NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sviridova, S. V.; Bekshaev, A. Y.
2012-01-01
Transformations of spatial characteristics of optical vortex (OV) light beams at passing through a computer-generated hologram (CGH) that imparts an additional phase singularity ("fork" hologram) are investigated. The spatial structure of the diffracted beam is studied for different combinations of the incident OV order m, embedded topological charge of the CGH q and the diffraction order n. Variations of the intensity distribution are investigated experimentally. Due to the incident beam displacement with respect to the CGH optical axis, the diffracted beam profile is deformed, rotates in the azimuthal direction in agreement with the internal energy circulation and its 'center of gravity' is displaced orthogonally to the incident beam displacement. The results are compared with theoretical predictions based on two models of the incident OV beam. As, in experiment, the incident beam was created from the Gaussian beam passed another fork hologram, the Kummer beam model seems presumably more relevant but the standard Laguerre-Gaussian model in some cases fits the experimental data quite well.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sviridova, S. V.; Bekshaev, A. Y.
2011-09-01
Transformations of spatial characteristics of optical vortex (OV) light beams at passing through a computer-generated hologram (CGH) that imparts an additional phase singularity ("fork" hologram) are investigated. The spatial structure of the diffracted beam is studied for different combinations of the incident OV order m, embedded topological charge of the CGH q and the diffraction order n. Variations of the intensity distribution are investigated experimentally. Due to the incident beam displacement with respect to the CGH optical axis, the diffracted beam profile is deformed, rotates in the azimuthal direction in agreement with the internal energy circulation and its 'center of gravity' is displaced orthogonally to the incident beam displacement. The results are compared with theoretical predictions based on two models of the incident OV beam. As, in experiment, the incident beam was created from the Gaussian beam passed another fork hologram, the Kummer beam model seems presumably more relevant but the standard Laguerre-Gaussian model in some cases fits the experimental data quite well.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bekshaev, A. Ya.; Sviridova, S. V.
2010-12-01
Spatial characteristics of diffracted beams produced by a "fork" hologram from an incident circular Laguerre-Gaussian beam whose axis differs from the hologram optical axis are studied theoretically. General analytical representations for the complex amplitude distribution of a diffracted beam are derived in terms of superposition of Kummer beams or hypergeometric-Gaussian beams. The diffracted beam structure is determined by combination of the "proper" topological charge m of the incident vortex beam and the topological charge l of the singularity "imparted" by the hologram. Evolution of the diffracted beam structure is studied in detail for several combinations of m and l and for various incident beam displacements with respect to the optical axis of the hologram. Variations of the intensity and phase distribution due to the incident beam misalignment are investigated and possible applications for the purposeful optical vortex beam generation and optical measurements are discussed.
Transformation of optical-vortex beams by holograms with embedded phase singularity
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bekshaev, A. Ya.; Orlinska, O. V.
2010-04-01
Spatial characteristics of diffracted beams produced by the "fork" holograms from incident circular Laguerre-Gaussian modes are studied theoretically. The complex amplitude distribution of a diffracted beam is described by models of the Kummer beam or of the hypergeometric-Gaussian beam. Physically, in most cases its structure is formed under the influence of the divergent spherical wave originating from the discontinuity caused by the hologram's groove bifurcation. Presence of this wave is manifested by the ripple structure in the near-field beam pattern and by the power-law amplitude decay at the beam periphery. Conditions when the divergent wave is not excited are discussed. The diffracted beam carries a screw wavefront dislocation (optical vortex) whose order equals to algebraic sum of the incident beam azimuthal index and the topological charge of the singularity imparted by the hologram. The input beam singularity can be healed when the above sum is zero. In such cases the diffracted beam can provide better energy concentration in the central intensity peak than the Gaussian beam whose initial distribution coincides with the Gaussian envelope of the incident beam. Applications are possible for generation of optical-vortex beams with prescribed properties and for analyzing the optical-vortex beams in problems of information processing.
Singular Shell Embedded into a Cosmological Model
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Grøn, Øyvind; Rippis, Peter D.
2003-12-01
We generalize Israel's formalism to cover singular shells embedded in a non-vacuum Universe. That is, we deduce the relativistic equation of motion for a thin shell embedded in a Schwarzschild/Friedmann-Lemaître-Robertson-Walker spacetime. Also, we review the embedding of a Schwarzschild mass into a cosmological model using ``curvature'' coordinates and give solutions with (Sch/FLRW) and without the embedded mass (FLRW).
Singularity embedding method in potential flow calculations
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Jou, W. H.; Huynh, H.
1982-01-01
The so-called H-type mesh is used in a finite-element (or finite-volume) calculation of the potential flow past an airfoil. Due to coordinate singularity at the leading edge, a special singular trial function is used for the elements neighboring the leading edge. The results using the special singular elements are compared to those using the regular elements. It is found that the unreasonable pressure distribution obtained by the latter is removed by the embedding of the singular element. Suggestions to extend the present method to transonic cases are given.
Singular interactions supported by embedded curves
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tevfik Kaynak, Burak; Teoman Turgut, O.
2012-07-01
In this work, singular interactions supported by embedded curves on Riemannian manifolds are discussed from a more direct and physical perspective, via the heat kernel approach. We show that the renormalized problem is well defined, the ground state is finite and the corresponding wavefunction is positive. The renormalization group invariance of the model is also discussed. Dedicated to the memory of Professor Yavuz Nutku.
Global embeddings for branes at toric singularities
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Balasubramanian, Vijay; Berglund, Per; Braun, Volker; García-Etxebarria, Iñaki
2012-10-01
We describe how local toric singularities, including the Toric Lego construction, can be embedded in compact Calabi-Yau manifolds. We study in detail the addition of D-branes, including non-compact flavor branes as typically used in semi-realistic model building. The global geometry provides constraints on allowable local models. As an illustration of our discussion we focus on D3 and D7-branes on (the partially resolved) ( dP 0)3 singularity, its embedding in a specific Calabi-Yau manifold as a hypersurface in a toric variety, the related type IIB orientifold compactification, as well as the corresponding F-theory uplift. Our techniques generalize naturally to complete intersections, and to a large class of F-theory backgrounds with singularities.
Characteristic classes, singular embeddings, and intersection homology.
Cappell, S E; Shaneson, J L
1987-06-01
This note announces some results on the relationship between global invariants and local topological structure. The first section gives a local-global formula for Pontrjagin classes or L-classes. The second section describes a corresponding decomposition theorem on the level of complexes of sheaves. A final section mentions some related aspects of "singular knot theory" and the study of nonisolated singularities. Analogous equivariant analogues, with local-global formulas for Atiyah-Singer classes and their relations to G-signatures, will be presented in a future paper. PMID:16593842
Characterizing maximally singular phase-space distributions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sperling, J.
2016-07-01
Phase-space distributions are widely applied in quantum optics to access the nonclassical features of radiations fields. In particular, the inability to interpret the Glauber-Sudarshan distribution in terms of a classical probability density is the fundamental benchmark for quantum light. However, this phase-space distribution cannot be directly reconstructed for arbitrary states, because of its singular behavior. In this work, we perform a characterization of the Glauber-Sudarshan representation in terms of distribution theory. We address important features of such distributions: (i) the maximal degree of their singularities is studied, (ii) the ambiguity of representation is shown, and (iii) their dual space for nonclassicality tests is specified. In this view, we reconsider the methods for regularizing the Glauber-Sudarshan distribution for verifying its nonclassicality. This treatment is supported with comprehensive examples and counterexamples.
Incoherent averaging of phase singularities in speckle-shearing interferometry.
Mantel, Klaus; Nercissian, Vanusch; Lindlein, Norbert
2014-08-01
Interferometric speckle techniques are plagued by the omnipresence of phase singularities, impairing the phase unwrapping process. To reduce the number of phase singularities by physical means, an incoherent averaging of multiple speckle fields may be applied. It turns out, however, that the results may strongly deviate from the expected √N behavior. Using speckle-shearing interferometry as an example, we investigate the mechanism behind the reduction of phase singularities, both by calculations and by computer simulations. Key to an understanding of the reduction mechanism during incoherent averaging is the representation of the physical averaging process in terms of certain vector fields associated with each speckle field. PMID:25078215
Spatial Distribution of Phase Singularities in Optical Random Vector Waves.
De Angelis, L; Alpeggiani, F; Di Falco, A; Kuipers, L
2016-08-26
Phase singularities are dislocations widely studied in optical fields as well as in other areas of physics. With experiment and theory we show that the vectorial nature of light affects the spatial distribution of phase singularities in random light fields. While in scalar random waves phase singularities exhibit spatial distributions reminiscent of particles in isotropic liquids, in vector fields their distribution for the different vector components becomes anisotropic due to the direct relation between propagation and field direction. By incorporating this relation in the theory for scalar fields by Berry and Dennis [Proc. R. Soc. A 456, 2059 (2000)], we quantitatively describe our experiments. PMID:27610854
D-branes at del Pezzo singularities: global embedding and moduli stabilisation
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Cicoli, Michele; Krippendorf, Sven; Mayrhofer, Christoph; Quevedo, Fernando; Valandro, Roberto
2012-09-01
In the context of type IIB string theory we combine moduli stabilisation and model building on branes at del Pezzo singularities in a fully consistent global compactification. By means of toric geometry, we classify all the Calabi-Yau manifolds with 3 < h 1,1 < 6 which admit two identical del Pezzo singularities mapped into each other under the orientifold involution. This effective singularity hosts the visible sector containing the Standard Model while the Kähler moduli are stabilised via a combination of D-terms, perturbative and non-perturbative effects supported on hidden sectors. We present concrete models where the visible sector, containing the Standard Model, gauge and matter content, is built via fractional D3-branes at del Pezzo singularities and all the Kähler moduli are fixed providing an explicit realisation of both KKLT and LARGE volume scenarios, the latter with D-term uplifting to de Sitter minima. We perform the consistency checks for global embedding such as tadpole, K-theory charges and Freed-Witten anomaly cancellation. We briefly discuss phenomenological and cosmological implications of our models.
Recurrent noise-induced phase singularities in drifting patterns
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Clerc, M. G.; Coulibaly, S.; del Campo, F.; Garcia-Nustes, M. A.; Louvergneaux, E.; Wilson, M.
2015-11-01
We show that the key ingredients for creating recurrent traveling spatial phase defects in drifting patterns are a noise-sustained structure regime together with the vicinity of a phase transition, that is, a spatial region where the control parameter lies close to the threshold for pattern formation. They both generate specific favorable initial conditions for local spatial gradients, phase, and/or amplitude. Predictions from the stochastic convective Ginzburg-Landau equation with real coefficients agree quite well with experiments carried out on a Kerr medium submitted to shifted optical feedback that evidence noise-induced traveling phase slips and vortex phase-singularities.
Observation of Vortex Phase Singularities in Bose-Einstein Condensates
Inouye, S.; Gupta, S.; Rosenband, T.; Chikkatur, A. P.; Goerlitz, A.; Gustavson, T. L.; Leanhardt, A. E.; Pritchard, D. E.; Ketterle, W.
2001-08-20
We have observed phase singularities due to vortex excitation in Bose-Einstein condensates. Vortices were created by moving a laser beam through a condensate. They were observed as dislocations in the interference fringes formed by the stirred condensate and a second unperturbed condensate. The velocity dependence for vortex excitation and the time scale for re-establishing a uniform phase across the condensate were determined.
Singular-value demodulation of phase-shifted holograms.
Lopes, Fernando; Atlan, Michael
2015-06-01
We report on phase-shifted holographic interferogram demodulation by singular-value decomposition. Numerical processing of optically acquired interferograms over several modulation periods was performed in two steps: (1) rendering of off-axis complex-valued holograms by Fresnel transformation of the interferograms; and (2) eigenvalue spectrum assessment of the lag-covariance matrix of hologram pixels. Experimental results in low-light recording conditions were compared with demodulation by Fourier analysis, in the presence of random phase drifts. PMID:26030552
Optical Vortex Metrology: Displacement and Flow Measurements with Phase Singularities
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Takeda, Mitsuo; Wang, Wei; Hanson, Steen G.; Miyamoto, Yoko
2007-10-01
We review the principle and the applications of a new technique which we recently proposed for displacement and flow measurements. The technique is called optical vortex metrology because it makes use of phase singularities in the complex signal as markers or tracers, which are generated by a vortex filer that performs a Riesz or Laguerre-Gauss transform operation to a speckle-like random pattern.
Cycle of phase, coherence and polarization singularities in Young's three-pinhole experiment.
Pang, Xiaoyan; Gbur, Greg; Visser, Taco D
2015-12-28
It is now well-established that a variety of singularities can be characterized and observed in optical wavefields. It is also known that these phase singularities, polarization singularities and coherence singularities are physically related, but the exact nature of their relationship is still somewhat unclear. We show how a Young-type three-pinhole interference experiment can be used to create a continuous cycle of transformations between classes of singularities, often accompanied by topological reactions in which different singularities are created and annihilated. This arrangement serves to clarify the relationships between the different singularity types, and provides a simple tool for further exploration. PMID:26832065
Turbulent diffusion phase transition is due to singular energy spectrum.
Wallstrom, T C
1995-01-01
The phase transition for turbulent diffusion, reported by Avellaneda and Majda [Avellaneda, M. & Majda, A. J. (1994) Philos. Trans. R. Soc. London A 346, 205-233, and several earlier papers], is traced to a modeling assumption in which the energy spectrum of the turbulent fluid is singularly dependent on the viscosity in the inertial range. Phenomenological models of turbulence and intermittency, by contrast, require that the energy spectrum be independent of the viscosity in the inertial range. When the energy spectrum is assumed to be consistent with the phenomenological models, there is no phase transition for turbulent diffusion. Images Fig. 2 PMID:11607590
Phase singularity of surface plasmon polaritons generated by optical vortices.
Tan, P S; Yuan, G H; Wang, Q; Zhang, N; Zhang, D H; Yuan, X-C
2011-08-15
We demonstrate an experimental result that shows the phase singularity of surface plasmon waves generated by the direct transform of optical vortices at normal incidence focused on a structureless metal surface. The near-field two-dimensional intensity distribution near the focal plane is experimentally examined by using near-field scanning optical microscopy and shows a good agreement with the finite-difference time-domain simulation result. The experimental realization demonstrates a potential of the proposed excitation scheme to be reconfigured locally with advantages over structures milled into optically thick metallic films for plasmonics applications involving plasmonic vortices. PMID:21847236
The Pancharatnam-Berry phase in polarization singular beams
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Kumar, Vijay; Viswanathan, Nirmal K.
2013-04-01
Space-variant inhomogeneously polarized field formed due to superposition of orthogonally polarized Gaussian (LG00) and Laguerre-Gaussian (LG01) beams results in polarization singular beams with different morphology structures such as lemon, star and dipole patterns around the C-point in the beam cross-section. The Pancharatnam-Berry phase plays a critical role in the formation and characteristics of these spatially inhomogeneous fields. We present our experimental results wherein we measure the variable geometric phase by tracking the trajectory of the component vortices in the beam cross-section, by interfering with selective polarization states and by tracking different latitudes on the Poincaré sphere without the effect of a dynamic phase.
Numerical generation of a polarization singularity array with modulated amplitude and phase.
Ye, Dong; Peng, Xinyu; Zhao, Qi; Chen, Yanru
2016-09-01
A point having no defined polarized ellipse azimuthal angle (circularly polarized) in a space-variant vector field is called a polarization singularity, and it has three types: Lemon, Monstar, and Star. Recently, the connection of polarization singularities has been performed. Inspired by this, we conduct a numerical generation of a polarization singularity array. Our method is based on two orthogonal linearly polarized light beams with modulated amplitude and phase. With appropriate distribution functions of amplitudes and phases we can control the polarized states of polarization singularities, which offer a possibility to simulate a polarization singularity array. PMID:27607491
Near-field phase singularity in subwavelength metallic microstructures
Kang Ming; Guo Qinghua; Chen Jing; Gu Bing; Li Yongnan; Wang Huitian
2011-10-15
A near-field phase singularity (NFPS) depending on the spin state of the incident electromagnetic (EM) radiation is very fascinating because it can enrich the functionality of the EM radiation in metamaterials. Here we present a microscopic dipole model to describe the NFPS effect under the time-harmonic quasistatic limit. The results reveal that NFPS exists for the longitudinal components of both electric and magnetic fields as well as the transverse component of time-averaged Poynting vector. The localized surface plasmon polariton in the subwavelength metallic structure contributes to enhance the generation efficiency of NFPS by introducing the resonance of the electric dipole. This effect not only is promising for microtrapping and manipulation but also enriches the functionality of the existing metamaterials.
Multivariate singular spectrum analysis and the road to phase synchronization
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Groth, Andreas; Ghil, Michael
2010-05-01
Singular spectrum analysis (SSA) and multivariate SSA (M-SSA) are based on the classical work of Kosambi (1943), Loeve (1945) and Karhunen (1946) and are closely related to principal component analysis. They have been introduced into information theory by Bertero, Pike and co-workers (1982, 1984) and into dynamical systems analysis by Broomhead and King (1986a,b). Ghil, Vautard and associates have applied SSA and M-SSA to the temporal and spatio-temporal analysis of short and noisy time series in climate dynamics and other fields in the geosciences since the late 1980s. M-SSA provides insight into the unknown or partially known dynamics of the underlying system by decomposing the delay-coordinate phase space of a given multivariate time series into a set of data-adaptive orthonormal components. These components can be classified essentially into trends, oscillatory patterns and noise, and allow one to reconstruct a robust "skeleton" of the dynamical system's structure. For an overview we refer to Ghil et al. (Rev. Geophys., 2002). In this talk, we present M-SSA in the context of synchronization analysis and illustrate its ability to unveil information about the mechanisms behind the adjustment of rhythms in coupled dynamical systems. The focus of the talk is on the special case of phase synchronization between coupled chaotic oscillators (Rosenblum et al., PRL, 1996). Several ways of measuring phase synchronization are in use, and the robust definition of a reasonable phase for each oscillator is critical in each of them. We illustrate here the advantages of M-SSA in the automatic identification of oscillatory modes and in drawing conclusions about the transition to phase synchronization. Without using any a priori definition of a suitable phase, we show that M-SSA is able to detect phase synchronization in a chain of coupled chaotic oscillators (Osipov et al., PRE, 1996). Recently, Muller et al. (PRE, 2005) and Allefeld et al. (Intl. J. Bif. Chaos, 2007) have
Observation of photonic spin Hall effect with phase singularity at dielectric metasurfaces.
Li, Ying; Liu, Yachao; Ling, Xiaohui; Yi, Xunong; Zhou, Xinxing; Ke, Yougang; Luo, Hailu; Wen, Shuangchun; Fan, Dianyuan
2015-01-26
Observation of photonic spin Hall effect (SHE) near the phase singularity at dielectric metasurfaces is presented. The structured metasurface works as a space-variant Pancharatnam-Berry phase element and produces a vortex beam with phase singularity. The dynamical vortex phase is introduced to eliminate or enhance the phase singularity, thus realizing the manipulation of spin-dependent Pancharatnam-Berry phase. The spin-orbit coupling near the singularity of the Pancharatnam-Berry phase leads to the observation of the photonic SHE which manifests itself as spin-dependent splitting. The underlying mechanism is significantly different from previously reported cases. It thereby provides an alternative way to manipulate the spin states of photons. PMID:25835932
Projection of phase singularities in moiré fringe onto a light field
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ohno, Seigo
2016-06-01
A moiré pattern, which is a kind of spatial interference between two periodic patterns, is regarded as a spatial modulation of a "field." By defining the displacement field, we reveal that moiré patterns can have a topological phase singularity, similar to a disclination in liquid crystal and, more generally, a vector field treated in the singular optics. We propose that topological singularities in the moiré displacement field can be projected by passing an electromagnetic field through a metasurface. We designed a metasurface constructed from two layers of a metal disk array operating in the terahertz band; then we numerically estimated the spatial distribution of its transmission properties. The phase singularities in the electromagnetic fields coincided with the singularities appearing in the moiré pattern. We found two kinds of singularities, and the phase of the electromagnetic field changed by 2π or 4π around them. These phase changes were independent of the light frequency, implying that the topological properties of the moiré fields were projected onto the electromagnetic field. This feature of moiré metasurfaces can potentially be exploited in spiral phase plate arrays with no frequency dispersion of the phase change.
The Embedded Phase of Massive Star Formation
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van der Tak, Floris
2000-11-01
evolutionary order of phenomena associated with massive star formation appears to be: embedded infrared source to hot core to (ultra-) compact H II region. In the first two stages, CH3OH and H2O masers occur, which are replaced by OH masers in the third. Chemically, the low deuterium fractionation and total abundances of H2CO and CH3OH argue for a short duration of the cold (≅ 10 K) pre-stellar phase. The fractional ionization of the envelopes of massive young stars is consistent with cosmic-ray ionization at an average rate of ζCR = (2.6 +/- 1.8) × 10-17 s-1. Variations in ζCR are a factor ≅ 2 on a ~kpc scale, in good agreement with γ-ray data. Ionization by local X-rays and shielding against cosmic rays appear unimportant. The differences in ζCR for a given source derived using H3+ or H13CO+, and the correlation of the H3+ column density with distance suggest that significant H3+ absorption occurs in intervening translucent clouds. The abundances of several molecules are found to increase with increasing temperature. Four types of species can be distinguished: (i) `passive' molecules, which are formed in the gas phase, freeze out onto grains during the cold collapse phase and are released during warm-up without chemical modification (e.g. CO); (ii) molecules which form by reactions on or inside the ice layer, and subsequently evaporate (e.g. CH3OH); (iii) molecules formed by gas-phase reactions with evaporated species (e.g. CH3OCH3); (iv) molecules which are formed in the hot gas by high-temperature reactions (e.g. HCN). In 5 out of 5 sources, compact (radius < 300 AU) dust emission is detected with the OVRO interferometer, which resides in a dense shell or in a disk. The mass of this component is not well constrained because of optical depth effects, but it may be as high as 10 Modot, which is comparable to the stellar mass.
Singularity problem and phase-space noncanonical noncommutativity
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bastos, Catarina; Bertolami, Orfeu; Dias, Nuno Costa; Prata, João Nuno
2010-08-01
The Wheeler-DeWitt equation arising from a Kantowski-Sachs model is considered for a Schwarzschild black hole under the assumption that the scale factors and the associated momenta satisfy a noncanonical noncommutative extension of the Heisenberg-Weyl algebra. An integral of motion is used to factorize the wave function into an oscillatory part and a function of a configuration space variable. The latter is shown to be normalizable using asymptotic arguments. It is then shown that on the hypersurfaces of constant value of the argument of the wave function’s oscillatory piece, the probability vanishes in the vicinity of the black hole singularity.
A Singular Perturbation Approach for Time-Domain Assessment of Phase Margin
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Zhu, J. Jim; Yang, Xiaojing; Hodel, A Scottedward
2010-01-01
This paper considers the problem of time-domain assessment of the Phase Margin (PM) of a Single Input Single Output (SISO) Linear Time-Invariant (LTI) system using a singular perturbation approach, where a SISO LTI fast loop system, whose phase lag increases monotonically with frequency, is introduced into the loop as a singular perturbation with a singular perturbation (time-scale separation) parameter Epsilon. First, a bijective relationship between the Singular Perturbation Margin (SPM) max and the PM of the nominal (slow) system is established with an approximation error on the order of Epsilon(exp 2). In proving this result, relationships between the singular perturbation parameter Epsilon, PM of the perturbed system, PM and SPM of the nominal system, and the (monotonically increasing) phase of the fast system are also revealed. These results make it possible to assess the PM of the nominal system in the time-domain for SISO LTI systems using the SPM with a standardized testing system called "PM-gauge," as demonstrated by examples. PM is a widely used stability margin for LTI control system design and certification. Unfortunately, it is not applicable to Linear Time-Varying (LTV) and Nonlinear Time-Varying (NLTV) systems. The approach developed here can be used to establish a theoretical as well as practical metric of stability margin for LTV and NLTV systems using a standardized SPM that is backward compatible with PM.
Singularity-free Green's function for EM sources embedded in a stratified medium
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Weng, Ai-Hua; Liu, Yun-He; Yin, Chang-Chun; Jia, Ding-Yu
2016-03-01
We present a method to unify the calculation of Green's functions for an electromagnetic (EM) transmitting source embedded in a homogeneous stratified medium. A virtual interface parallel to layer interfaces is introduced through the source location. The potentials for Green's function are derived by decomposing the partial wave solutions to Helmholtz's equations into upward and downward within boundaries. The amplitudes of the potentials in each stratum are obtained recursively from the initial amplitudes at the source level. The initial amplitudes are derived by coupling with the transmitting sources and following the discontinuity of the tangential electric and magnetic fields at the source interface. Only the initial terms are related to the transmitting sources and thus need to be modified for different transmitters, whereas the kernel connected with the stratified media stays unchanged. Hence, the present method can be easily applied to EM transmitting sources with little modification. The application of the proposed method to the marine controlled-source electromagnetic method (MCSEM) demonstrates its simplicity and flexibility.
Absence of Squirt Singularities for the Multi-Phase Muskat Problem
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Córdoba, Diego; Gancedo, Francisco
2010-10-01
In this paper we study the evolution of multiple fluids with different constant densities in porous media. This physical scenario is known as the Muskat and the (multi-phase) Hele-Shaw problems. In this context we prove that the fluids do not develop squirt singularities.
Viscous singular shock profiles for a system of conservation laws modeling two-phase flow
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hsu, Ting-Hao
2016-08-01
This paper is concerned with singular shocks for a system of conservation laws via the Dafermos regularization ut + f(u)x = ɛtuxx. For a system modeling incompressible two-phase fluid flow, the existence of viscous profiles is proved using Geometric Singular Perturbation Theory. The weak convergence and the growth rate of the viscous solution are also derived; the weak limit is the sum of a piecewise constant function and a δ-measure supported on a shock line, and the maximum value of the viscous solution is of order exp (1 / ɛ).
Griffiths singularity of quantum phase transition in ion-gated ZrNCl
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Saito, Yu; Nojima, Tsutomu; Iwasa, Yoshihiro
Recent technological advances of thin films fabrication, especially mechanical exfoliation, led to discoveries of less-disordered highly-crystalline two-dimensional (2D) superconductors; atomically thin NbSe2 and ion-gated 2D materials, which show intrinsic properties of 2D superconductors with minimal disorder; for example, metallic ground state, and unconventional 2D Ising superconductivity due to pure spin-valley locking effect. In this talk, we focus on magnetotransport properties of an ionic-liquid gated ZrNCl, which exhibited Griffiths singularity-like behavior in superconductor-metal-insulator transition induced by magnetic fields at low carrier concentrations. The overall behavior is quite similar to the recent results of superconducting Ga thin films, in which quantum Griffiths singularity was observed in vortex-glass state. We will discuss the relationship between Griffiths singularity and quantum tunneling or flux flow of vortices phase (vortex liquid) in our system
Automatic Detections of P and S Phases using Singular Value Decomposition Analysis
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Kurzon, I.; Vernon, F.; Ben-Zion, Y.; Rosenberger, A.
