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  1. Charge-sensitive amplifier with notched frequency response

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    Stout, D. F.; Mason, M. D.

    1977-01-01

    Charge sensitive amplifier outputs bipolar pulse with maximum peak of 5 volts. This is applied to negative inputs of two high-speed comparators. These change output states only if pulse applied to negative inputs exceeds dc bias on their positive inputs. Output is transferred to digital event counter.

  2. High sensitivity charge amplifier for ion beam uniformity monitor

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    Johnson, Gary W.

    2001-01-01

    An ion beam uniformity monitor for very low beam currents using a high-sensitivity charge amplifier with bias compensation. The ion beam monitor is used to assess the uniformity of a raster-scanned ion beam, such as used in an ion implanter, and utilizes four Faraday cups placed in the geometric corners of the target area. Current from each cup is integrated with respect to time, thus measuring accumulated dose, or charge, in Coulombs. By comparing the dose at each corner, a qualitative assessment of ion beam uniformity is made possible. With knowledge of the relative area of the Faraday cups, the ion flux and areal dose can also be obtained.

  3. Charge-sensitive poly-silicon TFT amplifiers for a-Si:H pixel particle detectors

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    Cho, G.; Perez-Mendez, V. ); Hack, M.; Lewis, A. )

    1992-04-01

    Prototype charge-sensitive poly-Si TFT amplifiers have been made for the amplification of signals (from an a-Si:H pixel diode used as an ionizing particle detector). They consist of a charge-sensitive gain stage, a voltage gain stage and a source follower output stage. The gain-bandwidth product of the amplifier is {approximately} 300 MHz. When the amplifier is connected to a pixel detector of 0.2 pF, it gives a charge-to-voltage gain of {approximately} 0.02 mV/electrons with a pulse rise time less than 100 nsec. An equivalent noise charge of the front-end TFT is {approximately} 1000 electrons for a shaping time of 1 {mu}sec.

  4. Reset charge sensitive amplifier for NaI(Tl) gamma-ray spectrometer.

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    Zeng, Guoqiang; Tan, Chengjun; Li, Qiang; Ge, Liangquan; Liu, Xiyao; Luo, Qun

    2015-03-01

    The time constant of the output signal of the front-end readout circuit of a traditional gamma-ray spectrometer with a NaI(Tl)+PMT structure is affected by temperature, measurement environment and the signal transmission cable, so it is difficult to get a good resolution spectrum, especially at higher counting rates. In this paper, a reset charge sensitive amplifier (RCSA) is designed for the gamma-ray spectrometer with a NaI(Tl)+PMT structure. The designed RCSA outputs a step signal, thus enabling the acquisition of double-exponential signals with a stable time constant by using the next stage of a CR differentiating circuit. The designed RCSA is mainly composed of a basic amplifying circuit, a reset circuit and a dark current compensation circuit. It provides the output step signal through the integration of the PMT output charge signal. When the amplitude of the step signal exceeds a preset voltage threshold, it triggers the reset circuit to generate a reset pulse (about 5s pulse width) to reset the output signal. Experimental results demonstrated that the designed RCSA achieves a charge sensitivity of 4.2610(10)V/C, with a zero capacitance noise of 51.09fC and a noise slope of 1.98fC/pF. Supported by the digital shaping algorithm of the digital multi-channel analyzer (DMCA), it can maintain good energy resolution with high counting rates up to 150kcps and with a temperature range from -19C to 50C. PMID:25544664

  5. Longitudinal space charge amplifier

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    Schneidmiller, E. A.; Yurkov, M. V.

    2013-05-01

    Longitudinal space charge (LSC) driven microbunching instability in electron beam formation systems of X-ray FELs is a recently discovered effect hampering beam instrumentation and FEL operation. The instability was observed in different facilities in infrared and visible wavelength ranges. In this paper we propose to use such an instability for generation of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and X-ray radiation. A typical longitudinal space charge amplifier (LSCA) consists of few amplification cascades (drift space plus chicane) with a short undulator behind the last cascade. If the amplifier starts up from the shot noise, the amplified density modulation has a wide band, on the order of unity. The bandwidth of the radiation within the central cone is given by inverse number of undulator periods. A wavelength compression could be an attractive option for LSCA since the process is broadband, and a high compression stability is not required. LSCA can be used as a cheap addition to the existing or planned short-wavelength FELs. In particular, it can produce the second color for a pump-probe experiment. It is also possible to generate attosecond pulses in the VUV and X-ray regimes. Some user experiments can profit from a relatively large bandwidth of the radiation, and this is easy to obtain in LSCA scheme. Finally, since the amplification mechanism is broadband and robust, LSCA can be an interesting alternative to self-amplified spontaneous emission free electron laser (SASE FEL) in the case of using laser-plasma accelerators as drivers of light sources.

  6. Charge amplifier with bias compensation

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    Johnson, Gary W.

    2002-01-01

    An ion beam uniformity monitor for very low beam currents using a high-sensitivity charge amplifier with bias compensation. The ion beam monitor is used to assess the uniformity of a raster-scanned ion beam, such as used in an ion implanter, and utilizes four Faraday cups placed in the geometric corners of the target area. Current from each cup is integrated with respect to time, thus measuring accumulated dose, or charge, in Coulombs. By comparing the dose at each corner, a qualitative assessment of ion beam uniformity is made possible. With knowledge of the relative area of the Faraday cups, the ion flux and areal dose can also be obtained.

  7. Improvement of spectroscopic performance using a charge-sensitive amplifier circuit for an X-ray astronomical SOI pixel detector

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    Takeda, A.; Tsuru, T. G.; Tanaka, T.; Uchida, H.; Matsumura, H.; Arai, Y.; Mori, K.; Nishioka, Y.; Takenaka, R.; Kohmura, T.; Nakashima, S.; Kawahito, S.; Kagawa, K.; Yasutomi, K.; Kamehama, H.; Shrestha, S.

    2015-06-01

    We have been developing monolithic active pixel sensors series, named ``XRPIX'', based on the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) pixel technology, for future X-ray astronomical satellites. The XRPIX series offers high coincidence time resolution (~ 1 ?s), superior readout time (~ 10 ?s), and a wide energy range (0.5-40 keV) . In the previous study, we successfully demonstrated X-ray detection by event-driven readout of XRPIX2b. We here report recent improvements in spectroscopic performance. We successfully increased the gain and reduced the readout noise in XRPIX2b by decreasing the parasitic capacitance of the sense-node originated in the buried p-well (BPW) . On the other hand, we found significant tail structures in the spectral response due to the loss of the charge collection efficiency when a small BPW is employed. Thus, we increased the gain in XRPIX3b by introducing in-pixel charge sensitive amplifiers instead of having even smaller BPW . We finally achieved the readout noise of 35 e- (rms) and the energy resolution of 320 eV (FWHM) at 6 keV without significant loss of the charge collection efficiency.

  8. A position-sensitive micro-channel plate detector with a parallel-strip resistive anode and integrated charge-sensitive amplifiers

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    Wang, W.; Yu, D.; Liu, J.; Lu, R.; Cai, X.

    2015-11-01

    A one-dimensional position-sensitive micro-channel plate detector with parallel-strip resistive anode and dedicated amplifiers has been constructed. The detector is tested by a 241Am ? -source and the spatial resolution of 0.2 mm is achieved.

  9. High temperature charge amplifier for geothermal applications

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    Lindblom, Scott C.; Maldonado, Frank J.; Henfling, Joseph A.

    2015-12-08

    An amplifier circuit in a multi-chip module includes a charge to voltage converter circuit, a voltage amplifier a low pass filter and a voltage to current converter. The charge to voltage converter receives a signal representing an electrical charge and generates a voltage signal proportional to the input signal. The voltage amplifier receives the voltage signal from the charge to voltage converter, then amplifies the voltage signal by the gain factor to output an amplified voltage signal. The lowpass filter passes low frequency components of the amplified voltage signal and attenuates frequency components greater than a cutoff frequency. The voltage to current converter receives the output signal of the lowpass filter and converts the output signal to a current output signal; wherein an amplifier circuit output is selectable between the output signal of the lowpass filter and the current output signal.

  10. Narrowband phase sensitive fiber parametric amplifier.

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    Gershikov, A; Eisenstein, G

    2012-08-01

    We describe a widely tunable phase sensitive fiber amplifier, based on narrowband parametric amplification in dispersion shifted fiber. Using a fiber with a zero dispersion wavelength of 1549 nm and a pump wavelength in the range of 1549 nm to 1532 nm, we obtained phase sensitive amplification between 1344 nm and 1781 nm, for an overall wavelength range of 437 nm. The amplifier threshold power is 7 W, and the maximum gain is 50 dB at a pump peak power of 25 W. The variance in gain due to phase sensitivity was measured to be up to 15 dB. PMID:22859133

  11. A digital charge amplifier for hysteresis elimination in piezoelectric actuators

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    Bazghaleh, M.; Grainger, S.; Mohammadzaheri, M.; Cazzolato, B.; Lu, T.-F.

    2013-07-01

    Piezoelectric actuators are commonly used for nanopositioning due to their high resolution, low power consumption and wide operating frequency, but they suffer hysteresis, which affects linearity. In this paper, a novel digital charge amplifier is presented. Results show that hysteresis is reduced by 91% compared with a voltage amplifier, but over long operational periods the digital charge amplifier approach suffers displacement drift. A non-linear ARX model with long-term accuracy is used with a data fusion algorithm to remove the drift. Experimental results are presented.

  12. Method and apparatus for linear low-frequency feedback in monolithic low-noise charge amplifiers

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    DeGeronimo, Gianluigi

    2006-02-14

    A charge amplifier includes an amplifier, feedback circuit, and cancellation circuit. The feedback circuit includes a capacitor, inverter, and current mirror. The capacitor is coupled across the signal amplifier, the inverter is coupled to the output of the signal amplifier, and the current mirror is coupled to the input of the signal amplifier. The cancellation circuit is coupled to the output of the signal amplifier. A method of charge amplification includes providing a signal amplifier; coupling a first capacitor across the signal amplifier; coupling an inverter to the output of the signal amplifier; coupling a current mirror to the input of the signal amplifier; and coupling a cancellation circuit to the output of the signal amplifier. A front-end system for use with radiation sensors includes a charge amplifier and a current amplifier, shaping amplifier, baseline stabilizer, discriminator, peak detector, timing detector, and logic circuit coupled to the charge amplifier.

  13. Monolithic integrated circuit charge amplifier and comparator for MAMA readout

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    Cole, Edward H.; Smeins, Larry G.

    1991-10-01

    Prototype ICs for the Solar Heliospheric Observatory's Multi-Anode Microchannel Array (MAMA) have been developed; these ICs' charge-amplifier and comparator components were then tested with a view to pulse response and noise performance. All model performance predictions have been exceeded. Electrostatic discharge protection has been included on all IC connections; device operation over temperature has been consistent with model predictions.

  14. Monolithic integrated circuit charge amplifier and comparator for MAMA readout

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    Cole, Edward H.; Smeins, Larry G.

    1991-01-01

    Prototype ICs for the Solar Heliospheric Observatory's Multi-Anode Microchannel Array (MAMA) have been developed; these ICs' charge-amplifier and comparator components were then tested with a view to pulse response and noise performance. All model performance predictions have been exceeded. Electrostatic discharge protection has been included on all IC connections; device operation over temperature has been consistent with model predictions.

  15. Fast Charge Sensing of a Cavity-Coupled Double Quantum Dot Using a Josephson Parametric Amplifier

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    Stehlik, J.; Liu, Y.-Y.; Quintana, C. M.; Eichler, C.; Hartke, T. R.; Petta, J. R.

    2015-07-01

    We demonstrate fast readout of a double quantum dot (DQD) that is coupled to a superconducting resonator. Utilizing a parametric amplifier beyond its range of linear amplification, we improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) by a factor of 2000 compared to the situation with the parametric amplifier turned off. With an integration time of 400 ns comparable to the inverse effective bandwidth, we achieve a SNR of 76. By measuring the SNR as a function of the integration time, we extract an equivalent charge sensitivity of 8 10-5 e /?{Hz } . The high SNR allows us to acquire a DQD charge-stability diagram in just 20 ms. At such a high data rate, it is possible to acquire charge-stability diagrams in a live "video mode," enabling real-time tuning of the DQD confinement potential.

  16. Raman-Enhanced Phase-Sensitive Fibre Optical Parametric Amplifier.

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    Fu, Xuelei; Guo, Xiaojie; Shu, Chester

    2016-01-01

    Phase-sensitive amplification is of great research interest owing to its potential in noiseless amplification. One key feature in a phase-sensitive amplifier is the gain extinction ratio defined as the ratio of the maximum to the minimum gains. It quantifies the capability of the amplifier in performing low-noise amplification for high phase-sensitive gain. Considering a phase-sensitive fibre optical parametric amplifier for linear amplification, the gain extinction ratio increases with the phase-insensitive parametric gain achieved from the same pump. In this work, we use backward Raman amplification to increase the phase-insensitive parametric gain, which in turn improves the phase-sensitive operation. Using a 955?mW Raman pump, the gain extinction ratio is increased by 9.2?dB. The improvement in the maximum phase-sensitive gain is 18.7?dB. This scheme can significantly boost the performance of phase-sensitive amplification in a spectral range where the parametric pump is not sufficiently strong but broadband Raman amplification is available. PMID:26830136

  17. Raman-Enhanced Phase-Sensitive Fibre Optical Parametric Amplifier

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    Fu, Xuelei; Guo, Xiaojie; Shu, Chester

    2016-02-01

    Phase-sensitive amplification is of great research interest owing to its potential in noiseless amplification. One key feature in a phase-sensitive amplifier is the gain extinction ratio defined as the ratio of the maximum to the minimum gains. It quantifies the capability of the amplifier in performing low-noise amplification for high phase-sensitive gain. Considering a phase-sensitive fibre optical parametric amplifier for linear amplification, the gain extinction ratio increases with the phase-insensitive parametric gain achieved from the same pump. In this work, we use backward Raman amplification to increase the phase-insensitive parametric gain, which in turn improves the phase-sensitive operation. Using a 955 mW Raman pump, the gain extinction ratio is increased by 9.2 dB. The improvement in the maximum phase-sensitive gain is 18.7 dB. This scheme can significantly boost the performance of phase-sensitive amplification in a spectral range where the parametric pump is not sufficiently strong but broadband Raman amplification is available.

  18. Raman-Enhanced Phase-Sensitive Fibre Optical Parametric Amplifier

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    Fu, Xuelei; Guo, Xiaojie; Shu, Chester

    2016-01-01

    Phase-sensitive amplification is of great research interest owing to its potential in noiseless amplification. One key feature in a phase-sensitive amplifier is the gain extinction ratio defined as the ratio of the maximum to the minimum gains. It quantifies the capability of the amplifier in performing low-noise amplification for high phase-sensitive gain. Considering a phase-sensitive fibre optical parametric amplifier for linear amplification, the gain extinction ratio increases with the phase-insensitive parametric gain achieved from the same pump. In this work, we use backward Raman amplification to increase the phase-insensitive parametric gain, which in turn improves the phase-sensitive operation. Using a 955 mW Raman pump, the gain extinction ratio is increased by 9.2 dB. The improvement in the maximum phase-sensitive gain is 18.7 dB. This scheme can significantly boost the performance of phase-sensitive amplification in a spectral range where the parametric pump is not sufficiently strong but broadband Raman amplification is available. PMID:26830136

  19. Implementation and analysis of an innovative digital charge amplifier for hysteresis reduction in piezoelectric stack actuators

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    Bazghaleh, Mohsen Grainger, Steven; Cazzolato, Ben; Lu, Tien-Fu; Oskouei, Reza

    2014-04-15

    Smart actuators are the key components in a variety of nanopositioning applications, such as scanning probe microscopes and atomic force microscopes. Piezoelectric actuators are the most common smart actuators due to their high resolution, low power consumption, and wide operating frequency but they suffer hysteresis which affects linearity. In this paper, an innovative digital charge amplifier is presented to reduce hysteresis in piezoelectric stack actuators. Compared to traditional analog charge drives, experimental results show that the piezoelectric stack actuator driven by the digital charge amplifier has less hysteresis. It is also shown that the voltage drop of the digital charge amplifier is significantly less than the voltage drop of conventional analog charge amplifiers.

  20. Implementation and analysis of an innovative digital charge amplifier for hysteresis reduction in piezoelectric stack actuators

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    Bazghaleh, Mohsen; Grainger, Steven; Cazzolato, Ben; Lu, Tien-Fu; Oskouei, Reza

    2014-04-01

    Smart actuators are the key components in a variety of nanopositioning applications, such as scanning probe microscopes and atomic force microscopes. Piezoelectric actuators are the most common smart actuators due to their high resolution, low power consumption, and wide operating frequency but they suffer hysteresis which affects linearity. In this paper, an innovative digital charge amplifier is presented to reduce hysteresis in piezoelectric stack actuators. Compared to traditional analog charge drives, experimental results show that the piezoelectric stack actuator driven by the digital charge amplifier has less hysteresis. It is also shown that the voltage drop of the digital charge amplifier is significantly less than the voltage drop of conventional analog charge amplifiers.

  1. In-line phase sensitive amplifier based on PPLN waveguides.

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    Umeki, Takeshi; Asobe, Masaki; Takenouchi, Hirokazu

    2013-05-20

    We demonstrate a ?(2)-based in-line PSA with a carrier-recovery and phase-locking system for a phase shift keying (PSK) signal. By doubling the signal phase using a wavelength conversion technique, the carrier was recovered from a PSK signal. The carrier phase was synchronized to a local oscillator using optical injection locking. Phase sensitive amplification with a wide phase sensitive dynamic range of 20 dB was achieved using degenerate parametric amplification in a periodically poled LiNbO(3) (PPLN) waveguide. The phase regeneration effect was examined for a degraded signal by means of constellation analyses and bit-error rate measurements. The in-line PSA also operated successfully as a repeater amplifier in a 160 km fiber link without a power penalty. Finally, we demonstrate the regeneration of non-linear impairments induced by fiber non-linearity. PMID:23736428

  2. An Introduction to Phase-Sensitive Amplifiers: An Inexpensive Student Instrument

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    Temple, Paul A.

    1975-01-01

    Discusses the principle of operation of phase-sensitive amplifiers. Gives three examples, suitable for undergraduate laboratory use, of the use of phase-sensitive, or "lock-in" amplifiers. Concludes with a description of an inexpensive lock-in amplifier which has an overall voltage gain of 1000. (Author/MLH)

  3. Design and production of a new surface mount charge-integrating amplifier for CDF

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    Nelson, C.; Drake, G.

    1991-12-31

    We present our experiences in designing and producing 26,000 new charge-integrating amplifiers for CDF, using surface-mount components. The new amplifiers were needed to instrument 920 new 24-channel CDF RABBIT boards, which are replacing an older design rendered obsolete by increases in the collision rate. Important design considerations were frequency response, physical size and cost. 5 refs.

  4. Design and production of a new surface mount charge-integrating amplifier for CDF

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    Nelson, C.; Drake, G.

    1991-01-01

    We present our experiences in designing and producing 26,000 new charge-integrating amplifiers for CDF, using surface-mount components. The new amplifiers were needed to instrument 920 new 24-channel CDF RABBIT boards, which are replacing an older design rendered obsolete by increases in the collision rate. Important design considerations were frequency response, physical size and cost. 5 refs.

  5. Active rc filter permits easy trade-off of amplifier gain and sensitivity to gain

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    Kerwin, W. J.; Shaffer, C. V.

    1968-01-01

    Passive RC network was designed with zeros of transmission in the right half of the complex frequency plane in the feedback loop of a simple negative-gain amplifier. The proper positioning provides any desired trade-off between amplifier gain and sensitivity to amplifier gain.

  6. An HEMT-Based Cryogenic Charge Amplifier for Sub-kelvin Semiconductor Radiation Detectors

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    Phipps, A.; Sadoulet, B.; Juillard, A.; Jin, Y.

    2016-01-01

    We present the design and noise performance of a fully cryogenic (T=4 K) high-electron mobility transistor (HEMT)-based charge amplifier for readout of sub-kelvin semiconductor radiation detectors. The amplifier is being developed for use in direct detection dark matter searches such as the cryogenic dark matter search and will allow these experiments to probe weakly interacting massive particle masses below 10 GeV/c^2 while retaining background discrimination. The amplifier dissipates ≈ 1 mW of power and provides an open loop voltage gain of several hundreds. The measured noise performance is better than that of JFET-based charge amplifiers and is dominated by the noise of the input HEMT. An optimal filter calculation using the measured closed loop noise and typical detector characteristics predicts a charge resolution of σ _q =106 eV (35 electrons) for leakage currents below 4 × 10^{-15} A.

  7. Spacecraft Charging Sensitivity to Material Properties

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    Minow, Joseph I.; Edwards, David L.

    2015-01-01

    Evaluating spacecraft charging behavior of a vehicle in the space environment requires knowledge of the material properties relevant to the charging process. Implementing surface and internal charging models requires a user to specify a number of material electrical properties including electrical resistivity parameters (dark and radiation induced), dielectric constant, secondary electron yields, photoemission yields, and breakdown strength in order to correctly evaluate the electric discharge threat posed by the increasing electric fields generated by the accumulating charge density. In addition, bulk material mass density and/or chemical composition must be known in order to analyze radiation shielding properties when evaluating internal charging. We will first describe the physics of spacecraft charging and show how uncertainties in material properties propagate through spacecraft charging algorithms to impact the results obtained from charging models. We then provide examples using spacecraft charging codes to demonstrate their sensitivity to material properties. The goal of this presentation is to emphasize the importance in having good information on relevant material properties in order to best characterize on orbit charging threats.

  8. A New Fully Integrated Amplifier and Charge-to-Time Converter Module for Ion Beam Characterization

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    Knies, D.L.; Grabowski, K.S.; Kennedy, C.A.; Cetina, C.; Hubler, G.K.; Baum, R.A.; Tumey, S.J.; Mignerey, A.C.

    2003-08-26

    A wide-range self-contained amplifier and charge-to-time converter module for energy detectors was designed, prototyped and built. The charge-to-time conversion is accomplished using a LeCroy MQT300L integrated circuit and a switch is provided to convert either positive or negative charge inputs. This new module replaces the charge preamplifier, shaping amplifier, fast amplifier, CFD, and level discriminator normally found in a traditional NIM-based system and can be placed close to the detector. It is powered from a small, dedicated AC-DC power supply. The module is self-triggering and provides an ECL timing signal from an onboard constant fraction discriminator. The outputs are routed to a standard RJ45 connector and conditioned for long cabling. Details of module linearity and timing resolution will be discussed.

  9. A New Fully Integrated Amplifier and Charge-to-Time Converter Module for Ion Beam Characterization

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    Knies, D. L.; Grabowski, K. S.; Kennedy, C. A.; Cetina, C.; Hubler, G. K.; Baum, R. A.; Tumey, S. J.; Mignerey, A. C.

    2003-08-01

    A wide-range self-contained amplifier and charge-to-time converter module for energy detectors was designed, prototyped and built. The charge-to-time conversion is accomplished using a LeCroy MQT300L integrated circuit and a switch is provided to convert either positive or negative charge inputs. This new module replaces the charge preamplifier, shaping amplifier, fast amplifier, CFD, and level discriminator normally found in a traditional NIM-based system and can be placed close to the detector. It is powered from a small, dedicated AC-DC power supply. The module is self-triggering and provides an ECL timing signal from an onboard constant fraction discriminator. The outputs are routed to a standard RJ45 connector and conditioned for long cabling. Details of module linearity and timing resolution will be discussed.

  10. Design of a charge sensitive preamplifier on high resistivity silicon

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    Radeka, V.; Rehak, P.; Rescia, S.; Gatti, E.; Longoni, A.; Sampietro, M.; Holl, P.; Strueder, L.; Kemmer, J.

    1987-01-01

    A low noise, fast charge sensitive preamplifier was designed on high resistivity, detector grade silicon. It is built at the surface of a fully depleted region of n-type silicon. This allows the preamplifier to be placed very close to a detector anode. The preamplifier uses the classical input cascode configuration with a capacitor and a high value resistor in the feedback loop. The output stage of the preamplifier can drive a load up to 20pF. The power dissipation of the preamplifier is 13mW. The amplifying elements are ''Single Sided Gate JFETs'' developed especially for this application. Preamplifiers connected to a low capacitance anode of a drift type detector should achieve a rise time of 20ns and have an equivalent noise charge (ENC), after a suitable shaping, of less than 50 electrons. This performance translates to a position resolution better than 3..mu..m for silicon drift detectors. 6 refs., 9 figs.

  11. Low threshold amplified spontaneous emission and ambipolar charge transport in non-volatile liquid fluorene derivatives.

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    Ribierre, Jean-Charles; Zhao, Li; Inoue, Munetomo; Schwartz, Pierre-Olivier; Kim, Ju-Hyung; Yoshida, Kou; Sandanayaka, Atula S D; Nakanotani, Hajime; Mager, Loic; Mry, Stphane; Adachi, Chihaya

    2016-02-11

    Highly fluorescent non-volatile fluidic fluorene derivatives functionalized with siloxane chains were synthesized and used in monolithic solvent-free liquid organic semiconductor distributed feedback lasers. The photoluminescence quantum yield values, the amplified spontaneous emission thresholds and the ambipolar charge carrier mobilities demonstrate that this class of materials is extremely promising for organic fluidic light-emitting and lasing devices. PMID:26734693

  12. Acoustic leak-detection/location system with multichannel charge amplifier/line driver

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    Gaubatz, D.C.; Greene, D.A.

    1980-04-01

    Testing on the MATOI test vessel was initiated using a multichannel Acoustic Leak Detection System (ALDS). The multichannel system incorporates several key elements of the reference ALDS: prototypic multichannel charge amplifiers; computer controlled multiplexer; computer controlled gain amplifiers; and alarm annunciation. ALDS now has prototypic analogue signal conditioning identical to that proposed for an LMFBR system. Beamforming and digital signal analysis hardware are simulated by a software program in the PDP 11 minicomputer. Comparative performance data are provided between the prototypic and earlier versions.

  13. Position Sensitive Detection System for Charged Particles

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    Coello, E. A.; Favela, F.; Curiel, Q.; Chavez, E; Huerta, A.; Varela, A.; Shapira, Dan

    2012-01-01

    The position sensitive detection system presented in this work employs the Anger logic algorithm to determine the position of the light spark produced by the passage of charged particles on a 170 x 170 x 10 mm3 scintillator material (PILOT-U). The detection system consists of a matrix of nine photomultipliers, covering a fraction of the back area of the scintillators. Tests made with a non-collimated alpha particle source together with a Monte Carlo simulation that reproduces the data, suggest an intrinsic position resolution of up to 6 mm is achieved.

  14. Conformation sensitive charge transport in conjugated polymers

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    Mattias Andersson, L.; Hedstrm, Svante; Persson, Petter

    2013-11-18

    Temperature dependent charge carrier mobility measurements using field effect transistors and density functional theory calculations are combined to show how the conformation dependent frontier orbital delocalization influences the hole- and electron mobilities in a donor-acceptor based polymer. A conformationally sensitive lowest unoccupied molecular orbital results in an electron mobility that decreases with increasing temperature above room temperature, while a conformationally stable highest occupied molecular orbital is consistent with a conventional hole mobility behavior and also proposed to be one of the reasons for why the material works well as a hole transporter in amorphous bulk heterojunction solar cells.

  15. A reusable piezo-immunosensor with amplified sensitivity for ceruloplasmin based on plasma-polymerized film.

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    Wang, Hua; Li, Dan; Wu, Zhaoyang; Shen, Guoli; Yu, Ruqin

    2004-01-01

    A reusable piezoelectric immunosensor with amplified sensitivity has been developed for the detection of ceruloplasmin (CP) in human serum. The quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) was deposited with plasma-polymerized n-butyl amine film with the surface topology further characterized by using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Anti-ceruloplasmin antibody (CP-Ab) was electrostatically adsorbed on the PPF-modified crystal via an oppositely charged polyelectrolyte layer of alginate. It was found that the alginate-mediated immobilization interface could allow for antibodies to be largely immobilized with well-retained immunoactivity. In particular, a simple regeneration process for the sensor produced, i.e. by shifting the pH, can also be realized. Moreover, an optimized assay medium containing polyethylene glycol (PEG) was tested with enhanced immunosensing response (sensitivity). A dynamic concentration range of two orders of magnitude and a detection limit of 0.15mugml(-1) of CP were observed. Analytical results of clinical samples show that the developed immunoassay is comparable with the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method. However, it presents some superior advantages over the traditional sandwich format in that the analyzing performances are direct, rapid and simple without multiple separation and labeling steps. PMID:18969281

  16. Generation of coherent broadband photon pulses with a cascaded longitudinal space-charge amplifier.

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    Marinelli, A; Hemsing, E; Dunning, M; Xiang, D; Weathersby, S; O'Shea, F; Gadjev, I; Hast, C; Rosenzweig, J B

    2013-06-28

    The longitudinal space-charge amplifier has been recently proposed by Schneidmiller and Yurkov as an alternative to the free-electron laser instability for the generation of intense broadband radiation pulses [Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 13, 110701 (2010)]. In this Letter, we report on the experimental demonstration of a cascaded longitudinal space-charge amplifier at optical wavelengths. Although seeded by electron beam shot noise, the strong compression of the electron beam along the three amplification stages leads to emission of coherent undulator radiation pulses exhibiting a single spectral spike and a single transverse mode. The on-axis gain is estimated to exceed 4 orders of magnitude with respect to spontaneous emission. PMID:23848882

  17. Simulation of a cascaded longitudinal space charge amplifier for broadband radiation production using a superconducting linac

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    Halavanau, A.; Piot, P.

    2015-10-02

    Longitudinal space charge (LSC) effects are generally considered as harmful in free-electron lasers as they can seed unfavorable energy modulations that can result in density modulations with associated emittance dilution. It was pointed out, however, that such \\micro-bunching instabilities" could be potentially useful to support the generation of broadband coherent radiation. Therefore there has been an increasing interest in devising accelerator beam lines capable of controlling LSC induced density modulations. In the present paper we augment these previous investigations by combining a grid-less space charge algorithm with the popular particle-tracking program elegant. This high-fidelity model of the space charge is used to benchmark conventional LSC models. We then employ the developed model to optimize the performance of a cascaded longitudinal space charge amplifier using beam parameters comparable to the ones achievable at Fermilab Accelerator Science & Technology (FAST) facility currently under commissioning at Fermilab

  18. Superoxide dismutase amplifies organismal sensitivity to ionizing radiation

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    Scott, M.D.; Meshnick, S.R.; Eaton, J.W.

    1989-02-15

    Although increased superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity is often associated with enhanced resistance of cells and organisms to oxidant challenges, few direct tests of the antioxidant importance of this enzyme have been carried out. To assess the importance of SOD in defending against gamma-radiation, we employed Escherichia coli with deficient, normal, and super-normal enzyme activities. Surprisingly, the radiation sensitivity of E. coli actually increases as bacterial SOD activity increases. Elevated intracellular SOD activity sensitizes E. coli to radiation-induced mortality, whereas SOD-deficient bacteria show normal or decreased radiosensitivity. Toxic effects of activated oxygen species are involved in this phenomenon; bacterial SOD activity has no effect on radiation sensitivity under anaerobic conditions or on the lethality of other, non-oxygen-dependent, toxins such as ultraviolet radiation.

  19. Investigation of Charge Gain in Diamond Electron Beam Amplifiers Via 3D Simulations

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    Busby,R.; Rao,T.; D.A. Dimitrov, J.R. Cary, I. Ben-Zvi, X. Chang, J. Keister, E. Muller, J. Smedley, Q. Wu

    2009-05-04

    A promising new concept of a diamond amplified photocathode for generation of high-current, high-brightness, and low thermal emittance electron beams was recently proposed and is currently under active development. To better understand the different effects involved in the generation ofelectron beams from diamond, we have been developing models (within the VORPAL computational framework) to simulate secondary electron generation and charge transport. The currently implemented models include inelastic scattering of electrons and holes for generation of electron-hole pairs, elastic, phonon, and charge impurity scattering. We will present results from 3D VORPAL simulations with these capabilities on charge gain as a function of primary electron energy and applied electric field. Moreover, we consider effects of electron and hole cloud expansion (initiated by primary electrons) and separation in a surface domain of diamond.

  20. Low-sensitivity, frequency-selective amplifier circuits for hybrid and bipolar fabrication.

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    Pi, C.; Dunn, W. R., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    A network is described which is suitable for realizing a low-sensitivity high-Q second-order frequency-selective amplifier for high-frequency operation. Circuits are obtained from this network which are well suited for realizing monolithic integrated circuits and which do not require any process steps more critical than those used for conventional monolithic operational and video amplifiers. A single chip version using compatible thin-film techniques for the frequency determination elements is then feasible. Center frequency and bandwidth can be set independently by trimming two resistors. The frequency selective circuits have a low sensitivity to the process variables, and the sensitivity of the center frequency and bandwidth to changes in temperature is very low.

  1. Injection locking-based pump recovery for phase-sensitive amplified links.

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    Olsson, Samuel L I; Corcoran, Bill; Lundstrm, Carl; Tipsuwannakul, Ekawit; Sygletos, Stylianos; Ellis, Andrew D; Tong, Zhi; Karlsson, Magnus; Andrekson, Peter A

    2013-06-17

    An injection locking-based pump recovery system for phase-sensitive amplified links, capable of handling 40 dB effective span loss, is demonstrated. Measurements with 10 GBd DQPSK signals show penalty-free recovery of a pump wave, phase modulated with two sinusoidal RF-tones at 0.1 GHz and 0.3 GHz, with 64 dB amplification. The operating power limit for the pump recovery system is experimentally investigated and is governed by the noise transfer and phase modulation transfer characteristics of the injection-locked laser. The corresponding link penalties are explained and quantified. This system enables, for the first time, WDM compatible phase-sensitive amplified links over significant lengths. PMID:23787639

  2. Three-channel amplifier for high-sensitivity voltage noise measurements

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    Giusi, Gino; Crupi, Felice; Ciofi, Carmine; Pace, Calogero

    2006-09-01

    This article describes a method for voltage noise measurements with a sensitivity superior to that of conventional methods. This is obtained by resorting to an original three-channel amplifier configuration and by following a four-step measurement procedure. A comparative analysis of this method and the conventional cross-correlation technique is presented. SPICE simulations and noise measurements performed on a prototype circuit demonstrate the validity of the proposed approach.

  3. Frequency-resolved noise figure measurements of phase (in)sensitive fiber optical parametric amplifiers.

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    Malik, R; Kumpera, A; Lorences-Riesgo, A; Andrekson, P A; Karlsson, M

    2014-11-17

    We measure the frequency-resolved noise figure of fiber optical parametric amplifiers both in phase-insensitive and phase-sensitive modes in the frequency range from 0.03 to 3 GHz. We also measure the variation in noise figure due to the degradation in pump optical signal to noise ratio and also as a function of the input signal powers. Noise figure degradation due to stimulated Brillouin scattering is observed. PMID:25402025

  4. A dual mode charge pump with adaptive output used in a class G audio power amplifier

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    Yong, Feng; Zhenfei, Peng; Shanshan, Yang; Zhiliang, Hong; Yang, Liu

    2011-04-01

    A dual mode charge pump to produce an adaptive power supply for a class G audio power amplifier is presented. According to the amplitude of the input signals, the charge pump has two level output voltage rails available to save power. It operates both in current mode at high output load and in pulse frequency modulation (PFM) at light load to reduce the power dissipation. Also, dynamic adjustment of the power stage transistor size based on load current at the PFM mode is introduced to reduce the output voltage ripple and prevent the switching frequency from audio range. The prototype is implemented in 0.18 μm 3.3 V CMOS technology. Experimental results show that the maximum power efficiency of the charge pump is 79.5% @ 0.5x mode and 83.6% @ 1x mode. The output voltage ripple is less than 15 mV while providing 120 mA of the load current at PFM control and less than 18 mV while providing 300 mA of the load current at current mode control. An analytical model for ripple voltage and efficiency calculation of the proposed PFM control demonstrates reasonable agreement with measured results.

  5. Fabrication of a highly sensitive penicillin sensor based on charge transfer techniques.

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    Lee, Seung-Ro; Rahman, M M; Sawada, Kazuaki; Ishida, Makoto

    2009-03-15

    A highly sensitive penicillin biosensor based on a charge-transfer technique (CTTPS) has been fabricated and demonstrated in this paper. CTTPS comprised a charge accumulation technique for penicilloic acid and H(+) ions perception system. With the proposed CTTPS, it is possible to amplify the sensing signals without external amplifier by using the charge accumulation cycles. The fabricated CTTPS exhibits excellent performance for penicillin detection and exhibit a high-sensitivity (47.852 mV/mM), high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), large span (1445 mV), wide linear range (0-25 mM), fast response time (<3s), and very good reproducibility. A very lower detection limit of about 0.01 mM was observed from the proposed sensor. Under optimum conditions, the proposed CTTPS outstripped the performance of the widely used ISFET penicillin sensor and exhibited almost eight times greater sensitivity as compared to ISFET (6.56 mV/mM). The sensor system is implemented for the measurement of the penicillin concentration in penicillin fermentation broth. PMID:18977651

  6. Phase-sensitive optical time-domain reflectometry amplified by gated Raman pump

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    Li, Yi; Zhou, Yi; Zhang, Li; Fan, Mengqiu; Li, Jin

    2015-12-01

    A long-range phase-sensitive optical time-domain reflectometry is proposed and experimentally demonstrated, based on the gated Raman amplification (RA). This technique can reduce the amplified spontaneous emissions (ASE) noise of the Raman pump while extend the sensing distance. A direct-detection based phase-sensitive optical time-domain reflectometry (Φ-OTDR) with an operation range of 50 km and a spatial resolution of 20 m has been demonstrated. The influence of different delay time of the gated Raman pump on the Φ-OTDR system is also discussed.

  7. Shot noise limit of sensitivity of chemically amplified resists used for extreme ultraviolet lithography

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    Fujii, Shinya; Kozawa, Takahiro; Okamoto, Kazumasa; Santillan, Julius Joseph; Itani, Toshiro

    2015-11-01

    With the improvement of resolution, the shot noise effect becomes a serious concern in the lithography used for high-volume production of semiconductor devices. In this study, the shot noise limit of the sensitivity of chemically amplified resists was investigated from the viewpoint of sensitivity enhancement, assuming extreme ultraviolet lithography. The latent images of line-and-space patterns with 11 nm half-pitch were calculated using a Monte Carlo method. The effect of secondary electron blur was eliminated to clarify the shot noise limit of line edge roughness (LER). When the requirement for line width roughness (LWR) was assumed to be 10% critical dimension (CD), the shot noise limit of sensitivity was >100 mJ cm-2. For the 20% CD LWR, the shot noise limits of sensitivity for the 10, 20, and 30 wt % acid generator concentrations were 20, 9, and 7 mJ cm-2, respectively.

  8. Mitigation of nonlinear distortion in hybrid Raman/phase-sensitive amplifier links.

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    Eliasson, Henrik; Olsson, Samuel L I; Karlsson, Magnus; Andrekson, Peter A

    2016-01-25

    Hybrid systems combining distributed Raman amplification and phase-sensitive amplifiers (PSAs) are investigated in numerical simulations. We focus on the mitigation of fiber nonlinearities and the impact of the span power map which is also important in systems employing optical phase conjugation or phase-conjugated twin waves. We simulate multi-span PSA links with and without distributed Raman amplification and show that by including distributed Raman amplification, the transmission distance increases more at optimum launch power than in the linear regime. For a 5-channel WDM QPSK PSA-amplified system, we observe a transmission reach increase by a factor of 8.1 by including ideal distributed Raman amplification. PMID:26832472

  9. Anxiety Sensitivity as an Amplifier of Subjective and Behavioral Tobacco Abstinence Effects

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    Zvolensky, Michael J.; Farris, Samantha G.; Guillot, Casey R.; Leventhal, Adam M.

    2014-01-01

    Background Anxiety sensitivity, a transdiagnostic cognitive vulnerability factor described as an amplifier of negative emotional states, is implicated in the maintenance of cigarette smoking and cessation difficulties. The current study aimed to examine the role of anxiety sensitivity in predicting abstinence-induced changes in nicotine withdrawal, smoking urges and smoking behavior during an experimental relapse analogue task (RAT). Method Participants were 258 non-treatment seeking smokers (M [SD] age = 44.0 [10.73]; 69.8% male). Participants attended two counterbalanced experimental sessions including smoking deprivation (16 hours of smoking abstinence) and smoking as usual. The Minnesota Nicotine Withdrawal Scale (MNWS) and Brief Questionnaire of Smoking Urges (QSU) were completed at each session in addition to the RAT. Hierarchical regressions were conducted to examine the predictive impact of anxiety sensitivity on withdrawal and urges during smoking deprivation. Follow-up mediational analyses were conducted to examine whether abstinence-induced withdrawal and urges mediated responding during the RAT. Results Anxiety sensitivity amplified the effects of experimentally manipulated acute abstinence on subjective nicotine withdrawal symptoms and smoking urges. Additionally, higher levels of anxiety sensitivity indirectly predicted shorter latency to smoking initiation after deprivation during the RAT through the effects of greater abstinence-induced nicotine withdrawal and smoking urges. Anxiety sensitivity was unrelated to increased smoking during the RAT, although this may be partially attributed to the type of laboratory assessment employed. Conclusions Elevated anxiety sensitivity appears to impact initiation of smoking after nicotine deprivation through the effects of abstinence-induced withdrawal and smoking urges. PMID:25015688

  10. Investigation of degenerate dual-pump phase sensitive amplifier using multi-wave model

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    Xie, Weilin; Fsaifes, Ihsan; Labidi, Tarek; Bretenaker, Fabien

    2015-12-01

    Operation of a degenerate dual-pump phase sensitive amplifier (PSA) is thoroughly numerically investigated using a multi-wave model, taking into account high-order waves associated with undesired four-wave mixing (FWM) processes. More accurate phase-sensitive signal gain spectra are obtained compared to the conventional 3-wave model, leading to the precise optimization of the pump configuration in a dual-pump PSA. The signal gain spectra, as well as the phase sensitivity, are obtained and interpreted by investigating the dominant FWM processes in terms of corresponding phase matching. Moreover, the relation between dispersion slope and gain spectra is revealed, permitting the application-oriented arbitrary tailoring of the gain spectra by manipulating the dispersion profile and pump wavelength allocation.

  11. Design and process sensitivity of a two-stage 6-18-GHz monolithic feedback amplifier

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    Beall, J. M.; Nelson, S. R.; Williams, R. E.

    1985-12-01

    The design of a 6-18-GHz two-stage monolithic feedback amplifier is discussed, and the critical process and FET parameters are identified. Variations in circuit performance experienced during a pilot production run are correlated with the predictions of a sensitivity analysis. Five circuit model parameters were selected for study: substrate height, GaAs sheet resistance, gate-source capacitance, transconductance, and drain-source resistance. Measured results show the importance of substrate height and sheet resistance in the control of gain flatness. An example on-slice RF performance distribution is presented, showing the suitability of the circuit and fabrication process for high-volume production.

  12. Fast and sensitive detection of an oscillating charge

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    Bian, X.; Milne, W. I.; Hasko, D. G.

    2015-07-01

    We investigate the high-frequency operation of a percolation field effect transistor to monitor microwave excited single trapped charge. Readout is accomplished by measuring the effect of the polarization field associated with the oscillating charge on the AC signal generated in the channel due to charge pumping. This approach is sensitive to the relative phase between the polarization field and the pumped current, which is different from the conventional approach relying on the amplitude only. Therefore, despite the very small influence of the single oscillating trapped electron, a large signal can be detected. Experimental results show large improvement in both signal-to-noise ratio and measurement bandwidth.

  13. New two dimensional position sensitive proportional detectors using charge division

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    Luther, G. G.; Cowan, P. L.; Henins, A.; Brennan, S.

    1986-05-01

    Several two dimensional position sensitive proportional counters have been built. The cathodes can encode the position of the event in one or two dimensions using capacitative charge division techniques; a backgammon configuration encodes in one dimension with anode encoding of the second dimension, or a new cathode pattern can be used to encode in two dimensions. Details of the construction and performance are given.

  14. Charge integration successive approximation analog-to-digital converter for focal plane applications using a single amplifier

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    Zhou, Zhimin (Inventor); Pain, Bedabrata (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    An analog-to-digital converter for on-chip focal-plane image sensor applications. The analog-to-digital converter utilizes a single charge integrating amplifier in a charge balancing architecture to implement successive approximation analog-to-digital conversion. This design requires minimal chip area and has high speed and low power dissipation for operation in the 2-10 bit range. The invention is particularly well suited to CMOS on-chip applications requiring many analog-to-digital converters, such as column-parallel focal-plane architectures.

  15. Investigation on gain characteristics in non-degenerate cascaded phase sensitive parametric amplifiers

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    Rao, Lan; Yu, Chong-xiu; Shen, Xiang-wei; Sang, Xin-zhu; Yuan, Jin-hui; Zeng, Xiao-fang; Xin, Xiang-jun

    2012-05-01

    We theoretically and experimentally show the impact of the ratio between the signal and idler generated from the PIA part on the gain characteristics in the continuous wave (CW) pump non-degenerate cascaded phase-sensitive fiber optical parametric amplifier (PS-FOPA). The results show that the length of highly nonlinear fiber (HNLF) used for generating the idler can cause the variation of power ratio between the idler and signal, which significantly affects the gain characteristics of the PS-FOPA under the small signal gain condition. To obtain high gain, it is better to choose long HNLF to generate idler. In our experiment, 5.5 dB gain and 18 nm bandwidth (on/off gain>10 dBm) in PS-FOPA can be achieved when 300 m-long HNLF instead of 200 m-long HNLF is used in PIA.

  16. Asymmetric MQW semiconductor optical amplifier with low-polarization sensitivity of over 90-nm bandwidth

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    Nkanta, Julie E.; Maldonado-Basilio, Ramn; Abdul-Majid, Sawsan; Zhang, Jessica; Hall, Trevor J.

    2013-12-01

    An exhausted capacity of current Passive Optical Networks has been anticipated as bandwidth-hungry applications such as HDTV and 3D video become available to end-users. To enhance their performance, the next generation optical access networks have been proposed, using optical carriers allocated within the E-band (1360-1460 nm). It is partly motivated by the low-water peak fiber being manufactured by Corning. At these wavelengths, choices for low cost optical amplifiers, with compact size, low energy consumption and feasibility for integration with other optoelectronic components are limited, making the semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA) a realistic solution. An experimental characterization of a broadband and low polarization sensitive asymmetric multi quantum well (MQW) SOA operating in the E-band is reported. The SOA device is composed of nine 6 nm In1-xGaxAsyP1-y 0.2% tensile strained asymmetric MQW layers sandwiched between nine latticed matched 6 nm InGaAsP barrier layers. The active region is grown on an n-doped InP substrate and buried by p-doped InGaAsP layers. The SOA devices have 7-degrees tilt anti-reflected coated facets, with 2 ?m ridge width, and a cavity length of 900 ?m. For input powers of -10 dBm and -20 dBm, a maximum gain of 20 dB at 1360 nm with a polarization insensitivity under 3 dB for over 90 nm bandwidth is measured. Polarization sensitivity of less than 0.5 dB is observed for some wavelengths. Obtained results indicate a promising SOA with broadband amplification, polarization insensitivity and high gain. These SOAs were designed and characterized at the Photonics Technology Laboratory, University of Ottawa, Canada.

  17. Compensation of the detector capacitance presented to charge-sensitive preamplifiers using the Miller effect

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    Kwon, Inyong; Kang, Taehoon; Wells, Byron T.; D'Aries, Lawrence J.; Hammig, Mark D.

    2015-06-01

    This paper describes an integrated circuit design for a modified charge-sensitive amplifier (CSA) that compensates for the effect of capacitance presented by nuclear radiation detectors and other sensors. For applications that require large area semiconductor detectors or for those semiconductor sensors derived from high permittivity materials such as PbSe, the detector capacitance can degrade the system gain and bandwidth of a front-end preamplifier, resulting in extended rise times and attenuated output voltage signals during pulse formation. In order to suppress the effect of sensor capacitance, we applied a bootstrap technique into a traditional CSA. The technique exploits the Miller effect by reducing the effective voltage difference between the two sides of a radiation detector which minimizes the capacitance presented to the differential common-source amplifier. This new configuration is successfully designed to produce effective gain even at high detector capacitance. The entire circuit, including a core CSA with feedback components and a bootstrap amplifier, are implemented in a 0.18 ?m CMOS process with a 3.3 V supply voltage.

  18. Amplified fluorescent aptasensor through catalytic recycling for highly sensitive detection of ochratoxin A.

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    Wei, Yin; Zhang, Ji; Wang, Xu; Duan, Yixiang

    2014-10-01

    This paper describes a novel approach utilizing nano-graphite-aptamer hybrid and DNase I for the amplified detection of ochratoxin A (OTA) for the first time. Nano-graphite can effectively quench the fluorescence of carboxyfluorescein (FAM) labeled OTA specific aptamer due to their strong ?-?; stacking interactions; while upon OTA addition, it will bind with aptamer to fold into an OTA-aptamerG-quadruplex structure, which does not adsorb on the surface of nano-graphite and thus retains the dye fluorescence. Meanwhile, the G-quadruplex structure can be cleaved by DNase I, and in such case OTA is delivered from the complex. The released OTA then binds other FAM-labeled aptamers on the nano-graphite surface, and touches off another target recycling, resulting in the successive release of dye-labeled aptamers from the nano-graphite, which leads to significant amplification of the signal. Under the optimized conditions, the present amplified sensing system exhibits high sensitivity toward OTA with a limit of detection of 20nM (practical measurement), which is about 100-fold higher than that of traditional unamplified homogeneous assay. Our developed method also showed high selectivity against other interference molecules and can be applied for the detection of OTA in real red wine samples. The proposed assay is simple, cost-effective, and might open a door for the development of new assays for other biomolecules. This aptasensor is of great practical importance in food safety and could be widely extended to the detection of other toxins by replacing the sequence of the recognition aptamer. PMID:25461133

  19. An ultralow noise current amplifier based on superconducting quantum interference device for high sensitivity applications.

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    Granata, C; Vettoliere, A; Russo, M

    2011-01-01

    An integrated ultrahigh sensitive current amplifier based on a niobium dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) has been developed. The sensor design is based on a multiturn signal coil coupled to a suitable SQUID magnetometer. The signal coil consists of 60 square niobium turns tightly coupled to a superconducting flux transformer of a SQUID magnetometer. The primary coil (pick-up coil) of the flux transformer has been suitably designed in order to accommodate the multiturn input coil. It has a side length of 10 mm and a width of 2.4 mm. In such a way we have obtained a signal current to magnetic flux transfer coefficient (current sensitivity) as low as 62 nA∕Φ(0). The sensor has been characterized in liquid helium by using a direct coupling low noise readout electronic and a standard modulated electronic in flux locked loop configuration for the noise measurements. Beside the circuit complexity, the sensor has exhibited a smooth and free resonance voltage-flux characteristic guaranteeing a reliable and a stable working operation. Considering a SQUID magnetic flux noise of S(Φ)(1∕2) = 1.8 μΦ(0)∕Hz(1∕2) at T = 4.2 K, a current noise as low as 110 fA∕Hz(1∕2) is obtained. Such a value is about a factor two less than the noise of other SQUIDs of the same category. As an application, Nyquist noise measurements of integrated test resistors using the current sensing noise thermometer technique are reported. Due to its high performance such a sensor can be employed in all applications requiring an extremely current sensitivity like the readout of the gravitational wave detectors and the current sensing noise thermometry. PMID:21280839

  20. Two-color detection with charge sensitive infrared phototransistors

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    Kim, Sunmi; Komiyama, Susumu; Ueda, Takeji; Satoh, Takashi; Kajihara, Yusuke

    2015-11-01

    Highly sensitive two-color detection is demonstrated at wavelengths of 9 ?m and 14.5 ?m by using a charge sensitive infrared phototransistor fabricated in a triple GaAs/AlGaAs quantum well (QW) crystal. Two differently thick QWs (7 nm- and 9 nm-thicknesses) serve as photosensitive floating gates for the respective wavelengths via intersubband excitation: The excitation in the QWs is sensed by a third QW, which works as a conducting source-drain channel in the photosensitive transistor. The two spectral bands of detection are shown to be controlled by front-gate biasing, providing a hint for implementing voltage tunable ultra-highly sensitive detectors.

  1. A novel charge sensitive preamplifier without the feedback resistor

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    Bertuccio, G. . Dipt. di Elettronica e Informazione); Rehak, P.; Xi, D. )

    1992-01-01

    A novel charge sensitive preamplifier which has no resistor in parallel with the feedback capacitor is presented. No external device or circuit is required to discharge the feedback capacitor. The detector leakage and signal current flows away through the gate of the first JFET which works with its gate to source junction slightly forward biased. The DC stabilization of the preamplifier is accomplished by an additional feedback loop, which permits to equalize the current flowing through the forward baised gate to source junction and the current coming from the detector. An equivalent noise charge of less than 20 electrons r.m.s. has been measured at room temperature by using an input JFET with a transconductance to gate capacitance ratio of 4 mS/5.4 pF.

  2. A novel charge sensitive preamplifier without the feedback resistor

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    Bertuccio, G.; Rehak, P.; Xi, D.

    1992-07-01

    A novel charge sensitive preamplifier which has no resistor in parallel with the feedback capacitor is presented. No external device or circuit is required to discharge the feedback capacitor. The detector leakage and signal current flows away through the gate of the first JFET which works with its gate to source junction slightly forward biased. The DC stabilization of the preamplifier is accomplished by an additional feedback loop, which permits to equalize the current flowing through the forward baised gate to source junction and the current coming from the detector. An equivalent noise charge of less than 20 electrons r.m.s. has been measured at room temperature by using an input JFET with a transconductance to gate capacitance ratio of 4 mS/5.4 pF.

  3. Charge sensitive infrared phototransistor for 45 ?m wavelength

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    Wang, Zhihai; Komiyama, Susumu; Ueda, Takeji; Patrashin, Mikhail; Hosako, Iwao

    2010-05-01

    The detection wavelength of charge-sensitive infrared phototransistors (CSIPs), originally developed for 15 ?m wavelength radiation, is expanded to longer wavelengths of 45 ?m. The CSIPs are fabricated on GaAs/AlGaAs crystals with bilayer two-dimensional electron gas. Photoresponse at targeted wavelengths is confirmed. Low quantum efficiency of photoresponse, on the order of 10-4, has been ascribed to electron traps (Al-O complex) contained in an AlGaAs barrier layer. Several possible approaches for improving the detector performance are suggested.

  4. Spatial modes of phase-sensitive parametric image amplifiers with circular and elliptical Gaussian pumps.

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    Annamalai, Muthiah; Stelmakh, Nikolai; Vasilyev, Michael; Kumar, Prem

    2011-12-19

    We develop a method for finding the number and shapes of the independently squeezed or amplified modes of a spatially-broadband, travelling-wave, frequency- and polarization-degenerate optical parametric amplifier in the general case of an elliptical Gaussian pump. The obtained results show that for tightly focused pump only one mode is squeezed, and this mode has a Gaussian TEM(00) shape. For larger pump spot sizes that support multiple modes, the shapes of the most-amplified modes are close to Hermite- or Laguerre-Gaussian profiles. These results can be used to generate matched local oscillators for detecting high amounts of squeezing and to design parametric image amplifiers that introduce minimal distortion. PMID:22274255

  5. Spatially mapping charge carrier density and defects in organic electronics using modulation-amplified reflectance spectroscopy.

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    Davis, Andrew R; Pye, Lorelle N; Katz, Noam; Hudgings, Janice A; Carter, Kenneth R

    2014-07-01

    Charge-modulated optical spectroscopy is used to achieve dynamic two-dimensional mapping of the charge-carrier distribution in poly(3-hexylthiophene) thin-film transistors. The resulting in-channel distributions evolve from uniformly symmetric to asymmetrically saturated as the devices are increasingly biased. Furthermore, physical, chemical, and electrical defects are spatially resolved in cases where their presence is not obvious from the device performance. PMID:24889350

  6. Surface charge sensitivity of silicon nanowires: size dependence.

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    Elfstrm, Niklas; Juhasz, Robert; Sychugov, Ilya; Engfeldt, Torun; Karlstrm, Amelie Eriksson; Linnros, Jan

    2007-09-01

    Silicon nanowires of different widths were fabricated in silicon on insulator (SOI) material using conventional process technology combined with electron-beam lithography. The aim was to analyze the size dependence of the sensitivity of such nanowires for biomolecule detection and for other sensor applications. Results from electrical characterization of the nanowires show a threshold voltage increasing with decreasing width. When immersed in an acidic buffer solution, smaller nanowires exhibit large conductance changes while larger wires remain unaffected. This behavior is also reflected in detected threshold shifts between buffer solutions of different pH, and we find that nanowires of width >150 nm are virtually insensitive to the buffer pH. The increased sensitivity for smaller sizes is ascribed to the larger surface/volume ratio for smaller wires exposing the channel to a more effective control by the local environment, similar to a surrounded gate transistor structure. Computer simulations confirm this behavior and show that sensing can be extended even down to the single charge level. PMID:17691849

  7. Charge transport in dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Yanagida, Masatoshi

    2015-03-01

    The effect of charge transport on the photovoltaic properties of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) was investigated by the experimental results and the ion transport. The short current photocurrent density (Jsc) is determined by the electron transport in porous TiO2 when the diffusion limited current (Jdif) due to the {{I}3}- transport is larger than the photo-generated electron flux (Jg) estimated from the light harvesting efficiency of dye-sensitized porous TiO2 and the solar spectrum. However, the Jsc value is determined by the ion transport in the electrolyte solution at Jdif < Jg. The J value becomes constant against light intensity, and is expressed as the saturated current (Jscs). The {{J}s} value depends on the thickness (d) of the TiO2 layer, the initial concentration (COX0), and the diffusion coefficient (DOXb) of {{I}3}-. These suitable parameters were determined by using the ion transport. Invited talk at the 7th International Workshop on Advanced Materials Science and Nanotechnology IWAMSN2014, 2-6 November, 2014, Ha Long, Vietnam.

  8. Design of Low-Noise Output Amplifiers for P-channel Charge-Coupled Devices Fabricated on High-Resistivity Silicon

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    Haque, S.; Frost, F. Dion R.; Groulx, R.; Holland, S.E.; Karcher, A.; Kolbe, W.F.; Roe, N. A.; Wang, G.; Yu, Y.

    2011-12-22

    We describe the design and optimization of low-noise, single-stage output amplifiers for p-channel charge-coupled devices (CCDs) used for scientific applications in astronomy and other fields. The CCDs are fabricated on high-resistivity, 4000–5000 -cm, n-type silicon substrates. Single-stage amplifiers with different output structure designs and technologies have been characterized. The standard output amplifier is designed with an n{sup +} polysilicon gate that has a metal connection to the sense node. In an effort to lower the output amplifier readout noise by minimizing the capacitance seen at the sense node, buried-contact technology has been investigated. In this case, the output transistor has a p{sup +} polysilicon gate that connects directly to the p{sup +} sense node. Output structures with buried-contact areas as small as 2 μm × 2 μm are characterized. In addition, the geometry of the source-follower transistor was varied, and we report test results on the conversion gain and noise of the various amplifier structures. By use of buried-contact technology, better amplifier geometry, optimization of the amplifier biases and improvements in the test electronics design, we obtain a 45% reduction in noise, corresponding to 1.7 e{sup −} rms at 70 kpixels/sec.

  9. Inhibition of cathepsin proteases attenuates migration and sensitizes aggressive N-Myc amplified human neuroblastoma cells to doxorubicin

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    Gangoda, Lahiru; Keerthikumar, Shivakumar; Fonseka, Pamali; Edgington, Laura E.; Ang, Ching-Seng; Ozcitti, Cemil; Bogyo, Matthew; Parker, Belinda S.; Mathivanan, Suresh

    2015-01-01

    Neuroblastoma arises from the sympathetic nervous system and accounts for 15% of childhood cancer mortality. Amplification of the oncogene N-Myc is reported to occur in more than 20% of patients. While N-Myc amplification status strongly correlates with higher tumour aggression and resistance to treatment, the role of N-Myc in the aggressive progression of the disease is poorly understood. N-Myc being a transcription factor can modulate the secretion of key proteins that may play a pivotal role in tumorigenesis. Characterising the soluble secreted proteins or secretome will aid in understanding their role in the tumour microenvironment, such as promoting cancer cell invasion and resistance to treatment. The aim of this study is to characterise the secretome of human malignant neuroblastoma SK-N-BE2 (N-Myc amplified, more aggressive) and SH-SY5Y (N-Myc non-amplified, less aggressive) cells. Conditioned media from SK-N-BE2 and SH-SY5Y cell lines were subjected to proteomics analysis. We report a catalogue of 894 proteins identified in the secretome isolated from the two neuroblastoma cell lines, SK-N-BE2 and SH-SY5Y. Functional enrichment analysis using FunRich software identified enhanced secretion of proteins implicated in cysteine peptidase activity in the aggressive N-Myc amplified SK-N-BE2 secretome compared to the less tumorigenic SH-SY5Y cells. Protein-protein interaction-based network analysis highlighted the enrichment of cathepsin and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition sub-networks. For the first time, inhibition of cathepsins by inhibitors sensitized the resistant SK-N-BE2 cells to doxorubicin as well as decreased its migratory potential. The dataset of secretome proteins of N-Myc amplified (more aggressive) and non-amplified (less aggressive) neuroblastoma cells represent the first inventory of neuroblastoma secretome. The study also highlights the prominent role of cathepsins in the N-Myc amplified neuroblastoma pathogenesis. As N-Myc amplification correlates with aggressive neuroblastoma and chemotherapy-based treatment failure, co-treatment with cathepsin inhibitors might be a better avenue for disease management. PMID:25883214

  10. Capillary electrophoresis with field-amplified sample stacking for rapid and sensitive determination of sulfadiazine and sulfamethoxazole.

