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  1. Polymeric assay film for direct colorimetric detection

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    Charych, Deborah (Albany, CA); Nagy, Jon (Bozeman, MT); Spevak, Wayne (Albany, CA)

    2002-01-01

    A lipid bilayer with affinity to an analyte, which directly signals binding by a changes in the light absorption spectra. This novel assay means and method has special applications in the drug development and medical testing fields. Using a spectrometer, the system is easily automated, and a multiple well embodiment allows inexpensive screening and sequential testing. This invention also has applications in industry for feedstock and effluent monitoring.

  2. Polymeric assay film for direct colorimetric detection

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    Charych, Deborah (Albany, CA); Nagy, Jon (Rodeo, CA); Spevak, Wayne (Albany, CA)

    1999-01-01

    A lipid bilayer with affinity to an analyte, which directly signals binding by a changes in the light absorption spectra. This novel assay means and method has special applications in the drug development and medical testing fields. Using a spectrometer, the system is easily automated, and a multiple well embodiment allows inexpensive screening and sequential testing. This invention also has applications in industry for feedstock and effluent monitoring.

  3. Sol-gel matrices for direct colorimetric detection of analytes

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    Charych, Deborah H. (Albany, CA); Sasaki, Darryl (Albuquerque, NM); Yamanaka, Stacey (Dallas, TX)

    2000-01-01

    The present invention relates to methods and compositions for the direct detection of analytes using color changes that occur in immobilized biopolymeric material in response to selective binding of analytes to their surface. In particular, the present invention provides methods and compositions related to the encapsulation of biopolymeric material into metal oxide glass using the sol-gel method.

  4. Sol-Gel Matrices For Direct Colorimetric Detection Of Analytes

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    Charych, Deborah H. (Albany, CA); Sasaki, Darryl (Albuquerque, NM); Yamanaka, Stacey (Dallas, TX)

    2002-11-26

    The present invention relates to methods and compositions for the direct detection of analytes using color changes that occur in immobilized biopolymeric material in response to selective binding of analytes to their surface. In particular, the present invention provides methods and compositions related to the encapsulation of biopolymeric material into metal oxide glass using the sol-gel method.

  5. Gum kondagogu reduced/stabilized silver nanoparticles as direct colorimetric sensor for the sensitive detection of Hg²? in aqueous system.

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    Rastogi, Lori; Sashidhar, R B; Karunasagar, D; Arunachalam, J

    2014-01-01

    A highly sensitive and selective method is reported for the colorimetric detection of Hg(2+) in aqueous system by using label free silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs). Ag NPs used in this method were synthesized by gum kondagogu (GK) which acted as both reducing and stabilizing agent. The average size of the GK-Ag NPs was found to be 5.0 ± 2.8 nm as revealed by transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis and the nanoparticles were stable at various pH conditions (pH 4-11) and salt concentrations (5-100 mM). The GK reduced/stabilized Ag NPs (GK-Ag NPs) were directly used for the selective colorimetric reaction with Hg(2+) without any further modification. The bright yellow colour of Ag NPs was found to fade in a concentration dependent manner with the added Hg(+) ions. The fading response was directly correlated with increasing concentration of Hg(2+). More importantly, this response was found to be highly selective for Hg(2+) as the absorption spectra were found to be unaffected by the presence of other ions like; Na(+), K(+), Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Cu(2+), Ni(2+), Co(2+), As(3+), Fe(2+), Cd(2+), etc. The metal sensing mechanism is explained based on the turbidometric and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of GK-Ag NPs with Hg(2+). The proposed method was successfully applied for the determination of Hg(2+) in various ground water samples. The reported method can be effectively used for the quantification of total Hg(2+) in samples, wherein the organic mercury is first oxidized to inorganic form by ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. The limit of quantification for Hg(2+) using the proposed method was as low as 4.9 × 10(-8) mol L(-1) (50 nM). The proposed method has potential application for on-field qualitative detection of Hg(2+) in aqueous environmental samples. PMID:24274277

  6. Label free colorimetric and fluorimetric direct detection of methylated DNA based on silver nanoclusters for cancer early diagnosis.

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    Dadmehr, Mehdi; Hosseini, Morteza; Hosseinkhani, Saman; Ganjali, Mohammad Reza; Sheikhnejad, Reza

    2015-11-15

    Epigenetic changes such as DNA methylation of CpG islands located in the promoter region of some tumor suppressor genes are very common in human diseases such as cancer. Detection of aberrant methylation pattern could serve as an excellent diagnostic approach. Recently, the direct detection of methylated DNA sequences without using chemical and enzymatic treatments or antibodies has received great deal of attentions. In this study, we report a colorimetric and fluorimetric technique for direct detection of DNA methylation. Here, the DNA is being used as an effective template for fluorescent silver nanoclusters formation without any chemical modification or DNA labeling. The sensitivity test showed that upon the addition of target methylated DNA, the fluorescence intensity is decreased in a linear range when the concentration of methylated DNA has increased from 2.0×10(-9) to 6.3 ×10(-7) M with the detection limit of 9.4×10(-10) M. The optical and fluorescence spectral behaviors were highly reproducible and clearly discriminated between unmethylated, methylated and even partially methylated DNA in CpG rich sequences. The results were also reproducible when the human plasma was present in our assay system. PMID:26056954

  7. Emergency First Responders' Experience with Colorimetric Detection Methods

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    Sandra L. Fox; Keith A. Daum; Carla J. Miller; Marnie M. Cortez

    2007-10-01

    Nationwide, first responders from state and federal support teams respond to hazardous materials incidents, industrial chemical spills, and potential weapons of mass destruction (WMD) attacks. Although first responders have sophisticated chemical, biological, radiological, and explosive detectors available for assessment of the incident scene, simple colorimetric detectors have a role in response actions. The large number of colorimetric chemical detection methods available on the market can make the selection of the proper methods difficult. Although each detector has unique aspects to provide qualitative or quantitative data about the unknown chemicals present, not all detectors provide consistent, accurate, and reliable results. Included here, in a consumer-report-style format, we provide “boots on the ground” information directly from first responders about how well colorimetric chemical detection methods meet their needs in the field and how they procure these methods.

  8. Colorimetric detection of acetylcholine with plasmonic nanomaterials signaling.

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    Oh, Ju-Hwan; Kim, Byoung Chan; Lee, Jae-Seung

    2014-11-01

    We have developed a highly sensitive and selective colorimetric method for detection of acetylcholine (ACh), using a tandem enzymatic reaction for biological target recognition and silver nanoplates (AgNPLs) for optical signal generation. The ACh molecules are enzymatically hydrolyzed and oxidized into betaine and hydrogen peroxide, the latter of which chemically oxidizes the AgNPLs to generate the "turn-on" signal. To optimize detection sensitivity, the chemical and biological properties of the detection mixtures containing the enzymes, ACh, and AgNPLs were thoroughly investigated with respect to component concentrations and reaction temperatures; a maximum sensitivity of 500 nM for colorimetric detection of ACh was achieved. We further directly compared the signaling profiles of (1) novel nanostructured and (2) conventional molecular chromogens, improving our understanding of the factors that should be considered when designing a detection system. PMID:25258290

  9. Colorimetric Detection and Identification of Natural and Artificial Sweeteners

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    Suslick, Kenneth S.

    Colorimetric Detection and Identification of Natural and Artificial Sweeteners Christopher J. Musto been created by pin-printing onto a hydrophilic membrane 16 chemically responsive nanoporous pigments to detect and identify 14 different natural and artificial sweeteners at millimolar concentrations, as well

  10. Colorimetric detection of uranium in water

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    DeVol, Timothy A. (Clemson, SC); Hixon, Amy E. (Piedmont, SC); DiPrete, David P. (Evans, GA)

    2012-03-13

    Disclosed are methods, materials and systems that can be used to determine qualitatively or quantitatively the level of uranium contamination in water samples. Beneficially, disclosed systems are relatively simple and cost-effective. For example, disclosed systems can be utilized by consumers having little or no training in chemical analysis techniques. Methods generally include a concentration step and a complexation step. Uranium concentration can be carried out according to an extraction chromatographic process and complexation can chemically bind uranium with a detectable substance such that the formed substance is visually detectable. Methods can detect uranium contamination down to levels even below the MCL as established by the EPA.

  11. Colorimetric detection of heat-labile toxin-encoding gene of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli by PCR.

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    O'Meara, D; O'Shaughnessy, E; Cryan, B; Fanning, S

    1995-07-01

    In the developing world, enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) strains which produce enterotoxins are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Heat-labile (LT) toxin PCR detection methods have been described, but they have limited applications in a routine laboratory setting. A colorimetric DNA method for the rapid amplification and detection of the LT toxin gene in ETEC strains is described. Target amplification together with colorimetric detection would overcome many of the limitations of conventional PCR. This paper describes a colorimetric PCR detection method specific for LT-gene-encoding ETEC strains. DNA was extracted from two representative colonies from each bacterial isolate and amplified by PCR. Digoxigenin was incorporated into the amplification product, permitting a one-step direct detection using anti-digoxigenin alkaline phosphatase-conjugated antibody. This technique was applied to the investigation of 70 E. coli isolates derived from clinical fecal samples obtained from an Irish population. Eleven percent of the samples were LT positive, confirming the applicability of this method. All LT-positive ETEC strains (controls and clinical isolates) were detected, and no false-positive results occurred. PMID:7665683

  12. A gold nanoparticle-based colorimetric probe for rapid detection of 1-hydroxypyrene in urine.

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    Hu, Yaqi; Du, Chunyan; Li, Yunchao; Fan, Louzhen; Li, Xiaohong

    2015-07-01

    Direct and rapid detection of 1-hydroxypyrene (1-OHP) is of great importance owing to its high carcinogenicity, teratogenicity and toxicity. In this study, a simple colorimetric assay for rapid determination of 1-OHP is reported, which is based on non-crosslinking aggregation of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) induced by 1-OHP in the presence of formic acid (FA). Initially, Au NPs were synthesized with citrate as the capping agent and exhibited red color. Subsequently, the addition of FA did not cause aggregation of Au NPs, but a proton transfer process occurred from FA to carboxylic anions on the surface of Au NPs with a decreased zeta potential. The subsequent addition of 1-OHP resulted in a further decreased zeta potential and an intensely hydrophobic environment, which led to a strong and rapid non-crosslinking aggregation of Au NPs within 5 min with the color changing from red to violet blue. Based on this principle, sensitive and selective detection of 1-OHP was achieved. The detection limit was 3.3 nM. Finally, the colorimetric assay was successfully applied to detect 1-OHP in a urine sample. This strategy provides new insights into developing colorimetric methods for on-site and real-time detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. PMID:25988203

  13. Method for colorimetric detection of double-stranded nucleic acid using leuco triphenylmethane dyes.

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    Miyamoto, Shigehiko; Sano, Sotaro; Takahashi, Koji; Jikihara, Takaaki

    2015-03-15

    Because loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) can amplify substantial amounts of DNA under isothermal conditions, its applications for simple genetic testing have attracted considerable attention. A positive LAMP reaction is indicated by the turbidity caused by by-products or by the color change after adding a metallochromic indicator to the reaction solution, but these methods have certain limitations. Leuco crystal violet (LCV), a colorless dye obtained after sodium sulfite treatment of crystal violet (CV), was used as a new colorimetric method for detecting LAMP. LCV is reconverted into CV through contact with double-stranded DNA (dsDNA). Therefore, the positive reaction of LAMP is indicated by color change from colorless to violet. The assay is sensitive enough to detect LAMP products, with a detection limit of 7.1 ng/?l for dsDNA. It is also highly selective to dsDNA, and interference with single-stranded DNA and deoxynucleotide triphosphates (dNTPs) is not observed. LCV facilitates direct colorimetric detection of the main product rather than a by-product of the LAMP reaction; therefore, this method can be used under various reaction conditions such as those with added pyrophosphatase in solution. This colorimetric LAMP detection method using LCV is useful for point-of-care genetic testing given its simplicity. PMID:25575759

  14. Beryllium colorimetric detection for high speed monitoring of laboratory environments.

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    Taylor, Tammy P; Sauer, Nancy N

    2002-08-01

    The health consequences of beryllium (Be2+) exposure can be severe. Beryllium is responsible for a debilitating and potentially fatal lung disease, chronic beryllium disease (CBD) resulting from inhalation of beryllium particles. The US Code of Federal Register (CFR), 10 CFR 850, has established a limit of 0.2 microg beryllium/100 cm(2) as the maximum amount of beryllium allowable on surfaces to be released from beryllium work areas in Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. The analytical technique described herein reduces the time and cost of detecting beryllium on laboratory working surfaces substantially. The technique provides a positive colorimetric response to the presence of beryllium on a 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm (1 ft(2)) surface at a minimum detection of 0.2 microg/100 cm(2). The method has been validated to provide positive results for beryllium in the presence of excess iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, nickel, chromium and lead at concentrations 100 times that of beryllium and aluminum and uranium (UO2(2+)) at lesser concentrations. The colorimetric detection technique has also been validated to effectively detect solid forms of beryllium including Be(OH)2, BeCl2, BeSO4, beryllium metal and BeO. PMID:12137989

  15. Colorimetric Detection and Identification of Natural and Artificial Sweeteners

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    Musto, Christopher J.; Lim, Sung H.; Suslick, Kenneth S.

    2009-01-01

    A disposable, low-cost colorimetric sensor array has been created by pin-printing onto a hydrophilic membrane 16 chemically responsive nanoporous pigments made from indicators immobilized in an organically modified silane (ormosil). The array has been used to detect and identify 14 different natural and artificial sweeteners at millimolar concentrations as well as commonly used individual serving sweetener packets. The array has shown excellent reproducibility and long shelf-life and has been optimized to work in the biological pH regime. PMID:20337402

  16. PAR immobilized colorimetric fiber for heavy metal ion detection and adsorption.

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    Li, Guowei; Zhang, Lianhai; Li, Zhiwei; Zhang, Wenqin

    2010-05-15

    A new wearable colorimetric fiber for heavy metal ion detection and adsorption has been synthesized by first aminating a commercially available polyacrylonitrile fiber with ethylenediamine and then covalently immobilizing 4-(2-pyridylazo)-1,3-benzenediol (PAR) on the modified fiber through a Mannich reaction. The fiber was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction spectra (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), FTIR and UV-vis spectroscopy, and its acid exchange capacity, colorimetric properties, response speed, selectivity, reusability, photostability and adsorption capacity were investigated. In neutral aqueous solutions, the PAR immobilized fiber responds selectively to heavy metal ions, such as Hg(2+), Pb(2+), Cd(2+), Zn(2+), Ni(2+) and Cu(2+) with a color change from red-orange to dark-brown. Its visual detection limit for Pb(2+) is 1 x 10(-6)mol/L. Moreover, the selectivity increases with a decrease in pH, i.e. at pH 3.0, it shows a color change only for Hg(2+) and Cu(2+). This fiber also shows excellent reusability (>50 times), high photostability (>30 days under direct exposure to sunlight) and high adsorption capacity for Hg(2+) (0.74 mmol/g). PMID:20096995

  17. Highly Sensitive Colorimetric Detection of Ochratoxin A by a Label-Free Aptamer and Gold Nanoparticles.

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    Luan, Yunxia; Chen, Jiayi; Li, Cheng; Xie, Gang; Fu, Hailong; Ma, Zhihong; Lu, Anxiang

    2015-01-01

    A label-free aptamer-based assay for the highly sensitive and specific detection of Ochratoxin A (OTA) was developed using a cationic polymer and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). The OTA aptamer was used as a recognition element for the colorimetric detection of OTA based on the aggregation of AuNPs by the cationic polymer. By spectroscopic quantitative analysis, the colorimetric assay could detect OTA down to 0.009 ng/mL with high selectivity in the presence of other interfering toxins. This study offers a new alternative in visual detection methods that is rapid and sensitive for OTA detection. PMID:26690477

  18. Highly Sensitive Colorimetric Detection of Ochratoxin A by a Label-Free Aptamer and Gold Nanoparticles

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    Luan, Yunxia; Chen, Jiayi; Li, Cheng; Xie, Gang; Fu, Hailong; Ma, Zhihong; Lu, Anxiang

    2015-01-01

    A label-free aptamer-based assay for the highly sensitive and specific detection of Ochratoxin A (OTA) was developed using a cationic polymer and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). The OTA aptamer was used as a recognition element for the colorimetric detection of OTA based on the aggregation of AuNPs by the cationic polymer. By spectroscopic quantitative analysis, the colorimetric assay could detect OTA down to 0.009 ng/mL with high selectivity in the presence of other interfering toxins. This study offers a new alternative in visual detection methods that is rapid and sensitive for OTA detection. PMID:26690477

  19. Identification of Escherichia coli O157 by Using a Novel Colorimetric Detection Method with DNA Microarrays

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    Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 is a leading cause of foodborne illness worldwide. To evaluate better methods to rapidly detect and genotype E. coli O157 strains, the present study evaluated the use of ampliPHOX, a novel colorimetric detection method based on photopolymerization, for...

  20. Evaluation of colorimetric detection methods for Shigella, Salmonella, and Vibrio cholerae by loop-mediated isothermal amplification.

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    Soli, Kevin W; Kas, Monalisa; Maure, Tobias; Umezaki, Masahiro; Morita, Ayako; Siba, Peter M; Greenhill, Andrew R; Horwood, Paul F

    2013-12-01

    We evaluated loop-mediated isothermal amplification end-point detection methods for Salmonella, Shigella, and Vibrio cholerae. Detection sensitivities were comparable to real-time PCR methods. The colorimetric dyes hydroxynaphthol blue and SYBR Green I showed increased sensitivity when compared to visual and automated turbidity readings. End-point colorimetric dyes promise great utility in developing settings. PMID:24157057

  1. A simple and novel system for colorimetric detection of cobalt ions.

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    Liu, Zhimin; Jia, Xinle; Bian, Pingping; Ma, Zhanfang

    2014-02-01

    A simple and novel method for the colorimetric detection of Co(2+) was developed based on controlling the oxidation level of methylene blue (MB). After a complex was formed between MB, 2-aminothiophenol (ATP) and copper nitrate (MB-ATP-Cu(2+)), the sensing of Co(2+) showed high selectivity. The mechanism of sensing has also been discussed. PMID:24326358

  2. Multiplex lateral flow detection and binary encoding enables a molecular colorimetric 7-segment display.

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    Li, Jia; Macdonald, Joanne

    2016-01-01

    Multiplex expansion in point-of-care diagnostics usually requires a linear increase of premium commodities such as reagents or space. Here we demonstrate the power of binary and molecular encoding to compress device operations. We describe the first colorimetric 7-segment display on a paper-based biosensor, providing compact and intuitive read-outs for multiplex detections. PMID:26621222

  3. A colorimetric sensor based on anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) substrate for the detection of nitroaromatics.

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    Liu, Y.; Wang, H. H.; Indacochea, J. E.; Wang, M. L.

    2011-12-15

    Simple and low cost colorimetric sensors for explosives detection were explored and developed. Anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) with large surface area through its porous structure and light background color was utilized as the substrate for colorimetric sensors. Fabricated thin AAO films with thickness less than {approx} 500 nm allowed us to observe interference colors which were used as the background color for colorimetric detection. AAO thin films with various thickness and pore-to-pore distance were prepared through anodizing aluminum foils at different voltages and times in dilute sulfuric acid. Various interference colors were observed on these samples due to their difference in structures. Accordingly, suitable anodization conditions that produce AAO samples with desired light background colors for optical applications were obtained. Thin film interference model was applied to analyze the UV-vis reflectance spectra and to estimate the thickness of the AAO membranes. We found that the thickness of produced AAO films increased linearly with anodization time in sulfuric acid. In addition, the growth rate was higher for AAO anodized using higher voltages. The thin film interference formulism was further validated with a well established layer by layer deposition technique. Coating poly(styrene sulfonate) sodium salt (PSS) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) layer by layer on AAO thin film consistently shifted its surface color toward red due to the increase in thickness. The red shift of UV-vis reflectance was correlated quantitatively to the number of layers been assembled. This sensitive red shift due to molecular attachment (increase in thickness) on AAO substrate was applied toward nitroaromatics detection. Aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTS) which can be attached onto AAO nanowells covalently through silanization and attract TNT molecules was coated and applied for TNT detection. UV-vis spectra of AAO with APTS shifted to the longer wavelength side due to TNT attachment. This red shift implied AAO thickness increased and positive detection of TNT molecules. It was also observed that both APTS and polyethyleneimine (PEI) were electron rich polymers which formed Meisenheimer complexes with TNT in solution and changed its color abruptly. This strong color change due to chemical reaction was applied as another approach for direct TNT detection. Commercial AAO films with long pores (60 {mu}m) and white background color were coated with APTS or PEI and then exposed to TNT in solution. These membranes turned to pink rapidly and eventually became visibly orange after a few hours with a strong absorption around 500 nm that was consistent with the formation of Meisenheimer complexes. The visible color change can be observed by unaided eyes and is suitable for nitroaromatics detection at higher concentration while interference color red shift in AAO thin film is designed for nitroaromatics detection at monolayer (nm) level.

  4. Colorimetric detection of hazardous gases using a remotely operated capturing and processing system.

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    Montes-Robles, Roberto; Moragues, María Esperanza; Vivancos, José-Luis; Ibáñez, Javier; Fraile, Rubén; Martínez-Máñez, Ramón; García-Breijo, Eduardo

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents an electronic system for the automatic detection of hazardous gases. The proposed system implements colorimetric sensing algorithms, thus providing a low-cost solution to the problem of gas sensing. It is remotely operated and it performs the tasks of image capturing and processing, hence obtaining colour measurements in RGB (Red-Green-Blue) space that are subsequently sent to a remote operator via the internet. A prototype of the system has been built to test its performance. Specifically, experiments have been carried out aimed at the detection of CO, CO2, NO, NO2, SO2 and formaldehyde at diverse concentrations by using a chromogenic array composed by 13 active and 2 inert compounds. Statistical analyses of the results reveal a good performance of the electronic system and the feasibility of remote hazardous gas detection using colorimetric sensor arrays. PMID:26434416

  5. A simple, fast and highly sensitive colorimetric detection of zein in aqueous ethanol via zein-pyridine-gold interactions.

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    Latorre-Sanchez, Alejandro; Pomposo, Jose A

    2015-11-01

    Formation of gold nanoparticles in aqueous ethanol in the presence of pyridine-functionalized single-chain nanoparticles allows for the fast and highly sensitive colorimetric detection of zein corn protein. PMID:26365042

  6. Gold nanoparticle aggregation-based colorimetric assay for ?-casein detection in bovine milk samples.

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    Li, Y S; Zhou, Y; Meng, X Y; Zhang, Y Y; Song, F; Lu, S Y; Ren, H L; Hu, P; Liu, Z S; Zhang, J H

    2014-11-01

    Traditional Kjeldahl method, used for quality evaluation of bovine milk, has intrinsic defects of time-consuming sample preparation and two analyses to determine the difference between non-protein nitrogen content and total protein nitrogen content. Herein, based upon antibody functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), we described a colorimetric method for ?-casein (?-CN) detection in bovine milk samples. The linear dynamic range and the LOD were 0.08-250 ?g mL(-1), and 0.03 ?g mL(-1) respectively. In addition, the real content of ?-CN in bovine milk was measured by using the developed assay. The results are closely correlated with those from Kjeldahl method. The advantages of ?-CN triggered AuNP aggregation-based colorimetric assay are simple signal generation, the high sensitivity and specificity as well as no need of complicated sample preparation, which make it for on-site detection of ?-CN in bovine milk samples. PMID:24874352

  7. A simple ratiometric and colorimetric chemosensor for the selective detection of fluoride in DMSO buffered solution

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    Niu, Hu; Shu, Qinghai; Jin, Shaohua; Li, Bingjun; Zhu, Jiaping; Li, Lijie; Chen, Shusen

    2016-01-01

    A derivative of squaramide (cyclobuta[b]quinoxaline-1, 2(3H, 8H)-dione) has been synthesized for the ratiometric and colorimetric sensing of F- in aqueous solution in competitive fashion. With F-, probe 1 showed a highly selective naked-eye detectable color change along with a characteristic UV-Vis absorbance over other tested ions, which probably originates from the deprotonation occurred between 1 and F-, as proved by the 1H NMR titration experiments and DFT calculations.

  8. ``Red-to-blue'' colorimetric detection of cysteine via anti-etching of silver nanoprisms

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    Li, Yonglong; Li, Zihou; Gao, Yuexia; Gong, An; Zhang, Yujie; Hosmane, Narayan S.; Shen, Zheyu; Wu, Aiguo

    2014-08-01

    The reported strategies for cysteine (Cys) colorimetric detection based on noble metal nanomaterials include triggering aggregation, etching or fluorescence quenching of nanomaterials by Cys. In this study, we propose a new strategy for Cys colorimetric detection, i.e. anti-etching of silver nanoprisms (AgNPRs). In the absence of Cys, iodide ions (I-) could etch the corners and edges of AgNPRs and induce the morphology transition from nanoprism to nanodisk, which results in color change of the AgNPR dispersion from blue to red. In its presence, however, Cys can prevent the AgNPRs from I- attack. In that case, the color of the AgNPR dispersion containing I- and Cys remains blue. The mechanism is confirmed by using UV-vis spectra, TEM, DLS, Raman spectra and XPS spectra. According to the sensing effect of the Cys detection system, the concentration of I- incubated with AgNPRs, incubation time of AgNPRs and I-, and pH of AgNPR dispersions are optimized to 5.0 ?M, 10 min, and pH 6.2, respectively. Under the optimized conditions, the proposed Cys detection system has excellent selectivity and high sensitivity. The limit of detection (LOD) of our Cys detection system is 25 nM by the naked eye, which is much better than the reported lowest LOD by eye-vision (100 nM), and 10 nM by UV-vis spectroscopy. The results of Cys detection in rabbit urine or plasma samples reinforce that our Cys detection system is applicable for rapid colorimetric detection of Cys in real body fluid samples.The reported strategies for cysteine (Cys) colorimetric detection based on noble metal nanomaterials include triggering aggregation, etching or fluorescence quenching of nanomaterials by Cys. In this study, we propose a new strategy for Cys colorimetric detection, i.e. anti-etching of silver nanoprisms (AgNPRs). In the absence of Cys, iodide ions (I-) could etch the corners and edges of AgNPRs and induce the morphology transition from nanoprism to nanodisk, which results in color change of the AgNPR dispersion from blue to red. In its presence, however, Cys can prevent the AgNPRs from I- attack. In that case, the color of the AgNPR dispersion containing I- and Cys remains blue. The mechanism is confirmed by using UV-vis spectra, TEM, DLS, Raman spectra and XPS spectra. According to the sensing effect of the Cys detection system, the concentration of I- incubated with AgNPRs, incubation time of AgNPRs and I-, and pH of AgNPR dispersions are optimized to 5.0 ?M, 10 min, and pH 6.2, respectively. Under the optimized conditions, the proposed Cys detection system has excellent selectivity and high sensitivity. The limit of detection (LOD) of our Cys detection system is 25 nM by the naked eye, which is much better than the reported lowest LOD by eye-vision (100 nM), and 10 nM by UV-vis spectroscopy. The results of Cys detection in rabbit urine or plasma samples reinforce that our Cys detection system is applicable for rapid colorimetric detection of Cys in real body fluid samples. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr03309d

  9. Ultrasensitive colorimetric detection of Cu2+ ion based on catalytic oxidation of L-cysteine.

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    Yin, Kun; Li, Bowei; Wang, Xiaochun; Zhang, Weiwei; Chen, Lingxin

    2015-02-15

    As an essential element, copper ion (Cu(2+)) plays important roles in human beings for its participation in diverse metabolic processes as a cofactor and/or a structural component of enzymes. However, excessive uptake of Cu(2+) ion gives rise to the risk of certain diseases. So, it is important to develop simple ways to monitor and detect Cu(2+) ion. In this study, a simple, facile colorimetric sensor for the ultrasensitive determination of Cu(2+) ion was developed based on the following principle: L-cysteine and 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene (CDNB) could be conjugated to form the yellow product 2,4-dinitrophenylcysteine (DNPC), which was measurable at 355nm; however, upon addition of Cu(2+) ion, the absorbance of DNPC would be decreased owing to the Cu(2+) ion catalytic oxidation of L-cysteine to L-cystine in the presence of O2. Thus, the colorimetric detection of Cu(2+) ion could be achieved. The optimal pH, buffer, temperature and incubation time for the colorimetric sensor were obtained of pH 6.8 in 0.1M HEPES solution, 90 °C and 50 min, respectively. A good linearity within the range of 0.8-10 nM (r = 0.996) was attained, with a high detectability up to 0.5nM. Analyses of Cu(2+) ion in drinking water, lake water, seawater and biological samples were carried out and the method performances were found to agree well with that obtained by ICP-MS. The developed simple colorimetric sensor proved applicable for Cu(2+) ion determination in real samples with high sensitivity and selectivity. PMID:25194800

  10. Sensitive, direct colorimetric assay for copper in serum.

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    Abe, A; Yamashita, S; Noma, A

    1989-04-01

    We have developed a sensitive procedure for determination of serum copper by use of the color reagent 4-(3,5-dibromo-2-pyridylazo)-N-ethyl-N-sulfopropylaniline. After mixing serum sample and reagent, and incubating at 37 degrees C for 5 min, we measure the absorbance of the resulting chelate complex at 580 nm (molar absorptivity, 80,000 L.mol-1.cm-1). Results of the method varied linearly with copper concentration to at least 5 mg/L; the lower limit of detection was 0.1 mg/L. Within-run CVs were 1.6% and 3.3% for copper concentrations of 1.03 and 0.72 mg/L, respectively (n = 10 each). Between-run CV was 2.8% at 1.22 mg/L (n = 14). Results of the proposed method (y) correlated well with those determined by standard atomic absorption spectrophotometric techniques (x): y = 0.99x - 0.02 mg/L; Syx = 0.08; r = 0.977; n = 56. Iron, zinc, cadmium, cobalt, and lead do not interfere. PMID:2702740

  11. A Simple and Highly Sensitive Colorimetric Detection Method for Gaseous Formaldehyde

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    Feng, Liang; Musto, Christopher J.; Suslick, Kenneth S.

    2010-01-01

    A colorimetric detection method using amine functionalized polymer films doped with a pH indicator has been developed for the rapid, sensitive and quantitative detection of gaseous formaldehyde at concentrations well below the IDLH (immediately dangerous to life or health). In one minute, visible color changes are easily observed even down to the PEL (permissible exposure limit) at 750 ppb. The limit of detection is below 50 ppb (7% of PEL) after 10 min exposure. This sensor is essentially unaffected by changes in humidity or temperature (4 to 50 °C) and is not sensitive to common interferents. PMID:20218682

  12. Disassembly of a core-satellite nanoassembled substrate for colorimetric biomolecular detection.

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    Waldeisen, John R; Wang, Tim; Ross, Benjamin M; Lee, Luke P

    2011-07-26

    The disassembly of a core-satellite nanostructured substrate is presented as a colorimetric biosensor observable under dark-field illumination. The fabrication method described herein utilizes thiol-mediated adsorption and streptavidin-biotin binding to self-assemble core-satellite nanostructures with a sacrificial linking peptide. Biosensing functionality is demonstrated with the protease trypsin, and the optical properties of the nanoassemblies are characterized. A figure of merit is presented to determine the optimal core and satellite size for visual detection. Nanoassemblies with 50 nm cores and 30 or 50 nm satellites are superior as these structures achieve an orange to green color shift greater than 70 nm that is easily discernible by the naked eye. This colorimetric substrate may prove to be a favorable alternative to liquid-based colloidal sensors and a useful visual readout mechanism for point-of-care microfluidic diagnostic assays. PMID:21667984

  13. A Colorimetric Sensor for Qualitative Discrimination and Quantitative Detection of Volatile Amines

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    Tang, Zhonglin; Yang, Jianhua; Yu, Junyun; Cui, Bo

    2010-01-01

    We have developed a novel colorimetric sensor based on a digital camera and white LED illumination. Colorimetric sensor arrays (CSAs) were made from a set of six chemically responsive dyes impregnated on an inert substrate plate by solution casting. Six common amine aqueous solutions, including dimethylamine, triethylamine, diisopropylamine, aniline, cyclohexylamine, and pyridine vaporized at 25 °C and six health-related trimethylamine (TMA) concentrations including 170 ppm, 51 ppm, 8 ppm, 2 ppm, 125 ppb and 50 ppb were analyzed by the sensor to test its ability for the qualitative discrimination and quantitative detection of volatile amines. We extracted the feature vectors of the CSA's response to the analytes from a fusional color space, which was obtained by conducting a joint search algorithm of sequential forward selection and sequential backward selection (SFS&SBS) based on the linear discriminant criteria (LDC) in a mixed color space composed of six common color spaces. The principle component analysis (PCA) followed by the hierarchical cluser analysis (HCA) were utilized to discriminate 12 analytes. Results showed that the colorimetric sensor grouped the six amine vapors and five TMA concentrations correctly, while TMA concentrations of 125 ppb and 50 ppb were indiscriminable from each other. The limitation of detection (LOD) of the sensor for TMA was found to be lower than 50 ppb. The CSAs were reusable for TMA concentrations below 8 ppm. PMID:22163560

  14. A Colorimetric Sensor Array for Detection and Identification of Sugars

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    Suslick, Kenneth S.

    and quantification of sugars and related compounds. Fifteen different monosaccharides, disaccharides, and artificial sweeteners were differentiated without error in 80 trials. Limits of detection at pH 7.4 for glucose were

  15. Highly sensitive and specific colorimetric detection of cancer cells via dual-aptamer target binding strategy.

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    Wang, Kun; Fan, Daoqing; Liu, Yaqing; Wang, Erkang

    2015-11-15

    Simple, rapid, sensitive and specific detection of cancer cells is of great importance for early and accurate cancer diagnostics and therapy. By coupling nanotechnology and dual-aptamer target binding strategies, we developed a colorimetric assay for visually detecting cancer cells with high sensitivity and specificity. The nanotechnology including high catalytic activity of PtAuNP and magnetic separation & concentration plays a vital role on the signal amplification and improvement of detection sensitivity. The color change caused by small amount of target cancer cells (10 cells/mL) can be clearly distinguished by naked eyes. The dual-aptamer target binding strategy guarantees the detection specificity that large amount of non-cancer cells and different cancer cells (10(4) cells/mL) cannot cause obvious color change. A detection limit as low as 10 cells/mL with detection linear range from 10 to 10(5) cells/mL was reached according to the experimental detections in phosphate buffer solution as well as serum sample. The developed enzyme-free and cost effective colorimetric assay is simple and no need of instrument while still provides excellent sensitivity, specificity and repeatability, having potential application on point-of-care cancer diagnosis. PMID:26042871

  16. Nucleic acid-coupled colorimetric analyte detectors

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    Charych, Deborah H. (Albany, CA); Jonas, Ulrich (Mainz, DE)

    2001-01-01

    The present invention relates to methods and compositions for the direct detection of analytes and membrane conformational changes through the detection of color changes in biopolymeric materials. In particular, the present invention provide for the direct colorimetric detection of analytes using nucleic acid ligands at surfaces of polydiacetylene liposomes and related molecular layer systems.

  17. Cationic Surfactant-Based Colorimetric Detection of Plasmodium Lactate Dehydrogenase, a Biomarker for Malaria, Using the Specific DNA Aptamer

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    Lee, Seonghwan; Manjunatha, D H; Jeon, Weejeong; Ban, Changill

    2014-01-01

    A simple, sensitive, and selective colorimetric biosensor for the detection of the malarial biomarkers Plasmodium vivax lactate dehydrogenase (PvLDH) and Plasmodium falciparum LDH (PfLDH) was demonstrated using the pL1 aptamer as the recognition element and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) as probes. The proposed method is based on the aggregation of AuNPs using hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). The AuNPs exhibited a sensitive color change from red to blue, which could be seen directly with the naked eye and was monitored using UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The reaction conditions were optimized to obtain the maximum color intensity. PvLDH and PfLDH were discernible with a detection limit of 1.25 pM and 2.94 pM, respectively. The applicability of the proposed biosensor was also examined in commercially available human serum. PMID:24992632

  18. Centrifugal loop-mediated isothermal amplification microdevice for rapid, multiplex and colorimetric foodborne pathogen detection.

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    Oh, Seung Jun; Park, Byung Hyun; Jung, Jae Hwan; Choi, Goro; Lee, Doh C; Kim, Do Hyun; Seo, Tae Seok

    2016-01-15

    We present a centrifugal microfluidic device which enables multiplex foodborne pathogen identification by loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) and colorimetric detection using Eriochrome Black T (EBT). Five identical structures were designed in the centrifugal microfluidic system to perform the genetic analysis of 25 pathogen samples in a high-throughput manner. The sequential loading and aliquoting of the LAMP cocktail, the primer mixtures, and the DNA sample solutions were accomplished by the optimized zigzag-shaped microchannels and RPM control. We targeted three kinds of pathogenic bacteria (Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella typhimurium and Vibrio parahaemolyticus) and detected the amplicons of the LAMP reaction by the EBT-mediated colorimetric method. For the limit-of-detection (LOD) test, we carried out the LAMP reaction on a chip with serially diluted DNA templates of E. coli O157:H7, and could observe the color change with 380 copies. The used primer sets in the LAMP reaction were specific only to the genomic DNA of E. coli O157:H7, enabling the on-chip selective, sensitive, and high-throughput pathogen identification with the naked eyes. The entire process was completed in 60min. Since the proposed microsystem does not require any bulky and expensive instrumentation for end-point detection, our microdevice would be adequate for point-of-care (POC) testing with high simplicity and high speed, providing an advanced genetic analysis microsystem for foodborne pathogen detection. PMID:26322592

  19. Immunomagnetic capture and colorimetric detection of malarial biomarker Plasmodium falciparum lactate dehydrogenase.

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    Markwalter, Christine F; Davis, Keersten M; Wright, David W

    2016-01-15

    We report a sensitive, magnetic bead-based colorimetric assay for Plasmodium falciparum lactate dehydrogenase (PfLDH) in which the biomarker is extracted from parasitized whole blood and purified based on antigen binding to antibody-functionalized magnetic particles. Antigen-bound particles are washed, and PfLDH activity is measured on-bead using an optimized colorimetric enzyme reaction (limit of detection [LOD] = 21.1 ± 0.4 parasites/?l). Enhanced analytical sensitivity is achieved by removal of PfLDH from the sample matrix before detection and elimination of nonspecific reductases and species that interfere with the optimal detection wavelength for measuring assay development. The optimized assay represents a simple and effective diagnostic strategy for P. falciparum malaria with time-to-result of 45 min and detection limits similar to those of commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits, which can take 4-6 h. This method could be expanded to detect all species of malaria by switching the capture antibody on the magnetic particles to a pan-specific Plasmodium LDH antibody. PMID:26475567

  20. Highly sensitive colorimetric sensor for Hg(2+) detection based on cationic polymer/DNA interaction.

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    Zhu, Yingyue; Cai, Yilin; Zhu, Yibo; Zheng, Lixue; Ding, Jianying; Quan, Ying; Wang, Limei; Qi, Bin

    2015-07-15

    The detection of ultralow concentrations of mercury is a currently significant challenge. Here, a novel strategy is proposed: the colorimetric detection of Hg(2+) based on the aggregation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) driven by a cationic polymer. In this three-component system, DNA combines electrostatically with phthalic diglycol diacrylate (PDDA) in a solution of AuNPs. In the presence of Hg(2+), thymine (T)-Hg(2+)-T induced hairpin turns are formed in the DNA strands, which then do not interact with PDDA, enabling the freed PDDA to subsequently facilitate aggregation of the AuNPs. Thus, according to the change in color from wine-red to blue-purple upon AuNPs aggregation, a colorimetric sensor is established to detect Hg(2+). Under optimal conditions, the color change is clearly seen with the naked eye. A linear range of 0.25-500nM was obtained by absorption spectroscopy with a detection limit of approximately 0.15nM. Additionally, the proposed method shows high selectivity toward Hg(2+) in the presence of other heavy metal ions. Real sample analysis was evaluated with the use of lake water and the results suggest good potential for practical application. PMID:25727033

  1. A G-quadruplex DNAzyme-based colorimetric method for facile detection of Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris.

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    Liu, Tao; Zhang, Xiao; Zhu, Wenxin; Liu, Wei; Zhang, Daohong; Wang, Jianlong

    2014-09-01

    The rapid and sensitive detection of Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris (AA) has become very important due to the frequent occurrence of fruit juice spoilage by AA. In the present study, using guaiacol, both as the metabolic product of AA related to its concentration and as a green colorimetric substrate of G-quadruplex DNAzyme, a novel G-quadruplex DNAzyme-based colorimetric method for a rapid detection of AA has been developed for the first time. Under optimal conditions, AA has been successfully detected in the concentration range of 10(2)-10(5) cfu mL(-1) with a detection limit of 85 cfu mL(-1). The recoveries ranging from 71.8% to 115.7% with relative standard deviation from 1.2% to 6.6% in spiked apple and orange juice samples were obtained. Results demonstrate that the sensitivity and precision of the developed method is comparable with most other analytical methods and is prominently rapid than them. We believe that the work provides a novel and effective approach and is beneficial for monitoring and reducing the risk of AA contaminations during the process of fruit juice production. PMID:24989256

  2. A colorimetric and fluorescent probe for detecting intracellular GSH.

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    Chen, Chunyang; Liu, Wei; Xu, Cong; Liu, Weisheng

    2015-09-15

    A new rapid and highly sensitive coumarin-based probe (probe 1) has been designed and synthesized for detecting intracellular GSH. Probe 1 was prepared from 4-methylumbelliferone using a 3-step procedure. It was converted into a latent fluorescence probe, which allowed it to achieve high sensitivity (LOD 122 nM) and fluorescence turn-on response (F/F0>15) toward GSH over other various natural amino acids in PBS buffer solution at pH 7.4. Owing to a specific Michael addition between thiols and the double bond of nitroolefin moiety, probe 1 displayed a high selectivity toward GSH. Afterwards, probe 1 was successfully used for fluorescence imaging of GSH in Hela and Hek-293a cells, and a rapid response was observed in the Hek-293a cells after incubating with probe 1 for 1 min. Simultaneously, a quantitative determination was achieved in Hela cells in the range of 8-48 ?M. Specific fluorescence imaging of plants tissue was obtained for proving the permeability of probe 1. Finally, the viability was measured to be more than 80%, which shows probe 1 can serve as a rapid and biocompatible probe for GSH in cells. PMID:25889346

  3. A simple ratiometric and colorimetric chemosensor for the selective detection of fluoride in DMSO buffered solution.

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    Niu, Hu; Shu, Qinghai; Jin, Shaohua; Li, Bingjun; Zhu, Jiaping; Li, Lijie; Chen, Shusen

    2016-01-15

    A derivative of squaramide (cyclobuta[b]quinoxaline-1, 2(3H, 8H)-dione) has been synthesized for the ratiometric and colorimetric sensing of F(-) in aqueous solution in competitive fashion. With F(-), probe 1 showed a highly selective naked-eye detectable color change along with a characteristic UV-Vis absorbance over other tested ions, which probably originates from the deprotonation occurred between 1 and F(-), as proved by the (1)H NMR titration experiments and DFT calculations. PMID:26311480

  4. Colorimetric test-systems for creatinine detection based on composite molecularly imprinted polymer membranes.

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    Sergeyeva, T A; Gorbach, L A; Piletska, E V; Piletsky, S A; Brovko, O O; Honcharova, L A; Lutsyk, O D; Sergeeva, L M; Zinchenko, O A; El'skaya, A V

    2013-04-01

    An easy-to-use colorimetric test-system for the efficient detection of creatinine in aqueous samples was developed. The test-system is based on composite molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) membranes with artificial receptor sites capable of creatinine recognition. A thin MIP layer was created on the surface of microfiltration polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes using method of photo-initiated grafting polymerization. The MIP layer was obtained by co-polymerization of a functional monomer (e.g. 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid, itaconic acid or methacrylic acid) with N, N'-methylenebisacrylamide as a cross-linker. The choice of the functional monomer was based on the results of computational modeling. The creatinine-selective composite MIP membranes were used for measuring creatinine in aqueous samples. Creatinine molecules were selectively adsorbed by the MIP membranes and quantified using color reaction with picrates. The intensity of MIP membranes staining was proportional to creatinine concentration in an analyzed sample. The colorimetric test-system based on the composite MIP membranes was characterized with 0.25 mM detection limit and 0.25-2.5mM linear dynamic range. Storage stability of the MIP membranes was estimated as at least 1 year at room temperature. As compared to the traditional methods of creatinine detection the developed test-system is characterized by simplicity of operation, small size and low cost. PMID:23498699

  5. Simple colorimetric detection of doxycycline and oxytetracycline using unmodified gold nanoparticles

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    Li, Jie; Fan, Shumin; Li, Zhigang; Xie, Yuanzhe; Wang, Rui; Ge, Baoyu; Wu, Jing; Wang, Ruiyong

    2014-08-01

    The interaction between tetracycline antibiotics and gold nanoparticles was studied. With citrate-coated gold nanoparticles as colorimetric probe, a simple and rapid detection method for doxycycline and oxytetracycline has been developed. This method relies on the distance-dependent optical properties of gold nanoparticles. In weakly acidic buffer medium, doxycycline and oxytetracycline could rapidly induce the aggregation of gold nanoparticles, resulting in red-to-blue (or purple) colour change. The experimental parameters were optimized with regard to pH, the concentration of the gold nanoparticles and the reaction time. Under optimal experimental conditions, the linear range of the colorimetric sensor for doxycycline/oxytetracycline was 0.06-0.66 and 0.59-8.85 ?g mL-1, respectively. The corresponding limit of detection for doxycycline and oxytetracycline was 0.0086 and 0.0838 ?g mL-1, respectively. This assay was sensitive, selective, simple and readily used to detect tetracycline antibiotics in food products.

  6. Direct Quantification of Carotenoids in Low Fat Baby Foods Via Laser Photoacoustics and Colorimetric Index *

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    Dóka, O.; Ajtony, Zs.; Bicanic, D.; Valinger, D.; Végvári, Gy.

    2014-12-01

    Carotenoids are important antioxidants found in various foods including those for nutrition of infants. In this investigation, the total carotenoid content (TCC) of nine different commercially available baby foods was quantified using colorimetric index * obtained via reflectance colorimetry (RC) and by laser photoacoustic spectroscopy (LPAS) at 473 nm. The latter requires a minimum of sample preparation and only a one time calibration step which enables practically direct quantification of TCC. Results were verified versus UV-Vis spectrophotometry (SP) as the reference technique. It was shown that RC and LPAS (at 473 nm) provide satisfactory results for *, = 0.9925 and = 0.9972, respectively. Other color indices do not show a correlation with TCC. When determining the TCC in baby foods containing tomatoes, it is necessary to select a different analytical wavelength to compensate for the effect of lycopene's presence in the test samples.

  7. New function of exonuclease and highly sensitive label-free colorimetric DNA detection.

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    Li, Hongbo; Wang, Suqin; Wu, Zaisheng; Xu, Jianguo; Shen, Guoli; Yu, Ruqin

    2016-03-15

    Enzymatic manipulation and modulation of nucleic acids are a central part of cellular function, protection, and reproduction, while rapid and accurate detection of ultralow amount of nucleic acids remains a major challenge in molecular biology research and clinic diagnosis of genetic diseases. Herein, we reported that exonuclease III can degrade the G-quadruplex structure, indicating the new exonuclease's function. Basing on the function of exonuclease III, a novel G-quadruplex-hemin DNAzyme-based colorimetric detection of tumor suppressor gene p53 was successfully developed. Although only one oligonucleotide probe was involved, the sensing strategy could suppress the optical background and achieve an efficient G-quadruplex-hemin DNAzyme-based signal amplification. Specifically, a label-free functional nucleic acid probe (called THzyme probe) was designed via introducing target DNA probe-contained hairpin structure into G-quadruplex DNAzyme. Even if this probe can fold into G-quadruplex structure in the presence of hemin very different from the double-stranded DNA, it is easily degraded by exonuclease III. Thus, no change in UV-vis absorption intensity is detected in the absence of target DNA. However, the hybridization of target DNA can protect the integrity and catalytic activity of THzyme probe, producing the DNAzyme-amplified colorimetric signal. As a result, the p53 gene was able to be detected down to 1.0pM (final concentration in the signal-generating solution: 50.0fM) and mismatched target DNAs were easily distinguished. It is expected that this simple sensing methodology for DNA detection can find its utility in point-of-care applications. PMID:26519729

  8. Nylon 6-Gold Nanoparticle Composite Fibers for Colorimetric Detection of Urinary 1-Hydroxypyrene

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    Ifegwu, O. Clinton; Anyakora, C.; Torto, N.

    2015-05-01

    A one-step in situ synthesis of nylon 6 nanofibers filled with gold nanoparticles for the colorimetric probe of 1-hydroxypyrene, a biomarker associated with the largest class of cancer-causing chemical compounds polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is proposed in this study. The gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were successfully embedded on the surface of the nylon 6 fibers where the gold particles were chemisorbed onto the amide groups in the nylon 6 backbones. By electrospinning the nylon 6/gold nanocomposite, the gold nanoparticles were uniformly dispersed on the polymer fibers to give a photostable reddish white fiber which turned purple/blue when brought in contact with a standard solution of the biomarker. The TEM revealed the formation of spherical AuNPs with an average diameter of 8 nm well arrayed within the nanofibers, but no significant change in the morphology of the nanofibers was observed. The thermal properties of the composite fibers were greatly improved compared to the electrospun nylon 6 fiber. The developed method described herein is simple, effective, requires no post-treatments, and is highly sensitive (100 ng/ml) hence the nanocomposite fibers can be employed as a test strip for the colorimetric detection of 1-hydroxypyrene in human urine or other diagnostic probe biosensors.

  9. Beetroot-Pigment-Derived Colorimetric Sensor for Detection of Calcium Dipicolinate in Bacterial Spores

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    Gonçalves, Letícia Christina Pires; Da Silva, Sandra Maria; DeRose, Paul C.; Ando, Rômulo Augusto; Bastos, Erick Leite

    2013-01-01

    In this proof-of-concept study, we describe the use of the main red beet pigment betanin for the quantification of calcium dipicolinate in bacterial spores, including Bacillus anthracis. In the presence of europium(III) ions, betanin is converted to a water-soluble, non-luminescent orange 1?1 complex with a stability constant of 1.4×105 L mol–1. The addition of calcium dipicolinate, largely found in bacterial spores, changes the color of the aqueous solution of [Eu(Bn)+] from orange to magenta. The limit of detection (LOD) of calcium dipicolinate is around 2.0×10–6 mol L–1 and the LOD determined for both spores, B. cereus and B. anthracis, is (1.1±0.3)×106 spores mL–1. This simple, green, fast and low cost colorimetric assay was selective for calcium dipicolinate when compared to several analogous compounds. The importance of this work relies on the potential use of betalains, raw natural pigments, as colorimetric sensors for biological applications. PMID:24019934

  10. A selectively fluorescein-based colorimetric probe for detecting copper(II) ion

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    Zhang, Li; Zhang, Xianhong

    2014-12-01

    A novel fluorescein derivative 3-bromo-5-methylsalicylaldehyde fluorescein hydrazone (BMSFH) has been synthesized by reacting fluorescein hydrazide with 3-bromo-5-methylsalicylaldehyde and was developed as a new colorimetric probe for detection of Cu2+. In the presence of Cu2+ the BMSFH exhibits a rapid color change from colorless to yellow together with an obvious new band appeared at 502 nm in the UV-vis absorption spectra. However, other common alkali-, alkaline earth-, transition- and rare earth metal ions induced no or minimal spectral changes. This change is attributed to BMSFH via coordination with Cu2+ in a 1:1 stoichiometry and this binding to Cu2+ is reversible, as indicated by the bleaching of the color when the Cu2+ is extracted with EDTA. Experimental results indicate that the BMSFH can provide a rapid, selective and sensitive response to Cu2+ with a linear dynamic range 3.0-330 ?mol/L and can be used as a potential Cu2+ colorimetric probe in aqueous solution.

  11. A gold nanoparticle-based label free colorimetric aptasensor for adenosine deaminase detection and inhibition assay.

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    Cheng, Fen; He, Yue; Xing, Xiao-Jing; Tan, Dai-Di; Lin, Yi; Pang, Dai-Wen; Tang, Hong-Wu

    2015-03-01

    A novel strategy for the fabrication of a colorimetric aptasensor using label free gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) is proposed in this work, and the strategy has been employed for the assay of adenosine deaminase (ADA) activity. The aptasensor consists of adenosine (AD) aptamer, AD and AuNPs. The design of the biosensor takes advantage of the special optical properties of AuNPs and the interaction between AuNPs and single-strand DNA. In the absence of ADA, the AuNPs are aggregated and are blue in color under appropriate salt concentration because of the grid structure of an AD aptamer when binding to AD, while in the presence of the analyte, AuNPs remain dispersed with red color under the same concentration of salt owing to ADA converting AD into inosine which has no affinity with the AD aptamer, thus allowing quantitative investigation of ADA activity. The present strategy is simple, cost-effective, selective and sensitive for ADA with a detection limit of 1.526 U L(-1), which is about one order of magnitude lower than that previously reported. In addition, a very low concentration of the inhibitor erythro-9-(2-hydroxy-3-nonyl) adenine (EHNA) could generate a distinguishable response. Therefore, the AuNP-based colorimetric biosensor has great potential in the diagnosis of ADA-relevant diseases and drug screening. PMID:25597304

  12. Colorimetric As (V) detection based on S-layer functionalized gold nanoparticles.

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    Lakatos, Mathias; Matys, Sabine; Raff, Johannes; Pompe, Wolfgang

    2015-11-01

    Herein, we present simple and rapid colorimetric and UV/VIS spectroscopic methods for detecting anionic arsenic (V) complexes in aqueous media. The methods exploit the aggregation of S-layer-functionalized spherical gold nanoparticles of sizes between 20 and 50nm in the presence of arsenic species. The gold nanoparticles were functionalized with oligomers of the S-layer protein of Lysinibacillus sphaericus JG-A12. The aggregation of the nanoparticles results in a color change from burgundy-red for widely dispersed nanoparticles to blue for aggregated nanoparticles. A detailed signal analysis was achieved by measuring the shift of the particle plasmon resonance signal with UV/VIS spectroscopy. To further improve signal sensitivity, the influence of larger nanoparticles was tested. In the case of 50nm gold nanoparticles, a concentration of the anionic arsenic (V) complex lower than 24ppb was detectable. PMID:26452816

  13. Detection of meat-borne trimethylamine based on nanoporous colorimetric sensor arrays.

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    Xiao-Wei, Huang; Zhi-Hua, Li; Xiao-Bo, Zou; Ji-Yong, Shi; Han-Ping, Mao; Jie-Wen, Zhao; Li-Min, Hao; Holmes, Mel

    2016-04-15

    Trimethylamine (TMA) is a key measurement indicator for meat spoilage. In order to develop simple, cheap, and sensitive sensors for TMA detection, a nanoporous colorimetric sensor array (NCSA) was developed. A sol-gel method has been used to obtain TiO2 nanoporous film as substrate material to improve the sensitivity and stability of the CSA. The sensor enabled the visual detection of TMA gas from the permissible exposure limits (PEL) 10ppm to 60ppb concentrations with significant response. Principal component analysis (PCA) was used to characterize the functional relationship between the color difference data and TMA concentrations. Furthermore, the NCSA was used to predict the presence of TMA in Yao-meat. A partial least square (PLS) prediction model was obtained with the correlation coefficients of 0.896 and 0.837 in calibration and prediction sets, respectively. This research suggested that the NCSA offers a useful technology for quality evaluation of TMA in meat. PMID:26617036

  14. Colorimetric detection of melamine in milk by citrate-stabilized gold nanoparticles.

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    Kumar, Naveen; Seth, Raman; Kumar, Harish

    2014-07-01

    Here, we report a simple and sensitive colorimetric method for detection of melamine in milk using gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). AuNPs of 21-nm size were synthesized by the citrate reduction method. The method is based on the principle that the melamine causes the aggregation of AuNPs and, hence, the wine red color of AuNPs changes to blue or purple. This change in color can be visualized with the naked eye or an ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrometer. Under optimized conditions, AuNPs are highly specific for melamine and can detect melamine down to a concentration of 0.05 mg L(-1). PMID:24727351

  15. Highly sensitive colorimetric detection of lead using maleic acid functionalized gold nanoparticles.

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    Ratnarathorn, Nalin; Chailapakul, Orawon; Dungchai, Wijitar

    2015-01-01

    Highly sensitive colorimetric detection for Pb(2+) has been developed using maleic acid (MA) functionalized GNP. The -COOH on MA was used to modify GNP surface whereas the other -COOH functional group have strong affinity to coordination behavior of Pb(2+) allowing the selective formation more than other ions. MA-GNPs solution changed from red to blue color after the addition of Pb(2+) due to nanoparticle aggregation. The different optical absorption and discriminate of particle size between the MA-GNPs solution with and without Pb(2+) were characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. The color intensity as a function of Pb(2+) concentration gave a linear response in the range of 0.0-10.0 µg L(-1) (R(2)=0.990). The detection limit was found at 0.5 µg L(-1) by naked eye and can be completed the analysis within 15 min. The MA-GNPs aggregated with Pb(2+) showed high selectivity when was compared to other metal ions (As(3+), Ca(2+), Cd(2+), Co(2+), Cu(2+), Fe(3+), Hg(2+), Mg(2+), Mn(2+), Ni(2+), Pb(2+) and Zn(2+)) and anions (Cl(-), NO3(-) and SO4(2-)). Our proposed method was also applied for the determination of Pb(2+) in real drinking water samples from 5 sources. The result of real water samples were not statistically significant different from the standard methods at the 95% confidence level (pair t-test method). Moreover, we evaluated our proposed method for the determination of trace Pb(2+) concentration in real breast milk samples. The recoveries were acceptable and ranged from 101 to 104% for spiked Pb(2+) in real breast milk samples. Thus, MA-GNP colorimetric sensing provides a simple, rapid, sensitive, easy-to-use, inexpensive and low detection limit for the monitoring of Pb(2+). PMID:25476352

  16. A fast, sensitive and easy colorimetric assay for chitinase and cellulase activity detection

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    2014-01-01

    Background Most of the current colorimetric methods for detection of chitinase or cellulase activities on the insoluble natural polymers chitin and cellulose depend on a chemical redox reaction. The reaction involves the reducing ends of the hydrolytic products. The Schales’ procedure and the 3,5-dinitrosalicylic acid (DNS) method are two examples that are commonly used. However, these methods lack sensitivity and present practical difficulties of usage in high-throughput screening assays as they require boiling or heating steps for color development. Results We report a novel method for colorimetric detection of chitinase and cellulase activity. The assay is based on the use of two oxidases: wild-type chito-oligosaccharide oxidase, ChitO, and a mutant thereof, ChitO-Q268R. ChitO was used for chitinase, while ChitO-Q268R was used for cellulase activity detection. These oxidases release hydrogen peroxide upon the oxidation of chitinase- or cellulase-produced hydrolytic products. The hydrogen peroxide produced can be monitored using a second enzyme, horseradish peroxidase (HRP), and a chromogenic peroxidase substrate. The developed ChitO-based assay can detect chitinase activity as low as 10 ?U within 15 minutes of assay time. Similarly, cellulase activity can be detected in the range of 6 to 375 mU. A linear response was observed when applying the ChitO-based assay for detecting individual chito-oligosaccharides and cello-oligosaccharides. The detection limits for these compounds ranged from 5 to 25 ?M. In contrast to the other commonly used methods, the Schales’ procedure and the DNS method, no boiling or heating is needed in the ChitO-based assays. The method was also evaluated for detecting hydrolytic activity on biomass-derived substrates, that is, wheat straw as a source of cellulose and shrimp shells as a source of chitin. Conclusion The ChitO-based assay has clear advantages for the detection of chitinase and cellulase activity over the conventional Schales’ procedure and DNS method. The detection limit is lower and there is no requirement for harsh conditions for the development of the signal. The assay also involves fewer and easier handling steps. There is no need for boiling to develop the color and results are available within 15 minutes. These aforementioned features render this newly developed assay method highly suitable for applications in biorefinery-related research. PMID:24612932

  17. Detection of mercury(II) ions using colorimetric gold nanoparticles on paper-based analytical devices.

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    Chen, Guan-Hua; Chen, Wei-Yu; Yen, Yu-Chun; Wang, Chia-Wei; Chang, Huan-Tsung; Chen, Chien-Fu

    2014-07-15

    An on-field colorimetric sensing strategy employing gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and a paper-based analytical platform was investigated for mercury ion (Hg(2+)) detection at water sources. By utilizing thymine-Hg(2+)-thymine (T-Hg(2+)-T) coordination chemistry, label-free detection oligonucleotide sequences were attached to unmodified gold nanoparticles to provide rapid mercury ion sensing without complicated and time-consuming thiolated or other costly labeled probe preparation processes. Not only is this strategy's sensing mechanism specific toward Hg(2+), rather than other metal ions, but also the conformational change in the detection oligonucleotide sequences introduces different degrees of AuNP aggregation that causes the color of AuNPs to exhibit a mixture variance. To eliminate the use of sophisticated equipment and minimize the power requirement for data analysis and transmission, the color variance of multiple detection results were transferred and concentrated on cellulose-based paper analytical devices, and the data were subsequently transmitted for the readout and storage of results using cloud computing via a smartphone. As a result, a detection limit of 50 nM for Hg(2+) spiked pond and river water could be achieved. Furthermore, multiple tests could be performed simultaneously with a 40 min turnaround time. These results suggest that the proposed platform possesses the capability for sensitive and high-throughput on-site mercury pollution monitoring in resource-constrained settings. PMID:24932699

  18. Colorimetric-Based Detection of TNT Explosives Using Functionalized Silica Nanoparticles

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    Idros, Noorhayati; Ho, Man Yi; Pivnenko, Mike; Qasim, Malik M.; Xu, Hua; Gu, Zhongze; Chu, Daping

    2015-01-01

    This proof-of-concept study proposes a novel sensing mechanism for selective and label-free detection of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT). It is realized by surface chemistry functionalization of silica nanoparticles (NPs) with 3-aminopropyl-triethoxysilane (APTES). The primary amine anchored to the surface of the silica nanoparticles (SiO2-NH2) acts as a capturing probe for TNT target binding to form Meisenheimer amine–TNT complexes. A colorimetric change of the self-assembled (SAM) NP samples from the initial green of a SiO2-NH2 nanoparticle film towards red was observed after successful attachment of TNT, which was confirmed as a result of the increased separation between the nanoparticles. The shift in the peak wavelength of the reflected light normal to the film surface (?peak) and the associated change of the peak width were measured, and a merit function taking into account their combined effect was proposed for the detection of TNT concentrations from 10?12 to 10?4 molar. The selectivity of our sensing approach is confirmed by using TNT-bound nanoparticles incubated in AptamerX, with 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) and toluene used as control and baseline, respectively. Our results show the repeatable systematic color change with the TNT concentration and the possibility to develop a robust, easy-to-use, and low-cost TNT detection method for performing a sensitive, reliable, and semi-quantitative detection in a wide detection range. PMID:26046595

  19. Colorimetric-based detection of TNT explosives using functionalized silica nanoparticles.

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    Idros, Noorhayati; Ho, Man Yi; Pivnenko, Mike; Qasim, Malik M; Xu, Hua; Gu, Zhongze; Chu, Daping

    2015-01-01

    This proof-of-concept study proposes a novel sensing mechanism for selective and label-free detection of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT). It is realized by surface chemistry functionalization of silica nanoparticles (NPs) with 3-aminopropyl-triethoxysilane (APTES). The primary amine anchored to the surface of the silica nanoparticles (SiO2-NH2) acts as a capturing probe for TNT target binding to form Meisenheimer amine-TNT complexes. A colorimetric change of the self-assembled (SAM) NP samples from the initial green of a SiO2-NH2 nanoparticle film towards red was observed after successful attachment of TNT, which was confirmed as a result of the increased separation between the nanoparticles. The shift in the peak wavelength of the reflected light normal to the film surface and the associated change of the peak width were measured, and a merit function taking into account their combined effect was proposed for the detection of TNT concentrations from 10-12 to 10-4 molar. The selectivity of our sensing approach is confirmed by using TNT-bound nanoparticles incubated in AptamerX, with 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) and toluene used as control and baseline, respectively. Our results show the repeatable systematic color change with the TNT concentration and the possibility to develop a robust, easy-to-use, and low-cost TNT detection method for performing a sensitive, reliable, and semi-quantitative detection in a wide detection range. PMID:26046595

  20. Colorimetric detection of melamine based on methanobactin-mediated synthesis of gold nanoparticles.

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    Xin, Jia-ying; Zhang, Lan-xuan; Chen, Dan-dan; Lin, Kai; Fan, Hong-chen; Wang, Yan; Xia, Chun-gu

    2015-05-01

    A simple and rapid field-portable colorimetric method for the detection of melamine in liquid milk was reported. Methanobactin (Mb) could reduce Au (III) to Au (0) and mediate the synthesis of gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs). Upon the addition of melamine, melamine interacted with oxazolone ring of Mb, which interrupted the formation of Au-NPs. Melamine could also stimulate the aggregation of formed Au-NPs. In this paper, these characteristics have been used to detect melamine in liquid milk by naked eyes observation with a detection limit of 5.56 × 10(-6)M (0.7 mg/kg). Further, the plasmon absorbance of the formed Au-NPs allowed the quantitative detection of melamine by UV-vis spectrometer. A linear correlation was existed between the absorbance and the melamine concentration ranging from 3.90 × 10(-7)M to 3.97 × 10(-6)M with a correlation coefficient of 0.9685. The detection limit (3?) obtained by UV-vis spectrum was as low as 2.38 × 10(-7)M (i.e., 0.03 mg/kg). PMID:25529708

  1. Colorimetric Detection of Some Highly Hydrophobic Flavonoids Using Polydiacetylene Liposomes Containing Pentacosa-10,12-diynoyl Succinoglycan Monomers

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    Yun, Deokgyu; Jeong, Daham; Cho, Eunae; Jung, Seunho

    2015-01-01

    Flavonoids are a group of plant secondary metabolites including polyphenolic molecules, and they are well known for antioxidant, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral propertied. In general, flavonoids are detected with various non-colorimetric detection methods such as column liquid chromatography, thin-layer chromatography, and electrochemical analysis. For the first time, we developed a straightforward colorimetric detection system allowing recognition of some highly hydrophobic flavonoids such as alpha-naphthoflavone and beta-naphthoflavone, visually using 10,12-pentacosadiynoic acid (PCDA) derivatized with succinoglycan monomers isolated from Sinorhizobium meliloti. Besides changes in visible spectrum, we also demonstrate fluorescence changes using our detection system in the presence of those flavonoids. The succinoglycan monomers attached to PCDA molecules may function as an unstructured molecular capturer for some highly hydrophobic flavonoids by hydrophobic interactions, and transmit their molecular interactions as a color change throughout the PCDA liposome. PMID:26600071

  2. Novel core etching technique of gold nanoparticles for colorimetric dopamine detection.

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    Lee, Ho-Cheng; Chen, Tzu-Heng; Tseng, Wei-Lung; Lin, Che-Hsin

    2012-11-21

    This study develops a novel and high performance colorimetric probe for dopamine (DA) detection. Aqueous-phase gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) extracted with 4-(dimethylamino)pyridine (DMAP) from toluene solvent are used as the reaction probes. The original AuNPs of diameter around 13 nm separate into 2-5 nm sizes when dopamine (DA) is added, resulting in the color change of the AuNP solution from red to blackish green. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations and dynamic light scattering (DLS) tests show that the AuNPs break into their smaller sizes right after addition of DA. The results confirm that the DMAP capped AuNPs are etched by the DA molecules due to the strong affinity between DA and AuNPs, thus causing a blue shift in the absorption spectrum. The concentration of DA is quantitatively monitored by using a UV-Vis spectrometer with a limit of detection (LOD) as low as 5 nM. In addition, the results also show that the methods developed appear to have no significant problems in detecting DA in the sample even with the presence of (10 mM) common interferents such as ascorbic acid (AA), homovanillic acid (HVA), catechol (CA) and glutathione (GSH). The developed AuNP etching protocol for dopamine detection provides a novel and versatile approach for rapid biosensing applications. PMID:23016153

  3. Gold nanoparticle-based colorimetric aptasensor for rapid detection of six organophosphorous pesticides.

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    Bai, Wenhui; Zhu, Chao; Liu, Jinchuan; Yan, Mengmeng; Yang, Shuming; Chen, Ailiang

    2015-10-01

    Fast immunoassay-based screening methods are unavailable for most small-molecule pesticides because of a lack of immunogenicity and the difficulty in obtaining antibodies by animal immunization. Aptamers are single-stranded DNA molecules selected through an in vitro process, which can bind to any target including nonimmunogenic small molecules with high affinity and specificity. Although various aptamer-based sensing methods have been developed for antibiotics, microorganisms, heavy metal ions, and biotoxins, there are few reports on aptamer-based methods for quick detection of organophosphorous pesticides. The gold (Au) nanoparticle (AuNP) colorimetric assay is a widely utilized rapid detection method because of properties such as easy operation and visualized results. In the present study, organophosphorous pesticide aptamers were adsorbed on the surface of AuNPs to stabilize the AuNP solution against high concentrations of salt to prevent AuNP aggregation. After the addition of targets, the aptamers binding to the targets are detached from the AuNPs, resulting in aggregation of AuNPs and a color change from red to purple-blue. The proposed method can detect 6 organophosphorous pesticides with good recoveries from 72% to 135% in environmental river water samples. The present study provides a new way for simple, rapid, and multiplex detection of organophosphorous pesticides. Environ Toxicol Chem 2015;34:2244-2249. © 2015 SETAC. PMID:26031388

  4. Colorimetric Assay for the Detection of Typical Biomarkers for Periodontitis Using a Magnetic Nanoparticle Biosensor.

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    Wignarajah, Shayalini; Suaifan, Ghadeer A R Y; Bizzarro, Sergio; Bikker, Floris J; Kaman, Wendy E; Zourob, Mohammed

    2015-12-15

    Periodontitis is a chronic disease which affects at least 10% of the population. If untreated, periodontitis can lead to teeth loss. Unfortunately, current diagnostic tests are limited in their sensitivity and specificity. In this study, a novel multiplex hand-held colorimetric diagnostic biosensor, using two typical inflammatory salivary biomarkers, Human Neutrophil Elastase (HNE) and Cathepsin-G, was constructed as proof of concept to potentially detect periodontitis. The biosensing method was based on the measurement of proteolytic activity using specific proteases probes. These probes consist of specific proteases substrates covalently bound to a magnetic bead from one end and to the gold sensor surface by the other end. When intact, this renders the golden sensor black. Upon proteolysis, the cleaved magnetic beads will be attracted by an external magnet revealing the golden color of the sensor surface observable by the naked eye. The biosensor was capable of specific and quantitative detection of HNE and Cathepsin-G in solution and in spiked saliva samples with a lower detection limit of 1 pg/mL and 100 fg/mL for HNE and Cathepsin-G, respectively. Examination of periodontitis patients' sample and a healthy control showed the potential of the multiplex biosensor to detect the presence of HNE and Cathepsin-G activity in situ. This approach is anticipated to be a useful biochip array amenable to low-cost point-of-care devices. PMID:26631371

  5. Rapid and sensitive detection of cholera toxin using gold nanoparticle-based simple colorimetric and dynamic light scattering assay.

