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  1. Gain media edge treatment to suppress amplified spontaneous emission in a high power laser

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    Hackel, Lloyd A. (Livermore, CA); Soules, Thomas F. (Livermore, CA); Fochs, Scott N. (Livermore, CA); Rotter, Mark D. (San Ramon, CA); Letts, Stephan A. (San Ramon, CA)

    2008-12-09

    A novel method and apparatus for suppressing ASE and parasitic oscillation modes in a high average power laser is introduced. By roughening one or more peripheral edges of a solid-state crystal or ceramic laser gain media and by bonding such edges using a substantially high index bonding elastomer or epoxy to a predetermined electromagnetic absorbing arranged adjacent to the entire outer surface of the peripheral edges of the roughened laser gain media, ASE and parasitic oscillation modes can be effectively suppressed.

  2. Multi-level quantum electrodynamic calculation of spontaneous emission and small signal gain in high voltage free electron lasers

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    Chang, C. S.; Fluhler, H. U.

    1991-12-01

    Using the Weisskopf-Wigner technique, a self consistent quantum electrodynamic (SCQED) theory of spontaneous emission of radiation and single photon small signal gain is developed for high voltage free electron lasers (FEL). Excellent agreement is obtained simultaneously to our knowledge for the first time between the predictions and the experimental observations for lineshift, linewidth and gain. The SCQED theory predicts lineshift and broadening due to quantum mechanical effects for linear, helical and tapered undulator FELs which are not predicted by the classical/conventional FEL theories, but which have been observed 4,5,18,22,23,45,46. Excellent agreement is obtained between the SCQED theory predicted spontaneous emission spectra and the 1980?81 ACO FEL4,18, ACO Optical Klystron FEL45,46, Stanford 10.6 ?m FEL22 and Stanford 3.4 ?m FEL23 experimental spectra. This agreement is much better than the prediction from the classical/conventional FEL theory which gives errors of many tens of percent. We show that the spontaneous emission spectrum obtained from classical/conventional FEL theories is valid only in the limit of a short undulator containing a small number of periods. The small signal gain derived from the SCQED theory is shown to reduce to Colson's gain formula12,34 in the classical limit. However, the SCQED theory predicts significant reductions in the small signal gain which agree well with the ACO gain data5, and are not predicted well by Colson's formula. Due to the non-neglible finite electron state lifetime, it is discovered that a fundamental physical gain limit exists which is universal to all types of FELs within the limits of the single photon transition scheme considered (i.e. if multiphoton effects are ignored). Finally, the implications of the theoretically obtained results are discussed for practical conditions of experimental interest. It is shown that under practical experimental conditions quantum effects can be quite important in the FEL.

  3. Observation of anomalously large spectral bandwidth in a high-gain self-amplified spontaneous emission free-electron laser.

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    Andonian, G; Murokh, A; Rosenzweig, J B; Agustsson, R; Babzien, M; Ben-Zvi, I; Frigola, P; Huang, J Y; Palumbo, L; Pellegrini, C; Reiche, S; Travish, G; Vicario, C; Yakimenko, V

    2005-07-29

    Observation of ultrawide bandwidth, up to 15% full-width, high-gain operation of a self-amplified spontaneous emission free-election laser (SASE FEL) is reported. This type of lasing is obtained with a strongly chirped beam (deltaE/E approximately 1.7%) emitted from the accelerator. Because of nonlinear pulse compression during transport, a short, high current bunch with strong mismatch errors is injected into the undulator, giving high FEL gain. Start-to-end simulations reproduce key features of the measurements and provide insight into mechanisms, such as angular spread in emitted photon and electron trajectory distributions, which yield novel features in the radiation spectrum. PMID:16090882

  4. Gain media edge treatment to suppress amplified spontaneous emission in a high power laser

    DOEpatents

    Hackel, Lloyd A. (Livermore, CA); Soules, Thomas F. (Livermore, CA); Fochs, Scott N. (Livermore, CA); Rotter, Mark D. (San Ramon, CA); Letts, Stephan A. (San Ramon, CA)

    2011-02-22

    A novel method and apparatus for suppressing ASE and/or parasitic oscillation modes in a laser is introduced. By roughening one or more peripheral edges of a solid-state crystal or ceramic laser gain media and by bonding such edges to a predetermined electromagnetic absorbing material arranged adjacent to the entire outer surface of the peripheral edges of the roughened laser gain media, ASE, parasitic oscillation modes and/or residual pump energy can be effectively suppressed.

  5. Quantum-to-classical transition via fuzzy measurements on high-gain spontaneous parametric down-conversion

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    Vitelli, Chiara; Spagnolo, Nicolo; Toffoli, Lorenzo; Sciarrino, Fabio; De Martini, Francesco

    2010-03-15

    We consider the high-gain spontaneous parametric down-conversion in a noncollinear geometry as a paradigmatic scenario to investigate the quantum-to-classical transition by increasing the pump power, that is, the average number of generated photons. The possibility of observing quantum correlations in such a macroscopic quantum system through dichotomic measurement will be analyzed by addressing two different measurement schemes, based on different dichotomization processes. More specifically, we will investigate the persistence of nonlocality in an increasing size (n/2)-spin singlet state by studying the change in the correlations form as n increases, both in the ideal case and in presence of losses. We observe a fast decrease in the amount of Bell's inequality violation for increasing system size. This theoretical analysis is supported by the experimental observation of macro-macro correlations with an average number of photons of about 10{sup 3}. Our results shed light on the practical extreme difficulty of observing nonlocality by performing such a dichotomic fuzzy measurement.

  6. Helicopter high gain control

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    Cunningham, T. B.; Nunn, E. C.

    1979-01-01

    High gain control is explored through a design study of the CH-47B helicopter. The plans are designed to obtain the maximum bandwidth possible given the hardware constraints. Controls are designed with modal control theory to specific bandwidths and closed loop mode shapes. Comparisons are made to an earlier complementary filter approach. Bandwidth improvement by removal of limitations is explored in order to establish hardware and mechanization options. Improvements in the pitch axis control system and in the rate gyro sensor noise characteristics in all axes are discussed. The use of rotor state feedback is assessed.

  7. Spontaneous regional brain activity links restrained eating to later weight gain among young women.

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    Dong, Debo; Jackson, Todd; Wang, Yulin; Chen, Hong

    2015-07-01

    Theory and prospective studies have linked restrained eating (RE) to risk for future weight gain and the onset of obesity, but little is known about resting state neural activity that may underlie this association. To address this gap, resting fMRI was used to test the extent to which spontaneous neural activity in regions associated with inhibitory control and food reward account for potential relations between baseline RE levels and changes in body weight among dieters over a one-year interval. Spontaneous regional activity patterns corresponding to RE were assessed among 50 young women using regional homogeneity (ReHo) analysis, which measured temporal synchronization of spontaneous fluctuations within a food deprivation condition. Analyses indicated higher baseline RE scores predicted more weight gain at a one-year follow-up. Furthermore, food-deprived dieting women with high dietary restraint scores exhibited more spontaneous local activity in brain regions associated with the expectation and valuation for food reward [i.e., orbitofrontal cortex (OFC)/ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC)] and reduced spontaneous local activity in inhibitory control regions [i.e., bilateral dorsal-lateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC)] at baseline. Notably, the association between baseline RE and follow-up weight gain was mediated by decreased local synchronization of the right DLPFC in particular and, to a lesser degree, increased local synchronization of the right VMPFC. In conjunction with previous research, these findings highlight possible neural mechanisms underlying the relation between RE and risk for weight gain. PMID:26004091

  8. Spatially-selective amplified spontaneous emission source derived from an ultrahigh gain solid-state amplifier.

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    Smith, G; Damzen, M J

    2006-04-17

    An investigation is made into the performance of a high power solid-state amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) source with near-diffraction-limited beam quality. The radiation from this ASE source has high spatial quality and power, but unlike a laser it has a high misalignment tolerance and does not require a precisely aligned cavity. The source is based on a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser crystal in a bounce amplifier geometry with a uniquely ultra-high gain (~104-105). Double-pass ASE radiation with high power levels (>6W) is achieved in a near-diffraction-limited spatial quality. We further demonstrate that the double-pass ASE source also displays high spatial selectivity and capability to compensate for a phase diffuser, inserted in the double-pass arm, with only a small degradation in beam quality and power. PMID:19516475

  9. Recent Progress in High-Gain FEL Theory

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    Huang, Z.; /SLAC

    2005-09-30

    High-gain free electron lasers (FEL) are being developed as extremely bright x-ray sources of a next-generation radiation facility. In this paper, we review the basic theory and the recent progress in understanding the startup, the exponential growth and the saturation of the high-gain process, emphasizing the self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE). We will also discuss how the FEL performance may be affected by various errors and wakefield effects in the undulator.

  10. Model-based estimation of loop gain using spontaneous breathing: a validation study.

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    Gederi, Elnaz; Nemati, Shamim; Edwards, Bradley A; Clifford, Gari D; Malhotra, Atul; Wellman, Andrew

    2014-09-15

    Non-invasive assessment of ventilatory control stability or loop gain (which is a key contributor in a number of sleep-related breathing disorders) has proven to be cumbersome. We present a novel multivariate autoregressive model that we hypothesize will enable us to make time-varying measurements of loop gain using nothing more than spontaneous fluctuations in ventilation and CO2. The model is adaptive to changes in the feedback control loop and therefore can account for system non-stationarities (e.g. changes in sleep state) and it is resistant to artifacts by using a signal quality measure. We tested this method by assessing its ability to detect a known increase in loop gain induced by proportional assist ventilation (PAV). Subjects were studied during sleep while breathing on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) alone (to stabilize the airway) or on CPAP+PAV. We show that the method tracked the PAV-induced increase in loop gain, demonstrating its time-varying capabilities, and it remained accurate in the face of measurement related artifacts. The model was able to detect a statistically significant increase in loop gain from 0.1410 on CPAP alone to 0.210.13 on CPAP+PAV (p<0.05). Furthermore, our method correctly detected that the PAV-induced increase in loop gain was predominantly driven by an increase in controller gain. Taken together, these data provide compelling evidence for the validity of this technique. PMID:25038522

  11. High temperature electronic gain device

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    McCormick, J. Byron; Depp, Steven W.; Hamilton, Douglas J.; Kerwin, William J.

    1979-01-01

    An integrated thermionic device suitable for use in high temperature, high radiation environments. Cathode and control electrodes are deposited on a first substrate facing an anode on a second substrate. The substrates are sealed to a refractory wall and evacuated to form an integrated triode vacuum tube.

  12. The Galileo high gain antenna deployment anomaly

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    Johnson, Michael R.

    1994-01-01

    On April 11, 1991, the Galileo spacecraft executed a sequence that would open the spacecraft's High Gain Antenna. The Antenna's launch restraint had been released just after deployment sequence, the antenna, which opens like an umbrella, never reached the fully deployed position. The analyses and tests that followed allowed a conclusive determination of the likely failure mechanisms and pointed to some strategies to use for recovery of the high gain antenna.

  13. Calculation of the gain coefficient in cryogenically cooled Yb : YAG disks at high heat generation rates

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    Vadimova, O L; Mukhin, I B; Kuznetsov, I I; Palashov, O V; Perevezentsev, E A; Khazanov, Efim A

    2013-03-31

    We have calculated the stored energy and gain coefficient in disk gain elements cooled to cryogenic temperatures. The problem has been solved with allowance for intense heat generation, amplified spontaneous emission and parasitic lasing, without averaging over any spatial coordinate. The numerical simulation results agree well with experimental data, in particular at high heat generation rates. Experimental data and theoretical analysis indicate that composite disk gain elements containing an undoped region can store considerably more energy due to suppression of amplified spontaneous emission and parasitic lasing. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  14. Mechanisms of the Rosetta high gain antenna

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    Pereira, Carlos

    2001-09-01

    This paper describes the antenna pointing mechanism (APM) and the hold down and release mechanism (HRM) used in the high gain antenna of the ROSETTA mission. The hold down and release mechanism consists of three units which compensate the tolerance mismatch between antenna and spacecraft through incorporation of potting rings. Given that the activation mode is pyrotechnic, release shock is a major concern and is minimised through integration of shock absorbers which allow stroking of the separation nuts. The antenna pointing mechanism is a dual drive (azimuth over elevation) unit which allows controlled rotation of the antenna. The drive units incorporate spring loaded end stops to prevent the antenna from hitting the spacecraft, and optical encoders which register the absolute position of the antenna. The pointing and the hold down mechanisms of the ROSETTA antenna are fully qualified and will withstand the high launch loads of the Ariane-5 and the environmental demands of deep space operation.

  15. The High Gain Free Electron Lasers.

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    Seo, Yoonho

    This dissertation is composed of two independent parts on a theoretical study of the high gain free electron laser. In the first part (Chapters 2-4) a non-linear (saturation) regime of the free electron lasers (FELs) with electromagnetic wigglers is described. Two opposite configurations for the wiggler field propagation direction are considered in a unified manner. The wiggler field propagating counter to the electron beam is subject to a depletion, and the one propagating parallel to the electron beam is to an amplification. Especially, the latter shows possibility of an explosive instability in a simple mode coupling analysis. A self-consistent set of equations is derived and solved numerically. In the Compton regime the instability saturates at a peak amplitude (eA/m_0c^2)^2 = 0.6(omega_{pb}/ omega_1)^{4/3}(eA_0/m _0c^2)^{1/3}, where A(A_0) is the vector potential of radiation(wiggler) field. In the Raman regime, the FEL instability saturates either by particle trapping or by detuning of the resonance condition due to the nonlinear frequency of the beam mode, depending on the initial wiggler strength. It turns out that these nonlinear saturations set up too early for the system to exhibit any explosive behavior. In the second part (Chapters 5-6) properties of laser field eigenmodes in the linear regime (exponential gain regime) is investigated, including the effect of finite electron beam radius. Existence of such eigenmodes implies the radiation guiding property of an electron beam. For a cold electron beam the eigenmode width is determined with a single parameter which is a ratio of the radiation growth rate to the Rayleigh diffraction rate. Proper scaling for the electron beam temperature and effects of beam bending or shifting is also investigated.

  16. Progress toward high-gain laser fusion

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    Storm, E.

    1988-09-28

    A 1985-1986 Review of the US inertial confinement fusion program by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that five more years might be required to obtain enough data to determine the future course of the program. Since then, data from the Nova laser and from the Halite/Centurion program have resolved most of the outstanding problems identified by the NAS review. In particular, we now believe that we can produce a sufficiently uniform target; that we can keep the energy content in hot electrons and high-energy photons low enough (/approximately/1--10% of drive energy, depending on target design) and achieve enough pulse-shaping accuracy (/approximately/10%, with a dynamic range of 100:1) to keep the fuel on a near-Fermi-degenerate adiabat; that we can produce an /approximately/100-Mbar pressure pulse of sufficient uniformity (/approximately/1%), and can we control hydrodynamic instabilities so that the mix of the pusher into the hot spot is low enough to permit marginal ignition. These results are sufficiently encouraging that the US Department of Energy is planning to complete a 10-MJ laboratory microfusion facility to demonstrate high-gain ICF in the laboratory within a decade. 22 refs., 1 fig.

  17. Progress toward high-gain laser fusion

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    Storm, Erik

    1988-09-01

    A 1985 to 1986 Review of the U.S. inertial confinement fusion program by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that five more years might be required to obtain enough data to determine the future course of the program. Since then, data from the Nova laser and from the Halite/Centurion program have resolved most of the outstanding problems identified by the NAS review. In particular, we now believe that we can produce a sufficiently uniform target; that we can keep the energy content in hot electrons and high-energy photons low enough (approximately 1 to 10 percent of drive energy, depending on target design) and achieve enough pulse-shaping accuracy (approximately 10 percent, with a dynamic range of 100:1) to keep the fuel on a near-Fermi-degenerate adiabat; that we can produce an approximately 100-Mbar pressure pulse of sufficient uniformity (approximately 1 percent), and can control hydrodynamic instabilities so that the mix of the pusher into the hot spot is low enough to permit marginal ignition. These results are sufficiently encouraging that DOE is planning to complete a 10-MJ laboratory microfusion facility to demonstrate high-gain ICF in the laboratory within a decade.

  18. High-Gain High-Field Fusion Plasma

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    Li, Ge

    2015-10-01

    A Faraday wheel (FW)an electric generator of constant electrical polarity that produces huge currentscould be implemented in an existing tokamak to study high-gain high-field (HGHF) fusion plasma, such as the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST). HGHF plasma can be realized in EAST by updating its pulsed-power system to compress plasma in two steps by induction fields; high gains of the Lawson trinity parameter and fusion power are both predicted by formulating the HGHF plasma. Both gain rates are faster than the decrease rate of the plasma volume. The formulation is checked by earlier ATC tests. Good agreement between theory and tests indicates that scaling to over 10?T at EAST may be possible by two-step compressions with a compression ratio of the minor radius of up to 3. These results point to a quick new path of fusion plasma study, i.e., simulating the Sun by EAST.

  19. High-Gain High-Field Fusion Plasma.

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    Li, Ge

    2015-01-01

    A Faraday wheel (FW)-an electric generator of constant electrical polarity that produces huge currents-could be implemented in an existing tokamak to study high-gain high-field (HGHF) fusion plasma, such as the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST). HGHF plasma can be realized in EAST by updating its pulsed-power system to compress plasma in two steps by induction fields; high gains of the Lawson trinity parameter and fusion power are both predicted by formulating the HGHF plasma. Both gain rates are faster than the decrease rate of the plasma volume. The formulation is checked by earlier ATC tests. Good agreement between theory and tests indicates that scaling to over 10 T at EAST may be possible by two-step compressions with a compression ratio of the minor radius of up to 3. These results point to a quick new path of fusion plasma study, i.e., simulating the Sun by EAST. PMID:26507314

  20. The Nature of Spontaneity in High Quality Mathematics Learning Experiences

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    Williams, Gaye

    2004-01-01

    Spontaneity has been linked to high quality learning experiences in mathematics (Csikszentmihalyi & Csikszentmihalyi, 1992; Williams, 2002).This paper shows how spontaneity can be identified by attending to the nature of social elements in the process of abstracting (Dreyfus, Hershkowitz, & Schwarz, 2001). This process is elaborated through an

  1. High gain feedback and telerobotic tracking

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    Koditschek, D. E.

    1987-01-01

    Asymptotically stable linear time invariant systems are capable of tracking arbitrary reference signals with a bounded error proportional to the magnitude of the reference signal (and its derivatives). It is shown that a similar property holds for a general class of nonlinear dynamical systems which includes all robots. As in the linear case, the error bound may be made arbitrarily small by increasing the magnitude of the feedback gains which stabilize the system.

  2. Theory for high gain, high power free electron lasers

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    Colson, W.B. )

    1989-01-01

    In the past contracting period, the research on high gain, high power free electron lasers (FELs) has been fruitful. The findings have resulted in publications, presentations, and some important new research topics in progress. The work has been accomplished in close collaboration with the FEL physicists at LLNL including weekly visits to the LLNL Beam Research Building. The new research proposed is also coordinated closely with specific LLNL FEL project physicists, and the upcoming high-gain, high-power amplifier experiments during the next year on the Paladin FEL. The research includes analysis of the initial ELF experiments, identification of new FEL physics in Paladin at 5m length, electron beam distributions from future induction linacs, electron beam distributions in weak optical fields, a major FEL review paper, a simple understanding of FEL optical guiding, multimode analysis applied to single-pass FEL amplifiers, a LLNL review talk on FEL sidebands and electron distribution functions. 3 refs.

  3. High-Gain High-Field Fusion Plasma

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    Li, Ge

    2015-01-01

    A Faraday wheel (FW)—an electric generator of constant electrical polarity that produces huge currents—could be implemented in an existing tokamak to study high-gain high-field (HGHF) fusion plasma, such as the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST). HGHF plasma can be realized in EAST by updating its pulsed-power system to compress plasma in two steps by induction fields; high gains of the Lawson trinity parameter and fusion power are both predicted by formulating the HGHF plasma. Both gain rates are faster than the decrease rate of the plasma volume. The formulation is checked by earlier ATC tests. Good agreement between theory and tests indicates that scaling to over 10 T at EAST may be possible by two-step compressions with a compression ratio of the minor radius of up to 3. These results point to a quick new path of fusion plasma study, i.e., simulating the Sun by EAST. PMID:26507314

  4. Cold test, spontaneous emission and gain in a rectangular Cerenkov amplifier

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    Scharer, J.E.; Joe, J.; Booske, J.H.; Basten, M.; Kirolous, H.

    1994-12-31

    The authors present experimental results for the rectangular Cerenkov grating amplifier. This research is being carried out to develop a Ka-band (35 GHz), low voltage (10 kV), moderate power (10 kW) source. They have constructed a Ku-band grating structure to study a scaled version of this source. The tapered grating consists of two tapered Ku-band smooth wave guide sections and two 3.5-inch sections of five-step-tapered gratings. Both tapered and untapered grating structures have been cold tested utilizing the network analyzer measurements. They find that their taper design reduced the reflection coefficient from {minus}5 dB to less than {minus}20 dB over a 12--15 GHz bandwidth. Spontaneous emission results resulting from passing the circular electron beam from a Litton thermionic gun over the grating structure will be presented. They have theoretically investigated the sheet beam interaction with hybrid modes in a deep groove rectangular grating waveguide. A complex dispersion relation, which includes a finite axial energy spread of the beam, describing the interaction has been solved. The authors find that the instability is always convective in the forward wave mode regime.

  5. High efficiency targets for high gain inertial confinement fusion

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    Gardner, J.H.; Bodner, S.E.

    1986-09-19

    Rocket efficiencies as high as 15% are possible using short wavelength lasers and moderately high aspect ratio pellet designs. These designs are made possible by two recent breakthroughs in physics constraints. First is the development of the Induced Spatial Incoherence (ISI) technique which allows uniform illumination of the pellet and relaxes the constraint of thermal smoothing, permitting the use of short wavelength laser light. Second is the discovery that the Rayleigh-Taylor growth rate is considerably reduced at the short laser wavelengths. By taking advantage of the reduced constraints imposed by nonuniform laser illumination and Rayleigh-Taylor instability, pellets using 1/4 micron laser light and initial aspect ratios of about 10 (with in flight aspect ratios of about 150 to 200) may produce energy gains as high as 200 to 250.

  6. Computer simulation of space station computer steered high gain antenna

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    Beach, S. W.

    1973-01-01

    The mathematical modeling and programming of a complete simulation program for a space station computer-steered high gain antenna are described. The program provides for reading input data cards, numerically integrating up to 50 first order differential equations, and monitoring up to 48 variables on printed output and on plots. The program system consists of a high gain antenna, an antenna gimbal control system, an on board computer, and the environment in which all are to operate.

  7. Coherent spontaneous radiation from highly bunched electron beams

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    Berryman, K.W.; Crosson, E.R.; Ricci, K.N.

    1995-12-31

    Coherent spontaneous radiation has now been observed in several FELs, and is a subject of great importance to the design of self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE) devices. We report observations of coherent spontaneous radiation in both FIREFLY and the mid-infrared FEL at the Stanford Picosecond FEL Center. Coherent emission has been observed at wavelengths as short as 5 microns, and enhancement over incoherent levels by as much as a factor of 4x10{sup 4} has been observed at longer wavelengths. The latter behavior was observed at 45 microns in FIREFLY with short bunches produced by off-peak acceleration and dispersive compression. We present temporal measurements of the highly bunched electron distributions responsible for the large enhancements, using both transition radiation and energy-phase techniques.

  8. Simulation of semiconductor nanowire photodetectors with high photoconductive gain

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    Cao, Hanqing; Lai, Jianjun; Zhu, Ji; Li, Hongwei; Chen, Changhong; Huang, Ying

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, first we simulate the light absorption of individual cylindrical nanowire with the diameter ranging from 100 to 300 nm, it is found that the absorption peak has a red-shift along with the increased diameter. Then some numerical simulations have been done to elucidate the high gain mechanism and investigate the dependence of photoconductive gain on various parameters, such as doping, surface state density, and structure. The results show that optimizing these parameters appropriately can lead photoconductive gain up to 106, and give a reliable guiding to the actual device design.

  9. High gain amplifiers: Power oscillations and harmonic generation

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    Dattoli, G.; Ottaviani, P. L.; Pagnutti, S.

    2007-08-01

    We discuss the power oscillations in saturated high gain free electron laser amplifiers and show that the relevant period can be written in terms of the gain length. We use simple arguments following from the solution of the pendulum equation in terms of Jacobi elliptic functions. Nontrivial effects due to nonlinear harmonic generation and inhomogeneous broadening are discussed too, as well as the saturated dynamics of short pulses.

  10. A hybrid nanoantenna for highly enhanced directional spontaneous emission

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    Chou, R. Yuanying; Lu, Guowei Shen, Hongming; He, Yingbo; Cheng, Yuqing; Perriat, Pascal; Martini, Matteo; Tillement, Olivier; Gong, Qihuang

    2014-06-28

    Spontaneous emission modulated by a hybrid plasmonic nanoantenna has been investigated by employing finite-difference time-domain method. The hybrid nanoantenna configurations constituted by a gap hot-spot and of a plasmonic corrugated grating and a metal reflector sandwiching a SiO{sub 2} thin layer which appears promising for high spontaneous emission enhancement devices. Simulation assays show that the coupling between the gap-antenna and plasmonic corrugations reaches an ultra-high near-field enhancement factor in the excitation process. Moreover, concerning the emission process, the corrugations concentrate the far-field radiated power within a tiny angular volume, offering unprecedented collection efficiency. In the past decades, many kinds of optical antennas have been proposed and optimized to enhance single molecule detection. However, the excitation enhancement effect for single individual or dimmer plasmonic nanostructure is limited due to intrinsic nonradiative decay of the nanoparticle plasmon and quantum tunneling effect. The proposed hybrid configuration overwhelms the enhancement limit of single individual plasmonic structure. The findings provide an insight into spontaneous emission high enhancement through integrating the functions of different metallic nanostructures.

  11. A hybrid nanoantenna for highly enhanced directional spontaneous emission

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    Chou, R. Yuanying; Lu, Guowei; Shen, Hongming; He, Yingbo; Cheng, Yuqing; Perriat, Pascal; Martini, Matteo; Tillement, Olivier; Gong, Qihuang

    2014-06-01

    Spontaneous emission modulated by a hybrid plasmonic nanoantenna has been investigated by employing finite-difference time-domain method. The hybrid nanoantenna configurations constituted by a gap hot-spot and of a plasmonic corrugated grating and a metal reflector sandwiching a SiO2 thin layer which appears promising for high spontaneous emission enhancement devices. Simulation assays show that the coupling between the gap-antenna and plasmonic corrugations reaches an ultra-high near-field enhancement factor in the excitation process. Moreover, concerning the emission process, the corrugations concentrate the far-field radiated power within a tiny angular volume, offering unprecedented collection efficiency. In the past decades, many kinds of optical antennas have been proposed and optimized to enhance single molecule detection. However, the excitation enhancement effect for single individual or dimmer plasmonic nanostructure is limited due to intrinsic nonradiative decay of the nanoparticle plasmon and quantum tunneling effect. The proposed hybrid configuration overwhelms the enhancement limit of single individual plasmonic structure. The findings provide an insight into spontaneous emission high enhancement through integrating the functions of different metallic nanostructures.

  12. Topex high-gain antenna system deployment actuator mechanism

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    Jones, Stephen R.

    1991-01-01

    A deployment actuator mechanism was developed to drive a two-axis gimbal assembly and a high-gain antenna to a deployed and locked position on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX) satellite. The Deployment Actuator Mechanism requirements, design, test, and associated problems and their solutions are discussed.

  13. Radiation Response of Emerging High Gain, Low Noise Detectors

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    Becker, Heidi N.; Farr, William H; Zhu, David Q.

    2007-01-01

    Data illustrating the radiation response of emerging high gain, low noise detectors are presented. Ionizing dose testing of silicon internal discrete avalanche photodiodes, and 51-MeV proton testing of InGaAs/InAlAs avalanche photodiodes operated in Geiger mode are discussed.

  14. Ultra-high gain diffusion-driven organic transistor.

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    Torricelli, Fabrizio; Colalongo, Luigi; Raiteri, Daniele; Kovcs-Vajna, Zsolt Mikls; Cantatore, Eugenio

    2016-01-01

    Emerging large-area technologies based on organic transistors are enabling the fabrication of low-cost flexible circuits, smart sensors and biomedical devices. High-gain transistors are essential for the development of large-scale circuit integration, high-sensitivity sensors and signal amplification in sensing systems. Unfortunately, organic field-effect transistors show limited gain, usually of the order of tens, because of the large contact resistance and channel-length modulation. Here we show a new organic field-effect transistor architecture with a gain larger than 700. This is the highest gain ever reported for organic field-effect transistors. In the proposed organic field-effect transistor, the charge injection and extraction at the metal-semiconductor contacts are driven by the charge diffusion. The ideal conditions of ohmic contacts with negligible contact resistance and flat current saturation are demonstrated. The approach is general and can be extended to any thin-film technology opening unprecedented opportunities for the development of high-performance flexible electronics. PMID:26829567

  15. Ultra-high gain diffusion-driven organic transistor

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    Torricelli, Fabrizio; Colalongo, Luigi; Raiteri, Daniele; Kovács-Vajna, Zsolt Miklós; Cantatore, Eugenio

    2016-02-01

    Emerging large-area technologies based on organic transistors are enabling the fabrication of low-cost flexible circuits, smart sensors and biomedical devices. High-gain transistors are essential for the development of large-scale circuit integration, high-sensitivity sensors and signal amplification in sensing systems. Unfortunately, organic field-effect transistors show limited gain, usually of the order of tens, because of the large contact resistance and channel-length modulation. Here we show a new organic field-effect transistor architecture with a gain larger than 700. This is the highest gain ever reported for organic field-effect transistors. In the proposed organic field-effect transistor, the charge injection and extraction at the metal-semiconductor contacts are driven by the charge diffusion. The ideal conditions of ohmic contacts with negligible contact resistance and flat current saturation are demonstrated. The approach is general and can be extended to any thin-film technology opening unprecedented opportunities for the development of high-performance flexible electronics.

  16. Ultra-high gain diffusion-driven organic transistor

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    Torricelli, Fabrizio; Colalongo, Luigi; Raiteri, Daniele; Kovács-Vajna, Zsolt Miklós; Cantatore, Eugenio

    2016-01-01

    Emerging large-area technologies based on organic transistors are enabling the fabrication of low-cost flexible circuits, smart sensors and biomedical devices. High-gain transistors are essential for the development of large-scale circuit integration, high-sensitivity sensors and signal amplification in sensing systems. Unfortunately, organic field-effect transistors show limited gain, usually of the order of tens, because of the large contact resistance and channel-length modulation. Here we show a new organic field-effect transistor architecture with a gain larger than 700. This is the highest gain ever reported for organic field-effect transistors. In the proposed organic field-effect transistor, the charge injection and extraction at the metal–semiconductor contacts are driven by the charge diffusion. The ideal conditions of ohmic contacts with negligible contact resistance and flat current saturation are demonstrated. The approach is general and can be extended to any thin-film technology opening unprecedented opportunities for the development of high-performance flexible electronics. PMID:26829567

  17. UV x-ray free electron lasers through high-gain single pass amplifier: Basic principles and issues

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    Kim, K.J.

    1994-09-01

    The author reviews the basic principles of high gain free electron laser amplifier in single pass configuration for generation of intense, tunable radiation for wavelength shorter than 1,000 {angstrom}. Two schemes are discussed: for wavelength region between 1,000--100 {angstrom}, the high gain harmonic generation of a coherent input radiation can be used. For x-ray wavelength as short as a few {angstrom}, the self-amplified spontaneous emission is currently the only known free electron laser scheme. The author also presents a brief introduction of various key issues in realizing these schemes, which will be discussed in detail in other papers in these proceedings.

  18. High-Frequency Power Gain in the Mammalian Cochlea

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    Maoilidigh, Dibhid .; Hudspeth, A. J.

    2011-11-01

    Amplification in the mammalian inner ear is thought to result from a nonlinear active process known as the cochlear amplifier. Although there is much evidence that outer hair cells (OHCs) play a central role in the cochlear amplifier, the mechanism of amplification remains uncertain. In non-mammalian ears hair bundles can perform mechanical work and account for the active process in vitro, yet in the mammalian cochlea membrane-based electromotility is required for amplification in vivo. A key issue is how OHCs conduct mechanical power amplification at high frequencies. We present a physical model of a segment of the mammalian cochlea that can amplify the power of external signals. In this representation both electromotility and active hair-bundle motility are required for mechanical power gain at high frequencies. We demonstrate how the endocochlear potential, the OHC resting potential, Ca2+ gradients, and ATP-fueled myosin motors serve as the energy sources underlying mechanical power gain in the cochlear amplifier.

  19. Cathode driven high gain crossed-field amplifier

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1983-07-01

    The objective of this three-phase program is to achieve the design of a cathode driven high gain re-entrant Crossed Field Amplifier capable of meeting the parameters of Raytheon Company specification No. 968838 dated 10 May 1978. The effort includes the fabrication and test of three developmental and four final configuration tubes. One final configuration tube will be life tested and two will be delivered to the Navy. The tasks discussed during this report period relate to the cold tests performed on various subassemblies of model no. 4 and on the sealed-in model no. 4 of the S-band high gain cathode driven crossed field amplifier. Based on the performance of model no. 3 certain remedial measures have been implemented in model no. 4 that have resulted in the elimination of key resonances within the tube and an improvement in the isolation between the cathode and anode circuits.

  20. Remote Robot Control With High Force-Feedback Gain

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    Kim, Won S.

    1993-01-01

    Improved scheme for force-reflecting hand control of remote robotic manipulator provides unprecedently high force-reflection gain, even when dissimilar master and slave arms used. Three feedback loops contained in remote robot control system exerting position-error-based force feedback and compliance control. Outputs of force and torque sensors on robot not used directly for force reflection, but for compliance control, while errors in position used to generate reflected forces.

  1. High gain preamplifier based on optical parametric amplification

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    Jovanovic, Igor; Bonner, Randal A.

    2004-08-10

    A high-gain preamplifier based on optical parametric amplification. A first nonlinear crystal is operatively connected to a second nonlinear crystal. A first beam relay telescope is operatively connected to a second beam relay telescope, to the first nonlinear crystal, and to the second nonlinear crystal. A first harmonic beamsplitter is operatively connected to a second harmonic beamsplitter, to the first nonlinear crystal, to the second nonlinear crystal, to the first beam relay telescope, and to the second beam relay telescope.

  2. High resolution BPMS with integrated gain correction system

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    Wendt, M.; Briegel, C.; Eddy, N.; Fellenz, B.; Gianfelice, E.; Prieto, P.; Rechenmacher, R.; Voy, D.; Terunuma, N.; Urakawa, J.; /KEK, Tsukuba

    2009-08-01

    High resolution beam position monitors (BPM) are an essential tool to achieve and reproduce a low vertical beam emittance at the KEK Accelerator Test Facility (ATF) damping ring. The ATF damping ring (DR) BPMs are currently upgraded with new high resolution read-out electronics. Based on analog and digital down-conversion techniques, the upgrade includes an automatic gain calibration system to correct for slow drift effects and ensure high reproducible beam position readings. The concept and its technical realization, as well as preliminary results of beam studies are presented.

  3. A neural amplifier with high programmable gain and tunable bandwidth.

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    Perlin, Gayatri E; Sodagar, Amir M; Wise, Kensall D

    2008-01-01

    A neural recording amplifier having programmable gain and bandwidth is presented. The gain can be digitally programmed using 6 bits from 100x to 1100x in steps of 100x. The low-frequency cutoff can be varied from less than 10Hz to above 100Hz to accept or reject field potentials while the high-frequency cutoff is fixed at 9kHz. The input referred noise of this amplifier is 4.8microV(rms) and it consumes 50microW operating from +/-1.5V. Implemented in a 0.5microm technology, the amplifier occupies an area of 0.098mm(2). This amplifier has been successfully demonstrated in-vivo and compared to a commercial amplifier. PMID:19163376

  4. Theory for high gain, high power free electron lasers

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    Colson, W.B.

    1990-01-01

    During this contracting period, the understanding of the effects of beam quality has improved both experimentally and theoretically. There have been three publications and a few talks at LLNL to serve a interim reports. The research included the derivation of better high-efficiency equations for describing the free electron laser (FEL) in the strongly saturated regime. The equations retain much of the simplicity of the old theory, but are accurate for high energy extraction. 20 refs., 16 figs.

  5. Effects of macro-bending on 1500-nm amplified spontaneous emission, gain, and noise figure of erbium-gallium co-doped fiber

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    Jian, Leong Chia; Abdul Rashid, Hairul Azhar; Mokhtar, Mohd Ridzuan

    2015-12-01

    The relationships among macro-bending loss, power of the 1500-nm amplified spontaneous emission (ASE), gain, and noise figure of an erbium-gallium co-doped silica fiber amplifier are investigated and explained. The dependence of macro-bending loss on different bending radii is examined. Using different fiber lengths and bending radii, the effects of macro-bending on ASE, gain, and noise figure are analyzed in comparison to an unbent fiber. The ASE power changes because macro-bending alters the number of Er3+ ions in the I4 level that decay to the I4 level emitting photons of shorter and longer wavelengths. The trade-off relationship that exists between the change in the ASE power and signal loss, where both result from macro-bending, explains the gain change. Fiber length also affects the changes in the ASE power and gain. Noise figure in the longer-wavelength region increases. In the shorter-wavelength region, for a long fiber, the noise figure improves only slightly. For a short fiber, it worsens due to gain decrement. The findings from this study explain the reason for gain improvement upon suppressing either a competing or a noncompeting ASE via filters or macro-bending in other rare-earth-doped fibers.

  6. Spontaneous Radiation Emission from Short, High Field Strength Insertion Devices

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    Geoffrey Krafft

    2005-09-15

    Since the earliest papers on undulaters were published, it has been known how to calculate the spontaneous emission spectrum from ''short'' undulaters when the magnetic field strength parameter is small compared to unity, or in ''single'' frequency sinusoidal undulaters where the magnetic field strength parameter is comparable to or larger than unity, but where the magnetic field amplitude is constant throughout the undulater. Fewer general results have been obtained in the case where the insertion device is both short, i.e., the magnetic field strength parameter changes appreciably throughout the insertion device, and the magnetic field strength is high enough that ponderomotive effects, radiation retardation, and harmonic generation are important physical phenomena. In this paper a general method is presented for calculating the radiation spectrum for short, high-field insertion devices. It is used to calculate the emission from some insertion device designs of recent interest.

  7. Spontaneous Raman scattering as a high resolution XUV radiation source

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    Rothenberg, J. E.; Young, J. F.; Harris, S. E.

    1983-01-01

    A type of high resolution XUV radiation source is described which is based upon spontaneous anti-Stokes scattering of tunable incident laser radiation from atoms excited to metastable levels. The theory of the source is summarized and two sets of experiments using He (1s2s)(1)S atoms, produced in a cw hollow cathode and in a pulsed high power microwave discharge, are discussed. The radiation source is used to examine transitions originating from the 3p(6) shell of potassium. The observed features include four previously unreported absorption lines and several sharp interferences of closely spaced autoionizing lines. A source linewidth of about 1.9 cm(-1) at 185,000 cm(-1) is demonstrated.

  8. A high gain antenna system for airborne satellite communication applications

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    Maritan, M.; Borgford, M.

    1990-01-01

    A high gain antenna for commercial aviation satellites communication is discussed. Electromagnetic and practical design considerations as well as candidate systems implementation are presented. An evaluation of these implementation schemes is given, resulting in the selection of a simple top mounted aerodynamic phased array antenna with a remotely located beam steering unit. This concept has been developed into a popular product known as the Canadian Marconi Company CMA-2100. A description of the technical details is followed by a summary of results from the first production antennas.

  9. STARS A Two Stage High Gain Harmonic Generation FEL Demonstrator

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    M. Abo-Bakr; W. Anders; J. Bahrdt; P. Budz; K.B. Buerkmann-Gehrlein; O. Dressler; H.A. Duerr; V. Duerr; W. Eberhardt; S. Eisebitt; J. Feikes; R. Follath; A. Gaupp; R. Goergen; K. Goldammer; S.C. Hessler; K. Holldack; E. Jaeschke; Thorsten Kamps; S. Klauke; J. Knobloch; O. Kugeler; B.C. Kuske; P. Kuske; A. Meseck; R. Mitzner; R. Mueller; M. Neeb; A. Neumann; K. Ott; D. Pfluckhahn; T. Quast; M. Scheer; Th. Schroeter; M. Schuster; F. Senf; G. Wuestefeld; D. Kramer; Frank Marhauser

    2007-08-01

    BESSY is proposing a demonstration facility, called STARS, for a two-stage high-gain harmonic generation free electron laser (HGHG FEL). STARS is planned for lasing in the wavelength range 40 to 70 nm, requiring a beam energy of 325 MeV. The facility consists of a normal conducting gun, three superconducting TESLA-type acceleration modules modified for CW operation, a single stage bunch compressor and finally a two-stage HGHG cascaded FEL. This paper describes the faciliy layout and the rationale behind the operation parameters.

  10. Estimation of peak Raman gain coefficients for Barium-Bismuth-Tellurite glasses from spontaneous Raman cross-section experiments.

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    Jackson, Jessica; Smith, Charmayne; Massera, Jonathan; Rivero-Baleine, Clara; Bungay, Corey; Petit, Laeticia; Richardson, Kathleen

    2009-05-25

    In this paper we explore the TeO(2)-Bi(2)O(3)-BaO glass family with varied TeO(2) concentration for Raman gain applications, and we report, for the first time, the peak Raman gain coefficients of glasses within this glass family extrapolated from non-resonant absolute Raman cross-section measurements at 785 nm. Estimated Raman gain coefficients show peak values of up to 40 times higher than silica for the main TeO(2) bands. Other optical properties, including index dispersion from the visible to the long wave Infrared (LWIR) are also summarized in this paper. PMID:19466157

  11. Avoiding Obstructions in Aiming a High-Gain Antenna

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    Edmonds, Karina

    2006-01-01

    The High Gain Antenna Pointing and Obstruction Avoidance software performs computations for pointing a Mars Rover high-gain antenna for communication with Earth while (1) avoiding line-of-sight obstructions (the Martian terrain and other parts of the Rover) that would block communication and (2) taking account of limits in ranges of motion of antenna gimbals and of kinematic singularities in gimbal mechanisms. The software uses simplified geometric models of obstructions and of the trajectory of the Earth in the Martian sky(see figure). It treats all obstructions according to a generalized approach, computing and continually updating the time remaining before interception of each obstruction. In cases in which the gimbal-mechanism design allows two aiming solutions, the algorithm chooses the solution that provides the longest obstruction-free Earth-tracking time. If the communication session continues until an obstruction is encountered in the current pointing solution and the other solution is now unobstructed, then the algorithm automatically switches to the other position. This software also notifies communication- managing software to cease transmission during the switch to the unobstructed position, resuming it when the switch is complete.

  12. High spontaneous intrachromosomal recombination rates in ataxia-telangiectasia

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    Meyn, M.S. )

    1993-05-28

    Ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) is an inherited human disease associated with neurologic degeneration, immune dysfunctions, and high cancer risk. It has been proposed that the underlying abnormality in A-T is a defect in genetic recombination that interferes with immune gene rearrangements and the repair of DNA damage. Recombination was studied in A-T and control human fibroblast lines by means of two recombination vectors. Unexpectedly, spontaneous intrachromosomal recombination rates were 30 to 200 times higher in A-T fibroblast lines than in normal cells, whereas extrachromosomal recombination frequencies were near normal. Increased recombination is thus a component of genetic instability in A-T and may contribute to the cancer risk seen in A-T patients. 2 refs., 1 fig., 3 tabs.

  13. Dual AMP features variable gain and high bandwidth

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    Pfund, George; Zhang, Jim; Wu, Jieh-Tsorng

    1992-02-01

    Variable-gain amplifiers (VGAs) are important components in many receiver systems. One such VGA design intended for lightwave transmission systems operating at gigabit-per-second rates provides 2.5-GHz bandwidth and 40-dB gain.

  14. Spontaneous Raman Scattering Diagnostics for High-pressure Gaseous Flames

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    Kojima, Jun; Nguyen, Quang-Viet; Reddy, D. R. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    A high-pressure (up to 60 atm) gaseous burner facility with optical access that provides steady, reproducible flames with high precision, and the ability to use multiple fuel/oxidizer combinations has been developed. In addition, a high-performance spontaneous Raman scattering system for use in the above facility has also been developed. Together, the two systems will be used to acquire and establish a comprehensive Raman scattering spectral database for use as a quantitative high-pressure calibration of single-shot Raman scattering measurements in high-pressure combustion systems. Using these facilities, the Raman spectra of H2-Air flames were successfully measured at pressures up to 20 atm. The spectra demonstrated clear rotational and ro-vibrational Raman features of H2, N2, and H2O. theoretical Raman spectra of pure rotational H2, vibrational H2, and vibrational N2 were calculated using a classical harmonic-oscillator model with pressure broadening effects and fitted to the data. At a gas temperature of 1889 K for a phi = 1.34 H2-Air flame, the model and the data showed good agreement, confirming a ro-vibrational equilibrium temperature.

  15. Intracavity gain shaping in millijoule-level, high gain Ho:YLF regenerative amplifiers.

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    Murari, Krishna; Cankaya, Huseyin; Kroetz, Peter; Cirmi, Giovanni; Li, Peng; Ruehl, Axel; Hartl, Ingmar; Kärtner, Franz X

    2016-03-15

    We demonstrate intracavity gain shaping inside a 2 μm Ho:YLF regenerative amplifier with a spectral bandwidth of 2.9 nm broadened to 5.4 nm, corresponding to Fourier-limited pulses of 1 ps duration. The intracavity gain shaping is achieved by using a simple etalon, which acts as a frequency-selective filter. The output of the regenerative amplifier is amplified by a single-pass amplifier, and we achieve total energy of 2.2 mJ and pulse duration of 2.4 ps at 1 kHz with pulse fluctuations <1%. The amplifier chain is seeded by a home-built mode-locked holmium-doped fiber oscillator. PMID:26977647

  16. Progress on achieving the ICF conditions needed for high gain

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    Lindl, J.D.

    1988-12-23

    Progress during the past two years has moved us much closer to demonstrating the scientific and technological requirements for high gain ICF in the laboratory. This progress has been made possible by operating at the third harmonic of 1..mu..m light which dramatically reduces concern about hot electrons and by advances in diagnostics such as 100 ps x-ray framing cameras which greatly increase the data available from each experiment. Making use of many of these new capabilities, major improvements in confinement conditions have been achieved for ICF implosions. In particular, in an optimized hohlraum on Nova, radiation driven implosions with convergence ratio in excess of 30 (volume compression /approximately/3 /times/ 10/sup 4/) have performed essentially as predicted by spherical implosion calculations. This paper presents these results as well as examples of advances in several other areas and discusses the implications for the future of ICF with lasers and heavy ion beam drivers. 8 refs., 10 figs.

  17. High gain GaAs photoconductive semiconductor switches: Switch longevity

    SciTech Connect

    Loubriel, G.M.; Zutavern, F.J.; Mar, A.

    1998-07-01

    Optically activated, high gain GaAs switches are being tested for many different pulsed power applications that require long lifetime (longevity). The switches have p and n contact metallization (with intentional or unintentional dopants) configured in such a way as to produce p-i-n or n-i-n switches. The longevity of the switches is determined by circuit parameters and by the ability of the contacts to resist erosion. This paper will describe how the switches performed in test-beds designed to measure switch longevity. The best longevity was achieved with switches made with diffused contacts, achieving over 50 million pulses at 10 A and over 2 million pulses at 80 A.

  18. 56.6 DB High Gain L-Band Edfa Utilizing Short-Length Highly-Doped Erbium Rare-Earth Material

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    Al-Mansoori, M. H.; Al-Ghaithi, W. S.

    2014-07-01

    In this paper, we experimentally investigate the performance of an efficient high gain L-band erbium-doped fiber (EDF) amplifier structure utilizing short-length highly-doped erbium rare-earth material with a single pump source. The amplifier gain and noise figure variation for different amplifier structures have been investigated. A filter is used to reduce the self-saturation effect and suppress the C-band amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise. The amplifier achieves a signal gain of 56.6 dB with a low noise figure of 4.8 dB at -50 dBm input signal power using only 8 m of EDF length. The amplifier gain shows significant improvement of 6 dB with C/L band coupler and 13 dB with tunable-band pass filter compared to amplifier structure without ASE suppression.

  19. Virtual dielectric waveguide mode description of a high-gain free-electron laser. II. Modeling and numerical simulations

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    Hemsing, Erik; Gover, Avraham; Rosenzweig, James

    2008-06-01

    A high-gain free-electron laser is modeled using an expansion of the radiation field in terms of guided Laguerre-Gaussian modes of a virtual dielectric waveguide [E. Hemsing, A. Gover, and J. Rosenzweig, preceding paper, Phys Rev. A 77, 063830 (2008)]. The radiation profile evolution, power gain, and detuning efficiency characteristics are investigated for seeding with fundamental Gaussian and higher-order Laguerre-Gaussian input modes on a Gaussian e -beam in the collective regime. The full wave evolution solution at different seed radiation injection conditions results in determination of the optimal waist size and waist position of the seed radiation beam for maximum power coupling efficiency. Results for guided mode evolution and power gain are shown to be consistent with simulations performed with the code GENESIS 1.3. The amplification and spontaneous generation of FEL radiation with orbital angular momentum is also considered.

  20. High fertility does not cause spontaneous intrauterine fetal loss: the determinants of spontaneous fetal loss in Egypt.

    PubMed

    el-Saadani, S

    2000-01-01

    This study is concerned with a major, though relatively neglected, reproductive health issue: fetal loss. In particular, the determinants of spontaneous intrauterine mortality in Egypt are investigated with stress on the demographic determinants. To this end, a conceptual framework is developed. Using pregnancy history data from a national survey conducted in Egypt in 1995, the determinants of spontaneous intrauterine fetal deaths among currently married women aged 18-45 are examined using multiple logistic models. It is found that the probability of intrauterine fetal loss rises with maternal age. The apparent positive association of the risk with gravidity is shown to be an artifact, due to the heterogeneity among women with respect to the risk of pregnancy loss, the consequent selection process, and reproductive compensation behavior according to the "success/failure" stopping rule. Therefore, high fertility cannot be said to cause spontaneous fetal loss. Two other features of a woman's reproduction are of strong significance, namely, her pregnancy history and spacing among pregnancies. Once a woman suffers from spontaneous fetal loss, the probability of undergoing further pregnancy losses rises sharply. And the shorter the pregnancy interval, the higher the probability of pregnancy loss. Pregnancies conceived after long intervals are less likely to end in loss. PMID:12055696

  1. High-Gain Avalanche Rushing amorphous Photoconductor (HARP) detector

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    Tanioka, K.

    2009-09-01

    We have been studying a very sensitive image sensor since the early 1980s. In 1985, the author found for the first time that an experimental pickup tube with an amorphous selenium photoconductive target exhibits high sensitivity with excellent picture quality because of a continuous and stable avalanche multiplication phenomenon. We named the pickup tube with an amorphous photoconductive layer operating in the avalanche-mode "HARP": High-gain Avalanche Rushing amorphous Photoconductor. A color camera equipped with the HARP pickup tubes has a maximum sensitivity of 11 lx at F8. This means that the HARP camera is about 100 times as sensitive as that of CCD camera for broadcasting. This ultrahigh-sensitivity HARP pickup tube is a powerful tool for reporting breaking news at night and other low-light conditions, the production of scientific programs, and numerous other applications, including medical diagnoses, biotech research, and nighttime surveillance. In addition, since the HARP target can convert X-rays into electrons directly, it should be possible to exploit this capability to produce X-ray imaging devices with unparalleled levels of resolution and sensitivity.

  2. High spontaneous activity of C-nociceptors in painful polyneuropathy.

    PubMed

    Kleggetveit, Inge Petter; Namer, Barbara; Schmidt, Roland; Hels, Tormod; Rckel, Michael; rstavik, Kristin; Schmelz, Martin; Jrum, Ellen

    2012-10-01

    Polyneuropathy can be linked to chronic pain but also to reduced pain sensitivity. We investigated peripheral C-nociceptors in painful and painless polyneuropathy patients to identify pain-specific changes. Eleven polyneuropathy patients with persistent spontaneous pain and 8 polyneuropathy patients without spontaneous pain were investigated by routine clinical methods. For a specific examination of nociceptor function, action potentials from single C-fibres including 214 C-nociceptors were recorded by microneurography. Patients with and without pain were distinguished by the occurrence of spontaneous activity and mechanical sensitization in C-nociceptors. The mean percentage of C-nociceptors being spontaneously active or mechanically sensitized was significantly higher in patients with pain (mean 40.5% and 14.6%, respectively, P=.02). The difference was mainly due to more spontaneously active mechanoinsensitive C-nociceptors (operationally defined by their mechanical insensitivity and their axonal characteristics) in the pain patients (19 of 56 vs 6 of 43; P=.02). The percentage of sensitized mechanoinsensitive C-nociceptors correlated to the percentage of spontaneously active mechanoinsensitive C-nociceptors (Kendall's tau=.55, P=.004). Moreover, spontaneous activity of mechanoinsensitive C-nociceptors correlated to less pronounced activity-dependent slowing of conduction (Kendall's tau=-.48, P=.009), suggesting that axons were included in the sensitization process. Hyperexcitability in mechanoinsensitive C-nociceptors was significantly higher in patients with polyneuropathy and pain compared to patients with polyneuropathy without pain, while the difference was much less prominent in mechanosensitive (polymodal) C-nociceptors. This hyperexcitability may be a major underlying mechanism for the pain experienced by patients with painful peripheral neuropathy. PMID:22986070

  3. Solar Dynamics Observatory High Gain Antenna Handover Planning

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    Hashmall, Joseph A.; Mann, Laurie

    2007-01-01

    The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is planned to launch in early 2009 as a mission to study the solar variability and its impact on Earth. To best satisfy its science goal, SDO will fly in a geosynchronous orbit with an inclination of approximately 29 deg. The spacecraft attitude is designed so that the science instruments point directly at the Sun with high accuracy. One of SDO's principal requirements is to obtain long periods of uninterrupted observations. The observations have an extremely high data volume so SDO must be in continuous contact with the ground during the observation periods. To maintain this contact, SDO is equipped with a pair of high gain antennas (HGAs) transmitting to a pair of ground antennas at the SDO ground station (SDOGS) located in White Sands, New Mexico. Either HGA can transmit to either SDOGS antenna. Neither HGA can be powered down. During a portion of each year, each of the HGA beams will intersect with the SDO body for a portion of the orbit. The original SDO antenna contact plan used each HGA for the half of each year during which its beam would not intersect the spacecraft. No data would be lost except, possibly, when switching from one antenna to another. After this plan was adopted, further analysis showed that daily handovers would be necessary for significant periods of the year. This unexpected need for extensive handovers necessitated that a handover design be developed to minimize the impact on the mission. This antenna handover design was developed and successfully tested with simulated data using the slew rate limits from preliminary jitter analysis. Subsequent analysis provided significant revision of allowed rates requiring modification of the handover plans.

  4. Fast ignition integrated experiments and high-gain point design

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    Shiraga, H.; Nagatomo, H.; Theobald, W.; Solodov, A. A.; Tabak, M.

    2014-05-01

    Integrated fast ignition experiments were performed at ILE, Osaka, and LLE, Rochester, in which a nanosecond driver laser implodes a deuterated plastic shell in front of the tip of a hollow metal cone and an intense ultrashort-pulse laser is injected through the cone to heat the compressed plasma. Based on the initial successful results of fast electron heating of cone-in-shell targets, large-energy short-pulse laser beam lines were constructed and became operational: OMEGA-EP at Rochester and LFEX at Osaka. Neutron enhancement due to heating with a kJ short-pulse laser has been demonstrated in the integrated experiments at Osaka and Rochester. The neutron yields are being analysed by comparing the experimental results with simulations. Details of the fast electron beam transport and the electron energy deposition in the imploded fuel plasma are complicated and further studies are imperative. The hydrodynamics of the implosion was studied including the interaction of the imploded core plasma with the cone tip. Theory and simulation studies are presented on the hydrodynamics of a high-gain target for a fast ignition point design.

  5. Communicative Spontaneity in Individuals with High Support Needs: An Exploratory Consideration of Causation.

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    Carter, Mark

    2002-01-01

    Reasons for limited spontaneity of communication in individuals with high support needs are considered and include: it is an inherent characteristic, a product of highly structured teaching programs, a form of learned helplessness, or a product of a failure to systematically program for spontaneity. (Contains references.) (Author/CR)

  6. Development of a 3D FEL code for the simulation of a high-gain harmonic generation experiment.

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    Biedron, S. G.

    1999-02-26

    Over the last few years, there has been a growing interest in self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE) free-electron lasers (FELs) as a means for achieving a fourth-generation light source. In order to correctly and easily simulate the many configurations that have been suggested, such as multi-segmented wigglers and the method of high-gain harmonic generation, we have developed a robust three-dimensional code. The specifics of the code, the comparison to the linear theory as well as future plans will be presented.

  7. Design of a high linearity and high gain accuracy analog baseband circuit for DAB receiver

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    Li, Ma; Zhigong, Wang; Jian, Xu; Yiqiang, Wu; Junliang, Wang; Mi, Tian; Jianping, Chen

    2015-02-01

    An analog baseband circuit of high linearity and high gain accuracy for a digital audio broadcasting receiver is implemented in a 0.18-μm RFCMOS process. The circuit comprises a 3rd-order active-RC complex filter (CF) and a programmable gain amplifier (PGA). An automatic tuning circuit is also designed to tune the CF's pass band. Instead of the class-A fully differential operational amplifier (FDOPA) adopted in the conventional CF and PGA design, a class-AB FDOPA is specially employed in this circuit to achieve a higher linearity and gain accuracy for its large current swing capability with lower static current consumption. In the PGA circuit, a novel DC offset cancellation technique based on the MOS resistor is introduced to reduce the settling time significantly. A reformative switching network is proposed, which can eliminate the switch resistor's influence on the gain accuracy of the PGA. The measurement result shows the gain range of the circuit is 10-50 dB with a 1-dB step size, and the gain accuracy is less than ±0.3 dB. The OIP3 is 23.3 dBm at the gain of 10 dB. Simulation results show that the settling time is reduced from 100 to 1 ms. The image band rejection is about 40 dB. It only draws 4.5 mA current from a 1.8 V supply voltage.

  8. Fluorene- and benzofluorene-cored oligomers as low threshold and high gain amplifying media

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    Kazlauskas, Karolis; Kreiza, Gediminas; Bobrovas, Olegas; AdomÄ--nienÄ--, Ona; AdomÄ--nas, Povilas; Jankauskas, Vygintas; JuršÄ--nas, Saulius

    2015-07-01

    Deliberate control of intermolecular interactions in fluorene- and benzofluorene-cored oligomers was attempted via introduction of different-length alkyl moieties to attain high emission amplification and low amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) threshold at high oligomer concentrations. Containing fluorenyl peripheral groups decorated with different-length alkyl moieties, the oligomers were found to express weak concentration quenching of emission, yet excellent carrier drift mobilities (close to 10-2 cm2/V/s) in the amorphous films. Owing to the larger radiative decay rates (>1.0 × 109 s-1) and smaller concentration quenching, fluorene-cored oligomers exhibited down to one order of magnitude lower ASE thresholds at higher concentrations as compared to those of benzofluorene counterparts. The lowest threshold (300 W/cm2) obtained for the fluorene-cored oligomers at the concentration of 50 wt % in polymer matrix is among the lowest reported for solution-processed amorphous films in ambient conditions, what makes the oligomers promising for lasing application. Great potential in emission amplification was confirmed by high maximum net gain (77 cm-1) revealed for these compounds. Although the photostability of the oligomers was affected by photo-oxidation, it was found to be comparable to that of various organic lasing materials including some commercial laser dyes evaluated under similar excitation conditions.

  9. High-Stakes Testing Hasn't Brought Education Gains

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    Dianis, Judith Browne; Jackson, John H.; Noguera, Pedro

    2015-01-01

    The only thing that more testing will tell us is what we already know: The schools that disadvantaged children attend are not being given the supports necessary to produce achievement gains. Students cannot be tested out of poverty, and while NCLB did take us a step forward by requiring schools to produce evidence that students were learning, it

  10. Stability in High Gain Plasmas in DIII-D

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    Lazarus, E. A.; Hong, R. M.; Navratil, G. A.; Sabbagh, S.; Strait, E. J.; Rice, B. W.; Ferron, J. R.; Greenfield, C. M.; Austin, M. E.; Chan, V. S.; DeBoo, J. C.; Doyle, E. J.; Forest, C. B.; Leonard, A. W.; Schissel, D. P.

    1997-01-01

    Fusion power gain has been increased by a factor of 3 in DIII-D plasmas through the use of strong discharge shaping and tailoring of the pressure and current density profiles. H-mode plasmas with weak or negative central magnetic shear are found to have neoclassical ion confinement throughout most of the plasma volume. Improved MHD stability is achieved by controlling the plasma pressure profile width. The highest fusion power gain Q (ratio of fusion power to input power) in deuterium plasmas was 0.0015. which extrapolates to an equivalent Q of 0.32 in a deuterium-tritium plasma and is similar to values achieved in tokamaks of larger size and magnetic fields.

  11. Stability in high gain plasmas in DIII-D

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    Lazarus, E.A.; Houlberg, W.A.; Murakami, M.; Wade, M.R.

    1996-10-01

    Fusion power gain has been increased by a factor of 3 in DIII-D plasmas through the use of strong discharge shaping and tailoring of the pressure and current density profiles. H-mode plasmas with weak or negative central magnetic shear are found to have neoclassical ion confinement throughout most of the plasma volume. Improved MHD stability is achieved by controlling the plasma pressure profile width. The highest fusion power gain Q (ratio of fusion power to input power) in deuterium plasmas was 0.0015, which extrapolates to an equivalent Q of 0.32 in a deuterium-tritium plasma and is similar to values achieved in tokamaks of larger size and magnetic fields.

  12. A Highly Sensitive Narrowband Nanocomposite Photodetector with Gain.

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    Shen, Liang; Fang, Yanjun; Wei, Haotong; Yuan, Yongbo; Huang, Jinsong

    2016-03-01

    A narrowband red-light nanocomposite photodetector with gain is presented based on the polymer and fullerene derivative incorporating inorganic quantum dots. The introduced trap-induced hole injection dramatically improves the specific detectivity by 20-fold. A remarkable achievement is obtained with simultaneously increased linear dynamic range to 110 dB and improved noise equivalent power to 5 pW cm(-2) . PMID:26780624

  13. Theoretical simulations of the synchrotron instability in high gain, high power free electron lasers

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    Colson, W.B. )

    1985-01-01

    The ELF FEL experiments at LLNL in 1985 provide the first results of a free electron laser (FEL) operating in the high-current, high-gain, high-efficiency regime. Initial experiments measured 15.6dB/m gain at {lambda} {approx} 8mm radiation wavelength. Much of the understanding of the ELF experiment comes from simulations like LLNL's FRED that are run on large CRAY computers. In this brief study, a simpler model is used to explain weak-field gain and saturation. Several physical quantities are expressed in a useful dimensionless form, and serve to relate the ELF FEL to other FEL configurations and to future amplifier designs. The trapped-particle instability is explored for parameters close to the original experiments, and parameters representative of future improvements. 8 refs., 9 figs.

  14. Microsecond gain-switched master oscillator power amplifier (1958 nm) with high pulse energy

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    Ke Yin; Weiqiang Yang; Bin Zhang; Ying Li; Jing Hou

    2014-02-28

    An all-fibre master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) emitting high-energy pulses at 1958 nm is presented. The seed laser is a microsecond gain-switched thulium-doped fibre laser (TDFL) pumped with a commercial 1550-nm pulsed fibre laser. The TDFL operates at a repetition rate f in the range of 10 to 100 kHz. The two-stage thulium-doped fibre amplifier is built to scale the energy of the pulses generated by the seed laser. The maximum output pulse energy higher than 0.5 mJ at 10 kHz is achieved which is comparable with the theoretical maximum extractable pulse energy. The slope efficiency of the second stage amplifier with respect to the pump power is 30.4% at f = 10 kHz. The wavelength of the output pulse laser is centred near 1958 nm at a spectral width of 0.25 nm after amplification. Neither nonlinear effects nor significant amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) is observed in the amplification experiments. (lasers)

  15. Auto gain tuning method for high performance of atomic force microscope

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    Jeong, Jiseong; Jo, Junhyun; Park, Kyihwan

    2013-06-01

    The performance of Atomic Force Microscope depends on the control gains. However, the optimal gains have uncertainties which are impacted by cantilever properties, sample properties and measurement environment. In commercial AFM, it is not easy to get good AFM imaging results since the controller is manually tuned by user. In this paper, auto gain tuning algorithm is suggested for the high performance and automation of AFM. Auto gain tuning algorithm is evaluated by step responses, frequency responses and AFM imaging results.

  16. Software reconfigurable highly flexible gain switched optical frequency comb source.

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    Pascual, M Deseada Gutierrez; Zhou, Rui; Smyth, Frank; Anandarajah, Prince M; Barry, Liam P

    2015-09-01

    The authors present the performance and noise properties of a software reconfigurable, FSR and wavelength tunable gain switched optical frequency comb source. This source, based on the external injection of a temperature tuned Fabry-Pérot laser diode, offers quasi-continuous wavelength tunability over the C-band (30nm) and FSR tunability ranging from 6 to 14GHz. The results achieved demonstrate the excellent spectral quality of the comb tones (RIN ~-130dB/Hz and low phase noise of 300kHz) and its outstanding stability (with fluctuations of the individual comb tones of less than 0.5dB in power and 5pm in wavelength, characterized over 24hours) highlighting its suitability for employment in next generation flexible optical transmission networks. PMID:26368425

  17. High gain ytterbium doped Ge pedestal large pitch fiber

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    Gaida, Christian; Stutzki, Fabian; Jansen, Florian; Otto, Hans-Jrgen; Eidam, Tino; Jauregui, Cesar; Limpert, Jens; Tnnermann, Andreas

    2014-03-01

    Large mode area rod-type fibers have enabled amplification of ultra-short pulses to mJ pulse energy and MW peak powers. For very large mode field areas, fibers have to be designed as rigid rods with typical fiber lengths of around 1 m for efficient operation. A shorter fiber length can be desirable to reduce the packaging size of commercial systems and to decrease the impact of parasitic nonlinear effects for peakpower scaling. The fiber design presented here is based on a modified large-pitch fiber with an effectively higher ytterbium concentration in the fiber core. To achieve index matching the cladding index needs to be changed. In this contribution we propose to co-dope the passive host material with germanium to match both indices and to obtain a higher Yb-concentration within the active core. Compared to standard LPF, where the core index is reduced by co-doping the core with Flourine, the ytterbium doping concentration of this novel germanium-pedestal LPF is doubled. A detailed numerical and experimental investigation shows that with short fiber lengths <40cm is feasible to achieve output powers beyond 100W with 10W seed. Significantly higher gains, of nearly 30 dB, can be achieved for fiber lengths in the order of 60cm. A similar gain can be expected in a conventional LPF with 1.20 m length. In conclusion, we demonstrate a fiber design for significantly enhanced energy storage per fiber length and improved pump absorption. This concept will notably reduce the footprint of ultra-short fiber laser systems.

  18. NUTRIENT REQUIREMENTS OF HIGH-LEAN GAIN SWINE AT A HIGH ENVIRONMENTAL TEMPERATURE

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    High-lean gain swine initially averaging 85 kg were assigned to 96 individual pens and given one of six diets ranging in the ratio of Total Ileal Digestible (TID) Lysine:Metabolizable Energy (ME) of 1.23 to 2.28 g/MCal. Pigs and feed intake were weighed weekly and backfat was measured on two week i...

  19. High spectral density transmission emulation using amplified spontaneous emission noise.

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    Elson, Daniel J; Galdino, Lidia; Maher, Robert; Killey, Robert I; Thomsen, Benn C; Bayvel, Polina

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate the use of spectrally shaped amplified spontaneous emission (SS-ASE) noise for wideband channel loading in the investigation of nonlinear transmission limits in wavelength-division multiplexing transmission experiments using Nyquist-spaced channels. The validity of this approach is explored through statistical analysis and experimental transmission of Nyquist-spaced 10GBaud polarization-division multiplexing (PDM) quadrature phase-shift keying and PDM-16-ary quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) channels, co-propagated with SS-ASE over single mode fiber. It is shown that this technique, which is simpler to implement than a fully modulated comb of channels, is valid for distances exceeding 240km for PDM-16QAM with dispersion of 16ps/nm/km, yields a good agreement with theory, and provides a conservative measure of system performance. PMID:26696160

  20. High cell density induces spontaneous bifurcations of dissolved oxygen controllers during CHO cell fermentations.

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    Chung, John D; Chang, Conway C; Groves, James Ashley

    2003-10-20

    High cell density cultures of CHO cells growing in a bioreactor under dissolved oxygen control were found to undergo spontaneous bifurcations and a subsequent loss of stability some time into the fermentation. This loss of stability was manifested by sustained and amplified oscillations in the bioreactor dissolved oxygen concentration and in the oxygen gas flow rate to the reactor. To identify potential biological and operational causes for the phenomenon, linear stability analysis was applied in a neighborhood of the experimentally observed bifurcation point. The analysis revealed that two steady state process gains, K(P1) and K(P2), regulated k(l)a and gas phase oxygen concentration inputs, respectively, and the magnitude of K(P1) was found to determine system stability about the bifurcation point. The magnitude of K(P1), and hence the corresponding open-loop steady state gain K(OL1), scaled linearly with the bioreactor cell density, increasing with increasing cell density. These results allowed the generation of a fermentation stability diagram, which partitioned K(C)-N operating space into stable and unstable regions separated by the loci of predicted critically stable controller constants, K(C,critical), as a function of bioreactor cell density. This consistency of this operating diagram with experimentally observed changes in system stability was demonstrated. We conclude that time-dependent increases in cell density are the cause of the observed instabilities and that cell density is the critical bifurcation parameter. The results of this study should be readily applicable to the design of a more robust controller. PMID:12966579

  1. An S-band high gain relativistic klystron amplifier with high phase stability

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    Wu, Y.; Li, Z. H.; Xu, Z.; Ma, Q. S.; Xie, H. Q.

