry by modulating the oxidizing capacity of the atmosphere and removal of important non-CO2 greenhouse gases. Although the global total OH abundance in the troposphere and its interannual variability have been estimated from observations, the interhemispheric (meridional) gradient remains poorly constraine. Because of the high reactivity of OH, direct observations are challenging and therefore limited in space and time. Emissions of CH3CCl3 have been a small fraction of the atmospheric burden since the late 1990s, and during the 2000s the north-south distribution of CH3CCl3 has been determined mainly by NH/SH OH gradients with little uncertainty contributed by remaining emission estimates. We use an atmospheric transport model that compares very well with HIPPO measured SF6 for interhemispheric transport throughout the troposphere to show that on an annual basis, the NH/SH OH ratio is close to one. This disagrees markedly from commonly used global atmospheric chemistry models that estimate OH ratios as high as 1.4. The NH/SH gradient in CH3CCl3 is decreasing over time. We show that for each year from 2004-2011, the model-predicted annual-mean NH/SH gradient in CH3CCl3 is a tight linear function of the NH/SH gradient in annual-mean OH. Optimizing the model to fit two AGAGE instruments, NOAA network and HIPPO campaign data in each year gives ratios of 0.92×0.08.

  4. Effects of predation risk across a latitudinal temperature gradient.

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    Matassa, Catherine M; Trussell, Geoffrey C

    2015-03-01

    The nonconsumptive effects (NCEs) of predators on prey behavior and physiology can influence the structure and function of ecological communities. However, the strength of NCEs should depend on the physiological and environmental contexts in which prey must choose between food and safety. For ectotherms, temperature effects on metabolism and foraging rates may shape these choices, thereby altering NCE strength. We examined NCEs in a rocky intertidal food chain across a latitudinal sea surface temperature gradient within the Gulf of Maine. The NCEs of green crabs (Carcinus maenas) on the foraging, growth, and growth efficiency of prey snails (Nucella lapillus) were consistent across a broad (~8.5 °C) temperature range, even though snails that were transplanted south consumed twice as many mussels (Mytilus edulis) and grew twice as much as snails that were transplanted north. The positive effects of warmer temperatures in the south allowed snails under high risk to perform similarly to or better than snails under low risk at cooler temperatures. Our results suggest that for prey populations residing at temperatures below their thermal optimum, the positive effects of future warming may offset the negative effects of predation risk. Such effects may be favorable to prey populations facing increased predation rates due to warmer temperatures associated with climate change. Attention to the direct and indirect effects of temperature on species interactions should improve our ability to predict the effects of climate change on ecological communities. PMID:25433694

  5. A gradient field defeats the inherent repulsion between magnetic nanorods

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    Gu, Yu; Burtovyy, Ruslan; Custer, John; Luzinov, Igor; Kornev, Konstantin G.

    2014-01-01

    When controlling the assembly of magnetic nanorods and chains of magnetic nanoparticles, it is extremely challenging to bring them together side by side while keeping a desired spacing between their axes. We show that this challenge can be successfully resolved by using a non-uniform magnetic field that defeats an inherent repulsion between nanorods. Nickel nanorods were suspended in a viscous film and a non-uniform field was used to control their placement. The in-plane movement of nanorods was tracked with a high-speed camera and a detailed image analysis was conducted to quantitatively characterize the behaviour of the nanorods. The analysis focused on the behaviour of a pair of neighbour nanorods, and a corresponding dynamic model was formulated and investigated. The complex two-dimensional dynamics of a nanorod pair was analysed analytically and numerically, and a phase portrait was constructed. Using this phase portrait, we classified the nanorod behaviour and revealed the experimental conditions in which nanorods could be placed side by side. Dependence of the distance between a pair of neighbour nanorods on physical parameters was analysed. With the aid of the proposed theory, one can build different lattices and control their spacing by applying different field gradients. PMID:26064550

  6. Improving supply chain resilience by multi-stage supply chain

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    Yang, Jingxia, M. Eng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2009-01-01

    Due to the global expansion of Company A's supply chain network, it is becoming more vulnerable to many disruptions. These disruptions often incur additional costs; and require time to respond to and recover from these ...

  7. Improve supply chain resilience by multi-stage supply chain

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    Xu, Jie, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2009-01-01

    Due to the global expansion of Company A's supply chain network, it is becoming more vulnerable to many disruptions. These disruptions often incur additional costs; and require time to respond to and recover from these ...

  8. Markov Chain Monte Carlo and Gibbs Sampling

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    Walsh, Bruce

    Appendix 3 Markov Chain Monte Carlo and Gibbs Sampling Far better an approximate answer development of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) meth uses the previous sample value to randomly generate the next sample value, generating a Markov chain

  9. Sustainable Supply Chain Networks Sustainable Cities

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    Nagurney, Anna

    Sustainable Supply Chain Networks for Sustainable Cities Anna Nagurney Isenberg School Applied Supply Chain Network Game Theory Models of Relevance to Sustainable Cities The Sustainable Supply papers: · "Design of Sustainable Supply Chains for Sustainable Cities," A. Nagurney, in press

  10. Supply Chain Optimization in a Stochastic Environment 

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    Chiu, Sherwin S

    2013-02-04

    The emerging field of supply-chain management has changed forever the way global businesses operate. By taking advantage of information technologies, supply-chain management attempts to coordinate all the companies in a supply chain in order...

  11. Invited Review Supply chain management and advanced

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    Grossmann, Ignacio E.

    Invited Review Supply chain management and advanced planning­­basics, overview and challenges Hartmut Stadtler Fachgebiet Produktion & Supply Chain Management, Institut fur Betriebswirtschaftslehre Abstract Literature on supply chain management (SCM) covers several disciplines and is growing rapidly

  12. Evidence of counter-gradient growth in western pond turtles (Actinemys marmorata) across thermal gradients

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    Snover, Melissa; Adams, Michael J.; Ashton, Donald T.; Bettaso, Jamie B.; Welsh, Hartwell H., Jr.

    2015-01-01

    Given the importance of size and age at reproductive maturity to population dynamics, this information on counter-gradient growth will improve our ability to understand and predict the consequences of dam operations for downstream turtle populations.

  13. Cosmic ray intensity gradients in the solar system

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    Mckibben, R. B.

    1975-01-01

    Recent progress in the determination of cosmic-ray intensity gradients is reviewed. Direct satellite measurements of the integral gradient are described together with various types of indirect measurements, including measurements of the Ar-37/Ar-39 ratio in samples from the Lost City meteorite, studies of anisotropies in neutron-monitor counting rates, and analysis of the sidereal diurnal anisotropy observed at a single point on earth. Nucleonic radial gradients and electron gradients measured by satellites in differential energy windows are discussed, and theoretical studies of the physical processes involved in these gradients are summarized. Observations of intensity gradients in heliographic latitude are reported.

  14. Skyrmion--Anti-Skyrmion Chains

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    Ya. Shnir; D. H. Tchrakian

    2009-12-01

    Static axially symmetric sphaleron-type solutions describing chains of interpolating Skyrmion--anti-Skyrmions have been constructed numerically. The configurations are characterized by two integers n and m, where $\\pm n$ are the winding numbers of the constituent Skyrmion and anti-Skyrmion and the second integer m defines type of the solution, it has zero topological charge for even m and for odd values of m the Skyrmion--anti-Skyrmion chain has topological charge n. For the vanishing mass term we confirm the existence of such chain solutions for winding number $|n| \\ge 2$. The similarity with monopole--anti-monopole pairs is highlighted.

  15. Decoherence in Quantum Markov Chains

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    Raqueline A. M. Santos; Renato Portugal; Marcelo D. Fragoso

    2015-02-23

    It is known that under some assumptions the hitting time in quantum Markov chains is quadratically smaller than the hitting time in classical Markov chains. This work extends this result for decoherent quantum Markov chains. The decoherence is introduced using a percolation-like graph model, which allows us to define a decoherent quantum hitting time and to establish a decoherent-intensity range for which the decoherent quantum hitting time is quadratically smaller than the the classical hitting time. The detection problem under decoherence is also solved with quadratic speedup in this range.

  16. Neurofilament light chain

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    Lu, Ching-Hua; Macdonald-Wallis, Corrie; Gray, Elizabeth; Pearce, Neil; Petzold, Axel; Norgren, Niklas; Giovannoni, Gavin; Fratta, Pietro; Sidle, Katie; Fish, Mark; Orrell, Richard; Howard, Robin; Talbot, Kevin; Greensmith, Linda; Kuhle, Jens

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To test blood and CSF neurofilament light chain (NfL) levels in relation to disease progression and survival in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Methods: Using an electrochemiluminescence immunoassay, NfL levels were measured in samples from 2 cohorts of patients with sporadic ALS and healthy controls, recruited in London (ALS/control, plasma: n = 103/42) and Oxford (ALS/control, serum: n = 64/36; paired CSF: n = 38/20). NfL levels in patients were measured at regular intervals for up to 3 years. Change in ALS Functional Rating Scale–Revised score was used to assess disease progression. Survival was evaluated using Cox regression and Kaplan–Meier analysis. Results: CSF, serum, and plasma NfL discriminated patients with ALS from healthy controls with high sensitivity (97%, 89%, 90%, respectively) and specificity (95%, 75%, 71%, respectively). CSF NfL was highly correlated with serum levels (r = 0.78, p < 0.0001). Blood NfL levels were approximately 4 times as high in patients with ALS compared with controls in both cohorts, and maintained a relatively constant expression during follow-up. Blood NfL levels at recruitment were strong, independent predictors of survival. The highest tertile of blood NfL at baseline had a mortality hazard ratio of 3.91 (95% confidence interval 1.98–7.94, p < 0.001). Conclusion: Blood-derived NfL level is an easily accessible biomarker with prognostic value in ALS. The individually relatively stable levels longitudinally offer potential for NfL as a pharmacodynamic biomarker in future therapeutic trials. Classification of evidence: This report provides Class III evidence that the NfL electrochemiluminescence immunoassay accurately distinguishes patients with sporadic ALS from healthy controls. PMID:25934855

  17. Supply Chain Management Understand and apply essential supply chain management concepts.

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    Alabama in Huntsville, University of

    Supply Chain Management Understand and apply essential supply chain management concepts. Gain a foundation, and learn best practices of successful supply chain processes. Supply Chain Management Foundation,enterprise,logistics,service,productlifecycle ONLINE:OnDemand|Sullivan|D2516011E Supply Chain Relationship Management 14 hours, $895 Supply chains

  18. Thermocapillary migration of a small chain of bubbles

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    Wei, Huailiang; Subramanian, R. S.

    1993-01-01

    The quasistatic thermocapillary migration of a chain of two or three spherical bubbles in an unbounded fluid possessing a uniform temperature gradient is investigated in the limit of vanishing Reynolds and Peclet numbers. The line of bubble centers is permitted to be either parallel or perpendicular to the direction of the undisturbed temperature gradient. The governing equations are solved by a truncated-series, boundary-collocation technique. Results are presented which demonstrate the impact of the presence of other bubbles on a test bubble. In the three-bubble case, a simple pairwise-additive approximation is constructed from the reflections solution, and found to perform well except when the bubbles are close to each other. Also, features of the flow topology in the fluid are explored. Separated reverse flow wakes are found in the axisymmetric problem, and other interesting structures are noted for the case in which the line of centers is perpendicular to the applied temperature gradient. The observed flow structure is shown to be the result of superposition of simpler basic flows.

  19. Gradient parameter and axial and field rays in the gradient-index crystalline lens model

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    Pérez, M. V.; Bao, C.; Flores-Arias, M. T.; Rama, M. A.; Gómez-Reino, C.

    2003-09-01

    Gradient-index models of the human lens have received wide attention in optometry and vision sciences for considering how changes in the refractive index profile with age and accommodation may affect refractive power. This paper uses the continuous asymmetric bi-elliptical model to determine gradient parameter and axial and field rays of the human lens in order to study the paraxial propagation of light through the crystalline lens of the eye.

  20. Tuning Surface Microstructure and Gradient Property of Polymer by Photopolymerizable Polysiloxane-modified Nanogels

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    Chen, Cong; Liu, JianCheng; Sun, Fang; Stansbury, Jeffrey W.

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports a series of photopolymerizable polysiloxane-modified nanogels for regulating surface microstructure and gradient property of polymers, which were synthesized by solution polymerization under different feed ratios of a methacrylate-modified polysiloxane, urethane dimethacrylate (UDMA) and isobornyl methacrylate (IBMA) in the presence of a thiol chain transfer agent. The nanogel structure and composition were characterized by proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR), Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscope (TEM), gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The dispersion of these nanogels in triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) can reduce the onset and magnitude of shrinkage stress during polymerization without compromise to mechanical properties of the resulting polymers. Most importantly, as demonstrated by elemental analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), the nanogels exhibit good self-floating ability in the monomer/polymer matrix and the increase of polysiloxane content in the nanogel can enhance the self-floating capability due to the lower surface tension and energy associated with the polysiloxane component. As a result, the polysiloxane-modified nanogels can spontaneously form a concentration gradient that can be locked in upon photopolymerization leading to a well-controlled heterogeneous polymer that presents a gradient change in thermal stability. With the increase of polysiloxane content, the thermal stability of the polymer was improved significantly. Furthermore, the enrichment of the nanogel on the surface resulting from the good self-floating ability can reduce the dispersion surface energy of gradient polymer film and generate a more hydrophobic surface with altered surface microstructure. These photopolymerizable polysiloxane-modified nanogels are demonstrated to have potential broad application in the preparation of gradient polymer with controlled surface properties. PMID:25045518

  1. A tool for registration verification based on gradient correspondence

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    Markelj, Primoz; Pernus, Franjo; Likar, Bostjan

    2009-02-01

    Verification of registration accuracy is paramount for assessing the validity and clinical feasibility of a registration method. When a ground truth registration is not available or when local misalignments need to be examined, a qualitative assessment of registration results must be performed. The verification of registration by analyzing correspondences of gradients derived from the rigidly registered CT and MR images was performed. Strongest local CT gradients were extracted and transformed into the MR gradient image. A local gradient correspondence search in the MR image was performed using discrete systematic displacements in the direction of the strongest local CT gradients. As the measure of gradient correspondence between the CT and MR gradients the absolute values and the directions of the gradients were considered. The directional information was integrated by means of a weighting function which was calculated as a product of absolute values of the strongest local CT gradient and the MR gradient weighted by the angle between these two gradients. Two correspondence visualization techniques and gradient displacement analysis were developed to highlight the misaligned gradients and provide qualitative assessment of local misregistration. The feasibility of the proposed approach was demonstrated on the CT and MR images of the RIRE database registered using the normalized mutual information similarity measure. Global and local misregistrations were detected. Furthermore, the acquisition artifacts of non-rectified MR images could be visualized and were shown to degrade the registration performance.

  2. Topological Aspects of Differential Chains

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    Jenny Harrison; Harrison Pugh

    2011-01-02

    In this paper we investigate the topological properties of the space of differential chains 'B(U) defined on an open subset U of a Riemannian manifold M. We show that 'B(U) is not generally reflexive, identifying a fundamental difference between currents and differential chains. We also give several new brief (though non-constructive) definitions of the space 'B(U), and prove that it is a separable ultrabornological (DF)-space. Differential chains are closed under dual versions of fundamental operators of the Cartan calculus on differential forms. The space has good properties some of which are not exhibited by currents B'(U) or D'(U). For example, chains supported in finitely many points are dense in 'B(U) for all open U in M, but not generally in the strong dual topology of B'(U).

  3. Total supply chain cost model

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    Wu, Claudia

    2005-01-01

    Sourcing and outsourcing decisions have taken on increased importance within Teradyne to improve efficiency and competitiveness. This project delivered a conceptual framework and a software tool to analyze supply chain ...

  4. Application of a food chain model to polychlorinated biphenyl contamination of the lobster and winter flounder food chains in New Bedford Harbor

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    Connolly, J.P. Manhattan Coll., Riverdale, NY )

    1991-04-01

    As part of a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study for the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site a model of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the lobster and winter flounder food chains was developed. This model successfully reproduces tri-, tetra-, penta-, and hexachlorobiphenyl concentrations observed at all levels of the food chain and across the 2 order of magnitude concentration gradient in the system. The model indicated that PCB concentrations in the flounder and, to a lesser extent, in the lobster are derived from the sediment. Dietary uptake exceeds uptake across the gill for all four homologues and becomes the dominant route at the higher chlorinated homologues. The assimilation efficiency of ingested PCB apparently declines from relatively high values for tri-chlorobiphenyl to relatively low values for hexachlorobiphenyl. Differences in observed lobster and flounder PCB concentrations appear to be due to differences in the importance of the benthic component of the food chains of these animals and differences in whole body lipid content.

  5. Integrability Test for Spin Chains

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    M. P. Grabowski; P. Mathieu

    1994-12-05

    We examine a simple heuristic test of integrability for quantum chains. This test is applied to a variety of systems, including a generic isotropic spin-1 model with nearest-neighbor interactions and a multiparameter family of spin-1/2 models generalizing the XYZ chain, with next-to-nearest neighbor interactions and bond alternation. Within the latter family we determine all the integrable models with an o(2) symmetry.

  6. Osteoradionecrosis of the ossicular chain

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    Kveton, J.F.; Sotelo-Avila, C.

    1986-11-01

    Osteoradionecrosis of the temporal bone is a well-known sequela of radiotherapy for neoplasms at the base of the skull. Presenting symptoms include otalgia, chronic aural drainage, and hearing loss, which can be conductive, sensorineural, or mixed. The conductive component has been hypothesized to be caused by radionecrosis of the ossicular chain. This case report documents the existence of osteoradionecrosis of the ossicular chain in a 10-year-old boy operated on for resection of extensive osteoradionecrosis of the temporal bone.

  7. Ecological gradients within a Pennsylvanian mire forest

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    DiMichele, W.A.; Falcon-Lang, H.J.; Nelson, W.J.; Brick, S.D.; Ames, P.R.

    2007-05-15

    Pennsylvanian coals represent remains of the earliest peat-forming rain forests, but there is no current consensus on forest ecology. Localized studies of fossil forests suggest intermixture of taxa (heterogeneity), while, in contrast, coal ball and palynological analyses imply the existence of pronounced ecological gradients. Here, we report the discovery of a spectacular fossil forest preserved over 1000 ha on top of the Pennsylvanian (Desmoinesian) Herrin (No. 6) Coal of Illinois, United States. The forest was abruptly drowned when fault movement dropped a segment of coastal mire below sea level. In the largest study of its kind to date, forest composition is statistically analyzed within a well-constrained paleogeographic context. Findings resolve apparent conflicts in models of Pennsylvanian mire ecology by confirming the existence of forest heterogeneity at the local scale, while additionally demonstrating the emergence of ecological gradients at landscape scale.

  8. Electron profile stiffness and critical gradient studies

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    DeBoo, J. C.; Petty, C. C.; Burrell, K. H.; Smith, S. P.; White, A. E.; Doyle, E. J.; Hillesheim, J. C.; Rhodes, T. L.; Schmitz, L.; Wang, G.; Zeng, L.; Holland, C.; McKee, G. R.

    2012-08-15

    Electron profile stiffness was studied in DIII-D L-mode discharges by systematically varying the heat flux in a narrow region with electron cyclotron heating and measuring the local change produced in {nabla}T{sub e}. Electron stiffness was found to slowly increase with toroidal rotation velocity. A critical inverse temperature gradient scale length 1/L{sub C} {approx} 3 m{sup -1} was identified at {rho}=0.6 and found to be independent of rotation. Both the heat pulse diffusivity and the power balance diffusivity, the latter determined by integrating the measured dependence of the heat pulse diffusivity on -{nabla}T{sub e}, were fit reasonably well by a model containing a critical inverse temperature gradient scale length and varying linearly with 1/L{sub T} above the threshold.

  9. Ecological gradients within a Pennsylvanian mire forest

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    DiMichele, W.A.; Falcon-Lang, H. J.; Nelson, W.J.; Elrick, S.D.; Ames, P.R.

    2007-01-01

    Pennsylvanian coals represent remains of the earliest peat-forming rain forests, but there is no current consensus on forest ecology. Localized studies of fossil forests suggest intermixture of taxa (heterogeneity), while, in contrast, coal ball and palynological analyses imply the existence of pronounced ecological gradients. Here, we report the discovery of a spectacular fossil forest preserved over ???1000 ha on top of the Pennsylvanian (Desmoinesian) Herrin (No. 6) Coal of Illinois, United States. The forest was abruptly drowned when fault movement dropped a segment of coastal mire below sea level. In the largest study of its kind to date, forest composition is statistically analyzed within a well-constrained paleogeographic context. Findings resolve apparent conflicts in models of Pennsylvanian mire ecology by confirming the existence of forest heterogeneity at the local scale, while additionally demonstrating the emergence of ecological gradients at landscape scale. ?? 2007 The Geological Society of America.

  10. Spin gradient demagnetization cooling of ultracold atoms

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    Medley, Patrick; Miyake, Hirokazu; Pritchard, David E; Ketterle, Wolfgang

    2010-01-01

    Attainment of lower temperatures has frequently enabled discoveries of new physical phenomena, from superconductivity to Bose-Einstein condensation. Here we describe and demonstrate a cooling method, spin gradient demagnetization, which has several novel features: It operates directly in the spin degree of freedom, it can be applied to atoms in an optical lattice, and it is able to reach positive and negative spin temperatures of $\\pm$50 picokelvin, the lowest temperatures which have been achieved in any system. The cooling method consists of applying a time-varying magnetic field gradient to a spin mixture of ultracold atoms. The spin system can also be used to cool other degrees of freedom, and we have used this coupling to reduce the temperature of an apparently equilibrated sample of rubidium atoms in an optical lattice to 350 picokelvin. These results open a realistic path to the observation of magnetic quantum phase transitions in optical lattices.

  11. Spontaneous wrinkle branching by gradient stiffness

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    Ni, Yong; Yang, Dong; He, Linghui

    2012-09-01

    The concept of coherency loss is proposed to understand wrinkle branching as a pathway toward hierarchical wrinkling pattern formation in a compressed film-substrate system with gradient stiffness of the film or substrate. A simple model indicates that the wrinkle branching arises when the characteristic length of the stiffness inhomogeneity zone is larger than the coherency persistent length, which depends on the amplitude of the stiffness inhomogeneity. Numerical simulations of nonlinear wrinkles based on the model of the Föppl-von Kármán plate on compliant substrates show how regulating the size and amplitude of the stiffness inhomogeneities results in branched wrinkles in striking agreement with the existing observations. The paper reveals the origin of such kinds of branched wrinkles and may provide a guideline for controllable hierarchical wrinkles by patterning the stiffness gradient.

  12. Spontaneous wrinkle branching by gradient stiffness.

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    Ni, Yong; Yang, Dong; He, Linghui

    2012-09-01

    The concept of coherency loss is proposed to understand wrinkle branching as a pathway toward hierarchical wrinkling pattern formation in a compressed film-substrate system with gradient stiffness of the film or substrate. A simple model indicates that the wrinkle branching arises when the characteristic length of the stiffness inhomogeneity zone is larger than the coherency persistent length, which depends on the amplitude of the stiffness inhomogeneity. Numerical simulations of nonlinear wrinkles based on the model of the Föppl-von Kármán plate on compliant substrates show how regulating the size and amplitude of the stiffness inhomogeneities results in branched wrinkles in striking agreement with the existing observations. The paper reveals the origin of such kinds of branched wrinkles and may provide a guideline for controllable hierarchical wrinkles by patterning the stiffness gradient. PMID:23030926

  13. Program predicts reservoir temperature and geothermal gradient

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    Kutasov, I.M.

    1992-06-01

    This paper reports that a Fortran computer program has been developed to determine static formation temperatures (SFT) and geothermal gradient (GG). A minimum of input data (only two shut-in temperature logs) is required to obtain the values of SFT and GG. Modeling of primary oil production and designing enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects requires knowing the undisturbed (static) reservoir temperature. Furthermore, the bottom hole circulating temperature (BHCT) is an important factor affecting a cement's thickening time, rheological properties, compressive strength, development, and set time. To estimate the values of BHCT, the geothermal gradient should be determined with accuracy. Recently we obtained an approximate analytical solution which describes the shut-in temperature behavior.

  14. Temperature gradient driven lasing and stimulated cooling

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    K. Sandner; H. Ritsch

    2012-05-31

    A laser can be understood as thermodynamic engine converting heat to a coherent single mode field close to Carnot efficiency. From this perspective spectral shaping of the excitation light generates a higher effective temperature on the pump than on the gain transition. Here, using a toy model of a quantum well structure with two suitably designed tunnel-coupled wells kept at different temperature, we study a laser operated on an actual spatial temperature gradient between pump and gain region. We predict gain and narrow band laser emission for a sufficient temperature gradient and resonator quality. Lasing appears concurrent with amplified heat flow and points to a new form of stimulated solid state cooling. Such a mechanism could raise the operating temperature limit of quantum cascade lasers by substituting phonon emission driven injection, which generates intrinsic heat, by an extended model with phonon absorption steps.

  15. Gradient LPWG structures based on Pyrex glass

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    Kotyczka, Tomasz; Rogozi?ski, Roman

    2014-05-01

    This paper presents the calculations showing the possibility of the implementation of the Long Period Waveguide Grating (LPWG) structures in glass with gradient refractive profile. As the substrate material the Pyrex glass has been chosen, which is characterized by good optical properties. Calculations were performed for the actual material properties (refraction and chromatic dispersion) of this glass. The real technological processes of the Ag+?Na+ ion exchange in Pyrex glass used for the production of the gradient areas were also included. The obtained results showed the potential to generate such structures in Pyrex glass for applications in the visible spectrum. Simulations of ion exchange processes in this glass have been carried out taking into account experimentally determined temperature coefficients of the diffusion of exchanged ions.

  16. Colloidal attraction induced by a temperature gradient

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    R. Di Leonardo; F. Ianni; G. Ruocco

    2008-11-19

    Colloidal crystals are of extreme importance for applied research, such as photonic crystals technology, and for fundamental studies in statistical mechanics. Long range attractive interactions, such as capillary forces, can drive the spontaneous assembly of such mesoscopic ordered structures. However long range attractive forces are very rare in the colloidal realm. Here we report a novel strong and long ranged attraction induced by a thermal gradient in the presence of a wall. Switching on and off the thermal gradient we can rapidly and reversibly form stable hexagonal 2D crystals. We show that the observed attraction is hydrodynamic in nature and arises from thermal induced slip flow on particle surfaces. We used optical tweezers to directly measure the force law and compare it to an analytic prediction based on Stokes flow driven by Marangoni forces.

  17. Colloidal attraction induced by a temperature gradient.

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    Di Leonardo, R; Ianni, F; Ruocco, G

    2009-04-21

    Colloidal crystals are of extreme importance for applied research and for fundamental studies in statistical mechanics. Long-range attractive interactions, such as capillary forces, can drive the spontaneous assembly of such mesoscopic ordered structures. However, long-range attractive forces are very rare in the colloidal realm. Here we report a novel strong, long-ranged attraction induced by a thermal gradient in the presence of a wall. By switching the thermal gradient on and off, we can rapidly and reversibly form stable hexagonal 2D crystals. We show that the observed attraction is hydrodynamic in nature and arises from thermally induced slip flow on particle surfaces. We used optical tweezers to measure the force law directly and compare it to an analytical prediction based on Stokes flow driven by Marangoni-like forces. PMID:19265405

  18. Background field method in the gradient flow

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    Hiroshi Suzuki

    2015-10-29

    The Yang--Mills gradient flow and its extension to the fermion field provide a very general method to obtain renormalized observables in gauge theory. The method is applicable also with non-perturbative regularization such as lattice. The gradeint flow thus offers useful probes to study non-perturbative dynamics of gauge theory. In this work, aiming at possible simplification in perturbative calculations associated with the gradient flow, a modification of the gauge-fixed version of the flow equation, which preserves gauge covariance under the background gauge transformation, is proposed. This formulation allows for example a very quick one-loop calculation of the small flow time expansion of a composite operator that is relevant to the construction of a lattice energy--momentum tensor. Some details of the calculation, which have not been given elsewhere, are presented.

  19. Background field method in the gradient flow

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    Suzuki, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    The Yang--Mills gradient flow and its extension to the fermion field provide a very general method to obtain renormalized observables in gauge theory. The method is applicable also with non-perturbative regularization such as lattice. The gradeint flow thus offers useful probes to study non-perturbative dynamics of gauge theory. In this work, aiming at possible simplification in perturbative calculations associated with the gradient flow, a modification of the gauge-fixed version of the flow equation, which preserves gauge covariance under the background gauge transformation, is proposed. This formulation allows for example a very quick one-loop calculation of the small flow time expansion of a composite operator that is relevant to the construction of a lattice energy--momentum tensor. Some details of the calculation, which have not been given elsewhere, are presented.

  20. Spatial transposition gradients in visual working memory.

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    Rerko, Laura; Oberauer, Klaus; Lin, Hsuan-Yu

    2014-01-01

    In list memory, access to individual items reflects limits of temporal distinctiveness. This is reflected in the finding that neighbouring list items tend to be confused most often. This article investigates the analogous effect of spatial proximity in a visual working-memory task. Items were presented in different locations varying in spatial distance. A retro-cue indicated the location of the item relevant for the subsequent memory test. In two recognition experiments, probes matching spatially close neighbours of the relevant item led to more false alarms than probes matching distant neighbours or non-neighbouring memory items. In two probed-recall experiments, one with simultaneous, the other with sequential memory item presentation, items closer to the cued location were more frequently chosen for recall than more distant items. These results reflect a spatial transposition gradient analogous to the temporal transposition gradient in serial recall and challenge fixed-capacity models of visual working memory (WM). PMID:23663175

  1. Symmetry chains and adaptation coefficients

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    Fritzer, H.P.; Gruber, B.