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    Li, Yuqin; Cui, Yingjie; Jia, Baoxiu; Wang, Hao; Liu, Caihong; Qi, Yongxiu

    2012-09-01

    A new capillary electrophoresis method with field-amplified sample stacking (FASS) was developed for the analysis of sulfadiazine and sulfamethoxazole. After optimization of the separation and concentration conditions, the two compounds can be separated within 7 min and quantified with high sensitivity, with detection limits of 0.48 ng/mL for sulfadiazine and 0.76 ng/mL for sulfamethoxazole. This resulted in a 300-1500-fold improvement in concentration sensitivity relative to conventional capillary electrophoresis methods. The method was useful for qualitative and quantitative analysis of sulfadiazine and sulfamethoxazole in their preparations with recovery of 99.0%-102% for sulfadiazine and 99.5% - 99.7% for sulfamethoxazole. PMID:23016449

  11. A wireless and sensitive detection of octachlorostyrene using modified AuNPs as signal-amplifying tags.

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    Chen, Lan; Li, Jiezhen; ThanhThuy, T Tran; Zhou, Liping; Huang, Chen'an; Yuan, Lijuan; Cai, Qingyun

    2014-02-15

    A wireless, remote query octachlorostyrene (OCS) biosensor was fabricated by coating a mass-sensitive magnetoelastic ribbon with anti-OCS antibody. In response to a time-varying magnetic field, the magnetoelastic sensor mechanically vibrates at a characteristic resonance frequency which inversely depends on the sensor mass loading. As the magnetoelastic film is magnetostrictive itself, the vibrations launch magnetic flux that can be remotely detected using a pickup coil. Au nanoparticles (NPs) were used to amplify the mass loading. In a sample solution containing OCS target and OCS-modified AuNPs (OCS-AuNPs), both OCS and OCS-AuNPs react with the anti-OCS antibody immobilized on the sensor surface in a competition mode. The bound OCS-AuNPs amount is inversely proportional to the OCS target concentration. The reduction of bound OCS-AuNPs induced by free OCS results in significant change in mass loading, which amplifies the responses. The biosensor demonstrates a linear shift in resonance frequency with OCS concentration between 7.4 ?M and 9 nM, with a detection limit of 2.8 nM. PMID:24135481

  12. A self-amplified transistor immunosensor under dual gate operation: highly sensitive detection of hepatitis B surface antigen

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    Lee, I.-K.; Jeun, M.; Jang, H.-J.; Cho, W.-J.; Lee, K. H.

    2015-10-01

    Ion-sensitive field-effect transistors (ISFETs), although they have attracted considerable attention as effective immunosensors, have still not been adopted for practical applications owing to several problems: (1) the poor sensitivity caused by the short Debye screening length in media with high ion concentration, (2) time-consuming preconditioning processes for achieving the highly-diluted media, and (3) the low durability caused by undesirable ions such as sodium chloride in the media. Here, we propose a highly sensitive immunosensor based on a self-amplified transistor under dual gate operation (immuno-DG ISFET) for the detection of hepatitis B surface antigen. To address the challenges in current ISFET-based immunosensors, we have enhanced the sensitivity of an immunosensor by precisely tailoring the nanostructure of the transistor. In the pH sensing test, the immuno-DG ISFET showed superior sensitivity (2085.53 mV per pH) to both standard ISFET under single gate operation (58.88 mV per pH) and DG ISFET with a non-tailored transistor (381.14 mV per pH). Moreover, concerning the detection of hepatitis B surface antigens (HBsAg) using the immuno-DG ISFET, we have successfully detected trace amounts of HBsAg (22.5 fg mL-1) in a non-diluted 1× PBS medium with a high sensitivity of 690 mV. Our results demonstrate that the proposed immuno-DG ISFET can be a biosensor platform for practical use in the diagnosis of various diseases.Ion-sensitive field-effect transistors (ISFETs), although they have attracted considerable attention as effective immunosensors, have still not been adopted for practical applications owing to several problems: (1) the poor sensitivity caused by the short Debye screening length in media with high ion concentration, (2) time-consuming preconditioning processes for achieving the highly-diluted media, and (3) the low durability caused by undesirable ions such as sodium chloride in the media. Here, we propose a highly sensitive immunosensor based on a self-amplified transistor under dual gate operation (immuno-DG ISFET) for the detection of hepatitis B surface antigen. To address the challenges in current ISFET-based immunosensors, we have enhanced the sensitivity of an immunosensor by precisely tailoring the nanostructure of the transistor. In the pH sensing test, the immuno-DG ISFET showed superior sensitivity (2085.53 mV per pH) to both standard ISFET under single gate operation (58.88 mV per pH) and DG ISFET with a non-tailored transistor (381.14 mV per pH). Moreover, concerning the detection of hepatitis B surface antigens (HBsAg) using the immuno-DG ISFET, we have successfully detected trace amounts of HBsAg (22.5 fg mL-1) in a non-diluted 1× PBS medium with a high sensitivity of 690 mV. Our results demonstrate that the proposed immuno-DG ISFET can be a biosensor platform for practical use in the diagnosis of various diseases. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Material preparation, surface functionalization and anti-HBsAg immobilization. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03146j

  13. A self-amplified transistor immunosensor under dual gate operation: highly sensitive detection of hepatitis B surface antigen.

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    Lee, I-K; Jeun, M; Jang, H-J; Cho, W-J; Lee, K H

    2015-10-28

    Ion-sensitive field-effect transistors (ISFETs), although they have attracted considerable attention as effective immunosensors, have still not been adopted for practical applications owing to several problems: (1) the poor sensitivity caused by the short Debye screening length in media with high ion concentration, (2) time-consuming preconditioning processes for achieving the highly-diluted media, and (3) the low durability caused by undesirable ions such as sodium chloride in the media. Here, we propose a highly sensitive immunosensor based on a self-amplified transistor under dual gate operation (immuno-DG ISFET) for the detection of hepatitis B surface antigen. To address the challenges in current ISFET-based immunosensors, we have enhanced the sensitivity of an immunosensor by precisely tailoring the nanostructure of the transistor. In the pH sensing test, the immuno-DG ISFET showed superior sensitivity (2085.53 mV per pH) to both standard ISFET under single gate operation (58.88 mV per pH) and DG ISFET with a non-tailored transistor (381.14 mV per pH). Moreover, concerning the detection of hepatitis B surface antigens (HBsAg) using the immuno-DG ISFET, we have successfully detected trace amounts of HBsAg (22.5 fg mL(-1)) in a non-diluted 1× PBS medium with a high sensitivity of 690 mV. Our results demonstrate that the proposed immuno-DG ISFET can be a biosensor platform for practical use in the diagnosis of various diseases. PMID:26399739

  14. TRPA1 mediates amplified sympathetic responsiveness to activation of metabolically sensitive muscle afferents in rats with femoral artery occlusion

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    Xing, Jihong; Lu, Jian; Li, Jianhua

    2015-01-01

    Autonomic responses to activation of mechanically and metabolically sensitive muscle afferent nerves during static contraction are augmented in rats with femoral artery occlusion. Moreover, metabolically sensitive transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily A, member 1 (TRPA1) has been reported to contribute to sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) and arterial blood pressure (BP) responses evoked by static muscle contraction. Thus, in the present study, we examined the mechanisms by which afferent nerves' TRPA1 plays a role in regulating amplified sympathetic responsiveness due to a restriction of blood flow directed to the hindlimb muscles. Our data show that 2472 h of femoral artery occlusion (1) upregulates the protein levels of TRPA1 in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) tissues; (2) selectively increases expression of TRPA1 in DRG neurons supplying metabolically sensitive afferent nerves of C-fiber (group IV); and (3) enhances renal SNA and BP responses to AITC (a TRPA1 agonist) injected into the hindlimb muscles. In addition, our data demonstrate that blocking TRPA1 attenuates SNA and BP responses during muscle contraction to a greater degree in ligated rats than those responses in control rats. In contrast, blocking TRPA1 fails to attenuate SNA and BP responses during passive tendon stretch in both groups. Overall, results of this study indicate that alternations in muscle afferent nerves' TRPA1 likely contribute to enhanced sympathetically mediated autonomic responses via the metabolic component of the muscle reflex under circumstances of chronic muscle ischemia. PMID:26441669

  15. Trastuzumab reverses letrozole resistance and amplifies the sensitivity of breast cancer cells to estrogen

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    Sabnis, Gauri; Schayowitz, Adam; Goloubeva, Olga; Macedo, Luciana; Brodie, Angela

    2008-01-01

    In this study we investigated adaptive mechanisms associated with aromatase inhibitor (AI) resistance in breast cancer cells and show that sensitivity to AIs can be extended through dual inhibition of Estrogen Receptor (ER) and Human Epidermal Receptor-2 (Her-2) signaling. We utilized human ER-positive breast cancer cells stably transfected with the aromatase gene (MCF-7Ca). These cells grow as tumors in nude mice and are inhibited by AIs. Despite continued treatment, tumors eventually become insensitive to AI letrozole. The cells isolated from these Long-Term Letrozole Treated tumors (LTLT-Ca) were found to have decreased ER? levels. Our results suggest that LTLT-Ca cells survive estrogen deprivation by activation of Her-2/Mitogen Activated Protein Kinase (MAPK) pathway. Here, we demonstrate that trastuzumab (antibody against Her-2; IC50=0.4mg/ml) was very effective in restoring the ER? levels and sensitivity of LTLT-Ca cells to endocrine therapy by down-regulation of Her-2/MAPK pathway and upregulation of ER?. In contrast, trastuzumab was ineffective in the parental hormone responsive MCF-7Ca cells (IC50=4.28mg/ml) and xenografts. By blocking Her-2, trastuzumab also up-regulates ER?, aromatase expression and hyper-sensitized MCF-7Ca cells to E2. We show that trastuzumab is beneficial in hormone refractory cells and xenografts by restoring ER, implicating Her-2 as a negative regulator of ER?. In xenograft studies the combination of trastuzumab plus letrozole is equally effective in inhibiting growth of MCF-7Ca tumors as letrozole alone. However, upon the acquisition of resistance and increased Her-2 expression the combination of letrozole plus trastuzumab provided superior benefit over letrozole or trastuzumab alone. PMID:19190349

  16. Sensitivity improvement of a Varian E-109 EPR spectrometer with a low noise microwave amplifier

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    Dexheimer, S.L.; Klein, M.P.

    1988-05-01

    The installation of a low noise GaAsFET microwave preamplifier into a Varian E-109 homodyne X-band EPR spectrometer is described, and measurements of the resulting improvement in sensitivity as a function of microwave power are presented. Particular attention is paid to modification of the automatic frequency control (AFC) system to compensate for the preamplifier gain, which would otherwise result in instability of the AFC servoloop and decreased spectrometer performance at moderate microwave power levels. Specific details are provided for modification of the Varian E-102 bridge, but the general approach is applicable to other spectrometers.

  17. A label-free electrochemical biosensor for highly sensitive and selective detection of DNA via a dual-amplified strategy.

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    Kong, Rong-Mei; Song, Zhi-Ling; Meng, Hong-Min; Zhang, Xiao-Bing; Shen, Guo-Li; Yu, Ru-Qin

    2014-04-15

    In this work, by combining the enzymatic recycling reaction with the DNA functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs)-based signal amplification, we have developed an electrochemical biosensor for label-free detection of DNA with high sensitivity and selectivity. In the new designed biosensor, a hairpin-structured probe HP was designed to hybridize with target DNA first, and an exonuclease ExoIII was chosen for the homogeneous enzymatic cleaving amplification. The hybridization of target DNA with the probe HP induced the partial cleavage of the probe HP by ExoIII to release the enzymatic products. The enzymatic products could then hybridize with the hairpin-structured capture probe CP modified on the electrode surface. Finally, DNA functionalized AuNPs was further employed to amplify the detection signal. Due to the capture of abundant methylene blue (MB) molecules by both the multiple DNAs modified on AuNPs surface and the hybridization product of capture DNA and enzymatic products, the designed biosensor achieved a high sensitivity for target DNA, and a detection limit of 0.6 pM was obtained. Due to the employment of two hairpin-structured probes, HP and CP, the proposed biosensor also exhibited high selectivity to target DNA. Moreover, since ExoIII does not require specific recognition sequences, the proposed biosensor might provide a universal design strategy to construct DNA biosensor which can be applied in various biological and medical samples. PMID:24315876

  18. Amplified photoacoustic performance and enhanced photothermal stability of reduced graphene oxide coated gold nanorods for sensitive photoacoustic imaging.

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    Moon, Hyungwon; Kumar, Dinesh; Kim, Haemin; Sim, Changbeom; Chang, Jin-Ho; Kim, Jung-Mu; Kim, Hyuncheol; Lim, Dong-Kwon

    2015-03-24

    We report a strongly amplified photoacoustic (PA) performance of the new functional hybrid material composed of reduced graphene oxide and gold nanorods. Due to the excellent NIR light absorption properties of the reduced graphene oxide coated gold nanorods (r-GO-AuNRs) and highly efficient heat transfer process through the reduced graphene oxide layer, r-GO-AuNRs exhibit excellent photothermal stability and significantly higher photoacoustic amplitudes than those of bare-AuNRs, nonreduced graphene oxide coated AuNRs (GO-AuNRs), or silica-coated AuNR, as demonstrated in both in vitro and in vivo systems. The linear response of PA amplitude from reduced state controlled GO on AuNR indicates the critical role of GO for a strong photothermal effect of r-GO-AuNRs. Theoretical studies with finite-element-method lab-based simulation reveal that a 4 times higher magnitude of the enhanced electromagnetic field around r-GO-AuNRs can be generated compared with bare AuNRs or GO-AuNRs. Furthermore, the r-GO-AuNRs are expected to be a promising deep-tissue imaging probe because of extraordinarily high PA amplitudes in the 4-11 MHz operating frequency of an ultrasound transducer. Therefore, the r-GO-AuNRs can be a useful imaging probe for highly sensitive photoacoustic images and NIR sensitive therapeutics based on a strong photothermal effect. PMID:25751167

  19. Temperature sensitivity analysis of dopingless charge-plasma transistor

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    Shrivastava, Vishwas; Kumar, Anup; Sahu, Chitrakant; Singh, Jawar

    2016-03-01

    The junctionless field-effect transistors (JLFETs) have shown potential to scale down in sub-10 nm regime due to simplified fabrication process and less short-channel effects (SCEs), however, sensitivity towards process parameter variation is a major concern. Therefore, in this paper, sensitivity towards temperature variation of recently proposed dopingless (DL) double-gate field-effect transistor (DGFET) and JL-DGFET is reported. Different digital and analog performance metrics were considered and compared for both devices of similar geometries. We observed that the drive current of DL-DGFET decreases with temperature, while, it increases in JL-DGFET because both devices are affected by different scattering mechanisms at higher temperature. The variation in ION and IOFF in DL-DGFET are only 0.095 μ A/K and 0.2 nA /K , respectively, while, in JL-DGFET the changes are 0.25 μ A/K and 0.34 nA /K , respectively, above room temperature. Below room temperature, it was found that the incomplete ionization effect in JL-DGFET severely affects the drive current, however, DL-DGFET remains unaffected. Hence, the proposed DL-DGFET is less sensitive towards temperature variation and can be employed for cryogenics to high temperature applications.

  20. Rapid and sensitive determination of posaconazole in patient plasma by capillary electrophoresis with field-amplified sample stacking.

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    Liao, Hsiao-Wei; Lin, Shu-Wen; Wu, Un-In; Kuo, Ching-Hua

    2012-02-24

    The high morbidity and mortality associated with invasive fungal infections have increased the importance of improving treatment efficacy. Posaconazole is a novel agent with strong antifungal activity and low toxicity. The success of posaconazole pharmacotherapy strongly depends on precise controlling of concentration of the drug in the blood. In the present study, a solid phase extraction-capillary electrophoresis (SPE-CE) method was developed for rapid and accurate determination of posaconazole in the plasma of patients. We used the field-amplified sample stacking (FASS) technique to improve the sensitivity of CE, and applied the SPE procedures to reduce the matrix effect that was frequently encountered by biological samples in FASS system. Effect of filter types on the recovery rate of compounds with high lipophilicity was carefully investigated. Parameters affecting FASS performance were all optimized to obtain the best sensitivity with the highest speed. When using 1.25 M formic acid as the background electrolyte and 0.2 M formic acid in 95% (v/v) methanol as the sample solution, the limit of detection (LOD) for posaconazole was 10 ngmL(-1), with an analytical run time of less than 5 min. The relative standard deviation (RSD) of the peak area ratios for repeatability (intra-day, n=6) and intermediate precision (inter-day, n=3) were lower than 7.2% and 7.5%, respectively. The accuracy was tested by recovery, and the recovery rates were within 95.1% and 106.4%, respectively. The successful application of the developed method demonstrated its feasibility as an effective method for clinical use. PMID:21872254

  1. High power rf amplifiers for accelerator applications: The large orbit gyrotron and the high current, space charge enhanced relativistic klystron

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    Stringfield, R.M.; Fazio, M.V.; Rickel, D.G.; Kwan, T.J.T.; Peratt, A.L.; Kinross-Wright, J.; Van Haaften, F.W.; Hoeberling, R.F.; Faehl, R.; Carlsten, B.; Destler, W.W.; Warner, L.B.

    1990-01-01

    Los Alamos is investigating a number of high power microwave sources for their potential to power advanced accelerators. Included in this investigation are the large orbit gyrotron amplifier and oscillator (LOG) and the relativistic klystron amplifier (RKA). LOG amplifier development is newly underway. Electron beam power levels of 3 GW, 70 ns duration, are planned, with anticipated conversion efficiencies into RF on the order of 20 percent. Ongoing investigations on this device include experimental improvement of the electron beam optics, and computational studies of resonator design and RF extraction. Recent RKA studies have operated at electron beam powers into the device of 1.35 GW in microsecond duration pulses. The device has yielded modulated electron beam power approaching 300 MW using 3--5 kW of RF input drive. RF powers extracted into waveguide have been up to 70 MW, suggesting that more power is available from the device that we have converted to-date in the extractor. We have examined several aspects of operation, including beam bunching phenomena and RF power extraction techniques. In addition, investigations of the amplifier gain as a function of input drive, electron beam parameters and axial magnetic field strength also have been explored. The effect of ions formed during device operation also has been considered.

  2. Sensitive and specific detection of Xanthomonas campestris pv. pelargonii with DNA primers and probes identified by random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis.

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    Manulis, S; Valinsky, L; Lichter, A; Gabriel, D W

    1994-01-01

    The random amplified polymorphic DNA method was used to distinguish strains of Xanthomonas campestris pv. pelargonii from 21 other Xanthomonas species and/or pathovars. Among the 42 arbitrarily chosen primers evaluated, 3 were found to reveal diagnostic polymorphisms when purified DNAs from compared strains were amplified by the PCR. The three primers revealed DNA amplification patterns which were conserved among all 53 strains tested of X. campestris pv. pelargonii isolated from various locations worldwide. The distinctive X. compestris pv. pelargonii patterns were clearly different from those obtained with any of 46 other Xanthomonas strains tested. An amplified 1.2-kb DNA fragment, apparently unique to X. campestris pv. pelargonii by these random amplified polymorphic DNA tests, was cloned and evaluated as a diagnostic DNA probe. It hybridized with total DNA from all 53 X. campestris pv. pelargonii strains tested and not with any of the 46 other Xanthomonas strains tested. The DNA sequence of the terminal ends of this 1.2-kb fragment was obtained and used to design a pair of 18-mer oligonucleotide primers specific for X. campestris pv. pelargonii. The custom-synthesized primers amplified the same 1.2-kb DNA fragment from all 53 X. campestris pv. pelargonii strains tested and failed to amplify DNA from any of the 46 other Xanthomonas strains tested. DNA isolated from saprophytes associated with the geranium plant also did not produce amplified DNA with these primers. The sensitivity of the PCR assay using the custom-synthesized primers was between 10 and 50 cells.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) Images PMID:7993095

  3. Equivalent noise charge for different impedance-matching schemes of the drift straw-tube and the amplifier

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    Kashchuk, A. P.; Kuchinskii, N. A.; Levitskaya, O. V.; Movchan, S. A.

    2011-01-01

    Impedance matching of the drift straw-tube and the amplifier influences the signal-to-noise ratio, which, in turn, determines the coordinate resolution of the detector, the minimal threshold, and the minimal gas amplification necessary for efficient signal registration by the detector. Five impedance-matching schemes for the straw-tube detector with a length of 2.5 m are studied. It is shown that ENC = 4000-5000 electrons for C det = 20-30 pF, which is good from the practical point of view, is achieved using the simple resistor connected in series to amplifier at the open far-end of the straw-tube.

  4. Charge Recombination Control for High Efficiency Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Zhao, Ke; Pan, Zhenxiao; Zhong, Xinhua

    2016-02-01

    Benefiting from the unique excellent optoelectronic properties of quantum dot light absorbers, quantum dot sensitized solar cell (QDSCs) are a promising candidate for the low-cost third-generation solar cells. Over the past few years, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of QDSCs presents a rapid evolution from less than 1% to beyond 8%. Charge recombination is regarded as one of the most significant factors in limiting the photovoltaic performance of QDSCs. A significant improvement in the PCE of QDSCs has been obtained by charge recombination control. Some effective routes to suppress charge recombination processes, such as adopting preprepared high-quality QD sensitizers, tailoring the electronic properties of QDs, and interface engineering with the use of organic or inorganic thin layer overcoating the sensitized photoanode have been overviewed in this perspective. Also, the possible accesses to better performance (higher efficiency and stability) of the QDSCs have been proposed on the basis of achievements obtained previously. PMID:26758605

  5. Rapid and sensitive determination of strychnine and brucine in human urine by capillary electrophoresis with field-amplified sample stacking.

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    Li, Junmei; Jiang, Ye

    2010-02-01

    A simple, rapid, sensitive and low-cost method using capillary electrophoresis (CE) coupled with field-amplified sample stacking (FASS) has been developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of strychnine and brucine residues in human urine. Before sample loading, a water plug (3.5 kPa, 3 s) was injected to contain sample cations and to permit FASS. Electrokinetic injection at a voltage (20 kV, 25 s) was then used to introduce cations. Separation was performed using 20 mM acetate buffer (pH 3.8) with an applied voltage of 20 kV. The calibration curves were linear over a range of 8.00-2.56 infinity 10(2) ng/mL (r = 0.9995) for strychnine and 10.0-3.20 x 10(2) ng/mL (r = 0.9999) for brucine. Extraction recoveries in urine were greater than 79.6 and 82.8% for strychnine and brucine, respectively, with an RSD of less than 4.9%. The detection limits (signal-to-noise ratio 3) for strychnine and brucine were 2.00 and 2.50 ng/mL, respectively. A urine sample from one healthy female volunteer (26 years old, 50 kg) was pretreated and analyzed. Strychnine and brucine levels in urine could be detected 24 h after administration. On these grounds, this method was feasible for application to preliminary screening of trace levels of abused drugs for both doping control and forensic analysis. PMID:19609870

  6. Non-coalescence of oppositely charged droplets in pH-sensitive emulsions

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    Liu, Tingting; Seiffert, Sebastian; Thiele, Julian; Abate, Adam R.; Weitz, David A.; Richtering, Walter

    2012-01-01

    Like charges stabilize emulsions, whereas opposite charges break emulsions. This is the fundamental principle for many industrial and practical processes. Using micrometer-sized pH-sensitive polymeric hydrogel particles as emulsion stabilizers, we prepare emulsions that consist of oppositely charged droplets, which do not coalesce. We observe noncoalescence of oppositely charged droplets in bulk emulsification as well as in microfluidic devices, where oppositely charged droplets are forced to collide within channel junctions. The results demonstrate that electrostatic interactions between droplets do not determine their stability and reveal the unique pH-dependent properties of emulsions stabilized by soft microgel particles. The noncoalescence can be switched to coalescence by neutralizing the microgels, and the emulsion can be broken on demand. This unusual feature of the microgel-stabilized emulsions offers fascinating opportunities for future applications of these systems. PMID:22203968

  7. Method and apparatus for detection of charge on ions and particles

    DOEpatents

    Fuerstenau, Stephen Douglas (3938 Park Pl., Montrose, CA 91020); Soli, George Arthur (4003 Wanna Vista Dr., Vancouver, WA 98661)

    2002-01-01

    The present invention provides a tessellated array detector with charge collecting plate (or cup) electrode pixels and amplifying circuitry integrated into each pixel making it sensitive to external electrostatic charge; a micro collector/amplifier pixel design possessing a small capacitance to ensure a high charge to voltage signal conversion for low noise/high sensitivity operation; a micro-fabricated array of such pixels to create a useful macroscopic target area for ion and charged particle collection.

  8. Enhanced laboratory sensitivity to variation of the fine-structure constant using highly charged ions.

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    Berengut, J C; Dzuba, V A; Flambaum, V V

    2010-09-17

    We study atomic systems that are in the frequency range of optical atomic clocks and have enhanced sensitivity to potential time variation of the fine-structure constant ?. The high sensitivity is due to coherent contributions from three factors: high nuclear charge Z, high ionization degree, and significant differences in the configuration composition of the states involved. Configuration crossing keeps the frequencies in the optical range despite the large ionization energies. We discuss a few promising examples that have the largest ? sensitivities seen in atomic systems. PMID:20867622

  9. Enhanced Laboratory Sensitivity to Variation of the Fine-Structure Constant using Highly Charged Ions

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    Berengut, J. C.; Dzuba, V. A.; Flambaum, V. V.

    2010-09-17

    We study atomic systems that are in the frequency range of optical atomic clocks and have enhanced sensitivity to potential time variation of the fine-structure constant {alpha}. The high sensitivity is due to coherent contributions from three factors: high nuclear charge Z, high ionization degree, and significant differences in the configuration composition of the states involved. Configuration crossing keeps the frequencies in the optical range despite the large ionization energies. We discuss a few promising examples that have the largest {alpha} sensitivities seen in atomic systems.

  10. Gated charged-particle trap

    DOEpatents

    Benner, W. Henry (Danville, CA)

    1999-01-01

    The design and operation of a new type of charged-particle trap provides simultaneous measurements of mass, charge, and velocity of large electrospray ions. The trap consists of a detector tube mounted between two sets of center-bored trapping plates. Voltages applied to the trapping plates define symmetrically-opposing potential valleys which guide axially-injected ions to cycle back and forth through the charge-detection tube. A low noise charge-sensitive amplifier, connected to the tube, reproduces the image charge of individual ions as they pass through the detector tube. Ion mass is calculated from measurement of ion charge and velocity following each passage through the detector.

  11. Real-space observation of unbalanced charge distribution inside a perovskite-sensitized solar cell.

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    Bergmann, Victor W; Weber, Stefan A L; Javier Ramos, F; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja; Grätzel, Michael; Li, Dan; Domanski, Anna L; Lieberwirth, Ingo; Ahmad, Shahzada; Berger, Rüdiger

    2014-01-01

    Perovskite-sensitized solar cells have reached power conversion efficiencies comparable to commercially available solar cells used for example in solar farms. In contrast to silicon solar cells, perovskite-sensitized solar cells can be made by solution processes from inexpensive materials. The power conversion efficiency of these cells depends substantially on the charge transfer at interfaces. Here we use Kelvin probe force microscopy to study the real-space cross-sectional distribution of the internal potential within high efficiency mesoscopic methylammonium lead tri-iodide solar cells. We show that the electric field is homogeneous through these devices, similar to that of a p-i-n type junction. On illumination under short-circuit conditions, holes accumulate in front of the hole-transport layer as a consequence of unbalanced charge transport in the device. After light illumination, we find that trapped charges remain inside the active device layers. Removing these traps and the unbalanced charge injection could enable further improvements in performance of perovskite-sensitized solar cells. PMID:25242041

  12. Low noise charge sensitive preamplifier DC stabilized without a physical resistor

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    Bertuccio, G.; Rehak, P.; Xi, D.

    1994-09-13

    The invention is a novel charge sensitive preamplifier (CSP) which has no resistor in parallel with the feedback capacitor. No resetting circuit is required to discharge the feedback capacitor. The DC stabilization of the preamplifier is obtained by means of a second feedback loop between the preamplifier output and the common base transistor of the input cascode. The input transistor of the preamplifier is a Junction Field Transistor (JFET) with the gate-source junction forward biased. The detector leakage current flows into this junction. This invention is concerned with a new circuit configuration for a charge sensitive preamplifier and a novel use of the input Field Effect Transistor of the CSP itself. In particular this invention, in addition to eliminating the feedback resistor, eliminates the need for external devices between the detector and the preamplifier, and it eliminates the need for external circuitry to sense the output voltage and reset the CSP. Furthermore, the noise level of the novel CSP is very low, comparable with the performance achieved with other solutions. Experimental tests prove that this configuration for the charge sensitive preamplifier permits an excellent noise performance at temperatures including room temperature. An equivalent noise charge of less than 20 electrons r.m.s. has been measured at room temperature by using a commercial JFET as input device of the preamplifier. 6 figs.

  13. Low noise charge sensitive preamplifier DC stabilized without a physical resistor

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    Bertuccio, Giuseppe; Rehak, Pavel; Xi, Deming

    1994-09-13

    The invention is a novel charge sensitive preamplifier (CSP) which has no resistor in parallel with the feedback capacitor. No resetting circuit is required to discharge the feedback capacitor. The DC stabilization of the preamplifier is obtained by means of a second feedback loop between the preamplifier output and the common base transistor of the input cascode. The input transistor of the preamplifier is a Junction Field Transistor (JFET) with the gate-source junction forward biased. The detector leakage current flows into this junction. This invention is concerned with a new circuit configuration for a charge sensitive preamplifier and a novel use of the input Field Effect Transistor of the CSP itself. In particular this invention, in addition to eliminating the feedback resistor, eliminates the need for external devices between the detector and the preamplifier, and it eliminates the need for external circuitry to sense the output voltage and reset the CSP. Furthermore, the noise level of the novel CSP is very low, comparable with the performance achieved with other solutions. Experimental tests prove that this configuration for the charge sensitive preamplifier permits an excellent noise performance at temperatures including room temperature. An equivalent noise charge of less than 20 electrons r.m.s. has been measured at room temperature by using a commercial JFET as input device of the preamplifier.

  14. Electronic amplifiers: A compilation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1971-01-01

    Several types of amplifiers and amplifier systems are considered. These include preamplifiers, high power amplifiers, buffer and isolation amplifiers, amplifier circuits, and general purpose amplifiers.

  15. Targeting MYCN IRES in MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma with miR-375 inhibits tumor growth and sensitizes tumor cells to radiation.

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    Zhang, Hailong; Liu, Tao; Yi, Sha; Gu, Lubing; Zhou, Muxiang

    2015-08-01

    The MYCN oncogene is amplified in 20% of neuroblastomas, leading to its overexpression at both the mRNA and protein levels. MYCN overexpression is strongly associated with advanced disease stage, rapid tumor progression and a worse prognosis. In the present study, we identified microRNA-375 (miR-375) as a negative regulator of MYCN: enforced expression of miR-375 inhibited MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma invitro and invivo. Upon searching the website miRbase for possible miR-375 binding sites within the whole MYCN mRNA, we found that the MYCN 5'-UTR had significant sequence complementarity to miR-375, yet no complementary sequences existed within the MYCN 3'-UTR and coding regions. Enforced overexpression of miR-375 efficiently inhibited MYCN mRNA translation and protein synthesis, via an IRES-dependent mechanism. In athymic nude mouse model with human MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma, MYCN downregulation by miR-375 led to inhibition of tumor cell growth and tumorigenicity. In particular, miR-375-regulated inhibition of MYCN translation was enhanced when MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma cells were exposed to stress stimulation, such as ionizing irradiation (IR), resulting in a remarkable increase in the neuroblastoma's sensitivity to IR-induced cell death. Our results identified a novel mechanism by which IRES-dependent translation of MYCN is repressed by miR-375, particularly during cellular stress, highlighting a potential anticancer strategy: the development of miR-375 as a novel therapeutic agent to treat MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma. PMID:25864587

  16. Characteristics of Highly Sensitive pH Sensors with Charge Accumulation Operation

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    Hizawa, Takeshi; Sawada, Kazuaki; Takao, Hidekuni; Ishida, Makoto

    2006-12-01

    A charge-transfer-type pH sensor operated by charge accumulation was demonstrated, and it was confirmed that its pH sensitivity was 1130 mV/pH with five signal integration cycles. The most familiar pH sensor using a semiconductor is the ion-sensitive field effect transistor (ISFET). The sensitivity of our pH sensor was 20 times higher than that of the ISFET. The sensitivity of the ISFET, which is similar in structure to a metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structure, is restricted by the Nernst equation (59 mV/pH at room temperature). The output signal from an ISFET disappears into its noise as pH variation becomes small. The charge-transfer-type pH sensor increases the pH output signal to integrate signals in the time domain that are noise-free. It is expected that with this sensor it is possible to measure small pH signal variations.

  17. PULSE AMPLIFIER

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    Johnstone, C.W.

    1958-06-17

    The improvement of pulse amplifiers used with scintillation detectors is described. The pulse amplifier circuit has the advantage of reducing the harmful effects of overloading cause by large signal inputs. In general the pulse amplifier circuit comprises two amplifier tubes with the input pulses applied to one amplifier grid and coupled to the second amplifier tube through a common cathode load. The output of the second amplifier is coupled from the plate circuit to a cathode follower tube grid and a diode tube in connected from grid to cathode of the cathode follower tube. Degenerative feedback is provided in the second amplifier by coupling a signal from the cathode follower cathode to the second amplifier grid. The circuit proqides moderate gain stability, and overload protection for subsequent pulse circuits.

  18. Control of charge dynamics through a charge-separation interface for all-solid perovskite-sensitized solar cells.

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    Ogomi, Yuhei; Kukihara, Kenji; Qing, Shen; Toyoda, Taro; Yoshino, Kenji; Pandey, Shyam; Momose, Hisayo; Hayase, Shuzi

    2014-04-14

    The relationship between the structure of the charge-separation interface and the photovoltaic performance of all-solid dye-sensitized solar cells is reported. This cell is composed of porous a TiO2/perovskite (CH3NH3PbI(x)Cl(3-x))/p-type organic conductor. The porous titania layer was passivated with Al2O3 or Y2O3 to remove surface traps of the porous titania layer. Both passivations were effective in increasing the efficiency of the solar cell. Especially, the effect of Y2O3 passivation was remarkable. After passivation, the efficiency increased from 6.59 to 7.5%. The increase in the efficiency was discussed in terms of the electron lifetime in TiO2, the thermally stimulated current, the measurement of the microwave refractive carrier lifetime, and transition absorption spectroscopy. It was proven that surface passivation resulted in retardation of charge recombination between the electrons in the porous titania layers and the holes in the p-type organic conductors. PMID:24604610

  19. Charge generation by heavy ions in power MOSFETs, burnout space predictions, and dynamic SEB sensitivity

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    Stassinopoulos, E. G.; Brucker, G. J.; Calvel, P.; Baiget, A.; Peyrotte, C.; Gaillard, R.

    1992-01-01

    The transport, energy loss, and charge production of heavy ions in the sensitive regions of IRF 150 power MOSFETs are described. The dependence and variation of transport parameters with ion type and energy relative to the requirements for single event burnout in this part type are discussed. Test data taken with this power MOSFET are used together with analyses by means of a computer code of the ion energy loss and charge production in the device to establish criteria for burnout and parameters for space predictions. These parameters are then used in an application to predict burnout rates in a geostationary orbit for power converters operating in a dynamic mode. Comparisons of rates for different geometries in simulating SEU (single event upset) sensitive volumes are presented.

  20. Development of Charge Sensitive Infrared Phototransistors for the Far-Infrared Wavelength

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    Nihei, R.; Komiyama, S.; Kawada, M.; Matsuura, S.; Doi, Y.; Satoh, T.; Nakagawa, T.

    2014-08-01

    Ultra-highly-sensitive far-infrared detectors are developed for potential application to astronomy. The detectors exploit a novel mechanism called Charge Sensitive Infrared Phototransistors (CSIPs), in which an upper quantum well (QW) in GaAs/AlGaAs double QW structures is positively charged up by photo-excitation via inter-subband transition. This causes the conductance of the lower QW channel to increase. The device is effectively a phototransistor, in which the upper QW serves as a photo-sensitive gate to the source-drain channel provided by the lower QW. Resultant extraordinary high photoconductive gain makes CSIPs so sensitive as to detect single photons. CSIPs are well established in the mid-infrared ( = 12-20 m), achieving noise equivalent power around 1.9 10 W/Hz with a quantum efficiency of 7 %. CSIPs have been demonstrated to work in longer wavelengths up to 45 m, but the sensitivity was not as high as in the shorter wavelengths, probably due to lower quantum efficiency. Reported here is a remarkable improvement in the performance of longer wavelength CSIPs (45 m), achieved primarily by optimizing the doping concentration in the upper QW. This work indicates that longer wavelength CSIPs are promising detectors for the astronomical application.

  1. Sensitivity of Battery Electric Vehicle Economics to Drive Patterns, Vehicle Range, and Charge Strategies

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    Neubauer, J.; Brooker, A.; Wood, E.

    2012-07-01

    Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) offer the potential to reduce both oil imports and greenhouse gas emissions, but high upfront costs discourage many potential purchasers. Making an economic comparison with conventional alternatives is complicated in part by strong sensitivity to drive patterns, vehicle range, and charge strategies that affect vehicle utilization and battery wear. Identifying justifiable battery replacement schedules and sufficiently accounting for the limited range of a BEV add further complexity to the issue. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed the Battery Ownership Model to address these and related questions. The Battery Ownership Model is applied here to examine the sensitivity of BEV economics to drive patterns, vehicle range, and charge strategies when a high-fidelity battery degradation model, financially justified battery replacement schedules, and two different means of accounting for a BEV's unachievable vehicle miles traveled (VMT) are employed. We find that the value of unachievable VMT with a BEV has a strong impact on the cost-optimal range, charge strategy, and battery replacement schedule; that the overall cost competitiveness of a BEV is highly sensitive to vehicle-specific drive patterns; and that common cross-sectional drive patterns do not provide consistent representation of the relative cost of a BEV.

  2. Success of the PCR-based replication assay depends on the number of methylation sensitive restriction sites in the PCR amplifying region.

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    Metta, M K; Tantravahi, S; Kunaparaju, R

    2015-01-01

    The PCRbased replication assay is one of the most simple, quick and economical methods for the analysis of episomal replication. However, in spite of its advantages the method has not been able to replace the southernbased replication assay, the latter of which is a tedious and timeconsuming process. This is due to the generation of spurious amplification products in the PCRbased replication assay. The replication assay is based on the use of methylationsensitive restriction endonucleases (eg. DpnI, MboI) to distinguish bacterial replicated (adenosine methylated) and mammalian replicated plasmids (adenosine nonmethylated). In this work we addressed the problem by evaluating (a) restriction enzyme digestion and (b) the minimum number of restriction sites that are required in the amplifying region. The efficiency of restriction digestion was tested by subjecting the plasmid to one and two rounds of digestion. Multiple rounds of digestions were found to be inefficient in preventing false positives when the number of DpnI sites in the amplifying region is less than 8. However, use of a minimum of 15 DpnI sites in the amplifying region was found to overcome the false positives. PMID:26068910

  3. Factors limiting the sensitivity and dynamic range of a seismic system employing analog magnetic tape recording and a seismic amplifier with adjustable gain settings and several output levels

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    Eaton, Jerry P.; Van Schaack, John R.

    1977-01-01

    In the course of modernizing the low-speed-tape-recorder portable seismic systems and considering the possibilities for the design of a cassette-tape-recorder seismic refraction system, the factors that limit the sensitivity and dynamic range of such systems have been reviewed. These factors will first be stated briefly, and then their influence on systems such as the new 5-day-tape seismic system will be examined in more detail. To fix ideas, we shall assume that the system consists of the following elements: 1. A seismic sensor: usually a moving coil inertial seismometer with a period of about 1 second, a coil resistance of about 5000 ohms, and an effective motor constant of 1.0 V/cm/sec (across a 10K load terminating the seismometer sensitivity-and-damping-adjustment resistive network). 2. A seismic amplifier/voltage controlled oscillator unit made up of the following components: a) A fixed gain preamplifier with an input resistance of 10K and an internal noise level of 0.5 muVpp referred to the preamp input (0.1 Hz <= freq. <= 30 hz). b) An adjustable gain (0 to 42 db in 6 db steps) intermediate amplifier c) One or more fixed gain output amplifiers. d) Two sections of 6 db/octave bandpass filter serving to couple the 3 amplifier stages together. e) Voltage controlled oscillators for each output amplifier to produce modulated FM carriers for recording on separate tape tracks or modulated FM subcarriers for subsequent multiplexing and direct recording on tape in the California Network format. 3. An analog magnetic tape recorder: e.g. the PI 5100 (15/80 ips recording in the FM mode or in the direct mode with the 'broad-band' variant-of the Cal Net multiplex system, or 15/16 ips recording in the direct mode with the standard Cal Net multiplex system), or the Sony TC-126 cassette recorder operating in the direct record mode with the standard Cal Net multiplex system. 4. Appropriate magnetic tape playback equipment: e.g., the Bell and Howell 3700-B for the PI-5100 or the Sony TC 126 for its own tapes. 5. Appropriate discriminators (employing subtractive compensation, at least for the multiplexed systems) to restore the data signals to their original forms. 6. An A/D convertor to digitize the seismic signals for computer processing and/or a strip chart recorder (e.g., the Siemens Oscillomink) for playout of the data.

  4. [Solvent effect of europium (III) complex sensitized by charge transfer excited state of functional cation].

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    Fu, Shi-rong; Shi, Meng; Han, Pei-gao; Zhang, Bei-bei; Yan, Ke-zhu

    2013-09-01

    Abstract In the novel europium (IIl) complex of the form [Eu(tta)4 . DEASPI], the sensitization of lanthanide luminescence is via functional cation The photophysical sensitization process of Eu(tta)4 . DEASPI involves an energy transfer from charge transfer excited state of hemicyanine (aminostyrylpyridinium) cation, and the sensitization mechanism follows Frster resonance energy mechanism. The solvent effect on this new kind of europium (III) complex was investigated in the present work. The europium (III) complex was dissolved in a variety of solvents, i.e., acetone, DMF, ethanol and acetonitrile, and the emission intensity of europium (III) complex in acetonitrile is much higher than in other solvents. The detailed discussion about solvent effect is provided in this paper. PMID:24369661

  5. Enhancement of the sensitivity of a recirculation fibre ring interferometer with pulsed pumping of an intracavity optical erbium-doped fibre amplifier

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    Alekseev, E I; Bazarov, E N; Gubin, Vladimir P; Sazonov, Aleksandr I; Starostin, Nikolay I; Oussov, Aleksey I

    2004-07-31

    The signal sensitivity and detection capability of a recirculation fibre ring interferometer (RFRI) are studied experimentally upon pulsed pumping of an intracavity ytterbium-sensitised erbium-doped fibre amplifier (YEDFA). It is shown that the number of effective circulations of light in the ring resonator can be substantially increased in the transient regime above the self-excitation threshold when, however, lasing has yet no time to develop. It is found that the required transient regime is achieved due to the self-restriction (drop) of amplification in YEDFA caused by the saturation of the active medium with increasing radiation power in the resonator. The increase in the signal sensitivity of the RFRI and its detection capability by factors of 25 and 4, respectively, is demonstrated in the pulsed regime of the YEDFA. (fibreoptic devices)

  6. Charge transport through split photoelectrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Fakharuddin, Azhar; Ahmed, Irfan; Yusoff, Mashitah M.; Jose, Rajan; Khalidin, Zulkeflee

    2014-04-28

    Charge transport and recombination are relatively ignored parameters while upscaling dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Enhanced photovoltaic parameters are anticipated by merely widening the devices physical dimensions, viz., thickness and area as evident from the device design adopted in reported large area DSCs. These strip designs lead to ?50% loss in photocurrent compared to the high efficiency lab scale devices. Herein, we report that the key to achieving higher current density (J{sub SC}) is optimized diffusion volume rather than the increased photoelectrode area because kinetics of the devices is strongly influenced by the varied choices of diffusion pathways upon increasing the electrode area. For a given electrode area and thickness, we altered the photoelectrode design by splitting the electrode into multiple fractions to restrict the electron diffusion pathways. We observed a correlation between the device physical dimensions and its charge collection efficiency via current-voltage and impedance spectroscopy measurements. The modified electrode designs showed >50% increased J{sub SC} due to shorter transport time, higher recombination resistance and enhanced charge collection efficiency compared to the conventional ones despite their similar active volume (?3.36??10{sup ?4}?cm{sup 3}). A detailed charge transport characteristic of the split devices and their comparison with single electrode configuration is described in this article.

  7. Visualizing interfacial charge transfer in dye sensitized nanoparticles using x-ray transient absorption spectroscopy.

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    Zhang, X. Y.; Smolentsev, G.; Guo, J.; Attenkofer, K.; Kurtz, C.; Jennings, G.; Lockard, J. V.; Stickrath, A. B.; Chen, L. X.

    2011-01-01

    A molecular level understanding of the structural reorganization accompanying interfacial electron transfer is important for rational design of solar cells. Here we have applied XTA (X-ray transient absorption) spectroscopy to study transient structures in a heterogeneous interfacial system mimicking the charge separation process in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) with Ru(dcbpy){sub 2}(NCS){sub 2} (RuN3) dye adsorbed to TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle surfaces. The results show that the average Ru-NCS bond length reduces by 0.06 {angstrom}, whereas the average Ru-N(dcbpy) bond length remains nearly unchanged after the electron injection. The differences in bond-order change and steric hindrance between two types of ligands are attributed to their structural response in the charge separation. This study extends the application of XTA into optically opaque hybrid interfacial systems relevant to the solar energy conversion.

  8. Wide-bandwidth charge sensitivity with a radio-frequency field-effect transistor

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    Nishiguchi, Katsuhiko; Yamaguchi, Hiroshi; Fujiwara, Akira; van der Zant, Herre S. J.; Steele, Gary A.

    2013-09-01

    We demonstrate high-speed charge detection at room temperature with single-electron resolution by using a radio-frequency field-effect transistor (RF-FET). The RF-FET combines a nanometer-scale silicon FET with an impedance-matching circuit composed of an inductor and capacitor. Driving the RF-FET with a carrier signal at its resonance frequency, small signals at the transistor's gate modulate the impedance of the resonant circuit, which is monitored at high speed using the reflected signal. The RF-FET driven by high-power carrier signals enables a charge sensitivity of 2 10-4 e/Hz0.5 at a readout bandwidth of 20 MHz.

  9. Characterization of a New Charge Sensitive Preamplifier (CSP) for the Electromagnetic Calorimeters of the ALICE Experiment

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, Yaping; Cai, Xu; Yin, Zhongbao

    2012-01-01

    The ALICE calorimeters PHOS and EMCal (including its extension DCal) are based on Avalanche Photo-Diode (APD) photosensors with Charge Sensitive Preamplifiers (CSPs) for readout of the scintillating elements. A new CSP has been developed on the basis of the design of the PHOS CSP, but modified to meet the requirements of the EMCal and DCal. Modifications were made specifically for a different APD choice with different characteristics, and also with the goals of less noise, faster rise time, and reduced cost. This paper presents a detailed description of the new CSP features and the test results.

  10. Enhanced response and sensitivity of self-corrugated graphene sensors with anisotropic charge distribution.

    PubMed

    Jeong, Seung Yol; Jeong, Sooyeon; Lee, Sang Won; Kim, Sung Tae; Kim, Daeho; Jeong, Hee Jin; Han, Joong Tark; Baeg, Kang-Jun; Yang, Sunhye; Jeong, Mun Seok; Lee, Geon-Woong

    2015-01-01

    We introduce a high-performance molecular sensor using self-corrugated chemically modified graphene as a three dimensional (3D) structure that indicates anisotropic charge distribution. This is capable of room-temperature operation, and, in particular, exhibiting high sensitivity and reversible fast response with equilibrium region. The morphology consists of periodic, "cratered" arrays that can be formed by condensation and evaporation of graphene oxide (GO) solution on interdigitated electrodes. Subsequent hydrazine reduction, the corrugated edge area of the graphene layers have a high electric potential compared with flat graphene films. This local accumulation of electrons interacts with a large number of gas molecules. The sensitivity of 3D-graphene sensors significantly increases in the atmosphere of NO2 gas. The intriguing structures have several advantages for straightforward fabrication on patterned substrates, high-performance graphene sensors without post-annealing process. PMID:26053892

  11. Enhanced response and sensitivity of self-corrugated graphene sensors with anisotropic charge distribution

    PubMed Central

    Yol Jeong, Seung; Jeong, Sooyeon; Won Lee, Sang; Tae Kim, Sung; Kim, Daeho; Jin Jeong, Hee; Tark Han, Joong; Baeg, Kang-Jun; Yang, Sunhye; Seok Jeong, Mun; Lee, Geon-Woong

    2015-01-01

    We introduce a high-performance molecular sensor using self-corrugated chemically modified graphene as a three dimensional (3D) structure that indicates anisotropic charge distribution. This is capable of room-temperature operation, and, in particular, exhibiting high sensitivity and reversible fast response with equilibrium region. The morphology consists of periodic, “cratered” arrays that can be formed by condensation and evaporation of graphene oxide (GO) solution on interdigitated electrodes. Subsequent hydrazine reduction, the corrugated edge area of the graphene layers have a high electric potential compared with flat graphene films. This local accumulation of electrons interacts with a large number of gas molecules. The sensitivity of 3D-graphene sensors significantly increases in the atmosphere of NO2 gas. The intriguing structures have several advantages for straightforward fabrication on patterned substrates, high-performance graphene sensors without post-annealing process. PMID:26053892

  12. Enhanced response and sensitivity of self-corrugated graphene sensors with anisotropic charge distribution

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    Yol Jeong, Seung; Jeong, Sooyeon; Won Lee, Sang; Tae Kim, Sung; Kim, Daeho; Jin Jeong, Hee; Tark Han, Joong; Baeg, Kang-Jun; Yang, Sunhye; Seok Jeong, Mun; Lee, Geon-Woong

    2015-06-01

    We introduce a high-performance molecular sensor using self-corrugated chemically modified graphene as a three dimensional (3D) structure that indicates anisotropic charge distribution. This is capable of room-temperature operation, and, in particular, exhibiting high sensitivity and reversible fast response with equilibrium region. The morphology consists of periodic, cratered arrays that can be formed by condensation and evaporation of graphene oxide (GO) solution on interdigitated electrodes. Subsequent hydrazine reduction, the corrugated edge area of the graphene layers have a high electric potential compared with flat graphene films. This local accumulation of electrons interacts with a large number of gas molecules. The sensitivity of 3D-graphene sensors significantly increases in the atmosphere of NO2 gas. The intriguing structures have several advantages for straightforward fabrication on patterned substrates, high-performance graphene sensors without post-annealing process.

  13. Sensitive and direct determination of lithium by mixed-mode chromatography and charged aerosol detection.

    PubMed

    Dai, Lulu; Wigman, Larry; Zhang, Kelly

    2015-08-21

    A sensitive analytical method using mixed mode HPLC separation coupled with charged aerosol detection (CAD) was developed for quantitative analysis of lithium. The method is capable of separating lithium ion from different drug matrices and other ions in a single run thus eliminating the organic matrix and ionic analyte interferences without extensive sample preparation such as derivatization and extraction. The separation space and chromatographic conditions are defined by systematic studies of the retention behaviors of lithium and potential interfering ions and different type of pharmaceutical APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients) under reversed-phase, HILIC and cation/anion exchange mechanisms. Compared to other current analytical techniques for lithium analysis, the presented method provides a new approach and demonstrates high sensitivity (0.02ng for LOD and 0.08ng for LOQ in both standard and sample solution). The method has been validated for pharmaceutical samples and can be potentially applied to biological, food and environmental samples. PMID:26184708

  14. Development of a sensitive amplified luminescent proximity homogeneous assay to monitor the interactions between pTEFb and Tat.

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    Burlein, Christine; Bahnck, Carolyn; Bhatt, Triveni; Murphy, Dennis; Lemaire, Peter; Carroll, Steve; Miller, Michael D; Lai, Ming-Tain

    2014-11-15

    The viral transactivator protein (Tat) plays an essential role in the replication of human immunodeficiency type 1 virus (HIV-1) by recruiting the host positive transcription elongation factor (pTEFb) to the RNA polymerase II transcription machinery to enable an efficient HIV-1 RNA elongation process. Blockade of the interaction between Tat and pTEFb represents a novel strategy for developing a new class of antiviral agents. In this study, we developed a homogeneous assay in AlphaLISA (amplified luminescent proximity homogeneous assay) format using His-tagged pTEFb and biotinylated Tat to monitor the interaction between Tat and pTEFb. On optimizing the assay conditions, the signal-to-background ratio was found to be greater than 10-fold. The assay was validated with untagged Tat and peptides known to compete with Tat for pTEFb binding. The Z' of the assay is greater than 0.5, indicating that the assay is robust and can be easily adapted to a high-throughput screening format. Furthermore, the affinity between Tat and pTEFb was determined to be approximately 20 pM, and only 7% of purified Tat was found to be active in forming tertiary complex with pTEFb. Development of this assay should facilitate the discovery of a new class of antiviral agents providing HIV-1 patients with broader treatment choices. PMID:25132562

  15. An Amplifier Concept for Spintronics

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    Acremann, Y.; Yu, X.W.; Tulapurkar, A.A.; Scherz, A.; Chembrolu, V.; Katine, J.A.; Carey, M.J.; Siegmann, H.C.; Stohr, J.

    2009-05-11

    Typical spin-dependent devices proposed for information processing lack one of the most important features provided by charge based logic: they do not provide gain. In this letter we show the basic concept of a spin amplifier and propose ways to amplify a spin current at room temperature.

  16. DNA methylation levels analysis in four tissues of sea cucumber Apostichopus japonicus based on fluorescence-labeled methylation-sensitive amplified polymorphism (F-MSAP) during aestivation.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Ye; Chen, Muyan; Storey, Kenneth B; Sun, Lina; Yang, Hongsheng

    2015-03-01

    DNA methylation plays an important role in regulating transcriptional change in response to environmental stimuli. In the present study, DNA methylation levels of tissues of the sea cucumber Apostichopus japonicus were analyzed by the fluorescence-labeled methylation-sensitive amplified polymorphism (F-MSAP) technique over three stages of the aestivation cycle. Overall, a total of 26,963 fragments were amplified including 9112 methylated fragments among four sea cucumber tissues using 18 pairs of selective primers. Results indicated an average DNA methylation level of 33.79% for A. japonicus. The incidence of DNA methylation was different across tissue types in the non-aestivation stage: intestine (30.16%), respiratory tree (27.61%), muscle (27.94%) and body wall (56.25%). Our results show that hypermethylation accompanied deep-aestivation in A. japonicus, which suggests that DNA methylation may have an important role in regulating global transcriptional suppression during aestivation. Further analysis indicated that the main DNA modification sites were focused on intestine and respiratory tree tissues and that full-methylation but not hemi-methylation levels exhibited significant increases in the deep-aestivation stage. PMID:25461675

  17. A convenient and sensitive method for haloacetic acid analysis in tap water by on-line field-amplified sample-stacking CE-ESI-MS.

    PubMed

    Hung, Sih-Hua; Her, Guor-Rong

    2013-11-01

    In this study, we propose a simple strategy based on flow injection and field-amplified sample-stacking CE-ESI-MS/MS to analyze haloacetic acids (HAAs) in tap water. Tap water was passed through a desalination cartridge before field-amplified sample-stacking CE-ESI-MS/MS analysis to reduce sample salinity. With this treatment, the signals of the HAAs increased 300- to 1400-fold. The LODs for tap water analysis were in the range of 10 to 100 ng/L, except for the LOD of monochloroacetic acid (1 μg/L in selected-ion monitoring mode detection). The proposed method is fast, convenient, and sensitive enough to perform on-line analysis of five HAAs in the tap water of Taipei City. Four HAAs, including trichloroacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, dibromoacetic acid, and monobromoacetic acid, were detected at concentrations of approximately 1.74, 1.15, 0.16, and 0.15 ppb, respectively. PMID:24019225

  18. Evaluation of sensitivity for positive tone non-chemically and chemically amplified resists using ionized radiation: EUV, x-ray, electron and ion induced reactions

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    Oshima, Akihiro; Oyama, Tomoko Gowa; Washio, Masakazu; Tagawa, Seiichi

    2013-03-01

    The different exposure sources induce a different energy deposition in resist materials. Linear energy transfer (LET) effect for resist sensitivity is very important issue from the viewpoint of radiation induced chemical reactions for high-volume nanofabrication. The sensitivities of positive tone non-chemically (non-CA, ZEP) and chemically amplified (CA, UV-3) resist materials are evaluated using various ionized radiation such as EUV, soft X-rays, EB and various ion beams. Since the notations of sensitivity of resist vary with exposure sources, in order to evaluate systematically, the resist sensitivity were estimated in terms of absorbed dose in resist materials. Highly-monochromated EUV and soft X-rays (6.7 nm - 3.1 nm) from the BL27SU of the SPring-8, high energy ion beams (C6+, Ne10+, Mg12+, Si14+ , Ar18+, Kr36+ and Xe54+) with 6 MeV/u from MEXP of HIMAC, EB from low energy EB accelerator (Hamamatsu Photonics, EB-engine, 100 kV) and EB lithography system (30 keV and 75keV) were used for the exposure. For non-CA and CA resist materials, it was found that LET effects for sensitivity would be hardly observed except for heavier ion beams. Especially, in the case of the high energy ion beam less than Si14+ with 6 MeV/u, it is suggested that the radiation induced chemical reaction would be equivalent to EUV, soft X-ray and EB exposure. Hence, it indicates that the resist sensitivity could be systematically evaluated by absorbed dose in resist materials.

  19. Operational Amplifiers.

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    Foxcroft, G. E.

    1986-01-01

    Addresses the introduction of low cost equipment into high school and college physical science classes. Examines the properties of an "ideal" operational amplifier and discusses how it might be used under saturated and non-saturated conditions. Notes the action of a "real" operational amplifier. (TW)

  20. Depth-charge static and time-dependence perturbation/sensitivity system for nuclear reactor core analysis. [LMFBR

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    White, J.R.

    1981-09-01

    This report provides the background theory, user input, and sample problems required for the efficient application of the DEPTH-CHARGE system - a code block for both static and time-dependence perturbation theory and data sensitivity analyses. The DEPTH-CHARGE system is of modular construction and has been implemented within the VENTURE-BURNER computational system at Oak Ridge National Labortary. The DEPTH-CHARGE system provides, for the first time, a complete generalized first-order perturbation/sensitivity theory capability for both static and time-dependent analysis of realistic multidimensional reactor models.

  1. Amplifier Distortion

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    Keeports, David

    2006-12-01

    By definition, a high fidelity amplifier's instantaneous output voltage is directly proportional to its instantaneous input voltage. While high fidelity is generally valued in the amplification of recorded music, nonlinearity, also known as distortion, is desirable in the amplification of some musical instruments. In particular, guitar amplifiers exploit nonlinearity to increase both the harmonic content and sustain of a guitar's sound. I will discuss how both modifications in sound result from saturation of triode tubes and transistors. Additionally, I will describe the difference in the symmetry of saturation curves for transistors and tubes and the reason why tube guitar amplifiers are generally considered to be superior to solid-state amplifiers. Finally, I will discuss attempts to use solid-state electronics to replicate the sound of tube amplifiers.

  2. DEPTH-CHARGE static and time-dependent perturbation/sensitivity system for nuclear reactor core analysis. Revision I. [DEPTH-CHARGE code

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    White, J.R.

    1985-04-01

    This report provides the background theory, user input, and sample problems required for the efficient application of the DEPTH-CHARGE system - a code black for both static and time-dependent perturbation theory and data sensitivity analyses. The DEPTH-CHARGE system is of modular construction and has been implemented within the VENTURE-BURNER computational system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The DEPTH module (coupled with VENTURE) solves for the three adjoint functions of Depletion Perturbation Theory and calculates the desired time-dependent derivatives of the response with respect to the nuclide concentrations and nuclear data utilized in the reference model. The CHARGE code is a collection of utility routines for general data manipulation and input preparation and considerably extends the usefulness of the system through the automatic generation of adjoint sources, estimated perturbed responses, and relative data sensitivity coefficients. Combined, the DEPTH-CHARGE system provides, for the first time, a complete generalized first-order perturbation/sensitivity theory capability for both static and time-dependent analyses of realistic multidimensional reactor models. This current documentation incorporates minor revisions to the original DEPTH-CHARGE documentation (ORNL/CSD-78) to reflect some new capabilities within the individual codes.

  3. Sensitive identification of bluetongue virus serogroup by a colorimetric dual oligonucleotide sorbent assay of amplified viral nucleic acid.

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    Katz, J B; Alstad, A D; Gustafson, G A; Moser, K M

    1993-01-01

    A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) procedure coupled to an enzyme-linked oligonucleotide sorbent assay (ELOSA; a PCR-ELOSA) identified all 24 serotypic variants of bluetongue virus (BTV) without identifying any of six viruses belonging to the related epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus serogroup. The PCR-ELOSA detected 0.01 50% cell culture infectious doses of each serotype of BTV. The sensitivity and serogroup-wide specificity of the PCR-ELOSA may enable it to replace the more expensive, time-consuming, and biohazardous methods used in the identification of BTV. Images PMID:8263190

  4. Extreme chemical sensitivity of nonlinear conductivity in charge-ordered LuFe2O4

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    Cao, Shi; Li, Jun; Wang, Zhen; Tian, Huanfang; Qin, Yuanbin; Zeng, Lunjie; Ma, Chao; Yang, Huaixin; Li, Jianqi

    2012-01-01

    Nonlinear transport behaviors are crucial for applications in electronic technology. At the nonlinear critical turning point, the nonequilibrium states cause rich physics responses to environment. The corresponding study in this field is crucial for physics and industry application. Here nonlinear conductivity in charge-ordered (CO) LuFe2O4 has been demonstrated. Remarkable resistivity switching behavior was observed and the gas-sensing property can be reversibly tuned by a small alternation of partial pressure and/or chemical components of the environment. These facts allow us to use LuFe2O4 materials as a sensitive chemical gas sensor in technological applications. Careful analysis of the gas sensing process in LuFe2O4 suggests a novel sensing mechanism in sharp contrast with that discussed for the conventional gas sensors which depend fundamentally on surface chemical reactions. PMID:22448317

  5. Performance of a new monolithic eight channel charge sensitive preamplifier-shaper

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    Zimmerman, T.

    1991-08-01

    A monolithic eight channel CMOS time-invariant preamplifier/shaper has been designed and built by Chuck Britton of ORNL in collaboration with Ray Yarema and Tom Zimmerman of Fermilab. Each of the eight channels incorporates a charge sensitive preamplifier and two shaping stages. The resultant weighting function is similar to CR-RC{sup 3}. The peaking time is approximately 200 ns, and the charge gain approximately in the range of 50--70 mv/fc. The layout was done on a Tinychip pad frame and the device was fabricated in a 2{mu} P-well process by Orbit. Figure 1 shows the chip layout. The channels are on an 84{mu} pitch to fit on a Tinychip without folding the layout. The design can be easily expanded to a larger number of channels. This paper describes results of tests performed on this device at Fermilab. The tests were done with a bare die which was directly wirebonded to a printed circuit board. This minimizes parasitic effects which can become significant when using large packages. Results may be somewhat different when using the standard 40 pin package. 6 figs.