    2014-11-15

    For the purpose of coherent high power microwave combining, an S-band high gain relativistic klystron amplifier with high phase stability is presented and studied. By the aid of 3D particle-in-cell code and circuit simulation software, the mechanism of parasitic oscillation in the device is investigated. And the RF lossy material is adopted in the simulation and experiment to suppress the oscillation. The experimental results show that with an input RF power of 10 kW, a microwave pulse with power of 1.8 GW is generated with a gain of 52.6 dB. And the relative phase difference fluctuation between output microwave and input RF signal is less than ±10° in 90 ns.

  2. Spontaneous activity, economy of activity, and resistance to diet-induced obesity in rats bred for high intrinsic aerobic capacity.

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    Novak, Colleen M; Escande, Carlos; Burghardt, Paul R; Zhang, Minzhi; Barbosa, Maria Teresa; Chini, Eduardo N; Britton, Steven L; Koch, Lauren G; Akil, Huda; Levine, James A

    2010-08-01

    Though obesity is common, some people remain resistant to weight gain even in an obesogenic environment. The propensity to remain lean may be partly associated with high endurance capacity along with high spontaneous physical activity and the energy expenditure of activity, called non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT). Previous studies have shown that high-capacity running rats (HCR) are lean compared to low-capacity runners (LCR), which are susceptible to cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. Here, we examine the effect of diet on spontaneous activity and NEAT, as well as potential mechanisms underlying these traits, in rats selectively bred for high or low intrinsic aerobic endurance capacity. Compared to LCR, HCR were resistant to the sizeable increases in body mass and fat mass induced by a high-fat diet; HCR also had lower levels of circulating leptin. HCR were consistently more active than LCR, and had lower fuel economy of activity, regardless of diet. Nonetheless, both HCR and LCR showed a similar decrease in daily activity levels after high-fat feeding, as well as decreases in hypothalamic orexin-A content. The HCR were more sensitive to the NEAT-activating effects of intra-paraventricular orexin-A compared to LCR, especially after high-fat feeding. Lastly, levels of cytosolic phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK-C) in the skeletal muscle of HCR were consistently higher than LCR, and the high-fat diet decreased skeletal muscle PEPCK-C in both groups of rats. Differences in muscle PEPCK were not secondary to the differing amount of activity. This suggests the possibility that intrinsic differences in physical activity levels may originate at the level of the skeletal muscle, which could alter brain responsiveness to neuropeptides and other factors that regulate spontaneous daily activity and NEAT. PMID:20350549

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

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

    2009-05-01

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

  4. High gain photoconductive semiconductor switch having tailored doping profile zones

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    Baca, Albert G.; Loubriel, Guillermo M.; Mar, Alan; Zutavern, Fred J; Hjalmarson, Harold P.; Allerman, Andrew A.; Zipperian, Thomas E.; O'Malley, Martin W.; Helgeson, Wesley D.; Denison, Gary J.; Brown, Darwin J.; Sullivan, Charles T.; Hou, Hong Q.

    2001-01-01

    A photoconductive semiconductor switch with tailored doping profile zones beneath and extending laterally from the electrical contacts to the device. The zones are of sufficient depth and lateral extent to isolate the contacts from damage caused by the high current filaments that are created in the device when it is turned on. The zones may be formed by etching depressions into the substrate, then conducting epitaxial regrowth in the depressions with material of the desired doping profile. They may be formed by surface epitaxy. They may also be formed by deep diffusion processes. The zones act to reduce the energy density at the contacts by suppressing collective impact ionization and formation of filaments near the contact and by reducing current intensity at the contact through enhanced current spreading within the zones.

  5. High speed InAs electron avalanche photodiodes overcome the conventional gain-bandwidth product limit.

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    Marshall, Andrew R J; Ker, Pin Jern; Krysa, Andrey; David, John P R; Tan, Chee Hing

    2011-11-01

    High bandwidth, uncooled, Indium Arsenide (InAs) electron avalanche photodiodes (e-APDs) with unique and highly desirable characteristics are reported. The e-APDs exhibit a 3dB bandwidth of 3.5 GHz which, unlike that of conventional APDs, is shown not to reduce with increasing avalanche gain. Hence these InAs e-APDs demonstrate a characteristic of theoretically ideal electron only APDs, the absence of a gain-bandwidth product limit. This is important because gain-bandwidth products restrict the maximum exploitable gain in all conventional high bandwidth APDs. Non-limiting gain-bandwidth products up to 580 GHz have been measured on these first high bandwidth e-APDs. PMID:22109211

  6. In-circuit-measurement of parasitic elements in high gain high bandwidth low noise transimpedance amplifiers

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    Cochems, P.; Kirk, A.; Zimmermann, S.

    2014-12-01

    Parasitic elements play an important role in the development of every high performance circuit. In the case of high gain, high bandwidth transimpedance amplifiers, the most important parasitic elements are parasitic capacitances at the input and in the feedback path, which significantly influence the stability, the frequency response, and the noise of the amplifier. As these parasitic capacitances range from a few picofarads down to only a few femtofarads, it is nearly impossible to measure them accurately using traditional LCR meters. Unfortunately, they also cannot be easily determined from the transfer function of the transimpedance amplifier, as it contains several overlapping effects and its measurement is only possible when the circuit is already stable. Therefore, we developed an in-circuit measurement method utilizing minimal modifications to the input stage in order to measure its parasitic capacitances directly and with unconditional stability. Furthermore, using the data acquired with this measurement technique, we both proposed a model for the complicated frequency response of high value thick film resistors as they are used in high gain transimpedance amplifiers and optimized our transimpedance amplifier design.

  7. A 1 to 18 GHz high gain ultra-broadband amplifier with temperature compensation

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    Ariel, D.; Thibout, T.; Lacombe, J. L.

    1989-05-01

    Design and performance of a high gain ultra-broadband hybrid amplifier with temperature compensation are presented. The amplifier consists of six distributed amplifier stages using GaAs FETs. Design emphasis was on minimizing gain variations with temperature; this was achieved by biasing the gates of the FETs with a temperature varying voltage. The amplifier exhibits a gain of 35 dB with a maximum deviation of + or - 4 dB over the frequency range from 1 to 18 GHz and the temperature range from -55 to +85 C. The gain flatness and temperature stability performance of this amplifier make it useful for EW subsystem applications.

  8. Semiconductor nanoplatelets: a new colloidal system for low-threshold high-gain stimulated emission (Presentation Recording)

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    Pelton, Matthew A.; She, Chunxing; Fedin, Igor; Dolzhnikov, Dmitriy; Ithurria, Sandrine; Baghani, Erfan; O'Leary, Stephen K.; Demortiere, Arnaud; Schaller, Richard D.; Talapin, Dmitri V.

    2015-10-01

    Quantum wells (QWs) are thin semiconductor layers than confine electrons and holes in one dimension. They are widely used for optoelectronic devices, particularly semiconductor lasers, but have so far been produced using expensive epitaxial crystal-growth techniques. This has motivated research into the use of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, which can be synthesized chemically at low cost, and can be processed in the solution phase. However, initial demonstrations of optical gain from colloidal nanocrystals involved high thresholds. Recently, colloidal synthesis methods have been developed for the production of thin, atomically flat semiconductor nanocrystals, known as nanoplatelets (NPLs). We investigated relaxation of high-energy carriers in colloidal CdSe NPLs, and found that the relaxation is characteristic of a QW system. Carrier cooling and relaxation on time scales from picoseconds to hundreds of picoseconds are dominated by Auger-type exciton-exciton interactions. The picosecond-scale cooling of hot carriers is much faster than the exciton recombination rate, as required for use of these NPLs as optical gain and lasing materials. We therefore investigated amplified spontaneous emission using close-packed films of NPLs. We observed thresholds that were more than 4 times lower than the best reported value for colloidal nanocrystals. Moreover, gain in these films is 4 times higher than gain reported for other colloidal nanocrystals, and saturates at pump fluences more than two orders of magnitude above the ASE threshold. We attribute this exceptional performance to large optical cross-sections, relatively slow Auger recombination rates, and narrow ensemble emission linewidths.

  9. High Gain Antenna Gimbal for the 2003-2004 Mars Exploration Rover Program

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    Sokol, Jeff; Krishnan, Satish; Ayari, Laoucet

    2004-01-01

    The High Gain Antenna Assemblies built for the 2003-2004 Mars Exploration Rover (MER) missions provide the primary communication link for the Rovers once they arrive on Mars. The High Gain Antenna Gimbal (HGAG) portion of the assembly is a two-axis gimbal that provides the structural support, pointing, and tracking for the High Gain Antenna (HGA). The MER mission requirements provided some unique design challenges for the HGAG. This paper describes all the major subsystems of the HGAG that were developed to meet these challenges, and the requirements that drove their design.

  10. Design, development and testing of the x-ray timing explorer High Gain Antenna System

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    Lecha, Javier; Woods, Claudia; Phan, Minh

    1995-01-01

    The High Gain Antenna System (HGAS), consisting of two High Gain Antenna Deployment Systems (HGADS) and two Antenna Pointing Systems (APS), is used to position two High Gain Antennas (HGA) on the X-Ray Timing Explorer (XTE). A similar APS will be used on the upcoming Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). Both XTE and TRMM are NASA in-house satellites. The salient features of the system include the two-axis gimbal and control electronics of the APS and the spring deployment and latch/release mechanisms of the HGADS. This paper describes some of the challenges faced in the design and testing of this system and their resolutions.

  11. Angular spectrum characters of high gain non-critical phase match optical parametric oscillators

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    Liu, Jian-Hui; Liu, Qiang; Gong, Ma-Li

    2011-05-01

    The angular spectrum gain characters and the power magnification characters of high gain non-walk-off colinear optical parametric oscillators have been studied using the non-colinear phase match method for the first time. The experimental results of the KTiOAsO4 and the KTiOPO4 crystals are discussed in detail. At the high energy single resonant condition, low reflective ratio of the output mirror for the signal and long non-linear crystal are beneficial for small divergence angles. This method can also be used for other high gain non-walk-off phase match optical parametric processes.

  12. To kill a kangaroo: understanding the decision to pursue high-risk/high-gain resources

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    Jones, James Holland; Bird, Rebecca Bliege; Bird, Douglas W.

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we attempt to understand hunter–gatherer foraging decisions about prey that vary in both the mean and variance of energy return using an expected utility framework. We show that for skewed distributions of energetic returns, the standard linear variance discounting (LVD) model for risk-sensitive foraging can produce quite misleading results. In addition to creating difficulties for the LVD model, the skewed distributions characteristic of hunting returns create challenges for estimating probability distribution functions required for expected utility. We present a solution using a two-component finite mixture model for foraging returns. We then use detailed foraging returns data based on focal follows of individual hunters in Western Australia hunting for high-risk/high-gain (hill kangaroo) and relatively low-risk/low-gain (sand monitor) prey. Using probability densities for the two resources estimated from the mixture models, combined with theoretically sensible utility curves characterized by diminishing marginal utility for the highest returns, we find that the expected utility of the sand monitors greatly exceeds that of kangaroos despite the fact that the mean energy return for kangaroos is nearly twice as large as that for sand monitors. We conclude that the decision to hunt hill kangaroos does not arise simply as part of an energetic utility-maximization strategy and that additional social, political or symbolic benefits must accrue to hunters of this highly variable prey. PMID:23884091

  13. To kill a kangaroo: understanding the decision to pursue high-risk/high-gain resources.

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    Jones, James Holland; Bird, Rebecca Bliege; Bird, Douglas W

    2013-09-22

    In this paper, we attempt to understand hunter-gatherer foraging decisions about prey that vary in both the mean and variance of energy return using an expected utility framework. We show that for skewed distributions of energetic returns, the standard linear variance discounting (LVD) model for risk-sensitive foraging can produce quite misleading results. In addition to creating difficulties for the LVD model, the skewed distributions characteristic of hunting returns create challenges for estimating probability distribution functions required for expected utility. We present a solution using a two-component finite mixture model for foraging returns. We then use detailed foraging returns data based on focal follows of individual hunters in Western Australia hunting for high-risk/high-gain (hill kangaroo) and relatively low-risk/low-gain (sand monitor) prey. Using probability densities for the two resources estimated from the mixture models, combined with theoretically sensible utility curves characterized by diminishing marginal utility for the highest returns, we find that the expected utility of the sand monitors greatly exceeds that of kangaroos despite the fact that the mean energy return for kangaroos is nearly twice as large as that for sand monitors. We conclude that the decision to hunt hill kangaroos does not arise simply as part of an energetic utility-maximization strategy and that additional social, political or symbolic benefits must accrue to hunters of this highly variable prey. PMID:23884091

  14. High-efficiency targets for high-gain inertial confinement fusion

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    Gardner, J.H.; Bodner, S.E.

    1986-08-01

    Rocket efficiencies as high as 15% are possible using short wavelength lasers and moderately high aspect ratio pellet designs. These designs are made possible by two recent breakthroughs in physics constraints. First is the development of the induced spatial incoherence (ISI) technique, which allows uniform illumination of the pellet and relaxes the constraint of thermal smoothing, permitting the use of short wavelength laser light. Second is the discovery that the Rayleigh--Taylor growth rate is considerably reduced at short laser wavelengths. By taking advantage of the reduced constraints imposed by nonuniform laser illumination and Rayleigh--Taylor instability, pellets using (1)/(4) ..mu..m laser light and initial aspect ratios of about 10 (with in flight aspect ratios of about 150--200) may produce energy gains as high as 200--250.

  15. Chronic intracerebroventricular injection of TLQP-21 prevents high fat diet induced weight gain in fast weight-gaining mice

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    Bresciani, Elena; Bulgarelli, Ilaria; Rigamonti, Antonello E.; Pascucci, Tiziana; Levi, Andrea; Possenti, Roberta; Torsello, Antonio; Locatelli, Vittorio; Muller, Eugenio E.

    2009-01-01

    The vgf gene regulates energy homeostasis and the VGF-derived peptide TLQP-21 centrally exerts catabolic effects in mice and hamsters. Here, we investigate the effect of chronic intracerebroventricular (icv) injection of TLQP-21 in mice fed high fat diet (HFD). Fast weight-gaining mice injected with the peptide or cerebrospinal fluid were selected for physiological, endocrine, and molecular analysis. TLQP-21 selectively inhibited the increase in body weight and epididymal white adipose tissue (eWAT) weight induced by HFD in control animals despite both groups having a similar degree of hyperphagia. TLQP-21 normalized the increase in leptin and decrease in ghrelin while increasing epinephrine and epinephrine/norepinephrine ratio when compared to values in controls. Finally, HFD-TLQP-21 mice showed a selective increase of eWAT β3-adrenergic receptor mRNA. Peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-δ and hormone-sensing-lipase mRNA were also upregulated. In conclusion, chronic icv infusion of TLQP-21 prevented the early phase of diet-induced obesity despite overfeeding. These effects were paralleled by activation of catabolic pathways within the eWAT. Our results further support a role for TLQP-21 as a catabolic neuropeptide. PMID:19247701

  16. Repeated allopregnanolone exposure induces weight gain in schedule fed rats on high fat diet.

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    Holmberg, E; Johansson, M; Bckstrm, T; Lfgren, M; Haage, D

    2015-03-01

    Ingestion of energy rich high fat diets is one of the determining factors associated with the obesity epidemic. Therefore, much can be learned from studies of obesity-related substances given to animals fed a high fat diet. The progesterone metabolite allopregnanolone is a potent positive modulator of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)A-receptor, and both allopregnanolone and GABA have been implicated in evoking hyperphagia. In this study, food intake and body weight gain were investigated during repeated allopregnanolone exposure. Male Wistar rats were studied when fed chow ad libitum, with chow access for 4h per day or with 45% high fat pellets for 4h per day. Rats on the high fat diet were separated into obesity prone and obesity resistant individuals. Subcutaneous injections of allopregnanolone were given once daily over five consecutive days. Repeated exposure to allopregnanolone lead to increased weight gain, significantly so in schedule fed rats on a high fat diet. The increased weight gain was correlated to an increased energy intake. Both obesity resistant and obesity prone rats responded to allopregnanolone with increased weight gain. Obesity resistant rats treated with allopregnanolone increased their energy intake and ate as much as vehicle treated obesity prone rats. Their weight gain was also increased to the level of obesity prone rats injected with just the vehicle carrier oil. Thus, it appears that allopregnanolone may be one of the endogenous factors involved in weight gain, especially when the diet is rich in fat. PMID:25484355

  17. Energy gain of highly charged ions in front of LiF

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    Haegg, L. Reinhold, C.O.; Burgdoerfer, J. /

    1996-12-31

    We present estimates of the energy gain of highly charged ions approaching a LiF surface, based on a modified classical-over-barrier model for insulators. The analysis includes the energy gain by image acceleration as well as the deceleration due to charge-up of the surface in a staircase sequence. The role of the frequency-dependent dielectric response of LiF is emphasized. The resulting velocity dependent total energy gain is studied in detail and the results are compared with experimental data.

  18. Gain limits of a Thick GEM in high-purity Ne, Ar and Xe

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    Miyamoto, J.; Breskin, A.; Peskov, V.

    2010-05-01

    The dependence of the avalanche charge gain in Thick Gas Electron Multipliers (THGEM) on the purity of Ne, Ar and Xe filling gases was investigated. The gain, measured with alpha-particles in standard conditions (atmospheric pressure, room temperature), was found to considerably drop in gases purified by non-evaporable getters. On the other hand, small N2 admixtures to noble gases resulted in high reachable gains. The results are of general relevance in the operation of gas-avalanche detectors in noble gases, particularly that of two-phase cryogenic detectors for rare events.

  19. DEMONSTRATION OF 3D EFFECTS WITH HIGH GAIN AND EFFICIENCY IN A UV FEL OSCILLATOR

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    Stephen Benson; George Biallas; Keith Blackburn; James Boyce; Donald Bullard; James Coleman; Cody Dickover; David Douglas; Forrest Ellingsworth; Pavel Evtushenko; Carlos Hernandez-Garcia; Christopher Gould; Joseph Gubeli; David Hardy; Kevin Jordan; John Klopf; James Kortze; Robert Legg; Matthew Marchlik; Steven Moore; George Neil; Thomas Powers; Daniel Sexton; Michelle D. Shinn; Christopher Tennant; Richard Walker; Anne Watson; Gwyn Williams; Frederick Wilson; Shukui Zhang

    2011-03-01

    We report on the performance of a high gain UV FEL oscillator operating on an energy recovery linac at Jefferson Lab. The high brightness of the electron beam leads to both gain and efficiency that cannot be reconciled with a one-dimensional model. Three-dimensional simulations do predict the performance with reasonable precision. Gain in excess of 100% per pass and an efficiency close to 1/2NW, where NW is the number of wiggler periods, is seen. The laser mirror tuning curves currently permit operation in the wavelength range of 438 to 362 nm. Another mirror set allows operation at longer wavelengths in the red with even higher gain and efficiency.

  20. High Omega Gain in High Shear Dynamo Flow with Low Turbulence

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    Colgate, Stirling

    2011-10-01

    The omega-phase of the liquid sodium alpha-omega dynamo experiment at NMIMT in cooperation with LANL has demonstrated a high toroidal field B? that is 8 times Br where Br is the radial component of an applied poloidal magnetic field. This enhanced toroidal field is produced by the rotational shear in stable Couette flow within liquid sodium at high Re ~ 1.4 x 107 and magnetic Reynolds number Rm ~ 120. A small turbulence in stable Taylor-Couette flow is caused by Ekman flow at the end walls, which causes an estimated turbulence energy fraction of (delta v/v)2 ~ 10-3. This result compared to three highly turbulent flow measurements with an omega gain of ~1.4 is interpreted as ``turbulence results primarily in the diffusion and dissipation of magnetic flux as compared to the possible creation of magnetic flux by dynamo action''. Large scale low turbulence, coherent flows as opposed to turbulent flows alone are then required to create the magnetic fields of the universe. The omega-phase of the liquid sodium alpha-omega dynamo experiment at NMIMT in cooperation with LANL has demonstrated a high toroidal field B? that is 8 times Br where Br is the radial component of an applied poloidal magnetic field. This enhanced toroidal field is produced by the rotational shear in stable Couette flow within liquid sodium at high Re ~ 1.4 x 107 and magnetic Reynolds number Rm ~ 120. A small turbulence in stable Taylor-Couette flow is caused by Ekman flow at the end walls, which causes an estimated turbulence energy fraction of (delta v/v)2 ~ 10-3. This result compared to three highly turbulent flow measurements with an omega gain of ~1.4 is interpreted as ``turbulence results primarily in the diffusion and dissipation of magnetic flux as compared to the possible creation of magnetic flux by dynamo action''. Large scale low turbulence, coherent flows as opposed to turbulent flows alone are then required to create the magnetic fields of the universe. Support by LANL-DOE, NSF, and New Mexico Tech gratefully acknowledged.

  1. Graphene/GaSe-Nanosheet Hybrid: Towards High Gain and Fast Photoresponse

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    Lu, Rongtao; Liu, Jianwei; Luo, Hongfu; Chikan, Viktor; Wu, Judy Z.

    2016-01-01

    While high photoconductive gain has been recently achieved in graphene-based hybrid phototransistors using semiconductor two-dimensional transition/post-transition metal dichalcogenides or quantum dots sensitizers, obtaining fast photoresponse simutaneously remains a challenge that must be addressed for practical applications. In this paper we report a graphene/GaSe nanosheets hybrid photodetector, in which GaSe nanosheets provide a favorable geometric link to graphene conductive layer through van Der Waals force. After a vacuum annealing process, a high gain in exceeding 107 has been obtained simitaneously with a dynamic response time of around 10 ms for both light on and off. We attribute the high performance to the elimination of possible deep charge traps, most probably at the graphene/GaSe nanosheets interface. This result demonstrates high photoconductive gain and fast photoresponse can be achieved simultaneously and a clean interface is the key to the high performance of these hybrid devices. PMID:26776942

  2. Graphene/GaSe-Nanosheet Hybrid: Towards High Gain and Fast Photoresponse

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    Lu, Rongtao; Liu, Jianwei; Luo, Hongfu; Chikan, Viktor; Wu, Judy Z.

    2016-01-01

    While high photoconductive gain has been recently achieved in graphene-based hybrid phototransistors using semiconductor two-dimensional transition/post-transition metal dichalcogenides or quantum dots sensitizers, obtaining fast photoresponse simutaneously remains a challenge that must be addressed for practical applications. In this paper we report a graphene/GaSe nanosheets hybrid photodetector, in which GaSe nanosheets provide a favorable geometric link to graphene conductive layer through van Der Waals force. After a vacuum annealing process, a high gain in exceeding 107 has been obtained simitaneously with a dynamic response time of around 10?ms for both light on and off. We attribute the high performance to the elimination of possible deep charge traps, most probably at the graphene/GaSe nanosheets interface. This result demonstrates high photoconductive gain and fast photoresponse can be achieved simultaneously and a clean interface is the key to the high performance of these hybrid devices.

  3. Graphene/GaSe-Nanosheet Hybrid: Towards High Gain and Fast Photoresponse.

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    Lu, Rongtao; Liu, Jianwei; Luo, Hongfu; Chikan, Viktor; Wu, Judy Z

    2016-01-01

    While high photoconductive gain has been recently achieved in graphene-based hybrid phototransistors using semiconductor two-dimensional transition/post-transition metal dichalcogenides or quantum dots sensitizers, obtaining fast photoresponse simutaneously remains a challenge that must be addressed for practical applications. In this paper we report a graphene/GaSe nanosheets hybrid photodetector, in which GaSe nanosheets provide a favorable geometric link to graphene conductive layer through van Der Waals force. After a vacuum annealing process, a high gain in exceeding 10(7) has been obtained simitaneously with a dynamic response time of around 10?ms for both light on and off. We attribute the high performance to the elimination of possible deep charge traps, most probably at the graphene/GaSe nanosheets interface. This result demonstrates high photoconductive gain and fast photoresponse can be achieved simultaneously and a clean interface is the key to the high performance of these hybrid devices. PMID:26776942

  4. Spontaneous Steinbeck: The Influence of Arts Integration, Primarily Spontaneous Painting, on the Reader Response of High School Juniors to "The Grapes of Wrath"

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    Klasek, Catherine Huey

    2010-01-01

    This paper addresses my experience with a group of 11th grade students and their reading of The Grapes of Wrath (1939, 2002) by John Steinbeck. I questioned how the application of visual arts integration strategies, specifically the use of spontaneously created paintings, might influence the reader responses of my high school junior-level…

  5. Spontaneous Steinbeck: The Influence of Arts Integration, Primarily Spontaneous Painting, on the Reader Response of High School Juniors to "The Grapes of Wrath"

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    Klasek, Catherine Huey

    2010-01-01

    This paper addresses my experience with a group of 11th grade students and their reading of The Grapes of Wrath (1939, 2002) by John Steinbeck. I questioned how the application of visual arts integration strategies, specifically the use of spontaneously created paintings, might influence the reader responses of my high school junior-level

  6. High-content screening assay for identification of chemicals impacting spontaneous activity in zebrafish embryos.

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    Raftery, Tara D; Isales, Gregory M; Yozzo, Krystle L; Volz, David C

    2014-01-01

    Although cell-based assays exist, rapid and cost-efficient high-content screening (HCS) assays within intact organisms are needed to support prioritization for developmental neurotoxicity testing in rodents. During zebrafish embryogenesis, spontaneous tail contractions occur from late-segmentation (?19 h postfertilization, hpf) through early pharyngula (?29 hpf) and represent the first sign of locomotion. Using transgenic zebrafish (fli1:egfp) that stably express eGFP beginning at ?14 hpf, we have developed and optimized a 384-well-based HCS assay that quantifies spontaneous activity within single zebrafish embryos after exposure to test chemicals in a concentration-response format. Following static exposure of one embryo per well from 5 to 25 hpf, automated image acquisition procedures and custom analysis protocols were used to quantify total body area and spontaneous activity in live embryos. Survival and imaging success rates across control plates ranged from 87.5 to 100% and 93.3-100%, respectively. Using our optimized procedures, we screened 16 chemicals within the US EPA's ToxCast Phase-I library, and found that exposure to abamectin and emamectin benzoate-both potent avermectins-abolished spontaneous activity in the absence of gross malformations. Overall, compared to existing locomotion-based zebrafish assays conducted later in development, this method provides a simpler discovery platform for identifying potential developmental neurotoxicants. PMID:24328182

  7. High Gain Submicrometer Optical Amplifier at Near-Infrared Communication Band

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    Wang, Xiaoxia; Zhuang, Xiujuan; Yang, Sen; Chen, Yu; Zhang, Qinglin; Zhu, Xiaoli; Zhou, Hong; Guo, Pengfei; Liang, Junwu; Huang, Yu; Pan, Anlian; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2015-07-01

    Nanoscale near-infrared optical amplification is important but remains a challenge to achieve. Here we report a unique design of silicon and erbium silicate core-shell nanowires for high gain submicrometer optical amplification in the near-infrared communication band. The high refraction index silicon core is used to tightly confine the optical field within the submicron structures, and the single crystalline erbium-ytterbium silicates shell is used as the highly efficient gain medium. Both theoretical and experimental results show that, by systematically tuning the core diameter and shell thickness, a large portion of the optical power can be selectively confined to the erbium silicate shell gain medium to enable a low loss waveguide and high gain optical amplifier. Experimental results further demonstrate that an optimized core-shell nanowire can exhibit an excellent net gain up to 3 1 dB mm-1 , which is more than 20 times larger than the previously reported best results on the micron-scale optical amplifiers.

  8. High Gain Submicrometer Optical Amplifier at Near-Infrared Communication Band.

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    Wang, Xiaoxia; Zhuang, Xiujuan; Yang, Sen; Chen, Yu; Zhang, Qinglin; Zhu, Xiaoli; Zhou, Hong; Guo, Pengfei; Liang, Junwu; Huang, Yu; Pan, Anlian; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2015-07-10

    Nanoscale near-infrared optical amplification is important but remains a challenge to achieve. Here we report a unique design of silicon and erbium silicate core-shell nanowires for high gain submicrometer optical amplification in the near-infrared communication band. The high refraction index silicon core is used to tightly confine the optical field within the submicron structures, and the single crystalline erbium-ytterbium silicates shell is used as the highly efficient gain medium. Both theoretical and experimental results show that, by systematically tuning the core diameter and shell thickness, a large portion of the optical power can be selectively confined to the erbium silicate shell gain medium to enable a low loss waveguide and high gain optical amplifier. Experimental results further demonstrate that an optimized core-shell nanowire can exhibit an excellent net gain up to 31??dB?mm(-1), which is more than 20 times larger than the previously reported best results on the micron-scale optical amplifiers. PMID:26207503

  9. Highly elevated emission of mercury vapor due to the spontaneous combustion of refuse in a landfill

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    Zhu, Wei; Sommar, Jonas; Li, Zhonggen; Feng, Xinbin; Lin, Che-Jen; Li, Guanghui

    2013-11-01

    Refuse disposal (e.g., landfilling and incineration) have been recognized as a significant anthropogenic source of mercury (Hg) emission globally. However, in-situ measurements of Hg emission from landfill or refuse dumping sites where fugitive spontaneous combustion occurs have not been reported. Gaseous elemental mercury (Hg0) concentration and emission flux were observed near spontaneous combustions of refuse at a landfill site in southwestern China. Ambient Hg0 concentrations above the refuse surface ranged from 42.7 ± 20.0 to 396.4 ± 114.2 ng m-3, up to 10 times enhancement due to the spontaneous burning. Using a box model with Hg0 data obtained from 2004 to 2013, we estimated that the Hg0 emission from refuse was amplified by 8-40 times due to spontaneous combustion. A micrometeorological flux measurement system based on relaxed eddy accumulation was configured downwind of the combustion sites to quantify the Hg0 emission. Extremely large turbulent deposition fluxes (up to -128.6 μg m-2 h-1, 20 min average) were detected during periods of high Hg0 concentration events over the measurement footprint. The effect of temperature, moisture and light on the air-surface exchange of Hg0 exchange was found to be masked by the overwhelming deposition of Hg0 from the enriched air from the refuse combustion plumes. This research reveals that mercury emission from the landfill refuse can be boosted by fugitive spontaneous combustion of refuse. The emission represents an anthropogenic source that has been overlooked in Hg inventory estimates.

  10. High-gain X-ray free electron laser by beat-wave terahertz undulator

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    Chang, Chao; Hei, DongWei; Institute of Energy, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 ; Pellegrin, Claudio; Tantawi, Sami

    2013-12-15

    The THz undulator has a higher gain to realize a much brighter X-ray at saturation, compared with the optical undulator under the same undulator strength and beam quality. In order to fill the high-power THz gap and realize the THz undulator, two superimposed laser pulses at normal incidence to the electron-beam moving direction form an equivalent high-field THz undulator by the frequency difference to realize the high-gain X-ray Free electron laser. The pulse front tilt of lateral fed lasers is used to realize the electron-laser synchronic interaction. By PIC simulation, a higher gain and a larger X-ray radiation power by the beat wave THz undulator could be realized, compared with the optical undulator for the same electron beam parameters.

  11. High gain parametric processes in quasi-phase-matching proton-exchange lithium niobate waveguides

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    Xie, Xiuping

    Developments in nonlinear optical materials and solid-state lasers led to rapid progress in nonlinear optics in recent years. Among the many fields of nonlinear optics, chi(2) parametric processes are among the major tools for generating coherent radiation indispensable in optical communication, spectroscopy and medical applications. Involving short pulses with high peak power, high gain parametric processes, including optical parametric amplification (OPA) and optical parametric generation (OPG), have been widely used for near- and mid-infrared light sources. Most such research so far has been demonstrated in bulk crystals. On the other hand, waveguides can enhance the beam intensity along the whole device and significantly increase the gain in parametric processes, and have been widely applied in processes such as second-harmonic generation. However a thorough study of the use of waveguides in high-gain parametric processes is absent. This dissertation addresses he challenges in such applications and demonstrates how waveguide structures and quasi-phase-matching (QPM) gratings can be tailored to improve the performance of high gain parametric processes. We demonstrate high parametric gain for OPA in reverse-proton-exchange lithium niobate waveguides with periodically-poled QPM gratings. Picojoule OPG threshold with picosecond pump pulses near 780 nm is illustrated, which is over two orders of magnitude lower than that in bulk crystal under similar conditions. Furthermore we demonstrate control over the temporal properties of the output products from OPG with picosecond pump pulses near 780 nm. By synthesizing either the QPM gratings or the waveguide structures we demonstrate one order of magnitude smaller time-bandwidth products at designed wavelengths and obtain near transform-limited output from OPG. We also illustrate mode demultiplexing for OPA using asymmetric Y-junctions, in which the signal and idler in different waveguide modes are separated with a contrast of >27.5 dB. The high gain parametric processes in waveguides may therefore find practical application with the engineerable QPM gratings and waveguide structures.

  12. Balancing high gain and bandwidth in multilayer organic photodetectors with tailored carrier blocking layers

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    Hammond, William T.; Mudrick, John P.; Xue, Jiangeng

    2014-12-07

    We present detailed studies of the high photocurrent gain behavior in multilayer organic photodiodes containing tailored carrier blocking layers we reported earlier in a Letter [W. T. Hammond and J. Xue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 073302 (2010)], in which a high photocurrent gain of up to 500 was attributed to the accumulation of photogenerated holes at the anode/organic active layer interface and the subsequent drastic increase in secondary electron injection from the anode. Here, we show that both the hole-blocking layer structure and layer thickness strongly influence the magnitude of the photocurrent gain. Temporal studies revealed that the frequency response of such devices is limited by three different processes with lifetimes of 10 μs, 202 μs, and 2.72 ms for the removal of confined holes, which limit the 3 dB bandwidth of these devices to 1.4 kHz. Furthermore, the composition in the mixed organic donor-acceptor photoactive layer affects both gain and bandwidth, which is attributed to the varying charge transport characteristics, and the optimal gain-bandwidth product is achieved with approximately 30% donor content. Finally, these devices show a high dynamic range of more than seven orders of magnitude, although the photocurrent shows a sublinear dependence on the incident optical power.

  13. Balancing high gain and bandwidth in multilayer organic photodetectors with tailored carrier blocking layers

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    Hammond, William T.; Mudrick, John P.; Xue, Jiangeng

    2014-12-01

    We present detailed studies of the high photocurrent gain behavior in multilayer organic photodiodes containing tailored carrier blocking layers we reported earlier in a Letter [W. T. Hammond and J. Xue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 073302 (2010)], in which a high photocurrent gain of up to 500 was attributed to the accumulation of photogenerated holes at the anode/organic active layer interface and the subsequent drastic increase in secondary electron injection from the anode. Here, we show that both the hole-blocking layer structure and layer thickness strongly influence the magnitude of the photocurrent gain. Temporal studies revealed that the frequency response of such devices is limited by three different processes with lifetimes of 10 ?s, 202 ?s, and 2.72 ms for the removal of confined holes, which limit the 3 dB bandwidth of these devices to 1.4 kHz. Furthermore, the composition in the mixed organic donor-acceptor photoactive layer affects both gain and bandwidth, which is attributed to the varying charge transport characteristics, and the optimal gain-bandwidth product is achieved with approximately 30% donor content. Finally, these devices show a high dynamic range of more than seven orders of magnitude, although the photocurrent shows a sublinear dependence on the incident optical power.

  14. Doped Contacts for High-Longevity Optically Activated, High Gain GaAs Photoconductive Semiconductor Switches

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    MAR,ALAN; LOUBRIEL,GUILLERMO M.; ZUTAVERN,FRED J.; O'MALLEY,MARTIN W.; HELGESON,WESLEY D.; BROWN,DARWIN JAMES; HJALMARSON,HAROLD P.; BACA,ALBERT G.; THORNTON,R.L.; DONALDSON,R.D.

    1999-12-17

    The longevity of high gain GaAs photoconductive semiconductor switches (PCSS) has been extended to over 100 million pulses. This was achieved by improving the ohmic contacts through the incorporation of a doped layer that is very effective in the suppression of filament formation, alleviating current crowding. Damage-free operation is now possible with virtually infinite expected lifetime at much higher current levels than before. The inherent damage-free current capacity of the bulk GaAs itself depends on the thickness of the doped layers and is at least 100A for a dopant diffusion depth of 4pm. The contact metal has a different damage mechanism and the threshold for damage ({approx}40A) is not further improved beyond a dopant diffusion depth of about 2{micro}m. In a diffusion-doped contact switch, the switching performance is not degraded when contact metal erosion occurs, unlike a switch with conventional contacts. This paper will compare thermal diffusion and epitaxial growth as approaches to doping the contacts. These techniques will be contrasted in terms of the fabrication issues and device characteristics.

  15. Recent progress in high gain InAs avalanche photodiodes (Presentation Recording)

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    Bank, Seth; Maddox, Scott J.; Sun, Wenlu; Nair, Hari P.; Campbell, Joe C.

    2015-08-01

    InAs possesses nearly ideal material properties for the fabrication of near- and mid-infrared avalanche photodiodes (APDs), which result in strong electron-initiated impact ionization and negligible hole-initiated impact ionization [1]. Consequently, InAs multiplication regions exhibit several appealing characteristics, including extremely low excess noise factors and bandwidth independent of gain [2], [3]. These properties make InAs APDs attractive for a number of near- and mid-infrared sensing applications including remote gas sensing, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), and both active and passive imaging. Here, we discuss our recent advances in the growth and fabrication of high gain, low noise InAs APDs. Devices yielded room temperature multiplication gains >300, with much reduced (~10x) lower dark current densities. We will also discuss a likely key contributor to our current performance limitations: silicon diffusion into the intrinsic (multiplication) region from the underlying n-type layer during growth. Future work will focus on increasing the intrinsic region thickness, targeting gains >1000. This work was supported by the Army Research Office (W911NF-10-1-0391). [1] A. R. J. Marshall, C. H. Tan, M. J. Steer, and J. P. R. David, "Electron dominated impact ionization and avalanche gain characteristics in InAs photodiodes," Applied Physics Letters, vol. 93, p. 111107, 2008. [2] A. R. J. Marshall, A. Krysa, S. Zhang, A. S. Idris, S. Xie, J. P. R. David, and C. H. Tan, "High gain InAs avalanche photodiodes," in 6th EMRS DTC Technical Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 2009. [3] S. J. Maddox, W. Sun, Z. Lu, H. P. Nair, J. C. Campbell, and S. R. Bank, "Enhanced low-noise gain from InAs avalanche photodiodes with reduced dark current and background doping," Applied Physics Letters, vol. 101, no. 15, pp. 151124-151124-3, Oct. 2012.

  16. A Low Voltage High Gain Transformer Noise-Canceling Current Mode Ultrawideband CMOS Low Noise Amplifier

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    Sun, Jingru; Cao, Xiaodong; Wang, Chunhua; Liu, Jinjiang; Zhao, Manfeng

    2012-03-01

    This paper presents a novel current mode differential UWB LNA. A common-gate stage with transformer realizes a low noise input matching and produces a current gain. The output of the LNA is differential current, which can avoid the current-to-voltage conversion. The LNA is simulated with TSMC 0.18 ?m RF CMOS process. Simulation results show that the max noise figure is only 2.65 dB, transconductance gain is larger than 18.7 dB, input reflection coefficient is lower than -9.9 dB, and third order input intercept point is about 2.8 dBm over 3-5 GHz. With a voltage of 0.8 V, the power consumption is 11 mW. A comparison with conventional UWB LNA shows that this LNA has advantages of low voltage, low noise, high gain, and high linearity.

  17. Maintaining a High Physical Activity Level Over 20 Years and Weight Gain

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    Hankinson, Arlene L.; Daviglus, Martha L.; Bouchard, Claude; Carnethon, Mercedes; Lewis, Cora E.; Schreiner, Pamela J.; Liu, Kiang; Sidney, Stephen

    2013-01-01

    Context Data supporting physical activity guidelines to prevent long-term weight gain are sparse, particularly during the period when the highest risk of weight gain occurs. Objective To evaluate the relationship between habitual activity levels and changes in body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference over 20 years. Design, Setting, and Participants The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study is a prospective longitudinal study with 20 years of follow-up, 1985-86 to 2005-06. Habitual activity was defined as maintaining high, moderate, and low activity levels based on sex-specific tertiles of activity scores at baseline. Participants comprised a population-based multi-center cohort (Chicago, Illinois; Birmingham, Alabama; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Oakland, California) of 3554 men and women aged 18 to 30 years at baseline. Main Outcome Measures Average annual changes in BMI and waist circumference Results Over 20 years, maintaining high levels of activity was associated with smaller gains in BMI and waist circumference compared with low activity levels after adjustment for race, baseline BMI, age, education, cigarette smoking status, alcohol use, and energy intake. Men maintaining high activity gained 2.6 fewer kilograms (+ 0.15 BMI units per year; 95 % confidence interval [CI] 0.11-0.18 vs +0.20 in the lower activity group; 95% CI, 0.17-0.23) and women maintaining higher activity gained 6.1 fewer kilograms (+0.17 BMI units per year; 95 % CI, 0.12-0.21 vs. +0.30 in the lower activity group; 95 % CI, 0.25-0.34). Men maintaining high activity gained 3.1 fewer centimeters in waist circumference (+0.52 cm per year; 95 % CI, 0.43-0.61 cm vs 0.67 cm in the lower activity group; 95 % CI, 0.60-0.75) and women maintaining higher activity gained 3.8 fewer centimeters (+0.49 cm per year; 95 % CI, 0.39-0.58 vs 0.67 cm in the lower activity group; 95 % CI, 0.60-0.75). Conclusion Maintaining high activity levels through young adulthood may lessen weight gain as young adults transition to middle age, particularly in women. PMID:21156948

  18. High-Current Gain Two-Dimensional MoS₂-Base Hot-Electron Transistors.

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    Torres, Carlos M; Lan, Yann-Wen; Zeng, Caifu; Chen, Jyun-Hong; Kou, Xufeng; Navabi, Aryan; Tang, Jianshi; Montazeri, Mohammad; Adleman, James R; Lerner, Mitchell B; Zhong, Yuan-Liang; Li, Lain-Jong; Chen, Chii-Dong; Wang, Kang L

    2015-12-01

    The vertical transport of nonequilibrium charge carriers through semiconductor heterostructures has led to milestones in electronics with the development of the hot-electron transistor. Recently, significant advances have been made with atomically sharp heterostructures implementing various two-dimensional materials. Although graphene-base hot-electron transistors show great promise for electronic switching at high frequencies, they are limited by their low current gain. Here we show that, by choosing MoS2 and HfO2 for the filter barrier interface and using a noncrystalline semiconductor such as ITO for the collector, we can achieve an unprecedentedly high-current gain (α ∼ 0.95) in our hot-electron transistors operating at room temperature. Furthermore, the current gain can be tuned over 2 orders of magnitude with the collector-base voltage albeit this feature currently presents a drawback in the transistor performance metrics such as poor output resistance and poor intrinsic voltage gain. We anticipate our transistors will pave the way toward the realization of novel flexible 2D material-based high-density, low-energy, and high-frequency hot-carrier electronic applications. PMID:26524388

  19. Radially resolved simulation of a high-gain free electron laser amplifier

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    Fawley, W.M.; Prosnitz, D.; Doss, S.; Gelinas, R.

    1983-06-27

    The results of a two-dimensional simulation of a high-gain free electron laser (FEL) amplifier is presented. The simulation solves the inhomogeneous paraxial wave equation. The source term is radially resolved and is obtained by tracking the interaction of the laser field with localized macroparticles.

  20. Carrier generation in high gain GaAs photoconductive semiconductor switches

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    Liu, Hong; Zheng, Li; Yang, Wei; Zhu, Xiaoling; Yang, Yuting; Wu, Dan

    2015-10-01

    The carrier generation in high gain GaAs photoconductive semiconductor switches (PCSSs) is researched. Based on the "electron avalanche domain (EAD)" ideas, the physical process of carrier generation is explained. This analysis supports the current filaments velocities that can exceed the value of 2 109 cm/s. The results of this theoretical investigation are consistent with those of the reported experimental observations.

  1. 75 FR 61228 - Board Meeting: Technical Lessons Gained From High-Level Nuclear Waste Disposal Efforts

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    2010-10-04

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office NUCLEAR WASTE TECHNICAL REVIEW BOARD Board Meeting: Technical Lessons Gained From High-Level Nuclear Waste Disposal Efforts Pursuant to its authority under section 5051 of Public Law 100-203, Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act...

  2. Deployment/retraction mechanism for solar maximum mission high gain antenna system

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    Bennett, N.; Preiswerk, P.

    1979-01-01

    A mechanism called a deployment/retraction assembly (DRA) which provides not only a stable, but a deployable platform for the high gain antenna system (HGAS) aboard the Solar Maximum Mission (SMM) spacecraft is described. The DRA also has the capability to retract the system upon command.

  3. The crucial fiber components and gain fiber for high power ytterbium-doped fiber laser

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    Liao, Lei; Liu, Peng; Xing, Ying-Bin; Wang, Yi-Bo; Dai, Neng-Li; Li, Jin-Yan; He, Bing; Zhou, Jun

    2015-08-01

    We have demonstrated a kW continuous-wave ytterbium-doped all-fiber laser oscillator with 71 fused fiber bundle combiner, fiber Bragg grating (FBG) and double-clad gain fiber fabricated by corresponding technologies. The results of experiment that the oscillator had operated at 1079.48nm with 80.94% slope efficiency without the influence of temperature and non-linear effects indicate that fiber components and gain fiber were suitable to high power environment. No evidence of the signal power roll-over showed that this oscillator possess the capacity to highest output with available pump power.

  4. High-Gain Regenerative Chirped-Pulse Amplifier Using Photonic Crystal Rod Fiber

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    Ogino, Jumpei; Sueda, Keiichi; Kurita, Takashi; Kawashima, Toshiyuki; Miyanaga, Noriaki

    2013-12-01

    We have demonstrated a high-gain regenerative chirped-pulse amplifier (CPA) using an Yb-doped photonic crystal rod fiber of 100 µm core diameter. The input pulse energy is 150 nJ in a pulse width of 2.5 ns at a repetition rate of 1 kHz with a central wavelength of 1053 nm. At a pump power of 13.2 W, the amplified pulse energy is 0.26 mJ, yielding a gain of 1700.

  5. High Average Power Laser Gain Medium With Low Optical Distortion Using A Transverse Flowing Liquid Host

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    Comaskey, Brian J. (Walnut Creek, CA); Ault, Earl R. (Livermore, CA); Kuklo, Thomas C. (Oakdale, CA)

    2005-07-05

    A high average power, low optical distortion laser gain media is based on a flowing liquid media. A diode laser pumping device with tailored irradiance excites the laser active atom, ion or molecule within the liquid media. A laser active component of the liquid media exhibits energy storage times longer than or comparable to the thermal optical response time of the liquid. A circulation system that provides a closed loop for mixing and circulating the lasing liquid into and out of the optical cavity includes a pump, a diffuser, and a heat exchanger. A liquid flow gain cell includes flow straighteners and flow channel compression.

  6. Long wavelength, high gain InAsSb strained-layer superlattice photoconductive detectors

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    Biefeld, Robert M. (Albuquerque, NM); Dawson, L. Ralph (Albuquerque, NM); Fritz, Ian J. (Albuquerque, NM); Kurtz, Steven R. (Albuquerque, NM); Zipperian, Thomas E. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1991-01-01

    A high gain photoconductive device for 8 to 12 .mu.m wavelength radiation including an active semiconductor region extending from a substrate to an exposed face, the region comprising a strained-layer superlattice of alternating layers of two different InAs.sub.1-x Sb.sub.x compounds having x>0.75. A pair of spaced electrodes are provided on the exposed face, and changes in 8 to 12 .mu.m radiation on the exposed face cause a large photoconductive gain between the spaced electrodes.

  7. The 'SuperFET' - A monolithic device for high-gain amplifiers

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    Crescenzi, E. J., Jr.; Wilser, W. T.; Oglesbee, R. W.; Algeri, S. J.

    1981-07-01

    The development of minimum area GaAs FET chips which resulted in ICs with two FETs on a single .7 sq mm chip linked with microstrip matching circuitry is described. Cost considerations are given, noting that the figure of merit was high due to matching elements covering over half of the total chip area. The gain for the X- and Ku-bands over discrete transistors were 6 and 5 dB, at 20 and 18 GHz respectively. Design objectives for the X-band IC of 7-12.5 GHz minimum bandwidth, multistage cascadability for amplifier gains in the 25 to 50 dB range, low VSWR gain flatness, and cost competitiveness with thin film discrete FETs were achieved. The Ku-band 'superFET' was designed for small size, application flexibility, and mechanical ruggedness and reliability, with an eye to EW military applications.

  8. High-gain on-chip antenna using a sapphire substrate for implantable wireless medical systems

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    Okabe, Kenji; Akita, Ippei; Ishida, Makoto

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a high-gain on-chip antenna using a sapphire substrate for implantable wireless medical systems. The antenna model is based on a dipole and the antenna elements are appropriately rolled for impedance matching. The center frequency of the fabricated on-chip antenna was measured as 360 MHz. The return loss was -3.58 dB and the input impedance was 190.5 - j74.7 ? at 360 MHz. The maximum antenna gain of the fabricated on-chip antenna was -29.2 dBi. The on-chip antenna using a sapphire substrate achieved a 12.9 dB higher gain than that using a silicon substrate and successfully induced signal transmission at a distance of 10 cm with a transmitter chip. The implemented on-chip antenna can improve the power efficiency of implantable wireless medical systems by 95%.

  9. Endocannabinoid system in first trimester placenta: low FAAH and high CB1 expression characterize spontaneous miscarriage.

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    Trabucco, E; Acone, G; Marenna, A; Pierantoni, R; Cacciola, G; Chioccarelli, T; Mackie, K; Fasano, S; Colacurci, N; Meccariello, R; Cobellis, G; Cobellis, L

    2009-06-01

    Anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) were the first endocannabinoids to be characterized, that bind two G protein-coupled receptors, CB1 and CB2. AEA synthesized by multiple pathways, including NAPE-specific phospholipase D (NAPE-PLD) and degraded by the fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). AEA levels are critical in regulating embryo development and the "window" of implantation. We examined the expression of nape-pld mRNA, CB1 and FAAH in human placenta hypothesizing that their altered signaling may contribute to spontaneous miscarriage. First trimester placentas from women with spontaneous miscarriage (group 1) were matched with placentas from women who underwent termination (group 2). Nape-pld expression was analyzed by RT-PCR; CB1 and FAAH expression by Western blot and immunohistochemistry. Nape-pld mRNA expression was higher in group 2 than in group 1. Western blot analysis revealed higher CB1 expression and lower or absent FAAH in group 1 than in group 2. Immunohistochemistry confirmed CB1 and FAAH signals in group 1 and group 2 placentas, respectively. Human placenta contains the enzymes to synthesize AEA. Moreover, placental tissue represents a target for endocannabinoids whose activity may regulate pregnancy outcome. In particular, very low or absent FAAH and high CB1 levels correspond with spontaneous miscarriage. PMID:19419760

  10. High gain GaAs photoconductive semiconductor switches for ground penetrating radar

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    Loubriel, G.M.; Aurand, J.F.; Buttram, M.T.; Zutavern, F.J.; Helgeson, W.D.; O`Malley, M.W.; Brown, D.J.

    1996-07-01

    The ability of high gain GaAs Photoconductive Semiconductor switches (PCSS) to deliver high peak power, fast risetime pulses when triggered with small laser diode arrays makes them suitable for their use in radars that rely on fast impulses. This type of direct time domain radar is uniquely suited for observation of large structures under ground because it can operate at low frequencies and at high average power. This paper will summarize the state-of-the-art in high gain GaAs switches and discuss their use in a radar transmitter. We will also present a summary of an analysis of the effectiveness of different pulser geometries that result in transmitted pulses with varying frequency content. To this end we developed a simple model that includes transmit and receive antenna response, attenuation and dispersion of the electromagnetic impulses by the soil, and target cross sections.

  11. High-gain visual feedback exacerbates ankle movement variability in children.

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    Moon, Hwasil; Kim, Changki; Kwon, MinHyuk; Chen, Yen-Ting; Fox, Emily; Christou, Evangelos A

    2015-05-01

    The purpose was to compare the effect of low- and high-gain visual feedback on ankle movement variability and muscle activation in children and young adults. Six young adults (19.8 0.6 years) and nine children (9.4 1.6 years) traced a sinusoidal target by performing ankle plantar/dorsiflexion movements. The targeted range of motion was 10, and the frequency of the sinusoidal target was 0.4 Hz for 35 s. Low-gain visual feedback was 0.66, and high-gain visual feedback was 4.68. Surface EMG was recorded from the tibialis anterior (TA) muscle. Movement variability amplitude was quantified as the standard deviation of the position fluctuations after the task frequency was removed with a notch filter (second-order; 0.3-0.5 Hz). We quantified the oscillations in movement variability and TA EMG burst using the following frequency bands: 0-0.3, 0.3-0.6, 0.6-0.9, 0.9-1.2, and 1.2-1.5 Hz. Children exhibited greater movement variability than young adults, which was exacerbated during the high-gain visual feedback condition (P < 0.05). The greater ankle movement variability in children at the high-gain visual feedback condition was predicted by greater power within the 0-0.3 Hz of their movement variability (R (2) = 0.51, P < 0.001). The greater power in movement variability from 0 to 0.3 Hz in children was predicted by greater power within the 0-0.3 Hz in their TA EMG burst activity (R (2) = 0.6, P < 0.001). The observed deficiency in movement control with amplified visual feedback in children may be related to an ineffective use of visual feedback and the immaturity of the cortico-motor systems. PMID:25744054

  12. High gain, Fast Scan, Broad Spectrum Parallel Beam Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Spectrometer for SEM

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    OHara, David

    2009-05-08

    During contract # DE-FG02-ER83545, Parallax Research, Inc. developed a High gain, Fast Scan Broad Spectrum Parallel beam Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Spectrometer for use on Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM). This new spectrometer allows very fast high resolution elemental analysis of samples in an electron microscope. By comparison to previous WDS spectrometers, it can change from one energy position to another very quickly and has an extended range compared to some similar products.

  13. Femtosecond Ti:sapphire cryogenic amplifier with high gain and MHz repetition rate.

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    Dantan, Aurlien; Laurat, Julien; Ourjoumtsev, Alexei; Tualle-Brouri, Rosa; Grangier, Philippe

    2007-07-01

    We demonstrate high gain amplification of 160-femtosecond pulses in a compact double-pass cryogenic Ti:sapphire amplifier. The setup involves a negative GVD mirrors recompression stage, and operates with a repetition rate between 0.2 and 4 MHz with a continuous pump laser. Amplification factors as high as 17 and 320 nJ Fourier-limited pulses are obtained at a 800 kHz repetition rate. PMID:19547224

  14. A Coherent Compton Backscattering High Gain FEL using an X-Band Microwave Undulator

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    Tantawi, S.; Dolgashev, V.; Nantista, C.; Pellegrini, C.; Rosenzweig, J.; Travish, G.; /UCLA

    2005-12-14

    High power microwave sources at X-Band, delivering 400 to 500 of megawatts for about 400 ns, have been recently developed. These sources can power a microwave undulator with short period and large gap, and can be used in short wavelength FELs reaching the nm region at a beam energy of about 1 GeV. We present here an experiment designed to demonstrate that microwave undulators have the field quality needed for high gain FELs.

  15. Parameter analysis for a high-gain harmonic generation FEL using a recently developed 3D polychromatic code.

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    Biedron, S. G.; Freund, H. P.; Yu, L.-H.

    1999-09-10

    One possible design for a fourth-generation light source is the high-gain harmonic generation (HGHG) free-electron laser (FEL). Here, a coherent seed with a wavelength at a subharmonic of the desired output radiation interacts with the electron beam in an energy-modulating section. This energy modulation is then converted into spatial bunching while traversing a dispersive section (a three-dipole chicane). The final step is passage through a radiative section, an undulator tuned to the desired higher harmonic output wavelength. The coherent seed serves to remove noise and can be at a much lower subharmonic of the output radiation, thus eliminating the concerns found in self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE) and seeded FELs, respectively. Recently, a 3D code that includes multiple frequencies, multiple undulatory (both in quantity and/or type), quadruple magnets, and dipole magnets was developed to easily simulate HGHG. Here, a brief review of the HGHG theory, the code development, the Accelerator Test Facility's (ATF) HGHG FEL experimental parameters, and the parameter analysis from simulations of this specific experiment will be discussed.

  16. Spontaneous high piezoelectricity in poly(vinylidene fluoride) nanoribbons produced by iterative thermal size reduction technique.

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    Kanik, Mehmet; Aktas, Ozan; Sen, Huseyin Sener; Durgun, Engin; Bayindir, Mehmet

    2014-09-23

    We produced kilometer-long, endlessly parallel, spontaneously piezoelectric and thermally stable poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) micro- and nanoribbons using iterative size reduction technique based on thermal fiber drawing. Because of high stress and temperature used in thermal drawing process, we obtained spontaneously polar ? phase PVDF micro- and nanoribbons without electrical poling process. On the basis of X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, we observed that PVDF micro- and nanoribbons are thermally stable and conserve the polar ? phase even after being exposed to heat treatment above the melting point of PVDF. Phase transition mechanism is investigated and explained using ab initio calculations. We measured an average effective piezoelectric constant as -58.5 pm/V from a single PVDF nanoribbon using a piezo evaluation system along with an atomic force microscope. PVDF nanoribbons are promising structures for constructing devices such as highly efficient energy generators, large area pressure sensors, artificial muscle and skin, due to the unique geometry and extended lengths, high polar phase content, high thermal stability and high piezoelectric coefficient. We demonstrated two proof of principle devices for energy harvesting and sensing applications with a 60 V open circuit peak voltage and 10 ?A peak short-circuit current output. PMID:25133594

  17. Gain-assisted high-dimensional self-trapped laser beams at very low light levels

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    Li Huijun; Dong Liangwei; Hang Chao; Huang Guoxiang

    2011-02-15

    We propose a scheme to generate high-dimensional self-trapped laser beams at a very low light intensity via atomic coherence. The system we consider is a resonant four-level atomic ensemble, working in an active Raman gain regime and at room temperature. We derive a high-dimensional nonlinear envelope equation for a signal field with a specific saturable nonlinearity. We show that because of the quantum interference effect induced by a control field, the imaginary part of the coefficients of the signal-field envelope equation can be much smaller than their real part. We demonstrate that the system supports gain-assisted, stable, high-dimensional spatial optical solitons and long-lifetime vortices, which can be produced with light power at the microwatt level.

  18. Movement recognition technology as a method of assessing spontaneous general movements in high risk infants.

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    Marcroft, Claire; Khan, Aftab; Embleton, Nicholas D; Trenell, Michael; Pltz, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    Preterm birth is associated with increased risks of neurological and motor impairments such as cerebral palsy. The risks are highest in those born at the lowest gestations. Early identification of those most at risk is challenging meaning that a critical window of opportunity to improve outcomes through therapy-based interventions may be missed. Clinically, the assessment of spontaneous general movements is an important tool, which can be used for the prediction of movement impairments in high risk infants. Movement recognition aims to capture and analyze relevant limb movements through computerized approaches focusing on continuous, objective, and quantitative assessment. Different methods of recording and analyzing infant movements have recently been explored in high risk infants. These range from camera-based solutions to body-worn miniaturized movement sensors used to record continuous time-series data that represent the dynamics of limb movements. Various machine learning methods have been developed and applied to the analysis of the recorded movement data. This analysis has focused on the detection and classification of atypical spontaneous general movements. This article aims to identify recent translational studies using movement recognition technology as a method of assessing movement in high risk infants. The application of this technology within pediatric practice represents a growing area of inter-disciplinary collaboration, which may lead to a greater understanding of the development of the nervous system in infants at high risk of motor impairment. PMID:25620954

  19. Movement Recognition Technology as a Method of Assessing Spontaneous General Movements in High Risk Infants

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    Marcroft, Claire; Khan, Aftab; Embleton, Nicholas D.; Trenell, Michael; Plötz, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    Preterm birth is associated with increased risks of neurological and motor impairments such as cerebral palsy. The risks are highest in those born at the lowest gestations. Early identification of those most at risk is challenging meaning that a critical window of opportunity to improve outcomes through therapy-based interventions may be missed. Clinically, the assessment of spontaneous general movements is an important tool, which can be used for the prediction of movement impairments in high risk infants. Movement recognition aims to capture and analyze relevant limb movements through computerized approaches focusing on continuous, objective, and quantitative assessment. Different methods of recording and analyzing infant movements have recently been explored in high risk infants. These range from camera-based solutions to body-worn miniaturized movement sensors used to record continuous time-series data that represent the dynamics of limb movements. Various machine learning methods have been developed and applied to the analysis of the recorded movement data. This analysis has focused on the detection and classification of atypical spontaneous general movements. This article aims to identify recent translational studies using movement recognition technology as a method of assessing movement in high risk infants. The application of this technology within pediatric practice represents a growing area of inter-disciplinary collaboration, which may lead to a greater understanding of the development of the nervous system in infants at high risk of motor impairment. PMID:25620954

  20. High-Tc superconducting quantum interference device recordings of spontaneous brain activity: Towards high-Tc magnetoencephalography

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    isjen, F.; Schneiderman, J. F.; Figueras, G. A.; Chukharkin, M. L.; Kalabukhov, A.; Hedstrm, A.; Elam, M.; Winkler, D.

    2012-03-01

    We have performed single- and two-channel high transition temperature (high-Tc) superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetoencephalography (MEG) recordings of spontaneous brain activity in two healthy human subjects. We demonstrate modulation of two well-known brain rhythms: the occipital alpha rhythm and the mu rhythm found in the motor cortex. We further show that despite higher noise-levels compared to their low-Tc counterparts, high-Tc SQUIDs can be used to detect and record physiologically relevant brain rhythms with comparable signal-to-noise ratios. These results indicate the utility of high-Tc technology in MEG recordings of a broader range of brain activity.

  1. Numerical Simulation on the Spontaneous Ignition of Leaking High Pressure Hydrogen from Terminal Unit

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    Xiaobo, Shen; Jinhua, Sun

    The CFD simulation study was carried out on the spontaneous ignition of high pressure leaking hydrogen from some terminal units. An integrated 2D axisymmetric PDF numerical model was established. The results show that, the strong and weak discontinuous surfaces accompanied by combustion phenomenon are formed leading the local temperature and density rising up sharply. Near the outer-edge of the tube mouth, the vortexes are prone to take shape, which contribute to the mixing of hydrogen and air resulting in intenser and longer time combustion. But the combustion is not sustainable and will die out finally. The simulation catches the detailed jet structure including mach disk and barrel shock.

  2. Design, testing and modeling of a high-gain magnetic flux-compression generator

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    Sheppard, M.G.; Freeman, B.L.; Bowers, R.L.; Brownell, J.H.; Fowler, C.M.; Fritz, J.N.; Greene, A.E.; Marsh, S.P.; Oliphant, T.A.; Tubbs, D.L.

    1986-01-01

    Using a simultaneously initiated cylindrical explosive, a coaxial magnetic flux-compression generator (FCG) was designed to test high-current-gain limitations. A coaxial design with a lossless gain of approx.100:1 was chosen for its efficiency, relative simplicity, and calculability. Theoretical design included modeling as well as 1-D and 2-D hydrodynamic and MHD calculations. A 69.3-cm cylinder of PBX-9501 high explosive, 20.3 cm in diameter, was used to drive the Al armature into a Cu stator. The initial current supplied by a capacitor bank was approx.3 MA which produced a final current approx.75 MA. Details of the experiment and a comparison with calculations are presented.

  3. Radius of curvature changes in spontaneous improvement of foveoschisis in highly myopic eyes

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    Hoang, Quan V; Chen, Ching-Lung; Garcia-Arumi, Jose; Sherwood, Pamela R; Chang, Stanley

    2016-01-01

    Background Myopic foveoschisis is the splitting of retinal layers overlying staphyloma in highly myopic patients that can lead to vision loss. We assess possible contributing mechanisms to the formation of foveoschisis by examining two cases of spontaneous improvement of myopic foveoschisis and employ a radius of curvature (ROC) measure to track posterior scleral curvature over time. Methods A retrospective, non-comparative case series was performed and optical coherence tomography images were analysed. Retinal pigment epithelial layer ROC was calculated from manually segmented images through the posterior scleral curvature apex. Results Two cases of myopic foveoschisis with foveal detachments in the left eye (OS) were studied. Both patients had high myopia (either <−10 D or >30 mm in axial length). One case occurred in a treatment-naive patient who improved after 4 months of observation. On initial presentation, OS posterior scleral ROC was 12.35 mm and decreased to 12.15 mm at the time of resolution. The other case occurred in a patient who was followed for 7 years, had previously underwent pars plana vitrectomy and removal of epiretinal membrane, experienced recurrence of foveoschisis and then spontaneously improved without further posterior segment surgery. There was an uncomplicated cataract extraction in the interim. Posterior scleral ROC was 4.05 mm on presentation, 4.10 during recurrence, 3.55 mm after cataract extraction and 3.75 mm at resolution. Conclusions Spontaneous improvement of myopic foveoschisis may be due to changes in tractional forces from the internal limiting membrane, cortical vitreous or staphyloma or, alternatively, from a delayed or fluctuant recovery course after intervention. PMID:26130673

  4. Nonlinear harmonic generation in high-gain free-electron lasers

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    Dattoli, G.; Ottaviani, P.L.; Pagnutti, S.

    2005-06-01

    We reconsider the derivation of semianalytical expressions providing the most significant aspects of the high-gain free-electron laser dynamics. We obtain new expressions for the growth of the laser power, of the e-beam-induced energy spread, and of the higher-order nonlinearly generated harmonics. The procedure we employ, based on theoretical ansatz and fitting methods, allows the determination of crucial quantities like the expected harmonic output power and its dependences on the e-beam parameters.

  5. Optimization of single-step tapering amplitude and energy detuning for high-gain FELs

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    Li, He-Ting; Jia, Qi-Ka

    2015-01-01

    We put forward a method to optimize the single-step tapering amplitude of undulator strength and initial energy tuning of electron beam to maximize the saturation power of high gain free-electron lasers (FELs), based on the physics of longitudinal electron beam phase space. Using the FEL simulation code GENESIS, we numerically demonstrate the accuracy of the estimations for parameters corresponding to the linac coherent light source and the Tesla test facility.

  6. Prediction of double shock formation by exploding high gain ICF target in Xe gas filled chamber

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    Sacks, Ryan; Moses, Gregory

    2013-10-01

    The spherical micro-explosion of a 132 MJ high gain indirect drive target radiating and expanding into a surrounding 6 ?g/cc Xe atmosphere is simulated in 1D using the BUCKY radiation hydrodynamics code with 121 group FAC Xe opacities and equations of state. An interesting double shock is formed by the Marshak wave and exploding target debris. Explanation of this double shock formation is presented. This research is supported by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

  7. Gains of ubiquitylation sites in highly conserved proteins in the human lineage

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    2012-01-01

    Background Post-translational modification of lysine residues of specific proteins by ubiquitin modulates the degradation, localization, and activity of these target proteins. Here, we identified gains of ubiquitylation sites in highly conserved regions of human proteins that occurred during human evolution. Results We analyzed human ubiquitylation site data and multiple alignments of orthologous mammalian proteins including those from humans, primates, other placental mammals, opossum, and platypus. In our analysis, we identified 281 ubiquitylation sites in 252 proteins that first appeared along the human lineage during primate evolution: one protein had four novel sites; four proteins had three sites each; 18 proteins had two sites each; and the remaining 229 proteins had one site each. PML, which is involved in neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration, acquired three sites, two of which have been reported to be involved in the degradation of PML. Thirteen human proteins, including ERCC2 (also known as XPD) and NBR1, gained human-specific ubiquitylated lysines after the human-chimpanzee divergence. ERCC2 has a Lys/Gln polymorphism, the derived (major) allele of which confers enhanced DNA repair capacity and reduced cancer risk compared with the ancestral (minor) allele. NBR1 and eight other proteins that are involved in the human autophagy protein interaction network gained a novel ubiquitylation site. Conclusions The gain of novel ubiquitylation sites could be involved in the evolution of protein degradation and other regulatory networks. Although gains of ubiquitylation sites do not necessarily equate to adaptive evolution, they are useful candidates for molecular functional analyses to identify novel advantageous genetic modifications and innovative phenotypes acquired during human evolution. PMID:23157318

  8. Chromosome 17/17q gain and unaltered profiles in high resolution array-CGH are prognostically informative in neuroblastoma.