    1985-06-01

    Given a symmetry chain of physical significance it becomes necessary to obtain states which transform properly with respect to the symmetries of the chain. In this article we describe a method which permits us to calculate symmetry-adapted quantum states with relative ease. The coefficients for the symmetry-adapted linear combinations are obtained, in numerical form, in terms of the original states of the system and can thus be represented in the form of numerical tables. In addition, one also obtains automatically the matrix elements for the operators of the symmetry groups which are involved, and thus for any physical operator which can be expressed either as an element of the algebra or of the enveloping algebra. The method is well suited for computers once the physically relevant symmetry chain, or chains, have been defined. While the method to be described is generally applicable to any physical system for which semisimple Lie algebras play a role we choose here a familiar example in order to illustrate the method and to illuminate its simplicity. We choose the nuclear shell model for the case of two nucleons with orbital angular momentum l = 1. While the states of the entire shell transform like the smallest spin representation of SO(25) we restrict our attention to its subgroup SU(6) x SU(2)/sub T/. We determine the symmetry chains which lead to total angular momentum SU(2)/sub J/ and obtain the symmetry-adapted states for these chains.

  2. High gradient accelerators for linear light sources

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    Barletta, W.A.

    1988-09-26

    Ultra-high gradient radio frequency linacs powered by relativistic klystrons appear to be able to provide compact sources of radiation at XUV and soft x-ray wavelengths with a duration of 1 picosecond or less. This paper provides a tutorial review of the physics applicable to scaling the present experience of the accelerator community to the regime applicable to compact linear light sources. 22 refs., 11 figs., 21 tabs.

  3. Controlled Temperature Gradient Improves Freezing Alloy

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    Schmidt, Deborah; Alter, Wendy S.; Hamilton, William D.

    1991-01-01

    Controlled gradient of temperature in advancing zone of solidification increases fatigue life of directionally solidified nickel-base superalloy. Improved solidification process eliminates, reduces, or controls microstructure of deleterious brittle phases, including carbides and gamma/gamma prime eutectic. Also reduces microsegregation and makes discrete carbides (if present) become fine and blocky. Expected to improve properties of other alloys, of both directionally-solidified polycrystalline and single-crystal forms.

  4. Applications of gradient index metamaterials in waveguides

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    Fu, Yangyang; Xu, Yadong; Chen, Huanyang

    2015-01-01

    In this letter, we find that gradient index metamaterials (GIMs) could be utilized to manipulate wave propagation in waveguides. Through manipulating the conversion between propagating wave and surface wave, we can design some interesting applications in waveguides, such as controlling transmission effect, realizing bending waveguide and achieving waveguide splitting effect. These devices not only work for both transverse electric and magnetic polarized waves, but also function for a broadband of spectra. Numerical simulations are performed to verify our findings. PMID:26656558

  5. Fast quantum algorithm for numerical gradient estimation

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    Stephen P. Jordan

    2005-01-02

    Given a blackbox for f, a smooth real scalar function of d real variables, one wants to estimate the gradient of f at a given point with n bits of precision. On a classical computer this requires a minimum of d+1 blackbox queries, whereas on a quantum computer it requires only one query regardless of d. The number of bits of precision to which f must be evaluated matches the classical requirement in the limit of large n.

  6. Exploration of very high gradient cavities

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    Grigory Eremeev

    2011-07-01

    Several of the 9-cell ILC cavities processed at Jlab within ongoing ILC R&D program have shown interesting behavior at high fields, such as mode mixing and sudden field emission turn-on during quench. Equipped with thermometry and oscillating superleak transducer (OST) system for quench detection, we couple our RF measurements with local dissipation measurements. In this contribution we report on our findings with high gradient SRF cavities.

  7. Reconstructing global overturning from meridional density gradients

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    Butler, E. D.; Oliver, K. I. C.; Hirschi, J. J.-M.; Mecking, J. V.

    2015-07-01

    Despite the complexity of the global ocean system, numerous attempts have been made to scale the strength of the meridional overturning circulation (MOC), principally in the North Atlantic, with large-scale, basin-wide hydrographic properties. In particular, various approaches to scaling the MOC with meridional density gradients have been proposed, but the success of these has only been demonstrated under limited conditions. Here we present a scaling relationship linking overturning to twice vertically-integrated meridional density gradients via the hydrostatic equation and a "rotated" form of the geostrophic equation. This provides a meridional overturning streamfunction as a function of depth for each basin. Using a series of periodically forced experiments in a global, coarse resolution configuration of the general circulation model NEMO, we explore the timescales over which this scaling is temporally valid. We find that the scaling holds well in the upper Atlantic cell (at 1000 m) for multi-decadal (and longer) timescales, accurately reconstructing the relative magnitude of the response for different frequencies and explaining over 85 % of overturning variance on timescales of 64-2048 years. Despite the highly nonlinear response of the Antarctic cell in the abyssal Atlantic, between 76 and 94 % of the observed variability at 4000 m is reconstructed on timescales of 32 years (and longer). The scaling law is also applied in the Indo-Pacific. This analysis is extended to a higher resolution, stochastically forced simulation for which correlations of between 0.79 and 0.99 are obtained with upper Atlantic MOC variability on timescales >25 years. These results indicate that meridional density gradients and overturning are linked via meridional pressure gradients, and that both the strength and structure of the MOC can be reconstructed from hydrography on multi-decadal and longer timescales provided that the link is made in this way.

  8. Applications of gradient index metamaterials in waveguides.

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    Fu, Yangyang; Xu, Yadong; Chen, Huanyang

    2015-01-01

    In this letter, we find that gradient index metamaterials (GIMs) could be utilized to manipulate wave propagation in waveguides. Through manipulating the conversion between propagating wave and surface wave, we can design some interesting applications in waveguides, such as controlling transmission effect, realizing bending waveguide and achieving waveguide splitting effect. These devices not only work for both transverse electric and magnetic polarized waves, but also function for a broadband of spectra. Numerical simulations are performed to verify our findings. PMID:26656558

  9. Generalized gradient algorithm for trajectory optimization

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    Zhao, Yiyuan; Bryson, A. E.; Slattery, R.

    1990-01-01

    The generalized gradient algorithm presented and verified as a basis for the solution of trajectory optimization problems improves the performance index while reducing path equality constraints, and terminal equality constraints. The algorithm is conveniently divided into two phases, of which the first, 'feasibility' phase yields a solution satisfying both path and terminal constraints, while the second, 'optimization' phase uses the results of the first phase as initial guesses.

  10. M-step preconditioned conjugate gradient methods

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    Adams, L.

    1983-01-01

    Preconditioned conjugate gradient methods for solving sparse symmetric and positive finite systems of linear equations are described. Necessary and sufficient conditions are given for when these preconditioners can be used and an analysis of their effectiveness is given. Efficient computer implementations of these methods are discussed and results on the CYBER 203 and the Finite Element Machine under construction at NASA Langley Research Center are included.

  11. Determination of Binding Constants by Flow Injection Gradient Technique

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    Reid, Scott A.

    steady state condition (no flow) and compared with values determined under the flow injection gradient, economy, and wide applicability. Among different modes of operation, the flow injection gradient (FIG

  12. Non-singular dislocation loops in gradient elasticity

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    Lazar, Markus

    2012-04-01

    Using gradient elasticity, we give in this Letter the non-singular fields produced by arbitrary dislocation loops in isotropic media. We present the ‘modified’ Mura, Peach-Koehler and Burgers formulae in the framework of gradient elasticity theory.

  13. Spin Gradient Thermometry for Ultracold Atoms in Optical Lattices

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    Weld, David M.

    We demonstrate spin gradient thermometry, a new general method of measuring the temperature of ultracold atoms in optical lattices. We realize a mixture of spins separated by a magnetic field gradient. Measurement of the ...

  14. Engineering chemoattractant gradients using chemokine-releasing polysaccharide microspheres

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    Wang, Yana

    Spatial and temporal concentration gradients of chemoattractants direct many biological processes, especially the guidance of immune cells to tissue sites during homeostasis and responses to infection. Such gradients are ...

  15. Temperature gradient and electric field driven electrostatic instabilities

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    Morrison, P. J.; Ionson, J. A.

    1982-01-01

    The stability of electrostatic waves to thermodynamic and electric potential gradients was investigated. It is shown that thermodynamic gradients drive instabilities even when the internal electric field vanishes. Skewing of the distribution function is not included in the dielectric.

  16. Efficient gradient computation for dynamical models.

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    Sengupta, B; Friston, K J; Penny, W D

    2014-09-01

    Data assimilation is a fundamental issue that arises across many scales in neuroscience - ranging from the study of single neurons using single electrode recordings to the interaction of thousands of neurons using fMRI. Data assimilation involves inverting a generative model that can not only explain observed data but also generate predictions. Typically, the model is inverted or fitted using conventional tools of (convex) optimization that invariably extremise some functional - norms, minimum descriptive length, variational free energy, etc. Generally, optimisation rests on evaluating the local gradients of the functional to be optimized. In this paper, we compare three different gradient estimation techniques that could be used for extremising any functional in time - (i) finite differences, (ii) forward sensitivities and a method based on (iii) the adjoint of the dynamical system. We demonstrate that the first-order gradients of a dynamical system, linear or non-linear, can be computed most efficiently using the adjoint method. This is particularly true for systems where the number of parameters is greater than the number of states. For such systems, integrating several sensitivity equations - as required with forward sensitivities - proves to be most expensive, while finite-difference approximations have an intermediate efficiency. In the context of neuroimaging, adjoint based inversion of dynamical causal models (DCMs) can, in principle, enable the study of models with large numbers of nodes and parameters. PMID:24769182

  17. Gradient expansion, curvature perturbations, and magnetized plasmas

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    Giovannini, Massimo; Rezaei, Zahra

    2011-04-15

    The properties of magnetized plasmas are always investigated under the hypothesis that the relativistic inhomogeneities stemming from the fluid sources and from the geometry itself are sufficiently small to allow for a perturbative description prior to photon decoupling. The latter assumption is hereby relaxed and predecoupling plasmas are described within a suitable expansion where the inhomogeneities are treated to a given order in the spatial gradients. It is argued that the (general relativistic) gradient expansion shares the same features of the drift approximation, customarily employed in the description of cold plasmas, so that the two schemes are physically complementary in the large-scale limit and for the low-frequency branch of the spectrum of plasma modes. The two-fluid description, as well as the magnetohydrodynamical reduction, is derived and studied in the presence of the spatial gradients of the geometry. Various solutions of the coupled system of evolution equations in the anti-Newtonian regime and in the quasi-isotropic approximation are presented. The relation of this analysis to the so-called separate universe paradigm is outlined. The evolution of the magnetized curvature perturbations in the nonlinear regime is addressed for the magnetized adiabatic mode in the plasma frame.

  18. Phosphorescent imaging of oxygen gradients in tissues

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    Swanson, Curtis J.; Kitakis, F.

    1995-08-01

    Until recently, the ability to measure the changing oxygen gradients in perfused tissues in response to metabolic demand, has been limited to point-measurements and/or averaged A-V oxygen differences during perfusion using oxygen electrodes. With the recent introduction of novel phosphorescent probes specifically quenched by oxygen, the ability to spacially map oxygen gradients in real-time may offer new insights into the dynamics of microvascular design and supply. Accordingly, this paper provides initial image data on Langendorff perfused rat hearts wherein the relative change in phosphorescent intensity of Pd-meso-tetra(4- carboxyphenyl)phorphine (2micrometers ) as the reporter probe, is quantitatively related to spacial oxygen gradients as seen on the left-ventricle during changing gassing conditions. Digital image analysis (frame advance), after proper calibration and alignment, provides images which can be usefully interpreted. Clinical applications of such emerging technologies could have wide-spread diagnostic applications not only as applied to the coronary bed, but other tissue surfaces displaying various degrees of aschemia and/or hypoxia.

  19. PLETHORA gradient formation mechanism separates auxin responses

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    Siligato, Riccardo; Smetana, Ond?ej; Díaz-Triviño, Sara; Salojärvi, Jarkko; Wachsman, Guy; Prasad, Kalika; Heidstra, Renze; Scheres, Ben

    2015-01-01

    During plant growth, dividing cells in meristems must coordinate transitions from division to expansion and differentiation, thus generating three distinct developmental zones: the meristem, elongation zone and differentiation zone1. Simultaneously, plants display tropisms, rapid adjustments of their direction of growth to adapt to environmental conditions. It is unclear how stable zonation is maintained during transient adjustments in growth direction. In Arabidopsis roots, many aspects of zonation are controlled by the phytohormone auxin and auxin-induced PLETHORA (PLT) transcription factors, both of which display a graded distribution with a maximum near the root tip2-12. In addition, auxin is also pivotal for tropic responses13,14. Here, using an iterative experimental and computational approach, we show how an interplay between auxin and PLTs controls zonation and gravitropism. We find that the PLT gradient is not a direct, proportionate readout of the auxin gradient. Rather, prolonged high auxin levels generate a narrow PLT transcription domain from which a gradient of PLT protein is subsequently generated through slow growth dilution and cell-to-cell movement. The resulting PLT levels define the location of developmental zones. In addition to slowly promoting PLT transcription, auxin also rapidly influences division, expansion and differentiation rates. We demonstrate how this specific regulatory design in which auxin cooperates with PLTs through different mechanisms and on different timescales enables both the fast tropic environmental responses and stable zonation dynamics necessary for coordinated cell differentiation. PMID:25156253

  20. Scaling of the spanning threshold in gradient percolation

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    Paterson, Lincoln

    2015-02-01

    A simple and fast way to apply correlations in percolation simulations is to apply a uniform gradient to the occupancy probabilities. For small networks, exact results are presented here for the spanning thresholds in site percolation with a gradient for networks up to 4 ×4 in two dimensions and 2 ×2 ×2 in three dimensions. Numerical results are provided for larger networks that extrapolate to a linear modification of the threshold proportional to the gradient for moderate values of the gradient.

  1. Measuring small compartments with relatively weak gradients by angular double-pulsed-field-gradient NMR.

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    Morozov, Darya; Bar, Leah; Sochen, Nir; Cohen, Yoram

    2013-04-01

    NMR diffusion-diffraction patterns observed in compartments in which restricted diffusion occurs are a useful tool for direct extraction of compartment sizes. Such diffusion-diffraction patterns may be observed when the signal intensity E(q,?) is plotted against the wave-vector q (when q=(2?)(-1)??G). However, the smaller the compartment sizes are, the higher are the q-values needed to observe such diffractions. Moreover, these q-values should be achieved using short gradient pulses requiring extremely strong gradient systems. The angular double-pulsed-field gradient (d-PFG) NMR methodology has been proposed as a tool to extract compartment sizes using relatively low q-values. In this study, we have used single-PFG (s-PFG) NMR and angular d-PFG NMR to characterize the size of microcapillaries of about 2±1?m in diameter. We found that these microcapillaries are characterized by relatively strong background gradients that completely masked the effects of the microscopic anisotropy (?A) of the sample, resulting in a completely unexpected E(?) profile in the angular d-PFG NMR experiments. We also show that bipolar angular d-PFG NMR experiments can largely suppress the effect of these background gradients resulting in the expected E(?) profile from which the compartment dimensions could be obtained with relatively weak gradient pulses. These results demonstrate that the above methodology provides a quick, reliable, non-invasive means for estimating small pore sizes with relatively weak gradients in the presence of large magnetic susceptibility. PMID:23102951

  2. Cationic triple-chain amphiphiles facilitate vesicle fusion compared to double-chain or single-chain analogues

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    Smith, Bradley D.

    Cationic triple-chain amphiphiles facilitate vesicle fusion compared to double-chain or single, triple-chain amphiphiles promote vesicle fusion more than structurally related double-chain or single and acid-triggered self-fusion of vesicles composed of cationic amphiphile and anionic cholesteryl

  3. Linear chains and chain-like fractals from electrostatic heteroaggregation.

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    Kim, Anthony Y; Hauch, Kip D; Berg, John C; Martin, James E; Anderson, Robert A

    2003-04-01

    The internal structure of materials prepared by aggregation of oppositely charged polystyrene spheres (electrostatic heteroaggregation) is investigated by static light scattering, optical microscopy, and Brownian dynamics simulation. Light scattering indicates ultralow mass fractal dimensions, as low as 1.2. Such low fractal dimensions, approaching the theoretical limit of a linear object, imply a chaining mechanism. Optical micrographs reveal linear chains with the particle charge alternating down the chains. Brownian dynamics simulation gives additional support for a chaining mechanism. For the polystyrene system (120-nm primary particle diameters), the fractal dimension is found to increase from 1.2 to 1.7 as the background electrolyte is increased. In terms of electrostatic screening, the results match those reported recently for larger polystyrene spheres. The low fractal dimensions appear to represent a crossover from linear chains to a structure of diffusion-limited aggregates; however, experiments under density-neutral conditions imply that sedimentation plays an important role in the formation of ultralow fractal dimensions. The practical implication is that microcomposites with a locally uniform distribution of starting materials and almost any degree of branching can be prepared from oppositely charged particles. PMID:12742045

  4. Gradient of Mutual Information in Linear Vector Gaussian Channels

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    Verdú, Sergio

    Gradient of Mutual Information in Linear Vector Gaussian Channels Daniel P. Palomar and Sergio Verd for the gradient of the mutual information with respect to arbitrary parameters of the system, and ii) fundamental recently unveiled by Guo, Shamai, and Verd´u [1], we show that the gradient of the mutual information

  5. The Use of Ethylene Glycol to Evaluate Gradient Performance in Gradient-Intensive Diffusion MR Sequences

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    Spees, William M.; Song, Sheng-Kwei; Garbow, Joel R.; Neil, Jeffrey J.; Ackerman, Joseph J.H.

    2011-01-01

    Imaging a phantom of known dimensions is a widely used and simple method for calibrating MRI gradient strength. However, full-range characterization of gradient response is not achievable using this approach. Measurement of the apparent diffusion coefficient of a liquid with known diffusivity allows for calibration of gradient amplitudes across a wider dynamic range. An important caveat is that the temperature-dependence of the liquid’s diffusion characteristics must be known, and the temperature of the calibration phantom must be recorded. In this report we demonstrate that the diffusion coefficient of ethylene glycol is well-described by Arrhenius-type behavior across the typical range of ambient MRI magnet temperatures. Because of ethylene glycol’s utility as an NMR chemical-shift thermometer, the same 1H MR spectroscopy measurements that are used for gradient calibration also simultaneously “report” the sample temperature. The high viscosity of ethylene glycol makes it well-suited for assessing gradient performance in demanding diffusion-weighted imaging and spectroscopy sequences. PMID:22127787

  6. Turbulence structure and polymer drag reduction in adverse pressure gradient boundary layers

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    Koskie, John E.; Tiederman, William G.

    1991-12-01

    The ability of some solutions of long chain polymers to greatly reduce the pressure drop in pipes is well documented and commercially applied. In addition, a number of experiments indicate that large reductions of wall friction are possible by injecting polymer into a boundary layer. Therefore, it is reasonable to expect that drag reducing polymers could significantly improve the performance of submersibles when introduced into the boundary layers on the fore and sides of the vessel. However, once polymer is injected at these locations it is unlikely to leave the boundary layer because these polymers have very low mass diffusivities in water and boundary layers continually entrain fluid rather than eject it. As a result, one can expect that drag reducing polymers will be present in the adverse pressure gradient boundary layers on the aft of a vessel whenever the frictional drag on the fore and sides is reduced with polymers. Direct measurements of adverse pressure gradient turbulent boundary layers in which drag reducing polymers are present are not available. However, at fixed speeds, the net drag on a propeller hydrofoil increases while lift decreases when submerged in polymer solution. This apparent increase in form drag suggests a sudden increase in the displacement thickness of the boundary layers which may indicate separation. Therefore, it is necessary to establish whether conditions exist under which turbulent boundary layers of polymer solutions will not separate when they encounter adverse pressure gradients.

  7. Markov Chain Monte Carlo Usher's Algorithm

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    Bremen, Universität

    Concepts Markov Chain Monte Carlo Usher's Algorithm Markov Chain Monte Carlo for Parameter Optimization Holger Schultheis 04.11.2014 1 / 27 #12;Concepts Markov Chain Monte Carlo Usher's Algorithm Topics 1 Concepts 2 Markov Chain Monte Carlo Basics Example Metropolis and Simulated Annealing 3 Usher

  8. Fashion Supply Chain Network Competition with Ecolabelling

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    Nagurney, Anna

    Fashion Supply Chain Network Competition with Ecolabelling Anna Nagurney1,2, Min Yu3, and Jonas Annual Conference, Washington D.C. May 8-11, 2015 Nagurney, Yu, and Floden Fashion Supply Chain Network. Fashion supply chain network competition with ecolabelling. In Sustainable Fashion Supply Chain Management

  9. Fashion Supply Chain Network Competition with Ecolabelling

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    Nagurney, Anna

    Fashion Supply Chain Network Competition with Ecolabelling Anna Nagurney1,2, Min Yu3, and Jonas Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA November 1-4, 2015 Nagurney, Yu, and Floden Fashion Supply Chain Network. Fashion supply chain network competition with ecolabelling. In Sustainable Fashion Supply Chain Management

  10. Rotation of GOCE gravity gradients to local frames

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    Fuchs, Martin J.; Bouman, Johannes

    2011-11-01

    ESA's GOCE mission aims at improved global and regional gravity field information with high spatial resolution by measuring gravity gradients. A local analysis of the GOCE gravity gradient tensor may benefit from a rotation from the gradiometer reference frame to local reference frames such as the local north oriented reference frame. As the GOCE gravity gradients include accurate and less accurate measured gradients, the point-wise tensor rotation of the GOCE-only measurements may suffer from the projection of the errors of the less accurate gravity gradients onto the accurate gravity gradients. In addition, the GOCE gravity gradients have high accuracy in the measurement bandwidth but low accuracy below, and tensor rotation may cause leakage of the large error below the measurement bandwidth to the measurement bandwidth. Degradation of the rotated gravity gradients is circumvented by replacing the less accurate tensor components, as well as the signal below the measurement bandwidth of the accurate gravity gradients, with model signal. The combination of GOCE and model gravity gradients is performed by determining the effective measurement bandwidth (EMB), that is, the bandwidth in which the integrated signal-to-noise ratio of the GOCE gravity gradients is maximized. We find that the determination of the EMB is relatively independent of the reference gravity field model that is used. The lower bound of the EMB is well below the pre-mission specifications for the four accurate gravity gradients. In addition, we assess how much GOCE contributes to the gravity gradient signal in local frames and how much the model. For the radial gravity gradient the relative GOCE contribution is 98 per cent on average, whereas this is 65-97 per cent for the other gravity gradients. These numbers strongly depend on the local frame under consideration and on the geographical position.

  11. Electrophoresis of nonuniformly charged chains

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    Anderson, J.L.; Solomentsev, Y.

    1993-12-31

    A theory is developed for the motion of long, rigid {open_quotes}slender bodies{close_quotes} in liquids under the influence of an applied electric field. The authors propose this theory as a model for the electrophoretic motion of linear chains with an arbitrary charge distribution along the axis of the chain. The Debye screening length is assumed to be smaller than the cross-sectional radius of the chain, but the chain can have an arbitrary contour as long as the radius of the contour is much greater than the cross-sectional radius. The theory is based on satisfying the governing equations of the electrostatics and the fluid dynamics, with application of the Helmholtz`s expression relating the electroosmotic {open_quotes}slip velocity{close_quotes} of the double layer to the electric field. Numerical results for prolate spheroids are presented here, and extensions to toroidal and helical structures are suggested. Possible applications of the theory are to linear polyelectrolytes, stiff and flexible, to polyelectrolyte/colloid complexes, and to chain-like structures formed by aggregation of small particles and globular proteins.

  12. Effect of Temperature Gradient on Thick Film Selective Emitter Emittance

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    Chubb, Donald L.; Good, Brian S.; Clark, Eric B.; Chen, Zheng

    1997-01-01

    A temperature gradient across a thick (greater than or equal to .1 mm) film selective emitter will produce a significant reduction in the spectral emittance from the no temperature gradient case. Thick film selective emitters of rare earth doped host materials such as yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG) are examples where temperature gradient effects are important. In this paper a model is developed for the spectral emittance assuming a linear temperature gradient across the film. Results of the model indicate that temperature gradients will result in reductions the order of 20% or more in the spectral emittance.

  13. Gravity gradient preliminary investigations, part 2: Lunar tidal gravity gradients and stresses (exhibit C)

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    Houston, M. H.; Thompson, L. G. D.

    1971-01-01

    Preliminary analysis of the gravity gradients associated with gravity tides on the moon caused by the earth indicates that the relative changes in the gradients are very irregular, and large, and about 15 times greater than those experienced on earth. Thus gradients, in preference to gravity tides themselves, may well be an important key in correlating tide effects with lunar transient events and moonquakes, and also in determining triggering mechanisms for crustal movement and faulting. Preliminary analysis of lunar crustal stresses and strains caused by lunar gravity tides indicates that these factors may be more direct causative agents or triggering mechanisms. In particular, the cubic dilation undergoes relatively large changes and is about 11 times greater on the moon than on earth. Thus it should be correspondingly more important.

  14. Stochastic stability of measures in gradient systems

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    Huang, Wen; Ji, Min; Liu, Zhenxin; Yi, Yingfei

    2016-01-01

    Stochastic stability of a compact invariant set of a finite dimensional, dissipative system is studied in our recent work "Concentration and limit behaviors of stationary measures" (Huang et al., 2015) for general white noise perturbations. In particular, it is shown under some Lyapunov conditions that the global attractor of the systems is always stable under general noise perturbations and any strong local attractor in it can be stabilized by a particular family of noise perturbations. Nevertheless, not much is known about the stochastic stability of an invariant measure in such a system. In this paper, we will study the issue of stochastic stability of invariant measures with respect to a finite dimensional, dissipative gradient system with potential function f. As we will show, a special property of such a system is that it is the set of equilibria which is stable under general noise perturbations and the set Sf of global minimal points of f which is stable under additive noise perturbations. For stochastic stability of invariant measures in such a system, we will characterize two cases of f, one corresponding to the case of finite Sf and the other one corresponding to the case when Sf is of positive Lebesgue measure, such that either some combined Dirac measures or the normalized Lebesgue measure on Sf is stable under additive noise perturbations. However, we will show by constructing an example that such measure stability can fail even in the simplest situation, i.e., in 1-dimension there exists a potential function f such that Sf consists of merely two points but no invariant measure of the corresponding gradient system is stable under additive noise perturbations. Crucial roles played by multiplicative and additive noise perturbations to the measure stability of a gradient system will also be discussed. In particular, the nature of instabilities of the normalized Lebesgue measure on Sf under multiplicative noise perturbations will be exhibited by an example.

  15. Biogeochemistry of a temperate forest nitrogen gradient

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    Perakis, Steven S.; Sinkhorn, Emily R.

    2011-01-01

    Wide natural gradients of soil nitrogen (N) can be used to examine fundamental relationships between plant–soil–microbial N cycling and hydrologic N loss, and to test N-saturation theory as a general framework for understanding ecosystem N dynamics. We characterized plant production, N uptake and return in litterfall, soil gross and net N mineralization rates, and hydrologic N losses of nine Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) forests across a wide soil N gradient in the Oregon Coast Range (USA). Surface mineral soil N (0–10 cm) ranged nearly three-fold from 0.29% to 0.78% N, and in contrast to predictions of N-saturation theory, was linearly related to 10-fold variation in net N mineralization, from 8 to 82 kg N·ha?1·yr?1. Net N mineralization was unrelated to soil C:N, soil texture, precipitation, and temperature differences among sites. Net nitrification was negatively related to soil pH, and accounted for ?1·yr?1. Aboveground net primary production per unit net N mineralization varied inversely with soil N, suggesting progressive saturation of plant N demands at high soil N. Hydrologic N losses were dominated by dissolved organic N at low-N sites, with increased nitrate loss causing a shift to dominance by nitrate at high-N sites, particularly where net nitrification exceeded plant N demands. With the exception of N mineralization patterns, our results broadly support the application of the N-saturation model developed from studies of anthropogenic N deposition to understand N cycling and saturation of plant and microbial sinks along natural soil N gradients. This convergence of behavior in unpolluted and polluted forest N cycles suggests that where future reductions in deposition to polluted sites do occur, symptoms of N saturation are most likely to persist where soil N content remains elevated.

  16. Ant functional responses along environmental gradients.

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    Arnan, Xavier; Cerdá, Xim; Retana, Javier

    2014-11-01

    Understanding species distributions and diversity gradients is a central challenge in ecology and requires prior knowledge of the functional traits mediating species' survival under particular environmental conditions. While the functional ecology of plants has been reasonably well explored, much less is known about that of animals. Ants are among the most diverse, abundant and ecologically significant organisms on earth, and they perform a great variety of ecological functions. In this study, we analyse how the functional species traits present in ant communities vary along broad gradients in climate, productivity and vegetation type in the south-western Mediterranean. To this end, we compiled one of the largest animal databases to date: it contains information on 211 local ant communities (including eight climate variables, productivity, and vegetation type) and 124 ant species, for which 10 functional traits are described. We used traits that characterize different dimensions of the ant functional niche with respect to morphology, life history and behaviour at both individual and colony level. We calculated two complementary functional trait community indices ('trait average' and 'trait dissimilarity') for each trait, and we analysed how they varied along the three different gradients using generalized least squares models that accounted for spatial autocorrelation. Our results show that productivity, vegetation type and, to a lesser extent, each climate variable per se might play an important role in shaping the occurrence of functional species traits in ant communities. Among the climate variables, temperature and precipitation seasonality had a much higher influence on functional responses than their mean values, whose effects were almost lacking. Our results suggest that strong relationships might exist between the abiotic environment and the distribution of functional traits among south-western Mediterranean ant communities. This finding indicates that functional traits may modulate the responses of ant species to the environment. Since these traits act as the link between species distributions and the environment, they could potentially be used to predict community changes under future global change scenarios. PMID:24720700

  17. Chain reconfiguration in active noise

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    Nairhita Samanta; Rajarshi Chakrabarti

    2015-12-13

    In a typical single molecule experiment, dynamics of an unfolded proteins is studied by determining the reconfiguration time using long-range Forster resonance energy transfer where the reconfiguration time is the characteristic decay time of the position correlation between two residues of the protein. In this paper we theoretically calculate the reconfiguration time for a single flexible polymer in presence of active noise. The study suggests that though the MSD grows faster, the chain reconfiguration is always slower in presence of long-lived active noise with exponential temporal correlation. Similar behavior is observed for a worm like semi-flexible chain and a Zimm chain. However it is primarily the characteristic correlation time of the active noise and not the strength that controls the increase in the reconfiguration time. In a nutshell, such active noise makes the polymer to move faster but the correlation loss between the monomers becomes slower.