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    Khan, Sadia Afrin; DeGrasse, Jeffrey A; Yakes, Betsy Jean; Croley, Timothy R

    2015-09-10

    Herein, a rapid and simple gold nanoparticle based colorimetric and dynamic light scattering (DLS) assay for the sensitive detection of cholera toxin has been developed. The developed assay is based on the distance dependent properties of gold nanoparticles which cause aggregation of antibody-conjugated gold nanoparticles in the presence of cholera toxin resulting discernible color change. This aggregation induced color change caused a red shift in the plasmon band of nanoparticles which was measured by UV-Vis spectroscopy. In addition, we employed DLS assay to monitor the extent of aggregation in the presence of different concentration of cholera toxin. Our assay can visually detect as low as 10 nM of cholera toxin which is lower than the previously reported colorimetric methods. The reported assay is very fast and showed an excellent specificity against other diarrhetic toxins. Moreover, we have demonstrated the feasibility of our method for cholera toxin detection in local lake water. PMID:26388488

  6. Analyte-induced photoreduction method for visual and colorimetric detection of tyrosine.

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    Satheeshkumar, Elumalai; Yang, Jyisy

    2015-06-16

    A new method based on photochemical formation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) was developed for detection of tyrosine (Tyr). To selectively detect Tyr and to simplify the detection procedure, the photoactivity of Tyr was utilized to trigger the photochemical reduction in production of AgNPs. The drastic change of solution color caused by the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption band of the formed AgNPs was used to extract the quantitative information of Tyr. This developed method is simple in detection, while both the sensitivity and selectivity are significant improved. Meanwhile, the solution color was changed from colorless to dark yellow after the formation of AgNPs, which allows a much higher sensitivity in visual identification when compared with the SPR band shifting technique commonly, used in conventional colorimetric methods. To optimize the detection system and to understand the mechanism in this proposed method, parameters such as irradiation time, intensity of light source, and the concentration of Tyr were systematically examined. Results indicated that these factors mainly affected the reaction rate of photoreduction. The morphologies of the formed AgNPs were similar, but with small differences in particle sizes. In the examination of selectivity, sixteen other amino acids were examined. Results indicated that only amino acids of tryptophan, cysteine and histidine are photoactive and possess potential interferences in analysis of Tyr. Quantitative studies indicated that a linear response up to 10 ?M with a detection limit of 100 nM could be obtained. For visually detection, color change could be observed with a concentration as low as 500 nM of Tyr. PMID:26002485

  7. Correction: An integrated slidable and valveless microdevice with solid phase extraction, polymerase chain reaction, and immunochromatographic strip parts for multiplex colorimetric pathogen detection.

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    Kim, Yong Tae; Lee, Dohwan; Heo, Hyun Young; Kim, Do Hyun; Seo, Tae Seok

    2015-12-01

    Correction for 'An integrated slidable and valveless microdevice with solid phase extraction, polymerase chain reaction, and immunochromatographic strip parts for multiplex colorimetric pathogen detection' by Yong Tae Kim et al., Lab Chip, 2015, 15, 4148-4155. PMID:26502177

  8. Colorimetric detection of pathogenic bacteria using platinum-coated magnetic nanoparticle clusters and magnetophoretic chromatography.

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    Kwon, Donghoon; Lee, Sanghee; Ahn, Myung Mo; Kang, In Seok; Park, Ki-Hwan; Jeon, Sangmin

    2015-07-01

    A colorimetric method that uses platinum-coated magnetic nanoparticle clusters (Pt/MNCs) and magnetophoretic chromatography is developed to detect pathogenic bacteria. Half-fragments of monoclonal Escherichia coli O157:H7 (EC) antibodies were functionalized to Pt/MNCs and used to capture E. coli bacteria in milk. After magnetic separation of free Pt/MNCs and Pt/MNC-EC complexes from the milk, a precision pipette was used to imbibe the E. coli-containing solution, then a viscous polyethylene glycol solution. Due to difference in viscosities, the solutions separate into two liquid layers inside the pipette tip. The Pt/MNC-EC complexes were separated from the free Pt/MNCs by applying an external magnetic field, then added to a tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) solution. Catalytic oxidation of TMB by Pt produced color changes of the solution, which enabled identification of the presence of 10 cfu mL(-1) E. coli bacteria with the naked eye. The total assay time including separation, binding and detection was 30 min. PMID:26088777

  9. Colorimetric detection of DNA damage by using hemin-graphene nanocomposites

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    Wei, W.; Zhang, D. M.; Yin, L. H.; Pu, Y. P.; Liu, S. Q.

    2013-04-01

    A colorimetric method for detection of DNA damage was developed by using hemin-graphene nanosheets (H-GNs). H-GNs were skillfully synthesized by adsorping of hemin on graphene through ?-? interactions. The as-prepared H-GNs possessed both the ability of graphene to differentiate the damage DNA from intact DNA and the catalytic action of hemin. The damaged DNA made H-GNs coagulated to different degrees from the intact DNA because there were different amount of negative charge exposed on their surface, which made a great impact on the solubility of H-GNs. As a result, the corresponding centrifugal supernatant of H-GNs solution showed different color in the presence of 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) and H2O2, which could be discriminated by naked eyes or by ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectrometer. Based on this, the damaged effects of styrene oxide (SO), NaAsO2 and UV radiation on DNA were studied. Results showed that SO exerted most serious damage effect on DNA although all of them damaged DNA seriously. The new method for detection of DNA damage showed good prospect in the evaluation of genotoxicity of new compounds, the maximum limit of pesticide residue, food additives, and so on, which is important in the fields of food science, pharmaceutical science and pesticide science.

  10. Colorimetric Aptasensor Based on Enzyme for the Detection of Vibrio parahemolyticus.

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    Wu, Shijia; Wang, Yinqiu; Duan, Nuo; Ma, Haile; Wang, Zhouping

    2015-09-01

    A simple colorimetric aptasensor system has been developed to detect Vibrio parahemolyticus. Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) are synthesized and conjugated with specific aptamers against target and used as capture probes. In addition, this method employs gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) as carriers of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and aptamers, which served as signal probes. In the presence of target, a "sandwich-type" complex of AuNPs-HRP-aptamer-target-aptamer-MNPs is formed through specific recognition of aptamers and corresponding target. As a result, HRP molecules confined at the surface of the "sandwich" complexes catalyze the enzyme substrate, 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) and H2O2 and generate an optical signal. Under optimal conditions, the signals are linearly dependent on V. parahemolyticus concentrations from 10 to 10(6) colony-forming units (cfu)/mL in a logarithmic plot, with a limit of detection of 10 cfu/mL. Owing to AuNPs, a large amount of HRP could be loaded, resulting in an amplified signal, and the sensitivity would be improved. This strategy has the potential of being extended to the construction of simple monitor systems for a variety of biomolecules related to food safety. PMID:26302256

  11. A novel colorimetric sandwich aptasensor based on an indirect competitive enzyme-free method for ultrasensitive detection of chloramphenicol.

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    Abnous, Khalil; Danesh, Noor Mohammad; Ramezani, Mohammad; Emrani, Ahmad Sarreshtehdar; Taghdisi, Seyed Mohammad

    2016-04-15

    Analytical methods for detection and quantitation of chloramphenicol in blood serum and foodstuffs arse highly in demand. In this study, a colorimetric sandwich aptamer-based sensor (aptasensor) was fabricated for sensitive and selective detection of chloramphenicol, based on an indirect competitive enzyme-free assay using gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), biotin and streptavidin. The designed aptasensor acquires characteristics of AuNPs, including large surface area and unique optical properties, and strong interaction of biotin with streptavidin. In the absence of chloramphenicol, the sandwich structure of aptasensor forms, leading to the observation of sharp red color. In the presence of target, functionalized AuNPs could not bind to 96-well plates, resulting in a faint red color. The fabricated colorimetric aptasensor exhibited high selectivity toward chloramphenicol with a limit of detection as low as 451pM. Moreover, the developed colorimetric aptasensor was successfully used to detect chloramphenicol in milk and serum with LODs of 697 and 601pM, respectively. PMID:26599477

  12. A high-throughput colorimetric assay for glucose detection based on glucose oxidase-catalyzed enlargement of gold nanoparticles

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    Xiong, Yanmei; Zhang, Yuyan; Rong, Pengfei; Yang, Jie; Wang, Wei; Liu, Dingbin

    2015-09-01

    We developed a simple high-throughput colorimetric assay to detect glucose based on the glucose oxidase (GOx)-catalysed enlargement of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). Compared with the currently available glucose kit method, the AuNP-based assay provides higher clinical sensitivity at lower cost, indicating its great potential to be a powerful tool for clinical screening of glucose.We developed a simple high-throughput colorimetric assay to detect glucose based on the glucose oxidase (GOx)-catalysed enlargement of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). Compared with the currently available glucose kit method, the AuNP-based assay provides higher clinical sensitivity at lower cost, indicating its great potential to be a powerful tool for clinical screening of glucose. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental section and additional figures. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03758a

  13. Colorimetric detection of influenza A virus using antibody-functionalized gold nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Yuanjian; Zhang, Linqun; Wei, Wei; Zhao, Hongyu; Zhou, Zhenxian; Zhang, Yuanjian; Liu, Songqin

    2015-06-21

    Early and accurate diagnosis is considered the key issue to prevent the further spread of viruses and facilitate influenza therapy. Herein, we report a colorimetric immunosensor for influenza A virus (IAV) based on gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) modified with monoclonal anti-hemagglutinin antibody (mAb). The immunosensor allows for a fast, simple, and selective detection of IAV. In this assay, influenza-specific antibodies are conjugated to AuNPs to create mAb-AuNP probes. Since IAV has multiple recognition sites for probes on the surface, the mAb-AuNP probes can be specifically arranged on the virus surface due to their very specific antigen recognition. In this case, this aggregation of the mAb-AuNP probes produces a red shift in the absorption spectrum due to plasmon coupling between adjacent AuNPs, and it can be detected with the naked eye as a color change from red to purple and quantified with the absorption spectral measurements. The aggregate formation is also confirmed with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging and dynamic light scattering (DLS). Under the optimal conditions, the present immunoassay can sensitively measure H3N2 IAV (A/Brisbane/10/2007) with a detection limit of 7.8 hemagglutination units (HAU). This proposed immunosensor revealed high specificity, accuracy, and good stability. Notably, it is a single-step detection using AuNP probes and UV-vis spectrophotometer for readout, and no additional amplification, e.g., enzymatic, is needed to read the result. This assay depends on an ordered AuNP structure covering the virus surface and can be applied to any virus pathogen by incorporating the appropriate pathogen-specific antibody. PMID:25899840

  14. Colorimetric DNA detection of transgenic plants using gold nanoparticles functionalized with L-shaped DNA probes

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    Nourisaeid, Elham; Mousavi, Amir; Arpanaei, Ayyoob

    2016-01-01

    In this study, a DNA colorimetric detection system based on gold nanoparticles functionalized with L-shaped DNA probes was prepared and evaluated. We investigated the hybridization efficiency of the L-shaped probes and studied the effect of nanoparticle size and the L-shaped DNA probe length on the performance of the as-prepared system. Probes were attached to the surface of gold nanoparticles using an adenine sequence. An optimal sequence of 35S rRNA gene promoter from the cauliflower mosaic virus, which is frequently used in the development of transgenic plants, and the two complementary ends of this gene were employed as model target strands and probe molecules, respectively. The spectrophotometric properties of the as-prepared systems indicated that the large NPs show better changes in the absorption spectrum and consequently present a better performance. The results of this study revealed that the probe/Au-NPs prepared using a vertical spacer containing 5 thymine oligonucleotides exhibited a stronger spectrophotometric response in comparison to that of larger probes. These results in general indicate the suitable performance of the L-shaped DNA probe-functionalized Au-NPs, and in particular emphasize the important role of the gold nanoparticle size and length of the DNA probes in enhancing the performance of such a system.

  15. A selectively rhodamine-based colorimetric probe for detecting copper(II) ion

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    Zhang, Jiangang; Zhang, Li; Wei, Yanli; Chao, Jianbing; Shuang, Shaomin; Cai, Zongwei; Dong, Chuan

    2014-11-01

    A novel rhodamine derivative 3-bromo-5-methylsalicylaldehyde rhodamine B hydrazone (BMSRH) has been synthesized by reacting rhodamine B hydrazide with 3-bromo-5-methylsalicylaldehyde and developed as a new colorimetric probe for the selective and sensitive detection of Cu2+. Addition of Cu2+ to the solution of BMSRH results in a rapid color change from colorless to red together with an obvious new band appeared at 552 nm in the UV-vis absorption spectra. This change is attributed to the spirocycle form of BMSRH opened via coordination with Cu2+ in a 1:1 stoichiometry and their association constant is determined as 3.2 × 104 L mol-1. Experimental results indicate that the BMSRH can provide a rapid, selective and sensitive response to Cu2+ with a linear dynamic range 0.667-240 ?mol/L. Common interferent ions do not show any interference on the Cu2+ determination. It is anticipated that BMSRH can be a good candidate probe and has potential application for Cu2+ determination. The proposed probe exhibits the following advantages: a quick, simple and facile synthesis.

  16. Colorimetric Sensor for Label Free Detection of Porcine PCR Product (ID: 18)

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    Ali, M. E.; Hashim, U.; Bari, M. F.; Dhahi, Th. S.

    2011-05-01

    This report described the use of 40±5 nm in diameter citrate-coated gold nanoparticles (GNPs) as colorimetric sensor to visually detect the presence of a 17-base swine specific conserved sequence and nucleotide mismatch in the mixed PCR products of pig, deer and shad cytochrome b genes. The size of these PCR amplicons was 109 base-pair and was amplified with a pair of common primers. Colloidal GNPs changed color from pinkish- red to purple-gray in 2 mM PBS buffer by losing its characteristic surface plasmon resonance peak at 530 nm and gaining new features between 620 and 800 nm in the absorption spectrum indicating strong aggregation. The particles were stabilized against salt induced aggregation, retained spectral features and characteristic color upon adsorption of single-stranded DNA. The PCR products without any additional processing were hybridized with a 17-nucleotide swine probe prior to exposure to GNPs. At a critical annealing temperature (55° C) that differentiated between the match and mismatch pairing, the probe was hybridized with the pig PCR product and dehybridized from the deer's and shad's. The interaction of dehybridized probe to GNPs prevented them from salt-induced aggregation, retaining their characteristic red color. The assay did not need any surface modification chemistry or labeling steps. The results were determined visually and validated by absorption spectroscopy. The entire assay (hybridization plus visual detection) was performed in less than 10 min. The assay obviated the need of complex RFLP, sequencing or blotting to differentiate the same size PCR products. We find the application of the assay for species assignment in food analysis, mismatch detection in genetic screening and homology study among closely related species.

  17. Intelligent DNA machine for the ultrasensitive colorimetric detection of nucleic acids.

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    Xu, Jianguo; Qian, Jun; Li, Hongling; Wu, Zai-Sheng; Shen, Weiyu; Jia, Lee

    2016-01-15

    As DNA is employed to serve as a smart building block, an increasing interest has been devoted to the development of different DNA-based machines for the specific purpose, for example, the exploration of inter- or intramolecular interaction. In the current contribution, we developed an intelligent DNA machine and its operation can be designed to execute the ultrasensitive colorimetric detection of target nucleic acids. The DNA machine consists of a hairpin probe (HP) and an assistant template (AT). Using p53 gene as the target model to trigger the molecular machine operation, cyclic nucleic acid strand displacement polymerization (CNDP) was specifically induced, leading to the DNAzyme mediated catalytic reaction for signal readout. Specifically, with the help of polymerase and nickase, one target molecule was able to drive DNA nano-mechanical devices one-by-one through the hybridization/polymerization displacement cycles, and every initiated machine continued to operate, causing the dramatic accumulation of G-quadruplex-contained products. The G-quadruplex structure after binding to hemin could act as a horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-mimicking DNAzyme and catalyzed the oxidation of 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) by H2O2. As a result, an enhanced color change could be detected because of the generation of oxidation product ABTS•(+). In this way, the DNA machine has no any signal loss and enables the quantitative measurement of p53 DNA with a detection limit of 10fM, indicating great promise for unique application in biomedical research and early clinical diagnosis. PMID:26291961

  18. Synthesis of pyrazolylbisindoles over mesoporous Lewis acidic ZrTUD-1: Potential application in selective Cu(2+) colorimetric detection.

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    Kandasamy, Karthikeyan; Ganesabaskaran, Sivaprasad; Pachamuthu, Muthusamy Poomalai; Maheswari, Rajamanickam; Ramanathan, Anand

    2015-11-01

    A series of pyrazolylbisindole (PBI) derivatives were prepared by simple condensation of indole and pyrazole aldehyde utilizing amorphous mesoporous ZrTUD-1 having predominant Lewis acid sites. The applicability of pyrazolylbisindolyl derivate as a colorimetric chemosensor with high selectivity toward Cu(2+) over other cations were tested. Among heavy and transition metal (HTM) ions in CH3CN solution, the probe only sensed Cu(2+) detectable by naked eye. The sensor exhibited a new absorption band at 488 nm (a red shift of 206 nm from 282 nm) with a large colorimetric response and affinity to Cu(2+) over other cations tested (Al(3+), Pb(2+), Cd(2+), Mg(2+), Mn(2+), Zn(2+), K(+), Fe(2+), Ca(2+), Cu(2+) and Hg(2+)). PMID:26023054

  19. Dual-channel detection of Cu2+ and F- with a simple Schiff-based colorimetric and fluorescent sensor

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    Na, Yu Jeong; Choi, Ye Won; Yun, Jin Yeong; Park, Kyung-Min; Chang, Pahn-Shick; Kim, Cheal

    2015-02-01

    A simple and easily synthesized colorimetric and fluorescent receptor 1, based on 4-diethylaminosalicylaldehyde moieties as a binding and signaling unit, has been synthesized and characterized. The receptor 1 has a selective colorimetric sensing ability for copper (II) ion by changing color from colorless to yellow in aqueous solution, and could be utilized to monitor Cu(II) over a wide pH range of 4-11. In addition, the detection limit (12 ?M) of 1 for Cu2+ is much lower than that (30 ?M) recommended by WHO in drinking water, and its copper complex could be reversible simply through treatment with a proper reagent such as EDTA. Moreover, receptor 1 exhibited both a color change from colorless to yellow and fluorescence enhancement with a red shift upon addition to F- in DMSO. The recognition mechanism was attributed to the intermolecular proton transfer between the hydroxyl group of the receptor and the fluoride.

  20. Label-free detection of specific DNA sequence-telomere using unmodified gold nanoparticles as colorimetric probes

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    Qi, Yingying; Li, Li; Li, Baoxin

    2009-09-01

    A simple and sensitive label-free colorimetric detection of telomere DNA has been developed. It was based on the color change of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) due to DNA hybridization. UV-vis spectra and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to investigate the change of AuNPs. Under the optimized conditions, the linear range for determination of telomere DNA was 5.7 × 10 -13 to 4.5 × 10 -6 mol/L. The detection limit (3 ?) of this method has decreased to pico-molar level.

  1. An engineered nano-plasmonic biosensing surface for colorimetric and SERS detection of DNA-hybridization events

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    Heydari, Esmaeil; Thompson, David; Graham, Duncan; Cooper, Jonathan M.; Clark, Alasdair W.

    2015-03-01

    We report a versatile nanophotonic biosensing platform that enables both colorimetric detection and enhanced Raman spectroscopy detection of molecular binding events. Through the integration of electron-beam lithography, dip-pennanolithography and molecular self-assembly, we demonstrate plasmonic nanostructures which change geometry and plasmonic properties in response to molecularly-mediated nanoparticle binding events. These biologically-active nanostructured surfaces hold considerable potential for use as multiplexed sensor platforms for point-of-care diagnostics, and as scaffolds for a new generation of molecularly dynamic metamaterials.

  2. Simple, field portable colorimetric detection device for organic peroxides and hydrogen peroxide

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    Pagoria, Philip F. (Livermore, CA); Mitchell, Alexander R. (Livermore, CA); Whipple, Richard E. (Livermore, CA); Carman, M. Leslie (San Ramon, CA); Reynolds, John G. (San Ramon, CA); Nunes, Peter (Livermore, CA); Shields, Sharon J. (San Ramon, CA)

    2010-11-09

    A simple and effective system for the colorimetric determination of organic peroxides and hydrogen peroxide. A peroxide pen utilizing a swipe material attached to a polyethylene tube contains two crushable vials. The two crushable vials contain a colorimetric reagent separated into dry ingredients and liquid ingredients. After swiping a suspected substance or surface the vials are broken, the reagent is mixed thoroughly and the reagent is allowed to wick into the swipe material. The presence of organic peroxides or hydrogen peroxide is confirmed by a deep blue color.

  3. Higher catalytic activity of porphyrin functionalized Co?O ? nanostructures for visual and colorimetric detection of H? O? and glucose.

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    Liu, Qingyun; Zhu, Renren; Du, Hui; Li, Hui; Yang, Yanting; Jia, Qingyan; Bian, Bing

    2014-10-01

    5,10,15,20-Tetrakis(4-carboxyl pheyl)-porphyrin (H2TCPP) functionalized chain-like Co3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by a facile two-step method. The H2TCPP-Co3O4 nanocomposites were demonstrated to display enhanced peroxidase-like activity than that of pure Co3O4 nanoparticles without modification with H2TCPP molecules, catalyzing oxidation of peroxidase substrate 3,3',5,5'-tetramethyl-benzidine (TMB) in the presence of H2O2 to produce a blue color reaction. Furthermore, H2TCPP-Co3O4 nanocomposites showed typical Michaelis-Menten kinetics and higher affinity to H2O2 and TMB than that of pure Co3O4 NPs alone. Based on H2TCPP-Co3O4 nanocomposites, a simple, sensitive and selective colorimetric method with TMB as the substrate for the detection of H2O2 and glucose was successfully established. This colorimetric method can be used for the colorimetric detection of H2O2 with a low detection limit of 4×10(-7)mol·L(-1) and a dynamic range of 1×10(-6)mol·L(-1) to 75×10(-6)mol·L(-1). This method was designed to detect glucose when combined with glucose oxidase at a low detection limit of 8.6×10(-7)mol·L(-1) and a dynamic range of 1×10(-6)mol·L(-1) to 10×10(-6)mol·L(-1). Results of a fluorescent probe suggested that the peroxidase-mimic activity of the H2TCPP-Co3O4 nanocomposites effectively catalyzed the decomposition of H2O2 into [OH] radicals. PMID:25175220

  4. Colorimetric Detection of Small Molecules in Complex Matrixes via Target-Mediated Growth of Aptamer-Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles.

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    Soh, Jun Hui; Lin, Yiyang; Rana, Subinoy; Ying, Jackie Y; Stevens, Molly M

    2015-08-01

    A versatile and sensitive colorimetric assay that allows the rapid detection of small-molecule targets using the naked eye is demonstrated. The working principle of the assay integrates aptamer-target recognition and the aptamer-controlled growth of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs). Aptamer-target interactions modulate the amount of aptamer strands adsorbed on the surface of aptamer-functionalized Au NPs via desorption of the aptamer strands when target molecules bind with the aptamer. Depending on the resulting aptamer coverage, Au NPs grow into morphologically varied nanostructures, which give rise to different colored solutions. Au NPs with low aptamer coverage grow into spherical NPs, which produce red-colored solutions, whereas Au NPs with high aptamer coverage grow into branched NPs, which produce blue-colored solutions. We achieved visible colorimetric response and nanomolar detection limits for the detection of ochratoxin A (1 nM) in red wine samples, as well as cocaine (1 nM) and 17?-estradiol (0.2 nM) in spiked synthetic urine and saliva, respectively. The detection limits were well within clinically and physiologically relevant ranges, and below the maximum food safety limits. The assay is highly sensitive, specific, and able to detect an array of analytes rapidly without requiring sophisticated equipment, making it relevant for many applications, such as high-throughput drug and clinical screening, food sampling, and diagnostics. Furthermore, the assay is easily adapted as a chip-based platform for rapid and portable target detection. PMID:26197040

  5. Luminol functionalized gold nanoparticles as colorimetric and chemiluminescent probes for visual, label free, highly sensitive and selective detection of minocycline

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    He, Yi; Peng, Rufang

    2014-11-01

    In this work, luminol functionalized gold nanoparticles (LuAuNPs) were used as colorimetric and chemiluminescent probes for visual, label free, sensitive and selective detection of minocycline (MC). The LuAuNPs were prepared by simple one-pot reduction of HAuCl4 with luminol, which exhibited a good chemiluminescence (CL) activity owing to the presence of luminol molecules on their surface and surface plasmon resonance absorption. In the absence of MC, the color of LuAuNPs was wine red and their size was relatively small (˜25 nm), which could react with silver nitrate, producing a strong CL emission. Upon the addition of MC at acidic buffer solutions, the electrostatic interaction between positively charged MC and negatively charged LuAuNPs caused the aggregation of LuAuNPs, generating a purple or blue color. Simultaneously, the aggregated LuAuNPs did not effectively react with silver nitrate, producing a weak CL emission. The signal change was linearly dependent on the logarithm of MC concentration in the range from 30 ng to 1.0 ?g for colorimetric detection and from 10 ng to 1.0 ?g for CL detection. With colorimetry, a detection limit of 22 ng was achieved, while the detection limit for CL detection modality was 9.7 ng.

  6. Multiplexed Colorimetric Solid-Phase Extraction

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    Gazda, Daniel B.; Fritz, James S.; Porter, Marc D.

    2009-01-01

    Multiplexed colorimetric solid-phase extraction (MC-SPE) is an extension of colorimetric solid-phase extraction (C-SPE) an analytical platform that combines colorimetric reagents, solid phase extraction, and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy to quantify trace analytes in water. In CSPE, analytes are extracted and complexed on the surface of an extraction membrane impregnated with a colorimetric reagent. The analytes are then quantified directly on the membrane surface using a handheld diffuse reflectance spectrophotometer. Importantly, the use of solid-phase extraction membranes as the matrix for impregnation of the colorimetric reagents creates a concentration factor that enables the detection of low concentrations of analytes in small sample volumes. In extending C-SPE to a multiplexed format, a filter holder that incorporates discrete analysis channels and a jig that facilitates the concurrent operation of multiple sample syringes have been designed, enabling the simultaneous determination of multiple analytes. Separate, single analyte membranes, placed in a readout cartridge create unique, analyte-specific addresses at the exit of each channel. Following sample exposure, the diffuse reflectance spectrum of each address is collected serially and the Kubelka-Munk function is used to quantify each water quality parameter via calibration curves. In a demonstration, MC-SPE was used to measure the pH of a sample and quantitate Ag(I) and Ni(II).

  7. Colorimetric assay for protein detection based on "nano-pumpkin" induced aggregation of peptide-decorated gold nanoparticles.

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    Wei, Luming; Wang, Xiaoying; Li, Chao; Li, Xiaoxi; Yin, Yongmei; Li, Genxi

    2015-09-15

    Small peptide can be used as an effective biological recognition element and provide an alternative tool for protein detection. However, the development of peptide-based detecting strategy still remains elusive due to the difficulty of signal transduction. Herein, we report a peptide-based colorimetric strategy for the detection of disease biomarker by using vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 1 (Flt-1) as an example. In this strategy, N-terminal aromatic residue-containing peptide modified gold nanoparticles (GNPs) can form bulky aggregate by the introduction of cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8]) that can selectively accommodate two N-terminal aromatic residue of peptides simultaneously regardless of their sequences. However, in the presence of Flt-1, the peptide can specifically bind to the protein molecule and the N-terminal aromatic residue will be occupied, resulting in little aggregation of GNPs. By taking advantage of the highly affinitive peptide and efficiency cross-linking effect of CB[8] to GNPs, colorimetric assay for protein detection can be achieved with a detection limit of 0.2 nM, which is comparable with traditional methods. The feasibility of our method has also been demonstrated in spiked serum sample, indicating potential application in the future. PMID:25932793

  8. Aptamer-based colorimetric detection of proteins using a branched DNA cascade amplification strategy and unmodified gold nanoparticles.

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    Chang, Chia-Chen; Chen, Chen-Yu; Chuang, Tsung-Liang; Wu, Tzu-Heng; Wei, Shu-Chen; Liao, Hongen; Lin, Chii-Wann

    2016-04-15

    A branched DNA amplification strategy was employed to design a colorimetric aptameric biosensor using unmodified gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). First, a programmed DNA dendritic nanostructure was formed using two double-stranded substrate DNAs and two single-stranded auxiliary DNAs as assembly components via a target-assisted cascade amplification reaction, and it was then captured by DNA sensing probe-stabilized AuNPs. The release of sensing probes from AuNPs led to the formation of unstable AuNPs, promoting salt-induced aggregation. By integrating the signal amplification capacity of the branched DNA cascade reaction and unmodified AuNPs as a sensing indicator, this amplified colorimetric sensing strategy allows protein detection with high sensitivity (at the femtomole level) and selectivity. The limit of detection of this approach for VEGF was lower than those of other aptamer-based detection methods. Moreover, this assay provides modification-free and enzyme-free protein detection without sophisticated instrumentation and might be generally applicable to the detection of other protein targets in the future. PMID:26609945

  9. Visual detection of cancer cells by colorimetric aptasensor based on aggregation of gold nanoparticles induced by DNA hybridization.

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    Borghei, Yasaman-Sadat; Hosseini, Morteza; Dadmehr, Mehdi; Hosseinkhani, Saman; Ganjali, Mohammad Reza; Sheikhnejad, Reza

    2016-01-21

    A simple but highly sensitive colorimetric method was developed to detect cancer cells based on aptamer-cell interaction. Cancer cells were able to capture nucleolin aptamers (AS 1411) through affinity interaction between AS 1411 and nucleolin receptors that are over expressed in cancer cells, The specific binding of AS 1411 to the target cells triggered the removal of aptamers from the solution. Therefore no aptamer remained in the solution to hybridize with complementary ssDNA-AuNP probes as a result the solution color is red. In the absence of target cells or the presence of normal cells, ssDNA-AuNP probes and aptamers were coexisted in solution and the aptamers assembled DNA-AuNPs, produced a purple solution. UV-vis spectrometry demonstrated that this hybridization-based method exhibited selective colorimetric responses to the presence or absence of target cells, which is detectable with naked eye. The linear response for MCF-7 cells in a concentration range from 10 to 10(5) cells was obtained with a detection limit of 10 cells. The proposed method could be extended to detect other cells and showed potential applications in cancer cell detection and early cancer diagnosis. PMID:26724767

  10. Potassium sorbate residue levels and persistence in citrus fruit as detected by a simple colorimetric method

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    Postharvest applications of potassium sorbate (PS) to fresh citrus fruit control fungal decay pathogens, such as Penicillium digitatum, cause of green mold. Although PS effectiveness has been examined repeatedly, little is known about PS residues. A colorimetric method that employed extraction of th...

  11. Colorimetric detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7 using functionalized Au@Pt nanoparticles as peroxidase mimetics.

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    Su, Haichao; Zhao, Han; Qiao, Fengmin; Chen, Lijian; Duan, Ruihuan; Ai, Shiyun

    2013-05-21

    The presence of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in food and drinking water is a chronic problem worldwide. Protecting food against bacterial contamination and rapid diagnosis of infection require simple and rapid assays for detection of bacterial pathogens, including E. coli O157:H7. Here we report a rapid and novel colorimetric method for detecting E. coli O157:H7. This colorimetric method is based on the catalytic oxidation of the peroxidase substrate 3,3,5,5-tetramethylbenzidine by hydrogen peroxide using 4-mercaptophenylboronic acid-functioned Au@Pt nanoparticles adsorbed on the surface of E. coli O157:H7. The assay showed excellent sensitivity both with the naked eye and based on absorbance measurements. The absorbance at 652 nm was proportional to the concentration of E. coli O157:H7 ranging from 7 to 6 × 10(6) cfu mL(-1) with a limit of detection of 7 cfu mL(-1). The total detection time was less than 40 min. PMID:23577341

  12. Highly-sensitive colorimetric detection of H2O2 based on the Pt@Te nanorods

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    Wan, Li-Juan; Huang, Xing-Jiu; Liu, Jin-Huai; Zhang, Zhong-Xiang; Hou, Shi-Li; Liu, Wei-Jing

    2015-05-01

    Te nanorods (NRs) were prepared from TeO2 in the presence of hydrazine hydrate without using any surfactants under ambient conditions. Te NRs were then used as sacrificial templates to prepare Pt@Te NRs by spontaneous redox galvanic replacement between Te and Pt ions. The as-synthesized Pt@Te NRs exhibit a strong catalytic activity for the colorimetric detection of H2O2 using 2, 2?-azino-bis (3-ethylbenzo-thiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) diammonium salt (ABTS) as an indicator.

  13. Colorimetric detection of mercury ion based on unmodified gold nanoparticles and target-triggered hybridization chain reaction amplification

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    Wang, Qing; Yang, Xiaohan; Yang, Xiaohai; Liu, Pei; Wang, Kemin; Huang, Jin; Liu, Jianbo; Song, Chunxia; Wang, Jingjing

    2015-02-01

    A novel unmodified gold nanoparticles (AuNPs)-based colorimetric strategy for label-free, specific and sensitive mercury ion (Hg2+) detection was demonstrated by using thymine-Hg2+-thymine (T-Hg2+-T) recognition mechanism and hybridization chain reaction (HCR) amplification strategy. In this protocol, a structure-switching probe (H0) was designed to recognize Hg2+ and then propagated a chain reaction of hybridization events between two other hairpin probes (H1 and H2). In the absence of Hg2+, all hairpin probes could stably coexist in solution, the exposed sticky ends of hairpin probes were capable of stabilizing AuNPs. As a result, salt-induced AuNPs aggregation could be effectively prevented. In the presence of Hg2+, thymine bases of H0 could specifically interact with Hg2+ to form stable T-Hg2+-T complex. Consequently, the hairpin structure of H0 probe was changed. As H1/H2 probes were added, the HCR process could be triggered and nicked double-helixes were formed. Since it was difficult for the formed nicked double-helixes to inhibit salt-induced AuNPs aggregation, a red-to-blue color change was observed in the colloid solution as the salt concentration increased. With the elegant amplification effect of HCR, a detection limit of around 30 nM was achieved (S/N = 3), which was about 1-2 orders of magnitudes lower than that of previous unmodified AuNPs-based colorimetric methods. By using the T-Hg2+-T recognition mechanism, high selectivity was also obtained. As an unmodified AuNPs-based colorimetric strategy, the system was simple in design, convenient in operation, and eliminated the requirements of separation processes, chemical modifications, and sophisticated instrumentations.

  14. Virgin silver nanoparticles as colorimetric nanoprobe for simultaneous detection of iodide and bromide ion in aqueous medium

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    Bothra, Shilpa; Kumar, Rajender; Pati, Ranjan K.; Kuwar, Anil; Choi, Heung-Jin; Sahoo, Suban K.

    2015-10-01

    A simple colorimetric nanoprobe based on virgin silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) was developed for the selective detection of iodide and bromide ions via aggregation and anti-aggregation mechanism. With addition of I- ions, virgin AgNPs, in presence of Fe3+, showed perceptible color change from yellow to colorless along with disappearance of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band of AgNPs at 400 nm. But in presence of Cr3+, AgNPs turned yellow upon addition of I-and Br- anions. The developed virgin AgNPs probe showed high specificity and selectivity with the detection limits down to 0.32 ?M and 1.32 ?M for I- ions via two different mechanistic routes. Also, the designed probe detects Br- with a detection limit down to 1.67 ?M.

  15. A sensitive aptasensor for colorimetric detection of adenosine triphosphate based on the protective effect of ATP-aptamer complexes on unmodified gold nanoparticles.

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    Huo, Yuan; Qi, Liang; Lv, Xiao-Jun; Lai, Ting; Zhang, Jing; Zhang, Zhi-Qi

    2016-04-15

    Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the most direct source of energy in organisms. This study is the first to demonstrate that ATP-aptamer complexes provide greater protection for unmodified gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) against salt-induced aggregation than either aptamer or ATP alone. This protective effect was confirmed using transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, Zeta potential measurement, and fluorescence polarization techniques. Utilizing controlled particle aggregation/dispersion as a gauge, a sensitive and selective aptasensor for colorimetric detection of ATP was developed using ATP-binding aptamers as the identification element and unmodified AuNPs as the probe. This aptasensor exhibited a good linear relationship between the absorbance and the logarithm concentration of ATP within a 50-1000nM range. ATP analogs such as guanosine triphosphate, uridine triphosphate and cytidine triphosphate resulted in little or no interference in the determination of ATP. PMID:26638040

  16. Gold nanoparticles for the colorimetric and fluorescent detection of ions and small organic molecules

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    Liu, Dingbin; Wang, Zhuo; Jiang, Xingyu

    2011-04-01

    In recent years, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have drawn considerable research attention in the fields of catalysis, drug delivery, imaging, diagnostics, therapy and biosensors due to their unique optical and electronic properties. In this review, we summarized recent advances in the development of AuNP-based colorimetric and fluorescent assays for ions including cations (such as Hg2+, Cu2+, Pb2+, As3+, Ca2+, Al3+, etc) and anions (such as NO2-, CN-, PF6-, F-, I-, oxoanions), and small organic molecules (such as cysteine, homocysteine, trinitrotoluene, melamine and cocaine, ATP, glucose, dopamine and so forth). Many of these species adversely affect human health and the environment. Moreover, we paid particular attention to AuNP-based colorimetric and fluorescent assays in practical applications.

  17. Multifunctional Janus hematite-silica nanoparticles: mimicking peroxidase-like activity and sensitive colorimetric detection of glucose.

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    Lu, Chang; Liu, Xiangjiang; Li, Yunfeng; Yu, Fang; Tang, Longhua; Hu, Yanjie; Ying, Yibin

    2015-07-22

    The design and engineering of multifunctional nanostructures with multiple components and synergistic properties are in urgent demand for variety of acceptable biosensing platforms, enabling users to fulfill multiple tasks in a single nanosystem. Herein, we report using an asymmetric hematite-silica hybrid of Janus ?-Fe2O3/SiO2 nanoparticles (JFSNs) as a multifunctional biosensing platform for sensitive colorimetric detection of H2O2 and glucose. It was demonstrated that JFSNs exhibit an intrinsic peroxidase-like catalytic activity. Compared with natural enzyme, JFSNs nanoenzymes could be used over a wider range of pH and temperatures and were more stable over time. Importantly, besides its excellent catalytic activity, the asymmetric properties of the Janus nanoparticle enable it to form the multiple functional utilities for various biosensing applications, including the ease of surface modification without deactivation of catalytic activity and recoverable use by magnetic separation. Thus, we utilized JFSNs with glucose oxidase (GOx) immobilization for glucose-sensitive colorimetric detection, which exhibited both catalytic activity of glucose oxidase and peroxidase with high selectivity and acceptable reproducibility. By combining these two analysis systems into Janus particles, an all-in-one and reusable sensor for blood glucose was formed and has the capability for determination of glucose in complex samples such as serum. These results suggest that such Janus nanosystems have the potential to construct robust nanoarchitecture with multiple functionalities for various biosensing applications. PMID:26110779

  18. Enhanced peroxidase-like activity of porphyrin functionalized ceria nanorods for sensitive and selective colorimetric detection of glucose.

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    Liu, Qingyun; Ding, Yanyuan; Yang, Yanting; Zhang, Leyou; Sun, Lifang; Chen, Pengpeng; Gao, Chun

    2016-02-01

    Ceria nanorods modified with 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-carboxyl phenyl)-porphyrin (H2TCPP) were prepared. These nanocomposites (H2TCPP-CeO2) exhibited the intrinsic peroxidase-like activity and could catalyze the oxidation of classical peroxidase substrate 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbiphenyl dihydrochloride (TMB·2HCl) in the presence of H2O2 to produce a typical color reaction from colorless to blue. Our results demonstrated that both the H2TCPP-CeO2 nanocomposites and CeO2 nanorods exhibited higher thermal durance than that of HRP. The affinity of The H2TCPP-CeO2 nanocomposites toward H2O2 and TMB is similar to that of HRP. Fluorescent results indicated that the catalytic mechanism of the H2TCPP-CeO2 nanocomposites were from the decomposition of H2O2 into hydroxyl radicals. Based on these studies, a simple, sensitive, and selective visual and colorimetric method using TMB as the substrate was designed to detect glucose when combined with glucose oxidase. The proposed colorimetric method can detect H2O2 at a low detection limit of 6.1×10(-6)M and a dynamic range of 10(-5)-10(-4)mol·L(-1). This method can also detect glucose at a low detection limit of 3.3×10(-5)mol·L(-1) and a dynamic range of 5.0×10(-5)-1.0×10(-4)mol·L(-1). PMID:26652395

  19. A colorimetric biosensor for detection of attomolar microRNA with a functional nucleic acid-based amplification machine.

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    Li, Dandan; Cheng, Wei; Yan, Yurong; Zhang, Ye; Yin, Yibing; Ju, Huangxian; Ding, Shijia

    2016-01-01

    A functional nucleic acid-based amplification machine was designed for simple and label-free ultrasensitive colorimetric biosensing of microRNA (miRNA). The amplification machine was composed of a complex of trigger template and C-rich DNA modified molecular beacon (MB) and G-rich DNA (GDNA) as the probe, polymerase and nicking enzyme, and a dumbbell-shaped amplification template. The presence of target miRNA triggered MB mediated strand displacement to cyclically release nicking triggers, which led to a toehold initiated rolling circle amplification to produce large amounts of GDNAs. The formed GDNAs could stack with hemin to form G-quadruplex/hemin DNAzyme, a well-known horseradish peroxidase (HRP) mimic, for catalyzing a colorimetric reaction. The modified MB improved the stringent target recognition and reduced background signal. The proposed sensing strategy showed very high sensitivity and selectivity with a wide dynamic range from 10aM to 1.0nM, and enabled successful visual analysis of trace amount of miRNA in real sample by the naked eye. This rapid and highly efficient signal amplification strategy provided a simple and sensitive platform for miRNA detection. It would be a versatile and powerful tool for clinical molecular diagnostics. PMID:26695292

  20. Enhanced Colorimetric Immunoassay Accompanying with Enzyme Cascade Amplification Strategy for Ultrasensitive Detection of Low-Abundance Protein

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    Gao, Zhuangqiang; Hou, Li; Xu, Mingdi; Tang, Dianping

    2014-01-01

    Methods based on enzyme labels have been developed for colorimetric immunoassays, but most involve poor sensitivity and are unsuitable for routine use. Herein, we design an enhanced colorimetric immunoassay for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) coupling with an enzyme-cascade-amplification strategy (ECAS-CIA). In the presence of target PSA, the labeled alkaline phosphatase on secondary antibody catalyzes the formation of palladium nanostructures, which catalyze 3,3?,5,5?-tetramethylbenzidine-H2O2 system to produce the colored products, thus resulting in the signal cascade amplification. Results indicated that the ECAS-CIA presents good responses toward PSA, and allows detection of PSA at a concentration as low as 0.05?ng mL?1. Intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation are below 9.5% and 10.7%, respectively. Additionally, the methodology is validated for analysis of clinical serum specimens with consistent results obtained by PSA ELISA kit. Importantly, the ECAS-CIA opens a new horizon for protein diagnostics and biosecurity. PMID:24509941

  1. A Simple and Green Route for Room-Temperature Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles and Selective Colorimetric Detection of Cysteine.

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    Bagci, Pelin Onsekizoglu; Wang, Yi-Cheng; Gunasekaran, Sundaram

    2015-09-01

    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were synthesized at room temperature following a simple, rapid, and green route using fresh-squeezed apple juice as a reducing reagent. The optimal AuNPs, based on the particle color, stability, and color change suitable for colorimetric detection of cysteine (Cys), are synthesized using 5 mL of 10% apple juice, 1 mL of 10 mM gold precursor solution, and 1 mL of 0.1 M NaOH. Under this set of parameters, the AuNPs are synthesized within 30 min at room temperature. The average size (11.1 ± 3.2 nm) and ? potential (-36.5 mV) of the AuNPs synthesized were similar to those of AuNPs prepared via the conventional citrate-reduction method. In the presence of Cys, unlike with any other amino acid, the AuNPs aggregated, possibly due to the gold-sulfur covalent interaction, yielding red-to-purple color change of the sample solution. The red-shift of the localized surface plasmon resonance peak of the AuNPs responsible for the color change was recorded by UV-vis spectrometer. The effect of other potential interferents such as glucose, ascorbic acid, K(+) , Na(+) , Ca(2+) , Zn(2+) , Ag(+) , Ni(2+) , Cu(2+) , Co(2+) , and Hg(2+) were also examined. The results show that AuNPs can be used to selectively detect and measure Cys with a linear dependency in the range of 2 to 100 ?M and a limit of detection (signal-to-noise ratio > 3) of 50 nM. The results suggest that the green-synthesized AuNPs are useful for simple, rapid, and sensitive colorimetric detection of Cys, which is an essential amino acid in food and biological systems. PMID:26239641

  2. Colorimetric detection of fluoride ions by anthraimidazoledione based sensors in the presence of Cu(ii) ions.

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    Sarkar, Amrita; Bhattacharyya, Sudipta; Mukherjee, Arindam

    2016-01-01

    Anthraquinone based anion receptors have gained importance due to their colorimetric response on sensing a specific anion and the possibility of tuning this property by varying the conjugated moiety (the donor) to the diamine. In this work, we have synthesized and characterized four anthraimidazoledione compounds having 2,5-dihydroxy benzene, 4-(bis(2-chloroethyl)amino)benzene, imidazole and 4-methylthiazole moieties respectively (). All of them were probed for their potential as anion sensors to study the effect of changes in the hydrogen bond donor-acceptor. The p-hydroquinone bound anthraimidazoledione () and thioimidazole bound anthraimidazoledione () were able to detect both F(-) and CN(-) in the presence of other anions Cl(-), Br(-), I(-), H2PO4(-), OAc(-), NO3(-) and ClO4(-). Both and could not differentiate F(-) from CN(-) and provided a similar response to both. The (1)H NMR studies of and with F(-), showed the formation of [HF2](-) at 16.3 ppm and the (19)F NMR showed a sharp peak at -145 ppm in both cases. However, although there may be NMR evidence of [HF2](-) formation F(-) may not be detected colorimetrically if the CT band remains almost unchanged, as found for . The results emphasize that the change of a hetero atom in the donor moiety of an anthraimidazoledione may render a large difference in sensitivity. In the case of selective detection of F(-) was possible in the presence of 0.5 equivalent of Cu(2+) with the exhibition of a distinct green colour with a ?? shift of ca. 50 nm in contrast to CN(-) which showed orange colouration with a ?? shift of only 15 nm. In the presence of Cu(2+) the F(-) detection limit was 0.038(5) ppm (below the WHO specified level) at a receptor concentration of 25 ?M. PMID:26659520

  3. Architecture based on the integration of intermolecular G-quadruplex structure with sticky-end pairing and colorimetric detection of DNA hybridization

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    Li, Hongbo; Wu, Zai-Sheng; Shen, Zhifa; Shen, Guoli; Yu, Ruqin

    2014-01-01

    An interesting discovery is reported in that G-rich hairpin-based recognition probes can self-assemble into a nano-architecture based on the integration of an intermolecular G-quadruplex structure with the sticky-end pairing effect in the presence of target DNAs. Moreover, GNPs modified with partly complementary DNAs can intensively aggregate by hybridization-based intercalation between intermolecular G-quadruplexes, indicating an inspiring assembly mechanism and a powerful colorimetric DNA detection. The proposed intermolecular G-quadruplex-integrated sticky-end pairing assembly (called GISA)-based colorimetric system allows a specific and quantitative assay of p53 DNA with a linear range of more than two orders of magnitude and a detection limit of 0.2 nM, suggesting a considerably improved analytical performance. And more to the point, the discrimination of single-base mismatched target DNAs can be easily conducted via visual observation. The successful development of the present colorimetric system, especially the GISA-based aggregation mechanism of GNPs is different from traditional approaches, and offers a critical insight into the dependence of the GNP aggregation on the structural properties of oligonucleotides, opening a good way to design colorimetric sensing probes and DNA nanostructure. An interesting discovery is reported in that G-rich hairpin-based recognition probes can self-assemble into a nano-architecture based on the integration of an intermolecular G-quadruplex structure with the sticky-end pairing effect in the presence of target DNAs. Moreover, GNPs modified with partly complementary DNAs can intensively aggregate by hybridization-based intercalation between intermolecular G-quadruplexes, indicating an inspiring assembly mechanism and a powerful colorimetric DNA detection. The proposed intermolecular G-quadruplex-integrated sticky-end pairing assembly (called GISA)-based colorimetric system allows a specific and quantitative assay of p53 DNA with a linear range of more than two orders of magnitude and a detection limit of 0.2 nM, suggesting a considerably improved analytical performance. And more to the point, the discrimination of single-base mismatched target DNAs can be easily conducted via visual observation. The successful development of the present colorimetric system, especially the GISA-based aggregation mechanism of GNPs is different from traditional approaches, and offers a critical insight into the dependence of the GNP aggregation on the structural properties of oligonucleotides, opening a good way to design colorimetric sensing probes and DNA nanostructure. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental section, supplementary Figures and perspectives. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr03547f

  4. Colorimetric detection of controlled assembly and disassembly of aptamers on unmodified gold nanoparticles.

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    Gopinath, Subash C B; Lakshmipriya, Thangavel; Awazu, Koichi

    2014-01-15

    Aptamers are nucleic acid ligands that are generated artificially by in vitro selection and behave similar to antibodies. The development of aptamer-based sensing systems or strategies has been in vogue for the past few decades, because aptamers are smaller in size, stable, cheaper and undergo easier modifications. Owing to these advantages, several facile aptamer-based colorimetric strategies have been created by controlling the assembly and disassembly of aptamers on unmodified gold nanoparticle probes. As these kinds of assay systems are rapid and can be visualized unaided by instruments, they have recently become an attractive method of choice. The formation of purple-colored aggregates (attraction) from the red dispersed (repulsion) state of GNPs in the presence of mono- or divalent ions is the key principle behind this assay. Due to its simplicity and versatility, this assay can be an alternative to existing diagnostic assays. Here, we have investigated the critical elements involved in colorimetric assays, and have screened different proteins and small ligands to evaluate biofouling on GNPs. PMID:23948242

  5. Microgel coating of magnetic nanoparticles via bienzyme-mediated free-radical polymerization for colorimetric detection of glucose

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    Wu, Qing; Wang, Xia; Liao, Chuanan; Wei, Qingcong; Wang, Qigang

    2015-10-01

    This study describes a new strategy for the fabrication of magnetic core-shell microgels by free-radical polymerization triggered by the cascade reaction of glucose oxidase (GOx) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP). The mild polymerization around the interface of the magnetic nanoparticles permits the mild coating of the microgel layer with excellent characteristics for various applications in biocatalysis and medical diagnostics, as well as in clinical fields. The immobilized bienzyme within the microgel has a largely retained activity relative to the non-immobilized one. The confining effect of the microgel and the well designed distance between the two enzymes can benefit the diffusion of intermediates to the HRP active site. The final microgels can be incontestably employed as sensitive biosensors for colorimetric glucose detection.This study describes a new strategy for the fabrication of magnetic core-shell microgels by free-radical polymerization triggered by the cascade reaction of glucose oxidase (GOx) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP). The mild polymerization around the interface of the magnetic nanoparticles permits the mild coating of the microgel layer with excellent characteristics for various applications in biocatalysis and medical diagnostics, as well as in clinical fields. The immobilized bienzyme within the microgel has a largely retained activity relative to the non-immobilized one. The confining effect of the microgel and the well designed distance between the two enzymes can benefit the diffusion of intermediates to the HRP active site. The final microgels can be incontestably employed as sensitive biosensors for colorimetric glucose detection. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details and ESI figures. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05716g

  6. Iodine-Mediated Etching of Gold Nanorods for Plasmonic ELISA Based on Colorimetric Detection of Alkaline Phosphatase.

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    Zhang, Zhiyang; Chen, Zhaopeng; Wang, Shasha; Cheng, Fangbin; Chen, Lingxin

    2015-12-23

    Here, we propose a plasmonic enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) based on highly sensitive colorimetric detection of alkaline phosphatase (ALP), which is achieved by iodine-mediated etching of gold nanorods (AuNRs). Once the sandwich-type immunocomplex is formed, the ALP bound on the polystyrene microwells will hydrolyze ascorbic acid 2-phosphate into ascorbic acid. Subsequently, iodate is reduced to iodine, a moderate oxidant, which etches AuNRs from rod to sphere in shape. The shape change of AuNRs leads to a blue-shift of longitudinal localized surface plasmon resonance. As a result, the solution of AuNRs changes from blue to red. Benefiting from the highly sensitive detection of ALP, the proposed plasmonic ELISA has achieved an ultralow detection limit (100 pg/mL) for human immunoglobulin G (IgG). Importantly, the visual detection limit (3.0 ng/mL) allows the rapid differential diagnosis with the naked eye. The further detection of human IgG in fetal bovine serum indicates its applicability to the determination of low abundance protein in complex biological samples. PMID:26619266

  7. Colorimetric detection of in situ metal acetates and fluorides by a bipyridyl-linked Schiff base.

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    Suganya, Sivalingam; Zo, Hye Jin; Park, Jong S; Velmathi, Sivan

    2014-12-01

    Here, we present a new bipyridyl moiety linked Schiff base (bipy-1) that is well characterized using spectroscopic techniques. Colorimetric and UV-vis titrations were used to study the photophysical properties of bipy-1 in the presence of various tetrabutyl ammonium salt of anions and metal salts containing different counter cations. bipy-1 showed selective recognition of dimethyl sulphoxide solution of tetrabutyl ammonium salt of F(-) ion accompanied with a UV-vis band at 529?nm and interesting binding of aqueous Co, Ni, and Cu acetates/fluorides, as confirmed by distinct color changes from fluorescent green to pink or orange and a strong band around 480-510?nm in the UV-vis spectrum. However, in the presence of Co, Ni, and Cu countercations, any form of metal acetate/fluorides was found to be able to respond to similar color changes from fluorescent green to pink or orange, showing a band around 480-510?nm. This type of output clearly indicates that the in situ formation of Co, Ni, and Cu acetates/fluorides also coordinates with bipyridyl nitrogen atoms. PMID:25319616

  8. Visual and highly sensitive detection of cancer cells by a colorimetric aptasensor based on cell-triggered cyclic enzymatic signal amplification.

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    Zhang, Xianxia; Xiao, Kunyi; Cheng, Liwei; Chen, Hui; Liu, Baohong; Zhang, Song; Kong, Jilie

    2014-06-01

    Rapid and efficient detection of cancer cells at their earliest stages is one of the central challenges in cancer diagnostics. We developed a simple, cost-effective, and highly sensitive colorimetric method for visually detecting rare cancer cells based on cell-triggered cyclic enzymatic signal amplification (CTCESA). In the absence of target cells, hairpin aptamer probes (HAPs) and linker DNAs stably coexist in solution, and the linker DNA assembles DNA-AuNPs, producing a purple solution. In the presence of target cells, the specific binding of HAPs to the target cells triggers a conformational switch that results in linker DNA hybridization and cleavage by nicking endonuclease-strand scission cycles. Consequently, the cleaved fragments of linker DNA can no longer assemble into DNA-AuNPs, resulting in a red color. UV-vis spectrometry and photograph analyses demonstrated that this CTCESA-based method exhibited selective and sensitive colorimetric responses to the presence of target CCRF-CEM cells, which could be detected by the naked eye. The linear response for CCRF-CEM cells in a concentration range from 10(2) to 10(4) cells was obtained with a detection limit of 40 cells, which is approximately 20 times lower than the detection limit of normal AuNP-based methods without amplification. Given the high specificity and sensitivity of CTCESA, this colorimetric method provides a sensitive, label-free, and cost-effective approach for early cancer diagnosis and point-to-care applications. PMID:24819867

  9. Directional antineutrino detection.

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    Safdi, Benjamin R; Suerfu, Burkhant

    2015-02-20

    We propose the first event-by-event directional antineutrino detector using inverse beta decay (IBD) interactions on hydrogen, with potential applications including monitoring for nuclear nonproliferation, spatially mapping geoneutrinos, characterizing the diffuse supernova neutrino background and searching for new physics in the neutrino sector. The detector consists of adjacent and separated target and capture scintillator planes. IBD events take place in the target layers, which are thin enough to allow the neutrons to escape without scattering elastically. The neutrons are detected in the thicker boron-loaded capture layers. The location of the IBD event and the momentum of the positron are determined by tracking the positron's trajectory through the detector. Our design is a straightforward modification of existing antineutrino detectors; a prototype could be built with existing technology. PMID:25763953

  10. Directional Antineutrino Detection

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    Safdi, Benjamin R.; Suerfu, Burkhant

    2015-02-01

    We propose the first event-by-event directional antineutrino detector using inverse beta decay (IBD) interactions on hydrogen, with potential applications including monitoring for nuclear nonproliferation, spatially mapping geoneutrinos, characterizing the diffuse supernova neutrino background and searching for new physics in the neutrino sector. The detector consists of adjacent and separated target and capture scintillator planes. IBD events take place in the target layers, which are thin enough to allow the neutrons to escape without scattering elastically. The neutrons are detected in the thicker boron-loaded capture layers. The location of the IBD event and the momentum of the positron are determined by tracking the positron's trajectory through the detector. Our design is a straightforward modification of existing antineutrino detectors; a prototype could be built with existing technology.

  11. Enhancing the surface sensitivity of colorimetric resonant optical biosensors

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    Cunningham, Brian

    Enhancing the surface sensitivity of colorimetric resonant optical biosensors Brian Cunningham Abstract Through alteration of the structure of a colorimetric resonant optical biosensor, the relative biosensor; Proteomics; Micro-replication; Resonant filter; Direct assay 1. Introduction Several optical

  12. Directional Antineutrino Detection

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    Safdi, B. R.; Suerfu, J.

    2014-12-01

    We propose the first truly directional antineutrino detector for antineutrinos near the threshold for the inverse beta decay (IBD) of hydrogen, with potential applications including the spatial mapping of geo-neutrinos, searches for stellar antineutrinos, and the monitoring of nuclear reactors. The detector consists of adjacent and separated target and neutron-capture layers. The IBD events, which result in a neutron and a positron, take place in the target layers. These layers are thin enough so that the neutrons escape without scattering elastically. The neutrons are detected in the thicker neutron-capture layers. The location of the IBD event is determined from the energy deposited by the positron as it slows in the medium and from the two gamma rays that come from the positron annihilation. Since the neutron recoils in the direction of the antineutrino's motion, a line may then be drawn between the IBD event location and the neutron-capture location to approximate the antineutrino's velocity. In some events, we may even measure the positron's velocity, which further increases our ability to reconstruct the antineutrino's direction of motion. Our method significantly improves upon previous methods by allowing the neutron to freely travel a long distance before diffusing and being captured. Moreover, our design is a straightforward modification of existing antineutrino detectors; a prototype could easily be built with existing technology. We verify our design through Monte Carlo simulations in Geant4, using commercially-available boron-loaded plastic scintillators for the target and neutron-capture layer materials. We are able to discriminate from background using multiple coincidence signatures within a short, ~microsecond time interval. We conclude that the detector could likely operate above ground with minimal shielding.

  13. Colorimetric microtiter plate receptor-binding assay for the detection of freshwater and marine neurotoxins targeting the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors

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    Rubio, Fernando; Kamp, Lisa; Carpino, Justin; Faltin, Erin; Loftin, Keith A.; Molgó, Jordi; Aráoz, Rómulo

    2014-01-01

    Anatoxin-a and homoanatoxin-a, produced by cyanobacteria, are agonists of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). Pinnatoxins, spirolides, and gymnodimines, produced by dinoflagellates, are antagonists of nAChRs. In this study we describe the development and validation of a competitive colorimetric, high throughput functional assay based on the mechanism of action of freshwater and marine toxins against nAChRs. Torpedo electrocyte membranes (rich in muscle-type nAChR) were immobilized and stabilized on the surface of 96-well microtiter plates. Biotinylated ?-bungarotoxin (the tracer) and streptavidin-horseradish peroxidase (the detector) enabled the detection and quantitation of anatoxin-a in surface waters and cyclic imine toxins in shellfish extracts that were obtained from different locations across the US. The method compares favorably to LC/MS/MS and provides accurate results for anatoxin-a and cyclic imine toxins monitoring. Study of common constituents at the concentrations normally found in drinking and environmental waters, as well as the tolerance to pH, salt, solvents, organic and inorganic compounds did not significantly affect toxin detection. The assay allowed the simultaneous analysis of up to 25 samples within 3.5 h and it is well suited for on-site or laboratory monitoring of low levels of toxins in drinking, surface, and ground water as well as in shellfish extracts.

  14. Colorimetric detection of Bi (III) in water and drug samples using pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid modified silver nanoparticles

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    Mohammadi, Somayeh; Khayatian, Gholamreza

    2015-09-01

    A new selective, simple, fast and sensitive method is developed for sensing assay of Bi (III) using pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid or dipicolinic acid (DPA) modified silver nanoparticles (DPA-AgNPs). Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized by reducing silver nitrate (AgNO3) with sodium borohydride (NaBH4) in the presence of DPA. Bismuth detection is based on color change of nanoparticle solution from yellow to red that is induced in the presence of Bi (III). Aggregation of DPA-AgNPs has been confirmed with UV-vis absorption spectra and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images. Under the optimized conditions, a good linear relationship (correlation coefficient r = 0.995) is obtained between the absorbance ratio (A525/A390) and the concentration of Bi (III) in the 0.40-8.00 ?M range. This colorimetric probe allows Bi (III) to be rapidly quantified with a 0.01 ?M limit of detection. The present method successfully applied to determine bismuth in real water and drug samples. Recoveries of water samples were in the range of 91.2-99.6%.

  15. Microsystem-assisted synthesis of carbon dots with fluorescent and colorimetric properties for pH detection

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    Pedro, S. Gómez-De; Salinas-Castillo, A.; Ariza-Avidad, M.; Lapresta-Fernández, A.; Sánchez-González, C.; Martínez-Cisneros, C. S.; Puyol, M.; Capitan-Vallvey, L. F.; Alonso-Chamarro, J.