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    Theissen, Jessica; Oberthuer, Andre; Hombach, Anja; Volland, Ruth; Hertwig, Falk; Fischer, Matthias; Spitz, Ruediger; Zapatka, Marc; Brors, Benedikt; Ortmann, Monika; Simon, Thorsten; Hero, Barbara; Berthold, Frank

    2014-08-01

    The prognostic relevance of chromosome 17 gain in neuroblastoma is still discussed. This investigation specifies the frequency, type, size, and transcriptional relevance in a large patient cohort. Primary tumor material of 202 patients was analyzed using high-resolution oligonucleotide array-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) and correlated with clinical and survival data. A subset (n = 145) was correlated for differentially expressed genes (DEG) by microarray analysis. Chromosome 17 aCGH analysis showed numerical gain in 94/202 patients (47%), partial gain in 93/202 patients (46%), and no gain in 15/202 patients (7%). The frequency of partial gain was higher in stage 4 neuroblastoma (stage 1 15%; stage 2 12%; stage 3 16%; stage 4S 7%; and stage 4 50%). Overall survival (OS) was superior in patients with numerical gain compared with patients with partial gain or no gain (5-y-OS: 0.95 0.02 vs. 0.63 0.05 vs. 0.60 0.13; P < 0.001). Gene expression analysis demonstrated 95/130 DEGs between tumors with numerical or partial chromosome/no gain. Only one DEG (CCKBR) was detected comparing tumors with partial gain and those with no gain. In patients with partial gain, the distribution of breakpoints did not correlate with stage and 11q status, but with MYCN amplification and 1p status. The "best" breakpoints in cases with partial 17q gain were at 42.5 Mb for event-free and 26.6 Mb for OS. Numerical gain of chromosome 17 is associated with a better prognosis than partial and no gain. The group of tumors with partial gain was similar to the group without gain with respect to stage distribution, outcome, and gene expression profile. PMID:24737690

  9. Spontaneous high-yield hydrogen production from cellulosic materials and water catalyzed by enzyme cocktail

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    Ye, Xinhao; Wang, Yiran; Hopkins, Robert C.; Adams, Michael W. W.; Evans, Barbara R; Mielenz, Jonathan R; Zhang, Y.-H. Percival

    2009-01-01

    Carbon-neutral hydrogen gas is a compelling energy carrier, especially for the transportation section. Low-cost hydrogen can be produced from abundant renewable lignocellulosic biomass through a number of methods employing chemical catalysis, biocatalysis or a combination of both, but these technologies suffer from low hydrogen yields (well below the theoretical yield of 12 H2 per glucose), undesired side-products and/or required severe reaction conditions. Here we present a novel in vitro synthetic biology approach for producing near theoretical hydrogen yields from cellulosic materials (cellodextrins) and water at 32oC and 1 atm. These non-natural catabolic pathways containing up to 14 enzymes and one coenzyme degrade cellodextrins initially to glucose-1-phosphate and eventually to CO2, split water and finally release the chemical energy in the form of hydrogen gas. Up to 11.2 H2 per anhydroglucose was produced in a batch reaction. This spontaneous endothermic reaction is driven by entropy gain, suggesting that the thermal energy is adsorbed for generating more chemical energy (hydrogen gas) than that in cellodextrins, i.e., output/input of chemical energy > 1, with an input of ambient-temperature thermal energy.

  10. Enhancing speed of pinning synchronizability: low-degree nodes with high feedback gains.

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    Zhou, Ming-Yang; Zhuo, Zhao; Liao, Hao; Fu, Zhong-Qian; Cai, Shi-Min

    2015-01-01

    Controlling complex networks is of paramount importance in science and engineering. Despite recent efforts to improve controllability and synchronous strength, little attention has been paid to the speed of pinning synchronizability (rate of convergence in pinning control) and the corresponding pinning node selection. To address this issue, we propose a hypothesis to restrict the control cost, then build a linear matrix inequality related to the speed of pinning controllability. By solving the inequality, we obtain both the speed of pinning controllability and optimal control strength (feedback gains in pinning control) for all nodes. Interestingly, some low-degree nodes are able to achieve large feedback gains, which suggests that they have high influence on controlling system. In addition, when choosing nodes with high feedback gains as pinning nodes, the controlling speed of real systems is remarkably enhanced compared to that of traditional large-degree and large-betweenness selections. Thus, the proposed approach provides a novel way to investigate the speed of pinning controllability and can evoke other effective heuristic pinning node selections for large-scale systems. PMID:26626045

  11. Gate Controlled Photocurrent Generation Mechanisms in High-Gain In₂Se₃ Phototransistors.

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    Island, J O; Blanter, S I; Buscema, M; van der Zant, H S J; Castellanos-Gomez, A

    2015-12-01

    Photocurrent in photodetectors incorporating van der Waals materials is typically produced by a combination of photocurrent generation mechanisms that occur simultaneously during operation. Because of this, response times in these devices often yield to slower, high gain processes, which cannot be turned off. Here we report on photodetectors incorporating the layered material In2Se3, which allow complete modulation of a high gain, photogating mechanism in the ON state in favor of fast photoconduction in the OFF state. While photoconduction is largely gate independent, photocurrent from the photogating effect is strongly modulated through application of a back gate voltage. By varying the back gate, we demonstrate control over the dominant mechanism responsible for photocurrent generation. Furthermore, because of the strong photogating effect, these direct-band gap, multilayer phototransistors produce ultrahigh gains of (9.8 ± 2.5) × 10(4) A/W and inferred detectivities of (3.3 ± 0.8) × 10(13) Jones, putting In2Se3 among the most sensitive 2D materials for photodetection studied to date. PMID:26540135

  12. Enhancing speed of pinning synchronizability: low-degree nodes with high feedback gains

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    Zhou, Ming-Yang; Zhuo, Zhao; Liao, Hao; Fu, Zhong-Qian; Cai, Shi-Min

    2015-12-01

    Controlling complex networks is of paramount importance in science and engineering. Despite recent efforts to improve controllability and synchronous strength, little attention has been paid to the speed of pinning synchronizability (rate of convergence in pinning control) and the corresponding pinning node selection. To address this issue, we propose a hypothesis to restrict the control cost, then build a linear matrix inequality related to the speed of pinning controllability. By solving the inequality, we obtain both the speed of pinning controllability and optimal control strength (feedback gains in pinning control) for all nodes. Interestingly, some low-degree nodes are able to achieve large feedback gains, which suggests that they have high influence on controlling system. In addition, when choosing nodes with high feedback gains as pinning nodes, the controlling speed of real systems is remarkably enhanced compared to that of traditional large-degree and large-betweenness selections. Thus, the proposed approach provides a novel way to investigate the speed of pinning controllability and can evoke other effective heuristic pinning node selections for large-scale systems.

  13. High gain low noise L-band preamplifier with cascade double-pass structure

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    Jia, Dongfang; Wang, Yanyong; Bao, Huanmin; Yang, Tianxin; Li, Shichen

    2005-06-01

    An optimized two-stage-cascade double-pass structure L-band preamplifier was proposed and experimentally studied to overcome the shortcomings of low gain coefficient and high noise figure of L-band erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA). The fiber lengthes of 6.5 and 32.5 m, pump powers of 130 and 119 mW for the first and second stages respectively are used in the experiment. When input signal power is -30 dBm, the amplifier can provide gain above 38.84 dB in a wavelength range of 34 nm (1568---1602 nm), gain ripple less than 2.04 dB (40.88---38.84 dB), and noise figures lower than 5.29 dB with the lowest value of 3.95 dB at 1590 nm. Experimental and simulation results show that this low cost and high pump efficiency amplifier is suitable for the application as an L-band preamplifier in the broadband fiber communication system.

  14. Enhancing speed of pinning synchronizability: low-degree nodes with high feedback gains

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    Zhou, Ming-Yang; Zhuo, Zhao; Liao, Hao; Fu, Zhong-Qian; Cai, Shi-Min

    2015-01-01

    Controlling complex networks is of paramount importance in science and engineering. Despite recent efforts to improve controllability and synchronous strength, little attention has been paid to the speed of pinning synchronizability (rate of convergence in pinning control) and the corresponding pinning node selection. To address this issue, we propose a hypothesis to restrict the control cost, then build a linear matrix inequality related to the speed of pinning controllability. By solving the inequality, we obtain both the speed of pinning controllability and optimal control strength (feedback gains in pinning control) for all nodes. Interestingly, some low-degree nodes are able to achieve large feedback gains, which suggests that they have high influence on controlling system. In addition, when choosing nodes with high feedback gains as pinning nodes, the controlling speed of real systems is remarkably enhanced compared to that of traditional large-degree and large-betweenness selections. Thus, the proposed approach provides a novel way to investigate the speed of pinning controllability and can evoke other effective heuristic pinning node selections for large-scale systems. PMID:26626045

  15. A bootstrapped, low-noise, and high-gain photodetector for shot noise measurement

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    Zhou, Haijun; Yang, Wenhai; Li, Zhixiu; Li, Xuefeng; Zheng, Yaohui

    2014-01-15

    We presented a low-noise, high-gain photodetector based on the bootstrap structure and the L-C (inductance and capacitance) combination. Electronic characteristics of the photodetector, including electronic noise, gain and frequency response, and dynamic range, were verified through a single-frequency Nd:YVO{sub 4} laser at 1064 nm with coherent output. The measured shot noise of 50 μW laser was 13 dB above the electronic noise at the analysis frequency of 2 MHz, and 10 dB at 3 MHz. And a maximum clearance of 28 dB at 2 MHz was achieved when 1.52 mW laser was illuminated. In addition, the photodetector showed excellent linearities for both DC and AC amplifications in the laser power range between 12.5 μW and 1.52 mW.

  16. Interpolating gain-scheduled H? loop shaping design for high speed ball screw feed drives.

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    Dong, Liang; Tang, WenCheng; Bao, DaFei

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents a method to design servo controllers for flexible ball screw drives with time-varying dynamics, which are mainly due to the time-varying table position and the workpiece mass. A gain-scheduled H? loop shaping controller is designed to achieve high tracking performance against the dynamic variations. H? loop shaping design procedure incorporates open loop shaping by a set of compensators to obtain performance/robust stability tradeoffs. The interpolating gain-scheduled controller is obtained by interpolating the state space model of the linear time-invariant (LTI) controllers estimated for fixed values of the scheduling parameters and a linear least squares problem can be solved. The proposed controller has been compared with P/PI with velocity and acceleration feedforward and adaptive backstepping sliding mode control experimentally. The experimental results indicate that the tracking performance has been improved and the robustness for time-varying dynamics has been achieved with the proposed scheme. PMID:25592980

  17. A bootstrapped, low-noise, and high-gain photodetector for shot noise measurement

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    Zhou, Haijun; Yang, Wenhai; Li, Zhixiu; Li, Xuefeng; Zheng, Yaohui

    2014-01-01

    We presented a low-noise, high-gain photodetector based on the bootstrap structure and the L-C (inductance and capacitance) combination. Electronic characteristics of the photodetector, including electronic noise, gain and frequency response, and dynamic range, were verified through a single-frequency Nd:YVO4 laser at 1064 nm with coherent output. The measured shot noise of 50 ?W laser was 13 dB above the electronic noise at the analysis frequency of 2 MHz, and 10 dB at 3 MHz. And a maximum clearance of 28 dB at 2 MHz was achieved when 1.52 mW laser was illuminated. In addition, the photodetector showed excellent linearities for both DC and AC amplifications in the laser power range between 12.5 ?W and 1.52 mW.

  18. Small-signal gain measurements for highly doped and co-doped Er3+:YAG at 2.936 ?m

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    Joshi, Abhijeet; Furtado, Mario; Shori, Ramesh; Stafsudd, Oscar M.

    2014-03-01

    Direct small-signal gain measurements have been made for a 50% doped Er3+:YAG rods for the 2.936 ?m wavelength. We also provide gain measurements for 55% Er3+:YAG and co-doped 55% Er3+:YAG rods. Erbium doped solid-state lasers are typically used in a flash-pumped configuration, where the gain dynamics is highly dependent on the pump-pulse length. In this paper we have reported the small-signal gain over the pulse duration, along with average small-signal gain, so as to provide the laser-engineer with data to efficiently design the mid-IR laser system.

  19. Lean rats gained more body weight from a high-fructooligosaccharide diet.

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    Li, Shaoting; Yingyi, Gu; Chen, Long; Lijuan, Gao; Ou, Shiyi; Peng, Xichun

    2015-07-01

    Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are believed to be beneficial to the host growth and its gut health. This article is intended to investigate the different influences of a high-fructooligosaccharide (FOS) diet on the growth and gut microbiota of lean and obese rats. Diet-induced lean and obese rats were fed a high-FOS diet for 8 weeks. Rats' body weight (BW) and feed intake were recorded weekly, and their gut microbiota was analyzed by 16S rDNA sequencing. The results showed that the lean rats gained more BW than the obese ones from the high-FOS diet. In the meanwhile, the gut microbiota in both lean and obese rats was altered by this diet. The abundance of Bacteroidetes was increased significantly (P < 0.05) in the lean rats, while no significant alteration in Firmicutes was observed in all rats after the consumption of a high-FOS diet. In conclusion, this study first reported that the lean rats gained more body weight from a high-FOS diet than the obese ones, and the increase of Bacteroidetes might help rats harvest more energy from the high-FOS diet. PMID:26073303

  20. 0.7 W X-Ku-band high-gain, high-efficiency common base power HBT

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    Wang, N. L.; Ho, W. J.; Higgins, J. A.

    1991-09-01

    Small sized AlGaAs-GaAs HBTs (heterojunction bipolar transistors) have achieved excellent power performance throughout the microwave frequency band. With the implementation of the multi-via-hole design, the HBT performance (gain and efficiency) is maintained as the size increases. A 0.7 W common-base (CB) power HBT with performance around 10 dB gain and 50 percent PAE well into the Ku band is reported. The performance is comparable to the pseudomorphic HEMT in this frequency range. The yield and uniformity are excellent. The high bias voltage (9.3 V Vce) is also desirable from a system viewpoint.

  1. Developing high-power hybrid resonant gain-switched thulium fiber lasers.

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    Yan, Shuo; Wang, Yao; Zhou, Yan; Yang, Nan; Li, Yue; Tang, Yulong; Xu, Jianqiu

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, we propose hybrid-pumped resonant gain-switched thulium fiber lasers to realize high-average-power and high-pulse-energy 2-μm laser emissions. Based on numerical simulation, laser dynamics (pulse peak power, pulse energy, pulse duration, etc.) of this kind of laser system are investigated in detail. By taking advantages of the 793 nm continuous wave pump and the 1900 nm pulsed pump, performance of the laser emission can be significantly improved, with the highest average power of 28 W, peak power of 3.5 kW, pulse energy of 281 μJ, and narrowest pulse duration of 92 ns, all of which can be further optimized through designing the cavity parameters and the pumping circumstance. Compared with the pump pulses, two times improvement in pulse energy and average power has been achieved. This hybrid resonant gain-switched system has an all-fiber configuration and high efficiency (low heat load), and can be steadily extended into the cladding pump scheme, thus paving a new way to realize high power (>100 W average power) and high pulse energy (>1 mJ) 2 μm thulium fiber lasers. PMID:26480083

  2. A critical examination of the evidence relating high fructose corn syrup and weight gain.

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    Forshee, Richard A; Storey, Maureen L; Allison, David B; Glinsmann, Walter H; Hein, Gayle L; Lineback, David R; Miller, Sanford A; Nicklas, Theresa A; Weaver, Gary A; White, John S

    2007-01-01

    The use of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has increased over the past several decades in the United States while overweight and obesity rates have risen dramatically. Some scientists hypothesize that HFCS consumption has uniquely contributed to the increasing mean body mass index (BMI) of the U.S. population. The Center for Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture Policy convened an expert panel to discuss the published scientific literature examining the relationship between consumption of HFCS or "soft drinks" (proxy for HFCS) and weight gain. The authors conducted original analysis to address certain gaps in the literature. Evidence from ecological studies linking HFCS consumption with rising BMI rates is unreliable. Evidence from epidemiologic studies and randomized controlled trials is inconclusive. Studies analyzing the differences between HFCS and sucrose consumption and their contributions to weight gain do not exist. HFCS and sucrose have similar monosaccharide compositions and sweetness values. The fructose:glucose (F:G) ratio in the U.S. food supply has not appreciably changed since the introduction of HFCS in the 1960s. It is unclear why HFCS would affect satiety or absorption and metabolism of fructose any differently than would sucrose. Based on the currently available evidence, the expert panel concluded that HFCS does not appear to contribute to overweight and obesity any differently than do other energy sources. Research recommendations were made to improve our understanding of the association of HFCS and weight gain. PMID:17653981

  3. Low threshold photonic crystal laser based on a Rhodamine dye doped high gain polymer.

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    Shi, Lan-Ting; Jin, Feng; Zheng, Mei-Ling; Dong, Xian-Zi; Chen, Wei-Qiang; Zhao, Zhen-Sheng; Duan, Xuan-Ming

    2016-02-21

    We demonstrate low threshold lasing oscillation in a photonic crystal (PhC) laser by using tert-butyl Rhodamine B (t-Bu-RhB) doped gain media. Lactonic t-Bu-RhB is synthesized to improve doping concentration in polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) films, and then isomerized to the zwitterion form to achieve highly fluorescent gain medium. The t-Bu-RhB doped PMMA film is sandwiched by a pair of polystyrene colloidal crystals to construct a PhC resonating cavity. Single-mode laser oscillation at 592 nm is observed when the PhC resonating cavity is pumped by a Nd:YAG laser. The lasing threshold is 0.12 MW cm(-2) utilizing 6.9 wt% t-Bu-RhB doped PMMA films, which is only 1/60 of that with 3 wt% t-Bu-RhB doped PMMA films. The concentration-dependent lasing action is attributed to different gain factors of the t-Bu-RhB doped PMMA films. Furthermore, a spatially and spectrally coherent laser beam from the PhC resonating cavity is verified by exploring the far-field image and angular dependence of the lasing emission. The approach provides a facile and efficient strategy to reduce the lasing threshold for fabricating low threshold PhC lasers. PMID:26817423

  4. Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis with a very high leukocyte count in ascitic fluid caused by Haemophilus influenzae

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    Saadi, Tarek; Khoury, Safie; Veitsman, Ella; Baruch, Yaacov; Raz-Pasteur, Ayelet

    2013-01-01

    We report on a case of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) due to Haemophilus influenzae (H. influenzae) in an elderly patient with alcoholic cirrhosis. The patient presented with a 5 day history of fever, cough, and fatigue. Abdominal paracentesis revealed a very high neutrophil count (134,800 cells/μL). Secondary peritonitis and abdominal abscess were ruled out. Peritoneal fluid culture displayed the growth of H. influenzae. The patient was treated with ceftriaxone and showed signs of improvement. Eventually, the patient died due to septic shock caused by other organisms. H. influenzae is a very rare cause of SBP. This case report demonstrates that (1) H. influenzae should be considered a potential cause of SBP, and (2) a very high leukocyte count in ascitic fluid can be found in patients with SBP. PMID:23983486

  5. Spontaneous Raman scattering as a high-resolution XUV radiation source

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    Rothenberg, J. E.; Young, J. F.; Harris, S. E.

    1983-01-01

    A type of high resolution XUV radiation source is described which is based upon spontaneous anti-Stokes scattering of tunable incident laser radiation from atoms excited to metastable levels. The theory of the source is summarized and two sets of experiments using He (1s2s)(1)S atoms, produced in a CW hollow cathode and in a pulsed high power microwave discharge, are discussed. The radiation source is used to examine transitions originating from the 3p(6) shell of potassium. The observed features include four previously unreported absorption lines and several sharp interferences of closely spaced autoionizing lines. A source linewidth of about 1.9 cm(-1) at 185,000 cm(-1) is demonstrated. Previously announced in STAR as N83-18422

  6. Oscillator Seeding of a High Gain Harmonic Generation FEL in a Radiator-First Configuration

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    Gandhi, P.; Wurtele, J.; Penn, G.; Reinsch, M.

    2012-05-20

    A longitudinally coherent X-ray pulse from a high repetition rate free electron laser (FEL) is desired for a wide variety of experimental applications. However, generating such a pulse with a repetition rate greater than 1 MHz is a significant challenge. The desired high repetition rate sources, primarily high harmonic generation with intense lasers in gases or plasmas, do not exist now, and, for the multi-MHz bunch trains that superconducting accelerators can potentially produce, are likely not feasible with current technology. In this paper, we propose to place an oscillator downstream of a radiator. The oscillator generates radiation that is used as a seed for a high gain harmonic generation (HGHG) FEL which is upstream of the oscillator. For the first few pulses the oscillator builds up power and, until power is built up, the radiator has no HGHG seed. As power in the oscillator saturates, the HGHG is seeded and power is produced. The dynamics and stability of this radiator-first scheme is explored analytically and numerically. A single-pass map is derived using a semi-analytic model for FEL gain and saturation. Iteration of the map is shown to be in good agreement with simulations. A numerical example is presented for a soft X-ray FEL.

  7. COMPARISON OF TWO DIFFERENT WAVELENGTH TUNING SCHEMES IN A SEEDED HIGH-GAIN FEL.

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    SHAFTAN,T.; YU,L.H.

    2004-08-04

    In the following text we analyze and compare results of the two publications ([1], [2]), dedicated to development of the tunable high-gain Free Electron laser (FEL), seeded by an external source. As a conclusion we summarize similarities and differences between these concepts. This note is initiated by the polemics on the similarity of two different schemes of the wavelength tuning in a seeded high-gain FEL. Below we will be calling the scheme, presented by S. Biedron, S, Milton and H. Freund in Nuclear Instruments and Methods of 2001 ([1]), as the first (1st) scheme. The scheme that we developed and presented in the BNL preprint ([2]) will be called as the second (2nd) scheme. The following analysis provides important information on similarities and differences between both techniques. We start by considering the first approach. As we understand, the goal of the Modular Approach is to make X-ray FEL design more flexible [1]. Usual linac-based FELs begin from a long linac with bunch compressor(s) followed by an FEL magnetic system. The essence of the Modular Approach is to break a machine into modules and then recombine these modules in a more efficient way (from the point of view of monetary and/or time constraints). The chapter 3.5 of [1] presents some basic example of Modular Approach. We have studied the scheme, discussed in [1] and illustrated in Fig. 2. Even though very few details of the scheme were presented, it was still sufficient to obtain a complete qualitative picture. Let us begin with the usual phase space of the microbunched beam, which enters a radiator in a prebunched FEL (Fig. 1). The sharp spike (in blue) represents the longitudinal density bunching, which will be the main subject of interest in this discussion. The key principle of a seeded high-gain FEL optimization is to establish this kind of the electron beam phase space at the entrance of the radiator.

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of Erbium Compound Nanowires as High Gain Optical Materials

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    Yin, Leijun

    Integrated photonics requires high gain optical materials in the telecom wavelength range for optical amplifiers and coherent light sources. Erbium (Er) containing materials are ideal candidates due to the 1.5 mum emission from Er3+ ions. However, the Er density in typical Er-doped materials is less than 1 x 1020 cm-3 thus limiting the maximum optical gain to a few dB/cm, too small to be useful for integrated photonics applications. Er compounds could potentially solve this problem since they contain much higher Er density. So far the existing Er compounds suffer from short lifetime and strong upconversion effects, mainly due to poor quality of crystals produced by various methods of thin film growth and deposition. This dissertation explores a new Er compound: erbium chloride silicate (ECS, Er3(SiO 4)2Cl ) in the nanowire form, which facilitates the growth of high quality single crystals. Growth methods for such single crystal ECS nanowires have been established. Various structural and optical characterizations have been carried out. The high crystal quality of ECS material leads to a long lifetime of the first excited state of Er3+ ions up to 1 ms at Er density higher than 1022cm-3. This Er lifetime-density product was found to be the largest among all Er containing materials. A unique integrating sphere method was developed to measure the absorption cross section of ECS nanowires from 440 to 1580 nm. Pump-probe experiments demonstrated a 644 dB/cm signal enhancement from a single ECS wire. It was estimated that such large signal enhancement can overcome the absorption to result in a net material gain, but not sufficient to compensate waveguide propagation loss. In order to suppress the upconversion process in ECS, Ytterbium (Yb) and Yttrium (Y) ions are introduced as substituent ions of Er in the ECS crystal structure to reduce Er density. While the addition of Yb ions only partially succeeded, erbium yttrium chloride silicate (EYCS) with controllable Er density was synthesized successfully. EYCS with 30 at. % Er was found to be the best. It shows the strongest PL emission at 1.5 mum, and thus can be potentially used as a high gain material.

  9. High gain FEL amplification of charge modulation caused by a hadron

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    Litvinenko,V.; Ben-Zvi, I.; Hao, Y.; Kayran, D.; Pozdeyev, E.; Wang, G.; Reiche, S.; Shevchenko, O.; Vinokurov, N. A.

    2008-08-24

    In scheme of coherent electron cooling (CeC) [1,2], a modulation of electron beam density induced by a copropagation hadron is amplified in high gain FEL. The resulting amplified modulation of electron beam, its shape, form and its lethargy determine number of important properties of the coherent electron cooling. In this talk we present both analytical and numerical (using codes RON [3] and Genesis [4]) evaluations of the corresponding Green functions. We also discuss influence of electron beam parameters on the FEL response.

  10. High-accuracy picosecond characterization of gain-switched laser diodes

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    Cova, S.; Lacaita, A.; Ghioni, M.; Ripamonti, G. )

    1989-12-15

    A unique combination of the time-correlated photon-counting technique and single-photon avalanche diode detectors gives an accurate characterization of gain-switched semiconductor lasers with picosecond resolution. The high sensitivity and the clean shape of the time response reveal even small features (reflections and relaxation oscillations), making a true optimization of the laser-diode operation possible. The technique outperforms the standard characterization with ultrafast p-i-n photodiodes and a sampling oscilloscope. In addition, compared with other methods, it has favorable features that greatly simplify the measurement.

  11. High Gain Antenna System Deployment Mechanism Integration, Characterization, and Lessons Learned

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    Parong, Fil; Russell, Blair; Garcen, Walter; Rose, Chris; Johnson, Chris; Huber, Craig

    2014-01-01

    The integration and deployment testing of the High Gain Antenna System for the Global Precipitation Measurement mission is summarized. The HGAS deployment mechanism is described. The gravity negation system configuration and its influence on vertical, ground-based, deployment tests are presented with test data and model predictions. A focus is made on the late discovery and resolution of a potentially mission degrading deployment interference condition. The interaction of the flight deployment mechanism, gravity negation mechanism, and use of dynamic modeling is described and lessons learned presented.

  12. High Gain Antenna System Deployment Mechanism Integration, Characterization, and Lessons Learned

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    Parong, Fil; Russell, Blair; Garcen, Walter; Rose, Chris; Johnson, Chris; Huber, Craig

    2014-01-01

    The integration and deployment testing of the High Gain Antenna System (HGAS) for the Global Precipitation Measurement mission is summarized. The HGAS deployment mechanism is described. The gravity negation system configuration and its influence on vertical, ground-based deployment tests are presented with test data and model predictions. A focus is made on the late discovery and resolution of a potentially mission-degrading deployment interference condition. The interaction of the flight deployment mechanism, gravity-negation mechanism, and use of dynamic modeling is described and lessons learned presented

  13. High-gain infrared-to-visible upconversion light-emitting phototransistors

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    Yu, Hyeonggeun; Kim, Doyoung; Lee, Jinhyung; Baek, Sujin; Lee, Jaewoong; Singh, Rajiv; So, Franky

    2016-02-01

    Infrared-to-visible upconversion devices made by integrating an infrared quantum dot photodetector with an organic light-emitting diode potentially offer a route to low-cost, pixel-free infrared imaging. However, making such devices sufficiently efficient for practical use is a challenge. Here, we report a high-gain vertical phototransistor with a perforated metallic source electrode having an EQE up to 1??105% and a detectivity of 1.2??1013?Jones. By incorporating a phosphorescent organic light-emitting diode in this phototransistor, an infrared-to-visible upconversion LEPT with a photon-to-photon conversion efficiency of over 1,000% is demonstrated.

  14. Method and system for modulation of gain suppression in high average power laser systems

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    Bayramian, Andrew James (Manteca, CA)

    2012-07-31

    A high average power laser system with modulated gain suppression includes an input aperture associated with a first laser beam extraction path and an output aperture associated with the first laser beam extraction path. The system also includes a pinhole creation laser having an optical output directed along a pinhole creation path and an absorbing material positioned along both the first laser beam extraction path and the pinhole creation path. The system further includes a mechanism operable to translate the absorbing material in a direction crossing the first laser beam extraction laser path and a controller operable to modulate the second laser beam.

  15. Analysis of FEL-based CeC amplification at high gain limit

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    Wang, G.; Litvinenko, V.; Jing, Y.

    2015-05-03

    An analysis of Coherent electron Cooling (CeC) amplifier based on 1D Free Electron Laser (FEL) theory was previously performed with exact solution of the dispersion relation, assuming electrons having Lorentzian energy distribution. At high gain limit, the asymptotic behavior of the FEL amplifier can be better understood by Taylor expanding the exact solution of the dispersion relation with respect to the detuning parameter. In this work, we make quadratic expansion of the dispersion relation for Lorentzian energy distribution and investigate how longitudinal space charge and electrons’ energy spread affect the FEL amplification process.

  16. Whey protein reduces early life weight gain in mice fed a high-fat diet.

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    Tranberg, Britt; Hellgren, Lars I; Lykkesfeldt, Jens; Sejrsen, Kristen; Jeamet, Aymeric; Rune, Ida; Ellekilde, Merete; Nielsen, Dennis S; Hansen, Axel Kornerup

    2013-01-01

    An increasing number of studies indicate that dairy products, including whey protein, alleviate several disorders of the metabolic syndrome. Here, we investigated the effects of whey protein isolate (whey) in mice fed a high-fat diet hypothesising that the metabolic effects of whey would be associated with changes in the gut microbiota composition. Five-week-old male C57BL/6 mice were fed a high-fat diet ad libitum for 14 weeks with the protein source being either whey or casein. Faeces were collected at week 0, 7, and 13 and the fecal microbiota was analysed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis analyses of PCR-derived 16S rRNA gene (V3-region) amplicons. At the end of the study, plasma samples were collected and assayed for glucose, insulin and lipids. Whey significantly reduced body weight gain during the first four weeks of the study compared with casein (P<0.001-0.05). Hereafter weight gain was similar resulting in a 15% lower final body weight in the whey group relative to casein (34.01.0 g vs. 40.21.3 g, P<0.001). Food intake was unaffected by protein source throughout the study period. Fasting insulin was lower in the whey group (P<0.01) and glucose clearance was improved after an oral glucose challenge (P<0.05). Plasma cholesterol was lowered by whey compared to casein (P<0.001). The composition of the fecal microbiota differed between high- and low-fat groups at 13 weeks (P<0.05) whereas no difference was seen between whey and casein. In conclusion, whey initially reduced weight gain in young C57BL/6 mice fed a high-fat diet compared to casein. Although the effect on weight gain ceased, whey alleviated glucose intolerance, improved insulin sensitivity and reduced plasma cholesterol. These findings could not be explained by changes in food intake or gut microbiota composition. Further studies are needed to clarify the mechanisms behind the metabolic effects of whey. PMID:23940754

  17. EXPERIMENTAL DEMONSTRATION OF WAVELENGTH TUNING IN HIGH-GAIN HARMONIC GENERATION FREE ELECTRON LASER.

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    SHAFTAN,T.; JOHNSON,E.; KRINSKY,S.; LOOS,H.; MURPHY,J.B.; RAKOWSKY,G.; ROSE,J.; SHEEHY,B.; SKARITKA,J.; WANG,X.J.; WU,Z.; YU,L.H.

    2004-08-29

    Tunability is one of the key aspects of any laser system. In High-Gain Harmonic Generation Free Electron Laser (HGHG FEL) the seed laser determines the output wavelength. Conventional scheme of tunable HGHG FEL requires tunable seed laser. The alternative scheme [1] is based on compression of the electron bunch with energy-time correlation (chirped bunch) in the FEL dispersive section. The chirped energy modulation, induced by the seed laser with constant wavelength, compressed as the whole bunch undergoes compression. In this paper we discuss experimental verification of the proposed approach at the DUV FEL [2,3] and compare experimental results with analytical estimates.

  18. Enhancing the performance of a high-gain free electron laser operating at millimeter wavelengths

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    Barletta, W.A.; Anderson, B.; Fawley, W.M.; Neil, V.K.; Orzechowski, T.J.; Prosnitz, D.; Scharlemann, E.T.; Yarema, S.M.; Paul, A.C.; Hopkins, D.

    1984-10-25

    A high-gain, high extraction efficiency, free electron laser (FEL) amplifier operating at the Experimental Test Accelerator (ETA) at 34.6 GHz has demonstrated a small signal gain of 13.4 dB/m. With a 30 kW input signal, the amplifier has produced a saturated output of 80 MW and a 5% extraction efficiency. Comparison of these results with a linear model at small signal levels indicates that the amplifier can deliver saturated output starting from noise, if the brightness of the electron beam is sufficiently high. The brightness of the ETA is far below that possible with optimized choice of practical design characteristics such as peak voltage, cathode type, gun electrode geometry, and focusing field topology. In particular, the measured brightness of the ETA injector is limited by plasma effects from the present cold, plasma cathode. As part of a coordinated theoretical and experimental effort to improve injector performance, we are using the EBQ gun design code to explore the current limits of gridless, relativistic, Pierce columns with moderate current density (>50 A/cm/sup 2/) at the cathode. The chief component in our experimental effort is a readily modified electron gun that will allow us to test many candidate cathode materials, types, and electrode geometries at field stresses up to 1 MV/cm. 8 references, 5 figures.

  19. Ground penetrating radar enabled by high gain GaAs photoconductive semiconductor switches

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    Loubriel, G.M.; Buttram, M.T.; Aurand, J.F.; Zutavern, F.J.

    1996-06-01

    The ability of high gain GaAs Photoconductive Semiconductor switches (PCSS) to deliver fast risetime, low jitter pulses when triggered with small laser diode arrays makes them suitable for their use in ultrawide bandwidth (UWB), impulse transmitters. This paper will summarize the state-of-the-art in high gain GaAs switches and discuss how GaAs switches are being implemented in a transmitter for detection of underground structures. The advantage of this type of semiconductor switch is demonstrated operation at high voltages (100 kV) and repetition rates (1 kHz) with the potential for much higher repetition rates. The latter would increase the demonstrated average powers of 100 W to 1 kW and higher. We will also present an analysis of the effectiveness of different pulser geometries that result in transmitted pulses with varying frequency content. To this end, we have developed a simple model that includes transmit and receive antenna response, attenuation and dispersion of the electromagnetic impulses by the soil, and target cross sections.

  20. Spontaneous Raman Scattering (SRS) System for Calibrating High-Pressure Flames Became Operational

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    Nguyen, Quang-Viet

    2003-01-01

    A high-performance spontaneous Raman scattering (SRS) system for measuring quantitative species concentration and temperature in high-pressure flames is now operational. The system is located in Glenn s Engine Research Building. Raman scattering is perhaps the only optical diagnostic technique that permits the simultaneous (single-shot) measurement of all major species (N2, O2, CO2, H2O, CO, H2, and CH4) as well as temperature in combustion systems. The preliminary data acquired with this new system in a 20-atm hydrogen-air (H2-air) flame show excellent spectral coverage, good resolution, and a signal-to-noise ratio high enough for the data to serve as a calibration standard. This new SRS diagnostic system is used in conjunction with the newly developed High- Pressure Gaseous Burner facility (ref. 1). The main purpose of this diagnostic system and the High-Pressure Gaseous Burner facility is to acquire and establish a comprehensive Raman-scattering spectral database calibration standard for the combustion diagnostic community. A secondary purpose of the system is to provide actual measurements in standardized flames to validate computational combustion models. The High-Pressure Gaseous Burner facility and its associated SRS system will provide researchers throughout the world with new insights into flame conditions that simulate the environment inside the ultra-high-pressure-ratio combustion chambers of tomorrow s advanced aircraft engines.

  1. Broadband optical parametric gain by novel highly nonlinear tellurite hybrid microstructured optical fiber with four zero-dispersion wavelengths

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    Tuan, Tong Hoang; Cheng, Tonglei; Asano, Koji; Duan, Zhongchao; Suzuki, Takenobu; Ohishi, Yasutake

    2014-03-01

    Fiber-optical parametric amplification (FOPA) has been intensively studied and exploited for various interesting applications such as wavelength conversion, wavelength division multiplexing, optical signal processing and so on. However, its efficiency is governed by the fiber nonlinearity and chromatic dispersion. By employing tellurite glass we propose novel highly nonlinear tellurite hybrid microstructured optical fibers (HMOFs) which have nonlinearity of 6642 W-1km-1 and near-zero flattened dispersion profiles from 1.3 to 2.3 ?m with four zero dispersion wavelengths for FOPA applications. The linear phase-mismatch, optical signal gain and gain bandwidth are precisely calculated by using a full propagation constant which includes the contribution of all high-order dispersion parameters. In contrast with silica fibers, the signal gain is shown to be generated in the wavelength regions where ??<-4?P and the parametric gain coefficient g is imaginary. It is shown that the proposed tellurite HMOFs with short fiber length L<90 cm have the gain bandwidth as broad as 760 nm when it is pumped at 1550 nm. The increase in pump power from 1 to 4 W not only increases the signal gain but also broadens the FOPA gain bandwidth. At 1700-nm pump wavelength, the signal gain larger than 14 dB is obtained over a very broad gain bandwidth of 1200 nm (from 1290 to 2490 nm). To our best knowledge, it is the first time that highly nonlinear tellurite HMOFs are demonstrated as attractive candidates for high performance of FOPA.

  2. High-power thulium-doped all-fibre amplified spontaneous emission sources

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    Jin, Xiaoxi; Wang, Xiong; Xu, Jiangming; Wang, Xiaolin; Zhou, Pu

    2015-04-01

    We demonstrate high-power thulium-doped all-fibre amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) sources operating at ~2 ?m with both broadband and narrowband spectra based on thulium-doped fibre master oscillator power amplifier configuration. The maximum output power of broadband thulium-doped all-fibre ASE source reached 316 W with the spectral full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 24 nm and the slope efficiency of 53%. The maximum output power of 292 W and the FWHM of 1.5 nm were obtained with the slope efficiency of 56% in narrowband thulium-doped all-fibre ASE source. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest output power of both broadband and narrowband all-fibre ASE sources operating at 2 ?m. Output power could be further enhanced via increasing pump power and/or employing better cooling management.

  3. Spontaneously broken time-reversal symmetry in high-temperature superconductors

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    Hkansson, Mikael; Lfwander, Tomas; Fogelstrm, Mikael

    2015-09-01

    Conventional superconductors are strong diamagnets that, through the Meissner effect, expel magnetic fields. It would therefore be surprising if a superconducting ground state would support spontaneous magnetics fields. Such time-reversal symmetry-broken states have been proposed for the high-temperature superconductors, but their identification remains experimentally controversial. Here we show a route to a low-temperature superconducting state with broken time-reversal symmetry that may accommodate currently conflicting experiments. This state is characterized by an unusual vortex pattern in the form of a necklace of fractional vortices around the perimeter of the material, where neighbouring vortices have opposite current circulation. This vortex pattern is a result of a spectral rearrangement of current-carrying states near the edges.

  4. Operating synchrotron light sources with a high gain free electron laser

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    Di Mitri, S.; Cornacchia, M.

    2015-11-01

    Since the 1980s synchrotron light sources have been considered as drivers of a high repetition rate (RR), high gain free electron laser (FEL) inserted in a by-pass line or in the ring itself. As of today, the high peak current required by the laser is not deemed to be compatible with the standard multi-bunch filling pattern of synchrotrons, and in particular with the operation of insertion device (ID) beamlines. We show that this problem can be overcome by virtue of magnetic bunch length compression in a ring section, and that, after lasing, the beam returns to equilibrium conditions without beam quality disruption. Bunch length compression brings a double advantage: the high peak current stimulates a high gain FEL emission, while the large energy spread makes the beam less sensitive to the FEL heating and to the microwave instability in the ring. The beams large energy spread at the undulator is matched to the FEL energy bandwidth through a transverse gradient undulator. Feasibility of lasing at 25 nm is shown for the Elettra synchrotron light source at 1 GeV, and scaling to shorter wavelengths as a function of momentum compaction, beam energy and transverse emittance in higher energy, larger rings is discussed. For the Elettra case study, a low (100 Hz) and a high (463 kHz) FEL RR are considered, corresponding to an average FEL output power at the level of ?1 W (?1013 photons per pulse) and ?300 W (?1011 photons per pulse), respectively. We also find that, as a by-product of compression, the ?5 W Renieris limit on the average FEL power can be overcome. Our conclusion is that existing and planned synchrotron light sources may be made compatible with this new hybrid IDs-plus-FEL operational mode, with little impact on the standard beamlines functionality.

  5. Novel Concept Dynamic Feedback MCML Technique for High-Speed and High-Gain MCML Type Latch

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    Endoh, Tetsuo; Kamiyanagi, Masashi

    In this paper, we propose the novel Dynamic Feedback (DF-) MCML technique for high-speed and high-gain MCML type latch. The concept of the proposed DF-MCML technique is as follows; the output node signal is feedbacked to the input node in Sampling-Mode, and the output node is opened from the input node in Holding-Mode. It is shown by analytic theory that by this dynamic feedback sequence, both stability and sensibility of latch in Sampling-Mode is exponentially improved, and the gain of latch in Holding-Mode is drastically increased. Finally, we have numerically investigated the circuit performance of the novel DF-MCML type latch in comparison with the conventional MCML type latch by using P-Spice simulator. The maximum operation frequency of 180nm DF-MCML type latch reaches over 20GHz that is 2 times than the conventional MCML type latch. It is made clear that the proposed novel Dynamic Feedback MCML technique is suitable for over 10GHz high-speed and high-gain Si ULSIs.

  6. Monopole Charge Domain in High-Gain Gallium Arsenide Photoconductive Switches

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    Shi, Wei; Chen, Er-Zhu; Zhang, Xian-Bin; Li, Qi

    2002-08-01

    Considering that semi-insulating gallium arsenide photoconductive switches can be triggered into the high gain mode and no reliable theories can account for the observed transient characteristics, we propose the monopole charge domain model to explain the peculiar switching phenomena occurring in the high gain mode and we discuss the requirements for the lock-on switching. During operation on this mode, the applied field across the switch and the lock-on field are all larger than the Gunn threshold field. Our developed monopole charge domain is based on the transferred-electron effect, but the domain is only composed of large numbers of electrons piled up due to the negative differential mobility. Using the model and taking the physical mechanism of the avalanche impact ionization and recombination radiation into consideration, we interpret the typical phenomena of the lock-on effect, such as the time delay between the beginning of optical illumination and turning-on of the switch, and the conduction mechanism of the sustaining phase. Under different conditions of bias field intensity and incident light energy, the time delay of the switching is calculated. The results show that the physical mechanisms of impact ionization and recombination radiation occurring in the monopole charge domain are responsible for the lock-on switching.

  7. Redesign of a Variable-Gain Output Feedback Longitudinal Controller Flown on the High-Alpha Research Vehicle (HARV)

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    Ostroff, Aaron J.

    1998-01-01

    This paper describes a redesigned longitudinal controller that flew on the High-Alpha Research Vehicle (HARV) during calendar years (CY) 1995 and 1996. Linear models are developed for both the modified controller and a baseline controller that was flown in CY 1994. The modified controller was developed with three gain sets for flight evaluation, and several linear analysis results are shown comparing the gain sets. A Neal-Smith flying qualities analysis shows that performance for the low- and medium-gain sets is near the level 1 boundary, depending upon the bandwidth assumed, whereas the high-gain set indicates a sensitivity problem. A newly developed high-alpha Bode envelope criterion indicates that the control system gains may be slightly high, even for the low-gain set. A large motion-base simulator in the United Kingdom was used to evaluate the various controllers. Desired performance, which appeared to be satisfactory for flight, was generally met with both the low- and medium-gain sets. Both the high-gain set and the baseline controller were very sensitive, and it was easy to generate pilot-induced oscillation (PIO) in some of the target-tracking maneuvers. Flight target-tracking results varied from level 1 to level 3 and from no sensitivity to PIO. These results were related to pilot technique and whether actuator rate saturation was encountered.

  8. A Comparative Study of the Spontaneous Social Interactions of Children with High-Functioning Autism and Children with Asperger's Disorder

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    Macintosh, Kathleen; Dissanayake, Cheryl

    2006-01-01

    A comparative observational study was undertaken of the spontaneous social interactions of children with high-functioning autism and Asperger's disorder. The sample comprised 20 children with high-functioning autism, 19 children with Asperger's disorder and 17 typically developing children matched on chronological age and overall mental age. A

  9. Millimeter-wave double-dipole antennas for high-gain integrated reflector illumination

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    Filipovic, Daniel F.; Ali-Ahmad, Walid Y.; Rebeiz, Gabriel M.

    1992-01-01

    A double-dipole antenna backed by a ground plane has been fabricated for submillimeter wavelengths. The double-dipole antenna is integrated on a thin dielectric membrane with a planar detector at its center. Measured feed patterns at 246 GHz agree well with theory and demonstrate a rotationally symmetric pattern with high coupling efficiency to Gaussian beams. The input impedance is around 50 ohms, and will match well to a Schottky diode or SIS detector. The double-dipole antenna served as the feed for a small machined parabolic reflector. The integrated reflector had a measured gain of 37 dB at 119 microns. This makes the double-dipole antenna ideally suited as a feed for high resolution tracking or for long focal length Cassegrain antenna systems.

  10. Some observations on spin detector response during Galileo high gain antenna deployment

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    Peng, Chia-Yen; Smith, Kenneth S.

    1992-01-01

    This paper summarizes a dynamic analysis conducted in support of the investigation of the anomalous deployment of the Galileo High Gain Antenna on April 11, 1991. The work was focused on modeling the spacecraft spin dynamics to predict and compare the spin detector telemetry during the antenna deployment for possible cause scenarios. The effects of analog and digital low-pass filtering, digitization, and telemetry on the reported spin rate were studied as well. The high frequency phenomena in the spin detector response are masked by the filtering and sampling of the telemetry data. However, the observed spin detector telemetery is consistent with a single rib popping free, and is most likely associated with a rib near the spin detector, or 180 deg opposite.

  11. High gain GaAs switches for impulse sources: Measurement of the speed of current filaments

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    Loubriel, G.M.; Zutavern, F.J.; O`Maliey, M.W.; Gallegos, R.R.; Helgeson, W.D.; Hjalmarson, H.P.; Baca, A.G.; Plut, T.A.

    1994-07-01

    A high peak power impulse pulser that is controlled with high gain, optically triggered GaAs Photoconductive Semiconductor Switches (PCSS) has been constructed and tested. The system has a short 50 ohm line that is charged to 100 kV and discharged through the switch when the switch is triggered with as little as 90 nJ of laser energy. The authors have demonstrated that the GaAs switches can be used to produce either a monocycle or a monopulse with a period of total duration of about 3 ns. For the monopulse, the voltage switched was above 100 kV, producing a peak power of about 48 MW to the 30 ohm load at a burst repetition rate of 1 kHz. The laser that is used is a small laser diode array whose output is delivered through a fiber to the switch. The current in the system has rise times of 430 ps and a pulse width of 1.4 ns when two laser diode arrays are used to trigger the switch. The small trigger energy and switch jitter are due to a high gain switching mechanism in GaAs. This experiment also shows a relationship between the rise time of the voltage across the switch and the required trigger energy and switch jitter. The time evolution of the current filaments in an optically triggered, high gain GaAs switch was studied by recording the infrared photoluminescence from the filaments. When the system is triggered with two laser diode arrays that are activated within 1 ns of each other, two current filaments are observed. By delaying one laser with respect to the other, the evolution of the filament was recorded in a time resolved fashion. The filament that is triggered first crosses the switch, the voltage drops and the other filament ceases to grow. By varying the delay between the trigger lasers, the tip velocity is measured to be up to 5.9 {+-} 1 {times} 10{sup 9} cm/s.

  12. Progress in laboratory high gain ICF (inertial confinement fusion): Prospects for the future

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    Storm, E.; Lindl, J.D.; Campbell, E.M.; Bernat, T.P.; Coleman, L.W.; Emmett, J.L.; Hogan, W.J.; Hunt, J.T.; Krupke, W.F.; Lowdermilk, W.H.

    1988-01-01

    Inertial confinement fusion (ICF), a thermonuclear reaction in a small (/approximately/5 mm diameter) fuel capsule filled with a few milligrams of deuterium and tritium, has been the subject of very fruitful experimentation since the early 1970's. High gain ICF is now on the threshold of practical applications. With a Laboratory Microfusion Facility (LMF), these applications will have major implications for national defense, basic and applied science, and power production. With a driver capable of delivering about 10 MJ in a 10-ns pulse at an intensity of /approximately/3 /times/ 10/sup 14/ W/cm/sup 2/, an appropriately configured cryogenic capsule could be compressed to a density of about 200 g/cm/sup 3/ and a temperature of 3--5 keV. Under these conditions, up to 10 mg of DT could be ignited, and with a burn efficiency of about 30%, release up to 1000 MJ of fusion energy, an energy gain of about 100. A thousand megajoules is equivalent to about one quarter ton of TNT, or about 7 gallons of oil--an amount of energy tractable under laboratory conditions and potentially very useful for a variety of applications. 61 refs., 33 figs.

  13. Filtering technique based on high-frequency plant modeling for high-gain control

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    Niessen, F. R.; Garren, J. F., Jr. (Inventor)

    1979-01-01

    This invention was an improvement in aircraft control systems that utilized feedback motion sensors to generate a signal to control the aircraft. The improvement consisted essentially of a complementary filter comprising a simplified model of the aircraft, a high pass filter, a low pass filter and a summing amplifier. The control signal was applied to the simplified model of the aircraft which attempted to compute the vehicle response to the signal. This computed response was then fed into the high pass filter to eliminate long term errors in the calculated response, with the result that a good estimate of the high frequency content of the aircraft motion was obtained. In order to obtain a good estimate of the low frequency content of the motion, a rate gyro signal was fed through the low pass filter that eliminates all of the offending noise.

  14. Design of a high-power, high-gain, 2nd harmonic, 22.848 GHz gyroklystron

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    Veale, M.; Purohit, P.; Lawson, W.

    2013-08-01

    In this paper we consider the design of a four-cavity, high-gain K-band gyroklystron experiment for high gradient structure testing. The frequency doubling gyroklystron utilizes a beam voltage of 500 kV and a beam current of 200 A from a magnetron injection gun (MIG) originally designed for a lower-frequency device. The microwave circuit features input and gain cavities in the circular TE011 mode and penultimate and output cavities that operate at the second harmonic in the TE021 mode. We investigate the MIG performance and study the behavior of the circuit for different values of perpendicular to parallel velocity ratio (α = V⊥ / Vz). This microwave tube is expected to be able to produce at least 20 MW of power in 1μs pulses at a repetition rate of at least 120 Hz. A maximum efficiency of 26% and a large signal gain of 58 dB under zero-drive stable conditions were simulated for a velocity ratio equal to 1.35.

  15. Design of a high-power, high-gain, 2nd harmonic, 22.848 GHz gyroklystron

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    Veale, M.; Purohit, P.; Lawson, W.

    2013-08-15

    In this paper we consider the design of a four-cavity, high-gain K-band gyroklystron experiment for high gradient structure testing. The frequency doubling gyroklystron utilizes a beam voltage of 500 kV and a beam current of 200 A from a magnetron injection gun (MIG) originally designed for a lower-frequency device. The microwave circuit features input and gain cavities in the circular TE{sub 011} mode and penultimate and output cavities that operate at the second harmonic in the TE{sub 021} mode. We investigate the MIG performance and study the behavior of the circuit for different values of perpendicular to parallel velocity ratio (?= V{sub ?}/ V{sub z}). This microwave tube is expected to be able to produce at least 20 MW of power in 1?s pulses at a repetition rate of at least 120 Hz. A maximum efficiency of 26% and a large signal gain of 58 dB under zero-drive stable conditions were simulated for a velocity ratio equal to 1.35.

  16. High performance quantum cascade lasers: Loss, beam stability, and gain engineering

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    Bouzi, Pierre Michel

    Quantum Cascade (QC) lasers are semiconductor devices emitting in the mid-infrared (3-30 micron) and terahertz (30-300 micron) regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Since their first demonstration by Jerome Faist et. al. in 1994, they have evolved very quickly into high performance devices and given rise to many applications such as trace-gas sensing, medical diagnosis, free-space communication, and light detection and ranging (LIDAR). In this thesis, we investigate a further increase of the performance of QC devices and, through meticulous device modeling and characterizations, gain a deeper understanding of several of their unique characteristics, especially their carrier transport and lifetime, their characteristic temperature, their waveguide loss and modal gain, their leakage current, and their transverse mode profile. First, in our quest to achieve higher performance, we investigate the effect of growth asymmetries on device transport characteristics. This investigation stems from recent studies on the role of interface roughness on intersubband scattering and device performance. Through a symmetric active core design, we find that interface roughness and ionized impurity scattering induced by dopant migration play a significant role in carrier transport through the device. Understanding how interface roughness affects intersubband scattering, in turn, we engineer the gain in QC devices by placing monolayer barriers at specific locations within the device band structure. These strategically placed additional thin barrier layers introduce roughness scattering into the device active region, thereby selectively decreasing the lower laser state lifetime and increasing population inversion necessary for laser action. Preliminary measurement results from modified devices reveal a 50% decrease in the emission broadening compared to the control structures, which should lead to a two-fold increase in gain. A special class of so-called "strong coupling" QC lasers recently emerged with high optical power and high efficiency at cryogenic temperatures. However their performances decay rather rapidly with temperature in both pulsed and continuous wave modes. Through detailed measurements and analysis, we investigate several possible causes of this shortcoming and propose design modifications for temperature performance improvement. While the strong coupling devices are efficient and powerful, their performance often suffers from unintentional and potentially harmful beam steering at high power. Here, we identify the root of this pointing instability to be from non-linear interactions between multiple transverse modes. And, to resolve this issue, we employ focused ion beam (FIB) milling to etch small lateral constrictions on top of the devices and fill them with metal. This has the effect of greatly reducing the intensity of higher order transverse modes as they propagate through the cavity. A good grasp of the microscopic details involved in QC device operations will result in better lasers, with high beam quality. This, in turn, will enable new applications, such as the detection of SO2 isotopologues near 7.4 micron, which is of particular importance for the study of ultraviolet photolysis and the sulfur cycle on Venus.

  17. Downregulation of vascular soluble guanylate cyclase induced by high salt intake in spontaneously hypertensive rats

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    Kagota, Satomi; Tamashiro, Akiko; Yamaguchi, Yu; Sugiura, Reiko; Kuno, Takayoshi; Nakamura, Kazuki; Kunitomo, Masaru

    2001-01-01

    Cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cyclic GMP)-mediated mechanism plays an important role in vasodilatation and blood pressure regulation. We investigated the effects of high salt intake on the nitric oxide (NO)??cyclic GMP signal transduction pathway regulating relaxation in aortas of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR).Four-week-old SHR and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY) received a normal salt diet (0.3% NaCl) or a high salt diet (8% NaCl) for 4 weeks.In aortic rings from SHR, endothelium-dependent relaxations in response to acetylcholine (ACh), adenosine diphosphate (ADP) and calcium ionophore A23187 were significantly impaired by the high salt intake. The endothelium-independent relaxations in response to sodium nitroprusside (SNP) and nitroglycerin were also impaired, but that to 8-bromo-cyclic GMP remained unchanged. On the other hand, high salt diet had no significant effects on the relaxations of aortic rings from WKY.In aortas from SHR, the release of NO stimulated by ACh was significantly enhanced, whereas the production of cyclic GMP induced by either ACh or SNP was decreased by the high salt intake.Western blot analysis showed that the protein level of endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) was slightly increased, whereas that of soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) was dramatically reduced by the high salt intake.These results indicate that in SHR, excessive dietary salt can result in downregulation of sGC followed by decreased cyclic GMP production, which leads to impairment of vascular relaxation in responses to NO. It is notable that chronic high salt intake impairs the sGC/cyclic GMP pathway but not the eNOS/NO pathway. PMID:11606313

  18. High-gain inverters based on WSe2 complementary field-effect transistors.

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    Tosun, Mahmut; Chuang, Steven; Fang, Hui; Sachid, Angada B; Hettick, Mark; Lin, Yongjing; Zeng, Yuping; Javey, Ali

    2014-05-27

    In this work, the operation of n- and p-type field-effect transistors (FETs) on the same WSe2 flake is realized,and a complementary logic inverter is demonstrated. The p-FET is fabricated by contacting WSe2 with a high work function metal, Pt, which facilities hole injection at the source contact. The n-FET is realized by utilizing selective surface charge transfer doping with potassium to form degenerately doped n+ contacts for electron injection. An ON/OFF current ratio of >10(4) is achieved for both n- and p-FETs with similar ON current densities. A dc voltage gain of >12 is measured for the complementary WSe2 inverter. This work presents an important advance toward realization of complementary logic devices based on layered chalcogenide semiconductors for electronic applications. PMID:24684575

  19. Multicolor High-Gain Free-Electron Laser Driven by Seeded Microbunching Instability.

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    Roussel, E; Ferrari, E; Allaria, E; Penco, G; Di Mitri, S; Veronese, M; Danailov, M; Gauthier, D; Giannessi, L

    2015-11-20

    Laser-heater systems are essential tools to control and optimize high-gain free-electron lasers (FELs) working in the x-ray wavelength range. Indeed, these systems induce a controllable increase of the energy spread of the electron bunch. The heating suppresses longitudinal microbunching instability which otherwise would limit the FEL performance. Here, we demonstrate that, through the action of the microbunching instability, a long-wavelength modulation of the electron beam induced by the laser heater at low energy can persist until the beam entrance into the undulators. This coherent longitudinal modulation is exploited to control the FEL spectral properties, in particular, multicolor extreme-ultraviolet FEL pulses can be generated through a frequency mixing of the modulations produced by the laser heater and the seed laser in the electron beam. We present an experimental demonstration of this novel configuration carried out at the FERMI FEL. PMID:26636852

  20. NASA/Cousteau ocean bathymetry experiment. Remote bathymetry using high gain LANDSAT data

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    Polcyn, F. C.

    1976-01-01

    Satellite remote bathymetry was varified to 22 m depths where water clarity was defined by alpha = .058 1/m and bottom reflection, r(b), was 26%. High gain band 4 and band 5 CCT data from LANDSAT 1 was used for a test site in the Bahama Islands and near Florida. Near Florida where alpha = .11 1/m and r(b) = 20%, depths to 10 m were verified. Depth accuracies within 10% rms were achieved. Position accuracies within one LANDSAT pixel were obtained by reference to the Transit navigation satellites. The Calypso and the Beayondan, two ships, were at anchor on each of the seven days during LANDSAT 1 and 2 overpasses: LORAN C position information was used when the ships were underway making depth transects. Results are expected to be useful for updating charts showing shoals hazardous to navigation or in monitoring changes in nearshore topography.

  1. Monoclinic m-LaVO4a novel high Raman gain SRS-active crystal

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    Kaminskii, A. A.; Yu, H.; Zhang, H.; Wang, J.; Lux, O.; Rhee, H.; Eichler, H. J.; Yoneda, H.; Shirakawa, A.; Zhang, J.; Tang, G.

    2014-12-01

    Monoclinic m-LaVO4, having a monazite-type structure and being known as a host crystal for Nd3+-lasants, is an attractive ?(3)-nonlinear optical material for Raman laser converters. This paper presents the stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) spectroscopy of m-LaVO4 in the visible and near-IR spectral range using picosecond laser excitation. High-order SRS and Raman-induced four-wave parametric mixing processes result in an almost two-octave-wide Stokes and anti-Stokes frequency comb. All the measured spectral lines were assigned to the participating molecular vibration modes of the studied vanadate. Finally, an estimation of the steady-state Raman gain coefficient for first Stokes generation in near-IR was performed.

  2. Calibration of Gimbaled Platforms: The Solar Dynamics Observatory High Gain Antennas

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    Hashmall, Joseph A.

    2006-01-01

    Simple parameterization of gimbaled platform pointing produces a complete set of 13 calibration parameters-9 misalignment angles, 2 scale factors and 2 biases. By modifying the parameter representation, redundancy can be eliminated and a minimum set of 9 independent parameters defined. These consist of 5 misalignment angles, 2 scale factors, and 2 biases. Of these, only 4 misalignment angles and 2 biases are significant for the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) High Gain Antennas (HGAs). An algorithm to determine these parameters after launch has been developed and tested with simulated SDO data. The algorithm consists of a direct minimization of the root-sum-square of the differences between expected power and measured power. The results show that sufficient parameter accuracy can be attained even when time-dependent thermal distortions are present, if measurements from a pattern of intentional offset pointing positions is included.

  3. Convergent Evolution towards High Net Carbon Gain Efficiency Contributes to the Shade Tolerance of Palms (Arecaceae)

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    Ma, Ren-Yi; Zhang, Jiao-Lin; Cavaleri, Molly A.; Sterck, Frank; Strijk, Joeri S.; Cao, Kun-Fang

    2015-01-01

    Most palm species occur in the shaded lower strata of tropical rain forests, but how their traits relate to shade adaptation is poorly understood. We hypothesized that palms are adapted to the shade of their native habitats by convergent evolution towards high net carbon gain efficiency (CGEn), which is given by the maximum photosynthetic rate to dark respiration rate ratio. Leaf mass per area, maximum photosynthetic rate, dark respiration and N and P concentrations were measured in 80 palm species grown in a common garden, and combined with data of 30 palm species growing in their native habitats. Compared to other species from the global leaf economics data, dicotyledonous broad-leaved trees in tropical rainforest or other monocots in the global leaf economics data, palms possessed consistently higher CGEn, achieved by lowered dark respiration and fairly high foliar P concentration. Combined phylogenetic analyses of evolutionary signal and trait evolution revealed convergent evolution towards high CGEn in palms. We conclude that high CGEn is an evolutionary strategy that enables palms to better adapt to shady environments than coexisting dicot tree species, and may convey advantages in competing with them in the tropical forest understory. These findings provide important insights for understanding the evolution and ecology of palms, and for understanding plant shade adaptations of lower rainforest strata. Moreover, given the dominant role of palms in tropical forests, these findings are important for modelling carbon and nutrient cycling in tropical forest ecosystems. PMID:26461108

  4. Convergent Evolution towards High Net Carbon Gain Efficiency Contributes to the Shade Tolerance of Palms (Arecaceae).

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    Ma, Ren-Yi; Zhang, Jiao-Lin; Cavaleri, Molly A; Sterck, Frank; Strijk, Joeri S; Cao, Kun-Fang

    2015-01-01

    Most palm species occur in the shaded lower strata of tropical rain forests, but how their traits relate to shade adaptation is poorly understood. We hypothesized that palms are adapted to the shade of their native habitats by convergent evolution towards high net carbon gain efficiency (CGEn), which is given by the maximum photosynthetic rate to dark respiration rate ratio. Leaf mass per area, maximum photosynthetic rate, dark respiration and N and P concentrations were measured in 80 palm species grown in a common garden, and combined with data of 30 palm species growing in their native habitats. Compared to other species from the global leaf economics data, dicotyledonous broad-leaved trees in tropical rainforest or other monocots in the global leaf economics data, palms possessed consistently higher CGEn, achieved by lowered dark respiration and fairly high foliar P concentration. Combined phylogenetic analyses of evolutionary signal and trait evolution revealed convergent evolution towards high CGEn in palms. We conclude that high CGEn is an evolutionary strategy that enables palms to better adapt to shady environments than coexisting dicot tree species, and may convey advantages in competing with them in the tropical forest understory. These findings provide important insights for understanding the evolution and ecology of palms, and for understanding plant shade adaptations of lower rainforest strata. Moreover, given the dominant role of palms in tropical forests, these findings are important for modelling carbon and nutrient cycling in tropical forest ecosystems. PMID:26461108

  5. Ventilator Liberation for High-Risk-for-Failure Patients: Improving Value of the Spontaneous Breathing Trial.

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    Jeganathan, Niranjan; Kaplan, Carl A; Balk, Robert A

    2015-02-01

    Several patient populations have been identified as high risk for extubation failure despite successful completion of a spontaneous breathing trial (SBT). Extubation failure and subsequent need for emergent re-intubation have been associated with increased morbidity and mortality. In this review, we discuss ways to optimize the value and performance of the SBT in a subgroup of high-risk patients (elderly, cardiac, and/or respiratory failure) to reduce the rate of extubation failure. We recommend the use of T-piece mode, longer duration SBT, and measurement of the rapid shallow breathing index (breathing frequency/tidal volume in L) off ventilatory support to increase the predictive value of the SBT. In addition, measurement of changes in central venous oxygen saturation and serum brain natriuretic peptide, and measurements of mitral inflow and annular velocity using bedside transthoracic echocardiography with tissue Doppler imaging may help guide the clinician in determining who and when to extubate and thus minimize the rate of extubation failure. Arterial blood gas analysis performed at the end of the SBT may help determine who will benefit from prophylactic use of noninvasive ventilatory support postextubation. PMID:25336534

  6. Coherent coupling and modified spontaneous emission of a single ion in a high finesse optical cavity

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    Becher, Christoph

    2003-05-01

    thanksIn collaboration with A. Kreuter, A.B. Mundt, C. Russo, H. Hffner, C. Roos, J. Eschner, F. Schmidt-Kaler and R. Blatt, Institut fr Experimentalphysik, Universitt Innsbruck, Technikerstrae 25, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria. Laser-cooled trapped atoms or ions are ideally suited systems for storing and processing quantum information. The transport of this quantum information over large distances via photons requires an interface between atoms and photons (J.I. Cirac et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 3221 (1997)). Such an interface is based on the deterministic coherent coupling of a single atom or ion to macroscopic and vacuum fields inside a high finesse optical cavity. Here, we perform two experiments to investigate such an interaction of a single Ca^+ ion and a cavity field: first, we excite Rabi oscillations with short resonant laser pulses injected into the cavity, and second, we measure the modification of the spontaneous emission rate from the metastable D_5/2 level induced by the cavity-enhanced vacuum field. The ^40Ca^+ ion is stored in a spherical Paul trap placed in the center of a high finesse near-confocal resonator (Finesse approx. 30.000 at 729 nm). The ion is laser-cooled to the Lamb-Dicke regime, confining its spatial wave packet to a region much smaller than the optical wavelength. We stabilize the cavity to the S_1/2 - D_5/2 quadrupole transition frequency (wavelength: 729 nm) using a transfer lock technique (A.B. Mundt et al., Appl. Phys. B, in press). To demonstrate coherent coupling of the ion and a macroscopic cavity field, we inject resonant laser pulses of different pulse lengths at 729 nm into the cavity and record the excitation on the S_1/2 - D_5/2 transition via the electron shelving technique. We observe a Rabi oscillation frequency of up to 9 MHz when the ion is placed in a node of the cavity standing wave field. (Rabioscillations) For the measurement of the cavity modified spontaneous emission (Purcell effect), we repeat the following sequence for 1oo times: first, we excite the ion with a ?-pulse on the S_1/2 - D_5/2 transition. We then detect whether the excitation was successful (electron shelving), wait for a certain delay time and measure the D_5/2 population again. Every second experimental run, we shift the cavity by approx. 5 linewidths away from resonance. By repeating this procedure for many times we infer the spontaneous decay rate from the metastable level for the cavity on resonance and off resonance (equivalent to free space emission), thus excluding systematic errors due to environmental effects. For the free-space lifetime we measure a value of 1129(19) ms, close to the currently most precisely measured value of 1168 ms (P. Barton et al., Phys. Rev. A 62, 032503 (2000)). First experiments with a delay time of 90 ms show a lifetime reduction of approx. 10% on resonance. 78, l. Phys. B, in pr ess.

  7. A new high-gain, broadband, steerable array to study Jovian decametric emission

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    Boischot, A.; Rosolen, C.; Aubier, M. G.; Daigne, G.; Genova, F.; Leblanc, Y.; Lecacheux, A.; de La Noe, J.; Moller-Pedersen, B.

    1980-09-01

    An antenna array has been developed for the study of Jovian emissions in the decametric range with wide bandwidth, high time and frequency resolution, high sensitivity and long tracking time. The array consists of 144 conical helices wound in one of two opposite directions to detect opposite senses of circular polarization, and has a maximum gain of 25 db. The array is fully steerable within the main lobe of the helices and has an effective bandwidth on the order of two octaves. It can be connected to several different time and spectral resolutions. The apparatus has been used to monitor the characteristics of Jovian decametric emission since 1978, in studies such as a survey of Jovian emission in from 20 to 40 MHz, the acquisition of high-resolution spectra, and observations of interplanetary scintillations, S-bursts, and polarization characteristics. Although the Voyager mission has greatly extended knowledge of Jovian emissions, it is expected that ground facilities will continue to play an important role in the study of the physics of Jovian emission.

