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  1. Ductile-brittle transition behavior of tungsten under shock loading conditions

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    Lassila, D.H.; Gray, G.T. III

    1993-02-01

    In an effort to characterize the ductile-brittle transition behavior of warm forged tungsten under shock loading conditions, we have performed shock/soft-recovery experiments at 22 and 4000 C. Results at 22 C indicate that shock (19 GPa) induced strains appear to be accommodated by fracture processes, i.e. there were no indications of shock induced plastic deformation and the test sample was reduced to rubble. At 400 C, the test sample was recovered intact and the shock induced plasticity caused deformation banding and an increase in the dislocation density of the material. For reasons unclear, almost no change in the post shock mechanical behavior was observed, despite the significant changes in the microstructure. The results of these experiments demonstrate the principal of a ductile-brittle transition behavior of tungsten under uniaxial shock loading conditions and indicate that explosively driven deformation of tungsten of this material will result in pulverization due to shock loading.

  2. Ductile-brittle transition behavior of V-4Cr-4Ti irradiated in the dynamic helium charging experiment

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    Chung, H.M.; Nowicki, L.J.; Busch, D.E.

    1995-04-01

    The objective of this work is to determine the effect of simultaneous displacement damage and dynamically charged helium on the ductile-brittle transition behavior of V-4Cr-4Ti specimens irradiated to 18-31 dpa at 425-600{degrees}C in the Dynamic Helium Charging Experiment (DHCE).

  3. Linking Nanoscales and Dislocation Shielding to the Ductile-Brittle Transition of Silicon

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    Hintsala, Eric; Teresi, Claire; Gerberich, William W.

    2016-06-01

    The ductile-brittle transition of nano/microscale silicon is explored at low-temperature, high stress conditions. A pathway to eventual mechanism maps describing this ductile-brittle transition behavior using sample size, strain rate, and temperature is outlined. First, a discussion of variables controlling the BDT in silicon is given and discussed in the context of development of eventual modeling that could simultaneously incorporate all their effects. For description of energy dissipation by dislocation nucleation from a crack tip, three critical input parameters are identified: the effective stress, activation volume, and activation energy for dislocation motion. These are discussed individually relating to the controlling variables for the BDT. Lastly, possibilities for measuring these parameters experimentally are also described.

  4. Theory of nonequilibrium segregation in an Fe-Mn-Ni ternary alloy and a ductile-brittle-ductile transition

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    Heo, N.H.

    1996-07-01

    In an Fe-8Mn-7Ni ternary alloy, age-hardened by coherently formed face-centered tetragonal MnNi intermetallic compounds within the matrix, a modeling based on a regular solution model is performed to formulate the nonequilibrium grain boundary segregation behaviors of the alloying elements, followed by a ductile-brittle-ductile transition in the alloy. An equation is derived representing the segregation kinetics. It is confirmed from the calculations that the segregation behaviors of the elements are directly controlled by the precipitation reaction in the matrix. The nonequilibrium segregation behaviors are characterized by time-temperature diagrams, which show maximum segregation levels of the elements in an intermediate aging time and temperature range. The calculated results explain theoretically and semiquantitatively the relationship between the nonequilibrium segregation of the elements and the ductile-brittle-ductile transition.

  5. Ductile-brittle-ductile transition and grain boundary segregation of Mn and Ni in an Fe-6Mn-12Ni alloy

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    Heo, N.H.

    1996-05-15

    Recently, Heo and Lee reported a ductile-brittle-ductile (DBD) transition in an Fe-8Mn-7Ni ternary alloy, which was caused by manganese segregation to the grain boundaries and its desegregation into the matrix. More recently Heo theoretically analyzed the nonequilibrium segregation behaviors of the elements in the Fe-8Mn-7Ni alloy. The aim of the present study is to investigate whether other Fe-6Mn-12Ni ternary alloy also shows the ductile-brittle-ductile transition, and is additionally to ascertain whether calculated results are consistent with experimental data. The study encompasses experimental procedures and a modeling based on the previous research. A general discussion will show that such an approach allows a comprehensive understanding of the ductile-brittle-ductile transition in the Fe-Mn-Ni ternary alloys.

  6. PREDICTION OF CHARACTERISTIC LENGTH AND FRACTURE TOUGHNESS IN DUCTILE-BRITTLE TRANSITION

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    Lam, P

    2008-04-15

    Finite element method was used to analyze the three-point bend experimental data of A533B-1 pressure vessel steel obtained by Sherry, Lidbury, and Beardsmore [1] from -160 to -45 C within the ductile-brittle transition regime. As many researchers have shown, the failure stress ({sigma}{sub f}) of the material could be approximated as a constant. The characteristic length, or the critical distance (r{sub c}) from the crack tip, at which {sigma}{sub f} is reached, is shown to be temperature dependent based on the crack tip stress field calculated by the finite element method. With the J-A{sub 2} two-parameter constraint theory in fracture mechanics, the fracture toughness (J{sub C} or K{sub JC}) can be expressed as a function of the constraint level (A{sub 2}) and the critical distance r{sub c}. This relationship is used to predict the fracture toughness of A533B-1 in the ductile-brittle transition regime with a constant {sigma}{sub f} and a set of temperature-dependent r{sub c}. It can be shown that the prediction agrees well with the test data for wide range of constraint levels from shallow cracks (a/W= 0.075) to deep cracks (a/W= 0.5), where a is the crack length and W is the specimen width.

  7. Neutron irradiation effects on the ductile-brittle transition of ferritic/martensitic steels

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    Klueh, R.L.; Alexander, D.J.

    1997-08-01

    Ferritic/martensitic steels such as the conventional 9Cr-1MoVNb (Fe-9Cr-1Mo-0.25V-0.06Nb-0.1C) and 12Cr-1MoVW (Fe-12Cr-1Mo-0.25V-0.5W-0.5Ni-0.2C) steels have been considered potential structural materials for future fusion power plants. The major obstacle to their use is embrittlement caused by neutron irradiation. Observations on this irradiation embrittlement is reviewed. Below 425-450{degrees}C, neutron irradiation hardens the steels. Hardening reduces ductility, but the major effect is an increase in the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) and a decrease in the upper-shelf energy, as measured by a Charpy impact test. After irradiation, DBTT values can increase to well above room temperature, thus increasing the chances of brittle rather than ductile fracture.

  8. Nonequilibrium grain-boundary segregation and ductile-brittle-ductile transition in Fe-Mn-Ni-Ti age-hardening alloy

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    Heo, N.H.

    1996-10-01

    Nonequilibrium segregation kinetics of alloying elements and a ductile-brittle-ductile transition behavior have been investigated in an Fe-8.4Mn-7.4Ni-1.7Ti alloy. The alloy experienced a ductile-brittle-ductile (DBD) transition during isothermal aging. In the brittle region, the alloy showed a decrease in intergranular fracture strength and a subsequent increase with aging time. This is due to the segregation of titanium to the grain boundaries and its desegregation into the matrix. The intergranular fracture strength was higher on the zero tensile elongation finish curve than on the start curve. This is because the grain-boundary segregation level of titanium is relatively lower on the finish curve. The lowest intergranular fracture strength increased with increasing aging temperature, which was attributed to a lower grain-boundary segregation level of titanium at higher temperature. Manganese caused an overall reduction in intergranular fracture strength and, as a result, the delayed occurrence of the zero tensile elongation (ZTE) finish curve in a temperature and long-time plot.

  9. Effects of neutron irradiation and hydrogen on ductile-brittle transition temperatures of V-Cr-Ti alloys*1

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    Loomis, B. A.; Chung, H. M.; Nowicki, L. J.; Smith, D. L.

    1994-09-01

    The effects of neutron irradiation and hydrogen on the ductile-brittle transition temperatures (DBTTs) of unalloyed vanadium and V-Cr-Ti alloys were determined from Charpy-impact tests on {1}/{3} ASTM-standard-size specimens and from impact tests on 3-mm diameter discs. The tests were conducted on specimens containing < 30 appm hydrogen and 600-1200 appm hydrogen and on specimens after neutron irradiation to 28-46 atom displacements per atom at 420, 520, and 600°C. The DBTTs were minimum (< -220°C) for V-(1-5)Ti alloys and for V-4Cr- 4Ti alloy with < 30 appm hydrogen. The effect of 600-1200 appm hydrogen in the specimens was to raise the DBTTs by 60-100°C. The DBTTs were minimum (< -200°C) for V-(3-5)Ti and V-4Cr-4Ti alloys after neutron irradiation.

  10. The ductile-brittle size transition of iron aluminide ligaments in an FeAl/TiC composite

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    Subramanian, R.; Schneibel, J.H.

    1998-08-10

    The fracture surfaces of FeAl/TiC composites containing 70 vol% TiC were investigated. Since thin iron aluminide ligaments in the composites fractured in a ductile manner, whereas thicker ones fractured by cleavage, a systematic correlation of the fracture mode to the ligament thickness was performed. The results clearly show that FeAl ligaments thicker than about 1--2 {micro}m fracture by cleavage and those smaller in size fracture predominantly in a ductile manner. The ductile failure mode is attributed to the limited dislocation pile-up distance available for very thin ligaments, which prevents high stresses from building up and eliminates cleavage fracture. It is also shown that the ductile-brittle transition size is controlled by alloying and/or heat treatment. No significant dependence of the fracture toughness on the fracture mode would be found.

  11. A Unified Cohesive Zone Approach to Model Ductile Brittle Transition in Reactor Pressure Vessel Steels

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    Pritam Chakraborty; S. Bulent Biner

    2014-08-01

    In this study, a unified cohesive zone model has been proposed to predict, Ductile to Brittle Transition, DBT, in Reactor Pressure Vessel, RPV, steels. A general procedure is described to obtain the Cohesive Zone Model, CZM, parameters for the different temperatures and fracture probabilities. In order to establish the full master-curve, the procedure requires three calibration points with one at the upper-shelf for ductile fracture and two for the fracture probabilities, Pf, of 5% and 95% at the lower-shelf. In the current study, these calibrations were carried out by utilizing the experimental fracture toughness values and flow curves. After the calibration procedure, the simulations of fracture behavior (ranging from completely unstable to stable crack extension behavior) in one inch thick compact tension specimens at different temperatures yielded values that were comparable to the experimental fracture toughness values, indicating the viability of such unified modeling approach.

  12. Application of a J-Q model for fracture in the ductile-brittle transition

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    Landes, J.D.

    1997-12-01

    A model to predict cleavage failure of precracked bodies in the transition region for steels was recently proposed by the author. It is based on the concept that the stress-controlled fracture of a weak link triggers the failure of the entire body. The stress that triggers fracture is predicted by a numerical crack-tip stress analysis. The model uses toughness measured at one condition as input to predict toughness at another. For example, toughness measured at one temperature can be used to predict toughness at another temperature, or toughness measured from one geometry can be used to predict toughness for another geometry. In this paper the model is applied to predict transition toughness for some cases where the toughness is known so that the predictions from the model can be evaluated. The results show that the predictions have the same trends as many of the measured transition toughness results. The model is also applied to several component-type geometries to show that it can be used to transfer laboratory results to structural component models.

  13. Effect of Thermal Aging on Ductile-Brittle Transition Temperature of Modified 9Cr-1Mo Steel Evaluated with Reference Temperature Approach Under Dynamic Loading Condition

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    Sathyanarayanan, S.; Basu, Joysurya; Moitra, A.; Sasikala, G.; Singh, V.

    2013-05-01

    The effect of thermal aging on the ductile-brittle transition behavior has been assessed for a modified 9Cr-1Mo steel (P91) using the reference temperature approach under dynamic loading condition ( T {0/dy}). The steel in normalized and tempered (NT) condition and in different levels of subsequent cold work (CW) was subjected to thermal aging at temperatures of 873 K and 923 K (600 °C and 650 °C) for 5000 and 10,000 hours. For the NT and all the cold work conditions of the starting material, a drastic increase in T {0/dy} has been noticed after aging at 923 K (650 °C) for 10,000 h. A moderate increase was observed for the NT steel aged at 873 K (600 °C) for 5000 hours and for the 10 pct CW steel aged at 873 K (600 °C) for 10,000 h. A detailed transmission electron microscope (TEM) study of the embrittled materials aged at 923 K (650 °C)/10,000 hours and 873 K (600 °C)/10,000 hours has indicated presence of hexagonal Laves phase of Fe2(Mo,Nb) type with different size and spatial distributions. The increase in the T {0/dy} is attributed to the embrittling effect of a network of Laves phase precipitates along the grain boundaries.

  14. Positive feedback between strain localization and fluid flow at the ductile-brittle transition leading to Pb-Zn-Fe-Cu-Ag ore deposits in Lavrion (Greece)

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    Scheffer, Christophe; Tarantola, Alexandre; Vanderhaeghe, Olivier

    2016-04-01

    At the crustal scale, the ductile-brittle transition (DBT) might correspond to a physical barrier that separates a deep reservoir of metamorphic and magmatic fluids from a shallow reservoir of surficial fluids. Rock rheology, and thus the location of the DBT, is mainly governed by lithology, temperature and the presence/absence of fluids. Accordingly, the position of the DBT potentially evolves during orogenic evolution owing to thermal evolution and fluid circulation. In turn rocks are transferred across it during burial and exhumation. These processes induce connections between fluid reservoirs which might play a role on ore deposition. In this contribution, we discuss the impact of lithological heterogeneities on deformation, fluid flow and ore deposition based on the example of the Lavrion low-angle top-to-the-SSW detachment accommodating gravitational collapse of the Hellenides orogenic belt in Greece. The Lavrion peninsula, localized along the western boundary of the Attic-Cycladic Metamorphic Core Complex, is characterized by Pb-Zn-Fe-Cu-Ag ore mineralization mainly concentrated along a lithological contact (marble/schists) below and within a detachment shear zone. The mylonitic marble below the detachment shear zone is composed of white layers of pure marble alternating with blue layers containing impurities (SiO2, Al2O3, organic matter…). Development of the mylonitic fabric in competent impure blue marble is associated with its preferred dolomitization related to focused fluid infiltration. This mylonitic marble is cross-cut by several cataclastic horizons preferentially developed within the more competent impure blue marble and newly-crystallized dolomitic horizon. These cataclasites are invaded by fluorite and calcite gangue minerals showing locally Mn, Pb, Zn, Fe oxides and/or hydroxides, sphalerite, Ag-galena, Ag-sulfur and native Ag. Oxygen and carbon stable isotopes performed on marble sections point out decarbonation with magmatic contribution and

  15. Modeling the Ductile Brittle Fracture Transition in Reactor Pressure Vessel Steels using a Cohesive Zone Model based approach

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    Pritam Chakraborty; S. Bulent Biner

    2013-10-01

    Fracture properties of Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) steels show large variations with changes in temperature and irradiation levels. Brittle behavior is observed at lower temperatures and/or higher irradiation levels whereas ductile mode of failure is predominant at higher temperatures and/or lower irradiation levels. In addition to such temperature and radiation dependent fracture behavior, significant scatter in fracture toughness has also been observed. As a consequence of such variability in fracture behavior, accurate estimates of fracture properties of RPV steels are of utmost importance for safe and reliable operation of reactor pressure vessels. A cohesive zone based approach is being pursued in the present study where an attempt is made to obtain a unified law capturing both stable crack growth (ductile fracture) and unstable failure (cleavage fracture). The parameters of the constitutive model are dependent on both temperature and failure probability. The effect of irradiation has not been considered in the present study. The use of such a cohesive zone based approach would allow the modeling of explicit crack growth at both stable and unstable regimes of fracture. Also it would provide the possibility to incorporate more physical lower length scale models to predict DBT. Such a multi-scale approach would significantly improve the predictive capabilities of the model, which is still largely empirical.

  16. A simplified ductile-brittle transition temperature tester

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    Arias, A.

    1973-01-01

    The construction and operation of a versatile, simplified bend tester is described. The tester is usable at temperatures from - 192 to 650 C in air. Features of the tester include a single test chamber for cryogenic or elevated temperatures, specimen alining support rollers, and either manual or motorized operation.

  17. Ductile, Brittle Failure Characteristics as Determined by the State of the Material and the Imposed State of Stress

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    Christensen, R M

    2004-02-05

    A method is developed for determining whether a particular mode of failure is expected to be of ductile type or brittle type depending upon both the state of the material and the particular state of stressing the isotropic material to failure. The state of the material is determined by two specific failure properties and a newly formulated failure theory. The ductile versus brittle criterion then involves the state of the material specification and the mean normal stress part of the imposed stress state. Several examples are given for different stress states and a spectrum of materials types. Closely related to the failure mode types are the orientations of the associated failure surfaces. The resulting failure surface angle predictions are compared with those from the Coulomb-Mohr failure criterion. In uniaxial tension, only the present method correctly predicts the octahedral failure angle at the ductile limit, and also shows a distinct failure mode transition from ductile type to brittle type as the state of the material changes. The explicit D-B criterion and the related failure surface orientation methodology are intended to provide a refinement and generalization of the ductile-brittle transition viewed only as a state property to also include a dependence upon the type of stress state taken to failure.

  18. Transient failure behavior of HT9

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    Huang, F.H.

    1994-07-01

    Alloy HT9 has-been chosen as candidate materials for fast and fusion reactor applications because the.material exhibits excellent resistance to void swelling. However, ferritic alloys are known to undergo a ductile-brittle transition as the test temperature is decreased. This inherent problem has limited their applications to reactor component materials subjected to low neutron exposures. Despite the ductile-brittle transition problem, results show that the materials exhibit superior resistance to fracture under very high neutron fluences at irradiation temperatures above 380C. Results also show that the transient behavior for HT9 cladding specimens taken from the fuel column region and cladding taken from outside the fuel column or unirradiated cladding are the same. HT9 cladding maintained its transient strength with irradiation to a fluence of 9 {times} 10{sup 22} n/cm{sup 2} (E > 0.1 MeV).

  19. Review of deformation behavior of tungsten at temperature less than 0.2 absolute melting temperature

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    Stephens, J. R.

    1972-01-01

    The deformation behavior of tungsten at temperatures 0.2 T sub m is reviewed, with primary emphasis on the temperature dependence of the yield stress and the ductile-brittle transition temperature. It appears that a model based on the high Peierls stress of tungsten best accounts for the observed mechanical behavior at low temperatures. Recent research is discussed which suggests an important role of electron concentration and bonding on the mechanical behavior of tungsten. It is concluded that future research on tungsten should include studies to define more clearly the correlation between electron concentration and mechanical behavior of tungsten alloys and other transition metal alloys.

  20. A review of the deformation behavior of tungsten at temperatures less than 0.2 of the melting point /K/

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    Stephens, J. R.

    1974-01-01

    The deformation behavior of tungsten at temperatures below 0.2 times the absolute melting temperature is reviewed with primary emphasis on the temperature dependence of the yield stress and the ductile-brittle transition. It is concluded that a model based on the high Peierls stress of tungsten best accounts for the observed mechanical behavior at low temperatures. Recent research suggests an important role of electron concentration and bonding on the mechanical behavior of tungsten. Future research on tungsten should include studies to define more clearly the correlation between electron concentration and mechanical behavior of alloys of tungsten and other transition metal alloys.

  1. Influence of crack orientation on the ductile-brittle behavior in Fe-3 wt.% Si single crystals

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    Spielmannova, Alena Landa, Michal; Machova, Anna; Hausild, Petr; Lejcek, Pavel

    2007-10-15

    In this paper we present experimental results from fracture tests performed at room temperature on bcc iron-silicon single crystals with edge cracks of two different orientations (001)[110] and (- 110)[110]. The cracks were loaded under mode I. The fracture toughness and acoustic emission response were measured, and a fractographic analysis obtained via scanning electron microscopy was carried out. Experimental results confirm the basic predictions pertaining to the influence of crack orientation on crack stability from continuum modeling and molecular dynamic simulations in bcc iron.

  2. Mechanical behavior of tungsten shaped charge liner materials

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    Lassila, D.H.

    1993-08-01

    Radiographs of jets produced by shaped charges with tungsten liners have documented both ductile and brittle breakup behavior. The relationships between the varying breakup behavior of tungsten shaped charge jets and metallurgical characteristics and/or mechanical behavior of the liner are not understood. In this paper the mechanical behavior of warm-forged and chemical-vapor-deposition (CVD) tungsten is discussed relative to the typical deformation history of an element of liner material which becomes part of the jet. The analyses suggest the following: (1) tungsten liner material is damaged, or possibly pulverized, during shock loading at the high-explosive detonation front; (2) pulverized material is consolidated in the convergence zone under conditions of high pressure, and (3) variations in observed breakup behavior of tungsten may be related to high temperature embrittlement. The low temperature ductile-brittle transition temperature of tungsten (DBTT) is not believed to be directly related to observed variations in break-up behavior of jets.

  3. Application of fracture toughness scaling models to the ductile-to- brittle transition

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    Link, R.E.; Joyce, J.A.

    1996-01-01

    An experimental investigation of fracture toughness in the ductile-brittle transition range was conducted. A large number of ASTM A533, Grade B steel, bend and tension specimens with varying crack lengths were tested throughout the transition region. Cleavage fracture toughness scaling models were utilized to correct the data for the loss of constraint in short crack specimens and tension geometries. The toughness scaling models were effective in reducing the scatter in the data, but tended to over-correct the results for the short crack bend specimens. A proposed ASTM Test Practice for Fracture Toughness in the Transition Range, which employs a master curve concept, was applied to the results. The proposed master curve over predicted the fracture toughness in the mid-transition and a modified master curve was developed that more accurately modeled the transition behavior of the material. Finally, the modified master curve and the fracture toughness scaling models were combined to predict the as-measured fracture toughness of the short crack bend and the tension specimens. It was shown that when the scaling models over correct the data for loss of constraint, they can also lead to non-conservative estimates of the increase in toughness for low constraint geometries.

  4. Microscopic failure behavior of nanoporous Gold

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    Biener, J; Hodge, A; Hamza, A

    2005-01-10

    Nanoporous metals have recently attracted considerable interest fueled by potential sensor and actuator applications. One of the key issues in this context is the synthesis of high yield strength materials. Nanoporous Au (np-Au) has been suggested as a candidate due to its monolithic character. The material can be synthesized by dealloying Ag-Au alloys, and exhibits an open sponge-like morphology of interconnecting Au ligaments with a typical pore size distribution on the nanometer length scale. Unfortunately, very little is known about the mechanical properties of np-Au besides a length-scale dependent ductile-brittle transition. A key question in this context is: what causes the macroscopic brittleness of np-Au? Is the normal dislocation-mediated plastic deformation suppressed in nanoscale Au ligaments, or is the brittleness a consequence of the macroscopic morphology? Here, we report on the fracture behavior of nanoporous Au studied by scanning electron microscopy. Specifically, we demonstrate the microscopic ductility of nanometer-sized Au ligaments. The observed fracture behavior seems to be general for nanoporous metals, and can be understood in terms of simple fuse networks.

  5. Multiscaling behavior in transition economies

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    Litvin, Vladimir A.

    2004-12-01

    A comparable statistical analysis for the currency exchange rates of the countries with transition economies has been made. Self-criticality has been demonstrated and studied. Non-linear effect for self-criticality indexes has been demonstrated. All effects are essentially nonlinear and differ from ones in the advanced economies.

  6. Theoretical study of electronic structure, phase transition, elastic, and thermodynamic properties of ReN

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    Lei, Hui-Ru; Zhu, Jun; Hao, Yan-Jun; Zhang, Lin; Yu, Bai-Ru; Chen, Long-Qing; Zou, Yang-Chun

    2015-02-01

    Phase transition of rhenium mononitride (ReN) in NaCl, CsCl, zincblende (ZB), NbO, wurtzite (WZ), NiAs, WC, PtS, Pmn21 and Cmc21 structures have been studied by using the projector augmented wave method. It is found that NbO-type structure is the most stable. This conclusion is consistent with the report of Wang et al., while contrary to the results of Zhao et al., Chen et al., Asvini et al., and Hlynsson et al. The phase transition from NbO-type to NiAs-type occurs at ca. 52.8 GPa, which is also in good agreement with that of Wang et al. The elastic constants of NbO- and NiAs-type ReN under high pressure are calculated and found to be increased with the increasing pressures. At the same time, the ductile-brittle behavior is evaluated by Pugh's criteria. Also, we have predicted the density of states and Vickers hardness for NbO and NiAs types of ReN. Finally, the Debye temperature ΘD, thermal expansion α and heat capacity CV for NbO-type structure at high pressures are also derived through the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  7. In Situ Observation of Creep and Fatigue Failure Behavior for Plasma-Sprayed Thermal Barrier Coating Systems

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    Takahashi, Satoru; Harada, Yoshio

    In order to investigate crack initiation sites and the crack propagation behavior in connection with the microstructure of thermal barrier coating (TBC) systems under creep and fatigue loadings, the failure behavior was observed in situ for plasma-sprayed TBC systems by optical microscopy, as a first step for elucidating the thermo-mechanical failure mechanism. Two types of TBC systems with differing top-coat (TC) microstructures were prepared by changing the processing conditions. The mechanical failure behavior of TBC system was found to depend strongly on the loading conditions. Under static creep loading, many segmentation cracks in the TC widened with increasing creep strain in the substrate. However, the propagation of these cracks into the bond-coat (BC) and alloy substrate was prevented due to the stress relief induced by plastic flow in the BC layer at elevated temperatures. As a result, the TBC system exhibited typical creep rupture behavior with nucleation and coalescence of microcracks in the alloy substrate interior regardless of the TC microstructure. Under dynamic fatigue loading, on the other hand, many fatigue cracks initiated not only from the tips of segmentation cracks in the TC layer but also from the TC/BC interface. Furthermore, it was found that the fatigue cracks propagated into the BC and alloy substrate even at elevated temperatures above the ductile-brittle transition temperature of the BC; the fatigue failure behavior under dynamic fatigue loading was dependent on the TC microstructure and the properties of the TC/BC interface.

  8. Nonuniversal surface behavior of dynamic phase transitions.

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    Riego, Patricia; Berger, Andreas

    2015-06-01

    We have studied the dynamic phase transition (DPT) of the kinetic Ising model in systems with surfaces within the mean-field approximation. Varying the surface exchange coupling strength J(s), the amplitude of the externally applied oscillating field h(0), and its period P, we explore the dynamic behavior of the layer-dependent magnetization and the associated DPTs. The surface phase diagram shows several features that resemble those of the equilibrium case, with an extraordinary bulk transition and a surface transition for high J(s) values, independent from the value of h(0). For low J(s), however, h(0) is found to be a crucial parameter that leads to nonuniversal surface behavior at the ordinary bulk transition point. Specifically, we observed here a bulk-supported surface DPT for high field amplitudes h(0) and correspondingly short critical periods P(c), whereas this surface transition simultaneous to the bulk one is suppressed for slow critical dynamics occurring for low values of h(0). The suppression of the DPT for low h(0) not only occurs for the topmost surface layer, but also affects a significant number of subsurface layers. We find that the key physical quantity that explains this nonuniversal behavior is the time correlation between the dynamic surface and bulk magnetizations at the bulk critical point. This time correlation has to pass a threshold value to trigger a bulk-induced DPT in the surface layers. Otherwise, dynamic phase transitions are absent at the surface in stark contrast to the equilibrium behavior of the corresponding thermodynamic Ising model. Also, we have analyzed the penetration depth of the dynamically ordered phase for the surface DPT that occurs for large J(s) values. Here we find that the penetration depth depends strongly on J(s) and behaves identically to the corresponding equilibrium Ising model. PMID:26172695

  9. Behavior of Zr1%Nb Fuel Cladding under Accident Conditions

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    Perez-Fero, E.; Hozer, Z.; Windberg, P.; Nagy, I.; Vimi, A.; Ver, N.; Matus, L.; Kunstar, M.; Novotny, T.; Horvath, M.; Gyori, Cs.

    2007-07-01

    The behavior of the VVER fuel (E110) cladding under accident conditions has been investigated at the AEKI in order to study the role of oxidation and hydrogen uptake on the cladding embrittlement and to understand the phenomena that took place during the Paks-2 cleaning tank incident (2003). The test programme covered small scale tests and large scale tests with electrically heated 7-rod bundles in the CODEX (Core Degradation Experiment) facility. Since a hydrogen rich atmosphere could have been formed in the closed tank, the experiments were carried out in hydrogen-steam mixture. According to the results of the small scale tests, a former correlation for the ductile-brittle transitions of E110 in pure steam remained valid in hydrogen rich steam atmosphere as well. During the large scale tests the main conditions of the incident were reconstructed. The test characterized the high temperature oxidation and embrittlement of zirconium in hydrogen rich steam. The observed cladding failure phenomena and the extent of the damage of the test bundle in the quenching phase were very similar to those of the VVER assemblies in the incident. The simulation of the cleaning tank incident provided detailed information on the most probable scenario of the incident. (authors)

  10. Thermo-mechanical fatigue behavior of the intermetallic gamma-TiAl alloy TNB-V5 with different microstructures

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    Roth, M.; Biermann, H.

    2010-07-01

    The cyclic deformation and fatigue behavior of the γ-TiAl alloy TNB-V5 is studied under thermo-mechanical load for the three technically important microstructures Fully-Lamellar (FL), Near-Gamma (NG) and Duplex (DP), respectively. Thus, thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) tests were carried out with different temperature-strain cycles, different temperature ranges from 400°C to 800°C and with two different strain ranges. Cyclic deformation curves, stress-strain hysteresis loops and fatigue lives are presented. The type of microstructure shows a surprisingly small influence on the cyclic deformation and fatigue behavior under TMF conditions. For a general life prediction the damage parameter of Smith, Watson and Topper PSWT is well suitable, if the testing and the application temperature ranges, respectively, include temperatures above the ductile-brittle transition temperature (approx. 750°C). If the maximum temperature is below that temperature, the brittle materials' behavior yields a high scatter of fatigue lives and a low slope of the fatigue life curve and therefore the damage parameter PSWT cannot be applied for the live prediction.

  11. Corrosion behavior of mesoporous transition metal nitrides

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    Yang, Minghui; Allen, Amy J.; Nguyen, Minh T.; Ralston, Walter T.; MacLeod, Michelle J.; DiSalvo, Francis J.

    2013-09-15

    Transition metal nitrides (TMN) have many desirable characteristics such as high hardness and good thermal stability under reducing conditions. This work reports an initial survey of the chemical stability of mesoporous TMNs (TM=Nb, V, Cr and Ti) in water at 80 °C at neutral, acidic and alkaline pH. The mesoporous TMNs had specific surface areas of 25–60 m{sup 2}/g with average pore sizes ranging from 10 to 50 nm. The high surface areas of these materials enhance the rate of corrosion per unit mass over that of a bulk material, making detection of corrosion much easier. The products were characterized by Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) patterns and by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Several nitrides have corrosion rates that are, within error, not distinguishable from zero (±1 Å/day). Of the nitrides examined, CrN appears to be the most corrosion resistant under acidic conditions. None of the nitrides studied are corrosion resistant under alkaline conditions. - Graphical abstract: Corrosion behavior of mesoporous transition metal nitrides (TM=Nb, V, Cr and Ti) in acidic and alkaline solutions at 80 °C for 2 weeks. Display Omitted - highlights: • Corrosion rates of mesoporous transition metal nitrides in aqueous solution is reported. • The mesoporous TMNs had surface areas of 25–60 m{sup 2}/g. • CrN is the most corrosion resistant under the conditions studied.

  12. Effect of He implantation on fracture behavior and microstructural evolution in F82H

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    Yabuuchi, Kiyohiro; Sato, Kiminori; Nogami, Shuhei; Hasegawa, Akira; Ando, Masami; Tanigawa, Hiroyasu

    2014-12-01

    Reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steels (RAFMs) are the primary candidate structural materials for fusion reactor blanket components. He bubbles, which formed under 14 MeV neutron irradiation, is considered to cause some mechanical property changes. In a previous study, Hasegawa et al. investigated the fracture behavior using Charpy impact test of He implanted F82H by 50 MeV α-particles with cyclotron accelerator, and the ductile brittle transition temperature (DBTT) was increased and intergranular fracture (IGF) was observed. However, the cause of the IGF was not shown in the previous study. To clarify the cause of the IGF of the He implanted F82H by 50 MeV α-particles with cyclotron accelerator, the microstructure of the He implanted F82H was investigated. After Charpy impact test at 233 K, the brittle fracture surface of the He implanted specimen was observed by SEM and TEM. By SEM observation, grain boundary surface was clearly observed from the bottom of the notch to a depth of about 400 μm. This area correspond to the He implanted region. On the other hand, at unimplanted region, river pattern was observed and transgranular fracture occurred. TEM observation revealed the He bubbles agglomeration at dislocations, lath boundaries, and grain boundaries, and the coarsening of precipitates on grain boundaries. IGF of the He implanted F82H was caused by both He bubbles and coarsening precipitates.

  13. The Timing of School Transitions and Early Adolescent Problem Behavior

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    Lippold, Melissa A.; Powers, Christopher J.; Syvertsen, Amy K.; Feinberg, Mark E.; Greenberg, Mark T.

    2013-01-01

    This longitudinal study investigates whether rural adolescents who transition to a new school in sixth grade have higher levels of risky behavior than adolescents who transition in seventh grade. Our findings indicate that later school transitions had little effect on problem behavior between sixth and ninth grades. Cross-sectional analyses found…

  14. Transitional behavior in hydrodynamically coupled oscillators

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    Box, S.; Debono, L.; Phillips, D. B.; Simpson, S. H.

    2015-02-01

    In this article we consider the complete set of synchronized and phase-locked states available to pairs of hydrodynamically coupled colloidal rotors, consisting of spherical beads driven about circular paths in the same, and in opposing senses. Oscillators such as these have previously been used as coarse grained, minimal models of beating cilia. Two mechanisms are known to be important in establishing synchrony. The first involves perturbation of the driving force, and the second involves deformation of the rotor trajectory. We demonstrate that these mechanisms are of similar strength, in the regime of interest, and interact to determine observed behavior. Combining analysis and simulation with experiments performed using holographic optical tweezers, we show how varying the amplitude of the driving force perturbation leads to a transition from synchronized to phase-locked states. Analogies with biological systems are discussed, as are implications for the design of biomimetic devices.

  15. The Timing of School Transitions and Early Adolescent Problem Behavior

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    Lippold, Melissa A.; Powers, Christopher J.; Syvertsen, Amy K.; Feinberg, Mark E.; Greenberg, Mark T.

    2013-01-01

    This longitudinal study investigates whether rural adolescents who transition to a new school in sixth grade have higher levels of risky behavior than adolescents who transition in seventh grade. Our findings indicate that later school transitions had little effect on problem behavior between sixth and ninth grades. Cross-sectional analyses found a small number of temporary effects of transition timing on problem behavior: Spending an additional year in elementary school was associated with higher levels of deviant behavior in the Fall of Grade 6 and higher levels of antisocial peer associations in Grade 8. However, transition effects were not consistent across waves and latent growth curve models found no effects of transition timing on the trajectory of problem behavior. We discuss policy implications and compare our findings with other research on transition timing. PMID:24089584

  16. Impact properties and hardening behavior of laser and electron-beam welds of V-4Cr-4Ti

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    Chung, H.M.; Strain, R.V.; Tsai, H.C.; Park, J.H.; Smith, D.L.

    1996-10-01

    The authors are conducting a program to develop an optimal laser welding procedure that can be applied to large-scale fusion-reactor structural components to be fabricated from vanadium-base alloys. Results of initial investigation of mechanical properties and hardening behavior of laser and electron-beam (EB) welds of the production-scale heat of V-4Cr-4Ti (500-kg Heat 832665) in as-welded and postwelding heat-treated (PWHT) conditions are presented in this paper. The laser weld was produced in air using a 6-kW continuous CO{sub 2} laser at a welding speed of {approx}45 mm/s. Microhardness of the laser welds was somewhat higher than that of the base metal, which was annealed at a nominal temperature of {approx}1050{degrees}C for 2 h in the factory. In spite of the moderate hardening, ductile-brittle transition temperatures (DBTTs) of the initial laser ({approx}80{degrees}C) and EB ({approx}30{degrees}C) welds were significantly higher than that of the base metal ({approx}{minus}170{degrees}C). However, excellent impact properties, with DBTT < {minus}80{degrees}C and similar to those of the base metal, could be restored in both the laser and EB welds by postwelding annealing at 1000{degrees}C for 1 h in vacuum.

  17. Transitional Probability Analysis of Two Child Behavior Analytic Therapy Cases

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    Xavier, Rodrigo Nunes; Kanter, Jonathan William; Meyer, Sonia Beatriz

    2012-01-01

    This paper aimed to highlight the process of therapist direct contingent responding to shape client behavior in two Child Behavior Analytic Therapy (CBAT) cases using transitional probabilities. The Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Rating Scale (FAPRS) was used to code client behaviors and the Multidimensional System for Coding Behaviors in…

  18. Comparison of fracture behavior for low-swelling ferritic and austenitic alloys irradiated in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) to 180 DPA

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    Huang, F.H.

    1992-02-01

    Fracture toughness testing was conducted to investigate the radiation embrittlement of high-nickel superalloys, modified austenitic steels and ferritic steels. These materials have been experimentally proven to possess excellent resistance to void swelling after high neutron exposures. In addition to swelling resistance, post-irradiation fracture resistance is another important criterion for reactor material selection. By means of fracture mechanics techniques the fracture behavior of those highly irradiated alloys was characterized in terms of irradiation and test conditions. Precipitation-strengthened alloys failed by channel fracture with very low postirradiation ductility. The fracture toughness of titanium-modified austenitic stainless steel D9 deteriorates with increasing fluence to about 100 displacement per atom (dpa), the fluence level at which brittle fracture appears to occur. Ferritic steels such as HT9 are the most promising candidate materials for fast and fusion reactor applications. The upper-shelf fracture toughness of alloy HT9 remained adequate after irradiation to 180 dpa although its ductile- brittle transition temperature (DBTT) shift by low temperature irradiation rendered the material susceptible to brittle fracture at room temperature. Understanding the fracture characteristics under various irradiation and test conditions helps reduce the potential for brittle fracture by permitting appropriate measure to be taken.

  19. Mechanical Properties and Fracture Behavior of Nanoporous Au

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    Biener, J; Hodge, A M; Wang, Y M; Hayes, J R; Hamza, A V

    2005-06-16

    Nanoporous metals have recently attracted considerable interest fueled by potential sensor and actuator applications. From a material science point of view, one of the key issues in this context is the synthesis of nanoporous metals with both high tensile and compressive strength. Nanoporous gold (np-Au) has been suggested as a candidate material for this application due to its monolithic character. The material can be synthesized by electrochemically-driven dealloying of Ag-Au alloys, and exhibits an open sponge-like structure of interconnecting ligaments with a typical pore size distribution on the nanometer length scale. However, besides the observation of a ductile-brittle transition very little is known about the mechanical behavior of this material. Here, we present our results regarding the mechanical properties and the fracture behavior of np-Au. Depth-sensing nanoindentation reveals that the yield strength of np-Au is almost one order of magnitude higher than the value predicted by scaling laws developed for macroscopic open-cell foams. The unexpectedly high value of the yield strength indicates the presence of a distinct size effect of the mechanical properties due to the sub-micron dimensions of the ligaments, thus potentially opening a door to a new class of high yield strength--low density materials. The failure mechanism of np-Au under tensile stress was evaluated by microscopic examination of fracture surfaces using scanning electron microscopy. On a macroscopic level, np-Au is a very brittle material. However, microscopically np-Au is very ductile as ligaments strained by as much as 200% can be observed in the vicinity of crack tips. Cell-size effects on the microscopic failure mechanism were studied by annealing experiments whereby increasing the typical pore size/ligament diameter from {approx}100 nm to {approx}1{micro}m.

  20. Adolescents' transitions to behavioral autonomy after German unification.

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    Haase, Claudia M; Silbereisen, Rainer K; Reitzle, Matthias

    2008-06-01

    The present study examined the timing of behavioral autonomy transitions in two same-aged cohorts of East German adolescents assessed in 1991 and 1996. An earlier timing of autonomy privileges was associated with higher deviant behavior. A later timing of autonomy privileges and responsibilities was linked to structural constraints, specifically, to parental unemployment. Between 1991 and 1996 significant timing differences were observed for some autonomy transitions in the East, implying an adaptation to Western timetables. Our findings illustrate the plasticity of autonomy transitions under conditions of social change. PMID:17688937

  1. Behavioral Risks during the Transition from High School to College

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    Fromme, Kim; Corbin, William R.; Kruse, Marc I.

    2008-01-01

    The transition from high school to college is an important developmental milestone that holds the potential for personal growth and behavioral change. A cohort of 2,245 students was recruited during the summer before they matriculated into college and completed Internet-based surveys about their participation in a variety of behavioral risks…

  2. Adolescents' Transitions to Behavioral Autonomy after German Unification

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    Haase, Claudia M.; Silbereisen, Rainer K.; Reitzle, Matthias

    2008-01-01

    The present study examined the timing of behavioral autonomy transitions in two same-aged cohorts of East German adolescents assessed in 1991 and 1996. An earlier timing of autonomy privileges was associated with higher deviant behavior. A later timing of autonomy privileges and responsibilities was linked to structural constraints, specifically,…

  3. High Throughput Interrogation of Behavioral Transitions in C. elegans

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    Liu, Mochi; Shaevitz, Joshua; Leifer, Andrew

    We present a high-throughput method to probe transformations from neural activity to behavior in Caenorhabditis elegans to better understand how organisms change behavioral states. We optogenetically deliver white-noise stimuli to target sensory or inter neurons while simultaneously recording the movement of a population of worms. Using all the postural movement data collected, we computationally classify stereotyped behaviors in C. elegans by clustering based on the spectral properties of the instantaneous posture. (Berman et al., 2014) Transitions between these behavioral clusters indicate discrete behavioral changes. To study the neural correlates dictating these transitions, we perform model-driven experiments and employ Linear-Nonlinear-Poisson cascades that take the white-noise stimulus as the input. The parameters of these models are fitted by reverse-correlation from our measurements. The parameterized models of behavioral transitions predict the worm's response to novel stimuli and reveal the internal computations the animal makes before carrying out behavioral decisions. Preliminary results are shown that describe the neural-behavioral transformation between neural activity in mechanosensory neurons and reversal behavior.

  4. Cooperative behavior during ferroelectric transitions in KNO3 powder

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    Westphal, M. J.

    1993-09-01

    Experimental evidence of cooperative behavior during the ferroelectric phase transitions in granular and powder KNO3 at atmospheric pressure is presented. Three different experimental studies were performed in which phase transitions were detected and characterized by heat flow calorimetry: (1) the distribution of SiC powder in granular KNO3 was varied; (2) the volume fraction of SiC in powdered KNO3 was varied; and (3) pure KNO3 powder was thermally cycled. All three studies provided evidence of cooperative behavior between the KNO3 particles during the III-II phase transition. The cooperative behavior reduced the temperature range of phase III stability from ˜97-124 °C to that characteristic of bulk material (˜110-124 °C). Separate KNO3 particles behaved as individual ferroelectric domains, with each particle making the phase transition independently near the expected Curie temperature. Particles of KNO3 in intimate physical contact tended to behave cooperatively as a single large ferroelectric domain leading to sharper phase transitions more characteristic of single crystals. The degree of cooperative behavior was dependent upon the extent to which the individual particles were in physical contact. The absence of the III-II phase transition in KNO3 powder that has been reported in the literature can be understood from the results obtained using SiC powder to separate KNO3 particles during heat flow calorimetry measurements.

  5. Transition-Marking Behaviors of Adolescent Males at First Intercourse.

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    McLean, Ann L.; Flanigan, Beverly J.

    1993-01-01

    Examined male transition-marking behaviors from adolescence into adulthood at first intercourse. Findings from 80 adolescent males revealed that alcohol use at first intercourse was unrelated to use of contraceptives at that time but was inversely related to whether first intercourse was planned. Planning was positively related to contraceptive…

  6. Phase Transition Behavior in a Neutral Evolution Model

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    King, Dawn; Scott, Adam; Maric, Nevena; Bahar, Sonya

    2014-03-01

    The complexity of interactions among individuals and between individuals and the environment make agent based modeling ideal for studying emergent speciation. This is a dynamically complex problem that can be characterized via the critical behavior of a continuous phase transition. Concomitant with the main tenets of natural selection, we allow organisms to reproduce, mutate, and die within a neutral phenotype space. Previous work has shown phase transition behavior in an assortative mating model with variable fitness landscapes as the maximum mutation size (μ) was varied (Dees and Bahar, 2010). Similarly, this behavior was recently presented in the work of Scott et al. (2013), even on a completely neutral landscape, for bacterial-like fission as well as for assortative mating. Here we present another neutral model to investigate the `critical' phase transition behavior of three mating types - assortative, bacterial, and random - in a phenotype space as a function of the percentage of random death. Results show two types of phase transitions occurring for the parameters of the population size and the number of clusters (an analogue of species), indicating different evolutionary dynamics for system survival and clustering. This research was supported by funding from: University of Missouri Research Board and James S. McDonnell Foundation.

  7. The Effect of Impingement on Transitional Behavior in Underexpanded Jets

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    Inman, Jennifer A.; Danehy, Paul M.; Nowak, Robert J.; Alderfer, David W.

    2009-01-01

    An investigation into the development of flow unsteadiness in impinging axisymmetric underexpanded jets has been conducted at NASA Langley Research Center. The study has examined the effect of an impingement target placed at various distances and angles on transitional behavior of such jets. Two nozzles, with exit Mach numbers of 1.0 and 2.6, were used in this investigation. Planar laser-induced fluorescence of nitric oxide (NO PLIF) has been used to identify flow unsteadiness and to image transitional and turbulent flow features. Measurements of the location of the onset of various degrees of unsteady flow behavior have been made using these PLIF images. Both qualitative and quantitative comparisons are presented to demonstrate the observed effects of impingement and flow parameters on the process of the transition to turbulence. The presence of the impingement target was found to significantly shorten the distance to transition to turbulence by up to a factor of approximately three, with closer targets resulting in slightly shorter distance to transition and turbulence. The location at which the flow first exhibits unsteadiness was found to have a strong dependence on the presence and location of key flow structures. This paper presents quantitative results on transition criteria for free and impinging jets.

  8. Coordination of behavioral hierarchies during environmental transitions in Caenorhabditis elegans

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    Vidal-Gadea, Andrés G.; Davis, Scott; Becker, Lindsay; Pierce-Shimomura, Jonathan T.

    2012-01-01

    For animals inhabiting multiple environments, the ability to select appropriate behaviors is crucial as their adaptability is often context dependent. Caenorhabditis elegans uses distinct gaits to move on land and in water. Gait transitions can potentially coordinate behaviors associated with distinct environments. We investigated whether land and water differentially affect the behavioral repertoire of C. elegans. Swimming worms interrupted foraging, feeding, egg-laying and defecation. Exogenous dopamine induced bouts of these land-associated behaviors in water. Our finding that worms do not drink fluid while immersed may explain why higher drug doses are required in water than on land to elicit the same effects. C. elegans is a valid model to study behavioral hierarchies and how environmental pressures alter their balance. PMID:23525841

  9. Influence of TiN Inclusions on the Cleavage Fracture Behavior of Low-Carbon Microalloyed Steels

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    Yan, W.; Shan, Y. Y.; Yang, K.

    2007-06-01

    Toughness is a major concern for low-carbon microalloyed steels. In this work, the impact fracture behavior of two low-carbon Ti-V microalloyed steels was investigated in order to better understand the role of TiN inclusions in the toughness of the steels. The steels had similar chemical compositions and were manufactured by the same rolling process. However, there was an obvious difference in the ductile brittle transition temperature (DBTT) in the Charpy V-notch (CVN) impact tests of the two steels; one (steel 1) possessing a DBTT below -20 °C, while the DBTT of the other (steel 2) was above 15 °C. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) fractography revealed that there were TiN inclusions at the cleavage fracture initiation sites on the fracture surfaces of steel 2 at both low and room temperatures. It is shown that the TiN inclusions had nucleated on Al2O3 particles and that they had pre-existing interior flaws. A high density of TiN inclusions was found in steel 2, but there was a much lower density in steel 1. Analysis indicates that these inclusions were responsible for the shift of DBTT to a higher temperature in steel 2. A mechanism is proposed for understanding the effect of the size and density of TiN inclusions on the fracture behavior, and the cleavage fracture initiation process is analyzed in terms of the distribution and development of stresses ahead of the notch tip during fracture at both low and room temperatures.

  10. Social Transitions Cause Rapid Behavioral and Neuroendocrine Changes

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    Maruska, Karen P.

    2015-01-01

    In species that form dominance hierarchies, there are often opportunities for low-ranking individuals to challenge high-ranking ones, resulting in a rise or fall in social rank. How does an animal rapidly detect, process, and then respond to these social transitions? This article explores and summarizes how these social transitions can rapidly (within 24 h) impact an individual’s behavior, physiology, and brain, using the African cichlid fish, Astatotilapia burtoni, as a model. Male A. burtoni form hierarchies in which a few brightly-colored dominant males defend territories and spawn with females, while the remaining males are subordinate, more drab-colored, do not hold a territory, and have minimal opportunities for reproduction. These social phenotypes are plastic and reversible, meaning that individual males may switch between dominant and subordinate status multiple times within a lifetime. When the social environment is manipulated to create males that either ascend (subordinate to dominant) or descend (dominant to subordinate) in rank, there are rapid changes in behavior, circulating hormones, and levels of gene expression in the brain that reflect the direction of transition. For example, within minutes, males ascending in status show bright coloration, a distinct eye-bar, increased dominance behaviors, activation of brain nuclei in the social behavior network, and higher levels of sex steroids in the plasma. Ascending males also show rapid changes in levels of neuropeptide and steroid receptors in the brain, as well as in the pituitary and testes. To further examine hormone–behavior relationships in this species during rapid social ascent, the present study also measured levels of testosterone, 11-ketotestosterone, estradiol, progestins, and cortisol in the plasma during the first week of social ascent and tested for correlations with behavior. Plasma levels of all steroids were rapidly increased at 30 min after social ascent, but were not correlated

  11. Social Transitions Cause Rapid Behavioral and Neuroendocrine Changes.

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    Maruska, Karen P

    2015-08-01

    In species that form dominance hierarchies, there are often opportunities for low-ranking individuals to challenge high-ranking ones, resulting in a rise or fall in social rank. How does an animal rapidly detect, process, and then respond to these social transitions? This article explores and summarizes how these social transitions can rapidly (within 24 h) impact an individual's behavior, physiology, and brain, using the African cichlid fish, Astatotilapia burtoni, as a model. Male A. burtoni form hierarchies in which a few brightly-colored dominant males defend territories and spawn with females, while the remaining males are subordinate, more drab-colored, do not hold a territory, and have minimal opportunities for reproduction. These social phenotypes are plastic and reversible, meaning that individual males may switch between dominant and subordinate status multiple times within a lifetime. When the social environment is manipulated to create males that either ascend (subordinate to dominant) or descend (dominant to subordinate) in rank, there are rapid changes in behavior, circulating hormones, and levels of gene expression in the brain that reflect the direction of transition. For example, within minutes, males ascending in status show bright coloration, a distinct eye-bar, increased dominance behaviors, activation of brain nuclei in the social behavior network, and higher levels of sex steroids in the plasma. Ascending males also show rapid changes in levels of neuropeptide and steroid receptors in the brain, as well as in the pituitary and testes. To further examine hormone-behavior relationships in this species during rapid social ascent, the present study also measured levels of testosterone, 11-ketotestosterone, estradiol, progestins, and cortisol in the plasma during the first week of social ascent and tested for correlations with behavior. Plasma levels of all steroids were rapidly increased at 30 min after social ascent, but were not correlated with

  12. Phase transition-like behavior of the magnetosphere during substorms

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    Sitnov, M. I.; Sharma, A. S.; Papadopoulos, K.; Vassiliadis, D.; Valdivia, J. A.; Klimas, A. J.; Baker, D. N.

    2000-06-01

    The behavior of substorms as sudden transitions of the magnetosphere is studied using the Bargatze et al. [1985] data set of the solar wind induced electric field vBs and the auroral electrojet index AL. The data set is divided into three subsets representing different levels of activity, and they are studied using the singular spectrum analysis. The points representing the evolution of the magnetosphere in the subspace of the eigenvectors corresponding to the three largest eigenvalues can be approximated by two-dimensional manifolds with a relative deviation of 10-20%. For the first two subsets corresponding to small and medium activity levels the manifolds have a pleated structure typical of the cusp catastrophe. The dynamics of the magnetosphere near these pleated structures resembles the hysteresis phenomenon typical of first-order phase transitions. The reconstructed manifold is similar to the ``temperature-pressure-density'' diagrams of equilibrium phase transitions. The singular spectra of vBs, AL, and combined data have the power law dependence typical of second-order phase transitions and self-organized criticality. The magnetosphere thus exhibits the signatures of both self-organization and self-organized criticality. It is concluded that the magnetospheric substorm is neither a pure catastrophe of the low-dimensional system nor a random set of avalanches of different scales described by the simple sandpile models. The substorms behave like nonequilibrium phase transitions, with features of both first- and second-order phase transitions.

  13. Transition between different search patterns in human online search behavior

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    Wang, Xiangwen; Pleimling, Michel

    2015-03-01

    We investigate the human online search behavior by analyzing data sets from different search engines. Based on the comparison of the results from several click-through data-sets collected in different years, we observe a transition of the search pattern from a Lévy-flight-like behavior to a Brownian-motion-type behavior as the search engine algorithms improve. This result is consistent with findings in animal foraging processes. A more detailed analysis shows that the human search patterns are more complex than simple Lévy flights or Brownian motions. Notable differences between the behaviors of different individuals can be observed in many quantities. This work is in part supported by the US National Science Foundation through Grant DMR-1205309.

  14. Intergenerational transmission of reproductive behavior during the demographic transition.

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    Jennings, Julia A; Sullivan, Allison R; Hacker, J David

    2012-01-01

    New evidence from the Utah Population Database (UPDP) reveals that at the onset of the fertility transition, reproductive behavior was transmitted across generations - between women and their mothers, as well as between women and their husbands' family of origin. Age at marriage, age at last birth, and the number of children ever born are positively correlated in the data, most strongly among first-born daughters and among cohorts born later in the fertility transition. Intergenerational ties, including the presence of mothers and mothers-in-law, influenced the hazard of progressing to a next birth. The findings suggest that the practice of parity-dependent marital fertility control and inter-birth spacing behavior derived, in part, from the previous generation and that the potential for mothers and mothers-in-law to help in the rearing of children encouraged higher marital fertility. PMID:22530253

  15. Transition to organized behavior on suspensions of concentrated bacteria

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    Ganguly, Sujoy; Cisneros, Luis; Kessler, John; Goldstein, Raymond

    2008-11-01

    Concentrated populations of the swimming bacterium Bacillus subtilis develop a collective phase, the Zooming BioNematic, that exhibits large-scale coherence analogous to the molecular alignment of nematic liquid crystals. Bacterial suspensions were prepared in order to experimentally measure the transition to organized behavior as a function of the cell number concentration. PIV analysis was used to obtain cell velocities and define an order parameter in order to characterize the dynamics of the system.

  16. Apparent Transition Behavior of Widely-Used Turbulence Models

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    Rumsey, Christopher L.

    2007-01-01

    The Spalart-Allmaras and the Menter SST k-omega turbulence models are shown to have the undesirable characteristic that, for fully turbulent computations, a transition region can occur whose extent varies with grid density. Extremely fine two-dimensional grids over the front portion of an airfoil are used to demonstrate the effect. As the grid density is increased, the laminar region near the nose becomes larger. In the Spalart-Allmaras model this behavior is due to convergence to a laminar-behavior fixed point that occurs in practice when freestream turbulence is below some threshold. It is the result of a feature purposefully added to the original model in conjunction with a special trip function. This degenerate fixed point can also cause non-uniqueness regarding where transition initiates on a given grid. Consistent fully turbulent results can easily be achieved by either using a higher freestream turbulence level or by making a simple change to one of the model constants. Two-equation k-omega models, including the SST model, exhibit strong sensitivity to numerical resolution near the area where turbulence initiates. Thus, inconsistent apparent transition behavior with grid refinement in this case does not appear to stem from the presence of a degenerate fixed point. Rather, it is a fundamental property of the k-omega model itself, and is not easily remedied.

  17. Apparent Transition Behavior of Widely-Used Turbulence Models

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    Rumsey, Christopher L.

    2006-01-01

    The Spalart-Allmaras and the Menter SST kappa-omega turbulence models are shown to have the undesirable characteristic that, for fully turbulent computations, a transition region can occur whose extent varies with grid density. Extremely fine two-dimensional grids over the front portion of an airfoil are used to demonstrate the effect. As the grid density is increased, the laminar region near the nose becomes larger. In the Spalart-Allmaras model this behavior is due to convergence to a laminar-behavior fixed point that occurs in practice when freestream turbulence is below some threshold. It is the result of a feature purposefully added to the original model in conjunction with a special trip function. This degenerate fixed point can also cause nonuniqueness regarding where transition initiates on a given grid. Consistent fully turbulent results can easily be achieved by either using a higher freestream turbulence level or by making a simple change to one of the model constants. Two-equation kappa-omega models, including the SST model, exhibit strong sensitivity to numerical resolution near the area where turbulence initiates. Thus, inconsistent apparent transition behavior with grid refinement in this case does not appear to stem from the presence of a degenerate fixed point. Rather, it is a fundamental property of the kappa-omega model itself, and is not easily remedied.

  18. From desires to behavior: Moderating factors in a fertility transition

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    Hayford, Sarah R.; Agadjanian, Victor

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND Extensive research in both developed and developing countries has shown that preferences and intentions for future childbearing predict behavior. However, very little of this research has examined high-fertility contexts in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, the factors that increase or decrease correspondence between fertility desires and behavior in these settings are not well understood. OBJECTIVE This article documents the degree to which the desire to stop childbearing predicts fertility behavior over the short term among married women in rural southern Mozambique, a context where fertility transition is still in the early stages. Analyses test the moderating powers of individual, household, and community characteristics. METHODS Analyses use data from a longitudinal survey of married women of reproductive age (N=1678) carried out in 2006 and 2009 in rural areas of southern Mozambique. Logistic regression models are estimated to predict childbearing between 2006 and 2009 based on desires to stop childbearing and characteristics measured in 2006. RESULTS As expected, the desire to stop childbearing is strongly predictive of fertility behavior. Household wealth, local adult AIDS mortality, and being married to an unsuccessful labor migrant are associated with higher correspondence between reported desire to stop childbearing and fertility behavior. CONCLUSIONS Both factors related to the ability to carry out desires to stop childbearing and factors related to the strength and consistency of these desires moderate the association between desires and behaviors. Future research should expand measurement of fertility preferences to incorporate their strength and consistency as well as direction. PMID:23626485

  19. Behavioral transitions and weight change patterns within the PREMIER trial.

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    Bartfield, Jessica K; Stevens, Victor J; Jerome, Gerald J; Batch, Bryan C; Kennedy, Betty M; Vollmer, William M; Harsha, David; Appel, Lawrence J; Desmond, Renee; Ard, Jamy D

    2011-08-01

    Little is known about the transition in behaviors from short-term weight loss to maintenance of weight loss. We wanted to determine how short-term and long-term weight loss and patterns of weight change were associated with intervention behavioral targets. This analysis includes overweight/obese participants in active treatment (n = 507) from the previously published PREMIER trial, an 18-month, multicomponent lifestyle intervention for blood pressure reduction, including 33 intervention sessions and recommendations to self-monitor food intake and physical activity daily. Associations between behaviors (attendance, recorded days/week of physical activity, food records/week) and weight loss of ≥5% at 6 and 18 months were examined using logistic regression. We characterized the sample using 5 weight change categories (weight gained, weight stable, weight loss then relapse, late weight loss, and weight loss then maintenance) and analyzed adherence to the behaviors for each category, comparing means with ANOVA. Participants lost an average of 5.3 ± 5.6 kg at 6 months and 4.0 ± 6.7 kg (4.96% of body weight) by 18 months. Higher levels of attendance, food record completion, and recorded days/week of physical activity were associated with increasing odds of achieving 5% weight loss. All weight change groups had declines in the behaviors over time; however, compared to the other four groups, the weight loss/maintenance group (n = 154) had statistically less significant decline in number of food records/week (48%), recorded days/week of physical activity (41.7%), and intervention sessions attended (12.8%) through 18 months. Behaviors associated with short-term weight loss continue to be associated with long-term weight loss, albeit at lower frequencies. Minimizing the decline in these behaviors may be important in achieving long-term weight loss. PMID:21455122

  20. Model for the elastic behavior near intermartensitic transitions

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    Dai, Liyang; Cullen, James; Wuttig, Manfred

    2005-05-01

    Transitions between different martensitic states have been observed in Ni0.50Mn0.284Ga0.216 using elastic constant measurements. In this paper, we develop a model to explain the reentrant behavior based on a Landau expansion of the free energy in strain space. Here, we assume that the coefficient of the third-order term as well as the second-order term has significant temperature dependence. This assumption results in a C' versus temperature in good agreement with observation. The model and possible modifications to it are discussed and compared to the elastic constant data.

  1. Human behavioral regularity, fractional Brownian motion, and exotic phase transition

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    Li, Xiaohui; Yang, Guang; An, Kenan; Huang, Jiping

    2016-08-01

    The mix of competition and cooperation (C&C) is ubiquitous in human society, which, however, remains poorly explored due to the lack of a fundamental method. Here, by developing a Janus game for treating C&C between two sides (suppliers and consumers), we show, for the first time, experimental and simulation evidences for human behavioral regularity. This property is proved to be characterized by fractional Brownian motion associated with an exotic transition between periodic and nonperiodic phases. Furthermore, the periodic phase echoes with business cycles, which are well-known in reality but still far from being well understood. Our results imply that the Janus game could be a fundamental method for studying C&C among humans in society, and it provides guidance for predicting human behavioral activity from the perspective of fractional Brownian motion.

  2. Transition from supercapacitor to battery behavior in electrochemical energy storage

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    Conway, B.E. . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1991-06-01

    In this paper the storage of electrochemical energy in battery, supercapacitor, and double-layer capacitor devices is considered. A comparison of the mechanisms and performance of such systems enables their essential features to be recognized and distinguished, and the conditions for transition between supercapacitor and battery behavior to be characterized. Supercapacitor systems based on two-dimensional underpotential deposition reactions are highly reversible and their behavior arises from the pseudocapaccitance associated with potential-dependence of two-dimensional coverage of electroactive adatoms on an electrode substrate surface. Such capacitance can be 10-100 times the double-layer capacitance of the same electrode area. An essential fundamental difference from battery behavior arises because, in such systems, the chemical and associated electrode potentials are a continuous function of degree of charge, unlike the thermodynamic behavior of single-phase battery reactants. Quai-two-dimensional systems, such as hyperextended hydrous RuP{sub 2}, also exhibit large pseudocapacitance which, in this case, is associated with a sequence of redox redox processes that are highly reversible.

  3. Chaos-order transition in foraging behavior of ants.

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    Li, Lixiang; Peng, Haipeng; Kurths, Jürgen; Yang, Yixian; Schellnhuber, Hans Joachim

    2014-06-10

    The study of the foraging behavior of group animals (especially ants) is of practical ecological importance, but it also contributes to the development of widely applicable optimization problem-solving techniques. Biologists have discovered that single ants exhibit low-dimensional deterministic-chaotic activities. However, the influences of the nest, ants' physical abilities, and ants' knowledge (or experience) on foraging behavior have received relatively little attention in studies of the collective behavior of ants. This paper provides new insights into basic mechanisms of effective foraging for social insects or group animals that have a home. We propose that the whole foraging process of ants is controlled by three successive strategies: hunting, homing, and path building. A mathematical model is developed to study this complex scheme. We show that the transition from chaotic to periodic regimes observed in our model results from an optimization scheme for group animals with a home. According to our investigation, the behavior of such insects is not represented by random but rather deterministic walks (as generated by deterministic dynamical systems, e.g., by maps) in a random environment: the animals use their intelligence and experience to guide them. The more knowledge an ant has, the higher its foraging efficiency is. When young insects join the collective to forage with old and middle-aged ants, it benefits the whole colony in the long run. The resulting strategy can even be optimal. PMID:24912159

  4. Artificial emotion triggered stochastic behavior transitions with motivational gain effects for multi-objective robot tasks

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    Dağlarli, Evren; Temeltaş, Hakan

    2007-04-01

    This paper presents artificial emotional system based autonomous robot control architecture. Hidden Markov model developed as mathematical background for stochastic emotional and behavior transitions. Motivation module of architecture considered as behavioral gain effect generator for achieving multi-objective robot tasks. According to emotional and behavioral state transition probabilities, artificial emotions determine sequences of behaviors. Also motivational gain effects of proposed architecture can be observed on the executing behaviors during simulation.

  5. Magnetic Behavior of 3d Transition Metals in Silicon Carbide

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    Miao, Maosheng; Lambrecht, Walter R. L.

    2002-03-01

    The magnetic properties of cubic silicon carbide (SiC) doped by first row transition metals (TM) are studied within the local spin density functional approach using the linearized muffin-tin orbital method in the atomic sphere approximation. It is found that the couplings between the TM d orbitals and the dangling bond states are stronger for the Si site doping, which gives a larger e-t2 splitting. The stronger coupling also delocalizes the t2 states and hence reduces the spin polarization. As a result the TMs tend to have a low spin configuration at the Si site and a high spin one at the C site. On the other hand, the strong couplings lower the formation energy at the Si site and TMs prefer to dope the Si site in both the Si-rich and C-rich limits. For Si site doping, Cr and Mn exhibit the most pronounced magnetic behavior with Cr favoring ferromagnetic and Mn antiferromagnetic nearest neighbor coupling.

  6. Metamorphic core complexes: Expression of crustal extension by ductile-brittle shearing of the geologic column

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    Davis, G. H.

    1985-01-01

    Metamorphic core complexes and detachment fault terranes in the American Southwest are products of stretching of continental crust in the Tertiary. The physical and geometric properties of the structures, fault rocks, and contact relationships that developed as a consequence of the extension are especially well displayed in southeastern Arizona. The structures and fault rocks, as a system, reflect a ductile-through-brittle continuum of deformation, with individual structures and faults rocks showing remarkably coordinated strain and displacement patterns. Careful mapping and analysis of the structural system has led to the realization that strain and displacement were partitioned across a host of structures, through a spectrum of scales, in rocks of progressively changing rheology. By integrating observations made in different parts of the extensional system, especially at different inferred depth levels, it has been possible to construct a descriptive/kinematic model of the progressive deformation that achieved continental crustal extension in general, and the development of metamorphic core complexes in particular.

  7. Quiescent and flow-induced transitional behavior of hydroxypropylcellulose solutions

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    Grizzuti, Nino; Maffettone, Pier Luca

    2003-03-01

    The flow-induced transition of liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) is studied by rheological techniques. Aqueous solutions of hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC) in water are adopted as a model LCP system. Nonisothermal oscillatory tests are first used to quantitatively determine the "rheological" phase diagram of the HPC/water system under quiescent conditions. The phase diagram compares well with those obtained by other, more conventional techniques. Superposition of oscillatory and steady shear flow is then used to describe the nonisothermal flow-induced transition. In this case, it is shown that a critical shear stress must be reached to effectively induce the isotropic/mesophase transition. Stress-loop experiments are also used to identify the isothermal flow-induced transition, and to provide information on the transition kinetics.

  8. Quantum Phase Transitional Behavior in the Extended Casten Triangle of the Interacting Boson Model

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    Pan, Feng; Wang, Tao; Huo, Y.-S.; Draayer, J. P.