  6. Carbon nanomaterials as charge collectors in dye sensitized solar cells and tandems

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    Velten, Josef Aaron

    This research has set out to understand the physical and electrochemical properties of carbon nanomaterials as charge collector, catalyst and energy transfer induced redox couple modifier in dye sensitized solar cells, which may one day be a major source of electric power generation. This research focuses on (1) characterizing the use of carbon nanotubes, both single walled and multi walled, as catalyst and charge carrier collector (2) improving the performance of the carbon nanotubes with modification by graphene, and various doping (3) testing 2-d carbon nanomaterials, such as graphene and few layer graphene nanoribbons, characterizing an interesting new side effect of photobleaching the iodide/triiodide redox couple, and (4) using the flexibility of dry spun carbon nanotubes sheets and carbon nanotubes sheets for tandem structures and novel fiber architecture. A major motivation in using carbon nanostructures in dye sensitized solar cells is that the standard dye solar cell uses platinum coated on a transparent conductive oxide as the counter electrode. Platinum, a rare and costly metal, is subject to scarcity issues. With proper application, the single walled carbon nanotubes mats could be used for as a substitute that would give efficiencies equivalent to the reference dye solar cells with platinum, and the dry spun multi-walled carbon nanotubes were capable of achieving performance equivalent to platinum with mild doping and nanomaterials additives. The novel architectural design work performed here used these multi-walled carbon nanotubes taken in the form of dry spun sheets. The sheet, possessing a structure of its own, obviates the need for solution processing to create films, which allows it to be used for architectures that demand a freestanding sheet of carbon nanotubes or drawn into a fiber of bundled carbon nanotubes. These freestanding carbon nanotubes were used specifically for the tandem devices and the proposed fiber-based dye solar cells.

  7. Enhanced performance CCD output amplifier

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    Dunham, Mark E. (Los Alamos, NM); Morley, David W. (Santa Fe, NM)

    1996-01-01

    A low-noise FET amplifier is connected to amplify output charge from a che coupled device (CCD). The FET has its gate connected to the CCD in common source configuration for receiving the output charge signal from the CCD and output an intermediate signal at a drain of the FET. An intermediate amplifier is connected to the drain of the FET for receiving the intermediate signal and outputting a low-noise signal functionally related to the output charge signal from the CCD. The amplifier is preferably connected as a virtual ground to the FET drain. The inherent shunt capacitance of the FET is selected to be at least equal to the sum of the remaining capacitances.

  8. Enhanced charge collection in dye-sensitized solar cells utilizing collector-shell electrodes

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    Xiao, Manda; Huang, Fuzhi; Xiang, Wanchun; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Spiccia, Leone

    2015-03-01

    Nanostructured porous tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) films were prepared by screen printing of an ITO nanoparticle paste onto conducting fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates. The ITO films were subsequently coated with thin layers of TiO2 by the hydrolysis of TiCl4 to form the collector-shell photoelectrodes. The morphology of films was analysed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). It was found that a uniform coating of TiO2 was achieved when three or more deposition cycles were applied. Dye-sensitized solar cells were constructed with the collector-shell photoelectrodes using an electrolyte containing the [Co(bpy)3]2+/3+ (bpy = 2,2?-bipyridine) redox couple and MK-2, an organic sensitizer and efficiencies of 3.3% achieved. Charge transport in cells utilizing the collector-shell electrodes was found to be 2-6 times faster than those utilizing P25-based TiO2 electrodes.

  9. Monte Carlo investigation of the charge sharing effects in 3-D position sensitive CdZnTe gamma ray spectrometers

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    Du, Y.F.; He, Z.; Li, W.; Knoll, G.F.; Wehe, D.K.

    1999-08-01

    Charge sharing effects in a 3-D position sensitive CdZnTe detector have been investigated by Monte Carlo simulations and experimental measurements. The charge sharing is mainly caused by the range of electrons, x-ray emission following by photoelectric interactions, and the diffusion of charge carrier electrons during their drift towards the anodes. A simple model has been developed to include the diffusion effect in the Monte Carlo simulation. Good agreement has been achieved for various irradiation and bias conditions. Based on the model simulations, a 1 mm optimal pixel size is recommended for future 1 cm thick CZT detectors for 662 keV gamma rays.

  10. Improved radiographic image amplifier panel

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    Brown, R. L., Sr.

    1968-01-01

    Layered image amplifier for radiographic /X ray and gamma ray/ applications, combines very high radiation sensitivity with fast image buildup and erasure capabilities by adding a layer of material that is both photoconductive and light-emitting to basic image amplifier and cascading this assembly with a modified Thorne panel.

  11. LOGARITHMIC AMPLIFIER

    DOEpatents

    Wade, E.J.; Stone, R.S.

    1959-03-10

    Electronic,amplifier circuits, especially a logai-ithmic amplifier characterizxed by its greatly improved strability are discussed. According to the in ention, means are provided to feed bach the output valtagee to a diode in the amplifier input circuit, the diode being utilized to produce the logarithmic characteristics. The diode is tics, The diode isition therewith and having its filament operated from thc same source s the filament of the logarithmic diode. A bias current of relatively large value compareii with the signal current is continuously passed through the compiting dioie to render the diode insensitivy to variations in the signal current. by this odes kdu to variaelled, so that the stability of the amlifier will be unimpaired.

  12. Bidirectional amplifier

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    Wright, James T.

    1986-01-01

    A bilateral circuit is operable for transmitting signals in two directions without generation of ringing due to feedback caused by the insertion of the circuit. The circuit may include gain for each of the signals to provide a bidirectional amplifier. The signals are passed through two separate paths, with a unidirectional amplifier in each path. A controlled sampling device is provided in each path for sampling the two signals. Any feedback loop between the two signals is disrupted by providing a phase displacement between the control signals for the two sampling devices.

  13. Bidirectional amplifier

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    Wright, J.T.

    1984-02-02

    A bilateral circuit is operable for transmitting signals in two directions without generation of ringing due to feedback caused by the insertion of the circuit. The circuit may include gain for each of the signals to provide a bidirectional amplifier. The signals are passed through two separate paths, with a unidirectional amplifier in each path. A controlled sampling device is provided in each path for sampling the two signals. Any feedback loop between the two signals is disrupted by providing a phase displacement between the control signals for the two sampling devices.

  14. In situ amplified electrochemical aptasensing for sensitive detection of adenosine triphosphate by coupling target-induced hybridization chain reaction with the assembly of silver nanotags.

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    Zhou, Qian; Lin, Youxiu; Lin, Yuping; Wei, Qiaohua; Chen, Guonan; Tang, Dianping

    2016-01-01

    Biomolecular immobilization and construction of the sensing platform are usually crucial for the successful development of a high-efficiency detection system. Herein we report on a novel and label-free signal-amplified aptasensing for sensitive electrochemical detection of small molecules (adenosine triphosphate, ATP, used in this case) by coupling with target-induced hybridization chain reaction (HCR) and the assembly of electroactive silver nanotags. The system mainly consisted of two alternating hairpin probes, a partial-pairing trigger-aptamer duplex DNA and a capture probe immobilized on the electrode. Upon target ATP introduction, the analyte attacked the aptamer and released the trigger DNA, which was captured by capture DNA immobilized on the electrode to form a newly partial-pairing double-stranded DNA. Thereafter, the exposed domain at trigger DNA could be utilized as the initator strand to open the hairpin probes in sequence, and propagated a chain reaction of hybridization events between two alternating hairpins to form a long nicked double-helix. The electrochemical signal derived from the assembled silver nanotags on the nicked double-helix. Under optimal conditions, the electrochemical aptasensor could exhibit a high sensitivity and a low detection limit, and allowed the detection of ATP at a concentration as low as 0.03pM. Our design showed a high selectivity for target ATP against its analogs because of the high-specificity ATP-aptamer reaction, and its applicable for monitoring ATP in the spiking serum samples. Improtantly, the distinct advantages of the developed aptasensor make it hold a great potential for the development of simple and robust sensing strategies for the detection of other small molecules by controlling the apatmer sequence. PMID:26695229

  15. Enhanced charge transfer kinetics of CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cell by inorganic ligand exchange treatments.

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    Yun, Hyeong Jin; Paik, Taejong; Edley, Michael E; Baxter, Jason B; Murray, Christopher B

    2014-03-12

    Enhancement of the charge transfer rate in CdSe quantum dot (QD) sensitized solar cells is one of the most important criteria determining cell efficiency. We report a novel strategy for enhancing charge transfer by exchanging the native, long organic chain to an atomic ligand, S(2-), with a simple solid exchange process. S(2-)-ligand exchange is easily executed by dipping the CdSe QDs sensitized photoanode into a formamide solution of K2S. The results show that this exchange process leads to an enhancement of the electronic coupling between CdSe QD and TiO2 by removing the insulating organic barrier to charge transfer, while maintaining its quantum confined band structure. This treatment significantly increases the charge transfer rate at the interfacial region between CdSe QDs and TiO2 as well as between the CdSe QDs and Red/Ox coupling electrolyte, as verified by time-resolved photoluminescence and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. Finally, the S(2-)-treated photoanode exhibits a much higher photovoltaic performance than the conventional MPA or TGA-capped CdSe QDs sensitized solar cell. The findings reported herein propose an innovative route toward harvesting energy from solar light by enhancing the carrier charge transfer rate. PMID:24447012

  16. Amplified Policymaking

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    Prince, Katherine; Woempner, Carolyn

    2010-01-01

    This brief examines the policy implications of two drivers of change presented in the "2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning"-- Pattern Recognition and Amplified Organization. These drivers point toward a series of cultural shifts and illuminate how we are developing new ways of organizing, constructing, and managing knowledge.…

  17. Differential transimpedance amplifier circuit for correlated differential amplification

    DOEpatents

    Gresham, Christopher A. (Albuquerque, NM); Denton, M. Bonner (Tucson, AZ); Sperline, Roger P. (Tucson, AZ)

    2008-07-22

    A differential transimpedance amplifier circuit for correlated differential amplification. The amplifier circuit increase electronic signal-to-noise ratios in charge detection circuits designed for the detection of very small quantities of electrical charge and/or very weak electromagnetic waves. A differential, integrating capacitive transimpedance amplifier integrated circuit comprising capacitor feedback loops performs time-correlated subtraction of noise.

  18. Charging of quantum dots by sulfide redox electrolytes reduces electron injection efficiency in quantum dot sensitized solar cells.

    PubMed

    Zhu, Haiming; Song, Nianhui; Lian, Tianquan

    2013-08-01

    In quantum dot (QD) sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs), redox electrolytes act as hole scavengers to regenerate the QD ground state from its oxidized form, thus enabling a continuous device operation. However, unlike molecular sensitizers, QDs also have redox-active trap states within the band gap, which can be charged in the presence of redox electrolyte. The effects of electrolyte induced charging of QDs on the performance of QDSSCs have not been reported. Here, using steady-state and time-resolved absorption and emission spectroscopy, we show that CdSe/CdS3MLZnCdS2MLZnS2ML core/multishell QDs are charged in the presence of sulfide electrolytes due to the reduction of surface states. As a result, exciton lifetimes in these QDs are shortened due to an Auger recombination process. Such charging induced fast Auger recombination can compete effectively with electron transfer from QDs to TiO2 and reduce the electron injection efficiency in QDSSCs. We believe that the reported charging effects are present for most colloidal nanocrystals in the presence of redox media and have important implications for designing QD-based photovoltaic and photocatalytic devices. PMID:23865741

  19. Gated charged-particle trap

    DOEpatents

    Benner, W.H.

    1999-03-09

    The design and operation of a new type of charged-particle trap provides simultaneous measurements of mass, charge, and velocity of large electrospray ions. The trap consists of a detector tube mounted between two sets of center-bored trapping plates. Voltages applied to the trapping plates define symmetrically-opposing potential valleys which guide axially-injected ions to cycle back and forth through the charge-detection tube. A low noise charge-sensitive amplifier, connected to the tube, reproduces the image charge of individual ions as they pass through the detector tube. Ion mass is calculated from measurement of ion charge and velocity following each passage through the detector. 5 figs.

  20. Analysis of urinary neurotransmitters by capillary electrophoresis: sensitivity enhancement using field-amplified sample injection and molecular imprinted polymer solid phase extraction.

    PubMed

    Claude, Brengre; Nehm, Reine; Morin, Philippe

    2011-08-12

    Capillary electrophoresis (CE) has been investigated for the analysis of some neurotransmitters, dopamine (DA), 3-methoxytyramine (3-MT) and serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) at nanomolar concentrations in urine. Field-amplified sample injection (FASI) has been used to improve the sensitivity through the online pre-concentration samples. The cationic analytes were stacked at the capillary inlet between a zone of low conductivity - sample and pre-injection plug - and a zone of high conductivity - running buffer. Several FASI parameters have been optimized (ionic strength of the running buffer, concentration of the sample protonation agent, composition of the sample solvent and nature of the pre-injection plug). Best results were obtained using H(3)PO(4)-LiOH (pH 4, ionic strength of 80 mmol L(-1)) as running buffer, 100 ?mol L(-1) of H(3)PO(4) in methanol-water 90/10 (v/v) as sample solvent and 100 ?mol L(-1) of H(3)PO(4) in water for the pre-injection plug. In these conditions, the linearity was verified in the 50-300 nmol L(-1) concentration range for DA, 3-MT and 5-HT with a determination coefficient (r(2)) higher than 0.99. The limits of quantification (10 nmol L(-1) for DA and 3-MT, 5.9 nmol L(-1) for 5-HT) were 500 times lower than those obtained with hydrodynamic injection. However, if this method is applied to the analysis of neurotransmitters in urine, the presence of salts in the matrix greatly reduces the sensitivity of the FASI/CE-UV method.Therefore, a solid phase extraction (SPE) on a dedicated imprinted polymer (MIP) was developed to extract specific neurotransmitters, catecholamines, metanephrines and indolamines, from urine. Matrix salts were thus discarded after sample extraction on AFFINIMIP Catecholamine & Metanephrine (100mg) cartridge. Therefore, lower limits of quantification were determined in artificial urine (46 nmol L(-1) for DA, 11 nmol L(-1) for 3-MT and 6 nmol L(-1) for 5-HT).The application of this protocol MIP-SPE/FASI-CE-UV analysis of neurotransmitters in human urine gave rise to electropherograms with a very good base line and signal to noise ratios above 15. PMID:21704780

  1. Cryomicroscopy of radiation sensitive specimens on unmodified graphene sheets: Reduction of electron-optical effects of charging?

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    Sader, Kasim; Stopps, Martyn; Calder, Lesley J.; Rosenthal, Peter B.

    2013-01-01

    Images of radiation-sensitive specimens obtained by electron microscopy suffer a reduction in quality beyond that expected from radiation damage alone due to electron beam-induced charging or movement of the specimen. For biological specimens, charging and movement are most severe when they are suspended in an insulating layer of vitreous ice, which is otherwise optimal for preserving hydrated specimens in a near native state. We image biological specimens, including a single particle protein complex and a lipid-enveloped virus in thin, vitreous ice films over suspended sheets of unmodified graphene. We show that in such preparations, the charging of ice, as assessed by electron-optical perturbation of the imaging beam, is eliminated. We also use the same specimen supports to record high resolution images at liquid nitrogen temperature of monolayer paraffin crystals grown over graphene. PMID:23664842

  2. Charge-conversional and pH-sensitive PEGylated polymeric micelles as efficient nanocarriers for drug delivery.

    PubMed

    Liu, Gong-Yan; Li, Min; Zhu, Cong-Shan; Jin, Qiao; Zhang, Zong-Cai; Ji, Jian

    2014-09-01

    A novel amphiphilic copolymer, poly (ethylene glycol)-graft-polyethyleneimine/amide (PEG-g-PEI/amide), is synthesized by grafting PEG and1,2-cis-Cyclohexanedicarboxylic anhydride onto the PEI. PEGylated polymeric micelles can be assembled from the amphiphilic copolymers with well-defined nano-sizes, and anti-cancer drugs are successfully loaded into micelle core formed by the amide. The amides with neighboring carboxylic acid groups exhibit pH-dependent hydrolysis and can reversibly shield the cationic charge of amine groups on the PEI, giving the micelles a charge-conversion property from negative to positive in acidic tumor tissue environment. Meanwhile, the cleavage of amide bonds at acidic pH also results in the disassembly of the micelle and pH-responsive drug release. These micelles are promising drug delivery systems due to their smart properties: PEGylation, suitable size, charge-conversion, and simultaneous pH-sensitive drug release. PMID:24866398

  3. Calculation of rate constants for asymmetric charge transfer, and their effect on relative sensitivity factors in glow discharge mass spectrometry

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    Bogaerts, Annemie; Temelkov, Krassimir A.; Vuchkov, Nikolay K.; Gijbels, Renaat

    2007-04-01

    For this paper, we have calculated the rate coefficients for asymmetric charge transfer between Ar + ions and all elements of interest in analytical glow discharges, based on a semi-classical approach. These values were then used to make predictions on the relative sensitivity factors (RSFs) in glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) (VG9000 discharge cell) for various elements. The RSFs were calculated based on a transport factor, and an ionization factor, which comprises asymmetric charge transfer, Penning ionization and electron impact ionization. The ionization rates of these three processes were calculated explicitly, based on our earlier computer simulations, in combination with the rate coefficients and cross sections of the ionization processes for different elements. In this way, we are able to offer a rationalization of the experimental RSFs. It is demonstrated that variations in RSFs are largely determined by the occurrence of asymmetric charge transfer in the glow discharge plasma.

  4. Phase properties of multicomponent superposition states in various amplifiers

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    Lee, Kang-Soo; Kim, M. S.

    1994-01-01

    There have been theoretical studies for generation of optical coherent superposition states. Once the superposition state is generated it is natural to ask if it is possible to amplify it without losing the nonclassical properties of the field state. We consider amplification of the superposition state in various amplifiers such as a sub-Poissonian amplifier, a phase-sensitive amplifier and a classical amplifier. We show the evolution of phase probability distribution functions in the amplifier.

  5. Influences of cation charge density on the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells: lithium, sodium, potassium, and dimethylimidazolium.

    PubMed

    Shi, Yushuai; Wang, Yinghui; Zhang, Min; Dong, Xiandui

    2011-08-28

    We investigate the dependence of the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells on the cations with different charge densities, such as lithium (Li(+)), sodium (Na(+)), potassium (K(+)), and dimethylimidazolium (DMI(+)). The efficiencies of light harvesting, electron injection and charge collection were evaluated to clarify the influence of cation selection on photocurrent generation. It is found that the short-circuit photocurrents of DSCs gradually diminish with decreasing cation charge densities, partially owing to reduced electron injection rates which are intimately related to the reaction Gibbs free energies. Further experiments indicate that the upward movement of conduction band edge results in decreased reaction Gibbs free energy of electron injection from Li(+) to DMI(+). At an irradiation of 100 mW cm(-2) AM1.5 sunlight, the open-circuit photovoltage and the fill factor of a typical dye-sensitized solar cell increase in the order of Li(+) < Na(+) < K(+) < DMI(+). Analyses of impedance data reveal that the increase of cell photovoltage mainly correlates with the upward shift of the conduction band edge induced by the adsorption of low-charge-density cations on the surface of titania nanocrystals. A J-V model was proposed to understand the improvement of the fill factor. It is found that the increase of the fill factor stems from the decrease of recombination current density under the equilibrium state in the dark by fitting the J-V data with the model. PMID:21769357

  6. LC/ESI-MS/MS detection of FAs by charge reversal derivatization with more than four orders of magnitude improvement in sensitivity[S

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    Bollinger, James G.; Rohan, Gajendra; Sadilek, Martin; Gelb, Michael H.

    2013-01-01

    Quantitative analysis of fatty acids (FAs) is an important area of analytical biochemistry. Ultra high sensitivity FA analysis usually is done with gas chromatography of pentafluorobenzyl esters coupled to an electron-capture detector. With the popularity of electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometers coupled to liquid chromatography, it would be convenient to develop a method for ultra high sensitivity FA detection using this equipment. Although FAs can be analyzed by ESI in negative ion mode, this method is not very sensitive. In this study, we demonstrate a new method of FA analysis based on conversion of the carboxylic acid to an amide bearing a permanent positive charge, N-(4-aminomethylphenyl)pyridinium (AMPP) combined with analysis on a reverse-phase liquid chromatography column coupled to an ESI mass spectrometer operating in positive ion mode. This leads to an ∼60,000-fold increase in sensitivity compared with the same method carried out with underivatized FAs. The new method is about 10-fold more sensitive than the existing method of gas chromatography/electron-capture mass spectrometry of FA pentafluorobenzyl esters. Furthermore, significant fragmentation of the precursor ions in the nontag portion improves analytical specificity. We show that a large number of FA molecular species can be analyzed with this method in complex biological samples such as mouse serum. PMID:23945566

  7. Examination of the charge-sensitive vibrational modes in bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene.

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    Yamamoto, Takashi; Uruichi, Mikio; Yamamoto, Kaoru; Yakushi, Kyuya; Kawamoto, Atushi; Taniguchi, Hiromi

    2005-08-18

    We reinvestigated the two C=C stretching modes of the five-membered rings of ET (ET = bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene), namely, nu(2) (in-phase mode) and nu(27) (out-of-phase mode). The frequency of the nu(27) mode of ET(+) was corrected to be approximately 1400 cm(-1), which was identified from the polarized infrared reflectance spectra of (ET)(ClO(4)), (ET)(AuBr(2)Cl(2)), and the deuterium- or (13)C-substituted compounds of (ET)(AuBr(2)Cl(2)). It was clarified from DFT calculations that the frequency of the nu(27) mode of the flat ET(0) molecule was significantly different from that of the boat-shaped ET(0) molecule. We obtained the linear relationship between the frequency and the charge on the molecule, rho, for the flat ET molecule, which was shown to be nu(27)(rho) = 1398 + 140(1 - rho) cm(-1). The frequency shift due to oxidation is remarkably larger than that reported in previous studies. The fractional charges of several ET salts in a charge-ordered state can be successfully estimated by applying this relationship. Therefore, the nu(27) mode is an efficient probe to detect rho in the charge-transfer salts of ET. Similarly, a linear relationship for the nu(2) mode was obtained as nu(2)(rho) = 1447 + 120(1 - rho). This relationship was successfully applied to the charge-poor molecule of theta-type ET salts in the charge-ordered state but could not be applied to the charge-rich molecule. This discrepancy was semiquantitatively explained by the hybridization between the nu(2) and nu(3) modes. PMID:16852928

  8. Position sensitive anodes for MCP read-out using induced charge measurement

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    Jagutzki, O.; Lapington, J. S.; Worth, L. B. C.; Spillman, U.; Mergel, V.; Schmidt-Böcking, H.

    2002-01-01

    We investigate the method of an indirect detection of a MCP charge avalanche projected onto a resistive layer (G. Battistoni, et al., Nucl. Instr. and Meth., 202 (1982) 459). If the sheet resistance is favourable one can detect the charge cloud by the capacitive coupling to an anode structure a few millimetres behind the layer. The anode structure can be, for example, a wedge-and-strip electrode pattern (M. Unverzagt, Diplomarbeit, Universität Frankfurt 1992, private communication) as it is used for directly collecting the electron avalanche from a MCP. Detection of the induced charge is beneficial in several respects. Firstly, image distortions produced by secondary electron mediated charge redistribution are eliminated. Secondly, the noise component due to quantized charge collection, commonly referred to as partition noise, is not present. In addition, the dielectric substrate can function both as an element of the vacuum enclosure and HV insulator, making the electrical connections easily accessible and the pattern operable at ground potential, independently of detector operating voltages. This technique can be used to simplify the electronic design requirements where varying high voltages are required at the detector input face such as plasma analysers, etc. It also has application in the manufacture of intensifier tubes (J. Barnstedt, M. Grewing, Nucl. Instr. and Meth., these proceedings) where the inclusion of a readout pattern inside the intensifier body with associated electrical feed-throughs can prove problematic. We will present data on the performance of such detection geometries using several types of charge division anode, and discuss the advantages compared with the "traditional" charge collecting method.

  9. High-sensitivity single NV magnetometry by spin-to-charge state mapping

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    Jaskula, Jean-Christophe; Shields, Brendan; Bauch, Erik; Lukin, Mikhail; Walsworth, Ronald; Trifonov, Alexei

    2015-05-01

    Nitrogen-Vacancy (NV) centers in diamond are atom-like quantum system in a solid state matrix whom its structure allows optical readout of the electronic spin. However, the optimal duration of optical readout is limited by a singlet state lifetime making single shot spin readout out of reach. On the other side, the NV center charge state readout can be extremely efficient (up to 99% fidelity) by using excitation at 594 nm. We will present a new method of spin readout utilizing a spin-depending photoionization process to map the electronic spin state of the NV onto the its charge state. Moreover, pre-selection on the charged state allows to minimize data acquisition time. This scheme improves single NV AC magnetometry by a factor of 5 and will benefit other single NV center experiments as well.

  10. How well can charge transfer inefficiency be corrected? A parameter sensitivity study for iterative correction

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    Israel, Holger; Massey, Richard; Prod'homme, Thibaut; Cropper, Mark; Cordes, Oliver; Gow, Jason; Kohley, Ralf; Marggraf, Ole; Niemi, Sami; Rhodes, Jason; Short, Alex; Verhoeve, Peter

    2015-10-01

    Radiation damage to space-based charge-coupled device detectors creates defects which result in an increasing charge transfer inefficiency (CTI) that causes spurious image trailing. Most of the trailing can be corrected during post-processing, by modelling the charge trapping and moving electrons back to where they belong. However, such correction is not perfect - and damage is continuing to accumulate in orbit. To aid future development, we quantify the limitations of current approaches, and determine where imperfect knowledge of model parameters most degrades measurements of photometry and morphology. As a concrete application, we simulate 1.5 × 109 `worst-case' galaxy and 1.5 × 108 star images to test the performance of the Euclid visual instrument detectors. There are two separable challenges. If the model used to correct CTI is perfectly the same as that used to add CTI, 99.68 per cent of spurious ellipticity is corrected in our setup. This is because readout noise is not subject to CTI, but gets overcorrected during correction. Secondly, if we assume the first issue to be solved, knowledge of the charge trap density within Δρ/ρ = (0.0272 ± 0.0005) per cent and the characteristic release time of the dominant species to be known within Δτ/τ = (0.0400 ± 0.0004) per cent will be required. This work presents the next level of definition of in-orbit CTI calibration procedures for Euclid.

  11. Micrometre resolution of a charge integrating microstrip detector with single photon sensitivity

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    Schubert, A.; Bergamaschi, A.; David, C.; Dinapoli, R.; Elbracht-Leong, S.; Gorelick, S.; Graafsma, H.; Henrich, B.; Johnson, I.; Lohmann, M.; Mozzanica, A.; Radicci, V.; Rassool, R.; Schdler, L.; Schmitt, B.; Shi, X.; Sobott, B.

    2012-01-01

    A synchrotron beam has been used to test the spatial resolution of a single-photon-resolving integrating readout-chip coupled to a 320?m-thick silicon strip sensor with a dedicated readout system. Charge interpolation methods have yielded a spatial resolution of ?x ? 1.8?m for a 20?m-pitch strip. PMID:22514170

  12. Integrating a redox-coupled dye-sensitized photoelectrode into a lithium-oxygen battery for photoassisted charging.

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    Yu, Mingzhe; Ren, Xiaodi; Ma, Lu; Wu, Yiying

    2014-01-01

    With a high theoretical specific energy, the non-aqueous rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery is a promising next-generation energy storage technique. However, the large charging overpotential remains a challenge due to the difficulty in electrochemically oxidizing the insulating lithium peroxide. Recently, a redox shuttle has been introduced into the electrolyte to chemically oxidize lithium peroxide. Here, we report the use of a triiodide/iodide redox shuttle to couple a built-in dye-sensitized titanium dioxide photoelectrode with the oxygen electrode for the photoassisted charging of a lithium-oxygen battery. On charging under illumination, triiodide ions are generated on the photoelectrode, and subsequently oxidize lithium peroxide. Due to the contribution of the photovoltage, the charging overpotential is greatly reduced. The use of a redox shuttle to couple a photoelectrode and an oxygen electrode offers a unique strategy to address the overpotential issue of non-aqueous lithium-oxygen batteries and also a distinct approach for integrating solar cells and batteries. PMID:25277368

  13. Integrating a redox-coupled dye-sensitized photoelectrode into a lithium-oxygen battery for photoassisted charging

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    Yu, Mingzhe; Ren, Xiaodi; Ma, Lu; Wu, Yiying

    2014-10-01

    With a high theoretical specific energy, the non-aqueous rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery is a promising next-generation energy storage technique. However, the large charging overpotential remains a challenge due to the difficulty in electrochemically oxidizing the insulating lithium peroxide. Recently, a redox shuttle has been introduced into the electrolyte to chemically oxidize lithium peroxide. Here, we report the use of a triiodide/iodide redox shuttle to couple a built-in dye-sensitized titanium dioxide photoelectrode with the oxygen electrode for the photoassisted charging of a lithium-oxygen battery. On charging under illumination, triiodide ions are generated on the photoelectrode, and subsequently oxidize lithium peroxide. Due to the contribution of the photovoltage, the charging overpotential is greatly reduced. The use of a redox shuttle to couple a photoelectrode and an oxygen electrode offers a unique strategy to address the overpotential issue of non-aqueous lithium-oxygen batteries and also a distinct approach for integrating solar cells and batteries.

  14. Three dimensional indium-tin-oxide nanorod array for charge collection in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Lee, Byunghong; Guo, Peijun; Li, Shi-Qiang; Buchholz, D Bruce; Chang, Robert P H

    2014-10-22

    In this article, we report the design, fabrication, characterization, and simulation of three-dimensional (3D) dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), using ordered indium-tin-oxide (ITO) nanorod (NR) arrays as the photoanode, and compare them with conventional planar (2D) DSSCs. The ITO NR array used in the 3D cell greatly improves its performance by providing shorter electron pathways and reducing the recombination rate of the photogenerated electrons. We observed a 10-20% enhancement of the energy conversion efficiency, primarily due to an increased short circuit current. This finding supports the concept of using 3D photoanodes with optically transparent and conducting nanorods for the enhancement of the energy-harvesting devices that require short charge collection distance without sacrificing the optical thickness. Thus, unlike the conventional solar cell structure, the functions for photon collection and charge transport are decoupled to allow for improved cell designs. PMID:25147966

  15. High dynamic range charge measurements

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    De Geronimo, Gianluigi

    2012-09-04

    A charge amplifier for use in radiation sensing includes an amplifier, at least one switch, and at least one capacitor. The switch selectively couples the input of the switch to one of at least two voltages. The capacitor is electrically coupled in series between the input of the amplifier and the input of the switch. The capacitor is electrically coupled to the input of the amplifier without a switch coupled therebetween. A method of measuring charge in radiation sensing includes selectively diverting charge from an input of an amplifier to an input of at least one capacitor by selectively coupling an output of the at least one capacitor to one of at least two voltages. The input of the at least one capacitor is operatively coupled to the input of the amplifier without a switch coupled therebetween. The method also includes calculating a total charge based on a sum of the amplified charge and the diverted charge.

  16. KPiX, An Array of Self Triggered Charge Sensitive Cells Generating Digital Time and Amplitude Information

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    Freytag, D.; Herbst, R.; Brau, J.; Breidenbach, M.; Frey, R.; Haller, G.; Holbrook, B.; Lander, R.; Nelson, T.; Radeka, V.; Strom, D.; Tripathi, M.; /UC, Davis

    2008-12-11

    The Silicon Detector proposed for the International Linear Collider (ILC) requires electronic read-out that can be tightly coupled to the silicon detectors envisioned for the tracker and the electromagnetic calorimeter. The KPiX is a 1024-channel read-out chip that bump-bonds to the detector and communicates through a few digital signals, power, and detector bias. The KPiX front-end is a low-noise dual-range charge-amplifier with a dynamic range of 17 bit, achieved by autonomous switching of the feedback capacitor. The device takes advantage of the ILC duty cycle of 1 ms trains at 5 Hz rate by lowering the supply current after the data acquisition cycle for an average power consumption of <20 {micro}W/channel. During the 1 ms train, up to four events exceeding a programmable threshold can be stored, the amplitude as a voltage on a capacitor for subsequent digitization, the event time in digital format. The chip can be configured for other than ILC applications.

  17. The use of pH-sensitive positively charged polymeric micelles for protein delivery.

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    Gao, Guang Hui; Park, Min Jung; Li, Yi; Im, Geun Ho; Kim, Jae-Hoon; Kim, Hun Nyun; Lee, Jae Won; Jeon, Pyoung; Bang, Oh Young; Lee, Jung Hee; Lee, Doo Sung

    2012-12-01

    In this investigation, a nano-sized protein-encapsulated polymeric micelle was prepared by self-assembling human serum albumin (HSA) as a model protein and degradable block copolymer methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(?-amino ester) (PEG-PAE) with piperidine and imidazole rings. From the zeta potential measurement, the protein-encapsulated polymeric micelle showed a pH-tuning charge conversion from neutral to positive when pH decreases from 7.8 to 6.2. It was envisioned that the pH-tunable positively charged polymeric micelle could enhance the protein delivery efficiency and, simultaneously, target to the pH-stimuli tissue, such as cancerous tissue or ischemia. The pH-dependent particle size and scattering intensity were also measured and showed 50-70 nm particle size. Consequently, the circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy confirmed that the secondary structure of albumin was unaffected during the pH changing process. The in vitro cytotoxicity for the polymeric micelle was evaluated on MDA-MB-435 cell lines and no obvious toxicity could be observed when the polymer concentration was below 200 ?g/mL. To assess the ability of this pH-tunable positively charged polymeric micelle as a vehicle for protein delivery to in vivo acidic tissues, we utilized a disease rat model of cerebral ischemia that produced an acidic tissue due to its pathologic condition. The rat was intravenously injected with the Cy5.5-labled albumin-encapsulated polymeric micelle. We found a gradual increase in fluorescence signals of the brain ischemic area, indicating that the pH-tuning positively charged protein-encapsulated polymeric micelle could be effective for targeting the acidic environment and diagnostic imaging. PMID:23000386

  18. Effect of the photoinduced charge exchange of Ag+ ions on the sensitized luminescence of Eu3+ in oxide films

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    Malashkevich, G. E.; Shevchenko, G. P.; Stupak, A. P.; Bokshits, Yu. V.; Sukhodola, A. A.; Stanishevsky, I. V.

    2014-02-01

    It has been found that the excitation of silver ions by ultraviolet radiation in GeO2-Eu2O3-Ag and SiO2-Eu2O3-Ag films is accompanied by the weakening of silver-ion-sensitized luminescence of Eu3+ ions. The degree and rate of such weakening vary in wide ranges depending on the nature of the matrix, thermal treatment temperature, and energy of an exciting photon. The revealed effect has been explained by the photoinduced charge exchange of silver ions in complex Ag-Eu centers.

  19. Low cost instrumentation amplifier

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    Sturman, J. C.

    1974-01-01

    Amplifier can be used for many applications requiring high input impedance and common mode rejection, low drift, and gain accuracy on order of one percent. Performance of inexpensive amplifier approaches that of some commercial instrumentation amplifiers in many specifications.

  20. Enhanced Charge Separation Efficiency in Pyridine-Anchored Phthalocyanine-Sensitized Solar Cells by Linker Elongation.

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    Ikeuchi, Takuro; Agrawal, Saurabh; Ezoe, Masayuki; Mori, Shogo; Kimura, Mutsumi

    2015-11-01

    A series of zinc phthalocyanine sensitizers (PcS22-24) having a pyridine anchoring group are designed and synthesized to investigate the structural dependence on performance in dye-sensitized solar cells. The pyridine-anchor zinc phthalocyanine sensitizer PcS23 shows 79?% incident-photon to current-conversion efficiency (IPCE) and 6.1?% energy conversion efficiency, which are comparable with similar phthalocyanine dyes having a carboxylic acid anchoring group. Based on DFT calculations, the high IPCE is attributed with the mixture of an excited-state molecular orbital of the sensitizer and the orbitals of TiO2 . Between pyridine and carboxylic acid anchor dyes, opposite trends are observed in the linker-length dependence of the IPCE. The red-absorbing PcS23 is applied for co-sensitization with a carboxyl-anchor organic dye D131 that has a complementary spectral response. The site-selective adsorption of PcS23 and D131 on the TiO2 surface results in a panchromatic photocurrent response for the whole visible-light region of sun light. PMID:26222758

  1. Orbital Topology Controlling Charge Injection in Quantum-Dot-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Hansen, Thorsten; Žídek, Karel; Zheng, Kaibo; Abdellah, Mohamed; Chábera, Pavel; Persson, Petter; Pullerits, Tõnu

    2014-04-01

    Quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells are emerging as a promising development of dye-sensitized solar cells, where photostable semiconductor quantum dots replace molecular dyes. Upon photoexcitation of a quantum dot, an electron is transferred to a high-band-gap metal oxide. Swift electron transfer is crucial to ensure a high overall efficiency of the solar cell. Using femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy, we find the rate of electron transfer to be surprisingly sensitive to the chemical structure of the linker molecules that attach the quantum dots to the metal oxide. A rectangular barrier model is unable to capture the observed variation. Applying bridge-mediated electron-transfer theory, we find that the electron-transfer rates depend on the topology of the frontier orbital of the molecular linker. This promises the capability of fine tuning the electron-transfer rates by rational design of the linker molecules. PMID:26274464

  2. The effect of molecular aggregates over the interfacial charge transfer processes on dye sensitized solar cells

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    Planells, Miquel; Forneli, Amparo; Martinez-Ferrero, Eugenia; Sanchez-Diaz, Antonio; Sarmentero, Maria Angeles; Ballester, Pablo; Palomares, Emilio; O'Regan, Brian C.

    2008-04-14

    The electron transfer reaction between the photoinjected electrons in the nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} mesoporous sensitized films and the oxidized electrolyte in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) plays a major role on the device efficiency. In this communication we show that, although the presence of molecular aggregates on the free base porphyrin DSSC limits the device photocurrent response under illumination, they form an effective hydrophobic barrier against the oxidized electrolyte impeding fast back-electron transfer kinetics. Therefore, their drawback can be overcome by designing dyes with peripheral moieties that prevent the formation of the aggregates and are able to achieve efficiencies as high as 3.2% under full sun.

  3. Instantaneous generation of charge-separated state on TiO? surface sensitized with plasmonic nanoparticles.

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    Long, Run; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2014-03-19

    Photoexcitation of the plasmon band in metallic nanoparticles adsorbed on a TiO2 surface initiates many important photovoltaic and photocatalytic processes. The traditional view on the photoinduced charge separation involves excitation of a surface plasmon, its subsequent dephasing into electron-hole pairs, followed by electron transfer (ET) from the metal nanoparticle into TiO2. We use nonadiabatic molecular dynamics combined with time-domain density functional theory to demonstrate that an electron appears inside TiO2 immediately upon photoexcitation with a high probability (~50%), bypassing the intermediate step of electron-hole thermalization inside the nanoparticle. By providing a detailed, atomistic description of the charge separation, energy relaxation, and electron-hole recombination processes, the simulation rationalizes why the experimentally observed ultrafast photoinduced ET in an Au-TiO2 system is possible in spite of the fast energy relaxation. The simulation shows that the photogenerated plasmon is highly delocalized onto TiO2, and thus, it is shared by the electron donor and acceptor materials. In the 50% of the cases remaining after the instantaneous photogeneration of the charge-separated state, the electron injects into TiO2 on a sub-100 fs time scale by the nonadiabatic mechanism due to high density of acceptor states. The electron-phonon relaxation parallels the injection and is slower, resulting in a transient heating of the TiO2 surface by 40 K. Driven by entropy, the electron moves further into TiO2 bulk. If the electron remains trapped at the TiO2 surface, it recombines with the hole on a picosecond time scale. The obtained ET and recombination times are in excellent agreement with the experiment. The delocalized plasmon state observed in our study establishes a novel concept for plasmonic photosensitization of wide band gap semiconductors, leading to efficient conversion of photons to charge carriers and to hybrid materials with a wide variety of applications in photocatalysis and photovoltaics. PMID:24568726

  4. High-surface-area architectures for improved charge transfer kinetics at the dark electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hoffeditz, William L; Katz, Michael J; Deria, Pravas; Martinson, Alex B F; Pellin, Michael J; Farha, Omar K; Hupp, Joseph T

    2014-06-11

    Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) redox shuttles other than triiodide/iodide have exhibited significantly higher charge transfer resistances at the dark electrode. This often results in poor fill factor, a severe detriment to device performance. Rather than moving to dark electrodes of untested materials that may have higher catalytic activity for specific shuttles, the surface area of platinum dark electrodes could be increased, improving the catalytic activity by simply presenting more catalyst to the shuttle solution. A new copper-based redox shuttle that experiences extremely high charge-transfer resistance at conventional Pt dark electrodes yields cells having fill-factors of less than 0.3. By replacing the standard Pt dark electrode with an inverse opal Pt electrode fabricated via atomic layer deposition, the dark electrode surface area is boosted by ca. 50-fold. The resulting increase in interfacial electron transfer rate (decrease in charge-transfer resistance) nearly doubles the fill factor and therefore the overall energy conversion efficiency, illustrating the utility of this high-area electrode for DSCs. PMID:24828106

  5. An Acoustic Charge Transport Imager for High Definition Television Applications: Low-Voltage SAW Amplifiers on Multilayer GaAs/ZnO Substrates

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    Hunt, W. D.; Brennan, K. F.; Summers, C. J.; Cameron, Thomas P.

    1996-01-01

    This thesis addresses the acoustoelectric issues concerning the amplification of surface acoustic waves (SAWs) and the reflection of SAWs from slanted reflector gratings on GaAs, with application to a novel acoustic charge transport (ACT) device architecture. First a simple model of the SAWAMP was developed, which was subsequently used to define the epitaxially grown material structure necessary to provide simultaneously high resistance and high electron mobility. In addition, a segmented SAWAMP structure was explored with line widths on the order of an acoustic wavelength. This resulted in the demonstration of SAWAMPS with an order of magnitude less voltage and power requirements than previously reported devices. A two-dimensional model was developed to explain the performance of devices with charge confinement layers less then 0.5 mm, which was experimentally verified. This model was extended to predict a greatly increased gain from the addition of a ZnO overlay. These overlays were experimentally attempted, but no working devices were reported due to process incompatibilities. In addition to the SAWAMP research, the reflection of SAWs from slanted gratings on GaAs was also studied and experimentally determined reflection coefficients for both 45 deg grooves and Al stripes on GaAs have been reported for the first time. The SAWAMp and reflector gratings were combined to investigate the integrated ring oscillator for application to the proposed ACT device and design parameters for this device have been provided.

  6. Nanocomposite semi-solid redox ionic liquid electrolytes with enhanced charge-transport capabilities for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Rutkowska, Iwona A; Marszalek, Magdalena; Orlowska, Justyna; Ozimek, Weronika; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Kulesza, Pawel J; Grätzel, Michael

    2015-08-10

    The ability of Pt nanostructures to induce the splitting of the II bond in iodine (triiodide) molecules is explored here to enhance electron transfer in the iodine/iodide redox couple. Following the dispersal of Pt nanoparticles at 2 % (weight) level, charge transport was accelerated in triiodide/iodide-containing 1,3-dialkylimidazolium room-temperature ionic liquid. If both Pt nanoparticles and multi-walled carbon nanotubes were introduced into the ionic-liquid-based system, a solid-type (nonfluid) electrolyte was obtained. By using solid-state voltammetric (both sandwich-type and microelectrode-based) methodology, the apparent diffusion coefficients for charge transport increased to approximately 1×10(-6)  cm(2)  s(-1) upon the incorporation of the carbon-nanotube-supported iodine-modified Pt nanostructures. A dye-sensitized solar cell comprising TiO2 covered with a heteroleptic Ru(II) -type sensitizer (dye) and the semisolid triiodide/iodide ionic liquid electrolyte admixed with carbon-nanotube-supported Pt nanostructures yielded somewhat higher power conversion efficiencies (up to 7.9 % under standard reporting conditions) than those of the analogous Pt-free system. PMID:26119519

  7. Intensity ratio measurements for density sensitive lines of highly charged Fe ions

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    Ali, Safdar; Shimizu, Erina; Sakaue, Hiroyuki A.; Kato, Daiji; Murakami, Izumi; Yamamoto, Norimasa; Hara, Hirohisa; Watanabe, Tetsuya; Nakamura, Nobuyuki

    2015-07-01

    Intensity ratio of density sensitive emission lines emitted from Fe ions in the extreme ultraviolet region is important for astrophysics applications. We report high-resolution intensity ratio measurements for Fe ions performed at Tokyo EBIT laboratory by employing a flat-field grazing incidence spectrometer. The experimental intensity ratios of Fe X and Fe XII are plotted as a function of electron density for different electron beam currents. The experimental results are compared with the predicted intensity ratios from the model calculations.

  8. Improvement in light harvesting in a dye sensitized solar cell based on cascade charge transfer.

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    Yang, Lijun; Leung, Wallace Woon-Fong; Wang, Jingchuan

    2013-08-21

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) offer the potential of being low-cost, high-efficiency photovoltaic devices. However, the power conversion efficiency is limited as they cannot utilize all photons of the visible solar spectrum. A novel design of a core-shell photoanode is presented herein where a thin shell of infrared dye is deposited over the core of a sensitized TiO2 nanofiber. Specifically, a ruthenium based dye (N719) sensitized TiO2 nanofiber is wrapped by a thin shell of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc). In addition to broadening the absorption spectrum, this core-shell configuration further suppresses the electron-hole recombination process. Instead of adopting the typical Frster resonance energy transfer, upon photons being absorbed by the infrared dye, electrons are transferred efficiently through a cascade process from the CuPc to the N719 dye, the conduction band of TiO2, the FTO electrode and finally the external circuit. Concurrently, photons are also absorbed by the N719 dye with electrons being transferred in the cell. These additive effects result in a high power conversion efficiency of 9.48% for the device. The proposed strategy provides an alternative method for enhancing the performance of DSSCs for low-cost renewable energy in the future. PMID:23831867

  9. Understanding sensitization behavior of lead selenide photoconductive detectors by charge separation model

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    Zhao, Lihua E-mail: shi@ou.edu; Qiu, Jijun; Weng, Binbin; Chang, Caleb; Yuan, Zijian; Shi, Zhisheng E-mail: shi@ou.edu

    2014-02-28

    We introduce a charge separation model in this work to explain the mechanism of enhanced photoconductivity of polycrystalline lead salt photoconductors. Our results show that this model could clarify the heuristic fabrication processes of such lead salt detectors that were not well understood and often considered mysterious for nearly a century. The improved lifetime and performance of the device, e.g., responsivity, are attributed to the spatial separation of holes and electrons, hence less possibility of carrier recombination. This model shows that in addition to crystal quality the size of crystallites, the depth of outer conversion layer, and doping concentration could all affect detector performance. The simulation results agree well with experimental results and thus offer a very useful tool for further improvement of lead salt detectors. The model was developed with lead salt family of photoconductors in mind, but may well be applicable to a wider class of semiconducting films.

  10. Improvement in light harvesting in a dye sensitized solar cell based on cascade charge transfer

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    Yang, Lijun; Leung, Wallace Woon-Fong; Wang, Jingchuan

    2013-07-01

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) offer the potential of being low-cost, high-efficiency photovoltaic devices. However, the power conversion efficiency is limited as they cannot utilize all photons of the visible solar spectrum. A novel design of a core-shell photoanode is presented herein where a thin shell of infrared dye is deposited over the core of a sensitized TiO2 nanofiber. Specifically, a ruthenium based dye (N719) sensitized TiO2 nanofiber is wrapped by a thin shell of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc). In addition to broadening the absorption spectrum, this core-shell configuration further suppresses the electron-hole recombination process. Instead of adopting the typical Frster resonance energy transfer, upon photons being absorbed by the infrared dye, electrons are transferred efficiently through a cascade process from the CuPc to the N719 dye, the conduction band of TiO2, the FTO electrode and finally the external circuit. Concurrently, photons are also absorbed by the N719 dye with electrons being transferred in the cell. These additive effects result in a high power conversion efficiency of 9.48% for the device. The proposed strategy provides an alternative method for enhancing the performance of DSSCs for low-cost renewable energy in the future.Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) offer the potential of being low-cost, high-efficiency photovoltaic devices. However, the power conversion efficiency is limited as they cannot utilize all photons of the visible solar spectrum. A novel design of a core-shell photoanode is presented herein where a thin shell of infrared dye is deposited over the core of a sensitized TiO2 nanofiber. Specifically, a ruthenium based dye (N719) sensitized TiO2 nanofiber is wrapped by a thin shell of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc). In addition to broadening the absorption spectrum, this core-shell configuration further suppresses the electron-hole recombination process. Instead of adopting the typical Frster resonance energy transfer, upon photons being absorbed by the infrared dye, electrons are transferred efficiently through a cascade process from the CuPc to the N719 dye, the conduction band of TiO2, the FTO electrode and finally the external circuit. Concurrently, photons are also absorbed by the N719 dye with electrons being transferred in the cell. These additive effects result in a high power conversion efficiency of 9.48% for the device. The proposed strategy provides an alternative method for enhancing the performance of DSSCs for low-cost renewable energy in the future. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr01868g

  11. Quantum dynamics simulations of interfacial charge-transfer in organic dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Rego, Luis G. C.; da Silva, R.; Hoff, D. A.

    2013-03-01

    We describe a novel time-dependent quantum-mechanics/molecular-mechanics method for studying electron transfer in dye sensitized semiconductor interfaces, that takes into account the interacting electron-hole quantum dynamics, the underlying nuclear fluctuations and solvation dynamics. We provide a comprehensive investigation of the quantum dynamics, the electronic and the structural properties of prototypical D- π-A organic dyes sensitizing the TiO2 anatase surface, both in vacuum and solvated by liquid acetonitrile. The organic dyes are comprised of an electron donating moiety and an anchoring acceptor moiety, conjugated by thiophene bridges. Although interfacial electron transfer is very efficient, it is demonstrated that the coupling between the photoexcited electron and the hole delays the electron injection. Simulations demonstrate that the solvent screens the dye from the surface, narrowing the absorption peaks and delaying the electron injection. We have also studied several aspects that are relevant for the recombination process, such as the role played by surface defects and the interaction of redox species with the TiO2 surface, and the effect of additives. J. Phys. Chem. C 116, 21169 (2012). The authors acknowledge support from CNPq and CAPES, Brazil

  12. SQUARE WAVE AMPLIFIER

    DOEpatents

    Leavitt, M.A.; Lutz, I.C.

    1958-08-01

    An amplifier circuit is described for amplifying sigmals having an alternating current component superimposed upon a direct current component, without loss of any segnnent of the alternating current component. The general circuit arrangement includes a vibrator, two square wave amplifiers, and recombination means. The amplifier input is connected to the vibrating element of the vibrator and is thereby alternately applied to the input of each square wave amplifier. The detailed circuitry of the recombination means constitutes the novelty of the annplifier and consists of a separate, dual triode amplifier coupled to the output of each square wave amplifier with a recombination connection from the plate of one amplifier section to a grid of one section of the other amplifier. The recombination circuit has provisions for correcting distortion caused by overlapping of the two square wave voltages from the square wave amplifiers.

  13. A large-area position-sensitive time-of-flight counter for energetic neutrons and charged particles

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    Cierjacks, S.; Petkovi?, T.; Ullrich, H.; Gotta, D.; Ljungfelt, S.; imi?evi?, N.; Izycki, M.; Weber, P.; Weyer, H.-J.

    1985-08-01

    Design parameters and performance characteristics of a large position-sensitive scintillation counter developed for neutron and charged particle detection in the range from 10 MeV to 300 MeV are given. The time-of-flight (TOF) counter consists of thirty bars of 5 10 cm 2 cross section and 2 m length each arranged in a suitable counter matrix covering an overall effective detection area of 1 2 m 2. The individual bars have pulse height responses over the length uniform to 5% except close to the ends, position resolutions of almost 5 cm and intrinsic time dispersions of 450 ps. Typical integral neutron detection efficiencies are 19% for 50 MeV neutrons and 13% for 170 MeV neutrons at a pulse height threshold of 5 MeV electron-equivalent energy (MeV ee).

  14. Optimizing low-light microscopy with back-illuminated electron multiplying charge-coupled device: enhanced sensitivity, speed, and resolution.

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    Coates, Colin G; Denvir, Donal J; McHale, Noel G; Thornbury, Keith D; Hollywood, Mark A

    2004-01-01

    The back-illuminated electron multiplying charge-coupled device (EMCCD) camera is having a profound influence on the field of low-light dynamic cellular microscopy, combining highest possible photon collection efficiency with the ability to virtually eliminate the readout noise detection limit. We report here the use of this camera, in 512 x 512 frame-transfer chip format at 10-MHz pixel readout speed, in optimizing a demanding ultra-low-light intracellular calcium flux microscopy setup. The arrangement employed includes a spinning confocal Nipkow disk, which, while facilitating the need to both generate images at very rapid frame rates and minimize background photons, yields very weak signals. The challenge for the camera lies not just in detecting as many of these scarce photons as possible, but also in operating at a frame rate that meets the temporal resolution requirements of many low-light microscopy approaches, a particular demand of smooth muscle calcium flux microscopy. Results presented illustrate both the significant sensitivity improvement offered by this technology over the previous standard in ultra-low-light CCD detection, the GenIII+intensified charge-coupled device (ICCD), and also portray the advanced temporal and spatial resolution capabilities of the EMCCD. PMID:15568946

  15. Arginine side chain interactions and the role of arginine as a gating charge carrier in voltage sensitive ion channels

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    Armstrong, Craig T.; Mason, Philip E.; Anderson, J. L. Ross; Dempsey, Christopher E.

    2016-01-01

    Gating charges in voltage-sensing domains (VSD) of voltage-sensitive ion channels and enzymes are carried on arginine side chains rather than lysine. This arginine preference may result from the unique hydration properties of the side chain guanidinium group which facilitates its movement through a hydrophobic plug that seals the center of the VSD, as suggested by molecular dynamics simulations. To test for side chain interactions implicit in this model we inspected interactions of the side chains of arginine and lysine with each of the 19 non-glycine amino acids in proteins in the protein data bank. The arginine guanidinium interacts with non-polar aromatic and aliphatic side chains above and below the guanidinium plane while hydrogen bonding with polar side chains is restricted to in-plane positions. In contrast, non-polar side chains interact largely with the aliphatic part of the lysine side chain. The hydration properties of arginine and lysine are strongly reflected in their respective interactions with non-polar and polar side chains as observed in protein structures and in molecular dynamics simulations, and likely underlie the preference for arginine as a mobile charge carrier in VSD. PMID:26899474

  16. Arginine side chain interactions and the role of arginine as a gating charge carrier in voltage sensitive ion channels

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    Armstrong, Craig T.; Mason, Philip E.; Anderson, J. L. Ross; Dempsey, Christopher E.

    2016-02-01

    Gating charges in voltage-sensing domains (VSD) of voltage-sensitive ion channels and enzymes are carried on arginine side chains rather than lysine. This arginine preference may result from the unique hydration properties of the side chain guanidinium group which facilitates its movement through a hydrophobic plug that seals the center of the VSD, as suggested by molecular dynamics simulations. To test for side chain interactions implicit in this model we inspected interactions of the side chains of arginine and lysine with each of the 19 non-glycine amino acids in proteins in the protein data bank. The arginine guanidinium interacts with non-polar aromatic and aliphatic side chains above and below the guanidinium plane while hydrogen bonding with polar side chains is restricted to in-plane positions. In contrast, non-polar side chains interact largely with the aliphatic part of the lysine side chain. The hydration properties of arginine and lysine are strongly reflected in their respective interactions with non-polar and polar side chains as observed in protein structures and in molecular dynamics simulations, and likely underlie the preference for arginine as a mobile charge carrier in VSD.

  17. Variation of stress with charging rate due to strain-rate sensitivity of silicon electrodes of Li-ion batteries

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    Pharr, Matt; Suo, Zhigang; Vlassak, Joost J.

    2014-12-01

    Silicon is a promising anode material for lithium-ion batteries due to its enormous theoretical energy density. Fracture during electrochemical cycling has limited the practical viability of silicon electrodes, but recent studies indicate that fracture can be prevented by taking advantage of lithiation-induced plasticity. In this paper, we provide experimental insight into the nature of plasticity in amorphous LixSi thin films. To do so, we vary the rate of lithiation of amorphous silicon thin films and simultaneously measure stresses. An increase in the rate of lithiation results in a corresponding increase in the flow stress. These observations indicate that rate-sensitive plasticity occurs in a-LixSi electrodes at room temperature and at charging rates typically used in lithium-ion batteries. Using a simple mechanical model, we extract material parameters from our experiments, finding a good fit to a power law relationship between the plastic strain rate and the stress. These observations provide insight into the unusual ability of a-LixSi to flow plastically, but fracture in a brittle manner. Moreover, the results have direct ramifications concerning the rate-capabilities of silicon electrodes: faster charging rates (i.e., strain rates) result in larger stresses and hence larger driving forces for fracture.

  18. Multi-Spatial-Mode Noiseless Optical Amplifier

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    Corzo-Trejo, Neil; Marino, Alberto; Lett, Paul

    2012-06-01

    One of the most commonly-used optical linear amplifiers, the phase-insensitive amplifier (PIA), always degrades the signal-to-noise ratio of the amplified signal, and the degradation depends on the amount of gain. This problem can be avoided by the proper use of a phase-sensitive amplifier (PSA). An ideal PSA, under certain conditions, can amplify signals without degrading the signal-to-noise ratio of the input. In this sense, the PSA behaves as a noiseless amplifier. In particular, if the PSA can support multiple spatial modes it could perform noiseless amplification of images which is an important goal in imaging research. We implement a phase-sensitive optical amplifier using a four-wave mixing (4WM) process in rubidium vapor. We observe performance near the quantum limit for this type of amplifier over a range of experimental parameters. We compare the results to the ones expected for a PIA and find that our PSA behaves better than the PIA, as expected. Additionally, we observe that the amplifier supports multiple spatial modes (images) without a significant degradation of the input signal-to-noise ratio. To confirm the multi-spatial-mode character we study the behavior of the 4WM-based PSA for different spatial patterns and different spatial frequencies.

  19. Charge recombination mechanism to explain the negative capacitance in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lie-Feng, Feng; Kun, Zhao; Hai-Tao, Dai; Shu-Guo, Wang; Xiao-Wei, Sun

    2016-03-01

    Negative capacitance (NC) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) has been confirmed experimentally. In this work, the recombination behavior of carriers in DSC with semiconductor interface as a carrier’s transport layer is explored theoretically in detail. Analytical results indicate that the recombination behavior of carriers could contribute to the NC of DSCs under small signal perturbation. Using this recombination capacitance we propose a novel equivalent circuit to completely explain the negative terminal capacitance. Further analysis based on the recombination complex impedance show that the NC is inversely proportional to frequency. In addition, analytical recombination resistance is composed by the alternating current (AC) recombination resistance (Rrac) and the direct current (DC) recombination resistance (Rrdc), which are caused by small-signal perturbation and the DC bias voltage, respectively. Both of two parts will decrease with increasing bias voltage. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11204209 and 60876035) and the Natural Science Foundation of Tianjin City, China (Grant No. 13JCZDJC32800).

  20. Signal and noise analysis of a-Si:H radiation detector-amplifier system

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    Cho, Gyuseong

    1992-03-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) has potential advantages in making radiation detectors for many applications because of its deposition capability on a large-area substrate and its high radiation resistance. Position-sensitive radiation detectors can be made out of a 1d strip or a 2-d pixel array of a Si:H pin diodes. In addition, signal processing electronics can be made by thin-film transistors on the same substrate. The calculated radiation signal, based on a simple charge collection model agreed well with results from various wave length light sources and 1 MeV beta particles on sample diodes. The total noise of the detection system was analyzed into (a) shot noise and (b) 1/f noise from a detector diode, and (c) thermal noise and (d) 1/f noise from the frontend TFT of a charge-sensitive preamplifier. the effective noise charge calculated by convoluting these noise power spectra with the transfer function of a CR-RC shaping amplifier showed a good agreement with the direct measurements of noise charge. The derived equations of signal and noise charge can be used to design an a-Si:H pixel detector amplifier system optimally. Signals from a pixel can be readout using switching TFTs, or diodes. Prototype tests of a double-diode readout scheme showed that the storage time and the readout time are limited by the resistances of the reverse-biased pixel diode and the forward biased switching diodes respectively. A prototype charge-sensitive amplifier was made using poly-Si TFTs to test the feasibility of making pixel-level amplifiers which would be required in small-signal detection. The measured overall gain-bandwidth product was {approximately}400 MHz and the noise charge {approximately}1000 electrons at a 1 {mu}sec shaping time. When the amplifier is connected to a pixel detector of capacitance 0.2 pF, it would give a charge-to-voltage gain of {approximately}0.02 mV/electron with a pulse rise time less than 100 nsec and a dynamic range of 48 dB.

  1. Amplified OTDR systems for multipoint corrosion monitoring.

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    Nascimento, Jehan F; Silva, Marcionilo J; Coêlho, Isnaldo J S; Cipriano, Eliel; Martins-Filho, Joaquim F

    2012-01-01

    We present two configurations of an amplified fiber-optic-based corrosion sensor using the optical time domain reflectometry (OTDR) technique as the interrogation method. The sensor system is multipoint, self-referenced, has no moving parts and can measure the corrosion rate several kilometers away from the OTDR equipment. The first OTDR monitoring system employs a remotely pumped in-line EDFA and it is used to evaluate the increase in system reach compared to a non-amplified configuration. The other amplified monitoring system uses an EDFA in booster configuration and we perform corrosion measurements and evaluations of system sensitivity to amplifier gain variations. Our experimental results obtained under controlled laboratory conditions show the advantages of the amplified system in terms of longer system reach with better spatial resolution, and also that the corrosion measurements obtained from our system are not sensitive to 3 dB gain variations. PMID:22737017

  2. A Validated High-Throughput Fluorometric Method for Determination of Omeprazole in Quality Control Laboratory via Charge Transfer Sensitized Fluorescence.

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    Mahmoud, Ashraf M; Ahmed, Sameh A

    2016-03-01

    A high-throughput 96-microwell plate fluorometric method was developed and validated to determine omeprazole (OMZ) in its dosage forms. The method was based on the charge-transfer (CT) sensitized fluorescence reaction of OMZ with 2, 3-dichloro-5, 6-dicyano-1, 4-benzoquinone (DDQ). This fluorescence reaction provided a new approach for simple, sensitive and selective determinations of OMZ in pharmaceutical preparations. In the present method, the fluorescence reaction was carried out in 96-microwell plates as reaction vessels in order to increase the automation of the methodology and the efficiency of its use in quality control laboratories. All factors affecting the fluorescence reaction were carefully studied and the conditions were optimized. The stoichiometry of the fluorescence reaction between OMZ and DDQ was determined and the reaction mechanism was suggested. Under the optimum conditions, the linear range was 100-6000ng/ml with the lowest LOD of 33ng/ml. Analytical performance of the proposed assay, in terms of accuracy and precision, was statistically validated and the results were satisfactory; RSD was <2.6% and the accuracy was 98.6-101.6%. The method was successfully applied to the analysis of OMZ in its dosage forms; the recovery values were 98.26-99.600.95-2.22%. The developed methodology may provide a safer, automated and economic tool for the analysis of OMZ in quality control laboratories. PMID:26634706

  3. Cross-differential amplifier

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    Hajimiri, Seyed-Ali (Inventor); Kee, Scott D. (Inventor); Aoki, Ichiro (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A cross-differential amplifier is provided. The cross-differential amplifier includes an inductor connected to a direct current power source at a first terminal. A first and second switch, such as transistors, are connected to the inductor at a second terminal. A first and second amplifier are connected at their supply terminals to the first and second switch. The first and second switches are operated to commutate the inductor between the amplifiers so as to provide an amplified signal while limiting the ripple voltage on the inductor and thus limiting the maximum voltage imposed across the amplifiers and switches.