  8. Commensal E. coli Stx2 lysogens produce high levels of phages after spontaneous prophage induction

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    Iversen, Hildegunn; L' Abée-Lund, Trine M.; Aspholm, Marina; Arnesen, Lotte P. S.; Lindbäck, Toril

    2015-01-01

    Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) is a food-borne pathogen that causes disease ranging from uncomplicated diarrhea to life-threatening hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and nervous system complications. Shiga toxin 2 (Stx2) is the major virulence factor of EHEC and is critical for development of HUS. The genes encoding Stx2 are carried by lambdoid bacteriophages and the toxin production is tightly linked to the production of phages during lytic cycle. It has previously been suggested that commensal E. coli could amplify the production of Stx2-phages and contribute to the severity of disease. In this study we examined the susceptibility of commensal E. coli strains to the Stx2-converting phage ϕ734, isolated from a highly virulent EHEC O103:H25 (NIPH-11060424). Among 38 commensal E. coli strains from healthy children below 5 years, 15 were lysogenized by the ϕ734 phage, whereas lytic infection was not observed. Three of the commensal E. coli ϕ734 lysogens were tested for stability, and appeared stable and retained the phage for at least 10 cultural passages. When induced to enter lytic cycle by H2O2 treatment, 8 out of 13 commensal lysogens produced more ϕ734 phages than NIPH-11060424. Strikingly, five of them even spontaneously (non-induced) produced higher levels of phage than the H2O2 induced NIPH-11060424. An especially high frequency of HUS (60%) was seen among children infected by NIPH-11060424 during the outbreak in 2006. Based on our findings, a high Stx2 production by commensal E. coli lysogens cannot be ruled out as a contributor to the high frequency of HUS during this outbreak. PMID:25692100

  9. Commensal E. coli Stx2 lysogens produce high levels of phages after spontaneous prophage induction.

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    Iversen, Hildegunn; L' Abe-Lund, Trine M; Aspholm, Marina; Arnesen, Lotte P S; Lindbck, Toril

    2015-01-01

    Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) is a food-borne pathogen that causes disease ranging from uncomplicated diarrhea to life-threatening hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and nervous system complications. Shiga toxin 2 (Stx2) is the major virulence factor of EHEC and is critical for development of HUS. The genes encoding Stx2 are carried by lambdoid bacteriophages and the toxin production is tightly linked to the production of phages during lytic cycle. It has previously been suggested that commensal E. coli could amplify the production of Stx2-phages and contribute to the severity of disease. In this study we examined the susceptibility of commensal E. coli strains to the Stx2-converting phage ?734, isolated from a highly virulent EHEC O103:H25 (NIPH-11060424). Among 38 commensal E. coli strains from healthy children below 5 years, 15 were lysogenized by the ?734 phage, whereas lytic infection was not observed. Three of the commensal E. coli ?734 lysogens were tested for stability, and appeared stable and retained the phage for at least 10 cultural passages. When induced to enter lytic cycle by H2O2 treatment, 8 out of 13 commensal lysogens produced more ?734 phages than NIPH-11060424. Strikingly, five of them even spontaneously (non-induced) produced higher levels of phage than the H2O2 induced NIPH-11060424. An especially high frequency of HUS (60%) was seen among children infected by NIPH-11060424 during the outbreak in 2006. Based on our findings, a high Stx2 production by commensal E. coli lysogens cannot be ruled out as a contributor to the high frequency of HUS during this outbreak. PMID:25692100

  10. D-β-aspartyl residue exhibiting uncommon high resistance to spontaneous peptide bond cleavage

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    Aki, Kenzo; Okamura, Emiko

    2016-02-01

    Although L-amino acids were selected as main constituents of peptides and proteins during chemical evolution, D-aspartyl (Asp) residue is found in a variety of living tissues. In particular, D-β-Asp is thought to be stable than any other Asp isomers, and this could be a reason for gradual accumulation in abnormal proteins and peptides to modify their structures and functions. It is predicted that D-β-Asp shows high resistance to biomolecular reactions. For instance, less reactivity of D-β-Asp is expected to bond cleavage, although such information has not been provided yet. In this work, the spontaneous peptide bond cleavage was compared between Asp isomers, by applying real-time solution-state NMR to eye lens αΑ-crystallin 51–60 fragment, S51LFRTVLD58SG60 and αΒ-crystallin 61–67 analog, F61D62TGLSG67 consisting of L-α- and D-β-Asp 58 and 62, respectively. Kinetic analysis showed how tough the uncommon D-β-Asp residue was against the peptide bond cleavage as compared to natural L-α-Asp. Differences in pKa and conformation between L-α- and D-β-Asp side chains were plausible factors to determine reactivity of Asp isomers. The present study, for the first time, provides a rationale to explain less reactivity of D-β-Asp to allow abnormal accumulation.

  11. Efficiency of evanescent excitation and collection of spontaneous Raman scattering near high index contrast channel waveguides.

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    Dhakal, Ashim; Raza, Ali; Peyskens, Frdric; Subramanian, Ananth Z; Clemmen, Stphane; Le Thomas, Nicolas; Baets, Roel

    2015-10-19

    We develop and experimentally verify a theoretical model for the total efficiency ?0 of evanescent excitation and subsequent collection of spontaneous Raman signals by the fundamental quasi-TE and quasi-TM modes of a generic photonic channel waveguide. Single-mode silicon nitride (Si3N4) slot and strip waveguides of different dimensions are used in the experimental study. Our theoretical model is validated by the correspondence between the experimental and theoretical absolute values within the experimental errors. We extend our theoretical model to silicon-on-insulator (SOI) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) channel waveguides and study ?0 as a function of index contrast, polarization of the mode and the geometry of the waveguides. We report nearly 2.5 (4 and 5) times larger ?0 for the fundamental quasi-TM mode when compared to ?0 for the fundamental quasi-TE mode of a typical Si3N4 (TiO2 and SOI) strip waveguide. ?0 for the fundamental quasi-TE mode of a typical Si3N4, (TiO2 and SOI) slot waveguide is about 7 (22 and 90) times larger when compared to ?0 for the fundamental quasi-TE mode of a strip waveguide of the similar dimensions. We attribute the observed enhancement to the higher electric field discontinuity present in high index contrast waveguides. PMID:26480401

  12. D-β-aspartyl residue exhibiting uncommon high resistance to spontaneous peptide bond cleavage

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    Aki, Kenzo; Okamura, Emiko

    2016-01-01

    Although L-amino acids were selected as main constituents of peptides and proteins during chemical evolution, D-aspartyl (Asp) residue is found in a variety of living tissues. In particular, D-β-Asp is thought to be stable than any other Asp isomers, and this could be a reason for gradual accumulation in abnormal proteins and peptides to modify their structures and functions. It is predicted that D-β-Asp shows high resistance to biomolecular reactions. For instance, less reactivity of D-β-Asp is expected to bond cleavage, although such information has not been provided yet. In this work, the spontaneous peptide bond cleavage was compared between Asp isomers, by applying real-time solution-state NMR to eye lens αΑ-crystallin 51–60 fragment, S51LFRTVLD58SG60 and αΒ-crystallin 61–67 analog, F61D62TGLSG67 consisting of L-α- and D-β-Asp 58 and 62, respectively. Kinetic analysis showed how tough the uncommon D-β-Asp residue was against the peptide bond cleavage as compared to natural L-α-Asp. Differences in pKa and conformation between L-α- and D-β-Asp side chains were plausible factors to determine reactivity of Asp isomers. The present study, for the first time, provides a rationale to explain less reactivity of D-β-Asp to allow abnormal accumulation. PMID:26876027

  13. Normal Visual Acuity and Electrophysiological Contrast Gain in Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Tebartz van Elst, Ludger; Bach, Michael; Blessing, Julia; Riedel, Andreas; Bubl, Emanuel

    2015-01-01

    A common neurodevelopmental disorder, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is defined by specific patterns in social perception, social competence, communication, highly circumscribed interests, and a strong subjective need for behavioral routines. Furthermore, distinctive features of visual perception, such as markedly reduced eye contact and a tendency to focus more on small, visual items than on holistic perception, have long been recognized as typical ASD characteristics. Recent debate in the scientific community discusses whether the physiology of low-level visual perception might explain such higher visual abnormalities. While reports of this enhanced, “eagle-like” visual acuity contained methodological errors and could not be substantiated, several authors have reported alterations in even earlier stages of visual processing, such as contrast perception and motion perception at the occipital cortex level. Therefore, in this project, we have investigated the electrophysiology of very early visual processing by analyzing the pattern electroretinogram-based contrast gain, the background noise amplitude, and the psychophysical visual acuities of participants with high-functioning ASD and controls with equal education. Based on earlier findings, we hypothesized that alterations in early vision would be present in ASD participants. This study included 33 individuals with ASD (11 female) and 33 control individuals (12 female). The groups were matched in terms of age, gender, and education level. We found no evidence of altered electrophysiological retinal contrast processing or psychophysical measured visual acuities. There appears to be no evidence for abnormalities in retinal visual processing in ASD patients, at least with respect to contrast detection. PMID:26379525

  14. Normal Visual Acuity and Electrophysiological Contrast Gain in Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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    Tebartz van Elst, Ludger; Bach, Michael; Blessing, Julia; Riedel, Andreas; Bubl, Emanuel

    2015-01-01

    A common neurodevelopmental disorder, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is defined by specific patterns in social perception, social competence, communication, highly circumscribed interests, and a strong subjective need for behavioral routines. Furthermore, distinctive features of visual perception, such as markedly reduced eye contact and a tendency to focus more on small, visual items than on holistic perception, have long been recognized as typical ASD characteristics. Recent debate in the scientific community discusses whether the physiology of low-level visual perception might explain such higher visual abnormalities. While reports of this enhanced, "eagle-like" visual acuity contained methodological errors and could not be substantiated, several authors have reported alterations in even earlier stages of visual processing, such as contrast perception and motion perception at the occipital cortex level. Therefore, in this project, we have investigated the electrophysiology of very early visual processing by analyzing the pattern electroretinogram-based contrast gain, the background noise amplitude, and the psychophysical visual acuities of participants with high-functioning ASD and controls with equal education. Based on earlier findings, we hypothesized that alterations in early vision would be present in ASD participants. This study included 33 individuals with ASD (11 female) and 33 control individuals (12 female). The groups were matched in terms of age, gender, and education level. We found no evidence of altered electrophysiological retinal contrast processing or psychophysical measured visual acuities. There appears to be no evidence for abnormalities in retinal visual processing in ASD patients, at least with respect to contrast detection. PMID:26379525

  15. High-gain harmonic generation of soft X-rays with the `fresh bunch` technique

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    Yu, Li-Hua; Ben-Zvi, I.

    1996-10-01

    We report numerical simulations (using the TDA code) and analytic verification of the generation of 64 {Angstrom} high power soft X- rays from an exponential regime single pass seeded FEL. The seed is generated in the FEL using the High Gain Harmonic Generation (HGHG) technique combined with the `Fresh bunch` technique. A seed pulse at 2944 {Angstrom} is generated by conventional laser techniques. The seed pulse produces an intense energy modulation of the rear part of a I GeV, 1245 {Angstrom} electron beam in a `modulator` wiggler. In the `radiator` wiggler, (resonant to 64 {Angstrom}), the energy modulation creates beam density modulation followed by radiation of the 46{sup th} harmonic of the seed. We use a magnetic delay to position the 64 A{Angstrom} radiation at the undisturbed front of the bunch to serve as a seed for a single pass, exponential growth FEL. After a 9 m long exponential section followed by a 7 m long tapered section the radiation power reaches 3.3 GW.

  16. Transportation-cyber-physical-systems-oriented engine cylinder pressure estimation using high gain observer

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    Li, Yong-Fu; Xiao-Pei, Kou; Zheng, Tai-Xiong; Li, Yin-Guo

    2015-05-01

    In transportation cyber-physical-systems (T-CPS), vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications play an important role in the coordination between individual vehicles as well as between vehicles and the roadside infrastructures, and engine cylinder pressure is significant for engine diagnosis on-line and torque control within the information exchange process under V2V communications. However, the parametric uncertainties caused from measurement noise in T-CPS lead to the dynamic performance deterioration of the engine cylinder pressure estimation. Considering the high accuracy requirement under V2V communications, a high gain observer based on the engine dynamic model is designed to improve the accuracy of pressure estimation. Then, the analyses about convergence, converge speed and stability of the corresponding error model are conducted using the Laplace and Lyapunov method. Finally, results from combination of Simulink with GT-Power based numerical experiments and comparisons demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach with respect to robustness and accuracy. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61304197), the Scientific and Technological Talents of Chongqing, China (Grant No. cstc2014kjrc-qnrc30002), the Key Project of Application and Development of Chongqing, China (Grant No. cstc2014yykfB40001), the Natural Science Funds of Chongqing, China (Grant No. cstc2014jcyjA60003), and the Doctoral Start-up Funds of Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China (Grant No. A2012-26).

  17. A high linearity multi-band and gain adjustable channel-select filter for TV-tuner application

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    Xin, Wang; Tao, Cheng; Jie, Liu; Zhangwen, Tang

    2013-09-01

    This paper presents a channel-select filter that employs an active-RC bi-quad structure for TV-tuner application. A design method to optimize the IIP3 of the bi-quad is developed. Multi-band selection and gain adjustment are implemented using switching resistors in the resistor array and capacitors in the capacitor array. Q-factor degradation is compensated by a tuning segmented resistor. A feed-forward OTA with high gain and low third-order distortion is applied in the bi-quad to maximize linearity performance and minimize area by avoiding extra compensation capacitor use. An RC tuning circuit and DC offset cancellation circuit are designed to overcome the process variation and DC offset, respectively. The experimental results yield an in-band IIP3 of more than 31 dBm at 0 dB gain, a 54 dB gain range with 6 dB gain step, and a continuous frequency tuning range from 0.25 to 4 MHz. The in-band ripple is less than 1.4 dB at high gain mode, while the gain error and frequency tuning error are no more than 3.4% and 5%, respectively. The design, which is fabricated in a 0.18 μm CMOS process, consumes 12.6 mW power at a 1.8 V supply and occupies 1.28 mm2.

  18. High Dietary Fat Exacerbates Weight Gain and Obesity in Female Liver Fatty Acid Binding Protein Gene-Ablated Mice

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    Atshaves, Barbara P.; McIntosh, Avery L.; Storey, Stephen M.; Landrock, Kerstin K.; Kier, Ann B.

    2010-01-01

    Since liver fatty acid binding protein (L-FABP) facilitates uptake/oxidation of long-chain fatty acids in cultured transfected cells and primary hepatocytes, loss of L-FABP was expected to exacerbate weight gain and/or obesity in response to high dietary fat. Male and female wild-type (WT) and L-FABP gene-ablated mice, pair-fed a defined isocaloric control or high fat diet for 12 weeks, consumed equal amounts of food by weight and kcal. Male WT mice gained weight faster than their female WT counterparts regardless of diet. L-FABP gene ablation enhanced weight gain more in female than male micean effect exacerbated by high fat diet. Dual emission X-ray absorptiometry revealed high-fat fed male and female WT mice gained mostly fat tissue mass (FTM). L-FABP gene ablation increased FTM in female, but not male, micean effect also exacerbated by high fat diet. Concomitantly, L-FABP gene ablation decreased serum ?-hydroxybutyrate in male and female mice fed the control diet and, even more so, on the high-fat diet. Thus, L-FABP gene ablation decreased fat oxidation and sensitized all mice to weight gain as whole body FTM and LTMwith the most gain observed in FTM of control vs high-fat fed female L-FABP null mice. Taken together, these results indicate loss of L-FABP exacerbates weight gain and/or obesity in response to high dietary fat. PMID:20035485

  19. High dietary fat exacerbates weight gain and obesity in female liver fatty acid binding protein gene-ablated mice.

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    Atshaves, Barbara P; McIntosh, Avery L; Storey, Stephen M; Landrock, Kerstin K; Kier, Ann B; Schroeder, Friedhelm

    2010-02-01

    Since liver fatty acid binding protein (L-FABP) facilitates uptake/oxidation of long-chain fatty acids in cultured transfected cells and primary hepatocytes, loss of L-FABP was expected to exacerbate weight gain and/or obesity in response to high dietary fat. Male and female wild-type (WT) and L-FABP gene-ablated mice, pair-fed a defined isocaloric control or high fat diet for 12 weeks, consumed equal amounts of food by weight and kcal. Male WT mice gained weight faster than their female WT counterparts regardless of diet. L-FABP gene ablation enhanced weight gain more in female than male mice-an effect exacerbated by high fat diet. Dual emission X-ray absorptiometry revealed high-fat fed male and female WT mice gained mostly fat tissue mass (FTM). L-FABP gene ablation increased FTM in female, but not male, mice-an effect also exacerbated by high fat diet. Concomitantly, L-FABP gene ablation decreased serum beta-hydroxybutyrate in male and female mice fed the control diet and, even more so, on the high-fat diet. Thus, L-FABP gene ablation decreased fat oxidation and sensitized all mice to weight gain as whole body FTM and LTM-with the most gain observed in FTM of control vs high-fat fed female L-FABP null mice. Taken together, these results indicate loss of L-FABP exacerbates weight gain and/or obesity in response to high dietary fat. PMID:20035485

  20. Experimental characteristics of a high-gain free-electron laser amplifier operating at 8-mm and 2-mm wavelengths

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    Throop, A.L.; Orzechowski, T.J.; Anderson, B.R.; Chambers, F.W.; Clark, J.C.; Fawley, W.M.; Jong, R.A.; Halbach, K.; Hopkins, D.B.; Sessler, A.M.

    1987-06-08

    The Electron Laser Facility (ELF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) uses a high-current induction linac (3.5 MeV, 1000 A), in conjunction with a pulsed electromagnetic wiggler (4.0 M, 4000 G), to operate a free electron laser (FEL) that produces intense radiation in the microwave regime (2 to 8 mm). ELF is a high-gain, single-pass amplifier, using a commercial microwave source as an oscillator input (200 W-50 kW). Previous experiments at 35 GHz produced exponential gains of 40 dB/m, peak powers exceeding 1 GW, and beam-to-rf conversion efficiencies of 34%. Recent experiments at 140 GHz have demonstrated exponential gains of 22 dB/m, peak powers exceeding 50 MW, and total gains of 65 dB. In this paper, we describe the experimental results at these two frequencies and compare then with the predictions of simulation codes.

  1. Lean rats gained more body weight than obese ones from a high-fibre diet.

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    Li, Shaoting; Zhang, Cheng; Gu, Yingyi; Chen, Long; Ou, Shiyi; Wang, Yong; Peng, Xichun

    2015-10-28

    There is controversy over previous findings that a high ratio of Firmicutes to Bacteriodetes helps obese animals harvest energy from the diet. To further investigate the relationship between microbial composition and energy harvest, microbial adaptation to diet and time should be considered. In this study, lean and obese rats were successfully induced with low-fat and high-fat diets. An 8-week high soyabean fibre (HSF)-containing diet was then fed to investigate the interaction between the diet and the rats' gut microbiota, as well as their influence on rats' growth. Rats' body weight (BW) was recorded weekly; their plasma lipids and their gut microbiota at week 11, 15 and 19 were analysed. After the consumption of the HSF diet, BW of lean rats increased significantly (P<0·05), but no significant alteration in BW was found in obese rats. The average content of plasma cholesterol was lowered and that of TAG was upgraded in both the groups when fed the HSF diet. There was no significant difference observed at each period between lean and obese rats. In the group of lean rats, the diversity of gut microbiota was elevated strongly (P<0·01), and bacteria from phylum Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes were both increased largely (P<0·01); however, the bacterial diversity and composition in obese rats were less altered after the HSF diet control. In conclusion, the increased Firmicutes and Bacteriodetes might relate to lean rats' higher BW gain; 'obese microbiota' could not help the hosts harvest more energy from the HSF diet. PMID:26316354

  2. Case study of sample spacing in planar near-field measurement of high gain antennas

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    Acosta, R. J.; Lee, R. Q.

    1984-01-01

    Far field antenna patterns can be reconstructed from planar near field measurements acquired at a sample spacing of lambda/2 or less. For electrically large antennas, sampling at the Nyquist rate may result in errors due to system electronic drift over long acquisition times. The computer capacity may limit the largest size of the near field data set. The requirement to sample at the Nyquist rate is relaxed for high gain antennas which concentrate most of the radiated energy into a small angular region of the far field. The criteria for sample spacing at greater than lambda/e through the use of a priori information of the antenna radiation characteristics are presented. Far field patterns of a 30 GHz dual offset reflector system with a 2.7 m parabolic main reflector are computed from near field data obtained at sample spacings ranging from 0.1 lambda to 10 lambda. The effects of sampling interval and spectrum cutoff on the far field patterns are discussed.

  3. A Modified Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) High Gain Antenna (HGA) Controller Based on Flight Performance

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    Shah, Neerav

    2010-01-01

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was launched on June 18, 2009 and is currently in a 50 km mean altitude polar orbit around the Moon. LRO was designed and built by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. The spacecraft is three-axis stabilized via the attitude control system (ACS), which is composed of various control modes using different sets of sensors and actuators. In addition to pointing the spacecraft, the ACS is responsible for pointing LRO s two appendages, the Solar Array (SA) and the High Gain Antenna (HGA). This study reviews LRO s HGA control system. Starting with an overview of the HGA system, the paper delves into the single input single output (SISO) linear analysis followed by the controller design. Based on flight results, an alternate control scheme is devised to address inherent features in the flight control system. The modified control scheme couples the HGA loop with the spacecraft pointing control loop, and through analysis is shown to be stable and improve transient performance. Although proposed, the LRO project decided against implementing this modification.

  4. Progress towards a high-gain and robust target design for heavy ion fusion

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    Henestroza, Enrique; Grant Logan, B.

    2012-07-15

    Recently [E. Henestroza et al., Phys. Plasmas 18, 032702 (2011)], a new inertial-fusion target configuration, the X-target, using one-sided axial illumination has been explored. This class of target uses annular and solid-profile heavy ion beams to compress and ignite deuterium-tritium (DT) fuel that fills the interior of metal cases that have side-view cross sections in the shape of an 'X.' X-targets using all-DT-filled metal cases imploded by three annular ion beams resulted in fuel densities of {approx}50 g/cm{sup 3} at peak compression, and fusion gains of {approx}50, comparable to heavy ion driven hohlraum targets [D. A. Callahan-Miller and M. Tabak, Phys. Plasmas 7, 2083 (2000)]. This paper discusses updated X-target configurations that incorporate inside the case a propellant (plastic) and a pusher (aluminum) surrounding the DT fuel. The updated configurations are capable of assembling higher fuel areal densities {approx}2 g/cm{sup 2} using two annular beams to implode the target to peak DT densities {approx}100 g/cm{sup 3}, followed by a fast-ignition solid ion beam which heats the high-density fuel to thermonuclear temperatures in {approx}200 ps to start the burn propagation, obtaining gains of {approx}300. These targets have been modeled using the radiation-hydrodynamics code HYDRA [M. M. Marinak et al., Phys. Plasmas 8, 2275 (2001)] in two- and three- dimensions to study the properties of the implosion as well as the ignition and burn propagation phases. At typical Eulerian mesh resolutions of a few microns, the aluminum-DT interface shows negligible Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) and Richtmyer-Meshkov instability growth; also, the shear flow of the DT fuel as it slides along the metal X-target walls, which drives the RT and Kelvin Helmholtz instabilities, does not have a major effect on the burning rate. An analytic estimate of the RT instability process at the Al-DT interface shows that the aluminum spikes generated during the pusher deceleration phase would not reach the ignition zone in time to affect the burning process. Also, preliminary HYDRA calculations, using a higher resolution mesh to study the shear flow of the DT fuel along the X-target walls, indicate that metal-mixed fuel produced near the walls would not be transferred to the DT ignition zone (at maximum {rho}R) located at the vertex of the X-target.

  5. Progress towards a high-gain and robust target design for heavy ion fusion

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    Henestroza, Enrique; Grant Logan, B.

    2012-07-01

    Recently [E. Henestroza et al., Phys. Plasmas 18, 032702 (2011)], a new inertial-fusion target configuration, the X-target, using one-sided axial illumination has been explored. This class of target uses annular and solid-profile heavy ion beams to compress and ignite deuterium-tritium (DT) fuel that fills the interior of metal cases that have side-view cross sections in the shape of an "X." X-targets using all-DT-filled metal cases imploded by three annular ion beams resulted in fuel densities of 50 g/cm3 at peak compression, and fusion gains of 50, comparable to heavy ion driven hohlraum targets [D. A. Callahan-Miller and M. Tabak, Phys. Plasmas 7, 2083 (2000)]. This paper discusses updated X-target configurations that incorporate inside the case a propellant (plastic) and a pusher (aluminum) surrounding the DT fuel. The updated configurations are capable of assembling higher fuel areal densities 2 g/cm2 using two annular beams to implode the target to peak DT densities 100 g/cm3, followed by a fast-ignition solid ion beam which heats the high-density fuel to thermonuclear temperatures in 200 ps to start the burn propagation, obtaining gains of 300. These targets have been modeled using the radiation-hydrodynamics code HYDRA [M. M. Marinak et al., Phys. Plasmas 8, 2275 (2001)] in two- and three- dimensions to study the properties of the implosion as well as the ignition and burn propagation phases. At typical Eulerian mesh resolutions of a few microns, the aluminum-DT interface shows negligible Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) and Richtmyer-Meshkov instability growth; also, the shear flow of the DT fuel as it slides along the metal X-target walls, which drives the RT and Kelvin Helmholtz instabilities, does not have a major effect on the burning rate. An analytic estimate of the RT instability process at the Al-DT interface shows that the aluminum spikes generated during the pusher deceleration phase would not reach the ignition zone in time to affect the burning process. Also, preliminary HYDRA calculations, using a higher resolution mesh to study the shear flow of the DT fuel along the X-target walls, indicate that metal-mixed fuel produced near the walls would not be transferred to the DT ignition zone (at maximum ?R) located at the vertex of the X-target.

  6. Spontaneous shape transition of thin films into ZnO nanowires with high structural and optical quality.

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    Guillemin, Sophie; Sarigiannidou, Eirini; Appert, Estelle; Donatini, Fabrice; Renou, Gilles; Bremond, Georges; Consonni, Vincent

    2015-10-28

    ZnO nanowires are usually formed by physical and chemical deposition techniques following the bottom-up approach consisting in supplying the reactants on a nucleation surface heated at a given temperature. We demonstrate an original alternative approach for the formation of ZnO nanowire arrays with high structural and optical quality, which is based on the spontaneous transformation of a ZnO thin film deposited by sol-gel process following a simple annealing. The development of these ZnO nanowires occurs through successive shape transitions, including the intermediate formation of pyramid-shaped islands. Their nucleation under near-equilibrium conditions is expected to be governed by thermodynamic considerations via the total free energy minimization related to the nanowire shape. It is further strongly assisted by the drastic reordering of the matter and by recrystallization phenomena through the massive transport of zinc and oxygen atoms towards the localized growth areas. The spontaneous shape transition process thus combines the easiness and low-cost of sol-gel process and simple annealing with the assets of the vapor phase deposition techniques. These findings cast a light on the fundamental mechanisms driving the spontaneous formation of ZnO nanowires and, importantly, reveal the great technological potential of the spontaneous shape transition process as a promising alternative approach to the more usual bottom-up approach. PMID:26416227

  7. A High Gain, Composite Nd:YVO4/SiC Thin Disk Amplifier

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    Newburgh, G. A.; Dubinskii, Mark

    2014-06-01

    We have demonstrated a new form of Nd:YVO4 amplifier operating at 1064 nm based on a 800 m thick Nd:YVO4 gain layer bonded to a 4H-SiC prism. The amplifier was tested in the `master oscillator - power amplifier' (MOPA) configuration, where both the seed source and the single pass amplifier were operated in a quasi-continuous wave (Q-CW) regime: pulse duration 500 s, pulse repetition frequency (PRF) - 100 Hz. The Nd:YVO4gain element was pumped by a 808 nm laser diode bar stack to amplify seed inputs in the power range of 1 to 55 W with a gains of 4 to 2.6, respectively, with 25% optical-to-optical extraction efficiency. The temperature distribution of the gain medium was measured under operational conditions using thermography.

  8. High-gain AlGaAs/GaAs double heterojunction Darlington phototransistors for optical neural networks

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    Kim, Jae H. (Inventor); Lin, Steven H. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    High-gain MOCVD-grown (metal-organic chemical vapor deposition) AlGaAs/GaAs/AlGaAs n-p-n double heterojunction bipolar transistors (DHBTs) and Darlington phototransistor pairs are provided for use in optical neural networks and other optoelectronic integrated circuit applications. The reduced base doping level used results in effective blockage of Zn out-diffusion, enabling a current gain of 500, higher than most previously reported values for Zn-diffused-base DHBTs. Darlington phototransitor pairs of this material can achieve a current gain of over 6000, which satisfies the gain requirement for optical neural network designs, which advantageously may employ neurons comprising the Darlington phototransistor pairs in series with a light source.

  9. Interval Mapping of High Growth (Hg), a Major Locus That Increases Weight Gain in Mice

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    Horvat, S.; Medrano, J. F.

    1995-01-01

    The high growth locus (hg) causes a major increase in weight gain and body size in mice. As a first step to map-based cloning of hg, we developed a genetic map of the hg-containing region using interval mapping of 403 F(2) from a C57BL/6J-hghg X CAST/EiJ cross. The maximum likelihood position of hg was at the chromosome 10 marker D10Mit41 (LOD = 24.8) in the F(2) females and 1.5 cM distal to D10Mit41 (LOD = 9.56) in the F(2) males with corresponding LOD 2 support intervals of 3.7 and 5.4 cM, respectively. The peak LOD scores were significantly higher than the estimated empirical threshold LOD values. The localization of hg by interval mapping was supported by a test cross of F(2) mice recombinant between the LOD 2 support interval and the flanking marker. The interval mapping and test-cross results indicate that hg is not allelic with candidate genes Igf1 or decorin (Dcn), a gene that was mapped close to hg in this study. The hg inheritance was recessive in females, although we could not reject recessive or additive inheritance in males. Possible causes for sex differences in peak LOD scores and for the distortion of transmission ratios observed in F(2) males are discussed. The genetic map of the hg region will facilitate further fine mapping and cloning of hg, and allow searches for a homologous quantitative trait locus affecting growth in humans and domestic animals. PMID:7789774

  10. Interval mapping of high growth (hg), a major locus that increases weight gain in mice

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    Horvat, S.; Medrano, J.F.

    1995-04-01

    The high growth locus (hg) causes a major increase in weight gain and body size in mice. As a first step to map-based cloning of hg, we developed a genetic map of the hg-containing region using interval mapping of 403 F{sub 2} from a C57BL/6J-hghg x CAST/EiJ cross. The maximum likelihood position of hg was at the chromosome 10 marker D10Mit41 (LOD = 24.8) in the F{sub 2} females and 1.5 cM distal to D10Mit41 (LOD = 9.56) in the F{sub 2} males with corresponding LOD 2 support intervals of 3.7 and 5.4 cM, respectively. The peak LOD scores were significantly higher than the estimated empirical threshold LOD values. The localization of hg by interval mapping was supported by a test cross of F{sub 2} mice recombinant between the LOD 2 support interval and the flanking marker. The interval mapping and test-cross indicate that hg is not allelic with candidate genes Igf1 or decorin (Dcn), a gene that was mapped close to hg in this study. The hg inheritance was recessive in females, although we could not reject recessive or additive inheritance in males. Possible causes for sex differences in peak LOD scores and for the distortion of transmission ratios observed in F{sub 2} males are discussed. The genetic map of the hg region will facilitate further fine mapping and cloning of hg, and allow searches for a homologous quantitative trait locus affecting growth in humans and domestic animals. 48 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs.

  11. Verification of the Solar Dynamics Observatory High Gain Antenna Pointing Algorithm Using Flight Data

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    Bourkland, Kristin L.; Liu, Kuo-Chia

    2011-01-01

    The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), launched in 2010, is a NASA-designed spacecraft built to study the Sun. SDO has tight pointing requirements and instruments that are sensitive to spacecraft jitter. Two High Gain Antennas (HGAs) are used to continuously send science data to a dedicated ground station. Preflight analysis showed that jitter resulting from motion of the HGAs was a cause for concern. Three jitter mitigation techniques were developed and implemented to overcome effects of jitter from different sources. These mitigation techniques include: the random step delay, stagger stepping, and the No Step Request (NSR). During the commissioning phase of the mission, a jitter test was performed onboard the spacecraft, in which various sources of jitter were examined to determine their level of effect on the instruments. During the HGA portion of the test, the jitter amplitudes from the single step of a gimbal were examined, as well as the amplitudes due to the execution of various gimbal rates. The jitter levels were compared with the gimbal jitter allocations for each instrument. The decision was made to consider implementing two of the jitter mitigating techniques on board the spacecraft: stagger stepping and the NSR. Flight data with and without jitter mitigation enabled was examined, and it is shown in this paper that HGA tracking is not negatively impacted with the addition of the jitter mitigation techniques. Additionally, the individual gimbal steps were examined, and it was confirmed that the stagger stepping and NSRs worked as designed. An Image Quality Test was performed to determine the amount of cumulative jitter from the reaction wheels, HGAs, and instruments during various combinations of typical operations. The HGA-induced jitter on the instruments is well within the jitter requirement when the stagger step and NSR mitigation options are enabled.

  12. High gain GaAs Photoconductive Semiconductor Switches (PCSS): Device lifetime, high current testing, optical pulse generators

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    Zutavern, F.J.; Loubriel, G.M.; Helgeson, W.D.; O`Malley, M.W.; Gallegos, R.R.; Hjalmarson, H.P.; Baca, A.G.; Plut, T.A.

    1995-12-31

    This paper presents results from three areas of GaAs PCSS research and development: device lifetime, high current switching, and PCSS-driven laser diode arrays (LDA). The authors have performed device lifetime tests on both lateral and vertical switches as a function of current amplitude, pulse width, and charging time. At present, their longest-lived switch reached 4 {times} 10{sup 6} pulses. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images show damage near the contacts even after only 5 pulses. They are presently searching for the threshold at which no damage is evident after a single shot. In high current tests, they have reached 5.2 kA at 4.2 kV. This was achieved using twenty fiber-optic coupled lasers to distribute current filaments over a 5 mm wide PCSS. Current waveforms and images of the current filaments as a function of current amplitude will be presented. The lasers used to trigger the high current PCSS were driven with a miniature PCSS. Low inductance, high speed GaAs PCSS are very effective as short pulse laser diode array drivers. Some types of arrays gain switch, producing a compressed optical pulse which is only 75 ps wide. Results from tests with a variety of laser diode arrays will be presented.

  13. Liver Fatty Acid Binding Protein Gene-ablation Exacerbates Weight Gain in High-Fat Fed Female Mice

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    McIntosh, Avery L.; Atshaves, Barbara P.; Landrock, Danilo; Landrock, Kerstin K.; Martin, Gregory G.; Storey, Stephen M.; Kier, Ann B.; Schroeder, Friedhelm

    2013-01-01

    Loss of liver fatty acid binding protein (L-FABP) decreases long chain fatty acid uptake and oxidation in primary hepatocytes and in vivo. On this basis, L-FABP gene ablation would potentiate high-fat diet-induced weight gain and weight gain/energy intake. While this was indeed the case when L-FABP null (?/?) mice on the C57BL/6NCr background were pair-fed high fat diet, whether this would also be observed under high-fat diet fed ad libitum was not known. Therefore, this possibility was examined in female L-FABP (?/?) mice on the same background. L-FABP (?/?) mice consumed equal amounts of defined high-fat or isocaloric control diets fed ad libitum. However, on the ad libitum fed high-fat diet the L-FABP (?/?) mice exhibited: 1) Decreased hepatic long chain fatty acid (LCFA) ?-oxidation as indicated by lower serum ?hydroxybutyrate level; 2) Decreased hepatic protein levels of key enzymes mitochondrial (rate limiting carnitine palmitoyl acyltransferase A1, CPT1A; HMG-CoA synthase) and peroxisomal (acyl CoA oxidase 1, ACOX1) LCFA ?-oxidation; 3) Increased fat tissue mass (FTM) and FTM/energy intake to the greatest extent; and 4) Exacerbated body weight gain, weight gain/energy intake, liver weight, and liver weight/body weight to the greatest extent. Taken together, these findings showed that L-FABP gene-ablation exacerbated diet-induced weight gain and fat tissue mass gain in mice fed high-fat diet ad libitumconsistent with the known biochemistry and cell biology of L-FABP. PMID:23539345

  14. Liver fatty acid binding protein gene-ablation exacerbates weight gain in high-fat fed female mice.

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    McIntosh, Avery L; Atshaves, Barbara P; Landrock, Danilo; Landrock, Kerstin K; Martin, Gregory G; Storey, Stephen M; Kier, Ann B; Schroeder, Friedhelm

    2013-05-01

    Loss of liver fatty acid binding protein (L-FABP) decreases long chain fatty acid uptake and oxidation in primary hepatocytes and in vivo. On this basis, L-FABP gene ablation would potentiate high-fat diet-induced weight gain and weight gain/energy intake. While this was indeed the case when L-FABP null (-/-) mice on the C57BL/6NCr background were pair-fed a high-fat diet, whether this would also be observed under high-fat diet fed ad libitum was not known. Therefore, this possibility was examined in female L-FABP (-/-) mice on the same background. L-FABP (-/-) mice consumed equal amounts of defined high-fat or isocaloric control diets fed ad libitum. However, on the ad libitum-fed high-fat diet the L-FABP (-/-) mice exhibited: (1) decreased hepatic long chain fatty acid (LCFA) ?-oxidation as indicated by lower serum ?-hydroxybutyrate level; (2) decreased hepatic protein levels of key enzymes mitochondrial (rate limiting carnitine palmitoyl acyltransferase A1, CPT1A; HMG-CoA synthase) and peroxisomal (acyl CoA oxidase 1, ACOX1) LCFA ?-oxidation; (3) increased fat tissue mass (FTM) and FTM/energy intake to the greatest extent; and (4) exacerbated body weight gain, weight gain/energy intake, liver weight, and liver weight/body weight to the greatest extent. Taken together, these findings showed that L-FABP gene-ablation exacerbated diet-induced weight gain and fat tissue mass gain in mice fed high-fat diet ad libitum--consistent with the known biochemistry and cell biology of L-FABP. PMID:23539345

  15. High energy gain in three-dimensional simulations of light sail acceleration

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    Sgattoni, A.; Sinigardi, S.; Macchi, A.

    2014-08-01

    The dynamics of radiation pressure acceleration in the relativistic light sail regime are analysed by means of large scale, three-dimensional (3D) particle-in-cell simulations. Differently to other mechanisms, the 3D dynamics leads to faster and higher energy gain than in 1D or 2D geometry. This effect is caused by the local decrease of the target density due to transverse expansion leading to a "lighter sail." However, the rarefaction of the target leads to an earlier transition to transparency limiting the energy gain. A transverse instability leads to a structured and inhomogeneous ion distribution.

  16. High energy gain in three-dimensional simulations of light sail acceleration

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    Sgattoni, A.; Sinigardi, S.; Macchi, A.

    2014-08-25

    The dynamics of radiation pressure acceleration in the relativistic light sail regime are analysed by means of large scale, three-dimensional (3D) particle-in-cell simulations. Differently to other mechanisms, the 3D dynamics leads to faster and higher energy gain than in 1D or 2D geometry. This effect is caused by the local decrease of the target density due to transverse expansion leading to a “lighter sail.” However, the rarefaction of the target leads to an earlier transition to transparency limiting the energy gain. A transverse instability leads to a structured and inhomogeneous ion distribution.

  17. In-flight calibration of the high-gain antenna pointing for the Mariner Venus-Mercury 1973 spacecraft

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    Hardman, J. M.; Havens, W. F.; Ohtakay, H.

    1975-01-01

    The methods used to in-flight calibrate the pointing direction of the Mariner Venus-Mercury 1973 spacecraft high gain antenna and the achieved antenna pointing accuracy are described. The overall pointing calibration was accomplished by performing calibration sequences at a number of points along the spacecraft trajectory. Each of these consisted of articulating the antenna about the expected spacecraft-earth vector to determine systematic pointing errors. The high gain antenna pointing system, the error model used in the calibration, and the calibration and pointing strategy and results are discussed.

  18. Modelling Plant and Soil Nitrogen Feedbacks Affecting Forest Carbon Gain at High CO2

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    McMurtrie, R. E.; Norby, R. J.; Franklin, O.; Pepper, D. A.

    2007-12-01

    Short-term, direct effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations on plant carbon gain are relatively well understood. There is considerable uncertainty, however, about longer-term effects, which are influenced by various plant and ecosystem feedbacks. A key feedback in terrestrial ecosystems occurs through changes in plant carbon (C) allocation patterns. For instance, if high CO2 were to increase C allocation to roots, then plants may experience positive feedback through improved plant nutrition. A second type of feedback, associated with decomposition of soil-organic matter, may reduce soil-nutrient availability at high CO2. This paper will consider mechanistic models of both feedbacks. Effects of high CO2 on plant C allocation will be investigated using a simple model of forest net primary production (NPP) that incorporates the primary mechanisms of plant carbon and nitrogen (N) balance. The model called MATE (Model Any Terrestrial Ecosystem) includes an equation for annual C balance that depends on light- saturated photosynthetic rate and therefore on [CO2], and an equation for N balance incorporating an expression for N uptake as a function of root mass. The C-N model is applied to a Free Air CO2 Exchange (FACE) experiment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, USA, where closed-canopy, monoculture stands of the deciduous hardwood sweetgum ( Liquidambar styraciflua) have been growing at [CO2] of 375 and 550 ppm for ten years. Features of this experiment are that the annual NPP response to elevated CO2 has averaged approximately 25% over seven years, but that annual fine-root production has almost doubled on average, with especially large increases in later years of the experiment (Norby et al. 2006). The model provides a simple graphical approach for analysing effects of elevated CO2 and N supply on leaf/root/wood C allocation and productivity. It simulates increases in NPP and fine-root production at the ORNL FACE site that are consistent with experimental measurements. Increased below-ground C allocation has been observed at other forest high-CO2 experiments including the Duke FACE and Flakaliden experiments in North Carolina, USA, and Sweden, respectively. This result is predicted by MATE, but not by biogeochemical-cycling models such as our plant-soil model G'DAY (Generic Decomposition And Yield), which predicts instead that a positive CO2 response will enhance litter quantity, and hence will increase soil N immobilisation and reduce the pool of N available for plant uptake (Pepper et al. 2007). We will use G'DAY and MATE to determine the sensitivity of the modelled CO2 response to key model parameters on contrasting timescales. One conclusion is that models are required that simulate both increased N uptake at high CO2 as a consequence of increased root production and soil N-cycling feedbacks. References: Norby RJ, Wullschleger SD, Hanson PJ, Gunderson CA, Tschaplinski TJ, Jastrow JD (2006) CO2 enrichment of a deciduous forest: the Oak Ridge FACE experiment. Ecological Studies 187: 231-251 (Springer-Verlag, Berlin). Pepper DA, Eliasson PE, McMurtrie RE, Corbeels M, Ågren GI, Strömgren M, Linder S (2007) Simulated mechanisms of soil N feedback on the forest CO2 response. Global Change Biology 13: 1265-1281.

  19. Behavioral characterization of non-copulating male rats with high spontaneous yawning frequency rate.

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    Portillo, Wendy; Camacho, Francisco; Eguibar, Jose R; Paredes, Ral G

    2010-12-25

    An important number of Sprague-Dawley males selected by strict inbreeding process for their high spontaneous yawing frequency (HY) fail to copulate after repeated exposure to receptive females. These HY males that fail to mate are called non-copulators (HYNC). The causes of this behavioral deficit are still unknown. The aim of the present study was to make a detailed behavioral characterization of these animals by evaluating: their partner preference between a sexually receptive female as opposed to a sexually active male; their ability to detect food related odors and their preference for sexually relevant chemosensory cues between bedding from estrous females, bedding from sexually active males and clean bedding. We also evaluated whether these males had alterations in motor function using a rotarod or in their general reward system mediated by opioids by injecting them with 1mg/kg of morphine to evaluate if they develop conditioned place preference (CPP). At the end of these behavioral tests, we measured their plasmatic levels of testosterone (T). Together, these results will contribute to elucidate the causes of their deficient copulatory performance. Both HYNC and HY copulators (HYC) males showed a clear preference for receptive females as opposed to sexually active males. As well, both groups of animals had a similar ability to detect food related odors. HYC males had a clear preference for estrous female odors as opposed to male or clean bedding, but HYNC males spend the same amount of time sniffing estrous, anestrous, male and clean bedding. In both, HYC and HYNC, morphine induced CPP suggesting that in these males the reward system is functional. No differences were found in motor coordination or in T levels between HY and HYNC males. The behavioral deficit in HYNC male rats cannot be explained by an alteration in: partner preference, food related odor recognition, motor coordination, general reward system, or differences in plasmatic levels of T. However, HYNC males present clear deficits in recognizing sexually relevant odors. These results could, at least in part, explain the deficient execution of copulatory pattern in HYNC males. PMID:20510299

  20. High-temporal contrast using low-gain optical parametric amplification

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    Shah, Rahul C; Johnson, Randall P; Shimada, Tsutomu; Flippo, Kirk A; Fernandez, Juan C; Hegelich, Bjorn M

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrate the use of low-gain optical parametric amplification (OPA) as a means of improving temporal contrast to a detection-limited level 10{sup -10}. 250 {mu}J, 500 fs pulses of 1053 nm are frequency doubled and subsequently restored to the original wavelength by OPA with >10% efficiency.

  1. Light-controlled resistors provide quadrature signal rejection for high-gain servo systems

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    Mc Cauley, D. D.

    1967-01-01

    Servo amplifier feedback system, in which the phase sensitive detection, low pass filtering, and multiplication functions required for quadrature rejection, are preformed by light-controlled photoresistors, eliminates complex circuitry. System increases gain, improves signal-to-noise ratio, and eliminates the necessity for compensation.

  2. The Linguistic Gains and Acculturation of American High School Students on Exchange Programs in Germany

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    Lovitt, Ashli

    2013-01-01

    There has been a sharp rise in study abroad participation over the last few decades (Institute for International Education, 2011), which can largely be explained by the rise of short-term study abroad programs. While there is much to be gained from participation in such programs, mid-length and year programs may offer the greatest benefits for

  3. Factors influencing individual variability in high fat diet-induced weight gain in out-bred MF1 mice.

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    Vaanholt, L M; Sinclair, R E; Mitchell, S E; Speakman, J R

    2015-05-15

    Easy access to high-energy palatable foods has been suggested to have contributed to the world-wide obesity epidemic. However, within these 'obesogenic' environments many people manage to remain lean. Mice also show variability in their weight gain responses to high-fat diet (HFD) feeding and their weight loss responses to calorically restricted (CR) feeding. In this study we investigated which factors contribute to determining susceptibility to HFD-induced obesity in mice, and whether the responses in weight gain on HFD are correlated with the responses to CR. One-hundred twenty four mice were exposed to 30% CR for 28days followed by a 14day recovery period, and subsequent exposure to 60% HFD for 28days. Responses in various metabolic factors were measured before and after each exposure (body mass; BM, body composition, food intake; FI, resting metabolic rate; RMR, physical activity, body temperature and glucose tolerance; GT). Weight changes on HFD ranged from -1 to 26%, equivalent to -0.2g to 10.5g in absolute mass. Multiple regression models showed that fat free mass (FFM) of the mice before exposure to HFD predicted 12% of the variability in weight gain on HFD (p<0.001). Also, FI during the first week of HFD feeding predicted 20% of the variability in BM and fat mass (FM) gain 4weeks later. These data may point to a role for the reward system in driving individual differences in FI and weight gain. Weight gain on the HFD was significantly negatively correlated to weight loss on CR, indicating that animals that are poor at defending against weight gain on HFD, were also poor at defending against CR-induced weight loss. Changes in FM and FFM in response to HFD or CR were not correlated however. PMID:25817538

  4. Verification of the Solar Dynamics Observatory High Gain Antenna Pointing Algorithm Using Flight Data

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    Bourkland, Kristin L.; Liu, Kuo-Chia

    2011-01-01

    The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is a NASA spacecraft designed to study the Sun. It was launched on February 11, 2010 into a geosynchronous orbit, and uses a suite of attitude sensors and actuators to finely point the spacecraft at the Sun. SDO has three science instruments: the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA), the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI), and the Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment (EVE). SDO uses two High Gain Antennas (HGAs) to send science data to a dedicated ground station in White Sands, New Mexico. In order to meet the science data capture budget, the HGAs must be able to transmit data to the ground for a very large percentage of the time. Each HGA is a dual-axis antenna driven by stepper motors. Both antennas transmit data at all times, but only a single antenna is required in order to meet the transmission rate requirement. For portions of the year, one antenna or the other has an unobstructed view of the White Sands ground station. During other periods, however, the view from both antennas to the Earth is blocked for different portions of the day. During these times of blockage, the two HGAs take turns pointing to White Sands, with the other antenna pointing out to space. The HGAs handover White Sands transmission responsibilities to the unblocked antenna. There are two handover seasons per year, each lasting about 72 days, where the antennas hand off control every twelve hours. The non-tracking antenna slews back to the ground station by following a ground commanded trajectory and arrives approximately 5 minutes before the formerly tracking antenna slews away to point out into space. The SDO Attitude Control System (ACS) runs at 5 Hz, and the HGA Gimbal Control Electronics (GCE) run at 200 Hz. There are 40 opportunities for the gimbals to step each ACS cycle, with a hardware limitation of no more than one step every three GCE cycles. The ACS calculates the desired gimbal motion for tracking the ground station or for slewing, and sends the command to the GCE at 5 Hz. This command contains the number of gimbals steps for that ACS cycle, the direction of motion, the spacing of the steps, and the delay before taking the first step. The AIA and HMI instruments are sensitive to spacecraft jitter. Pre-flight analysis showed that jitter from the motion of the HGAs was a cause of concern. Three jitter mitigation techniques were developed to overcome the effects of jitter from different sources. The first method is the random step delay, which avoids gimbal steps hitting a cadence on a jitter-critical mode by pseudo-randomly delaying the first gimbal step in an ACS cycle. The second method of jitter mitigation is stagger stepping, which forbids the two antennas from taking steps during the same ACS cycle in order to avoid constructively adding jitter from two antennas. The third method is the inclusion of an instrument No Step Request (NSR), which allows the instruments to request a stoppage in gimbal stepping during the times when they are taking images. During the commissioning phase of the mission, a jitter test was performed onboard the spacecraft. Various sources of jitter, such as the reaction wheels, the High Gain Antenna motors, and the motion of the instrument filter wheels, were examined to determine the level of their effect on the instruments. During the HGA portion of the test, the jitter amplitudes from the single step of a gimbal were examined, as well as the amplitudes due to the execution of various gimbal rates. These jitter levels are compared with the gimbal jitter allocations for each instrument. Additionally, the jitter test provided insight into a readback delay that exists with the GCE. Pre-flight analysis suggested that gimbal steps scheduled to occur during the later portion of an ACS cycle would not be read during that cycle, resulting in a delay in the telemetered current gimbal position. Flight data from the jitter test confirmed this expectation. Analysis is presentehat shows the readback delay does not have a negative impact on gimbal control. The decision was made to consider implementing two of the jitter mitigation techniques on board the spacecraft: stagger stepping and the NSR. Flight data from two sets of handovers, one set without jitter mitigation and the other with mitigation enabled, were examined. The trajectory of the predicted handover was compared with the measured trajectory for the two cases, showing that tracking was not negatively impacted with the addition of the jitter mitigation techniques. Additionally, the individual gimbal steps were examined, and it was confirmed that the stagger stepping and NSRs worked as designed. An Image Quality Test was performed to determine the amount of cumulative jitter from the reaction wheels, HGAs, and instruments during various combinations of typical operations. In this paper, the flight results are examined from a test where the HGAs are following the path of a nominal handover with stagger stepping on and HMI NSRs enabled. In this case, the reaction wheels are moving at low speed and the instruments are taking pictures in their standard sequence. The flight data shows the level of jitter that the instruments see when their shutters are open. The HGA-induced jitter is well within the jitter requirement when the stagger step and NSR mitigation options are enabled. The SDO HGA pointing algorithm was designed to achieve nominal antenna pointing at the ground station, perform slews during handover season, and provide three HGA-induced jitter mitigation options without compromising pointing objectives. During the commissioning phase, flight data sets were collected to verify the HGA pointing algorithm and demonstrate its jitter mitigation capabilities.

  5. Optical properties of the output of a high-gain, self-amplified free-electron laser.

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    Li, Y.; Lewellen, J.; Huang, Z.; Krinsky, S.; Accelerator Systems Division; BNL

    2004-01-01

    The temporal structure and phase evolutions of a high-gain, self-amplified free-electron laser are measured, including single-shot analysis and statistics over many shots. Excellent agreement with the theory of free-electron laser and photon statistics is found.

  6. A numerical algorithm for optimal feedback gains in high dimensional LQR problems

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    Banks, H. T.; Ito, K.

    1986-01-01

    A hybrid method for computing the feedback gains in linear quadratic regulator problems is proposed. The method, which combines the use of a Chandrasekhar type system with an iteration of the Newton-Kleinman form with variable acceleration parameter Smith schemes, is formulated so as to efficiently compute directly the feedback gains rather than solutions of an associated Riccati equation. The hybrid method is particularly appropriate when used with large dimensional systems such as those arising in approximating infinite dimensional (distributed parameter) control systems (e.g., those governed by delay-differential and partial differential equations). Computational advantage of the proposed algorithm over the standard eigenvector (Potter, Laub-Schur) based techniques are discussed and numerical evidence of the efficacy of our ideas presented.

  7. High-power gain-switched Tm(3+)-doped fiber laser.

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    Tang, Yulong; Xu, Lin; Yang, Yi; Xu, Jianqiu

    2010-10-25

    Gain-switched by a 1.914-m Tm:YLF crystal laser, a two-stage Tm(3+) fiber laser has been achieved 100-W level ~2-m pulsed laser output with a slope efficiency of ~52%. With the 6-m length of Tm fiber, the laser wavelength was centered at 2020 nm with a bandwidth of ~25 nm. Based on an acousto-optic switch, the pulse repetition rate can be modulated from 500 Hz to 50 kHz, and the laser pulse width can be tuned between 75 ns and ~1 s. The maximum pulse energy was over 10 mJ, and the maximum pulse peak power was 138 kW. By using the fiber-coiling-induced mode-filtering effect, laser beam quality of M2 = 1.01 was obtained. Further scaling the pulse energy and average power from such kind of gain-switched fiber lasers was also discussed. PMID:21164635

  8. An integrated Ku-band linearizer driver amplifier for TWTAs with high gain and wide bandwidth

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    Moochalla, Shabbir S.; Katz, Allen; Aubert, Donald E.; Ernandez, John; Pallas, George

    1992-03-01

    An integrated linearizer driver amplifier (LDA) has been developed for Ku-band traveling wave tube amplifier (TWTA) satellite applications. This LDA utilizes a passive FET linearizer that is small in size and weight and has a bandwidth greater than 1 GHz and low loss. An improvement of 10 dB in TWTA carrier-to-intermodulation ratio (C/I) at 3-dB output power backoff and a phase change of less than 5 degrees for drive levels up to 3 dB over saturation is provided. A gain of 40 dB (minimum), 32 steps of gain control, and 20 dB of overdrive protection is furnished. The integrated LDA consumes only 1.5 watts of dc power, and the LDA RF section weighs only 1.3 pounds.

  9. Spontaneous shape transition of thin films into ZnO nanowires with high structural and optical quality

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    Guillemin, Sophie; Sarigiannidou, Eirini; Appert, Estelle; Donatini, Fabrice; Renou, Gilles; Bremond, Georges; Consonni, Vincent

    2015-10-01

    ZnO nanowires are usually formed by physical and chemical deposition techniques following the bottom-up approach consisting in supplying the reactants on a nucleation surface heated at a given temperature. We demonstrate an original alternative approach for the formation of ZnO nanowire arrays with high structural and optical quality, which is based on the spontaneous transformation of a ZnO thin film deposited by sol-gel process following a simple annealing. The development of these ZnO nanowires occurs through successive shape transitions, including the intermediate formation of pyramid-shaped islands. Their nucleation under near-equilibrium conditions is expected to be governed by thermodynamic considerations via the total free energy minimization related to the nanowire shape. It is further strongly assisted by the drastic reordering of the matter and by recrystallization phenomena through the massive transport of zinc and oxygen atoms towards the localized growth areas. The spontaneous shape transition process thus combines the easiness and low-cost of sol-gel process and simple annealing with the assets of the vapor phase deposition techniques. These findings cast a light on the fundamental mechanisms driving the spontaneous formation of ZnO nanowires and, importantly, reveal the great technological potential of the spontaneous shape transition process as a promising alternative approach to the more usual bottom-up approach.ZnO nanowires are usually formed by physical and chemical deposition techniques following the bottom-up approach consisting in supplying the reactants on a nucleation surface heated at a given temperature. We demonstrate an original alternative approach for the formation of ZnO nanowire arrays with high structural and optical quality, which is based on the spontaneous transformation of a ZnO thin film deposited by sol-gel process following a simple annealing. The development of these ZnO nanowires occurs through successive shape transitions, including the intermediate formation of pyramid-shaped islands. Their nucleation under near-equilibrium conditions is expected to be governed by thermodynamic considerations via the total free energy minimization related to the nanowire shape. It is further strongly assisted by the drastic reordering of the matter and by recrystallization phenomena through the massive transport of zinc and oxygen atoms towards the localized growth areas. The spontaneous shape transition process thus combines the easiness and low-cost of sol-gel process and simple annealing with the assets of the vapor phase deposition techniques. These findings cast a light on the fundamental mechanisms driving the spontaneous formation of ZnO nanowires and, importantly, reveal the great technological potential of the spontaneous shape transition process as a promising alternative approach to the more usual bottom-up approach. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04394h

  10. High Risk of Obesity and Weight Gain for HIV-Infected Uninsured Minorities

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    Taylor, Barbara S.; Liang, Yuanyuan; Garduño, L. Sergio; Walter, Elizabeth A.; Gerardi, Margit; Anstead, Gregory M.; Bullock, Delia; Turner, Barbara J.

    2014-01-01

    Background Obesity and HIV disproportionately affect minorities and have significant health risks, but few studies have examined disparities in weight change in HIV-seropositive (HIV+) cohorts. Objective To determine racial and health insurance disparities in significant weight gain in a predominately Hispanic HIV+ cohort. Methods Our observational cohort study of 1,214 non-underweight HIV+ adults from 2007-2010 had significant weight gain (≥3% annual BMI increase) as primary outcome. The secondary outcome was continuous BMI over time. A four-level race-ethnicity/insurance predictor reflected the interaction between race-ethnicity and insurance: insured white (non-Hispanic), uninsured white, insured minority (Hispanic or black), or uninsured minority. Logistic and mixed effects models adjusted for: baseline BMI; age; gender; household income; HIV transmission category; antiretroviral therapy type; CD4+ count; plasma HIV-1 RNA; observation months; and visit frequency. Results The cohort was 63% Hispanic and 14% black; 13.3% were insured white, 10.0% uninsured white, 40.9% insured minority, and 35.7% uninsured minority. At baseline, 37.5% were overweight, 22.1% obese. Median observation was 3.25 years. 24.0% had significant weight gain, which was more likely for uninsured minority patients than insured whites (adjusted odds ratio=2.85 , 95%CI: 1.66, 4.90). The rate of BMI increase in mixed effects models was greatest for uninsured minorities. Of 455 overweight at baseline, 29% were projected to become obese in 4 years. Conclusions and Relevance In this majority Hispanic HIV+ cohort, 60% were overweight or obese at baseline, and uninsured minority patients gained weight more rapidly. These data should prompt greater attention by HIV providers to prevention of obesity. PMID:24121754

  11. High Gain, Fast Scan, Broad Spectrum, Parallel Beam Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Spectrometer for SEM

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    David OHara; Dr. Eric Lochmer

    2003-09-12

    Parallax Research, Inc. proposes to produce a new type of x-ray spectrometer for use with Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) that would have the energy resolution of WDS and the ease of use of EDS with sufficient gain for lower energies that it can be used at low beam currents as is EDS. Parallax proposes to do this by development of new multiple reflection x-ray collimation optics, new diffractor technology, new detector technology and new scan algorithms.

  12. Burst-mode gain switched technique for high peak and average optical energy extraction.

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    Nikumb, S K; Seguin, H J; Seguin, V A; Willis, R J; Cheng, Z; Reshef, H

    1989-05-01

    The optical performance of a cw PIE CO(2) laser has been substantially improved through the adoption of a burst-mode gain switching technique. The approach has provided a doubling of the average beam power extractable from the device. With appropriate optimization, the process could possibly permit the attainment of pulsed energy extraction in the kilohertz range, and with average optical powers within the several tens of kilowatt category. PMID:20548716

  13. Effects of vitamin C on high blood pressure induced by salt in spontaneously hypertensive rats.

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    Nishikawa, Yoshiyuki; Tatsumi, Kaori; Matsuura, Takeshi; Yamamoto, Ayako; Nadamoto, Tomonori; Urabe, Kimiko

    2003-10-01

    By breeding and feeding salt to spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) continuously over a long period (until 60 wk old), rats with systolic blood pressures (SBP) of over 270 mmHg were prepared. It was studied whether or not supplying large amounts of vitamin C (200 mg/rat/d) over this period might bring any beneficial effect to blood pressure. Moreover, physico-chemical studies were performed to measure the components and enzymes in the blood and urine at 53 and 60 wk-old, and biochemical studies on vitamin C were also carried out in this experiment. Male (14 rats: 7 wk-old, 100-105 g) and female (15 rats: 7 wk-old, 95-100 g) SHR were divided into three groups and bred continuously for 53 wk. The A group rats were given salt (2.5 g/100 g of diet), the B group rats were given salt and vitamin C (500 mg/100 mL of drinking water), and the C group rats were controls. The results showed almost the same tendencies between male and female rats. The body weights of the SHR in groups A and B were slightly lower than group C. The amount of food intake in groups A and B was almost the same as group C. The amount of water intake was, in the order from highest to lowest, group A, B and C. The SBP of group A rats exhibited the highest value among the three groups. The SBP of group B rats given vitamin C simultaneously with the salt resulted in a low blood pressure level close to that of the controls (group C). Furthermore, the DBP (diastolic blood pressure) also reflected the antihypertensive effect of vitamin C as well. The heartbeat of the rats was highest in group A, and was comparable to the value in the rats receiving vitamin C simultaneously with salt. For the tests on occult blood and protein in the urine, group A rats showed strong positive reactions, whereas the group B and C rats had decreased results for both tests. The organ weights of the liver, stomach, spleen, adrenal gland and kidneys per 100 g rat body weight were not different among the three groups. The values for the bilirubin content, and the enzyme activities of ALT and AST in the blood showed to be the highest in the male rats of group A. The values from the group B rats decreased near to the normal value like the control group. Vitamin C was found to decrease the blood pressure in SHR, and also to work effectively to protect liver and kidney functions even under the condition of very high blood pressure, as high as 250 mmHg. PMID:14703303

  14. Wideband and flat-gain amplifier based on high concentration erbium-doped fibres in parallel double-pass configuration

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    Hamida, B A; Cheng, X S; Harun, S W; Naji, A W; Arof, H; Al-Khateeb, W; Khan, S; Ahmad, H

    2012-03-31

    A wideband and flat gain erbium-doped fibre amplifier (EDFA) is demonstrated using a hybrid gain medium of a zirconiabased erbium-doped fibre (Zr-EDF) and a high concentration erbium-doped fibre (EDF). The amplifier has two stages comprising a 2-m-long ZEDF and 9-m-long EDF optimised for C- and L-band operations, respectively, in a double-pass parallel configuration. A chirp fibre Bragg grating (CFBG) is used in both stages to ensure double propagation of the signal and thus to increase the attainable gain in both C- and L-band regions. At an input signal power of 0 dBm, a flat gain of 15 dB is achieved with a gain variation of less than 0.5 dB within a wide wavelength range from 1530 to 1605 nm. The corresponding noise figure varies from 6.2 to 10.8 dB within this wavelength region.

  15. Compact tunable high power picosecond source based on Yb-doped fiber amplification of gain switch laser diode.

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    Liu, Hongjun; Gao, Cunxiao; Tao, Jintao; Zhao, Wei; Wang, Yishan

    2008-05-26

    A compact tunable high power picosecond source based on Yb-doped fiber amplification of gain switch laser diode is demonstrated. A multi-stage single mode Yb-doped fiber preamplifier was combined with a single mode double-clad Yb-doped fiber main amplifier to construct the amplification system, which is seeded by a gain switch laser diode. By optimizing preamplifier???s parameters to compensate the seed spectrum gain, a "flat top" broadband spectrum is obtained to realize wavelength tunable output with a self-made tunable filter. The tunable pulses were further amplified to 3.5 W average power 90 ps pulses at 1 MHz repetition rate, and the center wavelength was tunable in the ranges from 1053 nm to 1073 nm with excellent beam quality. PMID:18545499

  16. Development of a dual-gain multiplication in CNS Active Target for high-intensity heavy-ion beam injection

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    Lee, Cheongsoo; Ota, Shinsuke; Aramaki, Yoki; Saiseau, Raphael; Tokieda, Hiroshi; Watanabe, Yuni

    2014-09-01

    We are developing a gaseous deuterium active target, called CAT, for the purpose of the detection of deuteron inelastic scattering off near Sn, especially, the deduction of Isoscalar Giant Monopole Resonance by measuring the forward angle scatterings. The CAT consists of Time Projection Chamber (TPC) where Gas Electron Multipliers (GEMs) is employed as a multiplication device and Silicon detectors and detects the beam and recoiled particles at the same time. When we set the gas gain of GEMs high to measure the low-energy depositing particles at a high-intensity about 105-6Hz heavy-ion beam, TPC became unstable because of the energy loss of beam particles is about 100 times larger than that of recoiling deuterons. This may cause a negative effect on the resolution and the accuracy. As a solution for this problem, we tried to make a dual-gain multiplication system on GEM-TPC which provides about 100 times lower gas gain at beam trajectory region than recoil particle region by dividing the electrodes of GEM into three area, two recoil sides and the beam side. In this presentation, the test of a dual-gain multiplication in CAT at HIMAC with a high-intensity 100 MeV/u 132Xe beam and the results will be reported.

  17. Isolation of transforming murine leukemia viruses from mice with a high incidence of spontaneous lymphoma.

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    Staal, S P; Hartley, J W; Rowe, W P

    1977-01-01

    Murine leukemia viruses capable of malignant transformation of mink tissue culture cells have been isolated from an AKR thymoma cell line and from a spontaneous reticulum cell sarcoma in an NIH Swiss mouse partially congenic for the AKR ecotropic virus-inducing locus Akv-2. In contrast to the recently described mink cell focus-inducing strains of murine leukemia virus, at least one of the two transforming strains is replication defective. Nonproducer mink cells carrying the genome of the transforming virus of AKR origin have been isolated, and pseudotype transforming viruses generated. Images PMID:197531

  18. Exotic harmonic generation schemes in high-gain free-electron lasers

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    Biedron, Sandra G.; Bartolini, R.; Ciocci, Franco; Dattoli, Giuseppe; Fawley, William M.; Felici, Giuseppe; Freund, Henry P.; Nuhn, Heinz-Dieter; Ottaviani, Pier L.; Renieri, Alberto

    2002-06-01

    The mechanism of nonlinear harmonic generation in the exponential gain regime, which is driven by bunching at the fundamental wavelength, may provide a path toward both enhancing and extending the usefulness of an x-ray free- electron laser (FEL) facility. Related exotic generation schemes, which exploit properties of harmonic production in various undulator topologies, have been discussed both in the past and more recently. Using three different numerical simulation codes, we explore the possible utility of such schemes (e.g., harmonic afterburners and biharmonic undulators) at future light source facilities.

  19. High-gain diode-pumped amplifier for generation of microjoule-level picosecond pulses.

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    Agnesi, Antonio; Carr, Luca; Pirzio, Federico; Scarpa, Daniele; Tomaselli, Alessandra; Reali, Giancarlo; Vacchi, Carla; Braggio, Caterina

    2006-10-01

    A diode-pumped single-pass amplifier system relying on two grazing-incidence Nd:YVO(4) slabs was developed to increase the energy of low-repetition-rate pulses from a decimated low-power cw mode-locked oscillator. Single-pass unsaturated gain up to 1.3x10(5) was achieved, and amplified pulses of 10-muJ energy and 8.0-ps duration were obtained. Efficient second harmonic generation (SHG) at 532 nm was achieved, as well as traveling-wave parametric conversion in the range 770-1020 nm (signal) and 1110-1720 nm (idler). PMID:19529306

  20. Stimulated emission and optical gain spectrum in highly excited CdSe

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    Cingolani, A.; Ferrara, M.; Lugara, M.

    1980-04-01

    The stimulated emission from CdSe at 80 K under nitrogen or dye laser excitation has been studied. Its dependence on the pumping laser wavelength, on the excitation intensity, and on the excited length of the sample has been investigated. Optical gain spectrum measurements confirm the attribution of the light amplification process to two different radiative mechanisms involving, respectively, the exciton-exciton interaction and the electron-hole plasma recombination, for a photoinjected electron-hole density greater than 10 to the 17th pairs/cu cm.

  1. Bremsstrahlung emission of high energy accompanying spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf

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    Maydanyuk, S. P.; Olkhovsky, V. S.; Mandaglio, G.; Manganaro, M.; Fazio, G.; Giardina, G.

    2010-07-15

    The study of the bremsstrahlung photon emission accompanying fragments produced in the spontaneous fission of heavy nuclei by a fully quantum approach is presented for the first time. This kind of problem requires the knowledge of wave functions of the fissioning system leading to a wide distribution of couples of fragments that are the products of fission. With the aim of obtaining these wave functions, the interaction potential between the emitted fragment and residual nucleus is calculated by a standard approach. A new procedure was performed that allows an increase in the accuracy of calculations of radial integrals in the far asymptotic region and the achievement of the convenient convergence in calculations of the spectra. The total probability of the emitted photons in the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf was calculated in such a way. We obtained good agreement between theory and experimental data up to 38 MeV for the bremsstrahlung spectrum of photons while the calculation of the total probability of photon emission accompanying fragments was performed up to an energy of 60 MeV. The analysis of contributions in the bremsstrahlung spectrum accompanying the emission of light, medium, and heavy fragments in the fission of {sup 252}Cf is presented.

  2. Preparation of highly water-repellent surface by spontaneous formation of double scale roughness pattern.

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    Joly, Pascal; Kuroda, Akihiro; Asakura, Kouichi

    2010-01-01

    Hydrophobic organic-inorganic hybrid composite suspensions were prepared by mixing hydrophobic octylsilyl titanium dioxide particles having average diameter of 35 nm with drying oil or moisture cure room temperature vulcanization silicone gum in volatile silicone. They were spread on a glass plate by using a linear motor coater and an applicator. Spatially periodic stripe patterns parallel to the direction of dragging the applicator were usually generated. The phenomenon is called directional viscous fingering, i.e. spontaneous pattern formation by the growth of fluctuation in morphology of mobile interface during the dragging coat. The pattern spontaneously formed on the surface became double scale when stored samples were coated. In this case, the large scale spatially periodic pattern was formed by the directional viscous fingering and the small ragged random pattern may be due to the giant molecules formed by cross-linking of silicone gum. Double scale roughness patterns were also generated by double dragging coat. The large and small scale pattern was formed by the first and second dragging coat, respectively. The formation of double scale roughness enhanced the water-repellent property of the hydrophobic surface. In some cases, water contact angle increased by 20 degrees to realize super water-repellent surface with a value exceeding 150 degrees. PMID:20103981

  3. Ultra-long and high-stability random laser based on EDF gain-media and Rayleigh scattering distributed mirror

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    Aporta, I.; Quintela, M. A.; Rodrguez-Cobo, L.; Lpez-Higuera, J. M.