    Quantum phase transitional patterns in the whole parameter space of the consistent-Q Hamiltonian in the Interacting Boson Model are studied based on an implemented Fortran code for numerical computation of the matrix elements in the SU(3) Draayer-Akiyama basis. Results with respect to both ground and some excited states of the model Hamiltonian are discussed. Quantum phase transitional behavior under a variety of parameter situations is shown. It is found that transitional behavior of excited states is more complicated. Pt isotopes are taken as examples in illustrating the prolate-oblate shape phase transition.

  9. Stakeholders' Voices: Defining Needs of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Transitioning between School Settings

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    Buchanan, Rohanna; Nese, Rhonda N. T.; Clark, Miriam

    2016-01-01

    Students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) too often do not receive adequate services or care in their school settings, particularly during transitions in educational placements. In addition, school support teams often struggle with creating transition plans that honor the needs of students with input from key stakeholders responsible…

  10. Phase Transition Behavior of Novel Soybean Oil-based Thermosensitive Polymers

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    The thermal phase transition behavior of novel soybean oil-based polymers, i.e., hydrolyzed polymers of (epoxidized) soybean oil, was studied. The phase transition temperatures (cloud points) were determined from the inflection points of the light transmittance vs. temperature curves. The effect o...

  11. Examining Behavioral Risk and Academic Performance for Students Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School

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    Lane, Kathleen Lynne; Oakes, Wendy Peia; Carter, Erik W.; Messenger, Mallory

    2015-01-01

    We studied the transition from elementary to middle school for 74 fifth-grade students. Specifically, we examined how behavioral risk evident in the elementary years, as measured by the "Student Risk Screening Scale" (SRSS), impacts students transitioning from elementary to middle school. First, we examined how student risk status shifts…

  12. Study of physiological and behavioral response to transitions between rotating and nonrotating environments

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    Brady, J. F.

    1972-01-01

    Future manned space missions may require transition between artificial gravity and weightlessness environments. The frequency and rate of such transition will influence the psychophysiological responses of man. Abrupt transfers are examined between such rotating and nonrotating environments to determine the physiological and behavioral responses of man. Five subjects were tested using rates of rotation up to 5 rpm.

  13. Feeding Behaviors of Transition Dairy Cows Fed Glycerol as a Replacement for Corn

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    Feed sorting is a natural behavior of dairy cows that can result in inconsistencies in nutritive value of a TMR. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of replacing high moisture corn with glycerol on feed sorting and feeding behavior of transition dairy cows. Twenty-six Holstein ...

  14. Affiliation with Antisocial Peers, Susceptibility to Peer Influence, and Antisocial Behavior during the Transition to Adulthood

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    Monahan, Kathryn C.; Steinberg, Laurence; Cauffman, Elizabeth

    2009-01-01

    Developmental theories suggest that affiliation with deviant peers and susceptibility to peer influence are important contributors to adolescent delinquency, but it is unclear how these variables impact antisocial behavior during the transition to adulthood, a period when most delinquent individuals decline in antisocial behavior. Using data from…

  15. Promising Practices for Effective Transition for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

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    Katsiyannis, Antonis; Zhang, Dalun; Mackiewicz, Sara Moore

    2012-01-01

    Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (E/BD) have been consistently experiencing dismal outcomes. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a brief overview of outcomes for this population, examine school-based instructional and behavioral strategies, and discuss transition related practices intended to improve present and future…

  16. Critical behavior at a dynamic vortex insulator-to-metal transition.

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    Poccia, Nicola; Baturina, Tatyana I; Coneri, Francesco; Molenaar, Cor G; Wang, X Renshaw; Bianconi, Ginestra; Brinkman, Alexander; Hilgenkamp, Hans; Golubov, Alexander A; Vinokur, Valerii M

    2015-09-11

    An array of superconducting islands placed on a normal metal film offers a tunable realization of nanopatterned superconductivity. This system enables investigation of the nature of competing vortex states and phase transitions between them. A square array creates the eggcrate potential in which magnetic field-induced vortices are frozen into a vortex insulator. We observed a vortex insulator-vortex metal transition driven by the applied electric current and determined critical exponents that coincided with those for thermodynamic liquid-gas transition. Our findings offer a comprehensive description of dynamic critical behavior and establish a deep connection between equilibrium and nonequilibrium phase transitions. PMID:26359398

  17. Critical behavior at a dynamic vortex insulator-to-metal transition

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    Poccia, Nicola; Baturina, Tatyana I.; Coneri, Francesco; Molenaar, Cor G.; Wang, X. Renshaw; Bianconi, Ginestra; Brinkman, Alexander; Hilgenkamp, Hans; Golubov, Alexander A.; Vinokur, Valerii M.

    2015-09-01

    An array of superconducting islands placed on a normal metal film offers a tunable realization of nanopatterned superconductivity. This system enables investigation of the nature of competing vortex states and phase transitions between them. A square array creates the eggcrate potential in which magnetic field-induced vortices are frozen into a vortex insulator. We observed a vortex insulator-vortex metal transition driven by the applied electric current and determined critical exponents that coincided with those for thermodynamic liquid-gas transition. Our findings offer a comprehensive description of dynamic critical behavior and establish a deep connection between equilibrium and nonequilibrium phase transitions.

  18. Asymptotic behavior of linearized pipe flow and implications for transition

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    Meseguer, Alvaro; Trefethen, Lloyd N.

    2000-11-01

    A solenoidal Petrov-Galerkin MATLAB spectral code is described for high-accuracy computation of linearized dynamics for Hagen-Poiseuille flow in an infinite circular pipe. Systematic studies are presented of the dependence of eigenvalues, transient growth factors, and other quantities on the discretization parameters, the axial and azimuthal wave numbers, and the Reynolds number Re for Re ranging from 10^2 to the idealized (physically unrealizable) value 10^7. Implications for transition to turbulence are considered in the light of the recent theoretical results of S. J. Chapman. Our computations are in agreement with Chapman's predicted threshold amplitude for transition of order Re-3/2 as Re --> ∞.

  19. Identification of nonmonotonic behaviors and stick-slip transition in liquid crystal polymers

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    Pujolle-Robic, Caroline; Noirez, Laurence

    2003-12-01

    The recent identification of shear-induced phases in the isotropic melts of liquid crystal polymers shows that these materials are expected to display original nonlinear behaviors. We have investigated the flow behavior of a nematic sidechain polymer above its isotropic-nematic transition temperature. Nonlinear rheology and birefringence measurements indicate the appearance, above a critical shear rate, of the shear-induced isotropic-nematic phase transition. The rheological behavior of this induced phase is characterized by undamped time-periodic shear stress oscillations. These sustained oscillations are interpreted in terms of a stick-slip mechanism alternating high-friction static state and low-friction kinetic state.

  20. Syndromes or Flexibility: Behavior during a Life History Transition of a Coral Reef Fish

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    White, James R.; McCormick, Mark I.; Meekan, Mark G.

    2013-01-01

    The theory of behavioral syndromes focuses on quantifying variation in behavior within and among individual organisms and attempts to account for the maintenance of differences in behavior that occur in a consistent manner among individuals. Behavioral syndromes have potentially important ecological consequences (e.g. survivorship tradeoffs) and can be shaped by population dynamics through selective mortality. Here, we search for any evidence for consistency of behavior across situations in juveniles of a common damselfish, Pomacentrus amboinensis (Pomacentridae) at the transition between larval habitats in the plankton and juvenile habitats on the reef. Naïve fish leaving the pelagic phase to settle on reefs were caught by light traps and their behaviors observed using similar methods across three different situations (small aquaria, large aquaria, field setting); all of which represent low risk and well-sheltered environments. Seven behavioral traits were compared within and among individuals across situations to determine if consistent behavioral syndromes existed. No consistency was found in any single or combination of behavioral traits for individuals across all situations. We suggest that high behavioral flexibility is likely beneficial for newly-settled fish at this ontogenetic transition and it is possible that consistent behavioral syndromes are unlikely to emerge in juveniles until environmental experience is gained or certain combinations of behaviors are favored by selective mortality. PMID:24386358

  1. Affect and sexual behavior in the transition to university.

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    Dalton, Andrea L; Galambos, Nancy L

    2009-10-01

    This research applied a lifespan developmental framework to the study of sexual behavior among late adolescents by examining monthly covariations of penetrative and oral sex with positive and negative affect across the first year of university. Participants were 177 Canadian students who completed baseline questionnaires, followed by six monthly, web-based questionnaires assessing sexual behaviors and affect. Multilevel analyses revealed an average positive relation between oral sex and positive affect. Of six variables, five predicted individual differences in covariation between sex and affect: psychosocial maturity (immature and semi-mature status), attitudes toward sex, prior sexual experience, and living situation. During months when participants reported sexual behavior, psychosocially mature students reported more positive affect than did less mature students; students with more permissive attitudes reported more positive affect than did students with less permissive attitudes; students with no penetrative sexual experience reported more positive affect than students who had penetrative sexual experience; and living away from parents was associated with less negative affect. Implications for further study of sexual behavior from a developmental perspective are discussed. PMID:18814022

  2. Separate and Combined Effects of Visual Schedules and Extinction Plus Differential Reinforcement on Problem Behavior Occasioned by Transitions

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    Waters, Melissa B.; Lerman, Dorothea C.; Hovanetz, Alyson N.

    2009-01-01

    The separate and combined effects of visual schedules and extinction plus differential reinforcement of other behavior (DRO) were evaluated to decrease transition-related problem behavior of 2 children diagnosed with autism. Visual schedules alone were ineffective in reducing problem behavior when transitioning from preferred to nonpreferred…

  3. Clinical ketosis and standing behavior in transition cows.

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    Itle, A J; Huzzey, J M; Weary, D M; von Keyserlingk, M A G

    2015-01-01

    Ketosis is a common disease in dairy cattle, especially in the days after calving, and it is often undiagnosed. The objective of this study was to compare the standing behavior of dairy cows with and without ketosis during the days around calving to determine if changes in this behavior could be useful in the early identification of sick cows. Serum β-hydroxybutyrate (BHBA) was measured in 184 cows on a commercial dairy farm twice weekly from 2 to 21d after calving. Standing behavior was measured from 7d before calving to 21d after calving using data loggers. Retrospectively, 15 cows with clinical ketosis (3 consecutive BHBA samples >1.2mmol/L and at least one sample of BHBA >2.9mmol/L) were matched with 15 nonketotic cows (BHBA <1.2mmol/L). Five periods were defined for the statistical analyses: wk -1 (d -7 to -1), d 0 (day of calving), wk +1 (d 1 to 7), wk +2 (d 8 to 14), and wk +3 (d 15 to 21). The first signs of clinical ketosis occurred 4.5±2.1d after calving. Total daily standing time was longer for clinically ketotic cows compared with nonketotic cows during wk -1 (14.3±0.6 vs. 12.0±0.7h/d) and on d 0 (17.2±0.9 vs. 12.7±0.9h/d) but did not differ during the other periods. Clinically ketotic cows exhibited fewer standing bouts compared with nonketotic cows on d 0 only (14.6±1.9 vs. 20.9±1.8bouts/d). Average standing bout duration was also longer for clinically ketotic cows on d 0 compared with nonketotic cows [71.3min/bout (CI: 59.3 to 85.5) vs. 35.8min/bout (CI: 29.8 to 42.9)] but was not different during the other periods. Differences in standing behavior in the week before and on the day of calving may be useful for the early detection of clinical ketosis in dairy cows. PMID:25465623

  4. Complex Transition to Cooperative Behavior in a Structured Population Model

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    Miranda, Luciano; de Souza, Adauto J. F.; Ferreira, Fernando F.; Campos, Paulo R. A.

    2012-01-01

    Cooperation plays an important role in the evolution of species and human societies. The understanding of the emergence and persistence of cooperation in those systems is a fascinating and fundamental question. Many mechanisms were extensively studied and proposed as supporting cooperation. The current work addresses the role of migration for the maintenance of cooperation in structured populations. This problem is investigated in an evolutionary perspective through the prisoner's dilemma game paradigm. It is found that migration and structure play an essential role in the evolution of the cooperative behavior. The possible outcomes of the model are extinction of the entire population, dominance of the cooperative strategy and coexistence between cooperators and defectors. The coexistence phase is obtained in the range of large migration rates. It is also verified the existence of a critical level of structuring beyond that cooperation is always likely. In resume, we conclude that the increase in the number of demes as well as in the migration rate favor the fixation of the cooperative behavior. PMID:22761736

  5. Oscillatory Behavior in the Transport Properties of Transition Metal Superlattices

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    Kim, Sihong

    Oscillations in the low temperature electrical resistivity, as a function of the individual layer thickness and/or superlattice period, have been recently observed in Co/Ni superlattices. This was believed to be a superlattice effect because the oscillations disappeared with decreasing number of bilayers. In this thesis, systematic studies have been made to understand the origin of this unusual behavior in the electrical transport of Co/Ni superlattices. First, Co/Ni was investigated extensively because Co and Ni have very similar material properties. They are both ferromagnetic, have fcc lattices in thin film form, and have almost identical electronic band structure. Superlattice films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and these structure was characterized by reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED), low energy electron diffraction (LEED), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The measured residual resistivity, usually caused by impurity atoms, lattice defects, interfaces, or grain boundaries, is very small in Co/Ni superlattice films. Due to this small background resistivity, unusual intrinsic resistivity oscillations have been clearly observed in these films. The oscillation amplitude does not change with temperature. However, a small amount of random fluctuation in the superlattice period, artificially introduced during film growth, significantly increases the oscillation amplitude. The resistivity at a minimum rm( rho_{min}) and maximum rm(rho_{max}) of oscillations was also measured as a function of film thickness in order to study the evolution of this effect. rho_{min} increases monotonically with decreasing thickness due to surface scattering, which is well described by the quantum size effect theory. However, rho_{max} becomes nonmonotonic by proper choice of superlattice period, indicating the presence of an additional scattering mechanism associated with the superlattice structure. Similar resistivity

  6. Gender-Role Attitudes and Behavior across the Transition to Parenthood

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    Katz-Wise, Sabra L.; Priess, Heather A.; Hyde, Janet S.

    2010-01-01

    On the basis of social structural theory and identity theory, the current study examined changes in gender-role attitudes and behavior across the first-time transition to parenthood and following the birth of a second child for experienced mothers and fathers. Data were analyzed from the ongoing longitudinal Wisconsin Study of Families and Work.…

  7. Transition Tips for Educators Working with Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities

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    Cheney, Douglas

    2012-01-01

    Students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD) have had difficulties in achieving educational, vocational, and community outcomes that would lead to personal success and satisfaction. Some of these outcomes relate to how special education transition programs integrate effective approaches to support success with these students. In this…

  8. School-to-Life Transition: Perceptions of Youth in Behavior Intervention Programs

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    Flower, Andrea; McKenna, John William; Haring, Christa D.; Pazey, Barbara

    2015-01-01

    Seven high school students with emotional disturbance were interviewed regarding their perceptions of their school experiences in preparation for transition. Students received support services from a behavior intervention program but spent the majority of the school day in general education classes. Interview data were collectively coded and…

  9. Improving the Transition-to-Adulthood Outcomes of Youths with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities

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    Kang, Mun Ju; Petr, Christopher G.; Morningstar, Mary

    2012-01-01

    Poor transition outcomes for youths with emotional and behavioral disabilities beg for the development of effective intervention models. After reviewing the limited empirical support for seven current intervention models, a critique is conducted that can serve as the foundation for modifying current practices toward building successful…

  10. Sexual Risk Behavior Associated with Transition to Injection Among Young Non-injecting Heroin Users

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    Mackesy-Amiti, Mary Ellen; Boodram, Basmattee; Williams, Chyvette; Ouellet, Lawrence J.; Broz, Dita

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of transitioning from non-injection heroin use to injection drug use on sexual risk behavior. Non-injecting heroin users age 16–30 were enrolled from 2002 to 2005, and were re-interviewed at six-month intervals for up to three years; 561 participants completed at least one follow-up interview. The majority of participants were non-Hispanic (NH) Black (54%), 23% were Hispanic, and 21% were NH white. During follow-up, 154 participants (27.5%) transitioned to injecting drugs. Logistic regression analyses were conducted using generalized estimating equations (GEE) to estimate the effect of transition to injection drug use on changes in sexual risk behavior during follow-up. Transition to injection drug use during follow-up was associated with increased likelihood of sexual risk behavior, especially for men. Harm reduction efforts that focus on preventing initiation or return to injection among non-injecting drug users may also ameliorate HIV sexual risk behaviors. PMID:23065126

  11. The Effects of a High-Probability Request Sequencing Technique in Enhancing Transition Behaviors

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    Banda, Devender R.; Kubina, Richard M., Jr.

    2006-01-01

    In this study, an autism support teacher used a high-probability request sequencing technique to help a middle-school student with autism engage in three transition behaviors. High probability request sequencing refers to a procedure in which 2 to 3 preferred questions, highly associated with compliance, are rapidly given before presenting a low…

  12. Phase Transition Behavior of Novel Soybean Oil-based Thermosensitive Polymers

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    The thermal phase transition behavior of novel soybean oil-based polymers was studied. The effect of polymer concentration on the cloud points was investigated. The light transmittance increased sharply with increasing temperature suggesting dissociation of polymer aggregates. The cloud points we...

  13. Externalizing and Internalizing Behavior Problems, Peer Affiliations, and Bullying Involvement across the Transition to Middle School

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    Farmer, Thomas W.; Irvin, Matthew J.; Motoca, Luci M.; Leung, Man-Chi; Hutchins, Bryan C.; Brooks, Debbie S.; Hall, Cristin M.

    2015-01-01

    Continuity and change in children's involvement in bullying was examined across the transition to middle school in relation to externalizing and internalizing behavior problems in fifth grade and peer affiliations in fifth and sixth grades. The sample consisted of 533 students (223 boys, 310 girls) with 72% European American, 25% African…

  14. Transitioning from Elementary School to Middle School: The Ecology of Black Males' Behavior

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    Mundy, Alma Christienne

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this mixed method study is to explain the ecology Black males experience as they transition from elementary school to middle school in terms of behavior. The Black male graduation rate is well below 50% nationally (Orfield, Losen, Wald, & Swanson, 2004; Schott Foundation for Public Education, 2010). Graduating from high school…

  15. Women in Cultural Transition: Suicidal Behavior in South African Indian Women.

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    Wassenaar, Douglas R.; van der Veen, Marchiene B. W.; Pillay, Anthony L.

    1998-01-01

    The relationship between suicidal behavior and gender, and between gender, culture, and cultural transition for Indians in South Africa is studied. Data on suicide rates are presented. Social change, tension between Indian culture and westernization, traditional power relations, and gender are considered. Three case studies are related to…

  16. Visualization of local phase transition behaviors in ultrathin VO2/TiO2 thin films

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    Sohn, Ahrum; Kanki, Terou; Tanaka, Hidekazu; Kim, Dong-Wook

    VO2 undergoes the first order phase transition and two electronic phases can coexist near the critical temperature. We investigated evolution of the surface work function maps of epitaxial VO2/TiO2 thin films (thickness: 15, 30, and 45 nm) using Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) measurements in the temperature range of 285-330 K. Fully strained thin films were almost free of grain boundaries and thicker films had dislocations caused by strain relaxation. The sample's work function decreases, while spanning the metal-insulator transition (MIT). The work function maps clearly revealed coexistence of the two distinct phase domains. The surface area fraction of the insulating phase near the dislocations was higher than that in other regions. Thicker films have complicated domain patterns; hence, the three-dimensional percolation model properly described the MIT behaviors. In contrast, the two-dimensional percolation model well explained the transition behaviors of uniformly strained thinner films.

  17. Grain size dependent phase transition and superparaelectric behavior of ferroelectric BST

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    Mondal, R. A.; Murty, B. S.; Murthy, V. R. K.

    2015-03-01

    In this article, we investigate the grain size dependent phase transition and polarization behavior of ferroelectric Ba0.9Sr0.1TiO3 (BST). Starting with nanocrystalline powders (crystalline size≈22 nm), various grain sizes were obtained in nano-submicron domain (202-745 nm) by regulating the sintering temperatures (Tsin) in the range of 1050-1300 °C. All samples were found to possess diffuse phase transition characteristics with frequency independent broad dielectric maxima near transition temperature due to the lattice strain contribution. Dielectric stiffness showed tarnished step-like anomalous behavior in the paraelectric state for Tsin≥1200 °C due to the existence of polar (superparaelectric) nano-regions generated by local polarization by off-centered Ti4+ ions exhibiting an exceptionally rare delicate polarization hysteresis loop.

  18. Structure and phase transition behavior of strontium modified barium zirconium titanate

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    Badapanda, T.; Sarangi, S.; Behera, B.; Saha, S.; Sinha, T. P.

    2015-06-24

    Pervoskite ceramics with composition Ba{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}Zr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95}O{sub 3} (x= 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5) have been prepared by high energy ball milling. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirm that the all the compositions are in single phase. The composition shows tetragonal symmetry upto x=0.3 and with further increase in Sr content the structure changes to cubic. The temperature dependent dielectric behavior shows three phase transition in the parent material which merges with increase in Sr content. The transition temperature and dielectric constant decreases with increase in Sr concentration. The phase transition becomes more diffused with increment in doping concentration. The ferroelectric behavior of the ceramics is studied by the hysteresis loop.

  19. Phase transition and critical behavior of d=3 chiral fermion models with left-right asymmetry

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    Gies, Holger; Janssen, Lukas; Rechenberger, Stefan; Scherer, Michael M.

    2010-01-15

    We investigate the critical behavior of three-dimensional relativistic fermion models with a U(N{sub L}){sub L} x U(1){sub R} chiral symmetry reminiscent of the Higgs-Yukawa sector of the standard model of particle physics. We classify all possible four-fermion interaction terms and the corresponding discrete symmetries. For sufficiently strong correlations in a scalar parity-conserving channel, the system can undergo a second-order phase transition to a chiral-symmetry broken phase, which is a 3d analog of the electroweak phase transition. We determine the critical behavior of this phase transition in terms of the critical exponent {nu} and the fermion and scalar anomalous dimensions for N{sub L{>=}}1. Our models define new universality classes that can serve as prototypes for studies of strongly correlated chiral fermions.

  20. Transitions between dynamical behaviors of oscillator networks induced by diversity of nodes and edges

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    Werner, Sebastian; Lehnertz, Klaus

    2015-07-01

    We study the impact of dynamical and structural heterogeneity on the collective dynamics of large small-world networks of pulse-coupled integrate-and-fire oscillators endowed with refractory periods and time delay. Depending on the choice of homogeneous control parameters (here, refractoriness and coupling strength), these networks exhibit a large spectrum of dynamical behaviors, including asynchronous, partially synchronous, and fully synchronous states. Networks exhibit transitions between these dynamical behaviors upon introducing heterogeneity. We show that the probability for a network to exhibit a certain dynamical behavior (network susceptibility) is affected differently by dynamical and structural heterogeneity and depends on the respective homogeneous dynamics.

  1. Transitions between dynamical behaviors of oscillator networks induced by diversity of nodes and edges.

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    Werner, Sebastian; Lehnertz, Klaus

    2015-07-01

    We study the impact of dynamical and structural heterogeneity on the collective dynamics of large small-world networks of pulse-coupled integrate-and-fire oscillators endowed with refractory periods and time delay. Depending on the choice of homogeneous control parameters (here, refractoriness and coupling strength), these networks exhibit a large spectrum of dynamical behaviors, including asynchronous, partially synchronous, and fully synchronous states. Networks exhibit transitions between these dynamical behaviors upon introducing heterogeneity. We show that the probability for a network to exhibit a certain dynamical behavior (network susceptibility) is affected differently by dynamical and structural heterogeneity and depends on the respective homogeneous dynamics. PMID:26232952

  2. Mechanical properties of electron-beam-melted molybdenum and dilute molybdenum-rhenium alloys

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    Klopp, W. D.; Witzke, W. R.

    1972-01-01

    A study of molybdenum and three dilute molybdenum-rhenium alloys was undertaken to determine the effects of rhenium on the low temperature ductility and other mechanical properties of molybdenum. Alloys containing 3.9, 5.9, and 7.7 atomic percent rhenium exhibited lower ductile-brittle transition temperatures than did the unalloyed molybdenum. The maximum improvement in the annealed condition was observed for molybdenum - 7.7 rhenium, which had a ductile-brittle transition temperature approximately 200 C (360 F) lower than that for unalloyed molybdenum. Rhenium additions also increased the low and high temperature tensile strengths and the high temperature creep strength of molybdenum. The mechanical behavior of dilute molybdenum-rhenium alloys is similar to that observed for dilute tungsten-rhenium alloys.

  3. Nonlinear light behaviors near phase transition in non-parity-time-symmetric complex waveguides.

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    Nixon, Sean; Yang, Jianke

    2016-06-15

    Many classes of non-parity-time (PT)-symmetric waveguides with arbitrary gain and loss distributions still possess all-real linear spectrum or exhibit phase transition. In this Letter, nonlinear light behaviors in these complex waveguides are probed analytically near a phase transition. Using multi-scale perturbation methods, a nonlinear ordinary differential equation (ODE) is derived for the light's amplitude evolution. This ODE predicts that a single class of these non-PT-symmetric waveguides supports soliton families and amplitude-oscillating solutions both above and below linear phase transition, in close analogy with PT-symmetric systems. For the other classes of waveguides, the light's intensity always amplifies under the effect of nonlinearity, even if the waveguide is below the linear phase transition. These analytical predictions are confirmed by direct computations of the full system. PMID:27304279

  4. On the behavior of Bronsted-Evans-Polanyi Relations for Transition Metal Oxides

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    Vojvodic, Aleksandra

    2011-08-22

    Versatile Broensted-Evans-Polanyi (BEP) relations are found from density functional theory for a wide range of transition metal oxides including rutiles and perovskites. For oxides, the relation depends on the type of oxide, the active site and the dissociating molecule. The slope of the BEP relation is strongly coupled to the adsorbate geometry in the transition state. If it is final state-like the dissociative chemisorption energy can be considered as a descriptor for the dissociation. If it is initial state-like, on the other hand, the dissociative chemisorption energy is not suitable as descriptor for the dissociation. Dissociation of molecules with strong intramolecular bonds belong to the former and molecules with weak intramolecular bonds to the latter group. We show, for the prototype system La-perovskites, that there is a 'cyclic' behavior in the transition state characteristics upon change of the active transition metal of the oxide.

  5. On the behavior of Brønsted-Evans-Polanyi relations for transition metal oxides.

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    Vojvodic, A; Calle-Vallejo, F; Guo, W; Wang, S; Toftelund, A; Studt, F; Martínez, J I; Shen, J; Man, I C; Rossmeisl, J; Bligaard, T; Noørskov, J K; Abild-Pedersen, F

    2011-06-28

    Versatile Brønsted-Evans-Polanyi (BEP) relations are found from density functional theory for a wide range of transition metal oxides including rutiles and perovskites. For oxides, the relation depends on the type of oxide, the active site, and the dissociating molecule. The slope of the BEP relation is strongly coupled to the adsorbate geometry in the transition state. If it is final state-like the dissociative chemisorption energy can be considered as a descriptor for the dissociation. If it is initial state-like, on the other hand, the dissociative chemisorption energy is not suitable as descriptor for the dissociation. Dissociation of molecules with strong intramolecular bonds belong to the former and molecules with weak intramolecular bonds to the latter group. We show, for the prototype system La-perovskites, that there is a "cyclic" behavior in the transition state characteristics upon change of the active transition metal of the oxide. PMID:21721645

  6. Nonlinear light behaviors near phase transition in non-parity-time-symmetric complex waveguides

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    Nixon, Sean; Yang, Jianke

    2016-06-01

    Many classes of non-parity-time (PT) symmetric waveguides with arbitrary gain and loss distributions still possess all-real linear spectrum or exhibit phase transition. In this article, nonlinear light behaviors in these complex waveguides are probed analytically near a phase transition. Using multi-scale perturbation methods, a nonlinear ordinary differential equation (ODE) is derived for the light's amplitude evolution. This ODE predicts that the first class of these non-PT-symmetric waveguides support continuous families of solitons and robust amplitude-oscillating solutions both above and below phase transition, in close analogy with PT-symmetric systems. For the other classes of waveguides, the light's intensity always amplifies under the effect of nonlinearity even if the waveguide is below phase transition. These analytical predictions are confirmed by direct computations of the full system.

  7. Investigation of the atypical glass transition and recrystallization behavior of amorphous prazosin salts.

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    Kumar, Lokesh; Popat, Dharmesh; Bansal, Arvind K

    2011-01-01

    This manuscript studied the effect of counterion on the glass transition and recrystallization behavior of amorphous salts of prazosin. Three amorphous salts of prazosin, namely, prazosin hydrochloride, prazosin mesylate and prazosin tosylate were prepared by spray drying, and characterized by optical-polarized microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and powder X-ray diffraction. Modulated differential scanning calorimetry was used to determine the glass transition and recrystallization temperature of amorphous salts. Glass transition of amorphous salts followed the order: prazosin mesylate > prazosin tosylate ~ prazosin hydrochloride. Amorphous prazosin mesylate and prazosin tosylate showed glass transition, followed by recrystallization. In contrast, amorphous prazosin hydrochloride showed glass transition and recrystallization simultaneously. Density Functional Theory, however, suggested the expected order of glass transition as prazosin hydrochloride > prazosin mesylate > prazosin tosylate. The counterintuitive observation of amorphous prazosin hydrochloride having lower glass transition was explained in terms of its lower activation energy (206.1 kJ/mol) for molecular mobility at Tg, compared to that for amorphous prazosin mesylate (448.5 kJ/mol) and prazosin tosylate (490.7 kJ/mol), and was further correlated to a difference in hydrogen bonding strength of the amorphous and the corresponding recrystallized salts. This study has implications in selection of an optimal amorphous salt form for pharmaceutical development. PMID:24310595

  8. Stability and Change in Prosocial and Antisocial Behavior across the Transition to School: Teacher and Peer Perspectives

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    Eivers, Areana R.; Brendgen, Mara; Borge, Anne I. H.

    2010-01-01

    Research Findings: The transition to school is a major developmental milestone, and behavior tendencies already evident at the point of school entry can impact upon a child's subsequent social and academic adjustment. The current study aimed to investigate stability and change in the social behavior of girls and boys across the transition from day…

  9. Phase transition-like behavior of magnetospheric substorms: Global MHD simulation results

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    Shao, X.; Sitnov, M. I.; Sharma, S. A.; Papadopoulos, K.; Goodrich, C. C.; Guzdar, P. N.; Milikh, G. M.; Wiltberger, M. J.; Lyon, J. G.

    2003-01-01

    Using nonlinear dynamical techniques, we statistically investigate whether the simulated substorms from global magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) models have a combination of global and multiscale features, revealed in substorm dynamics by [2000] and featured the phase transition-like behavior. We simulate seven intervals of total duration of 280 hours from the data set used in the above works [, 1985]. We analyze the input-output (vBs-pseudo AL index) system obtained from the global MHD model and compare the results to those inferred from the original set (vBs-observed AL index). The analysis of the coupled vBs-pseudo AL index system shows the first-order phase transition map, which is consistent with the map obtained for the vBs-observed AL index system. Although the comparison between observations and global MHD simulations for individual events may vary, the overall global transition pattern during the substorm cycle revealed by singular spectrum analysis (SSA) is statistically consistent between simulations and observations. The coupled vBs-pseudo AL index system also shows multiscale behavior (scale-invariant power law dependence) in SSA power spectrum. Besides, we find the critical exponent of the nonequilibrium transitions in the magnetosphere, which reflects the multiscale aspect of the substorm activity, different from power law frequency of autonomous systems. The exponent relates input and output parameters of the magnetosphere. We also discuss the limitations of the global MHD model in reproducing the multiscale behavior when compared to the real system.

  10. Behavioral transition from attack to parenting in male mice: a crucial role of the vomeronasal system.

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    Tachikawa, Kashiko S; Yoshihara, Yoshihiro; Kuroda, Kumi O

    2013-03-20

    Sexually naive male mice show robust aggressive behavior toward pups. However, the proportion of male mice exhibiting pup-directed aggression declines after cohabitation with a pregnant female for 2 weeks after mating. Subsequently, on becoming fathers, they show parental behavior toward pups, similar to maternal behavior by mothers. To elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying this behavioral transition, we examined brain regions differentially activated in sexually naive males and fathers after exposure to pups, using c-Fos expression as a neuronal activation marker. We found that, after pup exposure, subsets of neurons along the vomeronasal neural pathway-including the vomeronasal sensory neurons, the accessory olfactory bulb, the posterior medial amygdala, the medioposterior division of the bed nucleus of stria terminalis, and the anterior hypothalamic area-were more strongly activated in sexually naive males than in fathers. Notably, c-Fos induction was not observed in the vomeronasal sensory neurons of fathers after pup exposure. Surgical ablation of the vomeronasal organ in sexually naive males resulted in the abrogation of pup-directed aggression and simultaneous induction of parental behavior. These results suggest that chemical cues evoking pup-directed aggression are received by the vomeronasal sensory neurons and activate the vomeronasal neural pathway in sexually naive male mice but not in fathers. Thus, the downregulation of pup pheromone-induced activation of the vomeronasal system might be important for the behavioral transition from attack to parenting in male mice. PMID:23516278

  11. Coparenting Moderates the Association between Firstborn Children's Temperament and Problem Behavior across the Transition to Siblinghood

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    Kolak, Amy M.; Volling, Brenda L.

    2013-01-01

    The contribution of individual (i.e., negative reactivity) and environmental (i.e., coparenting) characteristics in predicting firstborns’ adjustment after a sibling's birth were examined. Mothers, fathers, and firstborn children from 241 families participated in a family freeplay to assess coparenting interactions before the birth of the second child and parents completed questionnaires on children's temperamental characteristics and behavior problems. Children's externalizing problems significantly increased from pre- to post-birth. Children, on average, did not display more internalizing problems following the infant sibling's birth; however, children high in negative reactivity were more sensitive to undermining coparenting behavior and displayed greater internalizing behaviors across the transition to siblinghood. Negatively reactive children also displayed increases in externalizing behavior across the transition to siblinghood when parents showed high levels of undermining coparenting and low levels of supportive coparenting. Supportive coparenting appeared to be a protective factor in the face of this transition for negatively reactive children in families where parents engaged in high levels of undermining coparenting. Findings suggest that both individual and environmental factors play an important role in firstborns’ adjustment to an infant sibling's birth. Parents of temperamentally sensitive children may benefit from participating in workshops geared towards improving coparenting partnerships prior to the birth of the second child. PMID:23750518

  12. Transitions.

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    Nathanson, Jeanne H., Ed.

    1993-01-01

    This theme issue on transitions for individuals with disabilities contains nine papers discussing transition programs and issues. "Transition Issues for the 1990s," by Michael J. Ward and William D. Halloran, discusses self-determination, school responsibility for transition, continued educational engagement of at-risk students, and service…

  13. Phase transitions in the multi-cellular regulatory behavior of pancreatic islet excitability.

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    Hraha, Thomas H; Westacott, Matthew J; Pozzoli, Marina; Notary, Aleena M; McClatchey, P Mason; Benninger, Richard K P

    2014-09-01

    The pancreatic islets of Langerhans are multicellular micro-organs integral to maintaining glucose homeostasis through secretion of the hormone insulin. β-cells within the islet exist as a highly coupled electrical network which coordinates electrical activity and insulin release at high glucose, but leads to global suppression at basal glucose. Despite its importance, how network dynamics generate this emergent binary on/off behavior remains to be elucidated. Previous work has suggested that a small threshold of quiescent cells is able to suppress the entire network. By modeling the islet as a Boolean network, we predicted a phase-transition between globally active and inactive states would emerge near this threshold number of cells, indicative of critical behavior. This was tested using islets with an inducible-expression mutation which renders defined numbers of cells electrically inactive, together with pharmacological modulation of electrical activity. This was combined with real-time imaging of intracellular free-calcium activity [Ca2+]i and measurement of physiological parameters in mice. As the number of inexcitable cells was increased beyond ∼15%, a phase-transition in islet activity occurred, switching from globally active wild-type behavior to global quiescence. This phase-transition was also seen in insulin secretion and blood glucose, indicating physiological impact. This behavior was reproduced in a multicellular dynamical model suggesting critical behavior in the islet may obey general properties of coupled heterogeneous networks. This study represents the first detailed explanation for how the islet facilitates inhibitory activity in spite of a heterogeneous cell population, as well as the role this plays in diabetes and its reversal. We further explain how islets utilize this critical behavior to leverage cellular heterogeneity and coordinate a robust insulin response with high dynamic range. These findings also give new insight into emergent

  14. Phase transition-like behavior in a low-pass filter

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    Krivine, H.; Lesne, A.

    2003-01-01

    We discuss an iterative electric circuit for which the limits of infinite number of elements and zero dissipation in each element do not commute. The circuit is taken from the Feynman lectures, where it was argued on physical considerations that an infinite circuit made only of inductances and capacitances would behave as a dissipative system with nonvanishing resistance below a threshold frequency. The understanding of this behavior requires that the two limits be taken in the appropriate order. This simple example illustrates that caution in multiple limiting procedures is necessary to obtain the correct physical behavior. A close analogy with the standard ferromagnetic transition of the Ising model is drawn.

  15. Phase transition of dynamical herd behaviors for Yen Dollar exchange rates

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    Yoon, Seong-Min; Choi, J. S.; Kim, Y.; Kim, Kyungsik

    2006-01-01

    We study the herd behavior and the phase transition for the yen-dollar exchange rate in the Japanese financial market. It is obtained that the probability distribution of returns satisfies the power-law behavior P(R)≃R with scaling exponents β=3.11, 2.81, and 2.29 at time intervals τ=1min, 30min, and 1 h. The crash region in which the probability density increases with the increasing return appears, when the herding parameter h satisfies h⩾2.33 for the case of τ<30min. We especially obtain that no crash occurs τ>30min and that the probability distribution of price returns occurs in the phase transition at τ=30min.

  16. O the Transition from - to Three-Dimensional Behavior in Adsorbed Films

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    Day, Peter Kenneth

    1993-01-01

    Argon and krypton films adsorbed on graphite foam have been studied in detail using vapor pressure and high resolution, heat capacity measurements. Heat capacity features near the bulk triple point temperature, previously associated with the surface melting of the uniform film, are shown to be due to the melting of bulk material condensed in pores in the substrate. The melting curve of the capillary condensate agrees with the prediction of a modified Clausius -Claperon equation. The second and third layers in argon and the second layer in krypton have a triple point at which two-dimensional solid, liquid, and gas phases coexist atop a solid lower layer. Commensurate-incommensurate transitions are found in the first two layers of argon and in the second layer of krypton, so that monolayer argon melts from a registered phase, but the second layers of both systems melt from incommensurate bilayer phases. The melting of the second and third layers in both systems are likely to be first order, but the data are not conclusive. At coverages starting with 3{1over 2} layers, heat capacity features that are due to reentrant layering-transitions are seen in both systems, confirming the result of recent ellipsometry studies. Further heat capacity peaks suggest phase transitions that join the newly observed reentrant layering-transitions with the well studied layering-transitions at low temperature. These heat capacity peaks may be related to the recently proposed preroughening transition. A mean field theory is developed that reproduced the reentrant layering behavior for ratios of nearest and next nearest neighbor interaction energies greater than a critical value. The mean field theory gives an explanation for the appearance of reentrant layering -transitions at different film thicknesses depending on the substrate-adsorbate interaction parameter. Multilayer phase diagrams are drawn from the data that suggest a crossover from two-dimensional behavior in the second layer to

  17. Transitional behavior between self-Kerr and cross-Kerr effects by two photons

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    Koshino, Kazuki

    2007-06-15

    The transitional behavior of the two-photon Kerr effect between the self-Kerr and cross-Kerr cases is investigated. To this end, we have developed a semiclassical method for evaluating the two-photon Kerr effect that is applicable to any two-photon input state. It is revealed that the maximum Kerr effect is obtained when the second photon is input with a delay time that corresponds to the absorption time of the first photon by the optical material.

  18. Critical behavior near the Mott transition in the half-filled asymmetric Hubbard model

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    Hoang, Anh-Tuan; Le, Duc-Anh

    2016-03-01

    We study the half-filled asymmetric Hubbard model within the two-site dynamical mean field theory. At zero temperature, explicit expressions of the critical interaction Uc for the Mott transition and the local self-energy are analytically derived. Critical behavior of the quasiparticle weights and the double occupancy are obtained analytically as functions of the on-site interaction U and the hopping asymmetry r. Our results are in good agreement with the ones obtained by much more sophisticated theory.

  19. Transitions Into Food Insecurity Associated With Behavioral Problems And Worse Overall Health Among Children.

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    Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert; Denney, Justin T

    2015-11-01

    Children living in food-insecure households face myriad challenges to their well-being. The Great Recession of December 2007-June 2009 increased food insecurity to the highest levels ever measured in the United States. Using nationally representative data from the period 2010-12 for 6,300 children in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11, with household incomes below 300 percent of the federal poverty level and a dynamic measure of food insecurity transitions, we assessed the impact of transitions into and out of household food insecurity on the academic achievement, behavioral problems, and health status of young children. We found negligible impacts of food insecurity transitions on academic achievement in first grade. However, we found consistent negative impacts of the transitions on teachers' reports of children's externalizing behaviors, self-control, and interpersonal skills and on parents' reports of children's overall health status. Taken together, our findings underline the importance of food security for children's healthy development. PMID:26526254

  20. The transition from primary to secondary school as stressful life event provoking risky drinking behaviors.

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    Junge, Claudia; Krienke, Ute J; Böhme, Karin; Prüß, Franz; Sander, Aleksandra; Niemann, Jörg; Langosch, Jens M

    2016-01-01

    This study is based on a drug prevention project for children in the German-Polish border region known as "Pomerania." The aim of this project was to minimize risk behaviors while developing social skills as protective factors through project-specific training interventions. The present study especially investigates the development of social skills and risk behaviors at German and Polish primary schools in the critical transitional period from primary to secondary school. Data on German 4th graders and Polish 6th graders were collected by means of a longitudinal and control group design through 3rd-party assessment from teachers. The data on social skills was collected through the use of standardized assessment instruments. The study established that social skills could indeed be increased through training and that risk behaviors decreased in both of the treatment groups. The control group showed altogether an increase in risk behavior and a decrease in coping skills. In the Polish treatment group, even risk behaviors which had been detected previously decreased. The German control group showed an increase in risk behaviors and a decrease in coping skills. In the case of the younger German pupils, the effectiveness of the interventions was exhibited indirectly. Despite variations in age and cultural differences, the effects of training were noticeable in children from both countries. The intervention program offered the children adequate assistance in order to successfully cope with this stressful life event. It promoted the development of social skills while minimizing risk behaviors. PMID:26745346

  1. Transitions.

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    Field, David; And Others

    1992-01-01

    Includes four articles: "Career Aspirations" (Field); "Making the Transition to a New Curriculum" (Baker, Householder); "How about a 'Work to School' Transition?" (Glasberg); and "Technological Improvisation: Bringing CNC to Woodworking" (Charles, McDuffie). (SK)

  2. A quaternary lead based perovskite structured materials with diffuse phase transition behavior

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    Puli, Venkata Sreenivas; Martinez, R.; Kumar, Ashok; Scott, J.F.; Cavendish Laboratory, Dept. Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB0 3HE ; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2011-12-15

    Graphical abstract: (a) Curie-Weiss plot for the inverse of the relative dielectric permittivity and (b) log (1/{epsilon} - 1/{epsilon}{sub m}) as function of log (T - T{sub m}) for ceramics at 1 kHz. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Retaining phase pure structure with quaternary complex stoichiometric compositions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer P-E loops with good saturation polarization (P{sub s} {approx} 30.7 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Diffused relaxor phase transition behavior with {gamma} estimated is {approx}1.65. -- Abstract: A lead based quaternary compound composed of 0.25(PbZr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3}) + 0.25(PbFe{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}) + 0.25 (PbF{sub 0.67}W{sub 0.33}O{sub 3}) + 0.25(PbFe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}) - (PZT-PFT-PFW-PFN) was synthesized by conventional solid-state reaction techniques. It showed moderate high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss, and two diffuse phase transitions, one below the room temperature {approx}261 K and other above {approx}410 K. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns revealed a tetragonal crystal structure at room temperature where as scanning electron micrograph (SEM) indicates inhomogeneous surface with an average grain size of 500 nm-3 {mu}m. Well saturated ferroelectric hysteresis loops with good saturation polarization (spontaneous polarization, P{sub s} {approx} 30.68 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}) were observed. Temperature-dependent ac conductivity displayed low conductivity with kink in spectra near the phase transition. In continuing search for developing new ferroelectric materials, in the present study we report stoichiometric compositions of complex perovskite ceramic materials: (PZT-PFT-PFW-PFN) with diffuse phase transition behavior. The crystal structure, dielectric properties, and ferroelectric properties were characterized by XRD, SEM, dielectric spectroscopy, and polarization. 1/{epsilon} versus (T) plots revealed diffuse relaxor phase transition (DPT) behavior. The

  3. Transition.

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    Thompson, Sandy, Ed.; And Others

    1990-01-01

    This "feature issue" focuses on transition from school to adult life for persons with disabilities. Included are "success stories," brief program descriptions, and a list of resources. Individual articles include the following titles and authors: "Transition: An Energizing Concept" (Paul Bates); "Transition Issues for the 1990s" (William Halloran…

  4. Crossover behavior of the thermal conductance and Kramers' transition rate theory

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    Sahu, Subin; Velizhanin, Kirill; Chien, Chih-Chun; Dubi, Yonatan; Zwolak, Michael

    2015-03-01

    Heat transport plays opposing roles in nanotechnology, hindering the miniaturization of electronics on one hand and forming the core of novel heattronic devices on the other. Moreover, heat transport in one-dimensional nanostructures has become a central tool in studying the onset of Fourier's law of heat conduction, a yet unresolved puzzle in theoretical physics. We study the paradigmatic setting of heat transport in one-dimensional systems, a lattice coupled to two heat baths held at different temperatures. Using both numerical and analytical tools, we demonstrate that the heat conductance displays a crossover behavior as the coupling to the thermal reservoirs is tuned. We provide evidence that this behavior is universal by examining harmonic, anharmonic, and disordered systems, and discuss the origin of this effect using an analogy with Kramers' transition state theory for chemical reaction rates. This crossover behavior has important implications in the analysis of numerical results, and suggests a novel way to tune the conductance in nanoscale devices.

  5. Delinquent Behavior, the Transition to Adulthood, and the Likelihood of Military Enlistment

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    Teachman, Jay; Tedrow, Lucky

    2014-01-01

    Using data taken from the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth we examine the relationship between delinquency and enlistment in the military. We argue that delinquent behavior is positively related to enlistment because military service is an attractive alternative for delinquents to mark their transition to adulthood and their desistance from delinquent behavior. We also argue, however, that this relationship is not linear, with higher levels of delinquent behavior actually acting to reduce the likelihood of enlistment. We further suggest that the relationship between delinquency and enlistment is similar for men and women. We test and find support for our hypotheses using data taken from the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. PMID:24576626

  6. Affiliation With Antisocial Peers, Susceptibility to Peer Influence, and Antisocial Behavior During the Transition to Adulthood

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    Monahan, Kathryn C.; Steinberg, Laurence; Cauffman, Elizabeth

    2010-01-01

    Developmental theories suggest that affiliation with deviant peers and susceptibility to peer influence are important contributors to adolescent delinquency, but it is unclear how these variables impact antisocial behavior during the transition to adulthood, a period when most delinquent individuals decline in antisocial behavior. Using data from a longitudinal study of 1,354 antisocial youth, the present study examined how individual variation in exposure to deviant peers and resistance to peer influence affect antisocial behavior from middle adolescence into young adulthood (ages 14 to 22 years). Whereas we find evidence that antisocial individuals choose to affiliate with deviant peers, and that affiliating with deviant peers is associated with an individual’s own delinquency, these complementary processes of selection and socialization operate in different developmental periods. In middle adolescence, both selection and socialization serve to make peers similar in antisocial behavior, but from ages 16 to 20 years, only socialization appears to be important. After age 20, the impact of peers on antisocial behavior disappears as individuals become increasingly resistant to peer influence, suggesting that the process of desistance from antisocial behavior may be tied to normative changes in peer relations that occur as individuals mature socially and emotionally. PMID:19899911

  7. Phase Transition-like Behavior of Magnetospheric Substorms: Global MHD Simulation Results

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    Shao, X.; Sitnov, M.; Sharma, A. S.; Papadopoulos, K.; Guzdar, P. N.; Goodrich, C. C.; Milikh, G. M.; Wiltberger, M. J.; Lyon, J. G.

    2001-12-01

    Because of their relevance to massive global energy loading and unloading, lots of observations and studies have been made for magnetic substorm events. Using nonlinear dynamical techniques, we investigate whether the simulated substorms from global MHD models have the non-equilibrium phase transition-like features revealed by \\markcite{Sitnov et al. [2000]}. We simulated 6 intervals of total duration of 240 hours from the same data set used in Sitnov et al. [2000]. We analyzed the input-output (vBs--pseudo-AL index) system obtained from the global MHD model and compared the results to those in \\markcite{Sitnov et al. [2000, 2001]}. The analysis of the coupled vBs--pseudo-AL index system shows the first-order phase transition map, which is consistent with the map obtained for the vBs--observed-AL index system from Sitnov et al. [2000]. The explanation lies in the cusp catastrophe model proposed by Lewis [1991]. Although, the comparison between observation and individual global MHD simulations may vary, the overall global transition pattern during the substorm cycle revealed by Singular Spectrum Analysis (SSA) is consistent between simulations and observations. This is an important validation of the global MHD simulations of the magnetosphere. The coupled vBs--pseudo-AL index system shows multi-scale behavior (scale-invarianet power-law dependence) in singular power spectrum. We found critical exponents of the non-equilibrium transitions in the magnetosphere, which reflect the multi-scale aspect of the substorm activity, different from power-law frequency of autonomous systems. The exponents relate input and output parameters of the magnetosphere and distinguish the second order phase transition model from the self-organized criticality model. We also discuss the limitations of the global MHD model in reproducing the multi-scale behavior when compared to the real system.

  8. Phase Transition like Behavior of Magnetospheric Substorms: Global and Multiscale Features from MHD Simulations

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    Shao, X.; Sitnov, M. I.; Sharma, A. S.; Papadopoulos, K.; Goodrich, C. C.; Guzdar, P. N.; Milikh, G. M.; Wiltberger, M. J.; Lyon, J. G.

    2002-05-01

    Studies of the magnetosphere during substorms based on the observational data of the solar wind and the geomagnetic indices have shown clear features of phase transition-like behavior [Sitnov et al., 2000]. The global MHD simulations of the events in the Bargatze et al. [1985] database are used to study the non-equilibrium phase transition-like features of substorms. We simulated 7 intervals of total duration of 280 hours from the same data set used in Sitnov et al. [2000]. From the simulations the AL index is computed from the maximum of the westward Hall current and is referred to as the pseudo-AL index. We analyzed the input-output (vBs-pseudo-AL index) system obtained from the global MHD model and compare the results to those in Sitnov et al. [2000, 2001]. The analysis of the coupled vBs-pseudo-AL index system shows the first-order phase transition characterizing global beahavior, similar to the case of vBs-observed-AL index [Sitnov et al., 2000]. Although, the comparison between observations and global MHD simulations for individual events may vary, the overall global transition pattern during the substorm cycle revealed by singular spectrum snalysis is statistically consistent between simulations and observations. The coupled vBs-pseudo-AL index system shows multi-scale behavior (scale-invariant power-law dependence) in singular power spectrum. We find critical exponents of the non-equilibrium transitions in the magnetosphere, which reflect the multi-scale aspect of the substorm activity, different from power-law frequency of autonomous systems. The exponents relate input and output parameters of the magnetosphere.

  9. Tailoring surface phase transition and magnetic behaviors in BiFeO3 via doping engineering.

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    Yan, Feng; Xing, Guozhong; Wang, Rongming; Li, Lin

    2015-01-01

    The charge-spin interactions in multiferroic materials (e.g., BiFeO3) have attracted enormous attention due to their high potential for next generation information electronics. However, the weak and deficient manipulation of charge-spin coupling notoriously limits their commercial applications. To tailor the spontaneous charge and the spin orientation synergistically in BiFeO3 (BFO), in this report, the 3d element of Mn doping engineering is employed and unveils the variation of surface phase transition and magnetic behaviors by introducing chemical strain. The spontaneous ferroelectric response and the corresponding domain structures, magnetic behaviors and spin dynamics in Mn-doped BFO ceramics have been investigated systematically. Both the surface phase transition and magnetization were enhanced in BFO via Mn doping. The interaction between the spontaneous polarization charge and magnetic spin reorientation in Mn-doped BFO are discussed in detail. Moreover, our extensive electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) results demonstrate that the 3d dopant plays a paramount role in the surface phase transition, which provides an alternative route to tune the charge-spin interactions in multiferroic materials. PMID:25774619

  10. Behavior of supercooled aqueous solutions stemming from hidden liquid-liquid transition in water

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    Biddle, John W.; Holten, Vincent; Anisimov, Mikhail A.

    2014-08-01

    A popular hypothesis that explains the anomalies of supercooled water is the existence of a metastable liquid-liquid transition hidden below the line of homogeneous nucleation. If this transition exists and if it is terminated by a critical point, the addition of a solute should generate a line of liquid-liquid critical points emanating from the critical point of pure metastable water. We have analyzed thermodynamic consequences of this scenario. In particular, we consider the behavior of two systems, H2O-NaCl and H2O-glycerol. We find the behavior of the heat capacity in supercooled aqueous solutions of NaCl, as reported by Archer and Carter [J. Phys. Chem. B 104, 8563 (2000)], to be consistent with the presence of the metastable liquid-liquid transition. We elucidate the non-conserved nature of the order parameter (extent of "reaction" between two alternative structures of water) and the consequences of its coupling with conserved properties (density and concentration). We also show how the shape of the critical line in a solution controls the difference in concentration of the coexisting liquid phases.

  11. Behavior of supercooled aqueous solutions stemming from hidden liquid–liquid transition in water

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    Biddle, John W.; Holten, Vincent; Anisimov, Mikhail A.

    2014-08-21

    A popular hypothesis that explains the anomalies of supercooled water is the existence of a metastable liquid–liquid transition hidden below the line of homogeneous nucleation. If this transition exists and if it is terminated by a critical point, the addition of a solute should generate a line of liquid–liquid critical points emanating from the critical point of pure metastable water. We have analyzed thermodynamic consequences of this scenario. In particular, we consider the behavior of two systems, H{sub 2}O-NaCl and H{sub 2}O-glycerol. We find the behavior of the heat capacity in supercooled aqueous solutions of NaCl, as reported by Archer and Carter [J. Phys. Chem. B 104, 8563 (2000)], to be consistent with the presence of the metastable liquid–liquid transition. We elucidate the non-conserved nature of the order parameter (extent of “reaction” between two alternative structures of water) and the consequences of its coupling with conserved properties (density and concentration). We also show how the shape of the critical line in a solution controls the difference in concentration of the coexisting liquid phases.

  12. Behavior of supercooled aqueous solutions stemming from hidden liquid-liquid transition in water.

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    Biddle, John W; Holten, Vincent; Anisimov, Mikhail A

    2014-08-21

    A popular hypothesis that explains the anomalies of supercooled water is the existence of a metastable liquid-liquid transition hidden below the line of homogeneous nucleation. If this transition exists and if it is terminated by a critical point, the addition of a solute should generate a line of liquid-liquid critical points emanating from the critical point of pure metastable water. We have analyzed thermodynamic consequences of this scenario. In particular, we consider the behavior of two systems, H2O-NaCl and H2O-glycerol. We find the behavior of the heat capacity in supercooled aqueous solutions of NaCl, as reported by Archer and Carter [J. Phys. Chem. B 104, 8563 (2000)], to be consistent with the presence of the metastable liquid-liquid transition. We elucidate the non-conserved nature of the order parameter (extent of "reaction" between two alternative structures of water) and the consequences of its coupling with conserved properties (density and concentration). We also show how the shape of the critical line in a solution controls the difference in concentration of the coexisting liquid phases. PMID:25149798

  13. Tailoring surface phase transition and magnetic behaviors in BiFeO3 via doping engineering

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    Yan, Feng; Xing, Guozhong; Wang, Rongming; Li, Lin

    2015-01-01

    The charge-spin interactions in multiferroic materials (e.g., BiFeO3) have attracted enormous attention due to their high potential for next generation information electronics. However, the weak and deficient manipulation of charge-spin coupling notoriously limits their commercial applications. To tailor the spontaneous charge and the spin orientation synergistically in BiFeO3 (BFO), in this report, the 3d element of Mn doping engineering is employed and unveils the variation of surface phase transition and magnetic behaviors by introducing chemical strain. The spontaneous ferroelectric response and the corresponding domain structures, magnetic behaviors and spin dynamics in Mn-doped BFO ceramics have been investigated systematically. Both the surface phase transition and magnetization were enhanced in BFO via Mn doping. The interaction between the spontaneous polarization charge and magnetic spin reorientation in Mn-doped BFO are discussed in detail. Moreover, our extensive electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) results demonstrate that the 3d dopant plays a paramount role in the surface phase transition, which provides an alternative route to tune the charge-spin interactions in multiferroic materials. PMID:25774619

  14. Non-Gaussian behavior in jamming / unjamming transition in dense granular materials

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    Atman, A. P. F.; Kolb, E.; Combe, G.; Paiva, H. A.; Martins, G. H. B.

    2013-06-01

    Experiments of penetration of a cylindrical intruder inside a bidimensional dense and disordered granular media were reported recently showing the jamming / unjamming transition. In the present work, we perform molecular dynamics simulations with the same geometry in order to assess both kinematic and static features of jamming / unjamming transition. We study the statistics of the particles velocities at the neighborhood of the intruder to evince that both experiments and simulations present the same qualitative behavior. We observe that the probability density functions (PDF) of velocities deviate from Gaussian depending on the packing fraction of the granular assembly. In order to quantify these deviations we consider a q-Gaussian (Tsallis) function to fit the PDF's. The q-value can be an indication of the presence of long range correlations along the system. We compare the fitted PDF's obtained with those obtained using the stretched exponential, and sketch some conclusions concerning the nature of the correlations along a granular confined flow.

  15. Universal behavior of crystalline membranes: Crumpling transition and Poisson ratio of the flat phase.

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    Cuerno, R; Gallardo Caballero, R; Gordillo-Guerrero, A; Monroy, P; Ruiz-Lorenzo, J J

    2016-02-01

    We revisit the universal behavior of crystalline membranes at and below the crumpling transition, which pertains to the mechanical properties of important soft and hard matter materials, such as the cytoskeleton of red blood cells or graphene. Specifically, we perform large-scale Monte Carlo simulations of a triangulated two-dimensional phantom network which is freely fluctuating in three-dimensional space. We obtain a continuous crumpling transition characterized by critical exponents which we estimate accurately through the use of finite-size techniques. By controlling the scaling corrections, we additionally compute with high accuracy the asymptotic value of the Poisson ratio in the flat phase, thus characterizing the auxetic properties of this class of systems. We obtain agreement with the value which is universally expected for polymerized membranes with a fixed connectivity. PMID:26986292

  16. Theory of the anomalous critical behavior for the smectic-A -hexatic transition

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    Kats, E. I.; Lebedev, V. V.; Muratov, A. R.

    2016-06-01

    We propose a theoretical explanation for the long-standing problem of the anomalous critical behavior of the heat capacity near the smectic-A -hexatic phase transition. Experiments find a large specific heat critical exponent α =0.5 -0.7 , which is inconsistent with a small negative value α ≈-0.01 expected for the three-dimensional X Y universality class. We show that most of the observed features can be explained by treating simultaneously fluctuations of the hexatic orientational and translational (positional) order parameters. Assuming that the translational correlation length ξt r is much larger than the hexatic correlation length ξh, we calculate the temperature dependence of the heat capacity in the critical region near the smectic-A -hexatic phase transition. Our results are in quantitative agreement with the calorimetric experimental data.

  17. Anomalous glass transition behavior of SBR-Al2O3 nanocomposites at small filler concentrations

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    Sushko, Rymma; Filimon, Marlena; Dannert, Rick; Elens, Patrick; Sanctuary, Roland; Baller, Jörg

    2014-10-01

    Elastomers filled with hard nanoparticles are of great technical importance for the rubber industry. In general, fillers improve mechanical properties of polymer materials, e.g. elastic moduli, tensile strength etc. The smaller the size of the particles, the larger is the interface where interactions between polymer molecules and fillers can generate new properties. Using temperature-modulated differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical analysis, we investigated the properties of pure styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) and SBR/alumina nanoparticles. Beside a reinforcement effect seen in the complex elastic moduli, small amounts of nanoparticles of about 2 wt% interestingly lead to an acceleration of the relaxation modes responsible for the thermal glass transition. This leads to a minimum in the glass transition temperature as a function of nanoparticle content in the vicinity of this critical concentration. The frequency dependent elastic moduli are used to discuss the possible reduction of the entanglement of rubber molecules as one cause for this unexpected behavior.

  18. Phase transitions, {theta} behavior, and instantons in QCD and its holographic model

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    Parnachev, Andrei; Zhitnitsky, Ariel R.

    2008-12-15

    In the holographic model of QCD, {theta} dependence sharply changes at the point of confinement-deconfinement phase transition. In large N QCD such a change in {theta} behavior can be related to the breakdown of the instanton expansion at some critical temperature T{sub c}. Associating this temperature with confinement-deconfinement phase transition leads to the description of the latter in terms of dissociation of instantons into the fractionally charged instanton quarks. To elucidate this picture, we introduce the nonvanishing chiral condensate in the deconfining phase and assume a specific Lagrangian for the {eta}{sup '} field in the confining phase. In the resulting picture the high-temperature phase of the theory consists of the dilute gas of instantons, while the low-temperature phase is described in terms of freely moving fractional instanton quarks.

  19. Theory of the anomalous critical behavior for the smectic-A-hexatic transition.

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    Kats, E I; Lebedev, V V; Muratov, A R

    2016-06-01

    We propose a theoretical explanation for the long-standing problem of the anomalous critical behavior of the heat capacity near the smectic-A-hexatic phase transition. Experiments find a large specific heat critical exponent α=0.5-0.7, which is inconsistent with a small negative value α≈-0.01 expected for the three-dimensional XY universality class. We show that most of the observed features can be explained by treating simultaneously fluctuations of the hexatic orientational and translational (positional) order parameters. Assuming that the translational correlation length ξ_{tr} is much larger than the hexatic correlation length ξ_{h}, we calculate the temperature dependence of the heat capacity in the critical region near the smectic-A-hexatic phase transition. Our results are in quantitative agreement with the calorimetric experimental data. PMID:27415334

  20. Flagella-induced transitions in the collective behavior of confined microswimmers

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    Cheng Hou Tsang, Alan; Kanso, Eva

    2014-08-01

    Bacteria are usually studied in free-swimming planktonic state or in sessile biofilm state. However, little is known about intermediate states where variability in the environmental conditions and/or energy supply to the flagellar propulsive system alter flagellar activity. In this Rapid Communication, we propose an idealized physical model to investigate the effects of flagellar activity on the hydrodynamic interactions among a population of microswimmers. We show that decreasing flagellar activity induces a hydrodynamically triggered transition in confined microswimmers from turbulentlike swimming to aggregation and clustering. These results suggest that the interplay between flagellar activity and hydrodynamic interactions provides a physical mechanism for coordinating collective behaviors in confined bacteria, with potentially profound implications on processes such as molecular diffusion and transport of oxygen and nutrients that mediate transitions in the bacteria physiological state.

  1. Solubility Behavior and Phase Stability of Transition Metal Oxides in Alkaline Hydrothermal Environments

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    S.E. Ziemniak

    2000-05-18

    The solubility behavior of transition metal oxides in high temperature water is interpreted by recognizing three types of chemical reaction equilibria: metal oxide hydration/dehydration, metal oxide dissolution and metal ion hydroxocomplex formation. The equilibria are quantified using thermodynamic concepts and the thermochemical properties of the metal oxides/ions representative of the most common constituents of construction metal alloys, i.e., element shaving atomic numbers between Z = 22 (Ti) and Z = 30 (Zn), are summarized on the basis of metal oxide solubility studies conducted in the laboratory. Particular attention is devoted to the uncharged metal ion hydrocomplex, M{sup Z}(OH){sub Z}(aq), since its thermochemical properties define minimum solubilities of the metal oxide at a given temperature. Experimentally-extracted values of standard partial molal entropy (S{sup 0}) for the transition metal ion neutral hydroxocomplex are shown to be influenced by ligand field stabilization energies and complex symmetry.

  2. Experimental study of transition metal ion doping on TiO2 with photocatalytic behavior.

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    Siddhapara, K S; Shah, D V

    2014-08-01

    In this research, we have studied the doping behaviors of three transition metal ion dopants on the crystal phase, particle sizes, XRD patterns, EDAX spectra, and photoreactivity of TiO2 nanoparticles. Test metal ion concentrations ranged from 1% to 4 at.%, we report the growth of [Fe, Co and Mn]xTiO2 nanocrystals prepared by Sol-Gel technique, followed by freeze-drying treatment at -30 °C temperature for 12 hrs. The obtained Gel was thermally treated at different temperature like 200 °C, 400 °C, 600 °C, 800 °C. Thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) shows that dopant concentration affects thermal decomposition. The photoreactivities of transition metal ion-doped TiO2 nanoparticles under UV irradiation were quantified by the degradation of formaldehyde. PMID:25936115

  3. Universal behavior of crystalline membranes: Crumpling transition and Poisson ratio of the flat phase

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    Cuerno, R.; Gallardo Caballero, R.; Gordillo-Guerrero, A.; Monroy, P.; Ruiz-Lorenzo, J. J.

    2016-02-01

    We revisit the universal behavior of crystalline membranes at and below the crumpling transition, which pertains to the mechanical properties of important soft and hard matter materials, such as the cytoskeleton of red blood cells or graphene. Specifically, we perform large-scale Monte Carlo simulations of a triangulated two-dimensional phantom network which is freely fluctuating in three-dimensional space. We obtain a continuous crumpling transition characterized by critical exponents which we estimate accurately through the use of finite-size techniques. By controlling the scaling corrections, we additionally compute with high accuracy the asymptotic value of the Poisson ratio in the flat phase, thus characterizing the auxetic properties of this class of systems. We obtain agreement with the value which is universally expected for polymerized membranes with a fixed connectivity.

  4. Asymptotic behavior of apparent generalized oscillator strengths for optically forbidden transitions in rare-gas atoms

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    Suzuki, T. Y.; Suzuki, H.; Ohtani, S.; Takayanagi, T.; Okada, K.