    2014-05-01

    The present paper describes the use of a microfluidic system to synthesize carbon dots (Cdots) and their use as optical pH sensors. The synthesis is based on the thermal decomposition of ascorbic acid in dimethyl sulfoxide. The proposed microsystem is composed of a fluidic and a thermal platform, which enable proper control of synthesis variables. Uniform and monodispersed 3.3 nm-sized Cdots have been synthesized, the optical characterization of which showed their down/upconversion luminescence and colorimetric properties. The obtained Cdots have been used for pH detection with down and upconverison fluorescent properties as excitation sources. The naked eye or a photographic digital camera has also been implemented as detection systems with the hue parameter showing a linear pH range from 3.5 to 10.2. On the other hand, experiments on the cytotoxicity and permeability of the Cdots on human embryonic kidney cells revealed their adsorption on cells without causing any impact on the cellular morphology.

  16. Binding-induced and label-free colorimetric method for protein detection based on autonomous assembly of hemin/G-quadruplex DNAzyme amplification strategy.

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    Wu, Hao; Zhang, Kai; Liu, Yaling; Wang, Hongyong; Wu, Jun; Zhu, Feifan; Zou, Pei

    2015-02-15

    In this work, a new binding-induced and label-free colorimetric method for protein detection has been developed on the basis of an autonomous assembly of hemin/G-quadruplex DNAzyme amplification strategy. The system consists of two proximity probes carrying two aptamer sequences as recognition elements for target, and two hairpin structures include three-fourths and one-fourth of the G-quadruplex sequences in inactive configuration as functional elements. In the presence of target protein, two proximity probes bind to the protein simultaneously, forming a stable DNA-protein complex. Then the complex triggers an autonomous cross-opening of the two functional hairpin structures, leading to the formation of numerous hemin/G-quadruplex DNAzymes. The resulting DNAzymes catalyze the oxidation of colorless 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS(2-)) to the green-colored ABTS(•-) with the presence of H2O2, thus providing the amplified colorimetric detection of target. Using human ?-thrombin as the protein target, this binding-induced DNAzyme amplification colorimetric method affords high sensitivity with a detection limit of 1.9 pM. Furthermore, this method might be further extended to sensitive detection of other proteins by simply replacing recognition elements of proximity probes. PMID:25310491

  17. Highly sensitive colorimetric detection of glucose in a serum based on DNA-embeded Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles

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    Kang, Fei; Hou, Xiangshu; Xu, Kun

    2015-10-01

    Glucose is a key energy substance in diverse biology and closely related to the life activities of the organism. To develop a simple and sensitive method for glucose detection is extremely urgent but still remains a key challenge. Herein, we report a colorimetric glucose sensor in a homogeneous system based on DNA-embedded core-shell Au@Ag nanoparticles. In this assay, a glucose substrate was first catalytically oxidized by glucose oxidase to produce H2O2 which would further oxidize and gradually etch the outer silver shell of Au@Ag nanoparticles. Afterwards, the solution color changed from yellow to red and the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band of Au@Ag nanoparticles declined and red-shifted from 430 to 516 nm. Compared with previous silver-based glucose colorimetric detection strategies, the distinctive SPR band change is superior to the color variation, which is critical to the high sensitivity of this assay. Benefiting from the outstanding optical property, robust stability and well-dispersion of the core-shell Au@AgNPs hybrid, this colorimetric assay obtained a detection limit of glucose as low as 10 nM, which is at least a 10-fold improvement over other AgNPs-based procedures. Moreover, this optical biosensor was successfully employed to the determination of glucose in fetal bovine serum.

  18. BSA-stabilized Pt nanozyme for peroxidase mimetics and its application on colorimetric detection of mercury(II) ions.

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    Li, Wei; Chen, Bin; Zhang, Haixiang; Sun, Yanhua; Wang, Jun; Zhang, Jinli; Fu, Yan

    2015-04-15

    Bovine serum albumin (BSA) is chosen as the nucleation templates to synthesize Pt-based peroxidase nanomimetics with the average diameter of 2.0nm. The efficient Pt nanozymes consist of 57% Pt(0) and 43% Pt(2+), which possess highly peroxidase-like activity with the Km values of 0.119mM and 41.8mM toward 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), respectively. Interestingly, Hg(2+) is able to down-regulate the enzymatic activity of Pt nanoparticles, mainly through the interactions between Hg(2+) and Pt(0). It is the first report to explore a colorimetric Hg(2+) sensing system on the basis of peroxidase mimicking activities of Pt nanoparticles. One of our most intriguing results is that BSA-stabilized Pt nanozymes demonstrate the ability to sense Hg(2+) ions in aqueous solution without significant interference from other metal ions. The Hg(2+) detection limit of 7.2nM is achieved with a linear response range of 0-120nM, and the developed sensing system is potentially applicable for quantitative determination of Hg(2+) in drinking water. PMID:25437360

  19. Microfluidic toner-based analytical devices: disposable, lightweight, and portable platforms for point-of-care diagnostics with colorimetric detection.

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    Oliveira, Karoliny Almeida; de Souza, Fabrício Ribeiro; de Oliveira, Cristina Rodrigues; da Silveira, Lucimeire Antonelli; Coltro, Wendell Karlos Tomazelli

    2015-01-01

    This chapter describes the development of microfluidic toner-based analytical devices (?TADs) to perform clinical diagnostics using a scanner or cell-phone camera. ?TADs have been produced in a platform composed of polyester and toner by the direct-printing technology (DPT) in a matter of minutes. This technology offers simplicity and versatility, and it does not require any sophisticated instrumentation. Toner-based devices integrate the current generation of disposable analytical devices along paper-based chips. The cost of one ?TAD has been estimated to be lower than $0.10. In addition, these platforms are lightweight and portable thus enabling their use for point-of-care applications. In the last 5 years, great efforts have been dedicated to spread out the use of ?TADs in bioassays. The current chapter reports the fabrication of printed microplates and integrated microfluidic toner-based devices for dengue diagnostics and rapid colorimetric assays with clinically relevant analytes including cholesterol, triglycerides, total proteins, and glucose. The use of ?TADs associated with cell-phone camera may contribute to the health care, in special, to people housed in developing regions or with limited access to clinics and hospitals. PMID:25626533

  20. Visual and colorimetric detection of p-aminophenol in environmental water and human urine samples based on anisotropic growth of Ag nanoshells on Au nanorods.

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    Lin, Tianran; Li, Zhihong; Song, Zhiping; Chen, Huan; Guo, Liangqia; Fu, Fengfu; Wu, Zujian

    2016-02-01

    A simple, sensitive, selective and high-resolution colorimetric method has been developed for the detection of p-aminophenol in environmental water and human urine samples. In the presence of p-aminophenol, silver ions are reduced to silver atoms and subsequently Ag nanoshells anisotropically grow on the surface of Au nanorods to generate orange slice-like Au@Ag core-shell nanocrystals, thereby resulting in the blue-shift of longitudinal surface plasmon resonance band of Au nanorods accompanying a sharp-contrast multicolor change. Using Au@Ag core-shell nanocrystals as the transducer, sub-micromolar p-aminophenol can be detected by the colorimetric method and 10?molL(-1) p-aminophenol can be visual readout by the naked eyes. Furthermore, a simple, cheap, portable test kit is constructed for the visual assay of urinary p-aminophenol without complicated sample pretreatment and sophisticated instruments. The proposed colorimetric method has the potential for the rapid and on-site analyses of p-aminophenol in environmental water and human urine samples. PMID:26653424

  1. Immunosorbent analysis of ricin contamination in milk using colorimetric, chemiluminescence, and electrochemiluminescence detection

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    Analytical methodology to detect ricin in food matrices is important because of the potential use of foodborne ricin as a terrorist weapon. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that bind ricin were used for both capture and detection in sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and electrochemilumi...

  2. A SIMPLE COLORIMETRIC METHOD TO DETECT BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE OF HUMAN EXPOSURE TO MICROCYSTINS

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    Toxic cyanobacteria are contaminants of surface waters worldwide. Microcystins are some of the most commonly detected toxins. Biological evidence of human exposure may be difficult to obtain due to limitations associated with cost, laboratory capacity, analytic support, and exp...

  3. Multiplexed colorimetric detection of Kaposi's sarcoma associated herpesvirus and Bartonella DNA using gold and silver nanoparticles

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    Mancuso, Matthew; Jiang, Li; Cesarman, Ethel; Erickson, David

    2013-01-01

    Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is an infectious cancer occurring most commonly in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive patients and in endemic regions, such as Sub-Saharan Africa, where KS is among the top four most prevalent cancers. The cause of KS is the Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV, also called HHV-8), an oncogenic herpesvirus that while routinely diagnosed in developed nations, provides challenges to developing world medical providers and point-of-care detection. A major challenge in the diagnosis of KS is the existence of a number of other diseases with similar clinical presentation and histopathological features, requiring the detection of KSHV in a biopsy sample. In this work we develop an answer to this challenge by creating a multiplexed one-pot detection system for KSHV DNA and DNA from a frequently confounding disease, bacillary angiomatosis. Gold and silver nanoparticle aggregation reactions are tuned for each target and a multi-color change system is developed capable of detecting both targets down to levels between 1 nM and 2 nM. The system developed here could later be integrated with microfluidic sample processing to create a final device capable of solving the two major challenges in point-of-care KS detection.

  4. Development of a paper-based analytical device for colorimetric detection of select foodborne pathogens.

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    Jokerst, Jana C; Adkins, Jaclyn A; Bisha, Bledar; Mentele, Mallory M; Goodridge, Lawrence D; Henry, Charles S

    2012-03-20

    Foodborne pathogens are a major public health threat and financial burden for the food industry, individuals, and society, with an estimated 76 million cases of food-related illness occurring in the United States alone each year. Three of the most important causative bacterial agents of foodborne diseases are pathogenic strains of Escherichia coli , Salmonella spp., and Listeria monocytogenes , due to the severity and frequency of illness and disproportionally high number of fatalities. Their continued persistence in food has dictated the ongoing need for faster, simpler, and less expensive analytical systems capable of live pathogen detection in complex samples. Culture techniques for detection and identification of foodborne pathogens require 5-7 days to complete. Major improvements to molecular detection techniques have been introduced recently, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR). These methods can be tedious; require complex, expensive instrumentation; necessitate highly trained personnel; and are not easily amenable to routine screening. Here, a paper-based analytical device (?PAD) has been developed for the detection of E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella Typhimurium, and L. monocytogenes in food samples as a screening system. In this work, a paper-based microspot assay was created by use of wax printing on filter paper. Detection is achieved by measuring the color change when an enzyme associated with the pathogen of interest reacts with a chromogenic substrate. When combined with enrichment procedures, the method allows for an enrichment time of 12 h or less and is capable of detecting bacteria in concentrations in inoculated ready-to-eat (RTE) meat as low as 10(1) colony-forming units/cm(2). PMID:22320200

  5. A Colorimetric Sensor Array for Detection of Triacetone Triperoxide Vapor Hengwei Lin and Kenneth S. Suslick*

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    Suslick, Kenneth S.

    -butylhydroperoxide, peracetic acid). Triacetone triperoxide (TATP), a high-powered primary explo- sive first synthesized in 1895 low levels of TATP vapor from its acid decomposition products13 (e.g., H2O2) with limits of detection analysis from 50 ppb to 10 ppm. By using a solid acid catalyst to pretreat a gas stream, we have discovered

  6. An Allosteric Dual-DNAzyme Unimolecular Probe for Colorimetric Detection of Copper(II)

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    Tan, Weihong

    -histidine,8 and they used catalytic nucleic acids as labels to detect DNA and investigate telomerase activity of the substrate by the DNAzyme. In this case, the horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-mimicking DNAzyme is activated-DNAzyme. In the absence of the target metal ion, these three domains act cooperatively in the DNA-cleaving active state

  7. Colorimetric Detection of Ehrlichia Canis via Nucleic Acid Hybridization in Gold Nano-Colloids

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    Muangchuen, Ajima; Chaumpluk, Piyasak; Suriyasomboon, Annop; Ekgasit, Sanong

    2014-01-01

    Canine monocytic ehrlichiosis (CME) is a major thick-bone disease of dog caused by Ehrlichia canis. Detection of this causal agent outside the laboratory using conventional methods is not effective enough. Thus an assay for E. canis detection based on the p30 outer membrane protein gene was developed. It was based on the p30 gene amplification using loop-mediated isothermal DNA amplification (LAMP). The primer set specific to six areas within the target gene were designed and tested for their sensitivity and specificity. Detection of DNA signals was based on modulation of gold nanoparticles' surface properties and performing DNA/DNA hybridization using an oligonucleotide probe. Presence of target DNA affected the gold colloid nanoparticles in terms of particle aggregation with a plasmonic color change of the gold colloids from ruby red to purple, visible by the naked eye. All the assay steps were completed within 90 min including DNA extraction without relying on standard laboratory facilities. This method was very specific to target bacteria. Its sensitivity with probe hybridization was sufficient to detect 50 copies of target DNA. This method should provide an alternative choice for point of care control and management of the disease. PMID:25111239

  8. Colorimetric detection of Ehrlichia canis via nucleic acid hybridization in gold nano-colloids.

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    Muangchuen, Ajima; Chaumpluk, Piyasak; Suriyasomboon, Annop; Ekgasit, Sanong

    2014-01-01

    Canine monocytic ehrlichiosis (CME) is a major thick-bone disease of dog caused by Ehrlichia canis. Detection of this causal agent outside the laboratory using conventional methods is not effective enough. Thus an assay for E. canis detection based on the p30 outer membrane protein gene was developed. It was based on the p30 gene amplification using loop-mediated isothermal DNA amplification (LAMP). The primer set specific to six areas within the target gene were designed and tested for their sensitivity and specificity. Detection of DNA signals was based on modulation of gold nanoparticles' surface properties and performing DNA/DNA hybridization using an oligonucleotide probe. Presence of target DNA affected the gold colloid nanoparticles in terms of particle aggregation with a plasmonic color change of the gold colloids from ruby red to purple, visible by the naked eye. All the assay steps were completed within 90 min including DNA extraction without relying on standard laboratory facilities. This method was very specific to target bacteria. Its sensitivity with probe hybridization was sufficient to detect 50 copies of target DNA. This method should provide an alternative choice for point of care control and management of the disease. PMID:25111239

  9. DETECTION OF ESCHERICHIA COLI IN WATER USING A COLORIMETRIC GENE PROBE ASSAY

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    A commercially available DNA hydribization assay (Gene-trak , Framingham, MA. USA) was compared with the EC-MUG procedure for the detection of Escherichia coli in water. The gene probe gave positive responses for pure cultures of E. coli 0157:H7, E. fergusonii, Shigella sonnei, S...

  10. BODIPY based colorimetric fluorescent probe for selective thiophenol detection: theoretical and experimental studies.

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    Kand, Dnyaneshwar; Mishra, Pratyush Kumar; Saha, Tanmoy; Lahiri, Mayurika; Talukdar, Pinaki

    2012-09-01

    A BODIPY-based selective thiophenol probe capable of discriminating aliphatic thiols is reported. The fluorescence off-on effect upon reaction with thiol is elucidated with theoretical calculations. The sensing of thiophenol is associated with a color change from red to yellow and 63-fold enhancement in green fluorescence. Application of the probe for selective thiophenol detection is demonstrated by live cell imaging. PMID:22751002

  11. Colorimetric detection of hydrogen peroxide and glucose using the magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles.

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    Wang, Yonghong; Zhou, Bo; Wu, Shun; Wang, Kemin; He, Xiaoxiao

    2015-03-01

    In this work, we synthesized a type of magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticle (denoted as Fe3O4@MSN) with Fe3O4 as the core and mesoporous silica the shell. The superparamagnetic Fe3O4-core provides high peroxidase-mimic activity and makes the artificial enzymatic system easily recyclable. Furthermore, Fe3O4 nanoparticles are encapsulated in MSN shells to hinder the aggregation and keep them stable even under harsh conditions. Meanwhile, small active molecules are allowed to diffuse in and out of the MSN shells. Based on these functional units, the Fe3O4@MSN as robust nanoreactors can catalyze a self-organized cascade reaction, which includes oxidation of glucose by oxygen to yield gluconic acid and H2O2, and the latter further oxidizes 3,3,5,5-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) to produce a color change. The Fe3O4@MSN, whose catalytic efficiency was not strongly dependent on pH and temperature, was successfully used for the detection of glucose and showed excellent sensitivity with a detection limit of 0.4×10(-5) mol/L. Nevertheless, the assay is also highly selective toward the glucose detection. PMID:25618726

  12. Gold nanoflowers based colorimetric detection of Hg2+ and Pb2+ ions.

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    Nalawade, Pradnya; Kapoor, Sudhir

    2013-12-01

    An optical detection method based on the interaction of gold nanoflowers with Hg(2+) and Pb(2+) has been described. After interaction, gold nanoflowers change the color from violet to wine red. The nanoflowers are capable of determining Hg(2+) and Pb(2+) over a dynamic range of 1.0 × 10(-6) and 1.0 × 10(-5)M, respectively. The response time of nanoflowers depends on the concentration of ions. The presence of both Hg(2+) and Pb(2+) ions in the mixture having Au nanoflowers induced color changes of the solution within several seconds even at 1.0 × 10(-6)M. Common metal ions were chosen to investigate their interference in Hg(2+) and Pb(2+) detection, and the concentration of each metal ion studied was 1.0 × 10(-5)M. Other metallic ions could not induce color change even at 1.0 × 10(-5)M. The feasibility of our method to detect Hg(2+) and Pb(2+) ions at high concentration in real water samples was verified. Water samples were from our own laboratory and no pretreatment was made. As the particles are stable they can be used for more than 3 months without observing any major deviation. PMID:23933548

  13. Development and evaluation of a colorimetric PCR system for the detection and typing of human papillomaviruses.

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    Chouhy, Diego; Gil, Lisandro Benítez; Nocito, Ana L; Wojdyla, Daniel; Ornella, Leonardo; Cittadini, Jorge; Gardiol, Daniela; Giri, Adriana A

    2006-11-01

    In developing countries, the introduction of human papillomaviruses (HPV) DNA testing as an adjunct to cytological screening programs has been delayed due to the lack of high performance and cost effective diagnostic nucleic acid methods. In this study we report the development and evaluation of the L1HPVPCR, a PCR-based method for the detection and typing of five of the most prevalent high-risk HPV types. The L1HPVPCR assay combines amplification with the MY09/11 HPV consensus primer system, liquid hybridization of the PCR products with no radioactive probes and enzyme immunoassay analysis. The technique is a user-friendly system that allows accurate HPV DNA detection and typing with inexpensive instrumentation that could be performed with not sophisticated reagents in almost any laboratory. Different cutoff points for generic and specific HPV detection were determined using reproducibility analysis and receiver operating characteristic curves to ensure good analytical sensitivity and clinical effectiveness. We used the L1HPVPCR assay to estimate the prevalence of HPV infection in 127 women at risk of cervical cancer from the city of Rosario (Argentina), where no epidemiological data has been previously reported. Further, we explored the clinical utility of the L1HPVPCR assay respect the Pap smear using a combined diagnosis of cytology, histology and colposcopy as gold standard. In conclusion, our results indicate that the assay described here provides a tool for accurate HPV DNA testing and could be applied in regions where no commercial tests are available. PMID:17016633

  14. Colorimetric Detection of Dengue by Single Tube Reverse-Transcription-Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification

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    Teoh, Boon-Teong; Abd-Jamil, Juraina; Johari, Jefree; Sam, Sing-Sin; Tan, Kim-Kee; AbuBakar, Sazaly

    2015-01-01

    Dengue is usually diagnosed by isolation of the virus, serology or molecular diagnostic methods. Several commercial kits for the diagnosis of dengue are existing, but concerns have arisen regarding to the affordability and performance characteristics of these kits. Hence, the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is potentially ideal to be used especially in resource limited environments. Serum was collected from healthy donors and patients diagnosed with dengue infection. RNA extracted from the serum samples were tested by reverse-transcription-LAMP assay developed based on 3?-NCR gene sequences for DENV 1–4. Results were interpreted by a turbidity meter in real time or visually at the end of the assay. Sensitivity and specificity of RT-LAMP results were calculated and compared to qRT-PCR and ELISA. RT-LAMP is highly sensitive with the detection limit of 10 RNA copies for all serotypes. Dengue virus RNA was detected in all positive samples using RT-LAMP and none of the negative samples within 30–45 minutes. With continuing efforts in the optimization of this assay, RT-LAMP may provide a simple and reliable test for detecting DENV in areas where dengue is prevalent. PMID:26384248

  15. Polydiacetylene liposomes functionalized with sialic acid bind and colorimetrically detect influenza virus

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    Reichert, A.; Nagy, J.O.; Spevak, W.; Charych, D. )

    1995-01-18

    In this paper we have demonstrated that polymerized liposomes are biomolecular materials that provide a molecular recognition function (sialic acid) and a detection element (polydiacetylene backbone), all within a single supramolecular assembly. The binding event is transduced to a visible color change, readily seen with the naked eye and quantified by absorption spectroscopy. Specificity of the color change was demonstrated by competitive inhibition studies. In addition, nonspecific adsorption, if it occurs. does not appear to affect the color of the liposome solutions. 28 refs., 2 figs.

  16. Micromolar colorimetric detection of 2-hydroxy ketones with the water-soluble tetrazolium WST-1.

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    Bommer, Martin; Ward, John M

    2016-01-15

    The archetypal triphenyl tetrazolium chloride (tetrazolium red) has been used in spectrophotometric microplate assays for 2-hydroxy ketones and, by extension, for the activity of enzymes including aminotransferase, transketolase, and pyruvate decarboxylase. Better sensitivity, dynamic range, and reproducibility of this method may be achieved by (i) in situ solubilization of the colored formazan with Cremophor EL and (ii) use of the newer-generation tetrazolium salts tetrazolium violet, iodonitrotetrazolium, or WST-1 (water-soluble tetrazolium). Two to 125 ?M hydroxy pyruvate, dihydroxy acetone, and indole pyruvate produced by serine:pyruvate, ?-alanine (?-amino acid):pyruvate, and aromatic amino acid aminotransferase, respectively, could be detected with WST-1. PMID:26408350

  17. A Highly Selective Turn-On Colorimetric, Red Fluorescent Sensor for Detecting Mobile Zinc in Living Cells

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    Du, Pingwu

    We describe ZRL1, a turn-on colorimetric and red fluorescent zinc ion sensor. The Zn2+-promoted ring opening of the rhodamine spirolactam ring in ZRL1 evokes a 220-fold fluorescence turn-on response. In aqueous media, ZRL1 ...

  18. Biofunctionalized silver nanoparticles as a novel colorimetric probe for melamine detection in raw milk.

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    Borase, Hemant P; Patil, Chandrashekhar D; Salunkhe, Rahul B; Suryawanshi, Rahul K; Salunke, Bipinchandra K; Patil, Satish V

    2015-09-01

    Nanoparticles have emerged as a promising analytical tool for monitoring food adulteration and safety. In the present study, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized using leaves' extract of Jatropha gossypifolia. AgNPs revealed a characteristic surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peak at 419 nm and have spherical and grain shape with size range between 18 and 30 nm. A selective and rapid method of melamine detection in raw milk was developed with the use of these biofunctionalized AgNPs. The color change, deviation in SPR spectra, and change in the absorption ratio (A500 /A419 ) of AgNPs occurred after an AgNPs-melamine interaction. The detection limit for melamine up to 2 ?M (252 ppb) was attained with this method, which is quite lower than safety level recommendations of regulatory bodies demonstrating sensitivity of the method. Dynamicx light scattering and transmission electron microscopy analyses exhibited an increase in hydrodynamic diameter and size of AgNPs after melamine interaction. Melamine sensing by AgNPs was investigated by different physicochemical and thermal analyses. PMID:25322814

  19. Dark Matter: Direct Detection

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    Chardin, G.

    2009-12-16

    The identification of Dark Matter is an outstanding question of contemporary physics. I summarize the main experimental strategies developed to answer this question, focusing on cryogenic detectors and comparing these detectors to their double-phase xenon and argon competitors. I discuss in particular the main developments in charge-phonon (CDMS, EDELWEISS) and light-phonon detectors (CRESST, ROSEBUD). Finally, I discuss the prospects of WIMP detection within the next few years by the CDMS, CRESST, EDELWEISS and XENON experiments, and their successors EURECA, GEODM and XENON-1 ton.

  20. Cell damage detection using Escherichia coli reporter plasmids: fluorescent and colorimetric assays.

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    Padilla-Martínez, Felipe; Carrizosa-Villegas, Luz Adriana; Rangel-Serrano, Ángeles; Paramo-Pérez, Itzel; Mondragón-Jaimes, Verónica; Anaya-Velázquez, Fernando; Padilla-Vaca, Felipe; Franco, Bernardo

    2015-08-01

    Bacterial reporter assays are powerful tools used to study the effect of different compounds that affect the physiology of cellular processes. Most bacterial reporters are luciferase based and can be monitored in real time. In the present study we designed and implemented two sets of Escherichia coli bacterial reporter assays, using a multicopy plasmid system. Each reporter strain was constructed using either green fluorescent protein or ?-galactosidase (LacZ) proteins. The designed reporter strains are capable of responding in a specific manner to molecules that either oxidative stress, or membrane, protein, or DNA damage. In order to respond to the desired stimulus, promoter sequences from E. coli were used. These sequences correspond to the promoter of the major catalase (KatG) activated with cellular oxidative damage, the promoter of the ?-hydroxydecanoyl-ACP dehydrase (FabA) which is activated with membrane perturbation, the promoter of DNA recombinase (RecA) which is activated by DNA lesions. For protein misfolding, the promoter of the heat-shock responsive chaperon (DnaK) was used. Our constructs displayed activation to damage from specific stimuli, and low response to nonspecific stimuli was detected. Our results suggest that these types of bacterial reporter strains can be used in semiquantitative (fluorometric) and qualitative (?-galactosidase activity) studies of different xenobiotic substances and pollutants. PMID:25983135

  1. Structural, morphological and optical studies of L-cysteine modified silver nanoparticles and its application as a probe for the selective colorimetric detection of Hg2+

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    Nidya, M.; Umadevi, M.; Rajkumar, Beulah J. M.

    2014-12-01

    We report an extensive study on the evolution of a highly facile, selective colorimetric probe for Hg2+ detection using cysteine modified silver nanoparticles. The nanoparticles are stable in a basic medium and the Surface Enhanced Raman Spectrum (SERS) reveal that the cysteine is bound to the Ag surface through the thiolate moiety with the charged carboxylate group pointing outwards in a morphology that lends itself to sensor applications. In the presence of Hg2+, the absorption peak is quenched resulting in a drastic colour change. The sensor displays high selectivity to Hg2+ over other metallic ions.

  2. MicroRNA-triggered, cascaded and catalytic self-assembly of functional ``DNAzyme ferris wheel'' nanostructures for highly sensitive colorimetric detection of cancer cells

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    Zhou, Wenjiao; Liang, Wenbin; Li, Xin; Chai, Yaqin; Yuan, Ruo; Xiang, Yun

    2015-05-01

    The construction of DNA nanostructures with various sizes and shapes has significantly advanced during the past three decades, yet the application of these DNA nanostructures for solving real problems is still in the early stage. On the basis of microRNA-triggered, catalytic self-assembly formation of the functional ``DNAzyme ferris wheel'' nanostructures, we show here a new signal amplification platform for highly sensitive, label-free and non-enzyme colorimetric detection of a small number of human prostate cancer cells. The microRNA (miR-141), which is catalytically recycled and reused, triggers isothermal self-assembly of a pre-designed, G-quadruplex sequence containing hairpin DNAs into ``DNAzyme ferris wheel''-like nanostructures (in association with hemin) with horseradish peroxidase mimicking activity. These DNAzyme nanostructures catalyze an intensified color transition of the probe solution for highly sensitive detection of miR-141 down to 0.5 pM with the naked eye, and the monitoring of as low as 283 human prostate cancer cells can also, theoretically, be achieved in a colorimetric approach. The work demonstrated here thus offers new opportunities for the construction of functional DNA nanostructures and for the application of these DNA nanostructures as an effective signal amplification means in the sensitive detection of nucleic acid biomarkers.

  3. Colorimetric and fluorescence quenching aptasensors for detection of streptomycin in blood serum and milk based on double-stranded DNA and gold nanoparticles.

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    Emrani, Ahmad Sarreshtehdar; Danesh, Noor Mohammad; Lavaee, Parirokh; Ramezani, Mohammad; Abnous, Khalil; Taghdisi, Seyed Mohammad

    2016-01-01

    Antibiotic residues in animal foodstuffs are of great concern to consumers. In this study, fluorescence quenching and colorimetric aptasensors were designed for detection of streptomycin based on aqueous gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and double-stranded DNA (dsDNA). In the absence of streptomycin, aptamer/FAM-labeled complementary strand dsDNA is stable, resulting in the aggregation of AuNPs by salt and an obvious color change from red to blue and strong emission of fluorescence. In the presence of streptomycin, aptamer binds to its target and FAM-labeled complementary strand adsorbs on the surface of AuNPs. So the well-dispersed AuNPs remain stable against salt-induced aggregation with a wine-red color and the fluorescence of FAM-labeled complimentary strand is efficiently quenched by AuNPs. The colorimetric and fluorescence quenching aptasensors showed excellent selectivity toward streptomycin with limit of detections as low as 73.1 and 47.6 nM, respectively. The presented aptasensors were successfully used to detect streptomycin in milk and serum. PMID:26212949

  4. Label-free colorimetric detection of mercury via Hg(2+) ions-accelerated structural transformation of nanoscale metal-oxo clusters.

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    Chen, Kun; She, Shan; Zhang, Jiangwei; Bayaguud, Aruuhan; Wei, Yongge

    2015-01-01

    Mercury and its compounds are known to be extremely toxic but widely distributed in environment. Although many works have been reported to efficiently detect mercury, development of simple and convenient sensors is still longed for quick analyzing mercury in water. In this work, a nanoscale metal-oxo cluster, (n-Bu4N)2[Mo5NaO13(OCH3)4(NO)], (MLPOM), organically-derivatized from monolacunary Lindqvist-type polyoxomolybdate, is found to specifically react with Hg(2+) in methanol/water via structural transformation. The MLPOM methanol solution displays a color change from purple to brown within seconds after being mixed with an aqueous solution containing Hg(2+). By comparing the structure of polyoxomolybdate before and after reaction, the color change is revealed to be the essentially structural transformation of MLPOM accelerated by Hg(2+). Based on this discovery, MLPOM could be utilized as a colorimetric sensor to sense the existence of Hg(2+), and a simple and label-free method is developed to selectively detect aqueous Hg(2+). Furthermore, the colorimetric sensor has been applied to indicating mercury contamination in industrial sewage. PMID:26559602

  5. Label-free colorimetric detection of mercury via Hg2+ ions-accelerated structural transformation of nanoscale metal-oxo clusters

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    Chen, Kun; She, Shan; Zhang, Jiangwei; Bayaguud, Aruuhan; Wei, Yongge

    2015-11-01

    Mercury and its compounds are known to be extremely toxic but widely distributed in environment. Although many works have been reported to efficiently detect mercury, development of simple and convenient sensors is still longed for quick analyzing mercury in water. In this work, a nanoscale metal-oxo cluster, (n-Bu4N)2[Mo5NaO13(OCH3)4(NO)], (MLPOM), organically-derivatized from monolacunary Lindqvist-type polyoxomolybdate, is found to specifically react with Hg2+ in methanol/water via structural transformation. The MLPOM methanol solution displays a color change from purple to brown within seconds after being mixed with an aqueous solution containing Hg2+. By comparing the structure of polyoxomolybdate before and after reaction, the color change is revealed to be the essentially structural transformation of MLPOM accelerated by Hg2+. Based on this discovery, MLPOM could be utilized as a colorimetric sensor to sense the existence of Hg2+, and a simple and label-free method is developed to selectively detect aqueous Hg2+. Furthermore, the colorimetric sensor has been applied to indicating mercury contamination in industrial sewage.

  6. Microfluidic Integration of a Cloth-Based Hybridization Array System (CHAS) for Rapid, Colorimetric Detection of Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) Using an Articulated, Centrifugal Platform.

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    Geissler, Matthias; Clime, Liviu; Hoa, Xuyen D; Morton, Keith J; Hébert, Harold; Poncelet, Lucas; Mounier, Maxence; Deschênes, Mylène; Gauthier, Martine E; Huszczynski, George; Corneau, Nathalie; Blais, Burton W; Veres, Teodor

    2015-10-20

    We describe the translation of a cloth-based hybridization array system (CHAS), a colorimetric DNA detection method that is used by food inspection laboratories for colony screening of pathogenic agents, onto a microfluidic chip format. We also introduce an articulated centrifugal platform with a novel fluid manipulation concept based on changes in the orientation of the chip with respect to the centrifugal force field to time the passage of multiple components required for the process. The platform features two movable and motorized carriers that can be reoriented on demand between 0 and 360° during stage rotation. Articulation of the chip can be used to trigger on-the-fly fluid dispensing through independently addressable siphon structures or to relocate solutions against the centrifugal force field, making them newly accessible for downstream transfer. With the microfluidic CHAS, we achieved significant reduction in the size of the cloth substrate as well as the volume of reagents and wash solutions. Both the chip design and the operational protocol were optimized to perform the entire process in a reliable, fully automated fashion. A demonstration with PCR-amplified genomic DNA confirms on-chip detection and identification of Escherichia coli O157:H7 from colony isolates in a colorimetric multiplex assay using rfbO157, fliCH7, vt1, and vt2 genes. PMID:26416260

  7. Label-free colorimetric detection of mercury via Hg2+ ions-accelerated structural transformation of nanoscale metal-oxo clusters

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    Chen, Kun; She, Shan; Zhang, Jiangwei; Bayaguud, Aruuhan; Wei, Yongge

    2015-01-01

    Mercury and its compounds are known to be extremely toxic but widely distributed in environment. Although many works have been reported to efficiently detect mercury, development of simple and convenient sensors is still longed for quick analyzing mercury in water. In this work, a nanoscale metal-oxo cluster, (n-Bu4N)2[Mo5NaO13(OCH3)4(NO)], (MLPOM), organically-derivatized from monolacunary Lindqvist-type polyoxomolybdate, is found to specifically react with Hg2+ in methanol/water via structural transformation. The MLPOM methanol solution displays a color change from purple to brown within seconds after being mixed with an aqueous solution containing Hg2+. By comparing the structure of polyoxomolybdate before and after reaction, the color change is revealed to be the essentially structural transformation of MLPOM accelerated by Hg2+. Based on this discovery, MLPOM could be utilized as a colorimetric sensor to sense the existence of Hg2+, and a simple and label-free method is developed to selectively detect aqueous Hg2+. Furthermore, the colorimetric sensor has been applied to indicating mercury contamination in industrial sewage. PMID:26559602

  8. Colorimetric detection of anions in aqueous media using N-monosubstituted diaminomaleonitrile-based azo-azomethine receptors: real-life applications.

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    Khanmohammadi, Hamid; Rezaeian, Khatereh; Abdollahi, Alieh

    2015-03-15

    New N-monosubstituted diaminomaleonitrile-based azo-azomethine dyes have been synthesized in order to develop colorimetric sensors for detection of biologically important anions in aqueous media. Importantly, the reported sensor decorated with strong electron-withdrawing group can detect inorganic fluoride in water even at 0.037 ppm level, which is lower than WHO permissible level (below 1 ppm). Successfully, the prepared dyes were used for qualitative and quantitative detection of inorganic fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwash. The anion recognition mechanism was also investigated by detailed UV-Vis and (1)H NMR experiments. The detailed (1)H NMR experiments corroborated that anion recognition is based on the deprotonation phenomenon. PMID:25576937

  9. An integrated slidable and valveless microdevice with solid phase extraction, polymerase chain reaction, and immunochromatographic strip parts for multiplex colorimetric pathogen detection.

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    Kim, Yong Tae; Lee, Dohwan; Heo, Hyun Young; Kim, Do Hyun; Seo, Tae Seok

    2015-11-01

    A total integrated genetic analysis microsystem was developed, which consisted of solid phase extraction (SPE), polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and immunochromatographic strip (ICS) parts for multiplex colorimetric detection of pathogenic Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) on a portable genetic analyzer. Utilizing a slidable chamber, which is a movable glass wafer, complex microvalves could be eliminated for fluidic control in the microchannel, which could simplify the chip design and chip operation. The integrated slidable microdevice was composed of 4 layers: a 4-point Pt/Ti resistance temperature detector (RTD) wafer, a micro-patterned channel wafer, a 2 ?L volume slidable chamber, and an ICS. The entire process from the DNA extraction in the SPE chamber to the detection of the target gene expression by the ICS was serially performed by simply sliding the slidable chamber from one part to another functional part. The total process for multiplex pathogenic S. aureus and E. coli O157:H7 detection on the integrated slidable microdevice was accomplished within 55 min with a detection limit of 5 cells. Furthermore, spiked bacteria samples in milk were also successfully analysed on the portable genetic analysis microsystem with sample-in-answer-out capability. The proposed total integrated microsystem is adequate for point-of-care DNA testing in that no microvalves and complex tubing systems are required due to the use of the slidable chamber and the bulky and expensive fluorescence or electrochemical detectors are not necessary due to the ICS based colorimetric detection. PMID:26394907

  10. Selective and sensitive detection of free bilirubin in blood serum using human serum albumin stabilized gold nanoclusters as fluorometric and colorimetric probe.

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    Santhosh, Mallesh; Chinnadayyala, Somasekhar R; Kakoti, Ankana; Goswami, Pranab

    2014-09-15

    We report here a fluorescence quenching based non-enzymatic method for sensitive and reliable detection of free bilirubin in blood serum samples using human serum albumin (HSA) stabilized gold nanoclusters (HSA-AuNCs) as fluorescent probe. The fluorescence of the nanoclusters was strongly quenched by bilirubin in a concentration dependent manner by virtue of the inherent specific interaction between bilirubin and HSA. A strong binding constant of 0.55×10(6) L mole(-1) between the HSA-AuNC and bilirubin was discerned. The nano clusters each with size ~1.0 nm (in diameter) and a core of Au18 were homogeneously distributed in HSA molecules as revealed from the respective high resolution transmission electron microscopic and mass spectroscopic studies. The fluorescence quenching phenomena which obeyed a simple static quenching mechanism, was utilized for interference free detection of bilirubin with minimum detection limit (DL) of 248±12 nM (S/N=3). The fluorescence response of HSA-AuNCs against bilirubin was practically unaltered over a wide pH (6-9) and temperature (25-50 °C) range. Additionally, peroxidase-like catalytic activity of these nanoclusters was exploited for colorimetric detection of bilirubin in serum sample with a DL of 200±19 nM by following the decrease in absorbance (at ?440 nm) of the reaction and its rate constant (Kp) of 2.57±0.63 mL ?g(-1) min(-1). Both these fluorometric and colorimetric methods have been successfully used for detection of free bilirubin in blood serum samples. PMID:24752148

  11. Multifunctional Oval Shape Gold Nanoparticle Based Selective Detection of Breast Cancer Cells Using Simple Colorimetric and Highly Sensitive Two-Photon Scattering Assay

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    Lu, Wentong; Arumugam, Sri Ranjini; Senapati, Dulal; Singh, Anant K.; Arbneshi, Tahir; Yu, Sadia Afrin Khan Hongtao; Ray, Paresh Chandra

    2010-01-01

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women today. The key to the effective and ultimately successful treatment of diseases such as cancer is an early and accurate diagnosis. Driven by the need, in this article, we report for the first time a simple colorimetric and highly sensitive two-photon scattering assay for highly selective and sensitive detection of breast cancer SK-BR-3 cell lines in 100-cells/ml level using multifunctional (monoclonal anti-HER2/c-erb-2 antibody and S6 RNA aptamers conjugated) oval shape gold nanoparticle based nanoconjugate. When multifunctional oval shape gold nanoparticles were mixed with breast cancer SK-BR-3 cell line, a distinct color change occurs and two-photon scattering intensity increases by about 13 times. Experimental data with HaCaT non-cancerous cell line, as well as with MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell line clearly demonstrated that our assay was highly sensitive to SK-BR-3 and it was able to distinguish from other breast cancer cell line which expresses low levels of HER-2. The mechanism of selectivity and assay’s response change, have been discussed. Our experimental results reported here open up a new possibility of rapid, easy and reliable diagnosis of cancer cell lines by monitoring the colorimetric change and measuring TPS intensity from multifunctional gold nanosystems. PMID:20155973

  12. A new pyrene-based Schiff-base: A selective colorimetric and fluorescent chemosensor for detection of Cu(II) and Fe(III)

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    Bhorge, Yeshwant Ramchandra; Tsai, Haw-Tyng; Huang, Keh-Feng; Pape, Albert J.; Janaki, Sudhakar Narasimha; Yen, Yao-Pin

    2014-09-01

    A new receptor 1 was prepared, for the detection of Cu2+ and Fe3+ in solutions as a colorimetric and fluorescent sensor, respectively. Receptor 1 shows highly selective and sensitive recognition toward Cu2+ and Fe3+ by naked eye UV-Vis and fluorescent color changes in aqueous solution (DMSO/H2O = 8/2, v/v), respectively. The sensitivity toward Cu2+ or Fe3+ was not interfered with by the presence of other metal ions such as Mg2+, Cd2+, Ag+, Zn2+, Ni2+, Co2+, Mn2+, Cr3+, Ca2+, Na+, Pb2+, K+, Fe2+, Li+ and Hg2+ ions. Receptor 1 can be used for semi-quantitative recognition of Cu2+ ions at ppm level. The fluorescence microscopy experiments showed that the receptor is efficient for detection of Fe3+ in vitro, developing a good image of the biological organelles.

  13. Silver nanoparticle based highly selective and sensitive solvatochromatic sensor for colorimetric detection of 1,4-dioxane in aqueous media.

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    Kumar, Anshu; Vyas, Gaurav; Bhatt, Madhuri; Bhatt, Shreya; Paul, Parimal

    2015-11-14

    A citrate stabilised silver nanoparticle (Ci-AgNP) based solvatochromic sensor, which functions as a highly selective and sensitive colorimetric probe for 1,4-dioxane in aqueous media is reported. The surfaces of the AgNPs generate reactive oxygen species, which promote the degradation of 1,4-dioxane assembled in the vicinity of the nanoparticle surfaces through charge transfer interactions. During this process, Ag(0) is oxidised to Ag(+) and the yellow colour of the solution turns to colourless. The sensor was used for the estimation of 1,4-dioxane in ground water and also 1,4-dioxane vapour diffused in aqueous media. PMID:26377615

  14. A rapid molecular diagnosis of cutaneous leishmaniasis by colorimetric malachite green-loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) combined with an FTA card as a direct sampling tool.

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    Nzelu, Chukwunonso O; Cáceres, Abraham G; Guerrero-Quincho, Silvia; Tineo-Villafuerte, Edwin; Rodriquez-Delfin, Luis; Mimori, Tatsuyuki; Uezato, Hiroshi; Katakura, Ken; Gomez, Eduardo A; Guevara, Angel G; Hashiguchi, Yoshihisa; Kato, Hirotomo

    2016-01-01

    Leishmaniasis remains one of the world's most neglected diseases, and early detection of the infectious agent, especially in developing countries, will require a simple and rapid test. In this study, we established a quick, one-step, single-tube, highly sensitive loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for rapid detection of Leishmania DNA from tissue materials spotted on an FTA card. An FTA-LAMP with pre-added malachite green was performed at 64°C for 60min using a heating block and/or water bath and DNA amplification was detected immediately after incubation. The LAMP assay had high detection sensitivity down to a level of 0.01 parasites per ?l. The field- and clinic-applicability of the colorimetric FTA-LAMP assay was demonstrated with 122 clinical samples collected from patients suspected of having cutaneous leishmaniasis in Peru, from which 71 positives were detected. The LAMP assay in combination with an FTA card described here is rapid and sensitive, as well as simple to perform, and has great potential usefulness for diagnosis and surveillance of leishmaniasis in endemic areas. PMID:26516109

  15. A colorimetric sensor array of porous pigments Sung H. Lim,a

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    Suslick, Kenneth S.

    of this work for the colorimetric detection of toxic gases by the use of porous pigments made by incorporationA colorimetric sensor array of porous pigments Sung H. Lim,a Jonathan W. Kemling,b Liang Fengb colorimetric sensor array capable of the detection and identification of toxic gases is reported

  16. Fano Resonant Aluminum Nanoclusters for Plasmonic Colorimetric Sensing.

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    King, Nicholas S; Liu, Lifei; Yang, Xiao; Cerjan, Benjamin; Everitt, Henry O; Nordlander, Peter; Halas, Naomi J

    2015-11-24

    Aluminum is an abundant and high-quality material for plasmonics with potential for large-area, low-cost photonic technologies. Here we examine aluminum nanoclusters with plasmonic Fano resonances that can be tuned from the near-UV into the visible region of the spectrum. These nanoclusters can be designed with specific chromaticities in the blue-green region of the spectrum and exhibit a remarkable spectral sensitivity to changes in the local dielectric environment. We show that such structures can be used quite generally for colorimetric localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) sensing, where the presence of analytes is detected by directly observable color changes rather than through photodetectors and spectral analyzers. To quantify our results and provide a metric for optimization of such structures for colorimetric LSPR sensing, we introduce a figure of merit based on the color perception ability of the human eye. PMID:26426492

  17. Plasma dark matter direct detection

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    Clarke, Jackson D

    2015-01-01

    Dark matter in spiral galaxies like the Milky Way may take the form of a dark plasma. Hidden sector dark matter charged under an unbroken $U(1)'$ gauge interaction provides a simple and well defined particle physics model realising this possibility. The assumed $U(1)'$ neutrality of the Universe then implies (at least) two oppositely charged dark matter components with self-interactions mediated via a massless "dark photon" (the $U(1)'$ gauge boson). In addition to nuclear recoils such dark matter can give rise to keV electron recoils in direct detection experiments. In this context, the detailed physical properties of the dark matter plasma interacting with the Earth is required. This is a complex system, which is here modelled as a fluid governed by the magnetohydrodynamic equations. These equations are numerically solved for some illustrative examples, and implications for direct detection experiments discussed. In particular, the analysis presented here leaves open the intriguing possibility that the DAMA...

  18. A dual functional probe for "turn-on" fluorescence response of Pb(2+) and colorimetric detection of Cu(2+) based on a rhodamine derivative in aqueous media.

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    Li, Min; Jiang, Xiu-Juan; Wu, Hui-Hui; Lu, Hong-Lin; Li, Hai-Yang; Xu, Hong; Zang, Shuang-Quan; Mak, Thomas C W

    2015-10-21

    A dual functional probe L based on rhodamine was devised and synthesized. Probe L can sense Pb(2+) and Cu(2+) in aqueous solution through two approaches: a significant fluorescence enhancement caused by Pb(2+) and a visible color change from colorless to orchid induced by Cu(2+). Competitive experiments showed that probe L had high fluorescence sensitivity for Pb(2+) and excellent colorimetric selectivity for Cu(2+) over many environmentally relevant ions. The mechanisms of L for sensing Pb(2+) and Cu(2+) have been well demonstrated by ESI-MS, (1)H NMR titration, IR, the crystal structure of L-Pb(2+) and density functional theory calculation of L-Cu(2+). In addition, fluorescence image detection of Pb(2+) in living cells displayed an enhanced fluorescence effect. PMID:26387873

  19. Molecular recognition and colorimetric detection of cholera toxin by poly(diacetylene) liposomes incorporating G{sub m1} ganglioside

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    Pan, J.J.; Charych, D.

    1997-03-19

    Molecular recognition sites on cell membranes serve as the main communication channels between the inside of a cell and its surroundings. Upon receptor binding, cellular messages such as ion channel opening or activation of enzymes are triggered. In this report, we demonstrate that artificial cell membranes made from conjugated lipid polymers (poly(diacetylene)) can, on a simple level, mimic membrane processes of molecular recognition and signal transduction. The ganglioside GM1 was incorporated into poly(diacetylene) liposomes. Molecular recognition of cholera toxin at the interface of the liposome resulted in a change of the membrane color due to conformational charges in the conjugated (ene-yne) polymer backbone. The `colored liposomes` might be used as simple colorimetric sensors for drug screening or as new tools to study membrane-membrane or membrane-receptor interactions. 21 refs., 3 figs.

  20. Colorimetric and dynamic light scattering detection of DNA sequences by using positively charged gold nanospheres: a comparative study with gold nanorods

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    Pylaev, T. E.; Khanadeev, V. A.; Khlebtsov, B. N.; Dykman, L. A.; Bogatyrev, V. A.; Khlebtsov, N. G.

    2011-07-01

    We introduce a new genosensing approach employing CTAB (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide)-coated positively charged colloidal gold nanoparticles (GNPs) to detect target DNA sequences by using absorption spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering. The approach is compared with a previously reported method employing unmodified CTAB-coated gold nanorods (GNRs). Both approaches are based on the observation that whereas the addition of probe and target ssDNA to CTAB-coated particles results in particle aggregation, no aggregation is observed after addition of probe and nontarget DNA sequences. Our goal was to compare the feasibility and sensitivity of both methods. A 21-mer ssDNA from the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 HIV-1 U5 long terminal repeat (LTR) sequence and a 23-mer ssDNA from the Bacillus anthracis cryptic protein and protective antigen precursor (pagA) genes were used as ssDNA models. In the case of GNRs, unexpectedly, the colorimetric test failed with perfect cigar-like particles but could be performed with dumbbell and dog-bone rods. By contrast, our approach with cationic CTAB-coated GNPs is easy to implement and possesses excellent feasibility with retention of comparable sensitivity—a 0.1 nM concentration of target cDNA can be detected with the naked eye and 10 pM by dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. The specificity of our method is illustrated by successful DLS detection of one-three base mismatches in cDNA sequences for both DNA models. These results suggest that the cationic GNPs and DLS can be used for genosensing under optimal DNA hybridization conditions without any chemical modifications of the particle surface with ssDNA molecules and signal amplification. Finally, we discuss a more than two-three-order difference in the reported estimations of the detection sensitivity of colorimetric methods (0.1 to 10-100 pM) to show that the existing aggregation models are inconsistent with the detection limits of about 0.1-1 pM DNA and that other explanations should be developed.

  1. DATA REPRESENTATION AND FEATURE SELECTION FOR COLORIMETRIC SENSOR ARRAYS USED AS EXPLOSIVES DETECTORS

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    and identifying explosives like TNT, DNT, HMX, RDX and TATP [6,7]. The colorimetric sensor is a fascinatingDATA REPRESENTATION AND FEATURE SELECTION FOR COLORIMETRIC SENSOR ARRAYS USED AS EXPLOSIVES of Denmark, we are developing a colorimetric sensor array which can be useful for detection of explosives

  2. Doped colorimetric assay liposomes

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    Charych, Deborah (Albany, CA); Stevens, Raymond C. (Albany, CA)

    2001-01-01

    The present invention provides compositions comprising colorimetric assay liposomes. The present invention also provides methods for producing colorimetric liposomes and calorimetric liposome assay systems. In preferred embodiments, these calorimetric liposome systems provide high levels of sensitivity through the use of dopant molecules. As these dopants allow the controlled destabilization of the liposome structure, upon exposure of the doped liposomes to analyte(s) of interest, the indicator color change is facilitated and more easily recognized.

  3. Direct Detection Searches for WIMPs

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    Cabrera, Blas

    2014-03-01

    We have seen remarkable progress in direct detection searches for dark matter in the form of weakly interacting particles or WIMPs. Existing experiments using diverse technologies have set convincing limits for WIMPs under the spin independent interaction framework and have ruled out much of the phase space suggested by supersymmetric models. Liquid xenon experiments have provided the best limits for masses above 6 GeV/c2, with cryogenic detectors and bubble chambers setting the best limits for lighter mass WIMPs. In tension with the liquid xenon experiments are hints of signals and a claimed detection in the light WIMP mass sector. A number of theoretical ideas are consistent with light mass WIMPs, and a general approach, which probes all possible interactions between WIMPs and nucleons, stresses the need for a variety of target nuclei with the lowest possible thresholds to broadly cover the possibilities. As discussed extensively in P5 meetings, the down selection process for the second generation experiments (G2) will determine the progress over the next decade. As a community, we have asked the agencies for significant additional funds to be identified so that several G2 experiments can move forward and R&D on others continue. We need to continue this important search aggressively until we find WIMPs or reach the natural floor where the solar and atmospheric neutrinos become an irreducible background.

  4. Synthesis, characterization and application of poly(acrylamide-co-methylenbisacrylamide) nanocomposite as a colorimetric chemosensor for visual detection of trace levels of Hg and Pb ions.

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    Sedghi, Roya; Heidari, Bahareh; Behbahani, Mohammad

    2015-03-21

    In this study, a new colorimetric chemosensor based on TiO2/poly(acrylamide-co-methylenbisacrylamide) nanocomposites was designed for determination of mercury and lead ions at trace levels in environmental samples. The removal and preconcentration of lead and mercury ions on the sorbent was achieved due to sharing an electron pair of N and O groups of polymer chains with the mentioned heavy metal ions. The hydrogel sensor was designed by surface modification of a synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles using methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilan (MAPTMS), which provided a reactive C=C bond that polymerized the acrylamide and methylenbisacrylamide. The sorbent was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscope (SEM), EDS analysis and Fourier transform in frared (FT-IR) spectrometer. This nanostructured composite with polymer shell was developed as a sensitive and selective sorbent for adsorption of mercury and lead ions from aqueous solution at optimized condition. This method involves two-steps: (1) preconcentration of mercury and lead ions by the synthesized sorbent and (2) its selective monitoring of the target ions by complexation with dithizone (DZ). The color of the sorbent in the absence and presence of mercury and lead ions shifts from white to violet and red, respectively. The detection limit of the synthesized nanochemosensor for mercury and lead ions was 1 and 10 ?g L(-1), respectively. The method was successfully applied for trace detection of mercury and lead ions in tap, river, and sea water samples. PMID:25497023

  5. Theoretical prospects for directional WIMP detection

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    O'Hare, Ciaran A J

    2015-01-01

    Direct detection of dark matter with directional sensitivity is a promising concept for improving the search for weakly interacting massive particles. With information on the direction of WIMP induced nuclear recoils one has access to the full 3-dimensional velocity distribution of the local dark matter halo and thus a potential avenue for studying WIMP astrophysics. Furthermore the unique angular signature of the WIMP recoil distribution provides a crucial discriminant from neutrinos which currently represent the ultimate background to direct detection experiments.

  6. Theoretical prospects for directional WIMP detection

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    Ciaran A. J. O'Hare

    2015-10-14

    Direct detection of dark matter with directional sensitivity is a promising concept for improving the search for weakly interacting massive particles. With information on the direction of WIMP induced nuclear recoils one has access to the full 3-dimensional velocity distribution of the local dark matter halo and thus a potential avenue for studying WIMP astrophysics. Furthermore the unique angular signature of the WIMP recoil distribution provides a crucial discriminant from neutrinos which currently represent the ultimate background to direct detection experiments.

  7. Multicenter Study of Epidemiological Cutoff Values and Detection of Resistance in Candida spp. to Anidulafungin, Caspofungin, and Micafungin Using the Sensititre YeastOne Colorimetric Method.

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    Espinel-Ingroff, A; Alvarez-Fernandez, M; Cantón, E; Carver, P L; Chen, S C-A; Eschenauer, G; Getsinger, D L; Gonzalez, G M; Govender, N P; Grancini, A; Hanson, K E; Kidd, S E; Klinker, K; Kubin, C J; Kus, J V; Lockhart, S R; Meletiadis, J; Morris, A J; Pelaez, T; Quindós, G; Rodriguez-Iglesias, M; Sánchez-Reus, F; Shoham, S; Wengenack, N L; Borrell Solé, N; Echeverria, J; Esperalba, J; Gómez-G de la Pedrosa, E; García García, I; Linares, M J; Marco, F; Merino, P; Pemán, J; Pérez Del Molino, L; Roselló Mayans, E; Rubio Calvo, C; Ruiz Pérez de Pipaon, M; Yagüe, G; Garcia-Effron, G; Guinea, J; Perlin, D S; Sanguinetti, M; Shields, R; Turnidge, J

    2015-11-01

    Neither breakpoints (BPs) nor epidemiological cutoff values (ECVs) have been established for Candida spp. with anidulafungin, caspofungin, and micafungin when using the Sensititre YeastOne (SYO) broth dilution colorimetric method. In addition, reference caspofungin MICs have so far proven to be unreliable. Candida species wild-type (WT) MIC distributions (for microorganisms in a species/drug combination with no detectable phenotypic resistance) were established for 6,007 Candida albicans, 186 C. dubliniensis, 3,188 C. glabrata complex, 119 C. guilliermondii, 493 C. krusei, 205 C. lusitaniae, 3,136 C. parapsilosis complex, and 1,016 C. tropicalis isolates. SYO MIC data gathered from 38 laboratories in Australia, Canada, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States were pooled to statistically define SYO ECVs. ECVs for anidulafungin, caspofungin, and micafungin encompassing ?97.5% of the statistically modeled population were, respectively, 0.12, 0.25, and 0.06 ?g/ml for C. albicans, 0.12, 0.25, and 0.03 ?g/ml for C. glabrata complex, 4, 2, and 4 ?g/ml for C. parapsilosis complex, 0.5, 0.25, and 0.06 ?g/ml for C. tropicalis, 0.25, 1, and 0.25 ?g/ml for C. krusei, 0.25, 1, and 0.12 ?g/ml for C. lusitaniae, 4, 2, and 2 ?g/ml for C. guilliermondii, and 0.25, 0.25, and 0.12 ?g/ml for C. dubliniensis. Species-specific SYO ECVs for anidulafungin, caspofungin, and micafungin correctly classified 72 (88.9%), 74 (91.4%), 76 (93.8%), respectively, of 81 Candida isolates with identified fks mutations. SYO ECVs may aid in detecting non-WT isolates with reduced susceptibility to anidulafungin, micafungin, and especially caspofungin, since testing the susceptibilities of Candida spp. to caspofungin by reference methodologies is not recommended. PMID:26282428

  8. Hydrophilic-Hydrophobic Patterned Molecularly Imprinted Photonic Crystal Sensors for High-Sensitive Colorimetric Detection of Tetracycline.

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    Hou, Jue; Zhang, Huacheng; Yang, Qiang; Li, Mingzhu; Jiang, Lei; Song, Yanlin

    2015-06-01

    A hydrophilic-hydrophobic patterned molecularly imprinted (MIP) photonic crystal (PC) sensor is fabricated for highly sensitive tetracycline detection. The relationship between the tetracycline concentration, its corresponding color of the sensor, and the diameter of MIP-PC dot is found using a fan-shaped color card. This work provides a new strategy to design the sensors with tunable detection ranges for practical applications. PMID:25649896

  9. Bio-inspired Maillard-Like reactions enable a simple and sensitive assay for colorimetric detection of methylglyoxal.

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    Wang, Shih-Ting; Lin, Yiyang; Spicer, Christopher D; Stevens, Molly M

    2015-07-14

    A simple and selective assay for detecting methylglyoxal (MGO), a metabolite associated with diabetes, was developed by combining a bio-inspired chemical reaction with the anti-aggregation of gold nanoparticles. This assay could detect MGO at as low as 1 ?M by the naked eye and 0.05 ?M by UV/vis spectrometry, within the clinical range marking oxidative stress in diabetes, and demonstrated high selectivity over other physiologically relevant ketones and aldehydes. PMID:26073427

  10. Portable sick house syndrome gas monitoring system based on novel colorimetric reagents for the highly selective and sensitive detection of formaldehyde.

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    Suzuki, Yoshio; Nakano, Nobuo; Suzuki, Koji

    2003-12-15

    Formaldehyde (HCHO) emitted from the furniture and the walls in the rooms injures the eyes, nose, and respiratory organs and causes allergies, which is called sick house syndrome. We designed and synthesized novel colorimetric HCHO-sensing molecules (KD-XA01 and KD-XA02) which possess an enaminone structure and developed a hand-held instrument to monitor indoor HCHO gas with the use of KD-XA01. These sensing molecules produced speedy color changes from colorless to yellow under mild conditions, which was caused by the fact that the enaminone structure in the reagent reacts with HCHO to give a lutidine derivative. This reaction took place not only in the solution phase but also in the solid phase (surface of the cellulose paper). To take advantage of this phenomena, a handy and rapid monitoring system has been developed for detecting indoor HCHO gas using a highly sensitive and selective detection tablet constructed from the porous cellulose paper that contains silica gel as an adsorbent, KD-XA01, and phosphoric acid under optimum conditions. This instrument detected the surface color change of the tablet from white to yellow, which was monitored as a function of the intensity of the reflected light illuminated by an LED (475 nm). The response was proportional to the HCHO concentration at a constant sampling time and flow rate; 0.05 ppm HCHO, which is under the standard value set by the World Health Organization, was able to be detected in 5 min. The detection limit was 0.005 ppm. This monitoring system was not interfered by carbonyl compounds such as acetaldehyde and acetone, alcohols, hydrocarbons, and typical gases such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, etc., which contributes to the measurement of correct HCHO concentrations. It was possible to monitor the HCHO gas in the room of a new apartment and school using this instrument; the response values were in good agreement with those obtained by the standard DNPH method. This highly sensitive, selective, and handy HCHO gas monitor is widely applicable and convenient for users who are not specialists in this field. PMID:14717182

  11. Colorimetric and fluorometric discrimination of geometrical isomers (maleic acid vs fumaric acid) with real-time detection of maleic acid in solution and food additives.

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    Samanta, Soham; Kar, Chirantan; Das, Gopal

    2015-09-01

    Heterobis imine Schiff base probe L is able to discriminate geometrical isomers (maleic acid vs fumaric acid) through sharp colorimetric as well as fluorogenic responses even conspicuous with the naked eye. Colorimetric as well as fluorogenic sensing of maleic acid among various carboxylic acids was also demonstrated in ethanol-buffer medium. Sensing behavior of L was corroborated by (1)H NMR spectra, mass spectrometry, and theoretical calculations. Subsequently sensing behavior of L was used to probe maleic acid in starch rich food samples. PMID:26246182

  12. Pd/V.sub.2O.sub.5 device for colorimetric H.sub.2 detection

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    Liu, Ping (San Diego, CA); Tracy, C. Edwin (Golden, CO); Pitts, J. Roland (Lakewood, CO); Smith, II, R. Davis (Golden, CO); Lee, Se-Hee (Lakewood, CO)

    2008-09-02

    A sensor structure for chemochromic optical detection of hydrogen gas over a wide response range, that exhibits stability during repeated coloring/bleaching cycles upon exposure and removal of hydrogen gas, comprising: a glass substrate (20); a vanadium oxide layer (21) coated on the glass substrate; and a palladium layer (22) coated on the vanadium oxide layer.

  13. Continuous colorimetric screening assays for the detection of specific L- or D-?-amino acid transaminases in enzyme libraries.

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    Heuson, Egon; Petit, Jean-Louis; Debard, Adrien; Job, Aurélie; Charmantray, Franck; de Berardinis, Véronique; Gefflaut, Thierry

    2016-01-01

    In the course of a project devoted to the stereoselective synthesis of non-proteinogenic ?-amino acids using ?-transaminases (?-TA), we report the design and optimization of generic high-throughput continuous assays for the screening of ?-TA libraries. These assays are based on the use of L- or D-cysteine sulfinic acid (CSA) as irreversible amino donor and subsequent sulfite titration by colorimetry. The assays' quality was assessed under screening conditions. Hit selection thresholds were accurately determined for every couple of substrates and a library of 232 putative transaminases expressed in Escherichia coli host cells was screened. The reported high throughput screening assays proved very sensitive allowing the detection with high confidence of activities as low as 10 ?U (i.e., 0.01 nmol substrate converted per min). The assays were also evidenced to be stereochemically discriminant since L-CSA and D-CSA allowed the exclusive detection of L-TA and D-TA, respectively. These generic assays thus allow testing the stereoselective conversion of a wide range of ?-keto acids into ?-amino acids of interest. As a proof of principle, the use of 2-oxo-4-phenylbutyric acid as acceptor substrate led to the identification of 54 new ?-TA offering an access to valuable L- or D-homophenylalanine. PMID:26452497

  14. Specific and sensitive colorimetric detection of Al3+ using 5-mercaptomethyltetrazole capped gold nanoparticles in aqueous solution.

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    Xue, Dingshuai; Wang, Hongyue; Zhang, Yanbin

    2014-02-01

    Contamination of food and drinking water by health-risk levels of Al(3+) calls for convenient assays. Here, we report a method to visibly detect Al(3+) at room temperature. Firstly, the chelating ligand of 5-mercaptomethyltetrazole (MMT) was synthesized and modified on the surface of AuNPs through the strong Au-S interaction to form a MMT-AuNP probe, which can remain well-dispersed and stable in an aqueous solution for a long time. Upon the addition of Al(3+), the interparticle crosslinking induced aggregation (color change from red to blue) of MMT-AuNPs was triggered through the Al(3+)-MMT interaction. Under optimal conditions, the absorbance ratio (A620/A520) of MMT-AuNPs is linear within the Al(3+) concentration range from 1.0 to 10.0 ?M, and the detection limit (3?) was as low as 0.53 ?M. Moreover, an interference study showed that this MMT-AuNP probe discriminated Al(3+) from a wide range of environmentally dominant metal ions and anions. The practical utility of the new method was demonstrated by determining Al(3+) in several environmental water and human urine specimens, obtaining satisfactory results. Being a rapid, convenient and cost-effective method, it should become a powerful alternative to conventional methods for selective quantification of Al(3+) in routine laboratory practice or rapid on-site assay. PMID:24401419

  15. 'PET' vs. 'push-pull' induced ICT: a remarkable coumarinyl-appended pyrimidine based naked eye colorimetric and fluorimetric sensor for the detection of Hg2+ ions in aqueous media with test trips.

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    Goswami, Shyamaprosad; Das, Avijit Kumar; Maity, Sibaprasad

    2013-12-14

    A novel colorimetric and fluorescent chemosensor based on 7-(diethylamino)-3-(pyrimidin-4-yl)-2H-chromen-2-one (PYC) has been designed and synthesized for the detection of Hg(2+) in the presence of other competing metals in mixed aqueous media. The PYC exhibits naked eye color change from green to red, and the fluorescence color changes from yellowish green to light orange with Hg(2+). It also shows a red shift in wavelength of about 80 nm in absorption spectra. Test strips based on PYC were fabricated, which could act as convenient and efficient Hg(2+) test kits. PMID:24096453

  16. Direct and indirect detection of WIMPs

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    O. Martineau; for the EDELWEISS collaboration

    2001-07-26

    We present here the principles of detection of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, which could represent a large contribution to Dark Matter. A status of the experimental situation is given both for indirect and direct detection. In particular, the DAMA claim for a WIMP signal is confronted to the recent results of the CDMS and EDELWEISS experiments. We conclude by comparing direct and indirect search sensitivities.