    2015-09-01

    An ultra-long, low-threshold and high-stability Random distributed feedback fiber laser (RDF-FL) based on Erbium-doped fiber (EDF) to provide the gain medium, and single mode fiber (SMF) as a distributed mirror in combination with fiber-brag grating (FBG) to form the cavity is proposed in this paper. Typical random laser radiation for a SMF length of 50 km with a low-threshold of 10 dBm and high-stability (~0.1 dB) is achieved, thanks to the design of the cavity and the high-gain from the pumped erbium-doped fiber. Besides, 200 km quasi-losses random laser due to the distributed mirror and the FBG reflector is demonstrated.

  4. Spontaneous Fission

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    Segre, Emilio

    1950-11-22

    The first attempt to discover spontaneous fission in uranium was made by [Willard] Libby, who, however, failed to detect it on account of the smallness of effect. In 1940, [K. A.] Petrzhak and [G. N.] Flerov, using more sensitive methods, discovered spontaneous fission in uranium and gave some rough estimates of the spontaneous fission decay constant of this substance. Subsequently, extensive experimental work on the subject has been performed by several investigators and will be quoted in the various sections. [N.] Bohr and [A.] Wheeler have given a theory of the effect based on the usual ideas of penetration of potential barriers. On this project spontaneous fission has been studied for the past several years in an effort to obtain a complete picture of the phenomenon. For this purpose the spontaneous fission decay constants {lambda} have been measured for separated isotopes of the heavy elements wherever possible. Moreover, the number {nu} of neutrons emitted per fission has been measured wherever feasible, and other characteristics of the spontaneous fission process have been studied. This report summarizes the spontaneous fission work done at Los Alamos up to January 1, 1945. A chronological record of the work is contained in the Los Alamos monthly reports.

  5. High Efficiency Automatic-Power-Controlled and Gain-Clamped EDFA for Broadband Passive Optical Networking Systems

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    Shen, Jyi-Lai; Wei, Shui-Ken; Lin, Chin-Yuan; Iong Li, Ssu; Huang, Chih-Chuan

    2010-04-01

    The configuration of a simple improved high efficiency automatic-power-controlled and gain-clamped EDFA (APC-GC-EDFA) for broadband passive optical networking systems (BPON) is presented here. In order to compensate the phase and amplitude variation due to the different distance between the optical line terminal (OLT) and optical network units (ONU), the APC-GC-EDFA need to be employed. A single 980 nm laser module is employed as the primary pump. To extend the bandwidth, all C-band ASE is recycled as the secondary pump to enhance the gain efficiency. An electrical feedback circuit is used as a multi-wavelength channel transmitter monitor for the automatic power control to improve the gain-flattened flatness for stable amplification. The experimental results prove that the EDFA system can provide flatter clamped gain in both C-band and L-band configurations. The gain flatness wavelength ranging from 1530 to 1610 nm is within 32.83 ± 0.64 dB, i.e. below 1.95 %. The gains are clamped at 33.85 ± 0.65 dB for the input signal power of -40 dBm to -10 dBm. The range of noise figure is between 6.37 and 6.56, which is slightly lower compared to that of unclamped amplifiers. This will be very useful for measuring the gain flatness of APC-GC-EDFA. Finally, we have also demonstrated the records of the overall simultaneous dynamics measurements for the new system stabilization. The carrier to noise ratio (CNR) is 49.5 to 50.8 dBc which is above the National Television System Committee (NTSC) standard of 43 dBc, and both composite second order (CSO) 69.2 to 71.5 dBc and composite triple beat (CTB) of 69.8 to 72.2 dBc are above 53 dBc. The recorded corresponding rise-time of 1.087 ms indicates that the system does not exhibit any overshoot of gain or ASE variation due to the signal at the beginning of the pulse.

  6. High temperature and wavelength dependence of avalanche gain of AlAsSb avalanche photodiodes.

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    Sandall, Ian C; Xie, Shiyu; Xie, Jingjing; Tan, Chee Hing

    2011-11-01

    The evolution of the dark currents and breakdown at elevated temperatures of up to 450 ?K are studied using thin AlAsSb avalanche regions. While the dark currents increase rapidly as the temperature is increased, the avalanche gain is shown to only have a weak temperature dependence. Temperature coefficients of breakdown voltage of 0.93 and 1.93 ?mV/K were obtained from the diodes of 80 and 230 ?nm avalanche regions (i-regions), respectively. These values are significantly lower than for other available avalanche materials at these temperatures. The wavelength dependence of multiplication characteristics of AlAsSb p-i-n diodes has also been investigated, and it was found that the ionization coefficients for electrons and holes are comparable within the electric field and wavelength ranges measured. PMID:22048393

  7. Driving high-gain shock-ignited inertial confinement fusion targets by green laser light

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    Atzeni, Stefano; Marocchino, Alberto; Schiavi, Angelo

    2012-09-15

    Standard direct-drive inertial confinement fusion requires UV light irradiation in order to achieve ignition at total laser energy of the order of 1 MJ. The shock-ignition approach opens up the possibility of igniting fusion targets using green light by reducing the implosion velocity and laser-driven ablation pressure. An analytical model is derived, allowing to rescale UV-driven targets to green light. Gain in the range 100-200 is obtained for total laser energy in the range 1.5-3 MJ. With respect to the original UV design, the rescaled targets are less sensitive to irradiation asymmetries and hydrodynamic instabilities, while operating in the same laser-plasma interaction regime.

  8. High-gain step-profiled integrated diagonal horn-antennas

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    Eleftheriades, George V.; Rebeiz, Gabriel M.

    1992-01-01

    A new step-profiled integrated-horn antenna is proposed. The antenna allows gains in the range of 17-20 dB to be achieved using standard (100) silicon wafers. The antenna is diagonally fed and exhibits very good circular symmetry within the 10-dB beamwidth. It has a fundamental Gaussian coupling efficiency of 83 percent. It is demonstrated that the profiled antenna has a radiation pattern similar to that of its smooth envelope horn, provided that the discontinuity between successive wafers does not exceed 0.15 lambda. The integrated stepped-profile horn performs much better than a corresponding smooth 70 deg flare-angle integrated horn of the same aperture size. The integrated step-profile horn is very well-suited for radio-astonomical and remote-sensing millimeter-wave imaging arrays requiring a large number of focal-plane elements.

  9. High repetition rate gain-switched Er:YAG ceramic laser at 1645 nm

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    Chen, B. H.; Zhang, J. N.; Zhao, Y. G.; Zhang, J.; Tang, D. Y.; Shen, D. Y.

    2016-02-01

    We report on a gain-switched Er:YAG ceramic laser resonantly pumped by an acousto-optically modulated Er, Yb co-doped fiber laser at 1532 nm. The laser produced stable pulse trains at 1645 nm with pulse repetition rate tunable between 13–100 kHz and corresponding pulse width of 480–450 ns under a pump power-level of 8.7 W. At the 100 kHz of repetition rate, over 2.2 W of average output power was generated for 6.5 W of incident pump power, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 40% with respect to incident pump power.

  10. A multifunctional switched-capacitor programmable gain amplifier for high-definition video analog front-ends

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    Hong, Zhang; Jie, Zhang; Mudan, Zhang; Xue, Li; Jun, Cheng

    2015-03-01

    A multifunctional programmable gain amplifier (PGA) that provides gain and offset adjusting abilities for high-definition video analog front-ends (AFE) is presented. With a switched-capacitor structure, the PGA also acts as a sample and holder of the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) in the AFE to reduce the power consumption and chip area of the whole AFE. Furthermore, the PGA converts the single-ended video signal into differential signal for the following ADC to reject common-mode noise and interferences. The 9-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for gain and offset adjusting is embedded into the switched capacitor networks of the PGA. A video AFE integrated circuit based on the proposed PGA is fabricated in a 0.18-?m process. Simulation and measurement results show that the PGA achieves a gain control range of 0.90 to 2.34 and an offset control range of -220 to 220 mV while consuming 10.1 mA from a 1.8 V power supply. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61106027), and the Science and Technology Project of Shanxi Province (No. 2014K05-14).

  11. MuSET, A High Precision Logging Sensor For Downhole Spontaneous Electrical Potential.

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    Pezard, P. A.; Gautier, S.; Le Borgne, T.; Deltombe, J.

    2008-12-01

    MuSET has been designed by ALT and CNRS in the context of the EC ALIANCE research project. It is based on an existing multi-parameter borehole fluid sensor (p, T, Cw, pH, Eh) built by ALT. The new downhole geophysical tool aims to measure subsurface spontaneous electrical potentials (SP) in situ with great precision (< V). For this, the device includes an unpolazirable Pb/PbCl2 electrode referred to a similar one at surface. Initial field testing in Montpellier (Languedoc, France), Ploemeur (Brittany, France) and Campos (Mallorca, Spain) took advantage of the set of field sites developed as part of ALIANCE then as part of the environmental research observatory (ORE) network for hydrogeology "H+". While Cretaceous marly limestone at Lavalette (Montpellier) proved to be almost exclusively the source of membrane potential, the clay-starved Miocene reefal carbonates of Campos generate a signal dominated by electrokinetic potential. This signal is generated due to nearby agricultural pumping, and associated strong horizontal flow. At the top of the salt to fresh water transtion, a discrepancy between the SP signal and the absence of vertical flow measured with a heat-pulse flowmeter hints at a capacity to detect the "fluid-junction", diffusion potential. At Ploemeur, the altered granite found in the vicinity of faults and fractures is also the source of a SP signal, mostly surface related while most fractures appear to be closed. In all, the MuSET demonstrates a capacity to identify several subsurface sources of natural electrical potential such as diffusion ones (membrane potential in the presence of clays, fickean processes due to pore fluid salinity gradients), or else the electrokinetic potential with pore fluid pressure gradients. While spontaneous electrical currents often loop out of the borehole, MuSET might be used as a radial electrical flowmeter once the diffusion components taken into account.

  12. Erbium concentration control and optimization in erbium yttrium chloride silicate single crystal nanowires as a high gain material

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    Yin, Leijun; Shelhammer, David; Zhao, Gejian; Liu, Zhicheng; Ning, C. Z.

    2013-09-01

    Increasing erbium concentration while minimizing the reduction of photoluminescence is an important task for achieving erbium-based high-gain materials for integrated photonics applications. Here, we demonstrate a strategy of controlled variation of Erbium density in the growth of erbium yttrium chloride silicate (EYCS) ((ErxY1-x)3(SiO4)2Cl)) single crystal nanowires by systematically varying x between 0 and 1. We show that, as a trade-off between high Er density and suppressed upconversion, Er composition x = 0.3 provides the best compromise with the strongest photoluminescence. This optimized Er-composition corresponds to an Er density of 51021 cm-3, five times larger than the optimized Er density demonstrated previously for other thin film materials. We estimate that this optimized EYCS is promising in achieving optical gain exceeding 100 dB/cm.

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

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

    2007-03-15

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

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

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

    2007-01-03

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

  15. High magnetic shear gain in a liquid sodium stable couette flow experiment A prelude to an alpha - omega dynamo

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    Colgate, Stirling; Li, Jui; Finn, John; Pariev, Vladimir; Beckley, Howard; Si, Jiahe; Martinic, Joe; Westpfahl, David; Slutz, James; Westrom, Zeb; Klein, Brianna

    2010-11-08

    The {Omega}-phase of the liquid sodium {alpha}-{Omega} dynamo experiment at NMIMT in cooperation with LANL has successfully demonstrated the production of a high toroidal field, B{sub {phi}} {approx_equal} 8 x B{sub r} from the radial component of an applied poloidal magnetic field, B{sub r}. This enhanced toroidal field is produced by rotational shear in stable Couette Row within liquid sodium at Rm {approx_equal} 120. The small turbulence in stable Taylor-Couette Row is caused by Ekman Row where ({delta}v/v){sup 2} {approx} 10{sup -3}. This high {Omega}-gain in low turbulence flow contrasts with a smaller {Omega}-gain in higher turbulence, Helmholtz-unstable shear flows. This result supports the ansatz that large scale astrophysical magnetic fields are created within semi-coherent large scale motions in which turbulence plays a diffusive role that enables magnetic flux linkage.

  16. Peritonitis - spontaneous

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    ... alcohol use Chronic viral hepatitis ( hepatitis B or hepatitis C ) Other diseases that lead to cirrhosis Spontaneous peritonitis ... dehydration . You may need to stay in the hospital so health care ... out conditions such as such as appendicitis and diverticulitis .

  17. On the Fielding of a High Gain, Shock-Ignited Target on the National Ignitiion Facility in the Near Term

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    Perkins, L J; Betti, R; Schurtz, G P; Craxton, R S; Dunne, A M; LaFortune, K N; Schmitt, A J; McKenty, P W; Bailey, D S; Lambert, M A; Ribeyre, X; Theobald, W R; Strozzi, D J; Harding, D R; Casner, A; Atzemi, S; Erbert, G V; Andersen, K S; Murakami, M; Comley, A J; Cook, R C; Stephens, R B

    2010-04-12

    Shock ignition, a new concept for igniting thermonuclear fuel, offers the possibility for a near-term ({approx}3-4 years) test of high gain inertial confinement fusion on the National Ignition Facility at less than 1MJ drive energy and without the need for new laser hardware. In shock ignition, compressed fusion fuel is separately ignited by a strong spherically converging shock and, because capsule implosion velocities are significantly lower than those required for conventional hotpot ignition, fusion energy gains of {approx}60 may be achievable on NIF at laser drive energies around {approx}0.5MJ. Because of the simple all-DT target design, its in-flight robustness, the potential need for only 1D SSD beam smoothing, minimal early time LPI preheat, and use of present (indirect drive) laser hardware, this target may be easier to field on NIF than a conventional (polar) direct drive hotspot ignition target. Like fast ignition, shock ignition has the potential for high fusion yields at low drive energy, but requires only a single laser with less demanding timing and spatial focusing requirements. Of course, conventional symmetry and stability constraints still apply. In this paper we present initial target performance simulations, delineate the critical issues and describe the immediate-term R&D program that must be performed in order to test the potential of a high gain shock ignition target on NIF in the near term.

  18. Renalase mRNA levels in the brain, heart, and kidneys of spontaneously hypertensive rats with moderate and high hypertension

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    Fedchenko, Valerii; Globa, Alexander; Buneeva, Olga; Medvedev, Alexei

    2013-01-01

    Background Renalase is a recently discovered secretory protein involved in regulation of arterial blood pressure in humans and animals. Results of animal experiments from independent laboratories indicate that administration of human recombinant renalase decreases blood pressure and some genetically predisposed hypertensive rats have lowered renalase levels. Material/Methods The levels of renalase mRNA expression in brain hemispheres, heart, and kidneys of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) with moderate (140–180 mm Hg) or high (>180 mm Hg) hypertension and of control Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats were analyzed using real-time PCR. Results Spontaneously hypertensive rats with high hypertension (>180 mm Hg) had a lower renalase mRNA level in brain hemispheres, and higher heart and kidney renalase mRNA levels compared with control WKY rats. In SHR with a moderate increase in arterial blood pressure (140–180 mm Hg), the tissue renalase mRNA changed in the same direction but did not reach the level of statistical significance as compared with control rats. Conclusions The results indicate that the development of hypertension in SHR is accompanied by altered expression of the renalase gene in the examined organs as compared with control WKY rats. The brain and peripheral tissues renalase mRNA levels demonstrate opposite trends, which are obviously crucial for impaired regulation of blood pressure in SHR. PMID:24113803

  19. A high-fat diet rich in corn oil reduces spontaneous locomotor activity and induces insulin resistance in mice.

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    Wong, Chi Kin; Botta, Amy; Pither, Jason; Dai, Chuanbin; Gibson, William T; Ghosh, Sanjoy

    2015-04-01

    Over the last few decades, polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA), especially n-6 PUFA, and monounsaturated fatty acid content in 'Western diets' has increased manyfold. Such a dietary shift also parallels rising sedentary behavior and diabetes in the Western world. We queried if a shift in dietary fats could be linked to physical inactivity and insulin insensitivity in mice. Eight-week old female C57/Bl6 mice were fed either high-fat (HF) diets [40% energy corn oil (CO) or isocaloric olive oil (OO) diets] or chow (n=10/group) for 6 weeks, followed by estimation of spontaneous locomotor activity, body composition and in vivo metabolic outcomes. Although lean mass and resting energy expenditure stayed similar in both OO- and CO-fed mice, only CO-fed mice demonstrated reduced spontaneous locomotor activity. Such depressed activity in CO-fed mice was accompanied by a lower respiratory ratio, hyperinsulinemia and impaired glucose disposal following intraperitoneal glucose tolerance and insulin tolerance tests compared to OO-fed mice. Unlike the liver, where both HF diets increased expression of fat oxidation genes like PPARs, the skeletal muscle of CO-fed mice failed to up-regulate such genes, thereby supporting the metabolic insufficiencies observed in these mice. In summary, this study demonstrates a specific contribution of n-6 PUFA-rich oils like CO to the loss of spontaneous physical activity and insulin sensitivity in mice. If these data hold true for humans, this study could provide a novel link between recent increases in dietary n-6 PUFA to sedentary behavior and the development of insulin resistance in the Western world. PMID:25555452

  20. Very High Energy Gain at the Neptune Inverse Free Electron Laser Experiment

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    Musumeci, P.; Boucher, S.; Doyuran, A.; England, R. J.; Pellegrini, C.; Rosenzweig, J. B.; Travish, G.; Yoder, R.; Tochitsky, S.Ya.; Joshi, C.; Ralph, J.; Sung, C.; Tolmachev, S.; Varfolomeev, A.; Varfolomeev, A. Jr.; Yarovoi, T.

    2004-12-07

    We report the observation of energy gain in excess of 20 MeV at the Inverse Free Electron Laser Accelerator experiment at the Neptune Laboratory at UCLA. A 14.5 MeV electron beam is injected in an undulator strongly tapered in period and field amplitude. The IFEL driver is a CO2 10.6 {mu}m laser with power larger than 400 GW. The Rayleigh range of the laser, {approx} 1.8 cm, is much shorter than the undulator length so that the interaction is diffraction dominated. A few per cent of the injected particles are trapped in a stable accelerating bucket. Electrons with energies up to 35 MeV are measured by a magnetic spectrometer. Three-dimensional simulations, in good agreement with the measured electron energy spectrum, indicate that most of the acceleration occurs in the first 25 cm of the undulator, corresponding to an energy gradient larger than 70 MeV/m. The measured energy spectrum also indicates that higher harmonic Inverse Free Electron Laser interaction takes place in the second section of the undulator.

  1. High-gain cryogenic amplifier assembly employing a commercial CMOS operational amplifier.

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    Proctor, J E; Smith, A W; Jung, T M; Woods, S I

    2015-07-01

    We have developed a cryogenic amplifier for the measurement of small current signals (10 fA-100 nA) from cryogenic optical detectors. Typically operated with gain near 10(7) V/A, the amplifier performs well from DC to greater than 30 kHz and exhibits noise level near the Johnson limit. Care has been taken in the design and materials to control heat flow and temperatures throughout the entire detector-amplifier assembly. A simple one-board version of the amplifier assembly dissipates 8 mW to our detector cryostat cold stage, and a two-board version can dissipate as little as 17 μW to the detector cold stage. With current noise baseline of about 10 fA/(Hz)(1/2), the cryogenic amplifier is generally useful for cooled infrared detectors, and using blocked impurity band detectors operated at 10 K, the amplifier enables noise power levels of 2.5 fW/(Hz)(1/2) for detection of optical wavelengths near 10 μm. PMID:26233351

  2. High-gain cryogenic amplifier assembly employing a commercial CMOS operational amplifier

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    Proctor, J. E.; Smith, A. W.; Jung, T. M.; Woods, S. I.

    2015-07-01

    We have developed a cryogenic amplifier for the measurement of small current signals (10 fA-100 nA) from cryogenic optical detectors. Typically operated with gain near 107 V/A, the amplifier performs well from DC to greater than 30 kHz and exhibits noise level near the Johnson limit. Care has been taken in the design and materials to control heat flow and temperatures throughout the entire detector-amplifier assembly. A simple one-board version of the amplifier assembly dissipates 8 mW to our detector cryostat cold stage, and a two-board version can dissipate as little as 17 ?W to the detector cold stage. With current noise baseline of about 10 fA/(Hz)1/2, the cryogenic amplifier is generally useful for cooled infrared detectors, and using blocked impurity band detectors operated at 10 K, the amplifier enables noise power levels of 2.5 fW/(Hz)1/2 for detection of optical wavelengths near 10 ?m.

  3. Overexpression of Jazf1 reduces body weight gain and regulates lipid metabolism in high fat diet

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    Jang, Woo Young; Bae, Ki Beom; Kim, Sung Hyun; Yu, Dong Hun; Kim, Hei Jung; Ji, Young Rae; Park, Seo Jin; Park, Si Jun; Kang, Min-Cheol; Jeong, Ja In; Park, Sang-Joon; Lee, Sang Gyu; Lee, Inkyu; Kim, Myoung Ok; Yoon, Duhak; Ryoo, Zae Young

    2014-02-14

    Highlights: • The expression of Jazf1 in the liver suppressed lipid accumulation. • Jazf1 significantly increases transcription of fatty acid synthase. • Jazf1 plays a critical role in the regulation of energy and lipid homeostasis. • Jazf1 associates the development of metabolic disorder. • Jazf1 may provide a new therapeutic target in the management of metabolic disorder. - Abstract: Jazf1 is a 27 kDa nuclear protein containing three putative zinc finger motifs that is associated with diabetes mellitus and prostate cancer; however, little is known about the role that this gene plays in regulation of metabolism. Recent evidence indicates that Jazf1 transcription factors bind to the nuclear orphan receptor TR4. This receptor regulates PEPCK, the key enzyme involved in gluconeogenesis. To elucidate Jazf1’s role in metabolism, we fed a 60% fat diet for up to 15 weeks. In Jazf1 overexpression mice, weight gain was found to be significantly decreased. The expression of Jazf1 in the liver also suppressed lipid accumulation and decreased droplet size. These results suggest that Jazf1 plays a critical role in the regulation of lipid homeostasis. Finally, Jazf1 may provide a new therapeutic target in the management of obesity and diabetes.

  4. Eigenmode analysis of a high-gain free-electron laser based on a transverse gradient undulator

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    Baxevanis, Panagiotis; Huang, Zhirong; Ruth, Ronald; Schroeder, Carl B.

    2015-01-01

    The use of a transverse gradient undulator (TGU) is viewed as an attractive option for free-electron lasers (FELs) driven by beams with a large energy spread. By suitably dispersing the electron beam and tilting the undulator poles, the energy spread effect can be substantially mitigated. However, adding the dispersion typically leads to electron beams with large aspect ratios. As a result, the presence of higher-order modes in the FEL radiation can become significant. To investigate this effect, we study the eigenmode properties of a TGU-based, high-gain FEL, using both an analytically-solvable model and a variational technique. Our analysis, which includes the fundamental and the higher-order FEL eigenmodes, can provide an estimate of the mode content for the output radiation. This formalism also enables us to study the trade-off between FEL gain and transverse coherence. Numerical results are presented for a representative soft X-ray, TGU FEL example.

  5. Regrowth-free high-gain InGaAsP/InP active-passive platform via ion implantation.

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    Parker, John S; Sivananthan, Abirami; Norberg, Erik; Coldren, Larry A

    2012-08-27

    We demonstrate a regrowth-free material platform to create monolithic InGaAsP/InP photonic integrated circuits (PICs) with high-gain active and low-loss passive sections via a PL detuning of >135 nm. We show 2.5 µm wide by 400 µm long semiconductor optical amplifiers with >40 dB/mm gain at 1570 nm, and passive waveguide losses <2.3 dB/mm. The bandgap in the passive section is detuned using low-energy 190 keV channelized phosphorous implantation and subsequent rapid thermal annealing to achieve impurity-induced quantum well intermixing (QWI). The PL wavelengths in the active and passive sections are 1553 and 1417 nm, respectively. Lasing wavelengths for 500 µm Fabry-Perot lasers are 1567 and 1453 nm, respectively. PMID:23037047

  6. Gain high-quality colloidal quantum dots directly from natural minerals.

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    Wu, Wen-Tian; Liu, Hui; Dong, Chao; Zheng, Wen-Jing; Han, Li-Li; Li, Lan; Qiao, Shi-Zhang; Yang, Jing; Du, Xi-Wen

    2015-03-01

    Green and simple synthesis of high-quality colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) is of great importance and highly anticipated yet not fully implemented. Herein, we achieve the direct conversion of natural minerals to highly uniform, crystalline lead sulfide CQDs based on laser irradiation in liquid. The trivial fragmentation of mineral particles by an intense nanosecond laser was found to create a localized high degree of monomer supersaturation in oleic acid, initiating the LaMer growth of uniform CQDs. The photoconductive device made of these CQDs exhibits a competitive temporal response of photocurrent with those highly sensitive photodetectors based on PbS CQDs reported in the literature. Our synthesis strategy paves the way for the most environmentally friendly and convenient mass production of high-quality uniform CQDs. PMID:25689447

  7. Mini-open PLIF for Moderate to High Grade Spondylolisthesis: Technique to Achieve Spontaneous Reduction

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    Jeong, Se Ho; Kim, Hyeun Sung

    2015-01-01

    Objective The purpose of this study was to evaluate the surgical technique and outcome of mini-open posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) under circumferential releasing technique. Methods Fourty patients who underwent mini-open PLIF using the percutaneous screw fixation system for Meyerding Grade II spondylolisthesis or more were retrospectively studied. After complete circumferential release, the slipped vertebrae would tend to obtain spontaneous reduction, and with compressive force by percutaneous screw fixation, additional reduction could be achieved. The radiological measurements including slippage reduction, disc height, restoration of lumbar lordotic angle and focal segmental angle were analyzed. The clinical outcome was assessed using the visual analog scale (VAS) and low back outcome score (LBOS), and procedure related complications were also analyzed. Results Slippage percentage was improved from 38.012.6% to 9.37.8% and lumbar lordotic angle was changed from 43.013.8 to 48.210.3. Focal segmental angle improved from 10.18.5 to 15.96.0. The mean LBOS and mean pain score were also improved significantly. Complications included one case of medial penetration of pedicle border and two cases of transient radiculopathy. However, there were no signs of neurological aggravation or fusion failure during the follow-up period. Conclusion Mini-open PLIF using the percutaneous screw fixation following complete circumferential release can be safe and effective treatment for even moderate to severe grade spondylolisthesis. PMID:26834812

  8. A high speed and high gain CMOS receiver chip for a pulsed time-of-flight laser rangefinder

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    Yu, Jin-jin; Deng, Ruo-han; Yuan, Hong-hui; Chen, Yong-ping

    2011-06-01

    An integrated receiver channel for a pulsed time-of-flight (TOF) laser rangefinder has been designed. Pulsed TOF laser range finding devices using a laser diode transmitter can achieve millimeter-level distance measurement accuracy in a measurement range of several tens of meters to non-cooperative targets. The amplifier exploits the regulated cascade (RGC) configuration as the input-stage, thus achieving as large effective input trans-conductance as that of Si Bipolar or GaAs MESFET. The RGC input configuration isolates the input parasitic capacitance including photodiode capacitance from the bandwidth determination better than common-gate TIA. To enlarge the bandwidth, inductive peaking technology has been adopted. An active inductor (MOS-L) is used instead of spiral inductor in CMOS process. An R-2R resistor ladder is inserting between per-amplifier and post-amplifier as the variable attenuator for digital gain control purpose. The gain-bandwidth of a basic differential pair with resistive load is not large enough for broad band operation. A circuit solution to improve both gain and bandwidth of an amplifying stage is proposed. Traditional and modified Cherry-Hooper amplifiers are discussed and the cascading of several stages to constitute the post-amplifier is designed. The fully integrated one-chip solution is designed with Cadence IC design platform. The simulation result shows the bandwidth of the trans-impedance amplifier is 215MHz with the presence of a 2pF input capacitor and 5pF load capacitor. And the maximum trans-impedance gain is 136dB. The walk error is less than 1ns in 1:1000 dynamic range. The responsive time is less than 2.2ns.

  9. Escherichia coli DNA polymerase III is responsible for the high level of spontaneous mutations in mutT strains

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    Yamada, Masami; Shimizu, Masatomi; Katafuchi, Atsushi; Grz, Petr; Fujii, Shingo; Usui, Yukio; Fuchs, Robert P; Nohmi, Takehiko

    2012-01-01

    Reactive oxygen species induce oxidative damage in DNA precursors, i.e. dNTPs, leading to point mutations upon incorporation. Escherichia coli mutT strains, deficient in the activity hydrolysing 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2?-deoxyguanosine 5?-triphosphate (8-oxo-dGTP), display more than a 100-fold higher spontaneous mutation frequency over the wild-type strain. 8-oxo-dGTP induces A to C transversions when misincorporated opposite template A. Here, we report that DNA pol III incorporates 8-oxo-dGTP ? 20 times more efficiently opposite template A compared with template C. Single, double or triple deletions of pol I, pol II, pol IV or pol V had modest effects on the mutT mutator phenotype. Only the deletion of all four polymerases led to a 70% reduction of the mutator phenotype. While pol III may account for nearly all 8-oxo-dGTP incorporation opposite template A, it only extends ? 30% of them, the remaining 70% being extended by the combined action of pol I, pol II, pol IV or pol V. The unique property of pol III, a C-family DNA polymerase present only in eubacteria, to preferentially incorporate 8-oxo-dGTP opposite template A during replication might explain the high spontaneous mutation frequency in E. coli mutT compared with the mammalian counterparts lacking the 8-oxo-dGTP hydrolysing activities. PMID:23043439

  10. Sustained mild hypergravity reduces spontaneous cardiac baroreflex sensitivity.

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    Yanagida, Ryo; Ogawa, Yojiro; Ueda, Kaname; Aoki, Ken; Iwasaki, Ken-ichi

    2014-10-01

    Head-to-foot gravitational force >1G (+Gz hypergravity) augments venous pooling in the lower body and reduces central blood volume during exposure, compared with 1Gz. Central hypovolemia has been reported to reduce spontaneous cardiac baroreflex sensitivity. However, no investigations have examined spontaneous cardiac baroreflex sensitivity during exposure to sustained mild +Gz hypergravity. We therefore hypothesized that mild +Gz hypergravity would reduce spontaneous cardiac baroreflex sensitivity, compared with 1Gz. To test this hypothesis, we examined spontaneous cardiac baroreflex sensitivity in 16 healthy men during exposure to mild +Gz hypergravity using a short-arm centrifuge. Beat-to-beat arterial blood pressure (tonometry) and R-R interval (electrocardiography) were obtained during 1Gz and 1.5Gz exposures. Spontaneous cardiac baroreflex sensitivity was assessed by sequence slope and transfer function gain. Stroke volume was calculated from the arterial pressure waveform using a three-element model. All indices of spontaneous cardiac baroreflex sensitivity decreased significantly (up slope: 18.6±2.3→12.7±1.6ms/mmHg, P<0.001; down slope: 19.0±2.5→13.2±1.3ms/mmHg, P=0.002; transfer function gain in low frequency: 14.4±2.2→10.1±1.1ms/mmHg, P=0.004; transfer function gain in high frequency: 22.2±7.5→12.4±3.5ms/mmHg, P<0.001). Stroke volume decreased significantly (88±5→80±6ml, P=0.025). Moreover, although systolic arterial pressure variability increased, R-R interval variability did not increase. These results suggest that even mild +Gz hypergravity reduces spontaneous cardiac baroreflex sensitivity, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disturbance during the exposure. PMID:25156804

  11. Multifunctional Polymer Nanofibers: UV Emission, Optical Gain, Anisotropic Wetting, and High Hydrophobicity for Next Flexible Excitation Sources.

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    Morello, Giovanni; Manco, Rita; Moffa, Maria; Persano, Luana; Camposeo, Andrea; Pisignano, Dario

    2015-10-01

    The use of UV light sources is highly relevant in many fields of science, being directly related to all those detection and diagnosis procedures that are based on fluorescence spectroscopy. Depending on the specific application, UV light-emitting materials are desired to feature a number of opto-mechanical properties, including brightness, optical gain for being used in laser devices, flexibility to conform with different lab-on-chip architectures, and tailorable wettability to control and minimize their interaction with ambient humidity and fluids. In this work, we introduce multifunctional, UV-emitting electrospun fibers with both optical gain and greatly enhanced anisotropic hydrophobicity compared to films. Fibers are described by the onset of a composite wetting state, and their arrangement in uniaxial arrays further favors liquid directional control. The low gain threshold, optical losses, plastic nature, flexibility, and stability of these UV-emitting fibers make them interesting for building light-emitting devices and microlasers. Furthermore, the anisotropic hydrophobicity found is strongly synergic with optical properties, reducing interfacial interactions with liquids and enabling smart functional surfaces for droplet microfluidic and wearable applications. PMID:26401889

  12. Multifunctional Polymer Nanofibers: UV Emission, Optical Gain, Anisotropic Wetting, and High Hydrophobicity for Next Flexible Excitation Sources

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    The use of UV light sources is highly relevant in many fields of science, being directly related to all those detection and diagnosis procedures that are based on fluorescence spectroscopy. Depending on the specific application, UV light-emitting materials are desired to feature a number of opto-mechanical properties, including brightness, optical gain for being used in laser devices, flexibility to conform with different lab-on-chip architectures, and tailorable wettability to control and minimize their interaction with ambient humidity and fluids. In this work, we introduce multifunctional, UV-emitting electrospun fibers with both optical gain and greatly enhanced anisotropic hydrophobicity compared to films. Fibers are described by the onset of a composite wetting state, and their arrangement in uniaxial arrays further favors liquid directional control. The low gain threshold, optical losses, plastic nature, flexibility, and stability of these UV-emitting fibers make them interesting for building light-emitting devices and microlasers. Furthermore, the anisotropic hydrophobicity found is strongly synergic with optical properties, reducing interfacial interactions with liquids and enabling smart functional surfaces for droplet microfluidic and wearable applications. PMID:26401889

  13. Shuttle orbiter Ku-band radar/communications system design evaluation: High gain antenna/widebeam horn

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    Iwasaki, R.; Dodds, J. G.; Broad, P.

    1979-01-01

    The physical characteristics of the high gain antenna reflector and feed elements are described. Deficiencies in the sum feed are discussed, and lack of atmospheric venting is posed as a potential problem area. The measured RF performance of the high gain antenna is examined and the high sidelobe levels measured are related to the physical characteristics of the antenna. An examination of the attributes of the feed which might be influenced by temperature extremes shows that the antenna should be insensitive to temperature variations. Because the feed support bipod structure is considered a significant contributor to the high sidelobe levels measured in the azimuth plane, pod relocation, material changes, and shaping are suggested as improvements. Alternate feed designs are presented to further improve system performance. The widebeam horn and potential temperature effects due to the polarizer are discussed as well as in the effects of linear polarization on TDRS acquisition, and the effects of circular polarization on radar sidelobe avoidance. The radar detection probability is analyzed as a function of scan overlap and target range.

  14. Highly Sensitive, Encapsulated MoS2 Photodetector with Gate Controllable Gain and Speed.

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    Kufer, Dominik; Konstantatos, Gerasimos

    2015-11-11

    Semiconducting, two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is considered a promising new material for highly sensitive photodetection, because of its atomically thin profile and favorable bandgap. However, reported photodetectors to date show strong variation in performance due to the detrimental and uncontrollable effects of environmental adsorbates on devices due to large surface to volume ratio. Here, we report on highly stable and high-performance monolayer and bilayer MoS2 photodetectors encapsulated with atomic layer deposited hafnium oxide. The protected devices show enhanced electronic properties by isolating them from the ambience as strong n-type doping, vanishing hysteresis, and reduced device resistance. By controlling the gate voltage the responsivity and temporal response can be tuned by several orders of magnitude with R ? 10-10(4) A/W and t ? 10 ms to 10 s. At strong negative gate voltage, the detector is operated at higher speed and simultaneously exhibits a low-bound, record sensitivity of D* ? 7.7 10(11) Jones. Our results lead the way for future application of ultrathin, flexible, and high-performance MoS2 detectors and prompt for further investigation in encapsulated transition metal dichalcogenide optoelectronics. PMID:26501356

  15. A critical examination of the evidence relating high fructose corn syrup and weight gain

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    The use of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has increased over the past several decades in the United States while overweight and obesity rates have risen dramatically. Some scientists hypothesize that HFCS consumption has uniquely contributed to the increasing mean body mass index (BMI) of the U.S....

  16. The Role of Grades in Gaining Admission to Highly Selective Medical Schools.

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    Cooke, W. D.; And Others

    1992-01-01

    A study of over 8,000 admissions of Cornell University (New York) graduates to 19 highly selective medical schools, 1982-89, found that grade point average (GPA) was extremely influential especially at 9 schools. It was concluded that applicants often receive encouragement to continue the application process despite little chance of acceptance.

  17. Transverse and temporal characteristics of a high-gain free-electron laser in the saturation regime

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    Huang, Zhirong; Kim, Kwang-Je

    2002-05-01

    The transverse and the temporal characteristics of a high-gain free-electron laser are governed by refractive guiding and sideband instability, respectively. Using the self-consistent Vlasov-Maxwell equations, we explicitly determine the effective index of refraction and the guided radiation mode for an electron beam with arbitrary transverse size. Electrons trapped by the guided radiation execute synchrotron oscillation and hence are susceptible to the sideband instability. We explain the spectral evolution and determine the sideband growth rate. These theoretical predictions agree well with GINGER simulation results.

  18. Statistical properties of radiation power levels from a high-gain free-electron laser at and beyond saturation

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    Schroeder, Carl B.; Fawley, William M.; Esarey, Eric

    2002-09-24

    We investigate the statistical properties (e.g., shot-to-shot power fluctuations) of the radiation from a high-gain free-electron laser (FEL) operating in the nonlinear regime. We consider the case of an FEL amplifier reaching saturation whose shot-to-shot fluctuations in input radiation power follow a gamma distribution. We analyze the corresponding output power fluctuations at and beyond first saturation, including beam energy spread effects, and find that there are well-characterized values of undulator length for which the fluctuation level reaches a minimum.

  19. Petawatt laser pulses for proton-boron high gain fusion with avalanche reactions excluding problems of nuclear radiation

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    Hora, Heinrich; Lalousis, Paraskevas; Giuffrida, Lorenzo; Margarone, Daniele; Korn, Georg; Eliezer, Shalom; Miley, George H.; Moustaizis, Stavros; Mourou, Gérard

    2015-05-01

    An alternative way may be possible for igniting solid density hydrogen-11B (HB11) fuel. The use of >petawatt-ps laser pulses from the non-thermal ignition based on ultrahigh acceleration of plasma blocks by the nonlinear (ponderomotive) force, has to be combined with the measured ultrahigh magnetic fields in the 10 kilotesla range for cylindrical trapping. The evaluation of measured alpha particles from HB11 reactions arrives at the conclusion that apart from the usual binary nuclear reactions, secondary reactions by an avalanche multiplication may cause the high gains, even much higher than from deuterium tritium fusion. This may be leading to a concept of clean economic power generation.

  20. Characteristics of trap-filled gallium arsenide photoconductive switches used in high gain pulsed power applications

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    ISLAM,N.E.; SCHAMILOGLU,E.; MAR,ALAN; LOUBRIEL,GUILLERMO M.; ZUTAVERN,FRED J.; JOSHI,R.P.

    2000-05-30

    The electrical properties of semi-insulating (SI) Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) have been investigated for some time, particularly for its application as a substrate in microelectronics. Of late this material has found a variety of applications other than as an isolation region between devices, or the substrate of an active device. High resistivity SI GaAs is increasingly being used in charged particle detectors and photoconductive semiconductor switches (PCSS). PCSS made from these materials operating in both the linear and non-linear modes have applications such as firing sets, as drivers for lasers, and in high impedance, low current Q-switches or Pockels cells. In the non-linear mode, it has also been used in a system to generate Ultra-Wideband (UWB) High Power Microwaves (HPM). The choice of GaAs over silicon offers the advantage that its material properties allow for fast, repetitive switching action. Furthermore photoconductive switches have advantages over conventional switches such as improved jitter, better impedance matching, compact size, and in some cases, lower laser energy requirement for switching action. The rise time of the PCSS is an important parameter that affects the maximum energy transferred to the load and it depends, in addition to other parameters, on the bias or the average field across the switch. High field operation has been an important goal in PCSS research. Due to surface flashover or premature material breakdown at higher voltages, most PCSS, especially those used in high power operation, need to operate well below the inherent breakdown voltage of the material. The lifetime or the total number of switching operations before breakdown, is another important switch parameter that needs to be considered for operation at high bias conditions. A lifetime of {approximately} 10{sup 4} shots has been reported for PCSS's used in UWB-HPM generation [5], while it has exceeded 10{sup 8} shots for electro-optic drivers. Much effort is currently being channeled in the study related to improvements of these two parameters high bias operation and lifetime improvement for switches used in pulsed power applications. The contact material and profiles are another important area of study. Although these problems are being pursued through the incorporation of different contact materials and introducing doping near contacts, it is important that the switch properties and the conduction mechanism in these switches be well understood such that the basic nature of the problems can be properly addressed. In this paper the authors report on these two basic issues related to the device operation, i.e., mechanisms for increasing the hold-off characteristics through neutron irradiation, and the analysis of transport processes at varying field conditions in trap dominated SI GaAs in order to identify the breakdown mechanism during device operation. It is expected that this study would result in a better understanding of photoconductive switches, specifically those used in high power operation.

  1. High gain, low noise, fully complementary logic inverter based on bi-layer WSe{sub 2} field effect transistors

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    Das, Saptarshi; Roelofs, Andreas; Dubey, Madan

    2014-08-25

    In this article, first, we show that by contact work function engineering, electrostatic doping and proper scaling of both the oxide thickness and the flake thickness, high performance p- and n-type WSe{sub 2} field effect transistors (FETs) can be realized. We report record high drive current of 98 μA/μm for the electron conduction and 110 μA/μm for the hole conduction in Schottky barrier WSe{sub 2} FETs. Then, we combine high performance WSe{sub 2} PFET with WSe{sub 2} NFET in double gated transistor geometry to demonstrate a fully complementary logic inverter. We also show that by adjusting the threshold voltages for the NFET and the PFET, the gain and the noise margin of the inverter can be significantly enhanced. The maximum gain of our chemical doping free WSe{sub 2} inverter was found to be ∼25 and the noise margin was close to its ideal value of ∼2.5 V for a supply voltage of V{sub DD} = 5.0 V.

  2. Spontaneous Recovery

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    Rescorla, Robert A.

    2004-01-01

    Spontaneous recovery from extinction is one of the most basic phenomena of Pavlovian conditioning. Although it can be studied by using a variety of designs, some procedures are better than others for identifying the involvement of underlying learning processes. A wide range of different learning mechanisms has been suggested as being engaged by

  3. Improving glucose tolerance by reducing weight gain in a polygenic obese mouse model: use of a high protein diet.

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    Blair, A R; Strube, M L; Proietto, J; Andrikopoulos, S

    2015-03-01

    Diets to decrease body weight have limited success in achieving and importantly maintaining this weight loss long-term. It has recently been suggested that energy intake can be regulated by the amount of protein ingested, termed the protein leverage hypothesis. In this study, we determined whether a high protein diet would be effective in achieving and maintaining weight loss in a genetically obese model, the New Zealand Obese (NZO) mouse. NZO and C57BL/6J (C57) control mice were fed a high protein or chow diet for 5 weeks from weaning (3 weeks of age). Body weight and food intake were determined. Mice on the same diet were bred to produce offspring that were fed either a chow or high protein diet. Body weight, food intake, and glucose tolerance were determined. Feeding NZO and C57 mice a high protein diet for 5 weeks resulted in reduced food intake and consequently energy intake and body weight gain compared with mice on a chow diet. NZO mice fed a high protein diet showed a significant improvement in glucose tolerance compared with their chow-fed counterparts, while no difference was seen in C57 mice fed chow or protein diet. The offspring of NZO mice that were fed a high protein diet during gestation and weaning were also lighter and displayed improved glucose tolerance compared with chow fed animals. We conclude that a high protein diet is a reasonable strategy to reduce body weight gain and improve glucose tolerance in the NZO mouse, a polygenic model of obesity. PMID:25295419

  4. On the long-memory filtering gain in optical high-order QAM transmission systems.

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    Peng, Wei-Ren; Takahashi, Hidenori; Tsuritani, Takehiro; Morita, Itsuro

    2013-05-01

    In this paper, we verify the effectiveness of the last-stage long memory filter (LMF) in mitigating the long-memory response (LMR) of hardware, i.e. the transmitter and receiver. Based on the experimental results, we draw the following conclusions: 1) LMF can effectively mitigate the LMR impact, such as transmitter reflections, and its efficiency is more significant for high-order QAM signals. 2) Using LMF, a partially-correlated pattern exhibits similar performance to that of an uncorrelated pattern both in back-to-back and after 320-km standard single mode fiber (SSMF) transmission. Moreover, a simple solution to the computational complexity of LMF, effective-tap (ET) LMF, is proposed and demonstrated. PMID:23669958

  5. Sensitivity gains, linearity, and spectral reproducibility in nonuniformly sampled multidimensional MAS NMR spectra of high dynamic range

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    Suiter, Christopher L.; Paramasivam, Sivakumar; Hou, Guangjin; Sun, Shangjin; Rice, David; Hoch, Jeffrey C.; Rovnyak, David

    2014-01-01

    Recently, we have demonstrated that considerable inherent sensitivity gains are attained in MAS NMR spectra acquired by nonuniform sampling (NUS) and introduced maximum entropy interpolation (MINT) processing that assures the linearity of transformation between the time and frequency domains. In this report, we examine the utility of the NUS/MINT approach in multidimensional datasets possessing high dynamic range, such as homonuclear 13C–13C correlation spectra. We demonstrate on model compounds and on 1–73-(U-13C, 15N)/74–108-(U-15N) E. coli thioredoxin reassembly, that with appropriately constructed 50 % NUS schedules inherent sensitivity gains of 1.7–2.1-fold are readily reached in such datasets. We show that both linearity and line width are retained under these experimental conditions throughout the entire dynamic range of the signals. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the reproducibility of the peak intensities is excellent in the NUS/MINT approach when experiments are repeated multiple times and identical experimental and processing conditions are employed. Finally, we discuss the principles for design and implementation of random exponentially biased NUS sampling schedules for homonuclear 13C–13C MAS correlation experiments that yield high-quality artifact-free datasets. PMID:24752819

  6. Sensitivity Gains, Linearity, and Spectral Reproducibility in Nonuniformly Sampled Multidimensional MAS NMR Spectra of High Dynamic Range.

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    Suiter, Christopher L.; Paramasivam, Sivakumar; Hou, Guangjin; Sun, Shangjin; Rice, David M.; Hoch, Jeffrey C.; Rovnyak, David S.; Polenova, Tatyana E.

    2014-04-22

    Recently, we have demonstrated that considerable inherent sensitivity gains are attained in MAS NMR spectra acquired by nonuniform sampling (NUS) and introduced maximum entropy interpolation (MINT) processing that assures the linearity of transformation between the time and frequency domains. In this report, we examine the utility of the NUS/MINT approach in multidimensional datasets possessing high dynamic range, such as homonuclear 13C–13C correlation spectra. We demonstrate on model compounds and on 1–73-(U-13C,15N)/74–108-(U-15N) E. coli thioredoxin reassembly, that with appropriately constructed 50 % NUS schedules inherent sensitivity gains of 1.7–2.1-fold are readily reached in such datasets. We show that both linearity and line width are retained under these experimental conditions throughout the entire dynamic range of the signals. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the reproducibility of the peak intensities is excellent in the NUS/MINT approach when experiments are repeated multiple times and identical experimental and processing conditions are employed. Finally, we discuss the principles for design and implementation of random exponentially biased NUS sampling schedules for homonuclear 13C–13C MAS correlation experiments that yield high quality artifact-free datasets.

  7. Adaptive Robust Output Feedback Control for a Marine Dynamic Positioning System Based on a High-Gain Observer.

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    Du, Jialu; Hu, Xin; Liu, Hongbo; Chen, C L Philip

    2015-11-01

    This paper develops an adaptive robust output feedback control scheme for dynamically positioned ships with unavailable velocities and unknown dynamic parameters in an unknown time-variant disturbance environment. The controller is designed by incorporating the high-gain observer and radial basis function (RBF) neural networks in vectorial backstepping method. The high-gain observer provides the estimations of the ship position and heading as well as velocities. The RBF neural networks are employed to compensate for the uncertainties of ship dynamics. The adaptive laws incorporating a leakage term are designed to estimate the weights of RBF neural networks and the bounds of unknown time-variant environmental disturbances. In contrast to the existing results of dynamic positioning (DP) controllers, the proposed control scheme relies only on the ship position and heading measurements and does not require a priori knowledge of the ship dynamics and external disturbances. By means of Lyapunov functions, it is theoretically proved that our output feedback controller can control a ship's position and heading to the arbitrarily small neighborhood of the desired target values while guaranteeing that all signals in the closed-loop DP control system are uniformly ultimately bounded. Finally, simulations involving two ships are carried out, and simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed control scheme. PMID:25769172

  8. Threshold switching mechanism by high-field energy gain in the hopping transport of chalcogenide glasses

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    Ielmini, Daniele

    2008-07-01

    Chalcogenide glasses are widely used in phase-change nonvolatile memories and in optical recording media for their ability to rapidly change their structure to crystalline, thus obtaining different electrical resistance and optical reflectivity. Chalcogenide glasses universally display threshold switching, that is a sudden, reversible transition from a high-resistivity state to a low-resistivity state observed in the current-voltage (I-V) characteristic. Since threshold switching controls the operating voltage and speed of phase-change memories, the predictability of the switching voltage, current, and speed is of critical importance for selecting the proper chalcogenide material for memory applications. Although threshold switching has long been recognized to be an electronic process with an intimate relation to localized states, its detailed physical mechanism is still not clear. In this work, threshold switching is explained by the field-induced energy increase in electrons in their hopping transport, moderated by the energy relaxation due to phonon-electron interaction. The energy increase leads to an enhancement of conductivity and a collapse of the electric field within the amorphous chalcogenide layer, accounting for the observed negative differential resistance at switching. Threshold switching is found to obey to a constant electrical-power condition. The proposed model generally applies to low-mobility semiconductors featuring a deep Fermi level and hopping-type conduction, and can predict the thickness, temperature, and material dependence of threshold voltage and current.

  9. Effects of Dietary Fibers on Weight Gain, Carbohydrate Metabolism and Gastric Ghrelin Gene Expression in High Fat Diet Fed Mice

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    Wang, Zhong Q.; Zuberi, Aamir; Zhang, Xian H.; Macgowan, Jacalyn; Qin, Jianhua; Ye, Xin; Son, Leslie; Wu, Qinglin; Lian, Kun; Cefalu, William T.

    2009-01-01

    Diets that are high in dietary fiber are reported to have substantial health benefits. We sought to compare the metabolic effects for three types of dietary fibers, i.e. sugar cane fiber (SCF), psyllium (PSY) and cellulose (CEL) on body weight, carbohydrate metabolism and stomach ghrelin gene expression in a high-fat diet fed mouse model. Thirty-six male mice (C57BL/6) were randomly divided into four groups that consumed high fat-diets or high fat diet containing 10% SCF, PSY, and CEL respectively. After baseline measurements were assessed for body weight, plasma insulin, glucose, leptin and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), animals were treated for 12 weeks. Parameters were re-evaluated at end of study. Whereas there was no difference at the baseline, body weight gains in the PSY and SCF groups were significantly lower than in CEL group at end of study, No difference in body weight was observed between the PSY and SCF animals. Body composition analysis demonstrated that fat mass in the SCF group was considerably lower than in the CEL and HFD groups. In addition, fasting plasma glucose and insulin and areas under curve of IPGTT were also significantly lower in the SCF and PSY groups than in the CEL and HFD groups. Moreover, fasting plasma concentrations of leptin were significantly lower and GLP-1 level was two-fold higher in the SCF and PSY mice than in the HFD and CEL mice. Ghrelin mRNA levels of stomach in SCF groups were significantly lower than in CEL and HFD groups as well. These results suggest differences in response to dietary fiber intake in this animal model as high fat diets incorporating dietary fibers such as SCF and PSY appeared to attenuate weight gain, enhance insulin sensitivity, and modulate leptin and GLP-1 secretion and gastric ghrelin gene expression. PMID:17998014

  10. Photoluminescence and optical gain due to exciton-electron scattering in a high quality GaN thin film

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    Nakayama, M.; Tanaka, H.; Ando, M.; Uemura, T.

    2006-07-01

    We have investigated photoluminescence (PL) properties of a high quality GaN thin film grown by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy under intense excitation conditions in a high temperature regime from 120K to room temperature. It is found that a PL band peculiar to intense excitation conditions appears with a threshold-like behavior. The energy spacing between the PL band at the threshold excitation power and the A exciton is proportional to temperature. The extrapolation of the linear dependence results in zero value of the energy spacing at absolute zero temperature. These PL profiles are specific to an emission process originating from exciton-electron scattering. Furthermore, we have demonstrated that the exciton-electron scattering process produces optical gain at room temperature from measurements of PL with a variable stripe-length method.

  11. Conditioned tone control of brain reward behavior produces highly specific representational gain in the primary auditory cortex.

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    Hui, Gabriel K; Wong, Kwan L; Chavez, Candice M; Leon, Matthew I; Robin, Kinna M; Weinberger, Norman M

    2009-07-01

    Primary sensory cortices have been assumed to serve as stimulus analyzers while cognitive functions such as learning and memory have been allocated to "higher" cortical areas. However, the primary auditory cortex (A1) is now known to encode the acquired significance of sound as indicated by associatively-induced specific shifts of tuning to the frequencies of conditioned stimuli (CS) and gains in area of CS representations. Rewarding brain stimulation can be a very powerful motivator and brain reward systems have been implicated in addictive behavior. Therefore, it is possible that a cue for brain reward will gain cortical territory and perhaps thereby increase its control of subsequent behavior. To investigate the effect of brain reward on cortical organization, adult male rats (n=11) were first tested with varying amounts of stimulation of the ventral tegmental area (VTAstm) to generate sigmoidal psychometric functions of nose poke (NP) rates as a function of reward magnitude (duration). Next, we attempted to accomplish tone control of NPs by maintaining intertrial NPs using a low reward duration and presenting a 20s tone (2.0kHz, 70dB) which signaled an increase in reward to a high magnitude 10s after tone onset. Tone control was demonstrated by a significant increase in the rate of NPs during the first 10s of tone presentation, which anticipated the delivery of the high magnitude of reward. Tone control was achieved in seven of 11 subjects. This was accompanied by a highly specific and significant gain in representational area, specifically for the half-octave range centered on the CS frequency. However, this plasticity developed only in tone-controlled (TC) animals. The auditory cortex of non-tone-controlled subjects (n=4) did not differ from that of nave controls (n=9) although their VTAstm was as rewarding as for the TC group. These findings reveal that auditory instrumental behavior can be controlled by rewarding VTAstm and that such control appears necessary for the highly specific recruitment of cortical cells to increase the representation of a sound that acquires behavioral importance. PMID:19249380

  12. Er(3)/Yb(3)-codoped phosphate glass for short-length high-gain fiber lasers and amplifiers.

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    Wang, Fengxiao; Song, Feng; An, Shuangxin; Wan, Wenshun; Guo, Hao; Liu, Shujing; Tian, Jianguo

    2015-02-10

    Er(3)/Yb(3)-codoped phosphate glass with compositions of (78.2-x)P(2)O(5)-14Al(2)O(3)-5Li(2)O-1K(2)O-1.8Yb(2)O(3)-xEr(2)O(3)(x=0.2,0.4,0.6) in mol. % were investigated. Judd-Ofelt (JO) intensity parameters have been calculated to predict radiative properties based on absorption spectra. The stimulated emission cross section (?(e)) calculated according to McCumber theory was 1.5010(-20)??cm(2), almost twice larger than values reported before. The effective line width (?(eff)), full width at half-maximum (FWHM) and the quality parameters for designing optical amplifier devices were listed in the table compared with other types of phosphate glass matrices. A theoretical model of a Er(3)/Yb(3)-codoped system based on rate and power propagation equations was put forward to investigate the potential advantages of the materials applied for short-length, high-gain fiber amplifiers. A simulated gain of 32.2 and 2.6??dB/cm per unit length was achieved in 12.5-cm-long fiber. PMID:25968040

  13. Spontaneous inquiry questions in high school chemistry classrooms: perceptions of a group of motivated learners

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    Rop, Charles J.

    2003-01-01

    This ethnographic research explores the perspectives of a subset of American suburban Midwestern high school chemistry students on the motivations for and implications of a particular form of classroom questioning behaviour. These students describe the intellectual curiosity that drives them to ask questions that are related to content but bring them beyond the delivered or expected curriculum. These same students explain that teacher and peer responses often encourage them to abandon their curiosity for social conformity. Although educators and policy makers call for the freedom to explore, test ideas, throw out conjectures and practice scientific discourse, these students suggest that the social atmosphere in high schools is stacked against scientific inquiry. They feel that their questions are not always valued, encouraged or given time to flourish. This study has significant implications for implementing the vision for scientific inquiry in high school science classrooms (NRC 2000).

  14. Theory of quantum frequency conversion and type-II parametric down-conversion in the high-gain regime

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    Christ, Andreas; Brecht, Benjamin; Mauerer, Wolfgang; Silberhorn, Christine

    2013-05-01

    Frequency conversion (FC) and type-II parametric down-conversion (PDC) processes serve as basic building blocks for the implementation of quantum optical experiments: type-II PDC enables the efficient creation of quantum states such as photon-number states and Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR)-states. FC gives rise to technologies enabling efficient atom-photon coupling, ultrafast pulse gates and enhanced detection schemes. However, despite their widespread deployment, their theoretical treatment remains challenging. Especially the multi-photon components in the high-gain regime as well as the explicit time-dependence of the involved Hamiltonians hamper an efficient theoretical description of these nonlinear optical processes. In this paper, we investigate these effects and put forward two models that enable a full description of FC and type-II PDC in the high-gain regime. We present a rigorous numerical model relying on the solution of coupled integro-differential equations that covers the complete dynamics of the process. As an alternative, we develop a simplified model that, at the expense of neglecting time-ordering effects, enables an analytical solution. While the simplified model approximates the correct solution with high fidelity in a broad parameter range, sufficient for many experimental situations, such as FC with low efficiency, entangled photon-pair generation and the heralding of single photons from type-II PDC, our investigations reveal that the rigorous model predicts a decreased performance for FC processes in quantum pulse gate applications and an enhanced EPR-state generation rate during type-II PDC, when EPR squeezing values above 12 dB are considered.

  15. Rats on a high-energy diet showing no weight gain present with ultrastructural changes associated with liver fibrosis.

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    Oberholzer, Hester Magdalena; Bester, Megan Jean; van der Schoor, Ciska

    2013-08-01

    Sibutramine is widely used as a weight-loss substance in the treatment of obesity and is a selective inhibitor of the neuronal reuptake of serotonin and noradrenaline. Although banned, it is often a hidden ingredient in herbal and dietary supplements that are widely used by the general public. Various weight loss products, including sibutramine, have successfully been tested in animal models of diet-induced obesity. In the female Sprague-Dawley rat model, fed a high-energy diet that did not produce a significant increase in BMI, the cellular structure of the liver was evaluated using transmission electron microscopy. Compared to controls showing no damage, the livers of rats fed a high-energy diet were found to have increased fibrosis without steatosis, while for rats fed high-energy diet with sibutramine, fibrosis was increased and steatosis had developed. In conclusion, in female rats fed a high-energy diet that does not result in weight gain hepatic fibrosis occurs without steatosis. In these rats the co-administration of sibutramine increases the degree of fibrosis and steatosis develops. Although it has been widely believed that sibutramine is not hepatotoxic, this study clearly shows that at an ultrastructural level, rats fed a high-energy diet treated with sibutramine show signs of hepatotoxicity. PMID:23672266

  16. A high calcium diet containing nonfat dry milk reduces weight gain and associated adipose tissue inflammation in diet-induced obese mice when compared to high calcium alone

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    2012-01-01

    Background High dietary calcium (Ca) is reported to have anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory properties. Evidence for these properties of dietary Ca in animal models of polygenic obesity have been confounded by the inclusion of dairy food components in experimental diets; thus, effect of Ca per se could not be deciphered. Furthermore, potential anti-inflammatory actions of Ca in vivo could not be dissociated from reduced adiposity. Methods We characterized adiposity along with metabolic and inflammatory phenotypes in diet-induced obese (DIO) mice fed 1 of 3 high fat diets (45% energy) for 12 wk: control (n = 29), high-Ca (n = 30), or high-Ca + nonfat dry milk (NFDM) (n = 30). Results Mice fed high-Ca + NFDM had reduced body weight and adiposity compared to high-Ca mice (P < 0.001). Surprisingly, the high-Ca mice had increased adiposity compared to lower-Ca controls (P < 0.001). Hyperphagia and increased feed efficiency contributed to obesity development in high-Ca mice, in contrast to NFDM mice that displayed significantly reduced weight gain despite higher energy intake compared to controls (P < 0.001). mRNA markers of macrophages (e.g., CD68, CD11d) strongly correlated with body weight in all diet treatment groups, and most treatment differences in WAT inflammatory factor mRNA abundances were lost when controlling for body weight gain as a covariate. Conclusions The results indicate that high dietary Ca is not sufficient to dampen obesity-related phenotypes in DIO mice, and in fact exacerbates weight gain and hyperphagia. The data further suggest that putative anti-obesity properties of dairy emanate from food components beyond Ca. PMID:22269778

  17. Measurement and Simulation of Spontaneous Raman Scattering Spectra in High-Pressure, Fuel-Rich H2-Air Flames

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    Kojima, Jun; Nguyen, Quang-Viet

    2003-01-01

    Rotational vibrational spontaneous Raman spectra (SRS) of H2, N2, and H2O have been measured in H2-air flames at pressures up to 30 atm as a first stem towards establishing a comprehensive Raman spectral database for temperatures and species in high-pressure combustion. A newly developed high-pressure burner facility provides steady, reproducible flames with a high degree of flow precision. We have obtained an initial set of measurements that indicate the spectra are of sufficient quality in terms of spectral resolution, wavelength coverage, and signal-to-noise ratio for use in future reference standards. The fully resolved Stokes and anti-Stokes shifted SRS spectra were collected in the visible wavelength range (400-700 nm) using pulse-stretched 532 nm excitation and a non-intensified CCD spectrograph with a high-speed shutter. Reasonable temperatures were determined via the intensity distribution of rotational H2 lines at stoichiometry and fuel-rich conditions. Theoretical Raman spectra of H2 were computed using a semi-classical harmonic-oscillator model with recent pressure broadening data and were compared with experimental results. The data and simulation indicated that high-J rotational lines of H2 might interfere with the N2 vibrational Q-branch lines, and this could lead to errors in N2-Raman thermometry based on the line-fitting method. From a comparison of N2 Q-branch spectra in lean H2 low-pressure (1.2 atm) and high-pressure (30 atm) flames, we found no significant line-narrowing or -broadening effects at the current spectrometer resolution of 0.04 nm.

  18. Modeling and output tracking of transverse flux permanent magnet machines using high gain observer and RBF neural network.

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    Karimi, H R; Babazadeh, A

    2005-10-01

    This paper deals with modeling and adaptive output tracking of a transverse flux permanent magnet machine as a nonlinear system with unknown nonlinearities by utilizing high gain observer and radial basis function networks. The proposed model is developed based on computing the permeance between rotor and stator using quasiflux tubes. Based on this model, the techniques of feedback linearization and Hinfinity control are used to design an adaptive control law for compensating the unknown nonlinear parts, such as the effect of cogging torque, as a disturbance is decreased onto the rotor angle and angular velocity tracking performances. Finally, the capability of the proposed method in tracking both the angle and the angular velocity is shown in the simulation results. PMID:16294772

  19. Gimbals Drive and Control Electronics Design, Development and Testing of the LRO High Gain Antenna and Solar Array Systems

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    Chernyakov, Boris; Thakore, Kamal

    2010-01-01

    Launched June 18, 2009 on an Atlas V rocket, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is the first step in NASA's Vision for Space Exploration program and for a human return to the Moon. The spacecraft (SC) carries a wide variety of scientific instruments and provides an extraordinary opportunity to study the lunar landscape at resolutions and over time scales never achieved before. The spacecraft systems are designed to enable achievement of LRO's mission requirements. To that end, LRO's mechanical system employed two two-axis gimbal assemblies used to drive the deployment and articulation of the Solar Array System (SAS) and the High Gain Antenna System (HGAS). This paper describes the design, development, integration, and testing of Gimbal Control Electronics (GCE) and Actuators for both the HGAS and SAS systems, as well as flight testing during the on-orbit commissioning phase and lessons learned.

  20. Lithium niobate Q-switch to prevent pre-lasing of high gain lasers operating over a wide temperature range

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    Jundt, Dieter H.; MacKay, Peter E.

    2015-02-01

    Because of its ease of growth and large electro-optic effect, lithium niobate is the preferred choice for Q-switching mobile lasers. Temperature-induced pyro-electric charges however may lead to premature lasing. We manufactured and characterized temperature-stable LN Q-switch. A thermo-chemical anneal was performed creating a conductive material layer 0.5mm thick with increased conductivity. While this increases optical insertion loss by a few percent, this is tolerable in high gain lasers. We present details of treatment, the surface charge creation and dissipation mechanism and the setup used to assess the cold-performance used to demonstrate improved charge dissipation when compared to untreated crystals.

  1. Design and operation of self-biased high-gain amplifier arrays for photon-counting sensors

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    Pain, Bedabrata; Fossum, Eric R.

    1996-06-01

    Design and operation of high-gain (> 1000), low-power (< 75 (mu) W), ultra low-noise amplifier arrays are presented. The amplifier array is operated in self-biased mode, such that all amplifiers are biased irrespective of threshold mismatches, and operate with low reset noise. The amplifiers are designed for possible incorporation as pixels of hybrid solid-state photon-counting sensor. The cell pitch is 30 micrometers in 1.2 micrometers CMOS technology. Design and experimental results from small arrays of the two most promising amplifier circuits are reported. Design issues for obtaining sub-electron input-referred noise from these in- pixel amplifiers are discussed. A performance summary is incorporated.

  2. Broadband and high-speed swept external-cavity laser using a quantum-dot superluminescent diode as gain device

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    Hu, Fa-Jie; Jin, Peng; Wu, Yan-Hua; Wang, Fei-Fei; Wei, Heng; Wang, Zhan-Guo

    2015-10-01

    A wide wavelength tuning range swept external-cavity laser using an InAs/GaAs quantum-dot superluminescent diode as a gain device is demonstrated. The tunable filter consists of a polygon scanner and a grating in Littrow telescope-less configuration. The swept laser generates greater than 54-mW peak output power and up to 33-kHz sweep rate with a sweep range of 150 nm centered at 1155 nm. The effects of injection current and sweep rate on the sweep performance of the swept laser are studied. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61274072) and the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2013AA014201).

  3. High-energy gamma-rays accompanying the spontaneous fission of252Cf

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    Hotzel, A.; Thirolf, P.; Ender, Ch.; Schwalm, D.; Mutterer, M.; Singer, P.; Klemens, M.; Theobald, J. P.; Hesse, M.; Gönnenwein, F.; Ploeg, H. V. D.

    1996-12-01

    The γ-ray spectrum of252Cf(sf) was measured in the Darmstadt-Heidelberg Crystal Ball spectrometer, with a double ionization chamber mounted inside to detect the fission fragments. The measurement was aimed at a better understanding of an unusual component found in the high-energy region between 3 and 8 MeV, with fragment mass splits near symmetry. This component was proved to be predominantly emitted by the heavier fragment, to reach its highest intensity at a fragment mass split of 132:120, and to have an almost isotropic angular distribution. Calculations with the statistical code CASCADE could reproduce the main features.

  4. Do High-Functioning People with Autism Spectrum Disorder Spontaneously Use Event Knowledge to Selectively Attend to and Remember Context-Relevant Aspects in Scenes?

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    Loth, Eva; Gomez, Juan Carlos; Happe, Francesca

    2011-01-01

    This study combined an event schema approach with top-down processing perspectives to investigate whether high-functioning children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) spontaneously attend to and remember context-relevant aspects of scenes. Participants read one story of story-pairs (e.g., burglary or tea party). They then inspected a…

  5. Consumption of a high-fat diet abrogates inhibitory effects of methylseleninic acid on spontaneous metastasis of Lewis lung carcinoma in mice

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    We investigated the effect of dietary supplementation with selenium (Se) on spontaneous metastasis of Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) in male C57BL/6 mice fed a high-fat diet. Mice were fed the AIN93G diet or that diet modified with 45% calories from fat supplemented with or without 2.5 mg Se/4029 kCal ...

  6. Effects of a high-fat diet on spontaneous metastasis of Lewis lung carcinoma in plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 deficient and wild-type mice

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    We investigated the effects of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) deficiency on spontaneous metastasis of Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) in PAI-1 deficient (PAI-1-/-) and wildtype mice (C57BL/6J background) fed the AIN93G diet or that diet modified with 45% calories from fat. The high-fat diet i...

