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  1. Gravitational Waves from Rotating Neutron Stars and Evaluation of fast Chirp Transform Techniques

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    Strohmayer, Tod E.; White, Nicholas E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    X-ray observations suggest that neutron stars in low mass X-ray binaries (LMXB) are rotating with frequencies from 300 - 600 Hz. These spin rates are significantly less than the break-up rates for essentially all realistic neutron star equations of state, suggesting that some process may limit the spin frequencies of accreting neutron stars to this range. If the accretion induced spin up torque is in equilibrium with gravitational radiation losses, these objects could be interesting sources of gravitational waves. I present a brief summary of current measurements of neutron star spins in LMXBs based on the observations of high-Q oscillations during thermonuclear bursts (so called 'burst oscillations'). Further measurements of neutron star spins will be important in exploring the gravitational radiation hypothesis in more detail. To this end I also present a study of fast chirp transform (FCT) techniques as described by Jenet and Prince in the context of searching for the chirping signals observed during X-ray bursts.

  2. Temperature profile measurements within a chirped fiber Bragg grating using a Fourier transform technique

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    Nand, Anbhawa; Kitcher, Daniel J.; Wade, Scott A.; Collins, Stephen F.; Baxter, Gregory W.

    2005-05-01

    The use of reflected power spectra arising from a chirped fiber Bragg grating (CFBG) to extract a nonuniform temperature distribution along the grating has been investigated. The technique uses a discrete Fourier transform (FFT) in which the measured spectrum of the CFBG due to a localised temperature change was simulated using the FFT grating design model. The model operated on the reference spectrum and hypothesis temperature distributions, T(z), to generate a spectrum representative of a localised temperature disturbance. The simulated spectrum was fitted to the measured spectrum using a three-parameter disturbance function operating on position, width and amplitude of temperature change. The rms deviation of the applied value for position of a localised temperature change was 0.14 mm.

  3. Determination of the position of a localized heat source within a chirped fibre Bragg grating using a Fourier transform technique

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    Nand, Anbhawa; Kitcher, Daniel J.; Wade, Scott A.; Nguyen, Thinh B.; Baxter, Greg W.; Jones, Rhys; Collins, Stephen F.

    2006-06-01

    The ability to determine the centre position of a localized temperature change within a chirped fibre Bragg grating (CFBG) has been investigated as a function of grating strength. The intragrating sensor is based on the analysis of reflected power spectra arising from a CFBG. The technique uses a discrete Fourier transform (FFT) in which the measured spectrum of the CFBG due to a localized temperature change (heat source) was simulated using a FFT grating design model. The model operated on the reference spectrum and hypothesis temperature distributions, T(z), to generate a spectrum of a CFBG subjected to a hypothesis temperature disturbance. The simulated spectrum was fitted to the measured spectrum using a three-parameter automatic disturbance function fitting algorithm operating on position, width and amplitude of temperature change. RMS deviations to within 0.03 mm of applied values of position have been obtained.

  4. Spectral analysis using the CCD Chirp Z-transform

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    Eversole, W. L.; Mayer, D. J.; Bosshart, P. W.; Dewit, M.; Howes, C. R.; Buss, D. D.

    1978-01-01

    The charge coupled device (CCD) Chirp Z transformation (CZT) spectral analysis techniques were reviewed and results on state-of-the-art CCD CZT technology are presented. The CZT algorithm was examined and the advantages of CCD implementation are discussed. The sliding CZT which is useful in many spectral analysis applications is described, and the performance limitations of the CZT are studied.

  5. Adaptive chirp-Fourier transform for chirp estimation with applications in ISAR imaging of maneuvering targets

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    Xia, Xiang-Gen; Wang, Genyuan; Chen, Victor C.

    2001-03-01

    This paper first reviews some basic properties of the discrete chirp-Fourier transform and then present an adaptive chirp- Fourier transform, a generalization of the amplitude and phase estimation of sinusoids (APES) algorithm proposed by Li and Stoica for sinusoidal signals. We finally applied it to the ISAR imaging of maneuvering targets.

  6. Chirp Z-transform spectral zoom optimization with MATLAB.

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    Martin, Grant D.

    2005-11-01

    The MATLAB language has become a standard for rapid prototyping throughout all disciplines of engineering because the environment is easy to understand and use. Many of the basic functions included in MATLAB are those operations that are necessary to carry out larger algorithms such as the chirp z-transform spectral zoom. These functions include, but are not limited to mathematical operators, logical operators, array indexing, and the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT). However, despite its ease of use, MATLAB's technical computing language is interpreted and thus is not always capable of the memory management and performance of a compiled language. There are however, several optimizations that can be made within the chirp z-transform spectral zoom algorithm itself, and also to the MATLAB implementation in order to take full advantage of the computing environment and lower processing time and improve memory usage. To that end, this document's purpose is two-fold. The first demonstrates how to perform a chirp z-transform spectral zoom as well as an optimization within the algorithm that improves performance and memory usage. The second demonstrates a minor MATLAB language usage technique that can reduce overhead memory costs and improve performance.

  7. Transform-limited pulses for chirped-pulse amplification systems utilizing an active feedback pulse shaping technique enabling five time increase in peak power.

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    Nguyen, Dat; Piracha, Mohammad Umar; Delfyett, Peter J

    2012-12-01

    A fiber-based chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) system with an active feedback loop for pulse shaping is experimentally demonstrated. A spectral processor is used in conjunction with a frequency-resolved optical gating measurement to produce high-quality pulses. Spectral phase and intensity shaping are utilized to generate a clean, high-contrast, transform-limited pulse with 15 dB pedestal suppression in the pulse wing tails, resulting in a five time increase in peak power of the CPA system. PMID:23202088

  8. A direct digital synthesis chirped pulse Fourier transform microwave spectrometer

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    Finneran, Ian A.; Holland, Daniel B.; Carroll, P. Brandon; Blake, Geoffrey A.

    2013-08-01

    Chirped pulse Fourier transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectrometers have become the instrument of choice for acquiring rotational spectra, due to their high sensitivity, fast acquisition rate, and large bandwidth. Here we present the design and capabilities of a recently constructed CP-FTMW spectrometer using direct digital synthesis (DDS) as a new method for chirped pulse generation, through both a suite of extensive microwave characterizations and deep averaging of the 10-14 GHz spectrum of jet-cooled acetone. The use of DDS is more suited for in situ applications of CP-FTMW spectroscopy, as it reduces the size, weight, and power consumption of the chirp generation segment of the spectrometer all by more than an order of magnitude, while matching the performance of traditional designs. The performance of the instrument was further improved by the use of a high speed digitizer with dedicated signal averaging electronics, which facilitates a data acquisition rate of 2.1 kHz.

  9. Error analysis of the chirp-z transform when implemented using waveform synthesizers and FFTs

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    Bielek, T.P.

    1990-11-01

    This report analyzes the effects of finite-precision arithmetic on discrete Fourier transforms (DFTs) calculated using the chirp-z transform algorithm. An introduction to the chirp-z transform is given together with a description of how the chirp-z transform is implemented in hardware. Equations for the effects of chirp rate errors, starting frequency errors, and starting phase errors on the frequency spectrum of the chirp-z transform are derived. Finally, the maximum possible errors in the chirp rate, the starting frequencies, and starting phases are calculated and used to compute the worst case effects on the amplitude and phase spectrums of the chirp-z transform. 1 ref., 6 figs.

  10. The fractional energy spectrum integral of the fractional Fourier transform of chirp signal

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    Zou, Jiangwei; Wang, Jinzhen; Su, Shaoying; Chen, Zengping

    2015-12-01

    The fractional Fourier transform (FRFT), which is a generalization of the classical Fourier transform (FT), plays an important role in many areas of signal processing and optics. Many properties of this transform are well known. In the field of signal processing, the chirp signal has a good energy concentration in the fractional Fourier domain (FRFD) by choosing an appropriate fractional order, but the study of the fractional energy spectrum integral (FESI) is still missing. The purpose of this paper is to derive the FESI of the FRFT of chirp signal, from which an important property of the chirp signal's FRFT is discovered that the FESI reaches the valley value at the rotation angle where the FRFT reaches the peak value, and this provides a new approach to detect and estimate the parameter of the chirp signal.

  11. Programmable convolution via the chirp Z-transform with CCD's

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    Buss, D. D.

    1977-01-01

    Technique filtering by convolution in frequency domain rather than in time domain presents possible solution to problem of programmable transversal filters. Process is accomplished through utilization of chip z-transform (CZT) with charge-coupled devices

  12. Frequency Correction for MIRO Chirp Transformation Spectroscopy Spectrum

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    Lee, Seungwon

    2012-01-01

    This software processes the flyby spectra of the Chirp Transform Spectrometer (CTS) of the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO). The tool corrects the effect of Doppler shift and local-oscillator (LO) frequency shift during the flyby mode of MIRO operations. The frequency correction for CTS flyby spectra is performed and is integrated with multiple spectra into a high signal-to-noise averaged spectrum at the rest-frame RF frequency. This innovation also generates the 8 molecular line spectra by dividing continuous 4,096-channel CTS spectra. The 8 line spectra can then be readily used for scientific investigations. A spectral line that is at its rest frequency in the frame of the Earth or an asteroid will be observed with a time-varying Doppler shift as seen by MIRO. The frequency shift is toward the higher RF frequencies on approach, and toward lower RF frequencies on departure. The magnitude of the shift depends on the flyby velocity. The result of time-varying Doppler shift is that of an observed spectral line will be seen to move from channel to channel in the CTS spectrometer. The direction (higher or lower frequency) in the spectrometer depends on the spectral line frequency under consideration. In order to analyze the flyby spectra, two steps are required. First, individual spectra must be corrected for the Doppler shift so that individual spectra can be superimposed at the same rest frequency for integration purposes. Second, a correction needs to be applied to the CTS spectra to account for the LO frequency shifts that are applied to asteroid mode.

  13. [Study on Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy Data Processing Based on Chirp-Z Transformation].

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    Zheng, Hai-ming; Li, Guang-jie; Wu, Hao

    2015-06-01

    Differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) is a commonly used atmospheric pollution monitoring method. Denoising of monitoring spectral data will improve the inversion accuracy. Fourier transform filtering method is effectively capable of filtering out the noise in the spectral data. But the algorithm itself can introduce errors. In this paper, a chirp-z transform method is put forward. By means of the local thinning of Fourier transform spectrum, it can retain the denoising effect of Fourier transform and compensate the error of the algorithm, which will further improve the inversion accuracy. The paper study on the concentration retrieving of SO2 and NO2. The results show that simple division causes bigger error and is not very stable. Chirp-z transform is proved to be more accurate than Fourier transform. Results of the frequency spectrum analysis show that Fourier transform cannot solve the distortion and weakening problems of characteristic absorption spectrum. Chirp-z transform shows ability in fine refactoring of specific frequency spectrum. PMID:26601381

  14. a Low-Cost Chirped-Pulse Fourier Transform Microwave Spectrometer for Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Lab

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    Carroll, Brandon; Finneran, Ian; Blake, Geoffrey

    2014-06-01

    We present the design and construction of a simple and low-cost waveguide chirped pulse Fourier transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectrometer suitable for gas-phase rotational spectroscopy experiments in undergraduate physical chemistry labs as well as graduate level research. The spectrometer operates with modest bandwidth, using phased locked loop (PLL) microwave sources and a direct digital synthesis (DDS) chirp source, making it an affordable for undergraduate labs. The performance of the instrument is benchmarked by acquiring the pure rotational spectrum of the J = 1 - 0 transition OCS and its isotopologues from 11-12.5 GHz.

  15. Chirped-Pulse Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy of 3-METHOXYPROPYLAMINE

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    McCabe, Morgan N.; Shipman, Steven; Arnold, Sean; Chewning, J. Chase; Smith, Miranda; Brown, Gordon

    2014-06-01

    The rotational spectrum of 3-methoxypropylamine was collected from 8.0 to 18.5 GHz with the Coker College chirped-pulse FTMW molecular beam spectrometer. Ab initio predictions using the B3LYP-D3 dispersion-corrected density functional gave high quality starting geometries, enabling us to quickly assign the spectrum of the lowest energy conformer, which has a g'gt configuration (moving from the amine end to the methoxy end of the molecule). Attempts were also made to collect the spectrum of this molecule in the room-temperature waveguide instrument at New College, but these attempts were unsuccessful as the molecule rapidly reacts with the copper walls of the waveguide to produce ammonia.

  16. Chirped dissipative double-kink and fractional-transform quadratic solitons induced by localized nonlinear gain

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    Raju, Thokala Soloman; Hegde, Tejaswi; Kumar, C. N.; Panigrahi, Prasanta K.

    2015-06-01

    We demonstrate that the localized nonlinear gain induces stable chirped dissipative double-kink, fractional-transform, bell, and kink type solitons in optical mediawith quadratic nonlinearity. To compensate spatially uniform loss in both fundamental-frequency (FF) and second-harmonic (SH) component of the system, a strongly localized 'hot-spot', carrying the nonlinear gain, is added, acting either on FF component or on the SH one.

  17. a Study of 4,4-DIMETHYLAMINOBEZONITRILE by Chirped-Pulsed Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy

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    Bird, Ryan G.; Alstadt, Valerie J.; Pratt, David W.; Neill, Justin L.; Pate, Brooks H.

    2010-06-01

    The ground state rotational spectrum of 4,4-dimethylaminobenzonitrile (DMABN) was studied using chirped-pulsed Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy (CP-FTMW). The rotational spectrum from 6.5 to 18 GHz was collected using a compilation of 250 MHz chirped pulses and pieced together. DMABN is widely known as an important model for excited state twisted intramolecular charge transfer dynamics. It has been previously studied in our group using high resolution electronic spectroscopy, in which a strong coupling between methyl group internal rotation and overall rotation was discovered. We have recently determined that these couplings are not present in the ground state spectrum. The ground state structure and nuclear quadrupole coupling terms will also be discussed.

  18. Room temperature chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy of anisole

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    Reinhold, B.; Finneran, I. A.; Shipman, S. T.

    2011-12-01

    The room-temperature rotational spectrum of anisole from 8.7 to 18.3 GHz was collected with a waveguide-based chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave spectrometer whose operating principles are described. Three spectra were assigned, corresponding to the vibrational ground state and the first and second excited states of the lowest frequency torsional mode. Results for the ground state and first excited state are in agreement with prior millimeter wave studies of this molecule. Microwave-microwave double resonance measurements also confirm these assignments.

  19. A broadband Fourier transform microwave spectrometer based on chirped pulse excitation.

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    Brown, Gordon G; Dian, Brian C; Douglass, Kevin O; Geyer, Scott M; Shipman, Steven T; Pate, Brooks H

    2008-05-01

    Designs for a broadband chirped pulse Fourier transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectrometer are presented. The spectrometer is capable of measuring the 7-18 GHz region of a rotational spectrum in a single data acquisition. One design uses a 4.2 Gsampless arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) to produce a 1 mus duration chirped pulse with a linear frequency sweep of 1.375 GHz. This pulse is sent through a microwave circuit to multiply the bandwidth of the pulse by a factor of 8 and upconvert it to the 7.5-18.5 GHz range. The chirped pulse is amplified by a traveling wave tube amplifier and broadcast inside the spectrometer by using a double ridge standard gain horn antenna. The broadband molecular free induction decay (FID) is received by a second horn antenna, downconverted, and digitized by a 40 Gsampless (12 GHz hardware bandwidth) digital oscilloscope. The second design uses a simplified pulse generation and FID detection scheme, employing current state-of-the-art high-speed digital electronics. In this spectrometer, a chirped pulse with 12 GHz of bandwidth is directly generated by using a 20 Gsampless AWG and upconverted in a single step with an ultrabroadband mixer. The amplified molecular emission is directly detected by using a 50 Gsampless digital oscilloscope with 18 GHz bandwidth. In both designs, fast Fourier transform of the FID produces the frequency domain rotational spectrum in the 7-18 GHz range. The performance of the CP-FTMW spectrometer is compared to a Balle-Flygare-type cavity-FTMW spectrometer. The CP-FTMW spectrometer produces an equal sensitivity spectrum with a factor of 40 reduction in measurement time and a reduction in sample consumption by a factor of 20. The CP-FTMW spectrometer also displays good intensity accuracy for both sample number density and rotational transition moment. Strategies to reduce the CP-FTMW measurement time by another factor of 90 while simultaneously reducing the sample consumption by a factor of 30 are demonstrated. PMID:18513057

  20. a Semi-Automated Combination of Chirped-Pulse and Cavity Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy

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    Crabtree, Kyle N.; Martin-Drumel, Marie-Aline; McCarthy, Michael C.; Gaster, Sydney A.; Hall, Taylor M.; Parks, Deondre L.; Brown, Gordon G.

    2015-06-01

    A combination of chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectroscopy and cavity Fourier transform microwave (c-FTMW) spectroscopy has been used to analyze the spectra of 3,4-difluorobenzaldehyde and two distinct fluoropyridine - carbon dioxide complexes. In all cases, the 8 - 18 GHz CP-FTMW spectrum was measured, and the most intense transitions were chosen for further analysis. The intensities of the identified transitions were measured at multiple polarization powers using the c-FTMW spectrometer. Subsequently, a series of double-resonance experiments were performed on these transitions, again using the c-FTMW spectrometer, in order to discover which transitions shared a common quantum state. Following the double-resonance experiments, the assignments of the spectra were trivial. The results of the spectroscopic analysis, as well as the semi-automated method, will be presented.

  1. Headspace Analysis of Volatile Compounds Using Segemented Chirped-Pulse Fourier Transform Mm-Wave Spectroscopy

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    Harris, Brent; Steber, Amanda; Pate, Brooks

    2014-06-01

    A chirped-pulse Fourier transform mm-wave spectrometer has been tested in analytical chemistry applications of headspace analysis of volatile species. A solid-state mm-wave light source (260-290 GHz) provides 30-50 mW of power. This power is sufficient to achieve optimal excitation of individual transitions of molecules with dipole moments larger than about 0.1 D. The chirped-pulse spectrometer has near 100% measurement duty cycle using a high-speed digitizer (4 GS/s) with signal accumulation in an FPGA. The combination of the ability to perform optimal pulse excitation and near 100% measurement duty cycle gives a spectrometer that is fully optimized for trace detection. The performance of the instrument is tested using an EPA sample (EPA VOC Mix 6 - Supelco) that contains a set of molecules that are fast eluting on gas chromatographs and, as a result, present analysis challenges to mass spectrometry. The ability to directly analyze the VOC mixture is tested by acquiring the full bandwidth (260-290 GHz) spectrum in a "high dynamic range" measurement mode that minimizes spurious spectrometer responses. The high-resolution of molecular rotational spectroscopy makes it easy to analyze this mixture without the need for chemical separation. The sensitivity of the instrument for individual molecule detection, where a single transition is polarized by the excitation pulse, is also tested. Detection limits in water will be reported. In the case of chloromethane, the detection limit (0.1 microgram/L), matches the sensitivity reported in the EPA measurement protocol (EPA Method 524) for GC/MS.

  2. Solvent Environment Revealed by Positively Chirped Pulses.

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    Konar, Arkaprabha; Lozovoy, Vadim V; Dantus, Marcos

    2014-03-01

    The spectroscopy of large organic molecules and biomolecules in solution has been investigated using various time-resolved and frequency-resolved techniques. Of particular interest is the early response of the molecule and the solvent, which is difficult to study due to the ambiguity in assigning and differentiating inter- and intramolecular contributions to the electronic and vibrational populations and coherence. Our measurements compare the yield of fluorescence and stimulated emission for two laser dyes IR144 and IR125 as a function of chirp. While negatively chirped pulses are insensitive to solvent viscosity, positively chirped pulses are found to be uniquely sensitive probes of solvent viscosity. The fluorescence maximum for IR125 is observed near transform-limited pulses; however, for IR144, it is observed for positively chirped pulses once the pulses have been stretched to hundreds of femtoseconds. We conclude that chirped pulse spectroscopy is a simple one-beam method that is sensitive to early solvation dynamics. PMID:26274090

  3. CCD filter and transform techniques for interference excision

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    Borsuk, G. M.; Dewitt, R. N.

    1976-01-01

    The theoretical and some experimental results of a study aimed at applying CCD filter and transform techniques to the problem of interference excision within communications channels were presented. Adaptive noise (interference) suppression was achieved by the modification of received signals such that they were orthogonal to the recently measured noise field. CCD techniques were examined to develop real-time noise excision processing. They were recursive filters, circulating filter banks, transversal filter banks, an optical implementation of the chirp Z transform, and a CCD analog FFT.

  4. Using the inverse Chirp-Z transform for time-domain analysis of simulated radar signals

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    Frickey, D.A.

    1995-01-01

    There exists a need to develop a method to locate underground voids, or caches. In the past, ground penetrating radar (GPR) operating in the time domain mode has been used. In this paper, we turn our attention to stepped frequency radar, capable of making frequency domain reflection coefficient measurements. We then apply the inverse Chirp-Z transform (ICZT) to this data, generating a time domain response. The scenario under consideration is that of an airborne radar passing over the surface of the earth. The radar is directed toward the surface and is capable of measuring the reflection coefficient, seen looking toward the earth, as a function of frequency. The frequency domain -data in this work is simulated and is generated from a transmission line model of the problem. Using the ICZT we convert this frequency domain data to the time domain. Once in the time domain, reflections due to discontinuities appear at times indicating their relative distance from the source. The discontinuities occurring beyond the surface of the earth could be indicative of underground structures. The ICZT allows a person to zoom in on the time span of interest by specifying the starting time, the time resolution, and the number of time steps.

  5. Microwave Frequency Transitions Requiring Laser Ablated Uranium Metal Discovered Using Chirp-Pulse Fourier Transform Spectroscopy

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    Long, B. E.; Cooke, S. A.

    2014-06-01

    A rod of depleted uranium metal (mp = 1,132° C) has been ablated with the fundamental operating frequency of a Nd:YAG laser. The resulting ablation plume of uranium was then mixed with argon gas and expanded between the transmit/receive horn antennae of a chirp-pulse Fourier transform microwave spectrometer. The recorded spectra show nine strong transitions which are not present when the laser is not used in the experimental procedure. A series of experiments in which the backing gas conditions were altered provides evidence that the nine observed transitions are carried by the same species. Should the transitions be from one species it is most likely an asymmetric top. The transitions persist even when ultra-pure argon is used as the sole backing gas. The oxide coating of the uranium metal likely provides a source of oxygen and, presently, the ``top" candidate for the unknown molecule is UO_3, which is known to have C_2v symmetry. Double resonance experiments are planned to aid transition assignments. A plausible explanation for an elusive assignment to date is the presence of pseudo-rotation.

  6. Perfluorobutyric acid and its monohydrate: a chirped pulse and cavity based fourier transform microwave spectroscopic study.

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    Thomas, Javix; Serrato, Agapito; Lin, Wei; Jger, Wolfgang; Xu, Yunjie

    2014-05-12

    Rotational spectra of perfluorobutyric acid (PFBA) and its monohydrate were studied with a broadband chirped pulse and a narrow-band cavity based Fourier transform microwave spectrometer, and high-level ab initio calculations. Extensive conformational searches were performed for both the acid and its monohydrate at the MP2/6-311++G(2d,p) level of theory. Two and three conformers were predicted to exist for PFBA and its monohydrate, respectively. One set of rotational transitions was observed and assigned for each, PFBA and its monohydrate. Based on the measured broadband spectra, we confidently conclude that only one dominant conformer exists in each case. The orientation of the hydroxyl group in PFBA was determined by using isotopic analysis. Comparison of the observed transition intensities and the calculated electric dipole moment components allowed us to identify the most stable monohydrate conformation, which takes on an insertion hydrogen-bonding topology. Comparisons to the shorter chain analogues, that is, trifluoroacetic acid, perfluoropropionic acid, and their monohydrates, are made to elucidate the general trend in their conformational preference and binding topologies. PMID:24756992

  7. Chirped Pulse-Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy of Ethyl 3-METHYL-3-PHENYLGLYCIDATE (strawberry Aldehyde)

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    Shipman, Steven T.; Neill, Justin L.; Muckle, Matt T.; Suenram, Richard D.; Pate, Brooks H.

    2009-06-01

    Strawberry aldehyde (C_{12} O_3 H_{14}), a common artificial flavoring compound, has two non-interconvertible conformational families defined by the relative stereochemistry around its epoxide carbons. In one family, referred to as the trans because the two large substituents (a phenyl ring and an ethyl ester) are on opposite sides of the epoxide ring, these two substituents are unable to interact with each other. However, in the cis family, there is a long-range interaction that is difficult to accurately capture in electronic structure calculations. Three trans and two cis conformations have been assigned by broadband chirped pulse Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy, along with the C-13 isotopomers in natural abundance for one conformer from each of the families. The agreement of the rotational constants, relative dipole moments, and relative energies between theory and experiment is excellent, even at relatively crude levels of theory, for the trans family, but is quite poor for the cis conformers. In addition, due to the reactivity of strawberry aldehyde and the high temperature to which it must be heated to yield a suitable vapor pressure, several decomposition products have been assigned, and more, as of yet unassigned, are likely to be present. This project demonstrates some of the challenges in performing large-molecule rotational spectroscopy.

  8. Probing Chemical Dynamics with High Resolution Spectroscopy: Chirped-Pulse Fourier-Transform Microwave Spectroscopy Coupled with a Hyperthermal Source

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    Kidwell, Nathanael M.; Vara, Vanesa Vaquero; Mehta-Hurt, Deepali N.; Korn, Joseph A.; Dian, Brian C.; Zwier, Timothy S.

    2013-06-01

    Chirped-pulse Fourier-transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectroscopy has proven to be a well-suited technique for the rapid study and spectral identification of molecular species due to its ultra-broadband capability and excellent specificity to molecular structure from high-resolution rotational transitions. This talk will describe initial results from combining CP-FTMW detection with a hyperthermal nozzle source. This source has the advantage of producing traditionally high thermal product densities in a pulsed supersonic expansion with a short contact time compared to conventional pyrolysis. Used in tandem, CP-FTMW spectroscopy and the hyperthermal nozzle in a supersonic expansion is a powerful method that can produce and detect changes in conformation and isomer populations, and characterize important intermediates on the reaction surface of a precursor. In particular, we show its utility to provide insight into the unimolecular decomposition pathways of model lignin compounds and alternative biofuels. Preliminary results will be discussed including spectroscopic evidence for formation of cyclopentadienone in the pyrolysis of a lignin derivative guaiacol (o-methoxyphenol).

  9. Stark-shift-chirped rapid-adiabatic-passage technique among three states

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    Rangelov, A. A.; Vitanov, N. V.; Yatsenko, L. P.; Shore, B. W.; Halfmann, T.; Bergmann, K.

    2005-11-15

    We show that the technique of Stark-chirped rapid adiabatic passage (SCRAP), hitherto used for complete population transfer between two quantum states, offers a simple and robust method for complete population transfer amongst three states in atoms and molecules. In this case SCRAP uses three laser pulses: a strong far-off-resonant pulse modifies the transition frequencies by inducing dynamic Stark shifts and thereby creating time-dependent level crossings amongst the three diabatic states, while near-resonant and moderately strong pump and Stokes pulses, appropriately offset in time, drive the population between the initial and final states via adiabatic passage. The population transfer efficiency is robust to variations in the intensities of the lasers, as long as these intensities are sufficiently large to enforce adiabatic evolution. With suitable pulse timings the population in the (possibly decaying) intermediate state can be minimized, as with stimulated Raman adiabatic passage (STIRAP). This technique applies to one-photon as well as multiphoton transitions and it is also applicable to media exhibiting inhomogeneous broadening; these features represent clear advantages over STIRAP by overcoming the inevitable dynamical Stark shifts that accompany multiphoton transitions as well as unwanted detunings, e.g., induced by Doppler shifts.

  10. The Marriage of Spectroscopy and Dynamics: Chirped-Pulse Fourier-Transform Mm-Wave Cp-Ft Spectroscopy in Pulsed Uniform Supersonic Flows

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    Abeysekera, Chamara; Oldham, James M.; Suits, Arthur G.; Park, G. Barratt; Field, Robert W.

    2012-06-01

    A new experimental scheme is presented that combines two powerful emerging technologies: chirped-pulse Fourier-transform mm-Wave spectroscopy and pulsed uniform supersonic flows. It promises a nearly universal detection method that can deliver quantitative isomer, conformer, and vibrational level specific detection, characterization of unstable reaction products and intermediates, and perform unique spectroscopic, kinetics, and dynamics measurements. Chirped-pulse Fourier-transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectroscopy, pioneered by Pate and coworkers, allows rapid acquisition of broadband microwave spectrum through advancements in waveform generation and oscilloscope technology. This revolutionary approach has successfully been adapted to higher frequencies by the Field group at MIT. Our new apparatus will exploit amplified chirped pulses in the range of 26-40 GHz, in combination with a pulsed uniform supersonic flow from a Laval nozzle. This nozzle source, pioneered by Rowe, Sims, and Smith for low temperature kinetics studies, produces thermalized reactants at high densities and low temperatures perfectly suitable for reaction dynamics experiments studied using the CP-mmW approach. This combination of techniques shall enhance the thousand-fold improvement in data acquisition rate achieved in the CP method by a further 2-3 orders of magnitude. A pulsed flow alleviates the challenges of continuous uniform flow, e.g. large gas loads and reactant consumption rates. In contrast to other pulsed Laval systems currently in use, we will use a fast piezo valve and small chambers to achieve the desired pressures while minimizing the gas load, so that a 10 Hz repetition rate can be achieved with one turbomolecular pump. The proposed technique will be suitable for many diverse fields, including fundamental studies in spectroscopy and reaction dynamics, reaction kinetics, combustion, atmospheric chemistry, and astrochemistry. We expect a significant advancement in the ability to detect absolute populations of complex reaction products under near-nascent conditions, providing the powerful method of reaction dynamics with a universal spectroscopic probe capable of capturing the details of complex chemistry for specific product isomers and conformers.

  11. Barley Transformation Using Biolistic Techniques

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    Harwood, Wendy A.; Smedley, Mark A.

    Microprojectile bombardment or biolistic techniques have been widely used for cereal transformation. These methods rely on the acceleration of gold particles, coated with plasmid DNA, into plant cells as a method of directly introducing the DNA. The first report of the generation of fertile, transgenic barley plants used biolistic techniques. However, more recently Agrobacterium-mediated transformation has been adopted as the method of choice for most cereals including barley. Biolistic procedures are still important for some barley transformation applications and also provide transient test systems for the rapid checking of constructs. This chapter describes methods for the transformation of barley using biolistic procedures and also highlights the use of the technology in transient assays.

  12. A chirped-pulse Fourier-transform microwave/pulsed uniform flow spectrometer. I. The low-temperature flow system

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    Oldham, James M.; Abeysekera, Chamara; Joalland, Baptiste; Zack, Lindsay N.; Prozument, Kirill; Sims, Ian R.; Park, G. Barratt; Field, Robert W.; Suits, Arthur G.

    2014-10-01

    We report the development of a new instrument that combines chirped-pulse microwave spectroscopy with a pulsed uniform supersonic flow. This combination promises a nearly universal detection method that can deliver isomer and conformer specific, quantitative detection and spectroscopic characterization of unstable reaction products and intermediates, product vibrational distributions, and molecular excited states. This first paper in a series of two presents a new pulsed-flow design, at the heart of which is a fast, high-throughput pulsed valve driven by a piezoelectric stack actuator. Uniform flows at temperatures as low as 20 K were readily achieved with only modest pumping requirements, as demonstrated by impact pressure measurements and pure rotational spectroscopy. The proposed technique will be suitable for application in diverse fields including fundamental studies in spectroscopy, kinetics, and reaction dynamics.

  13. High range resolution velocity estimation techniques taking into account the frequency chirp in coherent Doppler lidars

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    Gurdev, Ljuan L.; Dreischuh, Tanja N.

    2003-04-01

    Taking into account the sensing-pulse frequency chirp, we have derived generalized algorithms for recovering the non-uniform Doppler-velocity coherent-lidar profiles within the lidar resolution interval conditioned by the pulse length. The laser pulses are assumed to have an exponentially shaped form. The performance and the efficiency of the algorithms obtained are studied and illustrated by computer simulations. It is shown that in the presence of arbitrary, in form and magnitude, but known regular frequency chirp, at some reasonable number of signal realizations and appropriate data processing to suppress the noise effects, the Doppler-velocity profiles can be determined accurately with considerably shorter resolution scale compared with the pulse length.

  14. Study on DFB semiconductor laser array integrated with grating reflector based on reconstruction-equivalent-chirp technique.

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    Zhang, Yunshan; Zheng, Jilin; Zhang, Fangzheng; Shi, Yuechun; Zheng, Junshou; Lu, Jun; Liu, Shengping; Qiu, Bocang; Chen, Xiangfei

    2015-02-01

    A 4-channel distributed feedback (DFB) semiconductor laser array with incorporation of a grating reflector utilizing reconstruction-equivalent-chirp technique is theoretically studied and experimentally demonstrated. By integrating with a grating reflector, 40% increase of slope efficiency, about 10mA decrease of threshold current and 7dB increase of side mode suppression ratio (SMSR) are achieved with a deviation of wavelength spacing being less than 0.07nm. The SMSRs of all the lasers are higher than 60dB. PMID:25836150

  15. A chirped pulse Fourier transform microwave study of the refrigerant alternative 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene

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    Marshall, Mark D.; Leung, Helen O.; Scheetz, Benjamin Q.; Thaler, Jonathan E.; Muenter, John S.

    2011-03-01

    Fourier transform microwave, rotational spectra in the 6-18 GHz band of the low global warming potential, low ozone depletion potential refrigerant alternative, 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene (HFO-1234yf), and in natural abundance, its three singly substituted 13C isotopologues are obtained using a newly constructed chirped pulse spectrometer. Employing anharmonic vibration-rotation interaction alpha constants from ab initio calculations, the rotational constants determined for the ground vibrational state of the molecule are corrected to provide equilibrium values of these constants for all four isotopologues. The equilibrium constants are used for structure determination via both Kraitchman substitution coordinates and least squares fits to equilibrium moments of inertia. Both experiment and theory give a structure in which all but two fluorine atoms in the terminal -CF 3 group are coplanar. A substantial barrier to internal rotation of this group is predicted by ab initio calculation, and no evidence of internal rotation is seen in the spectra. A detailed description of the new spectrometer is given.

  16. Chirped-Pulse Fourier-Transform Microwave/pulsed Uniform Flow Spectrometer: the Low-Temperature Pulsed Uniform Supersonic Flow System

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    Abeysekera, Chamara; Prozument, Kirill; Oldham, James; Joalland, Baptiste; Zack, Lindsay; Park, Barratt; Field, Robert W.; Sims, Ian; Suits, Arthur

    2014-06-01

    Traditional techniques (e.g. REMPI, imaging, etc.) that are used to study reaction dynamics are able to provide a great deal of fundamental information about systems containing atoms and smaller molecules. However, as larger molecules and more complex systems are targeted, it becomes more of a challenge to determine isomer- and vibrational level-specific information and accurate branching ratios. In order to complement existing methods and obtain information about larger systems, a Ka-band (26-40 GHz) chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectrometer has been has been constructed. The system integrates a pulsed uniform supersonic flow (PUSF) source to ensure that experimental conditions, such as temperature and density, are well-known and constant. This PUSF system is based around a high-throughput piezoelectric stack valve, a Laval nozzle, and simple pumping scheme. This system is able to produce cold, uniform flows with densities on the order of 1016 cm-3 that persist for up to 20 cm from the nozzle exit. A description of this system and its characterization will be presented.

  17. Chirped Attosecond Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Yudin, G.L.; Bandrauk, A.D.; Corkum, P.B.

    2006-02-17

    We study analytically the photoionization of a coherent superposition of electronic states and show that chirped pulses can measure attosecond time scale electron dynamics just as effectively as transform-limited attosecond pulses of the same bandwidth. The chirped pulse with a frequency-dependent phase creates the interfering photoelectron amplitudes that measure the electron dynamics. We show that at a given pump-probe time delay the differential asymmetry oscillates as a function of photoelectron energy. Our results suggest that the important parameter for attosecond science is not the pulse duration, but the bandwidth of phased radiation.

  18. Spectral Taxonomy: a Semi-Automated Combination of Chirped-Pulse and Cavity Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy

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    Crabtree, Kyle N.; McCarthy, Michael C.

    2014-06-01

    Chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy (CP-FTMW) has proven to be a powerful tool for broadband spectral surveys in the cm-wave band. In conjunction with a non-specific production source, such as an electrical discharge, new, unexpected molecules can be detected by their rotational spectra provided that they can be disentangled from other species that may be present. As an example, we have recently used a CP-FTMW spectrometer operating in the 8--18 GHz band to detect and identify two new silicon nitrides, HSiNSi and H_3SiNSi, in a discharge of dilute silane and nitrogen, although neither species had been the subject of prior experimental or theoretical study. However, of the ˜100 lines that are observed in this plasma, only ˜20 have been assigned to known species. To further investigate unassigned lines in CP-FTMW spectra, we take advantage of the higher sensitivity of a traditional cavity FTMW spectrometer to rapidly perform follow-up assays in an approach we call "spectral taxonomy." Lines are classified according to whether their intensities are significantly altered by, for instance, turning off the discharge, applying a magnetic field, or removing a precursor gas; lines that show the same behavior for all tests may arise from a common carrier. After taxonometric classification, lines within each group are exhaustively tested with double resonance methods in an attempt to establish linkages which would identify lines arising from a shared quantum state and give clues as to the structure of the carrier. Using newly-designed control software for our cavity spectrometer, this entire procedure can be performed with minimal human intervention.

  19. Chirped-Pulse and Cavity Based Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy of the Methyl Lactate-Ammonia Adduct

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    Thomas, Javix; Sukhorukov, Oleksandr; Jaeger, Wolfgang; Xu, Yunjie

    2012-06-01

    The hydrogen bonded complex of ammonia with methyl lactate, a chiral alpha-hydroxyester, has been studied using rotational spectroscopy and high level ab initio calculations. Previous studies showed that methyl lactate can exist in a number of conformers. However, only the most stable one which has an intramolecular hydrogen bonded ring formed with its alcoholic hydroxyl and its carbonyl oxygen atom was detected experimentally An extensive ab initio search has been performed to locate all possible low energy conformers of the methyl lactate-ammonia contact pair. Five lowest energy conformers have been identified at the MP2/6-311++G(d,p) level. The lowest energy conformer favors an insertion arrangement, where ammonia is inserted into the existing intramolecular hydrogen bonded ring in the most stable methyl lactate conformer. Broadband scans for the rotational spectra of possible binary conformers have been carried out using a chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave (FTMW) instrument. The most stable binary adduct was identified and assigned. The final frequency measurements have been done with a cavity based FTMW instrument. The spectrum observed shows complicated fine and hyperfine splitting patterns, likely due to the internal rotations of the methyl groups of methyl lactate and that of ammonia, as well as the 14N quadrupolar nucleus. The binary adduct with 15NH3 has also been studied to simplify the splitting pattern and to aid the assignments of the extensive splittings. The isotopic data and the fine and hyperfine structures will be discussed in terms of internal rotation dynamics and geometry of the hydrogen bonded adduct.

  20. Dynamic Chirp Control and Pulse Compression for Attosecond High-Order Harmonic Emission

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    Zheng Yinghui; Zeng Zhinan; Zou Pu; Zhang Li; Li Xiaofang; Liu Peng; Li Ruxin; Xu Zhizhan

    2009-07-24

    We propose a scheme to compensate dynamically the intrinsic chirp of the attosecond harmonic pulses. By adding a weak second harmonic laser field to the driving laser field, the chirp compensation can be varied from the negative to the positive continuously by simply adjusting the relative time delay between the two-color pulses. Using this technique, the compensation of the negative chirp in harmonic emission is demonstrated experimentally for the first time and the nearly transform-limited attosecond pulse trains are obtained.

  1. Dynamic chirp control and pulse compression for attosecond high-order harmonic emission.

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    Zheng, Yinghui; Zeng, Zhinan; Zou, Pu; Zhang, Li; Li, Xiaofang; Liu, Peng; Li, Ruxin; Xu, Zhizhan

    2009-07-24

    We propose a scheme to compensate dynamically the intrinsic chirp of the attosecond harmonic pulses. By adding a weak second harmonic laser field to the driving laser field, the chirp compensation can be varied from the negative to the positive continuously by simply adjusting the relative time delay between the two-color pulses. Using this technique, the compensation of the negative chirp in harmonic emission is demonstrated experimentally for the first time and the nearly transform-limited attosecond pulse trains are obtained. PMID:19659355

  2. Ultrabroadband optical chirp linearization for precision metrology applications.

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    Roos, Peter A; Reibel, Randy R; Berg, Trenton; Kaylor, Brant; Barber, Zeb W; Babbitt, Wm Randall

    2009-12-01

    We demonstrate precise linearization of ultrabroadband laser frequency chirps via a fiber-based self-heterodyne technique to enable extremely high-resolution, frequency-modulated cw laser-radar (LADAR) and a wide range of other metrology applications. Our frequency chirps cover bandwidths up to nearly 5 THz with frequency errors as low as 170 kHz, relative to linearity. We show that this performance enables 31-mum transform-limited LADAR range resolution (FWHM) and 86 nm range precisions over a 1.5 m range baseline. Much longer range baselines are possible but are limited by atmospheric turbulence and fiber dispersion. PMID:19953164

  3. Methyl rotors in the gas phase: A study of o- and m-toluidine by chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy

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    Bird, Ryan G.; Pratt, David W.

    2011-04-01

    Microwave spectra of o- and m-toluidine were recorded in a pulsed supersonic jet using chirped pulse techniques. The spectra show both torsional and 14N quadrupole splittings at high resolution. From the torsional splittings, barrier heights were determined of 531 cm -1 and 2.0 cm -1 respectively. Using the quadrupole splittings, orbital occupancy numbers of the amino-nitrogen atoms were calculated. An apparent relationship between these values and the barriers to internal rotation of the methyl groups is discussed.

  4. Barley Transformation Using Agrobacterium-Mediated Techniques

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    Harwood, Wendy A.; Bartlett, Joanne G.; Alves, Silvia C.; Perry, Matthew; Smedley, Mark A.; Leyland, Nicola; Snape, John W.

    Methods for the transformation of barley using Agrobacterium-mediated techniques have been available for the past 10 years. Agrobacterium offers a number of advantages over biolistic-mediated techniques in terms of efficiency and the quality of the transformed plants produced. This chapter describes a simple system for the transformation of barley based on the infection of immature embryos with Agrobacterium tumefaciens followed by the selection of transgenic tissue on media containing the antibiotic hygromycin. The method can lead to the production of large numbers of fertile, independent transgenic lines. It is therefore ideal for studies of gene function in a cereal crop system.

  5. Chirp-modulated visual evoked potential as a generalization of steady state visual evoked potential

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    Tu, Tao; Xin, Yi; Gao, Xiaorong; Gao, Shangkai

    2012-02-01

    Visual evoked potentials (VEPs) are of great concern in cognitive and clinical neuroscience as well as in the recent research field of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). In this study, a chirp-modulated stimulation was employed to serve as a novel type of visual stimulus. Based on our empirical study, the chirp stimuli visual evoked potential (Chirp-VEP) preserved frequency features of the chirp stimulus analogous to the steady state evoked potential (SSVEP), and therefore it can be regarded as a generalization of SSVEP. Specifically, we first investigated the characteristics of the Chirp-VEP in the time-frequency domain and the fractional domain via fractional Fourier transform. We also proposed a group delay technique to derive the apparent latency from Chirp-VEP. Results on EEG data showed that our approach outperformed the traditional SSVEP-based method in efficiency and ease of apparent latency estimation. For the recruited six subjects, the average apparent latencies ranged from 100 to 130 ms. Finally, we implemented a BCI system with six targets to validate the feasibility of Chirp-VEP as a potential candidate in the field of BCIs.

  6. Monitoring the Reaction Products of Perfluoropropionic Acid and Allyl Phenyl Ether Using Chirped-Pulse Fourier Transform Microwave Cp-Ftmw Spectroscopy

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    Frank, Derek S.; Obenchain, Daniel A.; Lin, Wei; Novick, Stewart E.; Cooke, S. A.; Grubbs, G. S., II

    2014-06-01

    The pure rotational spectra of the reaction mixture of perfluoropropionic acid, CF3CF2COOH, and allyl phenyl ether, C6H5OCH2CH=CH2, have been studied by a pulsed nozzle, chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave spectrometer in the frequency range of 8-14 GHz. Transitions corresponding to multiple species, two of which being starting materials allyl phenyl ether and perfluoropropionic acid, have been observed and analyzed. Determination of the reaction products was carried out by matching observed rotational constants with ab initio quantum chemical calculations of predicted products and will be discussed. Rotational constants, centrifugal distortion constants and the assignment of allyl phenyl ether and reaction products spectra will all be discussed.

  7. Multiplexed chirp waveform synthesizer

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    Dudley, Peter A.; Tise, Bert L.

    2003-09-02

    A synthesizer for generating a desired chirp signal has M parallel channels, where M is an integer greater than 1, each channel including a chirp waveform synthesizer generating at an output a portion of a digital representation of the desired chirp signal; and a multiplexer for multiplexing the M outputs to create a digital representation of the desired chirp signal. Preferably, each channel receives input information that is a function of information representing the desired chirp signal.

  8. Optimal chirped probe pulse length for terahertz pulse measurement.

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    Peng, Xiao-Yu; Willi, Oswald; Chen, Min; Pukhov, Alexander

    2008-08-01

    A detailed analysis of the relationship between the duration of the chirped probe pulse and the bipolar terahertz (THz) pulse length in the spectral encoding technique is carried out. We prove that there is an optimal chirped probe pulse length (or an optimal chirp rate of the chirped probe pulse) matched to the input THz pulse length and derive a rigorous relationship between them. We find that only under this restricted condition the THz signal can be correctly retrieved. PMID:18679511

  9. Transformer insulation monitoring by optical sensing techniques

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    Uttamchandani, Deepak G.; Blue, Robert; Farish, O.

    1998-08-01

    High voltage transformers use paper to insulate the electrical windings present in the core which is then subsequently immersed in oil. In service, the temperature of the windings will increase to typically 80 degrees C. If the transformer is loaded to beyond its design ratings, the temperature can exceed 100 degrees C causing the cellulose chains in the paper to cleave at an accelerated rate, resulting in the degradation of mechanical strength and performance of the insulation. If unchecked, this can lead to catastrophic failure of the transformed and accompanying disruption to electricity supply and large economic losses to the operating utility. Furfuraldehyde (FFA) is a chemical by-product which is released into the oil by the thermal degradation of the paper winding. The concentration of FFA within the oil has been directly related to the condition of the paper insulation. We have developed absorbance and fluorescence optical techniques incorporating a novel FFA- sensitive material which we have invested at our laboratories. This material has been incorporated into a prototype portable optoelectronic instrument for the measurement of FFA at the site of the transformer. Results of experiments will be presented, and the implication of these results for condition monitoring of HV transformer will be discussed.

  10. a 480 MHz Chirped-Pulse Fourier-Transform Microwave Spectrometer: Construction and Measurement of the Rotational Spectra of Divinyl Silane and 3,3-DIFLUOROPENTANE

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    Obenchain, Daniel A.; Steber, Amanda L.; Elliott, Ashley A.; Peebles, Rebecca A.; Peebles, Sean A.; Wurrey, Charles J.; Guirgis, Gamil A.

    2010-06-01

    A chirped-pulse Fourier-transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectrometer based on the original Pate design has been constructed to allow analysis of any 480 MHz region in the 7 - 18 GHz range. A 1 ?s chirped-pulse (0 - 240 MHz) from an arbitrary function generator is mixed with output from a microwave synthesizer and used to polarize a supersonic gas expansion; the resulting free induction decay is collected over 20 ?s and Fourier-transformed on a 500 MHz oscilloscope to produce a rotational spectrum. A variety of molecules have now been studied with this instrument and results will be presented for numerous conformers of divinyl silane (predicted ?total = 0.6 - 0.7 D) and the more polar 3,3-difluoropentane (predicted ?total = 2.5 - 2.8 D). Two of the three possible conformers of divinyl silane were assigned (both having a C_1=C_2-Si-C_3 dihedral angle of -120 and a {C_2-Si-C_3=C_4} dihedral of either 0 (C_1 symmetry) or -120 (C_2 symmetry)). For 3,3-difluoropentane, three of the four possible {conformers} were identified: anti-gauche (C_1), gauche-gauche (C_2) and anti-anti (C2v). While rotational spectra for only the silicon isotopologues were observed for divinyl silane, measurement of the 13C spectra of 3,3-difluoropentane allowed heavy atom structure determinations for the anti-gauche and gauche-gauche conformers. Initial assignments of all spectra were made on the CP-FTMW {spectrometer}, and a Balle-Flygare FTMW spectrometer was used to compare frequencies of measured transitions and also to provide Stark effect data. Substitution (r_s) and inertial fit (r_0) structures will be compared with computational data and instrumental details will be presented. G.G. Brown, B.C. Dian, K.O. Douglass, S.M. Geyer, S.T. Shipman, B.H. Pate, Rev. Sci. Instrum., 79, (2008), 053103.

  11. The symmetry in a chirp filter and its application to LPI communication

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    Lam, Larry

    The even phase symmetry property of a chirp filter is discussed. It is known that significant spectral lines are produced at the output when a binary-phase-shift keyed (BPSK) signal is applied to a squaring circuit (SC) or a delay-and-multiply circuit. These spectral lines can be suppressed by using an even phase symmetric filter. One application of a chirp filter is to transform a conventional direct-sequence-spread-spectrum (DS-SS) low probability of intercept (LPI) signal into a form that is more difficult to detect. Computer simulation results are presented to show the effectiveness of the proposed technique.

  12. Towards Solvation of a Chiral Alpha-Hydroxy Ester: Broadband Chirp and Narrow Band Cavity Fouirier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy of Methyl Lactate-Water Clusters

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    Thomas, Javix; Sukhorukov, Oleksandr; Jaeger, Wolfgang; Xu, Yunjie

    2013-06-01

    Methyl lactate (ML), a chiral alpha-hydroxy ester, has attracted much attention as a prototype system in studies of chirality transfer,[1] solvation effects on chiroptical signatures,[2] and chirality recognition.[3] It has multiple functional groups which can serve both as a hydrogen donor and acceptor. By applying rotational spectroscopy and high level ab initio calculations, we examine the delicate competition between inter- and intramolecular hydrogen-bonding in the ML-water clusters. Broadband rotational spectra obtained with a chirp Fourier transform microwave (FTMW) spectrometer, reveal that the insertion conformations are the most favourable ones in the binary and ternary solvated complexes. In the insertion conformations, the water molecule(s) inserts itself (themselves) into the existing intramolecular hydrogen-bonded ring formed between the alcoholic hydroxyl group and the oxygen of the carbonyl group of ML. The final frequency measurements have been carried out using a cavity based FTMW instrument where internal rotation splittings due to the ester methyl group have also been detected. A number of insertion conformers with subtle structural differences for both the binary and ternary complexes have been identified theoretically. The interconversion dynamics of these conformers and the identification of the most favorable conformers will be discussed. 1. C. Merten, Y. Xu, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 2073 -2076. 2. M. Losada, Y. Xu, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2007, 9, 3127-3135; Y. Liu, G. Yang, M. Losada, Y. Xu, J. Chem. Phys., 2010, 132, 234513/1-11. 3. A. Zehnacker, M. Suhm, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 6970 - 6992.

  13. Transionospheric chirp event classifier

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    Argo, P.E.; Fitzgerald, T.J.; Freeman, M.J.

    1995-09-01

    In this paper we will discuss a project designed to provide computer recognition of the transionospheric chirps/pulses measured by the Blackbeard (BB) satellite, and expected to be measured by the upcoming FORTE satellite. The Blackbeard data has been perused by human means -- this has been satisfactory for the relatively small amount of data taken by Blackbeard. But with the advent of the FORTE system, which by some accounts might ``see`` thousands of events per day, it is important to provide a software/hardware method of accurately analyzing the data. In fact, we are providing an onboard DSP system for FORTE, which will test the usefulness of our Event Classifier techniques in situ. At present we are constrained to work with data from the Blackbeard satellite, and will discuss the progress made to date.

  14. An improved processing sequence for uncorrelated Chirp sonar data

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    Baradello, Luca

    2014-12-01

    Chirp sonar systems can be used to obtain high resolution seismic reflection images of the sub-seafloor during marine surveys. The exact knowledge of the Chirp signature allows the use of deterministic algorithms to process the data, similarly to that applied to Vibroseis data on land. Here, it is described an innovative processing sequence to be applied to uncorrelated Chirp data, which can improve vertical and lateral resolution compared to conventional methods. It includes application of a Wiener filter to transform a frequency-modulated sweep into a minimum-phase pulse sequence. In this way, the data become causal and can undergo predictive deconvolution to reduce ringing and enhance vertical resolution. Afterwards, FX-deconvolution and Stolt migration can be applied to obtain an improved imaging of the subsurface. The result of this procedure is a seismic reflection image with higher resolution than traditional ones, which are normally represented using the envelope function of the signal. This technique can be particularly useful for engineering-geotechnical surveys and archaeological investigations that require a fine detail imaging of the uppermost meters of the sub-seafloor.

  15. Multiwavelet-transform-based image compression techniques

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    Rao, Sathyanarayana S.; Yoon, Sung H.; Shenoy, Deepak

    1996-10-01

    Multiwavelet transforms are a new class of wavelet transforms that use more than one prototype scaling function and wavelet in the multiresolution analysis/synthesis. The popular Geronimo-Hardin-Massopust multiwavelet basis functions have properties of compact support, orthogonality, and symmetry which cannot be obtained simultaneously in scalar wavelets. The performance of multiwavelets in still image compression is studied using vector quantization of multiwavelet subbands with a multiresolution codebook. The coding gain of multiwavelets is compared with that of other well-known wavelet families using performance measures such as unified coding gain. Implementation aspects of multiwavelet transforms such as pre-filtering/post-filtering and symmetric extension are also considered in the context of image compression.

  16. Intrinsic chirp of single-cycle pulses

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    Lin Qiang; Zheng Jian; Dai Jianming; Ho, I-Chen; Zhang, X.-C.

    2010-04-15

    The Fourier transform-limited electromagnetic pulse has been regarded to be free of chirps for a long time. This is no longer true if the pulse duration goes down to or less than one optical cycle. We report the experimental observation of intrinsic chirps in such pulses with the sub-single-cycle terahertz (THz) waveforms obtained with a standard THz time-domain spectroscopy system. The results confirm the break down of the carrier-envelope (CE) expression for single-cycle optical pulses, and may influence the experimental measurements and theoretical modeling with single-cycle pulses.

  17. An eigenvalue transformation technique for predicting drug-target interaction.

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    Kuang, Qifan; Xu, Xin; Li, Rong; Dong, Yongcheng; Li, Yan; Huang, Ziyan; Li, Yizhou; Li, Menglong

    2015-01-01

    The prediction of drug-target interactions is a key step in the drug discovery process, which serves to identify new drugs or novel targets for existing drugs. However, experimental methods for predicting drug-target interactions are expensive and time-consuming. Therefore, the in silico prediction of drug-target interactions has recently attracted increasing attention. In this study, we propose an eigenvalue transformation technique and apply this technique to two representative algorithms, the Regularized Least Squares classifier (RLS) and the semi-supervised link prediction classifier (SLP), that have been used to predict drug-target interaction. The results of computational experiments with these techniques show that algorithms including eigenvalue transformation achieved better performance on drug-target interaction prediction than did the original algorithms. These findings show that eigenvalue transformation is an efficient technique for improving the performance of methods for predicting drug-target interactions. We further show that, in theory, eigenvalue transformation can be viewed as a feature transformation on the kernel matrix. Accordingly, although we only apply this technique to two algorithms in the current study, eigenvalue transformation also has the potential to be applied to other algorithms based on kernels. PMID:26350590

  18. An eigenvalue transformation technique for predicting drug-target interaction

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    Kuang, Qifan; Xu, Xin; Li, Rong; Dong, Yongcheng; Li, Yan; Huang, Ziyan; Li, Yizhou; Li, Menglong

    2015-01-01

    The prediction of drug-target interactions is a key step in the drug discovery process, which serves to identify new drugs or novel targets for existing drugs. However, experimental methods for predicting drug-target interactions are expensive and time-consuming. Therefore, the in silico prediction of drug-target interactions has recently attracted increasing attention. In this study, we propose an eigenvalue transformation technique and apply this technique to two representative algorithms, the Regularized Least Squares classifier (RLS) and the semi-supervised link prediction classifier (SLP), that have been used to predict drug-target interaction. The results of computational experiments with these techniques show that algorithms including eigenvalue transformation achieved better performance on drug-target interaction prediction than did the original algorithms. These findings show that eigenvalue transformation is an efficient technique for improving the performance of methods for predicting drug-target interactions. We further show that, in theory, eigenvalue transformation can be viewed as a feature transformation on the kernel matrix. Accordingly, although we only apply this technique to two algorithms in the current study, eigenvalue transformation also has the potential to be applied to other algorithms based on kernels. PMID:26350590

  19. Chirped Pulse Microwave Spectroscopy in Pulsed Uniform Supersonic Flows

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    Abeysekera, Chamara; Oldham, James; Prozument, Kirill; Joalland, Baptiste; Park, Barratt; Field, Robert W.; Sims, Ian; Suits, Arthur; Zack, Lindsay

    2014-06-01

    We present preliminary results describing the development of a new instrument that combines two powerful techniques: Chirped Pulse-Fourier Transform MicroWave (CP-FTMW) spectroscopy and pulsed uniform supersonic flows. It promises a nearly universal detection method that can deliver quantitative isomer, conformer, and vibrational level specific detection, characterization of unstable reaction products and intermediates and perform unique spectroscopic, kinetics and dynamics measurements. We have constructed a new high-power K_a-band, 26-40 GHz, chirped pulse spectrometer with sub-MHz resolution, analogous to the revolutionary CP-FTMW spectroscopic technique developed in the Pate group at University of Virginia. In order to study smaller molecules, the E-band, 60-90 GHz, CP capability was added to our spectrometer. A novel strategy for generating uniform supersonic flow through a Laval nozzle is introduced. High throughput pulsed piezo-valve is used to produce cold (30 K) uniform flow with large volumes of 150 cm^3 and densities of 1014 molecules/cm3 with modest pumping facilities. The uniform flow conditions for a variety of noble gases extend as far as 20 cm from the Laval nozzle and a single compound turbo-molecular pump maintains the operating pressure. Two competing design considerations are critical to the performance of the system: a low temperature flow is needed to maximize the population difference between rotational levels, and high gas number densities are needed to ensure rapid cooling to achieve the uniform flow conditions. At the same time, collision times shorter than the chirp duration will give inaccurate intensities and reduced signal levels due to collisional dephasing of free induction decay. Details of the instrument and future directions and challenges will be discussed.

  20. Real-Time Optical Hough Transform and Morphological Inspection Techniques.

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    Richards, Jeffrey Scott

    A real-time optical Hough transform inspection processor is described and applied to the industrial case study of the inspection of cigarette packages. The inspections are performed in real-time using a color Epson liquid crystal television as the input spatial light modulator. A new selective, real-time edge-enhancement technique is used to enhance edges only at the selected orientations which will Hough transform to peaks (this maximizes the signal to noise ratio in the Hough transform output). Several slices of the Hough transform are generated in parallel with a new computer generated hologram utilizing 1D modulated error diffusion. We benchmark our Hough transform processor with the inspection of 100 sample cigarette packages. Correct classification of all the packages (with defects that we intended to inspect for) was attained. We also discuss the confidence with which we can apply our laboratory sample set results to the industrial installation of our inspection processor. Extensions of the Hough transform are also described which generalize the Hough space to recognize shapes other than straight lines (e.g. circles, ellipses). We propose a new high speed acousto-optic architecture to implement these generalized Hough transforms. We also describe how the exact position of input lines can be extracted from Hough transform peak data. Typically, only the contour on which an input line resides is extracted from Hough data. Digital simulations illustrating both generalized Hough transformations and determination of input line position from Hough data are presented. Basic morphological transformations and their real-time optical implementation are discussed. We describe how morphological transformations are useful in inspection and show digital simulations and optical results of an inspection application (string detection in chopped tobacco) where morphological transformations are used.

  1. Image watermarking technique based on the steerable pyramid transform

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    Drira, Fadoua; Denis, Florence; Baskurt, Atilla M.

    2004-11-01

    The application of the steerable pyramid transform in image watermarking has many useful properties. In this paper, we will try to address some properties of steerable pyramid transform that are relevant for use in image watermarking; these properties include: (1) invariance properties; (2) multiresolution aspect; (3) capture of multi-scale and multiresolution structures in the image. All the above mentioned properties make this steerable pyramid transform appropriate for the design of a robust watermarking scheme. This paper proposes an image watermarking scheme based on steerable pyramid transform to embed invisible and robust watermark. We can summarize the basic principles of our method as follow: a host image is first transformed by the steerable pyramid transform. The different features are then extracted by thresolding the different subbands. The watermark sequence is inserted into disjoint blocks centered on the extracted feature points. The original host image is needed in watermark detection mainly for extracting the featured coefficients necessary for robust detection and determining the value of one bit of the watermark spread into a block. It has been confirmed by experiments and comparisons with many existing non-blind techniques that the watermark information embedded by the proposed technique is robust to JPEG compression, additive noise, and median filtering.