  4. Hybrid matrix amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Martens, Jon S.; Hietala, Vincent M.; Plut, Thomas A.

    1995-01-01

    The present invention comprises a novel matrix amplifier. The matrix amplifier includes an active superconducting power divider (ASPD) having N output ports; N distributed amplifiers each operatively connected to one of the N output ports of the ASPD; and a power combiner having N input ports each operatively connected to one of the N distributed amplifiers. The distributed amplifier can included M stages of amplification by cascading superconducting active devices. The power combiner can include N active elements. The resulting (N.times.M) matrix amplifier can produce signals of high output power, large bandwidth, and low noise.

  5. Cross-differential amplifier

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    Hajimiri, Seyed-Ali (Inventor); Kee, Scott D. (Inventor); Aoki, Ichiro (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    A cross-differential amplifier is provided. The cross-differential amplifier includes an inductor connected to a direct current power source at a first terminal. A first and second switch, such as transistors, are connected to the inductor at a second terminal. A first and second amplifier are connected at their supply terminals to the first and second switch. The first and second switches are operated to commutate the inductor between the amplifiers so as to provide an amplified signal while limiting the ripple voltage on the inductor and thus limiting the maximum voltage imposed across the amplifiers and switches.

  6. Hybrid matrix amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Martens, J.S.; Hietala, V.M.; Plut, T.A.

    1995-01-03

    The present invention comprises a novel matrix amplifier. The matrix amplifier includes an active superconducting power divider (ASPD) having N output ports; N distributed amplifiers each operatively connected to one of the N output ports of the ASPD; and a power combiner having N input ports each operatively connected to one of the N distributed amplifiers. The distributed amplifier can included M stages of amplification by cascading superconducting active devices. The power combiner can include N active elements. The resulting (N[times]M) matrix amplifier can produce signals of high output power, large bandwidth, and low noise. 6 figures.

  7. Cross-differential amplifier

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    Hajimiri, Seyed-Ali (Inventor); Kee, Scott D. (Inventor); Aoki, Ichiro (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A cross-differential amplifier is provided. The cross-differential amplifier includes an inductor connected to a direct current power source at a first terminal. A first and second switch, such as transistors, are connected to the inductor at a second terminal. A first and second amplifier are connected at their supply terminals to the first and second switch. The first and second switches are operated to commutate the inductor between the amplifiers so as to provide an amplified signal while limiting the ripple voltage on the inductor and thus limiting the maximum voltage imposed across the amplifiers and switches.

  8. Cross-differential amplifier

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    Hajimiri, Seyed-Ali (Inventor); Kee, Scott D. (Inventor); Aoki, Ichiro (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A cross-differential amplifier is provided. The cross-differential amplifier includes an inductor connected to a direct current power source at a first terminal. A first and second switch, such as transistors, are connected to the inductor at a second terminal. A first and second amplifier are connected at their supply terminals to the first and second switch. The first and second switches are operated to commutate the inductor between the amplifiers so as to provide an amplified signal while limiting the ripple voltage on the inductor and thus limiting the maximum voltage imposed across the amplifiers and switches.

  9. High efficiency class-I audio power amplifier using a single adaptive supply

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    Zhenfei, Peng; Shanshand, Yang; Yong, Feng; Yang, Liu; Zhiliang, Hong

    2012-09-01

    A high efficiency class-I linear audio power amplifier (PA) with an adaptive supply is presented. Its efficiency is improved by a dynamic supply to reduce the power transistors' voltage drop. A gain compression technique is adopted to make the amplifier accommodate a single positive supply. Circuit complicity and chip area are reduced because no charge pump is necessary for the negative supply. A common shared mode voltage and a symmetric layout pattern are used to minimize the non-linearity. A peak efficiency of 80% is reached at peak output power. The measured THD+N before and after the supply switching point are 0.01% and 0.05%, respectively. The maximum output power is 410 mW for an 8 Ω speaker load. Unlike switching amplifiers, the class-I amplifier operates as a linear amplifier and hence has a low EMI. The advantage of a high efficiency and low EMI makes the class-I amplifier suitable for portable and RF sensitive applications.

  10. Progress on diamond amplified photo-cathode

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    Wang, E.; Ben-Zvi, I.; Burrill, A.; Kewisch, J.; Chang, X.; Rao, T.; Smedley, J.; Wu, Q.; Muller, E.; Xin, T.

    2011-03-28

    Two years ago, we obtained an emission gain of 40 from the Diamond Amplifier Cathode (DAC) in our test system. In our current systematic study of hydrogenation, the highest gain we registered in emission scanning was 178. We proved that our treatments for improving the diamond amplifiers are reproducible. Upcoming tests planned include testing DAC in a RF cavity. Already, we have designed a system for these tests using our 112 MHz superconducting cavity, wherein we will measure DAC parameters, such as the limit, if any, on emission current density, the bunch charge, and the bunch length. The diamond-amplified photocathode, that promises to support a high average current, low emittance, and a highly stable electron beam with a long lifetime, is under development for an electron source. The diamond, functioning as a secondary emitter amplifies the primary current, with a few KeV energy, that comes from the traditional cathode. Earlier, our group recorded a maximum gain of 40 in the secondary electron emission from a diamond amplifier. In this article, we detail our optimization of the hydrogenation process for a diamond amplifier that resulted in a stable emission gain of 140. We proved that these characteristics are reproducible. We now are designing a system to test the diamond amplifier cathode using an 112MHz SRF gun to measure the limits of the emission current's density, and on the bunch charge and bunch length.

  11. Long-Lived Charge Separated State in NiO-Based p-Type Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with Simple Cyclometalated Iridium Complexes.

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    Gennari, Marcello; Lgalit, Florent; Zhang, Lei; Pellegrin, Yann; Blart, Errol; Fortage, Jrme; Brown, Allison M; Deronzier, Alain; Collomb, Marie-Nolle; Boujtita, Mohammed; Jacquemin, Denis; Hammarstrm, Leif; Odobel, Fabrice

    2014-07-01

    Three new cyclometalated iridium complexes were prepared and investigated on nanocrystalline NiO cathodes. Nanosecond transient absorption spectroscopy experiments show they present a surprisingly slow geminate charge recombination upon excitation on NiO, representing thus the first examples of simple sensitizers with such feature. These complexes were used in dye-sensitized solar cells using nanocrystalline NiO film as semiconductor. The long-lived charge separated state of these Ir complexes make them compatible with other redox mediators than I3(-)/I(-), such as a cobalt electrolyte and enable to reach significantly high open circuit voltage. PMID:26279543

  12. Portable musical instrument amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Christian, David E. (Danbury, CT)

    1990-07-24

    The present invention relates to a musical instrument amplifier which is particularly useful for electric guitars. The amplifier has a rigid body for housing both the electronic system for amplifying and processing signals from the guitar and the system's power supply. An input plug connected to and projecting from the body is electrically coupled to the signal amplifying and processing system. When the plug is inserted into an output jack for an electric guitar, the body is rigidly carried by the guitar, and the guitar is operatively connected to the electrical amplifying and signal processing system without use of a loose interconnection cable. The amplifier is provided with an output jack, into which headphones are plugged to receive amplified signals from the guitar. By eliminating the conventional interconnection cable, the amplifier of the present invention can be used by musicians with increased flexibility and greater freedom of movement.

  13. Holevo capacity of attenuation channels assisted by linear amplifiers

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    Sohma, Masaki; Hirota, Osamu

    2007-08-15

    We derive a capacity formula for attenuation channels assisted by quantum linear amplifiers when the input signal states are restricted to Gaussian states with the same correlation matrix. A phase insensitive linear amplifier and a phase sensitive linear amplifier are compared by using this formula.

  14. The effect of hydrophobic absorbent for reducing charge recombination to improve dye-sensitized solar cell performance

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    Sae-Kung, C.; Hatha, E.; Sichanugrist, P.; Pungwiwut, N.; Laosooksathit, S.

    2007-09-01

    Normally, it has been widely acceptable that dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) plays important roles compared to the conventional solar cells such as monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and even amorphous silicon in accordance with its low manufacturing and fabrication cost. However, the DSSC consists of many interfaces between anode and cathode such as semiconductor to dye and dye to electrolyte and electrolyte to platinum catalyst at the cathode. Therefore, the effect of charge recombination at dye-electrolyte interface is a major role to cell efficiency. One of major implementations to alleviate the recombination effect could be efficiently solved by adding hydrophobic co-adsorbent to dye solution. The co-absorbent molecule will be anchored to titanium dioxide semiconductor like dye and can be the barrier to protect the interface of the triiodide, dye and mesoporous titanium dioxide (TiO II). In our works, we investigate on various hydrophobic co-adsorbent such as 1-adamantane acetic acid, cholic acid and chenodeoxy cholic acid. The amounts of the co-absorbent were varied as well as the amount of dye N719. It was found that the cholic and chenodeoxy cholic acid increase photovoltage and photocurrent, especially when the concentration was increased. This may be due to shift of conduction band (CB) to negative direction by the co-absorbent but 1-adamantane-acetic acid could not resist charge recombination. In addition multilayer of titanium dioxide was also studied on the effect of conversion efficiency. The maximum 4 layers of TiO II provided the best cell performance of 8.3 efficiency with the presence of cholic acid.

  15. A sensitive non-derivatization method for apramycin and impurities analysis using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography and charged aerosol detection.

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    Long, Zhen; Guo, Zhimou; Liu, Xiaoda; Zhang, Qi; Liu, Xingguo; Jin, Yan; Liang, Lina; Li, Huisu; Wei, Jie; Wu, Ningpeng

    2016-01-01

    A sensitive non-derivatization method was developed for the analysis of apramycin and impurites using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) and charged aerosol detection (CAD). Sample was pretreated with an effective SPE method (recovery >90%) to remove interference with apramycin impurities from sulfate, then analyzed with direct injection. Different chromatography modes of separation and choices of HILIC column were investigated in search of a direct analysis method. The HILIC-CAD method was optimized using a cysteine-bonded zwitterionic HILIC column and compared to the strong cation exchange-ultraviolet (SCX-UV) method with post-column derivatization recommended by the Chinese Pharmacopoeia (veterinary) 2010. The improved chromatographic resolution and peak shape with the HILIC-charged aerosol detection method allows for increase of sample load to 48.9µg from only 2.8µg with the SCX-UV approach. More than 16 impurities were detected with this method with improved resolution, and four were identified with MS, while only 7 impurities were detected with the SCX-UV method. Moreover, the current method has a good precision and reproducibility. The intra-day and inter-day of peak area variability was less than or equal to 4.760% RSD and 9.950%, respectively. The average limit of detection and quantization was 80ng and 200ng injected on the column, respectively. The overall results demonstrated that the presented method can be used as an alternative to SCX-UV method in the analysis of apramycin and impurities. PMID:26695285

  16. Modulated charge injection in p-type dye-sensitized solar cells using fluorene-based light absorbers.

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    Liu, Zonghao; Xiong, Dehua; Xu, Xiaobao; Arooj, Qudsia; Wang, Huan; Yin, Liyuan; Li, Wenhui; Wu, Huaizhi; Zhao, Zhixin; Chen, Wei; Wang, Mingkui; Wang, Feng; Cheng, Yi-Bing; He, Hongshan

    2014-03-12

    In this study, new pull-push arylamine-fluorene based organic dyes zzx-op1, zzx-op2, and zzx-op3 have been designed and synthesized for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells (p-DSCs). In zzx-op1, a di(p-carboxyphenyl)amine (DCPA) was used as an electron donor, a perylenemonoimide (PMID) as an electron acceptor, and a fluorene (FLU) unit with two aliphatic hexyl chains as a ?-conjugated linker. In zzx-op2 and zzx-op3, a 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) and a thiophene were inserted consecutively between PMID and FLU to tune the energy levels of the frontier molecular orbitals of the dyes. The structural modification broadened the spectral coverage from an onset of 700 nm for zzx-op1 to 750 nm for zzx-op3. The electron-rich EDOT and thiophene lifted up the HOMO (highest occupied molecular orbital) levels of zzx-op2 and zzx-op3, making their potential more negative than zzx-op1. When three dyes were employed in p-type DSCs with I(-)/I3(-) as a redox couple and NiO nanoparticles as hole materials, zzx-op1 exhibited impressive energy conversion efficiency of 0.184% with the open-circuit voltage (VOC) of 112 mV and the short-circuit current density (JSC) of 4.36 mA cm(-2) under AM 1.5G condition. Density functional theory calculations, transient photovoltage decay measurements, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopic studies revealed that zzx-op1 sensitized solar cell exhibited much higher charge injection efficiency (90.3%) than zzx-op2 (53.9%) and zzx-op3 (39.0%), indicating a trade-off between spectral broadening and electron injection driving force in p-type DSCs. PMID:24521135

  17. Laser amplifier chain

    DOEpatents

    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.

    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. Highly sensitive protein detection by combination of atomic force microscopy fishing with charge generation and mass spectrometry analysis.

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    Ivanov, Yuri D; Pleshakova, Tatyana; Malsagova, Krystina; Kozlov, Andrey; Kaysheva, Anna; Kopylov, Arthur; Izotov, Alexander; Andreeva, Elena; Kanashenko, Sergey; Usanov, Sergey; Archakov, Alexander

    2014-10-01

    An approach combining atomic force microscopy (AFM) fishing and mass spectrometry (MS) analysis to detect proteins at ultra-low concentrations is proposed. Fishing out protein molecules onto a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite surface coated with polytetrafluoroethylene film was carried out with and without application of an external electric field. After that they were visualized by AFM and identified by MS. It was found that injection of solution leads to charge generation in the solution, and an electric potential within the measuring cell is induced. It was demonstrated that without an external electric field in the rapid injection input of diluted protein solution the fishing is efficient, as opposed to slow fluid input. The high sensitivity of this method was demonstrated by detection of human serum albumin and human cytochrome b5 in 10(-17) -10(-18) m water solutions. It was shown that an external negative voltage applied to highly oriented pyrolytic graphite hinders the protein fishing. The efficiency of fishing with an external positive voltage was similar to that obtained without applying any voltage. PMID:25145394

  20. Semiconductor hierarchically structured flower-like clusters for dye-sensitized solar cells with nearly 100% charge collection efficiency.

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    Xin, Xukai; Liu, Hsiang-Yu; Ye, Meidan; Lin, Zhiqun

    2013-11-21

    By combining the ease of producing ZnO nanoflowers with the advantageous chemical stability of TiO2, hierarchically structured hollow TiO2 flower-like clusters were yielded via chemical bath deposition (CBD) of ZnO nanoflowers, followed by their conversion into TiO2 flower-like clusters in the presence of TiO2 precursors. The effects of ZnO precursor concentration, precursor amount, and reaction time on the formation of ZnO nanoflowers were systematically explored. Dye-sensitized solar cells fabricated by utilizing these hierarchically structured ZnO and TiO2 flower clusters exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 1.16% and 2.73%, respectively, under 100 mW cm(-2) illumination. The intensity modulated photocurrent/photovoltage spectroscopy (IMPS/IMVS) studies suggested that flower-like structures had a fast electron transit time and their charge collection efficiency was nearly 100%. PMID:24081015

  1. Structure and charging of hydrophobic material/water interfaces studied by phase-sensitive sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy

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    Tian, C. S.; Shen, Y. R.

    2009-01-01

    We have studied the hydrophobic water/octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) interface by using the phase-sensitive sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy (PS-SFVS), and we obtained detailed structural information of the interface at the molecular level. Excess ions emerging at the interface were detected by changes of the surface vibrational spectrum induced by the surface field created by the excess ions. Both hydronium (H3O+) and hydroxide (OH?) ions were found to adsorb at the interface, and so did other negative ions such as Cl?. By varying the ion concentrations in the bulk water, their adsorption isotherms were measured. It was seen that among the three, OH? has the highest adsorption energy, and H3O+ has the lowest; OH? also has the highest saturation coverage, and Cl? has the lowest. The result shows that even the neat water/OTS interface is not neutral, but charged with OH? ions. The result also explains the surprising observation that the isoelectric point appeared at ?3.0 when HCl was used to decrease the pH starting from neat water. PMID:19706483

  2. Charge integrating type position-sensitive proportional chamber for time-resolved measurements using intense X-ray sources

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    Mochiki, Koh-ichi; Hasegawa, Ken-ichi

    1985-02-01

    A position-sensitive detecting system for time-resolved diffraction measurements with very intensive X-ray sources has been developed. It consists of a charge integrating type gas-filled detector, multichannel analog multiplexers, a signal processor and a memory (120 ch.×128 phases×24 bits). The detector is 120 mm long in effective length by 10 mm×10 mm in cross section with a single anode of 20 μm diameter. One of the cathode planes consists of 120 cathode strips with a pitch of 1 mm. The spatial resolution is equal to the pitch under a certain detector current limit. The gas gain is adjustable to an appropriate value according to the X-ray intensity range of interest. For experiments with 8 keV X-ray sources, maximum absorption rates of 9×10 7 photons/s·mm with low applied voltage and minimum absorption rates of about 3 photons/s·mm with high applied voltage can be achieved. This system was applied to a time-resolved X-ray diffraction study on frog muscle using a synchrotron radiation source at the Photon Factory and we could collect diffraction patterns with a time resolution of 10 ms and only 10 stimulations.

  3. Rapid Charge Transport in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Made from Vertically Aligned Single-Crystal Rutile TiO2 Nanowires

    SciTech Connect

    Feng, X.; Zhu, K.; Frank, A. J.; Grimes, C. A.; Mallouk, T. E.

    2012-03-12

    A rapid solvothermal approach was used to synthesize aligned 1D single-crystal rutile TiO2 nanowire (NW) arrays on transparent conducting substrates as electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells. The NW arrays showed a more than 200 times faster charge transport (see picture) and a factor four lower defect state density than conventional rutile nanoparticle films.

  4. Highly luminescent Sm(III) complexes with intraligand charge-transfer sensitization and the effect of solvent polarity on their luminescent properties.

    PubMed

    Lo, Wai-Sum; Zhang, Junhui; Wong, Wing-Tak; Law, Ga-Lai

    2015-04-20

    Samarium complexes with the highest quantum yields to date have been synthesized, and their luminescence properties were studied in 12 solvents. Sensitization via a nontriplet intraligand charge-transfer pathway was also successfully demonstrated in solution states with good quantum yields. PMID:25835302

  5. pH-, sugar-, and temperature-sensitive electrochemical switch amplified by enzymatic reaction and controlled by logic gates based on semi-interpenetrating polymer networks.

    PubMed

    Liu, Dan; Liu, Hongyun; Hu, Naifei

    2012-02-01

    Phenylboronic acid (PBA) moieties are grafted onto the backbone of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), forming the PAA-PBA polyelectrolyte. The semi-interpenetrating polymer network (semi-IPN) films composed of PAA-PBA and poly(N,N-diethylacrylamide) (PDEA) were then synthesized on electrode surface with entrapped horseradish peroxidase (HRP), designated as PDEA-(PAA-PBA)-HRP. The films demonstrated reversible pH-, fructose-, and thermo-responsive on-off behavior toward electroactive probe K(3)Fe(CN)(6) in its cyclic voltammetric (CV) response. This multiswitchable CV behavior of the system could be further employed to control and modulate the electrochemical reduction of H(2)O(2) catalyzed by HRP immobilized in the films with K(3)Fe(CN)(6) as the mediator in solution. The responsive mechanism of the system was also explored and discussed. The pH-sensitive property was attributed to the electrostatic interaction between the PAA component of the films and the probe at different pH; the thermo-responsive behavior originated from the structure change of PDEA hydrogel component of the films with temperature; the fructose-sensitive property was ascribed to the structure change of the films induced by the complexation between the PBA constituent and the sugar. This smart system could be used as a 3-input logic network composed of enabled OR (EnOR) gates in chemical or biomolecular computing by combining the multiresponsive property of the films and the amplification effect of bioelectrocatalysis and demonstrated the potential perspective for fabricating novel multiswitchable electrochemical biosensors and bioelectronic devices. PMID:22239642

  6. Development of a Highly Sensitive Genus-Specific Quantitative Reverse Transcriptase Real-Time PCR Assay for Detection and Quantitation of Plasmodium by Amplifying RNA and DNA of the 18S rRNA Genes?

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    Kamau, Edwin; Tolbert, LaDonna S.; Kortepeter, Luke; Pratt, Michael; Nyakoe, Nancy; Muringo, Linda; Ogutu, Bernard; Waitumbi, John N.; Ockenhouse, Christian F.

    2011-01-01

    A highly sensitive genus-specific quantitative reverse transcriptase real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) assay for detection of Plasmodium has been developed. The assay amplifies total nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) of the 18S rRNA genes with a limit of detection of 0.002 parasite/?l using cultured synchronized ring stage 3D7 parasites. Parasite densities as low as 0.000362 parasite/?l were detected when analyzing clinical samples. Analysis of clinical samples showed that detection of 18S rRNA genes from total nucleic acids increased the analytical sensitivity of the assay by more than 1 log unit compared to DNA only. When clinical samples with no parasites present by microscopy were analyzed by qRT-PCR, 90% (117 of 130) were positive for the presence of Plasmodium nucleic acids. Quantification of clinical samples by qRT-PCR using total nucleic acid versus DNA was compared to microscopy. There was a significantly greater correlation of parasite density to microscopy when DNA alone was used than with total nucleic acid. We conclude that analysis of total nucleic acids by qRT-PCR is a suitable assay for detection of low parasite levels in patients with early-stage malaria and/or submicroscopic infections and could greatly benefit malaria diagnosis, intervention trials, and malaria control and elimination efforts. PMID:21653767

  7. Highly selective and sensitive electrochemical biosensor for ATP based on the dual strategy integrating the cofactor-dependent enzymatic ligation reaction with self-cleaving DNAzyme-amplified electrochemical detection.

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    Lu, Lu; Si, Jing Cao; Gao, Zhong Feng; Zhang, Yu; Lei, Jing Lei; Luo, Hong Qun; Li, Nian Bing

    2015-01-15

    A dual strategy that combines the adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-dependent enzymatic ligation reaction with self-cleaving DNAzyme-amplified electrochemical detection is employed to construct the biosensor. In this design, the methylene blue-labeled hairpin-structured DNA was self-assembled onto a gold electrode surface to prepare the modified electrode through the interaction of Au-S bond. In the procedure of ATP-dependent ligation reaction, when the specific cofactor ATP was added, the two split oligonucleotide fragments of 8-17 DNAzyme were linked by T4 DNA ligase and then released to hybridize with the labeled hairpin-structured DNA substrate. The linked 8-17 DNAzyme catalyzes the cleavage of the hairpin-structured substrate by the addition of Zn(2+), causing the methylene blue which contains high electrochemical activity to leave the surface of the gold electrode, therefore generating a dramatic decrease of electrochemical signal. The decrease of peak current was readily measured by square wave voltammetry and a relatively low detection limit (0.05 nM) was obtained with a linear response range from 0.1 to 1000 nM. By taking advantage of the highly specific cofactor dependence of the DNA ligation reaction, the proposed ligation-induced DNAzyme cascades demonstrate ultrahigh selectivity toward the target cofactor ATP. A catalytic and molecular beacons strategy is further adopted to amplify the electrochemical signal detection achieved by cycling and regenerating the 8-17 DNAzyme to realize enzymatic multiple turnover, thus one DNAzyme can catalyze the cleavage of several hairpin-structured substrates, which improves the sensitivity of the newly designed electrochemical sensing system. PMID:25048448

  8. The use of Multiple Displacement Amplified DNA as a control for Methylation Specific PCR, Pyrosequencing, Bisulfite Sequencing and Methylation-Sensitive Restriction Enzyme PCR

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    Hughes, Simon; Jones, J Louise

    2007-01-01

    Background Genomic DNA methylation affects approximately 1% of DNA bases in humans, with the most common event being the addition of a methyl group to the cytosine residue present in the CpG (cytosine-guanine) dinucleotide. Methylation is of particular interest because of its role in gene silencing in many pathological conditions. CpG methylation can be measured using a wide range of techniques, including methylation-specific (MS) PCR, pyrosequencing (PSQ), bisulfite sequencing (BS) and methylation-sensitive restriction enzyme (MSRE) PCR. However, although it is possible to utilise these methods to measure CpG methylation, optimisation of the assays can be complicated due to the absence of suitable control DNA samples. Results To address this problem, we have developed an approach that employs multiple displacement based whole genome amplification (WGA) with or without SssI-methylase treatment to generate CpG methylated and CpG unmethylated DNA, respectively, that come from the same source DNA. Conclusion Using these alternately methylated DNA samples, we have been able to develop and optimise reliable MS-PCR, PSQ, BS and MRSE-PCR assays for CpG methylation detection, which would otherwise not have been possible, or at least have been significantly more difficult. PMID:17939862

  9. Diode amplifier of modulated optical beam power

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    D'yachkov, N V; Bogatov, A P; Gushchik, T I; Drakin, A E

    2014-11-30

    Analytical relations are obtained between characteristics of modulated light at the output and input of an optical diode power amplifier operating in the highly saturated gain regime. It is shown that a diode amplifier may act as an amplitude-to-phase modulation converter with a rather large bandwidth (∼10 GHz). The low sensitivity of the output power of the amplifier to the input beam power and its high energy efficiency allow it to be used as a building block of a high-power multielement laser system with coherent summation of a large number of optical beams. (lasers)

  10. Wireless Josephson amplifier

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    Narla, A.; Sliwa, K. M.; Hatridge, M.; Shankar, S.; Frunzio, L.; Schoelkopf, R. J.; Devoret, M. H.

    2014-06-09

    Josephson junction parametric amplifiers are playing a crucial role in the readout chain in superconducting quantum information experiments. However, their integration with current 3D cavity implementations poses the problem of transitioning between waveguide, coax cables, and planar circuits. Moreover, Josephson amplifiers require auxiliary microwave components, like directional couplers and/or hybrids, that are sources of spurious losses and impedance mismatches that limit measurement efficiency and amplifier tunability. We have developed a wireless architecture for these parametric amplifiers that eliminates superfluous microwave components and interconnects. This greatly simplifies their assembly and integration into experiments. We present an experimental realization of such a device operating in the 9–11 GHz band with about 100 MHz of amplitude gain-bandwidth product, on par with devices mounted in conventional sample holders. The simpler impedance environment presented to the amplifier also results in increased amplifier tunability.

  11. Wireless Josephson amplifier

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    Narla, A.; Sliwa, K. M.; Hatridge, M.; Shankar, S.; Frunzio, L.; Schoelkopf, R. J.; Devoret, M. H.

    2014-06-01

    Josephson junction parametric amplifiers are playing a crucial role in the readout chain in superconducting quantum information experiments. However, their integration with current 3D cavity implementations poses the problem of transitioning between waveguide, coax cables, and planar circuits. Moreover, Josephson amplifiers require auxiliary microwave components, like directional couplers and/or hybrids, that are sources of spurious losses and impedance mismatches that limit measurement efficiency and amplifier tunability. We have developed a wireless architecture for these parametric amplifiers that eliminates superfluous microwave components and interconnects. This greatly simplifies their assembly and integration into experiments. We present an experimental realization of such a device operating in the 9-11 GHz band with about 100 MHz of amplitude gain-bandwidth product, on par with devices mounted in conventional sample holders. The simpler impedance environment presented to the amplifier also results in increased amplifier tunability.

  12. Noise figure of hybrid optical parametric amplifiers.

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    Marhic, Michel E

    2012-12-17

    Following a fiber optical parametric amplifier, used as a wavelength converter or in the phase-sensitive mode, by a phase-insensitive amplifier (PIA) can significantly reduce four-wave mixing between signals in broadband systems. We derive the quantum mechanical noise figures (NF) for these two hybrid configurations, and show that adding the PIA only leads to a moderate increase in NF. PMID:23263113

  13. Charge-conversional and reduction-sensitive poly(vinyl alcohol) nanogels for enhanced cell uptake and efficient intracellular doxorubicin release.

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    Chen, Wei; Achazi, Katharina; Schade, Boris; Haag, Rainer

    2015-05-10

    Charge-conversional and reduction-sensitive polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanogels were developed for efficient cancer treatment by enhanced cell uptake and intracellular triggered doxorubicin (DOX) release. These PVA nanogels were prepared in a straightforward manner by inverse nanoprecipitation via "click" reaction with an average diameter of 118nm. The introduction of COOH into the PVA nanogels efficiently improved the DOX encapsulation due to the electrostatic interaction. The in vitro release result showed that the decrease of electrostatic interaction between COOH and DOX under a mimicking endosomal pH, in combination with the cleavage of the intervening disulfide bonds in response to a high glutathione (GSH) concentration led to a fast and complete release of DOX. Furthermore, confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) revealed that the ultra pH-sensitive terminal groups allowed nanogels to reverse their surface charge from negative to positive under a tumor extracellular pH (6.5-6.8) which facilitated cell internalization. MTT assays and real time cell analysis (RTCA) showed that these DOX-loaded charge-conversional and reducible PVA nanogels had much better cell toxicity than DOX-loaded non-charge-conversional or reduction-insensitive PVA nanogels following 48h of incubation. These novel charge-conversional and stimuli-responsive PVA nanogels are highly promising for targeted intracellular anticancer drug release. PMID:25445693

  14. Effect of Molecular Coupling on Ultrafast Electron-Transfer and Charge-Recombination Dynamics in a Wide-Gap ZnS Nanoaggregate Sensitized by Triphenyl Methane Dyes.

    PubMed

    Debnath, Tushar; Maity, Partha; Dana, Jayanta; Ghosh, Hirendra N

    2016-03-01

    Wide-band-gap ZnS nanocrystals (NCs) were synthesized, and after sensitizing the NCs with series of triphenyl methane (TPM) dyes, ultrafast charge-transfer dynamics was demonstrated. HRTEM images of ZnS NCs show the formation of aggregate crystals with a flower-like structure. Exciton absorption and lumimescence, due to quantum confinement of the ZnS NCs, appear at approximately 310 and 340?nm, respectively. Interestingly, all the TPM dyes (pyrogallol red, bromopyrogallol red, and aurin tricarboxylic acid) form charge-transfer complexes with the ZnS NCs, with the appearance of a red-shifted band. Electron injection from the photoexcited TPM dyes into the conduction band of the ZnS NCs is shown to be a thermodynamically viable process, as confirmed by steady-state and time-resolved emission studies. To unravel charge-transfer (both electron injection and charge recombination) dynamics and the effect of molecular coupling, femtosecond transient absorption studies were carried out in TPM-sensitized ZnS NCs. The electron-injection dynamics is pulse-width-limited in all the ZnS/TPM dye systems, however, the back electron transfer differs, depending on the molecular coupling of the sensitizers (TPM dyes). The detailed mechanisms for the above-mentioned processes are discussed. PMID:26548569

  15. Integrated CMOS RF amplifier

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    Charity, C.; Whitaker, S.; Purviance, J.; Canaris, M.

    1990-01-01

    This paper reports an integrated 2.0 micron CMOS RF amplifier designed for amplification in the 420-450 MHz frequency band. Design techniques are shown for the test amplifier configuration. Problems of decreased amplifier bandwidth, gain element instability, and low Q values for the inductors were encountered. Techniques used to overcome these problems are discussed. Layouts of the various elements are described and a summary of the simulation results are included. Test circuits have been submitted to MOSIS for fabrication.

  16. Influence of polymer size, liposomal composition, surface charge, and temperature on the permeability of pH-sensitive liposomes containing lipid-anchored poly(2-ethylacrylic acid)

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    Lu, Tingli; Wang, Zhao; Ma, Yufan; Zhang, Yang; Chen, Tao

    2012-01-01

    Background Liposomes containing pH-sensitive polymers are promising candidates for the treatment of tumors and localized infection. This study aimed to identify parameters influencing the extent of contents release from poly(ethylacrylic acid) (PEAA) vesicles, focusing on the effects of polymer size, lipid composition, vesicle surface charge, and temperature. Methods Anchored lipid pH-sensitive PEAA was synthesized using PEAA with a molecular weight of 8.4 kDa. PEAA vesicles were prepared by insertion of the lipid-anchored PEAA into preformed large unilamellar vesicles. The preformed liposomes were manipulated by varying the phosphocholine and cholesterol content, and by adding negative or positive charges to the liposomes. A calcein release assay was used to evaluate the effects of polymer size, liposome composition, surface charge, and temperature on liposomal permeability. Results The release efficiency of the calcein-entrapped vesicles was found to be dependent on the PEAA polymer size. PEAA vesicles containing a phosphatidylcholine to cholesterol ratio of 60:40 (mol/mol) released more than 80% of their calcein content when the molecular weight of PEAA was larger than 8.4 kDa. Therefore, the same-sized polymer of 8.4 kDa was used for the rest of study. The calcein release potential was found to decrease as the percentage of cholesterol increased and with an increase in the phosphocholine acyl chain length (DMPC DPPC DSPC). Negatively charged and neutral vesicles released similar amounts of calcein, whereas positively charged liposomes released a significant amount of their contents. pH-sensitive release was dependent on temperature. Dramatic content release was observed at higher temperatures. Conclusion The observed synergistic effect of pH and temperature on release of the contents of PEAA vesicles suggests that this pH-sensitive liposome might be a good candidate for intracellular drug delivery in the treatment of tumors or localized infection. PMID:23028220

  17. Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Immunosensing Platform Based on CdSeTe@CdS:Mn Core-Shell Quantum Dots-Sensitized TiO2 Amplified by CuS Nanocrystals Conjugated Signal Antibodies.

    PubMed

    Fan, Gao-Chao; Zhu, Hua; Du, Dan; Zhang, Jian-Rong; Zhu, Jun-Jie; Lin, Yuehe

    2016-03-15

    A new, ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical immunosensing platform was established on the basis of CdSeTe@CdS:Mn core-shell quantum dots-sensitized TiO2 coupled with signal amplification of CuS nanocrystals conjugated signal antibodies. In this proposal, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA, Ag) was selected as an example of target analyte to show the analytical performances of the platform. Specifically, TiO2-modified electrode was first assembled with CdSeTe alloyed quantum dots (AQDs) via electrostatic adsorption assisted by oppositely charged polyelectrolyte, and then further deposited with CdS:Mn shells on the surface of CdSeTe AQDs via successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction strategy, forming TiO2/CdSeTe@CdS:Mn sensitization structure, which was used as photoelectrochemical matrix to immobilize capture CEA antibodies (Ab1); signal CEA antibodies (Ab2) were labeled with CuS nanocrystals (NCs) to form Ab2-CuS conjugates, which were employed as signal amplification elements when specific immunoreaction occurred. The ultrahigh sensitivity of this immunoassay resulted from the following two aspects. Before detection of target Ag, the TiO2/CdSeTe@CdS:Mn sensitization structure could adequately harvest the exciting light with different bands, evidently expedite the electron transfer, and effectively depress the charge recombination, resulting in noticeably increased photocurrent. When target Ag existed, the Ab2-CuS conjugates could dramatically decrease the photocurrent due to competitive absorption of exciting light and consumption of electron donor for CuS NCs coupled with steric hindrance of Ab2 molecules. The fabricated photoelectrochemical immunosensor showed a low limit of detection of 0.16 pg/mL and a wide linear range from 0.5 pg/mL to 100 ng/mL for CEA detection, and it also exhibited good specificity, reproducibility, and stability. PMID:26910366

  18. Strong sensitivity of x-ray emission lines following charge exchange between highly charged ions and H (1 s ) in weakly screened media

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    Cariatore, N. D.; Otranto, S.

    2015-11-01

    We use the classical trajectory Monte Carlo method to analyze charge exchange processes between fully stripped projectiles with H (1 s ) in a screened environment at impact energies in the range 18 eV/amu to 10 keV/amu. For Fe+26 projectiles, (n ,l )-state selective charge exchange and line emission cross sections are presented for Debye screening lengths from 15 a.u. up to the unscreened case limit. At low-impact energies, a strong dependence of the hardness ratio on the Debye screening length is found. We show that such strong dependence also evidences itself for Ne+10,P+15,Ar+18, and Kr+36 projectiles. Clear indications of this dependence are noticeable in the photonic spectra even for large screening lengths (˜100 a.u.).

  19. DIAMOND AMPLIFIER FOR PHOTOCATHODES.

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    RAO,T.; BEN-ZVI,I.; BURRILL,A.; CHANG,X.; HULBERT,S.; JOHNSON,P.D.; KEWISCH,J.

    2004-06-21

    We report a new approach to the generation of high-current, high-brightness electron beams. Primary electrons are produced by a photocathode (or other means) and are accelerated to a few thousand electron-volts, then strike a specially prepared diamond window. The large Secondary Electron Yield (SEY) provides a multiplication of the number of electrons by about two orders of magnitude. The secondary electrons drift through the diamond under an electric field and emerge into the accelerating proper of the ''gun'' through a Negative Electron Affinity surface of the diamond. The advantages of the new approach include the following: (1) Reduction of the number of primary electrons by the large SEY, i.e. a very low laser power in a photocathode producing the primaries. (2) Low thermal emittance due to the NEA surface and the rapid thermalization of the electrons. (3) Protection of the cathode from possible contamination from the gun, allowing the use of large quantum efficiency but sensitive cathodes. (4) Protection of the gun from possible contamination by the cathode, allowing the use of superconducting gun cavities. (5) Production of high average currents, up to ampere class. (6) Encapsulated design, making the ''load-lock'' systems unnecessary. This paper presents the criteria that need to be taken into account in designing the amplifier.

  20. Linearly polarized fiber amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Kliner, Dahv A.; Koplow, Jeffery P.

    2004-11-30

    Optically pumped rare-earth-doped polarizing fibers exhibit significantly higher gain for one linear polarization state than for the orthogonal state. Such a fiber can be used to construct a single-polarization fiber laser, amplifier, or amplified-spontaneous-emission (ASE) source without the need for additional optical components to obtain stable, linearly polarized operation.

  1. DIRECT COUPLED AMPLIFIER

    DOEpatents

    Dandl, R.A.

    1961-09-19

    A transistor amplifier is designed for vyery small currents below 10/sup -8/ amperes. The filrst and second amplifier stages use unusual selected transistors in which the current amplification increases markedly for values of base current below 10/sup -6/ amperes.

  2. Dye laser amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Moses, E.I.

    1992-12-01

    An improved dye laser amplifier is disclosed. The efficiency of the dye laser amplifier is increased significantly by increasing the power of a dye beam as it passes from an input window to an output window within the dye chamber, while maintaining the intensity of the dye beam constant. 3 figs.

  3. DISTRIBUTED AMPLIFIER INCORPORATING FEEDBACK

    DOEpatents

    Bell, P.R. Jr.

    1958-10-21

    An improved distributed amplifier system employing feedback for stabilization is presented. In accordance with the disclosed invention, a signal to be amplified is applled to one end of a suitable terminated grid transmission line. At intervals along the transmission line, the signal is fed to stable, resistance-capacitance coupled amplifiers incorporating feedback loops therein. The output current from each amplifier is passed through an additional tube to minimize the electrostatic capacitance between the tube elements of the last stage of the amplifier, and fed to appropriate points on an output transmission line, similar to the grid line, but terminated at the opposite (input) end. The output taken from the unterminated end of the plate transmission line is proportional to the input voltage impressed upon the grid line.

  4. Sensitivity of combustion and ignition characteristics of the solid-fuel charge of the microelectromechanical system of a microthruster to macrokinetic and design parameters

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    Futko, S. I.; Ermolaeva, E. M.; Dobrego, K. V.; Bondarenko, V. P.; Dolgii, L. N.

    2012-07-01

    We have developed a sensitivity analysis permitting effective estimation of the change in the impulse responses of a microthrusters and in the ignition characteristics of the solid-fuel charge caused by the variation of the basic macrokinetic parameters of the mixed fuel and the design parameters of the microthruster's combustion chamber. On the basis of the proposed sensitivity analysis, we have estimated the spread of both the propulsive force and impulse and the induction period and self-ignition temperature depending on the macrokinetic parameters of combustion (pre-exponential factor, activation energy, density, and heat content) of the solid-fuel charge of the microthruster. The obtained results can be used for rapid and effective estimation of the spread of goal functions to provide stable physicochemical characteristics and impulse responses of solid-fuel mixtures in making and using microthrusters.

  5. Theoretical investigation of the charge-transfer properties in different meso-linked zinc porphyrins for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

    PubMed

    Namuangruk, Supawadee; Sirithip, Kanokkorn; Rattanatwan, Rattanawelee; Keawin, Tinnagon; Kungwan, Nawee; Sudyodsuk, Taweesak; Promarak, Vinich; Surakhot, Yaowarat; Jungsuttiwong, Siriporn

    2014-06-28

    The charge transfer effect of different meso-substituted linkages on porphyrin analogue 1 (A1, B1 and C1) was theoretically investigated using density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) calculations. The calculated geometry parameters and natural bond orbital analysis reveal that the twisted conformation between porphyrin macrocycle and meso-substituted linkages leads to blocking of the conjugation of the conjugated backbone, and the frontier molecular orbital plot shows that the intramolecular charge transfer of A1, B1 and C1 hardly takes place. In an attempt to improve the photoinduced intramolecular charge transfer ability of the meso-linked zinc porphyrin sensitizer, a strong electron-withdrawing group (CN) was introduced into the anchoring group of analogue 1 forming analogue 2 (A2, B2 and C2). The density difference plot of A2, B2 and C2 shows that the charge transfer properties dramatically improved. The electron injection process has been performed using TDDFT; the direct charge-transfer transition in the A2-(TiO2)38 interacting system takes place; our results strongly indicated that introducing electron-withdrawing groups into the acceptor part of porphyrin dyes can fine-tune the effective conjugation length of the ?-spacer and improve intramolecular charge transfer properties, consequently inducing the electron injection process from the anchoring group of the porphyrin dye to the (TiO2)38 surface which may improve the conversion efficiency of the DSSCs. Our calculated results can provide valuable information and a promising outlook for computation-aided sensitizer design with anticipated good properties in further experimental synthesis. PMID:24810141

  6. Universal signal conditioning amplifier

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    Medelius, Pedro J.; Hallberg, Carl; Cecil, Jim

    1994-01-01

    A state-of-the-art instrumentation amplifier capable of being used with most types of transducers has been developed at the Kennedy Space Center. This Universal Signal Conditioning Amplifier (USCA) can eliminate costly measurement setup item and troubleshooting, improve system reliability and provide more accurate data than conventional amplifiers. The USCA can configure itself for maximum resolution and accuracy based on information read from a RAM chip attached to each transducer. Excitation voltages or current are also automatically configured. The amplifier uses both analog and digital state-of-the-art technology with analog-to-digital conversion performed in the early stages in order to minimize errors introduced by offset and gain drifts in the analog components. A dynamic temperature compensation scheme has been designed to achieve and maintain 12-bit accuracy of the amplifier from 0 to 70 C. The digital signal processing section allows the implementation of digital filters up to 511th order. The amplifier can also perform real-time linearizations up to fourth order while processing data at a rate of 23.438 kS/s. Both digital and analog outputs are available from the amplifier.

  7. Ultrafast polarisation spectroscopy of photoinduced charges in a conjugated polymer

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    Bakulin, A. A.; Parashchuk, D. Yu; van Loosdrecht, P.; Pshenichnikov, M. S.

    2009-07-01

    Tunable optical parametric generators and amplifiers (OPA), proposed and developed by Akhmanov and his colleagues, have become the working horses in exploration of dynamical processes in physics, chemistry, and biology. In this paper, we demonstrate the possibility of using ultrafast polarisation-sensitive two-colour spectroscopy, performed with a set of two OPAs, to study charge photogeneration and transport in conjugated polymers and their donor-acceptor blends.

  8. Ultrafast polarisation spectroscopy of photoinduced charges in a conjugated polymer

    SciTech Connect

    Bakulin, A A; Loosdrecht, P van; Pshenichnikov, M S; Parashchuk, D Yu

    2009-07-31

    Tunable optical parametric generators and amplifiers (OPA), proposed and developed by Akhmanov and his colleagues, have become the working horses in exploration of dynamical processes in physics, chemistry, and biology. In this paper, we demonstrate the possibility of using ultrafast polarisation-sensitive two-colour spectroscopy, performed with a set of two OPAs, to study charge photogeneration and transport in conjugated polymers and their donor-acceptor blends. (special issue devoted to the 80th birthday of S.A. Akhmanov)

  9. Determination of {sup 16}O and {sup 18}O sensitivity factors and charge-exchange processes in low-energy ion scattering

    SciTech Connect

    Tellez, H.; Chater, R. J.; Fearn, S.; Symianakis, E.; Kilner, J. A.; Brongersma, H. H.

    2012-10-08

    Quantitative analysis in low-energy ion scattering (LEIS) requires an understanding of the charge-exchange processes to estimate the elemental sensitivity factors. In this work, the neutralization of He{sup +} scattered by {sup 18}O-exchanged silica at energies between 0.6 and 7 keV was studied. The process is dominated by Auger neutralization for E{sub i} < 0.8 keV. An additional mechanism starts above the reionization threshold. This collision-induced neutralization becomes the dominant mechanism for E{sub i} > 2 keV. The ion fractions P{sup +} were determined for Si and O using the characteristic velocity method to quantify the surface density. The {sup 18}O/{sup 16}O sensitivity ratio indicates an 18% higher sensitivity for the heavier O isotope.

  10. A 2 to 26 GHz monolithic distributed amplifier

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    Bandla, S.; Spooner, F.; Tayrani, R.; Raffaelli, L.

    1989-05-01

    A 2 to 26 GHz monolithic distributed amplifier for ECM and early warning EW receivers is presented. Without distributed amplifiers, the broadband mixers that are used to downconvert the RF signals to IF have high conversion loss, which limits the system sensitivity. Distributed amplifiers provide wideband amplification as well as lower noise figures, thereby maintaining receiver sensitivity over a wider frequency spectrum. A 2 to 26 GHz monolithic distributed amplifier is described. The amplifier is fabricated on MESFET and MODFET material. The measured noise figure (NF), gain and power output at 1 dB gain compression are compared for both types of materials. The objective of the design is to realize a manufacturable 2 to 26 GHz amplifier that meets the NF and gain requirements of a typical radar receiver system.

  11. Amplify Interest in STS.

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    Chiappetta, Eugene L; Mays, John D.

    1992-01-01

    Presents activities in which students construct simple crystal radio sets and amplifiers out of diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits. Provides conceptual background, materials needed, instructions, diagrams, and classroom applications. (MDH)

  12. Fully relayed regenerative amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Glass, Alexander J. (Berkeley, CA)

    1981-01-01

    A regenerative laser apparatus and method using the optical relay concept to maintain high fill factors, to suppress diffraction effects, and to minimize phase distortions in a regenerative amplifier.

  13. Enhanced charge-carrier transfer by CdS and Ag2S quantum dots co-sensitization for TiO2 nanotube arrays.

    PubMed

    Liu, Zhongqing; Ji, Gangqiang; Guan, Debin; Wang, Bin; Wu, Xueliang

    2015-11-01

    Thioglycollic acid was employed as a molecular linker to prepare CdS and/or Ag2S quantum dots (QDs) for the co-sensitization of TiO2 nanotube arrays through the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The microstructure, chemical composition, and photoabsorption of the prepared samples were analyzed by using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DAS). The interfacial separation and transport of photoinduced charge carries were also examined by applying current-voltage characteristics (J-V), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), transient open circuit potential plots, and Mott-Schottky techniques. The sizes of the CdS and Ag2S QDs were found to be 6 and 4 nm, respectively. The co-sensitized samples demonstrate significantly enhanced photo absorption, greatly reduced charge transfer resistance at the semiconductor interfaces, positive shift of the flat band, elongated electron lifetimes, and accelerated interfacial separation and transport of the photoinduced charge carriers. A critical operation sequence is to first carry out the deposition of the CdS QDs that are less mismatched with TiO2 crystal lattice, followed by the deposition of Ag2S QDs. The samples prepared in this manner presented the best optoelectronic characteristics with a short photocurrent density of 9.5 mAcm(-2). This value is 7.6% higher than 8.83 mAcm(-2) of the sample prepared by depositing the more mismatched Ag2S QDs followed by deposition of CdS. This value is 18.8% higher than 8 mAcm(-2) of the Ag2S-only sensitized sample, and 22.6% higher than 7.75 mAcm(-2) of the CdS-only sensitized sample. PMID:26142959

  14. High stability amplifier

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    Adams, W. A.; Reinhardt, V. S. (inventors)

    1983-01-01

    An electrical RF signal amplifier for providing high temperature stability and RF isolation and comprised of an integrated circuit voltage regulator, a single transistor, and an integrated circuit operational amplifier mounted on a circuit board such that passive circuit elements are located on side of the circuit board while the active circuit elements are located on the other side is described. The active circuit elements are embedded in a common heat sink so that a common temperature reference is provided for changes in ambient temperature. The single transistor and operational amplifier are connected together to form a feedback amplifier powered from the voltage regulator with transistor implementing primarily the desired signal gain while the operational amplifier implements signal isolation. Further RF isolation is provided by the voltage regulator which inhibits cross-talk from other like amplifiers powered from a common power supply. Input and output terminals consisting of coaxial connectors are located on the sides of a housing in which all the circuit components and heat sink are located.

  15. Noise in chi (3) and photorefractive amplifiers

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    Sternklar, Shmuel; Glick, Yaakov

    1995-12-01

    A comparison of the noise characteristics of chi (3) and photorefractive coherent amplifiers reveals basic differences in their dependence on operating parameters. Unlike all types of chi (3) amplifiers, which are shown to have a well-defined optimum working point in the region of the self-stimulated scattering threshold, the photorefractive amplifier can be made increasingly quieter by lowering the pump power. This is demonstrated by use of highly doped Co:BaTiO3 in a tight-focus reflection grating geometry. It is shown that scattering from inhomogeneities in the crystal is the major limiting noise source and is significantly higher than predictions resulting from fundamental considerations such as random space-charge noise. An extremely high small-signal gain of 107 was measured with this crystal and geometry. To our knowledge this is the highest photorefractive gain reported to date.

  16. Increased charge transfer of PVDF-HFP based electrolyte by addition of graphite nanofiber and its application in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhao, Xing Guan; Jin, En Mei; Gu, Hal-Bon

    2013-12-01

    The PEO and PVDF-HFP mixtures were used as polymer electrolytes in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Correlation between the ionic conductivity and cell performance by varying the composition of polymer electrolytes was investigated to elucidate the importance of the ionic conductivity in determining the charge transfer and energy conversion efficiency of solid-state DSSCs. In this work, for increasing the ionic conductivity and charge transfer, GNF was added to the polymer electrolyte. The ionic conductivity of polymer electrolyte containing GNF (0.005 g) is 8.67 10-4 S cm-1 and pristine polymer electrolyte is 3.81 10-4 S cm-1. The charge transfer of GNF (0.005 g) added DSSCs is faster than the other samples, the electron transport time is 1.53 ms and electron life time is 27.20 ms. The increase of current density with the polymer electrolyte containing GNF (0.005 g) can be possibly attributed to the direct contact between dye/TiO2 and I/I3- that will improve the charge transportation. The highest energy conversion efficiency of 4.60% is obtained for polymer electrolyte containing GNF (0.005 g).

  17. Ab Initio Simulation of Charge Transfer at the Semiconductor Quantum Dot/TiO 2 Interface in Quantum Dot-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Xin, Xukai; Li, Bo; Jung, Jaehan; Yoon, Young Jun; Biswas, Rana; Lin, Zhiqun

    2014-07-24

    Quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) have emerged as a promising solar architecture for next-generation solar cells. The QDSSCs exhibit a remarkably fast electron transfer from the quantum dot (QD) donor to the TiO2 acceptor with size quantization properties of QDs that allows for the modulation of band energies to control photoresponse and photoconversion efficiency of solar cells. In order to understand the mechanisms that underpin this rapid charge transfer, the electronic properties of CdSe and PbSe QDs with different sizes on the TiO2 substrate are simulated using a rigorous ab initio density functional method. Our method capitalizes on localized orbitalmore » basis set, which is computationally less intensive. Quite intriguingly, a remarkable set of electron bridging states between QDs and TiO2 occurring via the strong bonding between the conduction bands of QDs and TiO2 is revealed. Such bridging states account for the fast adiabatic charge transfer from the QD donor to the TiO2 acceptor, and may be a general feature for strongly coupled donor/acceptor systems. All the QDs/TiO2 systems exhibit type II band alignments, with conduction band offsets that increase with the decrease in QD size. This facilitates the charge transfer from QDs donors to TiO2 acceptors and explains the dependence of the increased charge transfer rate with the decreased QD size.« less

  18. Polorization insensitive optical amplifier consisting of two semiconductor laser amplifiers and a polarization insensitive isolator in series

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    Koga, M.; Matsumoto, T. )

    1989-12-01

    A polarization insensitive optical amplifier consisting of two semiconductor laser amplifiers and a polarization insensitive isolator in series is presented. The polarization insensitive isolator serves not only to eliminate the cavity coupling between two amplifiers, but also to rotate any polarized forward light by 90{degrees}. Experience demonstrate the elimination of cavity coupling and a low polarization sensitivity of 0.6 dB with a high gain of 26 dB.

  19. Charge transport in zirconium doped anatase nanowires dye-sensitized solar cells: Trade-off between lattice strain and photovoltaic parameters

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    Archana, P. S.; Gupta, Arunava; Yusoff, Mashitah M.; Jose, Rajan

    2014-10-13

    Zirconium (Zr) is doped up to 5 at. % in anatase TiO{sub 2} nanowires by electrospinning and used as working electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells. Variations observed in the photovoltaic parameters were correlated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, open circuit voltage decay, and X-ray diffraction measurements. Results show that homovalent substitution of Zr in TiO{sub 2} increased the chemical capacitance and electron diffusion coefficient which in turn decreased charge transport resistance and charge transit time. However, lattice strain due to size mismatch between the Zr{sup 4+} and Ti{sup 4+} ions decreased open circuit voltage and fill factor thereby setting a trade-off between doping concentration and photovoltaic properties.

  20. Visualizing interfacial charge transfer in Ru-dye sensitized TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles using x-ray transient absorption spectroscopy.

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    Zhang, X.; Smolentsev, G.; Guo, J.; Attenkofer, K.; Kurtz, C.; Jennings, G.; Lockard, J. V.; Stickrath, A. B.; Chen, L. X.

    2011-03-01

    A molecular level understanding of the structural reorganization accompanying interfacial electron transfer is important for rational design of solar cells. Here we have applied XTA (X-ray transient absorption) spectroscopy to study transient structures in a heterogeneous interfacial system mimicking the charge separation process in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) with Ru(dcbpy){sub 2}(NCS){sub 2} (RuN3) dye adsorbed to TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle surfaces. The results show that the average Ru-NCS bond length reduces by 0.06 {angstrom}, whereas the average Ru?N(dcbpy) bond length remains nearly unchanged after the electron injection. The differences in bond-order change and steric hindrance between two types of ligands are attributed to their structural response in the charge separation. This study extends the application of XTA into optically opaque hybrid interfacial systems relevant to the solar energy conversion.

  1. Improved sensitivity to charged Higgs searches in top quark decays t→ bH +→ b( τ + ν τ ) at the LHC using τ polarisation and multivariate techniques

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    Ali, Ahmed; Barreiro, Fernando; Llorente, Javier

    2011-09-01

    We present an analysis with improved sensitivity to the light charged Higgs (m_{H+} < mt-mb) searches in the top quark decays t→ bH +→ b( τ + ν τ )+c.c. in the tbar{t} and single t/bar{t} production processes at the LHC. In the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM), one anticipates the branching ratio {mathcal{B}} (H+ totau+ν_{tau})˜eq1 over almost the entire allowed tanβ range. Noting that the τ + arising from the decay H +→ τ + ν τ are predominantly right-polarized, as opposed to the τ + from the dominant background W +→ τ + ν τ , which are left-polarized, a number of H +/ W +→ τ + ν τ discriminators have been proposed and studied in the literature. We consider hadronic decays of the τ ±, concentrating on the dominant one-prong decay channel τ ±→ ρ ± ν τ . The energy and p T of the charged prongs normalised to the corresponding quantities of the ρ ± are convenient variables which serve as τ ± polariser. We use the distributions in these variables and several other kinematic quantities to train a boosted decision tree (BDT). Using the BDT classifier, and a variant of it called BDTD, which makes use of decorrelated variables, we have calculated the BDT(D)-response functions to estimate the signal efficiency vs. the rejection of the background. We argue that this chain of analysis has a high sensitivity to light charged Higgs searches up to a mass of 150 GeV in the decays t→ bH + (and charge conjugate) at the LHC. For the case of single top production, we also study the transverse mass of the system determined using Lagrange multipliers.

  2. Computer model of an injection laser amplifier

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    Marcuse, D.

    1983-01-01

    Laser amplifiers can be used in two ways: as preamplifiers to enhance the sensitivity and improve the noise performance of detectors and, in a pulsed mode of operation, as modulators to boost and stabilize the output of an injection laser oscillator. Most mathematical models of injection lasers are based on time-dependent rate equations that ignore the spatial dependence of the electron and photon densities. The model discussed here is based on numerical solutions of traveling-wave equations. The noise output of the laser amplifier is treated by traveling-wave power equations, but the light signal is described by traveling-wave equations for its amplitude. The parameters responsible for spontaneous and stimulated emission are being related to each other by the requirement that the amplifier achieve optimal noise performance in the absence of internal losses and without gain saturation. The most important results obtained from this computer model of a laser amplifier are as follows. 1) The theory contains a heuristic electron injection efficiency parameter. To agree with experimental observations this parameter must be kept small and its value must decrease with increasing current. 2) Cavity amplifiers saturate more readily than amplifiers without feedback. 3) Because of internal loss mechanisms, the amplifier supplies more noise than is required by quantum theory, but its noise performance is still surprisingly good. In particular, the optical signal-to-noise ratio prior to detection is insensitive to gain saturation by strong signals. It remains approximately 4 dB below the theoretical maximum value for weak to moderately strong input signals and drops dramatically only when the amplifier is almost completely saturated.

  3. Theoretical study of fabrication of line-and-space patterns with 7 nm quarter-pitch (7 nm space width and 21 nm line width) using electron beam lithography with chemically amplified resist processes: I. Relationship between sensitivity and chemical gradient

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    Kozawa, Takahiro

    2015-05-01

    Electron beam (EB) lithography used for mask and mold fabrication is an indispensable technology in the lithography used for high-volume production of semiconductor devices. With the reduction in the critical dimensions of semiconductor devices, the requirement for EB lithography also becomes severe. In this study, the feasibility of single nano patterning using EB lithography with a chemically amplified resist process was investigated. The latent images of line-and-space patterns with a 7 nm quarter-pitch (7 nm space width and 21 nm line width) were calculated on the basis of sensitization and reaction mechanisms of chemically amplified EB resists. Simulations indicated that the line-and-space patterns with 7 nm quarter-pitch can be resolved with line edge roughness of 0.9-1.9 nm with a sensitivity of 270 C cm-2 using a 3 nm electron beam.

  4. Laser amplifier and method

    DOEpatents

    Backus, S.; Kapteyn, H.C.; Murnane, M.M.

    1997-07-01

    Laser amplifiers and methods for amplifying a laser beam are disclosed. A representative embodiment of the amplifier comprises first and second curved mirrors, a gain medium, a third mirror, and a mask. The gain medium is situated between the first and second curved mirrors at the focal point of each curved mirror. The first curved mirror directs and focuses a laser beam to pass through the gain medium to the second curved mirror which reflects and recollimates the laser beam. The gain medium amplifies and shapes the laser beam as the laser beam passes therethrough. The third mirror reflects the laser beam, reflected from the second curved mirror, so that the laser beam bypasses the gain medium and return to the first curved mirror, thereby completing a cycle of a ring traversed by the laser beam. The mask defines at least one beam-clipping aperture through which the laser beam passes during a cycle. The gain medium is pumped, preferably using a suitable pumping laser. The laser amplifier can be used to increase the energy of continuous-wave or, especially, pulsed laser beams including pulses of femtosecond duration and relatively high pulse rate. 7 figs.

  5. Laser amplifier and method

    DOEpatents

    Backus, Sterling; Kapteyn, Henry C.; Murnane, Margaret M.

    1997-01-01

    Laser amplifiers and methods for amplifying a laser beam are disclosed. A representative embodiment of the amplifier comprises first and second curved mirrors, a gain medium, a third mirror, and a mask. The gain medium is situated between the first and second curved mirrors at the focal point of each curved mirror. The first curved mirror directs and focuses a laser beam to pass through the gain medium to the second curved mirror which reflects and recollimates the laser beam. The gain medium amplifies and shapes the laser beam as the laser beam passes therethough. The third mirror reflects the laser beam, reflected from the second curved mirror, so that the laser beam bypasses the gain medium and return to the first curved mirror, thereby completing a cycle of a ring traversed by the laser beam. The mask defines at least one beam-clipping aperture through which the laser beam passes during a cycle. The gain medium is pumped, preferably using a suitable pumping laser. The laser amplifier can be used to increase the energy of continuous-wave or, especially, pulsed laser beams including pulses of femtosecond duration and relatively high pulse rate.

  6. High input impedance amplifier

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    Kleinberg, Leonard L.

    1995-01-01

    High input impedance amplifiers are provided which reduce the input impedance solely to a capacitive reactance, or, in a somewhat more complex design, provide an extremely high essentially infinite, capacitive reactance. In one embodiment, where the input impedance is reduced in essence, to solely a capacitive reactance, an operational amplifier in a follower configuration is driven at its non-inverting input and a resistor with a predetermined magnitude is connected between the inverting and non-inverting inputs. A second embodiment eliminates the capacitance from the input by adding a second stage to the first embodiment. The second stage is a second operational amplifier in a non-inverting gain-stage configuration where the output of the first follower stage drives the non-inverting input of the second stage and the output of the second stage is fed back to the non-inverting input of the first stage through a capacitor of a predetermined magnitude. These amplifiers, while generally useful, are very useful as sensor buffer amplifiers that may eliminate significant sources of error.