  18. Radial gradients in the SLUGGS survey

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    Foster, Caroline

    2015-02-01

    The SAGES Legacy Unifying Galaxies and GlobularS (SLUGGS) survey probes the outskirts of early-type galaxies (ETGs). SLUGGS uses the DEIMOS spectrograph on Keck to simultaneously obtain globular cluster and spatially resolved galaxy spectra. The galaxy spectra allow for the reconstruction of kinematic maps out to ~3 effective radii (R e ), while globular clusters (GCs) push the galactocentric limit out to ~8-10R e . Stellar population parameters (abundances) can also be recovered. This provides a unique dataset for exploring the outer gradients (abundance and/or kinematic transition). We briefly present recent and salient results of the SLUGGS survey so far.

  19. Diffusion Effects in Gradient Echo Memory

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    X. -W. Luo; J. J. Hope; B. Hillman; T. M. Stace

    2013-03-18

    We study the effects of diffusion on a $\\Lambda$-gradient echo memory, which is a coherent optical quantum memory using thermal gases. The efficiency of this memory is high for short storage time, but decreases exponentially due to decoherence as the storage time is increased. We study the effects of both longitudinal and transverse diffusion in this memory system, and give both analytical and numerical results that are in good agreement. Our results show that diffusion has a significant effect on the efficiency. Further, we suggest ways to reduce these effects to improve storage efficiency.

  20. Spin Gradient Demagnetization Cooling of Ultracold Atoms

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    Medley, Patrick; Weld, David M.; Miyake, Hirokazu; Pritchard, David E.; Ketterle, Wolfgang

    2011-05-13

    We demonstrate a new cooling method in which a time-varying magnetic field gradient is applied to an ultracold spin mixture. This enables preparation of isolated spin distributions at positive and negative effective spin temperatures of {+-}50 pK. The spin system can also be used to cool other degrees of freedom, and we have used this coupling to cool an apparently equilibrated Mott insulator of rubidium atoms to 350 pK. These are the lowest temperatures ever measured in any system. The entropy of the spin mixture is in the regime where magnetic ordering is expected.

  1. Biogeochemistry of a temperate forest nitrogen gradient.

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    Perakis, Steven S; Sinkhorn, Emily R

    2011-07-01

    Wide natural gradients of soil nitrogen (N) can be used to examine fundamental relationships between plant-soil-microbial N cycling and hydrologic N loss, and to test N-saturation theory as a general framework for understanding ecosystem N dynamics. We characterized plant production, N uptake and return in litterfall, soil gross and net N mineralization rates, and hydrologic N losses of nine Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) forests across a wide soil N gradient in the Oregon Coast Range (U.S.A.). Surface mineral soil N (0-10 cm) ranged nearly three-fold from 0.29% to 0.78% N, and in contrast to predictions of N-saturation theory, was linearly related to 10-fold variation in net N mineralization, from 8 to 82 kg N.ha(-1) x yr(-1). Net N mineralization was unrelated to soil C:N, soil texture, precipitation, and temperature differences among sites. Net nitrification was negatively related to soil pH, and accounted for <20% of net N mineralization at low-N sites, increasing to 85-100% of net N mineralization at intermediate- and high-N sites. The ratio of net: gross N mineralization and nitrification increased along the gradient, indicating progressive saturation of microbial N demands at high soil N. Aboveground N uptake by plants increased asymptotically with net N mineralization to a peak of approximately 35 kg N.ha(-1) x yr(-1). Aboveground net primary production per unit net N mineralization varied inversely with soil N, suggesting progressive saturation of plant N demands at high soil N. Hydrologic N losses were dominated by dissolved organic N at low-N sites, with increased nitrate loss causing a shift to dominance by nitrate at high-N sites, particularly where net nitrification exceeded plant N demands. With the exception of N mineralization patterns, our results broadly support the application of the N-saturation model developed from studies of anthropogenic N deposition to understand N cycling and saturation of plant and microbial sinks along natural soil N gradients. This convergence of behavior in unpolluted and polluted forest N cycles suggests that where future reductions in deposition to polluted sites do occur, symptoms of N saturation are most likely to persist where soil N content remains elevated. PMID:21870622

  2. Efficient quantum algorithm for numerical gradient estimation

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    Jordan, S P

    2004-01-01

    Given a blackbox for f, a smooth real scalar function of d real variables, one wants to estimate the gradient of f at a given point with n bits of precision. On a classical computer this requires a minimum of d+1 blackbox queries, whereas on a quantum computer it requires only two queries regardless of d. The number of bits of precision to which f must be evaluated differs between the quantum and classical cases. In the limit of large n the quantum algorithm requires twice as many bits.

  3. Leading a supply chain turnaround.

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    Slone, Reuben E

    2004-10-01

    Just five years ago, salespeople at Whirlpool were in the habit of referring to their supply chain organization as the "sales disablers." Now the company excels at getting products to the right place at the right time--while managing to keep inventories low. How did that happen? In this first-person account, Reuben Slone, Whirlpool's vice president of Global Supply Chain, describes how he and his colleagues devised the right supply chain strategy, sold it internally, and implemented it. Slone insisted that the right focal point for the strategy was the satisfaction of consumers at the end of the supply chain. Most supply chain initiatives do the opposite: They start with the realities of a company's manufacturing base and proceed from there. Through a series of interviews with trade customers large and small, his team identified 27 different capabilities that drove industry perceptions of Whirlpool's performance. Knowing it was infeasible to aim for world-class performance across all of them, Slone weighed the costs of excelling at each and found the combination of initiatives that would provide overall competitive advantage. A highly disciplined project management office and broad training in project management were key to keeping work on budget and on benefit. Slone set an intense pace--three "releases" of new capabilities every month--that the group maintains to this day. Lest this seem like a technology story, however, Slone insists it is just as much a "talent renaissance." People are proud today to be part of Whirlpool's supply chain organization, and its new generation of talent will give the company a competitive advantage for years to come. PMID:15559580

  4. Differential evolution Markov chain with snooker updater and fewer chains

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    Vrugt, Jasper A; Ter Braak, Cajo J F

    2008-01-01

    Differential Evolution Markov Chain (DE-MC) is an adaptive MCMC algorithm, in which multiple chains are run in parallel. Standard DE-MC requires at least N=2d chains to be run in parallel, where d is the dimensionality of the posterior. This paper extends DE-MC with a snooker updater and shows by simulation and real examples that DE-MC can work for d up to 50--100 with fewer parallel chains (e.g. N=3) by exploiting information from their past by generating jumps from differences of pairs of past states. This approach extends the practical applicability of DE-MC and is shown to be about 5--26 times more efficient than the optimal Normal random walk Metropolis sampler for the 97.5% point of a variable from a 25--50 dimensional Student T{sub 3} distribution. In a nonlinear mixed effects model example the approach outperformed a block-updater geared to the specific features of the model.

  5. Quantum Crystals and Spin Chains

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    Robbert Dijkgraaf; Domenico Orlando; Susanne Reffert

    2008-08-11

    In this note, we discuss the quantum version of the melting crystal corner in one, two, and three dimensions, generalizing the treatment for the quantum dimer model. Using a mapping to spin chains we find that the two--dimensional case (growth of random partitions) is integrable and leads directly to the Hamiltonian of the Heisenberg XXZ ferromagnet. The three--dimensional case of the melting crystal corner is described in terms of a system of coupled XXZ spin chains. We give a conjecture for its mass gap and analyze the system numerically.

  6. Guest Chain ``Melting'' in Incommensurate Host-Guest Potassium

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    McBride, Emma; Munro, Keith; McMahon, Malcolm

    2013-06-01

    Upon increasing pressure the group-I elements transform from close-packed structures (bcc and fcc) to a series of low-symmetry complex structures. Residing in the middle of the group, potassium (K) has numerous structures in common with its neighbours, and, in fact, is remarkably structurally similar to sodium (Na) and rubidium (Rb). For example, the post-fcc transition in K is to a composite incommensurate host-guest structure (tI19), and the host structure of this phase is isostructural with that found in Na and Rb. Previously we have reported that below 16.7GPa, the Bragg peaks from the guest component of tI19-Rb broaden considerably, signalling a loss of the inter-chain correlation, or a ``melting'' of the chains. Furthermore, in tI19-Na above 125 GPa, the Bragg peaks from the guest component are also broadened, suggesting that the guest chains are also nearly ``melted.'' During studies of the melting curve of K, we observed that the guest peaks from tI19-K broaden dramatically on heating. Here we report single-crystal, quasi-single-crystal, and powder synchrotron x-ray diffraction measurements of tI19-K to 50 GPa and 800 K, which allowed a detailed study of this chain ``melting'' transition. The order-disorder transition is clearly visible over a 30 GPa pressure range, and there are significant changes in the gradient of the phase boundary, which may be influenced by the nature of the guest structure. Furthermore, data extending the melting curve will also be presented.

  7. Solubility-excipient classification gradient maps.

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    Avdeef, Alex; Bendels, Stefanie; Tsinman, Oksana; Tsinman, Konstantin; Kansy, Manfred

    2007-03-01

    This study assessed the effect of excipients (sodium taurocholate, 2-hydroxypropyl-f-cyclodextrin, potassium chloride, propylene glycol, 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, and polyethylene glycol 400) on the apparent intrinsic solubility properties of eight sparingly soluble drugs (four bases, two neutrals, and two acids): astemizole, butacaine, clotrimazole, dipyridamole, griseofulvin, progesterone, glibenclamide, and mefenemic acid. Over 1,200 UV-based solubility measurements (pH 3-10) were made with a high-throughput instrument. New equations, based on the "shift-in-pKa" method, were derived to interpret the complicated solubility-pH dependence observed, and poorly predicted by the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation. An intrinsic solubility-excipient classification gradient map visualization tool was developed to rank order the compounds and the excipients. In excipient-free solutions, all of the ionizable compounds formed either uncharged or mixed-charge aggregates. Mefenamic acid formed anionic dimers and trimers. Glibenclamide displayed a tendency to form monoanionic dimers. Dipyridamole and butacaine tended to form uncharged aggregates. With strong excipients, the tendency to form aggregates diminished, except in the case of glibenclamide. We conclude that a low-cost, compound-sparing, and reasonably accurate high-throughput assay which can be used in early screening to prioritize candidate molecules by their eventual developability via the excipient route is possible with the aid of the "self-organized" intrinsic solubility-excipient classification gradient maps. PMID:17245653

  8. Gradient navigation model for pedestrian dynamics

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    Dietrich, Felix; Köster, Gerta

    2014-06-01

    We present a microscopic ordinary differential equation (ODE)-based model for pedestrian dynamics: the gradient navigation model. The model uses a superposition of gradients of distance functions to directly change the direction of the velocity vector. The velocity is then integrated to obtain the location. The approach differs fundamentally from force-based models needing only three equations to derive the ODE system, as opposed to four in, e.g., the social force model. Also, as a result, pedestrians are no longer subject to inertia. Several other advantages ensue: Model-induced oscillations are avoided completely since no actual forces are present. The derivatives in the equations of motion are smooth and therefore allow the use of fast and accurate high-order numerical integrators. At the same time, the existence and uniqueness of the solution to the ODE system follow almost directly from the smoothness properties. In addition, we introduce a method to calibrate parameters by theoretical arguments based on empirically validated assumptions rather than by numerical tests. These parameters, combined with the accurate integration, yield simulation results with no collisions of pedestrians. Several empirically observed system phenomena emerge without the need to recalibrate the parameter set for each scenario: obstacle avoidance, lane formation, stop-and-go waves, and congestion at bottlenecks. The density evolution in the latter is shown to be quantitatively close to controlled experiments. Likewise, we observe a dependence of the crowd velocity on the local density that compares well with benchmark fundamental diagrams.

  9. The phenotypic variance gradient – a novel concept

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    Pertoldi, Cino; Bundgaard, Jørgen; Loeschcke, Volker; Barker, James Stuart Flinton

    2014-01-01

    Evolutionary ecologists commonly use reaction norms, which show the range of phenotypes produced by a set of genotypes exposed to different environments, to quantify the degree of phenotypic variance and the magnitude of plasticity of morphometric and life-history traits. Significant differences among the values of the slopes of the reaction norms are interpreted as significant differences in phenotypic plasticity, whereas significant differences among phenotypic variances (variance or coefficient of variation) are interpreted as differences in the degree of developmental instability or canalization. We highlight some potential problems with this approach to quantifying phenotypic variance and suggest a novel and more informative way to plot reaction norms: namely “a plot of log (variance) on the y-axis versus log (mean) on the x-axis, with a reference line added”. This approach gives an immediate impression of how the degree of phenotypic variance varies across an environmental gradient, taking into account the consequences of the scaling effect of the variance with the mean. The evolutionary implications of the variation in the degree of phenotypic variance, which we call a “phenotypic variance gradient”, are discussed together with its potential interactions with variation in the degree of phenotypic plasticity and canalization. PMID:25540685

  10. Asymmetric Uncertainty Expression for High Gradient Aerodynamics

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    Pinier, Jeremy T

    2012-01-01

    When the physics of the flow around an aircraft changes very abruptly either in time or space (e.g., flow separation/reattachment, boundary layer transition, unsteadiness, shocks, etc), the measurements that are performed in a simulated environment like a wind tunnel test or a computational simulation will most likely incorrectly predict the exact location of where (or when) the change in physics happens. There are many reasons for this, includ- ing the error introduced by simulating a real system at a smaller scale and at non-ideal conditions, or the error due to turbulence models in a computational simulation. The un- certainty analysis principles that have been developed and are being implemented today do not fully account for uncertainty in the knowledge of the location of abrupt physics changes or sharp gradients, leading to a potentially underestimated uncertainty in those areas. To address this problem, a new asymmetric aerodynamic uncertainty expression containing an extra term to account for a phase-uncertainty, the magnitude of which is emphasized in the high-gradient aerodynamic regions is proposed in this paper. Additionally, based on previous work, a method for dispersing aerodynamic data within asymmetric uncer- tainty bounds in a more realistic way has been developed for use within Monte Carlo-type analyses.

  11. Pumpernickel Valley Geothermal Project Thermal Gradient Wells

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    Z. Adam Szybinski

    2006-01-01

    The Pumpernickel Valley geothermal project area is located near the eastern edge of the Sonoma Range and is positioned within the structurally complex Winnemucca fold and thrust belt of north-central Nevada. A series of approximately north-northeast-striking faults related to the Basin and Range tectonics are superimposed on the earlier structures within the project area, and are responsible for the final overall geometry and distribution of the pre-existing structural features on the property. Two of these faults, the Pumpernickel Valley fault and Edna Mountain fault, are range-bounding and display numerous characteristics typical of strike-slip fault systems. These characteristics, when combined with geophysical data from Shore (2005), indicate the presence of a pull-apart basin, formed within the releasing bend of the Pumpernickel Valley – Edna Mountain fault system. A substantial body of evidence exists, in the form of available geothermal, geological and geophysical information, to suggest that the property and the pull-apart basin host a structurally controlled, extensive geothermal field. The most evident manifestations of the geothermal activity in the valley are two areas with hot springs, seepages, and wet ground/vegetation anomalies near the Pumpernickel Valley fault, which indicate that the fault focuses the fluid up-flow. There has not been any geothermal production from the Pumpernickel Valley area, but it was the focus of a limited exploration effort by Magma Power Company. In 1974, the company drilled one exploration/temperature gradient borehole east of the Pumpernickel Valley fault and recorded a thermal gradient of 160oC/km. The 1982 temperature data from five unrelated mineral exploration holes to the north of the Magma well indicated geothermal gradients in a range from 66 to 249oC/km for wells west of the fault, and ~283oC/km in a well next to the fault. In 2005, Nevada Geothermal Power Company drilled four geothermal gradient wells, PVTG-1, -2, -3, and -4, and all four encountered geothermal fluids. The holes provided valuable water geochemistry, supporting the geothermometry results obtained from the hot springs and Magma well. The temperature data gathered from all the wells clearly indicates the presence of a major plume of thermal water centered on the Pumpernickel Valley fault, and suggests that the main plume is controlled, at least in part, by flow from this fault system. The temperature data also defines the geothermal resource with gradients >100oC/km, which covers an area a minimum of 8 km2. Structural blocks, down dropped with respect to the Pumpernickel Valley fault, may define an immediate reservoir. The geothermal system almost certainly continues beyond the recently drilled holes and might be open to the east and south, whereas the heat source responsible for the temperatures associated with this plume has not been intersected and must be at a depth greater than 920 meters (depth of the deepest well – Magma well). The geological and structural setting and other characteristics of the Pumpernickel Valley geothermal project area are markedly similar to the portions of the nearby Dixie Valley geothermal field. These similarities include, among others, the numerous, unexposed en echelon faults and large-scale pull-apart structure, which in Dixie Valley may host part of the geothermal field. The Pumpernickel Valley project area, for the majority of which Nevada Geothermal Power Company has geothermal rights, represents a geothermal site with a potential for the discovery of a relatively high temperature reservoir suitable for electric power production. Among locations not previously identified as having high geothermal potential, Pumpernickel Valley has been ranked as one of four sites with the highest potential for electrical power production in Nevada (Shevenell and Garside, 2003). Richards and Blackwell (2002) estimated the total heat loss and the preliminary production capacity for the entire Pumpernickel Valley geothermal system to be at 35MW. A more conservative estimate, for

  12. Parameter inference for discretely observed stochastic kinetic models using stochastic gradient descent

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    2010-01-01

    Background Stochastic effects can be important for the behavior of processes involving small population numbers, so the study of stochastic models has become an important topic in the burgeoning field of computational systems biology. However analysis techniques for stochastic models have tended to lag behind their deterministic cousins due to the heavier computational demands of the statistical approaches for fitting the models to experimental data. There is a continuing need for more effective and efficient algorithms. In this article we focus on the parameter inference problem for stochastic kinetic models of biochemical reactions given discrete time-course observations of either some or all of the molecular species. Results We propose an algorithm for inference of kinetic rate parameters based upon maximum likelihood using stochastic gradient descent (SGD). We derive a general formula for the gradient of the likelihood function given discrete time-course observations. The formula applies to any explicit functional form of the kinetic rate laws such as mass-action, Michaelis-Menten, etc. Our algorithm estimates the gradient of the likelihood function by reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling (RJMCMC), and then gradient descent method is employed to obtain the maximum likelihood estimation of parameter values. Furthermore, we utilize flux balance analysis and show how to automatically construct reversible jump samplers for arbitrary biochemical reaction models. We provide RJMCMC sampling algorithms for both fully observed and partially observed time-course observation data. Our methods are illustrated with two examples: a birth-death model and an auto-regulatory gene network. We find good agreement of the inferred parameters with the actual parameters in both models. Conclusions The SGD method proposed in the paper presents a general framework of inferring parameters for stochastic kinetic models. The method is computationally efficient and is effective for both partially and fully observed systems. Automatic construction of reversible jump samplers and general formulation of the likelihood gradient function makes our method applicable to a wide range of stochastic models. Furthermore our derivations can be useful for other purposes such as using the gradient information for parametric sensitivity analysis or using the reversible jump samplers for full Bayesian inference. The software implementing the algorithms is publicly available at http://cbcl.ics.uci.edu/sgd PMID:20663171

  13. Inuence of elastic gradient proles on dynamically loaded functionally graded materials: cracks along the gradient

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    Rousseau, Carl-Ernst

    graded materials (FGM) having cracks parallel to the elastic gradient is studied numerically. Finite element analyses of FGM and homogeneous beams are used to examine crack tip responses to low velocity of the FGM whereas signi®cant dierences are seen when cracks are on the compliant side. Elastic property

  14. Entropy Dynamics in heisenberg chains

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    Fominov, Yakov

    Entropy Dynamics in heisenberg chains R o s a r i o F a z i o Scuola Normale Superiore - Pisa SISSA * Block entropy - Statics & Dynamics #12;· Spin Systems · Superconductivity · Quantum Hall Effect (bipartite) - Multipartite entanglement - Block entropy - Localizable entanglement - ... - Entanglement

  15. InterplanetarySupply Chain Management &

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    de Weck, Olivier L.

    of a logistics architecture, as well as in the design of space systems. This study may also be appropriately logistics system, shared by multiple organizations, to decrease the problem of differing values for likeInterplanetarySupply Chain Management & LogisticsArchitectures 2005-2007 MIT JPL USA PSI

  16. On the role of sharp chains in the transport theorem

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    Falach, L.; Segev, R.

    2015-07-01

    A generalized transport theorem for convecting irregular domains is presented in the setting of Federer's geometric measure theory. A prototypical r-dimensional domain is viewed as a flat r-chain of finite mass in an open set of an n-dimensional Euclidean space. The evolution of such a generalized domain in time is assumed to follow a continuous succession of Lipschitz embedding so that the spatial gradient may be nonexistent in a subset of the domain with zero measure. The induced curve is shown to be continuous with respect to the flat norm and differential with respect to the sharp norm on currents in {Rn} . A time-dependent property is naturally assigned to the evolving region via the action of an r-cochain on the current associated with the domain. Applying a representation theorem for cochains, the properties are shown to be locally represented by an r-form. Using these notions, a generalized transport theorem is presented.

  17. OBSERVATIONS OF WARM CARBON CHAIN CHEMISTRY IN NGC 3576

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    Saul, M.; Tothill, N. F. H.; Purcell, C. R. E-mail: n.tothill@uws.edu.au

    2015-01-01

    We report observations of warm carbon chain chemistry (WCCC) in NGC 3576, including high angular resolution imaging of an ionization source candidate and the first detection of C{sub 5}H in a massive star-forming region. In order to investigate the environment associated with birthline emergence, we ask how observed chemical conditions relate to Class 0/1 core differentiation: a systemic shift in peak position between species correlates with giant molecular cloud core gradients in turbulence and age. Emission in several molecular lines including HC{sub 3}N (11-10), NH{sub 3} (1, 1), and C{sub 5}H supports the G291.3-0.7 ionization front—transitional pre-main-sequence core interaction regulating the WCCC environment.

  18. Observations of Warm Carbon Chain Chemistry in NGC 3576

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    Saul, M.; Tothill, N. F. H.; Purcell, C. R.

    2015-01-01

    We report observations of warm carbon chain chemistry (WCCC) in NGC 3576, including high angular resolution imaging of an ionization source candidate and the first detection of C5H in a massive star-forming region. In order to investigate the environment associated with birthline emergence, we ask how observed chemical conditions relate to Class 0/1 core differentiation: a systemic shift in peak position between species correlates with giant molecular cloud core gradients in turbulence and age. Emission in several molecular lines including HC3N (11-10), NH3 (1, 1), and C5H supports the G291.3-0.7 ionization front—transitional pre-main-sequence core interaction regulating the WCCC environment.

  19. Molecules and chains in a strong magnetic field - Statistical treatment

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    Abrahams, Andrew M.; Shapiro, Stuart L.

    1991-01-01

    A Thomas-Fermi-Dirac-Weizsaecker statistical model is developed and employed to investigate diatomic molecules and infinite molecular chains in strong magnetic fields. The standard magnetic Thomas-Fermi-Dirac kinetic, potential, and exchange energy functionals are supplemented by a gradient correction to the kinetic energy. The numerical method used for solving this system in two spatial dimensions is detailed. Numerical solutions for a wide range of magnetic strengths and elements are presented to demonstrate the robustness, as well as the limitations, of the statistical approach. These calculations qualitatively reproduce many of the results of detailed quantum mechanical treatments. For example, the fractional binding energy is greatest for low atomic numbers and for strong magnetic fields.

  20. Supply chain challenges. building relationships.

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    Beth, Scott; Burt, David N; Copacino, William; Gopal, Chris; Lee, Hau L; Lynch, Robert Porter; Morris, Sandra

    2003-07-01

    Supply chain management is all about software and systems, right? Put in the best technology, sit back, and watch as your processes run smoothly and the savings roll in? Apparently not. When HBR convened a panel of leading thinkers in the field of supply chain management, technology was not top of mind. People and relationships were the dominant issues of the day. The opportunities and problems created by globalization, for example, are requiring companies to establish relationships with new types of suppliers. The ever-present pressure for speed and cost containment is making it even more important to break down stubbornly high internal barriers and establish more effective cross-functional relationships. The costs of failure have never been higher. The leading supply chain performers are applying new technology, new innovations, and process thinking to far greater advantage than the laggards, reaping tremendous gains in all the variables that affect shareholder value: cost, customer service, asset productivity, and revenue generation. And the gap between the leaders and the losers is growing in almost every industry. This roundtable gathered many of the leading thinkers and doers in the field of supply chain management, including practitioners Scott Beth of Intuit, Sandra Morris of Intel, and Chris Gopal of Unisys. David Burt of the University of San Diego and Stanford's Hau Lee bring the latest research from academia. Accenture's William Copacino and the Warren Company's Robert Porter Lynch offer the consultant's perspectives. Together, they take a wide-ranging view of such topics as developing talent, the role of the chief executive, and the latest technologies, exploring both the tactical and the strategic in the current state of supply chain management. PMID:12858712

  1. Determination of gradient elastic tensors: stress and strain dependencies of electric field gradients in cubic and hexagonal systems.

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    Brüsewitz, C; Vetter, U; Hofsäss, H

    2015-02-11

    We present ab-initio calculations of the independent components of gradient elastic tensors, so-called gradient elastic constants, which relate electric field gradient tensors to stress or strain tensors. The constants of cubic and hexagonal metals, MAX phases, and zinc oxide were determined within the framework of density functional theory by using the augmented plane waves plus local orbitals method implemented in the WIEN2k code. Comparison with experimental gradient elastic constants and electric field gradients' stress dependencies suggest an accuracy of about 30% of the calculated constants, independent of the probe that detects the field gradient being self- or foreign-atom. Changes in the electric field gradient take place by strain-induced asymmetric occupations of the p and d states in the valence region for all investigated materials. Volume and structural dependencies of the electric field gradient can directly be determined from this fundamental approach and are, for hexagonal closed packed metals, consistent with vanishing electric field gradients around ideal close packing and volume dependencies larger than one. The concept of these calculations is applicable in any hyperfine interaction method and, thus, can be used to gain information about intrinsic strains in systems where the experimental gradient elastic constants are inaccessible. PMID:25614685

  2. A Cellular System for Spatial Signal Decoding in Chemical Gradients.

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    Hegemann, Björn; Unger, Michael; Lee, Sung Sik; Stoffel-Studer, Ingrid; van den Heuvel, Jasmin; Pelet, Serge; Koeppl, Heinz; Peter, Matthias

    2015-11-23

    Directional cell growth requires that cells read and interpret shallow chemical gradients, but how the gradient directional information is identified remains elusive. We use single-cell analysis and mathematical modeling to define the cellular gradient decoding network in yeast. Our results demonstrate that the spatial information of the gradient signal is read locally within the polarity site complex using double-positive feedback between the GTPase Cdc42 and trafficking of the receptor Ste2. Spatial decoding critically depends on low Cdc42 activity, which is maintained by the MAPK Fus3 through sequestration of the Cdc42 activator Cdc24. Deregulated Cdc42 or Ste2 trafficking prevents gradient decoding and leads to mis-oriented growth. Our work discovers how a conserved set of components assembles a network integrating signal intensity and directionality to decode the spatial information contained in chemical gradients. PMID:26585298

  3. Design of a High Thermal Gradient Bridgman Furnace

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    LeCroy, J. E.; Popok, D. P.

    1994-01-01

    The Advanced Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (AADSF) is a Bridgman-Stockbarger microgravity processing facility, designed and manifested to first fly aboard the second United States Microgravity Payload (USMP-2) Space Shuttle mission. The AADSF was principally designed to produce high axial thermal gradients, and is particularly suitable for metals solidification experiments, including non-dilute alloys. To accommodate a wider range of experimental conditions, the AADSF is equipped with a reconfigurable gradient zone. The overall design of the AADSF and the relationship between gradient zone design and furnace performance are described. Parametric thermal analysis was performed and used to select gradient zone design features that fulfill the high thermal gradient requirements of the USMP-2 experiment. The thermal model and analytical procedure, and parametric results leading to the first flight gradient zone configuration, are presented. Performance for the USMP-2 flight experiment is also predicted, and analysis results are compared to test data.

  4. Optimal antenna topologies for spatial gradient detection in differential GNSS

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    Jing, Jing; Khanafseh, Samer; Langel, Steven; Chan, Fang-Cheng; Pervan, Boris

    2015-07-01

    This paper describes new methods to determine optimal reference antenna topologies for detection of spatial gradients in differential Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Such gradients can be caused by ionospheric fronts and orbit ephemeris faults, and if undetected, represent major threats to aircraft navigation integrity. Differential carrier phase measurements between ground antennas are highly sensitive to spatial gradients. Therefore, monitors using spatially separated ground antennas have recently attracted great interest. However, they cannot detect gradients of all sizes and directions due to the presence of integer ambiguities. These ambiguities cannot be resolved because the gradient magnitude is unknown a priori. Furthermore, the performance of such monitors is highly dependent on the spatial distribution of reference antennas. In this work, we introduce new methods to find optimized antenna topologies for spatial gradient detection.

  5. Thermoacoustic mixture separation with an axial temperature gradient

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    Geller, Drew W; Swift, Gregory A

    2008-01-01

    The theory of thermoacoustic mixture separation is extended to include the effect of a nonzero axial temperature gradient. The analysis yields a new term in the second-order mole flux that is proportional to the temperature gradient and to the square of the volumetric velocity and is independent of the phasing of the wave. Because of this new term, thermoacoustic separation stops at a critical temperature gradient and changes direction above that gradient. For a traveling wave, this gradient is somewhat higher than that predicted by a simple four-step model. An experiment tests the theory for temperature gradients from 0 to 416 K/m in 50-50 He-Ar mixtures.

  6. Added stresses because of the presence of FENE-P bead spring chains in a random velocity field

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    Massah, Heshmat; Hanratty, Thomas J.

    1997-04-01

    FENE-P bead spring chains unravel in the presence of large enough velocity gradients. In a turbulent flow, this can result in intermittent added stresses and exchanges of energy between the chains and the fluid, whose magnitudes depend on the degree of unravelling and on the orientations of the bead spring chains. These effects are studied by calculating the average behaviour at different times of an ensemble of chains, contained in a fluid particle that is moving around in a random velocity field obtained from direct numerical simulation of turbulent flow of a Newtonian fluid in a channel. The results are used to evaluate theoretical explanations of drag reduction observed in very dilute solutions of polymers.