  2. Tunable-chirp pulse compression in quasi-phase-matched second-harmonic generation.

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    Schober, A M; Imeshev, G; Fejer, M M

    2002-07-01

    We demonstrate continuously tunable compensation of linear chirp on a first-harmonic pump pulse to produce a near-transform-limited second-harmonic output pulse through the use of a chirped, fanned, periodically poled lithium niobate quasi-phase-matching grating. Compensation of positive and negative chirps is possible through reversal of device orientation. The device is simple and monolithic and can be applied to compensation of a higher-order phase with minor modification. PMID:18026383

  3. SAR image enhancement technique based on morphological wavelet transformation

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    Yan, Jingwen; Lu, Gang; Lu, Hanqing

    2001-09-01

    In this paper, a morphological wavelet principle and a SAR image enhancement technique are introduced, and the image enhancement technique performance based on morphological wavelet transformation is proceeded using SAR image data. In wavelet transformation domain, an image enhancement method of 2D Butterworth filter constructed is applied, good enhancement effects are obtained, and an extraction edge and texture study of applying prewitt operator is taken. Because of morphological wavelet transformation good performance, a high efficiency in image enhancement and texture obtaining is gotten. The research results show that the SAR data with Speckle and Pepper and Salt noise is enhanced very well by nonlinear enhancement processing in morphological wavelet domain, and the ocean target characteristics is clearer, such as ship, ship tail and interalwave.

  4. Chirp and polarization control of femtosecond molecular fragmentation

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    Goswami, T; Das, D K; Kumar, S K Karthick; Goswami, D

    2013-01-01

    We explore the simultaneous effect of chirp and polarization as the two control parameters for non-resonant photo-dissociation of n-propyl benzene. Experiments performed over a wide range of laser intensities show that these two control knobs behave mutually exclusively. Specifically, for the coherently enhanced fragments (C3H3+, C5H5+) with negatively chirped pulses and C6H5+ with positively chirped pulses, polarization effect is the same as compared to that in the case of transform-limited pulses. Though a change in polarization affects the overall fragmentation efficiency, the fragmentation pattern of n-propyl benzene molecule remains unaffected in contrast to the chirp case. PMID:24115807

  5. Evolution of chirped laser pulses in a magnetized plasma channel

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    Jha, Pallavi; Hemlata,; Mishra, Rohit Kumar

    2014-12-15

    The propagation of intense, short, sinusoidal laser pulses in a magnetized plasma channel has been studied. The wave equation governing the evolution of the radiation field is set up and a variational technique is used to obtain the equations describing the evolution of the laser spot size, pulse length and chirp parameter. Numerical methods are used to analyze the simultaneous evolution of these parameters. The effect of the external magnetic field on initially chirped as well as unchirped laser pulses on the spot size, pulse length and chirping has been analyzed.

  6. Propagation of chirped laser pulses in a plasma channel

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    Jha, Pallavi; Malviya, Amita; Upadhyay, Ajay K.

    2009-06-15

    Propagation of an initially chirped, Gaussian laser pulse in a preformed parabolic plasma channel is analyzed. A variational technique is used to obtain equations describing the evolution of the phase shift and laser spot size. The effect of initial chirp on the laser pulse length and intensity of a matched laser beam propagating in a plasma channel has been analyzed. The effective pulse length and chirp parameter of the laser pulse due to its interaction with plasma have been obtained and graphically depicted. The resultant variation in laser frequency across the laser pulse is discussed.

  7. Control of Ultracold Collisions with Frequency-Chirped Light

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    Wright, M.J.; Gould, P.L.; Gensemer, S.D.; Vala, J.; Kosloff, R.

    2005-08-05

    We report on ultracold atomic collision experiments utilizing frequency-chirped laser light. A rapid chirp below the atomic resonance results in adiabatic excitation to an attractive molecular potential over a wide range of internuclear separation. This leads to a transient inelastic collision rate which is large compared to that obtained with fixed-frequency excitation. The combination of high efficiency and temporal control demonstrates the benefit of applying the techniques of coherent control to the ultracold domain.

  8. Chirped-pulse four-wave Raman mixing in molecular hydrogen

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    Shitamichi, Osamu; Kida, Yuichiro; Imasaka, Totaro

    2014-07-01

    Four-wave Raman mixing (FWRM) in molecular hydrogen was studied using chirped pump and Stokes pulses emitting at 802 and 1,203 nm, respectively. The group delay dispersion (GDD) of the anti-Stokes pulse was examined employing a frequency-resolved optical gating system at different GDDs of the pump and Stokes pulses (0 or 1,000 fs2). As a result, the energy and the sign of GDD for the anti-Stokes pulse remained unchanged, when the pump and Stokes pulses had the GDD with the same sign. When the sign was not the same, the energy decreased and only the portion useful for resonant FWRM was converted into a Raman emission. This technique has a potential for use in compensation of dispersion by passing the negatively chirped high-order Raman sidebands through the optics with positive chirps in the spectral region from the deep-ultraviolet to the near-infrared, to generate multiple transform-limited Raman pulses and then to produce an ultrashort optical pulse by a Fourier synthesis of these Raman emissions.

  9. 5 Hz, >250 mJ Optical Parametric Chirped-Pulse Amplifier at 1053 nm

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    Bagnoud, V.; Begishev, I.A.; Guardalben, M.J.; Puth, J.; Zuegel, J.D.

    2005-07-15

    A 250 mJ, 5 Hz repetition rate optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier with near-Fourier-transform-limited, 430 fs pulses and a beam that can be focused to near the diffraction limit is demonstrated.

  10. Chirped Pulse Adiabatic Passage in CARS for Imaging of Biological Structure and Dynamics

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    Malinovskaya, Svetlana A.

    2007-12-26

    We propose the adiabatic passage control scheme implementing chirped femtosecond laser pulses to maximize coherence in a predetermined molecular vibrational mode using two-photon Raman transitions. We investigate vibrational energy relaxation and collisional dephasing as factors of coherence loss, and demonstrate the possibility for preventing decoherence by the chirped pulse train. The proposed method may be used to advance noninvasive biological imaging techniques.

  11. An analysis of spectral transformation techniques on graphs

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    Djurović, Igor; Sejdić, Ervin; Bulatović, Nikola; Simeunović, Marko

    2015-05-01

    Emerging methods for the spectral analysis of graphs are analyzed in this paper, as graphs are currently used to study interactions in many fields from neuroscience to social networks. There are two main approaches related to the spectral transformation of graphs. The first approach is based on the Laplacian matrix. The graph Fourier transform is defined as an expansion of a graph signal in terms of eigenfunctions of the graph Laplacian. The calculated eigenvalues carry the notion of frequency of graph signals. The second approach is based on the graph weighted adjacency matrix, as it expands the graph signal into a basis of eigenvectors of the adjacency matrix instead of the graph Laplacian. Here, the notion of frequency is then obtained from the eigenvalues of the adjacency matrix or its Jordan decomposition. In this paper, advantages and drawbacks of both approaches are examined. Potential challenges and improvements to graph spectral processing methods are considered as well as the generalization of graph processing techniques in the spectral domain. Its generalization to the time-frequency domain and other potential extensions of classical signal processing concepts to graph datasets are also considered. Lastly, it is given an overview of the compressive sensing on graphs concepts.

  12. Control of laser induced molecular fragmentation of n-propyl benzene using chirped femtosecond laser pulses

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    Goswami, Tapas; Karthick Kumar, S.K.; Dutta, Aveek; Goswami, Debabrata

    2009-01-01

    We present the effect of chirping a femtosecond laser pulse on the fragmentation of n-propyl benzene. An enhancement of an order of magnitude for the relative yields of C3H3+ and C5H5+ in the case of negatively chirped pulses and C6H5+ in the case of positively chirped pulses with respect to the transform-limited pulse indicates that in some fragmentation channel, coherence of the laser field plays an important role. For the relative yield of all other heavier fragment ions, resulting from the interaction of the intense laser field with the molecule, there is no such enhancement effect with the sign of chirp, within experimental errors. The importance of the laser phase is further reinforced through a direct comparison of the fragmentation results with the second harmonic of the chirped laser pulse with identical bandwidth. PMID:19696899

  13. Control of laser induced molecular fragmentation of n-propyl benzene using chirped femtosecond laser pulses

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    Goswami, Tapas; Karthick Kumar, S. K.; Dutta, Aveek; Goswami, Debabrata

    2009-06-01

    We present the effect of chirping a femtosecond laser pulse on the fragmentation of n-propyl benzene. An enhancement of an order of magnitude for the relative yields of C3H 3 + and C5H 5 + in the case of negatively chirped pulses and C6H 5 + in the case of positively chirped pulses with respect to the transform-limited pulse indicates that in some fragmentation channel, coherence of the laser field plays an important role. For the relative yield of all other heavier fragment ions, resulting from the interaction of the intense laser field with the molecule, there is no such enhancement effect with the sign of chirp, within experimental errors. The importance of the laser phase is further reinforced through a direct comparison of the fragmentation results with the second harmonic of the chirped laser pulse with identical bandwidth.

  14. SAR vibrometry using fractional Fourier transform processing

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    Wang, Qi; Hayat, Majeed M.; Santhanam, Balu; Atwood, Tom

    2009-05-01

    A novel signal-processing approach is reported for vibrometry in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging systems. The approach exploits the conventional deramp process; however, in place of Fourier-transform processing we utilize the fractional Fourier transform (FRFT) as a processing tool. The FRFT is geared toward non-stationary signals and chirped sinusoids particularly. A simplified mathematical expression is developed to describe the reflectivity of the aimed patch of ground containing vibrating targets as a function of space and time. Under the approximation that the velocities of vibrating point targets are constant during each probing chirped pulse, it is shown that the returned echo after the deramp process is a superposition of sinusoids that are chirped according to the Doppler effects induced by the vibrating point targets. By applying the multiangle centered discrete fractional Fourier transform (MA-CDFRFT) to the demodulated echoes, the instantaneous velocities of the vibrating point targets are estimated from the two coordinates of each peak in the MA-CDFRFT's frequency-angle plane. By repeating this process where a sequence of successive pulses are used to interrogate the vibrating targets, the velocities of the targets are estimated in each pulse, thereby generating a piecewise-linear estimate of the history of the vibration velocity in time. Theoretical performance evaluation of the proposed technique is carried out using real SAR-system parameters and simulated vibrating targets. The interplay amongst minimum detectable velocity, maximum detectable vibration frequency, pulse duration and chirp rate is determined analytically.

  15. Design and evaluation of a pulsed-jet chirped-pulse millimeter-wave spectrometer for the 70-102 GHz region.

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    Park, G Barratt; Steeves, Adam H; Kuyanov-Prozument, Kirill; Neill, Justin L; Field, Robert W

    2011-07-14

    Chirped-pulse millimeter-wave (CPmmW) spectroscopy is the first broadband (multi-GHz in each shot) Fourier-transform technique for high-resolution survey spectroscopy in the millimeter-wave region. The design is based on chirped-pulse Fourier-transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectroscopy [G. G. Brown, B. C. Dian, K. O. Douglass, S. M. Geyer, S. T. Shipman, and B. H. Pate, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 79, 053103 (2008)], which is described for frequencies up to 20 GHz. We have built an instrument that covers the 70-102 GHz frequency region and can acquire up to 12 GHz of spectrum in a single shot. Challenges to using chirped-pulse Fourier-transform spectroscopy in the millimeter-wave region include lower achievable sample polarization, shorter Doppler dephasing times, and problems with signal phase stability. However, these challenges have been partially overcome and preliminary tests indicate a significant advantage over existing millimeter-wave spectrometers in the time required to record survey spectra. Further improvement to the sensitivity is expected as more powerful broadband millimeter-wave amplifiers become affordable. The ability to acquire broadband Fourier-transform millimeter-wave spectra enables rapid measurement of survey spectra at sufficiently high resolution to measure diagnostically important electronic properties such as electric and magnetic dipole moments and hyperfine coupling constants. It should also yield accurate relative line strengths across a broadband region. Several example spectra are presented to demonstrate initial applications of the spectrometer. PMID:21766933

  16. Chirp Scaling Algorithms for SAR Processing

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    Jin, M.; Cheng, T.; Chen, M.

    1993-01-01

    The chirp scaling SAR processing algorithm is both accurate and efficient. Successful implementation requires proper selection of the interval of output samples, which is a function of the chirp interval, signal sampling rate, and signal bandwidth. Analysis indicates that for both airborne and spaceborne SAR applications in the slant range domain a linear chirp scaling is sufficient. To perform nonlinear interpolation process such as to output ground range SAR images, one can use a nonlinear chirp scaling interpolator presented in this paper.

  17. Direct infrared femtosecond laser inscription of chirped fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Antipov, Sergei; Ams, Martin; Williams, Robert J; Magi, Eric; Withford, Michael J; Fuerbach, Alexander

    2016-01-11

    We compare and contrast novel techniques for the fabrication of chirped broadband fiber Bragg gratings by ultrafast laser inscription. These methods enable the inscription of gratings with flexible period profiles and thus tailored reflection and dispersion characteristics in non-photosensitive optical fibers. Up to 19.5 cm long chirped gratings with a spectral bandwidth of up to 30 nm were fabricated and the grating dispersion was characterized. A maximum group delay of almost 2 ns was obtained for linearly chirped gratings with either normal or anomalous group velocity dispersion, demonstrating the potential for using these gratings for dispersion compensation. Coupling to cladding modes was reduced by careful design of the inscribed modification features. PMID:26832235

  18. The performance of methods based on the fractional Fourier transform for detecting marine mammal vocalizations.

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    Locke, Jonathan; White, Paul R

    2011-10-01

    The analysis of cetacean vocalizations is considered using Fourier-based techniques that employ chirp functions in their decomposition. In particular, the paper considers a short-time methods based on the fractional Fourier transform for detecting frequency modulated narrow-band signals, such as dolphin whistles, and compares this to the classical short-time Fourier methods. The fractional Fourier technique explored computes transforms associated with a range of chirp rates and automatically selects the rate for the final analysis. This avoids the need for prior knowledge of signal's chirp rate. An analysis is presented that details the performance of both methods as signal detectors and allows one to determine their detection thresholds. These thresholds are then used to measure the detectability of synthetic signals. This principle is then extended to measure performance on a set of recordings of narrow-band vocalizations from a range of cetacean species. PMID:21973352

  19. Improved technique for one-way transformation of information

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    Cooper, J.A.

    1987-05-11

    Method and apparatus are provided for one-way transformation of data according to multiplication and/or exponentiation modulo a prime number. An implementation of the invention permits the one way residue transformation, useful in encryption and similar applications, to be implemented by n-bit computers substantially with no increase in difficulty or complexity over a natural transformation thereby, using a modulus which is a power of two. 9 figs.

  20. CCD correlation techniques

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    Hewes, C. R.; Bosshart, P. W.; Eversole, W. L.; Dewit, M.; Buss, D. D.

    1976-01-01

    Two CCD techniques were discussed for performing an N-point sampled data correlation between an input signal and an electronically programmable reference function. The design and experimental performance of an implementation of the direct time correlator utilizing two analog CCDs and MOS multipliers on a single IC were evaluated. The performance of a CCD implementation of the chirp z transform was described, and the design of a new CCD integrated circuit for performing correlation by multiplication in the frequency domain was presented. This chip provides a discrete Fourier transform (DFT) or inverse DFT, multipliers, and complete support circuitry for the CCD CZT. The two correlation techniques are compared.

  1. Experimental demonstration of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification in optical fiber.

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    Caucheteur, Christophe; Bigourd, Damien; Hugonnot, Emmanuel; Szriftgiser, Pascal; Kudlinski, Alexandre; Gonzalez-Herraez, Miguel; Mussot, Arnaud

    2010-06-01

    We experimentally demonstrate optical parametric chirped pulse amplification for the first time (to our knowledge) in a completely integrated all-fiber optical system. A single chirped fiber Bragg grating, achieving both the stretching and compression stages, is combined with a cw-pumped fiber optical parametric amplifier. As a proof of principle, we demonstrate the amplification of picosecond Fourier-transform-limited pulses at 1550nm. PMID:20517416

  2. High-order-harmonic generation driven by pulses with angular spatial chirp

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    Hernández-García, Carlos; Jaron-Becker, Agnieszka; Hickstein, Daniel D.; Becker, Andreas; Durfee, Charles G.

    2016-02-01

    We present and analyze a technique to drive high-order harmonics by laser pulses with an angular spatial chirp. Results of our numerical simulations show that each harmonic is emitted with an angular chirp which scales inversely with the harmonic order and leads to additional control of the spatial and temporal resolution of the spectrum. In particular, the use of angular chirp leads to separation of the harmonics in two dimensions where (i) high spectral resolution can be achieved and (ii) the temporal periodicity of the harmonic pulse trains can be controlled. We show that this technique does not require carrier-envelope-phase stabilization when using few-cycle laser pulses.

  3. A Study of Mexican Free-Tailed Bat Chirp Syllables: Bayesian Functional Mixed Models for Nonstationary Acoustic Time Series

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    MARTINEZ, Josue G.; BOHN, Kirsten M.; CARROLL, Raymond J.

    2013-01-01

    We describe a new approach to analyze chirp syllables of free-tailed bats from two regions of Texas in which they are predominant: Austin and College Station. Our goal is to characterize any systematic regional differences in the mating chirps and assess whether individual bats have signature chirps. The data are analyzed by modeling spectrograms of the chirps as responses in a Bayesian functional mixed model. Given the variable chirp lengths, we compute the spectrograms on a relative time scale interpretable as the relative chirp position, using a variable window overlap based on chirp length. We use 2D wavelet transforms to capture correlation within the spectrogram in our modeling and obtain adaptive regularization of the estimates and inference for the regions-specific spectrograms. Our model includes random effect spectrograms at the bat level to account for correlation among chirps from the same bat, and to assess relative variability in chirp spectrograms within and between bats. The modeling of spectrograms using functional mixed models is a general approach for the analysis of replicated nonstationary time series, such as our acoustical signals, to relate aspects of the signals to various predictors, while accounting for between-signal structure. This can be done on raw spectrograms when all signals are of the same length, and can be done using spectrograms defined on a relative time scale for signals of variable length in settings where the idea of defining correspondence across signals based on relative position is sensible. PMID:23997376

  4. Blind data hiding technique using the Fresnelet transform.

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    Muhammad, Nazeer; Bibi, Nargis; Mahmood, Zahid; Kim, Dai-Gyoung

    2015-01-01

    A new blind data hiding scheme is proposed in which data is decomposed using the Fresnelet transform. The inverse Fresnelet transform is performed on decomposed subbands by choosing different key parameters, and the coded pattern of the information data is obtained. This coded pattern is embedded into particular subbands of the cover image using the wavelets. The proposed method has good imperceptibility and large capacity of the information embedded data. Using the Fresnelet transform with a family of wavelet transforms makes the scheme more efficient in terms of extracted accuracy of hidden information. Moreover, the hidden data can be recovered without access to the original cover data. The proposed method is used to resolve privacy and security issues raised with respect to emerging internet applications for the effective handling of confidential data. PMID:26753119

  5. Embedded wavelet packet transform technique for texture compression

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    Li, Jin; Cheng, Po-Yuen; Kuo, C.-C. Jay

    1995-09-01

    A highly efficient texture compression scheme is proposed in this research. With this scheme, energy compaction of texture images is first achieved by the wavelet packet transform, and an embedding approach is then adopted for the coding of the wavelet packet transform coefficients. By comparing the proposed algorithm with the JPEG standard, FBI wavelet/scalar quantization standard and the EZW scheme with extensive experimental results, we observe a significant improvement in the rate-distortion performance and visual quality.

  6. A deblocking technique for block-transform compressed image using wavelet transform modulus maxima.

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    Hsung, T C; Pak-Kong Lun, D; Siu, W C

    1998-01-01

    In this work, we introduce a deblocking algorithm for Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) decoded images using the wavelet transform modulus maxima (WTMM) representation. Under the WTMM representation, we can characterize the blocking effect of a JPEG decoded image as: 1) small modulus maxima at block boundaries oversmooth regions; 2) noise or irregular structures near strong edges; and 3) corrupted edges across block boundaries. The WTMM representation not only provides characterization of the blocking effect, but also enables simple and local operations to reduce the adverse effect due to this problem. The proposed algorithm first performs a segmentation on a JPEG decoded image to identify the texture regions by noting that their WTMM have small variation in regularity. We do not process the modulus maxima of these regions, to avoid the image texture being "oversmoothed"by the algorithm. Then, the singularities in the remaining regions of the blocky image and the small modulus maxima at block boundaries are removed. We link up the corrupted edges, and regularize the phase of modulus maxima as well as the magnitude of strong edges. Finally,the image is reconstructed using the projection onto convex set (POCS)technique on the processed WTMM of that JPEG decoded image.This simple algorithm improves the quality of a JPEG decoded image inthe senses of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) as well as visual quality. We also compare the performance of our algorithm to the previous approaches,such as CLS and POCS methods. The most remarkable advantage of the WTMM deblocking algorithm is that we can directly process the edges and texture of an image using its WTMM representation. PMID:18276215

  7. Chirped pulse amplification: Present and future

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    Maine, P.; Strickland, D.; Pessot, M.; Squier, J.; Bado, P.; Mourou, G.; Harter, D.

    1988-01-01

    Short pulses with ultrahigh peak powers have been generated in Nd: glass and Alexandrite using the Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) technique. This technique has been successful in producing picosecond terawatt pulses with a table-top laser system. In the near future, CPA will be applied to large laser systems such as NOVA to produce petawatt pulses (1 kJ in a 1 ps pulse) with focused intensities exceeding 10/sup /plus/21/ W/cm/sup 2/. These pulses will be associated with electric fields in excess of 100 e/a/sub o//sup 2/ and blackbody energy densities equivalent to 3 /times/ 10/sup 10/ J/cm/sup 3/. This petawatt source will have important applications in x-ray laser research and will lead to fundamentally new experiments in atomic, nuclear, solid-state, plasma, and high-energy density physics. A review of present and future designs are discussed. 17 refs., 5 figs.

  8. Effective temporal resolution in pump-probe spectroscopy with strongly chirped pulses

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    Polli, D.; Lanzani, G.; Brida, D.; Cerullo, G.; Mukamel, S.

    2010-11-15

    This paper introduces a general theoretical description of femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy with chirped pulses whose joint spectral and temporal profile is expressed by Wigner spectrograms. We demonstrate that the actual experimental time resolution intimately depends on the pulse-sample interaction and that the commonly used instrumental response function needs to be replaced by a sample-dependent effective response function. We also show that, using the proper configurations in excitation and/or detection, it is possible to overcome the temporal smearing of the measured dynamics due to chirp-induced pulse broadening and recover the temporal resolution that would be afforded by the transform-limited pulses. We verify these predictions with experiments using broadband chirped pump and probe pulses. Our results allow optimization of the temporal resolution in the common case when the chirp of the pump and/or probe pulse is not corrected and may be extended to a broad range of time-resolved experiments.

  9. Hybrid chirped pulse amplification system

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    Barty, Christopher P.; Jovanovic, Igor

    2005-03-29

    A hybrid chirped pulse amplification system wherein a short-pulse oscillator generates an oscillator pulse. The oscillator pulse is stretched to produce a stretched oscillator seed pulse. A pump laser generates a pump laser pulse. The stretched oscillator seed pulse and the pump laser pulse are directed into an optical parametric amplifier producing an optical parametric amplifier output amplified signal pulse and an optical parametric amplifier output unconverted pump pulse. The optical parametric amplifier output amplified signal pulse and the optical parametric amplifier output laser pulse are directed into a laser amplifier producing a laser amplifier output pulse. The laser amplifier output pulse is compressed to produce a recompressed hybrid chirped pulse amplification pulse.

  10. SAR impulse response with residual chirps.

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    Doerry, Armin Walter

    2009-06-01

    A Linear Frequency-Modulated (LFM) chirp is a function with unit amplitude and quadratic phase characteristic. In a focused Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) image, a residual chirp is undesired for targets of interest, as it coarsens the manifested resolution. However, for undesired spurious signals, a residual chirp is often advantageous because it spreads the energy and thereby diminishes its peak value. In either case, a good understanding of the effects of a residual LFM chirp on a SAR Impulse Response (IPR) is required to facilitate system analysis and design. This report presents an analysis of the effects of a residual chirp on the IPR. As reference, there is a rich body of publications on various aspects of LFM chirps. A quick search reveals a plethora of articles, going back to the early 1950s. We mention here purely as trivia one of the earlier analysis papers on this waveform by Klauder, et al.

  11. Chirped pulse amplification of 300 fs pulses in an Alexandrite regenerative amplifier

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    Pessot, M.; Squier, J.; Bado, P.; Mourou, G. ); Harter, D.J. )

    1989-01-01

    The authors demonstrate the amplification of femtosecond dye laser pulses up to the 3.5 mJ level in an alexandrite regenerative amplifier. An expansion/compression system using diffraction gratings allows chirped pulse amplification techniques to be used to produce peak powers upwards of 1 GW. Limitations in the chirped pulse amplification of ultrashort pulses due to intracavity dispersive elements are discussed.

  12. Comparing Parameter Estimation Techniques for an Electrical Power Transformer Oil Temperature Prediction Model

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    Morris, A. Terry

    1999-01-01

    This paper examines various sources of error in MIT's improved top oil temperature rise over ambient temperature model and estimation process. The sources of error are the current parameter estimation technique, quantization noise, and post-processing of the transformer data. Results from this paper will show that an output error parameter estimation technique should be selected to replace the current least squares estimation technique. The output error technique obtained accurate predictions of transformer behavior, revealed the best error covariance, obtained consistent parameter estimates, and provided for valid and sensible parameters. This paper will also show that the output error technique should be used to minimize errors attributed to post-processing (decimation) of the transformer data. Models used in this paper are validated using data from a large transformer in service.

  13. Transforming Student Health Services through Purpose-Driven Assessment Techniques

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    Knoll, Dorothy; Meiers, Chris; Honeck, Sara

    2006-01-01

    The University of Kansas Medical Center did a comprehensive review of the services provided in the Student Health Center (SHC). Using purpose-driven assessment techniques, areas needing improvement were identified. The results of the survey were presented to students and, with student support, student health fees were increased to fund desired…

  14. Transforming Student Health Services through Purpose-Driven Assessment Techniques

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    Knoll, Dorothy; Meiers, Chris; Honeck, Sara

    2006-01-01

    The University of Kansas Medical Center did a comprehensive review of the services provided in the Student Health Center (SHC). Using purpose-driven assessment techniques, areas needing improvement were identified. The results of the survey were presented to students and, with student support, student health fees were increased to fund desired

  15. Superconducting current transformer for testing Nb3Sn cable splicing technique

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    Nicolai Andreev et al.

    2002-09-10

    To provide a quick feedback on different approaches to superconducting cable splicing design and assembly techniques, a superconducting current transformer that can deliver more than 20 kA for testing splice samples has been designed and fabricated. The existing infrastructure of the Short Sample Test Facility at Fermilab, including its cryostat, power supply, and data acquisition system, was used for housing and operating the transformer. This report presents the design features of the transformer and the main results of cable splice tests.

  16. Time Resolved Optical Nonlinearities Using Long Chirped Pulses

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    Sutherland, R. L.; Tang, N.; Fleitz, P. A.; McLean, D. G.

    1997-03-01

    We have developed a novel technique for resolving optical nonlinearities with response time much shorter than the interrogating laser pulse. The method employs a simple two- wave mixing geometry in a time-delayed pump-probe scheme using chirped pulses. Although the pulse width is long compared to the material response time, the pulse chirp magnifies the time scale of the material response and allows measurement of very fast mechanisms. The transmission of the probe pulse as a function of delay time exhibits a Lorentzian dispersion-like curve. The time difference between the peak and valley yields the time response of the medium, while the peak-to-valley swing gives the refractive nonlinearity, and the deviation of the mean transmission from unity gives the two-photon absorption coefficient. We illustrate our technique by measuring nonlinearities in molten diphenyl butadiene referenced to carbon disulfide.

  17. Spectral property of ultrashort chirped pulsed Gaussian beams diffracted by Gaussian aperture in dispersive media

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    Zou, Qihui; Hu, Qianhuan; Guo, Jie; Duan, Xi; Tong, Shihong

    2015-10-01

    Based on the Fresnel-Kirchhoff diffraction integral and Fourier transform, the propagation equation and its Fourier spectrum for ultra-short chirped pulsed Gaussian beams diffracted by Gaussian aperture are derived in dispersive medium, and the frequency-domain analytical electric field are presented. The effects of relative aperture, transmission distance and chirp parameter on the axial spectral properties are illustrated with numerical calculation results, and the variations of off-axis power spectrum with relative aperture, transmission distance and off-axis radius are given. It is found that the axial power spectrum of ultra-short chirped pulsed Gaussian increases with increasing relative aperture, the axial spectral blue-shift increases and approaches an asymptotic value associated with chirp parameter and propagation distance. The axial spectra of ultra-short chirped pulsed Gaussian become broadened with increasing the absolute value of the chirp parameter. With increasing off-axis radius, the off-axis power spectrum reduce rapidly, and the distribution of spectra shifts to the left. The off-axis spectral redshift increases with increasing off-axis radius.

  18. Detection and frequency tracking of chirping signals

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    Elliott, G.R.; Stearns, S.D.

    1990-08-01

    This paper discusses several methods to detect the presence of and track the frequency of a chirping signal in broadband noise. The dynamic behavior of each of the methods is described and tracking error bounds are investigated in terms of the chirp rate. Frequency tracking and behavior in the presence of varying levels of noise are illustrated in examples. 11 refs., 29 figs.

  19. Redox transformations in peroxidases studied by pulse radiolysis technique

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    G?bicka, L.; G?bicki, J. L.

    By means of pulse radiolysis technique, redox processes in two heme enzymes, horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and lactoperoxidase (LPO) have been studied. It has been found that both hydrated electron and hydroxyl radical reduce HRP and LPO to their ferrous forms. The formation of compound III (an oxyform of the heme enzyme) in a two-step reaction of LPO and HRP with superoxide anion has been proposed.

  20. Coherent chirped pulse laser network with Mickelson phase conjugator.

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    Okulov, A Yu

    2014-04-10

    The mechanisms of nonlinear phase-locking of a large fiber amplifier array are analyzed. The preference is given to the most suitable configuration for a coherent coupling of thousands of fundamental spatial mode fiber beams into a single smooth beam ready for chirped pulse compression. It is shown that a Michelson phase-conjugating configuration with double passage through an array of fiber amplifiers has the definite advantage compared to a one-way fiber array coupled in a Mach-Zehnder configuration. Regardless of the amount of synchronized fiber amplifiers, the Michelson phase-conjugating interferometer is expected to do a perfect compensation of the phase-piston errors and collimation of backwardly amplified fiber beams on an entrance/output beam splitter. In both configurations, the nonlinear transformation of the stretched pulse envelope, due to gain saturation, is capable of randomizing the position of chirp inside an envelope; thus it may reduce the visibility of the interference pattern at an output beam splitter. Certain advantages are inherent to the sech-form temporal envelope because of the exponential precursor and self-similar propagation in gain medium. The Gaussian envelope is significantly compressed in a deep gain saturation regime, and the frequency chirp position inside pulse envelope is more deformed. PMID:24787398

  1. Short-range harmonic radar: chirp waveform, electronic targets

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    Mazzaro, Gregory J.; Gallagher, Kyle A.; Martone, Anthony F.; Sherbondy, Kelly D.; Narayanan, Ram M.

    2015-05-01

    Radio-frequency (RF) electronic targets, such as man-portable electronics, cannot be detected by traditional linear radar because the radar cross section of those targets is much smaller than that of nearby clutter. One technology that is capable of separating RF electronic targets from naturally-occurring clutter is nonlinear radar. Presented in this paper is the evolution of nonlinear radar at the United States Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and recent results of short-range over-the-air harmonic radar tests there. For the present implementation of ARL's nonlinear radar, the transmit waveform is a chirp which sweeps one frequency at constant amplitude over an ultra-wide bandwidth (UWB). The receiver captures a single harmonic of this entire chirp. From the UWB received harmonic, a nonlinear frequency response of the radar environment is constructed. An inverse Fourier Transform of this nonlinear frequency response reveals the range to the nonlinear target within the environment. The chirped harmonic radar concept is validated experimentally using a wideband horn antenna and commercial off-the-shelf electronic targets.

  2. Incipient fault diagnosis of power transformers using optical spectro-photometric technique

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    Hussain, K.; Karmakar, Subrata

    2015-06-01

    Power transformers are the vital equipment in the network of power generation, transmission and distribution. Mineral oil in oil-filled transformers plays very important role as far as electrical insulation for the winding and cooling of the transformer is concerned. As transformers are always under the influence of electrical and thermal stresses, incipient faults like partial discharge, sparking and arcing take place. As a result, mineral oil deteriorates there by premature failure of the transformer occurs causing huge losses in terms of revenue and assets. Therefore, the transformer health condition has to be monitored continuously. The Dissolved Gas Analysis (DGA) is being extensively used for this purpose, but it has some drawbacks like it needs carrier gas, regular instrument calibration, etc. To overcome these drawbacks, Ultraviolet (UV) -Visible and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectro-photometric techniques are used as diagnostic tools for investigating the degraded transformer oil affected by electrical, mechanical and thermal stresses. The technique has several advantages over the conventional DGA technique.

  3. Chirp optical coherence tomography of layered scattering media

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    Haberland, Udo; Blazek, Vladimir; Schmitt, Hans J.

    1998-07-01

    A new noninvasive technique that reveals cross sectional images of scattering media is presented. It is based on a continuous wave frequency modulated radar, but uses a tunable laser in the near infrared. As the full width at half maximum resolution of 16 micrometers is demonstrated with an external cavity laser, the chirp optical coherence tomography becomes an alternative to conventional short coherence tomography with the advantage of a simplified optical setup. The analysis of two-layer solid phantoms shows that the backscattered light gets stronger with decreasing anisotropic factor and increasing scattering coefficient, as predicted by Monte Carlo simulations. By introducing a two-phase chirp sequence, the combination of lateral resolved perfusion and depth resolved structure is shown.

  4. Chirped femtosecond pulse scattering by spherical particles

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    Kim, Dal-Woo; Xiao, Gang-Yao; Lee, Tong-Nyong

    1996-05-01

    Generalized Lorentz-Mie formulas are used to study the scattering characteristics when a chirped femtosecond pulse illuminates a spherical particle. For a linear chirped Gaussian pulse with the envelope function g( tau ) = exp[- pi (1 + ib) tau 2], dimensionless parameter b is defined as a chirp. The calculation illustrated that even for pulses with a constant carrier wavelength ( lambda 0 = 0.5 mu m) and pulse-filling coefficient (l0 = 1.98), the efficiencies for extinction and scattering differ very much between the carrier wave and the different chirped pulses. The slowly varying background of the extinction and the scattering curves is damped by the chirp. When the pulse is deeply chirped, the maxima and minima of the background curves reduce to the point where they disappear, and the efficiency curves illustrate a steplike dependence on the sphere size. Another feature is that the only on the amount of chirp (|b|), regardless of upchirp (b greater than 0) or downchirp (b less than 0).

  5. Transformer Incipient Fault Prediction Using Combined Artificial Neural Network and Various Particle Swarm Optimisation Techniques.

    PubMed

    Illias, Hazlee Azil; Chai, Xin Rui; Abu Bakar, Ab Halim; Mokhlis, Hazlie

    2015-01-01

    It is important to predict the incipient fault in transformer oil accurately so that the maintenance of transformer oil can be performed correctly, reducing the cost of maintenance and minimise the error. Dissolved gas analysis (DGA) has been widely used to predict the incipient fault in power transformers. However, sometimes the existing DGA methods yield inaccurate prediction of the incipient fault in transformer oil because each method is only suitable for certain conditions. Many previous works have reported on the use of intelligence methods to predict the transformer faults. However, it is believed that the accuracy of the previously proposed methods can still be improved. Since artificial neural network (ANN) and particle swarm optimisation (PSO) techniques have never been used in the previously reported work, this work proposes a combination of ANN and various PSO techniques to predict the transformer incipient fault. The advantages of PSO are simplicity and easy implementation. The effectiveness of various PSO techniques in combination with ANN is validated by comparison with the results from the actual fault diagnosis, an existing diagnosis method and ANN alone. Comparison of the results from the proposed methods with the previously reported work was also performed to show the improvement of the proposed methods. It was found that the proposed ANN-Evolutionary PSO method yields the highest percentage of correct identification for transformer fault type than the existing diagnosis method and previously reported works. PMID:26103634

  6. Transformer Incipient Fault Prediction Using Combined Artificial Neural Network and Various Particle Swarm Optimisation Techniques

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    It is important to predict the incipient fault in transformer oil accurately so that the maintenance of transformer oil can be performed correctly, reducing the cost of maintenance and minimise the error. Dissolved gas analysis (DGA) has been widely used to predict the incipient fault in power transformers. However, sometimes the existing DGA methods yield inaccurate prediction of the incipient fault in transformer oil because each method is only suitable for certain conditions. Many previous works have reported on the use of intelligence methods to predict the transformer faults. However, it is believed that the accuracy of the previously proposed methods can still be improved. Since artificial neural network (ANN) and particle swarm optimisation (PSO) techniques have never been used in the previously reported work, this work proposes a combination of ANN and various PSO techniques to predict the transformer incipient fault. The advantages of PSO are simplicity and easy implementation. The effectiveness of various PSO techniques in combination with ANN is validated by comparison with the results from the actual fault diagnosis, an existing diagnosis method and ANN alone. Comparison of the results from the proposed methods with the previously reported work was also performed to show the improvement of the proposed methods. It was found that the proposed ANN-Evolutionary PSO method yields the highest percentage of correct identification for transformer fault type than the existing diagnosis method and previously reported works. PMID:26103634

  7. Contrast agent response to chirp reversal: simulations, optical observations, and acoustical verification.

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    Novell, Anthony; van der Meer, Sander; Versluis, Michel; de Jong, Nico; Bouakaz, Ayache

    2009-06-01

    Active response of a microbubble is characterized by its resonance behavior where the microbubble might oscillate after the excitation waveform has been turned off. We investigate in this paper an excitation approach based on this resonance phenomenon using chirps. The technique, called chirp reversal, consists in transmitting a first excitation signal, the up-sweep chirp (UPF) of increasing frequency with time, and a second excitation signal, the down-sweep (DNF) that is a replica of the first signal, but time reversed with a sweep of decreasing frequency with time. Simulations using a modified Rayleigh-Plesset equation were carried out to determine bubble response to chirp reversal. In addition, optical observations and acoustical measurements were carried out to corroborate the theoretical findings. Results of simulations show differences between bubbles' oscillations in response to up-sweep and down-sweep chirps mainly for transmitted center frequencies above the bubble's resonance frequency. Bubbles that are at resonance or far away from resonance engender identical responses. From the optical data, the larger bubbles showed different dynamics when up-sweep or down-sweep chirps were transmitted. Smaller bubbles (< 2 microm diameter) appear to be less sensitive to frequency sweep at 1.7 MHz center frequency. However, driven at a higher center frequency, smaller bubbles tend to be more sensitive. These results were confirmed through the acoustical measurements. We concluded that simulations and experimental data show that significant differences might be observed between bubbles' responses to UPF and DNF chirps. We demonstrate in this study that, for an optimal use of chirp reversal, the transmit frequency should be higher than the resonance frequency of the contrast microbubbles. PMID:19574127

  8. [The applications for Fourier transform infrared spectrum analysis technique in preventive medicine field].

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    Yang, Jiao-lan; Luo, Tian

    2002-08-01

    This paper expatriated the applications for Fourier transform infrared spectrum analysis technique in preventive medicine field from four aspects of environmental pollution, life science, and the latest infrared analysis methods and near infrared analysis technique. In the environmental pollution field, it mainly described the advantages, the limitations and the solutions of the combined applications for gas chromatograph and Fourier transform infrared spectrum. In the life science field, it described the application for Fourier transform infrared spectrum analysis technique on protein secondary structure, membrane protein, phospholipid, nucleic acid, cell, tissue. In addition, it also introduced a few latest infrared analysis methods and the applications for near infrared spectrum analysis technique in food, cosmetic, drug. PMID:12938378

  9. Transionospheric signal detection with chirped wavelets

    SciTech Connect

    Doser, A.B.; Dunham, M.E.

    1997-11-01

    Chirped wavelets are utilized to detect dispersed signals in the joint time scale domain. Specifically, pulses that become dispersed by transmission through the ionosphere and are received by satellites as nonlinear chirps are investigated. Since the dispersion greatly lowers the signal to noise ratios, it is difficult to isolate the signals in the time domain. Satellite data are examined with discrete wavelet expansions. Detection is accomplished via a template matching threshold scheme. Quantitative experimental results demonstrate that the chirped wavelet detection scheme is successful in detecting the transionospheric pulses at very low signal to noise ratios.

  10. Chirped-Pulse Microwave Spectroscopy in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum

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    Gaster, Sydney A.; Hall, Taylor M.; Arnold, Sean; Brown, Gordon G.

    2015-06-01

    The use of chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectroscopy as a tool for training undergraduates will be discussed. Coker College's inexpensive, versatile CP-FTMW spectrometer has been applied both in the undergraduate teaching laboratory and the undergraduate research laboratory. In both cases, the education of the students is a central priority of the project. The study of 3-iodopyridine, a project recently completed by Coker undergraduate students, will be discussed. Details of the Coker CP-FTMW spectrometer will also be presented.

  11. Organic acid derivatization techniques applied to petroleum hydrocarbon transformations in subsurface environments

    SciTech Connect

    Barcelona, M.J.; Lu, J.; Tomczak, D.M.

    1995-07-01

    Evidence for the natural microbial remediation of subsurface fuel contamination situations should include identification and analysis of transformation or degradation products. In this way, a mass balance between fuel constituents and end products may be approached to monitor cleanup progress. Application of advanced organic acid metabolite derivatization techniques to several know sites of organic compounds and fuel mixture contamination provide valuable information on the pathways and progress of microbial transformation. Good correlation between observed metabolites and transformation pathways of aromatic fuel constituents were observed at the sites.

  12. Fully programmable spectrum sliced chirped microwave photonic filter.

    PubMed

    Leitner, Peter; Yi, Xiaoke; Li, Liwei; Huang, Thomas X H

    2015-02-23

    A novel chirped microwave photonic filter (MPF) capable of achieving a large radio frequency (RF) group delay slope and a single passband response free from high frequency fading is presented. The design is based upon a Fourier domain optical processor (FD-OP) and a single sideband modulator. The FD-OP is utilized to generate both constant time delay to tune the filter and first order dispersion to induce the RF chirp, enabling full software control of the MPF without the need for manual adjustment. An optimized optical parameter region based on a large optical bandwidth >750 GHz and low slicing dispersion < 1 ps/nm is introduced, with this technique greatly improving the RF properties including the group delay slope magnitude and passband noise. Experimental results confirm that the structure simultaneously achieves a large in-band RF chirp of -4.2 ns/GHz, centre frequency invariant tuning and independent reconfiguration of the RF amplitude and phase response. Finally, a stochastic study of the device passband noise performance under tuning and reconfiguration is presented, indicating a low passband noise <-120 dB/Hz. PMID:25836442

  13. Photodissociation of Methyl Isothiocyanate Studied Using Chirped Pulse Uniform Flow Spectroscopy

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    Ariyasingha, Nuwandi M.; Zack, Lindsay N.; Abeysekera, Chamara; Joalland, Baptiste; Suits, Arthur

    2015-06-01

    Chirped-Pulse Fourier-transform microwave spectroscopy has been applied in a uniform supersonic flow (Chirped-pulse/Uniform flow, CPUF) to study the 193 nm photodissociation of methyl isothiocyanate (MITC). Several products (CH3NC, NCS, H2CS, HCN and HNC) were identified via their pure rotational spectra. Observation of CH3NC and NCS are consistent with previous studies of this system, however it is the first detection of H2CS and HCN/HNC. Branching ratios were obtained from these data and will be discussed.

  14. Ultrashort-attosecond-pulse generation by reducing harmonic chirp with a spatially inhomogeneous electric field

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    Wang, Jun; Chen, Gao; Li, Su-Yu; Ding, Da-Jun; Chen, Ji-Gen; Guo, Fu-Ming; Yang, Yu-Jun

    2015-09-01

    We theoretically study high-order harmonic generation from an inhomogeneous field originated by the interaction between an ultrashort laser pulse and a gold nanostructure and demonstrate that ultrashort isolated attosecond pulses can be generated by reducing the harmonic chirp with the spatially inhomogeneous electric field. It can be found that the instants of ionized electrons coming back to the core are highly concentrated in the case of the spatially inhomogeneous electric field and a broadband supercontinuum harmonic spectrum with less chirp can be produced. Then an isolated 127-as pulse close to the Fourier transform limit can be directly generated without phase compensation.

  15. Optical chirped beam amplification and propagation

    DOEpatents

    Barty, Christopher P.

    2004-10-12

    A short pulse laser system uses dispersive optics in a chirped-beam amplification architecture to produce high peak power pulses and high peak intensities without the potential for intensity dependent damage to downstream optical components after amplification.

  16. Stable genetic transformation of a beneficial arthropod, Metaseiulus occidentalis (Acari: Phytoseiidae), by a microinjection technique.

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    Presnail, J K; Hoy, M A

    1992-01-01

    A microinjection technique has resulted in stable transformation of the western predatory mite Metaseiulus occidentalis. Early preblastoderm eggs within gravid females were microinjected. The needle was inserted through the cuticle of gravid females into the egg, or the tissue immediately surrounding the egg. This maternal injection method resulted in relatively high levels of survival and transformation. Transformation was achieved without the aid of any transposase-producing helper plasmid. The predatory mite was transformed with a plasmid containing the Escherichia coli beta-galactosidase gene (lacZ) regulated by the Drosophila hsp70 heat-shock promoter. Putatively transformed lines were isolated based on beta-galactosidase activity in first-generation larvae. Transformation was confirmed in the sixth generation by polymerase chain reaction amplification of a region spanning the Drosophila/E. coli sequences. Amplification of a nested region, also spanning the interspecific boundary, provided further evidence for stable transformation. Maternal microinjection may be adaptable to other beneficial arthropods, particularly other phytoseiid mites. Genetic transformation of M. occidentalis may improve its efficiency as a biological control agent as well as provide a method for investigating details of its physiology and ecology. Images PMID:1502192

  17. Coherence enhancement of a chirped DFB laser for frequency-modulated continuous-wave reflectometry using a composite feedback loop.

    PubMed

    Qin, Jie; Zhou, Qian; Xie, Weilin; Xu, Yan; Yu, Shengguo; Liu, Zhangweiyi; Tong, Yi tian; Dong, Yi; Hu, Weisheng

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate efficient coherence enhancement of a chirped distributed feedback (DFB) laser for frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) reflectometry. Both sweep nonlinearity and broadband stochastic frequency noises during the laser chirp are efficiently suppressed by a composite feedback loop. The residual frequency error relative to a perfect linear chirp is shown to be about 89 kHz for a laser chirp of 50 GHz in 100 ms, compared with 44 MHz with the loop open. The broadband frequency noise suppression of the frequency-swept laser greatly improves its coherence, leading to a higher signal-to-noise ratio and a significantly extended measurement range in FMCW reflectometry ranging. We demonstrate a 2 mm transform-limited spatial resolution at a range window of 50 m and a 17.5 cm spatial resolution at an extended measurement range of 750 m, which is about 15 times the intrinsic laser round-trip coherence length. PMID:26421566

  18. Chirped-pulse manipulated carrier dynamics in low-temperature molecular-beam-epitaxy grown GaAs

    SciTech Connect

    Lee, Chao-Kuei; Lin, Yuan-Yao; Lin, Sung-Hui; Lin, Gong-Ru; Pan, Ci-Ling

    2014-04-28

    Chirped pulse controlled carrier dynamics in low-temperature molecular-beam-epitaxy grown GaAs are investigated by degenerate pump-probe technique. Varying the chirped condition of excited pulse from negative to positive increases the carrier relaxation time so as to modify the dispersion and reshape current pulse in time domain. The spectral dependence of carrier dynamics is analytically derived and explained by Shockley-Read Hall model. This observation enables the new feasibility of controlling carrier dynamics in ultrafast optical devices via the chirped pulse excitations.

  19. Characteristics of nonlinear imaging of broadband laser stacked by chirped pulses

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    Wang, Youwen; You, Kaiming; Chen, Liezun; Lu, Shizhuan; Dai, Zhiping; Ling, Xiaohui

    2014-11-01

    Nanosecond-level pulses of specific shape is usually generated by stacking chirped pulses for high-power inertial confinement fusion driver, in which nonlinear imaging of scatterers may damage precious optical elements. We present a numerical study of the characteristics of nonlinear imaging of scatterers in broadband laser stacked by chirped pulses to disclose the dependence of location and intensity of images on the parameters of the stacked pulse. It is shown that, for sub-nanosecond long sub-pulses with chirp or transform-limited sub-pulses, the time-mean intensity and location of images through normally dispersive and anomalously dispersive self-focusing medium slab are almost identical; While for picosecond-level short sub-pulses with chirp, the time-mean intensity of images for weak normal dispersion is slightly higher than that for weak anomalous dispersion through a thin nonlinear slab; the result is opposite to that for strong dispersion in a thick nonlinear slab; Furthermore, for given time delay between neighboring sub-pulses, the time-mean intensity of images varies periodically with chirp of the sub-pulse increasing; for a given pulse width of sub-pulse, the time-mean intensity of images decreases with the time delay between neighboring sub-pulses increasing; additionally, there is a little difference in the time-mean intensity of images of the laser stacked by different numbers of sub-pulses. Finally, the obtained results are also given physical explanations.

  20. High-Fidelity Adiabatic Passage by Composite Sequences of Chirped Pulses

    SciTech Connect

    Torosov, Boyan T.; Guerin, Stephane; Vitanov, Nikolay V.

    2011-06-10

    We present a method for optimization of the technique of adiabatic passage between two quantum states by composite sequences of frequency-chirped pulses with specific relative phases: composite adiabatic passage (CAP). By choosing the composite phases appropriately the nonadiabatic losses can be canceled to any desired order with sufficiently long sequences, regardless of the nonadiabatic coupling. The values of the composite phases are universal for they do not depend on the pulse shapes and the chirp. The accuracy of the CAP technique and its robustness against parameter variations make CAP suitable for high-fidelity quantum information processing.

  1. Interplay of the chirps and chirped pulse compression in a high-gain seeded free-electron laser

    SciTech Connect

    Wu Juhao; Murphy, James B.; Emma, Paul J.; Wang Xijie; Watanabe, Takahiro; Zhong Xinming

    2007-03-15

    In a seeded high-gain free-electron laser (FEL), where a coherent laser pulse interacts with an ultrarelativistic electron beam, the seed laser pulse can be frequency chirped, and the electron beam can be energy chirped. Besides these two chirps, the FEL interaction introduces an intrinsic frequency chirp in the FEL even if the above-mentioned two chirps are absent. We examine the interplay of these three chirps. The problem is formulated as an initial value problem and solved via a Green function approach. Besides the chirp evolution, we also give analytical expressions for the pulse duration and bandwidth of the FEL, which remains fully longitudinally coherent in the high-gain exponential growth regime. Because the chirps are normally introduced for a final compression of the FEL pulse, some conceptual issues are discussed. We show that to get a short pulse duration, an energy chirp in the electron beam is important.

  2. Interplay of the Chirps and Chirped Pulse Compression in a High-gain Seeded Free-electron Laser

    SciTech Connect

    Wu, Juhao; Murphy, J.B.; Emma, P.J.; Wang, X.J.; Watanabe, T.; Zhong, Xinming; /Beijing Normal U.

    2007-01-03

    In a seeded high-gain Free-electron Laser (FEL), where a coherent laser pulse interacts with an ultra-relativistic electron beam, the seed laser pulse can be frequency chirped, and the electron beam can be energy chirped. Besides these two chirps, the FEL interaction introduces an intrinsic frequency chirp in the FEL even if the above mentioned two chirps are absent. In this paper we examine the interplay of these three chirps. The problem is formulated as an initial value problem, and solved via a Green function approach. Besides the chirp evolution, we also give analytical expressions for the pulse duration and bandwidth of the FEL, which remains fully longitudinally coherent in the high gain exponential growth regime. Because the chirps are normally introduced for a final compression of the FEL pulse, some conceptual issues are discussed. We show that in order to get a short pulse duration, an energy chirp in the electron beam is necessary.

  3. Multiple color images encryption by triplets recombination combining the phase retrieval technique and Arnold transform

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    Shi, Xiaoyan; Zhao, Daomu; Huang, Yinbo; Pan, Jianjiang

    2013-10-01

    We propose a new method for multiple color images encryption by using triplets recombination. In this proposed technique, triplet (R, G and B) components of the secret color image are recorded simultaneously as a real and positive gray image exploiting parallel multi-wavelength recording technology. Arnold transform and phase retrieval algorithm adapted to Fresnel transform domain are used to encode the parallel hybrid result. By using of the proposed technique, each color image is encrypted into a pure phase distribution and combined by superposition. Phase modulation is introduced to eliminate the cross-talk caused by multiple images superposition. The wavelength and transform parameters are provided as keys to enhance the system security. In addition, computer simulations are performed and numerical results are presented to show the validity and efficiency of the proposed method.

  4. Diagnostic techniques and apparatus for detecting faults in perfluorocarbon liquid immersed transformers

    SciTech Connect

    Mizuno, K.; Ogawa, A.; Ooe, E.; Mori, E.

    1996-04-01

    This paper deals with techniques and an apparatus designed to diagnosis transformer faults by detecting C{sub 2}F{sub 4}, C{sub 2}F{sub 6} and C{sub 3}F{sub 6} gases contained in perfluorocarbon (PFC) liquid. The authors first established fault diagnostic techniques that employ gas patterns, gas composition ratios and fault diagnostic diagram and flow chart, based on the C{sub 2}F{sub 4}, C{sub 2}F{sub 6} and C{sub 3}F{sub 6} gases generated by overheating, partial discharges and arc discharges. Then, the authors verified the possibility of diagnosing internal faults in PFC liquid-immersed transformers when internal fault simulation tests on transformer model are conducted. The C{sub 2}F{sub 4} and C{sub 3}F{sub 6} gases generated there are detected with the gas diagnostic apparatus equipped with a gas sensor.

  5. Interaction of free charged particles with a chirped electromagnetic pulse

    SciTech Connect

    Khachatryan, A.G.; Goor, F.A. van; Boller, K.-J.

    2004-12-01

    We study the effect of chirp on electromagnetic (EM) pulse interaction with a charged particle. Both the one-dimensional (1D) and 3D cases are considered. It is found that, in contrast to the case of a nonchirped pulse, the charged particle energy can be changed after the interaction with a 1D EM chirped pulse. Different types of chirp and pulse envelopes are considered. In the case of small chirp, an analytical expression is found for arbitrary temporal profiles of the chirp and the pulse envelope. In the 3D case, the interaction with a chirped pulse results in a polarization-dependent scattering of charged particles.

  6. Computer-Assisted Techniques to Enhance Transformative Learning in First-Year Literature Courses.

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    Jamieson, Marguerite; Kajs, Rebecca; Agee, Anne

    1996-01-01

    Illustrates techniques to foster transformative learning in computer-assisted literature classes: (1) a lesson plan on John Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning"; (2) a plan to analyze "Oedipus Rex" using the "Daedalus" Interactive Writing Environment; and (3) a demonstration of how students engage in "meta-reflection" as they explore

  7. Computer-Assisted Techniques to Enhance Transformative Learning in First-Year Literature Courses.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Jamieson, Marguerite; Kajs, Rebecca; Agee, Anne

    1996-01-01

    Illustrates techniques to foster transformative learning in computer-assisted literature classes: (1) a lesson plan on John Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning"; (2) a plan to analyze "Oedipus Rex" using the "Daedalus" Interactive Writing Environment; and (3) a demonstration of how students engage in "meta-reflection" as they explore…

  8. Development of broad spectrum technologies for high energy chirped pulse amplification

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    Hays, Gregory Ross

    We have developed several broad-spectrum technologies for high-intensity chirped pulse amplification. We present the design and performance of two 20 TW laser systems. THOR is a Ti:sapphire, 10 Hz, ultra-fast laser that produces femtosecond pulses with a peak intensity of 18.4 TW. The laser operates near the bandwidth limit of the medium maintaining sufficient spectrum to produce 38 fs pulses. This equates to a near transform limited time-bandwidth product of 0.490. The second laser system was developed to study broad-spectrum pulse amplification in mixed Neodymium-doped laser glasses. Our efforts were to produce a multi-Joule laser with sufficient bandwidth to compress near 100 fs using mixed-glasses in the final amplifier. We present the GHOST laser with modeling and experimental analysis of the precise gain ratios between the mixed glasses. GHOST examines the bandwidth limit of the mixed-glass architecture in order to produce the broadest amplified spectrum with the shortest compressed pulsewidth. The laser has a total gain of 4x109 with a net gain of 260 from glass. The measured optimum gain ratio of 3.3 (G phos/Gsil) produced 14.4 nm (FWHM) of bandwidth with a 103 fs pulsewidth. This constitutes a time-bandwidth product of 0.398. Additionally we have investigated two novel laser glasses in an effort to generate high energy (>1 kJ), broad spectrum pulses from a chirped-pulse amplification Nd:glass laser. Both glasses have significantly broader spectra (>38 nm FWHM) than currently available Nd:phosphate and Nd:silicate glasses. We present calculations for small signal pulse amplification to simulate spectral gain narrowing. The technique of spectral shaping using mixed-glass architecture with an optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification front-end is evaluated. Our modeling shows amplified pulses with energies exceeding 10 kJ with sufficient bandwidth to achieve 120 fs pulse widths are achievable with the use of the new laser glasses. With further development of current technologies, a laser system could be scaled to generate one exawatt in peak power. Finally we report controlled enhancement of optical third harmonic generation from hydrodynamically expanding clusters of noble gas atoms several hundred femtoseconds following ionization and heating by ultrashort pump pulses.

  9. MR image quality improvement by zero-filling Fresnel transform imaging technique

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    Wu, Bin Rong; Ito, Satoshi; Kamimura, Yoshitsugu; Yamada, Yoshifumi

    2005-04-01

    The quality of MR image is an important factor to control the accuracy of the diagnosis and treatment, so the image quality improvement methods, which can remove the noise and do not deteriorate the spatial resolution of images, are demanded in medical imaging field. There is an MR image reconstruction method, which applies the Fourier transform after a quadratic phase modulation in the Fresnel transform imaging technique. This method has a great property that can diffuse the noise contained in NMR signal by the quadratic phase modulation. If we prepare suitable area for diffusion of the noise by using zero-filling technique before reconstructing an image with this method, the spectrum of noise will evenly distribute over the zero filled area, and on the other hand, the image spectrum appear as an aspect of multi-resolution type image which locally distribute. After the noise was removed by a threshold filter in this aspect space, we return the data to the beginning signal space by doing a series of inverse processes, and reconstruct the denoised signal by using usual Fresnel transform image reconstruction technique. An MR image, which the noise is greatly improved, whereas the deterioration in spatial resolution is hardly caused, can be obtained. In this work, we present a new MR image quality improvement method that uses the property of noise diffusing in the Fresnel transform imaging technique; and we describe the effectiveness from simulations that are evaluated on SNR improvement and extent of deterioration in spatial resolution, and compare them with standard Wiener filtering and Wavelet Wiener filtering. Finally, we verify the powerfulness of the proposed method and it is applicable to phase-scrambled Fourier transform imaging technique through experiment.

  10. Inverse synthetic aperture radar imaging of targets with complex motions based on modified chirp rate-quadratic chirp rate distribution for cubic phase signal

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    Yanyan, Li; Tao, Su; Jibin, Zheng

    2015-01-01

    For targets with complex motions, the time-varying Doppler frequency deteriorates inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) images. After range alignment and phase adjustment, azimuth echoes in a range cell can be modeled as multicomponent cubic phase signals (CPSs). The chirp rate and the quadratic chirp rate of the CPS are identified as the causes of the time-varying Doppler frequency; thus, it is necessary to estimate these two parameters correctly to obtain a well-focused ISAR image. The parameter-estimation algorithm based on the modified chirp rate-quadratic chirp rate distribution (M-CRQCRD) is proposed for the CPS and applied to the ISAR imaging of targets with complex motions. The computational cost of M-CRQCRD is low, because it can be implemented by the fast Fourier transform (FFT) and the nonuniform FFT easily. Compared to two representative parameter-estimation algorithms, the M-CRQCRD can acquire a higher antinoise performance due to the introduction of an optimal lag-time. Through simulations and analyses for the synthetic radar data, the effectiveness of the M-CRQCRD and the imaging algorithm based on the M-CRQCRD are verified.