2012-12-01
We implement a new method for the automatic detection of the primary P and S phases using Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) analysis. The method is based on a real-time iteration algorithm of Rosenberger (2010) for the SVD of three component seismograms. Rosenberger's algorithm identifies the incidence angle by applying SVD and separates the waveforms into their P and S components. We have been using the same algorithm, with the modification that we apply a set of filters prior to the SVD, and study the success of these filters in detecting correctly the P and S arrivals, in different stations and segments of the San Jacinto Fault Zone. A recent deployment in San Jacinto Fault Zone area provides a very dense seismic networks, with ~ 90 stations in a fault zone which is 150km long and 30km wide. Embedded in this network are 5 linear arrays crossing the fault trace, with ~ 10 stations at ~ 25-50m spacing in each array. This allows us to test the detection algorithm in a diverse setting, including events with different source mechanisms, stations with different site characteristics, and ray paths that diverge from the SVD approximation used in the algorithm, such as rays propagating within the fault and recorded on the linear arrays. Comparing our new method with classic automatic detection methods using Short Time Average (STA) to Long Time Average (LTA) ratios, we show the success of this SVD detection. Unlike the STA to LTA ratio methods that normally tend to detect the P phase, but in many cases cannot distinguish the S arrival, the main advantage of the SVD method is that almost all the P arrivals have an associated S arrival. Moreover, even for cases of short distance events, in which the S arrivals are masked by the P waves, the SVD algorithm under low band filters, manages to detect those S arrivals. The method is less consistent for stations located directly on the fault traces, in which the SVD approximation is not always valid; but even in such cases the
Ackerman, Paul J; Qi, Zhiyuan; Lin, Yiheng; Twombly, Christopher W; Laviada, Mauricio J; Lansac, Yves; Smalyukh, Ivan I
2012-01-01
Topological defect lines are ubiquitous and important in a wide variety of fascinating phenomena and theories in many fields ranging from materials science to early-universe cosmology, and to engineering of laser beams. However, they are typically hard to control in a reliable manner. Here we describe facile erasable "optical drawing" of self-assembled defect clusters in liquid crystals. These quadrupolar defect clusters, stabilized by the medium's chirality and the tendency to form twisted configurations, are shaped into arbitrary two-dimensional patterns, including reconfigurable phase gratings capable of generating and controlling optical phase singularities in laser beams. Our findings bridge the studies of defects in condensed matter physics and optics and may enable applications in data storage, singular optics, displays, electro-optic devices, diffraction gratings, as well as in both optically- and electrically-addressed pixel-free spatial light modulators. PMID:22679553
Ackerman, Paul J.; Qi, Zhiyuan; Lin, Yiheng; Twombly, Christopher W.; Laviada, Mauricio J.; Lansac, Yves; Smalyukh, Ivan I.
2012-01-01
Topological defect lines are ubiquitous and important in a wide variety of fascinating phenomena and theories in many fields ranging from materials science to early-universe cosmology, and to engineering of laser beams. However, they are typically hard to control in a reliable manner. Here we describe facile erasable “optical drawing” of self-assembled defect clusters in liquid crystals. These quadrupolar defect clusters, stabilized by the medium's chirality and the tendency to form twisted configurations, are shaped into arbitrary two-dimensional patterns, including reconfigurable phase gratings capable of generating and controlling optical phase singularities in laser beams. Our findings bridge the studies of defects in condensed matter physics and optics and may enable applications in data storage, singular optics, displays, electro-optic devices, diffraction gratings, as well as in both optically- and electrically-addressed pixel-free spatial light modulators. PMID:22679553
Aristov, Andrey I.; Kabashin, Andrei V.; Zywietz, Urs; Evlyukhin, Andrey B.; Reinhardt, Carsten; Chichkov, Boris N.
2014-02-17
By using methods of laser-induced transfer combined with nanoparticle lithography, we design and fabricate large-area gold nanoparticle-based metamaterial arrays exhibiting extreme Heaviside-like phase jumps in reflected light due to a strong diffractive coupling of localized plasmons. When employed in sensing schemes, these phase singularities provide the sensitivity of 5 × 10{sup 4} deg. of phase shift per refractive index unit change that is comparable with best values reported for plasmonic biosensors. The implementation of sensor platforms on the basis of such metamaterial arrays promises a drastic improvement of sensitivity and cost efficiency of plasmonic biosensing devices.
Generation of optical crystals and quasicrystal beams: Kaleidoscopic patterns and phase singularity
Chen, Y. F.; Liang, H. C.; Lin, Y. C.; Tzeng, Y. S.; Su, K. W.; Huang, K. F.
2011-05-15
We explore the feasibility of the generation of pseudonondiffracting optical beams related to crystal and quasicrystal structures. It is experimentally confirmed that optical crystal and quasicrystal beams can be remarkably generated with a collimated light to illuminate a high-precision mask with multiple apertures regularly distributed on a ring. We also found that exotic kaleidoscopic patterns can be exhibited with the high-order quasicrystal beams. More importantly, the structures of phase singularities in optical quasicrystal beams are manifested.
Singular phase nano-optics in plasmonic metamaterials for label-free single-molecule detection.
Kravets, V G; Schedin, F; Jalil, R; Britnell, L; Gorbachev, R V; Ansell, D; Thackray, B; Novoselov, K S; Geim, A K; Kabashin, A V; Grigorenko, A N
2013-04-01
The non-trivial behaviour of phase is crucial for many important physical phenomena, such as, for example, the Aharonov-Bohm effect and the Berry phase. By manipulating the phase of light one can create 'twisted' photons, vortex knots and dislocations which has led to the emergence of the field of singular optics relying on abrupt phase changes. Here we demonstrate the feasibility of singular visible-light nano-optics which exploits the benefits of both plasmonic field enhancement and the peculiarities of the phase of light. We show that properly designed plasmonic metamaterials exhibit topologically protected zero reflection yielding to sharp phase changes nearby, which can be employed to radically improve the sensitivity of detectors based on plasmon resonances. By using reversible hydrogenation of graphene and binding of streptavidin-biotin, we demonstrate an areal mass sensitivity at a level of fg mm(-2) and detection of individual biomolecules, respectively. Our proof-of-concept results offer a route towards simple and scalable single-molecule label-free biosensing technologies. PMID:23314104
Singular phase nano-optics in plasmonic metamaterials for label-free single-molecule detection
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kravets, V. G.; Schedin, F.; Jalil, R.; Britnell, L.; Gorbachev, R. V.; Ansell, D.; Thackray, B.; Novoselov, K. S.; Geim, A. K.; Kabashin, A. V.; Grigorenko, A. N.
2013-04-01
The non-trivial behaviour of phase is crucial for many important physical phenomena, such as, for example, the Aharonov-Bohm effect and the Berry phase. By manipulating the phase of light one can create ’twisted’ photons, vortex knots and dislocations which has led to the emergence of the field of singular optics relying on abrupt phase changes. Here we demonstrate the feasibility of singular visible-light nano-optics which exploits the benefits of both plasmonic field enhancement and the peculiarities of the phase of light. We show that properly designed plasmonic metamaterials exhibit topologically protected zero reflection yielding to sharp phase changes nearby, which can be employed to radically improve the sensitivity of detectors based on plasmon resonances. By using reversible hydrogenation of graphene and binding of streptavidin-biotin, we demonstrate an areal mass sensitivity at a level of fg mm-2 and detection of individual biomolecules, respectively. Our proof-of-concept results offer a route towards simple and scalable single-molecule label-free biosensing technologies.
High-multipole excitations of hydrogen-like atoms by twisted photons near a phase singularity
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Afanasev, Andrei; Carlson, Carl E.; Mukherjee, Asmita
2016-07-01
We calculate transition amplitudes and cross sections for excitation of hydrogen-like atoms by the twisted photon states, or photon states with angular momentum projection on the direction of propagation exceeding ℏ. If the target atom is located at distances of the order of atomic size near the phase singularity in the vortex center, the transition rates into the states with orbital angular momentum {l}f\\gt 1 become comparable with the rates for electric dipole transitions. It is shown that when the transition rates are normalized to the local photon flux, the resulting cross sections for {l}f\\gt 1 are singular near the optical vortex center. The relation to the ‘quantum core’ concept introduced by Berry and Dennis is discussed.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yulmetyev, R. M.; Hänggi, P.; Yulmetyeva, D. G.; Shimojo, S.; Khusaenova, E. V.; Watanabe, K.; Bhattacharya, J.
2007-09-01
To analyze the crucial role of fluctuation and relaxation effects for the function of the human brain we studied some statistical quantifiers that support the information characteristics of neuromagnetic brain responses (magnetoencephalogram, MEG). The signals to a flickering stimulus of different color combinations have been obtained from a group of control subjects which is then contrasted with those of a patient suffering photosensitive epilepsy (PSE). We found that the existence of the specific stratification of the phase clouds and the concomitant relaxation singularities of the corresponding nonequilibrium dynamics of the chaotic behavior of the signals in separate areas in a patient provide likely indicators for the zones which are responsible for the appearance of PSE.
ALIGNMENT OF PROTOSTARS AND CIRCUMSTELLAR DISKS DURING THE EMBEDDED PHASE
Spalding, Christopher; Batygin, Konstantin; Adams, Fred C. E-mail: kbatygin@gps.caltech.edu
2014-12-20
Star formation proceeds via the collapse of a molecular cloud core over multiple dynamical timescales. Turbulence within cores results in a spatially non-uniform angular momentum of the cloud, causing a stochastic variation in the orientation of the disk forming from the collapsing material. In the absence of star-disk angular momentum coupling, such disk-tilting would provide a natural mechanism for the production of primordial spin-orbit misalignments in the resulting planetary systems. However, owing to high accretion rates in the embedded phase of star formation, the inner edge of the circumstellar disk extends down to the stellar surface, resulting in efficient gravitational and accretional angular momentum transfer between the star and the disk. Here, we demonstrate that the resulting gravitational coupling is sufficient to suppress any significant star-disk misalignment, with accretion playing a secondary role. The joint tilting of the star-disk system leads to a stochastic wandering of star-aligned bipolar outflows. Such wandering widens the effective opening angle of stellar outflows, allowing for more efficient clearing of the remainder of the protostar's gaseous envelope. Accordingly, the processes described in this work provide an additional mechanism responsible for sculpting the stellar initial mass function.
High-resolution phase imaging of phase singularities in the focal region of a lens
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Walford, J. N.; Nugent, K. A.; Roberts, A.; Scholten, R. E.
2002-03-01
Subwavelength-resolution phase images of phase dislocations at the focal region of a 20×, 0.4-N.A. lens have been obtained by use of an optical fiber interferometer with a tapered probe in one arm. A phase-stepping algorithm is used to determine a quantitative value of the phase at each point in the scan, clearly showing the presence of edge dislocations between the Airy rings of the diffraction pattern near the lens focus, as well as four isolated screw-type singularties caused by astigmatism in the lens.
Singularities and Closed String Tachyons
Silverstein, Eva; /SLAC /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.
2006-03-17
A basic problem in gravitational physics is the resolution of spacetime singularities where general relativity breaks down. The simplest such singularities are conical singularities arising from orbifold identifications of flat space, and the most challenging are spacelike singularities inside black holes (and in cosmology). Topology changing processes also require evolution through classically singular spacetimes. I briefly review how a phase of closed string tachyon condensate replaces, and helps to resolve, basic singularities of each of these types. Finally I discuss some interesting features of singularities arising in the small volume limit of compact negatively curved spaces and the emerging zoology of spacelike singularities.
Stochastic dynamics of phase singularities under ventricular fibrillation in 2D Beeler-Reuter model
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Suzuki, Akio; Konno, Hidetoshi
2011-09-01
The dynamics of ventricular fibrillation (VF) has been studied extensively, and the initiation mechanism of VF has been elucidated to some extent. However, the stochastic dynamical nature of sustained VF remains unclear so far due to the complexity of high dimensional chaos in a heterogeneous system. In this paper, various statistical mechanical properties of sustained VF are studied numerically in 2D Beeler-Reuter-Drouhard-Roberge (BRDR) model with normal and modified ionic current conductance. The nature of sustained VF is analyzed by measuring various fluctuations of spatial phase singularity (PS) such as velocity, lifetime, the rates of birth and death. It is found that the probability density function (pdf) for lifetime of PSs is independent of system size. It is also found that the hyper-Gamma distribution serves as a universal pdf for the counting number of PSs for various system sizes and various parameters of our model tissue under VF. Further, it is demonstrated that the nonlinear Langevin equation associated with a hyper-Gamma process can mimic the pdf and temporal variation of the number of PSs in the 2D BRDR model.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kim, Youngwook; Herlinger, Patrick; Moon, Pilkyung; Koshino, Mikito; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Smet, Jurgen H.
2016-08-01
Van Hove singularities (VHS's) in the density of states play an outstanding and diverse role for the electronic and thermodynamic properties of crystalline solids. At the critical point the Fermi surface connectivity changes and topological properties undergo a transition. Opportunities to systematically pass a VHS at the turn of a voltage knob and study its diverse impact are however rare. With the advent of van der Waals heterostructures, control over the atomic registry of neigbouring graphene layers offers an unprecedented tool to generate a low energy VHS easily accessible with conventional gating. Here we have addressed magnetotransport when the chemical potential crosses the twist angle induced VHS in twisted bilayer graphene. A topological phase transition is experimentally disclosed in the abrupt conversion of electrons to holes or vice versa, a loss of a non-zero Berry phase and distinct sequences of integer quantum Hall states above and below the singularity.
Kim, Youngwook; Herlinger, Patrick; Moon, Pilkyung; Koshino, Mikito; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Smet, Jurgen H
2016-08-10
van Hove singularities (VHS's) in the density of states play an outstanding and diverse role for the electronic and thermodynamic properties of crystalline solids. At the critical point the Fermi surface connectivity changes, and topological properties undergo a transition. Opportunities to systematically pass a VHS at the turn of a voltage knob and study its diverse impact are however rare. With the advent of van der Waals heterostructures, control over the atomic registry of neighboring graphene layers offers an unprecedented tool to generate a low energy VHS easily accessible with conventional gating. Here we have addressed magnetotransport when the chemical potential crosses the twist angle induced VHS in twisted bilayer graphene. A topological phase transition is experimentally disclosed in the abrupt conversion of electrons to holes or vice versa, a loss of a nonzero Berry phase and distinct sequences of integer quantum Hall states above and below the singularity. PMID:27387484
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Mukhopadhyay, V.; Newsom, J. R.
1982-01-01
A stability margin evaluation method in terms of simultaneous gain and phase changes in all loops of a multiloop system is presented. A universal gain-phase margin evaluation diagram is constructed by generalizing an existing method using matrix singular value properties. Using this diagram and computing the minimum singular value of the system return difference matrix over the operating frequency range, regions of guaranteed stability margins can be obtained. Singular values are computed for a wing flutter suppression and a drone lateral attitude control problem. The numerical results indicate that this method predicts quite conservative stability margins. In the second example if the eigenvalue magnitude is used instead of the singular value, as a measure of nearness to singularity, more realistic stability margins are obtained. However, this relaxed measure generally cannot guarantee global stability.
Nagel, Sidney
2007-01-17
The exhilarating spray from waves crashing into the shore, the distressing sound of a faucet leaking in the night, and the indispensable role of bubbles dissolving gas into the oceans are but a few examples of the ubiquitous presence and profound importance of drop formation and splashing in our lives. During fission, a fluid forms a neck that becomes vanishingly thin at the point of breakup. This topological transition is accompanied by a dynamic singularity in which physical properties such as pressure diverge. Singularities of this sort often organize the overall dynamical evolution of nonlinear systems. I will first discuss the role of singularities in the breakup of droplets. I will then present a second experiment, selective withdrawal, in which we study the steady-state shape of a liquid as it is withdrawn by a nozzle through a surrounding fluid. Here, a change in topology may again be accompanied by a singularity. Applications of this geometry that rely on singular dynamical behavior are relevant for the coating of biological particles that may be of particular use in medical transplantation technologies.
Noncanonical phase-space noncommutativity and the Kantowski-Sachs singularity for black holes
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bastos, Catarina; Bertolami, Orfeu; Dias, Nuno Costa; Prata, João Nuno
2011-07-01
We consider a cosmological model based upon a noncanonical noncommutative extension of the Heisenberg-Weyl algebra to address the thermodynamical stability and the singularity problem of black holes whose interior are described by the Kantowski-Sachs metric and modeled by a noncommutative extension of the Wheeler-DeWitt equation. We compute the temperature and entropy of these black holes and compare the results with the Hawking values. We observe that it is actually the noncommutativity in the momentum sector that allows for the existence of a minimum in the potential, which is the key to apply the Feynman-Hibbs procedure. It is shown that this noncommutative model generates a nonunitary dynamics that predicts a vanishing probability in the neighborhood of the singularity. This result effectively regularizes the Kantowski-Sachs singularity and generalizes a similar result, previously obtained for the case of Schwarzschild black holes.
Behavior of embedded phase in shock-driven two-phase flow
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kuehner, Garrett; Wayne, Patrick; Olmstead, Dell; Corbin, Clint; Bernard, Tennille; Vorobieff, Peter; Truman, C. Randall
2013-11-01
We present an experimental study of droplet acceleration in a shock-driven two-phase flow (air with embedded liquid droplets). The droplets (propylene glycol, diameter 0.5-3 μm) were pre-mixed with the air in the test section of a shock tube, then impulsively accelerated with planar shock wave with a Mach number of 1.7. A cross-section of the flow is illuminated with multiple pulses from Nd:YAG lasers, producing time-resolved visualizations of the seeded volume. The images are then analyzed to quantify droplet velocity and acceleration from the shock passage to about 1.5 ms after the shock. Based on the velocity measurements, we can resolve the droplet lag after the shock, when the massive droplets ``catch up'' with the flow of the surrounding air, as well as validate our earlier estimates of boundary layer growth. This research is supported by NNSA (US National Nuclear Security Agency).
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
A, Savelyev D.; N, Khonina S.
2014-03-01
We analyze the diffraction of the laser beam with a vortex phase singularity on the basis of the finite-difference time-domain method (FDTD). It is shown that, when incident beam has phase singularity, increase of the micro-axicon radius leads to extension of the light needle consisting of longitudinal electric field component. The numerical investigations held of the near-field diffraction for the most common and easily implemented types of polarization of the incident beam - linear and circular.
A polar-embedded C30 stationary phase: preparation and evaluation.
Zhang, Mingliang; Mai, Wenpeng; Zhao, Liang; Guo, Yong; Qiu, Hongdeng
2015-04-01
A novel polar-embedded C30 stationary phase has been synthesized and characterized. The polar carbamate group was generated homogeneously in situ by the catalytic reaction between isocyanate and primary alcohol. The simple one-pot synthetic strategy provided an efficient and effective strategy for modification of silica spheres. Efficiency, selectivity and silanol activity of the resulting column were characterized in detail with different classes of analytes that included Standard Reference Materials (SRM) 870, SRM 869b and SRM 1647e, alkylbenzene congeners, as well as polar-substituted aromatics. The polar-embedded C30 stationary phase was found to exhibit excellent shape selectivity. PMID:25725953
An Open Source Embedding Code for the Condensed Phase
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Genova, Alessandro; Ceresoli, Davide; Krishtal, Alisa; Andreussi, Oliviero; Distasio, Robert; Pavanello, Michele
Work from our group as well as others has shown that for many systems such as molecular aggregates, liquids, and complex layered materials, subsystem Density-Functional Theory (DFT) is capable of immensely reducing the computational cost while providing a better and more intuitive insight into the underlying physics. We developed a massively parallel implementation of Subsystem DFT for the condensed phase into the open-source Quantum ESPRESSO software package. In this talk, we will discuss how we: (1) implemented such a flexible parallel framework aiming at the optimal load balancing; (2) simplified the solution of the electronic structure problem by allowing a fragment specific sampling of the first Brillouin Zone; (3) achieve enormous speedups by solving the electronic structure of each fragment in a unit cell smaller than the supersystem simulation cell, effectively introducing a fragment specific basis set, with no deterioration of the fully periodic simulation. As of March 14, 2016, the code has been released and is available to the public.
Formation of nanometer embedded phases during high-energy Ti-implanted and annealed steel
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Tonghe; Wu, Yuguang; Deng, Zhiwei; Cui, Ping; Wang, Ping
2000-06-01
Observation by transmission electron microscope (TEM) indicated the formation of FeTi 2 phase of 3.5-20 nm in diameter embedded in a high-energy Ti-implanted layer. The nanometer phases were embedded among dislocations and grain boundaries in Ti-implanted steel at 400°C. It has good wear resistance. The embedded structure changes after annealing. The structure changed slightly after annealing at temperature ranging from 350°C to 500°C, while the hardness of the implanted layer increased greatly. The maximum of hardness is obtained when the sample was annealed at 500°C for 20 min and the Ti phases had an average diameter of 8 nm. Dislocations disappeared and the diameter of nanometer phases increased to 10 and 16 nm after annealing at temperature of 750°C and 1000°C, respectively. The average densities of the nanometer phases are 8.8×10 10 and 6.5×10 10 cm-2, respectively for both annealing temperatures.
Restoration of singularities in reconstructed phase of crystal image in electron holography.
Li, Wei; Tanji, Takayoshi
2014-12-01
Off-axis electron holography can be used to measure the inner potential of a specimen from its reconstructed phase image and is thus a powerful technique for materials scientists. However, abrupt reversals of contrast from white to black may sometimes occur in a digitally reconstructed phase image, which results in inaccurate information. Such phase distortion is mainly due to the digital reconstruction process and weak electron wave amplitude in some areas of the specimen. Therefore, digital image processing can be applied to the reconstruction and restoration of phase images. In this paper, fringe reconnection processing is applied to phase image restoration of a crystal structure image. The disconnection and wrong connection of interference fringes in the hologram that directly cause a 2π phase jump imperfection are correctly reconnected. Experimental results show that the phase distortion is significantly reduced after the processing. The quality of the reconstructed phase image was improved by the removal of imperfections in the final phase. PMID:25272997
Phase changes in nickel clusters from an embedded-atom potential
Guevenc, Z.B.; Jellinek, J. ); Voter, A.F. )
1991-01-01
The meltinglike behavior of Ni{sub n}, n=12,13,14,19 clusters is studied using molecular dynamics simulations. The cohesion in clusters is modelled by an embedded-atom potential incorporating many-body effects. The features of the phase change transition derived are compared to those obtained earlier from pairwise interactions and a different many-body (Gupta-like) potential. 7 refs., 3 figs.
3D imaging of amplitude objects embedded in phase objects using transport of intensity
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Banerjee, Partha; Basunia, Mahmudunnabi
2015-09-01
The amplitude and phase of the complex optical field in the Helmholtz equation obey a pair of coupled equations, arising from equating the real and imaginary parts. The imaginary part yields the transport of intensity equation (TIE), which can be used to derive the phase distribution at the observation plane. If a phase object is approximately imaged on the recording plane(s), TIE yields the phase without the need for phase unwrapping. In our experiment, the 3D image of a phase object and an amplitude object embedded in a phase object is recovered. The phase object is created by heating a liquid, comprising a solution of red dye in alcohol, using a focused 514 nm laser beam to the point where self-phase modulation of the beam is observed. The optical intensities are recorded at various planes during propagation of a low power 633 nm laser beam through the liquid. In the process of applying TIE to derive the phase at the observation plane, the real part of the complex equation is also examined as a cross-check of our calculations. For pure phase objects, it is shown that the real part of the complex equation is best satisfied around the image plane. Alternatively, it is proposed that this information can be used to determine the optimum image plane.
Measuring the Gouy Phase of Matter Waves using Singular Atom Optics with Spinor BECs
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schultz, Justin T.; Hansen, Azure; Murphree, Joseph D.; Jayaseelan, Maitreyi; Bigelow, Nicholas P.
2016-05-01
The Gouy phase is a propagation-dependent geometric phase found in confined waves as they propagate through a focus. Although it has been observed and studied extensively both in scalar and vector optical beams as well as in electron vortex beams, it has not yet been directly observed in ultracold matter waves. The Schrödinger equation has the same form as the paraxial wave equation from electromagnetism; expansion of a BEC upon release from a trap has the same mathematical form as a beam propagating away from a focus. We employ and extend this analogy between coherent optical beams and coherent matter waves to include spin angular momentum (polarization), which enables us measure the matter wave Gouy phase using coreless vortex spin textures in spinor BECs. Because the Gouy phase is dependent on the orbital angular momentum of the wave, the vortex and core states acquire different Gouy phase shifts. Parameters that are sensitive to the relative phase such as two-dimensional maps of the Stokes parameters rotate during evolution due to this phase difference. Using atom-optic polarimetry we can access the evolution of the atomic Stokes parameters and observe this rotation.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bunsen, Masatoshi; Umetsu, Shuhei; Takabayashi, Masanori; Okamoto, Atsushi
2013-09-01
A technique for the phase and amplitude detection of object beams with multivalued phase and amplitude modulation is proposed for holographic storage systems. Generally, the spatial distribution of the complex amplitude of the object beam can be precisely detected by phase-shifting interferometric measurements in which the phase of the reference wave for interferometry is temporally or spatially changed in the datapage retrieval process. On the other hand, our technique allows fast, accurate, and feasible phase and amplitude demodulations by preliminary embedding phase shift into the phase signal of the datapage during recording. This technique will significantly improve the data transfer rate and vibration tolerance of the holographic storage system because the complex amplitudes of the object beam carrying datapages can be detected by single-shot image capturing. The optical system for datapage replay will also be simplified because there is no need to use any phase-shifting device during data retrieval. The single-shot detection of the phase-modulated datapage is experimentally demonstrated.
The Hamiltonian property of the flow of singular trajectories
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lokutsievskiy, L. V.
2014-03-01
Pontryagin's maximum principle reduces optimal control problems to the investigation of Hamiltonian systems of ordinary differential equations with discontinuous right-hand side. An optimal synthesis is the totality of solutions to this system with a fixed terminal (or initial) condition, which fill a region in the phase space one-to-one. In the construction of optimal synthesis, singular trajectories that go along the discontinuity surface N of the right-hand side of the Hamiltonian system of ordinary differential equations, are crucial. The aim of the paper is to prove that the system of singular trajectories makes up a Hamiltonian flow on a submanifold of N. In particular, it is proved that the flow of singular trajectories in the problem of control of the magnetized Lagrange top in a variable magnetic field is completely Liouville integrable and can be embedded in the flow of a smooth superintegrable Hamiltonian system in the ambient space. Bibliography: 17 titles.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Forrester, Peter J.; Liu, Dang-Zheng
2016-05-01
The singular values squared of the random matrix product {Y = {Gr G_{r-1}} ldots G1 (G0 + A)}, where each {Gj} is a rectangular standard complex Gaussian matrix while A is non-random, are shown to be a determinantal point process with the correlation kernel given by a double contour integral. When all but finitely many eigenvalues of A* A are equal to bN, the kernel is shown to admit a well-defined hard edge scaling, in which case a critical value is established and a phase transition phenomenon is observed. More specifically, the limiting kernel in the subcritical regime of {0 < b < 1} is independent of b, and is in fact the same as that known for the case b = 0 due to Kuijlaars and Zhang. The critical regime of b = 1 allows for a double scaling limit by choosing {{b = (1 - τ/√{N})^{-1}}}, and for this the critical kernel and outlier phenomenon are established. In the simplest case r = 0, which is closely related to non-intersecting squared Bessel paths, a distribution corresponding to the finite shifted mean LUE is proven to be the scaling limit in the supercritical regime of {b > 1} with two distinct scaling rates. Similar results also hold true for the random matrix product {Tr T_{r-1} ldots T1 (G0 + A)}, with each {Tj} being a truncated unitary matrix.
Zou, Renqiang; Kneller, James; Leon, L. Joshua; Nattel, Stanley
2002-09-01
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common cardiac arrhythmia, but its mechanisms are incompletely understood. The identification of phase singularities (PSs) has been used to define spiral waves involved in maintaining the arrhythmia, as well as daughter wavelets. In the past, PSs have often been identified manually. Automated PS detection algorithms have been described previously, but when we attempted to apply a previously developed algorithm we experienced problems with false positives that made the results difficult to use directly. We therefore developed a tool for PS identification that uses multiple strategies incorporating both image analysis and mathematical convolution for automated detection with optimized sensitivity and specificity, followed by manual verification. The tool was then applied to analyze PS behavior in simulations of AF maintained in the presence of spatially distributed acetylcholine effects in cell grids of varying size. These analyses indicated that in almost all cases, a single PS lasted throughout the simulation, corresponding to the central-core tip of a single spiral wave that maintained AF. The sustained PS always localized to an area of low acetylcholine concentration. When the grid became very small and no area of low acetylcholine concentration was surrounded by zones of higher concentration, AF could not be sustained. The behavior of PSs and the mechanisms of AF were qualitatively constant over an 11.1-fold range of atrial grid size, suggesting that the classical emphasis on tissue size as a primary determinant of fibrillatory behavior may be overstated. (c) 2002 American Institute of Physics. PMID:12779605
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Swedlow, J. L.