    2007-03-15

    Apparent generalized oscillator strengths (apparent GOS's) have been measured for three types of optically forbidden transitions in rare-gas atoms as functions of the squared momentum transfer K{sup 2} at small K{sup 2} range ({<=}0.4 a.u.). The apparent GOS's were deduced from the differential cross sections for excitation, which were measured by means of the electron energy-loss spectroscopy. Electron impact energies were 100, 300, and 500 eV, and the scattering angles were from 0.8 degree sign to 10 degree sign . In the case where the first Born approximation does not hold, the apparent GOS as a function of K{sup 2} (the apparent GOS function) shows characteristic dependence on the electron collision energy according to the character of the transition. In the present observation, for the np{sup 6} {sup 1}S{sub 0}{yields}np{sup 5}(n+1)p{sup '}[1/2]{sub 0} transitions, the specific behavior has been observed in the apparent GOS functions characteristic of that for the {sup 1}S{sub 0}{yields}{sup 1}S{sub 0} type transition, in which the term symbols of the initial and the final states do not change. For the np{sup 6} {sup 1}S{sub 0}{yields}np{sup 5}(n+1)p[5/2]{sub 2,3}; [3/2]{sub 1,2} transitions, a certain new type of deviations from the first Born approximation, which is interpreted to be characteristic of the {sup 1}S{sub 0}{yields}{sup 1}D{sub 2} type transition, have been observed in the apparent GOS functions with some modifications depending on respective atomic species. For the 5p{sup 6} {sup 1}S{sub 0}{yields}5p{sup 5}5d [7/2]{sub 3}; [5/2]{sub 3} transitions in Xe, it is observed that the apparent GOS curves have no impact energy dependence for impact energies from 100 eV to 500 eV, which suggests that the first Born approximation is valid for such low impact energies and the curves agree with the Bethe-GOS. It is found that the GOS's varies in proportional to K{sup 4} at small K{sup 2} region ({<=}0.1 a.u.), which suggests that the octupole moment is

  5. Exact coupling threshold for structural transition reveals diversified behaviors in interconnected networks

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    Darabi Sahneh, Faryad; Scoglio, Caterina; Van Mieghem, Piet

    2015-10-01

    An interconnected network features a structural transition between two regimes [F. Radicchi and A. Arenas, Nat. Phys. 9, 717 (2013), 10.1038/nphys2761]: one where the network components are structurally distinguishable and one where the interconnected network functions as a whole. Our exact solution for the coupling threshold uncovers network topologies with unexpected behaviors. Specifically, we show conditions that superdiffusion, introduced by Gómez et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 028701 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.028701], can occur despite the network components functioning distinctly. Moreover, we find that components of certain interconnected network topologies are indistinguishable despite very weak coupling between them.

  6. Behavioral needs of the transition cow and considerations for special needs facility design.

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    Cook, Nigel B; Nordlund, Kenneth V

    2004-11-01

    Improved building designs come from a better understanding of the behavioral needs of the dairy cow. The costs to provide for these needs in the facility must be offset by improved milk production, health, and longevity. Research is still required to more fully understand the health implications of many building design considerations and their impact on disease. Perhaps the most important end result of an improved environment for the transition cow, however, is an improvement in animal well-being. Better buildings that accommodate the behavioral needs of cows present "win-win" situations where dairy cattle thrive and work is more enjoyable. This results in an improved image for the industry, greater consumer confidence in the quality and safety of the final food product, and a prosperous dairy industry. PMID:15471622

  7. The Role of Goals and Alcohol Behavior during the Transition out of College

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    Radomski, Sharon A.; Read, Jennifer P.; Bowker, Julie C.

    2015-01-01

    Personal goals are desired outcomes that guide behavior (Palfai et al., 2011), and are typically oriented around age-appropriate developmental tasks (e.g., college graduation, employment). Goals and their pursuit take on much salience during senior year of college as individuals prepare for the transition into adult roles. This also is a time during which naturalistic changes in alcohol consumption are occurring. These changes may impact the relationship between age-related goals and their attainment, thus compromising the likelihood of a successful transition out of college. The present study examined whether and how changes in drinking over senior year moderate the association between achievement goals and related developmental task attainment as students move toward transitioning out of college. Alcohol-involved college seniors (N=437; 62.5% female) were assessed via web survey in September of their senior year and again one year later (T4). Results of multinomial logistic regression revealed that greater Achievement Goals were predictive of college graduation (versus remaining a continuing undergraduate), but only for those whose drinking decreased during senior year. Among those graduated by T4 (n=307), Achievement Goals predicted pursuing graduate education (versus being unemployed), but only for students whose drinking increased during senior year. Thus, Achievement Goals are important predictors of goal attainment as students prepare to transition out of college, and these goals can interact with drinking in complex ways during this time. Findings suggest that interventions aimed at bolstering personal goals and reducing drinking during senior year may increase the likelihood of successful transitions out of the college environment. PMID:25642583

  8. Effects of Multiple Maternal Relationship Transitions on Offspring Antisocial Behavior in Childhood and Adolescence: A Cousin-Comparison Analysis

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    Goodnight, Jackson A.; D'Onofrio, Brian M.; Cherlin, Andrew J.; Emery, Robert E.; Van Hulle, Carol A.; Lahey, Benjamin B.

    2013-01-01

    Previous studies of the association between multiple parental relationship transitions (i.e., when a parent begins or terminates an intimate relationship involving cohabitation) and offspring antisocial behavior have varied in their efforts to rule out confounding influences, such as parental antisocial behavior and low income. They also have been…

  9. Interactions between Maternal Parenting and Children's Early Disruptive Behavior: Bidirectional Associations across the Transition from Preschool to School Entry

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    Combs-Ronto, Lindsey A.; Olson, Sheryl L.; Lunkenheimer, Erika S.; Sameroff, Arnold J.

    2009-01-01

    This study was a prospective 2-year longitudinal investigation of associations between negative maternal parenting and disruptive child behavior across the preschool to school transition. Our main goals were to 1) determine the direction of association between early maternal negativity and child disruptive behaviors across this important…

  10. Maternal Work Behavior under Welfare Reform: How Does the Transition from Welfare to Work Affect Child Development? JCPR Working Paper.

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    Dunifon, Rachel; Kalil, Ariel; Danziger, Sandra K.

    Using data from a longitudinal sample of former and current welfare recipients in Michigan spanning 1997 through 1999, the Womens Employment Study, this analysis examined how transitions from welfare to work affect parenting behavior and child behavior problems. Researchers used a fixed-effects regression design to control for all time-invariant…

  11. Physical activity status of academic professors during their early career transition: an application of the theory of planned behavior.

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    Kirk, Megan A; Rhodes, Ryan E

    2012-01-01

    Life-transitions (e.g. parenthood) have been linked to physical inactivity, yet the topic requires further exploration. In this study, we evaluated changes in the physical activity (PA) of adults during their early career transition using retrospective analysis and the theory of planned behavior. Recruitment from January to March 2010 yielded a random sample of 267 assistant professors, ages 25-44, employed within the last five years. Repeated measures analysis of variance (RM ANOVA) concluded that PA declined across the transition (d = 0.36-0.43) and was further attenuated by marriage, work hours, and parenthood status. Discriminant function analysis (DFA) identified specific behavioral and control correlates about PA enjoyment, limited time, inconsistent schedule, work demands, and job pressures to distinguish between those who remained active from those who did not across the transition. PA interventions administered prior to career transitions may be needed to prevent physical inactivity. PMID:22348598

  12. Syntax of Phase Transition Peptide Polymers with LCST and UCST Behavior

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    Garcia Quiroz, Felipe

    "Smart" polymers that sense stimuli in aqueous environments and that respond with a pronounced change in their solvation are of great utility in biotechnology and medicine. Currently, however, only few peptide polymers are known to display this behavior. Here, we uncover the syntax -- defined as the arrangement of amino acids (letters) into repeat units (words) that have a functional behavior of interest -- of a novel and extensive family of genetically encoded "smart" peptide polymers, termed syntactomers, that dictates their ability to undergo a soluble to insoluble phase transition at temperatures above a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) or below an upper critical solution temperature (UCST). We show that this syntax ranges from phase transition polymers composed of simple repeats of a few amino acids to polymers whose syntax resembles the complex sequence of peptide drugs and protein domains that exhibit dual levels of function, as seen by their stimulus responsiveness and biological activity. This seamless fusion of materials and protein design embodied by syntactomers promises, we hope, a new generation of designer polymers with multiple levels of embedded functionality that should lead to new functional materials of broad interest

  13. Optimal control-based bayesian detection of clinical and behavioral state transitions.

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    Santaniello, Sabato; Sherman, David L; Thakor, Nitish V; Eskandar, Emad N; Sarma, Sridevi V

    2012-09-01

    Accurately detecting hidden clinical or behavioral states from sequential measurements is an emerging topic in neuroscience and medicine, which may dramatically impact neural prosthetics, brain-computer interface and drug delivery. For example, early detection of an epileptic seizure from sequential electroencephalographic (EEG) measurements would allow timely administration of anticonvulsant drugs or neurostimulation, thus reducing physical impairment and risks of overtreatment. We develop a Bayesian paradigm for state transition detection that combines optimal control and Markov processes. We define a hidden Markov model of the state evolution and develop a detection policy that minimizes a loss function of both probability of false positives and accuracy (i.e., lag between estimated and actual transition time). Our strategy automatically adapts to each newly acquired measurement based on the state evolution model and the relative loss for false positives and accuracy, thus resulting in a time varying threshold policy. The paradigm was used in two applications: 1) detection of movement onset (behavioral state) from subthalamic single unit recordings in Parkinson's disease patients performing a motor task; 2) early detection of an approaching seizure (clinical state) from multichannel intracranial EEG recordings in rodents treated with pentylenetetrazol chemoconvulsant. Our paradigm performs significantly better than chance and improves over widely used detection algorithms. PMID:22893447

  14. Dimensional phase transition from 1D behavior to a 3D Bose-Einstein condensate

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    Pelster, Axel; Morath, Denis; Straßel, Dominik; Eggert, Sebastian

    The emergence of new properties from low-dimensional building blocks is a universal theme in different areas in physics. The investigation of transitions between isolated and coupled low-dimensional systems promises to reveal new phenomena and exotic phases. Interacting 1D bosons, which are coupled in a two-dimensional array, are maybe the most fundamental example of a system which illustrates the concept of a dimensional phase transition. However, recent experiments using ultracold gases have shown a surprising discrepancy between theory and experiment and it is far from obvious if the power laws from the underlying 1D theory can predict the transition temperature and order parameter correctly for all interaction strengths. Using a combination of large-scale Quantum Monte-Carlo simulations and chain mean-field calculations, we show that the behavior of the ordering temperature as a function of inter-chain coupling strength does not follow a universal powerlaw, but also depends strongly on the filling

  15. Anharmonic behavior and structural phase transition in Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Pandey, Sugandha Dogra; Samanta, K.; Singh, Jasveer; Sharma, Nita Dilawar Bandyopadhyay, A. K.

    2013-12-15

    The investigation of structural phase transition and anharmonic behavior of Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} has been carried out by high-pressure and temperature dependent Raman scattering studies respectively. In situ Raman studies under high pressure were carried out in a diamond anvil cell at room temperature which indicate a structural transition from cubic to hexagonal phase at and above 20.6 GPa. In the decompression cycle, Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} retained its high pressure phase. We have observed a Stark line in the Raman spectra at 337.5 cm{sup −1} which arises from the electronic transition between {sup 2}F{sub 5/2} and {sup 2}F{sub 7/2} multiplates of Yb{sup 3+} (4f{sup 13}) levels. These were followed by temperature dependent Raman studies in the range of 80–440 K, which show an unusual mode hardening with increasing temperature. The hardening of the most dominant mode (T{sub g} + A{sub g}) was analyzed in light of the theory of anharmonic phonon-phonon interaction and thermal expansion of the lattice. Using the mode Grüneisen parameter obtained from high pressure Raman measurements; we have calculated total anharmonicity of the T{sub g} + A{sub g} mode from the temperature dependent Raman data.

  16. Evaluation of transitional behavior of wetness/drought regimes in the Poyang Lake Basin, China

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    Zhang, Qiang; Sun, Peng; Singh, Vijay P.; Li, Jianfeng; Tu, Xinjun

    2015-08-01

    Transitional behavior of wetness/dryness regimes is investigated using the standardized precipitation/runoff indices (SPI-SRI) and the Markov chain model, and wetness/drought conditions are predicted. Results indicate that (1) the wetness/drought hazards have large negative impacts during initial conditions in the Xiuhe River Basin and manifest their negative impacts during the development condition of the wetness/droughts in the Fuhe and Xiuhe River Basins; in the Ganjiang and Raohe River Basins, however, droughts have their greatest impacts during the lasting time intervals, (2) the occurrence of meteorological or hydrological droughts/floods individually is subject to very low probability, implying close relations between meteorological and hydrological conditions within the Poyang Lake Basin, and (3) an abrupt shift between hydrometeorological wetness and dryness events is identified, specifically in northwest and northeast parts of the Poyang Lake Basin, which could be due to intensifying precipitation regimes in these regions under the influence of increasing temperature. The prediction of droughts indicates that the transitional probability from the second condition to the hydrological drought is the lowest and the transitional probability from the first (or third) condition to the fourth condition is the largest. Results of this study will be of value for developing measures for mitigation of droughts in a changing environment.

  17. Anxiety-related behavioral responses of pentylenetetrazole-treated zebrafish larvae to light-dark transitions.

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    Peng, Xiaolan; Lin, Jia; Zhu, Yingdong; Liu, Xiuyun; Zhang, Yinglan; Ji, Yongxia; Yang, Xue; Zhang, Yan; Guo, Ning; Li, Qiang

    2016-06-01

    Pentylenetetrazole (PTZ), γ-aminobutyrate (GABA) antagonist, is a convulsant drug, known to induce anxiety and seizures in zebrafish. Changes in the mobility of zebrafish under light-dark transitions reflect anxiety level, serving as a useful behavioral readout. The effects of PTZ treatment have yet to be assayed in this manner. Zebrafish larvae (AB strain) at both 5dpf (days post-fertilization) and 7dpf were treated with different concentrations of PTZ. General locomotor activity and thigmotaxis were analyzed under continuous illumination (normal conditions) or alternating light-dark cycles (stressful conditions). Zebrafish larvae of 5dpf and 7dpf exhibited different sensitivities to PTZ. Anxiety level, measured in terms of response to illumination transitions under the influence of PTZ, demonstrated contrasting tendencies. Dark-light transitions dramatically increased the locomotor activity of zebrafish larvae receiving 8mM PTZ which was indicative of anxiety. This study suggests that PTZ increases the susceptibility by activating the neuron, which perhaps makes light change easier to influence the anxiety level of larvae. We provide useful evidence for putative anti-anxiety drug screening. PMID:27019459

  18. Lasing behaviors upon phase transition in solution-processed perovskite thin films

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    Kao, Tsung Sheng; Chou, Yu-Hsun; Chou, Chun-Hsien; Chen, Fang-Chung; Lu, Tien-Chang

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, the temperature dependent lasing characteristics of solution-processed organic-inorganic halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 films have been demonstrated. The lasing temperature can be sustained up to a near room temperature at 260 K. Via the temperature dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements, an emerged phase-transition band can be observed, ascribing to the crystalline structures changed from the orthorhombic to tetragonal phase states in the perovskites as a function of a gradual increase in the ambient temperature. The optical characteristics of the PL emission peaks and the anomalous shifts of the peak intensities are highly correspondent with the phase states in perovskites at different temperatures, showing a low-threshold lasing behavior at the phase transition. The laser cavities may be formed under multiple random scattering provided by the polycrystalline grain boundary and/or phase separation upon the phase transition. Since the threshold gain is potentially high in the random cavities, the large material gain exhibited by the solution-processed perovskite would be very promising in making practical laser devices.

  19. Work hours, weight status, and weight-related behaviors: a study of metro transit workers

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    2010-01-01

    Background Associations between hours worked per week and Body Mass Index (BMI), food intake, physical activity, and perceptions of eating healthy at work were examined in a sample of transit workers. Methods Survey data were collected from 1086 transit workers. Participants reported hours worked per week, food choices, leisure-time physical activity and perceptions of the work environment with regard to healthy eating. Height and weight were measured for each participant. Multivariate linear and logistic regressions were conducted to examine associations between work hours and behavioral variables. Associations were examined in the full sample and stratified by gender. Results Transit workers working in the highest work hour categories had higher BMI and poorer dietary habits, with results differing by gender. Working 50 or more hours per week was associated with higher BMI among men but not women. Additionally, working 50 or more hours per week was significantly associated with higher frequency of accessing cold beverage, cold food, and snack vending machines among men. Working 40 or more hours per week was associated with higher frequency of accessing cold food vending machines among women. Reported frequency of fruit and vegetable intake was highest among women working 50 or more hours per week. Intake of sweets, sugar sweetened beverages, and fast food did not vary with work hours in men or women. Physical activity and perception of ease of eating healthy at work were not associated with work hours in men or women. Conclusions Long work hours were associated with more frequent use of garage vending machines and higher BMI in transit workers, with associations found primarily among men. Long work hours may increase dependence upon food availability at the worksite, which highlights the importance of availability of healthy food choices. PMID:21172014

  20. Locomotor behavior across an environmental transition in the ropefish, Erpetoichthys calabaricus.

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    Pace, Cinnamon M; Gibb, Alice C

    2011-02-15

    Many amphibious organisms undergo repeated aquatic to terrestrial transitions during their lifetime; limbless, elongate organisms that make such transitions must rely on axial-based locomotion in both habitats. How is the same anatomical structure employed to produce an effective behavior across such disparate habitats? Here, we examine an elongate amphibious fish, the ropefish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus), and ask: (1) how do locomotor movements change during the transition between aquatic and terrestrial environments and (2) do distantly related amphibious fishes demonstrate similar modes of terrestrial locomotion? Ropefish were examined moving in four experimental treatments (in which the water level was to lowered mimic the transition between environments) that varied from fully aquatic to fully terrestrial. Kinematic parameters (lateral excursion, wavelength, amplitude and frequency) were calculated for points along the midline of the body and compared across treatments. Terrestrial locomotion in the ropefish is characterized by long, slow, large-amplitude undulations down the length of the body; in contrast, aquatic locomotion is characterized by short-wavelength, small-amplitude, high-frequency undulations that gradually increase in an anterior to posterior direction. Experimental treatments with intermediate water levels were more similar to aquatic locomotion in that they demonstrated an anterior to posterior pattern of increasing lateral excursion and wave amplitude, but were more similar to terrestrial locomotion with regard to wavelength, which did not change in an anterior to posterior direction. Finally, the ropefish and another elongate amphibious fish, the eel, consistently exhibit movements characterized by 'path following' when moving on land, which suggests that elongate fishes exhibit functional convergence during terrestrial locomotion. PMID:21270300

  1. Synchronization transition of a coupled system composed of neurons with coexisting behaviors near a Hopf bifurcation

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    Jia, Bing

    2014-05-01

    The coexistence of a resting condition and period-1 firing near a subcritical Hopf bifurcation point, lying between the monostable resting condition and period-1 firing, is often observed in neurons of the central nervous systems. Near such a bifurcation point in the Morris—Lecar (ML) model, the attraction domain of the resting condition decreases while that of the coexisting period-1 firing increases as the bifurcation parameter value increases. With the increase of the coupling strength, and parameter and initial value dependent synchronization transition processes from non-synchronization to compete synchronization are simulated in two coupled ML neurons with coexisting behaviors: one neuron chosen as the resting condition and the other the coexisting period-1 firing. The complete synchronization is either a resting condition or period-1 firing dependent on the initial values of period-1 firing when the bifurcation parameter value is small or middle and is period-1 firing when the parameter value is large. As the bifurcation parameter value increases, the probability of the initial values of a period-1 firing neuron that lead to complete synchronization of period-1 firing increases, while that leading to complete synchronization of the resting condition decreases. It shows that the attraction domain of a coexisting behavior is larger, the probability of initial values leading to complete synchronization of this behavior is higher. The bifurcations of the coupled system are investigated and discussed. The results reveal the complex dynamics of synchronization behaviors of the coupled system composed of neurons with the coexisting resting condition and period-1 firing, and are helpful to further identify the dynamics of the spatiotemporal behaviors of the central nervous system.

  2. Yeast product supplementation modulated feeding behavior and metabolism in transition dairy cows.

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    Yuan, K; Liang, T; Muckey, M B; Mendonça, L G D; Hulbert, L E; Elrod, C C; Bradford, B J

    2015-01-01

    Yeast supplementation has been shown to increase feed intake and production in some studies with early lactation dairy cows, but the mechanisms underlying such an effect remain unknown. The objective of this study was to assess the effects of supplementing a yeast product derived from Saccharomyces cerevisiae on production, feeding behavior, and metabolism in cows during the transition to lactation. Forty multiparous Holstein cows were blocked by expected calving date and randomly assigned within block to 1 of 4 treatments (n=10) from 21 d before expected calving to 42 d postpartum. Rations were top-dressed with a yeast culture plus enzymatically hydrolyzed yeast (YC-EHY; Celmanax, Vi-COR Inc., Mason City, IA) at the rate of 0, 30, 60, or 90g/d throughout the experiment. Dry matter and water intake, feeding behavior, and milk production were monitored. Plasma samples collected on -21, -7, 1, 4, 7, 14, 21, and 35 d relative to calving were analyzed for glucose, β-hydroxybutyrate, and nonesterified fatty acids. Data were analyzed using mixed models with repeated measures over time. Pre- or postpartum dry matter intake and water intake did not differ among treatments. Quadratic dose effects were observed for prepartum feeding behavior, reflecting decreased meal size, meal length, and intermeal interval, and increased meal frequency for cows received 30 and 60g/d of YC-EHY. Postpartum feeding behavior was unaffected by treatments. Milk yields were not affected (45.3, 42.6, 47.8, and 46.7kg/d for 0, 30, 60, and 90g/d, respectively) by treatments. Tendencies for increased percentages of milk fat, protein, and lactose were detected for cows receiving YC-EHY. Supplementing YC-EHY increased plasma β-hydroxybutyrate and tended to decrease (quadratic dose effect) glucose but did not affect nonesterified fatty acids. Yeast product supplementation during the transition period did not affect milk production and dry matter intake but modulated feeding behavior and metabolism

  3. Social marketing as a tool to improve behavioral health services for underserved populations in transition countries.

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    Szydlowski, Steven J; Chattopadhyay, Satya P; Babela, Robert

    2005-01-01

    Human development efforts continue to change the world and improve quality of life for humans. Without the struggle and drive to contemplate new ideas to improve society, the global community would be in a constant state of oppression. Although cultures and norms change as international boundaries are crossed, the universal goal is to improve standards of living to include behavioral health services for underserved populations. In recent times, pioneers and community groups have used social marketing as an instrument to change public perceptions and behaviors within societies. These efforts have transformed nations in the acceptance and understanding of community health and rehabilitation, education, service, and human rights. This article examines the justification for utilization of the concepts and tools of social marketing to bring about proactive behavior modification among segments of underserved populations. A section of this article provides an overview of the basics of social marketing for the benefit of makers of health policy in transition countries. Finally, the case of 2 underserved population segments in the Republic of Slovakia, a new member of the European Union (former socialist block member), is examined for possible implementation. PMID:15825815

  4. Addiction: From Context-Induced Hedonia to Appetite, Based on Transition of Micro-behaviors in Morphine Abstinent Tree Shrews.

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    Duan, Ying; Shen, Fang; Gu, Tingting; Sui, Nan

    2016-01-01

    Drug addiction is viewed as a maladaptive memory induced by contextual cues even in the abstinent state. However, the variations of hedonia and appetite induced by the context during the abstinence have been neglected. To distinguish the representative behaviors between hedonia and appetite, micro-behaviors in abstinent animal such as psycho-activity and drug seeking behaviors were observed in morphine conditioned place preference (CPP). To confirm the different effects of reward between drug and natural reward, a palatable food CPP paradigm was compared in current work. After a 10-day training in CPP with morphine or food, the preference was tested on day 1, 14, 28, and the changes of micro-behaviors were analyzed further. Our data showed that tree shrews treated with morphine performed more jumps on day 1 and more visits to saline paired side on day 28, which indicated a featured behavioral transition from psycho-activity to seeking behavior during drug abstinence. Meanwhile, food-conditioned animals only displayed obvious seeking behaviors in the three tests. The results suggest that the variations of micro-behaviors could imply such a transition from hedonic response to appetitive behaviors during morphine abstinence, which provided a potential behavioral basis for further neural mechanism studies. PMID:27375516

  5. Addiction: From Context-Induced Hedonia to Appetite, Based on Transition of Micro-behaviors in Morphine Abstinent Tree Shrews

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    Duan, Ying; Shen, Fang; Gu, Tingting; Sui, Nan

    2016-01-01

    Drug addiction is viewed as a maladaptive memory induced by contextual cues even in the abstinent state. However, the variations of hedonia and appetite induced by the context during the abstinence have been neglected. To distinguish the representative behaviors between hedonia and appetite, micro-behaviors in abstinent animal such as psycho-activity and drug seeking behaviors were observed in morphine conditioned place preference (CPP). To confirm the different effects of reward between drug and natural reward, a palatable food CPP paradigm was compared in current work. After a 10-day training in CPP with morphine or food, the preference was tested on day 1, 14, 28, and the changes of micro-behaviors were analyzed further. Our data showed that tree shrews treated with morphine performed more jumps on day 1 and more visits to saline paired side on day 28, which indicated a featured behavioral transition from psycho-activity to seeking behavior during drug abstinence. Meanwhile, food-conditioned animals only displayed obvious seeking behaviors in the three tests. The results suggest that the variations of micro-behaviors could imply such a transition from hedonic response to appetitive behaviors during morphine abstinence, which provided a potential behavioral basis for further neural mechanism studies. PMID:27375516

  6. Functional analysis of maladaptive behaviors: Rule as a transitive conditioned motivating operation.

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    Belfiore, Phillip J; Kitchen, Thomas; Lee, David L

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the role of a staff-delivered rule on the occurrence of challenging behavior (stereotypic touching) of an adult with severe intellectual disabilities. Four experimental functional analysis conditions were developed: (a) attention, (b) rule+attention, (c) rule only, and (d) control. Results showed that the percentage of intervals in which stereotypic touching responses (STR) occurred was greater within the experimental condition where a rule statement was embedded with contingent attention. Results are discussed in light of the plasticity of functional analysis technology to allow for stimulus variation within the typical social attention condition, and the suggestion that the rule statement, in this study, may function as a Transitive Conditioned Establishing Operation (CEO-T), asserting that the provision of attention is more valued in the presence of the stated rule. PMID:26692455

  7. Critical behavior of absorbing phase transitions for models in the Manna class with natural initial states.

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    Lee, Sang Bub

    2014-06-01

    The critical behavior of absorbing phase transitions for two typical models in the Manna universality class, the conserved Manna model and the conserved lattice gas model, both on a square lattice, was investigated using the natural initial states. Various critical exponents were estimated using the static and dynamic simulations. The exponents characterizing dynamics of active particles differ considerably from the known exponents obtained using the random initial states, whereas those associated with the steady-state quantities remain the same. The critical exponents for both models were consistent with errors of less than 1% and satisfied the known scaling relations; thus, the known violation of scaling relations for models with a conserved field was resolved using the natural initial states. The results differed by 7%∼12% from the directed percolation values. PMID:25019750

  8. Transitions in effective scaling behavior of accelerometric time series across sleep and wake

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    Wohlfahrt, Patrick; Kantelhardt, Jan W.; Zinkhan, Melanie; Schumann, Aicko Y.; Penzel, Thomas; Fietze, Ingo; Pillmann, Frank; Stang, Andreas

    2013-09-01

    We study the effective scaling behavior of high-resolution accelerometric time series recorded at the wrists and hips of 100 subjects during sleep and wake. Using spectral analysis and detrended fluctuation analysis we find long-term correlated fluctuations with a spectral exponent \\beta \\approx 1.0 (1/f noise). On short time scales, β is larger during wake (\\approx 1.4 ) and smaller during sleep (\\approx 0.6 ). In addition, characteristic peaks at 0.2-0.3 Hz (due to respiration) and 4-10 Hz (probably due to physiological tremor) are observed in periods of weak activity. Because of these peaks, spectral analysis is superior in characterizing effective scaling during sleep, while detrending analysis performs well during wake. Our findings can be exploited to detect sleep-wake transitions.

  9. Behavioral risk factors for obesity during health transition in Vanuatu, South Pacific

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    Dancause, Kelsey Needham; Vilar, Miguel; Wilson, Michelle; Soloway, Laura E; DeHuff, Christa; Chan, Chim; Tarivonda, Len; Regenvanu, Ralph; Kaneko, Akira; Lum, J Koji; Garruto, Ralph M

    2012-01-01

    The South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, like many developing countries, is currently experiencing a shift in disease burdens from infectious to chronic diseases with economic development. A rapid increase in obesity prevalence represents one component of this “health transition.” We sought to identify behaviors associated with measures of obesity in Vanuatu. We surveyed 534 adults from three islands varying in level of economic development. We measured height; weight; waist and hip circumferences; triceps, subscapular and suprailiac skinfolds; and percent body fat (%BF) by bioelectrical impedance. We assessed diet through 24-hour dietary recall and physical activity patterns using a survey. We calculated prevalence of obesity and central obesity based on multiple indicators (body mass index, %BF, waist circumference, and waist-to-height ratio), and analyzed differences among islands and associations with behavioral patterns. Obesity prevalence was lowest among rural and highest among suburban participants. Prevalence of central obesity was particularly high among women (up to 73.9%), even in rural areas (ranging from 14.7% to 41.2% depending on the measure used). Heavier reliance on animal protein and incorporation of Western foods in the diet – specifically, tinned fish and instant noodles – was significantly associated with increased obesity risk. Even in rural areas where diets and lifestyles remain largely traditional, modest incorporation of Western foods in the diet can contribute to increased risk of obesity. Early prevention efforts are thus particularly important during health transition. Where public health resources are limited, education about dietary change could be the best target for prevention. PMID:23505203

  10. Effect of vision angle on the phase transition in flocking behavior of animal groups

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    Nguyen, P. The; Lee, Sang-Hee; Ngo, V. Thanh

    2015-09-01

    The nature of the phase transition in a system of self-propelling particles has been extensively studied during the past few decades. A theoretical model was proposed by [T. Vicsek et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 1226 (1995), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.75.1226] with a simple rule for updating the direction of motion of each particle. Based on the model of Vicsek et al., in this paper, we consider a group of animals as particles moving freely in a two-dimensional space. Due to the fact that the viewable area of animals depends on the species, we consider the motion of each individual within an angle φ =ϕ /2 (ϕ is called the angle of view) of a circle centered at its position of radius R . We obtained a phase diagram in the space (φ ,ηc ) with ηc being the critical noise. We show that the phase transition exists only in the case of a wide view's angle φ ≥0.5 π . The flocking of animals is a universal behavior of the species of prey but not the one of the predator. Our simulation results are in good agreement with experimental observation [C. Beccoa et al., Physica A 367, 487 (2006), 10.1016/j.physa.2005.11.041].

  11. Effect of vision angle on the phase transition in flocking behavior of animal groups.

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    Nguyen, P The; Lee, Sang-Hee; Ngo, V Thanh

    2015-09-01

    The nature of the phase transition in a system of self-propelling particles has been extensively studied during the past few decades. A theoretical model was proposed by [T. Vicsek et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 1226 (1995)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.75.1226] with a simple rule for updating the direction of motion of each particle. Based on the model of Vicsek et al., in this paper, we consider a group of animals as particles moving freely in a two-dimensional space. Due to the fact that the viewable area of animals depends on the species, we consider the motion of each individual within an angle φ=ϕ/2 (ϕ is called the angle of view) of a circle centered at its position of radius R. We obtained a phase diagram in the space (φ,η_{c}) with η_{c} being the critical noise. We show that the phase transition exists only in the case of a wide view's angle φ≥0.5π. The flocking of animals is a universal behavior of the species of prey but not the one of the predator. Our simulation results are in good agreement with experimental observation [C. Beccoa et al., Physica A 367, 487 (2006)PHYADX0378-437110.1016/j.physa.2005.11.041]. PMID:26465507

  12. Iron Damage and Spalling Behavior below and above Shock Induced {alpha} <==> {epsilon} Phase Transition

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    Voltz, Christophe; Buy, Francois; Roy, Gilles

    2006-07-28

    The study of dynamic damage and fracture of iron has been undertaken below and above phase transition by series of time resolved experiments using both light gas launcher and powder gun. Shock wave tests were conducted by symmetrical impacts of high purity iron. To reveal the material behavior we have done shock experiments where the target is covered with a window in order to limit release amplitude and to avoid specimen fragmentation. Metallurgical analysis of soft recovered samples yields information about damage and fracture processes related to thermo-mechanical loading paths. Tests conducted without window allow studying effects of both phase change and release transition. Optical and SEM characterizations lead us to observe several modes of damage: brittle, ductile diffuse with void growth and heavily localized smooth one. These figures are related with: rarefaction shock waves or interfaces between transformed and not transformed iron. Simulations are performed with the 1D to compare experimental data with numerical results. We explain post-mortem observations by the complex shock wave structure interactions: P1 and P2 shock fronts associated with some corresponding shock release during unloading stages.

  13. Polarization and resistive switching behavior of ferroelectric tunnel junctions with transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Li, Tao; Lipatov, Alexey; Sharma, Pankaj; Lee, Hyungwoo; Eom, Chang-Beom; Sinitskii, Alexander; Gruverman, Alexei; Alexei Gruverman Team; Alexander Sinitskii Team; Chang-Beom Eom Team

    Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are emerging 2-dimensional (2D) materials of the MX2 type, where M is a transition metal atom (Mo, W, Ti, Sn, Zr, etc.) and X is a chalcogen atom (S, Se, or Te.). Comparing to graphene, TMDs have a sizable band gap and can be metal, half-metal, semiconductor or superconductor. Their band structures can be tuned by external bias voltage, mechanical force, or light illumination. Their rich physical properties make TMDs potential candidates for a variety of applications in nanoelectronics and optoelectronics. Ferroelectric tunnel junctions (FTJs) are actively studied as a next-generation of non-volatile memory elements. An FTJ comprises a ferroelectric tunnel barrier sandwiched between two electrodes. In this work, we investigate the resistive switching behavior of MoS2/BaTiO3-based FTJs. The ON/OFF ratio can be modulated via electric or mechanical control of the switched polarization fraction opening a possibility of tunable electroresistance effect. Effect of optical illumination on the polarization reversal dynamics has been observed and analyzed based on the polarization-induced modulation of the MoS2 layered electronic properties.

  14. Influences of behavior and academic problems at school entry on marijuana use transitions during adolescence in an African American sample

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    Reboussin, Beth A.; Ialongo, Nicholas S.; Green, Kerry M.

    2014-01-01

    Background: The aim of this study was to examine how patterns of academic and behavior problems in first grade relate to longitudinal transitions in marijuana use from middle school through entry into high school among African Americans. Methods: Latent class and latent transition analyses were conducted on a community sample of 458 low-income, urban-dwelling African-Americans. Results: Two behavior problem classes emerged at school entry; externalizing and attention/concentration. Academic problems co-occurred with both problem behavior classes although more strongly with attention/concentration. Youth in the attention/ concentration problem class were more likely to transition from no marijuana involvement to use and problems beginning in 7th grade and to use and problems given the opportunity to use marijuana early in high school compared to youth with no problems. Youth in the externalizing behavior problem class were significantly more likely to transition from no involvement to having a marijuana opportunity during the transition to high school compared to youth in the attention/concentration problems class. Conclusions: These findings highlight the importance of developing prevention programs and providing school services that address the co-occurrence of academic and behavior problems, as well as their subtype specific risks for marijuana involvement, particularly for low-income minority youth who may be entering school less ready than their non-minority peers. These findings also provide evidence for a need to continue to deliver interventions in middle and high school focused on factors that may protect youth during these critical transition periods when they may be especially vulnerable to opportunities to use marijuana based on their academic and behavioral risk profile. PMID:25305658

  15. The timing of entry into adult roles and changes in trajectories of problem behaviors during the transition to adulthood.

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    Martin, Monica J; Blozis, Shelley A; Boeninger, Daria K; Masarik, April S; Conger, Rand D

    2014-11-01

    This study of a cohort of 451 adolescents examined associations between trajectories of problem behaviors and the timing of entry into work, marriage, and parenthood. We used data from 12 assessments across adolescence, through emerging adulthood and into young adulthood. We employed 2-phase mixed-effects models to estimate growth in substance use and antisocial behavior across adolescence, deceleration in the period that follows, and the change point that marks the transition between the 2 phases. We then examined the degree to which the timing of entry into a specific adult role was associated with change in problem behaviors and the change point between the 2 phases. We hypothesized that earlier entries into adult roles would be associated with earlier transitions to the decline in problem behaviors generally observed during adulthood but that later entries would be associated with more quickly declining rates of problem behaviors during adulthood. As proposed, earlier entries into marriage and parenthood predicted earlier transitions to declining trajectories in both substance use and antisocial behavior during adulthood. The findings also indicated that delayed marriage and parenthood were associated with more quickly decreasing rates of change in substance use, but not antisocial behavior, during adulthood. Thus, the results are consistent with the idea that substance use decreases earlier but not as quickly during adulthood for those with earlier entries into marriage and parenthood. However, the timing of entry into work did not predict trajectory changes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved). PMID:25243329

  16. Shear Flow Induced Transition from Liquid-Crystalline to Polymer Behavior in Side-Chain Liquid Crystal Polymers

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    Noirez, L.; Lapp, A.

    1997-01-01

    We determine the structure and conformation of side-chain liquid-crystalline polymers subjected to shear flow in the vicinity of the smectic phase by neutron scattering on the velocity gradient plane. Below the nematic-smectic transition we observe a typical liquid-crystal behavior; the smectic layers slide, leading to a main-chain elongation parallel to the velocity direction. In contrast, a shear applied above the transition induces a tilted main-chain conformation which is typical for polymer behavior.

  17. Temporal behavior of unresolved transition array emission in water window soft x-ray spectral region from multiply charged ions

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    Dinh, Thanh-Hung; Suzuki, Yuhei; Arai, Goki; Li, Bowen; Dunne, Padraig; O'Sullivan, Gerry; Fujioka, Shinsuke; Hasegawa, Noboru; Kawachi, Tetsuya; Nishikino, Masaharu; Higashiguchi, Takeshi

    2015-09-01

    We have characterized the spectral structure and the temporal history of the laser-produced high-Z multi-charged ion plasmas for the efficient water window soft x-ray sources. Strong unresolved transition array emission was observed due to 4d-4f and 4f-5g transitions from Au, Pb, and Bi plasmas in the 280-700 eV photon energy region. The temporal behavior of the emission was essentially similar of that of the laser pulse with a slight delay between different transitions. These results provide feedback for accurate modeling of the atomic processes with the radiative hydrodynamic simulations.

  18. Temporal behavior of unresolved transition array emission in water window soft x-ray spectral region from multiply charged ions

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    Dinh, Thanh-Hung Suzuki, Yuhei; Arai, Goki; Higashiguchi, Takeshi; Li, Bowen; Dunne, Padraig; O'Sullivan, Gerry; Fujioka, Shinsuke; Hasegawa, Noboru; Kawachi, Tetsuya; Nishikino, Masaharu

    2015-09-21

    We have characterized the spectral structure and the temporal history of the laser-produced high-Z multi-charged ion plasmas for the efficient water window soft x-ray sources. Strong unresolved transition array emission was observed due to 4d–4f and 4f–5g transitions from Au, Pb, and Bi plasmas in the 280–700 eV photon energy region. The temporal behavior of the emission was essentially similar of that of the laser pulse with a slight delay between different transitions. These results provide feedback for accurate modeling of the atomic processes with the radiative hydrodynamic simulations.

  19. Adolescents in transition: school and family characteristics in the development of violent behaviors entering high school.

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    Frey, Ariel; Ruchkin, Vladislav; Martin, Andrés; Schwab-Stone, Mary

    2009-03-01

    Adolescents are vulnerable to becoming involved in problematic behaviors, disengaging academically, and dropping out of school. This study was designed to evaluate the protective role of self-perceived school attachment and family involvement on the development of these negative behaviors during adolescence. The Social and Health Assessment (SAHA) survey was conducted among 652 predominantly minority, inner-city adolescents during their transition from middle to high school in order to examine school attachment, perceived teacher support, parental control, and exposure to community violence as predictors of engagement in violent activities, development of aggressive beliefs, perception of school climate, and academic motivation one year later. Family and school factors appeared to be differentially associated with the negative outcomes. School attachment was associated with lower levels of violent delinquency and aggressive beliefs, as well as with academic motivation. Perceived teacher support was associated with positive perceptions of school climate and with academic motivation. Parental control was associated with lower levels of violent activity and with higher levels of academic motivation. Violence exposure was related to violent delinquency and negative perception of school climate. School attachment, teacher support, parental control, and violence exposure must all be incorporated into school reform efforts intended to break the inner city cycle of violence. PMID:18574687

  20. Molecular relaxation behavior and isothermal crystallization above glass transition temperature of amorphous hesperetin.

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    Shete, Ganesh; Khomane, Kailas S; Bansal, Arvind Kumar

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this paper was to investigate the relaxation behavior of amorphous hesperetin (HRN), using dielectric spectroscopy, and assessment of its crystallization kinetics above glass transition temperature (Tg ). Amorphous HRN exhibited both local (β-) and global (α-) relaxations. β-Relaxation was observed below Tg , whereas α-relaxation prominently emerged above Tg . β-Relaxation was found to be of Johari-Goldstein type and was correlated with α-process by coupling model. Secondly, isothermal crystallization experiments were performed at 363 K (Tg + 16.5 K), 373 K (Tg + 26.5 K), and 383 K (Tg + 36.5 K). The kinetics of crystallization, obtained from the normalized dielectric strength, was modeled using the Avrami model. Havriliak-Negami (HN) shape parameters, αHN and αHN .βHN , were analyzed during the course of crystallization to understand the dynamics of amorphous phase during the emergence of crystallites. HN shape parameters indicated that long range (α-like) were motions affected to a greater extent than short range (β-like) motions during isothermal crystallization studies at all temperature conditions. The variable behavior of α-like motions at different isothermal crystallization temperatures was attributed to evolving crystallites with time and increase in electrical conductivity with temperature. PMID:24186540

  1. PARTNERSHIP TRANSITIONS AND ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR IN YOUNG ADULTHOOD: A WITHIN-PERSON, MULTI-COHORT ANALYSIS*

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    Siennick, Sonja E.; Staff, Jeremy; Osgood, D. Wayne; Schulenberg, John E.; Bachman, Jerald G.; VanEseltine, Matthew

    2014-01-01

    Objectives This study examines the effects of young adult transitions into marriage and cohabitation on criminal offending and substance use, and whether those effects changed since the 1970s as marriage rates declined and cohabitation rates rose dramatically. It also examines whether any beneficial effects of cohabitation depend on marriage intentions. Methods Using multi-cohort national panel data from Monitoring the Future (N = 15,875), the authors estimated fixed effects models relating within-person changes in marriage and cohabitation to changes in criminal offending and substance use. Results Marriage predicts lower levels of criminal offending and substance use, but the effects of cohabitation are limited to substance use outcomes and to engaged cohabiters. There are no cohort differences in the associations of marriage and cohabitation with criminal offending, and no consistent cohort differences in their associations with substance use. There is little evidence of differences in effects by gender or parenthood. Conclusions Young adults are increasingly likely to enter romantic partnership statuses that do not appear as effective in reducing antisocial behavior. Although cohabitation itself does not reduce antisocial behavior, engagement might. Future research should examine the mechanisms behind these effects, and why non-marital partnerships reduce substance use and not crime. PMID:25484453

  2. Visualizing phase transition behavior of dilute stimuli responsive polymer solutions via Mueller matrix polarimetry.

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    Narayanan, Amal; Chandel, Shubham; Ghosh, Nirmalya; De, Priyadarsi

    2015-09-15

    Probing volume phase transition behavior of superdiluted polymer solutions both micro- and macroscopically still persists as an outstanding challenge. In this regard, we have explored 4 × 4 spectral Mueller matrix measurement and its inverse analysis for excavating the microarchitectural facts about stimuli responsiveness of "smart" polymers. Phase separation behavior of thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) and pH responsive poly(N,N-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) and their copolymers were analyzed in terms of Mueller matrix derived polarization parameters, namely, depolarization (Δ), diattenuation (d), and linear retardance (δ). The Δ, d, and δ parameters provided useful information on both macro- and microstructural alterations during the phase separation. Additionally, the two step action ((i) breakage of polymer-water hydrogen bonding and (ii) polymer-polymer aggregation) at the molecular microenvironment during the cloud point generation was successfully probed via these parameters. It is demonstrated that, in comparison to the present techniques available for assessing the hydrophobic-hydrophilic switch over of simple stimuli-responsive polymers, Mueller matrix polarimetry offers an important advantage requiring a few hundred times dilute polymer solution (0.01 mg/mL, 1.1-1.4 μM) at a low-volume format. PMID:26287499

  3. Trajectories of prosocial behaviors conducive to civic outcomes during the transition to adulthood: the predictive role of family dynamics.

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    Kanacri, Bernadette P Luengo; Pastorelli, Concetta; Zuffianò, Antonio; Eisenberg, Nancy; Ceravolo, Rosalba; Caprara, Gian Vittorio

    2014-12-01

    The current study explored the prediction of civic engagement by diverse trajectories of prosocial behaviors as well family dynamics (i.e., filial self-efficacy and relational parent-child support) across four times of assessment (from age 16-17 to age 22-23) during the transition to adulthood. Three different trajectories of prosocial behaviors were identified for 686 Italian youths: high-increasing (18%), medium-stable (48%), and low-stable (34%). An increasing pattern of change in prosocial behaviors was predicted by filial self-efficacy at age 16-17, which in turn mediated longitudinal relations to civic engagement and civic values at age 22-23. Results highlighted that during the transition to adulthood youths' beliefs about their ability to negotiate with their parents without losing autonomy and relatedness are relevant in promoting prosocial behaviors and civic involvement, especially in the context of Mediterranean countries. PMID:25150589

  4. Multivariate weighted recurrence network inference for uncovering oil-water transitional flow behavior in a vertical pipe

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    Gao, Zhong-Ke; Yang, Yu-Xuan; Cai, Qing; Zhang, Shan-Shan; Jin, Ning-De

    2016-06-01

    Exploring the dynamical behaviors of high water cut and low velocity oil-water flows remains a contemporary and challenging problem of significant importance. This challenge stimulates us to design a high-speed cycle motivation conductance sensor to capture spatial local flow information. We systematically carry out experiments and acquire the multi-channel measurements from different oil-water flow patterns. Then we develop a novel multivariate weighted recurrence network for uncovering the flow behaviors from multi-channel measurements. In particular, we exploit graph energy and weighted clustering coefficient in combination with multivariate time-frequency analysis to characterize the derived complex networks. The results indicate that the network measures are very sensitive to the flow transitions and allow uncovering local dynamical behaviors associated with water cut and flow velocity. These properties render our method particularly useful for quantitatively characterizing dynamical behaviors governing the transition and evolution of different oil-water flow patterns.

  5. Multivariate weighted recurrence network inference for uncovering oil-water transitional flow behavior in a vertical pipe.

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    Gao, Zhong-Ke; Yang, Yu-Xuan; Cai, Qing; Zhang, Shan-Shan; Jin, Ning-De

    2016-06-01

    Exploring the dynamical behaviors of high water cut and low velocity oil-water flows remains a contemporary and challenging problem of significant importance. This challenge stimulates us to design a high-speed cycle motivation conductance sensor to capture spatial local flow information. We systematically carry out experiments and acquire the multi-channel measurements from different oil-water flow patterns. Then we develop a novel multivariate weighted recurrence network for uncovering the flow behaviors from multi-channel measurements. In particular, we exploit graph energy and weighted clustering coefficient in combination with multivariate time-frequency analysis to characterize the derived complex networks. The results indicate that the network measures are very sensitive to the flow transitions and allow uncovering local dynamical behaviors associated with water cut and flow velocity. These properties render our method particularly useful for quantitatively characterizing dynamical behaviors governing the transition and evolution of different oil-water flow patterns. PMID:27368782

  6. Mechanisms of phase transitions in sodium clusters: From molecular to bulk behavior

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    Calvo, F.; Spiegelmann, F.

    2000-02-01

    The thermodynamics of sodium clusters is investigated by means of a classical empirical potential and a simple quantal tight-binding model. Neutral and singly charged clusters of sizes ranging from 8 to 147 atoms are considered. A very particular attention is paid to the optimization and sampling problems. We determine the lowest-energy structures (global minima) with the "basin-hopping" technique, and the finite-temperature simulations are improved by using the "q-jumping" method and put together with the multiple histogram method. The clusters geometries may be very different on the model used, but also on the ionic charge, up to the size of about 40 atoms. The thermodynamical analysis is performed near the solid-liquid transition by calculating the complete calorific curves (heat capacities) as well as some microscopic parameters to probe the dynamics on the energy landscapes, including the spectra of isomers found by periodic quenching, isomerization indexes and the Lindemann parameter δ. Up to the largest sizes, we find that the heat capacity generally displays several features within the two models, although structural differences in the lowest-energy isomers usually induce different calorific curves. These premelting phenomena are characteristic of isomerizations taking place in a limited part of the configuration space. The thermodynamics appears to be directly related to the lowest-energy structure, and melting by steps is favored by the presence of defects on its surface. We estimate the melting temperatures Tmelt(n) and latent heats of melting L(n), and we observe two very different behaviors of their variations with the size n. Below about 75 atoms, both Tmelt and L exhibit strong non-monotonic variations typical of geometric size effects. This "microscopic" behavior is caused by the dominating premelting effects, and is replaced by a more "macroscopic" behavior for sizes larger than about 93 atoms. The premelting phenomena become there less important

  7. Ageneral approach to first order phase transitions and the anomalous behavior of coexisting phases in the magnetic case.

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    Gama, S.; de Campos, A.; Coelho, A. A.; Alves, C. S.; Ren, Y.; Garcia, F.; Brown, D. E.; da Silva, L. M.; Magnus, A.; Carvalho, G.; Gandra, G. C.; dos Santos, A. O.; Cardoso, L. P.; von Ranke, P. J.; X-Ray Science Division; Univ. Federal de Sao Paulo; Unv. Estadual de Champinas; Univ. Estadual de Maringa Lab. Nacional de Luz Sincrotron; Northern Univ.; Univ. de Estado do Rio de Janerio

    2009-01-01

    First order phase transitions for materials with exotic properties are usually believed to happen at fixed values of the intensive parameters (such as pressure, temperature, etc.) characterizing their properties. It is also considered that the extensive properties of the phases (such as entropy, volume, etc.) have discontinuities at the transition point, but that for each phase the intensive parameters remain constant during the transition. These features are a hallmark for systems described by two thermodynamic degrees of freedom. In this work it is shown that first order phase transitions must be understood in the broader framework of thermodynamic systems described by three or more degrees of freedom. This means that the transitions occur along intervals of the intensive parameters, that the properties of the phases coexisting during the transition may show peculiar behaviors characteristic of each system, and that a generalized Clausius-Clapeyron equation must be obeyed. These features for the magnetic case are confirmed, and it is shown that experimental calorimetric data agree well with the magnetic Clausius-Clapeyron equation for MnAs. An estimate for the point in the temperature-field plane where the first order magnetic transition turns to a second order one is obtained (the critical parameters) for MnAs and Gd{sub 5}Ge{sub 2}Si{sub 2} compounds. Anomalous behavior of the volumes of the coexisting phases during the magnetic first order transition is measured, and it is shown that the anomalies for the individual phases are hidden in the behavior of the global properties as the volume.

  8. Phase transition and critical behavior of spin-orbital coupled spinel ZnV2O4

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    Li, Wang; Rong-juan, Wang; Yuan-yuan, Zhu; Zhi-hong, Lu; Rui, Xiong; Yong, Liu; Jing, Shi

    2016-01-01

    We present the temperature-dependent susceptibility and specific heat measurement of spinel ZnV2O4. The structural transition with orbital ordering and the antiferromagnetic transition with spin ordering were observed at 50 K and 37 K, respectively. By analysis of the hysteresis behavior between the specific heat curves obtained in warming and cooling processes, the structural transition was confirmed to be the first-order transition, while the antiferromagnetic transition was found to be of the second-order type. At the structural transition, the latent heat and entropy change were calculated from the excess specific heat, and the derivative of pressure with respect to temperature was obtained using the Clausius-Clapayron equation. At the magnetic transition, the width of the critical fluctuation region was obtained to be about 0.5 K by comparing with Gaussian fluctuations. In the critical region, the critical behavior was analyzed by using renormalization-group theory. The critical amplitude ratio A+/A- = 1.46, which deviates from the 3D Heisenburg model; while the critical exponent α is -0.011, which is close to the 3D XY model. We proposed that these abnormal critical behaviors can be attributed to strong spin-orbital coupling accompanied with the antiferromagnetic transition. Moreover, in the low temperature range (2-5 K), the Fermi energy, the density of states near the Fermi surface, and the low limit of Debye temperature were estimated to be 2.42 eV, 2.48 eV-1, and 240 K, respectively. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB821404), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51172166 and 61106005), the National Science Fund for Talent Training in Basic Science, China (Grant No. J1210061), and the Doctoral Fund of Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. 20110141110007).

  9. Predicting Transition and Adjustment to College: Biomedical and Behavioral Science Aspirants' and Minority Students' First Year of College

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    Hurtado, Sylvia; Han, June C.; Saenz, Victor B.; Espinosa, Lorelle L.; Cabrera, Nolan L.; Cerna, Oscar S.

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to explore key factors that impact the college transition of aspiring underrepresented minority students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, in comparison with White, Asian students and non-science minority students. We examined successful management of the academic environment and sense of belonging during the…

  10. Indoor-Outdoor Space; the Transitional Areas and Their Effect on Human Behavior. Exchange Bibliography No. 517.

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    Bartholomew, Robert

    This brief bibliography lists publications about the transitional areas between buildings or leading into or out of buildings. These spaces are usually public spaces, at least in urban areas, that perform functions influencing human behavior, including visual separation or connection, territorial definition, and control of traffic and climatic…

  11. Family Intervention Effects on Co-Occurring Early Childhood Behavioral and Emotional Problems: A Latent Transition Analysis Approach

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    Connell, Arin; Bullock, Bernadette Marie; Dishion, Thomas J.; Shaw, Daniel; Wilson, Melvin; Gardner, Frances

    2008-01-01

    This study used latent transition analysis (LTA) to examine changes in early emotional and behavioral problems in children age 2 to 4 years resulting from participation in a family-centered intervention. A sample of 731 economically disadvantaged families was recruited from among participants in a national food supplement and nutrition program.…

  12. Short communication: Association of lying behavior and subclinical ketosis in transition dairy cows.

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    Kaufman, E I; LeBlanc, S J; McBride, B W; Duffield, T F; DeVries, T J

    2016-09-01

    The objective of this study was to characterize the association of lying behavior and subclinical ketosis (SCK) in transition dairy cows. A total of 339 dairy cows (107 primiparous and 232 multiparous) on 4 commercial dairy farms were monitored for lying behavior and SCK from 14d before calving until 28 d after calving. Lying time, frequency of lying bouts, and average lying bout length were measured using automated data loggers 24h/d. Cows were tested for SCK 1×/wk by taking a blood sample and analyzing for β-hydroxybutyrate; cows with β-hydroxybutyrate ≥1.2mmol/L postpartum were considered to have SCK. Cases of retained placenta, metritis, milk fever, or mastitis during the study period were recorded and cows were categorized into 1 of 4 groups: healthy (HLT) cows had no SCK or any other health problem (n=139); cows treated for at least 1 health issue other than SCK (n=50); SCK (HYK) cows with no other health problems during transition (n=97); or subclinically ketotic plus (HYK+) cows that had SCK and 1 or more other health problems (n=53). Daily lying time was summarized by week and comparisons were made between HLT, HYK, and HYK+, respectively. We found no difference among health categories in lying time, bout frequency, or bout length fromwk -2 towk +4 relative to calving for first-lactation cows. Differences in lying time for multiparous cows were seen inwk +1, when HYK+ cows spent 92±24.0 min/d more time lying down than HLT cows, and duringwk +3 and +4 when HYK cows spent 44±16.7 and 41±18.9 min/d, respectively, more time lying down than HLT cows. Increased odds of HYK+ were found to be associated with higher parity, longer dry period, and greater stall stocking density inwk -1 and longer lying time duringwk +1. When comparing HYK to HLT cows, the same variables were associated with odds of SCK; however, lying time was not retained in the final model. These results suggest that monitoring lying time may contribute to identifying multiparous cows

  13. Effects of monensin on metabolic parameters, feeding behavior, and productivity of transition dairy cows.

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    Mullins, C R; Mamedova, L K; Brouk, M J; Moore, C E; Green, H B; Perfield, K L; Smith, J F; Harner, J P; Bradford, B J

    2012-03-01

    The effects of monensin on transition cow metabolism may be dependent on modulation of feeding behavior, rumen pH, and expression of key metabolic genes. Multiparous Holstein cows were used to determine the effects of monensin (400mg/cow daily) on these variables. Cows were randomly assigned, based on calving date, to control or monensin treatments (n = 16 per treatment) 21 d before their expected calving date, and cows remained on treatments through 21 d postpartum. Feeding behavior and water intake data were collected daily. Liver biopsies were conducted after assessing BCS and BW on d -21, -7, 1, 7, and 21 relative to calving for analysis of triglyceride (TG) content as well as mRNA abundance of cytosolic phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase, carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1a, and apolipoprotein B. Blood samples were collected 21, 7, and 4 d before expected calving and 1 (day of calving), 4, 7, 14, and 21 d postpartum for nonesterified fatty acid, β-hydroxybutyrate, glucose, insulin, and haptoglobin analyses. Ruminal pH was collected every 5 min on d 1 through 6 postpartum via a wireless indwelling probe. On d 7 postpartum, a caffeine clearance test was performed to assess liver function. Data were analyzed using mixed models with repeated measures over time. Monensin decreased mean plasma β-hydroxybutyrate (734 vs. 616 ± 41 μM) and peak concentrations (1,076 vs. 777 ± 70 μM on d 4 postpartum). Monensin also decreased time between meals prepartum (143 vs. 126 ± 5.0 min) and postpartum (88.8 vs. 81.4 ± 2.9 min), which was likely related to a smaller ruminal pH standard deviation in the first day after cows changed to a lactation ration (0.31 vs. 0.26 ± 0.015). Monensin also increased liver mRNA abundance of carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1a (0.10 vs. 0.15 ± 0.002 arbitrary units), which corresponded to a slower rate of liver TG accumulation from d -7 to +7 (412 vs. 128 ± 83 mg of TG/g of protein over this time period). No significant effects of monensin

  14. Transitions in body and behavior: a meta-analytic study on the relationship between pubertal development and adolescent sexual behavior.

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    Baams, Laura; Dubas, Judith Semon; Overbeek, Geertjan; van Aken, Marcel A G

    2015-06-01

    The present meta-analysis studies the relations of pubertal timing and status with sexual behavior and sexual risk behavior among youth aged 10.5-22.4 years. We included biological sex, age, and ethnicity as potential moderators. Four databases were searched for studies (published between 1980 and 2012) on the relation between pubertal timing or status and sexual behavior. The outcomes were (1) sexual intercourse; (2) combined sexual behavior; and (3) risky sexual behavior. Earlier pubertal timing or more advanced pubertal status was related to earlier and more sexual behavior, and earlier pubertal timing was related to more risky sexual behavior. Further, the links between (1) pubertal status and combined sexual behavior and (2) pubertal timing and sexual intercourse status, combined sexual behavior, and risky sexual behavior were stronger for girls than boys. Most links between pubertal status, timing, and sexual behavior and sexual risk behavior were stronger for younger adolescents. Moderation by ethnicity did not yield consistent results. There was significant variation in results among studies that was not fully explained by differences in biological sex, age, and ethnicity. Future research is needed to identify moderators that explain the variation in effects and to design sexual health interventions for young adolescents. PMID:25636818

  15. Micro/nano composited tungsten material and its high thermal loading behavior

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    Fan, Jinglian; Han, Yong; Li, Pengfei; Sun, Zhiyu; Zhou, Qiang

    2014-12-01

    Tungsten (W) is considered as promising candidate material for plasma facing components (PFCs) in future fusion reactors attributing to its many excellent properties. Current commercial pure tungsten material in accordance with the ITER specification can well fulfil the performance requirements, however, it has defects such as coarse grains, high ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) and relatively low recrystallization temperature compared with its using temperature, which cannot meet the harsh wall loading requirement of future fusion reactor. Grain refinement has been reported to be effective in improving the thermophysical and mechanical properties of W. In this work, rare earth oxide (Y2O3/La2O3) and carbides (TiC/ZrC) were used as dispersion phases to refine W grains, and micro/nano composite technology with a process of 'sol gel - heterogeneous precipitation - spray drying - hydrogen reduction - ordinary consolidation sintering' was invented to introduce these second-phase particles uniformly dispersed into W grains and grain-boundaries. Via this technology, fine-grain W materials with near-full density and relatively high mechanical properties compared with traditional pure W material were manufactured. Preliminary transient high-heat flux tests were performed to evaluate the thermal response under plasma disruption conditions, and the results show that the W materials prepared by micro/nano composite technology can endure high-heat flux of 200 MW/m2 (5 ms).

  16. Do specific transitional patterns of antisocial behavior during adolescence increase risk for problems in young adulthood?

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    Cook, Emily C; Pflieger, Jacqueline C; Connell, Arin M; Connell, Christian M

    2015-01-01

    Latent transition analysis was used to identify patterns and trajectories of antisocial behavior (ASB) and their association with young adult outcomes in a nationally representative sample of adolescents (N = 5,422; 53.9% female). Participants were on average 13.96 years of age (SD = 1.06) at wave 1 of the study. Latent class analysis identified four classes of ASB including a non-ASB class, an aggressive class, a petty theft class, and a serious ASB class. In general, youth who were classified as serious stable ASB were the most at risk for problematic functioning in young adulthood. Youth who escalated to more serious patterns of ASB or reduced involvement also were at greater risk of negative outcomes in young adulthood compared to stable non-ASB youth, although they generally fared better than youth involved in stable patterns of more serious ASB. Gender differences indicated that involvement in ASB was a greater risk factor for alcohol use among boys and a greater risk factor for depression among girls in young adulthood. Results are discussed in terms of the predictive validity of classes of ASB to functioning in young adulthood and the implications of this research for prevention efforts. PMID:24893667

  17. Do Specific Transitional Patterns of Antisocial Behavior during Adolescence Increase Risk for Problems in Young Adulthood?

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    Cook, Emily C.; Pflieger, Jacqueline C.; Connell, Arin M.; Connell, Christian M.

    2014-01-01

    Latent transition analysis was used to identify patterns and trajectories of antisocial behavior (ASB) and their association with young adult outcomes in a nationally representative sample of adolescents (N = 5,422; 53.9% female). Participants were on average 13.96 years of age (SD= 1.06) at wave 1 of the study. Latent class analysis identified four classes of ASB including a non-ASB class, an aggressive class, a petty theft class, and a serious ASB class. In general, youth who were classified as serious stable ASB were the most at risk for problematic functioning in young adulthood. Youth who escalated to more serious patterns of ASB or reduced involvement also were at greater risk of negative outcomes in young adulthood compared to stable non-ASB youth, although they generally fared better than youth involved in stable patterns of more serious ASB. Gender differences indicated that involvement in ASB was a greater risk factor for alcohol use among boys and a greater risk factor for depression among girls in young adulthood. Results are discussed in terms of the predictive validity of classes of ASB to functioning in young adulthood and the implications of this research for prevention efforts. PMID:24893667

  18. Transition to superdiffusive behavior in intracellular actin-based transport mediated by molecular motors

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    Bruno, L.; Levi, V.; Brunstein, M.; Despósito, M. A.

    2009-07-01

    Intracellular transport of large cargoes, such as organelles, vesicles, or large proteins, is a complex dynamical process that involves the interplay of adenosine triphosphate-consuming molecular motors, cytoskeleton filaments, and the viscoelastic cytoplasm. In this work we investigate the motion of pigment organelles (melanosomes) driven by myosin-V motors in Xenopus laevis melanocytes using a high-spatio-temporal resolution tracking technique. By analyzing the obtained trajectories, we show that the melanosomes mean-square displacement undergoes a transition from a subdiffusive to a superdiffusive behavior. A stochastic theoretical model, which explicitly considers the collective action of the molecular motors, is introduced to generalize the interpretation of our data. Starting from a generalized Langevin equation, we derive an analytical expression for the mean square displacement, which also takes into account the experimental noise. By fitting theoretical expressions to experimental data we were able to discriminate the exponents that characterize the passive and active contributions to the dynamics and to estimate the “global” motor forces correctly. Then, our model gives a quantitative description of active transport in living cells with a reduced number of parameters.

  19. Anomalous ion-channeling behavior across the superconducting transition in high-T(sub c) materials

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    Rehn, L. E.; Sharma, R. P.; Baldo, P. M.; Liu, J. Z.

    1989-07-01

    Axial channeling scans with minimum RBS yields of less than or = 2 percent were obtained for 1.5 MeV He-4 ions incident along the c-axis in YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) and ErBa2Cu3O(7-delta) single crystals. Large variations in the FWHM of the (001) channeling dip were observed for temperatures between 30 and 300 K. An abrupt, (approx.) 8 percent increase was measured as the temperature was lowered through the superconducting transition T(sub c); the rela tive increase across T(sub c) in the width of the axial dip was even larger for angles of incidence less than the critical angle. A simple analytical procedure for polyatomic materials yields isotropic, average thermal vibrational amplitudes that agree well with considerably less precise neutron powder diffraction results on sintered samples. The individual contribution to the angular channeling dip from the row of Er and Ba atoms parallel to the c-axis can be isolated in the RBS scans of the Er compound. This separation reveals normal (Debye-type) behavior for atoms in the Er-Ba row, demonstrating that the anomalous changes are due solely to atomic displacements in the Cu-O row. Finally, x ray studies using specimens with different O stoichiometries reveal that the anomalous change in the FWHM shifts in temperature in direct proportion to the change in T(sub c).

  20. Behavior of the low-frequency conductivity of silver iodide nanocomposites in the superionic phase transition region

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    Vergent'ev, T. Yu.; Koroleva, E. Yu.; Kurdyukov, D. A.; Naberezhnov, A. A.; Filimonov, A. V.

    2013-01-01

    The behavior of the specific conductivity of composites based on silver iodide embedded in porous glasses with an average pore diameter of 7 ± 1 nm and in artificial opals with a pore diameter of 40-100 nm has been investigated in the temperature range from 300 to 500 K. It has been shown that a decrease in the characteristic pore size does not lead to a change in the order of the phase transition and that the temperature of the transition to the superionic state of silver iodide in a porous glass and in an opal upon heating is close to the phase transition temperature T c in the bulk material (˜420 K). Upon cooling, the phase transition temperature T c significantly decreases, and the phase transition becomes diffuse. With a decrease in the pore size, the region of the temperature hysteresis of the phase transition increases. The dc conductivities of the composites have been estimated from the impedance diagrams. The temperature dependence of the dc conductivity of both composites has a thermally activated nature, and the slope of the curve σ(1/ T) changes near the phase transition, which indicates a change in the activation energy. The activation energies in the low-temperature and high-temperature phases have been estimated at ˜450-470 and ˜100 meV, respectively. The equivalent electrical circuit describing the charge transfer processes in the studied samples has been proposed.

  1. Transport behavior across the field-driven superconductor-insulator transition in amorphous indium oxide films

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    Kim, Min-Soo

    Superconductor-insulator transition (SIT) in two-dimensional (2D) thin films is a beautiful realization of a zero temperature quantum phase transition (QPT) and has been explored both theoretically and experimentally over the last two decades. In addition to the several intrinsic ways (such as thickness) of tuning the transition, external magnetic field has been used to tune from one ground state to another in various condensed matter systems. Amorphous indium oxide thin films, with their unique capability of tuning the disorder level in the system easily, have been proven to be an excellent model system to study the transport mechanisms near and across the SIT in 2D. In this thesis, magnetic field-driven SIT in 2D films of amorphous InO x is studied. The goal of this work is to understand the microscopic transport mechanisms responsible for driving the SIT when the magnetic field direction is continually varied from being perpendicular to the sample plane to parallel. Applying a perpendicular magnetic field resulting in a clear field-driven SIT and a magneto-resistance peak on the insulating side in InO x films have been previously understood in a bosonic picture put forward by M. P. A. Fisher and coworkers. However, this boson-vortex duality picture is expected to give rise to markedly different transport characteristics when the magnetic field is applied parallel to the sample plane. Features found in the parallel-field transport data however can also be explained by the bosonic picture, thereby questioning the applicability of the hitherto successful models to the physics of SIT. An isotropic magnetic field value, where the sample has the exact same resistance irrespective of the angle between the sample plane and magnetic field direction, is found. This isotropic point lies at field values above the critical field (Bc) of the SIT (in both perpendicular and parallel configurations) and above the magnetoresistance peak. The isotropic point is very weakly

  2. Facilitating Transitions between and within Academic Tasks: An Application of Behavioral Momentum

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    Lee, David L.