  11. Fourier transform techniques for the evaluation of the Thematic Mapper line spread function

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    Carnahan, W. H.; Zhou, G.

    1986-01-01

    An endeavor was made to use Fourier transform techniques to estimate the line spread function (LSF) of the Thematic Mapper (TM) from processed data. Data near the boundary of small fields from TM scenes were sampled, fitted to a theoretical curve, lowpass filtered, and then deconvolved to obtain the LSF. Lowpass filtering improved the truncation effect and eliminated the discontinuity at both ends of the data sequence.The selection of the cutoff frequency and the order of a lowpass filter is based on a newly defined criterion which tests the distortion of the processed edge by comparing it with the original edge. A parameter of the LSF, the equivalent width, is used to compare these LSF's deconvolved from sampled edge data with those evaluated by the derivative techniques. The calculated equivalent widths using the Fourier transform techniques for infrared bands are very close to TM design specifications.

  12. Multispectral image sharpening using wavelet transform techniques and spatial correlation of edges

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    Lemeshewsky, George P.; Schowengerdt, Robert A.

    2000-01-01

    Several reported image fusion or sharpening techniques are based on the discrete wavelet transform (DWT). The technique described here uses a pixel-based maximum selection rule to combine respective transform coefficients of lower spatial resolution near-infrared (NIR) and higher spatial resolution panchromatic (pan) imagery to produce a sharpened NIR image. Sharpening assumes a radiometric correlation between the spectral band images. However, there can be poor correlation, including edge contrast reversals (e.g., at soil-vegetation boundaries), between the fused images and, consequently, degraded performance. To improve sharpening, a local area-based correlation technique originally reported for edge comparison with image pyramid fusion is modified for application with the DWT process. Further improvements are obtained by using redundant, shift-invariant implementation of the DWT. Example images demonstrate the improvements in NIR image sharpening with higher resolution pan imagery.

  13. Attenuated total reflectance spectroscopy with chirped-pulse upconversion.

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    Shirai, Hideto; Duchesne, Constance; Furutani, Yuji; Fuji, Takao

    2014-12-01

    Chirped-pulse upconversion technique has been applied to attenuated total reflectance (ATR) infrared spectroscopy. An extremely broadband infrared pulse was sent to an ATR diamond prism and the reflected pulse was converted to the visible by using four-wave mixing in krypton gas. Absorption spectra of liquids in the range from 200 to 5500 cm(-1) were measured with a visible spectrometer on a single-shot basis. The system was applied to observe the dynamics of exchanging process of two solvents, water and acetone, which give clear vibrational spectral contrast. We observed that the exchange was finished within ∼ 10 ms. PMID:25606893

  14. Spatial filtering of light by chirped photonic crystals

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    Staliunas, Kestutis; Sanchez-Morcillo, Victor J.

    2009-05-15

    We propose an efficient method for spatial filtering of light beams by propagating them through two-dimensional (also three dimensional) chirped photonic crystals, i.e., through the photonic structures with fixed transverse lattice period and with the longitudinal lattice period varying along the direction of the beam propagation. We prove the proposed idea by numerically solving the paraxial propagation equation in refraction-index-modulated media and we evaluate the efficiency of the process by harmonic-expansion analysis. The technique can be also applied for filtering (for cleaning) of the packages of atomic waves (Bose condensates), also to improve the directionality of acoustic and mechanical waves.

  15. Plasma absorption evidence via chirped pulse spectral transmission measurements

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    Jedrkiewicz, Ottavia; Minardi, Stefano; Couairon, Arnaud; Jukna, Vytautas; Selva, Marco; Di Trapani, Paolo

    2015-06-08

    This work aims at highlighting the plasma generation dynamics and absorption when a Bessel beam propagates in glass. We developed a simple diagnostics allowing us to retrieve clear indications of the formation of the plasma in the material, thanks to transmission measurements in the angular and wavelength domains. This technique featured by the use of a single chirped pulse having the role of pump and probe simultaneously leads to results showing the plasma nonlinear absorption effect on the trailing part of the pulse, thanks to the spectral-temporal correspondence in the measured signal, which is also confirmed by numerical simulations.

  16. Optimizing chirped laser pulse parameters for electron acceleration in vacuum

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    Akhyani, Mina; Jahangiri, Fazel; Niknam, Ali Reza; Massudi, Reza

    2015-11-01

    Electron dynamics in the field of a chirped linearly polarized laser pulse is investigated. Variations of electron energy gain versus chirp parameter, time duration, and initial phase of laser pulse are studied. Based on maximizing laser pulse asymmetry, a numerical optimization procedure is presented, which leads to the elimination of rapid fluctuations of gain versus the chirp parameter. Instead, a smooth variation is observed that considerably reduces the accuracy required for experimentally adjusting the chirp parameter.

  17. Chirped pulse shadowgraphy for single shot time resolved plasma expansion measurements

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    Prasad, Y. B. S. R.; Barnwal, S.; Naik, P. A.; Chakera, J. A.; Khan, R. A.; Gupta, P. D.

    2010-05-31

    The dynamics of ultrashort laser plasmas demand single shot temporal measurements on fast time scales. We describe a method to record the plasma expansion on picosecond (ps) timescales continuously over hundreds of ps, in single shot. The method uses the chirp of a Ti:sapphire laser as a time-resolved optical diagnostic tool. Using this technique, the evolution of the plasma expansion had been recorded with ps time resolutions, by probing with a chirped laser pulse of 200 ps duration. A peak expansion velocity of 1.8x10{sup 7} cm/s is observed and its evolution in time is obtained for approx300 ps.

  18. Ultrashort pulse chirp measurement via transverse second-harmonic generation in strontium barium niobate crystal

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    Trull, J.; Wang, B.; Parra, A.; Vilaseca, R.; Cojocaru, C.; Sola, I.; Sheng, Y.

    2015-06-01

    Pulse compression in dispersive strontium barium niobate crystal with a random size and distribution of the anti-parallel orientated nonlinear domains is observed via transverse second harmonic generation. The dependence of the transverse width of the second harmonic trace along the propagation direction allows for the determination of the initial chirp and duration of pulses in the femtosecond regime. This technique permits a real-time analysis of the pulse evolution and facilitates fast in-situ correction of pulse chirp acquired in the propagation through an optical system.

  19. Coherent control of high-harmonic generation using waveform-synthesized chirped laser fields

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    Wang, Xu; Jin, Cheng; Lin, C. D.

    2014-08-01

    We show that waveform-synthesized chirped laser fields are efficient tools for coherent harmonic control. A single harmonic order, or two harmonic orders, can be selectively enhanced by using a two-color field allowing a moderate linear chirp for each color. Different harmonic orders within a wide spectral range can be selectively enhanced by adjusting the laser parameters. Our theory bridges two current harmonic control techniques, namely, single-color phase shaping and multicolor amplitude synthesis, and opens the door to new harmonic control possibilities.

  20. Selective and efficient control of coherent population transfer with time-separated chirped pulses

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    Yang Xihua; Zhang Zhenhua; Yan Xiaona; Li Chunfang

    2010-03-15

    We propose a selective, efficient, and robust way to realize control of coherent population transfer in a {Lambda}-type four-level system with a closely spaced doublet in the final state with time-separated chirped pump pulse and Stokes pulse pair by merging stimulated Raman adiabatic passage, temporal coherent control, and chirped adiabatic passage techniques. Moreover, an arbitrary coherent superposition between the final doublet, or between the intermediate state and either of the doublets can be created. This method holds the ability to 'control with control' and has potential applications in coherent control of chemical reactions and quantum information processing.

  1. Light synthesis with linearly chirped fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs) for optical coherence tomography (OCT) applications

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    Jonathan, Enock

    2005-08-01

    A simple technique of using a combination of linearly chirped fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs) to generate light to enhance depth resolution in optical coherence tomography (OCT) is introduced. A [3 3] fused fibre coupler was used to couple and redistribute super luminescent diode (SLD) light to linearly chirped FBGs connected to the fibre output arms of the coupler. Reflected and/or transmitted light from each linearly chirped FBG was collected and combined by the same fibre coupler before being applied to an OCT system. By applying a strain gradient on two of the FBGs the spectrum of the synthesised light was altered resulting in OCT depth resolution enhancement by factor 1.5 when compared to a measured depth resolution of around 21 ?m obtained by directly applying the SLD output light.

  2. Robust modulation formats recognition technique using wavelet transform for high speed optical networks

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    Guesmi, Latifa; Hraghi, Abir; Menif, Mourad

    2015-09-01

    There is a need, for high speed optical communication networks, in the monitoring process, to determine the modulation format type of a received signal. In this paper, we present a new achievement of modulation format recognition technique, where we proposed the use of wavelet transform of the detected signal in conjunction with the artificial neural network (ANN) algorithm. Besides, wavelet transform is one of the most popular candidates of the time-frequency transformations, where the wavelets are generated from a basic wavelet function by dilations and translations. We proved that this technique is capable of recognizing the multi-carriers modulation scheme with high accuracy under different transmission impairments such as chromatic dispersion (CD), differential group delay (DGD) and accumulated amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise with different ranges. Both the theoretical analysis and the simulation results showed that the wavelet transform not only can be used for modulation identification of optical communication signals, but also has a better classification accuracies under appropriate OSNR (optical signal-to-noise ratio) values.

  3. Cost-Optimal Design of a 3-Phase Core Type Transformer by Gradient Search Technique

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    Basak, R.; Das, A.; Sensarma, A. K.; Sanyal, A. N.

    2014-04-01

    3-phase core type transformers are extensively used as power and distribution transformers in power system and their cost is a sizable proportion of the total system cost. Therefore they should be designed cost-optimally. The design methodology for reaching cost-optimality has been discussed in details by authors like Ramamoorty. It has also been discussed in brief in some of the text-books of electrical design. The paper gives a method for optimizing design, in presence of constraints specified by the customer and the regulatory authorities, through gradient search technique. The starting point has been chosen within the allowable parameter space the steepest decent path has been followed for convergence. The step length has been judiciously chosen and the program has been maneuvered to avoid local minimal points. The method appears to be best as its convergence is quickest amongst different optimizing techniques.

  4. Photodissociation of D2 (+) induced by linearly chirped laser pulses.

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    Csehi, Andrs; Halsz, Gbor J; Cederbaum, Lorenz S; Vibk, gnes

    2015-07-01

    Recently, it has been revealed that so-called light-induced conical intersections (LICIs) can be formed both by standing or by running laser waves even in diatomic molecules. Due to the strong nonadiabatic couplings, the existence of such LICIs has significant impact on the dynamical properties of a molecular system. In our former studies, the photodissociation process of the D2 (+) molecule was studied initiating the nuclear dynamics both from individual vibrational levels and from the superposition of all the vibrational states produced by ionizing D2. In the present work, linearly chirped laser pulses were used for initiating the dissociation dynamics of D2 (+). In contrast to the constant frequency (transform limited) laser fields, the chirped pulses give rise to LICIs with a varying position according to the temporal frequency change. To demonstrate the impact of these LICIs on the dynamical properties of diatomics, the kinetic energy release spectra, the total dissociation probabilities, and the angular distributions of the D2 (+) photofragments were calculated and discussed. PMID:26156481

  5. Filter implementation technique for multicriteria characterization of coding domains in the joint transform correlator.

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    Bigué, L; Ambs, P

    1999-07-10

    An improved method for implementing correlation filters in the joint transform correlator architecture is proposed. We derived the method from computer-generated holography techniques. It allows us to use any correlation filters, especially ones that provide an optimal trade-off between noise robustness, peak sharpness, and optical efficiency, with any spatial light modulator (SLM). This method also allows for an objective comparison of the performance of the coding domains of various SLM's. PMID:18323915

  6. Chirp- and random-based coded ultrasonic excitation for localized blood-brain barrier opening.

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    Kamimura, H A S; Wang, S; Wu, S-Y; Karakatsani, M E; Acosta, C; Carneiro, A A O; Konofagou, E E

    2015-10-01

    Chirp- and random-based coded excitation methods have been proposed to reduce standing wave formation and improve focusing of transcranial ultrasound. However, no clear evidence has been shown to support the benefits of these ultrasonic excitation sequences in vivo. This study evaluates the chirp and periodic selection of random frequency (PSRF) coded-excitation methods for opening the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in mice. Three groups of mice (n  =  15) were injected with polydisperse microbubbles and sonicated in the caudate putamen using the chirp/PSRF coded (bandwidth: 1.5–1.9 MHz, peak negative pressure: 0.52 MPa, duration: 30 s) or standard ultrasound (frequency: 1.5 MHz, pressure: 0.52 MPa, burst duration: 20 ms, duration: 5 min) sequences. T1-weighted contrast-enhanced MRI scans were performed to quantitatively analyze focused ultrasound induced BBB opening. The mean opening volumes evaluated from the MRI were mm3, mm3and mm3 for the chirp, random and regular sonications, respectively. The mean cavitation levels were V.s, V.s and V.s for the chirp, random and regular sonications, respectively. The chirp and PSRF coded pulsing sequences improved the BBB opening localization by inducing lower cavitation levels and smaller opening volumes compared to results of the regular sonication technique. Larger bandwidths were associated with more focused targeting but were limited by the frequency response of the transducer, the skull attenuation and the microbubbles optimal frequency range. The coded methods could therefore facilitate highly localized drug delivery as well as benefit other transcranial ultrasound techniques that use higher pressure levels and higher precision to induce the necessary bioeffects in a brain region while avoiding damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. PMID:26394091

  7. Techniques for Handling Channeling in High Resolution Fourier Transform Spectra Recorded with Synchrotron Sources

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    Ibrahim, Amr; PredoiCross, Adriana; Teillet, P. M.

    2010-10-29

    Seven different techniques in dealing the problem of channel spectra in Fourier transform Spectroscopy utilizing synchrotron source were examined and compared. Five of these techniques deal with the artifacts (spikes) in the recorded interferogram which in turn result in channel spectra within the spectral domain. Such interferogram editing method include replacing these spikes with zeros, straight line, fitted polynomial curve, rescaled spike and spike reduced with Gauss Function. Another two techniques try to target this issue in the spectral domain instead by either generating a synthetic background simulating the channels or measuring the channels parameters (amplitude, spacing and phase) to use in the spectral fitting program. Results showed spectral domain techniques produces higher quality results in terms of signal to noise and fitting residual. The effect of each method on the line parameters such as position, intensity are air broadening are also measured and discussed.

  8. Fast x-ray microdiffraction techniques for studying irreversible transformations in materials.

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    Kelly, S. T.; Trenkle, J. C.; Koerner, L. J.; Barron, S. C.; Walker, N.; Pouliquen, P. O.; Tate, M. W.; Gruner, S. M.; Dufresne, E. M.; Weihs, T. P.; Hufnagel, T. C.

    2011-05-01

    A pair of techniques have been developed for performing time-resolved X-ray microdiffraction on irreversible phase transformations. In one technique capillary optics are used to focus a high-flux broad-spectrum X-ray beam to a 60 {micro}m spot size and a fast pixel array detector is used to achieve temporal resolution of 55 {micro}s. In the second technique the X-rays are focused with Kirkpatrick-Baez mirrors to achieve a spatial resolution better than 10 {micro}m and a fast shutter is used to provide temporal resolution better than 20 {micro}s while recording the diffraction pattern on a (relatively slow) X-ray CCD camera. Example data from experiments are presented where these techniques are used to study self-propagating high-temperature synthesis reactions in metal laminate foils.

  9. Fast X-ray microdiffraction techniques for studying irreversible transformations in materials

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    Kelly, Stephen T.; Trenkle, Jonathan C.; Koerner, Lucas J.; Barron, Sara C.; Walker, Nel; Pouliquen, Philippe O.; Tate, Mark W.; Gruner, Sol M.; Dufresne, Eric M.; Weihs, Timothy P.; Hufnagel, Todd C.

    2011-01-01

    A pair of techniques have been developed for performing time-resolved X-ray microdiffraction on irreversible phase transformations. In one technique capillary optics are used to focus a high-flux broad-spectrum X-ray beam to a 60?m spot size and a fast pixel array detector is used to achieve temporal resolution of 55?s. In the second technique the X-rays are focused with KirkpatrickBaez mirrors to achieve a spatial resolution better than 10?m and a fast shutter is used to provide temporal resolution better than 20?s while recording the diffraction pattern on a (relatively slow) X-ray CCD camera. Example data from experiments are presented where these techniques are used to study self-propagating high-temperature synthesis reactions in metal laminate foils. PMID:21525656

  10. TRANSFORMATION

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    LACKS,S.A.

    2003-10-09

    Transformation, which alters the genetic makeup of an individual, is a concept that intrigues the human imagination. In Streptococcus pneumoniae such transformation was first demonstrated. Perhaps our fascination with genetics derived from our ancestors observing their own progeny, with its retention and assortment of parental traits, but such interest must have been accelerated after the dawn of agriculture. It was in pea plants that Gregor Mendel in the late 1800s examined inherited traits and found them to be determined by physical elements, or genes, passed from parents to progeny. In our day, the material basis of these genetic determinants was revealed to be DNA by the lowly bacteria, in particular, the pneumococcus. For this species, transformation by free DNA is a sexual process that enables cells to sport new combinations of genes and traits. Genetic transformation of the type found in S. pneumoniae occurs naturally in many species of bacteria (70), but, initially only a few other transformable species were found, namely, Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitides, Neisseria gonorrheae, and Bacillus subtilis (96). Natural transformation, which requires a set of genes evolved for the purpose, contrasts with artificial transformation, which is accomplished by shocking cells either electrically, as in electroporation, or by ionic and temperature shifts. Although such artificial treatments can introduce very small amounts of DNA into virtually any type of cell, the amounts introduced by natural transformation are a million-fold greater, and S. pneumoniae can take up as much as 10% of its cellular DNA content (40).

  11. High Accuracy Evaluation of the Finite Fourier Transform Using Sampled Data

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    Morelli, Eugene A.

    1997-01-01

    Many system identification and signal processing procedures can be done advantageously in the frequency domain. A required preliminary step for this approach is the transformation of sampled time domain data into the frequency domain. The analytical tool used for this transformation is the finite Fourier transform. Inaccuracy in the transformation can degrade system identification and signal processing results. This work presents a method for evaluating the finite Fourier transform using cubic interpolation of sampled time domain data for high accuracy, and the chirp Zeta-transform for arbitrary frequency resolution. The accuracy of the technique is demonstrated in example cases where the transformation can be evaluated analytically. Arbitrary frequency resolution is shown to be important for capturing details of the data in the frequency domain. The technique is demonstrated using flight test data from a longitudinal maneuver of the F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle.

  12. Above-threshold ionization by chirped laser pulses

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    Nakajima, Takashi

    2007-05-15

    We theoretically investigate above-threshold ionization by chirped laser pulses. By comparing the photoelectron energy spectra and the photoelectron angular distributions of Na for the laser pulses with different chirp rates but with the identical spectral profile, we find that the ionization processes have a clear dependence on the chirp rate. Further calculations without excited bound states during the time propagation of the wave function reveal practically no chirp dependence, which is clear evidence that the origin of the chirp dependence in above-threshold ionization is the excited bound states.

  13. Enhancement of Ultracold Molecule Formation Using Shaped Nanosecond Frequency Chirps.

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    Carini, J L; Kallush, S; Kosloff, R; Gould, P L

    2015-10-23

    We demonstrate that judicious shaping of a nanosecond-time-scale frequency chirp can dramatically enhance the formation rate of ultracold ^{87}Rb_{2} molecules. Starting with ultracold ^{87}Rb atoms, we apply pulses of frequency-chirped light to first photoassociate the atoms into excited molecules and then, later in the chirp, deexcite these molecules into a high vibrational level of the lowest triplet state a ^{3}?_{u}^{+}. The enhancing chirp shape passes through the absorption and stimulated emission transitions relatively slowly, thus increasing their adiabaticity, but jumps quickly between them to minimize the effects of spontaneous emission. Comparisons with quantum simulations for various chirp shapes support this enhancement mechanism. PMID:26551111

  14. TRANSFORMER

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    Baker, W.R.

    1959-08-25

    Transformers of a type adapted for use with extreme high power vacuum tubes where current requirements may be of the order of 2,000 to 200,000 amperes are described. The transformer casing has the form of a re-entrant section being extended through an opening in one end of the cylinder to form a coaxial terminal arrangement. A toroidal multi-turn primary winding is disposed within the casing in coaxial relationship therein. In a second embodiment, means are provided for forming the casing as a multi-turn secondary. The transformer is characterized by minimized resistance heating, minimized external magnetic flux, and an economical construction.

  15. Cr4+ : YAG chirped-pulse oscillator

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    Sorokin, Evgeni; Kalashnikov, Vladimir L; Mandon, Julien; Guelachvili, Guy; Picqué, Nathalie; Sorokina, Irina T

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate chirped-pulse operation of a Cr : YAG passively mode-locked laser. Different operation regimes of the laser are extensively investigated in the vicinity of zero dispersion both experimentally and numerically. It is shown that for a given laser configuration, transition to the positive dispersion regime allows a 5-fold increase in the output pulse energy, which is otherwise limited by the onset of the multipulsing or ‘chaotic’ mode-locking. The output pulses have 1.4 ps duration and are compressible down to 120 fs in a 3 m piece of silica fiber, enabling supercontinuum generation in a nonlinear fiber. The spectrum shape and operation stability of the chirped-pulse regime depend strongly on the amount and shape of the intracavity dispersion. The numerical model predicts the existence of the minimum amount of the positive dispersion, above which the chirped-pulse regime can be realized. Once located, the chirped-pulse regime can be reliably reproduced and is sufficiently stable for applications. PMID:21151831

  16. Extension of harmonic cutoff in a multicycle chirped pulse combined with a chirp-free pulse

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    Xu Junjie; Zeng Bin; Yu Yongli

    2010-11-15

    We demonstrate high-order harmonic generation in a wave form synthesized by a multicycle 800-nm chirped laser pulse and a chirp-free laser pulse. Compared with the case of using only a chirped pulse, both the harmonic cutoff and the extreme ultraviolet supercontinuum can be extended when a weak chirp-free pulse is combined with the chirped pulse. When chirp-free pulse intensity grows, the cutoff energy and bandwidth of the supercontinuum grow as well. It is found that the broad supercontinuum can be achieved for a driving pulse with long duration even though the driving pulse reaches 10 optical cycles. An isolated attosecond pulse with duration of about 59 as is obtained, and after appropriate phase compensation with a duration of about 11 as. In addition, by performing time-frequency analyses and the classical trajectory simulation, the difference in supercontinuum generation between the preceding wave form and a similar wave form synthesized by an 800-nm fundamental pulse and a 1600-nm subharmonic pulse is investigated.

  17. Fractional Fourier plane image encryption technique using radial hilbert-, and Jigsaw transform

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    Joshi, Madhusudan; Shakher, Chandra; Singh, Kehar

    2010-07-01

    A new method for image encryption using integral order radial Hilbert transform (RHT) filter in the fractional Fourier transform (FRT) domain has been proposed. The technique is implemented using the popular double random phase encoding method in the fractional Fourier domain. The random phase masks (RPMs), integral orders of the RHT, fractional orders of FRT, and indices of the Jigsaw transform (JT) have been used as keys for encryption and decryption. Simulation results have been presented and the schematic representation for optical implementation has been proposed. The mean-square-error and signal-to-noise ratio between the decrypted image and the input image have been calculated for the correct as well as incorrect orders of the RHT. Effect of occlusion and noise on the performance of the proposed scheme has also been studied. The robustness of the technique has been verified against attack using partial windows of the correct random phase masks. Similar investigations have also been carried out for the chosen-, and the known-plain-text attacks.

  18. Pattern Transformation of Heat-Shrinkable Polymer by Three-Dimensional (3D) Printing Technique

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    Zhang, Quan; Yan, Dong; Zhang, Kai; Hu, Gengkai

    2015-03-01

    A significant challenge in conventional heat-shrinkable polymers is to produce controllable microstructures. Here we report that the polymer material fabricated by three-dimensional (3D) printing technique has a heat-shrinkable property, whose initial microstructure can undergo a spontaneous pattern transformation under heating. The underlying mechanism is revealed by evaluating internal strain of the printed polymer from its fabricating process. It is shown that a uniform internal strain is stored in the polymer during the printing process and can be released when heated above its glass transition temperature. Furthermore, the internal strain can be used to trigger the pattern transformation of the heat-shrinkable polymer in a controllable way. Our work provides insightful ideas to understand a novel mechanism on the heat-shrinkable effect of printed material, but also to present a simple approach to fabricate heat-shrinkable polymer with a controllable thermo-structural response.

  19. Pattern Transformation of Heat-Shrinkable Polymer by Three-Dimensional (3D) Printing Technique

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    Zhang, Quan; Yan, Dong; Zhang, Kai; Hu, Gengkai

    2015-01-01

    A significant challenge in conventional heat-shrinkable polymers is to produce controllable microstructures. Here we report that the polymer material fabricated by three-dimensional (3D) printing technique has a heat-shrinkable property, whose initial microstructure can undergo a spontaneous pattern transformation under heating. The underlying mechanism is revealed by evaluating internal strain of the printed polymer from its fabricating process. It is shown that a uniform internal strain is stored in the polymer during the printing process and can be released when heated above its glass transition temperature. Furthermore, the internal strain can be used to trigger the pattern transformation of the heat-shrinkable polymer in a controllable way. Our work provides insightful ideas to understand a novel mechanism on the heat-shrinkable effect of printed material, but also to present a simple approach to fabricate heat-shrinkable polymer with a controllable thermo-structural response. PMID:25757881

  20. Structural transformations in amorphous selenium as studied by the differential thermal analysis and exoelectron emission technique

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    Grecki, Cz; Grecki, T.

    2007-08-01

    The parameters (temperature, activation energy) of the surface and volume glass transition (retrification process) in amorphous selenium produced by rapid quenching of the liquid phase have been determined using the EEE and DTA techniques. EEE is a surface effect connected with structural transformations in the surface layer whereas the DTA measurements give the information about the transformations occurring in the volume of the sample. It has been found that the surface retrification of selenium occurs with activation energy smaller than the volume retrification, both observed in the first heating run. The value of activation energy for the volume retrification measured in the second DTA heating run is higher compared with that measured in the first heating run. Irradiation with X-rays accelerates both the surface and volume retrification of amorphous selenium.

  1. The Climate Hazards group InfraRed Precipitation (CHIRP) with Stations (CHIRPS): Development and Validation

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    Peterson, P.; Funk, C. C.; Husak, G. J.; Pedreros, D. H.; Landsfeld, M.; Verdin, J. P.; Shukla, S.

    2013-12-01

    CHIRP and CHIRPS are new quasi-global precipitation products with daily to seasonal time scales, a 0.05 resolution, and a 1981 to near real-time period of record. Developed by the Climate Hazards Group at UCSB and scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science Center specifically for drought early warning and environmental monitoring, CHIRPS provides moderate latency precipitation estimates that place observed hydrologic extremes in their historic context. Three main types of information are used in the CHIRPS: (1) global 0.05 precipitation climatologies, (2) time-varying grids of satellite-based precipitation estimates, and (3) in situ precipitation observations. CHIRP: The global grids of long-term (1980-2009) average precipitation were estimated for each month based on station data, averaged satellite observations, and physiographic parameters. 1981-present time-varying grids of satellite precipitation were derived from spatially varying regression models based on pentadal cold cloud duration (CCD) values and TRMM V7 training data. The CCD time-series were derived from the CPC and NOAA B1 datasets. Pentadal CCD-percent anomaly values were multiplied by pentadal climatology fields to produce low bias pentadal precipitation estimates. CHIRPS: The CHG station blending procedure uses the satellite-observed spatial covariance structure to assign relative weights to neighboring stations and the CHIRP values. The CHIRPS blending procedure is based on the expected correlation between precipitation at a given target location and precipitation at the locations of the neighboring observation stations. These correlations are estimated using the CHIRP fields. The CHG has developed an extensive archive of in situ daily, pentadal and monthly precipitation totals. The CHG database has over half a billion daily rainfall observations since 1980 and another half billion before 1980. Most of these observations come from four sets of global climate observations: the monthly Global Historical Climate Network version 2 archive, the daily Global Historical Climate Network archive, the Global Summary of the Day dataset (GSOD), and the daily Global Telecommunication System (GTS) archive provided by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC). A screening procedure was developed to flag and remove potential false zeros from the daily data, since these potentially spurious data can artificially suppress rainfall totals. Validation: Our validation focused on precipitation products with global coverage, long periods of record and near real-time availability: CHIRP, CHIRPS, CPC-Unified, CFS Reanalysis and ECMWF datasets were compared to GPCC and high quality datasets from Uganda, Colombia and the Sahel. The CHIRP and CHIRPS are shown to have low systematic errors (bias) and low mean absolute errors. Analyses in Uganda, Colombia and the Sahel indicate that the ECMWF, CPC-Unified and CFS-Reanalysis have large inhomogeneities, making them unsuitable for drought monitoring. The CHIRPS performance appears quite similar to research quality products like the GPCC and GPCP, but with higher resolution and lower latency.

  2. Fast Fourier transform scanning spreading resistance microscopy: a novel technique to overcome the limitations of classical conductive AFM techniques

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    Eyben, P.; Bisiaux, P.; Schulze, A.; Nazir, A.; Vandervorst, W.

    2015-09-01

    A new atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based technique named fast Fourier transform scanning spreading-resistance microscopy (FFT-SSRM) has been developed. FFT-SSRM offers the ability to isolate the local spreading resistance (Sr) from the parasitic series resistance (probe, bulk, and back contact). The parasitic series resistance limits the use of classical SSRM in confined volumes and on very highly doped materials, two increasingly important situations in nanoelectronic components. This is realized via a force modulation at controlled frequency (affecting the SR component) and the extraction of the resistance amplitude at the modulation frequency, performing an FFT-based lock-in deconvolution. A systematic evaluation of the FFT-SSRM performances (i.e., resolution, dynamic range, sensitivity, and repeatability) is presented. The impact of various parameters (i.e., modulation frequency and amplitude or cutoff frequency of the current amplifier) on the performances of FFT-SSRM has been evaluated. We demonstrate the possibility to overcome sensitivity losses due to tip saturation in highly doped material and the utility of the technique in two different structures, presenting isolated and confined volumes.

  3. Fast Fourier transform scanning spreading resistance microscopy: a novel technique to overcome the limitations of classical conductive AFM techniques.

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    Eyben, P; Bisiaux, P; Schulze, A; Nazir, A; Vandervorst, W

    2015-09-01

    A new atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based technique named fast Fourier transform scanning spreading-resistance microscopy (FFT-SSRM) has been developed. FFT-SSRM offers the ability to isolate the local spreading resistance (Sr) from the parasitic series resistance (probe, bulk, and back contact). The parasitic series resistance limits the use of classical SSRM in confined volumes and on very highly doped materials, two increasingly important situations in nanoelectronic components. This is realized via a force modulation at controlled frequency (affecting the SR component) and the extraction of the resistance amplitude at the modulation frequency, performing an FFT-based lock-in deconvolution. A systematic evaluation of the FFT-SSRM performances (i.e., resolution, dynamic range, sensitivity, and repeatability) is presented. The impact of various parameters (i.e., modulation frequency and amplitude or cutoff frequency of the current amplifier) on the performances of FFT-SSRM has been evaluated. We demonstrate the possibility to overcome sensitivity losses due to tip saturation in highly doped material and the utility of the technique in two different structures, presenting isolated and confined volumes. PMID:26245715

  4. Coherent control of terahertz harmonic generation by a chirped few-cycle pulse in a quantum well

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    Cui, Ni; Xiang, Yang; Niu, Yueping; Gong, Shangqing

    2010-01-01

    We present results on the occurrence of ultrashort terahertz harmonic generation (THG) driven by a millimeter nonlinear chirped few-cycle laser pulse in a symmetric double quantum well. By solving the effective nonlinear Bloch equations, THG with a generic plateau and cutoff can be produced. The time-frequency characteristic of the ultrashort terahertz harmonic spectrum is analyzed in detail by means of the wavelet transform of induced dipole acceleration. Furthermore, an ultrabroad supercontinuum terahertz harmonic spectrum can be generated and an isolated ultrashort terahertz pulse can be obtained at the cutoff region by choosing the appropriate chirping rate parameters.

  5. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy techniques for the analysis of drugs of abuse

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    Kalasinsky, Kathryn S.; Levine, Barry K.; Smith, Michael L.; Magluilo, Joseph J.; Schaefer, Teresa

    1994-01-01

    Cryogenic deposition techniques for Gas Chromatography/Fourier Transform Infrared (GC/FT-IR) can be successfully employed in urinalysis for drugs of abuse with detection limits comparable to those of the established Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) technique. The additional confidence of the data that infrared analysis can offer has been helpful in identifying ambiguous results, particularly, in the case of amphetamines where drugs of abuse can be confused with over-the-counter medications or naturally occurring amines. Hair analysis has been important in drug testing when adulteration of urine samples has been a question. Functional group mapping can further assist the analysis and track drug use versus time.

  6. Dilatometric technique for evaluation of the kinetics of solid-state transformation of maraging steel

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    Viswanathan, U.K.; Kutty, T.R.G.; Ganguly, C.

    1993-12-01

    Solid-state transformation kinetics of a 350 grad commercial maraging steel were investigated using a nonisothermal dilatometric technique. Two solid-state reactions -- namely, precipitation of intermetallic phases from supersaturated martensite and reversion of martensite to austenite -- were identified. Determination was made of the temperatures at which the rates of these reactions reached a maximum at different heating rates. The kinetics of the individual reactions in terms of activation energy were analyzed by simplified procedures based on the Kissinger equation. An estimated activation energy of 145 {+-} 4 kJ/mol for the precipitation of intermetallic phase was in good agreement with reported results based on the isothermal hardness measurement technique. Martensite to austenite reversion was associated with an activation energy of 224 {+-} 4 kJ/mol, which is very close to the activation energy for diffusion of substitutional elements in ferrite. Results were supplemented with microstructural analysis.

  7. Extension of high-order harmonic generation cutoff via coherent control of intense few-cycle chirped laser pulses

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    Carrera, Juan J.; Chu, Shih-I

    2007-03-15

    We present an ab initio quantum investigation of the high-order harmonic generation (HHG) cutoff extension using intense few-cycle chirped laser pulses. For a few-cycle chirped driving laser pulse, it is shown that significant cutoff extension can be achieved through the optimization of the chirping rate parameters. The HHG power spectrum is calculated by solving accurately and efficiently the time-dependent Schroedinger equation by means of the time-dependent generalized pseudospectral method. The time-frequency characteristics of the HHG power spectrum are analyzed in detail by means of the wavelet transform of the time-dependent induced dipole acceleration. In addition, we perform classical trajectory simulation of the strong-field electron dynamics and electron return map. It is found that the quantum and classical results provide complementary and consistent information regarding the underlying mechanisms responsible for the substantial extension of the cutoff region.

  8. Transformation

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    Knauer, Stefan H.; Rösch, Paul; Artsimovitch, Irina

    2012-01-01

    The textbook view that a primary sequence determines the unique fold of a given protein has been challenged by identification of proteins with variant structures, such as prions. Our recent studies revealed that the transcription factor RfaH simultaneously changes its topology and function. RfaH is a two-domain protein whose N-terminal domain binds to transcribing RNA polymerase, stimulating its processivity. The α-helical C-terminal domain masks the RNA polymerase-binding site of the N-terminal domain, preventing unwarranted recruitment to genes lacking a specific DNA sequence. Upon binding to its DNA target, RfaH domains dissociate, and the C-terminal domain refolds into a β-barrel. This dramatic transformation allows binding to the ribosomal protein S10 and subsequent recruitment of a ribosome, coupling transcription and translation. We define RfaH as first example of “transformer proteins”, in which two alternative structural states have distinct cellular functions and hypothesize that transformer proteins may be widespread in nature. PMID:23131843

  9. Coherent control of ultracold collisions with chirped light: Direction matters

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    Wright, M. J.; Pechkis, J. A.; Carini, J. L.; Gould, P. L.; Kallush, S.; Kosloff, R.

    2007-05-15

    We demonstrate the ability to coherently control ultracold atomic Rb collisions using frequency-chirped light on the nanosecond time scale. For certain center frequencies of the chirp, the rate of inelastic trap-loss collisions induced by negatively chirped light is dramatically suppressed compared to the case of a positive chirp. We attribute this to a fundamental asymmetry in the system: an excited wave packet moves inward on the attractive molecular potential. For a positive chirp, the resonance condition moves outward in time, while for a negative chirp, it moves inward, in the same direction as the excited wave packet; this allows multiple interactions between the wave packet and the light, enabling the wave packet to be returned coherently to the ground state. Classical and quantum calculations support this interpretation.

  10. Mechanism of electron acceleration by chirped laser pulse

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    Wu, X. Y.; Wang, P. X.; Kawata, S.

    2012-05-28

    We studied the mechanism of electron acceleration by a chirped laser pulse. We found that, because of the chirp effect, a region exists where the laser wave phase experienced by the electron varies slowly, so that the electron can be accelerated for a long time. The mechanism of chirped laser acceleration is different to that of the capture and acceleration scenario, although both of them have a main acceleration stage in which the electrons are trapped for long periods.

  11. Analysis of intrapulse chirp in CO2 oscillators

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    Moody, Stephen E.; Berger, Russell G.; Thayer, William J., III

    1987-01-01

    Pulsed single-frequency CO2 laser oscillators are often used as transmitters for coherent lidar applications. These oscillators suffer from intrapulse chirp, or dynamic frequency shifting. If excessive, such chirp can limit the signal-to-noise ratio of the lidar (by generating excess bandwidth), or limit the velocity resolution if the lidar is of the Doppler type. This paper describes a detailed numerical model that considers all known sources of intrapulse chirp. Some typical predictions of the model are shown, and simple design rules to minimize chirp are proposed.

  12. SAR processing with stepped chirps and phased array antennas.

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    Doerry, Armin Walter

    2006-09-01

    Wideband radar signals are problematic for phased array antennas. Wideband radar signals can be generated from series or groups of narrow-band signals centered at different frequencies. An equivalent wideband LFM chirp can be assembled from lesser-bandwidth chirp segments in the data processing. The chirp segments can be transmitted as separate narrow-band pulses, each with their own steering phase operation. This overcomes the problematic dilemma of steering wideband chirps with phase shifters alone, that is, without true time-delay elements.

  13. Callback response of dugongs to conspecific chirp playbacks.

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    Ichikawa, Kotaro; Akamatsu, Tomonari; Shinke, Tomio; Adulyanukosol, Kanjana; Arai, Nobuaki

    2011-06-01

    Dugongs (Dugong dugon) produce bird-like calls such as chirps and trills. The vocal responses of dugongs to playbacks of several acoustic stimuli were investigated. Animals were exposed to four different playback stimuli: a recorded chirp from a wild dugong, a synthesized down-sweep sound, a synthesized constant-frequency sound, and silence. Wild dugongs vocalized more frequently after playback of broadcast chirps than that after constant-frequency sounds or silence. The down-sweep sound also elicited more vocal responses than did silence. No significant difference was found between the broadcast chirps and the down-sweep sound. The ratio of wild dugong chirps to all calls and the dominant frequencies of the wild dugong calls were significantly higher during playbacks of broadcast chirps, down-sweep sounds, and constant-frequency sounds than during those of silence. The source level and duration of dugong chirps increased significantly as signaling distance increased. No significant correlation was found between signaling distance and the source level of trills. These results show that dugongs vocalize to playbacks of frequency-modulated signals and suggest that the source level of dugong chirps may be manipulated to compensate for transmission loss between the source and receiver. This study provides the first behavioral observations revealing the function of dugong chirps. PMID:21682387

  14. Prepreg cure monitoring using diffuse reflectance-FTIR. [Fourier Transform Infrared Technique

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    Young, P. R.; Chang, A. C.

    1984-01-01

    An in situ diffuse reflectance-Fourier transform infrared technique was developed to determine infrared spectra of graphite fiber prepregs as they were being cured. A bismaleimide, an epoxy, and addition polyimide matrix resin prepregs were studied. An experimental polyimide adhesive was also examined. Samples were positioned on a small heater at the focal point of diffuse reflectance optics and programmed at 15 F/min while FTIR spectra were being scanned, averaged, and stored. An analysis of the resulting spectra provided basic insights into changes in matrix resin molecular structure which accompanied reactions such as imidization and crosslinking. An endo-exothermal isomerization involving reactive end-caps was confirmed for the addition polyimide prepregs. The results of this study contribute to a fundamental understanding of the processing of composites and adhesives. Such understanding will promote the development of more efficient cure cycles.

  15. The use of near infrared Fourier Transform techniques in the study of surface enhanced Raman spectra

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    Fleischmann, M.; Sockalingum, D.; Musiani, M. M.

    Near infrared Fourier Transform Raman spectroscopy has been used to study the SERS of a number of electrode-solution interfaces. These measurements are illustrated by the following examples: the adsorption of pyridine on Ag, Cu and An surfaces; the adsorption of ferri- and ferrocyanide ions on An electrodes in two different support electrolytes; the behaviour of the corrosion inhibitors benzotriazole and 2-aminopyrimidine at Cu surfaces. Measurements of the DSERS spectra of pyridine at Ag electrodes and of normal Raman spectra of pyridine at Pt electrodes are also reported. The results are also compared with data taken by conventional methods in the visible region and the advantages of this newly developed technique are assessed.

  16. Measurements of solar magnetic fields by Fourier transform techniques. II - Saturated and blended lines

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    Tarbell, T. D.; Title, A. M.

    1976-01-01

    Fourier techniques have been exhaustively calibrated using Unno's (1956) results for the absorption profile of a simple Zeeman triplet. If a simple transformation is applied to the normalized line depths, then magnetic-field strengths and inclination angles can be measured very accurately from noisy saturated line profiles. Systematic errors caused by saturation effects can be estimated and reduced by varying one parameter. When a significant fraction of the line profile is unsplit and unpolarized, large errors may be made in measurements of low fields, unless the line is sufficiently weak. For a weak line, a vertical field of 1600 gauss can be measured to 10% accuracy even when 70% of the line profile is stray light. These stray-light errors are troublesome in measuring fields of gaps and pores but not sunspots. Numerical results of the error analysis are presented graphically.

  17. A carrier removal technique for Fourier transform profilometry based on principal component analysis

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    Feng, Shijie; Chen, Qian; Zuo, Chao; Sun, Jiasong; Tao, Tianyang; Hu, Yan

    2015-11-01

    We present a carrier removal method for Fourier transform profilometry using the principal component analysis. The proposed approach is able to decompose the phase map into several principal components, in which the phase of the carrier can be extracted from the first dominant component acquired. It can cope well with the nonlinear carrier problem resulted from the divergent illumination which is commonly adopted in the fringe projection profilometry. It is effective, fully automatic and does not require the estimation for system geometrical parameters or the prior knowledge on the measured object. Further, the influence of the lens distortion is considered thus the carrier can be determined more accurately. The principle of the technique is verified by our experiments, showing that it performs well in both static and dynamic measurements.

  18. Analysis of radial and longitudinal force of plasma wakefield generated by a chirped pulse laser

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    Ghasemi, Leila; Afhami, Saeedeh; Eslami, Esmaeil

    2015-08-01

    In present paper, the chirp effect of an electromagnetic pulse via an analytical model of wakefield generation is studied. Different types of chirps are employed in this study. Our results show that by the use of nonlinear chirped pulse the longitudinal wakefield and focusing force is stronger than that of linear chirped pulse. It is indicated that quadratic nonlinear chirped pulses are globally much efficient than periodic nonlinear chirped pulses. Our calculations also predict that in nonlinear chirped pulse case, the overlap of focusing and accelerating regions is broader than that achieved in linear chirped pulse.

  19. Impact of chirp on soliton trapping of dispersive waves in photonic crystal fiber with two zero dispersive wavelengths

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    Yang, Hua; Zeng, Qilin; Hu, Hui; Wang, Boyan; Wang, Weibin

    2014-08-01

    We present a numerical study of soliton trapping of dispersive waves with the effect of chirp during supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fibers (PCF) pumped with femtosecond pulses in the anomalous dispersion region. For different propagation length along the PCF, we can see that the evolution of pulse can be divided into three stages: initial broadening stage, dramatic broadening stage and saturation broadening stage. We find a fascinating phenomenon that the intensity of blue-shifted dispersive waves (B-DWs) and red-shifted dispersive waves (R-DWs) will be enhanced with positive chirped. It reveals that the coupling between the Raman soliton and the DW under suitable chirp conditions may be a key mechanism in controlling the spectral broadening and soliton trapping of DW. Numerical study shows that initial chirp dramatically influences both the DW generation, spectral recoil and soliton trapping of DW. In order to clearly display the evolution of soliton trapping of DW by chirped pulses, we observed the spectrogram of output pulses using cross-correlation frequency-resolved optical gating technique (XFROG).

  20. Studies on Nephrite and Jadeite Jades by Fourier Transform Infrared (ftir) and Raman Spectroscopic Techniques

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    Tan, T. L.; Ng, L. L.; Lim, L. C.

    2013-10-01

    The mineralogical properties of black nephrite jade from Western Australia are studied by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy using both transmission and specular reflectance techniques in the 4000-400 cm-1 wavenumber region. The infrared absorption peaks in the 3700-3600 cm-1 region which are due to the O-H stretching mode provides a quantitative analysis of the Fe/(Fe+Mg) ratio in the mineral composition of jade samples. The Fe/(Fe+Mg) percentage in black nephrite is found to be higher than that in green nephrite, but comparable to that of actinolite (iron-rich nephrite). This implies that the mineralogy of black nephrite is closer to actinolite than tremolite. The jade is also characterized using Raman spectroscopy in the 1200-200 cm-1 region. Results from FTIR and Raman spectroscopic data of black nephrite jade are compared with those of green nephrite jade from New Zealand and jadeite jade from Myanmar. Black nephrite appears to have a slightly different chemical composition from green nephrite. Spectra from FTIR and Raman spectroscopic techniques were found to be useful in differentiating black nephrite, green nephrite, and green jadeite jades. Furthermore, data on refractive index, specific gravity, and hardness of black nephrite jade are measured and compared with those of green nephrite and of jadeite jade.

  1. Unraveling the nature of electric field- and stress- induced structural transformations in soft PZT by a new powder poling technique.

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    Kalyani, Ajay Kumar; V, Lalitha K; James, Ajit R; Fitch, Andy; Ranjan, Rajeev

    2015-02-25

    A 'powder-poling' technique was developed to study electric field induced structural transformations in ferroelectrics exhibiting a morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). The technique was employed on soft PZT exhibiting a large longitudinal piezoelectric response (d(33) ∼ 650 pC N(-1)). It was found that electric poling brings about a considerable degree of irreversible tetragonal to monoclinic transformation. The same transformation was achieved after subjecting the specimen to mechanical stress, which suggests an equivalence of stress and electric field with regard to the structural mechanism in MPB compositions. The electric field induced structural transformation was also found to be accompanied by a decrease in the spatial coherence of polarization. PMID:25629264

  2. Electron acceleration by a chirped Gaussian laser pulse in vacuum

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    Sohbatzadeh, F.; Mirzanejhad, S.; Ghasemi, M.

    2006-12-15

    Electron acceleration by a chirped Gaussian laser pulse is investigated numerically. A linear and negative chirp is employed in this study. At first, a simple analytical description for the chirp effect on the electron acceleration in vacuum is provided in one-dimensional model. The chirp mechanism is then extended to the interaction of a femtosecond laser pulse and electron. The electron final energy is obtained as a function of laser beam waist, laser intensity, chirp parameter, and initial phase of the laser pulse. It is shown that the electron final energy depends strongly on the chirp parameter and the initial phase of the laser pulse. There is an optimal value for the chirp parameter in which the electron acceleration takes place effectively. The energy gain increases with laser beam waist and intensity. It is also shown that the electron is accelerated within a few degrees to the axial direction. Emphasis is on the important aspect of the chirp effect on the energy gained by an electron from the electromagnetic wave.

  3. Frequency-chirped readout of spatial-spectral absorption features

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    Chang, Tiejun; Mohan, R. Krishna; Harris, Todd L.; Merkel, Kristian D.; Tian Mingzhen; Babbitt, Wm. Randall

    2004-12-01

    This paper examines the physical mechanisms of reading out spatial-spectral absorption features in an inhomogeneously broadened medium using linear frequency-chirped electric fields. A Maxwell-Bloch model using numerical calculation for angled beams with arbitrary phase modulation is used to simulate the chirped field readout process. The simulation results indicate that any spatial-spectral absorption feature can be read out with a chirped field with the appropriate bandwidth, duration, and intensity. Mapping spectral absorption features into temporal intensity modulations depends on the chirp rate of the field. However, when probing a spatial-spectral grating with a chirped field, a beat signal representing the grating period can be created by interfering the emitted photon echo chirped field with a reference chirped field, regardless of the chirp rate. Comparisons are made between collinear and angled readout configurations. Readout signal strength and spurious signal distortions are investigated as functions of the grating strength and the Rabi frequency of the readout pulse. Using a collinear readout geometry, distortions from optical nutation on the transmitted field and higher-order harmonics are observed, both of which are avoided in an angled beam geometry.

  4. Frequency chirping in semiconductor-optical fiber ring laser

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    Zhang, Jiangping; Ye, Peida )

    1990-01-01

    In this letter, a complete small-signal analysis for frequency chirping in the semiconductor-optical fiber ring laser is presented. It shows that chirp-to-power ratio (CPR) strongly depends on the junction phase shift, the optical coupling, and the phase detuning between two cavities, especially if the modulation frequency is below the gigahertz range. 7 refs.

  5. Infrared sequence transformation technique for in situ measurement of thermal diffusivity and monitoring of thermal diffusion

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    Dong, Huilong; Zheng, Boyu; Chen, Feifan

    2015-11-01

    An infrared (IR) sequence transformation technique for visualization of thermal diffusion process and in situ measurement of radial thermal diffusivity is reported. It consists of heating the sample surface instantaneously by an angle-adjustable Gaussian beam and recording the temperature evolution by an IR camera. Compared to common techniques requiring the excitation beam to be fixed approximately perpendicular to the measurement surface, the proposed method allows a dynamic adjustment of the excitation incidence angle according to the actual operating space, which contributes to a fast and efficient in situ measurement approach. To achieve this, a new heat transfer model considering the elliptical distortion of the Gaussian beam caused by tilted incidence is established. Through decoupling analysis it is discovered that the area s surrounded by the maximum temperature curve rTmax (θ) grows linearly over time. The thermal diffusivity can be obtained from the growth rate at any incidence angle. Based on this s-time relation, an automatic thermal diffusivity characterization framework which involves extracting the rTmax (θ) sequence through a distance regularized level set evolution (DRLSE) formulation is proposed. For verification, samples of 304 stainless steel, titanium and zirconium are measured with the excitation incidence angles ranging from 30 ° to 60 ° , and the relative deviations from the literature values are - 6.28 % to 3.27 %, - 3.22 % to 5.79%, and - 1.61 % to 4.03% respectively. Besides, the thermal diffusion process of two typical printed circuit boards (PCBs) are monitored and analyzed visually with this technique.

  6. Phase and intensity characterization of femtosecond pulses from a chirped-pulse amplifier by frequency-resolved optical gating

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    Kohler, B.; Yakovlev, V.V.; Wilson, K.R.; Squier, J.; DeLong, K.W.; Trebino, R.

    1995-03-01

    Frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) measurements were made to characterize pulses from a Ti:sapphire chirped-pulse amplified laser system. By characterizing both the pulse intensity and the phase, the FROG data provided the first direct observation to our knowledge of residual phase distortion in a chirped-pulse amplifier. The FROG technique was also used to measure the regenerative amplifier dispersion and to characterize an amplitude-shaped pulse. The data provide an experimental demonstration of the value of FROG for characterizing complex pulses, including tailored femtosecond pulses for quantum control.

  7. Fiber grating compression of giant-chirped nanosecond pulses from an ultra-long nanotube mode-locked fiber laser.

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    Woodward, R I; Kelleher, E J R; Runcorn, T H; Loranger, S; Popa, D; Wittwer, V J; Ferrari, A C; Popov, S V; Kashyap, R; Taylor, J R

    2015-02-01

    We demonstrate that the giant chirp of coherent, nanosecond pulses generated in an 846m long, all-normal dispersion, nanotube mode-locked fiber laser can be compensated using a chirped fiber Bragg grating compressor. Linear compression to 11ps is reported, corresponding to an extreme compression factor of ?100. Experimental results are supported by numerical modeling, which is also used to probe the limits of this technique. Our results unequivocally conclude that ultra-long cavity fiber lasers can support stable dissipative soliton attractors and highlight the design simplicity for pulse-energy scaling through cavity elongation. PMID:25680054

  8. Multiscale Transient Signal Detection: Localizing Transients in Geodetic Data Through Wavelet Transforms and Sparse Estimation Techniques

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    Riel, B.; Simons, M.; Agram, P.

    2012-12-01

    Transients are a class of deformation signals on the Earth's surface that can be described as non-periodic accumulation of strain in the crust. Over seismically and volcanically active regions, these signals are often challenging to detect due to noise and other modes of deformation. Geodetic datasets that provide precise measurements of surface displacement over wide areas are ideal for exploiting both the spatial and temporal coherence of transient signals. We present an extension to the Multiscale InSAR Time Series (MInTS) approach for analyzing geodetic data by combining the localization benefits of wavelet transforms (localizing signals in space) with sparse optimization techniques (localizing signals in time). Our time parameterization approach allows us to reduce geodetic time series to sparse, compressible signals with very few non-zero coefficients corresponding to transient events. We first demonstrate the temporal transient detection by analyzing GPS data over the Long Valley caldera in California and along the San Andreas fault near Parkfield, CA. For Long Valley, we are able to resolve the documented 2002-2003 uplift event with greater temporal precision. Similarly for Parkfield, we model the postseismic deformation by specific integrated basis splines characterized by timescales that are largely consistent with postseismic relaxation times. We then apply our method to ERS and Envisat InSAR datasets consisting of over 200 interferograms for Long Valley and over 100 interferograms for Parkfield. The wavelet transforms reduce the impact of spatially correlated atmospheric noise common in InSAR data since the wavelet coefficients themselves are essentially uncorrelated. The spatial density and extended temporal coverage of the InSAR data allows us to effectively localize ground deformation events in both space and time with greater precision than has been previously accomplished.

  9. Chirped pulse Raman amplification in plasma: high gain measurements

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    Vieux, G.; Yang, X.; Lyachev, A.; Ersfeld, B.; Farmer, J.; Brunetti, E.; Wiggins, M.; Issac, R.; Raj, G.; Jaroszynski, D. A.

    2009-05-01

    High power short pulse lasers are usually based on chirped pulse amplification (CPA), where a frequency chirped and temporarily stretched "seed" pulse is amplified by a broad-bandwidth solid state medium, which is usually pumped by a monochromatic "pump" laser. Here, we demonstrate the feasibility of using chirped pulse Raman amplification (CPRA) as a means of amplifying short pulses in plasma. In this scheme, a short seed pulse is amplified by a stretched and chirped pump pulse through Raman backscattering in a plasma channel. Unlike conventional CPA, each spectral component of the seed is amplified at different longitudinal positions determined by the resonance of the seed, pump and plasma wave, which excites a density echelon that acts as a "chirped" mirror and simultaneously backscatters and compresses the pump. Experimental evidence shows that it has potential as an ultra-broad bandwidth linear amplifier which dispenses with the need for large compressor gratings.

  10. Enhancement of Ultracold Molecule Formation Using Shaped Nanosecond Frequency Chirps

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    Carini, J. L.; Kallush, S.; Kosloff, R.; Gould, P. L.

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate that judicious shaping of a nanosecond-time-scale frequency chirp can dramatically enhance the formation rate of ultracold 87Rb2 molecules. Starting with ultracold Rb 87 atoms, we apply pulses of frequency-chirped light to first photoassociate the atoms into excited molecules and then, later in the chirp, deexcite these molecules into a high vibrational level of the lowest triplet state a ?3 u + . The enhancing chirp shape passes through the absorption and stimulated emission transitions relatively slowly, thus increasing their adiabaticity, but jumps quickly between them to minimize the effects of spontaneous emission. Comparisons with quantum simulations for various chirp shapes support this enhancement mechanism.

  11. FY07 LDRD Final Report Precision, Split Beam, Chirped-Pulse, Seed Laser Technology

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    Dawson, J W; Messerly, M J; Phan, H H; Crane, J K; Beach, R J; Siders, C W; Barty, C J

    2009-11-12

    The goal of this LDRD ER was to develop a robust and reliable technology to seed high-energy laser systems with chirped pulses that can be amplified to kilo-Joule energies and recompressed to sub-picosecond pulse widths creating extremely high peak powers suitable for petawatt class physics experiments. This LDRD project focused on the development of optical fiber laser technologies compatible with the current long pulse National Ignition Facility (NIF) seed laser. New technologies developed under this project include, high stability mode-locked fiber lasers, fiber based techniques for reduction of compressed pulse pedestals and prepulses, new compact stretchers based on chirped fiber Bragg gratings (CFBGs), new techniques for manipulation of chirped pulses prior to amplification and new high-energy fiber amplifiers. This project was highly successful and met virtually all of its goals. The National Ignition Campaign has found the results of this work to be very helpful. The LDRD developed system is being employed in experiments to engineer the Advanced Radiographic Capability (ARC) front end and the fully engineered version of the ARC Front End will employ much of the technology and techniques developed here.

  12. Temporal compression and shaping of chirped biphotons using Fresnel-inspired binary phase shaping

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    Li, Baihong; Xu, Yonggang; Zhu, Haifei; Lin, Fukun; Li, Yongfang

    2015-02-01

    Chirped biphotons generated via spontaneous parametric down-conversion in chirped quasi-phase-matched nonlinear crystals have ultrabroadband frequency spectra, while their correlation times are not ultranarrow, due to the nonlinear frequency dependence of the phase factor. Based on the idea of Fresnel zone lenses, we propose a Fresnel-inspired binary phase-shaping scheme for tailoring broadband biphoton spectra. By applying binary phase masks to the biphoton spectrum, a Fresnel zone lens was produced in the frequency domain, compressing the broadband temporal wave packets of the chirped biphotons to the Fourier-transform limit due to the effective removal of the quadratic phase. Furthermore, biphoton correlation trains can also be generated by properly shaping the biphoton spectrum with this scheme. This provides a method for biphoton compression and shaping, which avoids the length dependence and the impact of higher-order dispersion in a dispersive medium by using the phase compensation method. Our results could prove useful in quantum metrology, lithography, and coding of entangled photons.

  13. Helium in chirped laser fields as a time-asymmetric atomic switch

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    Kaprlov-?nsk, Petra Ruth; Moiseyev, Nimrod

    2014-07-07

    Tuning the laser parameters exceptional points in the spectrum of the dressed laser helium atom are obtained. The weak linearly polarized laser couples the ground state and the doubly excited P-states of helium. We show here that for specific chirped laser pulses that encircle an exceptional point one can get the time-asymmetric phenomenon, where for a negative chirped laser pulse the ground state is transformed into the doubly excited auto-ionization state, while for a positive chirped laser pulse the resonance state is not populated and the neutral helium atoms remains in the ground state as the laser pulse is turned off. Moreover, we show that the results are very sensitive to the closed contour we choose. This time-asymmetric state exchange phenomenon can be considered as a time-asymmetric atomic switch. The optimal time-asymmetric switch is obtained when the closed loop that encircles the exceptional point is large, while for the smallest loops, the time-asymmetric phenomenon does not take place. A systematic way for studying the effect of the chosen closed contour that encircles the exceptional point on the time-asymmetric phenomenon is proposed.

  14. Helium in chirped laser fields as a time-asymmetric atomic switch.

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    Kaprálová-Žďánská, Petra Ruth; Moiseyev, Nimrod

    2014-07-01

    Tuning the laser parameters exceptional points in the spectrum of the dressed laser helium atom are obtained. The weak linearly polarized laser couples the ground state and the doubly excited P-states of helium. We show here that for specific chirped laser pulses that encircle an exceptional point one can get the time-asymmetric phenomenon, where for a negative chirped laser pulse the ground state is transformed into the doubly excited auto-ionization state, while for a positive chirped laser pulse the resonance state is not populated and the neutral helium atoms remains in the ground state as the laser pulse is turned off. Moreover, we show that the results are very sensitive to the closed contour we choose. This time-asymmetric state exchange phenomenon can be considered as a time-asymmetric atomic switch. The optimal time-asymmetric switch is obtained when the closed loop that encircles the exceptional point is large, while for the smallest loops, the time-asymmetric phenomenon does not take place. A systematic way for studying the effect of the chosen closed contour that encircles the exceptional point on the time-asymmetric phenomenon is proposed. PMID:25005289

  15. Chirp- and random-based coded ultrasonic excitation for localized blood-brain barrier opening

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    Kamimura, H. A. S.; Wang, S.; Wu, S.-Y.; Karakatsani, M. E.; Acosta, C.; Carneiro, A. A. O.; Konofagou, E. E.