  7. Magnon dark modes and gradient memory

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    Zhang, Xufeng; Zou, Chang-Ling; Zhu, Na; Marquardt, Florian; Jiang, Liang; Tang, Hong X.

    2015-01-01

    Extensive efforts have been expended in developing hybrid quantum systems to overcome the short coherence time of superconducting circuits by introducing the naturally long-lived spin degree of freedom. Among all the possible materials, single-crystal yttrium iron garnet has shown up recently as a promising candidate for hybrid systems, and various highly coherent interactions, including strong and even ultrastrong coupling, have been demonstrated. One distinct advantage in these systems is that spins form well-defined magnon modes, which allows flexible and precise tuning. Here we demonstrate that by dissipation engineering, a non-Markovian interaction dynamics between the magnon and the microwave cavity photon can be achieved. Such a process enables us to build a magnon gradient memory to store information in the magnon dark modes, which decouple from the microwave cavity and thus preserve a long lifetime. Our findings provide a promising approach for developing long-lifetime, multimode quantum memories. PMID:26568130

  8. Virulence reaction norms across a food gradient.

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    Bedhomme, Stephanie; Agnew, Philip; Sidobre, Christine; Michalakis, Yannis

    2004-01-01

    Host-parasite interactions involve competition for nutritional resources between hosts and the parasites growing within them. Consuming part of a host's resources is one cause of a parasite's virulence, i.e. part of the fitness cost imposed on the host by the parasite. The influence of a host's nutritional conditions on the virulence of a parasite was experimentally tested using the mosquito Aedes aegypti and the microsporidian parasite Vavraia culicis. A condition-dependent expression of virulence was found and a positive relation between virulence and transmissibility was established. Spore production was positively influenced by host food availability, indicating that the parasite's within-host growth is limited by host condition. We also investigated how the fitness of each partner varied across the nutritional gradient and demonstrated that the sign of the correlation between host fitness and parasite fitness depended on the amount of nutritional resources available to the host. PMID:15209108

  9. Constant field gradient planar coupled cavity structure

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    Kang, Yoon W. (Naperville, IL); Kustom, Robert L. (Oswego, IL)

    1999-01-01

    A cavity structure having at least two opposing planar housing members spaced apart to accommodate the passage of a particle beam through the structure between the members. Each of the housing members have a plurality of serially aligned hollows defined therein, and also passages, formed in the members, which interconnect serially adjacent hollows to provide communication between the hollows. The opposing planar housing members are spaced and aligned such that the hollows in one member cooperate with corresponding hollows in the other member to form a plurality of resonant cavities aligned along the particle beam within the cavity structure. To facilitate the obtaining of a constant field gradient within the cavity structure, the passages are configured so as to be incrementally narrower in the direction of travel of the particle beam. In addition, the spacing distance between the opposing housing members is configured to be incrementally smaller in the direction of travel of the beam.

  10. Microfluidic quadrupole and floating concentration gradient

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    Qasaimeh, Mohammad A.; Gervais, Thomas; Juncker, David

    2014-01-01

    The concept of fluidic multipoles, in analogy to electrostatics, has long been known as a particular class of solutions of the Navier-Stokes equation in potential flows, however, experimental observations of fluidic multipoles and of their characteristics have not been reported yet. Here we present a two-dimensional microfluidic quadrupole and a theoretical analysis consistent with the experimental observations. The microfluidic quadrupole was formed by simultaneously injecting and aspirating fluids from two pairs of opposing apertures in a narrow gap formed between a microfluidic probe and a substrate. A stagnation point was formed at the center of the microfluidic quadrupole, and its position could be rapidly adjusted hydrodynamically. Following the injection of a solute through one of the poles, a stationary, tunable, and movable – i.e. “floating” – concentration gradient was formed at the stagnation point. Our results lay the foundation for future combined experimental and theoretical exploration of microfluidic planar multipoles including convective-diffusive phenomena. PMID:21897375

  11. Magnon dark modes and gradient memory

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    Zhang, Xufeng; Zou, Chang-Ling; Zhu, Na; Marquardt, Florian; Jiang, Liang; Tang, Hong X.

    2015-11-01

    Extensive efforts have been expended in developing hybrid quantum systems to overcome the short coherence time of superconducting circuits by introducing the naturally long-lived spin degree of freedom. Among all the possible materials, single-crystal yttrium iron garnet has shown up recently as a promising candidate for hybrid systems, and various highly coherent interactions, including strong and even ultrastrong coupling, have been demonstrated. One distinct advantage in these systems is that spins form well-defined magnon modes, which allows flexible and precise tuning. Here we demonstrate that by dissipation engineering, a non-Markovian interaction dynamics between the magnon and the microwave cavity photon can be achieved. Such a process enables us to build a magnon gradient memory to store information in the magnon dark modes, which decouple from the microwave cavity and thus preserve a long lifetime. Our findings provide a promising approach for developing long-lifetime, multimode quantum memories.

  12. Background field method in the gradient flow

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    Suzuki, Hiroshi

    2015-10-01

    In perturbative consideration of the Yang-Mills gradient flow, it is useful to introduce a gauge non-covariant term (“gauge-fixing term”) to the flow equation that gives rise to a Gaussian damping factor also for gauge degrees of freedom. In the present paper, we consider a modified form of the gauge-fixing term that manifestly preserves covariance under the background gauge transformation. It is shown that our gauge-fixing term does not affect gauge-invariant quantities as does the conventional gauge-fixing term. The formulation thus allows a background gauge covariant perturbative expansion of the flow equation that provides, in particular, a very efficient computational method of expansion coefficients in the small flow time expansion. The formulation can be generalized to systems containing fermions.

  13. Magnon dark modes and gradient memory.

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    Zhang, Xufeng; Zou, Chang-Ling; Zhu, Na; Marquardt, Florian; Jiang, Liang; Tang, Hong X

    2015-01-01

    Extensive efforts have been expended in developing hybrid quantum systems to overcome the short coherence time of superconducting circuits by introducing the naturally long-lived spin degree of freedom. Among all the possible materials, single-crystal yttrium iron garnet has shown up recently as a promising candidate for hybrid systems, and various highly coherent interactions, including strong and even ultrastrong coupling, have been demonstrated. One distinct advantage in these systems is that spins form well-defined magnon modes, which allows flexible and precise tuning. Here we demonstrate that by dissipation engineering, a non-Markovian interaction dynamics between the magnon and the microwave cavity photon can be achieved. Such a process enables us to build a magnon gradient memory to store information in the magnon dark modes, which decouple from the microwave cavity and thus preserve a long lifetime. Our findings provide a promising approach for developing long-lifetime, multimode quantum memories. PMID:26568130

  14. Molecular Rotation and Polarization under Thermal Gradients

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    Alpha A Lee

    2015-10-21

    Recent molecular dynamics simulations show that a thermal gradient induces an electric field in water that is comparable to that seen in ionic thin films and biomembranes. This counterintuitive phenomena of thermo-orientation is also observed more generally in simulations of polar and non-polar size-assymetric dumbbell fluids. However, a microscopic theory for this novel non-equilibrium phenomenon is yet unknown. We develop a microscopic theory of thermo-orientation using a mean-field, local equilibrium approach. Our theory reveals analytically how thermo-orientation depends on the molecular volume, size anisotropy, and dipole moment. Predictions of the theory agree quantitatively with molecular dynamics simulations. Crucially, our framework shows how thermo-orientation can be controlled and maximised by tuning microscopic molecular properties.

  15. Gradient index circuit by waveguided metamaterials

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    Liu, Ruopeng; Yang, Xin Mi; Gollub, Jonah G.; Mock, Jack J.; Cui, Tie Jun; Smith, David R.

    2009-02-01

    Metamaterials are artificially structured materials that provide considerable flexibility for control of electromagnetic waves. The metamaterial concept can also be applied to the design of planar waveguiding structures. Here, we illustrate this design approach with the development of two-dimensional (2D) planar gradient index (GRIN) circuits. To form the structure, we make use of a 2D complementary split ring resonator, which exhibits an electric response to guided transverse-electric waves. To confirm the properties of the planar GRIN structure predicted from numerical simulations, we present experimental results for a beam-steering and a focusing GRIN circuit. These examples illustrate the versatility of the metamaterial approach in the design of complex waveguiding structures.

  16. Molecular Rotation and Polarization under Thermal Gradients

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    Lee, Alpha A

    2015-01-01

    Recent molecular dynamics simulations show that a thermal gradient induces an electric field in water that is comparable to that seen in ionic thin films and biomembranes. This counterintuitive phenomena of thermo-orientation is also observed more generally in simulations of polar and non-polar size-assymetric dumbbell fluids. However, a microscopic theory for this novel non-equilibrium phenomenon is yet unknown. We develop a microscopic theory of thermo-orientation using a mean-field, local equilibrium approach. Our theory reveals analytically how thermo-orientation depends on the molecular volume, size anisotropy, and dipole moment. Predictions of the theory agree quantitatively with molecular dynamics simulations. Crucially, our framework shows how thermo-orientation can be controlled and maximised by tuning microscopic molecular properties.

  17. Constant field gradient planar coupled cavity structure

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    Kang, Y.W.; Kustom, R.L.

    1999-07-27

    A cavity structure is disclosed having at least two opposing planar housing members spaced apart to accommodate the passage of a particle beam through the structure between the members. Each of the housing members have a plurality of serially aligned hollows defined therein, and also passages, formed in the members, which interconnect serially adjacent hollows to provide communication between the hollows. The opposing planar housing members are spaced and aligned such that the hollows in one member cooperate with corresponding hollows in the other member to form a plurality of resonant cavities aligned along the particle beam within the cavity structure. To facilitate the obtaining of a constant field gradient within the cavity structure, the passages are configured so as to be incrementally narrower in the direction of travel of the particle beam. In addition, the spacing distance between the opposing housing members is configured to be incrementally smaller in the direction of travel of the beam. 16 figs.

  18. Optimization using the gradient and simplex methods.

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    Cerdà, Víctor; Cerdà, Juan Luis; Idris, Abubakr M

    2016-02-01

    Traditionally optimization of analytical methods has been conducted using a univariate method, varying each parameter one-by-one holding fixed the remaining. This means in many cases to reach only local minima and not get the real optimum. Among the various options for multivariate optimization, this paper highlights the gradient method, which involves the ability to perform the partial derivatives of a mathematical model, as well as the simplex method that does not require that condition. The advantages and disadvantages of those two multivariate optimization methods are discussed, indicating when they can be applied and the different forms that have been introduced. Different cases are described on the applications of these methods in analytical chemistry. PMID:26653495

  19. A matrix analysis of conjugate gradient algorithms

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    Ashby, S.F.; Gutknecht, M.H.

    1993-04-01

    This paper explores the relationships between the conjugate gradient algorithms Orthodir, Orthomin, and Orthores. To facilitate this exploration, a matrix formulation for each algorithm is given. It is shown that Orthodir directly computes a Hessenberg matrix H{sub k} at step k. Orthores also computes a Hessenberg matrix, G{sub k}, which is similar to a Hessenberg matrix obtained from H{sub k} by perturbing its last column. (This perturbation vanishes at convergence.) Orthomin, on the other hand, computes a UL and LU factorization of the perturbed H{sub k} and G{sub k}, respectively. The breakdown of Orthomin and Orthores are interpreted in terms of these underlying matrix factorizations. A connection with Lanczos algorithms is also examined, as is the special case of B-normal(1) matrices (for which efficient three-term CG algorithms exist).

  20. Understanding Nanoscale Temperature Gradients in Magnetic Nanocontacts

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    Petit-Watelot, S.; Otxoa, R. M.; Manfrini, M.; Van Roy, W.; Lagae, L.; Kim, J.-V.; Devolder, T.

    2012-12-01

    We have determined the temperature profile in magnetic nanocontacts under applied current densities typical of spin-torque oscillators (˜108A/cm2). The study combines experimental measurements of the electrical and magnetic properties of the nanocontacts and full three-dimensional simulations of the heat and current flow in these systems. It is found that the quadratic current-induced increase of the resistance due to Joule heating is independent of the applied temperature from 6 to 300 K. In terms of magnetization dynamics, the measured current-induced vortex nucleation, a thermally activated process, is found to be consistent with local temperatures increases of between 147 and 225 K. Simulations reproduce the experimental findings and show that significant thermal gradients exist out to 450 nm from the nanocontact.

  1. Dual-rail optical gradient echo memory.

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    Higginbottom, D B; Geng, J; Campbell, G T; Hosseini, M; Cao, M T; Sparkes, B M; Bernu, J; Robins, N P; Lam, P K; Buchler, B C

    2015-09-21

    We introduce a scheme for the parallel storage of frequency separated signals in an optical memory and demonstrate that this dual-rail storage is a suitable memory for high fidelity frequency qubits. The two signals are stored simultaneously in the Zeeman-split Raman absorption lines of a cold atom ensemble using gradient echo memory techniques. Analysis of the split-Zeeman storage shows that the memory can be configured to preserve the relative amplitude and phase of the frequency separated signals. In an experimental demonstration dual-frequency pulses are recalled with 35% efficiency, 82% interference fringe visibility, and 6° phase stability. The fidelity of the frequency-qubit memory is limited by frequency-dependent polarisation rotation and ambient magnetic field fluctuations, our analysis describes how these can be addressed in an alternative configuration. PMID:26406693

  2. High gradient lens for charged particle beam

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    Chen, Yu-Jiuan

    2014-04-29

    Methods and devices enable shaping of a charged particle beam. A dynamically adjustable electric lens includes a series of alternating a series of alternating layers of insulators and conductors with a hollow center. The series of alternating layers when stacked together form a high gradient insulator (HGI) tube to allow propagation of the charged particle beam through the hollow center of the HGI tube. A plurality of transmission lines are connected to a plurality of sections of the HGI tube, and one or more voltage sources are provided to supply an adjustable voltage value to each transmission line of the plurality of transmission lines. By changing the voltage values supplied to each section of the HGI tube, any desired electric field can be established across the HGI tube. This way various functionalities including focusing, defocusing, acceleration, deceleration, intensity modulation and others can be effectuated on a time varying basis.

  3. Effects of pressure gradients on turbulent premixed flames

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    Veynante, D.; Poinsot, T.

    1995-01-01

    The influence of a constant acceleration on a turbulent premixed flame is studied by direct numerical simulation. This acceleration induces a mean pressure gradient across the flame brush, leading to a modification of the turbulent flame structure due to differential buoyancy mechanisms between heavy cold fresh and light hot burnt gases. Such a pressure gradient may be encountered in practical applications in ducted flames. A favorable pressure gradient, i.e. the pressure decreases from unburnt to burnt gases, is found to decrease the flame wrinkling, the flame brush thickness, and the turbulent flame speed. A favorable pressure gradient also promotes counter-gradient turbulent transport. On the other hand, adverse pressure gradients tend to increase the flame brush thickness and turbulent flame speed, and promote classical gradient turbulent transport. The balance equation for the turbulent flux of the Favre averaged progress variable is also analyzed. The first results show that the fluctuating pressure term, cannot be neglected as generally assumed in models. Simple models assuming that a high mean pressure gradient may only be balanced by the cross-dissipation term seem too approximate. This analysis has to be continued to compare simulation data and closure schemes proposed for the transport equation. The analysis developed by Veynante et al.(1995) has been extended to imposed acceleration and mean pressure gradients. A simple model for the turbulent flux is proposed and validated from simulation data. Then, a modified criterion is derived to delineate between counter-gradient and gradient turbulent diffusion. In fact, counter-gradient diffusion may occur in most practical applications, especially for ducted flames.

  4. Comparison of genetic algorithms with conjugate gradient methods

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    Bosworth, J. L.; Foo, N. Y.; Zeigler, B. P.

    1972-01-01

    Genetic algorithms for mathematical function optimization are modeled on search strategies employed in natural adaptation. Comparisons of genetic algorithms with conjugate gradient methods, which were made on an IBM 1800 digital computer, show that genetic algorithms display superior performance over gradient methods for functions which are poorly behaved mathematically, for multimodal functions, and for functions obscured by additive random noise. Genetic methods offer performance comparable to gradient methods for many of the standard functions.

  5. High-gradient compact linear accelerator

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    Carder, B.M.

    1998-05-26

    A high-gradient linear accelerator comprises a solid-state stack in a vacuum of five sets of disc-shaped Blumlein modules each having a center hole through which particles are sequentially accelerated. Each Blumlein module is a sandwich of two outer conductive plates that bracket an inner conductive plate positioned between two dielectric plates with different thicknesses and dielectric constants. A third dielectric core in the shape of a hollow cylinder forms a casing down the series of center holes, and it has a dielectric constant different that the two dielectric plates that sandwich the inner conductive plate. In operation, all the inner conductive plates are charged to the same DC potential relative to the outer conductive plates. Next, all the inner conductive plates are simultaneously shorted to the outer conductive plates at the outer diameters. The signal short will propagate to the inner diameters at two different rates in each Blumlein module. A faster wave propagates quicker to the third dielectric core across the dielectric plates with the closer spacing and lower dielectric constant. When the faster wave reaches the inner extents of the outer and inner conductive plates, it reflects back outward and reverses the field in that segment of the dielectric core. All the field segments in the dielectric core are then in unipolar agreement until the slower wave finally propagates to the third dielectric core across the dielectric plates with the wider spacing and higher dielectric constant. During such unipolar agreement, particles in the core are accelerated with gradients that exceed twenty megavolts per meter. 10 figs.

  6. Boundary layers in favourable pressure gradients

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    Piomelli, Ugo

    2012-11-01

    Turbulent boundary layers subjected to freestream acceleration due to a favorable pressure gradient (FPG) are common in many engineering applications. For strong acceleration the flow tends to revert to a laminar state; whether it re-laminarizes fully depends on the strength of the acceleration, and on the distance over which the acceleration is maintained. As the pressure gradient is removed, the flow may then return to a turbulent state; the re-transitioning process is strongly affected by the state of the turbulence at the end of the acceleration region. In this talk we present results of simulations of turbulent flow in flat-plate boundary layers subjected to strong acceleration, exceeding the critical Reynolds number for extended distance. Two Reynolds numbers are considered: a low one is studied by direct simulations, a higher one by large-eddy simulations. As the acceleration increases, the logarithmic layer is initially preserved, albeit with a higher value of the von Kàrmàn constant; in the region of high acceleration, however, the velocity profile becomes laminar-like; in the high- Re case, a new logarithmic layer is established shortly after the end of the acceleration, while in the low- Re case re-transition occurs much later. Good agreement of the high- Re LES with the experimental data is observed. The region of maximum acceleration is characterized by significant reorganization of the wall layer, with streaks that remain stable for very long distances. Frozen turbulence advected from upstream is still present, but it does not adjust to the freestream acceleration (i.e., the freestream velocity increases, but the turbulent kinetic energy maintains its upstream value); the residual turbulent fluctuations are large enough that, once the acceleration ends, a bypass-like transition process is triggered.

  7. Seismic Velocity Gradients Across the Transition Zone

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    Escalante, C.; Cammarano, F.; de Koker, N.; Piazzoni, A.; Wang, Y.; Marone, F.; Dalton, C.; Romanowicz, B.

    2006-12-01

    One-D elastic velocity models derived from mineral physics do a notoriously poor job at predicting the velocity gradients in the upper mantle transition zone, as well as some other features of models derived from seismological data. During the 2006 CIDER summer program, we computed Vs and Vp velocity profiles in the upper mantle based on three different mineral physics approaches: two approaches based on the minimization of Gibbs Free Energy (Stixrude and Lithgow-Bertelloni, 2005; Piazzoni et al., 2006) and one obtained by using experimentally determined phase diagrams (Weidner and Wang, 1998). The profiles were compared by assuming a vertical temperature profile and two end-member compositional models, the pyrolite model of Ringwood (1979) and the piclogite model of Anderson and Bass (1984). The predicted seismic profiles, which are significantly different from each other, primarily due to different choices of properties of single minerals and their extrapolation with temperature, are tested against a global dataset of P and S travel times and spheroidal and toroidal normal mode eigenfrequencies. All the models derived using a potential temperature of 1600K predict seismic velocities that are too slow in the upper mantle, suggesting the need to use a colder geotherm. The velocity gradient in the transition zone is somewhat better for piclogite than for pyrolite, possibly indicating the need to increase Ca content. The presence of stagnant slabs in the transition zone is a possible explanation for the need for 1) colder temperature and 2) increased Ca content. Future improvements in seismic profiles obtained from mineral physics will arise from better knowledge of elastic properties of upper mantle constituents and aggregates at high temperature and pressure, a better understanding of differences between thermodynamic models, and possibly the effect of water through and on Q. High resolution seismic constraints on velocity jumps at 400 and 660 km also need to be included. earth.org/2006/workshop.html

  8. MARKOV CHAIN MONTE CARLO POSTERIOR SAMPLING WITH THE HAMILTONIAN METHOD

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    K. HANSON

    2001-02-01

    The Markov Chain Monte Carlo technique provides a means for drawing random samples from a target probability density function (pdf). MCMC allows one to assess the uncertainties in a Bayesian analysis described by a numerically calculated posterior distribution. This paper describes the Hamiltonian MCMC technique in which a momentum variable is introduced for each parameter of the target pdf. In analogy to a physical system, a Hamiltonian H is defined as a kinetic energy involving the momenta plus a potential energy {var_phi}, where {var_phi} is minus the logarithm of the target pdf. Hamiltonian dynamics allows one to move along trajectories of constant H, taking large jumps in the parameter space with relatively few evaluations of {var_phi} and its gradient. The Hamiltonian algorithm alternates between picking a new momentum vector and following such trajectories. The efficiency of the Hamiltonian method for multidimensional isotropic Gaussian pdfs is shown to remain constant at around 7% for up to several hundred dimensions. The Hamiltonian method handles correlations among the variables much better than the standard Metropolis algorithm. A new test, based on the gradient of {var_phi}, is proposed to measure the convergence of the MCMC sequence.

  9. Isolation of Early and Late Endosomes by Density Gradient Centrifugation.

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    de Araújo, Mariana E G; Lamberti, Giorgia; Huber, Lukas A

    2015-01-01

    Density gradient centrifugation is a common method for separating intracellular organelles. During centrifugation, organelles float or sediment until they reach their isopycnic position within the gradient. The density of an organelle depends on its content, size, shape, and the lipid:protein ratio. The degree of separation between different organelles will therefore be highly dependent on how different their isopycnic points are in a given buffer. Separation will also depend on the medium used to prepare the gradient, whether it is sucrose (the most common) or an alternative. Here we describe the use of both continuous and discontinuous (step) gradients to isolate endocytic organelles. PMID:26527762

  10. Origin of stress gradients induced in capped, copper metallization

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    Murray, Conal E.

    2014-02-24

    Stress gradients generated near the top surface of Cu thin films by capping layers, as measured using a combination of conventional and glancing incidence x-ray diffraction, exhibit heterogeneous behavior that is directly related to plastic anisotropy within the Cu grains. A comparison of stress gradients measured from several x-ray reflections to their corresponding Schmid factors yields a consistent, critical resolved shear stress. The results experimentally verify that dislocation-mediated plasticity is responsible for the creation of stress gradients at the Cu film/cap interface. Depth-dependent measurements reveal that the observed gradients are localized to within 200?nm of this interface.

  11. Gradient induced liquid motion on laser structured black Si surfaces

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    Paradisanos, I.; Fotakis, C.; Anastasiadis, S. H.; Stratakis, E.

    2015-09-01

    This letter reports on the femtosecond laser fabrication of gradient-wettability micro/nano-patterns on Si surfaces. The dynamics of directional droplet spreading on the surface tension gradients developed is systematically investigated and discussed. It is shown that microdroplets on the patterned surfaces spread at a maximum speed of 505 mm/s, which is the highest velocity demonstrated so far for liquid spreading on a surface tension gradient in ambient conditions. The application of the proposed laser patterning technique for the precise fabrication of surface tension gradients for open microfluidic systems, liquid management in fuel cells, and drug delivery is envisaged.

  12. Gradient induced liquid motion on laser structured black Si surfaces

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    Paradisanos, I; Anastasiadis, S H; Stratakis, E

    2015-01-01

    This letter reports on the femtosecond laser fabrication of gradient-wettability micro/nano- patterns on Si surfaces. The dynamics of directional droplet spreading on the surface tension gradients developed is systematically investigated and discussed. It is shown that microdroplets on the patterned surfaces spread at a maximum speed of 505 mm/sec, that is the highest velocity demonstrated so far for liquid spreading on a surface tension gradient in ambient conditions. The application of the proposed laser patterning technique for the precise fabrication of surface tension gradients for open microfluidic systems, liquid management in fuel cells and drug delivery is envisaged.

  13. Aggregation-fragmentation model of robust concentration gradient formation

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    Saunders, Timothy E.

    2015-02-01

    Concentration gradients of signaling molecules are essential for patterning during development and they have been observed in both unicellular and multicellular systems. In subcellular systems, clustering of the signaling molecule has been observed. We develop a theoretical model of cluster-mediated concentration gradient formation based on the Becker-Döring equations of aggregation-fragmentation processes. We show that such a mechanism produces robust concentration gradients on realistic time and spatial scales so long as the process of clustering does not significantly stabilize the signaling molecule. Finally, we demonstrate that such a model is applicable to the pom1p subcellular gradient in fission yeast.

  14. Engineering chemoattractant gradients using controlled release polysaccharide microspheres

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    Wang, Yana, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2012-01-01

    Chemoattractant gradients play important roles in the normal function of immune system, from lymphocyte homeostasis to mounting efficient immune responses against infection. Improved fundamental knowledge about the role ...

  15. Web Mashups in the Supply Chain

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    Zeets, Matthew Joseph

    2010-10-22

    and importing regulations that have to be considered, add considerable complexity to the system. Furthermore weather, traffic, and market fluctuations make supply chains less reliable. Many of these issues in supply chain management could be solved...

  16. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Networks with Outsourcing

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    Nagurney, Anna

    ingredients for drugs sold in the United States are outsourced (Economy In Crisis (2010)). PharmaceuticalPharmaceutical Supply Chain Networks with Outsourcing Under Price and Quality Competition Anna Amherst Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Networks with Outsourcing #12;Acknowledgments This research

  17. Polymerization as a Model Chain Reaction

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    Morton, Maurice

    1973-01-01

    Describes the features of the free radical, anionic, and cationic mechanisms of chain addition polymerization. Indicates that the nature of chain reactions can be best taught through the study of macromolecules. (CC)

  18. Loss of coordination in competitive supply chains

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    Teo, Koon Soon

    2009-01-01

    The loss of coordination in supply chains quantifies the inefficiency (i.e. the loss of total profit) due to the presence of competition in the supply chain. In this thesis, we discuss four models: one model with multiple ...

  19. Supply chain management in the cement industry

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    Agudelo, Isabel

    2009-01-01

    Traditionally supply chain management has played an operational role within cement and mineral extraction commodity companies. Recently, cost reduction projects have brought supply chain management into the limelight. In ...

  20. Supply chain for mobile network operator

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    Liu, Kenneth Lap Chi

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to understand and get insights on the characteristics of mobile device supply chain management for mobile networks operators. The relationship between corporate strategy and supply chain strategy ...

  1. Information flow in the pharmaceutical supply chain

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    Yousefi, Nazila; Alibabaei, Ahmad

    2015-01-01

    Managing the supply chain plays an important role in creating competitive advantages for companies. Adequate information flow in supply chain is one of the most important issues in SCM. Therefore, using certain Information Systems can have a significant role in managing and integrating data and information within the supply chain. Pharmaceutical supply chain is more complex than many other supply chains, in the sense that it can affect social and political perspectives. On the other hand, managing the pharmaceutical supply chain is difficult because of its complexity and also government regulations in this field. Although, Iran has progressed a lot in pharmaceutical manufacturing, still there are many unsolved issues in managing the information flow in the pharmaceutical supply chain. In this study, we reviewed the benefits of using different levels of an integrated information system in the supply chain and the possible challenges ahead. PMID:26664401

  2. Links in the Chain of Survival

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    ... adult Chain of Survival are • Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system • Early ... Rapid defibrillation • Effective advanced life support • Integrated post-cardiac arrest care A strong Chain of Survival can improve ...

  3. An integrative framework for architecting supply chains

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    Cela Díaz, Fernando

    2006-01-01

    This thesis explores the limitations of classic models of supply chain management, and proposes a new view based on the concept of value-driven supply chains, and a method of analysis and design based on the concepts of ...

  4. Economic analysis of the meat supply chain 

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    Park, Moon-Soo

    2009-05-15

    on the meat supply chain, arranged as a complex array of producers, processors, distributors, and retailers, are not yet known. This study investigates the motives for, and consequences of, recent changes in the meat supply chain. The first essay examines...

  5. Information flow in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

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    Yousefi, Nazila; Alibabaei, Ahmad

    2015-01-01

    Managing the supply chain plays an important role in creating competitive advantages for companies. Adequate information flow in supply chain is one of the most important issues in SCM. Therefore, using certain Information Systems can have a significant role in managing and integrating data and information within the supply chain. Pharmaceutical supply chain is more complex than many other supply chains, in the sense that it can affect social and political perspectives. On the other hand, managing the pharmaceutical supply chain is difficult because of its complexity and also government regulations in this field. Although, Iran has progressed a lot in pharmaceutical manufacturing, still there are many unsolved issues in managing the information flow in the pharmaceutical supply chain. In this study, we reviewed the benefits of using different levels of an integrated information system in the supply chain and the possible challenges ahead. PMID:26664401

  6. Managing flexibility in the supply chain

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    Taylor, James B. (James Boyd), 1975-

    2003-01-01

    Supply chain flexibility is introduced and its importance is discussed. This is followed by a review of the flexibility literature in manufacturing, supply chain, economics, strategy, organizational design, and industrial ...

  7. Model Protocells from Single-Chain Lipids

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    Mansy, Sheref S.