  7. Do High-Functioning People with Autism Spectrum Disorder Spontaneously Use Event Knowledge to Selectively Attend to and Remember Context-Relevant Aspects in Scenes?

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    Loth, Eva; Gomez, Juan Carlos; Happe, Francesca

    2011-01-01

    This study combined an event schema approach with top-down processing perspectives to investigate whether high-functioning children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) spontaneously attend to and remember context-relevant aspects of scenes. Participants read one story of story-pairs (e.g., burglary or tea party). They then inspected a

  8. Highly Transparent Dual-Sensitized Titanium Dioxide Nanotube Arrays for Spontaneous Solar Water Splitting Tandem Configuration.

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    Shin, Kahee; Park, Jong Hyeok

    2015-08-26

    Vertically aligned one-dimensional (1D) titanium dioxide (TiO2) arrays on transparent conducting oxide (TCO) substrates, which can act as host electron transport materials for low bandgap materials, were synthesized via a hydrothermal reaction combined with a controlled chemical etching process. By controlling the chemical etching conditions, we can maximize the light transmission properties of the 1D TiO2 arrays, which is beneficial for the front electrode in photoelectrochemical (PEC) tandem configurations. As a result, dual sensitization to form 1D TiO2@CdS@CdSe (CdS and CdSe coated 1D TiO2) results in excellent photocurrent density, as well as transparency, and the resulting material is able to pass unabsorbed photons through the front electrode into the rear bias solar cell. Owing to the improved light transmission in combination with the increased specific surface area of the obtained 1D TiO2 arrays from the controlled etching process, a high-efficiency PEC tandem device with ∼2.1% was successfully fabricated for unassisted hydrogen evolution. Efficient PEC tandem device was fabricated for unassisted solar hydrogen generation using highly transparent composite electrode composed of dual sensitization to form 1D TiO2@CdS@CdSe. PMID:26266330

  9. Energy and Pitch Distribution of Spontaneously-generated High-energy Bulk Ions in the RFP

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    Kim, Jungha; Anderson, Jay; Reusch, Joshua; Eilerman, Scott; Capecchi, William

    2014-10-01

    Magnetic reconnection events in the reversed field pinch (RFP) are known to heat bulk and impurity ions. Runaway due to a parallel electric field has recently been confirmed as an important acceleration mechanism for high energy test ions supplied by a neutral beam. This effect does not, however, explain the change in distribution of nearly Maxwellian bulk ions at a reconnection event. By operating MST near maximum current and low electron density, significant fusion neutron flux can be generated without neutral beam injection. The bulk ion distribution created in these plasmas is well-confined, non-Maxwellian, and can be measured by the Advanced Neutral Particle Analyzer (ANPA) placed at a radial or tangential porthole. Data show a high energy tail up to 25 keV with a relatively higher signal in the low energy channels (8-15 keV) at the radial port following a reconnection event. Analysis of the energy dependence of trapped orbits sampled by the ANPA at the radial view implies an abundance of lower energy particles in regions of higher neutral density. This mandates a careful deconvolution of the measured ANPA signal to compute the fast ion distribution. This work is supported by the US DOE and NSF.

  10. The Fundamental Gain Limitation of High-Rate Gaseous Detectors and Optimum Designs for High-Rate Applications

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    Fonte, Paulo; Peskov, Vladimir; Ramsey, Brian D.

    1998-01-01

    We have performed a systematic study of the breakdown mechanism of high-rate detectors: MSGC, MGC, MICROMEGAS and GEM, recently chosen or considered as candidates for high-luminosity applications, together with newly elaborated designs such as high-rate wire chambers, thin gap parallel-plate chamber and super-high-rate RPC's. It was found for all these that the maximum breakdown-limited dramatically with incident flux and further decreases in the presence of alpha particles which are typical of the backgrounds in high-energy experiments. It was determined that the key parameter that limits a detector's performance is the effective current density in the avalanche, and that above a certain value breakdowns occur. At these limits the subsequent breakdowns take place by a mechanism which does not seem to have been previously reported in the literature. We present the results of this study together with a qualitative theory of this new type of breakdown and suggestions for optimizing high-rate detectors which we have verified experimentally.

  11. SPONTANEOUS CATALYTIC WET AIR OXIDATION DURING PRE-TREATMENT OF HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE SLUDGE

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    Koopman, D.; Herman, C.; Pareizs, J.; Bannochie, C.; Best, D.; Bibler, N.; Fellinger, T.

    2009-10-01

    Savannah River Remediation, LLC (SRR) operates the Defense Waste Processing Facility for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Savannah River Site. This facility immobilizes high-level radioactive waste through vitrification following chemical pretreatment. Catalytic destruction of formate and oxalate ions to carbon dioxide has been observed during qualification testing of non-radioactive analog systems. Carbon dioxide production greatly exceeded hydrogen production, indicating the occurrence of a process other than the catalytic decomposition of formic acid. Statistical modeling was used to relate the new reaction chemistry to partial catalytic wet air oxidation of both formate and oxalate ions driven by the low concentrations of palladium, rhodium, and/or ruthenium in the waste. Variations in process conditions led to increases or decreases in the total oxidative destruction, as well as partially shifting the preferred species undergoing destruction from oxalate ion to formate ion.

  12. Very high current gain InGaAs/InP heterojunction bipolar transistors grown by metalorganic chemical vapour deposition

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    Kyono, C. S.; Pinzone, C. J.; Maziar, C. M.; Dupuis, R. D.; Gerrard, N. D.

    1991-01-01

    A maximum dc current gain of 24,000 and small-signal current gain of 49,000 were obtained for InGaAs/InP heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) grown by MOCVD. The excellent HBT gain performance is attributed to the exceptional material quality, the good control over p-type dopant diffusion at the base-emitter heterojunction, and the existence of a doping-induced drift field in the base.

  13. Large Optical Gain AlInN-Delta-GaN Quantum Well for Deep Ultraviolet Emitters

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    Tan, Chee-Keong; Sun, Wei; Borovac, Damir; Tansu, Nelson

    2016-01-01

    The optical gain and spontaneous emission characteristics of low In-content AlInN-delta-GaN quantum wells (QWs) are analyzed for deep ultraviolet (UV) light emitting diodes (LEDs) and lasers. Our analysis shows a large increase in the dominant transverse electric (TE) polarized spontaneous emission rate and optical gain. The remarkable enhancements in TE-polarized optical gain and spontaneous emission characteristics are attributed to the dominant conduction (C)-heavy hole (HH) transitions achieved by the AlInN-delta-GaN QW structure, which could lead to its potential application as the active region material for high performance deep UV emitters. In addition, our findings show that further optimizations of the delta-GaN layer in the active region are required to realize the high performance AlInN-based LEDs and lasers with the desired emission wavelength. This work illuminates the high potential of the low In-content AlInN-delta-GaN QW structure to achieve large dominant TE-polarized spontaneous emission rates and optical gains for high performance AlN-based UV devices. PMID:26961170

  14. Large Optical Gain AlInN-Delta-GaN Quantum Well for Deep Ultraviolet Emitters.

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    Tan, Chee-Keong; Sun, Wei; Borovac, Damir; Tansu, Nelson

    2016-01-01

    The optical gain and spontaneous emission characteristics of low In-content AlInN-delta-GaN quantum wells (QWs) are analyzed for deep ultraviolet (UV) light emitting diodes (LEDs) and lasers. Our analysis shows a large increase in the dominant transverse electric (TE) polarized spontaneous emission rate and optical gain. The remarkable enhancements in TE-polarized optical gain and spontaneous emission characteristics are attributed to the dominant conduction (C)-heavy hole (HH) transitions achieved by the AlInN-delta-GaN QW structure, which could lead to its potential application as the active region material for high performance deep UV emitters. In addition, our findings show that further optimizations of the delta-GaN layer in the active region are required to realize the high performance AlInN-based LEDs and lasers with the desired emission wavelength. This work illuminates the high potential of the low In-content AlInN-delta-GaN QW structure to achieve large dominant TE-polarized spontaneous emission rates and optical gains for high performance AlN-based UV devices. PMID:26961170

  15. A low-carbohydrate/high-fat diet reduces blood pressure in spontaneously hypertensive rats without deleterious changes in insulin resistance

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    Bosse, John D.; Lin, Han Yi; Sloan, Crystal; Zhang, Quan-Jiang; Abel, E. Dale; Pereira, Troy J.; Dolinsky, Vernon W.; Symons, J. David

    2013-01-01

    Previous studies reported that diets high in simple carbohydrates could increase blood pressure in rodents. We hypothesized that the converse, a low-carbohydrate/high-fat diet, might reduce blood pressure. Six-week-old spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR; n = 54) and Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY; n = 53, normotensive control) were fed either a control diet (C; 10% fat, 70% carbohydrate, 20% protein) or a low-carbohydrate/high-fat diet (HF; 20% carbohydrate, 60% fat, 20% protein). After 10 wk, SHR-HF had lower (P < 0.05) mean arterial pressure than SHR-C (148 3 vs. 159 3 mmHg) but a similar degree of cardiac hypertrophy (33.4 0.4 vs. 33.1 0.4 heart weight/tibia length, mg/mm). Mesenteric arteries and the entire aorta were used to assess vascular function and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) signaling, respectively. Endothelium-dependent (acetylcholine) relaxation of mesenteric arteries was improved (P < 0.05) in SHR-HF vs. SHR-C, whereas contraction (potassium chloride, phenylephrine) was reduced (P < 0.05). Phosphorylation of eNOSSer1177 increased (P < 0.05) in arteries from SHR-HF vs. SHR-C. Plasma glucose, insulin, and homoeostatic model of insulin assessment were lower (P < 0.05) in SHR-HF vs. SHR-C, whereas peripheral insulin sensitivity (insulin tolerance test) was similar. After a 10-h fast, insulin stimulation (2 U/kg ip) increased (P < 0.05) phosphorylation of AktSer473 and S6 in heart and gastrocnemius similarly in SHR-C vs. SHR-HF. In conclusion, a low-carbohydrate/high-fat diet reduced blood pressure and improved arterial function in SHR without producing signs of insulin resistance or altering insulin-mediated signaling in the heart, skeletal muscle, or vasculature. PMID:23604708

  16. Fast Ionic Diffusion-Enabled Nanoflake Electrode by Spontaneous Electrochemical Pre-Intercalation for High-Performance Supercapacitor

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    Mai, Liqiang; Li, Han; Zhao, Yunlong; Xu, Lin; Xu, Xu; Luo, Yanzhu; Zhang, Zhengfei; Ke, Wang; Niu, Chaojiang; Zhang, Qingjie

    2013-01-01

    Layered intercalation compounds NaxMnO2 (x = 0.7 and 0.91) nanoflakes have been prepared directly through wet electrochemical process with Na+ ions intercalated into MnO2 interlayers spontaneously. The as-prepared NaxMnO2 nanoflake based supercapacitors exhibit faster ionic diffusion with enhanced redox peaks, tenfold-higher energy densities up to 110 Wh·kg−1 and higher capacitances over 1000 F·g−1 in aqueous sodium system compared with traditional MnO2 supercapacitors. Due to the free-standing electrode structure and suitable crystal structure, NaxMnO2 nanoflake electrodes also maintain outstanding electrochemical stability with capacitance retention up to 99.9% after 1000 cycles. Besides, pre-intercalation effect is further studied to explain this enhanced electrochemical performance. This study indicates that the suitable pre-intercalation is effective to improve the diffusion of electrolyte cations and other electrochemical performance for layered oxides, and suggests that the as-obtained nanoflakes are promising materials to achieve the hybridization of both high energy and power density for advanced supercapacitors.

  17. Quantitative Analysis of Spectral Interference of Spontaneous Raman Scattering in High-Pressure Fuel-Rich H2-Air Combustion

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    Kojima, Jun; Nguyen, Quang-Viet

    2004-01-01

    We present a theoretical study of the spectral interferences in the spontaneous Raman scattering spectra of major combustion products in 30-atm fuel-rich hydrogen-air flames. An effective methodology is introduced to choose an appropriate line-shape model for simulating Raman spectra in high-pressure combustion environments. The Voigt profile with the additive approximation assumption was found to provide a reasonable model of the spectral line shape for the present analysis. The rotational/vibrational Raman spectra of H2, N2, and H2O were calculated using an anharmonic-oscillator model using the latest collisional broadening coefficients. The calculated spectra were validated with data obtained in a 10-atm fuel-rich H2-air flame and showed excellent agreement. Our quantitative spectral analysis for equivalence ratios ranging from 1.5 to 5.0 revealed substantial amounts of spectral cross-talk between the rotational H2 lines and the N2 O-/Q-branch; and between the vibrational H2O(0,3) line and the vibrational H2O spectrum. We also address the temperature dependence of the spectral cross-talk and extend our analysis to include a cross-talk compensation technique that removes the nterference arising from the H2 Raman spectra onto the N2, or H2O spectra.

  18. Low- but Not High-Frequency LFP Correlates with Spontaneous BOLD Fluctuations in Rat Whisker Barrel Cortex.

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    Lu, Hanbing; Wang, Leiming; Rea, William W; Brynildsen, Julia K; Jaime, Saul; Zuo, Yantao; Stein, Elliot A; Yang, Yihong

    2016-02-01

    Resting-state magnetic resonance imaging (rsMRI) is thought to reflect ongoing spontaneous brain activity. However, the precise neurophysiological basis of rsMRI signal remains elusive. Converging evidence supports the notion that local field potential (LFP) signal in the high-frequency range correlates with fMRI response evoked by a task (e.g., visual stimulation). It remains uncertain whether this relationship extends to rsMRI. In this study, we systematically modulated LFP signal in the whisker barrel cortex (WBC) by unilateral deflection of rat whiskers. Results show that functional connectivity between bilateral WBC was significantly modulated at the 2 Hz, but not at the 4 or 6 Hz, stimulus condition. Electrophysiologically, only in the low-frequency range (<5 Hz) was the LFP power synchrony in bilateral WBC significantly modulated at 2 Hz, but not at 4- or 6-Hz whisker stimulation, thus distinguishing these 2 experimental conditions, and paralleling the findings in rsMRI. LFP power synchrony in other frequency ranges was modulated in a way that was neither unique to the specific stimulus conditions nor parallel to the fMRI results. Our results support the hypothesis that emphasizes the role of low-frequency LFP signal underlying rsMRI. PMID:25331598

  19. Spontaneous cooperation for prosocials, but not for proselfs: Social value orientation moderates spontaneous cooperation behavior

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    Mischkowski, Dorothee; Glöckner, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    Cooperation is essential for the success of societies and there is an ongoing debate whether individuals have therefore developed a general spontaneous tendency to cooperate or not. Findings that cooperative behavior is related to shorter decision times provide support for the spontaneous cooperation effect, although contrary results have also been reported. We show that cooperative behavior is better described as person × situation interaction, in that there is a spontaneous cooperation effect for prosocial but not for proself persons. In three studies, one involving population representative samples from the US and Germany, we found that cooperation in a public good game is dependent on an interaction between individuals’ social value orientation and decision time. Increasing deliberation about the dilemma situation does not affect persons that are selfish to begin with, but it is related to decreasing cooperation for prosocial persons that gain positive utility from outcomes of others and score high on the related general personality trait honesty/humility. Our results demonstrate that the spontaneous cooperation hypothesis has to be qualified in that it is limited to persons with a specific personality and social values. Furthermore, they allow reconciling conflicting previous findings by identifying an important moderator for the effect. PMID:26876773

  20. Spontaneous cooperation for prosocials, but not for proselfs: Social value orientation moderates spontaneous cooperation behavior.

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    Mischkowski, Dorothee; Glöckner, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    Cooperation is essential for the success of societies and there is an ongoing debate whether individuals have therefore developed a general spontaneous tendency to cooperate or not. Findings that cooperative behavior is related to shorter decision times provide support for the spontaneous cooperation effect, although contrary results have also been reported. We show that cooperative behavior is better described as person × situation interaction, in that there is a spontaneous cooperation effect for prosocial but not for proself persons. In three studies, one involving population representative samples from the US and Germany, we found that cooperation in a public good game is dependent on an interaction between individuals' social value orientation and decision time. Increasing deliberation about the dilemma situation does not affect persons that are selfish to begin with, but it is related to decreasing cooperation for prosocial persons that gain positive utility from outcomes of others and score high on the related general personality trait honesty/humility. Our results demonstrate that the spontaneous cooperation hypothesis has to be qualified in that it is limited to persons with a specific personality and social values. Furthermore, they allow reconciling conflicting previous findings by identifying an important moderator for the effect. PMID:26876773

  1. Targeted prevention of excess weight gain and eating disorders in high-risk adolescent girls: a randomized controlled trial12345

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    Shomaker, Lauren B; Wilfley, Denise E; Young, Jami F; Sbrocco, Tracy; Stephens, Mark; Ranzenhofer, Lisa M; Elliott, Camden; Brady, Sheila; Radin, Rachel M; Vannucci, Anna; Bryant, Edny J; Osborn, Robyn; Berger, Sarah S; Olsen, Cara; Kozlosky, Merel; Reynolds, James C; Yanovski, Jack A

    2014-01-01

    Background: The high prevalence and incidence of obesity and eating disorders in US adolescent girls are serious health problems. Because of the shared risk factors for obesity and eating disorders, a targeted prevention of both conditions is a priority. Objective: We determined whether an adapted interpersonal psychotherapy prevention program is more efficacious for reducing excess weight gain and worsening disordered eating than health education in adolescent girls at high risk of obesity and eating disorders. Design: A parallel-group, randomized controlled trial was conducted between September 2008 and January 2013 in a university-based laboratory and a federal research hospital. The study included 113 adolescent (12–17-y-old) girls deemed at high risk of adult obesity and eating disorders because of a body mass index (BMI) between the 75th and 97th percentiles and reports of episodes of a loss of control over their eating. Girls were randomly assigned to participate in an adapted interpersonal psychotherapy or a health-education group program for 12 weekly 90-min group sessions. Follow-up assessments occurred immediately after group programs and at 6 and 12 mo. Results: Participation in both conditions was associated with decreases in expected BMI gain, age-adjusted BMI metrics, the percentage of fat by using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, symptoms of depression and anxiety, and the frequency of loss-of-control eating over 12 mo of follow-up (Ps < 0.001) with no group difference. In follow-up analyses, interpersonal psychotherapy was more efficacious than health education at reducing objective binge eating at the 12-mo follow-up (P < 0.05). Conclusions: The intervention with adolescent girls with loss-of-control eating is associated with lower age-adjusted BMI and percentage of adiposity as well as improved mood symptoms over 1 y. Interpersonal psychotherapy further reduced objective binge eating. Additional research is needed to elucidate the mechanisms by which physical and psychological improvements were observed. This trial was registered at clinicaltrials.gov as NCT00680979. PMID:25240070

  2. High-Gain, Polarization-Perserving, Yb-Doped Fiber Amplifier for Low-Duty-Cycle Pulse Amplification

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    Marciante, J.R.; Zuegel, J.D.

    2005-09-30

    An alignment-free, dual-pass, ytterbium-doped fiber amplifier with 25-dB gain and -44 dB noise floor is demonstrated for amplifying linearly polarized optical pulses with low duty cycle at a wavelength 23 nm off the gain peak.

  3. Consumption of Clarified Grapefruit Juice Ameliorates High-Fat Diet Induced Insulin Resistance and Weight Gain in Mice

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    Chudnovskiy, Rostislav; Thompson, Airlia; Tharp, Kevin; Hellerstein, Marc; Napoli, Joseph L.; Stahl, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    To determine the metabolic effects of grapefruit juice consumption we established a model in which C57Bl/6 mice drank 2550% sweetened GFJ, clarified of larger insoluble particles by centrifugation (cGFJ), ad libitum as their sole source of liquid or isocaloric and sweetened water. cGFJ and control groups consumed similar amounts of liquids and calories. Mice fed a high-fat diet and cGFJ experienced a 18.4% decrease in weight, a 1317% decrease in fasting blood glucose, a three-fold decrease in fasting serum insulin, and a 38% decrease in liver triacylglycerol values, compared to controls. Mice fed a low-fat diet that drank cGFJ experienced a two-fold decrease in fasting insulin, but not the other outcomes observed with the high-fat diet. cGFJ consumption decreased blood glucose to a similar extent as the commonly used anti-diabetic drug metformin. Introduction of cGFJ after onset of diet-induced obesity also reduced weight and blood glucose. A bioactive compound in cGFJ, naringin, reduced blood glucose and improved insulin tolerance, but did not ameliorate weight gain. These data from a well-controlled animal study indicate that GFJ contains more than one health-promoting neutraceutical, and warrant further studies of GFJ effects in the context of obesity and/or the western diet. PMID:25296035

  4. Collision-induced scattering in simple liquids investigated with simulated gain spectroscopy at ambient and high pressures

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    Gratias, Cheryl Bigelow

    Stimulated gain spectroscopy (SGS) is shown to be an excellent tool for the investigation of low frequency dynamics of molecular liquids, with sufficient resolution and signal-to-noise ratio to reflect intermolecular interactions. In the first of two experiments, CCl4 is selected for its isotropic polarizability which ensures that depolarized scattering is due to intermolecular interactions and thus provides a good test of various models for collision-induced (CI) anisotropy based on different power dependences of the interaction distance, r. The depolarized spectrum for CCl4 was decomposed phenomenologically into two modeled components representing diffusive relaxation and collision-induced scattering. Of several distinct models based on different sources for the induced anisotropy, results show a model based on a collision-induced electronic repulsive force with a r-9 dependence provides the best fit to the CCl4 spectrum. In a second experiment, high pressure is incorporated into the SGS experiment and benzene spectra at atmospheric pressure and at 350 bars are analyzed using a curve-fitting model comprised of a low frequency diffusive reorientational term, a high frequency librational term, and an intermediate frequency term which results from translational and rotational collisions. The 3% increase in liquid density results in a 17% decrease in the rate of reorientational diffusion and a librational component with a 12% higher center frequency and a 31% reduction in inhomogeneous broadening. The intermediate frequency term exhibits the strongest pressure sensitivity, resulting in a broader, higher intensity component with a 32% higher characteristic frequency.

  5. A 71 dB Gain, High Efficiency Relativistic Klystron using a High Current Linear Accelerator Traveling Wave Buncher Output Structure

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    Haimson, J.; Mecklenburg, B.

    2003-12-01

    After five years of operation, the 17 GHz MKII relativistic klystron in service at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center was upgraded with a new output structure to provide a common source of high peak power for continuing operation of the 17 GHz linac, for RF gun testing and for energizing a recently developed circularly polarized beam deflection RF system to evaluate the ultra short electron bunch performance of the linac. The salient features of the impedance and phase velocity tapered new traveling wave output structure designed for high gain and stability are described; and initial high power test results of the 17 GHz relativistic klystron are presented. The output structure was designed as a beam driven bunching and phase shifting 2?/3 mode circuit using codes that were developed over a 40 year period designing, fabricating and testing high current traveling wave linac bunchers. The electrical length of the new (MKIII) output circuit was extended to 1200 degrees using a group to phase velocity harmonic mean ratio of 0.124 to provide total skin losses of less than 5 percent and a phase/frequency sensitivity of only 0.6 degree/MHz. A dual feed racetrack shaped output cavity having a decelerating gradient of 150 kV/cm and beam apertures substantially larger than ?0/2, to allow reduction of space charge debunching forces, are added advantages of this 25 MW, 71 dB gain RF amplifier.

  6. An indirect flat-panel detector with avalanche gain for low dose x-ray imaging: SAPHIRE (scintillator avalanche photoconductor with high resolution emitter readout)

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    Zhao, Wei; Li, Dan; Rowlands, J. A.; Egami, N.; Takiguchi, Y.; Nanba, M.; Honda, Y.; Ohkawa, Y.; Kubota, M.; Tanioka, K.; Suzuki, K.; Kawai, T.

    2008-03-01

    An indirect flat-imager with programmable avalanche gain and field emitter array (FEA) readout is being investigated for low-dose x-ray imaging with high resolution. It is made by optically coupling a structured x-ray scintillator CsI (Tl) to an amorphous selenium (a-Se) avalanche photoconductor called HARP (high-gain avalanche rushing photoconductor). The charge image created by HARP is read out by electron beams generated by the FEA. The proposed detector is called SAPHIRE (Scintillator Avalanche Photoconductor with HIgh Resolution Emitter readout). The avalanche gain of HARP depends on both a-Se thickness and applied electric field E Se. At E Se of > 80 V/?m, the avalanche gain can enhance the signal at low dose (e.g. fluoroscopy) and make the detector x-ray quantum noise limited down to a single x-ray photon. At high exposure (e.g. radiography), the avalanche gain can be turned off by decreasing E Se to < 70 V/?m. In this paper the imaging characteristics of the FEA readout method, including the spatial resolution and noise, were investigated experimentally using a prototype optical HARP-FEA image sensor. The potential x-ray imaging performance of SAPHIRE, especially the aspect of programmable gain to ensure wide dynamic range and x-ray quantum noise limited performance at the lowest exposure in fluoroscopy, was investigated.

  7. Low noise, low heat dissipation, high gain AC-DC front end amplification for scanning probe microscopy.

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    Messina, P.; Fradin, F. Y.; Pittana, P.

    2009-01-01

    We report here on the design, construction and testing of a vacuum compatible AC-DC amplification system for low signal measurements with scanning probes. The most important feature of this new amplification system is incorporated within the head of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). This is achieved with a very low thermal dissipation radio frequency amplifier at the STM head. The amplifier gain is higher than 40 dB and has a 50 dB maximum. Further, the AC noise figure is 0.7 dB between 100 and 1000 MHz. The noise induced in the DC amplifier is less than 2 pA RMS (root mean square), which enables the microscope to scan over soft insulating molecular layers. Thermal drift at the STM tip-sample interface is below 0.1 nm min{sup -1} both in air and in vacuum operation. Atomic resolution on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite surfaces is reliably achieved. Spin noise measurements are provided as an example of an application.

  8. Sensor fault detection and isolation via high-gain observers: application to a double-pipe heat exchanger.

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    Escobar, R F; Astorga-Zaragoza, C M; Tllez-Anguiano, A C; Jurez-Romero, D; Hernndez, J A; Guerrero-Ramrez, G V

    2011-07-01

    This paper deals with fault detection and isolation (FDI) in sensors applied to a concentric-pipe counter-flow heat exchanger. The proposed FDI is based on the analytical redundancy implementing nonlinear high-gain observers which are used to generate residuals when a sensor fault is presented (as software sensors). By evaluating the generated residual, it is possible to switch between the sensor and the observer when a failure is detected. Experiments in a heat exchanger pilot validate the effectiveness of the approach. The FDI technique is easy to implement allowing the industries to have an excellent alternative tool to keep their heat transfer process under supervision. The main contribution of this work is based on a dynamic model with heat transfer coefficients which depend on temperature and flow used to estimate the output temperatures of a heat exchanger. This model provides a satisfactory approximation of the states of the heat exchanger in order to allow its implementation in a FDI system used to perform supervision tasks. PMID:21501838

  9. [Changes in risk factors for spontaneous abortion in an area with high concentrations of shoe manufacture after a preventive intervention].

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    Agnesi, R; Valentini, F; Meneghetti, M; Fedeli, U; Fadda, E; Tartari, M; Mastrangelo, G

    2003-01-01

    Risk factors of spontaneous abortion were investigated in two matched case-control studies in 1987-88 and 1997-99. An history of previous abortions significantly increased the risk in both studies. Lifestyle (coffee) and occupational (exposure to organic solvents) factors were associated with a significantly increased risk in the first but not in the second calendar period, following a community intervention with advice given to workers, employers, and physicians; the latter also counseled a greater use of medicines against spontaneous abortion. PMID:14979093

  10. Soluble silica and coral sand suppress high blood pressure and improve the related aortic gene expressions in spontaneously hypertensive rats.

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    Maehira, Fusako; Motomura, Kyoko; Ishimine, Nau; Miyagi, Ikuko; Eguchi, Yukinori; Teruya, Shoei

    2011-02-01

    Silicon is rich in the normal human aorta but decreases with age and the development of atherosclerosis. We hypothesized that soluble silica (Si) and coral sand (CS), as a natural Si-containing material, would suppress high blood pressure (BP) in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs), and clarify the observed antihypertensive mechanism by cell cultures by quantifying messenger RNA expressions in the aorta. In SHR fed diets containing 1% Ca supplemented with CaCO(3) as the control (CT) and CS in a Ca-deficient diet and containing 50 mg/kg Si in the CT diet for 8 weeks, systolic BP was significantly (P < .05) lowered by 18 mm Hg for the Si group and 16 mm Hg for the CS group compared with the control CT group with 207 mm Hg. Magnesium (Mg) uptake by rat aortic smooth muscle cells significantly increased (177%, P < .005) in cells cultured with a physiologic Mg level plus Si compared with those with no Si addition. Furthermore, the increase of systolic BP by the CT diet was significantly suppressed by 17 mm Hg (P < .001) in SHR fed the diet containing Mg along with Si, but not by the Mg-deficient diet with or without Si. Soluble silica and CS treatments suppressed the aortic gene expressions of angiotensinogen and growth factors related to vascular remodeling, whereas, Si stimulated the expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ, the activation of which has anti-inflammatory and antihypertensive effects on vascular cells. These findings suggest that Si reduces hypertension in SHR by stimulating the intracellular Mg uptake and related gene expression in the aorta. PMID:21419319

  11. Use of haloperidol and risperidone in highly aggressive Swiss Webster mice by applying the model of spontaneous aggression (MSA).

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    Fragoso, Viviane Muniz da Silva; Hoppe, Luanda Yanaan; Araújo-Jorge, Tânia Cremonini de; Azevedo, Marcos José de; Campos, Jerônimo Diego de Souza; Cortez, Célia Martins; Oliveira, Gabriel Melo de

    2016-03-15

    Aggression is defined as the act in which an individual intentionally harms or injures another of their own species. Antipsychotics are a form of treatment used in psychiatric routine. They have been used for decades in treatment of patients with aggressive behavior. Haloperidol and risperidone promote the control of psychiatric symptoms, through their respective mechanisms of action. Experimental models are obtained by behavioral, genetic, and pharmacological manipulations, and use a reduced number of animals. In this context, we applied the model of spontaneous aggression (MSA), originating the presence of highly aggressive mice (AgR) when reassembled in adulthood. We administered haloperidol and risperidone in escalating doses, for ten consecutive days. Using positive and negative control groups, we evaluated the effectiveness of these drugs and the reversal of the aggressive behavior, performing the tail suspension test (TST) and open field test (OFT) on 10th day of treatment and 10 days after its discontinuation. The results showed that both antipsychotic drugs were effective in AgR and reversed the aggressive phenotype, reducing the number of attacks by AgR and the extent of lesions in the subordinate mice (AgD) exposed to the pattern of aggressive behavior (PAB) of the aggressors. This conclusion is based on the reduction in the animals' motor and exploratory activity, and on the reversal of patterns of aggressive behavior. The association between the MSA and experiments with other therapeutic protocols and different antipsychotics can be an important methodology in the study of aggressive behavior in psychiatric patients. PMID:26698401

  12. Green tea decoction improves glucose tolerance and reduces weight gain of rats fed normal and high-fat diet.

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    Snoussi, Chahira; Ducroc, Robert; Hamdaoui, Mohamed Hdi; Dhaouadi, Karima; Abaidi, Houda; Cluzeaud, Francoise; Nazaret, Corinne; Le Gall, Maude; Bado, Andr

    2014-05-01

    Green tea containing polyphenols exerts antidiabetic and antiobesity effects, but the mechanisms involved are not fully understood. In this study, we first analyzed and compared polyphenol compounds [epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), epigallocatechin (EGC)] in decoction of green tea leaves versus usual green tea extracts. Second, the effects of acute (30 min) or chronic (6 weeks) oral administration of green tea decoction (GTD) on intestinal glucose absorption were studied in vitro in Ussing chamber, ex vivo using isolated jejunal loops and in vivo through glucose tolerance tests. Finally, we explore in rat model fed normal or high-fat diet the effects of GTD on body weight, blood parameters and on the relative expression of glucose transporters SGLT-1, GLUT2 and GLUT4. GTD cooked for 15 min contained the highest amounts of phenolic compounds. In fasted rats, acute administration of GTD inhibited SGLT-1 activity, increased GLUT2 activity and improved glucose tolerance. Similarly to GTD, acute administration of synthetic phenolic compounds (2/3 EGCG+1/3 EGC) inhibited SGLT-1 activity. Chronic administration of GTD in rat fed high-fat diet reduced body weight gain, circulating triglycerides and cholesterol and improved glucose tolerance. GTD-treated rats for 6 weeks display significantly reduced SGLT-1 and increased GLUT2 mRNA levels in the jejunum mucosa. Moreover, adipose tissue GLUT4 mRNA levels were increased. These results indicate that GTD, a traditional beverage rich in EGCG and EGC reduces intestinal SGLT-1/GLUT2 ratio, a hallmark of regulation of glucose absorption in enterocyte, and enhances adipose GLUT4 providing new insights in its possible role in the control of glucose homeostasis. PMID:24656388

  13. High-Fat Diet with Acyl-Ghrelin Treatment Leads to Weight Gain with Low Inflammation, High Oxidative Capacity and Normal Triglycerides in Rat Muscle

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    Barazzoni, Rocco; Zanetti, Michela; Semolic, Annamaria; Cattin, Maria Rosa; Pirulli, Alessia; Cattin, Luigi; Guarnieri, Gianfranco

    2011-01-01

    Obesity is associated with muscle lipid accumulation. Experimental models suggest that inflammatory cytokines, low mitochondrial oxidative capacity and paradoxically high insulin signaling activation favor this alteration. The gastric orexigenic hormone acylated ghrelin (A-Ghr) has antiinflammatory effects in vitro and it lowers muscle triglycerides while modulating mitochondrial oxidative capacity in lean rodents. We tested the hypothesis that A-Ghr treatment in high-fat feeding results in a model of weight gain characterized by low muscle inflammation and triglycerides with high muscle mitochondrial oxidative capacity. A-Ghr at a non-orexigenic dose (HFG: twice-daily 200-g s.c.) or saline (HF) were administered for 4 days to rats fed a high-fat diet for one month. Compared to lean control (C) HF had higher body weight and plasma free fatty acids (FFA), and HFG partially prevented FFA elevation (P<0.05). HFG also had the lowest muscle inflammation (nuclear NFkB, tissue TNF-alpha) with mitochondrial enzyme activities higher than C (P<0.05 vs C, P?=?NS vs HF). Under these conditions HFG prevented the HF-associated muscle triglyceride accumulation (P<0.05). The above effects were independent of changes in redox state (total-oxidized glutathione, glutathione peroxidase activity) and were not associated with changes in phosphorylation of AKT and selected AKT targets. Ghrelin administration following high-fat feeding results in a novel model of weight gain with low inflammation, high mitochondrial enzyme activities and normalized triglycerides in skeletal muscle. These effects are independent of changes in tissue redox state and insulin signaling, and they suggest a potential positive metabolic impact of ghrelin in fat-induced obesity. PMID:22039445

  14. The Relationship between the Degree of Participation in Online Embedded Professional Development Communities for High School Mathematics Teachers and Student Achievement Gains in College Algebra

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    Roher, Lee Alan Hanawalt

    2009-01-01

    This correlation study examines the relationship between participation in online embedded professional development communities and student achievement gains in a College Algebra course taught by high school teachers to high school students for college credit. The participating teachers met weekly through a web-based meeting format using

  15. Gaining Acceptance

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    Villano, Matt

    2007-01-01

    Back in the 1990s, when Bill Clinton was president and the internet was still a novelty, college recruitment was remarkably low-tech. Most prospective students visited high school guidance offices, wrote away for information about schools, attended college fairs, and visited campuses they were considering. Most admissions and recruiting activities

  16. Gaining Acceptance

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    Villano, Matt

    2007-01-01

    Back in the 1990s, when Bill Clinton was president and the internet was still a novelty, college recruitment was remarkably low-tech. Most prospective students visited high school guidance offices, wrote away for information about schools, attended college fairs, and visited campuses they were considering. Most admissions and recruiting activities…

  17. High gain L-band erbium-doped fiber amplifier with two-stage double-pass configuration

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    Harun, S. W.; Tamchek, N.; Poopalan, P.; Ahmad, H.

    2003-07-01

    An experiment on gain enhancement in the long wavelength band erbium-doped fiber amplifier (L-band EDFA) is demonstrated using dual forward pumping scheme in double-pass system. Compared to a single-stage single-pass scheme, the small signal gain for 1580 nm signal can be improved by 13.5 dB. However, a noise figure penalty of 2.9 dB was obtained due to the backward C-band ASE from second stage and the already amplified signal from the first pass that extracting energy from the forward C-band ASE. The maximum gain improvement of 13.7 dB was obtained at a signal wavelength of 1588 nm while signal and total pump powers were fixed at -30 dBm and 92 mW, respectively.

  18. Optical gain spectra of high density electron-hole plasma in GaSe and InSe

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    Cingolani, R.; Ferrara, M.; Lugarà, M.

    1988-04-01

    We have performed stimulated emission and unsaturated optical gain measurements at low temperature in the indirect semiconductors GaSe and InSe at excitation intensities above 0.5 MW/cm2, i.e., when the critical Mott density is overcome and an electron-hole plasma (EHP) is generated. In both GaSe and InSe the gain spectra show only the band due to zero phonon recombination of indirect plasma (IEHP). No optical gain due to direct plasma (DEHP) is observed. The comparison of experimental results with theoretical models is very satisfactory. In InSe it becomes also a tool for evaluating the consistence of proposed band structures with observed data.

  19. Prodromal Alzheimer's disease presenting as cerebral amyloid angiopathy-related inflammation with spontaneous amyloid-related imaging abnormalities and high cerebrospinal fluid anti-A? autoantibodies.

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    Boncoraglio, Giorgio B; Piazza, Fabrizio; Savoiardo, Mario; Farina, Laura; DiFrancesco, Jacopo C; Prioni, Sara; Tagliavini, Fabrizio; Parati, Eugenio A; Giaccone, Giorgio

    2015-01-01

    Cerebral amyloid angiopathy-related inflammation (CAA-ri), a rare form of vasculitis associated with amyloid-? (A?) deposition in vessel walls, has been proposed as a spontaneous human model of the amyloid-related imaging abnormalities (ARIA) occurring after anti-A? immunotherapy for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). We describe a case of a patient with biopsy-proven CAA-ri and prodromal AD, confirmed by means of neuropsychological examination after 20 months follow-up, presenting with ARIA and high levels of cerebrospinal fluid anti-A? autoantibodies. This case further supports the analogies between the inflammatory response driven by anti-A? immunotherapy and that spontaneously occurring in CAA-ri. PMID:25537009

  20. Wavelength conversion of spectrum-sliced broadband amplified spontaneous emission light by hybrid four-wave mixing in highly nonlinear, dispersion-shifted fibers.

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    Gao, Shiming; Yang, Changxi; Xiao, Xiaosheng; Tian, Yu; You, Zheng; Jin, Guofan

    2006-04-01

    We propose and demonstrate wavelength conversion of spectrum-sliced broadband amplified spontaneous emission light sources based on hybrid four-wave mixing (HFWM) in highly nonlinear, dispersion- shifted fibers (HNL-DSFs). The theory of HFWM between coherent pumps and incoherent signal is analyzed. The degenerate HFWM is demonstrated experimentally in a 1-km-long HNL-DSF, where the coherent pump light is provided by a tunable cw laser source and the incoherent signal light is spectrum-sliced from a broadband amplified spontaneous emission light source. A conversion efficiency of about -20.4 dB and a bandwidth of about 38 nm are measured. The experimental result agrees well with the theoretical analysis. PMID:19516424

  1. Wavelength conversion of spectrum-sliced broadband amplified spontaneous emission light by hybrid four-wave mixing in highly nonlinear, dispersion-shifted fibers

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    Gao, Shiming; Yang, Changxi; Xiao, Xiaosheng; Tian, Yu; You, Zheng; Jin, Guofan

    2006-04-01

    We propose and demonstrate wavelength conversion of spectrum-sliced broadband amplified spontaneous emission light sources based on hybrid four-wave mixing (HFWM) in highly nonlinear, dispersion- shifted fibers (HNL-DSFs). The theory of HFWM between coherent pumps and incoherent signal is analyzed. The degenerate HFWM is demonstrated experimentally in a 1-km-long HNL-DSF, where the coherent pump light is provided by a tunable cw laser source and the incoherent signal light is spectrum-sliced from a broadband amplified spontaneous emission light source. A conversion efficiency of about 20.4 dB and a bandwidth of about 38 nm are measured. The experimental result agrees well with the theoretical analysis.

  2. Aripiprazole Partial Agonism at 5-HT2C: A Comparison of Weight Gain Associated With Aripiprazole Adjunctive to Antidepressants With High Versus Low Serotonergic Activities

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    Nguyen, Charles T.; Bota, Robert G.

    2012-01-01

    Objective: 5-HT2C receptor antagonists are thought to contribute toward increased appetite and obesity. Aripiprazole acts as a partial agonist at the 5-HT2C receptor; hence, it is thought to cause little or no significant weight gain when used alone. We theorize that, in the presence of antidepressants with high serotonergic activity, aripiprazole acts as an antagonist at the 5-HT2C receptor, thus increasing the potential for weight gain. Conversely, in environments with low serotonergic activity, aripiprazole acts as an agonist at the 5-HT2C receptor, therefore having less potential for weight gain. Method: A retrospective electronic medical record chart review of the Veterans Integrated Service Network 22 Veterans Affairs database was performed comparing patients’ weight and body mass index (BMI) while taking aripiprazole alone (n = 1,177), versus aripiprazole plus a high-serotonergic antidepressant (citalopram, fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline, or venlafaxine) (n = 145), versus aripiprazole plus a low-serotonergic antidepressant (bupropion) (n = 77) for a minimum continuous duration of 6 months of aripiprazole monotherapy or combination treatment. The study was conducted from January 2010 through June 2011. Results: In our patient population, only the aripiprazole plus high-serotonergic antidepressants group had a statistically significant increase in weight (P = .0027) and BMI (P = .0016). Conclusions: Our data suggest that, in the presence of antidepressants with high serotonergic activity, aripiprazole may act as an antagonist at the 5-HT2C receptor, resulting in weight gain. Conversely, when aripiprazole is used in the presence of antidepressants with low serotonergic activity, it may act as an agonist and result in little or no weight gain. This varying effect at the 5-HT2C receptor may explain why aripiprazole has not been associated with significant weight gain in previous studies focusing on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. PMID:23469329

  3. Spontaneous Transomental Hernia

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    Lee, Seung Hun

    2016-01-01

    A transomental hernia through the greater or lesser omentum is rare, accounting for approximately 4% of internal hernias. Transomental hernias are generally reported in patients aged over fifty. In such instances, acquired transomental hernias are usual, are commonly iatrogenic, and result from surgical interventions or from trauma or peritoneal inflammation. In rare cases, such as the one described in this study, internal hernias through the greater or lesser omentum occur spontaneously as the result of senile atrophy without history of surgery, trauma, or inflammation. A transomental hernia has a high postoperative mortality rate of 30%, and emergency diagnosis and treatment are critical. We report a case of a spontaneous transomental hernia of the small intestine causing intestinal obstruction. An internal hernia with strangulation of the small bowel in the lesser sac was suspected from the image study. After an emergency laparotomy, a transomental hernia was diagnosed.

  4. Bright CuInS2/CdS nanocrystal phosphors for high-gain full-spectrum luminescent solar concentrators.

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    Knowles, Kathryn E; Kilburn, Troy B; Alzate, Dane G; McDowall, Stephen; Gamelin, Daniel R

    2015-06-01

    The performance of colloidal CuInS2/CdS nanocrystals as phosphors for full-spectrum luminescent solar concentrators has been examined. Their combination of large solar absorption, high photoluminescence quantum yields, and only moderate reabsorption produces the highest projected flux gains of any nanocrystal luminophore to date. PMID:25939668

  5. High amplified spontaneous emission contrast of 1011 in a Nd:glass laser based on a hybrid double chirped pulse amplification scheme

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    Lu, X. M.; Leng, Y. X.; Sui, Z.; Li, Y. Y.; Zhang, Z. X.; Xu, Y.; Guo, X. Y.; Liu, Y. Q.

    2014-10-01

    By using a Ti:sapphire-Nd:glass hybrid double chirped pulse amplification scheme and a pulse cleaner based on optical parametric amplification and second harmonic generation, we demonstrate high amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) contrast at 1053 nm. The optimized ASE temporal contrast of the output pulse is about 1011 at about 160 ps before the main peak with an output of 140 mJ/500 fs. And the potential of 10 J level output with high ASE contrast is demonstrated in a laser system with attenuated injection.

  6. Diffusion tensor imaging using a high-temperature superconducting resonator in a 3 T magnetic resonance imaging for a spontaneous rat brain tumor

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    Lin, In-Tsang; Yang, Hong-Chang; Chen, Jyh-Horng

    2013-02-01

    This study investigates the peri-tumor signal abnormalities of a spontaneous brain tumor in a rat by using a 4 cm high-temperature superconducting (HTS) surface resonator. Fractional anisotropy (FA) values derived from diffusion tensor imaging reflect the interstitial characteristic of the peri-lesional tissues of brain tumors. Low FA indicates interstitial tumor infiltration and tissue injury, while high FA indicates better tissue integrity. Better delineation of tissue contents obtained by the HTS surface resonator at 77 K may facilitate therapeutic strategy and improve clinical outcomes.

  7. High mobility polymer based on a π-extended benzodithiophene and its application for fast switching transistor and high gain photoconductor

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    Park, Sungmin; Lim, Byung Tack; Kim, BongSoo; Son, Hae Jung; Chung, Dae Sung

    2014-01-01

    Here we present synthesis and electronic properties of a new alternating copolymer composed of dithieno[2,3-d;2′,3′-d′]benzo[1,2-b;4,5-b′]dithiophene (DTBDT) and diketopyrrolopyrrole units, poly dithienobenzodithiophene-co-diketopyrrolopyrrolebithiophene (PDPDBD). The resulting polymer showed hysteresis free, fast switching and highly reliable organic thin-film transistor properties comparable to a-Si. Hole mobility of the polymer is about 2.7 cm2V−1s−1, which is remarkably improved compared with its benzodithiophene (BDT)-analougue that contains a smaller aromatic ring of BDT in the place of DTBDT. This is mainly due to much increased intramolecular charge transport originated from PDPDBD's rigid molecular backbone. Furthermore, photoconductor devices fabricated by using PDPDBD as an active layer showed a high performance with the highest photoconductive gain of ~105. Taken together, the successful PDPDBD's transistor and photoconductor performances with high device stability demonstrated practical applicability of PDPDBD in low-cost and flexible optoelectronic devices. PMID:24970637

  8. Abnormal Auditory Gain in Hyperacusis: Investigation with a Computational Model

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    Diehl, Peter U.; Schaette, Roland

    2015-01-01

    Hyperacusis is a frequent auditory disorder that is characterized by abnormal loudness perception where sounds of relatively normal volume are perceived as too loud or even painfully loud. As hyperacusis patients show decreased loudness discomfort levels (LDLs) and steeper loudness growth functions, it has been hypothesized that hyperacusis might be caused by an increase in neuronal response gain in the auditory system. Moreover, since about 85% of hyperacusis patients also experience tinnitus, the conditions might be caused by a common mechanism. However, the mechanisms that give rise to hyperacusis have remained unclear. Here, we have used a computational model of the auditory system to investigate candidate mechanisms for hyperacusis. Assuming that perceived loudness is proportional to the summed activity of all auditory nerve (AN) fibers, the model was tuned to reproduce normal loudness perception. We then evaluated a variety of potential hyperacusis gain mechanisms by determining their effects on model equal-loudness contours and comparing the results to the LDLs of hyperacusis patients with normal hearing thresholds. Hyperacusis was best accounted for by an increase in non-linear gain in the central auditory system. Good fits to the average patient LDLs were obtained for a general increase in gain that affected all frequency channels to the same degree, and also for a frequency-specific gain increase in the high-frequency range. Moreover, the gain needed to be applied after subtraction of spontaneous activity of the AN, which is in contrast to current theories of tinnitus generation based on amplification of spontaneous activity. Hyperacusis and tinnitus might therefore be caused by different changes in neuronal processing in the central auditory system. PMID:26236277

  9. Compositional effect of WO3, MoO3, and P2O5 on Raman spectroscopy of tellurite glass for broadband and high gain Raman amplifier

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    Yuan, J.; Yang, Q.; Chen, D. D.; Qian, Q.; Shen, S. X.; Zhang, Q. Y.; Jiang, Z. H.

    2012-05-01

    In order to obtain broadband and high Raman gain coefficient in the tellurite glass, a detailed study of the effects of WO3, MoO3, and P2O5 in TeO2-ZnO-Na2O-Nb2O5 (TZNN) glass system on the thermal stabilities and Raman spectroscopic was performed. It was found that both WO3 and MoO3 improved the glass thermal stability and enhanced the bandwidth significantly. Higher Raman gain coefficients and broader bandwidth were realized in the MoO3 modified glasses than those of WO3 added glass. The tellurite glass containing 15 mol. % MoO3 exhibits the bandwidth 1.7 times larger than the silica glass and the Raman gain coefficient is as high as 38 times that of the silica glass. Moreover, with the addition of P2O5 in TeO2-ZnO-Na2O-Nb2O5-WO3 (TZNNW) and TeO2-ZnO-Na2O-Nb2O5-MoO3 (TZNNM) glass systems, the thermal stabilities can further be improved. On the other hand, the Raman bandwidth can further be broadened, especially in the TZNNMP glass system. The tellurite glass containing 15 mol. % MoO3 and 15 mol. % P2O5 shows the bandwidth 1.9 times larger than the silica glass and maintains high Raman gain coefficient which is as high as 37 times that of the silica glass, indicating this glass is a promising candidate as new gain media for broadband Raman fiber amplifier.

  10. High CO2 concentration increases relative leaf carbon gain under dynamic light in Dipterocarpus sublamellatus seedlings in a tropical rain forest, Malaysia.

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    Tomimatsu, Hajime; Iio, Atsuhiro; Adachi, Minaco; Saw, Leng-Guan; Fletcher, Christine; Tang, Yanhong

    2014-09-01

    Understory plants in tropical forests often experience a low-light environment combined with high CO2 concentration. We hypothesized that the high CO2 concentration may compensate for leaf carbon loss caused by the low light, through increasing light-use efficiency of both steady-state and dynamic photosynthetic properties. To test the hypothesis, we examined CO2 gas exchange in response to an artificial lightfleck in Dipterocarpus sublamellatus Foxw. seedlings under contrasting CO2 conditions: 350 and 700??mol?CO2?mol(-1) air in a tropical rain forest, Pasoh, Malaysia. Total photosynthetic carbon gain from the lightfleck was about double when subjected to the high CO2 when compared with the low CO2 concentration. The increase of light-use efficiency in dynamic photosynthesis contributed 7% of the increased carbon gain, most of which was due to reduction of photosynthetic induction to light increase under the high CO2. The light compensation point of photosynthesis decreased by 58% and the apparent quantum yield increased by 26% at the high CO2 compared with those at the low CO2. The study suggests that high CO2 increases photosynthetic light-use efficiency under both steady-state and fluctuating light conditions, which should be considered in assessing the leaf carbon gain of understory plants in low-light environments. PMID:25187569

  11. Measurements of the Low Frequency Gain Fluctuations of a 30 GHz High-Electron-Mobility-Transistor Cryogenic Amplifier

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    Jarosik, Norman

    1994-01-01

    Low frequency gain fluctuations of a 30 GHz cryogenic HEMT amplifier have been measured with the input of the amplifier connected to a 15 K load. Effects of fluctuations of other components of the test set-up were eliminated by use of a power-power correlation technique. Strong correlation between output power fluctuations of the amplifier and drain current fluctuations of the transistors comprising the amplifier are observed. The existence of these correlations introduces the possibility of regressing some of the excess noise from the HEMT amplifier's output using the measured drain currents.

  12. Improving proliferation resistance of high breeding gain generation 4 reactors using blankets composed of light water reactor waste

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    Hellesen, C.; Grape, S.; Haakanson, A.; Jacobson Svaerd, S.; Jansson, P.

    2013-07-01

    Fertile blankets can be used in fast reactors to enhance the breeding gain as well as the passive safety characteristics. However, such blankets typically result in the production of weapons grade plutonium. For this reason they are often excluded from Generation IV reactor designs. In this paper we demonstrate that using blankets manufactured directly from spent light water (LWR) reactor fuel it is possible to produce a plutonium product with non-proliferation characteristics on a par with spent LWR fuel of 30-50 MWd/kg burnup. The beneficial breeding and safety characteristics are retained. (authors)

  13. Design of a high-gain laser diode-array pumped Nd:YAG alternating precessive slab amplifier (APS amplifier)

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    Coyle, D. B.

    1991-01-01

    In the design of space-qualifiable laser systems for ranging and altimetry, such as NASA's Geodynamic Laser Ranging System (GLRS), the transmitter must be kept small, powerful yet efficient, and must consist of as few components as possible. A novel preamplifier design is examined which requires no external beam steering optics, yielding a compact component with simple alignment procedures. The gains achieved are comparable to multipass zigzag amplifiers using two or more sets of external optics for extra passes through the amplifying medium.

  14. Spontaneous heating

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    Increased use of large-rectangular or large-round balers has been observed throughout the US. In part, this move away from small (100-lb) rectangular hay bales has occurred because of the high cost and limited availability of labor required to handle these bales. Although the efficiency of harvest i...

  15. Surface charge screening and boundary conditions for high two-beam coupling gain in pure liquid crystals

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    Dyadyusha, Andriy; Kaczmarek, Malgosia; Gilchrist, Graham; D'Alessandro, Giampaolo; Parka, Janusz; Dabrowski, Roman S.

    2004-12-01

    We report on asymmetric two-beam coupling and the ways of controlling it in liquid crystals cells with photoconducting polymer layers. The cells had one of the substrates covered with a photoconductive polymer layer, namely PVK, photosensitised with C60 to respond to visible light. Efficient gain was measured in 30 micron thick cells with two incident beams having the same intensity. We present a model of two-beam coupling gain based on the build-up and discharge of surface charge screening layers, spatially modulated due to the photoconductivity of doped PVK. The simulation of electric field distribution inside a liquid crystal cell for different two-beam coupling grating spacing showed different penetration of field into the liquid crystal bulk. The characteristics of dynamics, magnitude of two-beam coupling and the efficiency of diffraction were determined for different values of applied DC field, cell configuration and liquid crystals. We found that the direction of energy flow was determined just by the cell tilt and not by the DC field bias.

  16. Experiment on suppression of spontaneous undulator radiation at ATF

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    Litvinenko,V.; Yakimenko, V.

    2009-08-23

    We propose undertaking a demonstration experiment on suppressing spontaneous undulator radiation from an electron beam at BNL's Accelerator Test Facility (ATF). We describe the method, the proposed layout, and a possible schedule. There are several advantages in strongly suppressing shot noise in the electron beam, and the corresponding spontaneous radiation. The self-amplified spontaneous (SASE) emission originating from shot noise in the electron beam is the main source of noise in high-gain FEL amplifiers. It may negatively affect several HG FEL applications ranging from single- to multi-stage HGHG FELs. SASE saturation also imposes a fundamental hard limit on the gain of an FEL amplifier in a coherent electron-cooling scheme. A novel active method for suppressing shot noise in relativistic electron beams by many orders-of-magnitude was recently proposed. While theoretically such strong suppression appears feasible, the performance and applicability of this novel method must be evaluated experimentally. Several practical questions about the proposed noise suppressor, such as 3D effects and/or sensitivity to the e-beam parameters also require experimental clarification. To do this, we propose here a proof-of-principle experiment using elements of the VISA FEL at BNL's Accelerator Test Facility.

  17. The effect of high [K(+)]o on spontaneous Ca(2+) waves in freshly isolated interstitial cells of Cajal from the rabbit urethra.

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    Drumm, Bernard T; Sergeant, Gerard P; Hollywood, Mark A; Thornbury, Keith T; Matsuda, Toshio T; Baba, Akemichi; Harvey, Brian J; McHale, Noel G

    2014-01-01

    Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) act as putative pacemaker cells in the rabbit urethra. Pacemaker activity in ICC results from spontaneous global Ca(2+) waves that can be increased in frequency by raising external [K(+)]. The purpose of this study was to elucidate the mechanism of this response. Intracellular [Ca(2+)] was measured in fluo-4-loaded smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and ICC using a Nipkow spinning disk confocal microscope. Increasing [K(+)]o to 60 mmol/L caused an increase in [Ca(2+)]i accompanied by contraction in SMCs. Raising [K(+)]o did not cause contraction in ICC, but the frequency of firing of spontaneous calcium waves increased. Reducing [Ca(2+)]o to 0 mmol/L abolished the response in both cell types. Nifedipine of 1 ?mol/L blocked the response of SMC to high [K(+)]o, but did not affect the increase in firing in ICC. This latter effect was blocked by 30 ?mol/L NiCl2 but not by the T-type Ca(2+) channel blocker mibefradil (300 nmol/L). However, inhibition of Ca(2+) influx via reverse-mode sodium/calcium exchange (NCX) using either 1 ?mol/L SEA0400 or 5 ?mol/L KB-R7943 did block the effect of high [K(+)]o on ICC. These data suggest that high K(+) solution increases the frequency of calcium waves in ICC by increasing Ca(2+) influx through reverse-mode NCX. PMID:24744882

  18. The effect of high [K+]o on spontaneous Ca2+ waves in freshly isolated interstitial cells of Cajal from the rabbit urethra

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    Drumm, Bernard T.; Sergeant, Gerard P.; Hollywood, Mark A.; Thornbury, Keith T.; Matsuda, Toshio T.; Baba, Akemichi; Harvey, Brian J.; McHale, Noel G.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) act as putative pacemaker cells in the rabbit urethra. Pacemaker activity in ICC results from spontaneous global Ca2+ waves that can be increased in frequency by raising external [K+]. The purpose of this study was to elucidate the mechanism of this response. Intracellular [Ca2+] was measured in fluo?4?loaded smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and ICC using a Nipkow spinning disk confocal microscope. Increasing [K+]o to 60 mmol/L caused an increase in [Ca2+]i accompanied by contraction in SMCs. Raising [K+]o did not cause contraction in ICC, but the frequency of firing of spontaneous calcium waves increased. Reducing [Ca2+]o to 0 mmol/L abolished the response in both cell types. Nifedipine of 1 ?mol/L blocked the response of SMC to high [K+]o, but did not affect the increase in firing in ICC. This latter effect was blocked by 30 ?mol/L NiCl2 but not by the T?type Ca2+ channel blocker mibefradil (300 nmol/L). However, inhibition of Ca2+ influx via reverse?mode sodium/calcium exchange (NCX) using either 1 ?mol/L SEA0400 or 5 ?mol/L KB?R7943 did block the effect of high [K+]o on ICC. These data suggest that high K+ solution increases the frequency of calcium waves in ICC by increasing Ca2+ influx through reverse?mode NCX. PMID:24744882

  19. Low-voltage and high-gain pentacene inverters with plasma-enhanced atomic-layer-deposited gate dielectrics

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    Koo, Jae Bon; Yun, Sun Jin; Lim, Jung Wook; Kim, Seong Hyun; Ku, Chan Hoe; Lim, Sang Chul; Lee, Jung Hun; Zyung, Taehyoung

    2006-07-01

    The pentacene thin-film transistors with the plasma-enhanced atomic-layer-deposited 150nm thick Al2O3 or 120nm thick ZrO2 have been operated at gate voltages between -3 and 3V. The inverter with a ZrO2 gate dielectric shows a gain of 49 and a full swing from supply voltage (Vdd) to 0V, operating at input voltages (Vin) from 0to-1V and at Vdd of -1V. The hysteresis observed in the voltage transfer characteristic of the inverter depends on the scan range of Vin applied to the driver transistor, regardless of the Vdd applied to the load transistor.

  20. Compact tunable dual-wavelength mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator pumped by high power gain-switched fiber laser

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    Cai, Shuangshuang; Su, Jianjia; Wu, Pinghui; Hu, Chengzhi; Jiang, Peipei

    2015-06-01

    We report, to the best of our knowledge, the first demonstration of a gain-switched fiber laser pumped tunable dual-wavelength optical parametric oscillator (OPO) operating around 3-5?m. A homemade APMgLN crystal was used as the nonlinear material. A figure-of-h shaped pump pulse was employed to improve the nonlinear conversion efficiency of the OPO. A maximum total idler output power of 4.82?W was obtained under pump power of 44.6?W with corresponding pump-to-idler conversion efficiency of 10.5%. The idler wavelengths were measured to be 3.34 and 3.65??m at a temperature of 40?C, which can be successfully tuned with a rate of about 2?nm?C-1 by adjusting the working temperature of the APMgLN crystal from 20?C to 80?C.

  1. High-power 1.25 m InAs QD VECSEL based on resonant periodic gain structure

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    Albrecht, Alexander R.; Rotter, Thomas J.; Hains, Christopher P.; Stintz, Andreas; Xin, Guofeng; Wang, Tsuei-Lian; Kaneda, Yushi; Moloney, Jerome V.; Malloy, Kevin J.; Balakrishnan, Ganesh

    2011-03-01

    We compare an InAs quantum dot (QD) vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) design consisting of 4 groups of 3 closely spaced QD layers with a resonant periodic gain (RPG) structure, where each of the 12 QD layers is placed at a separate field antinode. This increased the spacing between the QDs, reducing strain and greatly improving device performance. For thermal management, the GaAs substrate was thinned and indium bonded to CVD diamond. A fiber-coupled 808 nm diode laser was used as pump source, a 1% transmission output coupler completed the cavity. CW output powers over 4.5 W at 1250 nm were achieved.

  2. Spontaneous thoracic duct cyst.

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    Ray, J; Braithwaite, D; Patel, P J

    2003-05-01

    Spontaneous and asymptomatic supraclavicular thoracic duct cysts (lymphoceles ) are rare. Only five cases have been reported so far. They are more common after surgery or trauma and have been reported in the abdomen, mediastinum, pelvis and neck. They must be differentiated from other neck cysts as failure to recognise their attachment may result in the disastrous consequence of chylothorax. A high index of suspicion is necessary, and diagnosis usually can be established by fine-needle aspiration and suitable imaging. This case is reported along with a review of the literature and management options, including that of inadvertent damage to the thoracic duct. PMID:12750920

  3. Experimental Setup and Commissioning of a Test Facility for Gain Evaluation of Microchannel-Plate Photomultipliers in High Magnetic Field at Jefferson Lab

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    Bringley, Eric; Cao, Tongtong; Ilieva, Yordonka; Nadel-Turonski, Pawel; Park, Kijun; Zorn, Carl

    2014-09-01

    At the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab) a research and development project for a Detector of Internally-Reflected Cherenkov light for the upcoming Electron Ion Collider is underway. One goal is the development of a compact readout camera that can operate in high magnetic fields. Small-size photon sensors, such as Microchannel-Plate Photomultipliers (MCP-PMT), are key components of the readout. Here we present our work to set up and commission a dedicated test facility at JLab where MCP-PMT gain is evaluated in magnetic fields of up to 5 T, and to develop a test procedure and analysis software to determine the gain. We operate the setup in a single-photon mode, where a light-emitting diode delivers photons to the sensor's photocathode. The PMT spectrum is measured with a flash Analog-to-Digital converter (fADC). We model the spectrum as a sum of an exponential background and a convolution of Poisson and Gaussian distributions of the pedestal and multiple photoelectron peaks, respectively. We determine the PMT's gain from the position of the single-photoelectron peak obtained by fitting the fADC spectrum to the model. Our gain uncertainty is <10%. The facility is now established and will have a long-lasting value for sensor tests and beyond-nuclear-physics applications.

  4. High D(+)-Fructose Diet Adversely Affects Testicular Weight Gain in Weaning Rats?Protection by Moderate D(+)-Glucose Diet

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    Shibata, Katsumi; Fukuwatari, Tsutomu

    2013-01-01

    The use of high D(+)-fructose corn syrup has increased over the past several decades in the developed countries, while overweight and obesity rates and the related diseases have risen dramatically. However, we found that feeding a high D(+)-fructose diet (80% D(+)-fructose as part of the diet) to weaning rats for 21 days led to reduced food intake (50% less, P < 0.0001) and thus delayed the weight gains in the body (40% less, P < 0.0001) and testes (40% less, P < 0.0001) compared to the no D(+)-fructose diet. We also challenged a minimum requirement of dietary D(+)-glucose for preventing the adverse effects of D(+)-fructose, such as lower food intake and reduction of body weight and testicular weight; the minimum requirement of D(+)-glucose was ?23% of the diet. This glucose amount may be the minimum requirement of exogenous glucose for reducing weight gain. PMID:23935370

  5. Eight week exposure to a high sugar high fat diet results in adiposity gain and alterations in metabolic biomarkers in baboons (Papio hamadryas sp.)

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    2010-01-01

    Background Baboons (Papio hamadryas Sp.) develop features of the cardiometabolic syndrome and represent a clinically-relevant animal model in which to study the aetiology of the disorder. To further evaluate the baboon as a model for the study of the cardiometabolic syndrome, we developed a high sugar high fat diet and hypothesized that it could be used to induce adiposity gain and affect associated circulating biomarkers. Methods We developed a diet enriched with monosaccharides and saturated fatty acids that was composed of solid and liquid energy sources. We provided a group of baboons (n = 9) ad libitum access to this diet for 8 weeks. Concurrently, a control group (n = 6) was maintained with ad libitum access to a low sugar low fat baseline diet and normal water for 8 weeks. Body composition was determined by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and circulating metabolic biomarkers were measured using standard methodology before and after the 8 week study period. Results Neither body composition nor circulating biomarkers changed in the control group. Following the 8 weeks, the intervention group had a significant increase in fat mass (1.71 0.98 vs. 3.23 1.70 kg, p = 0.004), triglyceride (55 13 vs. 109 67 mg/dL, p = 0.006,), and leptin (1.19 1.40 vs. 3.29 2.32 ng/mL, p = 0.001) and a decline in adiponectin concentrations (33530 9744 vs. 23330 7863 ng/mL, p = 0.002). Percentage haemoglobin A1C (4.0 0.3 vs. 6.0 1.4, p = 0.002) also increased in the intervention group. Conclusions Our findings indicate that when exposed to a high sugar high fat diet, young adult male baboons develop increased body fat and triglyceride concentrations, altered adipokine concentrations, and evidence of altered glucose metabolism. Our findings are in keeping with observations in humans and further demonstrate the potential utility of this highly clinically-relevant animal model for studying diet-induced metabolic dysregulation. PMID:21034486

  6. High Rates of Hepatitis C Virus Reinfection and Spontaneous Clearance of Reinfection in People Who Inject Drugs: A Prospective Cohort Study

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    Sacks-Davis, Rachel; Aitken, Campbell K.; Higgs, Peter; Spelman, Tim; Pedrana, Alisa E.; Bowden, Scott; Bharadwaj, Mandvi; Nivarthi, Usha K.; Suppiah, Vijayaprakash; George, Jacob; Grebely, Jason; Drummer, Heidi E.; Hellard, Margaret

    2013-01-01

    Hepatitis C virus reinfection and spontaneous clearance of reinfection were examined in a highly characterised cohort of 188 people who inject drugs over a five-year period. Nine confirmed reinfections and 17 possible reinfections were identified (confirmed reinfections were those genetically distinct from the previous infection and possible reinfections were used to define instances where genetic differences between infections could not be assessed due to lack of availability of hepatitis C virus sequence data). The incidence of confirmed reinfection was 28.8 per 100 person-years (PY), 95%CI: 15.0-55.4; the combined incidence of confirmed and possible reinfection was 24.6 per 100 PY (95%CI: 16.8-36.1). The hazard of hepatitis C reinfection was approximately double that of primary hepatitis C infection; it did not reach statistical significance in confirmed reinfections alone (hazard ratio [HR]: 2.45, 95%CI: 0.87-6.86, p=0.089), but did in confirmed and possible hepatitis C reinfections combined (HR: 1.93, 95%CI: 1.01-3.69, p=0.047) and after adjustment for the number of recent injecting partners and duration of injecting. In multivariable analysis, shorter duration of injection (HR: 0.91; 95%CI: 0.83-0.98; p=0.019) and multiple recent injecting partners (HR: 3.12; 95%CI: 1.08-9.00, p=0.035) were independent predictors of possible and confirmed reinfection. Time to spontaneous clearance was shorter in confirmed reinfection (HR: 5.34, 95%CI: 1.67-17.03, p=0.005) and confirmed and possible reinfection (HR: 3.10, 95%CI: 1.10-8.76, p-value=0.033) than primary infection. Nonetheless, 50% of confirmed reinfections and 41% of confirmed or possible reinfections did not spontaneously clear. Conclusions: Hepatitis C reinfection and spontaneous clearance of hepatitis C reinfection were observed at high rates, suggesting partial acquired natural immunity to hepatitis C virus. Public health campaigns about the risks of hepatitis C reinfection are required. PMID:24244654

  7. Excitation dependent two-component spontaneous emission and ultrafast amplified spontaneous emission in dislocation-free InGaN nanowires

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    You, Guanjun; Zhang, Chunfeng; Xu, Jian; Guo, Wei; Bhattacharya, Pallab; Henderson, Ron

    2013-03-04

    Amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) at 456 nm from In{sub 0.2}Ga{sub 0.8}N nanowires grown on (001) silicon by catalyst-free molecular beam epitaxy was observed at room temperature under femtosecond excitation. The photoluminescence spectra below ASE threshold consist of two spontaneous emission bands centered at {approx}555 nm and {approx}480 nm, respectively, revealing the co-existence of deeply and shallowly localized exciton states in the nanowires. The ASE peak emerges from the 480 nm spontaneous emission band when the excitation density exceeds {approx}120 {mu}J/cm{sup 2}, indicating that optical gain arises from the radiative recombination of shallowly localized excitons in the nanowires. Time-resolved photoluminescence measurements revealed that the ASE process completes within 1.5 ps, suggesting a remarkably high stimulated emission recombination rate in one-dimensional InGaN nanowires.