1976-01-01
An approach is described for singularity computations based on a numerical method for elastoplastic flow to delineate radial and angular distribution of field quantities and measure the intensity of the singularity. The method is applicable to problems in solid mechanics and lends itself to certain types of heat flow and fluid motion studies. Its use is not limited to linear, elastic, small strain, or two-dimensional situations.
At wavelength observation of phase defect embedded in EUV mask using microscope technique
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Terasawa, Tsuneo; Amano, Tsuyoshi; Yamane, Takeshi; Watanabe, Hidehiro; Toyoda, Mitsunori; Harada, Tetsuo; Watanabe, Takeo; Kinoshita, Hiroo
2014-04-01
The effect of phase defect on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography was examined using an EUV microscope. A test mask containing periodic absorber line patterns and programmed pit phase defects embedded in a multilayer-coated mask blank was prepared, and the mask patterns were observed by the EUV microscope developed by Tohoku University and constructed at the site of a beam line of the New SUBARU of the University of Hyogo. The half pitches of the absorber patterns were 64 nm and 44 nm at mask which corresponded to 16 nm and 11 nm device generations. The programmed defects included not only square-shape defects but also rectangular-shape defects with different orientations. When a phase defect was located between two adjacent absorber patterns, then the observation image intensity of the absorber lines and spaces (L/S) patterns varied, and the impact of a phase defect was predicted as an intensity variation of bright space image. Phase defect location dependency and defect shape dependency of the observation image intensity were examined. The effectiveness of the EUV microscope to predict the phase defect impacts was confirmed.
Engineering of chalcogenide materials for embedded applications of Phase Change Memory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zuliani, Paola; Palumbo, Elisabetta; Borghi, Massimo; Dalla Libera, Giovanna; Annunziata, Roberto
2015-09-01
Phase Change Memory technology can be a real breakthrough for process cost saving and performances for embedded applications. The feasibility at 90 nm technology node has been solidly proven in an industrial environment and the added value of this solution demonstrated. Nevertheless, for specific applications some improvement in High Temperature Data Retention (HTDR) characteristics is needed. In this work we present the engineering of chalcogenide materials in order to increase the stability of RESET state as a function of temperature. This goal has been achieved by exploring Ge-rich compounds in the Ge-Sb-Te ternary diagram. In particular, an optimized GexSbyTez Phase Change material, able to guarantee code integrity of the memory content after soldering thermal profile and data retention in extended temperature range has been obtained. Extrapolation of data retention at 10 years for temperatures higher than 150 °C cell-level has been demonstrated, thus enabling automotive applications.
Phase transitions in KNO3 embedded in MCM-41 films with regular nanopores
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Baryshnikov, S. V.; Charnaya, E. V.; Milinskiy, A. Yu.; Patrushev, Yu. V.
2013-12-01
This paper reports on a comparative study of phase transitions in nanocomposites made up of KNO3 embedded in 10-μm-thick MCM-41 films with unidirectional pores 4.0 nm in size on an aluminum substrate and of nanocomposites prepared in the form of potassium-nitrate-filled pressed MCM-41 powders with 3.7-nm pores. The temperature dependences of linear permittivity and the amplitude of third harmonic generation have been measured under heating and cooling. The structural transition from phase II to phase I shifts under heating relative to that occurring in bulk KNO3 toward lower temperatures for potassium nitrate in the film and toward higher temperatures for the pressed MCM-41-based nanocomposite. A significant difference has been observed also within the region of existence of ferroelectric phase III. The data obtained suggest that the shifts of phase transition temperatures observed in the conditions of nanoconfinement are influenced markedly not only by pore size and geometry but also by other factors.
Audus, Debra J; Gopez, Jeffrey D; Krogstad, Daniel V; Lynd, Nathaniel A; Kramer, Edward J; Hawker, Craig J; Fredrickson, Glenn H
2015-02-14
Nanostructured, responsive hydrogels formed due to electrostatic interactions have promise for applications such as drug delivery and tissue mimics. These physically cross-linked hydrogels are composed of an aqueous solution of oppositely charged triblocks with charged end-blocks and neutral, hydrophilic mid-blocks. Due to their electrostatic interactions, the end-blocks microphase separate and form physical cross-links that are bridged by the mid-blocks. The structure of this system was determined using a new, efficient embedded fluctuation (EF) model in conjunction with self-consistent field theory. The calculations using the EF model were validated against unapproximated field-theoretic simulations with complex Langevin sampling and were found consistent with small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements on an experimental system. Using both the EF model and SAXS, phase diagrams were generated as a function of end-block fraction and polymer concentration. Several structures were observed including a body-centered cubic sphere phase, a hexagonally packed cylinder phase, and a lamellar phase. Finally, the EF model was used to explore how parameters that directly relate to polymer chemistry can be tuned to modify the resulting phase diagram, which is of practical interest for the development of new hydrogels. PMID:25567551
A single-phase embedded Z-source DC-AC inverter.
Kim, Se-Jin; Lim, Young-Cheol
2014-01-01
In the conventional DC-AC inverter consisting of two DC-DC converters with unipolar output capacitors, the output capacitor voltages of the DC-DC converters must be higher than the DC input voltage. To overcome this weakness, this paper proposes a single-phase DC-AC inverter consisting of two embedded Z-source converters with bipolar output capacitors. The proposed inverter is composed of two embedded Z-source converters with a common DC source and output AC load. Though the output capacitor voltages of the converters are relatively low compared to those of a conventional inverter, an equivalent level of AC output voltages can be obtained. Moreover, by controlling the output capacitor voltages asymmetrically, the AC output voltage of the proposed inverter can be higher than the DC input voltage. To verify the validity of the proposed inverter, experiments were performed with a DC source voltage of 38 V. By controlling the output capacitor voltages of the converters symmetrically or asymmetrically, the proposed inverter can produce sinusoidal AC output voltages. The experiments show that efficiencies of up to 95% and 97% can be achieved with the proposed inverter using symmetric and asymmetric control, respectively. PMID:25133241
A Single-Phase Embedded Z-Source DC-AC Inverter
Kim, Se-Jin; Lim, Young-Cheol
2014-01-01
In the conventional DC-AC inverter consisting of two DC-DC converters with unipolar output capacitors, the output capacitor voltages of the DC-DC converters must be higher than the DC input voltage. To overcome this weakness, this paper proposes a single-phase DC-AC inverter consisting of two embedded Z-source converters with bipolar output capacitors. The proposed inverter is composed of two embedded Z-source converters with a common DC source and output AC load. Though the output capacitor voltages of the converters are relatively low compared to those of a conventional inverter, an equivalent level of AC output voltages can be obtained. Moreover, by controlling the output capacitor voltages asymmetrically, the AC output voltage of the proposed inverter can be higher than the DC input voltage. To verify the validity of the proposed inverter, experiments were performed with a DC source voltage of 38 V. By controlling the output capacitor voltages of the converters symmetrically or asymmetrically, the proposed inverter can produce sinusoidal AC output voltages. The experiments show that efficiencies of up to 95% and 97% can be achieved with the proposed inverter using symmetric and asymmetric control, respectively. PMID:25133241
Hwang, Minki; Song, Jun-Seop; Lee, Young-Seon; Li, Changyong; Shim, Eun Bo; Pak, Hui-Nam
2016-01-01
Background Although rotors have been considered among the drivers of atrial fibrillation (AF), the rotor definition is inconsistent. We evaluated the nature of rotors in 2D and 3D in- silico models of persistent AF (PeAF) by analyzing phase singularity (PS), dominant frequency (DF), Shannon entropy (ShEn), and complex fractionated atrial electrogram cycle length (CFAE-CL) and their ablation. Methods Mother rotor was spatiotemporally defined as stationary reentries with a meandering tip remaining within half the wavelength and lasting longer than 5 s. We generated 2D- and 3D-maps of the PS, DF, ShEn, and CFAE-CL during AF. The spatial correlations and ablation outcomes targeting each parameter were analyzed. Results 1. In the 2D PeAF model, we observed a mother rotor that matched relatively well with DF (>9 Hz, 71.0%, p<0.001), ShEn (upper 2.5%, 33.2%, p<0.001), and CFAE-CL (lower 2.5%, 23.7%, p<0.001). 2. The 3D-PeAF model also showed mother rotors that had spatial correlations with DF (>5.5 Hz, 39.7%, p<0.001), ShEn (upper 8.5%, 15.1%, p <0.001), and CFAE (lower 8.5%, 8.0%, p = 0.002). 3. In both the 2D and 3D models, virtual ablation targeting the upper 5% of the DF terminated AF within 20 s, but not the ablations based on long-lasting PS, high ShEn area, or lower CFAE-CL area. Conclusion Mother rotors were observed in both 2D and 3D human AF models. Rotor locations were well represented by DF, and their virtual ablation altered wave dynamics and terminated AF. PMID:26909492
Modeling thermal insulation of firefighting protective clothing embedded with phase change material
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Hu, Yin; Huang, Dongmei; Qi, Zhengkun; He, Song; Yang, Hui; Zhang, Heping
2013-04-01
Experiments and research on heat transport through firefighting protective clothing when exposed to high temperature or intensive radiation are significant. Phase change material (PCM) takes energy when changes from solid to liquid thus reducing heat transmission. A numerical simulation of heat protection of the firefighting protective clothing embedded with PCM was studied. We focused on the temperature variation by comparing different thicknesses and position conditions of PCM combined in the clothing, as well as the melting state of PCM and human irreversible burns through a simplified one-dimensional model. The results showed it was superior to place PCM between water and proof layer and inner layer, in addition, greater thickness increased protection time while might adding extra burden to the firefighter.
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Tamura, Yoshinobu; Yamada, Shigeru
OSS (open source software) systems which serve as key components of critical infrastructures in our social life are still ever-expanding now. Especially, embedded OSS systems have been gaining a lot of attention in the embedded system area, i.e., Android, BusyBox, TRON, etc. However, the poor handling of quality problem and customer support prohibit the progress of embedded OSS. Also, it is difficult for developers to assess the reliability and portability of embedded OSS on a single-board computer. In this paper, we propose a method of software reliability assessment based on flexible hazard rates for the embedded OSS. Also, we analyze actual data of software failure-occurrence time-intervals to show numerical examples of software reliability assessment for the embedded OSS. Moreover, we compare the proposed hazard rate model for the embedded OSS with the typical conventional hazard rate models by using the comparison criteria of goodness-of-fit. Furthermore, we discuss the optimal software release problem for the porting-phase based on the total expected software maintenance cost.
Zhao, C.Y.; Lu, W.; Tian, Y.
2010-08-15
In this paper the experimental investigation on the solid/liquid phase change (melting and solidification) processes have been carried out. Paraffin wax RT58 is used as phase change material (PCM), in which metal foams are embedded to enhance the heat transfer. During the melting process, the test samples are electrically heated on the bottom surface with a constant heat flux. The PCM with metal foams has been heated from the solid state to the pure liquid phase. The temperature differences between the heated wall and PCM have been analysed to examine the effects of heat flux and metal foam structure (pore size and relative density). Compared to the results of the pure PCM sample, the effect of metal foam on solid/liquid phase change heat transfer is very significant, particularly at the solid zone of PCMs. When the PCM starts melting, natural convection can improve the heat transfer performance, thereby reducing the temperature difference between the wall and PCM. The addition of metal foam can increase the overall heat transfer rate by 3-10 times (depending on the metal foam structures and materials) during the melting process (two-phase zone) and the pure liquid zone. The tests for investigating the solidification process under different cooling conditions (e.g. natural convection and forced convection) have been carried out. The results show that the use of metal foams can make the sample solidified much faster than pure PCM samples, evidenced by the solidification time being reduced by more than half. In addition, a two-dimensional numerical analysis has been carried out for heat transfer enhancement in PCMs by using metal foams, and the prediction results agree reasonably well with the experimental data. (author)
Wei, Ying; Yu, Hang; Li, Haitao; Ming, Hai; Pan, Keming; Huang, Hui; Liu, Yang; Kang, Zhenhui
2013-10-15
Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Silicon quantum dots embedded in carbon matrix (SiQDs/C) were fabricated. • SiQDs/C exhibits excellent battery performance as anode materials with high specific capacity. • The good performance was attributed to the marriage of small sized SiQDs and carbon. - Abstract: Silicon quantum dots embedded in carbon matrix (SiQDs/C) nanocomposites were prepared by a novel liquid-phase plasma assisted synthetic process. The SiQDs/C nanocomposites were demonstrated to show high specific capacity, good cycling life and high coulmbic efficiency as anode materials for lithium-ion battery.
Montalto, Alessandro; Stramaglia, Sebastiano; Faes, Luca; Tessitore, Giovanni; Prevete, Roberto; Marinazzo, Daniele
2015-11-01
A challenging problem when studying a dynamical system is to find the interdependencies among its individual components. Several algorithms have been proposed to detect directed dynamical influences between time series. Two of the most used approaches are a model-free one (transfer entropy) and a model-based one (Granger causality). Several pitfalls are related to the presence or absence of assumptions in modeling the relevant features of the data. We tried to overcome those pitfalls using a neural network approach in which a model is built without any a priori assumptions. In this sense this method can be seen as a bridge between model-free and model-based approaches. The experiments performed will show that the method presented in this work can detect the correct dynamical information flows occurring in a system of time series. Additionally we adopt a non-uniform embedding framework according to which only the past states that actually help the prediction are entered into the model, improving the prediction and avoiding the risk of overfitting. This method also leads to a further improvement with respect to traditional Granger causality approaches when redundant variables (i.e. variables sharing the same information about the future of the system) are involved. Neural networks are also able to recognize dynamics in data sets completely different from the ones used during the training phase. PMID:26356599
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Lin, Xianqing; Ni, Jun
2016-08-01
First-principles calculations have been performed to study the energetic, electronic, and magnetic properties of substitutional 3d transition metal dopants in monoclinic transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) as topological insulators ( 1 T ' - MX 2 with M = (Mo, W) and X = (S, Se)). We find various favorite features in these doped systems to introduce magnetism and other desirable electronic properties: (i) The Mn embedded monoclinic TMDs are magnetic, and the doped 1 T ' - MoS 2 still maintains the semiconducting character with high concentration of Mn, while an electronic phase transition occurs in other Mn doped monoclinic TMDs with an increasing concentration of Mn. Two Mn dopants prefer the ferromagnetic coupling except for substitution of the nearest Mo atoms in 1 T ' - MoS 2 , and the strength of exchange interaction shows anisotropic behavior with dopants along one Mo zigzag chain having much stronger coupling. (ii) The substitutional V is a promising hole dopant, which causes little change to the energy dispersion around the conduction and valence band edges in most systems. In contrast, parts of the conduction band drop for the electron dopants Co and Ni due to the large structural distortion. Moreover, closing band gaps of the host materials are observed with increasing carrier concentration. (iii) Single Fe dopant has a magnetic moment, but it also dopes electrons. When two Fe dopants have a small distance, the systems turn into nonmagnetic semiconductors. (iv) The formation energies of all dopants are much lower than those in hexagonal TMDs and are all negative in certain growth conditions, suggesting possible realization of the predicted magnetism, electronic phase transitions as well as carrier doping in 1 T ' - MX 2 based topological devices.
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Reddy, C. P.; Gupta, S. C.
1973-01-01
An all digital phase locked loop which tracks the phase of the incoming sinusoidal signal once per carrier cycle is proposed. The different elements and their functions and the phase lock operation are explained in detail. The nonlinear difference equations which govern the operation of the digital loop when the incoming signal is embedded in white Gaussian noise are derived, and a suitable model is specified. The performance of the digital loop is considered for the synchronization of a sinusoidal signal. For this, the noise term is suitably modelled which allows specification of the output probabilities for the two level quantizer in the loop at any given phase error. The loop filter considered increases the probability of proper phase correction. The phase error states in modulo two-pi forms a finite state Markov chain which enables the calculation of steady state probabilities, RMS phase error, transient response and mean time for cycle skipping.
Singularity classification as a design tool for multiblock grids
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Jones, Alan K.
1992-01-01
A major stumbling block in interactive design of 3-D multiblock grids is the difficulty of visualizing the design as a whole. One way to make this visualization task easier is to focus, at least in early design stages, on an aspect of the grid which is inherently easy to present graphically, and to conceptualize mentally, namely the nature and location of singularities in the grid. The topological behavior of a multiblock grid design is determined by what happens at its edges and vertices. Only a few of these are in any way exceptional. The exceptional behaviors lie along a singularity graph, which is a 1-D construct embedded in 3-D space. The varieties of singular behavior are limited enough to make useful symbology on a graphics device possible. Furthermore, some forms of block design manipulation that appear appropriate to the early conceptual-modeling phase can be accomplished on this level of abstraction. An overview of a proposed singularity classification scheme and selected examples of corresponding manipulation techniques is presented.
Understanding Singular Vectors
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James, David; Botteron, Cynthia
2013-01-01
matrix yields a surprisingly simple, heuristical approximation to its singular vectors. There are correspondingly good approximations to the singular values. Such rules of thumb provide an intuitive interpretation of the singular vectors that helps explain why the SVD is so…
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Li, Dong; Tian, Jindong
2010-11-01
An embedded three-dimensional (3-D) profilometry system based on a combination of gray-code and phase shifting (GCPS) method is proposed. This system consists of a digital-micromirror-device (DMD) based video projector, a high-speed CCD camera and an embedded digital signal processing hardware system based on DSP. In this technique, seven gray-code patterns and three sinusoidal fringe patterns with 120-deg phase shift are integrated in red, green and blue channels to form four color fringe patterns. When the four color fringe patterns are sent to the DMD based projector without color filter, the previous gray-code patterns and three sinusoidal fringe patterns are repeatedly projected to an object surface in gray-scale sequentially. These fringe patterns deformed by the object surface are captured by a high-speed CCD camera synchronized with the projector. An embedded hardware system is developed for synchronization between the camera and the projector and taking full advantage of DSP parallel processing capability for real-time phase retrieve and 3-D reconstruction. Since the number of projected images of GCPS is reduced from 11 to 4, the measurement speed is enhanced dramatically. Experimental results demonstrated the feasibility of the proposed technique for high-speed 3-D shape measurement.
Mallik, Abul K; Qiu, Hongdeng; Oishi, Tomohiro; Kuwahara, Yutaka; Takafuji, Makoto; Ihara, Hirotaka
2015-07-01
For the first time, we synthesized multiple embedded polar groups (EPGs) containing linear C18 organic phases. The new materials were characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, (1)H NMR, diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT), solid-state (13)C cross-polarization magic angle spinning (CP/MAS) NMR, suspended-state (1)H NMR, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). (29)Si CP/MAS NMR was carried out to investigate the degree of cross-linking of the silane and silane functionality of the modified silica. Solid-state (13)C CP/MAS NMR and suspended-state (1)H NMR spectroscopy indicated a higher alkyl chain order for the phase containing four EPGs than for the phase with three EPGs. To correlate the NMR results with temperature-dependent chromatographic studies, standard reference materials (SRM 869b and SRM 1647e), a column selectivity test mixture for liquid chromatography was employed. A single EPG containing the C18 phase was also prepared in a similar manner to be used as a reference column especially for the separation of basic and polar compounds in reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) and hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC), respectively. Detailed chromatographic characterization of the new phases was performed in terms of their surface coverage, hydrophobic selectivity, shape selectivity, hydrogen bonding capacity, and ion-exchange capacity at pH 2.7 and 7.6 for RPLC as well as their hydrophilicity, the selectivity for hydrophilic-hydrophobic substituents, the selectivity for the region and configurational differences in hydrophilic substituents, the evaluation of electrostatic interactions, and the evaluation of the acidic-basic nature for HILIC-mode separation. Furthermore, peak shapes for the basic analytes propranolol and amitriptyline were studied as a function of the number of EPGs on the C18 phases in the RPLC. The chromatographic performance of multiple EPGs containing C18 HILIC phases is illustrated
Liu, Houmei; Zhang, Mingliang; Guo, Yong; Qiu, Hongdeng
2016-08-01
In this study, carbamate-embedded triacontyl-modified silica (Sil-CBM-C30) is successfully prepared and used as an efficient sorbent for solid-phase extraction. The extraction performance of the resultant sorbent is evaluated with five flavonoids including myricetin, quercetin, luteolin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin. Main parameters, which affect extraction efficiencies, are carefully investigated and optimized. Comparative experiments between Sil-CBM-C30 and commercial C18 sorbents indicate that the extraction efficiencies of the former one surpass the latter one. The modification of carbamate-embedded triacontyl group on surface of silica causes analytes extracted by hydrophobic, hydrogen bonding and π-π interactions. Under optimal conditions, good linearities and satisfied LODs and LOQs are achieved. The SPE-HPLC-DAD method is successfully developed and applied for the honey sample analysis. PMID:26988475
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Ponevchinsky, V. V.; Goncharuk, A. I.; Vasil'Ev, V. I.; Lebovka, N. I.; Soskin, M. S.
2010-03-01
The structural features, as well as the optical and electrophysical properties of a 5CB nematic liquid crystal with additions of multilayer carbon nanotubes, have been investigated in the concentration range C = 0.0025-0.1 wt %. The self-aggregation of nanotubes into clusters with a fractal structure occurs in the liquid crystal. At 0.025 wt %, the clusters are merged, initiating the percolation transition of the composite to a state with a high electric conductivity. The strong interaction of 5CB molecules with the surface of nanotube clusters is responsible for the formation of micron surface liquid crystal layers with an irregular field of elastic stresses and a complex structure of birefringence. They are easily observed in a polarization microscope and visualize directly invisible submicron nanotube aggregates. Their transverse size increases when an electric field is applied to the liquid crystal cell. Two mechanisms of the generation of optical singularities in the passing laser beam have been revealed. Optical vortices appear in the speckle fields of laser radiation scattered at the indented boundaries of the nanotube clusters, whereas the birefringence of the beam in surface liquid-crystal layers is accompanied by the appearance of polarization C points.
Singularity in structural optimization
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Patnaik, S. N.; Guptill, J. D.; Berke, L.
1993-01-01
The conditions under which global and local singularities may arise in structural optimization are examined. Examples of these singularities are presented, and a framework is given within which the singularities can be recognized. It is shown, in particular, that singularities can be identified through the analysis of stress-displacement relations together with compatibility conditions or the displacement-stress relations derived by the integrated force method of structural analysis. Methods of eliminating the effects of singularities are suggested and illustrated numerically.
Einstein equation at singularities
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Stoica, Ovidiu-Cristinel
2014-02-01
Einstein's equation is rewritten in an equivalent form, which remains valid at the singularities in some major cases. These cases include the Schwarzschild singularity, the Friedmann-Lemaître-Robertson-Walker Big Bang singularity, isotropic singularities, and a class of warped product singularities. This equation is constructed in terms of the Ricci part of the Riemann curvature (as the Kulkarni-Nomizu product between Einstein's equation and the metric tensor).
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Kovalevsky, Valery O.; Lobachev, Vitaly V.
2002-02-01
Detail analysis of active medium flow structure is presented. Schlieren method photography of flow is processed to reconstruct parameters both stochastic and order phase components. Properties of random part including correlation function, spectrum of spatial frequency, scale of turbulence, are determined by digital filtering. It was possible to compare influence of random and regular phase distortions on radiation divergence structure.
Gritti, Fabrice; Guiochon, Georges A
2006-01-01
The difference in adsorption behavior between a conventional monomeric endcapped C{sub 18} stationary phase (3.43 {micro}mol/m{sup 2}) and an endcapped polymeric RP-Amide phase (3.31 {micro}mol/m{sup 2}) was investigated. The adsorption isotherms of four compounds (phenol, caffeine, sodium 2-naphthalene sulfonate, and propranololium chloride) were measured by frontal analysis (FA) and the degree of heterogeneity of each phase for each solute was characterized by their adsorption energy distributions (AED), derived using the Expectation-Maximization method. The results show that only certain analytes (phenol and 2-naphthalene sulfonate) are sensitive to the presence of the polar embedded amide groups within the RP phase. Their binding constants on the amide-bonded phase are significantly higher than on conventional RPLC phases. Furthermore, an additional type of adsorption sites was observed for these two compounds. However, these sites having a low density, their presence does not affect much the retention factors of the two analytes. On the other hand, the adsorption behavior of the other two analytes (caffeine and propranololium chloride) is almost unaffected by the presence of the amide group in the bonded layer. Strong selective interactions may explain these observations. For example, hydrogen-bond interactions between an analyte (e.g., phenol or naphthalene sulfonate) and the carbonyl group (acceptor) or the nitrogen (donor) of the amido-embedded group may take place. No such interactions may take place with either caffeine or the cation propranololium chloride. This study confirms the hypothesis that analytes have ready access to locations deep inside the bonded layer, where the amide groups are present.
Defect reduction of SiNx embedded m-plane GaN grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy
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Woo, Seohwi; Kim, Minho; So, Byeongchan; Yoo, Geunho; Jang, Jongjin; Lee, Kyuseung; Nam, Okhyun
2014-12-01
Nonpolar (1 0 -1 0) m-plane GaN has been grown on m-plane sapphire substrates by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE). We studied the defect reduction of m-GaN with embedded SiNx interlayers deposited by ex-situ metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The full-width at half-maximum values of the X-ray rocking curves for m-GaN with embedded SiNx along [1 1 -2 0]GaN and [0 0 0 1]GaN were reduced to 528 and 1427 arcs, respectively, as compared with the respective values of 947 and 3170 arcs, of m-GaN without SiNx. Cross-section transmission electron microscopy revealed that the basal stacking fault density was decreased by approximately one order to 5×104 cm-1 due to the defect blocking of the embedded SiNx. As a result, the near band edge emission intensities of the room-temperature and low-temperature photoluminescence showed approximately two-fold and four-fold improvement, respectively.
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Pannu, Compesh; Bala, Manju; Singh, U. B.; Srivastava, S. K.; Kabiraj, D.; Avasthi, D. K.
2016-07-01
AuFe alloy nanoparticles embedded in silica matrix are synthesized using atom beam sputtering technique and subsequently irradiated with 100 MeV Au ions at various fluences ranging from 1 × 1013 to 6 × 1013 ions/cm2. The X-ray diffraction, absorption spectroscopy, X-ray photo electron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy results show that swift heavy ion irradiation leads to decomposition of AuFe alloy nanoparticles from surface region and subsequent reprecipitation of Au and Fe nanoparticles occur. The process of phase decomposition and reprecipitation of individual element nanoparticles is explained on the basis of inelastic thermal spike model.