    2015-10-01

    Chirp- and random-based coded excitation methods have been proposed to reduce standing wave formation and improve focusing of transcranial ultrasound. However, no clear evidence has been shown to support the benefits of these ultrasonic excitation sequences in vivo. This study evaluates the chirp and periodic selection of random frequency (PSRF) coded-excitation methods for opening the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in mice. Three groups of mice (n  =  15) were injected with polydisperse microbubbles and sonicated in the caudate putamen using the chirp/PSRF coded (bandwidth: 1.5-1.9 MHz, peak negative pressure: 0.52 MPa, duration: 30 s) or standard ultrasound (frequency: 1.5 MHz, pressure: 0.52 MPa, burst duration: 20 ms, duration: 5 min) sequences. T1-weighted contrast-enhanced MRI scans were performed to quantitatively analyze focused ultrasound induced BBB opening. The mean opening volumes evaluated from the MRI were 9.38+/- 5.71 mm3, 8.91+/- 3.91 mm3and 35.47+/- 5.10 mm3 for the chirp, random and regular sonications, respectively. The mean cavitation levels were 55.40+/- 28.43 V.s, 63.87+/- 29.97 V.s and 356.52+/- 257.15 V.s for the chirp, random and regular sonications, respectively. The chirp and PSRF coded pulsing sequences improved the BBB opening localization by inducing lower cavitation levels and smaller opening volumes compared to results of the regular sonication technique. Larger bandwidths were associated with more focused targeting but were limited by the frequency response of the transducer, the skull attenuation and the microbubbles optimal frequency range. The coded methods could therefore facilitate highly localized drug delivery as well as benefit other transcranial ultrasound techniques that use higher pressure levels and higher precision to induce the necessary bioeffects in a brain region while avoiding damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.

  16. Chirped fiber Bragg grating detonation velocity sensing

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    Rodriguez, G.; Sandberg, R. L.; McCulloch, Q.; Jackson, S. I.; Vincent, S. W.; Udd, E.

    2013-01-01

    An all optical-fiber-based approach to measuring high explosive detonation front position and velocity is described. By measuring total light return using an incoherent light source reflected from a linearly chirped fiber Bragg grating sensor in contact with the explosive, dynamic mapping of the detonation front position and velocity versus time is obtained. We demonstrate two calibration procedures and provide several examples of detonation front measurements: PBX 9502 cylindrical rate stick, radial detonation front in PBX 9501, and PBX 9501 detonation along curved meridian line. In the cylindrical rate stick measurement, excellent agreement with complementary diagnostics (electrical pins and streak camera imaging) is achieved, demonstrating accuracy in the detonation front velocity to below the 0.3% level when compared to the results from the pin data. Finally, an estimate on the linear spatial and temporal resolution of the system shows that sub-mm and sub-?s levels are attainable with proper consideration of the recording speed, detection sensitivity, spectrum, and chirp properties of the grating.

  17. Chirped fiber Bragg grating detonation velocity sensing.

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    Rodriguez, G; Sandberg, R L; McCulloch, Q; Jackson, S I; Vincent, S W; Udd, E

    2013-01-01

    An all optical-fiber-based approach to measuring high explosive detonation front position and velocity is described. By measuring total light return using an incoherent light source reflected from a linearly chirped fiber Bragg grating sensor in contact with the explosive, dynamic mapping of the detonation front position and velocity versus time is obtained. We demonstrate two calibration procedures and provide several examples of detonation front measurements: PBX 9502 cylindrical rate stick, radial detonation front in PBX 9501, and PBX 9501 detonation along curved meridian line. In the cylindrical rate stick measurement, excellent agreement with complementary diagnostics (electrical pins and streak camera imaging) is achieved, demonstrating accuracy in the detonation front velocity to below the 0.3% level when compared to the results from the pin data. Finally, an estimate on the linear spatial and temporal resolution of the system shows that sub-mm and sub-?s levels are attainable with proper consideration of the recording speed, detection sensitivity, spectrum, and chirp properties of the grating. PMID:23387683

  18. New technique of distinguishing rock from coal based on statistical analysis of wavelet transform

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    Li, Xu; Gu, Tao

    2009-04-01

    A hybrid algorithm of distinguishing rock from coal based on statistical analysis of Wavelet Transform (WT) is presented which can be used in the process of caving coal. First, eight groups of sound signals sampled with the speed 8192 samples/sec during caving are decomposed by db3 wavelet. Second, the WT results are analyzed by using the variance analytical method in the second-level details (D2). Third, the typical values i.e. the detail-level coefficient variances (Dvar) of the sound of the coal bumping the transporting coal armor plate, the rock bumping the armor plate and the mixing of coal and rock bumping the armor plate are calculated. Finally, the threshold value of distinguishing rock from coal is evaluated by the typical values and used to direct the opportunity for caving. We can learn by the experimental results that the proposed technique can depict effectively the different characteristics of the sampled signals. The experimental results also show that we can distinguish effectively different bumping sounds of coal, rock and the mixing of them by the characteristics when adjusting the appropriate threshold value. Meanwhile, the proposed method has strong ability to resist the noise occurred during mining. Therefore, the algorithm can be used to improve the miners' productivity and promote the construction of digital mine.

  19. Characterization of strong fiber Bragg gratings using an applied thermal chirp and iterative algorithm.

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    Miller, Gary A; Peele, John R; Askins, Charles G; Cranch, Geoffrey A

    2011-12-20

    Coupling coefficients of various grating types and strengths are calculated from measurements of the complex reflectivity using an applied thermal chirp and optical frequency domain reflectometry (OFDR). The complex reflectivity is then utilized by a layer peeling algorithm to determine the coupling coefficient of the thermally chirped grating. A guess of the temperature profile enables the coupling coefficient of the unchirped grating to be estimated. An iterative algorithm is then used to converge on the exact coupling coefficient, employing an error minimization method applied to the reflectivity spectra. This technique removes the need for a reference grating while preserving the spatial resolution obtained with the initial OFDR measurement. Successful reconstruction of gratings with integrated |κ|L ~ 9.0 are demonstrated with a spatial resolution of less than 100 μm. PMID:22193191

  20. Impact of modulator chirp in 100 Gbps class optical discrete multi-tone transmission system

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    Nishihara, Masato; Tanaka, Toshiki; Takahara, Tomoo; Li, Lei; Tao, Zhenning; Rasmussen, Jens C.

    2012-12-01

    Discrete multi-tone (DMT) technology is an attractive modulation technique for short reach optical transmission system. One of the main factors that limit the performance of the 1.5-μm band DMT system is the interplay between the chromatic dispersion of the transmission fiber and the chirp characteristic of the transmitter. We experimentally measured and compared the chirp characteristics of various modulator configurations, which are lithium-niobate Mach-Zehnder modulator, directly modulated laser, and electro-absorption modulator, by the frequency discriminator method using MZ interferometer. We also measured and compared the transmission characteristics of the transmitters using above-mentioned modulators and discuss the suitable transmitter configuration for DMT technology.

  1. Optical transformation based image encryption and data embedding techniques using MATLAB

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    Bhattacharya, Debalina; Ghosh, Ajay

    2015-06-01

    The proposed work describes optical transformations such as Fourier transformation and Fresnel transformation based encryption and decryption of images using random phase masks (RPMs). The encrypted images have been embedded in some secret cover files of other formats like text files, word files, audio files etc to increase the robustness in the security applications. So, if any one wants to send confidential documents, it will be difficult for the interloper to unhide the secret information. The whole work has been done in MATLAB®

  2. Nonlinear frequency chirping of toroidal Alfvn eigenmodes in tokamak plasmas

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    Zhu, J.; Ma, Z. W.; Fu, G. Y.

    2014-12-01

    Nonlinear frequency chirping of toroidal Alfn eigenmodes (TAE) driven by energetic particles is investigated by kinetic simulations in toroidal plasmas. It is found that the up-down symmetry of the frequency chirping of a TAE is broken due to an anisotropic pitch-angle distribution with dominant co-passing energetic particles. The nonuniform distribution of the free energy associated with the initial energetic particle distribution causes biased driving forces that result in a strongly asymmetric frequency chirping. The evolution of the perturbed distribution function in the phase space shows that a hole-clump pair moves together towards the magnetic axis for the small pitch-angle parameter cases. The downward chirping of the mode frequency is associated with the negative drift of the phase island in the KAM surfaces or the resonance ?f structures in the radial direction. On the other hand, the energetic particle distribution with larger pitch-angle parameters leads to upward chirping of the TAE frequency. The upward chirping is due to the drifting of the resonance structure towards the boundary of the simulation region and overlapping of different poloidal resonances in the (?, E) phase space at the late stage. The phase space dynamics provides a key mechanism for understanding the wave chirping direction and particle transport process.

  3. Chirped-Superlattice, Blocked-Intersubband QWIP

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    Gunapala, Sarath; Ting, David; Bandara, Sumith

    2004-01-01

    An Al(x)Ga(1-x)As/GaAs quantum-well infrared photodetector (QWIP) of the blocked-intersubband-detector (BID) type, now undergoing development, features a chirped (that is, aperiodic) superlattice. The purpose of the chirped superlattice is to increase the quantum efficiency of the device. A somewhat lengthy background discussion is necessary to give meaning to a brief description of the present developmental QWIP. A BID QWIP was described in "MQW Based Block Intersubband Detector for Low-Background Operation" (NPO-21073), NASA Tech Briefs Vol. 25, No. 7 (July 2001), page 46. To recapitulate: The BID design was conceived in response to the deleterious effects of operation of a QWIP at low temperature under low background radiation. These effects can be summarized as a buildup of space charge and an associated high impedance and diminution of responsivity with increasing modulation frequency. The BID design, which reduces these deleterious effects, calls for a heavily doped multiple-quantum-well (MQW) emitter section with barriers that are thinner than in prior MQW devices. The thinning of the barriers results in a large overlap of sublevel wave functions, thereby creating a miniband. Because of sequential resonant quantum-mechanical tunneling of electrons from the negative ohmic contact to and between wells, any space charge is quickly neutralized. At the same time, what would otherwise be a large component of dark current attributable to tunneling current through the whole device is suppressed by placing a relatively thick, undoped, impurity-free AlxGa1 x As blocking barrier layer between the MQW emitter section and the positive ohmic contact. [This layer is similar to the thick, undoped Al(x)Ga(1-x)As layers used in photodetectors of the blocked-impurity-band (BIB) type.] Notwithstanding the aforementioned advantage afforded by the BID design, the responsivity of a BID QWIP is very low because of low collection efficiency, which, in turn, is a result of low electrostatic- potential drop across the superlattice emitter. Because the emitter must be electrically conductive to prevent the buildup of space charge in depleted quantum wells, most of the externally applied bias voltage drop occurs across the blocking-barrier layer. This completes the background discussion. In the developmental QWIP, the periodic superlattice of the prior BID design is to be replaced with the chirped superlattice, which is expected to provide a built-in electric field. As a result, the efficiency of collection of photoexcited charge carriers (and, hence, the net quantum efficiency and thus responsivity) should increase significantly.

  4. Three-Dimensional Analysis of Frequency-Chirped FELs

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    Huang, Z.; Ding, Y.; Wu, J.; /SLAC

    2010-09-14

    Frequency-chirped free-electron lasers (FELs) are useful to generate a large photon bandwidth or a shorter x-ray pulse duration. In this paper, we present a three-dimensional analysis of a high-gain FEL driven by the energy-chirped electron beam. We show that the FEL eigenmode equation is the same for a frequency-chirped FEL as for an undulator-tapered FEL. We study the transverse effects of such FELs including mode properties and transverse coherence.

  5. All-optical time-domain chirp switches.

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    Islam, M N; Chen, C J; Soccolich, C E

    1991-04-01

    We describe a novel architecture for an all-optical time-domain chirp switch in which digital logic is based on timeshift keying. This architecture is a generalization of fiber soliton-dragging logic gates that have a switching energy approaching 1 pJ. By using solitons we separate the nonlinear chirping from the time shifting and, consequently, reduce the required phase shift during the nonlinear interaction. We discuss the scaling laws for energy and latency versus pulse width and show that the chirp switches have low switching energies for high-bit-rate applications. PMID:19773974

  6. Optimization and characterization of dual-chirped optical parametric amplification

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    Fu, Yuxi; Takahashi, Eiji J.; Zhang, Qingbin; Lu, Peixiang; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2015-12-01

    We report optimization and characterization of a dual-chirped optical parametric amplification (DC-OPA) scheme (2011 Opt. Express 19 7190). By increasing a pump pulse energy to 100 mJ, a total (signal + idler) output energy exceeding 30 mJ was recorded with higher than 30% conversion efficiency. The feasibility of further increasing the output energy to a higher scale using the DC-OPA scheme was confirmed by a proof-of-principle experiment, in which 30%–40% conversion efficiency was observed. The signal pulse with the center wavelength of 1.4 μm was compressed to 27 fs (FWHM), which was very close to a transform-limited pulse duration of 25 fs. Since the DC-OPA scheme is efficient for generating high-energy infrared (IR) pulses with excellent scaling ability, the design parameters for obtaining hundred-mJ-level and even joule-level IR pulses are discussed and presented in detail. Invited contribution to the special issue on optical parametric processes.

  7. A technique to study Meloidogyne arenaria resistance in Agrobacterium rhizogenes-transformed peanut

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    A reliable peanut root transformation system would be useful to study the functions of genes involved in root biology and disease resistance. The objective of this study was to establish an effective protocol to produce composite plants mediated by Agrobacterium rhizogenes transformation. More tha...

  8. Chirped Pulse and Cavity FT Microwave Spectroscopy of the Formic Acid - Trimethylamine Weakly Bound Complex

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    Mackenzie, Becca; Dewberry, Chris; Leopold, Ken

    2015-06-01

    Amine-carboxylic acid interactions are important in many biological systems and have recently received attention for their role in the formation of atmospheric aerosols. Here, we study the molecular and electronic structure of the formic acid - trimethylamine complex, using it as a model for amine-carboxylic acid interactions. The microwave spectrum of the complex has been observed using chirped pulse and conventional cavity-type Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy. The degree of proton transfer has been assessed using the 14N nuclear quadrupole hyperfine structure. Experimental results will be compared to DFT calculations.

  9. Dispersion compensation in chirped pulse amplification systems

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    Bayramian, Andrew James; Molander, William A.

    2014-07-15

    A chirped pulse amplification system includes a laser source providing an input laser pulse along an optical path. The input laser pulse is characterized by a first temporal duration. The system also includes a multi-pass pulse stretcher disposed along the optical path. The multi-pass pulse stretcher includes a first set of mirrors operable to receive input light in a first plane and output light in a second plane parallel to the first plane and a first diffraction grating. The pulse stretcher also includes a second set of mirrors operable to receive light diffracted from the first diffraction grating and a second diffraction grating. The pulse stretcher further includes a reflective element operable to reflect light diffracted from the second diffraction grating. The system further includes an amplifier, a pulse compressor, and a passive dispersion compensator disposed along the optical path.

  10. Design and Fabrication of Chirped Mirror

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    Wang, Yan-Zhi; Shao, Jian-Da; Dong, Hong-Cheng; Zhang, Wei-Li; Cui, Yun; He, Hong-Bo; Fan, Zheng-Xiu

    2009-09-01

    Chirped mirrors (CMs) are designed and manufactured. The optimized CM provides a group delay dispersion (GDD) of around -60 fs2 and average reflectivity of 99.4% with bandwidth 200 nm at a central wavelength of 800 nm. The CM structure consists of 52 layers of alternating high refractive index Ta2O5 and low refractive index SiO2. Measurement results show that the control of CM manufacturing accuracy can meet our requirement through time control with ion beam sputtering. Because the GDD of CMs is highly sensitive to small discrepancies between the layer thickness of calculated design and those of the manufactured mirror, we analyze the error sources which result in thickness errors and refractive index inhomogeneities in film manufacture.

  11. Review of high-throughput techniques for detecting solid phase Transformation from material libraries produced by combinatorial methods

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    Lee, Jonathan A.

    2005-01-01

    High-throughput measurement techniques are reviewed for solid phase transformation from materials produced by combinatorial methods, which are highly efficient concepts to fabricate large variety of material libraries with different compositional gradients on a single wafer. Combinatorial methods hold high potential for reducing the time and costs associated with the development of new materials, as compared to time-consuming and labor-intensive conventional methods that test large batches of material, one- composition at a time. These high-throughput techniques can be automated to rapidly capture and analyze data, using the entire material library on a single wafer, thereby accelerating the pace of materials discovery and knowledge generation for solid phase transformations. The review covers experimental techniques that are applicable to inorganic materials such as shape memory alloys, graded materials, metal hydrides, ferric materials, semiconductors and industrial alloys.

  12. Highly depth-resolved chirped pulse photothermal radar for bone diagnostics

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    Kaiplavil, Sreekumar; Mandelis, Andreas

    2011-07-01

    A novel chirped pulse photothermal (PT) radiometric radar with improved sensitivity over the conventional harmonically modulated thermal-wave radar technique and alternative pulsed laser photothermal radiometry is introduced for the diagnosis of biological samples, especially bones with tissue and skin overlayers. The constraints imposed by the laser safety (maximum permissible exposure) ceiling on pump laser energy and the strong attenuation of thermal-wave signals in tissues significantly limit the photothermally active depth in most biological specimens to a level which is normally insufficient for practical applications (a few mm below the skin surface). A theoretical approach for improvement of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), minimizing the static (dc) component of the photothermal signal and making use of the photothermal radiometric nonlinearity has been introduced and verified by comparing the SNR of four distinct excitation wave forms (sine-wave, square-wave, constant-width and constant duty-cycle pulses) for chirping the pump laser, under constant exposure energy. At low frequencies fixed-pulsewidth chirps of large peak power were found to be superior to all other equal-energy modalities, with an SNR improvement up to two orders of magnitude. Distinct thickness-dependent characteristic delay times in a goat bone were obtained, establishing an active depth resolution range of 2.8 mm in a layered skin-fat-bone structure, a favorable result compared to the maximum reported pulsed photothermal radiometric depth resolution <1 mm in turbid biological media.

  13. Highly depth-resolved chirped pulse photothermal radar for bone diagnostics.

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    Kaiplavil, Sreekumar; Mandelis, Andreas

    2011-07-01

    A novel chirped pulse photothermal (PT) radiometric radar with improved sensitivity over the conventional harmonically modulated thermal-wave radar technique and alternative pulsed laser photothermal radiometry is introduced for the diagnosis of biological samples, especially bones with tissue and skin overlayers. The constraints imposed by the laser safety (maximum permissible exposure) ceiling on pump laser energy and the strong attenuation of thermal-wave signals in tissues significantly limit the photothermally active depth in most biological specimens to a level which is normally insufficient for practical applications (a few mm below the skin surface). A theoretical approach for improvement of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), minimizing the static (dc) component of the photothermal signal and making use of the photothermal radiometric nonlinearity has been introduced and verified by comparing the SNR of four distinct excitation wave forms (sine-wave, square-wave, constant-width and constant duty-cycle pulses) for chirping the pump laser, under constant exposure energy. At low frequencies fixed-pulsewidth chirps of large peak power were found to be superior to all other equal-energy modalities, with an SNR improvement up to two orders of magnitude. Distinct thickness-dependent characteristic delay times in a goat bone were obtained, establishing an active depth resolution range of ~2.8 mm in a layered skin-fat-bone structure, a favorable result compared to the maximum reported pulsed photothermal radiometric depth resolution <1 mm in turbid biological media. PMID:21806220

  14. Distortion-invariant face recognition using multiple phase-shifted reference-based joint transform correlation technique

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    Islam, Mohammed Nazrul; Asari, K. Vijayan; Karim, Mohammad A.

    2011-09-01

    We have developed a novel face recognition technique utilizing optical joint transform correlation (JTC) technique which provides with a number of salient features as compared to similar other digital techniques, including fast operation, simple architecture and capability of updating the reference image in real time. The proposed technique incorporates a synthetic discriminant function (SDF) of the target face estimated from a set of different training faces to make the face recognition performance invariant to noise and distortion. The technique then involves four different phase-shifted versions of the same SDF reference face, which are individually joint transform correlated with the given input scene with unknown faces and other objects. Appropriate combination of correlation signals yields a single cross-correlation peak corresponding to each potential face image. The technique also involves a fringe-adjusted filter to generate a delta-like correlation peak with high discrimination between the target face and the non-target face and background objects. Performance of the proposed face recognition technique is investigated through computer simulation where it is observed to be efficient and successful in different complex environments.

  15. ABCD-matrix elements for a chirped diffraction grating

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    April, Alexandre; McCarthy, Nathalie

    2007-03-01

    The ABCD-matrix elements for a chirped diffraction grating, used at an arbitrary angle of incidence and in an arbitrary diffraction order, are derived both for the tangential and sagittal planes. The derivation is based on the notion of optical path difference and assumes a spherical chirped grating used in reflection in air or vacuum, but the results apply to transmission grating as well. The matrix elements are then employed to establish the effective focal length of the chirped grating and the position of its cardinal points. In this paper, by chirped gratings (also called varied line-space gratings or varied pitch gratings), it is meant gratings whose grooves are straight and parallel but not equally spaced.

  16. Chirp Parameter in Strained Coupled Quantum Well Electroabsorption Modulators

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    Arashmehr, Armin; Zavvari, Mahdi

    2014-12-01

    Dependence of chirp parameter of a coupled double quantum well electroabsorption modulator at wavelength 1.55 m on the structural parameters such as wells widths and strain of wells is studied. For this purpose, we calculate the absorption of structure under applied electric fields and then solve the Kramers-Kronig relation to obtain field-induced refractive index changes. Results show that the chirp parameter is strongly dependent on the first well width and strain variation. The wider well with the compressive strain results in reduction of chirp parameter. The second well parameters effect is weaker than that of the first well. Results show that by proper design of absorption region, all negative chirp can be achieved.

  17. Applying image transformation and classification techniques to airborne hyperspectral imagery for mapping Ashe juniper infestations

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    Ashe juniper (Juniperus ashei Buchholz), in excessive coverage, reduces forage production, interferes with livestock management, and degrades watersheds and wildlife habitat in infested rangelands. The objective of this study was to apply minimum noise fraction (MNF) transformation and different cla...

  18. ORGANIC ACID DERIVATIZATION TECHNIQUES APPLIED TO PETROLEUM HYDROCARBON TRANSFORMATIONS IN SUBSURFACE ENVIRONMENTS

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    Evidence for the natural microbial remediation of subsurface fuel contamination situations should include identification and analysis of transformation or degradation products. In this way. u mass balance between fuel constituents and end products may be approached to monitor cle...

  19. ORGANIC ACID DERIVATIZATION TECHNIQUES APPLIED TO PETROLEUM HYDROCARBON TRANSFORMATIONS IN SUBSURFACE ENVIRONMENT

    EPA Science Inventory

    Evidence for the natural microbial remediation of subsurface fuel contamination situations should include identification and analysis of transformation or degradation products. n this way, a mass balance between fuel constituents and end products may be approached to monitor clea...

  20. Effective technique for solving the reconstruction problems in tomography using the 2D Hartley transform

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    Karimov, Magomed G.; Batyrov, Rustam M.; Halilulayev, Gusein M.

    1999-02-01

    One of major aspects of a problem of restoration (reconstruction) of the internal structure of various objects and other information about their properties considers the reception of the information on distribution of some physical characteristic from their experimentally obtained spectrum of integral projective data received by various methods (emissive, transmissive -- by a physical principle; acoustical, optical, laser, radiological -- by the type of used radiation, etc.). The given branch of investigation is known as a reconstructive tomography. The majority of methods for restoration of the images from their integral projections in reconstructive tomography are based on a fundamental generalized projective theorem with use of Fourier transform. The main difficulty in practical processing of the complex Fourier-like transforms (Laplace, Mellin transforms, etc.) despite of their convenience in analytical calculations and algebra becomes the insufficient speed of data processing for reception of the dynamic distribution image of an investigated physical characteristic. In the present work we examined the possibilities of application in various areas of a reconstructive tomography of the real-domain integral transform offered by Ralph Vinton Lyon Hartley in 1942 for study of a spectra of electrosignals, lastly named in his honor by Hartley transform. Some examples of an effective applications and basic properties of Hartley transform are presented in works of Ronald N. Bracewell. From middle of the 1960-the years there were offered various fast algorithms of calculation of discrete Fourier transform (FFT) which characterized by some advantage in speed of data processing in comparison with discrete FT, but however owing to its complexity and asymmetry FFT concedes in speed of processing to fast algorithms based on Hartley transform.

  1. Chirping for efficiency enhancement of the free-electron laser

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    Moore, G.T.; Goldstein, J.C.

    1988-01-01

    One-dimensional numerical studies have been made of free-electron laser oscillators in which the incident electron energy varies (chirps) as a function of time over each micropulse. Optical radiation resonant with such micropulses is chirped in frequency. Highest calculated efficiency (up to 8.1% for wavelengths near 10 ..mu..m) has been obtained in cases where the optical pulse at saturation is short compared to the slippage. 8 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Iterative direction-of-arrival estimation with wideband chirp signals

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    Wang, Genyuan; Xia, Xiang-Gen; Chen, Victor C.

    1999-11-01

    Amin et. al. recently developed a time-frequency MUSIC algorithm with narrow band models for the estimation of direction of arrival (DOA) when the source signals are chirps. In this research, we consider wideband models. The joint time-frequency analysis is first used to estimate the chirp rates of the source signals and then the DOA is estimated by the MUSIC algorithm with an iterative approach.

  3. Single attosecond pulse generation from multicycle nonlinear chirped pulses

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    Niu Yueping; Qi Yihong; Gong Shangqing; Xiang Yang

    2009-12-15

    We present a method of producing single attosecond pulses by high-order harmonic generation with multicycle nonlinear chirped driver laser pulses. The symmetry of the laser field in several optical cycles near the pulse center is broken, and then the photons near the cutoff burst only in half optical cycle. By selecting out the harmonics near the cutoff, an isolated attosecond pulse could be obtained. The results are almost independent of the length and chirp form of the driver laser pulse.

  4. Single-stripe tunable laser with chirped sampled gratings fabricated by nanoimprint lithography

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    Yoshinaga, Hiroyuki; Yanagisawa, Masaki; Kaneko, Toshimitsu; Akiyama, Kan; Tajima, Mikio; Shoji, Daisei; Fujii, Takuya; Shoji, Hajime

    2014-08-01

    The fabrication of diffraction gratings of a chirped sampled gratings distributed reflector (CSG-DR) laser by nanoimprint lithography (NIL) has been demonstrated. The diffraction gratings with highly uniform linewidth and period have been successfully fabricated by the combination of the reverse-tone NIL and precise etching techniques. The CSG-DR laser fabricated by NIL shows a sufficiently wide tuning range of 40 nm as we designed. The results of this study indicate that our fabrication process for the sampled gratings utilizing the NIL technique has a high potential for the fabrication of a CSG-DR laser.

  5. Two-color chirped-pulse amplification in an ultrabroadband Ti:sapphire ring regenerative amplifier

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    Yamakawa, Koichi; Barty, C. P. J.

    2003-12-01

    We have developed a high-energy, ultrabroadband Ti:sapphire ring regenerative amplifier capable of producing in excess of 20-mJ output at a 10-Hz repetition rate. The technique of chirped-pulse amplification is used to generate two-color, time-synchronized pulses with central wavelength separations of up to ~120 nm and with a total energy of 10 mJ by use of a regenerative pulse-shaping technique. Mid-infrared pulses tunable from 6 to 11 ?m are generated by difference frequency mixing the two-color outputs.

  6. Sampled chirped fiber gratings as distributed pressure sensors

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    Tjin, Swee Chuan; Mohanty, Lipi; Ngo, Nam Quoc

    2004-09-01

    Fiber gratings have been studied for their applications in sensing and communications. Many sensing applications of the uniform fiber Bragg grating, chirped fiber grating and long period grating have been studied, proposed and commercialized. Sampled chirped gratings have been studied for multichannel dispersion compensation in DWDM systems. In this paper, we show that the sampled chirped fiber grating can be used as a distributed pressure sensor. The chirp provides ease of manufacture of many gratings. The sampling results in many small, uniform grating-like structures. This fact can be used to simulate a distributed sensor over the length of the sampled chirped grating. When a surface comes into contact with the sensor, the distribution of the pressure determines the shift in central wavelength of the various sub-gratings. The sub-grating that experiences the maximum pressure will show maximum wavelength shift whereas adjacent sub-gratings will show less shift. This can also give the location of the pressure. The sensor design comprises of a sampled chirped grating embedded in unidirectional fiber-reinforced composite prepreg. The prepreg enhances the mechanical strength and the unidirectional embedding reduces birefringence. The number of layers in the prepreg stack varies the sensitivity. Such distributed pressure sensors can be applied in robotics, ergonomics, and in the biomedical field.

  7. Photonic generation of microwave waveforms with wide chirp tuning range

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    Wong, Jia Haur; Liu, Huan Huan; Lam, Huy Quoc; Aditya, Sheel; Zhou, Junqiang; Lim, Peng Huei; Lee, Kenneth Eng Kian; Wu, Kan; Chow, Kin Kee; Shum, Perry Ping

    2013-09-01

    We show analytically as well as demonstrate experimentally an approach to generate microwave waveforms with wide chirp tuning range. The approach is based on the interference of two temporally-stretched pulses which are time-delayed with respect to each other and having different frequency chirp. This approach is realized by an unbalanced Mach Zehnder Interferometer (MZI) incorporating a linearly-chirped fiber-Bragg-grating (LCFBG) whose group-delay-dispersion (GDD) can be tuned across a wide range. In general, tuning the GDD of the LCFBG changes the chirp rate of the generated microwave waveform and tuning the relative time-delay between the interferometer arms changes the center frequency of the generated microwave waveform. Balanced photodetection is also implemented to obtain DC-free microwave waveforms. Based on this approach, we demonstrate the generation of microwave waveforms with different center frequencies and with the chirp rates ranging from-126.7 GHz/ns to +120.8 GHz/ns, including the zero-chirp case.

  8. Broadband spectroscopy of dynamic impedances with short chirp pulses.

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    Min, M; Land, R; Paavle, T; Parve, T; Annus, P; Trebbels, D

    2011-07-01

    An impedance spectrum of dynamic systems is time dependent. Fast impedance changes take place, for example, in high throughput microfluidic devices and in operating cardiovascular systems. Measurements must be as short as possible to avoid significant impedance changes during the spectrum analysis, and as long as possible for enlarging the excitation energy and obtaining a better signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). The authors propose to use specific short chirp pulses for excitation. Thanks to the specific properties of the chirp function, it is possible to meet the needs for a spectrum bandwidth, measurement time and SNR so that the most accurate impedance spectrogram can be obtained. The chirp wave excitation can include thousands of cycles when the impedance changes slowly, but in the case of very high speed changes it can be shorter than a single cycle, preserving the same excitation bandwidth. For example, a 100 kHz bandwidth can be covered by the chirp pulse with durations from 10 s to 1 s; only its excitation energy differs also 10(5) times. After discussing theoretical short chirp properties in detail, the authors show how to generate short chirps in the microsecond range with a bandwidth up to a few MHz by using digital synthesis architectures developed inside a low-cost standard field programmable gate array. PMID:21646703

  9. Filtering in the joint time/chirp-rate domain for separation of quadratic and cubic phase chirp signals

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    zgen, Mehmet Tankut

    2012-12-01

    This article investigates the possibility and convenience of a filtering operation in the joint time/chirp-rate (TCR) domain, and proposes a novel linear TCR filter for decomposing multicomponent signals into their quadratic and/or cubic phase chirp components with monotonic instantaneous chirp-rate (ICR) laws only. The TCR domain mask of the filter is selected on a display of a TCR representation of an input signal to isolate the desired chirp component. Projecting the input signal onto the phase signal associated with the TCR mask and approximating the phase difference in this projection operation in terms of ICR values result in the proposed TCR filter that recovers the selected component. Simulations illustrate the proposed filtering in recovery of undersampled cubic phase signals and in resolving back-to-back objects from in-line holograms for which cases it is easier to design filter masks in the TCR domain than in the time-frequency domain.

  10. Propagation effects of isolated attosecond pulse generation with a multicycle chirped and chirped-free two-color field

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    Du Hongchuan; Hu Bitao

    2011-08-15

    We present a theoretical study of isolated attosecond pulse generation with a multicycle chirped and chirped-free two-color field. We show that the bandwidth of the extreme ultraviolet supercontinuum can be extended by combining a multicycle chirped pulse and a multicycle chirped-free pulse. Also, the broadband supercontinuum can still be generated when the macroscopic effects are included. Furthermore, the macroscopic effects can ameliorate the temporal characteristic of the broadband supercontinuum of the single atom, and eliminate the modulations of the broadband supercontinuum. Thus a very smooth broadband supercontinuum and a pure isolated 102-as pulse can be directly obtained. Moreover, the structure of the broadband supercontinuum can be steadily maintained for a relative long distance after a certain distance.

  11. New nonlinear companding technique to decrease peak to average power ratio of the optical orthogonal frequency division multiplexing system based on Hartley transform

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    Jiang, Shan; Deng, Honggui; Xiao, Wei; Du, Jie

    2015-10-01

    The problem of optics orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (optical-OFDM) communication lies in the peak to average power ratio (PAPR), which seriously affects the quality of communication systems. A composite technique, which combines the Hartley transform and KC companding technique to reduce the PAPR of an optical-OFDM system, is proposed. The proposed technique can obtain the same quality of OFDM signals and offer an improved bit error rate performance by using Hartley transform instead of the traditional Fourier transform, while the computational complexity is almost halved. Theoretical analysis and simulation results show that the proposed technique has a superior performance for reducing the PAPR when compared to the traditional technique.

  12. The chirp-control of frequency-tunable narrowband terahertz pulses by nonlinearly chirped laser pulse beating

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    Kamada, Shohei; Yoshida, Tetsuya; Aoki, Takao

    2014-03-01

    We demonstrate a method for controlling the chirp of the frequency-tunable narrowband terahertz pulses that are generated by photomixing with nonlinearly chirped laser pulse pairs. We find that in a grating-based laser-pulse stretcher, the frequency sweep rates of the generated terahertz pulses can be controlled by simply changing the incident angle. This method is also applicable to other mechanisms of terahertz pulse generation.

  13. Development and Experimental Validation of a Numerical Tool for Structural Health and Usage Monitoring Systems Based on Chirped Grating Sensors

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    Bettini, Paolo; Guerreschi, Erika; Sala, Giuseppe

    2015-01-01

    The interest of the aerospace industries in structural health and usage monitoring systems is continuously increasing. Among the techniques available in literature those based on Fibre Bragg Grating sensors are much promising thanks to their peculiarities. Different Chirped Bragg Grating sensor configurations have been investigated in this paper. Starting from a numerical model capable of simulating the spectral response of a grating subjected to a generic strain profile (direct problem), a new code has been developed, allowing strain reconstruction from the experimental validation of the program, carried out through different loading cases applied on a chirped grating. The wavelength of the reflection spectrum for a chirped FBG has a one-to-one correspondence to the position along the gauge section, thus allowing strain reconstruction over the entire sensor length. Tests conducted on chirped FBGs also evidenced their potential for SHM applications, if coupled with appropriate numerical strain reconstructions tools. Finally, a new class of sensorsDraw Tower Grating arrayshas been studied. These sensors are applicable to distributed sensing and load reconstruction over large structures, thanks to their greater length. Three configurations have been evaluated, having different spatial and spectral characteristics, in order to explore possible applications of such sensors to SHM systems. PMID:25587979

  14. Ultra-fast dynamic compression technique to study kinetics of phase transformations in Bismuth

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    Smith, R F; Kane, J O; Eggert, J H; Saculla, M D; Jankowski, A F; Bastea, M; Hicks, D G; Collins, G W

    2007-12-28

    Pre-heated Bi was ramp compressed within 30 ns to a peak stress of {approx}11 GPa to explore structural phase transformation kinetics under dynamic loading conditions. Under these ultra-fast compression time-scales the equilibrium Bi I-II phase boundary is overpressurized by {Delta}P {approx} 0.8 GPa. {Delta}P is observed to increase logarithmically with strain rate, {var_epsilon}, above 10{sup 6} s{sup -1}. Estimates from a kinetics model predict that the Bi I phase is fully transformed within 3 ns.

  15. Transformation of Resources to Reserves: Next Generation Heavy-Oil Recovery Techniques

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    Stanford University; Department of Energy Resources Engineering Green Earth Sciences

    2007-09-30

    This final report and technical progress report describes work performed from October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2007 for the project 'Transformation of Resources to Reserves: Next Generation Heavy Oil Recovery Techniques', DE-FC26-04NT15526. Critical year 3 activities of this project were not undertaken because of reduced funding to the DOE Oil Program despite timely submission of a continuation package and progress on year 1 and 2 subtasks. A small amount of carried-over funds were used during June-August 2007 to complete some work in the area of foamed-gas mobility control. Completion of Year 3 activities and tasks would have led to a more thorough completion of the project and attainment of project goals. This progress report serves as a summary of activities and accomplishments for years 1 and 2. Experiments, theory development, and numerical modeling were employed to elucidate heavy-oil production mechanisms that provide the technical foundations for producing efficiently the abundant, discovered heavy-oil resources of the U.S. that are not accessible with current technology and recovery techniques. Work fell into two task areas: cold production of heavy oils and thermal recovery. Despite the emerging critical importance of the waterflooding of viscous oil in cold environments, work in this area was never sanctioned under this project. It is envisioned that heavy oil production is impacted by development of an understanding of the reservoir and reservoir fluid conditions leading to so-called foamy oil behavior, i.e, heavy-oil solution gas drive. This understanding should allow primary, cold production of heavy and viscous oils to be optimized. Accordingly, we evaluated the oil-phase chemistry of crude oil samples from Venezuela that give effective production by the heavy-oil solution gas drive mechanism. Laboratory-scale experiments show that recovery correlates with asphaltene contents as well as the so-called acid number (AN) and base number (BN) of the crude oil. A significant number of laboratory-scale tests were made to evaluate the solution gas drive potential of West Sak (AK) viscous oil. The West Sak sample has a low acid number, low asphaltene content, and does not appear foamy under laboratory conditions. Tests show primary recovery of about 22% of the original oil in place under a variety of conditions. The acid number of other Alaskan North Slope samples tests is greater, indicating a greater potential for recovery by heavy-oil solution gas drive. Effective cold production leads to reservoir pressure depletion that eases the implementation of thermal recovery processes. When viewed from a reservoir perspective, thermal recovery is the enhanced recovery method of choice for viscous and heavy oils because of the significant viscosity reduction that accompanies the heating of oil. One significant issue accompanying thermal recovery in cold environments is wellbore heat losses. Initial work on thermal recovery found that a technology base for delivering steam, other hot fluids, and electrical heat through cold subsurface environments, such as permafrost, was in place. No commercially available technologies are available, however. Nevertheless, the enabling technology of superinsulated wells appears to be realized. Thermal subtasks focused on a suite of enhanced recovery options tailored to various reservoir conditions. Generally, electrothermal, conventional steam-based, and thermal gravity drainage enhanced oil recovery techniques appear to be applicable to 'prime' Ugnu reservoir conditions to the extent that reservoir architecture and fluid conditions are modeled faithfully here. The extent of reservoir layering, vertical communication, and subsurface steam distribution are important factors affecting recovery. Distribution of steam throughout reservoir volume is a significant issue facing thermal recovery. Various activities addressed aspects of steam emplacement. Notably, hydraulic fracturing of horizontal steam injection wells and implementation of steam trap control that limits steam entry into horizontal production wells overcomes many of the problems associated with implementation of thermal gravity drainage processes in heterogeneous sands. In a steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) well pattern, hydraulically fractured injectors were able to achieve significantly improved reservoir heating and improvements to oil-steam ratio. On the opposite side of the steam injection spectrum, steam often channels through high-permeability zones. Foamed steam stabilized by aqueous surfactants is promising to alter steam flow, but has yet to be tested and simulated under SAGD conditions. The mechanistic population balance method for describing foam flow was extended to a local equilibrium framework that reduces computational costs and is promising for simulation of the effects of foamed steam in 3D.

  16. Transformation pressure of ZnS by a new primary pressure technique

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    Ruoff, A. L.; Chan, K. S.

    1979-01-01

    An experiment designed to measure the transformation pressure of zinc sulfide by a primary pressure method using an indentor-anvil system made of single-crystal diamond is discussed. A nonsorting electrode-grid which can be applied directly to the anvil using optical lithography is described, together with the procedures used for positioning.

  17. Slippage effect on energy modulation in seeded free-electron lasers with frequency chirped seed laser pulses

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    Feng, Chao; Deng, Haixiao; Wang, Guanglei; Wang, Dong; Zhao, Zhentang; Xiang, Dao

    2013-06-01

    Free-electron lasers (FELs) seeded with external lasers hold great promise for generating high power radiation with nearly transform-limited bandwidth in the soft x-ray region. However, it has been pointed out that the initial seed laser phase error will be amplified by the frequency up-conversion process, which may degrade the quality of the output radiation produced by a harmonic generation scheme. In this paper, theoretical and simulation studies on frequency chirp amplification in seeded FEL schemes with slippage effect taken into account are presented. It is found that the seed laser imperfection experienced by the electron beam can be significantly smoothed by the slippage effect in the modulator when the slippage length is comparable to the seed laser pulse length. This smoothing effect allows one to preserve the excellent temporal coherence of seeded FELs in the presence of large frequency chirp in the seed laser. Our studies show that the tolerance on frequency chirp in the seed laser for generating nearly transform-limited soft x-ray pulses in seeded FELs is much looser than previously thought and fully coherent radiation at nanometer wavelength may be reached with current technologies.

  18. FD-CHIRP: hosted payload system engineering lessons

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    Schueler, Carl F.

    2012-10-01

    The Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) Flight Demonstration (FD-CHIRP) launched 21 Sept 2011 was designated a "resounding success" as the first Wide Field-of-View (WFOV) staring infrared (IR) sensor flown in geostationary earth orbit (GEO) with a primary mission of Missile Warning (MW). FD-CHIRP was an Air Force research and development project initiated in July 2008 via an unsolicited industry proposal aimed to mature and reduce the risk of WFOV sensors and ground processing technologies. Unlike the Defense Support Program (DSP) and the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) which were acquired via traditional integrated sensor and satellite design, FDCHIRP was developed using the "commercially hosted" approach. The FD-CHIRP host spacecraft and sensor were independently designed, creating significant development risk to the industry proposer, especially under a Firm Fixed Price contract. Yet, within 39 months of contract initiation, FD-CHIRP was launched and successfully operated in GEO to 30 June 2012 at a total cost of 111M including the 82.9M CHIRP commercial-hosting contract and a $28M sensor upgrade. The commercial-hosting contract included sensor and spacecraft modifications, integration and test, design and development of secure Mission Operations and Analysis Centers, launch, and nearly a year of GEO operations with 70 Mbps secure data acquisition. The Air Force extended the contract for six months to continue operations through the end of calendar 2012. This paper outlines system engineering challenges FD-CHIRP overcame and key lessons to smooth development of future commercially hosted missions.

  19. Ultrashort pulses from an all-fiber ring laser incorporating a pair of chirped fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Duval, Simon; Olivier, Michel; Bernier, Martin; Valle, Ral; Pich, Michel

    2014-02-15

    By incorporating two linearly chirped ultrabroadband fiber Bragg gratings of opposite dispersion in an all-fiber ring laser, we demonstrate a mode-locking regime in which a femtosecond pulse evolving in the normal dispersion gain segment is locally transformed into a highly chirped picosecond pulse that propagates in the remaining section of the cavity. By minimizing nonlinear effects and avoiding soliton pulse shaping in this anomalous-dispersion section, low repetition rate fiber lasers can be made to produce high-energy ultrashort pulses. Using this approach, 98 fs pulses with 0.96 nJ of energy are obtained from an erbium-doped fiber laser operated in the highly anomalous dispersion regime at a repetition rate of 9.4 MHz. PMID:24562259

  20. Chirped Pulse and Cavity FT Microwave Spectroscopy of the HCCH-2,6-DIFLUOROPYRIDINE Weakly Bound Complex

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    Dewberry, Chris; Mackenzie, Becca; Leopold, Ken

    2015-06-01

    The microwave spectrum of the HCCH-2,6-difluoropyrine complex has been observed using a chirped pulse and conventional cavity-type Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy. The acetylene moiety forms a hydrogen bond to the nitrogen of the 2,6-difluoropyridine, and this structure is contrasted with several systems involving HCCH or CO2 bound to pyridine or 2,6-difluoropyridine. The results of DFT calculations support the experimental observations and are reported as well. The chirped pulse spectrometer is new in our laboratory and is built in tandem with our cavity-type spectrometer with a design that allows for switching between the two modes of operation without having to break vacuum. Pertinent details of the spectrometer will also be given.

  1. A technique for increasing the accuracy of the numerical inversion of the Laplace transform with applications

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    Berger, B. S.; Duangudom, S.

    1973-01-01

    A technique is introduced which extends the range of useful approximation of numerical inversion techniques to many cycles of an oscillatory function without requiring either the evaluation of the image function for many values of s or the computation of higher-order terms. The technique consists in reducing a given initial value problem defined over some interval into a sequence of initial value problems defined over a set of subintervals. Several numerical examples demonstrate the utility of the method.

  2. Discrete Walsh Hadamard transform based visible watermarking technique for digital color images

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    Santhi, V.; Thangavelu, Arunkumar

    2011-10-01

    As the size of the Internet is growing enormously the illegal manipulation of digital multimedia data become very easy with the advancement in technology tools. In order to protect those multimedia data from unauthorized access the digital watermarking system is used. In this paper a new Discrete walsh Hadamard Transform based visible watermarking system is proposed. As the watermark is embedded in transform domain, the system is robust to many signal processing attacks. Moreover in this proposed method the watermark is embedded in tiling manner in all the range of frequencies to make it robust to compression and cropping attack. The robustness of the algorithm is tested against noise addition, cropping, compression, Histogram equalization and resizing attacks. The experimental results show that the algorithm is robust to common signal processing attacks and the observed peak signal to noise ratio (PSNR) of watermarked image is varying from 20 to 30 db depends on the size of the watermark.

  3. Benchmarking techniques for evaluation of compression transform performance in ATR applications

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    Schmalz, Mark S.

    2004-10-01

    Image compression is increasingly employed in applications such as medical imaging, for reducing data storage requirement, and Internet video transmission, to effectively increase channel bandwidth. Similarly, military applications such as automated target recognition (ATR) often employ compression to achieve storage and communication efficiencies, particularly to enhance the effective bandwidth of communication channels whose throughput suffers, for example, from overhead due to error correction/detection or encryption. In the majority of cases, lossy compression is employed due the resultant low bit rates (high compression ratio). However, lossy compression produces artifacts in decompressed imagery that can confound ATR processes applied to such imagery, thereby reducing the probability of detection (Pd) and possibly increasing the rate or number of false alarms (Rfa or Nfa). In this paper, the authors' previous research in performance measurement of compression transforms is extended to include (a) benchmarking algorithms and software tools, (b) a suite of error exemplars that are designed to elicit compression transform behavior in an operationally relevant context, and (c) a posteriori analysis of performance data. The following transforms are applied to a suite of 64 error exemplars: Visual Pattern Image Coding (VPIC [1]), Vector Quantization with a fast codebook search algorithm (VQ [2,3]), JPEG and a preliminary implementation of JPEG 2000 [4,5], and EBLAST [6-8]. Compression ratios range from 2:1 to 200:1, and various noise levels and types are added to the error exemplars to produce a database of 7,680 synthetic test images. Several global and local (e.g., featural) distortion measures are applied to the decompressed test imagery to provide a basis for rate-distortion and rate-performance analysis as a function of noise and compression transform type.

  4. Cpuf: Chirped-Pulse Microwave Spectroscopy in Pulsed Uniform Supersonic Flows

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    Suits, Arthur; Abeysekera, Chamara; Zack, Lindsay N.; Joalland, Baptiste; Ariyasingha, Nuwandi M.; Park, Barratt; Field, Robert W.; Sims, Ian

    2015-06-01

    Chirped-pulse Fourier-transform microwave spectroscopy has stimulated a resurgence of interest in rotational spectroscopy owing to the dramatic reduction in spectral acquisition time it enjoys when compared to cavity-based instruments. This suggests that it might be possible to adapt the method to study chemical reaction dynamics and even chemical kinetics using rotational spectroscopy. The great advantage of this would be clear, quantifiable spectroscopic signatures for polyatomic products as well as the possibility to identify and characterize new radical reaction products and transient intermediates. To achieve this, however, several conditions must be met: 1) products must be thermalized at low temperature to maximize the population difference needed to achieve adequate signal levels and to permit product quantification based on the rotational line strength; 2) a large density and volume of reaction products is also needed to achieve adequate signal levels; and 3) for kinetics studies, a uniform density and temperature is needed throughout the course of the reaction. These conditions are all happily met by the uniform supersonic flow produced from a Laval nozzle expansion. In collaboration with the Field group at MIT we have developed a new instrument we term a CPUF (Chirped-pulse/Uniform Flow) spectrometer in which we can study reaction dynamics, photochemistry and kinetics using broadband microwave and millimeter wave spectroscopy as a product probe. We will illustrate the performance of the system with a few examples of photodissociation and reaction dynamics, and also discuss a number of challenges unique to the application of chirped-pulse microwave spectroscopy in the collisional environment of the flow. Future directions and opportunities for application of CPUF will also be explored.

  5. Flexible generation of coherent rectangular pulse from an ultrafast fiber laser based on dispersive Fourier transformation technique.

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    Wang, Fu-Zao; Liu, Hao; Huang, Yu-Qi; Liu, Meng; Luo, Ai-Ping; Luo, Zhi-Chao; Xu, Wen-Cheng

    2015-10-19

    We propose a new solution to flexibly generate the coherent rectangular pulse from an ultrafast fiber laser based on the dispersive Fourier transformation (DFT) technique. The rectangular dissipative soliton (DS) spectra emitted from a net-normal dispersion mode-locked fiber laser is mapped into a time-domain coherent rectangular waveform through the DFT technique. The rectangular pulse can be broadened flexibly with the adjustments of the pump power. The coherence and shot-to-shot fluctuations of the achieved rectangular pulses are further verified by the Mach-Zehnder interference experiment and the recorded single-shot pulse train, respectively. The results demonstrate that the combination of DS mode-locked laser and DFT technique might be indeed an effective and flexible way to achieve highly coherent rectangular pulses. PMID:26480392

  6. Spatial-spectral characterization of focused spatially chirped broadband laser beams.

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    Greco, Michael J; Block, Erica; Meier, Amanda K; Beaman, Alex; Cooper, Samuel; Iliev, Marin; Squier, Jeff A; Durfee, Charles G

    2015-11-20

    Proper alignment is critical to obtain the desired performance from focused spatially chirped beams, for example in simultaneous spatial and temporal focusing (SSTF). We present a simple technique for inspecting the beam paths and focusing conditions for the spectral components of a broadband beam. We spectrally resolve the light transmitted past a knife edge as it was scanned across the beam at several axial positions. The measurement yields information about spot size, M2, and the propagation paths of different frequency components. We also present calculations to illustrate the effects of defocus aberration on SSTF beams. PMID:26836543

  7. Stark-Chirped Rapid Adiabatic Passage in Presence of Dissipation for Quantum Computation

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    Shi, Xuan; C. H., Oh; Wei, Lian-Fu

    2014-02-01

    Stark-chirped rapid adiabatic passage (SCRAP) is an important technique used for coherent quantum controls. In this paper we investigate how the practically-existing dissipation of the system influences on the efficiency of the passage, and thus the fidelities of the SCRAP-based quantum gates. With flux-biased Josephson qubits as a specifical example, our results show clearly that the efficiency of the logic gates implemented by SCRAP are robust against the weak dissipation. The influence due to the non-adiabtic transitions between the adiabatic passages is comparatively significantly small. Therefore, the SCRAP-based logic gates should be feasible for the realistic physical systems with noises.

  8. Deterministic implementations of quantum gates with circuit QEDs via Stark-chirped rapid adiabatic passages

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    Chen, Jingwei; Wei, L. F.

    2015-10-01

    We show that a set of universal quantum gates could be implemented robustly in a circuit QED system by using Stark-chirped rapid adiabatic passage (SCRAP) technique. Under the adiabatic limit we find that the population transfers could be deterministically passaged from one selected quantum states to the others, and thus the desired quantum gates can be implemented. The proposed SCRAP-based gates are insensitive to the details of the operations and thus relax the designs of the applied pulses, operational imperfections, and the decoherence of the system.

  9. Carrier-envelope-phase stable, high-contrast, double chirped-pulse-amplification laser system.

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    Jullien, Aurlie; Ricci, Aurlien; Bhle, Frederik; Rousseau, Jean-Philippe; Grabielle, Stphanie; Forget, Nicolas; Jacqmin, Hermance; Mercier, Brigitte; Lopez-Martens, Rodrigo

    2014-07-01

    We present the first carrier-envelope-phase stable chirped-pulse amplifier (CPA) featuring high temporal contrast for relativistic intensity laser-plasma interactions at 1 kHz repetition rate. The laser is based on a double-CPA architecture including cross-polarized wave (XPW) filtering technique and a high-energy grism-based compressor. The 8 mJ, 22 fs pulses feature 10? temporal contrast at -20??ps and a carrier-envelope-phase drift of 240 mrad root mean square. PMID:24978734

  10. Measurement of gain and losses of a midinfrared quantum cascade laser by wavelength chirping spectroscopy

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    Benveniste, E.; Laurent, S.; Vasanelli, A.; Manquest, C.; Sirtori, C.; Teulon, F.; Carras, M.; Marcadet, X.

    2009-02-01

    We present an optimized technique for the measurement of gain and losses of semiconductor lasers. We optically inject the beam of a distributed feedback laser (DFB) inside the cavity of the lasers under study. The DFB laser operates in a pulsed mode and shifts its emission wavelength as a function of time. This frequency chirp creates the Fabry-Prot fringes of the transmitted intensity that contains all the information on the cavity losses. The setup has been validated by a quantitative study of the losses as a function of the injected current, for a quantum cascade laser emitting at 7.6 ?m.

  11. Comparative study of face recognition techniques that use joint transform correlation and principal component analysis

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    Alsamman, A.; Alam, Mohammad S.

    2005-02-01

    Face recognition based on principal component analysis (PCA) that uses eigenfaces is popular in face recognition markets. We present a comparison between various optoelectronic face recognition techniques and a PCA-based technique for face recognition. Computer simulations are used to study the effectiveness of the PCA-based technique, especially for facial images with a high level of distortion. Results are then compared with various distortion-invariant optoelectronic face recognition algorithms such as synthetic discriminant functions (SDF), projection-slice SDF, optical-correlator-based neural networks, and pose-estimation-based correlation.

  12. Measurements of solar magnetic fields by Fourier transform techniques. I - Unsaturated lines

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    Title, A. M.; Tarbell, T. D.

    1975-01-01

    If the basic profile shapes of the normal Zeeman triplet do not have zeros in their Fourier transform, the magnetic field splitting can be determined independent of the profile shape. When the ratio of the splitting of the components is greater than the intrinsic FWHM of the component profiles, the magnetic splitting can be determined with significantly greater accuracy than the measurement accuracy of the original profile. For Gaussian shaped components and a ratio of magnetic splitting to FWHM of 1.5, the noise reduction factor is 25.

  13. Quasimonoenergic collimated electrons from the ionization of nitrogen by a chirped intense laser pulse

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    Singh, Kunwar Pal; Sajal, Vivek

    2009-04-15

    A scheme is proposed for quasimonoenergic collimated GeV electrons generated during ionization of nitrogen by a chirped intense laser pulse. The electrons accelerated by a laser pulse without a frequency chirp are known for poor-quality beams. If a suitable frequency chirp is introduced, then the energy of the electrons increases significantly. It is shown that quasimonoenergic collimated GeV electrons can be produced using a right choice of laser spot size, frequency chirp, and pulse duration.

  14. Effects of collisions on energetic particle-driven chirping bursts

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    Lesur, M.

    2013-05-15

    In the presence of an energetic particle population in a dissipative plasma, self-trapped structures in phase-space (holes and clumps) emerge from nonlinear wave-particle interactions. Their dynamics can lead to a nonlinear continuous shifting of the wave frequency (chirping). The effects of collisions on chirping characteristics are investigated, with a one-dimensional kinetic model. Existing analytic theory is extended to account for Krook-like collisions, which quantitatively explains a significant departure from widely accepted square-root time dependency. Relaxation oscillations, associated with chirping bursts, are investigated in the presence of dynamical friction and velocity-diffusion. The period increases with decreasing drag and weakly increases with decreasing diffusion. The mechanism is clarified with a simple semi-analytic model of hole/clump pair, which satisfies a Fokker-Planck equation. The model shows that the linear growth rate cannot be obtained simply by fitting an exponential to the amplitude time-series.

  15. Effects of collisions on energetic particle-driven chirping burstsa)

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    Lesur, M.

    2013-05-01

    In the presence of an energetic particle population in a dissipative plasma, self-trapped structures in phase-space (holes and clumps) emerge from nonlinear wave-particle interactions. Their dynamics can lead to a nonlinear continuous shifting of the wave frequency (chirping). The effects of collisions on chirping characteristics are investigated, with a one-dimensional kinetic model. Existing analytic theory is extended to account for Krook-like collisions, which quantitatively explains a significant departure from widely accepted square-root time dependency. Relaxation oscillations, associated with chirping bursts, are investigated in the presence of dynamical friction and velocity-diffusion. The period increases with decreasing drag and weakly increases with decreasing diffusion. The mechanism is clarified with a simple semi-analytic model of hole/clump pair, which satisfies a Fokker-Planck equation. The model shows that the linear growth rate cannot be obtained simply by fitting an exponential to the amplitude time-series.

  16. Schwinger vacuum pair production in chirped laser pulses

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    Dumlu, Cesim K.

    2010-08-15

    The recent developments of high intensity ultrashort laser pulses have raised the hopes of observing Schwinger vacuum pair production which is one of the important nonperturbative phenomena in QED. The quantitative analysis of realistic high intensity laser pulses is vital for understanding the effect of the field parameters on the momentum spectrum of the produced particles. In this study, we analyze chirped laser pulses with a subcycle structure, and investigate the effects of the chirp parameter on the momentum spectrum of the produced particles. The combined effect of the chirp and carrier phase of the laser pulse is also analyzed. These effects are qualitatively explained by investigating the turning-point structure of the potential within the framework of the complex WKB scattering approach to pair production.

  17. Rainbow trapping using chirped all-dielectric periodic structures

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    Kurt, H.; Yilmaz, D.

    2013-03-01

    We report a numerical investigation of rainbow trapping (light of different wavelengths) at different spatial locations in a newly designed two-dimensional photonic structure that is formed using chirping parameters in two-dimensional photonic crystals. Chirped parameters ensure trapping of certain light wavelengths inside these structures. To achieve broadband electromagnetic wave trapping, we properly adjust and chirp the position and dielectric filling factor of each unit cell within a photonic crystal structure. The low group velocity regions of the dielectric continuum bands at the Brillouin zone edge enable different wavelengths to be slowed and stopped along the propagation direction. The all-dielectric transparent material nature of the proposed structure realizes light trapping in different electromagnetic regions by spatially varying the effective refractive index of the structure.

  18. Time-frequency signature sparse reconstruction using chirp dictionary

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    Nguyen, Yen T. H.; Amin, Moeness G.; Ghogho, Mounir; McLernon, Des

    2015-05-01

    This paper considers local sparse reconstruction of time-frequency signatures of windowed non-stationary radar returns. These signals can be considered instantaneously narrow-band, thus the local time-frequency behavior can be recovered accurately with incomplete observations. The typically employed sinusoidal dictionary induces competing requirements on window length. It confronts converse requests on the number of measurements for exact recovery, and sparsity. In this paper, we use chirp dictionary for each window position to determine the signal instantaneous frequency laws. This approach can considerably mitigate the problems of sinusoidal dictionary, and enable the utilization of longer windows for accurate time-frequency representations. It also reduces the picket fence by introducing a new factor, the chirp rate ?. Simulation examples are provided, demonstrating the superior performance of local chirp dictionary over its sinusoidal counterpart.

  19. Excitation of Chirping Whistler Waves in a Laboratory Plasma

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    Van Compernolle, B.; An, X.; Bortnik, J.; Thorne, R. M.; Pribyl, P.; Gekelman, W.

    2015-06-01

    Whistler mode chorus emissions with a characteristic frequency chirp are important magnetospheric waves, responsible for the acceleration of outer radiation belt electrons to relativistic energies and also for the scattering loss of these electrons into the atmosphere. Here, we report on the first laboratory experiment where whistler waves exhibiting fast frequency chirping have been artificially produced using a beam of energetic electrons launched into a cold plasma. Frequency chirps are only observed for a narrow range of plasma and beam parameters, and show a strong dependence on beam density, plasma density, and magnetic field gradient. Broadband whistler waves similar to magnetospheric hiss are also observed, and the parameter ranges for each emission are quantified.