  17. Directional recoil rate for direct detection of WIMPs

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    Alenazi, Moqbil; Gondolo, Paolo

    2007-10-01

    The problem of directional direct detection of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) dark matter (DM) is investigated. We compute, analytically and numerically, the directional differential recoil rate dRd? of recoiled target nuclei hit by WIMPs in direct detection experiments in terms of the angle ?, which is the angle between the reference direction and the recoil direction. While the analytic method is for fixed reference direction and Gaussian distribution of WIMPs, the numeric method is a general method. The two methods give the same results. We apply the numeric method to various Maxwellian distributions including; a stream of WIMPs, the standard dark halo, streams of WIMPs from Sikivie's late-infall (SLI) halo model, and streams with anisotropic velocity distributions. We show the results as distributions of the nuclei's directional differential recoil rate dRd? as a function of ?. We introduce a `folded' directional differential recoil rate dRd|?| to overcome the difficulty of head-tail discrimination in some WIMP's direct detectors. We conclude that dRd|?| can be helpful in recognizing cases of anisotropic streams and isotropic standard dark halo but not in the case of SLI streams.

  18. Colorimetric elastase sensor with peptide conjugated cellulose nanocrystals is interfaced to dialysis membranes

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    Clinical detection of human neutrophil elastase (HNE) as point of care biomarker or in situ colorimetric adjuvant to chronic wound dressings presents potential advantages in the management of chronic wounds. A colorimetric approach to the detection of HNE using cotton cellulose nanocrystals (CCN) i...

  19. Median recoil direction as a WIMP directional detection signal

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    Green, Anne M.; Morgan, Ben

    2010-03-15

    Direct detection experiments have reached the sensitivity to detect dark matter weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs). Demonstrating that a putative signal is due to WIMPs, and not backgrounds, is a major challenge, however. The direction dependence of the WIMP scattering rate provides a potential WIMP 'smoking gun'. If the WIMP distribution is predominantly smooth, the Galactic recoil distribution is peaked in the direction opposite to the direction of Solar motion. Previous studies have found that, for an ideal detector, of order 10 WIMP events would be sufficient to reject isotropy, and rule out an isotropic background. We examine how the median recoil direction could be used to confirm the WIMP origin of an anisotropic recoil signal. Specifically, we determine the number of events required to confirm the direction of solar motion as the median inverse recoil direction at 95% confidence. We find that for zero background 31 events are required, a factor of {approx}2 more than are required to simply reject isotropy. We also investigate the effect of a nonzero isotropic background. As the background rate is increased the number of events required increases, initially fairly gradually and then more rapidly, once the signal becomes subdominant. We also discuss the effect of features in the speed distribution at large speeds, as found in recent high resolution simulations, on the median recoil direction.

  20. Disentangling Dark Matter Dynamics with Directional Detection

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    Lisanti, Mariangela; Wacker, Jay G.; /SLAC

    2009-12-16

    Inelastic dark matter reconciles the DAMA anomaly with other null direct detection experiments and points to a non-minimal structure in the dark matter sector. In addition to the dominant inelastic interaction, dark matter scattering may have a subdominant elastic component. If these elastic interactions are suppressed at low momentum transfer, they will have similar nuclear recoil spectra to inelastic scattering events. While upcoming direct detection experiments will see strong signals from such models, they may not be able to unambiguously determine the presence of the subdominant elastic scattering from the recoil spectra alone. We show that directional detection experiments can separate elastic and inelastic scattering events and discover the underlying dynamics of dark matter models.

  1. [Colorimetric assay of perfluorooctanesulfonate based on gold nanoparticles].

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    Cong, Yan-bin; Zheng, Yong-hong; Zheng, Li; Wu, Fei; Tan, Ke-jun

    2015-01-01

    For the property of persistent, bioaccumulation and genetic toxicity, perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) is classified as a sort of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). It is significant to develop a novel assay for the determination of PFOS. In this work, we create a new colorimetric assay for PFOS in which the positively-charged gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) work as a nano-probe. This method works on the aggregation of AuNPs induced by PFOS via electrostatic interaction. The stable monodisperse AuNPs coated by cysteamine present color of red wine and the addition of PFOS can make the monodispersed AuNPs aggregated resulting in the color change from wine red to reddish purple with a red-shift in ultraviolet-visible absorption spectrum. The experimental results show that AuNPs has a characteristic absorption peak (524 nm), as well as a wide absorption peak (650 nm) and the absorption signal intensity is proportional to the PFOS content in a range of 0. 8-8. 0 µmo .l L-1. According to these, we developed a method based on ultraviolet-visible absorption and colorimetric to detect PFOS with the detection limit of 80 nmol . L-1. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) was investigated and the photos show that the stable AuNPs are made and the degree of AuNPs aggregation is related with PFOS concentration. The effect tests of coexisting substances in system show that common anions had less impact on the system and inorganic metal ions had some interference, which can be get rid of by cat- ion exchange resin in real sample. This assay was applied to detect PFOS in tap water with a recovery range of 87. 5%-118% and RSD 4. 4%. It is a novel application of AuNPs-based probe for PFOS detection. The proposed method has more advantages such as rapidity, low-cost and simplicity than conventional ones. In addition, it has the visual sensing function and the difference of color can be sensed by naked eyes directly, which produce ideas of real-time colorimetric strategies of nanoprobe application in environmental pollutant detection. PMID:25993846

  2. Microgels for multiplex and direct fluorescence detection

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    Causa, Filippo; Aliberti, Anna; Cusano, Angela M.; Battista, Edmondo; Netti, Paolo A.

    2015-05-01

    Blood borne oligonucleotides fragments contain useful clinical information whose detection and monitoring represent the new frontier in liquid biopsy as they can transform the current diagnosis procedure. For instance, recent studies have identified a new class of circulating biomarkers such as s miRNAs, and demonstrated that changes in their concentration are closely associated with the development of cancer and other pathologies. However, direct detection of miRNAs in body fluids is particularly challenging and demands high sensitivity -concentration range between atto to femtomolarspecificity, and multiplexing Here we report on engineered multifunctional microgels and innovative probe design for a direct and multiplex detection of relevant clinical miRNAs in fluorescence by single particle assay. Polyethyleneglycol-based microgels have a coreshell architecture with two spectrally encoded fluorescent dyes for multiplex analyses and are endowed with fluorescent probes for miRNA detection. Encoding and detection fluorescence signals are distinguishable by not overlapping emission spectra. Tuneable fluorescence probe conjugation and corresponding emission confinement on single microgel allows for enhanced target detection. Such suspension array has indeed high selectivity and sensitivity with a detection limit of 10-15 M and a dynamic range from 10-9 to 10-15 M. We believe that sensitivity in the fM concentration range, signal background minimization, multiplexed capability and direct measurement of such microgels will translate into diagnostic benefits opening up new roots toward liquid biopsy in the context of point-of-care testing through an easy and fast detection of sensitive diagnostic biomarkers directly in serum.

  3. DIRECTIONAL MORPHOLOGICAL OPERATORS TO DETECT FAT

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    Plaza, Antonio J.

    DIRECTIONAL MORPHOLOGICAL OPERATORS TO DETECT FAT STREAKS IN IBERIAN HAM A. Plaza, E. Cernadas, M ones. Currently, chemical procedures are being used to determine fat level of the ham, but they can with different feeding reveal similar fat level, but pigs fed on acorns and grass reached better qualifications

  4. Direct Detection of Dynamical Dark Matter

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    Keith R. Dienes; Jason Kumar; Brooks Thomas

    2012-09-27

    Dynamical dark matter (DDM) is an alternative framework for dark-matter physics in which the dark-matter candidate is an ensemble of constituent fields with differing masses, lifetimes, and cosmological abundances. In this framework, it is the balancing of these quantities against each other across the ensemble as a whole which ensures phenomenological viability. In this paper, we examine the prospects for the direct detection of a DDM ensemble. In particular, we study the constraints imposed by current limits from direct-detection experiments on the parameter space of DDM models, and we assess the prospects for detecting such an ensemble and distinguishing it from traditional dark-matter candidates on the basis of data from the next generation of direct-detection experiments. For concreteness, we focus primarily on the case in which elastic scattering via spin-independent interactions dominates the interaction rate between atomic nuclei and the constituent particles of the ensemble. We also briefly discuss the effects of modifying these assumptions.

  5. Cost Effective Paper-Based Colorimetric Microfluidic Devices and Mobile Phone Camera Readers for the Classroom

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    Koesdjojo, Myra T.; Pengpumkiat, Sumate; Wu, Yuanyuan; Boonloed, Anukul; Huynh, Daniel; Remcho, Thomas P.; Remcho, Vincent T.

    2015-01-01

    We have developed a simple and direct method to fabricate paper-based microfluidic devices that can be used for a wide range of colorimetric assay applications. With these devices, assays can be performed within minutes to allow for quantitative colorimetric analysis by use of a widely accessible iPhone camera and an RGB color reader application…

  6. DIRECTIONAL DETECTION OF FISSION-SPECTRUM NEUTRONS.

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    VANIER,P.E.

    2007-05-04

    Conventional neutron detectors consisting of {sup 3}He tubes surrounded by a plastic moderator can be quite efficient in detecting fission spectrum neutrons, but do not indicate the direction of the incident radiation. We have developed a new directional detector based on double proton recoil in two separated planes of plastic scintillators. This method allows the spectrum of the neutrons to be measured by a combination of peak amplitude in the first plane and time of flight to the second plane. It also allows the determination of the angle of scattering in the first plane. If the planes are position-sensitive detectors, then the direction of the scattered neutron is known, and the direction of the incident neutron can be determined to lie on a cone of s fixed angle. The superposition of many such cones generates an image that indicates the presence of a localized source. Typical background neutron fluences from the interaction of cosmic rays with the atmosphere are low and fairly uniformly distributed in angle. Directional detection helps to locate a manmade source in the presence of natural background. Monte Carlo simulations are compared with experimental results.

  7. A Colorimetric Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) Detection Platform for a Point-of-Care Dengue Detection System on a Lab-on-Compact-Disc.

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    Thiha, Aung; Ibrahim, Fatimah

    2015-01-01

    The enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) is the gold standard clinical diagnostic tool for the detection and quantification of protein biomarkers. However, conventional ELISA tests have drawbacks in their requirement of time, expensive equipment and expertise for operation. Hence, for the purpose of rapid, high throughput screening and point-of-care diagnosis, researchers are miniaturizing sandwich ELISA procedures on Lab-on-a-Chip and Lab-on-Compact Disc (LOCD) platforms. This paper presents a novel integrated device to detect and interpret the ELISA test results on a LOCD platform. The system applies absorption spectrophotometry to measure the absorbance (optical density) of the sample using a monochromatic light source and optical sensor. The device performs automated analysis of the results and presents absorbance values and diagnostic test results via a graphical display or via Bluetooth to a smartphone platform which also acts as controller of the device. The efficacy of the device was evaluated by performing dengue antibody IgG ELISA on 64 hospitalized patients suspected of dengue. The results demonstrate high accuracy of the device, with 95% sensitivity and 100% specificity in detection when compared with gold standard commercial ELISA microplate readers. This sensor platform represents a significant step towards establishing ELISA as a rapid, inexpensive and automatic testing method for the purpose of point-of-care-testing (POCT) in resource-limited settings. PMID:25993517

  8. A Colorimetric Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) Detection Platform for a Point-of-Care Dengue Detection System on a Lab-on-Compact-Disc

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    Thiha, Aung; Ibrahim, Fatimah

    2015-01-01

    The enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) is the gold standard clinical diagnostic tool for the detection and quantification of protein biomarkers. However, conventional ELISA tests have drawbacks in their requirement of time, expensive equipment and expertise for operation. Hence, for the purpose of rapid, high throughput screening and point-of-care diagnosis, researchers are miniaturizing sandwich ELISA procedures on Lab-on-a-Chip and Lab-on-Compact Disc (LOCD) platforms. This paper presents a novel integrated device to detect and interpret the ELISA test results on a LOCD platform. The system applies absorption spectrophotometry to measure the absorbance (optical density) of the sample using a monochromatic light source and optical sensor. The device performs automated analysis of the results and presents absorbance values and diagnostic test results via a graphical display or via Bluetooth to a smartphone platform which also acts as controller of the device. The efficacy of the device was evaluated by performing dengue antibody IgG ELISA on 64 hospitalized patients suspected of dengue. The results demonstrate high accuracy of the device, with 95% sensitivity and 100% specificity in detection when compared with gold standard commercial ELISA microplate readers. This sensor platform represents a significant step towards establishing ELISA as a rapid, inexpensive and automatic testing method for the purpose of point-of-care-testing (POCT) in resource-limited settings. PMID:25993517

  9. Direct detection of dark matter polarizability

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    Ovanesyan, Grigory; Vecchi, Luca

    2015-07-01

    We point out that the direct detection of dark matter via its electro-magnetic polarizability is described by two new nuclear form factors, which are controlled by the 2-nucleon nuclear density. The signature manifests a peculiar dependence on the atomic and mass numbers of the target nuclei, as well as on the momentum transfer, and can differ significantly from experiment to experiment. We also discuss UV completions of our scenario.

  10. Direct detection of dark matter polarizability

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    Grigory Ovanesyan; Luca Vecchi

    2015-08-05

    We point out that the direct detection of dark matter via its electro-magnetic polarizability is described by two new nuclear form factors, which are controlled by the 2-nucleon nuclear density. The signature manifests a peculiar dependence on the atomic and mass numbers of the target nuclei, as well as on the momentum transfer, and can differ significantly from experiment to experiment. We also discuss UV completions of our scenario.

  11. Direct Detection of Exoplanets with Polarimetry

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    Wiktorowicz, Sloane; Laughlin, G.

    2012-01-01

    The detection of scattered light from exoplanets gives direct access to structure and composition of their atmospheres. Currently, most scattered light experiments focus on nearly edge-on, transiting systems. The temporal changes that occur during planetary occultations are used to suppress systematic errors that would otherwise overwhelm the planetary signal. However, linear polarimetry also has the potential to detect scattered light from exoplanets. This is because the polarization state of light scattered by a planetary atmosphere distinguishes it from both the direct light from the host star and the Wien tail of thermal re-radiation from the planet. Scattered flux should be identifiable even in face-on systems, because both degree and position angle of polarization are modulated continuously throughout the orbit. Orbital inclination, mean number of scattering events, and scattering particle size and index of refraction are potentially discernable with polarimetry. We will report on the search for scattered light from known exoplanets using the POLISH2 polarimeter on the Lick 3-m telescope. This instrument simultaneously measures all four Stokes parameters (I, Q, U, and V), and it achieves precision within 60% of the photon shot noise limit over an entire observing run. The POLISH2 polarimeter is therefore ideally suited for direct detection of close-in exoplanets. This work is supported by a UC Lab Fees Research Grant, UCO/Lick Observatory, and a NExScI Sagan Fellowship.

  12. Direct Detection of Exoplanets with Polarimetry

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    Wiktorowicz, Sloane

    2013-01-01

    The detection of scattered light from exoplanets gives direct access to the structure and composition of their atmospheres. Currently, most scattered light experiments focus on nearly edge-on, transiting systems. The temporal changes that occur during planetary occultations are used to suppress systematic errors that would otherwise overwhelm the planetary signal. However, linear polarimetry also has the potential to detect scattered light from exoplanets. This is because the polarization state of light scattered by a planetary atmosphere distinguishes it from both the direct light from the host star and the Wien tail of thermal re-radiation from the planet. Scattered flux should be identifiable regardless of orbital inclination, because both degree and position angle of polarization are modulated continuously throughout the orbit. Orbital inclination, mean number of scattering events, and scattering particle size and index of refraction are potentially discernable with polarimetry. I will report on the search for scattered light from known exoplanets using the POLISH2 polarimeter on the Lick 3-m telescope. This instrument simultaneously measures all four Stokes parameters (I, Q, U, and V), and it achieves precision at 2.5 times the photon shot noise limit over an entire observing run. The POLISH2 polarimeter is therefore ideally suited for direct detection of spatially unresolved exoplanets. This work is supported by a NExScI Sagan Fellowship, UC Lab Fees Research Grant, and UCO/Lick Observatory.

  13. Direct Detection of Exoplanets with Polarimetry

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    Wiktorowicz, Sloane

    2011-09-01

    The detection of scattered light from exoplanets gives direct access to physical conditions and composition of their atmospheres. Currently, most scattered light experiments focus on nearly edge-on, transiting systems. The temporal changes that occur during planetary occultations are used to suppress systematic errors that would otherwise overwhelm the planetary signal. Linear polarimetry also has the potential to detect scattered light from exoplanets, because the polarization state of light scattered by a planetary atmosphere distinguishes it from both the direct light from the host star and thermal re-radiation from the planet. This scattered flux should be identifiable even in face-on systems, because both degree and position angle of polarization are modulated continuously throughout the orbit. Orbital inclination, mean number of scattering events, and scattering particle index of refraction and size are potentially discernable with polarimetry. I will report on the search for scattered light from known exoplanets using the POLISH2 polarimeter on the Lick 3-m telescope. This instrument has recently been upgraded with simultaneous full-Stokes capability and UBV filters. This polarimeter has achieved nightly precisions at the part per million level on V < 9 stars, and systematic effects have been suppressed to this level as well. The POLISH2 polarimeter is therefore ideally suited for direct detection of close-in exoplanets. This work was supported by a UC Lab Fees Research Grant, UCO/Lick Observatory, and a NExScI Sagan Fellowship.

  14. An azodye-rhodamine-based fluorescent and colorimetric probe specific for the detection of Pd(2+) in aqueous ethanolic solution: synthesis, XRD characterization, computational studies and imaging in live cells.

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    Mahapatra, Ajit Kumar; Manna, Saikat Kumar; Maiti, Kalipada; Mondal, Sanchita; Maji, Rajkishor; Mandal, Debasish; Mandal, Sukhendu; Uddin, Md Raihan; Goswami, Shyamaprosad; Quah, Ching Kheng; Fun, Hoong-Kun

    2015-02-21

    Azodye-rhodamine hybrid colorimetric fluorescent probe (L) has been designed and synthesized. The structure of L has been established based on single crystal XRD. It has been shown to act as a selective turn-on fluorescent chemosensor for Pd(2+) with >40 fold enhancement by exhibiting red emission among the other 27 cations studied in aqueous ethanol. The coordination features of the species of recognition have been computationally evaluated by DFT methods and found to have a distorted tetrahedral Pd(2+) center in the binding core. The probe (L) has been shown to detect Pd up to 0.45 ?M at pH 7.4. Furthermore, the probe can be used to image Pd(2+) in living cells. PMID:25537648

  15. Direct detection of dark matter axions with directional sensitivity

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    Irastorza, Igor G.; García, Juan A. E-mail: jagarpas@unizar.es

    2012-10-01

    We study the directional effect of the expected axion dark matter signal in a resonant cavity of an axion haloscope detector, for cavity geometries not satisfying the condition that the axion de Broglie wavelength ?{sub a} is sufficiently larger than the cavity dimensions L for a fully coherent conversion, i.e. ?{sub a}?>2?L. We focus on long thin cavities immersed in dipole magnets and find, for appropriately chosen cavity lengths, an O(1) modulation of the signal with the cavity orientation with respect the momentum distribution of the relic axion background predicted by the isothermal sphere model for the galactic dark matter halo. This effect can be exploited to design directional axion dark matter detectors, providing an unmistakable signature of the extraterrestrial origin of a possible positive detection. Moreover, the precise shape of the modulation may give information of the galactic halo distribution and, for specific halo models, give extra sensitivity for higher axion masses.

  16. Community detection in directed acyclic graphs

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    Speidel, Leo; Takaguchi, Taro; Masuda, Naoki

    2015-08-01

    Some temporal networks, most notably citation networks, are naturally represented as directed acyclic graphs (DAGs). To detect communities in DAGs, we propose a modularity for DAGs by defining an appropriate null model (i.e., randomized network) respecting the order of nodes. We implement a spectral method to approximately maximize the proposed modularity measure and test the method on citation networks and other DAGs. We find that the attained values of the modularity for DAGs are similar for partitions that we obtain by maximizing the proposed modularity (designed for DAGs), the modularity for undirected networks and that for general directed networks. In other words, if we neglect the order imposed on nodes (and the direction of links) in a given DAG and maximize the conventional modularity measure, the obtained partition is close to the optimal one in the sense of the modularity for DAGs. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Temporal Network Theory and Applications", edited by Petter Holme.

  17. Aberration features in directional dark matter detection

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    Bozorgnia, Nassim; Gelmini, Graciela B.; Gondolo, Paolo E-mail: gelmini@physics.ucla.edu

    2012-08-01

    The motion of the Earth around the Sun causes an annual change in the magnitude and direction of the arrival velocity of dark matter particles on Earth, in a way analogous to aberration of stellar light. In directional detectors, aberration of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) modulates the pattern of nuclear recoil directions in a way that depends on the orbital velocity of the Earth and the local galactic distribution of WIMP velocities. Knowing the former, WIMP aberration can give information on the latter, besides being a curious way of confirming the revolution of the Earth and the extraterrestrial provenance of WIMPs. While observing the full aberration pattern requires extremely large exposures, we claim that the annual variation of the mean recoil direction or of the event counts over specific solid angles may be detectable with moderately large exposures. For example, integrated counts over Galactic hemispheres separated by planes perpendicular to Earth's orbit would modulate annually, resulting in Galactic Hemisphere Annual Modulations (GHAM) with amplitudes larger than the usual non-directional annual modulation.

  18. Direct Electron Detection And Imaging Using CCD

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    S. R. Mirfayzi

    2015-10-26

    The purpose of this project is to investigate the use of charge couple devices (CCDs) to detect electrons directly. This can be done in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for electrons over 100 KeV, but for space plasma instruments, lower energies are of interest. At the entrance surface of a back illuminated CCD, there is an insensitive layer of oxide and silicon. This layer needs to be kept as thin as possible, in order to detect the electrons of interest, which have short absorption depths. Following analysis of the parameters, we are going to measure the least amount of energy we can detect from electron interaction with the thinned layer. The detection process is simulated by combining two separate models: First: Mulasses, using Geant4, to simulate the interaction of the incident electron with the silicon, giving the energy absorption as a function of depth; Second A model from Stern et al. of the charge collection efficiency as a function of depth. Combining these models gives a measure of the charge collected as a function of incident electron energy, which is the relationship of interest.

  19. Colorimetric biosensing of pathogens using gold nanoparticles.

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    Verma, Mohit S; Rogowski, Jacob L; Jones, Lyndon; Gu, Frank X

    2015-11-01

    Rapid detection of pathogens is crucial to minimize adverse health impacts of nosocomial, foodborne, and waterborne diseases. Gold nanoparticles are extremely successful at detecting pathogens due to their ability to provide a simple and rapid color change when their environment is altered. Here, we review general strategies of implementing gold nanoparticles in colorimetric biosensors. First, we highlight how gold nanoparticles have improved conventional genomic analysis methods by lowering detection limits while reducing assay times. Then, we focus on emerging point-of-care technologies that aim at pathogen detection using simpler assays. These advances will facilitate the implementation of gold nanoparticle-based biosensors in diverse environments throughout the world and help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. PMID:25792228

  20. Complementarity of dark matter direct detection targets

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    Pato, Miguel; Baudis, Laura; Bertone, Gianfranco; Ruiz de Austri, Roberto; Trotta, Roberto

    2011-04-15

    We investigate the reconstruction capabilities of the dark matter mass and spin-independent cross section from future ton-scale direct detection experiments using germanium, xenon, or argon as targets. Adopting realistic values for the exposure, energy threshold, and resolution of dark matter experiments which will come online within 5 to 10 years, the degree of complementarity between different targets is quantified. We investigate how the uncertainty in the astrophysical parameters controlling the local dark matter density and velocity distribution affects the reconstruction. For a 50 GeV WIMP, astrophysical uncertainties degrade the accuracy in the mass reconstruction by up to a factor of {approx}4 for xenon and germanium, compared to the case when astrophysical quantities are fixed. However, the combination of argon, germanium, and xenon data increases the constraining power by a factor of {approx}2 compared to germanium or xenon alone. We show that future direct detection experiments can achieve self-calibration of some astrophysical parameters, and they will be able to constrain the WIMP mass with only very weak external astrophysical constraints.

  1. Ink-jet printed colorimetric gas sensors on plastic foil

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    Courbat, Jerome; Briand, Danick; de Rooij, Nico F.

    2010-08-01

    An all polymeric colorimetric gas sensor with its associated electronics for ammonia (NH3) detection targeting low-cost and low-power applications is presented. The gas sensitive layer was inkjet printed on a plastic foil. The use of the foil directly as optical waveguide simplified the fabrication, made the device more cost effective and compatible with large scale fabrication techniques, such as roll to roll processes. Concentrations of 500 ppb of NH3 in nitrogen with 50% of RH were measured with a power consumption of about 868 ?W in an optical pulsed mode of operation. Such sensors foresee applications in the field of wireless systems, for environmental and safety monitoring. The fabrication of the planar sensor was based on low temperature processing. The waveguide was made of PEN or PET foil and covered with an ammonia sensitive layer deposited by inkjet printing, which offered a proper and localized deposition of the film. The influence of the substrate temperature and its surface pretreatment were investigated to achieve the optimum deposition parameters for the printed fluid. To improve the light coupling from the light source (LED) to the detectors (photodiodes), polymeric micro-mirrors were patterned in an epoxy resin. With the printing of the colorimetric film and additive patterning of polymeric micro-mirrors on plastic foil, a major step was achieved towards the implementation of full plastic selective gas sensors. The combination with printed OLED and PPD would further lead to an integrated all polymeric optical transducer on plastic foil fully compatible with printed electronics processes.

  2. Direct Detection of Dark Matter Debris Flows

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    Michael Kuhlen; Mariangela Lisanti; David N. Spergel

    2012-08-06

    Tidal stripping of dark matter from subhalos falling into the Milky Way produces narrow, cold tidal streams as well as more spatially extended "debris flows" in the form of shells, sheets, and plumes. Here we focus on the debris flow in the Via Lactea II simulation, and show that this incompletely phase-mixed material exhibits distinctive high velocity behavior. Unlike tidal streams, which may not necessarily intersect the Earth's location, debris flow is spatially uniform at 8 kpc and thus guaranteed to be present in the dark matter flux incident on direct detection experiments. At Earth-frame speeds greater than 450 km/s, debris flow comprises more than half of the dark matter at the Sun's location, and up to 80% at even higher speeds. Therefore, debris flow is most important for experiments that are particularly sensitive to the high speed tail of the dark matter distribution, such as searches for light or inelastic dark matter or experiments with directional sensitivity. We show that debris flow yields a distinctive recoil energy spectrum and a broadening of the distribution of incidence direction.

  3. Orthogonal cell-based biosensing: fluorescent, electrochemical, and colorimetric detection with silica-immobilized cellular communities integrated with an ITO-glass/plastic laminate cartridge.

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    Harper, Jason C; Edwards, Thayne L; Savage, Travis; Harbaugh, Svetlana; Kelley-Loughnane, Nancy; Stone, Morley O; Brinker, C Jeffrey; Brozik, Susan M

    2012-09-10

    This is the first report of a living cell-based environmental sensing device capable of generating orthogonal fluorescent, electrochemical, and colorimetric signals in response to a single target analyte in complex media. Orthogonality is enabled by use of cellular communities that are engineered to provide distinct signals in response to the model analyte. Coupling these three signal transduction methods provides additional and/or complementary data regarding the sample which may reduce the impact of interferants and increase confidence in the sensor's output. Long-term stability of the cells was addressed via 3D entrapment within a nanostructured matrix derived from glycerated silicate, which allows the device to be sealed and stored under dry, ambient conditions for months with significant retention in cellular activity and viability (40% viability after 60 days). Furthermore, the first co-entrapment of eukaryotic and bacterial cells in a silica matrix is reported, demonstrating multianalyte biodetection by mixing disparate cell lines at intimate proximities which remain viable and responsive. These advances in cell-based biosensing open intriguing opportunities for integrating living cells with nanomaterials and macroscale systems. PMID:22684922

  4. Magnetic colorimetric immunoassay for human interleukin-6 based on the oxidase activity of ceria spheres.

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    Peng, Juan; Guan, Jufang; Yao, Huiqin; Jin, Xiaoyong

    2016-01-01

    A novel magnetic colorimetric immunoassay strategy was designed for sensitive detection of human interleukin-6 (IL-6) using ceria spheres as labels. Ceria spheres showed excellent oxidase activity, which can directly catalyze the oxidation of substrate o-phenylenediamine (OPD) to a stable yellow product, 2,3-diaminophenazine (oxOPD). The absorbance of oxOPD was recorded to reflect the level of IL-6. The relatively mild conditions made the immunoassay strategy more robust, reliable, and easy. A linear relationship between absorbance intensity and the logarithm of IL-6 concentrations was obtained in the range of 0.0001-10 ng mL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.04 pg mL(-1) (S/N = 3). The colorimetric immunoassay exhibited high sensitivity and specificity for the detection of IL-6. This immunoassay has been successfully applied in the detection of IL-6 in serum samples and can be readily extended toward the on-site monitoring of cancer biomarkers in serum samples. PMID:26416691

  5. Directly detecting exozodiacal dust and disk variability

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    Scott, Nicholas J.

    2015-01-01

    Dust is common throughout stellar systems. The architecture of stellar systems may be typically comprised of a distant cold debris disk, a warm exozodiacal disk, and a hot inner disk. Dust in this exozodiacal region confounds exoplanet detections by scattering light or mimicking planetary emission. This environment must be well-modelled in order to find Earth-sized exoplanets. Interferometry at the Center for High Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) Array provides the angular resolution to directly detect near-infrared (NIR) excesses originating from warm and hot dust close to the host star. The recently upgraded Fiber-Linked Unit for Optical Recombination (JouFLU) is capable of measuring interferometric visibility contrasts to a precision of <0.1% and dust disk fluxes equal to 1% of the host star. There is likely a connection between these hot interferometrically detected dust disks and the harder-to-detect warm zodiacal dust analogues. In this way interferometric studies can observe the tip-of-the-iceberg of stellar system dust, providing details such as composition and grain size of dust, as well as statistics on the correlation of dust populations and stellar properties. These inner dust regions may exhibit a high degree of variability which should also be characterized and may give hint to the dust origin and replenishment mechanisms. JouFLU is currently involved in a large survey of exozodiacal dust stars of spectral types A through K with the aim to provide statistics about dust disk occurrence in relation to their host stars and the presence of cold dust reservoirs. Complementing this survey is a project of re-observing the earliest excess detections in order to determine their variability. In addition, NASA's InfraRed Telescope Facility (IRTF) provides a method for spectrophotometric detections of excess stellar flux corresponding to the presence of hot/warm exozodiacal dust. Multiple NIR interferometric instruments as well as medium resolution spectroscopy are a sensitive and affordable method of discovering inner disks and characterizing nearby habitable zone environments.

  6. A smartphone-based colorimetric reader for bioanalytical applications using the screen-based bottom illumination provided by gadgets.

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    Vashist, Sandeep Kumar; van Oordt, Thomas; Schneider, E Marion; Zengerle, Roland; von Stetten, Felix; Luong, John H T

    2015-05-15

    A smartphone-based colorimetric reader (SBCR) was developed using a Samsung Galaxy SIII mini, a gadget (iPAD mini, iPAD4 or iPhone 5s), integrated with a custom-made dark hood and base holder assembly. The smartphone equipped with a back camera (5 megapixels resolution) was used for colorimetric imaging via the hood and base-holder assembly. A 96- or 24-well microtiter plate (MTP) was positioned on the gadget's screensaver that provides white light-based bottom illumination only in the specific regions corresponding to the bottom of MTP's wells. The pixel intensity of the captured images was determined by an image processing algorithm. The developed SBCR was evaluated and compared with a commercial MTP reader (MTPR) for three model assays: our recently developed human C-reactive protein sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), horseradish peroxidase direct ELISA, and bicinchoninic acid protein estimation assay. SBCR had the same precision, dynamic range, detection limit and sensitivity as MTPR for all three assays. With advanced microfabrication and data processing, SBCR will become more compact, lighter, inexpensive and enriched with more features. Therefore, SBCR with a remarkable computing power could be an ideal point-of-care (POC) colorimetric detection device for the next-generation of cost-effective POC diagnostics, immunoassays and diversified bioanalytical applications. PMID:25168283

  7. The Earth's velocity for direct detection experiments

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    McCabe, Christopher

    2014-02-01

    The Earth's velocity relative to the Sun in galactic coordinates is required in the rate calculation for direct detection experiments. We provide a rigorous derivation of this quantity to first order in the eccentricity of the Earth's orbit. We also discuss the effect of the precession of the equinoxes, which has hitherto received little explicit discussion. Comparing with other expressions in the literature, we confirm that the expression of Lee, Lisanti and Safdi is correct, while the expression of Lewin and Smith, the de facto standard expression, contains an error. For calculations of the absolute event rate, the leading order expression is sufficient while for modulation searches, an expression with the eccentricity is required for accurate predictions of the modulation phase.

  8. The Earth's velocity for direct detection experiments

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    McCabe, Christopher

    2013-01-01

    The Earth's velocity relative to the Sun in galactic coordinates is required in the rate calculation for direct detection experiments. We provide a rigorous derivation of this quantity to first order in the eccentricity of the Earth's orbit. We also discuss the effect of the precession of the equinoxes, which has previously been ignored. Comparing with other expressions in the literature, we confirm that the expression of Lee, Lisanti and Safdi is correct, while the expression of Lewin and Smith, the de facto standard expression, contains an error. For calculations of the absolute event rate, the leading order expression is sufficient while for modulation searches, an expression with the eccentricity is required for accurate predictions of the modulation phase.

  9. The Earth's velocity for direct detection experiments

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    Christopher McCabe

    2014-02-26

    The Earth's velocity relative to the Sun in galactic coordinates is required in the rate calculation for direct detection experiments. We provide a rigorous derivation of this quantity to first order in the eccentricity of the Earth's orbit. We also discuss the effect of the precession of the equinoxes, which has hitherto received little explicit discussion. Comparing with other expressions in the literature, we confirm that the expression of Lee, Lisanti and Safdi is correct, while the expression of Lewin and Smith, the de facto standard expression, contains an error. For calculations of the absolute event rate, the leading order expression is sufficient while for modulation searches, an expression with the eccentricity is required for accurate predictions of the modulation phase.

  10. DIRECT DETECTION OF AN ULTRALUMINOUS ULTRAVIOLET SOURCE

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    Kaaret, Philip; Feng Hua; Wong, Diane S.; Tao Lian

    2010-05-01

    We present Hubble Space Telescope observations in the far UV of the ultraluminous X-ray source in NGC 6946 associated with the optical nebula MF 16. Both a point-like source coincident with the X-ray source and the surrounding nebula are detected in the FUV. The point source has a flux of 5 x 10{sup -16} erg s{sup -1} cm{sup -2} A{sup -1}, and the nebula has a flux of 1.6 x 10{sup -15} erg s{sup -1} cm{sup -2} A{sup -1}, quoted at 1533 A and assuming an extinction of A{sub V} = 1.54. Thus, MF 16 appears to host the first directly detected ultraluminous UV source. The flux of the point-like source is consistent with a blackbody with T{approx} 30,000 K, possibly from a massive companion star, but this spectrum does not create sufficient ionizing radiation to produce the nebular He II flux, and a second, hotter emission component would be required. A multicolor disk blackbody spectrum truncated with an outer disk temperature of {approx}16,000 K provides an adequate fit to the FUV, B, V, I, and He II fluxes and can produce the needed ionizing radiation. Additional observations are required to determine the physical nature of the source.

  11. EXTRAGALACTIC DARK MATTER AND DIRECT DETECTION EXPERIMENTS

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    Baushev, A. N.

    2013-07-10

    Recent astronomical data strongly suggest that a significant part of the dark matter content of the Local Group and Virgo Supercluster is not incorporated into the galaxy halos and forms diffuse components of these galaxy clusters. A portion of the particles from these components may penetrate the Milky Way and make an extragalactic contribution to the total dark matter containment of our Galaxy. We find that the particles of the diffuse component of the Local Group are apt to contribute {approx}12% to the total dark matter density near Earth. The particles of the extragalactic dark matter stand out because of their high speed ({approx}600 km s{sup -1}), i.e., they are much faster than the galactic dark matter. In addition, their speed distribution is very narrow ({approx}20 km s{sup -1}). The particles have an isotropic velocity distribution (perhaps, in contrast to the galactic dark matter). The extragalactic dark matter should provide a significant contribution to the direct detection signal. If the detector is sensitive only to the fast particles (v > 450 km s{sup -1}), then the signal may even dominate. The density of other possible types of the extragalactic dark matter (for instance, of the diffuse component of the Virgo Supercluster) should be relatively small and comparable with the average dark matter density of the universe. However, these particles can generate anomaly high-energy collisions in direct dark matter detectors.

  12. A novel development of dithizone as a dual-analyte colorimetric chemosensor: detection and determination of cyanide and cobalt (II) ions in dimethyl sulfoxide/water media with biological applications.

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    Tavallali, Hossein; Deilamy-Rad, Gohar; Parhami, Abolfath; Mousavi, Seyede Zahra

    2013-08-01

    The behavior of dithizone (DTZ), an easily available dye has been studied for the first time in chromogenic sensing of CN(-) as an anionic species and for Co(2+) as a cationic species in DMSO/H2O media. So employing DTZ an efficient colorimetric chemosensor was afforded with a chromogenic selectivity for Co(2+) over other cations with detection limit of 0.04 ?mol L(-1). The complex of Co(2+) with DTZ also displayed ability to detect up to 0.43 ?mol L(-1) CN(-) (K(+) salts) among other competing anions through a fast response time of less than 30s which is much lower than most recently reported chromogenic probes. The linear dynamic ranges for the determination of Co(2+) and CN(-) were 0.3-4.4 and 3.3-58.6 ?mol L(-1) respectively. This method could have potential application in a variety of cases requiring rapid and accurate analysis of Co(2+) and CN(-) for human serum and water samples. PMID:23811160

  13. Photonic crystal structures with tunable structure color as colorimetric sensors.

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    Wang, Hui; Zhang, Ke-Qin

    2013-01-01

    Colorimetric sensing, which transduces environmental changes into visible color changes, provides a simple yet powerful detection mechanism that is well-suited to the development of low-cost and low-power sensors. A new approach in colorimetric sensing exploits the structural color of photonic crystals (PCs) to create environmentally-influenced color-changeable materials. PCs are composed of periodic dielectrics or metallo-dielectric nanostructures that affect the propagation of electromagnetic waves (EM) by defining the allowed and forbidden photonic bands. Simultaneously, an amazing variety of naturally occurring biological systems exhibit iridescent color due to the presence of PC structures throughout multi-dimensional space. In particular, some kinds of the structural colors in living organisms can be reversibly changed in reaction to external stimuli. Based on the lessons learned from natural photonic structures, some specific examples of PCs-based colorimetric sensors are presented in detail to demonstrate their unprecedented potential in practical applications, such as the detections of temperature, pH, ionic species, solvents, vapor, humidity, pressure and biomolecules. The combination of the nanofabrication technique, useful design methodologies inspired by biological systems and colorimetric sensing will lead to substantial developments in low-cost, miniaturized and widely deployable optical sensors. PMID:23539027

  14. Photonic Crystal Structures with Tunable Structure Color as Colorimetric Sensors

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    Wang, Hui; Zhang, Ke-Qin

    2013-01-01

    Colorimetric sensing, which transduces environmental changes into visible color changes, provides a simple yet powerful detection mechanism that is well-suited to the development of low-cost and low-power sensors. A new approach in colorimetric sensing exploits the structural color of photonic crystals (PCs) to create environmentally-influenced color-changeable materials. PCs are composed of periodic dielectrics or metallo-dielectric nanostructures that affect the propagation of electromagnetic waves (EM) by defining the allowed and forbidden photonic bands. Simultaneously, an amazing variety of naturally occurring biological systems exhibit iridescent color due to the presence of PC structures throughout multi-dimensional space. In particular, some kinds of the structural colors in living organisms can be reversibly changed in reaction to external stimuli. Based on the lessons learned from natural photonic structures, some specific examples of PCs-based colorimetric sensors are presented in detail to demonstrate their unprecedented potential in practical applications, such as the detections of temperature, pH, ionic species, solvents, vapor, humidity, pressure and biomolecules. The combination of the nanofabrication technique, useful design methodologies inspired by biological systems and colorimetric sensing will lead to substantial developments in low-cost, miniaturized and widely deployable optical sensors. PMID:23539027

  15. Direct Exoplanet Detection with Binary Differential Imaging

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    Rodigas, Timothy J.; Weinberger, Alycia; Mamajek, Eric E.; Males, Jared R.; Close, Laird M.; Morzinski, Katie; Hinz, Philip M.; Kaib, Nathan

    2015-10-01

    Binaries are typically excluded from direct imaging exoplanet surveys. However, the recent findings of Kepler and radial velocity programs show that planets can and do form in binary systems. Here, we suggest that visual binaries offer unique advantages for direct imaging. We show that Binary Differential Imaging (BDI), whereby two stars are imaged simultaneously at the same wavelength within the isoplanatic patch at a high Strehl ratio, offers improved point spread function (PSF) subtraction that can result in increased sensitivity to planets close to each star. We demonstrate this by observing a young visual binary separated by 4? with MagAO/Clio-2 at 3.9 ?m, where the Strehl ratio is high, the isoplanatic patch is large, and giant planets are bright. Comparing BDI to angular differential imaging (ADI), we find that BDI’s 5? contrast is ˜0.5 mag better than ADI’s within ˜1? for the particular binary we observed. Because planets typically reside close to their host stars, BDI is a promising technique for discovering exoplanets in stellar systems that are often ignored. BDI is also 2-4× more efficient than ADI and classical reference PSF subtraction, since planets can be detected around both the target and PSF reference simultaneously. We are currently exploiting this technique in a new MagAO survey for giant planets in 140 young nearby visual binaries. BDI on a space-based telescope would not be limited by isoplanatism effects and would therefore be an even more powerful tool for imaging and discovering planets. This paper includes data obtained at the 6.5 m Magellan Telescopes located at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile.

  16. Dark Matter: Connecting LHC searches to direct detection

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    Andreas Crivellin; Martin Hoferichter; Massimiliano Procura; Lewis C. Tunstall

    2015-05-09

    In these proceedings we review the interplay between LHC searches for dark matter and direct detection experiments. For this purpose we consider two prime examples: the effective field theory (EFT) approach and the minimal supersymmetric standard model (MSSM). In the EFT scenario we show that for operators which do not enter directly direct detection at tree-level, but only via loop effects, LHC searches give complementary constraints. In the MSSM stop and Higgs exchange contribute to the direct detection amplitude. Therefore, LHC searches for supersymmetric particles and heavy Higgses place constraints on the same parameter space as direct detection.

  17. Colorimetric determination of melamine in milk using unmodified silver nanoparticles.

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    Kumar, Naveen; Kumar, Harish; Mann, Bimlesh; Seth, Raman

    2016-03-01

    Melamine is nitrogen rich chemical compound used as an adulterant in dairy products by unscrupulous people to increase the apparent protein content. This incident prompted the researchers to develop simple methods for easy detection of melamine in food samples. In the present paper, we report a simple and sensitive colorimetric method for detection of melamine in milk based on silver nanoparticles. This method relies upon the principle that melamine causes the aggregation of silver nanoparticles, resulting in abrupt color change from yellow to red under optimized conditions. The concentration of melamine in adulterated sample can be quantitated by monitoring the absorption spectra of silver nanoparticles using ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrometer. The present colorimetric method which utilizes silver nanoparticles of 35nm can reliably detect melamine down to a concentration of 0.04mgl(-1). PMID:26654965

  18. Oriented gold nanoparticle aggregation for colorimetric sensors with surprisingly high analytical figures of merit.

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    Guo, Longhua; Xu, Yang; Ferhan, Abdul Rahim; Chen, Guonan; Kim, Dong-Hwan

    2013-08-21

    The common drawbacks of current colorimetric sensors using gold nanoparticle aggregation is its relatively low sensitivity and narrow dynamic range, which restrict their application in real sample analysis when competing with other analytical techniques such as fluorescence and chemiluminescence. In this article, we demonstrate a novel strategy to construct colorimetric sensors based on gold nanoparticle aggregation. Unlike the conventional colorimetric sensors which cause the formation of large nanoparticle aggregates, in our strategy, dimers are selectively formed upon target binding, which results in significantly improved long-term stability and a more than 2 orders of magnitude wider dynamic range of detection than that of the conventional colorimetric sensors. In addition, a strategy to minimize the interparticle gap through the formation of a Y-shaped DNA duplex enables to increase the limit of detection by 10,000 times. The analytical figures of merit of the proposed sensor are comparable to those of the fluorescence-based sensors. PMID:23927761

  19. Detecting Patterns of Aeolian Transport Direction

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    The magnitude and direction of aeolian transport are of direct interest to those engaged in the study of aeolian processes. Although the magnitude of sediment transport has been studied extensively, the study of aeolian transport direction has garnered less attention. This paper describes the deve...

  20. Indirect detection of radiation sources through direct detection of radiolysis products

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    Farmer, Joseph C. (Tracy, CA); Fischer, Larry E. (Los Gatos, CA); Felter, Thomas E. (Livermore, CA)

    2010-04-20

    A system for indirectly detecting a radiation source by directly detecting radiolytic products. The radiation source emits radiation and the radiation produces the radiolytic products. A fluid is positioned to receive the radiation from the radiation source. When the fluid is irradiated, radiolytic products are produced. By directly detecting the radiolytic products, the radiation source is detected.

  1. Simultaneous direct detection of Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains by optical biosensing with oligonucleotide-functionalized gold nanoparticles

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    Quintela, Irwin A.; de Los Reyes, Benildo G.; Lin, Chih-Sheng; Wu, Vivian C. H.

    2015-01-01

    A simultaneous direct detection of Shiga-toxin producing strains of E. coli (STEC; ``Big Six'' - O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145) as well as O157 strains by optical biosensing with oligonucleotide-functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) was developed. Initially, conserved regions of stx genes were amplified by asymmetric polymerase chain reaction (asPCR). Pairs of single stranded thiol-modified oligonucleotides (30-mer) were immobilized onto AuNPs and used as probes to capture regions of stx1 (119-bp) and/or stx2 (104-bp) genes from STEC strains. DNA samples from pure cultures and food samples were sandwich hybridized with AuNP-oligo probes at optimal conditions (50 °C, 30 min). A complex was formed from the hybridization of AuNP-probes and target DNA fragments that retained the initial red color of the reaction solutions. For non-target DNA, a color change from red to purplish-blue was observed following an increase in salt concentration, thus providing the basis of simultaneous direct colorimetric detection of target DNA in the samples. Enrichment and pooling systems were incorporated to efficiently process a large number of food samples (ground beef and blueberries) and detection of live targets. The detection limit was <1 log CFU g-1, requiring less than 1 h to complete after DNA sample preparation with 100% specificity. Gel electrophoresis verified AuNP-DNA hybridization while spectrophotometric data and transmission electron microscope (TEM) images supported color discrimination based on the occurrence of molecular aggregation. In conclusion, the significant features of this approach took advantage of the unique colorimetric properties of AuNPs as a low-cost and simple approach yet with high specificity for simultaneous detection of STEC strains.A simultaneous direct detection of Shiga-toxin producing strains of E. coli (STEC; ``Big Six'' - O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145) as well as O157 strains by optical biosensing with oligonucleotide-functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) was developed. Initially, conserved regions of stx genes were amplified by asymmetric polymerase chain reaction (asPCR). Pairs of single stranded thiol-modified oligonucleotides (30-mer) were immobilized onto AuNPs and used as probes to capture regions of stx1 (119-bp) and/or stx2 (104-bp) genes from STEC strains. DNA samples from pure cultures and food samples were sandwich hybridized with AuNP-oligo probes at optimal conditions (50 °C, 30 min). A complex was formed from the hybridization of AuNP-probes and target DNA fragments that retained the initial red color of the reaction solutions. For non-target DNA, a color change from red to purplish-blue was observed following an increase in salt concentration, thus providing the basis of simultaneous direct colorimetric detection of target DNA in the samples. Enrichment and pooling systems were incorporated to efficiently process a large number of food samples (ground beef and blueberries) and detection of live targets. The detection limit was <1 log CFU g-1, requiring less than 1 h to complete after DNA sample preparation with 100% specificity. Gel electrophoresis verified AuNP-DNA hybridization while spectrophotometric data and transmission electron microscope (TEM) images supported color discrimination based on the occurrence of molecular aggregation. In conclusion, the significant features of this approach took advantage of the unique colorimetric properties of AuNPs as a low-cost and simple approach yet with high specificity for simultaneous detection of STEC strains. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr05869k

  2. Ratiometric and colorimetric near-infrared sensors for multi-channel detection of cyanide ion and their application to measure ?-glucosidase.

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    Xing, Panfei; Xu, Yongqian; Li, Hongjuan; Liu, Shuhui; Lu, Aiping; Sun, Shiguo

    2015-01-01

    A near-infrared sensor for cyanide ion (CN(-)) was developed via internal charge transfer (ICT). This sensor can selectively detect CN(-) either through dual-ratiometric fluorescence (logarithm of I414/I564 and I803/I564) or under various absorption (356 and 440?nm) and emission (414, 564 and 803?nm) channels. Especially, the proposed method can be employed to measure ?-glucosidase by detecting CN(-) traces in commercial amygdalin samples. PMID:26549546

  3. Ratiometric and colorimetric near-infrared sensors for multi-channel detection of cyanide ion and their application to measure ?-glucosidase

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    Xing, Panfei; Xu, Yongqian; Li, Hongjuan; Liu, Shuhui; Lu, Aiping; Sun, Shiguo

    2015-11-01

    A near-infrared sensor for cyanide ion (CN?) was developed via internal charge transfer (ICT). This sensor can selectively detect CN? either through dual-ratiometric fluorescence (logarithm of I414/I564 and I803/I564) or under various absorption (356 and 440?nm) and emission (414, 564 and 803?nm) channels. Especially, the proposed method can be employed to measure ?-glucosidase by detecting CN? traces in commercial amygdalin samples.

  4. Ratiometric and colorimetric near-infrared sensors for multi-channel detection of cyanide ion and their application to measure ?-glucosidase

    PubMed Central

    Xing, Panfei; Xu, Yongqian; Li, Hongjuan; Liu, Shuhui; Lu, Aiping; Sun, Shiguo

    2015-01-01

    A near-infrared sensor for cyanide ion (CN?) was developed via internal charge transfer (ICT). This sensor can selectively detect CN? either through dual-ratiometric fluorescence (logarithm of I414/I564 and I803/I564) or under various absorption (356 and 440?nm) and emission (414, 564 and 803?nm) channels. Especially, the proposed method can be employed to measure ?-glucosidase by detecting CN? traces in commercial amygdalin samples. PMID:26549546

  5. Simultaneous direct detection of Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains by optical biosensing with oligonucleotide-functionalized gold nanoparticles.

    PubMed

    Quintela, Irwin A; de los Reyes, Benildo G; Lin, Chih-Sheng; Wu, Vivian C H

    2015-02-14

    A simultaneous direct detection of Shiga-toxin producing strains of E. coli (STEC; "Big Six" - O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145) as well as O157 strains by optical biosensing with oligonucleotide-functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) was developed. Initially, conserved regions of stx genes were amplified by asymmetric polymerase chain reaction (asPCR). Pairs of single stranded thiol-modified oligonucleotides (30-mer) were immobilized onto AuNPs and used as probes to capture regions of stx1 (119-bp) and/or stx2 (104-bp) genes from STEC strains. DNA samples from pure cultures and food samples were sandwich hybridized with AuNP-oligo probes at optimal conditions (50 °C, 30 min). A complex was formed from the hybridization of AuNP-probes and target DNA fragments that retained the initial red color of the reaction solutions. For non-target DNA, a color change from red to purplish-blue was observed following an increase in salt concentration, thus providing the basis of simultaneous direct colorimetric detection of target DNA in the samples. Enrichment and pooling systems were incorporated to efficiently process a large number of food samples (ground beef and blueberries) and detection of live targets. The detection limit was <1 log CFU g(-1), requiring less than 1 h to complete after DNA sample preparation with 100% specificity. Gel electrophoresis verified AuNP-DNA hybridization while spectrophotometric data and transmission electron microscope (TEM) images supported color discrimination based on the occurrence of molecular aggregation. In conclusion, the significant features of this approach took advantage of the unique colorimetric properties of AuNPs as a low-cost and simple approach yet with high specificity for simultaneous detection of STEC strains. PMID:25563863

  6. Plasmonic Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay Using Nanospherical Brushes as a Catalase Container for Colorimetric Detection of Ultralow Concentrations of Listeria monocytogenes.

    PubMed

    Chen, Rui; Huang, Xiaolin; Xu, Hengyi; Xiong, Yonghua; Li, Yanbin

    2015-12-30

    Plasmonic enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (pELISA) based on catalase (CAT)-mediated gold nanoparticle growth exhibits ultrahigh sensitivity for detecting disease-related biomarkers using sandwich formats. However, the limit of detection (LOD) of this strategy for Listeria monocytogenes is only around 10(3) CFU/mL, which considerably exceeds the amount of L. monocytogenes commonly present in food products (<100 CFU/g). Herein, we report an improved pELISA method for detection of L. monocytogenes at ultralow concentrations with the sandwich formats using silica nanoparticles carrying poly(acrylic acid) brushes as a "CAT container" to increase enzyme loading for enhancing the detection signal. Under optimal conditions, the proposed pELISA exhibits good specificity and excellent sensitivity for L. monocytogenes with a LOD of 8 × 10(1) CFU/mL in 0.01 M phosphate-buffered saline, via a reaction that can be discriminated by the naked eye. The LOD obtained by this method was 2 and 5 orders of magnitude lower than that of conventional CAT-based pELISA and horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-based conventional ELISA, respectively. Coupled with large-volume immunomagnetic separation, the LOD for L. monocytogenes-spiked lettuce samples reached 8 × 10(1) CFU/g. The improved pELISA also exhibited a great potential in detecting a single cell of L. monocytogenes in 100 ?L of solution. PMID:26646325

  7. Copper-incorporated SBA-15 with peroxidase-like activity and its application for colorimetric detection of glucose in human serum.

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    Mu, Jianshuai; He, Yun; Wang, Yan

    2016-02-01

    The copper incorporated SBA-15 (Cu-SBA-15) materials with different amount of Cu in framework were synthesized, and the products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and N2 adsorption/desorption. The Cu contents incorporated into the framework of SBA-15 were measured by inductively coupling plasma atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES). Cu-SBA-15 samples were found to exhibit the peroxidase-like activity, similar to the natural peroxidase. The effect of various parameters such as the content of Cu incorporated, pH and temperature on the peroxidase-like activity was studied. Based on the peroxidase-like activity, the Cu-SBA-15 was applied to the determination of H2O2. The linear range for detecting H2O2 was from 0.8 to 60mM with a detection limit of 3.7µM. Coupled with glucose oxidase, the Cu-SBA-15 was successfully used for the determination of glucose with the linear range of 2-80mM and a detection limit of 5.4µM. The determination of glucose in human serum showed high accuracy, good reproducibility, as well as high selectivity against uric acid, ascorbic acid, dopamine and glucose analogs including fructose, maltose and lactose. PMID:26653419

  8. Selective turn-off phosphorescent and colorimetric detection of mercury(II) in water by half-lantern platinum(II) complexes.

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    Sicilia, Violeta; Borja, Pilar; Baya, Miguel; Casas, José M

    2015-04-21

    The platinum(ii) half-lantern dinuclear complexes [{Pt(bzq)(?-C7H4NS2-?N,S)}2] () and [{Pt(bzq)(?-C7H4NOS-?N,S)}2] () [bzq = benzo[h]quinolinate, C7H4NS2 = 2-mercaptobenzothiazolate, C7H4NOS = 2-mercaptobenzoxazolate] in solution of DMSO-H2O undergo a dramatic color change from yellowish-orange to purple and turn-off phosphorescence in the presence of a small amount of Hg(2+), being discernible by the naked-eye and by spectroscopic methods. Other metal ions as Ag(+), Li(+), Na(+), K(+), Ca(2+), Mg(2+), Ba(2+), Pb(2+), Cd(2+), Zn(2+) and Tl(+) were tested and, even in a big excess, showed no interference in the selective detection of Hg(2+) in water. Job's plot analysis indicated a 1?:?1 stoichiometry in the complexation mode of Hg(2+) by /. The phosphorescence quenching attributed to the formation of [/?:?Hg(2+)] complexes showed binding constants of K = 1.13 × 10(5) M(-1) () and K = 1.99 × 10(4) M(-1) (). The limit of detection has been also evaluated. In addition, dried paper test strips impregnated in DMSO solutions of and can detect concentration of Hg(2+) in water as low as 1 × 10(-5) M for and 5 × 10(-5) M for , making these complexes good candidates to be used as real-time Hg(2+) detectors. The nature of the interaction of the Pt2 half-lantern complex with the Hg(2+) cation, has been investigated by theoretical calculations. PMID:25781389

  9. Direct detection searches for axion dark matter

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    Rybka, Gray

    2014-09-01

    The axion is both a compelling dark matter candidate and provides an elegant solution to the strong CP problem. The axion haloscope technique has the potential to detect dark matter axions. ADMX (the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment) is an implementation of the axion haloscope technique, and has undergone a series of sensitivity-improving upgrades. With the impending addition of a dilution refrigerator, ADMX is poised to search a large region of plausible dark matter axion masses. Meanwhile, a number of other axion experimental techniques are being considered to explore other axion masses relevant to dark matter.

  10. Highly selective colorimetric detection and preconcentration of Bi(III) ions by dithizone complexes anchored onto mesoporous TiO2

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    Faisal, Mohd; Ismail, Adel A.; Harraz, Farid A.; Bouzid, Houcine; Al-Sayari, Saleh A.; Al-Hajry, Ali

    2014-02-01

    We successfully developed a single-step detection and removal unit for Bi(III) ions based on dithizone (DZ) anchored on mesoporous TiO2 with rapid colorometric response and high selectivity for the first time. [(DZ)3-Bi] complex is easily separated and collected by mesoporous TiO2 as adsorbent and preconcentrator without any color change of the produced complex onto the surface of mesoporous TiO2 (TiO2-[(DZ)3-Bi]) at different Bi(III) concentrations. This is because highly potent mesoporous TiO2 architecture provides proficient channeling or movement of Bi(III) ions for efficient binding of metal ion, and the simultaneous excellent adsorbing nature of mesoporous TiO2 provides an extra plane for the removal of metal ions.

  11. Highly selective colorimetric detection and preconcentration of Bi(III) ions by dithizone complexes anchored onto mesoporous TiO2.

    PubMed

    Faisal, Mohd; Ismail, Adel A; Harraz, Farid A; Bouzid, Houcine; Al-Sayari, Saleh A; Al-Hajry, Ali

    2014-01-01

    We successfully developed a single-step detection and removal unit for Bi(III) ions based on dithizone (DZ) anchored on mesoporous TiO2 with rapid colorometric response and high selectivity for the first time. [(DZ)3-Bi] complex is easily separated and collected by mesoporous TiO2 as adsorbent and preconcentrator without any color change of the produced complex onto the surface of mesoporous TiO2 (TiO2-[(DZ)3-Bi]) at different Bi(III) concentrations. This is because highly potent mesoporous TiO2 architecture provides proficient channeling or movement of Bi(III) ions for efficient binding of metal ion, and the simultaneous excellent adsorbing nature of mesoporous TiO2 provides an extra plane for the removal of metal ions. PMID:24502680

  12. Highly selective colorimetric detection and preconcentration of Bi(III) ions by dithizone complexes anchored onto mesoporous TiO2

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    We successfully developed a single-step detection and removal unit for Bi(III) ions based on dithizone (DZ) anchored on mesoporous TiO2 with rapid colorometric response and high selectivity for the first time. [(DZ)3-Bi] complex is easily separated and collected by mesoporous TiO2 as adsorbent and preconcentrator without any color change of the produced complex onto the surface of mesoporous TiO2 (TiO2-[(DZ)3-Bi]) at different Bi(III) concentrations. This is because highly potent mesoporous TiO2 architecture provides proficient channeling or movement of Bi(III) ions for efficient binding of metal ion, and the simultaneous excellent adsorbing nature of mesoporous TiO2 provides an extra plane for the removal of metal ions. PMID:24502680

  13. Dark matter effective field theory scattering in direct detection experiments

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    Schneck, K.

    We examine the consequences of the effective field theory (EFT) of dark matter–nucleon scattering for current and proposed direct detection experiments. Exclusion limits on EFT coupling constants computed using the optimum ...

  14. Fault detection of multivariable system using its directional properties 

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    Pandey, Amit Nath

    2006-04-12

    -1 FAULT DETECTION OF MULTIVARIABLE SYSTEM USING ITS DIRECTIONAL PROPERTIES A Thesis by AMIT PANDEY Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree... of MASTER OF SCIENCE December 2004 Major Subject: Mechanical Engineering FAULT DETECTION OF MULTIVARIABLE SYSTEM USING ITS DIRECTIONAL PROPERTIES A Thesis by AMIT PANDEY Submitted to Texas A&M University...

  15. Discrimination of Dental Caries Using Colorimetric Characteristics of Fluorescence Spectrum.

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    Chen, Qingguang; Zhu, Haihua; Xu, Ying; Lin, Bin; Chen, Hui

    2015-01-01

    The feasibility of colorimetric parameters for the discrimination of the stages of dental caries based on a light-induced autofluorescence spectrum at a 405-nm excitation wavelength was investigated. The fluorescence spectra of 4 groups of tooth samples (10 sound, 10 early-stage decay, 14 established decay, and 10 severe decay), which were classified by the International Caries Detection and Assessment System, were experimentally measured in vitro. The carious lesion samples had an additional fluorescence peak at around 627 nm. The mathematical relation of the fluorescence spectrum and human color perception was established and computed. With increasing severity, the fluorescence color changed from green to yellow according to the colorimetric parameters of the CIE 1931 (x, y) chromaticity coordinates and dominant wavelengths. The results from a one-way ANOVA of the dominant wavelength showed a statistically significant difference among the 4 classified groups. The colorimetric parameters of the light-induced fluorescence spectrum can potentially be applied to evaluate the various carious levels. PMID:26112288

  16. Fraud Detection from a Business Perspective: Future Directions and Challenges

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    Flegel, Ulrich

    Fraud Detection from a Business Perspective: Future Directions and Challenges Ulrich Flegel1 and Julien Vayssière1 and Gunter Bitz2 1 SAP Research Center Karlsruhe, Germany 2 SAP Fraud Prevention. This contribution summarizes the state of the art of fraud detection in practice and shows the relations between

  17. Detecting Blackholes and Volcanoes in Directed Networks

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    Li, Zhongmou; Liu, Yanchi

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we formulate a novel problem for finding blackhole and volcano patterns in a large directed graph. Specifically, a blackhole pattern is a group which is made of a set of nodes in a way such that there are only inlinks to this group from the rest nodes in the graph. In contrast, a volcano pattern is a group which only has outlinks to the rest nodes in the graph. Both patterns can be observed in real world. For instance, in a trading network, a blackhole pattern may represent a group of traders who are manipulating the market. In the paper, we first prove that the blackhole mining problem is a dual problem of finding volcanoes. Therefore, we focus on finding the blackhole patterns. Along this line, we design two pruning schemes to guide the blackhole finding process. In the first pruning scheme, we strategically prune the search space based on a set of pattern-size-independent pruning rules and develop an iBlackhole algorithm. The second pruning scheme follows a divide-and-conquer strategy to fur...

  18. Colorimetric Sensor Array for Determination and Identification of Toxic Industrial Chemicals

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    Suslick, Kenneth S.

    , California 94301, United States A low-cost yet highly sensitive colorimetric sensor array for the detection of cross-responsive nanoporous pigments whose colors are changed by diverse chemical interactions limit) concentration within 5 min of exposure with no errors or misclassifications. Detection limits

  19. Functional self-assembling bolaamphiphilic polydiacetylenes as colorimetric sensor scaffolds

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    Song, Jie; Cisar, Justin S.; Bertozzi, Carolyn R.

    2004-05-28

    Conjugated polymers capable of responding to external stimuli by changes in optical, electrical or electrochemical properties can be used for the construction of direct sensing devices. Polydiacetylene-based systems are attractive for sensing applications due to their colorimetric response to changes in the local environment. Here we present the design, preparation and characterization of self-assembling functional bolaamphiphilic polydiacetylenes (BPDAs) inspired by Nature's strategy for membrane stabilization. We show that by placing polar headgroups on both ends of the diacetylene lipids in a transmembranic fashion, and altering the chemical nature of the polar surface residues, the conjugated polymers can be engineered to display a range of radiation-, thermal- and pH-induced colorimetric responses. We observed dramatic nanoscopic morphological transformations accompanying charge-induced chromatic transitions, suggesting that both side chain disordering and main chain rearrangement play important roles in altering the effective conjugation lengths of the poly(ene-yne). These results establish the foundation for further development of BPDA-based colorimetric sensors.

  20. Pace of Discovery Direct Detection Large Contrast = Difficult

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    Shirley, Yancy

    Exoplanets #12;Pace of Discovery #12;Direct Detection ­ Large Contrast = Difficult #12;Direct" #12;Radial Velocity Technique Sun's reflex motion due to: Jupiter ~13 m/s Earth ~ 9 cm/s Vsun blueshift #12;#12;#12;51 Peg b - 1st "RV" Exoplanet (1995) Orbits in 4.2 days! #12;51 Peg b ­ Phased RV

  1. Ring-like features in directional dark matter detection

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    Bozorgnia, Nassim; Gelmini, Graciela B.; Gondolo, Paolo E-mail: gelmini@physics.ucla.edu

    2012-06-01

    We discuss a novel dark matter signature relevant for directional detection of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs). For heavy enough WIMPs and low enough recoil energies, the maximum of the recoil rate is not in the direction of the average WIMP arrival direction but in a ring around it at an angular radius that increases with the WIMP mass and can approach 90° at very low energies. The ring is easier to detect for smaller WIMP velocity dispersion and larger average WIMP velocities relative to the detector. In principle the ring could be used as an additional indication of the WIMP mass range.

  2. Comparing readout strategies to directly detect dark matter

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    Billard, J.

    2015-01-01

    Over the past decades, several ideas and technologies have been developed to directly detect weakly interacting massive particles (WIMP) from the galactic halo. All these detection strategies share the common goal of discriminating a WIMP signal from the residual backgrounds. By directly detecting WIMPs, one can measure some or all of the observables associated to each nuclear recoil candidates, such as their energy and direction. In this study, we compare and examine the discovery potentials of each readout strategies from counting only (bubble chambers) to directional detectors (Time Projection Chambers) with 1d-, 2d-, and 3d-sensitivity. Using a profile likelihood analysis, we show that, in the case of a large and irreducible background contamination characterized by an energy distribution similar to the expected WIMP signal, directional information can improve the sensitivity of the experiment by several orders of magnitude. We also found that 1d directional detection is only less effective than a full 3d directional sensitivity by about a factor of 3, or 10 if we assume no sense recognition, still improving by a factor of 2 or more if only the energy of the events is being measured.