  8. Mechanism of spontaneous vesiculation

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    Hauser, H. )

    1989-07-01

    Both naturally occurring and synthetic phosphatidic acid (PtdOH) molecules show the phenomenon of spontaneous vesiculation on jump in pH value. This method involves a transient increase in pH of smectic PtdOH dispersions to values between 10 and 12. Such a pH increase induces spontaneous vesiculation with the formation of small unilamellar vesicles of diameter <50 nm as shown by {sup 31}P NMR. Both high-resolution and broad-line {sup 31}P NMR were used to study the mechanism of this process. When the pH of unsonicated PtdOH dispersions is raised to pH 10-12, lipid molecules on the outer monolayer of the bilayer become fully ionized. The second pK value of PtdOH in bilayers is 8.6 {plus minus} 0.3, determined by {sup 31}P NMR. PtdOH molecules on the inner monolayer remain partially protonated. {sup 31}P NMR provides unambiguous evidence that the pH-jump treatment produces a pH gradient across the PtdOH bilayer. The orientation of the pH gradient is such that the pH in the external medium is 3-5 pH units higher than the internal pH. Associated with the pH gradient is a transverse packing asymmetry: partially protonated PtdOH molecules in the inner layer of the bilayer are more tightly packed than fully ionized molecules present in the outer layer. The pH gradient generated by the pH jump is proposed as the energy source that drives the spontaneous formation of highly curved vesicles.

  9. A C-band 55% PAE high gain two-stage power amplifier based on AlGaN/GaN HEMT

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    Zheng, Jia-Xin; Ma, Xiao-Hua; Lu, Yang; Zhao, Bo-Chao; Zhang, Hong-He; Zhang, Meng; Cao, Meng-Yi; Hao, Yue

    2015-10-01

    A C-band high efficiency and high gain two-stage power amplifier based on AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) is designed and measured in this paper. The input and output impedances for the optimum power-added efficiency (PAE) are determined at the fundamental and 2nd harmonic frequency (f0 and 2f0). The harmonic manipulation networks are designed both in the driver stage and the power stage which manipulate the second harmonic to a very low level within the operating frequency band. Then the inter-stage matching network and the output power combining network are calculated to achieve a low insertion loss. So the PAE and the power gain is greatly improved. In an operation frequency range of 5.4 GHz-5.8 GHz in CW mode, the amplifier delivers a maximum output power of 18.62 W, with a PAE of 55.15% and an associated power gain of 28.7 dB, which is an outstanding performance. Project supported by the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CBA00606), Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, China (Grant No. NCET-12-0915), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61334002).

  10. Gaining Insights from a Case Study of High School Student Performance in Dual-Credit College Chemistry Courses

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    White, Jacob; Hopkins, Robert; Shockley, Denise

    2014-01-01

    This report describes student performance in a state-level initiative that provided first-year college coursework in chemistry to high school students. Upon successful completion of the coursework, students received both high school and college credit. In this initiative, high school teachers team taught college-level chemistry courses in…

  11. Gaining Insights from a Case Study of High School Student Performance in Dual-Credit College Chemistry Courses

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    White, Jacob; Hopkins, Robert; Shockley, Denise

    2014-01-01

    This report describes student performance in a state-level initiative that provided first-year college coursework in chemistry to high school students. Upon successful completion of the coursework, students received both high school and college credit. In this initiative, high school teachers team taught college-level chemistry courses in

  12. Spontaneous Action and Transformative Learning: Empirical Investigations and Pragmatist Reflections

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    Nohl, Arnd-Michael

    2009-01-01

    Whereas present theories of transformative learning tend to focus on the rational and reflective actor, in this article it is suggested that spontaneous action may play a decisive role in transformative learning too. In the spontaneity of action, novelty finds its way into life, gains momentum, is respected by others and reflected by the actor.…

  13. Spontaneous Action and Transformative Learning: Empirical Investigations and Pragmatist Reflections

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    Nohl, Arnd-Michael

    2009-01-01

    Whereas present theories of transformative learning tend to focus on the rational and reflective actor, in this article it is suggested that spontaneous action may play a decisive role in transformative learning too. In the spontaneity of action, novelty finds its way into life, gains momentum, is respected by others and reflected by the actor.

  14. Gain-switched, all-acousto-optic, femtosecond pulse amplifier

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    Gruetzmacher, Julie A.; Horn, Matthew A.; Flanders, Bret N.; Shang, Xiaoming; Scherer, Norbert F.

    2003-11-01

    The design and performance of a gain-switched, all acousto-optic (AO) Ti:Sapphire regenerative laser amplifier is presented. An AO Bragg cell is used to send pulses into and out of the amplifier cavity, and an AO modulator serves as an active isolation device. Pumping the high-Q amplifier with a short duration (40 ns) 532 nm pulse allows gain-switched operation in which the seed pulse dominates the amplified spontaneous emission; no Q switch is required. The amplified pulse energy is >110 ?J at a 4 kHz repetition rate, and the compressed pulse duration is ?50 fs. Detailed measurements are reported demonstrating that this design facilitates low-noise operation.

  15. Early metabolic adaptation in C57BL/6 mice resistant to high fat diet induced weight gain involves an activation of mitochondrial oxidative pathways.

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    Boulang, Claire L; Claus, Sandrine P; Chou, Chieh J; Collino, Sebastiano; Montoliu, Ivan; Kochhar, Sunil; Holmes, Elaine; Rezzi, Serge; Nicholson, Jeremy K; Dumas, Marc E; Martin, Franois-Pierre J

    2013-04-01

    We investigated the short-term (7 days) and long-term (60 days) metabolic effect of high fat diet induced obesity (DIO) and weight gain in isogenic C57BL/6 mice and examined the specific metabolic differentiation between mice that were either strong-responders (SR), or non-responders (NR) to weight gain. Mice (n = 80) were fed a standard chow diet for 7 days prior to randomization into a high-fat (HF) (n = 56) or a low-fat (LF) (n = 24) diet group. The (1)H NMR urinary metabolic profiles of LF and HF mice were recorded 7 and 60 days after the diet switch. On the basis of the body weight gain (BWG) distribution of HF group, we identified NR mice (n = 10) and SR mice (n = 14) to DIO. Compared with LF, HF feeding increased urinary excretion of glycine conjugates of ?-oxidation intermediate (hexanoylglycine), branched chain amino acid (BCAA) catabolism intermediates (isovalerylglycine, ?-keto-?-methylvalerate and ?-ketoisovalerate) and end-products of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) metabolism (N1-methyl-2-pyridone-5-carboxamide, N1-methyl-4-pyridone-3-carboxamide) suggesting up-regulation of mitochondrial oxidative pathways. In the HF group, NR mice excreted relatively more hexanoylglycine, isovalerylglycine, and fewer tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle intermediate (succinate) in comparison to SR mice. Thus, subtle regulation of ketogenic pathways in DIO may alleviate the saturation of the TCA cycle and mitochondrial oxidative metabolism. PMID:23473242

  16. Dynamics of a gain-switched distributed feedback ridge waveguide laser in nanoseconds time scale under very high current injection conditions.

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    Klehr, A; Wenzel, H; Brox, O; Schwertfeger, S; Staske, R; Erbert, G

    2013-02-11

    We present detailed experimental investigations of the temporal, spectral and spatial behavior of a gain-switched distributed feedback (DFB) laser emitting at a wavelength of 1064 nm. Gain-switching is achieved by injecting nearly rectangular shaped current pulses having a length of 50 ns and a very high amplitude up to 2.5 A. The repetition frequency is 200 kHz. The laser has a ridge waveguide (RW) for lateral waveguiding with a ridge width of 3 m and a cavity length of 1.5 mm. Time resolved investigations show, depending on the amplitude of the current pulses, that the optical power exhibits different types of oscillatory behavior during the pulses, accompanied by changes in the lateral near field intensity profiles and optical spectra. Three different types of instabilities can be distinguished: mode beating with frequencies between 25 GHz and 30 GHz, switching between different lateral intensity profiles with a frequency of 0.4 GHz and self-sustained oscillations with a frequency of 4 GHz. The investigations are of great relevance for the utilization of gain-switched DFB-RW lasers as seed lasers for fiber laser systems and in other applications, which require a high optical power. PMID:23481734

  17. 1q gain and CDT2 overexpression underlie an aggressive and highly proliferative form of Ewing sarcoma.

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    Mackintosh, C; Ordez, J L; Garca-Domnguez, D J; Sevillano, V; Llombart-Bosch, A; Szuhai, K; Scotlandi, K; Alberghini, M; Sciot, R; Sinnaeve, F; Hogendoorn, P C W; Picci, P; Knuutila, S; Dirksen, U; Debiec-Rychter, M; Schaefer, K-L; de lava, E

    2012-03-01

    Despite extensive characterization of the role of the EWS-ETS fusions, little is known about secondary genetic alterations and their clinical contribution to Ewing sarcoma (ES). It has been demonstrated that the molecular structure of EWS-ETS lacks prognostic value. Moreover, CDKN2A deletion and TP53 mutation, despite carrying a poor prognosis, are infrequent. In this scenario identifying secondary genetic alterations with a significant prevalence could contribute to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the most aggressive forms of ES.We screened a 67 ES tumor set for copy number alterations by array comparative genomic hybridization. 1q gain (1qG), detected in 31% of tumor samples, was found markedly associated with relapse and poor overall and disease-free survival and demonstrated a prognostic value independent of classical clinical parameters. Reanalysis of an expression dataset belonging to an independent tumor set (n=37) not only validated this finding but also led us to identify a transcriptomic profile of severe cell cycle deregulation in 1qG ES tumors. Consistently, a higher proliferation rate was detected in this tumor subset by Ki-67 immunohistochemistry. CDT2, a 1q-located candidate gene encoding a protein involved in ubiquitin ligase activity and significantly overexpressed in 1qG ES tumors, was validated in vitro and in vivo proving its major contribution to this molecular and clinical phenotype. This integrative genomic study of 105 ES tumors in overall renders the potential value of 1qG and CDT2 overexpression as prognostic biomarkers and also affords a rationale for the application of already available new therapeutic compounds selectively targeting the protein-ubiquitin machinery. PMID:21822310

  18. Gaining or Losing Ground? Equity in Offering Advanced Placement Courses in California High Schools 1997-2003

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    Zarate, Maria Estela; Pachon, Harry P.

    2006-01-01

    Analysis by researchers of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) on Advanced Placement (AP) courses in California public high schools in the mid-1990s concluded that although high school AP programs offered talented youngsters the opportunity to stretch their mental horizons and preview the challenges of college-level coursework, the programs

  19. A Case of Multiple Spontaneous Keloid Scars

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    Jfri, Abdulhadi; Rajeh, Nawal; Karkashan, Eman

    2015-01-01

    Keloid scars result from an abnormal healing response to cutaneous injury or inflammation that extends beyond the borders of the original wound. Spontaneous keloid scars forming in the absence of any previous trauma or surgical procedure are rare. Certain syndromes have been associated with this phenomenon, and few reports have discussed the evidence of single spontaneous keloid scar, which raises the question whether they are really spontaneous. Here, we present a 27-year-old mentally retarded single female with orbital hypertelorism, broad nasal bridge, repaired cleft lip and high-arched palate who presented with progressive multiple spontaneous keloid scars in different parts of her body which were confirmed histologically by the presence of typical keloidal collagen. This report supports the fact that keloid scars can appear spontaneously and are possibly linked to a genetic factor. Furthermore, it describes a new presentation of spontaneous keloid scars in the form of multiple large lesions in different sites of the body. PMID:26351423

  20. A gain-coefficient switched Alexandrite laser

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    Lee, Chris J.; van der Slot, Peter J. M.; Boller, Klaus-J.

    2013-01-01

    We report on a gain-coefficient switched Alexandrite laser. An electro-optic modulator is used to switch between high and low gain states by making use of the polarization dependent gain of Alexandrite. In gain-coefficient switched mode, the laser produces 85 ns pulses with a pulse energy of 240 mJ at a repetition rate of 5 Hz.

  1. Significant progression of load on the musculoskeletal system with extremely high loads, with rapid weekly weight gains, using the Anatoly Gravitational System, in a 10-week training period

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    Burke, David T; Tran, David; Cui, Di; Burke, Daniel P; Al-Adawi, Samir; Dorvlo, Atsu SS

    2013-01-01

    In an age of increasing numbers of lifestyle diseases and plasticity of longevity, exercise and weight training have been increasingly recognized as both preventing and mitigating the severity of many illnesses. This study was designed to determine whether significant weight-lifting gains could be realized through the Anatoly Gravitational System. Specifically, this study sought to determine whether this once-weekly weight-training system could result in significant weekly strength gains during a 10-week training period. A total of 50 participants, ranging in age from 17 to 67 years, completed at least 10 weekly 30-minute training sessions. The results suggest participants could, on average, double their weight-lifting capacity within 10 sessions. This preliminary study, which would require further scrutiny, suggests the Anatoly Gravitational System provides a rather unique opportunity to load the musculoskeletal system with extremely high loads, with rapid weekly weight gains, using only short weekly training sessions. More studies are warranted to scrutinize these findings. PMID:24379727

  2. High-Fat-Diet-Induced Weight Gain Ameliorates Bone Loss without Exacerbating A?PP Processing and Cognition in Female APP/PS1 Mice

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    Peng, Yunhua; Liu, Jing; Tang, Ying; Liu, Jianshu; Han, Tingting; Han, Shujun; Li, Hua; Hou, Chen; Liu, Jiankang; Long, Jiangang

    2014-01-01

    Osteoporosis is negatively correlated with body mass, whereas both osteoporosis and weight loss occur at higher incidence during the progression of Alzheimers disease (AD) than the age-matched non-dementia individuals. Given that there is no evidence that being overweight is associated with AD-type cognitive dysfunction, we hypothesized that moderate weight gain might have a protective effect on the bone loss in AD without exacerbating cognitive dysfunction. In this study, feeding a high-fat diet (HFD, 45% calorie from fat) to female APP/PS1 transgenic mice, an AD animal model, induced weight gain. The bone mineral density, microarchitecture, and biomechanical properties of the femurs were then evaluated. The results showed that the middle-aged female APP/PS1 transgenic mice were susceptible to osteoporosis of the femoral bones and that weight gain significantly enhanced bone mass and mechanical properties. Notably, HFD was not detrimental to brain insulin signaling and A?PP processing, as well as to exploration ability and working, learning, and memory performance of the transgenic mice measured by T maze and Morris water maze, compared with the mice fed a normal-fat diet (10% calorie from fat). In addition, the circulating levels of leptin but not estradiol were remarkably elevated in HFD-treated mice. These results suggest that a body weight gain induced by the HFD feeding regimen significantly improved bone mass in female APP/PS1 mice with no detriments to exploration ability and spatial memory, most likely via the action of elevated circulating leptin. PMID:25152713

  3. How Much Professional Development Is Needed to Effect Positive Gains in K-6 Student Achievement on High Stakes Science Tests?

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    Shymansky, James A.; Wang, Tzu-Ling; Annetta, Leonard A.; Yore, Larry D.; Everett, Susan A.

    2012-01-01

    This paper is a report of a study that examines the relationship between teacher participation in a multi-year, K-6 professional development effort and the "high stakes" science test scores of different student groups in 33 rural mid-west school districts in the USA. The professional development program involved 1,269 elementary school teachers

  4. Three Months of High-Fructose Feeding Fails to Induce Excessive Weight Gain or Leptin Resistance in Mice

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    Tillman, Erik J.; Morgan, Donald A.; Rahmouni, Kamal; Swoap, Steven J.

    2014-01-01

    High-fructose diets have been implicated in obesity via impairment of leptin signaling in humans and rodents. We investigated whether fructose-induced leptin resistance in mice could be used to study the metabolic consequences of fructose consumption in humans, particularly in children and adolescents. Male C57Bl/6 mice were weaned to a randomly assigned diet: high fructose, high sucrose, high fat, or control (sugar-free, low-fat). Mice were maintained on their diets for at least 14 weeks. While fructose-fed mice regularly consumed more kcal and expended more energy, there was no difference in body weight compared to control by the end of the study. Additionally, after 14 weeks, both fructose-fed and control mice displayed similar leptin sensitivity. Fructose-feeding also did not change circulating glucose, triglycerides, or free fatty acids. Though fructose has been linked to obesity in several animal models, our data fail to support a role for fructose intake through food lasting 3 months in altering of body weight and leptin signaling in mice. The lack of impact of fructose in the food of growing mice on either body weight or leptin sensitivity over this time frame was surprising, and important information for researchers interested in fructose and body weight regulation. PMID:25211467

  5. Gathering Feedback for Teaching: Combining High-Quality Observations with Student Surveys and Achievement Gains. Research Paper. MET Project

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    Kane, Thomas J.; Staiger, Douglas O.

    2012-01-01

    There is a growing consensus that teacher evaluation in the United States is fundamentally broken. Few would argue that a system that tells 98 percent of teachers they are "satisfactory" benefits anyone--including teachers. The nation's collective failure to invest in high-quality professional feedback to teachers is inconsistent with decades of

  6. Three months of high-fructose feeding fails to induce excessive weight gain or leptin resistance in mice.

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    Tillman, Erik J; Morgan, Donald A; Rahmouni, Kamal; Swoap, Steven J

    2014-01-01

    High-fructose diets have been implicated in obesity via impairment of leptin signaling in humans and rodents. We investigated whether fructose-induced leptin resistance in mice could be used to study the metabolic consequences of fructose consumption in humans, particularly in children and adolescents. Male C57Bl/6 mice were weaned to a randomly assigned diet: high fructose, high sucrose, high fat, or control (sugar-free, low-fat). Mice were maintained on their diets for at least 14 weeks. While fructose-fed mice regularly consumed more kcal and expended more energy, there was no difference in body weight compared to control by the end of the study. Additionally, after 14 weeks, both fructose-fed and control mice displayed similar leptin sensitivity. Fructose-feeding also did not change circulating glucose, triglycerides, or free fatty acids. Though fructose has been linked to obesity in several animal models, our data fail to support a role for fructose intake through food lasting 3 months in altering of body weight and leptin signaling in mice. The lack of impact of fructose in the food of growing mice on either body weight or leptin sensitivity over this time frame was surprising, and important information for researchers interested in fructose and body weight regulation. PMID:25211467

  7. Novel high-gain, improved-bandwidth, finned-ladder V-band Traveling-Wave Tube slow-wave circuit design

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    Kory, Carol L.; Wilson, Jeffrey D.

    1994-01-01

    The V-band frequency range of 59-64 GHz is a region of the millimeter-wave spectrum that has been designated for inter-satellite communications. As a first effort to develop a high-efficiency V-band Traveling-Wave Tube (TWT), variations on a ring-plane slow-wave circuit were computationally investigated to develop an alternative to the more conventional ferruled coupled-cavity circuit. The ring-plane circuit was chosen because of its high interaction impedance, large beam aperture, and excellent thermal dissipation properties. Despite these advantages, however, low bandwidth and high voltage requirements have, until now, prevented its acceptance outside the laboratory. In this paper, the three-dimensional electrodynamic simulation code MAFIA (solution of MAxwell's Equation by the Finite-Integration-Algorithm) is used to investigate methods of increasing the bandwidth and lowering the operating voltage of the ring-plane circuit. Calculations of frequency-phase dispersion, beam on-axis interaction impedance, attenuation and small-signal gain per wavelength were performed for various geometric variations and loading distributions of the ring-plane TWT slow-wave circuit. Based on the results of the variations, a circuit termed the finned-ladder TWT slow-wave circuit was designed and is compared here to the scaled prototype ring-plane and a conventional ferruled coupled-cavity TWT circuit over the V-band frequency range. The simulation results indicate that this circuit has a much higher gain, significantly wider bandwidth, and a much lower voltage requirement than the scaled ring-plane prototype circuit, while retaining its excellent thermal dissipation properties. The finned-ladder circuit has a much larger small-signal gain per wavelength than the ferruled coupled-cavity circuit, but with a moderate sacrifice in bandwidth.

  8. Do high-functioning people with autism spectrum disorder spontaneously use event knowledge to selectively attend to and remember context-relevant aspects in scenes?

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    Loth, Eva; Gómez, Juan Carlós; Happé, Francesca

    2011-07-01

    This study combined an event schema approach with top-down processing perspectives to investigate whether high-functioning children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) spontaneously attend to and remember context-relevant aspects of scenes. Participants read one story of story-pairs (e.g., burglary or tea party). They then inspected a scene (living room) of which some objects were relevant in that context, irrelevant (related to the non-emphasized event) or neutral (scene-schema related). During immediate and delayed recall, only the (TD) groups selectively recalled context-relevant objects, and significantly more context-relevant objects than the ASD groups. Gaze-tracking suggests that one factor in these memory differences may be diminished top-down effects of event schemas on initial attention (first ten fixations) to relevant items in ASD. PMID:21042873

  9. Idiopathic sudden hearing loss: contradictory clinical evidence, placebo effects and high spontaneous recovery rate--where do we stand in assessing treatment outcomes?

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    Finger, Robert P; Gostian, Antoniu O

    2006-12-01

    Idiopathic sudden hearing loss (ISHL) has an estimated incidence of 10-20/100,000 per year, impairing not only patients' hearing but also their ability to interact socially and their quality of life. Confronted with patients who demand successful treatment, physicians need to judge potential treatment options with regard to their reported efficiency, as well as their suitability for the individual patient. The dilemma of assessing treatment outcomes and options in ISHL will be discussed regarding a lack of knowledge of the disease's etiology, contradictory clinical evidence, high spontaneous recovery rate, and possible placebo effects. In conclusion, there is a dearth of structured research adhering to a common protocol, which makes comparison of trials and assessment of potential treatment outcomes difficult. Further research is warranted, taking some key recommendations into consideration. PMID:17043035

  10. Interaction of infiltrated colloidal PbS nanocrystals with high Q/V silicon photonic bandgap nanocavities for near-infrared enhanced spontaneous emissions

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    Bose, Ranojoy; Talapin, Dmitri V.; Yang, Xiaodong; Harniman, Richard J.; Nguyen, Phung T.; Wong, Chee Wei

    2005-11-01

    We study the interaction of silicon photonic crystal nanocavities with infiltrated colloidal PbS nanocrystals as a viable and efficient source for achieving indistinguishable and single photons. Nanocrystal-nanocavity coupling is predicted at near-infrared wavelengths, suggesting the possibility towards exciting silicon-based nanophotonic lasers, and novel efficient sources for fiber and silicon-based quantum information networks and systems. Two effective designs for nanocrystal-nanocavity coupling are illustrated that exhibit moderate to high cavity quality factors, and ultra-small modal volumes for spontaneous emission enhancements. It is shown that in principle our system can approach the observation of strong exciton-cavity coupling in a solid-state implementation at room temperature.

  11. Spectroscopic and microscopic studies of self-assembled nc-Si/a-SiC thin films grown by low pressure high density spontaneous plasma processing.

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    Das, Debajyoti; Kar, Debjit

    2014-12-14

    In view of suitable applications in the window layer of nc-Si p-i-n solar cells in superstrate configuration, the growth of nc-Si/a-SiC composite films was studied, considering the trade-off relation between individual characteristics of its a-SiC component to provide a wide optical-gap and electrically conducting nc-Si component to simultaneously retain enough crystalline linkages to facilitate proper crystallization to the i-nc-Si absorber-layer during its subsequent growth. Self-assembled nc-Si/a-SiC thin films were spontaneously grown by low-pressure planar inductively coupled plasma CVD, operating in electromagnetic mode, providing high atomic-H density. Spectroscopic simulations of ellipsometry and Raman data, and systematic chemical and structural analysis by XPS, TEM, SEM and AFM were performed. Corresponding to optimized inclusion of C essentially incorporated as Si-C bonds in the network, the optical-gap of the a-SiC component widened, void fraction including the incubation layer thickness reduced. While the bulk crystallinity decreased only marginally, Si-ncs diminished in size with narrower distribution and increased number density. With enhanced C-incorporation, formation of C-C bonds in abundance deteriorates the Si continuous bonding network and persuades growth of an amorphous dominated silicon-carbon heterostructure containing high-density tiny Si-ncs. Stimulated nanocrystallization identified in the Si-network, induced by a limited amount of carbon incorporation, makes the material most suitable for applications in nc-Si solar cells. The novelty of the present work is to enable spontaneous growth of self-assembled superior quality nc-Si/a-SiC thin films and simultaneous spectroscopic simulation-based optimization of properties for utilization in devices. PMID:25342429

  12. Body weight gain in rats by a high-fat diet produces chronodisruption in activity/inactivity circadian rhythm.

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    Bravo, Rafael; Cubero, Javier; Franco, Lourdes; Mesa, Mónica; Galán, Carmen; Rodríguez, Ana Beatriz; Jarne, Carlos; Barriga, Carmen

    2014-04-01

    In the last few decades, obesity has become one of the most important public health problems. Adipose tissue is an active endocrine tissue which follows a rhythmic pattern in its functions and may produce alterations in certain circadian rhythms. Our aim was to evaluate whether the locomotor activity circadian rhythm could be modified by a hypercaloric diet in rodents. Two groups were considered in the experiment: 16 rats were used as a control group and were fed standard chow; the other group comprised 16 rats fed a high-fat diet (35.8% fat, 35% glucides). The trial lasted 16 weeks. Body weight was measured every week, and a blood sample was extracted every two weeks to quantify triglyceride levels. The activity/inactivity circadian rhythm was logged through actimetry throughout the trial, and analysed using the DAS 24© software package. At the end of the experiment, the high-fat fed rats had obese-like body weights and high plasma triglyceride levels, and, compared with the control group, increased diurnal activity, decreased nocturnal activity, reductions in amplitude, midline estimating statistic of rhythm, acrophase and interdaily stability, and increases in intradaily variability of their activity rhythms. The results thus show how obesity can lead to symptoms of chronodisruption in the body similar to those of ageing. PMID:24304409

  13. High-Resolution Three-Dimensional Structural Data Quantify the Impact of Photoinhibition on Long-Term Carbon Gain in Wheat Canopies in the Field.

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    Burgess, Alexandra J; Retkute, Renata; Pound, Michael P; Foulkes, John; Preston, Simon P; Jensen, Oliver E; Pridmore, Tony P; Murchie, Erik H

    2015-10-01

    Photoinhibition reduces photosynthetic productivity; however, it is difficult to quantify accurately in complex canopies partly because of a lack of high-resolution structural data on plant canopy architecture, which determines complex fluctuations of light in space and time. Here, we evaluate the effects of photoinhibition on long-term carbon gain (over 1 d) in three different wheat (Triticum aestivum) lines, which are architecturally diverse. We use a unique method for accurate digital three-dimensional reconstruction of canopies growing in the field. The reconstruction method captures unique architectural differences between lines, such as leaf angle, curvature, and leaf density, thus providing a sensitive method of evaluating the productivity of actual canopy structures that previously were difficult or impossible to obtain. We show that complex data on light distribution can be automatically obtained without conventional manual measurements. We use a mathematical model of photosynthesis parameterized by field data consisting of chlorophyll fluorescence, light response curves of carbon dioxide assimilation, and manual confirmation of canopy architecture and light attenuation. Model simulations show that photoinhibition alone can result in substantial reduction in carbon gain, but this is highly dependent on exact canopy architecture and the diurnal dynamics of photoinhibition. The use of such highly realistic canopy reconstructions also allows us to conclude that even a moderate change in leaf angle in upper layers of the wheat canopy led to a large increase in the number of leaves in a severely light-limited state. PMID:26282240

  14. High-Resolution Three-Dimensional Structural Data Quantify the Impact of Photoinhibition on Long-Term Carbon Gain in Wheat Canopies in the Field1[OPEN

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    Burgess, Alexandra J.; Retkute, Renata; Pound, Michael P.; Foulkes, John; Preston, Simon P.; Jensen, Oliver E.; Pridmore, Tony P.; Murchie, Erik H.

    2015-01-01

    Photoinhibition reduces photosynthetic productivity; however, it is difficult to quantify accurately in complex canopies partly because of a lack of high-resolution structural data on plant canopy architecture, which determines complex fluctuations of light in space and time. Here, we evaluate the effects of photoinhibition on long-term carbon gain (over 1 d) in three different wheat (Triticum aestivum) lines, which are architecturally diverse. We use a unique method for accurate digital three-dimensional reconstruction of canopies growing in the field. The reconstruction method captures unique architectural differences between lines, such as leaf angle, curvature, and leaf density, thus providing a sensitive method of evaluating the productivity of actual canopy structures that previously were difficult or impossible to obtain. We show that complex data on light distribution can be automatically obtained without conventional manual measurements. We use a mathematical model of photosynthesis parameterized by field data consisting of chlorophyll fluorescence, light response curves of carbon dioxide assimilation, and manual confirmation of canopy architecture and light attenuation. Model simulations show that photoinhibition alone can result in substantial reduction in carbon gain, but this is highly dependent on exact canopy architecture and the diurnal dynamics of photoinhibition. The use of such highly realistic canopy reconstructions also allows us to conclude that even a moderate change in leaf angle in upper layers of the wheat canopy led to a large increase in the number of leaves in a severely light-limited state. PMID:26282240

  15. Porcine Adiponectin Receptor 1 Transgene Resists High-fat/Sucrose Diet-Induced Weight Gain, Hepatosteatosis and Insulin Resistance in Mice

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    Liu, Bing-Hsien; Lin, Yuan-Yu; Wang, Ya-Chin; Huang, Chao-Wei; Chen, Chih-Chien; Wu, Shinn-Chih; Mersmann, Harry J.; Cheng, Winston T.K.; Ding, Shih-Torng

    2013-01-01

    Adiponectin and its receptors have been demonstrated to play important roles in regulating glucose and lipid metabolism in mice. Obesity, type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease are highly correlated with down-regulated adiponectin signaling. In this study, we generated mice overexpressing the porcine Adipor1 transgene (pAdipor1) to study its beneficial effects in metabolic syndromes as expressed in diet-induced obesity, hepatosteatosis and insulin resistance. Wild-type (WT) and pAdipor1 transgenic mice were fed ad libitum with a standard chow diet (Chow) or a high-fat/sucrose diet (HFSD) for 24 weeks, beginning at 6 to 7 weeks of age. There were 12 mice per genetic/diet/sex group. When challenged with HFSD to induce obesity, the pAdipor1 transgenic mice resisted development of weight gain, hepatosteatosis and insulin resistance. These mice had lowered plasma adiponectin, triglyceride and glycerol concentrations compared to WT mice. Moreover, we found that (indicated by mRNA levels) fatty acid oxidation was enhanced in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue, and liver lipogenesis was inhibited. The pAdipor1 transgene also restored HFSD-reduced phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase 1 (Pck1) and glucose transporter 4 mRNA in the adipose tissues, implying that the increased Pck1 may promote glyceroneogenesis to reduce glucose intolerance and thus activate the flux of glyceride-glycerol to resist diet-induced weight gain in the adipose tissues. Taken together, we demonstrated that pAdipor1 can prevent diet-induced weight gain and insulin resistance. Our findings may provide potential therapeutic strategies for treating metabolic syndromes and obesity, such as treatment with an ADIPOR1 agonist or activation of Adipor1 downstream targets. PMID:24172199

  16. Strongly asymmetric waveguide laser diodes for high brightness picosecond optical pulses generation by gain switching at GHz repetition rates

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    Avrutin, E. A.; Ryvkin, B. S.; Kostamovaara, J. T.; Kuksenkov, D. V.

    2015-05-01

    Rate equations analysis, supported by travelling wave simulations, is used to show that a diode laser design with a very low (<1%) confinement factor is optimal for generating streams of high energy optical pulses for nonlinear applications by large-signal modulation with both existing and potentially improved ac current generators. An asymmetric waveguide laser design is proposed to realize this low confinement factor while simultaneously maintaining good beam properties in a single transverse mode. The rate equations model complemented by transport equations is used to quantify the effects of transport in the broad optical confinement layer(s) on the laser dynamics, and it is shown that in the proposed laser construction the detrimental effects of transport are weak.

  17. High Magnetic Shear Gain in a Liquid Sodium Stable Couette Flow Experiment: A Prelude to an {alpha}-{Omega} Dynamo

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    Colgate, Stirling A.; Beckley, Howard; Si, Jiahe; Martinic, Joe; Westpfahl, David; Slutz, James; Westrom, Cebastian; Klein, Brianna; Schendel, Paul; Scharle, Cletus; McKinney, Travis; Ginanni, Rocky; Bentley, Ian; Mickey, Timothy; Ferrel, Regnar; Li, Hui; Pariev, Vladimir; Finn, John

    2011-04-29

    The {Omega} phase of the liquid sodium {alpha}-{Omega} dynamo experiment at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in cooperation with Los Alamos National Laboratory has demonstrated a high toroidal field B{sub {phi}} that is {approx_equal}8xB{sub r}, where B{sub r} is the radial component of an applied poloidal magnetic field. This enhanced toroidal field is produced by the rotational shear in stable Couette flow within liquid sodium at a magnetic Reynolds number Rm{approx_equal}120. Small turbulence in stable Taylor-Couette flow is caused by Ekman flow at the end walls, which causes an estimated turbulence energy fraction of ({delta}v/v){sup 2{approx}}10{sup -3}.

  18. New insights into hydrochemical processes in lowland river systems gained from in situ, high-resolution monitoring

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    Wade, Andrew; Palmer-Felgate, Elizabeth; Halliday, Sarah; Skeffington, Richard; Loewenthal, Matthew; Jarvie, Helen; Bowes, Michael; Greenway, Gillian; Haswell, Stephen; Bell, Ian; Joly, Etienne; Fallatah, Ahmed; Neal, Colin; Williams, Richard; Gozzard, Emma; Newman, Jonathan

    2013-04-01

    This work focuses on the insights obtained from in situ, high-resolution hydrochemical monitoring in three lowland UK catchments experiencing different levels of nutrient enrichment. Between November 2009 and February 2012, the upper River Kennet, the River Enborne and The Cut, all located within the Thames basin, southeast England, were instrumented with in situ analytical equipment to make hourly measurements of a range of hydrochemical determinands. The upper River Kennet is a rural catchment with limited effluent inputs above the selected monitoring point. The River Enborne is a rural catchment, impacted by agricultural runoff, and septic tank and sewage treatment works (STWs) discharges. The Cut is a highly urbanised system significantly affected by STW discharges. On the upper River Kennet and the River Enborne hourly measurements of Total Reactive Phosphorus (TRP) were made using a Systea Micromac C. In addition on the River Enborne, a Hach Lange Nitratax was used to measure nitrate (NO3). On The Cut both Total P and TRP were measured using a Hach Lange Phosphax Sigma. At all stations nutrient monitoring was supplemented with hourly pH, chlorophyll, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, turbidity and water temperature using YSI 6600 Multi-parameter sondes. Instream hydrochemical dynamics were investigated using non-stationary time-series analysis techniques. The results reveal complex nutrient dynamics, with diurnal patterns which exhibit seasonal changes in phase and amplitude, and are influenced by flow conditions, shading and nutrient sources. On the River Enborne a marked diurnal cycle was present within the streamwater NO3 time-series. The cycle was strongest in the spring before riparian shading developed. At times of low flow a two peak diurnal cycle was also evident in the streamwater NO3 time-series. The reduction in diurnal NO3 processing after the development of riparian shading was also accompanied by a marked drop in dissolved oxygen at this time. The presence of a two peak diurnal cycle is indicative of the dominance of STW discharges to the system, as STW discharges exhibit a marked two peak diurnal cycle associated with peak water usage. This two peak diurnal cycling can also been seen in the River Enborne TRP data. The dominance of effluent discharges was also evident in the River Enborne seasonal NO3 and TRP dynamics. Both determinands displayed summer time peaks caused by the reduced dilution capacity of the system and increased water residence time during the low flow summer months. The TP and TRP dynamics on The Cut were highly complex with significant diurnal fluctuations. Although, a two peak diurnal signal was evident within the TRP time-series it was difficult to characterise due to the complexity of the dynamics observed. Monitoring on the upper River Kennet highlighted the challenges associated with undertaking in situ analytical monitoring without mains electricity. Resampling of the data at lower sampling frequencies demonstrated that within the point-source dominated catchments, daily monitoring was sufficient for accurate load estimation.

  19. Chrysobalanus icaco L. Leaves Normalizes Insulin Sensitivity and Blood Glucose and Inhibits Weight Gain in High-Fat Diet-Induced Obese Mice.

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    White, Pollyanna A S; Arajo, Jessica M D; Cercato, Luana M; Souza, Lucas A; Barbosa, Ana Paula Oliveira; Quintans-Junior, Lucindo Jos; Machado, Ubiratan F; Camargo, Enilton A; Brito, Luciana C; Santos, Marcio Roberto V

    2016-02-01

    Chrysobalanus icaco L. is a medicinal plant present in the Brazilian coastline and known for its hypoglicemic and antioxidant properties. Here, we assessed the beneficial metabolic effects of the aqueous extract of C. icaco (AECI) leaves in diet-induced obese mice. Swiss mice were fed standard chow (SC used as controls) or high-fat diet (HFD) to induce obesity. After 10 weeks, mice on each diet were divided into two groups with one group used as control while the other group treated with AECI for 4 weeks resulting in four groups of mice: SC; SC treated with AECI (SC + AECI); HFD; and HFD treated with AECI (HFD + AECI). AECI was administered drinking water at about 200?mg/kg. AECI was able to normalize insulin (13,682??1090 vs. 9828??485 AU, P?gain (39??5.7%) and fat storage in liver (72.60??3.83%, P?high-fat intake. These findings reinforce the use of AECI in hyperglycemia and highlight the potential extract's effect in preventing weight gain and fat accumulation in liver of diet-induced obese mice. PMID:26854845

  20. Evaluation of implant strategies in Angus-sired steers with high or low genetic potential for marbling and gain.

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    Black, D N; Neville, B W; Crosswhite, M R; Dahlen, C R

    2015-11-01

    Sixty-nine Angus-sired steer calves (332.3 kg initial BW) were used to determine the effects of single or double implant strategies on steers of high or low genetic potential (GP) determined by the GeneMax (Zoetis, Florham Park, NJ) genetic profiling test. Steers were assigned to treatments in a 2 2 factorial design with factors of 1) composite GP score (high, mean GP score of 86.5 [HI]; low, mean GP score of 25.3[LO]) and 2) implant strategy (single, steers implanted on d 70 [1X], or double, steers implanted d 0 and 70 [2X]). All steers were given the same implant (Revalor-S; Merck Animal Health, Summit, NJ), with the 2X group implanted on d 0 and 70 and the 1X group implanted only on d 70. A diet containing 1.38 Mcal NEg/kg DM was fed ad libitum, once daily. Ultrasound was used to measure body composition characteristics on d 0 and 70. Steers were harvested after 140 d on feed. At both the d-0 and d-70 ultrasound, HI steers had greater ( < 0.001) percent intramuscular fat (IMF) than LO steers, but no differences ( ? 0.24) were observed in LM area (LMA), rib fat thickness (RF), or rump fat thickness (RMFT). Steers in the 2X group had larger ( = 0.02) LMA and less ( = 0.03) IMF on d 70 than 1X steers and no differences ( ? 0.50) in RF or RMFT were observed. From d 0 to 70, HI steers had ADG, DMI, and G:F ( ? 0.60) similar to LO steers; however, 2X steers had greater ( < 0.001) ADG and were more ( < 0.001) feed efficient compared with 1X steers during the same interval. Over the entire 140-d feeding period, there were no differences ( ? 0.6) in BW, ADG, DMI, or G:F between GP groups; however, 2X steers had greater ( = 0.03) ADG compared with 1X steers and still had similar ( ? 0.12) DMI and G:F. Upon slaughter, marbling score tended to be impacted by a GP implant interaction (499.9 18.5, 545.6 18.5, 487.1 18.5, and 469.8 18.5 for HI and 2X, HI and 1X, LO and 2X, and LO and 1X, respectively; = 0.06). No differences ( ? 0.7) were observed between GP groups for HCW, LMA, RF, KPH, or yield grade (YG). Steers in the 1X group had less ( = 0.003) RF than 2X steers but similar ( ? 0.14) HCW, marbling, LMA, KPH, and YG. A greater proportion ( = 0.03) of HI steers had choice carcasses (100 0.0%) compared with LO steers (87.8 3.9%). Results of this study indicate that the GP test used in the current study predicted differences in IMF, carcass marbling, and percent carcasses graded as choice. PMID:26641060

  1. A mitochondrial-targeted coenzyme q analog prevents weight gain and ameliorates hepatic dysfunction in high-fat-fed mice.

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    Fink, Brian D; Herlein, Judith A; Guo, Deng Fu; Kulkarni, Chaitanya; Weidemann, Benjamin J; Yu, Liping; Grobe, Justin L; Rahmouni, Kamal; Kerns, Robert J; Sivitz, William I

    2014-12-01

    We hypothesized that the mitochondrial-targeted antioxidant, mitoquinone (mitoQ), known to have mitochondrial uncoupling properties, might prevent the development of obesity and mitigate liver dysfunction by increasing energy expenditure, as opposed to reducing energy intake. We administered mitoQ or vehicle (ethanol) to obesity-prone C57BL/6 mice fed high-fat (HF) or normal-fat (NF) diets. MitoQ (500 M) or vehicle (ethanol) was added to the drinking water for 28 weeks. MitoQ significantly reduced total body mass and fat mass in the HF-fed mice but had no effect on these parameters in NF mice. Food intake was reduced by mitoQ in the HF-fed but not in the NF-fed mice. Average daily water intake was reduced by mitoQ in both the NF- and HF-fed mice. Hypothalamic expression of neuropeptide Y, agouti-related peptide, and the long form of the leptin receptor were reduced in the HF but not in the NF mice. Hepatic total fat and triglyceride content did not differ between the mitoQ-treated and control HF-fed mice. However, mitoQ markedly reduced hepatic lipid hydroperoxides and reduced circulating alanine aminotransferase, a marker of liver function. MitoQ did not alter whole-body oxygen consumption or liver mitochondrial oxygen utilization, membrane potential, ATP production, or production of reactive oxygen species. In summary, mitoQ added to drinking water mitigated the development of obesity. Contrary to our hypothesis, the mechanism involved decreased energy intake likely mediated at the hypothalamic level. MitoQ also ameliorated HF-induced liver dysfunction by virtue of its antioxidant properties without altering liver fat or mitochondrial bioenergetics. PMID:25301169

  2. A Mitochondrial-Targeted Coenzyme Q Analog Prevents Weight Gain and Ameliorates Hepatic Dysfunction in High-FatFed Mice

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    Fink, Brian D.; Herlein, Judith A.; Guo, Deng Fu; Kulkarni, Chaitanya; Weidemann, Benjamin J.; Yu, Liping; Grobe, Justin L.; Rahmouni, Kamal; Kerns, Robert J.

    2014-01-01

    We hypothesized that the mitochondrial-targeted antioxidant, mitoquinone (mitoQ), known to have mitochondrial uncoupling properties, might prevent the development of obesity and mitigate liver dysfunction by increasing energy expenditure, as opposed to reducing energy intake. We administered mitoQ or vehicle (ethanol) to obesity-prone C57BL/6 mice fed high-fat (HF) or normal-fat (NF) diets. MitoQ (500 M) or vehicle (ethanol) was added to the drinking water for 28 weeks. MitoQ significantly reduced total body mass and fat mass in the HF-fed mice but had no effect on these parameters in NF mice. Food intake was reduced by mitoQ in the HF-fed but not in the NF-fed mice. Average daily water intake was reduced by mitoQ in both the NF- and HF-fed mice. Hypothalamic expression of neuropeptide Y, agouti-related peptide, and the long form of the leptin receptor were reduced in the HF but not in the NF mice. Hepatic total fat and triglyceride content did not differ between the mitoQ-treated and control HF-fed mice. However, mitoQ markedly reduced hepatic lipid hydroperoxides and reduced circulating alanine aminotransferase, a marker of liver function. MitoQ did not alter whole-body oxygen consumption or liver mitochondrial oxygen utilization, membrane potential, ATP production, or production of reactive oxygen species. In summary, mitoQ added to drinking water mitigated the development of obesity. Contrary to our hypothesis, the mechanism involved decreased energy intake likely mediated at the hypothalamic level. MitoQ also ameliorated HF-induced liver dysfunction by virtue of its antioxidant properties without altering liver fat or mitochondrial bioenergetics. PMID:25301169

  3. Exercise Prevents Weight Gain and Alters the Gut Microbiota in a Mouse Model of High Fat Diet-Induced Obesity

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    Evans, Christian C.; LePard, Kathy J.; Kwak, Jeff W.; Stancukas, Mary C.; Laskowski, Samantha; Dougherty, Joseph; Moulton, Laura; Glawe, Adam; Wang, Yunwei; Leone, Vanessa; Antonopoulos, Dionysios A.; Smith, Dan; Chang, Eugene B.; Ciancio, Mae J.

    2014-01-01

    Background Diet-induced obesity (DIO) is a significant health concern which has been linked to structural and functional changes in the gut microbiota. Exercise (Ex) is effective in preventing obesity, but whether Ex alters the gut microbiota during development with high fat (HF) feeding is unknown. Objective Determine the effects of voluntary Ex on the gastrointestinal microbiota in LF-fed mice and in HF-DIO. Methods Male C57BL/6 littermates (5 weeks) were distributed equally into 4 groups: low fat (LF) sedentary (Sed) LF/Sed, LF/Ex, HF/Sed and HF/Ex. Mice were individually housed and LF/Ex and HF/Ex cages were equipped with a wheel and odometer to record Ex. Fecal samples were collected at baseline, 6 weeks and 12 weeks and used for bacterial DNA isolation. DNA was subjected both to quantitative PCR using primers specific to the 16S rRNA encoding genes for Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes and to sequencing for lower taxonomic identification using the Illumina MiSeq platform. Data were analyzed using a one or two-way ANOVA or Pearson correlation. Results HF diet resulted in significantly greater body weight and adiposity as well as decreased glucose tolerance that were prevented by voluntary Ex (p<0.05). Visualization of Unifrac distance data with principal coordinates analysis indicated clustering by both diet and Ex at week 12. Sequencing demonstrated Ex-induced changes in the percentage of major bacterial phyla at 12 weeks. A correlation between total Ex distance and the ΔCt Bacteroidetes: ΔCt Firmicutes ratio from qPCR demonstrated a significant inverse correlation (r2 = 0.35, p = 0.043). Conclusion Ex induces a unique shift in the gut microbiota that is different from dietary effects. Microbiota changes may play a role in Ex prevention of HF-DIO. PMID:24670791

  4. Spontaneous intercalation of long-chain alkyl ammonium into edge-selectively oxidized graphite to efficiently produce high-quality graphene

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    Wei, Liangming; Wu, Fei; Shi, Diwen; Hu, Changchen; Li, Xiaolin; Yuan, Weien; Wang, Jian; Zhao, Jiang; Geng, Huijuan; Wei, Hao; Wang, Ying; Hu, Nantao; Zhang, Yafei

    2013-01-01

    Mass production of high-quality graphene nanosheets (GNs) is essential for practical applications. We report that oxidation of graphite by low concentration KMnO4 at relatively high temperature (60C) leads to edge-selectively oxidized graphite (EOG) which preserves the high crystalline graphitic structure on its basal planes while the edges are functionalized by oxygen-containing groups. Long-chain tetradecyl-ammonium salt (C14N+) could be spontaneously intercalated into EOG to form intercalated EOG-C14N+ compounds. Gentle and short-time sonication of EOG-C14N+ in toluene can full exfoliate EOG into edge-oxidized graphene nanosheets (EOGNs) with concentration of 0.67?mg/ml, monolayer population up to 90% and lateral size from 1??m to >100??m. The EOG and EOGN films show excellent electrical conductance, which is far superior to their graphene oxide (GO) counterparts. Our method provides an efficient way to produce high-quality GNs, and the resultant EOG also can be directly used for production of multifunctional materials and devices. PMID:24022463

  5. Spontaneous intercalation of long-chain alkyl ammonium into edge-selectively oxidized graphite to efficiently produce high-quality graphene.

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    Wei, Liangming; Wu, Fei; Shi, Diwen; Hu, Changchen; Li, Xiaolin; Yuan, Weien; Wang, Jian; Zhao, Jiang; Geng, Huijuan; Wei, Hao; Wang, Ying; Hu, Nantao; Zhang, Yafei

    2013-01-01

    Mass production of high-quality graphene nanosheets (GNs) is essential for practical applications. We report that oxidation of graphite by low concentration KMnO? at relatively high temperature (60 C) leads to edge-selectively oxidized graphite (EOG) which preserves the high crystalline graphitic structure on its basal planes while the edges are functionalized by oxygen-containing groups. Long-chain tetradecyl-ammonium salt (C??N?) could be spontaneously intercalated into EOG to form intercalated EOG-C??N? compounds. Gentle and short-time sonication of EOG-C??N? in toluene can full exfoliate EOG into edge-oxidized graphene nanosheets (EOGNs) with concentration of 0.67?mg/ml, monolayer population up to 90% and lateral size from 1??m to >100??m. The EOG and EOGN films show excellent electrical conductance, which is far superior to their graphene oxide (GO) counterparts. Our method provides an efficient way to produce high-quality GNs, and the resultant EOG also can be directly used for production of multifunctional materials and devices. PMID:24022463

  6. Spaceliner Class Operability Gains Via Combined Airbreathing/ Rocket Propulsion: Summarizing an Operational Assessment of Highly Reusable Space Transports

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    Nix, Michael B.; Escher, William J. d.

    1999-01-01

    In discussing a new NASA initiative in advanced space transportation systems and technologies, the Director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Arthur G. Stephenson, noted that, "It would use new propulsion technology, air-breathing engine so you don't have to carry liquid oxygen, at least while your flying through the atmosphere. We are calling it Spaceliner 100 because it would be 100 times cheaper, costing $ 100 dollars a pound to orbit." While airbreathing propulsion is directly named, rocket propulsion is also implied by, "... while you are flying through the atmosphere." In-space final acceleration to orbital speed mandates rocket capabilities. Thus, in this informed view, Spaceliner 100 will be predicated on combined airbreathing/rocket propulsion, the technical subject of this paper. Interestingly, NASA's recently concluded Highly Reusable Space Transportation (HRST) study focused on the same affordability goal as that of the Spaceliner 100 initiative and reflected the decisive contribution of combined propulsion as a way of expanding operability and increasing the design robustness of future space transports, toward "aircraft like" capabilities. The HRST study built on the Access to Space Study and the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) development activities to identify and characterize space transportation concepts, infrastructure and technologies that have the greatest potential for reducing delivery cost by another order of magnitude, from $1,000 to $100-$200 per pound for 20,000 lb. - 40.000 lb. payloads to low earth orbit (LEO). The HRST study investigated a number of near-term, far-term, and very far-term launch vehicle concepts including all-rocket single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) concepts, two-stage-to-orbit (TSTO) concepts, concepts with launch assist, rocket-based combined cycle (RBCC) concepts, advanced expendable vehicles, and more far term ground-based laser powered launchers. The HRST study consisted of preliminary concept studies, assessments and analysis tool development for advanced space transportation systems, followed by end-to-end system concept definitions and trade analyses, specific system concept definition and analysis, specific key technology and topic analysis, system, operational and economics model development, analysis, and integrated assessments. The HRST Integration Task Force (HITF) was formed to synthesize study results in several specific topic areas and support the development of conclusions from the study: Systems Concepts Definitions, Technology Assessment, Operations Assessment, and Cost Assessment. This paper summarizes the work of the Operations Assessment Team: the six approaches used, the analytical tools and methodologies developed and employed, the issues and concerns, and the results of the assessment. The approaches were deliberately varied in measures of merit and procedure to compensate for the uncertainty inherent in operations data in this early phase of concept exploration. In general, rocket based combined cycle (RBCC) concepts appear to have significantly greater potential than all-rocket concepts for reducing operations costs.

  7. Outcomes of maternal weight gain.

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    Viswanathan, Meera; Siega-Riz, Anna Maria; Moos, Merry K; Deierlein, Andrea; Mumford, Sunni; Knaack, Julie; Thieda, Patricia; Lux, Linda J; Lohr, Kathleen N

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVES The RTI International-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Evidence-based Practice Center (RTI-UNC EPC) systematically reviewed evidence on outcomes of gestational weight gain and their confounders and effect modifiers, outcomes of weight gain within or outside the 1990 Institute of Medicine (IOM) guidelines, risks and benefits of weight gain recommendations, and anthropometric measures of weight gain. DATA SOURCES We searched MEDLINE Cochrane Collaboration resources, Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, and Embase. REVIEW METHODS We included studies published in English from 1990 through October 2007. We excluded studies with low sample size (based on study design: case series <100 subjects and cohorts <40 subjects). RESULTS Overall, strong evidence supported an association between gestational weight gains and the following outcomes: preterm birth, total birthweight, low birthweight (<2,500 g), macrosomia, large-for-gestational-age (LGA) infants, and small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infants; moderate evidence supported an association for cesarean delivery and intermediate-term weight retention (3 months to 3 years postpartum). The studies reviewed provided strong evidence for the independent association of pregravid weight status and outcomes, moderate evidence for age and parity, and weak evidence for race. Regarding outcomes of weight gain within or outside 1990 IOM guidelines, moderate to strong evidence suggests an association between weight gain below IOM recommendations and preterm birth, low birthweight, SGA birthweights, and failure to initiate breastfeeding, and strong evidence for the association between weight gain above IOM recommendations and high birthweight, macrosomia, and LGA birthweights. Moderate evidence supports an association between weight gain above IOM guidelines and cesarean delivery and postpartum weight retention in the short, intermediate, and long term. Included research is inadequate for objective assessments of the range of harms and benefits of providing all women, irrespective of age, race or ethnicity, or pregravid body mass index (BMI), with the same recommendation for weight gain in pregnancy. CONCLUSIONS Gestational weight gain is associated with some infant and maternal outcomes. One weight gain recommendation for all women is not supported by the evidence identified in this review. To understand fully the impact of gestational weight gain on short- and long-term outcomes for women and their offspring will require that researchers use consistent definitions of weight gain during pregnancy, better address confounders in their analyses, improve study designs and statistical models, and conduct studies with longer followup. PMID:18620471

  8. Do patients really gain outcome benefits when using the high-flex knee prostheses in total knee arthroplasty? A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

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    Li, Canfeng; Shen, Bin; Yang, Jing; Zhou, Zongke; Kang, Pengde; Pei, Fuxing

    2015-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to undertake a meta-analysis to evaluate whether patients really gain outcome benefits when using the high-flex (HF) prostheses in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) compared with standard (STD) implants. Only randomized controlled trials were included in this meta-analysis. After searching PubMed, Embase, Wed of Science and Cochrane Library, 1042 papers were identified and 18 trials were finally eligible for meta-analysis including 2069 knees (1906 patients). We found no statistically significant difference between the two designs in terms of ROM, knee scores (KSS, HSS, WOMAC, and SF-36), patients' satisfaction and complications. Hence there is currently no evidence to confirm that the use of high-flex prostheses in short-term is superior to the standard prostheses after total knee arthroplasty. PMID:25550212

  9. Polarized Optical Gain and Polarization-Narrowing of Heavily Oxidized Porous Silicon

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    Cazzanelli, Massimo; Kovalev, Dmitri; dal Negro, Luca; Gaburro, Zeno; Pavesi, Lorenzo

    2004-11-01

    We report on a polarization-sensitive optical gain in a blue-emitting Si/SiO2 nanocrystalline system having a high degree of emission polarization memory. This system can show a positive optical gain or optical loss depending on the polarization state of the pump and emitted light. Under optical gain conditions, the degree of polarization of the amplified spontaneous emission increases with the pumping fluence. This effect has been attributed to an increase in the stimulated emission efficiency occurring for the linearly polarized emission component characterized by high photon occupation numbers (stimulating photon flux). This finding is independently supported by other experimental observations. The occurrence of polarization dependent stimulated emission strongly indicates the relevance of morphological effects in light emission from ultrasmall elongated silicon nanostructures.

  10. High-resolution genomic profiling of thyroid lesions uncovers preferential copy number gains affecting mitochondrial biogenesis loci in the oncocytic variants

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    Kurelac, Ivana; de Biase, Dario; Calabrese, Claudia; Ceccarelli, Claudio; Ng, Charlotte KY; Lim, Raymond; MacKay, Alan; Weigelt, Britta; Porcelli, Anna Maria; Reis-Filho, Jorge S; Tallini, Giovanni; Gasparre, Giuseppe

    2015-01-01

    Oncocytic change is the result of aberrant mitochondrial hyperplasia, which may occur in both neoplastic and non-neoplastic cells and is not infrequent in the thyroid. Despite being a well-characterized histologic phenotype, the molecular causes underlying such a distinctive cellular change are poorly understood. To identify potential genetic causes for the oncocytic phenotype in thyroid, we analyzed copy number alterations in a set of oncocytic (n=21) and non-oncocytic (n=20) thyroid lesions by high-resolution microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH). Each group comprised lesions of diverse histologic types, including hyperplastic nodules, adenomas and carcinomas. Unsupervised hierarchical clustering of categorical aCGH data resulted in two distinct branches, one of which was significantly enriched for samples with the oncocytic phenotype, regardless of histologic type. Analysis of aCGH events showed that the oncocytic group harbored a significantly higher number of genes involved in copy number gains, when compared to that of conventional thyroid lesions. Functional annotation demonstrated an enrichment for copy number gains that affect genes encoding activators of mitochondrial biogenesis in oncocytic cases but not in their non-oncocytic counterparts. Taken together, our data suggest that genomic alterations may represent additional/alternative mechanisms underlying the development of the oncocytic phenotype in the thyroid. PMID:26269756

  11. Lower weight gain and hepatic lipid content in hamsters fed high fat diets supplemented with white rice protein, brown rice protein, soy protein, and their hydrolysates.

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    Zhang, Huijuan; Bartley, Glenn E; Mitchell, Cheryl R; Zhang, Hui; Yokoyama, Wallace

    2011-10-26

    The physiological effects of the hydrolysates of white rice protein (WRP), brown rice protein (BRP), and soy protein (SP) hydrolyzed by the food grade enzyme, alcalase2.4 L, were compared to the original protein source. Male Syrian Golden hamsters were fed high-fat diets containing either 20% casein (control) or 20% extracted proteins or their hydrolysates as the protein source for 3 weeks. The brown rice protein hydrolysate (BRPH) diet group reduced weight gain 76% compared with the control. Animals fed the BRPH supplemented diet also had lower final body weight, liver weight, very low density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-C), and liver cholesterol, and higher fecal fat and bile acid excretion than the control. Expression levels of hepatic genes for lipid oxidation, PPAR?, ACOX1, and CPT1, were highest for hamsters fed the BRPH supplemented diet. Expression of CYP7A1, the gene regulating bile acid synthesis, was higher in all test groups. Expression of CYP51, a gene coding for an enzyme involved in cholesterol synthesis, was highest in the BRPH diet group. The results suggest that BRPH includes unique peptides that reduce weight gain and hepatic cholesterol synthesis. PMID:21913675

  12. High-resolution genomic profiling of thyroid lesions uncovers preferential copy number gains affecting mitochondrial biogenesis loci in the oncocytic variants.

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    Kurelac, Ivana; de Biase, Dario; Calabrese, Claudia; Ceccarelli, Claudio; Ng, Charlotte Ky; Lim, Raymond; MacKay, Alan; Weigelt, Britta; Porcelli, Anna Maria; Reis-Filho, Jorge S; Tallini, Giovanni; Gasparre, Giuseppe

    2015-01-01

    Oncocytic change is the result of aberrant mitochondrial hyperplasia, which may occur in both neoplastic and non-neoplastic cells and is not infrequent in the thyroid. Despite being a well-characterized histologic phenotype, the molecular causes underlying such a distinctive cellular change are poorly understood. To identify potential genetic causes for the oncocytic phenotype in thyroid, we analyzed copy number alterations in a set of oncocytic (n=21) and non-oncocytic (n=20) thyroid lesions by high-resolution microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH). Each group comprised lesions of diverse histologic types, including hyperplastic nodules, adenomas and carcinomas. Unsupervised hierarchical clustering of categorical aCGH data resulted in two distinct branches, one of which was significantly enriched for samples with the oncocytic phenotype, regardless of histologic type. Analysis of aCGH events showed that the oncocytic group harbored a significantly higher number of genes involved in copy number gains, when compared to that of conventional thyroid lesions. Functional annotation demonstrated an enrichment for copy number gains that affect genes encoding activators of mitochondrial biogenesis in oncocytic cases but not in their non-oncocytic counterparts. Taken together, our data suggest that genomic alterations may represent additional/alternative mechanisms underlying the development of the oncocytic phenotype in the thyroid. PMID:26269756

  13. Self-assembly, highly modified spontaneous emission and energy transfer properties of LaPO4:Ce3+, Tb3+ inverse opals.

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    Zhu, Yongsheng; Sun, Zhipeng; Yin, Ze; Song, Hongwei; Xu, Wen; Wang, Yunfeng; Zhang, Ligong; Zhang, Hanzhuang

    2013-06-14

    The modification of photonic crystals (PCs) on photoluminescence of rare earth (RE) ions has attracted considerable interest, however, the modification of PCs on energy transfer (ET) processes of two separate RE centers has not been investigated yet. In this paper, three-dimensional Ce(3+), Tb(3+)-codoped LaPO4 inverse opal PCs (IOPCs) were fabricated by the PMMA colloidal template method. The modification of the photonic stop band (PSB) on emission spectra and the dynamics of the 5d-4f transition of Ce(3+) and the 4f-4f transition of Tb(3+) ions were systematically studied. It is interesting to observe that the spontaneous decay rates (SDR) of (5)D4-(7)F5 in the IOPCs were suppressed as highly as 173% in contrast to the reference ground powder samples (REF) due to the modification of the effective refractive index (n(eff)). The energy transfer (ET) rate of Ce(3+) to Tb(3+) did not change in the IOPCs, however, the energy migration rate among Tb(3+) ions was largely restrained. It is also significant to observe that, in the IOPCs, the temperature quenching and radiation trapping of photoluminescence were greatly suppressed due to the periodic empty cavity structure of IOPCs, which is significant for high-power light sources and laser devices. PMID:23571776

  14. Spontaneous Paraesophageal Hematoma.

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    Yan, Jessica; Walker, Courtney; Chalasani, Pavani

    2015-10-01

    Spontaneous paraesophageal hematoma (SPH) likely shares a common etiology with spontaneous intramural esophageal hematoma (IEH). Patients with IEH typically present with hematemesis or melena leading to early detection and management, but patients with SPH do not have overt gastrointestinal bleeding on presentation. Management depends on the correction of the underlying causative factor. We present the first case of a spontaneous paraesophageal hematoma in a patient with hemophilia B. Awareness of this complication of hemophilia, its clinical manifestations, and imaging findings, allows for a timely diagnosis and appropriate management. PMID:26504872

  15. Spontaneous Paraesophageal Hematoma

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    Walker, Courtney; Chalasani, Pavani

    2015-01-01

    Spontaneous paraesophageal hematoma (SPH) likely shares a common etiology with spontaneous intramural esophageal hematoma (IEH). Patients with IEH typically present with hematemesis or melena leading to early detection and management, but patients with SPH do not have overt gastrointestinal bleeding on presentation. Management depends on the correction of the underlying causative factor. We present the first case of a spontaneous paraesophageal hematoma in a patient with hemophilia B. Awareness of this complication of hemophilia, its clinical manifestations, and imaging findings, allows for a timely diagnosis and appropriate management. PMID:26504872

  16. Suppression of shot noise and spontaneous radiation in electron beams

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    Litvinenko,V.

    2009-08-23

    Shot noise in the electron beam distribution is the main source of noise in high-gain FEL amplifiers, which may affect applications ranging from single- and multi-stage HGHG FELs to an FEL amplifier for coherent electron cooling. This noise also imposes a fundamental limit of about 10{sup 6} on FEL gain, after which SASE FELs saturate. There are several advantages in strongly suppressing this shot noise in the electron beam, and the corresponding spontaneous radiation. For more than a half-century, a traditional passive method has been used successfully in practical low-energy microwave electronic devices to suppress shot noise. Recently, it was proposed for this purpose in FELs. However, being passive, the method has some significant limitations and is hardly suitable for the highly inhomogeneous beams of modern high-gain FELs. I present a novel active method of suppressing, by many orders-of-magnitude, the shot noise in relativistic electron beams. I give a theoretical description of the process, and detail its fundamental limitation.

  17. Effect of colon transection on spontaneous and meal-induced high-amplitude-propagating contractions in children

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    Jacobs, Courtney; Wolfson, Sharon; Di Lorenzo, Carlo; Cocjin, Jose; Monagas, Javier; Hyman, Paul

    2014-01-01

    Background After Hirschsprungs disease (HD) surgery, many children suffer fecal incontinence caused by increased number of high amplitude propagating contractions (HAPCs) propagating through the neorectum to the anal verge. The aim of this study was to determine whether children with HD have more HAPCs than children with colon transections for reasons other than HD. Methods We reviewed 500 colon manometries. Children (7.65.1 yrs; 275 male) with functional constipation (n=237; 7.45.0yrs; 126 male) and chronic abdominal pain (n=48; 9.85.8yrs; 25 male) served as controls compared to subjects with HD (n=56; 6.94.1yrs; 44 male) and colon transection for other reasons (n=24; 6.15.8yrs; 12 male). We excluded 139 subjects without HAPCs. We documented HAPCs during 1 h fasting and 1 h postprandial. Results are mean SD. Results During fasting, HD subjects had more HAPCs (2.23.4/h) vs. functional constipation (0.82.2/h, p=0.0004) and chronic pain (0.51.1/h, p=0.001), but not more than colon transection (1.93.2/h, p=1.0). HD showed more postprandial HAPCs (4.05.4/h) than functional constipation (1.52.5/h, p<0.0001) and chronic pain (0.91.6/h, p<0.0001), but not more than colon transection (2.43.0/h, p=0.6). There were more HAPCs fasting and post-prandial after colon transection (1.9 3.2/h and 2.43.0/h) than functional constipation (0.82.2/h, p=0.3 and 1.52.5/h, p=1.0) and chronic pain (0.51.1/h, p=1.0 and 0.91.6, p=1.0). HD subjects were divided by chief complaint: fecal incontinence or constipation. HD subjects with incontinence (n=23) only had more HAPCs fasting (p=0.01) and post-prandial (p=0.01) than HD subjects with constipation (n=28) only. Conclusions Increased HAPCs followed colon transection, regardless of cause. HD subjects with incontinence had more HAPCs than subjects with colon transection for other reasons. PMID:25221933

  18. Antihypertensive Effect of Radix Paeoniae Alba in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats and Excessive Alcohol Intake and High Fat Diet Induced Hypertensive Rats

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    Su-Hong, Chen; Qi, Chen; Bo, Li; Jian-Li, Gao; Jie, Su; Gui-Yuan, Lv

    2015-01-01

    Radix Paeoniae Alba (Baishao, RPA) has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine formulation to treat hypertension by repression the hyperfunction of liver. However, whether the RPA itself has the antihypertensive effect or not is seldom studied. This study was to evaluate the protective effect of RPA on hypertensive rats. Alcohol in conjunction with a high fat diet- (ACHFD-) induced hypertensive rats and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) was constantly received either RPA extract (25 or 75?mg/kg) or captopril (15?mg/kg) all along the experiments. As a result, RPA extract (75?mg/kg) could significantly reduce systolic blood pressure of both ACHFD-induced hypertensive rats and SHR after 9-week or 4-week treatment. In ACHFD-induced hypertensive rats, the blood pressure was significantly increased and the lipid profiles in serum including triglyceride, total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, and HDL-cholesterol were significantly deteriorated. Also, hepatic damage was manifested by a significant increase in alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST) in serum. The RPA extract significantly reversed these parameters, which revealed that it could alleviate the liver damage of rats. In SHR, our result suggested that the antihypertensive active of RPA extract may be related to its effect on regulating serum nitric oxide (NO) and endothelin (ET) levels. PMID:25784949

  19. High power diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG laser on the low gain three lines near 1.1 μm

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    Wang, Zhichao; Cui, Dafu; Bo, Yong; Xie, Shiyong; Xu, Yiting; Yang, Feng; Xu, Jialin; Peng, Qinjun; Xu, Zuyan

    2013-05-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate the high power diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG laser on the low gain three lines at 1112, 1116 and 1123 nm. By special coating design or inserting etalon in the cavity, the single wavelength oscillation can be achieved with high output power either in continuous-wave (CW) mode or in actively Q-switched (QS) mode. With special coating design, the maximum CW output power at 1123 nm can be up to 219.3 W. By tuning the tilt angle of an etalon in the cavity, the highest output powers at 1112, 1116 and 1123 nm were obtained to be 72, 43 and 63 W operated in QS mode, and 75, 47 and 71W in CW mode, respectively. This compact laser system, which is capable of selectively operation at one of the three lines at 1112, 1116 and 1123 nm, is of important practical value. The high power achievable with the present laser may enable some interesting applications, such as chemistry, differential absorption lidar, second harmonic generation (SHG) into visible and fourth harmonic generation (FHG) into ultraviolet lasers.

  20. High peak- and average-power pulse shaped fiber laser in the ns-regime applying step-index XLMA gain fibers

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    Dinger, R.; Grundmann, F.-P.; Hapke, C.; Ruppik, S.