    2006-01-01

    Transitions are critical times for both teachers and students. Efficient between-task and within-task transitions can greatly improve academic learning time. The purpose of this article was to review one intervention, high-probability (high-p) task sequences, as a method to promote more effective transitions. High-p sequences involve presenting a…

  3. Implications of Weak-Link Behavior on the Performance of Mo/Au Bilayer Transition-Edge Sensors

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    Smith, Stephen J.

    2011-01-01

    Understanding the physical properties of the superconducting-to-normal transition is fundamental for optimizing the design and performance of transition-edge sensors (TESs). Recent critical current measurements of Mol Au bilayer test structures show that they act as weak superconducting links, exhibiting oscillatory, Fraunhofer-like behavior with applied magnetic field. In this paper we investigate the implications of this behavior for TES X-ray detectors, under operational bias conditions. These devices include normal metal features used for absorber attachment and unexplained noise suppression, which result in modifications to the previously reported critical current behavior. We present measurements of the logarithmic resistance sensitivity with temperature, a, and current, b, as a function of applied magnetic field and bias point within the resistive transition. Results show that these important device parameters exhibit similar oscillatory behavior with applied magnetic field, which in turn affects the signal responsivity and noise, and hence the energy resolution. These results show the significance of the critical current in determining the performance of TESs and hold promise to improve future.

  4. Behavioral and Physiological Changes during Benthic-Pelagic Transition in the Harmful Alga, Heterosigma akashiwo: Potential for Rapid Bloom Formation

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    Tobin, Elizabeth D.; Grünbaum, Daniel; Patterson, Johnathan; Cattolico, Rose Ann

    2013-01-01

    Many species of harmful algae transition between a motile, vegetative stage in the water column and a non-motile, resting stage in the sediments. Physiological and behavioral traits expressed during benthic-pelagic transition potentially regulate the timing, location and persistence of blooms. The roles of key physiological and behavioral traits involved in resting cell emergence and bloom formation were examined in two geographically distinct strains of the harmful alga, Heterosigma akashiwo. Physiological measures of cell viability, division and population growth, and cell fatty acid content were made using flow cytometry and gas chromatography – mass spectrometry techniques as cells transitioned between the benthic resting stage and the vegetative pelagic stage. Video-based tracking was used to quantify cell-level swimming behaviors. Data show increased temperature and light triggered rapid emergence from the resting stage and initiated cell swimming. Algal strains varied in important physiological and behavioral traits, including survivorship during life-stage transitions, population growth rates and swimming velocities. Collectively, these traits function as “population growth strategies” that can influence bloom formation. Many resting cells regained the up-swimming capacity necessary to cross an environmentally relevant halocline and the ability to aggregate in near-surface waters within hours after vegetative growth supporting conditions were restored. Using a heuristic model, we illustrate how strain-specific population growth strategies can govern the timescales over which H. akashiwo blooms form. Our findings highlight the need for identification and quantification of strain-specific physiological and behavioral traits to improve mechanistic understanding of bloom formation and successful bloom prediction. PMID:24124586

  5. Idiopathic REM sleep behavior disorder in the transition to degenerative disease.

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    Postuma, Ronald B; Gagnon, Jean-Francois; Vendette, Melanie; Montplaisir, Jacques Y

    2009-11-15

    Idiopathic REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) predicts Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia. However, the nature of the disease that emerges from RBD has not been fully characterized. Since 2004, we have been conducting a prospective study of idiopathic RBD patients, providing an opportunity to directly observe patients as they transitioned to a defined neurodegenerative syndrome. Patients with idiopathic RBD underwent an extensive annual evaluation of motor function, olfaction, color vision, autonomic function, cognition and psychiatric symptoms. Neurodegenerative disease was defined according to standard criteria. We compared these measures in patients who had developed PD to those with dementia, all within the first year of developing disease. Of 67 patients, 6 developed PD and eleven developed dementia. Except for cognitive functioning, all tests of olfaction, color vision, autonomic function, depression, and quantitative measures of motor speed were similar in patients with PD and dementia. Of dementia patients, seven met criteria for probable Lewy body dementia (LBD) and four for Alzheimer's disease (or, possible LBD). In all probable LBD cases, the diagnosis was made because of parkinsonism, with no patient experiencing hallucinations or fluctuations. Patients with "Alzheimer's disease" seemed to have LBD, as they demonstrated typical LBD cognitive profiles on neuropsychological testing and were indistinguishable from LBD patients in ancillary measures. Therefore, among RBD patients with new-onset LBD, hallucinations or fluctuations are absent, suggesting that RBD is a reliable early sign of LBD. The indistinguishability of dementia and PD in all ancillary measures suggests a single unitary "RBD-then-neurodegeneration" process, the clinical presentation of which depends upon selective neuronal vulnerability. PMID:19768814

  6. Transition and protective agency of early childhood learning behaviors as portents of later school attendance and adjustment.

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    McDermott, Paul A; Rikoon, Samuel H; Fantuzzo, John W

    2016-02-01

    This article reports on the study of differential change trajectories for early childhood learning behaviors as they relate to future classroom adjustment and school attendance. A large sample (N=2152) of Head Start children was followed through prekindergarten, kindergarten, and 1st grade. Classroom learning behaviors were assessed twice each year by teachers who observed gradual declines in Competence Motivation and Attentional Persistence as children transitioned through schooling. Cross-classified multilevel growth models revealed distinct transitional pathways for future adjustment versus maladjustment and sporadic versus chronic absenteeism. Generalized multilevel logistic modeling and receiver operating characteristic curve analyses showed that teachers' earliest assessments were substantially predictive of eventual good classroom adjustment and school attendance, with increasing accuracy for prediction of future sociobehavioral adjustment as time progressed. PMID:26790703

  7. Effect of heat treatment and irradiation temperature on impact behavior of irradiated reduced-activation ferritic steels

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    Klueh, R.L.; Alexander, D.J.

    1998-03-01

    Charpy tests were conducted on eight normalized-and-tempered reduced-activation ferritic steels irradiated in two different normalized conditions. Irradiation was conducted in the Fast Flux Test Facility at 393 C to {approx}14 dpa on steels with 2.25, 5, 9, and 12% Cr (0.1% C) with varying amounts of W, V, and Ta. The different normalization treatments involved changing the cooling rate after austenitization. The faster cooling rate produced 100% bainite in the 2.25 Cr steels, compared to duplex structures of bainite and polygonal ferrite for the slower cooling rate. For both cooling rates, martensite formed in the 5 and 9% Cr steels, and martensite with {approx}25% {delta}-ferrite formed in the 12% Cr steel. Irradiation caused an increase in the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) and a decrease in the upper-shelf energy. The difference in microstructure in the low-chromium steels due to the different heat treatments had little effect on properties. For the high-chromium martensitic steels, only the 5 Cr steel was affected by heat treatment. When the results at 393 C were compared with previous results at 365 C, all but a 5 Cr and a 9 Cr steel showed the expected decrease in the shift in DBTT with increasing temperature.

  8. Subtask 12G3: Fracture properties of V-4Cr-4Ti irradiated in the dynamic helium charging experiment

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    Chung, H.M.; Nowicki, L.J.; Busch, D.E.; Smith, D.L.

    1995-03-01

    The objective of this work is to determine the effect of simultaneous displacement damage and dynamically charged helium on the ductile-brittle transition behavior of V-4Cr-4Ti specimens irradiated to 18-31 dpa at 425-600{degrees}C in the Dynamic Helium Charging Experiment (DHCE). One property of vanadium-base alloys that is not well understood in terms of their potential use as fusion reactor structural materials is the effect of simultaneous generation of helium and neutron damage under conditions relevant to fusion reactor operation. In the present DHCE, helium was produced uniformly in the specimen at linear rates ranging from {approx}0.4 to 4.2 appm helium/dpa by the decay of tritium during irradiation to 18-31 dpa at 425-600{degrees}C in Li-filled DHCE capsules in the Fast Flux Test Facility. Ductile-brittle transition behavior of V-4Cr-4Ti, recently identified as the most promising vanadium-base alloy for fusion reactor use, was determined from multiple-bending tests (at -196{degrees}C to 50{degrees}C) and quantitative SEM fractography on TEM disks (0.3-mm thick) and broken tensile specimens (1.0-mm thick). No brittle behavior was observed at temperatures >-150{degrees}C, and predominantly brittle-cleavage fracture morphologies were observed only at -196{degrees}C in some specimens irradiated to 31 dpa at 425{degrees}C during DHCE. Ductile-brittle transition temperatures (DBTTs) were -200{degrees}C to -175{degrees}C for both types of specimens. In strong contrast to tritium-trick experiments in which dense coalescence of helium bubbles is produced on grain boundaries in the absence of displacement damage, no intergranular fracture was observed in the bend-tested specimens irradiated in the DHCE. 24 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Personality, Freshmen Proactive Social Behavior, and College Transition: Predictors beyond Academic Strategies

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    Wang, Yi; Cullen, Kristin L.; Yao, Xiang; Li, Yixuan

    2013-01-01

    When transitioning to college freshmen must behave proactively in order to strive for success in their collegiate careers and their future life. Past research has mainly focused on the academic strategies of freshmen when investigating the predictors of successful college transition and has paid little attention to students' social strategies. The…

  10. Dissipative Landau-Zener transitions of a qubit: Bath-specific and universal behavior

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    Saito, Keiji; Wubs, Martijn; Kohler, Sigmund; Haenggi, Peter; Kayanuma, Yosuke

    2007-06-01

    We study Landau-Zener transitions in a qubit coupled to a bath at zero temperature. A general formula that is applicable to models with a nondegenerate ground state is derived. We calculate exact transition probabilities for a qubit coupled to either a bosonic or a spin bath. The nature of the baths and the qubit-bath coupling is reflected in the transition probabilities. For diagonal coupling, when the bath causes energy fluctuations of the diabatic qubit states but no transitions between them, the transition probability coincides with the standard Landau-Zener probability of an isolated qubit. This result is universal as it does not depend on the specific type of bath. For pure off-diagonal coupling, by contrast, the tunneling probability is sensitive to the coupling strength. We discuss the relevance of our results for experiments on molecular nanomagnets, in circuit QED, and for the fast-pulse readout of superconducting phase qubits.

  11. Theoretical study on the alloying behavior of γ-uranium metal: γ-uranium alloy with 3d transition metals

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    Kurihara, Masayoshi; Hirata, Masaru; Sekine, Rika; Onoe, Jun; Nakamatsu, Hirohide

    2004-03-01

    We have investigated the alloying behavior of γ-uranium with 3d transition metals (TMs) using the relativistic discrete-variational Dirac-Fock-Slater (DV-DFS) method. The d-orbital energy (Md) as an alloying parameter well reproduces the alloying behavior of γ-uranium metal with TMs: (1) in the case of a large Md value (Ti, V, Cr), the solubility of these TM elements in γ-uranium becomes large; (2) in the case of a middle Md value (Mn, Fe, Co), the tendency to form a uranium intermetallic compound with these elements becomes stronger; (3) in the case of a small Md value (Cu), the alloying element is insoluble in γ-uranium. The alloying behavior of γ-uranium with TMs is also discussed in terms of other parameters such as electronegativity and metallic radius.

  12. Critical behavior in the inverse to forward energy transition in two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic flow.

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    Seshasayanan, Kannabiran; Alexakis, Alexandros

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the critical transition from an inverse cascade of energy to a forward energy cascade in a two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic flow as the ratio of magnetic to mechanical forcing amplitude is varied. It is found that the critical transition is the result of two competing processes. The first process is due to hydrodynamic interactions and cascades the energy to the large scales. The second process couples small-scale magnetic fields to large-scale flows, transferring the energy back to the small scales via a nonlocal mechanism. At marginality the two cascades are both present and cancel each other. The phase space diagram of the transition is sketched. PMID:26871152

  13. Heat-treatment effect on impact properties of reduced-activation steels*1

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    Klueh, R. L.; Maziasz, P. J.; Alexander, D. J.

    1991-03-01

    The effect of heat treatment on the impact behavior of eight experimental heats of reduced-activation ferritic steels was investigated. Steels with 2 {1}/{4}, 5, 9, and 12 wt% Cr and containing tungsten, vanadium, and tantalum were examined. Impact properties of steels with 2 {1}/{4} wt% Cr depended on microstructure, which was affected by cooling rate after austenitization. By heat-treating the 2 {1}/{4} wt% Cr steels to change the microstructure from a bainitic structure containing ferrite to one without ferrite, the ductile-brittle transition temperatures were reduced substantially. The cooling rate had essentially no effect on the high-chromium martensitic steels.

  14. Magnetic Behavior of Nanostructured Mn0.23TaS2 Near Ferromagnetic Transition

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    Cooling, Corey; Shand, Paul; Boyle, K. R.; Kidd, Tim; Strauss, Laura

    2013-03-01

    We have investigated the ferromagnetic transition for tantalum disulfide intercalated with 23% manganese. The material was grown in the form of nanotube/nanowire structures with diameters ranging from 30nm to several hundred nanometers. These nanotube structures give the material a high anisotropy. The material was studied through Curie-Weiss analysis, dc magnetization, and ac susceptibility measurements. The ferromagnetic transition for Mn0.23TaS2 occurs around 85K and varies with the applied dc magnetic field. The ferromagnetic transition is characterized by a peak in the ac susceptibility. Analysis of the susceptibility peaks revealed atypically high critical exponent values when compared to other disordered ferromagnetic systems. The large exponents may be due to the existence of two transitions in close proximity. The first transition (at a higher temperature) is to a ferromagnetic state; the second is to a disordered magnetic state. Arrott-Noakes plotting provided further justification of a multicritical transition. Further work includes taking measurements on a bulk crystalline sample of similar concentration and comparing its properties to those of the nanostructured sample. C. Cooling was supported by NSF Grant No. DMR-1206530.

  15. Mechanical behaviors and phase transition of Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystals under high pressure

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    Yan, Xiaozhi; Ren, Xiangting; He, Duanwei E-mail: yangwg@hpstar.ac.cn; Chen, Bin; Yang, Wenge E-mail: yangwg@hpstar.ac.cn

    2014-07-21

    Mechanical properties and phase transition often show quite large crystal size dependent behavior, especially at nanoscale under high pressure. Here, we have investigated Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystals with in-situ x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy under high pressure up to 33.5 GPa. When compared to the structural transition routine cubic -> monoclinic -> hexagonal phase in bulk Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} under high pressure, the nano-sized Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} shows a much higher onset transition pressure from cubic to monoclinic structure and followed by a pressure-induced-amorphization under compression. The detailed analysis on the Q (Q = 2π/d) dependent bulk moduli reveals the nanosized Ho{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles consist of a clear higher compressible shell and a less compressible core. Insight into these phenomena shed lights on micro-mechanism studies of the mechanical behavior and phase evolution for nanomaterials under high pressure, in general.

  16. Widespread and persistent invasions of terrestrial habitats coincident with larval feeding behavior transitions during snail-killing fly evolution (Diptera: Sciomyzidae)

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    2012-01-01

    Background Transitions in habitats and feeding behaviors were fundamental to the diversification of life on Earth. There is ongoing debate regarding the typical directionality of transitions between aquatic and terrestrial habitats and the mechanisms responsible for the preponderance of terrestrial to aquatic transitions. Snail-killing flies (Diptera: Sciomyzidae) represent an excellent model system to study such transitions because their larvae display a range of feeding behaviors, being predators, parasitoids or saprophages of a variety of mollusks in freshwater, shoreline and dry terrestrial habitats. The remarkable genus Tetanocera (Tetanocerini) occupies five larval feeding groups and all of the habitat types mentioned above. This study has four principal objectives: (i) construct a robust estimate of phylogeny for Tetanocera and Tetanocerini, (ii) estimate the evolutionary transitions in larval feeding behaviors and habitats, (iii) test the monophyly of feeding groups and (iv) identify mechanisms underlying sciomyzid habitat and feeding behavior evolution. Results Bayesian inference and maximum likelihood analyses of molecular data provided strong support that the Sciomyzini, Tetanocerini and Tetanocera are monophyletic. However, the monophyly of many behavioral groupings was rejected via phylogenetic constraint analyses. We determined that (i) the ancestral sciomyzid lineage was terrestrial, (ii) there was a single terrestrial to aquatic habitat transition early in the evolution of the Tetanocerini and (iii) there were at least 10 independent aquatic to terrestrial habitat transitions and at least 15 feeding behavior transitions during tetanocerine phylogenesis. The ancestor of Tetanocera was aquatic with five lineages making independent transitions to terrestrial habitats and seven making independent transitions in feeding behaviors. Conclusions The preponderance of aquatic to terrestrial transitions in sciomyzids goes against the trend generally observed

  17. A Conserved Behavioral State Barrier Impedes Transitions between Anesthetic-Induced Unconsciousness and Wakefulness: Evidence for Neural Inertia

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    Friedman, Eliot B.; Sun, Yi; Moore, Jason T.; Hung, Hsiao-Tung; Meng, Qing Cheng; Perera, Priyan; Joiner, William J.; Thomas, Steven A.; Eckenhoff, Roderic G.; Sehgal, Amita; Kelz, Max B.

    2010-01-01

    One major unanswered question in neuroscience is how the brain transitions between conscious and unconscious states. General anesthetics offer a controllable means to study these transitions. Induction of anesthesia is commonly attributed to drug-induced global modulation of neuronal function, while emergence from anesthesia has been thought to occur passively, paralleling elimination of the anesthetic from its sites in the central nervous system (CNS). If this were true, then CNS anesthetic concentrations on induction and emergence would be indistinguishable. By generating anesthetic dose-response data in both insects and mammals, we demonstrate that the forward and reverse paths through which anesthetic-induced unconsciousness arises and dissipates are not identical. Instead they exhibit hysteresis that is not fully explained by pharmacokinetics as previously thought. Single gene mutations that affect sleep-wake states are shown to collapse or widen anesthetic hysteresis without obvious confounding effects on volatile anesthetic uptake, distribution, or metabolism. We propose a fundamental and biologically conserved concept of neural inertia, a tendency of the CNS to resist behavioral state transitions between conscious and unconscious states. We demonstrate that such a barrier separates wakeful and anesthetized states for multiple anesthetics in both flies and mice, and argue that it contributes to the hysteresis observed when the brain transitions between conscious and unconscious states. PMID:20689589

  18. Head-up transition behavior of pilots with and without head-up display in simulated low-visibility approaches

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    Haines, R. F.; Fischer, E.; Price, T. A.

    1980-01-01

    To quantify head-up transition behavior with and without a flightpath type head-up display, eight rated B-727 pilots each flew 31 manual and coupled approaches in a simulator with B-727 dynamics and collimated model board external scene. Data were also obtained on the roll played by the head-up display in the coupled-to-manual transition. Various wind shears, low visibilities, and ceilings were tested along with unexpected misalignment between the runway and head-up display symbology. The symbolic format used was a conformal scene. Every pilot except one stayed head-up, flying with the display after descending below the ceiling. Without the display and as altitude decreased, the number of lookups from the instrument panel decreased and the duration of each one increased. No large differences in mean number or duration of transitions up or down were found during the head-up display runs comparing the no-misalignment with the lateral instrument landing system offset misalignment runs. The head-up display led to fewer transitions after the pilot made a decision to land or execute a missed approach. Without the display, pilots generally waited until they had descended below the ceiling to look outside the first time, but with it several pilots looked down at their panel at relatively high altitudes (if they looked down at all). Manual takeover of control was rapid and smooth both with and without the display which permitted smoother engine power changes.

  19. Anomalous Structural Transition and Electrical Transport Behaviors in Compressed Zn2SnO4: Effect of Interface

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    Zhang, Haiwa; Ke, Feng; Li, Yan; Wang, Li; Liu, Cailong; Zeng, Yi; Yao, Mingguang; Han, Yonghao; Ma, Yanzhang; Gao, Chunxiao

    2015-01-01

    The interface effect is one of the most important factors that strongly affect the structural transformations and the properties of nano-/submicro-crystals under pressure. However, characterization of the granular boundary changes in materials is always challenging. Here, using tetrakaidecahedral Zn2SnO4 microcrystals as an example, we employed alternating current impedance, X-ray diffraction methods and transmission electron microscopy to elucidate the effect of the interface on the structure and electrical transport behavior of the Zn2SnO4 material under pressure. We clearly show that grain refinement of the initial microcrystals into nanocrystals (approximately 5 nm) occurs at above 12.5 GPa and is characterized by an anomalous resistance variation without a structural phase transition. A new phase transition pathway from the cubic to hexagonal structure occurs at approximately 29.8 GPa in Zn2SnO4. The unexpected grain refinement may explain the new structural transition in Zn2SnO4, which is different from the previous theoretical prediction. Our results provide new insights into the link between the structural transition, interface changes and electrical transport properties of Zn2SnO4. PMID:26399167

  20. Acculturation and Sexual Risk Behaviors among Latina Adolescents Transitioning to Young Adulthood

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    Lee, Jieha; Hahm, Hyeouk Chris

    2010-01-01

    Latinas in the United States are at a disproportionate risk for STDs and sexual risk behaviors. Among Latinas, acculturation has been found to be one of the most important predictors of these behaviors. Therefore, this study examined the longitudinal association between Latina adolescents' level of acculturation and multiple sexual risk outcomes,…

  1. Adolescents in Transition: School and Family Characteristics in the Development of Violent Behaviors Entering High School

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    Frey, Ariel; Ruchkin, Vladislav; Martin, Andres; Schwab-Stone; Mary

    2009-01-01

    Adolescents are vulnerable to becoming involved in problematic behaviors, disengaging academically, and dropping out of school. This study was designed to evaluate the protective role of self-perceived school attachment and family involvement on the development of these negative behaviors during adolescence. The Social and Health Assessment (SAHA)…

  2. Electronic and magnetic behaviors of graphene with 5d series transition metal atom substitutions: A first-principles study

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    Sun, Minglei; Tang, Wencheng; Ren, Qingqiang; Zhao, Yiming; Wang, Sake; Yu, Jin; Du, Yanhui; Hao, Yitong

    2016-06-01

    The electronic structures and magnetic behaviors of graphene with 5d series transition metal atom substitutions are investigated by performing first-principles calculations. All the impurities are tightly bonded to single vacancy in a graphene sheet. The substitutions of La and Ta lead to Fermi level shifting to valence and conduction band, respectively. Both the two substitutions result in metallic properties. Moreover, the Hf, Os and Pt-substituted systems exhibit semiconductor properties, while the Re and Ir-substituted ones exhibit robust half-metallic properties. Interestingly, W-substituted system shows dilute magnetic semiconductor property. On the other hand, the substitution of Ta, W, Re and Ir induce 0.86 μB, 2 μB, 1 μB and 0.99 μB magnetic moment, respectively. Our studies demonstrate that the 5d series transition metal substituted graphene have potential applications in nanoelectronics, spintronics and magnetic storage devices.

  3. Pressure-Induced Tricritical Behavior of the SmA-Cho Transition in COC

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    Shichijyo, Shiro; Okamoto, Toshiyuki; Takemura, Tetuo

    1982-09-01

    The tricritical nature of the smectic-A-cholesteric (SmA-Cho) transition in cholesteryl oleyl carbonate (COC) was investigated by several methods. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) and volume measurement showed the existence of a tricritical point at 3.1± 0.1× 103 kg/cm2 and 74°C, where the first-order transition converted to the second-order one. The dynamic properties were studied by ultrasonic measurement, and the differences in the transition processes were observed with a polarized microscope. Spherulites were observed in the smectic-A phase above the tricritical point. The structure of the spherulites and the morphology effects are discussed.

  4. Experimental Study of Transitional Flow Behavior in a Simulated Low Pressure Turbine

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    Sohn, Ki Hyeon; DeWitt, Kenneth J.

    2007-01-01

    A detailed investigation of the flow physics occurring on the suction side of a simulated Low Pressure Turbine (LPT) blade was performed. A contoured upper wall was designed to simulate the pressure distribution of an actual LPT airfoil onto a flat lower plate. The experiments were carried out for the Reynolds numbers of 35,000, 70,000, 100,000, and 250,000 with four levels of freestream turbulence ranging from 1 to 4 percent. For the three lower Reynolds numbers, the boundary layer on the flat plate was separated and formed a bubble. The size of laminar separation bubble was measured to be inversely proportional to the freestream turbulence levels and Reynolds numbers. However, no separation was observed for the Re = 250,000 case. The transition on a separated flow was found to proceed through the formation of turbulent spots in the free shear layer as evidenced in the intermittency profiles for Re = 35,000, 70,000, and 100,000. Spectral data show no evidence of Kelvin-Helmholtz of Tollmien-Schlichting instability waves in the free shear layer over a separation bubble (bypass transition). However, the flow visualization revealed the large vortex structures just outside of the bubble and their development to turbulent flow for Re = 50,000, which is similar to that in the free shear layer (separated-flow transition). Therefore, it is fair to say that the bypass and separated-flow transition modes coexist in the transition flows over the separation bubble of certain conditions. Transition onset and end locations and length determined from intermittency profiles decreased as Reynolds number and freestream turbulence levels increase.

  5. Experimental Study of Transitional Flow Behavior in a Simulated Low Pressure Turbine

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    Sohn, Ki Hyeon; DeWitt, Kenneth J.

    1998-01-01

    A detailed investigation of the flow physics occurring on the suction side of a simulated Low Pressure Turbine (LPT) blade was performed. A contoured upper wall was designed to simulate the pressure distribution of an actual LPT airfoil onto a flat lower plate. The experiments were carried out for the Reynolds numbers of 35,000, 70,000, 100,000 and 250,000 with four levels of freestream turbulence ranging from 1% to 4%. For the three lower Reynolds numbers, the boundary layer on the flat plate was separated and formed a bubble. The size of laminar separation bubble was measured to be inversely proportional to the freestream turbulence levels and Reynolds numbers. However, no separation was observed for the Re = 250,000 case. The transition on a separated flow was found to proceed through the formation of turbulent spots in the free shear layer as evidenced in the intermittency profiles for Re = 35,000, 70,000 and 100,000. Spectral data show no evidence of Kelvin-Helmholtz or Tollmien-Schlichting instability waves in the free shear layer over a separation bubble (bypass transition). However, the flow visualization revealed the large vortex structures just outside of the bubble and their development to turbulent flow for Re = 50,000, which is similar to that in the free shear layer (separated-flow transition). Therefore, it is fair to say that the bypass and separated-flow transition modes coexist in the transitional flows over the separation bubble for certain conditions. Transition onset and end locations and length determined from intermittency profiles decrease as Reynolds number and freestream turbulence levels increase.

  6. Recurring features of mid-Miocene transitional geomagnetic field behavior: Observations from NE Nevada and SE Oregon

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    Bogue, S. W.; Glen, J. M. G.

    2014-12-01

    Paleomagnetic results from a 150m thick stack of 15.2 my old lava flows in the Sheep Creek Range (north central Nevada; 40.7N, 243.2E) show that distinctive aspects of the reversing geomagnetic field can recur after 1.5 million years. The Sheep Creek lavas preserve a partial record of what is likely the C5Br-C5Bn geomagnetic reversal. That event occurred 1.5 million years and five polarity switches after reversal (C5Cr-C5Cn) recorded in great detail at Steens Mountain in SE Oregon. During both transitions, the VGP made repeat visits to low latitude positions in South America and near Africa although in different order. This behavior implies a control that varies over a timescale much longer that associated with flow in the outer core (~60 yrs), presumably lateral variations in lower mantle temperature or topography on the core-mantle boundary. Furthermore, the field in both reversals moved from clearly transitional to normal-polarity-like (i.e., down and north) directions before "rebounding" to intermediate directions. It has been suggested recently (Valet et al., Nature 2012) that this kind of behavior (i.e., directional change in the form of precursor- main polarity switch-rebound) may be a systematic aspect of transitional field behavior, a suggestion reinforced by these new observations. The distinctive, two component magnetization of a particular lava flow in the Sheep Creek section has been interpreted by Bogue and Glen (GRL, 2010) as evidence of directional change (~1 deg/week) orders of magnitude faster than normal secular variation. If the field was strong at the end of the directional change, then a large change in the local geomagnetic field vector is implied by the directional data for any initial field strength. Preliminary paleointensity experiments aimed at resolving this aspect of the record are in progress.

  7. Music as Transitional Object and Practice: Children's Spontaneous Musical Behaviors in the Subway

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    Custodero, Lori A.; Calì, Claudia; Diaz-Donoso, Adriana

    2016-01-01

    This study looks at children's music making in a public setting designed for society writ large. Although known to most children in the city, the subway presents a unique environment, both structurally predictable yet sonically dynamic; it is in continuous transition. Adopting Winnicott's psychoanalytical perspective, we make a case for viewing…

  8. Multiscaling behavior of transition economies before and after 1998 Russian financial crisis

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    Litvin, Vladimir A.

    2004-12-01

    The influence of the1998 Russian financial crisis on the statistical properties of currencies in transition economies has been studied. Essential changes before and after crisis were discovered. All effects are essentially nonlinear and differ from the ones in advanced economies.

  9. Molecular Motion in Polymers: Mechanical Behavior of Polymers Near the Glass-Rubber Transition Temperature.

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    Sperling, L. H.

    1982-01-01

    The temperature at which the onset of coordinated segmental motion begins is called the glass-rubber transition temperature (Tg). Natural rubber at room temperature is a good example of a material above its Tg. Describes an experiment examining the response of a typical polymer to temperature variations above and below Tg. (Author/JN)

  10. Transition of Youth and Young Adults with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties: An Evidence-Supported Handbook

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    Clark, Hewitt B., Ed.; Unruh, Deanne K., Ed.

    2009-01-01

    This comprehensive professional handbook will help transition specialists, general and special educators, school psychologists, and administrators support youth and young adults in setting goals and achieving positive outcomes across employment, education, and community settings. Through up-to-date research and in-depth analyses of five successful…

  11. Compromise, Well-Being, and Action Behaviors in Young Adults in Career Transition

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    Creed, Peter A.; Blume, Kellie

    2013-01-01

    The authors surveyed 186 first-year university students and assessed their level of career compromise associated with making the transition to university. Compromise was operationalized as the discrepancy between the job characteristics of ideal and expected occupations. The authors also assessed career well-being (satisfaction, distress), action…

  12. REPEATED ACQUISITION OF RESPONSE SEQUENCES: THE ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR IN TRANSITION

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    Repeated acquisition (RA) procedures are behavioral preparations in which subjects are required to learn new response sequences with each experimental session. uch procedures avoid problems inherent in non-RA learning procedures. or example, with traditional paradigms, as the sub...

  13. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition, the tumor microenvironment, and metastatic behavior of epithelial malignancies

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    Talbot, Lindsay J; Bhattacharya, Syamal D; Kuo, Paul C

    2012-01-01

    Objective The mechanisms of cancer metastasis have been intensely studied recently and may provide vital therapeutic targets for metastasis prevention. We sought to review the contribution of epithelial-mesenchymal transition and the tumor microenvironment to cancer metastasis. Summary Background Data Epithelial-mesenchymal transition is the process by which epithelial cells lose cell-cell junctions and baso-apical polarity and acquire plasticity, mobility, invasive capacity, stemlike characteristics, and resistance to apoptosis. This cell biology program is active in embryology, wound healing, and pathologically in cancer metastasis, and along with the mechanical and cellular components of the tumor microenvironment, provides critical impetus for epithelial malignancies to acquire metastatic capability. Methods A literature review was performed using PubMed for “epithelial-mesenchymal transition”, “tumor microenvironment”, “TGF-β and cancer”, “Wnt and epithelial-mesenchymal transition”, “Notch and epithelial-mesenchymal transition”, “Hedgehog and epithelial-mesenchymal transition” and “hypoxia and metastasis”. Relevant primary studies and review articles were assessed. Results Major signaling pathways involved in epithelial-mesenchymal transition include TGF-β, Wnt, Notch, Hedgehog, and others. These pathways converge on several transcription factors, including zinc finger proteins Snail and Slug, Twist, ZEB 1/2, and Smads. These factors interact with one another and others to provide crosstalk between the relevant signaling pathways. MicroRNA suppression and epigenetic changes also influence the changes involved in epithelial-mesenchymal transition. Cellular and mechanical components of the tumor microenvironment are also critical in determining metastatic potential. Conclusions While the mechanisms promoting metastasis are extremely wide ranging and still under intense investigation, the epithelial-mesenchymal transition program and

  14. The transient behavior of scaling in the atmosphere: stratiform/convective transition and applications to sub-grid scale statistics

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    Nogueira, M.; Barros, A. P.

    2014-12-01

    Multifractal behavior holds to a remarkable approximation over wide ranges of spatial scales in orographic rainfall and cloud fields. The scaling exponents characterizing this behavior are shown to be fundamentally transient with nonlinear dependencies on the particular atmospheric state and terrain forcing. In particular, a robust transition is found in the scaling parameters between non-convective (stable) and convective (unstable) regimes, with clear physical correspondence to the transition from stratiform to organized convective orographic precipitation. These results can explain two often reported scaling regimes for atmospheric wind, temperature and water observations. On the one hand, spectral slopes around 2-2.3 arise under non-convective or very weak convective conditions when the spatial patterns are dominated by large-scale gradients and landform. On the other hand, under convective conditions the scaling exponents generally fluctuate around 5/3, in agreement with the Kolmogorov turbulent regime accounting for the intermittency correction. High-resolution numerical weather prediction (NWP) models are able to reproduce the ubiquitous scaling behavior of observed atmospheric fields down to their effective resolution length-scale, below which the variability is misrepresented by the model. The effective resolution is shown to be a transient property dependent on the particular simulated conditions and NWP formulation, implying that a blunt decrease in grid spacing without adjusting numerical techniques may not lead to the improvements desired.Finally, the application of transient spatial scaling behavior for stochastic downscaling and sub-grid scale parameterization of cloud and rainfall fields is investigated. The proposed fractal methods are able to rapidly generate large ensembles of high-resolution statistically robust fields from the coarse resolution information alone, which can provide significant improvements for stochastic hydrological prediction

  15. Child Effortful Control as a Mediator of Parenting Practices on Externalizing Behavior: Evidence for a Sex-Differentiated Pathway across the Transition from Preschool to School

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    Chang, Hyein; Olson, Sheryl L.; Sameroff, Arnold J.; Sexton, Holly R.

    2011-01-01

    An explanatory model for children's development of disruptive behavior across the transition from preschool to school was tested. It was hypothesized that child effortful control would mediate the effects of parenting on children's externalizing behavior and that child sex would moderate these relations. Participants were 241 children (123 boys)…

  16. Stimulant-induced adaptations in neostriatal matrix and striosome systems: transiting from instrumental responding to habitual behavior in drug addiction.

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    Canales, Juan J

    2005-03-01

    Converging evidence indicates that repeated exposure to motor stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamine produces marked alterations in network responsiveness of striatal neurons to subsequent challenge with the same stimulant drug. Such alterations, which correlate with persistent patterns of repetitive behavior, associate with distinct compartmental changes in the neostriatum. Striatal matrix system neurons undergo "silencing" following repeated drug challenges, allowing striosome system neurons to exhibit preferential activation. Matrix neurons are innervated by sensory and motor areas of neocortex and are activated in the course of on-going, adaptive behavior. Inactivation of matrix neurons by chronic stimulant exposure may therefore constrain sensorimotor and cognitive processing. In turn, the striosomes are anatomically connected through re-entrant loops with limbic prefrontal and allocortical structures, such as anterior cingulate cortex, orbital frontal cortex, and basolateral amygdala, all of which play a part in stimulant-induced reinforcement and relapse to drug-taking. Moreover, functional evidence links striosome system neurons, which are responsible for providing inhibitory regulatory feedback to midbrain dopamine neurons, with reinforcement-based processes. In considering such evidence, we postulate that recurrent matrix inactivation and recruitment of striosome-based pathways by chronic stimulant exposure represent neural end-points of the transit from action-outcome associative behavior to conditioned habitual responding. Within this theoretical framework, habitual behavior can be elicited by both interoceptive cues and exteroceptive conditioned stimuli to promote the automatic execution of learned responses. PMID:15721792

  17. Some behavioral aspects of energy descent: how a biophysical psychology might help people transition through the lean times ahead

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    De Young, Raymond

    2014-01-01

    We may soon face biophysical limits to perpetual growth. Energy supplies may tighten and then begin a long slow descent while defensive expenditures rise to address problems caused by past resource consumption. The outcome may be significant changes in daily routines at the individual and community level. It is difficult to know when this scenario might begin to unfold but it clearly would constitute a new behavioral context, one that the behavioral sciences least attends to. Even if one posits a less dramatic scenario, people may still need to make many urgent and perhaps unsettling transitions. And while a robust response would be needed, it is not at all clear what should be the details of that response. Since it is likely that no single response will fix things everywhere, for all people or for all time, it would be useful to conduct many social experiments. Indeed, a culture of small experiments should be fostered which, at the individual and small group level, can be described as behavioral entrepreneurship. This may have begun, hidden in plain sight, but more social experiments are needed. To be of help, it may be useful to both package behavioral insights in a way that is practitioner-oriented and grounded in biophysical trends and to propose a few key questions that need attention. This paper begins the process of developing a biophysical psychology, incomplete as it is at this early stage. PMID:25404926

  18. Some behavioral aspects of energy descent: how a biophysical psychology might help people transition through the lean times ahead.

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    De Young, Raymond

    2014-01-01

    We may soon face biophysical limits to perpetual growth. Energy supplies may tighten and then begin a long slow descent while defensive expenditures rise to address problems caused by past resource consumption. The outcome may be significant changes in daily routines at the individual and community level. It is difficult to know when this scenario might begin to unfold but it clearly would constitute a new behavioral context, one that the behavioral sciences least attends to. Even if one posits a less dramatic scenario, people may still need to make many urgent and perhaps unsettling transitions. And while a robust response would be needed, it is not at all clear what should be the details of that response. Since it is likely that no single response will fix things everywhere, for all people or for all time, it would be useful to conduct many social experiments. Indeed, a culture of small experiments should be fostered which, at the individual and small group level, can be described as behavioral entrepreneurship. This may have begun, hidden in plain sight, but more social experiments are needed. To be of help, it may be useful to both package behavioral insights in a way that is practitioner-oriented and grounded in biophysical trends and to propose a few key questions that need attention. This paper begins the process of developing a biophysical psychology, incomplete as it is at this early stage. PMID:25404926

  19. Adaptive and phase transition behavior in performance of discrete multi-articular actions by degenerate neurobiological systems.

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    Rein, Robert; Davids, Keith; Button, Chris

    2010-03-01

    The identification of attractors is one of the key tasks in studies of neurobiological coordination from a dynamical systems perspective, with a considerable body of literature resulting from this task. However, with regards to typical movement models investigated, the overwhelming majority of actions studied previously belong to the class of continuous, rhythmical movements. In contrast, very few studies have investigated coordination of discrete movements, particularly multi-articular discrete movements. In the present study, we investigated phase transition behavior in a basketball throwing task where participants were instructed to shoot at the basket from different distances. Adopting the ubiquitous scaling paradigm, throwing distance was manipulated as a candidate control parameter. Using a cluster analysis approach, clear phase transitions between different movement patterns were observed in performance of only two of eight participants. The remaining participants used a single movement pattern and varied it according to throwing distance, thereby exhibiting hysteresis effects. Results suggested that, in movement models involving many biomechanical degrees of freedom in degenerate systems, greater movement variation across individuals is available for exploitation. This observation stands in contrast to movement variation typically observed in studies using more constrained bi-manual movement models. This degenerate system behavior provides new insights and poses fresh challenges to the dynamical systems theoretical approach, requiring further research beyond conventional movement models. PMID:19851763

  20. Anomalous critical behavior in the polymer collapse transition of three-dimensional lattice trails.

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    Bedini, Andrea; Owczarek, Aleksander L; Prellberg, Thomas

    2012-07-01

    Trails (bond-avoiding walks) provide an alternative lattice model of polymers to self-avoiding walks, and adding self-interaction at multiply visited sites gives a model of polymer collapse. Recently a two-dimensional model (triangular lattice) where doubly and triply visited sites are given different weights was shown to display a rich phase diagram with first- and second-order collapse separated by a multicritical point. A kinetic growth process of trails (KGTs) was conjectured to map precisely to this multicritical point. Two types of low-temperature phases, a globule phase and a maximally dense phase, were encountered. Here we investigate the collapse properties of a similar extended model of interacting lattice trails on the simple cubic lattice with separate weights for doubly and triply visited sites. Again we find first- and second-order collapse transitions dependent on the relative sizes of the doubly and triply visited energies. However, we find no evidence of a low-temperature maximally dense phase with only the globular phase in existence. Intriguingly, when the ratio of the energies is precisely that which separates the first-order from the second-order regions anomalous finite-size scaling appears. At the finite-size location of the rounded transition clear evidence exists for a first-order transition that persists in the thermodynamic limit. This location moves as the length increases, with its limit apparently at the point that maps to a KGT. However, if one fixes the temperature to sit at exactly this KGT point, then only a critical point can be deduced from the data. The resolution of this apparent contradiction lies in the breaking of crossover scaling and the difference in the shift and transition width (crossover) exponents. PMID:23005384

  1. Optical birefringence and its critical behavior in the vicinity of nematic-smectic A phase transition in a binary mixture

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    Sarkar, Sudipta Kumar; Barman, Purna Chandra; Das, Malay Kumar

    2014-08-01

    Optical birefringence (Δn) measurements as a function of temperature have been performed for binary mixtures of octyloxy cyanobiphenyl (8OCB) and octyl cyanobiphenyl (8CB) liquid crystals by means of a high resolution temperature scanning technique. The temperature dependence of the birefringence (Δn) was determined from the transmitted intensity data for wavelengths λ=532 nm. Using a fitting procedure consistent with the mean field theory and the first order nature of nematic-isotropic (N-I) phase transition, the order parameter critical exponent β has been determined. The critical behavior of the nematic-smectic A (N-SmA) phase transition has been investigated from the high resolution birefringence data and the nature of this transition in the mixtures has been assessed. From the evolution of the critical exponent α, it has been possible to predict the limiting value of the McMillan ratio for the tricritical point (TCP) as well as the 3D-XY universality class.

  2. Half-Metallic Behavior in Doped Sr2CrOsO6 Double Perovskite with High Transition Temperature.

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    Samanta, Kartik; Sanyal, Prabuddha; Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri

    2015-01-01

    Half-metallic magnets with metallic behavior in one spin channel and insulating in the other, have attracted considerable attention due to their potential application possibility. The spin-dependent nature of the carrier scattering due to half-metallic nature of these materials, allows for the resistance to be strongly influenced by the low magnetic field. However, the operating temperatures of such known materials are generally low, opening up the need for half-metallic magnets with high transition temperatures. The double perovskites having general formula A2BB'O6 with alternating ordered arrangement of two transition metal sites, B and B' offer an attractive possibility in this respect. Here, we consider the case of Sr2CrOsO6, which is a ferrimagnetic insulator with transition temperature (Tc) of 725 K, highest ever known in the oxide family, and show that moderate amount of La and Na doping at Sr site can drive the compound half-metallic with high Tc. PMID:26446395

  3. Anomalous structural behavior in the metamagnetic transition of FeRh thin films from a local viewpoint

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    Wakisaka, Yuki; Uemura, Yohei; Yokoyama, Toshihiko; Asakura, Hiroyuki; Morimoto, Hiroyuki; Tabuchi, Masao; Ohshima, Daiki; Kato, Takeshi; Iwata, Satoshi

    2015-11-01

    The metamagnetic transition in FeRh thin films has been investigated via temperature-dependent x-ray-absorption fine-structure spectroscopy in order to gain correlations between magnetization and local electronic and geometric structures. According to the Fe and Rh K -edge x-ray-absorption near-edge structure (XANES), strong hybridization between Fe and Rh was revealed to exist. This Fe-Rh hybridization was observed to decrease during the phase transition from the antiferromagnetic (AFM) to ferromagnetic (FM) phases from the systematic change in the Fe K -edge XANES. In addition, only the Debye-Waller factor of the Fe-Fe pair in the AFM phase was observed to be considerably enhanced when compared with that in the FM phase, which was ascribed to local structural fluctuation inherent in the AFM phase. By considering the different features of the exchange interactions in Fe-Rh and Fe-Fe, this anomalous behavior is interpreted as being consistent with the recent theoretical study proposing the local fluctuations of spin and structure. Therefore, we consider that the local spin and Fe-Fe distance fluctuations play an important role in driving the metamagnetic transition, whereas the Fe-Rh hybridization correlates with the static stability of each magnetic phase.

  4. Resistive transition, polaron dynamics and scaling behavior in Fe doped SrTiO3

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    Ghosh, Arijit; Masud, Md. G.; Sannigrahi, Jhuma; Chaudhuri, B. K.

    2013-04-01

    Temperature dependent electrical transport (ac and dc) and dielectric measurements have been performed with SrFexTi(1-x)O3 (0≤x≤1.0) samples prepared by ceramic route. Metal-insulator like transition observed depending on doping concentration. High dc resistivity of the present system is due to localization of polaronic charge carriers and the dc resistivity data, above respective TMI, fit well with Mott's variable range hopping, Arrhenius conduction mechanism, while a power law nature is followed below TMI. The charge transport mechanism is also revealed from the scaled ac conductivity and dielectric modulus spectrum. The MI transition is considered to be associated with polaron dissociation occurring little below polaron ordering (PO) temperature, TPO. The samples also indicate a cross-over from universal dielectric response (UDR) (f<105 Hz) to second universality (SU) (f>105 Hz). This cross over as well as MI like transition temperature shift towards the lower temperature regime with increasing x.

  5. Relative permittivity behavior and temperature changes in linoleic acid during the phase transition

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    Kościesza, R.; Siegoczyński, R. M.; Rostocki, A. J.; Tefelski, D. B.; Kos, A.; Ejchart, W.

    2008-07-01

    In our earlier works several fatty liquids (edible oils and unsaturated fatty acids) which exhibit existence of a new phase induced by high pressure were presented. Conclusion of those experiments is that C=C bonds existence in these liquids plays a dominant role in a new phase occurrence. Relative permittivity in pure acids investigated till now seems to behave in specific way. That is why we decided to investigate linoleic acid (C18H32O2) under high pressure. In our experiment such quantities as: electric capacity, pressure and temperature were recorded. The experimental setup gives us also a possibility to conduct optical investigations. We observed a transmitted and scattered beams of close infrared light (λ = 800nm) in directions 0° and 90° towards the incident beam. Due to the rapid grow of temperature and the rapid change of transmitted and scattered beams we may say that observed phenomenon is a first order phase transition and a proof for the significant change of liquid structure. This paper contains time dependencies of permittivity, temperature, transmitted and scattered light intensity and also permittivity vs. pressure changes during the phase transition in linoleic acid and first of all measured data analysis which lets us explain the transition reasons.

  6. Transition dynamics and magic-number-like behavior of frictional granular clusters

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    Tordesillas, Antoinette; Walker, David M.; Froyland, Gary; Zhang, Jie; Behringer, Robert P.

    2012-07-01

    Force chains, the primary load-bearing structures in dense granular materials, rearrange in response to applied stresses and strains. These self-organized grain columns rely on contacts from weakly stressed grains for lateral support to maintain and find new stable states. However, the dynamics associated with the regulation of the topology of contacts and strong versus weak forces through such contacts remains unclear. This study of local self-organization of frictional particles in a deforming dense granular material exploits a transition matrix to quantify preferred conformations and the most likely conformational transitions. It reveals that favored cluster conformations reside in distinct stability states, reminiscent of “magic numbers” for molecular clusters. To support axial loads, force chains typically reside in more stable states of the stability landscape, preferring stabilizing trusslike, three-cycle contact triangular topologies with neighboring grains. The most likely conformational transitions during force chain failure by buckling correspond to rearrangements among, or loss of, contacts which break the three-cycle topology.

  7. Socio-demographic, behavioral, and health correlates of nutrition transition dietary indicators in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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    Colón-Ramos, Uriyoán; Pérez-Cardona, Cynthia M.; Monge-Rojas, Rafael

    2014-01-01

    Objective To identify socio-demographic, behavioral, and health-related correlates of food preferences in Puerto Rico that will help determine Caribbean-region populations vulnerable to nutrition transition. Methods Data from a cross-sectional study of a representative sample of 858 adults residing in the San Juan Metropolitan Area of Puerto Rico were analyzed. Multivariable ordinal logistic regressions were used to model the frequency of consumption of 1) fruits and vegetables, 2) tubers/starchy root vegetables, 3) fried foods, and 4) Western-style fast foods as a function of socio-demographic, behavioral, and health-related characteristics. Results Higher frequency of consumption of fruits and vegetables was associated with being physically active and older and having a medium to high level of education, whereas intake of tubers was associated with being older, having a low income, not using government insurance, and having elevated levels of triglycerides. Frequency of consumption of fast food was associated with younger age, higher income, 12–15 years of formal education, and a higher body mass index (BMI), whereas frequency of consumption of fried food was associated with being younger and male, not being a smoker, and having elevated levels of fasting blood glucose. Conclusions The results indicate a nutrition transition in Puerto Rico with health consequences for the Caribbean region. The characteristics of this nutrition transition seem to be determined by income, education, and age, but may also be dictated by access to various food groups. These results set the stage for needed investigation of environmental and individual-level factors that could shape patterns in food consumption. PMID:24553760

  8. Atypical behavior in the electron capture induced dissociation of biologically relevant transition metal ion complexes of the peptide hormone oxytocin

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    Kleinnijenhuis, Anne J.; Mihalca, Romulus; Heeren, Ron M. A.; Heck, Albert J. R.

    2006-07-01

    Doubly protonated ions of the disulfide bond containing nonapeptide hormone oxytocin and oxytocin complexes with different transition metal ions, that have biological relevance under physiological conditions, were subjected to electron capture dissociation (ECD) to probe their structural features in the gas phase. Although, all the ECD spectra were strikingly different, typical ECD behavior was observed for complexes of the nonapeptide hormone oxytocin with Ni2+, Co2+ and Zn2+, i.e., abundant c/z' and a'/y backbone cleavages and ECD characteristic S-S and S-C bond cleavages were observed. We propose that, although in the oxytocin-transition metal ion complexes the metal ions serve as the main initial capture site, the captured electron is transferred to other sites in the complex to form a hydrogen radical, which drives the subsequent typical ECD fragmentations. The complex of oxytocin with Cu2+ displayed noticeably different ECD behavior. The fragment ions were similar to fragment ions typically observed with low-energy collision induced dissociation (CID). We propose that the electrons captured by the oxytocin-Cu2+ complex might be favorably involved in reducing the Cu2+ metal ion to Cu+. Subsequent energy redistribution would explain the observed low-energy CID-type fragmentations. Electron capture resulted also in quite different specific cleavage sites for the complexes of oxytocin with Ni2+, Co2+ and Zn2+. This is an indication for structural differences in these complexes possibly linked to their significantly different biological effects on oxytocin-receptor binding, and suggests that ECD may be used to study subtle structural differences in transition metal ion-peptide complexes.

  9. Precocious Behaviors in Early Adolescence: Employment and the Transition to First Sexual Intercourse

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    Bozick, Robert

    2006-01-01

    This article explores the relationship between employment and first sexual intercourse in the early teen years. Past research has examined the influence of a wide range of social contexts on adolescent sexual behavior. Very few studies, however, consider the work-place. In this study, a series of Cox proportional hazard models predicting the risk…

  10. Teacher Perceptions of Emotional Behavior Disorder Students in a Rural High School Transition Program

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    Watson, Brian Craig

    2013-01-01

    Little research has examined the perceptions of special education teachers who teach students with Emotional Behavior Disorders (EBD). This study aimed to provide insight into how educators are preparing EBD students for post-high school living. The conceptual framework for the study was based on Braun's theory, which examines teachers'…

  11. A Cross-Sectional Behavioral Genetic Analysis of Task Persistence in the Transition to Middle Childhood

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    Deater-Deckard, Kirby; Petrill, Stephen A.; Thompson, Lee A.; DeThorne, Laura S.

    2005-01-01

    Task persistence, measured by a composite score of independent teacher, tester and observer reports, was examined using behavioral genetic analysis. Participants included 92 monozygotic and 137 same-sex dizygotic twin pairs in Kindergarten or 1st grade (4.3 to 7.9 years old). Task persistence was widely distributed, higher among older children,…

  12. Factors Associated with Transitional Shifts in College Students' Physical Activity Behavior

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    Levy, Susan S.; Cardinal, Bradley J.

    2006-01-01

    The Transtheoretical Model (Prochaska & Marcus, 1994) has been widely used as a framework for understanding exercise behavior change. The purpose of this study was to clarify equivocal research findings reported for model predictions when examining stage movement over time rather than static stages and to provide some evidence of the construct…

  13. Developmental Transitions in Youth Behavioral Opposition and Maternal Beliefs in Social Ecological Context

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    Ehrensaft, Miriam K.; Cohen, Patricia; Chen, Henian; Berenson, Kathy

    2007-01-01

    We investigated age-based changes in mothers' complaints about offspring behavioral opposition, and offspring reports of opposition in a prospective longitudinal design (N = 821). Maternal complaints declined from pre-adolescence to early adulthood, but more slowly in low socioeconomic status (SES) and single-parent families. Mothers complained…

  14. Drinking Behaviors and Life Course Socioeconomic Status During the Transition From Adolescence to Adulthood Among Whites and Blacks

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    Lui, Camillia K; Chung, Paul J; Ford, Chandra L; Grella, Christine E; Mulia, Nina

    2015-01-01

    Objective: This study sought to determine how socioeconomic status (SES) changes during the transition from adolescence into adulthood, and to understand the effects of SES on drinking behaviors in early adulthood among U.S. Whites and Blacks. Method: Secondary data analysis was conducted using three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), a school-based sample of adolescents (Grades 7–12) followed through adulthood (age range: 25–31 years). Through latent class analysis, SES was operationalized as economic (i.e., income, home ownership) and human capital (i.e., education, occupation). Drinking behavior was categorized into no past-year use, current drinking without weekly heavy episodic drinking (HED), and weekly HED. Models were stratified by race: Whites (n = 5,248) and Blacks (n = 1,875). Results: For Whites, four economic capital groups (persistently low, upward, downward, and persistently high) and five human capital groups (persistently low, upward with work, upward with school, downward with work, and persistently high) were found. Blacks had roughly similar SES groups as Whites but with lower economic and human capital levels across all groups and without downward groups in either domain. Among both Whites and Blacks, lower economic and human capital groups reported higher abstinence. Persistently low Blacks, however, reported higher HED, whereas persistently low Whites did not. Moreover, economically upward Whites reported lower HED, whereas upwardly mobile Blacks did not. Conclusions: Racial disparities were evident by economic and human capital during the transition into adulthood. Although abstinence profiles were similar for Whites and Blacks, both persistently low and upward trajectory groups signified differential HED risks. Future research should examine the mechanisms by which SES trajectories affect drinking behaviors. PMID:25486395

  15. Mechanical behavior and brittle-ductile transition of high-chromium martensitic steel

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    Odnobokova, M. V.; Kipelova, A. Yu.; Belyakov, A. N.; Kaibyshev, R. O.

    2016-04-01

    The article presents data on the static tensile tests and dynamic impact-toughness tests of a highchromium martensitic 10Kh9V1M1FBR steel (0.12 wt % C, 9.8 wt % Cr, 0.93 wt % W, 1.01 wt % Mo, 0.2 wt % V, 0.05 wt % Nb, 0.05 wt % N, 0.003 wt % B, 0.36 wt % Mn, 0.2 wt % Ni, 0.06 wt % Si, 0.01 wt % P, 0.008 wt % S, 0.02 wt % Cu, 0.1 wt % Co, 0.015 wt % Al, and the remainder is Fe) in the temperature range from 20 to-196°C. In the case of static loading, a reduction in the temperature leads to an increase in the strength characteristics; upon a drop in the temperature from 20 to-100°C, the plasticity also increases. This is connected with the fact that the ductile fracture remains the basic mechanism down to cryogenic temperatures. The brittle-ductile transition related to the transition from ductile intragranular fracture to quasibrittle one is observed at-45°C. The steel exhibits high impact toughness to the temperature of-60°C ( KCV -60 = 95 J/cm2), at which the fraction of the ductile component in fracture is equal to 20%. At 80°C, the impact toughness decreases down to critical values (30 J/cm2), which correlates with the decrease in the fraction of the ductile component on the fracture surface down to 1%. The further decrease in the impact toughness down to 10 J/cm2 at-196°C is related to the transition from intragranular to intergranular brittle fracture.

  16. Novel Electronic Behavior Driving NdNiO3 Metal-Insulator Transition.

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    Upton, M H; Choi, Yongseong; Park, Hyowon; Liu, Jian; Meyers, D; Chakhalian, J; Middey, S; Kim, Jong-Woo; Ryan, Philip J

    2015-07-17

    We present evidence that the metal-insulator transition (MIT) in a tensile-strained NdNiO3 (NNO) film is facilitated by a redistribution of electronic density and that it neither requires Ni charge disproportionation nor a symmetry change [U. Staub et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 126402 (2002); R. Jaramillo et al., Nat. Phys. 10, 304 (2014)]. Given that epitaxial tensile strain in thin NNO films induces preferential occupancy of the e(g) d(x(2)-y(2)) orbital we propose that the larger transfer integral of this orbital state with the O 2p orbital state mediates a redistribution of electronic density from the Ni atom. A decrease in the Ni d(x(2)-y(2)) orbital occupation is directly observed by resonant inelastic x-ray scattering below the MIT temperature. Furthermore, an increase in the Nd charge occupancy is measured by x-ray absorption at the Nd L(3) edge. Both spin-orbit coupling and crystal field effects combine to break the degeneracy of the Nd 5d states, shifting the energy of the Nd e(g) d(x(2)-y(2)) orbit towards the Fermi level, allowing the A site to become an active acceptor during the MIT. This work identifies the relocation of electrons from the Ni 3d to the Nd 5d orbitals across the MIT. We propose that the insulating gap opens between the Ni 3d and O 2p states, resulting from Ni 3d electron localization. The transition seems to be neither a purely Mott-Hubbard transition nor a simple charge transfer. PMID:26230808

  17. Infrared spectroscopic characterization of dehydration and accompanying phase transition behaviors in NAT-topology zeolites

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    Wang, Hsiu-Wen; Bishop, David

    2012-01-01

    Relative humidity (PH2O, partial pressure of water)-dependent dehydration and accompanying phase transitions in NAT-topology zeolites (natrolite, scolecite, and mesolite) were studied under controlled temperature and known PH2O conditions by in situ diffuse-reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy and parallel X-ray powder diffraction. Dehydration was characterized by the disappearance of internal H2O vibrational modes. The loss of H2O molecules caused a sequence of structural transitions in which the host framework transformation path was coupled primarily via the thermal motion of guest Na?/Ca2? cations and H2O molecules. The observation of different interactions of H2O molecules and Na?/Ca2? cations with host aluminosilicate frameworks under highand low-PH2O conditions indicated the development of different local strain fields, arising from cation H2O interactions in NAT-type channels. These strain fields influence the Si O/Al O bond strength and tilting angles within and between tetrahedra as the dehydration temperature is approached. The newly observed infrared bands (at 2,139 cm-1 in natrolite, 2,276 cm-1 in scolecite, and 2,176 and 2,259 cm-1 in mesolite) result from strong cation H2O Al Si framework interactions in NAT-type channels, and these bands can be used to evaluate the energetic evolution of Na?/Ca2? cations before and after phase transitions, especially for scolecite and mesolite. The 2,176 and 2,259 cm-1 absorption bands in mesolite also appear to be related to Na?/Ca2? order disorder that occur when mesolite loses its Ow4 H2O molecules.

  18. Evolution of critical scaling behavior near a ferromagnetic quantum phase transition.

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    Butch, N P; Maple, M B

    2009-08-14

    Magnetic critical scaling in URu(2-x)Re(x)Si(2) single crystals continuously evolves as the ferromagnetic critical temperature is tuned towards zero via chemical substitution. As the quantum phase transition is approached, the critical exponents gamma and (delta-1) decrease to zero in tandem with the critical temperature and ordered moment, while the exponent beta remains constant. This novel trend distinguishes URu(2-x)Re(x)Si(2) from stoichiometric quantum critical ferromagnets and appears to reflect an underlying competition between Kondo and ferromagnetic interactions. PMID:19792669

  19. Grain boundary chemistry and heat treatment effects on the ductile-to-brittle transition behavior of vanadium alloys

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    Kurtz, R. J.; Hamilton, M. L.; Li, H.

    1998-10-01

    The ductile-to-brittle transition (DBTT) behavior of vanadium alloys currently being developed for fusion power systems is sensitive to thermo-mechanical processing variables and history. Factors which contribute to this sensitivity are (1) pickup of interstitial impurities such as oxygen, nitrogen and carbon during heat treatments and elevated temperature forming operations, (2) the final grain size achieved, (3) removal of impurities from solid solution due to precipitation reactions, and (4) segregation of impurities to grain boundaries. Previous work on a V-5Cr-5Ti (Heat No. 832394) alloy suggested that sulfur segregation or precipitation during final mill annealing may play a role in determining DBTT behavior. The effect of heat treatment on grain boundary chemistry and Charpy impact behavior was investigated using a production-scale heat of V-4Cr-4Ti (Heat No. 832665). Specimens were examined with Auger electron spectroscopy to characterize grain boundary microchemistry for correlation with Charpy impact test results obtained from one-third size specimens.

  20. Critical behavior of the order-disorder phase transition in β -brass investigated by x-ray scattering

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    Madsen, A.; Als-Nielsen, J.; Hallmann, J.; Roth, T.; Lu, W.

    2016-07-01

    β -brass exhibits an archetypical example of an order-disorder transition with a critical behavior that was previously investigated by neutron scattering. The data were well described by the three-dimensional (3d) Ising model but the relatively crude experimental resolution prevented an in-depth examination of the single-length scaling hypothesis, a cornerstone in the theory of critical phenomena. With the development of synchrotron x-ray experiments, high-resolution data could be recorded and surprisingly it was found that the single-length scaling did not hold in most critical systems, possibly due to strain originating from surface defects and/or impurities. In this paper we demonstrate single-length critical behavior using high-resolution x-ray scattering in β -brass. The investigations confirm that β -brass behaves like a 3d Ising system over a wide range of length scales comprising correlated clusters of millions of atoms. To vary the surface sensitivity, experiments have been performed both in Bragg reflection and Laue transmission geometries but without any substantial differences observed in the scaling and critical behavior.

  1. Novel quantum behavior generated by traveling across a quantum phase transition

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    Acevedo, O. L.; Rodriguez, F. J.; Quiroga, L.; Johnson, N. F.

    2012-02-01

    We report novel dynamical behavior in a multi-qubit--light system described by the Dicke model, which is being driven across its thermodynamic quantum-phase boundary. Analyzing the system's quantum fidelity, we find that the near-adiabatic regime exhibits the richest phenomena, with a strong asymmetry in the internal collective dynamics depending on which phase is the starting point. Depending on the quenching regime a highly non-trivial behavior emerges in both the qubit and radiation subsystems. For the former, we find that for some paths in parameter space the final fidelity of the near-adiabatic process does not depend on the direction of the trajectory, but depends only on the speed at which the path is traveled. This behavior is contrasted with Landau-Zener tunneling and the Kibble-Zurek mechanism. Furthermore, for some qubit subsystems, we identify purification and screening effects which could be used for quantum control. By contrast, the evolution of the Wigner function shows the radiation subsystem exhibits the emergence of complexity and non-classicality. These findings could be experimentally tested in several condensed matter scenarios -- for example, diamond-NV centers and superconductor qubits in confined radiation environments.

  2. Interactions Between Maternal Parenting and Children’s Early Disruptive Behavior: Bidirectional Associations across the Transition from Preschool to School Entry

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    Olson, Sheryl L.; Lunkenheimer, Erika S.; Sameroff, Arnold J.

    2014-01-01

    This study was a prospective 2-year longitudinal investigation of associations between negative maternal parenting and disruptive child behavior across the preschool to school transition. Our main goals were to 1) determine the direction of association between early maternal negativity and child disruptive behaviors across this important developmental transition and 2) examine whether there would be different patterns of associations for boys and girls. Participants were 235 children (111 girls; T1; M= 37.7 months, T2; M=63.4 months) and their mothers and teachers. Observational and multi-informant ratings of child disruptive behavior showed differential patterns of stability and associations with measures of parenting risk. Results indicated bidirectional and interactive contributions of externalizing behavior and negative parenting across time. Results also indicated that risk mechanisms operate similarly for both sexes. Findings support transactional models of disruptive child behavior that highlight the joint contributions of parents and children. PMID:19533326

  3. Investigation of glass transition and dielectric behavior of nanoporous PEI (polyetherimide)

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    Liu, Tong

    Nanoporous polymers are of great interest for their potential applications as low dielectric constant materials in the microelectronics industry. In general, nanoporous polymers can be viewed as nanocomposite materials, which consist of three parts: polymer matrix, nanopores and the interface region surrounding the nanopores. Evidence has been shown that the interface region has unique properties different from the polymer matrix, which would cause property changes in the polymer nanocomposites. However, the understanding of the interface region and its influence on properties are still limited. Therefore, the main objectives of this work were to create a controlled nanoporous polymer structure and to investigate the interface effects on glass transition temperature and dielectric constant in the nanoporous polymer system. Nanoporous polyetherimide (PEI) was developed based on a blend of PEI and polycaprolactone-diol (PCLD). Because PEI and PCLD are immiscible, dispersed PCLD phase domains were formed in the PEI matrix. Nanoporous PEI was created by immersing the phase-separated samples in acetone, which dissolved the PCLD phase only. The pore size in spin-coated samples was found to be in the nanometer scale due to the fast phase separation process. In this case, the phase separation was far from thermal equilibrium, and kinetic factors played an important role in the process. The pore structure was characterized by microscopy methods. The pore size was found to depend on the processing time and the initial PCLD phase content (PCLD is the minor phase) due to the kinetics of phase coarsening. The glass transition temperature and dielectric constant of the nanoporous PEI system were investigated with various means. The relationship between the properties and the pore structure was studied by controlling the pore volume fraction through varying the initial minor phase content in the blend. It was found that the glass transition temperature of nanoporous PEI would

  4. Low-spin collective behavior in the transitional nuclei Mo86,88

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    Andgren, K.; Ganioǧlu, E.; Cederwall, B.; Wyss, R.; Bhattacharyya, S.; Brown, J. R.; De Angelis, G.; De France, G.; Dombrádi, Zs.; Gál, J.; Hadinia, B.; Johnson, A.; Johnston-Theasby, F.; Jungclaus, A.; Khaplanov, A.; Kownacki, J.; Lagergren, K.; La Rana, G.; Molnár, J.; Moro, R.; Singh, B. S. Nara; Nyberg, J.; Sandzelius, M.; Scheurer, J.-N.; Sletten, G.; Sohler, D.; Timár, J.; Trotta, M.; Valiente-Dobón, J. J.; Vardaci, E.; Wadsworth, R.; Williams, S.