  3. On the Direct Detection of Dark Matter Annihilation

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    John F. Cherry; Mads T. Frandsen; Ian M. Shoemaker

    2015-05-21

    We investigate the direct detection phenomenology of a class of dark matter (DM) models in which DM does not directly interact with nuclei, {but rather} the products of its annihilation do. When these annihilation products are very light compared to the DM mass, the scattering in direct detection experiments is controlled by relativistic kinematics. This results in a distinctive recoil spectrum, a non-standard and or even absent annual modulation, and the ability to probe DM masses as low as a $\\sim$10 MeV. We use current LUX data to show that experimental sensitivity to thermal relic annihilation cross sections has already been reached in a class of models. Moreover, the compatibility of dark matter direct detection experiments can be compared directly in $E_{{\\rm min}}$ space without making assumptions about DM astrophysics, mass, or scattering form factors. Lastly, when DM has direct couplings to nuclei, the limit from annihilation to relativistic particles in the Sun can be stronger than that of conventional non-relativistic direct detection by more than three orders of magnitude for masses in a 2-7 GeV window.

  4. On the Direct Detection of Dark Matter Annihilation

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    Cherry, John F; Shoemaker, Ian M

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the direct detection phenomenology of a class of dark matter (DM) models in which DM does not directly interact with nuclei, {but rather} the products of its annihilation do. When these annihilation products are very light compared to the DM mass, the scattering in direct detection experiments is controlled by relativistic kinematics. This results in a distinctive recoil spectrum, a non-standard and or even {\\it absent} annual modulation, and the ability to probe DM masses as low as a $\\sim$10 MeV. We use current LUX data to show that experimental sensitivity to thermal relic annihilation cross sections has already been reached in a class of models. Moreover, the compatibility of dark matter direct detection experiments can be compared directly in $E_{min}$ space without making assumptions about DM astrophysics. Lastly, when DM has direct couplings to nuclei, the limit from annihilation to relativistic particles in the Sun can be stronger than that of conventional non-relativistic direct detect...

  5. Gold nanoparticles based colorimetric nanodiagnostics for cancer and infectious diseases

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    Valentini, Paola; Persano, Stefano; Cecere, Paola; Sabella, Stefania; Pompa, Pier Paolo

    2014-03-01

    Traditional in vitro diagnostics requires specialized laboratories and costly instrumentation, both for the amplification of nucleic acid targets (usually achieved by PCR) and for the assay readout, often based on fluorescence. We are developing hybrid nanomaterials-based sensors for the rapid and low-cost diagnosis of various disease biomarkers, for applications in portable platforms for diagnostics at the point-of-care. To this aim, we exploited the size and distancedependent optical properties of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to achieve colorimetric detection. Moreover, in order to avoid the complexity of thermal cycles associated to traditional PCR, the design of our systems includes signal amplification schemes, achieved by the use of enzymes (nucleases, helicase) or DNAzymes. Focused on instrument-free and sensitive detection, we carefully combined the intrinsic sensitivity by multivalency of functionalized AuNPs with isothermal and non-stringent enzyme-aided reaction conditions, controlled AuNPs aggregates, universal reporters and magnetic microparticles, the latter used both as a substrate and as a means for the colorimetric detection. We obtained simple and robust assays for the sensitive (pM range or better) naked-eye detection of cancer or infectious diseases (HPV, HCV) biomarkers, requiring no instrumentation except for a simple heating plate. Finally, we are also developing non-medical applications of these bio-nanosensors, such as in the development of on-field rapid tests for the detection of pollutants and other food and water contaminants.

  6. Photoacoustic and Colorimetric Visualization of Latent Fingerprints.

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    Song, Kai; Huang, Peng; Yi, Chenglin; Ning, Bo; Hu, Song; Nie, Liming; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Nie, Zhihong

    2015-12-22

    There is a high demand on a simple, rapid, accurate, user-friendly, cost-effective, and nondestructive universal method for latent fingerprint (LFP) detection. Herein, we describe a combination imaging strategy for LFP visualization with high resolution using poly(styrene-alt-maleic anhydride)-b-polystyrene (PSMA-b-PS) functionalized gold nanoparticles (GNPs). This general approach integrates the merits of both colorimetric imaging and photoacoustic imaging. In comparison with the previous methods, our strategy is single-step and does not require the signal amplification by silver staining. The PSMA-b-PS functionalized GNPs have good stability, tunable color, and high affinity for universal secretions (proteins/polypeptides/amino acids), which makes our approach general and flexible for visualizing LFPs on different substrates (presumably with different colors) and from different people. Moreover, the unique optical property of GNPs enables the photoacoustic imaging of GNPs-deposited LFPs with high resolution. This allows observation of level 3 hyperfine features of LFPs such as the pores and ridge contours by photoacoustic imaging. This technique can potentially be used to identify chemicals within LFP residues. We believe that this dual-modality imaging of LFPs will find widespread use in forensic investigations and medical diagnostics. PMID:26528550

  7. Magnetic Bead-Based Colorimetric Immunoassay for Aflatoxin B1 Using Gold Nanoparticles

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    Wang, Xu; Niessner, Reinhard; Knopp, Dietmar

    2014-01-01

    A competitive colorimetric immunoassay for the detection of aflatoxin B1 (AFB) has been established using biofunctionalized magnetic beads (MBs) and gold nanoparticles (GNPs). Aflatoxin B1-bovine serum albumin conjugates (AFB-BSA) modified MBs were employed as capture probe, which could specifically bind with GNP-labeled anti-AFB antibodies through immunoreaction, while such specific binding was competitively inhibited by the addition of AFB. After magnetic separation, the supernatant solution containing unbound GNPs was directly tested by UV-Vis spectroscopy. The absorption intensity was directly proportional to the AFB concentration. The influence of GNP size, incubation time and pH was investigated in detail. After optimization, the developed method could detect AFB in a linear range from 20 to 800 ng/L, with the limit of detection at 12 ng/L. The recoveries for spiked maize samples ranged from 92.8% to 122.0%. The proposed immunoassay provides a promising approach for simple, rapid, specific and cost-effective detection of toxins in the field of food safety. PMID:25405511

  8. Directional detection as a strategy to discover Galactic Dark Matter

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    Billard, J.; Mayet, F.; Macías-Pérez, J. F.; Santos, D.

    2010-07-01

    Directional detection of Galactic Dark Matter is a promising search strategy for discriminating WIMP events from background. Technical progress on gaseous detectors and read-outs has permitted the design and construction of competitive experiments. However, to take full advantage of this powerful detection method, one need to be able to extract information from an observed recoil map to identify a WIMP signal. We present a comprehensive formalism, using a map-based likelihood method allowing to recover the main incoming direction of the signal and its significance, thus proving its Galactic origin. This is a blind analysis intended to be used on any directional data. Constraints are deduced in the (?,m) plane and systematic studies are presented in order to show that, using this analysis tool, unambiguous Dark Matter detection can be achieved on a large range of exposures and background levels.

  9. Closing supersymmetric resonance regions with direct detection experiments

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    Kelso, Chris

    2014-01-01

    One of the few remaining ways that neutralinos could potentially evade constraints from direct detection experiments is if they annihilate through a resonance, as can occur if 2m{sub ??} falls within about ~10% of either m{sub A/H}, m{sub h}, or m{sub Z}. Assuming a future rate of progress among direct detection experiments that is similar to that obtained over the past decade, we project that within 7 years the light Higgs and Z pole regions will be entirely closed, while the remaining parameter space near the A/H resonance will require that 2m{sub ??} be matched to the central value (near m{sub A}) to within less than 4%. At this rate of progress, it will be a little over a decade before multi-ton direct detection experiments will be able to close the remaining, highly-tuned, regions of the A/H resonance parameter space.

  10. Can the Existence of Dark Energy be Directly Detected?

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    Perl, Martin L.; /SLAC /KIPAC, Menlo Park

    2011-11-23

    The majority of astronomers and physicists accept the reality of dark energy and also believe that it can only be studied indirectly through observation of the motions of stars and galaxies. In this paper I open the experimental question of whether it is possible to directly detect dark energy through the presence of dark energy density. Two thirds of this paper outlines the major aspects of dark energy density as now comprehended by the astronomical and physics community. The final third summarizes various proposals for direct detection of dark energy density or its possible effects. At this time I do not have a fruitful answer to the question: Can the Existence of Dark Energy Be Directly Detected?

  11. The Maximum Patch Method for Directional Dark Matter Detection

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    Shawn Henderson; Jocelyn Monroe; Peter Fisher

    2008-07-22

    Present and planned dark matter detection experiments search for WIMP-induced nuclear recoils in poorly known background conditions. In this environment, the maximum gap statistical method provides a way of setting more sensitive cross section upper limits by incorporating known signal information. We give a recipe for the numerical calculation of upper limits for planned directional dark matter detection experiments, that will measure both recoil energy and angle, based on the gaps between events in two-dimensional phase space.

  12. Direct detection of PCR products for HLA class II typing.

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    Chia, D; Terasaki, P; Chan, H; Tonai, R; Siauw, P A

    1993-09-01

    Direct detection of the PCR, or DD-PCR is proposed as an efficient method for performing PCR assays. Following the PCR reaction, ethidium homodimer dye is added to the reaction mixture and read by fluorescence. The dye step circumvents the necessity of running reactions on agarose gel electrophoresis, which is the current standard. This simple modification should find wide application for assays utilizing the PCR reaction. Here we show the ready detection of HLA class II polymorphism. PMID:8284789

  13. Field-stepped direct detection electron paramagnetic resonance

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    Yu, Zhelin; Liu, Tengzhi; Elajaili, Hanan; Rinard, George A.; Eaton, Sandra S.; Eaton, Gareth R.

    2015-09-01

    The widest scan that had been demonstrated previously for rapid scan EPR was a 155 G sinusoidal scan. As the scan width increases, the voltage requirement across the resonating capacitor and scan coils increases dramatically and the background signal induced by the rapidly changing field increases. An alternate approach is needed to achieve wider scans. A field-stepped direct detection EPR method that is based on rapid-scan technology is now reported, and scan widths up to 6200 G have been demonstrated. A linear scan frequency of 5.12 kHz was generated with the scan driver described previously. The field was stepped at intervals of 0.01 to 1 G, depending on the linewidths in the spectra. At each field data for triangular scans with widths up to 11.5 G were acquired. Data from the triangular scans were combined by matching DC offsets for overlapping regions of successive scans. This approach has the following advantages relative to CW, several of which are similar to the advantages of rapid scan. (i) In CW if the modulation amplitude is too large, the signal is broadened. In direct detection field modulation is not used. (ii) In CW the small modulation amplitude detects only a small fraction of the signal amplitude. In direct detection each scan detects a larger fraction of the signal, which improves the signal-to-noise ratio. (iii) If the scan rate is fast enough to cause rapid scan oscillations, the slow scan spectrum can be recovered by deconvolution after the combination of segments. (iv) The data are acquired with quadrature detection, which permits phase correction in the post processing. (v) In the direct detection method the signal typically is oversampled in the field direction. The number of points to be averaged, thereby improving the signal-to-noise ratio, is determined in post processing based on the desired field resolution. A degased lithium phthalocyanine sample was used to demonstrate that the linear deconvolution procedure can be employed with field-stepped direct detection EPR signals. Field-stepped direct detection EPR spectra were obtained for Cu2+ doped in Ni(diethyldithiocarbamate)2, Cu2+ doped in Zn tetratolylporphyrin, perdeuterated tempone in sucrose octaacetate, vanadyl ion doped in a parasubstituted Zn tetratolylporphyrin, Mn2+ impurity in CaO, and an oriented crystal of Mn2+ doped in Mg(acetylacetonate)2(H2O)2.

  14. Field-stepped direct detection electron paramagnetic resonance.

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    Yu, Zhelin; Liu, Tengzhi; Elajaili, Hanan; Rinard, George A; Eaton, Sandra S; Eaton, Gareth R

    2015-09-01

    The widest scan that had been demonstrated previously for rapid scan EPR was a 155G sinusoidal scan. As the scan width increases, the voltage requirement across the resonating capacitor and scan coils increases dramatically and the background signal induced by the rapidly changing field increases. An alternate approach is needed to achieve wider scans. A field-stepped direct detection EPR method that is based on rapid-scan technology is now reported, and scan widths up to 6200G have been demonstrated. A linear scan frequency of 5.12kHz was generated with the scan driver described previously. The field was stepped at intervals of 0.01 to 1G, depending on the linewidths in the spectra. At each field data for triangular scans with widths up to 11.5G were acquired. Data from the triangular scans were combined by matching DC offsets for overlapping regions of successive scans. This approach has the following advantages relative to CW, several of which are similar to the advantages of rapid scan. (i) In CW if the modulation amplitude is too large, the signal is broadened. In direct detection field modulation is not used. (ii) In CW the small modulation amplitude detects only a small fraction of the signal amplitude. In direct detection each scan detects a larger fraction of the signal, which improves the signal-to-noise ratio. (iii) If the scan rate is fast enough to cause rapid scan oscillations, the slow scan spectrum can be recovered by deconvolution after the combination of segments. (iv) The data are acquired with quadrature detection, which permits phase correction in the post processing. (v) In the direct detection method the signal typically is oversampled in the field direction. The number of points to be averaged, thereby improving the signal-to-noise ratio, is determined in post processing based on the desired field resolution. A degased lithium phthalocyanine sample was used to demonstrate that the linear deconvolution procedure can be employed with field-stepped direct detection EPR signals. Field-stepped direct detection EPR spectra were obtained for Cu(2+) doped in Ni(diethyldithiocarbamate)2, Cu(2+) doped in Zn tetratolylporphyrin, perdeuterated tempone in sucrose octaacetate, vanadyl ion doped in a parasubstituted Zn tetratolylporphyrin, Mn(2+) impurity in CaO, and an oriented crystal of Mn(2+) doped in Mg(acetylacetonate)2(H2O)2. PMID:26232363

  15. Determining the WIMP mass from a single direct detection experiment

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    Anne M Green

    2008-09-11

    The energy spectrum of nuclear recoils in Weakly Interacting Massive Particle (WIMP) direct detection experiments depends on the underlying WIMP mass (strongly for light WIMPs, weakly for heavy WIMPs). We discuss how the accuracy with which the WIMP mass could be determined by a single direct detection experiment depends on the detector configuration and the WIMP properties. In particular we examine the effects of varying the underlying WIMP mass, the detector target nucleus, exposure, energy threshold and maximum energy, the local velocity distribution and the background event rate and spectrum.

  16. Direct IR Interferometric Detection of Extra Solar Planets

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    Shao, Michael

    1989-01-01

    This paper describes a concept for the direct detection of extra solar planets. The concept is based on a decade old idea from Bracewell but expanded. A long baseline interferometer is examined with two three meter telescopes, cooled to 70K and a baseline of 30-50 meters. In space, this instrument would be able to detect an Earth sized planet around a solar like star at 10 parsec in approximately 1 hour of integration (5 sigma). The total number of candidate stars with detectable "Earths" number in the thousands.

  17. Quantitative colorimetric measurement of cellulose degradation under microbial culture conditions.

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    Haft, Rembrandt J F; Gardner, Jeffrey G; Keating, David H

    2012-04-01

    We have developed a simple, rapid, quantitative colorimetric assay to measure cellulose degradation based on the absorbance shift of Congo red dye bound to soluble cellulose. We term this assay "Congo Red Analysis of Cellulose Concentration," or "CRACC." CRACC can be performed directly in culture media, including rich and defined media containing monosaccharides or disaccharides (such as glucose and cellobiose). We show example experiments from our laboratory that demonstrate the utility of CRACC in probing enzyme kinetics, quantifying cellulase secretion, and assessing the physiology of cellulolytic organisms. CRACC complements existing methods to assay cellulose degradation, and we discuss its utility for a variety of applications. PMID:22391973

  18. A new colorimetric method for determining the isomerization activity of sucrose isomerase.

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    Park, Sang-Eun; Cho, Mee-Hyun; Lim, Jin Kyu; Kim, Jong-Sang; Kim, Jeong Hwan; Kwon, Dae Young; Park, Cheon-Seok

    2007-02-01

    A new colorimetric method for determining the isomerization activity of sucrose isomerase was developed. This colorimetric method is based on the enzymatic reactions of invertase and glucose oxidase-peroxidase (GOD-POD). The main scheme for assaying sucrose isomerase activity is to degrade sucrose in the reaction mixture to glucose and fructose by invertase and to detect the concentration of glucose generated using GOD-POD. The concentrations of trehalulose and isomaltulose, reaction products of sucrose isomerase, are calculated from the concentration of glucose. This method allows rapid and accurate determination of the isomerization activity of sucrose isomerase without inhibition by hydrolysis activity. PMID:17284828

  19. Direct detection of exoplanets using long-baseline interferometry

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    Meisner, Jeff

    " Visibility phase measured with respect to optical frequency Resolved Under-resolved Under-resolved, relyingDirect detection of exoplanets using long-baseline interferometry and visibility phase J. Meisner... Nulling ...Visibility Phase Closure Phase (narrowband or spectrally-dispersed) "Differential Phase

  20. Analysis of the theoretical bias in dark matter direct detection

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    Riccardo Catena

    2015-07-17

    Fitting the model "A" to dark matter direct detection data, when the model that underlies the data is "B", introduces a theoretical bias in the fit. We perform a quantitative study of the theoretical bias in dark matter direct detection, with a focus on assumptions regarding the dark matter interactions, and velocity distribution. We address this problem within the effective theory of isoscalar dark matter-nucleon interactions mediated by a heavy spin-1 or spin-0 particle. We analyze 24 benchmark points in the parameter space of the theory, using frequentist and Bayesian statistical methods. First, we simulate the data of future direct detection experiments assuming a momentum/velocity dependent dark matter-nucleon interaction, and an anisotropic dark matter velocity distribution. Then, we fit a constant scattering cross section, and an isotropic Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution to the simulated data, thereby introducing a bias in the analysis. The best fit values of the dark matter particle mass differ from their benchmark values up to 2 standard deviations. The best fit values of the dark matter-nucleon coupling constant differ from their benchmark values up to several standard deviations. We conclude that common assumptions in dark matter direct detection are a source of potentially significant bias.

  1. Analysis of the theoretical bias in dark matter direct detection

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    Catena, Riccardo

    2014-09-01

    Fitting the model ''A'' to dark matter direct detection data, when the model that underlies the data is ''B'', introduces a theoretical bias in the fit. We perform a quantitative study of the theoretical bias in dark matter direct detection, with a focus on assumptions regarding the dark matter interactions, and velocity distribution. We address this problem within the effective theory of isoscalar dark matter-nucleon interactions mediated by a heavy spin-1 or spin-0 particle. We analyze 24 benchmark points in the parameter space of the theory, using frequentist and Bayesian statistical methods. First, we simulate the data of future direct detection experiments assuming a momentum/velocity dependent dark matter-nucleon interaction, and an anisotropic dark matter velocity distribution. Then, we fit a constant scattering cross section, and an isotropic Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution to the simulated data, thereby introducing a bias in the analysis. The best fit values of the dark matter particle mass differ from their benchmark values up to 2 standard deviations. The best fit values of the dark matter-nucleon coupling constant differ from their benchmark values up to several standard deviations. We conclude that common assumptions in dark matter direct detection are a source of potentially significant bias.

  2. Generalized halo independent comparison of direct dark matter detection data

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    Nobile, Eugenio Del; Gelmini, Graciela; Huh, Ji-Haeng; Gondolo, Paolo E-mail: gelmini@physics.ucla.edu E-mail: jhhuh@physics.ucla.edu

    2013-10-01

    We extend the halo-independent method to compare direct dark matter detection data, so far used only for spin-independent WIMP-nucleon interactions, to any type of interaction. As an example we apply the method to magnetic moment interactions.

  3. Direct detection of the inflationary gravitational wave background

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    Tristan L. Smith; Marc Kamionkowski; Asantha Cooray

    2006-03-01

    Inflation generically predicts a stochastic background of gravitational waves over a broad range of frequencies, from those accessible with cosmic microwave background (CMB) measurements, to those accessible directly with gravitational-wave detectors, like NASA's Big-Bang Observer (BBO) or Japan's Deci-Hertz Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observer (DECIGO), both currently under study. Here we investigate the detectability of the inflationary gravitational-wave background at BBO/DECIGO frequencies. To do so, we survey a range of slow-roll inflationary models consistent with constraints from the CMB and large-scale structure (LSS). We go beyond the usual assumption of power-law power spectra, which may break down given the 16 orders of magnitude in frequency between the CMB and direct detection, and solve instead the inflationary dynamics for four classes of inflaton potentials. Direct detection is possible in a variety of inflationary models, although probably not in any in which the gravitational-wave signal does not appear in the CMB polarization. However, direct detection by BBO/DECIGO can help discriminate between inflationary models that have the same slow-roll parameters at CMB/LSS scales.

  4. Comparison of direct and heterodyne detection optical intersatellite communication links

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    Chen, C. C.; Gardner, C. S.

    1987-01-01

    The performance of direct and heterodyne detection optical intersatellite communication links are evaluated and compared. It is shown that the performance of optical links is very sensitive to the pointing and tracking errors at the transmitter and receiver. In the presence of random pointing and tracking errors, optimal antenna gains exist that will minimize the required transmitter power. In addition to limiting the antenna gains, random pointing and tracking errors also impose a power penalty in the link budget. This power penalty is between 1.6 to 3 dB for a direct detection QPPM link, and 3 to 5 dB for a heterodyne QFSK system. For the heterodyne systems, the carrier phase noise presents another major factor of performance degradation that must be considered. In contrast, the loss due to synchronization error is small. The link budgets for direct and heterodyne detection systems are evaluated. It is shown that, for systems with large pointing and tracking errors, the link budget is dominated by the spatial tracking error, and the direct detection system shows a superior performance because it is less sensitive to the spatial tracking error. On the other hand, for systems with small pointing and tracking jitters, the antenna gains are in general limited by the launch cost, and suboptimal antenna gains are often used in practice. In which case, the heterodyne system has a slightly higher power margin because of higher receiver sensitivity.

  5. Direct Detection of Sub-GeV Dark Matter

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    Essig, Rouven; Mardon, Jeremy; Volansky, Tomer

    2012-03-20

    Direct detection strategies are proposed for dark matter particles with MeV to GeV mass. In this largely unexplored mass range, dark matter scattering with electrons can cause single-electron ionization signals, which are detectable with current technology. Ultraviolet photons, individual ions, and heat are interesting alternative signals. Focusing on ionization, we calculate the expected dark matter scattering rates and estimate the sensitivity of possible experiments. Backgrounds that may be relevant are discussed. Theoretically interesting models can be probed with existing technologies, and may even be within reach using ongoing direct detection experiments. Significant improvements in sensitivity should be possible with dedicated experiments, opening up a window to new regions in dark matter parameter space.

  6. Discrimination of Complex Mixtures by a Colorimetric Sensor Array: Coffee Aromas

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    Suslick, Kenneth S.

    Discrimination of Complex Mixtures by a Colorimetric Sensor Array: Coffee Aromas Benjamin A to discriminate among closely similar such mix- tures often remains problematic. Coffee provides a readily sensor array for the detection and identification of coffee aromas is reported. The color changes

  7. FEATURE EXTRACTION USING DISTRIBUTION REPRESENTATION FOR COLORIMETRIC SENSOR ARRAYS USED AS EXPLOSIVES DETECTORS

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    AS EXPLOSIVES DETECTORS Tommy S. Alstrøma , Raviv Raichb , Natalie V. Kosteshac , Jan Larsena a Dept.kostesha@nanotech.dtu.dk ABSTRACT We present a colorimetric sensor array which is able to de- tect explosives such as DNT, TNT, HMX, explosives detection, feature extraction, K­ nearest neighbor classification We acknowledge the support from

  8. A novel colorimetric sensor for Hg(2+) based on hybridization chain reaction and silver nanowire amplification.

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    Tang, Shurong; Tong, Ping; Wang, Meili; Chen, Jinghua; Li, Guangwen; Zhang, Lan

    2015-10-18

    Through the silver ion catalysis to form colored KMnO4, and combined with the DNA hybridization chain reaction and silver nanowire for signal amplification, a highly sensitive and selective colorimetric sensor has been developed for the detection of Hg(2+). PMID:26313655

  9. Dark matter directional detection in non-relativistic effective theories

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    Catena, Riccardo

    2015-07-01

    We extend the formalism of dark matter directional detection to arbitrary one-body dark matter-nucleon interactions. The new theoretical framework generalizes the one currently used, which is based on 2 types of dark matter-nucleon interaction only. It includes 14 dark matter-nucleon interaction operators, 8 isotope-dependent nuclear response functions, and the Radon transform of the first 2 moments of the dark matter velocity distribution. We calculate the recoil energy spectra at dark matter directional detectors made of CF4, CS2 and 3He for the 14 dark matter-nucleon interactions, using nuclear response functions recently obtained through numerical nuclear structure calculations. We highlight the new features of the proposed theoretical framework, and present our results for a spherical dark matter halo and for a stream of dark matter particles. This study lays the foundations for model independent analyses of dark matter directional detection experiments.

  10. The Direct Detectability of Giant Exoplanets in the Optical

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    Greco, Johnny P

    2015-01-01

    (abridged) Motivated by the possibility that an optical coronagraph will be put on WFIRST/AFTA, we present an exploration of the general character of the direct detectability of extrasolar giant planets (EGPs) in the optical. We quantify a planet's direct detectability by the fraction of its orbit for which it is in an observable configuration--defined to be its observability fraction ($f_{obs}$). Using a suite of Monte Carlo experiments, we study the dependence of $f_{obs}$ upon various technological and astrophysical parameters, including the inner working angle (IWA) and minimum achievable contrast ($C_{min}$) of the direct-imaging observatory; the planet's scattering phase function, geometric albedo, single-scattering albedo, radius, and distance from Earth; and the semi-major axis distribution of EGPs. We assume cloud-free, homogeneous atmospheres and calculate phase functions for a given geometric or single-scattering albedo, assuming various scattering mechanisms. We find that the often-assumed Lambert...

  11. An antenna for directional detection of WISPy dark matter

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    Jaeckel, Joerg; Redondo, Javier E-mail: redondo@mpp.mpg.de

    2013-11-01

    It is an intriguing possibility that the cold dark matter of the Universe may consist of very light and very weakly interacting particles such as axion(-like particles) and hidden photons. This opens up (but also requires) new techniques for direct detection. One possibility is to use reflecting surfaces to facilitate the conversion of dark matter into photons, which can be concentrated in a detector with a suitable geometry. In this note we show that this technique also allows for directional detection and inference of the full vectorial velocity spectrum of the dark matter particles. We also note that the non-vanishing velocity of dark matter particles is relevant for the conception of (non-directional) discovery experiments and outline relevant features.

  12. Colorimetric determination of o-phenylenediamine in water samples based on the formation of silver nanoparticles as a colorimetric probe

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    Li, Nan; Gu, Yu; Gao, Mengmeng; Wang, Zilu; Xiao, Deli; Li, Yun; Lin, Rui; He, Hua

    2015-04-01

    A simple, rapid and cost-effective method for visual colorimetric detection of o-phenylenediamine (OPD) based on the formation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) has been developed in this paper. Silver ions can be reduced to AgNPs by OPD in a few minutes, causing changes in absorption spectra and color of the reaction system. Therefore, colorimetric detection of OPD could be realized by a UV-vis spectrophotometer or even the naked eye. Results showed that the absorption intensity of AgNPs at 416 nm exhibited a good linear correlation (R2 = 0.998) with OPD concentration in the range from 10-6 to 8 × 10-5 mol L-1 and the detection limit (3 ?/S) was calculated to be 1.61 × 10-7 mol L-1. Furthermore, as low as 4 × 10-6 mol L-1 OPD can be visualized by the naked eye without the requirement of any complicated or expensive instruments. This proposed method has been successfully applied to determine OPD in water samples, and may provide an innovative platform in the development of sensors for guiding environmental monitoring in the future.

  13. Direct detection of expanded trinucleotide repeats using DNA hybridization techniques

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    Petronis, A.; Tatuch, Y.; Kennedy, J.L.

    1994-09-01

    Recently, unstable trinucleotide repeats have been shown to be the etiologic factor in several neuropsychiatric diseases, and they may play a similar role in other disorders. To our knowledge, a method that detects expanded trinucleotide sequences with the opportunity for direct localization and cloning has not been achieved. We have developed a set of hybridization-based methods for direct detection of unstable DNA expansion. Our analysis of myotonic dystrophy patients that possess different degrees of (CTG){sub n} expansion, versus unaffected controls, has demonstrated the identification of the trinucleotide instability site without any prior information regarding genetic map location. High stringency modified Southern blot hybridization with a PCR-generated trinucleotide repeat probe allowed us to detect the DNA fragment containing the expansion in myotonic dystrophy patients. The same probe was used for fluorescent in situ hybridization and several regions of (CTG){sub n}/(CAG){sub n} repeats in the human genome were detected, including the myotonic dystrophy locus on chromosome 19q. These strategies can be applied to directly clone genes involved in disorders caused by unstable DNA.

  14. Sensitiveness of the colorimetric estimation of titanium

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    Wells, R.C.

    1911-01-01

    The accuracy of the colorimetric estimation of titanium is practically constant over concentrations ranging from the strongest down to those containing about 1.5 mg. TiO2 in 100 cc. The change in concentration required to produce a perceptible difference in intensity between two solutions, at favorable concentrations, was found to be about 6.5 per cent, which does not differ much from the results of others with chromium and copper solutions. With suitable precautions, such as comparing by substitution and taking the mean of several settings or of the two perceptibly different extremes, the accuracy of the colorimetric comparisons appears to be about 2 per cent.

  15. [Direct detection of Treponema pallidum in diagnosis of syphilis].

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    Woznicová, V; Heroldová, M

    2004-08-01

    Available methods for direct diagnosis of syphilis are summarized with emphasis being on those promising for routine use. Direct detection of the causative agent T. pallidum is limited since the agent is not able to synthesize enzyme cofactors, fatty acids and nucleotides de novo, is completely dependent on its host and thus culture on synthetic media is not feasible. Direct diagnosis of syphilis is based on rabbit infectivity testing (RIT), dark field or fluorescent microscopy and recently also on molecular biological methods used with increasing frequency in routine practice. Suitability and usability of different methods for direct detection of T. pallidum at different stages of syphilis are explained. Except for molecular biological methods, most of detection techniques can only be used at the primary and secondary stages or in early congenital syphilis. Major PCR methods for diagnosis of syphilis are presented. Not all of them are suitable for use in routine practice owing to differences in their sensitivity and design. The polA PCR method appears to be the most promising in this regard. PMID:15524270

  16. Spaceborne Simulations of Two Direct-Detection Doppler Lidar Techniques

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    McGill, Matthew J.; Li, Steve X.

    1998-01-01

    Direct-detection (or incoherent) lidar is now a proven technique for measuring winds in the atmosphere. Over the last few years, several types of direct-detection lidar have evolved. These methods rely on Fabry-Perot interferometers(also termed etalons) or other narrow-passband filters to provide the required spectral resolution. One method, now called the edge (EDG) technique, uses a sharply-sloping filter and measures changes in the filter transmission caused by Doppler shifting of the laser wavelength. A variation of the EDG method, called the double-edge (DEDG) technique, uses two filters. The molecular DEDG method was first demonstrated by Chanin et al. for stratospheric measurements and more recently Korb et al. successfully demonstrated the aerosol DEDG through the troposphere. A second method, here termed the multi-channel (MC) technique, measures Doppler shifts by observing angular displacement of a Fabry-Perot fringe in a spatially resolving detector. The EDG technique thus employs the Fabry-Perot to convert the frequency shift into an amplitude signal, while the MC technique uses the Fabry-Perot to resolve the spectral signature which is then fitted to determine the centroid. The focus of this presentation is on the DEDG and MC methods because these are viewed as the current state of the art in direct-detection lidar. Successful ground-based demonstrations of direct-detection wind measurements have resulted in proposals for spaceborne systems. With this new emphasis on spaceborne systems comes the need for accurate prediction of spaceborne direct-detection Doppler lidar performance. Previously, the EDG and MC methods have been compared although only for aerosol Doppler systems. A recent paper by McGill and Spinhirne compares the DEDG and MC methods in a non-system specific manner for both the aerosol and molecular Doppler systems. The purpose of this presentation is to extend the previous work of McGill and Spinhirne to examine the performance of spaceborne profiling systems. Particular emphasis will be placed on the molecular systems, as these are viewed as the strength of direct-detection Doppler lidar.

  17. Paper-based tuberculosis diagnostic devices with colorimetric gold nanoparticles

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    Tsai, Tsung-Ting; Shen, Shu-Wei; Cheng, Chao-Min; Chen, Chien-Fu

    2013-08-01

    A colorimetric sensing strategy employing gold nanoparticles and a paper assay platform has been developed for tuberculosis diagnosis. Unmodified gold nanoparticles and single-stranded detection oligonucleotides are used to achieve rapid diagnosis without complicated and time-consuming thiolated or other surface-modified probe preparation processes. To eliminate the use of sophisticated equipment for data analysis, the color variance for multiple detection results was simultaneously collected and concentrated on cellulose paper with the data readout transmitted for cloud computing via a smartphone. The results show that the 2.6 nM tuberculosis mycobacterium target sequences extracted from patients can easily be detected, and the turnaround time after the human DNA is extracted from clinical samples was approximately 1 h.

  18. Principal direction-based Hough transform for line detection

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    Zhao, Yao; Pan, Haibin; Du, Changping; Zheng, Yao

    2015-04-01

    A robust and fast line detection method based on Hough transform (HT) is proposed in this paper. Edge pixels are extracted based on the summation and ratio of principal curvatures. Probabilistic sampling on the edge pixels is applied to reduce the count of voting. Then a one-to-one voting strategy is applied by taking advantages of the information of principal direction. The principal direction is also conducive for the successive accurate line segment extraction. The experiments demonstrate that the proposed method shows better locating accuracy and computation efficiency compared with several significant variations of HT.

  19. Future directions for H sub x O sub y detection

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    Crosley, David R. (editor); Hoell, James M. (editor)

    1986-01-01

    The activities and recommendations of the NASA workshop on the Future Directions for H sub x O sub y detection are given. The objective of this workshop was to access future directions for the measurement of the OH radical as well as other H sub x O sub y species. The workshop discussions were focused by two broad questions: (1) What are the capabilities of potential measurement methods? and (2) Will the results from the most promising method be useful in furthering understanding of tropospheric chemistry?

  20. Determining the WIMP Mass from Direct Dark Matter Detection Data

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    Chung-Lin Shan; Manuel Drees

    2007-10-26

    Weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) are one of the leading candidates for Dark Matter. So far we can use direct Dark Matter detection to estimate the mass of halo WIMPs only by fitting predicted recoil spectra to future experimental data. Here we develop a model-independent method for determining the WIMP mass by using experimental data directly. This method is independent of the as yet unknown WIMP density near the Earth as well as of the WIMP-nuclear cross section and can be used to extract information about WIMP mass with O(50) events.

  1. An Automated Directed Spectral Search Methodology for Small Target Detection

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    Grossman, Stanley I.

    Much of the current efforts in remote sensing tackle macro-level problems such as determining the extent of wheat in a field, the general health of vegetation or the extent of mineral deposits in an area. However, for many of the remaining remote sensing challenges being studied currently, such as border protection, drug smuggling, treaty verification, and the war on terror, most targets are very small in nature - a vehicle or even a person. While in typical macro-level problems the objective vegetation is in the scene, for small target detection problems it is not usually known if the desired small target even exists in the scene, never mind finding it in abundance. The ability to find specific small targets, such as vehicles, typifies this problem. Complicating the analyst's life, the growing number of available sensors is generating mountains of imagery outstripping the analysts' ability to visually peruse them. This work presents the important factors influencing spectral exploitation using multispectral data and suggests a different approach to small target detection. The methodology of directed search is presented, including the use of scene-modeled spectral libraries, various search algorithms, and traditional statistical and ROC curve analysis. The work suggests a new metric to calibrate analysis labeled the analytic sweet spot as well as an estimation method for identifying the sweet spot threshold for an image. It also suggests a new visualization aid for highlighting the target in its entirety called nearest neighbor inflation (NNI). It brings these all together to propose that these additions to the target detection arena allow for the construction of a fully automated target detection scheme. This dissertation next details experiments to support the hypothesis that the optimum detection threshold is the analytic sweet spot and that the estimation method adequately predicts it. Experimental results and analysis are presented for the proposed directed search techniques of spectral image based small target detection. It offers evidence of the functionality of the NNI visualization and also provides evidence that the increased spectral dimensionality of the 8-band Worldview-2 datasets provides noteworthy improvement in results over traditional 4-band multispectral datasets. The final experiment presents the results from a prototype fully automated target detection scheme in support of the overarching premise. This work establishes the analytic sweet spot as the optimum threshold defined as the point where error detection rate curves -- false detections vs. missing detections -- cross. At this point the errors are minimized while the detection rate is maximized. It then demonstrates that taking the first moment statistic of the histogram of calculated target detection values from a detection search with test threshold set arbitrarily high will estimate the analytic sweet spot for that image. It also demonstrates that directed search techniques -- when utilized with appropriate scene-specific modeled signatures and atmospheric compensations -- perform at least as well as in-scene search techniques 88% of the time and grossly under-performing only 11% of the time; the in-scene only performs as well or better 50% of the time. It further demonstrates the clear advantage increased multispectral dimensionality brings to detection searches improving performance in 50% of the cases while performing at least as well 72% of the time. Lastly, it presents evidence that a fully automated prototype performs as anticipated laying the groundwork for further research into fully automated processes for small target detection.

  2. Hunting electroweakinos at future hadron colliders and direct detection experiments

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    Giovanni Grilli di Cortona

    2015-05-06

    We analyse the mass reach for electroweakinos at future hadron colliders and their interplay with direct detection experiments. Motivated by the LHC data, we focus on split supersymmetry models with different electroweakino spectra. We find for example that a 100 TeV collider may explore Winos up to ~ 7 TeV in low scale gauge mediation models or thermal Wino dark matter around 3 TeV in models of anomaly mediation with long-lived Winos. We show moreover how collider searches and direct detection experiments have the potential to cover large part of the parameter space even in scenarios where the lightest neutralino does not contribute to the whole dark matter relic density.

  3. (In)Direct Detection of Boosted Dark Matter

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    Agashe, Kaustubh; Necib, Lina; Thaler, Jesse

    2015-01-01

    We present a new multi-component dark matter model with a novel experimental signature that mimics neutral current interactions at neutrino detectors. In our model, the dark matter is composed of two particles, a heavier dominant component that annihilates to produce a boosted lighter component that we refer to as boosted dark matter. The lighter component is relativistic and scatters off electrons in neutrino experiments to produce Cherenkov light. This model combines the indirect detection of the dominant component with the direct detection of the boosted dark matter. Directionality can be used to distinguish the dark matter signal from the atmospheric neutrino background. We discuss the viable region of parameter space in current and future experiments.

  4. Hunting electroweakinos at future hadron colliders and direct detection experiments

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    di Cortona, Giovanni Grilli

    2015-05-01

    We analyse the mass reach for electroweakinos at future hadron colliders and their interplay with direct detection experiments. Motivated by the LHC data, we focus on split supersymmetry models with different electroweakino spectra. We find for example that a 100 TeV collider may explore Winos up to ˜ 7 TeV in low scale gauge mediation models or thermal Wino dark matter around 3 TeV in models of anomaly mediation with long-lived Winos. We show moreover how collider searches and direct detection experiments have the potential to cover large part of the parameter space even in scenarios where the lightest neutralino does not contribute to the whole dark matter relic density.

  5. Dark matter effective field theory scattering in direct detection experiments

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    K. Schneck; B. Cabrera; D. G. Cerdeno; V. Mandic; H. E. Rogers; R. Agnese; A. J. Anderson; M. Asai; D. Balakishiyeva; D. Barker; R. Basu Thakur; D. A. Bauer; J. Billard; A. Borgland; D. Brandt; P. L. Brink; R. Bunker; D. O. Caldwell; R. Calkins; H. Chagani; Y. Chen; J. Cooley; B. Cornell; C. H. Crewdson; P. Cushman; M. Daal; P. C. F. Di Stefano; T. Doughty; L. Esteban; S. Fallows; E. Figueroa-Feliciano; G. L. Godfrey; S. R. Golwala; J. Hall; H. R. Harris; T. Hofer; D. Holmgren; L. Hsu; M. E. Huber; D. M. Jardin; A. Jastram; O. Kamaev; B. Kara; M. H. Kelsey; A. Kennedy; A. Leder; B. Loer; E. Lopez Asamar; P. Lukens; R. Mahapatra; K. A. McCarthy; N. Mirabolfathi; R. A. Moffatt; J. D. Morales Mendoza; S. M. Oser; K. Page; W. A. Page; R. Partridge; M. Pepin; A. Phipps; K. Prasad; M. Pyle; H. Qiu; W. Rau; P. Redl; A. Reisetter; Y. Ricci; A. Roberts; T. Saab; B. Sadoulet; J. Sander; R. W. Schnee; S. Scorza; B. Serfass; B. Shank; D. Speller; D. Toback; S. Upadhyayula; A. N. Villano; B. Welliver; J. S. Wilson; D. H. Wright; X. Yang; S. Yellin; J. J. Yen; B. A. Young; J. Zhang

    2015-06-22

    We examine the consequences of the effective field theory (EFT) of dark matter-nucleon scattering for current and proposed direct detection experiments. Exclusion limits on EFT coupling constants computed using the optimum interval method are presented for SuperCDMS Soudan, CDMS II, and LUX, and the necessity of combining results from multiple experiments in order to determine dark matter parameters is discussed. We demonstrate that spectral differences between the standard dark matter model and a general EFT interaction can produce a bias when calculating exclusion limits and when developing signal models for likelihood and machine learning techniques. We also discuss the implications of the EFT for the next-generation (G2) direct detection experiments and point out regions of complementarity in the EFT parameter space.

  6. Dark matter effective field theory scattering in direct detection experiments

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    Schneck, K.; Cabrera, B.; Cerdeño, D. G.; Mandic, V.; Rogers, H. E.; Agnese, R.; Anderson, A. J.; Asai, M.; Balakishiyeva, D.; Barker, D.; Basu Thakur, R.; Bauer, D. A.; Billard, J.; Borgland, A.; Brandt, D.; Brink, P. L.; Bunker, R.; Caldwell, D. O.; Calkins, R.; Chagani, H.; Chen, Y.; Cooley, J.; Cornell, B.; Crewdson, C. H.; Cushman, P.; Daal, M.; Di Stefano, P. C. F.; Doughty, T.; Esteban, L.; Fallows, S.; Figueroa-Feliciano, E.; Godfrey, G. L.; Golwala, S. R.; Hall, J.; Harris, H. R.; Hofer, T.; Holmgren, D.; Hsu, L.; Huber, M. E.; Jardin, D. M.; Jastram, A.; Kamaev, O.; Kara, B.; Kelsey, M. H.; Kennedy, A.; Leder, A.; Loer, B.; Lopez Asamar, E.; Lukens, P.; Mahapatra, R.; McCarthy, K. A.; Mirabolfathi, N.; Moffatt, R. A.; Morales Mendoza, J. D.; Oser, S. M.; Page, K.; Page, W. A.; Partridge, R.; Pepin, M.; Phipps, A.; Prasad, K.; Pyle, M.; Qiu, H.; Rau, W.; Redl, P.; Reisetter, A.; Ricci, Y.; Roberts, A.; Saab, T.; Sadoulet, B.; Sander, J.; Schnee, R. W.; Scorza, S.; Serfass, B.; Shank, B.; Speller, D.; Toback, D.; Upadhyayula, S.; Villano, A. N.; Welliver, B.; Wilson, J. S.; Wright, D. H.; Yang, X.; Yellin, S.; Yen, J. J.; Young, B. A.; Zhang, J.; SuperCDMS Collaboration

    2015-05-01

    We examine the consequences of the effective field theory (EFT) of dark matter-nucleon scattering for current and proposed direct detection experiments. Exclusion limits on EFT coupling constants computed using the optimum interval method are presented for SuperCDMS Soudan, CDMS II, and LUX, and the necessity of combining results from multiple experiments in order to determine dark matter parameters is discussed. We demonstrate that spectral differences between the standard dark matter model and a general EFT interaction can produce a bias when calculating exclusion limits and when developing signal models for likelihood and machine learning techniques. We also discuss the implications of the EFT for the next-generation (G2) direct detection experiments and point out regions of complementarity in the EFT parameter space.

  7. Directional detection of dark matter in universal bound states

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    Ranjan Laha

    2015-10-12

    It has been suggested that several small-scale structure anomalies in $\\Lambda$CDM cosmology can be solved by strong self-interaction between dark matter particles. It was shown by Braaten and Hammer that the presence of a near threshold S-wave resonance can make the scattering cross section at nonrelativistic speeds come close to saturating the unitarity bound. This can result in the formation of a stable bound state of two asymmetric dark matter particles (we call the bound state as darkonium). Laha and Braaten studied the nuclear recoil energy spectrum in dark matter direct detection experiments due to this incident bound state. Here we study the angular recoil spectrum, and show that it is uniquely determined up to normalization by the S-wave scattering length. Observing this angular recoil spectrum in a dark matter directional detection experiment will uniquely determine many of the low-energy properties of dark matter independent of the underlying dark matter microphysics.

  8. Review of Dark Matter Direct Detection Using Cryogenic Detectors

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    Brink, P.L.; /SLAC

    2012-06-13

    The direct detection of the Universe's Dark Matter is one of the key questions in particle astrophysics. Cryogenic based detectors offer advantages in low radioactive backgrounds, target mass, sensitivity to the small energy depositions and rejection of possible background sources. I will summarize the main experimental approaches, including both cryogenic crystal and liquid targets and the options pursued for their signal readout. Recent advances from around the world and prospects for future proposed experiments will be discussed.

  9. Gif Lectures on direct detection of Dark Matter

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    Eric Armengaud

    2010-03-11

    These notes cover some of the topics associated with direct detection of dark matter at an introductory level. The general principles of dark matter search are summarized. The current status of some experiments is described, with an emphasis on bolometric and noble liquid techniques. Plots and illustrations associated to these notes may be found on transparencies presented during the lecture, on the web site of Gif school 2009.

  10. Assessing Astrophysical Uncertainties in Direct Detection Experiments Using Galaxy Simulations

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    Brooks, Alyson; Sloane, Jonathan; Buckley, Matthew

    2016-01-01

    Experiments that will directly detect dark matter are strongly dependent on the velocity of the dark matter particle. These experiments are composed of various elements; the heavier the element, the higher the velocity of dark matter must be to register a visible impact. The velocity of the dark matter is set by astrophysics. To date, all direct detection experiments assume that the dark matter in the Milky Way follows a Maxwellian velocity distribution. N-Body simulations that include only dark matter have long shown that this assumption is incorrect. In this work, we use high resolution cosmological simulations of Milky Way-mass galaxies that include dark matter, gas, and stellar physics, in order to explore the additional effect of baryons on the velocity distribution of dark matter in the solar neighborhood. We show that the baryons have a significant impact, altering the predictions from the dark matter-only case, leading to a distribution that is closer to Maxwellian. However, in all of our galaxies, the high velocity tail drops off more steeply than in the standard Maxwellian. We discuss how the inclusion of baryons change the interpretation of current direct detection experiments.

  11. Figure of merit for direct-detection optical channels

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    Chen, C.-C.

    1992-01-01

    The capacity and sensitivity of a direct-detection optical channel are calculated and compared to those of a white Gaussian noise channel. Unlike Gaussian channels in which the receiver performance can be characterized using the noise temperature, the performance of the direct-detection channel depends on both signal and background noise, as well as the ratio of peak to average signal power. Because of the signal-power dependence of the optical channel, actual performance of the channel can be evaluated only by considering both transmit and receive ends of the systems. Given the background noise power and the modulation bandwidth, however, the theoretically optimum receiver sensitivity can be calculated. This optimum receiver sensitivity can be used to define the equivalent receiver noise temperature and calculate the corresponding G/T product. It should be pointed out, however, that the receiver sensitivity is a function of signal power, and care must be taken to avoid deriving erroneous projections of the direct-detection channel performance.

  12. A New Method for Analysing Dark Matter Direct Detection Data

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    Jonathan H. Davis; Torsten Ensslin; Celine Boehm

    2014-02-12

    The experimental situation of Dark Matter Direct Detection has reached an exciting cross-roads, with potential hints of a discovery of Dark Matter (DM) from the CDMS, CoGeNT, CRESST-II and DAMA experiments in tension with null-results from xenon-based experiments such as XENON100 and LUX. Given the present controversial experimental status, it is important that the analytical method used to search for DM in Direct Detection experiments is both robust and flexible enough to deal with data for which the distinction between signal and background points is difficult, and hence where the choice between setting a limit or defining a discovery region is debatable. In this article we propose a novel (Bayesian) analytical method, which can be applied to all Direct Detection experiments and which extracts the maximum amount of information from the data. We apply our method to the XENON100 experiment data as a worked example, and show that firstly our exclusion limit at 90% confidence is in agreement with their own for the 225 Live Days data, but is several times stronger for the 100 Live Days data. Secondly we find that, due to the two points at low values of S1 and S2 in the 225 days data-set, our analysis points to either weak consistency with low-mass Dark Matter or the possible presence of an unknown background. Given the null-result from LUX, the latter scenario seems the more plausible.

  13. WIMP dark matter direct-detection searches in noble gases

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    Baudis, Laura

    2014-09-01

    Cosmological observations and the dynamics of the Milky Way provide ample evidence for an invisible and dominant mass component. This so-called dark matter could be made of new, colour and charge neutral particles, which were non-relativistic when they decoupled from ordinary matter in the early universe. Such weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) are predicted to have a non-zero coupling to baryons and could be detected via their collisions with atomic nuclei in ultra-low background, deep underground detectors. Among these, detectors based on liquefied noble gases have demonstrated tremendous discovery potential over the last decade. After briefly introducing the phenomenology of direct dark matter detection, I will review the main properties of liquefied argon and xenon as WIMP targets and discuss sources of background. I will then describe existing and planned argon and xenon detectors that employ the so-called single- and dual-phase detection techniques, addressing their complementarity and science reach.

  14. Visualizing Capsaicinoids: Colorimetric Analysis of Chili Peppers

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    Thompson, Robert Q.; Chu, Christopher; Gent, Robin; Gould, Alexandra P.; Rios, Laura; Vertigan, Theresa M.

    2012-01-01

    A colorimetric method for total capsaicinoids in chili pepper ("Capsicum") fruit is described. The placental material of the pepper, containing 90% of the capsaicinoids, was physically separated from the colored materials in the pericarp and extracted twice with methanol, capturing 85% of the remaining capsaicinoids. The extract, evaporated and…

  15. (In)direct Detection of Boosted Dark Matter

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    Kaustubh Agashe; Yanou Cui; Lina Necib; Jesse Thaler

    2014-12-31

    We initiate the study of novel thermal dark matter (DM) scenarios where present-day annihilation of DM in the galactic center produces boosted stable particles in the dark sector. These stable particles are typically a subdominant DM component, but because they are produced with a large Lorentz boost in this process, they can be detected in large volume terrestrial experiments via neutral-current-like interactions with electrons or nuclei. This novel DM signal thus combines the production mechanism associated with indirect detection experiments (i.e. galactic DM annihilation) with the detection mechanism associated with direct detection experiments (i.e. DM scattering off terrestrial targets). Such processes are generically present in multi-component DM scenarios or those with non-minimal DM stabilization symmetries. As a proof of concept, we present a model of two-component thermal relic DM, where the dominant heavy DM species has no tree-level interactions with the standard model and thus largely evades direct and indirect DM bounds. Instead, its thermal relic abundance is set by annihilation into a subdominant lighter DM species, and the latter can be detected in the boosted channel via the same annihilation process occurring today. Especially for dark sector masses in the 10 MeV-10 GeV range, the most promising signals are electron scattering events pointing toward the galactic center. These can be detected in experiments designed for neutrino physics or proton decay, in particular Super-K and its upgrade Hyper-K, as well as the PINGU/MICA extensions of IceCube. This boosted DM phenomenon highlights the distinctive signatures possible from non-minimal dark sectors.

  16. (In)direct detection of boosted dark matter

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    Agashe, Kaustubh; Cui, Yanou; Necib, Lina; Thaler, Jesse E-mail: cuiyo@umd.edu E-mail: jthaler@mit.edu

    2014-10-01

    We initiate the study of novel thermal dark matter (DM) scenarios where present-day annihilation of DM in the galactic center produces boosted stable particles in the dark sector. These stable particles are typically a subdominant DM component, but because they are produced with a large Lorentz boost in this process, they can be detected in large volume terrestrial experiments via neutral-current-like interactions with electrons or nuclei. This novel DM signal thus combines the production mechanism associated with indirect detection experiments (i.e. galactic DM annihilation) with the detection mechanism associated with direct detection experiments (i.e. DM scattering off terrestrial targets). Such processes are generically present in multi-component DM scenarios or those with non-minimal DM stabilization symmetries. As a proof of concept, we present a model of two-component thermal relic DM, where the dominant heavy DM species has no tree-level interactions with the standard model and thus largely evades direct and indirect DM bounds. Instead, its thermal relic abundance is set by annihilation into a subdominant lighter DM species, and the latter can be detected in the boosted channel via the same annihilation process occurring today. Especially for dark sector masses in the 10 MeV–10 GeV range, the most promising signals are electron scattering events pointing toward the galactic center. These can be detected in experiments designed for neutrino physics or proton decay, in particular Super-K and its upgrade Hyper-K, as well as the PINGU/MICA extensions of IceCube. This boosted DM phenomenon highlights the distinctive signatures possible from non-minimal dark sectors.

  17. Detecting modulated lasers in the battlefield and determining their direction

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    McAulay, Alastair D.

    2009-05-01

    Many different lasers are deployed in the battlefield for range finding, target designation, communications, dazzle, location of targets, munitions guidance, and destruction. Laser warning devices on military systems detect and identify lasers striking them in order to assess their threat level and plan avoidance or retaliation. Types of lasers and their characteristics are discussed: power, frequency, coherence, bandwidth, direction, pulse length and modulation. We describe three approaches for laser warning devices from which specific cases may be tailored: simultaneous estimation of direction and wavelength with a grating, wavefront direction only estimation for low light levels with lenses, absolute simultaneous wavelength only estimation with a Fizeau interferometer. We investigate the feasibility and compare the suitability of these approaches for different applications.

  18. A Novel Colorimetric Immunoassay Utilizing the Peroxidase Mimicking Activity of Magnetic Nanoparticles

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    Woo, Min-Ah; Kim, Moon Il; Jung, Jae Hwan; Park, Ki Soo; Seo, Tae Seok; Park, Hyun Gyu

    2013-01-01

    A simple colorimetric immunoassay system, based on the peroxidase mimicking activity of Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs), has been developed to detect clinically important antigenic molecules. MNPs with ca. 10 nm in diameter were synthesized and conjugated with specific antibodies against target molecules, such as rotaviruses and breast cancer cells. Conjugation of the MNPs with antibodies (MNP-Abs) enabled specific recognition of the corresponding target antigenic molecules through the generation of color signals arising from the colorimetric reaction between the selected peroxidase substrate, 3,3?,5,5?-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) and H2O2. Based on the MNP-promoted colorimetric reaction, the target molecules were detected and quantified by measuring absorbance intensities corresponding to the oxidized form of TMB. Owing to the higher stabilities and economic feasibilities of MNPs as compared to horseradish peroxidase (HRP), the new colorimetric system employing MNP-Abs has the potential of serving as a potent immunoassay that should substitute for conventional HRP-based immunoassays. The strategy employed to develop the new methodology has the potential of being extended to the construction of simple diagnostic systems for a variety of biomolecules related to human cancers and infectious diseases, particularly in the realm of point-of-care applications. PMID:23665902

  19. Direct Real-Time Detection of Vapors from Explosive Compounds

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    Ewing, Robert G.; Clowers, Brian H.; Atkinson, David A.

    2013-10-03

    The real-time detection of vapors from low volatility explosives including PETN, tetryl, RDX and nitroglycerine along with various compositions containing these substances is demonstrated. This was accomplished with an atmospheric flow tube (AFT) using a non-radioactive ionization source and coupled to a mass spectrometer. Direct vapor detection was demonstrated in less than 5 seconds at ambient temperature without sample pre-concentration. The several seconds of residence time of analytes in the AFT provides a significant opportunity for reactant ions to interact with analyte vapors to achieve ionization. This extended reaction time, combined with the selective ionization using the nitrate reactant ions (NO3- and NO3-•HNO3), enables highly sensitive explosives detection. Observed signals from diluted explosive vapors indicate detection limits below 10 ppqv using selected ion monitoring (SIM) of the explosive-nitrate adduct at m/z 349, 378, 284 and 289 for tetryl, PETN, RDX and NG respectively. Also provided is a demonstration of the vapor detection from 10 different energetic formulations, including double base propellants, plastic explosives and commercial blasting explosives using SIM for the NG, PETN and RDX product ions.

  20. Direct real-time detection of vapors from explosive compounds.

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    Ewing, Robert G; Clowers, Brian H; Atkinson, David A

    2013-11-19

    The real-time detection of vapors from low volatility explosives including PETN, tetryl, RDX, and nitroglycerine along with various compositions containing these substances was demonstrated. This was accomplished with an atmospheric flow tube (AFT) using a nonradioactive ionization source coupled to a mass spectrometer. Direct vapor detection was accomplished in less than 5 s at ambient temperature without sample preconcentration. The several seconds of residence time of analytes in the AFT provided a significant opportunity for reactant ions to interact with analyte vapors to achieve ionization. This extended reaction time, combined with the selective ionization using the nitrate reactant ions (NO3(-) and NO3(-)·HNO3), enabled highly sensitive explosives detection from explosive vapors present in ambient laboratory air. Observed signals from diluted explosive vapors indicated detection limits below 10 ppqv using selected ion monitoring (SIM) of the explosive-nitrate adduct at m/z 349, 378, 284, and 289 for tetryl, PETN, RDX, and NG, respectively. Also provided is a demonstration of the vapor detection from 10 different energetic formulations sampled in ambient laboratory air, including double base propellants, plastic explosives, and commercial blasting explosives using SIM for the NG, PETN, and RDX product ions. PMID:24090362

  1. Colorimetric plasmon sensors with multilayered metallic nanoparticle sheets.

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    Shinohara, Shuhei; Tanaka, Daisuke; Okamoto, Koichi; Tamada, Kaoru

    2015-07-28

    Colorimetric plasmon sensors for naked-eye detection of molecular recognition events have been proposed. Here, 3-layered Ag nanoparticle (NP) sheets on a Au substrate fabricated using the Langmuir-Schaefer method were utilized as the detection substrates. A drastic color change was observed following the binding of Au NPs via avidin-biotin interactions at less than 30% surface coverage. The color change was attributed not only to the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of the adsorbed Au NPs but also to the multiple light trapping effect derived from the stratified Au and Ag NPs, as predicted by a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation. This plasmonic multi-color has great potential in the development of simple and highly sensitive diagnostic systems. PMID:26113242

  2. A Wash-Free Homogeneous Colorimetric Immunoassay Method

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    Liu, Huiqiao; Rong, Pengfei; Jia, Hongwei; Yang, Jie; Dong, Bo; Dong, Qiong; Yang, Cejun; Hu, Pengzhi; Wang, Wei; Liu, Haitao; Liu, Dingbin

    2016-01-01

    Rapid and convenient biosensing platforms could be beneficial to timely diagnosis and treatment of diseases in virtually any care settings. Sandwich immunoassays, the most commonly used methods for protein detection, often rely on expensive tags such as enzyme and tedious wash and incubation procedures operated by skilled labor. In this report, we revolutionized traditional sandwich immunoassays by providing a wash-free homogeneous colorimetric immunoassay method without requirement of any separation steps. The proposed strategy was realized by controlling the growth of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to mediate the interparticle spacing in the protein-AuNP oligomers. We have demonstrated the successful in vitro detection of cancer biomarker in serum samples from patients with high clinical sensitivity and specificity. PMID:26722373

  3. A Wash-Free Homogeneous Colorimetric Immunoassay Method.

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    Liu, Huiqiao; Rong, Pengfei; Jia, Hongwei; Yang, Jie; Dong, Bo; Dong, Qiong; Yang, Cejun; Hu, Pengzhi; Wang, Wei; Liu, Haitao; Liu, Dingbin

    2016-01-01

    Rapid and convenient biosensing platforms could be beneficial to timely diagnosis and treatment of diseases in virtually any care settings. Sandwich immunoassays, the most commonly used methods for protein detection, often rely on expensive tags such as enzyme and tedious wash and incubation procedures operated by skilled labor. In this report, we revolutionized traditional sandwich immunoassays by providing a wash-free homogeneous colorimetric immunoassay method without requirement of any separation steps. The proposed strategy was realized by controlling the growth of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to mediate the interparticle spacing in the protein-AuNP oligomers. We have demonstrated the successful in vitro detection of cancer biomarker in serum samples from patients with high clinical sensitivity and specificity. PMID:26722373

  4. Passive, Direct-Read Monitoring System for Selective Detection and Quantification of Hydrogen Chloride

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    Chapman, K. B.; Mihaylov, G. M.; Kirollos, K. S.

    2000-01-01

    Monitoring the exposure of an employee to hydrogen chloride or hydrochloric acid in the presence of other acids has been a challenge to the industrial hygiene community. The capability of a device to differentiate the levels of acid vapors would allow for more accurate determinations of exposure and therefore improved occupational health. In this work, a selective direct-read colorimetric badge system was validated for Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL) monitoring of hydrogen chloride. The passive colorimetric badge system consists of a direct reading badge and a color scale. The badge has a coated indicator layer with a diffusive resistance in the shape of an exclamation mark. An exclamation mark will appear if hydrogen chloride is present in the atmosphere at concentrations at or above 2.0 ppm. By using the color scale, the intensity of the color formed on the badge can be further quantified up to 25 ppm. The system was validated according to a protocol based on the NIOSH Protocol for the Evaluation of Passive Monitors. The badge was exposed to relative humidities ranging from 11% to 92%, temperatures ranging from 7 C to 400 C and air velocities ranging from 5 cm/sec to 170 cm/sec. All experiments were conducted in a laboratory vapor generation system. Hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid, sulfuric acid, chlorine, hydrogen sulfide and organic acids showed no effect on the performance of the hydrogen chloride monitoring system. The passive badge and color scale system exceeded the accuracy requirements as defined by NIOSH. At ambient conditions, the mean coefficient of variation was 10.86 and the mean bias was 1.3%. This data was presented previously at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition in Toronto, Canada in June 1999.

  5. Monthly modulation in dark matter direct-detection experiments

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    Britto, Vivian; Meyers, Joel

    2015-11-01

    The signals in dark matter direct-detection experiments should exhibit modulation signatures due to the Earth's motion with respect to the Galactic dark matter halo. The annual and daily modulations, due to the Earth's revolution about the Sun and rotation about its own axis, have been explored previously. Monthly modulation is another such feature present in direct detection signals, and provides a nearly model-independent method of distinguishing dark matter signal events from background. We study here monthly modulations in detail for both WIMP and WISP dark matter searches, examining both the effect of the motion of the Earth about the Earth-Moon barycenter and the gravitational focusing due to the Moon. For WIMP searches, we calculate the monthly modulation of the count rate and show the effects are too small to be observed in the foreseeable future. For WISP dark matter experiments, we show that the photons generated by WISP to photon conversion have frequencies which undergo a monthly modulating shift which is detectable with current technology and which cannot in general be neglected in high resolution WISP searches.

  6. Direct and indirect detection of dissipative dark matter

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    Fan, JiJi; Katz, Andrey; Shelton, Jessie E-mail: katz.andrey@gmail.com

    2014-06-01

    We study the constraints from direct detection and solar capture on dark matter scenarios with a subdominant dissipative component. This dissipative dark matter component in general has both a symmetric and asymmetric relic abundance. Dissipative dynamics allow this subdominant dark matter component to cool, resulting in its partial or total collapse into a smaller volume inside the halo (e.g., a dark disk) as well as a reduced thermal velocity dispersion compared to that of normal cold dark matter. We first show that these features considerably relax the limits from direct detection experiments on the couplings between standard model (SM) particles and dissipative dark matter. On the other hand, indirect detection of the annihilation of the symmetric dissipative dark matter component inside the Sun sets stringent and robust constraints on the properties of the dissipative dark matter. In particular, IceCube observations force dissipative dark matter particles with mass above 50 GeV to either have a small coupling to the SM or a low local density in the solar system, or to have a nearly asymmetric relic abundance. Possible helioseismology signals associated with purely asymmetric dissipative dark matter are discussed, with no present constraints.

  7. Phase space distribution and directional direct detection of dark matter weakly interacting massive particles

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    Alenazi, Moqbil Salem T.

    There is overwhelming evidence for dark matter in the Universe. Particles of a new kind are excellent dark matter candidates, but they have not been detected yet. Dozens of detectors are attempting to find them directly, analyzing their interaction with target nuclei underground, and indirectly, searching for their annihilation products. New techniques for the laboratory direct detection of dark matter weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) are sensitive to the recoil direction of the struck nuclei. This thesis is devoted to a study of the distribution and directional direct detection of dark matter WIMPs. We analyze the effect of the Sun's gravitational field on the phase-space distribution of unbound dark matter particles approaching the Earth. We determine the phase-space distribution of the flow both numerically, tracing particle trajectories back in time, and analytically, providing a simple correct relation between the velocity of particles at infinity and at the Earth. We use our results to produce sky maps of the distribution of arrival directions of dark matter particles on Earth at various times of the year. We assume various Maxwellian velocity distributions at infinity describing the standard dark halo and streams of dark matter. We illustrate the formation of a ring, analogous to the Einstein ring, when the Earth is directly downstream of the Sun. We resolve discrepancies in previous analyses of the flow of collisionless dark matter particles in the Sun's gravitational field. We compute and compare the directional recoil rates for several WIMP velocity distributions including the standard dark halo and anisotropic models such as Sikivie's late-infall halo model and logarithmic-ellipsoidal models. Since some detectors may be unable to distinguish the beginning of the recoil track from its end, we introduce a "folded" directional recoil rate that resolve this lack of head-tail discrimination. We compute the CS 2 and CF 4 exposures required to distinguish a signal from an isotropic background noise, and find that the "folded" directional recoil rate is effective for the standard dark halo and some but not all anisotropic models.