  7. Electrospun Amplified Fiber Optics

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    All-optical signal processing is the focus of much research aiming to obtain effective alternatives to existing data transmission platforms. Amplification of light in fiber optics, such as in Erbium-doped fiber amplifiers, is especially important for efficient signal transmission. However, the complex fabrication methods involving high-temperature processes performed in a highly pure environment slow the fabrication process and make amplified components expensive with respect to an ideal, high-throughput, room temperature production. Here, we report on near-infrared polymer fiber amplifiers working over a band of ∼20 nm. The fibers are cheap, spun with a process entirely carried out at room temperature, and shown to have amplified spontaneous emission with good gain coefficients and low levels of optical losses (a few cm–1). The amplification process is favored by high fiber quality and low self-absorption. The found performance metrics appear to be suitable for short-distance operations, and the large variety of commercially available doping dyes might allow for effective multiwavelength operations by electrospun amplified fiber optics. PMID:25710188

  8. Electronic noise in charge sensitive preamplifiers for X-ray spectroscopy and the benefits of a SiC input JFET

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    Lioliou, G.; Barnett, A. M.

    2015-11-01

    A comprehensive summary and analysis of the electronic noise affecting the resolution of X-ray, ?-ray and particle counting spectroscopic systems which employ semiconductor detectors and charge sensitive preamplifiers is presented. The noise arising from the input transistor of the preamplifier and its contribution to the total noise is examined. A model for computing the noise arising from the front-end transistor is also presented and theoretical calculations comparing the noise contribution of transistors made of different materials are discussed, emphasizing the advantages of wide bandgap transistor technology.

  9. Radiation and particle detector and amplifier

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    Schmidt, K. C. (inventor)

    1973-01-01

    A radiation or charged particle detector is described which incorporates a channel multiplier structure to amplify the detected rays or particles. The channel multiplier structure has a support multiplying element with a longitudinal slot along one side. The element supports a pair of plates positioned contiguous with the slot. The plates funnel the particles or rays to be detected into the slotted aperture and the element, thus creating an effectively wide aperture detector of the windowless type.

  10. STABILIZED FEEDBACK AMPLIFIER

    DOEpatents

    Fishbine, H.L.; Sewell, C. Jr.

    1957-08-01

    Negative feedback amplifiers, and particularly a negative feedback circuit which is economical on amode power consumption, are described. Basically, the disclosed circuit comprises two tetrode tubes where the output of the first tube is capacitamce coupled to the grid of the second tube, which in turn has its plate coupled to the cathode of the first tube to form a degenerative feedback circuit. Operating potential for screen of the second tube is supplied by connecting the cathode resistor of the first tube to the screen, while the screen is by-passed to the cathode of its tube for the amplified frequencies. Also, the amplifier incorporates a circuit to stabilize the transconductance of the tubes by making the grid potential of each tube interdependent on anode currents of both lubes by voltage divider circuitry.

  11. A grid amplifier

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    Kim, Moonil; Weikle, Robert M., II; Hacker, Jonathan B.; Delisio, Michael P.; Rutledge, David B.; Rosenberg, James J.; Smith, R. P.

    1991-01-01

    A 50-MESFET grid amplifier is reported that has a gain of 11 dB at 3.3 GHz. The grid isolates the input from the output by using vertical polarization for the input beam and horizontal polarization for the transmitted output beam. The grid unit cell is a two-MESFET differential amplifier. A simple calibration procedure allows the gain to be calculated from a relative power measurement. This grid is a hybrid circuit, but the structure is suitable for fabrication as a monolithic wafer-scale integrated circuit, particularly at millimeter wavelengths.

  12. Universal signal conditioning amplifier

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    Larson, William E.; Hallberg, Carl; Medelius, Pedro J.

    1994-01-01

    Engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center have designed a signal conditioning amplifier which automatically matches itself to almost any kind of transducer. The product, called Universal Signal Conditioning Amplifier (USCA), uses state-of-the-art technologies to deliver high accuracy measurements. USCA's features which can be either programmable or automated include: voltage, current, or pulsed excitation, unlimited resolution gain, digital filtering and both analog and digital output. USCA will be used at Kennedy Space Center's launch pads for environmental measurements such as vibrations, strains, temperatures and overpressures. USCA is presently being commercialized through a co-funded agreement between NASA, the State of Florida, and Loral Test and Information Systems, Inc.

  13. Spatial Light Amplifier Modulators

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    Eng, Sverre T.; Olsson, N. Anders

    1992-01-01

    Spatial light amplifier modulators (SLAM's) are conceptual devices that effect two-dimensional spatial modulation in optical computing and communication systems. Unlike current spatial light modulators, these provide gain. Optical processors incorporating SLAM's designed to operate in reflection or transmission mode. Each element of planar SLAM array is optical amplifier - surface-emitting diode laser. Array addressed electrically with ac modulating signals superimposed on dc bias currents supplied to lasers. SLAM device provides both desired modulation and enough optical gain to enable splitting of output signal into many optical fibers without excessive loss of power.

  14. Molecular charge contact biosensing based on the interaction of biologically modified magnetic beads with an ion-sensitive field effect transistor.

    PubMed

    Miyazawa, Yuuya; Sakata, Toshiya

    2014-05-01

    In this article, we report a novel method of biomolecular recognition based on the molecular charge contact (MCC). As one of the MCC biosensing method, the interaction between DNA-coated magnetic beads and a silicon-based semiconductor, an ion-sensitive field effect transistor (ISFET) could be detected for DNA molecular recognition events using the principle of the field effect, which enables detecting ionic or molecular charges. After DNA-coated magnetic beads had been introduced and brought in contact with the gate surface by a magnet, the threshold voltage of the ISFET was shifted in the positive direction by immobilization, hybridization and extension reaction of DNA molecules on magnetic beads. This positive shift was based on the increase in negative charges of the phosphate groups in them. Then, the ISFET device could be reused a couple of dozen times continuously and cost-effectively because the oligonucleotide probes were tethered to the magnetic beads, but this was not done directly on the gate surface of the ISFET. Moreover, the MCC biosensing method enabled discrimination of a single nucleotide polymorphism. By creating an interaction of magnetic beads with the semiconductor, we can expect enhancement of the reaction efficiency in a solution and reuse of the device by separating the reaction field from the sensing substrate. PMID:24595376

  15. Negative electrospray ionization on porous supporting tips for mass spectrometric analysis: electrostatic charging effect on detection sensitivity and its application to explosive detection.

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    Wong, Melody Yee-Man; Man, Sin-Heng; Che, Chi-Ming; Lau, Kai-Chung; Ng, Kwan-Ming

    2014-03-21

    The simplicity and easy manipulation of a porous substrate-based ESI-MS technique have been widely applied to the direct analysis of different types of samples in positive ion mode. However, the study and application of this technique in negative ion mode are sparse. A key challenge could be due to the ease of electrical discharge on supporting tips upon the application of negative voltage. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of supporting materials, including polyester, polyethylene and wood, on the detection sensitivity of a porous substrate-based negative ESI-MS technique. By using nitrobenzene derivatives and nitrophenol derivatives as the target analytes, it was found that the hydrophobic materials (i.e., polyethylene and polyester) with a higher tendency to accumulate negative charge could enhance the detection sensitivity towards nitrobenzene derivatives via electron-capture ionization; whereas, compounds with electron affinities lower than the cut-off value (1.13 eV) were not detected. Nitrophenol derivatives with pKa smaller than 9.0 could be detected in the form of deprotonated ions; whereas polar materials (i.e., wood), which might undergo competitive deprotonation with the analytes, could suppress the detection sensitivity. With the investigation of the material effects on the detection sensitivity, the porous substrate-based negative ESI-MS method was developed and applied to the direct detection of two commonly encountered explosives in complex samples. PMID:24492411

  16. Performance of a compact position-sensitive photon counting detector with image charge coupling to an air-side anode

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    Jagutzki, O.; Czasch, A.; Schssler, S.

    2013-05-01

    We discuss a novel micro-channel plate (MCP) photomultiplier with resistive screen (RS-PMT) as a detection device for space- and time-correlated single photon counting, illustrated by several applications. The photomultiplier tube resembles a standard image intensifier device. However, the rear phosphor screen is replaced by a ceramic "window" with resistive coating. The MCP output is transferred through the ceramic plate to the read-out electrode (on the air side) via capacity-coupling of the image charge. This design allows for an easy reconfiguration of the read-out electrode (e.g. pixel, charge-sharing, cross-strip, delay-line) without breaking the vacuum for optimizing the detector performance towards a certain task. It also eases the design and manufacturing process of such a multi-purpose photomultiplier tube. Temporal and spatial resolutions well below 100 ps and 100 microns, respectively, have been reported at event rates as high as 1 MHz, for up to 40 mm effective detection diameter. In this paper we will discuss several applications like wide-field fluorescence microscopy and dual ?/fast-neutron radiography for air cargo screening and conclude with an outlook on large-area detectors for thermal neutrons based on MCPs.

  17. IonCCD for direct position-sensitive charged-particle detection: from electrons and keV ions to hyperthermal biomolecular ions

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    Hadjar, Omar; Johnson, Grant E.; Laskin, Julia; Kibelka, Gottfried; Shill, Scott M.; Kuhn, Ken; Cameron, Chad; Kassan, Scott

    2011-04-01

    A novel charged-particle sensitive, pixel based detector array is described and its usage is demonstrated for a variety of applications, from detection of elemental particles (electrons) to hyper-thermal large biomolecular positive and negative ions including keV light atomic and molecular ions. The array detector is a modified light-sensitive charged coupled device (CCD). The IonCCDTM was engineered for direct charged particle detection by replacing the semi-conductor part of the CCD pixel by a conductor1. In contrast with the CCD, where the semi-conductive pixel is responsible for electron-hole pair formation upon photon bombardment, the IonCCD uses a capacitor coupled to the conductive electrode for direct charge integration. The detector can be operated from atmospheric pressure to high vacuum since no high voltages are needed. The IonCCD, presented in this work is an array of 2126 active pixels with 21 um pixel width and 3 um pixel gap. The detection area is 1.5x51mm2 where 1.5 mm and 51 mm are pixel and detector array length, respectively. The result is a one-dimensional position-sensitive detector with 24 um spatial resolution and 88 % pixel area ratio (PAR). In this work we demonstrate the capabilities and the performance of the detector. For the first time we show the direct detection of 250 eV electrons providing linearity response and detection efficiency of the IonCCD as function of electron beam current. Using positive ions from and electron impact source (E-I), we demonstrate that the detection efficiency of the IonCCD is virtually independent of particle energy [250 eV, 1250 eV], particle impact angle [45o, 90o] and particle flux. By combining the IonCCD with a double focusing sector field of Mattauch-Herzog geometry (M-H), we demonstrate fast acquisition of mass spectra in direct air sniffing mode. A first step towards fast in vivo breath analysis is presented. Detection of hyper-thermal biomolecular ions produced using an electrospray ionization source (ESI) is presented. The IonCCD was used as beam profiler to characterize the beam shape and intensity of 15 eV protonated and deprotonated biomolecular ions at the exit of an RF only collisional quadrupole. We present simultaneous detection of 140 eV doubly protonated biomolecular ions when the IonCCD is combined with the M-H analyzer. The latter, demonstrates the possibility of simultaneous separation and micro-array deposition of biological material using a miniature sector field.

  18. Anion-correlated conduction band edge shifts and charge transfer kinetics in dye-sensitized solar cells with ionic liquid electrolytes.

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    Zhang, Min; Zhang, Jing; Bai, Yu; Wang, Yinghui; Su, Mei; Wang, Peng

    2011-03-01

    In solvent-free ionic liquid electrolytes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells, iodide and non-iodide melts are ordinarily blended in order to attain a high dynamic fluidity and thereby meet a fast mass transport of electroactive species. This common tactic could bring forth a prominent impact of various anions on cell efficiency by altering photocurrent and/or photovoltage. Herein we report evident effects of the dicyanamide versus tetracyanoborate anion on the energetics of titania conduction band edge and the kinetics of multi-channel charge-transfer reactions in cells employing a high absorption coefficient ruthenium sensitizer C106. A slightly shorter photoluminescence lifetime of C106 grafted on alumina is probed for the tetracyanoborate-based reference cell with respect to the dicyanamide counterpart. However, owing to a more favourable thermodynamic driving force of ?90 meV, the tetracyanoborate anion prompts an almost 3-fold faster electron injection from the excited-state dye to titania than dicyanamide, leading to a higher charge separation yield, which is in good agreement with an almost indistinguishable ratio of external quantum efficiency enhancement in the whole spectral response region. Compared to tetracyanoborate, the presence of dicyanamide at the titania/electrolyte interface evokes a 27-fold smaller interfacial electron exchange rate (K) with triiodide, accounting for the open-circuit photovoltage variation observed in current-voltage measurements. PMID:21184000

  19. Tuneable, non-degenerated, nonlinear, parametrically-excited amplifier

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    Dolev, Amit; Bucher, Izhak

    2016-01-01

    The proposed parametric amplifier scheme can be tuned to amplify a wide range of input frequencies by altering the parametric excitation with no need to physically modify the oscillator. Parametric amplifiers had been studied extensively, although most of the work focused on amplifiers that are parametrically excited at a frequency twice the amplifier's natural frequency. These amplifiers are confined to amplifying predetermined frequencies. The proposed parametric amplifier's bandwidth is indeed tuneable to nearly any input frequency, not bound to be an integer multiple of a natural frequency. In order to tune the stiffness and induce a variable frequency parametric excitation, a digitally controlled electromechanical element must be incorporated in the realization. We introduce a novel parametric amplifier with nonlinearity, Duffing type hardening, that bounds the otherwise unlimited amplitude. Moreover, we present a multi degree of freedom system in which a utilization of the proposed method enables the projection of low frequency vector forces on any eigenvector and corresponding natural frequency of the system, and thus to transform external excitations to a frequency band where signal levels are considerably higher. Using the method of multiple scales, analytical expressions for the responses have been retrieved and verified numerically. Parametric studies of the amplifiers' gain, sensitivities and spatial projection of the excitation on the system eigenvectors were carried out analytically. The results demonstrate the advantage of the proposed approach over existing schemes. Practical applications envisaged for the proposed method will be outlined.

  20. Fourier plane image amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Hackel, Lloyd A.; Hermann, Mark R.; Dane, C. Brent; Tiszauer, Detlev H.

    1995-01-01

    A solid state laser is frequency tripled to 0.3 .mu.m. A small portion of the laser is split off and generates a Stokes seed in a low power oscillator. The low power output passes through a mask with the appropriate hole pattern. Meanwhile, the bulk of the laser output is focused into a larger stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) amplifier. The low power beam is directed through the same cell in the opposite direction. The majority of the amplification takes place at the focus which is the fourier transform plane of the mask image. The small holes occupy large area at the focus and thus are preferentially amplified. The amplified output is now imaged onto the multichip module where the holes are drilled. Because of the fourier plane amplifier, only .about.1/10th the power of a competitive system is needed. This concept allows less expensive masks to be used in the process and requires much less laser power.

  1. PASOTRON amplifier experiments

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    Ponti, Elmira S.; Goebel, Dan M.; Feicht, Jon R.; Santoru, Joseph; Eisenhart, Robert L.

    1995-09-01

    Preliminary experimental studies are reported of an L-band amplifier based on Hughes' plasma-assisted, slow-wave oscillator (PASOTRON) technology. The amplifier system utilizes a hollow-cathode-plasma electron-gun, and a plasma-filled slow-wave structure (SWS) to produce >= 100 microsecond(s) ec-long, 50 to 75 kV, 30 to 100-A electron beam pulses that propagate in a plasma channel without the use of any externally applied axial magnetic field. The electron-beam pulse coincides with a 100-microsecond(s) ec-long RF drive signal provided by a 2.6-kW TWT, which is coupled into the amplifier upstream of the SWS. The SWS consists of a ring-bar design which is novel to the PASOTRON family of devices and is used for its short length compared to a helix. Simulations of HP's high frequency structure simulator were used to optimize the ring-bar SWS. Preliminary data are reported showing the new L-band amplifier's gain, power, efficiency, and bandwidth. Methods of eliminating a backward wave oscillation, which was found to limit the performance of the tube, are also presented.

  2. Improved RF Isolation Amplifier

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    Stevens, G. L.; Macconnell, J.

    1985-01-01

    Circuit has high reverse isolation and wide bandwidth. Wideband isolation amplifier has low intermodulation distortion and high reverse isolation. Circuit does not require selected or matched components or directional coupling device. Circuit used in applications requiring high reverse isolation such as receiver intermediate-frequency (IF) strips and frequency distribution systems. Also applicable in RF and video signaling.

  3. Fourier plane image amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Hackel, L.A.; Hermann, M.R.; Dane, C.B.; Tiszauer, D.H.

    1995-12-12

    A solid state laser is frequency tripled to 0.3 {micro}m. A small portion of the laser is split off and generates a Stokes seed in a low power oscillator. The low power output passes through a mask with the appropriate hole pattern. Meanwhile, the bulk of the laser output is focused into a larger stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) amplifier. The low power beam is directed through the same cell in the opposite direction. The majority of the amplification takes place at the focus which is the fourier transform plane of the mask image. The small holes occupy large area at the focus and thus are preferentially amplified. The amplified output is now imaged onto the multichip module where the holes are drilled. Because of the fourier plane amplifier, only about 1/10th the power of a competitive system is needed. This concept allows less expensive masks to be used in the process and requires much less laser power. 1 fig.

  4. Porphyrin-fullerene C60 dyads with high ability to form photoinduced charge-separated state as novel sensitizers for photodynamic therapy.

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    Milanesio, M Elisa; Alvarez, M Gabriela; Rivarola, Viviana; Silber, Juana J; Durantini, Edgardo N

    2005-01-01

    The photodynamic activities of a porphyrin-C60 dyad (P-C60) and its metal complex with Zn(II) (ZnP-C60) were compared with 5-(4-acetamidophenyl)-10,15,20-tris(4-methoxyphenyl)porphyrin (P), both in homogeneous medium-bearing photooxidizable substrates and in vitro on the Hep-2-human-larynx-carcinoma cell line. This study represents the first evaluation of dyads, with a high capacity to form a photoinduced charge-separated state, to act as agents to inactivate cells by photodynamic therapy (PDT). Absorption and fluorescence spectroscopic studies were performed in toluene and N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF). The emission of the porphyrin moiety in the dyads is strongly quenched by the attached fullerene C60 moiety. The singlet molecular oxygen, O2(1delta(g)), productions (phi(delta)) were determined using 9,10-dimethylanthracene (DMA). The values of phi(delta) were strongly dependent on the solvent's polarity. Comparable phi(delta) values were found for dyads and P in toluene, while O2(1delta(g)) production was significantly diminished for the dyads in DMF. In more polar solvent, the stabilization of charge-transfer state takes place, decreasing the efficiency of porphyrin triplet-state formation. Also, both dyads photosensitize the decomposition of L-tryptophan in DMF. In biological medium, no dark cytotoxicity was observed using sensitizer concentrations < or = 1 microM and 24 h of incubation. The uptake of sensitizers into Hep-2 was studied using 1 microM of sensitizer and different times of incubation. Under these conditions, a value of approximately 1.5 nmol/10(6) cells was found between 4 and 24 h of incubation. The cell survival after irradiation of the cells with visible light was dependent upon light-exposure level. A higher photocytotoxic effect was observed for P-C60, which inactivates 80% of cells after 15 min of irradiation. Moreover, both dyads keep a high photoactivity even under argon atmosphere. Thus, depending on the microenvironment where the sensitizer is localized, these compounds could produce biological photodamage through either an O2(1delta(g))-mediated photoreaction process or a free-radicals mechanism under low oxygen concentration. These results show that molecular dyads, which can form a photoinduced charge-separated state, are a promising model for phototherapeutic agents, with potential applications in cell inactivation by PDT. PMID:15757366

  5. Ab Initio Simulation of Charge Transfer at the Semiconductor Quantum Dot/TiO 2 Interface in Quantum Dot-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Xin, Xukai; Li, Bo; Jung, Jaehan; Yoon, Young Jun; Biswas, Rana; Lin, Zhiqun

    2014-07-24

    Quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) have emerged as a promising solar architecture for next-generation solar cells. The QDSSCs exhibit a remarkably fast electron transfer from the quantum dot (QD) donor to the TiO2 acceptor with size quantization properties of QDs that allows for the modulation of band energies to control photoresponse and photoconversion efficiency of solar cells. In order to understand the mechanisms that underpin this rapid charge transfer, the electronic properties of CdSe and PbSe QDs with different sizes on the TiO2 substrate are simulated using a rigorous ab initio density functional method. Our method capitalizes on localized orbital basis set, which is computationally less intensive. Quite intriguingly, a remarkable set of electron bridging states between QDs and TiO2 occurring via the strong bonding between the conduction bands of QDs and TiO2 is revealed. Such bridging states account for the fast adiabatic charge transfer from the QD donor to the TiO2 acceptor, and may be a general feature for strongly coupled donor/acceptor systems. All the QDs/TiO2 systems exhibit type II band alignments, with conduction band offsets that increase with the decrease in QD size. This facilitates the charge transfer from QDs donors to TiO2 acceptors and explains the dependence of the increased charge transfer rate with the decreased QD size.

  6. Super sensitization: grand charge (hole/electron) separation in ATC dye sensitized CdSe, CdSe/ZnS type-I, and CdSe/CdTe type-II core-shell quantum dots.

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    Debnath, Tushar; Maity, Partha; Ghosh, Hirendra N

    2014-10-01

    Ultrafast charge-transfer dynamics has been demonstrated in CdSe quantum dots (QD), CdSe/ZnS type-I core-shell, and CdSe/CdTe type-II core-shell nanocrystals after sensitizing the QD materials by aurin tricarboxylic acid (ATC), in which CdSe QD and ATC form a charge-transfer complex. Energy level diagrams suggest that the conduction and valence band of CdSe lies below the LUMO and the HOMO level of ATC, respectively, thus signifying that the photoexcited hole in CdSe can be transferred to ATC and that photoexcited ATC can inject electrons into CdSe QD, which has been confirmed by steady state and time-resolved luminescence studies and also by femtosecond time-resolved absorption measurements. The effect of shell materials (for both type-I and type-II) on charge-transfer processes has been demonstrated. Electron injection in all the systems were measured to be <150?fs. However, the hole transfer time varied from 900?fs to 6?ps depending on the type of materials. The hole-transfer process was found to be most efficient in CdSe QD. On the other hand, it has been found to be facilitated in CdSe/CdTe type-II and retarded in CdSe/ZnS type-I core-shell materials. Interestingly, electron injection from photoexcited ATC to both CdSe/CdTe type-II and CdSe/ZnS type-I core-shell has been found to be more efficient as compared to pure CdSe QD. Our observation suggests the potential of quantum dot core-shell super sensitizers for developing more efficient quantum dot solar cells. PMID:25179856

  7. Effect of a long alkyl group on cyclopentadithiophene as a conjugated bridge for D-A-?-A organic sensitizers: IPCE, electron diffusion length, and charge recombination.

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    Chai, Qipeng; Li, Wenqin; Wu, Yongzhen; Pei, Kai; Liu, Jingchuan; Geng, Zhiyuan; Tian, He; Zhu, Weihong

    2014-08-27

    The option of using conjugated ?-linkers is critical for rational molecular design toward an energy-level strategy for organic sensitizers. To further optimize photovoltaic performance, methyl- and octyl-substituted 4H-cyclopenta[2,1-b:3,4-b']dithiophene (CPDT) are introduced into D-A-?-A featured sensitizers. Along with CPDT, instead of thiophene as conjugated bridge, WS-39 and WS-43 exhibit an extended spectral response due to the excellent conjugation and coplanarity of CPDT. Specifically, we focused on the critical effect of length of the alkyl group linked to the bridging carbon atoms of CPDT on the photovoltaic performances. Octyl-substituted WS-39 shows a broader IPCE onset with an enhanced photovoltage relative to the analogue WS-5. In contrast, WS-43, with methyl substituted on the CPDT moiety, presents a relatively low quantum conversion efficiency within the whole spectral response region, along with low photocurrent density. WS-43 displays a distinctly low IPCE platform, predominately arising from the short electron diffusion length with significant electron loss during the electron transport. The relative movement of the conduction band edge (E(CB)) and charge transfer resistance as well as lifetime of injected electrons are studied in detail. Under standard AM 1.5 conditions, WS-39-based solar cells show a promising photovoltaic efficiency of 9.07% (J(SC) = 16.61 mA cm(-2), V(OC) = 770 mV, FF = 0.71). The octyl chains attached on CPDT can provide dual protection and exhibit a high propensity to prevent binding of the iodide-triiodide redox couple, producing an efficient shielding effect to retard the charge recombination and resulting in improvement of V(OC). Our research paves the way to explore more efficient sensitizers through ingenious molecular engineering. PMID:25062140

  8. Amplified spontaneous emission in a Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier

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    Ivanov, Vladimir V.; Maksimchuk, Anatoly; Mourou, Gerard

    2003-12-01

    Amplified spontaneous emission power and contrast ratio in a linear miltipass Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier with a wavelength centered at 1054 nm are calculated and measured. It is shown that the passive losses of a seed pulse and the losses in coupling to the regenerative amplifier cavity mode degrade the intensity contrast ratio to 10-6-10-7. The advantage of an optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier with respect to the contrast ratio is discussed.

  9. Broadband RF-distribution amplifier

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    Lutes, G. F., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    Radio frequency amplifier to distribute reference frequencies within communications systems and provide automatic gain control with low phase distortion is described. Use of photocell in electronic circuit to produce desired conditions is explained. Operation of entire amplifier circuit is analyzed.

  10. Nanoscale femtosecond imaging of transient hot solid density plasmas with elemental and charge state sensitivity using resonant coherent diffraction

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    Kluge, T.; Bussmann, M.; Chung, H.-K.; Gutt, C.; Huang, L. G.; Zacharias, M.; Schramm, U.; Cowan, T. E.

    2016-03-01

    Here, we propose to exploit the low energy bandwidth, small wavelength, and penetration power of ultrashort pulses from XFELs for resonant Small Angle Scattering (SAXS) on plasma structures in laser excited plasmas. Small angle scattering allows to detect nanoscale density fluctuations in forward scattering direction. Typically, the SAXS signal from laser excited plasmas is expected to be dominated by the free electron distribution. We propose that the ionic scattering signal becomes visible when the X-ray energy is in resonance with an electron transition between two bound states (resonant coherent X-ray diffraction). In this case, the scattering cross-section dramatically increases so that the signal of X-ray scattering from ions silhouettes against the free electron scattering background which allows to measure the opacity and derived quantities with high spatial and temporal resolution, being fundamentally limited only by the X-ray wavelength and timing. Deriving quantities such as ion spatial distribution, charge state distribution, and plasma temperature with such high spatial and temporal resolution will make a vast number of processes in shortpulse laser-solid interaction accessible for direct experimental observation, e.g., hole-boring and shock propagation, filamentation and instability dynamics, electron transport, heating, and ultrafast ionization dynamics.

  11. Retinal charge sensitivity and spatial discrimination obtainable by subretinal implants: key lessons learned from isolated chicken retina

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    Stett, Alfred; Mai, Andreas; Herrmann, Thoralf

    2007-03-01

    In order to obtain functional parameters relevant to the designing of a subretinal implant, we carried out electrical stimulation experiments with isolated chicken retina. The median threshold for network activation with planar disc electrodes (diameter 10 m) was 0.5 nC (625 C cm-2) for anodal voltage impulses and 1.6 nC (2 mC cm-2) for cathodal impulses. Above threshold, the number of spikes evoked by a single voltage impulse increased up to saturation within a range of injected charge from 0.1 nC to 1 nC for anodal impulses and from 1 nC to 10 nC for cathodal impulses. Using needle electrodes with a tip diameter of 1 m, we determined the electrical point spread function (EPSF) for subretinal stimulation. It had a half width in the range of 100 m, which corresponds to a visual angle of 21' and to a visual acuity of 20/417 in the human eye. It is reasonable to conclude that with subretinal implants the minimum separable will be of the same dimension.

  12. Ultrafast optical parametric amplifiers

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    Cerullo, Giulio; De Silvestri, Sandro

    2003-01-01

    Over the last decade there have been spectacular developments in ultrafast laser technology, due to the introduction of solid state active materials and of new mode-locking and amplification techniques. These advances, together with the discovery of new nonlinear optical crystals, have fostered the introduction of ultrafast optical parametric amplifiers as a practical source of femtosecond pulses tunable across the visible and infrared spectral ranges. This article summarizes the recent progress in the development of ultrafast optical parametric amplifiers, giving the basic design principles for different frequency ranges and in addition presenting some advanced designs for the generation of ultrabroadband, few-optical-cycle pulses. Finally, we also briefly discuss the possibility of applying parametric amplification schemes to large-scale, petawatt-level systems.

  13. Monolithic dye laser amplifier

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    Kuklo, T.C.

    1993-03-30

    A fluid dye laser amplifier for amplifying a dye beam by pump beams has a channel structure defining a channel through which a laseable fluid flows and the dye and pump beams pass transversely to one another through a lasing region. The channel structure is formed with two pairs of mutually spaced-apart and mutually confronting glass windows, which are interlocked and make surface-contacts with one another and surround the lasing region. One of the glass window pairs passes the dye beam and the other passes the pump beams therethrough and through the lasing region. Where these glass window pieces make surface-contacts, glue is used to join the pieces together to form a monolithic structure so as to prevent the dye in the fluid passing through the channel from entering the space between the mutually contacting glass window pieces.

  14. Man-Amplifying Exoskeleton

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    Rosheim, Mark E.

    1990-03-01

    This paper describes a design for a man-amplifying exoskeleton, an electrically powered, articulated frame worn by an operator. The design features modular construction and employ anthropomorphic pitch-yaw joints for arms and legs. These singularity-free designs offer a significant advancement over simple pivot-type joints used in older designs. Twenty-six degrees-of-freedom excluding the hands gives the Man-Amplifier its unique dexterity. A five hundred-pound load capacity is engineered for a diverse range of tasks. Potential applications in emergency rescue work, restoring functionality to the handicapped, and military applications ranging from material handling to an elite fighting core are discussed. A bibliography concludes this paper.

  15. Monolithic dye laser amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Kuklo, Thomas C. (Ripon, CA)

    1993-01-01

    A fluid dye laser amplifier for amplifying a dye beam by pump beams has a channel structure defining a channel through which a laseable fluid flows and the dye and pump beams pass transversely to one another through a lasing region. The channel structure is formed with two pairs of mutually spaced-apart and mutually confronting glass windows, which are interlocked and make surface-contacts with one another and surround the lasing region. One of the glass window pairs passes the dye beam and the other passes the pump beams therethrough and through the lasing region. Where these glass window pieces make surface-contacts, glue is used to join the pieces together to form a monolithic structure so as to prevent the dye in the fluid passing through the channel from entering the space between the mutually contacting glass window pieces.

  16. STABILIZED TRANSISTOR AMPLIFIER

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    Noe, J.B.

    1963-05-01

    A temperature stabilized transistor amplifier having a pair of transistors coupled in cascade relation that are capable of providing amplification through a temperature range of - 100 un. Concent 85% F to 400 un. Concent 85% F described. The stabilization of the amplifier is attained by coupling a feedback signal taken from the emitter of second transistor at a junction between two serially arranged biasing resistances in the circuit of the emitter of the second transistor to the base of the first transistor. Thus, a change in the emitter current of the second transistor is automatically corrected by the feedback adjustment of the base-emitter potential of the first transistor and by a corresponding change in the base-emitter potential of the second transistor. (AEC)

  17. Shared experiences are amplified.

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    Boothby, Erica J; Clark, Margaret S; Bargh, John A

    2014-12-01

    In two studies, we found that sharing an experience with another person, without communicating, amplifies one's experience. Both pleasant and unpleasant experiences were more intense when shared. In Study 1, participants tasted pleasant chocolate. They judged the chocolate to be more likeable and flavorful when they tasted it at the same time that another person did than when that other person was present but engaged in a different activity. Although these results were consistent with our hypothesis that shared experiences are amplified compared with unshared experiences, it could also be the case that shared experiences are more enjoyable in general. We designed Study 2 to distinguish between these two explanations. In this study, participants tasted unpleasantly bitter chocolate and judged it to be less likeable when they tasted it simultaneously with another person than when that other person was present but doing something else. These results support the amplification hypothesis. PMID:25274583

  18. Amplifying genetic logic gates.

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    Bonnet, Jerome; Yin, Peter; Ortiz, Monica E; Subsoontorn, Pakpoom; Endy, Drew

    2013-05-01

    Organisms must process information encoded via developmental and environmental signals to survive and reproduce. Researchers have also engineered synthetic genetic logic to realize simpler, independent control of biological processes. We developed a three-terminal device architecture, termed the transcriptor, that uses bacteriophage serine integrases to control the flow of RNA polymerase along DNA. Integrase-mediated inversion or deletion of DNA encoding transcription terminators or a promoter modulates transcription rates. We realized permanent amplifying AND, NAND, OR, XOR, NOR, and XNOR gates actuated across common control signal ranges and sequential logic supporting autonomous cell-cell communication of DNA encoding distinct logic-gate states. The single-layer digital logic architecture developed here enables engineering of amplifying logic gates to control transcription rates within and across diverse organisms. PMID:23539178

  19. Linearized microwave amplifiers

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    Berman, A.; Crampton, D.; Hahn, C.; Wachs, M.

    1992-03-01

    The paper examines the effect of shaping and amplitude and phase transfer characteristics of high-power amplifiers (HPAs) by design in order to optimize amplifier performance for both linearity and efficiency. Practical results obtained from both L-band and C-band SSPAs, and Ku-band TWTAs are presented. In this procedure, the circuit is optimized in a two-step procedure. Initially, an active device is embedded in a microwave matching structure. The key design considerations are low loss, broad bandwidth, and circuit stability. The circuit is then optimized to produce the desired transfer characteristic. To ensure that this second step converges to a useful solution, sample transfer functions are precomputed to assist in the circuit optimization process. The use of interactive real-time computer modeling to search for desired amplitude and phase responses yields significant improvements in the linearity and efficiency of typical linearized HPAs.

  20. Helical Fiber Amplifier

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    Koplow, Jeffrey P. (Washington, DC); Kliner, Dahy (San Ramon, CA); Goldberg, Lew (Fairfax, VA)

    2002-12-17

    A multi-mode gain fiber is provided which affords substantial improvements in the maximum pulse energy, peak power handling capabilities, average output power, and/or pumping efficiency of fiber amplifier and laser sources while maintaining good beam quality (comparable to that of a conventional single-mode fiber source). These benefits are realized by coiling the multimode gain fiber to induce significant bend loss for all but the lowest-order mode(s).

  1. Monolithic low noise amplifiers

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    Maki, D. W.; Esfandiari, R.; Siracusa, M.

    1981-10-01

    A GaAs monolithic low-noise X-band amplifier has been developed which demonstrates a noise figure of 2.8 dB with an associated gain of 8.5 dB at 12 GHz. The circuits were formed using direction implantation into semiinsulating GaAs, which is the technology of choice for low cost, high volume applications. Monolithic fabrication is described, and RF results are presented.

  2. Multiple pass laser amplifier system

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    Brueckner, Keith A.; Jorna, Siebe; Moncur, N. Kent

    1977-01-01

    A laser amplification method for increasing the energy extraction efficiency from laser amplifiers while reducing the energy flux that passes through a flux limited system which includes apparatus for decomposing a linearly polarized light beam into multiple components, passing the components through an amplifier in delayed time sequence and recombining the amplified components into an in phase linearly polarized beam.

  3. Improved-Bandwidth Transimpedance Amplifier

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    Chapsky, Jacob

    2009-01-01

    The widest available operational amplifier, with the best voltage and current noise characteristics, is considered for transimpedance amplifier (TIA) applications where wide bandwidth is required to handle fast rising input signals (as for time-of-flight measurement cases). The added amplifier inside the TIA feedback loop can be configured to have slightly lower voltage gain than the bandwidth reduction factor.

  4. Solvent sensitive intramolecular charge transfer dynamics in the excited states of 4-N,N-dimethylamino-4'-nitrobiphenyl.

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    Ghosh, Rajib; Nandi, Amitabha; Palit, Dipak K

    2016-03-01

    Organic molecules substituted with the nitro group show efficient nonlinear optical (NLO) properties, which are a consequence of the strong intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) character of the molecules because of the strong electron withdrawing nature of the nitro group and rapid responsiveness because of highly movable π-electrons. Dynamics of the ICT process in the excited states of a push-pull biphenyl derivative, namely, 4-N,N-dimethylamino-4'-nitrobiphenyl (DNBP), an efficient NLO material, has been investigated using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy. The experimental results have been corroborated with DFT and TDDFT calculations. In solvents of large polarity, e.g. acetonitrile, the ultrafast ICT process of DNBP is associated with the barrierless twisting of the N,N-dimethylaniline (DMA) group with respect to the nitrobenzene moiety to populate the twisted ICT (or TICT) state, and the rate of this process is solely governed by the viscosity of the medium. In solvents of moderate polarity, e.g. ethyl acetate, the rate of the twisting process is significantly slowed down and the LE and TICT states remain in equilibrium because of a low energy barrier for interconversion between these two states. By further lowering the polarity of the solvent, e.g. in dioxane, the twisting process is completely retarded. In nonpolar solvents, e.g. cyclohexane, a reverse twisting motion towards the planar geometry (i.e. the PICT process) has been evident in the excited state dynamics. In this solvent, the S1 state undergoes an ultrafast intersystem crossing to the triplet state because of its close proximity with the T2 state. PMID:26907751

  5. Response of an environment-sensitive intramolecular charge transfer probe towards solubilization of liposome membranes by a non-ionic detergent: Association and dissociation kinetics

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    Paul, Bijan Kumar; Guchhait, Nikhil

    2012-10-01

    The present report describes an endeavor to follow the solubilization of DMPC and DMPG liposome membranes by a non-ionic detergent Triton X-100 on the lexicon of environment-sensitive intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) photophysics of an extrinsic molecular probe 5-(4-dimethylamino-phenyl)-penta-2, 4-dienoic acid methyl ester (DPDAME). The prospective applicability of the probe to function as a reporter for detergent-sequestered solubilization of liposome membranes is argued on the basis of comparison of the spectral properties of the probe in various environments. Fluorescence anisotropy study delineates the degree of motional restriction imposed on the probe in different microheterogeneous assemblies. The kinetics of association of the probe with the liposome membranes and the dissociation kinetics of TX-100-sequestered solubilization process of the liposomes have been monitored by the stopped-flow fluorescence technique and the results are rationalized in relevance to fluorescence anisotropy study.

  6. Mesoporous anatase TiO2 microspheres with interconnected nanoparticles delivering enhanced dye-loading and charge transport for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Chu, Liang; Qin, Zhengfei; Zhang, Qiaoxia; Chen, Wei; Yang, Jian; Yang, Jianping; Li, Xing'ao

    2016-01-01

    Mesoporous anatase TiO2 microspheres with interconnected nanostructures meet both large surface area and connected-structure for electron transfer as ideal nano/micromaterials for application in solar cells, energy storage, catalysis, water splitting and gas sensing. In this work, mesoporous anatase TiO2 microspheres consisting of interconnected nanoparticles were synthesized by template-free, one-step fast solvothermal process, where urea was used as capping agent to control phase and promote oriented growth. The morphology was assembled by nucleation-growth-assembly-mechanism. The mesoporous anatase TiO2 microspheres with interconnected nanoparticles were further utilized as efficient photoelectrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), which were beneficial to capacity of dye loading and charge transfer. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) based on the optimized thickness of TiO2 photoelectrodes was up to 7.13% under standard AM 1.5 G illumination (100 mW/cm2).

  7. Charge-Transfer Complexation at Carminic Acid-CdS Interface and Its Impact on the Efficiency of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Shahzad, Naila; Shah, Syed Mujtaba; Munir, Shamsa; Hana, Amina; Jabeen, Uzma; Nosheen, Erum; Habib, Banafsha; Khan, Arif Ullah; Hassan, Zubair; Siddiq, Muhammad; Hussain, Hazrat

    2015-04-01

    We report for the first time charge-transfer complex formation at the interface of carminic acid and cadmium sulfide (CdS) nanoparticles. The complex formation was confirmed by ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) and fluorescence emission spectroscopy. Cadmium sulfide nanoparticles were synthesized by the wet chemical method and characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Carminic acid, in different concentrations, was chemisorbed on the surface of CdS nanoparticles. Grafting of carminic acid on CdS was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Energy levels of the highest occupied molecular orbitals and lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals (LUMO) of both carminic acid and CdS nanoparticles matched well for the injection of electron from LUMO of carminic acid to the conduction band of cadmium sulfide. The photoactive nanohybrid material was used in dye-sensitized solar cells. The efficiency of carminic acid functionalized CdS nanoparticles was found to be double the value obtained for the reference device and remained constant over a certain concentration range owing to the complex formation at the interface. However, raising the concentration of carminic acid beyond 2.5 × 10-5 M resulted in a decrease in efficiency. This was ascribed to charge recombination due to the presence of ungrafted carminic acid molecules.

  8. Highly efficient ZnO/Au Schottky barrier dye-sensitized solar cells: Role of gold nanoparticles on the charge-transfer process

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    Bora, Tanujjal; Kyaw, Htet H; Sarkar, Soumik; Pal, Samir K

    2011-01-01

    Summary Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods decorated with gold (Au) nanoparticles have been synthesized and used to fabricate dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The picosecond-resolved, time-correlated single-photon-count (TCSPC) spectroscopy technique was used to explore the charge-transfer mechanism in the ZnO/Au-nanocomposite DSSC. Due to the formation of the Schottky barrier at the ZnO/Au interface and the higher optical absorptions of the ZnO/Au photoelectrodes arising from the surface plasmon absorption of the Au nanoparticles, enhanced power-conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.49% for small-area (0.1 cm2) ZnO/Au-nanocomposite DSSC was achieved compared to the 5.34% efficiency of the bare ZnO nanorod DSSC. The TCSPC studies revealed similar dynamics for the charge transfer from dye molecules to ZnO both in the presence and absence of Au nanoparticles. A slower fluorescence decay associated with the electron recombination process, observed in the presence of Au nanoparticles, confirmed the blocking of the electron transfer from ZnO back to the dye or electrolyte by the Schottky barrier formed at the ZnO/Au interface. For large area DSSC (1 cm2), ~130% enhancement in PCE (from 0.50% to 1.16%) was achieved after incorporation of the Au nanoparticles into the ZnO nanorods. PMID:22043457

  9. Gas amplified ionization detector for gas chromatography

    DOEpatents

    Huston, Gregg C.

    1992-01-01

    A gas-amplified ionization detector for gas chromatrography which possesses increased sensitivity and a very fast response time. Solutes eluding from a gas chromatographic column are ionized by UV photoionization of matter eluting therefrom. The detector is capable of generating easily measured voltage signals by gas amplification/multiplication of electron products resulting from the UV photoionization of at least a portion of each solute passing through the detector.

  10. A battery-driven high-power pulsed NMR amplifier using commercial broadband transistor amplifier modules

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    McLachlan, L. A.

    A comparatively cheap broadband pulsed NMR power amplifier is described which is based upon transistorized single-sideband modules designed for use in amateur radio transmitters. The high collector currents required are provided by sealed lead-acid cells continuously charged by a small constant voltage regulated power supply. Nominal bandwidth is 1 to 30 MHz with a pulse power of at least 400-W rms.

  11. Highly Efficient Visible-to-NIR Luminescence of Lanthanide(III) Complexes with Zwitterionic Ligands Bearing Charge-Transfer Character: Beyond Triplet Sensitization.

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    Pan, Mei; Du, Bin-Bin; Zhu, Yi-Xuan; Yue, Mei-Qin; Wei, Zhang-Wen; Su, Cheng-Yong

    2016-02-01

    Two zwitterionic-type ligands featuring π-π* and intraligand charge-transfer (ILCT) excited states, namely 1,1'-(2,3,5,6-tetramethyl-1,4-phenylene)bis(methylene)dipyridinium-4-olate (TMPBPO) and 1-dodecylpyridin-4(1 H)-one (DOPO), have been prepared and applied to the assembly of lanthanide coordination complexes in an effort to understand the ligand-direction effect on the structure of the Ln complexes and the ligand sensitization effect on the luminescence of the Ln complexes. Due to the wide-band triplet states plus additional ILCT excitation states extending into lower energy levels, broadly and strongly sensitized photoluminescence of f→f transitions from various Ln(3+) ions were observed to cover the visible to near-infrared (NIR) regions. Among which, the Pr, Sm, Dy, and Tm complexes simultaneously display both strong visible and NIR emissions. Based on the isostructural feature of the Ln complexes, color tuning and single-component white light was achieved by preparation of solid solutions of the ternary systems Gd-Eu-Tb (for TMPBPO) and La-Eu-Tb and La-Dy-Sm (for DOPO). Moreover, the visible and NIR luminescence lifetimes of the Ln complexes with the TMPBPO ligand were investigated from 77 to 298 K, revealing a strong temperature dependence of the Tm(3+) ((3) H4 ) and Yb(3+) ((2) F5/2 ) decay dynamics, which has not been explored before for their coordination complexes. PMID:26784018

  12. Amplifying Electrochemical Indicators

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    Fan, Wenhong; Li, Jun; Han, Jie

    2004-01-01

    Dendrimeric reporter compounds have been invented for use in sensing and amplifying electrochemical signals from molecular recognition events that involve many chemical and biological entities. These reporter compounds can be formulated to target specific molecules or molecular recognition events. They can also be formulated to be, variously, hydrophilic or amphiphilic so that they are suitable for use at interfaces between (1) aqueous solutions and (2) electrodes connected to external signal-processing electronic circuits. The invention of these reporter compounds is expected to enable the development of highly miniaturized, low-power-consumption, relatively inexpensive, mass-producible sensor units for diverse applications.

  13. REGENERATIVE TRANSISTOR AMPLIFIER

    DOEpatents

    Kabell, L.J.

    1958-11-25

    Electrical circults for use in computers and the like are described. particularly a regenerative bistable transistor amplifler which is iurned on by a clock signal when an information signal permits and is turned off by the clock signal. The amplifier porforms the above function with reduced power requirements for the clock signal and circuit operation. The power requirements are reduced in one way by employing transformer coupling which increases the collector circuit efficiency by eliminating the loss of power in the collector load resistor.

  14. Dust detector using piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate with current-to-voltage converting amplifier for functional advancement

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    Kobayashi, Masanori; Miyachi, Takashi; Hattori, Maki; Sugita, Seiji; Takechi, Seiji; Okada, Nagaya

    2013-03-01

    This paper describes the concept of a dust monitor using lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics with a large detection area. Its potential as a dust detector is experimentally demonstrated. The dust monitor has a small volume compared to an impact ionization detector with the same detection area, due to the PZT sensor. The PZT sensor, as a traditional device for the in-situ observation of hypervelocity dust particles, has been used for momentum measurement. The hypervelocity impact signals of PZT sensors are typically read by charge-sensitive amplifiers. Instead, we suggest a new method that a current-to-voltage converting amplifier is useful for interpreting the impact signal of a PZT sensor arising from dust particles down to 0.5 ?m in radius. We propose that datasets of dust impacts can be obtained with a higher statistical accuracy, if the new method is applied to instruments on forthcoming interplanetary-space-cruising spacecrafts.

  15. Self-amplified piezoelectric nanogenerator with enhanced output performance: The synergistic effect of micropatterned polymer film and interweaved silver nanowires

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    Liu, Chang; Hua, Bo; You, Sujian; Bu, Chenghao; Yu, Xiaolei; Yu, Zhenhua; Cheng, Nian; Cai, Bo; Liu, Huiqin; Li, Shasha; Zhang, Lingling; Wang, Shengxiang; Liu, Kan; Zhang, Nangang; Liu, Wei; Guo, Shishang; Zhao, Xing-Zhong

    2015-04-01

    A piezoelectric nanogenerator with self-amplified output is prepared with a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)/silver nanowire (Ag NW)/poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) sandwich structure. The Ag NWs facilitate the collection of induced charge generated by the piezoelectric film, and the micro-patterned PDMS films multiply the devices sensitivity under external compression. The nanogenerator exhibits good performance, with a peak open circuit voltage of 1.2 V, and a peak short circuit current of 82 nA. These findings highlight the potential of the nanogenerator in self-powered devices and wearable energy harvesters.

  16. Effective amplifier noise for an optical receiver based on linear mode avalanche photodiodes

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Chen, C.-C.

    1989-01-01

    The rms noise charge induced by the amplifier for an optical receiver based on the linear-mode avalanche photodiode (APD) was analyzed. It is shown that for an amplifier with a 1-pF capacitor and a noise temperature of 100 K, the rms noise charge due to the amplifier is about 300. Since the noise charge must be small compared to the signal gain, APD gains on the order of 1000 will be required to operate the receiver in the linear mode.

  17. DIAMOND AMPLIFIED PHOTOCATHODES.

    SciTech Connect

    SMEDLEY,J.; BEN-ZVI, I.; BOHON, J.; CHANG, X.; GROVER, R.; ISAKOVIC, A.; RAO, T.; WU, Q.

    2007-11-26

    High-average-current linear electron accelerators require photoinjectors capable of delivering tens to hundreds of mA average current, with peak currents of hundreds of amps. Standard photocathodes face significant challenges in meeting these requirements, and often have short operational lifetimes in an accelerator environment. We report on recent progress toward development of secondary emission amplifiers for photocathodes, which are intended to increase the achievable average current while protecting the cathode from the accelerator. The amplifier is a thin diamond wafer which converts energetic (few keV) primary electrons into hundreds of electron-hole pairs via secondary electron emission. The electrons drift through the diamond under an external bias and are emitted into vacuum via a hydrogen-terminated surface with negative electron affinity (NEA). Secondary emission gain of over 200 has been achieved. Two methods of patterning diamond, laser ablation and reactive-ion etching (RIE), are being developed to produce the required geometry. A variety of diagnostic techniques, including FTIR, SEM and AFM, have been used to characterize the diamonds.

  18. Universal Signal Conditioning Amplifier

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kinney, Frank

    1997-01-01

    The Technological Research and Development Authority (TRDA) and NASA-KSC entered into a cooperative agreement in March of 1994 to achieve the utilization and commercialization of a technology development for benefiting both the Space Program and U.S. industry on a "dual-use basis". The technology involved in this transfer is a new, unique Universal Conditioning Amplifier (USCA) used in connection with various types of transducers. The project was initiated in partnership with I-Net Corporation, Lockheed Martin Telemetry & Instrumentation (formerly Loral Test and Information Systems) and Brevard Community College. The project consists of designing, miniaturizing, manufacturing, and testing an existing prototype of USCA that was developed for NASA-KSC by the I-Net Corporation. The USCA is a rugged and field-installable self (or remotely)- programmable amplifier that works in combination with a tag random access memory (RAM) attached to various types of transducers. This summary report comprises performance evaluations, TRDA partnership tasks, a project summary, project milestones and results.

  19. Dye-sensitized solar cells employing doubly or singly open-ended TiO2 nanotube arrays: structural geometry and charge transport.

    PubMed

    Choi, Jongmin; Song, Seulki; Kang, Gyeongho; Park, Taiho

    2014-09-10

    We systematically investigated the charge transport properties of doubly or singly open-ended TiO2 nanotube arrays (DNT and SNT, respectively) for their utility as electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The SNT or DNT arrays were transferred in a bottom-up (B-up) or top-up (T-up) configuration onto a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate onto which had been deposited a 2 ?m thick TiO2 nanoparticle (NP) interlayer. This process yielded four types of DSCs prepared with SNTs (B-up or T-up) or DNT (B-up or T-up). The photovoltaic performances of these DSCs were analyzed by measuring the dependence of the charge transport on the DSC geometry. High resolution scanning electron microscopy techniques were used to characterize the electrode cross sections, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was used to characterize the electrical connection at the interface between the NT array and the TiO2 NP interlayer. We examined the effects of decorating the DNT or SNT arrays with small NPs (sNP@DNT and sNP@SNT, respectively) in an effort to increase the extent of dye loading. The DNT arrays decorated with small NPs performed better than the decorated SNT arrays, most likely because the Ti(OH)4 precursor solution flowed freely into the array through the open ends of the NTs in the DNT case but not in the SNT case. The sNP@DNT-based DSC exhibited a better PCE (10%) compared to the sNP@SNT-based DSCs (6.8%) because the electrolyte solution flow was not restricted, direct electron transport though the NT arrays was possible, the electrical connection at the interface between the NT array and the TiO2 NP interlayer was good, and the array provided efficient light harvesting. PMID:25136743

  20. Pulsed laser deposited porous nano-carpets of indium tin oxide and their use as charge collectors in core-shell structures for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Garvey, Timothy R.; Farnum, Byron H.; Lopez, Rene

    2015-01-01

    Porous In2O3:Sn (ITO) films resembling from brush carpets to open moss-like discrete nanostructures were grown by pulsed laser deposition under low to high background gas pressures, respectively. The charge transport properties of these mesoporous substrates were probed by pulsed laser photo-current and -voltage transient measurements in N719 dye sensitized devices. Although the cyclic voltammetry and dye adsorption measurements suggest a lower proportion of electro-active dye molecules for films deposited at the high-end background gas pressures, the transient measurements indicate similar electron transport rates within the films. Solar cell operation was achieved by the deposition of a conformal TiO2 shell layer by atomic layer deposition (ALD). Much of the device improvement was shown to be due to the TiO2 shell blocking the recombination of photoelectrons with the electrolyte as recombination lifetimes increased drastically from a few seconds in uncoated ITO to over 50 minutes in the ITO with a TiO2 shell layer. Additionally, an order of magnitude increase in the electron transport rate in ITO/TiO2 (core/shell) films was observed, giving the core-shell structure a superior ratio of recombination/transport times.Porous In2O3:Sn (ITO) films resembling from brush carpets to open moss-like discrete nanostructures were grown by pulsed laser deposition under low to high background gas pressures, respectively. The charge transport properties of these mesoporous substrates were probed by pulsed laser photo-current and -voltage transient measurements in N719 dye sensitized devices. Although the cyclic voltammetry and dye adsorption measurements suggest a lower proportion of electro-active dye molecules for films deposited at the high-end background gas pressures, the transient measurements indicate similar electron transport rates within the films. Solar cell operation was achieved by the deposition of a conformal TiO2 shell layer by atomic layer deposition (ALD). Much of the device improvement was shown to be due to the TiO2 shell blocking the recombination of photoelectrons with the electrolyte as recombination lifetimes increased drastically from a few seconds in uncoated ITO to over 50 minutes in the ITO with a TiO2 shell layer. Additionally, an order of magnitude increase in the electron transport rate in ITO/TiO2 (core/shell) films was observed, giving the core-shell structure a superior ratio of recombination/transport times. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr05793g

  1. Reflex ring laser amplifier system

    SciTech Connect

    Summers, M.A.

    1985-10-22

    A laser pulse is injected into an unstable ring resonator-amplifier structure. Inside this resonator the laser pulse is amplified, spatially filtered and magnified. The laser pulse is recirculated in the resonator, being amplified, filtered and magnified on each pass. The magnification is chosen so that the beam passes through the amplifier in concentric non-overlapping regions similar to a single pass MOPA. After a number of passes around the ring resonator the laser pulse is spatially large enough to exit the ring resonator system by passing around an output mirror.

  2. Reflex ring laser amplifier system

    DOEpatents

    Summers, Mark A. (Livermore, CA)

    1985-01-01

    A laser pulse is injected into an unstable ring resonator-amplifier structure. Inside this resonator the laser pulse is amplified, spatially filtered and magnified. The laser pulse is recirculated in the resonator, being amplified, filtered and magnified on each pass. The magnification is chosen so that the beam passes through the amplifier in concentric non-overlapping regions similar to a single pass MOPA. After a number of passes around the ring resonator the laser pulse is spatially large enough to exit the ring resonator system by passing around an output mirror.

  3. Wavelength tunable alexandrite regenerative amplifier

    SciTech Connect

    Harter, D.J.; Bado, P.

    1988-11-01

    We describe a wavelength tunable alexandrite regenerative amplifier which is used to amplify nanosecond slices from a single-frequency cw dye laser or 50-ps pulses emitted by a diode laser to energies in the 10-mJ range. The amplified 5-ns slices generated by the cw-pumped line narrowed dye laser are Fourier transform limited. The 50-ps pulses emitted by a gain-switched diode laser are amplified by more than 10 orders of magnitude in a single stage.

  4. Optical Amplifier for Space Applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Fork, Richard L.; Cole, Spencer T.; Gamble, Lisa J.; Diffey, William M.; Keys, Andrew S.

    1999-01-01

    We describe an optical amplifier designed to amplify a spatially sampled component of an optical wavefront to kilowatt average power. The goal is means for implementing a strategy of spatially segmenting a large aperture wavefront, amplifying the individual segments, maintaining the phase coherence of the segments by active means, and imaging the resultant amplified coherent field. Applications of interest are the transmission of space solar power over multi-megameter distances, as to distant spacecraft, or to remote sites with no preexisting power grid.

  5. Method and apparatus for providing pulse pile-up correction in charge quantizing radiation detection systems

    DOEpatents

    Britton, Jr., Charles L. (Alcoa, TN); Wintenberg, Alan L. (Knoxville, TN)

    1993-01-01

    A radiation detection method and system for continuously correcting the quantization of detected charge during pulse pile-up conditions. Charge pulses from a radiation detector responsive to the energy of detected radiation events are converted to voltage pulses of predetermined shape whose peak amplitudes are proportional to the quantity of charge of each corresponding detected event by means of a charge-sensitive preamplifier. These peak amplitudes are sampled and stored sequentially in accordance with their respective times of occurrence. Based on the stored peak amplitudes and times of occurrence, a correction factor is generated which represents the fraction of a previous pulses influence on a preceding pulse peak amplitude. This correction factor is subtracted from the following pulse amplitude in a summing amplifier whose output then represents the corrected charge quantity measurement.

  6. Amplified wind turbine apparatus

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hein, L. A.; Myers, W. N. (Inventor)

    1982-01-01

    An invention related to the utilization of wind energy and increasing the effects thereof for power generation is described. Amplified wind turbine apparatus is disclosed wherein ambient inlet air is prerotated in a first air rotation chamber having a high pressure profile increasing the turbulence and Reynolds number thereof. A second rotation chamber adjacent and downstream of the turbine has a low pressure core profile whereby flow across the turbine is accelerated and thereafter exits the turbine apparatus through a draft anti-interference device. Interference with ambient winds at the outlet of the turbine apparatus is thus eliminated. Pivotable vanes controlled in response to prevailing wind direction admit air to the chambers and aid in imparting rotation. A central core may be utilized for creating the desired pressure profile in the chamber.

  7. Metatronic transistor amplifier

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chettiar, Uday K.; Engheta, Nader

    2015-10-01

    Utilizing the notion of metamaterials, in recent years the concept of a circuit and lumped circuit elements have been extended to the optical domains, providing the paradigm of optical metatronics, i.e., metamaterial-inspired optical nanocircuitry, as a powerful tool for design and study of more complex systems at the nanoscale. In this paper we present a design for a new metatronic element, namely, a metatronic transistor that functions as an amplifier. As shown by our analytical and numerical paper here, this metatronic transistor provides gain as well as isolation between the input and output ports of such two-port device. The cascadability and fan-out aspects of this element are also explored.

  8. The cis-isomer performs better than the trans-isomer in porphyrin-sensitized solar cells: interfacial electron transport and charge recombination investigations.

    PubMed

    Luo, Liyang; Ambre, Ram B; Mane, Sandeep B; Diau, Eric Wei-Guang; Hung, Chen-Hsiung

    2015-08-21

    We report characterizations and device performance for dye-sensitized solar cells using cis- and trans-isomers of 2D-?-2A zinc porphyrins with carboxyphenyl and thienyl groups in their meso-positions. Under identical experimental conditions with similar dye loadings, we observed overall power conversion efficiencies of 2.44% and 0.88% for devices made of cis-2S2A and trans-2S2A, respectively. This uneven performance among cis and trans isomers under the same experimental conditions can be rationalized with detailed investigations via spectroscopic, quantum chemical, and femtosecond fluorescence up-conversion investigations. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations show that a small amount of electron density is localized over carboxyphenyl groups in the LUMO of cis-2S2A, but there is no electron density populated on the carboxyphenyl groups in the LUMO of trans-2S2A. The femtosecond fluorescence decay measurements revealed that the excited-state lifetime of trans-2S2A on Al2O3 is half of that of cis-2S2A on Al2O3. Moreover, the dye-to-TiO2 electron injection time of trans-2S2A is 2.54 ps, which is shorter than that of cis-2S2A/TiO2 (2.95 ps). Electrochemical impedance spectra measured under one sun illumination also revealed that the charge recombination time of cis-2S2A is longer than that of trans-2S2A. This thorough understanding of isomeric effects on the performance of porphyrins will serve as a guideline for the design of future sensitizing dyes for solar cells. PMID:26174451

  9. The influence of electron injection and charge recombination kinetics on the performance of porphyrin-sensitized solar cells: effects of the 4-tert-butylpyridine additive.

    PubMed

    Chang, Yu-Cheng; Wu, Hui-Ping; Reddy, Nagannagari Masi; Lee, Hsuan-Wei; Lu, Hsueh-Pei; Yeh, Chen-Yu; Diau, Eric Wei-Guang

    2013-04-01

    The effects of the 4-tert-butylpyridine (TBP) additive in the electrolyte on photovoltaic performance of two push-pull porphyrin sensitizers (YD12 and YD12CN) were examined. Addition of TBP significantly increased the open-circuit voltage (VOC) for YD12 (from 550 to 729 mV) but it was to a lesser extent for YD12CN (from 544 to 636 mV); adding TBP also had the effect of reducing the short-circuit current density (JSC) slightly for YD12 (from 17.65 to 17.19 mA cm(-2)) but it led to a significant reduction for YD12CN (from 16.45 to 9.78 mA cm(-2)). The resulting power conversion efficiencies of the YD12 devices increase from 6.2% to 8.5% whereas those of the YD12CN devices decrease from 5.8% to 4.5%. Based on measurements of temporally resolved photoelectric transients of the devices and femtosecond fluorescence decays of thin-film samples, the poor performance of the YD12CN device in the presence of TBP can be understood as being due to the enhanced charge recombination, decreased electron injection, and a lesser extent of inhibition of the intermolecular energy transfer. PMID:23423579

  10. Ru-based donor-acceptor photosensitizer that retards charge recombination in a p-type dye-sensitized solar cell.

    PubMed

    Freys, Jonathan C; Gardner, James M; D'Amario, Luca; Brown, Allison M; Hammarstrm, Leif

    2012-11-14

    We report on the synthesis and characterization of a donor-acceptor ruthenium polypyridyl complex as a photosensitizer for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The electrochemical, photophysical, and photovoltaic performance of two ruthenium-based photosensitizers were tested in NiO-based DSSCs; bis-(2,2'-bipyridine-4,4'-dicarboxylic acid)(2)N-(1,10-phenanthroline)-4-nitronaphthalene-1,8-dicarboximide ruthenium(II), ([Ru(dcb)(2)(NMI-phen)](PF(6))(2)) and tris-(2,2'-bipyridine-4,4'-dicarboxylic acid)(3) ruthenium(ii), [(Ru(dcb)(3))Cl(2)]. The presence of an electron-accepting group, 4-nitronaphthalene-1,8-dicarboximide (NMI), attached to the phenanthroline of [Ru(dcb)(2)(NMI-phen)](2+) resulted in long-lived charge separation between reduced [Ru(dcb)(2)(NMI-phen)](2+) and NiO valence band holes; 10-50 ?s. In the reduced state for [Ru(dcb)(2)(NMI-phen)](2+), the electron localized on the distal NMI group. In tests with I(3)(-)/I(-) and Co(4,4'-di-tert-butyl-bipyridine)(3)(2+/3+) electrolytes, [Ru(dcb)(2)(NMI-phen)](2+) outperformed [Ru(dcb)(3)](2+) in solar cell efficiency in devices. A record APCE (25%) was achieved for a ruthenium photosensitizer in a p-type DSSC. Insights on photosensitizer regeneration kinetics are included. PMID:23018189

  11. Pulsed laser deposited porous nano-carpets of indium tin oxide and their use as charge collectors in core-shell structures for dye sensitized solar cells.