Shen, H Z; Shao, X Q; Wang, G C; Zhao, X L; Yi, X X
2016-01-01
The quantum phase transition (QPT) describes a sudden qualitative change of the macroscopic properties mapped from the eigenspectrum of a quantum many-body system. It has been studied intensively in quantum systems with the spin-boson model, but it has barely been explored for systems in coupled spin-boson models. In this paper, we study the QPT with coupled spin-boson models consisting of coupled two-level atoms embedded in three-dimensional anisotropic photonic crystals. The dynamics of the system is derived exactly by means of the Laplace transform method, which has been proven to be equivalent to the dissipationless non-Markovian dynamics. Drawing on methods for analyzing the ground state, we obtain the phase diagrams through two exact critical equations and two QPTs are found: one QPT is that from the phase without one bound state to the phase with one bound state and another is that from one phase with the bound state having one eigenvalue to another phase where the bound state has two eigenvalues. Our analytical results also suggest a way of control to overcome the effect of decoherence by engineering the spectrum of the reservoirs to approach the non-Markovian regime and to form the bound state of the whole system for quantum devices and quantum statistics. PMID:26871024
Liu, Shijia; Xu, Hongxin; Yu, Jiaojiao; Li, Danyang; Li, Mingyan; Qiao, Xiaoqiang; Qin, Xinying; Yan, Hongyuan
2015-12-01
A novel imidazolium-embedded N,N-dimethylaminopropyl-functionalized silica-based stationary phase (Sil-ImCl) was prepared and further used for hydrophilic interaction/reversed-phase mixed-mode chromatography. The Sil-ImCl stationary phase was respectively characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, thermogravimetric analysis, and element analysis. A variety of hydrophilic or hydrophobic compounds were used to evaluate the retention mechanisms of the developed stationary phase, and the effects of buffer salt concentration and pH of mobile phase on the retention of these compounds were also investigated. The developed stationary phase was successfully applied for separation of nucleosides and nucleic acid bases, water-soluble vitamins, phenols, and positional isomers. Moreover, simultaneous separation of polar and nonpolar compounds was also achieved with high resolution, outperforming the commercially available C8 column and amino column. Furthermore, the Sil-ImCl stationary phase has been successfully applied for separation of secondary metabolites of Hansfordia sinuosae. All these results demonstrate that the Sil-ImCl stationary phase might be promising for separation of complex polar and nonpolar compounds with high efficiency, especially in biological industry. PMID:26427503
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yu, Xining; Zhang, Yan; Patel, Ankit; Zahrai, Allen; Weber, Mark
2016-05-01
This paper investigates the feasibility of real-time, multiple channel processing of a digital phased array system backend design, with focus on high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) platforms constructed based on general purpose digital signal processor (DSP). Serial RapidIO (SRIO) is used as inter-chip connection backend protocol to support the inter-core communications and parallelisms. Performance benchmark was obtained based on a SRIO system chassis and emulated configuration similar to a field scale demonstrator of Multi-functional Phased Array Radar (MPAR). An interesting aspect of this work is comparison between "raw and low-level" DSP processing and emerging tools that systematically take advantages of the parallelism and multi-core capability, such as OpenCL and OpenMP. Comparisons with other backend HPEC solutions, such as FPGA and GPU, are also provided through analysis and experiments.
The Hamiltonian property of the flow of singular trajectories
Lokutsievskiy, L V
2014-03-31
Pontryagin's maximum principle reduces optimal control problems to the investigation of Hamiltonian systems of ordinary differential equations with discontinuous right-hand side. An optimal synthesis is the totality of solutions to this system with a fixed terminal (or initial) condition, which fill a region in the phase space one-to-one. In the construction of optimal synthesis, singular trajectories that go along the discontinuity surface N of the right-hand side of the Hamiltonian system of ordinary differential equations, are crucial. The aim of the paper is to prove that the system of singular trajectories makes up a Hamiltonian flow on a submanifold of N. In particular, it is proved that the flow of singular trajectories in the problem of control of the magnetized Lagrange top in a variable magnetic field is completely Liouville integrable and can be embedded in the flow of a smooth superintegrable Hamiltonian system in the ambient space. Bibliography: 17 titles.
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Bray, Joey R.
Phased array antennas, capable of forming multiple agile beams of radiation, are ever-increasing operating frequencies. Systems operating at being deployed at frequencies of 30 GHz and above, a range known as millimetre-waves, include military radar, commercial collision-avoidance radar, inter-satellite communication links, and future wideband mobile internet satellite communications services. Millimetre-wave phase shifters, the topic of this thesis, are key components of many phased array antennas. A phase shifter refers to any device that can dynamically alter the phase, or the timing, of a signal. Although a number of concurrent millimetre-wave phase shifter designs presently exist, none simultaneously satisfies all of the desired requirements, including: light weight, small size, low cost, and good electrical performance. Phase shifters may be broadly categorised based on the material they use, either semiconductor or ferrite. Semiconductor shifters satisfy the former two requirements but suffer from high electrical losses. Conversely, traditional ferrite phase shifters have excellent electrical performance but are bulky and difficult to integrate with other components. Given the superior electrical performance of ferrite phase shifters, a more compact means of fabricating these is proposed in this thesis. In addition, new types of ferrite phase shifters are devised, and these are subsequently made from a chip-packaging technology called low temperature cofired ceramic. The resulting phase shifters are easily fabricated, are simple to interconnect to other integrated circuits, are more compact and lightweight than their predecessors, and have excellent electrical performance at millimetre-wave frequencies. Prototype phase shifters have been successfully manufactured using an experimental ferrite ceramic material and have yielded a maximum phase shift of 53° at 36 GHz for bias currents of -500 to +500 mA. Phased array antennas, capable of forming multiple agile
Ray, Prasenjit; Pandey, Swapnil; Ramgopal Rao, V.
2014-09-28
In this work, a graphene based strain sensor has been reported for explosive vapour detection applications by exploiting the piezoresistive property of graphene. Instead of silicon based cantilevers, a low cost polymeric micro-cantilever platform has been used to fabricate this strain sensor by embedding the graphene nanoplatelet layer inside the beam. The fabricated devices were characterized for their mechanical and electromechanical behaviour. This device shows a very high gauge factor which is around ~144. Also the resonant frequency of these cantilevers is high enough such that the measurements are not affected by environmental noise. These devices have been used in this work for reliable detection of explosive vapours such as 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene down to parts-per-billion concentrations in ambient conditions.
Embedding Game-Based Problem-Solving Phase into Problem-Posing System for Mathematics Learning
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Chang, Kuo-En; Wu, Lin-Jung; Weng, Sheng-En; Sung, Yao-Ting
2012-01-01
A problem-posing system is developed with four phases including posing problem, planning, solving problem, and looking back, in which the "solving problem" phase is implemented by game-scenarios. The system supports elementary students in the process of problem-posing, allowing them to fully engage in mathematical activities. In total, 92 fifth…
Bocian, Szymon; Krzemińska, Katarzyna; Buszewski, Bogusław
2016-07-01
A new type of stationary bonded phase for liquid chromatography with various functional groups bonded to diol-modified silica via ester bond was synthesized. The structures of the proposed stationary phases contain: alkyl chains (C10, C18), phenyl, and cholesterol groups. The structures of the synthesized materials were confirmed by different physico-chemical techniques such as elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), (13)C CP/MAS NMR and liquid chromatography under reversed phase conditions (RP) and with hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC). Depending on the type of functionalities bonded to the Diol-Ester, the stationary phases are capable of separating various groups of compounds in RP and HILC, even using pure water as a mobile phase. PMID:27170946
Corrosion behavior of the embedded layer with nanometer phase in Ti and /Ti+C-implanted steel
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Zhang, Tonghe; Wu, Yuguang; Zhang, Huixing; Deng, Zhiwei; Zhou, Gu; Liang, Hong; Ma, Furong; Zhang, Xiaoji; Wang, Xiaoyan
2000-06-01
Ti and Ti + C ions were implanted into H13 steel, the cross-sections of the samples were observed by transmission electron microscope (TEM). The results show that the structure of the implanted layer has greatly changed. The layer, embedded with nanometer phase of FeTi 2, TiC and Fe-C compound, is formed in Ti and Ti + C ion-implanted layer. The thickness of the embedded layer is greater than that of the corresponding ion range. The structure of the double ion-implanted layers is obviously different. The wear resistance and hardness of Ti or Ti + C-implanted H13 steel increased, and the friction coefficient decreased. This indicates that unique resistance for wear and corrosion can be obtained. An even higher corrosion resistance has been found, as the layer with an embedded structure was formed in Ti or Ti + C-implanted H13 steel. The results of electrochemical measurement show that the corrosion current density decreases obviously with increase of ion dose. The corrosion current density of Ti-implanted steel with a dose 1.3×10 18 cm -2 is 5-13% of that of unimplanted steel. The corrosion behavior of Ti + C dual implantation could be further improved; the corrosion current density is 1.2% of that of non-implanted samples. The corrosion trace could not be observed on the annealing sample by scanning electron microscope (SEM), after multi-sweep cyclic voltammetry (CV) of 40 cycles were performed on it. Finally, the modification mechanism of Ti or Ti + C-implanted H13 steel is discussed.
CD and profile metrology of embedded phase shift masks using scatterometry
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Lee, Kyung man; Yedur, Sanjay; Hetzer, Dave; Tavassoli, Malahat; Baik, Kiho
2006-06-01
Linewidth and etch depth control on the photomask is rapidly becoming a major concern in mask processing. In this paper, we report on a Scatterometry based metrology system that provides line width and etch profile measurements on Embedded PSMs on Intel's 65nm and 45nm node test masks. Measurements were made with Nanometric's Atlas-M reticle measurement system. Spectrum data obtained from plates were analyzed using Timbre Technologies' ODP analysis software. We characterized the CD uniformity, linearity, sidewall angle and thickness uniformity. Significant reduction in time per measurement is achieved when compared to CD-SEM. ODP Scatterometry reported a 2x reduction in the CD Uniformity compared to that reported from the SEM. This reduction is typically due to outliers reported by the CD-SEM that is averaged out in ODP Scatterometry. Good correlation to top-down CD-SEM and cross-sectional SEM is reported. R-squared correlation of >0.99 (ODP scatterometry to top down CD-SEM) is reported. Profile measurements from ODP show excellent match to cross-section SEM. The data show that Scatterometry provides a nondestructive way to monitor basic etch profile combined with relatively little CD metrology lag.
Dimensional mutation and spacelike singularities
Silverstein, Eva
2006-04-15
I argue that string theory compactified on a Riemann surface crosses over at small volume to a higher dimensional background of supercritical string theory. Several concrete measures of the count of degrees of freedom of the theory yield the consistent result that at finite volume, the effective dimensionality is increased by an amount of order 2h/V for a surface of genus h and volume V in string units. This arises in part from an exponentially growing density of states of winding modes supported by the fundamental group, and passes an interesting test of modular invariance. Further evidence for a plethora of examples with the spacelike singularity replaced by a higher dimensional phase arises from the fact that the sigma model on a Riemann surface can be naturally completed by many gauged linear sigma models, whose RG flows approximate time evolution in the full string backgrounds arising from this in the limit of large dimensionality. In recent examples of spacelike singularity resolution by tachyon condensation, the singularity is ultimately replaced by a phase with all modes becoming heavy and decoupling. In the present case, the opposite behavior ensues: more light degrees of freedom arise in the small radius regime. We comment on the emerging zoology of cosmological singularities that results.
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Tolstik, A. L.
2016-02-01
Basic patterns of interaction of Gaussian and singular light beams (optical vortices) in media with resonant and thermal nonlinearity are experimentally investigated. It is demonstrated that interference of the Gaussian and singular beams in a nonlinear medium leads to the formation of dynamic volume holograms characterized by a singular structure. Under conditions of nonlinear holographic recording and Bragg diffraction on singular volume holograms, multiplexing of a topological charge and frequency conversion of optical vortices (transition from the IR to the visible range of the spectrum) is observed. Polarization recording of singular holograms that allows dynamic control to be performed over polarization of singular light beams including rotation of the polarization plane and conversion of linearly polarized radiation into circularly or elliptically polarized radiation.
Welsh, Stuart; Aldinger, Joni L.; Braham, Melissa; Zimmerman, Jennifer L.
2016-01-01
Monitoring of dam passage can be useful for management and conservation assessments of American eel, particularly if passage counts can be examined over multiple years. During a 7-year study (2007–2013) of upstream migration of American eels within the lower Shenandoah River (Potomac River drainage), we counted and measured American eels at the Millville Dam eel pass, where annual study periods were determined by the timing of the eel pass installation during spring or summer and removal during fall. Daily American eel counts were analysed with negative binomial regression models, with and without a year (YR) effect, and with the following time-varying environmental covariates: river discharge of the Shenandoah River at Millville (RDM) and of the Potomac River at Point of Rocks, lunar illumination (LI), water temperature, and cloud cover. A total of 17 161 yellow-phase American eels used the pass during the seven annual periods, and length measurements were obtained from 9213 individuals (mean = 294 mm TL, s.e. = 0.49, range 183–594 mm). Data on passage counts of American eels supported an additive-effects model (YR + LI + RDM) where parameter estimates were positive for river discharge (β = 7.3, s.e. = 0.01) and negative for LI (β = −1.9, s.e. = 0.34). Interestingly, RDM and LI acted synergistically and singularly as correlates of upstream migration of American eels, but the highest daily counts and multiple-day passage events were associated with increased RDM. Annual installation of the eel pass during late spring or summer prevented an early spring assessment, a period with higher RDM relative to those values obtained during sampling periods. Because increases in river discharge are climatically controlled events, upstream migration events of American eels within the Potomac River drainage are likely linked to the influence of climate variability on flow regime.
On singular and sincerely singular compact patterns
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Rosenau, Philip; Zilburg, Alon
2016-08-01
A third order dispersive equation ut +(um)x +1/b[ua∇2ub]x = 0 is used to explore two very different classes of compact patterns. In the first, the prevailing singularity at the edge induces traveling compactons, solitary waves with a compact support. In the second, the singularity induced at the perimeter of the initial excitation, entraps the dynamics within the domain's interior (nonetheless, certain very singular excitations may escape it). Here, overlapping compactons undergo interaction which may result in an interchange of their positions, or form other structures, all confined within their initial support. We conjecture, and affirm it empirically, that whenever the system admits more than one type of compactons, only the least singular compactons may be evolutionary. The entrapment due to singularities is also unfolded and confirmed numerically in a class of diffusive equations ut =uk∇2un with k > 1 and n > 0 with excitations entrapped within their initial support observed to converge toward a space-time separable structure. A similar effect is also found in a class of nonlinear Klein-Gordon Equations.
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Sangueza, Cheryl Ramirez
2010-01-01
This mixed-method, dual-phase, embedded-case study employed the Social Cognitive Theory and the construct of self-efficacy to examine the contributors to science teaching self-efficacy and science teaching practices across different levels of efficacy in six pre-service elementary teachers during their science methods course and student teaching…
Noncommutative Black Holes and the Singularity Problem
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Bastos, C.; Bertolami, O.; Dias, N. C.; Prata, J. N.
2011-09-01
A phase-space noncommutativity in the context of a Kantowski-Sachs cosmological model is considered to study the interior of a Schwarzschild black hole. Due to the divergence of the probability of finding the black hole at the singularity from a canonical noncommutativity, one considers a non-canonical noncommutativity. It is shown that this more involved type of noncommutativity removes the problem of the singularity in a Schwarzschild black hole.
Singular finite element methods
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Fix, George J.
1987-01-01
Singularities which arise in the solution to elliptic systems are often of great technological importance. This is certainly the case in models of fracture of structures. A survey of the ways singularities are modeled is presented with special emphasis on the effects due to nonlinearities.
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Hawking, Stephen
2005-01-01
The last chapter of my PhD thesis, contained my first singularity theorem. This showed that under certain reasonable conditions, any cosmological solution of the field equations, would have a big bang singularity. At this singularity, classical general relativity would break down, so one could not use it to predict how the universe began. It was therefore necessary to develop a quantum theory of gravity, in order to understand the origin of the universe. In this talk, I explore if the origin of the universe can be semi classical, and non singular. This is possible despite the singularity theorems, because like so many other no go theorems, they have a get out clause. In this case, the get out is the strong energy condition.
A well-based reverse-phase protein array of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue.
Chung, Joon-Yong; Hewitt, Stephen M
2015-01-01
Biomarkers from tissue-based proteomic studies directly contribute to defining disease states as well as promise to improve early detection or provide for further targeted therapeutics. In the clinical setting, tissue samples are preserved as formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue blocks for histological examination. However, proteomic analysis of FFPE tissue is complicated due to the high level of covalently cross-linked proteins arising from formalin fixation. To address these challenges, we developed well-based reverse-phase protein array (RPPA). This approach is a robust protein isolation methodology (29.44 ± 7.8 μg per 1 mm(3) of FFPE tissue) paired with a novel on electrochemiluminescence detection system. Protein samples derived from FFPE tissue by means of laser capture dissection, with as few as 500 shots, demonstrate measurable signal differences for different proteins. The lysates coated to the array plate, dried up and vacuum-sealed, remain stable up to 2 months at room temperature. This methodology is directly applicable to FFPE tissue and presents the direct opportunity of addressing hypothesis within clinical trials and well-annotated clinical tissue repositories. PMID:26043998
Wissman, J.; Finkenauer, L.; Deseri, L.; Majidi, C.
2014-10-14
We introduce a dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) composed of liquid-phase Gallium-Indium (GaIn) alloy electrodes embedded between layers of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and examine its mechanics using a specialized elastic shell theory. Residual stresses in the dielectric and sealing layers of PDMS cause the DEA to deform into a saddle-like geometry (Gaussian curvature K<0). Applying voltage Φ to the liquid metal electrodes induces electrostatic pressure (Maxwell stress) on the dielectric and relieves some of the residual stress. This reduces the longitudinal bending curvature and corresponding angle of deflection ϑ. Treating the elastomer as an incompressible, isotropic, NeoHookean solid, we develop a theory based on the principle of minimum potential energy to predict the principal curvatures as a function of Φ. Based on this theory, we predict a dependency of ϑ on Φ that is in strong agreement with experimental measurements performed on a GaIn-PDMS composite. By accurately modeling electromechanical coupling in a soft-matter DEA, this theory can inform improvements in design and fabrication.
Singular Atom Optics with Spinor BECs
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Schultz, Justin T.; Hansen, Azure; Bigelow, Nicholas P.
2015-05-01
We create and study singular spin textures in pseudo-spin-1/2 BECs. A series of two-photon Raman interactions allows us to not only engineer the spinor wavefunction but also perform the equivalent of atomic polarimetry on the BEC. Adapting techniques from optical polarimetry, we can image two-dimensional maps of the atomic Stokes parameters, thereby fully reconstructing the atomic wavefunction. In a spin-1/2 system, we can represent the local spin superposition with ellipses in a Cartesian basis. The patterns that emerge from the major axes of the ellipses provide fingerprints of the singularities that enable us to classify them as lemons, stars, saddles, or spirals similar to classification schemes for singularities in singular optics, condensed matter, and liquid crystals. These techniques may facilitate the study of geometric Gouy phases in matter waves as well as provide an avenue for utilizing topological structures as quantum gates.
Goswami, Rituparno; Joshi, Pankaj S.; Vaz, Cenalo; Witten, Louis
2004-10-15
We construct a class of spherically symmetric collapse models in which a naked singularity may develop as the end state of collapse. The matter distribution considered has negative radial and tangential pressures, but the weak energy condition is obeyed throughout. The singularity forms at the center of the collapsing cloud and continues to be visible for a finite time. The duration of visibility depends on the nature of energy distribution. Hence the causal structure of the resulting singularity depends on the nature of the mass function chosen for the cloud. We present a general model in which the naked singularity formed is timelike, neither pointlike nor null. Our work represents a step toward clarifying the necessary conditions for the validity of the Cosmic Censorship Conjecture.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ling, Eric
The big bang theory is a model of the universe which makes the striking prediction that the universe began a finite amount of time in the past at the so called "Big Bang singularity." We explore the physical and mathematical justification of this surprising result. After laying down the framework of the universe as a spacetime manifold, we combine physical observations with global symmetrical assumptions to deduce the FRW cosmological models which predict a big bang singularity. Next we prove a couple theorems due to Stephen Hawking which show that the big bang singularity exists even if one removes the global symmetrical assumptions. Lastly, we investigate the conditions one needs to impose on a spacetime if one wishes to avoid a singularity. The ideas and concepts used here to study spacetimes are similar to those used to study Riemannian manifolds, therefore we compare and contrast the two geometries throughout.
Singularities for PRANDTL'S Equations
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Lo Bosco, G.; Sammartino, M.; Sciacca, V.
2006-03-01
We use a mixed spectral/finite-difference numerical method to investigate the possibility of a finite time blow-up of the solutions of Prandtl's equations for the case of the impulsively started cylinder. Our tool is the complex singularity tracking method. We show that a cubic root singularity seems to develop, in a time that can be made arbitrarily short, from a class of data uniformly bounded in H1.
Dimensional Mutation and Spacelike Singularities
Silverstein, Eva; /SLAC /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.
2005-10-28
I argue that critical string theory on a Riemann surface of genus h >> 1 crosses over, when the surface approaches the string scale in size, to a background of supercritical string theory with effective central charge as large as 2h. Concrete evidence for this proposal is provided by the high energy density of states (realized on the Riemann surface side by strings wrapping nontrivial elements of the fundamental group) and by a linear sigma model which at large h approximates the time evolution through the initial transition. This suggests that cosmological singularities arising in negatively curved FRW backgrounds may be replaced by a phase of supercritical string theory.
Anatomy of malicious singularities
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Heller, Michael; Odrzygóźdź, Zdzisław; Pysiak, Leszek; Sasin, Wiesław
2007-09-01
As well known, the b boundaries of the closed Friedman world model and of Schwarzschild solution consist of a single point. We study this phenomenon in a broader context of differential and structured spaces. We show that it is an equivalence relation ρ, defined on the Cauchy completed total space E¯ of the frame bundle over a given space-time, that is responsible for this pathology. A singularity is called malicious if the equivalence class [p0] related to the singularity remains in close contact with all other equivalence classes, i.e., if p0ɛcl[p] for every p ɛE. We formulate conditions for which such a situation occurs. The differential structure of any space-time with malicious singularities consists only of constant functions which means that, from the topological point of view, everything collapses to a single point. It was noncommutative geometry that was especially devised to deal with such situations. A noncommutative algebra on E¯, which turns out to be a von Neumann algebra of random operators, allows us to study probabilistic properties (in a generalized sense) of malicious singularities. Our main result is that, in the noncommutative regime, even the strongest singularities are probabilistically irrelevant.
Singular Continuations of Attractors
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Giraldo, A.; Sanjurjo, J. M. R.
2009-01-01
We study dynamical and topological properties of the singularities of continuations of attractors of flows on manifolds. Despite the fact that these singularities are not isolated invariant sets, they share many of the properties of attractors; in particular, they have finitely generated Čech homology and cohomology, and they have the Čech homotopy type of attractors. This means that, from a global point of view, the singularities of continuations are topological objects closely related to finite polyhedra. The global structure is preserved even for weaker forms of continuation. An interesting case occurs with the Lorenz system for parameter values close to the situation of preturbulence. A general result, motivated by this particular case, is presented.
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Gil, José J.; Ossikovski, Razvigor; José, Ignacio San
2016-04-01
Singular Mueller matrices play an important role in polarization algebra and have peculiar properties that stem from the fact that either the medium exhibits maximum diattenuation and/or polarizance, or because its associated canonical depolarizer has the property of fully randomizing, the circular component (at least) of the states of polarization of light incident on it. The formal reasons for which the Mueller matrix M of a given medium is singular are systematically investigated, analyzed and interpreted in the framework of the serial decompositions and the characteristic ellipsoids of M. The analysis allows for a general classification and geometric representation of singular Mueller matrices, of potential usefulness to experimentalists dealing with such media.
Gil, José J; Ossikovski, Razvigor; José, Ignacio San
2016-04-01
Singular Mueller matrices play an important role in polarization algebra and have peculiar properties that stem from the fact that either the medium exhibits maximum diattenuation and/or polarizance or because its associated canonical depolarizer has the property of fully randomizing the circular component (at least) of the states of polarization of light incident on it. The formal reasons for which the Mueller matrix M of a given medium is singular are systematically investigated, analyzed, and interpreted in the framework of the serial decompositions and the characteristic ellipsoids of M. The analysis allows for a general classification and geometric representation of singular Mueller matrices, which are of potential usefulness to experimentalists dealing with such media. PMID:27140769
Liu, Hai-Yan; Li, Zhi-Yong; Liu, Dan; Xue, Ying-Wen; Shi, Zhi-Guo
2016-04-22
Octadecyl bonded silica (ODS) is the most popular packing for reversed-phase chromatography. However, it generally demonstrates bad resolution for polar analytes because of the residue silanols and its poor stability in aqueous mobile phase. To address the problem, a new reversed-phase packing containing both polar-embedded and polar-endcapped moieties was proposed. It was prepared by a very simple method, in which the epoxide addition reaction of 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane with 1-octadecanethiol proceeded simultaneously with the reaction of silane coupling onto silica particles. By controlling the molecular ratio of 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane to 1-octadecanethiol higher than 1.0 (1.56 for the present study), both polar-embedded and polar-endcapped moieties were achieved onto the packing. The performance of the packing was evaluated in detail. The results demonstrated that neutral, acidic and basic analytes were well separated on the packing. The column efficiency for phenanthrene was 34,200 theoretical plates per meter. In addition, four nucleotides can be separated in 100% phosphate buffered saline solution with good reproducibility, which indicates the packing has good stability in aqueous mobile phase. Amitriptyline, a typical basic analytes, was eluted out with relatively symmetric peak shape (asymmetry factor of 1.36), which implies that the packing has not suffered from the negative effect of residue silanols significantly. Good stability in buffer solution of pH ranging from 2.0 to 10.0 was also documented for the packing. PMID:27033982
Singularity perturbed zero dynamics of nonlinear systems
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Isidori, A.; Sastry, S. S.; Kokotovic, P. V.; Byrnes, C. I.
1992-01-01
Stability properties of zero dynamics are among the crucial input-output properties of both linear and nonlinear systems. Unstable, or 'nonminimum phase', zero dynamics are a major obstacle to input-output linearization and high-gain designs. An analysis of the effects of regular perturbations in system equations on zero dynamics shows that whenever a perturbation decreases the system's relative degree, it manifests itself as a singular perturbation of zero dynamics. Conditions are given under which the zero dynamics evolve in two timescales characteristic of a standard singular perturbation form that allows a separate analysis of slow and fast parts of the zero dynamics.
Singular Vectors' Subtle Secrets
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James, David; Lachance, Michael; Remski, Joan
2011-01-01
Social scientists use adjacency tables to discover influence networks within and among groups. Building on work by Moler and Morrison, we use ordered pairs from the components of the first and second singular vectors of adjacency matrices as tools to distinguish these groups and to identify particularly strong or weak individuals.
New singularities in unexpected places
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Barrow, John D.; Graham, Alexander A. H.
2015-09-01
Spacetime singularities have been discovered which are physically much weaker than those predicted by the classical singularity theorems. Geodesics evolve through them and they only display infinities in the derivatives of their curvature invariants. So far, these singularities have appeared to require rather exotic and unphysical matter for their occurrence. Here, we show that a large class of singularities of this form can be found in a simple Friedmann cosmology containing only a scalar-field with a power-law self-interaction potential. Their existence challenges several preconceived ideas about the nature of spacetime singularities and has an impact upon the end of inflation in the early universe.
Sandford, M.T. II; Handel, T.G.
1997-08-19
A method is disclosed for embedding auxiliary information into a set of host data, such as a photograph, television signal, facsimile transmission, or identification card. All such host data contain intrinsic noise, allowing pixels in the host data which are nearly identical and which have values differing by less than the noise value to be manipulated and replaced with auxiliary data. As the embedding method does not change the elemental values of the host data, the auxiliary data do not noticeably affect the appearance or interpretation of the host data. By a substantially reverse process, the embedded auxiliary data can be retrieved easily by an authorized user. 19 figs.
Sandford, II, Maxwell T.; Handel, Theodore G.
1997-01-01
A method of embedding auxiliary information into a set of host data, such as a photograph, television signal, facsimile transmission, or identification card. All such host data contain intrinsic noise, allowing pixels in the host data which are nearly identical and which have values differing by less than the noise value to be manipulated and replaced with auxiliary data. As the embedding method does not change the elemental values of the host data, the auxiliary data do not noticeably affect the appearance or interpretation of the host data. By a substantially reverse process, the embedded auxiliary data can be retrieved easily by an authorized user.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pavelko, A. A.; Shilkina, L. A.; Reznichenko, L. A.; Dudkina, S. I.; Andryushina, I. N.; Yurasov, Yu. I.; Andryushin, K. P.; Razumovskaya, O. N.