  8. Ultrabroadband direct detection of nonclassical photon statistics at telecom wavelength

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    Wakui, Kentaro; Eto, Yujiro; Benichi, Hugo; Izumi, Shuro; Yanagida, Tetsufumi; Ema, Kazuhiro; Numata, Takayuki; Fukuda, Daiji; Takeoka, Masahiro; Sasaki, Masahide

    2014-01-01

    Broadband light sources play essential roles in diverse fields, such as high-capacity optical communications, optical coherence tomography, optical spectroscopy, and spectrograph calibration. Although a nonclassical state from spontaneous parametric down-conversion may serve as a quantum counterpart, its detection and characterization have been a challenging task. Here we demonstrate the direct detection of photon numbers of an ultrabroadband (110?nm FWHM) squeezed state in the telecom band centred at 1535?nm wavelength, using a superconducting transition-edge sensor. The observed photon-number distributions violate Klyshko's criterion for the nonclassicality. From the observed photon-number distribution, we evaluate the second- and third-order correlation functions, and characterize a multimode structure, which implies that several tens of orthonormal modes of squeezing exist in the single optical pulse. Our results and techniques open up a new possibility to generate and characterize frequency-multiplexed nonclassical light sources for quantum info-communications technology. PMID:24694515

  9. Direct Spectral Detection: An Efficient Method to Detect and Characterize Binary Systems

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    Gullikson, Kevin; Dodson-Robinson, Sarah; Jaffe, Daniel; Lee, Jeong-Eun; Mace, Gregory N; MacQueen, Phillip; Park, Sunkyung; Riddle, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    Young, intermediate-mass stars are experiencing renewed interest as targets for direct-imaging planet searches. However, these types of stars are part of multiple systems more often than not. Close stellar companions affect the formation and orbital evolution of any planets, and the properties of the companions can help constrain the binary formation mechanism. Unfortunately, close companions are difficult and expensive to detect with imaging techniques. In this paper, we describe the direct spectral detection method wherein a high-resolution spectrum of the primary is cross-correlated against a template for a companion star. Variants of this method have previously been used to search for stellar, brown dwarf, and even planetary companions. We show that the direct spectral detection method can detect companions as late as M-type orbiting A0 or earlier primary stars in a single epoch on small-aperture telescopes. In addition to estimating the detection limits, we determine the sources of uncertainty in charact...

  10. Direct/indirect detection signatures of nonthermally produced dark matter

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    Nagai, Minoru; Nakayama, Kazunori

    2008-09-15

    We study direct and indirect detection possibilities of neutralino dark matter produced nonthermally by, e.g., the decay of long-lived particles, as is easily implemented in the case of anomaly or mirage-mediation models. In this scenario, large self-annihilation cross sections are required to account for the present dark matter abundance, and it leads to significant enhancement of the gamma-ray signature from the galactic center and the positron flux from the dark matter annihilation. It is found that GLAST and PAMELA will find the signal or give tight constraints on such nonthermal production scenarios of neutralino dark matter.

  11. Highly selective colorimetric bacteria sensing based on protein-capped nanoparticles.

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    Qiu, Suyan; Lin, Zhenyu; Zhou, Yaomin; Wang, Donggen; Yuan, Lijuan; Wei, Yihua; Dai, Tingcan; Luo, Linguang; Chen, Guonan

    2015-02-21

    A rapid and cost-effective colorimetric sensor has been developed for the detection of bacteria (Bacillus subtilis was selected as an example). The sensor was designed to rely on lysozyme-capped AuNPs with the advantages of effective amplification and high specificity. In the sensing system, lysozyme was able to bind strongly to Bacillus subtilis, which effectively induced a color change of the solution from light purple to purplish red. The lowest concentration of Bacillus subtilis detectable by the naked eye was 4.5 × 10(3) colony-forming units (CFU) mL(-1). Similar results were discernable from UV-Vis absorption measurements. A good specificity was observed through a statistical analysis method using the SPSS software (version 17.0). This simple colorimetric sensor may therefore be a rapid and specific method for a bacterial detection assay in complex samples. PMID:25503063

  12. Direct Spectral Detection: An Efficient Method to Detect and Characterize Binary Systems

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    Gullikson, Kevin; Kraus, Adam; Dodson-Robinson, Sarah; Jaffe, Daniel; Lee, Jeong-Eun; Mace, Gregory N.; MacQueen, Phillip; Park, Sunkyung; Riddle, Andrew

    2016-01-01

    Young, intermediate-mass stars are experiencing renewed interest as targets for direct-imaging planet searches. However, these types of stars are part of multiple systems more often than not. Close stellar companions affect the formation and orbital architecture of planetary systems, and the properties of the companions can help constrain the binary formation mechanism. Unfortunately, close companions are difficult and expensive to detect with imaging techniques. In this paper, we describe the direct spectral detection method wherein a high-resolution spectrum of the primary is cross-correlated against a template for a companion star. Variants of this method have previously been used to search for stellar, brown dwarf, and even planetary companions. We show that the direct spectral detection method can detect companions as late as M-type orbiting A0 or earlier primary stars in a single epoch on small-aperture telescopes. In addition to estimating the detection limits, we determine the sources of uncertainty in characterizing the companion temperature, and find that large systematic biases can exist. After calibrating the systematic biases with synthetic binary star observations, we apply the method to a sample of 34 known binary systems with an A- or B-type primary star. We detect nine total companions, including four of the five known companions with literature temperatures between 4000 K \\lt T\\lt 6000 {{K}}, the temperature range for which our method is optimized. We additionally characterize the companion for the first time in two previously single-lined binary systems and one binary identified with speckle interferometry. This method provides an inexpensive way to use small-aperture telescopes to detect binary companions with moderate mass ratios, and is competitive with high-resolution imaging techniques inside ˜100-200 mas.

  13. Colorimetric pyrometry system design and calibration experiment

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    Chen, Yaohong; Liu, Wei; Fan, Zheyuan; Ren, Long; Yi, Bo; Xie, Qingsheng; Duan, Chengpeng

    2015-02-01

    In order to solve the problem of the existing single waveband thermal imaging system can't get precise temperature of object with emissivity unknown, an optical system of beam splitting lens and filter were used to established a colorimetric temperature measurement system based on infrared thermal imaging system. Completed the compensation for non-effective pixel, enhancement of contrast, calibration of nonhomogeneity and coherence for infrared thermal imaging system according to the application requirement, then acquired the calibration data with blackbody as radiation source at 200°~500° and fit it. A temperature measurement test performed at last, compared with the result acquired by thermocouple and single waveband thermal imaging system, it was shown that the colorimetric pyrometry system achieve the attractive precision after calibration and applied to measure the temperature of the object with emissivity unknown.

  14. Directional detection of dark matter in universal bound states

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    Laha, Ranjan

    2015-10-01

    It has been suggested that several small-scale structure anomalies in ? CDM cosmology can be solved by strong self-interaction between dark matter particles. It was shown by Braaten and Hammer [Phys. Rev. D 88, 063511 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevD.88.063511] that the presence of a near threshold S-wave resonance can make the scattering cross section at nonrelativistic speeds come close to saturating the unitarity bound. This can result in the formation of a stable bound state of two asymmetric dark matter particles (which we call darkonium). The work of Laha and Braaten [Phys. Rev. D, 89, 103510 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevD.89.103510] studied the nuclear recoil energy spectrum in dark matter direct detection experiments due to this incident bound state. Here we study the angular recoil spectrum and show that it is uniquely determined up to normalization by the S-wave scattering length. Observing this angular recoil spectrum in a dark matter directional detection experiment will uniquely determine many of the low-energy properties of dark matter independent of the underlying dark matter microphysics.

  15. Aptamer-based colorimetric sensing of acetamiprid in soil samples: sensitivity, selectivity and mechanism.

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    Shi, Huijie; Zhao, Guohua; Liu, Meichuan; Fan, Lifang; Cao, Tongcheng

    2013-09-15

    A simple and selective aptamer-based colorimetric method was developed for highly sensitive detection of acetamiprid, taking advantages of the sensitive target-induced colour changes that arisen from the interparticle plasmon coupling during the aggregation of Au nanoparticles (NPs). The results showed that the established method could be applied to detect acetamiprid in the linear range between 75 nM to 7.5 ?M, with a low detection limit of 5 nM. Meanwhile, by employing an "artificial antibody" acetamiprid-binding aptamer (ABA) as recognition element, highly selective and specific colorimetric visualization of acetamiprid was obtained. It indicated that pesticides which may coexist with acetamiprid could not interfere with the detection of acetamiprid even that had similar structure with acetamiprid, such as imidacloprid and chlorpyrifos. Mechanism study suggested that it could be attributed to the specific supramolecular interaction between ABA and acetamiprid, as well as the resulted target-binding event induced conformation changes of ABA from random coil to hairpin structure. The practical application of the colorimetric method was realized for detecting acetamiprid in real soil samples and monitoring its natural degradation process. PMID:23846126

  16. The Direct Detectability of Giant Exoplanets in the Optical

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    Greco, Johnny P.; Burrows, Adam

    2015-08-01

    Motivated by the possibility that a coronagraph will be put on the Wide-field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)/Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets (AFTA), we explore the direct detectability of extrasolar giant planets (EGPs) in the optical. We quantify a planet's detectability by the fraction of its orbit for which it is in an observable configuration ({f}{obs}). Using a suite of Monte Carlo experiments, we study the dependence of {f}{obs} upon the inner working angle (IWA) and minimum achievable contrast ({C}{min}) of the direct-imaging observatory; the planet's phase function, geometric albedo, single-scattering albedo, radius, and distance from Earth; and the semimajor axis distribution of EGPs. We calculate phase functions for a given geometric or single-scattering albedo, assuming various scattering mechanisms. We find that the Lambertian phase function can predict significantly larger {f}{obs}s with respect to the more realistic Rayleigh phase function. For observations made with WFIRST/AFTA's baseline capabilities ({C}{min}˜ {10}-9, {IWA}˜ 0\\buildrel{\\prime\\prime}\\over{.} 2), Jupiter-like planets orbiting stars within 10, 30, and 50 pc of Earth have volume-averaged observability fractions of ˜12%, 3%, and 0.5%, respectively. At 10 pc, such observations yield {f}{obs}\\gt 1% for low- to modest-eccentricity planets with semimajor axes in the range ˜2-10 AU. If {C}{min}={10}-10, this range extends to ˜35 AU. We find that, in all but the most optimistic configurations, the probability for detection in a blind search is low (< 5%). However, with orbital parameter constraints from long-term radial-velocity campaigns and Gaia astrometry, the tools we develop in this work can be used to determine both the most promising systems to target and when to observe them.

  17. Understanding WIMP-baryon interactions with direct detection: a roadmap

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    Gluscevic, Vera; Peter, Annika H.G. E-mail: apeter@physics.osu.edu

    2014-09-01

    We study prospects of dark-matter direct-detection searches for probing non-relativistic effective theory for WIMP-baryon scattering. We simulate a large set of noisy recoil-energy spectra for different scattering scenarios (beyond the standard momentum-independent contact interaction), for Generation 2 and futuristic experiments. We analyze these simulations and quantify the probability of successfully identifying the operator governing the scattering, if a WIMP signal is observed. We find that the success rate depends on a combination of factors: the WIMP mass, the mediator mass, the type of interaction, and the experimental energy window. For example, for a 20 GeV WIMP, Generation 2 is only likely to identify the right operator if the interaction is Coulomb-like, and is unlikely to do so in any other case. For a WIMP with a mass of 200 GeV or higher, success is almost guaranteed. We also find that, regardless of the scattering model and the WIMP parameters, a single Generation 2 experiment is unlikely to successfully discern the momentum dependence of the underlying operator on its own, but prospects improve drastically when experiments with different target materials and energy windows are analyzed jointly. Furthermore, we examine the quality of parameter estimation and degeneracies in the multi-dimensional parameter space of the effective theory. We find in particular that the resulting WIMP mass estimates can be severely biased if data are analyzed assuming the standard (momentum-independent) operator while the actual operator has momentum-dependence. Finally, we evaluate the ultimate reach of direct detection, finding that the prospects for successful operator selection prior to reaching the irreducible backgrounds are excellent, if the signal is just below the current limits, but slim if Generation 2 does not report WIMP detection.

  18. Halo-independent direct detection analyses without mass assumptions

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    Anderson, Adam J.; Fox, Patrick J.; Kahn, Yonatan; McCullough, Matthew

    2015-10-01

    Results from direct detection experiments are typically interpreted by employing an assumption about the dark matter velocity distribution, with results presented in the m???n plane. Recently methods which are independent of the DM halo velocity distribution have been developed which present results in the vmin?tilde g plane, but these in turn require an assumption on the dark matter mass. Here we present an extension of these halo-independent methods for dark matter direct detection which does not require a fiducial choice of the dark matter mass. With a change of variables from vmin to nuclear recoil momentum (pR), the full halo-independent content of an experimental result for any dark matter mass can be condensed into a single plot as a function of a new halo integral variable, which we call tilde h(pR). The entire family of conventional halo-independent tilde g(vmin) plots for all DM masses are directly found from the single tilde h(pR) plot through a simple rescaling of axes. By considering results in tilde h(pR) space, one can determine if two experiments are inconsistent for all masses and all physically possible halos, or for what range of dark matter masses the results are inconsistent for all halos, without the necessity of multiple tilde g(vmin) plots for different DM masses. We conduct a sample analysis comparing the CDMS II Si events to the null results from LUX, XENON10, and SuperCDMS using our method and discuss how the results can be strengthened by imposing the physically reasonable requirement of a finite halo escape velocity.

  19. Three dimensional colorimetric assay assemblies

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    Charych, Deborah (Albany, CA); Reichart, Anke (Albany, CA)

    2000-01-01

    A direct assay is described using novel three-dimensional polymeric assemblies which change from a blue to red color when exposed to an analyte, in one case a flu virus. The assemblies are typically in the form of liposomes which can be maintained in a suspension, and show great intensity in their color changes. Their method of production is also described.

  20. Tropospheric Wind Profile Measurements with a Direct Detection Doppler Lidar

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    Gentry, Bruce M.; Li, Steven X.; Korb, C. Laurence; Chen, Huailin; Mathur, Savyasachee

    1998-01-01

    Research has established the importance of global tropospheric wind measurements for large scale improvements in numerical weather prediction. In addition, global wind measurements provide data that are fundamental to the understanding and prediction of global climate change. These tasks are closely linked with the goals of the NASA Earth Science Enterprise and Global Climate Change programs. NASA Goddard has been actively involved in the development of direct detection Doppler lidar methods and technologies to meet the wind observing needs of the atmospheric science community. In this paper we describe a recently developed prototype wind lidar system using a direct detection Doppler technique for measuring wind profiles from the surface through the troposphere. This system uses a pulsed ND:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm as the transmitter. The laser pulse is directed to the atmosphere using a 40 cm diameter scan mirror. The portion of the laser energy backscattered from aerosols and molecules is collected by a 40 cm diameter telescope and coupled via fiber optics into the Doppler receiver. Single photon counting APD's are used to detect the atmospheric backscattered signal. The principle element of the receiver is a dual bandpass tunable Fabry Perot etalon which analyzes the Doppler shift of the incoming laser signal using the double edge technique. The double edge technique uses two high resolution optical filters having bandpasses offset relative to one another such that the 'edge' of the first filter's transmission function crosses that of the second at the half power point. The outgoing laser frequency is located approximately at the crossover point. Due to the opposite going slopes of the edges, a Doppler shift in the atmospheric backscattered laser frequency produces a positive change in signal for one filter and a negative change in the second filter. Taking the ratio of the two edge channel signals yields a result which is directly proportional to the component of the wind along the line-of-sight of the laser. Measuring the radial wind in several directions provides sufficient information to determine the true wind speed and direction. The lidar has operated from our laboratory at Goddard since June, 1997. Wind profiles have been obtained to altitudes of 12 km with a vertical resolution of 330 in. Vector wind data are obtained by rotating the scan mirror to measure line-of-sight wind profiles for at least two azimuth angles at an elevation angle of 45 degrees. The precision of the data as determined from the standard deviation of multiple independent lidar profiles is in the range of 1 to 3 m/sec up to 10 km. Good agreement is obtained when the lidar data are compared with the upper air rawinsonde soundings taken at Dulles airport. Examples of the wind lidar data will be presented along with a description of the instrument and future developments.

  1. Colorimetric determination of phosphoric acid leakage for phosphoric acid-doped polybenzimidazole membrane fuel cell applications

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    Jeong, Yeon Hun; Jung, Ju Hae; Choi, Euiji; Han, Seungyoon; Begley, Alina Irene; Yoo, Sung Jong; Jang, Jong Hyun; Kim, Hyoung-Juhn; Nam, Suk Woo; Lee, Kwan-Young; Kim, Jin Young

    2015-12-01

    A simple and precise colorimetric method for analyzing phosphoric acid leakage in phosphoric acid-doped polybenzimidazole membrane fuel cells is described. The developed method is based on the colorimetric determination from a rapid formation of molybdenum blue color by the reduction reaction of molybdate ions in the presence of phosphoric acid in the acidic medium. The color is stable up to a few months and can be used for the sensitive and accurate detection of phosphoric acid electrolyte which is discharged from the fuel cell during operation. Tests with a wide concentration range of phosphate compounds showed that it permits determination of phosphoric acid up to nanogram quantities. The developed detection method assists monitoring the phosphoric acid contents and developing stable operation strategies of fuel cells.

  2. Enzyme-free Detection of Hydrogen Peroxide from Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles Immobilized on Poly(4-vinylpyridine) Self-Assembled Monolayers

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    Gaynor, James D.; Karakoti, Ajay S.; Inerbaev, Talgat; Sanghavi, Shail P.; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Shutthanandan, V.; Seal, Sudipta; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2013-05-02

    A single layer of oxygen-deficient cerium oxide nanoparticles (CNPs) are immobilized on microscopic glass slide using poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PVP) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). A specific colorimetric property of CNPs when reacted with hydrogen peroxide allows for the direct, single-step peroxide detection which can be used in medical diagnosis and explosives detection. Multiple PVP-CNP immobilized layers improve sensitivity of detection and the sensor can be regenerated for reuse.

  3. Directional eye fixation sensor using birefringence-based foveal detection.

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    Gramatikov, Boris I; Zalloum, Othman H Y; Wu, Yi Kai; Hunter, David G; Guyton, David L

    2007-04-01

    We recently developed and reported an eye fixation monitor that detects the fovea by its radial orientation of birefringent nerve fibers. The instrument used a four-quadrant photodetector and a normalized difference function to check for a best match between the detector quadrants and the arms of the bow-tie pattern of polarization states surrounding the fovea. This function had a maximum during central fixation but could not tell where the subject was looking relative to the center. We propose a linear transformation to obtain horizontal and vertical eye position coordinates from the four photodetector signals, followed by correction based on a priori calibration information. The method was verified on both a computer model and on human eyes. The major advantage of this new eye-tracking method is that it uses true information coming from the fovea, rather than reflections from other structures, to identify the direction of foveal gaze. PMID:17356625

  4. Direct Detection of Stealth Dark Matter through Electromagnetic Polarizability

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    Appelquist, Thomas; Brower, Richard C; Buchoff, Michael I; Fleming, George T; Jin, Xiao-Yong; Kiskis, Joe; Kribs, Graham D; Neil, Ethan T; Osborn, James C; Rebbi, Claudio; Rinaldi, Enrico; Schaich, David; Schroeder, Chris; Syritsyn, Sergey; Vranas, Pavlos; Weinberg, Evan; Witzel, Oliver

    2015-01-01

    We calculate the spin-independent scattering cross section for direct detection that results from the electromagnetic polarizability of a composite scalar baryon dark matter candidate -- "Stealth Dark Matter", that is based on a dark SU(4) confining gauge theory. In the nonrelativistic limit, electromagnetic polarizability proceeds through a dimension-7 interaction leading to a very small scattering cross section for dark matter with weak scale masses. This represents a lower bound on the scattering cross section for composite dark matter theories with electromagnetically charged constituents. We carry out lattice calculations of the polarizability for the lightest baryons in SU(3) and SU(4) gauge theories using the background field method on quenched configurations. We find the polarizabilities of SU(3) and SU(4) to be comparable (within about 50%) normalized to the baryon mass, which is suggestive for extensions to larger SU(N) groups. The resulting scattering cross sections with a xenon target are shown to...

  5. Direct Detection of Multi-component Secluded WIMPs

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    Brian Batell; Maxim Pospelov; Adam Ritz

    2009-03-19

    Dark matter candidates comprising several sub-states separated by a small mass gap, and coupled to the Standard Model by (sub-)GeV force carriers, can exhibit non-trivial scattering interactions in direct detection experiments. We analyze the secluded U(1)-mediated WIMP scenario, and calculate the elastic and inelastic cross sections for multi-component WIMP scattering off nuclei. We find that second-order elastic scattering, mediated by virtual excited states, provides strong sensitivity to the parameters of the model for a wide range of mass splittings, while for small splittings the WIMP excited states have lifetimes exceeding the age of the universe, and generically have a fractional relative abundance above 0.1%. This generates even stronger constraints for mass splittings less than 200 keV due to exothermic de-excitation events in detectors.

  6. Directional eye fixation sensor using birefringence-based foveal detection

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    Gramatikov, Boris I.; Zalloum, Othman H. Y.; Wu, Yi Kai; Hunter, David G.; Guyton, David L.

    2007-04-01

    We recently developed and reported an eye fixation monitor that detects the fovea by its radial orientation of birefringent nerve fibers. The instrument used a four-quadrant photodetector and a normalized difference function to check for a best match between the detector quadrants and the arms of the bow-tie pattern of polarization states surrounding the fovea. This function had a maximum during central fixation but could not tell where the subject was looking relative to the center. We propose a linear transformation to obtain horizontal and vertical eye position coordinates from the four photodetector signals, followed by correction based on a priori calibration information. The method was verified on both a computer model and on human eyes. The major advantage of this new eye-tracking method is that it uses true information coming from the fovea, rather than reflections from other structures, to identify the direction of foveal gaze.

  7. Halo independent comparison of direct dark matter detection data

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    Gondolo, Paolo; Gelmini, Graciela B. E-mail: gelmini@physics.ucla.edu

    2012-12-01

    We extend the halo-independent method of Fox, Liu, and Weiner to include energy resolution and efficiency with arbitrary energy dependence, making it more suitable for experiments to use in presenting their results. Then we compare measurements and upper limits on the direct detection of low mass ( ? 10 GeV) weakly interacting massive particles with spin-independent interactions, including the upper limit on the annual modulation amplitude from the CDMS collaboration. We find that isospin-symmetric couplings are severely constrained both by XENON100 and CDMS bounds, and that isospin-violating couplings are still possible at the lowest energies, while the tension of the higher energy CoGeNT bins with the CDMS modulation constraint remains. We find the CRESST-II signal is not compatible with the modulation signals of DAMA and CoGeNT.

  8. Subcarrier multiplexing with dispersion reduction and direct detection

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    Sargis, Paul D. (Modesto, CA); Haigh, Ronald E. (Tracy, CA); McCammon, Kent G. (Livermore, CA)

    1997-01-01

    An SCM system for simultaneously reducing the concomitant problems of receiver complexity and dispersion penalty and without requiring the use of an expensive, high-bandwidth optical detector. The system provides both a dispersion reduction and a direct detection to the receiver, with microwave mixers and lithium niobate external modulators that produce sidebands that are only separated by a few gigahertz from a principal laser optical carrier. Digital data streams are independently impressed upon these sidebands for transmission over an ordinary single-mode fiber. Independent high-speed data streams are upconverted to microwave frequencies. These subcarriers are then combined with a microwave power combiner and amplified with a microwave amplifier. A solid-state 1550-nm laser carrier is modulated by the microwave subcarriers. An erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) is used just prior to long-distance transmission over ordinary single-mode fiber. The transmitted optical signal may then traverse multiple EDFAs to compensate for long-haul optical fiber losses prior to detection. At a receiving end, the optical signal is split into multiple paths. The subcarrier channels are optically pre-selected using a narrowband optical filter, such as a fiber Fabry-Perot (FFP) filter. An optical detector converts the selected optical signal into a baseband electrical data stream.

  9. Subcarrier multiplexing with dispersion reduction and direct detection

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    Sargis, P.D.; Haigh, R.E.; McCammon, K.G.

    1997-01-21

    An SCM system is disclosed for simultaneously reducing the concomitant problems of receiver complexity and dispersion penalty and without requiring the use of an expensive, high-bandwidth optical detector. The system provides both a dispersion reduction and a direct detection to the receiver, with microwave mixers and lithium niobate external modulators that produce sidebands that are only separated by a few gigahertz from a principal laser optical carrier. Digital data streams are independently impressed upon these sidebands for transmission over an ordinary single-mode fiber. Independent high-speed data streams are upconverted to microwave frequencies. These subcarriers are then combined with a microwave power combiner and amplified with a microwave amplifier. A solid-state 1550-nm laser carrier is modulated by the microwave subcarriers. An erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) is used just prior to long-distance transmission over ordinary single-mode fiber. The transmitted optical signal may then traverse multiple EDFAs to compensate for long-haul optical fiber losses prior to detection. At a receiving end, the optical signal is split into multiple paths. The subcarrier channels are optically pre-selected using a narrowband optical filter, such as a fiber Fabry-Perot (FFP) filter. An optical detector converts the selected optical signal into a baseband electrical data stream. 2 figs.

  10. Theoretical direct WIMP detection rates for transitions to excited states

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    J. D. Vergados; H. Ejiri; K. G. Savvidy

    2013-07-17

    The recent WMAP and Planck data have confirmed that exotic dark matter together with the vacuum energy (cosmological constant) dominate in the flat Universe. Many extensions of the standard model provide dark matter candidates, in particular Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs). %Supersymmetry provides a natural dark matter candidate, the lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP). Thus the direct dark matter detection is central to particle physics and cosmology. Most of the research on this issue has hitherto focused on the detection of the recoiling nucleus. In this paper we study transitions to the excited states, possible in some nuclei, which have sufficiently low lying excited states. Good examples are the first excited states of I-127 and Xe-129. %focusing on the first excited state at 50 keV of Iodine A=127. We find appreciable branching ratios for the inelastic scattering mediated by the spin cross sections. %find that the transition rate to this excited state is about 5 %percent of the transition to the ground state for low mass WIMPS, but the branching ratio can be much larger in the case pf heaver WIMPS. So, in principle, the extra signature of the gamma ray following the de-excitation of these states can, in principle, be exploited experimentally.

  11. DIRECT DETECTIONS OF YOUNG STARS IN NEARBY ELLIPTICAL GALAXIES

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    Ford, H. Alyson; Bregman, Joel N.

    2013-06-20

    Small amounts of star formation in elliptical galaxies are suggested by several results: surprisingly young ages from optical line indices, cooling X-ray gas, and mid-infrared dust emission. Such star formation has previously been difficult to directly detect, but using ultraviolet Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Camera 3 imaging, we have identified individual young stars and star clusters in four nearby ellipticals. Ongoing star formation is detected in all galaxies, including three ellipticals that have previously exhibited potential signposts of star-forming conditions (NGC 4636, NGC 4697, and NGC 4374), as well as the typical ''red and dead'' NGC 3379. The current star formation in our closest targets, where we are most complete, is between 2.0 and 9.8 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} M{sub Sun} yr{sup -1}. The star formation history was roughly constant from 0.5 to 1.5 Gyr (at (3-5) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} M{sub Sun} yr{sup -1}), but decreased by a factor of several in the past 0.3 Gyr. Most star clusters have a mass between 10{sup 2} and 10{sup 4} M{sub Sun }. The specific star formation rates of {approx}10{sup -16} yr{sup -1} (at the present day) or {approx}10{sup -14} yr{sup -1} (when averaging over the past Gyr) imply that a fraction 10{sup -8} of the stellar mass is younger than 100 Myr and 10{sup -5} is younger than 1 Gyr, quantifying the level of frosting of recent star formation over the otherwise passive stellar population. There is no obvious correlation between either the presence or spatial distribution of postulated star formation indicators and the star formation we detect.

  12. Specific-primer-directed DNA sequencing using automated fluorescence detection.

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    Kaiser, R J; MacKellar, S L; Vinayak, R S; Sanders, J Z; Saavedra, R A; Hood, L E

    1989-01-01

    Automated fluorescence-based DNA sequence analysis offers the possibility to undertake very large scale sequencing projects. Directed strategies, such as the specific-primer-directed sequencing approach ('gene walking'), should prove useful in such projects. Described herein is a study involving the use of this approach in conjunction with automated fluorescence detection on a commercial instrument (ABI 370A DNA sequencer). This includes procedures for the rapid chemical synthesis and purification of labeled primers, the design of primer sequences that are compatible with the commercial analysis software, and automated DNA sequence analysis using such primers. A set of four fluorophore-labeled primers can be reliably synthesized in a twenty-four hour period, and greater than 300 nucleotides of analyzed new sequence obtained using this set in an additional twenty-four hours. Scale-up of these procedures to take advantage of the full capabilities of the sequencer is, at present, too slow and costly to be suitable for routine sequencing, and therefore the use of specific-primers is best suited to the closure of gaps in extended sequence produced using random cloning and sequencing strategies. PMID:2771640

  13. The calibration of cellphone camera-based colorimetric sensor array and its application in the determination of glucose in urine.

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    Jia, Ming-Yan; Wu, Qiong-Shui; Li, Hui; Zhang, Yu; Guan, Ya-Feng; Feng, Liang

    2015-12-15

    In this work, a novel approach that can calibrate the colors obtained with a cellphone camera was proposed for the colorimetric sensor array. The variations of ambient light conditions, imaging positions and even cellphone brands could all be compensated via taking the black and white backgrounds of the sensor array as references, thereby yielding accurate measurements. The proposed calibration approach was successfully applied to the detection of glucose in urine by a colorimetric sensor array. Snapshots of the glucose sensor array by a cellphone camera were calibrated by the proposed compensation method and the urine samples at different glucose concentrations were well discriminated with no confusion after a hierarchical clustering analysis. PMID:26275712

  14. Localized surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles as colorimetric probes for determination of Isoniazid in pharmacological formulation

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    Zargar, Behrooz; Hatamie, Amir

    2013-04-01

    Isoniazid is an important antibiotic, which is widely used to treat tuberculosis. This study presents a colorimetric method for the determination of Isoniazid based on localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) property of gold nanoparticles. An LSPR band is produced by reducing gold ions in solution using Isoniazid as the reducing agent. Influences of the following relevant variables were examined and optimized in the experiment, formation time of gold nanoparticles, pH, buffer and stabilizer. These tests demonstrated that under optimum conditions the absorbance of Au nanoparticles at 530 nm related linearly to the concentration of Isoniazid in the range of 1.0-8.0 ?g mL-1 with a detection limit of 0.98 ?g mL-1. This colorimetric method has been successfully applied to the determine Isoniazid in tablets and spiked serum samples. The proposed colorimetric assay exhibits good reproducibility and accuracy, providing a simple and rapid method for analysis of Isoniazid.

  15. Direct Detection Doppler Lidar for Spaceborne Wind Measurement

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    Korb, C. Laurence; Flesia, Cristina

    1999-01-01

    Aerosol and molecular based versions of the double-edge technique can be used for direct detection Doppler lidar spaceborne wind measurement. The edge technique utilizes the edge of a high spectral resolution filter for high accuracy wind measurement using direct detection lidar. The signal is split between an edge filter channel and a broadband energy monitor channel. The energy monitor channel is used for signal normalization. The edge measurement is made as a differential frequency measurement between the outgoing laser signal and the atmospheric backscattered return for each pulse. As a result the measurement is insensitive to laser and edge filter frequency jitter and drift at a level less than a few parts in 10(exp 10). We have developed double edge versions of the edge technique for aerosol and molecular-based lidar measurement of the wind. Aerosol-based wind measurements have been made at Goddard Space Flight Center and molecular-based wind measurements at the University of Geneva. We have demonstrated atmospheric measurements using these techniques for altitudes from 1 to more than 10 km. Measurement accuracies of better than 1.25 m/s have been obtained with integration times from 5 to 30 seconds. The measurements can be scaled to space and agree, within a factor of two, with satellite-based simulations of performance based on Poisson statistics. The theory of the double edge aerosol technique is described by a generalized formulation which substantially extends the capabilities of the edge technique. It uses two edges with opposite slopes located about the laser frequency at approximately the half-width of each edge filter. This doubles the signal change for a given Doppler shift and yields a factor of 1.6 improvement in the measurement accuracy compared to the single edge technique. The use of two high resolution edge filters substantially reduces the effects of Rayleigh scattering on the measurement, as much as order of magnitude, and allows the signal to noise ratio to be substantially improved in areas of low aerosol backscatter. We describe a method that allows the Rayleigh and aerosol components of the signal to be independently determined using the two edge channels and an energy monitor channel. The effects of Rayleigh scattering may then subtracted from the measurement and we show that the correction process does not significantly increase the measurement noise for Rayleigh to aerosol ratios up to 10. We show that for small Doppler shifts a measurement accuracy of 0.4 m/s can be obtained for 5000 detected photon, 1.2 m/s for 1000 detected photons, and 3.7 m/s for 50 detected photons for a Rayleigh to aerosol ratio of 5. Methods for increasing the dynamic range of the aerosol-based system to more than +/- 100 m/s are given.

  16. Colorimetric determination of thiram based on formation of gold nanoparticles using ascorbic acid.

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    Rastegarzadeh, S; Abdali, Sh

    2013-01-30

    A novel optical method for the determination of thiram has been developed using surface plasmon resonance peak of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). The stable and dispersed AuNPs were directly synthesized by reduction of HAuCl4 with ascorbic acid in micellar media according to a simple approach. The presence of thiram during formation of AuNPs results in the decrease of the intensity of plasmon resonance peak. The variation in the plasmon absorbance allows the colorimetric determination of thiram. The effect of different variables such as pH, ascorbic acid and CTAB concentrations was studied and optimized. The proposed method is capable of determining thiram over a range of 2.0×10(-7)-1.0×10(-5) mol L(-1) with a limit of detection 1.7×10(-7) mol L(-1). The relative standard deviation of the method was <3.7%. The method was successfully applied to the determination of thiram in water and plant seed samples. PMID:23597883

  17. Highly Lewis Acidic Arylboronate Esters Capable of Colorimetric Turn-On Response.

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    Oehlke, Alexander; Auer, Alexander A; Schreiter, Katja; Friebe, Nadine; Spange, Stefan

    2015-12-01

    A series of boronate-?-acceptor compounds containing different types of ? bridges (1,4-phenylen or thien-2,5-diyl or furan-2,5-diyl) that link the switchable boronate ester group with the efficient TCF acceptor group (TCF=2-dicyanomethylen-3-cyano-4,5,5-trimethyl-2,5-dihydrofuran) has been synthesized. A TCF chromophore of this type undergoes transition to a donor-?-acceptor compound upon coordination of Lewis bases at the Lewis acidic boron center, which is accompanied by an enhanced intramolecular charge-transfer interaction. The Lewis acid character has been investigated by spectroscopic measurements (UV/Vis, NMR spectroscopies) as well as DFT and ab initio-based calculations. It is shown that the TCF acceptor group and thiophene or furan ?-bridges directly bound to the boron atom cooperatively increase the Lewis acidity. UV/Vis titration experiments confirm fluoride binding constants in the range of up to 10(8) ?M(-1) in CH2 Cl2 . In addition to the strong boron fluoride binding motif, Lewis interactions also occur with weaker Lewis bases, such as pyridine or aliphatic alcohols. The unique combination of chromophoric and Lewis acidic properties is responsible for the intense colorimetric turn-on response detectable after complex formation. PMID:26489784

  18. A New Colorimetric Assay of Tabletop Sweeteners Using a Modified Biuret Reagent: An Analytical Chemistry Experiment for the Undergraduate Curriculum

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    Fenk, Christopher J.; Kaufman, Nathan; Gerbig, Donald G., Jr.

    2007-01-01

    A new, fast and effective colorimetric analysis of the artificial sweetener aspartame is presented for application in undergraduate laboratory courses. This new method incorporates the use of a modified biuret reagent for selective detection and analysis of aspartame in aqueous solutions. The modified reagent is less caustic than the traditional…

  19. Detecting Stealth Dark Matter Directly through Electromagnetic Polarizability.

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    Appelquist, T; Berkowitz, E; Brower, R C; Buchoff, M I; Fleming, G T; Jin, X-Y; Kiskis, J; Kribs, G D; Neil, E T; Osborn, J C; Rebbi, C; Rinaldi, E; Schaich, D; Schroeder, C; Syritsyn, S; Vranas, P; Weinberg, E; Witzel, O

    2015-10-23

    We calculate the spin-independent scattering cross section for direct detection that results from the electromagnetic polarizability of a composite scalar "stealth baryon" dark matter candidate, arising from a dark SU(4) confining gauge theory-"stealth dark matter." In the nonrelativistic limit, electromagnetic polarizability proceeds through a dimension-7 interaction leading to a very small scattering cross section for dark matter with weak-scale masses. This represents a lower bound on the scattering cross section for composite dark matter theories with electromagnetically charged constituents. We carry out lattice calculations of the polarizability for the lightest "baryon" states in SU(3) and SU(4) gauge theories using the background field method on quenched configurations. We find the polarizabilities of SU(3) and SU(4) to be comparable (within about 50%) normalized to the stealth baryon mass, which is suggestive for extensions to larger SU(N) groups. The resulting scattering cross sections with a xenon target are shown to be potentially detectable in the dark matter mass range of about 200-700 GeV, where the lower bound is from the existing LUX constraint while the upper bound is the coherent neutrino background. Significant uncertainties in the cross section remain due to the more complicated interaction of the polarizablity operator with nuclear structure; however, the steep dependence on the dark matter mass, 1/m_{B}^{6}, suggests the observable dark matter mass range is not appreciably modified. We briefly highlight collider searches for the mesons in the theory as well as the indirect astrophysical effects that may also provide excellent probes of stealth dark matter. PMID:26551103

  20. Detecting Stealth Dark Matter Directly through Electromagnetic Polarizability

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    Appelquist, T.; Berkowitz, E.; Brower, R. C.; Buchoff, M. I.; Fleming, G. T.; Jin, X.-Y.; Kiskis, J.; Kribs, G. D.; Neil, E. T.; Osborn, J. C.; Rebbi, C.; Rinaldi, E.; Schaich, D.; Schroeder, C.; Syritsyn, S.; Vranas, P.; Weinberg, E.; Witzel, O.; Lattice Strong Dynamics LSD Collaboration

    2015-10-01

    We calculate the spin-independent scattering cross section for direct detection that results from the electromagnetic polarizability of a composite scalar "stealth baryon" dark matter candidate, arising from a dark SU(4) confining gauge theory—"stealth dark matter." In the nonrelativistic limit, electromagnetic polarizability proceeds through a dimension-7 interaction leading to a very small scattering cross section for dark matter with weak-scale masses. This represents a lower bound on the scattering cross section for composite dark matter theories with electromagnetically charged constituents. We carry out lattice calculations of the polarizability for the lightest "baryon" states in SU(3) and SU(4) gauge theories using the background field method on quenched configurations. We find the polarizabilities of SU(3) and SU(4) to be comparable (within about 50%) normalized to the stealth baryon mass, which is suggestive for extensions to larger SU(N ) groups. The resulting scattering cross sections with a xenon target are shown to be potentially detectable in the dark matter mass range of about 200-700 GeV, where the lower bound is from the existing LUX constraint while the upper bound is the coherent neutrino background. Significant uncertainties in the cross section remain due to the more complicated interaction of the polarizablity operator with nuclear structure; however, the steep dependence on the dark matter mass, 1 /mB6 , suggests the observable dark matter mass range is not appreciably modified. We briefly highlight collider searches for the mesons in the theory as well as the indirect astrophysical effects that may also provide excellent probes of stealth dark matter.

  1. Direct Detection of Stealth Dark Matter through Electromagnetic Polarizability

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    Thomas Appelquist; Evan Berkowitz; Richard C. Brower; Michael I. Buchoff; George T. Fleming; Xiao-Yong Jin; Joe Kiskis; Graham D. Kribs; Ethan T. Neil; James C. Osborn; Claudio Rebbi; Enrico Rinaldi; David Schaich; Chris Schroeder; Sergey Syritsyn; Pavlos Vranas; Evan Weinberg; Oliver Witzel

    2015-05-28

    We calculate the spin-independent scattering cross section for direct detection that results from the electromagnetic polarizability of a composite scalar baryon dark matter candidate -- "Stealth Dark Matter", that is based on a dark SU(4) confining gauge theory. In the nonrelativistic limit, electromagnetic polarizability proceeds through a dimension-7 interaction leading to a very small scattering cross section for dark matter with weak scale masses. This represents a lower bound on the scattering cross section for composite dark matter theories with electromagnetically charged constituents. We carry out lattice calculations of the polarizability for the lightest baryons in SU(3) and SU(4) gauge theories using the background field method on quenched configurations. We find the polarizabilities of SU(3) and SU(4) to be comparable (within about 50%) normalized to the baryon mass, which is suggestive for extensions to larger SU(N) groups. The resulting scattering cross sections with a xenon target are shown to be potentially detectable in the dark matter mass range of about 200-700 GeV, where the lower bound is from the existing LUX constraint while the upper bound is the coherent neutrino background. Significant uncertainties in the cross section remain due to the more complicated interaction of the polarizablity operator with nuclear structure, however the steep dependence on the dark matter mass, $1/m_B^6$, suggests the observable dark matter mass range is not appreciably modified. We briefly highlight collider searches for the mesons in the theory as well as the indirect astrophysical effects that may also provide excellent probes of stealth dark matter.

  2. A direction detective asymmetrical twin-core fiber curving sensor

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    An, Maowei; Geng, Tao; Yang, Wenlei; Zeng, Hongyi; Li, Jian

    2015-10-01

    Long period fiber gratings (LPFGs), which can couple the core mode to the forward propagating cladding modes of a fiber and have the advantage of small additional loss, no backward reflection, small size, which is widely used in optical fiber sensors and optical communication systems. LPFG has different fabricating methods, in order to write gratings on the twin-core at the same time effectively, we specially choose electric heating fused taper system to fabricate asymmetric dual-core long period fiber grating, because this kind of method can guarantee the similarity of gratings on the twin cores and obtain good geometric parameters of LPFG, such as cycle, cone waist. Then we use bending test platform to conduct bending test for each of the core of twin-core asymmetric long period fiber grating. Experiments show that: the sensitivity of asymmetrical twin-core long period fiber grating's central core under bending is -5.47nm·m, while the sensitivity of asymmetric twin-core long period fiber grating partial core changed with the relative position of screw micrometer. The sensitivity at 0°, 30°, 90° direction is -4.22nm·m, -9.84nm·m, -11.44nm·m respectively. The experiment results strongly demonstrate the properties of rim sensing of asymmetrical twin-core fiber gratings which provides the possibility of simultaneously measuring the bending magnitude and direction and solving the problem of cross sensing when multi-parameter measuring. In other words, we can detect temperature and bend at the same time by this sensor. As our knowledge, it is the first time simultaneously measuring bend and temperature using this structure of fiber sensors.

  3. NEW COMPLETENESS METHODS FOR ESTIMATING EXOPLANET DISCOVERIES BY DIRECT DETECTION

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    Brown, Robert A.; Soummer, Remi

    2010-05-20

    We report on new methods for evaluating realistic observing programs that search stars for planets by direct imaging, where observations are selected from an optimized star list and stars can be observed multiple times. We show how these methods bring critical insight into the design of the mission and its instruments. These methods provide an estimate of the outcome of the observing program: the probability distribution of discoveries (detection and/or characterization) and an estimate of the occurrence rate of planets ({eta}). We show that these parameters can be accurately estimated from a single mission simulation, without the need for a complete Monte Carlo mission simulation, and we prove the accuracy of this new approach. Our methods provide tools to define a mission for a particular science goal; for example, a mission can be defined by the expected number of discoveries and its confidence level. We detail how an optimized star list can be built and how successive observations can be selected. Our approach also provides other critical mission attributes, such as the number of stars expected to be searched and the probability of zero discoveries. Because these attributes depend strongly on the mission scale (telescope diameter, observing capabilities and constraints, mission lifetime, etc.), our methods are directly applicable to the design of such future missions and provide guidance to the mission and instrument design based on scientific performance. We illustrate our new methods with practical calculations and exploratory design reference missions for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) operating with a distant starshade to reduce scattered and diffracted starlight on the focal plane. We estimate that five habitable Earth-mass planets would be discovered and characterized with spectroscopy, with a probability of zero discoveries of 0.004, assuming a small fraction of JWST observing time (7%), {eta} = 0.3, and 70 observing visits, limited by starshade fuel.

  4. Direct detection of dark matter with resonant annihilation

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    Bo Li; Yu-Feng Zhou

    2015-03-28

    In the scenario where the dark matter (DM) particles $\\chi\\bar\\chi$ pair annihilate through a resonance particle $R$, the constraint from DM relic density makes the corresponding cross section for DM-nuclei elastic scattering extremely small, and can be below the neutrino background induced by the coherent neutrino-nuclei scattering, which makes the DM particle beyond the reach of the conventional DM direct detection experiments. We present an improved analytical calculation of the DM relic density in the case of resonant DM annihilation for $s$- and $p$-wave cases and invesitgate the condition for the DM-nuclei scattering cross section to be above the neutrino background. We show that in Higgs-portal type models, for DM particles with $s$-wave annihilation, the spin-independent DM-nucleus scattering cross section is proportional to $\\Gamma_{R}/m_{R}$, the ratio of the decay width and the mass of $R$. For a typical DM particle mass $\\sim50$ GeV, the condition leads to $\\Gamma_{R}/m_{R} \\gtrsim \\mathcal{O}(10^{-4})$. In $p$-wave annihilation case, the spin-independent scattering cross section is insensitive to $\\Gamma_{R}/m_{R}$, and is always above the neutrino background, as long as the DM particle is lighter than the top quark. The real singlet DM model is discussed as a concrete example.

  5. Direct detection of light ''Ge-phobic'' exothermic dark matter

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    Gelmini, Graciela B.; Georgescu, Andreea; Huh, Ji-Haeng E-mail: a.georgescu@physics.ucla.edu

    2014-07-01

    We present comparisons of direct dark matter (DM) detection data for light WIMPs with exothermic scattering with nuclei (exoDM), both assuming the Standard Halo Model (SHM) and in a halo model–independent manner. Exothermic interactions favor light targets, thus reducing the importance of upper limits derived from xenon targets, the most restrictive of which is at present the LUX limit. In our SHM analysis the CDMS-II-Si and CoGeNT regions become allowed by these bounds, however the recent SuperCDMS limit rejects both regions for exoDM with isospin-conserving couplings. An isospin-violating coupling of the exoDM, in particular one with a neutron to proton coupling ratio of -0.8 (which we call ''Ge-phobic''), maximally reduces the DM coupling to germanium and allows the CDMS-II-Si region to become compatible with all bounds. This is also clearly shown in our halo-independent analysis.

  6. Direct Detection Constraints on Dark Photon Dark Matter

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    Haipeng An; Maxim Pospelov; Josef Pradler; Adam Ritz

    2015-07-22

    Dark matter detectors built primarily to probe elastic scattering of WIMPs on nuclei are also precise probes of light, weakly coupled particles that may be absorbed by the detector material. In this paper, we derive constraints on the minimal model of dark matter comprised of long-lived vector states V (dark photons) in the 0.01-100 keV mass range. The absence of an ionization signal in direct detection experiments such as XENON10 and XENON100 places a very strong constraint on the dark photon mixing angle, down to $O(10^{-15})$, assuming that dark photons comprise the dominant fraction of dark matter. This sensitivity to dark photon dark matter exceeds the indirect bounds derived from stellar energy loss considerations over a significant fraction of the available mass range. We also revisit indirect constraints from $V\\to 3\\gamma$ decay and show that limits from modifications to the cosmological ionization history are comparable to the updated limits from the diffuse gamma-ray flux.

  7. Galactic substructure and direct detection of dark matter

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    Kamionkowski, Marc; Koushiappas, Savvas M.

    2008-05-15

    We study the effects of substructure in the Galactic halo on direct detection of dark matter, on searches for energetic neutrinos from weakly interacting massive particles (WIMP) annihilation in the Sun and Earth, and on the enhancement in the WIMP annihilation rate in the halo. Our central result is a probability distribution function (PDF) P({rho}) for the local dark-matter density. This distribution must be taken into account when using null dark-matter searches to constrain the properties of dark-matter candidates. We take two approaches to calculating the PDF. The first is an analytic model that capitalizes on the scale-invariant nature of the structure-formation hierarchy in order to address early stages in the hierarchy (very small scales; high densities). Our second approach uses simulation-inspired results to describe the PDF that arises from lower-density larger-scale substructures which formed in more recent stages in the merger hierarchy. The distributions are skew positive, and they peak at densities lower than the mean density. The local dark-matter density may be as small as 1/10th the canonical value of {approx_equal}0.4 GeV cm{sup -3}, but it is probably no less than 0.2 GeV cm{sup -3}.

  8. Direct detection constraints on dark photon dark matter

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    An, Haipeng; Pospelov, Maxim; Pradler, Josef; Ritz, Adam

    2015-07-01

    Dark matter detectors built primarily to probe elastic scattering of WIMPs on nuclei are also precise probes of light, weakly coupled, particles that may be absorbed by the detector material. In this paper, we derive constraints on the minimal model of dark matter comprised of long-lived vector states V (dark photons) in the 0.01- 100 keV mass range. The absence of an ionization signal in direct detection experiments such as XENON10 and XENON100 places a very strong constraint on the dark photon mixing angle, down to O (10-15), assuming that dark photons comprise the dominant fraction of dark matter. This sensitivity to dark photon dark matter exceeds the indirect bounds derived from stellar energy loss considerations over a significant fraction of the available mass range. We also revisit indirect constraints from V ? 3 ? decay and show that limits from modifications to the cosmological ionization history are comparable to the updated limits from the diffuse ?-ray flux.

  9. Direct detection of light anapole and magnetic dipole DM

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    Nobile, Eugenio Del; Gelmini, Graciela B.; Huh, Ji-Haeng; Gondolo, Paolo E-mail: gelmini@physics.ucla.edu E-mail: jhhuh@physics.ucla.edu

    2014-06-01

    We present comparisons of direct detection data for ''light WIMPs'' with an anapole moment interaction (ADM) and a magnetic dipole moment interaction (MDM), both assuming the Standard Halo Model (SHM) for the dark halo of our galaxy and in a halo-independent manner. In the SHM analysis we find that a combination of the 90% CL LUX and CDMSlite limits or the new 90% CL SuperCDMS limit by itself exclude the parameter space regions allowed by DAMA, CoGeNT and CDMS-II-Si data for both ADM and MDM. In our halo-independent analysis the new LUX bound excludes the same potential signal regions as the previous XENON100 bound. Much of the remaining signal regions is now excluded by SuperCDMS, while the CDMSlite limit is much above them. The situation is of strong tension between the positive and negative search results both for ADM and MDM. We also clarify the confusion in the literature about the ADM scattering cross section.

  10. Development of a nanobody-alkaline phosphatase fusion protein and its application in a highly sensitive direct competitive fluorescence enzyme immunoassay for detection of ochratoxin A in cereal.

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    Liu, Xing; Xu, Yang; Wan, De-bin; Xiong, Yong-hua; He, Zhen-yun; Wang, Xian-xian; Gee, Shirley J; Ryu, Dojin; Hammock, Bruce D

    2015-01-20

    A rapid and sensitive direct competitive fluorescence enzyme immunoassay (dc-FEIA) for ochratoxin A (OTA) based on a nanobody (Nb)-alkaline phosphatase (AP) fusion protein was developed. The VHH (variable domain of heavy chain antibody) gene of Nb28 was subcloned into the expression vector pecan45 containing the AP double-mutant gene. The Nb28-AP construct was transformed into Escherichia coli BL21(DE3)plysS, and soluble expression in bacteria was confirmed by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and Western blot. Both the Nb properties and AP enzymatic activity were validated by colorimetric and fluorometric analysis. The 50% inhibitory concentration and the detection limit of the dc-FEIA were 0.13 and 0.04 ng/mL, respectively, with a linear range of 0.06-0.43 ng/mL. This assay was compared with LC-MS/MS, and the results indicated the reliability of Nb-AP fusion protein-based dc-FEIA for monitoring OTA contamination in cereal. PMID:25531426

  11. Colorimetric cholesterol sensor based on peroxidase like activity of zinc oxide nanoparticles incorporated carbon nanotubes.

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    Hayat, Akhtar; Haider, Waqar; Raza, Yousuf; Marty, Jean Louis

    2015-10-01

    A sensitive and selective colorimetric method based on the incorporation of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) on the surface of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was shown to posses synergistic peroxidase like activity for the detection of cholesterol. The proposed nanocomposite catalyzed the oxidation of 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid (ABTS) in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to produce a green colored product which can be monitored at 405 nm. H2O2 is the oxidative product of cholesterol in the presence of cholesterol oxidase. Therefore, the oxidation of cholesterol can be quantitatively related to the colorimetric response by combining these two reactions. Under the optimal experimental conditions, the colorimetric response was proportional to the concentration of cholesterol in the range of 0.5-500 nmol/L, with a detection limit of 0.2 nmol/L. The applicability of the proposed assays was demonstrated for the determination of cholesterol in milk powder samples with good recovery results. PMID:26078143

  12. Bio-functionalized silver nanoparticles for selective colorimetric sensing of toxic metal ions and antimicrobial studies

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    Vinod Kumar, V.; Anbarasan, S.; Christena, Lawrence Rene; SaiSubramanian, Nagarajan; Philip Anthony, Savarimuthu

    2014-08-01

    Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Gongura) plant extracts (leaves (HL) and stem (HS) were used for the first time in the green synthesis of bio-functionalized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The bio-functionality of AgNPs has been successfully utilized for selective colorimetric sensing of potentially health and environmentally hazardous Hg2+, Cd2+ and Pb2+ metal ions at ppm level in aqueous solution. Importantly, clearly distinguishable colour for all three metal ions was observed. The influence of extract preparation condition and pH were also explored on the formation of AgNPs. Both selectivity and sensitivity differed for AgNPs synthesized from different parts of the plant. Direct correlation between the stability of green synthesized AgNPs at different pH and its antibacterial effects has been established. The selective colorimetric sensing of toxic metal ions and antimicrobial effect of green synthesized AgNPs demonstrated the multifunctional applications of green nanotechnology.

  13. Directional dark matter by polar angle direct detection and application of columnar recombination

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    Li, Jin

    2015-08-01

    We report a systematic study on the directional sensitivity of a direct dark matter detector that detects the polar angle of a recoiling nucleus. A weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP)-mass independent method is used to obtain the sensitivity of a general detector in an isothermal galactic dark matter halo. By using two-dimensional distributions of energy and polar angle, a detector without head-tail information with 6.3 times the statistics is found to achieve the same performance level as a full three-dimensional tracking dark matter detector. Optimum operation orientations are obtained for various experimental configurations, with detectors that are space- or Earth-fixed, have head-tail capability or not, and use energy information or not. Earth-fixed detectors are found to have best sensitivity when the polar axis is oriented at a 45 degree angle from the Earth's pole. With background contamination that mimics the WIMP signal's energy distribution, the performance is found to decrease at a rate less than the decrease of signal purity. The WIMP-mass dependence of the performance of a detector with various energy thresholds that uses gaseous xenon as target material is reported. We find that with a 5 ×10-46 cm2 spin-independent WIMP-nucleon cross-section and a 30 GeV WIMP, a 770 kg .year 's exposure with a polar detector of 10 keV threshold can make a three sigma discovery of directional WIMPs in the isothermal galactic dark matter halo. For a columnar recombination detector, experimental considerations are discussed.

  14. Bed bug detection: Current technologies and future directions

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    This study evaluates current technologies used to detect bed bug infestations, and presents new information regarding the underlying chemical basis of canines scent detection. The manuscript also reports new and future devices that may play a part in bed bug detection in the future....

  15. 4-Aminothiophenol functionalized gold nanoparticle-based colorimetric sensor for the determination of nitramine energetic materials.

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    Üzer, Ay?em; Can, Ziya; Ak?n, Ilknur; Erça?, Erol; Apak, Re?at

    2014-01-01

    The heterocyclic nitramine compounds, hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) and octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine (HMX), are two most important military-purpose high explosives. Differentiation of RDX and HMX with colorimetric methods of determination has not yet been made because of their similar chemical structures. In this study, a sensitive colorimetric method for the determination of RDX and HMX was proposed on the basis of differential kinetics in the hydrolysis of the two compounds (yielding nitrite as a product) followed by their colorimetric determination using 4-aminothiophenol (4-ATP) modified gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and naphthylethylene diamine (NED) as coupling agent for azo-dye formation, abbreviated as "4-ATP-AuNP+NED" colorimetric method. After alkaline hydrolysis in a 1 M Na2CO3 + 0.04 M NaOH mixture solution at room temperature, only RDX (but not HMX) was hydrolyzed to give a sufficient colorimetric response in neutralized solution, the molar absorptivity (?) at 565 nm and the limit of detection (LOD) for RDX being (17.6 ± 1.3) × 10(3) L mol(-1) cm(-1) and 0.55 ?g mL(-1), respectively. On the other hand, hot water bath (at 60 °C) hydrolysis enabled both nitramines, RDX and HMX, to give substantial colorimetric responses; i.e., ? and LOD for RDX were (32.8 ± 0.5) × 10(3) L mol(-1)cm(-1) and 0.20 ?g mL(-1) and for HMX were (37.1 ± 2.8) × 10(3) L mol(-1)cm(-1) and 0.24 ?g mL(-1), respectively. Unlike other AuNP-based nitrite sensors in the literature showing absorbance quenching within a relatively narrow concentration range, the developed sensor operated with an absorbance increase over a wide range of nitrite. Synthetic mixtures of (RDX + HMX) gave additive responses, and the proposed method was statistically validated against HPLC using nitramine mixtures. PMID:24299426

  16. Direct Detection of Dark Matter with Resonant Annihilation

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    Li, Bo; Zhou, Yu-Feng

    2015-07-01

    In the scenario where the dark matter (DM) particles ?bar chi pair annihilate through a resonance particle R, the constraint from DM relic density makes the corresponding cross section for DM-nuclei elastic scattering extremely small, and can be below the neutrino background induced by the coherent neutrino-nuclei scattering, which makes the DM particle beyond the reach of the conventional DM direct detection experiments. We present an improved analytical calculation of the DM relic density in the case of resonant DM annihilation for s- and p-wave cases and invesitgate the condition for the DM-nuclei scattering cross section to be above the neutrino background. We show that in Higgs-portal type models, for DM particles with s-wave annihilation, the spin-independent DM-nucleus scattering cross section is proportional to ?R/mR, the ratio of the decay width and the mass of R. For a typical DM particle mass ˜ 50 GeV, the condition leads to ?R/mR gtrsim Script O(10-4). In p-wave annihilation case, the spin-independent scattering cross section is insensitive to ?R/mR, and is always above the neutrino background, as long as the DM particle is lighter than the top quark. The real singlet DM model is discussed as a concrete example. Supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) under Grant No. 2010CB833000; the National Nature Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under Grant Nos. 10975170, 10821504, 10905084, and 11335012; and the Project of Knowledge Innovation Program (PKIP) of the Chinese Academy of Science

  17. Identifying the theory of dark matter with direct detection

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    Gluscevic, Vera; Gresham, Moira I.; McDermott, Samuel D.; Peter, Annika H. G.; Zurek, Kathryn M.

    2015-12-01

    Identifying the true theory of dark matter depends crucially on accurately characterizing interactions of dark matter (DM) with other species. In the context of DM direct detection, we present a study of the prospects for correctly identifying the low-energy effective DM-nucleus scattering operators connected to UV-complete models of DM-quark interactions. We take a census of plausible UV-complete interaction models with different low-energy leading-order DM-nuclear responses. For each model (corresponding to different spin-, momentum-, and velocity-dependent responses), we create a large number of realizations of recoil-energy spectra, and use Bayesian methods to investigate the probability that experiments will be able to select the correct scattering model within a broad set of competing scattering hypotheses. We conclude that agnostic analysis of a strong signal (such as Generation-2 would see if cross sections are just below the current limits) seen on xenon and germanium experiments is likely to correctly identify momentum dependence of the dominant response, ruling out models with either "heavy" or "light" mediators, and enabling downselection of allowed models. However, a unique determination of the correct UV completion will critically depend on the availability of measurements from a wider variety of nuclear targets, including iodine or fluorine. We investigate how model-selection prospects depend on the energy window available for the analysis. In addition, we discuss accuracy of the DM particle mass determination under a wide variety of scattering models, and investigate impact of the specific types of particle-physics uncertainties on prospects for model selection.

  18. Determining the WIMP mass using direct detection experiments

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    Anne M Green

    2007-08-07

    We study the accuracy with which the WIMP mass could be determined by a superCDMS-like direct detection experiment, given optimistic assumptions about the detector set-up and WIMP properties. We consider WIMPs with an interaction cross-section of \\sigma_{\\rm p} = 10^{-7} {\\rm pb} (just below current exclusion limits) and assume, initially, that the local WIMP velocity distribution and density are known and that the experiment has negligible background. For light WIMPs (mass significantly less than that of the target nuclei) small variations in the WIMP mass lead to significant changes in the energy spectrum. Conversely for heavy WIMPs the energy spectrum depends only weakly on the WIMP mass. Consequently it will be far easier to measure the WIMP mass if it is light than if it is heavy. With exposures of {\\cal E}= 3 \\times 10^{3}, 3 \\times 10^{4} and 3 \\times 10^{5} {\\rm kg day} (corresponding, roughly, to the three proposed phases of SuperCDMS) it will be possible, given the optimistic assumptions mentioned above, to measure the mass of a light WIMP with an accuracy of roughly 25%, 15% and 2.5 % respectively. These numbers increase with increasing WIMP mass, and for heavy WIMPs, m_{\\chi} > {\\cal O}(500 {\\rm GeV}), even with a large exposure it will only be possible to place a lower limit on the mass. Finally we discuss the validity of the various assumptions made, and the consequences if these assumptions are not valid. In particular if the local WIMP distribution is composed of a number of discrete streams it will not be possible to determine the WIMP mass.

  19. A novel and versatile nanomachine for ultrasensitive and specific detection of microRNAs based on molecular beacon initiated strand displacement amplification coupled with catalytic hairpin assembly with DNAzyme formation.

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    Yan, Yurong; Shen, Bo; Wang, Hong; Sun, Xue; Cheng, Wei; Zhao, Hua; Ju, Huangxian; Ding, Shijia

    2015-08-21

    MicroRNAs are small regulatory molecules that can be used as potential biomarkers of clinical diagnosis, and efforts have been directed towards the development of a simple, rapid, and sequence-selective analysis of microRNAs. Here, we report a simple and versatile colorimetric strategy for ultrasensitive and specific determination of microRNAs based on molecular beacon initiated strand displacement amplification (SDA) and catalytic hairpin assembly (CHA) with DNAzyme formation. The presence of target microRNAs triggers strand displacement amplification to release nicking DNA triggers, which initiate CHA to produce large amounts of CHA products. Meanwhile, the numerous CHA products can combine with hemin to form G-quadruplex/hemin DNAzyme, a well-known horseradish peroxidase (HRP) mimic, catalyzing a colorimetric reaction. Moreover, the purification of the SDA mixture has been developed for eliminating matrix interference to decrease nonspecific CHA products. Under the optimal conditions and using the promising amplification strategy, the established colorimetric nanomachine (biosensor) shows high sensitivity and selectivity in a dynamic response range from 5 fM to 5 nM with a detection limit as low as 1.7 fM (S/N = 3). In addition, a versatile colorimetric biosensor has been developed for detection of different miRNAs by only changing the miRNA-recognition domain of molecular beacon. Thus, this colorimetric biosensor may become a potential alternative tool for biomedical research and clinical molecular diagnostics. PMID:26134555

  20. In vitro comparison of conventional film and direct digital imaging in the detection of approximal caries

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    Castro, V. M.; Katz, JO; Hardman, PK; Glaros, AG; Spencer, Paulette

    2007-01-01

    Objectives:?To compare the diagnostic accuracy of conventional film, unenhanced direct digital and inversion grayscale direct digital imaging in the detection of approximal caries. Methods:?150 approximal surfaces of ...

  1. A plasmonic colorimetric strategy for biosensing through enzyme guided growth of silver nanoparticles on gold nanostars.

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    Guo, Yuehua; Wu, Jie; Li, Jie; Ju, Huangxian

    2016-04-15

    A plasmonic colorimetric strategy was designed for sensitive detection of biomolecules through enzyme guided silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) growth on gold nanostars (AuNS). The growth of AgNPs on AuNS led to a substantial blue shift of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) peak and the color change of AuNS from blue to dark blue, purple and ultimately orange. Both the LSPR blueshift wavelength and the color of detection solution containing AuNS, Ag(+) and ascorbic acid 2-phosphate (AAP) depend on the amount of enzyme that catalyzed the dephosphorylation of AAP to reduce Ag(+) on AuNS surface. Thus this strategy could be used for LSPR and naked-eye detections of both the enzyme such as alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and other biomolecules involved in biorecognition events using ALP as a tag. The LSPR detection method for ALP showed a linear range from 1.0pM to 25nM with a detection limit of 0.5pM. Using DNA as a mode target molecule, this technique showed a detection range from 10fM to 50pM DNA with a detection limit of 2.6fM through the convenient combination with hybridization chain reaction amplification. The proposed plasmonic colorimetric strategy could be extended as a general analytical platform for design of immunosensors and aptasensors with ALP as a label. PMID:26623511

  2. Simplified Protocol for Carba NP Test for Enhanced Detection of Carbapenemase Producers Directly from Bacterial Cultures.

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    Pasteran, Fernando; Tijet, Nathalie; Melano, Roberto G; Corso, Alejandra

    2015-12-01

    We compared carbapenemase detection among 266 Gram-negative bacilli (161 carbapenemase producers) using the Carba NP tests issued by the CLSI (CNPt-CLSI) and a novel protocol (CNPt-direct) designed for carbapenemase detection direct from bacterial cultures (instead of bacterial extracts required by the CLSI tests). The specificities were comparable (100%), but the CNPt-direct was more sensitive (98% versus 84%). The CNPt-direct was easier to perform due to the direct use of colonies and offered a more robust detection of carbapenemase producers. PMID:26424841

  3. The use of colorimetric sensor arrays to discriminate between pathogenic bacteria.

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    Lonsdale, Claire L; Taba, Brian; Queralto, Nuria; Lukaszewski, Roman A; Martino, Raymond A; Rhodes, Paul A; Lim, Sung H

    2013-01-01

    A colorimetric sensor array is a high-dimensional chemical sensor that is cheap, compact, disposable, robust, and easy to operate, making it a good candidate technology to detect pathogenic bacteria, especially potential bioterrorism agents like Yersinia pestis and Bacillus anthracis which feature on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's list of potential biothreats. Here, a colorimetric sensor array was used to continuously monitor the volatile metabolites released by bacteria in solid media culture in an Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogen Containment Level 3 laboratory. At inoculum concentrations as low as 8 colony-forming units per plate, 4 different bacterial species were identified with 100% accuracy using logistic regression to classify the kinetic profile of sensor responses to culture headspace gas. The sensor array was able to further discriminate between different strains of the same species, including 5 strains of Yersinia pestis and Bacillus anthracis. These preliminary results suggest that disposable colorimetric sensor arrays can be an effective, low-cost tool to identify pathogenic bacteria. PMID:23671629

  4. Colorimetric calibration of coupled infrared simulation system

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    Zhang, Ying; Fei, Jindong; Gao, Yang; Du, Jian

    2015-10-01

    In order to test 2-color infrared sensors, a coupled infrared simulation system can generate radiometric outputs with wavelengths that range from less than 3 microns to more than 12 microns. There are two channels in the coupled simulation system, optically combined by a diachronic beam combiner. Each channel has an infrared blackbody, a filter, a diaphragm, and diaphragm-motors. The system is projected to the sensor under testing by a collimator. This makes it difficult to calibrate the system with only one-band thermal imager. Errors will be caused in the radiance levels measured by the narrow band thermal imager. This paper describes colorimetric temperature measurement techniques that have been developed to perform radiometric calibrations of these infrared simulation systems above. The calibration system consists of two infrared thermal imagers; one is operated at the wavelength range of MW-IR, and the other at the range of LW-IR.