    PubMed

    Garvey, Timothy R; Farnum, Byron H; Lopez, Rene

    2015-02-14

    Porous In2O3:Sn (ITO) films resembling from brush carpets to open moss-like discrete nanostructures were grown by pulsed laser deposition under low to high background gas pressures, respectively. The charge transport properties of these mesoporous substrates were probed by pulsed laser photo-current and -voltage transient measurements in N719 dye sensitized devices. Although the cyclic voltammetry and dye adsorption measurements suggest a lower proportion of electro-active dye molecules for films deposited at the high-end background gas pressures, the transient measurements indicate similar electron transport rates within the films. Solar cell operation was achieved by the deposition of a conformal TiO2 shell layer by atomic layer deposition (ALD). Much of the device improvement was shown to be due to the TiO2 shell blocking the recombination of photoelectrons with the electrolyte as recombination lifetimes increased drastically from a few seconds in uncoated ITO to over 50 minutes in the ITO with a TiO2 shell layer. Additionally, an order of magnitude increase in the electron transport rate in ITO/TiO2 (core/shell) films was observed, giving the core-shell structure a superior ratio of recombination/transport times. PMID:25563519

  12. Self-amplifying mRNA vaccines.

    PubMed

    Brito, Luis A; Kommareddy, Sushma; Maione, Domenico; Uematsu, Yasushi; Giovani, Cinzia; Berlanda Scorza, Francesco; Otten, Gillis R; Yu, Dong; Mandl, Christian W; Mason, Peter W; Dormitzer, Philip R; Ulmer, Jeffrey B; Geall, Andrew J

    2015-01-01

    This chapter provides a brief introduction to nucleic acid-based vaccines and recent research in developing self-amplifying mRNA vaccines. These vaccines promise the flexibility of plasmid DNA vaccines with enhanced immunogenicity and safety. The key to realizing the full potential of these vaccines is efficient delivery of nucleic acid to the cytoplasm of a cell, where it can amplify and express the encoded antigenic protein. The hydrophilicity and strong net negative charge of RNA impedes cellular uptake. To overcome this limitation, electrostatic complexation with cationic lipids or polymers and physical delivery using electroporation or ballistic particles to improve cellular uptake has been evaluated. This chapter highlights the rapid progress made in using nonviral delivery systems for RNA-based vaccines. Initial preclinical testing of self-amplifying mRNA vaccines has shown nonviral delivery to be capable of producing potent and robust innate and adaptive immune responses in small animals and nonhuman primates. Historically, the prospect of developing mRNA vaccines was uncertain due to concerns of mRNA instability and the feasibility of large-scale manufacturing. Today, these issues are no longer perceived as barriers in the widespread implementation of the technology. Currently, nonamplifying mRNA vaccines are under investigation in human clinical trials and can be produced at a sufficient quantity and quality to meet regulatory requirements. If the encouraging preclinical data with self-amplifying mRNA vaccines are matched by equivalently positive immunogenicity, potency, and tolerability in human trials, this platform could establish nucleic acid vaccines as a versatile new tool for human immunization. PMID:25620012

  13. Laser amplifier developments at Mercury

    SciTech Connect

    Rose, E.A.; Brucker, J.P.; Honig, E.M.; McCown, A.W.; Romero, V.O.; York, G.W.

    1993-09-01

    Electron-beam pumped laser amplifiers have been modified to address the mission of krypton-fluoride excimer laser technology development. Methods are described for improving the performance and reliability of two pre-existing amplifiers at minimal cost and time. Preliminary performance data are presented to support the credibility of the approach.

  14. Suicide Risk: Amplifiers and Attenuators.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Plutchik, Robert; Van Praag, Herman M.

    1994-01-01

    Attempts to integrate findings on correlates of suicide and violent risk in terms of a theory called a two-stage model of countervailing forces, which assumes that the strength of aggressive impulses is modified by amplifiers and attenuators. The vectorial interaction of amplifiers and attenuators creates an unstable equilibrium making prediction…

  15. Low phase-shift amplifier

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lutes, G. F.; Coffin, R. C.

    1972-01-01

    Single-stage MOSFET amplifier is described which is identical to standard neutralized amplifier except that neutralization provided by broadband transformer is applied to AGC gate instead of signal gate. Neutralization of drain-to-control gate capacity minimizes the phase change induced by variation in AGC.

  16. MOSFET's for Cryogenic Amplifiers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dehaye, R.; Ventrice, C. A.

    1987-01-01

    Study seeks ways to build transistors that function effectively at liquid-helium temperatures. Report discusses physics of metaloxide/semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFET's) and performances of these devices at cryogenic temperatures. MOSFET's useful in highly sensitive cryogenic preamplifiers for infrared astronomy.

  17. A novel research approach on the dynamic properties of photogenerated charge carriers at Ag{sub 2}S quantum-dots-sensitized TiO{sub 2} films by a frequency-modulated surface photovoltage technology

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang, Yu; Zhang, Wei; Xie, Tengfeng; Wang, Dejun; Song, Xi-Ming

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: The changed SPV with chopping frequencies indicate the separation speeds of photogenerated charge carriers in different films. - Highlights: • Ag{sub 2}S-sensitized TiO{sub 2} films show good photoelectric responses in visible-light region. • Frequency-modulated SPV give dynamic information and evidence of Ag{sub 2}S QDSSCs’ performance. • Frequency-modulated SPV can supply complementary information in the study of Ag{sub 2}S ODSSCs. - Abstract: Ag{sub 2}S quantum-dots-sensitized TiO{sub 2} films with different amount of Ag{sub 2}S were fabricated by a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The separation and transport of photogenerated charge carriers at different spectral regions were studied by the frequency-modulated surface photovoltage technology. Some novel dynamic information of photogenerated charge carriers in a wide spectral range is found. The results indicate that the rate and direction of separation (diffusion) for photogenerated charge carriers are closely related to the performance of quantum-dots-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) based on the Ag{sub 2}S/TiO{sub 2} nano-structure.

  18. Monitoring the intramolecular charge transfer process in the Z907 solar cell sensitizer: a transient Vis and IR spectroscopy and ab initio investigation.

    PubMed

    Azzaroli, Nicolò; Lobello, Maria Grazia; Lapini, Andrea; Iagatti, Alessandro; Bussotti, Laura; Di Donato, Mariangela; Calogero, Giuseppe; Pastore, Mariachiara; De Angelis, Filippo; Foggi, Paolo

    2015-09-01

    We have analyzed the excited state dynamics of the heteroleptic [(NCS)2Ru(bpy-(COOH)2)(bpy-(C6H13)2)] Z907 solar cell sensitizer in solution and when adsorbed onto thin TiO2 films, by combining transient visible and infrared (IR) spectroscopies with ab initio Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Time-Dependent DFT (TDDFT) calculations. Upon excitation with ultra-short pulses in ethanol and dimethyl-sulphoxide solutions, the visible spectra show the appearance of a positive signal around 650 nm, within the instrumental time resolution (<100 fs), which in ethanol undergoes a red-shift in about 20 ps. Measurements in the IR indicate that, upon excitation, both the CN and CO marker bands, associated with the NCS and COOH groups, downshift in frequency, in response to intramolecular ligand + metal (Ru-NCS) to ligand' (bpy-COOH2) charge transfer (LML'CT). Vibrational cooling is observed in both solvents; in ethanol it is overtaken by the hydrogen bond dynamics. On the basis of DFT/TDDFT calculations, explicitly modeling the interaction of the NCS and COOH groups with solvent (ethanol) molecules, we rationalize the observed IR and visible spectral evolution as arising from the change in the hydrogen-bond network, which accompanies the transition to the lowest-energy triplet state. This interpretation provides a consistent explanation of what is also observed in the transient visible spectra. Transient IR measurements repeated for molecules adsorbed on TiO2 and ZrO2 films, allow us to identify the structural changes signaling the dye triplet excited state formation and evidence multiexponential electron injection rates into the semiconductor TiO2 film. PMID:26220307

  19. Variability Analysis of MOS Differential Amplifier

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Aoki, Masakazu; Seto, Kenji; Yamawaki, Taizo; Tanaka, Satoshi

    Variation characteristics in MOS differential amplifier are evaluated by using the concise statistical model parameters for SPICE simulation. We find that the variation in the differential-mode gain, Adm, induced by the current factor variation, ??0, in the Id-variation of the differential MOS transistors is more than one order of magnitude larger than that induced by the threshold voltage variation, ?Vth, which has been regarded as a major factor for circuit variations in SoC's (2). The results obtained by the Monte Carlo simulations are verified by the theoretical analysis combined with the sensitivity analysis which clarifies the specific device parameter dependences of the variation in Adm.

  20. Final amplifier design and mercury

    SciTech Connect

    Rose, E.A.; Hanson, D.E.

    1991-12-31

    The final amplifier for the Mercury KrF excimer facility is being designed. The design exercise involves extensive modeling to predict amplifier performance. Models of the pulsed-power system, including a Child-Langmuir diode with closure, electron-beam energy deposition, KrF laser kinetics, amplified spontaneous emission (ASE), a time-dependent laser extraction in the presence of ASE are presented as a design package. The design exercise indicates that the energy objective of Phase I -- 100 joules -- will be met.

  1. Final amplifier design and mercury

    SciTech Connect

    Rose, E.A.; Hanson, D.E.

    1991-01-01

    The final amplifier for the Mercury KrF excimer facility is being designed. The design exercise involves extensive modeling to predict amplifier performance. Models of the pulsed-power system, including a Child-Langmuir diode with closure, electron-beam energy deposition, KrF laser kinetics, amplified spontaneous emission (ASE), a time-dependent laser extraction in the presence of ASE are presented as a design package. The design exercise indicates that the energy objective of Phase I -- 100 joules -- will be met.

  2. 60 and 94 GHz quasi-optical monolithic PHEMT amplifiers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schlecht, Erich Theilmann

    1999-10-01

    This dissertation describes the design, fabrication and testing of quasi-optical monolithic array amplifiers at 60 and 94 GHz. The 60 GHz amplifier is based on the ``grid'' amplifier approach integrating small cells 1/8 wavelength on a side. Each cell consists of a differential amplifier built from two pseudomorphic high mobility electron transistors. The cell receives and transmits from stripe antennas which also convey the gate and drain bias voltages across the array. The amplifier also uses polarizers to keep the cross-polarized input and output signals separated. Also described is a focusing test set comprising transmit and receive horns and two ellipsoidal reflectors as well as the amplifier itself. This gives greater sensitivity than the conventional test method, and allows the input and output return losses to be measured in addition to the gain. A further advantage is the greater precision with which the interaction between amplifier and optical signal beams can be investigated. The test results indicated that the gain of the circuit was -1.3 dB, rather than +7 dB. This disparity is investigated along several fronts. Detailed analysis of the optical system/test set is discussed. wHis is based on Gaussian beam analysis, and losses due to reflector spillover, beam truncation and beam mismatch at the amplifier surface and at the transmit and receive horns are considered. The models for the passive circuitry are modified based on results calculated by a moment method computer code written for this work. Losses due to beam spreading and scattering between amplifier active surface and polarizers are analyzed in detail and found to be significant. The work concludes with a report on an initial attempt to construct a large cell array for 94 GHz using monolithically fabricated active circuitry along with patch antennas for input and output.

  3. Design and simulation of a gyroklystron amplifier

    SciTech Connect

    Chauhan, M. S. Swati, M. V.; Jain, P. K.

    2015-03-15

    In the present paper, a design methodology of the gyroklystron amplifier has been described and subsequently used for the design of a typically selected 200 kW, Ka-band, four-cavity gyroklystron amplifier. This conceptual device design has been validated through the 3D particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation and nonlinear analysis. Commercially available PIC simulation code “MAGIC” has been used for the electromagnetic study at the different location of the device RF interaction structure for the beam-absent case, i.e., eigenmode study as well as for the electron beam and RF wave interaction behaviour study in the beam present case of the gyroklystron. In addition, a practical problem of misalignment of the RF cavities with drift tubes within the tube has been also investigated and its effect on device performance studied. The analytical and simulation results confirmed the validity of the gyroklystron device design. The PIC simulation results of the present gyroklystron produced a stable RF output power of ∼218 kW for 0% velocity spread at 35 GHz, with ∼45 dB gain, 37% efficiency, and a bandwidth of 0.3% for a 70 kV, 8.2 A gyrating electron beam. The simulated values of RF output power have been found in agreement with the nonlinear analysis results within ∼5%. Further, the PIC simulation has been extended to study a practical problem of misalignment of the cavities axis and drift tube axis of the gyroklystron amplifier and found that the RF output power is more sensitive to misalignments in comparison to the device bandwidth. The present paper, gyroklystron device design, nonlinear analysis, and 3D PIC simulation using commercially available code had been systematically described would be of use to the high-power gyro-amplifier tube designers and research scientists.

  4. Measuring momentum for charged particle tomography

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    Morris, Christopher (Los Alamos, NM); Fraser, Andrew Mcleod (Los Alamos, NM); Schultz, Larry Joe (Los Alamos, NM); Borozdin, Konstantin N. (Los Alamos, NM); Klimenko, Alexei Vasilievich (Maynard, MA); Sossong, Michael James (Los Alamos, NM); Blanpied, Gary (Lexington, SC)

    2010-11-23

    Methods, apparatus and systems for detecting charged particles and obtaining tomography of a volume by measuring charged particles including measuring the momentum of a charged particle passing through a charged particle detector. Sets of position sensitive detectors measure scattering of the charged particle. The position sensitive detectors having sufficient mass to cause the charged particle passing through the position sensitive detectors to scatter in the position sensitive detectors. A controller can be adapted and arranged to receive scattering measurements of the charged particle from the charged particle detector, determine at least one trajectory of the charged particle from the measured scattering; and determine at least one momentum measurement of the charged particle from the at least one trajectory. The charged particle can be a cosmic ray-produced charged particle, such as a cosmic ray-produced muon. The position sensitive detectors can be drift cells, such as gas-filled drift tubes.

  5. Consider options when selecting log amplifiers

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    Johnson, Douglas; Gertel, Eitan; Kopski, Robert; Kumar, Mahesh

    1990-03-01

    A number of available types of logarithmic amplifiers, including logarithmic video amplifiers, detector log video amplifiers, logarithmic intermediate frequency (IF) amplifiers, and true logarithmic amplifiers, are described, and their relative advantages and disadvantages are considered. It is noted, for example, that true logarithmic amplifiers are used when a received signal has a large dynamic range. Such amplifiers provide the advantage of preserving both input amplitude and phase information; however, since the outputs are RF signals, they may prove difficult to process. It is concluded that system requirements often determine the amplifier design that works best for receivers currently in use.

  6. Characterization of SLUG microwave amplifiers

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    Hoi, I.-C.; Zhu, S.; Thorbeck, T.; McDermott, R.; Mutus, J.; Jeffrey, E.; Barends, R.; Chen, Y.; Roushan, P.; Fowler, A.; Sank, D.; White, T.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Z.; Chiaro, B.; Dunsworth, A.; Kelly, J.; Megrant, A.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Quintana, C.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; Martinis, J. M.

    2015-03-01

    With the rapid growth of superconducting circuits quantum technology, a near quantum-limited amplifier at GHz frequency is needed to enable high fidelity measurements. We describe such an amplifier, the SQUID based, superconducting low inductance undulatory galvanometer (SLUG) amplifier. We measure the full scattering matrix of the SLUG. In particular, we measure both forward and reverse gain, as well as reflection. We see 15dB forward gain with added noise from one quanta to several quanta. The -1 dB compression point is around -95 dBm, about two orders of magnitude higher than that of typical Josephson parametric amplifiers. With these properties, SLUG is well suited for the high fidelity, simultaneous multiplexed readout of superconducting qubits.

  7. New Packaging for Amplifier Slabs

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    Riley, M.; Thorsness, C.; Suratwala, T.; Steele, R.; Rogowski, G.

    2015-03-18

    The following memo provides a discussion and detailed procedure for a new finished amplifier slab shipping and storage container. The new package is designed to maintain an environment of <5% RH to minimize weathering.

  8. Rain Drop Charge Sensor

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    S, Sreekanth T.

    begin{center} Large Large Rain Drop Charge Sensor Sreekanth T S*, Suby Symon*, G. Mohan Kumar (1) , S. Murali Das (2) *Atmospheric Sciences Division, Centre for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvananthapuram 695011 (1) D-330, Swathi Nagar, West Fort, Thiruvananthapuram 695023 (2) Kavyam, Manacaud, Thiruvananthapuram 695009 begin{center} ABSTRACT To study the inter-relations with precipitation electricity and precipitation microphysical parameters a rain drop charge sensor was designed and developed at CESS Electronics & Instrumentation Laboratory. Simultaneous measurement of electric charge and fall speed of rain drops could be done using this charge sensor. A cylindrical metal tube (sensor tube) of 30 cm length is placed inside another thick metal cover opened at top and bottom for electromagnetic shielding. Mouth of the sensor tube is exposed and bottom part is covered with metal net in the shielding cover. The instrument is designed in such a way that rain drops can pass only through unhindered inside the sensor tube. When electrically charged rain drops pass through the sensor tube, it is charged to the same magnitude of drop charge but with opposite polarity. The sensor tube is electrically connected the inverted input of a current to voltage converter operational amplifier using op-amp AD549. Since the sensor is electrically connected to the virtual ground of the op-amp, the charge flows to the ground and the generated current is converted to amplified voltage. This output voltage is recorded using a high frequency (1kHz) voltage recorder. From the recorded pulse, charge magnitude, polarity and fall speed of rain drop are calculated. From the fall speed drop diameter also can be calculated. The prototype is now under test running at CESS campus. As the magnitude of charge in rain drops is an indication of accumulated charge in clouds in lightning, this instrument has potential application in the field of risk and disaster management. By knowing the charge magnitude of initial drops from a precipitation event, gross cloud charge can be estimated and necessary precautions can be taken during convective cloud events. Being a site of high lightning incidence in tropics, Kerala state is affected in India and calls for much attention in lightning hazards mitigation. Installing this charge sensor and atmospheric electric field mill, an attempt to a better warning system can be attempted.

  9. Ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical immunoassay for CA19-9 detection based on CdSe@ZnS quantum dots sensitized TiO2NWs/Au hybrid structure amplified by quenching effect of Ab2@V(2+) conjugates.

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    Zhu, Hua; Fan, Gao-Chao; Abdel-Halim, E S; Zhang, Jian-Rong; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2016-03-15

    A novel, enhanced photoelectrochemical immunoassay was established for sensitive and specific detection of carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9, Ag). In this protocol, TiO2 nanowires (TiO2NWs) were first decorated with Au nanoparticles to form TiO2NWs/Au hybrid structure, and then coated with CdSe@ZnS quantum dots (QDs) via the layer-by-layer method, producing TiO2NWs/Au/CdSe@ZnS sensitized structure, which was employed as the photoelectrochemical matrix to immobilize capture CA19-9 antibodies (Ab1); whereas, bipyridinium (V(2+)) molecules were labeled on signal CA19-9 antibodies (Ab2) to form Ab2@V(2+) conjugates, which were used as signal amplification elements. The TiO2NWs/Au/CdSe@ZnS sensitized structure could adequately absorb light energy and dramatically depress electron-hole recombination, resulting in evidently enhanced photocurrent intensity of the immunosensing electrode. While target Ag were detected, the Ab2@V(2+) conjugates could significantly decrease the photocurrent detection signal because of strong electron-withdrawing property of V(2+) coupled with evident steric hindrance of Ab2. Thanks to synergy effect of TiO2NWs/Au/CdSe@ZnS sensitized structure and quenching effect of Ab2@V(2+) conjugates, the well-established photoelectrochemical immunoassay exhibited a low detection limit of 0.0039 U/mL with a wide linear range from 0.01 U/mL to 200 U/mL for target Ag detection. This proposed photoelectrochemical protocol also showed good reproducibility, specificity and stability, and might be applied to detect other important biomarkers. PMID:26433066

  10. RF Single Electron Transistor Readout Amplifiers for Superconducting Astronomical Detectors for X-Ray to Sub-mm Wavelengths

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    Stevenson, Thomas; Aassime, Abdelhanin; Delsing, Per; Frunzio, Luigi; Li, Li-Qun; Prober, Daniel; Schoelkopf, Robert; Segall, Ken; Wilson, Chris; Stahle, Carl

    2000-01-01

    We report progress on using a new type of amplifier, the Radio-Frequency Single-Electron Transistor (RF-SET), to develop multi-channel sensor readout systems for fast and sensitive readout of high impedance cryogenic photodetectors such as Superconducting Tunnel Junctions and Single Quasiparticle Photon Counters. Although cryogenic, these detectors are desirable because of capabilities not other-wise attainable. However, high impedances and low output levels make low-noise, high-speed readouts challenging, and large format arrays would be facilitated by compact, low-power, on-chip integrated amplifiers. Well-suited for this application are RF-SETs, very high performance electrometers which use an rf readout technique to provide 100 MHz bandwidth. Small size, low power, and cryogenic operation allow direct integration with detectors, and using multiple rf carrier frequencies permits simultaneous readout of 20-50 amplifiers with a common electrical connection. We describe both the first 2-channel demonstration of this wavelength division multiplexing technique for RF-SETs, and Charge-Locked-Loop operation with 100 kHz of closed-loop bandwidth.

  11. A position sensitive microchannel photomultiplier for ultraviolet space astronomy

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    Lampton, M.; Siegmund, O. H. W.; Bixler, J.; Bowyer, S.

    1986-01-01

    The 25-mm microchannel-plate, position-sensitive UV astronomy photomultiplier tube presented is intended for the EOM-1 Spacelab Mission's FAUST payload and conducts wide-field imaging surveys in the VUV over the 1400-1800-A range. The sealed detector encompasses a CsI photocathode deposited on the inner surface of a MgF2 window, a stack of microchannel plates, and a wedge-and-strip two-dimensional position-sensing anode. Since the wedge-and-strip principle requires only three anode signals, flight electronics can be reduced to three charge amplifiers and three analog-to-digital converters.

  12. Fully differential cryogenic transistor amplifier

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    Beev, Nikolai; Kiviranta, Mikko

    2013-10-01

    We have constructed a dc-coupled differential amplifier capable of operating in the 4.2 K-300 K temperature range. The amplifier can be operated at high-bias setting, where it dissipates 5 mW, has noise temperature TN ? 0.7 K at RS ? 5 k? and >40 MHz bandwidth at 4.2 K bath temperature. The bias setting can be adjusted: at our lowest tested setting the amplifier dissipates <100 ?W, has noise temperature TN ? 2 K at RS ? 25 k? and >2 MHz bandwidth. The 1/f noise corner frequency is a few times 10 kHz. We foresee the amplifier to have an application in the readout of Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs), Superconducting Tunnel Junction Detectors (STJs) and Transition Edge Sensors (TESes). We have verified the practical use of the amplifier by reading out a 4.2 K 480-SQUID array with 40 MHz bandwidth and <8 10-8 ?0/Hz1/2 flux noise.

  13. Reflex ring laser amplifier system

    DOEpatents

    Summers, M.A.

    1983-08-31

    The invention is a method and apparatus for providing a reflex ring laser system for amplifying an input laser pulse. The invention is particularly useful in laser fusion experiments where efficient production of high-energy and high power laser pulses is required. The invention comprises a large aperture laser amplifier in an unstable ring resonator which includes a combination spatial filter and beam expander having a magnification greater than unity. An input pulse is injected into the resonator, e.g., through an aperture in an input mirror. The injected pulse passes through the amplifier and spatial filter/expander components on each pass around the ring. The unstable resonator is designed to permit only a predetermined number of passes before the amplified pulse exits the resonator. On the first pass through the amplifier, the beam fills only a small central region of the gain medium. On each successive pass, the beam has been expanded to fill the next concentric non-overlapping region of the gain medium.

  14. Functional importance of ?38 and ?39 in distinct tRNAs, amplified for tRNAGln(UUG) by unexpected temperature sensitivity of the s2U modification in yeast.

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    Han, Lu; Kon, Yoshiko; Phizicky, Eric M

    2015-02-01

    The numerous modifications of tRNA play central roles in controlling tRNA structure and translation. Modifications in and around the anticodon loop often have critical roles in decoding mRNA and in maintaining its reading frame. Residues U38 and U39 in the anticodon stem-loop are frequently modified to pseudouridine (?) by members of the widely conserved TruA/Pus3 family of pseudouridylases. We investigate here the cause of the temperature sensitivity of pus3? mutants of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and find that, although ?38 or ?39 is found on at least 19 characterized cytoplasmic tRNA species, the temperature sensitivity is primarily due to poor function of tRNA(Gln(UUG)), which normally has ?38. Further investigation reveals that at elevated temperatures there are substantially reduced levels of the s(2)U moiety of mcm(5)s(2)U34 of tRNA(Gln(UUG)) and the other two cytoplasmic species with mcm(5)s(2)U34, that the reduced s(2)U levels occur in the parent strain BY4741 and in the widely used strain W303, and that reduced levels of the s(2)U moiety are detectable in BY4741 at temperatures as low as 33C. Additional examination of the role of ?38,39 provides evidence that ?38 is important for function of tRNA(Gln(UUG)) at permissive temperature, and indicates that ?39 is important for the function of tRNA(Trp(CCA)) in trm10? pus3? mutants and of tRNA(Leu(CAA)) as a UAG nonsense suppressor. These results provide evidence for important roles of both ?38 and ?39 in specific tRNAs, and establish that modification of the wobble position is subject to change under relatively mild growth conditions. PMID:25505024

  15. Functional importance of Ψ38 and Ψ39 in distinct tRNAs, amplified for tRNAGln(UUG) by unexpected temperature sensitivity of the s2U modification in yeast

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    Han, Lu; Kon, Yoshiko

    2015-01-01

    The numerous modifications of tRNA play central roles in controlling tRNA structure and translation. Modifications in and around the anticodon loop often have critical roles in decoding mRNA and in maintaining its reading frame. Residues U38 and U39 in the anticodon stem–loop are frequently modified to pseudouridine (Ψ) by members of the widely conserved TruA/Pus3 family of pseudouridylases. We investigate here the cause of the temperature sensitivity of pus3Δ mutants of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and find that, although Ψ38 or Ψ39 is found on at least 19 characterized cytoplasmic tRNA species, the temperature sensitivity is primarily due to poor function of tRNAGln(UUG), which normally has Ψ38. Further investigation reveals that at elevated temperatures there are substantially reduced levels of the s2U moiety of mcm5s2U34 of tRNAGln(UUG) and the other two cytoplasmic species with mcm5s2U34, that the reduced s2U levels occur in the parent strain BY4741 and in the widely used strain W303, and that reduced levels of the s2U moiety are detectable in BY4741 at temperatures as low as 33°C. Additional examination of the role of Ψ38,39 provides evidence that Ψ38 is important for function of tRNAGln(UUG) at permissive temperature, and indicates that Ψ39 is important for the function of tRNATrp(CCA) in trm10Δ pus3Δ mutants and of tRNALeu(CAA) as a UAG nonsense suppressor. These results provide evidence for important roles of both Ψ38 and Ψ39 in specific tRNAs, and establish that modification of the wobble position is subject to change under relatively mild growth conditions. PMID:25505024

  16. 500-Watt, 10-GHz Solid State Amplifier

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Russell, K. J.; Pitzalis, O., Jr.

    1983-01-01

    X-band system amplifies low-duty-cycle pulses. Amplifier chain consists of driver-amplifier section using GaAs FET's with hybrid couplers, and power-amplifier section using IMPATT diodes with circulators for input/output coupling and for isolation between stages. Solid-state X-band amplifier package constitutes reliable, lightweight, compact, RF source. Used for many applications involving low-and variable-duty-cycle operation as well as fixed and high-duty-cycle operation.

  17. Laser system using regenerative amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Emmett, John L. [Pleasanton, CA

    1980-03-04

    High energy laser system using a regenerative amplifier, which relaxes all constraints on laser components other than the intrinsic damage level of matter, so as to enable use of available laser system components. This can be accomplished by use of segmented components, spatial filters, at least one amplifier using solid state or gaseous media, and separated reflector members providing a long round trip time through the regenerative cavity, thereby allowing slower switching and adequate time to clear the spatial filters, etc. The laser system simplifies component requirements and reduces component cost while providing high energy output.

  18. Laser system using regenerative amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Emmett, J.L.

    1980-03-04

    High energy laser system is disclosed using a regenerative amplifier, which relaxes all constraints on laser components other than the intrinsic damage level of matter, so as to enable use of available laser system components. This can be accomplished by use of segmented components, spatial filters, at least one amplifier using solid state or gaseous media, and separated reflector members providing a long round trip time through the regenerative cavity, thereby allowing slower switching and adequate time to clear the spatial filters, etc. The laser system simplifies component requirements and reduces component cost while providing high energy output. 10 figs.

  19. Quantum Optical State Comparison Amplifier

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    Eleftheriadou, Electra; Barnett, Stephen M.; Jeffers, John

    2013-11-01

    It is a fundamental principle of quantum theory that an unknown state cannot be copied or, as a consequence, an unknown optical signal cannot be amplified deterministically and perfectly. Here we describe a protocol that provides nondeterministic quantum optical amplification in the coherent state basis with high gain and high fidelity and which does not use quantum resources. The scheme is based on two mature quantum optical technologies: coherent state comparison and photon subtraction. The method compares favorably with all previous nondeterministic amplifiers in terms of fidelity and success probability.

  20. Optical amplifiers for coherent lidar

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    Fork, Richard

    1996-01-01

    We examine application of optical amplification to coherent lidar for the case of a weak return signal (a number of quanta of the return optical field close to unity). We consider the option that has been explored to date, namely, incorporation of an optical amplifier operated in a linear manner located after reception of the signal and immediately prior to heterodyning and photodetection. We also consider alternative strategies where the coherent interaction, the nonlinear processes, and the amplification are not necessarily constrained to occur in the manner investigated to date. We include the complications that occur because of mechanisms that occur at the level of a few, or one, quantum excitation. Two factors combine in the work to date that limit the value of the approach. These are: (1) the weak signal tends to require operation of the amplifier in the linear regime where the important advantages of nonlinear optical processing are not accessed, (2) the linear optical amplifier has a -3dB noise figure (SN(out)/SN(in)) that necessarily degrades the signal. Some improvement is gained because the gain provided by the optical amplifier can be used to overcome losses in the heterodyned process and photodetection. The result, however, is that introduction of an optical amplifier in a well optimized coherent lidar system results in, at best, a modest improvement in signal to noise. Some improvement may also be realized on incorporating more optical components in a coherent lidar system for purely practical reasons. For example, more compact, lighter weight, components, more robust alignment, or more rapid processing may be gained. We further find that there remain a number of potentially valuable, but unexplored options offered both by the rapidly expanding base of optical technology and the recent investigation of novel nonlinear coherent interference phenomena occurring at the single quantum excitation level. Key findings are: (1) insertion of linear optical amplifiers in well optimized conventional lidar systems offers modest improvements, at best, (2) the practical advantages of optical amplifiers, especially fiber amplifiers, such as ease of alignment, compactness, efficiency, lightweight, etc., warrant further investigation for coherent lidar, (3) the possibility of more fully optical lidar systems should be explored, (4) advantages gained by use of coherent interference of optical fields at the level of one, or a few, signal quanta should be explored, (5) amplification without inversion, population trapping, and use of electromagnetic induced transparency warrant investigation in connection with coherent lidar, (6) these new findings are probably more applicable to earth related NASA work, although applications to deep space should not be excluded, and (7) our own work in the Ultrafast Laboratory at UAH along some of the above lines of investigation, may be useful.

  1. Sagnac interferometric multipass loop amplifier.

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    Roither, S; Verhoef, A J; Mcke, O D; Reider, G A; Puglys, A; Baltuka, A

    2012-10-22

    We propose and investigate experimentally an interferometrically stable, polarization-selective pulse multiplexing scheme for direct laser amplification of picosecond pulses. The basic building block of this scheme is a Sagnac loop which allows for a straightforward scaling of the pulse-multiplexing scheme. Switching the amplifier from single-pulse amplification to burst mode increases extraction efficiency, reduces parasitic non-linearities in the gain medium and allows for higher output energies. Time-frequency analysis of the amplified output pulses demonstrates the viability of this approach. PMID:23187278

  2. Reactanceless synthesized impedance bandpass amplifier

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    Kleinberg, L. L. (inventor)

    1985-01-01

    An active R bandpass filter network is formed by four operational amplifier stages interconnected by discrete resistances. One pair of stages synthesize an equivalent input impedance of an inductance (L sub eq) in parallel with a discrete resistance (R sub o) while the second pair of stages synthesizes an equivalent input impedance of a capacitance (C sub eq) serially coupled to another discrete resistance (R sub i) coupled in parallel with the first two stages. The equivalent input impedances aggregately define a tuned resonant bandpass filter in the roll-off regions of the operational amplifiers.

  3. Enzyme-free and sensitive electrochemical determination of the FLT3 gene based on a dual signal amplified strategy: Controlled nanomaterial multilayers and a target-catalyzed hairpin assembly.

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    Sun, Yingying; Ren, Qunxiang; Liu, Bo; Qin, Yan; Zhao, Shuang

    2016-04-15

    An isothermal, enzyme-free and sensitive electrochemical DNA sensor was developed for the detection of the FLT3 gene in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). First, aminated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (AMWNTs) and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were alternately self-assembled on a gold electrode using a layer-by-layer strategy. Then, the hairpin DNA probe 1 (H1), with a thiol group at the 3' end and a ferrocenyl moiety (Fc) at the 5' end, was immobilized on the AMWNTs/AuNPs multilayer films through Au-S bonding. When the target DNA (TD) appeared, it hybridized with and opened the hairpin structure of H1, and Fc was forced away from the electrode surface, leading to a significant decrease in the current peak of square wave voltammetry. Subsequently, the hairpin DNA probe 2 (H2) bound to H1, freeing the TD to trigger another reaction cycle. The combination of this target-catalyzed hairpin assembly and the LBL assembly of nanomaterials achieved a detection limit of 0.1pM with a wide linear range of 0.1-1000pM. The sensor discriminated between mismatched DNA and the target DNA with high selectivity. This dual signal amplification strategy is relatively simple and inexpensive because it does not need any enzymes or sophisticated equipment and successfully assayed the FLT3 gene from real samples. PMID:26584077

  4. Nuclear magnetic resonance experiments with dc SQUID amplifiers

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    Heaney, M.B. . Dept. of Physics Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA )

    1990-11-01

    The development and fabrication of dc SQUIDs (Superconducting QUantum Interference Devices) with Nb/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Nb Josephson junctions is described. A theory of the dc SQUID as a radio-frequency amplifier is presented, with an optimization strategy that accounts for the loading and noise contributions of the postamplifier and maximizes the signal-to-noise ratio of the total system. The high sensitivity of the dc SQUID is extended to high field NMR. A dc SQUID is used as a tuned radio-frequency amplifier to detect pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance at 32 MHz from a metal film in a 3.5 Tesla static field. A total system noise temperature of 11 K has been achieved, at a bath temperature of 4.2 K. The minimum number of nuclear Bohr magnetons observable from a free precession signal after a single pulse is about 2 {times} 10{sup 17} in a bandwidth of 25 kHz. In a separate experiment, a dc SQUID is used as a rf amplifier in a NQR experiment to observe a new resonance response mechanism. The net electric polarization of a NaClO{sub 3} crystal due to the precessing electric quadrupole moments of the Cl nuclei is detected at 30 MHz. The sensitivity of NMR and NQR spectrometers using dc SQUID amplifiers is compared to the sensitivity of spectrometers using conventional rf amplifiers. A SQUID-based spectrometer has a voltage sensitivity which is comparable to the best achieved by a FET-based spectrometer, at these temperatures and operating frequencies.

  5. Nuclear magnetic resonance experiments with DC SQUID amplifiers

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    Heaney, M. B.

    1990-11-01

    The development and fabrication of dc SQUIDs (Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices) with Nb/Al2O3/Nb Josephson junctions is described. A theory of the dc SQUID as a radio-frequency amplifier is presented, with an optimization strategy that accounts for the loading and noise contributions of the postamplifier and maximizes the signal-to-noise ratio of the total system. The high sensitivity of the dc SQUID is extended to high field NMR. A dc SQUID is used as a tuned radio-frequency amplifier to detect pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance at 32 MHz from a metal film in a 3.5 Tesla static field. A total system noise temperature of 11 K has been achieved, at a bath temperature of 4.2 K. The minimum number of nuclear Bohr magnetons observable from a free precession signal after a single pulse is about 2 x 10(exp 17) in a bandwidth of 25 kHz. In a separate experiment, a dc SQUID is used as a rf amplifier in a NQR experiment to observe a new resonance response mechanism. The net electric polarization of a NaClO3 crystal due to the precessing electric quadrupole moments of the Cl nuclei is detected at 30 MHz. The sensitivity of NMR and NQR spectrometers using dc SQUID amplifiers is compared to the sensitivity of spectrometers using conventional rf amplifiers. A SQUID-based spectrometer has a voltage sensitivity which is comparable to the best achieved by a FET-based spectrometer, at these temperatures and operating frequencies.

  6. Cryogenic MMIC Low Noise Amplifiers

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    Weinreb, S.; Gaier, T.; Fernandez, J.; Erickson, N.; Wielgus, J.

    2000-01-01

    Monolithic (MMIC) and discrete transistor (MIC) low noise amplifiers are compared on the basis of performance, cost, and reliability. The need for cryogenic LNA's for future large microwave arrays for radio astronomy is briefly discussed and data is presented on a prototype LNA for the 1 to 10 GZH range along with a very wideband LNA for the 1 to 60 GHz range.

  7. PASOTRON{trademark} amplifier experiments

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    Ponti, E.S.; Goebel, D.M.; Feicht, J.R.; Santoru, J.; Eisenhart, R.L.

    1995-11-01

    Preliminary experimental studies are reported of an L-Band amplifier based on Hughes` Plasma-Assisted, Slow-Wave Oscillator (PASOTRON) technology. The amplifier system utilizes a hollow-cathode-plasma electron-gun, and a plasma-filled Slow-Wave Structure (SWS) to produce {>=} 100-{micro}sec-long, 50 to 75-kV, 30 to 100-A electron-beam pulses that propagate in a plasma channel without the use of any externally applied axial magnetic field. The electron-beam pulse coincides with a 100-{micro}sec-long RF drive signal provided by a 2.6-kW TWT, which is coupled into the amplifier upstream of the SWS. The SWS consists of a ring-bar design which is novel to the PASOTRON family of devices and is used for its short length compared to a helix. Simulations on HP`s High Frequency Structure Simulator were used to optimize the ring-bar SWS. Preliminary data are reported showing the new L-Band amplifiers gain, power, efficiency, and bandwidth. Methods of eliminating a Backward Wave Oscillation (BWO), which was found to limit the performance of the tube, are also presented.

  8. Charged Conjugated Polymers

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    Lv, Fengting; Wang, Shu

    Signal amplification property and versatility in molecular design of conjugated polymers make them attractive as signal transduction materials. Cationic conjugated polymers (CCP) have demonstrated great potential as DNA-sensing materials since electrostatic interactions between CCP and negatively charged DNA have been well developed to modify optical properties and thereby detect hybridization states. In this chapter, we focus on the state-of-art of CCP-based non-amplified genomic DNA detection in homogenous solution as well as on microarray format. Representative applications of poly(thiophene)-based DNA sensors which display colorimetric output due to conformational changes, and poly(fluorene)-based DNA sensors which utilize CCP as energy donors are highlighted. The developments of amplified single nucleotide polymorphisms and DNA methylation detection employing CCP as sensory signal are briefly discussed. Integrated signal amplification effect of CCP with high-throughput DNA microarray format will yield superior platform for genomic DNA detection.

  9. Broadband Characterization of a 100 to 180 GHz Amplifier

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    Kangaslahti, Pekka; Deal, W. R.; Mei, X. B.; Lai, R.

    2007-01-01

    Atmospheric science and weather forecasting require measurements of the temperature and humidity vs. altitude. These sounding measurements are obtained at frequencies close to the resonance frequencies of oxygen (118 GHz) and water (183 GHz) molecules. We have characterized a broadband amplifier that will increase the sensitivity of sounding and other instruments at these frequencies. This study demonstrated for the first t1me continuous low noise amplification from 100 to 180 GHz. The measured InP monolithic millimeter-wave Integrated circuit (MMIC) amplifier had more than 18 dB of gain from 100 to 180 GHz and 15 dB of gain up to 220 GHz. This is the widest bandwidth low noise amplifier result at these frequencies to date. The circuit was fabricated in Northrop Grumman Corporation 35 nm InP high electron mobility transistor (HEMT).

  10. Designing nanostructured one-dimensional TiO2 nanotube and TiO2 nanoparticle multilayer composite film as photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells to increase the charge collection efficiency

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    Akilavasan, Jeganathan; Al-Jassim, Maufick; Bandara, Jayasundera

    2015-01-01

    A photoanode consisting of hydrothermally synthesized TiO2 nanotubes (TNT) and TiO2 nanoparticles (TNP) was designed for efficient charge collection in dye-sensitized solar cells. TNT and TNP films were fabricated on a conductive glass substrate by using electrophoretic deposition and doctor-blade methods, respectively. The TNP, TNT, and TNT/TNP bi-layer electrodes exhibit solar cell efficiencies of 5.3, 7.4, and 9.2%, respectively. Solar cell performance results indicate a higher short-circuit current density (Jsc) for the TNT/TNP bi-layer electrode when compared to a TNT or TNP electrode alone. The open-circuit voltages (Voc) of TNT/TNP and TNT electrodes are comparable while the Voc of TNP electrode is inferior to that of the TNT/TNP electrode. Fill factors of TNT/TNP, TNT, and TNP electrodes also exhibit similar behaviors. The enhanced efficiency of the TNT/TNP bi-layer electrode is found to be mainly due to the enhancement of charge collection efficiency, which is confirmed by the charge transport parameters measured by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). EIS analyses also revealed that the TNT/TNP incurs smaller charge transport resistances and longer electron life times when compared to those of TNT or TNP electrodes alone. It was demonstrated that the TNT/TNP bi-layer electrode can possess the advantages of both rapid electron transport rate and a high light scattering effect.

  11. Isothermal amplified detection of DNA and RNA.

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    Yan, Lei; Zhou, Jie; Zheng, Yue; Gamson, Adam S; Roembke, Benjamin T; Nakayama, Shizuka; Sintim, Herman O

    2014-05-01

    This review highlights various methods that can be used for a sensitive detection of nucleic acids without using thermal cycling procedures, as is done in PCR or LCR. Topics included are nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (NASBA), strand displacement amplification (SDA), loop-mediated amplification (LAMP), Invader assay, rolling circle amplification (RCA), signal mediated amplification of RNA technology (SMART), helicase-dependent amplification (HDA), recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA), nicking endonuclease signal amplification (NESA) and nicking endonuclease assisted nanoparticle activation (NENNA), exonuclease-aided target recycling, Junction or Y-probes, split DNAZyme and deoxyribozyme amplification strategies, template-directed chemical reactions that lead to amplified signals, non-covalent DNA catalytic reactions, hybridization chain reactions (HCR) and detection via the self-assembly of DNA probes to give supramolecular structures. The majority of these isothermal amplification methods can detect DNA or RNA in complex biological matrices and have great potential for use at point-of-care. PMID:24643211

  12. Low Cost RF Amplifier for Community TV

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    Ch, Syafaruddin; Sasongko, Sudi Mariyanto Al; Made Budi Suksmadana, I.; Mustiko Okta Muvianto, Cahyo; Ariessaputra, Suthami

    2016-01-01

    he capability of television to deliver audio video makes this media become the most effective method to spread information. This paper presents an experiment of RF amplifier design having low-cost design and providing sufficient RF power particularly for community television. The RF amplifier consists of two stages of amplifier. The first stage amplifier was used to leverage output of TV modulator from 11dBm to enable to drive next stage amplifier. CAD simulation and fabrication were run to reach optimum RF amplifier design circuit. The associated circuit was made by determining stability circle, stability gain, and matching impedance. Hence, the average power of first stage RF amplifier was 24.68dBm achieved. The second stage used RF modules which was ready match to 50 ohm for both input and output port. The experiment results show that the RF amplifier may operate at frequency ranging from 174 to 230MHz. The average output power of the 2nd stage amplifier was 33.38 Watt with the overall gain of 20.54dB. The proposed RF amplifier is a cheap way to have a stable RF amplifier for community TV. The total budget for the designed RF amplifier is only a 1/5 compared to local design of final TV amplifier.

  13. Gold Nanoparticle Labels Amplify Ellipsometric Signals

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    Venkatasubbarao, Srivatsa

    2008-01-01

    The ellipsometric method reported in the immediately preceding article was developed in conjunction with a method of using gold nanoparticles as labels on biomolecules that one seeks to detect. The purpose of the labeling is to exploit the optical properties of the gold nanoparticles in order to amplify the measurable ellipsometric effects and thereby to enable ultrasensitive detection of the labeled biomolecules without need to develop more-complex ellipsometric instrumentation. The colorimetric, polarization, light-scattering, and other optical properties of nanoparticles depend on their sizes and shapes. In the present method, these size-and-shape-dependent properties are used to magnify the polarization of scattered light and the diattenuation and retardance of signals derived from ellipsometry. The size-and-shape-dependent optical properties of the nanoparticles make it possible to interrogate the nanoparticles by use of light of various wavelengths, as appropriate, to optimally detect particles of a specific type at high sensitivity. Hence, by incorporating gold nanoparticles bound to biomolecules as primary or secondary labels, the performance of ellipsometry as a means of detecting the biomolecules can be improved. The use of gold nanoparticles as labels in ellipsometry has been found to afford sensitivity that equals or exceeds the sensitivity achieved by use of fluorescence-based methods. Potential applications for ellipsometric detection of gold nanoparticle-labeled biomolecules include monitoring molecules of interest in biological samples, in-vitro diagnostics, process monitoring, general environmental monitoring, and detection of biohazards.

  14. Does surface roughness amplify wetting?

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    Malijevský, Alexandr

    2014-11-14

    Any solid surface is intrinsically rough on the microscopic scale. In this paper, we study the effect of this roughness on the wetting properties of hydrophilic substrates. Macroscopic arguments, such as those leading to the well-known Wenzel's law, predict that surface roughness should amplify the wetting properties of such adsorbents. We use a fundamental measure density functional theory to demonstrate the opposite effect from roughness for microscopically corrugated surfaces, i.e., wetting is hindered. Based on three independent analyses we show that microscopic surface corrugation increases the wetting temperature or even makes the surface hydrophobic. Since for macroscopically corrugated surfaces the solid texture does indeed amplify wetting there must exist a crossover between two length-scale regimes that are distinguished by opposite response on surface roughening. This demonstrates how deceptive can be efforts to extend the thermodynamical laws beyond their macroscopic territory.

  15. 338-GHz Semiconductor Amplifier Module

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    Samoska, Lorene A.; Gaier, Todd C.; Soria, Mary M.; Fung, King Man; Rasisic, Vesna; Deal, William; Leong, Kevin; Mei, Xiao Bing; Yoshida, Wayne; Liu, Po-Hsin; Uyeda, Jansen; Lai, Richard

    2010-01-01

    Research findings were reported from an investigation of new gallium nitride (GaN) monolithic millimeter-wave integrated circuit (MMIC) power amplifiers (PAs) targeting the highest output power and the highest efficiency for class-A operation in W-band (75-110 GHz). W-band PAs are a major component of many frequency multiplied submillimeter-wave LO signal sources. For spectrometer arrays, substantial W-band power is required due to the passive lossy frequency multipliers.

  16. High temperature current mirror amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Patterson, III, Raymond B.

    1984-05-22

    A high temperature current mirror amplifier having biasing means in the transdiode connection of the input transistor for producing a voltage to maintain the base-collector junction reversed-biased and a current means for maintaining a current through the biasing means at high temperatures so that the base-collector junction of the input transistor remained reversed-biased. For accuracy, a second current mirror is provided with a biasing means and current means on the input leg.

  17. High power gas laser amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Leland, Wallace T. (Los Alamos, NM); Stratton, Thomas F. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1981-01-01

    A high power output CO.sub.2 gas laser amplifier having a number of sections, each comprising a plurality of annular pumping chambers spaced around the circumference of a vacuum chamber containing a cold cathode, gridded electron gun. The electron beam from the electron gun ionizes the gas lasing medium in the sections. An input laser beam is split into a plurality of annular beams, each passing through the sections comprising one pumping chamber.

  18. Pure and almost pure NIR emission of Tm and Tm,Yb-CeO2 under UV, X-ray and NIR up-conversion excitation: key roles of level selective antenna sensitization and charge-compensation.

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    Avram, Daniel; Cojocaru, Bogdan; Urda, Adriana; Tiseanu, Ion; Florea, Mihaela; Tiseanu, Carmen

    2015-11-18

    Herein, we report on the pure and almost pure near-infrared (NIR) emission at around 807 nm observed for Tm(Yb) (co)-doped CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) under UV, X-ray and NIR up-conversion excitation. The optical responses are attributed to the low-lying charge-transfer of CeO2 that acts as a selective antenna sensitizer of the Tm (3)H4 emission and Yb doping that lowers the local symmetry at Tm sites and introduces additional phonon modes. Selective antenna sensitization is also observed for Er/Ho (Yb) (co)-doped CeO2 NPs. To the best of our knowledge, this is a first study which correlates the down- and up-conversion emission properties of lanthanide(s)-(co) dopants with the CeO2 structure highlighting also the outstanding potential of these NPs in high-penetration tissue imaging and therapy. PMID:26411533

  19. Compact, harmonic multiplying gyrotron amplifiers

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    Guo, H.Z.; Granatstein, V.L.; Antonsen, T.M. Jr.; Levush, B.; Tate, J.; Chen, S.H.

    1995-12-31

    A compact, harmonic multiplying gyrotron traveling wave amplifier is being developed. The device is a three-stage tube with the output section running as a fourth harmonic gyro-TWT, the input section running as a fundamental gyro-TWT, and the middle operating at the second harmonic of the cyclotron frequency. Radiation is suppressed by servers between the sections. The operating beam of the tube is produced by a magnetron injection gun (MIG). A TE{sub 0n} mode selective interaction circuit consisting of mode converters and a filter waveguide is employed for both input and output sections to solve the mode competition problem, which is pervasive in gyro-TWT operation. The input section has an input coupler designed as a TE{sub 0n} mode launcher. It excites a signal at the fundamental cyclotron frequency (17.5 GHz), which is amplified in the first TWT interaction region. So far the device is similar to a two-stage harmonic gyro-TWT. The distinction is that in the three-stage device the second section will be optimized not for output power but for fourth harmonic bunching of the beam. A gyroklystron amplifier has also been designed. The configuration is similar to the gyro-TWT but with the traveling wave interaction structures replaced by mode selective special complex cavities. Cold test results of the wideband input coupler and the TE{sub 0n} mode selective interaction circuit have been obtained.

  20. High power regenerative laser amplifier

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    Miller, J.L.; Hackel, L.A.; Dane, C.B.; Zapata, L.E.

    1994-02-08

    A regenerative amplifier design capable of operating at high energy per pulse, for instance, from 20-100 Joules, at moderate repetition rates, for instance from 5-20 Hertz is provided. The laser amplifier comprises a gain medium and source of pump energy coupled with the gain medium; a Pockels cell, which rotates an incident beam in response to application of a control signal; an optical relay system defining a first relay plane near the gain medium and a second relay plane near the rotator; and a plurality of reflectors configured to define an optical path through the gain medium, optical relay and Pockels cell, such that each transit of the optical path includes at least one pass through the gain medium and only one pass through the Pockels cell. An input coupler, and an output coupler are provided, implemented by a single polarizer. A control circuit coupled to the Pockels cell generates the control signal in timed relationship with the input pulse so that the input pulse is captured by the input coupler and proceeds through at least one transit of the optical path, and then the control signal is applied to cause rotation of the pulse to a polarization reflected by the polarizer, after which the captured pulse passes through the gain medium at least once more and is reflected out of the optical path by the polarizer before passing through the rotator again to provide an amplified pulse. 7 figures.

  1. High power regenerative laser amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Miller, John L. (Livermore, CA); Hackel, Lloyd A. (Livermore, CA); Dane, Clifford B. (Dublin, CA); Zapata, Luis E. (Livermore, CA)

    1994-01-01

    A regenerative amplifier design capable of operating at high energy per pulse, for instance, from 20-100 Joules, at moderate repetition rates, for instance from 5-20 Hertz is provided. The laser amplifier comprises a gain medium and source of pump energy coupled with the gain medium; a Pockels cell, which rotates an incident beam in response to application of a control signal; an optical relay system defining a first relay plane near the gain medium and a second relay plane near the rotator; and a plurality of reflectors configured to define an optical path through the gain medium, optical relay and Pockels cell, such that each transit of the optical path includes at least one pass through the gain medium and only one pass through the Pockels cell. An input coupler, and an output coupler are provided, implemented by a single polarizer. A control circuit coupled to the Pockels cell generates the control signal in timed relationship with the input pulse so that the input pulse is captured by the input coupler and proceeds through at least one transit of the optical path, and then the control signal is applied to cause rotation of the pulse to a polarization reflected by the polarizer, after which the captured pulse passes through the gain medium at least once more and is reflected out of the optical path by the polarizer before passing through the rotator again to provide an amplified pulse.

  2. Remote Acquisition Amplifier For 50-Ohm Cable

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Amador, Jose J.

    1995-01-01

    Buffer-amplifier unit designed to drive 50-Ohm cables up to 100 ft. (30 m) long, compensating for attenuation in cables and enabling remote operation of oscilloscopes. Variable resistor provides for adjustment of gain of amplifier, such that overall gain from input terminals of amplifier to output end of cable set to unity.

  3. Solid state ku-band power amplifier

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Bowers, H. C.; Lockyear, W. H.

    1972-01-01

    The design, fabrication, and testing of two types of IMPATT diode reflection amplifiers and a transmission amplifier are given. The Ku-band IMPATT diode development is discussed. Circuitry and electrical performance of the final version of the Ku-band amplifier is described. Construction details and an outline and mounting drawing are presented.

  4. Meter circuit for tuning RF amplifiers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Longthorne, J. E.

    1973-01-01

    Circuit computes and indicates efficiency of RF amplifier as inputs and other parameters are varied. Voltage drop across internal resistance of ammeter is amplified by operational amplifier and applied to one multiplier input. Other input is obtained through two resistors from positive terminal of power supply.

  5. NASA developments in solid state power amplifiers

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    Leonard, Regis F.

    1990-01-01

    Over the last ten years, NASA has undertaken an extensive program aimed at development of solid state power amplifiers for space applications. Historically, the program may be divided into three phases. The first efforts were carried out in support of the advanced communications technology satellite (ACTS) program, which is developing an experimental version of a Ka-band commercial communications system. These first amplifiers attempted to use hybrid technology. The second phase was still targeted at ACTS frequencies, but concentrated on monolithic implementations, while the current, third phase, is a monolithic effort that focusses on frequencies appropriate for other NASA programs and stresses amplifier efficiency. The topics covered include: (1) 20 GHz hybrid amplifiers; (2) 20 GHz monolithic MESFET power amplifiers; (3) Texas Instruments' (TI) 20 GHz variable power amplifier; (4) TI 20 GHz high power amplifier; (5) high efficiency monolithic power amplifiers; (6) GHz high efficiency variable power amplifier; (7) TI 32 GHz monolithic power amplifier performance; (8) design goals for Hughes' 32 GHz variable power amplifier; and (9) performance goals for Hughes' pseudomorphic 60 GHz power amplifier.

  6. Particle-Charge Spectrometer

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    Fuerstenau, Stephen; Wilson, Gregory R.

    2008-01-01

    An instrument for rapidly measuring the electric charges and sizes (from approximately 1 to approximately 100 micrometers) of airborne particles is undergoing development. Conceived for monitoring atmospheric dust particles on Mars, instruments like this one could also be used on Earth to monitor natural and artificial aerosols in diverse indoor and outdoor settings for example, volcanic regions, clean rooms, powder-processing machinery, and spray-coating facilities. The instrument incorporates a commercially available, low-noise, ultrasensitive charge-sensing preamplifier circuit. The input terminal of this circuit--the gate of a field-effect transistor--is connected to a Faraday-cage cylindrical electrode. The charged particles of interest are suspended in air or other suitable gas that is made to flow along the axis of the cylindrical electrode without touching the electrode. The flow can be channeled and generated by any of several alternative means; in the prototype of this instrument, the gas is drawn along a glass capillary tube (see upper part of figure) coaxial with the electrode. The size of a particle affects its rate of acceleration in the flow and thus affects the timing and shape of the corresponding signal peak generated by the charge-sensing amplifier. The charge affects the magnitude (and thus also the shape) of the signal peak. Thus, the signal peak (see figure) conveys information on both the size and electric charge of a sensed particle. In experiments thus far, the instrument has been found to be capable of measuring individual aerosol particle charges of magnitude greater than 350 e (where e is the fundamental unit of electric charge) with a precision of +/- 150 e. The instrument can sample particles at a rate as high as several thousand per second.

  7. Cascading electron and hole transfer dynamics in a CdS/CdTe core-shell sensitized with bromo-pyrogallol red (Br-PGR): slow charge recombination in type II regime

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    Maity, Partha; Debnath, Tushar; Chopra, Uday; Ghosh, Hirendra Nath

    2015-01-01

    Ultrafast cascading hole and electron transfer dynamics have been demonstrated in a CdS/CdTe type II core-shell sensitized with Br-PGR using transient absorption spectroscopy and the charge recombination dynamics have been compared with those of CdS/Br-PGR composite materials. Steady state optical absorption studies suggest that Br-PGR forms strong charge transfer (CT) complexes with both the CdS QD and CdS/CdTe core-shell. Hole transfer from the photo-excited QD and QD core-shell to Br-PGR was confirmed by both steady state and time-resolved emission spectroscopy. Charge separation was also confirmed by detecting electrons in the conduction band of the QD and the cation radical of Br-PGR as measured from femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. Charge separation in the CdS/Br-PGR composite materials was found to take place in three different pathways, by transferring the photo-excited hole of CdS to Br-PGR, electron injection from the photo-excited Br-PGR to the CdS QD, and direct electron transfer from the HOMO of Br-PGR to the conduction band of the CdS QD. However, in the CdS/CdTe/Br-PGR system hole transfer from the photo-excited CdS to Br-PGR and electron injection from the photo-excited Br-PGR to CdS take place after cascading through the CdTe shell QD. Charge separation also takes place via direct electron transfer from the Br-PGR HOMO to the conduction band of CdS/CdTe. Charge recombination (CR) dynamics between the electron in the conduction band of the CdS QD and the Br-PGR cation radical were determined by monitoring the bleach recovery kinetics. The CR dynamics were found to be much slower in the CdS/CdTe/Br-PGR system than in the CdS/Br-PGR system. The formation of the strong CT complex and the separation of charges cascading through the CdTe shell help to slow down charge recombination in the type II regime.Ultrafast cascading hole and electron transfer dynamics have been demonstrated in a CdS/CdTe type II core-shell sensitized with Br-PGR using transient absorption spectroscopy and the charge recombination dynamics have been compared with those of CdS/Br-PGR composite materials. Steady state optical absorption studies suggest that Br-PGR forms strong charge transfer (CT) complexes with both the CdS QD and CdS/CdTe core-shell. Hole transfer from the photo-excited QD and QD core-shell to Br-PGR was confirmed by both steady state and time-resolved emission spectroscopy. Charge separation was also confirmed by detecting electrons in the conduction band of the QD and the cation radical of Br-PGR as measured from femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. Charge separation in the CdS/Br-PGR composite materials was found to take place in three different pathways, by transferring the photo-excited hole of CdS to Br-PGR, electron injection from the photo-excited Br-PGR to the CdS QD, and direct electron transfer from the HOMO of Br-PGR to the conduction band of the CdS QD. However, in the CdS/CdTe/Br-PGR system hole transfer from the photo-excited CdS to Br-PGR and electron injection from the photo-excited Br-PGR to CdS take place after cascading through the CdTe shell QD. Charge separation also takes place via direct electron transfer from the Br-PGR HOMO to the conduction band of CdS/CdTe. Charge recombination (CR) dynamics between the electron in the conduction band of the CdS QD and the Br-PGR cation radical were determined by monitoring the bleach recovery kinetics. The CR dynamics were found to be much slower in the CdS/CdTe/Br-PGR system than in the CdS/Br-PGR system. The formation of the strong CT complex and the separation of charges cascading through the CdTe shell help to slow down charge recombination in the type II regime. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) images of the CdS QD and CdS/CdTe core-shell, measurements of the emission quantum yields of the QD materials, ultrafast transient absorption studies of the CdS quantum dot CdS/CdTe type II core-shell and bromo-pyrogallol red (Br-PGR), the steady state absorption of Br-PGR and the emission of the CdS QD and CdS/CdTe core-shell and the transient absorption spectrum of the cation radical of bromo-pyrogallol red (Br-PGR) (uncorrected). See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr05829a

  8. Analysis of heavy-ion induced charge collection mechanisms in SOI circuits

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    Schwank, J. R.; Ferlet-Cavrois, V.; Dodd, P. E.; Shaneyfelt, M. R.; Vizkelethy, G.; Paillet, P.; Flament, O.

    2004-06-01

    Focused ion microbeam and broadbeam heavy-ion experiments on capacitors and SRAMs are used to investigate charge collection in SOI devices. Charge collection in capacitors and ICs can be induced by displacement currents caused by the release of charge in the substrate. The magnitude of charge collection depends on the geometry, gate surface area and oxide thickness of the device. It is mainly induced by the diffusion of carriers generated in the silicon bulk, which induces a voltage drop under the oxide surface. Carrier diffusion in low-doped silicon creates coupling effects between MOS elements separated by up to hundreds of microns. However, because of charge sharing effects, charge collection by displacement currents (by itself) does not appear to significantly affect SEU sensitivity in SOI devices. p-n junctions are far less sensitive to charge sharing effects than neighboring MOS structures. A mechanism that can significantly increase the SEU saturation cross section in SOI devices is charge release in non-ideally doped drain regions (not heavily doped throughout the silicon film). Carriers released in drain regions can drift or diffuse into the body region and be amplified by parasitic bipolar effects. By heavily doping drain junctions throughout the silicon film, drain strike sensitivity can be significantly reduced. For this case, SEU sensitivity can be limited to gate (body) strikes and by reducing parasitic bipolar effects using body ties, SOI circuits can be fabricated that are very hard to single event effects. These results have important implications on the soft-error reliability of SOI and other oxide-isolated structures, e.g., DRAMs. For SOI SRAMs, it is possible that the additive effects of charge collection by displacement currents and charge released in drain regions may lead to SEU. For trench DRAMs, the retention capacitors are particularly sensitive to charge released in the substrate. Charge collection in retention capacitors by displacement currents can lead to multiple bit upsets (MBUs) in DRAMs, thus significantly degrading the soft-error reliability of DRAMs.