  20. Broadband-rejection filters using chirped and tilted fiber gratings

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    Liu, Fu; Guo, Tuan; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2014-11-01

    Broadband-trimming band-rejection filters based on chirped and tilted fiber Bragg gratings (CTFBG) are proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The flexible chirp-rate and wide tilt-angle provide the gratings with broadband filtering functions over a large range of bandwidth (from 10 nm to 150 nm), together with a low transmission loss (less than 1 dB) and a negligible back-reflection (lower than 20 dB). The slope profile of CTFBG in transmission can be easily tailored by adjusting the tilt angle, grating irradiation time and chirp rate-grating factor, and it is insensitive to polarization of launch condition. Furthermore, by coating the CTFBG with a suitable polymer (whose refractive index is close to that of the cladding glass), the cladding modes no longer form weakly discrete resonances and leave a smoothly varying attenuation spectrum for high-quality band rejection filters, edge filters and gain equalizers.

  1. Chirped pulse inverse free-electron laser vacuum accelerator

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    Hartemann, Frederic V.; Baldis, Hector A.; Landahl, Eric C.

    2002-01-01

    A chirped pulse inverse free-electron laser (IFEL) vacuum accelerator for high gradient laser acceleration in vacuum. By the use of an ultrashort (femtosecond), ultrahigh intensity chirped laser pulse both the IFEL interaction bandwidth and accelerating gradient are increased, thus yielding large gains in a compact system. In addition, the IFEL resonance condition can be maintained throughout the interaction region by using a chirped drive laser wave. In addition, diffraction can be alleviated by taking advantage of the laser optical bandwidth with negative dispersion focusing optics to produce a chromatic line focus. The combination of these features results in a compact, efficient vacuum laser accelerator which finds many applications including high energy physics, compact table-top laser accelerator for medical imaging and therapy, material science, and basic physics.

  2. Feature extraction and classification for EEG signals using wavelet transform and machine learning techniques.

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    Amin, Hafeez Ullah; Malik, Aamir Saeed; Ahmad, Rana Fayyaz; Badruddin, Nasreen; Kamel, Nidal; Hussain, Muhammad; Chooi, Weng-Tink

    2015-03-01

    This paper describes a discrete wavelet transform-based feature extraction scheme for the classification of EEG signals. In this scheme, the discrete wavelet transform is applied on EEG signals and the relative wavelet energy is calculated in terms of detailed coefficients and the approximation coefficients of the last decomposition level. The extracted relative wavelet energy features are passed to classifiers for the classification purpose. The EEG dataset employed for the validation of the proposed method consisted of two classes: (1) the EEG signals recorded during the complex cognitive task--Raven's advance progressive metric test and (2) the EEG signals recorded in rest condition--eyes open. The performance of four different classifiers was evaluated with four performance measures, i.e., accuracy, sensitivity, specificity and precision values. The accuracy was achieved above 98 % by the support vector machine, multi-layer perceptron and the K-nearest neighbor classifiers with approximation (A4) and detailed coefficients (D4), which represent the frequency range of 0.53-3.06 and 3.06-6.12 Hz, respectively. The findings of this study demonstrated that the proposed feature extraction approach has the potential to classify the EEG signals recorded during a complex cognitive task by achieving a high accuracy rate. PMID:25649845

  3. Single-shot detection of mid-infrared spectra by chirped-pulse upconversion with four-wave difference frequency generation in gases.

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    Nomura, Y; Wang, Y-T; Kozai, T; Shirai, H; Yabushita, A; Luo, C-W; Nakanishi, S; Fuji, T

    2013-07-29

    Single-shot detection of ultrabroadband mid-infrared spectra was demonstrated by using chirped-pulse upconversion technique with four-wave difference frequency generation in gases. Thanks to the low dispersion of the gas media, the bandwidth of the phase matching condition of the upconversion process becomes very broad and the entire mid-infrared spectrum spanning from 200 to 5500 cm(-1) was upconverted by using a 10 ps chirped pulse to visible wavelength radiation, which was detected with a conventional visible dispersive spectrometer. This method was demonstrated by the successful measurement of infrared absorption spectra of organic polymer films. PMID:23938695

  4. Experimental investigation of chirp properties induced by signal amplification in quantum-dot semiconductor optical amplifiers.

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    Matsuura, Motoharu; Ohta, Hiroaki; Seki, Ryota

    2015-03-15

    We experimentally show the dynamic frequency chirp properties induced by signal amplification in a quantum-dot semiconductor optical amplifier (QD-SOA) for the first time. We also compare the red and blue chirp peak values and temporal chirp changes while changing the gain and injected signal powers of the QD-SOA with those of a common SOA. PMID:25768145

  5. A passive technique for detecting copy-move forgery with rotation based on polar complex exponential transform

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    Emam, Mahmoud; Han, Qi; Yu, Liyang; Zhang, Ye; Niu, Xiamu

    2015-07-01

    Copy-move is one of the most common methods for image manipulation. Several methods have been proposed to detect and locate the tampered regions, while many methods failed when the copied regions are rotated before being pasted. A rotational invariant detecting method using Polar Complex Exponential Transform (PCET) is proposed in this paper. Firstly, the original image is divided into overlapping circular blocks, and PCET is employed to each block to extract the rotation-invariant robust features. Secondly, the Approximate Nearest Neighbors (ANN) of each feature vector are collected by Locality Sensitive Hashing (LSH). Experimental results show that the proposed technique is robust to rotation.

  6. Effects of frequency chirp on magnetron injection locking

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    Pengvanich, P.; Lau, Y. Y.; Luginsland, J. W.; Gilgenbach, R. M.; Cruz, E.; Schamiloglu, E.

    2008-07-15

    The injection locking of a magnetron is theoretically analyzed when either the free running oscillator or the drive signal has a frequency chirp. It is found that complete phase locking of the signal cannot be achieved in either case. However, as long as the locking condition of Adler is well-satisfied instantaneously, a high degree of locking occurs during a major duration of the frequency chirps. The expected output phase variation is computed in terms of the noise in the free-running magnetron oscillator for the case of constant drive frequency.

  7. Dense Monoenergetic Proton Beams from Chirped Laser-Plasma Interaction

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    Galow, Benjamin J.; Salamin, Yousef I.; Liseykina, Tatyana V.; Harman, Zoltán; Keitel, Christoph H.

    2011-10-01

    Interaction of a frequency-chirped laser pulse with single protons and a hydrogen gas target is studied analytically and by means of particle-in-cell simulations, respectively. The feasibility of generating ultraintense (107 particles per bunch) and phase-space collimated beams of protons (energy spread of about 1%) is demonstrated. Phase synchronization of the protons and the laser field, guaranteed by the appropriate chirping of the laser pulse, allows the particles to gain sufficient kinetic energy (around 250 MeV) required for such applications as hadron cancer therapy, from state-of-the-art laser systems of intensities of the order of 1021W/cm2.

  8. Nanowire humidity optical sensor system based on fast Fourier transform technique

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    Rota-Rodrigo, S.; Prez-Herrera, R.; Lopez-Aldaba, A.; Lpez Bautista, M. C.; Esteban, O.; Lpez-Amo, M.

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, a new sensor system for relative humidity measurements based on its interaction with the evanescent field of a nanowire is presented. The interrogation of the sensing head is carried out by monitoring the fast Fourier transform phase variations of one of the nanowire interference frequencies. This method is independent of the signal amplitude and also avoids the necessity of tracking the wavelength evolution in the spectrum, which can be a handicap when there are multiple interference frequency components with different sensitivities. The sensor is operated within a wide humidity range (20%-70% relative humidity) with a maximum sensitivity achieved of 0.14rad/% relative humidity. Finally, due to the system uses an optical interrogator as unique active element, the system presents a cost-effective feature.

  9. A signal processing approach to exploit chirp excitation in Lamb wave defect detection and localization procedures

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    De Marchi, Luca; Perelli, Alessandro; Marzani, Alessandro

    2013-08-01

    A non-linear Lamb wave signal processing strategy aimed at extending the capability of active-passive networks of PZT transducers for defect detection is proposed. In particular, the proposed signal processing allows to use chirp shaped pulses in actuation, instead of classically applied spiky pulses, requiring thus lower input voltages. To such aim, the acquired Lamb waves are processed by means of a two-step procedure: a warped frequency transform (WFT) to compensate for the dispersion due to the traveled distance, followed by a compression procedure to remove from the signals the induced chirp frequency modulation. Next, the resulting signals are exploited to feed an imaging algorithm aimed at providing the position of the defect on the plate. The potential of the procedure is demonstrated and validated by analyzing experimental Lamb waves propagating in an aluminum plate where defects were emulated by posing an added mass on the plate. The proposed automatic procedure is suitable to locate defect-induced reflections and can be easily implemented in real applications for structural health monitoring.

  10. Experimental verification and analysis of wavelength effect on pulse stretching and compressing in mid-IR chirped-pulse amplification

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    Zhong, Haizhe; Yuan, Peng; Zhao, Kun; Zhang, Lifu; Ma, Jingui; Li, Ying; Fan, Dianyuan

    2016-02-01

    As a consequence of the general experimental challenge to detect signals in mid-IR range, taking dispersive chirped near-IR laser pulses as the injected signal source seems to be an artistic route avoiding the daunting mid-IR stretcher and constantly was applied in moderate energy mid-IR optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifications (OPCPA) systems. In this paper we study the wavelength effect on pulse stretching and compressing in detail. Beginning with the theoretical analysis on each dispersion term of grating pairs, we evaluate the residual dispersions when pulse stretcher and compressor work at distinct wavelengths, which shows that this wavelength effect will result in poorly compressed pulses far from transform-limited. Via proof-of-principle experiments based on mid-IR OPCPAs and corresponding numerical simulations, we show that this artful configuration led to un-compressible pulses of ∼2 ps with a time-bandwidth product of ∼ 10 when the chirped-pulse duration is ∼400 ps. To overcome this effect, we demonstrate a simple design of pulse stretcher and compressor. The presented design consisted of a reflection grism-pair compressor can simultaneously cancel the quadric and cubic dispersions of conventional grating based stretcher, showing a potential ability of supporting high-contrast, sub-100-fs pulse-duration and 10,000× of pulse expansion.

  11. PI film property analysis in the application of infrared image transform technique

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    Li, Yanhong; Zhang, Li; Li, Zhuo

    2013-09-01

    Modern infrared focal plane arrays (IR FPA) with high dynamic range, and multiband versions are being deployed in fielded systems. It needs to develop advanced scene projection technology to operate both in laboratory testing for hardware-in-the-loop simulation and validation of fielded units immediately prior to mission use. One of the fiber array visible to infrared imaging transducer is introduced. Different from the fiber bundle, the fiber array is etched on the substrate material. The property of transducer is determined by the substrate material. Polyimide (PI) film has the property of high dynamic range for temperature resistant, electric insulating, radiation resistant, good thermosetting and thermomechanical effect. The heat diffusion property of PI film is analyzed by experimental study. For experimental study, samples of with sputtered graphite on surface and different thickness of PI film were made. Using the visible light irradiate on the film and a high speed infrared camera capture the temperature information. The time of raising temperature process and the max temperature were recorded. The different energy of visible light was tried for the max temperature for samples. The result show the PI film can be achieved to 600K and has high thermal efficiency. And the surface film with good absorptivity is also important for heat transforming. PI film can be used as one of the material in the Infrared imaging transducer for high dynamic range and multiband radiation.

  12. Damage Modes Recognition and Hilbert-Huang Transform Analyses of CFRP Laminates Utilizing Acoustic Emission Technique

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    WenQin, Han; Ying, Luo; AiJun, Gu; Yuan, Fuh-Gwo

    2015-08-01

    Discrimination of acoustic emission (AE) signals related to different damage modes is of great importance in carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) composite materials. To gain a deeper understanding of the initiation, growth and evolution of the different types of damage, four types of specimens for different lay-ups and orientations and three types of specimens for interlaminar toughness tests are subjected to tensile test along with acoustic emission monitoring. AE signals have been collected and post-processed, the statistical results show that the peak frequency of AE signal can distinguish various damage modes effectively. After a AE signal were decomposed by Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD) method, it may separate and extract all damage modes included in this AE signal apart from damage mode corresponding to the peak frequency. Hilbert-Huang Transform (HHT) of AE signals can clearly illustrate the frequency distribution of Intrinsic Mode Functions (IMF) components in time-scale in different damage stages, and can calculate accurate instantaneous frequency for damage modes recognition to help understanding the damage process.

  13. An efficient watermarking technique for satellite images using discrete cosine transform

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    AL-Mansoori, Saeed

    2012-10-01

    Due to the significant progress in science and technology, the digital world became an interesting topic for many studies. "Data Security" is one of the main concepts related to the digital world especially in the field of remote sensing. Therefore, to deal with this matter the "Watermarking" concept was introduced. The idea of digital image watermarking is to embed the information within a signal (i.e. image, video, etc.), which cannot be easily extracted by a third party. This will generate a copyright protection and authentication for the owner(s). Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) as an owner provides satellite images captured by DubaiSat-1 satellite to customers. The aim of this study is to implement a robust algorithm to hide EIAST logo within any delivered image in order to increase the data security and protect the ownership of DubaiSat-1 images. In addition, it is necessary to provide a high quality images to the end-user; nevertheless, adding any information (logo) to these images will affect its quality. Therefore, the model will be designed to keep the observable difference between the watermarked and original image at minimum. Moreover, the watermark should be difficult to remove or alter without the degradation of the host image. This study will be based on Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) to provide an excellent and highly robust protection in cases such as noise addition, cropping, rotation and JPEG compression attacks.

  14. Regularization techniques on least squares non-uniform fast Fourier transform.

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    Gibiino, Fabio; Positano, Vincenzo; Landini, Luigi; Santarelli, Maria Filomena

    2013-05-01

    Non-Cartesian acquisition strategies are widely used in MRI to dramatically reduce the acquisition time while at the same time preserving the image quality. Among non-Cartesian reconstruction methods, the least squares non-uniform fast Fourier transform (LS_NUFFT) is a gridding method based on a local data interpolation kernel that minimizes the worst-case approximation error. The interpolator is chosen using a pseudoinverse matrix. As the size of the interpolation kernel increases, the inversion problem may become ill-conditioned. Regularization methods can be adopted to solve this issue. In this study, we compared three regularization methods applied to LS_NUFFT. We used truncated singular value decomposition (TSVD), Tikhonov regularization and L?-regularization. Reconstruction performance was evaluated using the direct summation method as reference on both simulated and experimental data. We also evaluated the processing time required to calculate the interpolator. First, we defined the value of the interpolator size after which regularization is needed. Above this value, TSVD obtained the best reconstruction. However, for large interpolator size, the processing time becomes an important constraint, so an appropriate compromise between processing time and reconstruction quality should be adopted. PMID:23408698

  15. Analysis in the instantaneous frequency forms of a chirped laser pulse

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    Yuan, C. J.; Wu, X. Y.; Wang, P. X.; Wang, J. X.

    2011-10-15

    We analyze two forms of the instantaneous frequency of a linearly chirped laser pulse. Using a 3D test particle simulation, numerical results are presented for electrons accelerated by a chirped laser pulse with these two linearly chirped forms of the instantaneous frequency. We summarize that the linearly chirped frequency, {omega}(t)={omega}{sub 0}[1-{alpha}(t-z/c)] is reasonable, {omega}{sub 0} is laser frequency at z=0 and t=0, and {alpha} is the frequency chirp parameter.

  16. Measurement and control of the frequency chirp rate of high-order harmonic pulses

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    Mauritsson, J.; Johnsson, P.; Lopez-Martens, R.; Varju, K.; L'Huillier, A.; Kornelis, W.; Biegert, J.; Keller, U.; Gaarde, M.B.; Schafer, K.J.

    2004-08-01

    We measure the chirp rate of harmonics 13 to 23 in argon by cross correlation with a 12 femtosecond probe pulse. Under low ionization conditions, we directly measure the negative chirp due to the atomic dipole phase, and show that an additional chirp on the pump pulse is transferred to the qth harmonic as q times the fundamental chirp. Our results are in accord with simulations using the experimentally measured 815 nm pump and probe pulses. The ability to measure and manipulate the harmonic chirp rate is essential for the characterization and optimization of attosecond pulse trains.

  17. Manipulation of the nuclear spin ensemble in a quantum dot with chirped magnetic resonance pulses

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    Munsch, Mathieu; Wst, Gunter; Kuhlmann, Andreas V.; Xue, Fei; Ludwig, Arne; Reuter, Dirk; Wieck, Andreas D.; Poggio, Martino; Warburton, Richard J.

    2014-09-01

    The nuclear spins in nanostructured semiconductors play a central role in quantum applications. The nuclear spins represent a useful resource for generating local magnetic fields but nuclear spin noise represents a major source of dephasing for spin qubits. Controlling the nuclear spins enhances the resource while suppressing the noise. NMR techniques are challenging: the group III and V isotopes have large spins with widely different gyromagnetic ratios; in strained material there are large atom-dependent quadrupole shifts; and nanoscale NMR is hard to detect. We report NMR on 100,000 nuclear spins of a quantum dot using chirped radiofrequency pulses. Following polarization, we demonstrate a reversal of the nuclear spin. We can flip the nuclear spin back and forth a hundred times. We demonstrate that chirped NMR is a powerful way of determining the chemical composition, the initial nuclear spin temperatures and quadrupole frequency distributions for all the main isotopes. The key observation is a plateau in the NMR signal as a function of sweep rate: we achieve inversion at the first quantum transition for all isotopes simultaneously. These experiments represent a generic technique for manipulating nanoscale inhomogeneous nuclear spin ensembles and open the way to probe the coherence of such mesoscopic systems.

  18. Advanced microtomography combined synchrotron x-ray diffraction techniques for phase transformation researches in amorphous materials under pressure

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    Wang, L.; Liu, H.

    2009-12-01

    Advanced tomographic and x-ray diffraction techniques have attracted more attentions in mineral physics community in these years. In a recent collaborative project in APS of Argonne National Laboratory, we discovered unexpected dynamics and volume expansion associated with pressure-induced crystallization of amorphous Se by using novel high-pressure diamond anvil cell microtomography and x-ray diffraction techniques. The unusual volume expansion phenomenon under pressure associated with the recrystallization of over-pressurization of a metastable phase was found, which may be more common than previously believed. Tuning relative densities and energetics of phases under pressure may provide a new route for creating new structures from highly metastable states. The new microtomographic technique could find widespread use in determinations of the equation of state of glasses and melts under pressures, which is crucial to many problems in earth sciences. The importance of using advanced time-resolved or spatially-resolved high-pressure x-ray diffraction and imaging techniques will be emphasized. This will improve our understanding of the kinetics of structural transformations in minerals under extreme conditions far from equilibrium.

  19. Writing trace identification using ultraviolet Fourier-transform imaging spectroscopy technique

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    Lyu, Hang; Liao, Ningfang; Wu, Wenmin; Li, Yasheng; Cao, Bin

    2015-08-01

    Conventional identification methods of writing traces commonly utilize imaging or spectroscopic techniques which work in visible to near infrared range or short-wave infrared range. Yet they cannot be applied in identifying the erased writing traces. In this study, we perform a research in identification of erased writing traces applying an ultraviolet Fouriertransform imaging spectrometer. Experiments of classifying the reflected ultraviolet spectra of erasable pens are made. The resulting hyperspectral images demonstrate that the erased writing traces on printing paper can be clearly identified by this ultraviolet imaging spectrometer.

  20. Broadband absorption bleaching in chirped InGaAs quantum dot semiconductor optical amplifier operating at 1211-1285 nm

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    Jelmakas, E.; Tomai?nas, R.; Vengris, M.; Rafailov, E.; Krestnikov, I.

    2013-10-01

    We report on photoinduced absorption bleaching of InAs/InGaAs chirped quantum dot semiconductor optical amplifier (QD SOA) waveguide devices investigated by the traditional femtosecond pump-probe technique applied for a waveguide configuration. To gain broader spectra for the device a chirped QD structure including three groups of quantum dots each dedicated to a ground state transition at wavelength 1285, 1243 and 1211 nm was designed. Photoinduced transmission spectra consisting of ground state transition for the groups of QD's involved showed coincidence with the electroluminescence spectra and even more exceeded to longer wavelength. From photoinduced transmission kinetics absorption recovery in the range of picoseconds was considered. For comparison a device with typical high photoinduced absorption demonstrating large suppression of absorption bleaching was shown and interpreted.

  1. Tomography of single and double pulse laser-induced plasma using Radon transform technique

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    Gornushkin, I. B.; Merk, S.; Demidov, A.; Panne, U.; Shabanov, S. V.; Smith, B. W.; Omenetto, N.

    2012-10-01

    The Radon transform tomography is used for reconstruction of the emissivity distribution in single- (SP) and double-pulse (DP) laser induced plasmas in orthogonal geometry. The orthogonal DP plasma is intrinsically asymmetric and thus suitable for the Radon reconstruction. The DP plasma consists of two plasmas separated by a short time interval of ~ 1 ?s. The first plasma is created in air near the surface of a Si wafer and is followed (pre-ablation mode) or preceded (post-ablation mode) by the second plasma induced on this surface. A spectrometer moves in a semi-circular path around the plasma keeping the plasma in the rotation center. The optical detection is arranged so that a thin plasma layer parallel to the target surface is monitored. The axial symmetry of the SP plasma is investigated by comparing data from the Abel inversion taken at different angles and Radon reconstruction. The multi-angle measurements are used to estimate errors of the Abel reconstruction due to asymmetries of the plasma. Time-resolved Radon reconstruction in white light is performed for the DP plasma in both pre- and post-ablation modes. In the former case, the effect of ablated aerosol on the formation of the air plasma is monitored. In the latter case, a formation of an asymmetric compression shock created by the target plasma inside the air plasma is visualized. This observation is supported by computer simulations. An interaction of the two plasmas is studied by spectrally resolved Radon reconstruction revealing a complex distribution of target and ambient species inside the plasma at all studied delay times. Overall, it is demonstrated that Radon-based tomography is an informative tool to study transient asymmetric laser induced plasmas.

  2. Elimination of the chirp of narrowband terahertz pulses generated by chirped pulse beating using a tandem grating pair laser pulse stretcher.

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    Yoshida, Tetsuya; Kamada, Shohei; Aoki, Takao

    2014-09-22

    We study the elimination of the chirp of narrowband terahertz pulses generated by chirped laser pulse beating using a laser pulse stretcher with two grating pairs that cancel out the third-order spectral phase. First, we show that positively chirped terahertz pulses can be generated using a pulse stretcher with a grating pair and internal lenses. We then combine this with a second grating pair, the spectral phase of which has the opposite sign to that of the first one. By varying the separation of the second grating pair, we experimentally verify that the chirp of the generated terahertz pulses can be eliminated. PMID:25321834

  3. Chirped frequency transfer: a tool for synchronization and time transfer.

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    Raupach, Sebastian M F; Grosche, Gesine

    2014-06-01

    We propose and demonstrate the phase-stabilized transfer of a chirped frequency as a tool for synchronization and time transfer. Technically, this is done by evaluating remote measurements of the transferred, chirped frequency. The gates of the frequency counters, here driven by a 10-MHz oscillation derived from a hydrogen maser, play a role analogous to the 1-pulse per second (PPS) signals usually employed for time transfer. In general, for time transfer, the gates consequently must be related to the external clock. Synchronizing observations based on frequency measurements, on the other hand, only requires a stable oscillator driving the frequency counters. In a proof of principle, we demonstrate the suppression of symmetrical delays, such as the geometrical path delay. We transfer an optical frequency chirped by around 240 kHz/s over a fiber link of around 149 km. We observe an accuracy and simultaneity, as well as a precision (Allan deviation, 18,000 s averaging interval) of the transferred frequency of around 2 10(-19). We apply chirped frequency transfer to remote measurements of the synchronization between two counters' gate intervals. Here, we find a precision of around 200 ps at an estimated overall uncertainty of around 500 ps. The measurement results agree with those obtained from reference measurements, being well within the uncertainty. In the present setup, timing offsets up to 4 min can be measured unambiguously. We indicate how this range can be extended further. PMID:24859656

  4. Coded multiple chirp spread spectrum system and overlay service

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    Kim, Junghwan; Pratt, Timothy; Ha, Tri T.

    1988-01-01

    An asynchronous spread-spectrum system called coded multiple chirp is proposed, and the possible spread-spectrum overlay over an analog FM-TV signal is investigated by computer simulation. Multiple single-sloped up and down chirps are encoded by a pseudonoise code and decoded by dechirpers (pulse-compression filters) followed by a digital code correlator. The performance of the proposed system, expressed in terms of in probability of bit error and code miss probability, is similar to that of FSK (frequency shift keying) using codewords if sufficient compression gain is used. When chirp is used to overlay an FM-TV channel, two chirp signals with data rate up to 25 kb/s could be overlaid in a 36-MHz satellite transponder without significant mutual interference. Performance estimates for a VSAT (very small aperture terminal) earth station operating at C-band show that a 2.4-m antenna and 300-mW transmitter could send a 2.4-kb/s signal to a large central earth station over an occupied channel.

  5. Chirped microlens arrays for diode laser circularization and beam expansion

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    Schreiber, Peter; Dannberg, Peter; Hoefer, Bernd; Beckert, Erik

    2005-08-01

    Single-mode diode lasers are well-established light sources for a huge number of applications but suffer from astigmatism, beam ellipticity and large manufacturing tolerances of beam parameters. To compensate for these shortcomings, various approaches like anamorphic prism pairs and cylindrical telescopes for circularization as well as variable beam expanders based on zoomed telescopes for precise adjustment of output beam parameters have been employed in the past. The presented new approach for both beam circularization and expansion is based on the use of microlens arrays with chirped focal length: Selection of lenslets of crossed cylindrical microlens arrays as part of an anamorphic telescope enables circularization, astigmatism correction and divergence tolerance compensation of diode lasers simultaneously. Another promising application of chirped spherical lens array telescopes is stepwise variable beam expansion for circular laser beams of fiber or solid-state lasers. In this article we describe design and manufacturing of beam shaping systems with chirped microlens arrays fabricated by polymer-on-glass replication of reflow lenses. A miniaturized diode laser module with beam circularization and astigmatism correction assembled on a structured ceramics motherboard and a modulated RGB laser-source for photofinishing applications equipped with both cylindrical and spherical chirped lens arrays demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed system design approach.

  6. Electron heating enhancement by frequency-chirped laser pulses

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    Yazdani, E.; Afarideh, H.; Sadighi-Bonabi, R.; Riazi, Z.; Hora, H.

    2014-09-14

    Propagation of a chirped laser pulse with a circular polarization through an uprising plasma density profile is studied by using 1D-3V particle-in-cell simulation. The laser penetration depth is increased in an overdense plasma compared to an unchirped pulse. The induced transparency due to the laser frequency chirp results in an enhanced heating of hot electrons as well as increased maximum longitudinal electrostatic field at the back side of the solid target, which is very essential in target normal sheath acceleration regime of proton acceleration. For an applied chirp parameter between 0.008 and 0.01, the maximum amount of the electrostatic field is improved by a factor of 2. Furthermore, it is noticed that for a chirped laser pulse with a₀=5, because of increasing the plasma transparency length, the laser pulse can penetrate up to about n{sub e}≈6n{sub c}, where n{sub c} is plasma critical density. It shows 63% increase in the effective critical density compared to the relativistic induced transparency regime for an unchirped condition.

  7. Generating nonlinear FM chirp radar signals by multiple integrations

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    Doerry, Armin W.

    2011-02-01

    A phase component of a nonlinear frequency modulated (NLFM) chirp radar pulse can be produced by performing digital integration operations over a time interval defined by the pulse width. Each digital integration operation includes applying to a respectively corresponding input parameter value a respectively corresponding number of instances of digital integration.

  8. Injection and acceleration of electron bunch in a plasma wakefield produced by a chirped laser pulse

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    Afhami, Saeedeh; Eslami, Esmaeil

    2014-06-15

    An ultrashort laser pulse propagating in plasma can excite a nonlinear plasma wakefield which can trap and accelerate charged particles up to GeV. One-dimensional analysis of electron injection, trapping, and acceleration by different chirped pulses propagating in plasma is investigated numerically. In this paper, we inject electron bunches in front of the chirped pulses. It is indicated that periodical chirped laser pulse can trap electrons earlier than other pulses. It is shown that periodical chirped laser pulses lead to decrease the minimum momentum necessary to trap the electrons. This is due to the fact that periodical chirped laser pulses are globally much efficient than nonchirped pulses in the wakefield generation. It is found that chirped laser pulses could lead to much larger electron energy than that of nonchirped pulses. Relative energy spread has a lower value in the case of periodical chirped laser pulses.

  9. Ultrafast chirped optical waveform recording using referenced heterodyning and a time microscope

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    Bennett, Corey Vincent

    2010-06-15

    A new technique for capturing both the amplitude and phase of an optical waveform is presented. This technique can capture signals with many THz of bandwidths in a single shot (e.g., temporal resolution of about 44 fs), or be operated repetitively at a high rate. That is, each temporal window (or frame) is captured single shot, in real time, but the process may be run repeatedly or single-shot. This invention expands upon previous work in temporal imaging by adding heterodyning, which can be self-referenced for improved precision and stability, to convert frequency chirp (the second derivative of phase with respect to time) into a time varying intensity modulation. By also including a variety of possible demultiplexing techniques, this process is scalable to recoding continuous signals.

  10. Ultrafast chirped optical waveform recorder using referenced heterodyning and a time microscope

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    Bennett, Corey Vincent

    2011-11-22

    A new technique for capturing both the amplitude and phase of an optical waveform is presented. This technique can capture signals with many THz of bandwidths in a single shot (e.g., temporal resolution of about 44 fs), or be operated repetitively at a high rate. That is, each temporal window (or frame) is captured single shot, in real time, but the process may be run repeatedly or single-shot. This invention expands upon previous work in temporal imaging by adding heterodyning, which can be self-referenced for improved precision and stability, to convert frequency chirp (the second derivative of phase with respect to time) into a time varying intensity modulation. By also including a variety of possible demultiplexing techniques, this process is scalable to recoding continuous signals.

  11. Predicting the fatty acid composition of milk: a comparison of two Fourier transform infrared sampling techniques.

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    Afseth, Nils Kristian; Martens, Harald; Randby, Ashild; Gidskehaug, Lars; Narum, Bjrg; Jrgensen, Kjetil; Lien, Sigbjrn; Kohler, Achim

    2010-07-01

    In the present study a novel approach for Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) characterization of the fatty acid composition of milk based on dried film measurements has been presented and compared to a standard FT-IR approach based on liquid milk measurements. Two hundred and sixty-two (262) milk samples were obtained from a feeding experiment, and the samples were measured with FT-IR as dried films as well as liquid samples. Calibrations against the most abundant fatty acids, CLA (i.e., 18:2cis-9, trans-11), 18:3cis-9, cis-12, cis-15, and summed fatty acid parameters were obtained for both approaches. The estimation errors obtained in the dried film calibrations were overall lower than the corresponding liquid sample calibrations. Similar and good calibrations (i.e., R(2) ranges from 0.82 to 0.94 (liquid samples) and from 0.88 to 0.97 (dried films)) for short-chain fatty acids (6:0-14:0), 18:1cis-9, SAT, MUFA, and iodine value were obtained by both approaches. However, the dried film approach was the only approach for which feasible calibrations (i.e., R(2) ranges from 0.78 to 0.93) were obtained for the major saturated fatty acids 16:0 and 18:0, the minor fatty acid features 4:0, CLA (i.e., 18:2cis-9, trans-11), PUFA, and the summed 18:1 trans isomers. For the dried film approach, logical spectral features were found to dominate the respective fatty acid calibration models. The preconcentration step of the dried film approach could be expected to account for a major part of the prediction improvements going from predictions in liquid milk to predictions in dried films. The dried film approach has a significant potential for use in high-throughput applications in industrial environments and might also serve as a valuable supplement for determination of genetic and breeding factors within research communities. PMID:20615281

  12. Partial discharge localization in power transformers based on the sequential quadratic programming-genetic algorithm adopting acoustic emission techniques

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    Liu, Hua-Long; Liu, Hua-Dong

    2014-10-01

    Partial discharge (PD) in power transformers is one of the prime reasons resulting in insulation degradation and power faults. Hence, it is of great importance to study the techniques of the detection and localization of PD in theory and practice. The detection and localization of PD employing acoustic emission (AE) techniques, as a kind of non-destructive testing, plus due to the advantages of powerful capability of locating and high precision, have been paid more and more attention. The localization algorithm is the key factor to decide the localization accuracy in AE localization of PD. Many kinds of localization algorithms exist for the PD source localization adopting AE techniques including intelligent and non-intelligent algorithms. However, the existed algorithms possess some defects such as the premature convergence phenomenon, poor local optimization ability and unsuitability for the field applications. To overcome the poor local optimization ability and easily caused premature convergence phenomenon of the fundamental genetic algorithm (GA), a new kind of improved GA is proposed, namely the sequence quadratic programming-genetic algorithm (SQP-GA). For the hybrid optimization algorithm, SQP-GA, the sequence quadratic programming (SQP) algorithm which is used as a basic operator is integrated into the fundamental GA, so the local searching ability of the fundamental GA is improved effectively and the premature convergence phenomenon is overcome. Experimental results of the numerical simulations of benchmark functions show that the hybrid optimization algorithm, SQP-GA, is better than the fundamental GA in the convergence speed and optimization precision, and the proposed algorithm in this paper has outstanding optimization effect. At the same time, the presented SQP-GA in the paper is applied to solve the ultrasonic localization problem of PD in transformers, then the ultrasonic localization method of PD in transformers based on the SQP-GA is proposed. And localization results based on the SQP-GA are compared with some algorithms such as the GA, some other intelligent and non-intelligent algorithms. The results of calculating examples both stimulated and spot experiments demonstrate that the localization method based on the SQP-GA can effectively prevent the results from getting trapped into the local optimum values, and the localization method is of great feasibility and very suitable for the field applications, and the precision of localization is enhanced, and the effectiveness of localization is ideal and satisfactory.

  13. Monolithic fiber chirped pulse amplification system for millijoule femtosecond pulse generation at 1.55 m.

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    Peng, Xiang; Kim, Kyungbum; Mielke, Michael; Jennings, Stephen; Masor, Gordon; Stohl, Dave; Chavez-Pirson, Arturo; Nguyen, Dan T; Rhonehouse, Dan; Zong, Jie; Churin, Dmitriy; Peyghambarian, N

    2014-02-10

    A monolithic fiber chirped pulse amplification system that generates sub-500 fs pulses with 913 J pulse energy and 4.4 W average power at 1.55 m wavelength has recently been demonstrated. The estimated peak power for the system output approached 1.9 GW. The pulses were near diffraction-limited and near transform-limited, benefiting from the straight and short length of the booster amplifier as well as adaptive phase shaping for the overall mitigation of the nonlinear phase accumulation. The booster amplifier employs an Er(3+)-doped large mode area high efficiency media fiber just 28 cm in length with a fundamental mode (LP(01)) diameter of 54 m and a corresponding effective mode area of 2290 m(2). PMID:24663537

  14. High efficiency, monolithic fiber chirped pulse amplification system for high energy femtosecond pulse generation.

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    Peng, Xiang; Kim, Kyungbum; Mielke, Michael; Jennings, Stephen; Masor, Gordon; Stohl, Dave; Chavez-Pirson, Arturo; Nguyen, Dan T; Rhonehouse, Dan; Zong, Jie; Churin, Dmitriy; Peyghambarian, N

    2013-10-21

    A novel monolithic fiber-optic chirped pulse amplification (CPA) system for high energy, femtosecond pulse generation is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. By employing a high gain amplifier comprising merely 20 cm of high efficiency media (HEM) gain fiber, an optimal balance of output pulse energy, optical efficiency, and B-integral is achieved. The HEM amplifier is fabricated from erbium-doped phosphate glass fiber and yields gain of 1.443 dB/cm with slope efficiency >45%. We experimentally demonstrate near diffraction-limited beam quality and near transform-limited femtosecond pulse quality at 1.55 m wavelength. With pulse energy >100 J and pulse duration of 636 fs (FWHM), the peak power is estimated to be ~160 MW. NAVAIR Public Release Distribution Statement A-"Approved for Public release; distribution is unlimited". PMID:24150384

  15. High-energy infrared femtosecond pulses generated by dual-chirped optical parametric amplification.

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    Fu, Yuxi; Takahashi, Eiji J; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate high-energy infrared femtosecond pulse generation by a dual-chirped optical parametric amplification (DC-OPA) scheme [Opt. Express19, 7190 (2011)]. By employing a 100 mJ pump laser, a signal pulse energy exceeding 20 mJ at a wavelength of 1.4 μm was achieved before dispersion compensation. A total output energy of 33 mJ was recorded. Under a further energy scaling condition, the signal pulse was compressed to an almost transform-limited duration of 27 fs using a fused silica prism compressor. Since the DC-OPA scheme is efficient and energy scalable, design parameters for obtaining 100 mJ level infrared pulses are presented, which are suitable as driver lasers for the energy scaling of high-order harmonic generation with sub-keV photon energy. PMID:26512524

  16. Multifractal Detrended Fluctuation Analysis of Human EEG: Preliminary Investigation and Comparison with the Wavelet Transform Modulus Maxima Technique

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    Zorick, Todd; Mandelkern, Mark A.

    2013-01-01

    Recently, many lines of investigation in neuroscience and statistical physics have converged to raise the hypothesis that the underlying pattern of neuronal activation which results in electroencephalography (EEG) signals is nonlinear, with self-affine dynamics, while scalp-recorded EEG signals themselves are nonstationary. Therefore, traditional methods of EEG analysis may miss many properties inherent in such signals. Similarly, fractal analysis of EEG signals has shown scaling behaviors that may not be consistent with pure monofractal processes. In this study, we hypothesized that scalp-recorded human EEG signals may be better modeled as an underlying multifractal process. We utilized the Physionet online database, a publicly available database of human EEG signals as a standardized reference database for this study. Herein, we report the use of multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis on human EEG signals derived from waking and different sleep stages, and show evidence that supports the use of multifractal methods. Next, we compare multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis to a previously published multifractal technique, wavelet transform modulus maxima, using EEG signals from waking and sleep, and demonstrate that multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis has lower indices of variability. Finally, we report a preliminary investigation into the use of multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis as a pattern classification technique on human EEG signals from waking and different sleep stages, and demonstrate its potential utility for automatic classification of different states of consciousness. Therefore, multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis may be a useful pattern classification technique to distinguish among different states of brain function. PMID:23844189

  17. Learning-based computing techniques in geoid modeling for precise height transformation

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    Erol, B.; Erol, S.

    2013-03-01

    Precise determination of local geoid is of particular importance for establishing height control in geodetic GNSS applications, since the classical leveling technique is too laborious. A geoid model can be accurately obtained employing properly distributed benchmarks having GNSS and leveling observations using an appropriate computing algorithm. Besides the classical multivariable polynomial regression equations (MPRE), this study attempts an evaluation of learning based computing algorithms: artificial neural networks (ANNs), adaptive network-based fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) and especially the wavelet neural networks (WNNs) approach in geoid surface approximation. These algorithms were developed parallel to advances in computer technologies and recently have been used for solving complex nonlinear problems of many applications. However, they are rather new in dealing with precise modeling problem of the Earth gravity field. In the scope of the study, these methods were applied to Istanbul GPS Triangulation Network data. The performances of the methods were assessed considering the validation results of the geoid models at the observation points. In conclusion the ANFIS and WNN revealed higher prediction accuracies compared to ANN and MPRE methods. Beside the prediction capabilities, these methods were also compared and discussed from the practical point of view in conclusions.

  18. Technique for infrared and visible image fusion based on non-subsampled shearlet transform and spiking cortical model

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    Kong, Weiwei; Wang, Binghe; Lei, Yang

    2015-07-01

    Fusion of infrared and visible images is an active research area in image processing, and a variety of relevant algorithms have been developed. However, the existing techniques commonly cannot gain good fusion performance and acceptable computational complexity simultaneously. This paper proposes a novel image fusion approach that integrates the non-subsampled shearlet transform (NSST) with spiking cortical model (SCM) to overcome the above drawbacks. On the one hand, using NSST to conduct the decompositions and reconstruction not only consists with human vision characteristics, but also effectively decreases the computational complexity compared with the current popular multi-resolution analysis tools such as non-subsampled contourlet transform (NSCT). On the other hand, SCM, which has been considered to be an optimal neuron network model recently, is responsible for the fusion of sub-images from different scales and directions. Experimental results indicate that the proposed method is promising, and it does significantly improve the fusion quality in both aspects of subjective visual performance and objective comparisons compared with other current popular ones.

  19. Study on the technique of distinguishing rock from coal based on statistical analysis of fast Fourier transform

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    Li, Xu; Gu, Tao

    2010-04-01

    An algorithm of distinguishing rock from coal based on statistical analysis of Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) is presented which can be used in the mechanized caving coal locales. First, eight groups of sound signals sampled with the speed 8192 samples/sec during caving are transformed by FFT. Second, the FFT results are analyzed and the ratios of the low frequency energy to the high frequency energy(ER) defined in the FFT results are calculated by using the variance analytical method (Var). Third, the typical values of the sound of the coal bumping the transporting coal armor plate, the rock bumping the armor plate and the mixing of coal and rock bumping the armor plate are calculated with the variances and the ratios(EV= ER *Var). Finally, the threshold of distinguishing rock from coal is evaluated by using the typical values and used to direct the opportunity for caving. We can learn by the experimental results that the proposed technique can depict effectively the different characteristics of the sampled signals. The experimental results also show that we can distinguish effectively different bumping sounds of coal, rock and the mixing of them by the characteristics when adjusting the threshold value. Therefore the algorithm can be used to improve the miners' productivity and promote the construction of digital mine.

  20. Evaluation of adaptive/nonadaptive filtering and wavelet transform techniques for noise reduction in EMG mobile acquisition equipment.

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    Ortolan, Rodrigo Lcio; Mori, Ricardo Naoki; Pereira, Roberto R Jnior; Cabral, Cristina M N; Pereira, Jos Carlos; Cliquet, Alberto Jnior

    2003-03-01

    The myoelectric signal can be used to control many rehabilitation systems, for instance, prostheses and artificial neuromuscular electrical stimulation toward restoring movement to spinal cord injured subjects. These mobile systems are usually used in different environments and thus are being exposed to different noise levels with characteristics not completely known. In this article, three main techniques for noise reduction were evaluated: wavelet transform (WT), adaptive digital filters, and nonadaptive digital filters. The WT was used to reconstruct the signal with the components without noise information. Adaptive filters were designed using least mean square (LMS) and recursive least square (RLS) algorithms. Finite-impulse response (FIR) and infinite-impulse response (IIR) nonadaptive filters were used for comparison to both the adaptive filters and the signal reconstruction through the WT. PMID:12797727

  1. Radio crickets: chirping jets from black hole binaries entering their gravitational wave inspiral

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    Kulkarni, Girish; Loeb, Abraham

    2016-03-01

    We study a novel electromagnetic signature of supermassive black hole (BH) binaries whose inspiral starts being dominated by gravitational wave (GW) emission. Recent simulations suggest that the binary's member BHs can continue to accrete gas from the circumbinary accretion disc in this phase of the binary's evolution, all the way until coalescence. If one of the binary members produces a radio jet as a result of accretion, the jet precesses along a biconical surface due to the binary's orbital motion. When the binary enters the GW phase of its evolution, the opening angle widens, the jet exhibits milliarcsecond-scale wiggles, and the conical surface of jet precession is twisted due to apparent superluminal motion. The rapidly increasing orbital velocity of the binary gives the jet an appearance of a `chirp'. This helical chirping morphology of the jet can be used to infer the binary parameters. For binaries with mass 107-1010 M⊙ at redshifts z < 0.5, monitoring these features in current and archival data will place a lower limit on sources that could be detected by Evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna and Pulsar Timing Arrays. In the future, microarcsecond interferometry with the Square Kilometre Array will increase the potential usefulness of this technique.

  2. Spin-wave storage using chirped control fields in atomic frequency comb-based quantum memory

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    Min?, Ji?; Sangouard, Nicolas; Afzelius, Mikael; de Riedmatten, Hugues; Gisin, Nicolas

    2010-10-01

    It has been shown that an inhomogeneously broadened optical transition shaped into an atomic frequency comb can store a large number of temporal modes of the electromagnetic field at the single-photon level without the need to increase the optical depth of the storage material. The readout of light modes is made efficient thanks to the rephasing of the optical-wavelength coherence similar to photon-echo-type techniques, and the reemission time is given by the comb structure. For on-demand readout and long storage times, two control fields are used to transfer the optical coherence back and forth into a spin wave. Here, we present a detailed analysis of the spin-wave storage based on chirped adiabatic control fields. In particular, we verify that chirped fields require significantly weaker intensities than ? pulses. The price to pay is a reduction of the multimode storage capacity that we quantify for realistic material parameters associated with solids doped with rare-earth-metal ions.

  3. ISAR imaging of maneuvering targets based on the range centroid Doppler technique.

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    Lv, Xiaolei; Xing, Mengdao; Wan, Chunru; Zhang, Shouhong

    2010-01-01

    A new inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) imaging approach is presented for application in situations where the maneuverability of noncooperative target is not too severe and the Doppler variation of subechoes from scatterers can be approximated as a first-order polynomial. The proposed algorithm is referred to as the range centroid Doppler (RCD) ISAR imaging technique and is based on the stretch Keystone-Wigner transform (SKWT). The SKWT introduces a stretch weight factor containing a range of chirp rate into the autocorrelation function of each cross-range profile and uses a 1-D interpolation of the phase history which we call stretch keystone formatting. The processing simultaneously eliminates the effects of linear frequency migration for all signal components regardless of their unknown chirp rate in time-frequency plane, but not for the noise or for the cross terms. By utilizing this novel technique, clear ISAR imaging can be achieved for maneuvering targets without an exhaustive search procedure for the motion parameters. Performance comparison is carried out to evaluate the improvement of the RCD technique versus other methods such as the conventional range Doppler (RD) technique, the range instantaneous Doppler (RID) technique, and adaptive joint time-frequency (AJTF) technique. Examples provided demonstrate the effectiveness of the RCD technique with both simulated and experimental ISAR data. PMID:19775968

  4. Calculation and manipulation of the chirp rates of high-order harmonics

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    Murakami, M.; Mauritsson, J.; Schafer, K.J.; Gaarde, M.B.; L'Huillier, A.

    2005-01-01

    We calculate the linear chirp rates of high-order harmonics in argon, generated by intense, 810 nm laser pulses, and explore the dependence of the chirp rate on harmonic order, driving laser intensity, and pulse duration. By using a time-frequency representation of the harmonic fields we can identify several different linear chirp contributions to the plateau harmonics. Our results, which are based on numerical integration of the time-dependent Schroedinger equation, are in good agreement with the adiabatic predictions of the strong field approximation for the chirp rates. Extending the theoretical analysis in the recent paper by Mauritsson et al. [Phys. Rev. A 70, 021801(R) (2004)], we also manipulate the chirp rates of the harmonics by adding a chirp to the driving pulse. We show that the chirp rate for harmonic q is given by the sum of the intrinsic chirp rate, which is determined by the new duration and peak intensity of the chirped driving pulse, and q times the external chirp rate.

  5. Tunable narrowband optical parametric oscillator using a transversely chirped Bragg grating.

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    Jacobsson, Bjrn; Pasiskevicius, Valdas; Laurell, Fredrik; Rotari, Eugeniu; Smirnov, Vadim; Glebov, Leonid

    2009-02-15

    We demonstrate a novel technique for locking and tuning of a near-degenerate nanosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) using a transversely chirped volume Bragg grating. When the grating was translated, the OPO signal wavelength could be tuned from 1011 to 1023 nm (3.5 THz). The OPO was based on a periodically poled KTiOPO(4) as a nonlinear crystal and was pumped at 532 nm with up to 1.9 mJ of energy. The generated signal at an energy of 0.37 mJ had a bandwidth of 0.50 nm and a suppression of broadband background of >30 dB. The demonstrated technique is widely applicable for the construction of narrowband tunable sources. PMID:19373337

  6. Application of the windowed-Fourier-transform-based fringe analysis technique for investigating temperature and concentration fields in fluids.

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    Mohanan, Sharika; Srivastava, Atul

    2014-04-10

    The present work is concerned with the development and application of a novel fringe analysis technique based on the principles of the windowed-Fourier-transform (WFT) for the determination of temperature and concentration fields from interferometric images for a range of heat and mass transfer applications. Based on the extent of the noise level associated with the experimental data, the technique has been coupled with two different phase unwrapping methods: the Itoh algorithm and the quality guided phase unwrapping technique for phase extraction. In order to generate the experimental data, a range of experiments have been carried out which include cooling of a vertical flat plate in free convection conditions, combustion of mono-propellant flames, and growth of organic as well as inorganic crystals from their aqueous solutions. The flat plate and combustion experiments are modeled as heat transfer applications wherein the interest is to determine the whole-field temperature distribution. Aqueous-solution-based crystal growth experiments are performed to simulate the mass transfer phenomena and the interest is to determine the two-dimensional solute concentration field around the growing crystal. A Mach-Zehnder interferometer has been employed to record the path-integrated quantity of interest (temperature and/or concentration) in the form of interferometric images in the experiments. The potential of the WFT method has also been demonstrated on numerically simulated phase data for varying noise levels, and the accuracy in phase extraction have been quantified in terms of the root mean square errors. Three levels of noise, i.e., 0%, 10%, and 20% have been considered. Results of the present study show that the WFT technique allows an accurate extraction of phase values that can subsequently be converted into two-dimensional temperature and/or concentration distribution fields. Moreover, since WFT is a local processing technique, speckle patterns and the inherent noise in the interferometric data do not affect the resultant phase values. Brief comparisons of the accuracy of the WFT with other standard techniques such as conventional Fourier-filtering methods are also presented. PMID:24787402

  7. Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy: An analytical technique to understand therapeutic responses at the molecular level

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    Kalmodia, Sushma; Parameswaran, Sowmya; Yang, Wenrong; Barrow, Colin J.; Krishnakumar, Subramanian

    2015-01-01

    Rapid monitoring of the response to treatment in cancer patients is essential to predict the outcome of the therapeutic regimen early in the course of the treatment. The conventional methods are laborious, time-consuming, subjective and lack the ability to study different biomolecules and their interactions, simultaneously. Since; mechanisms of cancer and its response to therapy is dependent on molecular interactions and not on single biomolecules, an assay capable of studying molecular interactions as a whole, is preferred. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy has become a popular technique in the field of cancer therapy with an ability to elucidate molecular interactions. The aim of this study, was to explore the utility of the FTIR technique along with multivariate analysis to understand whether the method has the resolution to identify the differences in the mechanism of therapeutic response. Towards achieving the aim, we utilized the mouse xenograft model of retinoblastoma and nanoparticle mediated targeted therapy. The results indicate that the mechanism underlying the response differed between the treated and untreated group which can be elucidated by unique spectral signatures generated by each group. The study establishes the efficiency of non-invasive, label-free and rapid FTIR method in assessing the interactions of nanoparticles with cellular macromolecules towards monitoring the response to cancer therapeutics. PMID:26568521

  8. Single-shot chirped-pulse spectral interferometry used to measure the femtosecond ionization dynamics of air.

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    Chien, C Y; La Fontaine, B; Desparois, A; Jiang, Z; Johnston, T W; Kieffer, J C; Ppin, H; Vidal, F; Mercure, H P

    2000-04-15

    A novel interferometry technique is presented by which, in one shot, one can measure phase changes with a resolution of tens of femtoseconds while extending the measurement over picoseconds or even longer. The method is based on spectral (frequency-domain) interferometry with a pair of linearly chirped pules as probes. With this technique we obtained single-shot measurements of the rapid phase changes induced by optical field ionization of air. This allowed us to calculate the time profile of the electron density created by an intense short laser pulse. PMID:18064117

  9. Controlling the femtosecond laser-driven transformation of dicyclopentadiene into cyclopentadiene

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    Goswami, Tapas; Das, Dipak K.; Goswami, Debabrata

    2013-01-01

    Dynamics of the chemical transformation of dicyclopentadiene into cyclopentadiene in a supersonic molecular beam is elucidated using femtosecond time-resolved degenerate pump–probe mass spectrometry. Control of this ultrafast chemical reaction is achieved by using linearly chirped frequency modulated pulses. We show that negatively chirped femtosecond laser pulses enhance the cyclopentadiene photoproduct yield by an order of magnitude as compared to that of the unmodulated or the positively chirped pulses. This demonstrates that the phase structure of femtosecond laser pulse plays an important role in determining the outcome of a chemical reaction. PMID:24098059

  10. Chirped-pulse terahertz spectroscopy for broadband trace gas sensing.

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    Gerecht, Eyal; Douglass, Kevin O; Plusquellic, David F

    2011-04-25

    We report the first demonstration of a broadband trace gas sensor based on chirp-pulse terahertz spectroscopy. The advent of newly developed solid state sources and sensitive heterodyne detectors for the terahertz frequency range have made it possible to generate and detect precise arbitrary waveforms at THz frequencies with ultra-low phase noise. In order to maximize sensitivity, the sample gas is first polarized using sub-μs chirped THz pulses and the free inductive decays (FIDs) are then detected using a heterodyne receiver. This approach allows for a rapid broadband multi-component sensing with low parts in 10(9) (ppb) sensitivities and spectral frequency accuracy of <20 kHz in real-time. Such a system can be configured into a portable, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive sensing platform. PMID:21643150

  11. Study of chirped pulse amplification based on Raman backscattering

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    Yang, X.; Vieux, G.; Lyachev, A.; Farmer, J.; Raj, G.; Ersfeld, B.; Brunetti, E.; Wiggins, M.; Issac, R.; Jaroszynski, D. A.

    2009-05-01

    Raman backscattering (RBS) in plasma is an attractive source of intense, ultrashort laser pulses, which has the potential asa basic for a new generation of laser amplifiers.1 Taking advantage of plasma, which can withstand extremely high power densities and can offer high efficiencies over short distances, Raman amplification in plasma could lead to significant reductions in both size and cost of high power laser systems. Chirped laser pulse amplification through RBS could be an effective way to transfer energy from a long pump pulse to a resonant counter propagating short probe pulse. The probe pulse is spectrally broadened in a controlled manner through self-phase modulation. Mechanism of chirped pulse Raman amplification has been studied, and features of supperradiant growth associated with the nonlinear stage are observed in the linear regime. Gain measurements are briefly summarized. The experimental measurements are in qualitative agreement with simulations and theoretical predictions.

  12. Excitation of the Morse oscillator by an ultrashort chirped pulse

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    Astapenko, V. A. Romadanovskii, M. S.

    2010-03-15

    The excitation of the classic Morse oscillator by an ultrashort electromagnetic pulse with a linear frequency chirp is studied theoretically. Formulas are derived for the oscillation amplitude and the radiation power averaged over a period as functions of the excitation energy for free oscillations of the Morse oscillator. Analytical expressions for describing the oscillator motion after the end of the pulse are obtained in the harmonic limit. In the general case of arbitrary parameters of the problem, the specific features of an excited Morse oscillator are analyzed numerically. Prominence is given to the effect of chirp on the excitation energy. The consideration is performed in terms of dimensionless variables, which makes it possible to apply the results obtained to a wide range of molecular systems and exciting-pulse parameters.

  13. Interaction of strongly chirped pulses with two-level atoms

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    Ibanez, S.; Peralta Conde, A.; Muga, J. G.; Guery-Odelin, D.

    2011-07-15

    We study the effect of ultrachirped pulses on the population inversion of two-level atoms. Ultrachirped pulses are defined as those for which the frequency chirp is of the order of the transition frequency of the two-level atom. When the chirp is large enough, the resonance may be crossed twice, for positive and negative frequencies. In fact the decomposition of the field into amplitude and phase factors, and the corresponding definition of the instantaneous frequency, are not unique. The interaction pictures for different decomposition are strictly equivalent, but only as long as approximations are not applied. The domain of validity of the formal rotating wave approximation is dramatically enhanced by a suitable choice, the so-called analytic signal representation.

  14. Hyper dispersion pulse compressor for chirped pulse amplification systems

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    Barty, Christopher P. J. (Hayward, CA)

    2011-11-29

    A grating pulse compressor configuration is introduced for increasing the optical dispersion for a given footprint and to make practical the application for chirped pulse amplification (CPA) to quasi-narrow bandwidth materials, such as Nd:YAG. The grating configurations often use cascaded pairs of gratings to increase angular dispersion an order of magnitude or more. Increased angular dispersion allows for decreased grating separation and a smaller compressor footprint.

  15. Chirping a two-photon transition in a multistate ladder

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    Merkel, Wolfgang; Mack, Holger; Schleich, Wolfgang P.; Lutz, Eric; Paulus, Gerhard G.; Girard, Bertrand

    2007-08-15

    We consider a two-photon transition in a specific ladder system driven by a chirped laser pulse. In the weak field limit, we find that the excited state probability amplitude arises due to interference of multiple quantum paths which are weighted by quadratic phase factors. The excited state population has the form of a Gauss sum which plays a prominent role in number theory.

  16. Multimodal nonlinear Raman microspectroscopy with ultrashort chirped laser pulses

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    Lanin, A. A.; Stepanov, E. A.; Tikhonov, R. A.; Sidorov-Biryukov, D. A.; Fedotov, A. B.; Zheltikov, A. M.

    2015-05-01

    We demonstrate the physical principles of multimodal nonlinear optical microspectroscopy, integrating methods of coherent and stimulated Raman scattering of ultrashort chirped laser pulses in a single optical scheme. Nonlinear phase distortions of ultrashort laser pulses are accurately compensated within a broad spectral range in this scheme to enable a high-spectral-resolution laser microspectroscopy that can reliably resolve groups of fingerprint molecular vibrations with close frequencies, thus facilitating an analysis of complex multicomponent systems.

  17. Spectral anomalies and stability of chirped-pulse oscillators

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    Kalashnikov, V. L.; Chernykh, A.

    2007-03-15

    Comprehensive numerical analysis of chirped-solitary-pulse stability in the positive-dispersion regime is presented. It is found that such a regime allowing generation of femtosecond pulses with energy above the microjoule level directly from a mode-locked oscillator is unstable against long-period pulsations. Pulsations are caused by the internal modes of solitary pulse and result in both symmetrical and asymmetrical perturbations of the pulse spectrum. This reduces a region of pulse stability and its coherence.

  18. Frequency-chirp rates of harmonics driven by a few-cycle pulse

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    Murakami, M.; Mauritsson, J.; Gaarde, M.B.

    2005-08-15

    We present numerical calculations of the time-frequency characteristics of cutoff harmonics generated by few-cycle laser pulses. We find that for driving pulses as short as three optical cycles, the adiabatic prediction for the harmonic chirp rate is very accurate. This negative chirp is so large that the resulting bandwidth causes substantial overlap between neighboring harmonics, and the harmonic phase therefore appears to not vary in time or frequency. By adding a compensating positive chirp to the driving pulse, which reduces the harmonic bandwidth and allows for the appearance of the negative chirp, we can measure the harmonic chirp rates. We also find that the positive chirp on the driving pulse causes the harmonics to shift down in frequency. We show that this counterintuitive result is caused by the change in the strong field continuum dynamics introduced by the variation of the driving frequency with time.

  19. Auditory brainstem responses to chirps delivered by an insert earphone with equalized frequency response

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    Elberling, Claus; Don, Manuel; Kristensen, Sinnet G. B.

    2012-01-01

    Recently it has been demonstrated that auditory brainstem responses, ABRs, to chirps are larger with the ER-2 than with the ER-3A insert earphone due to differences between the corresponding amplitude-frequency responses. Therefore a modified chirp, which equalizes the amplitude-frequency response of the ER-3A, is constructed and subsequently compared to the unmodified chirp. ABRs are recorded from 20 normal-hearing subjects in response to the two chirps delivered by the ER-3A earphone at a wide range of levels. The results confirm that the modified chirp generates significantly larger ABRs than the unmodified chirp at levels below 60 dB nHL. PMID:22894314

  20. Hadamard transform spectrometry: A new analytical technique; Progress report, Second year, March 15, 1992--November 15, 1992

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    Fateley, W.G.; Hammaker, R.M.

    1992-11-15

    The document is divided into 4 parts: Hadamard transform photoacoustic spectrometry and depth profiling; Hadamard transform imaging with a 2D Hadamard encoding mask (Raman image using pararosaniline hydrochloride); Hadamard transform Raman spectrometry; and work on the growth of VO{sub 2}(s) crystals for Hadamard masking material. 13 figs, refs.

  1. Cooling of relativistic electron beams in chirped laser pulses

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    Yoffe, Samuel R.; Noble, Adam; Kravets, Yevgen; Jaroszynski, Dino A.