  5. A concise colorimetric and fluorimetric probe for sarin related threats designed via the "covalent-assembly" approach.

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    Lei, Zuhai; Yang, Youjun

    2014-05-01

    A turn-on signal from zero background allows sensitive detection of a weak signal and is highly desired. The "covalent-assembly" probe design principle is powerful in this regard. Herein, we report an embodiment of this principle (NA570) for detection of Sarin related threats, based on a phenylogous Vilsmeier-Haack reaction. NA570 bears a concise molecular construct, exhibits a colorimetric and a fluorimetric signal, and has potential for real applications. PMID:24766398

  6. Detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus directly by loop-mediated isothermal amplification and direct cefoxitin disk diffusion tests.

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    Metwally, L; Gomaa, N; Hassan, R

    2014-04-01

    We evaluated the utility of 2 methods for detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) directly from signal-positive blood culture bottles: loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay, and direct cefoxitin disk diffusion (DCDD) test using a 30 ?g cefoxitin disk. In parallel, standard microbiological identification and oxacillin susceptibility testing with MecA PCR was performed. Of 60 blood cultures positive for Gram-positive cocci in clusters, LAMP (via detection of the FemA and MecA genes) showed 100% sensitivity and specificity for identification of MRSA/MSSA. When coagulase-negative staphylococci were tested, sensitivity for detection of methicillin resistance was 91.7% and specificity was 100%. DCDD along with direct tube coagulase assay detected only 80.6% of MRSA/MSSA. LAMP showed higher diagnostic accuracy although DCDD was more cost-effective and did not require additional reagents or supplies. PMID:24952125

  7. Bed Bug Detection: Current Technologies and Future Directions

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    Vaidyanathan, Rajeev; Feldlaufer, Mark F.

    2013-01-01

    Technologies to detect bed bugs have not kept pace with their global resurgence. Early detection is critical to prevent infestations from spreading. Detection based exclusively on bites is inadequate, because reactions to insect bites are non-specific and often misdiagnosed. Visual inspections are commonly used and depend on identifying live bugs, exuviae, or fecal droplets. Visual inspections are inexpensive, but they are time-consuming and unreliable when only a few bugs are present. Use of a dog to detect bed bugs is gaining in popularity, but it can be expensive, may unintentionally advertise a bed bug problem, and is not foolproof. Passive monitors mimic natural harborages; they are discreet and typically use an adhesive to trap bugs. Active monitors generate carbon dioxide, heat, a pheromone, or a combination to attract bed bugs to a trap. New technologies using DNA analysis, mass spectrometry, and electronic noses are innovative but impractical and expensive for widespread use. PMID:23553226

  8. Towards graphene-based detectors for dark matter directional detection

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    Wang, Shang-Yung

    2015-01-01

    Dark matter detectors with directional sensitivity have the capability to distinguish dark matter induced nuclear recoils from isotropic backgrounds, thus providing a smoking gun signature for dark matter in the Galactic halo. Here we propose a conceptually novel class of high directional sensitivity dark matter detectors utilizing graphene-based van der Waals heterostructures. The advantages over conventional low pressure gas time projection chamber-based directional detectors are discussed in detail. A practical implementation using graphene/hexagonal boron nitride and graphene/molybdenum disulfide heterostructures is presented together with an overwhelming amount of experimental evidence in strong support of its feasibility.

  9. White emission magnetic nanoparticles as chemosensors for sensitive colorimetric and ratiometric detection, and degradation of ClO? and SCN? in aqueous solutions based on a logic gate approach.

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    Zhi, Lihua; Wang, Zhiyi; Liu, Jian; Liu, Weisheng; Zhang, Haoli; Chen, Fengjuan; Wang, Baodui

    2015-07-21

    Fluorescent chemosensors for detecting single anions have been largely synthesized. However, the simultaneous detection and degradation of multiple anions remain a major challenge. Herein we report the synthesis of a white emission nanoprobe on the basis of a Coumarin-Rhodamine CR1-Eu complex coordinated to dipicolinic acid (dpa)-PEG-Fe3O4 nanoparticles for the selective detection of ClO(-) and SCN(-) ions on controlling by a logic gate. The obtained nanoprobe exhibits three individual primary colors (blue, green, and red) as well as white emission at different excitation energies. Interestingly, this nanoprobe shows a marked rose red to violet emission color change in response to ClO(-), a reversible violet to rose red emission color change in response to SCN(-), and high ClO(-) and SCN(-) selectivity and sensitivity with a detection limit of 0.037 and 0.250 nM, respectively. Furthermore, the SCN(-) and ClO(-) can degrade simultaneously through the redox reaction between ClO(-) and SCN(-). PMID:26102484

  10. A Nonstationary Markov Model Detects Directional Evolution in Hymenopteran Morphology.

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    Klopfstein, Seraina; Vilhelmsen, Lars; Ronquist, Fredrik

    2015-11-01

    Directional evolution has played an important role in shaping the morphological, ecological, and molecular diversity of life. However, standard substitution models assume stationarity of the evolutionary process over the time scale examined, thus impeding the study of directionality. Here we explore a simple, nonstationary model of evolution for discrete data, which assumes that the state frequencies at the root differ from the equilibrium frequencies of the homogeneous evolutionary process along the rest of the tree (i.e., the process is nonstationary, nonreversible, but homogeneous). Within this framework, we develop a Bayesian approach for testing directional versus stationary evolution using a reversible-jump algorithm. Simulations show that when only data from extant taxa are available, the success in inferring directionality is strongly dependent on the evolutionary rate, the shape of the tree, the relative branch lengths, and the number of taxa. Given suitable evolutionary rates (0.1-0.5 expected substitutions between root and tips), accounting for directionality improves tree inference and often allows correct rooting of the tree without the use of an outgroup. As an empirical test, we apply our method to study directional evolution in hymenopteran morphology. We focus on three character systems: wing veins, muscles, and sclerites. We find strong support for a trend toward loss of wing veins and muscles, while stationarity cannot be ruled out for sclerites. Adding fossil and time information in a total-evidence dating approach, we show that accounting for directionality results in more precise estimates not only of the ancestral state at the root of the tree, but also of the divergence times. Our model relaxes the assumption of stationarity and reversibility by adding a minimum of additional parameters, and is thus well suited to studying the nature of the evolutionary process in data sets of limited size, such as morphology and ecology. PMID:26272507

  11. A Nonstationary Markov Model Detects Directional Evolution in Hymenopteran Morphology

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    Klopfstein, Seraina; Vilhelmsen, Lars; Ronquist, Fredrik

    2015-01-01

    Directional evolution has played an important role in shaping the morphological, ecological, and molecular diversity of life. However, standard substitution models assume stationarity of the evolutionary process over the time scale examined, thus impeding the study of directionality. Here we explore a simple, nonstationary model of evolution for discrete data, which assumes that the state frequencies at the root differ from the equilibrium frequencies of the homogeneous evolutionary process along the rest of the tree (i.e., the process is nonstationary, nonreversible, but homogeneous). Within this framework, we develop a Bayesian approach for testing directional versus stationary evolution using a reversible-jump algorithm. Simulations show that when only data from extant taxa are available, the success in inferring directionality is strongly dependent on the evolutionary rate, the shape of the tree, the relative branch lengths, and the number of taxa. Given suitable evolutionary rates (0.1–0.5 expected substitutions between root and tips), accounting for directionality improves tree inference and often allows correct rooting of the tree without the use of an outgroup. As an empirical test, we apply our method to study directional evolution in hymenopteran morphology. We focus on three character systems: wing veins, muscles, and sclerites. We find strong support for a trend toward loss of wing veins and muscles, while stationarity cannot be ruled out for sclerites. Adding fossil and time information in a total-evidence dating approach, we show that accounting for directionality results in more precise estimates not only of the ancestral state at the root of the tree, but also of the divergence times. Our model relaxes the assumption of stationarity and reversibility by adding a minimum of additional parameters, and is thus well suited to studying the nature of the evolutionary process in data sets of limited size, such as morphology and ecology. PMID:26272507

  12. Direct detection of RDX vapor using a conjugated polymer network.

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    Gopalakrishnan, Deepti; Dichtel, William R

    2013-06-01

    1,3,5-Trinitroperhydro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) is a principal component of plastic explosives used in acts of terrorism and within improvised explosive devices, among others. Approaches to detect RDX compatible with remote, "stand-off" sampling that do not require preconcentration strategies, such as the swabs commonly employed in airports, will benefit military and civilian security. Such detection remains a significant challenge because RDX is 10(3) less volatile than 1,3,5-trinitrotoluene (TNT), corresponding to a parts-per-trillion vapor pressure under ambient conditions. Therefore, while fluorescence quenching of conjugated polymers is sufficiently sensitive to detect TNT vapors, RDX vapor detection is undemonstrated. Here we report a cross-linked phenylene vinylene polymer network whose fluorescence is quenched by trace amounts of RDX introduced from solution or the vapor phase. Fluorescence quenching is reduced, but remains significant, when partially degraded RDX is employed, suggesting that the polymer responds to RDX itself. The polymer network also responds to TNT and PETN similarly introduced from solution or the vapor phase. Pure solvents, volatile amines, and the outgassed vapors from lipstick or sunscreen do not quench polymer fluorescence. The established success of TNT sensors based on fluorescence quenching makes this a material of interest for real-world explosive sensors and will motivate further interest in cross-linked polymers and framework materials for sensing applications. PMID:23641956

  13. Improved Eavesdropping Detection Strategy in Quantum Direct Communication Protocol Based on Four-particle GHZ State

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    Jian Li; Haifei Jin; Bo Jing

    2011-10-25

    In order to improve the eavesdropping detection efficiency in two-step quantum direct communication protocol, an improved eavesdropping detection strategy using four-particle GHZ state is proposed, in which four-particle GHZ state is used to detect eavesdroppers. During the security analysis, the method of the entropy theory is introduced, and two detection strategies are compared quantitatively by using the constraint between the information which eavesdropper can obtain and the interference introduced. If the eavesdroppers intend to obtain all information, the eavesdropping detection rate of the original two-step quantum direct communication protocol by using EPR pair block as detection particles is 50%; while the proposed strategy's detection rate is 88%. In the end, the security of the proposed protocol is discussed. The analysis results show that the eavesdropping detection strategy presented is more secure.

  14. Aspartic acid-promoted highly selective and sensitive colorimetric sensing of cysteine in rat brain.

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    Qian, Qin; Deng, Jingjing; Wang, Dalei; Yang, Lifen; Yu, Ping; Mao, Lanqun

    2012-11-01

    Direct selective determination of cysteine in the cerebral system is of great importance because of the crucial roles of cysteine in physiological and pathological processes. In this study, we report a sensitive and selective colorimetric assay for cysteine in the rat brain with gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) as the signal readout. Initially, Au-NPs synthesized with citrate as the stabilizer are red in color and exhibit absorption at 520 nm. The addition of an aqueous solution (20 ?L) of cysteine or aspartic acid alone to a 200 ?L Au-NP dispersion causes no aggregation, while the addition of an aqueous solution of cysteine into a Au-NP dispersion containing aspartic acid (1.8 mM) causes the aggregation of Au-NPs and thus results in the color change of the colloid from wine red to blue. These changes are ascribed to the ion pair interaction between aspartic acid and cysteine on the interface between Au-NPs and solution. The concentration of cysteine can be visualized with the naked eye and determined by UV-vis spectroscopy. The signal output shows a linear relationship for cysteine within the concentration range from 0.166 to 1.67 ?M with a detection limit of 100 nM. The assay demonstrated here is highly selective and is free from the interference of other natural amino acids and other thiol-containing species as well as the species commonly existing in the brain such as lactate, ascorbic acid, and glucose. The basal dialysate level of cysteine in the microdialysate from the striatum of adult male Sprague-Dawley rats is determined to be around 9.6 ± 2.1 ?M. The method demonstrated here is facile but reliable and durable and is envisaged to be applicable to understanding the chemical essence involved in physiological and pathological events associated with cysteine. PMID:23025476

  15. Protein-based nanobiosensor for direct detection of hydrogen sulfide

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    Omidi, Meisam; Amoabediny, Ghasem; Yazdian, Fatemeh; Habibi-Rezaei, M.

    2015-01-01

    The chemically modified cytochrome c from equine heart, EC (232-700-9), was immobilized onto gold nanoparticles in order to develop a specific biosensing system for monitoring hydrogen sulfide down to the micromolar level, by means of a localized surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy. The sensing mechanism is based on the cytochrome-c conformational changes in the presence of H2S which alter the dielectric properties of the gold nanoparticles and the surface plasmon resonance peak undergoes a redshift. According to the experiments, it is revealed that H2S can be detected at a concentration of 4.0 ? \\text{M} (1.3 \\text{ppb}) by the fabricated biosensor. This simple, quantitative and sensitive sensing platform provides a rapid and convenient detection for H2S at concentrations far below the hazardous limit.

  16. Ascorbic acid-functionalized Ag NPs as a probe for colorimetric sensing of glutathione

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    D'souza, Stephanie L.; Pati, Ranjan; Kailasa, Suresh Kumar

    2015-08-01

    In this work, we report the use of ascorbic acid-capped silver nanoparticles (AA-Ag NPs) as a probe for selective colorimetric detection of glutathione (GSH) in aqueous solution. This detection system was based on the GSH-induced aggregation of AA-Ag NPs, resulting in drastic changes in the absorption spectra and color of the AA-Ag NPs system. The GSH-induced AA-Ag NPs aggregation was confirmed by UV-visible spectrometry, dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopic (TEM) techniques. Under optimal conditions, this method exhibited good linearity over the concentration ranges from 5.0 to 50 µM, with the limit of detection 2.4 × 10-7 M. This method was successfully applied to detect GSH in the presence of other biomolecules, which confirms that this probe can be used for the detection of GSH in real samples.

  17. Fast and accurate circle detection using gradient-direction-based segmentation.

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    Wu, Jianping; Chen, Ke; Gao, Xiaohui

    2013-06-01

    We present what is to our knowledge the first-ever fitting-based circle detection algorithm, namely, the fast and accurate circle (FACILE) detection algorithm, based on gradient-direction-based edge clustering and direct least square fitting. Edges are segmented into sections based on gradient directions, and each section is validated separately; valid arcs are then fitted and further merged to extract more accurate circle information. We implemented the algorithm with the C++ language and compared it with four other algorithms. Testing on simulated data showed FACILE was far superior to the randomized Hough transform, standard Hough transform, and fast circle detection using gradient pair vectors with regard to processing speed and detection reliability. Testing on publicly available standard datasets showed FACILE outperformed robust and precise circular detection, a state-of-art arc detection method, by 35% with regard to recognition rate and is also a significant improvement over the latter in processing speed. PMID:24323106

  18. Basic design principles of colorimetric vision systems

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    Mumzhiu, Alex M.

    1998-10-01

    Color measurement is an important part of overall production quality control in textile, coating, plastics, food, paper and other industries. The color measurement instruments such as colorimeters and spectrophotometers, used for production quality control have many limitations. In many applications they cannot be used for a variety of reasons and have to be replaced with human operators. Machine vision has great potential for color measurement. The components for color machine vision systems, such as broadcast quality 3-CCD cameras, fast and inexpensive PCI frame grabbers, and sophisticated image processing software packages are available. However the machine vision industry has only started to approach the color domain. The few color machine vision systems on the market, produced by the largest machine vision manufacturers have very limited capabilities. A lack of understanding that a vision based color measurement system could fail if it ignores the basic principles of colorimetry is the main reason for the slow progress of color vision systems. the purpose of this paper is to clarify how color measurement principles have to be applied to vision systems and how the electro-optical design features of colorimeters have to be modified in order to implement them for vision systems. The subject of this presentation far exceeds the limitations of a journal paper so only the most important aspects will be discussed. An overview of the major areas of applications for colorimetric vision system will be discussed. Finally, the reasons why some customers are happy with their vision systems and some are not will be analyzed.

  19. Colorimetric Sensor Array for White Wine Tasting

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    Chung, Soo; Park, Tu San; Park, Soo Hyun; Kim, Joon Yong; Park, Seongmin; Son, Daesik; Bae, Young Min; Cho, Seong In

    2015-01-01

    A colorimetric sensor array was developed to characterize and quantify the taste of white wines. A charge-coupled device (CCD) camera captured images of the sensor array from 23 different white wine samples, and the change in the R, G, B color components from the control were analyzed by principal component analysis. Additionally, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used to analyze the chemical components of each wine sample responsible for its taste. A two-dimensional score plot was created with 23 data points. It revealed clusters created from the same type of grape, and trends of sweetness, sourness, and astringency were mapped. An artificial neural network model was developed to predict the degree of sweetness, sourness, and astringency of the white wines. The coefficients of determination (R2) for the HPLC results and the sweetness, sourness, and astringency were 0.96, 0.95, and 0.83, respectively. This research could provide a simple and low-cost but sensitive taste prediction system, and, by helping consumer selection, will be able to have a positive effect on the wine industry. PMID:26213946

  20. Colorimetric Sensor Array for White Wine Tasting.

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    Chung, Soo; Park, Tu San; Park, Soo Hyun; Kim, Joon Yong; Park, Seongmin; Son, Daesik; Bae, Young Min; Cho, Seong In

    2015-01-01

    A colorimetric sensor array was developed to characterize and quantify the taste of white wines. A charge-coupled device (CCD) camera captured images of the sensor array from 23 different white wine samples, and the change in the R, G, B color components from the control were analyzed by principal component analysis. Additionally, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used to analyze the chemical components of each wine sample responsible for its taste. A two-dimensional score plot was created with 23 data points. It revealed clusters created from the same type of grape, and trends of sweetness, sourness, and astringency were mapped. An artificial neural network model was developed to predict the degree of sweetness, sourness, and astringency of the white wines. The coefficients of determination (R2) for the HPLC results and the sweetness, sourness, and astringency were 0.96, 0.95, and 0.83, respectively. This research could provide a simple and low-cost but sensitive taste prediction system, and, by helping consumer selection, will be able to have a positive effect on the wine industry. PMID:26213946

  1. A prototype direct-detection CCD for protein crystallography

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    Green, Katherine S.; Szebenyi, Doletha M. E.; Boggs, Kasey; Bredthauer, Richard; Tate, Mark W.; Gruner, Sol M.

    2013-01-01

    The fabrication and testing of a prototype deep-depletion direct-conversion X-ray CCD detector are described. The device is fabricated on 600?µm-thick high-resistivity silicon, with 24?×?24?µm pixels in a 4k?×?4k pixel format. Calibration measurements and the results of initial protein crystallography experiments at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) F1 beamline are described, as well as suggested improvements for future versions of the detector. PMID:24046505

  2. A one-tube multiplexed colorimetric strategy based on plasmonic nanoparticles combined with non-negative matrix factorization.

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    Liu, Yizhen; Fang, Wei; Wu, Zitong; Zhou, Guohua; Yi, Wen; Zhou, Xiaodong; Shen, Aiguo; Hu, Jiming

    2014-10-01

    Herein, a one-tube colorimetric platform has been developed for the simultaneous determination of two analytes (DNA as model object) in one tube with picomolar sensitivity. SPR-active nanoparticles are used to encode reporter probes sensitive to oligonucleotides associated with hepatitis A virus Vall7 polyprotein gene (HVA) and hepatitis B virus surface-antigen gene (HVB) respectively and magnetic beads (MBs) serve as the removal tool. In this mixed nanoparticles based biosensor, the addition of target analytes could change the concentration of each nanoparticle, leading to different colors of the supernatant. The influence of spectral overlap has been eliminated by a non-negative matrix factorization (NMF). With the assistance of NMF, the limit of detection (LOD) can be determinated as pM level without amplification. On the whole, this nanosensor boasts the advantages of high sensitivity and low sample consumption. Simultaneous colorimetric detection and quantification of two molecules in one tube are demonstrated. PMID:25059165

  3. A direct immunoassay for detecting diatoms in groundwater as an indicator of the direct influence of surface water

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    Walker, C.E.; Schrock, R.M.; Reilly, T.J.; Baehr, A.L.

    2005-01-01

    Groundwater under the direct influence of surface water (GWUDISW) is of concern in communities where growing public demand on groundwater resources has resulted in increased withdrawals and hydraulic stress near surface water bodies. Under these conditions, contaminants such as methyl-tert butyl ether (MTBE) and biological materials have been detected in domestic wells. Other contaminants and pathogens associated with surface water are not routinely tested for in groundwater-supplied systems. To address the need for methods to easily identify potentially vulnerable supplies, a direct immunoassay for the quantitative detection of diatoms in raw water samples was developed as a measure of surface water influence on groundwater. Cell wall preparations from Nitzschia palea Ku??tzing, a freshwater diatom found throughout North America, were used to produce a polyclonal antibody that was applied in a direct enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) developed to detect the presence of N. palea cell wall components. The direct immunoassay allows detection at 500 cells L-1, a level similar to diatom concentrations observed in samples of groundwater collected near the test site. This investigation was the first attempt to utilize an ELISA as an indicator of surface water influence on groundwater. Further research is needed to develop more specific diatom-based monoclonal antibodies, determine cross-reactivity, and optimize sample processing and ELISA procedures for development of a standardized method. ?? Springer 2005.

  4. Positive cloud-to-ground lightning detection by a direction-finder network

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    Macgorman, Donald R.; Taylor, William L.

    1989-01-01

    Consideration is given to the ability of an automatic direction-finder network to identify cloud-to-ground flashes that effectively lower positive charge to the ground (+CG flashes). Records from an extremely low frequency system are examined to determine whether or not 340 +CG flashes detected by the network have coincident waveforms characteristic of +CG flashes. It is found that false detection in the system is negligible for +CG flashes with range-normalized amplitudes of at least 50 direction-finder units. Also, it is shown that no more than about 15 percent of the +CG flashes detected by the system at smaller amplitudes are false detections.

  5. Detection of nucleic acid sequences by invader-directed cleavage

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    Brow, Mary Ann D. (Madison, WI); Hall, Jeff Steven Grotelueschen (Madison, WI); Lyamichev, Victor (Madison, WI); Olive, David Michael (Madison, WI); Prudent, James Robert (Madison, WI)

    1999-01-01

    The present invention relates to means for the detection and characterization of nucleic acid sequences, as well as variations in nucleic acid sequences. The present invention also relates to methods for forming a nucleic acid cleavage structure on a target sequence and cleaving the nucleic acid cleavage structure in a site-specific manner. The 5' nuclease activity of a variety of enzymes is used to cleave the target-dependent cleavage structure, thereby indicating the presence of specific nucleic acid sequences or specific variations thereof. The present invention further relates to methods and devices for the separation of nucleic acid molecules based by charge.

  6. Prospects for the direct WHIM Detection by Athena

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    Soltan, Andrzej M.; Rozanska, Agata

    2015-09-01

    We discuss constraints of the hot baryons content in the Universe studying the Warm/Hot Intergalactic Medium (WHIM) soft X-ray emission. Chances for a detection of the thermal flux generated by the WWHIM using the WFI on board the ATHENA telescope are examined. Taking our earlier estimates of the Bremsstrahlung emission generated by a single WHIM halo surrounding a field galaxy (Soltan, 2006), the exposure time of ?50 ks would be required to achieve a signal-to-noise ratio of 1 in the energy band 0.3 - 0.5 keV. By stacking several such exposures the S/N > 3 is easily attainable.

  7. Future Directions for the Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer Recurrence

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    Walker, Avery S.; Johnson, Eric K.; Maykel, Justin A.; Stojadinovic, Alex; Nissan, Aviram; Brucher, Bjorn; Champagne, Bradley J.; Steele, Scott R.

    2014-01-01

    Surgical resection remains a mainstay of treatment and is highly effective for localized colorectal cancer. However, ~30-40% of patients develop recurrence following surgery and 40-50% of recurrences are apparent within the first few years after initial surgical resection. Several variables factor into the ultimate outcome of these patients, including the extent of disease, tumor biology, and patient co-morbidities. Additionally, the time from initial treatment to the development of recurrence is strongly associated with overall survival, particularly in patients who recur within one year of their surgical resection. Current post-resection surveillance strategies involve physical examination, laboratory, endoscopic and imaging studies utilizing various high and low-intensity protocols. Ultimately, the goal is to detect recurrence as early as possible, and ideally in the asymptomatic localized phase, to allow initiation of treatment that may still result in cure. While current strategies have been effective, several efforts are evolving to improve our ability to identify recurrent disease at its earliest phase. Our aim with this article is to briefly review the options available and, more importantly, examine emerging and future options to assist in the early detection of colon and rectal cancer recurrence. PMID:24790655

  8. Direct detection of XUV radiation with a CCD

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    Burstein, P.; Michels, D. J.

    1980-01-01

    A thinned CCD illuminated from the back has been used for direct imaging in the 584 and 304 A resonance lines of helium and in the 736 A line of neon. During operation, the CCD was cooled to minus 10 C and output was displayed on a CRT screen or in numerical printout. The results demonstrate that the back-illuminated CCD can be used as a position-sensitive flux detector with good imaging properties over a wide range of photon energies, including the extreme ultraviolet.

  9. Signal to Noise Ratios of Pulsed and Sinewave Modulated Direct Detection Lidar for IPDA Measurements

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    Sun, Xiaoli; Abshire, James B.

    2011-01-01

    The signal-to-noise ratios have been derived for IPDA lidar using a direct detection receiver for both pulsed and sinewave laser modulation techniques, and the results and laboratory measurements are presented

  10. Dextrin-mediated synthesis of Ag NPs for colorimetric assays of Cu(2+) ion and Au NPs for catalytic activity.

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    Bankura, Kalipada; Rana, Dipak; Mollick, Md Masud Rahaman; Pattanayak, Sutanuka; Bhowmick, Biplab; Saha, Nayan Ranjan; Roy, Indranil; Midya, Tarapada; Barman, Gadadhar; Chattopadhyay, Dipankar

    2015-09-01

    A facile one-pot approach for rapid synthesis of silver and gold nanoparticles (Ag NPs and Au NPs) with narrow size distribution and good stability was described by reducing silver nitrate and chloroauric acid with polysaccharide dextrin. Here, dextrin was used as both a reducing and stabilizing agent for synthesis of NPs. The as-synthesized Ag NPs and Au NPs were characterized by UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The Ag NPs and Au NPs exhibited an absorption maxima at 404 and 547nm respectively. TEM images showed NPs in the range of 8-28nm. The crystallinity of the NPs was measured by XRD analysis. Furthermore, the as-prepared Ag NPs revealed colorimetric sensor property for detection of Cu(2+) ions based on changes in absorbance resulting from metal ion-induced aggregation of NPs or direct deposition of metal ions onto NPs. The as-prepared Au NPs exhibited a notable catalytic activity toward the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol in the presence of NaBH4. PMID:26143120

  11. Direct measurement of sub-wavelength interference using thermal light and photon-number-resolved detection

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    Zhai, Yanhua E-mail: jfan@nist.gov; Fan, Jingyun E-mail: jfan@nist.gov; Migdall, Alan; Becerra, Francisco E.

    2014-09-08

    We examine thermal light diffracted through a double slit using photon-number-resolved detection to directly measure high-order spatial correlations, and we see sinusoidal modulations of those correlations. The fringe width can, in principal, be made arbitrarily small, and we have experimentally obtained fringe widths as small as 30?nm with 800?nm wavelength light. This extreme sub-wavelength resolution, along with this direct detection technique, offers potential for high precision measurement applications.

  12. First Direct Detection of Clay Minerals on Mars

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    Singer, R. B.; Owensby, P. D.; Clark, R. N.

    1985-01-01

    Magnesian clays or clay-type minerals were conclusively detected in the martian regolith. Near-IR spectral observations of Mars using the Mauna Kea 2.2-m telescope show weak but definite absorption bands near microns. The absorption band positions and widths match those produced by combined OH stretch and Mg-OH lattice modes and are diagnostic of minerals with structural OH such as clays and amphiboles. Likely candidate minerals include serpentine, talc, hectorite, and sponite. There is no spectral evidence for aluminous hydroxylated minerals. No distinct band occurs at 2.55 microns, as would be expected if carbonates were responsible for the 2.35 micron absorption. High-albedo regions such as Elysium and Utopia have the strongest bands near 2.35 microns, as would be expected for heavily weathered soils. Low-albedo regions such as Iapygia show weaker but distinct bands, consistent with moderate coatings, streaks, and splotches of bright weathered material. In all areas observed, the 2.35-micron absorption is at least three times weaker than would be expected if well-crystallized clay minerals made up the bulk of bright soils on Mars.

  13. Detecting biological responses to flow management: Missed opportunities; future directions

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    Souchon, Y.; Sabaton, C.; Deibel, R.; Reiser, D.; Kershner, J.; Gard, M.; Katopodis, C.; Leonard, P.; Poff, N.L.; Miller, W.J.; Lamb, B.L.

    2008-01-01

    The conclusions of numerous stream restoration assessments all around the world are extremely clear and convergent: there has been insufficient appropriate monitoring to improve general knowledge and expertise. In the specialized field of instream flow alterations, we consider that there are several opportunities comparable to full-size experiments. Hundreds of water management decisions related to instream flow releases have been made by government agencies, native peoples, and non-governmental organizations around the world. These decisions are based on different methods and assumptions and many flow regimes have been adopted by formal or informal rules and regulations. Although, there have been significant advances in analytical capabilities, there has been very little validation monitoring of actual outcomes or research related to the response of aquatic dependent species to new flow regimes. In order to be able to detect these kinds of responses and to better guide decision, a general design template is proposed. The main steps of this template are described and discussed, in terms of objectives, hypotheses, variables, time scale, data management, and information, in the spirit of adaptive management. The adoption of such a framework is not always easy, due to differing interests of actors for the results, regarding the duration of monitoring, nature of funding and differential timetables between facilities managers and technicians. Nevertheless, implementation of such a framework could help researchers and practitioners to coordinate and federate their efforts to improve the general knowledge of the links between the habitat dynamics and biological aquatic responses. Copyright ?? 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  14. Direct Detection Doppler Lidar for Spaceborne Wind Measurement

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    Korb, C. Laurence; Flesia, Cristina

    1999-01-01

    The theory of double edge lidar techniques for measuring the atmospheric wind using aerosol and molecular backscatter is described. Two high spectral resolution filters with opposite slopes are located about the laser frequency for the aerosol based measurement or in the wings of the Rayleigh - Brillouin profile for the molecular measurement. This doubles the signal change per unit Doppler shift and improves the measurement accuracy by nearly a factor of 2 relative to the single edge technique. For the aerosol based measurement, the use of two high resolution edge filters reduces the effects of background, Rayleigh scattering, by as much as an order of magnitude and substantially improves the measurement accuracy. Also, we describe a method that allows the Rayleigh and aerosol components of the signal to be independently determined. A measurement accuracy of 1.2 m/s can be obtained for a signal level of 1000 detected photons which corresponds to signal levels in the boundary layer. For the molecular based measurement, we describe the use of a crossover region where the sensitivity of a molecular and aerosol-based measurement are equal. This desensitizes the molecular measurement to the effects of aerosol scattering and greatly simplifies the measurement. Simulations using a conical scanning spaceborne lidar at 355 nm give an accuracy of 2-3 m/s for altitudes of 2-15 km for a 1 km vertical resolution, a satellite altitude of 400 km, and a 200 km x 200 km spatial.

  15. Development of a colorimetric sensor array for squid spoilage assessment.

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    Zaragozá, Patricia; Fuentes, Ana; Ruiz-Rico, María; Vivancos, José-Luis; Fernández-Segovia, Isabel; Ros-Lis, José V; Barat, José M; Martínez-Máñez, Ramón

    2015-05-15

    The aim of this work was to develop and evaluate a rapid, easy-to-use optoelectronic system for the shelf-life assessment of squid in cold storage. For this purpose, an optoelectronic nose was designed, which consisted of an array containing six sensing materials prepared by combining different dyes and two inorganic supports (aluminium oxide and silica gel). Samples were packaged with the colorimetric array and kept in cold storage for 12 days. Squid spoilage was monitored simultaneously by the colorimetric array and by the physico-chemical and microbial analyses during storage. Samples exceeded the acceptability limits for microbial counts on the third day. PCA analysis carried out with CIELab showed that the colorimetric array was able to discriminate between fresh squid fit for consumption and spoiled squid. The statistical models obtained by PLS, with the optoelectronic nose, successfully predicted CO2 and O2 content in the headspace as well as microbial growth. PMID:25577086

  16. BUILDING DETECTION USING DIRECTIONAL SPATIAL CONSTRAINTS H. Gokhan Akcay, Selim Aksoy

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    Aksoy, Selim

    BUILDING DETECTION USING DIRECTIONAL SPATIAL CONSTRAINTS H. G¨okhan Akc¸ay, Selim Aksoy Department,saksoy}@cs.bilkent.edu.tr ABSTRACT We propose an algorithm for automatic detection of buildings with complex shapes and roof is obtained. Then, candidate building regions are found using shadow and sun azimuth angle information. Fi

  17. A Biosensor for Direct Detection of DNA Sequences Based on Capacitance Measurements

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    Bogliolo, Alessandro

    A Biosensor for Direct Detection of DNA Sequences Based on Capacitance Measurements C.Guiducci1 , C-to-perform assays. We developed and performed preliminary assessments of an integrable biosensor for the direct the reproducibility of the experimental results and the reusability of the DNA biosensor. 1. Introduction Molecular

  18. Is Anyone Looking at Me? Direct Gaze Detection in Children with and without Autism

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    Senju, Atsushi; Kikuchi, Yukiko; Hasegawa, Toshikazu; Tojo, Yoshikuni; Osanai, Hiroo

    2008-01-01

    Atypical processing of eye contact is one of the significant characteristics of individuals with autism, but the mechanism underlying atypical direct gaze processing is still unclear. This study used a visual search paradigm to examine whether the facial context would affect direct gaze detection in children with autism. Participants were asked to…

  19. Detecting Blackhole and Volcano Patterns in Directed Networks Zhongmou Li1

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    Xiong, Hui

    Detecting Blackhole and Volcano Patterns in Directed Networks Zhongmou Li1 , Hui Xiong1 , Yanchi and volcano patterns in a large directed graph. Specifically, a blackhole pattern is a group which is made. In contrast, a volcano pattern is a group which only has outlinks to the rest nodes in the graph. Both

  20. Prospects for detecting dark matter with neutrino telescopes in light of recent results from direct detection experiments

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    Halzen, Francis; Hooper, Dan; /Fermilab

    2005-10-01

    Direct detection dark matter experiments, lead by the CDMS collaboration, have placed increasingly stronger constraints on the cross sections for elastic scattering of WIMPs on nucleons. These results impact the prospects for the indirect detection of dark matter using neutrino telescopes. With this in mind, we revisit the prospects for detecting neutrinos produced by the annihilation of WIMPs in the Sun. We find that the latest bounds do not seriously limit the models most accessible to next generation kilometer-scale neutrino telescopes such as IceCube. This is largely due to the fact that models with significant spin-dependent couplings to protons are the least constrained and, at the same time, the most promising because of the efficient capture of WIMPs in the Sun. We identify models where dark matter particles are beyond the reach of any planned direct detection experiments while within reach of neutrino telescopes. In summary, we find that, even when contemplating recent direct detection results, neutrino telescopes still have the opportunity to play an important as well as complementary role in the search for particle dark matter.

  1. Prospects for detecting dark matter with neutrino telescopes in light of recent results from direct detection experiments

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    Halzen, Francis; Hooper, Dan

    2006-06-15

    Direct detection dark matter experiments, lead by the CDMS Collaboration, have placed increasingly stronger constraints on the cross sections for elastic scattering of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) on nucleons. These results impact the prospects for the indirect detection of dark matter using neutrino telescopes. With this in mind, we revisit the prospects for detecting neutrinos produced by the annihilation of WIMPs in the Sun. We find that the latest bounds do not seriously limit the models most accessible to next generation kilometer-scale neutrino telescopes such as IceCube. This is largely due to the fact that models with significant spin-dependent couplings to protons are the least constrained and, at the same time, the most promising because of the efficient capture of WIMPs in the Sun. We identify models where dark matter particles are beyond the reach of any planned direct detection experiments while within reach of neutrino telescopes. In summary, we find that, even when contemplating recent direct detection results, neutrino telescopes still have the opportunity to play an important as well as complementary role in the search for particle dark matter.

  2. Kaluza-Klein Dark Matter: Direct Detection vis-a-vis LHC

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    Sebastian Arrenberg; Laura Baudis; Kyoungchul Kong; Konstantin T. Matchev; Jonghee Yoo

    2008-05-28

    We explore the phenomenology of Kaluza-Klein (KK) dark matter in very general models with universal extra dimensions (UEDs), emphasizing the complementarity between high-energy colliders and dark matter direct detection experiments. In models with relatively small mass splittings between the dark matter candidate and the rest of the (colored) spectrum, the collider sensitivity is diminished, but direct detection rates are enhanced. UEDs provide a natural framework for such mass degeneracies. We consider both 5-dimensional and 6-dimensional non-minimal UED models, and discuss the detection prospects for various KK dark matter candidates: the KK photon $\\gamma_1$, the KK $Z$-boson $Z_1$, the KK Higgs boson $H_1$ and the spinless KK photon $\\gamma_H$. We combine collider limits such as electroweak precision data and expected LHC reach, with cosmological constraints from WMAP, and the sensitivity of current or planned direct detection experiments. Allowing for general mass splittings, we show that neither colliders, nor direct detection experiments by themselves can explore all of the relevant KK dark matter parameter space. Nevertheless, they probe different parameter space regions, and the combination of the two types of constraints can be quite powerful. For example, in the case of $\\gamma_1$ in 5D UEDs the relevant parameter space will be almost completely covered by the combined LHC and direct detection sensitivities expected in the near future.

  3. Direct detection of optogenetically evoked oscillatory neuronal electrical activity in rats using SLOE sequence.

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    Chai, Yuhui; Bi, Guoqiang; Wang, Liping; Xu, Fuqiang; Wu, Ruiqi; Zhou, Xin; Qiu, Bensheng; Lei, Hao; Zhang, Yaoyu; Gao, Jia-Hong

    2016-01-15

    The direct detection of neuronal electrical activity is one of the most challenging goals in non-BOLD fMRI research. Previous work has demonstrated its feasibility in phantom and cell culture studies, but attempts in in vivo studies remain few and far between. Most recent in vivo studies used T2*-weighted sequences to directly detect neuronal electrical activity evoked by sensory stimulus. As neuronal electrical signal is usually comprised of a series of spectrally distributed oscillatory waveforms rather than being a direct current, it is most likely to be detected using oscillatory current sensitive sequences. In this study, we explored the potential of using the spin-lock oscillatory excitation (SLOE) sequence with spiral readout to directly detect optogenetically evoked oscillatory neuronal electrical activity, whose main spectral component can be manipulated artificially to match the resonance frequency of spin-lock RF field. In addition, experiments using the stimulus-induced rotary saturation (SIRS) sequence with spiral readout were also performed. Electrophysiological recording and MRI data acquisition were conducted on separate animals. Robust optogenetically evoked oscillatory LFP signals were observed and significant BOLD signals were acquired with the GE-EPI sequence before and after the whole SLOE and SIRS acquisitions, but no significant neuronal current MRI (ncMRI) signal changes were detected. These results indicate that the sensitivity of oscillatory current sensitive sequences needs to be further improved for direct detection of neuronal electrical activity. PMID:26518631

  4. A simple and smart telemedicine device for developing regions: a pocket-sized colorimetric reader.

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    Lee, Dae-Sik; Jeon, Byoung Goo; Ihm, Chunhwa; Park, Je-Kyun; Jung, Mun Yeon

    2011-01-01

    We have proposed a novel mobile healthcare platform, combining a pocket-sized colorimetric reader (13.5 × 6.5 × 2.5 cm(3)) and commercially available 10-parameter urinalysis paper strips (glucose, protein, glucose, bilirubin, urobilinogen, ketones, nitrite, pH, specific gravity, erythrocytes, and leukocytes), capable of sending data with a smart phone. The reader includes a novel colorimetric multi-detection module, which consists of three-chromatic light-emitting diodes, silicon photodiodes and a novel poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) optical splitter. We employed data reading methods using conversions of the signal data (red, blue, and green) to the hue (H) color map or the Y model data, and used a curve-fitting method for the quantification. The reader is battery-powered, inexpensive, light-weight, and very speedy in analysis. And, it was applied to detection of a thousand of human urine samples and demonstrated reliable quantification of urinary glucose and protein. The features can be used by unskilled people on-site to transfer the analyzed data to experts off-site. PMID:21109898

  5. Rapid and selective lead (II) colorimetric sensor based on azacrown ether-functionalized gold nanoparticles

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    Alizadeh, A.; Khodaei, M. M.; Karami, Ch; Workentin, M. S.; Shamsipur, M.; Sadeghi, M.

    2010-08-01

    A gold nanoparticle (AuNPs)-based simple and fast colorimetric sensor for selective detecting of Pb(II) in aqueous solution has been developed. Monodisperse AuNPs (approx. 2.0 nm diameter) has been prepared facilely and further modified with an alkanethiol-bearing monoazacrown ether terminus. These AuNPs are shown to selectively sense Pb2 + through color change, which is visually discernible by an appearance of the surface plasmon band (SPB) at 520 nm. The recognition mechanism is attributed to the unique structure of the monoazacrown ether attached to AuNPs and metal sandwich coordination between two azacrown ether moieties that are attached to separate nanoparticles. This inter-particle cross-linking results in an aggregation and apparent color change from brown to purple. Additionally, TEM experiments support the optical absorption data proving the aggregation between azacrown ether-capped gold nanoparticles. This AuNP-based colorimetric assay is a facile and robust method and allows fast detection of Pb2 + at ambient temperatures. More importantly, the developed technique does not utilize enzymatic reactions, light-sensitive dye molecules, lengthy protocols or sophisticated instrumentation.

  6. Signal averaging limitations in heterodyne- and direct-detection laser remote sensing measurements

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    Menyuk, N.; Killinger, D. K.; Menyuk, C. R.

    1983-01-01

    The improvement in measurement uncertainty brought about by the averaging of increasing numbers of pulse return signals in both heterodyne- and direct-detection lidar systems is investigated. A theoretical analysis is presented which shows the standard deviation of the mean measurement to decrease as the inverse square root of the number of measurements, except in the presence of temporal correlation. Experimental measurements based on a dual-hybrid-TEA CO2 laser differential absorption lidar system are reported which demonstrate that the actual reduction in the standard deviation of the mean in both heterodyne- and direct-detection systems is much slower than the inverse square-root dependence predicted for uncorrelated signals, but is in agreement with predictions in the event of temporal correlation. Results thus favor the use of direct detection at relatively short range where the lower limit of the standard deviation of the mean is about 2 percent, but advantages of heterodyne detection at longer ranges are noted.

  7. Characterising dark matter searches at colliders and direct detection experiments: Vector mediators

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    Buchmueller, Oliver; Dolan, Matthew J.; Malik, Sarah A.; McCabe, Christopher

    2015-01-09

    We introduce a Minimal Simplified Dark Matter (MSDM) framework to quantitatively characterise dark matter (DM) searches at the LHC. We study two MSDM models where the DM is a Dirac fermion which interacts with a vector and axial-vector mediator. The models are characterised by four parameters: mDM, Mmed , gDM and gq, the DM and mediator masses, and the mediator couplings to DM and quarks respectively. The MSDM models accurately capture the full event kinematics, and the dependence on all masses and couplings can be systematically studied. The interpretation of mono-jet searches in this framework can be used to establishmore »an equal-footing comparison with direct detection experiments. For theories with a vector mediator, LHC mono-jet searches possess better sensitivity than direct detection searches for light DM masses (?5 GeV). For axial-vector mediators, LHC and direct detection searches generally probe orthogonal directions in the parameter space. We explore the projected limits of these searches from the ultimate reach of the LHC and multi-ton xenon direct detection experiments, and find that the complementarity of the searches remains. In conclusion, we provide a comparison of limits in the MSDM and effective field theory (EFT) frameworks to highlight the deficiencies of the EFT framework, particularly when exploring the complementarity of mono-jet and direct detection searches.« less

  8. Characterising dark matter searches at colliders and direct detection experiments: Vector mediators

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    Buchmueller, Oliver; Dolan, Matthew J.; Malik, Sarah A.; McCabe, Christopher

    2015-01-09

    We introduce a Minimal Simplified Dark Matter (MSDM) framework to quantitatively characterise dark matter (DM) searches at the LHC. We study two MSDM models where the DM is a Dirac fermion which interacts with a vector and axial-vector mediator. The models are characterised by four parameters: mDM, Mmed , gDM and gq, the DM and mediator masses, and the mediator couplings to DM and quarks respectively. The MSDM models accurately capture the full event kinematics, and the dependence on all masses and couplings can be systematically studied. The interpretation of mono-jet searches in this framework can be used to establish an equal-footing comparison with direct detection experiments. For theories with a vector mediator, LHC mono-jet searches possess better sensitivity than direct detection searches for light DM masses (?5 GeV). For axial-vector mediators, LHC and direct detection searches generally probe orthogonal directions in the parameter space. We explore the projected limits of these searches from the ultimate reach of the LHC and multi-ton xenon direct detection experiments, and find that the complementarity of the searches remains. In conclusion, we provide a comparison of limits in the MSDM and effective field theory (EFT) frameworks to highlight the deficiencies of the EFT framework, particularly when exploring the complementarity of mono-jet and direct detection searches.

  9. Characterising Dark Matter Searches at Collider and Direct Detection Experiments: Vector Mediators

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    Buchmueller, Oliver; Dolan, Matthew J.; Malik, Sarah A.; McCabe, Christopher

    2015-01-09

    We introduce a Minimal Simplified Dark Matter (MSDM) framework to quantitatively characterise dark matter (DM) searches at the LHC. We study two MSDM models where the DM is a Dirac fermion which interacts with a vector and axial-vector mediator. The models are characterised by four parameters: m DM , M med , g DM and g q, the DM and mediator masses, and the mediator couplings to DM and quarks respectively. The MSDM models accurately capture the full event kinematics, and the dependence on all masses and couplings can be systematically studied. The interpretation of mono-jet searches in this frameworkmore »can be used to establish an equal-footing comparison with direct detection experiments. For theories with a vector mediator, LHC mono-jet searches possess better sensitivity than direct detection searches for light DM masses (?5 GeV). For axial-vector mediators, LHC and direct detection searches generally probe orthogonal directions in the parameter space. We explore the projected limits of these searches from the ultimate reach of the LHC and multi-ton xenon direct detection experiments, and find that the complementarity of the searches remains. Finally, we provide a comparison of limits in the MSDM and effective field theory (EFT) frameworks to highlight the deficiencies of the EFT framework, particularly when exploring the complementarity of mono-jet and direct detection searches.« less

  10. Characterising dark matter searches at colliders and direct detection experiments: vector mediators

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    Buchmueller, Oliver; Dolan, Matthew J.; Malik, Sarah A.; McCabe, Christopher

    2015-01-01

    We introduce a Minimal Simplified Dark Matter (MSDM) framework to quantitatively characterise dark matter (DM) searches at the LHC. We study two MSDM models where the DM is a Dirac fermion which interacts with a vector and axial-vector mediator. The models are characterised by four parameters: m DM , M med , g DM and g q, the DM and mediator masses, and the mediator couplings to DM and quarks respectively. The MSDM models accurately capture the full event kinematics, and the dependence on all masses and couplings can be systematically studied. The interpretation of mono-jet searches in this framework can be used to establish an equal-footing comparison with direct detection experiments. For theories with a vector mediator, LHC mono-jet searches possess better sensitivity than direct detection searches for light DM masses (?5 GeV). For axial-vector mediators, LHC and direct detection searches generally probe orthogonal directions in the parameter space. We explore the projected limits of these searches from the ultimate reach of the LHC and multi-ton xenon direct detection experiments, and find that the complementarity of the searches remains. Finally, we provide a comparison of limits in the MSDM and effective field theory (EFT) frameworks to highlight the deficiencies of the EFT framework, particularly when exploring the complementarity of mono-jet and direct detection searches.

  11. Innate Reverse Transcriptase Activity of DNA Polymerase for Isothermal RNA Direct Detection.

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    Shi, Chao; Shen, Xiaotong; Niu, Shuyan; Ma, Cuiping

    2015-11-01

    RNA detection has become one of the most robust parts in molecular biology, medical diagnostics and drug discovery. Conventional RNA detection methods involve an extra reverse transcription step, which limits their further application for RNA rapid detection. We herein report a novel finding that Bst and Klenow DNA polymerases possess innate reverse transcriptase activities, so that the reverse transcription step and next amplification reaction can be combined to one step in isothermal RNA detection. We have demonstrated that Bst and Klenow DNA polymerases could be successfully used to reverse transcribe RNA within 125-nt length by real time RT-PCR and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). Our findings will spur the development of a myriad of simple and easy to use RNA detection technologies for isothermal RNA direct detection. This will just meet the future needs of bioanalysis and clinical diagnosis to RNA rapid detection in POC settings and inspection and quarantine. PMID:26474356

  12. Acylthiourea derivatives as colorimetric sensors for anions: Synthesis, characterization and spectral behaviors

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    Liu, Shuangshuang; Kang, Jing; Cao, Xiufang; Yue, Xiali

    2016-01-01

    Several acylthioureas have been synthesized to develop colorimetric sensors for detection of biologically important anions. UV-vis titration experiments indicated that the absorbance values have a good linear relationship with concentration of anions when the anions were added in AR-1, AR-4 and AR-6 sensor molecules. The detection limit to AcO- and F- is 5 × 10- 6 mol/L when the concentration of receptors are 2 × 10- 5 mol/L. Especially, compounds AR-1 and AR-4, decorated with strong electron-withdrawing NO2 substituent, showed augmented anion sensing properties, being capable of naked-eye detecting of F- and AcO- when the water content is lower than 15%. The recognition details of anion sensing were also assessed using 1H NMR technique and confirmed that the basic anions induced deprotonation of N-H.

  13. AND logic gate application based on colorimetric screening of enzyme activity

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    Liu, Ziheng; Zhan, Yihong; Bai, Yu; Sun, Jianwen

    2012-07-01

    A simple and novel DNA and gold nanoparticle (AuNPs) based colorimetric method has been developed for efficient detection of Deoxyribonuclease I (DNase-I) activity. For the detection process, the sample that contains DNase-I, which will cleave double stranded DNA into small pieces. Furthermore, the small pieces DNA sequences and water-soluble conjugated polymer cause the AuNPs aggregation (the solution change the color from red to blue). Thus, DNase-I could be detected by naked eyes or UV/Vis. Molecular substrates can be viewed as computational devices that process physical or chemical 'inputs' to generate 'outputs' based on a set of logical operators. Based on the assay, we have presented a DNA/AuNP based, multi-readout AND logic operations.

  14. Acylthiourea derivatives as colorimetric sensors for anions: Synthesis, characterization and spectral behaviors.

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    Liu, Shuangshuang; Kang, Jing; Cao, Xiufang; Yue, Xiali

    2016-01-15

    Several acylthioureas have been synthesized to develop colorimetric sensors for detection of biologically important anions. UV-vis titration experiments indicated that the absorbance values have a good linear relationship with concentration of anions when the anions were added in AR-1, AR-4 and AR-6 sensor molecules. The detection limit to AcO(-) and F(-) is 5×10(-6)mol/L when the concentration of receptors are 2×10(-5)mol/L. Especially, compounds AR-1 and AR-4, decorated with strong electron-withdrawing NO2 substituent, showed augmented anion sensing properties, being capable of naked-eye detecting of F(-) and AcO(-) when the water content is lower than 15%. The recognition details of anion sensing were also assessed using (1)H NMR technique and confirmed that the basic anions induced deprotonation of N-H. PMID:26372737

  15. Direct Detection Phenomenology in Models Where the Products of Dark Matter Annihilation Interact with Nuclei

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    Cherry, John F.; Frandsen, Mads T.; Shoemaker, Ian M.

    2015-06-01

    We investigate the direct detection phenomenology of a class of dark matter (DM) models in which DM does not directly interact with nuclei, but rather, the products of its annihilation do. When these annihilation products are very light compared to the DM mass, the scattering in direct detection experiments is controlled by relativistic kinematics. This results in a distinctive recoil spectrum, a nonstandard and/or even absent annual modulation, and the ability to probe DM masses as low as a ˜10 MeV . We use current LUX data to show that experimental sensitivity to thermal relic annihilation cross sections has already been reached in a class of models. Moreover, the compatibility of dark matter direct detection experiments can be compared directly in Emin space without making assumptions about DM astrophysics, mass, or scattering form factors. Lastly, when DM has direct couplings to nuclei, the limit from annihilation to relativistic particles in the Sun can be stronger than that of conventional nonrelativistic direct detection by more than 3 orders of magnitude for masses in a 2-7 GeV window.

  16. Deciphering inflation with gravitational waves: Cosmic microwave background polarization vs direct detection with laser interferometers

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    Smith, Tristan L.; Peiris, Hiranya V.; Cooray, Asantha

    2006-06-15

    A detection of the primordial gravitational wave background is considered to be the 'smoking-gun' evidence for inflation. While superhorizon waves are probed with cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization, the relic background will be studied with laser interferometers. The long lever arm spanned by the two techniques improves constraints on the inflationary potential and validation of consistency relations expected under inflation. If gravitational waves with a tensor-to-scalar amplitude ratio greater than 0.01 are detected by the CMB, then a direct-detection experiment with a sensitivity consistent with current concept studies should be pursued vigorously. If no primordial tensors are detected by the CMB, a direct-detection experiment to understand the simplest form of inflation must have a sensitivity improved by two to 3 orders of magnitude over current plans.

  17. A comparison of directed search target detection versus in-scene target detection in Worldview-2 datasets

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    Grossman, S.

    2015-05-01

    Since the events of September 11, 2001, the intelligence focus has moved from large order-of-battle targets to small targets of opportunity. Additionally, the business community has discovered the use of remotely sensed data to anticipate demand and derive data on their competition. This requires the finer spectral and spatial fidelity now available to recognize those targets. This work hypothesizes that directed searches using calibrated data perform at least as well as inscene manually intensive target detection searches. It uses calibrated Worldview-2 multispectral images with NEF generated signatures and standard detection algorithms to compare bespoke directed search capabilities against ENVI™ in-scene search capabilities. Multiple execution runs are performed at increasing thresholds to generate detection rates. These rates are plotted and statistically analyzed. While individual head-to-head comparison results vary, 88% of the directed searches performed at least as well as in-scene searches with 50% clearly outperforming in-scene methods. The results strongly support the premise that directed searches perform at least as well as comparable in-scene searches.

  18. Colorimetric Quantification and in Situ Detection of Collagen

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    Esteban, Francisco J.; del Moral, Maria L.; Sanchez-Lopez, Ana M.; Blanco, Santos; Jimenez, Ana; Hernandez, Raquel; Pedrosa, Juan A.; Peinado, Maria A.

    2005-01-01

    A simple multidisciplinary and inexpensive laboratory exercise is proposed, in which the undergraduate student may correlate biochemical and anatomical findings. The entire practical session can be completed in one 2.5-3 hour laboratory period, and consists of the quantification of collagen and total protein content from tissue sections--without…

  19. Evaluation of a Colorimetric Personal Dosimeter for Nitrogen Oxide.

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    Diamond, Philip

    A personal colorimetric dosimeter for nitrogen dioxide was developed. Tests were performed to determine the response of these strips to various concentrations of NO2. The dosimeter strips were satisfactory for approximate determinations of total exposure (concentration + time) of nitrogen dioxide. The total exposure was calculated in terms of time…

  20. Colorimetric logic response based on aptamer functionalized colloidal crystal hydrogels.

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    Ye, Baofen; Wang, Huan; Ding, Haibo; Zhao, Yuanjin; Pu, Yuepu; Gu, Zhongze

    2015-05-01

    A novel colorimetric logic system based on the aptamer-cross-linked colloidal crystal hydrogel (CCH) was developed. With the input stimuli of Hg(2+) and Ag(+), the CCH displayed shrinking response and colour change corresponding to the logical "OR" and "AND" gate. The visualization of the logic output signals is realized. PMID:25874602

  1. A Colorimetric Process to Visualize Erythrocyte Exovesicles Aggregates

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    Saldanha, Carlota; Santos, Nuno C.; Martins-Silva, J.

    2004-01-01

    A biochemistry laboratory class protocol is described in order to create an opportunity for students to apply by doing the theoretical concepts underlying biomolecules and vesicles properties, together with the principles of centrifugation and colorimetric methodologies. Through simple procedures the students will i) observe the segregation of the…

  2. Application of head flexion detection for enhancing eye gaze direction classification.

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    Al-Rahayfeh, Amer; Faezipour, Miad

    2014-08-01

    Extensive research has been conducted on the tracking and detection of the eye gaze and head movement detection as these aspects of technology can be applied as alternative approaches for various interfacing devices. This paper proposes enhancements to the classification of the eye gaze direction. Viola Jones face detector is applied to first declare the region of the eye. Circular Hough Transform is then used to detect the iris location. Support Vector Machine (SVM) is applied to classify the eye gaze direction. Accuracy of the system is enhanced by calculating the flexion angle of the head through the utilization of a microcontroller and flex sensors. In case of rotated face images, the face can be rotated back to zero degrees through the flexion angle calculation. This is while Viola Jones face detector is limited to face images with very little or no rotation angle. Accuracy is initiated by enhancing the effectiveness of the system in the overall procedure of classifying the direction of the eye gaze. Therefore, the head direction is a main determinant in enhancing the control method. Different control signals are enhanced by the eye gaze direction classification and the head direction detection. PMID:25570121

  3. Thin silicon strip devices for direct electron detection in transmission electron microscopy

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    Moldovan, Grigore; Li, Xiaobing; Wilshaw, Peter; Kirkland, Angus

    2008-06-01

    Indirect imaging detection systems used in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) impose a range of restrictions limiting performance that can be easily surpassed with direct sensing devices. A set of generic requirements is presented here first, illustrating the present detection needs and setting the context for further development in electron detection at TEM energy range. The use of directly exposed Si strip detectors in TEM is then investigated by means of Monte Carlo simulation of the electron-sensor interaction, showing that a sensitive layer with a thickness in the range of 50 ?m is needed to achieve satisfactory efficiency. The results obtained here strongly indicate that improved performance would be achieved by replacing current indirect imaging systems with directly exposed thin Si strip detectors.

  4. Halo-independent direct detection of momentum-dependent dark matter

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    Cherry, John F.; Frandsen, Mads T.; Shoemaker, Ian M. E-mail: frandsen@cp3-origins.net

    2014-10-01

    We show that the momentum dependence of dark matter interactions with nuclei can be probed in direct detection experiments without knowledge of the dark matter velocity distribution. This is one of the few properties of DM microphysics that can be determined with direct detection alone, given a signal of dark matter in multiple direct detection experiments with different targets. Long-range interactions arising from the exchange of a light mediator are one example of momentum-dependent DM. For data produced from the exchange of a massless mediator we find for example that the mediator mass can be constrained to be ?< 10 MeV for DM in the 20-1000 GeV range in a halo-independent manner.

  5. Silver nanoplates-based colorimetric iodide recognition and sensing using sodium thiosulfate as a sensitizer.

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    Hou, Xinyan; Chen, Shu; Tang, Jian; Xiong, Yuan; Long, Yunfei

    2014-05-12

    A colorimetric method for the recognition and sensing of iodide ions (I(-)) has been developed by utilizing the reactions between triangular silver nanoplates (TAg-NPs) and I(-) in the presence of sodium thiosulfate (Na2S2O3). Specifically, I(-) together with Na2S2O3 can induce protection of TAg-NPs owing to the formation of insoluble AgI, as confirmed by the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). In the absence of Na2S2O3, the etching reactions on TAg-NPs were observed not only by I(-) but also other halides ions. The Na2S2O3 plays as a sensitizer in this system, which improved the selectivity and sensitivity. The desired colorimetric detection can be achieved by measuring the change of the absorption peak wavelength corresponding to localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) with UV-vis spectrophotometer or recognized by naked eye observation. The results show that the shift of the maximum absorption wavelength (??) of the TAg-NPs/Na2S2O3/I(-) mixture was proportional to the concentration of I(-) in the range 1.0×10(-9)-1.0×10(-6) mol L(-1). Moreover, no other ions besides I(-) can induce an eye discernible color change as low as 1.0×10(-7) mol L(-1). Finally, this method was successfully applied for I(-) determination in kelp samples. PMID:24767151

  6. Guanine-rich DNA-based peroxidase mimetics for colorimetric assays of alkaline phosphatase.

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    Yang, Jinjin; Zheng, Lin; Wang, Yu; Li, Wei; Zhang, Jinli; Gu, Junjie; Fu, Yan

    2016-03-15

    DNA-based peroxidase mimetics are facilely constructed through Cu(II)-coordination with different oligonucleotides involving G20, C20, A20 and T20, respectively, with high peroxidase mimicking activity as well as high stability against proteins. Peroxidase-like activities of DNA-Cu(II) complexes are greatly associated with the sequence composition of DNA templates, which decrease in the following order: G20>C20>A20>T20. G20-Cu(II) complex ([Cu(2+)]/[base]=0.05) possesses the Km value of 0.257mM toward 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine and 102.3mM toward hydrogen peroxide at 25°C. G20-Cu(II) complexes are employed to develop a colorimetric turn-on assay of alkaline phosphatase with high sensitivity and selectivity, on the basis of pyrophosphate-induced inhibition of their intrinsic peroxidase-like activities. The limit of detection is achieved as 0.84U/L with the linear response region of 20-200U/L. Such colorimetric assay system is probably applicable for the quantitative determination of ALP in biological fluids. PMID:26476012

  7. Directed Design of Experiments (DOE) for Determining Probability of Detection (POD) Capability of NDE Systems (DOEPOD)

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    Generazio, Ed

    2007-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation reviews some of the issues that people who specialize in Non destructive evaluation (NDE) have with determining the statistics of the probability of detection. There is discussion of the use of the binominal distribution, and the probability of hit. The presentation then reviews the concepts of Directed Design of Experiments for Validating Probability of Detection of Inspection Systems (DOEPOD). Several cases are reviewed, and discussed. The concept of false calls is also reviewed.

  8. Robust defect detection in plain and twill fabric using directional Bollinger bands

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    Ngan, Henry Y. T.; Pang, Grantham K. H.

    2015-07-01

    A directional Bollinger bands (BB) method for the detection of defects in plain and twill fabric is presented, whereas a previous BB method was for patterned Jacquard fabric. BB are constructed using the moving average and standard deviation to characterize any irregularities (i.e., defects) in a patterned texture. Every patterned texture constitutes a primitive unit that can be used to generate the texture by a translational rule. The regularity property for a patterned texture can be implicitly regarded as the periodic signals on the rows and columns of an image. To utilize such a regularity property, an embedded shift-invariant characteristic of BB is explored. The original BB method is further developed using directional rotation iterations, which enables the detection of directional defects in plain and twill fabric. The directional BB method is an efficient, fast, and shift-invariant approach that enables defective regions to be clearly outlined. This approach is also immune to the alignment problem that often arises in the original method. The detection accuracies for 77 defective images and 100 defect-free images are 96.1% and 96%, respectively. In a pixel-to-pixel evaluation comparing the detection results of the defective images with the ground-truth images, a 93.51% detection success rate is achieved.

  9. Closing in on mass-degenerate dark matter scenarios with antiprotons and direct detection

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    Garny, Mathias; Ibarra, Alejandro; Pato, Miguel; Vogl, Stefan E-mail: ibarra@tum.de E-mail: stefan.vogl@tum.de

    2012-11-01

    Over the last years both cosmic-ray antiproton measurements and direct dark matter searches have proved particularly effective in constraining the nature of dark matter candidates. The present work focusses on these two types of constraints in a minimal framework which features a Majorana fermion as the dark matter particle and a scalar that mediates the coupling to quarks. Considering a wide range of coupling schemes, we derive antiproton and direct detection constraints using the latest data and paying close attention to astrophysical and nuclear uncertainties. Both signals are strongly enhanced in the presence of degenerate dark matter and scalar masses, but we show that the effect is especially dramatic in direct detection. Accordingly, the latest direct detection limits take the lead over antiprotons. We find that antiproton and direct detection data set stringent lower limits on the mass splitting, reaching 19% at a 300 GeV dark matter mass for a unity coupling. Interestingly, these limits are orthogonal to ongoing collider searches at the Large Hadron Collider, making it feasible to close in on degenerate dark matter scenarios within the next years.

  10. Closing in on mass-degenerate dark matter scenarios with antiprotons and direct detection

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    Mathias Garny; Alejandro Ibarra; Miguel Pato; Stefan Vogl

    2012-11-08

    Over the last years both cosmic-ray antiproton measurements and direct dark matter searches have proved particularly effective in constraining the nature of dark matter candidates. The present work focusses on these two types of constraints in a minimal framework which features a Majorana fermion as the dark matter particle and a scalar that mediates the coupling to quarks. Considering a wide range of coupling schemes, we derive antiproton and direct detection constraints using the latest data and paying close attention to astrophysical and nuclear uncertainties. Both signals are strongly enhanced in the presence of degenerate dark matter and scalar masses, but we show that the effect is especially dramatic in direct detection. Accordingly, the latest direct detection limits take the lead over antiprotons. We find that antiproton and direct detection data set stringent lower limits on the mass splitting, reaching 19% at a 300 GeV dark matter mass for a unity coupling. Interestingly, these limits are orthogonal to ongoing collider searches at the Large Hadron Collider, making it feasible to close in on degenerate dark matter scenarios within the next years.

  11. Reconstructing the Velocity Distribution of WIMPs from Direct Dark Matter Detection Data

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    Manuel Drees; Chung-Lin Shan

    2007-06-01

    Weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) are one of the leading candidates for dark matter. Currently, the most promising method to detect many different WIMP candidates is the direct detection of the recoil energy deposited in a low-background laboratory detector due to elastic WIMP-nucleus scattering. So far the usual procedure has been to predict the event rate of direct detection of WIMPs based on some model(s) of the galactic halo. The aim of our work is to invert this process. That is, we study what future direct detection experiment can teach us about the WIMP halo. As the first step we consider a time-averaged recoil spectrum, assuming that no directional information exists. We develop a method to construct the (time-averaged) one-dimensional velocity distribution function from this spectrum. Moments of this function, such as the mean velocity and velocity dispersion of WIMPs, can also be obtained directly from the recoil spectrum. The only input needed in addition to a measured recoil spectrum is the mass of the WIMP; no information about the scattering cross section or WIMP density is required.