    2009-01-01

    Significant progress has been made in the construction of laboratory models of protocells. Most frequently the developed vesicle systems utilize single-chain lipids rather than the double-chain lipids typically found in biological membranes. Although single-chain lipids yield less robust vesicles, their dynamic characteristics are highly exploitable for protocellular functions. Herein the advantages of using single-chain lipids in the construction of protocells are discussed. PMID:19399223

  8. Formation of helical ion chains

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    Ramil Nigmatullin; Adolfo del Campo; Gabriele De Chiara; Giovanna Morigi; Martin B. Plenio; Alex Retzker

    2015-08-25

    We study the nonequilibrium dynamics of the linear to zigzag structural phase transition exhibited by an ion chain confined in a trap with periodic boundary conditions. The transition is driven by reducing the transverse confinement at a finite quench rate, which can be accurately controlled. This results in the formation of zigzag domains oriented along different transverse planes. The twists between different domains can be stabilized by the topology of the trap and under laser cooling the system has a chance to relax to a helical chain with nonzero winding number. Molecular dynamics simulations are used to obtain a large sample of possible trajectories for different quench rates. The scaling of the average winding number with different quench rates is compared to the prediction of the Kibble-Zurek theory, and a good quantitative agreement is found.

  9. INFORMS `03, Atlanta GA, October 19-21 A Supply Chain Network EconomyA Supply Chain Network Economy

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    Nagurney, Anna

    INFORMS `03, Atlanta GA, October 19-21 A Supply Chain Network EconomyA Supply Chain Network Economy competition. But a supply chain vs. a supply chain competition in many marketplaces today. #12;INFORMS Atlanta, GA, October 19-22, 2003 Supply Chain EconomySupply Chain Economy Supply Chain Economy (SCE

  10. Normalized full gradient of full tensor gravity gradient based on adaptive iterative Tikhonov regularization downward continuation

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    Zhou, Wenna

    2015-07-01

    Normalized full gradient (NFG) method depends on the downward continuation of NFG values of gravity data. In this paper, I deduce an improved NFG method of full tensor gravity gradient (FTG) data by using x-, y- and z-directional analytic signals of FTG data. During the calculation, I introduce the adaptive iterative Tikhonov regularization downward continuation method in the calculation process to improve the stability of the NFG method. The new approach is tested on various model data with and without noise, and satisfactory results are obtained. It demonstrates that the new NFG method of FTG can improve the lateral resolution and describe the gravity bodies in more detail. In addition, the method is applied to a real field FTG data acquired over the Vinton Salt Dome, Louisiana, USA. All results demonstrate that the new method can accurately detect the depth of the geologic sources while providing enhanced information of the sources simultaneously.

  11. Thermal Entanglement in Ferrimagnetic Chains

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    Xiaoguang Wang; Z. D. Wang

    2006-04-13

    A formula to evaluate the entanglement in an one-dimensional ferrimagnetic system is derived. Based on the formula, we find that the thermal entanglement in a small size spin-1/2 and spin-s ferrimagnetic chain is rather robust against temperature, and the threshold temperature may be arbitrarily high when s is sufficiently large. This intriguing result answers unambiguously a fundamental question: ``can entanglement and quantum behavior in physical systems survive at arbitrary high temperatures?"

  12. Triggered amplification by hybridization chain reaction

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    Pierce, Niles A.

    Triggered amplification by hybridization chain reaction Robert M. Dirks and Niles A. Pierce chain reaction (HCR), in which stable DNA monomers assemble only upon exposure to a target DNA fragment termed hybridization chain reaction (HCR). This class of mech- anisms suggests the possibility

  13. The Logical Chain Reaction (aka Mathematical Induction)

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    Pego, Robert

    The Logical Chain Reaction (aka Mathematical Induction) Robert Pego Department of Mathematical infinitum. This is the logical chain reaction -- it proves that A(n) is in fact true for every postitive an infinite chain of implications: A(1) A(2) A(3) . . . A(37) A(38) . . . ad infinitum. The fuse is set

  14. Tunnel current across linear homocatenated germanium chains

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    Matsuura, Yukihito

    2014-01-28

    The electronic transport properties of germanium oligomers catenating into linear chains (linear Ge chains) have been theoretically studied using first principle methods. The conduction mechanism of a Ge chain sandwiched between gold electrodes was analyzed based on the density of states and the eigenstates of the molecule in a two-probe environment. Like that of silicon chains (Si chains), the highest occupied molecular orbital of Ge chains contains the extended ?-conjugation of Ge 4p orbitals at energy levels close to the Fermi level; this is in contrast to the electronic properties of linear carbon chains. Furthermore, the conductance of a Ge chain is expected to decrease exponentially with molecular length L. The decay constant ?, which is defined as e{sup ??L}, of a Ge chain is similar to that of a Si chain, whereas the conductance of the Ge chains is higher than that of Si chains even though the Ge–Ge bond length is longer than the Si–Si bond length.

  15. The Advancement Value Chain: An Exploratory Model

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    Leonard, Edward F., III

    2005-01-01

    Since the introduction of the value chain concept in 1985, several varying, yet virtually similar, value chains have been developed for the business enterprise. Shifting to higher education, can a value chain be found that links together the various activities of advancement so that an institution's leaders can actually look at the philanthropic…

  16. Supply Chain Management Faculty Brian Fugate

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    significant industry experience including positions in quality assurance and supply chain management. DanSupply Chain Management Faculty Brian Fugate Brian S. Fugate (Ph.D University of Tennessee) is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Colorado State University. Brian worked in logistics

  17. On a Result for Finite Markov Chains

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    Kulathinal, Sangita; Ghosh, Lagnojita

    2006-01-01

    In an undergraduate course on stochastic processes, Markov chains are discussed in great detail. Textbooks on stochastic processes provide interesting properties of finite Markov chains. This note discusses one such property regarding the number of steps in which a state is reachable or accessible from another state in a finite Markov chain with M…

  18. MARKOV CHAINS AND QUEUEING THEORY HANNAH CONSTANTIN

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    May, J. Peter

    MARKOV CHAINS AND QUEUEING THEORY HANNAH CONSTANTIN Abstract. In this paper, we introduce queueing processes and find the steady- state solution to the M/M/1 queue. A brief background in Markov chains, Poisson processes, and Birth-Death processes is also given. Contents 1. Introduction to Markov Chains 1 1

  19. Markov Chain Monte Carlo Prof. David Page

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    Page Jr., C. David

    Markov Chain Monte Carlo Prof. David Page transcribed by Matthew G. Lee #12;Markov Chain · A Markov from state s to state s' · For any time t, T(s s') is the probability of the Markov process being in state s' at time t+1 given that it is in state s at time t #12;Some Properties of Markov Chains (Some we

  20. Sustainable Supply Chain Networks Sustainable Cities

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    Nagurney, Anna

    Sustainable Supply Chain Networks for Sustainable Cities Anna Nagurney John F. Smith Memorial Nagurney Sustainable Supply Chain Networks for Sustainable Cities #12;Acknowledgments I would like to thank Sustainable Supply Chain Networks for Sustainable Cities #12;Support for Our Research Has Been Provided by

  1. Food Supply Chains with Vertical Integration

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    Nagurney, Anna

    Food Supply Chains with Vertical Integration SOM 822 Research Paper Diogo Souza-Monteiro Dep. of Resource Economics 05/10/2004 #12;Introduction Food Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex in different tiers of food chains. Barkena and Drabenstott (1995) claim that contracts are quickly taking

  2. Extending the "Knowledge Advantage": Creating Learning Chains

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    Maqsood, Tayyab; Walker, Derek; Finegan, Andrew

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to develop a synergy between the approaches of knowledge management in a learning organisation and supply chain management so that learning chains can be created in order to unleash innovation and creativity by managing knowledge in supply chains. Design/methodology/approach: Through extensive literature…

  3. Visualisation for System Learning in Supply Chains

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    Lindskog, Magnus; Abrahamsson, Mats; Aronsson, Hakan

    2007-01-01

    Contemporary supply chains are vastly complex, and decisions made by actors have system-wide consequences that these might not be able to foresee. There are gaps between "best practice"-founded theory and actual practice in supply chains. To remedy this, we argue, the supply chain actors need to enhance systems knowledge. There is a need to…

  4. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT DOCTORAL PROGRAMS LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT

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    SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT DOCTORAL PROGRAMS LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT and OPERATIONS AND SOURCING of Supply Chain Management N370 North Business Complex East Lansing, MI 48824-1122 (517) 353-6381 #12;Supply Chain ManagementDoctoral Programs Manual Page 2 CONTENTS Topic Page I. INTRODUCTION

  5. Learning to Integrate: Supply Chains Reconceptualised

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    Sense, Andrew J.; Clements, Michael D. J.

    2007-01-01

    This paper introduces and explains a conception of supply chains from a situated learning perspective. This non-conventional supply chain perspective invites the reader to consider supply chain scenarios as "situated learning opportunities involving multiple communities of practice" interacting and participating together. It is argued that by…

  6. Upply Chain Supernetworks with Random Demands

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    Nagurney, Anna

    Transportation costs #12;The Dynamics of the Supply Chain OrderSize Time Source: Tom Mc Guffry, Electronic Demand #12;The overall Supply Chain Planning & Collaboration (SCP&C) market exceeded $1,903 million Supply Chain Model with Random Demands Captures ­ competition and coordination Determines ­ production

  7. Master i Logistics and supply chain management

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    #12;#12;#12;#12;#12;#12;#12;#12;#12;#12;Master i Logistics and supply chain management Carin Teknik · UNE lämnade in förslagen: ­ Computational mechanics ­ Logistics and supply chain management #12 med programmet · Offering in-depth knowledge and specialized expertise in Logistics and Supply Chain

  8. Fashion Supply Chain Network Competition Ecolabelling

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    Nagurney, Anna

    Fashion Supply Chain Network Competition with Ecolabelling Anna Nagurney1,2 , Min Yu3 , and Jonas April 2014; revised June 2014 In Sustainable Fashion Supply Chain Management: From Sourcing to Retailing a competitive supply chain network model for fashion that in- corporates ecolabelling. We capture the individual

  9. Fashion Supply Chain Network Competition with Ecolabelling

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    Nagurney, Anna

    Fashion Supply Chain Network Competition with Ecolabelling Anna Nagurney1,2, Min Yu3, and Jonas Fashion Supply Chain Network Competition with Ecolabelling #12;This talk is based on the paper: Nagurney, A., Yu, M., Floden, J., 2015. Fashion supply chain network competition with ecolabelling

  10. A Network Economic Model for Supply Chain versus Supply Chain Competition

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    Nagurney, Anna

    inequality problem. #12;Introduction To date, the major focus of the supply chain management literature has. This also reflects the philosophy that the firms' cooperation quest in supply chain management is to makeA Network Economic Model for Supply Chain versus Supply Chain Competition Ding Zhang School

  11. Alternative spring force law for bead-spring chain models of the worm-like chain

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    Doyle, Patrick S.

    Alternative spring force law for bead-spring chain models of the worm-like chain Patrick T We have developed a new spring force law which can be used in bead-spring chain models of the worm The Society of Rheology. DOI: 10.1122/1.2206713 I. INTRODUCTION The worm-like chain WLC model has been used

  12. Velocity autocorrelation spectra in molten polymers measured by NMR modulated gradient spin-echo

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    Stepišnik, Janez; Mohori?, Aleš; Mattea, Carlos; Stapf, Siegfried; Serša, Igor

    2014-04-01

    The segmental dynamics in molten linear polymers is studied by the NMR method of modulated gradient spin-echo, which directly probes a spectrum of molecular velocity autocorrelation function. Diffusion spectra of mono-disperse poly(isoprene-1.4) with different molecular masses, measured in the frequency range 0.1-10 kHz at a temperature of 26\\ ^{\\circ}\\text{C} , have a form similar to the spectrum of Rouse chain dynamics, which implicates the tube-Rouse motion as the dominant dynamic process in this frequency range. The scaling of the center-of-mass diffusion coefficient, given from the fitting parameters, changes from N^{-1} into N^{-2.4} at around N \\approx 3\\text{-}5 Kuhn steps, which is less than predicted by theory and simulations, while the correlation times of the tube-Rouse mode do not follow the anticipated scaling.

  13. On geoid heights derived from GEOS 3 altimeter data along the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain

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    Watts, A. B.

    1979-01-01

    The geoid heights derived from preliminary GEOS 3 satellite radar altimeter data over the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain are examined. Two objectives are pursued: (1) to evaluate the contribution of the topography of the seamount chain and its compensation to the marine geoid; and (2) to determine whether geoid heights derived from GEOS 3 altimeter data can be used to provide information on isostasy at geological features such as the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain which formed as relatively young loads on the oceanic lithosphere. Short-wavelength geoid highs of 5-12 m over the crest of the seamount chain and geoid lows over flanking regions are observed. The geological undulations can be explained by a simple model in which the seamount-chain load is supported by a strong rigid lithospheric plate. The elastic thickness estimates agree with values based on surface ship gravity and bathymetry observations, and provide further support to the hypothesis that the elastic thickness acquired at a surface load depends on the temperature gradient of the lithosphere at the time of loading.

  14. Visualizing surface plasmon polaritons by their gradient force

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    Potma, Eric Olaf

    Visualizing surface plasmon polaritons by their gradient force JUNGHOON JAHNG,1 FAEZEH TORK LADANI) modes directly in the near-field. The method is based on detecting the photo-induced gradient force exerted by the evanescent field onto a sharp and polar- izable tip. Using a photo-induced force microscope

  15. Tubular precipitation and redox gradients on a bubbling template

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    Goldstein, Raymond E.

    straws in caves. Their formation is controlled by chemical gradients within which pre- cipitation occurs sulfide at seafloor hydrothermal seepages (2). Tubular fossilized ``algal structures,'' possibly biogenic, which form, in part, because of chemical gradients maintained by pumping mechanisms in the mantle (4

  16. Gradient Well-Formedness across the Morpheme Boundary

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    Goldberg, Ariel M.

    2010-01-01

    Recent theories of phonology hold that phonotactic well-formedness may be gradient, with some legal structures being more well-formed than others. Linguistic and psycholinguistic research has demonstrated that "within" morphemes, speakers encode both categorical (*n/Onset) and gradient (st/Onset greater than sin/Onset) phonotactic restrictions.…

  17. GEOTHERMAL GRADIENT DATA FOR UTAH Robert E. Blackett

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    Laughlin, Robert B.

    to take action based on its content. Although this product represents the work of professional scientists of thermal-gradient boreholes, color-coded by relative gradient magnitudes. #12;ABSTRACT The Utah Geological. Using temperature-depth measurements, geothermal explorers or researchers can determine thermal

  18. Bacterial Chemotaxis in Linear and Nonlinear Steady Microfluidic Gradients

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    Shimizu, Tom

    Bacterial Chemotaxis in Linear and Nonlinear Steady Microfluidic Gradients Tanvir Ahmed, Thomas S gradients without requiring fluid flow and are ideal for studying chemotaxis of free-swimming cells chemotaxis, it is critical to evaluate their performance with actual quantitative chemotaxis tests. We

  19. Analysis of Ionosphere Gradient Using Japan GEONET Data

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    Stanford University

    Analysis of Ionosphere Gradient Using Japan GEONET Data Hiroyuki Konno, Sam Pullen, Ming Luo, and Per Enge Stanford University ABSTRACT Large spatial gradients in ionosphere delay are a potentially of the ionosphere behavior during strong magnetic storms is crucial for LAAS so that it can more accurately evaluate

  20. Axial pressure gradient in the canine superior vena cava.

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    Minten, J; Van de Werf, F; Eaubert, A; De Geest, H

    1986-12-01

    In the superior vena cava of anaesthetised open chest dogs the axial pressure gradient was measured simultaneously with the blood flow velocity under different preload conditions. Both pressure gradient and velocity curves showed distinct systolic and diastolic waves. Peak pressure gradient ranged between 26 and 93 Pa X cm-1 (0.2-0.7 mm Hg X cm-1) and velocity varied between 0.095 and 0.19 m X s-1. Peak systolic pressure gradient, but not peak diastolic pressure gradient, was significantly linearly correlated to peak systolic velocity and peak diastolic velocity respectively. The shape of the two curves corresponded fairly well, but variations in pressure gradient preceded the variations in velocity. Both the correspondence in shape and the phase lag between pressure gradient and velocity waves were evaluated by the normalised cross correlation technique. During volume expansion the shape correspondence improved and the phase lag decreased. It is concluded that the transient vena caval blood velocity variations are directly related to the pulsatile axial pressure gradient. PMID:3802130

  1. Research Article Fractional Gradient Elasticity from Spatial Dispersion Law

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    Tarasov, Vasily E.

    Research Article Fractional Gradient Elasticity from Spatial Dispersion Law Vasily E. Tarasov, V. Stephanovich, and S. Wang Copyright © 2014 Vasily E. Tarasov. This is an open access article generalization of gradient elasticity that allows us to describe a weak nonlocality of power-law type. We suggest

  2. Hand-Portable Gradient Capillary Liquid Chromatography Pumping System.

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    Sharma, Sonika; Plistil, Alex; Barnett, Hal E; Tolley, H Dennis; Farnsworth, Paul B; Stearns, Stanley D; Lee, Milton L

    2015-10-20

    In this work, a novel splitless nanoflow gradient generator integrated with a stop-flow injector was developed and evaluated using an on-column UV-absorption detector. The gradient pumping system consisted of two nanoflow pumps controlled by micro stepper motors, a mixer connected to a serpentine tube, and a high-pressure valve. The gradient system weighed only 4 kg (9 lbs) and could generate up to 55 MPa (8000 psi) pressure. The system could operate using a 24 V DC battery and required 1.2 A for operation. The total volume capacity of the pump was 74 ?L, and a sample volume of 60 nL could be injected. The system provided accurate nanoflow rates as low as 10 nL/min without employing a splitter, making it ideal for capillary column use. The gradient dwell volume was calculated to be 1.3 ?L, which created a delay of approximately 4 min with a typical flow rate of 350 nL/min. Gradient performance was evaluated for gradient step accuracy, and excellent reproducibility was obtained in day-to-day experiments (RSD < 1.2%, n = 4). Linear gradient reproducibility was tested by separating a three-component pesticide mixture on a poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) monolithic column. The retention time reproducibility was very good in run-to-run experiments (RSD < 1.42%, n = 4). Finally, excellent separation of five phenols was demonstrated using the nanoflow gradient system. PMID:26378495

  3. Comparison Shopping for a Gradient-Corrected Density Functional

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    Burke, Kieron

    Gradient corrections to the local spin density (LSD)approximationfor the exchange- correlationenergy, while improvingdissociationenergies over LSD,rw91 remains the most "local" of the gradient-corrected exchange-correlationfunctionals and, thus, the least likely to overcorrectthe subtle errors of LSD

  4. Substrate-Bound Protein Gradients to Study Haptotaxis

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    Ricoult, Sébastien G.; Kennedy, Timothy E.; Juncker, David

    2015-01-01

    Cells navigate in response to inhomogeneous distributions of extracellular guidance cues. The cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying migration in response to gradients of chemical cues have been investigated for over a century. Following the introduction of micropipettes and more recently microfluidics for gradient generation, much attention and effort was devoted to study cellular chemotaxis, which is defined as guidance by gradients of chemical cues in solution. Haptotaxis, directional migration in response to gradients of substrate-bound cues, has received comparatively less attention; however, it is increasingly clear that in vivo many physiologically relevant guidance proteins – including many secreted cues – are bound to cellular surfaces or incorporated into extracellular matrix and likely function via a haptotactic mechanism. Here, we review the history of haptotaxis. We examine the importance of the reference surface, the surface in contact with the cell that is not covered by the cue, which forms a gradient opposing the gradient of the protein cue and must be considered in experimental designs and interpretation of results. We review and compare microfluidics, contact printing, light patterning, and 3D fabrication to pattern substrate-bound protein gradients in vitro. The range of methods to create substrate-bound gradients discussed herein makes possible systematic analyses of haptotactic mechanisms. Furthermore, understanding the fundamental mechanisms underlying cell motility will inform bioengineering approaches to program cell navigation and recover lost function. PMID:25870855

  5. Gradient limitations in room temperature and superconducting acceleration structures

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    Solyak, N.A.; /Fermilab

    2008-10-01

    Accelerating gradient is a key parameter of the accelerating structure in large linac facilities, like future Linear Collider. In room temperature accelerating structures the gradient is limited mostly by breakdown phenomena, caused by high surface electric fields or pulse surface heating. High power processing is a necessary procedure to clean surface and improve the gradient. In the best tested X-band structures the achieved gradient is exceed 100 MV/m in of {approx}200 ns pulses for breakdown rate of {approx} 10{sup -7}. Gradient limit depends on number of factors and no one theory which can explain all sets of experimental results and predict gradient in new accelerating structure. In paper we briefly overview the recent experimental results of breakdown studies, progress in understanding of gradient limitations and scaling laws. Although superconducting rf technology has been adopted throughout the world for ILC, it has frequently been difficult to reach the predicted performance in these structures due to a number of factors: multipactoring, field emission, Q-slope, thermal breakdown. In paper we are discussing all these phenomena and the ways to increase accelerating gradient in SC cavity, which are a part of worldwide R&D program.

  6. Intermediate gradient methods ^for smooth convex problems with inexact oracle

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    Glineur, François

    2013/17 Intermediate gradient methods ^for smooth convex problems with inexact oracle Olivier DISCUSSION PAPER 2013/17 Intermediate gradient methods for smooth convex problems with inexact oracle Olivier ., . denotes the dual pairing. 1.1 Exact and Inexact Oracle Consider F1,1 L (Q), the class of convex functions

  7. LONG TIME BEHAVIOUR AND STATIONARY REGIME OF MEMORY GRADIENT DIFFUSIONS

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    Gadat, Sébastien

    in the evolution of a diffusion with a drift defined as an average over all past positions of a gradient is of course false with a simple gradient descent. In some re- cent works of Cabot, Engler, and Gadat (2009a the evolution of a ball left on the graph of U and which is submitted to the action of the gravity with some

  8. Gradient Limitations in Room Temperature and Superconducting Acceleration Structures

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    Solyak, N. A.

    2009-01-22

    Accelerating gradient is a key parameter of the accelerating structure in large linac facilities, like future Linear Collider. In room temperature accelerating structures the gradient is limited mostly by breakdown phenomena, caused by high surface electric fields or pulse surface heating. High power processing is a necessary procedure to clean surface and improve the gradient. In the best tested X-band structures the achieved gradient is exceed 100 MV/m in of {approx}200 ns pulses for breakdown rate of {approx}10{sup -7}. Gradient limit depends on number of factors and no one theory which can explain all sets of experimental results and predict gradient in new accelerating structure. In paper we briefly overview the recent experimental results of breakdown studies, progress in understanding of gradient limitations and scaling laws. Although superconducting rf technology has been adopted throughout the world for ILC, it has frequently been difficult to reach the predicted performance in these structures due to a number of factors: multipactoring, field emission, Q-slope, thermal breakdown. In paper we are discussing all these phenomena and the ways to increase accelerating gradient in SC cavity, which are a part of worldwide R and D program.

  9. SWAT application in low-gradient Coastal Plain landscapes

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    Low-gradient coastal plain watersheds present unique challenges for watershed modeling. Broad low-gradient floodplains with considerable in-stream vegetation contribute to low-velocity streamflow. In addition, direct interaction between streamflow and surficial aquifers must also be considered. H...

  10. Subsurface temperatures and geothermal gradients on the North Slope, Alaska

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    Collett, Timothy S.; Bird, Kenneth J.; Magoon, Leslie B.

    1989-01-01

    Geothermal gradients as interpreted from a series of high-resolution stabilized well-bore-temperature surveys from 46 North Slope, Alaska, wells vary laterally and vertically throughout the near-surface sediment (0-2,000 m). The data from these surveys have been used in conjunction with depths of ice-bearing permafrost, as interpreted from 102 well logs, to project geothermal gradients within and below the ice-bearing permafrost sequence. The geothermal gradients calculated from the projected temperature profiles are similar to the geothermal gradients measured in the temperature surveys. Measured and projected geothermal gradients in the ice-bearing permafrost sequence range from 1.5??C/100m in the Prudhoe Bay area to 5.1??C/100m in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA).

  11. On the Effect of Strain Gradient on Adiabatic Shear Banding

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    Tsagrakis, Ioannis; Aifantis, Elias C.

    2015-10-01

    Most of the work on adiabatic shear banding is based on the effect of temperature gradients on shear band nucleation and evolution. In contrast, the present work considers the coupling between temperature and strain gradients. The competition of thermal and strain gradient terms on the onset of instability and its dependence on specimen size is illustrated. It is shown that heat conduction promotes the instability initiation in the hardening part of the homogeneous stress-strain, while the strain gradient term favors the occurrence of this initiation in the softening regime. This behavior is size dependent, i.e., small specimens can support stable homogeneous deformations even in the softening regime. The spacing of adiabatic shear bands is also evaluated by considering the dominant instability mode during the primary stages of the localization process and it is found that it is an increasing function of the strain gradient coefficient.

  12. Pressure gradients affecting the labyrinth during hypobaric pressure. Experimental study.

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    Konrádsson, K S; Carlborg, B I; Farmer, J C

    1997-06-01

    Hypobaric effects on the perilymph pressure were investigated in 18 cats. The perilymph, tympanic cavity, cerebrospinal fluid, and systemic and ambient pressure changes were continuously recorded relative to the atmospheric pressure. The pressure equilibration of the eustachian tube and the cochlear aqueduct was studied, as well as the effects of blocking these channels. During ascent, the physiologic opening of the eustachian tube reduced the pressure gradients across the tympanic membrane. The patent cochlear aqueduct equilibrated perilymph pressure to cerebrospinal fluid compartment levels with a considerable pressure gradient across the oval and round windows. With the aqueduct blocked, the pressure decrease within the labyrinth and tympanic cavities was limited, resulting in large pressure gradients toward the chamber and the cerebrospinal fluid compartments, respectively. We conclude that closed cavities with limited pressure release capacities are the cause of the pressure gradients. The strain exerted by these pressure gradients is potentially harmful to the ear. PMID:9199610

  13. Magnetic Enhancement in High Gradient Magnetic Separation.

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    Kelland, David Ross

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. Requires signed TDF. An effective way to improve the performance of High Gradient Magnetic Separation (HGMS) is to increase the magnetization of small particulates. An example in which this can be demonstrated is in the use of HGMS to desulfurize coal. Part of the sulfur in coal occurs as finely divided pyrite. Is removal before combustion would reduce SO_2 emission with a subsequent reduction in acid rain. Experiments on direct heating of mineral pyrite achieved enhanced pyrite magnetization in several different atmospheres; this increase in magnetization was measured on a vibrating sample magnetometer. Mossbauer and electron microprobe analysis have identified the converted mineral as ferrimagnetic monoclinic pyrrhotite along with iron oxides and even iron. Selective heating of the pyrite in coal. To save energy by not heating the coal itself, was accomplished by employing high power density microwave irradiation. Thermal reflectance measurements clearly showed that the final temperature reached in the heated pyrite was higher than that in the coal. Then the improvement in HGMS separations of the partially converted pyrite from coals was demonstrated in samples irradiated at a frequency of 2.45 gigahertz and 5.4 kW of power. Pyrite removal was improved as much as 30-40% (at constant heating value recovery) over that with HGMS alone. In addition to this improvement in HGMS performance, the work provides a microscopic insight into the process of magnetic conversion.

  14. Infotaxis or how to search without gradient

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    Villermaux, Emmanuel; Vergassola, Massimo; Shraiman, Boris

    2007-11-01

    Chemotactic bacteria rely on local concentration gradients to guide them towards the source of a nutrient. Such local cues pointing towards the location of the source are not always available at macroscopic scales because mixing in a flowing medium breaks up regions of high concentration into random and disconnected patches. Thus animals sensing odors in air or water detect them only intermittently as patches of odor sweep by, carried by winds and currents. A macroscopic searcher must devise a strategy of movement based upon sporadic cues and partial information. We propose a search algorithm, which we call ``infotaxis'' (Vergassola et al. Nature 445, 2007), designed to work under such conditions. Any search process can be thought of as acquisition of information on source location and in infotaxis the latter plays a role similar to concentration in chemotaxis. The infotaxis strategy locally maximizes the expected rate of information gain. Its efficiency is demonstrated using a model of odor plume propagation as well as experimental data on real mixing flows. Infotactic trajectories feature zigzagging and casting paths similar to those observed in flights of moths. The proposed search algorithm is also relevant to the design of olfactory robots, but the general idea of infotaxis can be applied more broadly in the context of searching with sparse information.

  15. Gradient drift eigenmodes in the equatorial electrojet

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    Wang, X.H.; Bhattacharjee, A.

    1994-07-01

    The problem of kilometer-scale irregularities in the daytime equatorial electrojet is revisited by means of an eigenmode analysis of the gradient drift instability. Realistic physical parameters are used, including the modeled altitude variations of ion and electron collision frequencies and mobilities. The full fourth-order system of two coupled differential equations (each of second order) for the density and electrostatic potential perturbations is solved numerically by a relaxation technique. Under some approximations, the fourth-order system can be shown to reduce to a second-order differential equation for the perturbed potential or density. The latter is solved using a shooter technique and provides initial guesses for numerical solutions to the full problem. It is shown that the linear growth rate peaks for kilometer-scale waves, contrary to the findings of recent initial-value studies. This occurs because the equilibrium velocity shear is much more effective as a damping mechanism for short-wavelength modes than it is for the longer, kilometer-scale modes. These results provide a natural qualitative explanation for the observed dominance of kilometer-scale structures in the daytime electrojet spectrum. 27 refs., 9 figs.

  16. Gradient drift eigenmodes in the equatorial electrojet

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    Wang, X.-H.; Bhattacharjee, A.

    1994-01-01

    The problem of kilometer-scale irregularities in the daytime equatorial electrojet is revisited by means of an eigenmode analysis of the gradient drift instability. Realistic physical parameters are used, including the modeled altitude variations of ion and electron collision frequencies and mobilities. The full fourth-order system of two coupled differential equations (each of second order) for the denisty and electrostatic potential perturbations is solved numerically by a relaxation technique. Under some approximations, the fourth-order system can be shown to reduce to a second-order differential equation for the perturbed potential or density. The latter is solved using a shooting technique and provides initial guesses for numerical solutions to the full problem. It is shown that the linear growth rate peaks for kilometer-scale waves, contrary to the findings of recent initial-value studies. This occurs because the equilibrium velocity shear is much more effective as a damping mechanism for short-wavelength modes than it is for the longer, kilometer-scale modes. These results provide a natural qualitative explanation for the observed dominance of kilometer-scale structures in the daytime electrojet spectrum.