    2015-05-01

    The next few years will see next-generation high-power laser facilities (such as the Extreme Light Infrastructure) become operational, for which it is important to understand how interaction with intense laser pulses affects the bulk properties of a relativistic electron beam. At such high field intensities, we expect both radiation reaction and quantum effects to play a significant role in the beam dynamics. The resulting reduction in relative energy spread (beam cooling) at the expense of mean beam energy predicted by classical theories of radiation reaction depends only on the energy of the laser pulse. Quantum effects suppress this cooling, with the dynamics additionally sensitive to the distribution of energy within the pulse. Since chirps occur in both the production of high-intensity pulses (CPA) and the propagation of pulses in media, the effect of using chirps to modify the pulse shape has been investigated using a semi-classical extension to the Landau-Lifshitz theory. Results indicate that even large chirps introduce a significantly smaller change to final state predictions than going from a classical to quantum model for radiation reaction, the nature of which can be intuitively understood.

  2. Chirped pulse Raman amplification in warm plasma: towards controlling saturation

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    Yang, X.; Vieux, G.; Brunetti, E.; Ersfeld, B.; Farmer, J. P.; Hur, M. S.; Issac, R. C.; Raj, G.; Wiggins, S. M.; Welsh, G. H.; Yoffe, S. R.; Jaroszynski, D. A.

    2015-01-01

    Stimulated Raman backscattering in plasma is potentially an efficient method of amplifying laser pulses to reach exawatt powers because plasma is fully broken down and withstands extremely high electric fields. Plasma also has unique nonlinear optical properties that allow simultaneous compression of optical pulses to ultra-short durations. However, current measured efficiencies are limited to several percent. Here we investigate Raman amplification of short duration seed pulses with different chirp rates using a chirped pump pulse in a preformed plasma waveguide. We identify electron trapping and wavebreaking as the main saturation mechanisms, which lead to spectral broadening and gain saturation when the seed reaches several millijoules for durations of 10s 100s fs for 250?ps, 800?nm chirped pump pulses. We show that this prevents access to the nonlinear regime and limits the efficiency, and interpret the experimental results using slowly-varying-amplitude, current-averaged particle-in-cell simulations. We also propose methods for achieving higher efficiencies. PMID:26290153

  3. Chirped pulse Raman amplification in warm plasma: towards controlling saturation.

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    Yang, X; Vieux, G; Brunetti, E; Ersfeld, B; Farmer, J P; Hur, M S; Issac, R C; Raj, G; Wiggins, S M; Welsh, G H; Yoffe, S R; Jaroszynski, D A

    2015-01-01

    Stimulated Raman backscattering in plasma is potentially an efficient method of amplifying laser pulses to reach exawatt powers because plasma is fully broken down and withstands extremely high electric fields. Plasma also has unique nonlinear optical properties that allow simultaneous compression of optical pulses to ultra-short durations. However, current measured efficiencies are limited to several percent. Here we investigate Raman amplification of short duration seed pulses with different chirp rates using a chirped pump pulse in a preformed plasma waveguide. We identify electron trapping and wavebreaking as the main saturation mechanisms, which lead to spectral broadening and gain saturation when the seed reaches several millijoules for durations of 10's - 100's fs for 250 ps, 800 nm chirped pump pulses. We show that this prevents access to the nonlinear regime and limits the efficiency, and interpret the experimental results using slowly-varying-amplitude, current-averaged particle-in-cell simulations. We also propose methods for achieving higher efficiencies. PMID:26290153

  4. Overview of Spontaneous Frequency Chirping in Confined Plasmas

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    Berk, Herbert

    2012-10-01

    Spontaneous rapid frequency chirping is now a commonly observed phenomenon in plasmas with an energetic particle component. These particles typically induce so called weak instabilities, where they excite background waves that the plasma can support such as shear Alfven waves. The explanation for this phenomenon attributes the frequency chirping to the formation of phase space structures in the form of holes and clumps. Normally a saturated mode, in the presence of background dissipation, would be expected decay after saturation as the background plasma absorbs the energy of the excited wave. However the phase space structures take an alternate route, and move to a regions of phase space that are lower energy states of the energetic particle distribution. Through the wave-resonant particle interaction, this movement is locked to the frequency observed by the wave. This phenomenon implies that alternate mechanisms for plasma relaxation need to be considered for plasma states new marginal stability. It is also possible that these chirping mechanisms can be used to advantage to externally control states of plasma.

  5. Interrogation of a linearly chirped fiber Bragg grating sensor with high resolution using a linearly chirped optical waveform.

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    Wang, Yiping; Zhang, Jiejun; Coutinho, Olympio; Yao, Jianping

    2015-11-01

    An approach to the interrogation of a linearly chirped fiber Bragg grating (LCFBG) sensor using a linearly frequency-modulated (or chirped) optical waveform (LFMOW) with a high resolution is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. An LFMOW is generated at a laser diode through linear frequency modulation. The generated LFMOW is then launched into an LCFBG pair consisting of two identical LCFBGs, with one serving as a sensing LCFBG and the other as a reference LCFBG. The reflection of the LFMOW from the two LCFBGs would lead to two time delayed LFMOWs. By beating the LFMOWs at a photodetector, a microwave signal with a beat frequency that is proportional to the time delay difference between the two reflected LFMOWs is generated. By measuring the frequency change of the beat signal, the strain applied to the sensing LCFBG is estimated. The proposed approach is experimentally evaluated. An LCFBG sensor with a resolution of 0.25 ?? is experimentally demonstrated. PMID:26512484

  6. Generating nonlinear FM chirp waveforms for radar.

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    Doerry, Armin Walter

    2006-09-01

    Nonlinear FM waveforms offer a radar matched filter output with inherently low range sidelobes. This yields a 1-2 dB advantage in Signal-to-Noise Ratio over the output of a Linear FM waveform with equivalent sidelobe filtering. This report presents design and implementation techniques for Nonlinear FM waveforms.

  7. Compression and collisions of chirped pulses in a dense two-level medium

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    Novitsky, Denis V.

    2016-01-01

    Using numerical simulations, we study propagation of linearly-chirped optical pulses in a homogeneously broadened two-level medium. We pay attention to the three main topics - validity of the rotating-wave approximation (RWA), pulse compression, and collisions of counter-propagating pulses. The cases of long and single-cycle pulses are considered and compared with each other. We show that the RWA does not give a correct description of chirped pulse interaction with the medium. The compression of the chirp-free single-cycle pulse is stronger than of the chirped one, while the opposite is true for long pulses. We demonstrate that the influence of chirp on the collisions of the long pulses allows us to control the state of the transmitted radiation: the transmission of the chirp-free pulse can be dramatically changed under collision with the chirped counter-propagating one, in sharp contrast to the case when both pulses are chirped. On the other hand, the collisions of the chirped single-cycle pulses can be used for precise control of medium excitation in a narrow spatial region.

  8. Spectral Characterizations of the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) Thermistor Bolometers using Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) Techniques

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    Thornhill, K. Lee; Bitting, Herbert; Lee, Robert B., III; Paden, Jack; Pandey, Dhirendra K.; Priestley, Kory J.; Thomas, Susan; Wilson, Robert S.

    1998-01-01

    Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) techniques are being used to characterize the relative spectral response, or sensitivity, of scanning thermistor bolometers in the infrared (IR) region (2 - >= 100-micrometers). The bolometers are being used in the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) program. The CERES measurements are designed to provide precise, long term monitoring of the Earth's atmospheric radiation energy budget. The CERES instrument houses three bolometric radiometers, a total wavelength (0.3- >= 150-micrometers) sensor, a shortwave (0.3-5-micrometers) sensor, and an atmospheric window (8-12-micrometers) sensor. Accurate spectral characterization is necessary for determining filtered radiances for longwave radiometric calibrations. The CERES bolometers spectral response's are measured in the TRW FTS Vacuum Chamber Facility (FTS - VCF), which uses a FTS as the source and a cavity pyroelectric trap detector as the reference. The CERES bolometers and the cavity detector are contained in a vacuum chamber, while the FTS source is housed in a GN2 purged chamber. Due to the thermal time constant of the CERES bolometers, the FTS must be operated in a step mode. Data are acquired in 6 IR spectral bands covering the entire longwave IR region. In this paper, the TRW spectral calibration facility design and data measurement techniques are described. Two approaches are presented which convert the total channel FTS data into the final CERES spectral characterizations, producing the same calibration coefficients (within 0.1 percent). The resulting spectral response curves are shown, along with error sources in the two procedures. Finally, the impact of each spectral response curve on CERES data validation will be examined through analysis of filtered radiance values from various typical scene types.

  9. Measuring Temperature-Dependent Propagating Disturbances in Coronal Fan Loops Using Multiple SDO-AIA Channels and Surfing Transform Technique

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    Uritskiy, Vadim M.; Davila, Joseph M.; Viall, Nicholeen M.; Ofman, Leon

    2013-01-01

    A set of co-aligned high resolution images from the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on board the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is used to investigate propagating disturbances (PDs) in warm fan loops at the periphery of a non-flaring active region NOAA AR 11082. To measure PD speeds at multiple coronal temperatures, a new data analysis methodology is proposed enabling quantitative description of sub visual coronal motions with low signal-to-noise ratios of the order of 0.1. The technique operates with a set of one-dimensional surfing signals extracted from position-timeplots of several AIA channels through a modified version of Radon transform. The signals are used to evaluate a two-dimensional power spectral density distribution in the frequency - velocity space which exhibits a resonance in the presence of quasi-periodic PDs. By applying this analysis to the same fan loop structures observed in several AIA channels, we found that the traveling velocity of PDs increases with the temperature of the coronal plasma following the square root dependence predicted for the slow mode magneto-acoustic wave which seems to be the dominating wave mode in the studied loop structures. This result extends recent observations by Kiddie et al. (2012) to a more general class of fan loop systems not associated with sunspots and demonstrating consistent slow mode activity in up to four AIA channels.

  10. Oxidation of carbon monoxide at a platinum film electrode studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy with attenuated total reflection technique

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    Zhu, Yimin; Uchida, Hiroyuki; Watanabe, Masahiro

    1999-12-07

    Fourier transform infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy with the attenuated total reflection technique (ATR-FTIR), coupled with cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurement, is used to observe the oxidation process of adsorbed CO at Pt film sputtered on a silicon prism. The interesting bipolar shape of the linearly bonded CO band is observed at high coverage of CO, although no CO band is included in the reference spectrum. This asymmetric shape is ascribed to Fano resonance. In addition to a linear CO and bridged CO, a new absorption band presumably assigned to a carboxyl radical, was detected. This band may be formed by a heterogeneous reaction between adsorbed CO and H{sub 2}O on the Pt surface in the hydrogen adsorption potential region. The adsorbed carboxyl radical was oxidized at a less positive potential than the adsorbed CO, which can be ascribed to a presumable origin for the pre-peak that appeared in a CV reading prior to the oxidation of such a linear or bridged CO. This oxidation led to the rearrangement of CO ad-layers, especially at high coverage of CO. In the case of the low coverage of CO, the conversion from the bridged CO to the linear CO is ascribed to the potential induced electronic effects of the electrode surface on the adsorption states. A consumption of adsorbed H{sub 2}O and a production of CO{sub 2} were also clearly indicated by the spectroscopy when COOH of CO disappeared from the surface.

  11. Transverse spectral filtering and Mellin transform techniques applied to the effect of outer scale on tilt and tilt anisoplanatism

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    Sasiela, R.J.; Shelton, J.D. )

    1993-04-01

    The process of setting up problems of wave propagation through turbulence and reducing the expressions to integrals is typically lengthy. Furthermore, to yield useful results the integrals must be evaluated numerically, except for the simplest problems. Here procedures are given for quickly writing an integral expression and easily evaluating it analytically, yielding a series solution that requires only a few terms to yield accurate results. The solution can also be expressed as a finite sum of generalized hypergeometric functions. The approach uses the Rytov approximation and filter functions in the spatial domain to express quantities of interest such as Zernike modes and effects of anisoplanatism for single or counterpropagating or copropagating plane or spherical waves in integral form. The integrals are readily evaluated with Mellin transforms. The authors illustrate the technique by deriving the tilt jitter of a single wave and the jitter between two waves with outer-scale effects present. It is shown that outer scale has a significant effect on tilt even for large outer-scale sizes. The effect of outer scale on tilt anisoplanatism is less pronounced. 36 refs., 7 figs.

  12. High-resolution ion partitioning technique by phase-specific ion excitation for Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance

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    Hanson, C.D.; Kerley, E.L.; Russell, D.H.

    1989-01-01

    The intrinsic versatility of Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) for analytical studies has been widely demonstrated. The utility of ion traps arises from the ability to manipulate ions that are stored in the trap. Ion manipulation is accomplished in FT-ICR by ion ejection e.g., ion selection for chemical studies and ejection of high abundance ions for enhancement of dynamic range. Ion ejection is achieved by accelerating unwanted ions (by resonant radio frequency (rf) excitation) until their radii exceed the confines of the ICR cell. Although the excitation magnitude is substantially by accelerating unwanted ions to radii which need only exceed the dimensions of the conductance limit, tailing of an excitation sweep can still result in inadvertent excitation of the ion of interest. A technique is described for ion selection that combines phase-specific excitation and ion discrimination on partitioning in a two-section FT-ICR cell. This method greatly enhances ion isolation by applying the relationship of the excitation phase angle to ion acceleration. The radial velocity of ions is modulated by phase-specific excitation. By control of the radial velocity (i.e., cyclotron radius), selected ions can be manipulated to produce high ion selectivity upon partitioning.

  13. Chirped femtosecond solitons and double-kink solitons in the cubic-quintic nonlinear Schroedinger equation with self-steepening and self-frequency shift

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    Alka,; Goyal, Amit; Gupta, Rama; Kumar, C. N.; Raju, Thokala Soloman

    2011-12-15

    We demonstrate that the competing cubic-quintic nonlinearity induces propagating solitonlike dark(bright) solitons and double-kink solitons in the nonlinear Schroedinger equation with self-steepening and self-frequency shift. Parameter domains are delineated in which these optical solitons exist. Also, fractional-transform solitons are explored for this model. It is shown that the nonlinear chirp associated with each of these optical pulses is directly proportional to the intensity of the wave and saturates at some finite value as the retarded time approaches its asymptotic value. We further show that the amplitude of the chirping can be controlled by varying the self-steepening term and self-frequency shift.

  14. The Optoelectronic Swept-Frequency Laser and Its Applications in Ranging, Three-Dimensional Imaging, and Coherent Beam Combining of Chirped-Seed Amplifiers

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    Vasilyev, Arseny

    This thesis explores the design, construction, and applications of the optoelectronic swept-frequency laser (SFL). The optoelectronic SFL is a feedback loop designed around a swept-frequency (chirped) semiconductor laser (SCL) to control its instantaneous optical frequency, such that the chirp characteristics are determined solely by a reference electronic oscillator. The resultant system generates precisely controlled optical frequency sweeps. In particular, we focus on linear chirps because of their numerous applications. We demonstrate optoelectronic SFLs based on vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and distributed-feedback lasers (DFBs) at wavelengths of 1550 nm and 1060 nm. We develop an iterative bias current predistortion procedure that enables SFL operation at very high chirp rates, up to 1016 Hz/sec. We describe commercialization efforts and implementation of the predistortion algorithm in a stand-alone embedded environment, undertaken as part of our collaboration with Telaris, Inc. We demonstrate frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) ranging and three-dimensional (3-D) imaging using a 1550 nm optoelectronic SFL. We develop the technique of multiple source FMCW (MS-FMCW) reflectometry, in which the frequency sweeps of multiple SFLs are "stitched" together in order to increase the optical bandwidth, and hence improve the axial resolution, of an FMCW ranging measurement. We demonstrate computer-aided stitching of DFB and VCSEL sweeps at 1550 nm. We also develop and demonstrate hardware stitching, which enables MS-FMCW ranging without additional signal processing. The culmination of this work is the hardware stitching of four VCSELs at 1550 nm for a total optical bandwidth of 2 THz, and a free-space axial resolution of 75 microns. We describe our work on the tomographic imaging camera (TomICam), a 3-D imaging system based on FMCW ranging that features non-mechanical acquisition of transverse pixels. Our approach uses a combination of electronically tuned optical sources and low-cost full-field detector arrays, completely eliminating the need for moving parts traditionally employed in 3-D imaging. We describe the basic TomICam principle, and demonstrate single-pixel TomICam ranging in a proof-of-concept experiment. We also discuss the application of compressive sensing (CS) to the TomICam platform, and perform a series of numerical simulations. These simulations show that tenfold compression is feasible in CS TomICam, which effectively improves the volume acquisition speed by a factor ten. We develop chirped-wave phase-locking techniques, and apply them to coherent beam combining (CBC) of chirped-seed amplifiers (CSAs) in a master oscillator power amplifier configuration. The precise chirp linearity of the optoelectronic SFL enables non-mechanical compensation of optical delays using acousto-optic frequency shifters, and its high chirp rate simultaneously increases the stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) threshold of the active fiber. We characterize a 1550 nm chirped-seed amplifier coherent-combining system. We use a chirp rate of 5*1014 Hz/sec to increase the amplifier SBS threshold threefold, when compared to a single-frequency seed. We demonstrate efficient phase-locking and electronic beam steering of two 3 W erbium-doped fiber amplifier channels, achieving temporal phase noise levels corresponding to interferometric fringe visibilities exceeding 98%.

  15. Limitations on the fidelity of 100 fs pulses produced by chirped pulse amplification

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    White, W. E.; Patterson, F. G.; Vanwoerkom, L. D.; Price, D. F.; Shepherd, R. L.

    1993-05-01

    A system for continuously variable independent tuning of the higher order frequency dependent phase of ultrashort laser pulses was developed. This technique relies on geometric aberrations that arise from adjustments to the relative alignment of the elements of an air spaced doublet lens in systems such as a diffraction grating stretcher in which the spectral components of the optical pulses are spatially dispersed. Modeling results are compared to experimental measurements for a nonoptimized pulse stretcher/compressor combination showing the higher order phase aberrations that limit the performance of a chirped pulse amplification system. Numerical results are presented indicating these higher order phase terms can be compensated by a properly adjusted air spaced doublet design within the pulse stretcher.

  16. Chirped Probe Pulse Femtosecond Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering for Turbulent Combustion Diagnostics

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    Fineman, Claresta N.; Lucht, Robert P.

    2014-06-01

    Chirped probe pulse (CPP) femtosecond (fs) coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) thermometry at 5 kHz has been successfully applied for single-laser-shot flame temperature measurements in a mildly turbulent hydrogen-air jet diffusion flame, sooting methane-air jet diffusion flame, and most recently a turbulent combustor of practical interest. Measurements were performed at various heights and radial locations within each flame and resulted in temperatures ranging from 300 K to 2400 K. In the turbulent combustor every laser shot produced some resonant CARS signal; no loss of signal due to beam steering, pressure fluctuations, or shear layer density gradients was noticeable. Furthermore, the measurement volume spatial resolution is better than has previously been reported for other CARS experiments. Flame temperature measurements compare well with those previously reported in similar flames. These results indicate high repetition rate CPP fs-CARS is an excellent technique for the study of turbulent combustion.

  17. Chirped laser dispersion spectroscopy for remote open-path trace-gas sensing.

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    Nikodem, Michal; Wysocki, Gerard

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we present a prototype instrument for remote open-path detection of nitrous oxide. The sensor is based on a 4.53 μm quantum cascade laser and uses the chirped laser dispersion spectroscopy (CLaDS) technique for molecular concentration measurements. To the best of our knowledge this is the first demonstration of open-path laser-based trace-gas detection using a molecular dispersion measurement. The prototype sensor achieves a detection limit down to the single-ppbv level and exhibits excellent stability and robustness. The instrument characterization, field deployment performance, and the advantages of applying dispersion sensing to sensitive trace-gas detection in a remote open-path configuration are presented. PMID:23443389

  18. Chirped Laser Dispersion Spectroscopy for Remote Open-Path Trace-Gas Sensing

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    Nikodem, Michal; Wysocki, Gerard

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we present a prototype instrument for remote open-path detection of nitrous oxide. The sensor is based on a 4.53 ?m quantum cascade laser and uses the chirped laser dispersion spectroscopy (CLaDS) technique for molecular concentration measurements. To the best of our knowledge this is the first demonstration of open-path laser-based trace-gas detection using a molecular dispersion measurement. The prototype sensor achieves a detection limit down to the single-ppbv level and exhibits excellent stability and robustness. The instrument characterization, field deployment performance, and the advantages of applying dispersion sensing to sensitive trace-gas detection in a remote open-path configuration are presented. PMID:23443389

  19. 2-microm Doppler lidar transmitter with high frequency stability and low chirp.

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    Wulfmeyer, V; Randall, M; Brewer, A; Hardesty, R M

    2000-09-01

    A coherent Doppler lidar system was frequency stabilized in a master-slave configuration by a phase-modulation technique. The short-term frequency stability, ~0.2 MHz rms, was maintained in a vibrational environment on a ship during a field campaign in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The long-term frequency stability was <2.6 kHz/h. Thus, in many applications, shot-to-shot frequency correction can be disregarded, which will result in increased speed and simplicity of the data-acquisition system. A frequency chirp could not be detected. These properties permit Doppler wind measurements with high efficiency and duty cycles to be made, even on airborne and spaceborne platforms. PMID:18066175

  20. Distribution profiling of a transverse load using the DGD spectrum of chirped FBGs.

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    Descamps, Frdric; Caucheteur, Christophe; Mgret, Patrice; Bette, Sbastien

    2015-07-13

    In this paper, we propose a new method to determine the longitudinal distribution of a non-uniform transverse force applied to an optical fiber. For that purpose, we use a chirped fiber Bragg grating (CFBG) for which we monitor the polarization parameters in reflection. In particular, we demonstrate that the differential group delay (DGD) spectrum of the CFBG is an imprint of the load profile so that it can be used for the shape determination of an applied load. Thereafter, we discuss the influence of the CFBG parameters on the achievable accuracy and resolution of our technique. An experimental validation is finally reported with two 48 mm long CFBGs subject to step transverse load profiles. PMID:26191878

  1. Use of time history speckle pattern and pulsed photoacoustic techniques to detect the self-accommodating transformation in a Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloy

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    Sanchez-Arevalo, F.M.; Aldama-Reyna, W.; Lara-Rodriguez, A.G.; Garcia-Fernandez, T.; Pulos, G.; Trivi, M.; Villagran-Muniz, M.

    2010-05-15

    Continuous and pulsed electromagnetic radiation was used to detect the self-accommodation mechanism on a polycrystalline Cu-13.83 wt.%Al-2.34 wt.%Ni shape memory alloy. Rectangular samples of this alloy were mechanically polished to observe the austenite and martensite phases. The samples were cooled in liquid nitrogen prior to the experiments to obtain the martensite phase. Using a dynamic speckle technique with a continuous wave laser we obtained the time history of the speckle pattern image and monitored the surface changes caused by the self-accommodation mechanism during the inverse (martensitic to austenitic) transformation. Using a photoacoustic technique based on a pulsed laser source it was also possible to detect the self-accommodation phenomena in a bulk sample. For comparison purposes, we used differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to detect the critical temperatures of transformation and use these as reference to evaluate the performance of the optical and photoacoustical techniques. In all cases, the same range of temperature was obtained during the inverse transformation. From these results, we conclude that time history speckle pattern (THSP) and pulsed photoacoustic are complementary techniques; they are non-destructive and useful to detect surface and bulk martensitic transformation induced by a temperature change.

  2. Efficient broadband 400??nm noncollinear second-harmonic generation of chirped femtosecond laser pulses in BBO and LBO.

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    Gobert, O; Mennerat, G; Maksimenka, R; Fedorov, N; Perdrix, M; Guillaumet, D; Ramond, C; Habib, J; Prigent, C; Vernhet, D; Oksenhendler, T; Comte, M

    2014-04-20

    We report on 400 nm broadband type I frequency doubling in a noncollinear geometry with pulse-front-tilted and chirped femtosecond pulses (? =800??nm; Fourier transform limited pulse duration, 45 fs). With moderate power densities (2 to 10??GW/cm2) thus avoiding higher-order nonlinear phenomena, the energy conversion efficiency was up to 65%. Second-harmonic pulses of Fourier transform limited pulse duration shorter than the fundamental wave were generated, exhibiting good beam quality and no pulse-front tilt. High energy (20 mJ/pulse) was produced in a 40 mm diameter and 6 mm thick LBO crystal. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of this optical configuration with sub-100-fs pulses. Good agreement between experimental results and simulations is obtained. PMID:24787591

  3. Gd(III)-Gd(III) distance measurements with chirp pump pulses

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    Doll, Andrin; Qi, Mian; Wili, Nino; Pribitzer, Stephan; Godt, Adelheid; Jeschke, Gunnar

    2015-10-01

    The broad EPR spectrum of Gd(III) spin labels restricts the dipolar modulation depth in distance measurements between Gd(III) pairs to a few percent. To overcome this limitation, frequency-swept chirp pulses are utilized as pump pulses in the DEER experiment. Using a model system with 3.4 nm Gd-Gd distance, application of one single chirp pump pulse at Q-band frequencies leads to modulation depths beyond 10%. However, the larger modulation depth is counteracted by a reduction of the absolute echo intensity due to the pump pulse. As supported by spin dynamics simulations, this effect is primarily driven by signal loss to double-quantum coherence and specific to the Gd(III) high spin state of S = 7/2. In order to balance modulation depth and echo intensity for optimum sensitivity, a simple experimental procedure is proposed. An additional improvement by 25% in DEER sensitivity is achieved with two consecutive chirp pump pulses. These pulses pump the Gd(III) spectrum symmetrically around the observation position, therefore mutually compensating for dynamical Bloch-Siegert phase shifts at the observer spins. The improved sensitivity of the DEER data with modulation depths on the order of 20% is due to mitigation of the echo reduction effects by the consecutive pump pulses. In particular, the second pump pulse does not lead to additional signal loss if perfect inversion is assumed. Moreover, the compensation of the dynamical Bloch-Siegert phase prevents signal loss due to spatial dependence of the dynamical phase, which is caused by inhomogeneities in the driving field. The new methodology is combined with pre-polarization techniques to measure long distances up to 8.6 nm, where signal intensity and modulation depth become attenuated by long dipolar evolution windows. In addition, the influence of the zero-field splitting parameters on the echo intensity is studied with simulations. Herein, larger sensitivity is anticipated for Gd(III) complexes with zero-field splitting that is smaller than for the employed Gd-PyMTA complex.

  4. Gd(III)-Gd(III) distance measurements with chirp pump pulses.

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    Doll, Andrin; Qi, Mian; Wili, Nino; Pribitzer, Stephan; Godt, Adelheid; Jeschke, Gunnar

    2015-10-01

    The broad EPR spectrum of Gd(III) spin labels restricts the dipolar modulation depth in distance measurements between Gd(III) pairs to a few percent. To overcome this limitation, frequency-swept chirp pulses are utilized as pump pulses in the DEER experiment. Using a model system with 3.4 nm Gd-Gd distance, application of one single chirp pump pulse at Q-band frequencies leads to modulation depths beyond 10%. However, the larger modulation depth is counteracted by a reduction of the absolute echo intensity due to the pump pulse. As supported by spin dynamics simulations, this effect is primarily driven by signal loss to double-quantum coherence and specific to the Gd(III) high spin state of S=7/2. In order to balance modulation depth and echo intensity for optimum sensitivity, a simple experimental procedure is proposed. An additional improvement by 25% in DEER sensitivity is achieved with two consecutive chirp pump pulses. These pulses pump the Gd(III) spectrum symmetrically around the observation position, therefore mutually compensating for dynamical Bloch-Siegert phase shifts at the observer spins. The improved sensitivity of the DEER data with modulation depths on the order of 20% is due to mitigation of the echo reduction effects by the consecutive pump pulses. In particular, the second pump pulse does not lead to additional signal loss if perfect inversion is assumed. Moreover, the compensation of the dynamical Bloch-Siegert phase prevents signal loss due to spatial dependence of the dynamical phase, which is caused by inhomogeneities in the driving field. The new methodology is combined with pre-polarization techniques to measure long distances up to 8.6 nm, where signal intensity and modulation depth become attenuated by long dipolar evolution windows. In addition, the influence of the zero-field splitting parameters on the echo intensity is studied with simulations. Herein, larger sensitivity is anticipated for Gd(III) complexes with zero-field splitting that is smaller than for the employed Gd-PyMTA complex. PMID:26340436

  5. Effect of wavelet transform techniques upon the estimation of sugar content in apple with near-infrared spectroscopy

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    Ying, Yibin B.; Liu, Yande; Fu, Xiaping; Lu, Huishan

    2004-11-01

    Wavelet transform (WT) has proven a powerful and efficient tool for dealing with chemical data due to its characteristic of dual localization and has been widely used in analytical chemistry. This paper aims at serving three purposes: First, it gives a review of the applications of the wavelet transform in infrared spectroscopy; Second, it gives a quick summary of aspects and properties of wavelets and wavelet transforms which are needed in order to understand how to (pre-) process data from spectrometry with wavelet methods; Third, it shows on a typical example (apple NIR spectra) how wavelet transforms can be used in order to extract quantitative information. The sugar content of intact apple was measured by NIRS and analyzed by wavelet transform, which is a new development in signal treatment method in recent years. The results show that the spectra treated with wavelet transform indicate more effectively the relationship with sugar content in intact apple. Compared with original spectra, wavelet transform of three-size has the most marked relation with sugar content. The predicting precision of five-element regression is the best and the scale 3 is the best for its 0.904 correlation efficient of determination and the 0.777 in standard error of prediction which is less than that of primitive spectra. Therefore, the conclusion of improved predicting precision for quantitative detection of sugar content in intact apple with wavelet transform can be drawn.

  6. Generation of two-color ultra-short radiation pulses from two electron bunches and a chirped seeded free-electron laser

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    Feng, Chao; Wang, Zhen; Wang, Xingtao; Huang, Dazhang

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we describe a new method for the realization of two-color femtosecond radiation pulses in a seeded free-electron laser (FEL). The two-color pulses are obtained from two electron bunches and a chirped seeding laser. Compared to the previous methods based on seeded FELs, our method has the advantages of producing two-color FEL pulses with more flexible tunability both in the pulse durations and separations. Numerical simulations for the Dalian Coherent Light Source confirm that femtosecond XUV pulses with variable pulse durations and time delay can be directly generated from a chirped seed laser at 250 nm by using this technique. We also show the possibility of performing a proof-of-principle experiment of this technique based on the Shanghai Deep-Ultraviolet FEL facility.

  7. Auditory brainstem responses to chirps delivered by different insert earphones

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    Elberling, Claus; Kristensen, Sinnet G. B.; Don, Manuel

    2012-01-01

    The frequency response and sensitivity of the ER-3A and ER-2 insert earphones are measured in the occluded-ear simulator using three ear canal extensions. Compared to the other two extensions, the DB 0370 (Brüel & Kjær), which is recommended by the international standards, introduces a significant resonance peak around 4500 Hz. The ER-3A has an amplitude response like a band-pass filter (1400 Hz, 6 dB/octave – 4000 Hz, −36 dB/octave), and a group delay with “ripples” of up to ±0.5 ms, while the ER-2 has an amplitude response, and a group delay which are flat and smooth up to above 10000 Hz. Both earphones are used to record auditory brainstem responses, ABRs, from 22 normal-hearing ears in response to two chirps and a click at levels from 20 to 80 dB nHL. While the click-ABRs are slightly larger for ER-2 than for ER-3A, the chirp-ABRs are much larger for ER-2 than for ER-3A at levels below 60 dB nHL. With a simulated amplitude response of the ER-3A and the smooth group delay of the ER-2 it is shown that the increased chirp-ABR amplitude with the ER-2 is caused by its broader amplitude response and not by its smoother group delay. PMID:22423705

  8. Effects of Energy Chirp on Echo-Enabled Harmonic Generation Free-Electron Lasers

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    Huang, Z.; Ratner, D.; Stupakov, G.; Xiang, D.; /SLAC

    2009-02-23

    We study effects of energy chirp on echo-enabled harmonic generation (EEHG). Analytical expressions are compared with numerical simulations for both harmonic and bunching factors. We also discuss the EEHG free-electron laser bandwidth increase due to an energy-modulated beam and its pulse length dependence on the electron energy chirp.

  9. Effect of pulse profile and chirp on a laser wakefield generation

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    Zhang Xiaomei; Shen Baifei; Ji Liangliang; Wang Wenpeng; Xu Jiancai; Yu Yahong; Yi Longqing; Wang Xiaofeng; Hafz, Nasr A. M.; Kulagin, V.

    2012-05-15

    A laser wakefield driven by an asymmetric laser pulse with/without chirp is investigated analytically and through two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. For a laser pulse with an appropriate pulse length compared with the plasma wavelength, the wakefield amplitude can be enhanced by using an asymmetric un-chirped laser pulse with a fast rise time; however, the growth is small. On the other hand, the wakefield can be greatly enhanced for both positively chirped laser pulse having a fast rise time and negatively chirped laser pulse having a slow rise time. Simulations show that at the early laser-plasma interaction stage, due to the influence of the fast rise time the wakefield driven by the positively chirped laser pulse is more intense than that driven by the negatively chirped laser pulse, which is in good agreement with analytical results. At a later time, since the laser pulse with positive chirp exhibits opposite evolution to the one with negative chirp when propagating in plasma, the wakefield in the latter case grows more intensely. These effects should be useful in laser wakefield acceleration experiments operating at low plasma densities.

  10. Phase-locking and coherent power combining of broadband linearly chirped optical waves.

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    Satyan, Naresh; Vasilyev, Arseny; Rakuljic, George; White, Jeffrey O; Yariv, Amnon

    2012-11-01

    We propose, analyze and demonstrate the optoelectronic phase-locking of optical waves whose frequencies are chirped continuously and rapidly with time. The optical waves are derived from a common optoelectronic swept-frequency laser based on a semiconductor laser in a negative feedback loop, with a precisely linear frequency chirp of 400 GHz in 2 ms. In contrast to monochromatic waves, a differential delay between two linearly chirped optical waves results in a mutual frequency difference, and an acoustooptic frequency shifter is therefore used to phase-lock the two waves. We demonstrate and characterize homodyne and heterodyne optical phase-locked loops with rapidly chirped waves, and show the ability to precisely control the phase of the chirped optical waveform using a digital electronic oscillator. A loop bandwidth of ~ 60 kHz, and a residual phase error variance of < 0.01 rad(2) between the chirped waves is obtained. Further, we demonstrate the simultaneous phase-locking of two optical paths to a common master waveform, and the ability to electronically control the resultant two-element optical phased array. The results of this work enable coherent power combining of high-power fiber amplifiers-where a rapidly chirping seed laser reduces stimulated Brillouin scattering-and electronic beam steering of chirped optical waves. PMID:23187338

  11. Amplification of a seed pumped by a chirped laser in the strong coupling Brillouin regime

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    Schluck, F.; Lehmann, G.; Spatschek, K. H.

    2015-09-01

    Seed amplification via Brillouin backscattering of a long pump laser-pulse is considered. The interaction takes place in the so called strong coupling regime. Pump chirping is applied to mitigate spontaneous Raman backscattering of the pump before interacting with the seed. The strong coupling regime facilitates stronger exponential growth and narrower seeds compared to the so called weak coupling regime, although in the latter the scaling with pump amplitude is stronger. Strong coupling is achieved when the pump laser amplitude exceeds a certain threshold. It is shown how the chirp influences both the linear as well as the nonlinear amplification process. First, linear amplification as well as the seed profiles are determined in dependence of the chirping rate. In contrast to the weak coupling situation, the evolution is not symmetric with respect to the sign of the chirping rate. In the nonlinear stage of the amplification, we find an intrinsic chirp of the seed pulse even for an un-chirped pump. We show that chirping the pump may have a strong influence on the shape of the seed in the nonlinear amplification phase. Also, the influence of pump chirp on the efficiency of Brillouin seed amplification is discussed.

  12. Supercontinuum generation with a chirped-pulse oscillator.

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    Fuerbach, A; Miese, C; Koehler, W; Geissler, M

    2009-03-30

    We demonstrate the generation of a high power ultrabroadband supercontinuum by coupling the uncompressed pulses from a Ti:Sapphire Chirped-pulse oscillator into a photonic crystal fibre that exhibits a highly anomalous dispersion at the centre wavelength of the laser. Our simulations show that the pulses first undergo quasi-linear compression before the actual supercontinuum is generated by soliton fission dynamics. This two-step process results in an optical spectrum that is remarkably independent on the input pulse energy. Moreover, the reduced peak intensity at the input facet of the fibre mitigates damage problems and allows the generation of high power white-light radiation. PMID:19333361

  13. High-order dispersion in chirped-pulse oscillators.

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    Kalashnikov, Vladimir L; Fernández, Alma; Apolonski, Alexander

    2008-03-17

    The effects of high-order dispersion on a chirped-pulse oscillator operating in the positive dispersion regime were studied both theoretically and experimentally. It was found that odd and negative even high-order dispersions impair the oscillator stability owing to resonance with the dispersion waves, but can broaden the spectrum as in the case of continuum generation in the fibers. Positive fourth-order dispersion enhances the stability and shifts the stability range into negative dispersion. The destabilization mechanism was found to be a parametrical instability which causes noisy mode locking around zero dispersion. PMID:18542516

  14. Chirped nonlinear cavity for digital quantum state readout without switching

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    Naaman, Ofer; Aumentado, José.; Friedland, Lazar; Wurtele, Jonathan; Siddiqi, Irfan

    2009-03-01

    We observe a new phase-locking effect in a high-Q cavity embedding a Josephson junction driven with a chirped microwave signal. Above a critical drive amplitude, the cavity phase-locks to the drive and its oscillation amplitude grows with time. Below threshold, the cavity dephases from the drive and its amplitude remains small. The transition to phase-locking is associated with a sharp threshold sensitive to the junction I0, and can be used for digital detection of quantum states. This detector smoothly evolves into one oscillation state or the other without relying on any switching process.

  15. Transverse-to-longitudinal Emittance-exchange with an Energy Chirped Beam

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    Thangaraj, J.; Ruan, J.; Johnson, A.S.; Thurman-Keup, R.; Lumpkin, A.H.; Santucci, J.; Sun, Y.-E; Maxwell, T.; Edwards, H.; /Fermilab

    2012-05-01

    Emittance exchange has been proposed to increase the performance of free electron lasers by tailoring the phase space of an electron beam. The principle of emittance exchange - where the transverse phase space of the electron beam is exchanged with the longitudinal phase space - has been demonstrated recently at the A0 photoinjector. The experiment used a low charge bunch (250 pC) with no energy chirp. Theory predicts an improvement in the emittance exchange scheme when the incoming beam has an energy chirp imparted on it. The energy chirp helps to overcome the thick lens effect of the deflecting mode cavity and other second order effects that might lead to an incomplete emittance exchange at higher charges. In this work, we report experimental and simulation results from operating the emittance exchange beam line using an energy chirped beam with higher charge (500 pC) at different RF-chirp settings.

  16. Enhancement of proton acceleration by frequency-chirped laser pulse in radiation pressure mechanism

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    Vosoughian, H.; Riazi, Z.; Afarideh, H.; Yazdani, E.

    2015-07-01

    The transition from hole-boring to light-sail regime of radiation pressure acceleration by frequency-chirped laser pulses is studied using particle-in-cell simulation. The penetration depth of laser into the plasma with ramped density profile increases when a negatively chirped laser pulse is applied. Because of this induced transparency, the laser reflection layer moves deeper into the target and the hole-boring stage would smoothly transit into the light-sail stage. An optimum chirp parameter which satisfies the laser transparency condition, a 0 ? ? n e l / n c ? , is obtained for each ramp scale length. Moreover, the efficiency of conversion of laser energy into the kinetic energy of particles is maximized at the obtained optimum condition. A relatively narrow proton energy spectrum with peak enhancement by a factor of 2 is achieved using a negatively chirped pulse compared with the un-chirped pulse.

  17. Perturbation-theory analysis of ionization by a chirped few-cycle attosecond pulse

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    Pronin, E. A.; Starace, Anthony F.; Peng Liangyou

    2011-07-15

    The angular distribution of electrons ionized from an atom by a chirped few-cycle attosecond pulse is analyzed using perturbation theory (PT), keeping terms in the transition amplitude up to second order in the pulse electric field. The dependence of the asymmetry in the ionized electron distributions on both the chirp and the carrier-envelope phase (CEP) of the pulse are explained using a simple analytical formula that approximates the exact PT result. This approximate formula (in which the chirp dependence is explicit) reproduces reasonably well the chirp-dependent oscillations of the electron angular distribution asymmetries found numerically by Peng et al. [Phys. Rev. A 80, 013407 (2009)]. It can also be used to determine the chirp rate of the attosecond pulse from the measured electron angular distribution asymmetry.

  18. Chirp of the single attosecond pulse generated by a polarization gating

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    Chang Zenghu

    2005-02-01

    The chirp of the xuv supercontinuum generated by a polarization gating is investigated by comparing three-dimensional nonadiabatic numerical simulations with classical calculations. The origin of the chirp is the dependence of the energy gain by an electron on the return time. The chirp is positive and its value is almost the same as that when a linearly polarized laser is used. Although the 250-eV-wide supercontinuum corresponds to a single attosecond pulse, the shortest duration of the pulse is limited by the chirp. By compensating the positive chirp with the negative group velocity dispersion of a Sn filter, it is predicted that a single 58-as pulse can be generated.

  19. Backward Raman amplification in plasmas with chirped wideband pump and seed pulses

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    Wu, Zhao-Hui; Wei, Xiao-Feng; Zuo, Yan-Lei; Liu, Lan-Qin; Zhang, Zhi-Meng; Li, Min; Zhou, Yu-Liang; Su, Jing-Qin

    2015-01-01

    Chirped wideband pump and seed pulses are usually considered for backward Raman amplification (BRA) in plasmas to achieve an extremely high-power laser pulse. However, current theoretical models only contain either a chirped pump or a chirped seed. In this paper, modified three-wave coupling equations are proposed for the BRA in the plasmas with both chirped wideband pump and seed. The simulation results can more precisely describe the experiments, such as the Princeton University experiment. The optimized chirp and bandwidth are determined based on the simulation to enhance the output intensity and efficiency. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11305157) and the Development Foundation of China Academy of Engineering Physics Laboratory (CAEPL) (Grant No. 2013A0401019).

  20. Control of Brillouin short-pulse seed amplification by chirping the pump pulse

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    Lehmann, G.; Spatschek, K. H.

    2015-04-01

    Seed amplification via Brillouin backscattering of a long pump pulse is considered. Similar to Raman amplification, several obstructive effects may occur during short-pulse Brillouin amplification. One is the spontaneous Raman backscattering of the pump before interacting with the seed. Preforming the plasma and/or chirping the pump will reduce unwanted pump backscattering. Optimized regions for low-loss pump propagation were proposed already in conjunction with Raman seed amplification. Hence, the influence of the chirp of the pump during Brillouin interaction with the seed becomes important and will be considered here. Both, the linear as well as the nonlinear evolution phases of the seed caused by Brillouin amplification under the action of a chirped pump are investigated. The amplification rate as well as the seed profiles are presented as function of the chirping rate. Also the dependence of superradiant scaling rates on the chirp parameter is discussed.

  1. Effect of nonlinear chirped Gaussian laser pulse on plasma wake field generation

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    Afhami, Saeedeh; Eslami, Esmaeil

    2014-08-15

    An ultrashort laser pulse propagating in plasma can excite a nonlinear plasma wake field which can accelerate charged particles up to GeV energies within a compact space compared to the conventional accelerator devices. In this paper, the effect of different kinds of nonlinear chirped Gaussian laser pulse on wake field generation is investigated. The numerical analysis of our results depicts that the excitation of plasma wave with large and highly amplitude can be accomplished by nonlinear chirped pulses. The maximum amplitude of excited wake in nonlinear chirped pulse is approximately three times more than that of linear chirped pulse. In order to achieve high wake field generation, chirp parameters and functions should be set to optimal values.

  2. Control of Brillouin short-pulse seed amplification by chirping the pump pulse

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    Lehmann, G.; Spatschek, K. H.

    2015-04-15

    Seed amplification via Brillouin backscattering of a long pump pulse is considered. Similar to Raman amplification, several obstructive effects may occur during short-pulse Brillouin amplification. One is the spontaneous Raman backscattering of the pump before interacting with the seed. Preforming the plasma and/or chirping the pump will reduce unwanted pump backscattering. Optimized regions for low-loss pump propagation were proposed already in conjunction with Raman seed amplification. Hence, the influence of the chirp of the pump during Brillouin interaction with the seed becomes important and will be considered here. Both, the linear as well as the nonlinear evolution phases of the seed caused by Brillouin amplification under the action of a chirped pump are investigated. The amplification rate as well as the seed profiles are presented as function of the chirping rate. Also the dependence of superradiant scaling rates on the chirp parameter is discussed.

  3. Isolated short attosecond pulse generation in an orthogonally polarized multicycle chirped laser field

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    Xu Junjie

    2011-03-15

    We theoretically demonstrate the generation of a high-order harmonic and isolated attosecond pulse in an orthogonally polarized laser field, which is synthesized by an 800-nm chirped laser pulse and an 800-nm chirp-free laser pulse. Owing to the instantaneous frequency increasingly reducing close to the center of the driving pulse, the extreme ultraviolet supercontinuum for the chirped synthesized field is even broader than that for an orthogonal chirp-free two-color laser field. It is found that the broadband supercontinuum spectrum can be achieved for the driving pulse with ten and above optical cycles. After phase compensation an isolated attosecond pulse with a duration of {approx}16 as is produced. Furthermore, the optimization of the chirping rate parameters is investigated to achieve cutoff extension and an isolated short attosecond pulse.

  4. Optimization of Drive-Bunch Current Profile for Enhanced Transformer Ratio in Beam-Driven Acceleration Techniques

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    Lemery, F.; Mihalcea, D.; Prokop, C.R.; Piot, P.; /Northern Illinois U. /Fermilab

    2012-07-08

    In recent years, wakefield acceleration has gained attention due to its high acceleration gradients and cost effectiveness. In beam-driven wakefield acceleration, a critical parameter to optimize is the transformer ratio. It has been shown that current shaping of electron beams allows for enhanced (> 2) transformer ratios. In this paper we present the optimization of the pulse shape of the drive bunch for dielectric-wakefield acceleration.

  5. Hydrogen-induced structural transformation of AuCu nanoalloys probed by synchrotron X-ray diffraction techniques.

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    Yamauchi, M; Okubo, K; Tsukuda, T; Kato, K; Takata, M; Takeda, S

    2014-04-21

    In situ X-ray diffraction measurements reveal that the transformation of a AuCu nanoalloy from a face-centered-cubic to an L10 structure is accelerated under a hydrogen atmosphere. The structural transformation rate for the AuCu nanoalloy under hydrogen above 433 K was found to be 100 times faster than that in a vacuum, which is the first quantitative observation of hydrogen-induced ordering of nanoalloys. PMID:24608274

  6. Morphological and lithological transformation records of the Lake Czechowskie basin on the basis of paleogeography and GIS techniques analysis

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    Kramkowski, M. A.; Błaszkiewicz, M.; Tyszkowski, S.; Kordowski, J.

    2014-12-01

    The analyses of the annually laminated lacustrine sediments are particularly important in the studies of global climate change. They provide information about the ecosystem response to environmental and climate changes. The condition for the laminated sedimentation with the annual resolution is a calm sedimentation environment where there is no mixing and thus there are anaerobic conditions in the benthic zone. Below a certain depth there is no wave induced mixing and temperature is constant, which causes water stagnation. In shallower areas such conditions are favoured by the morphology of the lake basin and the long presence of ice cover (bradymictic). The combination of these environmental features predispose to the deposition of laminated sediments. Lake Czechowskie is located within the limit of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet during the Last Glaciation in the Central European Lowland (northern Poland - 53°52"N 18°14"E) in a deep kettle-hole type. Taking into account the thickness of the lacustrine sediments, the maximum depth of the basin exceeds 70 m. Detailed surveying as well as geological drilling using the GIS techniques made it possible to reconstruct the morphology of the basin of Lake Czechowskie and its adjacent areas before the biogenic sedimentation started in Allerød. At that time water level was 2 m higher than in the modern times. Following climate changes initiated the natural processes of the lake basin transformation. The analysis of the morphology of the lake basin is the basis for modelling the sedimentation conditions considering, inter alia, the wind direction and wind velocity, fluctuations of the water levels and the degree of filling the basin with the deposits in different periods of the Late Glacial and Holocene. It allows specifying the variability and sedimentation rate within the basin. The analysis shows the spatial variation of the erosion and accumulation zones, and enables to determine the zones of calm sedimentation revealing places particularly predisposed to accumulate annually laminated lacustrine sediments. This study is a contribution to the Virtual Institute of Integrated Climate and Landscape Evolution (ICLEA) of the Helmholtz Association and the research project no. 2011/01/B/ST10/07367 Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

  7. Robust volume assessment of brain tissues for 3-dimensional fourier transformation MRI via a novel multispectral technique.

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    Chai, Jyh-Wen; Chen, Clayton C; Wu, Yi-Ying; Chen, Hung-Chieh; Tsai, Yi-Hsin; Chen, Hsian-Min; Lan, Tsuo-Hung; Ouyang, Yen-Chieh; Lee, San-Kan

    2015-01-01

    A new TRIO algorithm method integrating three different algorithms is proposed to perform brain MRI segmentation in the native coordinate space, with no need of transformation to a standard coordinate space or the probability maps for segmentation. The method is a simple voxel-based algorithm, derived from multispectral remote sensing techniques, and only requires minimal operator input to depict GM, WM, and CSF tissue clusters to complete classification of a 3D high-resolution multislice-multispectral MRI data. Results showed very high accuracy and reproducibility in classification of GM, WM, and CSF in multislice-multispectral synthetic MRI data. The similarity indexes, expressing overlap between classification results and the ground truth, were 0.951, 0.962, and 0.956 for GM, WM, and CSF classifications in the image data with 3% noise level and 0% non-uniformity intensity. The method particularly allows for classification of CSF with 0.994, 0.961 and 0.996 of accuracy, sensitivity and specificity in images data with 3% noise level and 0% non-uniformity intensity, which had seldom performed well in previous studies. As for clinical MRI data, the quantitative data of brain tissue volumes aligned closely with the brain morphometrics in three different study groups of young adults, elderly volunteers, and dementia patients. The results also showed very low rates of the intra- and extra-operator variability in measurements of the absolute volumes and volume fractions of cerebral GM, WM, and CSF in three different study groups. The mean coefficients of variation of GM, WM, and CSF volume measurements were in the range of 0.03% to 0.30% of intra-operator measurements and 0.06% to 0.45% of inter-operator measurements. In conclusion, the TRIO algorithm exhibits a remarkable ability in robust classification of multislice-multispectral brain MR images, which would be potentially applicable for clinical brain volumetric analysis and explicitly promising in cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of different subject groups. PMID:25710499

  8. Chirped CPMG for well-logging NMR applications.

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    Casabianca, Leah B; Mohr, Daniel; Mandal, Soumyajit; Song, Yi-Qiao; Frydman, Lucio

    2014-05-01

    In NMR well-logging, the measurement apparatus typically consists of a permanent magnet which is inserted into a bore, and the sample is the rock surrounding the borehole. When compared to the conditions of standard NMR experiments, this application is thus challenged by relatively weak and invariably inhomogeneous B0 and B1 fields. Chemical shift information is not generally obtained in these measurements. Instead, diffusivity, porosity and permeability information is collected from multi-echo decay measurements - most often using a Carr-Purcell Meiboom-Gill (CPMG) pulse sequence to enhance the experiment's limited sensitivity. In this work, we explore the consequences of replacing the hard square pulses used in a typical CPMG sequence with chirped pulses sweeping a range of frequencies. The greater bandwidths that for a maximum B1 level can be excited by chirped pulses translates into marked expansion of the detection volume, and thus significant signal-to-noise improvements when compared to standard CPMG acquisitions using hard pulses. This improvement, usually amounting to signal enhancements ?3, can be used to reduce the experimental time of NMR well-logging measurements, for measuring T2 even when B0 and B1 inhomogenieties complicate the measurements, and opening new opportunities in the determination of diffusional properties. PMID:24674888

  9. Distance Estimation Based on Interference of Audible Linear Chirp Signal

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    Hanabusa, Shimpei; Uebo, Tetsuji; Tsuchida, Yuuta; Shinohara, Toshihiro; Nakasako, Noboru

    In many engineering fields, distance to target is very important and fundamental information. Acoustical signal often plays an essential role in measurement of distance. Though there are distance measurement methods using a time delay between transmitted and reflected waves, it is difficult to measure short distance because the reflected waves are often buried in the transmitted wave for short distance. Recently, a method for measuring the short distance has been proposed using standing wave. We applied the fundamental principle of this method to the estimation of short distance using audible sound as a transmitted wave. This method enabled us to obtain range spectrum from power spectrum of composite sound, but it required Fourier Transfom twice. This paper introduces the chirp signal, which is a signal such that the frequency changes with lapse of time, as a transmitted wave, and an interference arises due to the superposition of transmitted and reflected waves. Since the period of power fluctuation for the composite sound is inversely proportional to the distance between microphone and target, we propose a new distance estimation method by using chirp signal as a transmitted wave. Finally, we also confirm the validity of the proposed method through computer simulation and by experiment in an actual sound field.

  10. Effect of atomic density on propagation and spectral property of femtosecond chirped Gaussian pulses

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    Wang, Zhendong; Gao, Feng

    2015-05-01

    We theoretically investigate the effect of the atomic densities N on propagation and spectral property of femtosecond chirped Gaussian pulse in a three-level ?-type atomic medium by using the numerical solution of the full Maxwell- Bloch equations. It is shown that, when the positive chirped pulse with area 3?, propagate in the medium with smaller N, pulse splitting doesn't occur and many small oscillations at the trailing edge of the pulse appear, in addition, the level |2< population ?22 of the pulse exhibits an oscillation feature with time evolution, moreover, the spectral component near the central frequency of the pulse shows an oscillation characteristic too, and the propagation and spectral property of the negative chirped 3? pulse is very similar to that of the positive chirped 3? pulse. For the positive chirped 3? pulse pulses, propagate in the medium with larger N, pulse splitting also doesn't occur but many small oscillations both at leading edge and the trailing edge of the pulse appear, and the population ?22 of the pulse only exhibits an scarcely oscillation feature with time evolution, at the same time many oscillations both in blue shift and red shift components of the pulse appear but the spectral component near the central frequency of the pulse oscillate more severely, and the propagation and spectral property of the negative chirped 3? pulse is very similar to that of the positive chirped 3? pulse, but comparing with the case of the negative chirped 3? pulse, the propagation of the positive chirped 3? pulse is delayed at the same distance and the delayed time becomes longer with the distance increasing.

  11. Analytical solution of the advection-diffusion transport equation using a change-of-variable and integral transform technique

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    This paper presents a formal exact solution of the linear advection-diffusion transport equation with constant coefficients for both transient and steady-state regimes. A classical mathematical substitution transforms the original advection-diffusion equation into an exclusively diffusive equation. ...

  12. Positive and negative chirping of laser pulses shorter than 100 fsec in a saturable absorber

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    Miranda, R.S.; Jacobovitz, G.R.; Brito Cruz, C.H.; Scarparo, M.A.F.

    1986-04-01

    We present a calculation of the chirp generated in laser pulses shorter than 100 fsec on propagation through a saturable absorber (DODCI in ethylene glycol). The calculation takes into account the absorber saturation and the solvent nonlinear refractive index. At pulse energies greater than 10 nJ the chirp tends to be predominantly positive, and it increases rapidly as the pulse duration becomes shorter than 50 fsec. At pulse energies in the 1--7-nJ range the chirp is mostly negative for pulses longer than 30 fsec.

  13. Intrinsic chirp of attosecond pulses: Single-atom model versus experiment

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    Kazamias, S.; Balcou, Ph.

    2004-06-01

    We demonstrate and evaluate the importance of an intrinsic chirp inherent to attosecond pulse creation accompanying high-order harmonic generation in recently published experimental data by Dinu et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 063901 (2003)]. We present an analytical model, from which the atomic origin of the harmonic chirp is clearly understood. Moreover, the behavior of the chirp as a function of experimental parameters such as laser intensity is inferred. The comparison between our model and the experimental data provides us with useful information about the conditions in which the high-order harmonics is generated.

  14. Influence of laser frequency chirp on deuteron energy from laser-driven deuterated methane cluster expansion

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    Li, H. Y.; Liu, J. S.

    2010-06-01

    The simulations of three-dimensional particle dynamics are carried out to investigate the Coulomb explosion dynamics of deuterated methane clusters under the irradiation of an ultrashort intense laser pulse. The final kinetic energy of deuterons produced from the cluster explosion is calculated as a function of the pulse width, the laser intensity and the pulse chirp. It is found that the deuteron energy obtained in an intense laser pulse with negative chirp is higher than that with positive chirp, which agrees qualitatively with the experimental results reported by Fukuda et al. [Y. Fukuda et al., Phys. Rev. A 67, 061201 (2003)].

  15. Peculiarities of laser phase behavior associated with the accelerated electron in a chirped laser pulse

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    Song, Q.; Wu, X. Y.; Wang, J. X.; Kawata, S.; Wang, P. X.

    2014-05-15

    In this paper, we qualitatively analyzed peculiarities of laser phase behavior associated with the accelerated electron in a chirped laser pulse. We unveiled the relationship between the changes in the orientation of the electron trajectory and the cusps in magnitude of the phase velocity of the optical field along the electron trajectory in a chirped laser pulse. We also explained how the chirp effect induced the singular point of the phase velocity. Finally, we discussed the phase velocity and phase witnessed by the electron in the particle's moving instantaneous frame.

  16. Period-chirped gratings fabricated by laser interference lithography with a concave Lloyd's mirror.

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    Kim, Hanbit; Jung, Hyunho; Lee, Dong-Hyun; Lee, Kyu Back; Jeon, Heonsu

    2016-01-10

    We developed a laser interference lithography (LIL) system for fabrication of period-chirped gratings, which would be useful for sophisticated optical components. Despite its simplicity, the developed LIL system, based on a Lloyd's mirror interferometer with a cylindrically concave mirror, can generate chirped gratings, yet over a large area at high throughput owing to the nature of LIL. We have derived exact theoretical equations needed for system design, built the LIL system, and subsequently realized period-chirped gratings. A fabricated sample whose center period is ??600??nm exhibits a continuous period variation of ??=92??nm across 17mm width. PMID:26835772

  17. Tracking the photodissociation probability of D2 (+) induced by linearly chirped laser pulses.

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    Csehi, Andrs; Halsz, Gbor J; Cederbaum, Lorenz S; Vibk, gnes

    2016-02-21

    In the presence of linearly varying frequency chirped laser pulses, the photodissociation dynamics of D2 (+) is studied theoretically after ionization of D2. As a completion of our recent work [A. Csehi et al., J. Chem. Phys. 143, 014305 (2015)], a comprehensive dependence on the pulse duration and delay time is presented in terms of total dissociation probabilities. Our numerical analysis carried out in the recently introduced light-induced conical intersection (LICI) framework clearly shows the effects of the changing position of the LICI which is induced by the frequency modulation of the chirped laser pulses. This impact is presented for positively, negatively, and zero chirped short pulses. PMID:26896988

  18. Rate equation analysis of frequency chirp in optically injection-locked quantum cascade lasers

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    Wang, C.; Grillot, F.; Kovanis, V. I.; Bodyfelt, J. D.; Even, J.

    2014-03-01

    The frequency chirp characteristics of an optically injection-locked quantum cascade laser are theoretically investigated. The key parameter chirp-to-power ratio (CPR) is analytically derived from a full rate equation model. The CPR value can be efficiently reduced by increasing optical injection strength, especially at modulation frequencies less than 10 GHz. In contrast to interband lasers, both positive and negative frequency detuning increase the CPR. Since the frequency detuning is also predicted to enhance the intensity modulation response, a trade-off is required in the optical injection to simultaneously obtain a large modulation bandwidth and low frequency chirp.

  19. Note: Directly measuring the direct digital synthesizer frequency chirp-rate for an atom interferometer

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    Tao, Juan-Juan; Zhou, Min-Kang; Zhang, Qiao-Zhen; Cui, Jia-Feng; Duan, Xiao-Chun; Shao, Cheng-Gang; Hu, Zhong-Kun

    2015-09-01

    During gravity measurements with Raman type atom interferometry, the frequency of the laser used to drive Raman transition is scanned by chirping the frequency of a direct digital synthesizer (DDS), and the local gravity is determined by precisely measuring the chip rate ? of DDS. We present an effective method that can directly evaluate the frequency chirp rate stability of our DDS. By mixing a pair of synchronous linear sweeping signals, the chirp rate fluctuation is precisely measured with a frequency counter. The measurement result shows that the relative ? instability can reach 5.7 10-11 in 1 s, which is neglectable in a 10-9 g level atom interferometry gravimeter.