  12. Connecting dark matter UV complete models to direct detection rates via effective field theory

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    D'Eramo, Francesco; Procura, Massimiliano

    2015-04-01

    Direct searches for WIMPs are sensitive to physics well below the weak scale. In the absence of light mediators, it is fruitful to apply an Effective Field Theory (EFT) approach accounting only for dark matter (DM) interactions with Standard Model (SM) fields. We consider a singlet fermion WIMP and effective operators up to dimension 6 which are generated at the mass scale of particles mediating DM interactions with the SM. We perform a one-loop Renormalization Group Evolution (RGE) analysis, evolving these effective operators from the mediators mass scale to the nuclear scales probed by direct searches. We apply our results to models with DM velocity-suppressed interactions, DM couplings only to heavy quarks, leptophilic DM and Higgs portal, which without our analysis would not get constrained from direct detection bounds. Remarkably, a large parameter space region for these models is found to be excluded as a consequence of spin-independent couplings induced by SM loops. In addition to these examples, we stress that more general renormalizable models for singlet fermion WIMP can be matched onto our EFT framework, and the subsequent model-independent RGE can be used to compute direct detection rates. Our results allow us to properly connect the different energy scales involved in constraining WIMP models, and to combine information from direct detection with other complementary searches, such as collider and indirect detection.

  13. Colorimetric assay for heterogeneous-catalyzed lipase activity: enzyme-regulated gold nanoparticle aggregation.

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    Zhang, Wei; Tang, Yan; Liu, Jia; Jiang, Ling; Huang, Wei; Huo, Feng-Wei; Tian, Danbi

    2015-01-14

    Lipase is a neglected enzyme in the field of gold nanoparticle-based enzyme assays. This paper reports a novel colorimetric probe to rapidly visualize lipase activities by using Tween 20 functioned GNPs (Tween 20-GNPs) as a reporter. The present strategy hence could overcome the limitations caused by the heterogeneous interface in lipase assay. Catalytic hydrolytic cleavage of the ester bond in Tween 20-GNPs by lipase will trigger the rapid aggregation of GNPs at a high salt solution. The color change from red to purple could be used to sense the activity of lipase. The detection limit (3?) is as low as 2.8 × 10-2 mg/mL. A preliminary enzyme activity screening was carried out for seven commercially purchased lipase samples. It also has been successfully applied to detecting lipase in fermentation broth of Bacillus subtilis without any pretreatment. PMID:25516269

  14. Naphthalene based colorimetric sensor for bioactive anions: Experimental and DFT study

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    Sharma, Darshna; Bera, Rati Kanta; Sahoo, Suban K.

    2013-03-01

    A simple anion selective colorimetric sensor L has been designed by combining 2-hydroxy-1-naphthaldehyde with 2-aminothiophenol. Sensor L portrayed a necked-eye detectable color change from light green to red upon addition of AcO-, F- and HPO4- anions in CH3CN, where as no significant color change was observed upon addition of other anions such as Cl-, Br-, I- and HSO4-. Sensor L showed selectivity towards AcO- under competitive environment, with a detection limit (3?/S) down to 1.1 × 10-7 M. In addition, the anion sensing ability of L was explored in mixed H2O/CH3CN (v/v) medium. Further, the nature of interactions between the sensor L and AcO- was investigated by 1H NMR and the probable structure of the L-AcO- complex was predicted by B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) method.

  15. Real-time monitoring of enzyme-free strand displacement cascades by colorimetric assays.

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    Duan, Ruixue; Wang, Boya; Hong, Fan; Zhang, Tianchi; Jia, Yongmei; Huang, Jiayu; Hakeem, Abdul; Liu, Nannan; Lou, Xiaoding; Xia, Fan

    2015-03-19

    The enzyme-free toehold-mediated strand displacement reaction has shown potential for building programmable DNA circuits, biosensors, molecular machines and chemical reaction networks. Here we report a simple colorimetric method using gold nanoparticles as signal generators for the real-time detection of the product of the strand displacement cascade. During the process the assembled gold nanoparticles can be separated, resulting in a color change of the solution. This assay can also be applied in complex mixtures, fetal bovine serum, and to detect single-base mismatches. These results suggest that this method could be of general utility to monitor more complex enzyme-free strand displacement reaction-based programmable systems or for further low-cost diagnostic applications. PMID:25744386

  16. Poker face of inelastic dark matter: Prospects at upcoming direct detection experiments

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    Alves, Daniele S. M.; Lisanti, Mariangela; Wacker, Jay G.

    2010-08-01

    The XENON100 and CRESST experiments will directly test the inelastic dark matter explanation for DAMA's 8.9{sigma} anomaly. This article discusses how predictions for direct detection experiments depend on uncertainties in quenching factor measurements, the dark matter interaction with the standard model, and the halo velocity distribution. When these uncertainties are accounted for, an order of magnitude variation is found in the number of expected events at CRESST and XENON100.

  17. A SETI metapolicy: New directions towards comprehensive policies concerning the detection of extraterrestrial intelligence

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    Baxter, Stephen; Elliott, John

    2012-09-01

    At present we have only one agreed public policy for handling the detection of an extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI), the 'First SETI Protocol' of 1989, which guides action in the immediate aftermath of detection, even though SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) constitutes an active search for such a detection. The purpose of this paper is to set out areas in which policies might fruitfully be developed, including reviewing the rationale and investment in SETI, handling ETI artefacts, and approaches to direct contact. 'Negative' possibilities will be examined, for example, whether an ETI artefact or data should be purposefully destroyed.

  18. Direct and sensitive detection of a human virus by rupture event scanning.

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    Cooper, M A; Dultsev, F N; Minson, T; Ostanin, V P; Abell, C; Klenerman, D

    2001-09-01

    We have developed a sensitive, economical method that directly detects viruses by making use of the interaction between type 1 herpes simplex virus (HSV1) and specific antibodies covalently attached to the oscillating surface of a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). The virions were detached from the surface by monotonously increasing the amplitude of oscillation of the QCM, while using the QCM to sensitively detect the acoustic noise produced when the interactions were broken. We term this process rupture event scanning (REVS). The method is quantitative over at least six orders of magnitude, and its sensitivity approaches detection of a single virus particle. PMID:11533641

  19. L-cysteine protected copper nanoparticles as colorimetric sensor for mercuric ions.

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    Soomro, Razium A; Nafady, Ayman; Sirajuddin; Memon, Najma; Sherazi, Tufail H; Kalwar, Nazar H

    2014-12-01

    This report demonstrates a novel, simple and efficient protocol for the synthesis of copper nanoparticles in aqueous solution using L-cysteine as capping or protecting agent. UV-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy was employed to monitor the LSPR band of L-cysteine functionalized copper nanoparticles (Cyst-Cu NPs) based on optimizing various reaction parameters. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy provided information about the surface interaction between L-cysteine and Cu NPs. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) confirmed the formation of fine spherical, uniformly distributed Cyst-Cu NPs with average size of 34 ± 2.1 nm. X-ray diffractometry (XRD) illustrated the formation of pure metallic phase crystalline Cyst-Cu NPs. As prepared Cyst-Cu NPs were tested as colorimetric sensor for determining mercuric (Hg(2+)) ions in an aqueous system. Cyst-Cu NPs demonstrated very sensitive and selective colorimetric detection of Hg(2+) ions in the range of 0.5 × 10(-6)-3.5 × 10(-6) mol L(-1) based on decrease in LSPR intensity as monitored by a UV-vis spectrophotometer. The developed sensor is simple, economic compared to those based on precious metal nanoparticles and sensitive to detect Hg(2+) ions with detection limit down to 4.3 × 10(-8) mol L(-1). The sensor developed in this work has a high potential for rapid and on-site detection of Hg(2+) ions. The sensor was successfully applied for assessment of Hg(2+) ions in real water samples collected from various locations of the Sindh River. PMID:25159429

  20. Single-Cell Detection and Collection of Persister Bacteria in a Directly Accessible Femtoliter Droplet Array.

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    Iino, Ryota; Sakakihara, Shouichi; Matsumoto, Yoshimi; Nishino, Kunihiko

    2016-01-01

    A directly accessible femtoliter droplet array as a platform for single-cell detection and collection of persister bacteria is described. Device microfabrication, femtoliter droplet array formation and concomitant enclosure of single cells, long-term culture and observation of single cells in droplets, and collection of identified persisters from single droplets are described in detail. PMID:26468103

  1. Direct Detection of 16S rRNA in Soil Extracts by Using Oligonucleotide Microarrays

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    Small, Jack A.; Call, Douglas R.; Brockman, Fred J.; Straub, Tim M.; Chandler, Darrell P.

    2001-10-01

    ABSTRACT-We report on the development and validation of simple microarray method for the direct detection of intact 16S rRNA from un-purified soil extracts. Total RNA from Geobacter chapellei and Desulfovibrio desulfuricans was hybridized to an oligonculeotide array consisting of universal and species-specific 16S rRNA probes...

  2. PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS OF MEASUREMENT ERROR REGRESSION IN DIRECT-DETECTION LASER RADAR IMAGING

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    Gustafsson, Fredrik

    PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS OF MEASUREMENT ERROR REGRESSION IN DIRECT-DETECTION LASER RADAR IMAGING Christina Grönwall, Tomas Carlsson Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) Department of Laser Systems P@isy.liu.se ABSTRACT In this paper a tool for synthetic generation of scan- ning laser radar data is described and its

  3. Detection of sugarcane yellow leaf virus by direct antigen coated enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay

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    The L9 (34) orthogonal diagram was applied to optimize detection conditions of direct antigen coated enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (DAC-ELISA) for Sugarcane yellow leaf virus (SCYLV) in sugarcane. Statistic analyses indicated that 150 µL of SCYLV in juice and leaf crude extract antigens was the ...

  4. Direction Sensitive Fall Detection Using a Triaxial Accelerometer and a Barometric Pressure Sensor

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    Atallah, Louis

    and Gyroscope Chest and Leg [18] Gyroscope Trunk [13] Triaxial Accelerometer Carried Mobile Phone [19] TriaxialDirection Sensitive Fall Detection Using a Triaxial Accelerometer and a Barometric Pressure Sensor. This work uses a waist-worn sensor, encompassing a 3D accelerometer and a barometric pressure sensor

  5. Channeling in direct dark matter detection III: channeling fraction in CsI crystals

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    Bozorgnia, Nassim; Gelmini, Graciela B.; Gondolo, Paolo E-mail: gelmini@physics.ucla.edu

    2010-11-01

    The channeling of the ion recoiling after a collision with a WIMP changes the ionization signal in direct detection experiments, producing a larger signal scintillation or ionization than otherwise expected. We give estimates of the fraction of channeled recoiling ions in CsI crystals using analytic models produced since the 1960's and 70's to describe channeling and blocking effects.

  6. Direct detection of transient a-helical states in islet amyloid polypeptide

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    Miranker, Andrew

    cosecreted with insulin by the b-cells of the pancreas. In humans with type 2 diabetes, IAPP depositsDirect detection of transient a-helical states in islet amyloid polypeptide JESSICA A. WILLIAMSON, 2006) Abstract The protein islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) is a glucose metabolism associated hormone

  7. A fast, direct x-ray detection charge-coupled device D. Doering,1

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    A fast, direct x-ray detection charge-coupled device P. Denes,1 D. Doering,1 H. A. Padmore,2 J July 2009; published online 6 August 2009 A charge-coupled device CCD capable of 200 Mpixels/s readout phosphor screen, read out by a charge-coupled device CCD . CCDs have been the scientific imager of choice

  8. Can IBEX Detect Interstellar Neutral Helium or Oxygen from Anti-ram Directions?

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    Galli, A.; Wurz, P.; Park, J.; Kucharek, H.; Möbius, E.; Schwadron, N. A.; Sokó?, J. M.; Bzowski, M.; Kubiak, M. A.; Swaczyna, P.; Fuselier, S. A.; McComas, D. J.

    2015-10-01

    To better constrain the parameters of the interstellar neutral flow, we searched the Interstellar Boundary EXplorer (IBEX)-Lo database for helium and oxygen from the interstellar medium in the anti-ram direction in the three years (2009–2011) with the lowest background rates. We found that IBEX-Lo cannot observe interstellar helium from the anti-ram direction because the helium energy is too low for indirect detection by sputtering off the IBEX-Lo conversion surface. Our results show that this sputtering process has a low energy threshold between 25 and 30 eV, whereas the energy of the incident helium is only 10 eV for these observations. Interstellar oxygen, on the other hand, could in principle be detected in the anti-ram hemisphere, but the expected magnitude of the signal is close to the detection limit imposed by counting statistics and by the magnetospheric foreground.

  9. Hybrid receiver system for single photon sensitive direct and coherent detection

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    Kondratko, Piotr K.; Bratcher, Andrew; Glennon, John; Suni, Paul

    2015-05-01

    Hybrid receivers that enable switching between direct and coherent detection provide many imaging functions beneficial to scientific and defense applications. A hybrid receiver system is presented wherein a single detector is switched between the Geiger-mode and linear amplification modes of operation. This system benefits from enhanced functionality and lower size, weight, power, cost, and complexity compared with dual receiver implementations. The hybrid receiver sensing modality is reconfigurable on-the-fly between single photon direct detection and amplitude/phase coherent detection. The reconfiguration is achieved by adjusting detector bias (electrically) and by simultaneously enabling or disabling the local oscillator (optically). This work describes these two sensing scenarios, discusses the operation of the receiver system and shows laboratory-scale imaging results for each mode of hybrid receiver operation.

  10. Laser desorption with corona discharge ion mobility spectrometry for direct surface detection of explosives.

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    Sabo, M; Malásková, M; Matej?ík, S

    2014-10-21

    We present a new highly sensitive technique for the detection of explosives directly from the surface using laser desorption-corona discharge-ion mobility spectrometry (LD-CD-IMS). We have developed LD based on laser diode modules (LDM) and the technique was tested using three different LDM (445, 532 and 665 nm). The explosives were detected directly from the surface without any further preparation. We discuss the mechanism of the LD and the limitations of this technique such as desorption time, transport time and desorption area. After the evaluation of experimental data, we estimated the potential limits of detection of this method to be 0.6 pg for TNT, 2.8 pg for RDX and 8.4 pg for PETN. PMID:25118619

  11. Latent fingerprint and trace explosives detection by photoluminescence and time-resolved imaging

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    Bouldin, Kimberly Kay

    Latent fingerprint detection by photoluminescence is a well-developed field. Many development techniques exist and are currently being employed in forensic laboratories to detect fingerprints by making them luminescent. However, in forensic science, time-resolved imaging techniques, designed to suppress background fluorescence that interferes with fingerprint detectability, are to date not used outside of the research laboratory, and the chemistry necessary to use time-resolved imaging for fingerprint detection is somewhat limited. For this reason, the first section of this dissertation deals with fingerprint detection methods that have direct application to time-resolved imaging techniques. Trace explosive detection field methods based on chemical reactions have until recently utilized only colorimetric products. To increase the sensitivity of such detection, a field explosive test kit which produces a product that is both colorimetric and luminescent is studied. Detection sensitivity can be gained by taking advantage of the luminescence of these products, something that has not been done to date. When the appropriate chemistry is chosen for explosive detection, time-resolved imaging techniques may again be applicable. This dissertation thus looks at possibilities of taking trace explosives detection to this next level.

  12. The AMIDAS Website: An Online Tool for Direct Dark Matter Detection Experiments

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    Shan, Chung-Lin

    2010-02-10

    Following our long-erm work on development of model-independent data analysis methods for reconstructing the one-dimensional velocity distribution function of halo WIMPs as well as for determining their mass and couplings on nucleons by using data from direct Dark Matter detection experiments directly, we combined the simulation programs to a compact system: AMIDAS (A Model-Independent Data Analysis System). For users' convenience an online system has also been established at the same time. AMIDAS has the ability to do full Monte Carlo simulations, faster theoretical estimations, as well as to analyze (real) data sets recorded in direct detection experiments without modifying the source code. In this article, I give an overview of functions of the AMIDAS code based on the use of its website.

  13. Forecast constraints on inflation from combined CMB and gravitational wave direct detection experiments

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    Kuroyanagi, Sachiko; Gordon, Christopher; Silk, Joseph; Sugiyama, Naoshi

    2010-04-15

    We study how direct detection of the inflationary gravitational wave background constrains inflationary parameters and complements CMB polarization measurements. The error ellipsoids calculated using the Fisher information matrix approach with Planck and the direct detection experiment, Big Bang Observer (BBO), show different directions of parameter degeneracy, and the degeneracy is broken when they are combined. For a slow-roll parametrization, we show that BBO could significantly improve the constraints on the tensor-to-scalar ratio compared with Planck alone. We also look at a quadratic and a natural inflation model. In both cases, if the temperature of reheating is also treated as a free parameter, then the addition of BBO can significantly improve the error bars. In the case of natural inflation, we find that the addition of BBO could even partially improve the error bars of a cosmic variance-limited CMB experiment.

  14. The AMIDAS Website: An Online Tool for Direct Dark Matter Detection Experiments

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    Chung-Lin Shan

    2009-09-08

    Following our long-term work on development of model-independent data analysis methods for reconstructing the one-dimensional velocity distribution function of halo WIMPs as well as for determining their mass and couplings on nucleons by using data from direct Dark Matter detection experiments directly, we combined the simulation programs to a compact system: AMIDAS (A Model-Independent Data Analysis System). For users' convenience an online system has also been established at the same time. AMIDAS has the ability to do full Monte Carlo simulations, faster theoretical estimations, as well as to analyze (real) data sets recorded in direct detection experiments without modifying the source code. In this article, I give an overview of functions of the AMIDAS code based on the use of its website.

  15. Energy dependence of direct detection cross section for asymmetric mirror dark matter

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    An Haipeng; Chen Shaolong; Mohapatra, Rabindra N.; Nussinov, Shmuel; Zhang Yue

    2010-07-15

    In a recent paper, four of the present authors proposed a class of dark matter models where generalized parity symmetry leads to equality of dark matter abundance with baryon asymmetry of the Universe and predicts dark matter mass to be around 5 GeV. In this paper, we explore how this model can be tested in direct search experiments. In particular, we point out that if the dark matter happens to be the mirror neutron, the direct detection cross section has the unique feature that it increases at low recoil energy unlike the case of conventional weakly interacting massive particles. It is also interesting to note that the predicted spin-dependent scattering could make significant contribution to the total direct detection rate, especially for light nucleus. With this scenario, one could explain recent DAMA and CoGeNT results.

  16. A simple highly sensitive and selective aptamer-based colorimetric sensor for environmental toxins microcystin-LR in water samples.

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    Li, Xiuyan; Cheng, Ruojie; Shi, Huijie; Tang, Bo; Xiao, Hanshuang; Zhao, Guohua

    2016-03-01

    A simple and highly sensitive aptamer-based colorimetric sensor was developed for selective detection of Microcystin-LR (MC-LR). The aptamer (ABA) was employed as recognition element which could bind MC-LR with high-affinity, while gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) worked as sensing materials whose plasma resonance absorption peaks red shifted upon binding of the targets at a high concentration of sodium chloride. With the addition of MC-LR, the random coil aptamer adsorbed on Au NPs altered into regulated structure to form MC-LR-aptamer complexes and broke away from the surface of Au NPs, leading to the aggregation of AuNPs, and the color converted from red to blue due to the interparticle plasmon coupling. Results showed that our aptamer-based colorimetric sensor exhibited rapid and sensitive detection performance for MC-LR with linear range from 0.5nM to 7.5?M and the detection limit reached 0.37nM. Meanwhile, the pollutants usually coexisting with MC-LR in pollutant water samples had not demonstrated disturbance for detecting of MC-LR. The mechanism was also proposed suggesting that high affinity interaction between aptamer and MC-LR significantly enhanced the sensitivity and selectivity for MC-LR detection. Besides, the established method was utilized in analyzing real water samples and splendid sensitivity and selectivity were obtained as well. PMID:26619046

  17. Azomethine H colorimetric method for determining dissolved boron in water

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    Spencer, R.R.; Erdmann, D.E.

    1979-01-01

    An automated colorimetric method for determining dissolved boron in water is described. The boron is complexed with azomethine H, which is readily available as the condensation product of H acid (8-amino-1-naphthol-3,6-disulfonic acid) and salicylaldehyde. The absorbance of the yellow complex formed is then measured colorimetrically at 410 nm. Interference effects from other dissolved species are minimized by the addition of diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA); however, iron, zinc, and bicarbonate interfere at concentrations above 400 ??g/L, 2000 ??g/L, and 200 mg/L, respectively. The bicarbonate interference can be eliminated by careful acidification of the sample with concentrated HCl to a pH between 5 and 6. Thirty samples per hour can be routinely analyzed over the range of from 10 to 400 ??g/L, boron.

  18. DIURNAL AND ANNUAL VARIATIONS OF DIRECTIONAL DETECTION RATES OF DARK MATTER

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    Bandyopadhyay, Abhijit; Majumdar, Debasish E-mail: debasish.majumdar@saha.ac.in

    2012-02-10

    Direction-sensitive direct detection of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) as dark matter would provide an unambiguous non-gravitational signature of dark matter. The diurnal variation of dark matter signal due to Earth's rotation around its own axis can be a significant signature for Galactic WIMPs. Because of a particular orientation of Earth's axis of rotation with respect to the WIMP wind direction, the apparent direction of WIMP wind as observed at a detector can alter widely in a day. In this work, we calculate the directional detection rates with their daily and yearly modulations in Earth-bound dark matter experiments considering detailed features of the geometry and dynamics of the Earth-Sun system along with the solar motion in a Galactic frame. A separate halo model, namely the dark disk model other than the usual standard halo model for dark matter halo, is also considered and the results for two models are compared. We demonstrate the results for two types of gas detectors, namely DRIFT (target material CS{sub 2}) and NEWAGE (target material CF{sub 4}), which use Time Projection Chamber techniques for measuring directionality of the recoil nucleus. The WIMP mass and recoil energy dependence of the daily variation of event rates are computed for a specific detector, and the sensitive ranges of mass and recoil energies for the considered detector are probed.

  19. Electrical percolation-based biosensor for real-time direct detection of staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB).

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    Yang, Minghui; Sun, Steven; Bruck, Hugh Alan; Kostov, Yordan; Rasooly, Avraham

    2010-08-15

    Electrical percolation-based biosensing is a new technology. This is the first report of an electrical percolation-based biosensor for real-time detection. The label-free biosensor is based on electrical percolation through a single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs)-antibody complex that forms a network functioning as a "Biological Semiconductor" (BSC). The conductivity of a BSC is directly related to the number of contacts facilitated by the antibody-antigen "connectors" within the SWNT network. BSCs are fabricated by immobilizing a pre-functionalized SWNTs-antibody complex directly on a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and polycarbonate (PC) surface. Each BSC is connected via silver electrodes to a computerized ohmmeter, thereby enabling a continuous electronic measurement of molecular interactions (e.g. antibody-antigen binding) via the change in resistance. Using anti-staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) IgG to functionalize the BSC, we demonstrate that the biosensor was able to detect SEB at concentrations as low as 5 ng/mL at a signal to baseline (S/B) ratio of 2. Such measurements were performed on the chip in wet conditions. The actuation of the chip by SEB is immediate, permitting real-time signal measurements. In addition to this "direct" label-free detection mode, a secondary antibody can be used to "label" the target molecule bound to the BSC in a manner analogous to an immunological sandwich "indirect" detection-type assay. Although a secondary antibody is not needed for direct detection, the indirect mode of detection may be useful as an additional measurement to verify or amplify signals from direct detection in clinical, food safety and other critical assays. The BSC was used to measure SEB both in buffer and in milk, a complex matrix, demonstrating the potential of electrical percolation-based biosensors for real-time label-free multi-analyte detection in clinical and complex samples. Assembly of BSCs is simple enough that multiple sensors can be fabricated on the same chip, thereby creating "Biological Central Processing Units (BCPUs)" capable of parallel processing and sorting out information on multiple analytes simultaneously which may be used for complex analysis and for point of care diagnostics. PMID:20447819

  20. Design of a finite impulse response filter for the purpose of directional edge detection via spatial domain convolution 

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    Yeary, Mark Bradley

    1994-01-01

    The purpose of this research was to design a spatial domain convolution filter capable of directional edge detection which has a specific relationship to a pre-defined filter in the frequency domain. Nobody has designed a directional filter...

  1. A study of Stokes vector direct detection in short-reach optical communication

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    Zhang, Yue; Zhang, Jinnan; Zhang, Yang'an; Hong, Yan; Ma, Huihui; Wang, Limeng

    2015-08-01

    We propose a detection scheme called Stokes vector direct detection (SV-DD) to realize high electrical spectral efficiency and cost-effective optical communication , which is more suitable than coherent detection for short-reach. At reception, the signal is detected in Stokes space.SV-DD is different from conventional DD technique in the parts of not requiring polarization tracking or narrow band optical filtering for carrier extraction. 2nd-order nonlinearity due to photodetection is a fundamental limitation for DD. The conventional SV-DD systems use 2*4 coupler in the receiver, it makes 2nd-order nonlinearity much serious since there are four photodetections or two balance photodetections. In this paper, we experimentally demonstrate the SVDD scheme in single-carrier system using a 3*3 coupler with three photodetections in the receiver.

  2. Simple Colorimetric Determination of the Manganese Content in Photosynthetic Membranes

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    Semin, B. K.; Seibert, M.

    2009-01-01

    The functional Mn content of intact photosystem II membrane fragments was measured as 4.06 {+-} 0.13 Mn/reaction center when determined using a simple, sensitive colorimetric assay that will also work with thylakoids and core complexes. This procedure requires minimal sample material, does not need expensive assay equipment, requires four simple steps, and only takes 20-30 min to perform. These include (a) removal of the adventitious Mn ions by CaCl{sub 2} treatment of the membranes, (b) extraction of the Mn from the O{sub 2}-evolving complex with hydrochloric acid, (c) purification of the extract by centrifugation followed by filtration of the supernatant through an Acrodisc syringe filter (0.2 {micro}m nylon membrane), and (d) colorimetric determination of Mn in the extract using the reaction of the chromogenic agent, 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine, with previously oxidized Mn(II) cations carried out at high pH. The colorimetric assay itself has been used previously by Serrat (Mikrochim Acta 129:77-80, 1998) for assaying Mn concentrations in sea water and drinking water.

  3. Ionic Liquid-Based Fluorescein Colorimetric pH Nanosensors

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    Das, Susmita; Magut, Paul K. S.; de Rooy, Sergio L.; Hasan, Farhana; Warner, Isiah M.

    2014-01-01

    A novel pH sensitive, colorimetric ionic liquid nanosensor based on phosphonium salts of fluorescein is reported. Herein, fluorescein salts of various stoichiometries were synthesized by use of a trihexyltetradecylphosphonium cation [TTP]+ in combination with dianionic [FL]2? and monoanionic [FL]? fluorescein. Nanomaterials derived from these two compounds yielded contrasting colorimetric responses in neutral and acidic environments. Variations in fluorescence spectra as a function of pH were also observed. Examination of TEM and DLS data revealed significant expansion in the diameter of [TTP]2[FL] nanodroplets in acidic environments of variable pHs. A similar trend was also observed for [TTP][FL] nanoparticles. The pH dependent colorimetric and other optical properties of these nanomaterials are attributed to alterations in molecular orientations and stacking as suggested by measuring the absorption, fluorescence, and zeta potential. Since the pH is an important indicator for many diseases, including cancer, these nanosensors are considered to be potential candidates for biomedical applications. PMID:25264488

  4. Detection of rubella virus gene sequences by enzymatic amplification and direct sequencing of amplified DNA.

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    Eggerding, F A; Peters, J; Lee, R K; Inderlied, C B

    1991-01-01

    We developed a rapid and sensitive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay for detecting and identifying rubella virus (RV). A segment of the RV gene which encodes the E1 membrane glycoprotein of RV was selected as a target for PCR amplification. Single-stranded viral RNA, extracted from infected cells or released from virions, was used as a template for reverse transcription followed by PCR amplification with two different sets of primer pairs, one nested within the other. The amplified E1 gene sequences were detected in ethidium bromide-stained agarose minigels, and their identities were verified by restriction enzyme digestion and hybridization to a probe directed at a site within the PCR target. Single-stranded DNA generated by asymmetric amplification of the target was directly sequenced by using fluorescent dideoxy-terminators and an automated procedure in order to confirm the target sequence. This PCR assay provides a rapid confirmatory test for the detection of RV by cell culture and appears to have considerable potential for the direct detection of RV in clinical specimens. The strategy used in the development of this PCR assay should be useful for developing other diagnostic PCR assays for viruses. Images PMID:2056062

  5. Direct Detection of sub-GeV Dark Matter with Semiconductor Targets

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    Rouven Essig; Marivi Fernandez-Serra; Jeremy Mardon; Adrian Soto; Tomer Volansky; Tien-Tien Yu

    2015-09-04

    Dark matter in the sub-GeV mass range is a theoretically motivated but largely unexplored paradigm. Such light masses are out of reach for conventional nuclear recoil direct detection experiments, but may be detected through the small ionization signals caused by dark matter-electron scattering. Semiconductors are well-studied and are particularly promising target materials because their ${\\cal O}(1~\\rm{eV})$ band gaps allow for ionization signals from dark matter as light as a few hundred keV. Current direct detection technologies are being adapted for dark matter-electron scattering. In this paper, we provide the theoretical calculations for dark matter-electron scattering rate in semiconductors, overcoming several complications that stem from the many-body nature of the problem. We use density functional theory to numerically calculate the rates for dark matter-electron scattering in silicon and germanium, and estimate the sensitivity for upcoming experiments such as DAMIC and SuperCDMS. We find that the reach for these upcoming experiments has the potential to be orders of magnitude beyond current direct detection constraints and that sub-GeV dark matter has a sizable modulation signal. We also give the first direct detection limits on sub-GeV dark matter from its scattering off electrons in a semiconductor target (silicon) based on published results from DAMIC. We make available publicly our code, QEdark, with which we calculate our results. Our results can be used by experimental collaborations to calculate their own sensitivities based on their specific setup. The searches we propose will probe vast new regions of unexplored dark matter model and parameter space.

  6. A High-Throughput, Precipitating Colorimetric Sandwich ELISA Microarray for Shiga Toxins

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    Gehring, Andrew; He, Xiaohua; Fratamico, Pina; Lee, Joseph; Bagi, Lori; Brewster, Jeffrey; Paoli, George; He, Yiping; Xie, Yanping; Skinner, Craig; Barnett, Charlie; Harris, Douglas

    2014-01-01

    Shiga toxins 1 and 2 (Stx1 and Stx2) from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria were simultaneously detected with a newly developed, high-throughput antibody microarray platform. The proteinaceous toxins were immobilized and sandwiched between biorecognition elements (monoclonal antibodies) and pooled horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-conjugated monoclonal antibodies. Following the reaction of HRP with the precipitating chromogenic substrate (metal enhanced 3,3-diaminobenzidine tetrahydrochloride or DAB), the formation of a colored product was quantitatively measured with an inexpensive flatbed page scanner. The colorimetric ELISA microarray was demonstrated to detect Stx1 and Stx2 at levels as low as ~4.5 ng/mL within ~2 h of total assay time with a narrow linear dynamic range of ~1–2 orders of magnitude and saturation levels well above background. Stx1 and/or Stx2 produced by various strains of STEC were also detected following the treatment of cultured cells with mitomycin C (a toxin-inducing antibiotic) and/or B-PER (a cell-disrupting, protein extraction reagent). Semi-quantitative detection of Shiga toxins was demonstrated to be sporadic among various STEC strains following incubation with mitomycin C; however, further reaction with B-PER generally resulted in the detection of or increased detection of Stx1, relative to Stx2, produced by STECs inoculated into either axenic broth culture or culture broth containing ground beef. PMID:24921195

  7. Three-dimensional colorimetric assay assemblies

    DOEpatents

    Charych, Deborah (Albany, CA); Reichert, Anke (Albany, CA)

    2001-01-01

    A direct assay is described using novel three-dimensional polymeric assemblies which change from a blue to red color when exposed to an analyte, in one case a flue virus. The assemblies are typically in the form of liposomes which can be maintained in a suspension, and show great intensity in their color changes. Their method of production is also described.

  8. Direct NMR detection of the 'invisible' alkali metal cations tightly bound to G-quadruplex structures

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    Wong, Alan; Ida, Ramsey; Wu Gang . E-mail: gangwu@chem.queensu.ca

    2005-11-11

    We report the first direct solution NMR detection of the alkali metal cations ({sup 23}Na{sup +}, {sup 39}K{sup +}, and {sup 87}Rb{sup +}) residing inside G-quadruplex channel structures formed by guanosine 5'-monophosphate and a DNA oligomer, d(TG{sub 4}T). In solution, these channel alkali metal cations are tightly bound to the G-quadruplex structure and have been considered to be 'invisible' to NMR spectroscopy for many years. Our finding that it is possible to directly observe these alkali metal cations by NMR spectroscopy provides a new tool for studying cation binding affinity and dynamics in G-quadruplex DNA.

  9. Directional scintillation detector for the detection of the wind of WIMPs

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    Y. Shimizu; M. Minowa; H. Sekiya; Y. Inoue

    2002-09-02

    The quenching factor of the proton recoil in the stilbene scintillator was measured with a 252Cf neutron source and was found to be 0.1 - 0.17 in the recoil energy range between 300 keV and 3 MeV. It was found to depend on the direction of the recoil proton. The directional anisotropy of the quenching factor could be used to detect the wind of the WIMPs caused by the motion of the earth around the galactic center.

  10. Detection of Directions of Gravity by Organisms and Contributions to SmaggIce

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    Dill, Loren H.

    2003-01-01

    Research covers the following: In the Microgravity Environment and Telescience Branch, a study wasI extended thar focused upon a flagellated alga or other swimming microbe and the effect of gravity upon its swimming direction. It has long been known that many organisms tend to swim up or down on Earth. How organisms detect the direction of gravity is a question not fully resolved. The response of such organisms to reduced gravity or the absence of gravity is also of interest, particularly because the expected modified behavior may affect the health of astronauts.

  11. Direct Fluorescent Detection of a Polymethoxyflavone in Cell Culture and Mouse Tissue.

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    Chen, Jingjing; Song, Mingyue; Wu, Xian; Zheng, Jinkai; He, Lili; McClements, David Julian; Decker, Eric; Xiao, Hang

    2015-12-16

    Convenient detection methods for bioactive food compounds and their metabolites in biological samples are needed to better understand their mechanism of actions. Herein, we developed a novel approach to directly monitor and visualize the distribution of 5,3',4'-tridemethylnobiletin (TDN), a unique polymethoxyflavone metabolite derived from citrus polymethoxyflavone, in biological samples such as cultured cells and mouse colonic tissues. Our results showed that a fluorescent conjugate could be formed between TDN and 2-aminoethyl diphenyl borate (DPBA) under simple reaction conditions, which was confirmed by both Raman spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy. We further demonstrated the application of DPBA-based conjugation reaction in the characterization of TDN in different biological samples including floating cells, adherent cells, and animal tissues. This is the first report demonstrating direct fluorescent detection of polymethoxyflavone in biological samples. PMID:26618604

  12. Prospects for Direct Detection of the Circular Polarization of the Gravitational-Wave Background

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    Seto, Naoki

    2006-10-01

    We discuss the prospects for directly detecting a circular polarization signal of the gravitational-wave background. We find it is generally difficult to probe the monopole mode of the signal due to the broad directivity of the gravitational-wave detectors. But the dipole (l=1) and octupole (l=3) modes of the signal can be measured in a simple manner by combining outputs of two unaligned detectors, and we can dig them deeply under confusion and detector noises. Around f˜0.1mHz the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna will provide ideal data streams to detect these patterns whose magnitudes are as small as ˜1 percent of the detector noise level in terms of the nondimensional energy density ?GW(f).

  13. Direct detection of saponins in crude extracts of soapnuts by FTIR.

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    Almutairi, Meshari Saad; Ali, Muhammad

    2015-01-01

    Direct detection of saponins in soapnuts (Sapindus mukorossi) using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is investigated in this project. Potassium bromide powder was mixed with extracted powder of soapnuts and compressed to a thin pellet for examination process. The outcome of the FTIR spectra of saponin demonstrated characteristic triterpenoid saponin absorptions of OH, C = O, C-H, and C = C, while the glycoside linkages to the sapogenins were indicated by the absorptions of C-O. The significance of this study is that saponin absorption peaks are directly detectable in crude aqueous and 95% ethanol extracts of soapnuts powder using FTIR spectroscopy, thereby eliminating the need of further expensive and exhaustive purification steps. The extracts of soapnuts were screened for saponins along with controls by phytochemical tests, and advanced spectroscopic techniques such as ultra fast liquid chromatography and ultra performance liquid chromatography quadrupole-time of flight-mass spectrometry were also implemented to validate the saponins. PMID:25537113

  14. Reduced electrical bandwidth receivers for direct detection 4-ary PPM optical communication intersatellite links

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    Davidson, Frederic M.; Sun, Xiaoli

    1993-01-01

    One of the major sources of noise in a direct detection optical communication receiver is the shot noise due to the quantum nature of the photodetector. The shot noise is signal dependent and is neither Gaussian nor wide sense stationary. When a photomultiplier tube (PMT) or an avalanche photodiode (APD) is used, there is also a multiplicative excess noise due to the randomness of the internal photodetector gain. Generally speaking, the radio frequency (RF) communication theory cannot be applied to direct detection optical communication systems because noise in RF communication systems is usually additive and Gaussian. A receiver structure which is mathematically optimal for signal dependent shot noise is derived. Several suboptimal receiver structures are discussed and compared with the optimal receiver. The objective is to find a receiver structure which is easy to implement and gives close to optimal performance.

  15. A new halo-independent approach to dark matter direct detection analysis

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    Feldstein, Brian; Kahlhoefer, Felix E-mail: felix.kahlhoefer@physics.ox.ac.uk

    2014-08-01

    Uncertainty in the local dark matter velocity distribution is a key difficulty in the analysis of data from direct detection experiments. Here we propose a new approach for dealing with this uncertainty, which does not involve any assumptions about the structure of the dark matter halo. Given a dark matter model, our method yields the velocity distribution which best describes a set of direct detection data as a finite sum of streams with optimised speeds and densities. The method is conceptually simple and numerically very efficient. We give an explicit example in which the method is applied to determining the ratio of proton to neutron couplings of dark matter from a hypothetical set of future data.

  16. Directed Design of Experiments for Validating Probability of Detection Capability of NDE Systems (DOEPOD)

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    Generazio, Edward R.

    2008-01-01

    The capability of an inspection system is established by applications of various methodologies to determine the probability of detection (POD). One accepted metric of an adequate inspection system is that there is 95% confidence that the POD is greater than 90% (90/95 POD). Directed design of experiments for probability of detection (DOEPOD) has been developed to provide an efficient and accurate methodology that yields observed POD and confidence bounds for both Hit- Miss or signal amplitude testing. Specifically, DOEPOD demands utilization of observance of occurrences. Directed DOEPOD does not assume prescribed POD logarithmic or similar functions with assumed adequacy over a wide range of flaw sizes and inspection system technologies, so that multi-parameter curve fitting or model optimization approaches to generate a POD curve are not required.

  17. Detecting Robot-Directed Speech by Situated Understanding in Physical Interaction

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    Zuo, Xiang; Iwahashi, Naoto; Funakoshi, Kotaro; Nakano, Mikio; Taguchi, Ryo; Matsuda, Shigeki; Sugiura, Komei; Oka, Natsuki

    In this paper, we propose a novel method for a robot to detect robot-directed speech: to distinguish speech that users speak to a robot from speech that users speak to other people or to themselves. The originality of this work is the introduction of a multimodal semantic confidence (MSC) measure, which is used for domain classification of input speech based on the decision on whether the speech can be interpreted as a feasible action under the current physical situation in an object manipulation task. This measure is calculated by integrating speech, object, and motion confidence with weightings that are optimized by logistic regression. Then we integrate this measure with gaze tracking and conduct experiments under conditions of natural human-robot interactions. Experimental results show that the proposed method achieves a high performance of 94% and 96% in average recall and precision rates, respectively, for robot-directed speech detection.

  18. Fetal head detection and measurement in ultrasound images by a direct inverse randomized Hough transform

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    Lu, Wei; Tan, Jinglu; Floyd, Randall C.

    2005-04-01

    Object detection in ultrasound fetal images is a challenging task for the relatively low resolution and low signal-to-noise ratio. A direct inverse randomized Hough transform (DIRHT) is developed for filtering and detecting incomplete curves in images with strong noise. The DIRHT combines the advantages of both the inverse and the randomized Hough transforms. In the reverse image, curves are highlighted while a large number of unrelated pixels are removed, demonstrating a "curve-pass filtering" effect. Curves are detected by iteratively applying the DIRHT to the filtered image. The DIRHT was applied to head detection and measurement of the biparietal diameter (BPD) and head circumference (HC). No user input or geometric properties of the head were required for the detection. The detection and measurement took 2 seconds for each image on a PC. The inter-run variations and the differences between the automatic measurements and sonographers" manual measurements were small compared with published inter-observer variations. The results demonstrated that the automatic measurements were consistent and accurate. This method provides a valuable tool for fetal examinations.

  19. Channeling in direct dark matter detection II: channeling fraction in Si and Ge crystals

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    Bozorgnia, Nassim; Gelmini, Graciela B.; Gondolo, Paolo E-mail: gelmini@physics.ucla.edu

    2010-11-01

    The channeling of the ion recoiling after a collision with a WIMP changes the ionization signal in direct detection experiments, producing a larger signal than otherwise expected. We give estimates of the fraction of channeled recoiling ions in Si and Ge crystals using analytic models produced since the 1960's and 70's to describe channeling and blocking effects. We used data obtained to avoid channeling in the implantation of dopants in Si crystals to test our models.

  20. Probing WIMP particle physics and astrophysics with direct detection and neutrino telescope data

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    Kavanagh, Bradley J.; Fornasa, Mattia; Green, Anne M.

    2015-05-01

    With positive signals from multiple direct detection experiments, it will, in principle, be possible to measure the mass and cross sections of weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) dark matter. Recent work has shown that, with a polynomial parametrization of the WIMP speed distribution, it is possible to make an unbiased measurement of the WIMP mass, without making any astrophysical assumptions. However, direct detection experiments are not sensitive to low-speed WIMPs and, therefore, any model-independent approach will lead to a bias in the cross section. This problem can be solved with the addition of measurements of the flux of neutrinos from the Sun. This is because the flux of neutrinos produced from the annihilation of WIMPs which have been gravitationally captured in the Sun is sensitive to low-speed WIMPs. Using mock data from next-generation direct detection experiments and from the IceCube neutrino telescope, we show that the complementary information from IceCube on low-speed WIMPs breaks the degeneracy between the cross section and the speed distribution. This allows unbiased determinations of the WIMP mass and spin-independent and spin-dependent cross sections to be made, and the speed distribution to be reconstructed. We use two parametrizations of the speed distribution: binned and polynomial. While the polynomial parametrization can encompass a wider range of speed distributions, this leads to larger uncertainties in the particle physics parameters.

  1. Predicting direction detection thresholds for arbitrary translational acceleration profiles in the horizontal plane

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    Soyka, Florian; Robuffo Giordano, Paolo; Beykirch, Karl

    2011-01-01

    In previous research, direction detection thresholds have been measured and successfully modeled by exposing participants to sinusoidal acceleration profiles of different durations. In this paper, we present measurements that reveal differences in thresholds depending not only on the duration of the profile, but also on the actual time course of the acceleration. The measurements are further explained by a model based on a transfer function, which is able to predict direction detection thresholds for all types of acceleration profiles. In order to quantify a participant’s ability to detect the direction of motion in the horizontal plane, a four-alternative forced-choice task was implemented. Three types of acceleration profiles (sinusoidal, trapezoidal and triangular) were tested for three different durations (1.5, 2.36 and 5.86 s). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study which varies both quantities (profile and duration) in a systematic way within a single experiment. The lowest thresholds were found for trapezoidal profiles and the highest for triangular profiles. Simulations for frequencies lower than the ones actually measured predict a change from this behavior: Sinusoidal profiles are predicted to yield the highest thresholds at low frequencies. This qualitative prediction is only possible with a model that is able to predict thresholds for different types of acceleration profiles. Our modeling approach represents an important advancement, because it allows for a more general and accurate description of perceptual thresholds for simple and complex translational motions. PMID:21234751

  2. Development of a 2-micron Pulsed Direct Detection IPDA Lidar for CO2 Measurement

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    Yu, J.; Petros, M.; Singh, U. N.

    2013-12-01

    NASA Langley is developing a 2-micron pulsed Integrated Path Differential Absorption (IPDA) lidar for atmospheric CO2 measurements. The high pulse energy, direct detection lidar operating at CO2 2-micron absorption band provides an alternate approach to measure CO2 concentrations with significant advantages. The objective of this development is to integrate an existing high energy double-pulsed 2-micron laser transmitter with a direct detection receiver and telescope to enable a first proof of principle demonstration of airborne direct detection CO2 measurements at 2-micron wavelength. It is expected to provide high-precision measurement capability by unambiguously eliminating contamination from aerosols and clouds that can bias the IPDA measurement. The system is scheduled to fly on NASA UC12 or B200 research aircrafts before the end of 2013. This paper will describe the design of the airborne 2-micron pulsed IPDA lidar system; the lidar operation parameters; the wavelength pair selection; laser transmitter energy, pulse rate, beam divergence, double pulse generation and accurate frequency control; detector characterization; telescope design; lidar structure design; and lidar signal to noise ratio estimation.

  3. A General Analysis of Direct Dark Matter Detection: From Microphysics to Observational Signatures

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    James B. Dent; Lawrence M. Krauss; Jayden L. Newstead; Subir Sabharwal

    2015-05-12

    Beginning with a set of simplified models for spin-0, spin-$\\half$, and spin-1 dark matter candidates using completely general Lorentz invariant and renormalizable Lagrangians, we derive the full set of non-relativistic operators and nuclear matrix elements relevant for direct detection of dark matter, and use these to calculate rates and recoil spectra for scattering on various target nuclei. This allows us to explore what high energy physics constraints might be obtainable from direct detection experiments, what degeneracies exist, which operators are ubiquitous and which are unlikely or sub-dominant. We find that there are operators which are common to all spins as well operators which are unique to spin-$\\half$ and spin-1 and elucidate two new operators which have not been previously considered. In addition we demonstrate how recoil energy spectra can distinguish fundamental microphysics if multiple target nuclei are used. Our work provides a complete roadmap for taking generic fundamental dark matter theories and calculating rates in direct detection experiments. This provides a useful guide for experimentalists designing experiments and theorists developing new dark matter models.

  4. DNA: directional neighborhood analysis for detection of breast masses in screening mammograms

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    Eltonsy, Nevine H.; Tourassi, Georgia D.; Habas, Piotr A.; Elmaghraby, Adel S.

    2005-04-01

    We introduce a computer-assisted detection (CAD) system for the automated detection of breast masses in screening mammograms. The system targets the directional behavior of the neighborhood pixels surrounding a reference image pixel. The underlying hypothesis is that in the presence of a mass the directional properties of the breast tissue surrounding the mass should be altered. The hypothesis was tested using a database of 1,337 mammographic regions of interest (ROIs) extracted from DDSM mammograms. There were 681 ROIs containing a biopsy-proven mass centered in the ROI (340 malignant, 341 benign) and 656 ROIs depicting normal breast parenchyma. Initially, eight main directional propagations were identified and modeled given the center of the ROI as the reference pixel. Subsequently, eight novel morphological features were extracted for each direction. The features were designed to characterize the disturbance occurring in normal breast parenchyma due to the presence of a mass. Finally, the extracted features were merged using a back propagation neural network (BPANN). The network served as a non linear classifier trained to determine the presence of a mass centered at the reference image pixel. The BPANN was trained and tested using a leave-one-out sampling scheme. Its performance was evaluated with Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) analysis. Our CAD system showed an ROC area index of Az=0.88+/-0.01 for discriminating mass vs. normal ROIs. Detection performance was robust for both malignant (Az=0.88+/-0.01) and benign masses (Az=0.87+/-0.01). Thus, the proposed directional neighborhood analysis (DNA) can be applied effectively to identify suspicious masses in screening mammograms.

  5. Direct exoplanet detection and characterization using the ANDROMEDA method: Performance on VLT/NaCo data

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    Cantalloube, F; Mugnier, L M; Milli, J; Absil, O; Gonzalez, C A Gomez; Chauvin, G; Beuzit, J -L; Cornia, A

    2015-01-01

    Context. The direct detection of exoplanets with high-contrast imaging requires advanced data processing methods to disentangle potential planetary signals from bright quasi-static speckles. Among them, angular differential imaging (ADI) permits potential planetary signals with a known rotation rate to be separated from instrumental speckles that are either statics or slowly variable. The method presented in this paper, called ANDROMEDA for ANgular Differential OptiMal Exoplanet Detection Algorithm is based on a maximum likelihood approach to ADI and is used to estimate the position and the flux of any point source present in the field of view. Aims. In order to optimize and experimentally validate this previously proposed method, we applied ANDROMEDA to real VLT/NaCo data. In addition to its pure detection capability, we investigated the possibility of defining simple and efficient criteria for automatic point source extraction able to support the processing of large surveys. Methods. To assess the performan...

  6. A theoretical look at the direct detection of giant planets outside the Solar System.

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    Burrows, Adam

    2005-01-20

    Astronomy is at times a science of unexpected discovery. When it is, and if we are lucky, new intellectual territories emerge to challenge our views of the cosmos. The recent indirect detections using high-precision Doppler spectroscopy of more than 100 giant planets orbiting more than 100 nearby stars is an example of such rare serendipity. What has been learned has shaken out preconceptions, for none of the planetary systems discovered so far is like our own. The key to unlocking a planet's chemical, structural, and evolutionary secrets, however, is the direct detection of the planet's light. Because there have been as yet no confirmed detections, a theoretical analysis of such a planet's atmosphere is necessary for guiding our search. PMID:15662414

  7. Direct optimization of LWIR systems for maximized detection range and minimized size and weight

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    Bates, Rob; Kubala, Kenneth

    2014-05-01

    With reductions in microbolometer size and cost, long-wave infrared (LWIR) systems are increasingly being developed for platforms with challenging size, weight, power, and cost (SWAP-C) constraints, such as helmet-mounted systems and unmanned vehicles. Past optimization of imaging systems toward the simultaneous objectives of improved stand-off detection and low size, weight, and power required an iterative, multi-disciplinary design process. Here we demonstrate the direct optimization of the full LWIR system model including the optics, sensor, signal processing, and display degrees of freedom with system level metrics including SWAP-C and detection range. The end result is a system with superior size and weight for a given detection range.

  8. Direct detection of exoplanets in the 3-10 ?m range with E-ELT/METIS

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    Quanz, Sascha P.; Crossfield, Ian; Meyer, Michael R.; Schmalzl, Eva; Held, Jenny

    2015-04-01

    We quantify the scientific potential for exoplanet imaging with the mid-infrared E-ELT Imager and Spectrograph (METIS) foreseen as one of the instruments of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). We focus on two main science cases: (1) the direct detection of known gas giant planets found by radial velocity (RV) searches; and (2) the direct detection of small (1-4 R?) planets around the nearest stars. Under the assumptions made in our modelling, in particular on the achievable inner working angle and sensitivity, our analyses reveal that within a reasonable amount of observing time METIS is able to image >20 already known, RV-detected planets in at least one filter. Many more suitable planets with dynamically determined masses are expected to be found in the coming years with the continuation of RV-surveys and the results from the GAIA astrometry mission. In addition, by extrapolating the statistics for close-in planets found by Kepler, we expect METIS might detect ~10 small planets with equilibrium temperatures between 200 and 500 K around the nearest stars. This means that (1) METIS will help constrain atmospheric models for gas giant planets by determining for a sizable sample their luminosity, temperature and orbital inclination; and (2) METIS might be the first instrument to image a nearby (super-) Earth-sized planet with an equilibrium temperature near that expected to enable liquid water on a planet surface.

  9. Direct detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in bovine and bubaline tissues through nested-PCR

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    Araújo, Cristina P.; Osório, Ana Luiza A.R.; Jorge, Klaudia S.G.; Ramos, Carlos A.N.; Souza Filho, Antonio F.; Vidal, Carlos E.S.; Vargas, Agueda P.C.; Roxo, Eliana; Rocha, Adalgiza S.; Suffys, Philip N.; Fonseca, Antônio A.; Silva, Marcio R.; Barbosa Neto, José D.; Cerqueira, Valíria D.; Araújo, Flábio R.

    2014-01-01

    Post-mortem bacterial culture and specific biochemical tests are currently performed to characterize the etiologic agent of bovine tuberculosis. Cultures take up to 90 days to develop. A diagnosis by molecular tests such as PCR can provide fast and reliable results while significantly decreasing the time of confirmation. In the present study, a nested-PCR system, targeting rv2807, with conventional PCR followed by real-time PCR, was developed to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTC) organisms directly from bovine and bubaline tissue homogenates. The sensitivity and specificity of the reactions were assessed with DNA samples extracted from tuberculous and non-tuberculous mycobacteria, as well as other Actinomycetales species and DNA samples extracted directly from bovine and bubaline tissue homogenates. Regarding the analytical sensitivity, DNA of the M. bovis AN5 strain was detected up to 1.5 pg by nested-PCR, whereas DNA of M. tuberculosis H37Rv strain was detected up to 6.1 pg. The nested-PCR system showed 100% analytical specificity for MTC when tested with DNA of reference strains of non-tuberculous mycobacteria and closely-related Actinomycetales. A clinical sensitivity level of 76.7% was detected with tissues samples positive for MTC by means of the culture and conventional PCR. A clinical specificity of 100% was detected with DNA from tissue samples of cattle with negative results in the comparative intradermal tuberculin test. These cattle exhibited no visible lesions and were negative in the culture for MTC. The use of the nested-PCR assay to detect M. tuberculosis complex in tissue homogenates provided a rapid diagnosis of bovine and bubaline tuberculosis. PMID:25242951

  10. Novel salicylic acid-oriented thiourea-type receptors as colorimetric chemosensor: Synthesis, characterizations and selective naked-eye recognition properties

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    Li, Shaowei; Cao, Xiufang; Chen, Changshui; Ke, Shaoyong

    2012-10-01

    Based on the salicylic acid backbone, three highly sensitive and selective colorimetric chemosensors with an acylthiourea binding unit have been designed, synthesized and characterized. These chemosensors have been utilized for selective recognition of fluoride anions in dry DMSO solution by typical spectroscopic titration techniques. Furthermore, the obtained chemosensors AR1-3 have shown naked-eye sensitivity for detection of biologically important fluoride ion over other anions in solution.

  11. Readout strategies for directional dark matter detection beyond the neutrino background

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    O'Hare, Ciaran A. J.; Green, Anne M.; Billard, Julien; Figueroa-Feliciano, Enectali; Strigari, Louis E.

    2015-09-01

    The search for weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) by direct detection faces an encroaching background due to coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering. As the sensitivity of these experiments improves, the question of how to best distinguish a dark matter signal from neutrinos will become increasingly important. A proposed method of overcoming this so-called "neutrino floor" is to utilize the directional signature that both neutrino- and dark-matter-induced recoils possess. We show that directional experiments can indeed probe WIMP-nucleon cross sections below the neutrino floor with little loss in sensitivity due to the neutrino background. In particular we find at low WIMP masses (around 6 GeV) the discovery limits for directional detectors penetrate below the nondirectional limit by several orders of magnitude. For high WIMP masses (around 100 GeV), the nondirectional limit is overcome by a factor of a few. Furthermore we show that even for directional detectors which can only measure one- or two-dimensional projections of the three-dimensional recoil track, the discovery potential is only reduced by a factor of 3 at most. We also demonstrate that while the experimental limitations of directional detectors, such as sense recognition and finite angular resolution, have a detrimental effect on the discovery limits, it is still possible to overcome the ultimate neutrino background faced by nondirectional detectors.

  12. Detection of the insulating gap and conductive filament growth direction in resistive memories

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    Yalon, E.; Karpov, I.; Karpov, V.; Riess, I.; Kalaev, D.; Ritter, D.

    2015-09-01

    Filament growth is a key aspect in the operation of bipolar resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices, yet there are conflicting reports in the literature on the direction of growth of conductive filaments in valence change RRAM devices. We report here that an insulating gap between the filament and the semiconductor electrode can be detected by the metal-insulator-semiconductor bipolar transistor structure, and thus provide information on the filament growth direction. Using this technique, we show how voltage polarity and electrode chemistry control the filament growth direction during electro-forming. The experimental results and the nature of a gap between the filament and an electrode are discussed in light of possible models of filament formation.

  13. Detection of Bi-Directionality in Strain-Gage Balance Calibration Data

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    Ulbrich, Norbert

    2012-01-01

    An indicator variable was developed for both visualization and detection of bi-directionality in wind tunnel strain-gage balance calibration data. First, the calculation of the indicator variable is explained in detail. Then, a criterion is discussed that may be used to decide which gage outputs of a balance have bi- directional behavior. The result of this analysis could be used, for example, to justify the selection of certain absolute value or other even function terms in the regression model of gage outputs whenever the Iterative Method is chosen for the balance calibration data analysis. Calibration data of NASA s MK40 Task balance is analyzed to illustrate both the calculation of the indicator variable and the application of the proposed criterion. Finally, bi directionality characteristics of typical multi piece, hybrid, single piece, and semispan balances are determined and discussed.

  14. Polarization-interleave-multiplexed discrete multi-tone modulation with direct detection utilizing MIMO equalization.

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    Zhou, Xian; Zhong, Kangping; Gao, Yuliang; Sui, Qi; Dong, Zhenghua; Yuan, Jinhui; Wang, Liang; Long, Keping; Lau, Alan Pak Tao; Lu, Chao

    2015-04-01

    Discrete multi-tone (DMT) modulation is an attractive modulation format for short-reach applications to achieve the best use of available channel bandwidth and signal noise ratio (SNR). In order to realize polarization-multiplexed DMT modulation with direct detection, we derive an analytical transmission model for dual polarizations with intensity modulation and direct diction (IM-DD) in this paper. Based on the model, we propose a novel polarization-interleave-multiplexed DMT modulation with direct diction (PIM-DMT-DD) transmission system, where the polarization de-multiplexing can be achieved by using a simple multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) equalizer and the transmission performance is optimized over two distinct received polarization states to eliminate the singularity issue of MIMO demultiplexing algorithms. The feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed PIM-DMT-DD system are investigated via theoretical analyses and simulation studies. PMID:25968680

  15. Colorimetric aptasensing of ochratoxin A using Au@Fe3O4 nanoparticles as signal indicator and magnetic separator.

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    Wang, Chengquan; Qian, Jing; Wang, Kun; Yang, Xingwang; Liu, Qian; Hao, Nan; Wang, Chengke; Dong, Xiaoya; Huang, Xingyi

    2016-03-15

    Gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) doped Fe3O4 (Au@Fe3O4) NPs have been synthesized by a facile one-step solvothermal method. The peroxidase-like activity of Au@Fe3O4 NPs was effectively enhanced due to the synergistic effect between the Fe3O4 NPs and Au NPs. On this basis, an efficient colorimetric aptasensor has been developed using the intrinsic dual functionality of the Au@Fe3O4 NPs as signal indicator and magnetic separator. Initially, the amino-modified aptamer specific for a typical mycotoxin, ochratoxin A (OTA), was surface confined on the amino-terminated glass beads surafce using glutaraldehyde as a linker. Subsequently, the amino-modified capture DNA (cDNA) was labeled with the amino-functionalized Au@Fe3O4 NPs and the aptasensor was thus fabricated through the hybridization reaction between cDNA and the aptamers. While upon OTA addition, aptamers preferred to form the OTA-aptamer complex and the Au@Fe3O4 NPs linked on the cDNA were released into the bulk solution. Through a simple magnetic separation, the collected Au@Fe3O4 NPs can produce a blue colored solution in the presence of 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine and H2O2. When the reaction was terminated by addition of H(+) ions, the blue product could be changed into a yellow one with higher absorption intensity. This colorimetric aptasensor can detect as low as 30pgmL(-1) OTA with high specificity. To the best of our knowledge, the present colorimetric aptasensor is the first attempt to use the peroxidase-like activity of nanomaterial for OTA detection, which may provide an acttractive path toward routine quality control of food safety. PMID:26583358

  16. A dual-mode colorimetric and fluorometric "light on" sensor for thiocyanate based on fluorescent carbon dots and unmodified gold nanoparticles.

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    Zhao, Dan; Chen, Chuanxia; Lu, Lixia; Yang, Fan; Yang, Xiurong

    2015-11-23

    A novel, highly sensitive and selective dual-readout (colorimetric and fluorometric) sensor based on fluorescent carbon dots (CDs) and unmodified gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) for the detection of thiocyanate (SCN(-)) was proposed. Amino-functionalized CDs could be readily adsorbed onto the surface of citrate-stabilized AuNPs through Au-N interactions, leading to the aggregation of AuNPs and the nonfluorescent off-state of CDs arising from potential fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). However, SCN(-) had a stronger affinity toward AuNPs and could compete with CDs to bind onto the surface of AuNPs in priority, which prevented the aggregation of AuNPs and fluorescence quenching of CDs. Correspondingly, both the colorimetric and fluorometric signals remained "light-on". The color of the sensing solution remained red and the fluorescence remained unquenched. A distinguishable change in the color was observed at a SCN(-) concentration of 1 ?M by the naked eye and a detection limit as low as 0.036 ?M was obtained by virtue of fluorescence spectroscopy. Both colorimetric and fluorometric sensors exhibited excellent selectivity toward SCN(-) over other common metallic ions and anions. In addition, such a sensing assay featured simplicity, rapidity, cost-effectiveness and ease of operation without further modification. The accuracy and precision were evaluated based on the quantitative detection of SCN(-) in tap water and saliva samples with satisfactory results. PMID:26567774

  17. Direct detection of cancer biomarkers in blood using a “place n play” modular polydimethylsiloxane pump

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    Zhang, Honglian; Li, Gang; Liao, Lingying; Mao, HongJu; Jin, Qinghui; Zhao, Jianlong

    2013-01-01

    Cancer biomarkers have significant potential as reliable tools for the early detection of the disease and for monitoring its recurrence. However, most current methods for biomarker detection have technical difficulties (such as sample preparation and specific detector requirements) which limit their application in point of care diagnostics. We developed an extremely simple, power-free microfluidic system for direct detection of cancer biomarkers in microliter volumes of whole blood. CEA and CYFRA21-1 were chosen as model cancer biomarkers. The system automatically extracted blood plasma from less than 3??l of whole blood and performed a multiplex sample-to-answer assay (nano-ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) technique) without the use of external power or extra components. By taking advantage of the nano-ELISA technique, this microfluidic system detected CEA at a concentration of 50?pg/ml and CYFRA21-1 at a concentration of 60?pg/ml within 60?min. The combination of PnP polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) pump and nano-ELISA technique in a single microchip system shows great promise for the detection of cancer biomarkers in a drop of blood. PMID:24404025

  18. Direct and long-term detection of gene doping in conventional blood samples.

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    Beiter, T; Zimmermann, M; Fragasso, A; Hudemann, J; Niess, A M; Bitzer, M; Lauer, U M; Simon, P

    2011-03-01

    The misuse of somatic gene therapy for the purpose of enhancing athletic performance is perceived as a coming threat to the world of sports and categorized as 'gene doping'. This article describes a direct detection approach for gene doping that gives a clear yes-or-no answer based on the presence or absence of transgenic DNA in peripheral blood samples. By exploiting a priming strategy to specifically amplify intronless DNA sequences, we developed PCR protocols allowing the detection of very small amounts of transgenic DNA in genomic DNA samples to screen for six prime candidate genes. Our detection strategy was verified in a mouse model, giving positive signals from minute amounts (20??l) of blood samples for up to 56 days following intramuscular adeno-associated virus-mediated gene transfer, one of the most likely candidate vector systems to be misused for gene doping. To make our detection strategy amenable for routine testing, we implemented a robust sample preparation and processing protocol that allows cost-efficient analysis of small human blood volumes (200??l) with high specificity and reproducibility. The practicability and reliability of our detection strategy was validated by a screening approach including 327 blood samples taken from professional and recreational athletes under field conditions. PMID:20811468

  19. Ultrasensitive Plasmonic Biosensors for Direct Detection of Biomarker Proteins with The Naked Eye

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    Yanik, Ahmet Ali; Connor, John; Shvets, Gennady; Altug, Hatice

    2012-02-01

    We introduce an ultrasensitive label free biodetection technique based on asymmetric plasmonic Fano resonances. Our sensors bring a number of advantages: (i) ultrasensitive detection limits surpassing gold standard Kretschmann configuration plasmon sensors, (ii) detection of biomarker molecules with ``the naked eye'', (iii) massive multiplexing capabilities. By exploiting extraordinary light transmission phenomena through high quality factor sub-radiant dark modes, we experimentally demonstrate record high figures of merits for intrinsic detection limits surpassing the gold standard BiaCore devices. Our experiments show an order of magnitude improved device performances over the state of art metamaterial and other plasmonic biosensors. Steep dispersion of the plasmonic Fano resonance profiles in engineered plasmonic sensors exhibit dramatic light intensity changes to the slightest perturbations within their local environment. As a spectacular demonstration, we show direct detection of a single monolayer of biomolecules with naked eye using these Fano resonances and the associated Wood's anomalies. The demonstrated sensing platform offers point-of-care diagnostics in resource poor settings by eliminating the need for fluorescent labeling and optical detection instrumentation (such camera, spectrometer, etc.).

  20. A telephoto camera system with shooting direction control by gaze detection

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    Teraya, Daiki; Hachisu, Takumi; Yendo, Tomohiro

    2015-05-01

    For safe driving, it is important for driver to check traffic conditions such as traffic lights, or traffic signs as early as soon. If on-vehicle camera takes image of important objects to understand traffic conditions from long distance and shows these to driver, driver can understand traffic conditions earlier. To take image of long distance objects clearly, the focal length of camera must be long. When the focal length is long, on-vehicle camera doesn't have enough field of view to check traffic conditions. Therefore, in order to get necessary images from long distance, camera must have long-focal length and controllability of shooting direction. In previous study, driver indicates shooting direction on displayed image taken by a wide-angle camera, a direction controllable camera takes telescopic image, and displays these to driver. However, driver uses a touch panel to indicate the shooting direction in previous study. It is cause of disturb driving. So, we propose a telephoto camera system for driving support whose shooting direction is controlled by driver's gaze to avoid disturbing drive. This proposed system is composed of a gaze detector and an active telephoto camera whose shooting direction is controlled. We adopt non-wear detecting method to avoid hindrance to drive. The gaze detector measures driver's gaze by image processing. The shooting direction of the active telephoto camera is controlled by galvanometer scanners and the direction can be switched within a few milliseconds. We confirmed that the proposed system takes images of gazing straight ahead of subject by experiments.