    2007-07-01

    Low-spin structures in Mo86,88 were populated using the Ni58(Ar36, xαyp) heavy-ion fusion-evaporation reaction at a beam energy of 111 MeV. Charged particles and γ rays were emitted in the reactions and detected by the DIAMANT CsI ball and the EXOGAM Ge array, respectively. In addition to the previously reported low-to-medium spin states in these nuclei, new low-spin structures were observed. Angular correlation and linear polarization measurements were performed in order to unambiguously determine the spins and parities of intensely populated states in Mo88. Quasiparticle Random Phase Approximation (QRPA) calculations were performed for the first and second excited 2+ states in Mo86 and Mo88. The results are in qualitative agreement with the experimental results, supporting a collective interpretation of the low-spin states for these transitional nuclei.

  5. Heterogeneous ice nucleation: exploring the transition from stochastic to singular freezing behavior

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    Niedermeier, D.; Shaw, R. A.; Hartmann, S.; Wex, H.; Clauss, T.; Voigtländer, J.; Stratmann, F.

    2011-08-01

    Heterogeneous ice nucleation, a primary pathway for ice formation in the atmosphere, has been described alternately as being stochastic, in direct analogy with homogeneous nucleation, or singular, with ice nuclei initiating freezing at deterministic temperatures. We present an idealized, conceptual model to explore the transition between stochastic and singular ice nucleation. This "soccer ball" model treats particles as being covered with surface sites (patches of finite area) characterized by different nucleation barriers, but with each surface site following the stochastic nature of ice embryo formation. The model provides a phenomenological explanation for seemingly contradictory experimental results obtained in our research groups. Even with ice nucleation treated fundamentally as a stochastic process this process can be masked by the heterogeneity of surface properties, as might be typical for realistic atmospheric particle populations. Full evaluation of the model findings will require experiments with well characterized ice nucleating particles and the ability to vary both temperature and waiting time for freezing.

  6. Speed-Dependent Modulation of the Locomotor Behavior in Adult Mice Reveals Attractor and Transitional Gaits

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    Lemieux, Maxime; Josset, Nicolas; Roussel, Marie; Couraud, Sébastien; Bretzner, Frédéric

    2016-01-01

    Locomotion results from an interplay between biomechanical constraints of the muscles attached to the skeleton and the neuronal circuits controlling and coordinating muscle activities. Quadrupeds exhibit a wide range of locomotor gaits. Given our advances in the genetic identification of spinal and supraspinal circuits important to locomotion in the mouse, it is now important to get a better understanding of the full repertoire of gaits in the freely walking mouse. To assess this range, young adult C57BL/6J mice were trained to walk and run on a treadmill at different locomotor speeds. Instead of using the classical paradigm defining gaits according to their footfall pattern, we combined the inter-limb coupling and the duty cycle of the stance phase, thus identifying several types of gaits: lateral walk, trot, out-of-phase walk, rotary gallop, transverse gallop, hop, half-bound, and full-bound. Out-of-phase walk, trot, and full-bound were robust and appeared to function as attractor gaits (i.e., a state to which the network flows and stabilizes) at low, intermediate, and high speeds respectively. In contrast, lateral walk, hop, transverse gallop, rotary gallop, and half-bound were more transient and therefore considered transitional gaits (i.e., a labile state of the network from which it flows to the attractor state). Surprisingly, lateral walk was less frequently observed. Using graph analysis, we demonstrated that transitions between gaits were predictable, not random. In summary, the wild-type mouse exhibits a wider repertoire of locomotor gaits than expected. Future locomotor studies should benefit from this paradigm in assessing transgenic mice or wild-type mice with neurotraumatic injury or neurodegenerative disease affecting gait. PMID:26941592

  7. Sol-Gel transition behavior of pure iota-carrageenan in both salt-free and added salt states.

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    Hossain, K S; Miyanaga, K; Maeda, H; Nemoto, N

    2001-01-01

    This paper describes how strongly the gelation process of iota-carrageenan is affected by addition of metallic ions from the creep and creep recovery, dynamic viscoelasticity (DVE) and DSC measurements. Creep results at T = 25 degrees C indicate that below a polymer concentration C of 3.0 wt % the salt-free system behaves as a viscous solution, and it starts to exhibit viscoelasticity as C exceeds 3.0 wt %. In the range C = 5.0-7.0 wt %, the salt-free system shows gellike behavior whereas the added salt system, measured in the low C range 1.0-2.5 wt %, showed gellike behavior at the same temperature. The sol-gel transition temperature T(c) was determined using Winter's criterion as the temperature at which both G'(omega) and G' '(omega) follow power law behavior with the same exponent n. DSC measurements reveal that salt-free and added salt systems take different types of thermal behavior within the same temperature range. The temperature T(c) is quite close to the gelation temperature T(m) determined from DSC measurement. The Eldrige-Ferry plot was performed to estimate activaton enthalpy, which shows that physical cross-links in the salt-free iota-carrageenan is not strong in comparison with those of samples which contains metal ions. We conclude from the data analysis of C dependence of the plateau modulus using the theory developed by Jones and Marques for rigid networks based on the fractal theories that addition of metallic ions gives rise to a rigid fiber like structure even at low C of iota-carrageenan in contrast to the salt-free system for which a flexible structure has been maintained at higher C. PMID:11749204

  8. General behavior of chalcogenides of rare-earth metals in transition to the intermediate valence state under high pressures

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    Tsiok, O. B.; Khvostantsev, L. G.; Golubkov, A. V.; Smirnov, I. A.; Brazhkin, V. V.

    2014-10-01

    High-precision measurements of the electric resistance, thermopower, and volume of TmS, TmSe, and TmTe under hydrostatic pressures up to 8.5 GPa were conducted. Comparison of the behavior of the electron-transport characteristics and volume of TmTe and SmTe in the electron transition region demonstrates a complete analogy up to the quantitative coincidence. We found that the thermopower of all samarium and thulium chalcogenides in the lattice-collapse region and during the subsequent reconstruction of the electronic spectrum obeys the universal dependence, which corresponds to the intersection of the Fermi level with the peak of the electron density of states. The results obtained testify in favor of the exciton nature of the intermediate valence state in chalcogenides of the rare-earth metals.

  9. Cooperative behavior and phase transitions in co-evolving stag hunt game

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    Zhang, W.; Li, Y. S.; Xu, C.; Hui, P. M.

    2016-02-01

    Cooperative behavior and different phases in a co-evolving network dynamics based on the stag hunt game is studied. The dynamical processes are parameterized by a payoff r that tends to promote non-cooperative behavior and a probability q for a rewiring attempt that could isolate the non-cooperators. The interplay between the parameters leads to different phases. Detailed simulations and a mean field theory are employed to reveal the properties of different phases. For small r, the cooperators are the majority and form a connected cluster while the non-cooperators increase with q but remain isolated over the whole range of q, and it is a static phase. For sufficiently large r, cooperators disappear in an intermediate range qL ≤ q ≤qU and a dynamical all-non-cooperators phase results. For q >qU, a static phase results again. A mean field theory based on how the link densities change in time by the co-evolving dynamics is constructed. The theory gives a phase diagram in the q- r parameter space that is qualitatively in agreement with simulation results. The sources of discrepancies between theory and simulations are discussed.

  10. Weathering the great recession: psychological and behavioral trajectories in the transition from school to work.

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    Vuolo, Mike; Staff, Jeremy; Mortimer, Jeylan T

    2012-11-01

    Studies of career development highlight the importance of finding a good "fit" between individual values, needs, and abilities and the experiences and rewards to be found in particular occupations. Rapid economic change and labor market turbulence make career choice and development life-long processes. Still, early careers are particularly unstable, as young workers move from "survival jobs" to "career jobs" in their quest for a good person-job fit. Little is known, however, about the psychological orientations and behaviors in the postadolescent period that foster longer term success in the world of work. The maintenance of high aspirations, crystallization of career goals, and intensive job search may be particularly important. Using multilevel latent class analysis applied to longitudinal data obtained from 1,010 youth surveyed by the ongoing Youth Development Study (YDS), we examine the interrelations of psychological orientations and behaviors indicative of agentic striving from age 18 to 31 years. In addition, we assess how these trajectories influence adaptation to declining labor market conditions during the severe economic recession that began in 2007. We find that those who maintain high aspiration and certainty over career goals were better insulated against unemployment between 2007 and 2009 (ages 33-35), even when educational and self-identified career attainments, adolescent achievement orientations, and social background variables indicative of advantage are controlled. They also had higher hourly wages in 2009. PMID:22059449

  11. Weathering the Great Recession: Psychological and Behavioral Trajectories in the Transition from School to Work*

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    Vuolo, Mike; Staff, Jeremy; Mortimer, Jeylan T.

    2011-01-01

    Studies of career development highlight the importance of finding a good “fit” between individual values, needs, and abilities and the experiences and rewards to be found in particular occupations. Rapid economic change and labor market turbulence make career choice and development life-long processes. Still, early careers are particularly unstable, as young workers move from “survival jobs” to “career jobs” in their quest for a good person-job fit. Little is known, however, about the psychological orientations and behaviors in the post-adolescent period that foster longer-term success in the world of work. The maintenance of high aspirations, crystallization of career goals, and intensive job search may be particularly important. Using multilevel latent class analysis applied to longitudinal data obtained from 1,010 youth surveyed by the ongoing Youth Development Study (YDS), this article examines the interrelations of psychological orientations and behaviors indicative of agentic striving from age 18 to 31. In addition, we assess how these trajectories influence adaptation to declining labor market conditions during the severe economic recession that began in 2007. We find that those who maintain high aspiration and certainty over career goals are better insulated against unemployment between 2007 and 2009 (age 33 to 35), even when educational and self-identified career attainments, adolescent achievement orientations, and social background variables indicative of advantage are controlled. They also have higher hourly wages in 2009. PMID:22059449

  12. Spin-glass phase transition and behavior of nonlinear susceptibility in the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model with random fields

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    Morais, C. V.; Zimmer, F. M.; Lazo, M. J.; Magalhães, S. G.; Nobre, F. D.

    2016-06-01

    The behavior of the nonlinear susceptibility χ3 and its relation to the spin-glass transition temperature Tf in the presence of random fields are investigated. To accomplish this task, the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model is studied through the replica formalism, within a one-step replica-symmetry-breaking procedure. In addition, the dependence of the Almeida-Thouless eigenvalue λAT (replicon) on the random fields is analyzed. Particularly, in the absence of random fields, the temperature Tf can be traced by a divergence in the spin-glass susceptibility χSG, which presents a term inversely proportional to the replicon λAT. As a result of a relation between χSG and χ3, the latter also presents a divergence at Tf, which comes as a direct consequence of λAT=0 at Tf. However, our results show that, in the presence of random fields, χ3 presents a rounded maximum at a temperature T* which does not coincide with the spin-glass transition temperature Tf (i.e., T*>Tf for a given applied random field). Thus, the maximum value of χ3 at T* reflects the effects of the random fields in the paramagnetic phase instead of the nontrivial ergodicity breaking associated with the spin-glass phase transition. It is also shown that χ3 still maintains a dependence on the replicon λAT, although in a more complicated way as compared with the case without random fields. These results are discussed in view of recent observations in the LiHoxY1 -xF4 compound.

  13. Effect of specimen size on ductile to brittle transition behavior of martensitic 9Cr steels after various heat treatments

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    Abe, Fujio; Kayano, Hideo

    1996-09-01

    The effect of specimen size on the ductile to brittle transition behavior has been investigated using the full-size and 1/3-size Charpy V-notch specimens of martensitic 9Cr-WVTa steels after quenching, tempering and subsequent prolonged aging treatments. The upper shelf energy (USE) and ductile to brittle transition temperature (DBTT) were widely changed by the heat treatments; the USE varied from 90 to 292 J, and the DBTT from 188 to 325 K. The nominal volume ( Bb) {3}/{2}, where B is the specimen thickness and b the ligament size, was effective as a normalization factor for the USE only in the large USE region above 210 and 8.5 J for the full-size and 1/3-size specimens, respectively. A new normalization factor depending on the USE level was proposed. Although the relationship between the DBTT for the full-size and 1/3-size specimens was different from steel to steel, the shift in DBTT caused by the heat treatments was described by Δ DBTT{1}/{3}- size = (1.2 ± 0.1) ΔDBTT full-size for all the steels examined.

  14. Solution behavior and solid phase transitions of quaternary ammonium surfactants with head groups decorated by hydroxyl groups.

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    Song, Binglei; Shang, Shibin; Song, Zhanqian

    2012-09-15

    Hydrogen bonds are strong intermolecular interactions, which are very important in molecular aggregation and new phase formation. Three long-chain quaternary ammonium surfactants, N,N-diethyl-N-(2-hydroxyethyl)-N-octadecylammonium bromide with one hydroxyl group, N-ethyl-N,N-bis (2-hydroxyethyl)-N-octadecylammonium bromide with two hydroxyl groups and N,N,N-tris (2-hydroxyethyl)-N-octadecylammonium bromide with three hydroxyl groups, abbreviated as SHQ, DHQ, and THQ, respectively, were synthesized in this work. Their solution behavior and solid phase transitions were investigated by surface tension, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), polarizing optical microscopy (POM), and Infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The hydrogen bonds introduced by the substituted hydroxyl groups promoted surfactant adsorption at the air/water interface and aggregation in solution. In the crystal state, an increased number of hydroxyl groups caused a larger tilt angle of the long axis of surfactant molecules with the layer normal. Above certain temperatures, SHQ and DHQ formed highly ordered smectic T and smectic A phases while THQ only formed less ordered smectic A phase. The weakened electrostatic attractions between opposite ions and the thicker polar sublayers of mesophases caused by the enhanced number of hydrogen bonds are responsible for the mesophase formation and transition of these surfactants. PMID:22762982

  15. Structural Phase Transition Effect on Resistive Switching Behavior of MoS2 -Polyvinylpyrrolidone Nanocomposites Films for Flexible Memory Devices.

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    Zhang, Peng; Gao, Cunxu; Xu, Benhua; Qi, Lin; Jiang, Changjun; Gao, Meizhen; Xue, Desheng

    2016-04-01

    The 2H phase and 1T phase coexisting in the same molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 ) nanosheets can influence the electronic properties of the materials. The 1T phase of MoS2 is introduced into the 2H-MoS2 nanosheets by two-step hydrothermal synthetic methods. Two types of nonvolatile memory effects, namely write-once read-many times memory and rewritable memory effect, are observed in the flexible memory devices with the configuration of Al/1T@2H-MoS2 -polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)/indium tin oxide (ITO)/polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and Al/2H-MoS2 -PVP/ITO/PET, respectively. It is observed that structural phase transition in MoS2 nanosheets plays an important role on the resistive switching behaviors of the MoS2 -based device. It is hoped that our results can offer a general route for the preparation of various promising nanocomposites based on 2D nanosheets of layered transition metal dichalcogenides for fabricating the high performance and flexible nonvolatile memory devices through regulating the phase structure in the 2D nanosheets. PMID:26938882

  16. Hidden non-Fermi liquid behavior caused by magnetic phase transition in Ni-doped Ba-122 pnictides

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    Lee, Seokbae; Choi, Ki-Young; Jung, Eilho; Rho, Seulki; Shin, Soohyeon; Park, Tuson; Hwang, Jungseek

    2015-01-01

    We studied two BaFe2−xNixAs2 (Ni-doped Ba-122) single crystals at two different doping levels (underdoped and optimally doped) using an optical spectroscopic technique. The underdoped sample shows a magnetic phase transition around 80 K. We analyze the data with a Drude-Lorentz model with two Drude components (D1 and D2). It is known that the narrow D1 component originates from electron carriers in the electron-pockets and the broad D2 mode is from hole carriers in the hole-pockets. While the plasma frequencies of both Drude components and the static scattering rate of the broad D2 component show negligible temperature dependencies, the static scattering rate of the D1 mode shows strong temperature dependence for the both samples. We observed a hidden quasi-linear temperature dependence in the scattering rate of the D1 mode above and below the magnetic transition temperature while in the optimally doped sample the scattering rate shows a more quadratic temperature dependence. The hidden non-Fermi liquid behavior in the underdoped sample seems to be related to the magnetic phase of the material. PMID:26184412

  17. Critical behavior at the isotropic to nematic, nematic to smectic-A and smectic-A to smectic-C phase transitions in a pyrimidine liquid crystal compound

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    Chakraborty, Anish; Chakraborty, Susanta; Kumar Das, Malay

    2015-12-01

    High-resolution optical birefringence (∆n) measurement of a pyrimidine liquid crystal compound having nematic, smectic-A and smectic-C phases are reported. The high-resolution ∆n data are rather successful in assessing the critical anomaly at different phase transitions in the investigated compound with a reasonably good accuracy. The critical exponent β, describing the limiting behavior of the nematic order parameter close to the isotropic-nematic (I-N) phase transition, is found to be in good agreement with the tricritical hypothesis. The critical behavior at the nematic-smectic-A (N-Sm-A) and the smectic-A-smectic-C (Sm-A-Sm-C) phase transitions has been explored with the aid of a differential quotient extracted from the ∆n values. The yielded effective critical exponent α‧ is appeared to be nearly tricritical in nature for the N-Sm-A phase transition. For the Sm-A-Sm-C phase transition, α‧ exhibits a weak dependence on the fit range and assumes tricritical value for large temperature range considered, which again is found to be diminished slightly with reduction in the temperature range. Related critical amplitude quotient and corrections-to-scaling quotient are found to display deviations from the theoretical models. Such behavior signals the appearance of a non-Landau character for the orthogonal to tilted smectic phase transition in the investigated compound.

  18. Effect of hockey-stick-shaped molecules on the critical behavior at the nematic to isotropic and smectic-A to nematic phase transitions in octylcyanobiphenyl.

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    Chakraborty, Anish; Chakraborty, Susanta; Das, Malay Kumar

    2015-03-01

    In the field of soft matter research, the characteristic behavior of both nematic-isotropic (N-I) and smectic-A nematic(Sm-A N) phase transitions has gained considerable attention due to their several attractive features. In this work, a high-resolution measurement of optical birefringence (Δn) has been performed to probe the critical behavior at the N-I and Sm-A N phase transitions in a binary system comprising the rodlike octylcyanobiphenyl and a laterally methyl substituted hockey-stick-shaped mesogen, 4-(3-n-decyloxy-2-methyl-phenyliminomethyl)phenyl 4-n-dodecyloxycinnamate. For the investigated mixtures, the critical exponent β related to the limiting behavior of the nematic order parameter close to the N-I phase transition has come out to be in good conformity with the tricritical hypothesis. Moreover, the yielded effective critical exponents (α', β', γ') characterizing the critical fluctuation near the Sm-A N phase transition have appeared to be nonuniversal in nature. With increasing hockey-stick-shaped dopant concentration, the Sm-A N phase transition demonstrates a strong tendency to be driven towards a first-order nature. Such a behavior has been accounted for by considering a modification of the effective intermolecular interactions and hence the related coupling between the nematic and smectic order parameters, caused by the introduction of the angular mesogenic molecules. PMID:25871134

  19. Effect of hockey-stick-shaped molecules on the critical behavior at the nematic to isotropic and smectic-A to nematic phase transitions in octylcyanobiphenyl

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    Chakraborty, Anish; Chakraborty, Susanta; Das, Malay Kumar

    2015-03-01

    In the field of soft matter research, the characteristic behavior of both nematic-isotropic (N -I ) and smectic-A nematic (Sm -A N ) phase transitions has gained considerable attention due to their several attractive features. In this work, a high-resolution measurement of optical birefringence (Δ n ) has been performed to probe the critical behavior at the N -I and Sm -A N phase transitions in a binary system comprising the rodlike octylcyanobiphenyl and a laterally methyl substituted hockey-stick-shaped mesogen, 4-(3-n -decyloxy-2-methyl-phenyliminomethyl)phenyl 4-n -dodecyloxycinnamate. For the investigated mixtures, the critical exponent β related to the limiting behavior of the nematic order parameter close to the N -I phase transition has come out to be in good conformity with the tricritical hypothesis. Moreover, the yielded effective critical exponents (α', β', γ') characterizing the critical fluctuation near the Sm -A N phase transition have appeared to be nonuniversal in nature. With increasing hockey-stick-shaped dopant concentration, the Sm -A N phase transition demonstrates a strong tendency to be driven towards a first-order nature. Such a behavior has been accounted for by considering a modification of the effective intermolecular interactions and hence the related coupling between the nematic and smectic order parameters, caused by the introduction of the angular mesogenic molecules.

  20. Behavioral/Systems/Cognitive Cortical Processing of Dynamic Sound Envelope Transitions

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    Zhou, Yi; Wang, Xiaoqin

    2012-01-01

    Slow envelope fluctuations in the range of 2-20Hz provide important segmental cues for processing communication sounds. For a successful segmentation, a neural processor must capture envelope features associated with the rise and fall of signal energy, a process that is often challenged by the interference of background noise. This study investigated the neural representations of slowly varying envelopes in quiet and in background noise in the primary auditory cortex (A1) of awake marmoset monkeys. We characterized envelope features based on the local average and rate of change of sound level in envelope waveforms and identified envelope features to which neurons were selective by reverse correlation. Our results showed that envelope feature selectivity of A1 neurons was correlated with the degree of non-monotonicity in their static rate-level functions. Non-monotonic neurons exhibited greater feature selectivity than monotonic neurons in quiet and in background noise. The diverse envelope feature selectivity decreased spike-timing correlation among A1 neurons in response to the same envelope waveforms. As a result, the variability, but not the average, of the ensemble responses of A1 neurons represented more faithfully the dynamic transitions in low-frequency sound envelopes both in quiet and in background noise. PMID:21148013

  1. Head-up transition behavior of pilots during simulated low-visibility approaches

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    Haines, R. F.

    1980-01-01

    Each of 13 commercial pilots from four airlines flew a total of 108 manual flight director approaches in a moving base simulation of a medium-sized turbojet (95,000 lb gross weight) which had a day and night Redifon external scene. Three levels of runway visual range (RVR) (1,600; 2,400; and greater than 8,000 ft), three wind-shear profiles, nine ceiling heights, and continuous and intermittent visibility after initial breakout were tested. The results indicated that: (1) mean decision time ranged from 2 to 4.6 sec for ceilings under 380 ft across the three RVR conditions; (2) mean vertical distance traveled during the visual-cue assessment period was a relatively constant proportion below the existing ceiling; (3) a significant three way interaction in mean decision time between wind shear, day-night, and ceiling RVR variables occurred; (4) mean number of head-up transitions to VFR conditions after breakout ranged from 4.6 to 13.4 and increased as a function of ceiling and severity of wind shear; the typical duration of fixation out the window was 1.5 sec; and (5) subjective pilot ratings of controllability and precision of control as well as amount of skill, attention, or effort required to make the landing were influenced significantly by the wind shear, night conditions, and low breakout ceiling conditions.

  2. Carrier behavior in special multilayer device composed of different transition metal oxide-based intermediate connectors

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    Deng, Yan-Hong; Chen, Xiang-Yu; Ou, Qing-Dong; Wang, Qian-Kun; Jiang, Xiao-Cheng; Zhang, Dan-Dan; Li, Yan-Qing

    2014-06-01

    The impact of illumination on the connection part of the tandem organic light-emitting diodes was studied by using a special organic multilayer sample consisted of two organic active layers coupled with different transition metal oxide (TMO)-based intermediate connectors (ICs). Through measuring the current density-voltage characteristic, interfacial electronic structures, and capacitance-voltage characteristic, we observe an unsymmetrical phenomenon in current density-voltage and capacitance-voltage curves of Mg:Alq3/MoO3 and MoO3 composed devices, which was induced by the charge spouting zone near the ICs region and the recombination state in the MoO3 layer. Moreover, Mg:Alq3/MoO3 composed device displays a photovoltaic effect and the Voc shifts to forward bias under illumination. Our results demonstrate that the TMO-based IC structure coupled with photovoltaic effect can be a good approach for the study of photodetector, light sensor, and so on.

  3. 3D Behavior of Schottky Barriers of 2D Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides.

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    Guo, Yuzheng; Liu, Dameng; Robertson, John

    2015-11-25

    The transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are two-dimensional layered solids with van der Waals bonding between layers. We calculate their Schottky barrier heights (SBHs) using supercell models and density functional theory. It is found that the SBHs without defects are quite strongly pinned, with a pinning factor S of about S = 0.3, a similar value for both top and edge contact geometries. This arises because there is direct bonding between the contact metal atoms and the TMD chalcogen atoms, for both top and edge contact geometries, despite the weak interlayer bonding in the isolated materials. The Schottky barriers largely follow the metal induced gap state (MIGS) model, like those of three-dimensional semiconductors, despite the bonding in the TMDs being largely constrained within the layers. The pinning energies are found to be lower in the gap for edge contact geometries than for top contact geometries, which might be used to obtain p-type contacts on MoS2. PMID:26523332

  4. Ligational behavior of Schiff bases towards transition metal ion and metalation effect on their antibacterial activity

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    Devi, Jai; Batra, Nisha; Malhotra, Rajesh

    2012-11-01

    New Schiff bases pyrazine-2-carboxylicacid (phenyl-pyridin-2-yl-methylene)-hydrazide (Hpch-bp) HL1 and pyrazine-2-carboxylicacid (pyridin-2-ylmethylene)-hydrazide (Hpch-pc) HL2 derived from condensation of pyrazine carboxylic hydrazide (Hpch) with 2-benzoyl pyridine (bp) or pyridine 2-carbaldehyde (pc) and their transition metal complexes of type ML(1-2)2 have been synthesized, where M = Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II). Characterization of ligands and their metal complexes was carried out by elemental analysis, conductimetric studies, magnetic susceptibility, spectroscopic techniques (IR, UV-VIS, NMR, ESR, Mass) and thermogravimetric analysis. The physico-chemical studies revealed octahedral geometry or distorted octahedral geometry around metal ion. These azomethine Schiff base ligands acted as tridentate ? coordinating through carbonyl, azomethine and pyridine nitrogen present in the ligand. The thermodynamic and thermal properties of the complexes have been investigated and it was observed on the basis of these studies that thermal stability of complexes follows the order Mn < Zn < Cu < Co < Ni. The ligands and their complexes were tested for in vitro antibacterial activity at different concentrations against bacteria viz. Gram positive Bacillus subtilis, Micrococcus luteus and Gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas mendocina. A marked enhancement in biocidal activity of the ligands under similar experimental conditions was observed as a consequence of coordination with metal ions. The trend of growth inhibition in the complexes was found to be in the order: Cu > Mn > Ni > Co > Zn.

  5. Carrier behavior in special multilayer device composed of different transition metal oxide-based intermediate connectors

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    Deng, Yan-Hong; Chen, Xiang-Yu E-mail: xychen@suda.edu.cn; Ou, Qing-Dong; Wang, Qian-Kun; Jiang, Xiao-Cheng; Zhang, Dan-Dan; Li, Yan-Qing E-mail: xychen@suda.edu.cn

    2014-06-02

    The impact of illumination on the connection part of the tandem organic light-emitting diodes was studied by using a special organic multilayer sample consisted of two organic active layers coupled with different transition metal oxide (TMO)-based intermediate connectors (ICs). Through measuring the current density-voltage characteristic, interfacial electronic structures, and capacitance-voltage characteristic, we observe an unsymmetrical phenomenon in current density-voltage and capacitance-voltage curves of Mg:Alq{sub 3}/MoO{sub 3} and MoO{sub 3} composed devices, which was induced by the charge spouting zone near the ICs region and the recombination state in the MoO{sub 3} layer. Moreover, Mg:Alq{sub 3}/MoO{sub 3} composed device displays a photovoltaic effect and the V{sub oc} shifts to forward bias under illumination. Our results demonstrate that the TMO-based IC structure coupled with photovoltaic effect can be a good approach for the study of photodetector, light sensor, and so on.

  6. Universal and Non-universal Behavior at the Metal Insulator Transition.

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    Helgren, Erik; Zeng, Li; Querlioz, Damien; Hellman, Frances

    2006-03-01

    A metal-insulator transition in amorphous metal semiconductor alloys is known to exist at dopant concentrations much higher (˜ 12 at. %) than their crystalline counterparts[1]. We have studied the MIT in alloys grown using MBE for a series of semiconductor matrices, Si, Ge and both C and H-C (hydrogenated carbon) for various dopants (magnetic Gd and non-magnetic Y and Nb), as a function of concentration and magnetic field tuning. We compare the temperature dependence of the DC conductivity in the magnetically doped systems to the non-magnetic systems and to crystalline doped semiconductors (i.e. Si:P). Results are discussed in terms of a theoretical model that incorporates both disorder and electronic correlations[2]. This model correctly describes many universally observed aspects including the remarkably similar temperature dependence of the metallic and insulating DC conductivity of crystalline and amorphous systems, despite the vastly different disorder and electron concentration. There are however very significant variations in the prefactors that control the magnitude of the conductivity, which we correlate with the microscopic physics of each system. [1] F. Hellman et al. PRL 77, 4652 [2] Lee and Ramakrishnan RMP 57, 287

  7. Pressure effect on magnetic phase transition and spin-glass-like behavior of GdCo2B2

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    Guang-Hui, Hu; Ling-Wei, Li; Umehara, Izuru

    2016-06-01

    We systematically investigate the effect of pressure on the magnetic properties of GdCo2B2 on the basis of alternating current (AC) susceptibility, AC heat capacity and electrical resistivity measurements under pressures up to 2.2 GPa. A detailed magnetic phase diagram under pressure is determined. GdCo2B2 exhibits three anomalies that apparently reflect magnetic phase transitions, respectively, at temperatures T C = 20.5 K, T 1 = 18.0 K and T N = 11.5 K under ambient pressure. Under pressures up to 2.2 GPa, these anomalies are observed to slightly increase at T C and T 1, and they coincide with each other above 1.6 GPa. Conversely, they decrease at T N and disappear under pressures higher than 1.4 GPa. The results indicate that the low-temperature magnetic phases can be easily suppressed by pressure. Moreover, the spin-glass-like behavior of GdCo2B2 is examined in terms of magnetization, aging effect and frequency dependence of AC susceptibility. A separation between the zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) magnetization curves becomes evident at a low magnetic field of 0.001 T. A long-time relaxation behavior is observed at 4 K. The freezing temperature T f increases with frequency increasing. Project supported by JSPS KAKENHI (Grant No. 24540366, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)).

  8. Partially satisfied to fully satisfied transitions in co-evolving inverse voter model and possible scaling behavior

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    Choi, C. W.; Xu, C.; Hui, P. M.

    2015-12-01

    Understanding co-evolving networks characterized by the mutual influence of agents' actions and network structure remains a challenge. We study a co-evolving inverse voter model in which agents adapt to achieve a preferred environment with more opposite-opinion neighbors by rewiring their connections and switching opinion. Numerical studies reveal a transition from a dynamic partially satisfied phase to a frozen fully satisfied phase as the rewiring probability is varied. A simple mean field theory is shown to capture the behavior only qualitatively. An improved mean field theory carrying a longer spatial correlation gives better results. Motivated by numerical results in networks of different degrees and mean field results, we propose a scaling variable that combines the rewiring probability and mean degree in a special form. The scaling variable is shown to work well in analyzing data corresponding to different networks and different rewiring probabilities. An application is to predict the results for networks of different degrees based solely on results obtained from networks of one degree. Studying scaling behavior provides an alternative path for understanding co-evolving agent-based dynamical systems, especially in light of the trade-off between complexity of a theory and its accuracy.

  9. Scaling behavior of the quantum Hall plateau-plateau transition in graphene p-n-p junctions

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    Wang, Wei-Hua; Liu, Cheng-Hua; Wang, Po-Hsiang; Woo, Tak-Pong; Chen, Chun-Wei; Liang, Chi-Te

    We present the observation of scaling behavior in graphene p-n-p junctions achieved by controlled metallic diffusion. Generally, metal deposition on graphene surface introduces substantial carrier scattering, which undermines the high mobility of intrinsic graphene. However, we discover a weakly functionalized regime of the deposited contact with small carrier scattering, while p-type doping of graphene is realized due to the metal oxide formation. Consequently, the resulted graphene channel are composed of p-type doped and an intrinsic regions. The high-quality graphene p-n-p junctions is evidenced by a pronounced quantum Hall effect and Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations. Remarkably, we observed a well-defined QH plateau-plateau transition of zeroth Landau level, yielding a scaling exponent of ∖kappa =0.21 ∖pm0.01. Moreover, the graphene p-n-p junctions exhibit weak localization behavior, and the coherence length was found to be correlated to carrier scattering in the graphene devices.

  10. Unusual magnetic hysteresis and the weakened transition behavior induced by Sn substitution in Mn{sub 3}SbN

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    Sun, Ying; Guo, Yanfeng; Li, Jun; Wang, Xia; Tsujimoto, Yoshihiro; Wang, Cong; Feng, Hai L.; Sathish, Clastin I.; Yamaura, Kazunari; Matsushita, Yoshitaka

    2014-01-28

    Substitution of Sb with Sn was achieved in ferrimagnetic antiperovskite Mn{sub 3}SbN. The experimental results indicate that with an increase in Sn concentration, the magnetization continuously decreases and the crystal structure of Mn{sub 3}Sb{sub 1-x}Sn{sub x}N changes from tetragonal to cubic phase at around x of 0.8. In the doping series, step-like anomaly in the isothermal magnetization was found and this behavior was highlighted at x = 0.4. The anomaly could be attributed to the magnetic frustration, resulting from competition between the multiple spin configurations in the antiperovskite lattice. Meantime, H{sub c} of 18 kOe was observed at x = 0.3, which is probably the highest among those of manganese antiperovskite materials reported so far. With increasing Sn content, the abrupt change of resistivity and the sharp peak of heat capacity in Mn{sub 3}SbN were gradually weakened. The crystal structure refinements indicate the weakened change at the magnetic transition is close related to the change of c/a ratio variation from tetragonal to cubic with Sn content. The results derived from this study indicate that the behavior of Mn{sub 3}Sb{sub 1-x}Sn{sub x}N could potentially enhance its scientific and technical applications, such as spin torque transfer and hard magnets.

  11. Increasing on-task behavior in every student in a second-grade classroom during transitions: validating the Color Wheel system.

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    Fudge, Daniel L; Skinner, Christopher H; Williams, Jacqueline L; Cowden, Dan; Clark, Janice; Bliss, Stacy L

    2008-10-01

    A single-case (B-C-B-C) experimental design was used to evaluate the effects of the Color Wheel classroom management system (CWS) on on-task (OT) behavior in an intact, general-education, 2nd-grade classroom during transitions. The CWS included three sets of rules, posted cues to indicate the rules students are expected to be following at that time, and transition procedures for altering activities and rules. Class-wide data analysis showed large, immediate, and sustained increases in OT behavior when the CWS was applied, with OT behavior returning to baseline levels when typical classroom management (TCM) procedures were reinstated. Each student's average phase data also showed increases in OT behavior when the CWS was applied and re-applied, and showed reductions when the CWS was withdrawn. Discussion focuses on evaluating the internal, external, and contextual validity of class-wide remediation and prevention procedures. PMID:19083373

  12. Ligational behavior of Schiff bases towards transition metal ion and metalation effect on their antibacterial activity.

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    Devi, Jai; Batra, Nisha; Malhotra, Rajesh

    2012-11-01

    New Schiff bases pyrazine-2-carboxylicacid (phenyl-pyridin-2-yl-methylene)-hydrazide (Hpch-bp) HL(1) and pyrazine-2-carboxylicacid (pyridin-2-ylmethylene)-hydrazide (Hpch-pc) HL(2) derived from condensation of pyrazine carboxylic hydrazide (Hpch) with 2-benzoyl pyridine (bp) or pyridine 2-carbaldehyde (pc) and their transition metal complexes of type ML((1-2)2) have been synthesized, where M=Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II). Characterization of ligands and their metal complexes was carried out by elemental analysis, conductimetric studies, magnetic susceptibility, spectroscopic techniques (IR, UV-VIS, NMR, ESR, Mass) and thermogravimetric analysis. The physico-chemical studies revealed octahedral geometry or distorted octahedral geometry around metal ion. These azomethine Schiff base ligands acted as tridentate coordinating through carbonyl, azomethine and pyridine nitrogen present in the ligand. The thermodynamic and thermal properties of the complexes have been investigated and it was observed on the basis of these studies that thermal stability of complexes follows the order MnMn>Ni>Co>Zn. PMID:22813991

  13. Artificial biomembrane based on DPPC--Investigation into phase transition and thermal behavior through ellipsometric techniques.

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    González, Carmen M; Pizarro-Guerra, Guadalupe; Droguett, Felipe; Sarabia, Mauricio

    2015-10-01

    Organic thin film deposition presents a multiplicity of challenges. Most notably, layer thickness control, homogeneity and subsequent characterization have been not cleared yet. Phospholipid bilayers are frequently used to model cell membranes. Bilayers can be disrupted by changes in mechanical stress, pH and temperature. The strategy presented in this article is based on thermal study of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) through analysis of slight changes in material thickness. The sample was prepared by depositing X- or Y-type DPPC bilayers using Langmuir-Blodgett technique over silicon wafer. Thus, molecular inclination degree, mobility and stability of phases and their respective phase transitions were observed and analyzed through ellipsometric techniques during heating cycles and corroborated by Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction and Atomic Force Microcopy measurements. DPPC functional group vibrations were detected by Raman spectra analysis. Scanning Electron Microscope with Field Emission gun (FE-SEM) and conventional SEM micrographs were also used to characterize sample morphology, demonstrating that homogenous bilayer formations coexist with some vesicles or micelles at surface level. Contact angle measurements corroborate DPPC surface wettability, which is mainly related to surface treatment methods of silicon wafer used to create either hydrophilic or hydrophobic nature regarding the substrate surface. Also, shifting and intensity changes of certain functional groups into Raman spectra confirm water presence between DPPC layers. Signal analysis detects certain interdigitation between aliphatic chains. These studies correspond to the base of future biosensors based on proteins or antimicrobial peptides stabilized into phospholipid bilayers over thin hydrogel films as moist scaffold. PMID:26150275

  14. Scaling behavior of domain walls at the T = 0 ferromagnet to spin-glass transition

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    Melchert, O.; Hartmann, A. K.

    2009-01-01

    Using mappings to combinatorial optimization problems, one can often study physical systems better by means of sophisticated algorithms from computer science. Here, we study the geometric properties of domain-wall excitations in a two-dimensional random-bond Ising spin system, where each realization of the disorder consists of a random fraction ρ of ferromagnetic bonds and a fraction (1-ρ) of bonds drawn from a Gaussian distribution with zero mean and unit width. We formulate an auxiliary graph theoretical problem in which domain walls are given by undirected shortest paths with possibly negative distances [O. Melchert and A.K. Hartmann Phys. Rev. B 76, 174411 (2007)]. Due to the details of the mapping, standard shortest path algorithms (e.g. the Dijkstra algorithm) cannot be applied. To solve such shortest path problems it requires minimum weight perfect matching algorithms. We first locate the critical point ρc, where the ferromagnet (large ρ) to spin-glass transition occurs. For certain values of ρ close to the critical point we investigate the stiffness exponent θ and the fractal dimension df that describe the scaling of the average domain-wall energy and length, respectively. Performing a finite-size scaling analysis we find that both exponents remain constant in the spin-glass phase, i.e. θ~-0.28 and df~1.275. This is consistent with conformal field theory, where it seems to be possible [C. Amoruso et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 267202 (2006)] to relate the exponents via df-1 = 3/[4(3+θ)].

  15. In the proper context: Neuropeptide regulation of behavioral transitions during food searching

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    Bhattacharya, Raja; Francis, Michael M

    2015-01-01

    Neuromodulation enables transient restructuring of anatomically fixed neural circuits, generating alternate outputs and distinct states that allow for flexible organismal responses to changing conditions. We recently identified a requirement for the neuropeptide-like protein NLP-12, a Caenorhabditis elegans homolog of mammalian Cholecystokinin (CCK), in the control of behavioral responses to altered food availability. We showed that deletion of nlp-12 impairs turning during local food searching while nlp-12 overexpression is sufficient to induce deep body bends and enhance turning. nlp-12 is solely expressed in the DVA interneuron that is located postsynaptic to the dopaminergic PDE neurons and presynaptic to premotor and motor neurons, well-positioned for modulating sensorimotor tasks. Interestingly, DVA was previously implicated in a NLP-12 mediated proprioceptive feedback loop during C. elegans locomotion. Here, we discuss the modulatory effects of NLP-12 with an emphasis on the potential for circuit level integration with olfactory information about food availability. In addition, we propose potential mechanisms by which DVA may integrate distinct forms of sensory information to regulate NLP-12 signaling and mediate context-dependent modulation of the motor circuit. PMID:26430569

  16. Crossover behavior of the thermal conductance and Kramers' transition rate theory.

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A; Sahu, Subin; Chien, Chih-Chun; Dubi, Yonatan; Zwolak, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Kramers' theory frames chemical reaction rates in solution as reactants overcoming a barrier in the presence of friction and noise. For weak coupling to the solution, the reaction rate is limited by the rate at which the solution can restore equilibrium after a subset of reactants have surmounted the barrier to become products. For strong coupling, there are always sufficiently energetic reactants. However, the solution returns many of the intermediate states back to the reactants before the product fully forms. Here, we demonstrate that the thermal conductance displays an analogous physical response to the friction and noise that drive the heat current through a material or structure. A crossover behavior emerges where the thermal reservoirs dominate the conductance at the extremes and only in the intermediate region are the intrinsic properties of the lattice manifest. Not only does this shed new light on Kramers' classic turnover problem, this result is significant for the design of devices for thermal management and other applications, as well as the proper simulation of transport at the nanoscale. PMID:26634333

  17. Crossover behavior of the thermal conductance and Kramers’ transition rate theory

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Sahu, Subin; Chien, Chih-Chun; Dubi, Yonatan; Zwolak, Michael

    2015-12-01

    Kramers’ theory frames chemical reaction rates in solution as reactants overcoming a barrier in the presence of friction and noise. For weak coupling to the solution, the reaction rate is limited by the rate at which the solution can restore equilibrium after a subset of reactants have surmounted the barrier to become products. For strong coupling, there are always sufficiently energetic reactants. However, the solution returns many of the intermediate states back to the reactants before the product fully forms. Here, we demonstrate that the thermal conductance displays an analogous physical response to the friction and noise that drive the heat current through a material or structure. A crossover behavior emerges where the thermal reservoirs dominate the conductance at the extremes and only in the intermediate region are the intrinsic properties of the lattice manifest. Not only does this shed new light on Kramers’ classic turnover problem, this result is significant for the design of devices for thermal management and other applications, as well as the proper simulation of transport at the nanoscale.

  18. In the proper context: Neuropeptide regulation of behavioral transitions during food searching.

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    Bhattacharya, Raja; Francis, Michael M

    2015-01-01

    Neuromodulation enables transient restructuring of anatomically fixed neural circuits, generating alternate outputs and distinct states that allow for flexible organismal responses to changing conditions. We recently identified a requirement for the neuropeptide-like protein NLP-12, a Caenorhabditis elegans homolog of mammalian Cholecystokinin (CCK), in the control of behavioral responses to altered food availability. We showed that deletion of nlp-12 impairs turning during local food searching while nlp-12 overexpression is sufficient to induce deep body bends and enhance turning. nlp-12 is solely expressed in the DVA interneuron that is located postsynaptic to the dopaminergic PDE neurons and presynaptic to premotor and motor neurons, well-positioned for modulating sensorimotor tasks. Interestingly, DVA was previously implicated in a NLP-12 mediated proprioceptive feedback loop during C. elegans locomotion. Here, we discuss the modulatory effects of NLP-12 with an emphasis on the potential for circuit level integration with olfactory information about food availability. In addition, we propose potential mechanisms by which DVA may integrate distinct forms of sensory information to regulate NLP-12 signaling and mediate context-dependent modulation of the motor circuit. PMID:26430569

  19. Crossover behavior of the thermal conductance and Kramers’ transition rate theory

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Sahu, Subin; Chien, Chih -Chun; Dubi, Yonatan; Zwolak, Michael

    2015-12-04

    Kramers’ theory frames chemical reaction rates in solution as reactants overcoming a barrier in the presence of friction and noise. For weak coupling to the solution, the reaction rate is limited by the rate at which the solution can restore equilibrium after a subset of reactants have surmounted the barrier to become products. For strong coupling, there are always sufficiently energetic reactants. However, the solution returns many of the intermediate states back to the reactants before the product fully forms. Here, we demonstrate that the thermal conductance displays an analogous physical response to the friction and noise that drive themore » heat current through a material or structure. A crossover behavior emerges where the thermal reservoirs dominate the conductance at the extremes and only in the intermediate region are the intrinsic properties of the lattice manifest. Finally, not only does this shed new light on Kramers’ classic turnover problem, this result is significant for the design of devices for thermal management and other applications, as well as the proper simulation of transport at the nanoscale.« less

  20. Nonlinear rheological behavior associated with structural transitions in block copolymer solutions via nonequilibrium molecular dynamics.

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    Rychkov, Igor; Yoshikawa, Kenichi

    2004-02-15

    The nonequilibrium molecular dynamics computer simulation method was used to study microsegregated block copolymer systems in a selective solvent under a shear flow field. Two polymer concentrations were considered, 0.3 and 0.4, corresponding to the body centered cubic spherical and hexagonal cylindrical zero-shear phases, respectively. As the shear rate increased, both systems exhibited two-stage shear thinning, a peak in the scalar pressure, and normal stress differences. Microscopic connections were investigated by calculating the gyration and bond orientation tensors and the interaction energies per particle. At high shear rates, polymer chains elongate and orient along the direction of shear, and this is accompanied by the breaking-up of domains. The structure-rheology relation was discussed with regard to the morphological changes reported in our last study for the same systems. In particular, the structurally relevant critical values of the shear rate were found to delimit different behaviors of the shear rate-dependencies obtained in this work. PMID:15268506

  1. Crossover behavior of the thermal conductance and Kramers’ transition rate theory

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Sahu, Subin; Chien, Chih-Chun; Dubi, Yonatan; Zwolak, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Kramers’ theory frames chemical reaction rates in solution as reactants overcoming a barrier in the presence of friction and noise. For weak coupling to the solution, the reaction rate is limited by the rate at which the solution can restore equilibrium after a subset of reactants have surmounted the barrier to become products. For strong coupling, there are always sufficiently energetic reactants. However, the solution returns many of the intermediate states back to the reactants before the product fully forms. Here, we demonstrate that the thermal conductance displays an analogous physical response to the friction and noise that drive the heat current through a material or structure. A crossover behavior emerges where the thermal reservoirs dominate the conductance at the extremes and only in the intermediate region are the intrinsic properties of the lattice manifest. Not only does this shed new light on Kramers’ classic turnover problem, this result is significant for the design of devices for thermal management and other applications, as well as the proper simulation of transport at the nanoscale. PMID:26634333

  2. Influence of both cation and alginate nature on the rheological behavior of transition metal alginate gels.

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    Agulhon, Pierre; Robitzer, Mike; Habas, Jean-Pierre; Quignard, Françoise

    2014-11-01

    The rheological properties of several ionotropic alginate hydrogels were investigated according to the nature of the divalent cation (Mn(2+), Co(2+), Cu(2+)) and the guluronic fraction of the alginate (HG and LG for "high G-content" and "low G-content"). Six hydrogels (Mn-LG, Mn-HG, Co-LG, Co-HG, Cu-LG and Cu-HG) were synthesized and studied by spectromechanical analyses. On one hand, Cu-HG, Cu-LG and Co-HG behaved as viscoelastic solids: the elastic contribution was higher than the dissipative component in all the frequency range studied (G'>G"). No flow zone (G">G') was detected even at very low values of the shearing frequency. On the other, Mn-HG, Mn-LG and Co-LG presented a spectromechanical behavior that resembled that observed classically for entangled polymers. Indeed, at high frequency, these latter materials could be compared to a viscoelastic solid but at low frequency, the flow zone was described and the viscous character became prevalent with finite relaxation time. Very good correlations with the microscopic structurations of the network were evidenced (rubbery vs. flow zone and fibrillar vs. complex morphology respectively). PMID:25129777

  3. Crossover behavior of the thermal conductance and Kramers’ transition rate theory

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Sahu, Subin; Chien, Chih -Chun; Dubi, Yonatan; Zwolak, Michael

    2015-12-04

    Kramers’ theory frames chemical reaction rates in solution as reactants overcoming a barrier in the presence of friction and noise. For weak coupling to the solution, the reaction rate is limited by the rate at which the solution can restore equilibrium after a subset of reactants have surmounted the barrier to become products. For strong coupling, there are always sufficiently energetic reactants. However, the solution returns many of the intermediate states back to the reactants before the product fully forms. Here, we demonstrate that the thermal conductance displays an analogous physical response to the friction and noise that drive the heat current through a material or structure. A crossover behavior emerges where the thermal reservoirs dominate the conductance at the extremes and only in the intermediate region are the intrinsic properties of the lattice manifest. Finally, not only does this shed new light on Kramers’ classic turnover problem, this result is significant for the design of devices for thermal management and other applications, as well as the proper simulation of transport at the nanoscale.

  4. Phase transition of Fe oxides under reducing condition and its relation with the As behavior

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    Choi, S. H.; Kim, S. H.; Jeong, G. Y.; Kim, K.

    2014-12-01

    Fe oxides are very common in the earth's crust and easily transform into other minerals such as magnetite and siderite under reducing conditions by microbial reactions. It is well known that As concentrations in groundwater is strongly regulated by adsorption onto Fe oxides. Even though some studies have suggested that the formation of siderite can also control the As concentration, direct evidences are not sufficient. In this study, we performed microbial incubation experiments to see the phase transition of As-rich Fe oxides under anoxic condition and to see how the water As concentrations are controlled accordingly. Three experiments were performed by changing organic carbon concentrations. Natural groundwaters and yeast extracts were used for the sources of microorganisms and organic carbon. Seven reactors were prepared for each experiment and opened one by one to observe the changes of the water chemistry and solid phases for 60 days. The formation of magnetite was observed at the early stage of each experiment. Siderite was formed at the later stage only when the dissolved organic carbon concentrations were high (donor/accepter molar ratio = 1.5). Goethite and hematite, instead of siderite, were formed from the experiment using low organic carbon concentration (donor/accepter molar ratio = 0.75). It is likely that dissolved ferrous ion adsorbs onto the Fe oxides and recrystallizes into hematite and goethite when the DOC concentration was low. As concentrations were generally very low in the water (normally 10 ug/L) and we could not find any relations with the Fe minerals formed by anoxic microbial reactions, maybe due to high Fe oxide/water ratio of our experiments. The sequential extraction analysis indicated that most of the As in solids are mostly associated with Fe-oxides and organic matters. The As bound to carbonates were very low even in the precipitates containing siderite due to low As concentrations in the water where the siderite formed. Further

  5. Atomic-Resolution Visualization of Distinctive Chemical Mixing Behavior of Ni, Co and Mn with Li in Layered Lithium Transition-Metal Oxide Cathode Materials

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    Yan, Pengfei; Zheng, Jianming; Lv, Dongping; Wei, Yi; Zheng, Jiaxin; Wang, Zhiguo; Kuppan, Saravanan; Yu, Jianguo; Luo, Langli; Edwards, Danny J.; Olszta, Matthew J.; Amine, Khalil; Liu, Jun; Xiao, Jie; Pan, Feng; Chen, Guoying; Zhang, Jiguang; Wang, Chong M.

    2015-07-06

    Capacity and voltage fading of layer structured cathode based on lithium transition metal oxide is closely related to the lattice position and migration behavior of the transition metal ions. However, it is scarcely clear about the behavior of each of these transition metal ions. We report direct atomic resolution visualization of interatomic layer mixing of transition metal (Ni, Co, Mn) and lithium ions in layer structured oxide cathodes for lithium ion batteries. Using chemical imaging with aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) and DFT calculations, we discovered that in the layered cathodes, Mn and Co tend to reside almost exclusively at the lattice site of transition metal (TM) layer in the structure or little interlayer mixing with Li. In contrast, Ni shows high degree of interlayer mixing with Li. The fraction of Ni ions reside in the Li layer followed a near linear dependence on total Ni concentration before reaching saturation. The observed distinctively different behavior of Ni with respect to Co and Mn provides new insights on both capacity and voltage fade in this class of cathode materials based on lithium and TM oxides, therefore providing scientific basis for selective tailoring of oxide cathode materials for enhanced performance.

  6. Supporting Transition-Age Youth with and at Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders at the Secondary Level: A Need for Further Inquiry

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    Lane, Kathleen L.; Carter, Erik W.

    2006-01-01

    Although the task of intervening with transition-age youth with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) may be daunting, this area of inquiry is sorely needed. In this introductory article, the authors discuss the scarcity of available research involving students with EBD at the secondary level and the importance of meeting these students'…

  7. Structure, phase transition, and controllable thermal expansion behaviors of Sc(2-x)Fe(x)Mo₃O₁₂.

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    Wu, Meimei; Liu, Xinzhi; Chen, Dongfeng; Huang, Qingzhen; Wu, Hui; Liu, Yuntao

    2014-09-01

    The crystal structures, phase transition, and thermal expansion behaviors of solid solutions of Sc(2-x)Fe(x)Mo3O12 (0 ≤ x ≤ 2) have been examined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), neutron powder diffraction (NPD), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). At room temperature, samples crystallize in a single orthorhombic structure for the compositions of x < 0.6 and monoclinic for x ≥ 0.6, respectively. DSC results indicate that the phase transition temperature from monoclinic to orthorhombic structure is enhanced by increasing the Fe(3+) content. High-temperature XRD and NPD results show that Sc(1.3)Fe(0.7)Mo3O12 exhibits near zero thermal expansion, and the volumetric coefficients of thermal expansion derived from XRD and NPD are 0.28 × 10(-6) °C(-1) (250-800 °C) and 0.65 × 10(-6) °C(-1) (227-427 °C), respectively. NPD results of Sc2Mo3O12 (x = 0) and Sc(1.3)Fe(0.7)Mo3O12 (x = 0.7) indicate that Fe substitution for Sc induces reduction of the mean Sc(Fe)-Mo nonbond distance and the different thermal variations of Sc(Fe)-O5-Mo2 and Sc(Fe)-O3-Mo2 bond angles. The correlation between the displacements of oxygen atoms and the variation of unit cell parameters was investigated in detail for Sc2Mo3O12. PMID:25140828

  8. Do testosterone declines during the transition to marriage and fatherhood relate to men's sexual behavior? Evidence from the Philippines.

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    Gettler, Lee T; McDade, Thomas W; Agustin, Sonny S; Feranil, Alan B; Kuzawa, Christopher W

    2013-11-01

    Testosterone (T) is thought to help facilitate trade-offs between mating and parenting in humans. Across diverse cultural settings married men and fathers have lower T than other men and couples' sexual activity often declines during the first years of marriage and after having children. It is unknown whether these behavioral and hormonal changes are related. Here we use longitudinal data from a large study in the Philippines (n=433) to test this model. We show that among unmarried non-fathers at baseline (n=153; age: 21.5 ± 0.3 years) who became newly married new fathers by follow-up (4.5 years later), those who experienced less pronounced longitudinal declines in T reported more frequent intercourse with their partners at follow-up (p<0.01) compared to men with larger declines in T. Controlling for duration of marriage, findings were similar for men transitioning from unmarried to married (without children) (p<0.05). Men who remained unmarried and childless throughout the study period did not show similar T-sexual activity outcomes. Among newly married new fathers, subjects who had frequent intercourse both before and after the transition to married fatherhood had more modest declines in T compared to peers who had less frequent sex (p<0.001). Our findings are generally consistent with theoretical expectations and cross-species empirical observations regarding the role of T in male life history trade-offs, particularly in species with bi-parental care, and add to evidence that T and sexual activity have bidirectional relationships in human males. PMID:24018138

  9. Visual analysis of ductility/brittleness of welding fracture points on charpy test specimens using graphical blocks on field programmable gate arrays

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    Tickle, Andrew J.; Camargo-Rodriguez, Anyela; Smith, Jeremy S.

    2008-09-01

    The charpy impact is a technique used to evaluate the toughness of an engineering material that determines the amount of energy absorbed by it during fracture. Initially, measurements were estimated manually and later replaced by a PC version. This study reports the development of the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) portable version. The FPGA based version allows easy analysis of samples without the need of sending them to a lab for analysis. The process, presented here, as the original, is based on measuring the percent of crystal in the test sample after impact, to determine if the material is ductile or brittle. The FPGA version, adapted under the MATLAB Simulink environment, shows a graphical block representation of the charpy impact PC version. An important asset of the FPGA version is its portability, it has to be easily modified and downloaded onto a device to estimate the percent of brittle fracture of the broken Charpy surface. The beauty of the DSP Builder programme is that it allows the model to be compiled to various types of optimised code for any Altera FPGA device. To provide a firm basis for scientific comparison to the new FPGA system, images already analysed via the PC based Java system were also used for testing and comparison purposes. The FPGA system converts the image into an 8 bit grayscale image and analyses it in a 5x5 sampling window. This produces texture features that can be used in a comparison system, similar to the Support Vector Machine (SVM) used in the original. The output is a signal that states the material being tested is brittle or not via an output of '1' for brittle and a '0' for ductile. A detailed pixel by pixel analysis of the various output images is then investigated to state the percentage difference between the PC and FPGA based systems.

  10. Universal nonanalytic behavior of the Hall conductance in a Chern insulator at the topologically driven nonequilibrium phase transition

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    Wang, Pei; Schmitt, Markus; Kehrein, Stefan

    2016-02-01

    We study the Hall conductance of a Chern insulator after a global quench of the Hamiltonian. The Hall conductance in the long time limit is obtained by applying the linear response theory to the diagonal ensemble. It is expressed as the integral of the Berry curvature weighted by the occupation number over the Brillouin zone. We identify a topologically driven nonequilibrium phase transition, which is indicated by the nonanalyticity of the Hall conductance as a function of the energy gap mf in the post-quench Hamiltonian Ĥf. The topological invariant for the quenched state is the winding number of the Green's function W , which equals the Chern number for the ground state of Ĥf. In the limit mf→0 , the derivative of the Hall conductance with respect to mf is proportional to ln| mf| , with the constant of proportionality being the ratio of the change of W at mf=0 to the energy gap in the initial state. This nonanalytic behavior is universal in two-band Chern insulators such as the Dirac model, the Haldane model, or the Kitaev honeycomb model in the fermionic basis.

  11. Universal behavior of the γ⁎γ→(π0,η,η′) transition form factors

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    Melikhov, Dmitri; Stech, Berthold

    2012-01-01

    The photon transition form factors of π, η and η′ are discussed in view of recent measurements. It is shown that the exact axial anomaly sum rule allows a precise comparison of all three form factors at high-Q2 independent of the different structures and distribution amplitudes of the participating pseudoscalar mesons. We conclude: (i) The πγ form factor reported by Belle is in excellent agreement with the nonstrange I=0 component of the η and η′ form factors obtained from the BaBar measurements. (ii) Within errors, the πγ form factor from Belle is compatible with the asymptotic pQCD behavior, similar to the η and η′ form factors from BaBar. Still, the best fits to the data sets of πγ, ηγ, and η′γ form factors favor a universal small logarithmic rise Q2FPγ(Q2)∼log(Q2). PMID:23226917

  12. Critical Issues Facing Youths with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders during the Transition to Adulthood. Fifth CCBD Mini-Library Series: Meeting the Diverse Needs of Children and Youth with E/BD--Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.

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    Morningstar, Mary E.; Benitez, Debra

    This monograph examines issues in the transition of youth with emotional and/or behavioral disorders to adulthood. It describes transition as a process by which youth with disabilities are systematically equipped with skills necessary for realizing valued postsecondary outcomes. The subject of transition is examined within the historical,…

  13. Transition from the Lactational Amenorrhea Method to other modern family planning methods in rural Bangladesh: barrier analysis and implications for behavior change communication program intervention design.

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    Kouyaté, Robin Anthony; Ahmed, Salahuddin; Haver, Jaime; McKaig, Catharine; Akter, Nargis; Nash-Mercado, Angela; Baqui, Abdullah

    2015-06-01

    The timely transition from Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)(2) to another modern family planning method contributes to healthy spacing of pregnancies by increasing the adoption of family planning during the first year postpartum. Yet, literature suggests challenges in completing a timely LAM transition. To guide program implementation in Bangladesh, this study identified factors influencing women's transition decisions. Eighty postpartum women, comprising 40 who transitioned from LAM(3) and 40 who did not,(4) participated. Half of each group participated in in-depth interviews to explore the decision-making process. All participants responded to a "Barrier Analysis" questionnaire to identify differences in eight behavioral determinants. More than half of transitioners switched to another modern method before or within the same month that LAM ended. Of the 18 transitioners who delayed,(5) 15 waited for menses to return. For non-transitioners, key barriers included waiting for menses to return, misconceptions on return to fertility, and perceived lack of familial support. The LAM transition can help women prevent unintended pregnancy during the first year postpartum. Increased emphasis on counseling women about the risk of pregnancy, and misconceptions about personal fertility patterns are critical for facilitating the transition. Strategies should also include interventions that train health workers and improve social support. PMID:25710895

  14. Synthesis and characterization of transition metal arsenide nanocrystals and the metastability and magneto-structural phase transition behavior of manganese arsenide nanocrystals

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    Zhang, Yanhua

    This dissertation study focuses on (1) probing the magneto-structural phase transformation in nanoscale MnAs; (2) evaluation of the size-dependent phase stability of type-B MnAs (prepared by rapid injection); and (3) developing a general synthetic method for transition metal arsenide nanoparticles. Discrete MnAs nanoparticles that adopt different structures at room temperature (type-A, α-structure and type-B, beta-structure) have been prepared by the solution-phase arrested precipitation method. Atomic pair distribution and Rietveld refinement were employed on synchrotron data to explore the structural transitions of the bulk and nanoparticle samples, and these results were compared to AC magnetic susceptibility measurements of the samples. The results confirm that the structural transition and the magnetic transition are highly correlated in bulk MnAs and suggest that for type-A MnAs nanoparticles, there is a similar magneto-structural phase transition occurring in the same temperature region as that for bulk MnAs. However, for type-B MnAs nanoparticles, there is no magneto-structural phase transition, consistent with that type-B MnAs nanoparticles being kinetically trapped in the beta-structure. Type-B MnAs nanoparticles adopting the beta-strucuture undergo a transformation from beta to α upon cooling. Temperature dependent XRD studies and magnetic measurements suggest that the TP for α → beta conversion is suppressed to lower temperatures relative to bulk and type-A MnAs nanoparticles and that the transformation is reversible but has an enhanced hysteresis, which results in a large coexistence temperature range for the α and beta structure. The transformation temperature correlated with the compression of the lattice parameters of the type-B MnAs nanoparticles due to the decrease in the particle size or the presence of chemical doping, or both. A new general synthetic method for transition metal arsenide (Ni 11As8, FeAs and CoAs) nanocrystals synthesis was

  15. Planning for the Future: A Model for Using the Principles of Transition to Guide the Development of Behavior Intervention Plans

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    Mueller, Tracy Gershwin; Bassett, Diane S.; Brewer, Robin D.

    2012-01-01

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates the implementation of a behavior intervention plan based on a functional behavioral assessment when a student's behavior necessitates disciplinary actions. However, IDEA does not provide any clear guidelines as to what the plans should contain nor how they can address behaviors that…

  16. Examining the relationship between parenting types and patterns of student alcohol-related behavior during the transition to college

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    Abar, Caitlin C.

    2011-01-01

    Objective The present study sought to examine parenting influences on student alcohol use through the use of a holistic, person-centered approach in order to accomplish three distinct research aims: (1) identify groups of college students with unique profiles of perceived parenting characteristics; (2) identify groups of college students with unique profiles of alcohol-related correlates; and (3) examine the extent to which profiles of perceived parenting characteristics are associated with profiles of college alcohol-related risk. Method A sample of 1,153 first-year university students (17 – 20 years-of-age) was assessed on a host of perceived parenting and self-reported alcohol-related items. Results Four profiles of perceived parenting (High Quality, High Monitoring, Anti-Alcohol, Pro-Alcohol) were found using latent profile analysis (LPA). Five profiles of student alcohol-related characteristics (Abstainers, Past Drinkers, Light Drinkers, High Risk Drinkers, Extreme Risk Drinkers) were also found using LPA. Latent transition analysis illustrated that students who perceived their parents as belonging to the Pro-Alcohol profile had much higher probabilities of belonging in the High Risk Drinker or Extreme Risk Drinker profiles than students in all other perceived parenting profiles. Conclusions In addition to alcohol-specific parenting characteristics, aspects of parent-teen relationship quality may also be integral in the prevention of college alcohol misuse. Finally, this study observed complex patterns of parenting and alcohol behaviors, such that the profiles could be interpreted as qualitatively distinct types of individuals. These unique profiles suggest that a targeted approach reflecting the profiles found in the current study might greatly enhance prevention program efficacy. PMID:21842968

  17. Child effortful control as a mediator of parenting practices on externalizing behavior: evidence for a sex-differentiated pathway across the transition from preschool to school.

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    Chang, Hyein; Olson, Sheryl L; Sameroff, Arnold J; Sexton, Holly R

    2011-01-01

    An explanatory model for children's development of disruptive behavior across the transition from preschool to school was tested. It was hypothesized that child effortful control would mediate the effects of parenting on children's externalizing behavior and that child sex would moderate these relations. Participants were 241 children (123 boys) and their parents and teachers. Three dimensions of parenting, warm responsiveness, induction, and corporal punishment, were assessed via maternal report when children were 3 years old. Child effortful control at age 3 was measured using laboratory tasks and a mother-report questionnaire. Mothers and teachers contributed ratings of child externalizing behavior at age 6. Results showed that the hypothesized model fit the data well and that the pattern of associations between constructs differed for boys and girls. For boys, parental warm responsiveness and corporal punishment had significant indirect effects on children's externalizing behavior three years later, mediated by child effortful control. Such relations were not observed for girls. These findings support a sex-differentiated pathway to externalizing behavior across the transition from preschool to school. PMID:20632205

  18. Multiferroic behavior associated with an order-disorder hydrogen bonding transition in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with the perovskite ABX{sub 3} arhitecture.

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    Jain, P.; Ramachandran , V.; Clark, R. J.; Zhou, H. D.; Toby, B. H.; Dalal, N.; Kroto, H. W.; Cheetham, A. K.; X-Ray Science Division; Florida State Univ.; Univ. of Cambridge

    2009-09-30

    Multiferroic behavior in perovskite-related metal-organic frameworks of general formula [(CH{sub 3}){sub 2}NH{sub 2}]M(HCOO){sub 3}, where M = Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni, is reported. All four compounds exhibit paraelectric-antiferroelectric phase transition behavior in the temperature range 160-185 K (Mn: 185 K, Fe: 160 K; Co: 165 K; Ni: 180 K); this is associated with an order-disorder transition involving the hydrogen bonded dimethylammonium cations. On further cooling, the compounds become canted weak ferromagnets below 40 K. This research opens up a new class of multiferroics in which the electrical ordering is achieved by means of hydrogen bonding.

  19. A micromechanical modelling of the hysteretic behavior in thermally induced martensitic phase transitions: Application to Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloys

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    Agouram, S.; Bensalah, M.O.; Ghazali, A.