2015-12-01
The boundaries of the phase states of solid solutions in the rhombohedral region of the Pb(Zr1‒ x Ti x )O3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1.00) system and the curve of the R3 c → R3 m phase transition have been refined on the basis of detailed (with a small concentration step) high-temperature (25°C ≤ T ≤ 700°C) studies of the structural characteristics and frequencies of the piezoelectric resonance of the radial oscillation mode of polarized ceramic samples. It has been shown that, in the range 0.07 ≤ x ≤ 0.20, the transition curve practically coincides with the generally accepted one and, in the interval 0.20 ≤ x ≤ 0.36, it differs from the latter by a nonmonotonic behavior and agrees in the boundaries and regions of the phase states. The curve of the transition from the region of coexistence of the R- and Rh 1-phases in the clusterized state to a region with single Rh 1-phase in the interval of concentrations 0.08 ≤ x ≤ 0.12 and temperatures 200-250°C has been constructed. The full x- T phase diagram of the Pb(Zr1- x Ti x )O3 system has been presented. Dispersion spectra of solid solutions on variation in the frequency of the measuring electric field in the interval of 25-106 Hz have been studied, and their correlation with singularities of the phase portrait has been established.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Beckwith, Andrew
When initial radius of the universe in four dimensions and there is only ONE repeating universe then the initial radius goes to zero or gets very close to zero if Stoica actually derived Einstein equations are used in a formalism which remove in four dimensions the big bang singularity pathology. So then the reason for Planck length no longer holds. This assumes a repeating single universe. We present a given entanglement entropy in the early universe with a shrinking scale factor, due to Muller and Lousto , and show that there are consequences due to initial entanged entropy for a time dependent horizon radius in cosmology, with (flat space conditions) horizon radius as equal to conformal time Even if the 3 dimensional spatial length goes to zero. This construction preserves a minimum non zero vacuum energy, and in doing so keep the bits, for computational bits cosmological evolution even if in four dimensions we have the initial radii going to zero We also find that in the case of a multiverse, that such considerations will not hold and that cosmic singularities have a different characteristic in the multiverse setting than in the single universe repeated over and over again. i.e. using an argument borrowed and modified from Kauffman, the multiverse will not mandate ‘perfect’ singularities. The existence of a multiverse may allow for non zero singularities in lieu with the Kauffman argument cited at the end of the document, plus the lower pre big bang temperatures which may allow for the survivial of gravitons just before the onset of the cosmological expansion phase, if a multiverse exists embedding our present universe
Butt, Sajid; Xu, Wei; Farooq, Muhammad U; Ren, Guang K; Zhang, Qinghua; Zhu, Yingcai; Khan, Sajid U; Liu, Lijuan; Yu, Meijuan; Mohmed, Fida; Lin, Yuanhua; Nan, Ce-Wen
2016-06-22
We report remarkably enhanced thermoelectric performance of Te doped Cu2Se in midtemperature range. Through ball-milling process followed by spark plasma sintering (SPS), nanoscale Cu2Te clusters were embeded in the matrix of Cu2Se, inducing a drastic enhancement of thermoelectric performance by reducing the thermal conductivity without degrading the power factor. A large ZT value of 1.9 was achieved at 873 K for Cu2Se1.9Te0.1, which is about 2 times larger than that of the pure Cu2Se. The nanoscale heat management by Cu2Te nanoclusters in superionic conductors opens up an avenue for thermoelectric materials research. PMID:27135808
Singularities in Optimal Structural Design
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Patnaik, S. N.; Guptill, J. D.; Berke, L.
1992-01-01
Singularity conditions that arise during structural optimization can seriously degrade the performance of the optimizer. The singularities are intrinsic to the formulation of the structural optimization problem and are not associated with the method of analysis. Certain conditions that give rise to singularities have been identified in earlier papers, encompassing the entire structure. Further examination revealed more complex sets of conditions in which singularities occur. Some of these singularities are local in nature, being associated with only a segment of the structure. Moreover, the likelihood that one of these local singularities may arise during an optimization procedure can be much greater than that of the global singularity identified earlier. Examples are provided of these additional forms of singularities. A framework is also given in which these singularities can be recognized. In particular, the singularities can be identified by examination of the stress displacement relations along with the compatibility conditions and/or the displacement stress relations derived in the integrated force method of structural analysis.
Singularities in optimal structural design
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Patnaik, S. N.; Guptill, J. D.; Berke, L.
1992-01-01
Singularity conditions that arise during structural optimization can seriously degrade the performance of the optimizer. The singularities are intrinsic to the formulation of the structural optimization problem and are not associated with the method of analysis. Certain conditions that give rise to singularities have been identified in earlier papers, encompassing the entire structure. Further examination revealed more complex sets of conditions in which singularities occur. Some of these singularities are local in nature, being associated with only a segment of the structure. Moreover, the likelihood that one of these local singularities may arise during an optimization procedure can be much greater than that of the global singularity identified earlier. Examples are provided of these additional forms of singularities. A framework is also given in which these singularities can be recognized. In particular, the singularities can be identified by examination of the stress displacement relations along with the compatibility conditions and/or the displacement stress relations derived in the integrated force method of structural analysis.
EDITORIAL: The plurality of optical singularities
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Berry, Michael; Dennis, Mark; Soskin, Marat
2004-05-01
This collection of papers arose from an Advanced Research Workshop on Singular Optics, held at the Bogolyubov Institute in Kiev, Ukraine, during 24-28 June 2003. The workshop was generously financed by NATO, with welcome additional support from Institute of Physics Publishing and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. There had been two previous international meetings devoted to singular optics, in Crimea in 1997 and 2000, reflecting the strong involvement of former Soviet Union countries in this research. Awareness of singular optics is growing within the wider optics community, indicated by symposia on the subject at several general optics meetings. As the papers demonstrate, the field of singular optics has reached maturity. Although the subject originated in an observation on ultrasound, it has been largely theory-driven until recently. Now, however, there is close contact between theory and experiment, and we speculate that this is one reason for its accelerated development. To single out particular papers for mention here would be invidious, and since the papers speak for themselves it is not necessary to describe them all. Instead, we will confine ourselves to a brief description of the main areas included in singular optics, to illustrate the broad scope of the subject. Optical vortices are lines of phase singularity: nodal lines where the intensity of the light, represented by a complex scalar field, vanishes. The subject has emerged from flatland, where the vortices are points characterized by topological charges, into the much richer world of vortex lines in three dimensions. By combining Laguerre-Gauss or Bessel beams, or reflecting light from plates with spiral steps, intricate arrangements can be generated, with vortices that are curved, looped, knotted, linked or braided. With light whose state of polarization varies with position, different singularities occur, associated with the vector nature of light. These are also lines, on which the
Singular parabolic equations of second order on manifolds with singularities
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shao, Yuanzhen
2016-01-01
The main aim of this article is to establish an Lp-theory for elliptic operators on manifolds with singularities. The particular class of differential operators discussed herein may exhibit degenerate or singular behavior near the singular ends of the manifolds. Such a theory is of importance for the study of elliptic and parabolic equations on non-compact, or even incomplete manifolds, with or without boundary.
One Model of Singular Relativistic Lagrangian
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Laserra, E.; Strianese, M.; Pavlotsky, I. P.
The so-called no-interaction theorem of D.G. Currie, T.F. Jordan, E.C. Sudarshan, H. Leutwyler, G. Marmo and N. Mukunda makes it possible to construct relativistic quasiclassical particle dynamics in the post-Galilean approximation only. It is obtained that in this approximation the Lagrangians are singular on some surfaces of the phase space. These peculiarities have different physical and mathematical nature from the ones studied by P.M.A. Dirac, where Hessians vanish in the whole phase-space. The dynamical properties are essentially peculiar on the studied singular surfaces. These properties, in our opinion, can be related with some physical phenomena. In the present paper the general situation is first described. As the whole problem is large and difficult we examined in detail just typical one- and two-dimensional models in the second part of the paper.
Singular eigenfunctions for shearing fluids I
Balmforth, N.J.; Morrison, P.J.
1995-02-01
The authors construct singular eigenfunctions corresponding to the continuous spectrum of eigenvalues for shear flow in a channel. These modes are irregular as a result of a singularity in the eigenvalue problem at the critical layer of each mode. They consider flows with monotonic shear, so there is only a single critical layer for each mode. They then solve the initial-value problem to establish that these continuum modes, together with any discrete, growing/decaying pairs of modes, comprise a complete basis. They also view the problem within the framework of Hamiltonian theory. In that context, the singular solutions can be viewed as the kernel of an integral, canonical transformation that allows us to write the fluid system, an infinite-dimensional Hamiltonian system, in action-angle form. This yields an expression for the energy in terms of the continuum modes and provides a means for attaching a characteristic signature (sign) to the energy associate with each eigenfunction. They follow on to consider shear-flow stability within the Hamiltonian framework. Next, the authors show the equivalence of integral superpositions of the singular eigenfunctions with the solution derived with Laplace transform techniques. In the long-time limit, such superpositions have decaying integral averages across the channel, revealing phase mixing or continuum damping. Under some conditions, this decay is exponential and is then the fluid analogue of Landau damping. Finally, the authors discuss the energetics of continuum damping.
Singular behavior of jet substructure observables
Larkoski, Andrew J.; Moult, Ian
2016-01-20
Jet substructure observables play a central role at the Large Hadron Collider for identifying the boosted hadronic decay products of electroweak scale resonances. The complete description of these observables requires understanding both the limit in which hard substructure is resolved, as well as the limit of a jet with a single hard core. In this paper we study in detail the perturbative structure of two prominent jet substructure observables, N-subjettiness and the energy correlation functions, as measured on background QCD jets. In particular, we focus on the distinction between the limits in which two-prong structure is resolved or unresolved. Dependingmore » on the choice of subjet axes, we demonstrate that at fixed order, N-subjettiness can manifest myriad behaviors in the unresolved region: smooth tails, end-point singularities, or singularities in the physical region. The energy correlation functions, by contrast, only have non-singular perturbative tails extending to the end point. We discuss the effect of hadronization on the various observables with Monte Carlo simulation and demonstrate that the modeling of these effects with non-perturbative shape functions is highly dependent on the N-subjettiness axes definitions. Lastly, our study illustrates those regions of phase space that must be controlled for high-precision jet substructure calculations, and emphasizes how such calculations can be facilitated by designing substructure observables with simple singular structures.« less
Kallioniemi, O P; Visakorpi, T; Holli, K; Heikkinen, A; Isola, J; Koivula, T
1991-01-01
Nuclear debris may significantly interfere with the analysis of S-phase fraction (SPF) from paraffin-embedded tumors. We used a background subtraction algorithm to compensate for the effects of slicing of tumor cell nuclei during preparation of paraffin-embedded specimens. DNA histograms were analyzed from 88 node-negative breast and from 78 prostatic carcinomas. Median SPFs corrected for nuclear slicing were lower than uncorrected ones in both breast cancer (7.6% vs. 5.7%) and prostate cancer (6.7% vs. 4.2%). The median SPF value in each group was used as a cut-off point in survival studies. As compared with the uncorrected SPFs, corrected SPF levels resulted in a more significant survival difference between breast cancer patients with above and below median SPF (p = 0.0014 vs. p = 0.014) and in a higher relative risk (RR) of death (4.5 vs. 3.1). The same was true for prostate cancer survival (p less than 0.0001 vs. p = 0.002) and RR (5.3 vs. 3.1). Compared with the exponential background subtraction method, the sliced nuclei correction was more reproducible and could be applied in all evaluable histograms without the risk of overcompensation. In conclusion, our results support the use of background correction with the sliced nuclei model in DNA flow cytometric studies of archival tissues. PMID:1935457
Updating the singular value decomposition
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Davies, Philip I.; Smith, M. I. Matthew I.
2004-09-01
The spectral decomposition of a symmetric matrix A with small off-diagonal and distinct diagonal elements can be approximated using a direct scheme of R. Davies and Modi (Linear Algebra Appl. 77 (1986) 61). In this paper a generalization of this method for computing the singular value decomposition of close-to-diagonal is presented. When A has repeated or "close" singular values it is possible to apply the direct method to split the problem in two with one part containing the well-separated singular values and one requiring the computation of the "close" singular values.
Naked singularities in initial surfaces
Wojtkiewicz, J. )
1990-03-15
We consider a singular hypersurface {Sigma}, carrying time-symmetric initial data for the Einstein equations. We assume that the area of the arbitrary two-sphere, enclosing the singularity, is bounded from below by some positive constant. A conformally flat ring,'' or pancake'' singularities having sufficiently large Euclidean radius, can serve as examples. We prove that if the Arnowitt-Deser-Misner mass associated with such a hypersurface is small enough, then this singularity is naked (i.e., it is not entirely surrounded by an apparent horizon). We suggest that a similar effect appears also for general (i.e., non-time-symmetric) hypersurfaces.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Iniesto, Miguel; Zeyen, Nina; López-Archilla, Ana; Bernard, Sylvain; Buscalioni, Ángela; Guerrero, M. Carmen; Benzerara, Karim
2015-09-01
Microbial mats have been repeatedly suggested to promote early fossilization of macroorganisms. Yet, experimental simulations of this process remain scarce. Here, we report results of 5 year-long experiments performed onfish carcasses to document the influence of microbial mats on mineral precipitation during early fossilization. Carcasses were initially placed on top of microbial mats. After two weeks, fishes became coated by the mats forming a compact sarcophagus, which modified the microenvironment close to the corpses. Our results showed that these conditions favoured the precipitation of a poorly crystalline silicate phase rich in magnesium. This talc-like mineral phase has been detected in three different locations within the carcasses placed in microbial mats for more than 4 years: 1) within inner tissues, colonized by several bacillary cells; 2) at the surface of bones of the upper face of the corpse buried in the mat; and 3) at the surface of several bones such as the dorsal fin which appeared to be gradually replaced by the Mg-silicate phase. This mineral phase has been previously shown to promote bacteria fossilization. Here we provide first experimental evidence that such Mg-rich phase can also be involved in exceptional preservation of animals.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sreesattabud, Tharathip; Gibbons, Brady J.; Watcharapasorn, Anucha; Jiansirisomboon, Sukanda
2013-07-01
Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 or PZT thin films embedded with CuO nano-particles were successfully prepared by a hybrid sol-gel process. In this process, CuO (0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5 and 1 wt. %) nanopowder was suspended in an organometallic solution of PZT, and then coated on platinised silicon substrate using a spin-coating technique. The influence of CuO nano-particles' dispersion on the phase of PZT thin films was investigated. XRD results showed a perovskite phase in all films. At the CuO concentration of 0.4-1 wt. %, a second phase was observed. The addition of CuO nano-particles affected the orientation of PZT thin films. The addition was also found to reduce the ferroelectric properties of PZT thin films. However, at 0.2 wt. % CuO concentration, the film exhibited good ferroelectric properties similar to those of PZT films. In addition, the fatigue retention properties of the PZT/CuO system was observed, and it showed 14% fatigue at 108 switching bipolar pulse cycles while the fatigue in PZT thin films was found to be 17% at the same switching bipolar pulse cycles.
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Avital, Doron
2007-01-01
This paper will examine an unresolved tension inherent in the question of art and argue for the idea of a singular rule as a natural resolution. In so doing, the structure of a singular rule will be fully outlined and its paradoxical constitution will be resolved. The tension I mention above unfolds both as a matter of history and as a product of…
Computing singularities of perturbation series
Kvaal, Simen; Jarlebring, Elias; Michiels, Wim
2011-03-15
Many properties of current ab initio approaches to the quantum many-body problem, both perturbational and otherwise, are related to the singularity structure of the Rayleigh-Schroedinger perturbation series. A numerical procedure is presented that in principle computes the complete set of singularities, including the dominant singularity which limits the radius of convergence. The method approximates the singularities as eigenvalues of a certain generalized eigenvalue equation which is solved using iterative techniques. It relies on computation of the action of the Hamiltonian matrix on a vector and does not rely on the terms in the perturbation series. The method can be useful for studying perturbation series of typical systems of moderate size, for fundamental development of resummation schemes, and for understanding the structure of singularities for typical systems. Some illustrative model problems are studied, including a helium-like model with {delta}-function interactions for which Moeller-Plesset perturbation theory is considered and the radius of convergence found.
Staus, Chad; Kuech, Thomas; McCaughan, Leon
2008-08-18
We demonstrate an all-single mode structure which enables continuous phase matching of difference frequency generated THz light from the near-IR. This structure provides a long interaction length by way of well-confined collinear propagation of pumps and product without diffraction, resulting in high conversion efficiency. A LiNbO(3) version of this structure achieved a power-normalized conversion efficiency of 1.3 x 10(-7) W(-1)--some 23 times larger than the largest previously reported results. PMID:18711566
Sandford, II, Maxwell T.; Handel, Theodore G.; Bradley, Jonathan N.
1998-01-01
A method of embedding auxiliary information into the digital representation of host data created by a lossy compression technique. The method applies to data compressed with lossy algorithms based on series expansion, quantization to a finite number of symbols, and entropy coding. Lossy compression methods represent the original data as integer indices having redundancy and uncertainty in value by one unit. Indices which are adjacent in value are manipulated to encode auxiliary data. By a substantially reverse process, the embedded auxiliary data can be retrieved easily by an authorized user. Lossy compression methods use loss-less compressions known also as entropy coding, to reduce to the final size the intermediate representation as indices. The efficiency of the compression entropy coding, known also as entropy coding is increased by manipulating the indices at the intermediate stage in the manner taught by the method.
Sandford, M.T. II; Handel, T.G.; Bradley, J.N.
1998-03-10
A method of embedding auxiliary information into the digital representation of host data created by a lossy compression technique is disclosed. The method applies to data compressed with lossy algorithms based on series expansion, quantization to a finite number of symbols, and entropy coding. Lossy compression methods represent the original data as integer indices having redundancy and uncertainty in value by one unit. Indices which are adjacent in value are manipulated to encode auxiliary data. By a substantially reverse process, the embedded auxiliary data can be retrieved easily by an authorized user. Lossy compression methods use loss-less compressions known also as entropy coding, to reduce to the final size the intermediate representation as indices. The efficiency of the compression entropy coding, known also as entropy coding is increased by manipulating the indices at the intermediate stage in the manner taught by the method. 11 figs.
Five-dimensional null-cone structure of big bang singularity
Lauro, S.; Schucking, E.L.
1985-04-01
The Friedmann model PHI of positive space curvature, vanishing pressure and cosmological constant when isometrically imbedded as a hypersurface in five-dimensional Minkowski space MV is globally rigid: if F(PHI) and F'(PHI) are isometric embeddings in MV there is a motion of MV such that F'= F. The big bang singularity is the vertex of a null half-cone in MV. Global rigidity leads to an invariant characterization of the singularity. The structure of matter at the singularity is governed by the de Sitter group.
Wave-front singularities for two-dimensional anisotropic elastic waves.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Payton, R. G.
1972-01-01
Wavefront singularities for the displacement functions, associated with the radiation of linear elastic waves from a point source embedded in a finitely strained two-dimensional elastic solid, are examined in detail. It is found that generally the singularities are of order d to the -1/2 power, where d measures distance away from the front. However, in certain exceptional cases singularities of order d to the -n power, where n = 1/4, 2/3, 3/4, may be encountered.
Singularity spectrum of fractal signals from wavelet analysis: Exact results
Bacry, E.; Muzy, J.F.; Arneodo, A. )
1993-02-01
The multifractal formalism for singular measures is revisited using the wave transform. For Bernoulli invariant measures of some expanding Markov maps, the generalized fractal dimensions are proved to be transition points for the scaling exponents of some partition functions defined from the wavelet transform modulus maxima. The generalization of this formalism to fractal signals is established for the class of distribution functions of these singular invariant measures. It is demonstrated that the Hausdorff dimension D(h) of the set of singularities of Hoelder exponent h can be directly determined from the wavelet transform modulus maxima. The singularity spectrum so obtained is shown to be not disturbed by the presence, in the signal, of a superimposed polynomial behavior of order n, provided one uses an analyzing wavelet that possesses at least N > n vanishing moments. However, it is shown that a C[infinity] behavior generally induces a phase transition in the D(h) singularity spectrum that somewhat masks the weakest singularities. This phase transition actually depends on the number N of vanishing moments of the analyzing wavelet; its observation is emphasized as a reliable experimental test for the existence of nonsingular behavior in the considered signal. These theoretical results are illustrated with numerical examples. They are likely to be valid for a large class of fractal functions as suggested by recent applications to fractional Brownian motions and turbulent velocity signals.
Mogaddam, N. A. P.; Turan, R.; Alagoz, A. S.; Yerci, S.; Foss, S.; Finstad, T. G.
2008-12-15
SiGe nanocrystals have been formed in SiO{sub 2} matrix by cosputtering Si, Ge, and SiO{sub 2} independently on Si substrate. Effects of the annealing time and temperature on structural and compositional properties are studied by transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction (XRD), and Raman spectroscopy measurements. It is observed that Ge-rich Si{sub (1-x)}Ge{sub x} nanocrystals do not hold their compositional uniformity when annealed at high temperatures for enough long time. A segregation process leading to separation of Ge and Si atoms from each other takes place. This process has been evidenced by a double peak formation in the XRD and Raman spectra. We attributed this phase separation to the differences in atomic size, surface energy, and surface diffusion disparity between Si and Ge atoms leading to the formation of nonhomogenous structure consist of a Si-rich SiGe core covered by a Ge-rich SiGe shell. This experimental observation is consistent with the result of reported theoretical and simulation methods.
3D structures of liquid-phase GaIn alloy embedded in PDMS with freeze casting.
Fassler, Andrew; Majidi, Carmel
2013-11-21
Liquid phase electronic circuits are created by freeze casting gallium-indium (GaIn) alloys, such as eutectic gallium-indium (EGaIn), and encapsulating these frozen components within an elastomer. These metal alloys are liquid at room temperature, and can be cast using either injection or a vacuum to fill a PDMS mold and placing the mold in a freezer. Once solidified, a GaIn alloy segment can be manipulated, altered, or bonded to other circuit elements. A stretchable circuit can be fabricated by placing frozen components onto an elastomer substrate, which can be either patterned or flat, and sealing with an additional layer of elastomer. Circuits produced in this fashion are soft, stretchable, and can have complex 3D channel geometries. In contrast, current fabrication techniques, including needle injection, mask deposition, and microcontact printing, are limited to 2D planar designs. Additionally, freeze casting fabrication can create closed loops, multi-terminal circuits with branching features, and large area geometries. PMID:24067934
Singular field response and singular screening of vacancies in antiferromagnets.
Wollny, Alexander; Andrade, Eric C; Vojta, Matthias
2012-10-26
For isolated vacancies in ordered local-moment antiferromagnets we show that the magnetic-field linear-response limit is generically singular: The magnetic moment associated with a vacancy in zero field is different from that in a finite field h in the limit h→0(+). The origin is a universal and singular screening cloud, which moreover leads to perfect screening as h→0(+) for magnets which display spin-flop bulk states in the weak-field limit. PMID:23215218
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Riggs, Lloyd Stephen
In this work the transient currents induced on an arbitrary system of thin linear scatterers by an electromagnetic plane wave are solved by using an electric field integral equation (EFIE) formulation. The transient analysis is carried out using the singularity expansion method (SEM). The general analysis developed here is useful for assessing the vulnerability of military aircraft to a nuclear generated electromagnetic pulse (EMP). It is also useful as a modal synthesis tool in the analysis and design of frequency selective surfaces (FSS). SEM parameters for a variety of thin cylindrical geometries have been computed. Specifically, SEM poles, modes, coupling coefficients, and transient currents are given for the two and three element planar array. Poles and modes for planar arrays with a larger number (as many as eight) of identical equally spaced elements are also considered. SEM pole-mode results are given for identical parallel elements with ends located at the vertices of a regular N-agon. Pole-mode patterns are found for symmetric (and slightly perturbed) single junction N-arm elements and for the five junction Jerusalem cross. The Jerusalem cross element has been used extensively in FSS.
Singular behavior of jet substructure observables
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Larkoski, Andrew J.; Moult, Ian
2016-01-01
Jet substructure observables play a central role at the Large Hadron Collider for identifying the boosted hadronic decay products of electroweak scale resonances. The complete description of these observables requires understanding both the limit in which hard substructure is resolved, as well as the limit of a jet with a single hard core. In this paper we study in detail the perturbative structure of two prominent jet substructure observables, N -subjettiness and the energy correlation functions, as measured on background QCD jets. In particular, we focus on the distinction between the limits in which two-prong structure is resolved or unresolved. Depending on the choice of subjet axes, we demonstrate that at fixed order, N -subjettiness can manifest myriad behaviors in the unresolved region: smooth tails, end point singularities, or singularities in the physical region. The energy correlation functions, by contrast, only have nonsingular perturbative tails extending to the end point. We discuss the effect of hadronization on the various observables with Monte Carlo simulation and demonstrate that the modeling of these effects with nonperturbative shape functions is highly dependent on the N -subjettiness axes definitions. Our study illustrates those regions of phase space that must be controlled for high-precision jet substructure calculations, and emphasizes how such calculations can be facilitated by designing substructure observables with simple singular structures.
Visibility of a spacetime singularity
Joshi, Pankaj S.
2007-02-15
We investigate here the causal structure of spacetime in the vicinity of a spacetime singularity. The particle and energy emission from such ultradense regions forming in gravitational collapse of a massive matter cloud is governed by the nature of nonspacelike paths near the same. These trajectories are examined to show that if a null geodesic comes out from the singularity, then there exist families of future-directed nonspacelike curves which also necessarily escape from the same. The existence of such families is crucial to the physical visibility of the singularity. We do not assume any underlying symmetries for the spacetime, and earlier considerations on the nature of causal trajectories emerging from a naked singularity are generalized and clarified.
Singularity Resolution in Quantum Gravity
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Singh, Parampreet
2014-03-01
In recent years, progress in understanding of the quantization of cosmological spacetimes using techniques of loop quantum gravity, has led to important insights on the resolution of singularities. With a rigorous loop quantization of isotropic and anisotropic spacetimes and development of sophisticated numerical techniques, it is now possible to explore in detail the structure of spacetime in the Planck regime and extract new physics of the very early universe. Investigations of quantization of various spacetimes indicates that classical singularities such as the big bang are avoided, and quantum evolution results in a bounce of the scale factor. The resolution of singularities seems to occur without any assumption on the initial state for quantum evolution or the equation of state of matter. In this talk, we will review some of the main developments in this direction and provide an up to date summary of the novel results obtained on the resolution of singularities in various models in loop quantum gravity.
Holographic signatures of cosmological singularities.
Engelhardt, Netta; Hertog, Thomas; Horowitz, Gary T
2014-09-19
To gain insight into the quantum nature of cosmological singularities, we study anisotropic Kasner solutions in gauge-gravity duality. The dual description of the bulk evolution towards the singularity involves N=4 super Yang-Mills theory on the expanding branch of deformed de Sitter space and is well defined. We compute two-point correlators of Yang-Mills operators of large dimensions using spacelike geodesics anchored on the boundary. The correlators show a strong signature of the singularity around horizon scales and decay at large boundary separation at different rates in different directions. More generally, the boundary evolution exhibits a process of particle creation similar to that in inflation. This leads us to conjecture that information on the quantum nature of cosmological singularities is encoded in long-wavelength features of the boundary wave function. PMID:25279620
Sandford, II, Maxwell T.; Handel, Theodore G.; Bradley, Jonathan N.
1998-01-01
A method and apparatus for embedding auxiliary information into the digital representation of host data created by a lossy compression technique and a method and apparatus for constructing auxiliary data from the correspondence between values in a digital key-pair table with integer index values existing in a representation of host data created by a lossy compression technique. The methods apply to data compressed with algorithms based on series expansion, quantization to a finite number of symbols, and entropy coding. Lossy compression methods represent the original data as ordered sequences of blocks containing integer indices having redundancy and uncertainty of value by one unit, allowing indices which are adjacent in value to be manipulated to encode auxiliary data. Also included is a method to improve the efficiency of lossy compression algorithms by embedding white noise into the integer indices. Lossy compression methods use loss-less compression to reduce to the final size the intermediate representation as indices. The efficiency of the loss-less compression, known also as entropy coding compression, is increased by manipulating the indices at the intermediate stage. Manipulation of the intermediate representation improves lossy compression performance by 1 to 10%.