  20. Asymmetric light propagation in chirped photonic crystal waveguides.

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    Kurt, H; Yilmaz, D; Akosman, A E; Ozbay, E

    2012-08-27

    We report numerical and experimental investigations of asymmetric light propagation in a newly designed photonic structure that is formed by creating a chirped photonic crystal (PC) waveguide. The use of a non-symmetric distribution of unit cells of PC ensures the obtaining of asymmetric light propagation. Properly designing the spatial modulation of a PC waveguide inherently modifies the band structure. That in turn induces asymmetry for the light's followed path. The investigation of the transmission characteristics of this structure reveals optical diode like transmission behavior. The amount of power collected at the output of the waveguide centerline is different for the forward and backward propagation directions in the designed configuration. The advantageous properties of the proposed approach are the linear optic concept, compact configuration and compatibility with the integrated photonics. These features are expected to hold great potential for implementing practical optical rectifier-type devices. PMID:23037111

  1. Reconstruction of chirp mass in searches for gravitational wave transients

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    Tiwari, V.; Klimenko, S.; Necula, V.; Mitselmakher, G.

    2016-01-01

    The excess energy method is used in searches for gravitational waves (GWs) produced by sources with poorly modeled characteristics. It identifies GW events by searching for coincident excess energy in a GW detector network. While it is sensitive to a wide range of signal morphologies, the energy outliers can be populated by background noise events (background), thereby reducing the statistical confidence of a true signal. However, if the physics of the source is partially understood, weak model-dependent constraints can be imposed to suppress the background. This letter presents the novel idea of using the reconstructed chirp mass along with two goodness of fit parameters for suppressing background when a search is focused on GWs produced from the compact binary coalescence.

  2. Experimental demonstration of fiber optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification

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    Zhou, Yue; Cheung, Kim K. Y.; Chui, P. C.; Wong, Kenneth K. Y.

    2010-02-01

    A fiber optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier (FOPCPA) is experimentally demonstrated. A 1.76 ps signal at 1542 nm with a peak power of 20 mW is broadened to 40 ps, and then amplified by a 100-ps pulsed pump at 1560 nm. The corresponding idler at 1578 nm is generated as the FOPCPA output. The same medium used to stretch the signal is deployed to compress the idler to 3.8 ps, and another spool of fiber is deployed to further compress the idler to 1.87 ps. The peak power of the compressed idler is 2 W, which corresponds to a gain of 20 dB.

  3. Femtosecond Chirp-Free Transient Absorption Method And Apparatus

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    McBranch, Duncan W.; Klimov, Victor I.

    2001-02-20

    A method and apparatus for femtosecond transient absorption comprising phase-sensitive detection, spectral scanning and simultaneous controlling of a translation stage to obtain TA spectra information having at least a sensitivity two orders of magnitude higher than that for single-shot methods, with direct, simultaneous compensation for chirp as the data is acquired. The present invention includes a amplified delay translation stage which generates a splittable frequency-doubled laser signal at a predetermined frequency f, a controllable means for synchronously modulating one of the laser signals at a repetition rate of f/2, applying the laser signals to a material to be sample, and acquiring data from the excited sample while simultaneously controlling the controllable means for synchronously modulating.

  4. Synchronously pumped femtosecond optical parametric oscillator with broadband chirped mirrors

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    Stankevi?i?te, Karolina; Melnikas, Simas; Ki?as, Simonas; Triauskas, Lukas; Vengelis, Julius; Grigonis, Rimantas; Vengris, Mikas; Sirutkaitis, Valdas

    2015-05-01

    We present results obtained during investigation of synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator (SPOPO) with broadband complementary chirped mirror pairs (CMP). The SPOPO based on ?-BBO nonlinear crystal is pumped by second harmonic of femtosecond Yb:KGW laser and provides signal pulses tunable over spectral range from 625 to 980 nm. More than 500 mW are generated in the signal beam, giving up to 27 % pump power to signal power conversion efficiency. The plane SPOPO cavity mirror pairs were specially designed to provide 99 % reflection in broad spectral range corresponding to signal wavelength tuning (630-1030 nm) and to suppress group delay dispersion (GDD) oscillations down to +/-10 fs2. Dispersion properties of designed mirrors were tested with white light interferometer (WLI) and attributed to the SPOPO tuning behaviour.

  5. Fast Hearing-Threshold Estimation Using Multiple Auditory Steady-State Responses with Narrow-Band Chirps and Adaptive Stimulus Patterns

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    Mühler, Roland; Mentzel, Katrin; Verhey, Jesko

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes the estimation of hearing thresholds in normal-hearing and hearing-impaired subjects on the basis of multiple-frequency auditory steady-state responses (ASSRs). The ASSR was measured using two new techniques: (i) adaptive stimulus patterns and (ii) narrow-band chirp stimuli. ASSR thresholds in 16 normal-hearing and 16 hearing-impaired adults were obtained simultaneously at both ears at 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz, using a multiple-frequency stimulus built up of four one-octave-wide narrow-band chirps with a repetition rate of 40 Hz. A statistical test in the frequency domain was used to detect the response. The recording of the steady-state responses was controlled in eight independent recording channels with an adaptive, semiautomatic algorithm. The average differences between the behavioural hearing thresholds and the ASSR threshold estimate were 10, 8, 13, and 15 dB for test frequencies of 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz, respectively. The average overall test duration of 18.6 minutes for the threshold estimations at the four frequencies and both ears demonstrates the benefit of an adaptive recording algorithm and the efficiency of optimised narrow-band chirp stimuli. PMID:22619622

  6. Influence of chirping the Raman lasers in an atom gravimeter: Phase shifts due to the Raman light shift and to the finite speed of light

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    Cheng, B.; Gillot, P.; Merlet, S.; Pereira Dos Santos, F.

    2015-12-01

    We present here an analysis of the influence of the frequency dependence of the Raman laser light shifts on the phase of a Raman-type atom gravimeter. Frequency chirps are applied to the Raman lasers in order to compensate gravity and ensure the resonance of the Raman pulses during the interferometer. We show that the change in the Raman light shift when this chirp is applied only to one of the two Raman lasers is enough to bias the gravity measurement by a fraction of ? Gal (1 ? Gal =10-8m /s2). We also show that this effect is not compensated when averaging over the two directions of the Raman wave vector k . This thus constitutes a limit to the rejection efficiency of the k -reversal technique. Our analysis allows us to separate this effect from the effect of the finite speed of light, which we find in perfect agreement with expected values. This study highlights the benefit of chirping symmetrically the two Raman lasers.

  7. Development and characterization of a high average power, single-stage regenerative chirped pulse amplifier

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    Ramanathan, Vidya

    Ultrashort pulses have revolutionized the field of optical science making it possible to investigate highly nonlinear processes in atomic, molecular, plasma and solid-state physics and to access previously unexplored states of matter. Although ultrashort pulses make an extremely useful tool, the generation of these highly energetic but short pulses is by no means trivial. Amplified ultrashort pulses are generated by the technique of chirped pulse amplification (CPA). Pulses with peak powers of the order of 1012 W from the CPA lasers when focused down to a surface area that correspond to a few square-microns generates high intensities capable of ionizing the medium or generate spectacular non-linear electromagnetic phenomena. This dissertation details the design, fabrication and complete characterization of a high average power, high repetition rate, and single-stage chirped pulse amplifier system capable of delivering 40-45 fs pulses in the milli-joule range at multikilohertz repetition rate. In order to achieve millijoule level pulses from a single amplifier stage, the CPA systems need to be pumped with high average power sources. This introduces a host of thermal issues and thermal management then becomes necessary to increase the efficiency of such systems. In this work, we have carried out a systematic investigation of the thermal loading effects in a high average power, regenerative CPA system. We experimentally characterize the thermal aberrations using a variety of different techniques (interferometry, pump-probe thermal lens power, and M2 analysis). We compute the temperature distribution, the optical path deformations (OPDs) and the corresponding thermal lens focal powers using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for different pumping conditions. The validation of the experimental results with the FEA model allowed us to use the model to design an effective regenerative amplifier cavity that is stable over a wide range of thermal lens focal length and hence over a wide range of repetition rates. The model could also predict optimal pumping conditions for minimizing thermal aberrations for a variety of geometries and pumping schemes. The regenerative amplifier is capable of generating 40-45 fs, ˜1mJ pulses at 5 kHz repetition rate and ˜300 muJ at 12 kHz repetition rate with minimal fluctuations (0.9% of mean pulse energy) in the shot-to-shot pulse energy and good beam quality (average M 2 of 1.42 at 5 kHz).

  8. Few-cycle attosecond pulse chirp effects on asymmetries in ionized electron momentum distributions

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    Peng Liangyou; Tan Fang; Gong Qihuang; Pronin, Evgeny A.; Starace, Anthony F.

    2009-07-15

    The momentum distributions of electrons ionized from H atoms by chirped few-cycle attosecond pulses are investigated by numerically solving the time-dependent Schroedinger equation. The central carrier frequency of the pulse is chosen to be 25 eV, which is well above the ionization threshold. The asymmetry (or difference) in the yield of electrons ionized along and opposite to the direction of linear laser polarization is found to be very sensitive to the pulse chirp (for pulses with fixed carrier-envelope phase), both for a fixed electron energy and for the energy-integrated yield. In particular, the larger the pulse chirp, the larger the number of times the asymmetry changes sign as a function of ionized electron energy. For a fixed chirp, the ionized electron asymmetry is found to be sensitive also to the carrier-envelope phase of the few-cycle pulse.

  9. A Multiterawatt Laser Using a High-Contrast, Optical Parametric Chirped-Pulse Presamplifier

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    Bagnoud, V.; Puth, J.; Begishev, I.; Guardalben, M.; Zuegel, J.D.; Forget, N.; LeBlanc, C.

    2005-09-30

    A laser has been built that uses optical parametric chirped-pulse preamplification and a glass booster amplifier. We review the performance of the 5-Hz, multijoule OPCPA pump laser, the 370-mJ OPCPA, and the overall laser.

  10. Bubble-Based Acoustic Radiation Force Using Chirp Insonation to Reduce Standing Wave Effects

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    Erpelding, Todd N.; Hollman, Kyle W.; ODonnell, Matthew

    2007-01-01

    Bubble-based acoustic radiation force can measure local viscoelastic properties of tissue. High intensity acoustic waves applied to laser-generated bubbles induce displacements inversely proportional to local Youngs modulus. In certain instances, long pulse durations are desirable but are susceptible to standing wave artifacts, which corrupt displacement measurements. Chirp pulse acoustic radiation force was investigated as a method to reduce standing wave artifacts. Chirp pulses with linear frequency sweep magnitudes of 100, 200, and 300 kHz centered around 1.5 MHz were applied to glass beads within gelatin phantoms and laser-generated bubbles within porcine lenses. The ultrasound transducer was translated axially to vary standing wave conditions, while comparing displacements using chirp pulses and 1.5 MHz tone burst pulses of the same duration and peak rarefactional pressure. Results demonstrated significant reduction in standing wave effects using chirp pulses, with displacement proportional to acoustic intensity and bubble size. PMID:17306697

  11. Generation and direct measurement of giant chirp in a passively mode-locked laser.

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    Kelleher, E J R; Travers, J C; Ippen, E P; Sun, Z; Ferrari, A C; Popov, S V; Taylor, J R

    2009-11-15

    We evaluate the shape and chirp of nanosecond pulses from a fiber laser passively mode locked with a nanotube-based saturable absorber by using a synchronously scanning streak camera and a monochromator to directly measure the pulse spectrogram. We show that the stable sech(2) output pulse possesses a predominantly linear chirp, with a residual quartic phase and low noise. Comparison with analytical mode-locking theory shows a good quantitative agreement with the master equation mode-locking model. PMID:19927199

  12. Low voltage integrated optics electro-optical modulator applied to optical voltage transformer based on WLI technique

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    Santos, J. C.; Rubini, J.; Silva, L. P. C.; Caetano, R. E.

    2015-09-01

    The use of two electro-optical modulators linked in series, one for sensing and one for recovering signals, was formerly presented by some of the authors as a solution for interrogation of optical fiber sensor systems based on WLI method. A key feature required from such systems is that half-wave voltage (V?) of recovering modulator must be as small as possible. Aiming at meeting this requirement, in this paper it is presented the use of an unbalanced Michelson Interferometer implemented using an integrated optics component as recover interferometer in an optical voltage transformer intended for high voltage measurements.

  13. Notched-noise embedded frequency specific chirps for objective audiometry using auditory brainstem responses

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    Corona-Strauss, Farah I.; Schick, Bernhard; Delb, Wolfgang; Strauss, Daniel J.

    2012-01-01

    It has been shown recently that chirp-evoked auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) show better performance than click stimulations, especially at low intensity levels. In this paper we present the development, test, and evaluation of a series of notched-noise embedded frequency specific chirps. ABRs were collected in healthy young control subjects using the developed stimuli. Results of the analysis of the corresponding ABRs using a time-scale phase synchronization stability (PSS) measure are also reported. The resultant wave V amplitude and latency measures showed a similar behavior as for values reported in literature. The PSS of frequency specific chirp-evoked ABRs reflected the presence of the wave V for all stimulation intensities. The scales that resulted in higher PSS are in line with previous findings, where ABRs evoked by broadband chirps were analyzed, and which stated that low frequency channels are better for the recognition and analysis of chirp-evoked ABRs. We conclude that the development and test of the series of notched-noise embedded frequency specific chirps allowed the assessment of frequency specific ABRs, showing an identifiable wave V for different intensity levels. Future work may include the development of a faster automatic recognition scheme for these frequency specific ABRs. PMID:26557336

  14. Evaluating auditory brainstem responses to different chirp stimuli at three levels of stimulation

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    Elberling, Claus; Callø, Johannes; Don, Manuel

    2010-01-01

    Auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) are recorded in ten normal-hearing adults (20 ears) in response to a standard 100 μs click and five chirps having different durations (sweeping rates). The chirps are constructed from five versions of a power function model of the cochlear-neural delay that is based on derived-band ABR latencies from N=81 normal-hearing adults [Elberling, C., and Don, M. (2008). J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 124, 3022–3037]. The click and the chirps have identical amplitude spectra and, in general, for each of the three stimulus levels 60, 40, and 20 dB nHL, the ABRs to the chirps are significantly larger than the ABRs to the click. However, the shorter chirps are the most efficient at higher levels of stimulation whereas the longer chirps are the most efficient at lower levels. It is suggested that two different mechanisms are responsible for these observed changes with stimulus level—(1) upward spread of excitation at higher levels, and (2) an increased change of the cochlear-neural delay with frequency at lower levels. PMID:20649217

  15. Optimal water and waste-load allocations in rivers using a fuzzy transformation technique: a case study.

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    Nikoo, Mohammad Reza; Kerachian, Reza; Karimi, Akbar; Azadnia, Ali Asghar

    2013-03-01

    In this paper, a new methodology is developed for integrated allocation of water and waste-loads in river basins utilizing a fuzzy transformation method (FTM). The fuzzy transformation method is used to incorporate the existing uncertainties in model inputs. In the proposed methodology, the FTM, as a simulation model, is utilized in an optimization framework for constructing a fuzzy water and waste-loads allocation model. In addition, economic as well as environmental impacts of water allocation to different water users are considered. For equitable water and waste load allocation, all possible coalition of water users are considered and total benefit of each coalition, which is a fuzzy number, is reallocated to water users who are participating in the coalition. The fuzzy cost savings are reallocated using a fuzzy nucleolus cooperative game and the FTM. As a case study, the Dez River system in south-west of Iran is modeled and analyzed using the methodology developed here. The results show the effectiveness of the methodology in optimal water and waste-loads allocations under uncertainty. PMID:22773144

  16. Group velocity dispersion and relativistic effects on the wakefield induced by chirped laser pulse in parabolic plasma channel

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    Sohbatzadeh, F.; Akou, H.

    2013-04-15

    The excitation of wake field plasma waves by a short laser pulse propagating through a parabolic plasma channel is studied. The laser pulse is assumed to be initially chirped. In this regard, the effects of initial and induced chirp on the plasma wake field as well as the laser pulse parameters are investigated. The group velocity dispersion and nonlinear relativistic effects were taken into account to evaluate the excited wake field in two dimension using source dependent expansion method. Positive, negative, and un-chirped laser pulses were employed in numerical code to evaluate the effectiveness of the initial chirp on 2-D wake field excitation. Numerical results showed that for laser irradiances exceeding 10{sup 18}W/cm{sup 2}, an intense laser pulse with initial positive chirp generates larger wake field compared to negatively and un-chirped pulses.

  17. Coherent control of ultracold {sup 85}Rb trap-loss collisions with nonlinearly frequency-chirped light

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    Pechkis, J. A.; Carini, J. L.; Rogers, C. E. III; Gould, P. L.; Kallush, S.; Kosloff, R.

    2011-06-15

    We present results on coherent control of ultracold trap-loss collisions using 40-ns pulses of nonlinearly frequency-chirped light. The chirps, either positive or negative, sweep {approx}1 GHz in 100 ns and are centered at various detunings below the D{sub 2} line of {sup 85}Rb. At each center detuning, we compare the collisional rate constant {beta} for chirps that are linear in time, concave-down, and concave-up. For positive chirps, we find that {beta} generally depends very little on the shape of the chirp. For negative chirps, however, we find that {beta} can be enhanced by up to 50(20)% for the case of the concave-down shape. This occurs at detunings where the evolution of the wave packet is expected to be coherent. An enhancement at these detunings is also seen in quantum-mechanical simulations of the collisional process.

  18. Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy and Gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy: Reliable techniques for analysis of Parthenium mediated vermicompost

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    Rajiv, P.; Rajeshwari, Sivaraj; Venckatesh, Rajendran

    2013-12-01

    Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and Gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy have been carried out to investigate the chemical composition of Parthenium mediated vermicompost. Four different concentrations of Parthenium and cow dung mixtures were vermicomposted using the earthworms (Eudrilus eugeniae). FT-IR spectra reveal the absence of Parthenin toxin (sesquiterpene lactone) and phenols in vermicompost which was obtained from high concentration of cow dung mixed treatments. GC-MS analysis shows no phenolic compounds and predominant level of intermediate metabolites such as 4,8,12,16-Tetramethylheptadecan-4-olide (7.61%), 2-Pentadecanone, 6,10,14-trimethyl- (5.29%) and Methyl 16-methyl-heptadecanoate (4.69%) during the vermicomposting process. Spectral results indicated that Parthenin toxin and phenols can be eradicated via vermicomposting if mixed with appropriate quantity of cow dung.

  19. Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy and Gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy: reliable techniques for analysis of Parthenium mediated vermicompost.

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    Rajiv, P; Rajeshwari, Sivaraj; Venckatesh, Rajendran

    2013-12-01

    Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and Gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy have been carried out to investigate the chemical composition of Parthenium mediated vermicompost. Four different concentrations of Parthenium and cow dung mixtures were vermicomposted using the earthworms (Eudrilus eugeniae). FT-IR spectra reveal the absence of Parthenin toxin (sesquiterpene lactone) and phenols in vermicompost which was obtained from high concentration of cow dung mixed treatments. GC-MS analysis shows no phenolic compounds and predominant level of intermediate metabolites such as 4,8,12,16-Tetramethylheptadecan-4-olide (7.61%), 2-Pentadecanone, 6,10,14-trimethyl- (5.29%) and Methyl 16-methyl-heptadecanoate (4.69%) during the vermicomposting process. Spectral results indicated that Parthenin toxin and phenols can be eradicated via vermicomposting if mixed with appropriate quantity of cow dung. PMID:23998948

  20. Chromatin Isolation by RNA Purification (ChIRP)

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    Chu, Ci; Quinn, Jeffrey; Chang, Howard Y.

    2012-01-01

    Long noncoding RNAs are key regulators of chromatin states for important biological processes such as dosage compensation, imprinting, and developmental gene expression 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. The recent discovery of thousands of lncRNAs in association with specific chromatin modification complexes, such as Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2) that mediates histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation (H3K27me3), suggests broad roles for numerous lncRNAs in managing chromatin states in a gene-specific fashion 8,9. While some lncRNAs are thought to work in cis on neighboring genes, other lncRNAs work in trans to regulate distantly located genes. For instance, Drosophila lncRNAs roX1 and roX2 bind numerous regions on the X chromosome of male cells, and are critical for dosage compensation 10,11. However, the exact locations of their binding sites are not known at high resolution. Similarly, human lncRNA HOTAIR can affect PRC2 occupancy on hundreds of genes genome-wide 3,12,13, but how specificity is achieved is unclear. LncRNAs can also serve as modular scaffolds to recruit the assembly of multiple protein complexes. The classic trans-acting RNA scaffold is the TERC RNA that serves as the template and scaffold for the telomerase complex 14; HOTAIR can also serve as a scaffold for PRC2 and a H3K4 demethylase complex 13. Prior studies mapping RNA occupancy at chromatin have revealed substantial insights 15,16, but only at a single gene locus at a time. The occupancy sites of most lncRNAs are not known, and the roles of lncRNAs in chromatin regulation have been mostly inferred from the indirect effects of lncRNA perturbation. Just as chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by microarray or deep sequencing (ChIP-chip or ChIP-seq, respectively) has greatly improved our understanding of protein-DNA interactions on a genomic scale, here we illustrate a recently published strategy to map long RNA occupancy genome-wide at high resolution 17. This method, Chromatin Isolation by RNA Purification (ChIRP) (Figure 1), is based on affinity capture of target lncRNA:chromatin complex by tiling antisense-oligos, which then generates a map of genomic binding sites at a resolution of several hundred bases with high sensitivity and low background. ChIRP is applicable to many lncRNAs because the design of affinity-probes is straightforward given the RNA sequence and requires no knowledge of the RNA's structure or functional domains. PMID:22472705

  1. Bimolecular Pyrolysis Reactions Studied by Chirped-Pulse Millimeter-Wave Spectroscopy

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    Prozument, Kirill; Vasiliou, Angayle K.; Shaver, Rachel G.; Park, G. Barratt; Muenter, John S.; Stanton, John F.; Ellison, G. Barney; Field, Robert W.

    2013-06-01

    The feasibility of using Chirped-Pulse Millimeter-Wave (CPmmW) spectroscopy for studies of pyrolysis reactions is demonstrated. The molecules under investigation were mixed with a source of H-atoms (methyl nitrite) and put through a heated silicon carbide micro-reactor (2 cm x 1 mm). More efficient paths of thermal cracking of (i) acetaldehyde and (ii) acetone are demonstrated when using, as a catalyst, the free H-atoms released from methyl nitrite compared to cracking of neat acetaldehyde or acetone. CPmmW spectra of (i) formaldehyde and (ii) acetaldehyde were observed, suggesting that the following bimolecular reactions took place in the micro-reactor: i) CH_3CHO + H ? CH_3 + CH_2O ii) CH_3COCH_3 + H ? CH_3 + CH_3CHO. The vibrational population distributions (VPDs) of the formaldehyde and acetaldehyde products of the pyrolysis reactions are measured using the broad bandwidth capability of the CPmmW technique. Although we found that the VPDs of the molecules convey little information about the pyrolysis reaction transition state(s), they provide insight to the vibrational collisional cooling mechanisms in different molecules. The relevance of the observed catalytic reactions to biomass decomposition is discussed and other bimolecular pyrolysis reactions are proposed for study by CPmmW spectroscopy. KP thanks the Petroleum Research Fund for support of this work.

  2. Tracing the photodissociation probability of H{sub 2}{sup +} in intense fields using chirped laser pulses

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    Prabhudesai, Vaibhav S.; Natan, Adi; Bruner, Barry D.; Diner, Adi; Silberberg, Yaron; Lev, Uri; Heber, Oded; Zajfman, Daniel; Strasser, Daniel; Schwalm, D.; Ben-Itzhak, Itzik; Hua, J. J.; Esry, B. D.

    2010-02-15

    The temporal evolution of the dissociation probabilities for various vibrational levels of H{sub 2}{sup +} is observed in terms of shifts in the kinetic energy release dissociation spectra, induced by linearly chirped intense laser pulses. In contrast to previous observations, in which no dependence on the chirp sign was observed, the energy spectrum reported here shows peak shifts, up for negative chirp and down for positive chirp. For some vibrational levels, dissociation takes place early on in the pulse; hence, care must be taken while interpreting the effect of pulse duration in photodissociation studies. This interpretation is supported by numerical solutions of the time-dependent Schroedinger equation.

  3. Use of the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) technique for determination of the composition of final phosphate coatings on grain-oriented electrical steel

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    Poultney, Darren; Snell, David

    Electrical steels are highly specialised, magnetically soft materials, used to form the cores that carry the magnetic flux in electrical machines such as motors, generators and transformers. The steel strip is coated with a phosphate-based solution, which, on curing, provides an electrically insulating layer that also imparts a tension onto the strip. It has previously been shown that the magnetic losses of the material are affected by the ratio of phosphate and silica within the coating solution [O. Tanaka, H. Kobayashi, E. Minematsu, New insulating coating for grain-oriented electrical steel, J. Mater. Eng. 13 (1991) 161-168.]. It would therefore be highly beneficial to possess an analytical technique that can be used to accurately and rapidly determine the composition of this coating. This paper details the evaluation of the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) technique for this purpose. Analysing each of the important constituents separately enabled their specific absorption bands to be identified, and laboratory trials produced spectra that exhibited a good agreement with theoretical predictions. Analysis of samples coated under production conditions was found to be more challenging due to the detection of an underlying forsterite layer. However, there is potential for FTIR analysis when using regions of the spectra that were unaffected by this compound.

  4. A PAPR reduction technique using Hadamard transform combined with clipping and filtering based on DCT/IDCT for IM/DD optical OFDM systems

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    Mangone, Fall; He, Jing; Tang, Jin; Xiao, Jiangnan; Chen, Ming; Li, Fan; Chen, Lin

    2014-08-01

    In Intensity Modulator/Direct Detection (IM/DD) optical OFDM systems, the high peak-to-power average ratio (PAPR) will cause signal impairments through the nonlinearity of modulator and fiber. In this paper, a joint PAPR reduction technique based on Hadamard transformation and clipping and filtering using DCT/IDCT transform has been proposed for mitigating the impairments in IM/DD optical OFDM system. We then experimentally evaluated the effect of PAPR reduction on the bit error rate (BER) performance and the results show the effectiveness of the proposed technique. At a bit error rate (BER) of 1 10-3, the receiver sensitivity of the proposed 2.5 Gb/s IM/DD optical OFDM system after 100-km standard single-mode fiber transmission has been improved by 0.8 dB, 1.3 dB and 3.1 dB for a launch power of 6.4 dBm, 8 dBm and 10 dBm respectively when compared with the classical system.

  5. Examination of the Thermal Transformation of Chrysotile by Using Dispersion Staining and Conventional X-ray Diffraction Techniques

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    Crummett, C. D.; Candela, P. A.; Wylie, A. G.; Earnest, D. J.

    2004-12-01

    Chrysotile has been used industrially as a component of refractory products, and in friction products, such as brake linings. Examining the decomposition or transformation of chrysotile as a function of time and temperature will help clarify the characteristics of particulates released during processes such as automotive braking. Previous studies have reported that the thermal treatment of chrysotile alters both its surface and structure, resulting in deviations from its natural properties, possibly reducing its biological activity (Langer, 2003: Reg Tox Pharm, v38, p71). In past studies, the nonequilibrium thermal decomposition of chrysotile has been investigated by using static dehydration, X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis, and thermogravimetric analysis. These studies suggest that the thermal transformation of chrysotile follows a two step sequence of dehydroxylation/dehydration and recrystallization where (1) chrysotile yields forsterite + silica + water with (2) forsterite + silica later forming enstatite (Ball and Taylor, 1963: Mineral. Mag. v33, p467, Brindley and Hayami, 1965: Mineral. Mag. v35, p189). In this research the decomposition of chrysotile from Thetford Quebec was studied. Samples were heated isothermally in air at temperatures from 200 C to 1000 C. After heating for up to 24 hours the refractive indices of remaining chrysotile fibers were measured by using dispersion staining. In addition, reaction products were identified by optical methods, electron probe microanalysis, and X-ray diffraction performed after the termination of the experiment. Preliminary results show that there is no change in optical properties of chrysotile heated to 400 C for 24 hours. From 400 C to 575 C for 24 hours, the index of refraction increases parallel to the length of the fiber from 1.552 to 1.560. From 400 C to 575 C for 24 hours, the index of refraction perpendicular to the length of the fiber varies irregularly from 1.538-1.548. The variability of the refractive indices, both parallel and perpendicular, observed in unheated chrysotile reduces from approximately 0.04 to 0.01 when heated to 575 C for 24 hours. Chrysotile heated to 575 C for 24 hours shows an overall loss of X-ray intensity for the main chrysotile peaks and possible growth of forsterite. At 800 C, although the fibrous morphology remains, X-ray diffraction analysis of the run products shows no remaining chrysotile and the index of refraction parallel to the length of the fiber is approximately 1.594. Initial data show that the reaction rates associated with the dehydroxylation/dehydration and recrystallization of chrysotile are dependent upon the texture of individual fibers.

  6. Mismatch characteristics of optical parametric chirped pulse amplification

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    Novk, O.; Tur?i?ov, H.; Divok, M.; Huynh, J.; Straka, P.

    2014-02-01

    The stability of an optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier (OPCPA) is influenced by time and the angular matching of the input beams. We derived the Gaussian dependence of the monochromatic signal gain on the small mismatch between the signal and pump beams. Gain characteristics were also calculated for polychromatic amplification and the impact of different beam mismatches and interaction geometries was explained. The asymmetry of the energy gain, and the square root dependence of the phase matched wavelength on beam angles were found. The predicted dependences were verified in a noncollinear OPCPA system with LBO and KDP crystal amplifying pulses of a Ti:sapphire laser around a central wavelength of 800 nm, pumped by the third harmonic frequency of an iodine gas laser at a wavelength of 438 nm. The widths of the gain curves in the dependence on both the pump-signal or the phase matching angles varied from several tenths to a few milliradians. The gain curve widths dependent on the pump-signal pulse delay were about two thirds of the pump pulse width for moderate pumping and about a half of the pump pulse width for pumping on the order of GW cm-2. A stable gain output is achieved if angular and temporal fluctuations are fractions of the measured gain curve widths, and when the signal direction is between the pump and the crystal principal axis (i.e. in the psz geometry).

  7. Chirped and divided-pulse Sagnac fiber amplifier

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    Guichard, Florent; Zaouter, Yoann; Hanna, Marc; Mai, Khanh-Lin; Morin, Franck; Hnninger, Clemens; Mottay, Eric; Georges, Patrick

    2015-03-01

    Femtosecond fiber chirped pulse amplifiers have numerous advantages, but are limited in energy because of the small interaction area with the fiber core. In this contribution, we create two orthogonally-polarized stretched pulse replicas in the time domain, following the divided-pulse amplification (DPA) principle. This beam is subsequently separated into two counter-propagating beams in a Sagnac interferometer to finally generate four pulse replicas. These pulses are amplified in two state-of-the-art large mode area rod-type fiber amplifiers in series, before final coherent combination and compression. Because the stretched-pulse duration is of the order of hundreds of picoseconds, the DPA delay is induced using a freespace interferometer with reasonable arm lengths of few tens of centimeters. The use of a common interferometer to divide and recombine temporal pulse replicas, together with the Sagnac geometry, results in an identical optical path for all four replicas. Therefore, the whole spatio-temporal combining architecture is passive, avoiding the need for active electronic stabilization systems. Because we only use two temporal replicas, the system is immune to differential saturation levels or B-integrals between successive pulses: this is compensated by controlling the amplitude of both pulses at the input of the amplifying setup. This setup allows the generation of 1 mJ, 300 fs compressed pulses at 50 kHz repetition rate, corresponding to 50 W output average power, with a combining efficiency above 90% at all power levels.

  8. Assessment of nitrous oxide emission from cement plants: real data measured with both Fourier transform infrared and nondispersive infrared techniques.

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    Mosca, Silvia; Benedetti, Paolo; Guerriero, Ettore; Rotatori, Mauro

    2014-11-01

    Nitrous oxide (N2O) is the third most important greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide and methane, and contributes about 6% to the greenhouse effect. Nitrous oxide is a minor component of the atmosphere, and it is a thousand times less than carbon dioxide (CO2). Nevertheless, it is much more potent than CO2 and methane, owing to its long stay in the atmosphere of approximately 120 yr and the high global warmingpotential (GWP) of298 times that of CO2. Although greenhouse gases are natural in the atmosphere, human activities have changed the atmospheric concentrations. Most of the values of emission of nitrous oxide are still obtained by means ofemission factors and not actually measured; the lack ofreal data may result in an underestimation ofcurrent emissions. The emission factors used for the calculation of N2O can be obtained from the "Guidelines for the implementation of the national inventory of emissions" of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which refer to all nations for the realization of their inventory. This study will present real data, measured in several Italian cement plants with different characteristics. The work also shows a comparison between N2O concentration measured with in situ-Fourier transform IR (FTIR) and the reference method EN ISO 21258 based on nondispersive IR (NDIR), in order to investigate the interfering compounds in the measurement with NDIR. PMID:25509548

  9. A 32x32 pixel focal plane array ladar system using chirped amplitude modulation

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    Stann, Barry L.; Aliberti, Keith; Carothers, Daniel; Dammann, John; Dang, Gerard; Giza, Mark M.; Lawler, William B.; Redman, Brian C.; Simon, Deborah R.

    2004-09-01

    The Army Research Laboratory is researching system architectures and components required to build a 32x32 pixel scannerless ladar breadboard. The 32x32 pixel architecture achieves ranging based on a frequency modulation/continuous wave (FM/cw) technique implemented by directly amplitude modulating a near-IR diode laser transmitter with a radio frequency (RF) subcarrier that is linearly frequency modulated (i.e. chirped amplitude modulation). The backscattered light is focused onto an array of metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) detectors where it is detected and mixed with a delayed replica of the laser modulation signal that modulates the responsivity of each detector. The output of each detector is an intermediate frequency (IF) signal (a product of the mixing process) whose frequency is proportional to the target range. Pixel read-out is achieved using code division multiple access techniques as opposed to the usual time-multiplexed techniques to attain high effective frame rates. The raw data is captured with analog-to-digital converters and fed into a PC to demux the pixel data, compute the target ranges, and display the imagery. Last year we demonstrated system proof-of-principle for the first time and displayed an image of a scene collected in the lab that was somewhat corrupted by pixel-to-pixel cross-talk. This year we report on system modifications that reduced pixel-to-pixel cross-talk and new hardware and display codes that enable near real-time stereo display of imagery on the ladar's control computer. The results of imaging tests in the laboratory will also be presented.

  10. Optimizational 6-bit all-optical quantization with positive or negative pre-chirp based on photonic crystal fiber

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    Li, Sha; Wang, Jianping; Kang, Zhe; Yu, Chongxiu

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, we optimize a proposed 6-bit all-optical quantization approach based on soliton self-frequency shift (SSFS) and spectral compression techniques. A 10 m-long high nonlinear photonic crystal fiber (PCF) is still used as an SSFS medium relevant to the power of the sampled optical pulses. Furthermore, a 10 m-long dispersion flattened hybrid cladding hexagonal-octagonal PCF (6/8-PCF) is utilized as a spectral compression medium to realize resolution enhancement after positive or negative pre-chirp process. Simulation results show that the 6-bit quantization is still obtained when a 100 m-long dispersion-increasing fiber (DIF) is replaced by a hybrid cladding 6/8-PCF in spectral compression module.

  11. Algorithm for high-resolution single-shot THz measurement using in-line spectral interferometry with chirped pulses

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    Yellampalle, B.; Kim, K. Y.; Rodriguez, G.; Glownia, J. H.; Taylor, A. J.

    2005-11-01

    Z. P. Jiang and X. C. Zhang demonstrated a single-shot THz diagnostic based on spectral encoding of a chirped optical probe pulse [Appl. Phys. Lett. 72, 1945 (1998)]. This technique is thought to have an inherent uncertainty principle-imposed temporal resolution limitations. In this letter, we describe a method to recover the THz field without distortions, surpassing previous resolution limitations. Our approach is based on interpreting the spectral encoding experiment as in-line spectral interferometry, analogous to Gabor's in-line spatial holography [D. Gabor, Nature (London) 161, 777 (1948)]. We recover the THz field from the interferogram and the characterized probe by using Tikhonov regularization combined with lower and upper triangular decomposition.

  12. Generation of isolated attosecond pulses of sub-atomic-time durations with multi-cycle chirped polarization gating pulses.

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    Zhang, Chaojin; Yao, Jinping; Ni, Jielei

    2012-10-22

    We theoretically investigate the X-ray supercontinuum generated by interaction of multi-cycle, chirped polarization gating pulses with the helium gas. It is shown that with this scheme, an isolated sub-50-attosecond pulse can be obtained straightforwardly without any phase compensation. Interestingly, if one selects an extremely broad spectral range near the high-order harmonic cutoff, an isolated and intense sub-24-attosecond pulse can be generated after phase compensation, which could be used to detect and control the electronic dynamics inside the atoms. Furthermore, it is found that the generation of such a broad and smooth X-ray supercontinuum is not so stringent on the selection of the simulated parameters, allowing for the experimental demonstration of this technique in the future. PMID:23187227

  13. The Chirped Pulse and Cavity Fourier Transform Microwave Cp-Ftmw and Ftmw) Spectrum of Bromoperfluoroacetone

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    Force, Nicholas; Gillcrist, David Joseph; Hurley, Cassandra C.; Marshall, Frank E.; Payton, Nicholas A.; Persinger, Thomas D.; Shreve, N. E.; Grubbs, G. S., II

    2014-06-01

    The microwave spectrum of the molecule bromoperfluoroacetone has been measured on a newly constructed CP-FTMW spectrometer along with a FTMW spectrometer relocated from Oxford University to Missouri S&T. Rotational constants, centrifugal distortion parameters, and nuclear quadrupole coupling constants will be discussed. Comparisons to the previously studied halogen analogues perfluoroacetone and chloroperfluoroacetone will be discussed. J.-U. Grabow, N. Heineking, and W. Stahl, Z. Naturforsch. 46a (1991) 229. G. Kadiwar, C. T. Dewberry, G. S. Grubbs II and S. A. Cooke, Talk RH11, 65th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (2010).

  14. Flexible time domain averaging technique

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    Zhao, Ming; Lin, Jing; Lei, Yaguo; Wang, Xiufeng

    2013-09-01

    Time domain averaging(TDA) is essentially a comb filter, it cannot extract the specified harmonics which may be caused by some faults, such as gear eccentric. Meanwhile, TDA always suffers from period cutting error(PCE) to different extent. Several improved TDA methods have been proposed, however they cannot completely eliminate the waveform reconstruction error caused by PCE. In order to overcome the shortcomings of conventional methods, a flexible time domain averaging(FTDA) technique is established, which adapts to the analyzed signal through adjusting each harmonic of the comb filter. In this technique, the explicit form of FTDA is first constructed by frequency domain sampling. Subsequently, chirp Z-transform(CZT) is employed in the algorithm of FTDA, which can improve the calculating efficiency significantly. Since the signal is reconstructed in the continuous time domain, there is no PCE in the FTDA. To validate the effectiveness of FTDA in the signal de-noising, interpolation and harmonic reconstruction, a simulated multi-components periodic signal that corrupted by noise is processed by FTDA. The simulation results show that the FTDA is capable of recovering the periodic components from the background noise effectively. Moreover, it can improve the signal-to-noise ratio by 7.9 dB compared with conventional ones. Experiments are also carried out on gearbox test rigs with chipped tooth and eccentricity gear, respectively. It is shown that the FTDA can identify the direction and severity of the eccentricity gear, and further enhances the amplitudes of impulses by 35%. The proposed technique not only solves the problem of PCE, but also provides a useful tool for the fault symptom extraction of rotating machinery.

  15. Validation of a high-resolution precipitation database (CHIRPS) over Cyprus for a 30-year period

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    Katsanos, Dimitrios; Retalis, Adrianos; Michaelides, Silas

    2016-03-01

    A study for a 30-year period (1981-2010) for a new precipitation database is performed over the island of Cyprus. Climate Hazards Group Infrared Precipitation with Station data (CHIRPS) is a more than 30-year quasi-global rainfall dataset, spanning 50°S-50°N (and all longitudes). Starting in 1981 to near-present, CHIRPS incorporates 0.05° resolution satellite imagery with in situ station data to create gridded rainfall time series. In this study, CHIRPS database is firstly compared to other precipitation databases over the Mediterranean basin. In the following, this study focuses over Cyprus, where a dense and reliable network of rain gauges is available. CHIRPS data are compared for the first time with in situ measurements in this area, for the aforementioned 30-year period. Monthly and annual comparisons are presented for each of the 0.05 × 0.05 degree cells overlaying the island of Cyprus. Results showed good correlation between CHIRPS values and recorded precipitation, although an overestimation of the in situ rainfall data has been noted during the last decade.

  16. Time-domain measurement of a self-amplified spontaneous emission free-electron laser with an energy-chirped electron beam and undulator tapering

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    Marcus, G.; Rosenzweig, J. B.; Artioli, M.; Ciocci, F.; Del Franco, M.; Giannessi, L.; Petralia, A.; Quattromini, M.; Bacci, A.; Bellaveglia, M.; Chiadroni, E.; Di Pirro, G.; Ferrario, M.; Filippetto, D.; Gatti, G.; Rossi, A. R.; Cianchi, A.; Labat, M.; Mostacci, A.; Petrillo, V.; and others

    2012-09-24

    We report, with an unequivocal time-domain measurement, that an appropriately chosen undulator taper can compensate for an electron beam longitudinal energy-chirp in a free-electron laser amplifier, leading to the generation of single-spike radiation close to the Fourier limit. The measurements were taken using the frequency-resolved optical gating technique by employing an advanced transient-grating diagnostic geometry. The reconstructed longitudinal radiation characteristics are compared in detail to prediction from time-dependent three-dimensional simulations.

  17. Transformational Learners: Transformational Teachers

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    Jones, Marguerite

    2009-01-01

    Transformational learning, according to Mezirow (1981), involves transforming taken-for-granted frames of reference into more discriminating, flexible "habits of mind". In teacher education, transformative learning impacts on the development of students' action theories, self-efficacy and professional attributes. Although considered imperative to

  18. Chirped-pulse millimeter-wave spectroscopy: Spectrum, dynamics, and manipulation of Rydberg-Rydberg transitions

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    Colombo, Anthony P.; Zhou Yan; Prozument, Kirill; Coy, Stephen L.; Field, Robert W.

    2013-01-07

    We apply the chirped-pulse millimeter-wave (CPmmW) technique to transitions between Rydberg states in calcium atoms. The unique feature of Rydberg-Rydberg transitions is that they have enormous electric dipole transition moments ({approx}5 kiloDebye at n*{approx} 40, where n* is the effective principal quantum number), so they interact strongly with the mm-wave radiation. After polarization by a mm-wave pulse in the 70-84 GHz frequency region, the excited transitions re-radiate free induction decay (FID) at their resonant frequencies, and the FID is heterodyne-detected by the CPmmW spectrometer. Data collection and averaging are performed in the time domain. The spectral resolution is {approx}100 kHz. Because of the large transition dipole moments, the available mm-wave power is sufficient to polarize the entire bandwidth of the spectrometer (12 GHz) in each pulse, and high-resolution survey spectra may be collected. Both absorptive and emissive transitions are observed, and they are distinguished by the phase of their FID relative to that of the excitation pulse. With the combination of the large transition dipole moments and direct monitoring of transitions, we observe dynamics, such as transient nutations from the interference of the excitation pulse with the polarization that it induces in the sample. Since the waveform produced by the mm-wave source may be precisely controlled, we can populate states with high angular momentum by a sequence of pulses while recording the results of these manipulations in the time domain. We also probe the superradiant decay of the Rydberg sample using photon echoes. The application of the CPmmW technique to transitions between Rydberg states of molecules is discussed.

  19. Chirped-pulse millimeter-wave spectroscopy: spectrum, dynamics, and manipulation of Rydberg-Rydberg transitions.

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    Colombo, Anthony P; Zhou, Yan; Prozument, Kirill; Coy, Stephen L; Field, Robert W

    2013-01-01

    We apply the chirped-pulse millimeter-wave (CPmmW) technique to transitions between Rydberg states in calcium atoms. The unique feature of Rydberg-Rydberg transitions is that they have enormous electric dipole transition moments (~5 kiloDebye at n* ~ 40, where n* is the effective principal quantum number), so they interact strongly with the mm-wave radiation. After polarization by a mm-wave pulse in the 70-84 GHz frequency region, the excited transitions re-radiate free induction decay (FID) at their resonant frequencies, and the FID is heterodyne-detected by the CPmmW spectrometer. Data collection and averaging are performed in the time domain. The spectral resolution is ~100 kHz. Because of the large transition dipole moments, the available mm-wave power is sufficient to polarize the entire bandwidth of the spectrometer (12 GHz) in each pulse, and high-resolution survey spectra may be collected. Both absorptive and emissive transitions are observed, and they are distinguished by the phase of their FID relative to that of the excitation pulse. With the combination of the large transition dipole moments and direct monitoring of transitions, we observe dynamics, such as transient nutations from the interference of the excitation pulse with the polarization that it induces in the sample. Since the waveform produced by the mm-wave source may be precisely controlled, we can populate states with high angular momentum by a sequence of pulses while recording the results of these manipulations in the time domain. We also probe the superradiant decay of the Rydberg sample using photon echoes. The application of the CPmmW technique to transitions between Rydberg states of molecules is discussed. PMID:23298035

  20. Large-scale symmetry-adapted perturbation theory computations via density fitting and Laplace transformation techniques: Investigating the fundamental forces of DNA-intercalator interactions

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    Hohenstein, Edward G.; Parrish, Robert M.; Sherrill, C. David; Turney, Justin M.; Schaefer, Henry F.

    2011-11-01

    Symmetry-adapted perturbation theory (SAPT) provides a means of probing the fundamental nature of intermolecular interactions. Low-orders of SAPT (here, SAPT0) are especially attractive since they provide qualitative (sometimes quantitative) results while remaining tractable for large systems. The application of density fitting and Laplace transformation techniques to SAPT0 can significantly reduce the expense associated with these computations and make even larger systems accessible. We present new factorizations of the SAPT0 equations with density-fitted two-electron integrals and the first application of Laplace transformations of energy denominators to SAPT. The improved scalability of the DF-SAPT0 implementation allows it to be applied to systems with more than 200 atoms and 2800 basis functions. The Laplace-transformed energy denominators are compared to analogous partial Cholesky decompositions of the energy denominator tensor. Application of our new DF-SAPT0 program to the intercalation of DNA by proflavine has allowed us to determine the nature of the proflavine-DNA interaction. Overall, the proflavine-DNA interaction contains important contributions from both electrostatics and dispersion. The energetics of the intercalator interaction are are dominated by the stacking interactions (two-thirds of the total), but contain important contributions from the intercalator-backbone interactions. It is hypothesized that the geometry of the complex will be determined by the interactions of the intercalator with the backbone, because by shifting toward one side of the backbone, the intercalator can form two long hydrogen-bonding type interactions. The long-range interactions between the intercalator and the next-nearest base pairs appear to be negligible, justifying the use of truncated DNA models in computational studies of intercalation interaction energies.

  1. LC-MS screening techniques for wastewater analysis and analytical data handling strategies: Sartans and their transformation products as an example.

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    Letzel, Thomas; Bayer, Anne; Schulz, Wolfgang; Heermann, Alexandra; Lucke, Thomas; Greco, Giorgia; Grosse, Sylvia; Schüssler, Walter; Sengl, Manfred; Letzel, Marion

    2015-10-01

    A large number of anthropogenic trace contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, their human metabolites and further transformation products (TPs) enter wastewater treatment plants on a daily basis. A mixture of known, expected, and unknown molecules are discharged into the receiving aquatic environment because only partial elimination occurs for many of these chemicals during physical, biological and chemical treatment processes. In this study, an array of LC-MS methods from three collaborating laboratories was applied to detect and identify anthropogenic trace contaminants and their TPs in different waters. Starting with theoretical predictions of TPs, an efficient workflow using the combination of target, suspected-target and non-target strategies for the identification of these TPs in the environment was developed. These techniques and strategies were applied to study anti-hypertensive drugs from the sartan group (i.e., candesartan, eprosartan, irbesartan, olmesartan, and valsartan). Degradation experiments were performed in lab-scale wastewater treatment plants, and a screening workflow including an inter-laboratory approach was used for the identification of transformation products in the effluent samples. Subsequently, newly identified compounds were successfully analyzed in effluents of real wastewater treatment plants and river waters. PMID:26246044

  2. Characterization of ancient glass excavated in Enez (Ancient Ainos) Turkey by combined Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis and Fourier Transform Infrared spectrometry techniques

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    Akyuz, Sevim; Akyuz, Tanil; Mukhamedshina, Nuranya M.; Mirsagatova, A. Adiba; Basaran, Sait; Cakan, Banu

    2012-05-01

    Ancient glass fragments excavated in the archaeological district Enez (Ancient Ainos)-Turkey were investigated by combined Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometry techniques. Multi-elemental contents of 15 glass fragments that belong to Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Periods, were determined by INAA. The concentrations of twenty six elements (Na, K, Ca, Sc, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Cu, Zn, As, Rb, Sr, Sb, Cs, Ba, Ce, Sm, Eu, Tb, Yb, Lu, Hf, Ta, Au and Th), which might be present in the samples as flux, stabilizers, colorants or opacifiers, and impurities, were examined. Chemometric treatment of the INAA data was performed and principle component analysis revealed presence of 3 distinct groups. The thermal history of the glass samples was determined by FTIR spectrometry.

  3. UTILIZING A CHIRP SONAR TO ACCURATELY CHARACTERIZE NEWLY DEPOSITED MATERIAL AT THE CALCASIEU OCEAN DREDGED MATERIAL DISPOSAL SITE, LOUISIANA

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    The distribution of dredged sediments is measured at the Calcasieu Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) using a chirp sonar immediately after disposal and two months later. ubbottom reflection data, generated by a chirp sonar transmitting a 4 to 20 kHz FM sweep, is proces...

  4. A direct approach for the design of chirp stimuli used for the recording of auditory brainstem responses

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    Elberling, Claus; Don, Manuel

    2010-01-01

    A recent study evaluates auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) evoked by chirps of different durations (sweeping rates) [Elberling et al. (2010). J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 128, 215–223]. The study demonstrates that shorter chirps are most efficient at higher levels of stimulation whereas longer chirps are most efficient at lower levels. Mechanisms other than the traveling wave delay, in particular, upward spread of excitation and changes in cochlear-neural delay with level, are suggested to be responsible for these findings. As a consequence, delay models based on estimates of the traveling wave delay are insufficient for the design of chirp stimuli, and another delay model based on a direct approach is therefore proposed. The direct approach uses ABR-latencies from normal-hearing subjects in response to octave-band chirps over a wide range of levels. The octave-band chirps are constructed by decomposing a broad-band chirp, and constitute a subset of the chirp. The delay compensations of the proposed model are similar to those found in the previous experimental study, which thus verifies the results of the proposed model. PMID:21110591

  5. Attosecond XUV sources generation from polarized gating two-color chirped pulse

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    Feng, Liqiang; Liu, Hang; Chu, Tianshu

    2015-07-01

    A promising method to generate the attosecond XUV sources from the high-order harmonic has been theoretically presented by controlling the polarized gating two-color chirped pulse. The results show that with the introduction of the chirps, the harmonic has been remarkably extended. Moreover, the harmonic interferences are very sensitive to the polarization angle between the two lasers. Particularly, when the polarization angle is equal to 0.2?, the supercontinuum with a single quantum path contribution is achieved, and a series of isolated attosecond pulses with the duration of 33 as are directly obtained. Further, by testing the influences of other laser parameters on the supercontinuum, we found that this polarized two-color chirped scheme can also be achieved in the multi-cycle pulse region, which is much better for experimental realization.

  6. Frequency chirped light at large detuning with an injection-locked diode laser

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    Teng, K.; Disla, M.; Dellatto, J.; Limani, A.; Kaufman, B.; Wright, M. J.

    2015-04-15

    We have developed a laser system to generate frequency-chirped light at rapid modulation speeds (∼100 MHz) with a large frequency offset. Light from an external cavity diode laser with its frequency locked to an atomic resonance is passed through a lithium niobate electro-optical phase modulator. The phase modulator is driven by a ∼6 GHz signal whose frequency is itself modulated with a RF MHz signal (<200 MHz). A second injection locked diode laser is used to filter out all of the light except the frequency-chirped ±1 order by more than 30 dB. Using this system, it is possible to generate a 1 GHz frequency chirp in 5 ns.

  7. Low chirp and high-speed operation of transverse coupled cavity VCSEL

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    Hu, Shanting; Ahmed, Moustafa; Bakry, Ahmed; Koyama, Fumio

    2015-09-01

    We present the modeling on the modulation bandwidth and frequency chirp of transverse-coupled-cavity vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), which enable us to tailor the transfer function of intensity and frequency modulations thanks to an optical feedback effect. The simulation shows the 3-dB-modulation bandwidth can be doubled and the chirp can be reduced by a factor of more than three. These improvements could be explained by an increase in differential net gain in coupled cavities. The result shows a possibility of high-speed and low-chirp operations of transverse coupled cavity VCSELs for higher data rates and longer link lengths of single-mode fiber transmissions.

  8. High-energy, high-contrast, multiterawatt laser pulses by optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification.

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    Kiriyama, Hiromitsu; Mori, Michiaki; Nakai, Yoshiki; Yamamoto, Yoichi; Tanoue, Manabu; Akutsu, Atsushi; Shimomura, Takuya; Kondo, Shuji; Kanazawa, Shuhei; Daido, Hiroyuki; Kimura, Toyoaki; Miyanaga, Noriaki

    2007-08-15

    We describe a compact, reliable, high-power, and high-contrast noncollinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier system. With a broadband Ti:sapphire oscillator and grating-based stretching and compression, the chirped pulses are amplified from 0.1 nJ to 122 mJ in type I beta-barium borate optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers with a total gain of over 10(9) at 10 Hz repetition rate. Pulse compression down to 19-fs duration achieved after amplification indicates a peak power of 3.2 TW at an average power of 0.62 W. The prepulse contrast is measured to be less than 10(-8) on picosecond time scales. PMID:17700770

  9. First results of a deep tow CHIRP sonar seafloor imaging system

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    Parent, M.; Fang, Changle; O'Brien, Thomas F.; Danforth, William W.

    1993-01-01

    The latest and most innovative technology has been applied towards the development of a full-ocean depth multi-sensor sonar system using linear swept-FM (Chirp) technology. The seafloor imaging system (SIS- 7000) described herein uses Chirp sidescan sonar to provide high resolution imagery at long range, and Chirp subbottom sonar to provide high resolution profiles in both the near bottom and deeper subbottom. The tow vehicle contains a suite of full-ocean depth instrumentation for measuring various oceanographic parameters and for monitoring vehicle status. Top side systems include a sonar display and data logging system as well as real-time sensor status display and tow vehicle control system. This paper will present an overview of this system, describe its technology and capabilities, and present some initial results. 

  10. Note: Directly measuring the direct digital synthesizer frequency chirp-rate for an atom interferometer.

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    Tao, Juan-Juan; Zhou, Min-Kang; Zhang, Qiao-Zhen; Cui, Jia-Feng; Duan, Xiao-Chun; Shao, Cheng-Gang; Hu, Zhong-Kun

    2015-09-01

    During gravity measurements with Raman type atom interferometry, the frequency of the laser used to drive Raman transition is scanned by chirping the frequency of a direct digital synthesizer (DDS), and the local gravity is determined by precisely measuring the chip rate ? of DDS. We present an effective method that can directly evaluate the frequency chirp rate stability of our DDS. By mixing a pair of synchronous linear sweeping signals, the chirp rate fluctuation is precisely measured with a frequency counter. The measurement result shows that the relative ? instability can reach 5.7 10(-11) in 1 s, which is neglectable in a 10(-9) g level atom interferometry gravimeter. PMID:26429495

  11. Best chirplet chain: Near-optimal detection of gravitational wave chirps

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    Chassande-Mottin, Éric; Pai, Archana

    2006-02-01

    The list of putative sources of gravitational waves possibly detected by the ongoing worldwide network of large scale interferometers has been continuously growing in the last years. For some of them, the detection is made difficult by the lack of a complete information about the expected signal. We concentrate on the case where the expected gravitational wave (GW) is a quasiperiodic frequency modulated signal i.e., a chirp. In this article, we address the question of detecting an a priori unknown GW chirp. We introduce a general chirp model and claim that it includes all physically realistic GW chirps. We produce a finite grid of template waveforms which samples the resulting set of possible chirps. If we follow the classical approach (used for the detection of inspiralling binary chirps, for instance), we would build a bank of quadrature matched filters comparing the data to each of the templates of this grid. The detection would then be achieved by thresholding the output, the maximum giving the individual which best fits the data. In the present case, this exhaustive search is not tractable because of the very large number of templates in the grid. We show that the exhaustive search can be reformulated (using approximations) as a pattern search in the time-frequency plane. This motivates an approximate but feasible alternative solution which is clearly linked to the optimal one. The time-frequency representation and pattern search algorithm are fully determined by the reformulation. This contrasts with the other time-frequency based methods presented in the literature for the same problem, where these choices are justified by “ad hoc” arguments. In particular, the time-frequency representation has to be unitary. Finally, we assess the performance, robustness and computational cost of the proposed method with several benchmarks using simulated data.

  12. Evaluation of chirp reversal power modulation sequence for contrast agent imaging

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    Novell, A.; Sennoga, CA; Escoffre, JM; Chaline, J.; Bouakaz, A.

    2014-09-01

    Over the last decade, significant research effort has been focused on the use of chirp for contrast agent imaging because chirps are known to significantly increase imaging contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR). New imaging schemes, such as chirp reversal (CR), have been developed to improve contrast detection by increasing non-linear microbubble responses. In this study we evaluated the contrast enhancement efficiency of various chirped imaging sequences in combination with well-established imaging schemes such as power modulation (PM) and pulse inversion (PI). The imaging schemes tested were implemented on a fully programmable open scanner and evaluated by ultrasonically scanning (excitation frequency of 2.5?MHz amplitude of 350?kPa) a tissue-mimicking flow phantom comprising a 4?mm diameter tube through which aqueous dispersions (dilution fraction of 1/2000) of the commercial ultrasound contrast agent, SonoVue were continuously circulated. The recovery of non-linear microbubble responses after chirp compression requires the development and the optimization of a specific filter. A compression filter was therefore designed and used to compress and extract several non-linear components from the received microbubble responses. The results showed that using chirps increased the image CNR by approximately 10?dB, as compared to conventional Gaussian apodized sine burst excitation but degraded the axial resolution by a factor of 1.4, at -3?dB. We demonstrated that the highest CNR and contrast-to-noise ratio (CTR) were achievable when CR was combined with PM as compared to other imaging schemes such as PI.

  13. Generation of an isolated sub-40-as pulse using two-color laser pulses: Combined chirp effects

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    Feng, Liqiang; Chu, Tianshu

    2011-11-15

    In this paper, we theoretically discuss the combined chirp effects on the isolated attosecond generation when a model Ar is exposed to an intense 5-fs, 800-nm fundamental chirped pulse combined with a weak 10-fs, 1200-nm controlling chirped pulse. It shows that for the case of the chirp parameters {beta}{sub 1} = 6.1 (corresponding to the 800-nm field) and {beta}{sub 2} = 4.0 (corresponding to the 1200-nm field), both the harmonic cutoff energy and the supercontinuum can be remarkably extended resulting in a 663-eV bandwidth. Moreover, due to the introduction of the chirps, the short quantum path is selected to contribute to the harmonic spectrum. Finally, by superposing a properly selected harmonic spectrum in the supercontinuum region, an isolated pulse as short as 31 as (5 as) is generated without (with) phase compensation.

  14. Control of spectral aberrations in a monochromator using a chirped grating

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    April, A.; McCarthy, N.

    2008-06-01

    A method is proposed to minimize the impact of spectral aberrations in a monochromator based on a rectilinear translation of a plane chirped grating. The chirped grating, that has a spatially variable groove spacing, is used to diffract and to spectrally focus the radiation. The expression of the width of the instrument line shape due to aberrations have been developed in order to obtain the optimal rectilinear trajectory required to operate the monochromator without significant spectral aberrations. Experimental measurements of the emission spectrum of a five-wavelength Helium-Neon laser are presented, as well as the sensitivity of the monochromator performance to different geometrical parameters.

  15. Frequency chirped short pulse amplification in inhomogeneously broadened XeCl gain media

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    Kannari, F.; Obara, M.

    1989-04-24

    The application of a frequency chirped pulse amplification sheme for XeCl excimer lasers is theoretically evaluated by solving the Maxwell--Bloch equations (A. Icsevgi and W. E. Lamb, Jr., Phys. Rev. 185, 517 (1969)). The calculated effective saturation energies for subpicosecond nonchirped laser pulses are much higher than the values that have been obtained experimentally. If this evidence indicates that optical nonlinear effects at high laser intensities are reducing the extraction energy, frequency chirped amplification followed by pulse compression, as demonstrated with solid-state lasers, is also useful with XeCl lasers. This helps to reduce the peak laser intensity and increase the extraction energy.