  17. Limits to adaptation along environmental gradients

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    Polechová, Jitka; Barton, Nicholas H.

    2015-01-01

    Why do species not adapt to ever-wider ranges of conditions, gradually expanding their ecological niche and geographic range? Gene flow across environments has two conflicting effects: although it increases genetic variation, which is a prerequisite for adaptation, gene flow may swamp adaptation to local conditions. In 1956, Haldane proposed that, when the environment varies across space, “swamping” by gene flow creates a positive feedback between low population size and maladaptation, leading to a sharp range margin. However, current deterministic theory shows that, when variance can evolve, there is no such limit. Using simple analytical tools and simulations, we show that genetic drift can generate a sharp margin to a species’ range, by reducing genetic variance below the level needed for adaptation to spatially variable conditions. Aided by separation of ecological and evolutionary timescales, the identified effective dimensionless parameters reveal a simple threshold that predicts when adaptation at the range margin fails. Two observable parameters determine the threshold: (i) the effective environmental gradient, which can be measured by the loss of fitness due to dispersal to a different environment; and (ii) the efficacy of selection relative to genetic drift. The theory predicts sharp range margins even in the absence of abrupt changes in the environment. Furthermore, it implies that gradual worsening of conditions across a species’ habitat may lead to a sudden range fragmentation, when adaptation to a wide span of conditions within a single species becomes impossible. PMID:25941385

  18. Magnon dark modes and gradient memory

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    Xufeng Zhang; Chang-Ling Zou; Na Zhu; Florian Marquardt; Liang Jiang; Hong X. Tang

    2015-07-10

    Extensive efforts have been expended in developing hybrid quantum systems to overcome the short coherence time of superconducting circuits by introducing the naturally long-lived spin degree of freedom. Among all the possible materials, single-crystal yttrium iron garnet has shown up very recently as a promising candidate for hybrid systems, and various highly coherent interactions, including strong and even ultra-strong coupling, have been demonstrated. One distinct advantage of these systems is that the spins are in the form of well-defined magnon modes, which allows flexible and precise tuning. Here we demonstrate that by dissipation engineering, a non-Markovian interaction dynamics between the magnon and the microwave cavity photon can be achieved. Such a process enables us to build a magnon gradient memory to store information in the magnon dark modes, which decouple from the microwave cavity and thus preserve a long life-time. Our findings provide a promising approach for developing long-lifetime, multimode quantum memories.

  19. Environmental causes for plant biodiversity gradients.

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    Davies, T Jonathan; Barraclough, Timothy G; Savolainen, Vincent; Chase, Mark W

    2004-01-01

    One of the most pervasive patterns observed in biodiversity studies is the tendency for species richness to decline towards the poles. One possible explanation is that high levels of environmental energy promote higher species richness nearer the equator. Energy input may set a limit to the number of species that can coexist in an area or alternatively may influence evolutionary rates. Within flowering plants (angiosperms), families exposed to a high energy load tend to be both more species rich and possess faster evolutionary rates, although there is no evidence that one drives the other. Specific environmental effects are likely to vary among lineages, reflecting the interaction between biological traits and environmental conditions in which they are found. One example of this is demonstrated by the high species richness of the iris family (Iridaceae) in the Cape of South Africa, a likely product of biological traits associated with reproductive isolation and the steep ecological and climatic gradients of the region. Within any set of conditions some lineages will tend to be favoured over others; however, the identity of these lineages will fluctuate with a changing environment, explaining the highly labile nature of diversification rates observed among major lineages of flowering plants. PMID:15519979

  20. Agricultural Terrace Pattern along Climatic Gradient

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    Ackermann, Oren; Svoay, Tal; Zhevelev, Helena M.

    2015-04-01

    Agricultural terraces are a well-distributed agrotechnical method for planting in various places in the world, from ancient time and until today. The aim of the current poster is to demonstrate the spatial distribution of agricultural terraces along a climatic gradient of sub-humid Mediterranean, semi-arid and arid climate zones. In the Judean Mountains (central Israel), a region under sub-humid Mediterranean conditions, agricultural terraces are characterized by terrace coverage on slopes and in valleys. Annual rainfall average in this region is 800 mm, allowing for vast rain-fed agriculture based on direct rain. In the Judean Shephelah (central Israel), a region under semi-arid conditions, agriculture terraces are located in small spots on the slopes, and in terrace fields in the valleys. Annual average rainfall in this region is between 300 and 400 mm. Rain-fed agriculture was sustained by direct rain and additional runoff generated on rock outcrops. In the Negev Highlands, (southern Israel), a region under arid climate conditions with annual rainfall average of 100 mm, runoff farm terraces are located in valleys, and agriculture sustenance was based on water harvesting from the slopes. In conclusion, climate has a dominant effect on agricultural terrace distribution, and ancient farmers knew how to adapt to different climate conditions.

  1. High-Gradient, Millimeter Wave Accelerating Structure

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    Kuzikov, S V; Peskov, N Yu

    2015-01-01

    The millimeter wave all-metallic accelerating structure, aimed to provide more than 100 MeV/m gradient and fed by feeding RF pulses of 20-30 ns duration, is proposed. The structure is based on a waveguide with small helical corrugation. Each section of 10-20 wavelengths long has big circular cross-section aperture comparable with wavelength. Because short wavelength structures are expected to be critical to wakefields excitation and emittance growth, we suggest to combine in one structure properties of a linear accelerator and a cooling damping ring simultaneously. It provides acceleration of straight on-axis beam as well as cooling of this beam due to the synchrotron radiation of particles in strong non-synchronous transverse fields. These properties are provided by specific slow eigen mode which consists of two partial waves, TM01 and TM11. Simulations show that shunt impedance can be as high as 100 MOhm/m. Results of the first low-power tests with 30 GHz accelerating section are analyzed.

  2. Convex Interpolation for Gradient Dynamic Programming

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    Foufoula-Georgiou, Efi

    1991-01-01

    Local approximation of functions based on values and derivatives at the nodes of a discretized grid are often used in solving problems numerically for which analytical solutions do not exist. In gradient dynamic programming (Foufoula-Georgiou and Kitanidis, 1988) the use of such functions for the approximation of the cost-to-go function alleviates the "curse of dimensionality" by reducing the number of discretization nodes per state while obtaining high-accuracy solutions. Also, efficient Newton-type schemes can be used for the stage-wise optimization, since now the approximation functions have continuous first derivatives. Our interest is in the case where the cost-to-go function is convex. However, the interpolants may not always be convex, introducing numerical problems. In this paper we address the problem of interpolating nodal values and derivatives of a one-dimensional convex function with a convex interpolant so that potential computational difficulties due to approximation-induced nonconvexity are avoided, and an efficient convergence to global instead of local optimal controls is guaranteed at every single-stage optimization.

  3. RTK signaling modulates the Dorsal gradient.

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    Helman, Aharon; Lim, Bomyi; Andreu, María José; Kim, Yoosik; Shestkin, Tatyana; Lu, Hang; Jiménez, Gerardo; Shvartsman, Stanislav Y; Paroush, Ze'ev

    2012-08-01

    The dorsoventral (DV) axis of the Drosophila embryo is patterned by a nuclear gradient of the Rel family transcription factor, Dorsal (Dl), that activates or represses numerous target genes in a region-specific manner. Here, we demonstrate that signaling by receptor tyrosine kinases (RTK) reduces nuclear levels and transcriptional activity of Dl, both at the poles and in the mid-body of the embryo. These effects depend on wntD, which encodes a Dl antagonist belonging to the Wingless/Wnt family of secreted factors. Specifically, we show that, via relief of Groucho- and Capicua-mediated repression, the Torso and EGFR RTK pathways induce expression of WntD, which in turn limits Dl nuclear localization at the poles and along the DV axis. Furthermore, this RTK-dependent control of Dl is important for restricting expression of its targets in both contexts. Thus, our results reveal a new mechanism of crosstalk, whereby RTK signals modulate the spatial distribution and activity of a developmental morphogen in vivo. PMID:22791891

  4. Axial thermal gradients in microchip gas chromatography.

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    Wang, Anzi; Hynynen, Sampo; Hawkins, Aaron R; Tolley, Samuel E; Tolley, H Dennis; Lee, Milton L

    2014-12-29

    Fabrication technologies for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) allow miniaturization of conventional benchtop gas chromatography (GC) to portable, palm-sized microfabricated GC (?GC) devices, which are suitable for on-site chemical analysis and remote sensing. The separation performance of ?GC systems, however, has not been on par with conventional GC. Column efficiency, peak symmetry and resolution are often compromised by column defects and non-ideal injections. The relatively low performance of ?GC devices has impeded their further commercialization and broader application. In this work, the separation performance of ?GC columns was improved by incorporating thermal gradient gas chromatography (TGGC). The analysis time was ?20% shorter for TGGC separations compared to conventional temperature-programmed GC (TPGC) when a wide sample band was introduced into the column. Up to 50% reduction in peak tailing was observed for polar analytes, which improved their resolution. The signal-to-noise ratios (S/N) of late-eluting peaks were increased by 3-4 fold. The unique focusing effect of TGGC overcomes many of the previous shortcomings inherent in ?GC analyses. PMID:25476685

  5. Abundance and diversity of organohalide-respiring bacteria in lake sediments across a geographical sulfur gradient.

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    Krzmarzick, Mark J; McNamara, Patrick J; Crary, Benjamin B; Novak, Paige J

    2013-05-01

    Across the U.S. Upper Midwest, a natural geographical sulfate gradient exists in lakes. Sediment grab samples and cores were taken to explore whether this sulfur gradient impacted organohalide-respiring Chloroflexi in lake sediments. Putative organohalide-respiring Chloroflexi were detected in 67 of 68 samples by quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Their quantities ranged from 3.5 × 10(4) to 8.4 × 10(10) copies 16S rRNA genes g(-1) dry sediment and increased in number from west to east, whereas lake sulfate concentrations decreased along this west-to-east transect. A terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (TRFLP) method was used to corroborate this inverse relationship, with sediment samples from lower sulfate lakes containing both a higher number of terminal restriction fragments (TRFs) belonging to the organohalide-respiring Dehalococcoidetes, and a greater percentage of the TRFLP amplification made up by Dehalococcoidetes members. Statistical analyses showed that dissolved sulfur in the porewater, measured as sulfate after oxidation, appeared to have a negative impact on the total number of putative organohalide-respiring Chloroflexi, the number of Dehalococcoidetes TRFs, and the percentage of the TRFLP amplification made up by Dehalococcoidetes. These findings point to dissolved sulfur, presumably present as reduced sulfur species, as a potentially controlling factor in the natural cycling of chlorine, and perhaps as a result, the natural cycling of some carbon as well. PMID:23240654

  6. Evaluation of denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis to differentiate Escherichia coli populations in secondary environments.

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    Sigler, Von; Pasutti, Lauren

    2006-10-01

    The development of methodology to differentiate mixed populations of Escherichia coli in the secondary habitat might improve monitoring of fecal pollution indicators and facilitate the development of strategies to mitigate bacterial pollution. The objective of this study was to determine the ability of denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) to differentiate mixed assemblages of E. coli in the natural environment. After confirming the identity of 184 environmental bacterial isolates as E. coli, each was subjected to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of the beta-glucuronidase gene (uidA) followed by DGGE fingerprinting. The ability of DGGE to discriminate individual isolates at the strain level was determined by comparing fingerprints to those resulting from a standard, library-dependent fingerprinting method, BOX-PCR. Computerized analysis of fingerprints indicated that DGGE and BOX-PCR identified 15 and 21 unique phylotypes respectively. Rank-abundance plots comparing the numerical distribution of unique E. coli phylotypes detected by both methods revealed no difference in resolution at the population level. In water and sediment samples from two beaches, DGGE effectively distinguished indigenous E. coli populations with an average rate of correct classification (site-based) of 83%. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis of uidA genes isolated and PCR-amplified from environmental samples appears to be an effective tool to differentiate unique E. coli populations and should be useful to characterize E. coli dynamics in the secondary environment. PMID:16958751

  7. In a radial gradient of chemical attractant, wild-type nematodes Caenorhabditis elegans reach the gradient peak by

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    Lockery, Shawn

    (Pierce- Shimomura et al., 1999). Pirouettes not only serve to stop the animal from moving down of individual animals with computer modeling to test the hypothesis that the pirouette strategy is sufficient the gradient, they also reorient the animal up the gradient. Computer simulations of the pirouette mechanism

  8. Chapter 10. Markov chains. Manual for SOA Exam MLC.

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    Arcones, Miguel A.

    is called a state. If Xn = k, where k E, we say that the Markov chain {Xn} n=0 is at state k at stage n. c chains. Section 10.2. Markov chains. For a Markov chain the conditional distribution of any future state1/110 Chapter 10. Markov chains. Manual for SOA Exam MLC. Chapter 10. Markov chains. Section 10

  9. “Measure Your Gradient”: A New Way to Measure Gradients in High Performance Liquid Chromatography by Mass Spectrometric or Absorbance Detection

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    Magee, Megan H.; Manulik, Joseph C.; Barnes, Brian B.; Abate-Pella, Daniel; Hewitt, Joshua T.; Boswell, Paul G.

    2014-01-01

    The gradient produced by an HPLC is never the same as the one it is programmed to produce, but non-idealities in the gradient can be taken into account if they are measured. Such measurements are routine, yet only one general approach has been described to make them: both HPLC solvents are replaced with water, solvent B is spiked with 0.1% acetone, and the gradient is measured by UV absorbance. Despite the widespread use of this procedure, we found a number of problems and complications with it, mostly stemming from the fact that it measures the gradient under abnormal conditions (e.g. both solvents are water). It is also generally not amenable to MS detection, leaving those with only an MS detector no way to accurately measure their gradients. We describe a new approach called “Measure Your Gradient” that potentially solves these problems. One runs a test mixture containing 20 standards on a standard stationary phase and enters their gradient retention times into open-source software available at www.measureyourgradient.org. The software uses the retention times to back-calculate the gradient that was truly produced by the HPLC. Here we present a preliminary investigation of the new approach. We found that gradients measured this way are comparable to those measured by a more accurate, albeit impractical, version of the conventional approach. The new procedure worked with different gradients, flow rates, column lengths, inner diameters, on two different HPLCs, and with six different batches of the standard stationary phase. PMID:25441073

  10. Continuous chain bit with downhole cycling capability

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    Ritter, Don F. (Albuquerque, NM); St. Clair, Jack A. (Albuquerque, NM); Togami, Henry K. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1983-01-01

    A continuous chain bit for hard rock drilling is capable of downhole cycling. A drill head assembly moves axially relative to a support body while the chain on the head assembly is held in position so that the bodily movement of the chain cycles the chain to present new composite links for drilling. A pair of spring fingers on opposite sides of the chain hold the chain against movement. The chain is held in tension by a spring-biased tensioning bar. A head at the working end of the chain supports the working links. The chain is centered by a reversing pawl and piston actuated by the pressure of the drilling mud. Detent pins lock the head assembly with respect to the support body and are also operated by the drilling mud pressure. A restricted nozzle with a divergent outlet sprays drilling mud into the cavity to remove debris. Indication of the centered position of the chain is provided by noting a low pressure reading indicating proper alignment of drilling mud slots on the links with the corresponding feed branches.

  11. Molecular mechanisms for generating transmembrane proton gradients

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    Gunner, M.R.; Amin, Muhamed; Zhu, Xuyu; Lu, Jianxun

    2013-01-01

    Membrane proteins use the energy of light or high energy substrates to build a transmembrane proton gradient through a series of reactions leading to proton release into the lower pH compartment (P-side) and proton uptake from the higher pH compartment (N-side). This review considers how the proton affinity of the substrates, cofactors and amino acids are modified in four proteins to drive proton transfers. Bacterial reaction centers (RCs) and photosystem II (PSII) carry out redox chemistry with the species to be oxidized on the P-side while reduction occurs on the N-side of the membrane. Terminal redox cofactors are used which have pKas that are strongly dependent on their redox state, so that protons are lost on oxidation and gained on reduction. Bacteriorhodopsin is a true proton pump. Light activation triggers trans to cis isomerization of a bound retinal. Strong electrostatic interactions within clusters of amino acids are modified by the conformational changes initiated by retinal motion leading to changes in proton affinity, driving transmembrane proton transfer. Cytochrome c oxidase (CcO) catalyzes the reduction of O2 to water. The protons needed for chemistry are bound from the N-side. The reduction chemistry also drives proton pumping from N- to P-side. Overall, in CcO the uptake of 4 electrons to reduce O2 transports 8 charges across the membrane, with each reduction fully coupled to removal of two protons from the N-side, the delivery of one for chemistry and transport of the other to the P-side. PMID:23507617

  12. Cardiovascular Responses of Snakes to Gravitational Gradients

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    Hsieh, Shi-Tong T.; Lillywhite, H. B.; Ballard, R. E.; Hargens, A. R.; Holton, Emily M. (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    Snakes are useful vertebrates for studies of gravitational adaptation, owing to their elongate body and behavioral diversification. Scansorial species have evolved specializations for regulating hemodynamics during exposure to gravitational stress, whereas, such adaptations are less well developed in aquatic and non-climbing species. We examined responses of the amphibious snake,\\italicize (Nerodia rhombifera), to increments of Gz (head-to-tail) acceleration force on both a short- and long-arm centrifuge (1.5 vs. 3.7 m radius, from the hub to tail end of snake). We recorded heart rate, dorsal aortic pressure, and carotid arterial blood flow during stepwise 0.25 G increments of Gz force (referenced at the tail) in conscious animals. The Benz tolerance of a snake was determined as the Gz level at which carotid blood flow ceased and was found to be significantly greater at the short- than long-arm centrifuge radius (1.57 Gz vs. 2.0 Gz, respectively; P=0.016). A similar pattern of response was demonstrated in semi-arboreal rat snakes,\\italicize{Elaphe obsoleta}, which are generally more tolerant of Gz force (2.6 Gz at 1.5m radius) than are water snakes. The tolerance differences of the two species reflected cardiovascular responses, which differed quantitatively but not qualitatively: heart rates increased while arterial pressure and blood flow decreased in response to increasing levels of Gz. Thus, in both species of snakes, a reduced gradient of Gz force (associated with greater centrifuge radius) significantly decreases the Gz level that can be tolerated.

  13. Hydraulic gradient control for groundwater contaminant removal

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    Fisher, Atwood D.; Gorelick, S.M.

    1985-01-01

    The Rocky Mountain Arsenal near Denver, Colarado, U.S.A., is used as a realistic setting for a hypothetical test of a procedure that plans the hydraulic stabilization and removal of a groundwater contaminant plume. A two-stage planning procedure successfully selects the best wells and their optimal pumping/recharge schedules to contain the plume while a well or system of wells within the plume removes the contaminated water. In stage I, a combined groundwater flow and solute transport model is used to simulate contaminant removal under an assumed velocity field. The result is the approximated plume boundary location as a function of time. In stage II, a linear program, which includes a groundwater flow model as part of the set of constraints, determines the optimal well selection and their optimal pumping/recharge schedules by minimizing total pumping and recharge. The simulation-management model eliminates wells far from the plume perimeter and activates wells near the perimeter as the plume decreases in size. This successfully stablizes the hydraulic gradient during aquifer cleanup.The Rocky Mountain Arsenal near Denver, Colorado, USA, is used as a realistic setting for a hypothetical test of a procedure that plans the hydraulic stabilization and removal of a groundwater contaminant plume. A two-stage planning procedure successfully selects the best wells and their optimal pumping/recharge schedules to contain the plume while a well or system of wells within the plume removes the contaminated water. In stage I, a combined groundwater flow and solute transport model is used to simulate contaminant removal under an assumed velocity field. The result is the approximated plume boundary location as a function of time. In stage II, a linear program, which includes a groundwater flow model as part of the set of constraints, determines the optimal well selection and their optimal pumping/recharge schedules by minimizing total pumping and recharge. Refs.

  14. Efficient and robust gradient enhanced Kriging emulators.

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    Dalbey, Keith R.

    2013-08-01

    %E2%80%9CNaive%E2%80%9D or straight-forward Kriging implementations can often perform poorly in practice. The relevant features of the robustly accurate and efficient Kriging and Gradient Enhanced Kriging (GEK) implementations in the DAKOTA software package are detailed herein. The principal contribution is a novel, effective, and efficient approach to handle ill-conditioning of GEK's %E2%80%9Ccorrelation%E2%80%9D matrix, RN%CC%83, based on a pivoted Cholesky factorization of Kriging's (not GEK's) correlation matrix, R, which is a small sub-matrix within GEK's RN%CC%83 matrix. The approach discards sample points/equations that contribute the least %E2%80%9Cnew%E2%80%9D information to RN%CC%83. Since these points contain the least new information, they are the ones which when discarded are both the easiest to predict and provide maximum improvement of RN%CC%83's conditioning. Prior to this work, handling ill-conditioned correlation matrices was a major, perhaps the principal, unsolved challenge necessary for robust and efficient GEK emulators. Numerical results demonstrate that GEK predictions can be significantly more accurate when GEK is allowed to discard points by the presented method. Numerical results also indicate that GEK can be used to break the curse of dimensionality by exploiting inexpensive derivatives (such as those provided by automatic differentiation or adjoint techniques), smoothness in the response being modeled, and adaptive sampling. Development of a suitable adaptive sampling algorithm was beyond the scope of this work; instead adaptive sampling was approximated by omitting the cost of samples discarded by the presented pivoted Cholesky approach.

  15. Gravity gradient for Greenland and its tectonic interpretation

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    Grushinsky, Andrew N.

    2013-04-01

    Gravity gradient is the indicator of the stress conditions in the lithosphere. The axis of gradient signs changing indicates the boundary of blocks exposed to different tensions. The lines of maxima and minima of gravity gradient correspondingly marked the boundary of zones of compression and expansion. Four various types of the gravity anomalies was calculated: in free air, Bouguer's, Glennie's and isostatic. And then was calculated their gradients. The preliminary analysis of gradients shows, that its qualitative behavior for all types of gravity anomalies is very closely and, therefore, conclusions about the stress conditions in the lithosphere of the considering region are definite. Range of the changing for gradients of gravity in free air anomalies - from -96.1 to 135.8 eötvös, and for gradients of gravity Bouguer's anomalies - from -122.6 to 141.9 eötvös. Range of the changing for gradients of gravity Glennie's and isostatic anomalies are substantially smaller, for gradients of gravity Glennie's anomalies - from -27.6 to 25.5 eötvös, and for gradients of gravity isostatic anomalies - from -19.2 to 21.2 eötvös. This difference in the gradient values, evidently, connects with the difference in the thoroughness and the degree of averaging of the anomalies. Analysis of gravity gradient shown the following: 1. In the western part of the researching region are distinguished three linear structures (two maxima and one minimum), which marked rift zone of the Baffin Bay and Davis Strait. This disappeared rift characterized by depressed zone, lengthened from Nares strait along the west sea coast of Greenland. In the south part of this zone localized deep fault, which northward become lesser expressed. To the north and north-east from the Nares strait lengthened to the North Pole zone of compression, blocked up existing previously rift, by which the rotation of the Greenland part of Canadian shield from its cardinal part happened. Center of this rotation, evidently, was the Nares strait. To the south-west of the Nares strait observed axis of gravity gradient maximum, which lengthened along the shore of islands of Canadian Arctic Archipelago and proper Canada. It marked the narrow lengthy compression zone, arised, probably, from the character of the considering rift zone (its incomplete disclosure), which was not allowed free shifting of Canada and Canadian Arctic Archipelago from Greenland. 2. The fading of the west rift began after disclosure of the rift zone of northern part of the Mid-Atlantic ridge. Meanwhile arising east rift zone lead to the changing of the Greenland moving direction, that, probably, offer to origin compression zones in all coastal zone of Greenland, lead to orogeny. At the same time the central part of the Greenland plate was not compressed and remained weakly strained. Now the central part of Greenland was subjected to small extension, caused by glaciation. 3. The Mid-Atlantic ridge is exhibited in the gravity gradients much weaker than the west rift zone. The linear structure (axis of the gravity gradient minimum) was not observed, but then the changing and character of the gravity gradient on the different side of the rift are different. Region to the west of the rift characterized by the negative gravity gradient, while region to the east of the rift, gravity gradient are positive. One from the possible explanations of such picture can be the different petrological composition of these blocks with the different mechanical and reological features. 4. Region northeasterly of the central part of the Greenland shore have a complex enough picture of the changing compression and expansion zones, and Svalbard Archipelago from west and south bordered by zone of weaken rock.

  16. Gradients of galactic cosmic rays and anomalous components

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    Mckibben, R. B.

    1988-01-01

    Measurements of radial and latitudinal gradients of galactic cosmic rays and anomalous components now cover radii from 0.3 to 40 AU from the sun and latitudes up to 30 deg above the ecliptic plane for particle energies from approx. 10 MeV/n up to relativistic energies. The most accurate measurements cover the period 1972 through 1987, which includes more than one full 11 year cycle of solar activity. Radial gradients for glactic cosmic rays of all energies and species are small (similar to less than 10 percent AU), and variable in time, reaching a minimum of near 0 percent AU out to 30 AU for some species at solar maximum. Gradients for anomalous components are larger, of order 15 percent AU, may show similar time variability, and are relatively independent of particle species and energy. For the period 1985 through 1986 the intensity decreased away from the ecliptic for all species and energies. For galactic cosmic rays, the measured gradients are approx. 0.5 percent/degree near 20 AU, while for anomalous components the gradients are larger, ranging from 3 to 6 percent/degree. Comparison with a similar measurement for anomalous helium in 1975 through 1976 suggests that the latitude gradients for anomalous components have changed sign between 1975 and 1985. For galactic cosmic rays, the available evidence suggests no change in sign of the latitudinal gradient for relativistic particles.

  17. Accuracy of direct gradient sensing by single cells

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    Robert G. Endres; Ned S. Wingreen

    2009-06-15

    Many types of cells are able to accurately sense shallow gradients of chemicals across their diameters, allowing the cells to move towards or away from chemical sources. This chemotactic ability relies on the remarkable capacity of cells to infer gradients from particles randomly arriving at cell-surface receptors by diffusion. Whereas the physical limits of concentration sensing by cells have been explored, there is no theory for the physical limits of gradient sensing. Here, we derive such a theory, using as models a perfectly absorbing sphere and a perfectly monitoring sphere, which, respectively, infer gradients from the absorbed surface particle density or the positions of freely diffusing particles inside a spherical volume. We find that the perfectly absorbing sphere is superior to the perfectly monitoring sphere, both for concentration and gradient sensing, since previously observed particles are never remeasured. The superiority of the absorbing sphere helps explain the presence at the surfaces of cells of signal degrading enzymes, such as PDE for cAMP in Dictyostelium discoideum (Dicty) and BAR1 for mating factor alpha in Saccharomyces cerevisiae (budding yeast). Quantitatively, our theory compares favorably to recent measurements of Dicty moving up a cAMP gradient, suggesting these cells operate near the physical limits of gradient detection.

  18. Mesenchymal Stem Cell Durotaxis Depends on Substrate Stiffness Gradient Strength

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    Vincent, Ludovic G.; Choi, Yu Suk; Alonso-Latorre, Baldomero; del Álamo, Juan C.; Engler, Adam J.

    2013-01-01

    Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) respond to niche elasticity, which varies between and within tissues. Stiffness gradients result from pathological conditions but also occur through normal variation, e.g. muscle. MSCs undergo directed migration even in response to shallow stiffness gradients before differentiating. More refined gradients of both stiffness range and strength are needed to better understand mechanical regulation of migration in normal and disease pathologies. We describe polyacrylamide stiffness gradient fabrication using three distinct systems that generate stiffness gradients of physiological (1 Pa/µm), pathological (10 Pa/µm), and step (? 100Pa/um) strength spanning physiologically relevant stiffness for most soft tissue, i.e. 1–12 kPa. MSCs migrated to the stiffest region for each gradient. Time-lapse microscopy revealed that migration velocity scaled directly with gradient strength. Directed migration was reduced in the presence of the contractile agonist lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and cytoskeletal-perturbing drugs nocodazole and cytochalasin; LPA- and nocodazole-treated cells remained spread and protrusive, while cytochalasin-treated cells did not. Untreated and nocodazole-treated cells spread in a similar manner, but nocodazole-treated cells had greatly diminished traction forces. These data suggest that actin is required for migration whereas microtubules are required for directed migration. The data also imply that in vivo, MSCs may have a more significant contribution to repairs in stiffer regions where they may preferentially accumulate. PMID:23390141

  19. Induced charge electro-osmotic concentration gradient generator

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    Jain, Mranal; Yeung, Anthony; Nandakumar, K.

    2010-01-01

    Biomolecule gradients play an important role in the understanding of various biological processes. Typically, biological cells are exposed to linear and nonlinear concentration gradients and their response is studied for understanding cell growth, cell migration, and cell differentiation mechanisms. Recent studies have demonstrated the use of microfluidic devices for precise and stable concentration gradient generation. However, most of the reported devices are geometrically complex and lack dynamic controllability. In this work, a novel microfluidic gradient generator is presented which utilizes the induced charge electro-osmosis (ICEO) by introducing conducting obstacle in the microchannel. With the ICEO flow component, significant transverse convection can be generated within the microchannel, which can, in turn, be used to create nonlinear as well as asymmetric gradients. The characteristics of the developed concentration gradient are dependent on the interplay between fixed charge electro-osmotic and ICEO flows. It is shown that the proposed device can switch between linear and nonlinear gradients by just altering the applied electric field. Finally, the formation of user-defined concentration profiles (linear, convex, and concave) is demonstrated by varying the conducting obstacle size. PMID:20644679

  20. Fabrication of high wettability gradient on copper substrate

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    Huang, Ding-Jun; Leu, Tzong-Shyng

    2013-09-01

    Copper is one of the most widely used materials in condensation heat transfer. Recently there has been great interest in improving the condensation heat transfer efficiency through copper surface modification. In this study, we describe the fabrication processes of how copper surfaces were modified to be superhydrophilic (CA ? 10°) and superhydrophobic (CA > 150°) by means of H2O2 immersion and fluorination with Teflon. The wettability gradient of copper surfaces with contact angles (CA) changing from superhydrophilic to superhydrophobic are also demonstrated. Unlike previous studies on gradient surfaces in which the wettability gradient is controlled either non-precisely or entirely uncontrolled, in this study, the contact angles along wettability gradient copper surfaces vary with a precisely designed gradient. It is demonstrated that a high wettability gradient copper surface can be successfully fabricated using photolithography to define the area ratios between superhydrophilic and superhydrophobic patterns within a short distance. The fabricated wettability gradient of copper surfaces is expected to be able to enhance the condensation heat transfer efficiency.