Sandford, M.T. II; Handel, T.G.; Bradley, J.N.
1998-07-07
A method and apparatus for embedding auxiliary information into the digital representation of host data created by a lossy compression technique and a method and apparatus for constructing auxiliary data from the correspondence between values in a digital key-pair table with integer index values existing in a representation of host data created by a lossy compression technique are disclosed. The methods apply to data compressed with algorithms based on series expansion, quantization to a finite number of symbols, and entropy coding. Lossy compression methods represent the original data as ordered sequences of blocks containing integer indices having redundancy and uncertainty of value by one unit, allowing indices which are adjacent in value to be manipulated to encode auxiliary data. Also included is a method to improve the efficiency of lossy compression algorithms by embedding white noise into the integer indices. Lossy compression methods use loss-less compression to reduce to the final size the intermediate representation as indices. The efficiency of the loss-less compression, known also as entropy coding compression, is increased by manipulating the indices at the intermediate stage. Manipulation of the intermediate representation improves lossy compression performance by 1 to 10%. 21 figs.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sangueza, Cheryl Ramirez
This mixed-method, dual-phase, embedded-case study employed the Social Cognitive Theory and the construct of self-efficacy to examine the contributors to science teaching self-efficacy and science teaching practices across different levels of efficacy in six pre-service elementary teachers during their science methods course and student teaching experiences. Data sources included the Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument (STEBI-B) for pre-service teachers, questionnaires, journals, reflections, student teaching lesson observations, and lesson debriefing notes. Results from the STEBI-B show that all participants measured an increase in efficacy throughout the study. The ANOVA analysis of the STEBI-B revealed a statistically significant increase in level of efficacy during methods course, student teaching, and from the beginning of the study to the end. Of interest in this study was the examination of the participants' science teaching practices across different levels of efficacy. Results of this analysis revealed how the pre-service elementary teachers in this study contextualized their experiences in learning to teach science and its influences on their science teaching practices. Key implications involves the value in exploring how pre-service teachers interpret their learning to teach experiences and how their interpretations influence the development of their science teaching practices.
New singularities for Stokes waves
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Crew, Samuel C.; Trinh, Philippe H.
2016-07-01
In 1880, Stokes famously demonstrated that the singularity that occurs at the crest of the steepest possible water wave in infinite depth must correspond to a corner of $120^\\circ$. Here, the complex velocity scales like $f^{1/3}$ where $f$ is the complex potential. Later in 1973, Grant showed that for any wave away from the steepest configuration, the singularity $f = f^*$ moves into the complex plane, and is of order $(f-f^*)^{1/2}$ (J. Fluid Mech., vol. 59, 1973, pp. 257-262). Grant conjectured that as the highest wave is approached, other singularities must coalesce at the crest so as to cancel the square-root behaviour. Despite recent advances, the complete singularity structure of the Stokes wave is still not well understood. In this work, we develop numerical methods for constructing the Riemann surface that represents the extension of the water wave into the complex plane. We show that a countably infinite number of distinct singularities exists on other branches of the solution, and that these singularities coalesce as Stokes' highest wave is approached.
Monkhouse, W S
1985-08-01
Following an intraperitoneal injection of tritiated thymidine to neonatal mice, livers and spleens were removed and their labelling indices were derived autoradiographically. This was done in a number of ways: (1) from tissue imprints on gelatinised glass slides; (2) from tissue embedded in JB4 plastic sectioned at thicknesses of 2, 5 and 7 micron; and (3) from tissue embedded in paraffin wax and sectioned at 7 micron. The results show that the indices from the JB4 embedded sections increase as the section thickness decreases, and that this relationship persists down to the notional section thickness of zero in the tissue imprints (in which all the cells are in contact with the autoradiographic emulsion). Indices from the 7 micron paraffin wax embedded sections are surprisingly close to the values from the imprints, are higher than indices from the 5 and 7 micron JB4 embedded sections, and are not significantly different (at the 2% level) from those from 2 micron JB4 embedded sections. Possible reasons for these results are discussed in respect of the autoradiographic process and in relationship to various mathematical correction factors which have been proposed to take account of beta-particle self-absorption in thick sections. It is concluded that none of these correction factors is of value and that the embedding medium has an important effect on the observed labelling indices. Comparisons between labelling indices, therefore, should be made only when they are derived from similarly embedded material at the same section thickness. PMID:3908424
Naked singularity resolution in cylindrical collapse
Kurita, Yasunari; Nakao, Ken-ichi
2006-03-15
In this paper, we study the gravitational collapse of null dust in cylindrically symmetric spacetime. The naked singularity necessarily forms at the symmetry axis. We consider the situation in which null dust is emitted again from the naked singularity formed by the collapsed null dust and investigate the backreaction by this emission for the naked singularity. We show a very peculiar but physically important case in which the same amount of null dust as that of the collapsed one is emitted from the naked singularity as soon as the ingoing null dust hits the symmetry axis and forms the naked singularity. In this case, although this naked singularity satisfies the strong curvature condition by Krolak (limiting focusing condition), geodesics which hit the singularity can be extended uniquely across the singularity. Therefore, we may say that the collapsing null dust passes through the singularity formed by itself and then leaves for infinity. Finally, the singularity completely disappears and the flat spacetime remains.
Spacetime singularity resolution in Snyder noncommutative space
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gorji, M. A.; Nozari, K.; Vakili, B.
2014-04-01
Inspired by quantum gravity proposals, we construct a deformed phase space which supports the UV and IR cutoffs. We show that the Liouville theorem is satisfied in the deformed phase space which allows us to formulate the thermodynamics of the early universe in the semiclassical regime. Applying the proposed method to the Snyder noncommutative space, we find a temperature dependent equation of state which opens a new window for the natural realization of inflation as a phase transition from the quantum gravity regime to the standard radiation dominated era. Also, we obtain finite energy and entropy densities for the Universe when at least the weak energy condition is satisfied. We show that there is a minimum size for the Universe which is proportional to the Planck length and consequently the big bang singularity is removed.
Singular values, nematic disclinations, and emergent biaxiality.
Čopar, Simon; Dennis, Mark R; Kamien, Randall D; Žumer, Slobodan
2013-05-01
Both uniaxial and biaxial nematic liquid crystals are defined by orientational ordering of their building blocks. While uniaxial nematics only orient the long molecular axis, biaxial order implies local order along three axes. As the natural degree of biaxiality and the associated frame that can be extracted from the tensorial description of the nematic order vanishes in the uniaxial phase, we extend the nematic director to a full biaxial frame by making use of a singular value decomposition of the gradient of the director field instead. The degrees of freedom are unveiled in the form of quasidefects and the similarities and differences between the uniaxial and biaxial phase are analyzed by applying the algebraic rules of the quaternion group to the uniaxial phase. PMID:23767474
LaBonte, Melissa J; Yang, Dongyun; Zhang, Wu; Wilson, Peter M; Nagarwala, Yasir M; Koch, Kevin M; Briner, Colleen; Kaneko, Tomomi; Rha, Sun-Young; Gladkov, Oleg; Urba, Susan G; Sakaeva, Dina; Pishvaian, Michael J; Hsieh, Ruey-Kuen; Lee, Wei-Ping; Lenz, Heinz-Josef
2016-09-01
An exploratory phase II biomarker-embedded trial (LPT109747; NCT00526669) designed to determine the association of lapatinib-induced fluoropyrimidine gene changes with efficacy of lapatinib plus capecitabine as first-line treatment for advanced gastric cancer or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma independent of tumor HER2 status. Tumor biopsies obtained before and after 7-day lapatinib (1,250 mg) to analyze changes in gene expression, followed by a 14-day course of capecitabine (1,000 mg/m(2) twice daily, 14/21 days) plus lapatinib 1,250 mg daily. Blood samples were acquired for pharmacokinetic analysis. Primary clinical objectives were response rate (RR) and 5-month progression-free survival (PFS). Secondary objectives were overall survival (OS), PFS, time to response, duration of response, toxicity, and identification of associations between lapatinib pharmacokinetics and biomarker endpoints. Primary biomarker objectives were modulation of 5-FU-pathway genes by lapatinib, effects of germline SNPs on treatment outcome, and trough steady-state plasma lapatinib concentrations. Sixty-eight patients were enrolled; (75% gastric cancer, 25% gastroesophageal junction). Twelve patients (17.9%) had confirmed partial response, 31 (46.3%) had stable disease, and 16 (23.9%) had progressive disease. Median PFS and OS were 3.3 and 6.3 months, respectively. Frequent adverse events included diarrhea (45%), decreased appetite (39%), nausea (36%), and fatigue (36%). Lapatinib induced no changes in gene expression from baseline and no significant associations were found for SNPs analyzed. Elevated baseline HER3 mRNA expression was associated with a higher RR (33% vs. 0%; P = 0.008). Lapatinib plus capecitabine was well tolerated, demonstrating modest antitumor activity in patients with advanced gastric cancer. The association of elevated HER3 and RR warrants further investigation as an important player for HER-targeted regimens in combination with capecitabine. Mol Cancer Ther
Naked singularities as particle accelerators
Patil, Mandar; Joshi, Pankaj S.
2010-11-15
We investigate here the particle acceleration by naked singularities to arbitrarily high center of mass energies. Recently it has been suggested that black holes could be used as particle accelerators to probe the Planck scale physics. We show that the naked singularities serve the same purpose and probably would do better than their black hole counterparts. We focus on the scenario of a self-similar gravitational collapse starting from a regular initial data, leading to the formation of a globally naked singularity. It is seen that when particles moving along timelike geodesics interact and collide near the Cauchy horizon, the energy of collision in the center of mass frame will be arbitrarily high, thus offering a window to Planck scale physics.
Recent Results on Singularity Strengths
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nolan, Brien
2002-12-01
In this contribution, we review some recent results on strengths of singularities. In a space-time (M,g), let γ[τ0, 0) → M be an incomplete, inextendible causal geodesic, affinely parametrised by τ, tangent ěc k. Let Jτ1 :=set of Jacobi fields along γ, orthogonal to γ and vanishing at time τ1 ≥ τ0 i.e. ěc ξ ∈ J{τ 1 } iff D2ξa = -Rbcdakbkdξc, gabξakb = 0, and ěc ξ (τ 1 ) = 0. Vτ1(τ) := volume element defined by full set of independent elements of Jτ1 (2-dim for null geodesies, 3-dim for time-like); Vτ1 := ∥Vτ1∥. Definition (Tipler 1977): γ terminates in a gravitationally strong singularity if for all 0 > τ1 ≥ τ0, lim inf
Algebraic Singularity Method for Mass Measurements with Missing Energy
Kim, Ian-Woo
2010-02-26
We propose a novel generalized method for mass measurements based on phase space singularity structures that can be applied to any event topology with missing energy. Our method subsumes the well-known end point and transverse mass methods and yields new techniques for studying 'missing particle' events, such as the double chain production of stable neutral particles at the LHC.
SINGULARITIES OF GENERALIZED PARTON DISTRIBUTIONS
Anatoly Radyushkin
2012-12-01
We discuss recent developments in building models for generalized parton distributions (GPDs) that are based on the formalism of double distributions (DDs). A special attention is given to a careful analysis of the singularity structure of DDs. The DD formalism is applied to construction of a model GPDs with a singular Regge behavior. Within the developed DD-based approach, we discuss the structure of GPD sum rules. It is shown that separation of DDs into the so-called ``plus'' part and the D-term part may be treated as a renormalization procedure for the GPD sum rules. This approach is compared with an alternative prescription based on analytic regularization.
Optimal singular control for nonlinear semistabilisation
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L'Afflitto, Andrea; Haddad, Wassim M.
2016-06-01
The singular optimal control problem for asymptotic stabilisation has been extensively studied in the literature. In this paper, the optimal singular control problem is extended to address a weaker version of closed-loop stability, namely, semistability, which is of paramount importance for consensus control of network dynamical systems. Three approaches are presented to address the nonlinear semistable singular control problem. Namely, a singular perturbation method is presented to construct a state-feedback singular controller that guarantees closed-loop semistability for nonlinear systems. In this approach, we show that for a non-negative cost-to-go function the minimum cost of a nonlinear semistabilising singular controller is lower than the minimum cost of a singular controller that guarantees asymptotic stability of the closed-loop system. In the second approach, we solve the nonlinear semistable singular control problem by using the cost-to-go function to cancel the singularities in the corresponding Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation. For this case, we show that the minimum value of the singular performance measure is zero. Finally, we provide a framework based on the concepts of state-feedback linearisation and feedback equivalence to solve the singular control problem for semistabilisation of nonlinear dynamical systems. For this approach, we also show that the minimum value of the singular performance measure is zero. Three numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed singular semistabilisation frameworks.
Specialty functions singularity mechanics problems
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Sarigul, Nesrin
1989-01-01
The focus is in the development of more accurate and efficient advanced methods for solution of singular problems encountered in mechanics. At present, finite element methods in conjunction with special functions, boolean sum and blending interpolations are being considered. In dealing with systems which contain a singularity, special finite elements are being formulated to be used in singular regions. Further, special transition elements are being formulated to couple the special element to the mesh that models the rest of the system, and to be used in conjunction with 1-D, 2-D and 3-D elements within the same mesh. Computational simulation with a least squares fit is being utilized to construct special elements, if there is an unknown singularity in the system. A novel approach is taken in formulation of the elements in that: (1) the material properties are modified to include time, temperature, coordinate and stress dependant behavior within the element; (2) material properties vary at nodal points of the elements; (3) a hidden-symbolic computation scheme is developed and utilized in formulating the elements; and (4) special functions and boolean sum are utilized in order to interpolate the field variables and their derivatives along the boundary of the elements. It may be noted that the proposed methods are also applicable to fluids and coupled problems.
Barotropic index w-singularities in cosmology
DaPbrowski, Mariusz P.; Denkiewicz, Tomasz
2009-03-15
We find an explicit cosmological model which allows a special type of cosmological singularity which we call a w-singularity. This singularity has the scale factor finite, the energy density and pressure vanishing, and the only singular behavior appears in a time-dependent barotropic index w(t). It is different from the type IV cosmological singularity in that it does not exhibit the divergence of the higher derivatives of the Hubble parameter and from the big brake since it does not fulfill the anti-Chaplygin gas equation of state. We also find an interesting duality between the w-singularities and the big-bang singularities. Physical examples of w-singularities appear in f(R), scalar field and brane cosmologies.
Continuations of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation beyond the singularity
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Fibich, G.; Klein, M.
2011-07-01
We present four continuations of the critical nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLS) beyond the singularity: (1) a sub-threshold power continuation, (2) a shrinking-hole continuation for ring-type solutions, (3) a vanishing nonlinear-damping continuation and (4) a complex Ginzburg-Landau (CGL) continuation. Using asymptotic analysis, we explicitly calculate the limiting solutions beyond the singularity. These calculations show that for generic initial data that lead to a loglog collapse, the sub-threshold power limit is a Bourgain-Wang solution, both before and after the singularity, and the vanishing nonlinear-damping and CGL limits are a loglog solution before the singularity, and have an infinite-velocity expanding core after the singularity. Our results suggest that all NLS continuations share the universal feature that after the singularity time Tc, the phase of the singular core is only determined up to multiplication by eiθ. As a result, interactions between post-collapse beams (filaments) become chaotic. We also show that when the continuation model leads to a point singularity and preserves the NLS invariance under the transformation t → -t and ψ → ψ*, the singular core of the weak solution is symmetric with respect to Tc. Therefore, the sub-threshold power and the shrinking-hole continuations are symmetric with respect to Tc, but continuations which are based on perturbations of the NLS equation are generically asymmetric.
Frozen singularities in M and F theory
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Tachikawa, Yuji
2016-06-01
We revisit the duality between ALE singularities in M-theory and 7-branes on a circle in F-theory. We see that a frozen M-theory singularity maps to a circle compactification involving a rotation of the plane transverse to the 7-brane, showing an interesting correspondence between commuting triples in simply-laced groups and Kodaira's classification of singular elliptic fibrations. Our analysis strongly suggests that the O7+ plane is the only completely frozen F-theory singularity.
Emerging singularities in the bouncing loop cosmology
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Mielczarek, Jakub; Szydłowski, Marek
2008-06-01
In this paper we calculate O(μ4) corrections from holonomies in the loop quantum gravity, usually not taken into account. Allowance of the corrections of this kind is equivalent with the choice of the new quatization scheme. Quantization ambiguities in the loop quantum cosmology allow for this additional freedom and presented corrections are consistent with the standard approach. We apply these corrections to the flat Friedmann-Robertson-Walker cosmological model and calculate the modified Friedmann equation. We show that the bounce appears in the models with the standard O(μ2) quantization scheme and is shifted to the higher energies ρbounce=3ρc. Also, a pole in the Hubble parameter appears for ρpole=(3)/(2)ρc corresponding to hyperinflation/deflation phases. This pole represents a curvature singularity at which the scale factor is finite. In this scenario the singularity and bounce coexist. Moreover, we find that an ordinary bouncing solution appears only when quantum corrections in the lowest order are considered. Higher order corrections can lead to nonperturbative effects.
Singularities in the Andreev spectrum of a multiterminal Josephson junction
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Yokoyama, Tomohiro; Nazarov, Yuli V.
2015-10-01
The energies of Andreev bound states (ABS) forming in an N -terminal junction are affected by N -1 independent macroscopic phase differences between superconducting leads and can be regarded as energy bands in (N -1 )-periodic solids owing to the 2 π periodicity in all phases. We investigate the singularities and peculiarities of the resulting ABS spectrum combining phenomenological and analytical methods and illustrating with the numerical results. We pay special attention to spin-orbit (SO) effects. We consider Weyl singularities with a conical spectrum that are situated at zero energy in the absence of SO interaction. We show that the SO interaction splits the spectrum in spin like a Zeeman field would do. The singularity is preserved while departing from zero energy. With SO interaction, points of zero energy form an (N -2 )-dimensional manifold in an (N -1 )-dimensional space of phases, while this dimension is N -3 in the absence of SO interaction. Singularities of other types are situated near the superconducting gap edge. In the absence (presence) of SO interaction, the ABS spectrum at the gap edge is mathematically analogous to that at zero energy in the presence (absence) of SO interaction. We demonstrate that the gap edge touching (GET) points of the spectrum in principle form an N -2 (N -3 ) dimensional manifold when the SO interaction is absent (present). Certain symmetry lines in the Brillouin zone of the phases are exceptions from this rule, and GET there should be considered separately. We derive and study the effective Hamiltonians for all the singularities under consideration.
Cancellation of singularities for synthetic aperture radar
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Caday, Peter
2015-01-01
In a basic model for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging, one wishes to recover a function or distribution f from line integrals over circles whose centers lie on a given curve γ. In this paper, we consider the problem of recovering the singularities (wavefront set) of f given its SAR data, and specifically whether it is possible to choose a singular f whose singularities are hidden from γ, meaning that its SAR data is smooth. We show that f 's singularities can be hidden to leading order if a certain discrete reflection map is the identity, and give examples where this is the case. Finally, numerical experiments illustrate the hiding of singularities.
Singularities of noncompact charged objects
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Sharif, M.; G., Abbas
2013-03-01
We formulate a model for noncompact spherical charged objects in the framework of noncommutative field theory. The Einstein—Maxwell field equations are solved with charged anisotropic fluid. We choose matter and charge densities as functions of the two parameters, instead of defining these quantities in terms of the Gaussian distribution function. It is found that the corresponding densities and the Ricci scalar are singular in origin, whereas the metric is nonsingular, indicating a spacelike singularity. The numerical solution of the horizon equation implies that there are two or one or no horizon(s), depending on the mass. We also evaluate the Hawking temperature and find that a black hole with two horizons is evaporated to an extremal black hole with one horizon.
Naked singularity and a thunderbolt
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Ishibashi, Akihiro; Hosoya, Akio
2002-11-01
We consider the quantum theoretical effects of a sudden change of boundary conditions which mimics the occurrence of naked singularities. For a simple demonstration, we study a massless scalar field in (1+1)-dimensional Minkowski spacetime with a finite spatial interval. We calculate the vacuum expectation value of the energy-momentum tensor and explicitly show that singular wave or thunderbolt appears along the Cauchy horizon. The thunderbolt possibly destroys the Cauchy horizon if its back reaction on the geometry is taken into account, leading to quantum restoration of the global hyperbolicity. The result of the present work may also apply to the situation where a closed string freely oscillating is traveling to a brane and changes itself to an open string pinned down by the ends, satisfying the Dirichlet boundary conditions on the brane.
Splash singularity for water waves.
Castro, Angel; Córdoba, Diego; Fefferman, Charles L; Gancedo, Francisco; Gómez-Serrano, Javier
2012-01-17
We exhibit smooth initial data for the two-dimensional (2D) water-wave equation for which we prove that smoothness of the interface breaks down in finite time. Moreover, we show a stability result together with numerical evidence that there exist solutions of the 2D water-wave equation that start from a graph, turn over, and collapse in a splash singularity (self-intersecting curve in one point) in finite time. PMID:22219372
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Ortiz, Néstor; Sarbach, Olivier; Zannias, Thomas
2015-08-01
We analyze the redshift suffered by photons originating from an external source, traversing a collapsing dust cloud, and finally being received by an asymptotic observer. In addition, we study the shadow that the collapsing cloud casts on the sky of the asymptotic observer. We find that the resulting redshift and properties of the shadow depend crucially on whether the final outcome of the complete gravitational collapse is a black hole or a naked singularity. In the black hole case, the shadow is due to the high redshift acquired by the photons as they approach the event horizon, implying that their energy is gradually redshifted toward zero within a few crossing times associated with the event horizon radius. In contrast to this, a naked singularity not only absorbs photons originating from the source, but it also emits infinitely redshifted photons with and without angular momenta. This emission introduces an abrupt cutoff in the frequency shift of the photons detected in directions close to the radial one, and it is responsible for the shadow masking the source in the naked singularity case. Furthermore, even though the shadow forms and begins to grow immediately after the observer crosses the Cauchy horizon, it takes many more crossing times than in the black hole case for the source to be occulted from the observer's eyes. We discuss possible implications of our results for testing the weak cosmic censorship hypothesis. Even though at late times the image of the source perceived by the observer looks the same in both cases, the dynamical formation of the shadow and the redshift images has distinct features and time scales in the black hole versus the naked singularity case. For stellar collapse, these time scales seem to be too short to be resolved with existing technology. However, our results may be relevant for the collapse of seeds leading to supermassive black holes.
Initial directional singularity in inflationary models
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Fernández-Jambrina, L.
2016-07-01
In Haro, Amorós, and Pan [Phys. Rev. D 93, 084018 (2016)] a new cosmological model is proposed with no big bang singularity in the past, though past geodesically incomplete. This model starts with an inflationary era, follows with a stiff matter dominated period and evolves to accelerated expansion in an asymptotically de Sitter regime in a realistic fashion. The big bang singularity is replaced by a directional singularity. This singularity cannot be reached by comoving observers, since it would take them an infinite proper time lapse to go back to it. On the contrary, observers with nonzero linear momentum have the singularity at finite proper time in their past, though arbitrarily large. Hence, the time lapse from the initial singularity can be as long as desired, even infinity, depending on the linear momentum of the observer. This conclusion applies to similar inflationary models. Due to the interest of these models, we address here the properties of such singularities.
F-theory duals of singular heterotic K3 models
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Lüdeling, Christoph; Ruehle, Fabian
2015-01-01
We study F-theory duals of singular heterotic K3 models that correspond to Abelian toroidal orbifolds T4/ZN . While our focus is on the standard embedding, we also comment on models with Wilson lines and more general gauge embeddings. In the process of constructing the duals, we work out a Weierstrass description of the heterotic toroidal orbifold models, which exhibit singularities of Kodaira type I0* , IV * , II I * , and II * . This construction unveils properties like the instanton number per fixed point and a correlation between the orbifold order and the multiplicities in the Dynkin diagram. The results from the Weierstrass description are then used to restrict the complex structure of the F-theory Calabi-Yau threefold such that the gauge group and the matter spectrum of the heterotic theories are reproduced. We also comment on previous approaches that have been employed to construct the duality and point out the differences and limitations in our case. Our results show explicitly how the various orbifold models are connected and described in F-theory.
Dual Vector Spaces and Physical Singularities
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Rowlands, Peter
Though we often refer to 3-D vector space as constructed from points, there is no mechanism from within its definition for doing this. In particular, space, on its own, cannot accommodate the singularities that we call fundamental particles. This requires a commutative combination of space as we know it with another 3-D vector space, which is dual to the first (in a physical sense). The combination of the two spaces generates a nilpotent quantum mechanics/quantum field theory, which incorporates exact supersymmetry and ultimately removes the anomalies due to self-interaction. Among the many natural consequences of the dual space formalism are half-integral spin for fermions, zitterbewegung, Berry phase and a zero norm Berwald-Moor metric for fermionic states.
Experimental verification of free-space singular boundary conditions in an invisibility cloak
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Wu, Qiannan; Gao, Fei; Song, Zhengyong; Lin, Xiao; Zhang, Youming; Chen, Huanyang; Zhang, Baile
2016-04-01
A major issue in invisibility cloaking, which caused intense mathematical discussions in the past few years but still remains physically elusive, is the plausible singular boundary conditions associated with the singular metamaterials at the inner boundary of an invisibility cloak. The perfect cloaking phenomenon, as originally proposed by Pendry et al for electromagnetic waves, cannot be treated as physical before a realistic inner boundary of a cloak is demonstrated. Although a recent demonstration has been done in a waveguide environment, the exotic singular boundary conditions should apply to a general environment as in free space. Here we fabricate a metamaterial surface that exhibits the singular boundary conditions and demonstrate its performance in free space. Particularly, the phase information of waves reflected from this metamaterial surface is explicitly measured, confirming the singular responses of boundary conditions for an invisibility cloak.
Singular inflationary universe from F (R ) gravity
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Odintsov, S. D.; Oikonomou, V. K.
2015-12-01
Unlike crushing singularities, the so-called type IV finite time singularity offers the possibility that the Universe passes smoothly it, without any catastrophic effects. Then the question is if the effects of a type IV singularity can be detected in the process of cosmic evolution. In this paper we address this question in the context of F (R ) gravity. As we demonstrate, the effects of a type IV singularity appear in the Hubble flow parameters, which determine the dynamical evolution of the cosmological system. So we study various inflation models incorporating a type IV singularity, with the singularity occurring at the end of inflation. Particularly we study a toy model and a singular version of the R2 gravity Hubble rate. As we evince, some of the Hubble flow parameters become singular at the singularity, an effect which indicates that at that point a dynamical instability occurs. This dynamical instability eventually indicates the graceful exit from inflation. We demonstrate that the toy model has an unstable de Sitter point at the singularity, so indeed graceful exit could be triggered. In the case of the singular inflation model, graceful exit proceeds in the standard way. In addition, we investigate how the form of the F (R ) gravity affects the singularity structure of the Hubble flow parameters. In the case of the singular inflation model, we found various scenarios for singular evolution, most of which are compatible with observations, and only one leads to severe instabilities. In addition, in one of these scenarios, the presence of the type IV singularity slightly modifies the spectral index of primordial curvature perturbations. We also compare the ordinary Starobinsky with the singular inflation model, and we point out the qualitative and quantitative differences. Finally, we study the late-time dynamics of the toy model and of the singular inflation model and we demonstrate that the unification of early and late-time acceleration can be achieved
Wentzel-Bardeen singularity in coupled Luttinger liquids: Transport properties
Martin, T.
1994-08-26
The recent progress on 1 D interacting electrons systems and their applications to study the transport properties of quasi one dimensional wires is reviewed. We focus on strongly correlated elections coupled to low energy acoustic phonons in one dimension. The exponents of various response functions are calculated, and their striking sensitivity to the Wentzel-Bardeen singularity is discussed. For the Hubbard model coupled to phonons the equivalent of a phase diagram is established. By increasing the filling factor towards half filling the WB singularity is approached. This in turn suppresses antiferromagnetic fluctuations and drives the system towards the superconducting regime, via a new intermediate (metallic) phase. The implications of this phenomenon on the transport properties of an ideal wire as well as the properties of a wire with weak or strong scattering are analyzed in a perturbative renormalization group calculation. This allows to recover the three regimes predicted from the divergence criteria of the response functions.