    2014-03-01

    Pulsed fiber lasers and continuous-wave (cw) fiber lasers have become the tool of choice in more and more laser based industrial applications like metal cutting and welding mainly because of their robustness, compactness, high brightness, high efficiency and reasonable costs. However, to further increase the productivity with those laser types there is a great demand for even higher laser power specifications. In this context we demonstrate a pulsed high peak- and averagepower fiber laser in a Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA) configuration with selectable pulse durations between 1 ns and several hundred nanoseconds. To overcome fiber nonlinearities such as stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) and self-phase-modulation (SPM) flexible Ytterbium doped extra-large mode area (XLMA) step index fibers, prepared by novel powder-sinter technology, have been used as gain fibers. As an example, for 12 ns pulses with a repetition rate of 10 kHz, a pump power limited average laser output power of more than 400 W in combination with peak powers of more than 3.5 MW (close to self-focusing-threshold) has been achieved in stable operation. The potentials of this laser system have been further explored towards longer pulse durations in order to achieve even higher pulse energies by means of pulse shaping techniques. In addition, investigations have been conducted with reduced pulse energies and repetition rates up to 500 kHz and average powers of more than 500 W at nearly diffraction limited beam quality.

  1. Spontaneous combustion of hydrogen

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    Nusselt, Wilhelm; Pothmann, PH

    1923-01-01

    It is shown by the author's experiments that hydrogen which escapes to the atmosphere through openings in the system may burn spontaneously if it contains dust. Purely thermal reasoning can not account for the combustion. It seems to be rather an electrical ignition. In order to determine whether the cause of the spontaneous ignition was thermo-chemical, thermo-mechanical, or thermo-electrical, the experiments in this paper were performed.

  2. Spontaneous cholecystocutaneous abscess.

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    Metsemakers, W J; Quanten, I; Vanhoenacker, F; Spiessens, T

    2010-01-01

    Spontaneous cholecystocutaneous abscesses or fistulae are rare complications of neglected biliary calculous disease which have become extremely rare during the last decades. We report a case of spontaneous cholecystocutaneous abscess in a 69-year-old male who presented with a mass in the right subcostal region.The diagnosis was made by CT scan with multiplanar reformating. Treatment consisted of incision and drainage of the abdominal wall abscess followed by cholecystectomy in a one-stage protocol. PMID:20957892

  3. Spectral gain measurements of quantum confined emitters, and design and fabrication of intersubband quantum box laser structures

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    Tsvid, Gene

    Semiconductor laser active regions are commonly characterized by photo- and electro-luminescence (PL, EL) and cavity length analysis. However quantitative spectral information is not readily extracted from PL and EL data and comparison of different active region materials can be difficult. More quantifiable spectral information is contained in the optical gain spectra. This work reports on spectral gain studies, using multi-segmented interband devices, of InGaAs quantum well and quantum dot active regions grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). Using the fundamental connection between gain and spontaneous emission spectra, the spontaneous radiative current and spontaneous radiative efficiency is evaluated for these active regions. The spectral gain and spontaneous radiative efficiency measurements of 980 nm emitting InGaAs quantum well (QW) material provides a benchmark comparison to previous results obtained on highly-strained, 1200 nm emitting InGaAs QW material. These studies provide insight into carrier recombination and the role of the current injection efficiency in InGaAs QW lasers. The spectral gain of self-assembled MOCVD grown InGaAs quantum dots (QD) active regions are also investigated, allowing for comparison to InGaAs QW material. The second part of my talk will cover intersubband-transition QW and quantum-box (QB) lasers. Quantum cascade (QC) lasers have emerged as compact and technologically important light sources in the mid-infrared (IR) and far-IR wavelength ranges infringing on the near-IR and terahertz spectral regions respectively. However, the overall power conversion efficiency, so-called wallplug efficiency, of the best QC lasers, emitting around 5 microns, is 9% in CW operation and very unlikely to exceed 15%. In order to dramatically improve the wallplug efficiency of mid-IR lasers (i.e., to about 50%), intersubband QB (IQB) lasers have been proposed. The basic idea, the optimal design and the progress towards the fabrication of IQB lasers will be presented.

  4. Adaptive allocation of attentional gain

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    Scolari, Miranda; Serences, John T.

    2009-01-01

    Humans are adept at distinguishing between stimuli that are very similar, an ability that is particularly crucial when the outcome is of serious consequence (e.g. for a surgeon or air traffic controller). Traditionally, selective attention was thought to facilitate perception by increasing the gain of sensory neurons tuned to the defining features of a behaviorally relevant object (e.g. color, orientation, etc.). In contrast, recent mathematical models counter-intuitively suggest that in many cases attentional gain should be applied to neurons that are tuned away from relevant features, especially when discriminating highly similar stimuli. Here we used psychophysical methods to critically evaluate these ideal observer models. The data demonstrate that attention enhances the gain of the most informative sensory neurons, even when these neurons are tuned away from the behaviorally relevant target feature. Moreover, the degree to which an individual adopted optimal attentional gain settings by the end of testing predicted success rates on a difficult visual discrimination task, as well as the amount of task improvement that occurred across repeated testing sessions (learning). Contrary to most traditional accounts, these observations suggest that the primary function of attentional gain is not simply to enhance the representation of target features, but to optimize performance on the current perceptual task. Additionally, individual differences in gain suggest that the operating characteristics of low-level attentional phenomena are not stable trait-like attributes and that variability in how attention is deployed may play an important role in determining perceptual abilities. PMID:19776279

  5. Spontaneous ruptured hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Yoshida, Hiroshi; Mamada, Yasuhiro; Taniai, Nobuhiko; Uchida, Eiji

    2016-01-01

    The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is rising worldwide. Spontaneous rupture of HCC occasionally occurs, and ruptured HCC with intraperitoneal hemorrhage is potentially life-threatening. The most common symptom of ruptured HCC is acute abdominal pain. The tumor size in ruptured HCC is significantly greater than that in non-ruptured HCC, and HCC protrudes beyond the original liver margin. In the acute phase, hemostasis is the primary concern and tumor treatment is secondary. Transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) can effectively induce hemostasis. The hemostatic success rate of TAE ranges 53-100%. A one-stage surgical operation is a treatment modality for selected patients. Conservative treatment is usually given to patients in a moribund state with inoperable tumors and thus has poor outcomes. Patients with severe ruptures of advanced HCC and poor liver function have high mortality rates. Liver failure occurs in 12-42% of patients during the acute phase. In the stable phase, tumor treatment, such as transarterial chemoembolization or hepatic resection should be concerned. The combination of acute hemorrhage and cancer in patients with ruptured HCC requires a two-step therapeutic approach. TAE followed by elective hepatectomy is considered an effective strategy for patients with ruptured HCC. PMID:25631290

  6. Preventing Weight Gain

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    ... Weight Body Mass Index (BMI) About Adult BMI Adult BMI Calculator Metric Version  About Child & Teen BMI Measuring Children's Height and Weight Accurately At Home Child & Teen BMI Calculator Children's BMI Tool for Schools Finding a Balance Other Factors in Weight Gain Preventing Weight Gain ...

  7. Invention and Gain Analysis.

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    Weber, Robert J.; Dixon, Stacey

    1989-01-01

    Gain analysis is applied to the invention of the sewing needle as well as different sewing implements and modes of sewing. The analysis includes a two-subject experiment. To validate the generality of gain heuristics and underlying switching processes, the invention of the assembly line is also analyzed. (TJH)

  8. High-resolution molecular validation of self-renewal and spontaneous differentiation in adipose-tissue derived human mesenchymal stem cells cultured in human platelet lysate

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    Dudakovic, Amel Dudakovic; Camilleri, Emily; Riester, Scott M.; Lewallen, Eric A.; Kvasha, Sergiy; Chen, Xiaoyue; Radel, Darcie J.; Anderson, Jarett M.; Nair, Asha A.; Evans, Jared M.; Krych, Aaron J.; Smith, Jay; Deyle, David R.; Stein, Janet L.; Stein, Gary S.; Im, Hee-Jeong; Cool, Simon M.; Westendorf, Jennifer J.; Kakar, Sanjeev; Dietz, Allan B.; van Wijnen, Andre J.

    2014-01-01

    Improving the effectiveness of adipose-tissue derived human mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (AMSCs) for skeletal therapies requires a detailed characterization of mechanisms supporting cell proliferation and multi-potency. We investigated the molecular phenotype of AMSCs that were either actively proliferating in platelet lysate or in a basal non-proliferative state. Flow cytometry combined with high-throughput RNA sequencing (RNASeq) and RT-qPCR analyses validate that AMSCs express classic mesenchymal cell surface markers (e.g., CD44, CD73/NT5E, CD90/THY1 and CD105/ENG). Expression of CD90 is selectively elevated at confluence. Self-renewing AMSCs express a standard cell cycle program that successively mediates DNA replication, chromatin packaging, cyto-architectural enlargement and mitotic division. Confluent AMSCs preferentially express genes involved in extracellular matrix (ECM) formation and cellular communication. For example, cell cycle-related biomarkers (e.g., cyclins E2 and B2, transcription factor E2F1) and histone-related genes (e.g., H4, HINFP, NPAT) are elevated in proliferating AMSCs, while ECM genes are strongly upregulated (>10 fold) in quiescent AMSCs. AMSCs also express pluripotency genes (e.g., POU5F1, NANOG, KLF4) and early mesenchymal markers (e.g., NES, ACTA2) consistent with their multipotent phenotype. Strikingly, AMSCs modulate expression of WNT signaling components and switch production of WNT ligands (from WNT5A/WNT5B/WNT7B to WNT2/WNT2B), while up-regulating WNT-related genes (WISP2, SFRP2 and SFRP4). Furthermore, post-proliferative AMSCs spontaneously express fibroblastic, osteogenic, chondrogenic and adipogenic biomarkers when maintained in confluent cultures. Our findings validate the biological properties of self-renewing and multi-potent AMSCs by providing high-resolution quality control data that support their clinical versatility. PMID:24905804

  9. The long-term effect of low-carbohydrate/high-fat diet on the development of diabetes mellitus in spontaneously diabetic rats.

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    Kaneko, T; Wang, P Y; Wang, Y; Sato, A

    2000-12-01

    The long-term effect of low-carbohydrate/high-fat diets on the development of diabetes mellitus was studied in Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty strain (OLETF) rats. Four groups of spontaneously diabetic (type 2) male rats at 10 weeks of age were pair-fed semi-purified powder diets containing different amounts of carbohydrate (80%, 60%, 40%, 20% of total calories) for 30 weeks. The carbohydrate content was isocalorically substituted for the fat content in the diet. At the onset of experimental feeding (10 weeks of age), an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) was normal in each group. After 15 weeks of the test diet feeding there was no significant difference in the glucose tolerance among the 4 groups, although most of the rats were diabetic. The body weight increased with the decrease of the carbohydrate intake and increase of the fat intake (p <0.05), and the difference increased in proportion to age (p<0.05). The severity of diabetes mellitus was also increased along with the lower carbohydrate intake and higher fat intake, when the carbohydrate intake was less than 60% (in energy). On the other hand, there was a significant increase in the 20% group in the postload plasma insulin levels as compared with the other 3 groups at 40 weeks of age. Fasting plasma free fatty acid levels were increased in the lower carbohydrate content groups (20% and 40%) as compared with the higher carbohydrate content groups (60% and 80%) at the end of the experiment. Impairment of insulin secretion may be the cause of glucose intolerance induced by low carbohydrate intake rather than insulin resistance. These findings suggest that low-carbohydrate/high-fat diet aggravates diabetes mellitus in genetically diabetic rats, and that the development of diabetes mellitus is associated with the activation of the glucose-fatty acid cycle. PMID:11173716

  10. Effects of Acidic Polysaccharides from Gastrodia Rhizome on Systolic Blood Pressure and Serum Lipid Concentrations in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats Fed a High-Fat Diet

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    Lee, Ok-Hwan; Kim, Kyung-Im; Han, Chan-Kyu; Kim, Young-Chan; Hong, Hee-Do

    2012-01-01

    The effects of acidic polysaccharides purified from Gastrodia rhizome on blood pressure and serum lipid levels in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) fed a high-fat diet were investigated. Acidic polysaccharides were purified from crude polysaccharides by DEAE-Sepharose CL-6B. Thirty-six male SHR were randomly divided into three groups: Gastrodia rhizome crude polysaccharide (A), acidic polysaccharide (B) groups, and a control group (C). A 5-week oral administration of all treatment groups was performed daily in 3- to 8-week-old SHRs with a dose of 6 mg/kg of body weight/day. After 5 weeks of treatment, total cholesterol in the acidic polysaccharide group, at 69.7 ± 10.6 mg/dL, was lower than in the crude polysaccharide group (75.0 ± 6.0 mg/dL) and the control group (89.2 ± 7.4 mg/dL). In addition, triglyceride and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in the acidic polysaccharide group were lower than in the crude polysaccharide and control groups. The atherogenic index of the acidic polysaccharide group was 46.3% lower than in the control group. Initial blood pressure after the initial three weeks on the high-fat diet averaged 195.9 ± 3.3 mmHg among all rats. Compared with the initial blood pressure, the final blood pressure in the control group was increased by 22.8 mmHg, whereas it decreased in the acidic polysaccharide group by 14.9 mmHg. These results indicate that acidic polysaccharides from Gastrodia rhizome reduce hypertension and improve serum lipid levels. PMID:22312280

  11. Spontaneous rupture of the ureter

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    Eken, Alper; Akbas, Tugana; Arpaci, Taner

    2015-01-01

    Spontaneous rupture of the ureter is a very rare condition and usually results from ureteral obstruction by a calculus. Only theoretical mechanisms have been proposed and no possible explanation has yet been reported in the literature. Intravenous contrast-enhanced computed tomography is the most informative study with high sensitivity. Treatment should be individualised, and depends on the state of the patient. Minimally invasive endourological procedures with double-J catheter placement and percutaneous drainage offer excellent results. Conservative management with analgesics and antibiotic coverage may be an alternative to surgery. Herein, we present a case of spontaneous rupture of the proximal ureter with no evidence of an underlying pathological condition. PMID:25715862

  12. Fucoxanthin-rich seaweed extract suppresses body weight gain and improves lipid metabolism in high-fat-fed C57BL/6J mice.

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    Jeon, Seon-Min; Kim, Hye-Jin; Woo, Myoung-Nam; Lee, Mi-Kyung; Shin, Young Chul; Park, Yong Bok; Choi, Myung-Sook

    2010-09-01

    An ethanol extract of fucoxanthin-rich seaweed was examined for its effectiveness as a nutraceutical for body fat-lowering agent and for an antiobese effect based on mode of actions in C57BL/6J mice. Animals were randomized to receive a semi-purified high-fat diet (20% dietary fat, 10% corn oil and 10% lard) supplemented with 0.2% conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) as the positive control, 1.43% or 5.72% fucoxanthin-rich seaweed ethanol extract (Fx-SEE), equivalent to 0.05% or 0.2% dietary fucoxanthin for six weeks. Results showed that supplementation with both doses of Fx-SEE significantly reduced body and abdominal white adipose tissue (WAT) weights, plasma and hepatic triglyceride (TG), and/or cholesterol concentrations compared to the high-fat control group. Activities of adipocytic fatty acid (FA) synthesis, hepatic FA and TG synthesis, and cholesterol-regulating enzyme were also lowered by Fx-SEE supplement. Concentrations of plasma high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, fecal TG and cholesterol, as well as FA oxidation enzyme activity and UCP1 mRNA expression in epididymal WAT were significantly higher in the Fx-SEE groups than in the high-fat control group. CLA treatment reduced the body weight gain and plasma TG concentration. Overall, these results indicate that Fx-SEE affects the plasma and hepatic lipid profile, fecal lipids and body fat mass, and alters hepatic cholesterol metabolism, FA synthesis and lipid absorption. PMID:20845386

  13. Prismatic louver active façades for natural illumination and thermal energy gain in high-rise and commercial buildings

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    Vlachokostas, A.; Volkmann, C.; Madamopoulos, N.

    2013-06-01

    High-rise and commercial buildings in urban centers present a great challenge in terms of their energy consumption. Due to maximization of rentable square footage, the preferred urban façade system over the past 50 years has been the "curtain wall", only a few inches thick and comprised of modular steel or aluminum framing and predominant glass infills. The perceived Achilles heel of these modern glass façade systems is their thermal inefficiency: They are inadequate thermal barriers and exhibit excessive solar gain. The excessive solar gain has a negative impact on lighting and cooling loads of the entire building. This negative impact will be further exacerbated with rising energy costs. However, rather than view the glass façade's uncontrolled solar gain merely as a weakness contributing to higher energy consumption, the condition could indeed be considered as related to an energy solution. These glass façades can be retrofitted to operate as a provider of daylight and energy for the rest of the building, taking advantage of the overexposure to the sun. With today's technology, the sun's abundant renewable energy can be the driving force for the energy transition of these building envelopes. Illumination, thermal energy, and electricity production can be directly supplied from the sun, and when correctly and efficiently managed, they can lead to a significantly less energy-intensive building stock. We propose a multi-purpose, prismatic, louver-based façade to perform both daylight and thermal energy harvesting with a goal of offering a better daylight environment for the occupants, and reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of the building. While decentralized air-conditioning units are commonly accepted as façade "plug-ins", such decentralization could be utilized with more benefits by passively managing the interior space conditions, without using any extra power. Just as living organisms respond and adapt to the environmental changes in their surroundings, the proposed multi-purpose prismatic louver façade can be responsive and resilient to daytime sky conditions, environmental temperatures and occupant needs by exploiting options presented by the three sides of the prismatic louvers. The façade is highly configurable since every side of the prismatic louver façade can perform a different operation. The prism itself operates as a redirector of sunlight from the glass façade to the ceiling and consequently diffuses the sunlight throughout the room, providing higher and more uniform illumination levels. In addition, each side of the prismatic louver can be implemented in multiple ways (e.g., visibly transparent photovoltaic cells, luminescent solar concentrators). The ability to rotate the prismatic louvers along their axes allows the user to expose a set of different surfaces to the sun's radiation in accordance with different climatic conditions and occupant needs. Thus, the prismatic louvers help achieve a selective control and management of the incoming light that allows us to manipulate the incoming energy for the benefit of the building and its occupants.

  14. A high calcium diet containing nonfat dry milk reduces weight gain and associated adipose tissue inflammation in diet-induced obese mice when compared to high calcium alone

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    High dietary calcium (Ca) has been reported to have anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory properties. Evidence for these properties of dietary Ca in animal models of polygenic obesity have been confounded by the inclusion of dairy food components (proteins and/or carbohydrates), thus the individual ef...

  15. A dairy-based high calcium diet improves glucose homeostasis and reduces further weight gain in high fat fed mice in the context of pre-existing obesity

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    Background: High dietary calcium (Ca) in the context of a dairy food matrix has been shown to reduce obesity development and associated inflammation in diet-induced obese (DIO) mice. However, the influence of Ca and dairy on these phenotypes in the context of pre-existing obesity is not known. Met...

  16. Underrepresented Minority High School and College Students Report STEM-Pipeline Sustaining Gains After Participating in the Loma Linda University Summer Health Disparities Research Program

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    Salto, Lorena M.; Riggs, Matt L.; Delgado De Leon, Daisy; Casiano, Carlos A.; De Leon, Marino

    2014-01-01

    An urgent need exists for graduate and professional schools to establish evidence-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pipeline programs to increase the diversity of the biomedical workforce. An untapped yet promising pool of willing participants are capable high school students that have a strong STEM interest but may lack the skills and the guided mentoring needed to succeed in competitive STEM fields. This study evaluates and compares the impact of the Loma Linda University (LLU) Summer Health Disparities Research Program on high school (HS) and undergraduate (UG) student participants. The primary focus of our summer research experience (SRE) is to enhance the research self-efficacy of the participants by actively involving them in a research project and by providing the students with personalized mentoring and targeted career development activities, including education on health disparities. The results of our study show that our SRE influenced terminal degree intent and increased participant willingness to incorporate research into future careers for both the HS and the UG groups. The quantitative data shows that both the HS and the UG participants reported large, statistically significant gains in self-assessed research skills and research self-efficacy. Both participant groups identified the hands-on research and the mentor experience as the most valuable aspects of our SRE and reported increased science skills, increased confidence in science ability and increased motivation and affirmation to pursue a science career. The follow-up data indicates that 67% of the HS participants and 90% of the UG participants graduated from college with a STEM degree; for those who enrolled in graduate education, 61% and 43% enrolled in LLU, respectively. We conclude that structured SREs can be highly effective STEM strengthening interventions for both UG and HS students and may be a way to measurably increase institutional and biomedical workforce diversity. PMID:25250695

  17. High-Throughput Analysis of NF-κB Dynamics in Single Cells Reveals Basal Nuclear Localization of NF-κB and Spontaneous Activation of Oscillations

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    Zambrano, Samuel; Bianchi, Marco E.; Agresti, Alessandra

    2014-01-01

    NF-κB is a transcription factor that upon activation undergoes cycles of cytoplasmic-to-nuclear and nuclear-to-cytoplasmic transport, giving rise to so called “oscillations”. In turn, oscillations tune the transcriptional output. Since a detailed understanding of oscillations requires a systems biology approach, we developed a method to acquire and analyze large volumes of data on NF-κB dynamics in single cells. We measured the time evolution of the nuclear to total ratio of GFP-p65 in knock-in mouse embryonic fibroblasts using time-lapse imaging. We automatically produced a precise segmentation of nucleus and cytoplasm based on an accurate estimation of the signal and image background. Finally, we defined a set of quantifiers that describe the oscillatory dynamics, which are internally normalized and can be used to compare data recorded by different labs. Using our method, we analyzed NF-κB dynamics in over 2000 cells exposed to different concentrations of TNF- α α. We reproduced known features of the NF-κB system, such as the heterogeneity of the response in the cell population upon stimulation and we confirmed that a fraction of the responding cells does not oscillate. We also unveiled important features: the second and third oscillatory peaks were often comparable to the first one, a basal amount of nuclear NF-κB could be detected in unstimulated cells, and at any time a small fraction of unstimulated cells showed spontaneous random activation of the NF-κB system. Our work lays the ground for systematic, high-throughput, and unbiased analysis of the dynamics of transcription factors that can shuttle between the nucleus and other cell compartments. PMID:24595030

  18. Rice koji reduced body weight gain, fat accumulation, and blood glucose level in high-fat diet-induced obese mice

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    Yoshizaki, Yumiko; Kawasaki, Chihiro; Cheng, Kai-Chun; Ushikai, Miharu; Amitani, Haruka; Asakawa, Akihiro; Okutsu, Kayu; Sameshima, Yoshihiro; Takamine, Kazunori

    2014-01-01

    Rice koji is considered a readily accessible functional food that may have health-promoting effects. We investigated whether white, yellow, and red koji have the anti-obesity effect in C57BL/6J mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD), which is a model for obesity. Mice were fed HFD containing 10% (w/w) of rice koji powder or steamed rice for 4 weeks. Weight gain, epididymal white adipose tissue, and total adipose tissue weight were significantly lower in all rice koji groups than in the HFD-rice group after 4 weeks. Feed efficiency was significantly reduced in the yellow koji group. Blood glucose levels were significantly lower in the white and red koji groups with HOMA-R and leptin levels being reduced in the white koji group. White and red koji increased glucose uptake and GLUT4 protein expression in L6 myotube cells. These results showed that all rice koji have the anti-obesity or anti-diabetes effects although the mechanisms may differ depending on the type of rice koji consumed. PMID:25237599

  19. Tetrahydro iso-Alpha Acids from Hops Improve Glucose Homeostasis and Reduce Body Weight Gain and Metabolic Endotoxemia in High-Fat Diet-Fed Mice

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    Van Roye, Marie; Delzenne, Nathalie M.; Cani, Patrice D.

    2012-01-01

    Obesity and related metabolic disorders such as insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes are associated with a low-grade inflammatory state possibly through changes in gut microbiota composition and the development of higher plasma lipopolysaccharide (LPS) levels, i.e. metabolic endotoxemia. Various phytochemical compounds have been investigated as potential tools to regulate these metabolic features. Humulus lupulus L. (hops) contains several classes of compounds with anti-inflammatory potential. Recent evidence suggests that hops-derived compounds positively impact adipocyte metabolism and glucose tolerance in obese and diabetic rodents via undefined mechanisms. In this study, we found that administration of tetrahydro iso-alpha acids (termed META060) to high-fat diet (HFD)-fed obese and diabetic mice for 8 weeks reduced body weight gain, the development of fat mass, glucose intolerance, and fasted hyperinsulinemia, and normalized insulin sensitivity markers. This was associated with reduced portal plasma LPS levels, gut permeability, and higher intestinal tight junction proteins Zonula occludens-1 and occludin. Moreover, META060 treatment increased the plasma level of the anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-10 and decreased the plasma level of the pro-inflammatory cytokine granulocyte colony-stimulating factor. In conclusion, this research allows us to decipher a novel mechanism contributing to the positive effects of META060 treatment, and supports the need to investigate such compounds in obese and type 2 diabetic patients. PMID:22470484

  20. Tetrahydro iso-alpha acids from hops improve glucose homeostasis and reduce body weight gain and metabolic endotoxemia in high-fat diet-fed mice.

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    Everard, Amandine; Geurts, Lucie; Van Roye, Marie; Delzenne, Nathalie M; Cani, Patrice D

    2012-01-01

    Obesity and related metabolic disorders such as insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes are associated with a low-grade inflammatory state possibly through changes in gut microbiota composition and the development of higher plasma lipopolysaccharide (LPS) levels, i.e. metabolic endotoxemia. Various phytochemical compounds have been investigated as potential tools to regulate these metabolic features. Humulus lupulus L. (hops) contains several classes of compounds with anti-inflammatory potential. Recent evidence suggests that hops-derived compounds positively impact adipocyte metabolism and glucose tolerance in obese and diabetic rodents via undefined mechanisms. In this study, we found that administration of tetrahydro iso-alpha acids (termed META060) to high-fat diet (HFD)-fed obese and diabetic mice for 8 weeks reduced body weight gain, the development of fat mass, glucose intolerance, and fasted hyperinsulinemia, and normalized insulin sensitivity markers. This was associated with reduced portal plasma LPS levels, gut permeability, and higher intestinal tight junction proteins Zonula occludens-1 and occludin. Moreover, META060 treatment increased the plasma level of the anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-10 and decreased the plasma level of the pro-inflammatory cytokine granulocyte colony-stimulating factor. In conclusion, this research allows us to decipher a novel mechanism contributing to the positive effects of META060 treatment, and supports the need to investigate such compounds in obese and type 2 diabetic patients. PMID:22470484

  1. Oral Administration of Oleuropein and Its Semisynthetic Peracetylated Derivative Prevents Hepatic Steatosis, Hyperinsulinemia, and Weight Gain in Mice Fed with High Fat Cafeteria Diet

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    Lepore, Saverio Massimo; Morittu, Valeria Maria; Celano, Marilena; Trimboli, Francesca; Oliverio, Manuela; Procopio, Antonio; Di Loreto, Carla; Damante, Giuseppe; Britti, Domenico; Bulotta, Stefania; Russo, Diego

    2015-01-01

    The high consumption of olive tree products in the Mediterranean diet has been associated with a lower incidence of metabolic disorders and cardiovascular diseases. In particular, the protective effects of olive oil have been attributed to the presence of polyphenols such as oleuropein (Ole) and its derivatives. We have synthesized a peracetylated derivative of Ole (Ac-Ole) which has shown in vitro antioxidant and growth-inhibitory activity higher than the natural molecule. In this study, male C57BL/6JOlaHsd mice were fed with a standard (std), cafeteria (caf) diet, and caf diet supplemented with Ole (0.037 mmol/kg/day) and Ac-Ole (0.025 mmol/kg/day) for 15 weeks. We observed a significant reduction in the caf diet-induced body weight gain and increase of abdominal adipose tissue. Also, Ole and Ac-Ole prevented the development of hepatic steatosis. Finally, Ole and Ac-Ole determined a lower increase of HDL and LDL-cholesterol levels and corrected caf diet-induced elevation of plasma glucose concentrations by improving insulin sensitivity. The observed beneficial properties of Ole and Ac-Ole make these compounds and in particular Ac-Ole promising candidates for a potential pharmaceutic use in metabolic disorders. PMID:26798341

  2. [Primary spontaneous pneumomediastinum].

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    Togashi, K; Hosaka, Y

    2007-12-01

    We report 5 cases of spontaneous pneumomediastinum. They were 4 men and 1 female with a mean age of 17 (14-25). Four patients developed sport-related pneumomediastinum and 1 patient had a karaoke-related condition. Primary spontaneous pneumomediasinum is a rare condition. In addition, there is no previous report describing karaoke-related spontaneous pneumomediastinum. Each of the patients experienced chest pain and/or neck pain before consulting our hospital. Chest roentgenogram and chest computed tomography showed pneumomediastinum without esophageal or tracheal injury. Four patients did not require hospitalization, but 1 patient was necessary to hospitalize for 7 days because of severe chest and neck pain. None of these 5 patients has had any recurrence for more than 1 year. Differentiating this entity from other diseases involving anterior chest pain is important. PMID:18078083

  3. Biomodal spontaneous fission

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    Hulet, E.K. )

    1989-09-26

    Investigations of mass and kinetic-energy distributions from spontaneous fission have been extended in recent years to an isotope of element 104 and, for half-lives, to an isotope of element 108. The results have been surprising in that spontaneous fission half-lives have turned out to be much longer than expected and mass and kinetic- energy distributions were found to abruptly shift away from those of the lighter actinides, showing two modes of fission. These new developments have caused a re-evaluation of our understanding of the fission process, bringing an even deeper appreciation of the role played by nuclear shell effects upon spontaneous fission properties. 16 refs., 10 figs.

  4. A low-carbohydrate high-fat diet increases weight gain and does not improve glucose tolerance, insulin secretion or β-cell mass in NZO mice

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    Lamont, B J; Waters, M F; Andrikopoulos, S

    2016-01-01

    Background/Objectives: Dietary guidelines for the past 20 years have recommended that dietary fat should be minimized. In contrast, recent studies have suggested that there could be some potential benefits for reducing carbohydrate intake in favor of increased fat. It has also been suggested that low-carbohydrate diets be recommended for people with type 2 diabetes. However, whether such diets can improve glycemic control will likely depend on their ability to improve β-cell function, which has not been studied. The objective of the study was to assess whether a low-carbohydrate and therefore high-fat diet (LCHFD) is beneficial for improving the endogenous insulin secretory response to glucose in prediabetic New Zealand Obese (NZO) mice. Methods: NZO mice were maintained on either standard rodent chow or an LCHFD from 6 to 15 weeks of age. Body weight, food intake and blood glucose were assessed weekly. Blood glucose and insulin levels were also assessed after fasting and re-feeding and during an oral glucose tolerance test. The capacity of pancreatic β-cells to secrete insulin was assessed in vivo with an intravenous glucose tolerance test. β-Cell mass was assessed in histological sections of pancreata collected at the end of the study. Results: In NZO mice, an LCHFD reduced plasma triglycerides (P=0.001) but increased weight gain (P<0.0001), adipose tissue mass (P=0.0015), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (P=0.044) and exacerbated glucose intolerance (P=0.013). Although fasting insulin levels tended to be higher (P=0.08), insulin secretory function in LCHFD-fed mice was not improved (P=0.93) nor was β-cell mass (P=0.75). Conclusions: An LCHFD is unlikely to be of benefit for preventing the decline in β-cell function associated with the progression of hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes. PMID:26878317

  5. Rate, spectrum, and evolutionary dynamics of spontaneous epimutations

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    van der Graaf, Adriaan; Wardenaar, Ren; Neumann, Drexel A.; Taudt, Aaron; Shaw, Ruth G.; Jansen, Ritsert C.; Schmitz, Robert J.; Colom-Tatch, Maria; Johannes, Frank

    2015-01-01

    Stochastic changes in cytosine methylation are a source of heritable epigenetic and phenotypic diversity in plants. Using the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, we derive robust estimates of the rate at which methylation is spontaneously gained (forward epimutation) or lost (backward epimutation) at individual cytosines and construct a comprehensive picture of the epimutation landscape in this species. We demonstrate that the dynamic interplay between forward and backward epimutations is modulated by genomic context and show that subtle contextual differences have profoundly shaped patterns of methylation diversity in A. thaliana natural populations over evolutionary timescales. Theoretical arguments indicate that the epimutation rates reported here are high enough to rapidly uncouple genetic from epigenetic variation, but low enough for new epialleles to sustain long-term selection responses. Our results provide new insights into methylome evolution and its population-level consequences. PMID:25964364

  6. The Spatial and Temporal Variability of a High-Energy Beach: Insight Gained From Over 50 High-Resolution Sub-aerial Surveys

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    Hansen, J. E.; Barnard, P. L.

    2008-12-01

    Since April 2004 a monitoring program of 7 km-long Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA, has led to the completion of 55 Global Positioning System topographic surveys of the sub-aerial beach. The four-year timeseries contains over 1 million beach elevation measurements and documents detailed changes of the beach over a variety of spatial, temporal, and physical forcing scales. The goal of this ongoing data collection is to understand the variability in beach response as a function of wave forcing and offshore morphology which will ultimately aid in sediment management and erosion mitigation efforts. Several statistical methods are used to describe and account for the observed beach change, including empirical orthogonal functions (EOFs) and linear regression. Results from the EOF analysis show that the first mode, and approximately 50% of the observed variance of either the mean high water (MHW) or mean sea level (MSL) position, is explained by the seasonal movement of sediment on and offshore. The second mode, and approximately 15% of the variance, is dominated by alongshore variability, possibly corresponding to the position of cusps and embayments. Higher level modes become increasingly variable in the alongshore direction and each explain little of the observed variance. In both cases the first temporal mode is well correlated (R2~=0.7) with offshore significant wave height averaged over the previous 80 to 110 days, suggesting that seasonal wave height variations are the primary driver of intra-annual shoreline position. No other modes exhibit good correlation with offshore wave parameters regardless of the averaging time. The observed seasonal change is superimposed on a longer term trend of net annual accretion at the north end of Ocean Beach and erosion at the south end. Areas at the northern end have seen as much as 60 m of cumulative shoreline progradation since 2004, while some areas of the southern portion have retrograded nearly as much. This pattern shows an overall rotation in the shoreline position hinged on a nodal point in the middle portion of the beach. The nodal point roughly corresponds to the location where the southern lobe of a large ebb tidal delta welds to the coast, suggesting that wave conditions coupled with offshore morphologic variability is a key control on short and long-term beach evolution.

  7. Tunability of optical gain (SWIR region) in type-II In0.70Ga0.30As/GaAs0.40Sb0.60 nano-heterostructure under high pressure

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    Nirmal, H. K.; Yadav, Nisha; Dalela, S.; Rathi, Amit; Siddiqui, M. J.; Alvi, P. A.

    2016-06-01

    The interest in applying an external pressure on a nano-heterostructure is to attempt to extract more information about the electronic structure through distortion of the electronic structure. This paper reports the tunability of the optical gain under the high pressure effect in M-shaped type-II In0.70Ga0.30As/GaAs0.40Sb0.60 symmetric lasing nano-heterostructure designed for SWIR generation. In order to simulate the optical gain, the heterostructure has been modeled with the help of six band k.p method. The 66 diagonalized k.p Hamiltonian has been solved to evaluate the valence sub-bands (i.e. light and heavy hole energies); and then optical matrix elements and optical gain within TE (Transverse Electric) mode has been calculated. For the injected carrier density of 51012/cm2, the optimized optical gain within TE mode is as high as ~9000/cm at the wavelength of ~1.95 ?m, thus providing a very important alternative material system for the generation of SWIR wavelength region. The application of very high pressure (2, 5 and 8 GPa) on the structure along [110] direction shows that the gain as well as lasing wavelength both approach to higher values. Thus, the structure can be tuned externally by the application of high pressure within the SWIR region.

  8. Chronic benzylamine administration in the drinking water improves glucose tolerance, reduces body weight gain and circulating cholesterol in high-fat diet-fed mice.

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    Iffi-Soltsz, Zsuzsa; Wanecq, Estelle; Lomba, Almudena; Portillo, Maria P; Pellati, Federica; Szko, Eva; Bour, Sandy; Woodley, John; Milagro, Fermin I; Alfredo Martinez, J; Valet, Philippe; Carpn, Christian

    2010-04-01

    Benzylamine is found in Moringa oleifera, a plant used to treat diabetes in traditional medicine. In mammals, benzylamine is metabolized by semicarbazide-sensitive amine oxidase (SSAO) to benzaldehyde and hydrogen peroxide. This latter product has insulin-mimicking action, and is involved in the effects of benzylamine on human adipocytes: stimulation of glucose transport and inhibition of lipolysis. This study examined whether chronic, oral administration of benzylamine could improve glucose tolerance and the circulating lipid profile without increasing oxidative stress in overweight and pre-diabetic mice. The benzylamine diffusion across the intestine was verified using everted gut sacs. Then, glucose handling and metabolic markers were measured in mice rendered insulin-resistant when fed a high-fat diet (HFD) and receiving or not benzylamine in their drinking water (3600micromol/(kgday)) for 17 weeks. HFD-benzylamine mice showed lower body weight gain, fasting blood glucose, total plasma cholesterol and hyperglycaemic response to glucose load when compared to HFD control. In adipocytes, insulin-induced activation of glucose transport and inhibition of lipolysis remained unchanged. In aorta, benzylamine treatment partially restored the nitrite levels that were reduced by HFD. In liver, lipid peroxidation markers were reduced. Resistin and uric acid, surrogate plasma markers of metabolic syndrome, were decreased. In spite of the putative deleterious nature of the hydrogen peroxide generated during amine oxidation, and in agreement with its in vitro insulin-like actions found on adipocytes, the SSAO-substrate benzylamine could be considered as a potential oral agent to treat metabolic syndrome. PMID:20045461

  9. Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue Amplified Spontaneous Emission and Lasing Using Colloidal CdSe Nanoplatelets.

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    She, Chunxing; Fedin, Igor; Dolzhnikov, Dmitriy S; Dahlberg, Peter D; Engel, Gregory S; Schaller, Richard D; Talapin, Dmitri V

    2015-10-27

    There have been multiple demonstrations of amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) and lasing using colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals. However, it has been proven difficult to achieve low thresholds suitable for practical use of nanocrystals as gain media. Low-threshold blue ASE and lasing from nanocrystals is an even more challenging task. Here, we show that colloidal nanoplatelets (NPLs) with electronic structure of quantum wells can produce ASE in the red, yellow, green, and blue regions of the visible spectrum with low thresholds and high gains. In particular, for blue-emitting NPLs, the ASE threshold is 50 μJ/cm(2), lower than any reported value for nanocrystals. We then demonstrate red, yellow, green, and blue lasing using NPLs with different thicknesses. We find that the lateral size of NPLs does not show any strong effect on the Auger recombination rates and, correspondingly, on the ASE threshold or gain saturation. This observation highlights the qualitative difference of multiexciton dynamics in CdSe NPLs and other quantum-confined CdSe materials, such as quantum dots and rods. Our measurements of the gain bandwidth and gain lifetime further support the prospects of colloidal NPLs as solution-processed optical gain materials. PMID:26302368

  10. Spontaneous vesicle recycling in the synaptic bouton

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    Truckenbrodt, Sven; Rizzoli, Silvio O.

    2014-01-01

    The trigger for synaptic vesicle exocytosis is Ca2+, which enters the synaptic bouton following action potential stimulation. However, spontaneous release of neurotransmitter also occurs in the absence of stimulation in virtually all synaptic boutons. It has long been thought that this represents exocytosis driven by fluctuations in local Ca2+ levels. The vesicles responding to these fluctuations are thought to be the same ones that release upon stimulation, albeit potentially triggered by different Ca2+ sensors. This view has been challenged by several recent works, which have suggested that spontaneous release is driven by a separate pool of synaptic vesicles. Numerous articles appeared during the last few years in support of each of these hypotheses, and it has been challenging to bring them into accord. We speculate here on the origins of this controversy, and propose a solution that is related to developmental effects. Constitutive membrane traffic, needed for the biogenesis of vesicles and synapses, is responsible for high levels of spontaneous membrane fusion in young neurons, probably independent of Ca2+. The vesicles releasing spontaneously in such neurons are not related to other synaptic vesicle pools and may represent constitutively releasing vesicles (CRVs) rather than bona fide synaptic vesicles. In mature neurons, constitutive traffic is much dampened, and the few remaining spontaneous release events probably represent bona fide spontaneously releasing synaptic vesicles (SRSVs) responding to Ca2+ fluctuations, along with a handful of CRVs that participate in synaptic vesicle turnover. PMID:25538561

  11. A low-power high-performance configurable auto-gain control loop for a digital hearing aid SoC

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    Chengying, Chen; Hainan, Liu; Yong, Hei; Jun, Fan; Xiaoyu, Hu

    2013-10-01

    A low-power, configurable auto-gain control loop for a digital hearing aid system on a chip (SoC) is presented. By adopting a mixed-signal feedback control structure and peak detection and judgment, it can work in automatic gain or variable gain control modes through a digital signal processing unit. A noise-reduction and dynamic range (DR) improvement technique is also used to ensure the DR of the circuit in a low-voltage supply. The circuit is implemented in an SMIC 0.13 μm 1P8M CMOS process. The measurement results show that in a 1 V power supply, 1.6 kHz input frequency and 200 mVp—p, the SFDR is 74.3 dB, the THD is 66.1 dB, and the total power is 89 μW, meeting the application requirements of hearing aid SoCs.

  12. Experimental study of a modulated beam AlGaAs/GaAs diode amplifier operating in the highly saturated gain regime

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

    2014-11-30

    The variation in the modulation parameters of an optical signal in a diode power amplifier has been studied experimentally. The experimental data obtained agree well with theory that takes into account nonlinear interaction between fields in the gain medium of a laser through inversion beating. It is shown that the dominant type of output signal modulation is phase modulation, whose depth depends on the amplitude – phase coupling coefficient of the gain medium of the amplifier and the nature of the modulation (the phase relationships between the spectral components) of the output signal. (lasers)

  13. Model based prediction of the existence of the spontaneous cochlear microphonic

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    Ayat, Mohammad; Teal, Paul D.

    2015-12-01

    In the mammalian cochlea, self-sustaining oscillation of the basilar membrane in the cochlea can cause vibration of the ear drum, and produce spontaneous narrow-band air pressure fluctuations in the ear canal. These spontaneous fluctuations are known as spontaneous otoacoustic emissions. Small perturbations in feedback gain of the cochlear amplifier have been proposed to be the generation source of self-sustaining oscillations of the basilar membrane. We hypothesise that the self-sustaining oscillation resulting from small perturbations in feedback gain produce spontaneous potentials in the cochlea. We demonstrate that according to the results of the model, a measurable spontaneous cochlear microphonic must exist in the human cochlea. The existence of this signal has not yet been reported. However, this spontaneous electrical signal could play an important role in auditory research. Successful or unsuccessful recording of this signal will indicate whether previous hypotheses about the generation source of spontaneous otoacoustic emissions are valid or should be amended. In addition according to the proposed model spontaneous cochlear microphonic is basically an electrical analogue of spontaneous otoacoustic emissions. In certain experiments, spontaneous cochlear microphonic may be more easily detected near its generation site with proper electrical instrumentation than is spontaneous otoacoustic emission.

  14. Receiver Gain Modulation Circuit

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    Jones, Hollis; Racette, Paul; Walker, David; Gu, Dazhen

    2011-01-01

    A receiver gain modulation circuit (RGMC) was developed that modulates the power gain of the output of a radiometer receiver with a test signal. As the radiometer receiver switches between calibration noise references, the test signal is mixed with the calibrated noise and thus produces an ensemble set of measurements from which ensemble statistical analysis can be used to extract statistical information about the test signal. The RGMC is an enabling technology of the ensemble detector. As a key component for achieving ensemble detection and analysis, the RGMC has broad aeronautical and space applications. The RGMC can be used to test and develop new calibration algorithms, for example, to detect gain anomalies, and/or correct for slow drifts that affect climate-quality measurements over an accelerated time scale. A generalized approach to analyzing radiometer system designs yields a mathematical treatment of noise reference measurements in calibration algorithms. By treating the measurements from the different noise references as ensemble samples of the receiver state, i.e. receiver gain, a quantitative description of the non-stationary properties of the underlying receiver fluctuations can be derived. Excellent agreement has been obtained between model calculations and radiometric measurements. The mathematical formulation is equivalent to modulating the gain of a stable receiver with an externally generated signal and is the basis for ensemble detection and analysis (EDA). The concept of generating ensemble data sets using an ensemble detector is similar to the ensemble data sets generated as part of ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD) with exception of a key distinguishing factor. EEMD adds noise to the signal under study whereas EDA mixes the signal with calibrated noise. It is mixing with calibrated noise that permits the measurement of temporal-functional variability of uncertainty in the underlying process. The RGMC permits the evaluation of EDA by modulating the receiver gain using an external signal. Without the RGMC, samples of calibrated references from radiometers form an ensemble data set of the natural occurring fluctuations within a receiver. By driving the gain of an otherwise stable receiver with an external signal, the conceptual framework and generalization of the mathematics of EDA can be tested. A series of measurements was conducted to evaluate and characterize the performance of the RGMC. Test signals stepped the RGMC across its dynamic range of performance using a radiometer that sampled four noise references; analysis indicates that the RGMC successfully modulated the receiver gain with an external signal. Calibration algorithms applied to four noise references demonstrate the RGMC produced ensemble data sets of the external signal.

  15. Scintillator high-gain avalanche rushing photoconductor active-matrix flat panel imager: Zero-spatial frequency x-ray imaging properties of the solid-state SHARP sensor structure

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    Wronski, M.; Zhao, W.; Tanioka, K.; DeCrescenzo, G.; Rowlands, J. A.

    2012-11-15

    Purpose: The authors are investigating the feasibility of a new type of solid-state x-ray imaging sensor with programmable avalanche gain: scintillator high-gain avalanche rushing photoconductor active matrix flat panel imager (SHARP-AMFPI). The purpose of the present work is to investigate the inherent x-ray detection properties of SHARP and demonstrate its wide dynamic range through programmable gain. Methods: A distributed resistive layer (DRL) was developed to maintain stable avalanche gain operation in a solid-state HARP. The signal and noise properties of the HARP-DRL for optical photon detection were investigated as a function of avalanche gain both theoretically and experimentally, and the results were compared with HARP tube (with electron beam readout) used in previous investigations of zero spatial frequency performance of SHARP. For this new investigation, a solid-state SHARP x-ray image sensor was formed by direct optical coupling of the HARP-DRL with a structured cesium iodide (CsI) scintillator. The x-ray sensitivity of this sensor was measured as a function of avalanche gain and the results were compared with the sensitivity of HARP-DRL measured optically. The dynamic range of HARP-DRL with variable avalanche gain was investigated for the entire exposure range encountered in radiography/fluoroscopy (R/F) applications. Results: The signal from HARP-DRL as a function of electric field showed stable avalanche gain, and the noise associated with the avalanche process agrees well with theory and previous measurements from a HARP tube. This result indicates that when coupled with CsI for x-ray detection, the additional noise associated with avalanche gain in HARP-DRL is negligible. The x-ray sensitivity measurements using the SHARP sensor produced identical avalanche gain dependence on electric field as the optical measurements with HARP-DRL. Adjusting the avalanche multiplication gain in HARP-DRL enabled a very wide dynamic range which encompassed all clinically relevant medical x-ray exposures. Conclusions: This work demonstrates that the HARP-DRL sensor enables the practical implementation of a SHARP solid-state x-ray sensor capable of quantum noise limited operation throughout the entire range of clinically relevant x-ray exposures. This is an important step toward the realization of a SHARP-AMFPI x-ray flat-panel imager.

  16. Scintillator high-gain avalanche rushing photoconductor active-matrix flat panel imager: Zero-spatial frequency x-ray imaging properties of the solid-state SHARP sensor structure

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    Wronski, M.; Zhao, W.; Tanioka, K.; DeCrescenzo, G.; Rowlands, J. A.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: The authors are investigating the feasibility of a new type of solid-state x-ray imaging sensor with programmable avalanche gain: scintillator high-gain avalanche rushing photoconductor active matrix flat panel imager (SHARP-AMFPI). The purpose of the present work is to investigate the inherent x-ray detection properties of SHARP and demonstrate its wide dynamic range through programmable gain. Methods: A distributed resistive layer (DRL) was developed to maintain stable avalanche gain operation in a solid-state HARP. The signal and noise properties of the HARP-DRL for optical photon detection were investigated as a function of avalanche gain both theoretically and experimentally, and the results were compared with HARP tube (with electron beam readout) used in previous investigations of zero spatial frequency performance of SHARP. For this new investigation, a solid-state SHARP x-ray image sensor was formed by direct optical coupling of the HARP-DRL with a structured cesium iodide (CsI) scintillator. The x-ray sensitivity of this sensor was measured as a function of avalanche gain and the results were compared with the sensitivity of HARP-DRL measured optically. The dynamic range of HARP-DRL with variable avalanche gain was investigated for the entire exposure range encountered in radiography/fluoroscopy (R/F) applications. Results: The signal from HARP-DRL as a function of electric field showed stable avalanche gain, and the noise associated with the avalanche process agrees well with theory and previous measurements from a HARP tube. This result indicates that when coupled with CsI for x-ray detection, the additional noise associated with avalanche gain in HARP-DRL is negligible. The x-ray sensitivity measurements using the SHARP sensor produced identical avalanche gain dependence on electric field as the optical measurements with HARP-DRL. Adjusting the avalanche multiplication gain in HARP-DRL enabled a very wide dynamic range which encompassed all clinically relevant medical x-ray exposures. Conclusions: This work demonstrates that the HARP-DRL sensor enables the practical implementation of a SHARP solid-state x-ray sensor capable of quantum noise limited operation throughout the entire range of clinically relevant x-ray exposures. This is an important step toward the realization of a SHARP-AMFPI x-ray flat-panel imager. PMID:23127101

  17. Making the most of fMRI at 7 T by suppressing spontaneous signal fluctuations.

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    Bianciardi, Marta; van Gelderen, Peter; Duyn, Jeff H; Fukunaga, Masaki; de Zwart, Jacco A

    2009-01-15

    The presence of spontaneous BOLD fMRI signal fluctuations in human grey matter compromises the detection and interpretation of evoked responses and limits the sensitivity gains that are potentially available through coil arrays and high field systems. In order to overcome these limitations, we adapted and improved a recently described correlated noise suppression method (de Zwart et al., 2008), demonstrating improved precision in estimating the response to ultra-short visual stimuli at 7 T. In this procedure, the temporal dynamics of spontaneous signal fluctuations are estimated from a reference brain region outside the area targeted with the stimulus. Rather than using the average signal in this region as regressor, as proposed in the original method, we used principal component analysis to derive multiple regressors in order to optimally describe nuisance signals (e.g. spontaneous fluctuations) and separate these from evoked activity in the target region. Experimental results obtained from application of the original method showed a 66% improvement in estimation precision. The novel, enhanced version of the method, using 18 PCA-derived noise regressors, led to a 160% increase in precision. These increases were relative to a control condition without noise suppression, which was simulated by randomizing the time-course of the nuisance-signal regressor(s) without altering their power spectrum. The increase of estimation precision was associated with decreased autocorrelation levels of the residual errors. These results suggest that modeling of spontaneous fMRI signal fluctuations as multiple independent sources can dramatically improve detection of evoked activity, and fully exploit the potential sensitivity gains available with high field technology. PMID:18835582

  18. High-gain subnanowatt power consumption hybrid complementary logic inverter with WSe2 nanosheet and ZnO nanowire transistors on glass.

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    Shokouh, Seyed Hossein Hosseini; Pezeshki, Atiye; Ali Raza, Syed Raza; Lee, Hee Sung; Min, Sung-Wook; Jeon, Pyo Jin; Shin, Jae Min; Im, Seongil

    2015-01-01

    A 1D-2D hybrid complementary logic inverter comprising of ZnO nanowire and WSe2 nanosheet field-effect transistors (FETs) is fabricated on glass, which shows excellent static and dynamic electrical performances with a voltage gain of ?60, sub-nanowatt power consumption, and at least 1 kHz inverting speed. PMID:25377731

  19. Theoretical investigation of the more suitable rare earth to achieve high gain in waveguide based on silica containing silicon nanograins doped with either Nd+ or Er+ ions.

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    Fafin, Alexandre; Cardin, Julien; Dufour, Christian; Gourbilleau, Fabrice

    2014-05-19

    We present a comparative study of the gain achievement in a waveguide whose active layer is constituted by a silica matrix containing silicon nanograins acting as sensitizer of either neodymium ions (Nd3+) or erbium ions (Er3+). By means of an auxiliary differential equation and finite difference time domain (ADE-FDTD) approach that we developed, we investigate the steady states regime of both rare earths ions and silicon nanograins levels populations as well as the electromagnetic field for different pumping powers ranging from 1 to 104 mW/mm2. Moreover, the achievable gain has been estimated in this pumping range. The Nd3+ doped waveguide shows a higher gross gain per unit length at 1064 nm (up to 30 dB/cm) than the one with Er3+ doped active layer at 1532 nm (up to 2 dB/cm). Taking into account the experimental background losses we demonstrate that a significant positive net gain can only be achieved with the Nd3+ doped waveguide. PMID:24921348

  20. Brain-Based Accelerated Learning Longitudinal Study Reveals Subsequent High Academic Achievement Gain for Low Achieving, Low Cognitive Skill Fourth Grade Students.

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    Erland, Jan Kuyper

    Three earlier published reports (Erland, 1999c, 1999d, 1998) of a two school (Schools 1 & 2), 14 classroom, grades 4-8 study, reported large gains evidenced by the Brain-Based-Accelerated Learning (AL) application of The Bridge To Achievement (BTA). Eleven BTA/AL experimental groups were compared with two control groups from School 2 having an

  1. Modeling of an optically side-pumped alkali vapor amplifier with consideration of amplified spontaneous emission.

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    Yang, Zining; Wang, Hongyan; Lu, Qisheng; Hua, Weihong; Xu, Xiaojun

    2011-11-01

    Diode pumped alkali vapor amplifier (DPAA) is a potential candidate in high power laser field. In this paper, we set up a model for the diode double-side-pumped alkali vapor amplifier. For the three-dimensional volumetric gain medium, both the longitudinal and transverse amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) effects are considered and coupled into the rate equations. An iterative numerical approach is proposed to solve the model. Some important influencing factors are simulated and discussed. The results show that in the case of saturated amplification, the ASE effect can be well suppressed rather than a limitation in power scaling of a DPAA. PMID:22109192

  2. Dynamics of spontaneous emulsification

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    Granek, R.; Ball, R. C.; Cates, M. E.

    1993-06-01

    We present a model for spontaneous emulsification resulting from a transiently negative interfacial tension between water and oil regions, which may be achieved under conditions of strong adsorption of surfactant molecules to the interface. While our approach builds on a linear stability analysis, it addresses the essential non-linear coupling of surface growth to the diffusion flux of surfactants to the interface. We consider a large drop of oil of radius R embedded in a dilute surfactant solution and predict that undulations develop with a characteristic wavelength ?^{*}, which at long times t obeys ?^{*}sim t^{1/3}. This suggests that the size of the droplets created spontaneously at the interface scales as xi_o^{1/3}, where xi_o is a diffusion length which is comparable to R under steady state diffusion conditions. We discuss the regimes of applicability of our results to various experimental systems.

  3. Spontaneous photo-onycholysis.

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    Logan, R A; Hawk, J L

    1985-11-01

    Three cases of onycholysis following, and apparently caused by, sun exposure are reported. No case was associated with drug ingestion or demonstrable metabolic abnormality. Cutaneous phototesting of all patients with an irradiation monochromator was within normal limits, although the action spectrum for the defect may lie in the ultraviolet-A (UV-A) region. This appears to be the first report of spontaneous photo-onycholysis. PMID:4063194

  4. Amplified spontaneous emission in solar-pumped iodine laser

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    Cho, Yong S.; Hwang, In H.; Han, Kwang S.; Lee, Ja H.

    1992-01-01

    The amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) from a long pulse, solar-simulating radiation pumped iodine laser amplifier is studied. The ASE threshold pump intensity is almost proportional to the inverse of the laser gain length when the gas pressure is constant in the laser tube.

  5. Idiopathic Spontaneous Intraperitoneal Haemorrhage.

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    Samina, Mubushra; Mahmood, Khalid

    2015-07-01

    Idiopathic spontaneous intraperitoneal haemorrhage is a rare and potentially fatal condition. Pre-operative diagnosis is difficult or rarely possible. Urgent surgical exploration is the treatment of choice. We report a case of spontaneous intraperitoneal haemorrhage that was observed undergoing sudden deterioration of her condition while in a hospital ward. She was attending to her child admitted in the ward. She developed lower abdominal pain and extreme weakness. Hospital staff recognized her to be gradually undergoing a state of shock. She was resuscitated and urgent ultrasound abdomen revealed free fluid in the abdomen and pelvis. Immediate laparotomy confirmed the diagnosis of spontaneous intraperitoneal bleeding, however, no significant cause of bleeding was found except for a very small area of breached peritoneum in the pouch of Douglas. Haemostasis was secured by two stitches of vicryl. Postoperative CT scan of abdomen and pelvis did not reveal any abnormal finding. Patient was followed-up in the OPD for 6 months and she was symptom-free and in a healthy state. PMID:26208562

  6. Spontaneous Escherichia coli meningitis in an adult.

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    Mofredj, A; Guerin, J M; Leibinger, F; Mamoudi, R

    2000-01-01

    Spontaneous meningitis due to gram-negative bacilli (excluding Hemophilus influenzae) is an infrequent infection in adult patients. It usually occurs in patients with underlying immunosuppressive conditions. Most of the cases are due to Escherichia coli and represent a complication of bacteraemia. The infection has a high mortality rate which may be as high as 90%, especially if associated with septicaemia. We report the case of a 53-y-old man with spontaneous, community-acquired Escherichia coli meningitis who was admitted with an unusual presentation. Blood and urine cultures were negative. PMID:11200386

  7. COMMENT: Comments on the paper by T. Kammash, D.L. Galbraith, A high gain fusion reactor based on the magnetically insulated inertial confinement fusion (MICE) concept

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    Nakashima, H.; Takabe, H.

    1992-08-01

    Kammash and Galbraith (see ibid., vol.29, p.1079 (1989)) calculated the energy gain factor Q for the MICF pellet by using a simplified set of particle and energy balance equations and reported that, for a typical example, a Q value of approximately 300 is obtainable with an input energy of approximately 4 MJ (Q is the ratio of the fusion energy to the input energy). The input energy is equal to the initial thermal energy. They proposed to apply the concept to space propulsion. On the other hand, Hasegawa et al (1988) have performed numerical simulations by using the hydrodynamic code HISHO together with theoretical estimation and found a Q value of approximately 15 with a laser input energy of 25 MJ for a typical MICF target. The authors have tried to explain the differences in the input energy requirement and gain values between these works

  8. Design of a high-gain laser diode-array pumped Nd:YAG Alternating Precessive Slab Amplifier (APS-Amplifier)

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    Coyle, D. Barry

    1991-01-01

    In the design of space qualifiable laser systems for ranging and altimetry, such as NASA's Geodynamic Laser Ranging System (GLRS), the transmitter must be kept small, powerful yet efficient, and must consist of as few components as possible. A novel preamplifier design is examined which requires no external beam steering optics, yielding a compact component with simple alignment procedures. The gains achieved are comparable to multipass zigzag amplifiers using two or more sets of external optics for extra passes through the amplifying medium.

  9. Gain in optical coatings

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    Macleod, Angus; Clark, Christopher

    2012-10-01

    The introduction of gain into an optical medium is most easily accomplished by reversing the sign of the extinction coefficient. The theoretical expression for reflectance at a simple boundary between a dielectric, lossless incident medium and a medium with a finite extinction coefficient, however, takes no account of the sign of the extinction coefficient In such an arrangement, therefore, can the presence of gain possibly result in an enhanced reflectance? Opinions in the literature differ but tend to find enhancement beyond the critical angle and none below. This study examines both cases and shows that all results are in fact correct but they are not necessarily stable and it is their stability, or lack of it, that leads to the different results.

  10. High-order rational harmonic mode-locking and pulse-amplitude equalization of SOAFL via reshaped gain-switching FPLD pulse injection.

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    Lin, Gong-Ru; Kang, Jung-Jui; Lee, Chao-Kuei

    2010-04-26

    The 40-GHz rational harmonic mode-locking (RHML) and pulse-amplitude equalization of a semiconductor optical amplifier based fiber-ring laser (SOAFL) is demonstrated by the injection of a reshaped 10-GHz gain-switching FPLD pulse. A nonlinearly biased Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) is employed to detune the shape of the double-peak pulse before injecting the SOA, such that a pulse-amplitude equalized 4th-order RHML-SOAFL can be achieved by reshaping the SOA gain within one modulation period. An optical injection mode-locking model is constructed to simulate the compensation of uneven amplitudes between adjacent RHML pulse peaks before and after pulse-amplitude equalization. The indirect gain compensation technique greatly suppresses the clock amplitude jitter from 45% to 3.5% when achieving 4th-order RHML, and the amplitude fluctuation of sub-rational harmonic modulating envelope is attenuated by 45 dB. After pulse-amplitude equalization, the pulsewidth of the optical-injection RHML-SOAFL is 8 ps, which still obeys the trend predicted by the inverse square root of repetition rate. The phase noise contributed by the residual ASE noise of the RHML-SOAFL is significantly decreased from -84 to -90 dBc/Hz after initiating the pulse-amplitude equalization, corresponding to the timing jitter reduction from 0.5 to 0.28 ps. PMID:20588804

  11. Amoco technique gains support

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    1995-10-01

    Amoco Corp.`s low-cost horizontal drilling technique and equipment are gaining acceptance in the oilpatch after five years of design and fine-tuning work. The system is purely mechanical, and it`s designed to operate with a workover rig instead of a drilling rig. It`s engineered to drill short-radius horizontal wells with lateral sup to 1,000 feet, so far.

  12. Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis in extrahepatic portal venous obstruction

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    Zacharia, George Sarin; Rangan, Kavitha; Kandiyil, Sunilkumar; Thomas, Varghese

    2013-01-01

    Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis is defined by a positive ascitic fluid bacterial culture and an elevated ascitic fluid absolute polymorphonuclear count (≥250 cells/mm3) without an evident intra-abdominal, surgically treatable source of infection. Transient ascites is well documented in patients with extrahepatic portal venous obstruction but spontaneous bacterial peritonitis complicating extrahepatic portal venous obstruction is extremely uncommon. The postulated reasons for the low incidence of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis in extrahepatic portal venous obstruction includes: lower incidence of ascites; intact hepatic reticuloendothelial system; and a relatively high ascitic fluid protein content. Here we report two cases of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis complicating extrahepatic portal venous obstruction. PMID:24714664

  13. Spontaneous recovery in dynamical networks

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    Majdandzic, Antonio; Podobnik, Boris; Buldyrev, Sergey V.; Kenett, Dror Y.; Havlin, Shlomo; Eugene Stanley, H.

    2014-01-01

    Much research has been carried out to explore the structural properties and vulnerability of complex networks. Of particular interest are abrupt dynamic events that cause networks to irreversibly fail. However, in many real-world phenomena, such as brain seizures in neuroscience or sudden market crashes in finance, after an inactive period of time a significant part of the damaged network is capable of spontaneously becoming active again. The process often occurs repeatedly. To model this marked network recovery, we examine the effect of local node recoveries and stochastic contiguous spreading, and find that they can lead to the spontaneous emergence of macroscopic `phase-flipping' phenomena. As the network is of finite size and is stochastic, the fraction of active nodes z switches back and forth between the two network collective modes characterized by high network activity and low network activity. Furthermore, the system exhibits a strong hysteresis behaviour analogous to phase transitions near a critical point. We present real-world network data exhibiting phase switching behaviour in accord with the predictions of the model.

  14. Spontaneously broken mass

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    Endlich, Solomon; Nicolis, Alberto; Penco, Riccardo

    2015-01-01

    The Galilei group involves mass as a central charge. We show that the associated superselection rule is incompatible with the observed phenomenology of superfluid helium 4: this is recovered only under the assumption that mass is spontaneously broken. This remark is somewhat immaterial for the real world, where the correct space-time symmetries are encoded by the Poincar group, which has no central charge. Yet it provides an explicit example of how superselection rules can be experimentally tested. We elaborate on what conditions must be met for our ideas to be generalizable to the relativistic case of the integer/half-integer angular momentum superselection rule.

  15. Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking

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    Strocchi, Franco

    One of the most powerful ideas of modern theoretical physics is the mechanism of spontaneous symmetry breaking. It is at the basis of most of the recent achievements in the description of phase transitions in Statistical Mechanics as well as of collective phenomena in solid state physics. It has also made possible the unification of weak, electromagnetic and strong interactions in elementary particle physics. Philosophically, the idea is very deep and subtle (this is probably why its exploitation is a rather recent achievement) and the popular accounts do not fully do justice to it.

  16. High average power scaleable thin-disk laser

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    Beach, Raymond J. (Livermore, CA); Honea, Eric C. (Sunol, CA); Bibeau, Camille (Dublin, CA); Payne, Stephen A. (Castro Valley, CA); Powell, Howard (Livermore, CA); Krupke, William F. (Pleasanton, CA); Sutton, Steven B. (Manteca, CA)

    2002-01-01

    Using a thin disk laser gain element with an undoped cap layer enables the scaling of lasers to extremely high average output power values. Ordinarily, the power scaling of such thin disk lasers is limited by the deleterious effects of amplified spontaneous emission. By using an undoped cap layer diffusion bonded to the thin disk, the onset of amplified spontaneous emission does not occur as readily as if no cap layer is used, and much larger transverse thin disks can be effectively used as laser gain elements. This invention can be used as a high average power laser for material processing applications as well as for weapon and air defense applications.

  17. A coupling model for amplified spontaneous emission in laser resonators

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    Su, Hua; Wang, Xiaojun; Shang, Jianli; Yu, Yi; Tang, Chun

    2015-10-01

    The competition between amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) and main laser in solid-state laser resonators is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. A coupled model using the spatial volume integral instead of the Monte Carlo type raytrace technique is proposed to depict ASE in the laser resonators. This model is able to evaluate all possible reflections at both the polishing surface and the diffusive side, to calculate ASE for an inhomogeneous gain distribution, and to include the spectral correction. An experiment is carefully designed to verify the theoretical model and to investigate the distinct physical properties caused by the coupling between ASE and the laser oscillations. The experimental data exhibit an excellent agreement with the theoretical predictions. According to that model, we confirm that ASE in thin-disk lasers can be characterized approximately by the product of the threshold gain of the resonator and the diameter of the disks, as laser modes are highly overlapped with the pumping beam. Theoretical evaluation shows that the scattering characteristic of the disk side impacts on ASE significantly. Furthermore, we point out that ASE decreases output laser power by affecting threshold pumping power, while slope efficiency is not changed by ASE. This observation provides us with a simple way to estimate the decrease of the optical efficiency by ASE.

  18. Influence of the neodymium glass parameters on the amplified spontaneous emission in slab amplifier

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    Wang, Bingyan; Zhang, Junyong; Zhang, Yanli; Wang, Li; Zhu, Jianqiang

    2015-02-01

    Amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) causes the decrease of the inverted population density and the nonuniformity of gain in slab amplifier for high power laser systems. In this paper, a three dimension model, based on the data in SG-II, in which the residual reflection in the cladding and the ASE process are taken into consideration, is built to analyze the space distribution and time evolution of small signal gain coefficient using Monte Carlo algorithm and ray tracing. This model has been verified by comparing with the experimental data. The traverse size of slab is 68.2cm×36.3cm, which is usually decided by the clear aperture and the manufacture. By means of the model, the impact of thickness, residual reflectivity and the stimulated cross section of neodymium glass to the ASE are analyzed in detail.

  19. Spontaneous Tumor Lysis Syndrome

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    Kimple, Michelle E.

    2015-01-01

    Tumor lysis syndrome (TLS) is a known complication of malignancy and its treatment. The incidence varies on malignancy type, but is most common with hematologic neoplasms during cytotoxic treatment. Spontaneous TLS is thought to be rare. This case study is of a 62-year-old female admitted with multisystem organ failure, with subsequent diagnosis of aggressive B cell lymphoma. On admission, laboratory abnormalities included renal failure, elevated uric acid (20.7 mg/dL), and 3+ amorphous urates on urinalysis. Oliguric renal failure persisted despite aggressive hydration and diuretic use, requiring initiation of hemodialysis prior to chemotherapy. Antihyperuricemic therapy and hemodialysis were used to resolve hyperuricemia. However, due to multisystem organ dysfunction syndrome with extremely poor prognosis, the patient ultimately expired in the setting of a terminal ventilator wean. Although our patient did not meet current TLS criteria, she required hemodialysis due to uric acid nephropathy, a complication of TLS. This poses the clinical question of whether adequate diagnostic criteria exist for spontaneous TLS and if the lack of currently accepted guidelines has resulted in the underestimation of its incidence. Allopurinol and rasburicase are commonly used for prevention and treatment of TLS. Although both drugs decrease uric acid levels, allopurinol mechanistically prevents formation of the substrate rasburicase acts to solubilize. These drugs were administered together in our patient, although no established guidelines recommend combined use. This raises the clinical question of whether combined therapy is truly beneficial or, conversely, detrimental to patient outcomes.

  20. High efficiency, full-color AlInGaN quaternary nanowire light emitting diodes with spontaneous core-shell structures on Si

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    Wang, Renjie; Liu, Xuedong; Shih, Ishiang; Mi, Zetian

    2015-06-01

    We have developed AlInGaN quaternary core-shell nanowire heterostructures on Si substrate, wherein an In-rich core and an Al-rich shell were spontaneously formed during the epitaxial growth process. By varying the growth conditions, the emission wavelengths can be tuned from 430 nm to 630 nm. Such core-shell structures can largely suppress nonradiative surface recombination, leading to a significant enhancement of carrier lifetime from 0.2 ns to 2 ns. The resulting nanowire light emitting diodes can exhibit an output power exceeding 30 mW for a 1 1 mm2 non-packaged device at a current density of 100 A/cm2.