  1. Comparative Analysis of Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis and Temporal Temperature Gradient Gel Electrophoresis Profiles as a Tool for the Differentiation of Candida Species

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    Mohammadi, Parisa; Hamidkhani, Aida; Asgarani, Ezat

    2015-01-01

    Background: Candida species are usually opportunistic organisms that cause acute to chronic infections when conditions in the host are favorable. Accurate identification of Candida species is an essential pre-requisite for improved therapeutic strategy. Identification of Candida species by conventional methods is time-consuming with low sensitivity, yet molecular approaches have provided an alternative way for early diagnosis of invasive candidiasis. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and temporal temperature gradient gel electrophoresis (TTGE) are polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based approaches that are used for studying the community structure of microorganisms. By using these methods, simultaneous identification of multiple yeast species will be possible and reliable results will be obtained quickly. Objectives: In this study, DGGE and TTGE methods were set up and evaluated for the detection of different Candida species, and their results were compared. Materials and Methods: Five different Candida species were cultured on potato dextrose agar medium for 24 hours. Next, total DNA was extracted by the phenol-chloroform method. Two sets of primers, ITS3-GC/ITS4 and NL1-GC/LS2 were applied to amplify the desired regions. The amplified fragments were then used to analyze DGGE and TTGE profiles. Results: The results showed that NL1-GC/LS2 primer set could yield species-specific amplicons, which were well distinguished and allowed better species discrimination than that generated by the ITS3-GC/ITS4 primer set, in both DGGE and TTGE profiles. All five Candida species were discriminated by DGGE and TTGE using the NL1-GC/LS2 primer set. Conclusions: Comparison of DGGE and TTGE profiles obtained from NL1-GC/LS2 amplicons exhibited the same patterns. Although both DGGE and TTGE techniques are capable of detecting Candida species, TTGE is recommended because of easier performance and lower costs. PMID:26568801

  2. Rapid cortical dynamics associated with auditory spatial attention gradients

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    Mock, Jeffrey R.; Seay, Michael J.; Charney, Danielle R.; Holmes, John L.; Golob, Edward J.

    2015-01-01

    Behavioral and EEG studies suggest spatial attention is allocated as a gradient in which processing benefits decrease away from an attended location. Yet the spatiotemporal dynamics of cortical processes that contribute to attentional gradients are unclear. We measured EEG while participants (n = 35) performed an auditory spatial attention task that required a button press to sounds at one target location on either the left or right. Distractor sounds were randomly presented at four non-target locations evenly spaced up to 180° from the target location. Attentional gradients were quantified by regressing ERP amplitudes elicited by distractors against their spatial location relative to the target. Independent component analysis was applied to each subject's scalp channel data, allowing isolation of distinct cortical sources. Results from scalp ERPs showed a tri-phasic response with gradient slope peaks at ~300 ms (frontal, positive), ~430 ms (posterior, negative), and a plateau starting at ~550 ms (frontal, positive). Corresponding to the first slope peak, a positive gradient was found within a central component when attending to both target locations and for two lateral frontal components when contralateral to the target location. Similarly, a central posterior component had a negative gradient that corresponded to the second slope peak regardless of target location. A right posterior component had both an ipsilateral followed by a contralateral gradient. Lateral posterior clusters also had decreases in ? and ? oscillatory power with a negative slope and contralateral tuning. Only the left posterior component (120–200 ms) corresponded to absolute sound location. The findings indicate a rapid, temporally-organized sequence of gradients thought to reflect interplay between frontal and parietal regions. We conclude these gradients support a target-based saliency map exhibiting aspects of both right-hemisphere dominance and opponent process models. PMID:26082679

  3. MRI gradient coil cylinder sound field simulation and measurement.

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    Mechefske, Chris K; Wu, Yuhua; Rutt, Brian K

    2002-08-01

    High-field, high-speed Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) generates high sound levels within and nearby the scanner. The mechanism and process that produces the gradient magnetic field (a cylindrical electro-magnet, called the gradient coil cylinder, which produces a spatially and temporally varying magnetic field inside a static background magnetic field) is the primary source of this noise. This noise can cause difficulties in verbal communication in and around the scanner, heightened patient anxiety, temporary hearing loss and possible permanent hearing impairment for health care workers and patients. In order to effectively suppress the sound radiation from the gradient coil cylinder the sound field within and nearby the gradient coil needs to be characterized This characterization may be made using an analytical solution of the sound pressure field, computational simulation, measurement analysis or some combination of these three methods. This paper presents the computational simulation and measurement results of a study of the sound radiation from a head and neck gradient coil cylinder within a 4 Tesla MRI whole body scanner. The measurement results for the sound pressure level distribution along the centerline of the gradient coil cylinder are presented. The sound pressure distributions predicted from Finite Element Analysis of the gradient coil movement during operation and subsequent Boundary Element Analysis of the sound field generated are also presented. A comparison of the measured results and the predicted results shows close agreement. Because of the extremely complex nature of the analytical solution for the gradient coil cylinder, a treatment of the analytical solution and comparison to the computational results for a simple cylinder vibrating in a purely radial direction are also presented and also show close agreement between the two methods thus validating the computational approach used with the more complex gradient coil cylinder. PMID:12188211

  4. Gradient generation platforms: new directions for an established microfluidic technology

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    Berthier, E.; Beebe, D.J.

    2014-01-01

    Microscale platforms are enabling for cell-based studies as they allow the recapitulation of physiological conditions such as extracellular matrix (ECM) configurations and soluble factors interactions. Gradient generation platforms have been one of the few applications of microfluidics that have begun to be translated to biological laboratories and may become a new “gold standard”. Though gradient generation platforms are now established, their full potential has not yet been realized. Here, we will provide our perspective on milestones achieved in the development of gradient generation and cell migration platforms, as well as emerging directions such as using cell migration as a diagnostic readout and attaining mechanistic information from cell migration models. PMID:25008971

  5. Electronic Bloch oscillation in bilayer graphene gradient superlattices

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    Cheng, Hemeng; Li, Changan; Song, Yun; Ma, Tianxing; Wang, Li-Gang; Lin, Hai-Qing

    2014-08-18

    We investigate the electronic Bloch oscillation in bilayer graphene gradient superlattices using transfer matrix method. By introducing two kinds of gradient potentials of square barriers along electrons propagation direction, we find that Bloch oscillations up to terahertz can occur. Wannier-Stark ladders, as the counterpart of Bloch oscillation, are obtained as a series of equidistant transmission peaks, and the localization of the electronic wave function is also signature of Bloch oscillation. Furthermore, the period of Bloch oscillation decreases linearly with increasing gradient of barrier potentials.

  6. Force-gradient nested multirate methods for Hamiltonian systems

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    Shcherbakov, Dmitry; Ehrhardt, Matthias; Günther, Michael; Peardon, Michael

    2015-02-01

    Force-gradient decomposition methods are used to improve the energy preservation of symplectic schemes applied to Hamiltonian systems. If the potential is composed of different parts with strongly varying dynamics, this multirate potential can be exploited by coupling force-gradient decomposition methods with splitting techniques for multi-time scale problems to further increase the accuracy of the scheme and reduce the computational costs. In this paper, we derive novel force-gradient nested methods and test them numerically. We apply them on the three-body problem, modified for a better observation of the advantageous properties, needed for the future research.

  7. Hydrodynamics Beyond the Gradient Expansion: Resurgence and Resummation

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    Heller, Michal P.; Spali?ski, Micha?

    2015-08-01

    Consistent formulations of relativistic viscous hydrodynamics involve short-lived modes, leading to asymptotic rather than convergent gradient expansions. In this Letter we consider the Müller-Israel-Stewart theory applied to a longitudinally expanding quark-gluon plasma system and identify hydrodynamics as a universal attractor without invoking the gradient expansion. We give strong evidence for the existence of this attractor and then show that it can be recovered from the divergent gradient expansion by Borel summation. This requires careful accounting for the short-lived modes which leads to an intricate mathematical structure known from the theory of resurgence.

  8. Hydrodynamics Beyond the Gradient Expansion: Resurgence and Resummation

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    Heller, Michal P

    2015-01-01

    Consistent formulations of relativistic viscous hydrodynamics involve short lived modes, leading to asymptotic rather than convergent gradient expansions. In this Letter we consider the Mueller-Israel-Stewart theory applied to a longitudinally expanding quark-gluon plasma system and identify hydrodynamics as a universal attractor without invoking the gradient expansion. We give strong evidence for the existence of this attractor and then show that it can be recovered from the divergent gradient expansion by Borel summation. This requires careful accounting for the short-lived modes which leads to an intricate mathematical structure known from the theory of resurgence.

  9. Hydrodynamics Beyond the Gradient Expansion: Resurgence and Resummation.

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    Heller, Michal P; Spali?ski, Micha?

    2015-08-14

    Consistent formulations of relativistic viscous hydrodynamics involve short-lived modes, leading to asymptotic rather than convergent gradient expansions. In this Letter we consider the Müller-Israel-Stewart theory applied to a longitudinally expanding quark-gluon plasma system and identify hydrodynamics as a universal attractor without invoking the gradient expansion. We give strong evidence for the existence of this attractor and then show that it can be recovered from the divergent gradient expansion by Borel summation. This requires careful accounting for the short-lived modes which leads to an intricate mathematical structure known from the theory of resurgence. PMID:26317715

  10. Hydrodynamics Beyond the Gradient Expansion: Resurgence and Resummation

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    Michal P. Heller; Michal Spalinski

    2015-08-28

    Consistent formulations of relativistic viscous hydrodynamics involve short lived modes, leading to asymptotic rather than convergent gradient expansions. In this Letter we consider the Mueller-Israel-Stewart theory applied to a longitudinally expanding quark-gluon plasma system and identify hydrodynamics as a universal attractor without invoking the gradient expansion. We give strong evidence for the existence of this attractor and then show that it can be recovered from the divergent gradient expansion by Borel summation. This requires careful accounting for the short-lived modes which leads to an intricate mathematical structure known from the theory of resurgence.

  11. Interpretation of restricted diffusion in sandstones with internal field gradients.

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    Appel, M; Freeman, J J; Gardner, J S; Hirasaki, G H; Zhang, Q G; Shafer, J L

    2001-01-01

    We report on experiments to characterize internal magnetic field gradients that are caused by magnetic susceptibility differences between the solid phase and the fluids filling the pore space. Our measurements focus on low-field relaxometry of brine and oil in sandstones from various reservoirs around the world. Our results show the need to understand the dependence of internal field gradients on diffusion length, pore size- and fluid distribution in order to predict the impact of internal gradients on the interpretation of NMR experiments. PMID:11445350

  12. Conductance of a finite Kitaev chain

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    Doornenbal, R. J.; Skantzaris, G.; Stoof, H. T. C.

    2015-01-01

    We present a stochastic formulation of the Kadanoff-Baym or Keldysh theory to calculate the conductance of a finite Kitaev chain coupled to two electron reservoirs. We study the dependence of the conductance on the number of sites in the chain and find that only for sufficiently long chains and in the regime that the chain is a topological superconductor the conductance at both ends tends to the universal value 2 e2/h , as expected on the basis of the contact resistance of a single conducting channel provided by the Majorana zero mode. In this topologically nontrivial case we find an exponential decay of the current inside the chain and a simple analytical expression for the decay length. Finally, we also study the differential conductance at nonzero bias and the full current-voltage curves. We find a nonmonotonic behavior of the maximal current through the Kitaev chain as a function of the coupling strength with the reservoirs.

  13. Dynamics and lateral interactions of dipolar chains

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    Furst, Eric M.; Gast, Alice P.

    2000-11-01

    The dynamics and lateral interactions of dipolar chains in magnetorheological suspensions determine the long-time microscopic structure and resulting rheological response. In this paper we characterize proposed lateral interaction mechanisms and their implications for long-time coarsening of structure and compare them to direct measurements of the lateral interaction of dipolar chains using optical trap micromanipulation. We observe a long-range far-field attraction between flexible chains, while the near-field interaction can be repulsive or attractive. At high field strengths, we observe the short-range attraction of rigid chains. Chain dynamics measured with videomicroscopy and diffusing wave spectroscopy are described by a local-mode model and are consistent with fluctuation-mediated interaction theories. The subdiffusive behavior at intermediate and long times scales as t0.75, identical to semiflexible molecules. Finally, we show examples of how defects in chains can create lateral attractions or repulsions.

  14. Imaging the Buried Chicxulub Crater with Gravity Gradients and Cenotes

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    Hildebrand, A. R.; Pilkington, M.; Halpenny, J. F.; Ortiz-Aleman, C.; Chavez, R. E.; Urrutia-Fucugauchi, J.; Connors, M.; Graniel-Castro, E.; Camara-Zi, A.; Vasquez, J.

    1995-09-01

    Differing interpretations of the Bouguer gravity anomaly over the Chicxulub crater, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, have yielded diameter estimates of 170 to 320 km. Knowing the crater's size is necessary to quantify the lethal perturbations to the Cretaceous environment associated with its formation. The crater's size (and internal structure) is revealed by the horizontal gradient of the Bouguer gravity anomaly over the structure, and by mapping the karst features of the Yucatan region. To improve our resolution of the crater's gravity signature we collected additional gravity measurements primarily along radial profiles, but also to fill in previously unsurveyed areas. Horizontal gradient analysis of Bouguer gravity data objectively highlights the lateral density contrasts of the impact lithologies and suppresses regional anomalies which may obscure the gravity signature of the Chicxulub crater lithologies. This gradient technique yields a striking circular structure with at least 6 concentric gradient features between 25 and 85 km radius. These features are most distinct in the southwest probably because of denser sampling of the gravity field. Our detailed profiles detected an additional feature and steeper gradients (up to 5 mGal/km) than the original survey. We interpret the outer four gradient maxima to represent concentric faults in the crater's zone of slumping as is also revealed by seismic reflection data. The inner two probably represent the margin of the central uplift and the peak ring and or collapsed transient cavity. Radial gradients in the SW quadrant over the inferred ~40 km-diameter central uplift (4) may represent structural "puckering" as revealed at eroded terrestrial craters. Gradient features related to regional gravity highs and lows are visible outside the crater, but no concentric gradient features are apparent at distances > 90 km radius. The marginal gradient features may be modelled by slump faults as observed in large complex craters on the other terrestrial planets. A modeled fault of 1.5 km displacement (slightly slumped block exterior and impact breccia interior) reproduces the steepest gradient feature. This model is incompatible with models that place these gradient features inside the collapsed transient cavity. Locations of the karst features of the northern Yucatan region were digitized from 1:50,000 topographic maps, which show most but not all the water-filled sinkholes (locally known as cenotes). A prominent ring of cenotes is visible over the crater that is spatially correlated to the outer steep gravity gradient feature. The mapped cenotes constitute an unbiased sampling of the region's karst surface features of >50 m diameter. The gradient maximum and the cenote ring both meander with amplitudes of up to 2 km. The wiggles in the gradient feature and the cenote distribution probably correspond to the "scalloping" observed at the headwall of terraces in large complex craters. A second partial cenote ring exterior to the southwest side of the main ring corresponds to a less-prominent gravity gradient feature. No concentric structure is observable in the distribution of karst features at radii >90 km. The cenote ring is bounded by the outer peripheral steep gradient feature and must be related to it; the slump faults must have been reactivated sufficiently to create fracturing in the overlying and much younger sediment. Long term subsidence, as found at other terrestrial craters is a possible mechanism for the reactivation. Such long term subsidence may be caused by differential compaction or thermal relaxation. Elevations acquired during gravity surveys show that the cenote ring also corresponds to a topographic low along some of its length that probably reflects preferential erosion.

  15. Birefringence in gradient-index media

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    Rouke, Jennifer Lynn

    Ion exchange is a common method used to fabricate gradient-index (GRIN) materials. Stress can result from this process by two means: (i)a size difference between the exchange and diffusing ions and (ii)a difference in thermal expansion coefficient across the ion-exchanged region. The temperature of the diffusion determines which mechanism dominates. The resulting birefringence causes the index profile to be polarization dependent which can significantly affect ray propagation. Anisotropy in GRIN optical glass has not been well characterized. This thesis analyzes stress birefringence in GRIN media through ray tracing and birefringence measurements. Birefringence can be an important consideration in the design and use of GRIN optics, especially in radial-GRIN relay lenses with large optical path lengths. Birefringence can degrade image quality and alter the polarization state of input light. Therefore, if anisotropy is present, it must be taken into account to accurately predict optical performance. Current lens design software does not analyze media that are both anisotropic and inhomogeneous. Such media are often treated as isotropic for ray tracing purposes. The theory necessary to model ray propagation in anisotropic inhomogeneous media is developed for this thesis. Among the equations derived are the ray equation, the eikonal equation, and an expression for the Poynting vector direction. The model is applied to trace meridional rays in birefringent GRIN rods. Two methods are used to measure the birefringence in GRIN rods. One method uses a phase-shifting Twyman-Green interferometer to measure the optical path difference with orthogonal input polarizations. The difference between the two data sets provides a measure of the birefringence as a function of radius. The second method has been developed specifically for this thesis to measure the change in optical path difference directly. The measurements are performed on samples fabricated with a variety of diffusion times and temperatures. This is the first systematic study of how changing the fabrication conditions affects the amount of residual birefringence in GRIN optical glass. The results from the ray-tracing model are compared with experimental data. Also, birefringence effects observed in the tilt fringes of the two measurement set-ups are modeled.

  16. 43 CFR 3252.14 - How must I complete a temperature gradient well?

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  17. 43 CFR 3252.13 - How long may I collect information from my temperature gradient well?

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  1. 43 CFR 3252.13 - How long may I collect information from my temperature gradient well?

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  4. Substantial compositional turnover of fungal communities in an alpine ridge-to-snowbed gradient

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    Laudal, Arnfinn

    Substantial compositional turnover of fungal communities in an alpine ridge-to-snowbed gradient. The compositional turnover of fungal communities along the gradient was not paralleled by a gradient in species

  5. Morphological texture gradients: Denition and application to colour and texture watershed

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    Angulo,Jesús

    Morphological texture gradients: Denition and application to colour and texture watershed texture gradient is then combined with the colour gradient to produce mixed segmentations by watershed, watershed transformation. 1. Introduction The classical paradigm of morphological segmentation

  6. Supply Chains and Transportation Networks Anna Nagurney

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    Nagurney, Anna

    of suppliers, manufacturers, transportation service providers, storage facility managers, retailers materials, furniture, clothing, toys, and even electricity. Supply chains may operate (and be managed

  7. Markov chains for tensor network states

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    S. Iblisdir

    2014-05-13

    Markov chains for probability distributions related to matrix product states and 1D Hamiltonians are introduced. With appropriate 'inverse temperature' schedules, these chains can be combined into a random approximation scheme for ground states of such Hamiltonians. Numerical experiments suggest that a linear, i.e. fast, schedule is possible in non-trivial cases. A natural extension of these chains to 2D settings is next presented and tested. The obtained results compare well with Euclidean evolution. The proposed Markov chains are easy to implement and are inherently sign problem free (even for fermionic degrees of freedom).

  8. Micromechanics of Dipolar Chains Using Optical Tweezers

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    Furst, Eric M.; Gast, Alice P.

    1999-01-01

    Here we present our initial study of the micromechanical properties of dipolar chains and columns in a magnetorheological (MR) suspension. Using dual-trap optical tweezers, we are able to directly measure the deformation of the dipolar chains parallel and perpendicular to the applied magnetic field. We observe the field dependence of the mechanical properties such as resistance to deformation, chain reorganization, and rupturing of the chains. These forms of energy dissipation are important for understanding and tuning the yield stress and rheological behavior of an MR suspension.

  9. Effective approach for anharmonic chains of oscillators: Analytical description of negative differential thermal resistance

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    Mendonça, Mateus S.; Pereira, Emmanuel

    2015-09-01

    In order to perform analytical investigations in the heat flow problem starting from microscopic models, we develop a method for the study of anharmonic chains of oscillators with stochastic baths. To make treatable the nonlinear dynamics, we approximate an intricate rate for the time evolution by its average value. We use the developed formalism to understand the on-set of negative differential thermal conductivity in these chains of oscillators. We compute a detailed expression for the heat flow and establish a regime in which the phenomenon holds. Such regime is completely characterized by relations between the parameters of the model (e.g., interparticle interaction and on-site potential strengths) and the temperature gradient - no further restriction, such as boundary condition, is assumed.

  10. Model checking quantum Markov chains

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    Feng, Yuan; Ying, Mingsheng

    2012-01-01

    Although the security of quantum cryptography is provable based on the principles of quantum mechanics, it can be compromised by the flaws in the design of quantum protocols and the noise in their physical implementations. So, it is indispensable to develop techniques of verifying and debugging quantum cryptographic systems. Model-checking has proved to be effective in the verification of classical cryptographic protocols, but an essential difficulty arises when it is applied to quantum systems: the state space of a quantum system is always a continuum even when its dimension is finite. To overcome this difficulty, we introduce a novel notion of quantum Markov chain, specially suited to model quantum cryptographic protocols, in which quantum effects are entirely encoded into super-operators labelling transitions, leaving the location information (nodes) being classical. Then we define a quantum extension of probabilistic computation tree logic (PCTL) and develop a model-checking algorithm for quantum Markov c...

  11. Pentagon chain in external fields

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    Gyorgy Kovacs; Zsolt Gulacsi

    2015-11-23

    We consider a pentagon chain described by a Hubbard type of model considered under periodic boundary conditions. The system i) is placed in an external magnetic field perpendicular to the plane of the cells, and ii) is in a site selective manner under the action of an external electric potential. In these conditions we show in a non-approximated manner that the physical properties of the system can be qualitatively changed. The changes cause first strong modifications of the band structure of the system created by the one-particle part of the Hamiltonian, and second, considerably redraw the emergence domains of ordered phases. We exemplify this by deducing ferromagnetic ground states in the presence of external fields in two different domains of the parameter space.

  12. Cetacean records along a coastal-offshore gradient in the Vitória-Trindade Chain, western South Atlantic Ocean.

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    Wedekin, L L; Rossi-Santos, M R; Baracho, C; Cypriano-Souza, A L; Simões-Lopes, P C

    2014-02-01

    Oceanic waters are difficult to assess, and there are many gaps in knowledge regarding cetacean occurrence. To fill some of these gaps, this article provides important cetacean records obtained in the winter of 2010 during a dedicated expedition to collect visual and acoustic information in the Vitória-Trindade seamounts. We observed 19 groups of cetaceans along a 1300-km search trajectory, with six species being identified: the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae, N = 9 groups), the fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus, N = 1), the Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis, N = 1), the rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis, N = 1), the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus, N = 2), and the killer whale (Orcinus orca, N = 1). Most humpback whale groups (N = 7; 78%) were observed in the Vitória-Trindade seamounts, especially the mounts close to the Abrolhos Bank. Only one lone humpback whale was observed near Trindade Island after a search effort encompassing more than 520 km. From a total of 28 acoustic stations, humpback whale songs were only detected near the seamounts close to the Abrolhos Bank, where most groups of this species were visually detected (including a competitive group and groups with calves). The presence of humpback whales at the Trindade Island and surroundings is most likely occasional, with few sightings and low density. Finally, we observed a significant number of humpback whales along the seamounts close to the Abrolhos Bank, which may function as a breeding habitat for this species. We also added important records regarding the occurrence of cetaceans in these mounts and in the Western South Atlantic, including the endangered fin whale. PMID:25055095

  13. Sulf1 influences the Shh morphogen gradient during the dorsal ventral patterning of the neural tube in Xenopus tropicalis.

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    Ramsbottom, Simon A; Maguire, Richard J; Fellgett, Simon W; Pownall, Mary Elizabeth

    2014-07-15

    Genetic studies have established that heparan sulphate proteoglycans (HSPGs) are required for signalling by key developmental regulators, including Hedgehog, Wnt/Wg, FGF, and BMP/Dpp. Post-synthetic remodelling of heparan sulphate (HS) by Sulf1 has been shown to modulate these same signalling pathways. Sulf1 codes for an N-acetylglucosamine 6-O-endosulfatase, an enzyme that specifically removes the 6-O sulphate group from glucosamine in highly sulfated regions of HS chains. One striking aspect of Sulf1 expression in all vertebrates is its co-localisation with that of Sonic hedgehog in the floor plate of the neural tube. We show here that Sulf1 is required for normal specification of neural progenitors in the ventral neural tube, a process known to require a gradient of Shh activity. We use single-cell injection of mRNA coding for GFP-tagged Shh in early Xenopus embryos and find that Sulf1 restricts ligand diffusion. Moreover, we find that the endogenous distribution of Shh protein in Sulf1 knockdown embryos is altered, where a less steep ventral to dorsal gradient forms in the absence of Sulf1, resulting in more a diffuse distribution of Shh. These data point to an important role for Sulf1 in the ventral neural tube, and suggests a mechanism whereby Sulf1 activity shapes the Shh morphogen gradient by promoting ventral accumulation of high levels of Shh protein. PMID:24768893

  14. Dynamical tropopause based on isentropic potential vorticity gradients

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    Pan, Laura

    Dynamical tropopause based on isentropic potential vorticity gradients A. Kunz,1,2 P. Konopka,1 R than during winter and spring in both hemispheres. Citation: Kunz, A., P. Konopka, R. Müller, and L. L

  15. Control of flexible structures by applied thermal gradients

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    Edberg, Donald L.

    1987-01-01

    Thermal, elastic, and feedback analyses are applied to the case of a beam with a distributed thermal actuator. The actuator is capable of producing a thermal gradient across the section of the beam. One candidate for such an actuator uses the Peltier effect, which appears in certain semiconductors. These devices act as heat pumps when a voltage is applied, causing a temperature gradient. It is shown that the thermal gradients can induce deflection in the beam. If the thermal gradients are applied in the proper sense to a vibrating beam, it is possible to increase the vibration damping exhibited by the structure. Experimental results are given for a cantilever beam, whose first vibrational mode damping ratio was increased from 0.81 to 7.4 percent with simple lead compensation.

  16. On the control of flexible structures by applied thermal gradients

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    Edberg, D. L.

    1987-01-01

    Thermal, elastic, and feedback analyses are applied to the case of a beam with a distributed thermal actuator. The actuator is capable of producing a thermal gradient across the section of the beam. One candidate for such an actuator uses the Peltier effect, which appears in certain semiconductors. These devices act as heat pumps when a voltage is applied, causing a temperature gradient. It is shown that the thermal gradients can induce deflection in the beam. If the thermal gradients are applied in the proper sense to a vibrating beam, it is possible to increase the vibration damping exhibited by the structure. Experimental results are given for a cantilever beam, whose first vibrational mode damping ratio was increased from 0.81 to 7.4 percent with a simple lead compensation.

  17. Potential use of hollow spheres in dual gradient drilling 

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    Vera Vera, Liliana

    2002-01-01

    The increasing number of significant deepwater discoveries has pushed the operator and service oil companies to focus their efforts on developing new technologies to drill in deeper water. Dual gradient drilling (DGD) ...

  18. Generating surface energy gradients for block copolymer thin film studies

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    Lawson, Julie; Epps, Thomas

    2008-03-01

    The development of block copolymer materials for future nanotechnologies requires an understanding of how surface energetics affect block copolymer thin film phase behavior. Surface energy gradients allow for combinatorial studies of these effects. In this work, surface energy gradients were created by vapor deposition of functionalized chlorosilanes on UVO-cleaned silicon substrates in a chamber under dynamic vacuum. The diffusion profiles of the chlorosilanes were controlled by the placement of the chlorosilane reservoirs in the chamber relative to the vacuum outlet and the substrate, allowing the profile of the surface energy gradient on the substrate to be tuned. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to examine the results of the vapor deposition process. Additionally, thin films of a poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) block copolymer with a bulk cylindrical morphology were flow coated onto the gradient substrates, and the resulting phase behavior was characterized with atomic force microscopy (AFM).

  19. Optical gradient force nano-imaging and -spectroscopy

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    Yang, Honghua U

    2015-01-01

    Nanoscale forces play an important role in different scanning probe microscopies, most notably atomic force microscopy (AFM). In contrast, in scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) a light-induced coupled local optical polarization between tip and sample is typically detected by scattering to the far field. Measurements of the optical gradient force associated with that optical near-field excitation would offer a novel optical scanning probe modality. Here we provide a generalized theory of optical gradient force nano-imaging and -spectroscopy. We quantify magnitude and distance dependence of the optical gradient force and its spectral response. We show that the optical gradient force is dispersive for single particle electronic and vibrational resonances, distinct from recent claims of its experimental observation. In contrast, the force can be absorptive for collective resonances. We provide a guidance for its measurements and distinction from competing processes such as thermal expansion.

  20. Fieldwide Chemical and Isotopic Gradients in Steam from the Geysers

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    Truesdell, A.H.; Haizlip, J.R.; Box, W.T. Jr.; D'Amore, F.

    1987-01-20

    Strong fieldwide gradients from southeast to northwest in gas/steam and {delta}{sup 18}O have been found in steam produced from wells at The Geysers. These gradients result from recharge from the southeast that has increased liquid saturation in the southern part of the reservoir and flushed gases and high {delta}{sup 18}O connate waters to the north and out of the system through surface vents. Variations in the steepness of the gradients are probably related to major venting in the Big Geysers area. Although lateral steam flow and condensation subsequent to flushing explain some local gradients in the southern area, these processes cannot explain the fieldwide variations. 1 tab., 24 refs., 5 figs.

  1. Spatial gradient of protein phosphorylation underlies replicative bacterium

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    Chen, Y. Erin

    Spatial asymmetry is crucial to development. One mechanism for generating asymmetry involves the localized synthesis of a key regulatory protein that diffuses away from its source, forming a spatial gradient. Although ...