Singularities in Dromo formulation. Analysis of deep flybys
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Roa, Javier; Sanjurjo-Rivo, Manuel; Peláez, Jesús
2015-08-01
The singularities in Dromo are characterized in this paper, both from an analytical and a numerical perspective. When the angular momentum vanishes, Dromo may encounter a singularity in the evolution equations. The cancellation of the angular momentum occurs in very specific situations and may be caused by the action of strong perturbations. The gravitational attraction of a perturbing planet may lead to rapid changes in the angular momentum of the particle. In practice, this situation may be encountered during deep planetocentric flybys. The performance of Dromo is evaluated in different scenarios. First, Dromo is validated for integrating the orbit of Near Earth Asteroids. Resulting errors are of the order of the diameter of the asteroid. Second, a set of theoretical flybys are designed for analyzing the performance of the formulation in the vicinity of the singularity. New sets of Dromo variables are proposed in order to minimize the dependency of Dromo on the angular momentum. A slower time scale is introduced, leading to a more stable description of the flyby phase. Improvements in the overall performance of the algorithm are observed when integrating orbits close to the singularity.
String spectra near some null cosmological singularities
Madhu, Kallingalthodi; Narayan, K.
2009-06-15
We construct cosmological spacetimes with null Kasner-like singularities as purely gravitational solutions with no other background fields turned on. These can be recast as anisotropic plane-wave spacetimes by coordinate transformations. We analyze string quantization to find the spectrum of string modes in these backgrounds. The classical string modes can be solved for exactly in these time-dependent backgrounds, which enables a detailed study of the near-singularity string spectrum, (time-dependent) oscillator masses, and wave functions. We find that for low-lying string modes (finite oscillation number), the classical near-singularity string mode functions are nondivergent for various families of singularities. Furthermore, for any infinitesimal regularization of the vicinity of the singularity, we find a tower of string modes of ultrahigh oscillation number which propagate essentially freely in the background. The resulting picture suggests that string interactions are non-negligible near the singularity.
Multichannel framework for singular quantum mechanics
Camblong, Horacio E.; Epele, Luis N.; Fanchiotti, Huner; García Canal, Carlos A.; Ordóñez, Carlos R.
2014-01-15
A multichannel S-matrix framework for singular quantum mechanics (SQM) subsumes the renormalization and self-adjoint extension methods and resolves its boundary-condition ambiguities. In addition to the standard channel accessible to a distant (“asymptotic”) observer, one supplementary channel opens up at each coordinate singularity, where local outgoing and ingoing singularity waves coexist. The channels are linked by a fully unitary S-matrix, which governs all possible scenarios, including cases with an apparent nonunitary behavior as viewed from asymptotic distances. -- Highlights: •A multichannel framework is proposed for singular quantum mechanics and analogues. •The framework unifies several established approaches for singular potentials. •Singular points are treated as new scattering channels. •Nonunitary asymptotic behavior is subsumed in a unitary multichannel S-matrix. •Conformal quantum mechanics and the inverse quartic potential are highlighted.
Large-scale sparse singular value computations
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Berry, Michael W.
1992-01-01
Four numerical methods for computing the singular value decomposition (SVD) of large sparse matrices on a multiprocessor architecture are presented. Lanczos and subspace iteration-based methods for determining several of the largest singular triplets (singular values and corresponding left and right-singular vectors) for sparse matrices arising from two practical applications: information retrieval and seismic reflection tomography are emphasized. The target architectures for implementations are the CRAY-2S/4-128 and Alliant FX/80. The sparse SVD problem is well motivated by recent information-retrieval techniques in which dominant singular values and their corresponding singular vectors of large sparse term-document matrices are desired, and by nonlinear inverse problems from seismic tomography applications which require approximate pseudo-inverses of large sparse Jacobian matrices.
The complex structured singular value
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Packard, A.; Doyle, J.
1993-01-01
A tutorial introduction to the complex structured singular value (mu) is presented, with an emphasis on the mathematical aspects of mu. The mu-based methods discussed here have been useful for analyzing the performance and robustness properties of linear feedback systems. Several tests for robust stability and performance with computable bounds for transfer functions and their state space realizations are compared, and a simple synthesis problem is studied. Uncertain systems are represented using linear fractional transformations which naturally unify the frequency-domain and state space methods.
Quantum dress for a naked singularity
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Casals, Marc; Fabbri, Alessandro; Martínez, Cristián; Zanelli, Jorge
2016-09-01
We investigate semiclassical backreaction on a conical naked singularity space-time with a negative cosmological constant in (2 + 1)-dimensions. In particular, we calculate the renormalized quantum stress-energy tensor for a conformally coupled scalar field on such naked singularity space-time. We then obtain the backreacted metric via the semiclassical Einstein equations. We show that, in the regime where the semiclassical approximation can be trusted, backreaction dresses the naked singularity with an event horizon, thus enforcing (weak) cosmic censorship.
Exact solutions and singularities in string theory
Horowitz, G.T. ); Tseytlin, A.A. )
1994-10-15
We construct two new classes of exact solutions to string theory which are not of the standard plane wave of gauged WZW type. Many of these solutions have curvature singularities. The first class includes the fundamental string solution, for which the string coupling vanishes near the singularity. This suggests that the singularity may not be removed by quantum corrections. The second class consists of hybrids of plane wave and gauged WZW solutions. We discuss a four-dimensional example in detail.
Overcoming Robot-Arm Joint Singularities
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Barker, L. K.; Houck, J. A.
1986-01-01
Kinematic equations allow arm to pass smoothly through singular region. Report discusses mathematical singularities in equations of robotarm control. Operator commands robot arm to move in direction relative to its own axis system by specifying velocity in that direction. Velocity command then resolved into individual-joint rotational velocities in robot arm to effect motion. However, usual resolved-rate equations become singular when robot arm is straightened.
Optical spectral singularities as threshold resonances
Mostafazadeh, Ali
2011-04-15
Spectral singularities are among generic mathematical features of complex scattering potentials. Physically they correspond to scattering states that behave like zero-width resonances. For a simple optical system, we show that a spectral singularity appears whenever the gain coefficient coincides with its threshold value and other parameters of the system are selected properly. We explore a concrete realization of spectral singularities for a typical semiconductor gain medium and propose a method of constructing a tunable laser that operates at threshold gain.
Understanding singularities — Classical and quantum
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Konkowski, Deborah A.; Helliwell, Thomas M.
2016-01-01
The definitions of classical and quantum singularities are reviewed. Examples are given of both as well as their utility in general relativity. In particular, the classical and quantum singularity structure of certain interesting conformally static spherically symmetric spacetimes modeling scalar field collapse are reviewed. The spacetimes include the Roberts spacetime, the Husain-Martinez-Nuñez spacetime and the Fonarev spacetime. The importance of understanding spacetime singularity structure is discussed.
Singularity analysis: theory and further developments
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Cheng, Qiuming
2015-04-01
Since the concept of singularity and local singularity analysis method (LSA) were originally proposed by the author for characterizing the nonlinear property of hydrothermal mineralization processes, the local singularity analysis technique has been successfully applied for identification of geochemical and geophysical anomalies related to various types of mineral deposits. It has also been shown that the singularity is the generic property of singular geo-processes which result in anomalous amounts of energy release or material accumulation within a narrow spatial-temporal interval. In the current paper we introduce several new developments about singularity analysis. First is a new concept of 'fractal density' which describes the singularity of complex phenomena of fractal nature. While the ordinary density possesses a unit of ratio of mass and volume (e.g. g/cm3, kg/m3) or ratio of energy over volume or time (e.g. J/cm3, w/L3, w/s), the fractal density has a unit of ratio of mass over fractal set or energy over fractal set (e.g. g/cmα, kg/mα, J/ mα, w/Lα, where α can be a non-integer). For the matter with fractal density (a non-integer α), the ordinary density of the phenomena (mass or energy) no longer exists and depicts singularity. We demonstrate that most of extreme geo-processes occurred in the earth crust originated from cascade earth dynamics (mental convection, plate tectonics, orogeny and weathering etc) may cause fractal density of mass accumulation or energy release. The examples to be used to demonstrate the concepts of fractal density and singularity are earthquakes, floods, volcanos, hurricanes, heat flow over oceanic ridge, hydrothermal mineralization in orogenic belt, and anomalies in regolith over mine caused by ore and toxic elements vertical migration. Other developments of singularity theory and methodologies including singular Kriging and singularity weights of evidence model for information integration will also be introduced.
Entanglement in a second-order quantum phase transition
Vidal, Julien; Palacios, Guillaume; Mosseri, Remy
2004-02-01
We consider a system of mutually interacting spins 1/2 embedded in a transverse magnetic field which undergoes a second-order quantum phase transition. We analyze the entanglement properties and the spin squeezing of the ground state and show that, contrarily to the one-dimensional case, a cusplike singularity appears at the critical point {lambda}{sub c} in the thermodynamical limit. We also show that there exists a value {lambda}{sub 0}{>=}{lambda}{sub c} above which the ground state is not spin squeezed despite a nonvanishing concurrence.
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Lu, Xiancong; Wu, Ziwen; Zhang, Wuhong; Chen, Lixiang
2014-05-01
The law of angular momentum conservation is naturally linked to the rotational symmetry of the involved system. Here we demonstrate theoretically how to break the rotational symmetry of a uniaxial crystal via the electro-optic Pockels effect. By numerical method based on asymptotic expansion, we discover the 3D structure of polarization singularities in terms of C lines and L surfaces embedded in the emerging light. We visualize the controllable dynamics evolution of polarization singularities when undergoing the Pockels effect, which behaves just like the binary fission of a prokaryotic cell, i.e., the splitting of C points and fission of L lines are animated in analogy with the cleavage of nucleus and division of cytoplasm. We reveal the connection of polarization singularity dynamics with the accompanying generation of orbital angular momentum sidebands. It is unexpected that although the total angular momentum of light is not conserved, the total topological index of C points is conserved.
Lu, Xiancong; Wu, Ziwen; Zhang, Wuhong; Chen, Lixiang
2014-01-01
The law of angular momentum conservation is naturally linked to the rotational symmetry of the involved system. Here we demonstrate theoretically how to break the rotational symmetry of a uniaxial crystal via the electro-optic Pockels effect. By numerical method based on asymptotic expansion, we discover the 3D structure of polarization singularities in terms of C lines and L surfaces embedded in the emerging light. We visualize the controllable dynamics evolution of polarization singularities when undergoing the Pockels effect, which behaves just like the binary fission of a prokaryotic cell, i.e., the splitting of C points and fission of L lines are animated in analogy with the cleavage of nucleus and division of cytoplasm. We reveal the connection of polarization singularity dynamics with the accompanying generation of orbital angular momentum sidebands. It is unexpected that although the total angular momentum of light is not conserved, the total topological index of C points is conserved. PMID:24784778
Lu, Xiancong; Wu, Ziwen; Zhang, Wuhong; Chen, Lixiang
2014-01-01
The law of angular momentum conservation is naturally linked to the rotational symmetry of the involved system. Here we demonstrate theoretically how to break the rotational symmetry of a uniaxial crystal via the electro-optic Pockels effect. By numerical method based on asymptotic expansion, we discover the 3D structure of polarization singularities in terms of C lines and L surfaces embedded in the emerging light. We visualize the controllable dynamics evolution of polarization singularities when undergoing the Pockels effect, which behaves just like the binary fission of a prokaryotic cell, i.e., the splitting of C points and fission of L lines are animated in analogy with the cleavage of nucleus and division of cytoplasm. We reveal the connection of polarization singularity dynamics with the accompanying generation of orbital angular momentum sidebands. It is unexpected that although the total angular momentum of light is not conserved, the total topological index of C points is conserved. PMID:24784778
Naked singularities and quantum gravity
Harada, Tomohiro; Iguchi, Hideo; Nakao, Ken-ichi; Singh, T. P.; Tanaka, Takahiro; Vaz, Cenalo
2001-08-15
There are known models of spherical gravitational collapse in which the collapse ends in a naked shell-focusing singularity for some initial data. If a massless scalar field is quantized on the classical background provided by such a star, it is found that the outgoing quantum flux of the scalar field diverges in the approach to the Cauchy horizon. We argue that the semiclassical approximation (i.e., quantum field theory on a classical curved background) used in these analyses ceases to be valid about one Planck time before the epoch of naked singularity formation, because by then the curvature in the central region of the star reaches the Planck scale. It is shown that during the epoch in which the semiclassical approximation is valid, the total emitted energy is about one Planck unit, and is not divergent. We also argue that back reaction in this model does not become important so long as gravity can be treated classically. It follows that the further evolution of the star will be determined by quantum gravitational effects, and without invoking quantum gravity it is not possible to say whether the star radiates away on a short time scale or settles down into a black hole state.
Unfolding the singularities in superspace
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Fischer, Arthur E.
1983-12-01
A method is described for unfolding the singularities in superspace,mathcal{G} = mathfrak{M}/mathfrak{D}, the space of Riemannian geometries of a manifoldM. This unfolded superspace is described by the projection mathcal{G}_{Fleft( M right)} = {mathfrak{M} × Fleft( M right)}/mathfrak{D} to mathfrak{M}/mathfrak{D} = mathcal{G} whereF(M) is the frame bundle ofM. The unfolded spacemathcal{G}_{Fleft( M right)} is infinite-dimensional manifold without singularities. Moreover, as expected, the unfolding ofmathcal{G}_{Fleft( M right)} at each geometry [g o] ∈mathcal{G} is parameterized by the isometry groupIg o (M) of g0. Our construction is natural, is generally covariant with respect to all coordinate transformations, and gives the necessary information at each geometry to makemathcal{G} a manifold. This construction is a canonical and geometric model of a nonrelativistic construction that unfolds superspace by restricting to those coordinate transformations that fix a frame at a point. These particular unfoldings are tied together by an infinite-dimensional fiber bundleE overM, associated with the frame bundleF(M), with standard fibermathcal{G}_{Fleft( M right)}, and with fiber at a point inM being the particular noncanonical unfolding ofmathcal{G} based at that point. ThusE is the totality of all the particular unfoldings, and so is a grand unfolding ofmathcal{G}.
The web of D-branes at singularities in compact Calabi-Yau manifolds
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Cicoli, Michele; Krippendorf, Sven; Mayrhofer, Christoph; Quevedo, Fernando; Valandro, Roberto
2013-05-01
We present novel continuous supersymmetric transitions which take place among different chiral configurations of D3/D7 branes at singularities in the context of type IIB Calabi-Yau compactifications. We find that distinct local models which admit a consistent global embedding can actually be connected to each other along flat directions by means of transitions of bulk-to-flavour branes. This has interesting interpretations in terms of brane recombination/splitting and brane/anti-brane creation/annihilation. These transitions give rise to a large web of quiver gauge theories parametrised by splitting/recombination modes of bulk branes which are not present in the non-compact case. We illustrate our results in concrete global embeddings of chiral models at a dP0 singularity.
Approximate Orthogonal Sparse Embedding for Dimensionality Reduction.
Lai, Zhihui; Wong, Wai Keung; Xu, Yong; Yang, Jian; Zhang, David
2016-04-01
Locally linear embedding (LLE) is one of the most well-known manifold learning methods. As the representative linear extension of LLE, orthogonal neighborhood preserving projection (ONPP) has attracted widespread attention in the field of dimensionality reduction. In this paper, a unified sparse learning framework is proposed by introducing the sparsity or L1-norm learning, which further extends the LLE-based methods to sparse cases. Theoretical connections between the ONPP and the proposed sparse linear embedding are discovered. The optimal sparse embeddings derived from the proposed framework can be computed by iterating the modified elastic net and singular value decomposition. We also show that the proposed model can be viewed as a general model for sparse linear and nonlinear (kernel) subspace learning. Based on this general model, sparse kernel embedding is also proposed for nonlinear sparse feature extraction. Extensive experiments on five databases demonstrate that the proposed sparse learning framework performs better than the existing subspace learning algorithm, particularly in the cases of small sample sizes. PMID:25955995
Edward Jero, S; Ramu, Palaniappan; Ramakrishnan, S
2014-10-01
ECG Steganography provides secured transmission of secret information such as patient personal information through ECG signals. This paper proposes an approach that uses discrete wavelet transform to decompose signals and singular value decomposition (SVD) to embed the secret information into the decomposed ECG signal. The novelty of the proposed method is to embed the watermark using SVD into the two dimensional (2D) ECG image. The embedding of secret information in a selected sub band of the decomposed ECG is achieved by replacing the singular values of the decomposed cover image by the singular values of the secret data. The performance assessment of the proposed approach allows understanding the suitable sub-band to hide secret data and the signal degradation that will affect diagnosability. Performance is measured using metrics like Kullback-Leibler divergence (KL), percentage residual difference (PRD), peak signal to noise ratio (PSNR) and bit error rate (BER). A dynamic location selection approach for embedding the singular values is also discussed. The proposed approach is demonstrated on a MIT-BIH database and the observations validate that HH is the ideal sub-band to hide data. It is also observed that the signal degradation (less than 0.6%) is very less in the proposed approach even with the secret data being as large as the sub band size. So, it does not affect the diagnosability and is reliable to transmit patient information. PMID:25187409
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Yamamoto, Takafumi D.; Kotani, Atsuhiro; Nakajima, Hiroshi; Okazaki, Ryuji; Taniguchi, Hiroki; Mori, Shigeo; Terasaki, Ichiro
2016-03-01
We have investigated both static and dynamic magnetic properties of polycrystalline CaRu1-xScxO3 system in order to clarify the role of Sc ions as a disorder for magnetic ordering. We have observed typical features of a ferromagnetic cluster glass state below around 40 K: (i) a broad, frequency-dependent peak in the ac magnetic susceptibility, (ii) a slow relaxation of the magnetization, and (iii) a continuous increase in the dc magnetic susceptibility in field cooling process. The composition dependence of characteristic parameters for the cluster glass state suggests that chemical segregation can hardly explain the clustering mechanism. We propose a possible picture that the ferromagnetic clusters are distributed uniformly and form the glassy state embedded in the paramagnetic and metallic host of CaRuO3.
An extension theorem for conformal gauge singularities
Luebbe, Christian; Tod, Paul
2009-11-15
We analyze conformal gauge, or isotropic, singularities in cosmological models in general relativity. Using the calculus of tractors, we find conditions in terms of tractor curvature for a local extension of the conformal structure through a cosmological singularity and prove a local extension theorem along a congruence of timelike conformal geodesics.
Regularizing cosmological singularities by varying physical constants
Dąbrowski, Mariusz P.; Marosek, Konrad E-mail: k.marosek@wmf.univ.szczecin.pl
2013-02-01
Varying physical constant cosmologies were claimed to solve standard cosmological problems such as the horizon, the flatness and the Λ-problem. In this paper, we suggest yet another possible application of these theories: solving the singularity problem. By specifying some examples we show that various cosmological singularities may be regularized provided the physical constants evolve in time in an appropriate way.
Singularity formation for Prandtl’s equations
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Gargano, F.; Sammartino, M.; Sciacca, V.
2009-10-01
We consider Prandtl’s equations for an impulsively started disk and follow the process of the formation of the singularity in the complex plane using the singularity tracking method. We classify Van Dommelen and Shen’s singularity as a cubic root singularity. We introduce a class of initial data, uniformly bounded in H1, which have a dipole singularity in the complex plane. These data lead to a solution blow-up whose time can be made arbitrarily short within the class. This is numerical evidence of the ill-posedness of the Prandtl equations in H1. The presence of a small viscosity in the streamwise direction changes the behavior of the singularities. They stabilize at a distance from the real axis which depends on the amount of viscosity. We show that the Van Dommelen and Shen singularity and the singularity predicted by E and Engquist in [W. E, B. Engquist, Blowup of the solutions to the unsteady Prandtl’s equations, Comm. Pure Appl. Math. 50 (1997) 1287-1293.] have different complex structures.
Ramond singular vectors and Jack superpolynomials
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Alarie-Vézina, Ludovic; Desrosiers, Patrick; Mathieu, Pierre
2014-01-01
The explicit formula for the superconformal singular vectors in the Neveu-Schwarz sector has been obtained recently, via its symmetric polynomial representation, as a sum of Jack superpolynomials. Here we present the analogous, but slightly more complicated, closed-form expression for the Ramond singular vectors.
Singularities in fully developed turbulence
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Shivamoggi, Bhimsen K.
2015-09-01
Phenomenological arguments are used to explore finite-time singularity (FTS) development in different physical fully-developed turbulence (FDT) situations. Effects of spatial intermittency and fluid compressibility in three-dimensional (3D) FDT and the role of the divorticity amplification mechanism in two-dimensional (2D) FDT and quasi-geostrophic FDT and the advection-diffusion mechanism in magnetohydrodynamic turbulence are considered to provide physical insights into the FTS development in variant cascade physics situations. The quasi-geostrophic FDT results connect with the 2D FDT results in the barotropic limit while they connect with 3D FDT results in the baroclinic limit and hence apparently provide a bridge between 2D and 3D.
Naked shell singularities on the brane
Seahra, Sanjeev S.
2005-04-15
By utilizing nonstandard slicings of 5-dimensional Schwarzschild and Schwarzschild-AdS manifolds based on isotropic coordinates, we generate static and spherically-symmetric braneworld spacetimes containing shell-like naked null singularities. For planar slicings, we find that the brane-matter sourcing the solution is a perfect fluid with an exotic equation of state and a pressure singularity where the brane crosses the bulk horizon. From a relativistic point of view, such a singularity is required to maintain matter infinitesimally above the surface of a black hole. From the point of view of the AdS/CFT conjecture, the singular horizon can be seen as one possible quantum correction to a classical black hole geometry. Various generalizations of planar slicings are also considered for a Ricci-flat bulk, and we find that singular horizons and exotic matter distributions are common features.
Singular value decomposition with systolic arrays
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Ipsen, I. C. F.
1984-01-01
Systolic arrays for determining the singular value decomposition of a mxn, m n, matrix A of bandwidth w are presented. After A has been reduced to bidiagonal form B by means of Givens plane rotations, the singular values of B are computed by the Golub-Reinsch iteration. The products of plane rotations form the matrices of left and right singular vectors. Assuming each processor can compute or supply a plane rotation, O(wn) processors accomplish the reduction to bidiagonal form in O(np) steps, where p is the number of superdiagonals. A constant number of processors then determines each singular value in about 6n steps. The singular vectors are computed by rerouting the rotations through the arrays used for the reduction to bidiagonal form, or else along the way by employing another rectangular array of O(wm) processors.
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Beggs, Daryl; Lang, Ben; Young, Andrew; Oulton, Ruth
A polarisation singularity occurs at a position in a vector field where one of the parameters of the local polarisation ellipse (handedness, eccentricity or orientation) becomes singular. With the vector nature of electromagnetic fields, optics is an obvious place for the study of polarisation singularities, and they can be found in systems ranging from tightly focused beams to speckle fields. Here we demonstrate that photonic crystal waveguides support on-chip polarisation singularities. As Bloch waves, the eigenmodes of photonic crystal waveguides possess a strong longitudinal, as well as transverse, component of their electric field. The spatial dependence of both these components and the phase between them ensures a rich and complex polarisation landscape in the waveguide. Recently, the use of polarisation singularities found in photonic crystal waveguides is generating much interest for integrated quantum information applications, as they can couple the spin-states of electrons confined to quantum dots to the optical modes of the waveguide. For example, at a circular-point (C-point), the sign of the local helicity is governed by the propagation direction of the optical mode, which allows for spin-photon coupling to one direction only. However, any real system will inevitably contain imperfections, and it is not obvious that the polarisation singularities will persist in the disordered waveguides. Here, we use calculations of the eigenmodes of disordered waveguides to demonstrate that the polarisation singularities persist far beyond realistically expected levels of disorder.
Singularities affect dynamics of learning in neuromanifolds.
Amari, Shun-ichi; Park, Hyeyoung; Ozeki, Tomoko
2006-05-01
The parameter spaces of hierarchical systems such as multilayer perceptrons include singularities due to the symmetry and degeneration of hidden units. A parameter space forms a geometrical manifold, called the neuromanifold in the case of neural networks. Such a model is identified with a statistical model, and a Riemannian metric is given by the Fisher information matrix. However, the matrix degenerates at singularities. Such a singular structure is ubiquitous not only in multilayer perceptrons but also in the gaussian mixture probability densities, ARMA time-series model, and many other cases. The standard statistical paradigm of the Cramér-Rao theorem does not hold, and the singularity gives rise to strange behaviors in parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, Bayesian inference, model selection, and in particular, the dynamics of learning from examples. Prevailing theories so far have not paid much attention to the problem caused by singularity, relying only on ordinary statistical theories developed for regular (nonsingular) models. Only recently have researchers remarked on the effects of singularity, and theories are now being developed. This article gives an overview of the phenomena caused by the singularities of statistical manifolds related to multilayer perceptrons and gaussian mixtures. We demonstrate our recent results on these problems. Simple toy models are also used to show explicit solutions. We explain that the maximum likelihood estimator is no longer subject to the gaussian distribution even asymptotically, because the Fisher information matrix degenerates, that the model selection criteria such as AIC, BIC, and MDL fail to hold in these models, that a smooth Bayesian prior becomes singular in such models, and that the trajectories of dynamics of learning are strongly affected by the singularity, causing plateaus or slow manifolds in the parameter space. The natural gradient method is shown to perform well because it takes the singular
Gevrey properties of real planar singularly perturbed systems
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De Maesschalck, P.
By applying geometric techniques to real analytic singularly perturbed vector fields on the plane, we develop a way to give a bound on the Gevrey type of the Taylor development of canard manifolds at degenerate planar turning points. By blowing up the phase space at the turning point, we find asymptotic estimates even when such expansions w.r.t. traditional phase space variables do not exist. The asymptotic estimates are then used to give a sufficient and necessary condition on the existence of (local) canard solutions.
Singularity spectrum of intermittent seismic tremor at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
Shaw, H.R.; Chouet, B.
1989-01-01
Fractal singularity analysis (FSA) is used to study a 22-yr record of deep seismic tremor (30-60 km depth) for regions below Kilauea Volcano on the assumption that magma transport and fracture can be treated as a system of coupled nonlinear oscillators. Tremor episodes range from 1 to 100 min (cumulative duration = 1.60 ?? 104 min; yearly average - 727 min yr-1; mean gradient = 24.2 min yr-1km-1). Partitioning of probabilities, Pi, in the phase space of normalized durations, xi, are expressed in terms of a function f(??), where ?? is a variable exponent of a length scale, l. Plots of f(??) vs. ?? are called multifractal singularity spectra. The spectrum for deep tremor durations is bounded by ?? values of about 0.4 and 1.9 at f = O; fmax ???1.0 for ?? ??? 1. Results for tremor are similar to those found for systems transitional between complete mode locking and chaos. -Authors
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Hu, Y. Y.; Zhou, T. F.; Zheng, S. N.; Liu, X. H.; Zhao, J. J.; Su, X. J.; Huang, J.; Qiu, Y. X.; Zhang, J. C.; Xu, K.
2016-05-01
In this study, we present a microspectroscopic investigation on the quasi-transverse optical phonon modes Q(TO) in some self-generated aluminum nitride (AlN) grains grown on sapphire using hydride vapor phase epitaxy. Using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope, these grains were confirmed to be embedded in (0001)-AlN (c-AlN) epitaxial matrix with an appearance plane of (10 1 ¯ 1 ) (s-plane). Two beam bright field images further showed that the AlN grains were free of dislocation. In-plane phonon anisotropy of the AlN grains was discussed in detail using angular-dependent polarized Raman spectroscopy. The dependence of pure Raman phonons intensity on rotation angle agrees well with the calculation. The Q(TO) phonon intensity exhibited similar behavior to that of A1(TO) phonon, which can be explained by Loudon's formula. However, the observed frequency fluctuation for the Q(TO) phonon differs from that of the pure phonon modes, which cannot be directly understood from the classic Loudon's formula. A modified Loudon's formula appropriate to non-normal incidence was presented to explain the observed Q(TO) phonon frequency fluctuation. Combining with the angular-dependent Raman spectra, we proposed that a small inclination of s-plane along with the various in-plane orientations in c-AlN matrix lead to the frequency fluctuation of Q(TO) in these embedded semipolar AlN grains.