  16. Nonlinear energy deposition in water from fs-laser pulses: effect of the input chirp

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    Milin, C.; Jarnac, Amelie; Brelet, Y.; Jukna, V.; Houard, A.; Mysyrowicz, A.; Couairon, A.

    2014-05-01

    We present numerical and experimental investigation of the effect that the input pulse chirp has on the energy transfer from 5 ?J fs-pulses at 800 nm to water. The chirp is seen to control efficiently the energy transfer and the geometrical properties of the excited plasma volumes. Agreement between simulations and experiments is obtained via a parametric study, the details of which are presented here. These results may find applications in the control of underwater bubble and sound wave formation, and also in laser surgery involving aqueous media.

  17. Reflectivity of linear and nonlinear gamma radiated apodized chirped Bragg grating under ocean

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    Hamdalla, Taymour A.

    2012-09-01

    In this paper, the effect Co60 gamma radiation is investigated on the effective refractive index of apodized chirped Bragg grating. Nine apodization profiles are considered. Comparison between the reflectivity of the gamma radiated and non radiated fiber Bragg grating has been carried out. The electric field of signals propagating through the apodized chirped fiber Bragg grating (ACFBG) is first calculated from which, new values for the refractive index are determined. The nonlinear effects appear on the ACFBG reflectivity. The effect of nonlinearity and undersea temperature and pressure on the grating is also studied.

  18. Optimal Bichromatic Two-Photon Excitation with Near-Resonant Chirped Pulses

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    Serrat, Carles; Biegert, Jens

    2007-12-26

    We investigate a method for creating complete population inversion in a three level system by using bichromatic two-photon coherent excitations with laser pulses, and study the dependence of the optimal population transfer on the chirp of the pulses. We observe that the population inversion does not monotonously decrease with increasing the time-bandwidth product, and that the excitation depends on the sign of the chirp of the individual pulses. Our results, which evidence a worthwhile strategy for coherent population transfer in three level systems, are particularized to the level structure of atomic sodium, with regard to applications in bichromatic mesospheric guide stars.

  19. High-power soliton fiber laser based on pulse width control with chirped fiber Bragg gratings

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    Fermann, M.E.; Sugden, K.; Bennion, I.

    1995-01-15

    Chirped fiber Bragg gratings control the pulse width and energy in Kerr mode-locked erbium fiber soliton lasers. We create high-energy pulses by providing large amounts of excessive negative dispersion, which increases the pulse width while keeping the nonlinearity of the cavity constant. With a chirped fiber grating of 3.4-ps{sup 2} dispersion, 3-ps pulses with an energy content higher than 1 nJ are generated at a repetition rate of 27 MHz. By controlling the polarization state in the cavity, we obtain a tuning range from 1.550 to 1.562 {mu}m.

  20. Reflectivity of linear and nonlinear gamma radiated apodized chirped Bragg grating under ocean

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    Hamdalla, Taymour A.

    2012-09-06

    In this paper, the effect Co{sup 60} gamma radiation is investigated on the effective refractive index of apodized chirped Bragg grating. Nine apodization profiles are considered. Comparison between the reflectivity of the gamma radiated and non radiated fiber Bragg grating has been carried out. The electric field of signals propagating through the apodized chirped fiber Bragg grating (ACFBG) is first calculated from which, new values for the refractive index are determined. The nonlinear effects appear on the ACFBG reflectivity. The effect of nonlinearity and undersea temperature and pressure on the grating is also studied.

  1. Frequency comb based on a narrowband Yb-fiber oscillator: pre-chirp management for self-referenced carrier envelope offset frequency stabilization.

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    Lim, Jinkang; Chen, Hung-Wen; Chang, Guoqing; Krtner, Franz X

    2013-02-25

    Laser frequency combs are normally based on mode-locked oscillators emitting ultrashort pulses of ~100-fs or shorter. In this paper, we present a self-referenced frequency comb based on a narrowband (5-nm bandwidth corresponding to 415-fs transform-limited pulses) Yb-fiber oscillator with a repetition rate of 280 MHz. We employ a nonlinear Yb-fiber amplifier to both amplify the narrowband pulses and broaden their optical spectrum. To optimize the carrier envelope offset frequency (fCEO), we optimize the nonlinear pulse amplification by pre-chirping the pulses at the amplifier input. An optimum negative pre-chirp exists, which produces a signal-to-noise ratio of 35 dB (100 kHz resolution bandwidth) for the detected fCEO. We phase stabilize the fCEO using a feed-forward method, resulting in 0.64-rad (integrated from 1 Hz to 10 MHz) phase noise for the in-loop error signal. This work demonstrates the feasibility of implementing frequency combs from a narrowband oscillator, which is of particular importance for realizing large line-spacing frequency combs based on multi-GHz oscillators usually emitting long (>200 fs) pulses. PMID:23481986

  2. Spectrum transformation for divergent iterations

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    Gupta, Murli M.

    1991-01-01

    Certain spectrum transformation techniques are described that can be used to transform a diverging iteration into a converging one. Two techniques are considered called spectrum scaling and spectrum enveloping and how to obtain the optimum values of the transformation parameters is discussed. Numerical examples are given to show how this technique can be used to transform diverging iterations into converging ones; this technique can also be used to accelerate the convergence of otherwise convergent iterations.

  3. Assessment of natural radioactivity and function of minerals in soils of Yelagiri hills, Tamilnadu, India by Gamma Ray spectroscopic and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) techniques with statistical approach.

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    Chandrasekaran, A; Ravisankar, R; Rajalakshmi, A; Eswaran, P; Vijayagopal, P; Venkatraman, B

    2014-10-28

    Gamma Ray and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic techniques were used to evaluate the natural radioactivity due to natural radionuclides and mineralogical characterization in soils of Yelagiri hills, Tamilnadu, India. Various radiological parameters were calculated to assess the radiation hazards associated with the soil. The distribution pattern of activity due to natural radionuclides is explained by Kriging method of mapping. Using FTIR spectroscopic technique the minerals such as quartz, microcline feldspar, orthoclase feldspar, kaolinite, montmorillonite, illite, and organic carbon were identified and characterized. The extinction coefficient values were calculated to know the relative distribution of major minerals such as quartz, microcline feldspar, orthoclase feldspar and kaolinite. The calculated values indicate that the amount of quartz is higher than orthoclase feldspar, microcline feldspar and much higher than kaolinite. Crystallinity index was calculated to know the crystalline nature of quartz. The result indicates that the presence of disordered crystalline quartz in soils. The relation between minerals and radioactivity was assessed by multivariate statistical analysis (Pearson's correlation and cluster analysis). The statistical analysis confirms that the clay mineral kaolinite and non-clay mineral quartz is the major factor than other major minerals to induce the important radioactivity variables and concentrations of uranium and thorium. PMID:25467664

  4. High-energy, diode-pumped, picosecond Yb:YAG chirped-pulse regenerative amplifier for pumping optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification.

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    Akahane, Y; Aoyama, M; Ogawa, K; Tsuji, K; Tokita, S; Kawanaka, J; Nishioka, H; Yamakawa, K

    2007-07-01

    A diode-pumped, cryogenic-cooled Yb:YAG regenerative amplifier utilizing gain-narrowing has been developed. A 1.2-ns chirped-seed pulse was simultaneously amplified and compressed in the regenerative amplifier, which generated a 35-ps pulse with ~8-mJ of energy without a pulse compressor. Second-harmonics of the amplified pulse was used to pump picosecond two-color optical parametric amplification. PMID:17603607

  5. Human visual quality image/video compression techniques based on integer wavelet packet transform and SPIHT, and their application to mobile communications

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    Asdornwised, Widhyakorn; Jitapunkul, Somchai

    2004-07-01

    In this paper, we present an efficient compression technique that is suitable for image/video communications over wireless (mobile) channel. Our technique uses basic directional differences operators to estimate corresponding detail subband images/videos from their approximation subband images/videos. We empirically found that the detail subband images/videos can be well approximated by the estimate subband images/videos. In this work, image and video are first decomposed using integer wavelet packet transformation. Having established that detail subband images/video can be estimated from the approximation subbands, the information needed to send over the wireless channel is only the most important subband images/video, where we selected them via best basis selection algorithm. Next, after best basis selection, the selection subband components are encoded using either SPIHT (JPEG) for image or 3-D SPIHT for video and then the encoded data are sent over the wireless channel. The advantages of our algorithms are two folds. First, most of the computation used in our technique is performed in integer for the purpose of coding speed improvement. Second, the computation of our algorithm (either SPIHT (JPEG) or 3-D SPIHT) is reduced from its original computation by an order of magnitude. The reason is that in our algorithm either SPIHT (JPEG) or 3-D SPIHT is performed only on the set of important components (two or a few subband image/videos) instead of the whole image/video. Finally, we show that our proposed algorithm using SPIHT (3-D SPIHT) are better that pure JPEG (MPEG-2) both in terms of human visual image and computation complexity.

  6. Assessment of low-frequency hearing with narrow-band chirp-evoked 40-Hz sinusoidal auditory steady-state response.

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    Wilson, Uzma S; Kaf, Wafaa A; Danesh, Ali A; Lichtenhan, Jeffery T

    2016-04-01

    Objective To determine the clinical utility of narrow-band chirp-evoked 40-Hz sinusoidal auditory steady state responses (s-ASSR) in the assessment of low-frequency hearing in noisy participants. Design Tone bursts and narrow-band chirps were used to respectively evoke auditory brainstem responses (tb-ABR) and 40-Hz s-ASSR thresholds with the Kalman-weighted filtering technique and were compared to behavioral thresholds at 500, 2000, and 4000 Hz. A repeated measure ANOVA and post-hoc t-tests, and simple regression analyses were performed for each of the three stimulus frequencies. Study sample Thirty young adults aged 18-25 with normal hearing participated in this study. Results When 4000 equivalent response averages were used, the range of mean s-ASSR thresholds from 500, 2000, and 4000 Hz were 17-22 dB lower (better) than when 2000 averages were used. The range of mean tb-ABR thresholds were lower by 11-15 dB for 2000 and 4000 Hz when twice as many equivalent response averages were used, while mean tb-ABR thresholds for 500 Hz were indistinguishable regardless of additional response averaging. Conclusion Narrow-band chirp-evoked 40-Hz s-ASSR requires a ∼15 dB smaller correction factor than tb-ABR for estimating low-frequency auditory threshold in noisy participants when adequate response averaging is used. PMID:26795555

  7. An Operator Method for Evaluating Laplace Transforms

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    Lanoue, B. G.; Yurekli, O.

    2005-01-01

    This note discusses a simple operator technique based on the differentiation and shifting properties of the Laplace transform to find Laplace transforms for various elementary functions. The method is simpler than known integration techniques to evaluate Laplace transforms.

  8. Female giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) chirps advertise the caller's fertile phase.

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    Charlton, Benjamin D; Keating, Jennifer L; Rengui, Li; Huang, Yan; Swaisgood, Ronald R

    2010-04-01

    Although female mammal vocal behaviour is known to advertise fertility, to date, no non-human mammal study has shown that the acoustic structure of female calls varies significantly around their fertile period. Here, we used a combination of hormone measurements and acoustic analyses to determine whether female giant panda chirps have the potential to signal the caller's precise oestrous stage (fertile versus pre-fertile). We then used playback experiments to examine the response of male giant pandas to female chirps produced during fertile versus pre-fertile phases of the caller's reproductive cycle. Our results show that the acoustic structure of female giant panda chirps differs between fertile and pre-fertile callers and that male giant pandas can perceive differences in female chirps that allow them to determine the exact timing of the female's fertile phase. These findings indicate that male giant pandas could use vocal cues to preferentially associate and copulate with females at the optimum time for insemination and reveal the likely importance of female vocal signals for coordinating reproductive efforts in this critically endangered species. PMID:19955154

  9. Optical multi-coset sampling of GHz-band chirped signals

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    Valley, George C.; Sefler, George A.; Shaw, T. J.; Smith, Stephen L.

    2015-03-01

    Direct digitization of long, wideband chirped RF signals in the GHz band requires power hungry ADCs and produces large data sets. Here we present an optical scheme to perform multi-coset sampling of such signals with reduced power consumption and smaller data sets. In our scheme a repetitively pulsed femtosecond laser is dispersed to the interpulse time, the RF is modulated on the optical field, and the field is directed to a pair of wavelength-division demultiplexers (WDM). The channels of the WDM are attenuated with a pseudo-random sequence to form a coset pattern that repeats at the laser repetition rate. After a photodiode, the photocurrent is integrated for the duration of the dispersed optical pulse so that the coset pattern non-uniformly samples the RF signal. Since the laser repetition rate is uncorrelated with the RF, each coset provides an independent measurement of the RF. Experimental and numerical results show that 4 properties of the RF chirp pulse can be determined from the multiple coset samples: carrier frequency, chirp rate, start time, and pulse duration. Results are presented for a 20MHz chirp on a 13 microsecond pulse at a carrier of 2.473 GHz.

  10. Lower frequency region mid-infrared spectroscopy by chirped pulse upconversion

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    Zhu, Jingyi; Mathes, Tilo; Stahl, Andreas D.; Kennis, John T. M.; Groot*, Marie Louise

    2013-03-01

    UV/visible pump, mid-IR probe spectroscopy measurements based on the chirped upconversion method were expanded to the frequency region below 1800cm-1 with the nonlinear optical crystal AgGaGeS4. Pump-probe experiments were demonstrated with GaAs and the photoreceptor protein Slr1694.

  11. Ultrafast ellipsometric pump-probe diagnostic of liquid metal surface with chirped continuum probe pulses.

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    Shikne, Rakesh; Yoneda, Hitoki

    2015-08-10

    We describe our ellipsometric pump-probe experiment to study materials at extreme conditions. To demonstrate the performance, liquid bismuth surface is pumped by intense 25 fs pulse and subsequent evolution of non-equilibrium bismuth plasma is probed by chirped continuum pulse. The shift in the origin-time at continuum spectral component is precisely corrected by comparing chirp behavior estimated from induced phase modulation (IPM) in fused silica to one from liquid bismuth reflectivity measurement. From IPM measurements, it was found that the time resolution of a chirped pulse depends on group delay dispersion at corresponding continuum spectral components. Moreover, due to explicit relation between time and frequency of a chirped probe pulse, pump induced rapid changes are projected onto different probe wavelengths. Using these properties, we investigated polarization dependent reflection dynamics of non-equilibrium bismuth plasma with sub-100 fs temporal resolution and a broader wavelength response. These ultrafast measurements will be useful to study exotic phase transitions at extreme states of matter. PMID:26367946

  12. Transporting near-circular Bohr-like wave packets using chirped pulse trains

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    Yoshida, S.; Burgdörfer, J.; Reinhold, C. O.; Wyker, B.; Ye, S.; Dunning, F. B.

    2011-05-01

    Protocols for driving localized high- n (n 300) wave packets in near-circular Bohr-like orbits to higher n states using chirped sine waves are described. While Rydberg wave packets involving several n levels are known to be dispersive, circular wave packets can be stabilized by the application of a circularly- or linearly-polarized resonant sine wave. A similar stabilization mechanism is known for the formation of the Trojan asteroids in celestial mechanics. We demonstrate that by slowly chirping the drive frequency parent high- n wave packets can be transported to a narrow distribution of much higher n states because the motion of the wave packet remains locked to the sine wave during the chirping. Use of a chirped HCP train instead of a sine wave allows similar transport but also provides some control of the orbit eccentricity. Research supported by the NSF, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, the OBES US DoE to ORNL, and by the FWF (Austria)

  13. Femtosecond pulse spectral synthesis in coherently-spectrally combined multi-channel fiber chirped pulse amplifiers.

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    Chang, Wei-zung; Zhou, Tong; Siiman, Leo A; Galvanauskas, Almantas

    2013-02-11

    We demonstrate coherent spectral beam combining and femtosecond pulse spectral synthesis using three parallel fiber chirped pulse amplifiers, each amplifying different ultrashort-pulse spectra. This proof-of-concept experiment opens a path to simultaneously overcome individual-amplifier energy and power limitations, as well as limitations on amplified pulse spectra due to the gain narrowing in a single fiber amplifier. PMID:23481846

  14. MATLAB simulation of a Distributed Feedback (DFB) laser with chirp effects

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    Espe, Burt L.

    1994-12-01

    A model of a distributed feedback (DFB) laser was implemented in MATLAB and SIMULINK. Using the laser rate equation, the model was simulated to obtain general characteristics of the chirp of the lasers frequency. The simulations were controlled by using different drive current waveforms, based on various bit patterns, data rates, and drive current values (threshold current and the extinction ratio). Once created, the laser drive current was passed to the SIMULINK DFB laser model. The output of a simulation provided frequency chirp, laser power emitted, photon density, and carrier density data. Two sets of simulations were conducted. The first set of simulations focused on the data rates and bit patterns. From these simulations it was determined that the transition from a ZERO bit to a ONE bit caused the greatest frequency excursions. Also, as the data rate increases the maximum frequency excursion increases. Finally, the first set of simulations revealed that the predictability of the chirp decreases as the data rate increases and as the complexity of the bit pattern increases. The second set of simulations examined the effect of the extinction ratio on frequency chirp. By plotting the maximum frequency excursion against its respective extinction ratio, it was determined that in some cases the maximum frequency excursions in a system could be minimized.

  15. Building Climate Service Capacities in Eastern Africa with CHIRP and GeoCLIM

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    Pedreros, D. H.; Magadzire, T.; Funk, C. C.; Verdin, J. P.; Peterson, P.; Landsfeld, M.; Husak, G. J.

    2013-12-01

    In developing countries there is a great need for capacity building within national and regional climate agencies to develop and analyze historical and real time gridded rainfall datasets. These datasets are of key importance for monitoring climate and agricultural food production at decadal and seasonal time scales, and for informing local decision makers. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), working together with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Climate Hazards Group (CHG) of the University of California Santa Barbara, has developed an integrated set of data products and tools to support the development of African climate services. The core data product is the Climate Hazards Group Infrared Precipitation (CHIRP) dataset. The CHIRP is a new rainfall dataset resulting from the blending of satellite estimated precipitation with high resolution precipitation climatology. The CHIRP depicts rainfall on five day totals at 5km spatial resolution from 1981 to present. The CHG is developing and deploying a standalone tool - the GeoCLIM - which will allow national and regional meteorological agencies to blend the CHIRP with station observations, run simple crop water balance models, and conduct climatological, trend, and time series analysis. Blending satellite estimates and gauge data helps overcome limited in situ observing networks. Furthermore, the GeoCLIM combines rainfall, soil, and evapotranspiration data with crop hydrological requirements to calculate agricultural water balance, presented as the Water Requirement Satisfaction Index (WRSI). The WRSI is a measurement of the degree in which a crop's hydrological requirements have been satisfied by rainfall. We present the results of a training session for personnel of the East African Intergovernmental Authority on Development Climate Prediction and Applications Center. The two week training program included the use of the GeoCLIM to improve CHIRP using station data, and to calculate and analyze trends in rainfall, WRSI, and drought frequency in the region.

  16. A simple, sensitive and non-destructive technique for characterizing bovine dental enamel erosion: attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.

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    Kim, In-Hye; Son, Jun Sik; Min, Bong Ki; Kim, Young Kyoung; Kim, Kyo-Han; Kwon, Tae-Yub

    2016-01-01

    Although many techniques are available to assess enamel erosion in vitro, a simple, non-destructive method with sufficient sensitivity for quantifying dental erosion is required. This study characterized the bovine dental enamel erosion induced by various acidic beverages in vitro using attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy. Deionized water (control) and 10 acidic beverages were selected to study erosion, and the pH and neutralizable acidity were measured. Bovine anterior teeth (110) were polished with up to 1 200-grit silicon carbide paper to produce flat enamel surfaces, which were then immersed in 20 mL of the beverages for 30 min at 37 °C. The degree of erosion was evaluated using ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and Vickers' microhardness measurements. The spectra obtained were interpreted in two ways that focused on the ν1, ν3 phosphate contour: the ratio of the height amplitude of ν3 PO4 to that of ν1 PO4 (Method 1) and the shift of the ν3 PO4 peak to a higher wavenumber (Method 2). The percentage changes in microhardness after the erosion treatments were primarily affected by the pH of the immersion media. Regression analyses revealed highly significant correlations between the surface hardness change and the degree of erosion, as detected by ATR-FTIR spectroscopy (P<0.001). Method 1 was the most sensitive to these changes, followed by surface hardness change measurements and Method 2. This study suggests that ATR-FTIR spectroscopy is potentially advantageous over the microhardness test as a simple, non-destructive, sensitive technique for the quantification of enamel erosion. PMID:27025266

  17. Cross-correlation method to obtain temperature profiles from power reflection spectra of a chirped fiber Bragg grating

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    Kitcher, Daniel J.; Nand, Anbhawa; Wade, Scott A.; Baxter, Gregory W.; Collins, Stephen F.

    2005-05-01

    A method of determining the temperature profile along a short length of optical fiber containing a chirped grating is presented. This provides an alternative to the known method of integrating differences between power-only reflectance spectra to recover a distributed measurement of temperature or strain within a chirped grating without the additional equipment requirements of a phase spectrum measurement. In contrast to other methods of processing the spectra of chirped gratings, the windowed cross-correlation method monitors local wavelength shifts directly, and offers immunity to spurious temperature or strain gradients arising from amplitude measurement errors.

  18. Effects of the initial chirp and fibre loss on the soliton mechanism of picosecond pulse compression in optical fibres

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    Yang Xingyu; Yang Guangqiang

    2001-08-31

    The effect of the initial chirp and fibre loss on the efficiency of soliton-effect picosecond pulse compression are analysed by simulating numerically the transmission of picosecond pulse in fibres by the split-step Fourier method. Analysis of changes in the compression factor, the optimum fibre length, and the compression efficiency showed that the initial chirp and fibre loss affect the compression of a picosecond pulse in opposite ways. A further study revealed that an additional properly created initial chirp provides good pulse compression. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  19. Multi-resonance effects within a single chirp in broadband rotational spectroscopy: The rapid adiabatic passage regime for benzonitrile

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    Schmitz, David; Alvin Shubert, V.; Betz, Thomas; Schnell, Melanie

    2012-10-01

    We report here pronounced, stepwise multi-resonance excitations in benzonitrile arising from a single 1 ?s broadband 2-8.3 GHz microwave chirp, observed with our new chirped-pulse broadband rotational spectrometer, COMPACT. Such multi-resonance excitations significantly alter the relative intensity patterns and are a strong indication that, for the given experimental conditions and using benzonitrile as a polar test molecule (?A = 4.5152 D), the rapid adiabatic passage (RAP) regime for strong coupling must be applied. This finding is contrary to previous discussions of chirped-pulse rotational spectroscopy, where the linear fast passage regime of weak coupling has been assumed.

  20. Rolling element bearing defect detection using the generalized synchrosqueezing transform guided by time-frequency ridge enhancement.

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    Li, Chuan; Sanchez, Vinicio; Zurita, Grover; Cerrada Lozada, Mariela; Cabrera, Diego

    2016-01-01

    Healthy rolling element bearings are vital guarantees for safe operation of the rotating machinery. Time-frequency (TF) signal analysis is an effective tool to detect bearing defects under time-varying shaft speed condition. However, it is a challenging work dealing with defective characteristic frequency and rotation frequency simultaneously without a tachometer. For this reason, a technique using the generalized synchrosqueezing transform (GST) guided by enhanced TF ridge extraction is suggested to detect the existence of the bearing defects. The low frequency band and the resonance band are first chopped from the Fourier spectrum of the bearing vibration measurements. The TF information of the lower band component and the resonance band envelope are represented using short-time Fourier transform, where the TF ridge are extracted by harmonic summation search and ridge candidate fusion operations. The inverse of the extracted TF ridge is subsequently used to guide the GST mapping the chirped TF representation to the constant one. The rectified TF pictures are then synchrosqueezed as sharper spectra where the rotation frequency and the defective characteristic frequency can be identified, respectively. Both simulated and experimental signals were used to evaluate the present technique. The results validate the effectiveness of the suggested technique for the bearing defect detection. PMID:26542359

  1. Measuring temperature-dependent propagating disturbances in coronal fan loops using multiple SDO/AIA channels and the surfing transform technique

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    Uritsky, Vadim M.; Ofman, Leon; Davila, Joseph M.; Viall, Nicholeen M.

    2013-11-20

    A set of co-aligned high-resolution images from the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on board the Solar Dynamics Observatory is used to investigate propagating disturbances (PDs) in warm fan loops at the periphery of a non-flaring active region NOAA AR 11082. To measure PD speeds at multiple coronal temperatures, a new data analysis methodology is proposed enabling a quantitative description of subvisual coronal motions with low signal-to-noise ratios of the order of 0.1%. The technique operates with a set of one-dimensional 'surfing' signals extracted from position-time plots of several AIA channels through a modified version of Radon transform. The signals are used to evaluate a two-dimensional power spectral density distribution in the frequency-velocity space that exhibits a resonance in the presence of quasi-periodic PDs. By applying this analysis to the same fan loop structures observed in several AIA channels, we found that the traveling velocity of PDs increases with the temperature of the coronal plasma following the square-root dependence predicted for slow mode magneto-acoustic waves which seem to be the dominating wave mode in the loop structures studied. This result extends recent observations by Kiddie et al. to a more general class of fan loop system not associated with sunspots and demonstrating consistent slow mode activity in up to four AIA channels.

  2. An Approach to Compress Information of Computer-Synthesis Hologram with Shape Adaptive Binary Tree Predictive Coding and Fast Fourier Transform Technique

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    Yang, Guanglin; Xie, Haiyan

    A new system of Computer Synthesis Hologram (CSH) compressed and transmitted and reconstructed has been established with Shape Adaptive Binary Tree Predictive Coding (SA-BTPC) and Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) technique. In this system, the photographs can be directly calculated into the digital hologram using the holographic principle of D. Gabor. In coding, SA-BTPC algorithm adapts a non-causal, shape-adaptive predictor to decompose a digital hologram into a binary tree of prediction errors and zero blocks. Thus its coding speed is faster than JPEG baseline processing for loss compression scheme. In experiments, when its compression ratio is achieved to 0.4683% for "lossy" compression, the image lineament shape of processed CSH still can be effectively reconstructed by FFT. Moreover, the reasons have been explained why the shape adaptive predictive coding algorithm is chosen to process CSH. And the reconstructed image information of processed CSH has been compared with the reconstructed image information of original CSH. Finally, Compression ratio (R), Mean squared error (MSE) and Pear signal to noise ratio (PSNR) have been precisely calculated and analyzed to evaluate the reconstructed images variation of processed CSH. The better predictive coding model for processing digital hologram can be determined by the distortion measure.

  3. Fourier transform infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy study of physicochemical interaction between human dentin and etch-&-rinse adhesives in a simulated moist bond technique

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    Ubaldini, Adriana L. M.; Baesso, Mauro L.; Sehn, Elizandra; Sato, Francielle; Benetti, Ana R.; Pascotto, Renata C.

    2012-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to provide the physicochemical interactions at the interfaces between two commercial etch-&-rinse adhesives and human dentin in a simulated moist bond technique. Six dentin specimens were divided into two groups (n=3) according to the use of two different adhesive systems: (a) 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) and 4-methacryloxyethyl trimellitate anhydrate (4-META), and (b) HEMA. The Fourier transform infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy was performed before and after dentin treatment with 37% phosphoric acid, with adhesive systems and also for the adhesive systems alone. Acid-conditioning resulted in a decalcification pattern. Adhesive treated spectra subtraction suggested the occurrence of chemical bonding to dentin expressed through modifications of the OH stretching peak (3340 cm-1) and symmetric CH stretching (2900 cm-1) for both adhesives spectra; a decrease of orthophosphate absorption band (1040 to 970 cm-1) for adhesive A and a better resolved complex band formation (1270 to 970 cm-1) for adhesive B were observed. These results suggested the occurrence of chemical bonding between sound human dentin and etch-&-rinse adhesives through a clinical typical condition.

  4. Wavelet-modified maximum average correlation height filter for rotation invariance that uses chirp encoding in a hybrid digital-optical correlator.

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    Goyal, Shilpi; Nishchal, Naveen K; Beri, Vinod K; Gupta, Arun K

    2006-07-10

    We discuss and implement a wavelet-modified maximum average correlation height (MACH) filter for 0 degrees -360 degrees in-plane rotations in a hybrid digital-optical correlator. Use of a wavelet transform improves the performance of the MACH filter by reducing the number of filters that are required to identify a target rotated at any angle between 0 degrees and 360 degrees in-plane rotations and enhances the autocorrelation peak intensity significantly. The output of a hybrid digital-optical correlator contains two autocorrelation peaks and a strong dc. Using a chirp function with the wavelet-modified MACH filter, the correlation signals are focused in three different planes. Thus placing a peak-capturing CCD camera at a particular plane, only one autocorrelation peak is recorded, discarding the strong dc and other autocorrelation peaks. A signal-to-noise ratio has been calculated as a metric of goodness of the proposed wavelet-modified MACH filter. PMID:16807591

  5. Cardinal Interpolation Technique for Nearly Minimum Redundant Matched Filter Bank Detection of Unknown Inspiraling Binary Chirps

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    Croce, R. P.; Demma, Th.; Pierro, V.; Pinto, I. M.

    2002-12-01

    The problem of detecting gravitational waves from coalescing binary star systems with unknown parameters by ground based interferometers 1, and the related detection/estimation problems, is computationally quite demanding, though not formidable 2. All GW data analysis groups have been steadily looking for data analysis economization strategies...

  6. Direct DPSK modulation of chirp-managed laser as cost-effective downstream transmitter for symmetrical 10-Gbit/s WDM PONs.

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    Le, Quang Trung; Emsia, Ali; Briggmann, Dieter; Küppers, Franko

    2012-12-10

    This paper proposes the use of chirp-managed lasers (CML) as cost-effective downstream (DS) transmitters for next generation access networks. As the laser bandwidth is as high as 10 GHz, the CML could be directly modulated at 10 Gbit/s for downstream transmission in future wavelength division multiplexing passive optical networks (WDM PON). The laser adiabatic chirp, which is the main drawback limiting the transmission performance of directly modulated lasers, is now utilized to generate phase-shift keying (PSK) modulation format by direct modulation. At the user premise, the wavelength reuse technique based on reflective colorless upstream transmitter is applied. The optical network unit (ONU) reflects and orthogonally remodulates the received light with upstream data. A full-duplex transmission with symmetrical 10-Gbit/s bandwidth is demonstrated. Bit-error-rate measurement showed that optical power budgets of 29 dB at BER of 10(-9) or of 36 dB at BER of 10(-3) could be obtained with direct phase-shift-keying modulation of CML which proves that the proposed solution is a viable candidate for future WDM-PONs. PMID:23262890

  7. Generation of isolated sub-40-attosecond pulse with a multicycle chirped laser and a static electric field

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    Mohebbi, Masoud

    2016-02-01

    We numerically investigate the high-order harmonic generation and isolated attosecond pulse generation in a waveform that linearly produced by chirped laser pulse, chirp-free laser pulse, and static electric field. When a chirp-free laser pulse is added to the produced field of the chirped driving pulse and the static electric field, the plateau harmonic yield is enhanced by two orders. The spectral modulation is also significantly decreased, and the bandwidth of XUV spectrum is further broadened. An intense and a clean isolated 38-as pulse can be produced from the intense broadband XUV supercontinuum. After proper phase compensation, an isolated sub-8-attosecond pulse can be obtained. Furthermore, quantum time-frequency analysis reveals that the selection of the short quantum path can be achieved in this scheme.

  8. An AWG-based 10 Gbit/s colorless WDM-PON system using a chirp-managed directly modulated laser

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    Latif, Abdul; Yu, Chong-xiu; Xin, Xiang-jun; Husain, Aftab; Hussain, Ashiq; Munir, Abid; Khan, Yousaf

    2012-09-01

    We propose an arrayed waveguide grating (AWG)-based 10 Gbit/s per channel full duplex wavelength division multiplexing passive optical network (WDM-PON). A chirp managed directly modulated laser with return-to-zero (RZ) differential phase shift keying (DPSK) modulation technique is utilized for downlink (DL) direction, and then the downlink signal is re-modulated for the uplink (UL) direction using intensity modulation technique with the data rate of 10 Gbit/s per channel. A successful WDM-PON transmission operation with the data rate of 10 Gbit/s per channel over a distance of 25 km without any optical amplification or dispersion compensation is demonstrated with low power penalty.

  9. Simultaneous ranging and velocimetry of fast moving targets using oppositely chirped pulses from a mode-locked laser.

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    Piracha, Mohammad U; Nguyen, Dat; Ozdur, Ibrahim; Delfyett, Peter J

    2011-06-01

    A lidar system based on the coherent detection of oppositely chirped pulses generated using a 20 MHz mode locked laser and chirped fiber Bragg gratings is presented. Sub millimeter resolution ranging is performed with > 25 dB signal to noise ratio. Simultaneous, range and Doppler velocity measurements are experimentally demonstrated using a target moving at > 330 km/h inside the laboratory. PMID:21716350

  10. Thermoanalytical and Fourier transform infrared spectral curve-fitting techniques used to investigate the amorphous indomethacin formation and its physical stability in Indomethacin-Soluplus(®) solid dispersions.

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    Lin, Shan-Yang; Lin, Hong-Liang; Chi, Ying-Ting; Huang, Yu-Ting; Kao, Chi-Yu; Hsieh, Wei-Hsien

    2015-12-30

    The amorphous form of a drug has higher water solubility and faster dissolution rate than its crystalline form. However, the amorphous form is less thermodynamically stable and may recrystallize during manufacturing and storage. Maintaining the amorphous state of drug in a solid dosage form is extremely important to ensure product quality. The purpose of this study was to quantitatively determine the amount of amorphous indomethacin (INDO) formed in the Soluplus(®) solid dispersions using thermoanalytical and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectral curve-fitting techniques. The INDO/Soluplus(®) solid dispersions with various weight ratios of both components were prepared by air-drying and heat-drying processes. A predominate IR peak at 1683cm(-1) for amorphous INDO was selected as a marker for monitoring the solid state of INDO in the INDO/Soluplus(®) solid dispersions. The physical stability of amorphous INDO in the INDO/Soluplus(®) solid dispersions prepared by both drying processes was also studied under accelerated conditions. A typical endothermic peak at 161°C for γ-form of INDO (γ-INDO) disappeared from all the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) curves of INDO/Soluplus(®) solid dispersions, suggesting the amorphization of INDO caused by Soluplus(®) after drying. In addition, two unique IR peaks at 1682 (1681) and 1593 (1591)cm(-1) corresponded to the amorphous form of INDO were observed in the FTIR spectra of all the INDO/Soluplus(®) solid dispersions. The quantitative amounts of amorphous INDO formed in all the INDO/Soluplus(®) solid dispersions were increased with the increase of γ-INDO loaded into the INDO/Soluplus(®) solid dispersions by applying curve-fitting technique. However, the intermolecular hydrogen bonding interaction between Soluplus(®) and INDO were only observed in the samples prepared by heat-drying process, due to a marked spectral shift from 1636 to 1628cm(-1) in the INDO/Soluplus(®) solid dispersions. The INDO/Soluplus(®) solid dispersions prepared by both drying processes could keep the amorphous state of INDO in the INDO/Soluplus(®) solid dispersions at the accelerated storage condition. PMID:26481469

  11. Kinetics of electrochemically controlled surface reactions on bulk and thin film metals studied with Fourier transform impedance spectroscopy and surface plasmon resonance techniques

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    Assiongbon, Kankoe A.

    2005-07-01

    In the work presented in this thesis, the surface sensitive electrochemical techniques of cyclic voltametry (CV), potential step (PS) and Fourier transform impedance spectroscopy (FT-EIS), as well as the optical technique of surface plasmon resonance (SPR), were used to probe a wide variety of surface processes at various metal/liquid interface. Three polycrystalline metals (Au, Ta and Cu) and a Cr-coated gold film were used for these studies in different aqueous environments. A combination of CV with FT-EIS and PS was used to investigate electronic and structural proprieties of a modified bulk electrode of Au. This experimental system involved under potential deposition (UPD) of Bi3+ on Au in a supporting aqueous electrolyte containing ClO-4 . UPD range of Bi3+ was determined, and adsorption kinetics of Bi3+ in the presence of coadsorbing anion, ClO-4 were quantified. Potentiodynamic growth of oxide films of Ta in the following electrolytes NaNO3, NaNO3 + 5wt% H2O2, NaOH and NaOH + 5wt% H2O2 had been investigated. The oxide films were grown in the range -0.1 → +0.4V (high electric field) at a scan rate of 10 mV/s. Time resolved A.C. impedance spectroscopy measurements in the frequency range (0.1--20 KHz) were performed to characterize the surface reactions of oxide formation. The results are interpreted in terms of charge conductivity O2- through the oxide film, and disintegration of H2O2 into OH-. In a high pH medium (pH 12), dissociation of H2O2 was catalytically enhanced. This led to destabilization of the electrogenerated tantalum oxide surface film in the form of a soluble hexatantalate species. In contrast with the electrolytes, NaNO3, NaNO3 + 5wt% H2O2, NaOH, where only the oxide growth was observed, the A.C. impedance spectroscopy measurements in NaOH + 5wt% H 2O2 showed competition between oxide formation and its removal. These results are relevant for chemical slurry design in chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) of Ta. Further investigations were performed by studying potential galvanic corrosion effects that are susceptible to occur during planarization process in CMP technology. A combination of FT-EIS with potentiodynamic polarization and galvanic current measurements showed evidence of these effects when Cu (interconnected material in integrated circuits) and Ta (barrier material) were brought into electrical contact via abrasive-free polishing solutions. Quantitative analyses of kinetics of these effects were performed. Catalytic activity of a thin film Au (˜40 nm) toward methanol oxidation in alkaline medium for direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) was carried out in this part of the work. A relatively unique combined technique of FT-EIS and SPR was used to perform this study. The FT-EIS data provided detailed kinetic parameters that characterize electro-oxidation of methanol. This led to a quantitative understanding of the mechanism of the probed surface reactions. At the same time, the SPR data provided with high accuracy the optical parameters and electronic characteristics of the thin film Au. The combined technique provided a complete understanding of the observed surface reactions, and showed consistency in data.

  12. Ultrafast chirped optical waveform recorder using a time microscope

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    Bennett, Corey Vincent

    2015-04-21

    A new technique for capturing both the amplitude and phase of an optical waveform is presented. This technique can capture signals with many THz of bandwidths in a single shot (e.g., temporal resolution of about 44 fs), or be operated repetitively at a high rate. That is, each temporal window (or frame) is captured single shot, in real time, but the process may be run repeatedly or single-shot. By also including a variety of possible demultiplexing techniques, this process is scalable to recoding continuous signals.

  13. CSR Interaction for a 2D Energy-Chirped Bunch on a General Orbit

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    Rui Li

    2009-05-01

    When an electron bunch with initial linear energy chirp traverses a bunch compression chicane, the bunch interacts with itself via coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR) and space charge force. The effective longitudinal CSR force for such kind of 2D bunch on a circular orbit has been analyzed earlier [1]. In this paper, we present the analytical results of the effective longitudinal CSR force for a 2D energy-chirped bunch going through a general orbit, which includes the entrance and exit of a circular orbit. In particular, we will show the behavior of the force in the last bend of a chicane when the bunch is under extreme compression. This is the condition when bifurcation of bunch phase space occurs in many CSR measurements. [1] R. Li, Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 11, 024401 (2008)

  14. Curvature-Induced Bunch Self-Interaction for an Energy-Chirped Bunch in Magnetic Bends

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    Rui Li

    2006-01-04

    The curvature-induced bunch collective interaction in magnetic bends can be studied using effective forces in the canonical formulation of the coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR) effect. In this paper, for an electron distribution moving ultrarelativistically in a bending system, the dynamics of a particle in the electron distribution is derived from the Hamiltonian of the particle in terms of the bunch internal coordinates. The consequent Vlasov equation manifests explicitly how the phase space distribution is perturbed by the effective CSR forces. In particular, we study the impact of an initial linear energy chirp of the bunch on the behavior of the effective longitudinal CSR force, which arises due to the modification of the retardation relation as a result of the energy-chirping-induced longitudinal-horizontal correlation of the bunch distribution (bunch tilt) in dispersive regions.

  15. 'Progress-P' laser facility with chirped-pulse amplification in neodymium glass

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    Borodin, V G; Komarov, V M; Malinov, V A; Migel', V M; Nikitin, N V; Popov, Valentin S; Potapov, S L; Charukhchev, Aleksandr V; Chernov, V N

    1999-11-30

    A Nd:YLF/Nd:glass laser facility with chirped-pulse amplification capable of generating pulses with a duration of 1.5 ps and a power up to 30 TW at the wavelength of 1053 nm was investigated. The facility consists of a initial laser system, producing a chirped pulse with an energy up to {approx}1 J, a main three-stage rod amplifying channel with a 85-mm aperture of the output stage, a pulse compressor based on 210 mm x 420 mm diffraction gratings, and a focusing axial parabolic mirror (with an aperture ratio of 1:11). Optimisation of the parameters of the laser facility allowed us to generate an output laser beam with an angular divergence close to the diffraction limit and an intensity up to {approx}10{sup 19} W cm{sup -2} . Laser radiation with such parameters can be employed in experiments on the interaction of superstrong laser fields with matter. (lasers)

  16. Anomalous autoresonance threshold for chirped-driven Korteweg-de-Vries waves.

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    Friedland, L; Shagalov, A G; Batalov, S V

    2015-10-01

    Large amplitude traveling waves of the Korteweg-de-Vries (KdV) equation can be excited and controlled by a chirped frequency driving perturbation. The process involves capturing the wave into autoresonance (a continuous nonlinear synchronization) with the drive by passage through the linear resonance in the problem. The transition to autoresonance has a sharp threshold on the driving amplitude. In all previously studied autoresonant problems the threshold was found via a weakly nonlinear theory and scaled as ?^{3/4},? being the driving frequency chirp rate. It is shown that this scaling is violated in a long wavelength KdV limit because of the increased role of the nonlinearity in the problem. A fully nonlinear theory describing the phenomenon and applicable to all wavelengths is developed. PMID:26565321

  17. Investigation of wavelength variations of fibre Bragg grating features using a chirped phase mask

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    Yam, Sui P.; Kitcher, D. J.; Wade, S. A.; Baxter, G. W.; Collins, S. F.

    2008-05-01

    A simple scheme, using a chirped phase mask, for studying the wavelength dependence of fibre Bragg grating (FBG) responses in the region of \\case {2}{3} of the Bragg wavelength, which are due to the use of a non-ideal phase mask, is presented. Comparison of the FBG responses in the regions of \\case {2}{3} of the Bragg wavelength (i.e. ~1030 nm) and the usual Bragg wavelength (~1535 nm), as a function of the phase mask periodicity, was achieved by UV laser irradiation at various sections along a chirped phase mask, of centre periodicity 1060 nm. The wavelength of the transmission dips in both regions was proportional to the periodicity of the phase mask and the ratios of these wavelengths showed less than 0.3% variation compared with the theoretical value, supporting the proposition that features at ~1030 nm are the third harmonic of a grating having the phase mask periodicity.

  18. Anomalous autoresonance threshold for chirped-driven Korteweg-de-Vries waves

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    Friedland, L.; Shagalov, A. G.; Batalov, S. V.

    2015-10-01

    Large amplitude traveling waves of the Korteweg-de-Vries (KdV) equation can be excited and controlled by a chirped frequency driving perturbation. The process involves capturing the wave into autoresonance (a continuous nonlinear synchronization) with the drive by passage through the linear resonance in the problem. The transition to autoresonance has a sharp threshold on the driving amplitude. In all previously studied autoresonant problems the threshold was found via a weakly nonlinear theory and scaled as ?3 /4,? being the driving frequency chirp rate. It is shown that this scaling is violated in a long wavelength KdV limit because of the increased role of the nonlinearity in the problem. A fully nonlinear theory describing the phenomenon and applicable to all wavelengths is developed.

  19. Making ultracold molecules in a two-color pump-dump photoassociation scheme using chirped pulses

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    Koch, Christiane P.; Luc-Koenig, Eliane; Masnou-Seeuws, Francoise

    2006-03-15

    This theoretical paper investigates the formation of ground state molecules from ultracold cesium atoms in a two-color scheme. Following previous work on photoassociation with chirped picosecond pulses [Luc-Koenig et al., Phys. Rev. A, 70, 033414 (2004)], we investigate stabilization by a second (dump) pulse. By appropriately choosing the dump pulse parameters and time delay with respect to the photoassociation pulse, we show that a large number of deeply bound molecules are created in the ground triplet state. We discuss (i) broad-bandwidth dump pulses which maximize the probability to form molecules while creating a broad vibrational distribution as well as (ii) narrow-bandwidth pulses populating a single vibrational ground state level, bound by 113 cm{sup -1}. The use of chirped pulses makes the two-color scheme robust, simple, and efficient.

  20. Study on the influence of dispersion and chirp on femtosecond Airy pulse propagation in Kerr media

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    Song, Zhenming; Lin, Yuxian

    2015-05-01

    We present the influence of second order dispersion(GVD), third-order dispersion(TOD), and initial chirp on femtosecond Airy pulse propagation in Kerr media by solving the Nonlinear Schrodinger Equation with the split-step Fourier Method. In the time duration of femtosecond pulse, the effect of TOD should not be neglected. TOD can lead to waveform distortion and lower the quality of optical pulses. We also study the propagation of femtoscond Airy pulse in anomalous dispersion Kerr media. According to the numerical results, we show that when the parameter of the TOD and the propagation distance are selected as some typical values, the pulses will broadening first and then appear a process of compression. Finally, we discussed the influence of the initial pulse chirp on the propagation of the pulse profile and broadening factor.

  1. Manipulation of Ultracold Rubidium Atoms Using a Single Linearly Chirped Laser Pulse

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    Collins, Thomas; Malinovskaya, Svetlana

    2011-05-01

    The ability to manipulate ultracold atomic and molecular systems allows us to utilize their potential for use in the emerging field of quantum computing, which holds the promise of developing computing systems which operate at speeds far greater than those of conventional computers. Also, ultracold atomic and molecular systems have possible chemical applications that make it desirable to find an efficient way to control which quantum states available to the system are occupied. In this work we studied the behavior of Rubidium atoms dressed by a linearly-chirped laser pulse, modeling the quantum states of the atoms as a three level lambda system. We set as our control knobs the pulse duration, chirp parameter, field strength, and the one-photon detuning. We discovered certain sets of values for the control knobs which yielded near total transfer to the desired state and thus may be used in experimental setup.

  2. Note: A concrete erosion sensor based on a chirped fibre optic Bragg grating

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    Kanopoulos, Patrick; Xia, Kaiwen; Gu, Xijia; Amirchoupani, Ardavan; Yao, Wei

    2015-12-01

    Erosion of concrete surfaces in major civil structures is a common problem, which in certain circumstances can undermine the structural and operational integrities of the structure. The manual monitoring of the erosion process can be difficult and dangerous under certain circumstances (such as within hydrotunnels and spillways of dams). This paper describes a concrete erosion sensor based on a chirped fibre Bragg grating (FBG) which is able to monitor the extent of concrete erosion at a single point to sub-millimetre accuracy. The chirped FBG length embedded below the concrete surface decreases as a result of concrete erosion and consequently the reflected light spectrum bandwidth narrows. A simple procedure is presented to determine the extent of erosion, and this procedure is applied to an experimental demonstration of the sensing device.

  3. 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.

  4. Continuous optical beamforming networks based on broadband optical source and chirped fiber grating

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    Zhou, Bo; Zheng, Xiaoping; Zheng, Hanyi; Guo, Yili

    2006-09-01

    A novel optical beamforming network scheme based on broadband optical source and Chirped Fiber Grating as true-time-delay module is proposed in the paper. The principle of this scheme is illustrated by theoretical analysis and the feasibility is validated by experiment. In experiment, Er-Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA) is used as broad band optical source, chirped fiber grating as dispersive element is used for time delay unit, and tunable optical filter is used to choose operation wavelength. In 9.25~10.25 GHz microwave band, optical true time delay performance is measured and results shows that the delay time consistency and the ratio of the RF signal to its noise (SNR) meet the practical demands, and such system has many potentials in optical complexity, cost, tune speed and the system expansibility.

  5. Coherent control of broadband isolated attosecond pulses in a chirped two-color laser field

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    Zou Pu; Zeng Zhinan; Zheng Yinghui; Lu Yingying; Liu Peng; Li Ruxin; Xu Zhizhan

    2010-03-15

    A theoretical investigation is presented that uses a strong two-color laser field composed of a linearly chirped fundamental (900 nm) and its subharmonic (1800-nm) laser pulses to control coherently the broadband isolated attosecond pulses in high-order harmonic generations. After the subharmonic field is added, the intrinsic chirp of harmonic emission can be reduced significantly, and consequently, the temporal synchronization of harmonic emission with different photon energies at the level of the single-atom response can be realized. In addition, the scheme is robust against the carrier envelope phase variation to produce a twin pulse of stable sub-100-as duration, and the relative intensity of the twin pulses can be changed just by adjusting the relative time delay of the two driving pulses, which is of benefit in general pump-probe experiments.

  6. Electron acceleration in moving laser-induced gratings produced by chirped femtosecond pulses

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    Kozák, Martin

    2015-10-01

    We propose nonrelativistic electron acceleration in a vacuum using interaction with two crossed chirped femtosecond laser pulses at different frequencies. Electron energy gain is optimized by the phase-matching of accelerated electron velocity to a maximum of ponderomotive force in the moving intensity grating by linear chirping of both pulses. Particle tracking simulations show acceleration gradients as high as 40 GeV m-1 (energy gain of hundreds of keV) using 25 fs pulses with peak power ≤500 GW. The dependence of electron energy gain and the deflection angle on experimental parameters (the amplitude of the electric field of laser pulses, and the initial phase shift between the electron and intensity grating) was studied in detail.

  7. Modeling of coherent beam combining from multimillijoule chirped pulse tapered fiber amplifiers

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    Andrianov, A. V.; Kim, A. V.; Anashkina, E. A.; Meyerov, I. B.; Lebedev, S. A.; Sergeev, A. M.; Koenig, K.; Mourou, G.

    2015-10-01

    The amplification of high energy chirped pulses in Large Mode Area tapered fiber amplifiers and their coherent combining have been investigated numerically. We have developed a three-dimensional model of strongly chirped nanosecond pulse amplification and compression back to femtosecond duration fully taking into account transverse and longitudinal variations of refractive index profile and distribution of active ions in the fiber, wavelength dependence of emission and absorption cross sections, gain saturation and Kerr nonlinearity. Modeling of Yb-doped fiber amplifier shows that up to 3 mJ of output energy can be extracted in 1 ns pulse with single-mode beam quality. Finally, we have investigated numerically the capabilities of compression and coherent combining of up to 36 perturbed amplifying channels in which high-order modes were excited and have obtained more than 70% combining efficiency and 380 fs compressed pulse duration.

  8. Frequency chirp and pulse shape effects in self-modulated laser wakefield accelerators

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    Schroeder, C.B.; Esarey, E.; Geddes, C.G.R.; Toth, Cs.; Shadwick, B.A.; van Tilborg, J.; Faure, J.; Leemans, W.P.

    2002-11-07

    The effect of asymmetric laser pulses on plasma wave excitation in a self-modulated laser wakefield accelerator is examined. Laser pulse shape and frequency chirp asymmetries, controlled experimentally in the laser system through a grating pair compressor, are shown to strongly enhance measured electron yields for certain asymmetries. It is shown analytically that a positive (negative) frequency chirp enhances (suppresses) the growth rate of the Raman forward scattering and near-forward Raman sidescatter instabilities, but is of minimal importance for the experimental parameters. Temporal laser pulse shapes with fast rise times (< plasma period) are shown to generate larger wakes (compared to slow rise time pulses) which seed the growth of the plasma wave, resulting in enhanced electron yield.

  9. FEMTOSECOND X-RAY PULSES FROM A FREQUENCY CHIRPED SASE FEL.

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    KRINSKY,S.HUANG,Z.

    2004-01-07

    We discuss the temporal and spectral properties of self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE) utilizing an energy-chirped electron beam. A short temporal pulse is generated by using a monochromator to select a narrow radiation bandwidth from the frequency chirped SASE. For the filtered radiation, the minimum pulse length is limited by the intrinsic SASE bandwidth, while the number of modes and the energy fluctuation can be controlled through the monochromator bandwidth. Two cases are considered: (1) placing the monochromator at the end of a single long undulator; (2) placing the monochromator after an initial undulator and amplifying the short-duration output in a second undulator. We analyze these cases and show that tens of femtosecond x-ray pulses may be generated for the linac coherent light source.

  10. Chirp-free ultra-short pulses in complex nonlinear optical fibers

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    Jiang, Xiance; Liang, Jianchu; Cao, Jianzhong; Song, Jinxiang; Cai, Zebin

    2016-04-01

    Chirp-free ultra-short pulses propagating in optical fiber with complex parameters are investigated for the first time. The existence condition for such chirp-free ultrashort pulses is that the imaginary parts of the nonlinear terms, i.e., the nonlinear absorption coefficient (a2i), nonlinear dispersion coefficient (a4i) and imaginary Raman coefficient (a2i) fulfill a linear relationship a2i = a4i ω = -2/3 a5i ω . Bight solitons can stably propagate in such complex nonlinear optical fiber. It is found that the single Jacobi elliptic function solutions have two free parameters while hybrid Jacobi elliptic function solutions have only one free parameter.

  11. Two and Three Beam Pumped Optical Parametric Amplifier of Chirped Pulses

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    Ališauskas, S.; Butkus, R.; Pyragaitė, V.; Smilgevičius, V.; Stabinis, A.; Piskarskas, A.

    2010-04-01

    We present two and three beam pumped optical parametric amplifier of broadband chirped pulses. The seed pulses from Ti:sapphire oscillator were stretched and amplified in a non-collinear geometry pumping with up to three beams derived from independent laser amplifiers. The signal with ˜90 nm bandwidth was amplified up to 0.72 mJ. The conversion efficiency dependence on intersection angles of pump beams is also revealed.

  12. Near-field-smoothing of periodic chirped pulse with applied angular dispersion

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    Cheng, Wenyong; Zhang, Xiaomin; Su, Jingqin; Zhang, Rui; Gong, Mali

    2011-03-01

    Periodic chirped pulse (PCP) with applied angular dispersion has been approved to be an efficient beam smoothing method in inertial confinement fusion. In this paper, the propagation characteristics of dispersed PCP in near field is analyzed theoretically and calculated numerically, and the results indict dispersed PCP is a motion beam, which can be applied to improve beam uniformity in near field. An experiment is carried out to validate the near-field-intensity smoothing effect of PCP.

  13. New stretcher scheme for a parametric amplifier of chirped pulses with frequency conversion

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    Freidman, Gennadii I; Yakovlev, I V

    2007-02-28

    The properties of hybrid prism-grating dispersion systems are studied. The scheme of a prism-grating stretcher matched to a standard compressor in the phase dispersion up to the fourth order inclusive is developed for a petawatt laser complex based on the optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification. The stretcher was used to obtain the {approx}200-TW peak power of laser radiation. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  14. Study of filamentary damage in synthesized silica induced by chirped femtosecond laser pulses

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    Onda, Satoshi; Watanabe, Wataru; Yamada, Kazuhiro; Itoh, Kazuyoshi; Nishii, Junji

    2005-11-01

    Different filamentary tracks in synthesized silica were induced by varying both the pulse duration and the incident energy of chirped laser pulses under slow-focusing conditions. Short-duration pulses induced filamentary refractive-index change, whereas longer pulses produced scattering damage in filamentary tracks. We report a systematic study on the morphology and birefringence of filamentary refractive-index change and scattering damage.

  15. Modeling interface roughness scattering in a layered seabed for normal-incident chirp sonar signals.

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    Tang, Dajun; Hefner, Brian T

    2012-04-01

    Downward looking sonar, such as the chirp sonar, is widely used as a sediment survey tool in shallow water environments. Inversion of geo-acoustic parameters from such sonar data precedes the availability of forward models. An exact numerical model is developed to initiate the simulation of the acoustic field produced by such a sonar in the presence of multiple rough interfaces. The sediment layers are assumed to be fluid layers with non-intercepting rough interfaces. PMID:22502485

  16. Tunable optical delay line in SOI implemented with step chirped Bragg gratings and serial grating arrays

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    Spasojevic, Mina; Chen, Lawrence R.

    2013-10-01

    Tunable optical delay devices have numerous applications in optical communications [1] and have been successfully implemented using slow light elements and fiber or waveguide gratings. There has been considerable interest in siliconon- insulator (SOI) as a technology platform for compact integration of optical signal processing systems. SOI-based delay lines have been realized using coupled ring resonators [2], photonic crystals [3], and various Bragg grating-based configurations including single or coupled chirped sidewall gratings [4,5] as well as tapered rib waveguide gratings [6]. By linearly chirping the period in sidewall gratings, relatively small delays (a few ps) over a bandwidth of tens of nm were demonstrated [4]; with tapered waveguides, significantly larger delays (300-500 ps) were obtained, albeit over a narrower bandwidth (< 2 nm) [6]. On the other hand, some signal processing applications may require large delays (e.g., tens to hundreds of ps) over large bandwidths (several to tens of nm). Several designs have been proposed to meet these requirements, e.g., a step-chirped rib waveguide grating providing 50 ps delay over 15 nm [7] or complementary apodized sidewall gratings providing up to 275 ps over 3 nm [8], however, they have not been realized experimentally. In this paper, we demonstrate discretely tunable optical delay lines that provide tens of ps delay (up to 65 ps) in steps of 15-32 ps over bandwidths of several tens of nm (35-70 nm). The devices are fabricated on SOI using electron beam lithography and implemented through two different approaches: serial sidewall Bragg grating arrays and the step-chirped sidewall Bragg gratings.

  17. Chirped multiphoton adiabatic passage for a four-level ladder-type Rydberg excitation

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    Qian, Jing; Zhai, Jingjing; Zhang, Lu; Zhang, Weiping

    2015-01-01

    We develop a multiphoton adiabatic passage to realize a highly efficient Rydberg excitation in a four-level ladder-type atomic system. The adiabatic passage is based on the existence of a novel quasidark state in the cascade excitation system where the frequencies of the lasers are appropriately chirped with time. We also investigate the influence of the interatomic Rydberg interaction on the passage and extend its application to the preparation of antiblockade Rydberg atom pairs in the Rydberg blockade regime.

  18. Non-collinear phase-matching geometries in optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification

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    Guo, Xiaoyang; Xu, Yi; Zou, Xiao; Lu, Xiaoming; Li, Yanyan; Wang, Cheng; Leng, Yuxin; Li, Ruxin

    2014-11-01

    This study presents a full three-dimensional nonlinear pulse propagation and amplification model that includes considerations for phase-matching, diffraction, and walk-off effects. By using this model, two types of type I non-collinear phase-matching geometries in BBO based optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification are investigated theoretically and experimentally. The simulation results agree well with the experimental findings.

  19. Spontaneous parametric down-conversion in chirped, aperiodically-poled crystals

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    Snchez-Lozano, X.; Lucio M., J. L.

    2015-07-01

    We present a theoretical analysis of the process of spontaneous parametric down conversion (SPDC) in a nonlinear crystal characterized by a linearly-chirped ?(2) grating along the direction of propagation. Our analysis leads to an expression for the joint spectral amplitude, based on which we can derive various spectral-temporal properties of the photon pairs and of the heralded single photons obtained from the photon pairs, including: The single-photon spectrum (SPS), the chronocyclic Wigner function (CWF) and the Schmidt number. The simulations that we present are for the specific case of a collinear SPDC source based on a PPLN crystal with the signal and idler photons emitted close to the telecom window. We discuss the mechanism for spectral broadening due to the presence of a linearly chirped ?(2) grating, showing that not only the width but also to some extent the shape of the SPDC spectrum may be controlled. Also, we discuss how the fact that the different spectral components are emitted on different planes in the crystal leads to single-photon chirp.

  20. Chirp-pulse-compression three-dimensional lidar imager with fiber optics

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    Pearson, Guy N.; Ridley, Kevin D.; Willetts, David V.

    2005-01-01

    A coherent three-dimensional (angle-angle-range) lidar imager using a master-oscillator-power-amplifier concept and operating at a wavelength of 1.5 ?m with chirp-pulse compression is described. A fiber-optic delay line in the local oscillator path enables a single continuous-wave semiconductor laser source with a modulated drive waveform to generate both the constant-frequency local oscillator and the frequency chirp. A portion of this chirp is gated out and amplified by a two-stage fiber amplifier. The digitized return signal was compressed by cross correlating it with a sample of the outgoing pulse. In this way a 350-ns, 10-?J pulse with a 250-MHz frequency sweep is compressed to a width of approximately 8 ns. With a 25-mm output aperture, the lidar has been used to produce three-dimensional images of hard targets out to a range of approximately 2 km with near-diffraction-limited angular resolution and submeter range resolution.