    1998-12-11

    The hysteretic behavior of Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloys (SMAs) in thermally induced martensitic phase transition is dealt with. The problem is studied by means of a kinematic analysis where the internal variables describing the material`s microstructure are regarded as implicit functions of the applied thermomechanical loading parameters ({Sigma}{sub ij}, {Tau}). On the other hand, a thermodynamic approach is used in which the local balance formalism is based on the thermoelastic equilibrium concept. Considering that thermoelastic equilibrium temperatures between phases, in the forward and reverse transformation, are dependent on the location in the transformation path enables the hysteretic behavior to be determined. Hence, a set of non-linear equations is deduced simulating the complete and partial cycles. Results obtained in this way, in the thermally induced phase transition with no applied stress, are in good agreement with experimental observations performed on Cu-based SMAs.

  20. Local magnetic behavior across the first order phase transition in La(Fe0.9Co0.015Si0.085)13 magneto caloric compound

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    Bennati, C.; Laviano, F.; Durin, G.; Olivetti, E. S.; Basso, V.; Ghigo, G.; Kuepferling, M.

    2016-02-01

    We visualize, with a magneto optical imaging technique with indicator film, the local magnetic response of the compound La(Fe0.9Co0.015Si0.085)13 during its first order magneto structural transition. The technique allowed us by comparing the stray fields of the main magneto caloric phase and of secondary phases present in the sample to obtain the magnetic behavior of each phase above and below the Curie temperature with respect to the surrounds. Computing the change in the total magnetic flux, when the sample crosses the Curie point, both in cooling and heating, we are able to correlate the average thermal hysteresis of the transition with the local magnetic properties at single sites and analyze the influence of defects on the transition dynamics.

  1. Behaviorism

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    Moore, J.

    2011-01-01

    Early forms of psychology assumed that mental life was the appropriate subject matter for psychology, and introspection was an appropriate method to engage that subject matter. In 1913, John B. Watson proposed an alternative: classical S-R behaviorism. According to Watson, behavior was a subject matter in its own right, to be studied by the…

  2. Increasing On-Task Behavior in Every Student in a Second-Grade Classroom during Transitions: Validating the Color Wheel System

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    Fudge, Daniel L.; Skinner, Christopher H.; Williams, Jacqueline L.; Cowden, Dan; Clark, Janice; Bliss, Stacy L.

    2008-01-01

    A single-case (B-C-B-C) experimental design was used to evaluate the effects of the Color Wheel classroom management system (CWS) on on-task (OT) behavior in an intact, general-education, 2nd-grade classroom during transitions. The CWS included three sets of rules, posted cues to indicate the rules students are expected to be following at that…

  3. The embrittlement and de-embrittlement of grain boundaries in an Fe-Mn-Ni alloy due to grain boundary segregation of Mn

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    Heo, N.H.; Lee, H.C.

    1996-04-01

    A ductile-brittle-ductile (DBD) transition behavior in an age-hardenable Fe-8Mn-7Ni alloy has been analyzed in light of segregation and desegregation of alloying elements at prior austenite grain boundaries. The DBD transition in the alloy can be distinguished by two C-type curves: one corresponding to the start of zero tensile elongation and the other to the finish. The activation energies for ductile-to-brittle and brittle-to-ductile transitions are in close agreement with that for age hardening. Manganese content at the prior austenite grain boundaries was analyzed by Auger electron spectroscopy, and intergranular fracture strength at the brittle fracture region showed inverse trends with Mn concentration at the grain boundaries. All these observations strongly suggest that manganese segregation and its desegregation are responsible for the DBD transition of this alloy.

  4. Improving Transition Behaviors in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Comprehensive Evaluation of Interventions in Educational Settings

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    Lequia, Jenna; Wilkerson, Kimber L.; Kim, Sunyoung; Lyons, Gregory L.

    2015-01-01

    Students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often exhibit rigidity, which can lead to difficulties with transitions. Such difficulties can explain why students with ASD are placed in more restrictive educational environments. This review offers a quantitative synthesis of effects of interventions aimed to improve transitions of students with ASD…

  5. Transition behavior of asymmetric polystyrene-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) films: A stable hexagonally modulated layer structure

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    Park, Sungmin; Koo, Kyosung; Kim, Kyunginn; Ahn, Hyungju; Lee, Byeongdu; Park, Cheolmin; Ryu, Du Yeol

    2015-03-09

    The phase transitions in the films of an asymmetric polystyrene-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) were investigated by grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Compared with the sequential transitions in the bulk, hexagonally perforated layer (HPL) – gyroid (GYR) – disorder (DIS) upon heating, the transitions in film geometry were dramatically changed with decreasing thickness due to the growing preferential interactions from substrate, resulting in a thickness-dependent transition diagram including four different morphologies of hexagonally modulated layer (HML), coexisting (HML and GYR), GYR, and DIS. Particularly in the films ≤10Lo, where Lo is d-spacing at 150 °C, a stable HML structure was identified even above the order-to-disorder transition (ODT) temperature of the bulk, which was attributed to the suppressed compositional fluctuations by the enhanced substrate interactions.

  6. The effect of various metallurgical parameters on the flow and fracture behavior of polycrystalline NiAl near the brittle-to-ductile transition

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    Noebe, Ronald D.

    1994-01-01

    An investigation of the effect of various metallurgical parameters such as interfaces, allowing additions, test temperature, and strain rate on the flow and fracture behavior of polycrystalline NiAl is summarized. From this study, a more complete understanding of the deformation and fracture behavior of polycrystalline NiAl near the brittle-to-ductile transition temperature has been developed. A mechanism for the BDTT is proposed that is based on the operation of localized dislocation climb processes that operate within the vicinity of the grain boundaries and provide the additional deformation mechanisms necessary for grain-to-grain compatibility during plastic deformation. Finally, methods for improving the low temperature mechanical behavior of NiAl were considered and reviewed within the context of the present knowledge of NiAl-based materials and the operative deformation and fracture mechanisms determined in this study. Special emphasis was placed on the use of second phases for improving low temperature properties.

  7. The Drift toward Problem Behavior during the Transition to Adolescence: The Contributions of Youth Disclosure, Parenting, and Older Siblings

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    Low, Sabina; Snyder, James; Shortt, Joann Wu

    2013-01-01

    Prospective associations of mothers’ parenting processes, youth disclosure and youth problem behavior were examined in a longitudinal design following 244 adolescent sibling dyads over a three year period. For both siblings, authoritative parenting was positively associated with youth disclosure and negatively related to problem behavior, and coercive parenting was negatively associated with youth disclosure and positively related to problem behavior. When the influence of older sibling problem behavior on younger sibling problem behavior was modeled, younger sibling disclosure accounted for the relationship of maternal parenting processes to problem behavior. Findings indicate the important role of sibling influence in the development of problem behavior, contextualizing the relative roles of maternal parenting and youth disclosure in the transmission of risk. PMID:23667299

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

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

    2012-11-14

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

  9. Modification of the mechanical behavior in the glass transition region of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) through catalyzed reactive extrusion with poly(carbonate) (PC)

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    Phuong, Vu Thanh; Coltelli, Maria-Beatrice; Anguillesi, Irene; Cinelli, Patrizia; Lazzeri, Andrea

    2014-05-01

    In order to improve the thermal stability of PLA based materials the strategy of blending it with poly(carbonate) of bisphenol A (PC), having a higher glass transition temperature, was followed and PLA/PC blends with different compositions, obtained also in the presence of an interchange reaction catalyst, Tetrabutylammonium tetraphenylborate (TBATPB) and triacetin were prepared by melt extrusion. The dynamical mechanical characterization showed an interesting change of the storage modulus behavior in the PLA glass transition region, evident exclusively in the catalyzed blends. In particular, a new peak in the Tanδ trend at a temperature in between the one of PLA and the one of PC was observed only in the blends obtained in the presence of triacetin and TBATPB. The height and maximum temperature of the peak was different after the annealing of samples at 80°C. The data, showing an interesting improvement of thermal stability above the PLA glass transition, were explained keeping into account the formation of PLA-PC copolymer during the reactive extrusion. Furthermore, the glass transition temperature of the copolymer as a function of composition was studied and the obtained trend was discussed by comparing with literature models developed for copolymers.

  10. The Drift toward Problem Behavior during the Transition to Adolescence: The Contributions of Youth Disclosure, Parenting, and Older Siblings

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    Low, Sabina; Snyder, James; Shortt, Joann Wu

    2012-01-01

    Prospective associations of mothers' parenting processes, youth disclosure, and youth problem behavior were examined in a longitudinal design following 244 adolescent sibling dyads over a 3-year period. For both siblings, authoritative parenting was positively associated with youth disclosure and was negatively related to problem behavior, and…

  11. Testing the Effects of Classroom Supports on Children's Social and Behavioral Skills at Key Transition Points Using Latent Growth Modeling

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    Bub, Kristen L.

    2009-01-01

    Social and behavioral problems can interfere with a child's acquisition of age-appropriate skills, which may lead to antisocial behavior in adolescence and adulthood. Thus, determining how best to support positive skills during early childhood is critical. Using data from the first three phases of the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth…

  12. School Performance and Genetic and Environmental Variance in Antisocial Behavior at the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood

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    Johnson, Wendy; McGue, Matt; Iacono, William G.

    2009-01-01

    Antisocial behavior increases in adolescence, particularly among those who perform poorly in school. As adolescents move into adulthood, both educational attainment and the extent to which antisocial behavior continues have implications for adolescents' abilities to take on constructive social roles. The authors used a population-representative…

  13. The peculiar behavior of the glass transition temperature of amorphous drug-polymer films coated on inert sugar spheres.

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    Dereymaker, Aswin; Van Den Mooter, Guy

    2015-05-01

    Fluid bed coating has been proposed in the past as an alternative technology for manufacturing of drug-polymer amorphous solid dispersions, or so-called glass solutions. It has the advantage of being a one-step process, and thus omitting separate drying steps, addition of excipients, or manipulation of the dosage form. In search of an adequate sample preparation method for modulated differential scanning calorimetry analysis of beads coated with glass solutions, glass transition broadening and decrease of the glass transition temperature (Tg ) were observed with increasing particle size of crushed coated beads and crushed isolated films of indomethacin (INDO) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). Substituting INDO with naproxen gave comparable results. When ketoconazole was probed or the solvent in INDO-PVP films was switched to dichloromethane (DCM) or a methanol-DCM mixture, two distinct Tg regions were observed. Small particle sizes had a glass transition in the high Tg region, and large particle sizes had a glass transition in the low Tg region. This particle size-dependent glass transition was ascribed to different residual solvent amounts in the bulk and at the surface of the particles. A correlation was observed between the deviation of the Tg from that calculated from the Gordon-Taylor equation and the amount of residual solvent at the Tg of particles with different sizes. PMID:25702912

  14. Experimental observation of magic-wavelength behavior of a microwave transition in optical lattice-trapped rubidium

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    Lundblad, Nathan; Schlosser, Malte; Porto, Trey

    2010-03-01

    We demonstrate the cancellation of the differential ac Stark shift of the microwave hyperfine clock transition in trapped ^87Rb atoms. Recent progress in metrology exploits so-called ``magic wavelengths," whereby an atomic ensemble can be trapped with laser light whose wavelength is chosen so that both levels of an optical atomic transition experience identical ac Stark shifts. Similar magic-wavelength techniques are not possible for the microwave hyperfine transitions in the alkalis, due to their simple electronic structure. We show, however, that ac Stark shift cancellation is indeed achievable for certain values of wavelength, polarization, and magnetic field. The cancellation comes at the expense of a small magnetic-field sensitivity. The technique demonstrated here has implications for experiments involving the precise control of optically-trapped neutral atoms.

  15. The developmental impact of two first grade preventive interventions on aggressive/disruptive behavior in childhood and adolescence: an application of latent transition growth mixture modeling.

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    Petras, Hanno; Masyn, Katherine; Ialongo, Nick

    2011-09-01

    We examine the impact of two universal preventive interventions in first grade on the growth of aggressive/disruptive behavior in grades 1-3 and 6-12 through the application of a latent transition growth mixture model (LT-GMM). Both the classroom-centered and family-centered interventions were designed to reduce the risk for later conduct problems by enhancing the child behavior management practices of teachers and parents, respectively. We first modeled growth trajectories in each of the two time periods with separate GMMs. We then associated latent trajectory classes of aggressive/disruptive behavior across the two time periods using a transition model for the corresponding latent class variables. Subsequently, we tested whether the interventions had direct effects on trajectory class membership in grades 1-3 and 6-12. For males, both the classroom-centered and family-centered interventions had significant direct effects on trajectory class membership in grades 6-12, whereas only the classroom-centered intervention had a significant effect on class membership in grades 1-3. Significant direct effects for females were confined to grades 1-3 for the classroom-centered intervention. Further analyses revealed that both the classroom-centered and family-centered intervention males were significantly more likely than control males to transition from the high trajectory class in grades 1-3 to a low class in grades 6-12. Effects for females in classroom-centered interventions went in the hypothesized direction but did not reach significance. PMID:21519860

  16. The Developmental Impact of Two First Grade Preventive Interventions on Aggressive/Disruptive Behavior in Childhood and Adolescence: An Application of Latent Transition Growth Mixture Modeling

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    Petras, Hanno; Masyn, Katherine; Ialongo, Nick

    2013-01-01

    We examine the impact of two universal preventive interventions in first grade on the growth of aggressive/disruptive behavior in grades 1–3 and 6–12 through the application of a latent transition growth mixture model (LT-GMM). Both the classroom-centered and family-centered interventions were designed to reduce the risk for later conduct problems by enhancing the child behavior management practices of teachers and parents, respectively. We first modeled growth trajectories in each of the two time periods with separate GMMs. We then associated latent trajectory classes of aggressive/disruptive behavior across the two time periods using a transition model for the corresponding latent class variables. Subsequently, we tested whether the interventions had direct effects on trajectory class membership in grades 1–3 and 6–12. For males, both the classroom-centered and family-centered interventions had significant direct effects on trajectory class membership in grades 6–12, whereas only the classroom-centered intervention had a significant effect on class membership in grades 1–3. Significant direct effects for females were confined to grades 1–3 for the classroom-centered intervention. Further analyses revealed that both the classroom-centered and family-centered intervention males were significantly more likely than control males to transition from the high trajectory class in grades 1–3 to a low class in grades 6–12. Effects for females in classroom-centered interventions went in the hypothesized direction but did not reach significance. PMID:21519860

  17. Critical behavior in spin-reorientation phase transitions: (Er sub x R sub 1 minus x ) sub 2 Fe sub 14 B ( R =Nd, Dy) magnets

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    del Moral, A.; Ibarra, M.R.; Marquina, C.; Arnaudas, J.I.; Algarabel, P.A. )

    1989-10-01

    The critical behavior of spin-reorientation phase transitions in the hard magnetic intermetallics (Er{sub {ital x}}{ital R}{sub 1{minus}x}){sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B ({ital R}=Dy and Nd) has been studied with ac low-field susceptibility, {chi}{sub {ital H}}, and cone-angle measurements. A simple model for scaling the low-field susceptibility has been developed and applied to the present series of compounds. The critical exponents for {chi}{sub {ital H}} have been determined for some well-behaved compounds.

  18. Physical Activity in the Transition to University: The Role of Past Behavior and Concurrent Self-Regulatory Efficacy

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    Crozier, Alyson J.; Gierc, Madelaine S. H.; Locke, Sean R.; Brawley, Lawrence R.

    2015-01-01

    Objective: Two studies were conducted to examine the relationship between past physical activity, concurrent self-regulatory efficacy (CSRE), and current physical activity during the transition to university. Participants: Study 1 included 110 first-year undergraduate students recruited during October/November of 2012. Study 2 involved 86…

  19. Developmental Trajectories of Achievement Goal Orientations during the Middle School Transition: The Contribution of Emotional and Behavioral Dispositions

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    Duchesne, Stéphane; Ratelle, Catherine F.; Feng, Bei

    2014-01-01

    This longitudinal study builds on research addressing changes in achievement goal orientations (AG) across the transition to middle school. We had two objectives. The first was to identify and describe different development trajectories of AG (mastery, performance-approach, and performance-avoidance) from the last year of elementary school (Grade…

  20. Helping Students Make the Transition into High School: The Effect of Ninth Grade Academies on Students' Academic and Behavioral Outcomes

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    Somers, Marie-Andrée; Garcia, Ivonne

    2016-01-01

    Ninth Grade Academies (NGAs)--also called Freshman Academies--have attracted national attention as a particularly intensive and promising approach for supporting a successful transition for high school freshmen. An NGA is a self-contained learning community for ninth-graders that operates as a school within a school. NGAs have four core structural…

  1. Sexual Communication, Sexual Goals, and Students' Transition to College: Implications for Sexual Assault, Decision-Making, and Risky Behaviors

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    Lindgren, Kristen P.; Schacht, Rebecca L.; Pantalone, David W.; Blayney, Jessica A.; George, William H.

    2009-01-01

    A qualitative study was conducted to understand college students' experiences and perceptions of sexual communication and sexual goals, and how they were affected by the transition from high school to college. Participants were heterosexual college students (N = 29). Single-sex focus groups were conducted and analyzed for themes. Major themes…

  2. School performance and genetic and environmental variance in antisocial behavior at the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

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    Johnson, Wendy; McGue, Matt; Iacono, William G

    2009-07-01

    Antisocial behavior increases in adolescence, particularly among those who perform poorly in school. As adolescents move into adulthood, both educational attainment and the extent to which antisocial behavior continues have implications for adolescents' abilities to take on constructive social roles. The authors used a population-representative longitudinal twin study to explore how links among genetic and environmental influences at ages 17 and 24 may be implicated in the developmental processes involved. At age 17, expression of both genetic and nonshared environmental vulnerabilities unique to antisocial behavior was greater among those with low GPA than among those with higher GPA. This suggested that maintenance of high GPA buffered the impact of both genetic and environmental influences encouraging antisocial behavior. When GPA was high, both genetic and environmental influences involved in both traits encouraged good school performance and restrained antisocial behavior. At age 24, however, correlated family environmental influences drove the association between educational attainment and antisocial behavior. Antisocial characteristics involving school performance and educational attainment that transcend generations may slot individuals into social categories that restrict opportunities and reinforce antisocial characteristics. PMID:19586174

  3. School Performance and Genetic and Environmental Variance in Antisocial Behavior at the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood

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    Johnson, Wendy; McGue, Matthew K.; Iacono, William G.

    2009-01-01

    Antisocial behavior increases in adolescence, particularly among those who perform poorly in school. As adolescents move into adulthood, both educational attainment and the extent to which antisocial behavior continues have implications for their abilities to take on constructive social roles. We used a population-representative longitudinal twin study to explore how links between genetic and environmental influences at ages 17 and 24 may be implicated in the developmental processes involved. At age 17, expression of both genetic and nonshared environmental vulnerabilities unique to antisocial behavior was greater among those with low GPA than among those with higher GPA. This suggested that maintenance of high GPA buffered the impact of both genetic and environmental influences encouraging antisocial behavior. When GPA was high, both genetic and environmental influences involved in both traits encouraged good school performance and restrained antisocial behavior. At age 24, however, correlated family environmental influences drove the association between educational attainment and antisocial behavior. Antisocial characteristics involving school performance and educational attainment that transcend generations may slot individuals into social categories that restrict opportunities and reinforce antisocial characteristics. PMID:19586174

  4. Decoupling the Lattice Distortion and Charge Doping Effects on the Phase Transition Behavior of VO2 by Titanium (Ti4+) Doping

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    Wu, Yanfei; Fan, Lele; Liu, Qinghua; Chen, Shi; Huang, Weifeng; Chen, Feihu; Liao, Guangming; Zou, Chongwen; Wu, Ziyu

    2015-01-01

    The mechanism for regulating the critical temperature (TC) of metal-insulator transition (MIT) in ions-doped VO2 systems is still a matter of debate, in particular, the unclear roles of lattice distortion and charge doping effects. To rule out the charge doping effect on the regulation of TC, we investigated Ti4+-doped VO2 (TixV1-xO2) system. It was observed that the TC of TixV1-xO2 samples first slightly decreased and then increased with increasing Ti concentration. X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy was used to explore the electronic states and local lattice structures around both Ti and V atoms in TixV1-xO2 samples. Our results revealed the local structure evolution from the initial anatase to the rutile-like structure around the Ti dopants. Furthermore, the host monoclinic VO2 lattice, specifically, the VO6 octahedra would be subtly distorted by Ti doping. The distortion of VO6 octahedra and the variation of TC showed almost the similar trend, confirming the direct effect of local structural perturbations on the phase transition behavior. By comparing other ion-doping systems, we point out that the charge doping is more effective than the lattice distortion in modulating the MIT behavior of VO2 materials. PMID:25950809

  5. Characteristic behavior of short-term dynamics in reorientation for Gay-Berne particles near the nematic-isotropic phase transition temperature.

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    Satoh, Katsuhiko

    2006-11-28

    A specific transition behavior was found in the tumbling motion near the nematic-isotropic phase boundary using molecular dynamics simulations of the Gay-Berne mesogenic model under isobaric conditions at a reduced pressure P* of 2.0. The relaxation time for the motion obtained from the second-rank orientational time correlation function and the rotational diffusion coefficient showed a clear jump at the nematic-isotropic phase transition temperature. Regardless of the temperature dependence of the relaxation time, the change in the rotational diffusion coefficient evaluated from the orientational order parameters and the relaxation time agreed qualitatively with that of real mesogens. The rotational viscosity coefficients gamma(1) and gamma(2) were obtained from the simulation data for the relaxation time for the short-term dynamics and for the rotational diffusion coefficients. gamma(1) was proportional to (2), where is the second-rank orientational parameter. Furthermore, the rotational behavior of the model was compared with that of the Debye approximation in the isotropic phase. PMID:17144735

  6. Characteristic behavior of short-term dynamics in reorientation for Gay-Berne particles near the nematic-isotropic phase transition temperature

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    Satoh, Katsuhiko

    2006-11-01

    A specific transition behavior was found in the tumbling motion near the nematic-isotropic phase boundary using molecular dynamics simulations of the Gay-Berne mesogenic model under isobaric conditions at a reduced pressure P* of 2.0. The relaxation time for the motion obtained from the second-rank orientational time correlation function and the rotational diffusion coefficient showed a clear jump at the nematic-isotropic phase transition temperature. Regardless of the temperature dependence of the relaxation time, the change in the rotational diffusion coefficient evaluated from the orientational order parameters and the relaxation time agreed qualitatively with that of real mesogens. The rotational viscosity coefficients γ1 and γ2 were obtained from the simulation data for the relaxation time for the short-term dynamics and for the rotational diffusion coefficients. γ1 was proportional to ⟨P2⟩2, where ⟨P2⟩ is the second-rank orientational parameter. Furthermore, the rotational behavior of the model was compared with that of the Debye approximation in the isotropic phase.

  7. Comparison of protein and energy supplementation to mineral supplementation on feeding behavior of grazing cattle during the rainy to the dry season transition.

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    Brandão, Rita Kelly Couto; de Carvalho, Gleidson Giordano Pinto; Silva, Robério Rodrigues; Dias, Daniel Lucas Santos; Mendes, Fabrício Bacelar Lima; Lins, Túlio Otávio Jardim D'Almeida; Filho, George Abreu; de Souza, Sinvaldo Oliveira; Barroso, Daniele Soares; de Almeida Rufino, Luana Marta; Tosto, Manuela Silva Libânio

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of protein-energy or mineral supplementation on the ingestive behavior of dairy steers on pasture in the post-weaning phase during the rainy to dry season transition. Twenty-two ½ Holstein-Zebu dairy steers with an average initial body weight of 234 ± 16 kg were distributed into a completely randomized design into two groups: protein-energy supplementation and mineral supplementation offered ad libitum. The steers receiving protein-energy supplementation showed higher (P < 0.05) intake of dry matter (DM) and neutral detergent fiber (NDF) than those fed diets composed of mineral salt only. In addition, the animals that received protein-energy supplementation had longer period in grazing and spent on average more time per period eating at the trough (P < 0.05), however no significant differences were observed in the time per period in rumination and time per period in idle (P > 0.05). The supply of protein-energy supplement does not change the feeding behavior, except for an increase in the time spent feeding at the trough. The intake of protein-energy supplement improved the of DM and NDF feed efficiencies in grazing cattle during the rainy to the dry season transition. PMID:27386377

  8. Temperature-dependent Raman and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy studies on phase transition behavior of VO{sub 2} films with M1 and M2 phases

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    Okimura, Kunio Hanis Azhan, Nurul; Hajiri, Tetsuya; Kimura, Shin-ichi; Zaghrioui, Mustapha; Sakai, Joe

    2014-04-21

    Structural and electronic phase transitions behavior of two polycrystalline VO{sub 2} films, one with pure M1 phase and the other with pure M2 phase at room temperature, were investigated by temperature-controlled Raman spectroscopy and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS). We observed characteristic transient dynamics in which the Raman modes at 195 cm{sup −1} (V-V vibration) and 616 cm{sup −1} (V-O vibration) showed remarkable hardening along the temperature in M1 phase film, indicating the rearrangements of V-V pairs and VO{sub 6} octahedra. It was also shown that the M1 Raman mode frequency approached those of invariant M2 peaks before entering rutile phase. In UPS spectra with high energy resolution of 0.03 eV for the M2 phase film, narrower V{sub 3d} band was observed together with smaller gap compared to those of M1 phase film, supporting the nature of Mott insulator of M2 phase even in the polycrystalline film. Cooperative behavior of lattice rearrangements and electronic phase transition was suggested for M1 phase film.

  9. Nonanalytic behavior of the Casimir force across a Lifshitz transition in a spin-orbit-coupled material

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    Allocca, Andrew A.; Wilson, Justin H.; Galitski, Victor

    2014-08-01

    The Casimir effect is a fascinating phenomenon where quantum fluctuations of the electromagnetic field give rise to measurable forces between macroscopic systems. Here we propose that the Casimir effect can be used as a tool to detect changes in electronic structures. In particular, we focus here on the Lifshitz transition—a topological change in the Fermi surface—in a planar spin-orbit-coupled semiconductor in a magnetic field and calculate the Casimir force between the semiconductor and another probe system across the magnetic-field-tuned transition. We show that the Casimir force experiences a sharp kink at the topological transition and provide numerical estimates indicating that the effect is well within experimental reach. The simplest experimental realization of the proposed effect would involve a metal-coated sphere suspended from a microcantilever above a thin layer of InSb (or another semiconductor with a large g factor).

  10. Critical behavior near a phase transition between retrieval and non-retrieval regimes in a LIF network with spatiotemporal patterns

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    Scarpetta, S.; de Candia, A.

    2013-01-01

    We study the associative memory dynamics of a network of spiking integrate and fire neurons with Poisson noise. We introduce an order-parameter, and we study the critical regime at the transition between the region of persistent replay of stored patterns and the region of noreply. At critical spiking threshold the order parameter fluctuations are maximized, as expected for a phase transition. Moreover we also found that, at the critical point, the avalanche size and duration distributions follow power laws. In conclusion our simple model suggests that avalanche power laws in cortical spontaneous activity may be the effect of a network at the critical point between successful associative memory regime and no-retrieval regime.

  11. Observation of quantum Hall plateau-plateau transition and scaling behavior of the zeroth Landau level in graphene p -n -p junctions

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    Liu, Cheng-Hua; Wang, Po-Hsiang; Woo, Tak-Pong; Shih, Fu-Yu; Liou, Shih-Ching; Ho, Po-Hsun; Chen, Chun-Wei; Liang, Chi-Te; Wang, Wei-Hua

    2016-01-01

    We report distinctive magnetotransport properties of a graphene p -n -p junction prepared by controlled diffusion of metallic contacts. In most cases, materials deposited on a graphene surface introduce substantial carrier scattering, which greatly reduces the high mobility of intrinsic graphene. However, we show that an oxide layer only weakly perturbs the carrier transport, which enables fabrication of a high-quality graphene p -n -p junction through a one-step and resist-free method. The measured conductance-gate voltage (G -VG) curves can be well described by a metal contact model, which confirms the charge-density depinning due to the oxide layer. The graphene p -n -p junction samples exhibit a pronounced quantum Hall (QH) effect, a well-defined transition point of the zeroth Landau level (LL), and scaling behavior. The scaling exponent obtained from the evolution of the zeroth LL width as a function of temperature exhibits a relatively low value of κ =0.21 ±0.01 . Moreover, we calculate the energy level for the LLs based on the distribution of plateau-plateau transition points, further validating the assignment of the LL index of the QH plateau-plateau transition.

  12. Renormalization-group study of a superconducting phase transition: Asymptotic behavior of higher expansion orders and results of three-loop calculations

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    Kalagov, G. A.; Kompaniets, M. V.; Nalimov, M. Yu.

    2014-11-01

    We use quantum-field renormalization group methods to study the phase transition in an equilibrium system of nonrelativistic Fermi particles with the "density-density" interaction in the formalism of temperature Green's functions. We especially attend to the case of particles with spins greater than 1/2 or fermionic fields with additional indices for some reason. In the vicinity of the phase transition point, we reduce this model to a ϕ 4 -type theory with a matrix complex skew-symmetric field. We define a family of instantons of this model and investigate the asymptotic behavior of quantum field expansions in this model. We calculate the β-functions of the renormalization group equation through the third order in the ( 4 ∈)-scheme. In the physical space dimensions D = 2, 3, we resum solutions of the renormalization group equation on trajectories of invariant charges. Our results confirm the previously proposed suggestion that in the system under consideration, there is a first-order phase transition into a superconducting state that occurs at a higher temperature than the classical theory predicts.

  13. Thermopower and electrical resistivity behavior near the martensitic transition in Gd 5(Si xGe 1-x) 4 magnetocaloric compounds

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    Pinto, R. P.; Sousa, J. B.; Correia, F. C.; Araújo, J. P.; Braga, M. E.; Pereira, A. M.; Morellon, L.; Algarabel, P. A.; Magen, C.; Ibarra, M. R.

    2005-04-01

    Recently, the Gd5(SixGe1-x)4 system exhibits fascinating physical properties, namely giant magnetocaloric, magnetoresistance and magnetostriction effects near a first-order (martensitic like; T =TS) magneto-structural transition. We report the thermopower behavior S (T) between 10 and 300 K for compounds with x = 0 , 0.10 and 0.45, belonging to three distinct regions of the magnetic/structural phase diagram. Large thermopower changes are observed near TS for x = 0 .10 (TS = 78 K ; AFM-Orthorhombic II/FM-Ortho.I) and for x = 0.45 (TS = 242 K ; PM-Monoc/FM-Ortho.I) with a Gaussian distribution in d S / d T , characteristic of a first-order phase transition. Near the purely magnetic transitions (PM/AFM) for x = 0 (TN = 122 K) and x = 0.10 (TN = 127 K) we observe d S / d T peaks governed by spin fluctuation effects. A comparative analysis between d S / d T and the resistivity derivative d ρ / d T near TS is made. At low temperatures S (T) behaves similarly in the ferromagnetic x = 0.10 and 0.45 compounds (S ≈ AT + BT2) , the anomalous B term being related to the mean internal field (spin wave excitations). For x = 0 (AFM phase at low T) one has S = AT (no B term; zero mean internal field).

  14. Grain size effect on phase transition behavior and electrical properties of (Bi1/2K1/2)TiO3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Hagiwara, Manabu; Fujihara, Shinobu

    2015-10-01

    Dense and phase-pure (Bi1/2K1/2)TiO3 (BKT) ceramics with various grain sizes from 0.18 to 1.01 µm were prepared by conventional sintering of a hydrothermally synthesized fine powder. The decrease in grain size resulted in the reductions in tetragonality, remanent polarization, and the piezoelectric d33 coefficient, whereas the room-temperature dielectric permittivity slightly increased with decreasing grain size. The measurement of the temperature dependence of permittivity revealed that BKT exhibited the spontaneous relaxor-to-normal ferroelectric (R-nFE) phase transition. It was also found that the maximum permittivity was decreased and the R-nFE transition was inhibited by the reduction in grain size. In this paper, on the basis of the observed grain-size-dependent phase transition behaviors, microstructural models are proposed for both coarse- and fine-grained BKT ceramics, and the mechanism underlying the grain size effect on the electrical properties is discussed.

  15. Quantum phase transition, universality, and scaling behaviors in the spin-1/2 Heisenberg model with ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic competing interactions on a honeycomb lattice

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    Huang, Yi-Zhen; Xi, Bin; Chen, Xi; Li, Wei; Wang, Zheng-Chuan; Su, Gang

    2016-06-01

    The quantum phase transition, scaling behaviors, and thermodynamics in the spin-1/2 quantum Heisenberg model with antiferromagnetic coupling J >0 in the armchair direction and ferromagnetic interaction J'<0 in the zigzag direction on a honeycomb lattice are systematically studied using the continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo method. By calculating the Binder ratio Q2 and spin stiffness ρ in two directions for various coupling ratios α =J'/J under different lattice sizes, we found that a quantum phase transition from the dimerized phase to the stripe phase occurs at the quantum critical point αc=-0.93 . Through the finite-size scaling analysis on Q2, ρx, and ρy, we determined the critical exponent related to the correlation length ν to be 0.7212(8), implying that this transition falls into a classical Heisenberg O(3) universality. A zero magnetization plateau is observed in the dimerized phase, whose width decreases with increasing α . A phase diagram in the coupling ratio α -magnetic field h plane is obtained, where four phases, including dimerized, stripe, canted stripe, and polarized, are identified. It is also unveiled that the temperature dependence of the specific heat C (T ) for different α 's intersects precisely at one point, similar to that of liquid 3He under different pressures and several magnetic compounds under various magnetic fields. The scaling behaviors of Q2, ρ , and C (T ) are carefully analyzed. The susceptibility is compared with the experimental data to give the magnetic parameters of both compounds.

  16. The effect of preheat on the microstructure, hardness and toughness of HT-9 weldments

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    Lechtenberg, T. A.; Foulds, J. R.

    1984-05-01

    The welding preheat temperature is shown to significantly affect the dynamic fracture behavior of a 12CR-1Mo steel (HT-9) weld metal. A decreased preheat, effecting a faster weld metal cooling rate, results in an increased upper shelf energy and lower ductile-brittle transition temperature with no charge in weld metal. SEM examinations indicate a decreased dendrite spacing and lower interdendritic segregation with a faster cooling rate. It Is evident that the varying interdendritic ferrite content and morphology and the dendrite spacing, both controlled by the cooling rate, play a significant role on the weld metal dynamic fracture behavior. The results suggest the lowest preheat compatible with good welding practice be used for maximum benefits to weld metal fracture mechanics.

  17. Age Offsets of the Matuyama-Brunhes Polarity Transition in Records From the Atlantic: Lock-in Depth Variations or Site Dependent Field Behavior?

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    Clement, B. M.; Acton, G.; Lund, S.; Okada, M.; Williams, T.

    2004-12-01

    A number of high -resolution Matuyama-Brunhes transitions have recently been obtained from deep-sea sediments in the Atlantic Ocean. Three of these transition records were obtained from sites on the Blake-Bahama Outer Ridge and the Bermuda Rise as part of depth transect drilled during ODP Leg 172. The polarity transition records from these sites are remarkably similar, both during the reversal and in excursions that occurred prior to the reversal. Previous work has shown that in this region initial magnetic susceptibility records provide a useful proxy for marine isotopic stages. However, using the shipboard susceptibility records as a correlation tool, it becomes apparent that while the transition records exhibit very similar features, these features are offset relative to the susceptibility records at ODP Sites 1060, 1061 and 1063. The distance between Sites 1060 and 1061 is insignificant on a geomagnetic scale, implying that the differences are not likely due to time transgressive field behavior. Instead, the offset of the magnetization record relative to the susceptibility record may result from a difference in the lock-in depths at these sites. A possible explanation is that the different water depths at the sites affect the amount of organic matter that is oxidized before reaching the sea-floor. This in turn would lead to different depths of the redox boundaries within the sediment column. If the remanence lock-in zone is related to processes associated with the redox boundary, the difference in water depths may explain the offsets. To test this hypothesis, we compare the other Matuyama-Brunhes records from the Atlantic with the positions of the reversal relative to the marine isotopic stages, including the record from Site 1083, which was recorded in anoxic sediments.

  18. The Timing of Entry into Adult Roles and Changes in Trajectories of Problem Behaviors during the Transition to Adulthood

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    Martin, Monica J.; Blozis, Shelley A.; Boeninger, Daria K.; Masarik, April S.; Conger, Rand D.

    2014-01-01

    This study of a cohort of 451 adolescents examined associations between trajectories of problem behaviors and the timing of entry into work, marriage, and parenthood. We used data from 12 assessments across adolescence, through emerging adulthood and into young adulthood. We employed 2-phase mixed-effects models to estimate growth in substance use…

  19. School Behavior and Disciplinary Experiences of Youth With Disabilities. Facts From The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2)

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    Gonzalez, Patricia

    2006-01-01

    Problem behavior at school "interferes with the educational process and places a burden on teachers" (U.S. Department of Education 2002, p. III-17). Disciplinary problems have long been linked to negative outcomes for students with disabilities, such as course failure and dropping out of school (Wagner et al. 1991). Parents, administrators,…

  20. Do Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances Attending Schools for Special Education Have Lower Expectations Regarding the Transition to Adulthood?

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    Margraf, Hannah; Pinquart, Martin

    2016-01-01

    Individuals with emotional and behavioral disturbances (EBD) and those attending special schools tend to have poorer adult outcomes than adolescents without EBD and peers from regular schools. Using a four-group comparison (students with or without EBD from special schools and students with or without EBD from regular schools), the present study…

  1. Youth Characteristics Associated with Behavioral and Mental Health Problems during the Transition to Residential Treatment Centers: The Odyssey Project Population

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    Baker, Amy J. L.; Archer, Marc; Curtis, Patrick

    2007-01-01

    This study aimed to determine what youth characteristics were associated with emotional and behavioral problems exhibited within the first three months of placement in residential treatment centers (RTCs) in a sample of youth from 20 agencies in 13 states. Two primary research questions were addressed: 1) What characteristics were associated with…

  2. Sexual Communication, Sexual Goals, and Students’ Transition to College: Implications for Sexual Assault, Decision-Making, and Risky Behaviors

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    Lindgren, Kristen P.; Schacht, Rebecca L.; Pantalone, David W.; Blayney, Jessica A.

    2009-01-01

    A qualitative study was conducted to understand college students’ experiences and perceptions of sexual communication and sexual goals, and how they were affected by the transition from high school to college. Participants were heterosexual college students (N = 29). Single-sex focus groups were conducted and analyzed for themes. Major themes included gender differences in communication of sexual interest, with men reportedly perceiving more sexualized intentions than women intended to communicate. Gender similarities were observed related to preferring indirect and nonverbal communication and to having more freedom to pursue sexual goals in college. Men focused more intently on casual sex goals, whereas women reported more relationship goals and concerns about reputation. PMID:20502624

  3. Reversible phase transition and relaxor behavior in Te2V2O9 single crystals grown by Czochralski technique

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    Shet, Tukaram; Varma, K. B. R.

    2016-09-01

    Te2V2O9 single crystals were grown along the polar c-axis via the Czochralski crystal growth technique. Dielectric studies carried out along the polar axis in a wide temperature range at different frequencies confirmed the relaxor nature of the Te2V2O9 single crystals. Temperature dependent polarized light optical microscopy along a-axis established a reversible phase transition around 614 K. Relaxor nature of Te2V2O9 was attributed to the compositional heterogeneity at micro/nano scale within the grown crystal as vanadium was observed to be present in different oxidation states by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies.

  4. Electric properties and phase transition behavior in lead lanthanum zirconate stannate titanate ceramics with low zirconate content

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    Zeng, Tao; Lou, Qi-Wei; Chen, Xue-Feng; Zhang, Hong-Ling; Dong, Xian-Lin; Wang, Gen-Shui

    2015-11-01

    The phase transitions, dielectric properties, and polarization versus electric field (P-E) hysteresis loops of Pb0.97La0.02(Zr0.42Sn0.58-xTix)O3 (0.13≤ x ≤0.18) (PLZST) bulk ceramics were systematically investigated. This study exhibited a sequence of phase transitions by analyzing the change of the P-E hysteresis loops with increasing temperature. The antiferroelectric (AFE) to ferroelectric (FE) phase boundary of PLZST with the Zr content of 0.42 was found to locate at the Ti content between 0.14 and 0.15. This work is aimed to improve the ternary phase diagram of lanthanum-doped PZST with the Zr content of 0.42 and will be a good reference for seeking high energy storage density in the PLZST system with low-Zr content. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51202273, 11204304, and 11304334) and the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, China (Grant No. 14DZ2261000).

  5. Consistency and Timing of Marital Transitions and Survival During Midlife: the Role of Personality and Health Risk Behaviors

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    Brummett, Beverly H.; Martin, Peter; Helms, Michael J.

    2013-01-01

    Background Marital status is associated with survival. Purpose The aims of this study are to evaluate marital history and timing on mortality during midlife, test the role of pre-marital personality, and quantify the role of health risk behaviors. Methods Cox proportional hazard models were run with varying classifications of marital history and sets of covariates. Results In fully adjusted models compared to the currently married, lifetime marital history predicts premature mortality with never married at 2.33 times risk of death and ever married at 1.64 risk of death. Midlife marital history shows that not having a partner during midlife (hazard ratio (HR)= 3.10 formerly married; HR=2.59 remaining single) has the highest risk of death. Controlling for personality and health risk behaviors reduces but does not eliminate the impact of marital status. Conclusion Consistency of marital status during midlife suggests that lack of a partner is associated with midlife mortality. PMID:23299546

  6. Antiferromagnetic spin chain behavior and a transition to 3D magnetic order in Cu(D,L-alanine)2: Roles of H-bonds

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    Calvo, Rafael; Sartoris, Rosana P.; Calvo, Hernán L.; Chagas, Edson F.; Rapp, Raul E.

    2016-05-01

    We study the spin chain behavior, a transition to 3D magnetic order and the magnitudes of the exchange interactions for the metal-amino acid complex Cu(D,L-alanine)2•H2O, a model compound to investigate exchange couplings supported by chemical paths characteristic of biomolecules. Thermal and magnetic data were obtained as a function of temperature (T) and magnetic field (B0). The magnetic contribution to the specific heat, measured between 0.48 and 30 K, displays above 1.8 K a 1D spin-chain behavior that can be fitted with an intrachain antiferromagnetic (AFM) exchange coupling constant 2J0=(-2.12±0.08) cm-1 (defined as ℋex(i,i+1) = -2J0SiṡSi+1), between neighbor coppers at 4.49 Å along chains connected by non-covalent and H-bonds. We also observe a narrow specific heat peak at 0.89 K indicating a phase transition to a 3D magnetically ordered phase. Magnetization curves at fixed T = 2, 4 and 7 K with B0 between 0 and 9 T, and at T between 2 and 300 K with several fixed values of B0 were globally fitted by an intrachain AFM exchange coupling constant 2J0=(-2.27±0.02) cm-1 and g = 2.091±0.005. Interchain interactions J1 between coppers in neighbor chains connected through long chemical paths with total length of 9.51 Å cannot be estimated from magnetization curves. However, observation of the phase transition in the specific heat data allows estimating the range 0.1≤|2J1|≤0.4 cm-1, covering the predictions of various approximations. We analyze the magnitudes of 2J0 and 2J1 in terms of the structure of the corresponding chemical paths. The main contribution in supporting the intrachain interaction is assigned to H-bonds while the interchain interactions are supported by paths containing H-bonds and carboxylate bridges, with the role of the H-bonds being predominant. We compare the obtained intrachain coupling with studies of compounds showing similar behavior and discuss the validity of the approximations allowing to calculate the interchain

  7. Competing ground states in transition metal oxides: Behavior of itinerant Sr1- x Ca x RuO3 close to the classical and quantum critical ferromagnetic phase transition

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    Fuchs, D.; Huang, C. L.; Schmalian, J.; Wissinger, M.; Schuppler, S.; Grube, K.; Löhneysen, H. v.

    2015-07-01

    The ferromagnetic (FM) phase transition of the itinerant electron-system Sr1- x Ca x RuO3 can be tuned by chemical composition resulting in a quantum critical point (QCP) at the critical concentration x c ≈ 0.7. Applying epitaxial pressure at constant x leads to a reduction of the Curie temperature T C which is found to be proportional to the shrinkage of the unit-cell volume V uc , shifting x c to higher values for tensile strained films. Surprisingly, the tetragonal distortion seems to play here only a minor role. With increasing x the critical scaling of the order parameter shows unusual behavior. The magnetic critical exponents β, γ, and δ change systematically from typical mean-field values at x = 0 with increasing x towards β = 1, γ = 0.9 and δ = 1.6 at x = 0.7. The results are discussed with respect to a crossover from mean-field-like behavior at x = 0 to a line of fixed points that might emerge in the strong-disorder limit as the system approaches the QCP at or near x c . Magnetic inhomogeneities are indeed suggested by a non-vanishing magnetic moment at x c and the evidence of a Griffiths phase as well as glass-like behavior close to x c . Although spin fluctuations certainly play an important role around x c as proposed previously, our highly accurate data of the magnetization M( T, B) and specific heat C( T, B) for x = 0.7 suggest dynamic scaling with an unusual dynamic exponent z = 1.8, incompatible with standard spin-fluctuation theories at a ferromagnetic QCP.

  8. Grain boundary chemistry and heat treatment effects on the ductile-to-brittle transition behavior of vanadium alloys

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    Kurtz, R.J.; Hamilton, M.L.; Li, H.

    1998-03-01

    One-third scale Charpy impact specimens of V-4Cr-4Ti were given the same heat treatments applied to equivalent specimens of V-5Cr-5Ti. Auger specimens of V-4Cr-4Ti were also heat treated with the Charpy specimens to enable grain boundary chemistry measurements. The microstructural, microchemical and Charpy impact response of V-4Cr-4Ti displayed trends similar to those observed for V-5Cr-5Ti. The results show that grain size plays an important role in determining the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) of these materials and that a threshold level of grain boundary segregant appears to be required to cause grain boundary embrittlement and intergranular fracture.

  9. Structure, dielectric tunability, thermal stability and diffuse phase transition behavior of lead free BZT-BCT ceramic capacitors

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    Sreenivas Puli, Venkata; Pradhan, Dhiren K.; Pérez, W.; Katiyar, R. S.

    2013-03-01

    This paper reports the development of a lead free {Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3}(1-x){(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3}x - x=0.10, 0.15 and 0.20 - BZT-BCT ceramic solid solution system prepared using a solid-state reaction technique. The evolution of the Raman spectra with temperature was used to study the variation of the basic phase transition of BaTiO3 in these compositions. The phase transition temperature on heating was found to decrease to 310 K, 300 K, and 300 K, respectively, with increasing Ca content on BCT end and decreasing Zr content on BZT end of lead free pseudobinary ferroelectric BZT-BCT system. Tetragonal and rhombohedral phase coexistence is observed at room temperature from X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra. Rhombohedral phase is identified between the 83 K and 273 K from temperature dependent Raman studies. Raman results are in excellent agreement with those obtained from temperature dependent dielectric measurements. Bulk ceramic BZT-BCT materials have shown interesting temperature dependent dielectric properties and as well as higher values of room temperature dielectric constant ˜7800, 8400, 5200, dielectric tunability ˜82%, figure of merit (FOM) ˜93.71 % with low dielectric loss (tan δ) ˜0.015 to 0.024 and good thermal stability at high sintering temperature (1600 °C); they might be one of the strong candidates for dielectric tunable capacitor applications in an environmentally protective atmosphere.

  10. Impact of Liquid-Vapor to Liquid-Liquid-Vapor Phase Transitions on Asphaltene-Rich Nanoaggregate Behavior in Athabasca Vacuum Residue + Pentane Mixtures

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    Long, Bingwen; Chodakowski, Martin; Shaw, John M.

    2013-06-05

    The bulk phase behavior of heavy oil + alkane mixtures and the behavior of the asphaltenes that they contain are topics of importance for the design and optimization of processes for petroleum production, transport, and refining and for performing routine saturates, aromatics, resins, and asphaltenes (SARA) analyses. In prior studies, partial phase diagrams and phase behavior models for Athabasca vacuum residue (AVR) comprising 32 wt % pentane asphaltenes + n-alkanes were reported. For mixtures with pentane, observed phase behaviors included single-phase liquid as well as liquid–liquid, liquid–liquid–vapor, and liquid–liquid–liquid–vapor regions. Dispersed solids were detected under some conditions as well but not quantified. In this work, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) is used to study nanostructured materials in liquid phases present in AVR + n-pentane mixtures from 50 to 170 °C at mixture bubble pressure. The investigation focuses on the impact of the transition from a single AVR-rich liquid to co-existing pentane-rich and AVR-rich liquids on the nanostructure and the nanostructures most resistant to aggregation as the pentane composition axis is approached. Background scattering subtraction was performed using global mixture composition. The robustness of this assumption with respect to values obtained for coefficients appearing in a two level Beaucage unified equation fit is demonstrated. The nanostructured material is shown to arise at two length scales from 1 to 100 wt % AVR. Smaller nanostructures possess mean radii less than 50 Å, while the larger nanostructures possess mean radii greater than 250 Å. The addition of pentane to the AVR causes an increasingly large fraction of the large and small nanostructures to grow in size. Only nanostructures resistant to aggregation remain in the pentane-rich phase as the 0 wt % AVR axis is approached. Step changes in aggregation identified from changes in average radius of gyration, scattering

  11. Calorimetric study of the effect of bent-shaped dopant molecules on the critical behavior at the nematic-smectic-Ad phase transition

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    Sasaki, Y.; Ema, K.; Le, K. V.; Takezoe, H.; Dhara, S.; Sadashiva, B. K.

    2011-06-01

    We report results of calorimetric studies for the binary mixture of rodlike host n-alkyloxy-cyanobiphenyl (nOCB, n=8,9) and bent-shaped guest 1,3-phenylene-bis[4-(3-methylbenzoyloxy)]-4'-n-dodecylbiphenyl-4'-carboxylate (BC12). The effect of bent-shaped dopant molecules on the critical behavior associated with the nematic-smectic-Ad phase transition has been studied in detail. The transition temperature for the nematic-smectic-Ad phase sharply decreases as the increase of the mole fraction of the dopant concentration (denoted X for the BC12/9OCB mixture and Y for the BC12/8OCB mixture). The dependence of the critical exponent α on X and Y is well explained in terms of the McMillan ratio. A nearly tricritical exponent has been obtained for the X=0.01 mixture. X=0.02-0.03 mixtures, pure 8OCB, and Y=0.01-0.03 mixtures exhibit nonuniversal behaviors with effective exponents lying between the 3D-XY and tricritical exponents. The heat capacity anomaly for Y=0.05 has been well described with the 3D-XY exponent. The critical amplitude ratio A-/A+ is close to 1 and insensitive to the dopant concentration. No Fisher renormalization of the critical exponent has been observed even for nearly tricritical compositions, which indicates the smallness of the concentration plays a decisive role rather than the steepness of the N-SmAd phase boundary.

  12. Anomalous magnetic behavior in the transition metal ions doped Cu{sub 2}O flower-like nanostructures

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    Ahmed, Asar; Gajbhiye, Namdeo S.

    2011-01-15

    Cuprous oxide (Cu{sub 2}O) flower-like nanostructures doped with various metal ions i.e. Fe, Co, Ni and Mn have been synthesized by an organic phase solution method. The powder X-ray diffraction study clearly reveals them as single phase simple cubic cuprite lattice. Study of their magnetic properties have shown that these doped samples are ferromagnetic in nature; however, no such property was observed for the undoped Cu{sub 2}O sample. The magnitude of the ferromagnetic behavior was found to be dependent on the dopant metal ions amount, which increased consistently with its increase. As total magnetic moment contribution of the doped metal ions calculated was insignificant, it is believed to have originated from the induced magnetic moments at cation deficiency sites in the material, created possibly due to the disturbance of the crystal lattice by the dopant ions. The existence of the defects has been supported by photoluminescence spectra of the doped samples. -- Graphical abstract: Room temperature ferromagnetic behavior was observed in the Cu{sub 2}O nanoflowers doped with Fe, Co, Ni and Mn ions. Cation deficiencies formed due to dopant ions were possibly responsible for ferromagnetism. Display Omitted

  13. Helix-Coil Transition and Association Behavior of Water-Soluble Polypeptides Having Hydrophobic Alkyl Side Chains

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    Inomata, Katsuhiro; Takai, Tomokazu; Ohno, Noriyoshi; Yamaji, Yoshiaki; Yamada, Erina; Sugimoto, Hideki; Nakanishi, Eiji

    Water soluble polypeptide, poly[N 5-(2-hydroxyethyl) L-glutamine] (PHEG), was hydrophobiocally modified partially along the main chain by long alkyl groups -(CH2) n-1CH3 (Cn) as side chains. Association and viscoelastic behavior of solutions of these self-assembling polymers (PHEG-g-Cn, n = 12, 16 and 18) were investigated by means of steady-flow viscosity and linear dynamic viscoelasticity measurements. In the mixed solvent of water/ethylene glycol (EG), the main chain of PHEG-g-Cn changed its conformation from flexible random coil to rodlike α-helix with the increase in EG content of the solvent. When the solvent was pure water, existence of the associative alkyl chains induced a drastic increase in shear flow viscosity (η) than PHEG homopolymer, probably because of formation of self-assembled large aggregates via intermolecular association. When EG was used as solvent, η and the elastic storage modulus (G') of the solution revealed a unique concentration dependence, i.e., η and G' of PHEG-g-C18 solution at 20 wt% were smaller than those at 15 wt%. These viscoelastic behaviors may be described by the α-helical rodlike conformation of PHEG main chain, which is suitable to form an ordered anisotropic phase like lyotropic liquid crystal, with destruction of a physically crosslinked network structure.

  14. Estimating the Transitional Probabilities of Smoking Stages with Cross-sectional Data and 10-Year Projection for Smoking Behavior in Iranian Adolescents

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    Khosravi, Ahmad; Mansournia, Mohammad Ali; Mahmoodi, Mahmood; Pouyan, Ali Akbar; Holakouie-Naieni, Kourosh

    2016-01-01

    Background: Cigarette smoking is one of the most important health-related risk factors in terms of morbidity and mortality. In this study, we introduced a new method for deriving the transitional probabilities of smoking stages from a cross-sectional study and simulated a long-term smoking behavior for adolescents. Methods: In this study in 2010, a total of 4853 high school students were randomly selected and were completed a self-administered questionnaire about cigarette smoking. We used smoothed age- and sex-specific prevalence of smoking stages in a probabilistic discrete event system for estimating of transitional probabilities. A nonhomogenous discrete time Markov chain analysis was used to model the progression of the smoking in 10 years ahead in the same population. The mean age of the students was 15.69 ± 0.73 years (range: 14–19). Results: The smoothed prevalence proportion of current smoking varies between 3.58 and 26.14%. The age-adjusted odds of initiation in boys is 8.9 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 7.9–10.0) times of the odds of initiation of smoking in girls. Our study predicted that the prevalence proportion of current smokers increased from 7.55% in 2010 to 20.31% (95% CI: 19.44–21.37) for 2019. Conclusions: The present study showed a moderately but concerning prevalence of current smoking in Iranian adolescents and introduced a novel method for estimation of transitional probabilities from a cross-sectional study. The increasing trend of cigarette use among adolescents indicated the necessity of paying more attention to this group. PMID:27625766

  15. First-order phase transition and tricritical scaling behavior of the Blume-Capel model: A Wang-Landau sampling approach.

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    Kwak, Wooseop; Jeong, Joohyeok; Lee, Juhee; Kim, Dong-Hee

    2015-08-01

    We investigate the tricritical scaling behavior of the two-dimensional spin-1 Blume-Capel model by using the Wang-Landau method of measuring the joint density of states for lattice sizes up to 48×48 sites. We find that the specific heat deep in the first-order area of the phase diagram exhibits a double-peak structure of the Schottky-like anomaly appearing with the transition peak. The first-order transition curve is systematically determined by employing the method of field mixing in conjunction with finite-size scaling, showing a significant deviation from the previous data points. At the tricritical point, we characterize the tricritical exponents through finite-size-scaling analysis including the phenomenological finite-size scaling with thermodynamic variables. Our estimation of the tricritical eigenvalue exponents, yt=1.804(5), yg=0.80(1), and yh=1.925(3), provides the first Wang-Landau verification of the conjectured exact values, demonstrating the effectiveness of the density-of-states-based approach in finite-size scaling study of multicritical phenomena. PMID:26382370

  16. Electric field-assisted metal insulator transition in vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films: optical switching behavior and anomalous far-infrared emissivity variation

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    Crunteanu, Aurelian; Fabert, Marc; Cornette, Julie; Colas, Maggy; Orlianges, Jean-Christophe; Bessaudou, Annie; Cosset, Françoise

    2014-03-01

    We present the vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films deposition using e-beam evaporation of a vanadium target under oxygen atmosphere on different substrates (sapphire, Si, SiO2/Si…) and we focus on their electrical and optical properties variations as the material undergoes a metal-insulator transition under thermal and electrical stimuli. The phase transition induces extremely abrupt changes in the electronic and optical properties of the material: the electrical resistivity increases up to 5 orders of magnitude while the optical properties (transmission, reflection, refractive index) are drastically modified. We present the integration of these films in simple planar optical devices and we demonstrate electrical-activated optical modulators for visible-infrared signals with high discrimination between the two states. We will highlight a peculiar behavior of the VO2 material in the infrared and far infrared regions (2- 20 μm), namely its anomalous emissivity change under thermal- end electrical activation (negative differential emittance phenomenon) with potential applications in active coatings for thermal regulation, optical limiting or camouflage coatings.

  17. Influence of restraint and thermal exposure on welds in T-111 and ASTAR-811C

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    Gold, R. E.; Lessmann, G. G.

    1971-01-01

    The notched-tensile, tensile, and bend properties of GTA welds in T-111 and ASTAR-811C sheet were determined following a wide range of thermal exposures in order to define changes in ductility and mechanical property behavior due to weld aging response. No notch sensitivity or unusual tensile response was noted for any of the conditions evaluated. An aging response was noted for the bend ductile-brittle transition temperature determinations on both T-111 and ASTAR-811C welds. A tentative explanation for the observed response of each alloy is presented. In addition, the interrelationship of mechanical and chemical factors leading to underbead cracking in T-111 was investigated. The problem was shown to be amenable primarily to chemical solutions, such as alloy compositional changes. This was demonstrated by the improved performance of ASTAR-811C over T-111 in plate weld studies. Only modest success was achieved using procedural techniques as a means of eliminating underbead cracking.

  18. The behavior of the electron density and temperatue at Millstone Hill during the equinox transition study September 1984

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    Richards, P. G.; Torr, D. G.; Buonsanto, M. J.; Miller, K. L.

    1989-01-01

    The ionospheric electron density and temperature variations is simulated during the equinox transition study in September 1984 and the results are compared with measurements made at Millstone Hill. The agreement between the modeled and measured electron density and temperature for the quiet day (18 September) is very good but there are large differences on the day of the storm (19 September). On the storm day, the measured electron density decreases by a factor of 1.7 over the previous day, while the model density actually increases slightly. The model failure is attributed to an inadequate increase in the ratio of atomic oxygen to molecular neutral densities in the MSIS neutral atmosphere model, for this particular storm. A factor of 3 to 5 increase in the molecular to atomic oxygen density ratio at 300 km is needed to explain the observed decrease in electron density. The effect of vibrationally excited N sub 2 on the electron density were studied and found to be small.

  19. Notch4 Signaling Induces a Mesenchymal-Epithelial-like Transition in Melanoma Cells to Suppress Malignant Behaviors.

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    Bonyadi Rad, Ehsan; Hammerlindl, Heinz; Wels, Christian; Popper, Ulrich; Ravindran Menon, Dinoop; Breiteneder, Heimo; Kitzwoegerer, Melitta; Hafner, Christine; Herlyn, Meenhard; Bergler, Helmut; Schaider, Helmut

    2016-04-01

    The effects of Notch signaling are context-dependent and both oncogenic and tumor-suppressive functions have been described. Notch signaling in melanoma is considered oncogenic, but clinical trials testing Notch inhibition in this malignancy have not proved successful. Here, we report that expression of the constitutively active intracellular domain of Notch4 (N4ICD) in melanoma cells triggered a switch from a mesenchymal-like parental phenotype to an epithelial-like phenotype. The epithelial-like morphology was accompanied by strongly reduced invasive, migratory, and proliferative properties concomitant with the downregulation of epithelial-mesenchymal transition markers Snail2 (SNAI2), Twist1, vimentin (VIM), and MMP2 and the reexpression of E-cadherin (CDH1). The N4ICD-induced phenotypic switch also resulted in significantly reduced tumor growth in vivo Immunohistochemical analysis of primary human melanomas and cutaneous metastases revealed a significant correlation between Notch4 and E-cadherin expression. Mechanistically, we demonstrate that N4ICD induced the expression of the transcription factors Hey1 and Hey2, which bound directly to the promoter regions of Snail2 and Twist1 and repressed gene transcription, as determined by EMSA and luciferase assays. Taken together, our findings indicate a role for Notch4 as a tumor suppressor in melanoma, uncovering a potential explanation for the poor clinical efficacy of Notch inhibitors observed in this setting. Cancer Res; 76(7); 1690-7. ©2016 AACR. PMID:26801977

  20. Influence of compression on water sorption, glass transition, and enthalpy relaxation behavior of freeze-dried amorphous sugar matrices.

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    Imamura, Koreyoshi; Kagotani, Ryo; Nomura, Mayo; Tanaka, Kazuhiro; Kinugawa, Kohshi; Nakanishi, Kazuhiro

    2011-04-15

    An amorphous matrix comprised of sugar molecules are frequently used in the pharmaceutical industry. The compression of the amorphous sugar matrix improves the handling. Herein, the influence of compression on the water sorption of an amorphous sugar matrix was investigated. Amorphous sugar samples were prepared by freeze-drying, using several types of sugars, and compressed at 0-443 MPa. The compressed amorphous sugar samples as well as uncompressed samples were rehumidified at given RHs, and the equilibrium water content and glass transition temperature (T(g)) were then measured. Compression resulted in a decrease in the equilibrium water content of the matrix, the magnitude of which was more significant for smaller sized sugars. Diffusivity of water vapor in the sample was also decreased to one-hundredth by the compression. The T(g) value for a given RH remained unchanged, irrespective of the compression. Accordingly, the decrease in T(g) with increasing water content increased as the result of compression. The structural relaxation of the amorphous sugar matrices were also examined and found to be accelerated to the level of a non-porous amorphous sugar matrix as the result of the compression. The findings indicate that pores contained in freeze-dried sugar samples interfere with the propagation of structural relaxation. PMID:21291973

  1. Phase behavior and mixing-demixing transitions in binary liquid mixtures with spherical and non-spherical interactions

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    Diaz-Herrera, Enrique; Ramirez-Santiago, Guillermo; Moreno-Razo, J. Antonio

    2006-03-01

    We have carried out extensive equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations to study the temperature versus density phase diagrams and the mixing-demixing transition line in fluid equimolar binary mixtures modeled by: (i) Lennard-Jones, (ii) Stock-Mayer, and (iii) Gay- Berne molecular interactions. These studies are performed as function of miscibility parameter, α= ɛAB/ ɛAA, where ɛAA= ɛBB and ɛAB stand for the parameters related to the attractive part of the intermolecular interactions for similar and dissimilar particles, respectively. When the miscibility of the Lennard-Jones mixture varies in the range 0 < α< 1, a continuous critical line of consolute points Tcons(ρ), appears. This line intersects the liquid-vapor coexistence curve at different positions depending on the values of α, yielding mainly three different topologies for the phase diagrams. These results are in qualitative agreement to those found previously for square well and hard-core Yukawa binary mixtures. We also carry out a detailed study of the liquid-liquid interfacial and liquid-vapor surface tensions, as function of temperature and miscibility as well as its relationship to the topologies of the phase diagrams. Similar studies and analysis are also performed for Stock-Mayer and Gay-Berne binary mixtures.

  2. Effect of 3d-transition metal doping on the shielding behavior of barium borate glasses: a spectroscopic study.

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    ElBatal, H A; Abdelghany, A M; Ghoneim, N A; ElBatal, F H

    2014-12-10

    UV-visible and FT infrared spectra were measured for prepared samples before and after gamma irradiation. Base undoped barium borate glass of the basic composition (BaO 40%-B2O3 60mol.%) reveals strong charge transfer UV absorption bands which are related to unavoidable trace iron impurities (Fe(3+)) within the chemical raw materials. 3d transition metal (TM)-doped glasses exhibit extra characteristic absorption bands due to each TM in its specific valence or coordinate state. The optical spectra show that TM ions favor generally the presence in the high valence or tetrahedral coordination state in barium borate host glass. Infrared absorption bands of all prepared glasses reveal the appearance of both triangular BO3 units and tetrahedral BO4 units within their characteristic vibrational modes and the TM-ions cause minor effects because of the low doping level introduced (0.2%). Gamma irradiation of the undoped barium borate glass increases the intensity of the UV absorption together with the generation of an induced broad visible band at about 580nm. These changes are correlated with suggested photochemical reactions of trace iron impurities together with the generation of positive hole center (BHC or OHC) within the visible region through generated electrons and positive holes during the irradiation process. PMID:24983922

  3. Transition of Carrier Transport Behaviors with Temperature in Phosphorus-Doped Si Nanocrystals/SiO2 Multilayers

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    Qian, Mingqing; Shan, Dan; Ji, Yang; Li, Dongke; Xu, Jun; Li, Wei; Chen, Kunji

    2016-07-01

    High-conductive phosphorus-doped Si nanocrystals/SiO2(nc-Si/SiO2) multilayers are obtained, and the formation of Si nanocrystals with the average crystal size of 6 nm is confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectra. The temperature-dependent carrier transport behaviors of the nc-Si/SiO2 films are systematically studied by which we find the shift of Fermi level on account of the changing P doping concentration. By controlling the P doping concentration in the films, the room temperature conductivity can be enhanced by seven orders of magnitude than the un-doped sample, reaching values up to 110 S/cm for heavily doped sample. The changes from Mott variable-range hopping process to thermally activation conduction process with the temperature are identified and discussed.

  4. Transition of Carrier Transport Behaviors with Temperature in Phosphorus-Doped Si Nanocrystals/SiO2 Multilayers.

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    Qian, Mingqing; Shan, Dan; Ji, Yang; Li, Dongke; Xu, Jun; Li, Wei; Chen, Kunji

    2016-12-01

    High-conductive phosphorus-doped Si nanocrystals/SiO2(nc-Si/SiO2) multilayers are obtained, and the formation of Si nanocrystals with the average crystal size of 6 nm is confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectra. The temperature-dependent carrier transport behaviors of the nc-Si/SiO2 films are systematically studied by which we find the shift of Fermi level on account of the changing P doping concentration. By controlling the P doping concentration in the films, the room temperature conductivity can be enhanced by seven orders of magnitude than the un-doped sample, reaching values up to 110 S/cm for heavily doped sample. The changes from Mott variable-range hopping process to thermally activation conduction process with the temperature are identified and discussed. PMID:27460594

  5. The role of ethnicity, sexual attitudes, and sexual behavior in sexual revictimization during the transition to emerging adulthood.