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Sidi, A.; Israeli, M.
1986-01-01
High accuracy numerical quadrature methods for integrals of singular periodic functions are proposed. These methods are based on the appropriate Euler-Maclaurin expansions of trapezoidal rule approximations and their extrapolations. They are used to obtain accurate quadrature methods for the solution of singular and weakly singular Fredholm integral equations. Such periodic equations are used in the solution of planar elliptic boundary value problems, elasticity, potential theory, conformal mapping, boundary element methods, free surface flows, etc. The use of the quadrature methods is demonstrated with numerical examples.
Singularity analysis and elimination of CMA in multistage PMD channel model
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Nie, Xinhui; Li, Yan; Du, Wentao; Cheng, Haiquan; Wu, Jian; Li, Wei; Lin, Jintong; Lu, Jianxin; Xu, Jian; Zhang, Guoyi; Luo, Huihong
2015-08-01
Polarization-division-multiplexed(PDM) optical coherent systems is considered a promising technique for next generation optical networks. With coherent detection, various impairments in the optical transmission system can be compensated by using digital signal processing (DSP) in the electrical domain. Constant modulus algorithm (CMA), due to its simplicity and immunity to phase noise, has been widely used to demultiplex polarizations and compensate received signals. On the other hand, CMA suffers from the singularity problem which results from Polarization- Dependent-Loss (PDL) and the less sensitivity in phase of CMA. Although many people have researched the singularity problem of CMA both in theory and experiments (modify CMA to avoid singularity problem), their theoretical channel model only contains fiber birefringence and does not consider the situation of multistage channel model which is used in long distance transmission system. Then we analyse the performance of CMA in the channel with multistage channel model through simulation. We change the initial tap of the traditional CMA which can achieve correct polarization demultiplexing without singularity in one stage channel model. But it is not very suitable in multistage channel model. We analysed singularity ratio in long distance transmission system. The simulation results play an active role in following research on singularity problem and the performance of CMA.
On the Impossibility of Finite-Time Splash Singularities for Vortex Sheets
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Coutand, Daniel; Shkoller, Steve
2016-08-01
In fluid dynamics, an interface splash singularity occurs when a locally smooth interface self-intersects in finite time. By means of elementary arguments, we prove that such a singularity cannot occur in finite time for vortex sheet evolution, that is for the two-phase incompressible Euler equations. We prove this by contradiction; we assume that a splash singularity does indeed occur in finite time. Based on this assumption, we find precise blow-up rates for the components of the velocity gradient which, in turn, allow us to characterize the geometry of the evolving interface just prior to self-intersection. The constraints on the geometry then lead to an impossible outcome, showing that our assumption of a finite-time splash singularity was false.
Three-dimensional singular points in aerodynamics
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Unal, Aynur
1988-01-01
When three-dimensional separation occurs on a body immersed in a flow governed by the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations, the geometrical surfaces formed by the three vector fields (velocity, vorticity and the skin-friction) and a scalar field (pressure) become interrelated through topological maps containing their respective singular points and extremal points. A mathematically consistent description of these singular points becomes inevitable when we want to study the geometry of the separation. A separated stream surface requires, for example, the existence of a saddle-type singular point on the skin-friction surface. This singular point is actually, in the proper language of mathematics, a saddle of index two. The index is a measure of the dimension of the outset (set leaving the singular point). Hence, when a saddle of index two is specified, a two dimensional surface that becomes separated from the osculating plane of the saddle is implied. The three-dimensional singular point is interpreted mathematically and the most common aerodynamical singular points are discussed through this perspective.
Mathematical Singularity Behaviour of Turbulent Transition
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Dou, Hua-Shu; Cheong Khoo, Boo
2008-11-01
In our previous work, a criterion for turbulent transition has been proposed which is expressed by an energy gradient function which is the ratio of the transverse energy gradient and the streamwise energy loss of unit volumetric fluid in the base flow. Further, the threshold of the disturbance amplitude obtained is scaled with the Reynolds number by an exponent of -1, which is in agreement with the experimental results for pipe flow. In the present study, we show that turbulent transition can be excited via a singularity of the energy gradient function. This singularity of the energy gradient function corresponds to the case of infinite Re. When a laminar flow is stable (at low Re), the energy gradient function is located remotely from the mentioned singularity. It is found that the role of disturbance introduced to a laminar flow is to promote the energy gradient function to approach the singularity. When the Reynolds number is sufficiently large, a large disturbance may trigger the energy gradient function to enter the singularity. Once this function is trapped into this singularity, the fluid flow becomes increasingly ``chaotic'' tending towards the turbulent state. For the occurrence of the singularity, the amplitude of disturbance needs to reach a certain threshold for a given Reynolds number. These findings are in agreement with those in the literature.
Sandford, M.T. II; Bradley, J.N.; Handel, T.G.
1996-06-01
Data embedding is a new steganographic method for combining digital information sets. This paper describes the data embedding method and gives examples of its application using software written in the C-programming language. Sandford and Handel produced a computer program (BMPEMBED, Ver. 1.51 written for IBM PC/AT or compatible, MS/DOS Ver. 3.3 or later) that implements data embedding in an application for digital imagery. Information is embedded into, and extracted from, Truecolor or color-pallet images in Microsoft{reg_sign} bitmap (.BMP) format. Hiding data in the noise component of a host, by means of an algorithm that modifies or replaces the noise bits, is termed {open_quote}steganography.{close_quote} Data embedding differs markedly from conventional steganography, because it uses the noise component of the host to insert information with few or no modifications to the host data values or their statistical properties. Consequently, the entropy of the host data is affected little by using data embedding to add information. The data embedding method applies to host data compressed with transform, or {open_quote}lossy{close_quote} compression algorithms, as for example ones based on discrete cosine transform and wavelet functions. Analysis of the host noise generates a key required for embedding and extracting the auxiliary data from the combined data. The key is stored easily in the combined data. Images without the key cannot be processed to extract the embedded information. To provide security for the embedded data, one can remove the key from the combined data and manage it separately. The image key can be encrypted and stored in the combined data or transmitted separately as a ciphertext much smaller in size than the embedded data. The key size is typically ten to one-hundred bytes, and it is in data an analysis algorithm.
Singularity-free decaying-vacuum cosmologies
Abdel-Rahman, A.M. )
1992-05-15
Decaying-vacuum singularity-free cosmological models based on the Chen-Wu ansatz of a cosmological term varying as {ital R}{sup {minus}2} where {ital R} is the scale factor of the Universe are introduced. They describe a closed ever-expanding universe of density parameter {Omega}{ge}1 and with no entropy, horizon, or monopole problems. They include and extend the critical density cosmology of Oezer and Taha. The Oezer-Taha period of phase transition during part of which the pressure is negative occurs in these models. In its wake and throughout the radiation-dominated era the Universe is Einstein--de Sitter--like with {Omega} then and subsequently near unity. Nucleosynthesis proceeds as in the standard model. Consistency with the observed helium abundance and baryon asymmetry allows a maximum vacuum energy close to the radiation energy today. The presence of this vacuum energy could be detrimental to certain theories of galaxy formation. A specific model with initial conditions approaching the hot big bang is studied in detail, particularly as regards the entropy and flatness of the very early Universe.
Singularity-free decaying-vacuum cosmologies
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Abdel-Rahman, A.-M. M.
1992-05-01
Decaying-vacuum singularity-free cosmological models based on the Chen-Wu ansatz of a cosmological term varying as R-2 where R is the scale factor of the Universe are introduced. They describe a closed ever-expanding universe of density parameter Ω>=1 and with no entropy, horizon, or monopole problems. They include and extend the critical density cosmology of Özer and Taha. The Özer-Taha period of phase transition during part of which the pressure is negative occurs in these models. In its wake and throughout the radiation-dominated era the Universe is Einstein-de Sitter-like with Ω then and subsequently near unity. Nucleosynthesis proceeds as in the standard model. Consistency with the observed helium abundance and baryon asymmetry allows a maximum vacuum energy close to the radiation energy today. The presence of this vacuum energy could be detrimental to certain theories of galaxy formation. A specific model with initial conditions approaching the hot big bang is studied in detail, particularly as regards the entropy and flatness of the very early Universe.
Nationale Roadmap Embedded Systems
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Damm, Werner; Achatz, Reinhold; Beetz, Klaus; Broy, Manfred; Daembkes, Heinrich; Grimm, Klaus; Liggesmeyer, Peter
Eingebettete Systeme" sind in ihrem Softwareanteil nicht sichtbar und doch hoch relevant für den Wirtschaftsstandort Deutschland. Ihre Bedeutung fasst die vorliegende Nationale Roadmap Embedded Systems in den folgenden 10 Thesen zusammen: These 1 Die zentralen ökonomischen und gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen in Deutschland lassen sich ohne die Querschnittstechnologie Embedded Systems nicht lösen1.
Schubert calculus and singularity theory
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Gorbounov, Vassily; Petrov, Victor
2012-02-01
Schubert calculus has been in the intersection of several fast developing areas of mathematics for a long time. Originally invented as the description of the cohomology of homogeneous spaces, it has to be redesigned when applied to other generalized cohomology theories such as the equivariant, the quantum cohomology, K-theory, and cobordism. All this cohomology theories are different deformations of the ordinary cohomology. In this note, we show that there is, in some sense, the universal deformation of Schubert calculus which produces the above mentioned by specialization of the appropriate parameters. We build on the work of Lerche Vafa and Warner. The main conjecture these authors made was that the classical cohomology of a Hermitian symmetric homogeneous manifold is a Jacobi ring of an appropriate potential. We extend this conjecture and provide a simple proof. Namely, we show that the cohomology of the Hermitian symmetric space is a Jacobi ring of a certain potential and the equivariant and the quantum cohomology and the K-theory is a Jacobi ring of a particular deformation of this potential. This suggests to study the most general deformations of the Frobenius algebra of cohomology of these manifolds by considering the versal deformation of the appropriate potential. The structure of the Jacobi ring of such potential is a subject of well developed singularity theory. This gives a potentially new way to look at the classical, the equivariant, the quantum and other flavors of Schubert calculus.
Structural singularities in GexTe100-x films
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Piarristeguy, A. A.; Micoulaut, M.; Escalier, R.; Jóvári, P.; Kaban, I.; van Eijk, J.; Luckas, J.; Ravindren, S.; Boolchand, P.; Pradel, A.
2015-08-01
Structural and calorimetric investigation of GexTe100-x films over wide range of concentration 10 < x < 50 led to evidence two structural singularities at x ˜ 22 at. % and x ˜ 33-35 at. %. Analysis of bond distribution, bond variability, and glass thermal stability led to conclude to the origin of the first singularity being the flexible/rigid transition proposed in the framework of rigidity model and the origin of the second one being the disappearance of the undercooled region resulting in amorphous materials with statistical distributions of bonds. While the first singularity signs the onset of the Ge-Ge homopolar bonds, the second is related to compositions where enhanced Ge-Ge correlations at intermediate lengthscales (7.7 Å) are observed. These two threshold compositions correspond to recently reported resistance drift threshold compositions, an important support for models pointing the breaking of homopolar Ge-Ge bonds as the main phenomenon behind the ageing of phase change materials.
Structural singularities in Ge(x)Te(100-x) films.
Piarristeguy, A A; Micoulaut, M; Escalier, R; Jóvári, P; Kaban, I; van Eijk, J; Luckas, J; Ravindren, S; Boolchand, P; Pradel, A
2015-08-21
Structural and calorimetric investigation of Ge(x)Te(100-x) films over wide range of concentration 10 < x < 50 led to evidence two structural singularities at x ∼ 22 at. % and x ∼ 33-35 at. %. Analysis of bond distribution, bond variability, and glass thermal stability led to conclude to the origin of the first singularity being the flexible/rigid transition proposed in the framework of rigidity model and the origin of the second one being the disappearance of the undercooled region resulting in amorphous materials with statistical distributions of bonds. While the first singularity signs the onset of the Ge-Ge homopolar bonds, the second is related to compositions where enhanced Ge-Ge correlations at intermediate lengthscales (7.7 Å) are observed. These two threshold compositions correspond to recently reported resistance drift threshold compositions, an important support for models pointing the breaking of homopolar Ge-Ge bonds as the main phenomenon behind the ageing of phase change materials. PMID:26298140
Observational constraints on finite scale factor singularities
Denkiewicz, Tomasz
2012-07-01
We discuss the combined constraints on a Finite Scale Factor Singularity (FSF) universe evolution scenario, which come from the shift parameter R, baryon acoustic oscillations (BAO) A, and from the type Ia supernovae. We show that observations allow existence of such singularities in the 2 × 10{sup 9} years in future (at 1σ CL) which is much farther than a Sudden Future Singularity (SFS), and that at the present moment of the cosmic evolution, one cannot differentiate between cosmological scenario which allow finite scale factor singularities and the standard ΛCDM dark energy models. We also show that there is an allowed value of m = 2/3 within 1σ CL, which corresponds to a dust-filled Einstein-de-Sitter universe limit of the early time evolution and so it is pasted into a standard early-time scenario.
Constraints on singular evolution from gravitational baryogenesis
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Oikonomou, V. K.
2016-02-01
We investigate how the gravitational baryogenesis mechanism can potentially constrain the form of a Type IV singularity. Specifically, we study two different models with interesting phenomenology, that realize two distinct Type IV singularities, one occurring at the end of inflation and one during the radiation domination era or during the matter domination era. As we demonstrate, the Type IV singularities occurring at the matter domination era or during the radiation domination era are constrained by the gravitational baryogenesis, in such a way so that these do not render the baryon to entropy ratio singular. Both the cosmological models we study cannot be realized in the context of ordinary Einstein-Hilbert gravity, and hence our work can only be realized in the context of F(R) gravity and more generally in the context of modified gravity only.
Quantum singularities in the BTZ spacetime
Pitelli, Joao Paulo M.; Letelier, Patricio S.
2008-06-15
The spinless Banados-Teiltelboim-Zanelli spacetime is considered in the quantum theory context. Specifically, we study the case of a negative mass parameter using quantum test particles obeying the Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations. We study if this classical singular spacetime, with a naked singularity at the origin, remains singular when tested with quantum particles. The need for additional information near the origin is confirmed for massive scalar particles and all of the possible boundary conditions necessary to turn the spatial portion of the wave operator self-adjoint are found. When tested by massless scalar particles or fermions, the singularity is ''healed'' and no extra boundary condition is needed. Near infinity, no boundary conditions are necessary.
Gravitational radiation from a cylindrical naked singularity
Nakao, Ken-ichi; Morisawa, Yoshiyuki
2005-06-15
We construct an approximate solution which describes the gravitational emission from a naked singularity formed by the gravitational collapse of a cylindrical thick shell composed of dust. The assumed situation is that the collapsing speed of the dust is very large. In this situation, the metric variables are obtained approximately by a kind of linear perturbation analysis in the background Morgan solution which describes the motion of cylindrical null dust. The most important problem in this study is what boundary conditions for metric and matter variables should be imposed at the naked singularity. We find a boundary condition that all the metric and matter variables are everywhere finite at least up to the first order approximation. This implies that the spacetime singularity formed by this high-speed dust collapse is very similar to that formed by the null dust and the final singularity will be a conical one. Weyl curvature is completely released from the collapsed dust.
Quantum Hall State on Singular Surfaces
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chiu, Yu Hung; Can, Tankut; Laskin, Michael; Wiegmann, Paul B.
We propose a framework to study the response towards geometry with FQHE state on singular surfaces. Such study on singular surface provides a path to measure the gravitational anomaly, the third universal transport coefficient of FQHE, in leading order. The large N expansion of generating functional is computed via two independent methods: a Ward Identity and a field theory approach. Meanwhile the second moment of the density is also obtained via Ward Identity. We observe that the generating functional on singular surfaces can be viewed as vertex operators at the cone tips. Divergence in the Liouville functional due to singularities is, as expected, a source for the modification, but not the sole source. From both methods, we are able to obtain the charge and conformal dimension hα of such a vertex operator. The talk will concentrate on the one cone result obtained via both approaches.
Stable computation of generalized singular values
Drmac, Z.; Jessup, E.R.
1996-12-31
We study floating-point computation of the generalized singular value decomposition (GSVD) of a general matrix pair (A, B), where A and B are real matrices with the same numbers of columns. The GSVD is a powerful analytical and computational tool. For instance, the GSVD is an implicit way to solve the generalized symmetric eigenvalue problem Kx = {lambda}Mx, where K = A{sup {tau}}A and M = B{sup {tau}}B. Our goal is to develop stable numerical algorithms for the GSVD that are capable of computing the singular value approximations with the high relative accuracy that the perturbation theory says is possible. We assume that the singular values are well-determined by the data, i.e., that small relative perturbations {delta}A and {delta}B (pointwise rounding errors, for example) cause in each singular value {sigma} of (A, B) only a small relative perturbation {vert_bar}{delta}{sigma}{vert_bar}/{sigma}.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Portes, Leonardo L.; Aguirre, Luis A.
2016-05-01
Groth and Ghil [Phys. Rev. E 84, 036206 (2011), 10.1103/PhysRevE.84.036206] developed a modified varimax rotation aimed at enhancing the ability of the multivariate singular spectrum analysis (M-SSA) to characterize phase synchronization in systems of coupled chaotic oscillators. Due to the special structure of the M-SSA eigenvectors, the modification proposed by Groth and Ghil imposes a constraint in the rotation of blocks of components associated with the different subsystems. Accordingly, here we call it a structured varimax rotation (SVR). The SVR was presented as successive pairwise rotations of the eigenvectors. The aim of this paper is threefold. First, we develop a closed matrix formulation for the entire family of structured orthomax rotation criteria, for which the SVR is a special case. Second, this matrix approach is used to enable the use of known singular value algorithms for fast computation, allowing a simultaneous rotation of the M-SSA eigenvectors (a Python code is provided in the Appendix). This could be critical in the characterization of phase synchronization phenomena in large real systems of coupled oscillators. Furthermore, the closed algebraic matrix formulation could be used in theoretical studies of the (modified) M-SSA approach. Third, we illustrate the use of the proposed singular value algorithm for the SVR in the context of the two benchmark examples of Groth and Ghil: the Rössler system in the chaotic (i) phase-coherent and (ii) funnel regimes. Comparison with the results obtained with Kaiser's original (unstructured) varimax rotation (UVR) reveals that both SVR and UVR give the same result for the phase-coherent scenario, but for the more complex behavior (ii) only the SVR improves on the M-SSA.
Portes, Leonardo L; Aguirre, Luis A
2016-05-01
Groth and Ghil [Phys. Rev. E 84, 036206 (2011)PLEEE81539-375510.1103/PhysRevE.84.036206] developed a modified varimax rotation aimed at enhancing the ability of the multivariate singular spectrum analysis (M-SSA) to characterize phase synchronization in systems of coupled chaotic oscillators. Due to the special structure of the M-SSA eigenvectors, the modification proposed by Groth and Ghil imposes a constraint in the rotation of blocks of components associated with the different subsystems. Accordingly, here we call it a structured varimax rotation (SVR). The SVR was presented as successive pairwise rotations of the eigenvectors. The aim of this paper is threefold. First, we develop a closed matrix formulation for the entire family of structured orthomax rotation criteria, for which the SVR is a special case. Second, this matrix approach is used to enable the use of known singular value algorithms for fast computation, allowing a simultaneous rotation of the M-SSA eigenvectors (a Python code is provided in the Appendix). This could be critical in the characterization of phase synchronization phenomena in large real systems of coupled oscillators. Furthermore, the closed algebraic matrix formulation could be used in theoretical studies of the (modified) M-SSA approach. Third, we illustrate the use of the proposed singular value algorithm for the SVR in the context of the two benchmark examples of Groth and Ghil: the Rössler system in the chaotic (i) phase-coherent and (ii) funnel regimes. Comparison with the results obtained with Kaiser's original (unstructured) varimax rotation (UVR) reveals that both SVR and UVR give the same result for the phase-coherent scenario, but for the more complex behavior (ii) only the SVR improves on the M-SSA. PMID:27300889
Singularity avoidance and time in quantum gravity
Kreienbuehl, Andreas
2009-06-15
We consider the quantization of a Friedmann-Robertson-Walker universe. We derive a reduced square root Hamiltonian by choosing the scale factor as time variable and quantize the theory using Pauli matrices a la Dirac. From the resulting spinor equation we show that there is no semiclassical wave packet that avoids the big bang singularity. Our work raises the question concerning the relationship between the choice of time and singularity avoidance.
Dynamic Singularity Spectrum Distribution of Sea Clutter
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Xiong, Gang; Yu, Wenxian; Zhang, Shuning
2015-12-01
The fractal and multifractal theory have provided new approaches for radar signal processing and target-detecting under the background of ocean. However, the related research mainly focuses on fractal dimension or multifractal spectrum (MFS) of sea clutter. In this paper, a new dynamic singularity analysis method of sea clutter using MFS distribution is developed, based on moving detrending analysis (DMA-MFSD). Theoretically, we introduce the time information by using cyclic auto-correlation of sea clutter. For transient correlation series, the instantaneous singularity spectrum based on multifractal detrending moving analysis (MF-DMA) algorithm is calculated, and the dynamic singularity spectrum distribution of sea clutter is acquired. In addition, we analyze the time-varying singularity exponent ranges and maximum position function in DMA-MFSD of sea clutter. For the real sea clutter data, we analyze the dynamic singularity spectrum distribution of real sea clutter in level III sea state, and conclude that the radar sea clutter has the non-stationary and time-varying scale characteristic and represents the time-varying singularity spectrum distribution based on the proposed DMA-MFSD method. The DMA-MFSD will also provide reference for nonlinear dynamics and multifractal signal processing.
Weyl anomaly and initial singularity crossing
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Awad, Adel
2016-04-01
We consider the role of quantum effects, mainly, Weyl anomaly in modifying Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker (FLRW) model singular behavior at early times. Weyl anomaly corrections to FLRW models have been considered in the past, here we reconsider this model and show the following: The singularity of this model is weak according to Tipler and Krolak, therefore, the spacetime might admit a geodesic extension. Weyl anomaly corrections change the nature of the initial singularity from a big bang singularity to a sudden singularity. The two branches of solutions consistent with the semiclassical treatment form a disconnected manifold. Joining these two parts at the singularity provides us with a C1 extension to nonspacelike geodesics and leaves the spacetime geodesically complete. Using Gauss-Codazzi equations one can derive generalized junction conditions for this higher-derivative gravity. The extended spacetime obeys Friedmann and Raychaudhuri equations and the junction conditions. The junction does not generate Dirac delta functions in matter sources which keeps the equation of state unchanged.
Complete fluid equations for low-n singular modes in axisymmetric toroidal plasmas
Glasser, A.H.
1990-01-01
The goal of this work is to develop a complete linear theory of the singular region, including all important dynamical effects. The present phase of the work treats the more collision fluid regime. A later phase will treat the less collisional gyrokinetic regime. This paper concerns the derivation and form of the fluid equations for the singular region of low-n modes. Later work will treat high-n ballooning modes. In addition, the ordering in the present work must be amended before it is applicable to the neighborhood of the field reversal surface of the RFP.
Silica Embedded Metal Hydrides
Heung, L.K.; Wicks, G.G.
1998-08-01
A method to produce silica embedded metal hydride was developed. The product is a composite in which metal hydride particles are embedded in a matrix of silica. The silica matrix is highly porous. Hydrogen gas can easily reach the embedded metal hydride particles. The pores are small so that the metal hydride particles cannot leave the matrix. The porous matrix also protects the metal hydride particles from larger and reactive molecules such as oxygen, since the larger gas molecules cannot pass through the small pores easily. Tests show that granules of this composite can absorb hydrogen readily and withstand many cycles without making fines.
Hussain, Shah; Güzel, Yüksel; Schönbichler, Stefan A; Rainer, Matthias; Huck, Christian W; Bonn, Günther K
2013-09-01
Thionins are cysteine-rich, biologically active small (∼5 kDa) and basic proteins occurring ubiquitously in the plant kingdom. This study describes an efficient solid-phase extraction (SPE) method for the selective isolation of these pharmacologically active proteins. Hollow-monolithic extraction tips based on poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) with embedded zirconium silicate nano-powder were designed, which showed an excellent selectivity for sulphur-rich proteins owing to strong co-ordination between zirconium and the sulphur atoms from the thiol-group of cysteine. The sorbent provides a combination of strong hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions which may help in targeted separation of certain classes of proteins in a complex mixture based upon the binding strength of different proteins. European mistletoe, wheat and barley samples were used for selective isolation of viscotoxins, purothionins and hordothionins, respectively. The enriched fractions were subjected to analysis by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation-time-of-flight mass spectrometer to prove the selectivity of the SPE method towards thionins. For peptide mass-fingerprint analysis, tryptic digests of SPE eluates were examined. Reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography hyphenated to diode-array detection was employed for the purification of individual isoforms. The developed method was found to be highly specific for the isolation and purification of thionins. PMID:23861184
Dynamical singularities in adaptive delayed-feedback control.
Saito, Asaki; Konishi, Keiji
2011-09-01
We demonstrate the dynamical characteristics of adaptive delayed-feedback control systems, exploiting a discrete-time adaptive control method derived for carrying out detailed analysis. In particular, the systems exhibit singularities such as power-law decay of the distribution of transient times and almost zero finite-time Lyapunov exponents. We can explain these results by characterizing such systems as having (1) a Jacobian matrix with unity eigenvalue in the whole phase space, and (2) parameters approaching a stability boundary proven to be identical with that of (nonadaptive) delayed-feedback control. PMID:22060398
Construction of embedding for empirical prognostic models of climate
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Feigin, A. M.; Mukhin, D.; Gavrilov, A.; Loskutov, E. M.
2015-12-01
Empirical approach to modeling and forecasting complex dynamical systems becomes more and more popular in climate science because of two reasons: (i) not confidence reproducing and forecasting some of key climate modes by existing global climate models, and (ii) increasing number and duration of climatic time series which can be considered as a source of information about dynamical laws underlying observational variability. Such an approach is aimed to construction of prognostic models by way of direct analysis of data without involving any detailed physical equations. We developed a method for empirical modeling basing on reconstruction of prognostic evolution operator in a form of random dynamical system [1] - stochastic mapping the current state of the system to the next one. The most crucial point in application of the method to the analysis of real climatic data is the construction of proper embedding: the optimal set of variables - "principal modes" - determining the phase space the model works in. This task is non-trivial due to huge dimension of time series of typical space-distributed climatic fields. We outline two main features these modes should have to capture the main dynamical properties of the system: (i) capturing teleconnections in the atmosphere-ocean system by taking into account time-lagged couplings in data and (ii) reflecting the nonlinear interactions between the time series at different grid points. In this report we present the methodology of empirical forecasting which includes the construction of an embedding on the basis of the above principals: multichannel singular spectrum analysis (MSSA) together with nonlinear principal component analysis (NPCA) are used for phase space construction from data. The proposed methodology is applied to the analysis of sea surface temperature and atmospheric pressure fields. Capabilities to predict various indices of climate (such as SOI, PDO, NAO, NTA, etc.) is demonstrated. This research was supported
Resolution of curvature singularities from quantum mechanical and loop perspective
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tahamtan, T.; Svítek, O.
2014-08-01
We analyze the persistence of curvature singularities when analyzed using quantum theory. First, quantum test particles obeying the Klein-Gordon and Chandrasekhar-Dirac equation are used to probe the classical timelike naked singularity. We show that the classical singularity is felt even by our quantum probes. Next, we use loop quantization to resolve a singularity hidden beneath the horizon. The singularity is resolved in this case.