  9. Ultra low-noise charge coupled device

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Janesick, James R. (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    Special purpose CCD designed for ultra low-noise imaging and spectroscopy applications that require subelectron read noise floors, wherein a non-destructive output circuit operating near its 1/f noise regime is clocked in a special manner to read a single pixel multiple times. Off-chip electronics average the multiple values, reducing the random noise by the square-root of the number of samples taken. Noise floors below 0.5 electrons rms are possible in this manner. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, a three-phase CCD horizontal register is used to bring a pixel charge packet to an input gate adjacent a floating gate amplifier. The charge is then repeatedly clocked back and forth between the input gate and the floating gate. Each time the charge is injected into the potential well of the floating gate, it is sensed non-destructively. The floating gate amplifier is provided with a reference voltage of a fixed value and a pre-charge gate for resetting the amplifier between charge samples to a constant gain. After the charge is repeatedly sampled a selected number of times, it is transferred by means of output gates, back into the horizontal register, where it is clocked in a conventional manner to a diffusion MOSFET amplifier. It can then be either sampled (destructively) one more time or otherwise discarded.

  10. A noise-rejecting current amplifier for surface atmospheric ion flux measurements

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    Harrison, R. G.

    1997-09-01

    Large area electrodes are required to determine atmospheric charge fluxes at the earth's surface. These also act as antennas for power line hum, swamping the small atmospheric electric signals. A battery-powered head-amplifier resolving 0.025 pA is described here, which uses active compensation to substantially cancel the interference, allowing the atmospheric charge fluxes to be resolved in the presence of the interference. The overall response is nominally -100 mV/pA, with 30 dB of 50 Hz rejection. The head amplifier can drive a low impedance line.

  11. NIF/LMJ prototype amplifier mechanical design

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    Horvath, John A.

    1997-12-01

    Amplifier prototypes for the National Ignition Facility and the Laser Megajoule will be tested at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The prototype amplifier, which is an ensemble of modules from LLNL and Centre d'Etudes de Limeil- Valenton, is cassette-based with bottom access for maintenance. A sealed maintenance transfer vehicle which moves optical cassettes between the amplifier and the assembly cleanroom, and a vacuum gripper which holds laser slabs during cassette assembly will also be tested. The prototype amplifier will be used to verify amplifier optical performance, thermal recovery time, and cleanliness of mechanical operations.

  12. Log amplifier with pole-zero compensation

    DOEpatents

    Brookshier, William

    1987-01-01

    A logarithmic amplifier circuit provides pole-zero compensation for improved stability and response time over 6-8 decades of input signal frequency. The amplifier circuit includes a first operational amplifier with a first feedback loop which includes a second, inverting operational amplifier in a second feedback loop. The compensated output signal is provided by the second operational amplifier with the log elements, i.e., resistors, and the compensating capacitors in each of the feedback loops having equal values so that each break point or pole is offset by a compensating break point or zero.

  13. HIGH AVERAGE POWER OPTICAL FEL AMPLIFIERS.

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    BEN-ZVI, ILAN, DAYRAN, D.; LITVINENKO, V.

    2005-08-21

    Historically, the first demonstration of the optical FEL was in an amplifier configuration at Stanford University [l]. There were other notable instances of amplifying a seed laser, such as the LLNL PALADIN amplifier [2] and the BNL ATF High-Gain Harmonic Generation FEL [3]. However, for the most part FELs are operated as oscillators or self amplified spontaneous emission devices. Yet, in wavelength regimes where a conventional laser seed can be used, the FEL can be used as an amplifier. One promising application is for very high average power generation, for instance FEL's with average power of 100 kW or more. The high electron beam power, high brightness and high efficiency that can be achieved with photoinjectors and superconducting Energy Recovery Linacs (ERL) combine well with the high-gain FEL amplifier to produce unprecedented average power FELs. This combination has a number of advantages. In particular, we show that for a given FEL power, an FEL amplifier can introduce lower energy spread in the beam as compared to a traditional oscillator. This properly gives the ERL based FEL amplifier a great wall-plug to optical power efficiency advantage. The optics for an amplifier is simple and compact. In addition to the general features of the high average power FEL amplifier, we will look at a 100 kW class FEL amplifier is being designed to operate on the 0.5 ampere Energy Recovery Linac which is under construction at Brookhaven National Laboratory's Collider-Accelerator Department.

  14. Nondegenerate optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Jovanovic, Igor; Ebbers, Christopher A.

    2005-03-22

    A system provides an input pump pulse and a signal pulse. A first dichroic beamsplitter is highly reflective for the input signal pulse and highly transmissive for the input pump pulse. A first optical parametric amplifier nonlinear crystal transfers part of the energy from the input pump pulse to the input signal pulse resulting in a first amplified signal pulse and a first depleted pump pulse. A second dichroic beamsplitter is highly reflective for the first amplified signal pulse and highly transmissive for the first depleted pump pulse. A second optical parametric amplifier nonlinear crystal transfers part of the energy from the first depleted pump pulse to the first amplified signal pulse resulting in a second amplified signal pulse and a second depleted pump pulse. A third dichroic beamsplitter receives the second amplified signal pulse and the second depleted pump pulse. The second depleted pump pulse is discarded.

  15. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

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    Han, K. S.

    1985-01-01

    This semiannual progress report covers the period from April 1, 1985 to Sept. 30, 1985 under NASA grant NAS1-441 entitled direct solar pumped iodine laser amplifier. During this period the parametric studies of the iodine laser oscillator pumped by a Vortek simulator was carried out before the amplifier studies. The amplifier studies are postponed to the extended period following completion of the parametric studies. In addition, the kinetic modeling of a solar pumped iodine laser amplifier, and the experimental work for a solar pumped dye laser amplifier are in progress. This report contains three parts: (1) the radiation characteristics of solar simulator and the parametric characteristics of photodissociation iodine laser continuously pumped by a Vortek solar simulator; (2) kinetic modeling of a solar pumped iodine laser amplifier; and (3) the study of the dye laser amplifier pumped by a Tamarack solar simulator.

  16. ULTRA-STABILIZED D. C. AMPLIFIER

    DOEpatents

    Hartwig, E.C.; Kuenning, R.W.; Acker, R.C.

    1959-02-17

    An improved circuit is described for stabilizing the drift and minimizing the noise and hum level of d-c amplifiers so that the output voltage will be zero when the input is zero. In its detailed aspects, the disclosed circuit incorporates a d-c amplifier having a signal input, a second input, and an output circuit coupled back to the first input of the amplifier through inverse feedback means. An electronically driven chopper having a pair of fixed contacts and a moveable contact alternately connects the two inputs of a difference amplifier to the signal input. The A. E. error signal produced in the difference amplifier is amplified, rectified, and applied to the second input of the amplifier as the d-c stabilizing voltage.

  17. Novel photoacid generators for chemically amplified resists

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    Yamato, Hitoshi; Asakura, Toshikage; Matsumoto, Akira; Ohwa, Masaki

    2002-07-01

    Recently we have developed new class of non-ionic oxime sulfonate PAG. The compounds generate various kinds of sulfonic acids, such as n-propane, n-octane, camphor and p-toluene sulfonic acid under Deep-UV exposure and are applicable for chemically amplified (CA) photoresists. The application-relevant properties of the compounds such as solubility in propylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate (PGMEA), ethyl lactate, ethyl 3-ethoxypropionate, and 2-heptanone, UV absorption, thermal stability with or without poly(4-hydroxystyrene) (PHS), storage stability in a neat form or in PGMEA solution with or without additives, sensitivity in a model resist formulation, dissolution inhibition efficiency during the development process and volatility were evaluated. The compounds exhibit good solubility in PGMEA, high sensitivity in positive tone CA resist formulations, with Deep-UV exposure, and no significant volatility. Especially it was found that the compounds are superior in terms of thermal stability and storage stability, i.e., high thermal stability up to 188 degree(s)C in a phenolic matrix, and no change during storage in PGMEA at 60 degree(s)C for 5 months.

  18. Introduction of Peripheral Carboxylates to Decrease the Charge on Tm(3+) DOTAM-Alkyl Complexes: Implications for Detection Sensitivity and in Vivo Toxicity of PARACEST MRI Contrast Agents.

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    Such, Mojmr; Milne, Mark; Elmehriki, Adam A H; McVicar, Nevin; Li, Alex X; Bartha, Robert; Hudson, Robert H E

    2015-08-27

    A series of structurally modified Tm(3+) DOTAM-alkyl complexes as potential PARACEST MRI contrast agents has been synthesized with the aim to decrease the overall positive charge associated with these molecules and increase their biocompatibility. Two types of structural modification have been performed, an introduction of terminal carboxylate arms to the alkyl side chains and a conjugation of one of the alkyl side chains with aspartic acid. Detailed evaluation of the magnetic resonance imaging chemical exchange contrast associated with the structurally modified contrast agents has been performed. In contrast to the acutely toxic Tm(3+) DOTAM-alkyl complexes, the structurally modified compounds were found to be tolerated well during in vivo MRI studies in mice; however, only the aspartic acid modified chelates produced an amide proton-based PARACEST signal. PMID:26214576

  19. Bactericidal Dendritic Polycation Cloaked with Stealth Material via Lipase-Sensitive Intersegment Acquires Neutral Surface Charge without Losing Membrane-Disruptive Activity.

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    Xu, Lulu; He, Chen; Hui, Liwei; Xie, Yuntao; Li, Jia-Min; He, Wei-Dong; Yang, Lihua

    2015-12-23

    Net cationicity of membrane-disruptive antimicrobials is necessary for their activity but may elicit immune attack when administered intravenously. By cloaking a dendritic polycation (G2) with poly(caprolactone-b-ethylene glycol) (PCL-b-PEG), we obtain a nanoparticle antimicrobial, G2-g-(PCL-b-PEG), which exhibits neutral surface charge but kills >99.9% of inoculated bacterial cells at ≤8 μg/mL. The observed activity may be attributed PCL's responsive degradation by bacterial lipase and the consequent exposure of the membrane-disruptive, bactericidal G2 core. Moreover, G2-g-(PCL-b-PEG) exhibits good colloidal stability in the presence of serum and insignificant hemolytic toxicity even at ≥2048 μg/mL. suggesting good blood compatibility required for intravenous administration. PMID:26632646

  20. High power RF solid state power amplifier system

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    Sims, III, William Herbert (Inventor); Chavers, Donald Gregory (Inventor); Richeson, James J. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A high power, high frequency, solid state power amplifier system includes a plurality of input multiple port splitters for receiving a high-frequency input and for dividing the input into a plurality of outputs and a plurality of solid state amplifier units. Each amplifier unit includes a plurality of amplifiers, and each amplifier is individually connected to one of the outputs of multiport splitters and produces a corresponding amplified output. A plurality of multiport combiners combine the amplified outputs of the amplifiers of each of the amplifier units to a combined output. Automatic level control protection circuitry protects the amplifiers and maintains a substantial constant amplifier power output.

  1. Evapotranspiration amplifies European summer drought

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    Teuling, Adriaan J.; van Loon, Anne F.; Seneviratne, Sonia I.; Lehner, Irene; Aubinet, Marc; Heinesch, Bernard; Bernhofer, Christian; Grünwald, Thomas; Prasse, Heiko; Spank, Uwe

    2013-05-01

    is typically associated with a lack of precipitation, whereas the contribution of evapotranspiration and runoff to drought evolution is not well understood. Here we use unique long-term observations made in four headwater catchments in central and western Europe to reconstruct storage anomalies and study the drivers of storage anomaly evolution during drought. We provide observational evidence for the "drought-paradox" in that region: a consistent and significant increase in evapotranspiration during drought episodes, which acts to amplify the storage anomalies. In contrast, decreases in runoff act to limit storage anomalies. Our findings stress the need for the correct representation of evapotranspiration and runoff processes in drought indices.

  2. High temperature current mirror amplifier

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    Patterson, R.B. III.

    1984-05-22

    Disclosed is a high temperature current mirror amplifier having biasing means in the transdiode connection of the input transistor for producing a voltage to maintain the base-collector junction reversed-biased and a current means for maintaining a current through the biasing means at high temperatures so that the base-collector junction of the input transistor remained reversed-biased. For accuracy, a second current mirror is provided with a biasing means and current means on the input leg. 2 figs.

  3. Spacecraft Charging and Mitigation

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    Denig, William; Cooke, David; Ferguson, Dale

    2010-10-01

    Satellites and spacecraft materials can become charged to tens or even thousands of volts when ions in the space environment collide with spacecraft. This can sometimes cause electrical discharge of differentially or internally charged spacecraft materials, which can adversely affect satellite operations. Additionally, high-energy ions can penetrate spacecraft materials and deposit their energy within sensitive electronics, causing component damage or failure. To consider various approaches for spacecraft charge mitigation, 150 technologists from around the world representing government, academia, and industry met at the 11th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference (SCTC) in Albuquerque, N. M., on 20-24 September 2010. The conference was held against the backdrop of the apparent charging event of the Galaxy 15 satellite, which some speculate triggered this geosynchronous communications satellite to cease operations, thereby adversely affecting related satellite-reliant communities (see J. Allen, Space Weather, 8, S06008, doi:10.1029/2010SW000588, 2010)

  4. Cryogenic CMOS circuits for single charge digital readout.

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    Gurrieri, Thomas M.; Longoria, Erin Michelle; Eng, Kevin; Carroll, Malcolm S.; Hamlet, Jason R.; Young, Ralph Watson

    2010-03-01

    The readout of a solid state qubit often relies on single charge sensitive electrometry. However the combination of fast and accurate measurements is non trivial due to large RC time constants due to the electrometers resistance and shunt capacitance from wires between the cold stage and room temperature. Currently fast sensitive measurements are accomplished through rf reflectrometry. I will present an alternative single charge readout technique based on cryogenic CMOS circuits in hopes to improve speed, signal-to-noise, power consumption and simplicity in implementation. The readout circuit is based on a current comparator where changes in current from an electrometer will trigger a digital output. These circuits were fabricated using Sandia's 0.35 {micro}m CMOS foundry process. Initial measurements of comparators with an addition a current amplifier have displayed current sensitivities of < 1nA at 4.2K, switching speeds up to {approx}120ns, while consuming {approx}10 {micro}W. I will also discuss an investigation of noise characterization of our CMOS process in hopes to obtain a better understanding of the ultimate limit in signal to noise performance.

  5. Cryogenic CMOS circuits for single charge digital readout

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    Eng, Kevin; Gurrieri, T. M.; Hamlet, J.; Carroll, M. S.

    2010-03-01

    The readout of a solid state qubit often relies on single charge sensitive electrometry. However the combination of fast and accurate measurements is non trivial due to large RC time constants due to the electrometers resistance and shunt capacitance from wires between the cold stage and room temperature. Currently fast sensitive measurements are accomplished through rf reflectrometry. I will present an alternative single charge readout technique based on cryogenic CMOS circuits in hopes to improve speed, signal-to-noise, power consumption and simplicity in implementation. The readout circuit is based on a current comparator where changes in current from an electrometer will trigger a digital output. These circuits were fabricated using Sandia's 0.35μm CMOS foundry process. Initial measurements of comparators with an addition a current amplifier have displayed current sensitivities of < 1nA at 4.2K, switching speeds up to ˜120ns, while consuming ˜10μW. I will also discuss an investigation of noise characterization of our CMOS process in hopes to obtain a better understanding of the ultimate limit in signal to noise performance.

  6. The spectacular human nose: an amplifier of individual quality?

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    Mikalsen, ?se Kristine Rognmo; Yoccoz, Nigel Gilles; Laeng, Bruno

    2014-01-01

    Amplifiers are signals that improve the perception of underlying differences in quality. They are cost free and advantageous to high quality individuals, but disadvantageous to low quality individuals, as poor quality is easier perceived because of the amplifier. For an amplifier to evolve, the average fitness benefit to the high quality individuals should be higher than the average cost for the low quality individuals. The human nose is, compared to the nose of most other primates, extraordinary large, fragile and easily brokenespecially in malemale interactions. May it have evolved as an amplifier among high quality individuals, allowing easy assessment of individual quality and influencing the perception of attractiveness? We tested the latter by manipulating the position of the nose tip or, as a control, the mouth in facial pictures and had the pictures rated for attractiveness. Our results show that facial attractiveness failed to be influenced by mouth manipulations. Yet, facial attractiveness increased when the nose tip was artificially centered according to other facial features. Conversely, attractiveness decreased when the nose tip was displaced away from its central position. Our results suggest that our evaluation of attractiveness is clearly sensitive to the centering of the nose tip, possibly because it affects our perception of the faces symmetry and/or averageness. However, whether such centering is related to individual quality remains unclear. PMID:24765588

  7. The Physics and Technology of the Ion Sensitive Field Effect Transistor

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    Wong, Hon-Sum Philip

    1988-12-01

    We develop a new mathematical formulation to describe the physics of the electrolyte-insulator (E-I) interface of the blocking ion sensitive field effect transistor (ISFET). In this new formulation, the E-I interface is viewed as trapping centers for the ions (H^+) in the electrolyte, and the trapping-detrapping kinetics are described by the Shockley-Read-Hall (SRH) rate equations. While the equilibrium, steady-state, solution of the SRH equations reduces to the conventional Site-Binding Model result, the non-equilibrium solutions provide the theoretical basis for further experiments which measure, for example, interface trap admittance and transient optically excited response. Numerical calculations indicate second order effects (finite space charge width, counter-ion adsorption, inversion layer charge) significantly affect the E-I interface potential vs pH characteristics of low site density surfaces and limit the advantage of utilizing a low site density suface for the reference ISFET. Ion implantation is employed to experimentally vary the nature and density of the surface sites. Modification of the pH sensitivity of silicon nitride by heavy dose, low energy, boron implants is observed. An ISFET pH sensor integrated with CMOS operational amplifiers is designed, fabricated, and evaluated. The ISFET sensor is first matched with a MOSFET at the differential input stage of a CMOS operational amplifier (called the 'ISFET-operational amplifier') to cancel out the temperature sensitivity. Then, the output of an 'ISFET-operational amplifier' with a Ta_2O _5/SiO_2 gate (58 -59mV/pH) ISFET is differentially amplified against the output of another on-chip 'ISFET-operational amplifier' with a SiO_{rm x}N _{rm y}/Si _3N_4/SiO _2 gate ISFET (18-20mV/pH). An on-chip noble metal counter-electrode serves as the electrical contact to define the electric potential of the electrolyte. No external reference electrode is required. The CMOS compatible ISFET process is modified from a standard self-aligned polysilicon gate CMOS process with minimal process re-design. The standard CMOS sequence is unaltered until the contact windows are opened. The complete sensor has 40-43mV/pH pH sensitivity and is the first reported self-contained ISFET pH sensor with on-chip CMOS circuits and on-chip counter-electrode.

  8. Decreasing the thresholds for electroporation by sensitizing cells with local cationic anesthetics and substances that decrease the surface negative electric charge.

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    Grys, Maciej; Madeja, Zbigniew; Korohoda, W?odzimierz

    2014-03-01

    The recently described method of cell electroporation by flow of cell suspension through localized direct current electric fields (dcEFs) was applied to identify non-toxic substances that could sensitize cells to external electric fields. We found that local cationic anesthetics such as procaine, lidocaine and tetracaine greatly facilitated the electroporation of AT2 rat prostate carcinoma cells and human skin fibroblasts (HSF). This manifested as a 50% reduction in the strength of the electric field required to induce cell death by irreversible electroporation or to introduce fluorescent dyes such as calcein, carboxyfluorescein or Lucifer yellow into the cells. A similar decrease in the electric field thresholds for irreversible and reversible cell electroporation was observed when the cells were exposed to the electric field in the presence of the non-toxic cationic dyes 9-aminoacridine (9-AAA) or toluidine blue. Identifying non-toxic, reversibly acting cell sensitizers may facilitate cancer tissue ablation and help introduce therapeutic or diagnostic substances into the cells and tissues. PMID:24415057

  9. Development of a HgCdTe photomixer and impedance matched GaAs FET amplifier

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    Shanley, J. F.; Paulauskas, W. A.; Taylor, D. R.

    1982-01-01

    A research program for the development of a 10.6 micron HgCdTe photodiode/GaAs field effect transistor amplifier package for use at cryogenic temperatures (77k). The photodiode/amplifier module achieved a noise equivalent power per unit bandwidth of 5.7 times 10 to the 20th power W/Hz at 2.0 GHz. The heterodyne sensitivity of the HgCdTe photodiode was improved by designing and building a low noise GaAs field effect transistor amplifier operating at 77K. The Johnson noise of the amplifier was reduced at 77K, and thus resulted in an increased photodiode heterodyne sensitivity.

  10. Resonance energy transfer-amplifying fluorescence quenching at the surface of silica nanoparticles toward ultrasensitive detection of TNT.

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    Gao, Daming; Wang, Zhenyang; Liu, Bianhua; Ni, Lin; Wu, Minghong; Zhang, Zhongping

    2008-11-15

    This paper reports a resonance energy transfer-amplifying fluorescence quenching at the surface of silica nanoparticles for the ultrasensitive detection of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) in solution and vapor environments. Fluorescence dye and organic amine were covalently modified onto the surface of silica nanoparticles to form a hybrid monolayer of dye fluorophores and amine ligands. The fluorescent silica particles can specifically bind TNT species by the charge-transfer complexing interaction between electron-rich amine ligands and electron-deficient aromatic rings. The resultant TNT-amine complexes bound at the silica surface can strongly suppress the fluorescence emission of the chosen dye by the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from dye donor to the irradiative TNT-amine acceptor through intermolecular polar-polar interactions at spatial proximity. The quenching efficiency of the hybrid nanoparticles with TNT is greatly amplified by at least 10-fold that of the corresponding pure dye. The nanoparticle-assembled arrays on silicon wafer can sensitively detect down to approximately 1 nM TNT with the use of only 10 microL of solution (approximately 2 pg TNT) and several ppb of TNT vapor in air. The simple FRET-based nanoparticle sensors reported here exhibit a high and stable fluorescence brightness, strong analyte affinity, and good assembly flexibility and can thus find many applications in the detection of ultratrace analytes. PMID:18847285

  11. Multistaged stokes injected Raman capillary waveguide amplifier

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    Kurnit, Norman A.

    1980-01-01

    A multistaged Stokes injected Raman capillary waveguide amplifier for providing a high gain Stokes output signal. The amplifier uses a plurality of optically coupled capillary waveguide amplifiers and one or more regenerative amplifiers to increase Stokes gain to a level sufficient for power amplification. Power amplification is provided by a multifocused Raman gain cell or a large diameter capillary waveguide. An external source of CO.sub.2 laser radiation can be injected into each of the capillary waveguide amplifier stages to increase Raman gain. Devices for injecting external sources of CO.sub.2 radiation include: dichroic mirrors, prisms, gratings and Ge Brewster plates. Alternatively, the CO.sub.2 input radiation to the first stage can be coupled and amplified between successive stages.

  12. High-voltage switching piezo drive amplifier

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    Clingman, Dan J.; Gamble, Mike

    1998-06-01

    This paper describes the development and testing of a 3KV, 400 ma piezo drive switching amplifier. This amplifier is used to drive Piezo Fiber Composite material embedded in a 1/6 scale CH-47 blade. This amplifier will allow higher harmonic control of the blade thus reducing rotor craft vibration and noise. The amplifier recycles reactive energy required to drive piezo material allowing for an efficient amplifier design. A multi level topology is used allowing solid state switching devices with voltage rating of half the output drive voltage. The amplifier modular design allows easy migration to the power levels required to drive a full size CH-47 blade. This work was done in conjunction with the Smart Structures for Rotor Craft Control in support of DARPA/AFOSR.

  13. High-voltage switching piezo drive amplifier

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    Clingman, Dan J.; Gamble, Mike

    1999-07-01

    This paper describes the development and testing of a 4KVpp, 750 ma piezo drive switching amplifier. This amplifier is used to drive Piezo Fiber Composite material imbedded in a 1/6 scale CH-47 blade. This amplifier will allow higher harmonic control of the blade thus reducing rotor craft vibration and nose. The amplifier recycles reactive energy required to drive piezo material allowing for an efficient amplifier design. A multi level topology is used allowing solid sates switching devices with voltage rating of half the output drive voltage. The amplifier modular design allows easy migration to the power levels required to drive a full size CH-47 blade. This work was done in conjunction with the Smart Structures for Rotor Craft Control in support of DARPA/ONR.

  14. High-efficiency solid state power amplifier

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    Wallis, Robert E. (Inventor); Cheng, Sheng (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    A high-efficiency solid state power amplifier (SSPA) for specific use in a spacecraft is provided. The SSPA has a mass of less than 850 g and includes two different X-band power amplifier sections, i.e., a lumped power amplifier with a single 11-W output and a distributed power amplifier with eight 2.75-W outputs. These two amplifier sections provide output power that is scalable from 11 to 15 watts without major design changes. Five different hybrid microcircuits, including high-efficiency Heterostructure Field Effect Transistor (HFET) amplifiers and Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) phase shifters have been developed for use within the SSPA. A highly efficient packaging approach enables the integration of a large number of hybrid circuits into the SSPA.

  15. A rapid and highly sensitive spectrofluorimetric method for the determination of venlafaxine by charge transfer complexation reaction with p-bromanil and p-chloranil

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    Ulu, Sevgi Tatar

    2011-04-01

    Simple, rapid and highly sensitive spectrofluorimetric methods were developed for the determination of venlafaxine in pure and pharmaceutical preparations. The proposed methods were based on the reaction of venlafaxine as n-electron donor with ?-acceptors namely, p-bromanil and p-chloranil. The method for the determination of venlafaxine over a concentration range of 5-100 and 5-150 ng/mL, for p-bromanil and p-chloranil methods, respectively. The intra- and inter-day precisions were satisfactory, the relative standard deviations did not exceed 1.69%. The proposed method was successfully applied to the determination of venlafaxine in its pharmaceutical preparations with good accuracy; the mean recovery percentages were 99.80%. The results were compared favorably with those of the reference method.

  16. Microwave transport systems that use semiconductor laser as radio-frequency amplifier

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    Peng, Peng-Chun; Wang, Huai-Yung; Lan, Ruei-Long; Peng, Rong-Yu

    2012-05-01

    This investigation experimentally demonstrates the effectiveness of microwave transport systems in which a semiconductor laser is used as a radio-frequency (RF) amplifier. This scheme improves the sensitivity of the receiver in a microwave transport system by using a semiconductor laser to amplify the RF signal. The experimental results indicate that the developed architecture has great potential for use in long-distance microwave transport systems. Finally, an optical link monitoring system in the proposed architecture is experimentally demonstrated.

  17. Signal-Conditioning Amplifier Recorders

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    Medelius, Pedro J.; Taylor, John

    2003-01-01

    Signal-conditioning amplifier recorders (SCAmpRs) have been proposed as a means of simplifying and upgrading the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Ground Measurement System (GMS), which is a versatile data-acquisition system that gathers and records a variety of measurement data before and during the launch of a space shuttle. In the present version of the GMS system, signal conditioning amplifiers digitize and transmit data to a VME chassis that multiplexes up to 416 channels. The data is transmitted via a high-speed data bus to a second VME chassis where it is available for snapshots. The data is passed from the second VME chassis to a high-speed data recorder. This process is duplicated for installations at two launch pads and the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Since any failure of equipment in the data path results in loss of data, much of the system is redundant. The architecture of the existing GMS limits expansion or any modification to the system to meet changing requirements because of the cost and time required. A SCAmpR-based system is much more flexible. The basis of the simplification, flexibility, and reliability is the shifting of the recording function to the individual amplifier channels. Each SCAmpR is a self-contained single channel data acquisition system, which in its current implementation, has a data storage capacity of up to 30 minutes when operating at the fastest data sampling rates. The SCAmpR channels are self-configuring and self-calibrating. Multiple SCAmpR channels are ganged on printed circuit boards and mounted in a chassis that provides power, a network hub, and Inter-Range Instrument Group (IRIG) time signals. The SCAmpR channels share nothing except physical mounting on a circuit board. All circuitry is electrically separate for each channel. All that is necessary to complete the data acquisition system is a single master computer tied to the SCAmpR channels by standard network equipment. The size of the data acquisition system dictates the requirements for the specific network equipment.

  18. Broadband Microwave Amplifier Design with Lumped Elements

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    Şengül, Metin

    2016-03-01

    This study introduces a broadband microwave amplifier design that utilizes the measured scattering parameters of active devices without assuming an initial topology for the matching networks or an analytic form of the system transfer function. The algorithm can be extended to design multistage broadband microwave amplifiers. An example is given to illustrate the application of the proposed method. It was found that the proposed method provides very good initials for CAD tools to further improve amplifier performance by working on the element values.

  19. A dc amplifier for nuclear particle measurement

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    Macnee, A. B.; Masnari, N. A.

    1978-01-01

    A monolithic preamplifier-postamplifier combination has been developed for use with solid state particle detectors. The direct coupled amplifiers employ interdigitated n-channel JFET's, diodes, and diffused resistors. The circuits developed demonstrate the feasibility of matching the performance of existing discrete component designs. The fabrication procedures for the monolithic amplifier fabrication are presented and the results of measurements on a limited number of sample amplifiers are given.

  20. Numerical analysis techniques for wideband amplifiers

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    Park, Namkyoo; Lee, Wonjae; Min, Bumki; Park, Jae-Hyeung

    2001-10-01

    Increasing demands on the high capacity wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) transmission system now require newly developed transmission windows beyond the gain bandwidth supported by erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFA). With the intensive development efforts on new rare-earth dopants and fiber nonlinearity (Raman process) for fast few years, wideband optical amplifiers now can support easily over 4-5 fold wider gain bandwidth than it was formerly possible with the conventional EDFAs. Of various breeds for this application, there exist three distinct approaches near 150nm band, accessible in the commercial market. These include: Thulium-doped fluoride fiber amplifiers (TDFA) for S+band (1450-1480 nm) and S band (1480-1530 nm), EDFAs for C band (1530-1560nm) and L band (1570-1610nm) and L band (1570-1610nm), Raman amplifiers with 100 nm's of gain bandwidth (with flexible location from S+ to L Band), and hybrid amplifiers with serial/parallel combinations of above techniques. Even though there have been much increased experimental reports for all of these amplifiers, the complexity of the amplification dynamics from the number of involving energy levels and difficulty in measuring experimental parameters make it harder than ever to predict the performance of wideband amplifiers in general. This lack of serious study on the analytic or numerical analysis on wideband amplifiers could cause the future impairments for the prediction and estimation of the amplifier performances for different applications, restricting the successful deployment of wideband amplifier based transmission systems. In this paper, we present the numerical model and analysis techniques for wideband amplifiers (C/L band EDFA, Raman amplifier, and TDFA),along with their application examples.

  1. Achieving and maintaining cleanliness in NIF amplifiers

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    Stowers, Irving F.; Horvath, John A.; Menapace, J. A.; Burnham, A. K.; Letts, S. A.

    1999-07-01

    Cleanliness measurements made on AMPLAB prototype NIF laser amplifiers during assembly, cassette transfer, and amplifier operation are summarized. These measurements include particle counts from surface cleanliness assessments using filter swipe technique and from airborne particle monitoring. Results are compared with similar measurements made on the Beamlet and Nova lasers and in flashlamp test fixtures. Observations of Class 100,000 aerosols after flashlamp firings are discussed. Comparisons are made between typical damage densities on laser amplifier optics from Novette, NOVA, Beamlet, and AMPLAB.

  2. A new TPE-based tetrapodal ligand and its Ln(iii) complexes: multi-stimuli responsive AIE (aggregation-induced emission)/ILCT(intraligand charge transfer)-bifunctional photoluminescence and NIR emission sensitization.

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    Zhu, Yi-Xuan; Wei, Zhang-Wen; Pan, Mei; Wang, Hai-Ping; Zhang, Jian-Yong; Su, Cheng-Yong

    2016-01-01

    A tetrapodal zwitterionic-type ligand featuring both AIE (aggregation-induced emission) and ILCT (intraligand charge transfer) properties, namely 1,1',1'',1'''-(4,4',4'',4'''-(ethene-1,1,2,2-tetrayl)tetrakis(benzene-4,1-diyl))tetrakis(methylene)tetrapyridin-4(1H)-one (TPE-4PO) has been designed and applied to the assembly of lanthanide complexes LIFM-21(Ln) (Ln = Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb and Dy). Apart from sensitization of NIR emission of Sm(3+) and Dy(3+), the resulting ligand and lanthanide complexes show both AIE and ILCT-related photoluminescence behaviors. The photo-response of this system to different aggregation states, solvents' polarity and mechanical grinding was demonstrated by distinguishable emission intensities and colours. PMID:26646712

  3. Ping-pong auto-zero amplifier with glitch reduction

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    Larson, Mark R.

    2008-01-22

    A ping-pong amplifier with reduced glitching is described. The ping-pong amplifier includes a nulling amplifier coupled to a switching network. The switching network is used to auto-zero a ping amplifier within a ping-pong amplifier. The nulling amplifier drives the output of a ping amplifier to a proper output voltage level during auto-zeroing of the ping amplifier. By being at a proper output voltage level, glitches associated with transitioning between a ping amplifier and a pong amplifier are reduced or eliminated.

  4. Charge sniffer for electrostatics demonstrations

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    Dinca, Mihai P.

    2011-02-01

    An electronic electroscope with a special design for demonstrations and experiments on static electricity is described. It operates as an electric charge sniffer by detecting slightly charged objects when they are brought to the front of its sensing electrode. The sniffer has the advantage of combining high directional sensitivity with a logarithmic bar display. It allows for the identification of electric charge polarity during charge separation by friction, peeling, electrostatic induction, batteries, or secondary coils of power transformers. Other experiments in electrostatics, such as observing the electric field of an oscillating dipole and the distance dependence of the electric field generated by simple charge configurations, are also described.

  5. Log amplifier with pole-zero compensation

    DOEpatents

    Brookshier, W.

    1985-02-08

    A logarithmic amplifier circuit provides pole-zero compensation for improved stability and response time over 6-8 decades of input signal frequency. The amplifer circuit includes a first operational amplifier with a first feedback loop which includes a second, inverting operational amplifier in a second feedstock loop. The compensated output signal is provided by the second operational amplifier with the log elements, i.e., resistors, and the compensating capacitors in each of the feedback loops having equal values so that each break point is offset by a compensating break point or zero.

  6. Amplifying device created with isotropic dielectric layer

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    Wang, Shen-Yun; Liu, Shao-Bin

    2014-02-01

    Using the concept of optical transformation, we report on an amplifying device, which can make an arbitrary object enlarged. Its potential application to small object identification and detection is foreseeable. The cylindrical anisotropic amplifying shell could be mimicked by radially symmetrical sectors alternating in composition between two profiles of isotropic dielectrics; the permittivity and permeability in each sector can be properly determined by the effective medium theory. Both the magnetic and nonmagnetic amplifying devices are validated by full-wave finite element simulations. Good amplifying performance is observed.

  7. Experimental study on tandem pumped fiber amplifier

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    Xiao, Hu; Xu, Jiangming; Wu, Wuming; Zhou, Pu; Xu, Xiaojun

    2012-07-01

    We present the experimental results of a 1083 nm fiber amplifier tandem pumped by 1030 nm fiber laser. The output characteristics of the tandem pumped amplifier with cladding-pump and core-pump schemes are both investigated. The 1083 nm signal laser has not been efficiently amplified when cladding-pumped by 1030 nm laser for the weak absorption of the gain fiber. The core-pump scheme works well with the amplifier. The output properties with different gain fiber length are experimentally investigated. The maximum output power is 2.4 W with power conversion efficiency of 60%.

  8. Retrodiction for optical attenuators, amplifiers, and detectors

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    Jedrkiewicz, Ottavia; Loudon, Rodney; Jeffers, John

    2004-09-01

    The transformation that an attenuator makes on the state of an optical field is the time reverse of that of an amplifier. Thus predicting the output state for an amplifier is equivalent to retrodicting the input state of an attenuator. We explore the consequences of this equivalence for simple optical quantum communication channels. One counterintuitive consequence is that the mean number of photons sent into an amplifier as retrodicted from a measurement of the number of output photons does not include the contribution of the amplifier noise.

  9. High efficiency Ka-band MMIC amplifiers

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    Haugland, Edward J.

    1991-09-01

    This paper describes recent progress in the Ka-band MMIC power amplifier program. New materials, material growth techniques, device designs and circuit design techniques have made it possible to design and fabricate MMIC amplifiers with both high efficiency and high power at Ka-band and higher frequencies. MMIC amplifiers using pseudomorphic AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAs HEMT devices presently achieve 400 mW with 25 percent efficiency at Ka-band and 1 W, 35 percent efficient amplifiers are being developed.

  10. Class E/F switching power amplifiers

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    Hajimiri, Seyed-Ali (Inventor); Aoki, Ichiro (Inventor); Rutledge, David B. (Inventor); Kee, Scott David (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    The present invention discloses a new family of switching amplifier classes called class E/F amplifiers. These amplifiers are generally characterized by their use of the zero-voltage-switching (ZVS) phase correction technique to eliminate of the loss normally associated with the inherent capacitance of the switching device as utilized in class-E amplifiers, together with a load network for improved voltage and current wave-shaping by presenting class-F.sup.-1 impedances at selected overtones and class-E impedances at the remaining overtones. The present invention discloses a several topologies and specific circuit implementations for achieving such performance.

  11. Direct nuclear-pumped laser amplifier

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    Jalufka, N. W.

    1981-01-01

    A (He-3)-Xe gas mixture, excited by the He-3(n,p)H-3 reaction, has been employed to amplify the output of a (He-3)Xe direct nuclear-pumped laser. Lasing occurred at the 2.63 micron line of XeI in the oscillator. The oscillator output was reflected through 180 deg and passed through the amplifier system. Power measurements of the oscillator output and the amplifier output show the laser power to be amplified by a factor of 3 for the (He-3)-Xe system. Amplification by a factor of 5 was obtained for a (He-3)-CO system.

  12. Effects Of Environmental Electrical Charges On Spacecraft

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    Robinson, Paul A., Jr.

    1993-01-01

    Handbook presents information on three kinds of disruptive effects of environmental electrical charges upon operations of electronic circuits and other sensitive equipment in spacecraft. Addresses surface and internal charging and discharging, single-event upsets, and related design issues.

  13. Optical latches using optical amplifiers

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    Li, Wenbo; Hu, Hongyu; Dutta, Niloy K.

    2013-05-01

    Optical latches are important for a wide range of applications including communication systems, optical logic systems, optical random access memory (RAM) and encryption. All optical logic operations using quantum dot (QD) based semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) and Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) have been studied. The building block of an optical latch such as NAND gate has been fabricated and their operation experimentally demonstrated at ~ 80 GHz. A rate equation model has been developed for the QD-SOA-MZI and it has been used to analyze the Boolean logic operation. The model has been used to analyze the Set-Reset (S-R) latch and the D-Flip-Flop (DFF) devices. The DFF is the basic device for building larger logic circuits. The results show that the latches would work to speeds of ~ 250 Gb/s.

  14. Transverse pumped laser amplifier architecture

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    Bayramian, Andrew James; Manes, Kenneth R.; Deri, Robert; Erlandson, Alvin; Caird, John; Spaeth, Mary L.

    2015-05-19

    An optical gain architecture includes a pump source and a pump aperture. The architecture also includes a gain region including a gain element operable to amplify light at a laser wavelength. The gain region is characterized by a first side intersecting an optical path, a second side opposing the first side, a third side adjacent the first and second sides, and a fourth side opposing the third side. The architecture further includes a dichroic section disposed between the pump aperture and the first side of the gain region. The dichroic section is characterized by low reflectance at a pump wavelength and high reflectance at the laser wavelength. The architecture additionally includes a first cladding section proximate to the third side of the gain region and a second cladding section proximate to the fourth side of the gain region.

  15. Hydraulically amplified PZT mems actuator

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    Miles, Robin R.

    2004-11-02

    A hydraulically amplified microelectromechanical systems actuator. A piece of piezoelectric material or stacked piezo bimorph is bonded or deposited as a thin film. The piece is operatively connected to a primary membrane. A reservoir is operatively connected to the primary membrane. The reservoir contains a fluid. A membrane is operatively connected to the reservoir. In operation, energizing the piezoelectric material causing the piezoelectric material to bow. Bowing of the piezoelectric material causes movement of the primary membrane. Movement of the primary membrane results in a force in being transmitted to the liquid in the reservoir. The force in the liquid causes movement of the membrane. Movement of the membrane results in an operating actuator.

  16. Transverse pumped laser amplifier architecture

    DOEpatents

    Bayramian, Andrew James; Manes, Kenneth; Deri, Robert; Erlandson, Al; Caird, John; Spaeth, Mary

    2013-07-09

    An optical gain architecture includes a pump source and a pump aperture. The architecture also includes a gain region including a gain element operable to amplify light at a laser wavelength. The gain region is characterized by a first side intersecting an optical path, a second side opposing the first side, a third side adjacent the first and second sides, and a fourth side opposing the third side. The architecture further includes a dichroic section disposed between the pump aperture and the first side of the gain region. The dichroic section is characterized by low reflectance at a pump wavelength and high reflectance at the laser wavelength. The architecture additionally includes a first cladding section proximate to the third side of the gain region and a second cladding section proximate to the fourth side of the gain region.

  17. A high-power 95 GHz gyro-TWT amplifier

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    Kreischer, K.E.; Basten, M.; Blank, M.; Danly, B.G.; Guss, W.C.; Temkin, R.J.

    1992-07-01

    The need for radar systems with greater resolution has led to renewed interest in the development of efficient high-power amplifiers at 95 GHz. The gyro-TWT is capable of producing high power with the added attraction of having lower ohmic loading on the smooth fast-wave interaction circuit than conventional slow-wave sources. We have completed a comprehensive desip of a 95 GHz gyro-TWT amplifier that is capable of producing 120 kill of output power with an efficiency of 30%, a saturated gain of 38 dB and an instantaneous bandwidth of over 5 GHz. Our concept uses an annular beam produced by a MIG electron source and operates in the TE{sub 5,1} cylindrical waveguide mode. Realistic beam parameters from gun simulations were, included in our efficiency calculations. In addition, our design includes the use of a compact superconducting magnet, quasi-optical input and output couplers and a sever to supress oscillations. The overall mechanical design shows that a compact, lightweight amplifier with adequate beam clearance is possible. This report also includes a study of a gyro-TWT using a solid on-axis beam from a Pierce-wiggler electron source coupling with a TE{sub 1,n} waveguide mode. Nonlinear models indicated that an efficient interaction with the waveguide mode was possible, however, beam simulations indicated that the high current density beam had large internal space charge forces that caused a substantial degradation of the beam quality.

  18. A high-power 95 GHz gyro-TWT amplifier

    SciTech Connect

    Kreischer, K.E.; Basten, M.; Blank, M.; Danly, B.G.; Guss, W.C.; Temkin, R.J.

    1992-07-01

    The need for radar systems with greater resolution has led to renewed interest in the development of efficient high-power amplifiers at 95 GHz. The gyro-TWT is capable of producing high power with the added attraction of having lower ohmic loading on the smooth fast-wave interaction circuit than conventional slow-wave sources. We have completed a comprehensive desip of a 95 GHz gyro-TWT amplifier that is capable of producing 120 kill of output power with an efficiency of 30%, a saturated gain of 38 dB and an instantaneous bandwidth of over 5 GHz. Our concept uses an annular beam produced by a MIG electron source and operates in the TE[sub 5,1] cylindrical waveguide mode. Realistic beam parameters from gun simulations were, included in our efficiency calculations. In addition, our design includes the use of a compact superconducting magnet, quasi-optical input and output couplers and a sever to supress oscillations. The overall mechanical design shows that a compact, lightweight amplifier with adequate beam clearance is possible. This report also includes a study of a gyro-TWT using a solid on-axis beam from a Pierce-wiggler electron source coupling with a TE[sub 1,n] waveguide mode. Nonlinear models indicated that an efficient interaction with the waveguide mode was possible, however, beam simulations indicated that the high current density beam had large internal space charge forces that caused a substantial degradation of the beam quality.

  19. Hidden Amplifier for a Galvanometer

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    Weichman, Frank

    2003-10-01

    We often do demonstrations at local schools that require the use of a sensitive galvanometer. For example, we show that a thermocouple responds to warm fingers and will respond with opposite polarity to cool water. In years past we brought along a Pye galvanometer, which had adequate sensitivity for the purpose but which suffered from drift due to ambient temperature changes (cold car to warm classroom) and slow response time. There are of course many digital instruments available with adequate sensitivity, but for a classroom setting with 20 to 30 itchy children, an analogue device is preferable to a fluctuating digital output.

  20. Fishing amplifies forage fish population collapses.

    PubMed

    Essington, Timothy E; Moriarty, Pamela E; Froehlich, Halley E; Hodgson, Emma E; Koehn, Laura E; Oken, Kiva L; Siple, Margaret C; Stawitz, Christine C

    2015-05-26

    Forage fish support the largest fisheries in the world but also play key roles in marine food webs by transferring energy from plankton to upper trophic-level predators, such as large fish, seabirds, and marine mammals. Fishing can, thereby, have far reaching consequences on marine food webs unless safeguards are in place to avoid depleting forage fish to dangerously low levels, where dependent predators are most vulnerable. However, disentangling the contributions of fishing vs. natural processes on population dynamics has been difficult because of the sensitivity of these stocks to environmental conditions. Here, we overcome this difficulty by collating population time series for forage fish populations that account for nearly two-thirds of global catch of forage fish to identify the fingerprint of fisheries on their population dynamics. Forage fish population collapses shared a set of common and unique characteristics: high fishing pressure for several years before collapse, a sharp drop in natural population productivity, and a lagged response to reduce fishing pressure. Lagged response to natural productivity declines can sharply amplify the magnitude of naturally occurring population fluctuations. Finally, we show that the magnitude and frequency of collapses are greater than expected from natural productivity characteristics and therefore, likely attributed to fishing. The durations of collapses, however, were not different from those expected based on natural productivity shifts. A risk-based management scheme that reduces fishing when populations become scarce would protect forage fish and their predators from collapse with little effect on long-term average catches. PMID:25848018

  1. Fishing amplifies forage fish population collapses

    PubMed Central

    Essington, Timothy E.; Moriarty, Pamela E.; Froehlich, Halley E.; Hodgson, Emma E.; Koehn, Laura E.; Oken, Kiva L.; Siple, Margaret C.; Stawitz, Christine C.

    2015-01-01

    Forage fish support the largest fisheries in the world but also play key roles in marine food webs by transferring energy from plankton to upper trophic-level predators, such as large fish, seabirds, and marine mammals. Fishing can, thereby, have far reaching consequences on marine food webs unless safeguards are in place to avoid depleting forage fish to dangerously low levels, where dependent predators are most vulnerable. However, disentangling the contributions of fishing vs. natural processes on population dynamics has been difficult because of the sensitivity of these stocks to environmental conditions. Here, we overcome this difficulty by collating population time series for forage fish populations that account for nearly two-thirds of global catch of forage fish to identify the fingerprint of fisheries on their population dynamics. Forage fish population collapses shared a set of common and unique characteristics: high fishing pressure for several years before collapse, a sharp drop in natural population productivity, and a lagged response to reduce fishing pressure. Lagged response to natural productivity declines can sharply amplify the magnitude of naturally occurring population fluctuations. Finally, we show that the magnitude and frequency of collapses are greater than expected from natural productivity characteristics and therefore, likely attributed to fishing. The durations of collapses, however, were not different from those expected based on natural productivity shifts. A risk-based management scheme that reduces fishing when populations become scarce would protect forage fish and their predators from collapse with little effect on long-term average catches. PMID:25848018

  2. An enhanced glucose biosensor using charge transfer techniques.

    PubMed

    Lee, Seung-Ro; Sawada, Kazuaki; Takao, Hidekuni; Ishida, Makoto

    2008-12-01

    An enhanced glucose biosensor based on a charge transfer technique glucose sensor (CTTGS) is described and demonstrated experimentally. In the proposed CTTGS, which is accumulation method (d-gluconate+H(+)) ion perception system, the quality of output signal with "signal integration cycles" is high. With the proposed CTTGS it is possible to amplify the sensing signals without an external amplifier by using an accumulation cycle. It can be supposed that measurements of small (d-gluconate+H(+)) ion fluctuation are difficult by ion-sensitive field effect transistor (ISFET) because the theoretical maximum sensitivity is only 59 mV/pH and the small output signals are buried in the 1/f noise component of the metal-insulator-semi-conductor field-effect transistor (MISFET). Therefore, the CTTGS has many advantages, such as high sensitivity, high accuracy, high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and has been successfully demonstrated using a charge transfer technique. The CTTGS exhibited excellent performance for glucose with a large span (1445 mV) and good reproducibility. Moreover, the CTTGS has good sensitivity in this range of 7.22mV/mM, a lower detection limit of about 0.01 mM/L and an upper detection limit of about 200 mM/L compared with amperometric glucose analysis which has been studied recently. Under optimum conditions, the proposed CTTGS exceeds the performance of the widely used ISFET glucose sensor. The sensitivity of the CTTGS (7.22 mV/mM) was seven times higher than that of the ISFET (1 mV/mM). Furthermore, the sensitivity obtained for human glucose levels was 29.06 mV/mM with a non-linear error of +/-0.27%; the linearity is y=0.0294x+1.8612 and R(2)=0.9999, which is acceptable for clinical application. Real sample analysis is investigated in blood glucose level by our developed CTTGS ISFET system. PMID:18640027

  3. CHARGE IMBALANCE

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    Clarke, John

    1980-09-01

    The purpose of this article is to review the theory of charge imbalance, and to discuss its relevance to a number of experimental situations. We introduce the concepts of quasiparticle charge and charge imbalance, and discuss the generation and detection of charge imbalance by tunneling. We describe the relaxation of the injected charge imbalance by inelastic scattering processes, and show how the Boltzmann equation can be solved to obtain the steady state quasiparticle distribution and the charge relaxation rate. Details are given of experiments to measure charge imbalance and the charge relaxation rate when inelastic scattering is the predominant relaxation mechanism. Experiments on and theories of other charge relaxation mechanisms are discussed, namely relaxation via elastic scattering in the presence of energy gap anisotropy, or in the presence of a pair breaking mechanism such as magnetic impurities or an applied supercurrent or magnetic field. We describe three other situations in which charge imbalance occurs, namely the resistance of the NS interface, phase slip centers, and the flow of a supercurrent in the presence of a temperature gradient.

  4. Combined application of dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction based on the solidification of floating organic droplets and charged aerosol detection for the simple and sensitive quantification of macrolide antibiotics in human urine.

    PubMed

    Jia, Shaodong; Li, Jing; Park, So-Ra; Ryu, Yeonsuk; Park, Il Ho; Park, Jeong Hill; Hong, Soon-Sun; Kwon, Sung Won; Lee, Jeongmi

    2013-12-01

    A novel analytical method combining dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction based on the solidification of floating organic droplets (DLLME-SFO) and liquid chromatography with charged aerosol detection (LC-CAD) was established. For the first time, CAD was applied for the detection of macrolide antibiotics lacking chromophores. Parameters influencing the microextraction efficiency were systematically investigated, and the optimized microextraction conditions yielded high enrichment factors in the range of 60-106. The combined application of DLLME-SFO and LC-CAD provided the sensitivity of the method, expressed as the limit of detection (LOD), as low as 10 to 40ngmL(-1) and intra-day and inter-day precisions below 8.7% and 12.6%, respectively. The measured absolute recovery values were approximately 100%, indicating that the extraction efficiency was very high. Direct comparisons of the liquid-liquid extraction and organic solvent precipitation methods demonstrated that the proposed method was more sensitive, specific, rapid, and environmentally friendly for the determination of five macrolide antibiotics in human urine. The results suggest that the combined use of DLLME-SFO and LC-CAD may be applicable to the analysis of various compounds with poor to no chromophores in complex matrices. PMID:24013122

  5. Method for reducing snap in magnetic amplifiers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Fischer, R. L. E.; Word, J. L.

    1968-01-01

    Method of reducing snap in magnetic amplifiers uses a degenerative feedback circuit consisting of a resistor and a separate winding on a magnetic core. The feedback circuit extends amplifier range by allowing it to be used at lower values of output current.

  6. Bridge/amplifier configuration for switched arrays

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Bohning, O. D.

    1977-01-01

    Bridge network connected to differential amplifier and used with bubble-domain memories draws no power during standby and can be arrayed with other bridge amplifiers of like design. Two-node arrangement greatly simplifies conventional configurations where more than two nodes are involved.

  7. 32 CFR 245.12 - Amplifying instructions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 2 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Amplifying instructions. 245.12 Section 245.12 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS PLAN FOR THE EMERGENCY SECURITY CONTROL OF AIR TRAFFIC (ESCAT) The ESCAT Plan § 245.12 Amplifying instructions. (a) Prior to any...

  8. Serial time-encoded amplified imaging for real-time observation of fast dynamic phenomena.

    PubMed

    Goda, K; Tsia, K K; Jalali, B

    2009-04-30

    Ultrafast real-time optical imaging is an indispensable tool for studying dynamical events such as shock waves, chemical dynamics in living cells, neural activity, laser surgery and microfluidics. However, conventional CCDs (charge-coupled devices) and their complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) counterparts are incapable of capturing fast dynamical processes with high sensitivity and resolution. This is due in part to a technological limitation-it takes time to read out the data from sensor arrays. Also, there is the fundamental compromise between sensitivity and frame rate; at high frame rates, fewer photons are collected during each frame-a problem that affects nearly all optical imaging systems. Here we report an imaging method that overcomes these limitations and offers frame rates that are at least 1,000 times faster than those of conventional CCDs. Our technique maps a two-dimensional (2D) image into a serial time-domain data stream and simultaneously amplifies the image in the optical domain. We capture an entire 2D image using a single-pixel photodetector and achieve a net image amplification of 25 dB (a factor of 316). This overcomes the compromise between sensitivity and frame rate without resorting to cooling and high-intensity illumination. As a proof of concept, we perform continuous real-time imaging at a frame speed of 163 ns (a frame rate of 6.1 MHz) and a shutter speed of 440 ps. We also demonstrate real-time imaging of microfluidic flow and phase-explosion effects that occur during laser ablation. PMID:19407796

  9. QIE: performance studies of the next generation charge integrator

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    Roy, T.; Yumiceva, F.; Hirschauer, J.; Freeman, J.; Hughes, E.; Hare, D.; Dal Monte, L.; Whitbeck, A.; Zimmerman, T.

    2015-02-01

    The Phase 1 upgrade of the Hadron Calorimeter (HCAL) in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will include two new generations (named QIE10 and QIE11) of the radiation-tolerant flash ADC chip known as the Charge Integrator and Encoder or QIE. The QIE integrates charge from a photo sensor over a 25 ns time period and encodes the result in a non-linear digital output while having a good sensitivity in both the higher and the lower energy values. The charge integrator has the advantage of analyzing fast signals coming from the calorimeters as long as the timing and pulse information is available. The calorimeters send fast, negative polarity signals, which the QIE integrates in its non-inverting input amplifier. The input analog signal enters the QIE chip through two points: signal and reference. The chip integrates the difference between these two values. This helps in getting rid of the incoming noise, which is effectively cancelled out in the difference. Over a period of about six months between September, 2013 and April, 2014 about 320 QIE10 and about 20 QIE11 chips were tested in Fermilab using a single-chip test stand where every individual chip was tested for its characteristic features using a clam-shell. The results of those tests performed on the QIE10 and QIE11 are summarized in this document.

  10. Allelic dilution obscures detection of a biologically significant resistance mutation in EGFR-amplified lung cancer

    PubMed Central

    Engelman, Jeffrey A.; Mukohara, Toru; Zejnullahu, Kreshnik; Lifshits, Eugene; Borrás, Ana M.; Gale, Christopher-Michael; Naumov, George N.; Yeap, Beow Y.; Jarrell, Emily; Sun, Jason; Tracy, Sean; Zhao, Xiaojun; Heymach, John V.; Johnson, Bruce E.; Cantley, Lewis C.; Jänne, Pasi A.

    2006-01-01

    EGFR is frequently mutated and amplified in lung adenocarcinomas sensitive to EGFR inhibitors gefitinib and erlotinib. A secondary mutation, T790M, has been associated with acquired resistance but has not been shown to be sufficient to render EGFR mutant/amplified lung cancers resistant to EGFR inhibitors. We created a model for studying acquired resistance to gefitinib by prolonged exposure of a gefitinib-sensitive lung carcinoma cell line (H3255; EGFR mutated and amplified) to gefitinib in vitro. The resulting resistant cell line acquired a T790M mutation in a small fraction of the amplified alleles that was undetected by direct sequencing and identified only by a highly sensitive HPLC-based technique. In gefitinib-sensitive lung cancer cells with EGFR mutations and amplifications, exogenous introduction of EGFR T790M effectively conferred resistance to gefitinib and continued ErbB-3/PI3K/Akt signaling when in cis to an activating mutation. Moreover, continued activation of PI3K signaling by the PIK3CA oncogenic mutant, p110α E545K, was sufficient to abrogate gefitinib-induced apoptosis. These findings suggest that allelic dilution of biologically significant resistance mutations may go undetected by direct sequencing in cancers with amplified oncogenes and that restoration of PI3K activation via either a T790M mutation or other mechanisms can provide resistance to gefitinib. PMID:16906227

  11. Capability of charge signal conversion and transmission by water chains confined inside Y-shaped carbon nanotubes.

    PubMed

    Tu, Yusong; Lu, Hangjun; Zhang, Yuanzhao; Huynh, Tien; Zhou, Ruhong

    2013-01-01

    The molecular scale signal conversion, transmission, and amplification by a single external charge through a water-mediated Y-shaped nanotube have been studied using molecular dynamics simulations. Our results show that the signal converting capability is highly sensitive to the magnitude of the charge, while the signal transmitting capability is independent of the charge signal. There is a sharp two-state-like transition in the signal converting capacity for both positive and negative charges. When the charge magnitude is above a threshold (|q| ? ~0.7 e), the water dipole orientations in the main tube can be effectively controlled by the signaling charge (i.e., signal conversion), and then be transmitted and amplified through the Y-junction, despite the thermal noises and interferences between branch signals. On the other hand, the signal transmitting capability, characterized by the correlation between the two water dipole orientations in the two branches, is found to be always larger than 0.6, independent of charge signals, indicating that the water-mediated Y-tube is an excellent signal transmitter. These findings may provide useful insights for the future design of molecular scale signal processing devices based on Y-shaped nanotubes. PMID:23298064

  12. Post pulse shutter for laser amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Bradley, L.P.; Carder, B.M.; Gagnon, W.L.

    1981-03-17

    Disclosed are an apparatus and method for quickly closing off the return path for an amplified laser pulse at the output of an amplifier so as to prevent damage to amplifiers and other optical components appearing earlier in the chain by the return of an amplified pulse. The apparatus consists of a fast retropulse or post pulse shutter to suppress target reflection and/or beam return. This is accomplished by either quickly placing a solid across the light transmitting aperture of a component in the chain, such as a spatial filter pinhole, or generating and directing a plasma with sufficiently high density across the aperture, so as to, in effect, close the aperture to the returning amplified energy pulse. 13 figs.

  13. Post pulse shutter for laser amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Bradley, Laird P. [Livermore, CA; Carder, Bruce M. [Antioch, CA; Gagnon, William L. [Berkeley, CA

    1981-03-17

    Apparatus and method for quickly closing off the return path for an amplified laser pulse at the output of an amplifier so as to prevent damage to amplifiers and other optical components appearing earlier in the chain by the return of an amplified pulse. The apparatus consists of a fast retropulse or post pulse shutter to suppress target reflection and/or beam return. This is accomplished by either quickly placing a solid across the light transmitting aperture of a component in the chain, such as a spatial filter pinhole, or generating and directing a plasma with sufficiently high density across the aperture, so as to, in effect, close the aperture to the returning amplified energy pulse.

  14. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Han, K. S.

    1986-01-01

    During this period the parametric studies of the iodine laser oscillator pumped by a Vortek simulator were carried out before amplifier studies. The amplifier studies are postponed to the extended period after completing the parametric studies. In addition, the kinetic modeling of a solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier, and the experimental work for a solar pumped dye laser amplifier are in progress. This report contains three parts: (1) a 10 W CW iodine laser pumped by a Vortek solar simulator; (2) kinetic modeling to predict the time to lasing threshold, lasing time, and energy output of solar-pumped iodine laser; and (3) the study of the dye laser amplifier pumped by a Tamarack solar simulator.

  15. Dual-range linearized transimpedance amplifier system

    DOEpatents

    Wessendorf, Kurt O.

    2010-11-02

    A transimpedance amplifier system is disclosed which simultaneously generates a low-gain output signal and a high-gain output signal from an input current signal using a single transimpedance amplifier having two different feedback loops with different amplification factors to generate two different output voltage signals. One of the feedback loops includes a resistor, and the other feedback loop includes another resistor in series with one or more diodes. The transimpedance amplifier system includes a signal linearizer to linearize one or both of the low- and high-gain output signals by scaling and adding the two output voltage signals from the transimpedance amplifier. The signal linearizer can be formed either as an analog device using one or two summing amplifiers, or alternately can be formed as a digital device using two analog-to-digital converters and a digital signal processor (e.g. a microprocessor or a computer).

  16. Internal Charging

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Minow, Joseph I.

    2014-01-01

    (1) High energy (>100keV) electrons penetrate spacecraft walls and accumulate in dielectrics or isolated conductors; (2) Threat environment is energetic electrons with sufficient flux to charge circuit boards, cable insulation, and ungrounded metal faster than charge can dissipate; (3) Accumulating charge density generates electric fields in excess of material breakdown strenght resulting in electrostatic discharge; and (4) System impact is material damage, discharge currents inside of spacecraft Faraday cage on or near critical circuitry, and RF noise.