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    Rinehart, Jenny K; Yeater, Elizabeth A; Musci, Rashelle J; Letourneau, Elizabeth J; Lenberg, Kathryn L

    2014-01-01

    An experience of child sexual abuse (CSA) substantially increases women's risk of adult sexual assault (ASA), but the mechanisms underlying this relationship are unclear. Previous research often has not examined the full range of ASA experiences or included the influence of ethnicity, sexual behavior, and sexual attitudes on CSA and severity of ASA. The current study utilized path analysis to explore the relationships among ethnicity, sexual attitudes, number of lifetime sexual partners, CSA, and severity of ASA in emerging adult women. Results indicated a significant relationship between CSA and more severe ASA that was partially explained by having more lifetime sexual partners. Additionally, European American women, relative to Hispanic women, reported more severe victimization, which was fully explained by more positive attitudes toward casual sex and having more lifetime sexual partners. These results have implications in the design and implementation of universal and selective prevention programs aimed at reducing ASA and revictimization among emerging adult women. PMID:25258422

  6. An "unreasonable effectiveness" of Hilbert transform for the transition phase behavior in an Aharonov-Bohm two-path interferometer

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    Englman, R.

    2016-08-01

    The recent phase shift data of Takada et al. (Phys. Rev. Lett. 113 (2014) 126601) for a two level system are reconstructed from their current intensity curves by the method of Hilbert transform, for which the underlying Physics is the principle of causality. An introductory algebraic model illustrates pedagogically the working of the method and leads to newly derived relationships involving phenomenological parameters, in particular for the sign of the phase slope between the resonance peaks. While the parametrization of the experimental current intensity data in terms of a few model parameters shows only a qualitative agreement for the phase shift, due to the strong impact of small, detailed variations in the experimental intensity curve on the phase behavior, the numerical Hilbert transform yields a satisfactory reproduction of the phase.

  7. β-III tubulin modulates the behavior of Snail overexpressed during the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in colon cancer cells.

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    Sobierajska, Katarzyna; Wieczorek, Katarzyna; Ciszewski, Wojciech M; Sacewicz-Hofman, Izabela; Wawro, Marta E; Wiktorska, Magdalena; Boncela, Joanna; Papiewska-Pajak, Izabela; Kwasniak, Pawel; Wyroba, Elzbieta; Cierniewski, Czeslaw S; Niewiarowska, Jolanta

    2016-09-01

    Class III β-tubulin (TUBB3) is a marker of drug resistance expressed in a variety of solid tumors. Originally, it was described as an important element of chemoresistance to taxanes. Recent studies have revealed that TUBB3 is also involved in an adaptive response to a microenvironmental stressor, e.g. low oxygen levels and poor nutrient supply in some solid tumors, independently of the microtubule targeting agent. Furthermore, it has been demonstrated that TUBB3 is a marker of biological aggressiveness associated with modulation of metastatic abilities in colon cancer. The epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a basic cellular process by which epithelial cells lose their epithelial behavior and become invasive cells involved in cancer metastasis. Snail is a zinc-finger transcription factor which is able to induce EMT through the repression of E-cadherin expression. In the presented studies we focused on the analysis of the TUBB3 role in EMT-induced colon adenocarcinoma cell lines HT-29 and LS180. We observed a positive correlation between Snail presence and TUBB3 upregulation in tested adenocarcinoma cell lines. The cellular and behavioral analysis revealed for the first time that elevated TUBB3 level is functionally linked to increased cell migration and invasive capability of EMT induced cells. Additionally, the post-transcriptional modifications (phosphorylation, glycosylation) appear to regulate the cellular localization of TUBB3 and its phosphorylation, observed in cytoskeleton, is probably involved in cell motility modulation. PMID:27188792

  8. Critical Behavior of Thermal Expansion and Magnetostriction in the Vicinity of the First order transition at the Curie Point of Gd5(SixGe1-x)4

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    Mangui Han

    2004-12-19

    Thermal expansion (TE) and magnetostriction (MS) measurements have been conducted for Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x}){sub 4} with a series of x values to study its critical behavior in the vicinity of transition temperatures. It was found that the Curie temperature of Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x}){sub 4} for x 0 {approx} 0.5 is dependent on magnetic field, direction of change of temperature (Tc on cooling was lower than Tc on heating), purity of Gd starting material, compositions, material preparation methods, and also can be triggered by the external magnetic field with a different dT/dB rate for different x values. For Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 1.95}Ge{sub 2.05}), Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}), Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 2.09}Ge{sub 1.91}), it was also found that the transition is a first order magneto-structural transition, which means the magnetic transition and crystalline structure transition occur simultaneously, and completely reversible. Temperature hysteresis and phase coexistence have been found to confirm that it is a first order transformation. While for Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 0.15}Ge{sub 3.85}), it is partially reversible at some temperature range between the antiferromagnetic and the ferromagnetic state. For Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 2.3}Ge{sub 1.7}) and Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 3}Ge{sub 1}), it was a second order transformation between the paramagnetic and ferromagnetic state, because no {Delta}T have been found. Giant magnetostriction was only found on Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 1.95}Ge{sub 2.05}), Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}), Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 2.09}Ge{sub 1.91}) in their vicinity of first order transformation. MFM images have also been taken on polycrystal sample Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 2.09}Ge{sub 1.91}) to investigate the transformation process. The results also indicates that the Curie temperature was lower and the thermally-induced strain higher in the sample made from lower purity level Gd starting materials compared with the sample made from high purity Gd metal. TE, MS, MFM and VSM measurements

  9. Puzzling calcite-III dimorphism: crystallography, high-pressure behavior, and pathway of single-crystal transitions

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    Pippinger, T.; Miletich, R.; Merlini, M.; Lotti, P.; Schouwink, P.; Yagi, T.; Crichton, W. A.; Hanfland, M.

    2015-01-01

    High-pressure phase transformations between the polymorphic forms I, II, III, and IIIb of CaCO3 were investigated by analytical in situ high-pressure high-temperature experiments on oriented single-crystal samples. All experiments at non-ambient conditions were carried out by means of Raman scattering, X-ray, and synchrotron diffraction techniques using diamond-anvil cells in the pressure range up to 6.5 GPa. The composite-gasket resistive heating technique was applied for all high-pressure investigations at temperatures up to 550 K. High-pressure Raman spectra reveal distinguishable characteristic spectral differences located in the wave number range of external modes with the occurrence of band splitting and shoulders due to subtle symmetry changes. Constraints from in situ observations suggest a stability field of CaCO3-IIIb at relatively low temperatures adjacent to the calcite-II field. Isothermal compression of calcite provides the sequence from I to II, IIIb, and finally, III, with all transformations showing volume discontinuities. Re-transformation at decreasing pressure from III oversteps the stability field of IIIb and demonstrates the pathway of pressure changes to determine the transition sequence. Clausius-Clapeyron slopes of the phase boundary lines were determined as: Δ P/Δ T = -2.79 ± 0.28 × 10-3 GPa K-1 (I-II); +1.87 ± 0.31 × 10-3 GPa K-1 (II/III); +4.01 ± 0.5 × 10-3 GPa K-1 (II/IIIb); -33.9 ± 0.4 × 10-3 GPa K-1 (IIIb/III). The triple point between phases II, IIIb, and III was determined by intersection and is located at 2.01(7) GPa/338(5) K. The pathway of transition from I over II to IIIb can be interpreted by displacement with small shear involved (by 2.9° on I/II and by 8.2° on II/IIIb). The former triad of calcite-I corresponds to the [20-1] direction in the P21/ c unit cell of phase II and to [101] in the pseudomonoclinic C setting of phase IIIb. Crystal structure investigations of triclinic CaCO3-III at non-ambient pressure

  10. Features and regularities in behavior of thermoelectric properties of rare-earth, transition, and other metals under high pressure up to 20 GPa

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    Morozova, Natalia V.; Shchennikov, Vladimir V.; Ovsyannikov, Sergey V.

    2015-12-01

    We report results of systematic investigations of the thermoelectric properties of a number of rare-earth metals, transition metals, and other metals under high pressure up to 20 GPa at room temperature. We studied an effect of applied pressure on the Seebeck effect of scandium (Sc), yttrium (Y), lanthanum (La), europium (Eu), ytterbium (Yb), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), chromium (Cr), gold (Au), tin (Sn), and CeNi alloy. We found that the high-pressure behavior of the thermopower of three rare-earth metals, namely, Sc, Y, and La, follows a general trend that has been established earlier in lanthanides, and addressed to a s → d electron transfer. Europium and ytterbium, on the contrary, showed a peculiar high-pressure behavior of the thermopower with peaks at near 0.7-1 GPa for Eu and 1.7-2.5 GPa for Yb. Chromium, manganese, and tin demonstrated a gradual and pronounced lowering of the absolute value of the thermopower with pressure. Above 9-11 GPa, the Seebeck coefficients of Mn and Sn were inverted, from n- to p-type for Mn and from p- to n-type for Sn. The Seebeck effect in iron was rather high as ˜16 μV/K and weakly varied with pressure up to ˜11 GPa. Above ˜11 GPa, it started to drop dramatically with pressure to highest pressure achieved 18 GPa. Upon decompression cycle the thermopower of iron returned to the original high values but demonstrated a wide hysteresis loop. We related this behavior in iron to the known bcc (α-Fe) → hcp (ɛ-Fe) phase transition, and proposed that the thermoelectricity of the α-Fe phase is mainly contributed by the spin Seebeck effect, likewise, the thermoelectricity of the ɛ-Fe phase—by the conventional diffusion thermopower. We compare the pressure dependencies of the thermopower for different groups of metals and figure out some general trends in the thermoelectricity of metals under applied stress.

  11. Features and regularities in behavior of thermoelectric properties of rare-earth, transition, and other metals under high pressure up to 20 GPa

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    Morozova, Natalia V.; Shchennikov, Vladimir V.; Ovsyannikov, Sergey V. E-mail: sergey2503@gmail.com

    2015-12-14

    We report results of systematic investigations of the thermoelectric properties of a number of rare-earth metals, transition metals, and other metals under high pressure up to 20 GPa at room temperature. We studied an effect of applied pressure on the Seebeck effect of scandium (Sc), yttrium (Y), lanthanum (La), europium (Eu), ytterbium (Yb), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), chromium (Cr), gold (Au), tin (Sn), and CeNi alloy. We found that the high-pressure behavior of the thermopower of three rare-earth metals, namely, Sc, Y, and La, follows a general trend that has been established earlier in lanthanides, and addressed to a s → d electron transfer. Europium and ytterbium, on the contrary, showed a peculiar high-pressure behavior of the thermopower with peaks at near 0.7–1 GPa for Eu and 1.7–2.5 GPa for Yb. Chromium, manganese, and tin demonstrated a gradual and pronounced lowering of the absolute value of the thermopower with pressure. Above 9–11 GPa, the Seebeck coefficients of Mn and Sn were inverted, from n- to p-type for Mn and from p- to n-type for Sn. The Seebeck effect in iron was rather high as ∼16 μV/K and weakly varied with pressure up to ∼11 GPa. Above ∼11 GPa, it started to drop dramatically with pressure to highest pressure achieved 18 GPa. Upon decompression cycle the thermopower of iron returned to the original high values but demonstrated a wide hysteresis loop. We related this behavior in iron to the known bcc (α-Fe) → hcp (ε-Fe) phase transition, and proposed that the thermoelectricity of the α-Fe phase is mainly contributed by the spin Seebeck effect, likewise, the thermoelectricity of the ε-Fe phase—by the conventional diffusion thermopower. We compare the pressure dependencies of the thermopower for different groups of metals and figure out some general trends in the thermoelectricity of metals under applied stress.

  12. THE HIGHLY DYNAMIC BEHAVIOR OF THE INNERMOST DUST AND GAS IN THE TRANSITION DISK VARIABLE LRLL 31

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    Flaherty, K. M.; Rieke, G.; Muzerolle, J.; Gutermuth, R.; Balog, Z.; Herbst, W.; Megeath, S. T.; Kun, M.

    2011-05-10

    We describe extensive synoptic multi-wavelength observations of the transition disk LRLL 31 in the young cluster IC 348. We combined 4 epochs of IRS spectra, 9 epochs of MIPS photometry, 7 epochs of cold-mission IRAC photometry, and 36 epochs of warm-mission IRAC photometry along with multi-epoch near-infrared spectra, optical spectra, and polarimetry to explore the nature of the rapid variability of this object. We find that the inner disk, as traced by the 2-5 {mu}m excess, stays at the dust sublimation radius while the strength of the excess changes by a factor of eight on weekly timescales, and the 3.6 and 4.5 {mu}m photometry show a drop of 0.35 mag in 1 week followed by a slow 0.5 mag increase over the next 3 weeks. The accretion rate, as measured by Pa{beta} and Br{gamma} emission lines, varies by a factor of five with evidence for a correlation between the accretion rate and the infrared excess. While the gas and dust in the inner disk are fluctuating, the central star stays relatively static. Our observations allow us to put constraints on the physical mechanism responsible for the variability. The variable accretion, and wind, are unlikely to be causes of the variability, but are both effects of the same physical process that disturbs the disk. The lack of periodicity in our infrared monitoring indicates that it is unlikely that there is a companion within {approx}0.4 AU that is perturbing the disk. The most likely explanation is either a companion beyond {approx}0.4 AU or a dynamic interface between the stellar magnetic field and the disk leading to a variable scale height and/or warping of the inner disk.

  13. The dynamic behavior of thin-film ionic transition metal complex-based light-emitting electrochemical cells

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    Meier, Sebastian B. E-mail: wiebke.sarfert@siemens.com; Hartmann, David; Sarfert, Wiebke E-mail: wiebke.sarfert@siemens.com; Winnacker, Albrecht

    2014-09-14

    Light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs) have received increasing attention during recent years due to their simple architecture, based on solely air-stabile materials, and ease of manufacture in ambient atmosphere, using solution-based technologies. The LEC's active layer offers semiconducting, luminescent as well as ionic functionality resulting in device physical processes fundamentally different as compared with organic light-emitting diodes. During operation, electrical double layers (EDLs) form at the electrode interfaces as a consequence of ion accumulation and electrochemical doping sets in leading to the in situ development of a light-emitting p-i-n junction. In this paper, we comment on the use of impedance spectroscopy in combination with complex nonlinear squares fitting to derive key information about the latter events in thin-film ionic transition metal complex-based light-emitting electrochemical cells based on the model compound bis-2-phenylpyridine 6-phenyl-2,2´-bipyridine iridium(III) hexafluoridophosphate ([Ir(ppy)₂(pbpy)][PF₆]). At operating voltages below the bandgap potential of the ionic complex used, we obtain the dielectric constant of the active layer, the conductivity of mobile ions, the transference numbers of electrons and ions, and the thickness of the EDLs, whereas the transient thickness of the p-i-n junction is determined at voltages above the bandgap potential. Most importantly, we find that charge transport is dominated by the ions when carrier injection from the electrodes is prohibited, that ion movement is limited by the presence of transverse internal interfaces and that the width of the intrinsic region constitutes almost 60% of the total active layer thickness in steady state at a low operating voltage.

  14. Crystalline structure and transition behavior of recrystallized-irradiated P(VDF-TrFE) 65/35 copolymer

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    Li Zhimin; Li Suiqiong; Cheng, Z.-Y.

    2005-01-01

    The effect of recrystallization on the crystalline structure and properties of P(VDF-TrFE) 65/35 mol % samples that had previously been irradiated with high-energy electrons at doses of 60, 85, and 100 Mrad was studied. The crystallinity of the recrystallized samples was found to be lower than that of corresponding irradiated samples and the size of the crystalline regions in the recrystallized samples was smaller. For 60- and 85-Mrad irradiated samples, the crystalline regions in the recrystallized samples contained more T{sub m>3} conformations than in the corresponding irradiated samples, while for 100-Mrad irradiated samples, the crystalline regions in the recrystallized samples had fewer T{sub m>3} conformations. Based on their melting and structure transformation behaviors, the crystalline regions in the unrecrystallized irradiated samples have a much higher surface energy, probably originating from the compressive stress induced by crosslinking on the surface of the crystalline regions. Although the recrystallized samples have a lower surface energy, the crosslinking caused the crystalline regions in the polymer to have a partially ordered region on the surface of the crystalline regions. This partially ordered surface, i.e., the interfacial layer, results in a high polarization level in the recrystallized samples. Additionally, the recrystallized sample has a lower dielectric loss. These findings combined to make such recrystallized polymers strong candidates for use in applications requiring high-performance electroactive polymers.

  15. Increasing the Knowledge and Competencies Needed for Active Participation in Transition Planning: Use of the CD-ROM Version of the Self-Advocacy Strategy with Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

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    Patti, Angela Leigh

    2010-01-01

    Given their dismal postschool outcomes, students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) are in dire need of effective methods to increase their involvement in the transition process. It is believed that through this increased involvement, students with EBD may have greater opportunity to realize success in their postschool endeavors. This…

  16. The behavior of biologically important trace elements across the oxic/euxinic transition of meromictic Fayetteville Green Lake, New York, USA

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    Havig, Jeff R.; McCormick, Michael L.; Hamilton, Trinity L.; Kump, Lee R.

    2015-09-01

    Trace elements are central components of enzymes that catalyze many of the essential reactions mediated by life. The redox sensitive nature of trace elements also permits their use as a record of ancient ocean conditions preserved in the geologic record. Trace element geochemistry in modern stratified systems is often used as a proxy for the redox state of the ancient oceans, which are thought to have been largely anoxic. In the present study, we examined trace element behavior of simultaneously collected samples at a heretofore unprecedented depth resolution (1-0.25 m intervals) throughout the redox-stratified water column of Fayetteville Green Lake, N.Y. (FGL), a 53 m deep meromictic lake under euxinic conditions similar to those thought to have been prevalent in Proterozoic oceans. Among characterized Proterozoic ocean analogs, FGL represents an understudied proxy in terms of trace elements, with characteristics of low salinity and high sulfate. In the FGL water column, spikes in the concentration of dissolved Mn, Fe and Co are coincident with the transition from oxic to euxinic conditions, and are associated with a decrease in dissolved Mo concentration. In contrast, the concentration of dissolved Ni did not vary across this transition despite the dramatic shift in redox state. From these data we present a one dimensional model for element transport and cycling through the water column to the sediments. Collectively, this comprehensive analysis of water column geochemistry provides insight into the effects of biogeochemical cycling in stratified systems on dissolved trace element concentrations in the water column. This study, in concert with characterization of other early Earth analogs, will greatly enhance the use of trace elements in interpreting the geologic record.

  17. Comparison of molecular orientation and phase transition behaviors in the two kinds of ordered ultrathin films of reversed duckweed polymer ES-3 studied by infrared grazing reflection-absorption spectroscopy

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    Wang, Qiang; Xu, Weiqing; Zhao, Bing

    2003-03-01

    A multilayer LB film and a casting film of reversed duckweed polymer ES-3 on Au-evaporated glass slides were investigated by Fourier Transform infrared grazing reflection-absorption spectroscopy. It is found that the two kinds of ordered ultrathin films have different orientation of alkyl chains, nearly perpendicular to the substrate surface for the LB film while rather tilted for the casting film. The studies on their thermal transition behaviors indicate that both of the films have three phase transition processes, respectively, occurring near 65, 105 and 140 °C for the former while near 80, 105 and 140 °C for the latter, but show different transition behavior in the each corresponding transition process. It is referred that at room temperature there are island-like domain structures formed in the LB film, but no ones in the casting film; however, the latter can form the domain structures between the first two transition points due to the desorption of solvents. The formation of domain structure seems to play two important roles, one of which is to make alkyl chains more perpendicular to the substrate surface, and the other to make alkyl chains more packed closely. Thermal cyclic experiments reveal that neither of the films could return to its original state after thermal cyclic treatment up to the temperature, which is above the third transition point, although its alkyl chain becomes highly ordered again.

  18. Phase behavior and kinetics of disorder-order and order-order transitions in multi-block copolymers in selective solvents

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    Nie, Huifen

    The primary aim of this thesis is to investigate the phase behavior and kinetics of the disorder-order transition (ODT) and the order-order transition (OOT) in block copolymer solutions in selective solvents, using small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) techniques. The kinetics of the ODT and OOT in a triblock of polystyrene (PS) and poly(ethylene-co-butylene) (PEB), in mineral oil, a selective solvent for the middle PEB block, was followed by time-resolved SAXS using temperature ramp and rapid temperature quench techniques. In semi-dilute solutions, spherical micelles exhibited liquid-like ordering at elevated temperatures and ordered onto body-centered-cubic (BCC) lattice at intermediate temperatures. In concentrated solutions, both BCC ordering of spherical micelles and hexagonal packing (HEX) of cylindrical micelles were detected. The disorder to order transformation kinetics exhibit two-stage growth: the first stage reflecting the temperature equilibration and supercooling of the micellar fluid, and the second stage corresponding to the nucleation and growth of the ordered state. The order-order transformation from HEX to BCC was characterized by a continuous shift in the primary peak position and simultaneous growth of all higher order Bragg diffraction peaks in the scattering profiles. The data were interpreted in terms of a model, according to which cylindrical micelles exhibit fluctuations with a characteristic wavelength along the cylindrical axis before breaking up into spherical micelles. Our results show that the wavelength of the fluctuation remains unchanged while the amplitude of the fluctuations grows with time. The association behavior of triblock, pentablock, and heptablock copolymers of polystyrene and polybutadiene in selective solvents was examined by SANS measurement. Comparison of the scattering profiles shows that: (i) multiblock copolymers with the outer block in a poor solvent environment have a

  19. Critical behavior of the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transition in Fe{sub 90−x}Ni{sub x}Zr{sub 10} alloy ribbons

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    Thanh, Tran Dang; Huy Dan, Nguyen; Phan, The-Long; Yu, Seong-Cho; Kumarakuru, Haridas; Olivier, Ezra J.; Neethling, Johannes H.

    2014-01-14

    This work presents a detailed study on the critical behavior of the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic (FM-PM) phase transition in Fe{sub 90−x}Ni{sub x}Zr{sub 10} (x = 0 and 5) alloy ribbons. Basing on field dependences of magnetization (M-H), M{sup 2} versus H/M plots prove the alloys exhibiting a second-order magnetic phase transition. To investigate the nature of the FM-PM phase transition at T{sub C} = 245 and 306 K for x = 0 and 5, respectively, we performed a critical-exponent study. The values of critical components β, γ, and δ determined by using the modified Arrott plots, Kouvel-Fisher (KF), and critical isotherm analyses agree with each other. For x = 0, the critical parameters β = 0.365 ± 0.013 and γ = 1.615 ± 0.033 are obtained by modified Arrott plots while β = 0.368 ± 0.008 and γ = 1.612 ± 0.016 are obtained by the KF method. These values are close to those expected for the 3D-Heisenberg model, revealing short-range FM interactions in Fe{sub 90}Zr{sub 10}. Meanwhile, for x = 5, the values of the critical parameters β = 0.423 ± 0.008 and γ = 1.325 ± 0.036 are obtained by modified Arrott plots, and β = 0.425 ± 0.006 and γ = 1.323 ± 0.012 are obtained by the KF method. The falling of the β value in between the values of the mean-field theory (β = 0.5) and the 3D-Heisenberg model (β = 0.365) indicates an existence of FM short-range order and magnetic inhomogeneity in Fe{sub 85}Ni{sub 5}Zr{sub 10}. With a partial replacement of Ni for Fe in Fe{sub 90−x}Ni{sub x}Zr{sub 10}, the value of the critical exponent β trends to shift towards that of the mean-field theory. Such the result proves the presence of Ni favors establishing FM long-range order. The nature of this phenomenon is carefully discussed.

  20. Anomalous behavior of the surface tension at the interface of the metallic and insulating phases in the vicinity of the metal-insulator phase transition in a magnetic field

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    Dubovskii, L. B.

    2014-03-01

    Mean-field equations describing the metal-insulator (MI) transition are formulated. They involve two coupled order parameters characterizing this transition: (i) a scalar order parameter describing the density change accompanying the transition from the insulating state to the metallic one and (ii) an order parameter (a two-component vector) describing the electron density in the metallic or semimetallic phase affected by the applied magnetic field. Two components of this vector correspond to different possible spin states of electrons in the applied magnetic field. The transition in the density of metallic and insulating phases being a first order phase transition is treated in terms of the Cahn-Hilliard-type gradient expansion. The transition in the electron density is a second order phase described by the Ginzburg-Landau-type functional. The coupling of these two parameters is described by the term linearly dependent on the electron density n in the metal with the proportionality factor being a function of the density of the metallic phase. The derived equations are solved in the case of the MI interface in the presence of both parallel and perpendicular uniform magnetic fields. The calculated surface tension Σmi between the metallic and insulating phases has a singular behavior. In the limit of zero electron density n ⟹ 0, Σmi ˜ n 3/2. Near the MI transition point T c( h) in the applied magnetic field, Σmi ˜ [ T - T c( h)]3/2. The singular behavior of the surface tension at the MI interface results in the clearly pronounced hysteresis accompanying the transition from the insulating to metallic state and vice versa.

  1. Influence of the micro- and nanoscale local mechanical properties of the interfacial transition zone on impact behavior of concrete made with different aggregates

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    Erdem, Savas Dawson, Andrew Robert; Thom, Nicholas Howard

    2012-02-15

    The influence of the microscale local mechanical properties of the interfacial transition zone (ITZ) on macro-level mechanical response and impact behavior is studied for concretes made with copper slag and gravel aggregates. 3D nanotech vertical scanning interferometry, scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray micro-analysis, digital image analysis, and 3D X-ray computed tomography were used to characterize the microstructures and the ITZs. It was deduced that a stronger and denser ITZ in the copper slag specimen would reduce its vulnerability to stiffness loss and contribute to its elastic and more ductile response under impact loading. The analysis also indicated that a significant degeneration in the pore structure of the gravel specimen associated with a relatively weaker and non-homogeneous ITZ occurred under impact. Finally, it was also concluded that increased roughness of ITZ may contribute to the load-carrying capacity of concrete under impact by improving contact point interactions and energy dissipation.

  2. Transition operators in acoustic-wave diffraction theory. I - General theory. II - Short-wavelength behavior, dominant singularities of Zk0 and Zk0 exp -1

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    Hahne, G. E.

    1991-01-01

    A formal theory of the scattering of time-harmonic acoustic scalar waves from impenetrable, immobile obstacles is established. The time-independent formal scattering theory of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, in particular the theory of the complete Green's function and the transition (T) operator, provides the model. The quantum-mechanical approach is modified to allow the treatment of acoustic-wave scattering with imposed boundary conditions of impedance type on the surface (delta-Omega) of an impenetrable obstacle. With k0 as the free-space wavenumber of the signal, a simplified expression is obtained for the k0-dependent T operator for a general case of homogeneous impedance boundary conditions for the acoustic wave on delta-Omega. All the nonelementary operators entering the expression for the T operator are formally simple rational algebraic functions of a certain invertible linear radiation impedance operator which maps any sufficiently well-behaved complex-valued function on delta-Omega into another such function on delta-Omega. In the subsequent study, the short-wavelength and the long-wavelength behavior of the radiation impedance operator and its inverse (the 'radiation admittance' operator) as two-point kernels on a smooth delta-Omega are studied for pairs of points that are close together.

  3. A series of transition metal-azido extended complexes with various anionic and neutral co-ligands: synthesis, structure and their distinct magnetic behavior.

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    Sengupta, Oindrila; Gole, Bappaditya; Mukherjee, Sandip; Mukherjee, Partha Sarathi

    2010-08-28

    The crystal structures and magnetic properties of five new transition metal-azido complexes with two anionic [pyrazine-2-carboxylate (pyzc) and p-aminobenzoate (paba)] and two neutral [pyrazine (pyz) and pyridine (py)] coligands are reported. All five complexes were synthesized by solvothermal methods. The complex [Co2(pyzc)2(N3)2(H2O)2]n (1) is 1D and exhibit canted antiferromagnetism, while the 3D complex [MnNa(pyzc)(N3)2(H2O)2]n (2) has a complicated structure and is weakly ferromagnetic in nature. [Mn2(paba)2(N3)2(H2O)2]n (3), is a 2D sheet and the MnII ions are found to be antiferromagnetically coupled. The isostructural 2D complexes [Cu3(pyz)2(N3)6]n (4) and [Cu3(py)2(N3)6]n (5) resemble remarkably in their magnetic properties exhibiting moderately strong ferromagnetism. Density functional theory calculations (B3LYP functional) have been performed to provide a qualitative theoretical interpretation of the overall magnetic behavior shown by these complexes. PMID:20623057

  4. Hysteretic behavior of Fe(phen){sub 2}(NCS){sub 2} spin-transition microparticles vs. the environment: A huge reversible component resolved by first order reversal curves

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    Tanasa, Radu; Stancu, Alexandru; Enachescu, Cristian; Laisney, Jérôme; Boillot, Marie-Laure

    2014-01-20

    We discuss the influence of the embedding matrix on the thermal hysteretic behavior of spin transition microparticles of Fe(phen){sub 2}(NCS){sub 2} by using a series of experimental first order reversal curves (FORCs). The shape of FORCs supports the hypothesis considering additional interactions between the spin-transition microparticles and the embedding matrix, which compares to a negative pressure on the particles. A mean-field approach based on negative variable external pressures, together with a cut off/switch on of particles-matrix interactions accounts for the experimental features.

  5. Structural phase transition causing anomalous photoluminescence behavior in perovskite (C{sub 6}H{sub 11}NH{sub 3}){sub 2}[PbI{sub 4}

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    Yangui, A.; Pillet, S.; Mlayah, A.; Lusson, A.; Bouchez, G.; Boukheddaden, K. E-mail: kbo@physique.uvsq.fr; Triki, S.; Abid, Y. E-mail: kbo@physique.uvsq.fr

    2015-12-14

    Optical and structural properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite-type (C{sub 6}H{sub 11}NH{sub 3}){sub 2}[PbI{sub 4}] (abbreviated as C{sub 6}PbI{sub 4}) were investigated using optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and x-ray diffraction measurements. Room temperature, optical absorption measurements, performed on spin-coated films of C{sub 6}PbI{sub 4}, revealed two absorption bands at 2.44 and 3.21 eV. Upon 325 nm (3.815 eV) laser irradiation, strong green PL emission peaks were observed at 2.41 eV (P1) and 2.24 eV (P2) and assigned to free and localized excitons, respectively. The exciton binding energy was estimated at 356 meV. At low temperature, two additional emission bands were detected at 2.366 eV (P3) and a large band (LB) at 1.97 eV. The former appeared only below 40 K and the latter emerged below 130 K. The thermal dependence of the PL spectra revealed an abnormal behavior accompanied by singularities in the peak positions and intensities at 40 and 130 K. X-ray diffraction studies performed on powder and single crystals as a function of temperature evidenced significant changes of the interlayer spacing at 50 K and ∼138 K. Around 138 K, a commensurate to incommensurate structural phase transition occurred on cooling. It involves a symmetry breaking leading to a distortion of the PbI{sub 6} octahedron. The resulting incommensurate spatial modulation of the Pb–I distances (and Pb–I–Pb angles) causes a spatial modulation of the band gap, which is at the origin of the emergence of the LB below ∼130 K and the anomalous behavior of the position of P1 below 130 K. The change of the interlayer spacing in the 40-50 K range may in turn be related to the significant decrease of the intensity of P2 and the maximum emission of the LB. These results underline the intricate character of the structural and the PL properties of the hybrid perovskites; understanding such properties should benefit to the design of optoelectronic devices with

  6. Structural phase transition causing anomalous photoluminescence behavior in perovskite (C6H11NH3)2[PbI4].

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    Yangui, A; Pillet, S; Mlayah, A; Lusson, A; Bouchez, G; Triki, S; Abid, Y; Boukheddaden, K

    2015-12-14

    Optical and structural properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite-type (C6H11NH3)2[PbI4] (abbreviated as C6PbI4) were investigated using optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and x-ray diffraction measurements. Room temperature, optical absorption measurements, performed on spin-coated films of C6PbI4, revealed two absorption bands at 2.44 and 3.21 eV. Upon 325 nm (3.815 eV) laser irradiation, strong green PL emission peaks were observed at 2.41 eV (P1) and 2.24 eV (P2) and assigned to free and localized excitons, respectively. The exciton binding energy was estimated at 356 meV. At low temperature, two additional emission bands were detected at 2.366 eV (P3) and a large band (LB) at 1.97 eV. The former appeared only below 40 K and the latter emerged below 130 K. The thermal dependence of the PL spectra revealed an abnormal behavior accompanied by singularities in the peak positions and intensities at 40 and 130 K. X-ray diffraction studies performed on powder and single crystals as a function of temperature evidenced significant changes of the interlayer spacing at 50 K and ∼138 K. Around 138 K, a commensurate to incommensurate structural phase transition occurred on cooling. It involves a symmetry breaking leading to a distortion of the PbI6 octahedron. The resulting incommensurate spatial modulation of the Pb-I distances (and Pb-I-Pb angles) causes a spatial modulation of the band gap, which is at the origin of the emergence of the LB below ∼130 K and the anomalous behavior of the position of P1 below 130 K. The change of the interlayer spacing in the 40-50 K range may in turn be related to the significant decrease of the intensity of P2 and the maximum emission of the LB. These results underline the intricate character of the structural and the PL properties of the hybrid perovskites; understanding such properties should benefit to the design of optoelectronic devices with targeted properties. PMID:26671368

  7. Structural phase transition causing anomalous photoluminescence behavior in perovskite (C6H11NH3)2[PbI4

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    Yangui, A.; Pillet, S.; Mlayah, A.; Lusson, A.; Bouchez, G.; Triki, S.; Abid, Y.; Boukheddaden, K.

    2015-12-01

    Optical and structural properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite-type (C6H11NH3)2[PbI4] (abbreviated as C6PbI4) were investigated using optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and x-ray diffraction measurements. Room temperature, optical absorption measurements, performed on spin-coated films of C6PbI4, revealed two absorption bands at 2.44 and 3.21 eV. Upon 325 nm (3.815 eV) laser irradiation, strong green PL emission peaks were observed at 2.41 eV (P1) and 2.24 eV (P2) and assigned to free and localized excitons, respectively. The exciton binding energy was estimated at 356 meV. At low temperature, two additional emission bands were detected at 2.366 eV (P3) and a large band (LB) at 1.97 eV. The former appeared only below 40 K and the latter emerged below 130 K. The thermal dependence of the PL spectra revealed an abnormal behavior accompanied by singularities in the peak positions and intensities at 40 and 130 K. X-ray diffraction studies performed on powder and single crystals as a function of temperature evidenced significant changes of the interlayer spacing at 50 K and ˜138 K. Around 138 K, a commensurate to incommensurate structural phase transition occurred on cooling. It involves a symmetry breaking leading to a distortion of the PbI6 octahedron. The resulting incommensurate spatial modulation of the Pb-I distances (and Pb-I-Pb angles) causes a spatial modulation of the band gap, which is at the origin of the emergence of the LB below ˜130 K and the anomalous behavior of the position of P1 below 130 K. The change of the interlayer spacing in the 40-50 K range may in turn be related to the significant decrease of the intensity of P2 and the maximum emission of the LB. These results underline the intricate character of the structural and the PL properties of the hybrid perovskites; understanding such properties should benefit to the design of optoelectronic devices with targeted properties.

  8. Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition Phenotype Is Associated with Clinicopathological Factors That Indicate Aggressive Biological Behavior and Poor Clinical Outcomes in Invasive Breast Cancer

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    Choi, Jung Eun; Kang, Su Hwan; Lee, Soo Jung

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Cancer tissue may display a wide spectrum of expression phenotypes of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)-related proteins. The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical significance of EMT phenotypes in breast cancer. Methods We evaluated the expression pattern of the EMT-related proteins E-cadherin and fibronectin in samples from 1,495 patients with invasive breast carcinoma (IBC) on tissue microarrays using immunohistochemistry to investigate the clinical significance of EMT phenotypes in IBC. EMT phenotypes were divided into complete type (E-cadherin-negative/fibronectin-positive), incomplete type (hybrid type, E-cadherinpositive/fibronectin-positive; null type, E-cadherin-negative/fibronectin-negative), and wild-type (E-cadherin-positive/fibronectin-negative). We analyzed the correlation of EMT phenotype with clinicopathological factors and patient survival. Results Loss of E-cadherin was observed in 302 patients (20.2%), and fibronectin was expressed in the cancer cells of 354 patients (23.7%). In total, 64 (4.3%), 290 (19.4%), 238 (15.9%), and 903 (60.4%) samples were categorized as complete, hybrid, null, and wild-type, respectively. The complete EMT phenotype exhibited significant associations with young age (p=0.017), advanced pT (p<0.001) and pN (p<0.001) stages, higher histological grade (p<0.001), lymphovascular invasion (p<0.001), and triple negativity (p<0.001). Patients with complete and hybrid EMT phenotypes had poorer overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) than those with the wild-type phenotype (OS, p=0.001; DFS, p<0.001). In multivariate analysis, the hybrid EMT phenotype was an independent prognostic factor for DFS in patients with IBC (p=0.032). Conclusion EMT phenotypes exhibited significant associations with clinicopathological factors indicating aggressive biologic behavior and poor outcome in patients with IBC. PMID:26472976

  9. C-di-GMP Regulates Motile to Sessile Transition by Modulating MshA Pili Biogenesis and Near-Surface Motility Behavior in Vibrio cholerae

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    Jones, Christopher J.; Utada, Andrew; Davis, Kimberly R.; Thongsomboon, Wiriya; Zamorano Sanchez, David; Banakar, Vinita; Cegelski, Lynette; Wong, Gerard C. L.; Yildiz, Fitnat H.

    2015-01-01

    In many bacteria, including Vibrio cholerae, cyclic dimeric guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) controls the motile to biofilm life style switch. Yet, little is known about how this occurs. In this study, we report that changes in c-di-GMP concentration impact the biosynthesis of the MshA pili, resulting in altered motility and biofilm phenotypes in V. cholerae. Previously, we reported that cdgJ encodes a c-di-GMP phosphodiesterase and a ΔcdgJ mutant has reduced motility and enhanced biofilm formation. Here we show that loss of the genes required for the mannose-sensitive hemagglutinin (MshA) pilus biogenesis restores motility in the ΔcdgJ mutant. Mutations of the predicted ATPase proteins mshE or pilT, responsible for polymerizing and depolymerizing MshA pili, impair near surface motility behavior and initial surface attachment dynamics. A ΔcdgJ mutant has enhanced surface attachment, while the ΔcdgJmshA mutant phenocopies the high motility and low attachment phenotypes observed in a ΔmshA strain. Elevated concentrations of c-di-GMP enhance surface MshA pilus production. MshE, but not PilT binds c-di-GMP directly, establishing a mechanism for c-di-GMP signaling input in MshA pilus production. Collectively, our results suggest that the dynamic nature of the MshA pilus established by the assembly and disassembly of pilin subunits is essential for transition from the motile to sessile lifestyle and that c-di-GMP affects MshA pilus assembly and function through direct interactions with the MshE ATPase. PMID:26505896

  10. C-di-GMP Regulates Motile to Sessile Transition by Modulating MshA Pili Biogenesis and Near-Surface Motility Behavior in Vibrio cholerae.

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    Jones, Christopher J; Utada, Andrew; Davis, Kimberly R; Thongsomboon, Wiriya; Zamorano Sanchez, David; Banakar, Vinita; Cegelski, Lynette; Wong, Gerard C L; Yildiz, Fitnat H

    2015-10-01

    In many bacteria, including Vibrio cholerae, cyclic dimeric guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) controls the motile to biofilm life style switch. Yet, little is known about how this occurs. In this study, we report that changes in c-di-GMP concentration impact the biosynthesis of the MshA pili, resulting in altered motility and biofilm phenotypes in V. cholerae. Previously, we reported that cdgJ encodes a c-di-GMP phosphodiesterase and a ΔcdgJ mutant has reduced motility and enhanced biofilm formation. Here we show that loss of the genes required for the mannose-sensitive hemagglutinin (MshA) pilus biogenesis restores motility in the ΔcdgJ mutant. Mutations of the predicted ATPase proteins mshE or pilT, responsible for polymerizing and depolymerizing MshA pili, impair near surface motility behavior and initial surface attachment dynamics. A ΔcdgJ mutant has enhanced surface attachment, while the ΔcdgJmshA mutant phenocopies the high motility and low attachment phenotypes observed in a ΔmshA strain. Elevated concentrations of c-di-GMP enhance surface MshA pilus production. MshE, but not PilT binds c-di-GMP directly, establishing a mechanism for c-di-GMP signaling input in MshA pilus production. Collectively, our results suggest that the dynamic nature of the MshA pilus established by the assembly and disassembly of pilin subunits is essential for transition from the motile to sessile lifestyle and that c-di-GMP affects MshA pilus assembly and function through direct interactions with the MshE ATPase. PMID:26505896

  11. Investigation of the first-order phase transition in the Co(1-x)Mg(x)MoO4 solid solution and discussion of the associated thermochromic behavior.

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    Robertson, L C; Gaudon, M; Jobic, S; Deniard, P; Demourgues, A

    2011-04-01

    A series of compounds of Co(1-x)Mg(x)MoO(4) compositions has been prepared by a conventional ceramic route. The members of the whole solid solution exhibit a reversible first-order phase transition which was probed by using thermal expansion and low-temperature reflectivity techniques. Whereas the α → β transition temperature evolves linearly on warming from 435 to 200 °C with x going from 0 to 0.9, the β → α transition temperature variation falls down on cooling from -40 °C to -140 °C going from CoMoO(4) to Co(0.1)Mg(0.9)MoO(4) with an asymptotic evolution. The phase transition temperatures have been explained on the basis of a crystal polarization effect under substitution of Mg for Co. Thus, from an applicative point of view, new thermochromic pigments with tunable transition temperatures are here proposed. PMID:21388181

  12. Liquid polymorphism, order-disorder transitions and anomalous behavior: A Monte Carlo study of the Bell-Lavis model for water

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    Fiore, Carlos E.; Szortyka, Marcia M.; Barbosa, Marcia C.; Henriques, Vera B.

    2009-10-01

    The Bell-Lavis model for liquid water is investigated through numerical simulations. The lattice-gas model on a triangular lattice presents orientational states and is known to present a highly bonded low density phase and a loosely bonded high density phase. We show that the model liquid-liquid transition is continuous, in contradiction with mean-field results on the Husimi cactus and from the cluster variational method. We define an order parameter which allows interpretation of the transition as an order-disorder transition of the bond network. Our results indicate that the order-disorder transition is in the Ising universality class. Previous proposal of an Ehrenfest second order transition is discarded. A detailed investigation of anomalous properties has also been undertaken. The line of density maxima in the HDL phase is stabilized by fluctuations, absent in the mean-field solution.

  13. Transition Planning

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    Statfeld, Jenna L.

    2011-01-01

    Post-school transition is the movement of a child with disabilities from school to activities that occur after the completion of school. This paper provides information about: (1) post-school transition; (2) transition plan; (3) transition services; (4) transition planning; (5) vocational rehabilitation services; (6) services that are available…

  14. Experimental and statistical analyses to characterize in-vehicle fine particulate matter behavior inside public transit buses operating on B20-grade biodiesel fuel

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    Vijayan, Abhilash; Kumar, Ashok

    2010-11-01

    This paper presents results from an in-vehicle air quality study of public transit buses in Toledo, Ohio, involving continuous monitoring, and experimental and statistical analyses to understand in-vehicle particulate matter (PM) behavior inside buses operating on B20-grade biodiesel fuel. The study also focused on evaluating the effects of vehicle's fuel type, operating periods, operation status, passenger counts, traffic conditions, and the seasonal and meteorological variation on particulates with aerodynamic diameter less than 1 micron (PM 1.0). The study found that the average PM 1.0 mass concentrations in B20-grade biodiesel-fueled bus compartments were approximately 15 μg m -3, while PM 2.5 and PM 10 concentration averages were approximately 19 μg m -3 and 37 μg m -3, respectively. It was also observed that average hourly concentration trends of PM 1.0 and PM 2.5 followed a "μ-shaped" pattern during transit hours. Experimental analyses revealed that the in-vehicle PM 1.0 mass concentrations were higher inside diesel-fueled buses (10.0-71.0 μg m -3 with a mean of 31.8 μg m -3) as compared to biodiesel buses (3.3-33.5 μg m -3 with a mean of 15.3 μg m -3) when the windows were kept open. Vehicle idling conditions and open door status were found to facilitate smaller particle concentrations inside the cabin, while closed door facilitated larger particle concentrations suggesting that smaller particles were originating outside the vehicle and larger particles were formed within the cabin, potentially from passenger activity. The study also found that PM 1.0 mass concentrations at the back of bus compartment (5.7-39.1 μg m -3 with a mean of 28.3 μg m -3) were higher than the concentrations in the front (5.7-25.9 μg m -3 with a mean of 21.9 μg m -3), and the mass concentrations inside the bus compartment were generally 30-70% lower than the just-outside concentrations. Further, bus route, window position, and time of day were found to affect the in

  15. A translational evaluation of transitions.

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    Jessel, Joshua; Hanley, Gregory P; Ghaemmaghami, Mahshid

    2016-06-01

    Transitions with nonhuman animals are typically framed as inescapable changes in signaled reinforcement schedules that result in a pause in responding unique to switches from rich to lean schedules. Pausing is considered to be a function of the aversive qualities of the contrasting reinforcement schedules. Transitions are typically framed in applied research as physical changes in location that evoke problem behavior maintained by the escape of an aversive event or resumption of a preferred event. We attempted to extend the basic framing of transitions to behaviors and contexts of social significance and evaluate a novel treatment for the problem of dawdling by 3 boys who had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder during rich-to-lean transitions. Dawdling during physical transitions was most readily observed when transitioning to lean contexts in Experiment 1. We then shortened transition duration in Experiment 2 by programming unsignaled and probabilistic rich reinforcement in the upcoming context. PMID:26916573

  16. The Impact of Multiple Types of Child Maltreatment on Subsequent Risk Behaviors among Women during the Transition from Adolescence to Young Adulthood

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    Hahm, Hyeouk Chris; Lee, Yoona; Ozonoff, Al; Van Wert, Michael J.

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate how different types of child maltreatment, independently and collectively, impact a wide range of risk behaviors that fall into three domains: sexual risk behaviors, delinquency, and suicidality. Cumulative classification and Expanded Hierarchical Type (EHT) classification approaches were used to…

  17. Experimental investigation of the unusual behavior of local heat transfer coefficient in the transition region of a circular tube with a bell-mouth entrance

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    Tam, L.M.; Ghajar, A.J.

    1996-12-31

    The local heat transfer characteristics for ethylene glycol water mixtures flowing in a horizontal circular straight tube with a bell-mouth inlet have been determined experimentally over a flow Reynolds number range of 1,500 to 27,000. A wall-boundary heating condition of uniform heat flux was imposed. The variation of local heat transfer coefficient with length in the transition and turbulent flow regimes is very unusual. For the bell-mouth inlet, the boundary layer along the tube wall is at first laminar and then changes through a transition region to the turbulent condition causing a dip in the Nu-x/D curve. The length of the dip in the transition region is much longer than that in the turbulent region. For the experiments the length of the dip in the transition region varied from x/D = 100 to 175 in comparison to an x/D < 25 for the turbulent region. The presence of the dip in the transition region causes a significant influence on both the local and the average heat transfer coefficients. This is particularly important for heat transfer calculations in short tubes with a bell-mouth inlet.

  18. A Variety of Phase-Transition Behaviors in a Niccolite Series of [NH3 (CH2 )4 NH3 ][M(HCOO)3 ]2.

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    Shang, Ran; Chen, Sa; Hu, Ke-Li; Wang, Bing-Wu; Wang, Zhe-Ming; Gao, Song

    2016-04-25

    A niccolite series of [bnH2 (2+) ][M(HCOO)3 ]2 (bnH2 (2+) =1,4-butyldiammonium) shows four kinds of metal-dependent phase transitions, from high temperature para-electric phases to low-temperature ferro-, antiferro-, glass-like, and para-electric phases. The conformational flexibility of bnH2 (2+) and the different size, mass, and bonding character of the metal ion lead to various disorder-order transitions of bnH2 (2+) in the lattice and relevant framework modulations, thus different phase transitions and dielectric responses. The magnetic members display a coexistence or combination of electric and magnetic orderings in the low-temperature region. PMID:26892832

  19. Critical behavior at nematic-to-smectic-A phase transitions for smectic-A1 and reentrant smectic-Ad phases

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    Evans-Lutterodt, K. W.; Chung, J. W.; Ocko, B. M.; Birgeneau, R. J.; Chiang, C.; Garland, C. W.; Chin, E.; Goodby, J.; Tinh, Nguyen Huu

    1987-08-01

    We have carried out high-resolution x-ray scattering and heat-capacity studies of the nematic (N)-->smectic-A (SmA) transitions in 4'-(4''-n-alkoxybenzyloxy)-4-cyanostilbene with the alkyl chain of length 7 (T7) and 8 (T8). The material T7 exhibits only a single nematic-to-smectic-A1 transition where the SmA1 period is commensurate with the molecular length l. T8 exhibits with decreasing temperature the doubly reentrant sequence N-SmAd-N-SmA1 where the SmAd period is incommensurate with d~1.2l. For both T7 and T8 we find second-order N-SmA1 transitions with identical reduced amplitudes and exponents; the critical exponents so obtained are γ=1.22+/-0.06, ν=0.69+/-0.03, ν⊥=0.63+/-0.03, and α=0.06+/-0.06. These are close, but not identical, to those expected for an ideal XY transition and they give ν+2ν⊥+α-2=0.01+/-0.15, in good agreement with anisotropic hyperscaling. The lower N-SmAd transition in T8 gives γ=1.53+/-0.1, ν=0.88+/-0.05, and ν⊥=0.76+/-0.05, in disagreement with all models. The heat capacity associated with this transition is too small to yield a reliable value for the critical exponent α. In the reentrant nematic phase of T8, the SmAd and SmA1 fluctuations are essentially independent; the SmAd fluctuations change over from being SmA-like to SmC-like with decreasing temperature in the reentrant nematic phase.

  20. Critical behavior near the ferromagnetic - paramagnetic phase transition in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3+d nanowires synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    Datta, Subarna; Ghosh, Barnali

    2015-06-01

    We report here the synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of functional oxide nanowire (NW) of hole doped manganite La0.7Sr0.3MnO3+d (LSMO). The nanowires (NWs) are fabricated by hydrothermal method using autoclave at a temperature of 240°C. Due to size reduction of the NWs the volume of the unit cell decreases ~ 1% with respect to the bulk La0.7Sr0.3MnO3. The LSMO NWs have a ferromagnetic - paramagnetic transition temperature or Curie temperature (TC) at 311 K and it shows second order phase transition at TC as seen in bulk.

  1. Magnetic transition from the paramagnetic to long-period structure in RMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} multiferroics: Renormalization group analysis of critical behavior

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    Men'shenin, V. V.

    2013-06-15

    A transition from the paramagnetic state to a long-period magnetic structure with an incommensurate wave vector along one crystallographic axis in RMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} multiferroics is considered. An effective Hamiltonian for these oxides is constructed with allowance for spin fluctuations. Critical points are found, and their stability is analyzed using the renormalization group approach. It is shown that critical fluctuations in these compounds admit a second-order phase transition with respect to a multicomponent order parameter.

  2. Analysis of the Influence of the Molecular Volume to Predict Experimental Pressure-Temperature Behavior in the Isotropic-Nematic Phase Transition of PAP, 5CB, MBBA and EBBA

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    García-Sánchez, Eduardo; Mendoza-Huizar, Luis H.; Ramírez-García, Uriel; Sustaita, Ireri A.; Alvarado, Francisco

    2015-04-01

    In this work, we have analyzed the experimental pressure-temperature behavior at the isotropic-nematic phase transition of the liquid crystals PAP, 5CB, MBBA, and EBBA at 1 atm by using the HERSW Convex Peg model in conjunction with the IPCM model. We have calculated the molecular volume values for the hard and attractive cores from theoretical quantum calculations at the PM3, PM6, B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p)//PM6, and M06/6-311++G(d,p)//PM6 levels of theory. The results suggest that the best theoretical prediction of the experimental pressure-temperature behavior is obtained when the molecular volume is evaluated at the DFT level.

  3. A theoretical study of soft mode behavior and ferroelectric phase transition in 18O-isotope exchanged SrTiO3: evidence of phase coexistence at the quantum critical point

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    Mkam Tchouobiap, S. E.

    2014-02-01

    Motivated by recent experiments, the dynamics of the ferroelectric soft mode and the ferroelectric phase transition mechanism in 18O isotope exchanged systems SrTi(16O1-x18Ox)3 (abbreviated as STO18-x) are reinvestigated as a function of the 18O isotope exchange rate x, within a quasiharmonic model (QHM) for quantum ferroelectric modes in double-Morse local potential with mean-field approximation interactions between modes. The approach was realized within the framework of the variational principle method at finite temperature through the quantum mean-field approximation and by taking into account the effect of isotope replacement through the predominant mass effect, the cell volume effect, homogeneity of the composition throughout the material and the concentration-dependent ferroelectric mode distortion effect. The dynamics of the lowest-frequency soft phonon mode clearly presents an increased softening phenomenon with increasing x and a complete one at the corresponding phase transition temperature Tc, demonstrating the perfect soft-mode-type quantum ferroelectric phase transition for x ⩾ xc. Also, a ferroelectric-paraelectric phase coexistence state has been found near the quantum critical point xc and its origin is discussed. The ferroelectric phase transition mechanism is analyzed and its nature discussed, where a second-order phase transition close to the tricritical point is predicted. In addition, the effect of quantum fluctuations on the soft mode dynamics is discussed which reveals its reduction with increasing x and the crossover of the soft mode dynamics from the quantum to the classic one at the full 18O exchange limit x = 1, for which the origin seems to lie in the new homogeneity associated with the direct reduction of quantum fluctuations effects on the soft mode behavior. Within the QHM, consistent agreement with some of the previous experimental results and theoretical predictions of quantum ferroelectricity throughout the full range of x are

  4. High Resolution 15N NMR of the 225 K Phase Transition of Ammonia Borane (NH3BH3): Mixed Order-Disorder and Displacive Behavior

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    Gunaydin-Sen, Ozge; Achey, Randall; Dalal, Nar S.; Stowe, Ashley C.; Autrey, Thomas

    2007-02-01

    We report high resolution 15N NMR probing of the solid-solid phase transition of 15N-labeled ammonia borane (NH3BH3) around 225 K. Both the 15N isotropic chemical shift, δiso, and the spin-lattice relaxation rate (T1-1) exhibited strong anomalies around 225 K. The analysis of T1-1 using the Bloembergen-Purcell and Pound model showed that the motional correlation time, τ, increased from about 1 ps to 100 ps while the corresponding Arrhenius activation energy increased from 6 to 13.4 kJ/mol on going through the transition. The observed strong temperature dependence of δiso was interpreted by an extension of the Bayer model. The time scale of the underlying motion was found to be in a reasonable agreement with the T1-1 data. These results imply that the NH3 rotor motion plays a pivotal role in the transition mechanism, and that the transition is of both order-disorder and displacive type. This work was supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the U. S. Department of Energy Chemical Sciences program. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the U. S. Department of Energy.

  5. The Effects of Project APPLE (Autistic Preadolescent Proactive Learning Environments) on Academic, Behavioral, and Transitional Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Cayce, Robin M.

    2012-01-01

    This study addressed the effects of Project APPLE, an intervention created by the researcher and supported by the Guide to Project APPLE, a handbook which provided research-based teaching strategies, modificaitons to the learning environment, and transitional supports for students with ASD, and the teachers with whom their care and education is…

  6. Individual Differences in Growth in Executive Function across the Transition to School Predict Externalizing and Internalizing Behaviors and Self-Perceived Academic Success at 6 Years of Age

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    Hughes, Claire; Ensor, Rosie

    2011-01-01

    Building on an existing latent variable analysis of executive function (EF) in children (N=191, 57% boys and 43% girls) making the transition to school (Hughes et al. (2010), "Developmental Neuropsychology", vol. 35, pp. 20-36), the current study both documented average developmental improvements from 4 to 6 years of age and examined individual…

  7. Families in Transition .

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    Bundy, Michael L., Ed.; Gumaer, James, Ed.

    1984-01-01

    Focuses on disrupted families and the role of the school counselor in helping children adjust. Describes characteristics of healthy families, and discusses the transition to the blended family, effects of divorce groups on children's classroom behavior, counseling children in stepfamilies, single-parent families, and parenting strengths of single…

  8. Phase transition behaviors of PbZr1-xTixO3 single crystals as revealed by elastic anomalies and central peaks

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    Hyun Kim, Tae; Ko, Jae-Hyeon; Kojima, Seiji; Bokov, Alexei A.; Long, Xifa; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2012-02-01

    Two PbZr1-xTixO3 (PZT) single crystals with x ≈ 0.45 and 0.42 near the morphotropic phase boundary were studied by Brillouin light scattering, giving rise to the first single-crystal elastic data which were discussed in terms of the correlation between the acoustic anomalies and the phase transition sequence. The ferroelectric phase transition of PZT with x ≈ 0.45 was second order (or very close to the second order) which accompanied very large polarization fluctuations resulting in the formation of strong central peaks. A revised phase diagram of PZT was suggested including refinement of the tilt phase boundary and a possible existence of tricritical point.

  9. Structural characterization, phase transition and switchable dielectric behaviors in a new zigzag chain organic-inorganic hybrid compound: [C3H7NH3]2SbI5.

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    Mao, Chen-Yu; Liao, Wei-Qiang; Wang, Zhong-Xia; Li, Peng-Fei; Lv, Xing-Hui; Ye, Heng-Yun; Zhang, Yi

    2016-03-28

    A novel zigzag chain organic-inorganic hybrid compound of the general formula R2MI5, [n-C3H7NH3]2[SbI5] (1), was successfully synthesized, in which the n-propylammonium cations were located in the free cavities between the one-dimensional zigzag chains. Systematic characterization was performed to investigate the phase transition of 1. A pair of sharp peaks at 211.8 K (heating) and 203.7 K (cooling) with a hysteresis 8.1 K were observed in the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) curve, indicating the first-order phase transition behavior of 1. The temperature dependence dielectric measurement demonstrated a step-like change at around 211.8 K, which makes 1 a potential switchable dielectric material. Frequency dependence measurement revealed that the frequency exerts a weak influence on the dielectric permittivity. Further structural analysis shows that both anionic and cationic moieties contribute to the phase transition, accompanied by weak hydrogen bond interactions between cations and the [SbI5]n(2-) chains. PMID:26893146

  10. Magnetic transition behavior of perovskite manganites Nd0.5Sr0.3Ca0.2MnO3 polycrystalline

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    Ru, Xing; Su-Lei, Wan; Wen-Qing, Wang; Lin, Zheng; Xiang, Jin; Min, Zhou; Yi, Lu; Jian-Jun, Zhao

    2016-04-01

    A polycrystalline sample Nd0.5Sr0.3Ca0.2MnO3 is prepared by the conventional solid state reaction method. The structure and magnetic properties are investigated with x-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), and electron spin resonance (ESR). The sample is in single phase with the space group Pbnm symmetry. With the decrease of temperature, Nd0.5Sr0.3Ca0.2MnO3 undergoes three magnetic transitions: ferromagnetic transition at T C ≈ 210 K, charge-ordering at T CO ≈ 175 K, and antiferromagnetic transition at T N = 155 K. In addition, the activation energy E a ≈ 52.78 meV can be extracted by curve fitting. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11164019, 51562032, and 61565013), the Inner Mongolia Natural Science Foundation, China (Grant Nos. 2015MS0109, NJZZ11166, and NJZY12202), and the Science and Technology in Baotou Production-Study-Research Cooperation Projects, China (Grant No. 2014X1014-01).

  11. The Impact of Multiple Types of Child Maltreatment on Subsequent Risk Behaviors Among Women During the Transition from Adolescence to Young Adulthood

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    Hahm, Hyeouk Chris; Lee, Yoona; Ozonoff, Al; Van Wert, Michael J.

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate how different types of child maltreatment, independently and collectively, impact a wide range of risk behaviors that fall into three domains: sexual risk behaviors, delinquency, and suicidality. Cumulative classification and Expanded Hierarchical Type (EHT) classification approaches were used to categorize various types of maltreatment. Data were derived from Wave III of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Our sample consisted of White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian females ages 18 to 27 (n = 7,576). Experiencing different kinds of maltreatment during childhood led to an extensive range of risk behaviors within the three identified domains. Women experiencing sexual abuse plus other maltreatment types had the poorest outcomes in all three domains. These findings illustrate that it may no longer be appropriate to assume that all types of maltreatment are equivalent in their potential contribution to negative developmental sequelae. PMID:20020190

  12. Partnership Transitions and Maternal Parenting

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    Beck, Audrey N.; Cooper, Carey E.; McLanahan, Sara; Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne

    2010-01-01

    We use data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 1,975) to examine the association between mothers' partnership changes and parenting behavior during the first 5 years of their children's lives. We compare coresidential with dating transitions and recent with more distal transitions. We also examine interactions between…

  13. Course Selection Theory and College Transition Seminars: An Adaptation of College Choice Models to Explain First-Year Students' Course Enrollment Behavior

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    Graff, Curt Gerard

    2011-01-01

    This dissertation examines the course-enrollment behavior of first-year students at a public Midwestern university. Using the student choice construct, modern college choice theory, and the constructs of habitus, human capital, financial capital, social capital, cultural capital, along with background variables such as gender and locus of control,…

  14. Optical Temperature Sensing Behavior Through Stark Sublevels Transitions of Green and Red Upconversion Emissions for Er3+-Yb3+-Li+ Codoped TiO2 Phosphors.

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    He, Y Y; Wu, J L; Wang, X H; Feng, Z Q; Dong, B

    2016-04-01

    The Er3+-Yb3+-Li+ codoped TiO2 phosphors have been prepared by sol-gel method. The green and red upconversion emissions were observed under a 976 nm laser diode excitation, which were ascribed to 2H11/2 --> 4I15/2, 4S3/2(I)/4S3/2(II) -->4I15/2, and 4F9/2(I)/4F9/2(II) -->4I15/2 transitions of Er3+ Stark sublevels. The fluorescence intensity ratios (FIR), which are corresponding to the transitions of 2H11/2/(4S3/2(I)+4S3/2(II))--> 4I5/2, 4S3/2(I)/4S3/2(II) -->4I15/2, and 4F9/2(II)/4F9/2(II) -->4I15/2, have been studied as a function of temperature in the range of 303 673 K. The temperature sensitivities have been calculated at the maximum value of 0.0020 K-1, 0.0015 K-1, and 0.0011 K-1 at the temperatures of 427 K, 350 K, and 273 K for the three coupled energy level transitions, respectively. The Er3+-Yb3+-Li+ codoped Ti02 phosphor with different temperature sensitivities by Stark sublevels indicated that it is a promising material for application in optical temperature sensing at a wide range of temperature. PMID:27451706

  15. Distinctly Different Glass Transition Behaviors of Trehalose Mixed with Na2HPO4 or NaH2PO4: Evidence for its Molecular Origin

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    Weng, Lindong; Elliott, Gloria D.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose The present study is aimed at understanding how the interactions between sugar molecules and phosphate ions affect the glass transition temperature of their mixtures, and the implications for pharmaceutical formulations. Methods The glass transition temperature (Tg) and the α-relaxation temperature (Tα) of dehydrated trehalose/sodium phosphate mixtures (monobasic or dibasic) were determined by differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical analysis, respectively. Molecular dynamics simulations were also conducted to investigate the microscopic interactions between sugar molecules and phosphate ions. The hydrogen-bonding characteristics and the self-aggregation features of these mixtures were quantified and compared. Results Thermal analysis measurements demonstrated that the addition of NaH2PO4 decreased both the glass transition temperature and the α-relaxation temperature of the dehydrated trehalose/NaH2PO4 mixture compared to trehalose alone while both Tg and Tα were increased by adding Na2HPO4 to pure trehalose. The hydrogen-bonding interactions between trehalose and HPO42− were found to be stronger than both the trehalose-trehalose hydrogen bonds and those formed between trehalose and H2PO4−. The HPO42− ions also aggregated into smaller clusters than H2PO4− ions. Conclusions The trehalose/Na2HPO4 mixture yielded a higher Tg than pure trehalose because marginally self-aggregated HPO42− ions established a strengthened hydrogen-bonding network with trehalose molecules. In contrast H2PO4− ions served only as plasticizers, resulting in a lower Tg of the mixtures than trehalose alone, creating large-sized ionic pockets, weakening interactions, and disrupting the original hydrogen-bonding network amongst trehalose molecules. PMID:25537342

  16. Investigations on the Crystal-Chemical Behavior of Transition-Metal-Bearing Aluminosilicate Garnet Solid Solutions Using 27Al and 29Si NMR Spectroscopy

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    Palke, A. C.; Geiger, C. A.; Stebbins, J. F.

    2015-12-01

    The petrological importance of silicate garnet is derived from the presence of three distinct cation sites of varying size and coordination number. This allows for a wide range of trace, minor, and major element substitutions. However, a full and precise crystal-chemical understanding of the nature of transition metals in garnet is not at hand. Possible mechanisms of various charge-balanced substitutions (e.g. octahedral Ti4+ or tetrahedral Al3+) and the structural state of solid solutions (i.e. short- to long-range ordering) need study. We report on ongoing efforts in these directions using 27Al and 29Si Magic-Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MAS-NMR) spectroscopy. Early work on synthetic and natural Fe- and Mn-bearing pyrope- and grossular-rich garnets focused on the effect these paramagnetic transition metals have in measuring and interpreting NMR spectra. These results have been expanded with NMR measurements on synthetic pyrope-rich garnets containing other paramagnetic transition metals including Cr3+, V3+, Co2+, and Ni2+ as well as diamagnetic Ti4+. NMR peaks are severely broadened in the presence of even small concentrations of Cr3+, Mn2+, and Fe3+ leading to a loss of spectral resolution. On the other hand, the spectra of garnet containing V3+, Fe2+, Co2+, and Ni2+ have better resolution and show separate paramagnetically shifted NMR peaks. In some cases, crystal-chemical information can be obtained because of the large frequency separations between the NMR peaks that can be assigned to various local atomic configurations around Al and Si. Furthermore, the 27Al NMR spectrum of a synthetic pyrope garnet with about 2% diamagnetic Ti4+ on the octahedral site showed the absence of any tetrahedral Al3+, which rules out the substitution mechanism VITi + IVAl = VIAl + IVSi in the solid solution. Our NMR investigations on garnet are now being made at the exploratory level. We think that NMR spectra of diamagnetic garnet can provide information on a

  17. Effect of hydrophobic and hydrophilic additives on sol–gel transition and release behavior of timolol maleate from polycaprolactone-based hydrogel

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    Mishra, Gyan P.; Tamboli, Viral

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this work was to delineate the effect of hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymeric additives on sol–gel transition and release profile of timolol maleate (TM) from poly (ethylene glycol)–poly (ε-caprolactone)– poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG–PCL–PEG)-based thermosensitive hydrogel. Polycaprolactone (hydrophobic additive) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) (hydrophilic additive) reduced critical gel concentration of PEG–PCL–PEG triblock polymer. The effect of PCL on sol–gel transition was more pronounced than PVA. However, with PCL no statistically significant difference in release profile was observed. The effect of PVA on release profile was more pronounced, which reduced the cumulative percentage release of TM from 86.4±0.8% to 73.7±1.8% over 316 h. Moreover, cytotoxicity of the hydrogel was also investigated utilizing rabbit primary corneal epithelial culture cells. No significant cytotoxicity of hydrogel alone or in presence of additives was observed. So, polymeric additive strategy serves as a valuable tool for optimizing TM release kinetics from PEG–PCL–PEG hydrogel matrix. PMID:21892247

  18. Detection of impurity diamagnetic susceptibility and its behavior in n-Ge:As in the region of the insulator–metal phase transition

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    Veinger, A. I. Zabrodskii, A. G.; Makarova, T. L.; Tisnek, T. V.; Goloshchapov, S. I.; Semenikhin, P. V.