  2. Linear domain interactome and biological function of anterior gradient

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    Lawrence, Melanie Laura Alexandra

    2013-11-29

    The Anterior Gradient 2 (AGR2) protein has been implicated in a variety of biological systems linked to cancer and metastasis, tamoxifen-induced drug resistance, pro-inflammatory diseases like IBD and asthma, and limb ...

  3. Structural and functional interrogation of Anterior Gradient-2 

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    Gray, Terry Allan

    2013-11-29

    Anterior Gradient-2 protein (AGR2) has recently been linked to the onset of several pathologies including asthma and inflammatory bowel disease. Most interestingly, it has been discovered to influence the transformation of cells and metastatic...

  4. Estimating variable structure and dependence in multitask learning via gradients

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    Pardon, William L.

    Estimating variable structure and dependence in multitask learning via gradients Justin Guinney1 We consider the problem of hierarchical or multitask modeling in the regression context where simulated and real data. Keywords: multitask learning, dimension reduction, covariance estimation, inverse

  5. Evaluation of liquid lift approach to dual gradient drilling 

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    Okafor, Ugochukwu Nnamdi

    2008-10-10

    In the past, the oil and gas industry has typically used the single gradient system to drill wells offshore. With this system the bottom hole pressure was controlled by a mud column extending from the drilling rig to the ...

  6. Evaluation of liquid lift approach to dual gradient 

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    Okafor, Ugochukwu Nnamdi

    2009-05-15

    In the past, the oil and gas industry has typically used the single gradient system to drill wells offshore. With this system the bottom hole pressure was controlled by a mud column extending from the drilling rig to the ...

  7. New head gradient coil design and construction techniques

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    Handler, William B; Harris, Chad T; Scholl, Timothy J; Parker, Dennis L; Goodrich, K Craig; Dalrymple, Brian; Van Sass, Frank; Chronik, Blaine A

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To design and build a head insert gradient coil to use in conjunction with body gradients for superior imaging. Materials and Methods The use of the Boundary Element Method to solve for a gradient coil wire pattern on an arbitrary surface has allowed us to incorporate engineering changes into the electromagnetic design of a gradient coil directly. Improved wire pattern design has been combined with robust manufacturing techniques and novel cooling methods. Results The finished coil had an efficiency of 0.15 mT/m/A in all three axes and allowed the imaging region to extend across the entire head and upper part of the neck. Conclusion The ability to adapt your electromagnetic design to necessary changes from an engineering perspective leads to superior coil performance. PMID:24123485

  8. Cancer-stroma evolutionary dynamics in stress-gradient microenvironment

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    Wu, Amy; Lambert, Guillaume; Austin, Robert; Sturm, James; Khin, Zayar; Silva, Ariosto

    2012-02-01

    In order to study the evolution of drug resistance in cancer, it is important to mimic the tumor microenvironment, in which cells are exposed to not uniform concentrations but rather gradients of drugs, nutrients, and other factors Compared to traditional in-vitro methods, microfluidic structure enables better control of the temporal and spatial profile of gradients. Here we demonstrate a microfluidic Doxorubicin gradient environment with heterogeneous landscape, and culture multiple myeloma (8226-S, expressing RFP) and bone marrow stroma (HS-5, expressing GFP) cell lines together. The myeloma cells are not directly motile, but they are able to migrate via the adhesion to motile stroma cells. The indirect motility mechanism of the myeloma cells is crucial for the adaptation to stress environment. Finally, we will report the co-culture dynamics under the stress of doxorubicin gradients, observing for cellular migrations and growth

  9. Theoretical and experimental approaches to understand morphogen gradients.

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    Ibañes, Marta; Izpisúa Belmonte, Juan Carlos

    2008-01-01

    Morphogen gradients, which specify different fates for cells in a direct concentration-dependent manner, are a highly influential framework in which pattern formation processes in developmental biology can be characterized. A common analysis approach is combining experimental and theoretical strategies, thereby fostering relevant data on the dynamics and transduction of gradients. The mechanisms of morphogen transport and conversion from graded information to binary responses are some of the topics on which these combined strategies have shed light. Herein, we review these data, emphasizing, on the one hand, how theoretical approaches have been helpful and, on the other hand, how these have been combined with experimental strategies. In addition, we discuss those cases in which gradient formation and gradient interpretation at the molecular and/or cellular level may influence each other within a mutual feedback loop. To understand this interplay and the features it yields, it becomes essential to take system-level approaches that combine experimental and theoretical strategies. PMID:18364710

  10. Micro to mesoscale temperature gradients in microwave heated energetic materials

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    Perry, William Lee; Higginbotham Duque, Amanda L.

    2014-08-01

    Temperature gradients will appear in any microwave-heated heterogeneous system where there is contrast in the complex permittivity of the constituent materials. The magnitude of the gradients depends on several factors that include the permittivity, thermal conductivity, length scale, and thermal diffusivity. In general, it is challenging to measure the absolute temperature accurately in a strong microwave field; the presence of large gradients can further complicate the interpretation of temperature measurements. These issues are especially important during the microwave heating of highly exothermic chemical reaction systems, such as those containing explosives or propellants. It was therefore the intent of this work to theoretically and numerically investigate the nature of microwave-induced thermal gradients in energetic systems over a wide range of length scales, primarily for the purpose of interpreting temperature measurement.

  11. Surface Tension Gradients Induced by Temperature: The Thermal Marangoni Effect

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    Gugliotti, Marcos; Baptisto, Mauricio S.; Politi, Mario J.

    2004-01-01

    Surface tensions gradients were generated in a thin liquid film because of the local increase in temperature, for demonstration purposes. This is performed using a simple experiment and allows different alternatives for heat generation to be used.

  12. A parametric study of thermomechanical behavior of functionally gradient materials 

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    Chin, Che-Doong

    1996-01-01

    The dynamic thermoelastic response of functionally gradient cylinders and plates is studied. Thermomechanical coupling is significant in these materials when they are used in high temperature applications, and hence, the coupling is included...

  13. Geothermal gradient drilling, north-central Cascades of Oregon, 1979

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    Youngquist, W.

    1980-01-01

    A geothermal gradient drilling program was conducted on the western flank of the north-central Cascade Mountains in Oregon. Six wells were drilled during this program, although in effect seven were drilled, as two wells were drilled at site 3, the second well, however, actually going to a lesser depth than the first. Three of the wells (3, 4, and 5) were drilled in areas which topographically are subject to strong throughflows of ground water. None of these wells reached the regional water table, and all showed essentially isothermal geothermal gradients. The single well which was started essentially at the water table (well 6) shows a linear temperature rise with depth essentially from the top of the well bore. Well No. 2 shows an isothermal gradient down to the level of the regional water table and then shows a linear gradient of about 70/sup 0/C/km from the regional water table to total depth.

  14. Characterization of watershed model behavior across a hydroclimatic gradient

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    Wagener, Thorsten

    Characterization of watershed model behavior across a hydroclimatic gradient Kathryn van Werkhoven; accepted 8 October 2007; published 24 January 2008. [1] A fundamental tradeoff exists in watershed modeling between a model's flexibility for representing watersheds with different characteristics versus its

  15. Laser-assisted Property Gradients in Multi-layered Aluminum

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    Böhm, Wolfgang; Merklein, Marion

    The Accumulative Roll Bonding (ARB) process enables manufacturing of multi-layered aluminum sheet metals with outstanding mechanical properties. However, a significant increase in strength is accompanied by a reduced ductility. Besides, delamination effects can occur during forming operations. Therefore, property gradients will be applied by short-term laser heat treatment according to the Tailored Heat Treated Blanks technology to enhance the formability and to enable the production of components. These gradients can be realized across the plane and in thickness direction of a blank. In this paper, property gradients in thickness direction are applied to multi-layered aluminum sheet metal with nanocrystalline grain structure produced in the ARB process. Furthermore, the effect of different process parameters on the shape of the heat affected zone is presented. The property gradients are characterized using micro hardness tests. Finally, the enhancement of the formability is proven using air bending tests.

  16. Transverse Gradient Undulators and FEL operating with large energy spread

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    Ciocci, F.; Dattoli, G.; Sabia, E.

    2015-12-01

    Undulators exhibiting a gradient of the field in the transverse direction have been proposed to mitigate the effects of the gain dilution in Free Electron Laser devices operating with large energy spread. The actual use of the device depends on the realization of a field distribution with quasi-vanishing quadrupolar terms in the tapering directions. We analyze the effect of a Transverse Gradient Undulator on the FEL operation and critically review the possibility of an appropriate field implementation.

  17. An Expression for the Temperature Gradient in Chaotic Fields

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    S.R. Hudson

    2008-12-22

    A coordinate system adapted to the invariant structures of chaotic magnetic fields is constructed. The coordinates are based on a set of ghost-surfaces, defined via an action-gradient flow between the minimax and minimizing periodic orbits. The construction of the chaotic coordinates allows an expression describing the temperature gradient across a chaotic magnetic field to be derived. The results are in close agreement with a numerical calculation.

  18. Planar Polarity: Converting a Morphogen Gradient into Cellular Polarity

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    Collu, Giovanna M.; Mlodzik, Marek

    2015-01-01

    Epithelial cells are polarized within the apico-basal and planar axes. The latter—planar cell polarity—requires long-range regulation of orientation as well as short-range, cell-to-cell realignment through feedback loops. New insights into the long-range, gradient-type regulation reveal how a kinase translates the morphogen gradient input into cellular orientation. PMID:25942551

  19. Radial and latitudinal gradients of anomalous oxygen during 1977 - 1985

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    Webber, W. R.; Cummings, A. C.; Stone, E. C.

    1985-01-01

    It is found that the radial gradient of anomalous O remains during 1977 to 1985 at approx. 10% to 15%/AU although the intensity changes by more than a factor of 100. These results can be used to deduce that most of the modulation of the intensities of these particles is occurring beyond 27 AU. Evidence is also found for a latitudinal gradient of approx. +3%/degree at low energies (7.1 to 10.6 MeV/nuc).

  20. Radial and latitudinal gradients of anomalous oxygen during 1977 - 1985

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    Webber, W. R.; Cummings, A. C.; Stone, E. C.

    1985-01-01

    The radial gradient of anomalous O remained constant during 1977 to 85 at approximately 10 to 15%/AU although the intensity changes by more than a factor of 100. These results can be used to deduce that most of the modulation of the intensities of these particles is occurring beyond 27 AU. Evidence for a latitudinal gradient of approximately +3%/degree at low energies (7.1 to 10.6 MeV/nucl) was also found.

  1. Finite gradient elasticity and plasticity: a constitutive mechanical framework

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    Bertram, Albrecht

    2015-11-01

    Following a suggestion by Forest and Sievert (Acta Mech 160:71-111, 2003), a constitutive frame for a general gradient elastoplasticity for finite deformations is established. The basic assumptions are the principle of Euclidean invariance and the isomorphy of the elastic ranges. Both the elastic and the plastic laws include the first and the second deformation gradient. The starting point is an objective expression for the stress power.

  2. The Electron Temperature Gradient in the Galactic Disk

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    C. Quireza; R. T. Rood; T. M. Bania; D. S. Balser; W. J. Maciel

    2006-09-01

    We derive the electron temperature gradient in the Galactic disk using a sample of HII regions that spans Galactocentric distances 0--17 kpc. The electron temperature was calculated using high precision radio recombination line and continuum observations for more than 100 HII regions. Nebular Galactocentric distances were calculated in a consistent manner using the radial velocities measured by our radio recombination line survey. The large number of nebulae widely distributed over the Galactic disk together with the uniformity of our data provide a secure estimate of the present electron temperature gradient in the Milky Way. Because metals are the main coolants in the photoionized gas, the electron temperature along the Galactic disk should be directly related to the distribution of heavy elements in the Milky Way. Our best estimate of the electron temperature gradient is derived from a sample of 76 sources for which we have the highest quality data. The present gradient in electron temperature has a minimum at the Galactic Center and rises at a rate of 287 +/- 46 K/kpc. There are no significant variations in the value of the gradient as a function of Galactocentric radius or azimuth. The scatter we find in the HII region electron temperatures at a given Galactocentric radius is not due to observational error, but rather to intrinsic fluctuations in these temperatures which are almost certainly due to fluctuations in the nebular heavy element abundances. Comparing the HII region gradient with the much steeper gradient found for planetary nebulae suggests that the electron temperature gradient evolves with time, becoming flatter as a consequence of the chemical evolution of the Milky Way's disk.

  3. Adapted nested force-gradient integrators for the Schwinger model

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    Dmitry Shcherbakov; Matthias Ehrhardt; Michael Günther; Jacob Finkenrath; Francesco Knechtli; Michael Peardon

    2015-12-11

    We study a novel class of numerical integrators, the adapted nested force-gradient schemes, used within the molecular dynamics step of the Hybrid Monte Carlo (HMC) algorithm. We test these methods in the Schwinger model on the lattice, a well known benchmark problem. We derive the analytical basis of nested force-gradient type methods and demonstrate the advantage of the proposed approach, namely reduced computational costs compared with other numerical integration schemes in HMC.

  4. Channel erosion in steep gradient, gravel-paved streams

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    Lepp, L.R.; Koger, C.J.; Wheeler, J.A.

    1993-12-01

    Discharges were measured in steep gradient (> 5 percent) gravel-paved streams from 1988 to 1991 in order to empirically determine erosional thresholds based on sediment size, related to critical velocity, tractive force, and unit stream power. Results suggest that the empirical relationship between sediment size and unit stream power provides an accurate and simple methodology for determining the minimum erosion threshold discharge for steep gradient streams common in western Washington and other similar mountain terrains.

  5. Bayesian modeling and analysis for gradients in spatiotemporal processes.

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    Quick, Harrison; Banerjee, Sudipto; Carlin, Bradley P

    2015-09-01

    Stochastic process models are widely employed for analyzing spatiotemporal datasets in various scientific disciplines including, but not limited to, environmental monitoring, ecological systems, forestry, hydrology, meteorology, and public health. After inferring on a spatiotemporal process for a given dataset, inferential interest may turn to estimating rates of change, or gradients, over space and time. This manuscript develops fully model-based inference on spatiotemporal gradients under continuous space, continuous time settings. Our contribution is to offer, within a flexible spatiotemporal process model setting, a framework to estimate arbitrary directional gradients over space at any given timepoint, temporal derivatives at any given spatial location and, finally, mixed spatiotemporal gradients that reflect rapid change in spatial gradients over time and vice-versa. We achieve such inference without compromising on rich and flexible spatiotemporal process models and use nonseparable covariance structures. We illustrate our methodology using a simulated data example and subsequently apply it to a dataset of daily PM2.5 concentrations in California, where the spatiotemporal gradient process reveals the effects of California's unique topography on pollution and detects the aftermath of a devastating series of wildfires. PMID:25898989

  6. Gradient biomaterials and their influences on cell migration

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    Wu, Jindan; Mao, Zhengwei; Tan, Huaping; Han, Lulu; Ren, Tanchen; Gao, Changyou

    2012-01-01

    Cell migration participates in a variety of physiological and pathological processes such as embryonic development, cancer metastasis, blood vessel formation and remoulding, tissue regeneration, immune surveillance and inflammation. The cells specifically migrate to destiny sites induced by the gradually varying concentration (gradient) of soluble signal factors and the ligands bound with the extracellular matrix in the body during a wound healing process. Therefore, regulation of the cell migration behaviours is of paramount importance in regenerative medicine. One important way is to create a microenvironment that mimics the in vivo cellular and tissue complexity by incorporating physical, chemical and biological signal gradients into engineered biomaterials. In this review, the gradients existing in vivo and their influences on cell migration are briefly described. Recent developments in the fabrication of gradient biomaterials for controlling cellular behaviours, especially the cell migration, are summarized, highlighting the importance of the intrinsic driving mechanism for tissue regeneration and the design principle of complicated and advanced tissue regenerative materials. The potential uses of the gradient biomaterials in regenerative medicine are introduced. The current and future trends in gradient biomaterials and programmed cell migration in terms of the long-term goals of tissue regeneration are prospected. PMID:23741610

  7. ac Stark gradient echo memory in cold atoms

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    Sparkes, B. M.; Hosseini, M.; Hetet, G.; Lam, P. K.; Buchler, B. C.

    2010-10-15

    The burgeoning fields of quantum computing and quantum key distribution have created a demand for a quantum memory. The gradient echo memory scheme is a quantum memory candidate for light storage that can boast efficiencies approaching unity, as well as the flexibility to work with either two- or three-level atoms. The key to this scheme is the frequency gradient that is placed across the memory. Currently, the three-level implementation uses a Zeeman gradient and warm atoms. In this article we model an alternate gradient-creation mechanism--the ac Stark effect--to provide an improvement in the flexibility of gradient-creation and field-switching times. We propose this scheme in concert with a move to cold atoms ({approx_equal}1 mK). These temperatures would increase the storage times possible, and the small ensemble volumes would enable large ac Stark shifts with reasonable laser power. We find that memory bandwidths on the order of MHz can be produced with experimentally achievable laser powers and trapping volumes, with high precision in gradient creation and switching times on the order of nanoseconds possible. By looking at the different decoherence mechanisms present in this system, we determine that coherence times on the order of tens of milliseconds are possible, as are delay-bandwidth products of approximately 50 and efficiencies over 90%.

  8. Pom1 gradient buffering through intermolecular auto-phosphorylation

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    Hersch, Micha; Hachet, Olivier; Dalessi, Sascha; Ullal, Pranav; Bhatia, Payal; Bergmann, Sven; Martin, Sophie G

    2015-01-01

    Concentration gradients provide spatial information for tissue patterning and cell organization, and their robustness under natural fluctuations is an evolutionary advantage. In rod-shaped Schizosaccharomyces pombe cells, the DYRK-family kinase Pom1 gradients control cell division timing and placement. Upon dephosphorylation by a Tea4-phosphatase complex, Pom1 associates with the plasma membrane at cell poles, where it diffuses and detaches upon auto-phosphorylation. Here, we demonstrate that Pom1 auto-phosphorylates intermolecularly, both in vitro and in vivo, which confers robustness to the gradient. Quantitative imaging reveals this robustness through two system’s properties: The Pom1 gradient amplitude is inversely correlated with its decay length and is buffered against fluctuations in Tea4 levels. A theoretical model of Pom1 gradient formation through intermolecular auto-phosphorylation predicts both properties qualitatively and quantitatively. This provides a telling example where gradient robustness through super-linear decay, a principle hypothesized a decade ago, is achieved through autocatalysis. Concentration-dependent autocatalysis may be a widely used simple feedback to buffer biological activities. PMID:26150232

  9. Bayesian Modeling and Analysis for Gradients in Spatiotemporal Processes

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    Quick, Harrison; Banerjee, Sudipto; Carlin, Bradley P.

    2015-01-01

    Summary Stochastic process models are widely employed for analyzing spatiotemporal datasets in various scientific disciplines including, but not limited to, environmental monitoring, ecological systems, forestry, hydrology, meteorology and public health. After inferring on a spatiotemporal process for a given dataset, inferential interest may turn to estimating rates of change, or gradients, over space and time. This manuscript develops fully model-based inference on spatiotemporal gradients under continuous space, continuous time settings. Our contribution is to offer, within a exible spatiotemporal process model setting, a framework to estimate arbitrary directional gradients over space at any given timepoint, temporal derivatives at any given spatial location and, finally, mixed spatiotemporal gradients that reflect rapid change in spatial gradients over time and vice-versa. We achieve such inference without compromising on rich and exible spatiotemporal process models and use nonseparable covariance structures. We illustrate our methodology using a simulated data example and subsequently apply it to a dataset of daily PM2.5 concentrations in California, where the spatiotemporal gradient process reveals the effects of California’s unique topography on pollution and detects the aftermath of a devastating series of wildfires. PMID:25898989

  10. Morphogengineering roots: comparing mechanisms of morphogen gradient formation

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    2012-01-01

    Background In developmental biology, there has been a recent focus on the robustness of morphogen gradients as possible providers of positional information. It was shown that functional morphogen gradients present strong biophysical constraints and lack of robustness to noise. Here we explore how the details of the mechanism which underlies the generation of a morphogen gradient can influence those properties. Results We contrast three gradient-generating mechanisms, (i) a source-decay mechanism; and (ii) a unidirectional transport mechanism; and (iii) a so-called reflux-loop mechanism. Focusing on the dynamics of the phytohormone auxin in the root, we show that only the reflux-loop mechanism can generate a gradient that would be adequate to supply functional positional information for the Arabidopsis root, for biophysically reasonable kinetic parameters. Conclusions We argue that traits that differ in spatial and temporal time-scales can impose complex selective pressures on the mechanism of morphogen gradient formation used for the development of the particular organism. PMID:22583698

  11. Influence of Groundwater Hydraulic Gradient on Bank Storage Metrics.

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    Welch, Chani; Harrington, Glenn A; Cook, Peter G

    2015-01-01

    The hydraulic gradient between aquifers and rivers is one of the most variable properties in a river/aquifer system. Detailed process understanding of bank storage under hydraulic gradients is obtained from a two-dimensional numerical model of a variably saturated aquifer slice perpendicular to a river. Exchange between the river and the aquifer occurs first at the interface with the unsaturated zone. The proportion of total water exchanged through the river bank compared to the river bed is a function of aquifer hydraulic conductivity, partial penetration, and hydraulic gradient. Total exchange may be estimated to within 50% using existing analytical solutions provided that unsaturated zone processes do not strongly influence exchange. Model-calculated bank storage is at a maximum when no hydraulic gradient is present and increases as the hydraulic conductivity increases. However, in the presence of a hydraulic gradient, the largest exchange flux or distance of penetration does not necessarily correspond to the highest hydraulic conductivity, as high hydraulic conductivity increases the components of exchange both into and out of an aquifer. Flood wave characteristics do not influence ambient groundwater discharge, and so in large floods, hydraulic gradients must be high to reduce the volume of bank storage. Practical measurement of bank storage metrics is problematic due to the limitations of available measurement technologies and the nested processes of exchange that occur at the river-aquifer interface. Proxies, such as time series concentration data in rivers and groundwater, require further development to be representative and quantitative. PMID:25297950

  12. Tight junction regulates epidermal calcium ion gradient and differentiation

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    Kurasawa, Masumi; Maeda, Tetsuo; Oba, Ai; Yamamoto, Takuya; Sasaki, Hiroyuki; The Center for Advanced Medical Engineering and Infomatics, Osaka University, Osaka 565-0871

    2011-03-25

    Research highlights: {yields} We disrupted epidermal tight junction barrier in reconstructed epidermis. {yields} It altered Ca{sup 2+} distribution and consequentially differentiation state as well. {yields} Tight junction should affect epidermal homeostasis by maintaining Ca{sup 2+} gradient. -- Abstract: It is well known that calcium ions (Ca{sup 2+}) induce keratinocyte differentiation. Ca{sup 2+} distributes to form a vertical gradient that peaks at the stratum granulosum. It is thought that the stratum corneum (SC) forms the Ca{sup 2+} gradient since it is considered the only permeability barrier in the skin. However, the epidermal tight junction (TJ) in the granulosum has recently been suggested to restrict molecular movement to assist the SC as a secondary barrier. The objective of this study was to clarify the contribution of the TJ to Ca{sup 2+} gradient and epidermal differentiation in reconstructed human epidermis. When the epidermal TJ barrier was disrupted by sodium caprate treatment, Ca{sup 2+} flux increased and the gradient changed in ion-capture cytochemistry images. Alterations of ultrastructures and proliferation/differentiation markers revealed that both hyperproliferation and precocious differentiation occurred regionally in the epidermis. These results suggest that the TJ plays a crucial role in maintaining epidermal homeostasis by controlling the Ca{sup 2+} gradient.

  13. Atmospheric gradients from very long baseline interferometry observations

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    Macmillan, D. S.

    1995-01-01

    Azimuthal asymmetries in the atmospheric refractive index can lead to errors in estimated vertical and horizontal station coordinates. Daily average gradient effects can be as large as 50 mm of delay at a 7 deg elevation. To model gradients, the constrained estimation of gradient paramters was added to the standard VLBI solution procedure. Here the analysis of two sets of data is summarized: the set of all geodetic VLBI experiments from 1990-1993 and a series of 12 state-of-the-art R&D experiments run on consecutive days in January 1994. In both cases, when the gradient parameters are estimated, the overall fit of the geodetic solution is improved at greater than the 99% confidence level. Repeatabilities of baseline lengths ranging up to 11,000 km are improved by 1 to 8 mm in a root-sum-square sense. This varies from about 20% to 40% of the total baseline length scatter without gradient modeling for the 1990-1993 series and 40% to 50% for the January series. Gradients estimated independently for each day as a piecewise linear function are mostly continuous from day to day within their formal uncertainties.

  14. Teaching Lean Six Sigma within a Supply Chain Context: The Airplane Supply Chain Simulation

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    Ellis, Scott C.; Goldsby, Thomas J.; Bailey, Ana M.; Oh, Jae-Young

    2014-01-01

    Lean six sigma is a management methodology that firms can employ to achieve substantial improvement in supply chain performance. However, few pedagogical exercises facilitate students' use of a comprehensive set of lean six sigma principles within a supply chain context. We describe the Airplane Supply Chain Simulation that helps students…

  15. Regional Myosin Heavy Chains Distribution in Selected Paraspinal Muscles

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    Regev, Gilad J.; Kim, Choll W.; Thacker, Bryan E.; Tomiya, Akihito; Garfin, Steven R.; Ward, Samuel R.; Lieber, Richard L.

    2010-01-01

    Study Design Cross-sectional study with repeated measures design. Objective To compare the myosin heavy chain isoform distribution within and between paraspinal muscles and to test the theory that fiber type gradients exist as a function of paraspinal muscle depth. Summary of Background Data There is still uncertainty regarding the fiber type distributions within different paraspinal muscles. It has been previously proposed that deep fibers of the multifidus muscle may contain a higher ratio of type I to type II fibers, because, unlike superficial fibers, they primarily stabilize the spine, and may therefore have relatively higher endurance. Using a minimally invasive surgical approach, utilizing tubular retractors that are placed within anatomic inter-muscular planes, it was feasible to obtain biopsies from the multifidus, longissimus, iliocostalis and psoas muscles at specific predefined depths. Methods Under an IRB approved protocol, muscle biopsies were obtained from 15 patients who underwent minimally invasive spinal surgery, using the posterior paramedian (Wiltse) approach or the minimally invasive lateral approach. Myosin heavy chain (MyHC) isoform distribution was analyzed using SDS-PAGE electrophoresis. Since multiple biopsies were obtained from each patient, MyHC distribution was compared using both within- and between-muscle repeated measures analyses. Results The fiber type distribution was similar among the posterior paraspinal muscles and was composed of relatively high percentage of type I (63%), compared to type IIA (19%) and type IIX (18%) fibers. In contrast, the psoas muscle was found to contain a lower percentage of type I fibers (42%) and a higher percentage of type IIA (33%) and IIX fibers (26%; P<0.05). No significant difference was found for fiber type distribution among three different depths of the multifidus and psoas muscles. Conclusion Fiber type distribution between the posterior paraspinal muscles is consistent and is composed of relatively high percentage of type I fibers, consistent with a postural function. The psoas muscle, on the other hand, is composed of a higher percentage of type II fibers such as in the appendicular muscles. Our data do not support the idea of a fiber type gradient as a function of depth for any muscle studied. PMID:20461040

  16. Growth and deformation structure of gradient and layer-gradient Ti-Al-Si-Cu-N coatings

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    Ovchinnikov, Stanislav V. Pinzhin, Yurii P.; Korotaev, Alexandr D.

    2014-11-14

    The features of the growth structure and modification of gradient and layer-gradient Ti-Al-Si-Cu-N coatings in the areas of deformation and fracture during indentation and scratch testing were investigated using transmission and scanning electron microscopy methods. The influence of the concentration of alloying elements and displacement potential in the substrate on the secondary sputtering, phase composition and the level of combined torsion and bending of the crystal lattice of doped TiN were determined. It was found out that the size of the crystals in deformation location bands grows with deformation of gradient nanocrystal coatings. The article shows that layer-gradient coatings combining submicrocrystalline and nanocrystalline structures have the increased plasticity and fracture toughness due to enhanced density of interfaces and formation of the soft metal phase (Cu) in the surface layer.

  17. Abundance gradients in low surface brightness spirals: clues on the origin of common gradients in galactic discs

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    Bresolin, F.; Kennicutt, R. C.

    2015-12-01

    We acquired spectra of 141 H II regions in 10 late-type low surface brightness galaxies (LSBGs). The analysis of the chemical abundances obtained from the nebular emission lines shows that metallicity gradients are a common feature of LSBGs, contrary to previous claims concerning the absence of such gradients in this class of galaxies. The average slope, when expressed in units of the isophotal radius, is found to be significantly shallower in comparison to galaxies of high surface brightness. This result can be attributed to the reduced surface brightness range measured across their discs, when combined with a universal surface mass density-metallicity relation. With a similar argument we explain the common abundance gradient observed in high surface brightness galaxy (HSBG) discs and its approximate dispersion. This conclusion is reinforced by our result that LSBGs share the same common abundance gradient with HSBGs, when the slope is expressed in terms of the exponential disc scalelength.

  18. CONTRIBUTED RFID: From Supply Chains to

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    Roy, Sumit

    CONTRIBUTED P A P E R RFID: From Supply Chains to Sensor Nets A programmable wireless Member IEEE ABSTRACT | The next generation internet will be the internet of things (and not just-cost/low- maintenance use. However, the current drivers for RFID deployment emphasize supply chain management using pas

  19. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Networks with Outsourcing

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    Nagurney, Anna

    ingredients for drugs sold in the United States are outsourced (Economy In Crisis (2010)). PharmaceuticalPharmaceutical Supply Chain Networks with Outsourcing Under Price and Quality Competition Anna of Massachusetts Amherst Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Networks with Outsourcing #12;Acknowledgments This research

  20. Bethe vectors for XXX-spin chain

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    Burdík, ?estmír; Fuksa, Jan; Isaev, Alexei

    2014-11-01

    The paper deals with algebraic Bethe ansatz for XXX-spin chain. Generators of Yang-Baxter algebra are expressed in basis of free fermions and used to calculate explicit form of Bethe vectors. Their relation to N-component models is used to prove conjecture about their form in general. Some remarks on inhomogeneous XXX-spin chain are included.