  17. Ultrafast disk lasers and amplifiers

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    Sutter, Dirk H.; Kleinbauer, Jochen; Bauer, Dominik; Wolf, Martin; Tan, Chuong; Gebs, Raphael; Budnicki, Aleksander; Wagenblast, Philipp; Weiler, Sascha

    2012-03-01

    Disk lasers with multi-kW continuous wave (CW) output power are widely used in manufacturing, primarily for cutting and welding applications, notably in the automotive industry. The ytterbium disk technology combines high power (average and/or peak power), excellent beam quality, high efficiency, and high reliability with low investment and operating costs. Fundamental mode picosecond disk lasers are well established in micro machining at high throughput and perfect precision. Following the world's first market introduction of industrial grade 50 W picosecond lasers (TruMicro 5050) at the Photonics West 2008, the second generation of the TruMicro series 5000 now provides twice the average power (100 W at 1030 nm, or 60 W frequency doubled, green output) at a significantly reduced footprint. Mode-locked disk oscillators achieve by far the highest average power of any unamplified lasers, significantly exceeding the 100 W level in laboratory set-ups. With robust long resonators their multi-microjoule pulse energies begin to compete with typical ultrafast amplifiers. In addition, significant interest in disk technology has recently come from the extreme light laser community, aiming for ultra-high peak powers of petawatts and beyond.

  18. Multi-pass light amplifier

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    Plaessmann, Henry (Inventor); Grossman, William M. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    A multiple-pass laser amplifier that uses optical focusing between subsequent passes through a single gain medium so that a reproducibly stable beam size is achieved within the gain region. A confocal resonator or White Cell resonator is provided, including two or three curvilinearly shaped mirrors facing each other along a resonator axis and an optical gain medium positioned on the resonator axis between the mirrors (confocal resonator) or adjacent to one of the mirrors (White Cell). In a first embodiment, two mirrors, which may include adjacent lenses, are configured so that a light beam passing through the gain medium and incident on the first mirror is reflected by that mirror toward the second mirror in a direction approximately parallel to the resonator axis. A light beam translator, such as an optical flat of transparent material, is positioned to translate this light beam by a controllable amount toward or away from the resonator axis for each pass of the light beam through the translator. The optical gain medium may be solid-state, liquid or gaseous medium and may be pumped longitudinally or transversely. In a second embodiment, first and second mirrors face a third mirror in a White Cell configuration, and the optical gain medium is positioned at or adjacent to one of the mirrors. Defocusing means and optical gain medium cooling means are optionally provided with either embodiment, to controllably defocus the light beam, to cool the optical gain medium and to suppress thermal lensing in the gain medium.

  19. Semiconductor optical amplifiers and Raman amplification for 1310-nm dense wavelength division multiplexed transmission

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    Mazurek, Paweł; Czyżak, Paweł; de Waardt, Huug; Turkiewicz, Jarosław Piotr

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the utilization of semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) and quantum-dot laser-based Raman amplifiers in high-capacity dense wavelength division multiplexed (DWDM) 1310-nm transmission systems. Performed simulations showed that in a 10×40 Gbit/s system, the utilization of a single Raman amplifier in a back-propagation scheme can extend the maximum error-free (bit error rate <10-9) transmission distance by approximately 25 km in comparison with the same system utilizing only an SOA used as a preamplifier. We successfully applied a Raman amplifier in an 8×2×40 Gbit/s 1310-nm polarization multiplexed (PolMux) DWDM transmission over 25 km. Conducted experiments showed that the utilization of a Raman amplifier in this system leads to 4-dB improvement of the average channel sensitivity in comparison to the same system utilizing SOAs. This sensitivity improvement can be translated into a higher power budget. Moreover, lower input optical power in a system utilizing a Raman amplifier reduces the four-wave mixing interactions. The obtained results prove that Raman amplification can be successfully applied in 1310-nm high-capacity transmission systems, e.g., to extend the reach of 400G and 1T Ethernet systems.

  20. Event-driven charge-coupled device design and applications therefor

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    Doty, John P. (Inventor); Ricker, Jr., George R. (Inventor); Burke, Barry E. (Inventor); Prigozhin, Gregory Y. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    An event-driven X-ray CCD imager device uses a floating-gate amplifier or other non-destructive readout device to non-destructively sense a charge level in a charge packet associated with a pixel. The output of the floating-gate amplifier is used to identify each pixel that has a charge level above a predetermined threshold. If the charge level is above a predetermined threshold the charge in the triggering charge packet and in the charge packets from neighboring pixels need to be measured accurately. A charge delay register is included in the event-driven X-ray CCD imager device to enable recovery of the charge packets from neighboring pixels for accurate measurement. When a charge packet reaches the end of the charge delay register, control logic either dumps the charge packet, or steers the charge packet to a charge FIFO to preserve it if the charge packet is determined to be a packet that needs accurate measurement. A floating-diffusion amplifier or other low-noise output stage device, which converts charge level to a voltage level with high precision, provides final measurement of the charge packets. The voltage level is eventually digitized by a high linearity ADC.

  1. Charging machine

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    Medlin, John B.

    1976-05-25

    A charging machine for loading fuel slugs into the process tubes of a nuclear reactor includes a tubular housing connected to the process tube, a charging trough connected to the other end of the tubular housing, a device for loading the charging trough with a group of fuel slugs, means for equalizing the coolant pressure in the charging trough with the pressure in the process tubes, means for pushing the group of fuel slugs into the process tube and a latch and a seal engaging the last object in the group of fuel slugs to prevent the fuel slugs from being ejected from the process tube when the pusher is removed and to prevent pressure liquid from entering the charging machine.

  2. Low Noise Amplifiers and Receivers for Remote Sensing

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    Kangaslahti, Pekka; Lim, Boon; Gaier, Todd; Tanner, Alan; Varonen, Mikko; Samoska, Lorene; Brown, Shannon; Lambrigsten, Bjorn; Reising, Steven; Tanabe, Jordan; Montes, Oliver; Dawson, Douglas; Parashare, Chaitali

    2012-01-01

    The study of atmospheric dynamics and climatology depend on accurate and frequent measurements of temperature and humidity profiles of the atmosphere. These measurements furthermore enable highly accurate measurements of ocean topography by providing total column water vapour data for radar path delay correction. The atmospheric temperature profile is characterized at the oxygen molecule absorption frequencies (60 and 118 GHz) and the humidity profile at the water molecule absorption frequencies (23 and 183 GHz). Total column measurements can be achieved by comparing measured radiometric temperatures at atmospheric window channels, such as 90, 130, and 166 GHz. The standard receiver technology for these frequencies was diode mixers with MMIC LNAs being applied at the lower frequencies. The sensitivity of millimeter wave receivers improved significantly with the introduction of the low noise 35 nm gate length InP MMIC amplifiers. We currently achieve 3 dB noise figure at 180 GHz and 2 dB noise figure at 90 GHz with our MMIC low noise amplifiers (LNAs) in room temperature. These amplifiers and the receivers we have built using them made it possible to conduct highly accurate airborne measurements campaigns from the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, develop millimeter wave internally calibrated radiometers for altimeter radar path delay correction, and build prototypes of large arrays of millimeter receivers for a geostationary interferometric sounder. We use the developed millimeter wave receivers to measure temperature and humidity profiles in the atmosphere and in hurricanes as well as to characterize the path delay error in ocean topography alitmetery.

  3. Low Noise Amplifiers and Receivers for Remote Sensing

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    Kangaslahti, Pekka; Lim, Boon; Gaier, Todd; Tanner, Alan; Varonen, Mikko; Samoska, Lorene; Brown, Shannon; Lambrigtsen, Bjorn; Reising, Steven; Tanabe, Jordan; Montes, Oliver; Dawson, Douglas; Parashare, Chaitali

    2011-01-01

    The study of atmospheric dynamics and climatology depend on accurate and frequent measurements of temperature and humidity profiles of the atmosphere. These measurements furthermore enable highly accurate measurements of ocean topography by providing total column water vapour data for radar path delay correction. The atmospheric temperature profile is characterised at the oxygen molecule absorption frequencies (60 and 118 GHz) and the humidity profile at the water molecule absorption frequencies (23 and 183 GHz). Total column measurements can be achieved by comparing measured radiometric temperatures at atmospheric window channels, such as 90, 130 and 166 GHz. The standard receiver technology for these frequencies was diode mixers with MMIC LNAs being applied at the lower frequencies. The sensitivity of millimetre wave receivers improved significantly with the introduction of the low noise 35 nm gate length InP MMIC amplifiers. We currently achieve 3 dB noise figure at 180 GHz and 2 dB noise figure at 90 GHz with our MMIC low noise amplifiers (LNAs) in room temperature. These amplifiers and the receivers we have built using them made it possible to conduct highly accurate airborne measurement campaigns from the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, develop millimeter wave internally calibrated radiometers for altimeter radar path delay correction, and build prototypes of large arrays of millimeter receivers for a geostationary interferometric sounder. We use the developed millimeter wave receivers to measure temperature and humidity profiles in the atmosphere and in hurricanes as well as to characterize the path delay error in ocean topography altimetry.

  4. Fiber optical parametric amplifiers in optical communication systems

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    Marhic (†), Michel E; Andrekson, Peter A; Petropoulos, Periklis; Radic, Stojan; Peucheret, Christophe; Jazayerifar, Mahmoud

    2015-01-01

    The prospects for using fiber optical parametric amplifiers (OPAs) in optical communication systems are reviewed. Phase-insensitive amplifiers (PIAs) and phase-sensitive amplifiers (PSAs) are considered. Low-penalty amplification at/or near 1 Tb/s has been achieved, for both wavelength- and time-division multiplexed formats. High-quality mid-span spectral inversion has been demonstrated at 0.64 Tb/s, avoiding electronic dispersion compensation. All-optical amplitude regeneration of amplitude-modulated signals has been performed, while PSAs have been used to demonstrate phase regeneration of phase-modulated signals. A PSA with 1.1-dB noise figure has been demonstrated, and preliminary wavelength-division multiplexing experiments have been performed with PSAs. 512 Gb/s have been transmitted over 6,000 km by periodic phase conjugation. Simulations indicate that PIAs could reach data rate x reach products in excess of 14,000 Tb/s × km in realistic wavelength-division multiplexed long-haul networks. Technical challenges remaining to be addressed in order for fiber OPAs to become useful for long-haul communication networks are discussed. PMID:25866588

  5. Variability in the pattern of random amplified polymorphic DNA.

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    Khandka, D K; Tuna, M; Tal, M; Nejidat, A; Golan-Goldhirsh, A

    1997-12-01

    The random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) technique is a simple method to detect DNA polymorphism. It is sensitive to reaction conditions. Small changes in the reactants' concentration cause variations in amplification products. Using DNA from Asparagus officinalis, Dactylis glomerata, Mercurialis annua and Escherichia coli, we examined variability in the amplification pattern associated with reaction constituents. An increase in the ratio of Taq DNA polymerase to DNA in the reaction increased the number of amplified fragments. Increasing the concentration of primer resulted in the amplification of low molecular weight DNA fragments, while lowering the concentration resulted in high molecular weight fragments. Subsets of amplified fragments required different concentrations of magnesium for their highest intensity. Mechanical shearing of DNA obtained by sonication led to reduction in amplification of a subset of products. Enzymatic fragmentation of DNA by restriction enzymes led to loss or gain of specific fragments, depending on the DNA, primer, and restriction enzyme. RAPD markers of pooled DNA of anonymous pedigree should be critically evaluated for frequent 'false positive' markers. PMID:9504820

  6. Squeezing with a flux-driven Josephson parametric amplifier

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    Menzel, E. P.; Zhong, L.; Eder, P.; Baust, A.; Haeberlein, M.; Hoffmann, E.; Deppe, F.; Marx, A.; Gross, R.; di Candia, R.; Solano, E.; Ihmig, M.; Inomata, K.; Yamamoto, T.; Nakamura, Y.

    2014-03-01

    Josephson parametric amplifiers (JPA) are promising devices for the implementation of continuous-variable quantum communication protocols. Operated in the phase-sensitive mode, they allow for amplifying a single quadrature of the electromagnetic field without adding any noise. While in practice internal losses introduce a finite amount of noise, our device still adds less noise than an ideal phase-insensitive amplifier. This property is a prerequisite for the generation of squeezed states. In this work, we reconstruct the Wigner function of squeezed vacuum, squeezed thermal and squeezed coherent states with our dual-path method [L. Zhong et al. arXiv:1307.7285 (2013); E. P. Menzel et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 100401 (2010)]. In addition, we illuminate the physics of squeezed coherent microwave fields. This work is supported by SFB 631, German Excellence Initiative via NIM, EU projects SOLID, CCQED, PROMISCE and SCALEQIT, MEXT Kakenhi ``Quantum Cybernetics,'' JSPS FIRST Program, the NICT Commissioned Research, Basque Government IT472-10, Spanish MINECO FIS2012-36673-C03-02, and UPV/EHU UFI 11/55.

  7. CMOS Optoelectronic Lock-In Amplifier With Integrated Phototransistor Array.

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    An Hu; Chodavarapu, Vamsy P

    2010-10-01

    We describe the design and development of an optoelectronic lock-in amplifier (LIA) for optical sensing and spectroscopy applications. The prototype amplifier is fabricated using Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. complementary metal-oxide semiconductor 0.35-μm technology and uses a phototransistor array (total active area is 400 μm × 640μm) to convert the incident optical signals into electrical currents. The photocurrents are then converted into voltage signals using a transimpedance amplifier for subsequent convenient signal processing by the LIA circuitry. The LIA is optimized to be operational at 20-kHz modulation frequency but is operational in the frequency range from 13 kHz to 25 kHz. The system is tested with a light-emitting diode (LED) as the light source. The noise and signal distortions are suppressed with filters and a phase-locked loop (PLL) implemented in the LIA. The output dc voltage of the LIA is proportional to the incident optical power. The minimum measured dynamic reserve and sensitivity are 1.31 dB and 34 mV/μW, respectively. The output versus input relationship has shown good linearity. The LIA consumes an average power of 12.79 mW with a 3.3-V dc power supply. PMID:23853373

  8. A Low-Noise Semiconductor Optical Amplifier

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    Ratowsky, R.P.; Dijaili, S.; Kallman, J.S.; Feit, M.D.; Walker, J.

    1999-03-23

    Optical amplifiers are essential devices for optical networks, optical systems, and computer communications. These amplifiers compensate for the inevitable optical loss in long-distance propagation (>50 km) or splitting (>10x). Fiber amplifiers such as the erbium-doped fiber amplifier have revolutionized the fiber-optics industry and are enjoying widespread use. Semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) are an alternative technology that complements the fiber amplifiers in cost and performance. One obstacle to the widespread use of SOAs is the severity of the inevitable noise output resulting from amplified spontaneous emission (ASE). Spectral filtering is often used to reduce ASE noise, but this constrains the source spectrally, and improvement is typically limited to about 10 dB. The extra components also add cost and complexity to the final assembly. The goal of this project was to analyze, design, and take significant steps toward the realization of an innovative, low-noise SOA based on the concept of ''distributed spatial filtering'' (DSF). In DSF, we alternate active SOA segments with passive free-space diffraction regions. Since spontaneous emission radiates equally in all directions, the free-space region lengthens the amplifier for a given length of gain region, narrowing the solid angle into which the spontaneous emission is amplified [1,2]. Our innovation is to use spatial filtering in a differential manner across many segments, thereby enhancing the effect when wave-optical effects are included [3]. The structure quickly and effectively strips the ASE into the higher-order modes, quenching the ASE gain relative to the signal.

  9. A low-noise and fast pre-amplifier and readout system for SiPMs

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    Biroth, M.; Achenbach, P.; Downie, E.; Thomas, A.

    2015-07-01

    To operate silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) in a demanding environment with large temperature gradients, different amplifier concepts were characterized by analyzing SiPM pulse-shapes and charge distributions. A fully differential 4-wire SiPM pre-amplifier with separated tracks for the bias voltage and with good common-mode noise suppression was developed and successfully tested. To achieve highest single-pixel resolutions an online after-pulse and pile-up suppression was realized with fast readout electronics based on digital filters.

  10. Calculating and optimizing inter-electrode capacitances of charge division microchannel plate detectors

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    Xing, Yan; Chen, Bo; Zhang, Hong-Ji; Wang, Hai-Feng; He, Ling-Ping; Jin, Fang-Yuan

    2016-04-01

    Based on the principle of charge division microchannel plate detectors, the inter-electrode capacitances of charge division anodes which are related to electronic noise of the charge sensitive amplifier and crosstalk effect of the anode are presented. Under all the requirements of charge division microchannel plate detectors such as the imaging linearity and spatial resolution, decreasing the inter-electrode capacitances is one way to improve the imaging performance. In this paper, we illustrate the simulation process of calculating the inter-electrode capacitances. Moreover, a Wedge and Strip (WSZ) anode is fabricated with the picosecond laser micromachining process. Comparing the simulated capacitances and measured capacitances, the three-dimensional finite element method is proved to be valid. Furthermore, by adjusting the design parameters of the anode, the effects of the substrate permittivity, insulation width and the size of pitch on the inter-electrode capacitances have been analysed. The structure of the charge division anode has been optimized based on the simulation data.

  11. An alkali metal vapor laser amplifier

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    Parkhomenko, A. I.; Shalagin, A. M.

    2014-07-01

    The operation of a transversely diode-pumped alkali metal vapor laser amplifier is theoretically studied. The amplifier operation is described by a rather intricate system of differential equations, which can be solved in the general case only numerically. In the case of intense incident radiation, an analytic solution is obtained which makes it possible to determine any energy characteristics of the laser amplifier and to find the optimal parameters of the active medium and pump radiation (temperature, buffer gas pressure, and intensity and width of the pump radiation spectrum).

  12. High Efficiency Microwave Power Amplifier (HEMPA) Design

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    Sims, W. Herbert

    2004-01-01

    This paper will focus on developing an exotic switching technique that enhances the DC-to-RF conversion efficiency of microwave power amplifiers. For years, switching techniques implemented in the 10 kHz to 30 MHz region have resulted in DC-to-RF conversion efficiencies of 90-95-percent. Currently amplifier conversion efficiency, in the 2-3 GHz region approaches, 10-20-percent. Using a combination of analytical modeling and hardware testing, a High Efficiency Microwave Power Amplifier was built that demonstrated conversion efficiencies four to five times higher than current state of the art.

  13. Phase noise in RF and microwave amplifiers.

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    Boudot, Rodolphe; Rubiola, Enrico

    2012-12-01

    Understanding amplifier phase noise is a critical issue in many fields of engineering and physics, such as oscillators, frequency synthesis, telecommunication, radar, and spectroscopy; in the emerging domain of microwave photonics; and in exotic fields, such as radio astronomy, particle accelerators, etc. Focusing on the two main types of base noise in amplifiers, white and flicker, the power spectral density of the random phase ?(t) is S?(f) = b(0) + b(-1)/f. White phase noise results from adding white noise to the RF spectrum in the carrier region. For a given RF noise level, b(0) is proportional to the reciprocal of the carrier power P(0). By contrast, flicker results from a near-dc 1/f noise-present in all electronic devices-which modulates the carrier through some parametric effect in the semiconductor. Thus, b(-1) is a parameter of the amplifier, constant in a wide range of P(0). The consequences are the following: Connecting m equal amplifiers in parallel, b(-1) is 1/m times that of one device. Cascading m equal amplifiers, b(-1) is m times that of one amplifier. Recirculating the signal in an amplifier so that the gain increases by a power of m (a factor of m in decibels) as a result of positive feedback (regeneration), we find that b(-1) is m(2) times that of the amplifier alone. The feedforward amplifier exhibits extremely low b(-1) because the carrier is ideally nulled at the input of its internal error amplifier. Starting with an extensive review of the literature, this article introduces a system-oriented model which describes the phase flickering. Several amplifier architectures (cascaded, parallel, etc.) are analyzed systematically, deriving the phase noise from the general model. There follow numerous measurements of amplifiers using different technologies, including some old samples, and in a wide frequency range (HF to microwaves), which validate the theory. In turn, theory and results provide design guidelines and give suggestions for CAD and simulation. To conclude, this article is intended as a tutorial, a review, and a systematic treatise on the subject, supported by extensive experiments. PMID:23221210

  14. Coplanar waveguide radio frequency ferromagnetic parametric amplifier

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    Bao, Mingqiang; Khitun, Alexander; Wu, Yina; Lee, Joo-Young; Wang, Kang L.; Jacob, Ajey P.

    2008-08-01

    In this letter, we report a coplanar waveguide ferromagnetic parametric amplifier fabricated on a ferromagnetic Permalloy thin film. It shows a power gain of 4 dB at 1.15 GHz when the pump power is 11.1 dBm at the pump frequency of 2.30 GHz under the bias field of 13 Oe. This prototype ferromagnetic device can be integrated with the complementary metal-oxide semiconductor process technology and has potential applications as a spin-wave amplifier, a low noise amplifier, or an active bandpass filter.

  15. Noise in phase-preserving linear amplifiers

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    Pandey, Shashank; Jiang, Zhang; Combes, Joshua; Caves, Carlton M.

    2014-12-04

    The purpose of a phase-preserving linear amplifier is to make a small signal larger, so that it can be perceived by instruments incapable of resolving the original signal, while sacrificing as little as possible in signal-to-noise. Quantum mechanics limits how well this can be done: the noise added by the amplifier, referred to the input, must be at least half a quantum at the operating frequency. This well-known quantum limit only constrains the second moments of the added noise. Here we provide the quantum constraints on the entire distribution of added noise: any phasepreserving linear amplifier is equivalent to a parametric amplifier with a physical state σ for the ancillary mode; σ determines the properties of the added noise.

  16. Operational Amplifier Experiments for the Chemistry Laboratory.

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    Braun, Robert D.

    1996-01-01

    Provides details of experiments that deal with the use of operational amplifiers and are part of a course in instrumental analysis. These experiments are performed after the completion of a set of electricity and electronics experiments. (DDR)

  17. Cryogenic Amplifier Based Receivers at Submillimeter Wavelengths

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    Chattopadhyay, Goutam; Reck, Theodore and; Schlecht, Erich; Lin, Robert; Deal, William

    2012-01-01

    The operating frequency of InP high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) based amplifiers has moved well in the submillimeter-wave frequencies over the last couple of years. Working amplifiers with usable gain in waveguide packages has been reported beyond 700 GHz. When cooled cryogenically, they have shown substantial improvement in their noise temperature. This has opened up the real possibility of cryogenic amplifier based heterodyne receivers at submillimeter wavelengths for ground-based, air-borne, and space-based instruments for astrophysics, planetary, and Earth science applications. This paper provides an overview of the science applications at submillimeter wavelengths that will benefit from this technology. It also describes the current state of the InP HEMT based cryogenic amplifier receivers at submillimeter wavelengths.

  18. How to characterize the nonlinear amplifier?

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    Kallistratova, Dmitri Kouznetsov; Cotera, Carlos Flores

    1994-01-01

    The conception of the amplification of the coherent field is formulated. The definition of the coefficient of the amplification as the relation between the mean value of the field at the output to the value at the input and the definition of the noise as the difference between the number of photons in the output mode and square of the modulus of the mean value of the output amplitude are considered. Using a simple example it is shown that by these definitions the noise of the nonlinear amplifier may be less than the noise of the ideal linear amplifier of the same amplification coefficient. Proposals to search another definition of basic parameters of the nonlinear amplifiers are discussed. This definition should enable us to formulate the universal fundamental lower limit of the noise which should be valid for linear quantum amplifiers as for nonlinear ones.

  19. Two-stage hybrid microcircuit amplifier

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    Pyo, M.L.

    1987-04-01

    This report documents the design, development, and fabrication of a two-stage amplifier operating at 400 to 600 MHz. Included are characterization data, predictions generated during design, and measured performance.

  20. High Bandwidth Differential Amplifier for Shock Experiments

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    Ross, P., Tran, V., Chau, R.

    2012-10-01

    We developed a high bandwidth differential amplifier for gas gun shock experiments. The circuit has a bandwidth up to 1 GHz, and is capable of measuring signals of ≤1.5 V with a common mode rejection of 250 V. Conductivity measurements of gas gun targets are measured by flowing high currents through the targets. The voltage is measured across the target using a technique similar to a four-point probe. Because of the design of the current source and load, the target voltage is approximately 250 V relative to ground. Since the expected voltage change in the target is < 1 V, the differential amplifier must have a large common mode rejection. Various amplifying designs are shown, although the increased amplification decreases bandwidth. Bench tests show that the amplifier can withstand significant common mode DC voltage and measure 10 ns, and 50 mV signals.

  1. High bandwidth differential amplifier for shock experimentsa)

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    Ross, P. W.; Tran, V.; Chau, R.

    2012-10-01

    We developed a high bandwidth differential amplifier for gas gun shock experiments of low-resistance metals. The circuit has a bandwidth up to 1 GHz, and is capable of measuring signals of ?1.5 V with a common mode rejection of 250 V. Conductivity measurements of gas gun targets are measured by flowing high currents through the targets. The voltage is measured across the target using a technique similar to a four-point probe. Because of the design of the current source and load, the target voltage is 250 V relative to ground. Since the expected voltage change in the target is <1 V, the differential amplifier must have a large common mode rejection. Various amplifying designs are shown, although the increased amplification decreases bandwidth. Bench tests show that the amplifier can withstand significant common mode dc voltage and measure 10 ns, and 50 mV signals.

  2. Multi-pass light amplifier

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Plaessmann, Henry (Inventor); Grossman, William M. (Inventor); Olson, Todd E. (Inventor)

    1996-01-01

    A multiple-pass laser amplifier that uses optical focusing between subsequent passes through a single gain medium so that a reproducibly stable beam size is achieved within the gain region. A resonator or a White Cell cavity is provided, including two or more mirrors (planar or curvilinearly shaped) facing each other along a resonator axis and an optical gain medium positioned on a resonator axis between the mirrors or adjacent to one of the mirrors. In a first embodiment, two curvilinear mirrors, which may include adjacent lenses, are configured so that a light beam passing through the gain medium and incident on the first mirror is reflected by that mirror toward the second mirror in a direction approximately parallel to the resonator axis. A light beam translator, such as an optical flat of transparent material, is positioned to translate this light beam by a controllable amount toward or away from the resonator axis for each pass of the light beam through the translator. A second embodiment uses two curvilinear mirrors and one planar mirror, with a gain medium positioned in the optical path between each curvilinear mirror and the planar mirror. A third embodiment uses two curvilinear mirrors and two planar mirrors, with a gain medium positioned adjacent to a planar mirror. A fourth embodiment uses a curvilinear mirror and three planar mirrors, with a gain medium positioned adjacent to a planar mirror. A fourth embodiment uses four planar mirrors and a focusing lens system, with a gain medium positioned between the four mirrors. A fifth embodiment uses first and second planar mirrors, a focusing lens system and a third mirror that may be planar or curvilinear, with a gain medium positioned adjacent to the third mirror. A sixth embodiment uses two planar mirrors and a curvilinear mirror and a fourth mirror that may be planar or curvilinear, with a gain medium positioned adjacent to the fourth mirror. In a seventh embodiment, first and second mirrors face a third mirror, all curvilinear, in a White Cell configuration, and a gain medium is positioned adjacent to one of the mirrors.

  3. MMIC Amplifiers for 90 to 130 GHz

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    Samoska, Lorene; Pukala, David; Peralta, Alejandro; Bryerton, Eric; Morgan, Matt; Boyd, T.; Hu, Ming; Schmitz, Adele

    2007-01-01

    This brief describes two monolithic microwave integrated-circuit (MMIC) amplifier chips optimized to function in the frequency range of 90 to 130 GHz, covering nearly all of F-band (90 - 140 GHz). These amplifiers were designed specifically for local-oscillator units in astronomical radio telescopes such as the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA). They could also be readily adapted for use in electronic test equipment, automotive radar systems, and communications systems that operate between 90 and 130 GHz.

  4. Ka-band monolithic gain control amplifier

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    Geddes, J.; Sokolov, V.; Contolatis, T.

    1986-01-01

    A monolithic gain control amplifier for Ka-band has been developed based on 0.25 micron-gate-length dual-gate FETs fabricated on ion-implanted material. A single-stage monolithic amplifier gives a gain of 6 dB at 31 GHz including fixture losses with a gain control range of over 20 dB. The device and IC design and fabrication are described.

  5. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

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    Han, Kwang S.; Hwang, In Heon; Stock, Larry V.

    1989-01-01

    This semiannual progress report covers the period from September 1, 1988 to February 28, 1989 under NASA grant NAG-1-441 entitled, Direct Solar-Pumped Iodine Laser Amplifier. During this period, the research effort was concentrated on the solar pumped master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) system using n-C3F7I. In the experimental work, the amplification measurement was conducted to identify the optimum conditions for amplification of the center's Vortek solar simulator pumped iodine laser amplifier. A modeling effort was also pursued to explain the experimental results in the theoretical work. The amplification measurement of the solar simulator pumped iodine laser amplifier is the first amplification experiment on the continuously pumped amplifier. The small signal amplification of 5 was achieved for the triple pass geometry of the 15 cm long solar simulator pumped amplifier at the n-C3F7I pressure of 20 torr, at the flow velocity of 6 m/sec and at the pumping intensity of 1500 solar constants. The XeCl laser pumped iodine laser oscillator, which was developed in the previous research, was employed as the master oscillator for the amplification measurement. In the theoretical work, the rate equations of the amplifier was established and the small signal amplification was calculated for the solar simulator pumped iodine laser amplifier. The amplification calculated from the kinetic equations with the previously measured rate coefficients reveals very large disagreement with experimental measurement. Moreover, the optimum condition predicted by the kinetic equation is quite discrepant with that measured by experiment. This fact indicates the necessity of study in the measurement of rate coefficients of the continuously pumped iodine laser system.

  6. Efficient Power Amplifier for Motor Control

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    Brown, R. J.

    1986-01-01

    Pulse-width-modulated amplifier supplies high current as efficiently as low current needed for starting and running motor. Key to efficiency of motor-control amplifier is V-channel metal-oxide/semiconductor transistor Q1. Device has low saturation resistance. However, has large gate input capacitance and small margin between its turn-on voltage and maximum allowable gate-to-source voltage. Circuits for output stages overcome limitations of VMOS device.

  7. Electrostatics with Computer-Interfaced Charge Sensors

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    Morse, Robert A.

    2006-01-01

    Computer interfaced electrostatic charge sensors allow both qualitative and quantitative measurements of electrostatic charge but are quite sensitive to charges accumulating on modern synthetic materials. They need to be used with care so that students can correctly interpret their measurements. This paper describes the operation of the sensors,

  8. Can Like Charges Attract Each Other?

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    Balta, Nuri

    2012-10-01

    Electroscopes are sensitive instruments useful for investigations of static electricity. They are devices that are used for detecting whether an object is charged or uncharged. They also determine the type of charge. Their operation is based on the principle of like sign charge repulsion.

  9. Electrostatics with Computer-Interfaced Charge Sensors

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    Morse, Robert A.

    2006-01-01

    Computer interfaced electrostatic charge sensors allow both qualitative and quantitative measurements of electrostatic charge but are quite sensitive to charges accumulating on modern synthetic materials. They need to be used with care so that students can correctly interpret their measurements. This paper describes the operation of the sensors,…

  10. Can Like Charges Attract Each Other?

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    Balta, Nuri

    2012-01-01

    Electroscopes are sensitive instruments useful for investigations of static electricity. They are devices that are used for detecting whether an object is charged or uncharged. They also determine the type of charge. Their operation is based on the principle of like sign charge repulsion.

  11. V-band IMPATT power amplifier

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    Schell, S. W.

    1985-01-01

    This program is the result of the continuing demand and future requirement for a high data rate 60-GHz communications link. A reliable solid-state transmitter which delivers the necessary power over a wide bandwidth using the present IMPATT diode technology required the development of combining techniques. The development of a 60-GHz IMPATT power combiner amplifier is detailed. The results form a basis from which future wideband, high-power IMPATT amplifiers may be developed. As a result, several state-of-the-art advancements in millimeter-wave components technology were achieved. Specific achievements for the amplifier integration were: development of a nonresonant divider/combiner circuit; reproducible multiple junction circulator assemblies; and reliable high power 60-GHz IMPATT diodes. The various design approaches and tradeoffs which lead to the final amplifier configuration are discussed. A detailed circuit design is presented for the various amplifier components, and the conical line combiner, radial line combiner, and circulator development are discussed. The performance of the amplifier, the overall achievement of the program, the implications of the results, and an assessment of future development needs and recommendations are examined.

  12. Some Notes on Wideband Feedback Amplifiers

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    Fitch, V.

    1949-03-16

    The extension of the passband of wideband amplifiers is a highly important problem to the designer of electronic circuits. Throughout the electronics industry and in many research programs in physics and allied fields where extensive use is made of video amplifiers, the foremost requirement is a passband of maximum width. This is necessary if it is desired to achieve a more faithful reproduction of transient wave forms, a better time resolution in physical measurements, or perhaps just a wider band gain-frequency response to sine wave signals. The art of electronics is continually faced with this omnipresent amplifier problem. In particular, the instrumentation techniques of nuclear physics require amplifiers with short rise times, a high degree of gain stability, and a linear response to high signal levels. While the distributed amplifier may solve the problems of those seeking only a wide passband, the requirements of stability and linearity necessitate using feedback circuits. This paper considers feedback amplifiers from the standpoint of high-frequency performance. The circuit conditions for optimum steady-state (sinusoidal) and transient response are derived and practical circuits (both interstage and output) are presented which fulfill these conditions. In general, the results obtained may be applied to the low-frequency end.

  13. Multiple excitation regenerative amplifier inertial confinement system

    DOEpatents

    George, V.E.; Haas, R.A.; Krupke, W.F.; Schlitt, L.G.

    1980-05-27

    The invention relates to apparatus and methods for producing high intensity laser radiation generation which is achieved through an optical amplifier-storage ring design. One or two synchronized, counterpropagating laser pulses are injected into a regenerative amplifier cavity and amplified by gain media which are pumped repetitively by electrical or optical means. The gain media excitation pulses are tailored to efficiently amplify the laser pulses during each transit. After the laser pulses have been amplified to the desired intensity level, they are either switched out of the cavity by some switch means, as for example an electro-optical device, for any well known laser end uses, or a target means may be injected into the regenerative amplifier cavity in such a way as to intercept simultaneously the counterpropagating laser pulses. One such well known end uses to which this invention is intended is for production of high density and temperature plasmas suitable for generating neutrons, ions and x-rays and for studying matter heated by high intensity laser radiation. 11 figs.

  14. Multiple excitation regenerative amplifier inertial confinement system

    DOEpatents

    George, Victor E. [Livermore, CA; Haas, Roger A. [Pleasanton, CA; Krupke, William F. [Pleasanton, CA; Schlitt, Leland G. [Livermore, CA

    1980-05-27

    The invention relates to apparatus and methods for producing high intensity laser radiation generation which is achieved through an optical amplifier-storage ring design. One or two synchronized, counterpropagating laser pulses are injected into a regenerative amplifier cavity and amplified by gain media which are pumped repetitively by electrical or optical means. The gain media excitation pulses are tailored to efficiently amplify the laser pulses during each transit. After the laser pulses have been amplified to the desired intensity level, they are either switched out of the cavity by some switch means, as for example an electro-optical device, for any well known laser end uses, or a target means may be injected into the regenerative amplifier cavity in such a way as to intercept simultaneously the counterpropagating laser pulses. One such well known end uses to which this invention is intended is for production of high density and temperature plasmas suitable for generating neutrons, ions and x-rays and for studying matter heated by high intensity laser radiation.

  15. Minimization of dispersion in an ultrafast chirped pulse amplifier using adaptive learning

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    Efimov, A.; Moores, M. D.; Mei, B.; Krause, J. L.; Siders, C. W.; Reitze, D. H.

    Minimizing residual frequency dispersion that accompanies pulse stretching, amplification, and recompression is an important consideration in ultrashort chirped-pulse amplifiers. Here we show how an adaptive learning algorithm can be used in conjunction with a pulse shaper to compensate for higher-order and nonlinear dispersion in a chirped-pulse amplifier. Using spectral blueshifting as a sensitive diagnostic for pulse shape, we implement a `learning loop' comprised of the pulse shaper, strong field laser ionization, and a genetic algorithm to minimize dispersion through the amplifier. We verify our optimization results using frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) measurements and also show theoretically and experimentally that spectral blueshifting is indeed a sensitive diagnostic for pulse shape, and specifically, for higher-order dispersion.

  16. [CHARGE association].

    PubMed

    Costeira, M J; Ruivo, I; Miguel, C; Ferreira, P; Almeida, A; Azevedo, I; Silva, G; Aguiar, A

    1998-11-01

    Posterior choanal atresia is a congenital malformation which can occur isolated or in combination to additional malformations. In CHARGE association the other anomalies are: coloboma, heart disease, retarded development/growth or central nervous system abnormalities, genital hypoplasia or hypogonadism and ear abnormalities or deafness. The authors present three cases of CHARGE association and they also review the clinical findings required for the diagnosis. PMID:10021803

  17. Real Time Calibration Method for Signal Conditioning Amplifiers

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    Medelius, Pedro J. (Inventor); Mata, Carlos T. (Inventor); Eckhoff, Anthony (Inventor); Perotti, Jose (Inventor); Lucena, Angel (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    A signal conditioning amplifier receives an input signal from an input such as a transducer. The signal is amplified and processed through an analog to digital converter and sent to a processor. The processor estimates the input signal provided by the transducer to the amplifier via a multiplexer. The estimated input signal is provided as a calibration voltage to the amplifier immediately following the receipt of the amplified input signal. The calibration voltage is amplified by the amplifier and provided to the processor as an amplified calibration voltage. The amplified calibration voltage is compared to the amplified input signal, and if a significant error exists, the gain and/or offset of the amplifier may be adjusted as necessary.

  18. Automatic alignment of double optical paths in excimer laser amplifier

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    Wang, Dahui; Zhao, Xueqing; Hua, Hengqi; Zhang, Yongsheng; Hu, Yun; Yi, Aiping; Zhao, Jun

    2013-05-01

    A kind of beam automatic alignment method used for double paths amplification in the electron pumped excimer laser system is demonstrated. In this way, the beams from the amplifiers can be transferred along the designated direction and accordingly irradiate on the target with high stabilization and accuracy. However, owing to nonexistence of natural alignment references in excimer laser amplifiers, two cross-hairs structure is used to align the beams. Here, one crosshair put into the input beam is regarded as the near-field reference while the other put into output beam is regarded as the far-field reference. The two cross-hairs are transmitted onto Charge Coupled Devices (CCD) by image-relaying structures separately. The errors between intersection points of two cross-talk images and centroid coordinates of actual beam are recorded automatically and sent to closed loop feedback control mechanism. Negative feedback keeps running until preset accuracy is reached. On the basis of above-mentioned design, the alignment optical path is built and the software is compiled, whereafter the experiment of double paths automatic alignment in electron pumped excimer laser amplifier is carried through. Meanwhile, the related influencing factors and the alignment precision are analyzed. Experimental results indicate that the alignment system can achieve the aiming direction of automatic aligning beams in short time. The analysis shows that the accuracy of alignment system is 0.63μrad and the beam maximum restoration error is 13.75μm. Furthermore, the bigger distance between the two cross-hairs, the higher precision of the system is. Therefore, the automatic alignment system has been used in angular multiplexing excimer Main Oscillation Power Amplification (MOPA) system and can satisfy the requirement of beam alignment precision on the whole.

  19. Nanomechanical Charge Detectors and Charge Shuttles

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    Erbe, Artur

    2001-03-01

    Nanoelectromechanical resonators open the possibillities to build very sensitive detectors on a small length scale. We show how to operate simple nanomechanical wires as charge detectors. Combining nanomechanical motion with current transport via tunneling barriers may lead to very sensitive displacement detection. Additionaly, this combination can be a good candidate for a current standard, if Coulomb-Blockade effects are included. We show measurements on such a nanomechanical resonator shuttling single electrons at radio frequencies. The resulting tunneling current shows distinct features corresponding to the discrete mechanical eigenfrequencies of the pendulum. We report on measurements covering the temperature range from 300 K down to 4.2 K. We explain the I-V curve, which unexpectedly differs from previous theoretical predictions, with model calculations based on a Master equation approach.

  20. Development of a Broadband NbTiN Traveling Wave Parametric Amplifier for MKID Readout

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    Bockstiegel, C.; Gao, J.; Vissers, M. R.; Sandberg, M.; Chaudhuri, S.; Sanders, A.; Vale, L. R.; Irwin, K. D.; Pappas, D. P.

    2014-08-01

    The sensitivity of microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs) using dissipation readout is limited by the noise temperature of the cryogenic amplifier, usually a HEMT with 5 K. A lower noise amplifier is required to improve NEP and reach the photon noise limit at millimeter wavelengths. Eom et al. have proposed a kinetic inductance traveling wave (KIT) parametric amplifier (also called the dispersion-engineered travelling wave kinetic inductance parametric amplifier) that utilizes the nonlinearity with very low dissipation of NbTiN. This amplifier has the promise to achieve quantum limited noise, broad bandwidth, and high dynamic range, all of which are required for ideal MKID dissipation readout. We have designed a KIT amplifier which consists of a 2.2 m long coplanar waveguide transmission line fabricated in a double spiral format, with periodic loadings and impedance transformers at the input/output ports on a 2 by 2 cm Si chip. The design was fabricated with 20 nm NbTiN films. The device has shown over 10 dB of gain from 4 to 11 GHz. We have found the maximum gain is limited by abrupt breakdown at defects in the transmission line in the devices. By cascading two devices, more than 20 dB of gain was achieved from 4.5 to 12.5 GHz, with a peak of 27 dB.

  1. High-Efficiency Microwave Power Amplifier

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    Sims, Williams H.

    2005-01-01

    A high-efficiency power amplifier that operates in the S band (frequencies of the order of a few gigahertz) utilizes transistors operating under class-D bias and excitation conditions. Class-D operation has been utilized at lower frequencies, but, until now, has not been exploited in the S band. Nominally, in class D operation, a transistor is switched rapidly between "on" and "off" states so that at any given instant, it sustains either high current or high voltage, but not both at the same time. In the ideal case of zero "on" resistance, infinite "off" resistance, zero inductance and capacitance, and perfect switching, the output signal would be a perfect square wave. Relative to the traditional classes A, B, and C of amplifier operation, class D offers the potential to achieve greater power efficiency. In addition, relative to class-A amplifiers, class-D amplifiers are less likely to go into oscillation. In order to design this amplifier, it was necessary to derive mathematical models of microwave power transistors for incorporation into a larger mathematical model for computational simulation of the operation of a class-D microwave amplifier. The design incorporates state-of-the-art switching techniques applicable only in the microwave frequency range. Another major novel feature is a transmission-line power splitter/combiner designed with the help of phasing techniques to enable an approximation of a square-wave signal (which is inherently a wideband signal) to propagate through what would, if designed in a more traditional manner, behave as a more severely band-limited device (see figure). The amplifier includes an input, a driver, and a final stage. Each stage contains a pair of GaAs-based field-effect transistors biased in class D. The input signal can range from -10 to +10 dBm into a 50-ohm load. The table summarizes the performances of the three stages

  2. A Highly Responsive Silicon Nanowire/Amplifier MOSFET Hybrid Biosensor

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    Lee, Jieun; Jang, Jaeman; Choi, Bongsik; Yoon, Jinsu; Kim, Jee-Yeon; Choi, Yang-Kyu; Myong Kim, Dong; Hwan Kim, Dae; Choi, Sung-Jin

    2015-07-01

    This study demonstrates a hybrid biosensor comprised of a silicon nanowire (SiNW) integrated with an amplifier MOSFET to improve the current response of field-effect-transistor (FET)-based biosensors. The hybrid biosensor is fabricated using conventional CMOS technology, which has the potential advantage of high density and low noise performance. The biosensor shows a current response of 5.74 decades per pH for pH detection, which is 2.5??105 times larger than that of a single SiNW sensor. In addition, we demonstrate charged polymer detection using the biosensor, with a high current change of 4.5??105 with a 500?nM concentration of poly(allylamine hydrochloride). In addition, we demonstrate a wide dynamic range can be obtained by adjusting the liquid gate voltage. We expect that this biosensor will be advantageous and practical for biosensor applications which requires lower noise, high speed, and high density.

  3. Capillary Array Waveguide Amplified Fluorescence Detector for mHealth

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    Balsam, Joshua; Bruck, Hugh Alan; Rasooly, Avraham

    2013-01-01

    Mobile Health (mHealth) analytical technologies are potentially useful for carrying out modern medical diagnostics in resource-poor settings. Effective mHealth devices for underserved populations need to be simple, low cost, and portable. Although cell phone cameras have been used for biodetection, their sensitivity is a limiting factor because currently it is too low to be effective for many mHealth applications, which depend on detection of weak fluorescent signals. To improve the sensitivity of portable phones, a capillary tube array was developed to amplify fluorescence signals using their waveguide properties. An array configured with 36 capillary tubes was demonstrated to have a ~100X increase in sensitivity, lowering the limit of detection (LOD) of mobile phones from 1000 nM to 10 nM for fluorescein. To confirm that the amplification was due to waveguide behavior, we coated the external surfaces of the capillaries with silver. The silver coating interfered with the waveguide behavior and diminished the fluorescence signal, thereby proving that the waveguide behavior was the main mechanism for enhancing optical sensitivity. The optical configuration described here is novel in several ways. First, the use of capillaries waveguide properties to improve detection of weak florescence signal is new. Second we describe here a three dimensional illumination system, while conventional angular laser waveguide illumination is spot (or line), which is functionally one-dimensional illumination, can illuminate only a single capillary or a single column (when a line generator is used) of capillaries and thus inherently limits the multiplexing capability of detection. The planar illumination demonstrated in this work enables illumination of a two dimensional capillary array (e.g. x columns and y rows of capillaries). In addition, the waveguide light propagation via the capillary wall provides a third dimension for illumination along the axis of the capillaries. Such an array can potentially be used for sensitive analysis of multiple fluorescent detection assays simultaneously. The simple phone based capillary array approach presented in this paper is capable of amplifying weak fluorescent signals thereby improving the sensitivity of optical detectors based on mobile phones. This may allow sensitive biological assays to be measured with low sensitivity detectors and may make mHealth practical for many diagnostics applications, especially in resource-poor and global health settings. PMID:24039345

  4. Method to amplify variable sequences without imposing primer sequences

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    Bradbury, Andrew M.; Zeytun, Ahmet

    2006-11-14

    The present invention provides methods of amplifying target sequences without including regions flanking the target sequence in the amplified product or imposing amplification primer sequences on the amplified product. Also provided are methods of preparing a library from such amplified target sequences.

  5. Front-end electronics for CsI based charged particle array for the study of reaction dynamics

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    Jhingan, Akhil; Sugathan, P.; Kaur, Gurpreet; Kapoor, K.; Saneesh, N.; Banerjee, T.; Singh, Hardev; Kumar, A.; Behera, B. R.; Nayak, B. K.

    2015-06-01

    The characteristics and performance of a new detector system based on CsI(TI) scintillators, and its front-end electronics are presented. The detector system has been developed for the detection of light charged particles to investigate fusion-fission dynamics, and will also serve as ancillary detector for an array of neutron detectors. CsI scintillators are read by photo-diodes. The main feature of the array is its compact and simple high density front-end electronics which includes custom developed low noise charge sensitive preamplifiers (with very low power consumption for operation inside vacuum), NIM differential drivers, and commercially available Mesytec amplifiers with two different time constants for particle identification using a ballistic deficit technique.

  6. New laser amplifier improves laser Doppler interferometry

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    1986-02-01

    The design of a laser light amplifier developed to improve the ability of a laser Doppler interferometry system to measure the high velocities of explosion-driven objects or targets is described. The amplifier increases the laser light intensity and S/N ratio. A green coumarin dye is utilized as if the lasing medium for an argon-ion laser and a blue dye as the frequency shifter to improve coupling between the light-pump power source and lasing medium. The arrangement of amplifier components and the frequency characteristics of the flash lamps and dyes are examined. The design requirements for eliminating chirping and achieving acoustic isolation are discussed. The control of the thermal gradients which produce lens effect is analyzed. The selection of a proper dye concentration for uniform excitation across the active volume of the amplifier is studied; an excitation absorption length of three diameters of active cross section is utilized. In order to increase the amount of pumping light reaching the laser dye and to reduce the number of unwanted wavelengths a optical frequency shifter is employed. The amplifier produces enough light to observe two or more spots on the target, record data for up to 12 microsec, and have an accuracy of 0.5 pct.

  7. High power, high beam quality regenerative amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Hackel, L.A.; Dane, C.B.

    1993-08-24

    A regenerative laser amplifier system generates high peak power and high energy per pulse output beams enabling generation of X-rays used in X-ray lithography for manufacturing integrated circuits. The laser amplifier includes a ring shaped optical path with a limited number of components including a polarizer, a passive 90 degree phase rotator, a plurality of mirrors, a relay telescope, and a gain medium, the components being placed close to the image plane of the relay telescope to reduce diffraction or phase perturbations in order to limit high peak intensity spiking. In the ring, the beam makes two passes through the gain medium for each transit of the optical path to increase the amplifier gain to loss ratio. A beam input into the ring makes two passes around the ring, is diverted into an SBS phase conjugator and proceeds out of the SBS phase conjugator back through the ring in an equal but opposite direction for two passes, further reducing phase perturbations. A master oscillator inputs the beam through an isolation cell (Faraday or Pockels) which transmits the beam into the ring without polarization rotation. The isolation cell rotates polarization only in beams proceeding out of the ring to direct the beams out of the amplifier. The diffraction limited quality of the input beam is preserved in the amplifier so that a high power output beam having nearly the same diffraction limited quality is produced.

  8. High power, high beam quality regenerative amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Hackel, Lloyd A. (Livermore, CA); Dane, Clifford B. (Livermore, CA)

    1993-01-01

    A regenerative laser amplifier system generates high peak power and high energy per pulse output beams enabling generation of X-rays used in X-ray lithography for manufacturing integrated circuits. The laser amplifier includes a ring shaped optical path with a limited number of components including a polarizer, a passive 90 degree phase rotator, a plurality of mirrors, a relay telescope, and a gain medium, the components being placed close to the image plane of the relay telescope to reduce diffraction or phase perturbations in order to limit high peak intensity spiking. In the ring, the beam makes two passes through the gain medium for each transit of the optical path to increase the amplifier gain to loss ratio. A beam input into the ring makes two passes around the ring, is diverted into an SBS phase conjugator and proceeds out of the SBS phase conjugator back through the ring in an equal but opposite direction for two passes, further reducing phase perturbations. A master oscillator inputs the beam through an isolation cell (Faraday or Pockels) which transmits the beam into the ring without polarization rotation. The isolation cell rotates polarization only in beams proceeding out of the ring to direct the beams out of the amplifier. The diffraction limited quality of the input beam is preserved in the amplifier so that a high power output beam having nearly the same diffraction limited quality is produced.

  9. Injection- Seeded Optoplasmonic Amplifier in the Visible

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    Gartia, Manas Ranjan; Seo, Sujin; Kim, Junhwan; Chang, Te-Wei; Bahl, Gaurav; Lu, Meng; Liu, Gang Logan; Eden, J. Gary

    2014-01-01

    A hybrid optoplasmonic amplifier, injection-seeded by an internally-generated Raman signal and operating in the visible (563–675 nm), is proposed and evidence for amplification is presented. Comprising a gain medium tethered to a whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonator with a protein, and a plasmonic surface, the optical system described here selectively amplifies a single (or a few) Raman line(s) produced within the WGM resonator and is well-suited for routing narrowband optical power on-a-chip. Over the past five decades, optical oscillators and amplifiers have typically been based on the buildup of the field from the spontaneous emission background. Doing so limits the temporal coherence of the output, lengthens the time required for the optical field intensity to reach saturation, and often is responsible for complex, multiline spectra. In addition to the spectral control afforded by injection-locking, the effective Q of the amplifier can be specified by the bandwidth of the injected Raman signal. This characteristic contrasts with previous WGM-based lasers and amplifiers for which the Q is determined solely by the WGM resonator. PMID:25156810

  10. Injection- Seeded Optoplasmonic Amplifier in the Visible

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    Gartia, Manas Ranjan; Seo, Sujin; Kim, Junhwan; Chang, Te-Wei; Bahl, Gaurav; Lu, Meng; Liu, Gang Logan; Eden, J. Gary

    2014-08-01

    A hybrid optoplasmonic amplifier, injection-seeded by an internally-generated Raman signal and operating in the visible (563-675 nm), is proposed and evidence for amplification is presented. Comprising a gain medium tethered to a whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonator with a protein, and a plasmonic surface, the optical system described here selectively amplifies a single (or a few) Raman line(s) produced within the WGM resonator and is well-suited for routing narrowband optical power on-a-chip. Over the past five decades, optical oscillators and amplifiers have typically been based on the buildup of the field from the spontaneous emission background. Doing so limits the temporal coherence of the output, lengthens the time required for the optical field intensity to reach saturation, and often is responsible for complex, multiline spectra. In addition to the spectral control afforded by injection-locking, the effective Q of the amplifier can be specified by the bandwidth of the injected Raman signal. This characteristic contrasts with previous WGM-based lasers and amplifiers for which the Q is determined solely by the WGM resonator.

  11. READOUT ASIC FOR 3D POSITION-SENSITIVE DETECTORS.

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    DE GERONIMO,G.; VERNON, E.; ACKLEY, K.; DRAGONE, A.; FRIED, J.; OCONNOR, P.; HE, Z.; HERMAN, C.; ZHANG, F.

    2007-10-27

    We describe an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) for 3D position-sensitive detectors. It was optimized for pixelated CZT sensors, and it measures, corresponding to an ionizing event, the energy and timing of signals from 121 anodes and one cathode. Each channel provides low-noise charge amplification, high-order shaping, along with peak- and timing-detection. The cathode's timing can be measured in three different ways: the first is based on multiple thresholds on the charge amplifier's voltage output; the second uses the threshold crossing of a fast-shaped signal; and the third measures the peak amplitude and timing from a bipolar shaper. With its power of 2 mW per channel the ASIC measures, on a CZT sensor Connected and biased, charges up to 100 fC with an electronic resolution better than 200 e{sup -} rms. Our preliminary spectral measurements applying a simple cathode/mode ratio correction demonstrated a single-pixel resolution of 4.8 keV (0.72 %) at 662 keV, with the electronics and leakage current contributing in total with 2.1 keV.

  12. Design of an Auto-zeroed, Differential, Organic Thin-film Field-effect Transistor Amplifier for Sensor Applications

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    Binkley, David M.; Verma, Nikhil; Crawford, Robert L.; Brandon, Erik; Jackson, Thomas N.

    2004-01-01

    Organic strain gauge and other sensors require high-gain, precision dc amplification to process their low-level output signals. Ideally, amplifiers would be fabricated using organic thin-film field-effect transistors (OTFT's) adjacent to the sensors. However, OTFT amplifiers exhibit low gain and high input-referred dc offsets that must be effectively managed. This paper presents a four-stage, cascaded differential OTFT amplifier utilizing switched capacitor auto-zeroing. Each stage provides a nominal voltage gain of four through a differential pair driving low-impedance active loads, which provide common-mode output voltage control. p-type pentacence OTFT's are used for the amplifier devices and auto-zero switches. Simulations indicate the amplifier provides a nominal voltage gain of 280 V/V and effectively amplifies a 1-mV dc signal in the presence of 500-mV amplifier input-referred dc offset voltages. Future work could include the addition of digital gain calibration and offset correction of residual offsets associated with charge injection imbalance in the differential circuits.

  13. AIDA: A 16-channel amplifier ASIC to read out the advanced implantation detector array for experiments in nuclear decay spectroscopy

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    Braga, D.; Coleman-Smith, P. J.; Davinson, T.; Lazarus, I. H.; Page, R. D.; Thomas, S.

    2011-07-01

    We have designed a read-out ASIC for nuclear decay spectroscopy as part of the AIDA project - the Advanced Implantation Detector Array. AIDA will be installed in experiments at the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in GSI, Darmstadt. The AIDA ASIC will measure the signals when unstable nuclei are implanted into the detector, followed by the much smaller signals when the nuclei subsequently decay. Implant energies can be as high as 20 GeV; decay products need to be measured down to 25 keV within just a few microseconds of the initial implants. The ASIC uses two amplifiers per detector channel, one covering the 20 GeV dynamic range, the other selectable over a 20 MeV or 1 GeV range. The amplifiers are linked together by bypass transistors which are normally switched off. The arrival of a large signal causes saturation of the low-energy amplifier and a fluctuation of the input voltage, which activates the link to the high-energy amplifier. The bypass transistors switch on and the input charge is integrated by the high-energy amplifier. The signal is shaped and stored by a peak-hold, then read out on a multiplexed output. Control logic resets the amplifiers and bypass circuit, allowing the low-energy amplifier to measure the subsequent decay signal. We present simulations and test results, demonstrating the AIDA ASIC operation over a wide range of input signals. (authors)

  14. Design of an auto-zeroed differential organic thin film field-effect transistor amplifier for sensor applications

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    Binkley, David M.; Verma, Nikhil; Crawford, Robert L.; Brandon, Erik J.; Jackson, Thomas N.

    2004-10-01

    Organic strain gauge and other sensors require high-gain, precision dc amplification to process their low-level output signals. Ideally, amplifiers would be fabricated using organic thin-film field-effect transistors (OTFT's) adjacent to the sensors. However, OTFT amplifiers exhibit low gain and high input-referred dc offsets that must be effectively managed. This paper presents a four-stage, cascaded differential OTFT amplifier utilizing switched capacitor auto-zeroing. Each stage provides a nominal voltage gain of four through a differential pair driving low-impedance active loads, which provide common-mode output voltage control. p-type pentacene OTFT's are used for the amplifier devices and auto-zero switches. Simulations indicate the amplifier provides a nominal voltage gain of 280 V/V and effectively amplifies a 1 mV dc signal in the presence of 500 mV amplifier input-referred dc offset voltages. Future work could include the addition of digital gain calibration and offset correction of residual offsets associated with charge injection imbalance in the differential circuits.

  15. Single mode terahertz quantum cascade amplifier

    SciTech Connect

    Ren, Y. Wallis, R.; Shah, Y. D.; Jessop, D. S.; Degl'Innocenti, R.; Klimont, A.; Kamboj, V.; Beere, H. E.; Ritchie, D. A.

    2014-10-06

    A terahertz (THz) optical amplifier based on a 2.9 THz quantum cascade laser (QCL) structure has been demonstrated. By depositing an antireflective coating on the QCL facet, the laser mirror losses are enhanced to fully suppress the lasing action, creating a THz quantum cascade (QC) amplifier. Terahertz radiation amplification has been obtained, by coupling a separate multi-mode THz QCL of the same active region design to the QC amplifier. A bare cavity gain is achieved and shows excellent agreement with the lasing spectrum from the original QCL without the antireflective coating. Furthermore, a maximum optical gain of ∼30 dB with single-mode radiation output is demonstrated.

  16. Ultrashort pulse amplification in cryogenically cooled amplifiers

    DOEpatents

    Backus, Sterling J.; Kapteyn, Henry C.; Murnane, Margaret Mary

    2004-10-12

    A laser amplifier system amplifies pulses in a single "stage" from .about.10.sup.-9 joules to more than 10.sup.-3 joules, with average power of 1-10 watts, and beam quality M.sup.2 <2. The laser medium is cooled substantially below room temperature, as a means to improve the optical and thermal characteristics of the medium. This is done with the medium inside a sealed, evacuated or purged cell to avoid moisture or other materials condensing on the surface. A "seed" pulse from a separate laser is passed through the laser medium, one or more times, in any of a variety of configurations including single-pass, multiple-pass, and regenerative amplifier configurations.

  17. High Bandwidth Differential Amplifier for Shock Experiments

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    Ross, P. W., Tran, V., Chau, R.

    2012-04-30

    We developed a high bandwidth differential amplifier for gas gun shock experiments/applications. The circuit has a bandwidth > 1 GHz, and is capable of measuring signals of ≤1.5 V with a common mode rejection of 250 V. Conductivity measurements of gas gun targets are measured by flowing high currents through the targets. The voltage is measured across the target using a technique similar to a four-point probe. Because of the design of the current source and load, the target voltage is approximately 250 V relative to ground. Since the expected voltage change in the target is < 1 V, the differential amplifier must have a large common mode rejection. High pass filters suppress internal ringing of operational amplifiers. Results of bench tests are shown.

  18. Short pulse free electron laser amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Schlitt, Leland G. (Livermore, CA); Szoke, Abraham (Fremont, CA)

    1985-01-01

    Method and apparatus for amplification of a laser pulse in a free electron laser amplifier where the laser pulse duration may be a small fraction of the electron beam pulse duration used for amplification. An electron beam pulse is passed through a first wiggler magnet and a short laser pulse to be amplified is passed through the same wiggler so that only the energy of the last fraction, f, (f<1) of the electron beam pulse is consumed in amplifying the laser pulse. After suitable delay of the electron beam, the process is repeated in a second wiggler magnet, a third, . . . , where substantially the same fraction f of the remainder of the electron beam pulse is consumed in amplification of the given short laser pulse in each wiggler magnet region until the useful electron beam energy is substantially completely consumed by amplification of the laser pulse.

  19. Transverse intensity transformation by laser amplifiers

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    Litvin, Igor A.; King, Gary; Collett, Oliver J. P.; Strauss, Hencharl J.

    2015-03-01

    Lasers beams with a specific intensity profile such as super-Gaussian, Airy or Dougnut-like are desirable in many applications such as laser materials processing, medicine and communications. We propose a new technique for laser beam shaping by amplifying a beam in an end-pumped bulk amplifier that is pumped with a beam that has a modified intensity profile. Advantages of this method are that it is relatively easy to implement, has the ability to reshape multimode beams and is naturally suited to high power/energy beams. Both three and four level gain materials can be used as amplifier media. However, a big advantage of using three level materials is their ability to attenuate of the seed beam, which enhances the contrast of the shaping. We first developed a numerical method to obtain the required pump intensity for an arbitrary beam transformation. This method was subsequently experimentally verified using a three level system. The output of a 2.07 μm seed laser was amplified in a Ho:YLF bulk amplifier which was being pumped by a 1.89 μm Tm:YLF laser which had roughly a TEM10 Hermit Gaussian intensity profile. The seed beam was amplified from 0.3 W to 0.55 W at the full pump power of 35 W. More importantly, the beam profile in one transverse direction was significantly shaped from Gaussian to roughly flat-top, as the model predicted. The concept has therefore been shown to be viable and can be used to optimise the beam profile for a wide range of applications.

  20. Transportable setup for amplifier phase fidelity measurements

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    Trbs, M.; Bogan, C.; Barke, S.; Khn, G.; Reiche, J.; Heinzel, G.; Danzmann, K.

    2015-05-01

    One possible laser source for the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) consists of an Ytterbium-doped fiber amplifier originally developed for inter-satellite communication, seeded by the laser used for the technology demonstrator mission LISA Pathfinder. LISA needs to transmit clock information between its three spacecraft to correct for phase noise between the clocks on the individual spacecraft. For this purpose phase modulation sidebands at GHz frequencies will be imprinted on the laser beams between spacecraft. Differential phase noise between the carrier and a sideband introduced within the optical chain must be very low. We report on a transportable setup to measure the phase fidelity of optical amplifiers.