    2015-10-15

    The method of superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry is used to measure and study low-temperature (T ≤ 100K) susceptibility in a series of samples of heavily doped Ge:As samples on the insulator side of the insulator–metal phase transition. Subtracting the known values of the magnetic susceptibility of the lattice from the measurement results, the values of the impurity magnetic susceptibility of the system are obtained. Using the method of electron spin resonance, the paramagnetic component of the impurity susceptibility is determined. Subtraction of the paramagnetic component from the total impurity susceptibility is used to obtain, for the first time, the values of the impurity diamagnetic susceptibility (∼5 × 10{sup –8} cm{sup 3}/g). The obtained result is consistent with estimates obtained for the localization radius of an electron at an As donor. Lowering the temperature to T ≤ 4 K leads to an increase in the diamagnetic susceptibility, which is consistent with the observed increase in the paramagnetic susceptibility. The observed effect is accounted for by the transition of impurity electrons from the singlet state to the triplet one.

  19. Fusion silicide coatings for tantalum alloys.

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    Warnock, R. V.; Stetson, A. R.

    1972-01-01

    Calculation of the performance of fusion silicide coatings under simulated atmospheric reentry conditions to a maximum temperature of 1810 K (2800 F). Both recently developed and commercially available coatings are included. Data are presented on oxidation rate with and without intentional defecting, the influence of the coatings on the ductile-brittle bend transition temperature, and the mechanical properties. Coatings appear capable of affording protection for at least 100 simulated cycles to 2600 F and 63 cycles to 2800 F.

  20. Universal behavior of chalcogenides of rare-earth metals in the transition to a state with intermediate valence at high pressures

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    Tsiok, O. B.; Khvostantsev, L. G.; Brazhkin, V. V.

    2015-06-15

    Precision measurements of resistivity, thermopower, and volume are performed for TmS, TmSe, and TmTe under a hydrostatic pressure up to 8 GPa. Comparison of the transport properties and volume of TmTe and SmTe in the valence transition region demonstrates a complete analogy up to quantitative coincidence. It is shown that the thermopower of all thulium and samarium chalcogenides in the lattice collapse region and in subsequent rearrangement of the electron spectrum in a wide range of pressures follow a universal dependence corresponding the passage of the Fermi level through the peak of the density of states (DOS). The results are considered in the context of ideas about the exciton nature of the intermediate valence in chalcogenides of rare-earth metals.

  1. Universal behavior of chalcogenides of rare-earth metals in the transition to a state with intermediate valence at high pressures

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    Tsiok, O. B.; Khvostantsev, L. G.; Brazhkin, V. V.

    2015-06-01

    Precision measurements of resistivity, thermopower, and volume are performed for TmS, TmSe, and TmTe under a hydrostatic pressure up to 8 GPa. Comparison of the transport properties and volume of TmTe and SmTe in the valence transition region demonstrates a complete analogy up to quantitative coincidence. It is shown that the thermopower of all thulium and samarium chalcogenides in the lattice collapse region and in subsequent rearrangement of the electron spectrum in a wide range of pressures follow a universal dependence corresponding the passage of the Fermi level through the peak of the density of states (DOS). The results are considered in the context of ideas about the exciton nature of the intermediate valence in chalcogenides of rare-earth metals.

  2. The effect of the annealing temperature on the transition from conductor to semiconductor behavior in zinc tin oxide deposited atomic layer deposition

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    Ahn, Byung Du; Choi, Dong-won Choi, Changhwan; Park, Jin-Seong

    2014-09-01

    We investigated the electrical properties of zinc tin oxide (ZTO) films deposited via atomic layer deposition and compared them to ZnO and SnO{sub 2} films as a function of the annealing temperature. The ZTO and ZnO, except for SnO{sub 2}, films exhibited an electrical transition from a metal to semiconductor characteristics when annealed above 300 °C. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses indicate that the relative area of the oxygen vacancy-related peak decreased from 58% to 41% when annealing at temperatures above 400 °C. Thin film transistors incorporating ZTO active layers demonstrated a mobility of 13.2 cm{sup 2}/V s and a negative bias instability of −0.2 V.

  3. Continuity or discontinuity of the life-style in central Italy during the Roman Imperial Age-Early Middle Ages transition: diet, health, and behavior.

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    Belcastro, Giovanna; Rastelli, Elisa; Mariotti, Valentina; Consiglio, Chiara; Facchini, Fiorenzo; Bonfiglioli, Benedetta

    2007-03-01

    Dento-alveolar pathologies and alterations (dental wear, caries, abscesses, ante mortem tooth loss (AMTL), calculus, hypoplastic defects, and chipping) and skeletal markers of health (cribra orbitalia and periostitis) were analyzed in two skeletal samples from the necropolises of Quadrella (I-IV c. AD) and Vicenne-Campochiaro (VII c. AD) in the Molise region of central Italy. The aim was to determine if the Roman Imperial Age-Early Middle Ages transition characterized by political, socioeconomic, and cultural transformations affected the biology of these populations, particularly their alimentation and health status. The frequencies of caries and AMTL, similar in the two samples, suggest a high consumption of carbohydrates. The higher levels of heavy wear, calculus, and interproximal chipping in the Vicenne population indicate a greater use of fibrous foods (both meat and others), in line with the dietary model of Germanic peoples. Health conditions do not appear to have been good in either period, as shown by the high frequencies of linear hypoplasia and the presence of cribra orbitalia and periostitis. The diet of the individuals buried with horses of the Vicenne population did not differ from that of the rest of the population, whereas there were evident differences in the use of the teeth for nonmasticatory activities among these individuals. Therefore, from the point of view of alimentation and health status, the profound socioeconomic and cultural transformations during the Late Antiquity-Early Middle Ages transition do not seem to have been translated into a true discontinuity of the two Molisan populations. PMID:17154361

  4. Transitional Changes in Energy Intake, Skeletal Muscle Content and Nutritional Behavior in College Students During Course-Work Based Nutrition Education

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    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate whether elective course work based nutrition education in university can change students' body composition and eating habits associated with obesity and its related health risk in first-year college students. A total of 38 students agreed and participated in the study. Participants received a series of lecture about obesity, weight management, and concepts of nutrition and food choices for 13 weeks. The students' BMI and body composition, including body fat and muscle contents, were measured. A 24-hour diet recall for two days was performed for food intake analysis, and the questionnaires for dietary behaviors were collected at the beginning and the end of the study. Paired t-test and χ2-test were used for statistical analysis. Data showed that most of the anthropometric parameters including body weight were not significantly changed at the end of the coursework. Interestingly, skeletal muscle contents in both obese (BMI ≥ 23) and lean (18.5 ≤ BMI ≤ 22.9) subjects were significantly increased. Total energy intake was decreased in total subjects after the study. Also, general nutrition behavior of the subjects including enough hydration and utilization of nutrition knowledge were significantly improved during the study period. The total number of responses to doing aerobic exercise was slightly increased after the study, but the average frequency of exercise in each individual was not changed. These results suggest that class-work based nutrition education on a regular basis could be a time and cost effective method for improving body composition and nutritional behavior in general college students. PMID:23908979

  5. Sexual behavior and awareness of Chinese university students in transition with implied risk of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection: A cross-sectional study

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    Ma, Qiaoqin; Ono-Kihara, Masako; Cong, Liming; Xu, Guozhang; Zamani, Saman; Ravari, Shahrzad Mortazavi; Kihara, Masahiro

    2006-01-01

    Background The vulnerability of young people to HIV and the recent emergence of the HIV epidemic in China have made it urgent to assess and update the HIV/STD risk profile of Chinese young people. Methods A self-administered questionnaire survey with cross-sectional design was conducted among 22,493 undergraduate students in two universities in Ningbo, China. Bivariate trend analysis and multiple logistic regression analysis were used to compare sexual behaviors and awareness between grades. Results Of respondents, 17.6% of males and 8.6% of females reported being sexually active. Condom was reported never/rarely used by 35% of sexually active students in both genders in the previous year. Pregnancy and induced abortion had each been experienced by about 10% of sexually active female students and the female partners of male students, and about 1.5% of sexually active students of both genders reported being diagnosed with an STD. Multivariate analysis revealed that students in lower grades, compared to those in higher grades, were more likely to have become sexually active before university, to have become aware of sex before high school, and to have been exposed to pornographic media before the age of 17 years, and for sexually active respondents of both genders, to have engaged in sex without using a condom. Conclusion Sexual behaviors of Chinese university students are poorly protected and sexual behaviors and awareness may have been undergoing rapid change, becoming active earlier and more risky. If this trend continues, vulnerable sexual network will grow among them that allow more expansion of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. PMID:16981985

  6. Transition from progressive to quasi-standing waves behavior of the radiation force of acoustic waves—Example of a high-order Bessel beam on a rigid sphere

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    Mitri, F. G.

    2010-08-01

    Prior computations have predicted the time-averaged acoustic radiation force on fluid spheres in water when illuminated by an acoustic high-order Bessel beam (HOBB) of quasi-standing waves. These computations are extended to the case of a rigid sphere in water which perfectly mimics a fluid sphere in air. Numerical results for the radiation force function of a HOBB quasi-standing wave tweezers are obtained for beams of zero, first and second order, and discussed with particular emphasis on the amplitude ratio describing the transition from progressive waves to quasi-standing waves behavior. This investigation may be helpful in the development of acoustic tweezers and methods for manipulating objects in reduced gravity environments and space related applications.

  7. Comparison of Structural Relaxation Behavior in As-Cast and Pre-Annealed Zr-Based Bulk Metallic Glasses Just below Glass Transition

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    Haruyama, Osami; Yoshikawa, Kazuyoshi; Yamazaki, Yoshikatsu; Yokoyama, Yoshihiko; Egami, Takeshi

    2015-04-25

    In this paper, the α-relaxation of pre-annealed Zr55Cu30Ni5Al10 bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) was compared with that of as-cast Zr-based BMGs including Zr55Cu30Ni5Al10. The α-relaxation was investigated by volume relaxation. The relaxation behavior was well described by a stretched exponential relaxation function, Φ (t) ≈ exp [ - (t/τ α )β α ], with the isothermal relaxation time, τα, and the Kohlrausch exponent, βα. The βα exhibited the strong temperature dependence for the pre-annealed BMG, while the weak temperature dependence was visualized for the as-cast BMG similar to the dynamic relaxation. The τα’s were modified by Moynihan and Narayanaswamy-Tool-Moynihan methods thatmore » reduce the difference in the thermal history of sample. Finally, as a result, the relaxation kinetics in the glass resembled that of a liquid deduced from the behavior of viscosity in the supercooled liquid.« less

  8. Transition from two-dimensional to three-dimensional behavior in the self-assembly of magnetorheological fluids confined in thin slits.

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    Haghgooie, Ramin; Doyle, Patrick S

    2007-06-01

    We study the effects of extreme confinement on the self assembly of the colloids found in magnetorheological (MR) fluids using Brownian dynamics simulations. The MR fluid is confined in a thin slit with a uniform external magnetic field directed normal to the slit. We find a crossover in the behavior of the system from two dimensions to three dimensions as the slit thickness is increased. A simple model is presented to describe this crossover as a function of the slit thickness and volume fraction of the MR fluid. The model is able to predict the salient features of the structure formation that has been observed in these systems. Furthermore, the model predicts the approximate time scales for structure formation under a variety of conditions. We present a quantitative analysis of the effect of volume fraction on the behavior of the system. Additionally, we show quantitatively how energy barriers to structure formation play a crucial role in determining the steady state structure of these systems. Our analysis explains the discrepancies between previous experimental and theoretical work on the self-assembly of MR fluids confined in thin slits. PMID:17677262

  9. Comparison of Structural Relaxation Behavior in As-Cast and Pre-Annealed Zr-Based Bulk Metallic Glasses Just below Glass Transition

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    Haruyama, Osami; Yoshikawa, Kazuyoshi; Yamazaki, Yoshikatsu; Yokoyama, Yoshihiko; Egami, Takeshi

    2015-04-25

    In this paper, the α-relaxation of pre-annealed Zr55Cu30Ni5Al10 bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) was compared with that of as-cast Zr-based BMGs including Zr55Cu30Ni5Al10. The α-relaxation was investigated by volume relaxation. The relaxation behavior was well described by a stretched exponential relaxation function, Φ (t) ≈ exp [ - (t/τ α )β α ], with the isothermal relaxation time, τα, and the Kohlrausch exponent, βα. The βα exhibited the strong temperature dependence for the pre-annealed BMG, while the weak temperature dependence was visualized for the as-cast BMG similar to the dynamic relaxation. The τα’s were modified by Moynihan and Narayanaswamy-Tool-Moynihan methods that reduce the difference in the thermal history of sample. Finally, as a result, the relaxation kinetics in the glass resembled that of a liquid deduced from the behavior of viscosity in the supercooled liquid.

  10. Critical behavior of La0.7Ca0.3Mn1-xNixO3 manganites exhibiting the crossover of first- and second-order phase transitions

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    Phan, The-Long; Tran, Q. T.; Thanh, P. Q.; Yen, P. D. H.; Thanh, T. D.; Yu, S. C.

    2014-04-01

    We used Banerjee's criteria, modified Arrott plots, and the scaling hypothesis to analyze magnetic-field dependences of magnetization near the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic (FM-PM) phase-transition temperature (TC) of perovskite-type manganites La0.7Ca0.3Mn1-xNixO3 (x=0.09, 0.12 and 0.15). In the FM region, experimental results for the critical exponent β (=0.171 and 0.262 for x=0.09 and 0.12, respectively) reveal two first samples exhibiting tricriticality associated with the crossover of first- and second-order phase transitions. Increasing Ni-doping content leads to the shift of the β value (=0.320 for x=0.15) towards that expected for the 3D Ising model (β=0.325). This is due to the fact that the substitution of Ni ions into the Mn site changes structural parameters and dilutes the FM phase, which act as fluctuations and influence the FM-interaction strength of double-exchange Mn3+-Mn4+ pairs, and the phase-transition type. For the critical exponent γ (=0.976-0.990), the stability in its value demonstrates the PM behavior above TC of the samples. Particularly, around TC of La0.7Ca0.3Mn1-xNixO3 compounds, magnetic-field dependences of the maximum magnetic-entropy change can be described by a power law of |ΔSmax|∝Hn, where values n=0.55-0.77 are quite far from those (n=0.33-0.48) calculated from the theoretical relation n=1+(β-1)/(β+γ). This difference is related to the use of the mean-field theory for the samples exhibiting the magnetic inhomogeneity.

  11. Biodegradable in situ gel-forming controlled drug delivery system based on thermosensitive PCL-PEG-PCL hydrogel. Part 2: sol-gel-sol transition and drug delivery behavior.

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    Gong, ChangYang; Shi, Shuai; Wu, Lan; Gou, MaLing; Yin, QinQin; Guo, QingFa; Dong, PengWei; Zhang, Fan; Luo, Feng; Zhao, Xia; Wei, YuQuan; Qian, ZhiYong

    2009-11-01

    In this work, a biodegradable and injectable in situ gel-forming controlled drug delivery system based on thermosensitive poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCEC) hydrogel was studied. The prepared PCEC hydrogel undergoes temperature-dependent sol-gel-sol transition, which is a flowing sol at ambient temperature and turns into a non-flowing gel at around physiological body temperature. Furthermore, the sol-gel phase transition mechanism was investigated using (13)C-nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and a laser diffraction particle size analyzer. The in vitro release behaviors of several model drugs, including a hydrophilic small-molecule drug, a hydrophobic small-molecule drug and a macromolecular protein drug, from PCEC hydrogel were also investigated in detail. The results showed that the model drugs could be released from the PCEC hydrogel system over a sustained period. In addition, an anaesthesia assay was conducted using the tail flick latency (TFL) test to evaluate the in vivo controlled drug delivery effect of the PCEC hydrogel system. In the TFL assay, a lidocaine-loaded PCEC hydrogel produced significantly longer-lasting local anaesthetic effects compared with lidocaine aqueous solution at the same dose. Therefore, PCEC hydrogel is promising for use as an injectable local drug delivery system. PMID:19470411

  12. Indentation plasticity and fracture in silicon

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    Rybicki, George C.; Pirouz, P.

    1988-01-01

    Measurements of the ductile-brittle transition temperature of heavily doped silicon were carried out using indentation techniques. Diamond pyramid hardness tests were performed on the (100) face of heavily doped N-type and P-type and intrinsic silicon single crystals. Tests were performed over the range 200 C to 850 C and loads of 100 to 500 g were used. Samples were subsequently etched to reveal dislocation rosettes produced by indentation. Intrinsic silicon underwent a ductile-brittle transition at 660 C, P-type at 645 C and N-type at 625 C. Hardness values varied from 1.1 GPa at 700 C to 11.7 GPa at 200 C. Significant effects of hardness on doping were present only at the highest temperatures. Lower loads generally produced higher hardness but load did not affect the Ductile-Brittle Transition Temperature (DBTT). Fracture toughness values ranged from 0.9 MPa m(1/2) at 200 C to 2.75 MPa m(1/2) near the DBTT. Doping did not affect the fracture toughness of silicon. P-type doping increased the size of dislocation rosettes observed after indentation, but N-type did not, in contradiction of the expected results. Results are discussed in terms of the effect of doping on the dislocation mobility in silicon.

  13. Characterizing the secondary hydration shell on hydrated myoglobin, hemoglobin, and lysozyme powders by its vitrification behavior on cooling and its calorimetric glass-->liquid transition and crystallization behavior on reheating.

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    Sartor, G; Hallbrucker, A; Mayer, E

    1995-01-01

    For hydrated metmyoglobin, methemoglobin, and lysozyme powders, the freezable water fraction of between approximately 0.3-0.4 g water/g protein up to approximately 0.7-0.8 g water/g protein has been fully vitrified by cooling at rates up to approximately 1500 K min-1 and the influence of cooling rate characterized by x-ray diffractograms. This vitreous but freezable water fraction started to crystallize at approximately 210 K to cubic ice and at approximately 240 K to hexagonal ice. Measurements by differential scanning calorimetry have shown that this vitreous but freezable water fraction undergoes, on reheating at a rate of 30 K min-1, a glass-->liquid transition with an onset temperature of between approximately 164 and approximately 174 K, with a width of between approximately 9 and approximately 16 degrees and an increase in heat capacity of between approximately 20 and approximately 40 J K-1 (mol of freezable water)-1 but that the glass transition disappears upon crystallization of the freezable water. These calorimetric features are similar to those of water imbibed in the pores of a synthetic hydrogel but very different from those of glassy bulk water. The difference to glassy bulk water's properties is attributed to hydrophilic interaction and H-bonding of the macromolecules' segments with the freezable water fraction, which thereby becomes dynamically modified. Abrupt increase in minimal or critical cooling rate necessary for complete vitrification is observed at approximately 0.7-0.8 g water/g protein, which is attributed to an abrupt increase of water's mobility, and it is remarkably close to the threshold value of water's mobility on a hydrated protein reported by Kimmich et al. (1990, Biophys. J. 58:1183). The hydration level of approximately 0.7-0.8 g water/g protein is approximately that necessary for completing the secondary hydration shell. PMID:8599674

  14. The effect of hole size upon the strength of metallic and polymeric foams

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    Fleck, N. A.; Olurin, O. B.; Chen, C.; Ashby, M. F.

    2001-09-01

    Tensile and compressive tests have been performed on centre-hole panels, made from three types of metallic foams and two polymeric foams. In compression, the foams fail in a ductile, notch-insensitive manner, in support of a "net section strength" criterion. In tension, a ductile-brittle transition is observed for some of the foams at sufficiently large specimen sizes: for a small hole diameter the net section strength criterion is obeyed, whereas for a large hole a local stress criterion applies and the net section strength is reduced. For a number of the foams, the panel size was not sufficiently large to observe this ductile-brittle switch in behaviour. The predictions of a cohesive zone model are compared with the measured strengths and are found to be in good agreement.

  15. Nanoencapsulation of a water soluble drug in biocompatible polyesters. Effect of polyesters melting point and glass transition temperature on drug release behavior.

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    Karavelidis, Vassilios; Giliopoulos, Dimitrios; Karavas, Evangelos; Bikiaris, Dimitrios

    2010-12-23

    Five polyesters based on 1,3-propanediol or ethylene glycol and an aliphatic dicarboxylic acid were used for the preparation of Ropinirole HCl-loaded nanoparticles. The advantage of the present study is that the used polyesters - as well as poly(lactic acid) (PLA) - have similar degree of crystallinity but different melting points, varying from 46.7 to 166.4°C. Based on polymer toxicity on HUVEC, the biocompatibility of these aliphatic polyesters was found comparable to that of PLA and thus the studied polyesters could be used as drug carriers. Drug encapsulation in polyesters was performed via emulsification/solvent evaporation method. Particle size of drug-loaded nanoparticles was between 140 and 190 nm, as measured by light scattering. Drug loading content for all the polyesters varies between 10 and 16% and their entrapment efficiency is relatively high (32-48%). WAXD patterns of nanoparticles show that Ropinirole HCl lies in amorphous state within polymer matrices. Drug release diagrams reveal that the higher percentage of Ropinirole HCl is released during the first 6h after its insertion in the dissolution medium. Fast release rates of the drug are attributed to high hydrophilicity of Ropinirole HCl. Melting point (T(m)) and glass transition temperature (T(g)) of the host polymer matrices seem to be important parameters, since higher drug release rates are observed in polyesters with low T(m) and T(g). PMID:20863892

  16. Self-assembly and crystallization behavior of mesoporous, crystalline HfO2 thin films: a model system for the generation of mesostructured transition-metal oxides.

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    Brezesinski, Torsten; Smarsly, Bernd; Iimura, Ken-ichi; Grosso, David; Boissière, Cédric; Amenitsch, Heinz; Antonietti, Markus; Sanchez, Clément

    2005-08-01

    Mesoporous thin films of crystalline hafnium oxide were fabricated by evaporation-induced self-assembly in combination with sol-gel processing, followed by a suitable post heat-treatment procedure to initiate the crystallization. A novel type of block-copolymer template was used as structure-directing agent, which generated a distorted cubic arrangement of spherical mesopores, the size of which could be quantified by suitable techniques, such as ellipsometry-porosimetry, small-angle X-ray scattering, and atomic force microscopy. Detailed insights into the nature of the crystallization process of mesostructured hafnium oxide were obtained by temperature-dependent, in situ X-ray scattering experiments. These investigations revealed that crystallization takes place, within the confinement of the mesostructure, as a solid-solid transition from a dehydrated, amorphous form of hafnium oxide. The study suggests that one main benefit of the novel template results from the ability of the polymer to stabilize the mesostructure of amorphous hafnium oxide up to 400-450 degrees C. PMID:17193544

  17. Dilute Magnetic Semiconductor and Half-Metal Behaviors in 3d Transition-Metal Doped Black and Blue Phosphorenes: A First-Principles Study.

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    Yu, Weiyang; Zhu, Zhili; Niu, Chun-Yao; Li, Chong; Cho, Jun-Hyung; Jia, Yu

    2016-12-01

    We present first-principles density-functional calculations for the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of substitutional 3d transition metal (TM) impurities in two-dimensional black and blue phosphorenes. We find that the magnetic properties of such substitutional impurities can be understood in terms of a simple model based on the Hund's rule. The TM-doped black phosphorenes with Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, and Ni impurities show dilute magnetic semiconductor (DMS) properties while those with Sc and Co impurities show nonmagnetic properties. On the other hand, the TM-doped blue phosphorenes with V, Cr, Mn, and Fe impurities show DMS properties, with Ni impurity showing half-metal properties, whereas Sc- and Co-doped systems show nonmagnetic properties. We identify two different regimes depending on the occupation of the hybridized electronic states of TM and phosphorous atoms: (i) bonding states are completely empty or filled for Sc- and Co-doped black and blue phosphorenes, leading to nonmagnetic; (ii) non-bonding d states are partially occupied for Ti-, V-, Cr-, Mn-, Fe- and Ni-doped black and blue phosphorenes, giving rise to large and localized spin moments. These results provide a new route for the potential applications of dilute magnetic semiconductor and half-metal in spintronic devices by employing black and blue phosphorenes. PACS numbers: 73.22.-f, 75.50.Pp, 75.75. + a. PMID:26858159

  18. Dilute Magnetic Semiconductor and Half-Metal Behaviors in 3 d Transition-Metal Doped Black and Blue Phosphorenes: A First-Principles Study

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    Yu, Weiyang; Zhu, Zhili; Niu, Chun-Yao; Li, Chong; Cho, Jun-Hyung; Jia, Yu

    2016-02-01

    We present first-principles density-functional calculations for the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of substitutional 3 d transition metal (TM) impurities in two-dimensional black and blue phosphorenes. We find that the magnetic properties of such substitutional impurities can be understood in terms of a simple model based on the Hund's rule. The TM-doped black phosphorenes with Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, and Ni impurities show dilute magnetic semiconductor (DMS) properties while those with Sc and Co impurities show nonmagnetic properties. On the other hand, the TM-doped blue phosphorenes with V, Cr, Mn, and Fe impurities show DMS properties, with Ni impurity showing half-metal properties, whereas Sc- and Co-doped systems show nonmagnetic properties. We identify two different regimes depending on the occupation of the hybridized electronic states of TM and phosphorous atoms: (i) bonding states are completely empty or filled for Sc- and Co-doped black and blue phosphorenes, leading to nonmagnetic; (ii) non-bonding d states are partially occupied for Ti-, V-, Cr-, Mn-, Fe- and Ni-doped black and blue phosphorenes, giving rise to large and localized spin moments. These results provide a new route for the potential applications of dilute magnetic semiconductor and half-metal in spintronic devices by employing black and blue phosphorenes. PACS numbers: 73.22.-f, 75.50.Pp, 75.75. + a

  19. Characteristic Behavior of ESR Linewidth in Cr-doped PbTe-based Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors in the Vicinity of Ferromagnetic Ordering Transition

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    Zvereva, E.; Savelieva, O.; Ibragimov, S.; Slyn'ko, E.; Slyn'ko, V.

    2011-12-01

    Here we report on magnetization (T = 1.8-400 K, B≤7 T) and X-band ESR study (f = 9.1-9.6 GHz, T = 90-450 K) for Pb1-yCryTe ferromagnetic semiconductor and two new PbTe-based semiconductors Pb1-x-ySnxCryTe and Pb1-x-yMgxCryTe in the vicinity of the transition to ferromagnetic state. It was found that these semiconductors demonstrate ferromagnetism at temperatures higher than room temperature. The Curie temperature TC varies in a wide range (150-390 K) depending on the matrix composition and chromium content. In the paramagnetic phase the ESR spectra show a single asymmetrical line of Dysonian shape due to skin effect, typical of conducting materials. Regardless of matrix composition the effective g-factor tends to the saturation value g = 2.08±0.02 and the linewidth is ΔB≈0.08 T at the highest temperature limit. Upon approaching TC from above g-factor slowly increases, while the linewidth falls approximately two times and passes through the minimum at T*≈1.2TC. In the vicinity of TC the ESR parameters show distinct anomalies, which were associated with presence of strong magnetic fluctuation at an onset of FM ordering.

  20. Notch toughness in hot-rolled low carbon steel wire rod

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    Baarman, M.H.

    1999-12-01

    Charpy V-notch toughness has been investigated in four hot-rolled, low carbon steels with different grain sizes and carbon contents between 0.019 and 0.057%. The raw material was wire rod designed for drawing and possible subsequent cold heading operations and manufactured from continuous cast billets. In this study, the influence of microstructure, mechanical properties, and alloying elements on the ductile-brittle transition behavior has been assessed. A particular emphasis has been given to the influence of boron with contents up to 0.0097%. As a result, transition temperatures between {minus}29 and +50 C explicated by the material properties have been obtained. The examination also shows that the transition temperature raises with circa 0.5 C for each added ppm boron most likely as a consequence of an enlargement of the ferrite grain size and the reduction of yield and tensile strength. The highest upper shelf energy and lowest transition temperature can be observed in a steel without boron additions and with maximum contents of carbon, silicon, and manganese.

  1. Partnership Transitions and Maternal Parenting

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    Beck, Audrey N.; Cooper, Carey E.; McLanahan, Sara; Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne

    2011-01-01

    We use data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 1,975) to examine the association between mothers’ partnership changes and parenting behavior during the first five years of their children’s lives. We compare coresidential with dating transitions, and recent with more distal transitions. We also examine interactions between transitions and race/ethnicity, maternal education and family structure at birth. Findings indicate that both coresidential and dating transitions were associated with higher levels of maternal stress and harsh parenting; recent transitions had stronger associations than distal transitions. Maternal education significantly moderates these associations, with less educated mothers responding more negatively to instability in terms of maternal stress, and more educated mothers responding more negatively in terms of literacy activities. PMID:21423848

  2. X-ray study of the critical behavior of V(2)H near the beta(,2)-beta(,2) phase transition in a defective near-surface volume and in the bulk

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    Trenkler, Johann

    We have observed two length scales in the critical x-ray diffuse scattering (CDS) from a VH0.525 crystal above the beta1-beta 2 phase transition where a sharp Lorentzian profile in the CDS was superimposed on a broader one. While no sharp component appeared in transmission geometry with high-energy x-rays, no broad component was detected in an experiment confined to a near-surface volume. Based on HERDA- and SNMS-measurements, the decay of the mosaic spread with increasing penetration, a larger d-spacing in the skin layer than in the bulk, and the above x-ray experiments, we conclude that the sharp component arises in the presence of a "defective" near-surface volume, while the broad component is associated with the pure bulk. For the defective skin layer, we observed a continuous phase transition allowing us to extract a tricritical exponent beta below TC, and tricritical exponents nu1 and gamma 1 for small reduced temperatures t = T/ TC -- 1. For larger t, the exponents nu and gamma are altered within the experimental range of t. Furthermore, the CDS of the defective skin layer is very anisotropic . The bulk, however, displays a strong discontinuous phase transition. This is not associated with a crossing of a two-phase region, nor with the small concentration H/V gradient within the upper 200 A, nor with a local (near-surface) ternary phase diagram due to an oxygen gradient in this region. The bulk displays an almost isotropic diffuse intensity above TC. In this work, we discuss the scaling and crossover behavior in the skin layer, the change of the order of the phase transition from the bulk to the skin layer associated with a change in the sign of the fourth order term in the Landau free energy expansion and the change of the correlation length with temperature, crystallographic direction and penetration. Furthermore, we qualitatively simulate the short-range order via Krivoglaz-Clapp-Moss and the Chepulskii-Bugaev RING approximations, taking into account the

  3. A Transition from Localized to Strongly Correlated Electron Behavior and Mixed Valence Driven by Physical or Chemical Pressure in ACo2As2 (A = Eu and Ca).

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    Tan, Xiaoyan; Fabbris, Gilberto; Haskel, Daniel; Yaroslavtsev, Alexander A; Cao, Huibo; Thompson, Corey M; Kovnir, Kirill; Menushenkov, Alexey P; Chernikov, Roman V; Garlea, V Ovidiu; Shatruk, Michael

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate that the action of physical pressure, chemical compression, or aliovalent substitution in ACo2As2 (A = Eu and Ca) has a general consequence of causing these antiferromagnetic materials to become ferromagnets. In all cases, the mixed valence triggered at the electropositive A site results in the increase of the Co 3d density of states at the Fermi level. Remarkably, the dramatic alteration of magnetic behavior results from the very minor (<0.15 electron) change in the population of the 3d orbitals. The mixed valence state of Eu observed in the high-pressure (HP) form of EuCo2As2 exhibits a remarkable stability, achieving the average oxidation state of +2.25 at 12.6 GPa. In the case of CaCo2As2, substituting even 10% of Eu or La into the Ca site causes ferromagnetic ordering of Co moments. Similar to HP-EuCo2As2, the itinerant 3d ferromagnetism emerges from electronic doping into the Co layer because of chemical compression of Eu sites in Ca0.9Eu0.1Co1.91As2 or direct electron doping in Ca0.85La0.15Co1.89As2. The results reported herein demonstrate the general possibility of amplifying minor localized electronic effects to achieve major changes in material's properties via involvement of strongly correlated electrons. PMID:26840063

  4. Rheo-NMR studies of the behavior of a nematic liquid crystal in a low-shear-rate regime: the transition from director alignment to reorientation.

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    Lepper, C; Edwards, P J B; Schuster, E; Brown, J R; Dykstra, R; Callaghan, P T; Williams, M A K

    2010-10-01

    Deuterium NMR spectroscopy has been used to study the director dynamics of the nematic liquid-crystal system cetyl trimethylammonium bromide/D2O under the action of applied viscous torques. Shear forces were applied using a custom-built Couette cell that was introduced into an NMR superconducting magnet, so that its rotational axis was parallel to the magnetic field direction, along which the liquid-crystal director originally aligned. Subsequently, the inner cylinder of the cell was rotated continuously at different rates using a stepper motor. The resulting time evolution and ultimate steady-state orientation of the director, governed by the competition between the applied viscous torque with elastic and magnetic terms, was measured via observed changes in the deuterium spectrum. Using a simple gearbox allowed unprecedented access to a low-shear-rate regime in which, above a threshold shear rate, the director of part of the sample was observed to reorient, while the remaining part still aligned with the magnetic field. Subsequent increases in the applied rotational rate were found to increase the relative proportion of the orienting fraction. Spatially resolved NMR spectra showed that the orienting and field-aligned fractions formed separated bands across the gap of the Couette cell, with director reorientation being initiated at the moving inner wall. The behavior was found to be consistent with the often ignored variation in velocity gradient manifest across the gap of a cylindrical cell, so that as the angular frequency of the inner cylinder was increased the radial location of the critical shear rate required for reorientation traversed the gap. Once the applied rotational rate was sufficient to reorient the director of the entire sample, the dependence of the exhibited steady-state orientation on the average applied shear rate was measured. These results could be fitted to an analytical solution of the force-balance equation, made tractable by the assumption

  5. Assessing transitional phenomena with the transitional object memory probe.

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    Fowler, C; Hilsenroth, M J; Handler, L

    1998-01-01

    Winnicott's concept of transitional relatedness has captured the interest of psychoanalysts because it provides an understanding of the dialectical process occurring between inner and outer reality, and by extension, between analyst and analysand. Clinical observations related to transitional phenomena have led the authors to develop a projective early memory probe that assesses transitional phenomena. The transitional object early memory probe was tested both for its empirical validity and for its clinical utility in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Construct validity was assessed by comparing memory scores to the Rorschach Transitional Object Scale, as well as to therapist ratings of patient behaviors. Results demonstrated moderate correlations between early memory scores and Rorschach scale scores. Equally important was the finding that early memory scores were significantly correlated with therapist ratings of key behavioral patterns in therapy. A case vignette highlights the clinical application of the transitional object probe in assessing the capacity for transitional relatedness. In this case, the data gleaned from the patient's memories provided the therapist with a sharper focus on their role in the patient's growing capacity for more vital and creative contact with reality. PMID:9810109

  6. Unstable supercritical discontinuous percolation transitions

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    Chen, Wei; Cheng, Xueqi; Zheng, Zhiming; Chung, Ning Ning; D'Souza, Raissa M.; Nagler, Jan

    2013-10-01

    The location and nature of the percolation transition in random networks is a subject of intense interest. Recently, a series of graph evolution processes have been introduced that lead to discontinuous percolation transitions where the addition of a single edge causes the size of the largest component to exhibit a significant macroscopic jump in the thermodynamic limit. These processes can have additional exotic behaviors, such as displaying a “Devil's staircase” of discrete jumps in the supercritical regime. Here we investigate whether the location of the largest jump coincides with the percolation threshold for a range of processes, such as Erdős-Rényipercolation, percolation via edge competition and via growth by overtaking. We find that the largest jump asymptotically occurs at the percolation transition for Erdős-Rényiand other processes exhibiting global continuity, including models exhibiting an “explosive” transition. However, for percolation processes exhibiting genuine discontinuities, the behavior is substantially richer. In percolation models where the order parameter exhibits a staircase, the largest discontinuity generically does not coincide with the percolation transition. For the generalized Bohman-Frieze-Wormald model, it depends on the model parameter. Distinct parameter regimes well in the supercritical regime feature unstable discontinuous transitions—a novel and unexpected phenomenon in percolation. We thus demonstrate that seemingly and genuinely discontinuous percolation transitions can involve a rich behavior in supercriticality, a regime that has been largely ignored in percolation.

  7. Holographic approach to phase transitions

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    Franco, Sebastian; Garcia-Garcia, Antonio M.; Rodriguez-Gomez, Diego

    2010-02-15

    We provide a description of phase transitions at finite temperature in strongly coupled field theories using holography. For this purpose, we introduce a general class of gravity duals to superconducting theories that exhibit various types of phase transitions (first or second order with both mean and non-mean field behavior) as parameters in their Lagrangian are changed. Moreover the size and strength of the conductivity coherence peak can also be controlled. Our results suggest that certain parameters in the gravitational dual control the interactions responsible for binding the condensate and the magnitude of its fluctuations close to the transition.

  8. Metric transition

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    1992-01-01

    This report describes NASA's metric transition in terms of seven major program elements. Six are technical areas involving research, technology development, and operations; they are managed by specific Program Offices at NASA Headquarters. The final program element, Institutional Management, covers both NASA-wide functional management under control of NASA Headquarters and metric capability development at the individual NASA Field Installations. This area addresses issues common to all NASA program elements, including: Federal, state, and local coordination; standards; private industry initiatives; public-awareness initiatives; and employee training. The concluding section identifies current barriers and impediments to metric transition; NASA has no specific recommendations for consideration by the Congress.

  9. A novel high-speed shear test for lead-free flip chip packages

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    Huh, Seok-Hwan; Kim, Kang-Dong; Kim, Keun-Soo; Jang, Joong-Soon

    2012-02-01

    Despite the importance of lead-free solders in modern environmentally friendly packaging, few studies have been conducted on their mechanical reliability at the wafer level. In the present study, high-speed die shear tests were conducted to investigate the effects of strain rate on the shearing resistance and fracture mode of Sn-3wt%Ag-0.5wt%Cu solder joints on electroless Ni-P/immersion Au surface finish pads. The results indicated that the solder joints underwent ductile and mixed ductile-brittle fracture at low (<855 s-1) and high (>25,385 s-1) strain rates, respectively. Thus, the overall shear stress-strain curve can be divided into three areas according to Hollomon's law, starting from low strain rates: area I, 100% ductile fracture of the solder itself; area II, mixed ductile-brittle fracture resulting in a ductile-brittle transition region; and area III, 100% brittle fracture at the interface between the intermetallic compound and the Ni-P layer.

  10. Mechanical Properties of Nb-1Zr Weldments

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    Santella, Michael; McNabb, Jeffery; Frederick, Alan

    2005-02-01

    The objective of this work was to measure the mechanical properties of Nb-1Zr weldments, and, more specifically, to evaluate whether Charpy V-notch impact testing may be a more meaningful indication of weld deposit ductility than the slow bend testing. Manual gas-tungsten-arc welds were made in Mb-1Zr plates using 4 beads of filler wire from the same heat. The cold-rolled plates were recrystallized by heat treatment at 1773 K for 1 hour prior to welding. Welded plates were made in a stainless steel welding glove box backfilled with either argon or helium. Two plates were made with each gas, with one plate post-weld heat treated at 1373 K. Weld metal from each of the four welded plates was subjected to chemical analysis, tensile testing at room temperature, and Charpy V-notch testing at 93-473 K. Also, microhardness testing was used to evaluate property gradients in the weldments. Impurity concentrations in the weld deposits compared well with the base metal concentrations and were within the limits of the relevant ASTM specification, B393 Type 3. All specimens with one minor exception had yield strengths, tensile strengths, and ductilities that exceeded the ASTM specified minimums. The Charpy V-notch specimens from the as-welded He weld deposit, and from both post-weld-heat-treated weld deposits showed similar behavior with upper shelf energies of 9.7-10 J and ductile-brittle transition temperatures of 85-100 K. These Charpy V-notch properties were comparable to those of the unwelded plate. The as-welded Ar weld deposit had a slightly higher ductile-brittle transition temperature near 150 K. Microhardness testing indicated that in the as-welded conditions the average hardness of the weld deposit made in Ar was higher than that made in He. Post-weld heat treatment reduced the average hardnesses of base metal and weld metal. The range of hardnesses in the weld deposits was increased by the post weld heat treatment.

  11. Behavioral and functional evidence of mGlu2/3 and mGlu5 metabotropic glutamate receptor dysregulation in cocaine-escalated rats: Factor in the transition to dependence

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    Hao, Yue; Martin-Fardon, Rémi; Weiss, Friedbert

    2010-01-01

    Background Rats with extended daily cocaine access show escalating cocaine self-administration and behavioral signs of dependence. Regulation of glutamatergic transmission by metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluR) has emerged as a mechanism in the addictive actions of drugs of abuse. We examined here whether neuroadaptive dysregulation of mGluR function is a factor in escalating cocaine self-administration. Methods Rats with 1 h daily cocaine access (short access, ShA) vs. 6 h access (long access, LgA) were tested for differences in the effects of the mGluR2/3 agonist LY379268 and the mGluR5 antagonist MTEP on cocaine-reinforced progressive-ratio (PR) responding and differences in expression levels and functional activity of mGluR2/3 and mGluR5. Results The LgA groups showed higher PR breakpoints than ShA groups. LY379268 (0-3 mg/kg, s.c.) dose-dependently lowered breakpoints in the LgA group but reduced breakpoints only at 3 mg/kg in the ShA group. Consistent with this behavioral effect, functional mGluR2/3 activity was significantly elevated following LgA cocaine exposure. MTEP (0-3 mg/kg, i.p.) reduced breakpoints in the ShA group only. LgA cocaine exposure was associated with decreased mGluR5 expression, accompanied by reduced functional mGluR5 activity in the nucleus accumbens. A downward trend developed in mGluR5 protein expression in the medial prefrontal cortex and hippocampus. Conclusion Functional upregulation of mGluR2/3 and downregulation of mGluR5 are likely factors in the transition to cocaine dependence. The differential behavioral effects of LY379268 and MTEP in rats with a history of long access to cocaine have implications for the treatment target potential of mGluR2/3 and mGluR5. PMID:20416862

  12. [Humanitarian transition].

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    Mattei, Jean-François; Troit, Virginie

    2016-02-01

    In two centuries, modern humanitarian action has experienced several fractures often linked to crises. Although its professionalism and intervention force remain indisputable, it faces, since the 2000s, a new context that limits its ability to act and confronts it with new dilemmas, even though it must deal with needs for aid of unprecedented scale. These difficulties reveal a humanitarian transition period that was not anticipated. This transition period reflects the change from a dominant paradigm of North-South solidarity of Western origin to a much more complex model. This article provides a summary of the current mutations that are dominated by the States' assertion of sovereignty. Among the possible solutions, it argues for an ethical approach and a better integration of the research carried out in the Global South, prerequisites for building a true partnership and placing the victims at the heart of the operations which involve them. PMID:26936180

  13. Phase transitions in disordered systems

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    Hrahsheh, Fawaz Y.

    Disorder can have a wide variety of consequences for the physics of phase transitions. Some transitions remain unchanged in the presence of disorder while others are completely destroyed. In this thesis we study the effects of disorder on several classical and quantum phase transitions in condensed matter systems. After a brief introduction, we study the ferromagnetic phase transition in a randomly layered Heisenberg magnet using large-scale Monte-Carlo simulations. Our results provide numerical evidence for the exotic infinite-randomness scenario. We study classical and quantum smeared phase transitions in substitutional alloys A1-xBx. Our results show that the disorder completely destroys the phase transition with a pronounced tail of the ordered phase developing for all compositions x < 1. In addition, we find that short-ranged disorder correlations can have a dramatic effect on the transition. Moreover, we show an experimental realization of the composition-tuned ferromagnetic-to-paramagnetic quantum phase transition in Sr1-xCa xRuO3. We investigate the effects of disorder on first-order quantum phase transitions on the example of the N-color quantum Ashkin-Teller model. By means of a strong disorder renormalization group, we demonstrate that disorder rounds the first-order transition to a continuous one for both weak and strong coupling between the colors. Finally, we investigate the superfluid-insulator quantum phase transition of one-dimensional bosons with off-diagonal disorder by means of large-scale Monte-Carlo simulations. Beyond a critical disorder strength, we find nonuniversal, disorder dependent critical behavior.

  14. Eliminating Transitions

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    Gallick, Barb; Lee, Lisa

    2010-01-01

    Adults often find themselves transitioning from one activity to another in a short time span. Most of the time, they do not feel they have a lot of control over their schedules, but wish that they could carve out extended time to relax and focus on one project. Picture a group of children in the block area who have spent 15 or 20 minutes building…

  15. Influence of defects on the critical behavior at the 105 K structural phase transition of SrTiO3: On the origin of the two length scale critical fluctuations

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    Hünnefeld, H.; Niemöller, T.; Schneider, J. R.; Rütt, U.; Rodewald, S.; Fleig, J.; Shirane, G.

    2002-07-01

    The temperature dependence of the sharp and the broad component of the critical scattering above the cubic-to-tetragonal phase transition of SrTiO3 has been studied by means of high-resolution triple-crystal diffractometry using 100-200 keV synchrotron radiation in five samples differing with respect to growth technique and oxygen vacancy concentrations. Emphasis is on changes in the critical behavior, the critical temperature, and the strain fields at the transition from bulk to surface. The sharp component was observed only in surface near regions of highly perfect crystals and is coupled to the occurrence of a long-range strain gradient that was identified by an exponential increase of mosaicity, lattice parameter fluctuations, and Bragg-peak intensity when approaching the surface from the bulk of the sample. Vanishing of the sharp component was observed at the polished/etched surface of a platelet cut off the large perfect crystal after release of strain due to free bending of the platelet. The values of the critical temperature observed in the bulk of the different samples vary between 98.7<=Tc<=105.8 K. In the surface near regions of a highly perfect float-zone grown crystal a variation of Tc of about 0.5 K has been found. Concerning the broad component the critical exponent describing the temperature dependence of the inverse correlation length κb varies between 0.73<=νb<=1.19, the exponent for the susceptibility between 1.49<=χb<=2.9, however, the ratio of the two exponents is almost sample independent and equal to χb/νb=2.1 with a variance of 0.2, in good agreement with the theoretical value of 1.97 obtained by LeGouillou and Zinn-Justin [Phys. Rev. B 21, 3976 (1980)]. The occurrence of the sharp component did not affect significantly the critical exponents for the underlying broad component of the critical scattering. The exponents for the sharp component observed in surface near layers of about 100 μ m thickness at the highly perfect float zone and

  16. Impact resistance and fractography in ultra high molecular weight polyethylenes.

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    Puértolas, J A; Pascual, F J; Martínez-Morlanes, M J

    2014-02-01

    Highly crosslinked ultra high molecular weight polyethylenes (UHMWPE) stabilized by a remelting process or by the addition of an antioxidant are highly wear resistant and chemically stable. However, these polyethylenes currently used in total joint replacements suffer a loss of mechanical properties, especially in terms of fracture toughness. In this study we analyze the impact behavior of different polyethylenes using an instrumented double notch Izod test. The materials studied are three resins: GUR1050, GUR1020 with 0.1wt% of vitamin E, and MG003 with 0.1wt% of vitamin E. These resins were gamma irradiated at 90kGy, and pre and post-irradiation remelting processes were applied to GUR1050 for two different time periods. Microstructural data were determined by means of differential scanning calorimetry and transmission electron microscopy. Fractography carried out on the impact fracture surfaces and images obtained by scanning electron microscopy after etching indicated the existence of a fringe structure formed by consecutive ductile-brittle and brittle-ductile transitions, which is related to the appearance of discontinuities in the load-deflection curves. A correlation has been made of the macroscopic impact strength results and the molecular chain and microstructural characteristics of these aforementioned materials, with a view to designing future resins with improved impact resistance. The use of UHMWPE resins with low molecular weight or the application of a remelting treatment could contribute to obtain a better impact strength behavior. PMID:24275347

  17. Thermal Phase Transitions in Finite Quantum Systems

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    Dean, D.J.

    2001-10-18

    In this Proceedings, the author will describe the behavior of two different quantum-mechanical systems as a function of increasing temperature. While these systems are somewhat different, the questions addressed are very similar, namely, how does one describe transitions in phase of a finite many-body system; how does one recognize these transitions in practical calculations; and how may one obtain the order of the transition.

  18. Dynamo Transition

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    Verma, M. K.; Yadav, R.; Chandra, M.; Paul, S.; Wahi, P.

    2010-11-23

    In this article we review the experimental and numerical results related to the dynamo transitions. Recent experiments of Von Karman Sodium (VKS) exhibit various dynamo states including constant, time-periodic, and chaotic magnetic fields. Similarly pseudospectral simulations of dynamo show constant, time-periodic, quasiperiodic, and chaotic magnetic field configurations. One of the windows for the magnetic Prandtl number of unity shows period doubling route to chaos. Quasiperiodic route to chaos has been reported for the Prandtl number of 0.5. The dynamo simulations also reveal coexisting multiple attractors that were obtained for different initial conditions.

  19. Observation of strong anisotropic forbidden transitions in (001) InGaAs/GaAs single-quantum well by reflectance-difference spectroscopy and its behavior under uniaxial strain

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    2011-01-01

    The strong anisotropic forbidden transition has been observed in a series of InGaAs/GaAs single-quantum well with well width ranging between 3 nm and 7 nm at 80 K. Numerical calculations within the envelope function framework have been performed to analyze the origin of the optical anisotropic forbidden transition. It is found that the optical anisotropy of this transition can be mainly attributed to indium segregation effect. The effect of uniaxial strain on in-plane optical anisotropy (IPOA) is also investigated. The IPOA of the forbidden transition changes little with strain, while that of the allowed transition shows a linear dependence on strain. PACS 78.66.Fd, 78.20.Bh, 78.20.Fm PMID:21711728

  20. Embrittlement of Cr-Mo steels after low fluence irradiation in HFIR

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    Klueh, R.L.; Alexander, D.J.

    1995-04-01

    The goal of this work is the determination of the possible effect of the simultaneous formation of helium and displacement damage during irradiation on the Charpy impact behavior. Subsize Charpy impact specimens of 9Cr-1MoVNb (modified 9Cr-1Mo) and 12Cr-1MoVW (Sandvik HT9) steels and 12Cr-1MoVW with 2%Ni (12Cr-1MOVW-2Ni) were irradiated in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at 300 and 400{degree}C to damage levels up to 2.5 dpa. The objective was to study the effect of the simultaneous formation of displacement damage and transmutation helium on impact toghness. Despite the low fluence relative to previous irradiations of these steels, significant increases in the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) occurred. The 12Cr-1MoVW-2Ni steel irradiated at 400{degree}C had the largest increase in DBTT and displayed indications of intergranular fracture. A mechanism is proposed to explain how helium can affect the fracture behaviour of this latter steel in the present tests, and how it affected all three steels in previous experiments, where the steels were irradiated to higher fluences.

  1. Dependence of impact properties on irradiation temperature in reduced-activation martensitic steels

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    Kimura, Akihiko; Narui, Minoru; Misawa, Toshihei; Matsui, Hideki; Kohyama, Akira

    1998-10-01

    Ductile-brittle transition (DBT) behavior of 9%Cr-2%W reduced-activation martensitic (RAM) steels has been investigated following neutron irradiation in the fast flux test facility, materials open test facility (FFTF/MOTA) at different temperatures. Both the irradiations at 663 and 733 K cause an increase in DBT temperature, while the irradiation at 663 K induces the hardening and the softening at 733 K. Microstructural observation by transmission electron microscope (TEM) revealed that small dislocation loops existed in the specimen irradiated at 663 K and no such a loop, but relatively large M 6C carbides and Laves phase were formed by the irradiation at 733 K. There appears to be a linear dependence between ΔDBTT and Δ σY in neutron irradiated RAM steels when irradiation induces the hardening. Irradiation embrittlement accompanied by the softening is considered to be due to reduction of cleavage fracture stress caused by the irradiation-induced recovery of the martensitic structure, namely decrease in dislocation density and formation of large precipitates.

  2. Irradiation dose and temperature dependence of fracture toughness in high dose HT9 steel from the fuel duct of FFTF

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    Byun, Thak Sang; Toloczko, M; Maloy, S

    2013-01-01

    Static fracture toughness tests have been performed for high dose HT9 steel using miniature disk compact tension (DCT) specimens to expand the knowledge base for fast reactor core materials. The HT9 steel DCT specimens were from the ACO-3 duct of the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), which achieved high doses in the range of 3 148 dpa at 378 504oC. The static fracture resistance (J-R) tests have been performed in a servohydraulic testing machine in vacuum at selected temperatures including room temperature, 200 C, and each irradiation temperature. Brittle fracture with a low toughness less than 50 MPa m occurred in room temperature tests when irradiation temperature was below 400 C, while ductile fracture with stable crack growth was observed in all tests at higher irradiation temperatures. No fracture toughness less than 100 MPa m was measured when the irradiation temperature was above 430 C. It was shown that the influence of irradiation temperature was dominant in fracture toughness while the irradiation dose has only limited influence over the dose range 3 148 dpa. A post upper-shelf behavior was observed for the non-irradiated and high temperature (>430 C) irradiation cases, which indicates that the ductile-brittle transition temperatures (DBTTs) in those conditions are lower than room temperature. A comparison with the collection of existing data confirmed the dominance of irradiation temperature in the fracture toughness of HT9 steels.

  3. Pressure induced stiffening, thermal softening of bulk modulus and brittle nature of mercury chalcogenides

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    Varshney, Dinesh; Shriya, Swarna; Sapkale, Raju; Varshney, Meenu; Ameri, M.

    2015-07-01

    The pressure and temperature dependent elastic properties of mercury chalcogenides (HgX; X = S, Se and Te) with pressure induced structural transition from ZnS-type (B3) to NaCl-type (B1) structure have been analyzed within the framework of a model interionic interaction potential with long-range Coulomb and charge transfer interactions, short-range overlap repulsion and van der Waals (vdW) interactions as well as zero point energy effects. Emphasis is on the evaluation of the Bulk modulus with pressure and temperature dependency to yield the Poisson's ratio ν, the Pugh ratio ϕ, anisotropy parameter, Shear and Young's modulus, Lamé's constant, Klein man parameter, elastic wave velocity and Debye temperature. The Poisson's ratio behavior infers that HgX are brittle in nature. To our knowledge this is the first quantitative theoretical prediction of the pressure dependence of elastic and thermodynamical properties explicitly the ductile (brittle) nature of HgX and still awaits experimental confirmations.

  4. Tensile and charpy impact properties of irradiated reduced-activation ferritic steels

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    Klueh, R.L.; Alexander, D.J.

    1996-10-01

    Tensile tests were conducted on eight reduced-activation Cr-W steels after irradiation to 15-17 and 26-29 dpa, and Charpy impact tests were conducted on the steels irradiated to 26-29 dpa. Irradiation was in the Fast Flux Test Facility at 365{degrees}C on steels containing 2.25-12% Cr, varying amounts of W, V, and Ta, and 0.1%C. Previously, tensile specimens were irradiated to 6-8 dpa and Charpy specimens to 6-8, 15-17, and 20-24 dpa. Tensile and Charpy specimens were also thermally aged to 20000 h at 365{degrees}C. Thermal aging had little effect on the tensile behavior or the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT), but several steels showed a slight increase in the upper-shelf energy (USE). After {approx}7 dpa, the strength of the steels increased and then remained relatively unchanged through 26-29 dpa (i.e., the strength saturated with fluence). Post-irradiation Charpy impact tests after 26-29 dpa showed that the loss of impact toughness, as measured by an increase in DBTT and a decrease in the USE, remained relatively unchanged from the values after 20-24 dpa, which had been relatively unchanged from the earlier irradiations. As before, the two 9Cr steels were the most irradiation resistant.

  5. NEUTRON-INDUCED SWELLING AND EMBRITTLEMENT OF PURE IRON AND PURE NICKEL IRRADIATED IN THE BN-350 AND BOR-60 FAST REACTORS

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    Budylkin, N. I.; Mironova, E. G.; Chernov, V. M.; Krasnoselov, V. A.; Porollo, S. I.; Garner, Francis A.

    2002-09-01

    Pure iron and nickel were irradiated to very high exposures in two fast reactors, BOR-60 and BN-350. It appears that both nickel and iron exhibit a transient-dominated swelling behavior in the range of 2 to 15x10-7 dpa/sec, with the shortest transient at approximately 500 C in nickel, but at less than 350 C for iron. It also appears that the duration of the transient regime may be dependent on the dpa rate. When the two metals are irradiated at 345-355 C, it is possible to obtain essentially the same swelling level, but the evolution of mechanical properties is quite different. The differences reflect the fact that iron is subject to a low-temperature embrittlement arising from a shift in ductile-brittle transition temperature, while nickel is not. Nickel, however, exhibits high temperature embrittlement, thought to arise from the collection of helium gas at the grain boundaries. Iron generates much less helium during equivalent irradiation.

  6. Supporting Classroom Transitions between Daily Routines: Strategies and Tips

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    Banerjee, Rashida; Horn, Eva

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to provide tools for preschool professionals to plan for transitions between daily routines, to identify challenging transitions during the day, and to offer strategies to support transitions in classrooms to prevent challenging behaviors from occurring due to frequent changes. Specifically, the authors answer three…

  7. Mott transition in granular aluminum

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    Bachar, N.; Lerer, S.; Levy, A.; Hacohen-Gourgy, S.; Almog, B.; Saadaoui, H.; Salman, Z.; Morenzoni, E.; Deutscher, G.

    2015-01-01

    A Mott transition in granular Al films is observed by probing the increase of the spin-flip scattering rate of conduction electrons as the nanosize metallic grains are being progressively decoupled. The presence of free spins in granular Al films is directly demonstrated by μ SR measurements. Analysis of the magnetoresistance in terms of an effective Fermi energy shows that it becomes of the order of the grains electrostatic charging energy at a room temperature resistivity ρ300 K≈50000 μ Ω cm , at which a metal to insulator transition is known to exist. As this transition is approached the magnetoresistance exhibits a heavy-fermion-like behavior, consistent with an increased electron effective mass.

  8. Transitions: A Personal Perspective.

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    Wood, Ann Stace

    1995-01-01

    Distinguishes between unchosen transitions (children maturing and leaving, parents aging, companies downsizing) and chosen ones (moving, divorce, marriage, career changes). Describes the steps one goes through: uneasiness, renewed energy, complaining, exploration, partial transition, and the completed transition. (JOW)

  9. Suicide and Suicidal Behavior

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    Nock, Matthew K.; Borges, Guilherme; Bromet, Evelyn J.; Cha, Christine B.; Kessler, Ronald C.; Lee, Sing

    2008-01-01

    Suicidal behavior is a leading cause of injury and death worldwide. Information about the epidemiology of such behavior is important for policy-making and prevention. The authors reviewed government data on suicide and suicidal behavior and conducted a systematic review of studies on the epidemiology of suicide published from 1997 to 2007. The authors' aims were to examine the prevalence of, trends in, and risk and protective factors for suicidal behavior in the United States and cross-nationally. The data revealed significant cross-national variability in the prevalence of suicidal behavior but consistency in age of onset, transition probabilities, and key risk factors. Suicide is more prevalent among men, whereas nonfatal suicidal behaviors are more prevalent among women and persons who are young, are unmarried, or have a psychiatric disorder. Despite an increase in the treatment of suicidal persons over the past decade, incidence rates of suicidal behavior have remained largely unchanged. Most epidemiologic research on suicidal behavior has focused on patterns and correlates of prevalence. The next generation of studies must examine synergistic effects among modifiable risk and protective factors. New studies must incorporate recent advances in survey methods and clinical assessment. Results should be used in ongoing efforts to decrease the significant loss of life caused by suicidal behavior. PMID:18653727

  10. PyTransit: Transit light curve modeling

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    Parviainen, Hannu

    2015-05-01

    PyTransit implements optimized versions of the Giménez and Mandel & Agol transit models for exoplanet transit light-curves. The two models are implemented natively in Fortran with OpenMP parallelization, and are accessed by an object-oriented python interface. PyTransit facilitates the analysis of photometric time series of exoplanet transits consisting of hundreds of thousands of data points, and of multipassband transit light curves from spectrophotometric observations. It offers efficient model evaluation for multicolour observations and transmission spectroscopy, built-in supersampling to account for extended exposure times, and routines to calculate the projected planet-to-star distance for circular and eccentric orbits, transit durations, and more.

  11. Magnetocaloric effect and critical behavior in Pr0.5Sr0.5MnO3: an analysis of the validity of the Maxwell relation and the nature of the phase transitions.

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    Caballero-Flores, R; Bingham, N S; Phan, M H; Torija, M A; Leighton, C; Franco, V; Conde, A; Phan, T L; Yu, S C; Srikanth, H

    2014-07-16

    The Maxwell relation, the Clausius-Clapeyron equation, and a non-iterative method to obtain the critical exponents have been used to characterize the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) and the nature of the phase transitions in Pr0.5Sr0.5MnO3, which undergoes a second-order paramagnetic to ferromagnetic (PM-FM) transition at TC ~ 247 K, and a first-order ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic (FM-AFM) transition at TN ~ 165 K. We find that around the second-order PM-FM transition, the MCE (as represented by the magnetic entropy change, ΔSM) can be precisely determined from magnetization measurements using the Maxwell relation. However, around the first-order FM-AFM transition, values of ΔSM calculated with the Maxwell relation deviate significantly from those calculated by the Clausius-Clapeyron equation at the magnetic field and temperature ranges where a conversion between the AFM and FM phases occurs. A detailed analysis of the critical exponents of the second-order PM-FM transition allows us to correlate the short-range type magnetic interactions with the MCE. Using the Arrott-Noakes equation of state with the appropriate values of the critical exponents, the field- and temperature-dependent magnetization [Formula: see text] curves, and hence the [Formula: see text] curves, have been simulated and compared with experimental data. A good agreement between the experimental and simulated data has been found in the vicinity of the Curie temperature TC, but a noticeable discrepancy is present for [Formula: see text]. This discrepancy arises mainly from the coexistence of AFM and FM phases and the presence of ferromagnetic clusters in the AFM matrix. PMID:24945593

  12. Coherent Backscattering Reveals the Anderson Transition.

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    Ghosh, S; Delande, D; Miniatura, C; Cherroret, N

    2015-11-13

    We develop an accurate finite-time scaling analysis of the angular width of the coherent backscattering (CBS) peak for waves propagating in 3D random media. Applying this method to ultracold atoms in optical speckle potentials, we show how to determine both the mobility edge and the critical exponent of the Anderson transition from the temporal behavior of the CBS width. Our method could be used in experiments to fully characterize the 3D Anderson transition. PMID:26613427

  13. Coherent Backscattering Reveals the Anderson Transition

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    Ghosh, S.; Delande, D.; Miniatura, C.; Cherroret, N.

    2015-11-01

    We develop an accurate finite-time scaling analysis of the angular width of the coherent backscattering (CBS) peak for waves propagating in 3D random media. Applying this method to ultracold atoms in optical speckle potentials, we show how to determine both the mobility edge and the critical exponent of the Anderson transition from the temporal behavior of the CBS width. Our method could be used in experiments to fully characterize the 3D Anderson transition.

  14. The Use of Video Modeling via a Video iPod and a System of Least Prompts to Improve Transitional Behaviors for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the General Education Classroom

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    Cihak, David; Fahrenkrog, Cynthia; Ayres, Kevin M.; Smith, Catherine

    2010-01-01

    This study evaluated the efficacy of video modeling delivered via a handheld device (video iPod) and the use of the system of least prompts to assist elementary-age students with transitioning between locations and activities within the school. Four students with autism learned to manipulate a handheld device to watch video models. An ABAB…

  15. Influencing Behavior.

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    Howk, Cherie

    1992-01-01

    Teacher interpretations of student behavior frequently provide the data to analyze problem behaviors. There is no absolute way to determine whether behaviors are appropriate or inappropriate. Effective teacher intervention involves reducing the old behavior and introducing new activities to reinforce appropriate behavior. The article suggests…

  16. Risk Factors for Smoking Behaviors among Adolescents

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    Chung, Sung Suk; Joung, Kyoung Hwa

    2014-01-01

    Many students in Korea begin to use tobacco and develop a regular smoking habit before they reach adulthood. Yet, little is known about various signs contributing to the transition of the student smoking behaviors. This study used a national sample to explore and compare risk factors for smoking behaviors. Three types of smoking behaviors were…

  17. Understanding topological phase transition in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Choe, Duk-Hyun; Sung, Ha-Jun; Chang, K. J.

    2016-03-01

    Despite considerable interest in layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), such as M X2 with M =(Mo ,W ) and X =(S ,Se ,Te ) , the physical origin of their topological nature is still poorly understood. In the conventional view of topological phase transition (TPT), the nontrivial topology of electron bands in TMDs is caused by the band inversion between metal d - and chalcogen p -orbital bands where the former is pulled down below the latter. Here, we show that, in TMDs, the TPT is entirely different from the conventional speculation. In particular, M S2 and M S e2 exhibits the opposite behavior of TPT such that the chalcogen p -orbital band moves down below the metal d -orbital band. More interestingly, in M T e2 , the band inversion occurs between the metal d -orbital bands. Our findings cast doubts on the common view of TPT and provide clear guidelines for understanding the topological nature in new topological materials to be discovered.

  18. Critical behavior of resistivity in the pressure-induced first to second order transition in Pr0.6Ca0.4Mn0.96B0.04O3 (B=Co and Cr) polycrystals

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    Thiyagarajan, R.; Mahendiran, R.; Arumugam, S.

    2015-06-01

    We have investigated the hydrostatic pressure (P) dependence of the resistivity on Pr0.6Ca0.4Mn0.96B0.04O3 (B = Co and Cr) polycrystals. At ambient pressure, the temperature dependence of resistivity [ρ(T)] of both the samples show a first order paramagnetic insulator-ferromagnetic metallic transition at T=TIM. The application of P on both the samples increases the TIM, reduces the resistivity, and suppresses the hysteresis width, indicating a crossover from first to second order transition. The critical pressure, where the first-second order crossover takes place, are 2.02 and 2.40 GPa for Co and Cr doped samples respectively. The critical property of both systems around second order transition is investigated using Fisher-Langer relation and Suezaki-Mori method. The estimated critical exponents are close to the three-dimensional Heisenberg model for the Co doped sample suggesting short range interaction, and the exponents for the Cr doped sample follow the mean field theory suggesting long range ferromagnetic order. Further, the application of P suppresses the high temperature resistivity by reducing high temperature polarons in the case of the Cr doped sample, but it does not happen for the Co doped sample. The application of P helps to examine the stability of polarons in the high temperature regime.

  19. Gas turbine combustor transition

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    Coslow, Billy Joe; Whidden, Graydon Lane

    1999-01-01

    A method of converting a steam cooled transition to an air cooled transition in a gas turbine having a compressor in fluid communication with a combustor, a turbine section in fluid communication with the combustor, the transition disposed in a combustor shell and having a cooling circuit connecting a steam outlet and a steam inlet and wherein hot gas flows from the combustor through the transition and to the turbine section, includes forming an air outlet in the transition in fluid communication with the cooling circuit and providing for an air inlet in the transition in fluid communication with the cooling circuit.

  20. Gas turbine combustor transition

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    Coslow, B.J.; Whidden, G.L.

    1999-05-25

    A method is described for converting a steam cooled transition to an air cooled transition in a gas turbine having a compressor in fluid communication with a combustor, a turbine section in fluid communication with the combustor, the transition disposed in a combustor shell and having a cooling circuit connecting a steam outlet and a steam inlet and wherein hot gas flows from the combustor through the transition and to the turbine section, includes forming an air outlet in the transition in fluid communication with the cooling circuit and providing for an air inlet in the transition in fluid communication with the cooling circuit. 7 figs.